CSUDH Alumni News
CSUDH Alumni News
For Alumni and Friends of CSU Dominguez Hills
September 2021
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Fall 2021: How the CSUDH community can be healthy and safe on campus

Find out what health and safety measures you need to follow for in-person activities at CSUDH. For more detailed information, visit csudh.edu/together.
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New Student Convocation Welcomes Toros to Campus

New Student Convocation has become an annual tradition at CSUDH—and it took place in person for the first time in two years on Friday, Aug. 27. Several hundred first-year, transfer, and graduate students turned out for the afternoon to learn more about the many student resources available to them during their time at CSUDH, and get to know each other and their new academic family. The event was also a chance for President Thomas A. Parham, senior leadership, faculty, and alumni to welcome these new students into the Toro community...
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Please Join Us!

California State University, Dominguez Hills President Thomas A. Parham cordially invites you to celebrate the New Building Grand Openings. On Friday, October 15, there will be tours and a simultaneous ribbon cutting for:
Innovation & Instruction
Science & Innovation
University Housing
Esports Incubation Lab
Please RSVP by October 1, 2021
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Become a Mentor on Toro Connect

In collaboration with the Career Center, Alumni Relations is happy to announce our new online mentoring platform, Toro Connect. Become a mentor today and change the life of a CSUDH student tomorrow - from anywhere in the world!
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CSUDH Allocated Over $60 Million in State Budget Package

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) received good news with the recent release of the 2021 California state budget. The $262.2 billion package, signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom in early July, includes $60 million earmarked for a trio of CSUDH campus infrastructure projects, and $1 million for the campus’ Mervyn M. Dymally African American Political and Economic Institute... 
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CSUDH and City of Carson Sign Town and Gown Promise

On July 28, 2021, City of Carson Mayor Lula Davis-Holmes and California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) President Thomas A. Parham signed the Town and Gown Promise agreement, paving the way for meaningful advancement in the relationship between the university and city... 
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CSUDH Art Gallery Presents New Work by L.A. Artist Ian Byers-Gamber

The University Art Gallery at California State University, Dominguez Hills proudly presents “So Close Right Now,” an online exhibition of new work by Los Angeles-based artist Ian Byers-Gamber, featuring more than 100 portrait photographs created by the artist throughout the first six months of the COVID-19 pandemic. The online exhibition will run from July 29 through October 23 on the University Art Gallery’s website, gallery.csudh.edu... 
CSUDH Dean of Health, Human Services and Nursing Mi-Sook Kim

CSUDH Appoints New Dean of College of Health, Human Services and Nursing

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has appointed Mi-Sook Kim as dean of the College of Health, Human Services and Nursing. She began her new position July 19... 
Sheree Schrager, dean of Graduate Studies and Research

Sheree Schrager Appointed Dean of Graduate Studies and Research

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has appointed Sheree Schrager as dean of Graduate Studies and Research. She began her new position July 1... 
Jessica Pandya, dean for the College of Education.

Jessica Pandya Appointed Dean of the College of Education

California State University, Dominguez Hills (CSUDH) has appointed Jessica Pandya as the dean for the College of Education. She began her new position July 1... 
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Tune in for special guest lectures, theatre productions, concerts, and more!
CSUDH Vote Center
September 11 - September 14
10:00am - 7:00pm PST: 9/11 - 9/13
7:00am - 8:00pm PST: 9/14
Extended Education EE1213 will be open for a 4-day Vote Center for the 2021 CA Special Election. Free parking wil be in Lot 3. 
Vaccination Clinic at CSUDH
September 16
10:00am - 6:00pm PST
Rite-Aid will be providing COVID vaccinations to members of the community through a pop-up clinic in the Extended Education building. Ages 12 years or older are eligible. 
Virtual Career & Internship Fair
October 13
12:00pm - 3:00pm PST
Connect with companies and employers who are looking to hire YOU! Whether you are seeking a short term job opportunity, an internship, a full-time position, or to learn more from employers about your field, this fair is for you. 
7th Annual South Bay Economic Forecast: New Trends and Opportunities
October 28
3:00pm - 5:30pm PST

What economic changes did COVID-19 accelerate?
Is inflation here to stay?
Are we seeing a housing market bubble?
What innovations will shape our region's future?

