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38th Annual CSULA Alumni Awards Gala

Thursday, October 11, 2012
6:30PM to 10:00PM




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California State University, Los Angeles announces Guillermo Zuñiga ('86), president and chief executive officer of Grifols Biologicals Inc., as the recipient of the 2012 University Service Award.

In 1979, Zuñiga began as an entry-level process operator for Alpha Therapeutic Corporation, where his professional career included management and director level positions. Recognized for his leadership abilities, he was quickly promoted to vice president and later senior vice president of manufacturing. When Grifols acquired Alpha Therapeutic, Zuñiga was immediately offered the role of president.

Grifols Biologicals Inc., located adjacent to Cal State L.A., is a manufacturer of biological products derived from human plasma used in lifesaving therapies for individuals worldwide. Zuñiga visits Cal State L.A. classrooms to introduce and expose students to careers available in the industry.

He has supported El Nido Family Centers, which, in partnership with Cal State L.A., has created a pilot mentorship program. This program provides support to high school juniors and seniors to follow educational opportunities and careers, specifically in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics. He has been recognized as a "Hispanic Hero" by the Hispanic College Fund.

Zuñiga is one of eight outstanding CSULA alumni and two students who will be recognized during the 38th annual Alumni Awards Gala Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Luckman Fine Arts Complex, on the Cal State L.A. campus.

2012 Alumna of the Year
- Olga Shalygin Orloff ('77) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist, a critical care registered nurse and a documentary filmmaker. A Berkeley resident, she and her husband, Cliff Orloff, operate Red Door Productions, which concentrates on telling stories of rapidly changing indigenous cultures.

Distinguished Faculty Alumnus
- Fred Daneshgaran ('84, '85) is a professor and chair of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He is a La Crescenta resident.

Distinguished Alumni Awards
- Cynthia Kawa ('79, '82), chief executive officer, New Horizons located in North Hills
- America Tang ('79), chief executive officer, Ace Fence Company and founder/chief executive officer, Lending Hope Foundation
- Nancy J. Lavelle ('71, '77), president/chief executive officer, Total Education Solutions, Inc. and founder/president, Institute for the Redesign of Learning
- Alan Davidner ('73), former president, endOclear®, LLC
- Pamela Wiley-Wells ('75), president, Los Angeles Speech and Language Therapy Center, Inc.
- Marx L. Cazenave II ('62), cofounder and former chief executive officer, Progress Investment Management Company

Outstanding Senior
- Wayne A. Warner (B.S., Biochemistry and Microbiology '13)

Outstanding Graduate Student
- Mario Giron-Abrego (M.A., Anthropology '10, '13)

Organized by the CSULA Alumni Association, the event opens with a VIP reception at 5:30 p.m. in the Luckman Gallery. The dinner festivity begins at 6:30 p.m. on the campus' Luckman Street of the Arts, followed by an Academy Awards-style ceremony and multimedia video presentation at 7:30 p.m. in the Luckman Theatre. For tickets or more info, call (323) 343-2586 or visit http://alumni.calstatela.edu/awardsgala/index.htm,

Sponsored by: Cal State L.A. Alumni Association
Category Education
When Thursday, October 11, 2012
6:30PM to 10:00PM
Where Luckman Fine Arts Complex at CSULA
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032
Contact (323) 343-2586
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