Today Winter 2010


Band members from the Latin/World music group KoTolán pose beneath the Olympics mural on campus.

Creating the sound of a new generation

A new program in Spanish-language news provides students access to an area of fresh opportunity and a path toward building a career in the field.

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  • Learning the paper chase

    Students in a new forensic accounting class.

    Students get a taste for forensic accounting and tracking down white collar crimes in a case-based course taught by faculty and professionals.

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  • Creating a ‘moving’ impact

    Kinesiology student Eunice Wong works with a client.

    Cal State L.A. kinesiology programs are stretching the abilities of exercise and training to help the human body achieve more than ever.

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  • Partnership for a cure

    A student fills test tubes in the lab.

    Cal State L.A. faculty and students partner with City of Hope faculty to conduct cancer research and training as part of a grant-funded program.

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  • Learning ‘virtually’ everywhere

    Screenshot from the virtual world of Second Life

    Master's degree candidates in education jump into the virtual world of Second Life in a multimedia and design class.

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  • Creating CHOICES for the future

    CHOICES student actors rehearse.

    A faculty and alumna-led intervention program teaches youths about the practice of safe sex, responsible decision-making and communication through theatre.

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  • Professor shares the gift of giving

    Headshot pf Russell Abbott

    Computer Science Professor Russell Abbott asked the question: “What can I do without?” And found an innovative way to support faculty.

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University News

Giving site invites community to 'Be A Part of It'

Cal State L.A. is a vibrant, diverse campus. It's a place where life-transformations are truly possible. Where careers are born. And where first-generation college students write a new future for themselves and their families. We want you to be a part of it—be a part of our world of possibilities.

In the newly launched Cal State L.A. giving portal, you can now discover how to become involved with the campus, faculty, students, staff and the greater University community. Whether you are looking to volunteer your time, join a membership group, make a gift, start a scholarship or develop plans for your retirement, we have the answers to your questions. Be a part of Cal State L.A., at or contact us at (323)343-3075 for more information.

See Cal State L.A. like you've never seen it before—virtually

Travel around campus. Step into classrooms. Discover the vast array of opportunities and activities available. From where you are right now, without leaving your chair. (Still online, right?)

Visit Cal State L.A with the help of our student guides, Lorraine, Serinah, Max and Willie. Follow their lead—or select a self-guided general tour—and you will virtually step into an interactive environment with insider views on campus life, academics, athletics, student services, facilities, and more. The virtual tour is accessible for those with disabilities.

Ready to start exploring? Jump into the tour on your own by or get a how-to guide for navigating and moving around in the University's Spotlight.

Major grant establishes teacher mentoring program

A five-year, $8.8 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education will launch the Los Angeles Urban Teacher Residency Program at Cal State L.A. in 2010. Through a 15-month graduate-level program, an initial cohort of 25Charter College of Education students will become resident-teachers at middle and high schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), working with outstanding mentors.

While in the program, the resident-teachers will receive a $21,000 annual stipend. They will be assisting the effort to provide high-quality teachers in high-need public schools to teach math, science and special education. Upon completion of the program, participants will earn both a teaching credential and a master’s degree, and will be encouraged to teach for at least three years in the LAUSD.

For details on the program, go to

Foundation gift boosts nursing master’s program, creates scholarship

Nursing faculty Mary Shinnick explains the functions of the nursing simulation lab to Masons Grand Master Larry Adamson ’74. Adamson visited the campus to present the University with a $100,000 check in support of student scholarships from the California Masonic Foundation.

Thanks to a $100,000 gift from the California Masonic Foundation to the University's School of Nursing, two Cal State L.A. graduate nursing students have been given the opportunity to pursue degrees in nursing leadership and administration. Nursing master's degree students Luis Avitia and Virginia Castaneda were awarded the inaugural Claire V. Cunningham Masonic Scholarship Supporting Leadership in Nursing.

The scholarship, established in 2008, is part of an ongoing effort by the California Masonic Foundation to support leadership development and excellence in nursing.

California Masonic Foundation President Doug Ismail said, “The California Masonic Foundation recognizes the importance of health care to our society, as well as the significance of nurses and all health care professionals in our lives. By supporting these future nurse leaders, we hope to play a small part in creating a healthier and safer world.”

For more information on the gift to the University, visit

These folks stepped up…way up

Representing CSULA’s School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science at the Stair Climb to the Top were (front, l-r) Angelica Arciga, Suley Rivera, Yesenia Arreola and Krupa Parekh; and (back, l-r) Daniel Navarro and Tom Schumacher.

