Campus: CSU Fullerton -- May 31, 2002

Cal State Fullerton's Commencement 2002 Offers a Spectrum of Achievements

A Time of Sadness and of Celebration
Kim Holloway will be awarded a posthumous bachelor's degree in English during this weekend's commencement ceremonies at Cal State Fullerton. She was on track to graduate magna cum laude, but a tragic medical mishap took her life March 2, at the age of 27. Kim's parents, Daniel and Hilda Holloway of La Puente, will attend the university's June 2 ceremony to accept the degree on her behalf. The presentation will be made at the exercise where Kim's brother Chris is set to graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology, on the lawn west of the Engineering Building. That exercise is expected to begin by 9:30 a.m., following the university's 8 a.m. main commencement ceremony. Also attending will be Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-Santa Fe Springs), who will make a presentation to the family. Media Contacts: Thomas Klammer, dean of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, at (714) 278-3526 and Susan Katsaros of Public Affairs at (714) 278-4854 or

A Grad at 19
Cal State Fullerton's youngest candidate for graduation this year is 19-year-old Boris Nikolay Mamlyuk of Pomona, who will earn a bachelor's degree in English. Mamlyuk transferred in from Mt. San Antonio College and has been at Cal State Fullerton for just three semesters, taking 22 units, on average, of course work at a time. His most recent honor was the undergraduate award for excellence in English. He is set to attend the University of California's Hastings College of the Law this fall. Meanwhile, Mamlyuk's sisters, Alina Mamlyuk and Nina Bowman, will be attending Cal State Fullerton. Media Contact: Boris Mamlyuk at

Making Music
Cameron Houser, a talented young musician who will be graduating with a bachelor of music-instrumental, is a versatile player who is at home in both the worlds of jazz and symphonic music. She has the unusual distinction of playing lead alto sax in the university's Jazz Ensemble I and bassoon in the classically oriented University Wind Ensemble. The Fullerton resident also plays flute in a jazz setting and baritone sax on classical works. Houser, who has made the Dean's List every semester but one during her gig at CSUF, will graduate cum laude, and attend USC this fall to pursue a master's degree in saxophone-performance. Jason Francisco, a Placentia resident and a graduating senior who plays soprano sax, will join her in the USC master's program. Media Contact: Dave Reid, Public Affairs, at (714) 278-4855 or

In Remembrance
Lynette Abram, a liberal studies major from Rancho Cucamonga who was killed in a car accident, will be recognized Sunday, June 2, at the liberal studies commencement exercise in Titan Stadium. Her two sons will accept a certificate, which commemorates her completion of 105 units toward a bachelor's degree in liberal studies. Media Contact: Michael Paul Wong, assistant dean of student affairs, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, at (714) 278-2969 or

Top Faculty Adviser Named
Choudhury M. Shamim, professor of political science and faculty adviser to the Model United Nations, has been named the 2001-2002 Outstanding Adviser by the Dean of Students Office. Shamim, a Chino Hills resident, has advised the student group since he joined the Fullerton faculty in 1989. He is credited with mentoring the students to their second-place win at last year's international United Nations Conference, where more than150 schools were represented by about 3,000 student attendees. Media Contacts: Lea Jarnagin, Dean of Students Office, at (714) 278-4940 or and Susan Katsaros of Public Affairs at (714) 278-4854 or

Irvine Resident Looks Forward to Commencement and Beyond
Ryan Berger would love to stand proudly to receive his bachelor's degree in business administration from Cal State Fullerton June 2. Only he can't. Berger, 25, has Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a genetic disorder characterized by bones that break easily - often from little or no apparent cause.

A person with OI can break a rib while coughing, or a leg by rolling over in his sleep. Nonetheless, Berger, in his motorized wheelchair, will happily join his fellow graduates for this rite of passage. Family members from Oklahoma are driving and flying in to see him on commencement day.

"It's been a great time. I am so happy that I have been able to achieve my educational and career goals," says the confident Berger, who is currently seeking internship or job opportunities. His area of concentration has been in information systems/decision sciences.
An Irvine resident, Berger enrolled at Cal State Fullerton in fall 1999 following studies at Irvine Valley College. He is a peer counselor at the Youth Leadership Forum, a training group that informs high-school students with disabilities about different resources available in their communities once they graduate. He also is a member of the State Youth Council, which works closely with the California Workforce Investments Board to develop and implement policies that help disabled youth to find employment.

"Ryan is a terrific kid with a great family," noted Paul Miller, director of disabled student services. Berger was a teen representative at the Youth Leadership Forum when he first met Miller. "Ryan is a delight to work with and a good example of what our graduates with disabilities can achieve. I expect him to do lots of things in his life. He's a great role model."

Editor's note: Additional details about CSUF's 43rd annual commencement ceremonies and exercises June 1-2 can be found on the university's Web site at:

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