California State University Stanislaus
fall | 2008
The Kickoff Anniversary Issue!
California State University Stanislaus AlUMNi TrANSforMerS
A glance at CSU Stanislaus alumni who have transformed
and influenced the world around them
How conserving an ecological balance becomes increasingly
important to the Central Valley during a time of accelerated
California State University Stanislaus growth and development
A Two-yeAr celebrATioN beGiNS,
MArkiNG THe 1957 foUNDiNG AND
1960 oPeNiNG of THe UNiverSiTy
HArry PAPPAS GeT To kNow bev fiNley lT. DAN AND HiS bAND
Television media executive The CSU Stanislaus alumna Actor Gary Sinise will help
Harry J. Pappas awarded looks back on an amazing career kick off the 50th Anniversary
honorary doctorate launched by her education Inaugural Gala
03 UNiverSiTy NewS
Take a look at some of the new
A glance at the dynamic changes
developments taking place that cSU Stanislaus alumni have
The Master Architect and executive made on the world around them
Dean Gerard crowley talk at the
08 AMbASSADor SPoTliGHT future home of the new Stanislaus
Dennis cardoza’s efforts to intro-
duce foster youth to higher ed. State college in Turlock 30 SUSTAiNAbiliTy
The changing landscape of
the central valley calls for
17 AlUMNi coNNecTioN
bev finley’s amazing career; cover STory
a dramatic new look at our
50 years of memories; introducing
e-Advocacy; and more
28 PHilANTHroPy rePorT 10 fifTy yeArS!
A two-year celebration begins,
Susana Gajic-bruyea joins marking the 1957 founding and
cSU Stanislaus; donors boost 1960 opening of the University.
32 focUS oN fAcUlTy
Meet Dean fassinger; faculty
publications; and faculty notes
36 wArrior HiGHliGHTS
The return of Geoff bradshaw
and an update on national track
star Joel Stallworth
board officers: Susana Gajic-Bruyea directors Carol Bright Tougas
Executive Director Bright Development
Dr. Hamid Shirvani Bill Ahlem
Chairman Ken Whitfield Ahlem Dairy Matthew Bruno, Sr.
Treasurer Turlock Dairy and Refrigeration, Inc.
Matt Swanson Amin Ashrafzadeh, M.D.
President James Brenda Turlock Eye Physicians Dr. Moses Elam
Associated Feed Secretary Central Valley Service Area
Pet Extreme, Inc. JKB Homes Kaiser Permanente
Bizzini Investment, Inc.
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STAN magazine is published for alumni and
friends of CSU Stanislaus by the Office of
Communications & Public Affairs in the Division
of University Advancement.
Comments may be sent to STAN, Public Affairs,
One University Circle, Turlock, CA 95382
Phone: 209.667.3131 | Fax: 209.667.3026
Please send Class Notes, in Memoriam
information, and address changes to
California State University, Stanislaus,
Attn: Alumni Affairs, One University Circle,
Turlock, CA 95382
Hamid Shirvani, Ph.D.
vice President for University Advancement
Assistant vice President for communications
& Public Affairs
Magazine Contributors :
Tommi Lou Carosella Mark Rivera
a State University Stanislaus Don Hansen
Dr. Pamela Roe
Nahrin Mirzazadeh Yu-Tzu Tsai
Kristin Olsen Leola Washington
Tammy White Eric Arvizu
Alumni representatives to the editorial board
Dale Butler Ron Reid
California State University Stanislaus
California State University Stanislaus
California State University Stanislaus
Bob Endsley Dianne Gagos Jane Vilas directors emeritus
Coldwell Banker Endsley & Assoc. Philanthropist Philanthropist
Ed Fitzpatrick Steve Gemperle Paula Zagaris Leffler State University
California Gemperle Enterprises Stanislaus
Valley Lexus Gemperle Enterprises Liberty Property Management
Ron Foster Robert Triebsch Jane Bruner Philanthropist
Foster Farms Triebsch, Frampton, Dorius & Lima Faculty Representative
Welcome to our redesigned alumni magazine for California State who are making an impact as a result of the education they received
University, Stanislaus. I am confident that you will be pleased at CSU Stanislaus or the support they give to the University.
with the updated look and easy-to-read content. Our goal is to
Throughout the year, we will be making a stronger push to reach
make the magazine interesting and relevant to our readers—the
out to you as our ambassadors in the community. From visiting
alumni, friends, and supporters of CSU Stanislaus. As always, we enjoy
campus to promoting CSU Stanislaus among community groups
hearing from you and want your feedback. So please let us know what
and the media, from participating in our government advocacy
you like—or don’t like—about our new “STAN” magazine.
efforts to supporting scholarships and student recruitment, we
This is an exciting issue for us as we kick off the celebration of our rely on you — our grassroots ambassadors — to help us advance
50th anniversary, which has begun with a commemorative Web the mission and goals of California State University, Stanislaus.
site at www.csustan.edu/50th and will culminate in Fall 2010
With a new Alumni Director (who you’ll meet on page 18) and a
with an elegant and spirited University Gala. In between, there
solid University Advancement team in place, we look forward to
will be historical articles, concerts, receptions, galas, alumni
re-introducing CSU Stanislaus and our alumni programs to you.
activities, and more to commemorate the University’s 50 years of
service and academic excellence. Regards,
Enjoy reading the magazine, which highlights memories and
milestones from the past 50 years and tells about alumni and others
Hamid Shirvani, Ph.D.
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Harry J. Pappas, the Modesto native and
son of Greek immigrants who has success-
fully developed an array of television and
radio stations all over the country, was
awarded an Honorary Degree of the Doc-
tor of Humane Letters at the May 31 CSU
Stanislaus commencement ceremony.
President Hamid Shirvani and CSU Trustee Carol Chandler career, credited his parents who came from humble beginnings
presented the doctorate to Pappas, Chairman and Chief with instilling in him determination and the value of perseverance,
Executive Officer of Pappas Telecasting Companies, the largest hard work, and education.
privately held commercial television group in the United States.
“This great honor will encourage me to continue to persevere,”
President Shirvani praised Pappas for his dedication to family,
Pappas said. “I very humbly accept this honor. It’s important for
business, and philanthropy.
you graduates to seek the truth, great ideas, and always to keep
“California State University, Stanislaus is proud to publicly your hopes alive.” Pappas urged students to count themselves
recognize the exceptional talents and contributions of Harry among those who are givers in life.
Pappas,” President Shirvani said. “He has been at the forefront of
“For in so doing, you’ll be achieving the greatest riches of all; that
media networks for many
good name in man, in woman
years and his business ingenu-
is the immediate jewel of their
ity and insights have earned
soul,” he said.
him a reputation that places
him in the highest echelon of Pappas, who was a keynote
industry leaders.” speaker for the 2007 Com-
mencement, has expanded his
Pappas has been the recipient of
company over the years to
numerous awards and honors,
include 31 stations that he
including induction into Broad-
either owns or operates.
casting & Cable’s Hall of Fame,
Pappas stations serve more
the highest honor in the
than 16 percent of all U.S.
industry. He and his wife,
television households and
Stella, have established two
reach nearly 40 percent of the
foundations to help the Greek
country’s Hispanic households.
Orthodox Church, and they
His company’s most recent
support a number of civic
venture is CommunityCorre-
organizations and causes.
President Hamid Shirvani and CSU Trustee Carol Chandler spondent.com, the first Web
Harry Pappas, who dropped
presented the doctorate to Pappas, Chairman and Chief site of its kind for viewing on
out of college to join his family
Executive Officer of Pappas Telecasting Companies. the Internet as well as for
in establishing a radio station at
inclusion on TV newscasts.
the start of his distinguished
Young Harry got his first taste Pappas has served on the boards of the following broadcast It was his family’s broadcast
of entrepreneurship running a industry organizations: Fox Network Board of Governors, achievements that led Pappas
soft drink concession stand at National Association of Broadcasters, Independent Television to enter the profession.
ballroom dances. Stations of America, and the Television Bureau of Advertising.
In the heart of the Central Valley, California State
University, Stanislaus maintains its park-like setting in
its update to the Campus Master Plan.
A major library expansion project, renova- to preserve a green, park-like campus
tion of the original science building into environment with ample open space is a
a classroom facility, the addition of a key component of the plan.
1,200 -seat auditorium in the College of the
Projections estimate that the campus will
Arts complex, and another residence hall are
be fully developed and reach its full-time
high-priority proposals of the CSU Stanis-
student enrollment capacity of 12,000
laus master plan being updated this year.
students by 2027. Parking structures are
The revised master plan, scheduled to go expected to supplement existing lots to
to California State University Trustees for bring the total number of spaces to 6,000,
approval in January, will serve as a blueprint and campus housing would expand from
in steering the 228-acre Turlock campus the current capacity of 663 to about 3,000,
through its growth over the next 20 years. as taller structures are built.
It is the first major update for the master
Future construction will be concentrated
plan since 1968, three years after the opening
around the campus core and on the
of the current campus.
southeast of the campus to minimize
Preserving the University’s reputation as the impact of traffic on Crowell Road,
one of the most beautiful campuses in the according to the plan. Plans call for the
CSU system receives strong emphasis in former Yosemite Hall site property on the
the updated plan, notes CSU Stanislaus east side of Geer Road to be developed for
President Hamid Shirvani. Strategically combined educational and retail use.
constructing buildings and parking areas
MASTer PlAN UPDATe GoAlS: • Preserve green space and Learn more about the
• Incorporate needed changes while mature landscaping. University Master Plan at
maintaining the unique character of • Use infill techniques to repurpose www.csustan.edu/fs.
the campus. and reinvent CSU Stanislaus.
• Balance impact of growth with overall • Achieve harmony between new
appearance and intrinsic appeal. development and existing architecture.
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The quality of academic programs
at CSU Stanislaus continues
to grow with a groundbreaking
doctorate program and newly
developed master’s degrees.
The Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership in August. A Master’s Degree in Genetic Counseling is
degree program opened with its first cohort of 30 being offered starting in September, with CSU
students this fall. The University’s pool of 45 Stanislaus Professor of Biological Sciences and human
doctoral applicants was among the largest in the genetics expert Dr. Janey Youngblom. Plans have been
entire CSU system. approved for a Master’s Degree with concentrations in
Nursing Education and Gerontology that could be
Development of the program was coordinated by Dr.
starting up in the Department of Nursing in the spring,
Steven Lee, who comes to CSU Stanislaus with
extensive doctoral level administrative experience.
Classes are conducted by a core of 20 College of The new programs are expected to generate increased
Education faculty and another 12 from other interest in the expanding CSU Stanislaus Graduate
University departments or from off-campus. Two School, which includes 23 master’s degree programs
specializations are offered—one in leadership for and an enrollment of more than 1,750 students. Other
preschool to grade 12 schools and the other for recent master’s degree additions to the graduate
community college leadership. programs in Criminal Justice, Social Work, and
Ecology and Sustainability have proven successful,
CSU Stanislaus has also expanded its master’s degree
with the focus on workforce demands and education
offerings. The second of a planned series of 15-month
of students who can step into high demand, profes-
Executive Master’s Degree in Business Administration
cohorts started in Stockton in April after a 2007 debut
in Tracy, and a third session got under way in Turlock
cSU STANiSlAUS’ NeweST DeAN Learn more about
The newly hired Dean for The College of Education, Dr. Ruth how the College of
Fassinger, will provide key leadership for the brand new Education is preparing
Doctorate of Education program. An active member of the tomorrow’s educators at
University of Maryland’s College of Education faculty and www.csustan.edu/COE.
administration for 20 years, Fassinger began her post in July.
The University Bookstore will open in October.
As CSU Stanislaus continues to grow, new building and
facilities projects are popping up all over campus.
Front and center on the University skyline registered with the U.S. Green Building The new Student Recreation Complex,
is the new Nora and Hashem Naraghi Council through its Leadership in Energy targeted to open by early 2009, is expected
Hall of Science. and Environmental Design (LEED) to be a community attraction. In addition
program, gaining a Silver certification. to the Student Fitness Center complete
The three-story, state-of-the art facility
with workout rooms, aerobic exercise
features 25 science and computer laborato- Two projects are well under way—the $5.6
rooms, multi-purpose room, and lockers
ries, 16 science project rooms, four class- million University Bookstore behind the
and showers, the complex will feature a
rooms, 58 faculty and department offices, an Student Union complex and the $16.1 mil-
lighted stadium that seats 2,500 people and
observatory, and an animal care complex. lion Student Recreation Complex on the
includes a soccer/football field and track
The $55.4 million building project took east side of the campus that will include a
and field facility. The state-of-the-art,
just over two years to complete. stadium and student fitness center.
all-weather running surface will be named
The 110,000 square-foot building replaces Featuring an impressive architectural the Al Brenda Track in honor of the local
the University’s first science facility built design with an octagonal entry tower and coaching legend and founder of Brenda
in 1972 for $2.5 million, which is less than basilican form, the 12,000 square-foot Athletic Clubs who died in September
half the size of the new building and bookstore will be twice the size of the 2001. The Recreation Complex will also
scheduled for eventual renovation as current shop in the Student Union. In include adjoining practice and intramural
another classroom building. As an energy addition to the books, supplies, and competition fields.
efficient “green building” designed with always popular CSU Stanislaus clothing
priorities on environmental innovations items, the store will include a reading and
that benefit the occupants and surround- lounge area when it opens in October.
ing community, Naraghi Hall is officially
The Nora and Hashem Naraghi Hall of Science received a “Silver” we’re NoT DoNe yeT
rating from the Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design The next projects, following voter-approved bonds,
(LEED) program for its environmentally friendly features. The build- will be the renovation of the Science I Building and
ing is the first in Stanislaus County to achieve LEED certification. an expansion to Vasche Library.