Two teams of students and faculty from Cal State L.A.’s School of Kinesiology and Nutritional Science last fall stair-stepped their way to the top of the 75-story U.S. Bank Tower. Topping off at 1,108 feet, it is the tallest building in the U.S. west of the Mississippi River.

The teams hit the stairwells to support the “Elevators are for Wimps” fundraiser.

To read more about their climb to the top, check out the University Spotlight.


Mark your calendar

  • The Jean Burden Poetry Series Presents: Wendy Cope — Feb. 25
    Award-winning contemporary English poet Wendy Cope comes to Cal State L.A. as part of this year’s Jean Burden Poetry Series. Cope’s debut collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, appeared in 1986, and it was a publishing sensation, winning widespread critical praise and eventually selling 200,000 copies. Critics have dubbed her “one of the very best and cleverest poets of our time and the funniest, most spot-on parodist in English since Max Beerbohm.”

    Cope's reading and discussion will take place at 6:30 p.m. in the Golden Eagle Ballroom. It's free and open to the public. For more details, call (323) 343-4140.

  • CSU Super Sunday — Feb. 28
    As part of the African American Initiative, Cal State L.A. President James M. Rosser and Vice President of Student Affairs Tony Ross will speak from the pulpit, on the importance of a college education and the road to getting there. Rosser will visit the New Covenant Baptist Church in Norwalk at 8 a.m. and Ross will speak at Christ Our Redeemer AME Church in Irvine, at 10:30 a.m. For more information about the Super Sunday events in Southern California, visit

Alumni News

CSULA Alumni Association

Jorge Ramirez ’04

Dear fellow Cal State L.A. Alumni,

It’s a new—and very busy—year! Your Alumni Association has been working hard this winter to bring our members increased benefits, while also planning the University’s GradFair, selecting alumni scholarship recipients, laying out this year’s yearbook and preparing for upcoming networking events and the Annual Alumni Awards Gala. I am proud to announce that our Alumni Mentoring Program has over 300 active participants and has become widely recognized as one of the most respected mentoring programs in the CSU system!

On behalf of the Association volunteers and staff members, I invite you to participate in all of the exciting programs coming up this year! If you are not already a member of the Association, I encourage you to join online at

Thank you, in advance, for your support of the CSULA Alumni Association.


Jorge Ramirez ’04
President, CSULA Alumni Association

I’m a Member! Join Me!

My name is Sean Moore ’00 and I’m a proud graduate of Cal State L.A. As a result of the education and experience that I acquired while attending CSULA, I am now a successful graphic designer at The Walt Disney Company and a volunteer with the Alumni Association.

Although my road to success began in the halls of the University’s Department of Art, my relationship with the Association has enhanced my connection with our University. I joined the Association soon after graduation because I wanted to meet people, and learn skills that would help me compete in this ever-changing economic landscape. Supporting the Association through my membership is also a way for me to “give back” to a University that gave me so much.

The Alumni Association’s committed staff and volunteers have established innovative programs and benefits that have helped me to achieve my professional and personal goals. I can attest to the value of networking with fellow alumni at exclusive Networking Nights, Career Development Workshops and even through the Association’sFacebook and LinkedIn online groups. Members also receive exclusive discounts for products at Office Deport, Dell, and Kaplan. As a member, I also have access to theCareer Development Center on campus.

I currently serve as the representative for the Entertainment and the Arts Alumni Network. Alumni Networks sponsor programs targeted towards specific professional industries. Members of the Alumni Association can join any one of our Alumni Networks in the areas of Business, Education, Nursing, Engineering, and Entertainment/Arts to connect with alumni in similar professions.

The Alumni Mentoring Program offers you unparalleled opportunities to meet CSULA alumni and students. In my capacity as a mentor, I have helped students and alumni, providing career-related advice that bridges the gap between the academic environment and the professional world. As a member of the Association you can register as a mentor or mentee.

If you are not yet a member of the Association, this is your chance to connect with fellow alumni, potential employers and the University. To join, visit today!


Sean Moore ’00
Representative, CSULA Entertainment and the Arts Alumni Network

Mentors, mentees connect in successful meet-up

On Feb. 3, the CSULA Alumni Association hosted a successful mentoring event, “Building a Strong Mentor-Mentee Relationship.”

