Cal TABLE OF CONTENTS
EDITORIAL BOARD What is your passion? ............................................................... 1
Director of Intercollegiate Athletics
Kyle C. Button
AL U M N I A S S O C I A T I O N N E W S
Vice President for Institutional Letter from the Association Director ........................................ 14
Sean Kearns GradFair/Awards Gala............................................................. 15
Director of Media Relations
Nancy Miron Class notes .............................................................................. 15
Executive Director of Public Affairs
Alumni Spotlight: Nabih Youssef ............................................ 16
Executive Director of Alumni Relations
Assistant Vice President for
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Nancy Miron UNIVERSITY NEWS
Associate Editor/Writer Campus updates .................................................................... 2-3
Paul Helms • Margie Low
Graphic Design Staying healthy, wealthy and wise ............................................. 4
Photography A life on the go ........................................................................... 5
Baking up a legacy ................................................................. 6-7
The cutups career................................................................... 8-9
California State University, Los Angeles, affirms its ‘Imagineering’ the possibilities ........................................... 10-11
commitment to equality of opportunity for all individuals.
This commitment requires that no discrimination shall
occur in any program or activity of the University The case for forensic art .......................................................... 12
on the basis of race, color, religious creed, national
origin, sex, ancestry, physical disability (including
HIV and AIDS), mental disability, medical condition, A ‘Schindler’s List’ child ........................................................... 13
pregnancy, age (over 40), marital status, political
affiliation, sexual orientation, disabled veteran’s status,
Vietnam Era veteran’s status, or any other classification
that precludes a person from consideration as an
individual. Further, the University’s commitment requires SPORTS
that no retaliation shall occur because an individual
filed a complaint of discrimination or in some other
way opposed discriminatory practices, or participated It’s about sportsmanship ......................................................... 17
in an investigation related to such a complaint. This
policy is in accord with Title VII of the Civil Rights
Act of 1964, as amended, Title IX of the Educational
Amendments of 1972, as amended, Sections 503 and
504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans
with Disabilities Act of 1990, the Vietnam Era Veterans’
Readjustment Act of 1974, and related administrative
regulations and executive orders. Inquiries concerning
the application of Title IX, Sections 503 and 504, and
other nondiscrimination laws may be referred to the
Office for Equity and Diversity (Telephone:  343- Cover – As a Walt Disney Imagineer, Alfredo Ayala ’94 dreams up attractions that
3040), the campus office assigned the administrative
responsibility of reviewing such matters. Title IX inquiries blur the line between reality and fantasy. Get the full story on page 10.
may also be directed to the Regional Director of the
Office for Civil Rights, Region IX, Old Federal Building,
50 United Nations Plaza, Room 239, San Francisco,
What is your passion?
KATHLEENA WILLIAMS LAURA TEJERA
ADAM NEFF/MONICA CAMACHO DANIEL ALEJANDRO HUERTA
HEAR MORE FROM THESE STUDENTS IN VIDEOS ONLINE AT WWW.CALSTATELA.EDU/TODAY/THEIRSAY.PHP.
KATHLEENA WILLIAMS ’12
“Math. I want to teach math—my professors have shown me a new side to math, and now we
have become best friends.”
LAURA TEJERA ’12
“Organizing on campus. I mean, I love to be educated, but right now with the budget cuts
my main concern is helping my fellow students and the future generations to come; helping
them to get an education.”
ADAM NEFF ’11 and MONICA CAMACHO ’11
Neff: “Communications. I think that I could take a lot of the skills that I have learned here,
in interviewing and publicity and PR, into a career. Los Angeles is definitely the city for
Camacho: “Public relations. I feel like I am a people person, and I can communicate well.”
DANIEL ALEJANDRO HUERTA ’13
“Family, sports and school. I love everything about sports, and with school, I want to try and
get along so that I can help provide for my family and be a role model, teaching my brother
SERVICE LEARNING IS ON A ROLL
BRIEFLY For the third consecutive
year, Cal State L.A. was named
FUELING CALIFORNIA’S ECONOMY to the President’s Higher
Cal State L.A. is a driving force in the Education Community Service
region, sustaining thousands of jobs and Honor Roll for exemplary service
pumping millions of dollars into the economy to America’s communities.
each year. Established in 2006 by the
According to a recent study released on Corporation for National and
the economic impact of the California State Community Service, the Honor
University system in the state, Cal State L.A. Roll recognizes more than 700
adds nearly $600 million annually to the institutions nationwide.
local economy through operational, auxiliary, Students engage in community
capital, and campus community spending. service through two key avenues:
The University also sustains more than 5,300 the Educational Participation in
jobs statewide. Communities Program, which hosts an annual toy drive and participates in
See the complete report at www.calstate. reading programs, and the Office for Community Engagement, responsible
edu/impact/. for organizing service learning programs.
ENGINEERING TEAM OUTCLOCKS THE
CSULA LIBRARY GETS A
COMPETITION WITH NATIONAL TOP
A collection of political flyers, broadsides,
A team of ten engineering and technology
newspapers, books, buttons, posters and photo-
students outdid collegiate competitors this
graphs that document events and emotions
spring, bringing home the grand prize title in
surrounding Chicano activism from 1967 to the
the 2010 WESTEC Manufacturing Challenge
late 1970s was donated to the John F. Kennedy
with a pendulum-driven grandfather clock.
Memorial Library’s Special Collections.
The grand prize title was a first for Cal State
The materials, gathered and preserved by
L.A., which has previuosly garnered three
community activist Gloria Arellanes, augment a
first-place titles (2004, 2005 and 2008 com-
recently established East Los Angeles Archive.
petitions) over the last six years. The WESTEC E MATE
The archive documents the history of a community ARCHIV
Manufacturing Challenge is a creative com-
central to the social, political and cultural history of
petition where college students design and
the Chicano/Latino community in Los Angeles.
manufacture products for judging by pro-
As part of the Library’s Special Collection, Arellanes’ materials join a
fessionals in the field.
repository of literary, historical and cultural treasures, available for viewing
FROM PRESCRIPTION, TO POLICY by appointment, at (323) 343-4435.
