Campus Memorial Service for Leo Alvillar Postponed Until Further Notice

A campus memorial service for Leo Alvillar, CMS Student Administration Systems Coordinator, has been postponed until further notice, per the request of his family. Details regarding a future memorial service will be provided via NewsCenter when available.

Leo Alvillar, CMS Student Administration Systems Coordinator, passed away June 29 in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He was 59 years old. A native of Los Angeles, Leo received his bachelor's degree from Loyola Marymount followed by a master's degree from Chapman College. Prior to his employment with Sonoma State University, Leo was a counselor at Cabrillo College, San Jose State University, and Humboldt State University.

Leo worked at Sonoma State for 22 years, serving students as an EOP Advisor, Interim EOP Director, Associate Director for EOP, CMS Academic Advising and Admissions Lead, and most recently as Systems Coordinator for the Student Administration portion of CMS. He was an integral part of implementing the PeopleSoft Student Administration software system on campus, working with faculty, students, and staff to meet all of their needs.

Leo devoted much of his professional life to assisting educationally disadvantaged students realize their potential. He believed deeply in mentoring non-traditional students, and served as a role model to many. He played a significant role in creating an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) CMS module in conjunction with the Chancellor's Office.


Leo was well known for his brightly colored Hawaiian shirts, aloha spirit, and dedication. He loved Hawaii, in particular the beautiful Kona coast, where some of his ashes were sprinkled by his family during a private ceremony.


In addition to his wife, Cheleise Alvillar, he is survived by his sons Lucas and Gabriel Alvillar of Santa Rosa, daughter Mayana (Russell) Rosenwirth of Annapolis, and two grandchildren.

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