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Jack Bowen (2000, M.S., philosophy) is the author of The Dream Weaver: One Boy’s Journey Through the Landscape of Reality. He teaches philosophy at De Anza College in Cupertino, Calif., and at Menlo School in Menlo Park. He is a guest speaker at philosophy conferences and has published in numerous philosophy journals, primarily in ethics.

Several Southern California law enforcement agencies are using Graffiti Tracker, a software program and database developed by Timothy M. Kephardt (2001, M.S., criminal justice). The program is an offshoot of his master’s thesis on decoding graffiti and enables officers to photograph, analyze and share information to catch tagging vandals.

The Santa Ana Unified School District Regional Occupational Program named Joy Louise Myers (2001, B.S., occupational studies– vocational arts) as its 2005-06 teacher of the year.

Steven Spielberg (2001, B.A., radio/TV/film) will serve as a consultant for culture and art for the opening ceremonies of the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China. The event will be themed “One World, One Dream.”

Community Hospital of Long Beach appointed Jennifer Whitney (2001, master of physical therapy) as its new director of rehabilitation services. She oversees physical and occupational therapy services and rehabilitation services for orthopedic, neurological and cardiovascular patients.

The city of Placentia, Calif., named Terrence Beaman (2002, B.S., business administration– accountancy) as the new director of finance to oversee management of city funds. He previously was with the finance departments of the cities of Los Alamitos and Monrovia.

Dancer David Bernal (2002, BFA), who performs as “David Elsewhere,” was featured in an April Time magazine article about the spread of videos on the Internet. He performs in ads for Apple iPods and in a Volkswagen commercial as Gene Kelly dancing with hip hop moves to “Singin’ in the Rain.”

Linda Ragland Kulakowski (2002, B.A., political science) graduated cum laude with a J.D. degree and certificate in international and comparative law in May from Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, Calif. She was lead articles editor for the Whittier Law Review. She took the Arizona bar exam in July despite battling stage IV colon cancer.

Charles Turner (2002, B.S., business administration–finance) launched Long Beach Pedicabs, a transportation service in downtown Long Beach. The pedicabs, or rickshaws, provide rides for two to three passengers for $1 per 1/10 mile, or about $1 per block. Long Beach Pedicabs allows drivers to lease the pedicabs by the day, week, or month and keep the fares and tips.




Sarah Clarke (2006, M.A., education–social and multicultural foundations) and her husband Eric opened Ten Thousand Villages in Pasadena, a gift and arts shop featuring creations from around the world sold through the “fair trade” movement.

The Monrovia, Calif., Fire Department selected Christopher S. Donovan (2006, M.S., emergency services administration) as its new chief in March. He previously was a battalion chief with the Monterey Park, Calif., Fire Department.

Thomas Huang (2006, B.S., business administration– management; and finance, real estate and law) joined Strategic Equity Group in Santa Ana as an analyst. He was an investment analyst for the College of Business Administra-tion’s Student Managed Investment Fund.




Brook Nichols (2003, B.A., broadcast journalism) married Mark Payne on March 27, 2004, in Garden Grove, Calif.

Maria Santos (1996, B.A., psychology; 2004, credential–education specialist level I) and Kevin St. Jacque (1998, B.A., Asian studies) were married in April at Gazzella in Long Beach. Kevin is in food and beverage administration at Disney’s California Adventure theme park and Maria is an education specialist at El Segundo High School.




Kelly (Valles) Marsoobian (1997, B.A., family and consumer science) and her husband, Eric Marsoobian (1998, B.A., family and consumer science), are parents of daughter Jean Ingrid, born Feb. 13 in Mission Viejo, Calif.

Ania (Ban) Nasser (2003, MBA) and her husband, Erick Nasser (1999, B.S., business administration–finance), had a boy, Evan, on Feb. 17, 2005 in Whittier, Calif.

Dennis H. Smith (2000, B.S., business administration–human resources management) and his wife, Kelly Smith, are the parents of Kaitlyn Abigail Barbara Smith, born Nov. 25, 2005, in Spring Hill, Fla.

Jenna (Miller) Weil (1999, B.S., nursing) and her husband, Tad Weil, had a boy, Larsyn Dean, on April 6 in Laguna Hills, Calif.


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In Memoriam

Nevada State Controller Kathy (Alfano) Augustine (1984, MPA), died July 11 in Reno, Nev. She was a former Nevada state assembly member and senator.

Daniel R. Baker (1972, M.A., educational administration) died March 20 at age 67 in Carlsbad, Calif.

Philip K. Baker (1956, B.A.; 1960, M.A., physical education) died May 5 at age 71 in Long Beach.

Bill Berdanis (1995, B.A., history) died at age 51 on March 15 in Long Beach.

Marilyn Brain (1954, B.A., elementary education) died May 12 at 76 in Long Beach.

