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Reunions: A Tapestry of Reconnecting

It is a mission of the development team at CSULB to host many reunions. Several highly successful reunions were hosted by the Student Services Division during 2008. Like a rich tapestry woven together with many colors and textures, these gatherings attracted a diverse group of people and activities that intertwined to create unique opportunities for individuals to reconnect.

Braney Stevens, Trish and Stuart Farber.

The Beach Crew reunion was sponsored by Stuart Farber (right), pictured with his wife Trish and reunion chair Barney Stevens.

On March 7, with a backdrop of a beautiful sunset and view of Los Alamitos Bay, a 50th anniversary celebration was held for the men’s and women’s crew sports clubs. Dean of Students Emeritus Stuart Farber sponsored the event at the Long Beach Yacht Club. Anniversary activities included an awards dinner, silent auction and charity golf tournament. Thanks to friends and family members of the CSULB “Beach Crew,” anniversary fundraising activities raised more than $20,000.

On March 14, alumni, faculty, staff and supporters of Disabled Student Services gathered for the 35th anniversary celebration in the Pointe in the Walter Pyramid. Activities throughout the evening included an awards dinner, silent auction and casino night. Awards were presented to DSS long-time supporters The Honorable George Deukmejian, 35th governor of California; John Shainline, vice president for student services emeritus, CSULB; and Jon Regnier, assistant vice chancellor emeritus, The California State University. Longtime CSULB supporters Mick and Louise Ukleja, along with daughter Michelle Ukleja, were acknowledg

On April 30, a reunion of executive officers from the Associated Students Government was held in the Pointe in the Walter Pyramid. Former AS presidents, vice presidents and treasurers from 1949 to the present gathered for dinner with President King Alexander and Vice President Douglas Robinson. Current AS President Erin Swetland, along with members of her executive team, had the opportunity to meet student leaders from the 1950s.

Shotokan alumni at the 40th anniversary celebration.

Shotokan alumni at the 40th anniversary celebration.

On May 30, a 40th anniversary celebration was held for alumni of the CSULB Shotokan Karate Club. Alumni and Shotokans from across the United States gathered for the celebration. Activities included a tour of the Earl Burns Miller Japanese Garden, karate demonstrations and a banquet. Highlights of the event may be viewed on the CSULB Shotokan Karate website at

While these are just a few of many memorable reunions hosted by CSULB during 2008, the breadth and scope of these reunions resembled a richly and complexly designed tapestry. The tapestry will never be completed, as the university continues to welcome alumni and friends of the campus to be a part of future reunion events.