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David Zuckerman ’84

From his early backyard dramas to his hit television shows, David Zuckerman is a storyteller. The television writer and showrunner is best known for shows like “King of the Hill,” “Family Guy” and “Wilfred.” He is currently considering his next project and taking time to give back to young writers. He was kind enough to […]

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David Ryu ’99

In May 2015, when David Ryu ’99 was elected to the Los Angeles City Council to represent District 4, he became the first Korean American to hold a council seat in Los Angeles. His journey to this position began with his childhood near Los Feliz, Calif. After getting accepted to UCLA, Ryu’s parents encouraged him […]

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Jennifer Colegrove

As travelers boarded a plane in Los Angeles bound for San Francisco, one of the flight attendants spotted a well-known face among them. After takeoff, she made her way forward from her jump-seat at the back of the plane to say hello. In a true “small world” moment, the familiar passenger was UCLA Chancellor Gene […]

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Adam Harmetz ’05

My Alumni Scholarship was one of the reasons I chose UCLA. It let me know that the community wanted me to attend UCLA, and I was more than just a number. Once I got to UCLA, the scholarship was also an opportunity to meet people. My decision to give back to UCLA was not because […]

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Adam Sterling ’06

Adam Sterling ’06 founded the Sudan Divestment Task Force to help seek justice for the victims of the ongoing genocide in Darfur. Adam’s efforts are featured in the newly released Darfur Now, a film capturing the achievements and struggles of six individuals fighting to bring an end to the genocide. 1. Explain the current situation […]

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Adrien Sebro ’12

As a former foster youth, Adrien Sebro overcame many hurdles to make it to college and succeed at UCLA. Now, while in pursuit of his Ph.D., he dedicates his time inspiring foster youth to look beyond their turbulent past and be uplifted by a promising, limitless future. Why did you choose UCLA? School has always […]

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Aegean Chan ’06

Living healthy and preserving your youthful appearance is an important issue for millennials. Aegean Chan ’06 is no different. As a dermatologist, she’s helped many people combat skin diseases and other harmful agents affecting the skin. But she feels her most important calling is to educate others on real preventative skin care. Q: Why did […]

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Aida Cardenas ’96

As executive director of Building Skills Partnership (BSP), Aida Cardenas ’96 leads a unique training collaboration between the janitors’ union (Service Employees International Union-United Service Workers West or SEIU-USWW), responsible businesses, and the community to advance the skills and opportunities of low-wage building service workers across California. Cardenas is herself a daughter of Mexican immigrant […]

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Albert Aubin, Ed.D. ’71

For nearly half of UCLA’s existence, Albert Aubin has been a service provider and influential member of the campus community. He began working for UCLA in 1967, while working on his doctorate in education, and later joined what is now the Career Center in 1981. He quickly became a creative force in the Center’s programming, […]

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Alex Gibney

Bruin Alex Gibney’s acclaimed documentary Taxi to the Dark Side came out on top at the 80th Academy Awards on Feb. 24, winning the Oscar in the Documentary Feature category. The film tracks the Bush administration’s alleged use of illegal detainment and torture in prison camps. The documentary opens with the mysterious murder of a […]

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Alex Spilger ’03

Green building consultant, KEMA Green used to be just a color. Now it’s also a lifestyle. As a green building consultant for KEMA, Alex Spilger ’03 explains how a trip to Costa Rica led him to make a living out of protecting the environment. What is KEMA?KEMA is an international energy consulting firm with specializations […]

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