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Travis Kamiyama (Class of ’97, B.S. Economics) returns to his alma mater to judge the first Toro Iron Chef competition; caption below.


Jesse Castellanos: Graduate Student Receives Minority Access Role Model Award

When Patrick West was earning his M.B.A. at California State University, Dominguez Hills, he was deeply impressed with the campus as an environment conducive to learning. Similarly concerned about his home environment, the former city manager of Paramount went into action when he found that his city was named the eighth worst suburb in America in the early 1980s, working with that community’s agencies and developing an infrastructure in the city to prevent and fight crime. Now, as the new city manager of Long Beach, he plans to do the same thing with the sprawling metropolis.

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Gloria Miranda: Educator Helps Students Make History of Their Own

When Gloria Miranda was diagnosed with breast cancer nearly 20 years ago, opted for a radical mastectomy. Except for a reoccurrence five years ago when a new tumor was eliminated with radiation treatments, Miranda’s cancer has been in remission. As a cancer survivor, Miranda nonetheless pursued her career as a professor of history, researcher, writer and community college administrator. Dateline talks to Miranda about the importance of being the first in one’s family to go to college and making history come alive for students of color through lessons that show how people like themselves were active participants in the building of a nation.

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Photo above: Travis Kamiyama (Class of ’97, B.S. Economics) returned to his alma mater as a guest judge at the first Toro Iron Chef competition on Oct. 4. Kamiyama is the executive chef of Kamiyama Sushi at Market Broiler in Ontario, Calif. and Genesis by Kamiyama in Osaka, Japan. He also caters extensively for numerous venues and corporations including the Los Angeles Dodgers, Staples Center and the Hollywood Bowl. Photo by Joanie Harmon

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