Bruce Bibicoff ’80
Accounting & Information Systems
As a student, Bruce Bibicoff felt that his college experience should include
more than attending classes and studying. He therefore decided to become involved with student clubs and joined the Management Association. He held various positions, such as director of publicity, vice president and president. Through his role as vice chair of the School of Business and Economics Council (SOBEC), he worked with all the student business clubs with recruitment and their various events and programs.
Bibicoff’s service has continued since graduation. In 2014, Bibicoff answered the call when he received an e-mail from the CSUN Alumni Association about getting involved in a chapter. He joined the Accounting and Information Systems Chapter and later became its treasurer. He also assisted with the planning of such events as the annual awards banquet, Department of Accounting and Information Systems’ Meet the Firms Night and the Meet the Professors Alumni Dinner.
When Bibicoff was a student at CSUN, he said his whole life revolved around the university, and the years that he attended were among his most valued.
“It is important to me to give back and maintain a connection with the university,” Bibicoff said. “I am very proud of how CSUN has grown over the years in size, quality of education and in prominence.”
Aida Shorvoghlian ’07
Alumni & Friends of Armenian Studies
In a short time Aida Shorvoghlian has brought a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the Alumni & Friends of Armenian Studies chapter, particularly helping to make its Armenian Studies Banquet in April a special event.
As a member of the steering committee, she helped in organizing the event and with public relations and ensured that there was a high level of elegance and weight to it. She also tapped into her network of friends to support the banquet and helped people reconnect to the university.
Shorvoghlian, who earned a bachelor’s degree in real estate from CSUN, said the university provided her the guidance to become a successful leader. And she has brought that leadership to her alumni chapter, which she has personal attachment to.
“Being raised as an Armenian, attending an Armenian private school from kindergarten through high school, I have always valued the importance of my culture and language,” she said. “When I was approached to volunteer for the Armenian Studies annual banquet, I was intrigued by their mission, goals and programs — helping and directing current students to receiving the necessary credentials to become Armenian teachers.”
Michael Attar ’95
Attorney Networking Group
This year is Michael Attar’s turn to be honored. He co-founded the CSUN Attorney Network Chapter with fellow alumnus and co-president David Bobrosky, who was the 2015 VSA honoree for the chapter.
Since its inception, Attar has served as co-president. The chapter holds
monthly networking/education meetings with a topical speaker each month
and provides free continuing-education credit for attendees.
Attar has been instrumental in assisting in the day-to-day operations of the chapter — obtaining speakers and new members and promoting the monthly meetings. Under Attar’s leadership, the chapter has not missed a monthly meeting since its inception more than two years ago. It recently held two on-campus events reconnecting alumni with the campus and current students.
Attar helped build the chapter after noticing a need for CSUN alumni
attorneys to be able to build relationships and referrals with recent CSUN
graduates who had gone on to practice law.
He is passionate about CSUN because it gave him the tools to find success
and provided a path for his career.
“My involvement with CSUN stemmed from the days when I was a student there, and I was on the committee of the Pre-Law Society,” Attar said. “I am happy that I was able to work with other alumni to start this networking group."
Sharon Washington ’93
Black Alumni Association
Sharon Washington is not only one of the founding members of and secretary for the Black Alumni Association, she is an energetic, indispensable force for it.
The retired special education teacher helps organize events, captures all the information from meetings and is the community liaison for the organization. Beyond that, she sends a strong message for two ends of the spectrum.
“I do this because there’s such a great need out there,” she said. “I tell all retired people, ‘Don’t sit and watch TV. There’s so much need (to volunteer).
“(My goal is) to get more young people involved on campus and from the community. We need more young people.”
She’s an inspiration for volunteer work. On top of the work that she does with the BAA, she volunteers for the African American Leadership Organization, the Foothill Trails District Neighborhood Council, the Southern California Preparedness Foundation, Girl Scouts Troop 576 in Pacoima, Neighborhood Watch, Shepherd of the Hills Church, Community Policing Advisory Board Foothill Division and she is an advocate for people with disabilities.
Washington got into special education teaching because her son has autism. She earned her bachelor’s degree at CSUN in liberal studies and said she has stayed passionate about the university because it helped her with resources beyond her years as a student.
