The friendships I made, which have lasted to this day.
I was involved with Zeta Tau Alpha, Staff of the Forty-Niner, & Student Body Government (Commisioner of Publications).
I began teaching at Millikan High School in Long Beach. I was later assigned to Wilson High School. In 1967 I moved to Seattle and taught at Cleveland High School, where I became head of the English Department. I loved the rain, fresh air, glorious greenery, and cosmopolitan atmosphere of Seattle and was active in Seattle Symphony activities. I returned to California in 1988 and began teaching English as a Second Language at San Pedro Adult School. It's a delight to see my former students and hear them speaking English. Most have become citizens and are leading successful, productive lives. In between my teaching assignments I have traveled to Europe, Hawaii, Canada and been active in local, state, and national political campaigns.
I recently attended the Golden Decade Celebration last year, purchased a brick, and recently took a personalized tour of the campus--my first visit in many years.
I am editor of the Friends of San Pedro Library newsletter, a member of the San Pedro Garden Club (Arbor Day Chairman), CROP Walk chairman for my parish Peace and Justice Committee, a member of the San Pedro Bay Historical Society. And...I am taking a computer class.
Take advantage of all the opportunities that CSULB has to offer. The school has expanded greatly since I was a student. It is truly a university now, and you have everything one could wish for to make your college years a true foundation for your future.
I was the first in my family to attend college, and I remain grateful for the wonderful opportunities I had to prepare for a profession, expand my social life, attend cultural events, and generally prepare myself for a successful life. Thank you, Long Beach State College (as it was known when I attended). I was overwhelmed by the extent and the beauty of the present campus when I took a tour recently. Some of the buildings I remember are still here, but most are new, or new to me. I truly felt that I was on the campus of a university. I also felt proud that I was a tiny part of the past of such a grand institution. I hope to become more involved with the Alumni Association and express my gratitude for what I was given at the school by more than making an occasional donation. After seeing the campus, I want to take some classes and become a student again!