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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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Alum Hannah Tai Seals Realty Deals in Sweet Way
MARIN INDEPENDENT JOURNAL -- I was a little lost for a while when I started at SF State. I just wasn’t quite sure what I wanted. I had traveled to China, which was quite different than how it is now. I thought the language was interesting. I studied (Chinese) for about a year, then the artistic side of me wanted to evolve. I was vegetarian — I’m now vegan — so I didn’t want to be a regular chef and have to cook meat. I went into pastry. My father, who was a refugee from Nazi Germany, when I decided to go to pastry school, he told me that his family had owned bakeries in Berlin. I had no idea. When he told me that, it felt really right.
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Alum Mabel Jimenez Discusses Her Photojournalism at El Tecolote
EL TECOLOTE (SAN FRANCISCO) -- I started in 2008 in the same way that almost everyone else gets their start at this newspaper: as a volunteer. It was my first year in San Francisco and I was a journalism major at SF State. I was still getting to know the city and had made my way to the Mission to explore. At one of the corner shops I picked up a copy of El Tecolote. I had never seen a bilingual newspaper, much less one that was such an unapologetic advocate of the Latino community. I immediately felt a need to be a part of their mission and decided to see how I could contribute to their important work.
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Alum Max Seijas Stars in 'The Goat, Or Who is Sylvia' at Custom Made Theatre
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Max Seijas (Billy) is overjoyed to be joining Custom Made Theatre once again! A Bay Area actor trained at San Francisco State University, he earned his Bachelor of Arts in theatre arts.
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Alum Dominic Del Bene Launches Pet-a-Llama Comedy Festival
PRESS DEMOCRAT (SANTA ROSA) -- Born in San Francisco, Del Bene, 37, moved to Santa Rosa with his parents when he was 10. He graduated from Maria Carrillo High School in 1999 and went on to San Francisco State University. He remained in the Bay Area to pursue his music and comedy production career, working for Rooftop Comedy and Audible.com.

Four years ago, he settled with his family in Petaluma, where he has founded his own company, Blonde Medicine. He has already released Geoff Tate’s comedy album “People Are What People What People Make ‘Em.” Other projects planned this year will feature Nato Green, Brian Babylon, Nore Davis, Ian Abramson, Zach Sherwin and more.
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Alumni Steve Ortiz, Elaina Garrity Star in 'King of Cuba' at Berkeley City Club
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Steve Ortiz received a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from San Francisco State University and attended the British American Drama Academy Graduate program in London. He has worked with the Asian American Theater Company, African American Shakespeare Company, San Francisco Theatre Company, Thick Description, Luminarias, Darvag Theater, Teatro de la Esperanza, Teatro Campesino, Teatro Sabor and Teatro Vagon. Mr. Ortiz would like to give a shout out to Each One Reach One whose outreach program brings the skills of playwriting to at-risk youth in the Bay Area’s detention centers.

Elaina Garrity is thrilled to make her Central Works debut. She is a Bay Area native from a Mexican-Irish family, graduated SFSU with honors, and focuses most of her time on film and commercial work. She was most recently seen on Lifetime in “Psycho Brother In-Law,” Graton Resorts commercials and more tech industrials than she can count. The return to stage is sweet, sacred and necessary. Favorite stage roles include “A Lie of the Mind” and “Buried Child,” both at The Magic Theater, and “References to Salvador Dalí” at SFSU.
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Alum Clyde Sheets Named Director of Comparative Arts at Interlochen Arts Academy
TRAVERSE CITY RECORD EAGLE (MICHIGAN) -- Clyde Sheets has been named director of comparative arts at Interlochen Arts Academy. Added seven years ago, comparative arts is the most recent major at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Sheets has taught costume, set and lighting design at Interlochen, lighting at Grand Valley State University and Mills College and production and stage management at San Francisco State University. Sheets was a founding member of The Mad Dog Theater in 1988. He has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in stage directing and sculpture from Central Michigan University and a Master of Fine Arts in design and production from San Francisco State University.
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Alum Christopher Chen's 'You Mean to Do Me Harm' Comes to SF Playhouse
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- San Francisco Playhouse kicks off its 2018 – 19 Mainstage series — the theatre’s 16th season presenting diverse and dynamic works-with Christopher Chen’s “You Mean to Do Me Harm,” which was originally commissioned by the Playhouse and premiered in its Sandbox Series last season.

Chen is an Obie award-winning playwright whose plays have been performed across the United States and abroad. A San Francisco native, Chris is a graduate of University of California, Berkeley, and holds a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from San Francisco State.
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Alum Casey Peterson Named Peace Corps Fellow at Illinois State
ILLINOIS STATE UNIVERSITY NEWS -- Casey Peterson will pursue a master’s in political science. Peterson earned a bachelor’s in History, with an emphasis on the Middle East, from San Francisco State University and finds a close connection between current events and the past.

