SFSU Magazine Spring/Summer '04: Class Notes

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SFSU Magazine Online, Spring/Summer  2004, Volume 4, Number 1.

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Class Notes

Wally Wells (M.A., '52), Virginia Wells (M.A., '58) and Gene Merlino (attended '47-'52) organized the 11th reunion of SFSU Concert Band musicians on May 16 at the Basque Cultural Center in South San Francisco. Professor Emeritus Ed Kruth, the band's former conductor, attended.

Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz (B.A., '63), professor emerita in the Ethnic Studies Department at California State University, Hayward, is the author of "Outlaw Woman: A Memoir of the War Years, 1960-1975" (City Lights, 2001).

Sandra D. Marin (B.A., '70; M.A., '72), former vice president and general counsel of software company Autodesk, has joined Judicial ADR's specialist mediator panel serving the Bay Area.

Linda Yelnick (B.A., '70) arranges venues for comedians, rock bands and other artists through her San Mateo-based GIGZ Performing Arts Booking Agency. Yelnick also sits on the Board of Governors of the San Francisco chapter of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

Pat O'Brien (B.A., '63; M.A., '71), general manager of the East Bay Regional Park, received the Honorable Cornelius Amory Pugsley Medal for his outstanding contribution to the development of public parks. The award is given by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration.

Larry Statler (B.A., '70; M.A., '72) was inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame last summer for his work in the Discovery Program at Santa Teresa Elementary School in San Jose.

"Up to Speed" (Wesleyan University Press, 2004) is the latest collection of poems from Rae Armantrout (M.A., '75). The title poem also appears in "Best American Poetry of 2002" (Scribner, 2002).

Elaine Winters (M.A., '79) is the co-author of "Cultural Issues in Business Communication" (DDC Publishing, Inc., 2000).

Randall L. Englund (M.B.A., '80), an independent executive consultant, is co-author of both "Creating an Environment for Successful Projects" and "Creating the Project Office: A Manager's Guide to Leading Organizational Change" (Jossey-Bass, 2003).

Geoffrey Gallegos (B.A., '81), music director/conductor of the Golden Gate Philharmonic and principal conductor of the San Francisco Concerto Orchestra, was recently appointed assistant conductor of the Peninsula Symphony.

Kenneth W. Fong (M.B.A., '82), CPM, was elected president of the Las Vegas chapter of the Institute of Real Estate Management, a worldwide professional organization for property and asset managers. Fong is partner and manager of Fong and Associates.

Phil Van Dalen's (B.A., '82) memoir, "Strange Colors on the Canvas" (iUniverse, Inc., 2003), explores the author's strained relationship with his eccentric father.

Claire Holmes (B.A., '83) has been named vice president, Corporate Communications for Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. She is responsible for communications to Kaiser's more than 135,000 employees and 11,000 physicians nationwide.  

Genevia Gee Fulbright (B.S., '84), CPA, is the vice president/marketing director of Fulbright & Fulbright, CPA, PA. The latest in her four-book series is "Make the Leap: Shift from Corporate Worker to Entrepreneur" (Infinity Publishing, 2003). She's currently working on a new title scheduled for release this fall.

Cynthia Sue Larson (M.B.A., '84) is the author of "Aura Advantage: How the Colors in Your Aura Can Help You Attain What You Desire and Attract Success" (Adams Media Corporation, 2003).

Michael J. Wood (B.S., '90), CPA, has been elected to the partnership of KPMG LLP, a U.S. audit, tax and advisory firm. Wood works at the firm's Washington, D.C., office and provides assurance services to transportation, aerospace and defense clients.

Gina Hyams' (B.A., '91) latest book is "Incense: Rituals, Mystery, Lore" (Chronicle Books, 2004). "Mexico Garden Style: Patios, Gardens, and Pools" and "Pacific Spas" are forthcoming from Chronicle in 2005.

Louisa McCune (B.A., '92), editor-in-chief of Oklahoma Today magazine, received the Bill Crawford Memorial Media in the Arts Award at the 28th Annual Governor's Arts Awards ceremony in November.

Shane E. Turner (B.S., '92), CPA, was appointed senior manager at the Chicago-based KGN Financial Group.

Robert Koagedal (B.A.,'95) practices acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine at his AcuHealth Integrative Wellness Center in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Jim Provenzano's (M.A., '97) second novel, "Monkey Suits" (iUniverse, 2003), explores the worlds of uptown Manhattan society and downtown AIDS activism.

Monica Pettross (M.S., '98), RN, MSN, has received a pre-doctoral scholarship from the UCSF/John A. Hartford Center of Geriatric Nursing Excellence. The fellowship award will support her studies and research in the field of gerontological nursing for the next two years.

Brad Freed (M.S., '94) is director of residential services at Sunny Hills Children's Garden in San Anselmo, an agency serving more than 400 abused children and teens each year.

LeRoid David (B.A., '03) is a Bay Area event coordinator for Tower Records in San Francisco. He was co-producer and comic illustrator for "Lumpia," an independent film that premiered at SFSU in 2003 and continues to screen nationwide.

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