• Shaking hands

    Connecting alumni to each other and to current students

  • CSUN fans in the stands

    Building Matador pride and spirit

  • 2016 Distinguished Alumni AwardsBlank.jpg

    Honoring and showcasing alumni of distinction

  • CSUN graduates at commencement

    Helping alumni achieve personal and professional success

  • Spirited CSUN students

    Strengthening resources and philanthropic support

  • CSUN president with alumni in China

    Engaging volunteers and leaders and advocates


Welcome To The Alumni Association

Welcome to the California State University, Northridge Alumni Association. CSUN alumni have every right to be proud. With more than 40,000 students the demand to attend your alma mater grows stronger each year. The Alumni Association understands the importance of not only keeping alumni informed, but providing you with the ability to reunite and network with one another for personal and professional benefit. Staying in touch with fellow alumni and the university is one of the main benefits of membership in the Alumni Association.



Shigemi Matsumoto's decades long operatic career started at CSUN and took her around the world. Photo by Lee Choo Shigemi Matsumoto: CSUN’s First Diva

One of the jewels in the crown of California State University, Northridge’s Department of Music is its opera program, having produced luminaries such as Carol Vaness and Michelle DeYoung. But the program’s first star — and one of the university’s first musical luminaries — was Shigemi Matsumoto ’68 (Music). Continue reading about Shigemi Matsumoto.

Robert D. Taylor was honored on April 16 with a CSUN Distinguished Alumni Award. Photo by Steve BabuljakCSUN Distinguished Alumnus Robert D. Taylor Impacts Industry, His Community and His City

The encyclopedia salesman knocked on the door, and Geneva Williams answered. He gave his pitch, and then Geneva looked to her 8-year-old son, Robert D. Taylor, for advice. Continue reading about Robert D. Taylor.

Michael Alfuso has developed a reputation for being an adventurous filmmaker. Photo courtesy of Michael AlfusoAlumnus Michael Alfuso Puts the Action in Lights, Camera, Action

There’s a point about four minutes into a short documentary on Brazilian skateboarder Sergio Yuppie when he’s careening downhill at breakneck speed and he manipulates the board to a horizontal plane. His left knee rests parallel to the board, while his right knee is millimeters from the grainy, hard asphalt. Yuppie tucks his chin, clenches his teeth and dips the top of his helmet to scrape the asphalt. Sparks fly from the friction. It’s no accident — it’s the daredevil on four wheels’ intent to create the scene. Continue reading about Michael Alfuso.

Robert D. Taylor, James Ring and Shigemi Matsumoto were honored as the recipients of the 2016 CSUN Distinguished Alumni Awards on April 16. Photo by Lee Choo2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards Honorees Create an Emotional Evening

Three influential California State University, Northridge alumni took the stage separately at the Four Seasons Hotel Westlake Village on April 16 to give acceptance speeches after receiving one of the university’s highest honors — the Distinguished Alumni Award. Each speech delivered its own distinctive feel. Continue reading about Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Photo courtesy of Alan and Rose Jeffery.Charting a Course for Giving: Alumnus Reconnects to CSUN and Gives Back Through Heritage Society

Alan Jeffery ’65 (Psychology) steers his boat on Westlake Lake with the same steady hand that he developed while serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He wanted to help provide the same steady course for his alma mater, California State University, Northridge — and CSUN’s Heritage Society offered just the right bearing. Continue reading about charting a course for giving.

Navy Capt. (ret.) William Dallas Bethea '69 (History) endowed a scholarship in the name of his former professor James E. Sefton, who has been teaching at CSUN for more than 50 years.From One Great Communicator to Another

This is the powerful story California State University, Northridge alumnus and Navy Capt. (ret.) William Dallas Bethea ’69 (History) shared with past and current crew, former and current commanding officers and a group of others at Naval Base San Diego on July 23, 2015, at the decommissioning of the USS Gary, a naval warship that was in service for 31 years: Continue reading about William Dallas Bethea.

CSUN alumnus Don Hahn ’75 (Music) is now a successful Hollywood personality, producing movies like The Lion King, Beauty and the Beast and Maleficent. Photo by Richard Chambers.From Drums to Disney: Alumnus Don Hahn Works His Way to the Animation Pinnacle

While attending California State University, Northridge, the young aspiring artist Don Hahn ’75 (Music) scored a summer job as production assistant at Walt Disney Animation Studios. He delivered coffee and transferred art pieces from “the morgue,” a basement storage vault for Disney’s old art pieces, to animation giants such as Marc Davis, Ollie Johnston and Wolfgang Reitherman, who produced classics like Fantasia, Dumbo and The Jungle Book. Continue reading about Don Hahn.

Longtime EOP Director José Luis Vargas passed away Saturday, March 19. Photo by Lee Choo.CSUN Mourns the Loss of EOP Director José Luis Vargas

José Luis Vargas ’74 (Sociology), M.A.’75 (Educational Psychology and Counseling), the longtime director of the California State University, Northridge Educational Opportunity Program (EOP), passed away Saturday, March 19 after a brief illness. Continue reading about José Luis Vargas.

David Reichelt '13 (Theatre) developed one of the world's most downloaded apps — Color Switch. (Photo courtesy of David Reichelt)The Courageous Chameleon and Color Switch

There’s some sort of unintended symbolism deep in the scripting of one of the world’s most popular apps, Color Switch. Continue reading about David Reichelt.


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