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For the first time since 1965,
the centrally located Quad area, home of
“The Rock,” has received a major face-lift.
The project brings a new look to the heart
of the campus and center of student
outdoor activities. Trees, which had
become overgrown with roots that created
stumbling blocks and prevented lawns
from growing, were removed, and the AcTor GAry SiNiSe will HelP
ground was leveled. In addition to the cen-
tral Quad area in front of the Vasche kick off 50TH ANNiverSAry
Library, the renovated area includes the
section in front of the west entrance to the
Student booths now have a new area to call Actor, director, and musician Gary Sinise will University Amphitheatre for a concert
home on the exterior of the section in front help California State University, Stanislaus featuring his “Lieutenant Dan Band.”
of the University Union where concrete kick off a series of special 50th Anniversary
strips have been installed. New trees and Sinise and his “Lieutenant Dan Band”
celebrations on Saturday, Oct. 25.
lawn were planted in both sections, will perform in the open-to-the-public
complemented by a new irrigation system, Sinise, a former Academy Award nominee, concert which starts at 8:30 p.m. in the
and an extensive number of benches were is best known for his roles as “Lieutenant Amphitheatre. Tickets for the concert,
installed around the perimeters. New Dan” in the 1994 movie “Forrest Gump” available through Ticketweb, are $35
lighting was also installed. and as “Det. Mac Taylor” in the network (general admission), $20 (students), and
drama “CSI:NY.” He will be the guest of $25 (military veterans). For ticket infor-
“The Rock,” long a gathering spot for open honor and featured performer that day for mation, contact the CSU Stanislaus
expression on the campus and known by the first CSU Stanislaus 50th Anniversary Division of University Advancement
some as the “free speech rock,” remains a Gala. After participating in the Kickoff at (209) 667-3131.
fixture at the north end of the main Quad. Gala Dinner, Sinise will head to the
Discover online how Ed Bearden remembers taking More than 10,000 people
“The Rock” to the Quad in 1966. Find this story and flocked to the California State
more on our 50th Anniversary Web site: University, Stanislaus cam-
www.csustan.edu/50th. pus on July 4th to participate
in the 24th Annual Fantastic
Change by Herb Smart
coNGreSSMAN DeNNiS cArDozA iS HArD
AT work To MAke HiGHer eDUcATioN A
reAliTy for eMANciPATeD foSTer yoUTH
Congressman Dennis Cardoza is passionate about higher education.
Maybe that’s because Cardoza, whose grandparents came to the United
States from Portugal with big dreams in their heads and little money in their
pockets, was the first person in his family to graduate from college.
Now Cardoza is trying to make college dreams a reality for others, especially
children and teenagers who are at a disadvantage long before an admissions
application is ever filed.
Cardoza, who attended CSU Stanislaus before receiving his bachelor’s degree
from the University of Maryland in 1982, is spearheading the Promise
Scholars Program Federal Initiative on behalf of CSU Stanislaus. It is a bill
that, among other things, would likely give $300,000 to the University
toward its effort to educate emancipated foster youth.
In early July, a House Appropriations Subcommittee approved a draft of the
bill, which still has several hurdles to overcome. It’s likely that the final word
from Congress will come sometime in February of 2009, with funding
possible for the fall.
CSU Stanislaus’ Promise Scholars Program aims to provide Educational Opportunity Program or Student Support Services
students from foster care situations access to post-secondary Program, and involvement in the Faculty Mentor Program. For
education, in turn offering those students a better future. more information on the Promise Scholars Program, visit
Promise Scholars are awarded scholarships to meet financial www.csustan.edu/promisescholars
needs, year-round campus housing, enrollment in the University’s
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“Since my time at CSU Stanislaus, there has obviously
been much growth and progress. The campus has
What do you remember most about
not just matured physically, but people have helped your time at CSU Stanislaus? Also, things
have changed in several ways since you
provide more assets for the university and a greater attended. Perhaps you might comment
on how far the University has come as it
number of resources for students.”
begins to celebrate its 50th Anniversary.
I had a terrific experience at Stanislaus. I
served in student government, where I had
The advancement of foster youth is a As an example, I have a young person on access to the president and the dean. I also
personal cause for Cardoza, who repre- my staff named Estakio Beltran. The served as student representative to the
sents our state’s 18th Congressional Mary Stuart Rogers Foundation provides Faculty Senate. Fighting for the issues was
District in the U.S. House of Representa- grants to Gonzaga University, and good experience for how to advocate for
tives. He and his wife, Dr. Kathie Beltran — a foster kid — received one of my constituents.
McLoughlin, are the parents of two those scholarships. After he got training at
adopted foster care children, Elaina and the University, he has continually achieved. Since my time at CSU Stanislaus, there has
Joey, in addition to their biological Now, here’s a kid that probably had no obviously been much growth and progress.
daughter, Brittany. chance to succeed in life. He was signifi- To this day, the school continues to provide
cantly disadvantaged, and he had one last such a wonderful opportunity for so many
What follows is a sampling of questions young people to achieve their goals.
chance, and he is able to do great things.
and answers from an interview with
Why should people place a high value on
Cardoza regarding CSU Stanislaus, foster Why do you feel it is important to
a college education?
support higher education?
youth, and higher education.
I believe that higher education is the I am the first person from my family to
You feel very strongly about foster care.
Tell us your thoughts about the role of economic engine that provides our country graduate from college. I feel that my
foster care and its importance? with the advantages needed to excel in the success is one that mirrors the American
world. I believe our country is somewhat Dream. My grandparents immigrated to
Foster care is the difference between the United States more than 100 years ago.
young people that have been abandoned or lagging now in supporting higher educa-
tion, and I don’t believe we are building They came with no education and no
abused either ending up on the streets or money. All they had was a desire to do
succeeding in life. Our population consists enough universities. Higher education is
the engine that drives our communities. better for themselves and for their family.
of a huge proportion of people on streets. In two generations, their grandson was
One area where we can save some of them Tell us about your thoughts toward CSU able to become a U.S. Congressman. There
is by providing them with a college Stanislaus and the place that the Univer-
sity holds in your heart? is not a day I walk through the halls of
education. These students become part of Congress that I don’t feel thankful for the
a campus community that eventually I think CSU Stanislaus is a fabulous opportunities I have been given.
becomes their family. A lot of these people institution. The best of my college days
blossom under the ( Promise Scholars) were spent at CSU Stanislaus, and I still One of the important things about a
program and are able to achieve their dreams. consider myself an alumnus of the school. college education is that learning doesn’t
The education was fantastic, the class sizes just happen in the classroom. The
Tell us about your thoughts toward the
Promise Scholars Program Initiative, why were small, and I had the chance to really socialization skills I learned at CSU
it’s something you support, and why it participate. CSU Stanislaus helped me launch Stanislaus helped me on my path to
deserves support from others. my career and pursue the American Dream. achieving the American Dream.
Congressman Cardoza began his career in politics as an To donate to the Promise Scholars Program at CSU Stanislaus, or
intern on Capitol Hill and believes strongly in the power of for more information, contact program director Wanda Bonnell
internships to positively shape the lives of young people. at (209) 667-3957 or e-mail her at email@example.com.
A Two-yeAr celebrATioN beGiNS,
MArkiNG THe 1957 foUNDiNG AND
1960 oPeNiNG of cSU STANiSlAUS
by Don Hansen
wHere iT All beGAN:
Dec. 9, 1959: Turlock 1961: J. Burton Vasche, Ed.D., 1963: Dr. Alexander Capurso
July 5, 1957: bill signed by chosen as the new home of appointed President of became the second president
Governor Goodwin J. Knight Stanislaus State College. Stanislaus State College. of Stanislaus State College.
authorizing the establishment
of Stanislaus State College in
1963: John F. Kennedy
Stanislaus County, the 15th in
the state college system.
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Valley,” said President Ham Shirvani, who
moved into his fourth year as leader this
summer. “We are proud of where we’ve
been, value our growing reputation for
excellence, and are excited about taking
this University to an even higher level in
the coming years.”
The University’s accomplishments and
traditions and how CSU Stanislaus has
grown from its tiny beginnings through
an already rich history provide a solid
foundation for turning current vision into
future greatness. That the whole story
Local newspaper headlines proclaimed THAT’S wHo we were
even began in Turlock came as a big
“Jubilation in Turlock” when the announce- iN THe ’60s
surprise to many people after Governor
ment came on December 9, 1959, that
Goodwin J. Knight signed a bill on July 5, Youth predominated the
the new California State College campus
1957, authorizing establishment of culture of the 1960s. The
would be located in the quiet little Stanislaus
Stanislaus State College.
County agricultural community. The post-World War II Baby
Turlock Chamber of Commerce celebrated Following a highly-publicized process to Boom had created 70
with a “Victory Dinner.” determine where the college would be
million teenagers for the
located as Modesto and Turlock con-
Nearly 50 years later, California State sixties, and these youth
ducted all-out campaigns during a series
University, Stanislaus is still a cause for
of hearings for more than two years, the swayed the fashion, fads,
ongoing jubilation as a thriving institution
of higher learning and a growing source of and politics of the decade,
pride in the heart of the state on Highway 99. including the crew cuts
Since its humble beginning in 1960 at the and bouffant hairstyles!
Stanislaus County Fairgrounds as “The Flintstones” made
Stanislaus State College where more than their debut on TV, setting
700 students and 15 faculty once shared
off an animation trend that
accommodations with turkeys and fondly
nicknamed their institution “Turkey included “Alvin & the Chip-
Tech,” the University has transformed into munks,” “The Jetsons,”
one of the West’s top institutions of higher and “Mr. Magoo.”
education. Situated on a beautifully
landscaped campus with modern facilities,
the University has an enrollment of nearly President J. burton vasche (second
9,000 and generates an estimated $300 from left) meets with administrators
(from left) irene Hatfield, ernie
million a year in the local economy. reeves, Gerard crowley, Dean
Galloway, and Tom emmons at the
“California State University, Stanislaus is a fairgrounds campus.
valuable asset and incredible resource to
communities throughout the Central
1965: First mid-year 1966: “The Rock” 1968:Full-time
commencement appeared in the student enrollment
held on new campus. Quad. surpassed 1,000.
1965: Bob 1967:
Dylan records The Beatles
“Like a Rolling Stone.” release “Sgt. Pepper.”
State Public Works Board unanimously chose the current site teaching credentials. But over the years, the academic programs
along Monte Vista Avenue in 1959. It was a decision that would were expanded and both faculty and students had opportunities
eventually lead to a reshaping of the culture of the community to build careers in a number of fields.”
into a college town where “University Way” signs in school colors
Conditions were difficult during the first five years at the
along Monte Vista Avenue now recognize the prominence of the
Fairgrounds where temporary walls hanging from wires were
campus in Turlock.
constructed to provide for classrooms and offices featuring
“The term they used in those early days was that we would bring cement floors, no ceilings, and sometimes adjoining turkey
culture to agriculture,” said Lola Johnson, an English professor judging shows. Johnson has fond memories of the strong sense of
and the last of the charter faculty members from the 1960 debut camaraderie that faculty and staff nurtured as pioneers of a new
year to retire a couple of years ago. “We started out primarily as a higher education institution. Since starting with six majors and a
teachers college for people in the region who needed to complete handful of faculty at the Fairgrounds, CSU Stanislaus now offers
University has kept the region connected
to world over past 50 years
Turlock already had plenty to preliminary for the startup of a the years. During the Vietnam the 1998 CSU Stanislaus
crow about with the upcoming higher education institution War, Academy Award-winning Leadership Forum. He was
Sept. 19 opening of Stanislaus that would bring the world to actress and activist Jane one of a number of celebrities
State College classes in 1960. the community in many ways. Fonda spoke at a 1974 rally at who have spoken or per-
A visit by soon-to-be President While Kennedy’s election as “The Rock” to raise funds for formed on campus over the
John F. Kennedy 10 days President in November 1960 the Vietnam Vets Against the decades. They have included
earlier proclaimed that the city and his 1963 assassination War ( VVAW ) . Academy General Norman Schwarzkopf,
which had celebrated its 50 th brought changes to the world, Award-winning actor Jon former U.S. Secretary of State
anniversary two years before had Stanislaus State College did Voight also appeared on James Baker, former First Lady
claimed its place on the map. the same for the Central Valley campus during that time Barbara Bush, Hall of Fame
Nearly 50 years later, Califor- region as a place where period to demonstrate his San Francisco 49 ers quarter-
nia State University, Stanis- topics could be discussed in support for those opposed to back Steve Young, comedian
laus has become a rich part of an era that became famous for the war. Bill Cosby, and music stars
the region’s history as an the free speech movement. Nearly 25 years later, retired Ray Charles, Willie Nelson,
institution in tune with and After students Ed Bearden General Colin Powell who BB King, Lou Rawls, Boz
often linked to what is and Larry McGranahan commanded “Operation Skaggs, Vince Gill, Merle
happening in the country and brought what was to become Desert Storm” to retake Haggard, and Kenny Loggins.
the world. known as “The Rock” to the Kuwait from Iraq in 1991 and
Kennedy’s Sept. 9 campaign Quad on the new campus in later served as Secretary of
stop by train in downtown 1966, it became the place for State for President George W.
