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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
CSUN alumna and prominent media critic Anita Sarkeesian ’07 (Communication Studies) speaks about portrayals of women in film, television, video games and other popular culture, March 9, 2016 at the Northridge Center at the University Student Union. Photo by Lee Choo. Continue reading about Anita Sarkeesian.
If singer-songwriter Maia Sharp walks the line backward, it takes her to California State University, Northridge. It’s where she received a significant part of her music education. But what resonated maybe more for her, is it introduced her to a community. Continue reading about Maia Sharp.
Imagine this: The original Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ on the big screen, with a score composed and performed by Stewart Copeland of The Police and accompanied by the Pacific Orchestra — led by distinguished alumnus conductor Richard Kaufman. A multimedia mash-up, if you will. Continue reading about Richard Kaufman.
Forbes began publishing in 1917, and through the years its lofty reputation has matched the topics it covers. It is known as one of the most intelligent financial publications in the nation, maybe the world, with its focus on the elite, the moneymakers, the industry giants. Continue reading about Steve Loeper.
You could say it was kind of like having Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush and Barack Obama together in the same room. Continue reading about the luncheon.
Forbes began publishing in 1917, and through the years its lofty reputation has matched the topics it covers. It is known as one of the most intelligent financial publications in the nation, maybe the world, with its focus on the elite, the moneymakers, the industry giants. Continue reading about Ana Kasparian.
As graduation creeps up on the more than 10,000 seniors expected to graduate from California State University, Northridge in May, some will not have a definite idea of where their future will lead. Alumnus Michael Brown was one of those students. After graduating from the campus in 1973 with a degree in kinesiology, Brown had no idea that his career would take him to the top of Silicon Valley. Continue reading about Michael Brown.
Michael Ambers ’92 (Journalism) has worked in the entertainment industry for more than 15 years. He is a reality and nonfiction TV producer for Pie Town Productions. Continue reading about Michael Ambers.
The Barrios family is big — 27 people big. They all made their way to Carlos Barrios’ house in Los Angeles for one of the most important days of the year. Continue reading about the scholarship.
On Jan. 4, Eva Longoria ’13 (M.A., Chicana/o Studies) makes a bold return to TV in the new sitcom Telenovela. Airing Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on NBC, the show is a behind-the-scenes look at the often-funny happenings of a tight-knit crew working on a fictional Spanish-language soap opera. Continue reading about Eva Longoria.
Joey Buttitta ’11 (Journalism) had a secret that he couldn’t wait to share with the world — but he had to wait about five months. Continue reading about Joey Buttitta.
Kristin Smith '05 (Communication Studies) has made a career out of being on morning television. She is now the "Mommy/Lifestyle" expert on Hallmark Channel's Home & Family. Continue reading about Kristin Smith.
It was less than a year ago that the California State University, Northridge women’s basketball team — led in large part by seniors Ashlee Guay, Camille Mahlknecht and Janae Sharpe — celebrated their second consecutive Big West championship. Continue reading about former Matadors basketball players.
Years ago he lived in the mind of a little girl named Ashley. Today, his spirit lives on in the work of her cousin, California State University, Northridge alumna Jessica Marquez ‘04 (Art). Continue reading about Jessica Marquez.
Ed Burke ’60 (Social Science) spent nearly four decades as an educator and as much time involved in politics, from the local to the national level. He always had a drive to help others, but after retiring in 2012, he wasn’t sure how to continue making a contribution. Continue reading about Ed Burke.
Immediately after the Creative Emmy Awards in September, California State University, Northridge alumna Brooke Noska ’14 (Cinema and Television Arts) pulled her phone out and made some phone calls. Continue reading about Brooke Noska.
The past few months have been a good kind of hectic for Andy Grammer. The singer-songwriter and 2007 CSUN music alumnus who brought us the hit song Honey, I’m Good released his second album, Magazines or Novels, on Aug. 5, and he debuted on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars on Sept. 14. Continue reading about Andy Grammer.
By visiting Jonathan Melendez’s food and photography blog, The Candid Appetite, you’re in danger of committing at least two of the seven deadly sins. Lust and gluttony come to mind as a digital slideshow scrolls scenes of Bratwurst, Beer & Cheddar Pretzel Pot Pie, Spicy Sausage Potato and Kale Pizza, and Vanilla Apple Crumble. Continue reading about Jonathan Melendez.
California State University, Northridge alumnus and Pick My Solar CEO Max Aram ’13 (M.S., Manufacturing Systems Engineering) was in Kansas City on Nov. 16 representing his company at the Kauffman Foundation’s One in a Million Contest. Continue reading about Pick My Solar.
Michael Grillo ’71 (Business Administration) had just walked out of the Valley Performing Arts Center on a calm autumn morning still in awe of the scale of the building and the beauty inside and out. There was a student to his left playing a saxophone and providing a soundtrack to his California State University, Northridge reunion. Continue reading about Michael Grillo.
Those words could describe the attitude of many of the recipients of the California State University, Northridge Alumni Association’s 2015 Volunteer Service Awards about receiving their honors. On, Friday, Oct. 23, CSUN will recognize them for their contributions to the university at the 14th-annual awards event at the Hilton Woodland Hills. Continue reading about the volunteer service awards.
New CSUN Alumni Association President Carlos Fuentes ’82 (Political Science) has clear objectives for the future of the organization. Fuentes, a former student government leader and student-athlete at CSUN who... Continue reading about Carlos Fuentes.