Alumni & Friends
Tim Lincecum, Buster Posey and Brian Wilson have a few Gators keeping their World Series Champion team running smoothly. Working behind the scenes of the San Francisco Giants: Lisa Pantages (B.S., '83; M.B.A., '86), Vice President, Finance; John F. Yee (B.A., '77 ), Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer; Kevin Mark ( B.S., '99 ), Client Relations Account Manager; Russ Stanley (B.S., '88 ), Managing Vice President, Ticket Sales & Services; Nancy Donati (B.A., '79), Vice President, Publications and Creative Services; Matt Nerland (attended '91), Special Assistant, Scouting; John Gumas (B.S., '84 ), Giants Community Fund; and Jeff Mallett (attended '88), Principal Partner. However the team does this year, SF State Magazine has plenty of all--stars in other fields.
In January, Steve Zaillian (B.A., '75), best known for his Oscar-winning "Schindler's List" screenplay, received the Writers Guild of America, West's 2011 Laurel Award for Screen, honoring "lifetime achievement in outstanding writing for motion pictures." Days later Gator screenwriter Lisa Cholodenko (B.A., '87) received an Oscar nod for her "The Kids Are All Right" screenplay and Annette Bening (B.A., '80), fresh off a Golden Globe win, was nominated for Best Actress in a Leading Role, making 2011 the 12th consecutive year that alumni have been nominated for Hollywood's highest honor (see page 8).
Grammy news followed in February: Kent Nagano (M.A., '76) won Best Opera Recording for "Saariaho: L'Amour De Loin," a recording with the Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Rundfunkchor Berlin. Also nominated: Johnny Mathis (attended '54–'57) for "Let it Be Me: Mathis in Nashville" (Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album), Wayne Wallace (attended '70–'73) for "¡Bien Bien!" (Best Latin Quintet) and Steven Miller (B.A., '78) for Bobby McFerrin's "Vocabularies" (Best Engineered Album, Classical). Another note--able alum making headlines: Paul Gemignani (B.A., '60) conducted The New York Philharmonic's spring production of "Company," a Stephen Sondheim musical starring Stephen Colbert.
Meanwhile, stars of the political kind are making appearances at Georgetown's Peacock Café, owned by brothers Maziar Farivar (attended '86–'87) and Shahab Farivar (B.A., '87). The restaurant, 20 years old this year, was the site of another recent celebration -- Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton's 63rd birthday. Speaking of powerful politicians, Delroy Lindo (B.A., '04) plays one on TV. He stars as the corrupt Alderman Ronin Gibbons in the new FOX drama "The Chicago Code." Another alum's work can be seen on television abroad -- Sionann O'Neill (attended '81-'83) creates French subtitles for "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart." The professional subtitler has a way with words as does SF State's Transfer magazine, which just celebrated its 50th birthday with a commemorative issue. One of the longest standing student-managed literary journals in the U.S., Transfer helped launch the careers of writers Ernest Gaines (B.A., '57) and Anne Rice (B.A., '64; M.A., '72).
As for other critically acclaimed writers connected to SF State -- Associate Professor of Creative Writing Camille Dungy's poetry collection "Suck on the Marrow" was just named a Silver Medalist for the California Book Award. This followed a nomination for a Northern California Book Award (NCBA) alongside "Maid as Muse: How Servants Changed Emily Dickinson's Life and Language" by Aífe Murray (M.A., '94). A NCBA special recognition award went to "Indivisible: An Anthology of Contemporary South Asian American Poetry" co-edited by Neelanjana Banerjee (M.F.A.,'07) and featuring the work of Tanu Mehrotra Wakefield (M.F.A.,'06).
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