California State University
Spring 2011
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Alumni Council News and Highlights for CSU Alumni Leadership
Alumni Council President Ken Stone
Ken Stone, President


Even though we are just a few weeks into spring, it has already been packed with a number of great Alumni Council sponsored activities.

Alumni on the east coast from multiple CSU campuses came together on March 3rd in New York at a CSU New York/Tri-State Alumni Reception with over 180 attendees. Shortly thereafter, the Council hosted its Spring Conference at the Chancellor's Office which provided a tremendous opportunity for collaboration and professional development for campus alumni volunteer leaders and staff.

Our campuses statewide are readying for graduations that will add over 90,000 new alumni to our ranks. We all share in the excitement of their accomplishments and are proud to have them join us in our goal of a bright future for California. As always, we invite your feedback at Thank you for your dedication and support.

Alumni reception for CSU alumni working at the Chancellor's Office.

The CSU Alumni Council held its Spring Conference at the CSU Chancellor's Office in Long Beach on March 18-19. Among the highlights were:

  • The conference opened with a special reception that allowed the Alumni Council members to mingle with CSU alumni who work at the Chancellor's Office. View photos from the reception.
  • This conference had a theme focusing on integrating elements of career services into alumni programming.
  • The featured presenters were the CoyoteCareers team at CSU San Bernardino (an innovative partnership between Alumni Affairs, Career Services and Service Learning).
  • Cindy Chernow, a consultant specializing in career services and alumni programming, facilitated a very productive Saturday session that led to three campuses (Channel Islands, Sonoma and Fresno) receiving $2,500 advancement allocations to jumpstart innovative programming ideas they generated at the conference.
  • The 2011-12 Alumni Council meeting calendar was set. The Council's fall meeting will be September 8-9, 2011 at Cal Poly Pomona; a virtual meeting and professional development activity will be held on January 26, 2012; the spring conference will be April 20-21, 2012 at San José State University.
  • Chancellor Reed gave the welcome plenary address on Saturday. He shared the challenges ahead for higher education and the ways alumni can be involved in advocating for the CSU's place in California.
  • Karen Zamarripa and Guy Heston gave an update on the CSU's advocacy activities related to upcoming legislation and the state budget negotiations. For more information on the state budget and the effect on CSU, visit Budget Central.
  • Immediate past president Valerie Vuicich presented a welcome and orientation session to new Council members and guests that gave an overview of the Council's role in the CSU.


On March 3, 2011, the CSU Alumni Associations hosted a systemwide CSU alumni reception in Midtown Manhattan. The event drew over 180 alumni and friends and was attended by Chancellor Charles Reed and numerous campus presidents and CSU trustees.

CSU alumni network at the March 3, 2011 CSU New York/Tri-State Alumni Reception.

View all the photos from the reception.


  • The CSU Alumni Council congratulates Jeffrey D. Armstrong on his recent appointment as president of Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and Mo H. Qayoumi on his appointment as president of San José State.

  • Randi Moore, executive director of alumni relations at Cal State LA announced her upcoming retirement from the university on May 6. Best wishes, Randi!

  • Congratulations to Paul Richardson on his appointment as associate vice president, alumni relations at San José State.

  • Alumni Council secretary Dia Poole.Dia Poole, alumni volunteer representing CSU San Bernardino, was elected as the Alumni Council secretary. Read more on her election.

  • Welcome new Alumni Council representatives: Christina Schmunk (volunteer, Monterey Bay), Maria Ubago (staff, Los Angeles), and welcome back to John Gibbs (volunteer, San José). A special thank you to outgoing Monterey Bay alumni volunteer, April Lee; San José alumni volunteer, Rachel Greathouse; and Los Angeles staff member, Natalie Spiwak.



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June 22, 2011: Alumni Council Annual Meeting, conference call

September 9-10, 2011: Alumni Council Fall Meeting, Cal Poly Pomona

September 14, 2011: Back to College Night, Washington, D.C.

April 20-21, 2012: Alumni Council Spring Conference, San José State

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