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CSULB’s Distinguished Alumni For 2017

Published: May 22, 2017

Recognized at the 2017 CSULB Alumni Awards on May 4 were Distinguished Alumni (l-r) Lenora Mendoza Noroski, Arnold Hackett, Constance Glenn, Denise Noldon, CSULB President Jane Close Conoley, Guy Heston, Suzie Price and Dennis Keough.
Recognized at the 2017 CSULB Alumni Awards on May 4 were Distinguished Alumni (l-r) Lenora Mendoza Noroski, Arnold Hackett, Constance Glenn, Denise Noldon, CSULB President Jane Close Conoley, Guy Heston, Suzie Price and Dennis Keough.

Individuals were recognized as CSULB’s Distinguished Alumni for 2017 from its seven colleges at the annual Alumni Awards event held May 4 at the Hyatt Regency Long Beach.

Susan Aramesh Price
Councilperson, City of Long Beach

  • 1999, Juris Doctor, Santa Clara University; 1996, Master of Arts, Public Policy and Administration, CSULB; 1994, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, CSULB

A longtime community advocate and leader, Susan (“Suzie”) Price was elected to the Long Beach City Council in 2014 and serves as chair of the Public Safety Committee. For the past 17 years, Price has served as a Senior Deputy District Attorney in the Orange County District Attorney’s Office, where she heads up the office’s training efforts and handles homicide cases. Strongly committed to improving public safety, Price collaborated with law enforcement agencies throughout Orange County to train hundreds of police officers in drug recognition and DUI investigations. Her efforts have been recognized by victim-services organizations, including Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), which honored her with multiple “Diligent Prosecutor” awards and the prestigious “Heart of MADD” award. In 2011, she was named one of the state’s top 75 female lawyers by the Daily Journal. As a CSULB student, Price created scholarship programs and was active in student government, eventually serving as Student Body President, and she continues to give back to the university as a volunteer. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her husband, mother, and two sons.

Dennis J. Keough
Judge, Superior Court, State of California

  • 1974, Juris Doctorate, University of Mississippi; 1971, Bachelor of Arts, Political Science, CSULB

Now in his 35th year as a jurist, the Honorable Dennis J. Keough has the distinction of having served as a judge in the state courts of both Nebraska and California. He was elected by his colleagues in Orange County to five terms on the Superior Court’s Executive Committee, the highest governing body for the nation’s fifth-largest court system. He is one of California’s most experienced Superior Court judges adjudicating child dependency cases. Early in his career, Keough interned as a public defender in Mississippi and practiced law in Lincoln, Neb.; he was appointed to the Nebraska judiciary in 1977. In 1980, he returned to California to serve as an assistant district attorney. He rose through the ranks of the Superior Court of California until he was elevated to judge in 2009. Born in Pittsburgh to Irish parents, Keough is a founding member of the Celtic Bar Association and has a long record of service to his community and alma mater. Recently, he worked with Professor Teresa Wright to develop an internship program for political science students at CSULB. Keough and his wife, Sherie, own a citrus ranch near Fallbrook; his other interests include literature, geophysics and cosmology.

Denise F. Noldon
Interim President, Los Angeles Southwest College

  • 1998, Doctor of Philosophy, College Student Personnel Administration, University of Maryland at College Park; 1991, Master of Science, Counseling in Higher Education, CSULB; 1977, Bachelor of Arts, Psychology and Black Studies, CSULB

Known as “a dynamic leader with a heart for student success,” Denise Noldon has used her platform as a leader in public higher education to improve the lives of thousands of college students and community members over the course of her remarkable career. In her current role as interim president of Los Angeles Southwest College (LASC), Noldon provides executive leadership—with an emphasis on academic programs, campus budgets, enrollment management, human resources and facilities—for the entire LASC campus. Previously, the Berkeley native provided statewide leadership and technical assistance as interim vice chancellor for student services and special programs for the California Community Colleges. Other positions include president of Contra Costa College and vice president of student development and enrollment management at Folsom Lake College. Noldon is grateful for the mentoring she received and lifelong friendships she made at The Beach. As an employee of CSULB, Noldon served as an Equal Opportunity Program (EOP) counselor and Director of the Upward Bound program. Her involvement with EOP continues to this day: she gave keynote address to the EOP graduating class of 2015 and also moderated a panel for the program’s 50th anniversary in 2016. She began her work with students as a student assistant with the Student Support Services program.

Guy B. Heston
Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Long Beach Transit (ret.)

