CSUDH Alumni News
CSUDH Alumni News
For Alumni and Friends of CSU Dominguez Hills
April 2021
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From the Desk of the President

CSUDH President Dr. Thomas A. Parham shares his Thoughts on the Chauvin Verdict and Perceived Justice with the Campus Community in the latest update From the Desk of the President.
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CSUDH Alumna Gracie Ann Dinkins Impacts Lives at Home and Abroad

From an early age, CSUDH alumna Gracie Ann Dinkins (’87, BA, Chemistry) was taught the value of giving back to the community. “My mother instilled the importance of service and sacrifice very early in all of her children,” she says...
Alumna Julie DeVaney

Alumna Julie DeVaney Helps Lead Frontline Fight Against COVID-19

As a member of the San Diego-based Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT), part of the National Disaster Medical System (NDMS), California State University, Dominguez Hills alumna Julie DeVaney (’05, MS, Nursing) has traveled across the country, assisting local health care workers in emergency situations...
Toro Tuesday Power Hour: Daniel Martinez

Toro Tuesday Power Hour

Although we're operating in a virtual world, we have been able to engage with more distant alumni! In our latest Power Hour video, alumnus Daniel Martinez (BA, '83) shows us how the education he received at CSUDH was crucial to him becoming the Chief Historian at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Honolulu...
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Professor for a Day Aces the Virtual Format

While it is hard to compete with in-person instruction, the lectures delivered by CSUDH alumni during the annual Professor for a Day event on March 15-18 offered a unique glimpse at how faculty can work with guest lecturers to elevate engagement in the virtual classroom...
CSU Alumni Tokyo Virtual Reception

International Alumni partcipate in CSU Hong Kong and CSU Tokyo Virtual Receptions

CSUDH Alumni living in China and Japan joined CSU Chancellor Joseph Castro and President Thomas A. Parham for virtual receptions on March 9 in Hong Kong and March 12 in Tokyo. 
Toro Industry Days featuring Toyota

Toro Industry Days: Toyota

The program featured alumni who work within the automobile industry (Sherry McCaskill BA '11, Sandy Lobenstien MBA '94, and Steve Silbiger MBA '94), discussing their workplace duties and the techniques they used to elevate themselves within the organization. 
Dinner with Toros featurng Dave Carothers