Cal State L.A. students are getting their
hands wet, collecting water samples and
analyzing river watersheds in Valley Verde,
DISCOVER DARWIN NOW
Arizona. As participants in a newly launched
Hydrology and Water Policy Program at the
University, the students are trying to gain a
clearer understanding of the recent water
issues in the Southwestern United States.
The new program is funded with a
$250,000 grant from the U.S. Department of
More news updates are available on the
University’s homepage at www.calstatela.edu.
A MULTI-PANEL EXHIBIT THAT EXPLORES THE IMPACT OF CHARLES DARWIN’S RESEARCH AND WRITING ON SCIENCE, RE
FLOOR LOBBy OF LA KRETz HALL, THE “DARWIN NOW” EXHIBIT WILL BE ON DISPLAy THROUGH DECEMBER 2011, THANKS
AT (323) 343-4165 OR LRAMEy@CALSTATELA.EDU.
www.calstatela.edu/Cal State L.A. TODAY 2
MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Discover an opportunity to enrich your life
through one of many campus activities:
AFRO LATIN ENSEMBLE HEADING TO CHINA Reel Rasquache Art and Film Festival
June 4 – June 6
The Afro Latin Ensemble, under the direction of Music Professor Paul De
A West Coast celebration of films by and
Castro, has been invited to perform at the 29th World Conference of the
about U.S. Latinos, the three-day film festival
International Society for Music Education, a gathering of thousands of music
brings together a broad base of community
professionals and educators this summer in Beijing, China.
members, U.S. Latino film/video independents
The Ensemble, with 20 undergraduate and
and entertainment industry representatives.
graduate students, will perform two
Originally started as a means for spotlighting
concerts at the conference and then
Latina/o talent to the campus community, the
again in the city of Tianjin. Previously,
Festival is now celebrating its seventh year.
the Ensemble has performed with
For more information about the event, visit
celebrated salsa pianist Larry Harlow
and many other guest artists, including
Pablo Menendez, Orestes Vilato, Frank
2010 Commencement Ceremonies
Emilio Flynn, and Edgardo Cambon.
June 11 – June 12
University Athletic Stadium
ALUMS RETURN TO MARK In ceremonies spread over two days, Cal
CAMPUS LANDMARKS State L.A. will confer several thousand bachelor’s
The Cal State L.A. community celebrated and master’s degrees. Friday’s ceremony will
two milestones in April with a little help from include graduates from the Charter College of
friends and former students. Education; College of Engineering, Computer
“Statement” literary magazine commemorated its 60th anniversary and Science, and Technology; and College of Health
the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry celebrated its 50th and Human Services; and Saturday will feature
anniversary with presentations and appearances by alumni, faculty and graduates from the College of Arts and Letters,
former contributors. College of Business and Economics, and College
Accomplished author and former student-contributor Helena María of Natural and Social Sciences. For more informa-
Viramontes shared some of her work and experiences in publishing tion, visit www.calstatela.edu/commencement.
during the magazine party. Writing for the student-led literary and arts
magazine, one of the oldest publications of its kind in the country, was Raiford Rogers Modern Ballet
a stepping stone for Viramontes in her career, she said. June 19, 8 p.m.
Meanwhile, the 50th anniversary celebration for the Chemistry and Luckman Theatre
Biochemistry department drew many visitors to campus to tour the new A world premiere of Hammerklavier, a multi-
science facility, La Kretz Hall, and hear from distinguished alumni and media ballet set to Beethoven’s Piano Sonata
faculty, including Deborah Wong ’98, John Petersen ’70, Glenn Millhauser No. 29 in B flat major, Op. 106 is staged at the
’80, and Professor Emeritus Harold Goldwhite. Luckman Theatre. This piece is widely considered
to be one of the most important works of the
composer’s third period. For more information
or for tickets, visit www.luckmanarts.org or call
the Luckman Box Office at (323) 343-6600.
Focus on Los Angeles
Pat Brown California Agenda 2010
June 24, 8:30 a.m.
A panel discussion about the issues surround-
ing health care and health care reform. The
panelist will discuss ways that parties are trying
to reframe the conversation locally to be about
creating a healthy community for all Angelinos.
A complete listing of campus events is
available at www.calstatela.edu/calendar.
ELIGION AND SOCIETy THROUGHOUT THE LAST 150 yEARS OPENED ON CAMPUS IN MAy. INSTALLED IN THE FIRST
S TO THE SUPPORT OF THE BRITISH COUNCIL. FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE EXHIBIT, CONTACT LAURI RAMEy
wealthy & wise
Complex issues face a growing
al State L.A. Social Work Professor Valentine Villa has member, friend or loved one.
dedicated her academic career to better understand- “They cover everything from the practical stuff, like how
ing, planning and caring for the elderly. to bathe someone, diaper an adult and avoid bed sores,
Through research, Villa has examined the affects of public to how to speak with your physician, and cope with the
policies on the health and economic status of elderly popu- psychological aspects of it all,” Villa explained, noting that
lations—studying Medicare reform and privatizing social over the course of the eight-week training session they
security, for instance—and shed saw a “significant decrease in
light on racial and ethnic health depression among caregivers.”
disparities within this group. One In a similar vein, Villa is develop-
of the greatest misconceptions, ing a six-part program to promote
she says, is that people aged 65 health literacy in the primarily Latino,
and older are largely thought of as local community. She got the idea
a homogenous group with similar for the program from data collected
aches, pains and concerns. as co-chair of research for the Los
“But they are not,” said Villa, Angeles Partnership for Evidence-
who also directs the University’s Based Solutions in Elder Health.
