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Photo of Ernest Gaines shaking hands with President Obama. AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster’57: President Obama applauded
Ernest Gaines for writing novels,
which have “shed new light on the
African-American experience and
given voice to those who have
endured injustice.”

Louis Cannon (attended ’53), noted presidential biographer and White Housecorrespondent, received an honorary doctorate at California State University ChannelIsland’s 2013 commencement ceremony.

Al Martinez (attended ’47-’50), a three-time Pulitzer Prize winner, has been named a fellow of the Society of Professional Journalists for his contributions to the profession.

Ernest Gaines (B.A., ’57) was presented in July with the 2012 National Medal of Arts for his contributions as an author and teacher during a ceremony in the East Room of White House.







Gerald Haslam (B.A., ’63; M.A., ’65) and his wife and co-author, Janice E. Haslam (attended ’66), received an Award of Merit from the American Association for State and Local History and the 2013 Hayakawa Book Prize from the Institute for General Semantics for “In Thought and Action: The Enigmatic Life of S.I. Hayakawa” (University of Nebraska Press, ’11).

Robert Kirk (B.A., ’65), a retired history instructor, lectures aboard cruise ships and writes books. His latest publication is “Paradise Past: The Transformation of the South Pacific, 1520-1920” (McFarland, ’12).



James P. Lynch (attended ’70 -’73) won a Northern California Area Emmy Award in the Sporting Event/Game-Live/Unedited -Program/Special category for Comcast SportsNet Bay Area’s “Giants Baseball.”

Lynn Oakley (B.M., ’71), a professional violinist and author, relates the history of her neighborhood from the Ohlone Indians and early Spanish settlers to the mid-20th Century in “San Francisco’s Twin Peaks” (Arcadia Publishing, ’13).

Rolando Regino (B.A., ’77) is the dean of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math at Victor Valley College in San Bernardino County, Calif.

Steve Schaefer (B.A., ’78) has written more than 1,000 automotive reviews as well as the e-book “Have You Seen Her Face.”



Alice Elizabeth Rogoff (M.A., ’80; M.A.,’90) received an Individual Artist Commission in Literary Arts for poetry from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

Alan Venable (M.A., ’80) is the author of “Ratting on Russo” (One Monkey Books, ’13).

Silvester Carl Henderson (B.M., ’81; M.A., ’84), professor of choral activities and chair of the music department at Los Medanos College in Pittsburg, Calif., was selected as a quarterfinalist for the Music Educator Award presented by The Recording Academy and the GRAMMY Foundation.

Jay Ward (B.A., B.A., ’81), associate director of SF State’s Office of International Programs, was one of 10 U.S. participants selected to attend the June 2013 “International Education Administrators” Fulbright Program in Japan.

Alex Carig (B.A., ’82), a professional screenwriter, is producing his first feature film, “The Tao of Surfing.”

Annie Dawid (B.A., ’82; M.A., ’86) won the Fall 2012 Orlando Flash Fiction Award from the A Room of One’s Own Foundation for “Nitza Kosher Pizza” and the 2012 Dana Award in the Essay for “All Thy Waves.”

Eugene Gloria (B.A., ’82) is the author of “My Favorite Warlord” (Penguin, ’12), a recipient of the 2013 Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for “outstanding works that contribute to our understanding of racism and our appreciation of the rich diversity of human cultures.”

Paul D. Gutierrez (M.S., ’82) of Gutierrez & Associates has been appointed Northern California State Chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Barbara W. Moser, Esq. (M.S.W., ’82) has been nominated several years in a row as one of the top 50 Women Lawyers in Northern California by SuperLawyers, and for two years, as one of the top 100 Northern California Lawyers. 

María Elena González (M.A., ’83) won the Grand Prize at 30th Biennial of Graphic Arts, Ljubljana.

Timothy Lee (B.S., ’84) published the health and fitness book “Amazing Secrets of the Holistic Athlete” through CreateSpace.

Donald E. Gibson (M.A., ’84) has been named dean of Fairfield University’s Charles F. Dolan School of Business.

La Rhonda Crosby-Johnson (B.A., ’84), owner and CEO of BARUTI Enterprises, launched an e-mail coaching program and is a featured author in the 2013 Nubian Press Images anthologies “Life’s Spices from Seasoned Sistahs” and “More of Life’s Spices.”