Although interested in pursuing graduate studies, Peterson decided to explore other options and gain experience first. He volunteered as an ESL teacher at the Sacramento Food Bank and as a refugee vocational ESL teacher for the International Refugee Committee. He also worked as a technology instructor for Tesla Motors/Solar City. From 2016 to 2018, Peterson served in Peace Corps in Ukraine with his wife. As a TEFL teacher, he taught 20 English lessons a week to students from third to eleventh grade.

“I chose to study at Illinois State through the Stevenson Center because of its track record of producing career-ready graduates in addition to its built-in community,” Peterson said. “The staff and website were by far the most helpful of any programs I applied to.”
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PlayGround Theatre Company, Founded at SF State, Presents 'The 24 Hour Plays: Bay Area'
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- PlayGround, the Bay Area’s (and now Los Angeles’) leading playwright incubator, will mark the opening of its 25th season with a special one-night gala celebration and performance, and the launch of a bold new partnership. In collaboration with NYC-based The 24 Hour Plays, PlayGround will present the inaugural “The 24 Hour Plays: Bay Area,” featuring fully produced and performed (i.e., off-book) performances of six original 10-minute plays by distinguished PlayGround alumni, written and developed over just 24 hours.

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 Barbara Kemp to Perform in Maine
THE REPUBLICAN JOURNAL (BELFAST, MAINE) -- Kemp grew up in San Francisco where she began her piano studies at age 4. Early in her career, she was privileged to appear twice as soloist with the San Francisco Symphony, once under the direction of Arthur Fiedler. At San Francisco State University she studied chamber music with cellist Zara Nelsova and Symphony violist Ferenc Molnar.

She performed throughout Northern California as a soloist and chamber musician, and she was associate pianist for the San Jose Symphony, Mendocino Music Festival Orchestra, Symphony of the Redwoods and Johns Hopkins Symphony.

She taught piano for more than 40 years. She has resided in Belfast since 2012.
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Former Student Prax Gore Can Teach You to Blow Glass
ALAMEDA MAGAZINE -- Originally from Fremont, Gore took his first classes at Public Glass in San Francisco before attending San Francisco State University. He spends much of his time assuming various roles to keep his studio thriving, apart from working on his own creations. The studio is a convenient 10 blocks from his home.
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Lecturer Reuben Zellman Creates New Voices Bay Area TIGQ Chorus
BAY AREA REPORTER -- “There is no textbook on choral conducting that even considers the possibility that singers don't fall into one of those [gender] categories,” Zellman, 39, told the Bay Area Reporter in a recent interview. “A lot, not all, but a lot of choruses still today tend to be quite strictly segregated by gender and are not a very comfortable environment for someone who is transgender, intersex or genderqueer.”

Zellman is a lecturer in the Music department at San Francisco State University, where he also directs the Treble Singers, formerly known as the Women’s Chorus. At the university Zellman said he would often get students who were transgender males and females, or those who did not identify as women, who wanted to sing in the Women’s Chorus.

“A lot of trans and genderqueer singers are not ever approaching those ensembles because they don't have a place where they feel safe. It’s time to create a place they do,” he said.

And that’s exactly what Zellman did. He reached out to the Community Music Center and proposed his idea of creating a choir where people whose gender didn’t fit into traditional male or female roles could sing soprano, baritone or tenor regardless of their gender identity or transition status.
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Twenty-Six Film Schools You Should Know
BACKSTAGE -- San Francisco State University’s School of Cinema offers filmmaking majors in documentary, experimental, and fiction and gives students in each track an opportunity to focus on cinematography, directing, editing and sound. The school also offers an animation emphasis. The program is centered around creative expression, critical thinking and social engagement.

Notable alumni include Academy Award–winning sound engineer Gloria Borders, sound designer Christopher Boyes, screenwriter Steve Zaillian, filmmaker Ethan Van der Ryn and producer Jonas Rivera, as well as Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lisa Cholodenko (“The Kids Are All Right”), producer Bill Johnson (“Secretariat,” “I Love You, Man”) and television executive David Sacks.
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Alum Danny Glover to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Port Townsend Film Festival
PORT TOWNSEND LEADER (WASHINGTON) -- Glover's history participating with all forms of activism stretch back to when he was a student at San Francisco State University as a member of the Black Students' Union. The work helped establish the Department of Black Studies after a five-month student-led strike. Today, he uses his voice to bring change as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Development Program across borders.
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Alum Charles Hall Invented the Waterbed in 1960s, Brings It Back Afloat Today
REALTOR.COM -- Fifty years ago, Charlie Hall introduced the water bed to the modern world as part of his master’s thesis project at San Francisco State. (Fascinating fact: It started as a chair filled with Jell-O.) From there, he filed for a patent and launched the first water bed company.