The room buzzed with energy and excitement throughout the evening, as a vibrant and diverse panel of experts provided information on how to build and develop a thriving mentor-mentee relationship, and attendees networked with their peers. The panelists consisted of alumnus Jorge Ramirez ’04 and his mentee Fortino Arroyo ’11; alumnus Barry Gordon ’86 and his mentee Ben Caron ’10; alumna Sharon Grigsby ’71 and her mentee Taguhi Sogomonyan ’07 ’09; alumnus Peter Diaz ’97 and his mentee Karina Ajanel ’09; and alumnus Al Topalian ’67 ’87 and his mentee Valerie Ventura ’06.

Panel members shared their tips for clarifying mentor-mentee roles, listing mentor-mentee responsibilities, breaking the ice, developing mentor-mentee expectations, and establishing regular communications and follow-up. Engaged audience members asked questions and spent time networking with all the mentors and mentees in the room after the discussion.

For more information on the Mentoring Program, visit

The next Alumni Mentoring event, “Speed Mentoring” will be held Wednesday, May 12, at 6 p.m. in the University-Student Union, Los Angeles Room. This fun and innovative program connects alumni professionals with students in small networking groups. To register contact Maria Ubago ’98 ’06 at (323) 343-4945 or e-mail her

25 alumni scholarships awarded in record-breaking year

After receiving a record-breaking number of applications for the 2009-10 Alumni Scholarship, the CSULA Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 25 undergraduate and graduate recipients:

Undergraduate recipients: Stephanie Aoalin (nursing), Fortino Arroyo (electrical engineering), Jasmine Angelica Ceja (child development), Cristina De Cesare (computer science), Valentine Dekermendjian (biology), Erik Escobar (television, film and media studies), Robert Lowery Hanks (aviation administration), Patrick McElree (theatre arts and dance), Raj Shah (philosophy), and Bingjing Yu (accounting).

Graduate recipients: Amira F. Ainis (anthropology), Sean Caonguyen (chemistry), Jennifer Coats (anthropology), Beville Constantine (communication studies), Kristine Dickson (theatre arts), Cheryl J. Groskopf (psychology), Margaret Kaleuati (anthropology), Jacqueline Kiwata (kinesiology), Gigi Yin Chi Kwok (nutritional science), Leo Magrdichian (social work), Miguel Montalva (sociology), Hanzelmae Arreza Olvida (nursing), Stefani Satalino (French), Jordan Swartz (anthropology), and Alicia Tycer (television, film and theatre).

For more than a decade, the CSULA Alumni Assoiation has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to bright and deserving Cal State L.A. students. The primary goal of the Alumni Scholarship Program is to provide financial assistance to students to recognize their outstanding leadership, service and participation in campus and community activities. The Association awarded each undergraduate scholarship recipient $1,500, and each graduate scholarship recipient $1,750 at the Scholarship Brunch on Feb. 21.

Mark your calendar—and join us for these upcoming events!

  • Resume Writing & Interview Skills Workshop—presented by KAPLAN
    When: Thursday, May 6
    Time: 6 p.m.—8 p.m.

  • Speed Mentoring
    When: Wednesday, May 12
    Time: 6 p.m.—8 p.m.
    Where: Cal State L.A., University-Student Union, Los Angeles Room
  • Fitness Forum — Health and Fitness and how it can improve your professional well-being
    When: Thursday, June 24
    Time: 6 p.m.—8 p.m.

Get 'logged in' to YOUR alumni community

The CSULA Alumni Association is adding to your online experience and expanding networking opportunities with “official” group pages on LinkedIn and Facebook. These online networking and social sites can help you develop a community of friends, colleagues, and new contacts for professional and social purposes.


LinkedIn Group membership icon.There are currently more than 26,000 Cal State L.A. alumni and students in LinkedIn and close to 1,000 members of the CSULA Alumni Association LinkedIn Group today! To connect, click here.


Facebook group membership icon.To get news, events, new membership benefits, share photos, and connect with fellow alumni members, join the official CSULA Alumni Association Facebook Page! To connect, click here.

Alumni Spotlight

Alumnus helps to bring 'revolutionary' drugs, technology to world markets

President's Associates

The following individuals have given annual gifts of at least $1,000. We salute their investment and invite you to join in supporting Cal State L.A. by making a gift online or calling (323) 343-4866.

