CSUSB to honor four alumni for their contributions

By Brent Thompson |Staff Writer|

Four CSUSB alumni are scheduled on May 14 to be inducted into the 2011 College of Behavioral Science’s Hall of Fame for substantial contributions in their professions as well as for the contributions they have made to the community at large. The inductees were Russell V. Bogh, Pedro Nava, Michelle Scary and Vince Vegna.

Those inducted into the Hall of Fame were picked by a committee of members in the community and faculty at CSUSB.

“While success of each inductee within their respected fields was one of the criteria considered by the committee, outstanding contributions that each of the inductees have made to their communities and cities is also important,” explained Alicia Trujillo, development assistant for the College of Social and Behavioral Science.

“It’s a nice honor considering that it comes from this particular committee of whom I have respect for,” said Russell V. Bogh. “CSUSB and my professors gave me a good base to succeed which I am grateful for.”

The ceremony kicked off on Friday night with an intimate dinner held on campus for the inductees, their spouses and family members, department chairs and faculty members.

On Saturday the induction took place on campus in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences building in room 128.

At the ceremony speeches were given by Peter Robertshaw, chair of the Anthropology department, President Dr. Albert K. Karnig and the inductees themselves.

The Hall of Fame Class of 2011 each received a certificate recognizing their achievement, and afterwards there was the revealing of their honorary bricks in the Hall of Fame Court Yard located in the commons area in the Social and Behavioral Science Buildings.

Nava graduated from CSUSB in 1973 with a degree in sociology. He then attended the University of California, Davis, Martin Luther King Jr. School of Law where he graduated with a law degree in 1977.

From there he went on to work as a deputy district attorney for Fresno and Santa Barbara counties. Nava served as a state legislator in the 35th Assembly District for three consecutive terms.

Nava is well-known for his work defending women against sexual violence, helping police with tools in combating crimes against the communities they serve, as well as being a strong advocate for environmental causes and the economically disadvantaged.

Scray graduated from CSUSB in 1988 with a dual major in sociology and criminal justice. After graduation she began working for the San Bernardino County Probation Department, where she is currently the chief probation officer.

Scray returned to CSUSB to earn her master’s degree in criminal justice in 2010. She has also severed on the County Women’s Network and the San Bernardino Children’s Lobby. Today she is the president of the Board of Directors of Teddy Bear Tymes Child Care Facility.

Vegna graduated in 1980 from CSUSB with a bachelor’s in psychology and earned his masters in psychology in 1983. Professionally Vegna become a therapist in the addiction medicine-chronic pain management department at Kaiser Permanente in Moreno Valley.

Within the community he has been heavily involved in outreach programs. One of the founding members of the College Development Council and the National Security Studies Advisory Council, Vegna has been instrumental in creating scholarships and internships for past and current CSUSB students.

Bogh earned his bachelor’s in administration and business economics in 1993 from CSUSB. Upon graduation Bogh became a senior staff member in the district office of then state Assemblyman Ted Weggeland. Due to his hard work and dedication he was then appointed as director of the Inland Empire Office of Gov. Pete Wilson.

In 2001 Bogh won an election to fill the vacant assembly seat for the 65th district which he held until 2006 due to state term limits. While a member of the Assembly he was elected chair of the Republican Caucus and served as the vice-chair of the Higher Education Committee. As vice-chair he became a strong advocate for the CSU system and CSUSB especially.

When asked what advice he would give to current CSUSB students Bogh answered “make a difference by starting in your community, because that is where you can make the biggest difference.”

“You choose your own destiny, but let the university guide you,” said Bogh.



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