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Alumni Association

As an alumni, you have a special relationship with LBCC. Through the programs and services offered by the LBCC Alumni Association, you can stay connected to the college, and stay in touch with former students, faculty and staff.

Read our latest Alumni Association newsletter

Below are some of our recent alumni events and happenings.

50th Anniversary LBCC 1964 Junior Rose Bowl National Championship

The LBCC Alumni Association recently celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the 1964 Junior Rose Bowl National Championship football team. Twenty-four team members, two coaches and their families reunited, reminisced and enjoyed a pre-LBCC football game dinner. A video of the 1964 Junior National Championship game was shown and each of the team members in attendance received a DVD of the game and a 50th anniversary commemorative baseball cap. Following an introduction by current Athletic Director Joe Cascio, Coaches Paul Chafe and Glenn McFarland, and quarterback Greg Barton spoke to the group as well as Kirk Rinella, son-in-law of head coach Jim Stangeland who passed away the week before the reunion. The reunion was dedicated in memory of Coach Stangeland. The team members and coaches will be introduced on the field during halftime. Those attending the reunion included: Tom Ammirato, Greg Barton, Jim Blecha, Paul Chafe, Howard Flowers, Pete Gastwirth, Jim Hayfield, Jim Homan, Jim Keck, Earl McCullouch, Glenn McFarland, Gil Mendoza, Chuck Merino, Denny Moulton, Larry Schakel, Elwood Stewart, Bob Stiles, John Suttie, Steve Swanson, John Tigner, Randy Tubbs, Jack Tucker, Tony Van Coutren, Mike Westphal, Milt Wingert and Bill Zingg.

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Glenn McFarland, Greg Barton,             Howard & Cindy Flowers with 
Earl McCullouch & Jim Homan             Sally & Jim Blecha

 Wine Tasting

The Alumni Association held a wine tasting on September 19 with wine connoisseur and expert, Dr. James Martois, leading a tasting of three red wines and three white wines from California’s Central Coast, the fastest growing wine region in California. Fourteen alumni and friends attended the event where Dr. Martois taught the three “S”s of wine tasting – swirl, sniff and sip.

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Philosophy on Tap - Beer Tasting & Beer Philosophy Presentation

On January 31, the Alumni Association presented Philosophy on Tap - beer tasting and beer philosophy with award-winning LBCC professor and author, Matt Lawrence. About 30 alumni, faculty and friends attended the 2-hour program, listening to Matt describe philosophical conundrums from his book Philosophy on Tap: Pint-Sized Puzzles for the Pub Philosopher, tasting five beers, discussing the flavors and aromas of the beers, eating munchies, and socializing. 

In addition, there were opportunity prizes including several copies of Matt's book paired with two bottles of beer; a beer basket; two gift certificates to Stein Fillers, a local store that sells beer-making equipment; and a travel basket. Everyone took home a bag of goodies from the Alumni Association and Hi Time Wine Cellars.

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(l-r) Danely Smith, Steve Moseley
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Ed Babtkis & Mike Palikan
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(l-r) Camille Bolton, Gretchen Stein, Julian DelGaudio, Rose DelGaudio
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(l-r)  Mike Monge, Randy Firestone & Matt Lawrence

Dan Prosser Memorial Scholarship Golf Tournament

The 3rd Annual Dan Prosser Memorial Golf Tournament will take place on August 25, 2012. Click here for the Golf Tournament - Outside and Golf Tournament - Inside flyers.

A golf tournament was held on October 16 to support the Dan Prosser Memorial Scholarship. The tournament, held at Heartwell Golf Course in Long Beach, was attended by over 100 students, alumni, staff, faculty, administrators & friends from LBCC and CSULB.

There were 59 golfers who competed for prizes in the closest to the pin contest, best individual score & best group score. There was a putting tournament, a frisbee tournament & opportunity drawings for some great prizes. Winners of the putting tournament included Preston Anderson; Jeff Carter; Tilsmen alum, Michael DeWalsche; and Laramie Price. Closest to the pin winners included Jeffrey Klaus, Colum McDermott and Kevin Sverduk. Best individual score winner was Preston Anderson with an impressive 52. Winners of the best group score included Preston Anderson, Laramie Price and Joel Prosser.

Dan Prosser attended Long Beach City College from 1993-96. While enduring his physical disability of epilepsy, he joined a service club & became President of Associated Men's Students, President of The Order of Tilsmen, & earned the Outstanding Leader, Silver Key and Viking awards. Dan's mother, Linda Prosser, was Associated Men's Students Secretary & honorary "Mom" to many of the clubs.

All proceeds from the golf tournament benefited the Dan Prosser Memorial Scholarship managed by the Long Beach City College Foundation. The scholarship will benefit disabled students.

