Welcome to the California State University, Northridge Alumni Association. CSUN alumni have every right to be proud. With more than 40,000 students the demand to attend your alma mater grows stronger each year. The Alumni Association understands the importance of not only keeping alumni informed, but providing you with the ability to reunite and network with one another for personal and professional benefit. Staying in touch with fellow alumni and the university is one of the main benefits of membership in the Alumni Association.
Save the date for 2018 CSUN Distinguished Alumni Awards where we will recognize three individuals who personify the university's tradition of excellence and who bring distinction to themselves and to CSUN through their outstanding achievements.
The event is Saturday, April 21, 2018 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village, CA.
CSUN Alumni's Corporate Connect program was recently awarded a CASE District VII Gold Award in New Program Initiatives for creating a unique opportunity for CSUN students to explore new and different places to work. The program opens up a range of hands-on opportunities for students to observe the dynamic of the corporate world, work closely with potential employers, consider different industries, and engage one-on-one with alumni mentors. Click here to find out how to become a corporate host or to attend an event as a student.
It was a dream come true for two California State University, Northridge sisters when they opened the doors of their custom branded apparel and fashion business in 1989. The sisters, alumnae Roya ‘82 (Civil Engineering) and Rochie Saberzadeh (Business) envisioned fashion as the perfect method to help build a strong visual identity for CSUN student community — to provide groups such as sororities, fraternities and school clubs with affordable advertising. “Fashion is a universal language” was the sisters’ belief. Continue reading about the Saberzadeh Family.
CSUN alumni lead groundbreaking teams at Facebook, Amazon’s Alexa and one of the top artificial intelligence pioneers in the tech industry. This spring, these alumni leaders are bringing their expertise to share with students and amplify the work happening across the university by innovative faculty and staff. Continue reading about the CSUN AI Jam 2018.
Whenever Tom Iland ’08 (Accountancy) walks onstage, he wants to captivate his audience. Usually, that doesn’t take him long — he just shows them a trick. Iland assigns each of the 26 letters in the alphabet a numerical value: A is one, B is two, C is three and so on. He may ask a person in the crowd — say, Cordelia — for her name, and then add up the letters’ numerical values in seconds. While the person is spelling — C-O-R-D-E-L-I-A — Iland is calculating. Cordelia equals 67. Continue reading about CSUN Alumnus Tom Iland.
At 24, Tracie Karasik had just landed a job as an account services representative for a media company. Just one day in, she had a realization.“I was only there for one day, but it was like I had an epiphany — so the next day I quit and told them I was starting my own business,” said Karasik ’11 (Multimedia Production).In 2012, with her parents’ encouragement, Karasik started her own media company, TLKmultimedia. The firm helps individuals with their photography, filming and media consulting needs and provides training for individuals learning to be technologically savvy with Apple products. Continue reading about Tracie Karasik.
When staff at the Broad Stage in Santa Monica see the yellow school bus pull up in front of their theater, they know exactly who will be getting out of it: Hawthorne High School theater students. They come off the bus one by one, dressed in their finest attire — at the behest of Estella Owoimaha-Church ’10 (Africana Studies). Continue reading about Estella Owoimaha-Church.
When California State University, Northridge alumna Jackie Eckberg ‘88 (History) and her husband Ted received stock as a gift from Ted’s father, they weren’t sure what to do with it. The stock was old enough to be issued on paper. “My father worked for the phone company from 1932 until he retired,” he said. “A discount stock program for employees started in about the early 1940s, and he just let it roll over, not bothering to take out the dividends. Continue reading about Jackie and Ted Eckberg.
Stefan Haves ’82 (Theatre) wanted to create something universal, something that would be relatable no matter the audience. With that goal in mind, he realized his creation would have to be nonverbal.His answer? Back Man.Haves begins this act by taking a seat on a block. Then, he removes his shoes, dropping each on the floor with a thud. He places his hands at the edge of the block, grabs onto it, takes two quick breaths, and swings his legs back and over his head so his back is facing the audience but his head is hidden — they laugh every time. Continue reading about Stefan Haves.
