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Seeking Future Outstanding Alumni

February is an exciting month for the CSU.  University trustees, the chancellor, presidents, administrators, faculty and staff will speak at CSU Super Sunday events at more than 100 predominantly African American churches throughout the state.  The events reach more than 100,000 churchgoers and are part of CSU’s outreach to educate students and families about the requirements to successfully enter college and obtain a degree.

As the CSU talks to potential students, it is critical to be able to point to those who have graduated and excelled in life.  CSU speakers and outreach staff will distribute a flyer showing more than 70 African American distinguished alumni.  Below are just a few examples of these leaders and role models.

Distinguished for Philanthropic Magic

Towalame Austin (CSU Dominguez Hills '04) is president of the Magic Johnson Foundation, one of the leading philanthropic organizations in the nation.  Among her many accomplishments is launching a highly successful World AIDS Day campaign, 'I Stand with Magic,' in 2006 that tested over 1,300 at-risk individuals for HIV/AIDS.

Towalame Austin (CSU Dominguez Hills '04) is president of the Magic Johnson Foundation, one of the leading philanthropic organizations in the nation. Among her many accomplishments is launching a highly successful World AIDS Day campaign, 'I Stand with Magic,' in 2006 that tested over 1,300 at-risk individuals for HIV/AIDS.

Distinguished for Community Action

Lois J. Carson (CSU San Bernardino '67) retired as the executive director of the Riverside County Community Action Department.  She dedicated herself to community action for 32 years and received the 2007 Lyndon Baines Johnson Human Services Award from the National Community Action Partnership.

Lois J. Carson (CSU San Bernardino '67) retired as the executive director of the Riverside County Community Action Department. She dedicated herself to community action for 32 years and received the 2007 Lyndon Baines Johnson Human Services Award from the National Community Action Partnership.

Distinguished for Grammy Gold

George Duke (San Francisco State '75) is a jazz musician who helped usher in and define West Coast Fusion through his innovative collaboration with fellow musicians Jean-Luc Ponty, and Frank Zappa. In 1990, he was named 'R&B Keyboardist of the Year' by Keyboard Magazine for the second consecutive year. Duke has produced numerous Grammy Award nominated and Grammy Award winning singles and albums for world famous recording artists.

George Duke (San Francisco State '75) is a jazz musician who helped usher in and define West Coast Fusion through his innovative collaboration with fellow musicians Jean-Luc Ponty, and Frank Zappa. In 1990, he was named 'R&B Keyboardist of the Year' by Keyboard Magazine for the second consecutive year. Duke has produced numerous Grammy Award nominated and Grammy Award winning singles and albums for world famous recording artists.

Distinguished for Public Service

Millage Peaks (CSU Dominguez Hills '75) commands the City of Los Angeles Fire Department – the largest metropolitan fire department in the western United States, with 106 fire stations and over 3,600 sworn and professional staff.  His department serves a population of over four million people throughout the 470 square miles of the city including firefighting and rescue operations at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport and the Port of Los Angeles.

Millage Peaks (CSU Dominguez Hills '75) commands the City of Los Angeles Fire Department – the largest metropolitan fire department in the western United States, with 106 fire stations and over 3,600 sworn and professional staff. His department serves a population of over four million people throughout the 470 square miles of the city including firefighting and rescue operations at Los Angeles International Airport, Van Nuys Airport and the Port of Los Angeles.

Distinguished for Educational Excellence

Shelbi J. Wilson-Fields (CSU San Bernardino '06) teaches English in the Teen Mother program at Abraham Lincoln Continuation High School. She received the California Teacher of the Year Award in 2006, and was named one of six Best and Brightest National Top Educators by Essence Magazine in March 2010.

Shelbi J. Wilson-Fields (CSU San Bernardino '06) teaches English at Abraham Lincoln Continuation High School and has worked with the Teen Mother program. She received the California Teacher of the Year Award in 2006, and was named one of six Best and Brightest National Top Educators by Essence Magazine in March 2010.

As the CSU visits churches across the state this month, we hope to find the future students who will become the next generation of alumni to carry on the proud tradition shown here.

Note: All of the alumni above will also be featured though online profiles for the “Working for California” project coinciding with the CSU’s 50th Anniversary.

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3 Comments to “Seeking Future Outstanding Alumni”

  1. clara potes-fellow, Staff  Says:

    Very nice way to highlight high achievers and role models. Thank you.

  2. Rowana Thompson, Alumnus from San Bernardino, Says:

    I am graduate and alumn of CSU San Bernardino. I think this is a wonderful project and would love to participate in the outreach program. Please contact forward me any necessary details to become involved. :-)

  3. Erik Fallis Says:

    Please see linked the blog entry by Shelbi J. Wilson-Fields on her experience as a teacher.

    http://blogs.calstate.edu/voicesviews/?p=913

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