• Portrait of Joanne Collins.
    Michael D. Antonovich (’63, ’67 M.A.), Los Angeles County Supervisor for the Fifth District, now serves as chairman of the L.A. County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LACMTA).
  • Nannette Brodie (’67, ’68 M.A.) celebrated the 25-year anniversary of The Nannette Brodie Dance Theatre in January with a performance at the Martha B. Knoebel Dance Theater at Cal State Long Beach.
  • Rikk Morris (’69), an artist and musician, served as a judge for the art exhibition at Crash Music in Aztec, N.M.
  • Robert A. Underwood (’69, ’71 M.A.) was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Board of Directors of the National Board for Education Sciences. He is the president and professor emeritus at the University of Guam.
  • Herman Ray Velarde (’62) has self-published a book, Handbook for America: A 21st Century Guide to the Pursuit of Happiness.


  • Roberto Casas (’72, ’79 M.A.) co-authored a book, Reflective Practice of Multi-Unicultural School Leaders: Strategies and Considerations for Improving Achievement of Cross-Culturally Diverse Students, published by Xlibris Publishing. He retired after 38 years in public education, including serving as deputy superintendent for Lynwood Unified School District and as superintendent of Brawley Union High School District. li>
  • Janice Cipriani-Willis (’75) opened an exhibit of her watercolor art in November at the Gallery at The Merc in Temecula. li>
  • Phillip I. Elkins
    Phillip I. Elkins (’71) published Running From the Fire, the story of a kid growing up in East L.A., drafted into the army, sent to Vietnam as a medic, surviving that and coming back to Cal State L.A. li>
  • James B. Griffin (’77) is account manager at JBGmg Marketing & More. li>
  • John Kelleher
    John Kelleher (’71) received the 2012 Outstanding Leadership Award from the Southern California Association for Healthcare Development. li>
  • Donna Seecof (’76 M.S.) and her husband, Robert, have published BOOKENDS: Objects of Art and Fashion, with Schiffer Publishing, Inc. She is retired from General Electric Healthcare Performance Solutions. li>
  • James Shannon
    James Shannon (’72, ’74 M.A.), professor of sociology and psychology at Citrus College in Glendora, is retiring after 39 years of teaching. li>


  • Alice (Armendariz) Bag (’84), member of the 1970s L.A. punk band The Bags and currently a bilingual educator, was featured as an Iconic Hispanic Angeleno for Departures, an oral history project for KCET.org. li>


  • Nicole J. Dunn (’96) is owner and president of Dunn Pellier Media, a marketing firm specializing in health and fitness brands. li>
  • Christopher Greco (’93, ’95 M.A.) received the Best Jazz award for his composition "Maia" at the Hollywood Music in Media Awards 2012. li>
  • Paul Lee (’95) is a poet and works as plans examining engineer at the Department of Planning and Permitting of City and County of Honolulu in Hawaii. li>
  • Jeff McCarty (’92) taught a songwriting workshop in Diamond Bar. li>
  • Felipe PayanFelipe Payan (’90, ’95 M.A., ’02 M.A.) is distance education coordinator/instructional design specialist for Galveston Community College, where he assists faculty with designing online courses and guides faculty on effective online teaching. li>
  • Tri Ta (’97), editor of Viet Salon magazine, has been elected the first Vietnamese American mayor of Westminster. li>


  • Carrie Lynn Arcos
    Carrie Lynn Arcos (’07 M.A.) was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award in the young people’s literature category for her debut novel, Out of Reach. li>
  • Kent Weishaus (’09 M.S.W.) is school counselor of Idyllwild Arts Academy.
  • Leana Wen
    Leana Wen (’01) has published a book, When Doctors Don’t Listen: How to Avoid Misdiagnoses and Unnecessary Tests, about how patient empowerment can transform healthcare. li>


  • Christopher Eagar-Finney (’11) is in his second year of the Master of Social Work program at Columbia University School of Social Work. li>
  • Rosa JohnsonRosa Johnson (’10) launched Pearls Academy Inc., a community organization that provides mentorship, skills development and self-esteem training for young, at-risk African-American and Latina women in South Los Angeles. li>

In Memoriam

  • Sidney P. Albert, emeritus professor of philosophy and scholar of George Bernard Shaw, was instrumental in the development of the Emeriti Faculty Association at Cal State L.A. li>
  • Mary Dawn Cuff (’67 M.A.) served in World War II as a control tower operator for the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve. Later, she served the Latter Day Saints Church as ward and stake primary leader, organist and teacher. li>
  • Natalie Hyatt (’62 M.A.) taught in Los Angeles elementary schools for 37 years. li>
  • Leon Leyson
    Leon Leyson (’58) was one of the youngest of 1,100 Jews saved from the Nazis by German industrialist Oskar Schindler. He taught high school in Huntington Park for 39 years. li>
  • Essie Mae Washington-Williams (’69) was a teacher and administrator in the Los Angeles Unified School District for 30 years. In 2003, she revealed herself as the daughter of Sen. Strom Thurmond, the legendary South Carolina politician who had built a career as a champion of segregation. li>
  • Takenori "Tak" Yamamoto (’69) was a pioneer Japanese American gay activist and a longtime leader of the Manzanar Committee. li>