Volume 54, Number 34 May 21, 2007
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Alumnus of the year: Filmmaker Arthur Dong
Award-winning producer/director Arthur Dong has been named SF State's 2007 Alumnus of the Year. Dong, who received a bachelor's degree in film in 1982, is the recipient of numerous awards for his work and for public service. His documentary films have explored such subjects as homosexuality and America's culture wars and Asian American nightclub performers in the 1940s. "Sewing Woman," a documentary about his mother's immigration to America from China, was nominated for an Academy Award in 1984.
Among Dong's other films are "Forbidden City, U.S.A.," a musical tribute to the plight of Asian American nightclub performers in the 1940s, and "Lotus," a half-hour drama about the foot-binding of Chinese women. He recently completed a new feature documentary, "Hollywood Chinese," a visual and cultural history of the Chinese in Hollywood feature films, from the early 1900s up to present day. It will be released this fall.
Dong has also received a George Foster Peabody Award, three Sundance Film Festival awards, and five Emmy nominations. He has been named a Guggenheim Fellow in Film and a Rockefeller Fellow in Media. Dong served as a governor of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and currently represents the Academy on the National Film Preservation Board.
Dong said that his experience at SF State was one where he was given the freedom to express his ideas and grow as an artist. "A lot of the education was hands-off," he said. "I was left alone but I also knew that my professors were always there when I needed advice."
For more on Dong, read the SF State News story: www.sfsu.edu/~news/2007/spring/39.htm
Three tapped for Alumni Hall of Fame
A San Francisco leader in education, a corporate and civil rights attorney and a radio and television personality will be inducted into the San Francisco State Alumni Hall of Fame at a campus reception on May 25.
The inductees are:
Gwen Chan (B.A., Chinese, '66; M.A., Education, '92), interim superintendent of schools, San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), 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 L. Harris (B.A., Sociology, '65), retired vice president of environmental, health, safety, technical and land services at Pacific Gas and Electric Co. 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 has been named one of Ebony Magazine's 100 Most Influential Blacks in America on five different occasions.
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."
The San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have earned the respect of their peers through professional, cultural and civic achievements.
Search committee for dean of undergraduate studies
Nominations are still needed to fill three positions on the search committee for dean of undergraduate studies. The previous search was not successful. Nominees should be tenured or tenure-track teaching faculty or full-time lecturers.
Nominations can be made on the Academic Senate Web site at: www.sfsu.edu/~senate/nominate
For details, contact the Academic Senate office at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 8-1264.
OIP director candidates
Two remaining candidates for the director of the Office of International Programs position will present on campus.
James Coffman, U.S. representative for International Student Advisors Inc., Tokyo, Japan, will present from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in room 460 of the Administration building.
Elizabeth Lowe, associate director and scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies, University of Florida, will present from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, June 13, in the NEC Room, room 560 of the Administration building.
Read Newsmakers: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring07/may21news.htm
CTFD open house
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites faculty and staff to an open house from noon to 3 p.m. Friday in room 435 of the Library. Sweet and savory Mediterranean delights will be served.
For details, see: http://www.sfsu.edu/~forum/
Yehudi Menuhin festival
The festival also includes the final Morrison Artists' Series concert of the season, a recital by the Daedalus String Quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. The quartet will perform works by Haydn, Horne and Debussy. Admission is free.
The event is sponsored by the San Francisco Friends of Chamber Music and SF State's School of Music and Dance.
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