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Poet David Brown Thought He'd Find Robert Creeley at SF State, Discovered Poetry Center Instead
HOUSTON CHRONICLE -- Brown served in Europe for several years after the war ended, finally leaving the service in 1977. He enrolled at San Francisco State, thinking Robert Creeley was there, to pursue a master’s degree. Turns out the poet was in Buffalo.

San Francisco in the early 1980s nevertheless proved a nurturing environment built around The Poetry Center, started in 1954 from a donation by W.H. Auden.

Brown had plenty of material from which to draw. He says the phrase “war poet” with some degree of discomfort, perhaps because there exists a perception of war poetry as a categorical genre, like sci-fi or western novels. But poetry about war is old as words and war.
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Alum Stan Gibb Leads Central Arizona Concert Band in 'Onomatopoeic March'
DAILY COURIER (PRESCOTT, ARIZONA) -- For the occasion, percussionist Stan Gibb has created the “Onomatopoeic March,” for percussion and band. To refresh your memory from high school English class, an “onomatopoeia” is the word that means a word coined to imitate a sound. Some examples are “meow,” “cuckoo” and “boom.”

Gibb came to Prescott after an outstanding career as a music educator in California and Oklahoma. He holds Bachelor of Music and Master of Arts degrees from San Francisco State College and a Doctor of Musical Arts from North Texas State University.
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Alum Danny Glover on 50th Anniversary of MLK Assassination
THE REAL NEWS -- While attending San Francisco State University, Glover was a member of the Black Students Union who along with the Third World Liberation Front led the five month strike for Ethnic Studies. Not only did this help to create the first school of ethnic studies in the U.S., but it was also the longest student strike in the history of the United States. During the strike, he protested alongside Hari Dillon who is now the president of the Vanguard Public Foundation, of which Glover sits on the advisory board.

“He brings us to the truth and the reality that we live. In his voice about racism, extreme militarism, his connecting those to materialism, all those things are the things that we, we in some sense contextualize,” Glover says. “But somewhere in his voice, his voice, his profound voice, he was able to take those and have us understand even more than we thought we were capable of understanding.”
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Alum David Holt: The Artist Under the Hat
CAROLINA HOME AND GARDEN -- Holt studied photography at San Francisco State, where he was a participant in the famed Human Be-In concert in 1967, an event that triggered the Summer of Love. During the folk revival of the same era, he carried his camera on visits to chat with the old-time-music luminaries who became his mentors.

“I wasn’t systematic, but I took a lot of pictures on black-and-white film. Thank God I did. It may be the most valuable stuff I’ve done, because there aren’t many [images of those performers],” says Holt.
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Alum Evmorphia Stratis to Teach painting, Drawing in Massachusetts
MARBLEHEAD REPORTER (MASSACHUSETTS) -- Stratis studied painting and photography at Massachusetts College of Art before contracting wanderlust and transferring to San Francisco State University, where she studied painting and third-world women’s literature.

“In the ’70s and ’80s, oh my, God there was a lot going on,” Stratis said of her time in San Francisco. “I loved it. And then I ended up staying many years there because it’s such a beautiful place.”
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New De Young Retrospective Celebrates Alum, Feminist Photographer Judy Dater
TIME OUT SAN FRANCISCO -- Judy Dater has been creating art for more than 50 years in a surprisingly tidy studio in west Berkeley. There, buried among the relics of her long career, sits her San Francisco State University Master of Fine Arts portfolio (1966), which includes “Lovers No. 1” (1965), the first photograph in the series that would help make her famous and a focal point in the De Young’s upcoming Dater retrospective, “Only Human.”

The show traces Dater’s career from her days in San Francisco and her New Mexico sabbatical to her current works. In the 1960s and ’70s, Dater ambled around Haight-Ashbury with fellow shutterbugs Minor White, ex-husband Jack Welpott and Imogen Cunningham, who, as a pioneering feminist photographer would significantly influence Dater.
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Alum Pamela Gentile Has Served as SF International Film Festival Photographer for 34 years
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- The most practical skill Pamela Gentile learned in graduate film school at San Francisco State was how to shoot stills on the sets of student films.

This translated easily to taking pictures at the San Francisco International Film Festival, and that is an assignment she has not relinquished for 34 years. This year’s festival runs 14 nights, and she will shoot 14 nights at all theaters, starting with opening night on Wednesday at the Castro.

Gentile’s body of work is titled “Portrait of a Film Festival,” and the images are black and white, too dark and moody for publicity stills. She prefers directors to actors because they are more interesting and easier to snap in unguarded moments.
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Marvin X to Write Untold Story of SF State Black Student Revolution
THE BLACKLIST PUB -- Marvin X was part of the initial visionary students at SFSU. He was a teaching assistant in the English/Creative Writing Department, later taught in Black Studies
and radio/television writing in the broadcasting department.

“The Untold Story” is a long awaited project of the SFSU/Black Student Union leaders and strikers.
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Retrospective on Alum Judy Dater Celebrates Photographer's Focus on People
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- As a 21-year-old art student at San Francisco State in 1962, Judy Dater took her very first photography class and, as she remembers it, fell in love with portraiture “at a time when everybody else was photographing landscapes.”

Dater was just getting comfortable behind the camera (“first a 35-millimeter, before I fell in love with the magic of a 4-by-5,” she says) during a period when the West Coast f.64 group (including Ansel Adams, Brett Weston and Imogen Cunningham), founded in Oakland in the 1930s, remained influential in the Bay Area’s photography scene. Named for an aperture used to achieve maximum sharpness and depth of field with a large-format camera, the collective espoused an environmental, anti-pictorialist aesthetic — think of Adams’ mountains or Weston’s rippling sand dunes — that still held sway three decades later.

“We would all go as a class on field trips to Pebble Beach. I remember everybody eagerly taking pictures of the rocks, but I just wanted one of my friends to go sit on the rocks. Seeing a person in relation to the environment was always more visually interesting to me,” Dater said recently, discussing her career and the upcoming retrospective exhibition, “Judy Dater: Only Human,” opening Saturday, April 7, at the de Young Museum.
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Alum Kerri Shawn Reprises Title Role in 'Shirley Valentine'
EAST BAY TIMES -- Shawn is co-education director for Center REP and a resident actor with Fantasy Forum Actor’s Ensemble. Discovering theare while a student at Acalanes High School in Lafayette, she found her passion. After studying with Harvey Berman and Jim Kirkwood at Diablo Valley College, she earned a bachelor of arts in theater arts and speech from San Francisco State University.

