Class Notes

Breaking news of those breaking new ground. This is where we celebrate noteworthy achievements and life changes of fellow Bruins. Here you can stay in touch, keep up and announce your own Class Note by submitting your story.

Christina Christie, Ph.D. ’01

Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Emily A. Carter announced the appointment of Christina (Tina) Christie, Ph.D. ’01, as Wasserman Dean of the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies (Ed&IS), effective April 1. A UCLA Ed&IS alumna and faculty member, Dr. Christie is professor of education and has served as interim dean of the school […]

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James N. Yamazaki ’39, M.D.

James N. Yamazaki ’39, M.D., who survived the Battle of the Bulge and German POW camps to study the effects of the atomic bombs dropped on Japan and become a professor in the inaugural UCLA Medical School class, passed away March 5 at the age of 104. Born July 6, 1916, in Los Angeles, Yamazaki […]

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Noelle Quinn ’07

Noelle Quinn ’07, the first UCLA men’s or women’s basketball player to total 1,700 points, 700 rebounds and 400 assists for a career, was featured on the “Hey, where’d you go?” podcast. “The goal of my podcast is to showcase what former prep, collegiate and professional athletes are doing today,” said creator/host Collin Kushner. “I […]

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Angela Agrusa ’84

Angela Agrusa ’84, managing partner of DLA Piper’s Los Angeles offices, was named to the Los Angeles Business Journal’s 2021 Women of Influence: Attorneys list, honoring Los Angeles’s most influential women attorneys. The list recognizes lawyers for their “exceptional legal skill and achievement across the full spectrum of responsibility, exemplary leadership as evidenced by the […]

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Sean McKissick, J.D. ’08

Sean McKissick, J.D. ’08, has joined the litigation practice in the Sacramento office of Downey Brand, a prominent law firm that also has offices in San Francisco and Stockton, Calif., as well as Reno, Nev. McKissick brings with him more than ten years of legal experience from his time spent working in Los Angeles, where […]

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Timothy Hsieh, M.S. ’11

Timothy Hsieh, M.S. ’11, will be joining the faculty of the Oklahoma City University School of Law this fall as a full-time, entry-level, tenure-track assistant professor of law, and will most likely be teaching patent law, IP law and antitrust law during the fall and spring. Since January 2019, he has been a patent examiner […]

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Lauren McCarthy, M.F.A. ’11

Lauren McCarthy, M.F.A. ’11, associate professor of design media arts at the UCLA School of the Arts and Architecture, was featured on “The Artian” podcast, where she talked about building intimacy through technology. Whether you’re an early adopter of new tech or a skeptic, listen here. Some quotes from McCarthy from the episode: “A lot […]

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Arvan Chan ’05

Arvan Chan ’05 was honored as Young Global Leader in 2021 by the World Economic Forum. The Forum goes through a rigorous selection process to identify, select and commemorate remarkable leaders under 40 who come from different communities and industries worldwide. These young leaders exemplify what we need most today: hope, empathy, authenticity and the […]

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John Ambrecht ’66, MBA ’68

John Ambrecht ’66, MBA ’68, one of the region’s leading estate planning attorneys, and his accomplished associate attorney, Elizabeth Mackey-Sall, will join the Santa Barbara law firm DT Law Partners. Ambrecht, who joins the downtown law firm as a partner, has more than 30 years of experience in estate planning and estate tax law and […]

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Abraham Tabaie ’05

Abraham A. Tabaie ’05 has been promoted to partner in the Palo Alto office of global law firm Skadden Arps. His law practice focuses on large-scale commercial business litigation, often involving trade secret misappropriation, privacy, and hacking claims, products liability defense and unfair competition litigation. Tabaie practices at the federal and state levels, as well […]

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Ron Enfield ’66

A scene from the story “Hands” by Ron Enfield ’66 will be the finale in this year’s “Healing Voices” performance on May 7 at the McCarter Theatre in Princeton, N.J. The program this year will be virtual, and free to the public. “Healing Voices” dramatizes works of New Jersey writers about caregiving. “Hands” is a […]

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