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Alum Mary Ceruti Named Executive Director of Walker Art Center
THE ART NEWSPAPER -- Ceruti was selected in a nearly year-long search from a shortlist of 10 candidates. The Walker board member Andrew Duff, who chaired the search committee, says in a statement that “Mary’s commitment to both artists and the community stood out to us all.”

Ceruti, who began her arts career at the Philadelphia Museum of Art as a curatorial assistant in the 20th-century Art Department, studied community-based public arts projects for her Master of Arts at the Inter-Arts Center at San Francisco State University.

Ceruti’s community and artist-focussed projects before SculptureCenter included organizing three public art projects by Bill Viola during her time working with the San Francisco Arts Commission. At SculptureCenter, she has organized projects and commissions with more than 50 artists during her tenure, among them, Rashid Johnson, Liz Glynn, Mike Kelley, Nairy Baghramian and Ilya and Emilia Kabakov.
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Former Student Boots Riley Wins SFFILM's Kanbar Award for Storytelling
INDIE WIRE -- Activist, filmmaker, and musician, former FilmHouse resident and SFFILM grantee Boots Riley studied film at San Francisco State University before rising to prominence as the front man of hip-hop groups The Coup and Street Sweeper Social Club. His debut feature film “Sorry to Bother You” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival, was acquired by Annapurna Pictures, and became a summer hit. His book of lyrics and anecdotes, “Tell Homeland Security- We Are The Bomb,” is out on Haymarket Press.
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Alum Kiesha Wright Raises Money to Fight Leukemia as Tina Turner Impersonator
BROADWAY WORLD -- Kiesha Wright has been performing since she was seven years old when she played the organ at her local church. She studied music and dance at San Francisco State University before being hired as the first Tina Turner impersonator with Legends in Concerts in Las Vegas, Nevada. She now performs all over the world paying tribute to Tina Turner, an also with her Kiesha Wright Show.

She started her own nonprofit organization called the Kiesha Wright-Mary Lou Children’s Foundation to give back to charities who help children and families who are battling childhood leukemia.
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Alum Denia Perez Becomes First DACA Recipient Admitted to Connecticut Bar
RECORD-JOURNAL (MERIDEN, CONNECTICUT) -- Quinnipiac University School of Law graduate Denia Perez became the first Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals recipient to be admitted to the Connecticut Bar in a swearing in ceremony late last week.

Perez came to the United States from Mexico when she was 11 months old. Her family lived in San Francisco, and when she was 8 they moved to Santa Rosa, California. Perez graduated from San Francisco State University with a degree in women’s and gender studies the year DACA went into effect, when she was 21. Under DACA, eligible adults who were brought to the U.S. as children can receive a two-year deferment from deportation and an Employment Authorization Document.
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Alum Jose Antonio Vargas Shares His 'Notes of an Undocumented Citizen'
KQED-CHANNEL 9, KQED NEWSROOM (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Jose Antonio Vargas joins us to talk about his new memoir, “Dear America: Notes of an Undocumented Citizen.” A prominent public voice representing the undocumented community, Vargas’ memoir steers away from the politics of immigration and speaks candidly to his experiences of hiding and lying to get by as an undocumented person.

An alumnus of Mountain View High School and San Francisco State University, Vargas returns to the Bay Area for a poignant, personal conversation on what it means to not have a home.

“This is actually not about immigration reform. It’s about the changing America,” Vargas says.
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Alum Stephen Meadows to Read at Davis Arts Center Poetry Series
DAVIS ENTERPRISE -- Stephen Meadows is a Californian of pioneer and Ohlone descent. He has earned degrees from UC Santa Cruz and San Francisco State University. His poetry collection, “Releasing the Days,” was published by Heyday.
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Metallica Guitarist Kirk Hammett Attended SF State, Now Donates to Higher Ed
SF WEEKLY -- All Within My Hands has recently joined forces with The American Association of Community Colleges to help schools around the country in crucial need of economic support.

“The most efficient way for us to help them is to support their workforce education to help stabilize their local economies,” Hammett explains, “The plan is we’re going to select 10 community colleges in the first year, and we are going to distribute roughly $1 million evenly across them.”

Hammett, who briefly attended community college in Richmond before transferring to SF State, understands the importance of quality education, explaining, “Once you have an education under your belt, you come out a changed person. It just changes people in a very powerful way. We’re really trying to help people who are aspiring to do truly great things, and they just need that extra something to make it all possible.”
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Alum Cristina Kartsioukas Named Broker for Advantage Real Estate in Oregon
NEWS TIMES (NEWPORT, OREGON) -- After studying art and art history at Rhode Island School of Design and San Francisco State University, Kartsioukas gained a varied employment background in art, customer service and business-related fields.

“From those I carry a variety of skills necessary in the real estate industry: listening, communicating, multitasking, advocating and being accommodating,” she said. “I take great pride in familiarizing myself with your needs to represent you in this process. Whether it be to answer questions, represent you as a seller, or represent you as a buyer by finding the right home, investment property or land to suit your needs, I am happy to assist. My honesty and integrity will be your allies throughout the process.”
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Alum Kim Shuck to Read Her Poetry in Alameda
EAST BAY TIMES --Also a well respected visual artist, Shuck holds a Master of Fine Arts in visual art from San Francisco State University and has shown her contemporary beadwork in various galleries. She has been featured in two BBC-produced programs and is giving about 20 readings per month as poet laureate. She was formerly a teacher of poetry in the Poets in the Schools project.
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Alum Theodore Ellison Creates Original Stained-Glass Designs in Timeless Medium
CURBED SF -- A hundred years ago, almost every house built in the Bay Area had some stained glass in it. That level of craftsmanship and everyday beauty was expected then, even in a modest Sears Roebuck bungalow. Today, stained-glass elements are the exception rather than the rule, especially in new construction.

But for the past two decades, Theodore Ellison — working out of a converted 3,000-square-foot pool hall in Oakland — has been trying to change all that. He designs and creates what he calls “finely crafted” stained-glass windows and doors, mosaic fireplaces, backsplashes, and murals for clients in the Bay Area and beyond.

“There is a renewed interest in site-specific hand-crafted work,” he said. “People respond to this personal touch, and there are now small makers all over the country making stained glass and mosaics for people’s homes.”

Ellison, who studied art at San Francisco State University, creates original designs for all his mosaic and stained-glass work. While his work is inspired by the glass designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, Louis Comfort Tiffany, and Charles and Henry Greene (Greene and Greene), he does not do reproductions.

“I am interested in keeping these centuries-old techniques going forward,” not in recreating old patterns, he said. “The problem is that when you are working with traditional trades, it’s always an uphill battle against people’s perceptions that the work has to be crafty or look a certain way.”
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SF State Officially Launches $81-Million Construction Project
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- With 10 SF State alumni and dignitaries planting golden shovels in freshly turned earth, SF State officially declared the beginning of the $81 million Liberal and Creative Arts Building project on Friday, October 26.