  • Amir Barour & Faraneh Azizian
  • Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bridenbecker ’66
  • Warren ’71 and Susan Bryant
  • Kyle C. Button
  • Eduardo A. Cartagena ’01
  • Herbert L. Carter
  • Monica Chew ’04
  • Geneva Aleece Clymer ’62
  • Dennis & Susan ’71 De Pietro
  • William J. Dermody ’71, ’74
  • Jaffe Dickerson
  • Darlene Finocchiaro ’83, ’90
  • Bob Foster
  • Ramon Garcia ’71
  • Art M. ’80 & Lillian ’96 Gastelum
  • The Gillett Family
  • Ernest E. Guerra ’80
  • Robert Hoffman
  • Harry S. Hong
  • Art Leahy ’74
  • Dal H. Lee
  • Ronald W. Lee ’68
  • Ethan B. Lipton ’76, ’83 & Janet Lent
  • William ’82 & Kathy Lewis
  • Fred Lopez ’83
  • Gary J. Matus ’69
  • David ’67, ’76 & Rosemary ’70 McNutt
  • Louis R. Negrete ’57
  • Sheryl Okuno ’87
  • Josephine M. Olea ’78
  • Charles H. Palmer ’53, ’60
  • George A. Pardon
  • Ann Park ’78
  • Pamela Angerer Payne ’81, ’91, ’95
  • Stephen E. Pickett ’75
  • Peter Quan
  • Philip J. Quigley ’67
  • Jorge Ramirez ’04
  • Chris Rapp ’76
  • Collette Rocha
  • Timothy Wayne Rogers ’82
  • Anthony R. Ross & Laverne White
  • Antonio Salcido Jr.
  • A. Sami Siddiqui ’76
  • Jeffrey A. Tipton
  • Gary P. Townsend ’69
  • Linda Trevillian
  • Michael William Vanni ’65
  • Gilbert Vasquez ’64
  • Elizabeth Wheeler ’81
  • Patricia Louise Wohlford ’68
  • Tony Wong ’69, ’74
  • Wilbert Woo ’70, ’77
  • William Jih—Shen Yang ’58
  • Donald J. Zuk ’61

Jeff Silverman ’77

Jeff Silverman ’77 is an unassuming leader. More patient educator than commanding pharmaceutical executive. More gentle family man than holder of a black belt in karate.

But, as his family and professional peers point out, Silverman is, in fact, a bit of all these things. And his ability to remain genuine and humble while working to bring the world one of the industry’s most revolutionary drug delivery systems and treatments for cancer is an integral part of his success.

“He is a multitalented guy and anything he takes on, he really gets into and does well at,” said Silverman’s father, Cal State L.A. Emeritus Professor (Art) Ron Silverman ’55. “Now, he is involved in important pharmaceutical work, and at a really high level.”

Silverman is the senior vice president for manufacturing operations and product development at Abraxis BioScience, a global biotechnology company based in West Los Angeles. The company has received international recognition in recent years for its breakthrough development of the chemotherapy agent Abraxane TM and the technology to deliver difficult to solubilize drugs in an innovative solvent-free system. (Abraxane is licensed internationally for use in stage 2 metastatic breast cancer, and is in various stages of clinical investigation for the treatment of non-small cell lung, advanced prostate, melanoma, pancreatic, and ovarian cancers.)

In his role with Abraxis, Silverman is responsible for overseeing the company’s manufacturing and late-stage development operations throughout the United States. He also strategizes to bring products that the company’s research team designs to market.

“It’s the most cutting-edge work that I have done in my career,” Silverman said. “In this endeavor we are not only working on a drug, but a delivery system for a wide-range of drugs, and that can have a staggering impact.”

This is not Silverman’s first revolutionary project. In previous positions in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industry, Silverman worked with teams to create technologies for blood products, and made headway in the creation of a cancer vaccine and inhalable insulin. Working in these fields, he said, has made for a “gratifying” career.

Alumnus Jeff Silverman poses with his son, Noah Silverman and father, Emeritus Professor and alumnus Ron Silverman. Jeff Silverman ’77 poses with his son, Noah Silverman, and his father, Emeritus Professor(Art) Ron Silverman ’55 along the coast. The family has quite the connection to CSULA, counting Jeff, Ron, Jeff’s wife, Amelia Perez-Silverman ’76, and their future son-in-law as alumni.

“I don’t lose sight of the fact that I go to work every day to improve peoples’ lives,” Silverman said.

