- 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.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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 the Los 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.
- Beth Armstone,
was a nursing student, top scholar and volunteer. She graduated from Duarte High
- 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
- 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
- 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.