Forty-four years and more than 100 productions after her first professional role (Stella at Center Rep in “A Streetcar Named Desire”), Shawn has won seven Shellie Awards and a Dean Goodman Award, among other honors.
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Alum Oscar "Zeta" Acosta Featured featured in El Paso Mural, PBS Documentary
EL PASO TIMES (TEXAS) -- Oscar “Zeta” Acosta, an El Paso-born attorney who was a prominent and complicated figure in the Chicano movement and the inspiration for Hunter S. Thompson’s Dr. Gonzo in “Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas,” stands with his arms crossed. A crowd of protesters springs from the center of his chest. His hair is windswept into the shape of a buffalo’s horns and a cockroach is perched on his shoulders.

The mural, inspired by famed photographer Annie Leibovitz’s portrait of Acosta, quietly appeared Friday on a previously unadorned wall of Cinco Puntos Press book publishers at 701 Texas Ave. in Downtown El Paso.

Acosta was born in El Paso in 1935 and moved to California with his family shortly after. He served in the Air Force and studied Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.
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Alum Paul Kyriazi's Film 'Forbidden Power' Spreads Sexually Transmitted Superpowers
MOVIEWEB -- “Forbidden Power,” the seventh feature film from director Paul Kyriazi (cult classics “Death Machines” and “Ninja Busters”), will be released on Amazon On Demand. Kyriazi is a graduate of San Francisco State University's film department and spent four years in the movie department of the U.S. Air Force. He’s directed 32 name actors, such as Rod Taylor, Robert Culp, Adam West, George Chakiris and David Hedison in his films and full-cast audio books based on his novels.
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Alum Mikey Pauker's New Album Fuses Jewish Mysticism with Reggae Beats
THE TIMES OF ISRAEL -- In keeping with the spirit of California folk singers who came before him, Pauker draws artistic inspiration from his surroundings, which also serve as his connection to the Creator and a means of grounding in himself.

His new album “Ascension” is billed as an “invitation to listen to the call of our inner wilderness and to greet our darkness with understanding and an open heart.”

He went on to study broadcast communications at San Francisco State University, where he worked at the college radio station. He also worked as a promoter, doing talent buying for clubs, and booking bands. At the time, he says, he was at a spiritual deficit and hated his work.
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Alum Jocelyn McMahon-Babalis Works with Professor Peters
PRESS BANNER (SCOTTS VALLEY) --Learning that Bill Peters, a renowned professor at San Francisco State known for his Shakespearean genius was going to be directing, my interest grew. I had studied theatre arts at SF State, and though Peters had been my academic adviser, I had never had never had the privilege of working with him on a production.

As luck would have it, I was moving back to the area; I knew I simply had to be a part of this production. I ended up landing a spot as Lucia, initially Lucias, servant to Brutus, and since then the process has been nothing short of thrilling.
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From Dance Revolutionary to Hip-Hop Professor, Alum Halifu Osumare Stayed in Step with Times
SACRAMENTO BEE -- As a child, Osumare moved with her family from Texas to the Bay Area. She considers herself in part a product of that time and place. For example, she was a student at San Francisco State University in 1968 when students launched a five-month strike.

“A lot of my consciousness as a black person and as an artist was nurtured by the revolutionary ’60s in the Bay Area,” she said.

Osumare’s work eventually took her to Europe, where she founded her own “jazz ballet” company in Copenhagen. She learned from such luminaries as Katherine Dunham, Rod Rodgers and Alvin Ailey. Her mentors form a who's who of black modern dance in terms of both performance and philosophy.

“Dance is not just steps but the summoning of a larger consciousness plus the spirit and soul to communicate something,” she said.
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Alum Whit Johnson Joins ABC News as Correspondent
ABC NEWS -- Whit Johnson is an award-winning journalist who joins ABC News from KNBC where he was a co-anchor on the weekday morning show, “Today in LA,” and general assignment reporter. Johnson and the morning team won the coveted Golden Mike award last year for Best Daytime News Broadcast.

He was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, and is a graduate from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Television and Radio Broadcasting.
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Alum Matt Renoir Produces Noir-Horror Film 'The Ascent
THE 405 -- I caught up with Tom Murtagh and Matthew Renoir, director/writer and producer, respectively, of the noir-tinged horror film “The Ascent” – making the festival rounds right now and whose Seed and Spark crowd-funding page for the film is finishing Friday, March 16.

In “The Ascent,” veteran LAPD detective Henry Cardenas (Miguel Pérez) faces off against his toughest murder suspect yet, Vince Marins (Stephen Buchanan), who claims to be something other than human. Over the course of 24 hours, truths both new, and long buried will be revealed.

“I went to San Francisco State University, majored in cinema studies and English literature,” Renoir says. “I entered a media internship after graduating, which put me to work on a feature film right away. I moved to L.A. almost eight years ago, and met Tom about a year after moving here. Tom actually hired me to shoot something for him.”
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Alum Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You' to Screen at SF International Film Festival
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- On the local front, the SFFILM-supported satire “Sorry To Bother You” by Oakland’s Boots Riley also has been announced as a centerpiece program. The movie, a hit at the Sundance Film Festival in January, screens at 6:30pm April 12 at the Castro in The City, followed by an 8pm showing at the Grand Lake Theatre — organizers call the dual location hometown screenings a festival first.

While funny, it also tackles issues of corporatism, racism, misogyny, feminism, community, greed, assimilation, unionization and gentrification. Riley, who studied film at San Francisco State University, is also know for fronting hip hop groups The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club.
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Alum Atsuko Hirayanagi's Experience Learning English Inspires 'Oh Lucy!'
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Hirayanagi grew up in Chiba, Japan, moved to Los Angeles for high school and studied acting at San Francisco State University before deciding to get behind the camera. She has lived in Noe Valley since 2014 with her husband, daughter, 10, and son, 5.

During a conversation at the San Francisco Public Library branch on Jersey Street, just blocks from Hirayanagi’s home, where she wrote drafts of her script, she recalled how, in Japan, she “answered the questions in class,” was a “tomboy who played soccer with the boys” and even had a rebellious streak. Yet cultural dislocation as a teenager intensified her natural shyness — an experience she has wanted to explore as a storyteller ever since.

