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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs
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
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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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
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