California State University
Summer 2013
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Alumni Council News and Highlights for CSU Alumni Leadership

Guy Heston, President


The CSU graduates nearly 100,000 new alumni each year and this year is no exception. Commencement ceremonies have begun across the state and will continue through mid-June. We are thrilled to welcome the newest graduates to the CSU alumni family, which is now 2.8 million strong.

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I hope you will enjoy the other news below.


Two New CSU Presidents are CSU Alumni

The CSU Board of Trustees recently appointed five campus presidents, two of which are alumni of the California State University.

CSU Stanislaus President Joseph F. Sheley
Dr. Joseph F. Sheley, an alumnus of Sacramento State, was appointed president of CSU Stanislaus after serving as interim president since 2012. In addition, President Sheley served as alumni relations director at Sacramento State from 2004-2005.

Cal State LA President-elect William A. Covino


Dr. William A. Covino, an alumnus of CSU Northridge, will begin his term as president of Cal State LA on September 1. Dr. Covino currently serves as provost at Fresno State.

View Videos of Alumni Speakers at CSU Board of Trustees Meetings

CSU Board of Trustees meetings are now broadcast live online and we have created a video archive of the Alumni Council reports presented at each meeting.

CSU Chico alumnus Robert Strazzarino with Chancellor White.

The Alumni Council has started a tradition of inviting an alumni guest speaker to share their CSU experience and this has been very well-received by the Board of Trustees. Robert Strazzarino, an entrepreneur and CSU Chico alumnus, is pictured above with Chancellor White.

» View the videos



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Congratulations to the recently appointed members of the CSU Alumni Council:

  • Roopa Davé, CSU Bakersfield
  • Brandon Blake, CSU Channel Islands
  • Penny Peak, CSU East Bay
  • Ellen Cohune, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo

» See the full Alumni Council roster


At its business meeting at CSU Monterey Bay in March, the Alumni Council elected Dia Poole (San Bernardino) as president-elect, John Scalla (Monterey Bay) as secretary and Manolo Platin (Humboldt) as treasurer for 2013-14. Alumni Trustee Bob Linscheid was re-elected as chair of the CSU Board of Trustees for his second term.


Nineteen CSU campuses participated in the nationally normed Alumni Attitude Study designed to measure alumni opinions on a variety of key metrics. CSU alumni overwhelmingly rate their decision to attend their campus as a positive one and show a strong desire to stay engaged after graduation.

Key areas for growth in the future include more personalized communications to alumni, enhanced opportunities for students to interact with graduates, and increased visibility of programming aimed at career development.

» View the results of the Alumni Attitude Study


July 2, 2013
Captain's Reception aboard TS Golden Bear
Port of Seattle

July 23, 2013
CSU Board of Trustees Meeting
Streamed Live Online

August 17, 2013
CSU Super Saturday
CSU Dominguez Hills

August 23-24, 2013
CSU Alumni Council Meeting
San Diego State

September 18, 2013
Back to College Night
Washington, D.C.

September 24-25, 2013
CSU Board of Trustees Meeting
Streamed Live Online

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