Although Hall became a millionaire (through his water bed and other inventions), knockoffs of his bed abounded (awarding him millions more in patent infringement cases) before it fell out of favor. In his mind, the reason boils down to changing preferences in how people want beds to look.

"As time went along, a water bed's box-frame look went from groovy to ugly," he explains.

Customers wanted a sleeker look in their bedrooms. To accommodate this, Hall added more padding between the water and the body, which minimized a waterbed's original advantages: reduced pressure on the body and the ability to control the bed's temperature.

But after an overhaul, it's coming back for another round. Hall and his original business partner, Michael Geraghty, have recently introduced a new version of the water bed, dubbed Afloat.
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Alum Marilyn Kriegel's Play 'Harm's Way' on Stage at Sonoma Arts Live
SONOMA INDEX-TRIBUNE -- “Harm’s Way” is written by playwright Marilyn Kreigel.

“I wrote my first play at 13,” she says. “And I wrote my second at age 70.”

After obtaining her Master of Fine Arts in playwriting at San Francisco State, Kriegel went on to write several more plays that won awards. “For me, writing is like a puzzle. It presents itself a piece at a time. I have no idea where the story is headed,” she says. “Yet by listening to the characters, their lives emerge and I see that the story was there all along.”

In “Harm’s Way,” Maggie, an elderly woman, is going to visit her son and French daughter-in law in Paris. At San Francisco International Airport, she’s detained and questioned by TSA. A week later than expected, she arrives in Paris in a confused state. Suspense builds as everyone tries to figure out what happened to her.
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Hoover Institution Fellow Wants Alum Willie Brown in California Hall of Fame
SACRAMENTO BEE -- The reasons why: First, California’s political class is badly under-represented in this cross-section of notables. Four governors are among the hall’s 113 inductees, but not a single member of the Legislature. Brown, who served 30 years in the Assembly (including a record 14 as speaker) before tacking on two terms as San Francisco’s mayor, is suitably titanic in his historic significance.

Second, African-American representation is skewed toward athletes. The choice of Brown – not only the Assembly’s first black speaker but a living link from the civil rights era to Barack Obama’s ascent – helps correct that myopic view of the contributions of black Californians.

Third, if anyone embodies the “California Dream,” it’s the stylish, kinetic, glad-handing Brown. He came to California from Texas in 1951, working as a janitor while attending San Francisco State University. Armed with a law degree, Brown had to endure the Bay Area whipsaw of segregations and a lack of a Stanford or Berkeley pedigree. So he started his own law firm, and his family’s own bitter taste of racism sparked a passion for activism and public service.

And fourth reason, these days, he’s the closest thing California Democrats have to an elder statesman able to see through the fog of the war against Donald Trump. On Sundays, a column from Brown appears in the San Francisco Chronicle with rare pragmatism.
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Alum Zulema Renee Summerfield's Debut Novel Focuses on Girl's Fractured Family
PRESS ENTERPRISE (RIVERSIDE) -- For her debut novel, author Zulema Renee Summerfield found inspiration in her own childhood in Redlands.

The book, “Every Other Weekend,” recently published by Little, Brown and Company, deals with a family going through divorce and is grounded in Summerfield’s experiences.

“The book is a fictionalized version of what happened to me and mirrors my life closely,” said Summerfield, a 1997 graduate of Redlands High School. “It’s about how families fracture and reform and create new families.”

Growing up in town, she attended Sacred Heart Academy, Moore Junior High School and Redlands High School. After taking classes at Crafton Hills College and Cal State San Bernardino, she studied in Spain and finished up her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.
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Stone Foxes, Founded at SF State, Play Aggressively on Stage, Share Social Consciousness Off Stage
MONTEREY COUNTY WEEKLY -- What began a decade ago when two brothers dabbled in The Rolling Stones, Zeppelin and watched The Band’s epic film The Last Waltz over and over as students at San Francisco State has blossomed into one of the city’s most socially conscious, prominent young rock bands, well-rooted in the past yet assertively looking forward.

The group does a few choice covers like Slim Harpo’s swamp rock classic “I’m A King Bee” and Talking Heads’ “Psycho Killer,” but this is an almost entirely original setlist, replete with ’60s-style social protest lyrics with all cylinders firing.

“We moved to San Francisco precisely because of its rock ‘n’ roll lineage,” founder and lead singer Shannon Koehler says. “Things are kind of screwed up these days, and our generation needs to be the one to buck the system and create positive social change.”
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Alum Billy Harris Fights Childhood Hunger with Quips, Hard Work
LOS ANGELES TIMES -- After getting a theatre degree from San Francisco State, he moved to New York City to continue acting and started hosting events and emceeing banquets. When the auctioneer at a school fundraiser fell ill, the friend who was doing the event told him, “You’re funny, you’re loud, you talk fast. You can do this.” As Harris puts it now: “Since I now auction at 50 to 60 fundraisers a year, this was probably an important moment.”