Hirayanagi first probed the idea in her master’s thesis film, a 22-minute character sketch (also titled “Oh Lucy!”) about a midlife Tokyo loner, Setsuko, whose days are spent shuffling between her monotonous office job and tiny, cluttered apartment, and whose only close bond is with her free-spirited niece. Only when Setsuko enrolls in an English-language class with a charismatic American instructor, who insists she wear a blond wig and take on an American alter-ego, Lucy, does she begins to emerge from her shell.
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Printmaker Toru Sugita Earned Master's Degree at SF State
SONOMA INDEX-TRIBUNE -- Sugita shows his work throughout the United States, Europe, Japan and Latin America. He is known for his black-and-white intaglio and wood-engraving prints which feature strong architectural elements. He received a master’s degree in fine arts in printmaking from San Francisco State University and he illustrated “Floating Lanterns and Golden Shrines,” a book about Japanese festivals. He is a faculty member in charge of the printmaking programs at Diablo Valley College.
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Alum Pam Haessly is Executive Director of Novato Community Television
NOVATO ADVANCE -- She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast communications from SFSU and has a diverse media background in network television, radio, corporate communications, newspapers, online media, voiceovers and as a television personality.
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Indie Band Pardoner Formed at SF State
SF WEEKLY -- The foursome met as students at San Francisco State, coming together over a shared love of DIY and indie bands like Yo La Tengo, Dinosaur Jr., Slint and Polvo. They honed their craft playing house shows around the Bay Area, earning a reputation for their frenzied, volatile performances. After releasing a few EPs, the group was contacted by Jessi Frick of the venerable San Francisco label Father/Daughter records, which subsequently offered to put out Uncontrollable Salvation.
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Alum Pauline Oliveros Featured Among Female Musicians Who Deserve More Recognition
BBC -- Studying under Robert Erickson at San Francisco State College, she and her fellow students — including fellow electronic music pioneers Terry Riley and Morton Subotnick — founded the San Francisco Tape Music Center, a place to experiment with new methods of making electronic music such as tape loop and delay.

The art of listening — of paying attention — became the core of Oliveros’ work, explored through “sonic meditations” such as 1969’s “Teach Yourself to Fly,” composed during her professorship at the University of California San Diego. In 1981, tiring of the limitations of academia, she left UCSD to become a full-time composer. In 1988, what would become the Deep Listening Band (Oliveros, Stuart Dempster and Panaiotis) made its debut performance down a 14-foot deep, 2 million-gallon cistern in Fort Worden, Washington, that had a 45-second reverberation.
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Voice of Youth: Alum Nina LaCour Honored for Her Young-Adult Fiction
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- LaCour, a youthful-looking 35, grew up in Moraga, graduated from Campolindo High School in 2000, got her bachelor’s in English at San Francisco State in 2004 and her master’s in creative writing at Mills College in 2006. She taught English at Berkeley’s Maybeck High School from 2007 to 2013, and now teaches in the master’s program in creative writing at Hamline University in Minnesota, to which she travels periodically.

LaCour is among the top tier of young-adult authors writing contemporary realistic fiction. She’s also known as an LGBTQ author, but she says she doesn’t let her queer characters’ sexuality “define what the book has to be about.” Her editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel, the publisher of Dutton Books whose writers include John Green, Gayle Forman and Stephanie Perkins, has worked with LaCour since receiving the manuscript for her first novel, the teen suicide-themed “Hold Still,” in 2007.
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Alum Karen Umemoto Named Director of UCLA Asian American Studies Center
RAFU SHIMPO (LOS ANGELES) -- After a national search, Professor Karen Umemoto has been appointed as the new director of the Asian American Studies Center at University of California, Los Angeles, and as the inaugural holder of the Helen and Morgan Chu Endowed Director’s Chair.

Umemoto received her Ph.D. in urban studies from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds a Master of Arts in Asian American studies from UCLA and a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary social science from San Francisco State University. She had served on the faculty of the University of Hawaii at Manoa since 1996.

“We are pleased by the news that such a passionate, extraordinary, engaged scholar as Professor Umemoto will be joining the UCLA faculty and the center,” said Helen and Morgan Chu, “and excited that the Chu Endowed Director’s Chair will support and move forward the center’s outstanding research initiatives and activities in Asian American studies, ethnic studies, and the larger society.”
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Alum Nedelle Torrisi's 'Rich Kid's World' Is Elusive Dream-Pop That Grapples with Disappointment
UPROXX -- Born to a pair of Sicilian musicians — who were also formerly a Jesuit priest and nun — Nedelle Torrisi’s jazz drummer father and classical pianist mother certainly had an impact on her upbringing. Growing up in the Bay Area, as a child, she dutifully studied classical violin and later pursued a degree in jazz voice at Berklee College of Music, before finishing up at San Francisco State University with an emphasis in jazz history.

And though she’s by no means a jazz musician herself now, those undertones linger in the warm, textured synthpop she’s made since, whether that be with her former band Cryptacize, working with Sufjan Stevens or Ariel Pink, or on her own as Nedelle Torrisi.
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Alum Rebecca Eisen Reappointed to CSU Board of Trustees
IMPERIAL VALLEY NEWS -- Rebecca Eisen, 68, of Oakland, has been reappointed to the California State University Board of Trustees, where she has served since 2012. Eisen was a partner at Morgan Lewis and Bockius LLP from 2003 to 2016. She was a partner at Brobeck Phleger and Harrison LLP from 1989 to 2003, where she was an attorney from 1980 to 2003. Eisen earned a Juris Doctor degree from University of San Francisco School of Law and a Master of Arts degree in English from San Francisco State University. This position requires Senate confirmation and the compensation is $100 per diem. Eisen is a Democrat.
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Alum Tiffany Schmierer Juries California Clay Competition
DAVIS ENTERPRISE -- Schmierer received her master’s in fine arts with an emphasis in ceramics from San Francisco State University. Her complex, abstract ceramic sculptures are multi-layered with rich color, pattern and imagery. Her artwork has been exhibited in regional, national and international exhibitions. Her sculptures have been featured in Ceramics Art and Perception and Ceramics Monthly, and highlighted in New Ceramics and Clay Times magazines.

Schmierer is a professor of art at Skyline College in San Bruno, where she has headed the ceramics program for 10 years. She also has taught ceramics at San Francisco State University, Merritt College, Cosumnes River College and Cabrillo College, as well as workshops and community classes throughout the greater San Francisco Bay Area. She lives and has a studio in San Francisco.
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Paige Bardolph Named Director of Global Museum
CHRONICLE OF HIGHER EDUCATION -- Appointments: Paige Bardolph, associate curator at the Autry Museum of the American West, to director of the new Global Museum at San Francisco State University.
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Alum Brian Rivera is the King in 'The King and I'
ASIAN JOURNAL -- Headlining as the King of Siam for part of the performances is Bay Area native and Filipino-American Brian Rivera. Born and raised in Sacramento, Rivera has a drama degree from San Francisco State.

Aside from being in the cast of “The King and I,” Rivera has also performed in a number of stage productions such as “The Orphan of Zhao” and “Major Barbara” with the American Conservatory Theater; “American Night” and “Hamlet” with California Shakespeare Theater. He also has appeared on television shows like “Trauma” and “Cuff Me If You Can.”

Rivera will be playing the King of Siam on February 20, 24 and 25, and is also performing as the Kralahome.
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Alum Chuck Barbee is Peabody-Winner Known for "Spectacular" Photography, "Cinematic Poetry"
KERN VALLEY SUN -- He changed his major to Radio, Television and Film, got his Associate of Arts at Bakersfield Colleg, then moved to San Francisco and enrolled in SF State with a major in film. After graduating with his degree in 1966, Barbee hit the ground running as a cameraman and editor in the wildly creative atmosphere of San Francisco in the 1960s.

