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Norma Kolb (Gill) '60 B.A. Elementary Education

Norma Kolb

Describe your college experience.

I remember sitting in class (in a temporary wooden Bungalow) on lower campus and watching sheep graze on the hill at Bixby Ranch. At the time, I don't think we were entirely aware that we were setting the stage for the future of the college; we were going to classes and living everyday college life.

What activities or organizations were you involved with while attending LBSC?

I joined a sorority, Alpha Phi. I was a member of the Tillicum and Califias, these were honorary service organizations for freshmen/sophomore and junior/senior women. In addition, I was on the Freshman Class council and was chairman of the 49er Awards Commission.

Did you attend any student events?

I attended lots of events on campus such as the dances after football games, 49er days, Spring Sing, Homecoming, Pep rallies, and sorority events. "49er Day" was especially fun because we built a small wild west town on campus, dressed up in theme costumes, and everybody was out on campus having a great time.

How did LBSC prepare you for life after college and what are you doing today?

I received my training as a teacher and a librarian, which were my life careers. I am currently retired but busy with family, friends, and a multitude of projects, including traveling, singing in a choir and volunteering.

How have you been involved with CSULB as an alumni?

I am active with Alpha Phi Alumnae Association. I am a season ticket holder to both the men's and women's volleyball games. (Which I love!) GO BEACH! I am a member of the CSULB Alumni Association Board of Directors where I have been the VP of Programs, held the Alumni Association position on the Committee of Athletics and the University Student Union Board of Trustees, and have been the chairman of the Grants Committee.

I love being on campus and seeing the students today. I am impressed with their attitudes and abilities, and with all the wonderful things I see happening. I am very proud of what CSULB has become in the short 50 years since I graduated.

What advice would you give to a current student today?

Get involved with something on campus, whether it is a Greek group, a special interest organization, student government, attend sport events and/or cultural events. Good memories are built on friendships and experiences. And most importantly GRADUATE!

C.S.U.L.B. Alumni Association Board of Directors

Norma currently serves as one the CSULB Alumni Association Board of Directors.

A couple sitting at the table.

Norma and her future husband, Lowell Kolb, enjoying an evening together at an Alpha Phi Dinner Dance in 1960.

Three friends pose together for picture.

Norma enjoys an afternoon with friends, Guy Heston ' 73, '87 and C.J. Klug '54,'58 at the CSULB "La Cage" theatre event in 2003.

Two people under a tent.

At the 2009 Move-In Day, Norma volunteers to welcome all of the new freshman and transfer students to campus with her fellow Board of Director, Bob Irwin '67.

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