Alumni & Friends
Proving good news comes in twos, SF State alumni have won another pair of Pulitzer prizes. Rae Armantrout (M.A., '75) and Michael Moss (attended '74 - '79) won 2010 Pulitzer Awards in poetry and journalism, respectively. Armantrout was recognized for "Versed," her latest collection of poems. Moss, a finalist for the prize in both 1999 and 2006, shares his Pulitzer with his colleagues at The New York Times, whose reporting on E. coli victims exposed crucial shortcomings in federal regulation of the food industry. Just two years ago, another SF State poet, Philip Schultz (B.A., '67), and journalist Jose Antonio Vargas (B.A., '04), won the prestigious prize. Other alumni to receive honors in their fields include Jonas Rivera (B.A., '96), producer of "Up," which received an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture; and Christopher Boyes (B.A., '85), who earned Oscar nominations for his Sound Editing and Sound Mixing contributions to "Avatar." Both grads helped make 2010 the 11th consecutive year alumni have been nominated for Hollywood's highest honor. Sad news: Wilma Mankiller (attended '74 - '76), the first female principal chief of the Cherokee Nation, died April 6. In President Barack Obama's words, Mankiller "transformed the nation-to-nation relationship between the Cherokee Nation and the federal government, and served as an inspiration to women in Indian Country and across America." From a national hero to a local one, Rosa Katz (B.S., '09) was still a nursing student when she found San Francisco Police Inspector Henry Kirk unconscious and slumped over the wheel of his vehicle. Staff at St. Luke's Hospital, where Kirk was later treated, said that if Katz had not begun CPR as quickly, calmly and as competently as she did, Inspector Kirk would have died. Her good work earned her a commendation from the San Francisco Police Commission. Also in the impressive achievement file: What to do with all those Styrofoam packing peanuts? Inventor Stanley Mazor (attended '60 - '65) has been mixing his with concrete and steel rebar, and voilà, after ten years of labor, he has a sustainable reproduction of a 17th century French chateau. Mazor stopped by SF State's Design Week to discuss his latest creation. Pre-peanuts, he was focused on chips -- Mazor shares the patent on the first microprocessor. Miguel Almaguer (B.A., '00), meanwhile, is spending his time processing national news. From dawn on the Today show to dusk on the NBC Nightly News, he chases fires, breaks down the California budget and investigates crime. The NBC News correspondent says BECA faculty members Michelle Wolf, John Hewitt and Marty Gonzalez gave him the tools he uses every day. Other successes worth noting: John Patitucci(attended '77 - '78) earned a Grammy nomination in the category Best Jazz Instrumental Album for hislatestrelease,"Remembrance."And fans of Faith No More who thought the band was no more should check its Web site for tour dates. Keyboardist Roddy Bottum (attended '81 - '85) and his band mates reunited after an 11-year hiatus. New York is the band's last stop in the states this summer before they launch a European tour. While Bottum is playing to sell-out crowds, Bollywood screenwriter Shibani Bathija (M.A., '99) is breaking box office records. Her latest film, "My Name is Khan," which highlights racial profiling in the fictional California suburb of Banville, grossed $1.9 million during its opening weekend in February, a worldwide record for a Hindi film.
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