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  • Hard Drive for Coffee: Alum is Starbuck's new CIO - Alumni & Friends - SF State Magazine Spring/Summer 2009
    hospital A mere 12 years later Gillett is the head technologist for the world s best known coffee company His ascension in IT has been fierce After being hired away from the San Francisco based consulting company he d joined after college Gillett endured a series of job changes primarily as a result of corporate acquisitions By 2002 he was vice president of IT at CNET Networks Even though I was the technologist educated and experienced up until then in order to advance past that and really have relevancy in discussing business terms with business leaders I needed to formalize my training on the business and financial side of it says Gillett In 2003 he entered the M B A program at SF State Gillett loved Bruce Robertson s course for its incorporation of online gaming John Dopp s courses gave him the ability to reference literature about leadership organizational design and theory rather than just gut intuition The M B A was absolutely critical not only in the foundational skill set it gave me and the vernacular I learned but also for the confidence it gave me to go out and talk with nontechnology leaders in their language Meanwhile Gillett s career continued to advance In 2004 midstream in his M B A he became the vice president of utility computing at Yahoo Then in 2006 the world s richest man came calling Gillett bit taking on the role of CIO at Corbis the privately held stock imagery company founded by Bill Gates in 1989 Perhaps some of the young man s success came from the fact that while he may have been beholden to Gates he wasn t intimidated by him In fact for the first slide in his first presentation to Gates Gillett a hard core gamer

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  • Rapid Transit - Alumni & Friends - SF State Magazine Spring/Summer 2009
    sfsu edu Phone 415 338 1665 View printer friendly version Last Update 8 11 2011 nm Search SF State Magazine Search SF State Magazine Alumni Friends Rapid Transit Courtesy of Whitewater Voyages Bill McGinnis M A 75 always has been drawn to the rushing water of California rivers Growing up in the East Bay hills he enjoyed hiking near creeks with friends and family His teenage years found him training as a river guide with one of the state s first river rafting outfitters Then after earning his master s degree in English literature from SF State he founded his own company Whitewater Voyages with two rafts and a 500 gift from his grandmother Today the company is the largest firm in the state guiding more people on more single and multi day trips than any other company McGinnis says that what sets his company apart from others is its philosophy We define each river trip as a journey not just a physical one from put in to take out but as a move from fear to confidence and joy says McGinnis who was recognized by Paddler magazine in 2000 as one of the Top 100 Paddlers of the Century In many ways it s a transition of emotions that goes well beyond the notion of getting from Point A to Point B All told McGinnis and his staff of trained river rafters run trips along seven rivers the American Kaweah Kern Kings Merced Tuolumne and Yuba Trips range in length from half day to three days prices range from 109 559 McGinnis doesn t guide many trips anymore these days he trains new guides and oversees the operation from base camp in El Sobrante True to his training as a scribe he also writes His latest book The Guide

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  • Gator Buzz - Alumni & Friends - SF State Magazine Spring/Summer 2009
    little bit out of place Mrs Hefty showed him that his experiences outside the U S were valuable and important He added We need more teachers like that in front of every single classroom These days President Obama is receiving wise counsel from another Gator internationally recognized disability rights leader Kathy Martinez B A 92 In March Martinez was appointed Assistant Secretary for Disability Employment Policy Department of Labor Working for the White House is nothing new for Martinez who was appointed in 2002 by President George W Bush to the National Council on Disability Photo by Michael Bruntz As for other labor related news in Washington just ten blocks from the White House Ethan Kerber a graduate student in Design and Industry will soon unveil a public art piece two years in the making Inspiration Kerber s 3 500 pound 3 D metal design will permanently adorn the side of a building in Mount Vernon Triangle From 1600 Pennsylvania to 1600 Holloway Ave SF State students and alumni are making news In March former San Francisco Mayor Willie L Brown Jr B A 55 discussed leadership business and the economy at SF State with Charles Schwab The CEO of the Charles Schwab Corporation told alumni that his company has weathered the turbulent economy for a simple reason We decided that you shouldn t lend money to people Photo by Peter Prato who can t pay you back After Schwab talked and people listened in April Francis Ford Coppola made SF State an offer it couldn t refuse an informal chat with cinema faculty and students in Knuth Hall Coppola discussed everything from the making of The Godfather It was never a happy experience I thought I was going to be fired every other week to the next generation of

