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Lecturer Emil Guillermo Criticizes ICE Sting
DIVERSE ISSUES IN HIGHER EDUCATION -- Emil Guillermo, a journalist and commentator, writes for the Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund. He is an adjunct professor in Journalism at San Francisco State University. He wrote this opinion piece for Diverse Issues in Higher Education.

“True, the [University of Farmington] scam was set up during the Obama years. But things didn’t get nasty until the Trump administration.

“The Obama administration generally worked through jails and prisons to focus on the bad immigrants. The Trump administration, however, has been more into large scale local raids and sweeps, unsettling those living their quiet lives as tax-paying members of their respective communities. They were people who may not have been documented, but they were productive and law abiding who wanted to be a part of our nation. Instead of finding a way to allow them to live their lives, most were put through a torturous separation process and deported.

“The Trump approach has led to cities and states establishing sanctuary laws, which does not prevent ICE from doing its job. It only makes sure local and state enforcement stay in their own lanes with their activities and resources. Sanctuary is intended to make sure the locals keep their eyes on their own work. They have enough problems of their own than to do ICE’s job. Surely, ICE’s presence ICE doesn’t help local law enforcement (and I include campus police). ICE only creates a level of distrust, and then no law enforcement agency can do its job. Who in the community would call in a crime if they feared campus police would turn them in to ICE?”
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Professor Pahnke Advocates for Family Farmers in Green New Deal
EATER/CIVIL EATS -- In a letter sent to Ocasio-Cortez and other members of Congress, Holt-Giménez, Elizabeth Henderson of the Northeast Organic Farming Association, John Peck of Family Farm Defenders and Professor Anthony Robert Pahnke of San Francisco State University, called for “a just transition” to a system that “promotes agroecological practices that build soil carbon, protect air and water quality, and enhance biodiversity.” A Green New Deal, they added, “must include policies that enable family farmers to remain viable on their own land,” while “guaranteeing a living wage for all those engaged in the food/farm system.”
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Professor Dollinger Discusses His Book on 'Black Power, Jewish Politics'
BEFORE IT’S NEWS -- In the mid-’60s, with the rise of black nationalism (and what some describe as black anti-Semitism), “the once wonderful alliance dissolved and split. And since the mid 1960s, it’s been terrible.”

That, says historian Marc Dollinger, is “the accepted wisdom on how to understand Jewish participation in the civil rights movement.”

Except, Dollinger adds, that’s not really what happened.

He lays all this out in his new book, “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s.”

Dollinger, a professor at San Francisco State University, argues that much of our accepted knowledge about the interaction between black and Jewish communities is based more on myth than fact. He says uncovering the real story can teach all Americans a lot about privilege, historical memory and the way we construct our own stories.
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Alumna, World-Champ Pistol Shooter Vera Koo Discusses Value of College Education
WOMEN’S OUTDOOR NEWS -- I left San Francisco State with more than an Art degree. I gained an education that prepared me for life.

Ask someone why she attended college, and she probably would say she went to earn a degree that would allow her to get a job.

It’s true that college helps us do that. But there are so many other aspects students gain from the experience.

You learn patience.
You develop a work ethic.
You build human connections.
You broaden your worldview.

Those lessons proved valuable not only in navigating life’s challenges, but also in shaping my shooting career.
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'We've Been Dogged by 40 Years of Bad Relations': Professor Karim Discusses Iranian-American Community
ASSOCIATED PRESS -- Many Iranian immigrants recall being taunted as children after Americans at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran were taken hostage and held for 444 days. Today, many are separated from their relatives overseas by the Trump administration’s travel ban, which has made some Americans of Iranian heritage feel their standing is in question despite their citizenship status and longstanding ties to the U.S.

“In economic terms, it has been a pretty successful community, however, we have been dogged by 40 years of bad relations between the United States and Iran,” said Persis Karim, chair of San Francisco State University’s Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies. “People feel like their place in the U.S. has kind of continuously been under question, or not completely at ease, because of this bigger relationship between these two countries.”

After the revolution, many Iranian immigrants sought to distance themselves from the upheaval in their homeland by calling themselves Persian. The second generation, Karim said, has identified more often as Iranian-American to show pride in their heritage and their U.S. citizenship.
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3 days ago
Alum Monica Palacios Named Lucille Geier Lakes Writer-in-Residence at Smith College
GRECOURT GATE (SMITH COLLEGE) -- A Los Angeles-based writer and performer, Palacios has been recognized as an LGBTQ Latinx trailblazer. Her award-winning solo shows, plays, screenplays, short stories and poems center around her identity as a Chicana lesbian. In 2012, the city of Los Angeles declared Monica Palacios Day in honor of her groundbreaking artistic work.

“When I was a teenager in the 1970s, I used to watch all of these guys on TV and imitate them. I would use my mom’s tortilla rolling pin as a microphone. In high school, I did a standup routine in my English class, and when I got to college at San Francisco State, I started hanging out in comedy clubs, taking notes. On my 23rd birthday, I dared myself to get onstage—and I was successful!

“I didn’t do any queer comedy at first. But then I found out about Valencia Rose Cabaret in San Francisco, the first gay comedy club. I talked myself into doing a show there. Onstage, I was able to be my authentic self, and it was a big love fest. My solo career has been all about representing my community.”
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7 days ago
Alum Johnny Mathis Appears on 'Criminal Minds'
2 PARAGRAPHS -- He’s remarrying his third ex-wife Krystall Richards (Gail O’Grady). Rossi and Krystall reunited in the March 2018 episode “The Dance of Love” which featured the Johnny Mathis song “I’ll Be Easy to Find.” So it’s not a big stretch for the 83-year-old crooner himself to show up at their wedding.

Fascinating fact about Mathis: In 1954, he went to San Francisco State College on an athletic scholarship (high jump, hurdles). While there, 5’7″ tall Mathis set a high jump record of 6’-5 1/2”, only two inches short of the Olympic record at the time. The only guy in the City of San Francisco who could jump higher than Mathis was future NBA star Bill Russell.
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7 days ago
Alum Leah LaCroix Helped Make SF Public Transit Free for Youth
SF WEEKLY -- LaCroix and the Youth Commission’s hard work lives on every day. Tens of thousands of young San Franciscans now ride our public transit system for free.

“It took young people organizing and mobilizing for folks to really see that we were in it for the long haul,” LaCroix says.

But the Youth Commission was just the start. Around the same time that she graduated from San Francisco State — with a dual degree in urban planning and political science — someone suggested that she run for San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee, a powerful local voice whose endorsement meetings draw hundreds of people around every election.

“At first I was like, ‘No, that seems like a beast, I’m starting a new job, I just finished school,’ ” she says. “But the more I thought about it, I kept thinking about how young people are told ‘Not now,’ and to ‘Wait their turn.’ ”
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8 days ago
Retrospective Exhibit by Instructor Lola Fraknoi Shows a Life Devoted to Art, Elders
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- These days, she teaches art through the Older Adults program at City College of San Francisco, including an art class for adults with memory loss, in which she uses the Art Kit. She also teaches collage and printmaking to older adults at San Francisco State’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

“I have spent most of my life giving to others, especially older adults,” she said. “All that giving has to have a portion of giving to oneself, or you get burned out. That’s where my artwork has come in.”

Fraknoi’s one-woman retrospective, currently at the Peninsula Museum of Art, displays her penchant for thoughtful exploration of the important themes in her life: as a woman, an immigrant, and the daughter of European survivors. Artistically, she expresses these preoccupations somewhat symbolically, in images such as “secret containers, lost keys, unfinished stories, old-world recipes, and fading memories … how much to hide and how much to reveal becomes a constant theme of my work,” her artist statement explains.
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8 days ago
Grad Student Nathan Kosta Turns Lifelong Passion for Photography into Profession
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- As a 12-year-old boy backpacking through the Eastern Sierra, Nathan Kosta knew photography was his calling when he began capturing the vivid landscapes around him.