A groundbreaking celebration was held on the Tapia Drive property where construction will occur — and where student housing once stood until its demolition in September.

Among the dignitaries was Bria Howse, a master’s student in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts program, which will move into the new building upon completion in 2020.

“What this building represents is a chance for the new generation of BECA students to launch their careers and leave their mark here at San Francisco State and on the world,” Howse told a gathering of more than 100 invited guests. “And a few more BEA and Emmy awards couldn’t hurt.”
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Alum Veronika Kornberg Wins Morton Marcus Poetry Prize
HALF MOON BAY REVIEW -- The poem “Stealing Mulberries” was selected by judge and Santa Cruz poet Danusha Laméris in a contest organized by Santa Cruz Writes and the “phren-Z” literary magazine. The honor comes with a $1,000 prize.

Kornberg has been published or will soon be published by Tinderbox Poetry Journal, Valparaiso Poetry Review, Radar Poetry and many other outlets. She is working on her first book of poems.

Kornberg has been a community volunteer and is the mother of three daughters. She studied writing in the graduate writing program at San Francisco State University and returned to her craft as her daughters matured. She says that poetry has spoken to her since she was a child and she feels drawn to create it.
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Alum Iulia Bodeanu Named First Museum Curator for Yolo County
DAILY DEMOCRAT (WOODLAND) -- “Bodeanu turned her personal interest and passion for museums into a profession through higher education and work experience,” stated Gabor. “She completed degrees in both English and art history from UC Berkeley and earned a master’s degree in museum studies with an emphasis in museum education from San Francisco State University. Bodeanu also received a teaching credential from UC Davis, which will further inform her work on educational exhibits and programs.”

In addition to serving as the interim museum curator for Yolo County, Bodeanu has worked at a number of history and arts organizations throughout Northern California, helping to carry out the missions of these cultural organizations.

Her experience includes working with docents at the Sonoma County Museum in Santa Rosa, implementing educational programming for Verge Center for the Arts in Sacramento and developing fundraising events at the California Agricultural Museum in Woodland.
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Alum Greg Proops' Improv Career Began in SF State Residence Halls
COLUMBUS UNDERGROUND (OHIO) -- Proops began his career performing stand-up while attending the College of San Mateo and San Francisco State University in the latter part of the 1970s, eventually delving into improv as a member of the ensemble Faultline. He spent the next decade performing improv and stand-up professionally before being invited to join the cast of the U.K. version of “Whose Line.”

“Well, I was going to State and I’d been doing stand-up, but I’d never heard of improv. I’d heard of making stuff up as a stand-up, but I’d never heard of just … making stuff up. So, they had a show at the Cantina with an improv group called Faultline up near my dormitory, and I went over and watched it,” Proops says. “They had an audience spot, and they invited someone from the audience to do a bit with them, and so I thought, ‘Well, I can do that.’ And I went back the next week and sat in the front row and jumped up when they did the audience spot.

“And the next day, I was playing pinball, and this will give you an idea of how long ago this was since we played pinball, in the Student Union, and he said, ‘Do you want to be in my group?’ And I said, ‘Yeah!’” Proops adds. “So, that was 1979. That’s where I learned — I didn’t go to The Groundlings, or anything like that, or The Second City. I learned from the other guys in the improv group, and the girls, at San Francisco State. And we did a regular once-a-week gig at the Cantina with a built-in audience of students.

“There’s nothing that replaces stage time, and so I spent my first two years improvising with, you know, loads of stage time.”
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Focusing Attention on Former Student Mark Andrew and His Remarkable Light
IN PARK MAGAZINE (MILWAUKEE) -- “On any project, whether it’s a show or a ride, the lighting design is the glue that holds everything together – and holds everything apart,” said Mark Andrew, founder and principal of Remarkable Light, based in Los Angeles. Mark has been a lighting designer in themed entertainment for more than two decades. He trained at San Francisco State University and the Studio and Forum of Stage Design in New York City.

Mark explains the impact lighting design has on our experiences: “Initially, its purpose is to guide the attention of the audience, add dimension to scenes, and to work in tandem with the story to create a fully realized experience. Lighting design brings that intent into the physical realm. In theater – where the flat scenery is lit in a way to make it appear multi-dimensional (and backdrops provide depth, time of day, and create a mood) – the scenery is held away from the actor with backlight and sidelight. Light is also used to tell the audience exactly what to look at and when—and, almost as importantly, especially in attractions, what not to look at.”
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SF State Alumni Inducted into Hall of Fame
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The 2018 Alumna of the Year is Rebecca Solnit who graduated from SF State with a bachelor’s in English in 1991, and went on to author more than 20 books such as “Hope in the Dark: Untold Histories, Wild Possibilities” and “Wanderlust: A History of Walking.”

Also honored are 1990 graduate Dr. Esteban G. Burchard, who earned a B.S. in Cell and Molecular Biology; 2006 graduate Jinho “Piper” Ferreira, who earned a B.A. in Africana Studies; and 1975 graduate Kitty Tsui, who earned a B.A. in English.
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Alum Jason Dearan Named Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT
KNIGHT SCIENCE JOURNALISM (MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY) -- After finishing high school, Dearen went to San Francisco State University, where he worked as a clerk at the San Francisco Bay Guardian. The first in his family to go to college, he graduated and joined internet startup Yack.com as a content developer. But when the dot-com boom went belly up in the early 2000s, he applied to Columbia University and moved to NYC to pursue a master’s in journalism.

Most recently, Dearen has worked as a Florida-based correspondent at the Associated Press. He says the last two years there have been intense: He reported on the sinking of El Faro, the inundation of toxic waste sites during two hurricanes, the Parkland shooting, the shooting at Pulse night club, and executions. “That was a lot of death and destruction,” he said.
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Alum Jose Antonio Vargas: An Undocumented Immigrant's Life of Fear, Activism
WASHINGTON POST -- At age 16, when Vargas applied for a learner’s permit, he learned that his green card was fake and that he was in the country illegally. The clerk at the DMV told him his papers were false and whispered that he should not come back. She did not report him to anyone. In today’s harsh environment young people in a similar predicament might not be so lucky. Shocked and hurt, Vargas tried even harder to succeed, hoping to somehow earn his citizenship. He was a brilliant and active student, writing for the school paper and impressing the principal and the superintendent of the school district with his talent and drive. With these mentors in on his secret, he found a full scholarship to San Francisco State, where he won consecutive internships at the San Francisco Chronicle and the Philadelphia Daily News. He lost the offer of an internship at the Seattle Times because he told the truth about his legal status, so when the opportunity of a job at The Washington Post arrived, he lied and checked the citizen box on his application, successfully passing with false papers.

