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                                                                ON CAMPUS
           EDITORIAL BOARD                                      What is your passion? ............................................................... 1
                Dan Bridges
    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
               Randi Moore
   Executive Director of Alumni Relations
              Collette Rocha
       Assistant Vice President for
          University Development

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                 Cal State L.A.
            Office of Public Affairs
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           Phone: (323) 343-3050
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     E-mail: paffairs@cslanet.calstatela.
               Managing Editor
                 Nancy Miron                                    UNIVERSITY NEWS
           Associate Editor/Writer                              Campus updates .................................................................... 2-3
              Shayna Chabner
           Paul Helms • Margie Low
                 Natalie Smith
                Graphic Design                                 Staying healthy, wealthy and wise ............................................. 4
                Yuri Watanabe
                 Photography                                   A life on the go ........................................................................... 5
                 Bernard Kane
                                                               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: [323] 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,
CA 94102.
                      What is your passion?
               KATHLEENA WILLIAMS                                                          LAURA TEJERA

  ADAM NEFF/MONICA CAMACHO                                        DANIEL ALEJANDRO HUERTA

“Math. I want to teach math—my professors have shown me a new side to math, and now we
have become best friends.”

“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.”

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.”

“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
about college.”

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UnivErsiTy NEWS
                                                      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.

                                                      CSULA LIBRARY GETS A
                                                      ‘SPECIAL’ ADDITION
                                                         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.
                                                      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.

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                                                                                                       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.

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                             Staying healthy,
                               wealthy & wise

                                Complex issues face a growing
                                elderly population

            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

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                                                                                                A life on
                                                                                                the go

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
                                                      METRO BUS
                                                                   O, ART LEAH
                                                                               y IN FRONT OF             said.
                                                                  TODAy. BLAC
                                                                               K AND
    Leahy takes that responsibility seriously, and TRAINAHy’S FATHER, A BUS OPERWHOR WHOTO
                                                      OF LE
                                                            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.

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                                      Baking up
                                       a legacy


          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

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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.

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                                   The cutups

                                   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.”
                                                                                                                                                      at w
        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

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 ee more of the
 itelbaum’s work

                        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.”

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                              the possibilities


          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
     he could.
         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
                                forensic art

                                   Alumna defines the face of justice


            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

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                                                                               A ‘Schindler’s
                                                                               List’ child

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

                                         “What Schindler
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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Let’s make a difference together—today                                            Leadership and Networking 101
                                                                                  Learn how to get involved at summer forum
                              Spring is the perfect time to spring into action—
                           and what better way to become involved and                Since its inception in 1955, the Cal State L.A.
                           jumpstart your personal and professional growth        Alumni Association has been a recognized leader
                           than by joining the CSULA Alumni Association.          within the CSU system, receiving numerous awards
                              With more than 10,000 members—and                   for the design and execution of innovative member
                           counting—the Association is one of the largest         services, benefits and programs. Much of that success
                           dues-paying organizations in the CSU system. Our       can be credited to our volunteers and members
                           members represent a wide-range of professional         who are a driving force in the organization, having
                           fields, careers and interests, and are key leaders     dedicated time to advancing the welfare of the
throughout their communities and on this campus.                                  University through leadership and service.
   As an organization of our size and stature, we have a unique opportunity          The Association will host the Alumni Leadership
to effect change in our students’ and members’ lives. This last year, we have     Recruitment Forum this summer. The forum will
actively sought out even better ways to do this through our new Alumni Mentor-    feature a panel of volunteers who will speak to
ing Program, ongoing Financial Fitness forums and other networking events.        the value of being involved with the Association
   In order to maintain this level of success, we need your help. Through         at the Committee, Board of Directors and Alumni
your membership, you demonstrate your commitment to Cal State L.A.                Networks level. Our volunteers list many benefits
and its role as a beacon of possibility in the community. Say “yes” to the        of service, including professional enhancement,
Association, and say “yes” to maintaining and growing your intellectual,          personal growth, and the opportunity to explore new
professional and emotional bonds to CSULA.                                        professional paths and give back.
   If you are not a member of the Association, please join online at                 Contact the Association for more information at
alumni.calstatela.edu. We may also be reached at (323) 343-ALUM (2586)            (323) 343-ALUM (2586) or e-mail Randi Moore,
or via e-mail at alum@cslanet.calstatela.edu.                                     Executive Director, Alumni Relations at
Randi Moore
Executive Director, Alumni Relations


      As an Association member, you have access to many benefits
    and services, including:

    • A 15 percent discount on service, parts and accessories, as
      well as special alumni pricing on new and pre-owned inventory at            Click…Connect…Network
      Longo Toyota/Longo Scion/Longo Lexus.                                          The CSULA Alumni Association
    • A 15 percent discount for all Kaplan Test Prep and Admissions               adds to your online experience and
      programs.                                                                   expands networking opportunities
    • Up to 60 percent off most office supplies at Office Depot.                  with group pages on LinkedIn
    • Free admission to all regular season Golden Eagle sporting events.          and Facebook. To connect, create an account
                                                                                  at LinkedIn and Facebook and register to join
      For details, visit alumni.calstatela.edu/membership/benefits.htm.
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                                                                                                       CLASS NOTES

                                                                                    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
                                                                                    Arkansas town.
                          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
                                                                                    Log on to www.calstatela.edu/today/classnotes.php
contact the Association at (323) 343-ALUM (2586).                                   for more news.

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                                                                                    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
                                                                                                           Victor King
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
                                                                                                        Linda Trevillian

   “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

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It’s about
                                                                                    (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.
   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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