Pioneer Alumni Events

photo of PAW alumni reunion 2016
Forever Pioneer Weekend 2016 - Peer Advocates for Wellness (PAW) Alumni Reunion

Cal State East Bay hosts alumni events around the Bay Area and in other key U.S. locations to help alumni network with each other and to share news from the University. Meet Pioneer alumni in all kinds of careers who can help you think about your next steps. Or come to share advice with recent graduates, or to have fun with old friends and to make new contacts.

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Upcoming Events


Thursday August 31, 2017: Pioneers at the Ballpark - SF: SF Giants vs. the St. Louis Cardinals, AT & T Park . Cost:  $30. A portion of all ticket cost goes towards student scholarships.  Also includes a piece of authentic Giants merchandise! Reserve your space today! Space is limited. More info and buy tickets.


October 19-22: Forever Pioneer Weekend 2017 - Cal State East Bay's third fall alumni reunion. The events will include a Golden Grad Celebration (honoring the Classes of 1961 through 1967), a Distinguished Alumni Awards Gala, Make a Difference Day volunteer projects, campus tours, and reunions and mixers.


Past Events and Photos


Friday, April 28, 6 pm: 2017 40 Under 40 Awards, Lake Chalet, Oakland. Cal State East Bay's inaugural program to recognize alumni age 40 or younger who have demonstrated dedication, excellence and development in their professional, philanthropic and personal endeavors. Learn more.

Saturday, April 29: Women on the Rise: Breaking the Glass Ceiling at McGrail Vineyards and Winery. An inspirational panel discussion and wine tasting featuring career tips from Pioneer women business leaders. Moderator Dr. Evelyn Dilsaver (B.S. '77, Business Administration), former president and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management.  Speakers: Tammy Cameron (BS ‘88, Business Administration-Accounting) Senior VP, Finance & CFO, Labcyte. Karen Colonias (MBA ’88) President and CEO of Simpson Manufacturing Co. Inc., the world leader in structural product solutions. Elana Hobson (BS ’95, Business Admin., MBA ’97) Chair, California Diversity Council; Board chair, Natural High; former Senior VP, Operations, Jack in the Box. Naymisha Patel (BA ’95 Chemistry-Biochemistry) Head of Quality, Global, Prothena Biosciences, Inc. Leona Tang (BS ’91 Business Administration) Management Consultant; former Executive Vice President, Internal Audit, Charles Schwab Corp.

Saturday, April 29: Fifth annual 5K AT EAST BAY on the beautiful Hayward Campus of Cal State East Bay, 8 pm.
A 3.1-mile race beginning and ending on the track at Pioneer Stadium. Dogs and strollers are welcome.

Sacramento: Wednesday, April 19: Sacramento Alumni Event: Journey to City HallDel Paso Country Club. Co-hosted by Allen W. Warren ’89, Member, Sacramento City Council and Howard Chan '00, City Manager, City of Sacramento. 

New York City: Thursday, April 6: 7th Annual CSU New York / Tri-State Alumni ReceptionUniversity Club of New York, 1 West 54th Street, New York, NY. Networking, hors d’oeuvres, hosted bar. 

Washington, DC: Tuesday, April 4: CSU Washington, DC Alumni Reception, The City Club of Washington, 555 13th Street, NW, Columbia Square. 
Networking, hors d’oeuvres, hosted bar.  

Saturday, February 25: Innovate East Bay, 10 am-6 pm, Multipurpose Room, New University Union, Hayward campus, Free! A resource fair for innovation and entrepreneurship, featuring an innovation showcase and panel discussion, resource exhibits, workshops, guided networking, and design charrettes. Get connected to a network of resources, knowledge, and experiences to be a more effective innovator, launch your business, and strengthen the community of innovation in the East Bay. 

