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Winter 2009 • Volume 15, Issue 1  

Alumni Profiles

MARK WOERNER ’77: Taking care of embassy business | SAL TINAJERO JR ’94: BUAA Outstanding Young Graduate Award | BRUCE BAGGE ’62: Caring for kids | JAMES KETCHEL ’51: Olympian hobby | BOB DiMEO ’83: Golfer’s dream | BETH BLACKBURN ’05: Hornets hoopla


California connection

Sal Tinajero with former students who now attend Bradley
California high school teacher SAL TINAJERO ’94 is joined by former students who now attend Bradley. From left, ANGELA CERVANTES ’12, PRICILLA MERRITT ’12, ALFREDO RODRIQUEZ ’11, Jannet Penaloza who plans to transfer to Bradley, ROBERT WOODSON ’12, Tinajero, JACKIE GONZALES ’11, VANESSA CARRANZA ’09, KRYSTYN GONZALES ’09, and JASMIN GARCIA ’12.


SAL TINAJERO JR. ’94 has been named the 2008 Outstanding Young Graduate. The award is given by the Bradley University Alumni Association each year at Founder’s Day.

Sal, a California native, was recruited by Fullerton Union High School in 2001 to revive the school’s speech team. The forensics program has grown from 15 students to more than 130, and is consistently ranked among the nation’s best. All of his speech and debate students have gone on to college, many earning full scholarships to prominent universities, including Bradley.

Sal serves on the Santa Ana City Council, and previously was a school board member. He has a long list of awards, including Hispanic Magazine’s 2005 Teacher of the Year. In 2007, he was named one of the most influential Latinos in Orange County and was honored by the mayor of Fullerton. He earned a master’s degree in cross-cultural education in 2006 from National University.

A passionate advocate for Bradley, Sal brings his team members every year to BU to compete in the George Armstrong memorial speech tournament. More than 60 came with him in December 2008.

He and his wife JENNIFER SNOW TINAJERO ’95 live in Santa Ana with their three children. Visit to read about his 2006 visit to the White House.