Now he’s a 32-year-old graduate student in the Master of Fine Arts program at San Francisco State, pursuing his childhood dream of curating art.

The majority of Kosta’s days are spent balancing his work time in the studio, his school work and teaching a digital photography class.

“When you’re a professional artist you have what people refer to as an art practice — and Nathan is really good at practicing,” art department Assistant Professor Sean McFarland said.
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9 days ago
Student Team Makes Finals in Stanford Center on Longevity Design Challenge
STANFORD CENTER ON LONGEVITY -- The Stanford Center on Longevity today announced eight finalist teams for its 2018 – 19 Design Challenge “Contributing at Every Age: Designing for Intergenerational Impact.” Now in its sixth year, the challenge’s primary goal is to encourage a new generation of designers to become engaged in finding creative solutions that support well-being across the life span.

This year’s competition attracted 97 submissions from teams representing 24 countries across the globe.

Invite (San Francisco State): A platform connecting residents of all ages in mobile home parks around activities they would typically do alone.
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10 days ago
Professor Smith Discusses Factor of Kamala Harris' Ethnic Background in Her Campaign
WASHINGTON POST -- Harris hasn’t tried to shape perceptions of her identity as much as she has simply accepted that most people see her as black, said Robert C. Smith, a recently retired professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University who specializes in African American politics.

“She has not used it politically,” Smith said. “She has not avoided it, she has just kind of said it and moved on: ‘I’m this, I’m this, I’m that, now let’s move on’ to talk about the death penalty or whatever is the issue of the day.”

Smith said Harris’s “blackness was never ambiguous” and she didn’t feel the need to trumpet it.
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11 days ago
Alum Sarah Souza, a DACA Recipient, Named to Democratic Central Committee in SF
MISSION LOCAL (SAN FRANCISCO) -- On Wednesday night, however, a little bit of history was made. Democratic County Central Committee (DCCC) chair David Campos filled the spot vacated by former supervisor Malia Cohen by tapping Latino Democratic Club president Sarah Souza — a DACA recipient. Campos says that the state Democratic party has told him that no other county committee has ever added a Dreamer to its governing body.

Souza, who declined to be interviewed for this piece, came to the United States from Brazil in 2001 when she was 15. She attended San Francisco State University and earned a master’s degree in public affairs at the University of San Francisco. At present, Souza works as a community organizer at the California Reinvestment Coalition.
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14 days ago
Alum Michael Barbarino Helps Gay Men's Chorus Raise Funds for Camp Fire Relief
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- SF State alumnus Michael Barbarino participated in the concert as part of the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (SFGMC). Barbarino studied music at SF State, which launched him into pursuing choir with the SFGMC. He described how SF State helped him find his identity, and expressed appreciation for the opportunities the university provided him, including the chance to work with well-known musicians.

As part of the SFGMC, Barbarino has been able to be more of an activist, rallying support for politicians, marches and, in this case, the people of Paradise who were devastated by the Camp Fire.
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14 days ago
Alum Angela Tabora Discusses Her Documentary on Bay Area Commune
STORIED SF -- Angela Tabora does a lot ... podcast host, fire dancer, filmmaker. She got her start making documentaries while still at SF State. Her first subject was the house she was living in at the time and its inhabitants. The house was the San Francisco Morehouse, a place for communal living, sensuality classes and charity.
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15 days ago
Parodies, Imitations or Extensions: Professor Emeritus Jonathan Middlebrook Revisits a Writing Assignment
UKIAH DAILY JOURNAL -- Back in the day I earned a decent living by leading discussions of 19th and early 20th century American literature at a proletarian university (San Francisco State). In that day I’m recalling, the average age of undergraduates at State College (as it then was) was around 25 years, and I had just turned 30. My favorite classes were in the evening. Many of my students were off-duty cab-drivers, butchers, carpenters, vets, bar-maids, police and fire. ... They’d lived more than I had.
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15 days ago
Professor Belkin: Stop the Kavanaugh Court, Save the Progressive Agenda
CROOKED -- Aaron Belkin is professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University and director of Pack the Courts, an initiative urging Democrats to expand federal courts. He wrote this opinion piece with Sean McElwee, co-founder of Data for Progress and director of research and polling for Pack the Courts.

“Dramatic steps such as modifying Senate rules and expanding courts may seem draconian or risky. They could escalate a dangerous upending of norms and come back to haunt Democrats when they’re out of power,“ they write. “But even if we set aside questions surrounding the legitimacy of the 2000 election, the GOP Senate’s refusal to give President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee so much as a hearing, and the fact that the current judiciary has been shaped by two presidents who lost the popular vote, one of whom engaged in criminal conspiracies to cheat in his own election, add up to unprecedented affronts to the democratic process.”
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16 days ago
SF Chronicle Recommends Morrison Artists Series as Bay Area's Top Deal for Classical Music
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- In Episode 25 of Datebook podcast, San Francisco Chronicle classical music critic Joshua Kosman, art critic Charles Desmarais and pop culture critic Peter Hartlaub share some of the best entertainment deals on their beats.

“One of the great unknown deals on the classical music beat in the Bay Area is at the San Francisco State University — a chamber-music series called the Morrison Artists Series,” Kosman says. “This is about six or seven chamber concerts every year that are absolutely free. They bring in the absolute, top-quality chamber artists, instrumental groups, vocal groups, pianists and so forth. ... These are the same performers that you could pay $50, $60, $70 elsewhere for.”
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16 days ago
Alum Denise St. Onge Is Chef de Cuisine at Greens, SF's Longtime Vegetarian Restaurant
7X7 (SAN FRANCISCO) -- St. Onge, who is half-Thai, was raised Buddhist and grew up both in Thailand and in the Oakland hills. "My mother was a chef in Oakland, at the Vulcan Cafe," she said, "and my sister and I traveled a lot as kids, and became foodies naturally through that experience. My mom passed away from cancer in 1998, and during that journey with her, we started a vegetarian macrobiotic diet, did a lot of meditation, and came to Greens a lot. It was probably 1995. I always thought it was a really beautiful restaurant and institution, and a very peaceful place."

After studying International Relations at SF State, St. Onge decided she wanted to cook. "I started off as a stage at Michael Mina," which at the time was one of only two two-Michelin-star restaurants in the city, "and worked for free until they hired me." In the years that followed, she worked at a number of the city's most highly regarded restaurants, including Gary Danko, SPQR, Prospect, and Atelier Crenn. Greens, as it happened, would prove to be something of a baptism by fire.
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17 days ago
Alum Annette Bening Discusses Role as Sen. Dianne Feinstein in 'The Report'
LOS ANGELES TIMES -- Following the premiere screening, Bening said she has known Feinstein for many years — “I’m from California, I’m a Democrat, we both went to San Francisco State” — but did not talk to her specifically about the project.

“I almost thought it was stronger for the movie if it’s not about that,” Bening said. “It’s not about the agenda, the movie’s just trying the best it can to tell the truth about what happened. And in this case she was at the center of something that happened that was the right thing.”
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17 days ago
Professor Garcia-Castañon Discusses Kamala Harris' Presidential Campaign
KRON-CHANNEL 4 (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Senator Harris not wasting any time addressing the divide within the country. It's been a busy week for the senator.

Sunday she drew 20,000 at campaign launch rally in Oakland.

San Francisco State Professor Marcela Garcia-Castañon says that momentum is certainly building when it comes to Harris.

“Your starting to see her polish and refine the message for a broader audience beyond California, but the excitement is here because she’s our girl,” Garcia-Castañon says.