Tuesday, February 21, 5:30-7:30 pm: Craft Brews & Tour at 21st Amendment Brewery, San Leandro. An informal gathering at a favorite San Leandro brewery, listed in the Brewers Association’s Top 50 Breweries of 2015. Bonus: Brewery tours were led by a 21st Amendment brew-expert, providing an in depth look at the mill room, brew house, fermenters, centrifuge, canning line, and packing line. 

Wednesday, February 15, 6-8 pm, Pathway to Graduate School, New University Union, Multipurpose Room. Get all your questions about graduate school at Cal State East Bay answered in one place. Learn more.

Sunday, February 12, Super Sunday, Various times and locations. Join Cal State East Bay and eight partnering East Bay churches in preparing African American students for higher education. More info.

Saturday, February 4, 2017 Education Summit, 7:00 am-1:30 pm. College access and resource information for First Generation, African American, Latino, Asian American, Native American, and Pacific Islander students and their families. More info. 

Thursday, January 26, 2017, 4-7 pm: 2017 Winter Career and Internship Fair, New University Union, Multipurpose Room. Alumni are welcome! Learn more about the event and how to prepare yourself for a great experience. Recruiters are always welcome to attend, learn more.  

January 17-20, 2017: CSUEB’s Week of Inclusive Excellence included:

  • Wednesday, January 18, 5 pm: José Ángel N. speaking about his book Illegal: Reflections of an Undocumented Immigrant, this year’s “Freshman Read” (read by our entering freshmen), University Theatre.
  • Friday, January 20, 12 noon: CSUEB alumnus Dr. Victor Rios ’00, “From At-Risk to At-Promise: Developing Opportunities for Marginalized Youths,” New University Union Multipurpose Room. Learn more and see the full schedule.

Tuesday, January 18, 2017, 6-8 pm: Alumni of Color – Affinity Group Information Meeting, New University Union, Bayview Room (2nd floor). Expanding our commitment to support all Pioneer alumni and students, we invite alumni to help create new affinity groups, where alumni with unique perspectives join together for a common purpose. The groups can create social events, engage in programs that promote lifelong learning and growth, promote civic and philanthropic engagement, and support students through university initiatives. Questions? Contact Monika Brooks.

Life After East Bay: Improving your Financial Position, Wednesday, January 11, 2017, 5:30-7:30 pm, Cal State East Bay’s Oakland Center, 1000 Broadway at 11th Street, Oakland. Presenters: John Lane (MBA ’10, BS ’07 Business Administration), Financial Consultant, David White & Associates; Miguel Delgado (BA ’12, Political Science), Wealth Advisor and Financial Planner, David White & Associates; and Patrick Ignacio, Senior Relationship Officer, USE Credit Union. Resource tables provided by LegalShield and USE Credit Union.


Portland, OR: Thursday, November 17, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm: Craft Brews in Portland: An Evening With Portland Alumni, Bridgeport Brew Pub, 1313 NW Marshall Street, Portland. Hosted by Dave Valdovinos (BS ’84, Computer Science)

Seattle, WA: Wednesday, November 16, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm: Amazon from the Inside! An Evening With Seattle Alumni, Amazon Doppler Building, 2021 7th Ave at Westlake, 17th Floor, Seattle. Hosted by Steve Tami ’86. Wine donated by Mark Hennings '84. Pioneers learned about Amazon’s culture and product offerings such as Prime, Amazon Web Services, Amazon Video and more.  

Orange County, CA: Monday, November 7, 2016, 6-9 pm: Southern California CSU Mega Mixer in Orange County, Twenty Eight Restaurant and Lounge, 19530 Jamboree Road, Irvine. 