Barbee worked for two years shooting and editing documentary films at San Francisco television stations KPIX and KGO, where he worked as a film editor and news cameraman, but he found he didn’t like doing the news, so Barbee switched to documentaries and did short Christmas specials for the ABC station.

“I had a knack of putting music and images together that people responded to.” One of the people who responded was legendary and prolific network producer Lee Mendelson, mostly known for his Charlie Brown specials. Based in the Bay Area, Mendelson saw some of Barbee’s work and offered him a job. During the next ten years Barbee gained invaluable experience co-producing, directing, editing and photographing live-action, prime-time network specials and series for Mendelson Productions.
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Alum Adoubou Traore Discusses Future of Immigration Reform
INDIA CURRENTS (SAN JOSE) -- Adoubou Traore is a native of the Ivory Coast and the former Executive Director of African Immigrant and Refugee Resource Center in San Francisco. Adoubou is a former recipient of the British Council Scholarship in 1990 and the Fulbright Scholarship in 2000-2002. He speaks French, English, Spanish, Senufo and Bambara. He obtained a Master of Arts in English from San Francisco State University in 2002.
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Four Alumni Featured as History-Making African Americans from Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Actor and activist Danny Glover was born in San Francisco and attended San Francisco State University, where he was in the Black Student Union and participated in the 1968 student-led strike on that campus that led to the creation of the nation's first Black Studies program at a university. He also trained at the American Conservatory Theatre in its Black Actor’s Workshop.

Willie Brown, best known for his service as the first African American mayor in San Francisco's history, moved to the Bay Area from Texas in 1951. He originally wanted to attend Stanford University, but he was recruited to go to San Francisco State University. In 1955, he graduated from there and earned a law degree from University of California Hastings College of Law a few years later.

Ron Dellums was born in Oakland to a family of labor organizers, including his uncle C.L. Dellums. After attending Oakland Technical and McClymonds high schools, he enrolled in the United States Marine Corps, where he served for two years.

Upon his return from the Marines, Dellums studied at Laney College (when it was called Oakland City College), SF State and UC Berkeley. After graduating from Berkeley, he began a career as a social psychiatric social worker and community activist in Oakland on his way to a long career as an elected official.

Dellums' 40-year political career started when he was elected and served on the Berkeley City Council from 1967-70. Starting in 1970, he was elected to 13 terms as the U.S. House of Representatives' congressman from Northern California's 9th District. Dellums was one of 13 founding members of the Congressional Black Caucus. He retired from Congress in 1998 and began a career as a legislative lobbyist that continued until 2006, when he was elected as the 48th mayor of Oakland. He served as Oakland's mayor until 2011.

Poet, educator and political activist Sarah Webster Fabio grew up Nashville, where she attended Fisk University and studied under legendary Harlem Renaissance poet Arna Bontemps. Starting in 1963, she attended San Francisco State, where she earned a master's degree in language arts with a focus on poetry. She went on to teach Merritt College in Oakland, where she taught, among others, Bobby Seale, Huey Newton and Maulana Karenga.
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Alum Carolmarie Carvajal Has the DIY Ethic
SIERRA LODESTAR (SAN ANDREAS) -- Although Carvajal had a DIY role model in her father, it wasn’t until she earned her master’s degree in diversified arts from San Francisco State University, taught herself how to make jewelry and became a horse owner that she saw how working on projects herself could be beneficial on many levels.

“I found myself in a community that traded,” she said. “I became a blacksmith and horseshoer.”

Her do-it-yourself experience grew from there, and now she does everything from fix her plumbing to making furniture, repairing oriental rugs and more. She even taught woodworking for a time at the Hanna School for Boys in Mexico.
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Alum Ben Keim is Piano Accompanist in 'Megabytes: The Musical'
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Ben Keim has worked as a pianist in San Francisco for more than 20 years. He has been the accompanist for several other Bobrow productions, including “Are We Almost There?”, “Shopping! The Musical” and “Foodies! The Musical.” Originally from Cincinnati, Keim received a bachelor's degree in piano performance from San Francisco State University in 2003 and studied music therapy at Temple University.
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Alum Taylor Mac's Theatrical Vision is Big, Audacious and Glittery
EDWARDSVILLE INTELLIGENCER (ILLINOIS)/WASHINGTON POST -- After attending San Francisco State for one year, he graduated from the American Academy of Dramatic Arts in New York. An autodidact and polymath, he studied history and pretty much everything else on his own, devouring books and ideas.
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Alum Matt Saincome on Turning Punk Into Comedy, Developing TV Show
BILLBOARD -- Dolphin sex is what led Matt Saincome to launch his satirical punk culture media enterprise The Hard Times — reporting on it, not engaging in it. In 2013, Saincome was a recent Journalism graduate from San Francisco State University working as a freelancer for SF Weekly, when his editor forwarded him a press release about a man who had written an autobiographical novel about an interspecies love affair with a dolphin. He wound up interviewing the man and published an article called, simply, “Meet the Man Who Had Sex with a Dolphin (and Wrote a Book About It),” which went viral thanks to both the outrageous subject matter and Saincome’s humorous tone. The story became the Weekly’s most-viewed post of the year.
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Alum Brian Rivera lands lead role in 'The King and I' at Broadway San Jose
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- Bay Area actor Brian Rivera will be playing the King of Siam for more than half of the eight performances of “The King and I” when Broadway San Jose brings director Bartlett Sher’s Tony Award-winning 2015 revival of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical to San Jose’s Center for the Performing Arts.

Born and raised in Sacramento, the Filipino-American actor got his drama degree from San Francisco State and quickly started appearing in shows all around the Bay Area. “Mainly Campo Santo, which is my home theater company, but I also worked with the Mime Troupe and Cal Shakes and one show with Berkeley Rep,” he says. He even played the Kralahome in “The King and I” once before, at Sierra Rep. It was when he was in American Conservatory Theater and La Jolla Playhouse’s coproduction of “The Orphan of Zhao” that he first heard about this Broadway revival.
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Alum Charlie Hall Bringing Back the Waterbed, Which He Invented as SF State Grad Student
TORONTO STAR -- But are we ready for Waterbeds 2.0?

Back in May 1970, Hall’s waterbed was featured in a Playboy spread. “I remember we had to do the bed in velvet, I think maybe green velvet.”

Subtlety was not part of the original waterbed ethos. Some came in gargantuan, four-poster wooden frames — such as the 1976 “Jungle Bed.”