Harris launched her campaign well before Trump launched his campaign going into the 2016 election.

Garcia-Castañon says that will be a challenge.

“A year and a half is a long time.” she says. “You’re going to be the focus of everybody doing oppo research, everybody trying to tear you down, catch you in a ‘gotcha’ moment.”
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17 days ago's Facts about Alum, Former SF Mayor Willie Brown
HEAVY.COM -- Willie Brown has been running his own institution since leaving political office. He is head of the Willie L. Brown Jr., Institute on Politics and Public Service. The nonprofit organization focuses on training students for careers in government. Brown is an alum of San Francisco State, where the center is located.

According to its website, the “institute currently supports the Willie L. Brown Jr. Fellowship Program at San Francisco State University and the Willie L. Brown Jr. Archives in the Leonard Library at San Francisco State University.”
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17 days ago
Professor McDaniel Comments on Kamala Harris' Presidential Campaign
THE GLOBE AND MAIL (TORONTO) -- Harris is also seen as the most promising candidate to marshal the African-American voters who helped elect Mr. Obama, but stayed home for Ms. Clinton.

“If you want to know what the heart of the Democratic Party is, it’s black women,” San Francisco State University political scientist Jason McDaniel said. “Although her ethnic background is biracial, she’s seen as a black woman and she’s well-positioned, people believe, to get some of that support.”
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17 days ago
Lecturer Heather June Gibbons Discusses Voice and Visibility in Poetry
CHICAGO REVIEW OF BOOKS -- Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection “Her Mouth as Souvenir,” winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize (University of Utah Press), and two chapbooks, “Sore Songs” (Dancing Girl Press), and “Flyover” (Q Avenue Press). A graduate of the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has been the recipient of a Full Fellowship Residency from the Vermont Studio Center, the Pavel Strut Poetry Fellowship from the Prague Summer Program and the Harold Taylor Prize from the Academy of American Poets. She lives in San Francisco and teaches Creative Writing at San Francisco State University, the Writing Salon and as a Teaching Artist for Performing Arts Workshop, a youth arts education nonprofit.

“Write about what you don’t know and what you don’t understand. Write about what confounds you,” Gibbons says. “Surprise yourself. Approach the writing of a poem as a process of discovering what you think and feel as you write.”
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18 days ago
Lecturer Kathy Zarur: For Roving, Well-Traveled Local, There's No Place Like Home
SAN FRANCISCO EXAMINER -- As an adjunct instructor and appreciator of art from ancient to modern, she’s revisited wide swaths of The City and criss-crossed its neighborhoods. Teaching an arts intro class and a specialty class in contemporary art from the Arab world at California College of the Arts (CCA) and at San Francisco State University, she’ll soon add a course at a third campus that emphasizes land and public art.

“I’m dedicated to serving young people. I teach because it’s important students learn to think critically,” she said. “ I think that’s the most important thing I teach in my classroom.”
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18 days ago
Professor Tuman Comments on Oakland City Council
SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS -- The council president, on the other hand, has the ability to appoint members to key committee positions that guide the city’s agenda and policies in policing, housing, public works and community and economic development.

“We like to think we have a strong mayor but (most) everything has to go through City Council,” said Joseph Tuman, a San Francisco State University professor of political and legal communications and Oakland resident. “There’s a lot of political power there and the administration of city government is really more with the city administrator. In a lot of ways the council is certainly more powerful at the end of the day.”
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18 days ago
Alum Donald Lacy's Solo Show 'ColorStruck' to Make its New York City Debut
BROADWAY WORLD (NEW YORK) -- From February 28 to March 17, Theater for the New City will present comedian/actor/broadcaster Donald E. Lacy Jr. in the New York debut of his one-man show, "ColorStruck.” The play was born in California’s Bay Area and has been presented on college campuses around the country and at the National Black Theatre Festival. It was performed twice for the U.S. Congressional Black Caucus.

Lacy is a writer, director, actor, comedian, radio talk show host and activist. In 2018 the Studio City Film Festival created the Donald E. Lacy Jr. Social Justice Award, to be awarded to filmmakers whose films address social issues. In 2017 he was awarded the Legacy Award from Theater Bay Area for his artistic and activist achievements. As a comedian, he was inducted into the Bay Area Blues Society Hall of Fame in 2013.

He earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in Theatre Arts (with a film minor) and Black Studies from San Francisco State University.

His television and film acting credits include “Cherry” with James Franco, NBC’s “Trauma,” “Jack” directed by Francis Ford Coppola, “Blood In, Blood Out” directed by Taylor Hackford, “L.A. Heat,” ABC’s “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” and CBS’ “Wolf.”
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18 days ago
Professor Belkin Launches Campaign to Add Four Seats to U.S. Supreme Court
WASHINGTON EXAMINER -- Aaron Belkin, a Political Science professor from San Francisco State University, and Sean McElwee, the social media influencer who authored the viral #AbolishIce hashtag, are behind the effort.

The duo accuses a shadowy cabal of “corporations and right-wing billionaires” of teaming up “to hijack American politics to allow a minority of voters to control all three branches of government.”
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22 days ago
Alum Aristotle Wolfe Named Highway Patrol Commander in Santa Rosa
THE PRESS DEMOCRAT (SANTA ROSA) -- His new role puts him in charge of 76 officers tasked with patrolling the county’s highways and unincorporated roads, a jurisdiction that stretches over most of the 1,768-square-mile region. Sonoma Valley east of Trinity Road is covered by the Napa California Highway Patrol.

Wolfe, who grew up in northern Santa Barbara County, began his career with the CHP shortly after graduating in 1993 from San Francisco State University, where he studied English and minored in Criminal Justice Studies. His aim was to become a professor or lawyer, but he said he changed his mind when he discovered he wanted to work in public service. The shift prompted him to seek out jobs in law enforcement, and the CHP ended up being a good fit, he said.
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23 days ago
A Rising Tide: How Higher Ed Fundraising Boom Lifts Liberal Arts, at SF State and Beyond
INSIDE PHILANTHROPY -- George Marcus is the co-founder of Marcus and Millichap Company, a real estate investment services firm. He is a trustee emeritus of the California State University Board of Trustees, serving from 1981 to 1989, and is a current member of the CSU Foundation’s Board of Governors. In 2012 he concluded a 12-year appointment as a regent of the University of California.

Judy is a former physical education teacher, the former board president of the Community Services Agency, and an active leader with the Humane Society Silicon Valley and Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County. Commenting on her gift to SF State, Judy said, “San Francisco State helped define our future and it is our hope that this gift will do the same for students and faculty in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts now and for many years to come.”

The couple’s gift suggests that no matter how intense STEM-mania gets, alumni understand the value of a liberal arts education and will continue to support schools that provide it. In fact, there’s a growing consensus across the donor community that the liberal arts can effectively complement the STEM model. Throw in traditional support for endowments and digitization projects, plus gifts earmarked for philosophy studies, and it becomes clear that the liberal arts funding space is more diverse and robust than one would initially suspect.
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23 days ago
Student Stephren Ragler Mentors African American Youth in SF Public Housing
KALW-FM (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Williams is 29 with a neatly trimmed beard and today he’s wearing a purple T-shirt that says “School is My Hustle.” Ragler’s 23 with mellow energy. He sports stylish heavy-rimmed glasses and converse sneakers. He’s a student government vice president at San Francisco State University, too.

Williams and Ragler aren’t teachers. They work for a neighborhood nonprofit called 100% College Prep that partners with HOPE SF to support kids in public housing. The men are grassroots educational advocates. And they’re important, because even a great school can’t give these kids everything they need to succeed. It takes more: more attention, more knowledge of their home circumstances.
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29 days ago
Alum Lex Sloan Named Executive Director of Roxie Theater in San Francisco
BAY AREA REPORTER -- Sloan, a filmmaker with a Master of Fine Arts degree in Cinema from San Francisco State University, came to the Roxie three and a half years ago after stints with Frameline, the LGBT film festival, and the San Francisco Green Film Festival.

