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Alumni Reunion and 30 Year Anniversary of the Professional Studies Program

It was awesome to see those who came and to have a chance to honor people who have been such a key part of this program’s ongoing success, including founders Dr. Deb Cash and Dr. Don Stannard-Friel and faculty members Dr. Lillian Barden, Dyanne Ladine, and Ralph Barsi. Dr. Patrick Arbore deserves more than I can possibly say about him, too; unfortunately, he was unable to be there. Moreover, it was an absolute honor and privilege to get to tell the crowd how much this program has depending on Judy King’s care and expertise, how many students have made it through to graduation and beyond because of her time and attention. Judy is amazing.

Dr. Lillian Barden, Judy King, Ralph Barsi
Judy King with former commencement speaker (and PSP alum) Genna Armanini and Mike Adam. I’ll never forget my middle-of-the-night email exchange with Genna, when she asked if there was a graduation for evening students. When I reassured her that of course they graduated with everyone else, she cried in anticipation of that future day. When the day arrived, who would have imagined that all of the eligible students who auditioned to be speaker, Genna would be the one. She did a great job, too!
Lovely Mona with her darling four month old daughter came up from our Mission campus to hear the reunion speaker, Human Services grad Dr. Rick Reed! (I had the pleasure of holding the baby so that mom could hear the speech; she’s delightful, full of smiles.) So glad you both came!

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