Vern L. Bullough (1981, B.S., nursing) died June 21 in Westlake Village, Calif. He was founding director of the Center for Sex Research at Cal State Northridge and a long-time board member of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.

Richard H. Chow, professor emeritus, physics, died Jan. 26 at age 81. He taught at CSULB from 1958 to 1986.

Kay D. Curry (1958, B.A., English literature; 1970, M.A., education–pupil personnel) died at age 69 on Feb. 12.

Jean P. Daniels (1966, B.A., elementary education) died June 3 at age 84.

Alfred C. Davenport (1952, B.A., social science) died April 4 at age 75.

Gene Clementine (Berry) Davis (1955, B.A., history) died March 21 at age 79.

Gary DeVaul (1975, B.A., speech communication) died at age 59 on Feb. 26 in Santa Ana, Calif.

Andrew L. Dugas (1964, B.A., industrial arts) died April 11.

Nadyne Calvert Gibson, professor emerita, music, died at age 90 on May 31 in Colorado. She taught at Cal State Long Beach from 1952 to 1977.

Former 49er and NBA basketball star Leonard Gray died June 13 in New Jersey at age 54. A member of the 1972-74 Long Beach teams, he went on to play for the Seattle Supersonics and Washington Bullets.

Ruben F. Guzmán Jr. (1987, B.S., business administration– marketing) died June 22 in Huntington Beach. He was vice president of Market Access in Irvine, Calif.

Russ Hubbard (1991, B.A., speech communication) died Jan. 2 in Tacoma, Wash., at age 43.

Pojana Inswang (1972, B.A.; 1974, M.A., family and consumer sciences) died in April in Thailand. She formerly owned PJ’s Thai & Barbeque restaurant in Belmont Shore.

Arlington L. “Lee” Johnsen (1961, B.S., industrial technology) died April 30 at age 71 in Long Beach.

David D. Jones (1978, B.A., English literature) died at age 57 on March 27 in Long Beach.

Kathleen Kordich-Boman, D.D.S. (1983, B.S., chemistry) died April 13 in Canyon Lake, Calif., at age 45.

Ralph G. Kortz II (B.S., 1965, business administration– finance; 1968, MBA) died March 17 at age 68 in Long Beach. He was former general manager of the Long Beach Gas Department.

Donald Kroll (1967, B.A., English literature) died April 19 in Long Beach at age 61.

Helen (Stein) La Cour (1957, M.A., elementary education) died May 23 in Long Beach.

Former executive vice president of Mitsubishi Electronics John F. Lawler (1958, B.S., mechanical engineering) died July 8 in Huntington Beach.

Laura Marchant (1999, B.A., theatre arts) died April 29 in Los Alamitos, Calif., at age 30. She co-founded the Loud*R*Mouth Theatre Co. that brought the annual production of “The Vagina Monologues” to CSULB.

William R. Mays, a former staff photographer with CSULB Audio Visual Services for some 20 years, died July 13 in La Palma, Calif. He was 85.

Former Stanton, Calif., Mayor Harry L. Miller (1962, B.A., business administration– accountancy) died July 7 in Silverado Canyon, Calif. He was 79.

Laurie (Ogino) Sugino (1990, B.S., engineering–computer science) died Feb. 16 at age 43 in Orange, Calif.

Despoina (Plakas) Navari (1951, B.A., English literature) died Feb. 19 at age 92 in Sacramento.

Dorothy (Ausburn) Nicholson (1956, B.A., elementary education) died March 7 in Frederick, Md.

Richard P. Perkins (1969, M.S., civil engineering) died March 16 in Torrance, Calif., where he was former deputy director of public works.

Thomas J. Reince (1970, B.A., social science; credential) died May 12 at age 58 in Long Beach, where he taught at Hill Classical Middle School.

Former Long Beach State College Student Body President Kermit J. Sadler (1959, B.S., business administration– management) died Jan. 10 at age 72 in Long Beach.

Vincent J. Stagnaro (1968, B.S., engineering and industrial technology) died June 11 in Reno, Nev., at age 66.

Heather Stevens (1991, B.A., journalism) died June 20 in Long Beach.

Grace Stewart (1952, M.A., English literature) died May 30 in Tennessee at age 99.

Carol Strauss, Ed.D. (1977, M.A., education– instructional media; 1978, credential) died May 1 at age 58.

Environmental consultant Michael T. Vander Plaats (1993, B.S., geology) died April 27 at age 46 in Maywood, Ill.

William G. Vlahakis (2001, BFA, art) died in July.

Jeanne Ann Woody (1974, M.S., education–special education) died March 22 in Orange, Calif., at age 62.

Former high school and USC assistant football coach Pete Yoder (1962, B.A., history; 1965, M.A., education) died Jan. 30 in Austin, Texas at age 65.


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