Applied Gerontology Institute, The partnership, initiated in 2007,
an interdisciplinary certificate released a 2009 report, “The State
program that matriculates about of Aging and Health among Older
500 people annually. “There are Latinos in Los Angeles.”
so many great disparities.” The report highlighted key health
And with the first wave of a concerns facing older Latinos
diverse population of baby boomers reaching age 65 next in the area, such as a higher rate of obesity, diabetes and
year, Villa’s work is more important than ever. By the year arthritis diagnoses. It also pointed out that while this rapidly
2050, it is projected that the population age 65 and over will growing sector of the population lives longer than others,
double from what it is today to include roughly 87 million Latinos suffer much poorer health than the overall elderly
individuals. population. (For the full report, go to www.calstatela.edu/
In an effort to help prepare the county—and the country— today/archives/spring2010/villa.php).
for that shift, Villa has participated in a number of new “Everything that we do here (at the Institute) has to have
research efforts through the Applied Gerontology Institute an application,” said Villa. She was recently recognized
and other partnerships. The first person in the country to with a Certificate of Commendation by L.A. Mayor Antonio
graduate with a Ph.D. in gerontology (USC), Villa has been Villaraigosa and the L.A. City Council for her contributions
active in the field for 17 years. and ongoing work with the city’s aging.
She has an “unwavering commitment to improving the “I sat with that report, and asked myself what did we learn
lives of seniors through her research,” said Steven Wallace, from this? How can we do something that will improve people’s
a professor and vice-chair of the Department of Community chances? And it occurred to me that we could provide
Health Sciences at the UCLA School of Public Health. programs that focus on health literacy—getting folks into
Over the last four years, Villa and faculty from the School programs...would be a start.”
of Social Work partnered with Beverly Hospital to provide An area in which Villa exceeds is the “practical application
a support and training intervention program to hundreds of her work,” said Laura Trejo, the general manager for the
of economically and socially diverse caregivers in the Los Angeles Department of Aging.
Montebello area. The goal of the program, developed “She has led the way for a whole generation of academic
by a professor at Stanford University, was to improve the researchers,” she added.
well-being, and reduce stress and depression among
people who assume the responsibility of caring for a family
A life on
Alumnus travels from Cal State L.A.
to the big wheel at Metro ART LEAHy ’74
rt Leahy ’74 likes to be in the driver’s seat. “I wanted them to get a little idea of what it’s like when
Whether maneuvering an overloaded bus down you sit in the seat of a bus. you realize it’s a big piece of
Broadway Avenue during the morning commute, or equipment,” Leahy recounted. “And I would stand over
calling the shots from 25 floors above as the chief executive them and yell things like: ‘Why are you late? How long ‘til we
of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan get to Broadway?’… When you have a schedule
Authority (Metro), Leahy keeps his and are carrying a whole bunch of people, it’s
cool, thinks quickly and reacts. He intense.”
is not one to stand still—probably Leahy knows firsthand what those situations
a good thing when you are respon- are like, having started his transportation career
sible for moving more than 10 million as a bus driver. At the time, he was 22 and a
people around daily, and everyone college student at Cal State L.A., pursuing a
is on a schedule. degree in political science, and in need of a job.
“The work we do is very important,” “The bus driver training course and career
said Leahy, who recently celebrated was my equivalent of boot camp,” he said. “My
his one-year anniversary as the chief time was so limited, working the 5:30 a.m. to
executive at Metro. “There are a lot of 3:30 p.m. route and racing over to Cal State
people who depend on our services, L.A. to make my evening class, that I’d
who take busses and trains to work, to actually read ahead of the assignment. I
school, who drive on our highways.” realized then that I knew more of what was
Metro manages the city’s subway trains and going on and was better prepared for class.”
bus fleets, and is considered to be the city’s Still, Leahy didn’t plan on making a
lead regional planning agency for transportation, career out of transportation until after he
overseeing highways, toll roads and expansion graduated and the fuel crisis hit. Suddenly,
projects. All of the projects to be funded through he said, there was significant public demand
Measure R—the half-cent sales tax passed by for and investment in transit, and ridership
voters to support transportation improvement was increasing.
projects in Los Angeles last fall—must pass “I saw the potential for a bright future,” he
over Leahy’s desk. ABOVE PHOT
O, ART LEAH
y IN FRONT OF said.
Leahy takes that responsibility seriously, and TRAINAHy’S FATHER, A BUS OPERWHOR WHOTO
ED LEAHy IN AT
ITE PH In the years that followed, Leahy was on
HIS FIRST JO O
is not the least bit bashful about what he expects B.
the go: from working in marketing and govern-
or wants to accomplish: a better bus service, from the inside ment relations to operations, eventually becoming the chief
out; improved customer service; a stronger management operating officer for Metro. While serving in operations, Leahy
team; and the completion of big construction projects, such oversaw service through the 1984 Olympics, 1992 riots and
as the Exposition Light Rail, and extension of the Metro Gold the 1994 Northridge earthquake—and he met his wife, Leilia,
Line to Azusa and 710 freeway, among other goals. who was the first female director of transportation for Metro.
“I want the Metro to be the best in the country,” he says In 1997, he left Los Angeles to become the general
bluntly, noting that he was being modest at his previous manager of Metro Transit in Minneapolis, staying there until
post as the head of Orange County Transit Authority (OCTA) returning to Southern California in 2001.
when he said he wanted to “be the best in the state.” In “As I began to move up in management, the purpose of
2005, after Leahy had been there for four years, OCTA was my job, as I saw it, was to make management look rational,”
named as the best in the nation, praised for its service and he said. “Now that I am up at the top, my job is to actually
record growth in bus trips and ridership. make management rational.”
In his short time back at Metro, Leahy has already shown
that he does things differently. One of his first tasks for his
management team was that they learn how to drive a bus.
