Celebrating Volunteers

Every year, thousands of alumni and friends give back to CSUN and its nearly 40,000 students. The 15th annual CSUN Volunteer Service Awards luncheon honored 27 of these generous individuals during a fall celebration at the Hilton Woodland Hills. These devoted volunteers have shown their affinity for CSUN by advocating for and donating funds to support the university. “We are here to recognize the volunteer trailblazers who help elevate CSUN and our impact through advocacy, mentoring our students, attending athletic and cultural events on campus, and supporting CSUN in so many other vital ways,” said CSUN President Dianne F. Harrison. The university presented Volunteer Service Awards to volunteers from CSUN’s alumni chapters, as well as supporters of its colleges and programs. The day’s highest honors went to Phil Mundy ’71 (Business Administration), Sally Magaram and Daniel Blake.

Mundy received the Dorothea “Granny” Heitz Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership, Magaram received the CSUN For Life Award and Blake was given the Dean Ed Peckham Award. Mundy, an entrepreneur who is in his third three-year term on the CSUN Foundation Board as chair of the Development Committee, was overwhelmed by the honor. “Little did I know when I left San Fernando Valley State College in 1971 that I’d be back here doing something like this,” Mundy said. Magaram has made an impact at CSUN by supporting, along with her husband Phil, the Marilyn Magaram Center and the Valley Performing Arts Center. Blake is an influential former professor and leader in the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics. “I was lucky to come here in the early days,” Blake said. “There were so many opportunities on campus, so many things to be developed, so many ways to serve — not only the students, but the community.” —Cary Osborne