Forever Pioneer Weekend - Cal State East Bay's second fall alumni reunion - October 20-22, 2016. The events included: 

Golden Grad Celebration (Honoring the Classes of 1961 through 1966)
Distinguished Alumni Awards Banquet
Make A Difference Day volunteer projects
Brunch Buffet & Champagne Mimosas
Campus Tours
Reunions and mixers celebrating Alumni of Color and alumni from 11 different departments and programs: Associated Students, Inc. (ASI), Choir, Communicative Sciences & Disorders (in honor of the Aphasia Treatment Program’s 20th Anniversary), Dance, English Department, Kinesiology, Library Student Assistants/SCAA, Master’s in Public Administration (MPA), Master's in Social Work (MSW), Multimedia, Peer Advocates for Wellness (PAW), and Staff & Faculty Alumni. 

Silicon Valley: Corporate Innovation: Networking & Fireside Chat with Brian Sathianathan (MBA ’05), Co-founder and CDO of Wednesday, September 28, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm, Symantec's Union 82 cafe, Mountain View. Co-hosted by Arun Raj (MBA ’03), Sr. Manager, Symantec & CSUEB Alumni Board member & Shreya Patel (MBA ’03), Sr. Principal Program Manager, Symantec.  A Life After East Bay event.

Washington, DC: California State Society’s Back to College Night. Wednesday, September 14, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm: Rayburn House Office Building Cafeteria, Capitol Hill, Washington, DC. 

Life After East Bay for Recent Grads: Social Media BrandingWednesday, July 20, 2016, 5:30-7pm, CSUEB's Oakland Center. Led by Heather Soldonia (BA '05 Speech Communication), Public Affairs and Social Media Manager, Delta Dental; Member, CSUEB Alumni Board of Directors. 

Life After East Bay: Networking Etiquette @ Bijou. June 23, 2016, 5:30 to 7 pm, Bijou Restaurant & Bar, 1036 B Street, Hayward. Networking Tips led by Christa Mekki (BS ’13, Hospitality & Tourism), Owner, Magnificent Magnetic Events & Member, CSUEB Alumni Board of Directors.

Cal State East Bay at the Ballpark! Oakland A's v. Milwaukee Brewers, Tuesday, June 21, 2016, 7:05 pm, Oakland Coliseum - SOLD OUT!

Alumni Board Annual Meeting and Reception, Monday, June 6, 2016, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Multipurpose Room, New University Union, CSUEB Hayward Campus. 

Preparing for the Interview, Wednesday, June 1, 2016  – Free 2-Hour Seminars offered by Hospitality 4502 Special Events Management class, Multipurpose Room, New University Union, CSUEB Hayward Campus.

Dolores Huerta - Lessons Learned: Past, Present, Future. Tuesday, May 31, 2016, 12 noon -1 pm, University Theatre, Hayward Campus. Dolores Huerta has worked to improve social and economic conditions for farm workers and to fight discrimination for more than 50 years. 

MPA Society Networking Luncheon, Saturday, May 21, 11am-1pm, Old University Union, Room #307, Hayward Campus. 

Autism Awareness Month Event: “Beyond Rain Man” Book Reading and Q&A with Anne K. Ross (’82, ’85) - Thursday, April 28, 2016, Laurel Bookstore, 1423 Broadway, Oakland. A school psychologist, Anne is a past winner of an American Psychological Association dissertation research award, and she has published in professional and literary journals. Her compelling and lyrical story of raising—and launching—her son is one of anguish as well as joy, and what she learns along the way will help other families who are living this perplexing, remarkable, and humbling journey of parenthood. 

4th annual 5K at East Bay - April 23, 2016

31st Annual CSU East Bay Jazz Festival April 14-16, 2016, University Theatre, Hayward Campus. 

Los Angeles: Universal Studios Backlot Experience Secrets of Success in HR, Networking & the Entertainment Industry - April 6, 2016, Universal Studios Commissary, Universal City. Included networking and book signing with author and speaker Dr. William Saleebey ’73 (MS, Counseling), author of Connecting: Key Networking Tips for Business and Life; an inside look at the entertainment industry with Ken Kahrs ’73 (BS, Recreation), the recently retired executive VP, HR for Universal Studios; and a screening of the movie Hail, Caesar!, the Coen Brothers’ recently released satire of the movie industry.

