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A Hopeful Outlook on 2022

CandiceAOn behalf of Cal Lutheran’s Alumni Board of Directors, Happy New Year! We are hopeful 2022 will bring back more “life as we once knew it” and that our Cal Lutheran family will be healthy and prosperous. After a hard year in 2020, there were many successes to celebrate in 2021. We marked Dr. Lori Varlotta’s first year as President for Cal Lutheran and she implemented extraordinary change over the course of the year.

Some 2021 Cal Lutheran highlights include:

  • The School of Management received a $4.8 million donation from Steven Dorfman, a former Hughes executive, to immediately support students and entrepreneurship during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future.
  • Cristallea Buchanan was hired as Cal Lutheran’s first Chief Diversity Officer. Buchanan previously served as the head of inclusion and diversity for American Honda Motor Company and brings years of experience to the University. 
  • After a year of remote and hybrid learning, students were able to come back to campus for the beginning of the new school year in fall 2021. Cal Lutheran has maintained low COVID-19 cases due largely to high vaccination rates and well-planned safety protocols.
  • Under Dr. Varlotta’s leadership, immense work was completed and new strategies and procedures were instituted for shared governance at the University. Likewise, work has begun to create a new strategic plan for Cal Lutheran for 2022 and beyond.
  • Our Alumni Board of Directors conceptualized alumni alliances and the first three groups were launched for Latinx, Black and LGBTQ+ alumni. Leadership has been established and these groups have begun meeting. If you are interested in participating or learning more, please visit: https://www.callutheran.edu/alumni/alliances/.

In addition to these highlights, we honored outstanding alumni, inducted new members into the Alumni Hall of Fame and reconnected with old friends at Homecoming in October. 2022 will bring much more to celebrate starting off with the Inauguration of Dr. Varlotta which has long been postponed due to COVID-19.

I hope to see as many of you as possible on campus or at Cal Lu events across the country in 2022!  If your New Year’s Resolution was to be more connected with Cal Lutheran, consider joining our Ambassador Program.

As an Alumni Ambassador you can volunteer at an event, speak in a class, share news of Cal Lutheran on social media, refer potential students and more!


Candice (Cerro ’09) Aragon
President, Alumni Board of Directors