Former Basketball Star Distinguished Alumnus
March 20, 2009
Fullerton, Calif. - Former basketball star Greg Bunch will receive one of five annual Distinguished Alumni Awards from Cal State Fullerton on May 2 at the Visions and Visionaries Awards Gala at the Portola Pavilion in the Titan Student Union.
Bunch is only the fourth former Titan varsity athlete to receive the award, the highest the university can bestow upon an alumnus. This is the 16th year of the program, which also annually pays tribute to an honorary alumnus.
Bunch was a four-year letterman during the 1974-75 through 1977-78 seasons. He led the Titans to a Pacific Coast Athletic Association co-championship in 1976 and was the star of the Cinderella 1978 team which advanced to within a last-second bucket of the NCAA Final Four. He was PCAA Co-Player of the Year in 1976 and played briefly with the New York Knicks of the NBA.
Bunch still ranks No. 6 in Titans' career scoring with 1,489 points and is No. 2 with 785 rebounds. He is fifth in career field goal percentage at .537 and was the first former Titan basketball player to have his jersey number (30) retired. Other Titan athletes to have received the Distinguished Alumni Award are baseball player Tim Wallach (1997), basketball player Leon Wood (1998) and former football cornerback Mark Collins (2001).
Bunch currently is vice president of distribution for Ovation Television. He began a long career in television selling cable subscriptions door-to-door. The product of Pacific High School in San Bernardino earned a bachelors degree in 1979 in criminal justice.
Entertainment at the gala will be provided by the University's acclaimed department of theatre and dance. Ticket information is available from the University's Office of Major Events at (714) 278-3480 or at http://www.fullerton.edu/alumni/vv/.
The complete list of 2009 honorees:
The Honorable Dick Ackerman California State Senator, 33rd District (retired) Honorary Alumnus
Gregory D. Bunch B.A. criminal justice, 1979 Vice President of Distribution Ovation Television
Margaret M. McCarthy B.A. political science, 1984 Director Paradigm Ventures
Eric L. Openshaw B.A. business administration/marketing, 1977 Vice Chairman & U.S. Technology Leader Deloitte & Touche USA LLP
Dr. Alan J. Schafer B.A. biological science, 1985 Head of Molecular and Physiological Sciences The Wellcome Trust
Joan Tang Waltman B.S. electrical engineering, 1985 Senior Vice President, Technology Qualcomm, Inc.