“The Roxie has a long history of supporting the LGBT community with a wide rage of programming, as well as hosting both the Frameline Film Festival and the Transgender Film Festival from their inception,” Sloan said in an interview at the Roxie earlier this month. “As we move forward, we are committed to this tradition.”

“We are thrilled to have Lex Sloan’s steadfast commitment to the Roxie leading us toward continued success in the years to come,” said board President Diana Fuller. “Her passion for creating programs that serve our diverse community of local filmmakers and film audiences is essential to the Bay Area.”
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29 days ago
Study Reveals Strength of Filipino Community Ties in San Francisco
SF STATE NEWS -- Filipino immigrants have come to San Francisco in multiple waves, settling near Chinatown as early as 1910, according to Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon. The 1930s saw immigrants moving to the Western Addition/Fillmore area, and through the next two decades they began settling in the South of Market neighborhood (now designated as a Filipino Heritage District called SOMA Pilipinas).

This study is part of a research symposium involving three other SF State professors: Professor of Political Science Ron Hayduk, Assistant Professor of Sociology Marla Ramirez and Assistant Professor of Political Science Marcela García-Castañon.
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4 weeks ago
Alum Savannah Culp Creates Her Own Clothing Line, Love Homage
BOISE WEEKLY (IDAHO) -- When Culp turned 18, she moved to San Francisco to attend San Francisco State University to study studio art and art history. Living in Chinatown, she found a love for painting. Every night when she got back to her apartment, she would roll out a canvas and get to work.

“I got into painting and marbling shirts,” said Culp. “It dawned on me that I should start painting fabric just like I would a canvas. When I stretched my first piece of fabric and painted it, I was like, ‘Oh my god, that’s going to be Love Homage.’”

The name Love Homage had been spinning through Culp’s mind for a while, and after that first painting on fabric grounded the idea she knew she would create a fashion line under it. The name is inspired by the idea of paying homage to times in her life that she thinks of fondly.

“It’s about my love of the world. It also came from my love of collecting trinkets and holding onto them forever, even though they only have sentimental value,=” said Culp. “Whether it’s a ticket to a museum, a receipt or a little trinket from Chinatown — no matter how small or inferior it is. I’m a very sentimental, nostalgic person.”
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4 weeks ago
Alum Roberta Bayley Photographed New York's Legendary 1970s Punk Scene
VICE -- In the 45 years since CBGB's opened its doors on the Bowery, the club’s legend has hardly faded from memory. Perhaps this is thanks to the many iconic photographs, often taken by Roberta Bayley and David Godlis, that seem to suspend New York’s punk scene in time — like that of a young Patti Smith smoking a cigarette between sets or the Ramones crouched in an alley outside.

Chances are if you walked into CBGB’s between 1975 and 1978, you’d be greeted by Roberta, seated at her post by the door where she’d collect the $3 admission. Occasionally, she’d pop back and take a few photos of her friends performing — like Richard Hell with his Heartbreakers, Talking Heads, or Blondie — often to print in Punk Magazine, where she was the chief photographer.

“I took a few classes in high school, when I was 15 or 16, and learned about developing in my own darkroom and printing. I was fooling around with taking pictures, but it wasn’t a serious thing and I didn’t study it,” Bayley says. “I went to college at San Francisco State and the photography department was really popular. Everyone wanted to be a photographer.

“From the beginning, I started selling photos for almost no money. I didn’t see the point of taking pictures that I couldn’t sell, which was stupid in a way. Now, I could kill myself because I should’ve taken like ten thousand more pictures, especially in certain situations. I did a fair amount with Blondie, just because they were easy to photograph and I travelled with them.”
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4 weeks ago
Alum Chuck Reider Is Reno Jazz Orchestra Executive Director
RENO GAZETTE-JOURNAL -- Finally, I would like to share something personal: Recently I visited a dear friend who I went to school with and performed with for many years in the Bay Area. He became afflicted with Parkinson’s disease several years ago. He was born to play the trumpet with grace and authority and did so for many years, but that has been taken away from him.

That afternoon we listened to a recording of the San Francisco State one o’clock band we both performed with in the mid-’70s. We reminisced about our days at San Francisco State and were both amazed after all these years how good that recording still sounds. It reminded me that music, as all art, is a celebration of life to share and experience.
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4 weeks ago
Professor McDaniel Discusses SF Mayor's Bond Proposals for Housing, Earthquake Safety
THE BAY CITY BEACON (SAN FRANCISCO) -- “Breed campaigned on housing and homelessness, and many of her actions as Mayor have been focused on those issues,” said Dr. Jason McDaniel, a professor of political science at San Francisco State University. “In political terms, it seems unlikely that this proposal will generate much opposition, and it seems reasonable to expect that voters will support such a bond request. It will be difficult for Breed's progressive opponents to criticize this particular proposal.”

But, McDaniel noted, these bond measures also present an urgent opportunity for political consensus in an otherwise divided City Hall. “My research suggests that ballot initiatives that are placed on the ballot by the mayor are highly likely to be approved by voters, and even more so if the mayor and supervisors support the ballot initiative,” McDaniel said. “So if negotiations between the Mayor and the Board produce consensus support, it becomes more likely to be approved by voters.”
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4 weeks ago
Preserving Vintage Vibes: Alum Stephanie Williamson, Photographer and Collage Artist
ALAMEDA MAGAZINE -- After two years working in a commercial photo lab in Berkeley, she decided to return to school, completing her master’s in photography and interdisciplinary arts at San Francisco State University in 1990. Williamson eventually landed in Alameda where she and her husband have lived for the past 26 years, raising their two children. She has taught photography all over the Bay Area since 1988 and is on staff as an instructor at City College of San Francisco and Solano Community College.

Through her studies, she fell in love with hand-painted photographs, alternative and old-school photo processes, and making books by hand. Williamson works simultaneously from a Jingletown studio in Oakland — a purple building covered with mosaics that once housed The Institute of Mosaic Art — and at her home in Alameda and in the studios of the colleges where she teaches. Though much of her work is digital, she still shoots film and processes black and whites, van Dyke brown prints, and cyanotypes in the darkroom. Recently, she used a vintage 1967 Polaroid Land camera to shoot a series of portraits.
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4 weeks ago
From Apollo Creed to Action Jackson, Alum Carl Weathers Has Done It All
THE SHADOW LEAGUE -- He signed with the BC Lions of the Canadian Football League in 1971, playing 18 games until 1973. During the off-season Weathers started to transition to acting, attending San Francisco State University earning a bachelor’s degree in Drama in 1974.

He retired from football in 1974 and began pursuing an acting career.

From suspenseful action movies like “Predator” and “Action Jackson” to whimsical like “Happy Gilmore,” Weathers has done it all.
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4 weeks ago
Alumna Leslie Flowers: 'Nanapreneur' Helps Women Business Owners Reach their Potential
WRAL-CHANNEL 2 (RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLIN) -- Majoring in Drama at San Francisco State in the 60s, I am comfortable leading and speaking before groups. For 45 years, I worked in corporate America, yet, in my off time, I organized as band booster president with seven consecutive band competitions to help fund their program. Since 1996, I have studied leadership and personal development because I am very curious about what makes us tick!
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4 weeks ago
Professor McDaniel Discusses Tensions Between Moderates, Progressives on SF Board of Supervisors
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “It’s an important symbol of possible division between the progressive faction of the board,” said Jason McDaniel, a Political Science professor at San Francisco State University. “It’s some indication that they may have to scale back some of their priorities if they don’t have a consensus approach within their faction.”