A few years later, when Vargas shared the 2007 Pulitzer Prize for his work on the Post team that covered the Virginia Tech shooting, he went to the bathroom and cried, convinced that this new attention would lead to his being found out. But his luck held, and he remained hiding in plain sight.
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Alum Koji Lau-Ozawa Discusses His Research on Japanese Internment Camps
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Lau-Ozawa spoke to a gathering at SF State on Oct. 10 as part of the Conversations on Culture: Diaspora series started by SF State’s museum studies and anthropology departments at SF State’s Global Museum.

He said that he wanted to expand his studies beyond common themes from previous studies of Japanese incarceration camps.

“People were interested in the question of domination and resistance,” Lau-Ozawa said. “I think that’s something we see here, but I also think it’s time to move past that.”
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Alum Jose Antonio Vargas Questions America in Memoir
SF WEEKLY -- At heart, the San Francisco State University graduate is a journalist. who worked for newspapers like the Chronicle and The Washington Post before becoming one of the few Filipinos to win a Pulitzer Prize. But as he gained national recognition for his work, he couldn’t cope with the lies it took to get there and revealed his undocumented status in a 2011 New York Times Magazine essay.

“None of that matters if the government doesn’t recognize that fully,” Vargas tells SF Weekly of his career successes. “One of the questions I wanted to answer is what happens when one person is invalidated by her or his government.”
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Alum Star Finch's 'Death Become Life: Banish Darkness' Comes to Bayview Opera House
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- A Campo Santo member, Star Finch in 2016 was the lead writer on “Babylon is Burning,” an adaptation of Jeff Chang’s “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop.” Her play, πH.O.M.E (Hookers on Mars Eventually),” was also produced by Campo Santo. In 2017, AlterTheater produced her play “Bondage” (Princess Grace Award semifinalist) and TheaterFirst will be producing her work along with 12 playwrights in “The Participants.” Finch is one of three writers in Crowded Fire’s R&D Lab. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from SF State and is a Bay Area Native.
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Alum Judy Dater's Photographs Featured at Exhibit at Loyola Marymount University
LOS ANGELES LOYOLAN (LOYOLA MARYMOUNT UNIVERSITY) -- Born in 1941 in Los Angeles, Dater was raised in her father’s Hollywood movie theatre. She lived most of her life in California, going on to study art at UCLA. Later, she earned her master’s degree at San Francisco State University in 1966, focusing all her energy on photography.

“I love people,” Dater said. “When I started in photography, I gravitated towards wanting to photograph people — just discovering that I could say something and say how I feel about people.”
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Longtime 'Young and the Restless' Actress Kate Linder Attended SF State
TV OVERMIND -- “Young and the Restless” fans know Kate Linder well. Well, we know Esther Valentine well. She’s been on the show since 1982, which makes her one of the longest-running characters to date. She’s not taken any significant amount of time off work, she’s not made us wonder if she’s leaving and never coming back, and she’s just been one of those familiar faces we just love and can’t get enough of for more than 36 years now.

She is a woman who knows what she wants in life, and she’s always done precisely what she wants. When she graduated from high school, she made the decision to go to college. She obtain a degree from San Francisco State University. She has a Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts.
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Alum Andrés Gallegos Vies for National Cinematography Award
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- This has been a noteworthy month for Bay Area cinematographer and filmmaker Andrés Gallegos, who graduated from San Francisco State University with a master of fine arts in cinema in December. His thesis film, “Shoe Shiner,” made its U.S. debut at the Mill Valley Film Festival and earned Gallegos, 32, an American Society of Cinematographers Student Heritage Awards nomination in the graduate student category.

“What I do for a living and what I want to keep developing is cinematography,” says Gallegos.

Set in his native Talca, Chile, “Shoe Shiner” takes place in 1989 at the end of the country’s 16-year military dictatorship as 11-year-old Diego (Patricio Jara Marabolí) ekes out a living on the streets shining shoes and selling newspapers. Although the film concerns itself with recent Chilean history, it was inspired by stories Gallegos’ grandfather told him of his youth as a shoe shiner.
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Artwork by Alum Cathy Ryan Featured at Minnesota Center for Book Arts
FINE BOOKS AND COLLECTIONS -- Cathy Ryan is a book artist and printmaker based in Minneapolis. For the fellowship, she produced “Connections,” a mixed-media printed book installed as an abstract landscape, drawing on themes of nature, perspective, and connection.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in art from San Francisco State University and a post-baccalaureate certificate in print, paper, book from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Her work is included in the 2012 Quarry publication “1000 Artist Books.” In 2014, she was an artist-in-residence at the Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies in Red Wing, Minnesota. She is a past recipient of the MCBA/Jerome Book Arts Fellowship in 2011 – 2012.
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Alum Jennifer McCabe Named Director, Chief Curator for Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art
PHOENIX NEW TIMES -- “We’re really pleased to have Jennifer in this position,” says Gerd Wuestemann, president and CEO for Scottsdale Arts. “She has tremendous skills and experience that will benefit the museum moving forward.”

McCabe has taught modern and contemporary art at Arizona State University, San Francisco State University, Mills College and City College of San Francisco. Before joining Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, she served as executive director and chief curator of the Museum of Craft and Folk Art in San Francisco. She holds a master’s in art history from SF State, and recently completed her Ph.D. in art history at ASU.
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Alum Jamal Williams Named Finalist for Lorraine Hansberry Theatre Playwrights Festival Competition
MENAFN -- “Miss Laura Maye of Harlem” is an historically accurate themed play that examines important points in the life of a 104-year-old black woman who has lived her life entirely in Harlem.

Jamal Williams is an award winning playwright. He has a master’s degree in Creative Writing degree from San Francisco State University and was a playwright-in-residence of the Lorraine Hansberry Theatre from 1989 to 1992.
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Alum Vincent Perez Discusses Fiancé's Unsolved Murder
OXYGEN -- The couple met at San Francisco State University in 2012 and started dating. After graduation, Perez went to work for a local technology firm, while Colombo moved to New York to attend Columbia University through the Bridge to the Ph.D Program for underrepresented students.

The couple maintained a long-distance relationship, and Perez frequently visited from San Francisco.

“We did a lot of exploring,” Perez said. “He would shepherd me across his city. We went to lots of restaurants, ate a lot of food. We walked the highline, and enjoyed the flowers.”
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Former Student Barry Melton: 'One of America's Psychedelic Rock 'n' Roll Golden Boys'
LAKE COUNTY RECORD-BEE -- Melton said he believes his music and his political career have always been intertwined. He said he attended San Francisco state because he always had intentions to became a lawyer, but was carried away with what was going on politically in the 60s in Northern California.