  • 1987, Master of Business Administration, CSULB; 1973, Bachelor of Arts, Radio/Television/Film, CSULB; 1971, Associate of Arts, Long Beach City College

A self-described “working-class kid from North Long Beach,” Guy Heston credits CSULB for giving him an educational experience that prepared him for his “dream job” with Long Beach Transit and for many years of distinguished public service to the community where he got his start. Heston, who is the president of the Long Beach City College Foundation,

retired from the public sector in 2010 after a 30-year career with Long Beach Transit. Hired by the company as a marketing manager, Heston rose through the ranks and was eventually appointed Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer. Under his leadership, Long Beach Transit received local and national awards, established permanent fare-free zones in downtown Long Beach and instituted the highly popular U-Pass program for CSULB students, faculty, and staff. Heston has been equally dedicated to his alma mater and to the California State University (CSU) system. He served for 10 years on the CSU Alumni Council, including two terms as president representing 3 million alumni. He concurrently was on the CSULB Alumni Association board of directors, including two years as president. Said retired CSU Assistant Vice Chancellor Karen Zamarripa, “There is no one who has given more time and devotion to the alumni and to all CSU students.”

Arnold Hackett
Vice President, Alliance and Partnership Management, Xerox Corporation

  • 2007, Executive MBA, University of Southern California; 2001, Master of Science, Computer Science, CSULB; 1987, Bachelor of Science, Applied Mathematics, University of California, Los Angeles

Arnold Hackett’s career in engineering, strategy development and management began when he joined Xerox as a summer intern. Now, three decades and three degrees later, he is the company’s Vice President of Alliance and Partnership Management, a role that affords him the opportunity to develop innovative business services and solutions with vendors and software developers from around the globe. Hackett’s work as an engineer and in support of the company’s global initiatives also led to him earning the prestigious Lean Six Sigma Black Belt certification. Throughout his life, Hackett has always found time for his true passion—volunteer service. In addition to serving on several nonprofit boards, including those at the engineering schools at CSULB, UCLA and USC, Hackett is a dedicated STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) mentor who works with K-12 students of color; his major focus is teaching middle-school children of color to code. Hackett has been recognized by John Muir High School, which named him to its alumni hall of fame; by the Los Angeles Chapter of the NAACP, which presented him with its Youth Council Man of Valor Award; and by the organizers of the Black Engineer of the Year Awards, which named him a Modern-Day Technology Leader.

Constance W. Glenn
Founding Director, University Art Museum; Director/Professor Emeritus, Art, CSULB

  • 1974, Master of Arts, Art, CSULB; 1955, Bachelor of Fine Art, University of Kansas

In 1973, when Constance Glenn became the founding director of the University Art Museum (UAM), then called the “Art Galleries,” there were only a handful of female museum directors in the country. Over the next three decades, she led the growth of this small, department-based program into what is now the celebrated UAM—a nationally recognized contemporary art museum with a fine collection and the first accredited museum in the CSU system. Glenn also blazed new trails by becoming the founding director of CSULB’s graduate program in museum studies. As art historian Ruth Bowman observed, “[Glenn] has made an enormous impact on the history of American art by being a pioneer, by being … an original.” In 1984, she received the Distinguished Faculty Scholarly and Creative Achievement Award, CSULB’s highest academic honor. An expert on the Pop Art movement, Glenn has written more than 150 exhibition catalogues and books and has served on numerous advisory boards. For many years, she maintained one of America’s most noted research libraries devoted to American art since 1960. That library now resides at the Huntington Library in San Marino.

Lenora Mendoza Noroski
Director, Immunology/Allergy/Rheumatology Educational Programming; Associate Director, Allergy/Immunology/Fellowship Program; Baylor College of Medicine

  • 2008, Masters of Public Health, The University of Texas–Health Science Center at Houston; 1989, Doctor of Medicine, Weill Cornell Medical College; 1985, Bachelor of Arts, Chemistry, CSULB

Dr. Lenora Mendoza Noroski is internationally recognized in clinical immunology with a passion for innovative education and global health. Her expertise is in rare allergic, inflammatory and immunodeficient disorders. She was trained by the “David The Bubble Boy” team, performed human thymus research and studied HIV in New York City, Houston, Brazil and Thailand. She co-founded Camp Hope/HUG, the first Texas camps for HIV survivors and Kids Council-Caregivers League. In 2013, she received The Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education-David Leach Award for creating a sustainable allergy course. She now collaborates to uncover diagnostic dilemmas and is developing a global platform for limited-resource medical centers to derive complex, real-time patient diagnoses. She was the Weill Cornell Medical School Meister Graduate and is a Faculty Fulbright Scholar in Educational Leadership and Teaching. She oversees the immunology education at Texas Children’s Hospital and is dedicated to the study of diversity and the success of her trainees. Her loving husband Frank Inselbuch and their children Ilana and Isaac are her most meaningful teachers in life for what is truly important.