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bebe founder & chairman Manny Mashouf named SFSU Alumnus of the Year



Matt Itelson
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Four other alumni to be inducted into SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame this Friday, May 27

SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2005 -- Manny Mashouf, the founder and chairman of bebe stores inc., is San Francisco State University's 2005 Alumnus of the Year.

Mashouf will be honored at a private campus reception Friday, May 27. There, four other alumni -- San Francisco Food Bank Executive Director Paul Ash, television writer/producer Glen Charles, CBS 5 "Evening Magazine" co-host Malou Nubla and Congressman Bill Thomas -- will be inducted into the SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame.

Mashouf, who earned a bachelor's degree in political science in 1966, will receive the award officially at the University's 104th annual Commencement exercises at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, May 28, in Cox Stadium on the SFSU campus.

"Manny Mashouf's great talents, good judgment, hard work and high standards have enabled him to rise to the top of his profession," SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan said. "Along with his great success he has remained a strong friend of the University, and for that we are grateful."

Mashouf founded bebe in 1976. What began as a small boutique on Polk Street in San Francisco has grown into a successful chain of stores featuring its own brand of women's clothing and accessories.

Mashouf and his wife Neda are actively involved in SFSU alumni activities and continue to support the University's strategic planning goals. To date they have donated more than $200,000 -- primarily to the College of Business to help recruit and hire faculty. Manny Mashouf, inducted into the SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003, is a member of the College of Business Advisory Board. He lives in Southern California.

The Alumnus of the Year award goes to former students who have gained recognition for significant contributions to their field of work. Previous Alum of the Year winners include 2004 honoree and E-LOAN co-founder/CEO Chris Larsen, journalist and 2005 Commencement speaker Ben Fong-Torres, "Frasier" co-creator and executive producer Peter Casey, jazz and cabaret singer Wesla Whitfield, actress Annette Bening, conductor Kent Nagano, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown and physician and NASA astronaut Yvonne Cagle.

The SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have earned the respect of their peers through professional, cultural and civic achievements. Previous inductees include actor Danny Glover, former UCLA football coach Bob Toledo, and Academy Award-winning sound editor Christopher Boyes. The photographs of all inductees hang on the Hall of Fame wall on the first floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library on campus.

SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame inductees
Paul Ash earned his master of business administration degree in 1984. For more than 15 years, he has channeled his energy into feeding the hungry in San Francisco. Under Ash's leadership, the San Francisco Food Bank has become one of the most effective hunger relief organizations in the nation, collecting millions of pounds of donated food and distributing it to children, adults and senior citizens living at or near the poverty level. Ash lives in Oakland with his wife, Silvia Fernandez, and two children, Elena and Ethan.

Glen Charles earned his master's degree in English in 1968. He and his brother Les were creators and executive producers of the long-running sitcom "Cheers." The original script for the series won an Emmy and Writer's Guild award for the best written comedy episode of 1982. The duo were producers and head writers for "Taxi," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Phyllis." The Charles brothers' careers began in the mid-1970s as freelance writers for such classic television comedies as "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "M*A*S*H." Glen Charles' honors include eight Emmy awards and the Writer's Guild of America Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for lifetime achievement in television. Glen Charles lives in Carmel.

Malou Nubla, the two-time Emmy-winning co-host of CBS 5's "Evening Magazine," earned a bachelor's degree in radio and television in 1991. At SFSU she served as president of the Filipino student organization. Nubla's spunky personality and athletic ability inspired the popular "Outdo Malou" segments, which have found her in a one-on-one soccer match with superstar Brandi Chastain and shooting baskets from half court with NBA All-Star Antawn Jamison. She was recently voted Best TV Host in the Bay Area by readers of San Francisco magazine. Nubla grew up in Foster City.

Bill Thomas, R-Bakersfield, represents California's 22nd Congressional District. At SFSU he earned two degrees in social science, his bachelor's in 1963 and master's degree in 1965. Since 2001 he has served as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, which occupies a pivotal place in the House committee system with jurisdiction relating to revenue, trade agreements, Social Security, Medicare and welfare. Thomas is a multiple recipient of the Golden Bulldog Award for fiscal restraint and has been honored by the National Tax-Limitation Committee for his fight against waste in government spending. He and his wife Sharon have two grown children, Christopher and Amelia.


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