While distinction between San Francisco’s progressives and moderates has grown increasingly blurry over the past few years, the differences generally come down to specific issues: Progressive politicians tend to push for more affordable housing, more restrictions on tech companies and higher taxes. Moderates, on the other hand, tend to be pro-development and more business friendly.

“When you don’t have political parties, like in San Francisco, being able to maintain a coalition is harder,” McDaniel said. “On one hand, that could be a good thing ... but ideology is not a reliable way to keep a coalition together.”
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5 weeks ago
Professor McDaniel: Gov. Newsom Leads California Democratic Party to 'Muscular Liberalism'
THE GUARDIAN (LONDON) -- Some are already speculating that Newsom may be the most progressive governor in state history. But Jason McDaniel, a political scientist at San Francisco State University, said he sees Newsom’s push toward the left as less a personal evolution and more of one of the entire Democratic party.

“Gavin Newsom used to position himself as liberal but somewhat moderate and acceptable to independent voters, so to speak, but that’s not necessarily where the Democratic party’s energy is right now,” McDaniel said. “I think he recognizes that. I think that shows he’s understanding the evolution of the Democratic party.”

McDaniel said he believes the California Democratic party is entering into a era of “muscular liberalism.”

“It’s not just about defending existing programs and maintaining them,” he said. “It’s about establishing new programs and new services that are responsive to modern needs. Paid family leave for six months is an example of that. Extending healthcare benefits to undocumented immigrants — that idea would have been hugely controversial 10, 15 years ago and now that’s barely generating a ripple.”

This era of muscular liberalism was made possible, McDaniel said, in large part because of the state’s response to the longtime Republican rule of Congress. The flexing is only heightened now because of Trump.
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5 weeks ago
Alum Margaret Haydon Leads Ceramics Workshop at Teton Arts Studio
TETON VALLEY NEWS (DRIGGS, IDAHO) -- Haydon earned her M.F.A. in ceramics from San Francisco State University and has worked as an artist and teacher in Colorado and Wyoming since 1991.

Her pieces represent current environmental change and the impact it’s having on the natural world. She focused for years on the endangered sturgeon but also features other species, like bats and bees, in her art. She combines art with fieldwork, following naturalists into the wilds to better understand their objects of study.
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5 weeks ago
Armenian Studies Association to Name Headquarters After Former Professor Vartan Gregorian
THE ARMENIAN MIRROR-SPECTATOR (WATERTOWN, MASSACHUSETTS) -- Gregorian has had a distinguished career as an academic, scholar, historian, philanthropist and visionary. Born in Tabriz, Iran, Gregorian received his elementary education in Iran and his secondary education at Collège Arménian in Beirut, Lebanon. In 1956, he entered Stanford University, where he majored in history and the humanities, graduating with honors in 1958. He was awarded a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford in 1964. Gregorian has taught European intellectual history and Middle Eastern history at San Francisco State College, the University of California at Los Angeles and the University of Texas at Austin.
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5 weeks ago
'No Vacancy': Alum Emily Fromm's Art Exhibition at 111 Minna in San Francisco
SF STATION -- Employing her signature flat, cartoonish style, this show contains about 50 paintings and pieces of original art in two bodies of work. Painted from her signature immersive perspective, the paintings capture the ethos of their cities through specific and imagined signs, signifiers, and landmarks unmistakable to their residents.

“I ended up going to SF State for a few reasons, but the most prominent was probably just that I was ready to leave Southern California, and San Francisco seemed like a logical place for me to go,” Fromm says. “I hadn’t traveled much at the time, but liked what I had seen and heard about San Francisco. I visited only once before deciding to move here, stopped by the campus while I was in town, and thought it felt right. I had pretty average grades growing up, but I got into State and it was possible for my mom and I to afford the tuition back then, so it just made sense. I was 17 when I made the move, and as soon as I got here I immediately felt at home.”
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5 weeks ago
Humanities Professors Birt, Nathan Consult on Historic Japanese Vase Found at Berkeley Restaurant
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- One of the SF State academics who got a look at the vase, Dr. Rodger Birt, had already been searching for the vase locally when another historian told him in 2018 that he believed it might be somewhere in the Bay Area. Dr. Birt, who is retired but is on the board of the San Francisco Historical Society, was eventually contacted by Torres about Spenger's piece. With Marvin Nathan, another retired academic from SF State, the two went to the Oakland auction house with a 19th-century photograph of the vase in hand.

“You hardly ever see cloisonné vases of this dimension,” Dr. Birt told SFGATE. “Walking around it, looking at it, it was easy to verify. Questions are always going to arise, (like) ‘Is this authentic?’ We had with us the photo taken in 1893 when it was in Chicago, and detail by detail it matched, 100 percent. There was no detail that didn't match the photograph.”

Dr. Birt and the historical society reached out to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco about the auctioning of the vase; they are hoping the museum considers bidding.
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5 weeks ago
Professor Michael David Lukas Wins National Jewish Book Award
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- Lukas, an assistant professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University, told J. that the news was “extra surprising and extra gratifying and also very welcome.”

His first novel, “The Oracle of Stamboul,” won the 2015 Anne and Robert Cowan Writers Award, presented by the S.F.-based Jewish Community Federation. This is his first National Jewish Book Award.

“It’s a real honor to be among many wonderful people who won this year, and to be a part of this award that goes back to 1949,” Lukas said. “Looking at this long list of writers is humbling — to use an overused word.”

“The Last Watchman of Old Cairo,” which is Lukas’ second fictional portrayal of Jewish communities in the former Ottoman empire, imagines a Muslim family that served as security guards for more than 1,000 years at the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Cairo. The synagogue holds a treasure trove of historical Jewish documents known as the Cairo Geniza, which Lukas researched for his novel.
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5 weeks ago
Professor Celine Parreñas Shimizu's New Film Explores 1932 Murder of Filipina
FEM EX FILM ARCHIVE (UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SANTA CRUZ) -- In the past she has also taught at UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Santa Cruz and Stanford University. However, she is currently a professor in the Department of Cinema Studies at San Francisco State University.

In this interview, UC Davis feminist film production student Amihan Ildefonzo Redondiez is in conversation with Celine Parreñas Shimizu, who is an old friend of Amihan's mother, Rachel Redondiez. Celine has collaborated with Rachel in the past on her films “Her Uprooting Plants Her” (1995) and “Super Flip” (1997).

“‘The Celine Archive’ is a documentary about a woman who was buried alive by her community in Northern California in 1932. She was a Filipina woman who was murdered by the Filipino American community at the time,” Shimizu says. “ ... It’s a story that has haunted many people including hundreds of students who discovered the story when they were undergraduates at SF State in 1994 through 1996, and they were very instrumental in making sure that the story got out. And so I’m investigating that story and I’m really centering the family because I don’t want it to be told just as a ghost story, which I think is very disrespectful to her as a real person and the sacrifices that she made. She has a family that continues to live through the intergenerational trauma of her death, she was essentially sacrificed by the community.”
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5 weeks ago
Student Filmmakers Shoot Western
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The crew credits much of their skills and tactics in creating this film to the SF State cinema department.

“I would say that my film theory classes and the films I was exposed to in those classes influenced the kind of story I wanted to tell, while the production classes gave me the skills I needed to actually make the film happen,” Naso said.

Graves agrees that the SF State cinema department set her up for success in her fourth student film, Saguaro, as well as 40 short films she has worked on in the past.