Turlock served as a fitting free speech gatherings over Bush, was keynote speaker at
eNTer THe ’70’S:
1970: Art, Music, 1972: Name changed 1975: A. Walter Olson
Major advances in civil rights, and Theatre to California State assumed University
increased influence of the buildings completed. College, Stanislaus. presidency.
women’s movement, a height-
ened concern for the environ-
ment, and increased space
exploration defined the decade.
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two occupied buildings were a main
structure (now the Vasche Library Building)
in which even the cafeteria was located and
a classroom building (since renamed Bizzini
Hall) that included science laboratories and
art studios on the second floor. Additions in
the 1970s included the Performing Arts
Complex that houses Art, Music, and
Theatre facilities (1970), the first Science
Building (1972), a new gymnasium that
became Warrior Arena (1977), and the
Student Union complex that included the
Dining Hall (1978).
CSU Stanislaus started offering classes in THAT’S wHo we were
Stockton in 1974 and, in 1998, moved to iN THe ’80s
its current Stockton Center location in Nerds became a hot
University Park where more than 1,000 commodity in the 1980s.
students are enrolled.
Wealthy and brainy com-
The completion of Demergasso-bava The completion of Demergasso-Bava Hall
Hall in 1998 ushered in a new era of puter wizards like Stephen
growth for the University.
in 1998 ushered in a new renaissance of
significant growth in enrollment and Wozniak helped. So did
building additions named after community movies like “Revenge
donors. With that new era, the “Turkey of the Nerds,” “Lucas,”
42 undergraduate programs, 23 master’s Tech” nickname was permanently shed as a “Stand by Me,” and “Peggy
degrees, seven post-graduate credentials, legend for the memory books. Ducks,
and one doctorate. geese, and squirrels were joined by students Sue Got Married.” The
who began to call CSU Stanislaus home in “Flashdance” look had
“It gives me a sense of pride that what
1993 when the first of three phases of young and old in tank
we started way back then with so little
on-campus housing was built. Yosemite tops, torn jeans, and leg-
has become such a successful university,”
Hall, built in 1966 on the other side of
Johnson said. Founding President J. Burton warmers. Others opted for
Geer Road, was closed down and two
Vasche, who died two years into his tenure, Michael Jackson’s glove or
more phases were built, with more to
would be pleased with the results of what
come. The Village residential complex Madonna’s fishnet stock-
he helped establish, Johnson noted. “He
now has a capacity of 663 and includes a ings, leather, and chains.
was a man of vision with great ideas and
dining hall and pair of swimming pools.
was oriented to faculty and students in a
When the move was made to the then
isolated new campus on the north end
of then rural Turlock in 1965, the first
freshman class was admitted. The only
1976: Jim Hanny’s golf 1977: New 1979: Library
team won first of 12 gymnasium dedicated in honor
straight national titles. completed. of Dr. J. Burton Vasche.
1977: George 1978: The
Lucas releases personal
“Star Wars.” computer arrives.
The village residential complex now has a
Changed Over the Years capacity of 663 and includes a dining hall and
two swimming pools.
When the first class graduated from Stanislaus State College in
1961, the average student was likely to be a white male over the
age of 37. Men sported crew cuts, plaid jackets, and ties, while
women preferred knee-length dresses and bouffant hairdos.
Now, as CSU Stanislaus nears its 50 th Anniversary, the growth
and evolution of campus culture is readily apparent in students
University enrollment statistics show that students and faculty
come from all walks of life. Female undergraduate students
outnumber males, the average age of students awarded
baccalaureate degrees is 27.5 years old, and full-time under-
graduate students average 23.3. Records show that 42.2
percent of students are Caucasian, 27.1 percent are Hispanic,
11 percent are Asian, and 3.9 percent are African American.
Women make up almost 46 percent of faculty, and minorities
comprise about 26 percent.
This trend is expected to continue into the future. By 2016, the
National Center for Education Statistics expects enrollment of
Hispanic students to increase by 45 percent, African Americans by
29 percent, and Asians and American Indians by over 30 percent. The Mary Stuart Rogers Educational Gateway
At CSU Stanislaus, 40 percent of all freshmen are Hispanic. Building, John Rogers Faculty Development Center,
Bernell and Flora Snider Concert Hall, and Nora
Much has changed in the way of fashion and trends since the
and Hashem Naraghi Hall of Science have been
first graduating class walked the stage. Beatle-mania, Sea-Mon- valuable additions. Upcoming expansion projects
keys, leisure suits, and mood rings have given way to Blackber- for the Library and Theatre buildings and additional
ries, skinny jeans, text messaging, and tattoos. Students wear new buildings to accommodate future growth are
jeans, T-shirts, and flip flops while faculty have adopted trendy expected to bring new landmarks to the picturesque
“Business Casual” wear as a comfortable alternative to the campus. The latest projects are a new bookstore
formal attire of the past. In the future, Forbes.com expects opening this fall and the Student Recreation Center
“smart clothes” featuring computers and other devices integrated that includes a fitness center and lighted stadium
into clothing to be popular and that “wearable technology will with a soccer/football field and track and field facility
become a basic commodity.” opening in early 2009. Nearly $200 million has been
invested in new building projects, infrastructure, and
campus improvements on the 228-acre site.
1992: Stockton Center 1993: First phase of 1994: Dr. Marvalene
The age of information and opened on the San Joaquin on-campus Residential Hughes became sixth
technology. From this decade Delta College campus. Life Village opened. University President.
emerged the World Wide
Web, Mars landings, and
1992: The “Real World” 1994: “Forrest
launches a trend of Gump” opens
television voyeurism. across theatres.
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The Student wHAT we’re DoiNG iN
will open THe New ceNTUry
in 2009 featuring a If you remember shouting
fitness center and a
lighted stadium for “Who Let the Dogs Out?”
soccer and track.
at Warrior Arena while
your brand-new TiVo was
at home taping the pre-
mier of “Survivor,” then
you remember 2000. A
year later, America rallied
together after 9/11 and
those nerdy engineers
As CSU Stanislaus prepares to celebrate its that have enabled the University to gave us the Segway. Pod-
50th anniversary with a series of special become an invaluable higher education
casting and blogging are
programs starting this fall, the future resource over the years of growth is in
bodes well for the University to develop place. Highly skilled faculty with a full now a part of our vernacu-
to its full potential and enrollment over range of expertise work closely with lar, and on we go…
the next 20 years. Considering how far students in a wide variety of top quality
the University has progressed and the academic programs at a comparatively low
mind-boggling development that has cost on a tree-lined campus that resembles
taken place at One University Circle in a large park.
Turlock, CSU Stanislaus already has
With the community having developed
plenty for its almost 40,000 alumni to take
around the campus that was once
pride in. The foundation for building on
surrounded by farmland, bonds and
the pillars of definition and distinction
partnerships are being formed that are
1997: Athletic program accepted 1998: CSU Stanislaus- 1999:Construction began on
into the California Collegiate Stockton Center opened Mary Stuart Rogers Educational
Athletic Conference. at University Park. Services Gateway Building.
1997: Dolly, the 1999: United States
first cloned Budget goes
sheep, arrives. into surplus.
stirring enthusiasm once again about the potential for Turlock to Khodabandeh said. “I think the University is going to continue
have a full-scale college town identity. to grow because of that, which will eventually help make
Turlock a great college town.”
Mehran Khodabandeh, a sophomore majoring in Business
Administration and Economics with a concentration in University culture and the still highly productive agricultural
International Business, is eager to see the University continue region where dairy cows, hay fields, and grape vineyards once
to grow and team with the community to develop a full-fledged dominated the landscape have become good neighbors as CSU
college town reputation in Turlock. He wants to get students Stanislaus strives to provide more college graduates for the
and the campus community involved in making that happen Northern San Joaquin Valley. As the University continues to
as he works toward his degree and makes plans to get into the grow and expand its academic programs, the increasing numbers
import/export business. of highly skilled college graduates have made CSU Stanislaus a
key component in helping to meet the demands of the region’s
“More and more students are realizing that CSU Stanislaus is
increasingly diverse economy.
a hidden gem in the CSU system, including some of the best
academic programs and faculty, right here in their backyard,”
Online learning moves University’s
As the CSU Stanislaus endeavor into
academic technology uses into the future online classes grows along with the
expected increasing demand and spiraling
California State University, Stanislaus written on paper or tabulated on slide rules transportation costs, Duggan said that the
Teacher Education Professor Melissa by a few who knew how to use them. By the University could eventually offer complete
Aronson commands a stunning view of the 1980s, the College advanced from the degree programs on the Web.
Inland Passage from her home computer noisy IBM keypunch process used in Nowhere on campus is the technological
in Haines, Alaska. Theatre Professor John registration to large early-model computers age more apparent than in the Vasche
Mayer teaches a class online when he’s and eventually transitioned into today’s Library where students access the new
out of town. Sociology Professor Myron advanced world of technology where automated catalogue via the Internet to
Orleans conducts classes from his laptop virtually all work is conducted electronically enhance their searches for periodicals and
computer in Brazil. via high-speed computers and the Internet. other publications. The Library had more
They teach CSU Stanislaus classes online Today’s college students are packing laptop than 2,200 printed publications and journals
through the University’s distance learning computers, iPod audio players, cell phones 10 years ago but has seen that number drop
program in what seems like light-years with text messaging, and Blackberries with to 1,200 as many of them have been made
since the typewriter era of Stanislaus Internet access, video cameras, and a accessible on the Web, said Carl Bengston,
State College in its early years. The Univer- myriad of other capabilities. Faculty use Dean of Library Sciences.
sity is expanding opportunities for stu- online learning tools and other computer Books and publications continue to be a
dents to take classes via their computers technology to post lectures, coursework, staple of learning, but more changes are in
and the Internet. A total of 22 tenured podcasts, and grades, and to communicate store. As advanced technology increases
faculty have taught 74 courses for nearly with their students. the demand for unlimited information
2,000 students via the Internet over the “It’s a tremendous market that hasn’t yet through the Internet and other sources in
past two years. been fully tapped into,” said Brian Duggan, the coming years, CSU Stanislaus is
In the beginning nearly 50 years ago, all Director of the University’s e-learning poised to offer its students the opportunity
work was done on basic typewriters, program. “The possibilities are incredible, to take classes from any location while still
copies were made on cylindrical mecha- especially for people out there dealing with maintaining interaction with fellow
nisms, and mathematical calculations were job, child care, and transportation issues.” students and faculty.
2000: School of Fine 2005: Dr. Hamid 2006: Princeton Review:
Cavemen are hawking car insur- and Performing Arts Shirvani named CSU Stanislaus in “America’s
ance, an astronaut goes AWOL established. 8th President. Best 366 Colleges.”
in a diaper, and, iPhones! Plus
Bob Barker retires from “The
Price is Right.” The new century 2000: 2003: MySpace, the online
has been everything but boring! We survive Y2K! social network is born.
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Alumna Bev Finley’s career
has taken her all over the world
by Nahrin Mirzazadeh
With memorabilia from numerous countries giving her living
room the vibe of a museum, it is no surprise to find out that
CSU Stanislaus alumna and retired adjunct instructor, Beverly
Finley, has traveled to more than 40 countries.
