Alumni: Hall of Fame

2022 LBCC Hall of Fame Awards Celebration Recap

On Thursday, September 22, 2022, over 200 guests joined together to celebrate the accomplishments of three extraordinary alumni at the 50th Annual Long Beach City College Hall of Fame Celebration at the Grand in Long Beach. This year’s inductees hailed from the areas of medicine, veterans’ affairs, and community advocacy. They are Amy Valenzuela, Dr. Blas Villalobos, and Dr. Ardel Avelino and were introduced by President Mike Munoz and Trustee Vice-President Herlinda Chico.

The 2022 program also welcomed the addition of three new service awards in recognition of outstanding service to Long Beach City College or the Long Beach Community. The inaugural honorees of the LBCC Distinguished Service Awards are Randy Totorp, Mayor Robert Garcia, the Rotary Club of Long Beach, and the Long Beach Rotary Foundation.

Guests in attendance included Dr. Robert Garcia, Mayor of the City of Long Beach, and Laura Doud, City Auditor for the City of Long Beach, and Past LBCC Hall of Fame Inductee. LBCC Trustees Vice-President VP Herlinda Chico, Trustee Vivian Malauulu, Trustee Sunny Zia and Student Trustee Alex Hernandez. LBCC Foundation Board of Governors President Aaron Moore, President-Elect Summer Temple, and other members. Also joining, CSULB Associate Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Jeff Klaus and his wife Evelyn Klaus, Vice President of Administration & Finance, Chief Financial Officer Scott Apel, and Director of Alumni Engagement Noemi Guevara. LBCC school leadership included Superintendent-President Dr. Mike Muñoz, Chief Innovation Officer Dr. Tracy Carmichael, Executive Vice-President of Student Services Dr. Nohel Corral, Vice President of Human Resources Loy Nashua, Dean of Kinesiology, Athletics, and Health Education Randy Totorp, Classified Senate President CC Sadler, and Director of Athletics Kal Stewart.

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LBCC Hall of Fame 2022 Award Recipients

Alumni Hall of Fame
Distinguished Service Awards
Community Spirit – Individual
Community Spirit – Organization
Campus Friend
  • Randy Totorp - Dean, Kinesiology at Long Beach City College

History of the Long Beach City College Alumni Hall of Fame

The Long Beach City College Alumni Hall of Fame was originally created by the Associated Student Body Cabinet as a way to honor former students who have excelled in their chosen professions after leaving the College. The first induction ceremony took place on campus in 1972 and was a small affair that inducted three worthy individuals. Every year since then another class of three to five outstanding individuals has been added. The ceremony has evolved from a small gathering hosted by the ASB Cabinet to a large off-campus affair hosted by the Alumni Office that can appropriately honor the inductees and accommodate the large number of individuals who want to celebrate their achievements. 

These inductees represent a wide variety of professions and personal interests including the areas of Arts and Entertainment, Athletics, Business and Industry, Civil Service and Government, Community Service and Philanthropy, Medicine and Science, and more. In order to honor the many outstanding athletes who have competed on the fields and courts over the years for the Vikings, in the mid-1990s a separate Hall of Champions ceremony was created. The main lobby of the gymnasium is dedicated to displaying the photos and accomplishments of these talented athletes. 

With the induction of the 2022 honorees, the total number of Hall of Fame members stands at 188 outstanding individuals. All those inducted create an outstanding list of individuals who are not only well known locally, but in many cases nationally and internationally. They not only serve as role models to inspire current students but also represent the value of the wonderful education one can receive at the College. The photographs of the Hall of Fame members are displayed in T-1200, located on the Liberal Arts Campus.

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Dr. Ardel Avelino

Dr. Ardel Guillamas Avelino, hospital executive, is Senior Director of Operations at St. Mary Medical Center, Dignity Health. A transformational leader, he has extensive experience in healthcare operations. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, he led the hospital as incident commander and was designated as administrator in-charge to partner with the State of California to establish a community drive-thru testing site; 6,313 people in the community were tested.

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Amy Valenzuela-Mier

Amy Valenzuela-Mier is descended from the Tongva, Yaqui, Mexican and Irish people. She grew up with a strong connection to the land, hearing stories of her family’s deep Californio roots, and farming with her maternal grandfather. She attended LBCC and earned a full scholarship to Reed College, later also earning a Master’s degree in Public Health from UCLA. Early experiences stoked a strong social and environmental justice impulse, fed at each school she attended.

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Blas Villalobos Headshot

Dr. Blas Villalobos

Dr. Blas Villalobos is the Chief Executive Officer of Centerstone’s Military Services. As the Chief Executive Officer, Villalobos leads the organization’s delivery of mental health and substance use disorder services to veterans, active duty military personnel, and military families. Villalobos also leads the organization’s partnerships with other military-friendly organizations, including partnerships with Wounded Warrior Project, Cohen Veterans Network, and the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) program.