CSUF News Service
Alum Sees 'Concert Under the Stars' as a Chance to Reconnect
Sept. 10, 2013
Alumnus Gary Green chairs the Concert Under the Stars Community Committee
When Gary Green returns to campus Sept. 21 for this year's Concert Under the Stars, he will be hosting a table of his fellow co-workers and CSUF alumni during the open-air dining, musical entertainment and fireworks spectacular.
"Many of them have never returned to the campus since they graduated," the executive vice president and manager of California Bank and Trust explained. "I hope that this event changes that for many."
The 1980 graduate (B.A. business administration-finance), who is chairing the Concert Under the Stars Community Committee, believes that the event — on hiatus since 2010, due to budget constraints — will be a coming home for many alumni who have not been in touch with their alma mater, as well as a reintroduction of the campus to the Orange County community.
Entertaining concert-goers that evening will be the University's popular performing troupe The Preeminents, as well as alumni who have performed on Broadway and television, at the Hollywood Bowl and with national touring productions. They include: Brooke Aston, Emily Mitchell, Erin McNally, Jennifer Hubilla, Kate Peters, Louis Pardo, Brad Standley and Kirsten Vangsness, who plays technophile Penelope Garcia on the CBS hit series "Criminal Minds."
The event is returning as a signature fundraising event for the campus, with all funds raised going to the University's eight colleges. "I believe that that will resonate with people," said Green.
"It's a chance for us to see the campus again and to share it with our kids. This event is like a taste of Cal State Fullerton ... a good way to see what the students can do," he added.
Concert Under Stars festivities begin at 5 p.m. with the concert at 8 p.m. on the lawn north of Titan Gymnasium. The program concludes with a fireworks display.
Individual seats range from $25 to $300. Attendees can reserve seats or tables online.
Free lawn seating also is available, thanks to underwriting by Kaiser Permanente and SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union.
Attendees may bring their own picnic dinners and beverages. Food and drink can be purchased from food trucks at the event in the exhibits and concessions area. No outside alcoholic beverages are permitted on campus.