Student Honors

Student Honors

Student Athletes Take Top Honors

Sixteen Golden Eagle student athletes on CSLA’s men’s and women’s track and field teams finished in first place, sweeping the competition by an average of 40 points at the 1996 CCAA Championship games in May. Student athletes Martha Pinto and Tambi Wenj were named California Collegiate Athletic Association 1996 Athletes of the Year.

Firsts, Seconds in CSU Research Competition

CSLA students took top awards at the CSU Student Research Conference, CSU Stanislaus, May 3-4, 1996. Ten CSLA students competed against 150 students from 20 campuses. Winners were: First Place, Creative Arts and Design, Rick Vander Hyde (Business Administration, Theatre Arts minor); First Place, Physical and Mathematical Sciences, Robert Ramirez (Chemistry); Second Place, Graduate, Behavioral and Social Sciences, Anthony Ong (Psychology); and Second Place, Graduate, Humanities and Letters, Leslie Clutterham (Choral Conducting). Also participating were Tanya Madden (Psychology), Khushro Ghandhi (graduate-Accounting), Rodolfo Castro (Art), Gary Summerville (graduate-Education), Mario Mendoza (Electrical Engineering), and Andres Paucar (Biochemistry). CSLA participants first qualified by winning in their respective fields at the campuswide Fourth Annual Symposia of Student Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity held in March.

Engineering Honors

The Institute for the Advancement of Engineering honored Kathleen Hansen (Mechanical Engineering) with its 1995-96 Outstanding Student Leadership Award in April, 1996. Hansen was recognized for her outstanding leadership as President of the CSLA student chapter of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, captain of the 1994-95 Mini-Baja team and student team leader of the Solar Eagle III. The College of Fellows of the Institute for the Advancement of Engineering selected Reza Shirazi (Electrical and Computer Engineering) as CSLA Outstanding Engineering Student. Shirazi, who was on the Dean’s List for each of his three years, was also a peer mentor for the University’s Summer Bridge program.

Students Win First Place With Off-Road Vehicle

Pitting their vehicle against a record-setting number of more than 70 off-road vehicles from across the United States and Mexico, students comprising CSLA’s Mini-Baja team recently took first place in a competition sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers. Competing at “Mini-Baja West” in Tempe, AZ, April 18-20, Cal State L.A.’s vehicle finished ahead of those from Cal Poly Pomona, UC Irvine, Cal State Fullerton, and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, among many others. Winning team members are mechanical engineering majors Mark van Dalm (student team leader), John Chang, Mark Fisher, Hironao Hashimoto, Miguel Osorio, Jose Tlaxca, Jose Lopez, Patrick Alvarado, Everardo Hernandez, and technology major Stan Palmer. With faculty advisor Lih-Min Hsia (Mechanical Engineering), they have been working since July 1995 to prepare the vehicle for competition.

First Place Honors In Marketing

The 1995-96 academic year saw marketing majors Harvey Bringas, Eric Rocha, Monica Victoria and Erickson Yee receive first-place honors in the Promotional Products and Target Marketing National Collegiate Competition sponsored by the Promotional Products Association and the J.C. Penney Company. The CSLA team’s “Run to JCPenney” project was tied to the L.A. marathon. The students and faculty advisor William A. Cohen (Marketing) were honored at the PPA’s Winter Promotional Show in Dallas, TX. Their awards included a cash prize for the Department of Marketing.

Modern Languages and Literatures

Gamma Psi, the local chapter of the Hispanic Honor Society Sigma Delta Pi, has received the Certificate of Honor and Merit for the academic year 1994-95, a distinction reserved for the best chapters nationwide. Chapter officers are Spanish majors Froylan Cabuto (president), Maria Soto (vice president) and Gabriela Lopez (secretary-treasurer). Chapter adviser is Domnita Dumitrescu (Modern Languages and Literatures). Student Iliana Alcantar won a Sigma Delta Pi summer scholarship to study in Cuernavaca, Mexico at the Center for Bilingual Multicultural Studies, Summer, 1996. There have been only 14 such scholarships nationwide. On Mar. 7, 1996, sisters Ana-Lilia Lira, Maria-Elena Lira and Martha Lira (Spanish), all honor students, were presented with the Sigma Delta Pi Gabriela Mistral prize, usually a single award presented to the outstanding graduate student who is also an active chapter member.

Student Journalism Honors

Student journalists at the University Times garnered seven awards from the Intercollegiate Press Association at its convention, in Irvine, CA, Apr. 20-21. Hector Becerra (English) was awarded Third Place, Best News Series; Second Place, Best Arts and Entertainment Criticism, Movie Review; Honorable Mention, Best Investigative Article; Honorable Mention, Best Editorial. Dru Farnham (graduate - Music) received the award for Second Place, Best Column; Rodney Rodriguez won Second Place for Best Humor or Satirical Column; Kirby Lee was awarded Third Place for Best Sports Photograph. Berkley Hudson (Communication Studies) is the faculty advisor for the University Times. In May, 1996, Hector Becerra was one of only 12 students in the state to receive a Garcia Memorial Scholarship, an award of $1,500, from the California Chicano News Media Association.

Leadership Development Awards

Sean Lilly (graduate - Public Administration) was selected as one of only 35 participants out of 100 applicants who qualified nationwide, in the Washington Center’s Summer Minority Leaders Fellowship Program. The Washington Center, an independent, nonprofit educational organization uses the resources of the nation’s capital to enhance students’ academic, civic and professional development and leadership through participatory learning experiences. CSLA students are placed in the program through a collaboration of Cal State L.A’s Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs and the Washington Center.

Dean’s List student Paul Zamorano-Reagin (Political Science) was accepted into the two-week Washington Center’s “Campaign ‘96: The National Democratic Convention” program, held at the Democratic Party National Convention, Chicago IL, Aug. 1996. The Center places students as interns in the convention setting, where they also attend academic seminars. He has also been accepted to the Washington Center’s Fall Minority Leaders Fellowship Program in Washington, DC.

Phi Kappa Phi Confers Honors on CSLA’s Best and Brightest

One hundred and ninety students and three professors were inducted into the national honor society, Phi Kappa Phi, by the Cal State L.A. chapter on May 5, 1996. Chapter president Raymond Garcia (Chemistry and Biochemistry) officiated. Graduate fellowships were awarded to Maruel M. Borja (Chemistry), Lawrence Fan (Political Science), and Mario Mendoza (Business Administration. Chapter Nominee was Roger M. Salish (Geography). The Chapter Outstanding Freshman award went to Cristal Gama (Biology). Alumnus Samuel Durrance, astronaut and physicist, was the guest speaker. The CSLA chapter of Phi Kappa Phi inducts superior students and scholars in all disciplines at its yearly Spring banquet.