ALUMS: MARGARITA ’85, RAUL JR. ’84,
AND BEATRIz ’80 PORTO
he Porto siblings—Beatriz ’80, Raul Jr. ’84 and Building a ‘destination’
Margarita ’85—never planned to stay at their parent’s Porto’s Bakery and Café opened in 1976, just a few years
quaint, family bakery. Then again, they never really left. after the family emigrated from Cuba. Their mother, Rosa,
“We just fell in love with the business,” said Beatriz, the had become well known in Cuba for her home baking and
eldest of the brother-sisters team. “It’s like a child; you have cake-decorating business.
to nurture it.” One neighbor’s order for a birthday cake grew to become
And with love and caring, the siblings grew what was a a dozen or more requests for cakes at weddings, communions
small, family-run bakery, into a booming business with more and other events. Cars eventually began to line up outside
than 400 employees and locations in Glendale, Burbank and of the house, and it became evident that Rosa and the family
soon, Downey. business needed space, Beatriz recounted.
Sweet and savory treats—including their mother’s original Beatriz, Raul Jr. and Margarita grew up in and with the
potato balls, empanadas, and guava and cheese strudel bakery. They’d come in to help after school, working as cake
recipes—at Porto’s Bakery and Café beckon customers from decorators, bakers and dishwashers. They’d roll potato balls
near and far. Each day their reputation for quality brings into the early hours of the morning, and just like the kids they
thousands through Porto’s doors. were, have flour and egg fights when their mom stepped
“Without really working to turn the business into a landmark, away, they said.
a destination place, we have done just that,” Beatriz said. “We Still, all three point out, their parents always stressed the
have achieved so much success and respect in the community, importance of an education, and their duties in the bakery
and we are really proud of that.” never took precedence over their studies. As a result, all
Cal State L.A. TODAY 6
three received college degrees—from Cal State L.A., no less. “I think that since we had the ability to do what we liked,
Raul Jr. and Margarita earned their bachelor’s degrees in there was never a struggle for power,” Beatriz said. “Our
business and accounting. Beatriz obtained a bachelor’s parents did a great job of raising us and showing us that
degree in political science and then a master’s degree from we were all equal.”
UCLA in the same field. To this day, the three say, the family is as close-knit
“Getting an education helped us to take this family-owned as it was when things started. They trust one another to
bakery to the next level,” Beatriz said. “If we hadn’t come back make decisions based on what would make their parents
(after college), it would still be just a mom and pop place.” proud and maintain a close, family-run business. (Parents
When the siblings decided to stay at the bakery, and as Rosa and Raul, who still stop by the Glendale bakery each
they put it, to “make something happen,” they each fell morning to brew coffee, officially retired in 2006.)
naturally into their leadership roles. “When my mom started out, she was making cakes just
Margarita, who displayed a natural gift at cake decorating— for friends. And when you sell to your friends, you feel bad
much like her mother—easily transitioned into leading that charging them—so you give them an unbeatable deal,”
area of the bakery. Beatriz moved to the front of the shop Raul Jr. said. “We have continued to see business that way.
as a teenager to assist her father who didn’t speak English, … We do our best to treat all of our customers as friends—
and found that she didn’t want to return to the kitchen family, really.”
because she cherished the interaction with customers. And
Raul Jr. handled the responsibility of managing contracts,
negotiations and the business side of things.
ERIC ’73 AND BILL ’77 TEITELBAUM
Getting a a day is . . .
on’t let the laughter and the cracked jokes fool you, for one of the greatest cartoonists and animators,” Eric said
Eric ’73 MA and Bill Teitelbaum ’77 take their work of Freleng.
very seriously. The Teitelbaums say they feel privileged to have careers
Crafting clever and concise cartoons for daily distribution based on finding new ways to make people laugh. Social
takes hard work, dedication, and a commitment to sketch commentary cartoons are their niche. “It gives us an immediate
nearly every gag or doodle that comes to mind, on whatever connection with people,” Bill explained. “We have found
is available—“sketch pads, cocktail napkins, and even cheap that everyone enjoys a good cartoon, and we enjoy drawing
tables,” they quip. them. We love the idea of creating a gag a day.”
“We sleep with sketch pads next to our beds,” said Bill, And as a sign of growing popularity of their work, their
the younger brother of the cartoonists and gag writers duo. cartoons now adorn the walls of some pretty famous house-
“you never know when an idea is going to come.” holds, including business tycoon T. Boone Pickens, actress
In fact, in the more than three decades that have passed Kim Basinger and the late Malcolm Forbes, to name just a few.
since Eric and Bill graduated from Cal State L.A., they have Eric and Bill, who have five other siblings—all either doctors
had quite a few great ideas and successes. or married to doctors—learned their first lessons in comedy
The Teitelbaums are the co-creators of the syndicated at a young age, at their father’s knee. Their dad, they said,
business strip Bottom Liners, which celebrates its 17th year was a lawyer who dreamed of being a gag writer.
of publication this year. Bottom Liners, a strip that tackles “He loved to write gags, funny stories and quips, and
topics, such as foreign takeovers, office politics, relationships we learned to illustrate them,” Bill said. “He built
and the world of Wall Street, appears six days a week in confidence in us. … And after seeing our chemistry Tei
scores of publications worldwide. Eric’s drawings also appear grades, told us that instead of being surgeons, we
in The New Yorker. should be cutups.”
For five years the brothers also co-created and illustrated Since then, the brothers have continued to craft their edu
the first newspaper comic strip of the celebrated Pink Panther, trade individually and together. (They note that being
and have held various roles as executives in media corpora- cartoonists/brothers makes for a solid creative team—
tions, adjunct university professors, and consultants in design, as highlighted by the success of Al and Elliot te
licensing and marketing. They have also been heralded as Capp, Roy and Walt Disney and the four Roth brothers.)
being pioneers in the advancement of computer graphic The education they received at Cal State L.A. and
design education and delivery, having led some of the first the mentorship of many of their
satellite extended education courses in the field and trans- professors, most notably Walden
mitted the first cartoon strip electronically. This fall, they will and fellow Art Emeritus Professor
be honored at the annual Alumni Awards Gala (for details, Lee Wexler, also contributed
see page 15). significantly to their achievements,
“They were a couple of good guys who were very energetic they said. Eric started in the
and anxious to learn, but at the same time had real good University’s master’s program at
ideas,” said Art Emeritus Professor Roy Walden, who taught the same time Bill enrolled in the
both brothers and then worked with them professionally later University’s undergraduate
in life. program.