“They gave me a good chance and were there when I needed them as a teacher,” she said.
Shane Clark ’12
Business Honors Chapter
As a sophomore at CSUN, Shane Clark joined the Business Honors Association. Being surrounded by high achieving, like-minded students motivated him to be the best student, leader, and professional he could be.
In the following two years, Clark became the vice president, then president of the Business Honors Association, which he said was one of the most rewarding experiences of his life.
Clark implemented and chaired the committee for the first “Industry Night,” which brought together 300 students and 30 firms. The event became annual.
And since he graduated from CSUN in 2012, he has remained involved with the Business Honors Association through organizing alumni events or attending student events as a professional.
The next step for Clark was 2014 when he co-founded the Business Honors Alumni Chapter. The group has hosted 10 events — from alumni mixers to creating a CSUN class where alumni can teach for a day.
“We created a space where our members could really connect on a personal level,” Clark said. “A very high percentage of our members are involved as alumni and remain good friends. … Through this chapter we have raised money for scholarships, connected students with alumni, and helped our alumni stay connected with each other.”
Kathy Escobar ’14
Child & Adolescent Development
Ever since Kathy Escobar was in high school, she knew she wanted to help others and guide them. In 10th grade, she joined Link Crew — an organization to help incoming freshmen with their transition into high school.
So it was natural that she continued her service once she reached CSUN.
As a CSUN student in 2012, she joined the Child and Adolescent Development Association (CADA) and had the opportunity to volunteer at activities such as giving high school students campus tours and teaching them about the different majors within the College of Health and Human Development.
As a member of the Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter she has volunteered at events, such as the chapter’s Celebrating Excellence Awards and annual mentoring and careers event.
Escobar became secretary of the chapter and later took on the role as co-chair of its website.
She said her greatest contribution to CSUN is being highly involved in connecting students with people in related career fields they are interested in pursuing.
Escobar said she is passionate about CSUN because it’s the school that gave her the opportunity to grow.
“I have advanced so much in my career, but it wouldn’t be possible without the support of the people at CSUN, including my mentors, my professors, and fellow colleagues,” Escobar said.
Sarah Cathcart M.S. ’06
Communication Disorders & Sciences
Sarah Cathcart is a part-time faculty member in the Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences who has gone above and beyond by helping develop new programs within the department.
With two other colleagues she developed a program called the “Master Clinician Workshop Series,” to provide students in the clinical phase of the program additional information and practice.
She is a co-creator of an inter-professional education initiative called CLIMB in the College of Health and Human Development. The project brings together students from programs across HHD to discover the scope of professions providing services to the community.
Cathcart assisted with the 50th Anniversary Celebration for CSUN’s Language, Speech and Hearing Center and has volunteered at the annual Clinical Boot Camp.
“I believe in the mission of training our students to be excellent clinicians,” Cathcart said. “Our department has a group of talented and dedicated individuals who also happen to be lovely people. Our students are eager to learn and work hard. The other faculty I have been involved with across the campus demonstrate dedication to their students and seek innovative ways to engage the students and enhance their learning opportunities.”
Salvina Restivo ’95, M.S. ‘00, M.P.A. ’13
Environmental & Occupational Health
Salvina Restivo’s contributions to the Environmental and Occupational Health Chapter have been invaluable since she joined the board in 2011.
She is dedicated in ensuring event planning and activities are carried out with the care.
As an EOH professional, she understands the demands of the profession to provide professional, high-value service. She does this and more as a member of the EOH Chapter board.
In addition to contributing to the chapter’s annual plan, Restivo is fully involved with its two key annual events — Speed Mentoring and the EOH Technical Symposium events. Her efforts are integral during the entire planning cycle all the way through event day.
She has also mentored more than 200 students during her tenure in the board.
Prior to her current position with the L.A. County human resources department, Restivo was an environmental health specialist for L.A. County’s department of public health. She also works as an independent food safety consultant and does volunteer work for Cesar Chavez Week. She has received a recognition of excellence and excellence in technology awards from L.A. County human resources for being part of a team that developed a new HR web-based program. Restivo is also past president for the California Environmental Health Association, Southern Chapter.