Finely’s world travels, however, aren’t the career in the health care sector fulfilling
only impressive events that make her life the roles of Director of the Stanislaus
story unique. With a career that ranges from County Health Services Agency, Chief
legislative work to health care administration, Executive Officer at Stanislaus Medical
Finley has much more than travel in her Center, Vice President at Emanuel Medical
career background. Center, Executive Director at the Stanislaus
Surgery Center, and other similar positions
Finley’s journey leading to her diverse and
in the health care industry.
phenomenal career began early on, but it
wasn’t until her later years that she really “I think one of the most important parts of
discovered her gifts and true calling — serving my career was getting my b.a. education,”
the community as a health care administrator. Finley noted. “It gave me practice in how
to do business. Both the b.a. and m.a. were
“I started college as a piano major and gradually
paramount in pursuing a career in health care.”
discovered I was talented but not gifted,”
Finley recalled. When asked about her motivation for
serving in health care, Finley, who also
After years of taking college courses, working
taught Public Administration courses at
at the University of Washington and in the
her Alma Mater, replied, “When we look
Washington State Senate, and graduating
at our lives, we should start by realizing
with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics
we have been given much. Not to share
from CSU Stanislaus, Finley began pursuing
blessings or the givens, such as health,
other avenues and landed a job teaching
etc., in our society is wrong.”
tennis at the University of Ife in Nigeria,
Africa. It was Finley’s experience in Nigeria One of Finley’s most recent endeavors
and her introduction to a group of doctors to help improve the health of others
who sailed around the world to provide was short-lived. She accepted a director
medical help that led to her return to CSU position for the Clinton Foundation HIV/
Stanislaus in 1975 to earn a Master of Arts Aids Initiative in Ethiopia which focuses
degree in Public Administration. on bettering the health of Ethiopians by
improving hospitals in that region.
“When I was an assistant to a friend who was
a pediatrician [in Nigeria], I realized that her Finley’s husband, Peter, a retired CSU
position could not fulfill all the roles,” Finley Stanislaus faculty member and counselor,
said. “She could not spend time on the fell ill, leading to her decision to withdraw
An impressive display of art, administrative things. That’s when I realized from the position.
textiles, and sculptures from I could do that. I could take care of the
Finley retired in 2001, but she is still
around the world garnish every administrative side.”
keeping busy as an active member of
room of the Finley’s home. Each
After earning her master’s degree from CSU numerous committees, taking care of
piece is coupled with a memory.
Stanislaus, Finley began her successful, 25-year her husband, and playing golf.
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UNiverSiTy GrAD “Jacob McDougal is a great addition to our University Advance-
JAcob McDoUGAl ment team,” CSU Stanislaus Vice President for University
Advancement Gajic-Bruyea said. “He is an outstanding gradu-
NAMeD DirecTor ate of California State University Stanislaus who has gained
of AlUMNi & excellent experience at non-profit organizations conducting
ANNUAl GiviNG special events and fundraising. He will be a great asset in
building alumni programs and generating enthusiasm and
CSU Stanislaus graduate support for the University.”
Jacob McDougal has returned A 2004 graduate of CSU Stanislaus with a Bachelor of Arts
to his alma mater to become Degree in Communication Studies and a Dean’s List achiever his
Director of Alumni Affairs last two years at the University, McDougal was Director of
and Annual Giving. Special Events with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Mission,
As CSU Stanislaus prepares to Kansas, for 2 1/2 years. Participation, revenue, and volunteer
celebrate its 50th anniversary, he assistance increased significantly during his tenure with the
will work closely with the Univer- Foundation, and he orchestrated formation of a number of
sity’s Alumni Council, Alumni community partnerships.
California State University, Donor Society, and the commu- “It is an honor to accept the position of Director of Alumni
Stanislaus graduate Jacob nity to increase the level of Affairs and Annual Giving for CSU Stanislaus,” said McDougal,
McDougal has returned to engagement with CSU Stanislaus who is a founding member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity at CSU
his alma mater to become through annual giving and other Stanislaus. “I am excited about the challenges ahead and eager to
Director of Alumni Affairs special support programs as well engage the alumni community and to build key relationships
and Annual Giving. as special events. within the Central Valley communities.”
Prior to working for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, McDougal manager for Stanford University’s Athletics Department for
served as logistics manager for the Special Olympics in North five years before turning his focus to earning a college degree.
Carolina where he enjoyed similar success with special events, McDougal said he chose to attend CSU Stanislaus because “of
volunteer networks, and fundraising. He was lead event its small class sizes and community feel.”
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SHAre yoUr MeMorieS, PHoToS
oN 50THANNiverSAry web SiTe
Perhaps it was that first day Your Memories” at www. her attain success, College of
you spent on the California csustan.edu/50th/memories. Human and Health Sciences
State University, Stanislaus Tell us about your favorite Dean and longtime psychol-
campus meeting people who CSU Stanislaus memories ogy professor Gary Novak
would become lifelong and join others who have talks about an old photo of
friends; the last time you already submitted nostalgic him clutching a Sigmund
watched the Warriors win an slices of their experiences. Freud bust, former Associated
exciting basketball game. Or, Alumni are urged to submit Students President Marty
maybe it was something your favorite photos from their time at Grynbaum brings up fond
professor said that made a CSU Stanislaus as well. Warrior Day memories,
lasting impression and stayed Public Relations firm Presi- Turlock Chamber of Com-
with you over the years. dent and Riverbank City merce President/CEO Sharon
You can share your memories Councilmember Virginia Silva recalls the fun she had at
about your college years at Madueño remembers the a professor roast, and Los
CSU Stanislaus on the friendships she established at Angeles casting company
University’s 50 th CSU Stanislaus that helped owner Robert Ulrich cherishes
Anniversary Web the fact that he met his wife, TV
site titled “Share actress Kim (Johnson) Ulrich,
during their time as students.
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higher education. Our percentage of $500 - $999 Anthony Souza
alumni giving is a key factor in helping Shirley Delevati
us maintain that status and in Thomas Clark Jim Theis
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vibrant environment of intellectual Aaron Filbrun Young Sandra
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Looking at people who transform and influence the world around
them, we can’t help but wonder who they are and how they got
there. The following individuals are all California State University,
Stanislaus alumni who have used their education to transform their
own spheres of influence. CSU Stanislaus has shaped their past,
their careers, and their lives.
by Yu-Tzu Tsai
While college is but a handful of years for self-proclaimed former “typical commuter a student. She liked it and wants to provide
most of us, the impact a CSU Stanislaus student” convinced CSU Stanislaus to pay that for others. Now, she does so every day,
education makes will last a lifetime, and student workers the state’s minimum wage while at work, at her residents’ homes.
often the lifetimes of countless others. in the following fiscal year, instead of the
lower federal minimum wage. Transforming Students
Transforming One Student
at a Time Then in 2001, Humphrey participated in a
letter-writing campaign asking all On another college campus, another CSU
Jennifer Humphrey (’98 b.s. Political
California State Universities to follow suit, Stanislaus alumnus revels in the broad
Science, ’02 ms Public Administration) is
and they did. variety of tasks that make up his job. As
an example of how personal transforma-
Superintendent/President of Merced
tions as a student can inspire someone to Humphrey saw “the difference in (herself )
College for more than 10 years, Dr.
want to change the lives of other students. when people took time to talk to (her)” as
Benjamin Duran (’71 ba Spanish) thrives
Humphrey is the Assistant Director of
on the “ability to forge the future of the
Housing and Residential Life, a position
campus and county of Merced,” making it
that includes the usual variety of paper
a better place to live and learn.
and desk work.
Saddened by the methamphetamine trade
Her job stands out, however, because she
that is destroying disadvantaged Latino
works where students are literally at
lives in the Central Valley, Duran
home—in housing. She sees the elation of
spearheaded a campaign to alert families
her residents receiving care packages as
by using fotonovelas—picture books
well as the devastation of failing impor-
popular among the Hispanic community.
tant exams. She enthused that her job is
The fotonovela portrays a man who
“never dull, never boring.”
ruined his life after getting involved in
Humphrey feels she is a “product of how the drug trade.
campus life changes a person.” As a
Duran also produced a short film in 2005
student government member, the
based on the fotonovela. He claims he was
subsequently cast as the drug
kingpin because no one looks Transforming
scarier than he does. Artistic Space
Realizing that fotonovelas are Another CSU Stanislaus
an effective way to reach his alumnus enjoying a successful
community, Duran used the career using his art degree is
same medium last year to try to Stephen Weaver (’75 ba Art).
encourage Hispanic men to enroll This renowned interior designer
in college. A new fotonovela has renovated everything from
portrays a restaurant employee Billy Getty’s penthouse to the
trying to decide between work- interior of a Boeing 727—to
ing and going to college. look like the inside of a home.
Duran recalls an incident at a Weaver insists, however, that
Merced restaurant where the “success is in the distant
owner jokingly complained horizon,” despite having been
that Duran stole his employee featured multiple times in
who opted to attend college Architectural Digest. Rarely
after reading the fotonovela. It taking time to linger on the
is anecdotes like this that keep Duran thinking of different ways finished product, he always
to improve his community and that show young Hispanic males “longs for the next thing.”
there are options for them in Merced County.
Transforming supply store, Artel offers art classes that
Local Artists students attend from all over the Valley.
The future of Nora Faria (’90 Some of these classes are created specifi-
ba Art) was changed forever cally for children because Faria feels that
by her professor’s passing having art in children’s lives is absolutely
comment. Martin Camarata, “vital.” Her own daughter, also an artist
founder of the art program at and an important part of Artel, is a living
CSU Stanislaus, remarked on embodiment of that. The family business
the inadequacies of the local also includes Faria’s husband Ed, a CSU
art supply stores and asked, Stanislaus alumnus with an mba, whom
“Why can’t someone open an she credits for keeping the business
art store?” financially sound.
In the fall of 1988, Faria and Georgia Herrick, an Artel class instructor
her husband answered that for 15 years, notes Faria not only stocks
question by opening an art “top-notch products” in her store, but is
facility in their garage, which also a “strong promoter of art.” Artel isn’t
eventually grew to become the only cultivating future artists in the
Artel Art Center in Modesto Valley, but is also keeping them supplied
today. Aside from being an art with materials to create art.
The Princeton Review ranks Warrior Athletics is one of 14 NCAA
CSU Stanislaus one of the Division II programs honored by the
nation’s “Best 368 Colleges” NCAA for overall excellence in diversity
in its 2009 guidebook. of athletes and staff.
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After his education, Weaver there is always a constant balancing act. Weaver notes
dabbled in painting and video that sometimes an artist must eliminate ideas that
work. It was his eventual partner don’t work, start over, and take bigger risks.
who got him started in the
interior design business. As a
designer, Weaver is an artist
as well as a project manager.
When he designs someone’s
home, he rarely purchases
existing furniture. Weaver
often creates the pieces, which
requires him to coordinate
with carpenters, metal workers,
Weaver juggles between the
ideal and compromise to
complete a project. He muses
that sometimes it is not practical
to try to arrive at a “perfect”
decision. In art, work, and life,
These alumni have undoubt-
Transforming International Space edly mastered the transforma-
As an undergraduate student, Dan Toombs (’88 ba Liberal Studies with tion of their individual spheres
emphasis in German) participated in his first study abroad program. of influence, and the people
While working on his ma in German literature at Sacramento State, Tombs they influence will change
studied abroad again in Germany. This time, he didn’t return to the States. others’ lives in their own ways.
He met his future wife, and they moved to England. The former restaurant worker
who returned to school may
His wife became his business partner and, together, they founded Compu- become a restaurant owner
Gift in 1997. CompuGift specializes in supplying promotional gifts and himself, or a college president.
incentives to businesses. Based in England, Toombs has customers The young artist gazing at a
throughout Europe. His knowledge of a second language and having lived in and experienced famed designer’s pictures in a
the cultures of other countries give him an edge in his favorite aspect of the job—sales. glossy magazine may be
For students who are considering studying abroad, Toombs enthusiastically advises, “Do it!” He inspired to become the next
obtained work visas and worked though BUNAC (British Universities North America Club). They Frank Lloyd Wright. The
offer opportunities to work, volunteer, and teach abroad in different countries. possibilities are limitless. The
transformations these distin-
While Toombs seems settled in England with three children and a business, his eldest daughter, 11, guished alumni have made are
has expressed interest in attending college in California. Would she follow in her father’s footsteps only beginning, and those at
and attend CSU Stanislaus? Tombs mulls thoughtful about his daughter, potential retirement, and CSU Stanislaus can’t wait to
the future and says, “You never know. Perhaps we will all be back over there in 20 years.” see what lies ahead.
CSU Stanislaus ranks among the best in CSU Stanislaus ranks as one of the “Top The Presidents Higher Education Com-
the entire CSU system for high student 100” institutions for awarding degrees to munity Service Honor Roll credited CSU
retention and graduation rates, accord- Hispanic students. Stanislaus for the educational and volun-
ing to the American Association of State teer opportunities provided to students
Colleges and Universities. through its Office of Service Learning.
NAMeD vice PreSiDeNT for
Susana Gajic-Bruyea, who started as Vice major Canadian university where she
President for University Advancement in played an integral role in an unprec-
November 2007 and brings a wealth of edented seven-year, billion-dollar fund-
fundraising experience from north of raising campaign. She is a native of Canada
the border, is enthused about what can and graduate of the University of Toronto.
be accomplished at California State
Gajic-Bruyea’s first stop in the United
States was at UC Merced where she served
“The community has been
very welcoming and
responsive to our efforts of “Susana has demonstrated that she can provide the dynamic
building support for this
University,” she said. “One
leadership needed… She has tremendous enthusiasm for
of the reasons I’m at CSU promoting the great things happening at CSU Stanislaus.”
