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Assemblywoman Karen Bass (Class of '90, B.S., health science) was elected Speaker of the State Assembly in February, the first African American woman to hold this position; photo courtesy of


Sithea San: Alumna Works to Build Community in Long Beach’s Cambodia Town

As a founder and now chair of the board of directors for the fledgling Cambodia Town ethnic district in Long Beach, Sithea San (Class of ’91, B.S., business administration) continues to live by the words of a professor she fondly remembers from her days at California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Kosaku Yoshida, Ph.D., told his finance class that the obstacles throughout the journey are not what matter, but the end result.

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Victor Rodriguez: Top Vascular Surgeon Provides Lifeline for Student Success

When Victor Rodriguez, M.D. (Class of ’92, B.S., biology) was growing up in Torreon in the state of Coahuila, Mexico, a young medical student showed him and several other boys a cadaver lab. The initial shock gave way to fascination and eventually three of the boys grew up to become doctors, Rodriguez recently told a biology class at California State University, Dominguez Hills. The top vascular surgeon for Kaiser Permanente in northern California returned to his alma mater to encourage students to reach for their dreams.

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