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2007 Inductees

 

Arthur Dong


Arthur Dong
Alumnus of the Year 2007

Arthur Dong (B.A. Film, '82) is this year's Alumnus of the Year. CEO of DeepFocus Productions, Inc., Dong is the Oscar- and Emmy-nominated filmmaker of such films as "Sewing Woman," about his mother's immigration to the United States from China; "Forbidden City," about Asian American nightclub performers, and "Coming Out Under Fire," an investigation of gay and lesbian soldiers during World War II. His new film, "Hollywood Chinese," a visual and cultural film about the Chinese in Hollywood feature films, will be released this fall.


Gwen Chan


Gwen Chan

Gwen Chan (B.A., Chinese, '66 and M.A., Education, '92), Interim Superintendent of Schools, San Francisco Unified School District, and former Deputy Superintendent, is the first Chinese American to serve in each capacity. An educator for more than 39 years, Chan has been recognized as the SFUSD School Master of the Year (1996), and an Outstanding Woman of the Year by the Chinese Consolidated Women's Association (2006). In 1998 she was named to the World Journal's Top Ten Asians list.

Robert Harris

Robert L. Harris

Robert L. Harris (B.A., Sociology, '65), retired Vice President of Environmental, Health, Safety, Technical and Land Services at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is the first and only lawyer in the company's history to argue and win a case in the United States Supreme Court. As a civil rights activist, he has received the NAACP's highest legal honor, the "William Robert Ming Award" for litigating civil rights issues. His commitment to civic affairs also earned him Kappa Alpha Psi's highest honor, the "Laurel Wreath." He was named one of Ebony Magazine's 100 Most Influential Blacks in America on five different occasions.


Jan Wahl


Jan Wahl

Jan Wahl (B.A., Radio/Television, '75), is film critic at KRON-TV and culture and entertainment reporter for KCBS Radio. In Los Angeles Wahl was a documentary producer, stage manager and director of ABC TV shows including "Rona Barrett's Hollywood," "The Lawrence Welk Show," "Good Morning, America" and such specials as the Oscar and Grammy telecasts. She won Emmy Awards for producing and writing "They Still Say I Do," a humorous documentary on the palimony case of Lee and Michelle Triola Marvin and a KRON 4 special titled "A Filmgoer's Bill of Rights."

 

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