President William A. Covino thanked alumni and supporters for their part in the University’s success and contributions to the region and the world.
“Los Angeles and the nation need Cal State LA alums who understand our ethos of excellence and of service. The world needs Cal State LA graduates who will follow in the footsteps of the alumni we are honoring tonight,” Covino said to the hundreds of guests gathered in the Golden Eagle Ballroom. “To the honorees, simply, thank you. Your success inspires us all. Because of you, Golden Eagles, we are soaring.”
Speakers included Cal State LA Alumni Association Board President Dwight Nakata, ’81, and program emcee and host Rosario Marin, ’83, who is a former U.S. treasurer and the 2002 Alumna of the Year.
The 2018 Alumni Awards Gala honorees included 2019 Tournament of Roses President Gerald Freeny, ’83, alumnus of the College of Business and Economics, and Patricia A. Chin, ’80, ’84, alumna of the Rongxiang Xu College of Health and Human Services.
Freeny thanked the professors and mentors who influenced his success in life, including one who was in attendance, fellow Cal State LA alumnus Ron Okum, ’63, ’70, who also served as Tournament of Roses president in 2001-2002.