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Alumni of the Year Award Nomination

Geological Sciences Alumni of the Year Award    

It’s that time of year again.  C.S.U.F. Geology is pleased to announce that the 2017 nominations for Geological Sciences Alumni of the Year Award are open now.  Nominations are open to any alumnus of the department.  If you or your friends know of any outstanding alumni please take the time to fill out the attached form and return to the department by February 15, 2017 at 5:00 pm.   We will announce the awardee in the spring and will be highlighting their career and accomplishments at our Spring Research Day.

Instructions for Nominator: Using the nomination form, please use the following criteria. 


Criteria: Nominee must:

  • Be a Cal State Fullerton Department of Geological Sciences alum, holding a degree in Geology, Environmental Studies or Earth Sciences.

  • Demonstrate distinguished and outstanding contributions in industry, academia, and society, as well as those individuals who have had a significant impact on the lives and education of our students.

Nomination Procedure: Submit nomination and completed biographical data form to the chair by February 17, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. Self-nomination accepted.

The accepted nominee will be invited back for our Spring Research Day, Friday, April 26, 2017, at the Fullerton Arboretum, where he/she will be presented with a plaque and honored as our Department’s Alumni of the Year 2017!

Download Nomination Form


Nomination/Criteria questions - contact Rich Laton at 657-278-7514 or

Administrative questions – contact Leslie Hargrove at 657-278-4369 or 


2016 Alumni of the Year - Anna Garcia

About Anna Garcia

AnnaGarciaAnna is a terrific example of a life-long geology student. She is a frequent attendee at professional meetings and workshops. She is an annual attendee and frequent presenter at the Desert Symposium held at the CSUF Desert Studies Center at Zzyzx. 

She is also secretary of the newly formed High Desert Mineralogical Society along with a number of other professional organizations. Anna frequently participates in programs at the K-12 level promoting math and science to women's and Hispanic groups. 

Her frequent visits to the geology department results in interaction with, and encouragement of, undergraduate students. Anna has also indirectly benefitted students by her consistent, generous donations to the Department over the last 20 years. 

Simply put, Anna Garcia is a role model for all CSUF students and is deserving of the Geological Sciences Alumni of the Year Award. 

Your professional accomplishments and personal commitment to the CSUF Department of Geological Sciences, is a testament to the CSUF community and to the value of a CSUF education. 

2016 Fall Alumni Dinner

Fourth Annual Fall Alumni Dinner

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2015 Alumni of the Year - Kay Pitts

About Kay Pitts

kaypitts258Kay graduated from C.S.U.F. with an Earth Science B.A. in 1977 and later earned an M.S. in Geology from U.S.C. Since 1980, Kay has worked in the oil industry for Getty, Texaco, Bechtel Petroleum, and from 1998 until her recent retirement (2014) at Aera Energy in Bakersfield. Her positions at Aera spanned the breadth of hydrocarbon science and management, from reservoir management to project manager to business solutions program manager. She has been a highly respected leader in the management and production of hydrocarbons in the Bakersfield area for 1.5 decades.

Kay has been extremely involved in the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (A.A.P.G.) leadership at regional and national levels. She has held nearly every leadership position in national and Pacific Section A.A.P.G. Kay received several awards for work at A.A.P.G. and in the Bakersfield region, including A.A.P.G. Honorary Membership, Pacific Section A.A.P.G. life membership and Distinguished Member, A.A.P.G. Certificate of Merit, Bakersfield Rotary Club President's Award. Kay has been a strong supporter of women in industry and science and has achieved several honors and positions for these efforts.

Kay is an ardent supporter of our department. She spent two days on campus evaluating our program and ultimately helped write a report that already is helping to guide our department's future in developing students for industry careers and potential involvement in extra-curricular activities.

Kay is an outstanding and distinguished Alum who continues to advocate for our students and department.