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Alumni Spotlight: Nick Vasallo

Nicholas Vasallo is a Dublin, CA based composer and adjunct lecturer at Cal State East Bay. Since he earned his B.A. in Music back in 2007 at CSUEB he’s accomplished quite a bit. After graduating from CSUEB, Nick earned his Doctorate of Musical Arts (DMA) in Music Composition from UC Santa Cruz. In his first year at UC Santa Cruz he was honored with the David Cope Award for Compositional Excellence and went on to win the UCSC Student Composer’s Award, San Francisco Choral Artist’s New Voices Award, Truman State University MACRO Award, International Prize for Excellence in Composition. Nick has recently released a new CD he composed entitled “MONUMENTS EMERGE” released internationally by Innova Recordings. You can check out his CD here:  http://www.innova.mu/albums/nick-vasallo/monuments-emerge. Nick’s most recent project was the formation of a technical post-death metal band called OBLIVION where he writes and does the lead vocals. Oblivion’s debut album is set to release this summer. You can check out Oblivion here: http://ObtainOblivion.com/. Even after achieving all of this, Nick passion for music drove him back to the classroom.

Nicks says:

“During my dissertation research/writing year–2010-2011, I was lucky to find adjunct professor and lecturer positions at Los Medanos College, Gavilan College, and here at CSU East Bay. I have been teaching every since and completed my doctorate in June of 2011. I absolutely love teaching and working in academia, I truly believe that teaching music is my calling.”

All of us at CSUEB are very proud of Nick for his accomplishments and giving back to Cal State East Bay by becoming a professor and  teaching  future generations of Music talent the same art he learned several years ago.

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Alumni Spotlight: Rick Casqueiro

Cal State East Bay Alumnus Richard “Rick” Casqueiro graduated in 1973 with a Bachelors of Science in chemistry. Rick is winemaker and his specialty is sparkling wine. His grandfather who originated from Portugal introduced Rick to wine. According to Rick sparkling wine is often overlooked as something that accompaniments food. Rick’s wines come with delicate aromas and flavors that are balanced by natural fruit acidity and complexity from aging.Rick has been featured in many newspapers including the Los Angeles Times. Won countless awards, Most Medals Won by a winery in1983, Most Medals Won by a winery in 1981 to name a few. He has other accomplishments such as being the President of the Alameda County Winegrowers Association, and being a professional wine judge in several wine competitions. Rick constantly produces outstanding wines to bring happiness to his consumers.