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  • Waves of Inspiration - SF State Magazine Fall/Winter 2015
    documentary filmmaker and SF State professor Cunningham surfs almost daily at San Francisco s hazardous Ocean Beach where the swells break in different places and there are currents pushing you around and you have to swim all over the place Cunningham lives near the beach with her husband writer and surfer Zachary Slobig and their 2 year old daughter Nami whose name means wave in Japanese To get her breathtaking pictures she wears a wetsuit and fins her only flotation device is her body and trains like an athlete Several times a week she goes to a jiu jitsu studio near the beach for physical training classes geared mostly to big wave surfers Kohl Christensen left of Hawaii and James Taylor right of South Africa drop in to a wave at Mavericks on Dec 20 2014 Photo by Sachi Cunningham It s a good thing she prepares herself Cunningham was in the Ocean Beach surf last January 23 when the swells rose 20 feet The water was flecked with pros who had come to ride the storied waves at Mavericks in Half Moon Bay but went where the action was that day Despite the rough chop Cunningham managed to capture spectacular images of champion surfer Bianca Valenti and others that made news in the surf world and beyond I don t think people thought it was possible to swim out and shoot photos there on big big days I d never been out in waves that big before says Cunningham who doesn t deny it was scary An Emmy Award winning reporter producer and cinematographer who has worked for The Los Angeles Times and PBS FRONTLINE Cunningham began taking water photographs 20 years ago In the beginning she apprenticed with two Japanese photographers who tutored her in the thrilling and dangerous art of shooting big ocean waves while being carried aloft on them You re always very conscious of the power of the ocean and your vulnerability and if you aren t you re being foolish and reckless she says Assistant Professor of Journalism Sachi Cunningham looks for that perfect wave at the perfect moment Photo by Emma Chiang Cunningham s sense of the world and desire to tell stories were shaped in part by the experience of her late mother a Japanese American who was born and spent her first four years in a World War II internment camp near Poston Arizona Her family and other Japanese Americans were thrown in there and their culture told them shut up to smile and nod and assimilate Cunningham says If I can help people tell their stories as they re happening now there s value in that Sachi is unstoppable in all she does from shooting a film on the rise of ISIS in Afghanistan to raising well over 100 000 for her next feature says Daniel Bernardi interim dean of the College of Liberal Creative Arts Yet she takes time to listen to her students to engage her colleagues and

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  • Message from the President - SF State Magazine Fall/Winter 2015
    SF State Magazine Search SF State Magazine Message from the President Alumna Mu Sochua with President Wong at the 2015 President s Dinner and Alumni Hall of Fame Celebration View her story of courage at tinyurl com alumofyear I don t choose to live in fear Fear won t change anything Mu Sochua s B A 79 rousing words at SF State s annual Alumni Hall of Fame Celebration in November were especially moving Mu an opposition parliamentarian and human rights activist from Cambodia has devoted her life to empowering the poor and disenfranchised in her country continuing to risk steep fines and even imprisonment for speaking out on their behalf Mu was just one of five accomplished alumni welcomed into our Hall of Fame with a standing ovation Their careers each its own inspiring story are powerful reminders of the power of an SF State education Major General Barbara Brannon B S 72 who joined Mu in being recognized as Alumna of the Year has devoted her career to serving and protecting the people of our country She was the first nurse and the first woman to command an Air Force Medical Center rising through the ranks to become a major general and the first two star general chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps I was honored to welcome these two incredibly accomplished alumnae into the Hall of Fame along with Asian Health Services CEO Sherry Hirota attended 69 70 a major force in providing high quality health care to the Asian and Pacific Islander community Kevin Anderson B A 79 who is playing at the top of his game as University of Maryland s athletics director and Tony winner Daniel Sullivan B A 62 one of the most respected directors in American theatre today It was a

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  • Ten Questions - SF State Magazine Fall/Winter 2015
    12 14 of the State s 120 legislators to focus on the idea of replicating what we re trying to do here several hundred people could become conversant with the challenges the benefits and the rewards of public service That would be good for the whole state More than 1 million was just raised to support the program What will that money do That money will be used primarily as scholarship stipends to the students selected and put in place at all the various units of city government It s better to get paid to continue their learning experience there rather than flipping burgers at Super Duper You ve credited SF State with giving you the foundation you needed to launch your political career How so By my sophomore year I was already heavily involved in politicking getting students elected to student government Also I lived in housing that the school rented in Potrero Hill I paid 14 a month rent but the food program we had to organize ourselves We had a treasurer a secretary someone responsible for buying the food We ran our complex Have you heard of plans to make Holloway Avenue a Main Street style retail space with high density student housing I think it s good SF State has grown significantly Its students richly deserve housing You were part of the first graduating class on SF State s current campus What was that like My fellow students and I were frankly just pleased to get on what was a college campus rather than just a downtown commercial property SF State s prior location at Waller and Buchanan streets We had a grassy area a lounge and a cafeteria that was large enough so that we had a social gathering place We had a bookstore and

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  • Shelf Life - SF State Magazine Fall/Winter 2015
    but I figured it was exaggerated reviewing says Gardner now 82 In fact the reviews have proven accurate Adapted as an acclaimed movie directed by John Huston in 1972 Fat City has found one generation of admirers after another and has just been re released in a New York Review Books Classics edition with a foreword by National Book Award winner Denis Johnson The novel s grittily detailed terse yet eloquent sentences have not an extra word in them says Creative Writing Professor Peter Orner From the way Stockton s dirty hotels and destitute bars come to life I think anyone can learn how to create a visual picture on the page with the cooperation of the reader to see everything ourselves Orner adds He s an impressionist really Raised in Stockton by a father who had been an amateur boxer Gardner discovered that lean style one night in a used bookstore when he picked up an anthology and read his first Ernest Hemingway story The Killers He later followed his older sister to San Francisco where he enrolled at SF State and started writing Fat City Professors like Mark Harrison told him Don t be overcritical just keep writing Gardner applied for and won the Henry Jackson Award 1 000 So I kept going he says and I worked as a parking attendant managed to squeeze by Through being drafted by the Army stationed in Louisiana then returning to school he continued the book paring it from nearly 400 pages to 189 I tried to get it so every line had value he says He is often asked why he never wrote another novel My agent thought I got intimidated by the pressure that came with all the praise Gardner says Maybe I started living in a way that

