CSUDH Alumni News
CSUDH Alumni News
For Alumni and Friends of CSU Dominguez Hills
December 2020
A Holiday Message from Teddy the Toro

Happy Holidays from Teddy the Toro

Wishing everyone in the Toro Nation, and their loved ones, a holiday season filled with joy, peace, and good health. We look forward to the new year and its promise of hope and healing. Teddy delivers a special holiday message for all Toros in this heart-warming video.

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It’s an Emotional Win-Win for Alumna Brittany Esnayra

Brittany Esnayra is often approached by her “kids” when she is out in the community. Some are now in their mid-20s, and they recall fond memories of Paramount High School Senior Campus, and many share their gratitude at having had her as a teacher for their English Language Arts (ELA) class...

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CSUDH’s South Bay Economics Institute Predicts Rebound by Mid-2021

While the South Bay and Los Angeles economies have taken massive hits since the onset of the pandemic in the U.S., researchers in the South Bay Economics Institute expect Gross Domestic Product (GDP) to reach pre-COVID-19 levels by mid-2021, and employment to follow suit the following year...
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LACMA Internship Offers Anthropology Students Museum Curation and Research Skills

Katherine Gendron loves museums. She has fond memories of family road trips across the state to visit them, and to this day likes to spend an hour or more alone in a museum enjoying the art and what to her still feels like a family atmosphere...
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Faculty Researchers Provide In-Depth Analysis of Fake News

Researchers at California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) have released the results of a study that provides an in-depth understanding of who produces and spreads “fake news,” and who is duped by it. The findings are part of a larger study on the psychological constructs associated with fake news consumers and producers...
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Dave Yanai Named 2021 John R. Wooden Award Legends of Coaching Recipient

Former Cal State Dominguez Hills men's basketball coach Dave Yanai, who led the program for 19 seasons, is the newest recipient of the John R. Wooden Award 'Legends of Coaching' honor in 2021, becoming the first NCAA Division II coach to win this prestigious honor...
Toro Tuesday Power Hour: Briahna Chuvac

Toro Tuesday Power Hour

We're proud to announce that we've already racked up a great collection of Power Hour sessions, with more planned for the future. Check out our guest alums! In our latest video, alumna Briahna Chuvac (BA, '02) takes us on a journey through her academic struggles and the perseverance she needed to finally start her own law firm to help those in need of legal advice...
Dinner With Toros

Dinner With Toros

Alumnae Jazmin Jimenez (BS '16) hosted our second installment of Dinner with Toros on November 19 over Zoom. This gave current students the opportunity to ask questions about prospective career paths and receive valuable advice from home, with a meal safely provided by an online delivery service.
Toro Industry Days

Toro Industry Days

In collaboration with the Career Center, we instituted our first program to feature alumni (Juanita Dawson MBA '92, Ericka Tinsley BA '15, and Ebony Martin MA '10), who work within a specific industry to discuss their workplace duties and the techniques used to elevate themselves within the organization. The panel was live before a student audience with an opportunity for Q&A.

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Tune in for special guest lectures, theatre productions, concerts, and more!
A Conversation with
Dr. Anthony Fauci

