2002 Distinguished Alumni/ae
Stewart M. Hoover (MA 1976) is Professor of Media Studies in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Colorado at Boulder. Hoover's research interests center on media audience and reception studies rooted in cultural studies, anthropology, sociology. Within this field, he has concentrated on media and religion, looking first at the phenomenon of televangelism and later at the professional, cultural and discursive construction of religion by the press. Hoover is author of The Electronic Giant, Mass Media Religion: The Social Sources of the Electronic Church, Religion in the News: Faith and Journalism in American Public Discourse and Religion in the Media Age. He is also co-author of Media and Family Identity and has co-edited three collections, Religious Television: Controversies and Conclusions; Rethinking Media, Religion, and Culture and Practicing Religion in the Age of Media. Hoover earned his PhD from the Annenberg School of Communications at the University of Pennsylvania.
Screenwriter Linda Seger (MA 1973) created and defined the job of script consultant, and has worked on over 2000 scripts for feature films and television projects. Her clients have included TriStar Pictures, MGM/UA, Ray Bradbury, William Kelley, Linda Lavin, Suzanne de Passe, Tony Bill, as well as production companies throughout Europe. Seger is an renowned speaker, having lectured on screenwriting in 17 countries around the world. She presented the first professional screenwriting seminar in Moscow and Bulgaria, and has trained script consultants in Germany, New Zealand, Scandinavia, and Italy. She also offers seminars for studios, networks, production companies, television series, and film commissions. Seger has appeared in more than 60 radio and television shows, and is the author of Making a Good Script Great, Making a Good Writer Great, Creating Unforgettable Characters, and From Script to Screen. She holds a ThD from the Graduate Theological Union in Drama and Theology.
Before beginning his studies at PSR, Michael Yoshii (MDiv 1986) worked in the nonprofit sector doing re-settlement work with Asian immigrants and fostering an alternative criminal justice program. Since his graduation, he has served as pastor at Berkeley Methodist United Church and then Buena Vista United Methodist Church in Alameda, where he has been since 1988. Yoshii's ministry affirms Asian American cultural and spiritual needs while embracing the practice of spiritual wholeness and social justice. His community organizing — a source of inspiration for the PSR students he mentors in field education — includes work with the Sansei Legacy Project, the Organization of Alameda Asians, the Alameda Multicultural Community Center, Renewed Hope Housing Advocates, and the Asian American Summer Youth Institute. Yoshii also finds time to chair the Race and Community Relations Working Group of the Faiths Initiative of the San Francisco Foundation, the California Nevada United Methodist Church Conference Commission on Religion and Race, and the United Methodist Western Jurisdiction Asian Caucus Coordinating Committee. He is a member of the National Policy Board of the United Methodist Community Developers Program.