He’s a conduit and professional friend, the guy who brings folks together because after 20 years of events he knows everybody and because he’s doing this for a reason. Sure, you get to have April Bloomfield or Roy Choi cook you dinner, but you also fund dinner for kids who often don’t get it at all.

“Through his blend of persuasion, humor, passion and advocacy, he’s able to take our message beyond the usual activists who care about childhood hunger,” says Billy Shore, who with his sister Debbie founded Share Our Strength in 1984. “The relationships he’s forged with so many of America’s best chefs is like an asset that merits protection at Ft. Knox.”

Share Our Strength estimates that just the auctions Harris has done over the past decade, at more than 100 No Kid Hungry events, have raised more than $10 million.
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Danny Glover Met Boots Riley's Father in 1968 Organizing SF State Student Strike
PUNK NEWS -- Danny Glover is actually a family friend — he and my father met each other in 1968 as they were organizing the San Francisco State student strike — the one that created the first ethnic study school in America. Danny has been involved in progressive and radical things since then. He really was just a joy to work with.
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Behind the Lens: Student Photographer Turns Passion Into Profession
SAN FRANCISCO STATE ATHLETICS -- Suzanna Mitchell has worked in the Giants’ creative services department since 2008. Currently the team’s photography manager, Mitchell is a San Francisco State alumna herself, having graduated with a major in photojournalism in 2005. She hired Urakami for the 2017 season, and it turns out that the Gator pipeline has led to another find, with photojournalism major Joey Vangsness earning the role for the 2018 season.

“It’s been really fun to witness Mike’s progress. He came in as our intern and had the same joyful energy that he has now, so it’s great that he still has that even with the demands,” says Mitchell. “He maintains that energy which is one of his best qualities and just seeing his photography develop over the past few years has been really exciting.”
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A Beginner's Guide to the Music of Former Student Boots Riley
SLATE -- Riley, an avowed communist and the son of organizers who met during the San Francisco State University strike of 1968, founded the Oakland-based rap group The Coup in 1991, with local rapper E-Roc and DJ Pam the Funkstress (who died in December), adding several more members after E-Roc’s departure in 1996.

Although the group’s output has been infrequent since its 1993 debut, “Kill My Landlord” — with Riley often taking time off to work various jobs, get involved with protest movements or participate in other musical collaborations — its six albums make a bumping soundtrack for protest, with righteous screeds bellowed over soul and funk samples, often with the DJ scratching in rhymes from forerunners like the Last Poets, Ice Cube and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five.
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Alum Mario Alberto Silva Rides Wave of Success into Film, Awards and More
MISSION LOCAL -- Silva’s journey as a musician began with the piano. In the ‘90s he and his family moved out of the besieged Mission for a bigger place in Pleasant Hill, and he made friends with other school musicians and learned to play the instrument. When he attended College Park High School he decided to switch from the clarinet and saxophone to the trumpet after hearing a bandmate play it. He felt drawn to it. Good call: Six months later he became the school band’s lead trumpet player.

Although he transferred to Chico State after a brief stint at Diablo Valley College, San Francisco and the Mission kept calling him back. Living with his grandmother, Silva played weekend gigs and attended classes at San Francisco State where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Music and jazz performance. He toured worldwide, as a side man for solo performers and with bands like San Francisco-based Rupa and the April Fishes.
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Alum Laura Mason Named Executive Director of EngAGE Northern California
DIGITAL JOURNAL -- “I have worked with Laura for years and feel so fortunate that she will join the EngAGE family,” Tim Carpenter, CEO/founder of EngAGE, says. “She is a seasoned expert in aging, arts and lifelong learning, and we all look forward to working with her to build our organization for the future.”

Mason has a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science from San Francisco State University and a master’s degree in nonprofit administration from University of San Francisco.
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Alumna Susanne Brunner Named Co-Anchor of NBC Affiliate in Little Rock
KARK-CHANNEL 5 (LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS) -- “Susanne will be a fantastic fit with KARK’s morning team," said KARK News Director Austin Kellerman. “She's about as positive a person as you’ll come across. You won’t find anyone more passionate about informing the public and making Central Arkansas a better place to live.”

