Investing in the Future

Investing in the Future

Susan De Pietro, RN, MN, JD, leads call for alumni involvement

President's Associates

The following individuals have given annual gifts of at least $1,000. We salute their investment and invite you to join in supporting Cal State L.A. by making a gift online or calling (323) 343-4866.

  • William Bamattre ‘86
  • Amir Barour and Faraneh Azizian
  • James A. Bell ‘97
  • Gary ‘61, ‘65 & Shirley Best
  • Kyle C. Button
  • Herbert L. Carter
  • Susan & Lane Cash
  • Monica Chew ‘04
  • Geneva Aleece Clymer ‘62
  • Dennis & Susan ‘71 De Pietro
  • William J. Dermody ‘71, ‘74
  • Jaffe Dickerson
  • Benjamin Figueroa ‘85
  • Ramon Garcia ‘71
  • Art M ‘80 & Lillian ‘96 Gastelum
  • The Gillett Family
  • Ernest E. Guerra ‘80
  • Wyatt D. Haupt ‘64
  • Harry S. Hong
  • Victor King
  • Darlene Kuba-Fujioka ‘77, ‘78
  • Dal H. Lee
  • Ronald W. Lee ‘68
  • Ethan B. Lipton ‘76, ‘83 & Janet Lent
  • Fred Lopez ‘83
  • Gary J. Matus ‘69
  • Thomas V. McKernan ‘78, ‘85
  • David ‘67, ‘76 & Rosemary ‘70 McNutt
  • Josephine M. Olea ‘78
  • Charles H. Palmer ‘53, ‘60
  • George A. Pardon
  • Ann Park ‘78
  • Pamela Angerer Payne ‘81, ‘91, ‘95
  • Philip J. Quigley ‘67
  • Collette Rocha
  • Timothy Wayne Rogers ‘82
  •  Anthony R. Ross & Laverne White
  • Antonio Salcido Jr.
  • A Sami Siddiqui ‘76
  • Albert Taffoni ‘60
  • Jeffrey A. Tipton
  • Dale Trejo ‘96, ‘02
  • Michael William Vanni ‘65
  • Gilbert Vasquez ‘64
  • Elizabeth Wheeler ‘81
  • Tony Wong ‘69, ‘74
  • Wilbert Woo ‘70, ‘77
  • William Jih-Shen Yang ‘58
  • Donald J. Zuk ‘61
Susan de Pietro

If there is one thing Susan De Pietro ‘71, the President of the Alumni Association, knows well, it's how to find her way around a college campus.

That’s because the Cal State L.A. alumna and part-time professor has spent nearly half of her life on or around a university. In her quest toward careers in nursing, law and education, De Pietro earned three degrees, three alma maters - California State University, Los Angeles; University of California, Los Angeles; and Loyola Marymount University Law School - and an array of university memorabilia.

De Pietro says that her loyalty over the years, though, has largely stayed with the hilltop campus that gave her a start: Cal State L.A.

“This campus is really a hidden gem,” De Pietro said. “The people here are committed; committed to education, committed to making a difference.”

And as a result, De Pietro said she has found herself not only wanting to stay involved with the campus, but sitting at the hub of many alumni activities and outreach efforts for the last decade.

Since returning to the University as a part-time nursing faculty member in 1996, she has been a charter member of the Alumni Association’s Nursing Chapter and the President of the Alumni Association. She is also a life member of the Alumni Association, a donor to the Alumni Association’s scholarship fund, and a member of the President’s Associates, which supports the President’s Scholars Program and other University goals.

Her involvement with the University has enabled De Pietro to have a profound impact on the surrounding communities – where many of the University’s students come from – and the future, she said. She has also kindled countless friendships and established numerous career contacts with fellow alumni.

“It’s been a lot of fun,” she said. “The campus is small and the need is great, so you can really feel like you are making a difference in a real way here. … Alumni can offer students so much in the way of guidance, financial support and mentoring.”

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