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A Solid Foundation

By Nancy Yoho
VP of Geographic Information Systems, Rand McNally (retired)
Alumna of CSU Long Beach
 

Commencement 2013 at CSU Long Beach – from left to right: Steve, Nancy, Alison and Dan Yoho

Commencement 2013 at CSU Long Beach – from left to right: Steve, Nancy, Alison and Dan Yoho

The view from the commencement platform is extraordinary. A sea of black bachelor’s robes with gold lined stoles stretches out for the length of a sports field. In the front are the faculty and master’s graduates with their colorful hoods. Punctuating the view of square mortar boards is the occasional splash of neon and glitter. The messages on the caps are always positive – a celebration of effort, family, mentors and friends mixed with aspirations for the future. Surrounding this core of faculty and graduates are thousands of supporters here to cheer on their grad.
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Honoring Their Names

By Kay Takeyama Dilena, Ph.D.
Professor Emerita of Management
Alumna of San Francisco State

Professor Emerita Kay Takeyama Dilena, Ph.D. has established a new center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture at San Francisco State University.

Professor Emerita Kay Takeyama Dilena, Ph.D. has established a new center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture at San Francisco State University.

When I taught at San Francisco State in the 1970s and 1980s, I came to understand that I was instructing a generation that had no memory of Japan and the U.S. at war.  Within these students’ lifetimes, the two countries had always been strategic allies and economic partners.  The American-Japanese relationship formed the foundation of a cross Pacific exchange of goods, ideas and cultures.  I was amazed and thrilled to see the friendship evolve between my native and adopted nations, but concerned that we might be losing an understanding of the history that brought us together.

This experience, in part, led me to join with my husband, brother and sister-in-law on a book that described our family’s experience through World War II and the time that immediately followed.  My brother and I at the time were in Japan – my husband and sister-in-law in the U.S.  More …

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A Lesson on Life’s Necessities

By Mihir Patel
Business Major
CSU Monterey Bay

Note: Over the summer, 19 CSU Monterey Bay students enrolled in Professor Sanjay Lanka’s Business 303S class, an international service learning experience focused on community economic development in Nicaragua. Below are photos of the class and the observations of one of the students.

I think back on my experience as “Survivor: Nicaragua.” The number one thing I took away from the experience was to be happy with what you have and don’t take the necessities for granted.

We went to a local farm to plant coffee, mango, passion fruit and guava seedlings. The farmer used cow dung from his own herd as fertilizer. This is our class after we finished working for the day.

We went to a local farm to plant coffee, mango, passion fruit and guava seedlings. The farmer used cow dung from his own herd as fertilizer. This is our class after we finished working for the day.

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A Proud Tradition

By Captain Lynn Korwatch
Executive Director
Marine Exchange San Francisco Bay Region
Alumna of the California Maritime Academy

Captain Korwatch is honored as a Cal Maritime Distinguished Alumna at the 2010 graduation

Captain Korwatch is honored as a Cal Maritime Distinguished Alumna at the 2010 graduation

Attending the California Maritime Academy is unlike almost any other college experience. I belonged to a corps of cadets — a small, disciplined and incredibly close unit of students. Every graduate of Cal Maritime remembers morning formation and shares the experience of a cruise on the Training Ship Golden Bear.

There is an amazing sensation of freedom that you get being part of a crew in international waters. The ship is in the middle of a vast blue landscape that stretches from horizon to horizon. The nearest land is hundreds of miles away. For every mariner, the first crossing of the International Date Line or the Equator is a milestone steeped in tradition and celebration. More …

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Seizing the Opportunity

By Bill Griffeth
Co-anchor of CNBC’s “Closing Bell”
Alumnus of CSU Northridge

Bill Griffeth addressing the CSU trustees, students, faculty and staff during the university's 50th anniversary celebration

Bill Griffeth addressing the CSU trustees, students, faculty and staff during the university's 50th anniversary celebration

Watching Tom Snyder on NBC News and The Tomorrow Show was a daily (or more accurately nightly) rite during my teen and young adult years.  The way he conducted interviews was compelling – striking at the core of the story each person had to tell.  The breadth of knowledge and ease that Tom demonstrated switching between topics spoke to both his intelligence and curiosity.

I was at that time in my life when I needed to choose a career path.  With laser focus, I set out to be a television journalist modeled after my idol: Tom Snyder.

This focus brought me to CSU Northridge as a student of Journalism.  Enrolling at CSUN was the best decision of my life.  More …

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