“They have always been connected,” he said, adding that he has played for Bernie Sanders during his campaign for the presidency. Melton added that he believes music’s greatest power is its ability to bring people together. “That’s what music is all about,” he said, citing the recent controversy over Taylor Swift endorsing a Democrat in the state of Tennessee for the upcoming midterm elections as proof that music and politics are always intersecting.
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Alum Athena Portillo: From 'Star Wars' Superfan to Executive Producer
VARIETY -- As Portillo grew up, she knew that she wanted “Star Wars” to be a part of her career. She studied Journalism while going to school at San Francisco State University and got her foot in the door at Lucasfilm with an internship for a newsletter produced by the licensing division. After awhile she moved into visual effects, still longing to be involved in actually producing “Star Wars” content. That’s when an opportunity opened up in Lucasfilm’s new animation division. But the position wasn’t for a “Star Wars” property; it was for the animated feature “Strange Magic.” And that’s when a little “Star Wars” magic happened.

In addition to “Strange Magic,” Lucasfilm Animation was also working on “Star Wars: The Clone Wars,” the franchise’s first foray into television animation, spearheaded by Dave Filoni.

Filoni noticed Portillo’s unique license plate, “Jedi 96,” teasing her that she was working on the wrong project. “He’d tease me about my license plate and asked ‘What does the 96 stand for?’ I’m like, ’96 is when I started my career in the entertainment industry,’ and he said, ‘You are such a nerd. I don’t know why you’re working on a show about fairies. You should be working on ‘Star Wars.’” Awhile later, an opportunity opened up. “I started working on ‘Clone Wars’ with Dave in January of 2007, and I have been working with him ever since.”
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Alum Stephen Duncan Runs for Burlingame City Council
SAN MATEO DAILY JOURNAL -- Stephen Duncan. Age: 51. Education: Bachelor of Arts, English literature, San Francisco State University. Experience: volunteer 2012 re-election campaign of Daly City Councilman David Canepa, Burlingame Lions Club board member, St. Catherine of Siena Men’s Club member.
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Award-Winning Authors, Activists, Scientists among SF State Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees
SF STATE NEWS -- “SF State has produced graduates who are not only leaders in their fields but are tireless advocates for their communities and causes. They’re changemakers,” said Executive Director of Alumni and Constituent Relations Caitlin Tramel. “The Alumni Hall of Fame celebration is a chance to shine a light on the many contributions of these inspiring Gators.”

Rebecca Solnit (B.A. ’81) graduated with a degree in English Language and Literature and went on to write more than 20 books on a range of topics, including the environment, community, art, politics, hope and memory. Her anthology of political essays “Call Them by Their True Names” is currently on the longlist for the 2018 National Book Award. Solnit has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the National Book Critics Circle Award in criticism and the Lannan Literary Award for her books. Since the 1980s she’s worked on environmental and human rights campaigns, most notably the Western Shoshone Defense Project.

Kitty Tsui (B.A. ’75) studied English Language and Literature and is what many would consider a modern Renaissance woman. She’s been an author, activist, artist, actor and athlete. Tsui is widely recognized as one of the foremothers of the Asian Pacific Islander lesbian movement in San Francisco. Her writing has been collected in more than 90 anthologies worldwide and has been translated in German, Japanese and Italian. Lambda Literary Report listed her as one of the 50 most influential lesbian and gay writers of the decade. This fall, Tsui is one of 12 queer Asian Pacific Islander poets to be honored in “A Day in the Queer Life of Asian Pacific America,” a poetry and video exhibit at the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.
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'Who's Line Is It Anyway' Cast Member Greg Proops Discovered Improv while Attending SF State
614 (COLUMBUS, OHIO) -- “I went to San Francisco State and saw improv for the first time. I had never seen it; I’d seen stand-up but didn’t know what improv was. They got the audience involved and absolutely loved the audience, and I thought, ‘I could do that.’ Much like when the artist is taken by his parents to see the Rembrandt when he’s little and says, ‘I can do that.’

‘Whose Line’ came about 10 years after that. Luckily they came here and I auditioned and I got on. That was, oh God, 1989, I was 4 years old…. We’re doing our 30th anniversary in London this year.”
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Alumnae Rae Armantrout, Rebecca Solnit Nominated for National Book Award
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- SF State alumnae, poet Rae Armantrout and writer Rebecca Solnit, are among six Bay Area authors nominated for the 2018 National Book Award, according to KQED.
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Waiting for Elevator Music on the Radio? Alum Forrest Patten Likes Easy Listening
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Patten, who studied broadcasting at San Francisco State, is a programming consultant with Music Choice and has provided music from his record library to “Escape” as well. He is mentioned in a new book, “Radio: My Love, My Passion,” by Marlin R. Taylor, a pioneer of the format.
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Alum Jonathan Overby to Speak about Sacred Music
DAILY CITIZEN (BEAVER DAM, WISCONSIN) -- Jonathan Overby, host of Wisconsin Public Radio’s program “The Road to Higher Ground,” will speak at at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 525 West Main Street, on October 14 at the 9 a.m. worship service.

Overby is a Milwaukee native who received his formal musical training in voice at San Francisco State University. He has performed throughout Wisconsin, the U.S. and Europe. From 1984 to 1987, he served as music director for Pres House Campus Ministry on the University of Wisconsin, Madison, campus.
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Alum Carl Irons, Former San Quentin Inmate, Performs with Lenora Lee's Dance Company
KQED ARTS (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Years ago, Lee had developed a back injury and, more recently, experimented with swimming as a form of rehab. Lessons at the Chinatown YMCA pool sparked a curiosity about water as a medium for her art, in which she has moored dance, music, spoken word and video to sites that have historic, architectural or civic meaning.

Around that time, she was creating a piece about Chinese immigration, set on Angel Island. One of the performers she brought into that piece was Carl Irons, a writer, poet and Political Science graduate of San Francisco State University who runs a nonprofit and who advocates for term-to-life prisoners. Irons himself had served 24 years, mostly at San Quentin, and after being paroled in 2009 made his way through City College of San Francisco and enrolled at SFSU.

As Lee’s resolve to make an underwater dance grew, so did her friendship with Irons. “It felt like the right time to ask him about his experiences,” she said. Irons, who had participated in a performance project while at San Quentin, told me that his roles in two of Lee’s works (he also had a brief turn as a dishonest cop in a piece set in “Cameron House”) were “great fun.”

