Category: Alumni Profiles

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On the east side of Long Beach, you’ll find Cambodia Town, the perfect entry point for anyone wanting to learn about the Southeast Asian diaspora. But CSULB student Bobby Lith wanted to get closer to the source. Lith is the son of refugees who earned sponsorships to the U.S. in 1979. Their family is a unique sub-set of Cambodian-born Laotians who identify as Lao Nyaw, with roots in the cities of Battambang, Cambodia and Vientiane, Laos—both of which are near the Thailand border.

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PHOTO: CSULB alum Julie Meenan with her grandson Austin

In 1988, Julie Ewart Meenan graduated from CSULB with her bachelor’s degree, accepting her diploma while pregnant with her oldest of two daughters. She went on to nurture a growing family and simultaneously build a successful career. As Executive Director of the Josephine S. Gumbiner Foundation (JSGF) she works closely with the Foundation’s board to provide grants to nonprofit organizations that enrich the lives of women and children in Long Beach. With over 25 years as Executive Director, Meenan believed further education would bring a higher level of knowledge to her work.

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The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing 191 cities and more than 18 million residents. At SCAG’s 53rd Regional Conference and General Assembly in May, two recent CSULB grads and CITT research assistants were chosen as finalists for the prestigious Esri Story Map Competition.

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Maty Guiza had a lucrative banking job while pursuing Biology and Business Administration at CSULB. Assured by her successful career, she made the fateful decision to leave school during her senior year.

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“There are three factors that led to my decision to choose CSULB’s Master of Public Administration (MPA): the price, reputation, and flexibility,” said Leslie Frausto Fernandez, who graduated from the program in Spring 2018.

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​Miles Winston, a research assistant at CITT who recently earned  his Master of Science in Supply Chain Management (MSSCM) degree, was selected as the METRANS Tier 1 University Transportation Center award winner earlier this year. The national award honors students who have shown exemplary work in and out of the classroom.

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