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Class Notes

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This is where we celebrate noteworthy achievements and life changes of fellow Bruins.
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VC Powe ’75, MBA ’77, Cert. ’90

VC Powe ’75, MBA ’77, Cert. ’90, a beloved UCLA staff member for three decades, including the last 22 at the Luskin School of Public Affairs, passed away Sept. 16. She was 66. Powe began her UCLA career at Alumni Affairs in 1990, moving to the Luskin School in 1998, serving in a variety of […]

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Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Ph.D. ’01

Juan Sánchez Muñoz, Ph.D. ’01, a first-generation college student who served in the U.S. Marine Corps, began his post as UC Merced’s fourth chancellor on July 6, having most recently served as president of the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD). Before earning his Ph.D. in Education, Dr. Muñoz received a B.A. from UC Santa Barbara and […]

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Angela Wandinger-Ness, Ph.D. ’85

Angela Wandinger-Ness, Ph.D. ’85, has been honored with a 2019 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring, the White House announced this week. Wandinger-Ness earned her doctorate from the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, where she received her first training and award in teaching and education as a first-year teaching assistant.

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Leezel Tanglao, M.A. ’10

The COVID-19 task force for the Filipino Young Leaders Program (FYLPRO), chaired by Leezel Tanglao, M.A. ’10, has received a Booz Allen foundation grant to build a virtual help desk tailored for Filipinos during COVID19. The platform launched this week and their pilot city, Los Angeles. Tanglao received her bachelor’s degree from Loyola Marymount University, […]

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Keiko Price ’01

Keiko Price ’01 has been appointed assistant vice president of campus life and Clyde Partin, Sr., director of athletics at Emory University. In her new role, Price will oversee an intercollegiate athletics program and will also be responsible for recreation and wellness programs. In December, she will begin the transition into the position, to which […]

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Cinthia N. Flores ’10

UCLA Alumni Association board member Cinthia N. Flores ’10 one of the featured authors in the newly released book “Hispanic Stars Rising: The New Face of Power.” The book features more than 90 stories of Latinx leaders of diverse backgrounds chronicling their experiences, challenges and ongoing contributions to the United States. A political science major […]

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Jeremy Evans ’05

Jeremy M. Evans ’05, founder, chief entrepreneurial officer and managing attorney for California Sports Lawyer, was recently featured in Vanguard Law Magazine. Evans earned master of laws and master of business administration degrees at Pepperdine; he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science. Read a previous class note here.

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Jane Fujishige Yada ’88

Segerstrom Center for the Arts has announced that Jane Fujishige Yada ’88, Manager, Harbor Field Holdings, L.L.C., has been elected to serve as the Center’s new board chair beginning July 1, 2021. Yada is an Orange County, Calif., businesswoman and philanthropist whose family interests have played a significant role in the growth and development of […]

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Leisy J. Abrego, M.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’08

Duke University has published “We Are Not Dreamers: Undocumented Scholars Theorize Undocumented Life in the United States,” co-edited by Leisy J. Abrego, M.A. ’02, Ph.D. ’08. The contributors to the book—who are themselves currently or formerly undocumented—call for the elimination of the Dreamer narrative, showing how it establishes high expectations for who deserves citizenship and […]

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Jesse Melgar ’09

Jesse Melgar ’09, who had been acting as California Governor Gavin Newsom’s press secretary over the past year and throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, has officially been promoted to oversee the press office, strategy and operations. Melgar had previously served as Deputy Director of Media and Public Affairs from the beginning of the Newsom administration. He […]

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James Poss ’14

A ski boot bag produced by Switch Designs, founded by James Poss ’14, has been featured on the Bloomberg Pursuits website. The award-winning bag can function as both a backpack and a slim tote/duffle bag. With just one reversible buckle, the bag instantly changes form to pair with other luggage, fit into airplane overhead bins, […]

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