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Beach Connection: Volunteer Spotlight

Pat West

Pat West








Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I was born in Massachusetts and lived there until 1965. I was a legal secretary for Arthur Coolidge, lieutenant governor of Massachusetts, after graduating from Boston University. That was until the children
began to arrive. Upon moving here, I worked for GTE (now Verizon) and was secretary to the vice president of the Southern area. I took early retirement in 1989 and then the happiest time of my life began. Steve Holton, director of development, Athletics, hired me as his secretary. Our family has always been sports fanatics, so it was Disneyland for me. The opportunity to be with the coaches and student-athletes was a privilege. There was much work to do and events to plan, but association with such dedicated and kind people made it fun. I was fortunate enough to be in Athletics for 19 years until I retired again.

Now, I have time to attend most all the home games and volunteer whenever they need me. This also gave me time to volunteer in Alumni Relations. Being on campus brightens my days. At other times, I am talking about my 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren!

Q: Why did you become a volunteer for the CSULB Alumni Association?

Athletics and Alumni Relations have always worked together on various functions. Getting to know the staff all those years made it a no-brainer to want to help them anytime they needed it.

Q: What advice would you give to other alumni or parents who would like to become more involved with CSULB?

The opportunity to meet other interesting people who share pride in CSULB and to be part of helping such an outstanding staff be successful is a privilege.

Q: What do you enjoy volunteering for the most?

I most enjoy volunteering for mailings. Everything is so well organized; it is fun to tackle the challenge and complete the task. It gives such a good feeling of accomplishment, plus the staff spoils us with kindness and appreciation!

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