Alumni

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    Connecting alumni to each other and to current students

  • CSUN fans in the stands

    Building Matador pride and spirit

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    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

Alumni

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.

News

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.


Glenn Gainor on a set at Sony Studios. Photo courtesy of Glenn Gainor.Film Executive Glenn Gainor Credits His Years at CSUN with Influencing His Movie-Making Decisions

The magic of making movies lies in the collaborative process for Screen Gems executive Glenn Gainor, ’95 (Radio-Television-Film). As president of physical production for the Sony Pictures’ company responsible for such popular hits as The Perfect Guy, The Wedding Ringer, Think Like a Man, Friends with Benefits and Death at a Funeral, Gainor could spend his days working in his office on the Sony lot, taking only an occasional glance out a window that offers him a bird’s eye view of the soundstages where such film classics as The Wizard of Oz and Singing in the Rain were made. Continue reading about Glenn Gainor.


CSUN graduate student Kelly Ibañez was the recipient of the 2015 Ruth Rothman Scholarship, named after John Rothman's (right) aunt. Photo by Lee ChooThe Power of One Gesture

Kelly Ibañez, a graduate student in CSUN’s Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences and 2015 recipient of the Ruth Rothman Scholarship, was working full time. Continue reading about the power of one gesture.


David Nazarian speaks to graduate students from CSUN’s David Nazarian College of Business and Economics, faculty and CSUN leadership on March 8. Photo by Luis GarciaDavid Nazarian Kicks off Distinguished Speaker Series

There were a few telling signs of just how excited the more than 150 attendees at the inaugural David Nazarian MBA and Graduate Programs Distinguished Speaker Series event at California State University, Northridge were to receive some expertise from the guest speaker — David Nazarian. Continue reading about speaker series.


 

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