Barbara K. Richardson’s (Teaching Credential, ’84) novel “Tributary” (Torrey House, ’12) tracks the life of a rebellious woman in 1870s Utah.

N. M. Reed (B.S.,'85) has written a new novella, "The Broken Scroll,” available on Amazon.com.

Michael Gene Sullivan (attended ’85-’86), resident playwright for the Tony Award-winning San Francisco Mime Troupe, is a regular blogger on Huffingtonpost.com and the author of “1984,” the stage adaptation of George Orwell’s classic dystopian novel.

Linda Peckham (B.A., ’85) received a Northern California Area Emmy Award for “QUEST: Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct: Big Fixes for Big Quakes,” a KQED series which she edited.

Terry Shames (M.A., ’86) is the author of “A Killing at Cotton Hill” (Seventh Street Books/Prometheus, ’13), a mystery novel.

Anthony Peckham (M.A., ’87) has been hired by Universal Pictures to write the screenplay for the fifth installment of The Bourne Identity franchise.

Margaret Hussey (M.A., ’88) received both a Gracie Award for Outstanding Series and a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for “Your Turn to Care,” a KCET documentary series on caregiving, which she executive produced.

Brian Yuen (B.A., ’88), a KPIX photographer, won a Northern California Area Emmy Award for Continuing Coverage for “Robbery at the Register,” a piece about customers who were overcharged at California supermarkets.



Photo of Saeri Kiritani's life-size self-sculpture made of rice, on display at the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery. Photo by Saeri Kiritani.’92: More than one million grains of
rice went into artist Saeri Kiritani’s
life-size self-sculpture on display at
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait
Gallery through February.

Dan Brook (M.A. ’92) published two e-books through Smashwords, “Social Truths” and “Daydreaming in Kyoto.”

Camelia Mahmoudi (B.A., ’90; M.A., ’92), an attorney, practices in the areas of estate planning, family law and taxation at her San Jose-based law office.

Paul Rosenthal (B.A., ’90) was elected in 2012 to the Colorado House of Representatives (D-Denver). He also teaches history and civics at a youth correctional facility.

Renée Ashley (M.A., ’91) is the author of five volumes of poetry, including “Because I am the Shore I Want to be the Sea,” (Subito Press, ’13), winner of the Subito Book Prize.

Alex Borstein (B.A., ’92) was nominated for a Primetime Emmy Award in the Best Voice-Over Performance category for her role as Lois Griffin on “Family Guy.”

Saeri Kiritani’s (B.A.,’92) life-size self-sculpture made entirely from rice won the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition and is on display at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Portrait Gallery.

Andrew G. Hunter (M.A., ’93) is a research and development chef for the new Lifetime TV show “Supermarket Superstar.”

Paul T. Miller (B.A., ’93) is the author of “The Postwar Struggle for Civil Rights: African Americans in San Francisco, 1945-1975” (Routledge,’13).

Cynthia Bott (M.S.W., ’94) earned her doctorate in social welfare from University at Albany-State University of New York.

Stephanie Anne Johnson (M.A., ’94) has received a doctorate in interdisciplinary studies/public policy from the Union Institute & University. She has also been promoted to full professor at Cal State Monterey Bay.

Emalyn Lapus (M.S., ’95), director of education programs for the Japanese Community Youth Council, received the Steve Holman Award from the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel.

Amy Miller (B.A.,’95) received a Northern California Area Emmy Award for “QUEST: Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct: Big Fixes for Big Quakes,” a KQED series which she produced.

Gabriella West (M.A., ’95) published "Connecting the Dots: My Midlife Journey with Adult AD/HD" on Amazon Kindle.

Michael Cerruti (B.A., ’96), supervising editor at KTVU, won a Northern California Area Emmy Award in the Daytime Newscast (Larger Markets) category for “KTVU Mornings on 2.”

Kevin Fellezs (B.A.,’98; M.A.,’00), an assistant professor at Columbia University, won the 2012 Woody Guthrie Book Award from the International Association for the Study of Popular Music’s U.S. branch for “Birds of Fire: Jazz, Rock, Funk and the Creation of Fusion” (Duke University Press, ’11).

