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Fram & Friends


CSUF President Fram Virjee and Executive Communications Director Matt Olson chat with Titans from all walks of life about all things under the Fullerton sun — from good books and favorite food to student success and cultural agility. Unscripted and unrehearsed, these candid conversations provide a sometimes heartwarming and often times belly-rolling glimpse into the story of the Titan Family and the work that makes their home a University of Significance.

Dr. Chris Peterson is a Professor of Music at Cal State Fullerton where he directs the CSUF Concert Choir, the Titan Men’s Chorus, and teaches myriad classes in music education. One of Fram’s closest Titan friends, traveling companions, and co-conspirators on many cross-campus shenanigans — see the 2019 Holiday Video or the now legendary “choral meeting interruption”— Chris is a harbinger of the joy, inclusion, engagement, and academic excellence that CSUF aims to provide all Titans at all times. He is also an internationally recognized vocal performer, judge, author, choral clinician, and guest conductor who transforms lives and lifts communities through the power of higher education and music.

Mir earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology, with an emphasis in deviance and crime, from Cal State Fullerton in 2019. He was awarded the 2019 Steward of Place Award from the CSUF Center for Internships and Community Engagement for his work mentoring youth from underserved communities. Mir has a passion for student affairs and is pursuing a Master’s degree in Counseling, with an emphasis in student development in higher education, at Cal State Long Beach.

Dr. Timothy P. White is the seventh chancellor of the California State University, the largest and most ethnically and economically diverse four-year university in the United States. A champion of inclusive excellence and student achievement, he leads the CSU as it implements Graduation Initiative 2025, an ambitious systemwide plan to increase graduation rates, decrease time to degree and eliminate achievement gaps for students from all walks of life. White is also renowned for his commitment to environmental sustainability, diversity of leadership and compassionate action on behalf of Dreamers.

White deeply believes in and is a product of California’s Master Plan for Higher Education, having pursued his higher education from Diablo Valley Community College; Fresno State; Cal State East Bay; and the University of California, Berkeley. Like many CSU students and alumni, White was the first in his family to attend college and earn a degree.

Alumnus Tam Nguyen ’05 (MBA) is the former president of the CSUF Alumni Association, founding president of the Vietnamese American MBA Alumni Chapter, and the current president and owner of Advance Beauty College. Tam also serves on the Cal State Fullerton Philanthropic Foundation and myriad non-profit organizations throughout the community, including the Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce. A first-generation college graduate, Tam’s life story — from being separated from his father, a South Vietnamese Naval Commander, during the Vietnam War, to reuniting with his family in the United States and creating one of the largest manicuring programs in the nation — epitomizes both the American Dream and the integral role Cal State Fullerton plays in making that dream a reality for so many.

Dr. Gregory “Chris” Brown is an Associate Professor of Criminal Justice, Academic Senator, and the CFA President at Cal State Fullerton. Born in Watts, California, Brown’s childhood surrounded by gangs sparked his intense interest and study of criminal culture. Now a widely recognized academic expert in the areas of crime, gangs, and corrections (as well as a transformative leader in his community through myriad volunteer efforts), Dr. Brown embodies the theme we instill in and expect from all faculty, staff, and students: Titans Reach Higher. And while he is arguably the best-dressed man on campus, he is inarguably the loudest laugher – an assertion that is more than proven on this awesome episode of Fram & Friends.

Jim Donovan is CSUF’s 11th Athletic Director, and since his arrival in 2012, student-athlete graduation rates and team Academic Progress Rates have consistently risen, annual fundraising for Athletics has nearly quadrupled, and student attendance at athletic events has increased by more than 1,200%. On the field, Titan Athletics has been equally impressive under Jim’s leadership, including two College World Series appearances, a historic run to March Madness for men’s basketball, the first Women’s Track & Field conference championship, and the first Big West Commissioner’s Cup in school history. Due to the transcendent nature of Jim’s leadership throughout the campus community, he is the 2018 Titan of the Year and recently became the first AD in school history to serve on the President’s Cabinet.

Amber Lambert is a double major in Mathematics and African American Studies whose May 2020 graduation will be the culmination of four years of Titan excellence. After successful stints as a key leader for both the Black Student Union (first as Finance Chair and then as President) and the African American Resource Center (Social Justice Chair), Amber now serves as Chair of the Afrikan Black Coalition Conference. For these reasons and so many others, including Amber’s infectious laugh and fearless pull-no-punches voice, Fram proudly invited Amber to be the inaugural guest on Fram & Friends.

An introduction to the “Fram & Friends” podcast by Cal State Fullerton President, Framroze Virjee.