CSUDH Alumni News
CSUDH Alumni News
For Alumni and Friends of CSU Dominguez Hills
February 2021
University Strategic Plan

We Want to Hear From You

CSUDH Alumni are invited to join the first in a series of meetings that will result in the university's next strategic plan. Together, we will explore who we are as a campus, what defines us, where we want to go as a university, and the steps to get us there. Alumni will qualify to win DH alumni swag for their participation. Register for one of the dates below: 

Tuesday, March 9 - 3:00pm – 4:15pm PST                          
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‘Social Justice Wednesdays’ Offer Students Financial Advice

In recognition of Black History Month, and the racial wealth gap experienced by many CSUDH students, the Rose Black Resource Center has partnered up with the Loker Student Union (LSU) to host weekly courses on Instagram Live titled “Social Justice Wednesdays: Make Dollars with Your Sense.”...
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‘I’m a Toro’ Banner Campaign Takes Bronze During CASE Awards

Described by the judges as a “well-designed and executed integrated marketing campaign to engage alumni,” California State University, Dominguez Hills’ (CSUDH) “I’m a Toro” banner campaign took bronze during the virtual Council for Advancement and Support of Education’s (CASE) 2021 District VII Awards of Excellence ceremony on Feb. 5...
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Grammy Award Winner Kenny G Takes Part in Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series

After sharing personal anecdotes about his storied music career, and advice for CSUDH students, Grammy Award-winning saxophonist Kenny G performed a special holiday concert for the campus community during the virtual 2020 Presidential Distinguished Lecture Series on Dec. 9...
Presidential Scholars Benefit

Save the Date

Thursday April 29, 2021
3:00pm  - 4:00pm PST
Virtual Event: Please register by April 22, 2021

