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John Christgau (B.A., '58; M.A., '61) presents the story of Ft. Lincoln Intern­ment Camp for German and Japanese aliens in an updated edition of his book "Enemies: World War II Alien Intern­ment" (Bison Books, '09).

Harvey Shwartz (attended '59, '60) is the author of "Solidarity Stories: An Oral History of the ILWU" (Univer­sity of Washington Press, '09).



Milton Bolzendahl (B.A., '60) has published "That's Blackpool? The Subculture of Ballroom Dancing" through Fideli Publishing.

Donald E. Davis (B.A., '61) is the author of "Distorted Mirrors: Americans and their Relations with Russia and China in the Twentieth Century" (University of Missouri Press, '09).

Nikolai Massenkoff (B.A., '62), founder of the Massenkoff Russian Folk Festival, has performed for more than two decades at the world's leading performing arts centers.

Linda Gates (B.A., '63), head of voice in the Department of Theatre at Northwestern University, has worked as a voice and dialect coach on Broadway and is the author of "Voice for Performance: Training the Actor's Voice" (Limelight Editions, '09)

Bill Siverly (B.A., '66; M.A., '68) has published his fourth book of poems, "Clearwater Way" (Taprock Books, '09). He lives in Portland, Ore., where he edits the twice-yearly Windfall: A Journal of Poetry of Place.

James D. Abrams (B.A., '67) has been named partner at the Columbus, Ohio-based Chester, Willcox & Saxbe LLP law firm.

Judy GeBauer (B.A., '68), a playwright in residence at Modern Muse Theatre Company in Denver, Colo., has won the Denver Post Ovation Award for Best New Play (Every Secret Thing) and the HBO Writer Award (Bobby Sands, MP).

Mitchel W. Salzman (B.A., '68) retired after 33 years in public education and runs the scholarship program at Vallejo (Calif.) High School.

John Bernard (B.A., '69; M.A., '75) returned from retirement to public educa­tion in 2009 when California State Superintendent Jack O'Connell appointed him state administrator for the King City Joint Union High School District.



Steve Abhaya Brooks (M.A., '72) has published 50 books of prose, poetry and art online.

Linda Gregg (M.A., '72) won the third annual Jackson Poetry Prize from Poets & Writers, Inc.

David D. Butler (B.A., '73) is a lawyer with a solo practice in Des Moines, Iowa.

Sheila Cooper (B.A., '74) and SF State Professor Emeritus Rosemary Patton (M.A., '80) are co-authors of "Writing Logically, Thinking Critically" (Longman, '09), a textbook now in its sixth edition that teaches students how to write logical, cohesive arguments and how to evaluate the arguments of others.

William Patry (B.A., '74; M.A.,'76) argues in his new book, "Moral Panics and the Copyright Wars" (Oxford University Press, '09), that copyright, like other govern­ment programs, must be held accountable to ensure it is serving its public purpose.

Patricia C. Girardi (B.A., '75; M.A., '06) is the principal of Roosevelt Elementary School in Redwood City, Calif.

Candace Nosaka Ames (M.A., '75), a behavioral health counselor at Hilo Union School, received one of four statewide Hawaii Department of Education Sustained Supe­rior Performance Awards.

Victor Jin (B.A., '75), an Alameda Realtor® and long-time advocate for affordable housing, received the Housing Affordability Fund's 2009 Bette Dobkin Award.

Dan Young (B.A., '78) received the Outstanding Achievement Award from the Jazz Society of Santa Cruz County for promoting jazz education. Young is the founding music director at Pajaro Valley High School and president of the Santa Cruz Jazz Festival.

Aisha Khan (B.A., '77; M.A., '82) and George Baca (B.A., '92) edited "Empirical Futures: Anthropologists and Historians Engage the Work of Sidney W. Mintz" (The University of North Carolina Press, '09).



Thadd Evans (M.A., '81) has published his high-tech sci fi novel, "mpStation_4," through Devine Destinies.

Loren Meissner (B.A., '81; M.B.A., '84) took a course in Sexuality Studies through SF State's College of Extended Learning after attending the Summer Institute of the National Sexuality Resource Center.

April Martin Chartrand (B.A., '82) has published "Angel's Destiny: Angel's Destiny: A Novel Story of Poems & Illustrations."

Nina Bogdan (B.A., '84) and Lydia B. Zaverukha (B.S., '82; B.A., '83) are the authors of "Russian San Francisco" (Arca­dia, '10). The book includes a foreword by SF State Professor Emerita of Russian Studies Ludmila Ershova.

Genevia Gee Fulbright (B.S., '84) chairs the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants Committee, recipient of the 2009 Diversity Section Excellence Award from the American Account­ing Association.

