for the Memories
I'm writing to say how much I appreciate SFSU
Magazine. Every time I read the magazine I reflect on my
undergraduate days and some of the wonderful professors and experiences
I was fortunate enough to enjoy on the old campus: The Faculty
Quartet who regaled us at the pep rallies we had in the old cracker-box
gym; J. Fenton McKenna, who encouraged many to try out for school
plays; the great intramural sports programs run by Bill Harkness;
Music Alley, where so many soon-to-be-famous musicians studied
and hung out. (Dave Brubeck and Vernon Alley are two who come
to mind.) And who could ever forget the bus ride out to the new
campus? Riding down Market Street until it changed into Portola
Drive -- the view of the city from the summit, now called Diamond
Heights, was spectacular!
Richard C. Boyd
B.A., '53; M.A., '67
I'm always happy to receive SFSU Magazine.
It brings back memories of the old days -- lining up early in
the morning for registration, the fog, friends, hard work and
the joy of graduation. I continue to meet SFSU graduates who are
progressive, sophisticated, open-minded, scholarly and talented
individuals. There is something special about this University
and I am proud to call it my alma mater.
Martha S. Escobedo
B.A., '74; M.S.W., '81
on Former Students
I especially enjoyed the article, "Playing for the Pope,"
in the last issue of SFSU Magazine. It does an ancient teacher's
heart good to hear of the success of his former students.
Alfred F. Alberico
accept my most sincere thank you for the excellent article
on Annette Bening (Summer 2005). The profile managed to capture
and verbally picture her creative artistry and her humility in
a singularly adept fashion.
Alex. S. Flett
on Former Professors
The following letters are responses to a past request for
memories of favorite professors …
John Gutmann was a truly wonderful artist and
teacher all of his 92 years. Oil, life, art appreciation -- I
must have taken every one of his classes.
love of art has lasted a lifetime. At age 84, I have retired from
teaching art appreciation to young students. I credit my blue
ribbons in painting and photography to John Gutmann's influence
so many years ago when I was a college student at SF State. I
shall never forget him.
Dorothy Kuhn Tarkington
Professor Marvin Silverman's fundamental message was
one of the teacher's professional responsibility to students,
all of whom have the potential to grow: no excuses, no short cuts,
no placing the blame for failures elsewhere. Professor Silverman
urged his students to be resourceful and hard-working and to retain
a sense of passion, idealism and optimism. I know I was a good
high school English teacher and I'm proud of my career. I was
fortunate to come under Marvin Silverman's influence when I was
just starting out. I owe him much.
Friday Harbor, Wash.
Reading the "Tassels to the Left" piece
(Summer 2005) on the graduation of Kathy Ryan Collis and her son,
James Valoria, brought back memories of attending SFSU with my
mother, Marianne Crisman, back in the 1980s. We graduated together
in 1988. My mom, my dad, my husband and I are all proud graduates
of this outstanding school.
Kay Crisman Petrini
B.A., '88; M.A., '01
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