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Tune in for special guest lectures, theatre productions, concerts, and more!
"Policing the Police"
March 3
4:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Join us for a free virtual lecture featuring Dale K. Galipo J.D. as he shares his story as a civil rights attorney. Registration is required. 
Hong Kong
Virtual CSU Hong Kong Alumni Event
March 6
9:30am - 11:00am HKT
Grab a coffee and start your day with your California State University alumni community. We’ll have a very special welcome from the new Chancellor of the CSU – Dr. Joseph I. Castro, as well as games, conversations, and
campus networking breakout groups.
Hong Kong
Master of Public Administration: Virtual Information Session
March 6
11:00am PST
Join us on Zoom for our Information Session and Application Workshop. Come learn more about the MPA Programs offered at CSUDH.
Tokyo, Japan
Virtual CSU Tokyo Alumni Event
March 13
10:30am - 12:00pm JST
Grab a coffee and start your day with your California State University alumni community. We’ll have a very special welcome from the new Chancellor of the CSU – Dr. Joseph I. Castro, as well as games, conversations, and
campus networking breakout groups.
Theatre Arts
"A Surge of Power"
March 11, 12, 13, 16
All Dates Livestreamed at 7:00pm PST
Alumni Night: Post-Play Discussion
March 12: 8:00pm (after the show)
Use promo code ALUM21 for free admission
Education Career Fair
Education Career Fair
March 17
3:00pm - 6:00pm PST
Meet with employers in the
Education industry. Registration is required to attend. 
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Recent accomplishments of fellow Toros.
Dionne Faulk (BA ’94) became the first Black woman elected to the position of city council in Inglewood, District 4. Her priorities include community safety, support for small businesses, and maintaining city services during the pandemic. She previously served over four years on the Inglewood Unified School District Board of Education.
Leslie Irving (BA ’98) was part of a historic election in the city of Victorville. Irving became the city's first elected African American woman and will serve as mayor pro tem. She will be part of Victorville's first all-female city council.
Leslie Meza Altamirano (BA ’14) was sworn into the Jurupa Valley City Council on December 17, 2020, representing District 4. Leslie is a mother of three, a small business owner, and an in-home care provider.
Wendy Ramirez (BA ’04) was recently appointed vice president of human resources at GZ6G Technologies Corp., an enterprise smart solutions provider for large venues and cities. Ramirez will be responsible for managing all recruitment, sourcing, training, and organizational development. She previously served as executive vice president of DSD Companies, a leading worldwide freight and transportation company, after 8 years as their director of human resources and compliance. 
Erica Reimer Snell (MA ’99) was appointed by Gov. Gavin Newsom as the deputy director of the community services division at the California Department of Developmental Services. Reimer Snell previously served as interim director of adult services at the Harbor Regional Center, where she held several positions, including director of community services and consultant of special projects. 
Aaron Rogers (MBA ’05) joined the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District as assistant superintendent of human resources. Rogers previously served as the director of human resources for the Val Verde Unified School District.  He has also been a personnel director and elementary principal in Rialto, an administrator in Fontana, and a teacher in Colton.  
Leo Terrell (BA ’77) signed with Fox News as a contributor to provide commentary and analysis across FOX platforms, including FOX News Channel and FOX Business Network. Terrell has served in several leadership positions since passing the bar and has provided expert legal and civil rights commentary to ABC’s Nightline, CNN’s Larry King Live and NBC’s Today.  
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Dr. Juana Arancibia passed away on January 26, 2021. Dr. Arancibia was an instructor in the modern languages department from 1979 to 2010, and was internationally known as founder of Alba de América, a prestigious literary journal. She organized 42 International Symposia of Literature, in the United States, Latin America, and Spain, nine of which took place at CSUDH, which brought international recognition to the university.  
William Peter Blankenship passed away on January 23, 2021. Blankenship was a faculty member in the computer science department for over 25 years. He was a favorite among Toro students. Blankenship was always smiling, ready and able to teach a wide range of courses. He was a great educator and a tireless sponsor and advocate for CSUDH students. 
Carlos Chinos (BS ’16) passed away on January 1, 2021 due to COVID-19 complications. Chinos moved to the United States from Mexico at the age of 11. As a high school and college student, he worked in various positions with FedEx and later became a small business owner, selling customized apparel online. Chinos met his wife, Dulce, while participating in the CSUDH Latino Student Business Association. Carlos is survived by Dulce, his mother Josefa, father Santana, brothers Jose and Sergio, and sister Alma, along with five nieces and three nephews. 
Dr. Munashe Furusa passed away on January 13, 2021, following a short illness. Dr. Furusa first came to CSUDH in 2000 as an assistant professor in Africana studies, later assuming the role of department chair. In 2013, Dr. Furusa was appointed to the position of dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. Dr. Furusa also served as the executive director of the California African American Political and Economic Institute. His dedication to campus service, teaching excellence, and prolific scholarly production earned him numerous campus awards, including the university’s 2008 Excellence in Service Award, the 2004 Lyle E. Gibson Dominguez Hills Distinguished Teacher Award, the Frederick Douglass Award for Outstanding Leadership and Service, and the 2002 and 2000 Cheikh Anta Diop Award for Outstanding Research in Africana Studies. In 2014, Dr. Furusa returned to Zimbabwe and assumed the position of vice chancellor of Africa University.  
Dennis Roper passed away on January 3, 2021. He was an CSUDH I.T. Division member in the Instructional Media Services area as an equipment specialist and supported the enhanced technology smart classrooms in the evenings. He retired on August 1, 2017, after over 17 years of service with the university. Roper was known as a hard worker who regularly contributed to discussions about improving the university's I.T. infrastructure. He is well-remembered by his colleagues and will be greatly missed.    
Dr. Raúl Vega Romero passed away on January 22, 2021. Dr. Romero started working at CSUDH in the early 1970s. As professor in the department of foreign languages, he collaborated in the creation of a major exhibition about Chicano art, or “Chicanarte”, in Los Angeles. Dr. Romero was an expert on training beginning teachers to teach the Spanish language and its related cultures. In the early 1980s, Romero became the coordinator of the Mexican American studies program. Dr. Romero received the Lyle E. Gibson Dominguez Hills Distinguished Teacher award in 1997. 
Our faculty members participate in conferences around the world, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish books and journal papers that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise. View the latest >
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