One of the high points in the Teitelbaums’ career was “Our education allowed
drawing the Panther, they said. It was both an awe-inspiring us to learn the design, the
experience and an exhilarating challenge to reinvent the creativity, and to learn
Panther in print. They feel there is much to be learned by the craft,” Eric said,
studying master cartoonists and animators, including Franz adding that it was an
Freleng and David DePatie (co-creators of the Pink Panther “exhilarating time.”
cartoon character) and Al Capp (creator of Lil’ Abner), all of In an effort
whom have influenced their work. to share their
“We drew (Panther) with a tremendous legacy and respect educational
Cal State L.A. TODAY 8
ee more of the
experience with others, the Teitelbaums have contributed significantly to teaching
future artists and cartoonists at universities across the country and in after-school
programs for young kids. They even hired on one of their favorite professors, Walden, to
work with college students in a cartooning program they created for extended education
campuses for the California State University, the New york State University and University
of Colorado systems, among others.
Walden said that he developed a unique relationship with this creative team, having
taught and worked with them for so many years. By taking turns, Walden says, they help
one another advance their careers.
Still, the brothers’ praise and admiration for Walden, who retired from Cal State L.A.
in 1992, is undeniable.
“Walden knows, like no one else, the art of drawing simply. He taught us what we do,”
Bill said. “Brevity and simplicity. It’s the secret to a great gag.”
ALFREDO AyALA ’94
t was dark, damp, and scary. That was Alfredo Ayala’s
first memory of Disneyland.
Four-year-old Ayala clung to his mother, trying to hide
from the scenes unfolding in the Pirates of the Caribbean
boat ride, as tears rolled down his cheeks. He wanted to
get as far away from the pirates and their loot-laden land as
Today, Ayala ’94 says it’s a much different story. Walking
amongst the characters, analyzing their features and capabil-
ities and working daily to create new illusions and experiences
for park visitors has helped him discover the “magic” that
goes into creating such attractions.
“I never thought I would be here,” said Ayala, who as a
Walt Disney Imagineer is at the center of it all—enchanting
children and adults alike with fanciful creations. “It’s an
amazing job. Imagine—you don’t think about retiring—only
about the next thing you want to create.”
Walt Disney Imagineering, the creative arm of the Walt
Disney Company, endeavors to blur the line between reality
and fantasy in the company’s theme parks and attractions.
Over 16 years, Ayala has participated in many projects—
many with the ultimate goal of bringing people closer to the
Disney characters they love.
As the special effects lead for the “Kim Possible World
Showcase Adventure” in Epcot at Walt Disney World, Ayala
led a team of artists to create an interactive environment
where gamers travel through countries in World Showcase,
while trying to save the planet from a host of villains. As the and art—some of which have helped Walt Disney teams
lead optics designer for the “Mission: Space” attraction, he win the prestigious Thea award given by the Themed
invented and developed an optical system that gives park Entertainment Association.
visitors the experience of flying through space. And, as the In fact, Ayala’s first trade secret was the product of a
principal developer of the technology that brought an animated summer internship with the company in 1993. Ayala, then a
Nemo underwater in the “Finding Nemo Submarine Voyage,” student researcher in Chemistry Professor Carlos Gutiérrez’s
he helped revive the submarine rides after nearly a decade organic synthesis chemistry lab, revamped the skin used on
of lying idle, and found a new way for characters to interact robotic characters throughout the theme parks—including
with guests. the pirates—to make them more realistic.
“This company has given me so many opportunities to do “My goal that summer was to get a patent from Disney,”
things that I never dreamed of,” Ayala said. “Sometimes you Ayala said, explaining that he had developed and presented
invent something as a solution, sometimes you come in as three scientific solutions for updating the skin technology in
a team, sometimes it’s a new idea I had on my own. … My his application. “And while I didn’t get my first patent, I did
favorite thing is when you see one of your ideas passed on get a trade secret—and a job.”
to the next person or team and see it nurtured and grow.” An avid enthusiast of scientific experiments and reactions,
In his tenure with the company, Ayala, named the recipient technology, engineering, art and innovation, among other
of the 2007 Walt Disney Imagineering Spirit of Innovation things, the Imagineering profession was essentially made
award, has had many great ideas. He holds more than 10 for Ayala, Gutiérrez said.
patents and developed trade secrets in technology, design, “He always looked at the world differently than other folks.
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Copyright Disney Enterprises, Inc.
He has a twinkle of mischief in his eyes,” he said, adding
that he couldn’t be more pleased to know that Ayala not
only discovered what he wanted to do, but the perfect
environment in which to do it.
“It’s been this great playground of stuff for him. Disney
provided him with lots of outlets to pursue his creativity
and he has had the science background to back it all up,”
Gutiérrez said. “He is fearless.”
Ayala began working with Gutiérrez as a teenager, after
acceptance into a biomedical sciences program created to
engage high school and junior high students. Ever since,
Ayala says, Gutiérrez has been a driving force and mentor
in his educational and professional career.
“Dr. Gutiérrez always told me that you have to be able
to explore different avenues, and he taught me to learn
everything and anything I could,” he said.
For more interview excerpts, go online to www.calstatela.