It all began with Hall’s graduate school thesis at San Francisco State University. “I talked to doctors, physical therapists, even some psychiatrists, trying to put together elements of comfort that work,” he says.
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Alumna Judy Juanita Served as Editor of Black Panther Party Newspaper
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “People were identifying with revolutionary movements throughout the world — that was the beret,” said Judy Juanita, who served as editor in chief of the Black Panther, the newspaper of the Black Panther Party, starting as a student at San Francisco State in 1967. Although Juanita herself did not wear the Panther dress uniform, she remembers, “For the marches, rallies, the uniform was effective.”

For Juanita, the Black Is Beautiful aspect of Panther culture, popularized by the movement, was an equally important theme of the era, both aesthetically and philosophically. She mentions party leader Kathleen Cleaver’s call for African American women to embrace their naturally curly hair instead of straightening it as being an especially meaningful message to receive as a young woman.

“Changing our feeling about our kinky hair was an important outward step that either led to or led from internal change,” Juanita says. “Several interviewers have asked, ‘Was Black Is Beautiful that important?’ As if to say the political act of protest was more important. Africa from Hollywood depictions had a negative connotation in the black community. The Black Is Beautiful movement restored our appreciation at the beauty and resources of Africa.”
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Alum Spencer Averick is Lead Editor of Film Adaptation of 'A Wrinkle in Time'
WASHINGTON POST/EDWARDSVILLE INTELLINGENCER (ILLINOIS) -- Her ability to find, elevate and keep talent can be seen across her staff. Averick, 39, studied film at San Francisco State University, but he had almost no experience when he took a job editing on DuVernay's first film in 2008. Now he's the lead editor on a potential Disney blockbuster.
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Alum Sandra Betti Performs Flute at Sutter Creek Theatre
SIERRA LODESTAR -- Betti holds a bachelor’s degree in flute performance from San Francisco State University. She has studied with Paul Renzi, former principal flutist with the San Francisco Symphony, and Leone Buyse, assistant principal flute with the Boston Symphony. She has performed with the University of California, Berkeley, Symphony and the Artesian Pops Orchestra in Los Angeles, and toured Europe with classical guitarist Sergio Funes. Since moving to Sonora, she has become a major figure in area music circles, including directing the Sonora Bach Festival and serving as music director at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.
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Alum Jared A. Brown Wins Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award
THE DAILY TELESCOPE (LOS ANGELES) -- Brown began his career as a student at Ithaca College, obtaining a Bachelor of Fine Arts in drama in 1960. He went on to complete a Master of Arts in Theatre with San Francisco State University in 1962, and a PhD in speech and theatre with the University of Minnesota in 1967. Before going into a career in academia, he began acting on many radio and television programs, including “Lassie” and “The Adventures of Hiram Holliday.”
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Alum Patricia Milton's Latest Play, 'Bamboozled,' Hits Close to Home
OAKLAND MAGAZINE -- Milton didn’t focus her full attention on writing plays until midlife, but it’s not difficult to trace the path of her creative ambitions. As a precocious writer smitten with theatre, she created a comedy for an all-female cast at her San Francisco school, Star of the Sea Academy, a production that earned her a scholarship to San Francisco State and played at high schools around the Bay Area.
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Alum Alex Borstein, of 'Family Guy' Fame, Celebrates Birthday
YAHOO (AUSTRALIA) -- While at San Francisco State University, Borstein continued performing stand up and joined sketch comedy troupe The Virus.

After doing voices and writing for a number of cartoons, the ACME Comedy Theatre performer got her big break in 1997 on “MADtv,” a long-running sketch series based on its kooky namesake magazine.

On “MADtv,” Borstein won fame for several of her character creations across more than 100 episodes, but particularly for her stereotypical middle-aged Asian woman Ms. Swan.

After meeting writer Seth MacFarlane while working on the Fox show, she was cast to voice the wife of “Family Guy” protagonist Peter Griffin in 1998.
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Alum Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You' Set for Cinematic Release on June 29
BLACK FILM -- Deadline is reporting that Annapurna Pictures has set a theatrical release date for “Sorry To Bother You,” following its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Boots Riley‘s first written-directed feature will hit theaters on June 29.

Riley studied film at San Francisco State University before ending his studies in favor of a major-label recording deal for his band, The Coup.
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Radio/Television Grad Sundra Manning Set to Sizzle at San Jose Winter Jazz Fest
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- After graduating from San Francisco State with a double major in economics and audio production, Manning figured that she’d “be working in a bank or something” until a musician in MC Hammer’s posse told her he was looking for a keyboardist. She ended up touring the world during the height of his “Please Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em” success.

“He was on the top of the top, and it was all private planes and first class everything,” she recalls. “There were a million people in the entourage. But he really took care of us. We wanted for nothing. A lot of us were under 21, and we were well-protected.”
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True, Weird Story on Rise, Fall of the Waterbed Begins at SF State
APARTMENT THERAPY -- The waterbed, as we know it, got its start in California, in the late ’60s. After experimenting with chairs filled with cornstarch and even Jell-o, Charlie Hall, a design student at San Francisco State University, hit upon the idea of a mattress full of water. Hall presented the water-filled mattress as his master’s thesis one evening in 1968, and his entire class spent the night frolicking on it. Thus the modern waterbed was born.
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Alum Cathy Lee Crane's Film 'The Manhattan Front' Premieres at SF IndieFest
FILMMAKER -- Developed with the support of a 2013 Guggenheim Creative Arts Fellowship, The Manhattan Front is experimental filmmaker Cathy Lee Crane’s first feature-length narrative film in a career spanning over two decades. True to Crane’s hybrid art film roots, though, “The Manhattan Front” melds melodramatic acting on silent-film-styled sets with newly digitized archival footage of daily life in New York City and on the front lines during World War 1. Via this unconventional approach Crane presents the true story of how a German saboteur’s plans to prevent American munitions from reaching Britain during a period of official U.S. neutrality became entangled with the progressive labor movement of legendary activist Elisabeth Gurley Flynn, resulting in consequences that arguably reverberate to this very day.

“Early on in my graduate program at San Francisco State, I made two short films (‘Sketches after Halle’ and ‘The Girl from Marseilles’) that were interested in finding the absented female subject and giving them voice,” Crane says. “The fact that I have Simone Weil and Elisabeth Gurley Flynn is because these two historically lived realities are still obscure.”
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Alum Noah Agruss Composes Music for 'Gandhi!' at Sutter Theatre for Children in Sacramento
BROADWAY WORLD (SACRAMENTO) -- Noah Agruss: Noah is thrilled to be back at B Street Theatre, composing the first show in the Sutter Theatre for Children. Agruss is a Los Angeles-based composer who studied composition at Berklee College of Music in Boston and was mentored by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Wayne Peterson at San Francisco State University. He has produced original music and songs for more than 20 live theatre productions at B Street, including numerous children’s musicals.
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Alum Samhita Mukhopadhyay Named Executive Editor of Teen Vogue
INDIA WEST -- Mukhopadhyay earned her bachelor’s and master's degrees in women's studies at the University of Albany, SUNY, and San Francisco State University, respectively.