On many levels, Silverman said, his success and happiness today can be traced back to his days at Cal State L.A. The University, to which he transferred from UCLA as an upperclassman, provided him with his first job in the lab, one-on-one time with professors, great academic mentors, and the opportunity to meet his wife, Amelia Perez-Silverman ’76 (in chemistry club, no less.)

Silverman’s dad, Ron Silverman, who taught at the University from 1955 to 1988, developed the Charter College of Education’s art education course, which helped shift thinking on the role art should play in the classroom. Ron Silverman says that he never persuaded his son to come to Cal State L.A., but was pleased he made the decision to do so in the end because it was obviously a “good fit” for him.

“Cal State L.A. did really well by me,” he said. “It afforded me the experience of working with excellent professors at the undergraduate level, which was really important to my learning…And I got a fabulous wife and a fabulous career out of it.”

From a young age, Silverman was gifted in math and science, Ron Silverman recalled. He wasn’t, however, a great communicator and did not gravitate to leadership roles, despite serving as the class president in grade school.

Silverman said that changed for him, though, in his first jobs after graduating from Cal State L.A.: first as a researcher at City of Hope and then at the pharmaceutical production company Alpha Therapeutics (now Grifols Biologicals, Inc.), which sits just across from the University on Valley Boulevard. Silverman also went on to get his MBA from the Druker School of Management at Claremont University.

“I have found that the emphasis on management can have a profound effect on a company,” Silverman said. “I still love the science—or what we traditionally think of as science (chemistry, biology, physics, etc.)—but the social science and management science just happen to be something I never thought of as a child. No child does.”


Class Notes


  • Sharon Doubiago (’67, MA ’69) was the recipient of the second annual Glenna Luschei Distinguished Poet Award at San Luis Obispo’s Language of the Soul Poetry Festival.


  • Maurice Cayem (’75, MA ’78) released a new book, “Why We Behave: A Practical Guide,” which provides an in-depth discussion on how one’s experiences affect them, and others. Cayem was trained in behaviorism in the labs at CSULA in the early 70s.
  • Portrait of Pamela Duffy.Pamela Duffy (’70), a real estate and land use partner at the firm Coblentz, Patch, Duffy & Bass, LLP, was named by Best Lawyers as the “Real Estate Lawyer of the Year” for 2010. During her career, Duffy has played a pivotal role in some of the largest commercial and residential development projects in the Bay Area, including the San Francisco &T Park for the San Francisco Giants, and eBay’s campus expansion project in San Jose.
  • Tony Fellow (’70), a professor of communications at Cal State Fullerton, was elected in November to the Pasadena City College board.
  • Portrait of Robert Gapper.Robert Gapper (’73, MA ’79) was appointed as the new assistant superintendent of human resources and student services at the William S. Hart Union High School District. Gapper first joined the district in 1974 and has since worked his way up in various positions, ranging from teacher to assistant high school principal, and most recently chief operations officers for the district.
  • David J. Godoy (’72) retired from Cal State L.A. in December after 43 years of service. During his career he worked throughout Student Affairs, including serving as the assistant vice president of Student Affairs-Student Services.
  • Hannah Naiditch (’74), a former columnist for the Pasadena Star-News and junior high school teacher, has published a new book, Memoirs of a Hitler Refugee: Activism and Issues Define My Life. The book’s experiences as a Jewish refugee and beyond.
  • Carlos Ugalde (’77) recently retired from his post as a Latin American studies professor at Glendale Community College. He has also loaned to Cal State L.A., along with African American photographer Howard Morehead, part of his photography collection from his extensive travels of South and Latin America.


  • Portrait of Patrick McIntosh.Patrick McIntosh (’81) was appointed in December to be Huntington Beach’s fire chief. Before taking on his new post in January, McIntosh served as the deputy chief for the Orange County Fire Authority.
  • Barry Moreno (’85), the national historian for Ellis Island, will be releasing a revised and illustrated edition of his book The Encyclopedia of Ellis Island in August.
  • Michelle Windmueller (’86) accepted in January a new position as the principal of Selma Avenue Elementary School in Hollywood. Prior to her new post, she was working as the director of instruction at Virgil Middle School.


  • Lauren Arenson (MA ’90), a professor at Pasadena City College for the last 10 years, was featured in college publication Courier in December.
  • Isabel (Desanti) Gallasi (’99), an author, illustrator and former preschool teacher, shares her story about children’s first words in a new book published by PublishAmerica, titled I Want.