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  • In the News - Campus Beat - SF State Magazine Fall/Winter 2015
    State on Facebook Flickr Google Instagram Pinterest Twitter YouTube Related Sites Alumni Hot Shots Alumni Association Giving to SF State Contact University Communications E mail pubcom sfsu edu Phone 415 338 1665 Last Update 11 25 15 hc Search SF State Magazine Search SF State Magazine In the News We believe every student can make it Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning Lecturer Rama Kased on SF State s Metro Academies program for at risk students Diverse Issues in Higher Education Aug 31 2015 Our nation s public schools should be welcoming safe and supportive places where all students are given the opportunity to succeed Deputy Education Secretary John King who visited SF State to unveil a resource guide for helping school officials support undocumented immigrant students Education Week Oct 20 2015 His sound is so uniquely him You hear a few bars and you know it s him playing Biographer Derrick Bang on alumnus Vince Guaraldi who created the indelible music for A Charlie Brown Christmas and other classic Peanuts TV specials SF Weekly Aug 7 2015 If I can encourage adjustments or a wider sphere of thoughts or questioning then I will feel that I ve done something Alumnus

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  • Campus News -- SF State Magazine Fall/Winter 2015
    confused and the minutes between each message seem to drag on In reality the astronaut and engineer are less than 10 feet apart They are SF State students engaged in a simulation exercise holed up in side by side closet size offices pretending to be separated by millions of miles Lessons learned from these students experiences will be used to improve communication among actual NASA astronauts on deep space missions such as circumnavigating Mars where the delay is expected to stretch up to 20 minutes each way We re assessing the impact of the time delay on performance effectiveness and developing protocols and procedures that astronauts will eventually use to counteract the negative effects explains Professor of Psychology Kathleen Mosier who is leading the NASA funded research Mosier an organizational psychologist who worked at the NASA Ames Research Center prior to SF State says her students have been excited to participate Even if they don t actually get to travel to Mars their research in a sense will Some of the team s time delay communication protocols are already being implemented in NASA simulations Return to top From Pet to Threat Photo by Emanuele Biggi While they re not going to replace dogs and cats as our favorite furry or in this case slimy friends anytime soon salamanders are popular as pets worldwide Unfortunately the high demand has led to a new ecological threat but SF State experts are on the case A deadly fungus called Batrachochytrium salamandrivorans or Bsal likely originated in Asian species of salamander When the fungus made its way into Europe through the pet trade it caused a 96 percent fatality rate among the European salamander species that it infected It was also fatal to American salamanders exposed to the fungus in the lab Salamanders are one of the most abundant vertebrate animals in North American ecosystems and play a number of key ecological roles If the fungus made its way into the wild here it could be a disaster that reaches far beyond salamanders They are important predators of insects but also an important part of the food chain says Associate Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg Vredenburg graduate student Tiffany Yap and colleagues at the University of California Berkeley and the University of California Los Angeles recently wrote a report calling for quick action Vredenburg and his coauthors are asking the U S Fish and Wildlife Service to place an immediate ban on salamander imports until there is a plan in place to prevent the spread of Bsal Although the ban has been supported by other key scientists the government has been slow to act Yet Vredenburg remains hopeful it s not too late providing people keep pushing the government to do something This is an imminent threat and a place where policy could have a very positive effect Vredenburg says We actually have a decent chance of preventing a major catastrophe Return to top Wellness on the Way Ground has been broken on the

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  • By the Numbers - SF State Magazine Fall/Winter 2015
    from the President Ten Questions Shelf Life In the News Campus News By the Numbers Alumni Friends Class Notes My SF State Story Archives Back Issues Stay Connected Send a letter to the editor Submit a Class Note Fall Winter 2015 See SF State on Facebook Flickr Google Instagram Pinterest Twitter YouTube Related Sites Alumni Hot Shots Alumni Association Giving to SF State Contact University Communications E mail pubcom sfsu edu Phone 415 338 1665 Last Update 11 25 15 hc Search SF State Magazine Search SF State Magazine By the Numbers 2 Alumni Emmy Awards this year Lisa Cholodenko for Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries Olive Kitteridge and Jeffrey Tambor for Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Transparent 3rd National ranking for number of graduates hired by Silicon Valley companies according to a Jobvite survey 60th Season of the Morrison Artists Series the longest running chamber music series in San Francisco with free performances through May 2016 52 Consecutive years that Gator wrestlers have qualified for national competitions 100 Individuals who staged a 1977 sit in paving the way for the Americans with Disabilities Act a story told in Patient No More a Paul K Longmore Institute on Disability

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  • Table of Contents - Alumni & Friends - SF State Magazine Fall/Winter 2015
    Splendor of Skulls Departments Message from the President Ten Questions Shelf Life In the News Campus News By the Numbers Alumni Friends Class Notes My SF State Story Archives Back Issues Stay Connected Send a letter to the editor Submit a Class Note Fall Winter 2015 See SF State on Facebook Flickr Google Instagram Pinterest Twitter YouTube Related Sites Alumni Hot Shots Alumni Association Giving to SF State Contact University

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