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Emmy Award winners headline first Alumni Day

September 30, 2009 -- Peter Casey, (B.A. '75), and Glen Charles, (M.A. '68), who defined comedy as producers of the hit comedy series "Cheers," will kick-start a day of celebration and rediscovery for alumni on Oct. 17. The pair will reflect on their time at SF State and careers in the entertainment industry during a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The conversation between the longtime collaborators will be moderated by alum and CBS 5 anchor Ken Bastida (B.A.'80).

A photo of alum Peter Casey.Peter Casey, (B.A. '75)

A photo of alum Glen Charles.Glen Charles, (M.A. '68)

"Glen Charles and Peter Casey are representative of the thousands of talented, successful alumni who have passed through the halls and classrooms of this University," said Lee Blitch, vice president of University Advancement. "Throughout their careers, Glen and Peter have shown the world the power of an education from SF State."

Before the luncheon, graduates from the class of 1959 and earlier will be recognized at the Golden Society Reception at 10:30 a.m. in Rigoberta Menchu Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Graduates from the class of 1984 may attend the Silver Society pre-luncheon also at 10:30 a.m. in the Art Gallery of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.     

Current faculty will discuss the work being done at SF State during a daylong speaker series. Attendees can hear about ground-breaking research on facial recognition by Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto, the strides made by Caitlin Ryan and the Family Acceptance Project or a presentation on literary creativity by notable creative writing alums and faculty. For a speaker series schedule, visit: www.sfsu.edu/~alumni/simons_alumni_days/speakers.html

"This will be a fantastic opportunity to reconnect with fellow alums and be reintroduced to campus," said Doug Hupke, director of Alumni Relations. "We also hope those attending Alumni Day will get a taste of the exciting work being done here at SF State."

In addition to the speaker series and luncheons, numerous colleges and departments will host their own reunions and open houses for alumni. For more information, visit www.sfsu.edu/~alumni/simons_alumni_days/college_events.html

For more information about Alumni Day or to register, visit www.sfsu.edu/~alumni/alumniday.html

-- Michael Bruntz


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