CLA Distinguished Alumni 2000May 15, 2000
Audrey Nichol Hauth has followed in the footsteps of her parents, Paul and Alyce Nichol, known for their philanthropy in Long Beach. Audrey and her husband made two large donations to CSULB to establish the Luster E. and Audrey Nichol Hauth Center for Communication Skills, which serves the campus and community. “I believe these gifts are a payback,” she explains. “I graduated from The Beach and so did my two daughters, and my professor-emeritus husband taught Communication Studies there for 28 years.” After teaching English at Westminster High School for 20 years, running 42 marathons and numerous shorter races, and traveling extensively around the world, she is zeroing in on philanthropy. As a member of Women & Philanthropy and the President’s Associates at CSULB, she is doing something important for public education through scholarships. “I’m still an exercise maniac,” she admits, “walking and biking for hours. Instead of racing for the gold, now I’m going for the bliss; being philanthropic-minded makes me feel good.” Always an English teacher at heart but now focused on all forms of communication, Audrey explains, “I’m concerned about communicating problems in an unstable world, and that’s why I’ve become a communications advocate.”
While a student at CSULB, Daniel Rodriguez captured many honors including selection as his college’s outstanding graduate. The achievements have continued. Among his distinguished record of awards, publications and eservice was being named the youngest law dean in the United States at the University of San Diego’s USD School of Law, in 1998. at Harvard, he graduated with honors and served as Supreme Court editor for the Harvard Law Review followed by a prestigious assignment as a judicial law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit. Prior to his USD appointment, Rodriguez taught at UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law for 10 years. He was selected as the John M. Olin Fellow in Law and Economics at the University of Virginia School of Law in the spring of 1993 and that summer was a visiting scholar at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He’s also active as a volunteer, doing pro bono legal services in the local community and for individuals across the country.