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Joseph Iantorno, '52, B.A. Social Science, '53 M.A. Social Science

Joseph Iantorno portrait

What activities/ organizations were you involved in while attending LBSC?

I was involved in many activities and organizations. My experiences included Student Government, Graduate Club President, Associated Men's Students President, Sigma Alpha Epsilon President, Knights and Squires Service Club President, Alpha Omega Education Club, Campus Blood Drive Chairman, Spring Sing Director, Prom King, Intramural Sports (Football Champs), and more.

Did you attend any student events? If so, which one was your favorite and why? (Black Bart Days, 49er Day, Brown & Gold Day, Dances)

I attended all of the events and helped start and organized many of them.

Which professor or staff made an impact on your academic or professional career and why?

I can think of three who I would like to mention:

1. Dr. Irving Ahlquist -Great Advisor and History Teacher

2. Don Muchmore - Great Teacher and Club Advisor

3. Dr. Herman Schwartzkopf - Very friendly individual

What have you done since graduation?

After graduating with my B.A. from LBSC, I continued with my education to receive my M.A. and teaching credential in 1953, I was hired by my Alma Mater, Jordon High School to teach U.S. and World History / Political Science, English, Journalism / Year Book and to coach J.V. Baseball and intramural sports. After 2 years of teaching, I was selected to become the Director of Student Activities and to be the advisor to the Student Government Program.

In 1959, I moved to Lakewood High School to return to teaching for one more year before being hired as Dean of Men/Assistant Dean of Students at Chaffey College in 1960. From 1960 to 1970, while in this position, I attended many State Community College Conferences, and Conventions and became President or Chairman of several State Committees and Athletic Organization and Conferences. In addition, I attended and graduated from USC with my Doctorate Degree in Higher Education from 1967-1969.

From 1970 to my official retirement in 2001, I continued my career in higher education working as the Dean of Student Services at San Bernardino Valley College, Dean Student Personnel Services at College of the Desert, Executive Director of the College of the Desert Alumni Association and the Foundation Executive Director and chief fund-raiser of Ventura College.

What are you doing today?

I am currently retired. I continue to volunteer in the community and work with the Foothill Athletic Conference.

Tell us something about the value and/or meaning of your CSULB experience?

I considered myself to be an average student, but Long Beach City College and CSULB pushed and provided me to realize that I could move beyond that average point.


Iantorno with fellow Sigma Eps made a mints at their Christmas tree sale.


Ski bound ready for the mountains and armed to the teeth is Joseph (Far Left) with fellow Sigma Eps and friends.

Joseph standing with hand against pole.

Joseph Iantorno as Spring Graduate Class President.

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