Celebrate SF State and its extraordinary alumni
Six exceptional San Francisco State University graduates will be honored Friday, Oct. 24, at the 2014 President's Dinner and Alumni Hall of Fame. The event, to be held at the Julia Morgan Ballroom in San Francisco, will be emceed by another outstanding SF State grad: renowned music journalist Ben Fong-Torres.
SF State President Les Wong will honor Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, who will receive the President's Distinguished Alumnus Service Award. Ammiano earned his M.A. in Special Education at SF State in 1965 and went on to serve San Francisco as a teacher, civil-rights leader and city supervisor. He was elected to the California State Assembly in 2008.
Another prominent political figure, Congressman George Miller, will be named SF State's Alumnus of the Year. Miller, who received a B.A. in American Studies from SF State in 1968, was first elected to Congress in 1975 and is currently the senior Democrat on the House Education and Workforce Committee. He has been a vocal, vigorous champion of education, workers, the environment and health-care reform.
Both Ammiano and Miller have already been inducted into the SF State Alumni Hall of Fame. At this year's ceremony, four more alums will join them.
- Margaret Avery (B.A., '65) is an Oscar-nominated actress (for the 1985 film "The Color Purple") and can currently be seen on the BET drama "Being Mary Jane."
- Andrew Ly (B.S., '86) immigrated to the United States nearly penniless yet went on to help found and run Sugar Bowl Bakery, one of the largest family-owned and operated businesses in Northern California.
- Grammy-nominated producer, engineer, arranger and multi-instrumentalist Steven Miller (B.A., '78) has worked with such prominent recording artists as Pink, Jack Johnson and Dave Matthews Band.
- Poet, playwright, songwriter and novelist Michael McClure (B.A., '55) gave his first reading alongside Beat icon Allen Ginsberg and also has collaborated with the late Doors keyboardist Ray Manzarek, among others.
The President's Dinner and Alumni Hall of Fame is part of the 2014 SF State Alumni and Family Weekend. An annual celebration of the University's past, present and future, the weekend features luncheons, athletic events, lectures, tours and reunions. This year's Alumni and Family Weekend will also include a costume dodgeball tournament and a ceremony commemorating the 45th anniversary of the creation of SF State's College of Ethnic Studies.
For more information on Alumni and Family Weekend festivities, go to www.sfsu.edu/~alumni/events.html#hof