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CSUN Honors Three Distinguished alumni

On April 29, CSUN honored three globally impactful alumni whose influential work has left an indelible footprint on their respective fields. Financial industry giant Milton Berlinski ‘78 (Computer Science), reality TV trailblazer Mike Darnell ‘87 (Communication Studies) and science and technology leader Patricia Maloney ‘80 (Chemistry) are the recipients of CSUN’s 2017 Distinguished Alumni Awards and were honored at the 19th annual gala event at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village. Berlinski came to CSUN as an international student from Aruba and is now one of Wall Street’s most accomplished figures. In 2013, he co-founded the private investment firm Reverence Capital Partners LLC. Today, he is the company’s managing partner. Berlinski was the architect behind Goldman Sachs’ Private Equity advisory business and ran its corporate strategy group, becoming one of the most important dealmakers in the country. Darnell took advantage of an internship he had while an undergraduate and made reality TV history. He is the president of alternative television at Warner Bros. and is in charge of three of its companies — Warner Horizon Unscripted Television, Telepictures Productions and Shed Media. Darnell oversees 35 series, including The Bachelor, The Voice and The Ellen DeGeneres Show. Prior to joining Warner Bros., he was the president of alternative television at FOX, where he oversaw and developed shows such as Family Guy and the mega-hit American Idol. While other networks passed on Idol, Darnell was the executive who said “yes.” It became the top-rated show on TV for eight consecutive seasons. Maloney is the principal director for joint operational programs in the NASA Programs Division at The Aerospace Corporation, and she was named the company’s 2005 Woman of the Year. Maloney manages relationships and oversees a team working with some of the most prestigious partners in the corporation’s portfolio, including NASA, the U.S. Air Force and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Previously, she worked in numerous leadership capacities for Mobil Oil Corporation. —Cary Osborne