Dinner with Toros

On February 16, Alumnus Dave Carothers (BS '82) hosted 7 students interested in pursing careers in law for dinner via Zoom. The students received their meals through online food delivery services, sponsored by the host, and partook in fun and engaging experiences with Mr. Carothers to gain a perspective on what to expect working as an attorney. Dave Carothers is a San Diego trial attorney with over 30 years of experience and more than 100 jury trials conducted in jurisdictions throughout California.
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Tune in for special guest lectures, theatre productions, concerts, and more!
2021 Presidential Scholars Celebration
Presidential Scholars Celebration
April 29
3:00pm - 4:00pm PST
President Thomas A. Parham cordially invites you to attend. This event will be held virtually.
Please register by April 25!
Dymally Institue Virtual Jazz Festival
Dymally International Virtual Jazz & Arts Festival
April 30
7:00pm PST
Join the Dymally Institute for a free broadcast of a Virtual Jazz Concert featuring Jonathan Butler, Michael Lington with special guest Howard Hewett, and Darryl Williams.
Virtual Summer Career and Internship Fair
Summer Career & Internship Expo (Virtual)
June 2
12:00pm - 3:00pm PST
The CSUDH Career Center has opened registration for the Summer Career & Internship Expo. Alumni can register as either attendees or employers. Please register by May 14! 
CSU New York
CSU New York Alumni Virtual Reception
June 9
6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
The Join CSU Chancellor Castro and President Parham for engagement activities/games and an update from our regional network leaders. Please RSVP by June 1. 
Washington DC
CSU Washington D.C. Alumni Virtual Reception
June 17
6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT
The Join CSU Chancellor Castro and President Parham for engagement activities/games and an update from our regional network leaders. Please RSVP by June 10. 
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Recent accomplishments of fellow Toros.
Barbara Clarke (BA ’74) released her new memoir earlier this month. In The Red Kitchen, the author chronicles the lives of a mother and daughter who both surrendered to society’s expectations for years, before realizing there's more to life than just being a wife, mother, and dutiful daughter. Both women come of age in different ways, find the loving parts of their early relationship and start life anew, while detailing issues including aging parents, sexuality, and the long-term effects of trauma on women and girls.   
Dr. Chad Mabery (MA ’07) is the new Laguna Beach Assistant Superintendent of Instructional Services, chosen unanimously by the Laguna Beach Unified School District Board of Education on March 11. Mabery has served as the Director of Assessment and Accountability in Long Beach USD since 2018. In his current role, he will serve as the chief instruction officer of the district in planning, organizing and directing all elementary and secondary education programs, special education, and pupil services, as well as supervising and evaluating the directors in support of these programs and other related areas.   
Belinda Salazar (BA ’04) is the Story Producer for the second season of the series "De Viaje Con Los Derbez" at Pantaya Wallin-Chamber Amazon Studios. Pantaya is an online streaming service focusing on Spanish-language movies and shows. 
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Bryan Feuer, long-time instructor in the humanities program, recently passed away. He taught courses in the Humanities M.A. program, Humanities 200, and a variety of upper division courses. He was an active scholar in Mycenaean civilization, and drew upon his expansive knowledge of the ancient world in his teaching. He was also known to be a skillful lecturer who engaged his students with meaningful presentations and class discussions.  
Police Corporal Andrew Lyons passed away on Friday, March 26, 2021. Andrew was a valued member of the University Police team since October 20, 2014. While working as a police officer, Lyons served on the campus Health and Safety Committee. He received his 5-year staff award in November 2019 for his commitment and support for the University Police department. Andrew is survived by his one-year-old son, girlfriend, mother, grandmother, aunts, uncles, and countless friends.  
Tonie Mills passed away on March 8, 2021, due to complications from the COVID-19 virus. Tonie served as the Student Services Center Director in the College of Health, Human Services, and Nursing from 1997-2015. During her 18 years as Lead Academic Advisor with the Student Services Center, Tonie provided support to our students and programs, contributing significantly to the College's growth. Tonie developed many of the Student Services Center's advising practices that are still used today. Her staff remember how her leadership and mentorship taught the importance of providing student advising, as her leadership and commitment to the university were admirable. Without Tonie, the Center would not exist the way it does today. Her legacy lives on with the success of the CHHSN Student Services Center.    
Captain Jackson Pearson (BA ’85) passed away on January 31, 2021, surrounded by family. Pearson was born in San Pedro in 1927 and discovered his love of the ocean at age 16. He became the youngest pilot at the Port of Los Angeles at age 32 after many years working at sea. At the port, he piloted many ships in and out of the harbor, while attending CSU Dominguez Hills in pursuit of a degree in anthropology. In the last seven years of his career, he became the chief port pilot until retirement in 1990. He and his wife, Edie, moved to the Santa Ynez Valley in 1998 and enjoyed many adventures as they traveled the world.      
Dr. Edward Robinson, Jr., who served as lecturer faculty in the Africana Studies Department and the Humanities Program since 2013, recently passed away. Born in Florida and raised in Georgia, he earned a BA degree in history and sociology from Georgia State University. At the University of Utah, he earned an MA in American Studies and in 2011 earned his Ph.D. in Cultural Studies with a specialization in African American Literature and Media Studies from Claremont Graduate University. Robinson taught several courses, including Africana Literary Traditions, Africana Literature and Culture, Theories and Approaches to Africana Studies and the popular Harlem Renaissance course. He made discussions about race, sexuality, gender, and social justice activism the center of his teaching, exposing students to these topics using inferential analysis, drawing on his training in history and his interest in contemporary social analysis. 

Robinson was a dedicated colleague who served on several committees and panels on campus, including the CAH Graduate School Workshop, Dymally Institute’s Millennial Symposium, and the 21st Annual Ebonics Conference. He was a diligent scholar pursuing an active research agenda which fused African American literary analysis with social commentary/critique. He had published pieces in the Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities; International Journal for Scholarship of Teaching and Learning; Anywhere but Here: Black Intellectuals, the Atlantic World and Beyond, and several scholarly book reviews.  
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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