William Torphy (M.A., '84) has two books published by San Francisco press, Ithuriel's Spear: "Love Never Always" (poems) and "Snake Bite" (fiction). He is director of William Torphy Fine Arts, a curatorial and consultancy firm for visual artists.

Val Dolcini (B.A., '85) is the state of California's executive director of the United States Department of Agriculture. He oversees 30 offices from the upper reaches of northern California to the Mexican border.

Ursula Irwin (M.A., '85) is the dean of humanities at Mt. Hood College in Gresham, Ore.

Waukeen McCoy (B.A., '88) is an attorney with his own civil rights law practice in San Francisco.

Michael Gin (B.A., '89) serves as San Ramon, Calif.-based AMF Media Group's creative services manager and pro­vides graphic and Web design to a number of clients.

Donna S. Kline (M.A., '89) is the producer of the newly released documentary film "Virtuoso: The Olga Samaroff Story." The film, an outgrowth of Kline's master's thesis, includes an interview with SF State Professor William Corbett-Jones, who studied under Samaroff, a great pioneer for music in the early 20th century of America.



Regina M. Marchi (M.A., '90) is the author of "Day of the Dead in the USA: The Migration and Transformation of a Cultural Phenomenon" (Rutgers University Press, '09). The book provides insight into the power of ritual to create community, transmit oppositional messages, and advance educational, political and economic goals.

Cal Orey (M.A., '90) is the author of the Healing Powers series, including "The Healing Powers of Chocolate" (Kensington, '10) based on the Mediterranean diet and lifestyle. Her health-related cookbooks have been translated into more than 15 languages.

Toni Logan (B.A.,'91) was accepted as a writing fellow to the prestigious Norman Mailer Writers Colony in Provincetown, Mass. for April 2010.

Professors Martin Morales (B.A., '91; M.A. '92) and Maureen Moore nee Wasson (B.A., '90) have created with Rosalie Cuneo a new Global Studies Program at Sacramento's Cosumnes River College. Morales is chair of political science and Global Studies; Moore is professor of humanities.

Diana Orgain (B.A., '92; M.F.A., '99) is the author of "Bundle of Trouble: A Maternal Instincts Mystery" (Berkeley Prime Crime, '09).

Theodore S. Gonzalves (M.A., '93) is the author of "The Day the Dancers Stayed: Performing in the Filipino/American Diaspora" (Temple University Press, '09).

Dinah Hazell (M.A., '93), developer and co-editor of Medieval Forum, an online literary journal, is the author of "Poverty in Late Middle English Literature: The Meene and the Riche" (Four Courts Press, '09). Hazell has designed courses taught at SF State, where she has been a guest lecturer.

Paul Miller (B.A., '93), a lecturer in SF State's College of Ethnic Studies, is the author of "The Postwar Struggle for Civil Rights: African Americans in San Francisco, 1945 -- 1975" (Routledge, '09).

John Marmysz (M.A., '94) is a tenured professor of philosophy at the College of Marin (Calif.).

Kirby Wright (M.F.A., '94) lectured and recited poetry with fellow U.S. poet, Pulitzer Prize winner Gary Snyder, at the 2009 International Writer's Conference in Hong Kong. Wright was selected as Hawaii's representative and joined a panel of seven fellow Pacific Rim writers.

Aidan M. Dunne (B.S., '96) has been admitted into the partnership of KPMG LLP. The audit, tax and advisory firm is the U.S. member firm of KPMG International.

Joshua Zerkel (B.A., '98; M.A., '03) has been elected president of the National Association of Professional Organizers, San Francisco Bay Area Chapter.



Carl Byron Keys II (B.A., '01) is the graduate student rep­resentative for Division A of the American Educational Re­search Association. He is also the founder and chair of the Curry Research Conference, a student-run educational research conference at the University of Virginia, where he is pursuing a doctorate.

Yvonne Cavanagh (B.A., '02), opened Surface Gallery in Bakersfield, Calif. The gallery represents emerging contemporary artists.

Stephanie Rocío Miles (B.A., '04), a Spanish and Portuguese cataloger for Harvard College Library Technical Services, was named a 2009 -- 10 Harvard resident administrative fellow.

Ryan Williams (B.S., '05), a certified sommelier, is the wine director/manager at Ana Mandara Restaurant in San Francisco.

Matthew McAlear (M.A., '05), vice president and chief program officer of Easter Seals Bay Area, leads the development of expanded services for individuals with autism and their families.

Martina Bakilana (B.A., '07) earned her master's degree in psychology from Golden Gate University and works as a residential counselor for a San Francisco-based nonprofit.



Charles Lee Smith (B.A., '52), Jan. 7, 2010, Berkeley, Calif.

Greg Glenn Turnbull (B.A., '83), Nov. 12, 2009, Los Angeles, Calif.


New Additions

Lindsay Usher (M.A., '96) and Julian Rogers, welcomed a daughter, Amoreena, in December 2009.


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