Will Gorenfeld ’65 (Sociology) and his son, John, published Kearny’s Dragoons Out West: The Birth of the U.S. Cavalry, from University of Oklahoma Press. Will Gorenfeld noted that 57 years ago, San Fernando Valley State College professors Bess Hawes and John Baur inspired him to write a thesis on the folk music of the Army in the American West. The professors provided useful guidance on the project, he said. Law school, marriage, children and a job “sidetracked me for the ensuing years, but the dream was never forgotten,” he said. After he retired in 2007, he rekindled the dream and published the book in fall 2016. “I only wish these two wonderful professors were still alive so that I might thank them for their inspiration and assistance,” Gorenfeld said.



Bettina A. Babbitt ’73 (Psychology), M.A. ’75 (Educational Psychology) published Family Stories of Old and New Americans. She retired from the Aerospace Corporation as a senior engineer. Previously, she worked for Northrop Grumman and Essex Corporation.


Nancy Shiffrin ’73 (English) published a series of essays, entitled My Jewish Name: Heritage and Creativity; a novel, Out of the Garden; and a collection of poetry, Game with Variations, from Infinity Publishing.


Sesar Carreno ’95 (History) published a history of the San Joaquin Valley city Tulare in the Images of America series. A teacher in the Earlimart School District, Carreno was honored with CSUN’s Volunteer Service Award in 2002. His brothers, Alex Carreno ’96 (Marketing) and Carlos Carreno ’04 (History) are also Matador alumni.