Humble, definitely. Maybe even a little bashful.
Those words could describe the attitude of many of the recipients of the California State University, Northridge Alumni Association’s 2015 Volunteer Service Awards about receiving their honors. On, Friday, Oct. 23, CSUN will recognize them for their contributions to the university at the 14th-annual awards event at the Hilton Woodland Hills. Fifteen volunteers will receive university awards, and 22 others will be celebrated for their hard work and dedication to the CSUN Alumni Association’s various chapters.
The two highest honors of the afternoon will go to men who have embodied the spirit of giving and devotion to CSUN — David Malone ’81 (Accounting) and former psychology professor Richard Smith.
Malone, chairman of BBCN Bank (the largest Korean-American bank in the U.S.), is this year’s recipient of the Dorothea “Granny” Heitz Award for Outstanding Volunteer Leadership. Named in honor of the woman whose loyalty and school spirit made her a legendary figure on campus, the award has been presented annually since 2002 to alumni or friends who serve the university as outstanding volunteer role models and leaders.
Smith, who taught at CSUN from 1965 to 2003, is this year’s Dean Ed Peckham Award honoree. The Peckham Award is named in honor of the beloved former dean of students and vice president of student affairs, and is given to an emeritus/emerita or retired member of the faculty or staff who is loyal to and supportive of the university.
Malone, a Topanga Canyon resident, began mentoring CSUN students shortly after graduating in 1981 and has continued to be an influential figure to students, speaking in CSUN classrooms and events about his real-world experience as a Matador-turned-leader in the financial industry. Since 2009, he has served on the David Nazarian College of Business and Economics Advisory Board, currently serving as its chair. He recently served as executive-in-residence for the Nazarian College. David and his wife, Cindi, are also donors to the Nazarian College. He has served on the CSUN Foundation Board since 2013 and actively participates
in the board’s development committee.
Always a strong advocate for planned giving, Malone recently became chair of the university’s Heritage Society Steering Committee. Through this role, he has been instrumental in vocalizing the importance of planned giving — by setting an example with a significant planned gift, as well as advocating that other volunteer leaders do the same.
Malone said he has remained loyal to CSUN because of what the school did for him when he was a student. He recalled the care and attention given to him by his professors and how it made him immediately ready for his professional career.
“From my own personal experience, CSUN is where dreams come true,” Malone said. “I remember attending CSUN and walking through the hallways, wondering what life would be like when I graduated. CSUN provided me the best, fundamentally sound accounting education anyone could get.”
Smith first stepped onto the campus 50 years as a psychology professor. He was named CSUN’s 1991–92 Professor of the Year and is a two-time CSUN Distinguished Faculty Award winner. He was nominated twice by his students for the biannual book Who’s Who Among American Teachers and was twice the recipient of the CSUN Student Ambassadors’ Polished Apple Award. After suffering a stroke in January 1998, Smith made an inspirational return to teaching for the ’98 fall semester.
Smith underwrites the twice-annual Richard W. Smith Lecture in Cultural Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences. His gift enables students, faculty and donors to participate in the event, which features prominent, compelling, timely published scholars who speak on a variety of current topics and address compelling societal phenomena. He also established the Richard W. Smith Endowment for Cultural Studies in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences to expand the study of indigenous cultures. The endowment also includes the Richard W. Smith Professor in Cultural Studies and the Richard W. Smith Student Awards in Cultural Studies.
Smith, 81, a resident of Northridge, said he was surprised when he was told that he would receive the Peckham Award.
“I love CSUN,” he said. “It’s hard to not love it.”
The 2015 University VSA recipients are:
Dorothy “Dotty” Weisinger – Arts Council
Steve Gale – Associated Students
Jill Fager ’63, M.A. ’72 and Dick Fager ’62 – Athletics
Pradip and Rekha Choksi – College of Engineering and Computer Science
Joanie Lebowitz ’75 – College of Health and Human Development
Deane Leavenworth – College of Social and Behavioral Sciences
Eric Bossuk ’80 – David Nazarian College of Business and Economics
Rita Streimer – Delmar T. Oviatt Library
Cindy Chernow ’78, M.A. ’91 – Michael D. Eisner College of Education
Ravi K. Sawhney ’78 – Mike Curb College of Arts, Media, and Communication
Ronald Clouse ’71, M.A. ’73 – Student Affairs
Ivan Axelrod ’72 – University Advancement
Marla Lefton ’83 – Valley Performing Arts Center
The 2015 Alumni Chapter VSA recipients are:
Adilene Delgado ’15 – Accounting and Management Information Systems (AIS) Chapter
Annette Terzibashyan Kosker ’86 – Alumni and Friends of Armenian Studies Program
David Bobrosky ’95 – Attorney Networking Group
Ani Issaian ’93, M.S. ’95 – Biology Alumni Chapter
Roxanne Jones ’92 – Black Alumni Association
Spencer Bakst ’13 – Business Honors Alumni Chapter
Peri Abel ’93 – Child and Adolescent Development Alumni Chapter
Amalia Hernandez M.S. ’11 and Ursula Hernandez – Communication Disorders & Sciences Alumni Chapter
Doris Chaney ’03, M.S. ’08 – Engineering and Computer Science Alumni Chapter
Nicki Katz ’11 – Entertainment Alumni Network
Angelo Bellomo M.S. ’81 – Environmental and Occupational Health Alumni Chapter
Ben Gary ’06 – Finance, Insurance and Real Estate (F.I.R.E.) Alumni Chapter
Joseph Nessim ’05, M.S. ’10 – Health Administration Alumni Chapter
Rochelle Shapiro Kanoff ’80 – Journalism Alumni Association
Christina Ayala-Alcantar – La Raza Alumni Chapter
Semee Park M.P.A. ’13 – Masters in Public Administration (M.P.A.) Alumni Chapter
Jennifer Monjack M.S.W. ’07 – Masters in Social Work (M.S.W.) Alumni Chapter
Robert Sidansky M.A. ’80 – National Center on Deafness (NCOD) Alumni Chapter
George Higgins ’06, ’13 – Nursing Alumni Chapter
Carla Valdez M.P.H. ’08 – Public Health Alumni Chapter
Doris Abrishami ’97, M.A. ’13 – Radiologic Sciences Alumni Chapter