Samuel Lauranilla (B.A., ’98) published the novel "Marina's Fella" through Kindle Direct Publishing.

Joshua Zerkel (B.A., ’98; M.A., ’03), founder of Custom Living Solutions, has published “Evernote @ Work: The Ultimate Guide to Implementing Evernote in Your Business.”

Lucille Lang Day (M.S., ’99; M.F.A., ’04) received the PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Literary Award for “Married at Fourteen: A True Story” (Heyday, ’12).



Daryl Bilandzija poses in front of garden with chicken. Photo by Roman Cho.’03: Teacher extraordinaire
Daryl Bilandzija has created a garden
for his students’ ecology lessons, an
outdoor theater space for their
performances and new classroom
furniture—all with zero funding.

Steve Shlisky (M.A., ’00), a producer and editor for KTVU, won a Governors’ Service Medallion at the Northern California Area Emmy Awards ceremony for his work as the education committee chair of the Northern California chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Anita Woodley (B. A., ’00) explores issues of cancer and body image as a solo performer of the “Mama Juggs” show.

Paul Hodges III (B.A., ’01) of Comcast SportsNet Bay Area won a Northern California Area Emmy Award in the Sports-Daily or Weekly Program/Series category for “Inside the Clubhouse: Orange October: NLCS.”

Angel Vasquez (B.A., ’02; M.F.A.,’06) received a Lower Great Lakes Emmy Award nomination for his work as executive producer on “Bearing Witness: The Voices of Our Survivors.”

Geoff Baldwin (M.A., ’03) translated N.M. Karamzin’s “The Reign of Boris Godunov” (Nast, Debrutus and Shortt, ’13).

Daryl Bilandzija (Teaching Cred., ’03) is one of 50 teachers profiled and celebrated in “American Teacher: Heroes in the Classroom” (Welcome Books, ’13) by Katrina Fried.

Joshua Mohr’s (B.A., ’03) latest novel, “Fight Song” (Soft Skull Press, ’13), follows a downtrodden suburban father on an odyssey to restart his stalled life.

Debbie Lum (M.F.A.,’04) made her feature-length directorial debut with the documentary “Seeking Asian Female.”

Tina Rose Novero (B.A., ’05) of the Monterey Institute of International Studies has been awarded a Fulbright U.S. Student Program scholarship to the Philippines in public administration.

Kristin Farr (B.A.,’06) won a Northern California Area Emmy Award in the Arts/Entertainment-Feature/Segment category for the KQED video “In the Studio with Mike Shine.”

Leah Christiana (B.A., ’07) is a performer in Cirque du Soleil’s “Mystère” in Las Vegas.

Shadi Haddad (B.A., ’07) won a Northern California Area Emmy Award in the Promotion-News Promo-Single Spot category as editor and colorist for “Mobile 5,” a commercial promoting KPIX’s remote news broadcasting capabilities.

Janice Mabry (B.A., ’07), producer and writer of “The Bounce Report” on station KAXT, won a Northern California Area Emmy Award in the category Historic/Cultural-Program/Special.

Kristi Moos (M.F.A., ’10), editor of the environmental literary journal Poecology, has launched the Literary Locator, the first and only online map of contemporary literature about place.

Amanda Ramirez (B.A., ’10), a costumer on the film “Fruitvale Station,” will work in costumes on Tim Burton’s forthcoming film, “Big Eyes.”

Marilyn Thomas (B.S., ’10) was named the 2012 Trustee Emeritus Ali C. Razi Scholar, an honor given to the top-scoring recipient of the William Randolph Hearst/CSU Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement.

Joey Izzo’s (B.A., ’07; M.F.A., ’12) thesis film, “Stepsister,” screened at the 2013 San Francisco International Film Festival in competition for the Golden Gate Award. The film also competed in the Cinéfondation portion of the Short Films competition at the 2013 Festival de Cannes.

Scott Lambridis (M.F.A., ’12) received the 2012 Dana Award in the Novel for his manuscript, “The Many Raymond Days.”



Anna Livingston Coles (M.B.A., M.I.B., ’11) and Shivraj Singh, March 10, 2012, Ludhiana, India


In Memoriam

Jack Brenner (M.A., ’60) Feb. 8, 2012, Seattle

George Duke (M.A., ’75), Aug. 5, Los Angeles


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