Brunner joined KARK and Fox16 in 2013 as a weekend anchor and reporter. Prior to coming to Little Rock, Brunner anchored for stations in California and Washington. She is a graduate of San Francisco State University.
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Anti-Semitic Holocaust Denier on Ballot for East Bay House Seat Attended SF State
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- A small business owner from Concord who attended San Francisco State University, Fitzgerald received 24 percent of the vote in the primary.
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Alum Rachel Boyoung Kim's Documentary Screens at SF Jewish Film Festival
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Two graffiti artists, a man and a woman, ply their craft in one of the world’s oldest holy cities, their 21st century messages fusing to ancient walls in Rachel Boyoung Kim’s short documentary “Jerusalem If I Forget You,” part of the July 19 – August 5 San Francisco Jewish Film Festival.

South Korea native Kim, 30, a graduate of San Francisco State University’s Cinema program and a resident of the city’s Sunset District, made the documentary in conjunction with the Jerusalem Film Workshop summer program.

The hands-on filmmaking program also introduced Kim to the artistic life of Jerusalem through fields trips to galleries, art centers and the like. It was one such excursion, to look at graffiti art, that inspired Kim.

“Jerusalem graffiti art is very different than graffiti in other cities,” she says. “In San Francisco and New York, it’s more based on pop culture or punk style. In Jerusalem, there is a very strong political and social message.”
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Student-Founded Rock Band Pllush Gets Rid of the Fake News
SF WEEKLY -- Pllush formed in 2014, after Helm met drummer Dylan Lockey through mutual friends at SF State. Lowell had already been working with Treadway and bassist Sinclair Riley — both current members of The She’s — on a new musical project, and when Helm mentioned casually that she really wanted to start a band, the other three members jumped at the opportunity.
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Alum Garrett Bergthold Joins Big Bear Grizzly City Reporter
BIG BEAR GRIZZLY -- I was born and raised in San Jose, but most recently I resided in San Francisco where I attended San Francisco State University. So, yes, I’m a Giants fan, a 49ers fan, a Warriors fan and a Sharks fan. And so far it’s been fun watching Giants games over at Oakside only to be mocked by Dodgers fans, albeit passively and semi-jokingly. I foresee that changing once hockey season starts, because I have absolutely no love for the Kings or the Ducks. But I’m excited to watch sports with my new community in Big Bear. It’s all in good fun.
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Former Student Boots Riley's Film Tells Freakish Story of Labor, Inequality
FADER -- Nearly three decades ago, some miles west of Alena, Boots attended film school at San Francisco State University, the same school where his father, Walter Riley, studied and helped organize the 1968 strike that created the first ethnic studies program in the nation.

In 1991, while still a student, Boots formed hip-hop band The Coup with Eric “E Roc” Davis, later incorporating turntable queen Pam The Funkstress who passed away late last year. Boots dropped out of school when the group landed a record deal soon after forming. The Coup went on to release six albums, two EPs and tour the world with signature lyrics that relate life’s daily ups-and-downs to the systemic forces at work. All the while, Boots lived the manifestos from his songs, actively organizing and advocating for working class issues like wealth distribution and stronger unions in his Oakland homebase and beyond.
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Fifty Years Ago: Student Tom King Unearths Miwok Cemeteries in Madera County
MADERA TRIBUNE -- Tom King, archeologist from San Francisco State College and his crew, have unearthed two separate Miwok Indian cemeteries near the Buchanan Dam site. King said the discoveries have been especially helpful in revealing aspects of the Miwok culture.

“We can now tell their blood type and some of the diseases they died from,” said King. In the first three weeks of excavation, 16 bodies have been discovered. The expedition has also uncovered two dance houses. The project is to tie the Miwoks of the area with the Gold Rush and Spanish-American periods.
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'Sorry to Bother You': Former Student Boots Riley's Richly Nutty Vision
THE GLOBE AND MAIL (TORONTO) -- But Riley didn’t always dream of a life of touring and recording. Before The Coup was signed to a recording deal, he studied filmmaking.

“Back then, at San Francisco State, we were not near Hollywood, so what happened to a lot of folks who studied there is they went to work for ILM [visual effects company Industrial Light and Magic], which was the industry in town, and where you’re not making your own movie,” Riley explains. “Then we got offered a record deal, where we’d be getting paid to make our art, and I felt that’s what would give me more control.”
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Richmond Museum of History Grows to New Heights Under Alum Melinda McCrary
EAST BAY EXPRESS -- In May of this year, McCrary received a historic preservation award from the city of Richmond for her role in preserving the Victor Arnautoff mural “Richmond Industrial City,” which had been unknowingly stored in the basement of the Richmond Post Office since 1976. She also received a $17,000 grant from California Humanities to fund the Speak Ohlone Exhibit Interactive Project, a permanent exhibit that highlights the Chochenyo Ohlone dialect and the history of the Ohlone people, the first community to inhabit the East Bay.

