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#032--October 20, 1999
Contact: Merrik Bush-Pirkle
phone: 415/338-1665

"Mass Luminosity" at SFSU's Downtown Center welcomes Bay Area technology experts and employers for evening of discussions, networking

San Francisco, C.A., October 20,1999-- San Francisco State's College of Extended Learning (CEL), recognized as the Bay Area's leader in multimedia, web development and information technology training, will welcome Bay Area technology experts and employers to "Mass Luminosity," an evening of discussions featuring some of the Bay Area's most respected technology experts on Thursday, October 21, 5-8 p.m. at SFSU's Downtown Center, 425 Market St., 2nd floor.

Among the experts scheduled to appear are George Shirk, Tiffany Shlain, Candy Reedy, Charles Ostman and Richard Green. Shirk, editor-in-chief of Wired News will discuss "Online Journalism, or How Do You Get the News You Need to Know?" Shirk began his career in online journalism as a staff member at SF Gate and then migrated to Wired News in 1998. Last July Shirk was selected by Lycos to oversee news activities at and its associated properties.

Tiffany Shlain, president of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences and founder of The Webby Awards, will discuss "So You Think the Web is Cool Today?...Wait 'til Tommorrow." As founder of The Webby Awards, the leading creative honors for digital media, and president of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Shlain has overseen everything from the selection of the academy's 220 members (including David Bowie, Francis Ford Coppola and Tina Brown) to the wri ting, production and direction of the Webby Awards show held last March in San Francisco and attended by nearly 3,00 people. Shlain has lectured at numerous high-tech conferences and appeared as a commentator on MSNBC, CNBC, FOX and ABC Radio.

Reedy, Ostman, and Green will host a panel discussion titled "Information Technology, Present and Future-Where's Your Next Job Coming From?" Reedy is senior managing consultant at Archway Consulting. She has more than 30 years of experience in technical information based communications and architectures, working at firms such as Applied Materials, Raychem, Del Monte, Apple and Pacific Bell. She also serves on the board of directors of the International Communications Association, the largest customer-based communications technology group in the world.

Ostman has spent 25 years working in the fields of electronics, physics, computers, artificial intelligence, and applied and theoretical nanotechnology. Ostman began his career at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratories and has worked in a variety of private industry technology laboratories and development facilities.

Green is the global voice architect/voice technology strategist for SGI. Green has over 25 years of experience, including work as a consultant for Apple Computer and for Charles Schwab on complex data and voice internetworking projects.

Bill O'Connor, co-chair of the San Francisco Partnership's multi-media task force (formerly the Mayor's multi-media task force) and executive director of Epicenter, will serve as master of ceremonies.

After the scheduled events, attendees will meet with technology peers and employers as well as tour CEL's high-tech learning facilities. CEL course and enrollment information will also be available.

"Mass Luminosity" is one of this year's SFSU centennial events. Throughout 1999 the university is celebrating its centennial year of service to San Francisco, the Bay Area, California, and beyond. A highly diverse community of 27,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff, San Francisco State is one of the largest campuses in the nationally recognized 23-campus California State University system.


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