For Alumni and Friends
Cal State LA to celebrate the Class of 2022 at Commencement
Cal State LA will celebrate thousands of graduating students in the Class of 2022 at Commencement from May 23-27. The 10 college-based ceremonies will be held on campus in Commencement Pavilion, a formal event space that will be constructed on the north side of campus in Lot 5. Commencement will highlight the aspects of the ceremony that our students treasure most. Their names will be called during the ceremony, they will get to cross the stage while their loved ones watch in person and on the livestream, and graduate students will be hooded.
In the coming days, workers will begin to transform Lot 5 into a vast, formal event space known as Commencement Village. In one section of the lot, light fixtures have been removed to create Commencement Pavilion. Inside this structure there will be a large Commencement stage, lighting, graduate seating, flooring, a Jumbotron, small screens, hooding stages, a cooling system, bleachers, and other amenities. Outside Commencement Pavilion, in another section of the event space, there will be a reception area with cocktail tables and chairs where graduates can meet with friends, family, and faculty after the ceremony. There will also be photo areas with backdrops, first aid areas, restrooms, and vendors. Learn more on the Commencement website.
Cal State LA celebrates naming of Janice Cordova Garden of Well-Being
Cal State LA celebrated the dedication of the new Janice Cordova Garden of Well-Being in April, named in honor of the late wife of alumnus Richard Cordova. “This is a place at Cal State LA that we know will make a big difference in our day-to-day experience and the experiences of our students and everyone who visits the campus,” President William A. Covino said to guests gathered for the naming and dedication of the garden. The garden is guided by the mission of the WellBeingU initiative, Cal State LA’s nationally recognized model for improving the inner and physical well-being of students. President Covino and First Lady Debbie Covino created WellBeingU in 2014 to promote a welcoming and inclusive environment for learning, interaction, and engagement at Cal State LA. Read more about the garden.
Engagement, Service, and the Public Good
Cal State LA joins effort to encourage student participation in #CaliforniansForAll College Corps
Cal State LA President William A. Covino welcomed California’s Chief Service Officer Josh Fryday, State Senator María Elena Durazo, and local higher education partners to the University April 29 to help encourage students to apply for the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps program. The news conference at Cal State LA was part of a statewide effort to kick off student recruitment for the new service program, which also aims to help low-income students graduate college on time and with less debt. “We’re proud to work with our regional partners and the governor’s office to offer this opportunity, which benefits our students and our communities and serves the public good,” President William A. Covino said. “We encourage our students to apply to participate in this historic initiative.” Read more about the #CaliforniansForAll College Corps news conference.
Mellon Foundation awards Cal State LA $1 million grant to launch bachelor’s degree program for incarcerated women
Cal State LA has received a $1 million grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will help the University establish the first in-person bachelor’s degree completion program for incarcerated women in California. The University is partnering with Chaffey College to offer the new prison education program, an expansion of Cal State LA’s Prison B.A. Graduation Initiative, which started as a program for incarcerated men at California State Prison, Los Angeles County in Lancaster. Incarcerated students at the California Institute for Women in Riverside County will take courses in pursuit of a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, with an option in interdisciplinary studies in culture and society. Classes are expected to begin in fall 2022. Read more about the prison education program.
Pat Brown Institute and California Community Foundation survey reveals Los Angeles AAPI residents fear racial attacks
The Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Los Angeles County holds deep fears of racial attacks, according to a new survey released by the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State LA and the California Community Foundation. Nearly a quarter of the 1,500 AAPI residents who were surveyed reported being a victim of a physical or verbal attack because of their race or ethnicity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Two-thirds said they are worried about being a victim of a hate crime, and 80% said they believe anti-Asian racism has been a serious problem during the pandemic. Half of the survey respondents said they have experienced racial discrimination in public spaces. Read more about the survey.
