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Professor Emeritus James Duggins (B.A., '60; M.A., '64) won first prize for fiction in the San Francisco Writers Conference's Indie Publishing Contest, for "The Possession of Sarah," the story of Sarah Winchester and the Winchester Mystery House.

Professor Emeritus Julian F. Randolph (B.A., '60; M.A., '64) devotes most of his time to genealogical studies and has edited and published the Civil War diaries of his great grandfather, William Jeptha Fitz Randolph.

Allan E. Trimble (M.A., '60) has published "Teaching Kids to Fail: Commentary on Our Failing Schools and Possible Solutions (Volume 1)" through CreateSpace.

Professor Emeritus James T. Smith (M.A., '64) received the Mathematical Association of America's 2011 Lester R. Ford Award for expository writing in mathematics, for his paper, "Definitions and Nondefinability in Geometry."

Rupert Garcia (B.A., '68; M.A., '78) was honored by the College of Ethnic Studies at an exhibit of his artwork at the de Young Museum.



Leslie Wildesen (M.A., '70), a Portland-based environmental consultant and author, has published "Hospitality Forever: A Sustainability Handbook for the Lodging Industry" through Trafford.

Paul-David Halem's (B.A., '73) play "Life Cycles" was selected for San Diego- based PowPac Theatre's first annual New Playwrights Presentation.

David Gropman (B.A., '74) is handling the production design for the forthcoming film "Life of Pi."

Alan Scofield (B.A., '74) is the founding director of Young Imaginations,a nonprofit agency offering multicultural music and dance classes to approximately 10, 000 children in the San Francisco Bay Area each year.

Lawrie Brown (M.A., '75) exhibited her artwork over the summer at San Francisco's Scott Nichols Gallery.

Barbara Evers (M.A., '75), executive vice president and director of marketing and private banking at Borel Private Bank & Trust Co., made the San Francisco Business Times list of "The Bay Area's Most Influential Women."

Elizabeth Lesser (B.A., '75) is co-founder and senior advisor of Omega Institute, the largest adult education center in the U.S. focusing on health, wellness, spirituality and creativity.

Sonia Melara (B.A., '75; M.S.W., '78), vice president of the San Francisco Health Commission, was appointed to the San Francisco Redistricting Task Force.

Rick Simas (B.A., '76) directed the musical "Five Course Love" at the North Coast Repertory Theatre.

Keith DeFolo (M.A., '77) has published "Burma Will Live Again" though Xlibris.

Elmy Bermejo (B.A., '78) is director of Intergovernmental Affairs for the U.S. Department of Labor.

Tom McGraw (M.S.W., '79) is the CEO of First National Bank of Northern California.

Leroy Morishita (M.S., '79) is the new interim president of California State University, East Bay.



Robert Bonsall (B.A., '80) is a partner with the Beeson, Tayer & Bodine law firm.

Eileen Gittins (B.A., '80), the founder and CEO of Blurb, made the San Francisco Business Times list of "The Bay Area's Most Influential Women."

Bill Bruner (B.A., '81) is director of Government and External Relations at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

Charles Michael Austin (M.A., '81) earned his doctor of education from the School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University.

Laura McHale Holland (B.A., '83) is the author of "Reversible Skirt," a memoir published through Wordforest.

Daniel M. Rothblatt (B.A., '83), senior vice president of Philanthropic Services for The Jewish Community Foundation o fLos Angeles,received an honorary doctorate in Jewish Communal Service from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

Sandy Sohcot (M.B.A., '83) is the executive director of the Grateful Dead's charitable Rex Foundation.

"Catina's Haircut: A Novel in Stories" (University of Wisconsin Press, '10) by Paola Corso (M.P.A., '84) spans four generations of a peasant family in Italy and the U.S.

Amy Fried (B.A., '84) is an associate professor of political science at the University of Maine.

Elizabeth Kulavic (B.S., '84), a personal and business banker for Bank of Marin, has been named to the board of directors of Sunny Hills Services, a San Anselmo- based nonprofit serving vulnerable youth and their families.

John R. Moses (B.A., '85) is the new managing editor for the Juneau Empire.

Joy Cutler's (M.A., '87) "The Stormy Hanky" was a winning play in the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts.

Patrick McMahon (B.A., '87) has published "Becoming Patrick," a memoir of reconnecting with blood relatives after growing up adopted, through DeepRootPress.com.

Artist Michael C. Acker (M.F.A., '89) is organizing the centennial celebration of the Boyes Hot Springs (Sonoma Valley) Post Office.

Jeffrey Staples, M.D. (M.S., '89) was appointed CEO of Sheikh Khalifa Medical City in Abu Dhabi.

Colorado State University Professor Wes Kenney (M.M., '92) is enjoying his ninth season as music director and conductor of the Fort Collins Symphony.



Cal Orey (M.A., '90) has published "The Healing Powers of Honey" through Kensington. The book is the fifth in her "Healing Powers" series and offers home cures and recipes. 

Chris Scarabosio (B.A., '90) worked as a sound re-recording mixer on the films "Super 8" and "Tree of Life."