For McCrary, these two accolades are an exciting opportunity to increase the profile of the museum. But more importantly, they show that McCrary has big plans for the museum. McCrary has been working there since 2012 when she started as an intern while getting her master’s degree in Museum Studies at San Francisco State University. About a year later, she was named executive director. Since then, McCrary has been working to revive the museum and uncover the hidden histories of the city.
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Alum Jake Sloan's Book 'Standing Tall' Recounts his Activism at Mare Island Naval Shipyard
OAKLAND POST --“Standing Tall: Willie Long and The Mare Island Original 21ers,” a new book by Jake Sloan, is an inspiring, sometimes firsthand account of historic events in the Civil Rights Movement that took place at the Mare Island Naval Shipyard in the San Francisco Bay Area during the 1960s.

In this educational book, Sloan recounts his role as one of the Mare Island Original 21ers, an activist group of 25 African American men working at the huge shipyard at the time, eight of whom, including Sloan, lived in Richmond.

Sloan is the founder and president of Davillier-Sloan Inc., one of the leading labor management consulting firms in California, and he has been dedicated to protecting the rights of workers in the construction industry for more than 50 years. He holds a master’s degree in History from San Francisco State University. Sloan was recently honored with a special speaking engagement at the 2018 Global Hero Round Table, often called the “TED Talks of Heroism,” at the Marines Memorial in San Francisco.
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Former Student Boots Riley Discusses Social Movements, Power Structures with Marc Maron
WTF POD -- Filmmaker and hip hop artist Boots Riley wants his audiences to be radically engaged. He grew up with parents who were organizers and he believes political radicalism prompts cultural change. Boots and Marc talk about social movements, power structures, and how he wanted to take on all of it with his years-in-the-making movie, “Sorry To Bother You.”

Riley’s father, a longtime civil-rights activist, attended San Francisco State.

“He was part of the San Francisco State strike in 1968 that created ethnic studies, and that’s where he met Danny Glover,” Riley says.

Boots Riley studied Cinema at San Francisco State in the early 1990s.
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Alum-Founded Word For Word Celebrates 25th Anniversary
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Susan Harloe is the co-founder and artistic director of Word for Word. She has originated roles in many of the company’s productions, and is also the creator and manager of Word for Word’s France tour. She has a Master of Fine Arts from University of California, Davis; a Master of Library Science from University of Pittsburgh; and a Bachelor of Arts from San Francisco State University.
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Former Student Boots Riley's Career of Confronting Capitalism Finally Hits Big Screen
WASHINGTON POST -- Riley, who was born in Chicago, lived in Detroit as a child but has spent most of his life in Oakland, previously worked in telemarketing while enrolled at San Francisco State University. During the early 1990s, he co-founded the Oakland-based hip-hop group the Coup, and they signed with the independent label Wild Pitch Records. The group’s second album, 1994’s “Genocide and Juice,” spawned the minor hit, “Fat Cats, Bigga Fish.” But when major label EMI bought out Wild Pitch, Riley says the label stopped pushing the song. The resulting disenchantment with the entertainment industry triggered Riley’s quarter-life crisis.
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Former Student Boots Riley on 'Regular' Revolutionary Messages of His Radical Debut Film
CHICAGO READER -- Boots Riley had been waiting nearly three decades to make a movie. The Chicago-native turned Bay Area resident studied film as an undergrad at San Francisco State but didn’t immediately become the next Spike Lee. He earned a record deal in the early ’90s and focused instead on spreading his leftist messages through the medium of hip-hop. Riley released half a dozen raucous party rap/funk-rock albums with the group the Coup starting with 1993’s “Kill My Landlord” while managing to balance his art with political activism and community organizing — most famously as the public face of the Occupy movement in Oakland. But that doesn’t mean Riley ever gave up on his dream of becoming a filmmaker.
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Career Coup: Former Student Boots Riley Subverts Cinema
EAST BAY EXPRESS -- “Sorry to Bother You” explores the central tension of Riley’s career, his perennial concern about artists’ role in racial justice and building working-class power.

“You have to have something that you’re more passionate about than your art,” he told San Francisco State University students at a May screening. “There's no reason to do art for art’s sake.”

Riley did study film at San Francisco State University, but he dropped out in favor of throwing parties in Oakland. “Me and this other dude were making like $1,200 a week — in 1989,” he said. Once the cops caught on, he started working at UPS, where he conscripted coworker Eric Davis (E-Roc) to start The Coup. Pizo the Beat Fixer, Too Short’s DJ, helped place the first Coup song on a compilation after hearing Riley rap at a rally.
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Alum Mai Masri's '3000 Nights' Released on DVD
ALBAWABA (JORDAN) -- After the huge success of the feature film “3000 Nights” by director Mai Masri — reaping 24 awards from different film festivals around the world — the film’s production and distribution companies release the film on DVD on Wednesday, July 4, at 7:30 pm at Dar El-Nimer for Arts and Culture in Lebanon.

