2018 Alumni Awards – Now Accepting Nominations
The nominations for the Alumni Awards is now open and will close on Monday, May 14 by 5 p.m. Only completed nominations received by the due date will be considered. Nominations received after the deadline will be evaluated in the 2019 cycle. Click the button below to review the application and selection criteria.
Alumnus/a Award of the Year - awarded to a graduate who brings recognition to Cal State LA through professional achievements and through community and University service.
Distinguished Alumnus/a Awards - awarded to a graduate from each college who brings recognition to Cal State LA through successfully applying his or her education in a chosen field and through his or her community and University service. Nominees for a particular college must be graduates of that college.
Cal State LA Family Award - awarded to members of the same family who graduated from Cal State LA, in recognition of their professional achievements and contributions to the University and their community.
Golden Eagle Award – awarded to acknowledge the outstanding achievements of alumni who are graduates of the past ten years.
Cal State LA honored eight distinguished alumni at its 2017 Alumni Awards Gala:
Alumnus of the Year
Gary J. Matus (’69)
Managing Director, RSR Partners
Golden Eagle Award
Paisley L. Kadison (’07)
Associate, Investment Funds Group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Distinguished Alumna for the College of Arts and Letters
Dr. Margaret Salazar-Porzio (’05)
Curator of Latina/o History and Culture, Smithsonian National Museum of American History
Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Business and Economics
John M. Gerro (’74)
Real Estate Attorney, Law Offices of John M. Gerro
Distinguished Alumnus for the Charter College of Education
Donald V. Bolton (’55, ’63)
Retired Administrator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Distinguished Alumnus for the College of Engineering, Computer Science, and Technology
Jorge Ramirez (’04)
President and Chief Executive Officer, Heateflex Corporation
Distinguished Alumna for the College of Natural and Social Sciences
Pamela S. Duffy (’70)
Partner, Coblentz Patch Duffy & Bass LLP
Distinguished Alumna for the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services
Pamela Angerer Payne (’81, ’91, ’95, RN, NP)
Doctoral Student in Bioethics and Health Policy, Loyola University Chicago