Stanislaus is that I see an
immediate need in a number
as Executive Director of Advancement laus meet its fundraising objectives,”
of areas and really enjoy seeing those
Services. She was instrumental in building President Hamid Shirvani said. “She has
needs fulfilled on this close-knit campus.
the infrastructure to support advancement valuable experience in higher education
As we embark on this 50th Anniversary
in UC Merced’s Division of University and tremendous enthusiasm for promot-
celebration, I am particularly excited to
Relations where the three-year-old univer- ing the great things happening at CSU
re-launch this campus to the community
sity is establishing a fundraising program. Stanislaus. We are very pleased that
she has joined our team.”
“Susana has demonstrated that she can
Gajic-Bruyea served for 10 years as
provide the dynamic leadership needed to
Associate Director of Advancement
help California State University, Stanis-
Services at the University of Toronto, a
$318,000 ScHolArSHiP GifT froM DocTorS kAiSer STePS UP AGAiN, booSTS
MeDicAl ceNTer beNefiTS NUrSiNG STUDeNTS NUrSiNG ProGrAM wiTH $270,000 GifT
Over the next three years, six California CSU Stanislaus has expanded One year after donating $90,000 to the California
State University, Stanislaus nursing its nursing program of late to State University, Stanislaus Nursing Program, health
students will reap the benefits of $15,000 help increase the supply of care giant Kaiser Permanente again agreed in July to
per year Presidential Scholarships thanks to qualified nurses in the region, donate $90,000 for each of the next three years to
Doctors Medical Center in Modesto. and DMC’s contribution will benefit aspiring nurses.
go a long way toward helping
In addition to the Presidential Scholar- Kaiser Permanente’s philanthropic efforts have
achieve that goal.
ships, several students from high schools already funded a Nursing scholarship for University
in Modesto and Turlock will be awarded students, as well as a faculty position within the
$2,000 scholarships. Nursing Program’s Learning Resource Center.
Gazing at pages of program-
foSTer fArMS coNTribUTeS ming code just became less
$150,000 To PreSiDeNTiAl frustrating for some California
ScHolArSHiP ProGrAM State University, Stanislaus
computer science students.
Add Foster Farms to the list of regional Thanks to the recent establish-
businesses that have contributed to furthering ment of the Josh Neal Memo-
today’s education of tomorrow’s workforce. rial Scholarship, beginning this
fall, one computer science
The poultry and dairy giant joins companies student per year will be awarded
such as MedicAlert and Grupe as recent $3,500 toward his/her schooling.
donors to California State University
Stanislaus’ Presidential Scholarship Program. Computer science majors who
are full-time students carrying
Presidential Scholarships are merit-based a 2.5 GPA or higher are eligible
scholarships awarded to high school
for the scholarships.
graduates who carry a 3.80 grade point
average or above and who score more than Before his passing in 2007,
1,350 on their SAT. Josh Neal used his creativity
and operating system knowl-
use a boost
Foster Farms has been a longstanding edge to thrive in Silicon
contributor to CSU Stanislaus. In 1999, Valley’s computer industry. He
the company established the Tom Foster is a CSU Stanislaus Computer
Memorial Scholarship Fund, a $500,000 Science alum.
gift endowment to benefit the University’s
Economics Department and the College The California State University,
of Business Administration. Stanislaus Alumni Donor Society
plays an important role in ensuring
that student needs, such as
DoNorS booST MAriAN PAlMer scholarships, library books, and lab
equipment are funded.
NUrSiNG ScHolArSHiP eNDowMeNT
During her 25-plus years of supporting Palmer served on the CSU
California State University, Stanislaus, Stanislaus Foundation Board AlUMNi DoNor SocieTy
Marian Palmer did so much more than of Trustees from 1997 until her
lend a hand. passing in 2006. She was a If you are considering a way to give
founding member of the back to your alma mater, please
Now, her love of giving lives on through
Emanuel Medical Center join the Alumni Donor Society and
the Marian Palmer Nursing Scholarship
Auxiliary, one of the largest make a difference in the Stanislaus
Endowment, for which the University and
hospital volunteer groups in student experience. For more
its Foundation Board of Directors have
the region. information or to discuss your
raised more than $400,000 from loyal
ideas for making a difference, call
donors, including $100,000 from Emanuel To donate to the Marian
the Office of Alumni Affairs and
Medical Center in Turlock. The funds will Palmer Nursing Scholarship
Annual Giving at 209-667-3131.
be used to help aspiring nurses follow their Endowment, contact the
dreams and help others in need, just as Division of University
Palmer did in her lifetime. Advancement at 209-667-3131.
The changing landscape in California’s Central Valley—where
growth has been explosive—has caused us to focus on preserving
our agricultural heritage, native species habitat protection, and
natural resources—which are all valued as critical.
by Tommi Lou Carosella and Dr. Pamela Roe
When CSU Stanislaus opened for business Counties, the rate of loss has remained scientists call “carrying capacity.” The
in 1960, it was surrounded by farmland. closer to 1,500 acres per year. 1 In all three administration, faculty, and students at
How things have changed! As California’s counties, a significant portion of the CSU Stanislaus recognize the importance
population surged, urbanization has farmland being urbanized is classified as of sustainability and have several pro-
claimed ever greater amounts of farmland prime farmland, the best of the best. grams that embrace the concept.
and the water essential for its operation.
As the population of the Central Valley Since 1992, the Endangered Species
Between 1950 and 1993, 23 percent of Cali-
grows, the demand for water increases, but Recovery Program has provided students
fornia’s existing farmland was lost to
the supply of water cannot be increased and faculty with the funds and opportu-
urbanization. While some wildlands have
without significant environmental impacts. nity to research the impacts of develop-
been converted to orchards or cropland
Thus, increasing the efficiency of water use ment on our native plants and animals.
since then, the rate of farmland loss has
is becoming more important. If popula- First directed by Dr. Dan Williams, and
continued to accelerate. In Stanislaus
tion growth is to continue, it has to be now run by Dr. Patrick Kelly, this
County, the rate of conversion went from
accommodated by sustainable develop- program has been instrumental in
1,234 acres per year (1984–2000) to 2,847
ment. 2 Sustainability requires a new designing habitat protection programs for
acres per year (2000–2004) to an astonish-
mind-set, one that recognizes the limits endangered species and in working with
ing 3,245 acres per year for 2004–2006. In
imposed by the environment, what landowners to find solutions to biodiver-
neighboring San Joaquin and Merced
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sity loss (i.e., loss or extinction of species). students and faculty continue to work on
The Agricultural Studies Program, now ways to reduce the ecological footprint of
about five years old and directed by Dr. the University.
Mark Bender, is a multidisciplinary
Change is hard. The natural inclination of
program that includes classes in ecological
both people and institutions is to resist
agriculture, ag economics, permaculture,
changing the way things “have always been
ag policy, and the new tools used by
done” on the assumption that if it was good
farmers such as GIS (geographical
enough for past generations, it’s good enough
information systems). The goal is to
for us. But that assumption no longer holds.
prepare our students for a new future in
What worked a generation ago just isn’t
agriculture that incorporates sustainability
sustainable now because both our population
as a guiding principle.
and our rate of consumption of natural
The Department of Biological Sciences is resources have increased exponentially.
offering a new Master of Science program
As a result, farmers are looking at ways to
in Ecology and Sustainability with two
reduce their impacts by using waste
concentrations — one in the area of
products as resources, such as chipping
orchard prunings and using them as
“Educating the public mulch, and generating natural gas from
is an essential par t dairy manure. They have reduced pesti-
of the process.” cide use 3 and turned to more efficient
irrigation systems. They are implementing
new practices to reduce vehicle trips and
Ecological Economics and the other in air pollution.
Ecological Conservation. This program was
developed so our students could apply their The University uses strategically placed
knowledge of biology to finding solutions ponds to capture storm runoff during the
to the environmental problems they winter, which prevents sediments and
encounter locally, regionally, and globally. other pollutants from directly entering our
county’s waterways. The grass clippings
In the College of Humanities & Social and leaves collected from the acres of
Sciences, sustainability is a major theme campus landscaping are composted off-site
running through several courses, and the
Illustration by Tammy White
and can be used as soil amendments.
Council for Sustainable Futures raises Innovations like online classes can reduce
money for various sustainable projects. The the number of car trips to campus, saving
highly successful Bioneers conference held at gas, reducing air pollution, and even
CSU Stanislaus in fall 2007 (and scheduled reducing the need for more parking spaces.
to be held on campus again in fall 2008) is
an example of this group’s efforts. On campus, on the farm, and in our daily
lives, the cumulative results of many small
An additional indication of the CSU changes can reverse the tide of negative
Stanislaus commitment to sustainability is impacts and lead the way toward an
the new Nora and Hashem Naraghi Hall enjoyable and sustainable future. Educating
of Science. This spacious, modern the public is an essential part of the process.
building was designed to conform to the We anticipate that CSU Stanislaus will
Leadership in Environmental and Energy continue to be a leader in sustainability, San Joaquin Kit Fox
Design (LEED) certification program. (one of the many local
both in practice and in education. endangered species)
Although the campus has made progress,
Information on conversion of farmland can be found on the State of development that “meets the needs of the present without compromising
California, Department of Conservation, Division of Land Resources and the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.”
Protection Web site: http://www.conservation.ca.gov/DLRP/Pages/Index.aspx http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainable_development
The term was used by the Brundtland Commission which coined what has 3
Information on pesticide use in California can be found on the State of California,
become the most often-quoted definition of sustainable development as Department of Pesticide Regulation Web site: http://www.cdpr.ca.gov/
focUS oN fAcUlTy
fASSiNGer briNGS DiverSe
exPerieNce AS New colleGe
of eDUcATioN DeAN
She’s worked as an author, teacher, to train the teachers of the future, Ruth
researcher, and psychologist, and now Fassinger brings us scholarly and profes-
Ruth Fassinger can add college dean to sional distinction, strong leadership skills,
her list of experience. and delightful energy and enthusiasm,”
Fassinger began serving as the Dean of the
College of Education at CSU Stanislaus in Those leadership skills were evident at The
July, succeeding Carl Brown who retired University of Maryland in Fassinger’s
last spring. She comes to Turlock from the work as Co-Director of the College Park
University of Maryland, where she was a Scholars Advocates for Children, and also
professor of Psychology and Interim Chair as Director of the College of Education
of the Department of Counseling and undergraduate honors program.
With the College she oversees serving as
The administration change coincides with the primary producer of teachers in the
the opening of the Doctor of Education in region, it only seems appropriate that
Educational Leadership program, which Fassinger worked in New York’s public
began this fall. And perhaps that’s the school system for 10 years.
reason why so many — including Dr.
Fassinger holds a Ph.D. in Psychology
William Covino, CSU Stanislaus Provost
from Ohio State University. She is a licensed
and Vice President for Academic Affairs
psychologist in the state of Maryland.
— are excited to usher in Dr. Fassinger.
“As we launch the new Doctoral program
in Educational Leadership and continue
cArolyN STefANco “I was the first in my entire extended family to
graduate from college,” Dr. Stefanco said. “I share with
A prestigious teaching and research experience as a the students here a desire to create a new life for yourself.”
Fulbright Scholar in Croatia provided a notable first “Being a Fulbright scholar was an incredible learning
year at CSU Stanislaus for Dr. Carolyn J. Stefanco, adventure and a real honor,” Stefanco said. “I’m
Founding Dean of the College of Humanities and interested in international initiatives. I really want to
Social Sciences. empower students to see themselves as citizens of the
Stefanco lectured and conducted research at the world, to have a sense of ‘I can go anywhere, do anything.’ ”
University of Zagreb, Croatia, last fall on a Fulbright Stefanco is a firm believer in continually expanding
Scholar grant she was awarded prior to being named academic programs to better meet students’ needs.
Dean in July 2007. In addition to teaching a doctoral New graduate programs, more exchange programs,
seminar on women’s history, she conducted an and crossing boundaries between disciplines and
examination of the curriculum in Croatia. colleges are on her list of goals.
Like many students at CSU Stanislaus, Dr. Stefanco was “As students change, their dreams change,” she said. I
a first-generation college student and applies that experi- would like to help them realize their dreams, so it’s
ence in helping students turn their dreams into reality. important to keep up with change.”