“I had never produced or worked on a student film of such caliber,” Graves said. “I think that SF State has a great cinema department with incredible professors that have really helped shape who I am as a filmmaker.”
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5 weeks ago
Professor McDaniel Discusses Role of SF Board of Supervisors President
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- “A board president has a little more power and authority than a typical supervisor,” said Jason McDaniel, a political scientist at San Francisco State University. “A skillful board president can shape a lot of what happens in slightly more influential ways than other supervisors.”

But in the end, McDaniel, the political science professor, said, it’s important that whoever is elected can set an amicable tone with the mayor. While Breed has worked with Ronen, Mandelman and Yee in the past — Walton was one of the few candidates she endorsed to win in the November election.

“In general, San Francisco voters would probably be more approving of the idea of a bold president and board that can work with the mayor, rather than oppose her,” he said.
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5 weeks ago
'Anthem': A Poem by Lecturer Heather June Gibbons
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Few poets make their readers want to dance, but the rhythms in Heather June Gibbons’ “Anthem” achieve that goal. The poem’s authority partially comes from the way in which Gibbons has crafted her lines — very few of them end with punctuation, so they accelerate and gather power as we read along. Also, the poem is written in one sinuous sentence energized by a surplus of action verbs (dancing, singing, bobbing, vogueing, etc.). In addition to these pulsing rhythms, Gibbons’ poem makes the convincing argument that our bodies need music — even pithy pop music — to feel alive: “surge of blood / away from the brain … where we can have all the feelings.”

Gibbons is the author of “Her Mouth as Souvenir,” winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. She teaches at San Francisco State University, the Writing Salon and Performing Arts Workshop. She lives in San Francisco.
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5 weeks ago
Alum Jerry Day Is Station Manager for Tuolumne County Community Cable Access
THE UNION DEMOCRAT (SONORA) -- Day moved to Tuolumne County with his family when he was 5. He graduated from Sonora High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast communications from San Francisco State University.

After college, Day spent 15 years as a producer and worked for a variety of media outlets in the Bay Area, including the CBS affiliate in San Francisco, a former cable network called TechTV and Yahoo!
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5 weeks ago
Professor Mabalon's Children's Book on Filipino American Labor Leader Larry Itliong Is Published
TIMES OF NEWS (PHILIPPINES) -- Written by the late Dawn B. Mabalon, Ph.D., with Gayle Romasanta and illustrated by Andre Sibayan, “Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong” was recently launched after a year in the making and a successful fundraising campaign with the support of the community.

“Unfortunately, only a few Filipinos know the story,” Mabalon had said.

Mabalon came across Itliong’s story when she was writing her award-winning book, “Little Manila Is in the Heart: The Making of the Filipina/o Community in Stockton.” She was doing research and writing the biography of Larry Itliong for the last three years.

“My way of honoring manong Larry’s sacrifices and the sacrifices of my family, who came over and worked the fields, is to tell their story,” Mabalon had said.
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5 weeks ago
Gift to SF State from Alumni George, Judy Marcus Reflects Trend in Philanthropy for Liberal Studies
INSIDE PHILANTHROPY -- Nor are elite universities the only institutions receiving such support. George and Judy Marcus gave $25 million to San Francisco State University to create the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts. SF State has raised $133 million toward its $150 million capital campaign goal, a relatively massive sum for a public school that, according to campaign chair John Gumas, is new to the world of high-stakes higher ed fundraising. “This is the first campaign we’d ever done,” he said. “We’re not fundraising experts.”
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5 weeks ago
Student Garrick Wilhelm, Formerly Homeless, Thrives on Political Activism
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- There was plenty of anti-President Trump sentiment at work — turnout among registered voters in the city was up across the board — but Precinct 9741 also had a San Francisco State University student named Garrick Wilhelm working the levers.

Wilhelm led San Francisco State’s get-out-the-vote initiatives, efforts that contributed to a 60.1 percent turnout in the precinct that encompasses the university. In 2014, that figure was 11.3 percent.

It was an accomplishment made all the more striking because when those 2014 midterms were held, Wilhelm was in his mid-40s, homeless and struggling.

Though Wilhelm avoids claiming credit for voter turnout — they point to generalized “anti-Trump” inclinations and San Francisco State’s history of activism — their efforts were, at the very least, adjacent to a striking rise in participation.

“Being on San Francisco State campus and realizing that I could take a position that had influence,” Wilhelm said. “I’m blown away by all of that.”

This spring, 32 years after graduating from high school, Wilhelm will accept a bachelor’s degree in communications. In the interim, in addition to course work, Wilhelm teaches a class on the rhetoric surrounding homelessness, “the thing I know most about.”
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5 weeks ago
Alum Bob Thornberg Is CEO of SweetPro Feeds
AG WEEK -- He grew up in Minneapolis and studied broadcast journalism at San Francisco State University. He worked for WCCO radio as a reporter covering energy and agriculture issues.

The emerging ethanol industry combined the two ideas and he became “entranced” by the possibilities. He worked for Solargizer Inc. and Conklin Company and became familiar with farm-scale wind, solar and ethanol possibilities.

On his own, Thornberg in 1991 had started SweetPro Feeds, specializing in using byproducts of ethanol plants. He started making the lick tubs in 1991. (Formally the company was Harvest Fuel Inc., doing business as SweetPro.)

“We’re trying to concentrate the protein, concentrate the fiber and the minerals,” he says. “Our focus is creating a ‘pre-biotic’ component out of the fiber.” Pre-biotics are the food that is beneficial “probiotic” bacteria in the digestive tract.
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5 weeks ago
Alum Sarrah Bridge Named Telecom Solutions Consultant at PacStates
NORTHERN NEVADA BUSINESS REVIEW -- Bridge joins PacStates with 12 years of experience in the telecommunication industry. In her new role, she specializes in providing the best combination of telecom services with hosted solutions to foster clients' business goals.

She has previously worked as an account manager for AT&T Reno, as well as a manager for a local telecom agency. Bridge earned a Bachelor of Arts in Sciences/Liberal Studies from San Francisco State University.
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5 weeks ago
Alum Marcus Gardley Is Having (Yet Another) Moment
EAST BAY TIMES -- He signed up for a theatre writing course at SFSU in 1999, “and the first day I knew that was where I belonged,” he said.

The detour has certainly paid off for Gardley and the theatre world. Nearly 20 years later, Gardley — who ended up studying theatre and African-American studies at SFSU — is considered one of the top young playwrights on the West Coast. His plays, which often touch on civil rights, history, religion and the African American experience, have been extensively produced in the Bay Area and across the country. He’s captured such honors as the Glickman Award for best new Bay Area play and PEN/Laura Pels Award for outstanding drama.

And his stature seems poised to grow with his latest project — the world premiere of “Paradise Square: A New Musical” at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Gardley is part of a creative team that includes such A-list artists as writers Craig Lucas and Larry Kirwan, famed choreographer Bill T. Jones and director Moises Kaufman. The show opens in previews December 27, with its main run January 10 –February 17.
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5 weeks ago
Alum Nonette Hanko, Nature Preservation Pioneer, Retires after 46 Years of Service
EAST BAY TIMES -- According to a short biography of Hanko on the Midpeninsula district’s website, she formulated her love of nature as a child spending time at Mills Estate near her Burlingame home and taking trips with her family to the Sierras. She was an aspiring concert pianist studying at San Francisco State University before she married and moved to Palo Alto to raise their four children. She decided to champion open space protections because she felt her children lacked the opportunities to connect with nature that she had growing up.
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5 weeks ago
Alum Victoria Laherty Adams Writes Book on for Parents of Children with Autism
GET FRANK (NEW ZEALAND) -- I was born in San Francisco, studied music in college, then at SF State University, studied Creative Writing and Broadcasting. I worked on a radio show in San Francisco, interviewed comedians, wrote comedy scripts and performed with my then husband, Alex Adams. I then worked in London on documentary arts series scripts.

