October 2017                                                        News and Information for CSUDH Alumni and Friends
President Willie J. Hagan to Retire
During his annual University Convocation address to the campus community on Sept. 26, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) President Willie J. Hagan announced that he will retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year.  Read More... 
Open Forum Scheduled on Selection of New President
 
The first meeting of the Trustees' Committee for the Selection of the President will be held in an open forum on Tuesday, Oct. 31, from 12:30 -2:30 p.m. in the Loker Student Union Ballroom C. To RSVP, visit president-open-forum.eventbrite.com. For up-to-date information on the search, please visit www.csudh.edu/presidential-search.  
University Breaks Ground on Cutting-Edge Science and Innovation Building
On Sept. 28, California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) broke ground in dramatic style on its long-anticipated $82 million Science and Innovation building. The festivities took place where the three-story, ultra-modern instructional and research facility will be built.  Read More.. 
Toyota and California State University, Dominguez Hills bring STEM Learning to Schools in the Los Angeles Region
"Thanks to Toyota and the Keck Foundation, we are now much more equipped to take engineering and mathematical concepts that are theoretical and physically put them in the hands of students to bring STEM to life," said California State University Dominguez Hills President Willie J. Hagan, ahead of the debut of Four new mobile fabrication laboratories (fab labs) at the Carson campus on September 27.  Read More... 
Ariana Stein's Books Help Parents Connect Children to their Heritage
Helping ensure that her 4-year-old son's generation learns about its Latino heritage and that "assimilation doesn't get the best of them" is of the upmost importance for CSU Dominguez Hills alumna Ariana Stein. Read More... 
Toros Lose Legend in Dr. John L. Johnson, CSUDH's First Athletics Director
Dr. John L. Johnson, the first Athletics Director and head coach of the men's golf program from 1968-2013, passed away peacefully in his sleep at the age of 96.  He founded the Toros' Athletics Department and coached the school's first intercollegiate golf team, a position he held for 45 years. Read More... 
Alumni and Friends Kayaking
CSUDH Alumni and friends gathered at Alamitos Bay for a day of kayaking under the sun. See Gallery Here... 
Welcome Week
Our faculty and staff CSUDH alumni visited the Alumni table during Welcome Week to share their memories with new and returning students on Thursday, August 31, 2017.  
See Gallery Here... 
Alumni Angel Game
CSUDH Alumni, family and friends gathered at Angel Stadium to root for the Angels against the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, September 30, 2017. See Gallery Here... 
Class Notes
Patti "Peejay" Brun (MA '02)
was named the University of Texas at Arlington's new head softball coach. For nine of the past 11 years, Brun had been assistant coach of softball at Texas State University. During the 2015 and 2016 seasons she was the head coach at the University of Hawai'I at Hilo.      

Yvette Cope (MS '14) 
was selected as the Lompoc Valley Medical Center healthcare district's new chief nurse executive. She is currently vice president of Central Coast Nurse Professionals.    
 
Bhavan Mehta (MS '07) 
was named the 2017 Simon Collier Quality Award recipient by the American Society for Quality's Los Angeles Section. He was selected for spreading quality globally and activities related to helping U.S. and global clients on FDA warning letters and ISO Quality Systems remediation.     
 
Jay Morris (BA '10) 
was appointed assistant coach of the San José State men's basketball program. Morris comes to San José State after spending the 2016-17 season as the director of player development for the Long Beach State men's basketball team. During that time Morris successfully implemented a personal development plan focused on student-athlete success after basketball.  

Karl Schwabauer (MBA '04)
was promoted to Partner of BKM Sowan Horan, LLP in the Dallas office. He will continue to lead the Forensic Accounting, Business Valuation, and Litigation Consulting group. He is a CPA, CFF and CVA and is a member of the AICPA, TSCPA and the American Bar Association where he serves on the Business and Commercial Litigation Committee and the Expert Witness Committee.        
 
John D. Spiak (BA '93)
was awarded a $100,000 grant over two years from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts to benefit Cal State Fullerton's Grand Central Art Center artist-in-residence program.  Spiak is the director and chief curator of the center. This is the second foundation grant awarded to the center that he has secured.     

Jordyn Akari Terukina (BS '16)
was elected as one of the princesses of the Nisei Week Court during the Nisei Week celebration in Los Angeles. She is currently a therapist at a local hospital.       

Mark Yokoyama (MA '95)
announced his retirement from the position of Alhambra City Manager, which he assumed in 2016.  As city manager, he served as the chief advisor to the City Council and oversaw the day-to-day operations of 10 city departments, including the police and fire departments, with a $140 million budget and 400 employees. Previously he served as chief of police and worked in local government for a total of 30 years.      
IN MEMORIUM
Dee Hardison (MA '81)
former two-term mayor of Torrance, passed away following a stroke at the age of 79. Hardison, who also spent eight years as a City Council member and almost a decade on the Parks and Recreation and Planning Commissions, was a 2011 recipient of the Jared Sidney Torrance Award, which recognizes an individual's sustained service to the community and is considered the city's highest honor. Hardison was also recognized as a Torrance YMCA Woman of the Year, a Switzer Center South Bay Woman of the Year, and a CSUDH Distinguished Alumni.  
Faculty Highlights

Find out what your favorite professor has been up to. Visit the Faculty Highlights section of CSUDH Campus News Center.

Join the Alumni Association
Reconnect and recommit to CSU Dominguez Hills by joining the Alumni Association. This is your opportunity to help strengthen CSU Dominguez Hills as the premier public educational institution of the South Bay. A Lifetime Membership is available for all alumni without charge! Active alumni will be able to take advantage of a wide variety of discounts and affinity programs. Become active today by completing the online Alumni Information Update Form  or call (310) 243-2237.
 
Check out the Membership Benefits available to Alumni Association members.
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Stay Involved
 
Founders' Dinner
OCT. 26, 5pm - 9:30pm 
Porsche Experience Center
 
   
 
Career & Internship Expo: Arts & Entertainment
NOV. 1, 12pm - 3pm 
Loker Student Union
 
   

Alumni Evening Series Workshops: Advanced Job Search
NOV. 2, 6pm - 7pm
Career Center  
 
To RSVP, contact Career Center at 310-243-3625 or email here.  
 
Coming Soon: Alumni LA Live Ice Skating
Saturday, DEC. 16  
Tom's Urban - 3pm - 5pm
Ice Skating - 5pm - 7pm  
LA Live
 
See all
Alumni Events and Photo Galleries on our website. 

Make a Gift to the  Toro Fund
to support scholarships and other campus  initiatives .

Did you know you can make a gift that provides a fixed income for life? More information can be found on our Planned Giving website or by calling 310-243-2182.

 

Liberty Mutual offers exclusive savings on auto and home insurance to CSUDH alumni. Information available here.

 

 

CSUDH Alumni can also save on medical insurance through our partnership with Mercer. Learn more here.


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