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oN THe SHelf
20th century authors cited as he presents actual public sector problem
Faculty Publications situations, realistic data, and a unique set of
American realist models by
reference tables that facilitate analysis and
crumpton winter of english problem solving. Issues such as health care,
Dr. Molly Crumpton Winter of the English unemployment, environmental quality, crime
Teacher education Department revives the works of four 20th and safety, education, transportation, aging,
Professors author century ethnic authors who were ignored by the housing, land use, equal opportunity, and
book titled “writing critics of their day in her book “American emergency preparedness are explored. “Govern-
Narratives, Multiethnic Writing in the Age of
to Heal from rape” ing California” examines the successes and failures
Realism.” The authors from the era often termed
Teacher Education Professors in the important process of state government.
the age of realism – Mary Antin, a Jewish
Dr. Brenda Betts and Dr. Parental involvement is topic
immigrant from Russia; Zitkala-Sa, a Sioux
Pamela Russ co-authored a of Susan Neufeld, Jonnie
woman from South Dakota; Sutton E. Griggs,
new book titled “Writing to
an African American from the South; and Sui Shawkey book
Heal from Rape” that focuses
Sin Far, a biracial, Chinese American woman Dr. Susan Neufeld and Dr. Jonnie Shawkey,
on helping sexual assault victims recover
who lived on the West Coast – are acclaimed both of the Teacher Education Department,
through writing. The book is described by the
by Crumpton Winter for their emphasis on the teamed up on a book about parental involve-
authors as a practical guide for women
issues of ethnicity, identity, and nationality that ment in the education process titled “1 – 2 – 3,
recovering from rape, as well as for their friends,
she claims place them squarely in the American Parent, Child and Me: Multiple Perspectives on
families, and counselors. It is also designed for
realist tradition. Working with Parents” that was published by
use in college courses, workshops, and
Garner book the California Reading Association. The book
conferences to educate professionals and the
covers research on ideas for teachers to
public about rape and recovery. Betts and touches on
communicate with parents, multicultural issues,
Russ are Co-Directors of the Healing global building school communities, and messages
Ourselves Project which is designed to help accounting from parents to teachers. The Reading
women who are recovering from rape through
scandals Association has agreed to publish three more of
their writing workshops.
and possible their upcoming books.
women of color
issues explored in Dr. Don Garner of contributes to
book by Angela the Accounting and award-winning
cotten of ethnic and Finance Department co-authored his seventh
Gender Studies book titled “Accounting and the Global
Innovative approaches to Economy After Sarbanes-Oxley.” The current
volume focuses on the changing accounting icans & sports
analyzing cultural productions
and auditing standards in national and global History Professor Dr.
through which women of color
economies in the post-Enron/Arthur Andersen Samuel Regalado is
have challenged and under-
era and explores Serbanes-Oxley legislation a contributing editor and writer in a newly
mined social and political forces that oppress
designed to curb such scandals. It examines released, award-winning anthology titled
them are explored in “Unmaking Race,
the reasons behind and consequences of the “Mexican Americans and Sports: A Reader on
Remaking Soul,” a book co-edited by Dr.
accounting profession’s failure in auditing Athletics and Barrio Life.” The book was named
Angela Cotten of the Ethnic and Gender
and self-regulation in the final decades of the Anthology of the Year by the North American
Studies Department. The relationship between
20 th century, as the major public accounting Society for Sports History (NASSH). One of
the aesthetic and the political and the develop-
firms placed consulting profits ahead of Regalado’s stories compared the Los Angeles
ment of expression and creative practices are
public audit duties. Dodgers and San Francisco Giants Spanish
examined in the book by leading contributors to
language media on how they covered Latin
the fields of contemporary psychoanalytic Professor Giventer’s updated
players from 1958-81. The second was a critique
literary analysis, Latin American studies, books focus on public of Mexican American history scholarship and its
Africana studies, philosophy, and art history.
management, california oversight on topics related to sports. Regalado
Political Science Professor Dr. Lawrence recently released the third edition of his nationally
Giventer recently authored revised second acclaimed book titled “Viva Baseball: Latin Major
editions of a pair of his books, “Statistical Leaguers and their Special Hunger.” He also
Analysis for Public Administration” and appeared on an April 21 National Public
“Governing California.” In his most recent book, Television special titled “Roberto Clemente.”
Sociology Professor Agnes riedmann co-authors Alejandro vallega contributes to Heidegger
10th edition of book studies with new work
Professor of Sociology Dr. Agnes Riedmann is co-author of a popular Dr. Alejandro Vallega of the Philosophy and Modern Languages
book titled “Marriages and Families: Making Choices Throughout the Life Department makes what has been praised by one critic as “an important
Cycle” which was recently published in its 10th edition. Much of the contribution” to studies of German philosopher Martin Heidegger as well
instructional book explores the process of how modern day couples and as to research on the history of philosophy in his book “Heidegger and
families make what can be life-altering choices in a diverse society. The the Issue of Space: Thinking on Exilic Grounds.” A native of Chile, Vallega
book helps readers question assumptions and long-held values and to engages such main historical figures as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Kant,
reconcile conflicting ideas and values so that they can make knowledge- and indirectly Husserl, as well as contemporary European and American
able choices regarding marriage and family behavior. Riedmann is author Continental thought. He is also co-editor of “A Companion to Heide-
of an earlier book titled “Science that Colonizes, A Critique of Fertility,” gger’s Contributions to Philosophy.”
based on her research in Africa.
Information System (GIS) database on
NATUrAl ScieNceS Central American geoscience data.
fAcUlTy receive D
• r. Scott Russell, Chemistry, is
NArAGHi reSeArcH conducting research on bacteria
detection related to food safety.
GrANT AwArDS D
• r. Julia Sankey, Geology, is preparing
an NSF Sedimentary Geology and
The College of Natural Sciences awarded 12 members
Paleobiology Program based on her
of its faculty in March with the first Naraghi Faculty
global paleontology and climate
Research Grant Awards aimed at enhancing their work
research involving significant dinosaur
on topics ranging from outer space to food safety.
College Dean Roger McNeil announced the names of
• r. Nhu-Y Stessman, Chemistry, is
the research grant recipients as well as two additional
synthesizing and characterizing some
Naraghi Faculty Travel Awards that went to Mathemat-
novel dinuclear iron complexes as part
Dr. Christopher DeVries shows ics faculty members Kenneth Howard and Jung-Ha An.
off the universe and space on
of an alternative energy study of enzymes
The awards are bestowed in recognition of the late Nora in compounds that convert carbon into
and Hashem Naraghi, who established the Naraghi Trust hydrogen gas as an energy source.
that donated $2 million to CSU Stanislaus in 2006.
• r. Michael Stevens, Biological
The award recipients are: Sciences, is preparing a peer-reviewed
report on the roles of science faculty
• r. Jung-Ha An, Mathematics, is preparing
with education specialties in collabora-
numerical computations for those in the medical
tion with Biological Sciences faculty at
field as well as students to identify and locate
other CSU campuses.
nerves in an ultrasound image.
• r. Viji Sundar, Mathematics, is
• r. Chris DeVries, Physics, is using a network of 24
preparing a $1.5 million grant proposal
computers to create a computational star cluster to
to the National Science Foundation’s
perform simulations of millions of star formations.
Information Technology Experiences for
• r. Melanie Martin, Computer Science, is Students and Teachers (ITEST) program.
conducting a study of the reliability of informa-
• r. Janey Youngblom, Biological
tion on medical Web pages as part of a program to
Sciences, is teaming with husband and
increase the visibility of ongoing health informa-
Biological Sciences colleague, Dr. Jim
tion research taking place in the College.
Youngblom, on an NSF grant proposal
• r. Susan Mokhtari, Physics, will perform a to develop a research project, in part-
theoretical study of exotic black holes in space. nership with UC Davis, for students on
analysis of DNA microarray selections.
• r. Robert Rogers, Geology, plans to organize,
update, and add to the existing Geographical
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keyboard placed over
the box. The sociable
responded in the
Arounsack returns to Laos to document “Legacies of
War” Raising awareness of the devastation of unexploded bombs in
connected to circuits
Laos is the motivation for research being done by Dr. Steve Arounsack
and computers, even
of the Biological Sciences Department. A 1999 CSU Stanislaus graduate
picking out their mating
who earned his Ph.D. at UC Davis and a native of Laos, Arounsack is
partners in videos.
participating in a project called “Legacies of War” that is applying
Hesse and Potter plan
pressure to remove unexploded bombs dropped by U.S. military planes
to eventually publish the
there during a secret Vietnam War bombing campaign. More information
results of their research.
is at www.legaciesof war.org.
Anthropology Professor’s archaeological research
PE Chair Sue Fletcher makes presentations at interna-
presented at Smithsonian program Dr. Sari Miller-Anto-
tional conferences Dr. Sue Fletcher, Chair of the Physical
nio, Professor of Anthropology and Chair of the Anthropology and
Education Department, who recently wrote a report on improving sexual
Geography Departments, has
health in diverse populations after polling students in Family Health
drawn recognition for her research
classes, has been in demand as a presenter at conferences all over the
on human fossils. She was a
world over the past year. Fletcher was an invited speaker at the Third
presenter during a weekend panel
Africa Conference on Sexual Health and Rights held in Abuja, Nigeria, in
seminar series last year about the
February. She emphasizes that an understanding of ethnic background,
most stunning archeological finds
attitudes, beliefs, and values surrounding sexuality impact sexual health
of the past 50 years titled “Ancient
China Revealed” at the Smithso-
Sara Garfield’s Transitional nian in Washington, D.C.
Learning Center helps homeless Miller-Antonio talked about her
children in Stockton Teacher involvement in archaeological
Education Professor Sara Garfield and her discoveries in southern China.
staff and students at the Transitional Kenneth Schoenly
Learning Center, a school for homeless
children in Stockton, have made a big
entomology topics Life and
difference in the lives of thousands of
death come together in research
children of the homeless. Heading into its
conducted by Dr. Kenneth Schoenly of the Biological Sciences Depart-
17th year at the St. Mary’s Interfaith Center
ment. The forensic entomologist, who devotes his studies to insects, is senior
under a freeway overpass near downtown
author of a recently published Journal of Medical Entomology article. The
Stockton, the Center has served more than
story focused on field testing of the widely-held claim that pig carcasses
6,500 children who might not otherwise be
are valid substitutes for human corpses in training and research forensic
able to attend school. More than 400 CSU
Stanislaus students have participated in
programs helping from 200 to 400 students Professor Richard Weikart appears in Ben Stein
a day to find refuge in a supportive movie When actor, comedian, game show host, writer, and commen-
educational environment. tator Ben Stein made a movie about the always controversial topics of
creationism and evolution, he turned to History Professor Richard
Psychology Professors, students combine pigeons,
Weikart for commentary. “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed,” which
computers to study learning behavior Dr. Bruce Hesse showed at theaters nationwide starting in April, includes an interview with
and Dr. William Potter of the Psychology Department have teamed up Weikart, author of From Darwin to Hitler: Evolutionary Ethics, Eugenics,
to provide students with hands-on learning tools about behavioral analysis and Racism in Germany.
utilizing pigeons and computers. Hesse started teaching experimental
Kou Yang documents Hmong populations all over the
analysis of behavior using the pigeons in a small laboratory on the Turlock
world Dr. Kou Yang of the Ethnic and Gender Studies Department
campus when he came to CSU Stanislaus in 1984. Students are given a
spent more than two months traveling all over the United States, Europe, and
month to teach the birds to learn how to peck at an artist’s name and then
the Far East to conduct research on Hmong populations. Yang’s research
the corresponding work of art using a food reward system. Potter has
focuses on the involvement of the Hmong people in positions of leadership
taken the process a step further with the installation of boxes featuring
and their assimilation into the populations of countries.
lighted boards and assorted stimuli which the pigeons can peck at and
gain food rewards for picking the correct answer via a laptop computer
HAll of fAMer Geoff brADSHAw reTUrNS
To leAD TrAck AND fielD TeAMS By Mark Rivera
It has been a busy and field and loves to compete, and now he’s coaching so he’s
year for the Cal doing something that he loves to do.”
A talented baseball player throughout high school, Bradshaw
track and field
aspired to play college baseball. But when he first participated in
program. A new
a collegiate track and field competition at Cuesta College in
coach, a new
Southern California, it was obvious he had talent. Following that
stadium and, now, a
event, getting into shape to run full-speed for a lap– 400 meters–
new hall of famer.
became his priority.
“I trained all summer so it wouldn’t hurt anymore,” Bradshaw
the new head coach
said of running the 400, one of track and field’s more demanding
of the Warrior
events. “I realized that it didn’t hurt anymore. I could run the
men’s and women’s
400 -meters to the best of my ability without it hurting anymore.”
track and field
teams and a former Bradshaw admits that replacing Duyst, who shares a space on the
star member of the wall next to him in the Warrior Athletics Hall of Fame and helped
men’s squad catapult him to where he is now, is an eye-opening experience.“It’s
himself, was inducted into the NCAA Track and Field Hall of immeasurable,” Bradshaw said. “She always had that positive
Fame on May 21 in Pomona. The high honor came a day before encouragement, but she was also stern when I messed up, so she
his CSU Stanislaus athletes competed in the 2008 NCAA Division had that balance.”
II Track and Field Championships held at nearby Mt. San
Bradshaw’s return to the NCAA Division II Championships as
coach with CSU Stanislaus was something different.
“To quote Jim Sackett, ‘it’s a humbling experience,’ ” Bradshaw
“I was sitting there thinking, ‘It has been 14 years since I’ve been
said, recognizing the longtime Cal Poly Pomona coach who is a
to the D-II National Championships.’ It was kind of surreal in
member of the USA Track and Field Hall of Fame.
that aspect,” Bradshaw said of returning to the event as a coach.
