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Alumni & Friends

Gator Generations -- Dreams Fufilled

In the fall/winter issue we asked readers to share stories about their families whose attendence at SF State includes two or more generations. Here are just a few.


I was part of the very early admissions program at SF State. My mom, Carmen Trasviña, was expecting me when both she and my father received their undergraduate degrees at SF State in 1955. My father, Juan Trasviña, went on to earn his master's degree in Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA). Twenty years later I earned my undergraduate degree in the same department.


Juan Trasviña and Cheryl Jennings

Juan Trasviña was the first in his family to graduate from SF State.

He went on to enjoy a successful career in broadcasting and so

have his former students, including alum, ABC 7 news anchor

Cheryl Jennings.

My dad had an enormous impact on the broadcast industry. He was a highly recognized sound effects man during the peak of the radio industry, spending 40 years with NBC. He held many other engineering positions and also taught, mentored others who were interested in careers in broadcast and worked as a shop steward. Last year I was honored to accept the BECA Symposium's Lifelong Achievement Award on his behalf.


His work mentoring young students and women of color inspired me to pursue a career as a college counselor. After earning my master's degree in counseling at SF State, I began working as a community college counselor and community activist and ultimately returned to SF State as the coordinator of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Student Resource Center, where I am able to help students achieve success.


My sister Jeannine Trasviña received her B.A. in 1969. Her husband, Tony Ligouri, earned his M.A. in 1975. Today my son Nicolas Trasviña is continuing our proud tradition. He enrolled in 2006 and is pursuing a degree in criminal justice Studies.


SF State made it possible for all of us to fulfill our dreams as professionals and contributing members of society.



-- Nicky R. Trasviña (B.A., '77; M.S., '97), coordinator, Student Resource Center, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences


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