But he was astonished to find out that his own story had provided creative fuel for Lee’s new work. Anchoring the soundtrack to lines from an interview that she taped with Irons, Lee gave the words to dancer Hien Huynh to record, roped in longtime collaborator Tatsu Aoki to craft a score, got the Chinatown YMCA to lend her their pool, and threw her dancers into the deep end.
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History Grad Jack Gibson Runs for Seat on Marin Municipal Water District
MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL -- Jack Gibson. Age: 79. Occupation: lawyer; former high school history teacher.
Education: Bachelor’s degree in history, San Francisco State University; California teaching credential; law degree, University of San Francisco.
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Alum Mya Whitaker Runs for Oakland City Council
THE CAMPANIL (MILLS COLLEGE) -- Whitaker graduated from San Francisco State University with a bachelor’s degree in communications and is a counselor for foster youth in Alameda County.
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Alum John Watson Reflects on His Time at Nevada Theatre
THE UNION (GRASS VALLEY) -- In 1970, when I was just a young whippersnapper in my early 20s, I starred in “The Apple Tree,” “The Private Ear” and “The Public Eye” at the Nevada Theatre. The program (which also included “I Do! I Do!”) was put together by a friend who, like me, was a recent San Francisco State University graduate, in cooperation with Grass Valley entrepreneur LeRoy Geist, who owned a warehouse construction business.

Mr. Geist and his family had purchased the former Jones Hospital, now known as the Swan Levine House, and were the first owners to begin converting the building to residential use. The Geist family backed the summer stock program and also housed the show's cast and directors, all of us transplanted from San Francisco.

To my knowledge, this project marked the first-ever use of the Nevada Theatre for live theatre after it shut down as a movie house in the late ’60s.
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Alum Mary Chapot Named to Santa Rosa Symphony Board of Directors
NORTH BAY BUSINESS JOURNAL () -- Mary A. Chapot has joined the Santa Rosa Symphony Board of Directors.

The organization stated that since 2012, Chapot has operated her own business as a private, professional fiduciary working as a conservator, trustee and executor, financial power of attorney and health care agent. She recently joined Exchange Bank as an assistant vice president and personal trust officer.

After finishing her studies in vocal performance at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Chapot completed a master’s degree in music history at San Francisco State University. She spent many years in the Bay Area, performing with a variety of groups, including the San Francisco Choral Artists, the Pacific Mozart Ensemble and the Baroque Arts Ensemble.
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Alum Susie Rivo's Documentary 'Left on Pearl' Screens at La Femme International Film Festival
BROADWAY WORLD -- The acclaimed film takes us back to 1971 when International Women’s Day marchers took over a Harvard Building in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a women’s center, on land sought by the largely African-American Riverside neighborhood for affordable housing? How and why did hundreds of women of diverse backgrounds decide to take a radical, collective action that would change their lives? How did this action intersect with the surrounding African-American neighborhood's fight against displacement by Harvard University's expansion? What is the legacy of this action almost 50 years later?

Director/producer Susie Rivo holds a Master of Fine Arts in Cinema production from San Francisco State University. Her award-winning short film “Amy” screened at numerous film festivals, including Sundance and SXSW and was broadcast by WNET, KQED and other PBS stations and in the Czech Republic. She is the recipient of a Massachusetts Cultural Council finalist award for filmmaking. Her documentary “Left on Pearl” was supported by Mass Humanities, the Puffin Foundation and a Blaufarb Award from the Tamiment Library at New York University. She is a resident scholar at the Women’s Studies Research Center at Brandeis University.
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Alum Catherine Stern Puts Silky Finish on Spiritual Textiles
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Stern’s interest in textiles began early in life, long before her creative turn toward spiritual text and images. In high school, she got her hands on a loom and decided to study textile art and woodworking at San Francisco State, where she began her experimentation with hand-dyed silk.

“I’m often inspired by words from Jewish prayers, stories and text, and pair them with images, from many sources,” says Stern, an East Bay textile artist whose work is being shown at the Osher Marin JCC through the end of the year. “The words lead me to research, to read and listen, and finally to dream until the pieces tell me what they want to become.”

The exhibit, “Sh’ma: Stories in Silk,” features hand-dyed silk pieces that she has imprinted with images and text from the biblical Song of Songs and other passages of sacred text. Inspired by the luminosity of ancient glass — another art medium Stern has explored — the work also incorporates visual elements from Islamic design and tile work, and pays homage to the Gustav Klimt decorative aesthetic with her use of gold.
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'Superman' No. 1 Issue Included in New SF State Comic Book Archive
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS-- The Comics Studies minor is less than a year old and saw its first five graduates walk the stage in May. The program, taught by Assistant Professor Nick Sousanis, explores why comics are culturally important and how they can express ideas visually.

Rue stressed that comics represent the oldest form of human communication through pictures. She praised the comic studies students for pursuing a form of storytelling that is constantly evolving.

“You are at the forefront,” Rue told the class. “You are the ones who will break the barrier between symbolic and written language.”
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Alumni Martin Benson and David Emmes Founded South Coast Repertory
OC WEEKLY -- Martin Benson and David Emmes, both San Francisco State graduates, had served in that role since launching South Coast Repertory in 1964. In 1978, they moved the company into its present location in Costa Mesa, right across the street from South Coast Plaza.
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'All Together Now' in Fine Arts Gallery Celebrates Community, Collaboration
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Artists and members of the public and the SF State art community gathered at the “All Together Now” art exhibition’s debut in the Fine Arts Gallery on Saturday, Sept. 22, where they celebrated community.

Sharon Bliss, one of the curators for “All Together Now,” is both excited and empowered by the exhibition’s debut.

“When we were organizing it, we called it the hug before the raised fist,” Bliss said. “I think that’s what today is, today is the hug but we’re all ready to go forward with our fists raised.”
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Former Student Danny Glover Speaks at Port Townsend Film Festival
PORT TOWNSEND JEFFERSON COUNTY LEADER (WASHINGTON) -- It wasn’t until he was a student at San Francisco State College in 1967 that he could channel the passion to make change. The images and messages of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. struck him, prompting him to take what he had learned on the campus and bring it back to communities. Whenever he would perform on stage, Glover was sure to dedicate a performance to something he cared about, whether it was a homeless person he had met on the way to the theater or a photograph he had signed, giving more meaning to the performance.
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Alum Rick Brewer Out as Emergency Food Bank CEO
STOCKTON RECORD -- Brewer, 51, had a background in newspapers and public relations. A lifelong resident of Stockton, he studied broadcast journalism at San Francisco State University, worked as a staff writer at The Record and in media relations at the Stockton Unified School District and at Sacramento City College. He also taught college courses in mass communications.
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The Waterbed, Invented by Charles Hall at SF State, Makes Comeback
NEW YORK POST/ASSOCIATED PRESS -- It’s been 50 years since Hall initially designed a waterbed for a thesis project at San Francisco State University. By the mid-1980s, the Waterbed Manufacturers Association reported roughly $2 billion in annual sales.