It was not the first time Bradshaw received such an honor. The
“He’s a good coach, and he’s actually a bit tougher and that’s prob-
former Warrior is already a member of the Cal State Stanislaus
ably because he coached Division I,” Duyst said of Bradshaw.
Athletics Hall of Fame, and is recognized for his 1994 National
“He expects everyone to be the same as him. Sometimes I had to
Championship in the decathlon. Bradshaw, a two-time All-Ameri-
kick him off the track when he was competing. He’d be having a
can, was nominated for the NCAA Hall of Fame by former coach
bad day and I’d tell him, ‘Go home.’ ”
Kim Duyst, now Associate Athletics Director at CSU Stanislaus.
Looks like Bradshaw took his mentor’s advice.
“He was a great competitor and had great sportsmanship and is
definitely deserving,” Duyst said of Bradshaw. “He loves track
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NATioNAl TrAck STAr Joel STAllworTH
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Former Warrior standout Joel Stall- Stallworth’s last major appearance was in March when he helped
worth continued to raise the level of his advance the U.S. 4x400 relay team to a Gold Medal finish at the
running career as he qualified and IAAF World Indoor Track & Field Championships in Valencia,
competed in the U.S. Olympic Trials Spain. He took home a gold medal after running the team’s third
in Eugene, Ore., in late June. leg in qualifying when the U.S. turned in the fastest preliminary
time of 3:08.07. Stallworth was replaced by Greg Nixon in the final
Stallworth clocked 46.68 seconds in the
as the Americans (3:06.79) beat Jamaica (3:07.69) for the medal.
400 -meter run to finish fifth in his heat
during the quarterfinal round, but did Stallworth was a two-time California Collegiate Athletic
not advance as only the top three in the Association Track & Field Athlete of the Year for CSU Stanislaus
heat moved on to the semifinals. after a stellar career as a basketball player for the Warriors.
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Arturo Flores, ’73 Social Science, came to California went on to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Social Science, a teaching credential
State University, Stanislaus to play baseball and left in at UC Santa Cruz, and a Master’s Degree in Education with an emphasis on
1973 with a degree that launched him on the road to bilingual education three years later at Sacramento State. He gained early teaching
becoming the education leader he is today as Modesto experience as an instructional aide in migrant worker camps before starting his
City Schools Superintendent. professional career as a junior high teacher in Salinas.
One of 10 children of migrant worker parents, Flores Thirty-seven years later, after compiling a brilliant career that included teaching at
worked the agricultural fields with his family while he the junior high school and high school levels, a high school principalship, and a
was a youngster. Baseball captured his interest, and variety of administrative positions, Flores returned to his home area as leader of
the big first baseman was a standout player at Atwater Modesto’s public school system in July 2007. He spent 15 years with the
High and then Merced College before being recruited Sacramento School District where he developed a reputation as a top-flight
by former Cal State Stanislaus baseball coach Jim educator while spearheading the development of a number of school reform
Bowen, then in his second year. programs designed to improve student success.
Flores, who hit with power, played for the Warriors for two seasons. Noting that he Reflecting on the positive experience he had as a student at CSU Stanislaus, Flores
was “too slow” on the basepaths, Flores said his baseball days ended soon after said that a close relationship with faculty such as retired Spanish Professor Robert
college. But he did heed Coach Bowen’s advice as they talked regularly while Anderson helped keep him on track as the first member of his family to graduate
walking around the University track. from college.
“Jim Bowen was one of my mentors,” Flores said. “He communicated very closely “I really enjoyed my time there,” Flores said. “The personalization and one-on-one
with the players to make sure they paid attention and kept their grades up.” with faculty were significantly important to me. I encourage young people to
Those counseling sessions with Bowen made a strong impression on Flores who consider going to CSU Stanislaus because of that.”
’70s Eileen Hamilton, ’70 Education risk managers in the country in 1999, Education, is head boys basketball
Antonio “Tony” J. Agbayani, Teaching Credential, was elected to and he was Public Sector Risk coach at Pitman High in Turlock. He
’78 BA Political Science, of Manteca the Turlock School District Board of Management Association Manager of was an all-conference basketball player
was appointed a San Joaquin County Trustees in November 2007. She is the Year in 1996. at CSU Stanislaus, twice leading the
Superior Court judge in October 2007. retired from a teaching career at ’80s Warriors to the playoffs.
An attorney since 1981, Agbayani Turlock High School. Shirleen Lay Domitrovich, ’80
Doug Baughn, ’80 BA Education &
served as a deputy district attorney for George Mesrobian, ’76 ’86 Teaching Credential, became the Education Teaching Credential, is a
nine years before going into private Education Teaching Credential, is a new Salida Union School District kindergarten teacher at Sonoma
defense work in 1992 and being third-grade teacher at Stroud Elementary Superintendent in July. Formerly an School in Modesto. She has taught in
appointed Court Commissioner in 2006. School in Empire. He has taught elementary principal with the Turlock Modesto schools for 32 years.
He earned his law degree from UC Davis. kindergarten through third-grade School District, Baughn will succeed Karen and Laura Jacob, ’85
John Joseph Bleiman, ’74 BA during his 32-year career. the retiring Tony Borba, ’75 BA Spanish BS Business Administration & ’92
Psychology, of Merced is enjoying a Katie Coleman Peters, ’79 MPA , & ’80 MA School Administration. Education Teaching Credentials,
second career in the fine arts as an earned her Doctorate in Education Gregorio Billikopf, ’87 MA Labor identical twin sisters, are teachers at
artist, writer, and poet after 25 years as Administration and Leadership from the Management, is a mediator, author, and James Marshall Elementary School in
a bookkeeper. University of the Pacific in May 2007. farm advisor specializing in labor Modesto. Karen teaches fourth grade
Brent Bohlender, ’73 BA She is Principal of New Vision High management for UC Davis, where he and Laura is a fifth-grade teacher.
Education & ’86 MA Education, was School in Stockton. has worked since 1981. He served a Harvey Marable, ’89 BS Business
named a Sac-Joaquin Model Coach for Janet Skooglund, ’76 Education visiting faculty appointment as a Administration & ’93 Education Teaching
2007. He is California’s all-time win leader Teaching Credential, is a first-grade professor of agricultural labor manage- Credential, is head boys basketball
coaching girls water polo, and his teams teacher at Agnes Baptist Elementary ment at the University of Chile in coach at Turlock High School. An
have rolled up more than 1,000 victories School in Modesto. She has been Santiago, Chile, in 2005. all-conference basketball player at
during his 32 years of coaching at Beyer, teaching in the Stanislaus Union Sonia Casares, ’89 BS Business CSU Stanislaus, he led the Warriors
Davis, and Johansen high schools in School District for 32 years. Administration, is the President of to post-season play in 1981.
Modesto. He has been coaching at Raymond Sibley, ’77 BA & ’79 Valley Pension Services, Inc. in Dave Menshew, ’80 BA History &
Johansen since 1992. MPA , is Director of Risk Management Modesto. An accredited Pension Plan ’94 Education Teaching Credential, was
Donna Colbert, ’71 BA Elementary for the City and County of Denver, Administrator, she has been with the honored in May 2007 as a recipient of
Education, is teaching Special Colorado. The University of North company since 1999. the National Amgen Award for Science
Education at Crowell Elementary Carolina named him one of the top five Doug Cornfoot, ’82 BA Physical Teaching Excellence. Menshew teaches
School in Turlock.
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science at James C. Enochs High David Peterson, ’87 BA Drama, Enid Sepulveda Rodriguez, ’84 Jennifer Bates, ’95 BA Sociology &
School in Modesto. has been with the Cage and Cash BA English, teaches at Nova Southeastern ’00 MA Social Work, is the new Fresno
Operations Department of Jackson University in Florida. Area Regional Manager of Mental Health
Christina Olivera, ’81 BA Liberal
Studies, a teacher at Gustine Elementary Rancheria Casino and Hotel since William B. Schaefer IV, ’84 BS Systems (MHS), Inc. A licensed clinical
School, retired in June after 27 years 2004. Computer Science, is Chief Technol- social worker since 2004, Bates previously
with the Gustine School District where Paul Prescott, ’85 MA History, ogy Officer with Revcube Media, Inc., a managed the MHS Teen Recovery Center
she specialized in working with teaches at Denair High School and has new San Francisco company that is in Modesto. She was honored by the CSU
bilingual students. drawn praise for his involvement in the redefining the way online marketing is Stanislaus Social Work Department as
community. He has taught primarily performed. One of the highlights of 2008 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for
Cheryl Keser Peterson, ’87 BS
math subjects for more than 30 years. Schaefer’s distinguished engineering her efforts to combat substance abuse in
Nursing, completed her Master of
career was being involved in designing her community.
Science Nursing Education Degree at Jeffry V. Reinig, ’81 BA , was
the Tomahawk Cruise Missile. Stacy Blevins, ’94 BA English,
Walden University in Minnesota in 2007. appointed Senior Vice President of
She works in the Cardiac Intensive Property Product Management at the Billy A. Silva, ’89 BA Anthropology, is a theater and English teacher at
Care Unit at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Farmers Insurance Los Angeles home is a full-time archaeologist for the State of Riverbank High School and an actor,
Stockton and teaches in the Associate office in April 2007. After starting his California and runs his own archaeogeo- director, and costume designer at Rio
Degree Nursing Program at San career with Farmers at its Merced physical consulting firm. He earned his Arts in Riverbank.
Joaquin Delta College. office, Reinig moved to L.A. in 1986. Ph.D. from Arizona State University. Rich Cano, ’99 BS Biological
Sylvia Turner, ’89 BA Mathematics Sciences, is completing his last year of
& ’05 MA Education, is Project Director a four-year Anesthesia residency at
political science of the Lincoln High School Achievement Stanford University School of Medicine.
grad Jon reedy’s in Mathematics Partnership (LAMP) He has accepted a one-year Pediatric
career path leads grant in Stockton. Prior to becoming Anesthesia Fellowship at Stanford,
director, she taught mathematics at starting in June 2009.
to the white hoUse
Lincoln High. John Karl Claes, ’93 Art, has won
Jon Reedy, ’03 Political Science, is a
Denise Wickham, ’89 BA Liberal a number of awards for his artistry work
great example of how a college degree Studies & ’93 Education Teaching which has been featured in galleries
and individual determination can take you Credential, was appointed Ceres Unified all over the West. The Turlock artist
right to the top. Shortly after Reedy became School District Assistant Superintendent specializes in landscape paintings of
of Personnel Services in February 2008. the Central Valley’s agricultural fields.
a student at California State University, Stanislaus, a chance meeting with State
She recently completed her doctorate at Eric Hixson, ’93 BA English, was
Legislator Dave Cogdill led to opportunities that enabled him to advance his
the University of the Pacific and previously named Principal at Hilmar Middle School
career all the way to the White House. He has been an Associate Director in served as a school principal in Riverbank. in 2007.
President George W. Bush’s Office of Cabinet Liaison since May 2007. Sandra Wilson, ’82 BA Education, Martha Connor, ’90 MA Non-Profit
“Just because you’re a student at a small school, that doesn’t limit you,” said was a library associate with the City of Administration, who founded and
New Orleans when Hurricane Katrina operates the marketing and fundraising
Reedy, a 2003 CSU Stanislaus Political Science graduate whose Washington,
struck in August 2005. She was among firm DirectLine Technologies of Modesto,
D.C. office window has a view of the West Wing. “With hard work and persistence,
the thousands who lost their homes in the received national and state recognition
you can do anything you want to do.” hurricane and relocated to the Bay Area. in January 2008. Her company was
Reedy said he takes some razzing from fellow White House staff members who In her effort to return to New Orleans, named one of the “Top 100 Small
Wilson has been involved in campaigns to Businesses in the State of California”
are not familiar with CSU Stanislaus, much less his little hometown of Ripon in
obtain more government assistance for as well as one of the “Top 100
San Joaquin County. The outgoing Reedy said he counters with lots of information
the rebuilding of New Orleans. Woman-Owned Businesses in California”
about the University and the region.
Barbara Worrel, ’87 BA Liberal and “Top 500 Woman-Owned
As a member of the White House staff involved with organizing Presidential Studies, was one of four educators Businesses in America” by Diversity
Cabinet meetings, Reedy finds himself in the company of people who are in the named Stanislaus County Teacher of Business.com. Connor is a former CSU
the Year on May 6. She is a physical Stanislaus Director of Annual Giving
news every day and making history. His division covers seven of the 21 Cabinet
science teacher at Hanshaw Middle and Alumni.
departments, serving as the main point of contact for access to President Bush,
School in Modesto. Susan Eggman, ’90 BA Psychology
providing information to the President, and scheduling meetings.
