Meet the Student Athlete Advisors

mike alejandreMike Alejandre is a proud Golden Eagle. In Spring 2016, he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing and Management. As a recent alumnus, he is a passionate, longtime supporter of the Cal State LA family. He says to have had incredible experience as a student at his alma mater and only wishes to help others have that same experience.

As a student, he was involved in various clubs and organizations on campus that truly made his college experience. He served as the Spirit Commissioner of Student Government for the Associated Students Incorporated (ASI); Director of Public Relations for the Hispanic Business Society; and member of the Marketing Club. He has also had the opportunity to build his career as a university liaison in different capacities here at Cal State LA: from guiding prospective students through the application process as a Campus Ambassador; to introducing students and their families to our beautiful university as a Campus Tour Guide; to welcoming the incoming freshmen and transfers through the University Orientation Program; collaborating with the Office for Students with Disabilities in assisting students requiring special accommodations; and most recently, serving as the Student Success Liaison for the Soar in 4 graduation initiative to encourage students to a timely graduation. Through his involvement on campus, he was awarded the Asian Pacific Islander Scholarship, the Art Laboe Foundation Scholarship, and the Outstanding Cal State LA Student Leader Award of 2016.

In his current role as an Academic Advisor for student athletes, he strives to develop a stronger connection amongst students and the entire Cal State LA community to support the university’s graduation initiatives. As the first in his family to graduate with a college degree, he is deeply committed to empowering our students to achieve their goals and succeed. He believes success is not to be measured by how much you have climbed but by how many people you bring up with you. Mike is your dedicated advisor for Baseball and Women's Golf.


melissaMelissa A. Basalla has been an important member of the Athletics Department since 2001. Under her direction, the Athletics Academic Advisement Office grew tremendously to accommodate the more than 220 Golden Eagle student-athletes. Now in the University Academic Advisement Center, Melissa continues to strive to create better academic advisement practices, improved graduation rates, and stronger study hall and tutoring services for student-athletes. Her continued dedication to Cal State LA student-athletes remains top notch. As she believes, “Dreams are almost always taller than you are…That way you have to reach to make them come true.”

Melissa is originally from Snow Shoe, Pennsylvania (about 35 minutes from Happy Valley), and she received her Bachelor of Science degree in biology/pre-medicine from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP). Upon moving to California, she completed her Master’s degree in English Literature in 2000 and another Master’s degree in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in 2007, both from Cal State L.A.

Besides her advisement duties at Cal State L.A., Melissa is an Adjunct Associate Professor teaching English Composition at East Los Angeles College and ESL Composition at Glendale Community College. She has also taught the University 1010 course at Cal State L.A. for incoming freshmen.

Melissa is your dedicated advisor for Men's and Women's Soccer, and Tennis. Her email is


keithKeith Kravitz joins the University Academic Advisement Center (UAAC) with a focus and passion to support the personal, academic and professional development of student athletes. 

To enhance his services to students, Keith brings more than 17 years of prior experience with him from CSU, East Bay in a variety of roles: Assessment & Testing Coordinator; TRIO Program Director for a Student Support Service grant for students with disabilities and veterans; as an Academic Advisor for student athletes and students in the College of Education and Allied Studies; and as a lecturer promoting student success in study skills and strategies, personal wellness, financial planning, adaptive technologies, and transitioning from college to career.

If there were one overriding philosophy behind everything Keith does, it would be “Argue Your Limitations and Sure Enough They’re Yours” (Richard Bach, Illusions). Keith is your dedicated advisor for Men's and Women's Basketball, and Volleyball/Beach Volleyball.


Jen LuoJennifer (Jen) Luo is a proud graduate of Cal State L.A. where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Art with an emphasis in Fashion and Textiles (fashionesta). Jen brings 12 years of experience at the University working in the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, Registrar's Academic Records Office, Housing Services Office, and the Dean's Office in the College of Business and Economics. For the past 3 years she worked in the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics as the Student-Athlete Support Services Coordinator assisting student-athletes with academic advisement and support services, and as a liaison to Financial Aid and Housing Services. She is happy to continue her career on campus at the University Academic Advisement Center (UAAC) as an academic advisor for the student-athletes.

It only seems like yesterday that I first set foot on this campus at Cal State L.A., first as a student (first generation EOP) and then as a full-time staff member. Having gained not only an education but so much experience from this campus, it will be a pleasure for me to use what I have learned to work with our returning and new student-athletes and to support them in both their academic and athletic endeavors.

Thought For The Day: “It’s ok to be a glowstick. Sometimes we have to break before we shine- unknown”. Jennifer is your dedicated advisor for Men's and Women's Cross Country, and Men's and Women's Track and Field.