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Longs Drug president, Edison’s tax manager among Cal State L.A.’s remarkable alums

Cal State L.A. announces Bryant, Lopez, 9 others, as awardees for its 35th gala

Rolling out its “black and gold” carpet, California State University, Los Angeles will recognize this year’s outstanding alumni and students during its 35th annual Alumni Awards Gala Thursday, Nov. 6, at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, on the Cal State L.A. campus.

photo of alum gala honorees

Alumnus of the Year

Warren Bryant (Class of ’71), chairman, president and chief executive officer of Longs Drug Stores. A Walnut Creek resident, he also currently serves as chairman for the National Association of Chain Drug Stores. 

University Service Award

Alfred L. Lopez (’83), manager of tax research and planning at Southern California Edison Company.  Lopez is a Temple City resident.

Distinguished Faculty Alumna
Rosario S. Morales (’77, ’83) is a professor of education in the Division of Curriculum and Instructions at Cal State L.A. She is a San Gabriel resident.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
Timothy F. Brick (’71), chairman, Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Pasadena resident)
Richard A . Drutman (’65), president, Garda Cash Logistics (San Marcos resident)
Bahman Ehsan (’65, ’73), president, Bahman Ehsan Inc. Consulting Structural Engineers (Canoga Park resident)
Marquita Grenot-Scheyer (’71,’81,’90), interim dean, College of Education, CSU Long Beach (Redondo Beach resident)
Donald E. Roland (’64), retired chairman and CEO, Vertis Communications (Annapolis, Md. resident)
Debbie Walsh (’91), president and chief executive officer, USC University Hospital and USC Norris Cancer Hospital (Seal Beach resident)

Outstanding Senior
Leo James Magrdichian (B.A., Social Work ’08), Los Angeles resident

Outstanding Graduate Student
John Ibrahim (M.B.A., Business Administration ’08), San Dimas resident

Organized by the CSULA Alumni Association, the event opens with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Luckman Gallery. The dinner festivity begins at 6:30 p.m. on the campus’ Luckman Street of the Arts, followed by an Academy Awards style ceremony and multimedia video presentation in the Luckman Theatre. For tickets, call (323) 343-4980 or visit

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Pictured: (back, l-r) Dr. Marquita Grenot-Scheyer '77, '81, '90, Dr. Rosario S. Morales '77, '83, Bahman Ehsan '65, '71, Alfred L. Lopez '83, Warren Bryant '71, Debbie Walsh '91, and Timothy F. Brick '71; (front, l-r) Richard A. Drutman '65, John Ibrahim '08, Donald E. Roland '64, and Leo James Magrdichian '08


Working for California since 1947: The 175-acre hilltop campus of California State University, Los Angeles is at the heart of a major metropolitan city, just five miles from Los Angeles’ civic and cultural center. More than 20,000 students and 205,000 alumni—with a wide variety of interests, ages and backgrounds—reflect the city’s dynamic mix of populations. Six colleges offer nationally recognized science, arts, business, criminal justice, engineering, nursing, education and humanities programs, among others, led by an award-winning faculty. Cal State L.A. is home to the critically-acclaimed Luckman Jazz Orchestra and to a unique university center for gifted students as young as 12. Programs that provide exciting enrichment opportunities to students and community include an NEH- and Rockefeller-supported humanities center; a NASA-funded center for space research; and a growing forensic science program, housed in the Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science Center.