SFSU Magazine Fall/Winter '04: Class Notes


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Class Notes

David 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, 2004).

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 and www.GearTrends.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% Off Everyday!"

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 and consulting.

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.

Arnaldo 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 future careers.

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 organizing.

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