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  • An Extraordinary Evening - Alumni & Friends - SF State Magazine Spring/Summer 2009
    community service Attendees enjoyed performances by world class musicians including the University s Alexander String Quartet and saxophonist Andrew Speight but the highlight was the announcement of the Robert and Joyce Corrigan SF Promise Endowed Scholarship Fund Established with more than 1 9 million in gifts the fund will provide financial aid for eligible students who participate in SF Promise a new University partnership with the City of San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District Designed to put higher education within the reach of all public school children in San Francisco including those who will be the first in their families to earn a college degree SF Promise encourages local public school children to work toward college as a goal Those who meet eligibility requirements upon high school graduation are guaranteed admission to SF State they can also count on financial aid if necessary For more information on SF State s latest partnership with the community it serves visit www sfpromise org Trees emblazoned on the programs at President and Mrs Robert A Corrigan s 20th Anniversary Celebration were symbolic of the growth SF State has enjoyed during the past two decades The visual theme was inspired by the president s Feb 11 1989 inauguration speech In the speech the president outlined his vision for the future SF State a university that would focus on the needs of its students as well as the communities from which they come Twenty years later innovative programs like SF Promise continue to grow and flourish at SF State now a national leader in community engagement In other words the president s speech excerpted below represents a promise fulfilled Educators are often perceived by the general public as slow to move and resistant to change We approach serious issues with the thoughtfulness

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  • Table of Contents - How Does it Feel - SF State Magazine Spring/Summer 2009
    Notes from the Road Final Statements Archives Back Issues Stay Connected Send a letter to the editor Submit a Class Note See SF State News on Twitter Facebook YouTube Related Sites Alumni Hot Shots Alumni Association Giving to SF State Contact University Communications E mail pubcom sfsu edu Phone 415 338 1665 View printer friendly version Last Update 8 11 2011 nm Search SF State Magazine Search SF State Magazine

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  • SF State Magazine Spring/Summer 2009 ~ Summer Reading
    his cure for him The Love We All Wait For Komenar Publishing 08 by Lee Doyle B A 89 a coming of age story set in Salinas Valley focuses on the life of Sheila O Connor following her father s death in a train accident A crescent moon blinked in the gap in the curtain The chimes tinkled But no sound came from the pomegranate tree or the train now long gone past Greenfield soon to pass through King City then leave the valley entirely In The Tricking of Freya St Martin s Press 09 by Christina Sunley M A 93 the granddaughter of a famous Icelandic poet obsessed with a family secret falls under the spell of her troubled but charming aunt You want a bit of Birdie Try this Birdie in a skirted turquoise swimsuit and cat eye sunglasses Birdie compares you kindly to an egret as you stride the beach your legs long and skinny as stilts your wispy white blonde hair tufting in the wind your eyes a blue so light they startle Poetry Leza Lowitz M A 88 and Shogo Oketani bring the voice of Japanese poet Ayukawa Nobuo into English in America Other Poems Kaya Press 08 Nobuo was a founding member of Arechi Waste Land a poetry movement influenced by T S Eliot that stressed the need to look honestly at one s country It was the fall of 1942 Farewell We will never meet again And whether we live or die our future is dark So one by one each of us disappeared from the town at night laughing at the way we carried our rifles on our shoulders From the Fishouse An Anthology of Poems that Sing Rhyme Resound Syncopate Alliterate and Just Plain Sound Great Persea Books 09 edited by Associate Professor of Creative Writing Camille T Dungy Matt O Donnell and Jeffrey Thomson offers more than 175 contemporary poems culled from the archives of the From the Fishouse Web site some in print others recorded on an accompanying CD For a sample visit www fishousepoems org poems Of This World New and Selected Poems Copper Canyon Press 09 spans the 40 year writing career of Joseph Stroud B A 66 M A 68 I want to tell you the story of that winter in Madrid where I lived in a room with no windows where I lived with the death of my father carrying it everywhere as if it were an object a book written in a luminous language I could not read I didn t know that those cobbled streets would someday lead to here to this quietude this blessing to my father within me Nonfiction Kokomo Joe The Story of the First Japanese American Jockey in the United States University of Nebraska Press 09 by John Christgau B A 58 follows the rise of Yoshio Kokomo Joe Kobuki who burst like a comet onto the American horse racing scene in the summer of 1941 only to have

