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Employee of the Month: Patricia Alemán

Published: November 16, 2009

Patricia Alemán, a 33-year veteran of CSULB, was named recently by her colleagues in the College of Business Administration as employee of the month.

The administrative services assistant was recognized in a special ceremony held on Friendship Walk near the University Student Union which was renamed Patricia Alemán Lane for the month.

CSULB President F. King Alexander praised Alemán for her service to the university in the then-School of Humanities as well as the departments of Art, Spanish/Portuguese and English before arriving in the College of Business Administration in 1998. “She is credited with being a breath of fresh air and is deemed extremely knowledgeable, helpful and a true team player,” Alexander said. “The best interests of the College of Business Administration are always her priority.”

“I feel very flattered to be named employee of the month,” said Alemán, “and grateful to be nominated by my friends and colleagues in the College of Business Administration.”

Alemán earned her CBA nickname of “the Queen of Forms” with her encyclopedic knowledge of university paperwork. “Some find paperwork tedious and bureaucratic but that is part of the job, to be accountable for everything we do as a state entity,” she said. “Part of me is proud of being able to handle these forms and part of me sighs at how tedious they can be. When people show me a form I’ve never seen, I say, `Oh well, it’s another document to add to my myriad of files.’”

Alemán originally came to campus because she grew weary of her commute to a banking job in downtown LA. “I decided I wanted to work closer to Cypress where I lived at the time,” she recalled. “I remembered there was a university in Long Beach and maybe they had a couple of jobs I could apply for. I came to campus and took my typing and shorthand tests and all those old things. Then I went home and waited. Eventually, I was hired by the Spanish/Portuguese Department and I’ve been here ever since.”

Alemán’s daily challenges range from processing state purchasing forms to obtaining procurement cards and overseeing travel funds. “I try to make sure the College of Business Administration is on target and not overdoing it,” she said. “I’m lucky that I like working with numbers. I check and double check, making sure information is correct.”

Alemán has 33 years of favorable impressions about CSULB. “I’ve been lucky to work with an excellent set of administrators from Daniel Cardenas to Beverly Delong Tenelli in the School of Humanities, Bob Ramsey in Art, Arthur Axelrad in the English Department, to our CBA Dean, Michael Solt,” she said. “One of the primary reasons I’ve stayed here for 33 years is the students. Working with them has always been enjoyable. I always look forward to each year’s crop of new faces I can help. I always feel good when I am able to help.”

Patricia Aleman
Photo by David J. Nelson
Patricia Alemán

When Alemán isn’t saving the College of Business Administration, she enjoys a good book or visiting her son Michael and grandsons Joshua and Nicholas in Georgia.

“One of the big reasons I enjoy working in the College of Business Administration is the very good crew we have here,” she said. “We all enjoy helping students and I like the way the team works together. I really enjoy working with such a great team.”

Alemán is glad she made the choice to join CSULB. “I would have left long ago if I didn’t like the environment here and I don’t mean just the educational environment,” she said. “I like the university grounds themselves, from the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Gardens to the upper and lower campuses. I’ve worked in buildings all over campus and I know people in all of them. It’s good to re-connect at Convocation and Commencement.”

Alemán received several gifts along with the recognition including a CSULB sweatshirt, a $10 gift certificate for Katella Deli, two tickets to the Westminster choir at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, a champagne brunch for two on the Queen Mary and a coupon for one free Whopper at Burger King.