Masri is a Palestinian filmmaker. She studied film at University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Her rich and extensive filmography includes many documentaries focusing on the humanity and resilience of ordinary people characterized with humanistic elements, through which she won more than 60 awards at international film festivals.
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Summer's Wildest Movie Is Here: Former Student Boots Riley's 'Sorry to Bother You'
NEWSWEEK -- And his activism continued at San Francisco State, where he studied film while also making music and attending anti-racist protests. (During one, at a white supremacist rally, he tossed soda cans at the heads of police officers — a detail that makes it into “Sorry to Bother You.”) In 2011, he was a spokesperson for the Occupy Oakland movement, protesting local foreclosures and police brutality.
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Radical as Ever, Former Student Boots Riley Takes on the Tech Boom
WIRED -- His house was always political — his parents met during the San Francisco State student strike in 1968 and his father Walter’s activism infected his son. Boots participated in his first strike, at a cannery in Watsonville, when he was 14. He joined the Progressive Labor Party the next year.

Meanwhile, Riley still needed to prepare to shoot his first feature. He had studied film two and a half decades before at San Francisco State, but knew he had to relearn everything. He says he “just went out and snatched mentors” wherever he could find them.
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Former Student Boots Riley Mines His Experiences as Telemarketer in 'Sorry To Bother You'
NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO, FRESH AIR -- I was at film school in San Francisco State, and at that time, the school was more — I found it to be more focused on experimental film and documentary. You know, I was interested in narrative and things that could reach many people. And going to school in San Francisco, you’re not going to meet as many people that are making films as you would if you went to film school in New York or LA.

So we got a record deal where they were actually offering me money to do music, to do my art. So I quit school really quickly and did that instead. We just happened to be at the right time and the right place because the Bay Area, specifically Oakland, was a place that every record label decided they needed a group from. So we rode that wave that was started by people like Digital Underground, Too Short and MC Hammer.
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Gift from Neda Nobari Foundation Established SF State's Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies
INSIDE PHILANTHROPY -- Then there’s the Neda Nobari Foundation. Its namesake immigrated to the U.S. from Iran in 1978 when she was 15. She graduated from San Francisco State in 1984 and went on to work at Bebe Stores, where she served as vice chair. She has since turned to philanthropy, with a focus on promoting social and environmental justice through arts and education. Her $5 million gift to San Francisco State University in 2016 established the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, the first academic center of its kind in the U.S.
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Former Student Boots Riley Explains How He Made 'Sorry To Bother You'
GIZMODO AUSTRALIA -- “I started out in film school at San Francisco State and quit film school when we got a record deal.

“That film school at the time was very focused on documentary and experimental film, so it wasn’t what I wanted to do. I think they may have changed their focus, because after that Coppola’s brother took over the department for a little while. ...

“Also, that was the time when Spike Lee came out and there was all this energy around new young filmmakers. Being at San Francisco State where the focus was experimental and documentary film at the time, I was like, ‘Who’s going to watch a documentary?’ This was before Michael Moore’s hit films so, the answer then was very few people. And experimental film was going to be seen in museums.”
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Artist's Life: Alum Emily Fromm, Painter of Urban Landscapes
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Five years out of San Francisco State, Fromm has succeeded as an artist living in the city, as measured by the fact that she is still an artist living in the city. She has a solo exhibition scheduled and a new commission for a long-term art installation at San Francisco International Airport.

Fromm works in acrylic, a synthetic paint, because it is cheaper than oil, dries faster and is less toxic, an important consideration in the kitchen.

When Fromm started, she had a full-time day job as an office manager, 40 hours a week or more. As she started to sell her paintings, she was gradually able to cut back to three days.

“Painting is just not enough to survive on,” she says. “I still need something to supplement it.”
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Boots Riley Received His First Record Deal While Attending SF State
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- It’s Boots Riley and “Sorry to Bother You” Day on The Big Event! Riley and Lakeith Stanfield drop by the San Francisco Chronicle to talk about the movie, Riley’s early decision to pursue music instead of filmmaking and pay tribute to Pam the Funkstress.

“I went to San Francisco State for film. And I was also doing music, and we got a record deal at the time,” Riley says. “And I quit doing film. ... Most of the people [at San Francisco State] at the time were doing more experimental or documentary. Most of them, not everybody. And the people that you knew that graduated and did something big was like, they were working for [Industrial Light and Magic], which is not making your own film. So getting a record deal, that was closer to making my own art and being able to the thing I wanted to say.”
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Alum LaRon Mitchell: Heavyweight Boxer and Elementary-School Teacher
EASTSIDE BOXING -- Mitchell, in addition to maintaining a full-time career in boxing, works professionally as a physical education teacher at an elementary school in Oakland. The southpaw and graduate of San Francisco State credits his educator role for his success in the ring.

