SFSU Magazine Spring/Summer '03: Class Notes

Cover of the spring 2003 SFSU magazine. Geography Professor Max Kirkeberg and students tour of San Francisco's Western Addition.


SFSU Magazine Online, Spring/Summer 2003, Volume 3, Number 2.

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Class Notes

Percussionist Bud Hamilton (B.A., Biology, '56) has retired from the 561st Air Force Band and performs with several California symphonies.

After retiring from the National Park Service, David Ames (B.A., Biology, '63) serves on the board of directors of the Hawaii Natural History Association on the Big Island.

Joanne M. Mack (B.A., Social Science, '64) is an associate professor of anthropology and curator of Native American arts at Notre Dame's Snite Museum of Art.

Bob Matheson (B.A., BECA, '70), director of programming for the American Forces Radio and Television Service, coordinates broadcast content for U.S. Armed Forces stationed in 177 countries around the world.

Belly dancing in front of Bill Gates was all in a recent day's work for Gale Emerson (B.A., Theater Arts, '72), who runs the Mystic Sun Studio of Middle Eastern Dance in Palo Alto, Calif.

"Venice Beach Sketches," a new film written and directed by Gerald Maxey (M.A., Creative Writing, '72), screened at the New York International Independent Film and Video Festival in April.

Roderick Clark (M.A., English, '75) is the editor and publisher of Rosebud, a literary journal that celebrated its 10-year anniversary in April.

Bob Levin's (M.A., Creative Writing, '75) "The Pirates and the Mouse: Disney's War Against the Underground" (Fantagraphics Books, 2003) chronicles Disney's legal battles against creators of Disney parodies.

The Washington State Music Teachers Association named Professor Greg Yasinitsky (B.A. & M.A., '76 & '78, Music Composition) Washington State Composer of 2002.

Barbara Ford's (B.A., English, '77) "Tangrams: The Magnificent Seven Piece Puzzle" (Tandora's Box Press, 2003) explores the ancient Chinese art of tangrams and includes punch-out puzzle pieces.

April Martin Chartrand (B.A., Creative Arts, '80) is promoting AIDS education through her condom greeting cards project and donating profits to the AIDS Project East Bay in Oakland, Calif.

Peter Finch (B.A., BECA, '81) will celebrate 10 years as news director for KFOG radio in October. He serves as chairman of the Bay Area AMBER Alert Task Force.

Tara McGinnis (B.A., History, '81), associate theater arts professor and costume designer at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks, has launched "The Costumer's Manifesto" Web site (www.costumes.org).

A new historical novel from Maria Espinosa (M.A., Creative Writing, '81), "Journey of Secret Jew" (Wings Press, 2002), chronicles Jewish persecution under the Spanish Inquisition and explores the effects of concealing one's identity in order to survive.

Simon Levy (B.A, Drama, '78; B.A., Theater Arts, '84) directed the Los Angeles-based Fountain Theatre's production of Lee Blessing's "Going to St. Ives" in February.

Annie Dawid's (B.A., Journalism, '82; M.A., Creative Writing, '86) short story, "Una & Ultima," appeared in the spring issue of The Pacific Review. "Salesgirl," part of a novel- in-progress, was published in the spring issue of The Dogwood Review.

Jeff Kazor (B.A., BECA, '88) is guitarist and lead vocalist for the Crooked Jades, an old-time string band. The band has just released its fourth album, "The Unfortunate Rake, Vol. 2."

Juana Maria Rodriguez (B.A., Liberal Studies, '88) is an assistant professor of English at Pennsylvania's Bryn Mawr College. Her latest publication is "Queer Latinidad: Identity Practices, Discursive Spaces" (NYU Press, 2003).

Lorrie Epling (B.S., Clinical Science, '84; M.A., Clinical Science, '90) is lab supervisor at the UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital Core Immunology Laboratory.

Lance Roger Axt (B.A., Theater Arts, '92) is producing director, actor, and playwright for Play It By Ear Productions. The theater company just produced "We Have Ignition," its first in a series of original plays for radio.

Sandra Beauchamp (B.A., Psychology and American Indian Studies, '97; M.A., Social Work, '99) is a counseling coordinator for the Bay Area Native American Health Center.

Deron P. Marvin (B.A., Liberal Studies, '98) is teaching at the American International School in Chennai, India.

Ching-hui Ho (M.B.A., Business Administration, '01) is a project coordinator at the National Palace Museum in Taipei, Taiwan.

John Dilley's (B.A., Film, '02) 10-minute film, "Little Failures," which deals with the awkwardness of being a teenager, screened at the 2003 - 2003 Sundance Film Festival in January.

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