University alumni receive awards

SAN MARCOS — On Oct. 25, Cal State San Marcos honored two outstanding graduates with the Alumni Achievement Award at the second annual Alumni Affair. The Annual Alumni Achievement Award was established in 2007 to honor Cal State San Marcos graduates who demonstrate a commitment to the university’s ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service.
Catherine Armas-Matsumoto, B.A. communication, and Roberto Ramirez, B.A. liberal studies, accepted the award this year.
Congressman Brian Bilbray was in attendance to present the award winners with a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition.
“It was a pleasure to recognize Catherine and Roberto for their extraordinary contributions,” Cal State San Marcos President Karen Haynes said. “They are proof that alumni achievements are a university’s greatest legacy, and they serve as an inspiration to the students who hope to follow in their footsteps.”
Armas-Matsumoto is currently an adjunct professor in the department of communication. As an advisor for several student organizations she has volunteered more than 400 hours of service and has led student members to complete important campus and community projects. She actively models the university values of intellectual engagement, community, integrity, innovation and inclusiveness.
Ramirez is the co-owner of Mountain Meadow Mushroom Farm, one of the largest growers and distributors of mushrooms in San Diego County, producing more than 100,000 pounds of product a week and generating approximately $7.5 million in annual sales. Ramirez is a former Crouch Scholarship recipient.

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