December 18
Noon to 12:45 p.m. 
Live Stream at http://www.calstate.edu
The Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases participates in a discussion hosted by CSU Chancellor Timothy White.
Theatre Arts
"A Surge of Power"
February 25, 26, 27 & March 2
All Dates Live Streamed at 7:00pm
Alumni Night: Post-Play Discussion
February 26: 8:00pm
Sculpture Garden w/ directory
Campus Dates
December 16
Fall Semester Ends
December 25 - January 1
Winter Break
January 19
Spring Semester Begins
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Recent accomplishments of fellow Toros.
Brian Gibbs (BS ’85) was recently appointed as the vice president and chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer at UMass Memorial Health Care, leading the health care system’s transformation efforts as hospitals across the nation grapple with COVID-19. Previously, Gibbs led equity and inclusion efforts at Oregon Health & Science University, where he was responsible for diversity initiatives within the university’s clinical, educational, and research missions. Gibbs was also the associate vice chancellor for diversity at the University of New Mexico’s Health Sciences Center and served as associate dean for diversity and cultural competence at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. Prior to that, Gibbs was the founder and director of the Program to Eliminate Health Disparities at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, serving as a senior research scientist in the department of health policy and management.  
Brian Johsz (MPA ’07) was selected as the new mayor of Chino Hills for 2021 in a unanimous vote by the city council. Johsz was appointed to the council in 2017, and was elected in 2018 to a four-year term in District 4. Johsz is director of government affairs for Athens Services, a family-owned waste collection and recycling company. He previously worked for elected officials in the House of Representatives, the California State Legislature, the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors, and was an executive for the Boy Scouts of America.
Kendrick Jones (BA ’17, MA ’18) is now District Representative at the California State Senate Office of Senator Steven Bradford. Jones is also attending Pepperdine University, pursuing his doctorate in Educational Administration. At just 23 years old, he has already led organizational initiatives for schools and non-profit organizations that serve low-income communities through his work as program manager at the Coalition for Responsible Community Development, as well as community liaison at Environmental Charter Schools. His new role within the California State Senate will allow him to continue his pursuit of social justice on a wider scale.
Reynaldo G. Santa Cruz, Jr (CRDT ’73) published his first book in August. The book is about his father, who was born and raised in Tucson, served in the U.S. Army during World War II, and was an amateur baseball player in the sandlot leagues during the 1930's. The book alternates chapters about his father's real life and chapters about an imaginary baseball game in which he pitched. Santa Cruz is a former Toro baseball player who has donated his baseball gear to the CSUDH Special Collections Department. Proceeds from the book will be donated to the Golden West Chapter of the ALS Association, in memory of Reynaldo Sr.'s late wife, RoseAnn; his high school in Tucson, AZ; and the CSUDH Baseball Foundation.  
Dr. Ron Thom, Ph.D (BS ’71) was elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the society’s highest honor, for his nearly five decades of research on coastal and estuarine ecosystem research. Now retired, Thom worked as a research scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory’s Marine and Coastal Research Laboratory in Washington, leading studies on the ecology of seagrasses, seaweed, salt marshes and tide flats; the effects of climate change on estuarine and coastal ecosystems; and the adaptive management of restored ecosystems. Thom’s research has allowed him to serve as science advisor, and lead advisory boards, panels and commissions to many states. He also provided advice to South Korea and China on coastal ecosystem restoration. 
Nanette (Antonio) Vergara MSN, RN (BS ’98) was appointed as Chief Operations Officer at Kaiser Permanente Moreno Valley Medical Center. Vergara recently served as chief nurse executive for Kaiser Permanente Downey Medical Center. Previously, she worked in Kaiser Permanente's Regional Home Care Services, before becoming the continuing care leader at Downey Medical Center.   
Maria Villa (BS ’82) participated in a panel for Loyola Law School's Dean’s Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Women Trailblazers. Although the speakers shared the commonality of being co-founders of bar associations, Maria was the only CSU graduate, representing as a proud Toro!  
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Tyler Marquez (BA ’19) passed away unexpectedly on November 23. Marquez was a member of the fraternal organization Sigma Lambda Beta, and was very involved in student life, especially campus Greek life. Tyler was a CSUDH legacy, as his father, Carlo Marquez, is a CSUDH graduate and member of Sigma Lambda Beta, as well. Tyler and Carlo were the first father/son legacy members of the Sigma Lambda Beta, Tau chapter at CSUDH.  
John Lionel Pierce passed away on October 27. Pierce retired from the CSUDH Communications office in 2012, after serving there for 13 years as a graphic designer. He was also a part-time faculty member, teaching design in the Art and Design department of the College of Arts and Humanities. Pierce had a great sense of humor and was a kind and warm-hearted co-worker and friend. While at CSUDH, he helped to launch and manage the publication of the university magazine, Dominguez Today. He set a high standard for university communications that continues to this day. He is survived by his wife, Linda, and extended family. 
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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