Profiles of Excellence (June 2011)

Friday, July 08, 2011

"Profiles of Excellence" is an Emmy Award-winning series produced by the ABC7 Public Affairs Department to celebrate the Bay Area's rich cultural diversity. For the past 23 years, the program has been featuring local residents who have made important contributions to the community.

Hosted by ABC7 News Anchor Cheryl Jennings, "Profiles of Excellence" features five truly impressive individuals.

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Tina Ybarra: Our first profile highlights a woman who doesn't let her disability keep her from an active life. Tina Ybarra and the folks at the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP) make sure that people with disabilities can enjoy sports and the great outdoors.
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Mike Smith: Our next profile details the efforts of a man who's been on the front lines of the national response to the AIDS crisis. Mike Smith helped co-found the AIDS Memorial Quilt and now works tirelessly with the AIDS Emergency Fund.
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Mohammad Qayoumi: Our next profile introduces us to the first native of Afghanistan to lead a major American university. Dr. Mohammad Qayoumi has served as President of Cal State East Bay in Hayward since 2006. Under his leadership, the university now boasts enrollment growth, no budget deficit, and a beautiful campus extension.
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John William Templeton: John William Templeton: Our next profile is about a man whose passion for history knows no bounds. Historian John William Templeton is an author, speaker, arts curator, and tour guide of San Francisco's black heritage. And he loves to share his enthusiasm with audiences from around the globe.
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Paul Chin: Our last profile features a man with the voice of an activist and the soul of an artist. Paul Chin helps to guide the Berkeley-based La Peña Cultural Center as it hosts artistic and cultural offerings from around the world.
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Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archiveis the backdrop of our special program. BAM-PFA is the visual arts center of the University of California at Berkeley, the nation's leading public research university. A major survey exhibition on display is called "Create," and it brings together work made at three pioneering centers for artist with developmental disabilities  Creative Growth Art Center in Oakland, San Francisco's Creativity Explored, and NIAD Art Center in Richmond. "Create" showcases twenty artists whose work exemplifies the talent, independence, and depth of feeling that makes the most powerful art possible.
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