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SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame to induct four at Friday celebration



Ellen Griffin
SFSU Office of Public Affairs & Publications
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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications


Congressman Bill Thomas, television host Malou Nubla, SF Food Bank director Paul Ash, and television legend Glen Charles to be honored, along with Alumnus of the Year Manny Mashouf, founder and chairman of bebe stores inc.

Four San Francisco State University alumni who have distinguished themselves through professional, cultural or civic achievements will be inducted into the SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame at a reception on campus. They join an illustrious group that includes actor Danny Glover, former UCLA football coach Bob Toledo, and Academy Award-winning sound editor Christopher Boyes. In addition, a Hall of Fame member will be honored as SFSU Alumnus of the Year, to be awarded at the University's annual Commencement on May 28.

Inducted into the SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame:

  • Paul Ash (M.S., Business Administration, 1984) -- Executive director of the San Francisco Food Bank for more than 15 years, Ash leads what 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.
  • Glen Charles (M.A., English, 1968) -- With his brother Les, Glen Charles was creator and executive producer of the long-running sitcom "Cheers." The duo also produced and served as head writers for "Taxi," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "Phyllis," and as freelance writers for "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" and "M*A*S*H." The winner of eight Emmy awards, Charles holds the Writer's Guild of America Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for lifetime achievement in television.
  • Malou Nubla (B.A., Radio and Television, 1991) -- The Emmy-winning co-host of CBS 5's "Evening Magazine" was recently voted Best TV Host in the Bay Area by readers of San Francisco magazine. 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.
  • Bill Thomas (B.A., Social Science, 1963; M.A., Social Science, 1965) -- Since 2001, the United States Congressman, R-Bakersfield, 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.

Manny Mashouf (B.A., Political Science, 1966) -- The founder and chairman of bebe stores inc., Mashouf was inducted into the SFSU Alumni Hall of Fame in 2003 and will be officially honored as SFSU's 2005 Alumnus of the Year at the University's 104th annual Commencement on Saturday, May 28. Mashouf founded bebe in 1976 and has grown it into a successful chain of stores featuring its own brand of women's clothing and accessories. He and his wife, Neda, also an SFSU alum, are actively involved in SFSU alumni activities and continue to support the University's strategic planning goals.

The Alumnus of the Year award goes to former students who have gained recognition for significant contributions to their field of work. Previous winners include 2004 honoree and E-LOAN co-founder/CEO Chris Larsen, "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.

Friday, May 27, 5-7 p.m.

Seven Hills Conference Center, between Font Boulevard and State Drive, off Lake Merced Boulevard, San Francisco State University.


NOTE TO EDITORS: Reporters interested in covering SFSU's Alumni Hall of Fame celebration are asked to contact the SFSU Office Public Affairs and Publications for media credentials and reserved parking. Please call (415) 338-1665.

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