CSUDH Alumni News
CSUDH Alumni News
For Alumni and Friends of CSU Dominguez Hills
August 2020
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2020 Alumni & Jamina O. Barnes Scholarship Recipients

Four CSUDH students were awarded scholarships from the Alumni and Jamina O. Barnes Scholarship Funds. View the recipients and their testimonies on our Scholarship page, and consider donating to future student success...

New VP of University Advancement

CSUDH Names Scott Barrett Vice President for University Advancement

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has named Scott Barrett as vice president of university advancement. He will begin his new position on August 24...

Toro Food Pantry

Toro Food Pantry Continues to Feed Students in Need

With donations from faculty, staff, and community partners, the Toro Food Pantry at California State University, Dominguez Hills continues to distribute food to students in need during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Athletic Alumni: Profiles in Courage
Toro Tuesday / Power Hour

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. Stay tuned! In our latest video, alumnus Jonathan Henderson covers the history of Black students in education, and gives advice on how to support them. To get involved, contact Cat Jermany, Coordinator of the Black Rose Resource Center, at cjermany1@csudh.edu.

Lost Time Capsule

CSUDH Unearths Lost Time Capsule

In recent years, only “rumors” remained about a time capsule buried in 1974 at what was then California State College at Dominguez Hills...

Tune in for special guest lectures, theatre productions, concerts, and more!
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CBAPP THRIVE Speaker Series

Join the CSUDH CBAPP THRIVE Mentorship Program for their speaker series the third Friday of each month. Students can hear from business leaders who will share insight to help with personal and career development.
Friday, August 21
Navigating College and Career
Friday, September 18
Careers in Finance
Friday, October 16
Careers in Accounting
Zoom ID: 949 1605 5075
Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm
2020 Alumni Survey Coming Soon
2020 Alumni Survey

The Office of Alumni Relations is looking to refine the programs and events offered to Alumni. Share your feedback by August 31 for an opportunity to win CSUDH gear!  Toros, Your Voice Matters!

