Visiting with President Alexander, center, are, seated left to right, Manu Singh, Dana Siegelman, Mohirah Hall, Denise Arag—n. Second row are Reid Tomasi, Sharon Sobel, Erin Clark, Zaira Tinoco, Michael Barker and Scott Fish. Third row are Grant Brooks, Chris Bodziak, Ruby-Ann Lamig, Sun Park and Alan Schaefer.
Dear Alumni and Friends,
Since I first arrived in January as the new president of Cal State Long Beach, one thing has been absolutely clear. This is a very special university, clearly one of the best in the nation at serving a quality education to a talented and diverse student body.
One of the most important roles that I have as president is to make sure that society understands how good our students are today and how successful their predecessors—our alumni—have become. In my short while here, I have come to know a few of our alumni, and I have been impressed with how fond they are of this university, and how much love they continue to hold for this special place in their lives.
It is a goal of mine to expand the reach of this university to its alumni, to welcome our former students back to their alma mater to visit the campus, participate in special events, take advantage of the CSULB Alumni Association’s programs or to mentor our current students.
I also want to visit you. We recently held an alumni reception in Seattle, and I was delighted to see how interested in Long Beach State they remain. They were as excited to hear about what was happening on their campus as are the folks in local Long Beach, and I was happy to share with them our news and hopes for the future. We will continue to reach beyond the campus to meet with groups of alumni in places as far away as New York City, San Francisco and Phoenix, or as close as Orange County. I’m eager to tell you our story, and I want to hear yours.
Finally, let me say how happy I am to be welcomed into your university community. I’m looking forward to meeting you, and I’m honored at the opportunity to serve you.