Madden (M.A., '58) is the Donald and Velvia Crumbley
Professor of Creative Writing at Louisiana State University and is founding
director of the university's creative writing program and its United
States Civil War Center. His latest book is "Thomas Wolfe's Civil
War" (University of Alabama Press, 2004).
After a successful 35-year career teaching music, Dalt Williams
(B.A., '59) enjoys performing with his jazz quartet at festivals,
clubs, community events and other venues throughout Northern California.
Upcoming performances can be found at www.jazzforalloccasions.com.
Need a quick tutorial in impermanence and emptiness? Gary Gach
(B.A., '70) has just published the second edition of "The
Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Buddhism" (Alpha Books,
Russell Kusama (M.A., '71) operates the Davis-based
Progress Ranch Treatment Services for Children, which provides residential
treatment for emotionally disturbed boys between the ages of 6 and 10.
Anthony Taormina (B.A., '72) has been named
director of the Port of Tacoma's Automobile Line of Business.
Faith L. Duncan (B.A.,'73) received the National Association
for Interpretation's 2003 President's Award for Excellence for her contributions
to environmental education and interpretation. She works for the USDA
Forest Service in Alaska's Tongass National Forest. Her poetry
and prose have appeared in two literary journals, Inside Passages
and Alaska Women Write.
Therese Ikonian (B.A., '81) runs an Internet-based
news and publication business with her husband from their home in the
Sierra foothills. They write about issues related to the fitness and
outdoor trades: www.snewsnet.com
Katherine Thomas (Knight) (B.A., '86) and
Stephen Dick (M.A., '87) have received a grant
from the Spanish Ministry of Culture to present a concert celebrating
the work of composers Manuel De Falla and Federico Garcia Lorca.
Christopher Cline (B.A., '87) has joined Holland
& Knight's Portland office as a partner in the private wealth services
section. Included among "The Best Lawyers in America," Cline
was previously a partner with Lane Powell Spears Lubersky LLP.
Angie Gonzalez (B.A., '89), an English teacher
at Phillip and Sala Burton High School in San Francisco, was one of
four teachers in California to receive the Milken Family Foundation's
National Educator Award.
Actress, model and make-up artist Diana Tenes (B.A.,
'90) discusses discount shopping in her self-published book, "90%
Henry Lee (B.A., '92) has been named an associate
at both Auerbach Pollock Friedlander, performing arts/media facilities
planning and design, and Auerbach Glasgow, architectural lighting design
Toni Graham's (M.A., '92; M.F.A., '96) second
collection of short stories, "Waiting for Elvis" (Leapfrog
Press, 2005), will be published in February.
Lopez (B.S., '93) is a systems engineering manager
for sales at Cisco Systems in Pleasanton. A frequent speaker at local
schools, he enjoys inspiring young Latinos to set high goals for their
Jim Simon (M.B.A., '94) is the director of
marketing, Asia-Pacific, for Quantum Corporation, a San Jose-based company
specializing in the backup, archiving and recovery of computer
data. He works in Quantum's Singapore office.
Bernard Bermudez (M.A., '02), an analyst with
Citibank in San Francisco, is among the 2004 Women in Community Service
Volunteer Award winners. He was honored for helping women in the Lifeskills
program hone their interview skills and for encouraging them to continue
working toward self-sufficiency.
T. Thorn Coyle (B.A., '03), a musician, dancer,
activist, poet and teacher, has just published "Evolutionary Witchcraft"
(Jeremy P. Tarcher/Penguin, 2004).
Got clutter? Joshua Zerkel (B.A., '98; M.A., '03)
is the owner of Custom Living Solutions, a company specializing in professional
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