Kim Knight ’01 (English), M.A. ’04 (English Literature), an assistant professor of emerging media and communication at the University of Texas at Dallas, received the 2016 Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award for her work and innovation in the classroom. Knight credited her training at CSUN for her achievement. Barbara Eisen-Herman ’02 (M.A., Educational Administration) took an early disability retirement after 32 years of service with the Los Angeles Unified School District, teaching children with special needs.
Chas Jackson ’04 (Cinema and Television Arts - Screenwriting) had his pilot TV script, Gents, chosen as an official selection for the 2016 New York Television Festival. In the script, “a misguided young idealist, whose activism won’t pay his rent, fights the gentrification of his West Oakland neighborhood.”
Paul Alvarez ’05 (Urban Studies, pictured above) appeared on Wheel of Fortune as a contestant with his wife, Tracie Futterman- Alvarez. Peter F. Genovese ’05 (Information Systems) was hired early this year as a business analyst at The Doheny Eye Institute, where his work supports projects related to clinical trials of procedures and medicines aimed at curing eye diseases.
Jill Greenblatt ’05 (Theatre) recently was hired as director of post-production and technical operations at National Geographic. She oversees operational and engineering aspects of production and post-production for TV, film and online media.
Cary Hanson ’06 (Graphic Design, pictured above) launched — with his brother, Brendan — Cold Brew Avenue, a Moorpark-based company that has developed a reusable system for producing cold-brewed coffee. Their eco-friendly system and its patent-pending filter are made entirely of “brewer’s-grade stainless steel.” The proprietary system also eliminates the need for paper filters. It allows users to brew up to 50 gallons per batch. Once brewed and transferred to kegs, “cold brewers” can serve coffee and tea on draft, and infuse beverages with nitrogen for “nitro coffee” and tea. While at CSUN, Cary Hanson played on the Matador men’s volleyball team.
Pilar Diaz ’07 (Public Administration, pictured above), M.A. ’16 (Educational Administration K-12) was sworn in to the Los Angeles Board of Recreation and Parks Commission on Oct. 21, 2016. The department stewards more than 16,000 acres of parkland, offering recreational, social and cultural programs at 444 park sites. These include some of LA’s landmarks such as the Griffith Observatory, the Greek Theatre and the Hollywood sign. She was appointed by Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Rajiv Uttamchandani ’07 (Astrophysics), M.S. ’10 (Physics) is an astrophysicist and founder and chairman of the International STEM Society for Human Rights, a nonprofit dedicated to applying science, technology, engineering and mathematics — as well as education — to safeguard the lives of individuals vulnerable to human rights abuses. He is also the director of science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics education initiatives at the New York Film Academy - Los Angeles. He has collaborated with NASA and Northrop Grumman Corporation, and he works with fellow scientists from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to measure greenhouse gas emissions in metropolitan areas in developing countries. Uttamchandani is pursuing his doctorate in education from Johns Hopkins University, and he lives in LA.
Tom Vinh Bui ’08 (Cinema and Television Arts - Screenwriting, pictured above), M.A. ’10 (English Literature) climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, the highest mountain on the African continent. This endeavor was a longtime aspiration, incited by copious reading of the works of Ernest Hemingway during his CSUN days while pursuing his master’s degree, Bui said.
Carrie F. Murphy ’08 (Public Health Education), a former Matador women’s soccer player, is working as vice president of operations for the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL, headquartered in Sacramento), providing elite athletes the opportunity to play professionally after college. She has helped expand the league and previously served as a player and coach. Her mission, Murphy said, is to help teams all over the U.S. ensure that female athletes learn from strong mentors, and to help raise girls into great leaders. Nicole (Wilson) Pollock ’08 (Counseling) is an associate director of recruiting for Century Group’s interim and project services practice. The company is a recruiting and interim-services firm focused on professional, mid-management and executive-level roles in accounting and finance. In 2016, Pollock earned the Certified Staffing Professional designation from the American Staffing Association. Elizabeth Vargas ’08 (Cell and Molecular Biology) has accepted a contract job offer with an employment agency in Texas. Linda Coburn ’09 (Journalism, pictured above) and her husband, John Tajiri, recently celebrated the second anniversary of their electric bike store, Pedego 101, in Westlake Village. They sell and service Pedego Electric Bikes, and offer hourly and daily rentals and local bike tours.