Alumni Awards Gala

2018 Alumni Awards – Now Accepting Nominations

Established in 1973, the Distinguished Alumni Awards are presented by California State University, Los Angeles in recognition of personal achievement, professional success or humanitarian service. Recipients are those who have attained prominence in their chosen fields and have brought pride to the University. To honor Cal State LA’s diverse population of alumni, the Cal State LA Alumni Association selects alumni in all areas of professional achievement who bring recognition to the Alumni Association; serve the community and/or civic organizations; and contribute to Cal State LA.

The nominations for the Alumni Awards closed on Monday, May 14, 2018 at 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.

Application and Selection Criteria button

Applications are now being considered for the following awards:
  • 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.
If you have questions about the nomination process, please contact the Alumni Association at (323) 343-2586 or at Thank you in advance for your participation.
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Save the Date!
2018 Alumni Awards Gala
Friday, October 12, 2018
Cal State LA - Golden Eagle Ballroom
Additional information is forthcoming.

Recipients of the 2017 Alumni Awards
(Pictured from left to right: Gary J. Matus ’69, Pamela S. Duffy ’70, Donald V. Bolton ’55, ’63, Pamela Angerer Payne ’81, ’91, ’95, RN, NP, Dr. Debbie Covino, President William A. Covino, Margaret Salazar-Porzio ’05, Paisley L. Kadison ’07, Jorge Ramirez ’04, and John M. Gerro ’74).

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



See Past Recipients