Val Dolcini. Courtesy photo

Val Dolcini. Courtesy photo

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Name droppers: Dolcini named to SFSU foundation board

By From page A8 | July 12, 2012

Val Dolcini, of Davis, was named recently to the San Francisco State University Foundation board of directors. The SFSU Foundation board works closely with university leaders on a wide range of philanthropic and advocacy issues on behalf of the SFSU campus.

Dolcini, 49, received a bachelor’s degree in American history from SFSU in 1985. He is the state executive director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture in California.


Charlie DuRand, of Davis, was awarded a $300 scholarship from the Durand Heritage Foundation for the 2012-13 academic year. He is a sophomore at Becker College in Worcester, Mass., where he will study video game design.


David Kawatu, a specialist in the treatment of gastrointestinal disorders in children, has joined the faculty of the UC Davis School of Medicine as chief of the Section of Pediatric Gastroenterology in the Department of Pediatrics.

Kawatu comes to UCD from Hasbro Children’s Hospital/Brown University in Providence, R.I., where he was associate director of pediatric gastroenterology since 2010 and held positions in pediatric gastroenterology since 2000. He also was the director of the pediatric gastroenterology fellowship training program at Brown University.

Kawatu said that he looks forward to providing the highest level of care to these often complex patients at UCD Children’s Hospital and in the pediatric gastroenterology specialty clinic.

He is a specialist in treating a wide range of gastrointestinal conditions, including abdominal pain, gastrointestinal reflux disease, Crohn’s disease, inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis and celiac disease. He also specializes in rehabilitating children who are malnourished and treating children who require gastrointestinal feeding tubes and intravenous nutrition.

Kawatu completed his undergraduate and medical training at the University of Zambia School of Medicine in Lusaka, Zambia. He completed a master’s degree in community health and epidemiology at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, where he also interned. Kawatu completed his residency at the State University of New York Health Science Center and a fellowship in pediatric gastroenterology and nutrition at the Brown Alpert School of Medicine and Rhode Island Hospital.


Veteran newsman Michael A. Anastasi,  formerly of Davis and Woodland, will join the Los Angeles News Group as vice president and executive editor, effective Aug. 13, the news group announced Monday. Anastasi, 46, is a former sports editor of The Davis Enterprise.

He will oversee all aspects of news gathering and presentation for LANG’s network of nine daily newspapers, five weekly publications and digital news media content.

Formerly with the Los Angeles Daily News, Anastasi has served as a managing editor of the Salt Lake Tribune since 2004.

The Tribune, which like LANG is affiliated with MediaNews Group and Digital First Media, was one of the first newsrooms in the country to adopt an integrated digital/print structure. It’s also among the nation’s leaders in overall readership growth.

Anastasi’s local news experience runs deep. He worked for 11 years in Los Angeles as a sports editor for LANG and the Los Angeles Daily News. He was also a reporter and editor in Northern California.

Anastasi studied international relations at UC Davis and earned a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Cal State Long Beach. He has additionally taught at numerous professional seminars.

— Do you know of someone who has won an award or accomplished something noteworthy? Send it, preferably by email, to [email protected], or to Name droppers, The Davis Enterprise, P.O. Box 1470, Davis, CA 95617.

Enterprise staff

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