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Cal State Fullerton Honors Distinguished and Honorary Alumni

2014 Vision and Visionaries Celebration

Jan. 31, 2014

As exemplary Titan alumni and supporters, four top leaders in their fields will be honored Thursday, Feb. 13, during Cal State Fullerton's Vision & Visionaries dinner and celebration. The Vision & Visionaries Award is the highest honor that the Cal State Fullerton bestows on alumni.

While the evening showcases the extraordinary achievements of distinguished CSUF alumni and community honorees, it also will feature musical entertainment provided by alumna Erin McNally '02 (B.A. theatre arts).

Prior to the evening event, honorees will discuss "What CSUF Did For Me" with students from 10 to 11 a.m. in the Titan Theater of CSUF's Titan Student Union.

This year's honorees are:

Darrell F. Jodoin '85 (B.S. engineering-mechanical), director of design and engineering for the Disneyland Resort and a member of the College of Engineering and Computer Science's College Leadership Council, will receive the V&V Distinguished Alumni Award.

Working with a team of 90 engineers, computer scientists, designers and technicians, Jodoin helped develop the ride system for the award-winning Mission: SPACE in EPCOT at Walt Disney World Orlando. He leads industry boards and helped secure grant funding from Disneyland Resort to support senior design and collegiate design projects for CSUF's School of Engineering and Computer Science.

Honored as 1985 Student of the Year by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, Jodoin was a student chapter leader of the organization while attending Cal State Fullerton. He was honored as a Mechanical Engineering Distinguished Alumnus in 2004 and was named one of CSUF's 50 Prominent Alumni in celebration of the institution's 50th anniversary.

Joseph G. Cervantes, parent of a current CSUF student and an active member of the Mihaylo College of Business and Economics Executive Council and Board of Directors, will receive the V&V Honorary Alumnus Award.

Cervantes was introduced to Cal State Fullerton when his daughter, Adrianna, received a generous softball scholarship to CSUF and served as an intern with Mihaylo College. His son, Nicholas, now continues the tradition as a Titan student.

Under Cervantes' leadership, the Mihaylo College Golf Classic raised more than $100,000 for student scholarships. He worked for HealthWest and oversaw the expansion of the La Palma Hospital Child Care Center. While with R.D. Olson Construction, he oversaw renovation projects, including the Disneyland Hotel, Ojai Valley Inn and Country Club and the Marriott Food Court at John Wayne Airport.

Daniel K. Huckabay '03 (B.A. business administration-finance), president of Commercial Surety Bond Agency and the 2003 recipient of the Mihaylo College Executive Council Outstanding Student Award will receive the V&V Recent Graduate Achievement Award.

A summa cum laude honors graduate, Huckabay has spent the last 10 years creating opportunities and providing support to the next generation of business leaders through his giving and mentorship. As a member of Mihaylo College's Executive Council, in 2012 he proposed a discounted membership level open to 35 business professionals who are under 35 years of age.

A member of the board of directors for the Engineering Contractors Association, Huckabay is a supporter and mentor at Orangewood Foundation and Taller San Jose. He has donated to student scholarship funds and participated in the college's Professor for a Day program.

Julie Miller-Phipps '83 (B.A. sociology), chief executive for the Kaiser Permanente Health Plan and Hospital Operations in Orange County and member of the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation's board of governors will receive the V&V Distinguished Alumni Award.

A member of CSUF's College of Health and Human Development's Nursing Advisory Board, Miller-Phipps helped secure a $300,000 Kaiser Permanente grant for the on-campus Nursing Simulation Lab. She was a member of the CSUF Front & Center Blue Ribbon Committee and the Women of Distinction Leadership Council.

Chair of the Girl Scout Council of Orange County's Board of Directors and a member of the board of directors and executive committee for the Orange County Business Council, Miller-Phipps was recognized in 2012 by the Orange County Register as one of 14 Game Changers for her significant contributions to the county's business landscape and honored by the Orange County Business Journal in 2009 as one of the county's Hot 25 Women In Business.

Additional information about Vision & Visionaries is available online or from Alumni Relations at 657-278-2586, or by email to

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