“People who might have bought it for Saturday nights, then started using it every night,” Hall said.
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San Diego Community College District Establishes Scholarship in Honor of Alum Annette Bening
SAN DIEGO CITY TIMES -- Bening graduated from Patrick Henry High School in San Diego in 1975, then continued her education at Mesa College. She eventually transferred from the community college to San Francisco State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in theatre.

“It was the right step for me and then going on to San Francisco State, which at the time was also very inexpensive,” Bening said. “It was virtually free then, too.”

Bening reminisced about the days when higher education did not cost as much. She now believes work must be done to get back to those levels.
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Alum Lonny Tomono Displays His Sensuous Wood Sculptures
HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO -- Tomono studied fine arts at University of Hawaii, Mānoa, then sculpture at San Francisco State and San Jose State universities. His specialty is wood carving, influenced by years of study in Japan with a traditional temple builder. Those woodcraft techniques, including traditional joinery, are part of his artistic toolkit.
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Alums Jesse Adams, Lauren Bjelde Spread Soul Vibes in their Band Royal Jelly Jive
SONOMA INDEX-TRIBUNE -- Adams, from Petaluma, and Bjelde, from Modesto, met while stepping over each other’s cables on stage in San Francisco’s Boom Boom Room. They blended their common influences, added some horns and percussion, and jumped on board as a full-time band in 2014. They describe their sound as “San Francisco Soul.” Their mission statement is simply to “Spread the Jelly.”

The pair both attended San Francisco State University, and their friendship developed over performances with various acts throughout the area. “It’s pretty great to find someone who can create with you so meaningfully,” said Adams.
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Alum Annette Bening to Star in 'All My Sons' on Broadway
BROADWAY WORLD -- Roundabout Theatre Company announces a new Broadway production of Arthur Miller’s “All My Sons” starring Golden Globe winner and Academy, Tony and Emmy nominee Annette Bening as Kate Keller and Tony Award winner Tracy Letts as Joe Keller, directed by Tony Award winner Gregory Mosher.

Bening is a Tony and Academy Award-nominated actress with a celebrated career across stage and screen. Theatre credits include: “King Lear” for Public Theater’s 2014 Shakespeare in the Park, “Ruth Draper Monologues” at Geffen Playhouse, “The Cherry Orchard” at Mark Taper Forum, “Talking Heads” at Tiffany Theater, “Hedda Gabler at Geffen Playhouse and “Medea” at UCLA. Her work as Holly Dancer in “Costal Disturbances” earned her the 1987 Clarence Derwent Tony Award for Outstanding Debut Performance of the Season.

Bening graduated from San Francisco State University and trained at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco until she joined The Acting Company.
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Alum Clyde Pound Has Played Piano with Many Jazz Greats
PINE BLUFF COMMERCIAL -- Clyde Pound is a pianist whose experience includes musical director, contractor, arranger and pianist. He attended San Francisco State College as a Music major and has an extensive career of performing with some of the most notable music artists (Dizzy Gillespie, Johnny Mathis, Mel Torme, Flip Wilson, and more) in nightclubs throughout the country. While in Hawaii, Clyde contracted and provided bands for artists such as Jim Nabors, Rich Little, Diana Ross and Dianne Carroll.

When he retired to Hot Springs, Clyde joined the Jazz Society within the year and offered his expertise in the artistic production of the annual JazzFest. He is in his 11th year with the society and holds the position of entertainment chair for all events the society produces.
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Alum Bill Owens Relives Classic 'Suburbia' with Two Photography Exhibits
EAST BAY TIMES -- When you’re talking to Owens, now 80 and living in Hayward, it’s not hard to imagine how the photographer ingratiated himself with middle class young families looking for a suburban idyll in Livermore. A gregarious man with a puckish sense of humor, he was born in San Jose and studied visual anthropology at San Francisco State with John Collier Jr., who pioneered the emerging field. Heeding John F. Kennedy’s call to service, he and his wife joined the Peace Corps and spent three years in the Caribbean, mostly in Jamaica.

By the time they returned to the Bay Area in 1968, the disruptive decade was in full flower, and “we were in cultural shock how much the country had changed while we were away,” Owens says. He landed his first job as a general assignment photographer for The Independent, shooting quotidian events around Livermore, Dublin and Pleasanton: “the new fire chief, Rotary Club meetings, football games,” he says. “Working for the newspaper, you have carte blanche access.”

Suburbia had been subject to derision as a sterile, alienating cultural wasteland for decades, an attitude exemplified by folksinger Malvina Reynolds’ 1963 song “Little Boxes” (famously inspired by tract housing in Daly City). “Suburbia was a dirty word,” Owens says, but the photographer had no interest in satirizing his subjects.

Putting his visual anthropology training to work, he wrote up a shooting script and set out to methodically document the various and sundry elements that defined suburban life, starting with the physical landscape.
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'Give It or Leave It': Alum Cauleen Smith's New Exhibition in Philadelphia
BLOUIN ART INFO -- Cauleen Smith (born September 25, 1967, Riverside, California) is an interdisciplinary artist known for her influential films and videos. She is a 2016 recipient of the Herb Alpert Award in the Arts for film, and a 2014 FCA Grants to Artists recipient in visual arts.

Smith graduated from San Francisco State University (Bachelor of Arts) in 1991 and the University of California, Los Angeles (Master of Fine Arts) in 1998. Her works have been featured in group exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Houston Contemporary Art Museum, Blanton Museum of Art and San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art.
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Alum, Immigration Activist Jose Antonio Vargas Returns to Roots in Bay Area
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “Everyone in this room is really important to how I got here,” he said. He thanked his assembled “adopted family”: Anne Gelhaus, his first boss at the Mountain View Voice; venture capitalist Jim Strand, whose scholarship program paid Vargas’ way through San Francisco State University; Karen Willemsen, “like a big sister to me,” whose father-in-law allowed Vargas to use his Oregon address as proof of residency to acquire a driver’s license; and Peter Perl, Vargas’ former senior colleague at the Washington Post in whom he confided his immigration status in 2004. (Vargas was part of a Post reporting team that won a Pulitzer in 2008 for its coverage of the Virginia Tech mass shooting.)
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Alum Rae Armantrout Makes Longlist for National Book Award
KQED ARTS (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Poet Rae Armantrout was born in Vallejo, and after growing up in San Diego, she returned to the Bay Area to graduate from both UC Berkeley and San Francisco State. Armantrout was part of the first generation of the avant-garde Langauge poets, which developed in part in San Francisco. Her publisher describes “Wobble” this way: “Sometimes funny, sometimes alarming, the poems in ‘Wobble’ play peek-a-boo with doom.”
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Word Weaver: Alum Kim Shuck Fights Back, One Poem, One Statue at a Time
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- During her studies at San Francisco State and abroad, she became acquainted with not only Native women poets but others, from all backgrounds and abilities, including San Francisco’s third poet laureate, Devorah Major. She holds degrees in Fine Arts and Textile Arts, continues to create museum quality beadwork and textile arts, has taught Native American Studies and currently teaches in the Diversity Studies Department at California College of the Arts. And yes, she writes plenty of poetry. Among her published works is the collection, Clouds Running In and the recently reissued Sidewalk NDN, about her experience as an urban Native.
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Alum Michelle A. Holling to Speak at University of Alabama, Huntsville
UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA, HUNTSVILLE -- Holling earned an interdisciplinary Ph.D. in communication from Arizona State University, and an M.A. and B.A. in communication from San Francisco State University.
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Former Student Boots Riley's Film 'Sorry to Bother You' Throws Down the Gauntlet
BOSTON REVIEW -- When Riley wasn’t moving boxes or moving masses, he studied film at San Francisco State University’s School of Cinema.
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From Jackie Robinson to Colin Kaepernick, Experimental College Course Covers History of Activism in Sports
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- SF State is currently offering a course on the history of activism in sports, covering topics such as the impact of Jackie Robinson and current events such as the Colin Kaepernick controversy.