“My little toddler son began showing odd symptoms about this time. I didn’t have a clue what they meant. I asked a London child psychiatrist about what to do, and he said, ‘The question is not what to do for him, but where to put him.” Right then I knew I had to get out of London and get Timothy to a university. I knew we had to get him to University of California at San Francisco. There, when I was seven months pregnant, we got the diagnosis: autism. It killed me, but I had to be strong for my unborn child and to find treatment for my son. I found behavioral Intervention, the path to keeping your child from falling further into autism and, in many cases, drawing them out.”
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5 weeks ago
Alum Charles Hall's Quest to Revive the Waterbed
DORNOB -- As fate would have it, it looks like those days will soon be upon us once again. Charles Hall, the creator of the original waterbed, is determined to revive his iconic invention for the modern masses.

Back in 1967, when Hall was just a student at San Francisco State University, he stumbled upon flotation furniture as part of an assignment for his engineering class. That led him to showcase his much-talked-about “Pleasure Pit”: an eight-square-foot heated furnishing that harnessed the properties of both a bed and a chair. After receiving backlash from those ruling the interior industry, the innovator took to the streets and delivered his products to celebrities who were keen to be his guinea pigs.
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5 weeks ago
Alum Charles Hall Designs Next-Generation Waterbed
MONEY WEEK -- In 1967 during “the summer of love,” Charles Hall, the inventor of the waterbed, was a student at San Francisco State University experimenting with “flotation furniture,” says Penelope Green in The New York Times.

At first Hall filled his designs with a jelly and cornflour mixture. But after that turned rancid, he switched to water. His first 8-foot-square heated “pleasure pit”, debuted at a gallery show called “The Happy Happening.” It made headlines. Both bed and chair, it was meant to be the only piece of furniture you would ever need.
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8 weeks ago
New Work Alum Jonathan Spector's Play 'Eureka Day' to be Read Off-Broadway
BROADWAY WORLD, OFF BROADWAY (NEW YORK) -- When a child at the Eureka Day School in Berkeley is diagnosed with the Mumps, the school’s executive committee — normally a bubble of civility in which all can voice their concerns — ruptures down the middle. Battle lines are drawn between those parents in support of vaccination and those against it.

Jonathan Spector is a playwright and theatre-maker based in Oakland. He has received the 2018 Rella Lossy Award, Theatre Bay Area’s TITAN award an Emerging Playwright Award from PlayGround, been a two-time winner of Aurora Theater’s Global Age Prize and is a resident playwright at Playwrights Foundation. His work has been nominated for the Stavis Award and he’s been a finalist for the O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New Harmony Project, Lark Playwrights Week, SPACE at Ryder Farm and the Juilliard Fellowship.

Spector has a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University, is the co-artistic director of the Berkeley-based Just Theater, and was the associate artistic director of the Bay Area Playwrights Festival from 2007 to 2011, where he developed many new plays with writers including Samuel Hunter, Annie Baker, Marcus Gardley and Sheila Callaghan.
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8 weeks ago
Professor McDaniel Discusses Possible Impact of Ranked-Choice Voting in Maryland
WASHINGTON POST -- But researchers studying the system in San Francisco, where ranked-choice voting has existed for more than 20 years, and in Maine, which has used ranked-choice voting for some local contests since 2010 and tried it for a congressional race for the first time this year, say the benefits of ranked-choice voting are limited.

“Changing the rules isn’t going to necessarily change the outcomes,” said Jason McDaniel, a Political Science professor at San Francisco State University. “People should be aware of the limits and weigh those with the possible negative consequences.”
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8 weeks ago
Professor Monshipouri's Latest Book Is 'Inside the Islamic Republic: Social Change in Post-Khomeini Iran'
THE FRIDAY TIMES (LAHORE, PAKISTAN) -- The post-Khomenei era has profoundly changed the sociopolitical landscape of Iran. Since 1989, the internal dynamics of change in Iran, rooted in a panoply of socioeconomic, cultural, institutional, demographic and behavioral factors, have led to a noticeable transition in both societal and governmental structures of power, as well as the way in which many Iranians have come to deal with the changing conditions of their society. This is all exacerbated by the global trend of communication and information expansion, as Iran has increasingly become the site of the burgeoning demands for women’s rights, individual freedoms, and festering tensions and conflicts over cultural politics. These realities, among other things, have rendered Iran a country of unprecedented — and, at times, paradoxical — changes. This book explains how and why.

Mahmood Monshipouri is professor of International Relations at San Francisco State University. He has published and edited a number of books, most recently “Democratic Uprisings in the Middle East and North Africa: Youth, Technology, and Modernization.”
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8 weeks ago
Professor Tsygankov: Liberal 'Russophobia' in Washington Hurts U.S.-Russia Relations
WASHINGTON TIMES -- Andrei P. Tsygankov teaches politics and international relations at San Francisco State University. His most recent book is “The Dark Double: U.S. Media, Russia, and the Politics of Values” (Oxford University Press, 2019). He wrote this op-ed for the Washington Times.

“Today, the Kremlin continues to favor meetings and dialogue over Ukraine, Syria, nuclear and cyber issues, but it takes two to move the relationship forward. In the absence of reciprocal efforts, Russia will take more unilateral actions to protect its interests,” Tsygankov writes. “The likely results will include a nuclear-arms race in Europe, resumption of large-scale hostilities in Ukraine, and new provocative behavior in cyber space and other areas. Whether one likes Russia or not, it has demonstrated a sufficient resolve and asymmetric yet powerful capabilities to not yield to American pressures.

“Liberal Russophobia won’t succeed in making Russia to comply with American pressures, but it is likely to cause new, potentially more sever crises in bilateral relations. These relations are already extremely tense and are constrained by the countries’ different interests, deeply held mistrust, as well as by Mr. Trump and Mr. Putin’s incompatible claims of status and beliefs in great power nationalism.”
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8 weeks ago
Global Museum Holds First Holiday Event
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- The Global Museum held their first holiday event on December 5 in the Fine Arts Building. The event celebrated holiday traditions from around the world and was open to anyone who enjoyed crafts. The Museum Studies Student Association set up their first pop-up gift shop for those who wanted to do some Christmas shopping.
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8 weeks ago
Advice from Professor Neely: Don't Bring Up Politics at Christmas Dinner
SF STATE NEWS -- SF State Associate Professor of Political Science Francis Neely says that practicing tolerance and staying away from touchy subjects is key if you want to break bread without busting chops (or having yours busted).

“It’s just like you avoid bringing up that time your relative got so drunk,” Neely said. “There’s stuff you stay away from, and politics would be one of them.”

Neely, whose research delves into how political identities are formed and political information processed, says Americans for the most part have a common set of beliefs. But that common ground can be easy to forget when social media feels like a battleground.

“Clearly, we have differences, but we always have,” Neely said. “The stories about how much we have in common don’t get absorbed as much. So when I go to my relative who I disagree with politically, I try to remember that we’re all trying to do our best, we’re all trying to survive and do well. A lot of that comes from the same place.”
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8 weeks ago
Master Plan Aims to Shed Commuter Campus Label
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- He noted that the 2007 master plan, which was intended to last through 2020, has fulfilled only two of the nearly 30 buildings and renovations proposed: the Mashouf Wellness Center and a new Liberal and Creative Arts Building.

“It is an aspiration,” Porth said. “It is our best guess at the time with the information that we have of what we think we can deliver…and that’s because we don’t have the funding.”
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8 weeks ago
Lecturer Sue Englander Discusses Anti-LGBTQ Briggs Initiative on 40th Anniversary
BAY AREA REPORTER -- Sue Englander is a bisexual lecturer and historian at San Francisco State University.