The 1994 Northridge earthquake shook the California State University, Northridge campus at 4:31 a.m. on Jan. 17, leaving freshman Olympia LePoint and her two younger sisters — who were visiting for the weekend — fearing for their lives. LePoint ’98 (Mathematics), M.S. ’05 (Mathematics) reflected on the harrowing experience during a recent TED-style lecture, Your Brain Master Class on campus. The lecture was sponsored by the CSUN Alumni Association. Continue reading about Olympia LePoint.
Since graduating CSUN, Anna Magzanyan ’97 (Psychology) has built a career in media — both on the branding and publishing side — that has made her a unique figure in one of the world’s largest media markets. After successful runs strategizing and marketing on the agency side, and an impactful stint with the Los Angeles Times, she was named the publisher and CEO of the Los Angeles Business Journal last June. Continue reading about Anna Magzanyan.
Like many children growing up in the 1980s and ’90s, Klim Shipenko was fascinated by outer space. But, unlike his peers, he wasn’t fascinated by the stars or the planets — he was captivated by “the unsolved mystery of space,” he said.“[My] imagination was drawing images of what might be there, beyond the black mass. “I remember me and all my friends wanted to be cosmonauts [the Russian word for astronauts],” added Shipenko, who grew up in Moscow, Russia. “I never became a spaceman, but I did make a movie about them.” Continue reading about Klim Shipenko.
Moments before Tiana Webberley ‘14 (Kinesiology) took part in her first competition on USA Network’s Team Ninja Warrior, she flashed back to her time as a pole vaulter at California State University, Northridge. The same strength, athleticism and mental focus it took for Webberley to become a two-time Big West Conference pole vault champion were needed on the big stage as she competed against some of the country’s best athletes. Continue reading about Tiana Webberley.
It was the morning of Sept. 11, 2001. The first of two planes had just crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center. Ringo Chiu ’01 (Special Major) was sitting in a photography class at California State University, Northridge. That day, he and two classmates decided to go directly to New York City.“My two friends and I drove 50 hours from Northridge to New York,” he said. “When we made it to NYC, we decided to get closer to the scene. Once we made it, the three of us parted ways into the chaos.” Continue reading about Ringo Chiu.
CSUN alumni Adina and Ray Calnan have a personal understanding of the unique challenges faced by young immigrants to the U.S. At the age of 15, Adina ’04 (Accountancy), ’04 (Finance), M.S. ’17 (Accountancy) immigrated to the United States from Romania; at the age of three, Ray ’03 (Finance) immigrated to the U.S. Continue reading about Ray and Adina Calnan.
Following in the footsteps of her grandfather, dad, mom and several other family members, Erin Oxhorn-Gilpin always wanted to be a teacher.“I come from a family of teachers, so I guess you can say it’s in my genes,” she said.Oxhorn-Gilpin ’05 (Liberal Studies/Multiple Subject Teaching Credential) started working with children when she was 14. Today, she’s a first- and second-grade teacher (she teaches a “split class,” where two age groups are combined) at Northlake Hills Elementary School in Castaic, north of Los Angeles. This October, state officials named her as one of California’s 2018 Teachers of the Year. Continue reading about Erin Oxhorn-Gilpin.
Music and art were extremely beneficial in helping California State University, Northridge alumnus Daniel Cunningham ‘17 (Vocal Performance) overcome severe anxiety and depression because it served as a vital escape.“I was addicted to a lot of bad things, but now I’m not anymore and it started with music,” Cunningham said. He began to think about the difference that art can do for the victims of the Las Vegas shooting. Continue reading about Daniel Cunningham .
It would have been easy for Tayloure Richardson ’15 (Criminology) to succumb to the disadvantage she was given in life.Born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a rare genetic disorder that makes bones brittle, Richardson said she came to California State University, Northridge with only two options.“In high school it was a much smaller environment, but coming to CSUN with thousands of students, you either sink or you float,” Richardson said. Continue reading about Tayloure Richardson.
Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Dalmacio has spent much of the past five years on an aircraft carrier at sea, catapulting fighter jets into the sky.Until the United States Navy’s USS Dwight D. Eisenhower returned to port this summer for maintenance and upgrades, Dalmacio ’11 (Screenwriting) served as a catapult captain — the guy who pushes the “fire” button, the last move in a complex series of steps required to give jets enough momentum to lift off from short carrier runways. Continue reading about Mark Dalmacio .