Network After Work - Millennial Meetup (open to all alumni) - Thu. March 24, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm, Pick 6 Sports Lounge, Pleasanton

17th Annual Night of Jazz at Yoshi’s - Mon. March 7, 8 pm, Yoshi’s Oakland. $20 fundraiser for CSUEB Music Scholarship & special events. Featuring East Bay Jazz Orchestra & Combos.

CSU New York/Tri-State Alumni Reception - Monday, March 14, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm, University Club of New York, 1 West 54th Street, New York, NY 

What's Next in Tech? – Tuesday, Feb. 9, 2016, 12:15 to 1:45 pm  
A discussion on diversity and women in tech, passions to careers, and creating a pipeline of new talent, featuring speakers from top tech companies: Oakland Digital, Twitter, The North Face,, BridgeGoodPandora, and more. Location: Pioneer TV Studio and streamed online, Organized by Oakland Digital, in collaboration with the CSUEB Job Panel series.

The Olympics and the Politics of Resistance – Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016, 7:00 to 9:00 pm
University Theater. Free. Featured guests:  Olympians John Carlos and Wyomia Tyus, moderated by Dave Zirin, award winning sport journalist for The Nation.
Reception and fundraiser for CSUEB’s Center for Sport & Social Justice, 4:30 to 6:30 pm.
The actions of these Olympic athletes surrounding the 1968 Mexico City Games stirred the nation and the world. Co-sponsored by the Cal State East Bay Alumni Association and many colleges and departments. Learn more.

Speed Mentoring: Pioneer Style – Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2016, 5:30-7:30 pm
Hayward Hills Campus, Old University Union, Rm 102
Meet with alumni experts in a range of fields who can help you think about advancing your career.

HOMECOMING 2016 - Pioneers, Go Forth! - Saturday, February 20, 2016

 - 2:00-3:00 pm - Campus TourGo Forth & See the View!  Tour our beautiful campus, including the new Student & Faculty Support building next to Arts & Education, and enjoy the beautiful view out over the Bay. Location: Meet in front of the Pioneer Bookstore.

 - 3:00-5:00 pm – Pioneer Alumni Social: Go Forth & Be Inspired!  Enjoy delicious appetizers and hear from two inspiring Pioneer Alumni who are taking action to improve lives locally and around the world. Special guests: Shaun Tai ’02 (Distinguished Young Alumnus, Founder and Executive Director at Oakland Digital), and Shakira Niazi, ’93, Founder & President, Salvare La Vita Water.  Wear your Cal State East Bay/Hayward/Alameda State College clothing or come dressed in red, black, and white! At 5 pm, we’ll walk to the gym to help cheer the Pioneers to victory over the Cal State L.A. Golden Eagles.  Sponsored by the Cal State East Bay Alumni Association and proudly hosted by Pioneer Bookstore. Free. Includes photo booth and free tickets to the Pioneer basketball games that evening.  Location: Pioneer Bookstore.

Finance & Big Data Job Panel – Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2016

Oakland Meetup Alumni Mixer – Thursday, Jan. 21, 2016, at Downtown Wine Merchants, Oakland


Careers in the Affordable Housing Industry Job Panel - November 18, 2015 (learn more)

Forever Pioneer Weekend - Cal State East Bay's first fall alumni reunion - November 13 & 14, 2015

     The events included: 

Careers in Science Job Panel - October 21, 2015 (learn more)

