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June Kim ’65

Born in the small town of Tulelake, Calif, June Kim started her adventurous life in an internment camp. Who would have known that the young woman who worked on her father’s chicken farm and her cousin’s vegetable farm was going to turn into a globe trotter and one of UCLA’s most devoted alumni? When she […]

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Matthew Manos ’10

Matthew Manos ’10 originally thought that getting into UCLA would be a longshot, but after being accepted he committed all of his efforts to making the most of his college experience. He was inspired by several professors to pursue a major and career in design and, while excelling in the classroom, also began to work […]

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Jackie Lopez ᾿04

Jackie Lopez ᾿04 has a lifelong love of dance. Her passion for the arts would eventually pave the way to UCLA, yet this dancer, choreographer and educator, who is deeply involved in creating opportunities for others, almost didn’t attend college. Growing up in Echo Park, money was tight, and at age 16 Lopez started working […]

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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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