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Classes begin August 24

Recent accomplishments of fellow Toros.
Towalame Austin (BA ’04) was named Executive Vice President, Philanthropy and Social Impact by Sony Music Group. Based in Los Angeles, Towalame will work with Sony Music Group’s Corporate Communications and Human Resources teams to promote its humanitarian efforts through contributions and strategic partnerships. Her work will involve the extension of philanthropic programs and activities across the company’s word-wide network, while advising its businesses, artists and songwriters on charitable initiatives reflecting Sony Music Group’s existing pledge to corporate giving. Towalame has over twenty years of experience in the non-profit sector with a focus on charitable projects. She previously held the role of Executive of Philanthropy for Roc Nation, founded by Jay-Z. She was also involved with the launching of Rihanna’s charity venture, The Clara Lionel Foundation (CLF), and the We The Best Foundation, founded by DJ Khaled.  She has also supported the philanthropic efforts of artists such as Big Sean, Mariah Carey, Todd Gurley and Justise Winslow.  
Dr. Maribel Galan (MA ’04) has led Alta Public Schools as their superintendent since 2017 and they are well aware they hired a keeper.  A local who grew up in the city of Huntington Park and the surrounding cities of Bell, Maywood and Cudahy, she is single handedly increasing the growth of student achievers through education in the same communities. She began at her alma mater, Nimitz Middle School in Huntington Park, and was later hired to open the first elementary school under Aspire Public Charter Schools in the same city in 2005. She also opened the first Aspire middle school in the same area where there was a 79-point growth on the Academic Performance Index (API) in just the second year of her leadership.  Her leadership also contributed to the increase in API by 118 points while serving as elementary school principal in the Norwalk La Mirada Unified School District. Dr. Galan is also a professor at Chapman University in the Master's in Education program and was as one of seven of the nation's outstanding graduate students in educational administration by the American Association of School Administrators in 2011. 
Marco Garcia (CRDT ’11) has taken on a larger role as Fontana Middle School’s principal for this upcoming academic year, after serving the last four-and-a-half years as assistant principal at Henry J. Kaiser High School.  Garcia brings 22 years of experience to the role, beginning in 1998 as a middle school math and science teacher in South-Central LA. Shaping his career by his desire to overcome the hardships he experienced as a child, he sought out to prove he could achieve as well as surpass the goals he set for himself. Hoping to inspire those around him to strive for success, he dedicates his career to providing students and faculty an educational environment that is both motivational and safe.
Sue Houx (BS ’93, MS ’03) received first place honors in the Vasculitis Foundation’s 2020 Recognizing Excellence in Diagnostics award program for identifying a life-threatening disease early from her patient, Eric Hermann. Already in Sue’s care for years, Eric and was seen by an otolaryngologist for an earache, which was one of the early signs he had granulomatosis with polyangiitis or GPA. Once blood work confirmed Eric had the disease, Sue, along with the help of another doctor, sent Eric to a rheumatologist at UCLA Health where he was immediately treated for the disease. GPA is known to worsen rapidly, so early diagnosis and treatment are critical to prevent organ damage or failure. Sue is a family nurse practitioner at the Primary Medical Group in Ventura, California. Prior, she worked at Santa Paula Memorial Hospital as the ICU Clinical Nurse Supervisor.
Mylene Mayers (BS ’92) is Toyota’s Group Manager of Consumer Experiences, where she promotes customer familiarity and satisfaction with Toyota’s vast range of products and services.  In an effort to advance new career opportunities for women at Toyota, she helped create a corporate-wide, women-focused employee resource group called Women Influencing Toyota (WIT). The organization started out with 300 members and has grown to more than 5,000 throughout the United States. Mayers also mentors nearly two dozen young minds each year. She began her career as a software developer for Toyota and rose through the corporate ranks. With the help of Toyota realizing the need for well-trained workers in the field of STEM to both sustain our economy and nurture our environment, they are also aware of the underrepresentation of women and minorities in STEM positions.  Thanks to Mayers’ efforts, along with Toyota, the opportunity gap is closing by the minute to all who pursue STEM careers, regardless of age, race, and gender.  
Dr. Shindale Seale (BA ‘13) is a diversity strategist and leadership and performance optimization coach whose research on creating equitable solutions in race, gender, age and ability matters has propelled her to becoming a popular speaker and expert on the subject matter.  Through SEADE Coaching & Consulting LLC (SEADECC), her diversity strategy company, Dr. Seale breaks barriers for Women, Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC), LGBTQ members, People with Disabilities, Older Workers, and Religious Minorities in corporate and academic environments by transforming workplaces and institutions into hospitable and inclusive environments. She also founded Our Community Mentors, Inc., a nonprofit organization that advocates for the less fortunate inhabitants of South LA to have access to resources in academic, professional, and quality of life. The organization has affiliations with corporate entities, learning institutions, healthcare residences, and other nonprofits. Dr. Seale is also an Adjunct Professor at the University of Redlands where she focuses on Leadership, Organizational Change, and Business Communication.
Carol Sveilich (MA ’01) is a retired UCSD counselor who has published her third book. REFLECTIONS FROM A GLASS HOUSE: A Memoir of Mid-Century Modern Mayhem takes place in the 1960s just before Silicon Valley formed in Santa Clara. At the time, Svelich depicts life growing up in San Jose with the many influences of music and art that sowed the seeds of Bay Area culture.
Tammy Tumbling (BS ’90, MPA ’94) took $25,000 from her own bank account to launch the African American Alliance Fund which will provide programs that support African Americans within Orange County and its surrounding communities as well as raise awareness about systemic racism. Tumbling is executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Orange County Community Foundation in Newport Beach where she strategizes with private philanthropists on how to share their wealth.  She started the fund after the recent unrest and social injustice inflicted upon African Americans and a need to address their miniscule population in Orange County. 

Sally Dickerson Valentine BSN, PHN, MNA (CERT ’99, MS ’99) died on Tuesday, May 19, 2020 from brain cancer (glioblastoma multiforme, or GBM).  Sally was born in Decatur, Illinois and lived in Southern California since 1975. Initially, she was employed in the nursing fields of pediatrics, psychiatry and public health. Later on, she took on a career lasting more than two decades as a school nurse in several Orange County communities. Even earning School Nurse of the Year in 1999 while working at the Irvine Unified School District.  In 2012, Sally and her husband, Dr. Robert Valentine, helped develop and establish an adolescent scoliosis screening program for the World Spine Care philanthropy while traveling to Botswana.  Since then, she was involved in several community activities and outreach organizations, including the Assistance League of Huntington Beach, the Silver Anchor program and its work with mentally challenged individuals in the surrounding area, as well as serving the Lord in her church, Surf City Church, UMC, in Huntington Beach.
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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