She served as executive editor at Feministing, web manager at the Center for Media Justice, senior strategist at Purpose, and the director of strategic engagement and communications at the National Women's Business Council before joining Mic in 2016.

At Mic, Mukhopadhyay led the site’s coverage on topics like Standing Rock, Islamophobia, the Black Lives Matter movement, trans issues and college sexual assault.

Additionally, she is the coeditor of “Nasty Women: Feminism, Resistance and Revolution in Trump's America” and the author of “Outdated: Why Dating is Ruining Your Love Life.”

“I have admired Samhita’s work from afar for quite some time. I deeply respect her ability to tackle complex topics and distill them in a sensible way for a young, engaged, and conscientious audience,” Conde Nast Chief Content Officer Phillip Picardi said.
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Grad Student Pezhham Akhavass to Perform Persian Classical Music in Davis
DAVIS ENTERPRISE -- Akhavass is a world-class percussionist, founder and music director of Akhavass Productions, and modern-day virtuoso of Persian percussive instruments tombak and daf.

Born in 1980 in Iran, he began learning youth music theory and tombak at the age of 5. With the support of his father, Akhavass studied tombak with Naser Farhang Far and Saeid Roudbary.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Sureh University of Tehran in 2005, a bachelor’s degree in world music from San Francisco State University in 2016 and currently is in the master’s program at SFSU.
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Alum Matt Saincome Founded Satirical Punk-Rock Website The Hard Times
ALT PRESS -- “My goals are simple. I went to school at SF State, graduating from their journalism department a few years back. While on the campus newspaper, I worked on a story that allowed me to hold the president of the school accountable for some campus corruption — really putting his feet to the fire. And on the way to his office to interview him, I walked down this hall with all these photos of famous alumni, like Rolling Stone journalist Ben Fong-Torres.

I will not be happy until each and every one of those pictures is removed and a statue of me is built instead.”
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Alum Danielle Oliveira Gelehrter Leads Workshops on Improv Techniques
SOUTH COAST TODAY (NEW BEDFORD, MASSACHUSSETS) -- Gelehrter has participated in improvisational comedy troupes since 1993. As an improviser, she has performed in venues throughout the United States and Canada.

When she was a student at UMass Dartmouth, Gelehrter was a member of the Rational Anarchists and Chux Cuzzin improv troupes from 1993 to 1998. She subsequently studied theatre at San Francisco State University (2001-2003) and took improv workshops at San Francisco Comedy College.

Gelehrter also trained in improv and sketch writing at the legendary Second City in Chicago, where she participated in four intensive levels of improv and sketch immersion classes throughout the summer of 2017.
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Theatre Arts Professor Mohammad Kowsar Dies in Fall at 73
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Kowsar was known for his impassioned style of lecturing and directing plays, his encyclopedic knowledge of theater history —particularly of the history of directing — his outspoken far-left politics and his trademark flamboyant uniform: brimmed hat, skinny tie and, improbably, a razor scooter, which he used to zip around campus.

Local director, playwright and actor Mark Jackson, who got his bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State before later going on to be a lecturer there himself, said that his first college class, first day of freshman year, was taught by Kowsar.

“Before the hour was up, he was standing on his desk,” Jackson recalled, so full of passion was Kowsar for his subject. “He ended up being one of my most influential teachers. He gave me a respect for lecturing and lectures. Lectures don’t need to be dry.”
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Alum Kirstin Green's Art Provides Inspiration
CORONADO TIMES -- Kirstin explained to us that she is in a master’s degree program for expressive arts therapy and this class would not only guide us from what grief or suffering felt and looked like, to what healing feels and looks like for her inspiration on the wall project, but also be part of the type of work she will do upon completion of her degree. Green obtained her undergraduate degree in photography and art from San Francisco State University.
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Alum Sharon McCarthy is Secretary General of International Desalination Association
GINEERS NOW -- McCarthy has extensive experience working internationally and specifically with the Middle East and North Africa region, in the field of water sustainability, research and application of non-conventional water resource technologies.

She completed an executive study program related to Public Policy and Management for Infrastructure Development at John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University and holds a bachelor’s degree in International Relations from San Francisco State University.
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Alum Charlie Hall Brings Back the Waterbed, Which He Invented as SF State Student in 1968
SEATTLE TIMES -- For Charlie Hall, it’s a long way from his days as a 24-year-old Industrial Design student at San Francisco State University doing his graduate school thesis.

“I always liked furniture and I wanted to address human comfort. I talked to doctors, physical therapists, even some psychiatrists, trying to put together elements of comfort that work,” he says.

For example, there are whirlpool baths taken by athletes — “letting your muscles relax, that soothing sensation associated with floating,” says Charlie.

From that came his first effort, a chair filled with a kind of viscous starch.

“It was not practical. It weighed 300 pounds, and you couldn’t move it unless you had a forklift. And you kept sinking deeper and deeper into it until it was hard to get out of,” remembers Charlie. “I also decided that a bed was more important. It’s the piece of furniture used most in the house.”
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Alum Beth Custer Writes Score for 'The Manhattan Front'
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Custer’s father was a lawyer who would come home at night and unwind by playing Rachmaninoff on the piano. He gave his daughter her first lessons when she was 3 years old. She started formal lessons at 5 and, at 9, first learned the clarinet, the instrument she would eventually employ for her bachelor’s degree in music studies at State University of New York, Potsdam, and her master’s at San Francisco State University.
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Alum Alex Anderson Displays Her Quilt Work, Old and New
THE INDEPENDENT (LIVERMORE) -- Alex Anderson’s love of quilting all began in 1978 when she completed her grandmother’s “Flower Garden” quilt as part of her work towards a degree in art from San Francisco State University. Since then she has focused on understanding fabric relationships and developing an intense appreciation of traditional quilts and beautiful quilting surface design.

She is showing an array of her quilts, from vintage pieces based on traditional designs to newer, more contemporary work, through February 28 at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Drysdale Properties, 1983 Second Street, and Livermore.

Anderson is a founding partner of “The Quilt Show.com” and The Quilt Life magazine with Ricky Tims. ”The Quilt Show” is the world’s first full-service interactive online video/web television show created just for quilters worldwide.
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Students Honor Late Theatre Arts Professor Mohammad Kowsar
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Kowsar left an enormous impact on SF State’s campus through out his career. Students have lined the halls of the Creative Arts Building with thoughts and memories of their professor and advisor.