Cal State LA to establish the Mary Levin School of the Arts with transformative gift
A transformative gift from Cal State LA alumna Mary Levin Cutler will establish the Mary Levin School of the Arts, the first named school in the University’s College of Arts and Letters. “I thank you for this tremendous honor,” Cutler said at a meeting of the California State University Board of Trustees. “I am touched, I am honored. If my name means success for this school, I will be very, very happy.” The $10 million gift to establish the Mary Levin School of the Arts brings Cutler’s total contributions to Cal State LA to $14 million, more than any single donor in the history of the University. Cutler’s generous gift helped propel the University’s first capital fundraising campaign to more than $100 million. Read more about the gift.
WellBeingU Champions honored for outstanding contributions to campus well-being
Three members of the Cal State LA community received WellBeingU Champion awards for their exceptional contributions that have helped instill a culture of caring, compassion, and well-being at the University. The three award recipients—student Ashley Lepe (pictured with President William A. Covino and First Lady Debbie Covino), faculty member Nidhin Patel, and staff member Joanna Gaspar—were honored for their extraordinary and innovative dedication to the well-being of others at an April 27 WellBeingU Speaker Series event in the new Janice Cordova Garden of Well-Being. Read more about the WellBeingU Champions.
Cal State LA receives $5 million NSF grant to create urban sustainability hub
Cal State LA has been awarded a $5 million grant from the National Science Foundation to create a hub for urban sustainability that will advance energy and water research and expand opportunities for students to engage in intensive STEM education and training. Read more about the NSF grant.
Cal State LA nursing graduate program recognized among the best in the nation
Cal State LA’s nursing master’s program is once again ranked among the nation’s best, according to the U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 edition of Best Graduate Schools. Cal State LA is one of only two public universities in Los Angeles County included in the publication’s “Best Nursing Schools: Master’s” listing. For more than two decades, U.S. News has consistently ranked Cal State LA’s nursing graduate program among the top 10 programs in California. Read more about the rankings.
Cal State LA students recognized for outstanding research
Four Cal State LA students were recognized for their research at the 36th Annual CSU Student Research Competition hosted virtually by San Francisco State on April 29-30.
Alisa Quon and Anna Nguyen received second place in the physical and mathematical sciences category under the guidance of faculty mentor Yangyang Liu. Nikita Mishra received first place in the engineering and computer science category under the guidance of faculty mentor Negin Forouzesh. Stephanie Varghese received second place in the biological and agricultural sciences category under the guidance of faculty mentor Alexandra Wright. The student honorees were among Cal State LA’s campus delegates to the CSU-wide conference after being recognized at the University’s 30th Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities.
Students recognized at Cal State LA’s 30th Student Symposium on Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities also included:
- Forensic psychology graduate student Monique Swaby (First Place for Overall Oral Presentation; Outstanding Oral Presentation)
- Biological sciences graduate student Nouneh Boodaghian (Second Place for Overall Oral Presentation; Outstanding Oral Presentation)
- Chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate students Genesis Barzallo, Hung Gieng, and Estella Luu (Third Place for Overall Oral Presentation)
- Psychology undergraduate student Audrey Zhang (Outstanding Oral Presentation)
- Biological sciences undergraduate student Stephanie Varghese (Outstanding Oral Presentation)
- Physics graduate student Andrew Barajas (Outstanding Oral Presentation)
- Biochemistry undergraduate student Nikita O. Mishra (Outstanding Oral Presentation)
- Latin American studies graduate student Michelle Carballo (Outstanding Oral Presentation)
- History undergraduate student Hazel Carias-Urbina (Outstanding Oral Presentation)
- Mechanical engineering graduate student Daniel Lopez (Outstanding Oral Presentation)
- Biochemistry undergraduate students Alisa Quon and Anna Nguyen (Outstanding Oral Presentation)
- Mathematics graduate student Vincente Lossada (Outstanding Oral Presentation)
- Public health graduate student Lily Tran (Outstanding Poster Presentation)
- Healthcare management graduate student Villy Basuki (Outstanding Poster Presentation)
- Communication studies graduate student Emeline Beltran (Outstanding Poster Presentation)
- Kinesiology graduate students Patricia Sandoval, Octavio Zaragoza-Rodriguez, Salvador Guerra, James Arazia, Shantal Flores, Nelson Henriquez, Ojaswini Suryavanshi, Y. Curtis Wang and Michael Selvan Joseph (Outstanding Poster Presentation)
- Electrical engineering undergraduate student David Gonzalez (Outstanding Poster Presentation)
- Chemistry graduate student Jin Hyeok Yoon and undergraduate student Raymond Lo (Outstanding Poster Presentation)
- Applied mathematics undergraduate student Howard Dong (Outstanding Poster Presentation)
Celebrate Cal State LA Music at the Luckman
Join the Department of Music in the College of Arts and Letters in celebrating Cal State LA’s 75th anniversary during their final two performances on May 6 and 7, at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex. Find more details about the free concerts on the Department of Music website.
