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First Annual Human Development Alumni Day
On April 20, 2015, Human Development faculty and the Human Development Student Association hosted the First Annual Human Development Alumni Day. The events of the day highlighted the accomplishments of HDEV alumni and provided opportunties for current students to network, ask questions of alumni, and see a wide range of career possibilities. The events included:

      • First Annual Alumni Talk: “What You Do After School: Extracurricular Activity Impacts on Educational Attainment” by Megan Waechter-McMillan
      • Alumni Panel Discussion: The panel discussed their current careers and how their degress in Human Development influenced their career choices and professional experiences. Panelists included Robyn Ames-Woodyard, Christine Franks, Stacia Hanley, Shara Loy, Emily Sander, and Megan Waechter-McMillan.
      • Alumni Reception: Current students had the opportunity to network with alumni and faculty while enjoying refreshments.
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Dr. Christine El Ouardani introduces the panel of HDEV alumni. Dr. Pamela Roberts presents Dr. Van Giffen with an award honoring her contributions as HDEV faculty.
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Human Development students and faculty attended the Alumni panel. Alumni Day reception with Frosted cupcakes from HDEV Alumna Stacia Hanley.



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There are many opportunities for alumni to get involved with the department. If you live in the Long Beach area you can host a practicum student (HDEV 470) at your place of employment. As alumni of our department, we believe that you have valuable experiences to share with our current undergraduate students.

HDEV Alumni
Bell City CouncilGraduated from CSULB with B.A. in Human Development: 2012

Current Position: Bell Gardens City Councilmember

Allison EwingAllison Ewing's picture

Graduated from CSULB with B.A. in Human Development: 2004
Additional Education: Masters in Family Studies and Human Development from the University of Arizona in 2006. Currently completing doctoral degree at University of Arizona.
Current Position: Part-time research assistant and undergraduate academic advisor at the University of Arizona.
How Human Development influenced career path: My undergraduate degree gave me a great background in Human Development. The opportunities the program gave me (e.g., my research internship) helped me get into and be prepared for grad school. My courses challenged me and gave me a great base of knowledge for my future studies.
Advice for current students: Get involved in the program! Join the student association, seek out additional opportunities to work with faculty or on projects, and do an internship you’re really interested in.

Dustin WareDustin Ware's picture

Graduated from CSULB with B.A. in Human Development: 2003
Additional Education: Emergency Medical Technician certification in 2003. Currently completing a Masters of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (anticipated graduation date of August 2007).
Current Position: Full time student with barely enough time to sleep
How Human Development influenced career path: My degree in Human Development at Long Beach prepared me in many ways for where I am today. First, the education I received at Long Beach gave me a broad knowledge base. Second, my knowledge of different cultures, classes, and ages increased; catapulting my knowledge and understanding of people.
Advice for current students: My only advice is that a degree in Human Development at Long Beach can apply towards a wide array of occupations; from teaching to medicine or pharmaceutical sales to Human Resources. Whatever your future endeavors may be, a solid background in Human Development studies will only help you. I found out during my senior year at Long Beach that I liked medicine, so here I am today finishing up my Masters in Physician Assistant Studies.

Denver Eriguel Nino

Graduated from CSULB with B.A. in Human Development: 2005
Additional Education Currently obtaining a Master of Arts degree in Occupational Therapy at the University of Southern California (anticipated graduation date of Spring 2007).
Current Position: Graduate student studying various therapeutic modalities or techniques that allow patients who have been affected by a debilitating disease or disability to be more independent and to function as productive members in society.
How Human Development influenced career path: Human Development has greatly affected my studies at USC. It has prepared me through its various psychology, sociology, anthropology, and especially research methods classes (core subjects needed in the program). My training in Human Development has also allowed me to be more aware of the various cultures, beliefs, traditions and ways of life that must always be taken into consideration when providing health care to patients.
Advice for current students: I recommend that all Human Development Majors (THE BEST MAJOR AT CSULB!) take advantage of what CSULB and especially the department has to offer. Be involved in the forums, HDEV meetings, speakers, the honor society, bake sales, and fundraising events because it not only helps you get the most up to date information regarding your major and to meet other HDEV majors, but allows us as HDEV majors to show and prove to others that this major is a professional program that prides itself on allowing various academic disciplines to teach us about the world as a whole. Furthermore, being proactive allows us to increase the credibility of this major, teaching people that HUMAN DEVELOPMENT is not human resources but a part of the behavioral sciences aimed at a multi disciplinary approach.