JOHN CHEN (’11 M.S.) shared his history as part of the digital archives of the Chinese American Oral History Project. In 2015, he helped create a public history exhibit about his family, which was featured at Cal State LA’s John F. Kennedy Memorial Library. He retired from his medical practice at the Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and is now working on a second Ph.D. in history.
JOHN CHI (’15 M.S.), CEO and founder of Synova Life Sciences, won the top prize at the 4th Annual Cox Business Get Started Orange County Pitch competition.
JENNIFER CHUANG (’10 M.A.) was named Gamma Phi Beta Intercity Woman of the Year for her service to the sorority. She serves on the board of trustees for the Gamma Phi Beta Foundation, and she chairs the foundation’s finance committee.
PABLO DE LA HOYA (’16) was cinematographer for a short documentary film HALE, which won a 2017 Student Academy Award, and is eligible to compete for the 2018 Oscars in the documentary short subject category. De La Hoya is studying documentary at the UC Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism.
HANNAH FLANAGAN-FLORES (’13) was sworn in as a member of the Bellflower Unified School District’s Board of Education after serving on the PTA Council and the Measure BB Citizens Oversight Committee.
JAIME GUZMÁN (’12, ’14 M.A.) is a doctoral candidate in communication studies at the University of Denver and recipient of the California State University Doctoral Incentive Program. Guzmán has published a review of the book Latino City: Urban Planning, Politics and the Grassroots by Erualdo R. González.
MELODY KLINGENFUSS (’15) interned with the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles (CHIRLA) before graduating from the USC Price School of Public Policy with a master’s degree. She now works as a statewide youth organizer for the California Dream Network run by the coalition.
MILES LAKE (’17) accomplished a childhood dream when he competed on the popular game show Jeopardy!
STACI MITCHELL (’05, ’10 M.A.), adjunct professor of Pan-African Studies at Cal State LA, wrote and directed Holy Seductive Dance, a play adaptation of Chinua Achebe’s novel Anthills of the Savannah, which was performed at the University’s Arena Theatre.
JOSHUA MUNZON (’16) has been signed to the Saigon Heat, a Vietnamese professional team in the ASEAN Basketball League.
CINDY VACA (’11), a veterinary student who volunteers for the community outreach program Triunfo, earned the Dr. Jack Walther Leadership Award from the Western Veterinary Conference.
MYLEN YAMAMOTO (’08, ’11 M.A.) won second place in the College of Business and Economics’ Business Pitch 2016 with the Cropsticks project. Yamamoto appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank on April 7, 2017.