Cal State LA students named finalists in Coca-Cola film competition
Television, film, and media studies students Bryan Harris and Lynn Nguyen were among four student filmmaking teams whose short film script was selected to be produced as part of the Coca-Cola Refreshing Films competition. Harris and Nguyen were recognized for their short, “Peace of Mind,” which can be viewed online on the Coca-Cola Refreshing Films website.
Charter College of Education professor recognized for work as English language specialist
Ann Snow, professor and chair of the Division of Applied and Advanced Studies in Education in the Charter College of Education, received an English Language Specialist Program 30@30 Award from the U.S. Department of State in honor of the Specialist Program’s 30th Anniversary. The award recognizes Snow as one of a select group of 30 specialists who have made a lasting impact on the Specialist Program and on the TESOL field since 1991, building English teaching capacity abroad and bolstering mutual understanding through English language education.
Cal State LA recognizes AltaMed, QueensCare Health Centers for serving community during COVID-19
Cal State LA recognized AltaMed Health Services and QueensCare Health Centers for their exemplary contributions to the University and surrounding communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Throughout the pandemic, Cal State LA has partnered with the organizations to offer COVID-19 vaccination and booster clinics on campus for students, faculty, staff, and the wider community. President William A. Covino presented proclamations to Berenice Núñez Constant, vice president for government affairs and civic engagement at AltaMed Health Services, and Eloisa Perard, president and CEO of QueensCare Health Centers at the April 20 event. “As we pause today to look back at all our community has experienced, it is important to express our deep gratitude. We want our partners to know that we appreciate the opportunity to work together to serve the public good,” Covino said. “On behalf of the students, faculty, staff of Cal State LA and the communities we serve, thank you.”
Cal State LA honors distinguished alumni at 2022 awards gala
Cal State LA honored 13 distinguished alumni at its 2022 Alumni Awards Gala, including Grifols Biologicals LLC President Willie Zuniga, who was named Alumnus of the Year. Generations of Diablos and Golden Eagles returned to campus in Greenlee Plaza for the April 8 gala, which also celebrated the University’s 75th anniversary. “You continue to write the story of Cal State LA, and it is a wonderful story,” President William A. Covino said to the audience. “You are our greatest ambassadors. You are the irrefutable evidence of the transformative power of a Cal State LA education. Since the University opened its doors in 1947, you have been the heart of our story, our rich history, our vision, our legacy.” Read more about the gala.
Cal State LA golfer Morgan Sjoerdsma concludes program’s record-breaking season with historic performance
Music in the Luckman
May 6-7, 2022
Luckman Fine Arts Complex
Commencement Pavilion (located in Lot 5)
In The News
- Who Should Be the Next Mayor of Los Angeles? (New York Times)
- USD Nursing Alumnus Creates Successful Mentoring Podcast (USD News Center)
- Provide your feedback on future Mobility Hubs around 710 North (The Source)
- Billie Jean King, Katrina Adams discuss Title IX in U.S. State Department webinar (USTA)
- Glendora resident Willie Zuniga is Cal State LA’s Alumnus of the Year (California Patch)
- Cal State LA receives $10 million from alumna for school of the arts (Philanthropy News Digest)
- Cal State LA to launch bachelor’s program for women in prison (EdSource)
- Cal State LA receives $5 million NSF grant to create a hub for urban sustainability (Civil + Structural Engineer Media)
- Cal State LA To Establish The Mary Levin School Of The Arts With Transformative Gift (Broadway World)