The case for
SANDRA ENSLOW ’84
Alumna defines the face of justice
THE DRAWING PHASES OF A COMPOSITE ARE A COLLABORATION BETWEEN THE ARTIST AND THE VICTIM. THIS ILLUSTRATION DEMONSTRATES HOW SANDRA ENSLOW
WORKS FROM THE GENERAL SHAPE OF THE HEAD TO BUILD IN THE FEATURES, LAyERS AND DETAILS THAT COMPLETE THE FACE. TO SEE MORE OF HER WORK, VISIT
andra Enslow ’84 makes a difference in criminal artists and better understand the legal and practical appli-
investigations, one face at a time. cation of forensic art. She also lectures across the country
Enslow is a forensic artist. She is responsible for at conventions and meetings for the field.
interviewing witnesses and victims to create sketches of Misconceptions about her line of work, she said, are derived
criminal suspects, composing age progressions (the aging from how the profession is portrayed on television. For
of a suspect), constructing crime scene diagrams and recon- instance, forensic composites are just that— composites,
structing faces and skulls from partial or skeletal remains. not portraits. A composite is just one information-generating
“My CSULA degree training as a commercial artist has tool in an investigation, used to identify, eliminate or corro-
helped me prepare for the job of a lifetime,” says Enslow, a borate. In some instances, it can jump-start an investigation
16-year veteran of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that has no workable information.
(LASD), the nation’s largest sheriff’s department. Enslow, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in art,
Over the years, Enslow has sketched more than a admits that she never imagined she’d be working in the
thousand composites and testified hundreds of times. Her field of forensic art. Descending from a long line of artists,
efforts have contributed to the convictions of hundreds becoming a commercial designer and illustrator was a
of felons, including individuals in high profile homicides, more comfortable choice, she said.
rapes, juvenile investigations and robberies. She is also “Taking the next step into forensic art was not something
called upon to do commercial art for law enforcement I could have forseen,” she emphasized.
marketing and communications materials, as one member After years in the private sector, she learned of a job
of a lean graphic arts department team. opportunity with the Sheriff’s Department. She applied,
“Once I got here, and I looked at this, I saw a chance to got the job, and before she had to time to fully process the
do some really worthy work,” Enslow said. “I like helping scope of her new position, she was hooked, she said. Now,
people.” she can’t imagine doing anything else.
Apart from her day-to-day duties at the Sheriff’s Department, “This is really exciting, valuable work,” she emphasized.
Enslow teaches at the LASD/LAPD Homicide School and “It allows me to do art in a very explosive way.”
LASD Detective College, preparing detectives to work with
Holocaust survivor recounts, reflects LEON LEySON ’58
fter more than 50 years, Leon Leyson ’58 returned to sit in the back, and soon, weren’t allowed to ride at all—
to campus in February to share his story of tragedy, and requirements that Jews identify themselves by their
survival, resistance, and as he describes it, luck. religion, he said. And finally, the ghettos.
Leyson, a Polish immigrant, was the youngest survivor “Little by little they marginalized us,” Leyson said, his
on the famed Schindler’s List. As recounted by the movie, voice cracking from choked back emotions. “We know
German industrialist Oskar Schindler protected many that’s how they worked. We know that now.”
Jews from the Nazi concentration camps in World War Drawing from memories, Leyson relives each moment of
II, saving about 1,200 lives—including Leyson, his father, his talks, like a movie running through his mind, he said.
mother, brother and sister— as the And the times, even when he finally
war drew to a close. did get on Schindler’s List, were not
“I have been a lucky person,” easy. In Schindler’s factory, for instance,
said the 80-year-old Leyson to the he said, they worked 12 hour shifts.
crowd of more than 200 students,
community members and guests. did was not only “Lil’ Leyson,” as he was called by
Schindler, who took an immediate liking
“I am lucky to have survived the to the Leyson family, would stand on a
Holocaust, and lucky to have box to reach the controls of the machine.
come to this country. you are He and his brother worked the produc-
looking at the most fortunate
person in the world.” but heroic...” tion line, and then were transferred to
the tool-making area after Schindler
Leyson’s talk, in which he shared found Leyson out of line one night,
his first-hand account of the harrowing times of growing watching other men at work.
up under Nazi rule—when the thin line between life and “It was incredible,” he said. “Just think, this guy thought
death could dissipate in an instant—was made possible that we would have a future; we weren’t just going to die in
through an ongoing speaker series of the American this factory.”
Communities Program, with his talk sponsored by the On several occasions, Schindler ensured the family’s
Folb family. survival. The businessman bribed Nazi officers to have a
It was the first time that Leyson, a retired industrial arts transport of women—including Leyson’s mother and sister—
teacher from the Los Angeles Unified School District, who were being routed to Auschwitz, safely returned to his
spoke at the University. He was moved to speak publicly factory. He saved a similar transport of men, which included
about his experience following the release of the 1994 Leyson and his father, when it was routed to another death
Oscar-winning film “Schindler’s List.” camp, and tried to save Leyson’s older brother on a third.
“I was determined to move forward with my life,” he Schindler also had the names of Leyson, his father and his
said in an interview. “And I didn’t think anyone would brother added to his list of workers when he discovered that
be interested in my story. …But I was wrong; and as I they had been left off.
went along, I learned some lessons for myself.” “Schindler saved our lives,” Leyson said repeatedly.
Leyson’s story begins in Krakow, Poland, where he “you have to judge his actions by the times then, not
was living with his family when the Nazis invaded Poland. today,” he added. “Today, he would be a good CEO who
He says he was living this idyllic life, jumping on and off takes care of his employees. In those days, saving Jews
street cars, nabbing rides behind the conductor’s back, was against the law. What Schindler did was not only a
and running through busy city streets with his friends, dangerous thing to do, but a heroic thing to do.”
when everything slowly began to change. For more excerpts from Leyson’s interview and to watch
First, it was Jews not being allowed to sit on park a video recording of the presentation, go online to www.
benches. Then, they were completely banned from the calstatela.edu/today/archives/spring2010/leyson.php.
parks. Then came the street car restrictions—Jews had
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Donald J. Darensbourg (’64), a professor of che-
mistry at Texas A&M University, has been selected
from among the nation’s finest researchers as the
2010 recipient of the American Chemical Society
Award in Inorganic Chemistry.
