At our recent Forever Pioneer weekend, we celebrated the accomplishments and lives of our four 2016 Distinguished Alumni Awards recipients. In front of a ballroom full of friends, family, and Pioneers, these alumni representing each of the colleges were honored: Mr. Atul Dhablania — CBE; Dr. Kelly Bowers — CEAS; Mr. Glenn Henry — COS; and the Honorable Nancy O’Malley — CLASS. What a pleasure to hear the stories of how they got to where they are today and how their experience at CSU East Bay influenced or impacted their lives.
While their career paths are very distinct, a pattern emerged during the selection process of shared characteristics. All four have the Pioneer work ethic, courage to take risks and the ability to see the possibilities in life. The Honorable Nancy O’Malley, District Attorney of Alameda County, shared how her professors “prepared me for the job I have now,” providing inspiration and opening her mind to new theories. Similarly, Dr. Kelly Bowers, Superintendent of the Livermore Valley Joint Unified School District, explained that she would not have become a principal if she hadn’t gotten her credential and master’s degree. Of her experience at Cal State East Bay, she said it changed her life and “opened up a whole new world of opportunities for me as an administrator.”
Mr. Glenn Henry, co-founder Centaur Technology, shared that the professors at Cal State East Bay wanted him to do well. He said it was through their support that he was able to apply for and receive a grant from UCLA and gain entrée to companies that enhanced his learning and growth leading to an extremely fruitful career. Participating in the Transglobal Executive MBA program allowed Dell SonicWALL Vice President of Hardware Engineering, Mr. Dhablania to grow from being an engineer of 15 years, into taking on a leadership role. His message was heartfelt and wise advice: “It’s not about the technical aspect, it’s not about the tactical aspect, it’s about how you motivate people.” He has become an inspirational leader and says he owes it all to his education at Cal State East Bay. These four alumni have transformed their lives and are a credit to the faculty who inspired them inside and outside the classroom.
Back on campus, our final Fall 2016 enrollment numbers have been determined, with 15,855 students in classes. This is Cal State East Bay’s largest number of enrolled students ever, with 13,340 undergraduates—also a record breaking number. We are excited and proud that so many see Cal State East Bay as the university of choice with a faculty and staff committed to providing the highest quality academic experience for them. Our students recognize our distinguished alumni as exemplary role models who represent the best of what they might one day achieve.
What a great time to be a Pioneer!