Ohlone College’s 50-Year History of Alumni of the Year Recipients - Article, Office of College Advancement

Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

By Ohlone College.

Every year Ohlone College chooses an Alumni of the Year; an honor is given to those who exemplify Ohlone College’s spirit through accomplishments and impact on our community. To celebrate Ohlone College’s 50th Anniversary in 2017, the college is hosting an Alumni of the Year Reception, where you will meet many of the outstanding individuals who have helped shape our community. The reception will take place April 19, 2017, from 2:00-3:30 pm at the Ohlone College Fremont campus: Building 19.

Hear stories like Gloria Villasana Fuerniss’, who attended Ohlone College with its very first class in 1967. Classes were held at the temporary Serra campus on Washington Blvd. then, as the Fremont campus had not yet been built.

Gloria graduated from Ohlone in 1969 and went to work at Fremont Bank. She worked her way up from being a secretary all the way to a V.P. position. Gloria remained active at Ohlone during her banking career and remains a stalwart advocate for community college education, continuing to share her expertise to improve the quality of life in her community.

You’ll also meet Doug Prazak, who graduated Ohlone College in 1972 with a liberal arts degree. In 1974 Doug was hired by Ohlone as a media technician and eventually he became the Director of  Television Services.

Doug says that seeing his former students find their careers in the television broadcast industry is his proudest accomplishment. Some moved into the motion picture industry, including an editor at Pixar. Many directors, camera operators, producers, editors and on-air talent working at network stations around the country had their start at Ohlone.

Other Alumni of the Year awardees in attendance will include Bill Harrison, former Fremont mayor; Brad Mangin, a professional sports photographer; Gary Plummer, who played in the San Francisco 49ers; and many more. Don’t miss this chance to meet our community leaders and learn what inspired them to success.

You may RSVP for this free event by contacting foundation@ohlone.edu or by calling 510.659.6020. The deadline for registering is April 7, 2017.

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