Diane Watson (’67 MS), congresswoman for the
33rd district of California, announced that she will retire from her
seat in November. She has served in the Legislature since 2001,
and before that was a California state senator from 1978 to 1998.
2010 graduates, members welcome
to the Alumni family 1970
Rungsun “Sunny” Apinchapong (’74) was the background
The CSULA Alumni Association supervisor for animation in Disney’s The Princess and the Frog.
annual “GradFair,” a one-stop 1980
shop and job recruitment event Thomas J. Griego (’84), the Los Angeles deputy city attorney, is
organized especially for our running for judgeship on the Los Angeles Superior Court.
graduating students, was flush Lindel Hodge (’83), a two-time Olympic competitor in track and
field, will be carrying the Queen’s Baton—the symbol of the
with success this year. Thousands Commonwealth Games, which makes an international tour before
of graduates from the class of the start of the games—in the Virgin Islands.
2010 attended, recorded video 1990
messages to be played during Eduardo Cabrera (’90, ’92 MA) was promoted
Commencement, and pledged to professor of Modern Languages at Millikin
University in Illinois. (photo on the right)
their ongoing support to CSULA,
Dean Gialamas (’99 MS) recently became the
picking up the exclusive Grad- director of the Los Angeles Regional Crime Lab
Pack 2010—a special package located in CSULA’s Hertzberg-Davis Forensic Science
Center, and shared with the University and law enforcement labs.
offered by the Association
that includes multi- 2000
year membership and Ernesto Arredondo (’00) is the community banking president for
the North Inland Empire market for Wells Fargo.
discounts. Wendy Carrillo (’05), a multimedia journalist and
The Association host of the weekly “Knowledge is Power” radio
show on Power 106 FM, was honored by Senator
celebrated a record- Gloria Romero as the 2010 Woman of the year of
breaking year, selling the 24th Senate District.
more than 1,000 Marina Leigh Duff (’04, ’09 MA) published her first
poetry book, Markers & Erasers: Poetry about Teaching in Los
GradPacks! Thank you Angeles Public High Schools.
to our newest members and welcome to the University’s alumni network Fred Ortega (’07) is the district director for Congresswoman Judy
and family. your global alumni community serves as a pillar of strength Chu in the 32nd Congressional District.
and provides you with valuable resources to accomplish your professional Brian Urias (’06), field deputy for the 32nd Congressional District,
has also been appointed as the planning commissioner for the
and academic goals. city of Baldwin Park.
Thom Vernon (’00) recently published The Drifts, a novel that
takes on gender, history and memory during a blizzard in a rural
SAVE THE DATE
36th AnnuAl IN MEMORIAM
Alumni AwArds GAlA Jaime Escalante (’73, ’77), a beloved East L.A. high school math
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2010
teacher, who earned national fame through the 1988 film Stand and
Deliver—based on his powerful and successful teaching approach—
died in March after a battle with cancer. Escalante changed hundreds
of students’ lives during his 17-year tenure at Garfield High School,
Rolling out its “black and gold” carpet, the CSULA Alumni Association and motivated his inner-city students to master advanced concepts
will recognize this year’s outstanding alumni and students during its 36th in math and science. He eventually built an Advanced Placement
calculus program that had more students enrolled than all but three
annual Alumni Awards Gala on Thursday, October 21, at the Luckman other high schools in the country.
Fine Arts Complex on campus. Charles E. Lloyd (’60), one of the city’s most prominent criminal
Alumni, students and friends are recognized for their achievements and defense attorneys, died in March. Lloyd began his career as one
of Los Angeles’ first African-American deputy city attorneys, and
contributions to the University, to their professional field and to the community worked for many years in a practice with the late Tom Bradley,
in an intimate gathering, complete with dinner and an Academy Awards- before Bradley became mayor of Los Angeles. He was honored
in 1992 by the Los Angeles County Bar Association’s Criminal
esque show. Award recipients will be announced at alumni.calstatela.edu Justice Section as trial lawyer of the year.
in the coming month. For sponsorship and ticket information, please
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contact the Association at (323) 343-ALUM (2586). for more news.
The following individuals have given annual gifts of
at least $1,000. We salute their investment and invite
‘Rolling’ with Mother Nature you to join in supporting Cal State L.A. by making
a gift online at www.calstatela.edu/philanthropy or
Soon after the 8.8 magnitude earthquake calling (323) 343-4866.
struck Chile in February, structural engineer
James A. Bell ’97
Nabih youssef ’71 MS, was on a trek to the
Mr. & Mrs. Robert Bridenbecker ’66
South American nation to carry out a research
Warren ’71 and Susan Bryant
and reconnaissance mission. Kyle C. Button
youssef and his colleagues were eager to Monica Chew ’04
discover what caused countless structures to Geneva Aleece Clymer ’62
crumble, while others remained standing tall, William J. Dermody ’71, ’74
in order to develop more advanced best Jaffe Dickerson
practices for the field. The Chilean earthquake, Darlene Finocchiaro ’83, ’90
Verdel La Cour Florers ’74
which resulted in the loss of several hundred NABIH yOUSSEF ’71 MS
Ramon Garcia ’71
lives and hundreds of thousands of structures,
Art M. ’80 & Lillian ’96 Gastelum
ranked as one of the world’s biggest shakes, even causing the earth to spin
The Gillett Family
a bit faster. Eva Grant ’66, ’72
“Earthquakes are the biggest research labs,” said youssef, the founder Ernest E. Guerra ’80
and president of Nabih youssef and Associates, a leading structural Robert Hoffman
engineering firm in downtown Los Angeles. “It’s where we can truly see the Harry S. Hong
results of Mother Nature testing our knowledge. In every event worldwide, Lillian Y. Kawasaki ’72, ’80
Mother Nature gives us something new.”
