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2000

Alan C. Hewitt (2000, B.A., religious studies) recently became a customs and border protection officer for the United States Department of Homeland Security.

Chris King (2000, B.A., film and electronic arts) is a writer/producer for KTXL Fox 40 in Sacramento, Calif. He also is a filmmaker whose latest short film, “Awakening” is being distributed by the Spiritual Cinema Circle. His feature film, “Touching Down,” won awards at several film festivals, including a Bronze Remi at the 2006 WorldFest International Film Festival. Willamette Week magazine included King in its list of “Who’s Doing it Right in Indie Filmmaking.”

Christopher A. Crosslin (2002, B.S., criminal justice) is a new police officer in Beaverton, Ore. He previously was an officer with the United States Border Patrol.

Long Beach Transit named Marcelle Epley (2002, B.S., business administration–marketing) as marketing manager. She is a Leadership Long Beach graduate and has marketing management experience with Trammell Crow Co. and the Long Beach Press-Telegram.

Amy Murphy (2002, M.S., philosophy) is the managing editor and assistant publisher for GLASS Quarterly, a fine art journal published by UrbanGlass, a not-for-profit experimental glass blowing facility in Brooklyn, N.Y. She also teaches philosophy, art history and multicultural aesthetics at State University of New York. In addition to freelance writing, she will participate in an archivist project this year at the Keith Haring Foundation in Manhattan.

Stacie Suggs (2003, MBA) was one of four Northrop Grumman Corp. employees honored with the 2006 National Women of Color Technology Awards for achievements in technology, engineering and science and community leadership, sponsored by Career Communications Group. Suggs, lead hardware test equipment engineer at Northrop Grumman’s Space Technology sector in Redondo Beach, Calif., received the Community Service Award for her leadership roles with engineering organizations and in encouraging women and people of color to study math and science.

Andrew Myers (2004, B.S., business adminstration–management) was featured in an article, “Stars of Tomorrow,” in the September issue of Stock Car Racing. Myers has been involved in racing since age 7 and competes in the NASCAR Grand National Division.

The city of Santa Fe Springs appointed Alex Rodriguez (2004, B.S., occupational studies; 2006, M.S., emergency services administration) as its new fire chief in December. He was deputy chief of the Rancho Cucamonga Fire District and past assistant chief of the West Covina Fire Department.

2005

Yamaha Corp. of America’s Professional Audio and Combo Division promoted Nic Chaffee (2005, B.M., music composition) to product manager. He also is a freelance trumpet player and has experience as an audio engineer.

Celeste Cook (2005, M.S., emergency services administration) was named associate director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management for the University of California, San Francisco Police Department. She previously directed the Santa Clara County Office of Emergency Services.

Model Rosie Lewis (2006, B.A., speech communication) appeared in a photo in the Nov. 28 issue of Rolling Stone magazine accompanying an article about rapper Snoop Dogg.

Great Ideas Entertainment (GIE) appointed Salvador Vasquez (2006, B.A., film and electronic arts) as its vice president for finance in November. GIE is a new independent entertainment company focusing on commercial and film production blended with the management of writers and directors. Vasquez held internships with MTV and Sony Studios.

Kennedy Center Recognizes Alumni

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C., recognized two CSULB alumni for distinguished artistic merit. Actor Steve Martin received the 2005 Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, while director Steven Spielberg was among five 2006 recipients of the Kennedy Center Honors, along with singers Dolly Parton and Smokey Robinson, conductor Zubin Mehta and theater composer and producer Andrew Lloyd Webber.

Marriages

Wendy Green (1998, B.A., political science) and Florian E. Mendoza (1997, B.A, sociology) were married Oct. 31, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Cathy Page (2002, B.A., social work) and Les Brainard were married April 14, 2004 at Hope Chapel in Long Beach.

Amanda Puckett (2005, B.A., theatre arts; credential) and Jeffrey Phillips were married Dec. 30, 2006 in Hesperia, Calif. She teaches at Ramona High School in Riverside and he owns Commercial Tire in Rialto.

Heather Ryberg (2001, MFA) married Todd R. Williams on Sept. 16 in Las Vegas, Nev.

Births

Cindy (Lewis) Jarvis (2002, B.A., kinesiology and physical education) and John P. Jarvis (2002, B.A., psychology) are the parents of Lylah Charlize Jarvis, born Oct. 30, 2006 at St. Mary’s Hospital in Long Beach.

Katherine (Klevos) Bennett (2001, B.A., communication studies) and Kip Bennett (2004, B.S., biology) are parents of Tyler Paul Bennett, born Oct. 17 in Long Beach.

Sonia (Gonzalez) Jimenez (1997, B.A., liberal studies) and her husband, Pablo Jimenez (1996, B.A., liberal studies) had a girl, Celina, on June 3 in Harbor City, Calif.

Allison (Schiavon) Seedorf (2001, B.A., communicative disorders) and Brandon Seedorf (1998, B.A., English literature) had a son, Tyler Jackson, born July 22, 2006 in Los Alamitos, Calif.


In Memoriam

Dorothy Hutchinson Apel (1956, B.A.; 1975, M.A., elementary education) died Aug. 2 at age 72 in Long Beach. She was the former chair of the Psychology and Family Studies Department at Coastline Community College.

Ronald L. Applbaum (1965, B.A.; 1966, M.A., rhetorical studies), former president of Colorado State University–Pueblo, died Nov. 16 at age 62 in Pueblo, Colo. He was a faculty member of the Speech Communication Department at CSULB, later becoming president of three universities.

Long Beach State Athletic Hall of Fame member Klaus Barth (1973, B.A., physical education) died Oct. 22 in Long Beach at age 57. He swam for West Germany in the 1968 Olympics before coming to Cal State Long Beach in 1969 and later became aquatics coach at Long Beach Wilson High School.

Former Los Angeles Times music critic Daniel Cariaga, who studied music at Cal State Long Beach in the late 1950s, died Nov. 1 at age 71. The Philharmonic Society of Orange County dedicated the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra’s Jan. 21 concert in support of the Cariaga Scholarship Fund at CSULB.

Herman J. Clayborn Jr. (1970, B.A., 1975, M.A., physical education), a principal in the Long Beach Unified School District, died July 26 at age 58.

Frank A. Curry (1960, M.A., psychology) died July 11 in Arcadia, Calif.

Betty Lou Frost (1966, B.A., English literature; 1977, M.A., linguistics) died Aug. 25 at age 84. She was a professor emeritus at Marymount College in Palos Verdes, Calif. and taught in CSULB’s Senior University.

Elisa Gigliotti (1982, B.A., special major; 1990, M.A., Spanish) died Nov. 4 at age. 49. She taught Spanish and Italian at several area community colleges.

John T. Hahn (1968, B.A.; 1969, M.A., English literature), a former English professor at Rio Hondo College in Whittier, Calif., died at age 66 on Sept. 21 in Easthampton, Mass.

Darren A. James (1996, B.A., history) died Sept. 3 at age 41.

Tyler Mimm (1976, B.S., pre-physical therapy) of Laguna Niguel, Calif., died Oct. 26 at age 54. He owned a physical therapy and sports medicine practice in Newport Beach. His family has established a scholarship fund for CSULB physical therapy students.

John “Jack” Minar, professor emeritus, recreation and leisure studies, died Nov. 23 at age 80. He joined Cal State Long Beach in 1968.

Cherie (Leonard) Rudoll (1981, B.S., nursing), former vice president of nursing at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, died Jan. 8 at age 48.

Former 49er men’s golf coach Del Walker died Jan. 25 at age 93 in Long Beach.


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