Fusako ’67, Elementary Education, and Bruce Thompson ’67, Industrial Arts, personify CSULB graduates. Both were first-generation students who worked full-time while attending CSULB. They married during their junior year and, after graduation, went on to fulfilling careers in education—she as an elementary school teacher and he as a high school shop teacher. Bruce later pursued a Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles, and worked as the computer expert for West School.
At a celebratory luncheon held June 28, they spoke about their desire to “give back.” Through deferred giving, they will establish the Thompson Scholarship for entering freshmen. The campus visit was Fusako’s first return to CSULB since she graduated in 1967. Although the changes to the campus are significant, both Fusako and Bruce enjoyed the diversity of the student body and the energy they encountered as they explored the campus.
On May 23, the Career Development Center welcomed some of its key corporate sponsors and unveiled a commemorative wall. Attendees included (from left) Manuel Pérez, Career Development Center; Nina Meta, Wells Fargo; April Ueland, Target; Jennifer Gaines, Enterprise Rent-a-Car; Kimberly Ebeling, Disney College Program; Damian Molina, Wells Fargo; and Robin Lee, Career Development Center.
May 11 saw a festive group of dedicated peach tree aficionados gather near the Music Department to celebrate the completion of the peach tree replacement initiative. President’s Distinguished Service Award honoree and former CSULB administrator Jon Regnier unveiled the donor plaque and expressed thanks to all of the donors for their dedication. The donors—parents, students, alumni, staff and faculty—enjoyed the “peachy” theme, including peach cupcakes, hand-beaded peach tree pins and an array of food prepared by The Grand at Long Beach State. With music students practicing in the background, the mood was high as donors were reminded that even trees can “make a difference in the lives of students.”