SFSU Magazine Fall/Winter '03: Class Notes

Cover of the Fall/Winter 2003 SFSU Magazine. Photo of Professor and talk radio show host, Michael Krasny.


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Class Notes

Dance instructor Alicia Morena-di Palma's (B.A.,'63) "Spanish Flamenco Dance Reference Guide" (Wood Designs Inc., 2002) is designed to supplement lessons in the studio.

Jane Chamberlain (B.A., '67), will donate $5 to the SFSU Alumni Association each time an alum purchases her book, "Cool, Grey City of Love: A Celebration of San Francisco." Call Tinkachew Press at 415/332-5998 and mention that you're a Gator.

"Heartbreak and Vine: The Fate of Hardboiled Writers in Hollywood" (Serpent's Tail, 2003) by Woody Haut (B.A, '68) examines the lives of crime writers including Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler after their stories hit the big screen.

"Amelia Earhart's Shoes: Is the Mystery Solved?" (AltaMira Press, 2001), a book co-written by Thomas F. King (B.A., '68), has received the Society for American Archaeology's 2003 Public Understanding of Archaeology Book Award.

Judge Diana Becton Smith (B.A.,'74) presides over the criminal calendar at Contra Costa County Superior Court.

C. Kay Ammon (M.S.W., '77), a social worker in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at the Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, received the National Association of Perinatal Social Work's 2003 Award for Excellence in Perinatal Social Work.

Connie Gibson D'Aura (B.S.,'78) and her husband are co-owners of Contemporary ComputerWear, an Internet-based business which sells covers for computers and printers.

Jeff Green's (B.A., '78) "The Green Book of Songs by Subject" (Professional Desk References, 2002) divides thousands of song titles into categories of singer, subject, theme, and mood. Green came up with the idea while working at SF State's KSFS-FM in 1977. Elvis Presley had just died and the station needed a playlist to honor the King's memory.

Nancy Rutowski-Lampert (B.A., '78) is an assistant professor and administrative director of the Art Education Department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Va.

Robert Rubino (B.A., '79) has been a copy editor for The Press Democrat in
Santa Rosa for 18 years and a Sunday sports columnist for nine years. His fiction has appeared in Elysian Fields, a literary journal based in St. Paul, Minn.

In Vinnie Hanson's (M.A.,'80) third detective novel, "Rotten Dates" (Mainly Murder Publishing, 2003), baker/sleuth Carol Sabala tracks a killer in Santa Cruz.

Mike Shapiro (B.A.,'80) reveals the stories behind a handful of items auctioned on e-Bay in "You Are Bidding On" (Big Mouth Publishing, 2002).

Poet Carlota Caulfield (M.A., '86) has won the first Dulce Maria Loynaz International Hispanic-American Poetry Prize. The award is given by the government of the Canary Islands, Spain.

Based on a true story, Julia Park's (B.A., '86) "Tongues of Angels" (Scarlet Letter Press, 2003) follows a Catholic priest's struggle with celibacy.

"When You Go Away" (New American Library, 2003), the third novel from Jessica Barksdale Inclan (M.A.,'87), follows three children as they come to terms with their mother's swift departure from their lives.

Maureen Droney's (B.A.,'89) "Mix Masters: Platinum Engineers Reveal Their Secrets of Success" (Berklee Press, 2003) is a collection of Droney's interviews with some of the most experienced sound engineers in film and music.

Cal Orey's (M.A., '90) new book, "202 Pets' Peeves: Cats and dogs speak out on pesky human behavior" (Kensington Publishing, 2003) looks at the world from the view of our four-legged companions.

Martin F. Morales (B.A., '91; M.A., '93) has been appointed assistant professor of political science at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento.

Fredericka L. White (B.A. '96; M.S.W., '99) is serving a second term as director of the National Association of Social Workers, Region C, which comprises Alameda, Contra Costa, Napa, and Solano counties.

Theresa Mendoza Mostasisa (M.S., '98) is a nursing instructor at City College of San Francisco, a nurse educator at Mills Peninsula Medical Center, and a doctoral student at Argosy University in San Francisco.

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