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Recent accomplishments of fellow Toros.
Tristan Garnett (BA ’20) signed with the Philadelphia Phillies as an undrafted free agent. Garnett, a starting pitcher, began his professional career with the Phillies’ Low-A affiliate Clearwater Threshers this summer. A native of Portland, Oregon, Garnett closed the book on his two-year stint at Dominguez Hills having started all but one of his 17 appearances, going 7-7 with a 4.56 ERA in 94.2 innings thrown. Garnett was fourth in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) with 35 strikeouts during the COVID-19-shortened 2020 season. He became the first Toro to sign as an undrafted free agent since Fernando Gallegos, who signed with the Chicago White Sox in 2016.   
Jennifer Gonzales (MA ’02) was named the permanent chief for the City of Napa Police Department. Gonzales has served in a number of roles within the department since 2015, overseeing the operations division, serving as administration division captain overseeing the dispatch center, and acting as training manager, among other positions. Prior to joining NPD, Gonzales worked for the Chico Police Department for 20 years. Gonzales' appointment comes as NPD looks to reengage with the community and get involved in frank conversations about reimagining or reforming policing.
Cynthia Howard (BA ’78/MA '83) has been assisting her local community members as a mobile notary public for the past six years. Prior to this, she worked as a certified nurse’s assistant for seven years, having retired from her position as a special education teacher at LAUSD after 24 years, once earning Teacher of the Year. She credits CSUDH’s welcoming environment for encouraging her to return to pursue her master’s degree in behavioral sciences. Most recently, she became a certified loan signing agent, expanding her skill set to help others even more. To this day, she still praises CSUDH for its accessibility and uses her story to encourage others to attend.
Dr. Jovan Jacobs (MA ’05) became the new Executive Director of Special Education at Pasadena Unified School District. Jacobs will be responsible for coordinating the efforts of all relevant agencies, organizations, and key stakeholders to provide services for PUSD students, ensuring college and career readiness for students with special needs, and working to eliminate disparities in achievement. Jacobs previously served as the Executive Director of Special Education/Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) for Stockton Unified District; as SELPA Director for Compton Unified; and as Director of Special Education and Support Services with the Alliance College-Ready Public Schools. 
Dr. Pete C. Menjares (MA ’92) is the interim president at Seattle Pacific University. Menjares most recently served as provost and senior vice president for academic affairs at Vanguard University, where he was also the founding senior director of the Institute for Faculty Development. He is a Senior Fellow for Diversity with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (Washington, D.C.), as well as a current member of the Board of Trustees at Seattle Pacific University. Menjares has over 27 years of leadership experience in higher education, including serving as president of Fresno Pacific University. He spent 17 years as a professor and administrator at Biola University, where he held the positions of associate professor of education, education department chair, associate provost for diversity leadership, and vice provost for faculty development and academic effectiveness. Pete is a higher education advocate for students from historically underrepresented and underserved communities, including low income and first-generation college students.
Elijah Sims (MA ’11) was appointed as the interim director of the Long Beach College Promise, a program designed to provide local students with a seamless transition from high school, free community college tuition, and guaranteed transfer to a local university. He is tasked with streamlining and improving the experience of Long Beach College Promise students, addressing equity gaps by focusing on the most vulnerable and underserved students within the program, and building on work aimed at helping students transition from Long Beach Unified School District to Long Beach City College, and then to CSU Long Beach. Beyond the educational pathway, Sims will also be working with the city to enhance opportunities, such as supporting efforts to develop internships and jobs for Long Beach College Promise students.  
Gyasi Zardes (BS ’17) became a CONCACAF Gold Cup champion with the US Men’s National Soccer team (USMNT), defeating Mexico in the tournament final. Coming off the bench in their previous game against Qatar, Zardes sealed the win and a trip to the finals with a goal in the 85th minute. Gyasi has made 62 appearances for the USMNT, scoring 14 goals and providing 10 assists in his international career. Gyasi is also a two-time Major League Soccer champion, winning the title with the LA Galaxy in 2014 and with the Columbus Crew SC in 2020.    
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Dr. Jim Cooper passed away on July 21, 2021. Jim earned his Ph.D. in educational psychology at the University of Iowa and joined the CSUDH College of Education in 1974, teaching research methods, curriculum, and instruction classes in the division of graduate education. During his 38 years at CSUDH, he wrote more than 70 chapters, monographs, and articles about research-based teaching and learning in higher education across multiple disciplines, including psychology, education, science, technology, and mathematics. Cooper also served as the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning and coordinated the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning program. Jim was awarded both the Outstanding Teacher and the Outstanding Professor awards while at CSUDH.   
John Langley (BA, '70/MA, '71) died on June 26, 2021 of an apparent heart attack in Baja, Mexico, while competing in the Ensenada-San Felipe 250 off-road race. John is credited with creating with the long-running TV show “Cops”, which ushered in the reality TV era and aired for 32 seasons. Before earning his degree, Langley served in an intelligence unit of the US Army. He wrote and co-directed the 1983 documentary “Cocaine Blues”, and began his career in reality television with the 1986 special “American Vice: The Doping of a Nation”. He went on to produce several other series, including “Inside American Jail” and “Las Vegas Jailhouse”. Langley was a producer of Antoine Fuqua’s “Brooklyn’s Finest,” a crime drama that screened at the Sundance Film Festival. His other documentaries included “Terrorism: Target USA” and “Who Killed JFK?”. 
Godwin Thurton passed away in August, after a long battle with various health complications. Godwin served as an EOP academic advisor at CSUDH, where he mentored and inspired countless youth from underserved communities in Los Angeles. He always sought to uplift his community and others around him. After being recruited into the CSU system out of Dorsey High School, he was truly an example of the transformative power of mentoring and support in higher education. Godwin knew this and used it as a mantra to help advance the EOP program at Dominguez Hills. His story and journey in higher education were often shared throughout other EOP programs statewide as a source of motivation for students. We will always remember Godwin for his passion, leadership, advocacy for students, and humble service toward social justice. His ability to lead with love and care will be missed by all.   
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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