Tammy Forest and David Jaulus are leading the course. They strive to help students understand the impact athletes have on political and social issues.

Jaulus, an SF State graduate with a master’s degree in Political Science and an avid sports fan, feels that sports are held in high regard and give athletes a unique platform to express their opinion. Sports have a rich history of athletes being the focus of social issues, like Muhammad Ali refusing to be drafted and protesting the Vietnam War.

“I hope we’re at the cutting edge of a revolution,” Jaulus said when talking about the amount of big name athletes such as LeBron James, Kaepernick and others speaking out and protesting issues they care about.
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Alum Dennis Rasmussen Writes Novel Highlighting Dynamic Days of 1960s
WEBWIRE -- Sacramento native Dennis Rasmussen has played drums for over fifty years—full time, part time, or at no time. Starting with gigs throughout the Nevada casino circuit, he sojourned to several major U.S. cities to play music, and earned a bachelor’s degree in theatre at San Francisco State. Later, as a settled family man, he wrote training manuals and other bureaucratese in California state offices and, in recent years, worked as a reporter for a local Oregon weekly, then self-published a memoir about his early days as a kid drummer on the road.
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Alum David Schumaker's Photography Focuses on Bird, Street images
TIMES-STANDARD (EUREKA) -- He left Santa Cruz to attend San Francisco State University, then got a job at the California Academy of Sciences using his photographic skills as part of a team trying to discover how birds navigate at night.

“Although I have spent most of my life in public education as a teacher, principal and district superintendent, I always had a camera with me,” said Schumaker, who says his “great joy” is bird and street photography around Arcata, Eureka and McKinleyville.
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Alum Peter Sinn Nachtrieb's play 'The Totalitarians' Premieres in Ann Arbor, Michigan
BROADWAY WORLD (DETROIT) -- Theatre NOVA, Ann Arbor’s professional theatre with an exclusive focus on new plays and playwrights, presents the Michigan premiere of "The Totalitarians" by Peter Sinn Nachtrieb.

Peter Sinn Nachtrieb, 6’6”, is a San Francisco-based playwright. His work has been seen off-Broadway and across the country including at Ars Nova, Woolly Mammoth, SPF, Seattle Repertory, Actors Theatre of Louisville, Southern Rep, Kitchen Dog, and in the Bay Area at Z Space, A.C.T., Encore Theatre, Killing My Lobster, Marin Theatre Company, Impact Theatre and the Bay Area Playwrights Festival. He holds a degree in theatre and biology from Brown and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University. He is an alumnus of New Dramatists and is playwright-in-residence at Z Space in San Francisco.
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Alum Kari Birdseye Runs for Benicia City Council
BENICIA HERALD -- Birdseye received a bachelor’s degree in Journalism from San Francisco State and spent 11 years working in Atlanta as a producer for CNN, where she was part of a team that won an Emmy for covering the Centennial Park bombing at the 1996 Olympics. In between the birth of her daughter Julia and her son Joey, Birdseye moved her family to Benicia in 2000. Julia is now a freshman at SF State, and Joey is a junior at Benicia High School.
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The Y Axes' Space Odyssey: From SF State to the Stars
SF WEEKLY -- Belchere met Nelson as a freshman studying Creative Writing at San Francisco State — “One of my first memories of him is playing Dance Dance Revolution with a couple of friends at a friend’s birthday party,” Belchere recalls — although they didn’t begin writing music together until after she’d graduated.

She moved to the Bay to attend SFSU, where she started writing a sci-fi novel for a senior class. She had been writing lyrics “with nowhere to put them” since she was 10, but now she had a sci-fi fixation to play around with — and a potential band.

“It was very mid-recession, lost-generation vibes,” she says.
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Alum Claudia Mendez Is Longtime Client, Supporter of New Generation Health Center
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- New Generation became a lifeline for Mendez as she moved into foster care to get away from her abusive parents, then went on to get a bachelor’s degree at San Francisco State University in comparative world literature. The kid from the troubled home overcame her tough early years so thoroughly that now, at 27, she works as a community organizer and has begun graduate studies in social work at San Francisco State. And she regularly brings other disadvantaged kids to New Generation, even as she continues to use its services.

“This staff is humble and understanding, especially Andrea,” Mendez said. “I don’t trust many people with my sexual health. But New Generation, I trust with everything.”
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Alum Ronen Sberlo Brings His Solo Show to SF Fringe Fest
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- “I’m tired. Let’s take a nap,” says the little boy in him.

“No! No! We cannot take a nap at work,” snaps Sberlo the grownup. When the little boy cries, the adult relents and apologizes. “OK, we can goof around on Facebook for half an hour.”

This usually draws loud laughter from the audience, though he never knows exactly what to expect, Sberlo says. “Each performance is definitely unique. The way one audience responds will just totally change the show.”

That’s the beauty of the theater, says Sberlo, who first acted in a fifth-grade play and went on to study theatre at San Francisco State University.
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Alum Mabel Jiménez Leaves El Tecolote
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Jiménez has served on El Tecolote’s production team for 10 years. Hailing from the halls of SF State’s Journalism Department, Jiménez is a factor of El Tecolote’s success over the years with countless awards and recognition throughout the community.
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Kearny Street Workshop Artistic Director Jason Bayani Graduated from SF State
48 HILLS (SAN FRANCISCO) -- The first time Jason Bayani heard about Kearny Street Workshop (KSW) was when one of his professors at San Francisco State got his work published by the organization. Now he’s the artistic director. He says the organization gives Asian American artists opportunities not otherwise available and seeing the authors they published and hosted at readings, made him believe he could be a writer. To see those writers’ books now at Pilipinx American Library means a lot, he says.