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(l-r) Martha Morales, Karen Wohlgezogen, Gene Wohlgezogen, Christie Sawires Prosser, Joel
Prosser, Dean Prosser & Linda Prosser
(l-r) Tilsmen alums Ed Blancarte, Mike DeWalsche, Shane Napier & Scott Rogoff
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(l-r) Dan McCoy, Rochelle McCoy, Victor Gonzalez and Vincent Gonzalez (l-r) Martha Morales (Esprit Alumni), Heather Buck (Esprit Alumni), Rhonda Morales and Jane Uribe
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Tong members Robert Banh, Alfredo Carrillo, Joseph Vigil, Daniel Osuna, Antonio Auguiar and Tong Sponsor Derek Oriee Thor alums Tim Collins, Enrique Ponce, Jr, Alan Owens and Chris Dunlap

Alumni Pre-Spring Sing Dinner

An alumni dinner was held in the Foundation office before the 2010 Spring Sing event. Alumni of all ages enjoyed a dinner of tortellini, salad and garlic bread. The alumni enjoyed reconnecting and reminiscing about their LBCC experiences. A continuous slide show was presented showing groups in Spring Sing costumes and Spring Sing performances from years past. There were great opportunity drawing prizes and everyone in attendance went home with a prize. Following the dinner, alumni and guests attended the 2010 Spring Sing event in the LBCC auditorium. This year, TNT won the women's division, Tong won the men's division and AKNA was the sweepstakes winner.
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Camille Bolton, Sue Meyer, Nathan Gallegos and Lynn Hernandez C.C. Sadler, Erik Nielsen and Camille Bolton

Alumni Dinner & Theatre Event

Fourteen alumni and friends enjoyed hor 'doeuvres, dinner and dessert hosted by the Alumni Association at the Garden Clubhouse at Bixby Hill on December 13, 2009. Attendees shared memories of their time at Long Beach City College and stories of what they have been doing since that time. Following the dinner, they attended Musical Theatre West's production of RENT at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center. Following the production, attendees were given a backstage tour where they met many of the stars of the production and viewed the sets.
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Bernard Gleason (second from left) describes his affiliation with LBCC while (from left) Marita Pezman, Barbara Gleason, Lori Brault and Steve Yoho listen. Blanche Cannady (left) listens while the Honorable Eunice Sato (right) discusses her sons' experiences at LBCC and her rise to mayor of Long Beach in the 1980s.
Steve Clapp, Marita Pezman, Camille Bolton, CC Sadler, Jessica Cardenas, Blanch Cannady and Ora Lazare enjoy dessert before heading to the theatre.

Alumni Event at Cirivello's

Over 40 Long Beach City College Alumni and friends attended pre-Spring Sing party on Friday, March 6, 2009 at Cirivello's Sports Bar. An alumni committee consisting of Camille Bolton, Ron Camero, Brian Russell, CC Sadler and Nancy Yoho solicited door prizes, planned the menu and promoted the event. Guests were greeted by LBCC Foundation Executive Director and former AWS advisor, Dr. Ginny Baxter. Alumni from the 50's, 70's, 80's and 90's were represented. Past Spring Sing DVDS were played while alumni mingled.
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Former ASB President Brian Russell visits with retired Business professor and Tong sponsor Phil Shrotman, TNT alum Rhonda Pearson-Nuzum, TNT alum Jill Shrotman Moore and Sue Shrotman. Esprit Alum Kristy Humphrey, Tong Alum Ron Camero, Ethan Thompson and Tong Alum Derek Oriee enjoy the hors d'oeuvres
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Dominic and Celia Miller, TNT Alum Lori Rose-Pearson and Aaron Pearson look forward to the show. Thor alumni are enjoying their "mini" reunion. They are (l. to r.) Jeff Wellcome, Eric Munguia, Nick Parra, Chris Dunlap and Enrique Ponce.

Event at Wahoo's Fish

Wahoo's Fish in the Marketplace graciously hosted a get together for Alumni and Friends in June. Attendees introduced themselves and updated us on their current activities.
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Michelle Crisa-Dufva came from Playa del Rey for the event. Committee member Rom Camaro sells opportunity tickets to Jessica Cardenas. Ron does an excellent job gathering prizes.
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Long Beach City College employees Walt Webber, Camille Bolton and Fred Rossmannek are all alumni. Maria Cochran, new LBCC Foundation Executive Committee member, tells of her work at Dramatic Results.

Summer Pub Crawl

Over 30 alumni and friends gathered at 4 stops on the LBCC Pine Avenue Pub Crawl. Participants started at the Halbert, Hargrove Financial Advisors 23rd floor office on Pine and Ocean for wine and hors d'oeuvres. Then guests munched on pizza and buffalo wings at Smooth's Sports Bar hosted by LBCC Hall of Famer John Morris. Fantastic sushi and eggs rolls were provided by Wokcano and salsa lessons and paella were enjoyed at Sevilla. Opportunity prizes were provided by alumnus extraordinaire, Ron Camaro.

From the Past

Where are these ladies now? In our move to our new building Ginny Baxter found this photo. The Associated Women Student Board posed at Scherer Park around 1976. She remembers some of their names who and where are the others?.
From the Past
1st Row (l. to r.) Jill Ramsdell, Chris Sperry, Erin Pine, Ann Barrus, ?, and Pam Starr 2nd row (l. to r.) Carolyn Myers, Diane Atwater, ?, Lorie Richards, Toni Melton, Michelle Manley, Gina Dyer and Lori Devlin.

