Dean's Invited Guests
At the invitation of Kathleen Rountree, dean of the College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences, a variety of distinguished visitors are being invited to the Cal State East Bay campus to speak to students in various classes, and meet with faculty, administrators, and the Dean. The guests are encouraged to talk about their journey of life and leadership, the value of education, civic engagement, and personal achievement.
Howard Jordan, MPA '06, Oakland Chief of Police
Alumus Howard Jordan, MPA '06, and now Chief of Police for the City of Oakland, returned to campus to share real-life experiences with students in the Criminal Justice Administration "Community Corrections" class.
In addition to the value of education, Jordan spoke of the hard work, commitment, mental preparation, ethics, and character he looks for in those he hires.
He exuded love for his career, while making it obvious that it wasn't luck, but hard work – and a routine of 12-14-hour days – that got him to where he is.
– April 2012
Beverly Tucker, friend of Human Development & Women's Studies
Beverly Tucker has pooled her own gifts, with those from family and friends, to support the CSUEB Department of Human Development and Women's Studies.
The first person in her family to attend college, she earned a bachelor's degree while working both full-time and part-time jobs, and took the bar exam just five days after delivering her son.
She became acquainted with CSUEB a decade ago when her adult brother took advantage of the University's flexible hours and moderate cost, to earn a degree.
Tucker, who retired after 19 years as chief council for the California Teachers Association and a member of the Northern California American Civil Liberities Union Board of Directors, shared her insights with students in the HDWS course, "Women Work and Family Life."
- February 2012
Rich Cline, president Voce Communications
Rich Cline, who received a bachelor of arts in mass communication, broadcasting sequence, in 1995 and is now president of Voce Communications - the company he co-founded in 1999, shared his insight with advertising and public relation students from the Department of Communication.
Voce has been a guiding voice behind some of the world’s leading brands including Google, Yahoo!, eBay, NetApp, Bell Sports, Intel, Playstation, Dolby, Discovery Channel, Unisys and many others.
Cline has been involved in the public relations and communications industry for nearly two decades. During this span he has acted as speech writer for CEOs, chief message architect for dozens of emerging enterprises and investor relations liaison to some of the great Silicon Valley brands.
– May 2011
Diane Urban, San Jose Acting Assistant Police Chief
Diane Urban, who received a BS in Criminal Justice Administration in 1985 from CSUEB and is Acting Assistant Chief of the San Jose Police Department – the highest-ranking woman in that department, spoke at the first Criminal Justice Administration Graduation Reception in spring 2011.
Urban was hired by the SJPD in 1986. She’s worked everything from patrol to the Intelligence, to Special Operations, and M.E.R.G.E. (SWAT), where she was a sniper. She was promoted to Sergeant in 1993, Lieutenant in 2000, Captain in 2004, and Deputy Chief in 2010.
She earned her Masters in Criminal Justice from Boston University and graduated from the Senior Management Institute for Police and the West Point Leadership Program.
– May 2011
UPDATE - AUGUST 2011: Congratulations to Ms. Urban on her selection as Chief of Police for the City of Hayward.
Provost Jim Houpis
James Houpis, who holds a bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences, a master’s degree in biology, and a doctorate in forest science, spoke on sustainable resource management to a Department Geography and Environmental Studies class.
Houpis was named University provost and vice president of academic affairs at CSUEB in January 2010. Previously, he was dean of the College of Natural Sciences at California State University, Chico, and before that, dean and professor of geological and environmental sciences there, and had been director of the university's Bidwell Environmental Institute.
– February 2011
Evelyn S. Dilsaver
Evelyn S. Dilsaver, a member of the CSUEB Education Foundation, spoke to a freshman World Civilizations class in the History Department about the life experiences that led to her many honors, including being named to the San Francisco Business Times’, “100 Most Influential Women” list four years in a row.
Alumna Dilsaver rose from a Certified Public Accountant to president and CEO of Charles Schwab Investment Management. She chaired the Women's Initiative Board, a non-profit organization that helps lower income women become economically independent, received the 2003 Filipinas Magazine Corporate Award, has been a Stanford Senior Executive Program guest lecturer for 10 years, and is a frequent leadership conference speaker.
– February 2011