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CSUN alumnus Ash Sobhe, 29, created the Sobhe Family Entrepreneurial Scholarship at CSUN. Photo by Lee Choo.Alumnus Ash Sobhe and the Pursuit of Happiness

Something was clouding the focused and productive mind of California State University, Northridge alumnus Ash Sobhe ’10 (Information Systems). The young entrepreneur started to experience headaches in 2014. Continue reading about Ash Sobhe.

2016 CSUN Distinguished Alumni Award honoree Jim Ring is a successful urban developer and philanthropist. Photo by Lee Choo.The Ring of Inspiration

In an 1,162-word story from the Dec. 7, 2014, edition of the Los Angeles Times, James Ring ’70 (Psychology), ’72 (Urban Studies) isn’t mentioned until the 966th word. His part in the story takes up very little real estate — just 89 words. Continue reading about Jim Ring.

A scene from CSUN's 2015 commencement. Photo by Lee Choo.More than 11,000 Invited to Take Part in CSUN’s 2016 Commencement

Approximately 11,120 graduating students, a university record, are invited to walk across a stage in front of California State University, Northridge’s Delmar T. Oviatt Library to the cheers of family members and friends as CSUN celebrates its 2016 commencement in two weeks. Continue reading about 2016 commencement.

Ron Sorenson ’88 (Health Administration), M.S. ’93 (Health Administration), is a part-time lecturer and a successful health administration executive who hopes that his extreme generosity will inspire others to donate to the programs and services offered at California State University, Northridge.CSUN Alumnus Works to Help Current Students Through Scholarship and Teaching

Ron Sorenson said he believes there are three things that anyone can give: “Their time, their treasure and their talent.” His commitment to California State University, Northridge is a showcase of all three. Continue reading about Ron Sorenson.

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.

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.Alumna Anita Sarkeesian Returns to CSUN to Talk About Women in Popular Culture

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.

Maia Sharp performs on Feb. 22 at the Valley Performing Arts Center.Singer-Songwriter Maia Sharp Traces Her Rise from CSUN

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.

Richard Kaufman conducting the Pacific Symphony.Alumnus Richard Kaufman teams with Stewart Copeland on “Ben-Hur” Production at VPAC

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.

CSUN alumnus Steve Loeper was recognized by by the Greater Los Angeles chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists as one of its Distinguished Journalist honorees for 2015.AP Editor and CSUN Alumnus Steve Loeper Battles the Upstarts

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.

Past AS presidents and vice presidents join current AS President Jorge Reyes and Vice President Sevag Alexanian at The Matador Statue on Feb. 17. Photo by Luis GarciaPast Meets President at AS Presidents Day Luncheon

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.

Alumna Ana Kasparian is the co-host for the political show The Young Turks, and was recently named one of Forbes' 30 under 30 people in media. Photo courtesy Ana Kasparian.Anti-Establishment Truth Teller Kasparian Makes Forbes 30 Under 30

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.

CSUN alumnus Michael Brown (left), with his son after a charity bike ride. Photo courtesy of Michael Brown.Alumnus Michael Brown: Success in Silicon Valley

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.

CSUN alumnus Michael Ambers recently shared some of his experiences of working in reality TV. (Photo by Luis Garcia)CSUN Alumni Career Q&A: Reality TV Insight with Michael Ambers

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.

From left: Carlos Barrios Sr., Carlos Barrios Jr. and Sara Barrios. Carlos Jr. presented his parents with this certificate, which represents a new scholarship at CSUN. Photo by Carlos Barrios Jr.For Mom and Dad, and for Future CSUN Students

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.

Alumna Eva Longoria plays Ana Sofia Calderon in the NBC sitcom Telenovela, which debuts on Jan. 4. Photo courtesy NBC.Alumna Eva Longoria Returns to Prime Time

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.

After five continents, 10 countries and over 34,000 miles, CSUN alumnus Joey Buttitta (left) and Kelsey Gerckens (center) are crowned the winners of The Amazing Race and awarded the $1 million prize on the season finale. Also pictured is host Phil Keoghan. Photo by John P. Filo/CBS.CSUN Alumnus Joey Buttitta Held on to an Amazing Secret

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.

Photo of Krisitn Smith with her son Kingston. Photo courtesy of Kristin Smith.Fast-Moving Alumna and Former Hoops Player Kristin Smith Rules the Morning

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.

After spending four years together at CSUN, Ashlee Guay, left, and Camille Mahlknecht, right, are reunited as teammates in Germany. Photo provided by Ashlee Guay.From Northridge to Europe: Three Former Matadors Continue Basketball Careers Overseas

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.

Photo of Jessica MarquezEmbroiderer and Photographer Jessica Marquez Is Becoming the ‘Brooklyn It Girl’

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.

Photo of Ed BurkeAlumnus Ed Burke: Charity Begins at Home

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.

Brooke Noska '14 (Cinema and Television Arts) was part of a team that won an Emmy for Outstanding Special Visual Effects in a Supporting Role for its work on American Horror Story: Freak Show.CSUN Alumna’s Aggressive Pursuit Led to Being Part of an Emmy-Winning Team

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.

Photo of Andy GrammerAndy Grammer on Why It’s Good to be Alive

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.

Photo of Jonathan MelendezCSUN Alumnus Dares You Not to Get Hungry

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.

Photo of Vice President, Joe BidenCSUN alumnus’ company Pick My Solar meets Biden, works with Google

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) has worked on more than 100 feature film productions in directorial and production roles. He most recently was the executive producer of Marvel Studios' Ant-Man/ Photo by Lee ChooMichael Grillo: A Full-Circle Production

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.

2015 Dorothea "Granny" Heitz Award recipient David Malone.2015 Volunteer Service Awards Honor ’81 Grad, Former Psych Professor and 37 CSUN Devotees

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.

Photo of Carlos FuentesCarlos Fuentes’ Elevation to CSUN Alumni Association President

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.


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