Gifts for the graduating Gator

Congratulations to the Class of 2014! Celebrate your SF State graduate by giving a gift with a Gator connection. The following gift ideas showcase the many talents of SF State’s faculty and alumni:



The cover of the book Frances Mayes (M.A. 75), author of “Under the Tuscan Sun,” just released a new memoir “Under Magnolia,” in which she explores her childhood in Georgia, her college life in San Francisco and her later travels.


Po Bronson (M.A. ’95) co-authored the book “Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing,” which explores the personal stories and psychology of athletes and other highly competitive individuals.


Longtime Rolling Stone writer Ben Fong-Torres (B.A. ’66) has authored many books on classic rock-and-roll bands, such as “The Grateful Dead Scrapbook” and “The Doors by the Doors.” He’s also authored more personal works, including a memoir about his Chinese-American upbringing, “The Rice Room.


The cover of the book In Kelly Corrigan’s (M.A. ’97) new memoir “Glitter and Glue,” the author examines her relationship with her mother, Mary Corrigan, who once said: “Your father’s the glitter, but I’m the glue. It takes both, Kelly.”


The collection “Nuestras Mil Caras: Latino Sexual Rebellions” was recently published by SF State’s Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality. The collection featured writings from LGBTQ men and works by Latin American artists.



SF State alumna Annette BeningAlumna Annette Bening (B.A. ’80) stars in “The Face of Love” by writer-director Arie Posen. The independent film follows a widow, played by Bening, who falls in love again.


Academy Award-winning sound artist Christopher Boyes (B.A. ’75) is credited with sound mixing for the film “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” from director Peter Jackson.


Pulitzer Prize winner José Antonio Vargas (B.A. ’04) directed the documentary film “Documented,” which details his childhood journey from the Philippines to America and his recent tour of the country as an advocate for immigration reform.


Like the 2013-14 school year, the television series “How I Met Your Mother” has come to an end. Relive the memories and the music, led by music supervisor Andy Gowan (B.A. ’02).



Christian Routzen (B.A. ’02) co-founded the clothing and lifestyle brand San Franpsycho. The brand’s name originated as the title of a short film Routzen created for an SF State cinema course.


Kimmy Williams (B.A. ’12) owns the downtown San Francisco skin-care center Acqua e Sapone Aesthetics. The center offers facial treatments, lifestyle coaching and premium skin-care products.


The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality will host its 13th annual Summer Institute on Sexuality starting June 20. The Institute is designed for students as well as professionals who want to expand their knowledge around sexuality and gender. 


The logo of the SF State Alumni AssociationAn SF State Alumni Association membership is the best gift for a new graduate. Membership includes access to all 23 CSU libraries, access to the GatorJOBS portal, camping privileges at the Sierra Nevada Field Campus and other perks. During the first six months following Commencement, new graduates can receieve a lifetime membership for $59, part of which will support the Student Life Partnership Fund.



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