“The passion that Mohammad brought to everything in his life was infectious, and the inspiration he provided to countless theatre artists was truly amazing,” Jacob Petrie said on one of many sheets of paper that are pinned on the walls of the Creative Arts Building.

Kowsar graduated from SF State with a bachelor’s degree in theatre arts in 1966 before moving on to get his master’s in acting from the University of Hawaii in 1969 and his doctorate from Cornell in 1973. He returned to SF State in 1988 and began his career as a professor.
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Alum Holly Bowling Brings Classical Style in Covers of Grateful Dead
COLORADO SPRINGS INDEPENDENT -- People in Boulder like Phish and the Grateful Dead, right? Sure, let’s go with that. Well, if you also like Phish and the Grateful Dead, but still want to receive a bit of high culture with your hippie jam band music, do I have news for you. The Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center hosts classically trained pianist Holly Bowling on January 31.

Bowling studied piano performance at San Francisco State University and brings a “technically advanced, emotionally rich” style to the aforementioned works, reinterpreting songs like “It’s Ice” and “The Squirming Coil” as fully realized neoclassical works, catching the notice of Bob Weir and Phil Lesh in the process.
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Alum Michael Corrigan Recounts His Love of Books
IDAHO STATE JOURNAL -- When I attended San Francisco State during a time of student unrest, my father insisted on reading the books on my class list, including “The Stranger,” the dark existential classic by Albert Camus. He found it disturbing but riveting. He also saw his world changing. He could accept Elvis and the Beatles and enjoyed Thomas Pynchon’s “V,” but my father never understood why college students picketed “Tarzan” movies. How could a simple “entertainment” be considered “racist”?

Michael Corrigan graduated from San Francisco State with a Master of Arts in English and Creative Writing. He is a retired instructor of English and speech communications from Idaho State University. He has written several articles for various outlets, including Atticus Literary magazine online.
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Boots Riley on his Sundance Feature 'Sorry To Bother You'
SCREEN DAILY -- When did you get the idea? You said you went to film school at San Francisco State University, and followed your grandmother’s passion into repertory theatre, before establishing yourself as a rapper. How did you switch back into film?

“In about 2011 I realized I wasn’t feeling motivated to make an album. Sometimes I need something else to motivate me. I decided to write this script,” Riley says. “The first idea was to write something I could make with $50,000, on location with whatever cameras I could get with friends. I thought I could talk the record label to give me the promotion budget to do this, because then it could promote an album of the same name.

“As I wrote I realized that’s not how I write, because [this] would have become a workplace comedy.”
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Alum's Arrest Spurs Protests Outside San Francisco Hall of Justice
SF WEEKLY -- A local San Francisco artist, Davia Spain, was arrested on Friday on suspicion of domestic violence, battery and burglary — but her friends say it was all an act of self-defense.

Spain is a Bay Area native, who graduated from San Francisco State University with a Bachelor of Arts in anthropology. She’s worked at nonprofits LYRIC and BAVC, and is now a trans employment associate at the SF LGBT Center.

Update, 1pm: The Public Defender’s Office states that the charges against Spain will be dropped.
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SF State's Quartet-in-Residence to Perform in Oregon
THE NEWS GUARD (LINCOLN CITY, OREGON) -- The Alexander String Quartet, whose members are celebrating their 36th year as an ensemble, will present a concert in the Neskowin Chamber Music series at 3pm on Sunday, February 11, at Camp Winema.

The quartet is a major presence in San Francisco, its home base. It serves as ensemble-in-residence for San Francisco performances and as director of the Morrison Music Center at San Francisco State University’s College of Liberal & Creative Arts.

Zakarias Grafilo, violinist 1, joined the ensemble in 2002 after a career as second principal violinist of the Pacific Symphony and concertmaster of the Stockton Symphony. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from San Francisco State University and is continuing his studies at UCLA.
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Alum Boots Riley Stays True to Own Voice with Sundance Premiere 'Sorry to Bother You'
LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Riley had the idea for the script in 2011.

“A lot of times when I'm writing songs, I have scenes in my head that I'm translating into poetry,” the Oakland native said, noting that “it just felt like one less layer and the script just poured out of me.”

The process also marked a return, of sorts, to a teenage interest in making films that began with theater and led to Riley studying film at San Francisco State. Luckily, storytelling has stuck with him through more than 25 years of making music, so branching out wasn’t too foreign an experience.

The original plan, Riley said, was to “write a movie that we can do with $50,000. It's gonna happen in one place that we get for free from somebody and we'll shoot it in a week there, or something like that. And it's gonna be a workplace comedy with some of my ideas in it.”
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Sculptures by Alum Stan Huncilman Featured at Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum
VALLEJO TIMES-HERALD -- Stan Huncilman was born in Indiana. After graduating from high school he left home with no particular destination in mind. His travels led him to stints as a welder in the shipyards of Louisiana and as a machinist in a Vermont foundry. Not long after leaving Vermont he joined the Peace Corps and went to Ecuador to teach in a trade school for orphans. After the Peace Corps he eventually settled in San Francisco California and began his formal art education. He attended San Francisco State University and the San Francisco Art Institute. He received his Master of Fine Arts in sculpture from the Art Institute in 1984.
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Alum Charlie Hall -- Waterbed Inventor -- Making Comeback 50 Years Later
KIRO-97.3 FM (SEATTLE) -- It was 1968 in San Francisco. One year after the Grateful Dead joined Jimi Hendrix, the Mamas and the Papas, and Jefferson Airplane at the Monterey Pop Festival. A year after 100,000 hippies descended on the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood for The Summer of Love. Charlie Hall was a student at San Francisco State University. It was this time when Hall invented the waterbed.

“This was from, actually, my graduate school project in 1968 San Francisco,” Hall said. “My thesis was on human support and comfort and the waterbed evolved out of that.”

Hall now lives on Bainbridge Island. After graduating from college, he had a company manufacture the beds. He believed the beds were the most supportive and comfortable ever invented. And this being a groovy time in American history, they were first sold in pretty groovy places.
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Alum Danny Glover Has Role in Marin City MLK Celebration
MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL -- At a time when the president of the United States boasts about making America great again, actor and activist Danny Glover will be in Marin City this Martin Luther King birthday weekend reading one of his favorite poems, “Let America be America Again,” by the African-American poet Langston Hughes.

An activist since his student days at San Francisco State in the 1960s, the 71-year-old actor is best known for his leading role as Roger Murtaugh in the “Lethal Weapon” film series. He also starred opposite Oprah Winfrey in “The Color Purple.”
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Alum Austin Scott Lands Lead Role in 'Hamilton'
BENICIA HERALD -- Austin Scott has had an incredible acting journey. The 2011 Benicia High School graduate has gone from starring in advertisements at the age of 8 to being cast in the title role in “Hamilton” for the smash hit musical’s national tour.

“It’s a dream come true,” Scott said of his role.

