The Rev. William E. Calbert (A.B., '49) was
named a Knight of the Legion of Honor by the French government in recognition
of his participation in the liberation of France during World War II.
He joined 100 fellow American veterans who were decorated in France
on the 60th anniversary of the Normandy landing.
Ira B. Cooperman (B.A., '62), director of
development for the Masonic Care Community of New York, presented his
paper, "Dark Voices—The Experiences of Negro League Baseball
Players in World War II," at a symposium on baseball in American
culture at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in New York.
The Rev. Dr. A.C. Ubalde (B.A., '67) retired
last summer after 37 years in pastoral ministry and has been elected
to the Solano Community College Governing Board.
Bradley L. Colton (B.A., '69; M.A., '71) has
been named executive vice president and regional manager of the San
Francisco brokerage division of the Charles Dunn company, a commercial
real estate and property management firm.
Jack Cranford (B.A., '67; M.A., '70), associate
professor and assistant head of the Department of Biological Sciences
at Virginia Tech's College of Science, has been awarded the National
Academic Advising Association's certificate of merit for faculty advising.
Dorothy Okamoto (B.A., '70) was named Optometrist
of the Year by the California Optometric Association.
Jack H. Nissen (B.A., '70) is a self-taught
wood turner who creates bowls, platters and vases from salvaged wood.
His work is shown at galleries in Danville, Placerville and El Dorado.
Mohan Gyani (B.A., '73; M.B.A., '78) has been
appointed CEO and Chairman of Roamware, a leading provider of voice
and data roaming products for global mobile networks. Previously he
was the president and CEO of AT&T Wireless Mobility Services.
William A. Robinson (B.A., '73), a retired
railroad engineer and licensed realtor in Arizona, has been named chaplain
of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks #499.
Frank Ivica (B.A., '76), a certified public
accountant, published his article, "Section 412(i) Retirement Plans
Remain a Viable Choice," in the March edition of Practical Tax
Keith Kutner (B.A., '77) has been awarded
a doctor of management from the University of Phoenix. He is a consultant
specializing in virtual organizations and contract manufacturing.
Dorsetta Hale (B.A., '80), a guest columnist
for the Pacifica Tribune, has self-published a book of essays through
Xlibris, "The Coast is Clear."
Cris (Mahnken) Kelly (B.A., '82) specializes
in photographing animals. Her work has been seen in major publications
including Dog Fancy and on cable's Animal Planet network. She runs Animal
Action Network, a group which lobbies for pro-animal legislation.
Russell K. Carpenter's (M.A., '86) "Chronicles
of King Curtis: The Triumphs, Travails, and Tragedy of a True Soul Giant"
(Publish America, 2005) describes the life and times of the saxophone
Linda Thompson (M.A., ‘86) has published
14 nonfiction books for children. Six more are in production for next
year, part of the "Native People, Native Lands" and "Expansion
of America" series for fourth, fifth and sixth graders.
Cynthia Z. Blumenthal (Zhi Wang) (M.A., '92)
published a paper about the production of toxic metabolites through
Elsevier Inc., a multimedia publisher of scientific, technical and health
information products and services.
Walter Cambria's (M.A., '93) poem, "Old
Glory Moon," was used as the text for a poster commemorating the
35th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The celebration took
place in Alameda on the USS Hornet, the recovery ship for Apollo 11,
now a museum.
Michel Alvarez (B.S., '93) is the founder
and CEO of WonderChess LLC, makers of chess kits for children.
Richard Bruni (B.A., '94) teaches history
and economics at San Francisco's John O'Connell High School of Technology.
The board and staff of 826 Valencia, an educational nonprofit, named
him teacher of the month in November, calling him "a model for
Kimberly Sparrow (B.A., '94) has been promoted
to executive director of sales and marketing at KQED Public Broadcasting.
Kathryn Abajian's (M.A., '95) book, "First
Sight of the Desert: Discovering the Art of Ella Peacock"
(University of Utah Press, 2005), blends memoir, biography and art criticism.
She teaches English at Diablo Valley College.
Robert Derbin (M.B.A., '96) has been appointed
director of finance for the Chabot Space and Science Center.
Fredericka (Ricka) L. White (B.A., '96; M.S.W.,
'99) has begun a three-year term on the Public Ethics Commission
for the City of Oakland.
Jennifer Roybal (B.A., ‘98) is founder
and president of Seal Rock, Inc., a marketing and advertising firm based
in Salinas. She serves on the board of the San Benito/ Monterey Counties
chapters of the American Red Cross.
"From F to Phi Beta Kappa" (Chromisphere Press, 2004), a book
self-published by Lance O. Ong (B.A., '99),
has received ForeWord Magazine's 2004 bronze award for best educational
book of the year.
Carly Lyn Heath (B.A., '02), a film producer,
teacher and program coordinator for Youth for the Arts, has received
a 2005 Alden B. Dow Creativity Center Fellowship from Northwood University.
Angela Lowrey (B.A., '03) has been named communications
manager (USA) for Austrade, the Australian government's international
trade promotion agency.
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