Isidore Szczepaniak (M.A., '90) is a research associate at the California Academy of Sciences Department of Mammalogy, a naturalist for the Oceanic Society and co-principal investigator of the Golden Gate Cetacean Research Group.

Lisa Davies (B.S., '91; M.A., '02), the principal of San José's Bret Harte Middle School, was honored as Educator of the Year at the Hayward Chamber of Commerce's 67th Annual Celebration Awards Gala.

Gina Hyams (B.A., '91) provides everything you need to host a pie contest: pie contest handbook, scorecards, numbered pie toppers and prize ribbons, in her new book, "Pie Contest in a Box" (Andrews McMeel, '11).

Andrew Lam (attended '89-'91) explores the bridges and crossroads where two hemispheres meld into one worldwide "immigrantnation" in his essay collection "East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres" (Heyday, '10).

Deidra Lieberman (B.A., '91), president and general manager, KGO/KSFO Radio, made the San Francisco Business Times list of "The Bay Area's Most Influential Women."

Louisa McCune-Elmore (B.S., '92) is the new executive director of the Kirkpatrick Foundation.

Crista Flores (M.A., '93) co-authored with Professor of Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar and Associate Professor of Nursing Andrea Renwanz Boyle the book "Assisted Living Administration and Management: Effective Practices and Model Programs in Elder Care" (Springer, '10).

Matt Johanson (B.A., '93; M.A., '99) just published "Yosemite Epics: Tales of Adventure from America's Greatest Playground" through Dreamcatcher.

Maria Perno Goldie (M.S., '94), president of the International Federation of Dental Hygienists, received the Alfred C. Fones Award of the American Dental Hygienists Association.
John Marmysz (M.A., '94) is the author of "The Path of Philosophy: Truth, Wonder, and Distress, 1st Edition" (Wadsworth, '11), a college textbook featuring illustrations by Juneko Robinson (attended '92-'94).

Newlyweds Edwin Salgado (B.S., '97) and Nancy Chen-Salgado (B.S., '08) co-founded the company GroupBookers.com.

David Vega (B.A., '97) starred in Custom Made Theatre Company's San Francisco premiere of Steve Martin's "The Underpants."

Kristin Byrd (M.A., '98) a physical scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey, works on the Puget Sound Ecosystem Portfolio Model that evaluates how future urban growth may alter near-shore ecosystems.

Ming P. Fang (B.S., '99) has been named a shareholder of the San Francisco-based CPA firm Spott, Lucey & Wall, Inc.

"City of Dragons" (Minotaur, '10) by Kelli Stanley (B.A., '99; M.A., '06) is the newest winner of Mystery Readers International's Macavity Award for best historical mystery.



Christopher Herz (B.A., '00) is the author of "The Last Block in Harlem" (AmazonEncore, '10).

Paul Hodges III (B.A., '01) served as an executive producer for "Inside the Clubhouse -- The Journey." The documentary, which chronicled the Giants' quest for their first World Series title since moving to San Francisco, received a 2011 Northern California Emmy Award.

Jonathan Xiong (B.S., '01) is managing director and globa linvestment strategist in Mellon Capital Management's global asset allocation group.

Andrea Abrams (M.A., '02), the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco's Education Coordinator for Southern California, received the Bank's Legacy Award for Leadership "in recognition and appreciation of her extraordinary efforts to advance the Bank's vision."

Michelle Solomon (B.A., '04) is music curator at Oakland-based Pandora Internet radio.

Kenny Loui (B.A., '05; M.A., '08) received the President's Call to Service Award from the President's Council on Service and Civic Participation, for his volunteer work and community service activities in the U.S., Korea and Japan.

Erin Feher (B.A., '06) is the new editor of California Home + Design.

Jinhon Ferreira (B.A., '06) a.k.a. Piper, is the MC for Flipsyde, an Oakland-based Hip Hop/Rock group.

Alka Raghuram (M.F.A., '06) directed "Burqa Boxers," a documentary about Muslim women boxers in India.

Berenice Diaz (B.S., '08) and Jenifer Thai (B.A., '08), former roommates at SF State, have started Sweet 1985, an eco-friendly jewelry line.

Nate Wollman (B.A., '08) produced "Vigilante Vigilante: The Battle for Expression," a documentary about citizens who paint over graffiti.

Jason Ossenmacher (B.S., '09) is the founder of SkateHub, a Web-based business for everything skateboarding.

Mary Tam (M.B.A., '09) is a development officer for Mercy Corps in San Francisco.

Charlie Corriea (B.A., '10) received the Emerging Artist Award at the Mendocino Film Festival in June for his film "Fu-De"(The Brush).

Sokhom Mao (B.A., '10) has been chosen as commissioner of the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Delinquency Commission.



Doris E. Prosser (B.A., '50), May 19, 2011, Mountain View, Calif.

Allen Smith (B.A., '50), Feb. 3, 2011, San Francisco

Maris Andersons (B.A., '60), May 22, 2011, Santa Barbara, Calif.


New Additions

Adam Lewis (B.A., '04) and Danielle Horcabas (B.A., '04) welcomed their son Landen Horcabas Lewis on May 28, 2011.



Myla Wise (B.S., '09) married Justin Marsh (B.S. '10) on July 3, 2010 in Santa Clara, Calif.


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