2015 Back to College Night in Washington, D.C. - September 16, 2015

Networking Night in Fremont - Tuesday, August 18

Family Day at Stonebrae Classic Golf Tournament - Saturday, July 18

Recent Grads Alumni Mixer - Wednesday, June 24

Industry Job Panel: The Life of an Educator - Wednesday, May 27

Meet the Employers in OaklandTuesday, May 12

5th annual CSUEB Relay for Life - Friday, May 8-Saturday, May 9

Spring STEM Mixer - Tuesday, May 4

College of Business and Economics - Spring Alumni Reception - Thursday, April 30

Alumni mixer in Portland - Tuesday, April 14

Seattle CSU Alumni Reception - Monday, April 13

Pioneer Discovery Tour - Wednesday, March 18

Industry Job Panel: Careers in the Arts and Communication, "Making a Living While Following Your Dream: The Business Side of Being Creative" - Wednesday, March 11

Baseball/Softball doubleheader with exclusive talk by coaches - Saturday, February 28

Pioneer Discovery Tour - Friday, February 27

New York/Tri State - CSU Alumni Reception - February 26

SF Bay Area - CSU Mega-Mixer - February 9

Homecoming 2015, Hayward Campus - Pioneers Go Forth, February 6 and, February 7
Alumni were welcomed back to campus with two days of activities including Friday lunch in the Dining Commons, a Wine & Cheese, and the basketball games. Saturday’s Alumni Social featured delicious appetizers, a photo booth, activities for children, and a chance to meet members of our Alumni Association board of directors. See you next year!

Pioneer Discovery Tour - Friday, January 30

Alameda County Food Bank shift for volunteers - Saturday, January 24

Networking 101: Beyond the Nametag with Dr. William Saleebey (MS '73, Counseling) - Wednesday, January 21, 2015


It's a Wonderful Life (theater performance at CSUEB) - Sunday, December 14

Networking Night in Pleasanton - Tuesday, December 9

Public Affairs & Administration's Health Care Forum - Saturday, December 6

Meetup group at Buffalo Bill's Brewery in Hayward, Friday, November 21

Industry Job Panel: presentation by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, November 19

Volunteer session at Joaquin Miller Park in Oakland, November 8

CSU Hollywood Mega Mixer, November 3, 2014, Madera Kitchen, Hollywood   

Industry Job Panels - Spring 2014
      1) Allied Washington, DC – CSU Back to College Night

September 16, 2015
September 17, 2014

September 18, 2013Health & Biotechnology, April 10
      2) Sustainability & Social Responsibility, April 15
      3) Diversity & the Global Arena, May 13

San Francisco - CSU/CSUEB Networking Mixer - April 9
In conjunction with the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) conference

Industry Job Panels - Winter 2014
      1) Computer Science & Technology, February 11
      2) Hospitality, Recreation & Tourism, March 4
      3) Math, Economics & Statistics, March 13

Hayward – Homecoming 2014 - Rise of the Red & Black, Friday, January 24 and Saturday, January 25
Alumni were welcomed back to campus with two days of activities including campus tours by student leaders, Friday lunch in the Dining Commons, the Greek Life barbecue, the Homecoming Parade, and the basketball games. Saturday’s Alumni Social featured delicious appetizers, music by the student duo Booker Long, a photo booth, activities for children, and a chance to meet two of this year's Alumni Scholarship recipients.

Hayward - Science Festival 2013, Discovery Day at CSUEB, October 26, 2013

Pleasanton: The Bay in Your Backyard, May 30, 2013

Homecoming 2013: ’57 Classic, February 9, 2013

Regional Events - Pioneer Alumni Events Outside the Bay Area

Seattle/Portland, OR

First Alumni Mixer in Portland - April 14, 2015
Seattle CSU Alumni Reception, April 13, 2015
Second Puget Sound Area Alumni Event, September 12, 2013
Seattle: CSU Captain's Reception, July 2, 2013
First Puget Sound Area Alumni Event, September 6, 2012

New York/Tri-State – CSU Alumni Reception

Each year the CSU hosts a system-wide alumni reception in New York for our Tri-State alumni.

March 14, 2016
February 26, 2015
February 27, 2014
March 7, 2013
February 27, 2012
March 3, 2011

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