The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences is proud of its many accomplished alumni. Their education at Cal State Northridge helped prepare them for successful pursuits in many fields including business, the public sector, the non-profit arena and advanced education. We are pleased to shine a spotlight on a few of our outstanding alumni.
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Bettina Babbitt, CSUN Class of 1974, has over 30 years experience in Human Systems Integration front-end analysis, human factors engineering, cognitive engineering, decision aiding, pilot training and flight simulation, usability testing and test and evaluation.
Sylvia Patsaouras received two Bachelor’s degrees at California State University, Northridge, in Urban Studies (Cum Laude), CSUN Class of 1987, and in Political Science, 1988. She graduated from the UCLA School of Architecture and Urban Planning with an M.A. degree in Urban Planning and was honored by the UCLA Latino Alumni Association as the 2002 Alumna of the Year.
Ed has received many awards for his accomplishments, including the Community Award from the La Raza Alumni Association of Cal State Northridge (1979); the Valley Leadership Institute Spirit of Lenore Leadership Award (1997); the City of San Fernando Cesar Chavez Award (2000) and the Cardinal’s Award from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles in 2004.
Bruce F. Whizin, CSUN Class of 1971, President of The Whizin Foundation, The Whizin Support Foundation, and Genesis Charitable Consulting Group, Inc., joined the Jewish Community Foundation Board of Trustees in 1994. Bruce has been a restaurateur, a real estate property manager, and a licensed psychotherapist/hypnotherapist and family counselor.
As President of the Herb Alpert Foundation, Rona Sebastian, CSUN Class of 1972, oversees a wide range of programs that support the arts, arts education, youth development and compassion and well-being. She defines, plans and administers the Foundation’s areas of funding and program development.
Bernard K. Melekian, CSUN Class of 1980 and 1994, was appointed Director of the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) for the Department of Justice in October 2009. Prior to his appointment, Melekian served as the Police Chief for the City of Pasadena since 1996.
Heidi Lennartz, LCSW, has been in healthcare for over 25 years, beginning as a volunteer with the LA Free Clinic. In 1982, Ms. Lennartz received her BA from California State University, Northridge in Psychology and later earned her Masters of Social Work at the University of Southern California, concentrating in Community Organizing/Public Administration.
A native of Los Angeles, the Honorable Gerald Rosenberg graduated from Grant High School in Van Nuys and earned a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from Cal State Northridge in 1972. He earned his J.D. from Southwestern University School of Law, and has enjoyed a distinguished law career.
Phillip M. Adleson
Phillip M. Adleson, Esq., is a founder, principal shareholder and senior attorney in the law firm of Adleson, Hess & Kelly, APC. He received his J.D. from the University of Santa Clara Law School in 1976, and was admitted to the California Bar that same year. From 1976-1977, Mr. Adleson served as research attorney for Justice Margaret J. Morris, California Court of Appeal (Fourth Appellate District).