“The discipline that I need for a career in boxing comes from my teaching experience,” Mitchell said. “Every hour of every day is planned out. I can’t miss a day in training and make it up later in the week like most guys because there are no extra days for me.”
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Best-selling Author Anne Rice Earned Master's Degree from San Francisco State
CHRONICLES -- Anne Rice is a manufacturer of best-sellers. Born in New Orleans in 1941, she was called Howard Allen (her father’s name) O’Brien; her mother found that “interesting.” The child adopted the name Anne. Her mother died of alcoholism in 1955. Anne attended Catholic schools in New Orleans until the family moved to Richardson, Texas.

Her husband of four decades, the late Stan Rice, a visual artist and poet, was a high-school classmate there. They went to California; Anne ultimately got a master’s degree in Creative Writing from San Francisco State, where Stan taught that subject. In 1989, they left California for New Orleans.

Her first novel, “Interview With a Vampire,” appeared in 1973. Subsequent titles, including such words as vampire, witches, devil, damned and mummy, suggest exploitation of public credulity and ghoulishness. Her books have sold more than 100 million copies. Three films were drawn from her work, and a 2001 miniseries was based on “The Feast of All Saints.” She herself wrote the text of a vampire musical, starring Elton John. In 1998 she returned to her childhood Catholicism.
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Former Student Boots Riley's Parents Met During SF State Strike in 1960s
ROLLING STONE -- He was born in Chicago, but his parents, who met during a student-led strike at San Francisco State University, returned to the Bay Area when he was 6.

By high school, he was helping organize farmworkers in California’s Central Valley. As an undergrad at San Francisco State, he studied film, hoping to be the next Spike Lee; instead, the music he wrote for his Super 8 shorts ended up becoming demos for the Coup. Released as an EP in 1991, these songs caught the attention of the hip-hop label Wild Pitch, and soon Riley’s dreams of filmmaking had been sidetracked by a record deal.
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Alum Howard Wiley Leads Funk, Soul-Infused Band Extra Nappy
BERKELEYSIDE -- He earned a coveted spot in the Berkeley High Jazz Band as a freshman, but ended up dropping out of the ensemble after one semester. Looking for a bigger challenge, Wiley convinced Dee Spencer to let him join the San Francisco State big band. After a few years he ended up leading the combo and competing at a collegiate level.

“At first I got my ass handed to me playing at SF State, just like I did in Faye Carol’s living room with John Turk, but it helped me get better,” Wiley says. “I was always chasing that thing.”
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Is Hollywood Ready for Boots Riley? Former Student's Debut Film Poised to be Big Hit
MOTHER JONES -- Set in Oakland, “Sorry to Bother You” was inspired by Riley’s stints as a telemarketer during film school at San Francisco State University — he dropped out after landing a record deal — and later between Coup albums.

“I always had some sort of sales job from the time I was 11. I was the kid knocking on your door selling subscriptions, saying, ‘I need one more subscription to get to Disneyland,’” he told me. “I became, for the wrong reasons, good at listening to people — to figure out how to sell them stuff.”

Riley came to political activism on his own, but it’s fair to say he was born into it. His father, Oakland attorney Walter Riley, was raised in segregated Durham, North Carolina, where he took part in lunch counter sit-ins and voter registration drives and eventually became a field secretary for the Congress of Racial Equality. During the 1960s, at San Francisco State University, Walter protested the Vietnam War as a member of Students for a Democratic Society, and became a leader in the Progressive Labor Party.
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Remembering the Radical Life of Former Student Vonetta McGee, Blaxploitation's Forgotten Hero
VICE, BROADLY -- McGee was born in 1945, an objectively awful time for African-American actresses. Before the late 60s, roles were rare, and pretty insulting. “There weren’t many multidimensional roles for [Black women] beyond ‘The Mammy’ or ‘The Exotic Other,’” says Yvonne D. Sims, the author of “Women of Blaxploitation: How The Black Heroine Changed American Popular Culture,” pointing to Hattie McDaniel’s loyal “mammy” in “Gone With the Wind” and Dorothy Dandridge’s recurrent exoticized roles in movies like “Sundown” and “Tarzan’s Peril.”

This environment served as the backdrop to McGee’s years at San Francisco State College. She studied pre-law and acted with racially conscious black theatre group Aldridge Players West. Eventually, McGee dropped out of college and jetted abroad to seek acting work. In 1968, she landed major roles in the Italian films “Faustina” and “The Great Silence.” Her risk had paid off—though director Alex Cox, who cast McGee in his 1984 film “Repo Man,” speculates that her international start may have hindered her longevity.
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