“We were a new generation of how to conduct politics,” said Englander. “What we brought to the campaign should really be a template for future struggles. Proposition 8 in 2008, in which Californians voted to say that marriage was only between a man and a woman, did not have that kind of a campaign and it was voted in, so lesson learned. We wanted to promote the kind of grassroots, vital campaign that involves people and gets them invested in a political idea and a political community.”

Englander recalled handing out cards while she was canvassing. “The person you are talking to is a homosexual,” the card read. “And this is what a homosexual is. Please know that we are human beings, just like you.”

“We would give these cards out, door to door,” she said. “That year you could not turn around without seeing a speak-out, a rally, church meetings, Girl Scouts organizing for No on 6 — our tactic was ourselves, our organizing, our fresh way of doing things, and the communities that came behind us, which was unprecedented. It was a grand time for witnessing a gathering of support not just for this issue, but for the community, for the movement and for greater human rights in San Francisco. This campaign led to other types of movements, other types of initiatives.”
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8 weeks ago
Professor Todorov's Photo Capturing Unsettling California Scene Wins NatGeo Photo Contest
SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE -- Jassen Todorov photographed the cars from an airplane. The resulting image, titled “Unreal,” won him the grand prize in the 2018 National Geographic Photo Contest. Todorov is an American concert violinist, flight instructor and professor of Music at San Francisco State University.

Todorov depicts the profound disorder lurking beneath the ordered surface of his image. The cars were dropped in the Mojave after Volkswagen recalled a half-million vehicles it manufactured between 2009 and 2015. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said the cars were designed to cheat mandatory emissions tests.
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8 weeks ago
Former Student Boots Riley Discusses Journey that Led to 'Sorry To Bother You'
AWARDS DAILY -- I started out in theatre in high school. My grandmother ran the Oakland Ensemble Theater. I wrote plays in high school and I was also part of the Black Repertory Group. I went to film school after that. That school was in San Francisco State and they were focused on documentary and experimental film. You could do narrative but it wasn’t really helping you out. I got a record deal while I was in school so I quit.
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8 weeks ago
Professor Dollinger's 'Black Power, Jewish Politics' Named Among 2018's Best Jewish Books
J. (SAN FRANCISCO) -- This has been a great year for Jewish books, and I’m thrilled to share some of my favorites of 2018 in several areas of interest, helping to shine much-deserved light on books that haven’t always received the attention they deserve.

Marc Dollinger, a professor of Jewish studies at San Francisco State University, provides a corrective for some of the myths that have developed around the relationship of African Americans and American Jews in “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s.”
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8 weeks ago
Alum Carma Zisman Serves as ODC/Dance Executive Director
DANCERS GROUP (SAN FRANCISCO) -- ODC welcomed Carma Zisman as its new Executive Director in September 2017. Zisman comes from a family of artists in Santa Rosa and has lived throughout the West Coast, but has been rooted in San Francisco since 2000. She remembers her parents bringing her to performances in San Francisco since she was a child and calls the city her “first arts community” and studied at ACT and attended San Francisco State University.

“I came to San Francisco because I needed a place that drew impossibly complicated, fantastically diverse people together. It was extraordinary to find myself surrounded by people who invited me to participate in exploring food, arts and nature with them,” Zisman says. “In the process, we began to work out who we were and what it meant to be community together. I loved the way San Francisco taught me to say ‘yes’ to unexpected intersections — of subjects, disciplines, culture, gender, roles, flavors, seasons.”
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9 weeks ago
Former Resident Ensemble Afiara Quartet Collaborates with Kid Koala in 'Nufonia Must Fall'
BROADWAY WORLD (SAN FRANCISCO) -- The Afiara Quartet is a 21st-century string quartet defined by its pursuit of beauty, meaning and growth as musicians and ambassadors for its genre. Comprised of violinists Valeri Li and Timothy Kantor, violist Eric Wong and cellist Adrian Fung, the award-winning ensemble has been described as “a revelation” (La Presse) with performances balancing “intensity and commitment” and “frequent moments of tenderness” (Montreal Gazette). Afiara has held residencies at The Juilliard School and San Francisco State University, and was fellowship ensemble at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Canada.
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9 weeks ago
School of Theatre & Dance Produces 'Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles'
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- Instances of affairs, deportation scares and assimilation in the play allude to the difficulty involved in immigration, gentrification and the #MeToo movement.

Director Terry Boero hoped to highlight these themes because they are relevant to our current political climate.

Boero wanted to give a sense of recognition for the characters’ homeland in Mexico by incorporating its culture and language.

“There’s a lot of Aztec references and language in it, so it’s totally an embrace of the culture,” Boero said.

SF State student Alexander Gonzales appreciated the recognition of Mexican culture, which he has not seen much being a part of the theater industry.

“I’ve been in theatre since I was 13, and growing up in that and looking up to theatre shows and different actors and lead roles, I always had to stretch myself to be those characters or relate to those characters,” Gonzales said. “I defy you to name off the top of your head a strictly Mexican lead role besides anybody in this show on Broadway. You can’t.”
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9 weeks ago
Alum Garret Jon Groenveld's Play 'The Empty Nesters' Comes to LA
BROADWAY WORLD (LOS ANGELES) -- Garret Jon Groenveld is author of “The Hummingbirds,” winner of the Internationalists Global Playwriting Prize. It was also winner of the 2012 GAP Festival from the Aurora Theatre in Berkeley.

Groenveld is a seven-time recipient of the Bay Area PlayGround Emerging Playwright Award and has received five PlayGround full-length play commissions. His work has prompted Jon Carroll of the San Francisco Chronicle to call him “a treasure of the community.” “Missives,” his play about a black woman and her gay neighbor, had well-received productions in San Francisco and New York.

A poet and playwright living in San Francisco, Groenveld holds a a Master of Arts in poetry and a Master of Fine Arts in playwriting from San Francisco State University, and also studied with Edward Albee at the University of Houston.
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9 weeks ago
Alum Judy Navas Retires as Sonoma State Professor
SONOMA STATE STAR -- In her adult life, Navas has had a wide variety of rich experiences. Navas attended school at the College of Marin, University of California, Berkeley, and San Francisco State University. She has one son, Damon Navas-Howard, who was involved in her plays as a child. Throughout her career she has traveled the world, including Myanmar, India, South America, London and the Netherlands. She has worked with prominent people such as Tennessee Williams and Eric Erickson.
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9 weeks ago
Professor Kanigel: Increased Incidents, Hate Crimes Pose Challenges for Student Journalists
COLLEGE MEDIA REVIEW -- Rachele Kanigel is a professor of Journalism at San Francisco State University and the editor of The Diversity Style Guide, a free online resource with more than 700 terms related to diversity. The book version of “The Diversity Style Guide,” which includes chapters on covering often underrepresented and misrepresented communities and sensitive issues like suicide, mental illness, immigration and drug use, will be published by Wiley in January 2019. Sections of this article were taken from “The Student Newspaper Survival Guide” by Rachele Kanigel.

Editors reporting on bias incidents sometimes have to handle dozens or even hundreds of letters and comments.

“When Golden Gate Xpress, the student newspaper I advise at San Francisco State University, covered a videotaped confrontation about cultural misappropriation between a black woman and a white man wearing dreadlocks, the newspaper’s website received 131 comments on the original story and dozens more on follow-up stories.”
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9 weeks ago
SF State's UCorp Lays Out Aspirational Goals
GOLDEN GATE XPRESS -- He noted that though the 2007 master plan was intended to last through 2020, it has fulfilled only two of the nearly 30 buildings and renovations proposed, including the Mashouf Wellness Center and a new Liberal and Creative Arts Building.

“It is an aspiration,” Porth said. “It is our best guess at the time with the information that we have of what we think we can deliver … and that’s because we don’t have the funding.”
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