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  • Sorcerers of Sound - SF State Magazine Spring/Summer 2009
    took home a statuette for Jurassic Park Scarabosio who also works at Skywalker Sound won a Golden Reel Award for best sound editing for Titanic For best sound effects editing for Terminator 2 the Oscar went to Gloria Borders B A 78 who now heads PDI DreamWorks the Redwood City animation studio Behind SF State s evolution as a breeding ground for talented sound geeks as Van der Ryn calls his ilk is a confluence of factors the right university in the right place at the right time The Bay Area has been known as a haven for creative sound work ever since Francis Ford Coppola and George Lucas moved there from L A in the 1970s says Van der Ryn They had sound designers who became icons of the business guys like Walter Murch and Ben Burtt who were using sound in really creative ways At the same time SF State s well regarded cinema and broadcasting programs were attracting audio buffs like Scarabosio who as a teenager was so enamored of sound that he would wander his Glen Park neighborhood with a boom box recorder capturing anything that caught his ear random bits of conversation bats flying late at night the rustle of leaves There s something about the emotional content of sound that was really intriguing to me he says It s that primal sense the raw emotion that comes from something that is not attached to a visual that got me really excited As a broadcast and electronic communication arts student Scarabosio took an internship at Focused Audio a San Francisco recording studio where he worked on sound for Gumby The Movie A few months short of graduation Scarabosio stopped by the Lucasfilm table at a career fair Lucasfilm is the parent company of Skywalker Sound then and now the first choice destination for ambitious sound professionals Getting hired was difficult in Scarabosio s day and even harder now Before he left the career fair the recruiter was sufficiently impressed with Scarabosio s background to offer him a job winning interview Jonathan Greber parlayed a Music Recording Industry certificate from SF State into a job at Skywalker Sound in the mid 1990s That was back in the days of 35mm magnetic film long since replaced by digital recording But Greber now a production manager at Skywalker Sound wouldn t trade his analog training from SF State for anything What I got was a really solid signal flow education Signal flow is understanding how the audio signals gets from point A to point B Getting that fundamental education really helped me understand digital audio The sound work performed at facilities such as Skywalker Sound is called audio postproduction The term refers roughly to the music dialogue and sound effects work that happens after a film is shot A sound designer might create audio in the way that Scarabosio captured the squeaky swing set Sound mixers might take that squeaky swing sound and combine it with other audio

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  • SF State Today - SF State Facts 2012-2013 - San Francisco State University
    Motto Experientia Docet Experience Teaches Affiliation California State University CSU Mascot The Gator alligator Selected by students in 1931 it was originally spelled with an er Golden Gaters a play on words to emphasize SF State s location Accreditation SF State is accredited by the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges School Colors Purple and Gold Athletic Teams Men baseball basketball cross country soccer and wrestling Women basketball cross country soccer track and field indoor and outdoor and volleyball Affiliation NCAA Division II Conferences California Collegiate Athletic Association CCAA and Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference RMAC Campus Size Main campus 141 1 acres Romberg Tiburon Center 42 1 acres Academic Calendar Two 16 week semesters late August through December late January through May and a summer semester June through August Degree Program Offerings SF State Awards Bachelor s degrees in 78 academic areas with an additional 45 areas of concentration Master s degrees in 62 academic areas with an additional 40 areas of concentration Doctor of Education Ed D in Educational Leadership Ph D in Education with a concentration in special education jointly with University of California Berkeley The clinical doctorate Doctor

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