“KSW provided artists visibility and an opportunity to explore their culture,” he said. “For someone to walk into PAL and see all these books is significant. There’s a lot of talk about representation with ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ but that’s not the main thing for me. It’s to see a whole spectrum of experience.”
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Playwright Incubator PlayGround Was Founded at SF State
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- PlayGround, the Bay Area's leading playwright incubator, provides unique development opportunities for the Bay Area’s best new playwrights, including the monthly Monday Night PlayGround staged reading series, annual PlayGround Festival, full-length play commissions and support for the production of new plays by local playwrights through the New Play Production Fund, among others.

Founded at San Francisco State University in 1994 by Jim Kleinmann (artistic director), Brighde Mullins and Denise Shama, PlayGround has supported more than 200 local playwrights in the development and staging of 850 original short plays and 75 new full-length plays over the past two decades, including 27 that have since premiered in the Bay Area.
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Alum Chike Nwoffiah Coordinates Black Family Day at the Movies in Stockton
STOCKTON RECORD -- Nwoffiah went to San Francisco State’s film school and took film classes wherever they were offered.

He started making documentaries, because what he wanted to do was write social commentaries. In the late 1990s, he incorporated his media company and his film career took off.

He also taught African history at Menlo College in Atherton, and he would show African-made films in his class. Those became so popular that he began showing them to the entire school, and then, to the community. He started a one-day film event in Mountain View, but that has grown to the three-day Silicon Valley African Film Festival in San Jose, held the first weekend of October.
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Hollywood Reporter Names SF State the 21st Best Film School in America
THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER -- No. 21. San Francisco State University

The undergrad film program 
has ballooned to more than 1,200 students (it had only 800 four years ago), although the much more competitive M.F.A. program keeps the head count to 15 a year. What’s attracting more applicants isn’t just the school’s broad curriculum covering everything from theory to production but also 
its San Francisco-y attitude about filmmaking and creativity.

“It’s a very open-minded university in an industry that can be regimented,” says documentarian Kimberly Reed (’95), whose latest project, “Dark 
Money,” is currently in theatrical release and will air on PBS’ “POV” 
in October. “That really appealed to me.”
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Alum Julia Anderson's Documentary Wins Award from Lamorinda Arts Council
LAMORINDA WEEKLY -- Reaching out to some fellow filmmakers who agreed to help her, the recent San Francisco State fiction filmmaking graduate began creating her documentary, which, according to the Lamorinda Arts Council rules, could not exceed six minutes in length.

She interviewed Derek Zemrak, co-owner of the theatre, as well as theatregoers and a longtime projectionist at the theatre.

The original concept for her award-winning documentary, “Let’s Go To The Movies,” was focusing on the history of this beautiful Orinda treasure, built by movie fanatic Donald Rheem between 1937 and 1941. (In 1982, the Orinda Theatre was designated one of the National Register of Historic Places).

“As I reviewed the footage,” Anderson explained, “I realized how significant the theatre is to the community. That totally stood out for me more than the historical facts. So the focal point changed from what the theatre once was to what it is today — and at the same time reminding viewers that independent movie theaters are struggling ... and this is a serious problem, especially in smaller communities.”

“Let’s Go To The Movies” received a 2018 Lamorinda Arts Council Best Short Documentary Film by an Adult award, a prize that means a lot to the young budding filmmaker.
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Professor Clavier Named Dean of Graduate Studies at SF State
SF STATE NEWS -- During her 22 years at the University, Dean Clavier has served in many roles: from graduate student (with a Master of Arts in International Relations) to graduate coordinator; from award-winning professor to associate dean in Faculty Affairs; and from department chair to associate dean in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts. “Dean Clavier’s experience anchors her commitment to the University's core mission of academic excellence and educational equity, particularly in the critical area of graduate studies,” said Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit.

“I am looking forward to continuing the great work of the Division of Graduate Studies and to making SF State the destination of choice for current professionals wanting more development, students looking for the skills needed for a new career or anyone in search of personal enrichment,” said Clavier. “I want new grad students to feel valued, supported and free to explore new ideas, new paradigms and new relationships.”
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Alum Stacy D. Flood's Play 'The Swimming Pool' Featured at Mirror Stage in Seattle
BROADWAY WORLD (SEATTLE) -- Stacy D. Flood was a finalist in the Ashland New Play Festival and an artist-in-residence at the Haut de Fee Centre in France, La Serrania in Mallorca, DISQUIET in Lisbon and The Millay Colony of the Arts in New York.

Flood holds a Master of Arts in English, a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from San Francisco State University, where he also served as a lecturer and was awarded a Clark/Gross Novel Writing Award. He was awarded a Getty Fellowship to the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and a Gregory Capasso Award in Fiction from University at Buffalo.
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Alum Jenny Lefferts Has Mad Maps for Motorcyclists
CYCLE WORLD -- During this time I studied International Relations at San Francisco State University in the evenings. Between working, school and children it took me nine years to complete my degree.

My only transportation from home to work to school was my motorcycle. I started off with a 50cc Yamaha scooter with a high-performance exhaust, graduated to a Honda Rebel 250, and then upgraded to a Yamaha Heritage Special 400. Rode it day and night, rain or shine, 365 days a year. In 1994 I purchased my first Harley-Davidson, which I christened Stella, from a nurse at the hospital who underwent back surgery and could no longer ride. Stella is a ’93 883 Sportster and I rode her to Sturgis and back in 1994 with my best friend Linda Darrah, a guy I knew from an ex-boyfriend, and a friend we hadn’t met until the day we were leaving.
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Alum Cathy Sandeen Takes Over as President of University of Alaska, Anchorage
PENINSULA CLARION (KENAI, ALASKA) -- In Sandeen’s last position, she served as chancellor at the University of Wisconsin Colleges and the University of Wisconsin-Extension. Prior to that, she served as the vice president of the education attainment and innovation division at the American Council on Education and as the dean of the continuing education extension at the University of California Los Angeles.

Sandeen earned a master’s degree in broadcast communication from San Francisco State University and a bachelor’s degree in speech pathology from Humboldt State University.
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Rap Artist and Alum Sparks Across Darkness Takes Poet's Approach on Debut Album
SUBMERGE (SACRAMENTO) -- But as one would expect from someone who studied creative writing at San Francisco State, whose classes in the ‘50s would spawn the literary movement known as the San Francisco Renaissance, many of Sparks’ songs feel deliberately verse-forward. In this manner, he resembles both the alt-rappers of the early aughts, as well as the booming movement (contentiously) known as “art-rap,” which has been largely defined by the disparate geographic origins of its vanguard members.
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