He remained involved with acting when he attended San Francisco State University, appearing in independent and short films and having a co-starring role in Diablo Theatre Company’s Stars 2000 Teen Theatre production of “Rent” in 2012. Scott continued to get roles when he moved to Los Angeles and even more when he moved to New York, including a gig as Benny in Ithaca company Hangar Theatre’s production of Miranda’s “In the Heights.”

Scott initially applied for “Hamilton” a year ago when he auditioned for a variety of roles, including George Washington and the dual role of Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette. He even received a string of callbacks where he auditioned in front of Miranda and the rest of the creative team. Ultimately, they decided he was too young to portray Washington and not the proper fit for Jefferson/Lafayette.
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Photo by Alum Gabriella Angotti-Jones Used in Racist Online Hoax
POYNTER -- The article debunked a video posted to the USA Politics Daily News Facebook page claiming that beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program burned an American flag. The video had more than 42,000 shares and 800,000 views as of publication.

And at the center of it all was one of Angotti-Jones’ photos.

“I saw it was a photo I’d taken two years ago at the California GOP in Burlingame, and it was a photo of a (Donald) Trump piñata burning,” said Angotti-Jones, a recent San Francisco State University graduate.

Originally published in a San Francisco newspaper in April 2016, the image was picked up by fake-news website Truthfeed in September 2017 and repurposed into a video and accompanying article, Snopes reported. A related tweet had racked up nearly 500 likes and retweets as of publication.
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Alum Ian Hopps Performs 'Metal' at Stage Davis
DAVIS ENTERPRISE -- Ian Hopps will make a repeat appearance at Stories on Stage Davis, reading “Metal.” Hopps began acting and storytelling in elementary school and continued to pursue the craft through college at San Francisco State University. Since moving to the Sacramento area two years ago, he has worked with Davis Shakespeare Ensemble, Sacramento Theatre Company and Capital Stage.
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Alum Greg Proops Performs Stand-Up Comedy in Bermuda
As a theatre major at San Francisco State University, he joined an improv comedy group.

“They did a performance and asked people to come up,” he said.

“I went up on stage.

“I wasn’t nervous. You have that blind faith when you’re young. I did something about a wino and a Moonie at a bus stop. Afterward the improv group asked me to join.”
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Unplanned Effects: Art Alum Catherine Schmid-Maybach
RENO NEWS-REVIEW -- Sometimes she shoots photos while driving. Sometimes she lets clay crack and “do what it does.” Catherine Schmid-Maybach is not exaggerating when she says she prefers not to be in control of every aspect of her work.

Schmid-Maybach is a ceramic sculptor who makes fragment-like wall plaques that she transfers photos onto. She has been working on the plaques for about five years. She’s also made small chairs and ceramic figures dressed in images.

Schmid-Maybach uses layers of laser transfer, ceramic glaze, clay and decals to transfer images to the plaques. This technique takes multiple firings and lots of patience.

Schmid-Maybach received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from California College of the Arts in Oakland. She later received her Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University. She has had artist residencies in India, Cuba, Hungary and Spain. These days, she makes her artwork at Wedge Ceramics Studio and at her home in Reno.
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Alum Avi Vinocur Addresses Death in His Song 'Nothing Perfect Stays That Way'
THE BAY BRIDGED (SAN FRANCISCO) -- I first met Avi in 2009, when he was in the Stone Foxes. Now damn near a San Francisco institution, the Foxes started in the SF State dorms. I was in the Journalism program there, and some time after I had moved off campus, my live-in boyfriend (now husband) said to me one afternoon, "Hey, you wanna go see my friend's band tonight?"

I winced — "friend's band" often means corny dad rock or semi-competent noodlings in a half-empty bar somewhere — but through my gritted teeth, agreed.

His friend was Shannon Koehler, who played drums for in the band — he's now the Foxes' charismatic frontman. That night, they put on a searing live set at Bottom of the Hill.
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The Waterbed, Invented by Alum Charles Hall, Turns 50
NATIONAL POST (TORONTO)/CANADIAN PRESS -- Hall debuted his creation in 1968 at San Francisco State University where he was an industrial design student. Dubbed the “pleasure pit,” it generated instant media attention for its promise of sexual exploits.

“It was such a curiosity, and people had never seen anything like that that moved and was compliant like that,” says Hall.

The following year, he began a two-man production in Sausalito, California, crafting redwood frames by hand. Innerspace Environments would eventually grow to 32 retail stores in California.
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Alum Cole Stratton's Comedic Energies on Display Again at SF Sketchfest
DAVIS ENTERPRISE -- Davis native Cole Stratton is once again producing the SF Sketchfest, the 16th annual San Francisco comedy festival running Jan. 12 – 29, with more than 200 shows featuring top comedic talents performing in 20 venues across the city.

The 17-day festival will feature major comedy stars and the best up-and-coming comedians from around the world for non-stop entertainment including sketch, stand-up, alternative comedy, music, improv, films, tributes, live podcasts, workshops and panel discussions.

After attending college at San Francisco State University, Stratton co-founded SF Sketchfest alongside David Owen and Janet Varney, became a regular doing improv at Cobb’s Comedy Club, and soon after moved to Los Angeles, where he currently resides.

He co-hosts the Nerdist network’s “Pop My Culture Podcast,” which was named the No. 2 Best Comedy Podcast of the Moment by Rolling Stone, and will wrap up its six-year run at the festival this year.
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Alum Michael Phaling to Judge Tuolumne County Photography Competition
SIERRA LODESTAR -- “Ansel Adams, Edward and Brett Weston and other West Coast photographers were becoming popular,” Phaling said of the time. “Street photographers were making a mark. I wanted to do that as well. I attended San Francisco State University as a fine arts major with an emphasis in photography and modern art.”

“It was a new time for photography,” he continued, “a time when photography entered the fine art arena. After some ventures working as a studio photographer and wedding photographer, I concentrated solely on my personal photography projects, earning my living in Silicon Valley and then as a tennis instructor. Of course, the ‘burbs’ were a vast wasteland for art types. I could not be inspired by the commercial world of photographing PC boards and nuts and bolts. I only wanted to do photography for myself. It was my art form. And that was that.”
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Alum Marianne Gage Draws on Career as Artist to Pen Newest Novel
EAST BAY TIMES -- “Private Faces” is mostly set in California — Gage’s home since 1952 — in Big Sur, the Gold Country and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art setting the stage for the novel.

While most of her life was spent painting pastel portraits and creating monotypes, Gage set visual art aside in favor of another form of art — creative writing. Even while she was painting and printmaking, continuing her studies at San Francisco State and Cal State Hayward, teaching at Oakland schools and at Liberty High School in Brentwood, she took writing courses years ago when she considered writing a novel about growing up in the Dust Bowl.
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