College and Foundation Awards

We would like to recognize the following LBCC Alumni for their contributions in continuing to make LBCC an outstanding institution.

Distinguished Alumni

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Past President of the Long Beach City College District Board of Trustees, attorney Douglas Otto was honored by President Oakley as a Distinguished Alumni at a recent Board of Trustees meeting.

Otto attended LBCC before transferring to Stanford University. He then went on to receive a J. D. degree from the University of Chicago. He is a Founder and Past President of both the Long Beach Foundation for Architectural and Cultural Heritage and Long Beach Heritage. He was named Preservationist of the Year in 1990. He chaired the City of Long Beach's Blue Ribbon Citizens Transportation Task Force, which developed a comprehensive transportation plan for the entire city (1989-1990). He was a member and Chair of the Long Beach Planning Commission (1992-2000). He chaired the Long Beach City Manager's Downtown Business and Development Advisory Committee (1998-2004). He is a founding Board member of the Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific (1994), currently serves on its Executive Committee, and chairs the Long-Range Planning Committee. He also served on the City's Ethics Task Force in 2002.

From 1998 through 2000, Doug chaired Long Beach Strategic Plan 2010; a comprehensive city-citizen planning effort adopted by the City in 2000. For this and his other community work, he received the prestigious David Landry Memorial Award for Outstanding Community Service from the City of Long Beach.

He is a former President of the Long Beach Bar Association, which named him Lawyer of the Year in 2005. He is a member of the St. Mary's Medical Center Board of Trustees and Bio-Medical Ethics Committee, is the past President of the Long Beach Arts Council, and is a member of the California State Bar Association, Access to Justice Commission.

In 2004, he was elected as the Long Beach City College Trustee for Area 4. Otto was lauded for his leadership on the Measure E Bond extension as well as service on the District Board. He was presented with a plaque and pin.

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English Professor, Frank Gaspar, was awarded the Long Beach City College Distinguished Alumni award by President Eloy Oakley at the January Foundation Breakfast meeting.

Frank Xavier Gaspar is an American poet and novelist. Born in Provincetown, Massachusetts, Frank served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. After being discharged, he earned an MFA from the University of California, Irvine and began teaching at Long Beach City College.

Frank Gaspar is a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Literature and a California Arts Council Fellowship in Poetry. He is the author of four award-winning collections of poetry, most recently A Field Guide to the Heavens, winner of the Brittingham Prize. Additionally, his work has received three Pushcart Prizes, The Edgar Stanley Award, and has twice been anthologized in Best American Poetry. His novel, Leaving Pico, is a Barnes and Noble Discover Award Winner, a Borders Book of Distinction, and winner of the California Book Award for First Fiction and it has been translated into Portuguese. His book Mass for the Grace of a Happy Death won the Anhinga Prize for Poetry and his first collection of poetry, The Holyoke won the Morse Poetry Prize.

New work appears widely in national journals and magazines, and he reads publicly throughout the country, most recently at Yale, Dartmouth, Brown, Northeastern, The Claremont Colleges, and the John. F. Kennedy Memorial Library.

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Jean Clad, originally from Minnesota, Jean grew up in Long Beach where she attended Wilson High School and Long Beach City College. She earned a BA in Art and Philosophy from UC Berkeley. She studied painting in Paris and Italy before returning to the US. Upon the death of her husband she returned to California earning a MA in Art. She began teaching art at Long Beach City College and has done so for many years. A working artist, she has been shown in countless exhibitions throughout the US and Europe. Jean is best known for her exhibits of artists' books. She received the Distinguished Arts Award from the Arts Council for Long Beach last September.

Gene Connor, Volunteer Extraordinaire, has received the Tom Hennessey Spirit Award by the International City Bank Marathon Committee. He was also recognized with a bench at Rainbow Harbor with his name engraved as well as recognition by the Naples Improvement Association for his many years of dedicated service. We know Gene as an ardent volunteer and supporter of the Long Beach City College Senior Studies program.

Student Mentors

Student Mentors

LBCC alumni Lori Brault, Debra Carlson, Marc Allmeroth, CC Sadler, Frank Menjivar, Derek Oriee and Erica Gutierrez. The Associated Student Body Leadership retreat ended with a Student Mentor Mixer involving current student leaders and alumni. Students interviewed alumni and asked for suggestions for success in their chosen fields.


Cheryl Mathieu decided to step up to a challenge set forth by Oprah Winfrey. To her surprise, she won. Mathieu, 44, is one of 80 women chosen nationally to participate in Women Rule!, a leadership project run by Winfrey's magazine O, The Oprah Magazine, and the nonprofit organization The White House Project. The contest was set up to find women looking to change the world through business, political and nonprofit avenues and provide them with leadership training to develop their ideas further. More than 3,000 women across the nation applied.

"I was very excited when I found out I won," said Mathieu, who was chosen for launching, a Web site dedicated to providing resources for elder care. "It was confirmation that I was on the right track." Winning the contest was the culmination of a long process for Mathieu, who works as a self-employed geriatric manager in Long Beach.