  • Carlos Illingworth (’04) was selected and sworn-in to fill a vacant position on the Montebello Unified School District Personnel Commission.
  • Fred Ortega (’07) is the press secretary and district director for Congresswoman Judy Chu, the first Chinese American woman elected to U.S. Congress. Ortega also works with Bryan Urias (’06), Chu’s field deputy.
  • Mark S. Goodman (MA ’07), the rabbi and cantor at Valley Beth Israel, a Sun Valley Conservative synagogue, has attracted a new generation of families to the temple with his energy and efforts to modernize services by adding new elements, like a lively musical component in English and Hebrew. Goodman was also featured recently in theLos Angeles Times after the synagogue added a new tradition to the Jewish holiday Tu B'Shevat, the Jewish Arbor Day, by giving fruit trees to neighbors in the community.

In Memoriam

  • Beth Armstone, was a nursing student, top scholar and volunteer. She graduated from Duarte High School.
  • Ryan Dean Lytle (’07, MA ’09), was selected to team-teach engineering courses at the University just weeks after earning his master’s degree in the field. Beloved by his classmates, colleagues and students, Lytle was the quintessential student who became the teacher.
  • Ramachandra Manvi was an emeritus professor of mechanical engineering and the former dean of the School of Engineering and Technology. A registered professional mechanical engineer in California, he worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, taught undergraduate and graduate-level courses, and served in college leadership for more than 30 years. Most recently, he served as the dean of mathematics, sciences and engineering technologies at the College of the Canyons.
  • C. Lamar Mayer (MA ’63), an emeritus professor of education and associate dean for the then School of Education, dedicated 26 years of his career to the campus and the goal of preparing the next generation of teachers. Mayer was honored by the faculty for his extraordinary contributions to the Charter College of Education in 1995 with the naming of the center, used to prepare teachers and offer children and youth of the community enrichment classes in writing and other areas, as the C. Lamar Mayer Learning Center.
  • Dom Shambra (’61) was an East L.A. educator who rose up through the teaching ranks in Los Angeles to take on increasingly challenging and important roles. He served under fellow alumnus and first LAUSD Latino superintendent, the late Bill Anton (’52, MA ’54), and is most well-known for championing the Belmont Learning Complex.
  • Walter O. Wells (’69) passed away on May 20, 2009 after a long struggle with Parkinson’s disease. He earned his master’s degree in public administration.
  • Paul M. Zall, an emeritus professor of English, was a leading scholar on the lives of early American leaders, including President Lincoln, and Benjamin Franklin. Zall taught at Cal State L.A. for nearly 30 years, after having taught at Harvard, Cornell, Oregon and Washington; and he was a research scholar at the Huntington Library.

Sports Feature

Support your team …

The Golden Eagle Golf Tournament will be held on May 10 at Via Verde Country Club. Pre-golf festivities include a putting contest and breakfast; warm-up on the driving range begins at 8:30 a.m. and the tournament kicks off at 10:30 a.m.

The Golden Eagles have a four-game series against the Chico State Wildcats the weekend of April 9 through April 11. The series starts on Friday at 6 p.m. with a single game, and continues through the weekend with a doubleheader on Saturday beginning at 1 p.m., and a game at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Cal State L.A.'s women's tennis squad will be playing nine home matches between February and March. Our pick for a great match, though is on Tuesday, March 9 at 1:30 p.m. Take a late lunch and stop by campus.

Track and Field
The annual Tommy "Tiny" Lister Classic, on Saturday, April 24, will feature premier athletes from around the area and is the big event this spring.

The meet is held to honor Lister, the 1982 NCAA shot put champion who competed for Cal State L.A. He then went on to Hollywood and starred in movies such as “Friday” and “No Holds Barred.” He is also well known as “Zeus” for his feud with superstar professional wrestler, Hulk Hogan.

For more information on any of these events, visit or call the Athletics Department at (323) 343-3080.

In 2009, the NCAA Division II soccer world cast its eyes on the campus of Cal State L.A., where the men’s andwomen’s programs thrilled its followers with historic campaigns.

The men’s team attained its first-ever No. 1 national ranking. The women’s team won its first California Collegiate Athletic Association championship. And both teams had the rare opportunity to host NCAA playoff games. To say the least, it was a sensational year.

