On Exhibit at MOMA

Graduate students David Brokaw and Preston Daniels brought to life a Tim Burton character — Robot Boy — that is on display through April 26 in New York's Museum of Modern Art as part of an exhibit on the filmmaker's career.

On "Criminal Minds"

Actress Kirsten Vangsness graduated in 1996 and now plays flirty computer ace Penelope Garcia on CBS's hit drama "Criminal Minds." In February, she hosted the university's Front & Center concert, featuring the Steve Miller Band.

Acting Recipe

Actress Linda Emond, who graduated with a degree in theatre arts in 1982, plays Simone Beck, Julia Child's collaborator, in the recent film "Julie and Julia." She also portrayed Beck Strand in the film “Georgia O’Keefe," which aired on the Lifetime channel in September.

Belle of Screenwriting

Author, screenwriter and playwright Linda Woolverton (M.A. theatre, 1979) wrote the screenplay and co-produced the recent Tim Burton film "Alice in Wonderland." She also wrote the screenplay for Disney's animated feature film "Beauty and the Beast."

Career of Dreams

Academy Award-winning actor-director Kevin Costner (B.A. business administration, 1978) has starred or directed in a number of movies, including the recent "Mr. Brooks." “Movies — when at their best — are really about moments we’ll never, ever forget,” Costner told CSUF students during a recent campus visit.

The Reel World

Film editor Eric Dapkewicz (B.A. communications–radio-TV-film, 1993) was the lead editor on the DreamWorks animated film, “Monsters vs. Aliens,” the first computer-animated movie to be directly produced in a stereoscopic 3-D format instead of being converted into 3-D after completion.

Alum's Animation

Behind the success of “Horton Hears a Who” — which captured the No. 1 weekend box office spot during its opening last year — are the unseen talents of such animators as Titan alumnus Rafael Zentil (B.F.A. art ’98). A story artist at Blue Sky Studios in White Plains, N.Y., Zentil takes a script and visually interprets it — the characters, as well as camera angles and moves.

Act of Desperation

Marc Cherry (B.A. theatre arts, 1995) created "Desperate Housewives," the hour-long satirical soap opera that has won Golden Globe Awards for best television comedy series. “I was just trying to write the truth of one woman. But, I felt if I wrote it well enough, I might be able to capture the truth of maybe many, many women,” he said.