Cheers West Edition


Wave Staff Report

Kimberly Shiner, vice president of university development at Cal State San Bernardino, recently was elected to the Leadership California Board of Directors.

Shiner has several decades worth of experience as a fundraising, communications, public relations and community outreach professional.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism and her master’s in public administration from Cal State Northridge.

Ron Dowell

Ron L. Dowell, a long-time resident of Watts and Compton, is a national short-story finalist for Living Springs Publishers, a Colorado-based publishing company.

His short story, “Longest Journey,” was included in an anthology along with 14 other winners from around the world.

Dowell holds two master’s degrees from Cal State Long Beach and three bachelor’s degrees from Cal State Dominguez Hills. He retired from a career in health care and law enforcement public service in 2008.

Hawk McFadzen

Hawk McFadzen, a graduate student in the master of sociology program at Cal State Dominguez Hills, recently was honored with the CSU Trustees’ Award for Outstanding Achievement.

The trustees honored McFadzen’s work in addressing the food disparity in South Los Angeles.

McFadzen also served six years in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve and was named the Trustee Award’s Wells Fargo Veteran Scholar, which comes with a $6,000 prize.

Compiled by Dorany Pineda.

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