Kitty Dill ’72, M.A. ’80
Journalism Alumni Association
Kitty Dill has been a steady presence for CSUN and the Journalism Alumni Association for decades. Her dedication to service has made a lasting imprint on the organization and has promoted the joy of volunteerism to all who have been involved with the JAA.
She has been the JAA Board Secretary and has volunteered to make the group’s speed mentoring event an annual success. She has also been a JAA Scholarship Committee member. She has coached and guest lectured for CSUN students and fellow alumni, making her an influential voice for generations of journalists and communicators.
She said her greatest contribution to CSUN is “having the common sense to enroll and stay enrolled, to achieve my personal and professional goals, concurrently working more than full-time and paying for it all. The steel thread was being part of CSUN’s teaching environment and absorbing how folks could be motivated."
She added: “As a professional communicator, it’s my long-held perspective that as an incredibly powerful nation (we) have become way too intense, mean, have forgotten how to laugh, and bred common sense out of the human race. That’s why it’s been my personal ministry for decades to spread laughs via jokes and cartoons at every opportunity.”
Lori Selna ’01, M.A. ’03
National Center on Deafness
For 10 years, Lori Selna has been an integral volunteer for the National Center on Deafness Alumni Chapter.
In particular, Selna played a big part in helping to make the chapter’s alumni reunions in 2010 and 2015 huge successes. She also takes pride in the work she did for the chapter’s 5K Sign n’ Run in 2012 and 2013. The annual event helps raise funds for scholarships and program enhancements for deaf and hard-of-hearing students at CSUN.
Selna earned her bachelor’s degree in child development from CSUN in 2001 and followed that up with a master’s in special education: deaf/hard-of-hearing in 2003. Her husband Scott is a CSUN alumnus and is a speech-to-text coordinator at the National Center of Deafness. The family is heavily involved in the success of CSUN and NCOD.
Selna is an enthusiastic supporter of NCOD and said her entire experience at CSUN has enriched her life.
“Without the (various) staffs, I wouldn’t be able to achieve my goals,” she said. “I thank everyone who has made it happen for me.”
Stefanie DuBois ’73
Nursing Alumni Chapter
While Stefanie DuBois is a CSUN alumna, she didn’t study in the department of nursing. She was an English major who received her secondary education teaching credential at CSUN.
But she wanted to lend a hand to CSUN. Her husband Bob Finkelstein was president of the Environmental and Occupational Health Chapter. She thus volunteered her administrative skills to then College of Health and Human Development Dean Sylvia Alva who then got her in touch with the Department of Nursing to reboot the alumni chapter.
She helped relaunch the chapter and assisted with the department’s 20th anniversary celebration in 2015 by doing much of the administrative work, getting sponsorships and helping plan the program.
“I am proud that I helped the nursing department recruit alums who can participate in the department alumni chapter’s goals to promote the department and, long term, provide enrichment activities for both undergrads and grad nurses in their field,” said DuBois, whose mother was a nurse in the Red Cross during World War II.
DuBois and her husband also provided a scholarship to an EOH student who was selected due to academic achievement and need.
“CSUN has a special place in my heart, for not only were my years there fascinating and challenging, but they also prepared me for many different job endeavors and opened my eyes up to the wonders of lifelong learning,” DuBois said. “I will always have fondness for the sights and smells of Sierra Hall.”
Anita Slechta ’79, M.S. ’86
Radiologic Sciences Alumni Chapter
Four years ago, Anita Slechta was one of the founders of the Radiological Sciences Alumni Chapter and has since been instrumental to the chapter and in execution of its annual speed-mentoring event and annual continuing education workshop.
Slechta is the chair of CSUN’s Department of Health Sciences and director of radiologic sciences. Her area of expertise is in radiation dose and medical imaging. Her research interest and publications have centered on radiation protection practices and radiation safety. Slechta has served on the California Department of Public Health’s Radiologic Technology Certification Committee, which approves all medical imaging regulations and many national professional organizations’ curriculum and policy committees
As a department chair she has managed to increase the productivity, accountability and transparency in the program. She has also managed to increase the numbers of students in the program by working to increase the selection of classes offered and by hiring more faculty.
She has worked as faculty and program director for the past 35 years. She has dedicated a tremendous amount of time and service to the chapter, college and the university. Slechta has dedicated her career to the success of CSUN’s students and has been a mentor to so many who have walked the campus of this university.