For Alumni and Friends of CSU Dominguez Hills
February 2020
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Welcome back, Toros!

To help get the spring semester off to a great start, we’re celebrating what makes CSUDH unique—starring a wide range of Toro students, faculty, and staff!

Alumni New Year’s Resolutions

Marcus Mason, BA '01

“While building and running a business are important, special moments with family and friends are just as important…if not more. In 2020, I am resolving to be more intentional about my interactions with family and friends. There is value in those moments. They are truly special and should be cherished.”

Marcus Mason, BA ’01
The Madison Group, LLC

Jeana Somers, BS '97

“With my oldest having one foot out the door looking to head off to college, I am finding that I actually have some spare time for myself. I am looking to embrace 2020 by creating and deepening connections with the people around me and showing up for my squad. Social Media is a large part of our life now in supporting those connections but in 2020, I will also be "cleansing my feed." I will be deleting anything and everything negative. My final goal is to say YES. Being a working mom, I have had to say NO so many times but I am looking forward to saying YES! Saying YES is the best way to explore opportunities and create new energy.”

Jeana Somers, BS ’97
Emigrant Bank

Homecoming poster with Teddy Toro.

Homecoming 2020

Bring your family for a fun-filled day at Dominguez Hills as we host CSU San Bernardino during our annual Homecoming basketball games. Sign up to compete in basketball , kickball or e-sports tourneys leading up to game time. Rekindle your campus pride at our exclusive Alumni Row and re-connect with student clubs, Greek organizations and old friends while enjoying the festivities leading up to game time. 
Alumni Advisory Council Dinner

Alumni Advisory Council Dinner
with President Parham

President Parham met with the CSUDH Alumni Advisory Council over dinner and discussed both the future of the campus and the goals of the council. Dr. Parham supported the Advisory Council’s plans to assist the University and students in reaching the next level of achievement.
Join the council by sharing your talents and help lead the campus to continued success.
Stop by for special guest lectures, theatre productions, concerts, and more!

2 for 1 tickets to LA Wildcats Home Opener vs. Dallas Renegades

Sunday, February 16, 2020
12:00 p.m. 
Dignity Health Sports Park

Spring Career & Internship Expo

Wednesday, February 19, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
LSU Ballrooms

Leadership and Creative Expression

February 28, 29, and March 1, 2020
Loker Student Union
Exploring Themes of Authority, Leadership, Responsibility, and Freedom of Expression in an Era of Disruption.

Criminal Justice Career & Internship Expo

Thursday, March 5, 2020
12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Library 5th Floor, South Wing

Education Career Expo

Wednesday, March 25, 2020
2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Loker Student Union

Dinner with Toros

Student/Alumni Mentorship Program
Introducing our new dinner program that connects alumni with current students interested in pursuing a similar pathway after college. See more information at the link below, and consider applying to participate as an alumni host to CSUDH students.
Recent accomplishments of fellow Toros.
Keesha Aldridge (BA ’06, MA ‘10) was recognized as one of Los Angeles Unified School District’s Teachers of the Year. Aldridge teaches mathematics at Narbonne Senior High School STEAM Magnet and is in her 14th year in the profession. She was one of 22 chosen out of over 26,000 teachers that the district employs to be honored for the 2019-20 academic year.

Candy P. Higgins-Di Meo (BA ‘08), a folk guitarist, singer, and songwriter known professionally as Candy Paula, released her debut CD, "Love Is Real" which is available online. The English literature major polished her lyrical skills while at DH, which propelled her to write inspirational and heartfelt songs that connect with her audience.

Christina Varela (MA ‘05) was recognized by the Palos Verdes Peninsula Rotary Club as 2019 Educator of the Year at Palos Verdes High School. Held during the 39th Annual Educator of the Year celebration on November 6, Varela was one of nine outstanding Peninsula educators honored for their outstanding teaching and professional contributions to their schools and colleges.
Lucy Katherine (Tate) Taylor (BA ’87) passed away on November 7, 2019. “Kathy” was born in Fort Benning, Georgia, but moved across the country due to her father’s career in the US Army. When she was a teenager, her family settled in San Pedro, California. Kathy played church organ, taught piano lessons, earned a B.A. in music at CSUDH in 1987 and an M.A. in Social Work at UCLA in 1990, all while raising five children. She held a career as a social worker from 1990 to 2000, when she retired to Enumclaw, Washington. There, she became a beloved church organist, piano teacher, and doting grandmother.

Martha Patricia Villa (BS ’84) passed away December 7, 2019 after a battle with cancer. The younger sister of CSUDH Philanthropic Foundation board member, Maria Villa, "Patty" was one of three Toro alums in her family. An office manager at California Canvas Corporation for over 25 years, she loved to travel and share her experiences with her beloved nieces and nephews.
Our faculty members participate in conferences worldwide, conduct groundbreaking research, and publish pieces that contribute to their field and highlight their expertise.
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Liberty Mutual offers exclusive savings on auto and home insurance to CSUDH alumni.
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Toros Helping Toros! Post your internships and job opportunities with the CSUDH Career Center.
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Make a Gift to the Toro Fund
to support scholarships and other campus initiatives.

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