California State University, Northridge officials have named the building that houses the university’s business college Bookstein Hall, in honor of alumni Harriet and Harvey Bookstein and their generous support of CSUN over the years. Continue reading about Harriet and Harvey Bookstein.
Gabriel Bolivar ’13 (Health Administration) is the patient care experience manager for the Southern California Permanente Medical Group. As part of his job, he speaks to hundreds of people per day and every other Monday he teaches orientation for new hires for 2 1/2 hours.Public speaking is natural and easy for him at this point.But on Sunday night, Sept. 24, it became momentarily difficult for him. Continue reading about Alumni Scholarship Dinner.
California State University, Northridge alumna and Director of Administrative Services Edith Winterhalter has been honored as one of the 100 Most Influential Filipina Women in the World. She will receive the “Behind the Scenes Leader” award from the Filipina Women’s Network, at the 14th Annual Filipina Leadership Global Summit on Oct. 25-29 in Toronto. Continue reading about Edith Winterhalter.
A Kentucky native and longtime lover of music, particularly country, folk and rock ‘n’ roll, Robert Hilburn ’61 (Journalism) served as the Los Angeles Times pop music critic from 1970-2005. During his 35-year tenure as a music critic — “the greatest job in the world,” according to Hilburn — he interviewed icons such as Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Stevie Wonder, John Lennon, Michael Jackson, Dr. Dre and Eminem. Continue reading about Robert Hilburn.
They became teachers and principals. They helped shape thousands upon thousands of lives. Products of the Operation Chicano Teachers (OCT) program — an initiative that began at California State University, Northridge in 1973 and was intended to recruit and give academic support to Latino students interested in education careers — 13 women from the second cohort are making a new impact. Continue reading about Chicano Teacher.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Wing Dedicated With Stories of Close Encounters With Film Legends
History and future met for a close-up on Sept. 15 in the newly dedicated Hollywood Foreign Press Association wing of California State University, Northridge’s Manzanita Hall. The wing was named for the HFPA — international journalists based in Southern California who cover Hollywood and host the annual Golden Globe Awards® — after it awarded the school’s Department of Cinema and Television Arts (CTVA) a $2 million grant as an investment in the diverse voices of future filmmakers, the largest in a long series of contributions from the association. Continue reading about Hollywood Foreign Press Association.
Drums thumped and Aztec dancers moved to the rhythm of a beat. Fists punched skyward and purposeful chants filled the air. The throng of people walked briskly from Boyle Heights on the way to Downtown LA. The group was protesting a potential prison being built in its neighborhood. mark! Lopez M.A. ’15 (Chicana/Chicano Studies) was young at the time — so young that he was pushed in a stroller during the protest. Continue reading about mark! Lopez.
Few names are as synonymous with modern American music as Mike Curb ’09 (Hon.D.). He’s a living legend whose name graces a record label — Curb Records — and arts schools across the nation, including his alma mater, CSUN’s Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication. Continue reading about Mike Curb.
Soraya Fallah stepped up to a podium in the Anaheim Convention Center and spoke for the voiceless. Her subject: children with disabilities from Middle Eastern, North African and Southwest Asian backgrounds. Many of them grew up in war zones, in countries such as Iran, Iraq, Israel, Palestine, Sudan and Syria. Continue reading about Soraya Fallah.
Alumna Uses Counseling and Psychology Background from CSUN to Become San Francisco Teacher of the Year
There was a nagging itch that wouldn’t leave Betty Kradjian-Momjian ’88 (Psychology), M.S. ’92 (Counseling) soon after graduating from California State University, Northridge. While working in the retail and wholesale food industry, she couldn’t help regularly asking her sister-in-law Nooneh Dolbashian-Kradjian ’90 (Graphic Design), a teacher at John Muir Elementary School in Glendale, what it was like being a teacher. Continue reading about Betty Kradjian-Momjian.
The numbers were not on his side. Marquis Williams ’14 (Tourism, Hospitality and Recreation Management) bounced around between 10 different foster homes, attended more than a dozen schools between the ages of 8 and 12 and held a 1.9 GPA in high school. Continue reading about Marquis Williams.
California State University, Northridge was well represented July 20 with five alumni among the 22 teachers honored by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) at the annual Teacher of the Year Luncheon. Continue reading about CSUN’s LAUSD Teachers of the Year.