Chris Chamides, who just completed his seventh season as the head coach for both programs, has lifted the men’s and women’s soccer programs onto the national landscape. Cal State L.A. was the only school in the nation to host NCAA Division II playoff games in both men’s and women’s soccer in 2009. The Golden Eagles earned that right after being ranked No. 1 in the West Region on both the men’s and women’s sides.

In front of enthusiastic crowds at Jesse Owens Track over a three-day period in November, Cal State L.A.’s men’s team knocked off Cal State San Bernardino in a thrilling 5-3 victory in a semi-final match before falling to Cal State Dominguez Hills in the regional final, 1-0, while the Golden Eagles women dropped a heartbreaking 2-1 decision to Cal State Dominguez Hills in a West Region semi-final.

Both teams earned national Top-10 rankings at the end of the regular season with the women checking in at a program-best No. 6 and the men notching a No. 7 ranking. Following the playoffs, Cal State L.A. was ranked No. 12 in the final men’s rankings, while the women were No. 14.

“We are really proud to have placed our men’s and women’s soccer teams among the elite programs in the country,” Chamides said. “Their high national rankings are a testament to the hard work our student-athletes put into their preparation throughout the year. Our programs are proud to represent this University and shine a positive light to our campus.”

Along the way, several records were set by both programs.

  • The men’s program, thanks to a 10-0-1 start that included a win and a tie against defending national champion Cal State Dominguez Hills, achieved its first-ever No. 1 national ranking on Oct. 6. Cal State L.A. went on to capture theCCAA South Division title for the second time in four years with a conference-best 13-2-1 record.

  • The Golden Eagles not only earned the top-seed for the four-team CCAA Championship Tournament, but they also maintained the No. 1 ranking in the West Region, which enabled them to host the four-team NCAA West Regional.

  • Cal State L.A. had four All-AmericansFederico CinoMickey DalyMiguel Cucue and Aza Gomez—which were more than any other program this season and set a new single-season CSULA mark. The Golden Eagles were 18-4-1 overall and now have 55 wins over the past four seasons, which is the best four-year stretch since 1981-1984.

  • The women’s program, meanwhile, entered completely uncharted waters. Before Chamides’ arrival, the Golden Eagles women’s team hadn’t had a winning season since the program started in 1995. Cal State L.A. now has four winning seasons in the past five years.

  • Cal State L.A. had a 17-3-2 record in 2009 and set new program records for wins and goals scored (53). The Golden Eagles also captured their first CCAA championship, first winning the South Division with a 12-2-2 record and then beating Chico State (1-0) and Cal State Dominguez Hills (4-0) in the conference championship tournament.

  • Junior forward Liz Franco and senior midfielder Amanda Matthews became the first women’s soccer players to earn All-America honors. Franco also became the first to be named the West Region Player of the Year. She was also named the CCAA Offensive Player of the Year, while Matthews was the CCAA Defensive Player of the Year. Both were firsts for a Cal State L.A. women’s soccer player.

  • Chamides was named the CCAA Coach of the Year for men’s and women’s soccer.

  • Two soccer players, Cino of the men’s team and defender Reauna Wong of the women’s team, earned CoSIDA Academic All-District VIII honors this past season for combining academic and athletic excellence.

Their Say

How do you think your generation can impact the world?

Miles Jeffries ’11
Bachelor's degree candidate, mechanical engineering

“Hopefully, by doing some great things—like creating green energy solutions and better transportation. I’d also like to see a better allocation of wealth in America and better resources for education and healthcare.”


Daisy Rivas ’12
Bachelor's degree candidate, liberal studies

“I think people in my generation all want to be more successful. A lot of people want to be somebody in their life and they are working harder to achieve that, whatever it is. I, for instance, want to be remembered, recognized for my work—for being the best teacher there is.”


Raymond Jones ’10
Bachelor's degree candidate, sociology

“Our generation is a lot more open-minded to cultures and races. I hope that will have an impact—maybe it will make the public system and government more diverse.”


Shelley Viehmann ’10
Bachelor's degree candidate, psychology

“By creating more security. Everything is so uncertain right now.”

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Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

“This is wonderful, thank you. I really appreciate the hard work put into the magazine.”

— Andre Khachtourians ’05
Glendale, CA

“Love what Professor Rebecca Joseph is doing to reach high school students and support their efforts to get to college. Cheers to alum Adrian Rodriguez ’04 and credential candidate Teresa Wu ’09 for their great work to bring needed support to first-generation college students!”

— Aurora Johnson ’88 
Monrovia, CA

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