Art Leahy ’74
In Chile, youssef said, he learned many things. For one, his confidence
Dal H. Lee
in U.S. building codes that separate structural and nonstructural building Ronald W. Lee ’68
components as a means for dissipating energy and strain during a quake Ethan B. Lipton ’76, ’83 & Janet Lent
was reinforced. A building withstands more violent and longer periods of William ’82 & Kathy Lewis
shaking when it can “absorb and roll” with the energy, he said. Fred Lopez ’83
Similarly, steel plates—like those used in the newly opened L.A. Live Tower Gary J. Matus ’69
in downtown—might be a good alternative to reinforced concrete, providing David ’67, ’76 & Rosemary ’70 McNutt
greater flexibility and movement when shaking occurs. Louis R. Negrete ’57
Nancy Nguyen ’97
“you can never overpower Mother Nature, and you can’t resist earthquakes.
Sheryl Okuno ’87
you learn to absorb and dissipate them,” youssef said. Charles H. Palmer ’53, ’60
Working in the field of structural engineering over the last 43 years, youssef George A. Pardon
has advanced practices in earthquake engineering, leaving his mark on Pamela Angerer Payne ’81, ’91, ’95
structure design throughout the city and the world. Thomas H. Peterson
One of his most significant contributions to the industry, colleagues have Stephen E. Pickett ’75
said, was enacting performance-based design, a concept that emphasizes Marilyn E. Plummer ’71
use, purpose, cost-effectiveness and structural soundness from inception Peter Quan
Philip J. Quigley ’67
to completion. In the L.A. Live Tower for instance, this approach shaped
Jorge Ramirez ’04
decisions on everything from building shape to construction materials.
Chris Rapp ’76
youssef and his team’s innovative approach, opting for ¼ inch steel Collette Rocha
plates, rather than the standard 36-inch thick reinforced concrete walls, Timothy Wayne Rogers ’82
resulted in a more flexible, light, and budget-friendly building. They Anthony R. Ross & Laverne White
completed it six months ahead of schedule, and added 27,000 square feet of A. Sami Siddiqui ’76
extra space. Albert Taffoni ’60
“It was a great opportunity in my career to capitalize on the last 20 years
Gilbert Vasquez ’64
of research in the steel plate phenomenon, and take it beyond analysis and
Elizabeth Wheeler ’81
beyond the code,” youssef said, noting that the city put together a structural
Patricia Louise Wohlford ’68
peer review committee to clear the design. Tony Wong ’69, ’74
“Above all, we had the ability to design a system that has a more predict- Wilbert Woo ’70, ’77
able performance,” he added. “…When you do new avant-garde solutions, Zeus Xioco ’03
everyone has to buy into the possible risks and buy into the possible rewards.” Edmond Yee
Learn more about youssef’s body of work online at www.calstatela.edu/ William Jih—Shen Yang ’58
today/alumniSpotlight.php. Donald J. Zuk ’61
GOLDEn EAGLE SPORTS
(LEFT AND MIDDLE PHOTOS) CAL STATE L.A. ATHLETES
TEACH LOCAL ELEMENTARy KIDS ABOUT SPORTS DURING
STUDENT ATHLETES BUILD A LAST yEAR’S EPIC EVENT. (RIGHT) LOCAL FAMILIES MEET
SANTA AND RECEIVE GIFTS AT A CSULA BASKETBALL GAME.
COMMITMENT TO GIVING BACK
While student athletes devote a lot of energy SAAC participants were also at the “Nothin’ But
to classroom demands and receive recognition Sand” beach clean-up at the Santa Monica
for their competitive exploits, it’s their passion Pier in April.
for helping others that has made 2009-10 “I grew up a Camp Fire girl, so community
especially memorable. service has always been very important to
Cal State L.A.’s Student Athlete me,” said SAAC president Erica Thomas, a
Advisory Committee (SAAC) has been very member of both the women’s soccer and
active this year, donating time and funds to track and field teams. “We have tried a lot of
build awareness among athletes in 11 intercollegiate sports new activities this year …and because of it we’ve
about the importance of giving back. Each program has SAAC been able to get more student-athletes involved.”
representatives who encourage teammates to get involved. Baseball player Chris Matzner, in his second year with
Whether it’s bake sales, a “Spare Change Challenge” or SAAC, agreed, noting that the group hopes to continue to
other efforts, “our SAAC student athletes are doing a tremen- grow participation through new activities.
dous job,” said Associate Athletics Director and SAAC advisor “We’re thinking about another cool activity, like a dodge ball
Sheila Hudson. “Somehow, they manage to juggle homework tournament, that will be fun and another way for us to raise
and competitions and still find the time in their busy schedules money for charity,” he said.
to support families going through tough times or to teach Each California Collegiate Athletic Association school has
elementary school kids how to play volleyball and soccer. As a student athlete committee with the mission of enhancing
a result of our student athletes’ compassion and dedication, student athletes’ college experience by promoting opportunity,
SAAC is a positive presence on campus and in the community.” protecting welfare, maintaining athletic integrity, fostering a
The Adopt-A-Family holiday program, run in cooperation with positive image, and acting as a liaison among student athletes
the Pasadena Salvation Army, was one highlight. Student- and administrators. Last year, SAAC groups throughout the
athletes built a fund, then shopped for gifts with families’ wish conference raised more than $16,000 for the Make-A-Wish
lists in mind, and delivered big time—with Santa Claus in Foundation, and the goal is to eclipse that total this year.
attendance—at a Cal State L.A. basketball game in December. “Through their involvement with SAAC, our student athletes
This spring, SAAC participated in the University’s annual are learning yet another valuable lesson that they can take
Educational Participation In Communities (EPIC) event, away from Cal State L.A.—the importance of helping others,”
“CSULA, Here We Come!” During the event, student athletes Hudson said.
introduced 300 elementary school students to college sports.
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