- Donald J. Darensbourg (’64), a professor of
chemistry at Texas A&M University, has been selected from among the nation’s
finest researchers as the 2010 recipient of the American Chemical Society Award
in Inorganic Chemistry.
- Diane Watson (’67 MS), congresswoman for the 33rd
district of California, announced that she will retire from her seat in
November. She has served in the Legislature since 2001, and before that was a
California state senator from 1978 to 1998.
- Rungsun "Sunny" Apinchapong (’74) was the background
supervisor for animation in the new Disney film The Princess and the Frog.
- Dave Carrier (’80) was appointed as fire chief of
the Ontario Fire Department after a 30-year career with the agency, previously
serving as a fire engineer, captain, battalion chief and deputy fire chief.
- Thomas J. Griego (’84), the Los Angeles deputy city
attorney, is running for judgeship on the Los Angeles Superior Court.
- Lindel Hodge (’83), a two-time Olympic competitor
in track and field, will be carrying this spring the Queen’s Baton—the symbol of
the Commonwealth Games, which like the Olympic torch makes an international tour
before the start of the games—through the Virgin Islands, his native country.
- Eduardo Cabrera (’90, ’92 MA) was promoted to the
position of professor of Modern Languages for the 2010-11 academic year at
Millikin University in Illinois.
- Dean Gialamas (’99 MS) recently became the director
of the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab located on the campus of Cal State L.A., a
facility also shared with the University and the Los Angeles Police Scientific
Bureau. Prior to his new role with the L.A. County Sheriff’s Office, Gialamas
was the director of the Orange County Crime Lab.
- Ernesto Arredondo (’00) is the new community banking
president for the North Inland Empire market for Wells Fargo & Company.
- Wendy Carrillo (’05), a multimedia journalist in
East Los Angeles and the host of the weekly “Knowledge is Power” radio show on
Power 106 FM, was honored in April by Senator Gloria Romero for being the 2010
Woman of the Year of the 24th Senate District.
- Marina Leigh Duff (’04, ’09 MA) has published her
first poetry book, Markers & Erasers: Poetry about Teaching in Los Angeles
Public High Schools. The book includes a collection of poems that she wrote
for her master’s thesis.
- Julie King (’04) is part of a team of biologist on
Catalina Island who have successful brought the wild fox population back from
- Fred Ortega (’07) is the district director for
Congresswoman Judy Chu in the 32nd Congressional District. Prior to making the
move into politics, Ortega worked for nearly a decade in journalism, covering
politics and city government for papers throughout the Southland.
- Brian Urias (’06), field deputy for the 32nd
Congressional District, has also been appointed as the planning commissioner for
the city of Baldwin Park.
- Thom Vernon (’00) recently wrote and published The Drifts, a novel that takes on gender, history and memory during a
blizzard in a rural Arkansas town.
- Jaime Escalante (’73, ’77)
a beloved East Los Angeles high school math teacher, who earned national fame
through the 1988 film Stand and Deliver—based on his powerful and
successful teaching approach—died in March after a battle with cancer. Escalante
changed hundreds of students’ lives during his 17-year tenure at Garfield High
School, and motivated his inner-city students to master advanced concepts in
math and science. He eventually built an Advanced Placement calculus program
that had more students enrolled than all but three other high schools in the
- Charles E. Lloyd (’60), one of the city’s most
prominent criminal defense attorneys, died in March. Lloyd began his career as
one of Los Angeles’ first African-American deputy city attorneys, and worked for
many years in a practice with the late Tom Bradley, before Bradley became mayor of
Los Angeles. He was honored in 1992 by the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s
Criminal Justice Section as trial lawyer of the year.