’90s and ’97 MA Social Work, is Professor of
“The coolest part of the job is setting up the cabinet meetings and then being there Dawn Allen, ’97 BA Sociology, has Social Work at Sacramento State and a
at the meeting,” Reedy said. “This is a part of my career that I will never forget.” been a probation officer in Monterey member of the Stockton City Council. She
County for eight years. She earned her was among a number of graduate degree
Noting that he has been interested in the political scene since the sixth grade, Reedy said
Master of Social Work Degree at San holders from all over the U.S. cited in a
he received strong encouragement from Political Science Professors Steve Hughes and Washington, D.C.-based Council of
Stephen Routh during his four years at CSU Stanislaus. Volunteering with Cogdill’s Graduate Schools national publication
Nancy Barajas, ’94 BA Liberal
Assembly election campaign and then working as a staffer for the legislator who is now a called “Making a Difference” for
Studies, has been a sixth-grade teacher
spearheading a project to establish
state senator dictated that he be a full-time commuter student. at Fairview Elementary School in Modesto
community-based affordable housing and
for 10 years. She participates in a CSU
Shortly after completing his degree, Reedy joined Bush’s presidential re-election reading programs in Stockton.
Stanislaus grant program that focuses on
campaign, was assigned to Missouri, and then to Washington, D.C., after the Kimberly Flores, ’99 BS Criminal
implementing teaching methods which
2004 election victory. He had a two-month assignment as part of a staff of 600 help students improve academically. Justice, was class salutorian as a
people who planned the massive presidential inauguration before gaining a graduate at Humphreys School of Law
in 2003 and is with the Allen, Proietti &
political appointment in the U.S. Department of Agriculture as Special Assistant
Fagalde law offices in Merced.
to the Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment.
grad neal christiansen serving
Tony Ippolito, ’93 Education can Revolution. She teaches American
peace corps stint in Jordan
Teaching Credential, has been a history, economics, and government at
teacher and wrestling coach at Downey Johansen High School in Modesto.
High School in Modesto since 1988. Daniel Baudino, ’06 BA Music, is
He coordinates the Advancement Via band director at Turlock High School.
Individual Determination and Success He completed his student teaching at
Skills program which focuses on helping Golden Valley High in Merced.
students succeed and go on to college.
Justin Blizzard, ’02 BA Art, released
John Jacinto, ’95 BS Business a six-song CD, “If I Were Adam,” in 2007.
Administration, is President and co-founder The singer-songwriter and accomplished
of VisTech Manufacturing which supplies artist and photographer did a live show at
die cut/assembled acoustical absorbers the Fat Cat Music House & Lounge in
Christiansen (center) and fellow Peace Corps volunteers pose and other parts to the automotive industry. Modesto in May 2007.
with First Lady Laura Bush (right) during her October 2007 visit Since starting up in Stockton in 2003, the
Zeb Brayton, ’03 BA Physical
to Jordan to promote breast cancer awareness. company has added plants in Lebanon,
Education, teaches PE and is an assistant
Ohio, and Stratford, Ontario, in Canada.
baseball coach at Modesto Junior College.
Sales in 2008 are projected at just under
Neal Christiansen, ‘04 Political Science, started two years of service in the Peace He played baseball at CSU Stanislaus.
Corps as an English instructor in Jordan in July 2007 where he is working as a teacher. Christine Brock, ’05 BA Liberal
Sherry Matison, ’99 MA Education,
Studies and Teaching Credential, plans to
After spending his senior year at CSU Stanislaus in the Study Abroad program at is a health teacher at Toyon Middle
open Christy’s Christian Preschool in
the University of Bristol in England, Christiansen decided to start off his career School in Valley Springs. She previously
Ripon this fall. She taught kindergarten at
with the Peace Corps volunteer experience. He has been chronicling his experience served as a Vice Principal at Calaveras
Brock Elliott School in Manteca for three
High School and has been in the
in Jordan online for his hometown newspaper, the Los Banos Enterprise. years after graduating from CSU Stanislaus.
education field for 28 years.
One of the highlights early in his service was an opportunity to meet First Lady Katherine Brown, ’06 BA
Ronald E. Reid, ’97 BS Business
Economics, is a graduate student
Laura Bush during her visit to Jordan to promote breast cancer awareness. Administration, is a lieutenant with the
coordinator with UC Merced’s School
Christiansen is serving in a small community high in the mountains of northern Turlock Police Department. He previously
of Natural Sciences.
Jordan where he has had the opportunity to familiarize himself with host served with the Modesto P.D. for 17 years.
Jose Ignacio Buenrostro, ’07
families, the local culture and traditions, and even attended a wedding where Mary Kay Shaver, ’94 Education
BS Biological Sciences, is attending
Teaching Credential, has been a teacher
he joined in the dancing. medical school at La Universidad
at Taft Elementary School in Stockton
Autonoma in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Prior to arriving in Jordan where he teaches mostly youngsters, Christiansen for 30 years.
Sarah Carpenter, ’05 Music,
and his fellow volunteers received intensive training that included instruction in Robert Todd Swanson II, ’90
is the band director at Turlock Junior
Arabic, local culture, Islam, teaching methods, safety and security, health and BS Business Administration, has been
nutrition, and Peace Corps policies and procedures. manager of the Grip and Set Lighting
Patricia L. (Jones) Colvin, ’00
Departments at Warner Brothers
BS Business Administration, is an
Studios in Burbank since 1996.
amy bUblak enJoys pUblic service accounting technician with San Joaquin
Michael Torok, ’94 MS Marine
aFter earning University degree County Behavioral Health Services and
Science, was appointed Dean of Arts
serving as pastor of the African Methodist
When Amy Bublak started getting involved in and Sciences at Columbia College by
Episcopal Church in Stockton. She is
campus issues as a student representative at the Yosemite Community College District
completing her master’s degree at
California State University, Stanislaus, it sparked Board of Trustees in May 2008. He
American Baptist Seminary of the West
previously served as a Dean at Modesto
an interest in public service that continues to in Berkeley.
Junior College and taught classes at CSU
motivate her some 20 years later. Deserae Cook, ’01 BA Liberal
Stanislaus and UC Santa Cruz.
Studies, is teaching sixth-grade at Earl
A 1988 Sociology Degree graduate of CSU Carla Washington, ’95 MA
Elementary School in Turlock.
Stanislaus, Bublak has served for 14 years as Education & BA Liberal Studies, became
Erin Evans, ’00 Masters Social
a police officer since leaving her name in the Principal at Delta Island School in Tracy
Work (MSW), became a Licensed Clinical
in 2007. She previously served as
University’s track and field record books. She has also expanded her Social Worker (LCSW) in March 2007
Assistant Principal at Tracy’s North School.
public service scope, having been appointed to the Turlock City Planning and works for the State of Nevada in the
Sharon Womble, ’95 BA Criminal
Commission in 2007 after finishing third in the November 2006 Turlock City Division of Public Health Care Finance &
Justice & MA Education, was named
Policy as a health care coordinator.
Council race. Vice Principal at Stella Brockman
Matthew Gouaux, ’03 BA
Bublak has also been on the Stanislaus County Red Cross Board of Directors Elementary School in Manteca in 2007.
Economics, is an attorney with Trucker
for two years and previously served for a year on the Turlock Arts Commission. Elisa Zercoe, ’96 BA Special Major
Huss of San Francisco, the largest
& Teaching Credential, is a fourth-grade
She is running for a Turlock City Council seat again in November 2008 and employee benefits specialty law firm
teacher at Mary Lou Dieterich
likes being involved at the community level, both as a Modesto Police outside of Washington, D.C. He earned
Elementary School in Modesto.
his law degree with a concentration in
Department officer and as a Turlock Planning Commissioner.
’00s taxation from the University of the
Ann Amador, ’02 BA Social Science Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.
& Teacher Credential ’02, was honored Kadie Helton, ’06 BFA Art, teaches
as an Outstanding Teacher of American art classes for the City of Turlock and is
History by the Modesto chapter of The a member of both the Turlock Arts
National Society Daughters of the Ameri- Commission and the Central California
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Art Association. Her art has been Victor Mitre, ’02 BA Liberal Studies, Kristina Rich, ’01 BA English, is an Austin Worden, ’04 BA Social
displayed and is available at www. is Assistant Director of Development English teacher and program coordinator Sciences, is currently serving as a Peace
tktkart.com/docs/kadie_helton.htm. at Community Hospice in Modesto. He at Sierra High School in Manteca. Corps volunteer in Fuling, China, where
Celeste Hill, ’02 BS Business formerly worked in development at She and her husband, Scott Busch, he teaches English at a university.
Administration, works for Fortune 500 CSU Stanislaus and UC Merced. live in Martinez. in memoriam
company, Parker Hannifin Corp., in a Tyler Oaks, ’00 BA Spanish, Kris Richter, ’06 BS Biology, is GRADUATES
division that makes diesel fuel filters. published her first novel, “Ruby Rest,” in attending medical school at Touro
Archie C. Harris, ’07 BA Humanities and
She is also chief financial officer and October 2007, and is writing another University in Southern California.
Social Sciences, Feb. 26, 2008.
operations manager of Alys Blakeley one, a mystery set in Sonoma. A Lindsay Rivas, ’04 BA Liberal
Tom Howard, ’69 BA English, May 15, 2007.
Jewelry Designs in Modesto. resident of Napa, she taught at Modesto Studies, is a first-grade teacher at
Junior College and has traveled Joshua Neal, BS Computer Science,
Joey Horta, ’06 BA Communication Aspire Public Schools’ University
extensively in Europe where she lived for Dec. 19, 2007.
Studies, is a morning and noon news Charter School in Modesto.
anchor and produces newscasts for a short period in an Austrian castle Claire Schendel, ’77 BA Business
Monica Silva, ’02 BA Sociology,
KGNS-TV in Laredo, Texas. which inspired the theme for her book. Administration, Dec. 22, 2007.
of Turlock is a financial analyst with
Her Web site is at www.tyleroaks.com. John Albert Veneman, ’74 BA Business
Ebony Humphrey, ’03 BA Macy’s in San Francisco. She started her
Sociology, is a recreation coordinator for James Parker, ’04 BA Social career as a part-time Macy’s employee at Administration, April 5, 2007
the City of Modesto at the King-Kennedy Sciences, teaches algebra and health at Vintage Faire Mall in Modesto. Antonieta Vieira-Dores, ’99 BA Liberal
Center. She also oversees Sista 2 Sista, Valley Charter High School in Modesto. Studies, July 2007.
Jessica (Colby) Smart, ’04 BA
a female rites of passage and wellness Sareth Pen, ’05 Master of Social Communication Studies & ’05 MA Jane Wynne Woolley, ’74 Liberal Studies
program for girls and young women. Work (MSW), is a social worker and ran Interdisciplinary Studies, is a Public & ’80 Teaching Credential,
Lauren Lanum, ’04 BA Liberal for Modesto City Schools Board of Information Technician with the City of Aug. 24, 2007.
Studies, is a fourth and fifth-grade core Education in 2007. Modesto. Her husband, Herb Smart, FACULTY/ADMINISTRATION/STAFF
teacher in language arts and history at Emily Pino, ’04 BA Political Science, ’05 BA Communication Studies, joined
Joel Canby, 88, Anthropology Professor,
McSwain Elementary School in Modesto. is an associate planner for the City of the CSU Stanislaus Communications &
June 23, 2008.
Misty Leach, ’03 BS Biological Riverbank where she is formulating Public Affairs Department in July as a
Gerard J. Crowley, 88, Interim
Sciences, is a Stanislaus County plans to make the City friendlier to writing specialist.
Stanislaus State College President
Deputy Coroner. She specializes in bicyclists and pedestrians. She is a Dustin Soiseth, ’01 BA Music–
(1962-63) and Executive Dean
forensic science, focusing on causes member of the Modesto Bike Coalition. Trumpet Performance, who earned his
(1960-83), Dec. 17, 2007.
of death in coroner’s cases. Cameron Quick, ’07 Communica- Master’s Degree of Music in Conduct-
June M. Meyer, 89, former Stanislaus
Nahrin Mirzazadeh, ’04 BA tion Studies, is a ticket sales representa- ing in Dallas, Texas, returned to CSU
State College nurse, July 31, 2007.
Communication Studies and ’06 MA tive with the Golden State Warriors. Stanislaus in 2007 to join the Music
faculty and conduct the Stanislaus Vladimir S. Tuman, 84, Physics
English, is a full-time English lecturer George Retelas, ’05 BA
Symphony Orchestra. Professor, June 1, 2007.
at UC Merced. She is also teaching a Communication Studies, is a graduate
Communication Studies newswriting student in Mass Communications at Julie Swift, ’02 BA Liberal Studies,
class at CSU Stanislaus this fall. San Jose State University where he has is a teacher at Valley Charter High
Dorali (Rueda) Mitre, ’01 BA Politi- been producing independent short School in Modesto.
cal Science, was named Philanthropy films that have gained recognition at Kyle Williams, ’06 BA Liberal Studies,
Coordinator at Memorial Hospital in Los SJSU and Las Positas College in the is a sixth-grade teacher at George
Banos in February. She also runs her Bay Area. He is a recruiter and film Komure School in Manteca.
own Turlock-based business, Valley teacher for the Art Institute in Sunnyvale
Media & Design.
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