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Spotlight on Supporters: Mark Afram '99

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As a student, Mark Afram was in Doe Library nearly every day.  “Doe offered me a peaceful environment in which I could be really productive. I spent most of my study time in the Gardner Stacks. During final exams, when the Library was open all night, I fondly remember Chancellor Tien coming around at 2 or 3 am, encouraging us weary students.”

After graduating, Afram had planned to go into advertising, but he soon came to realize that his true calling was teaching. “I realized there must be more to life than selling things,” he says. Teaching, he feels, gives him the chance to make a positive contribution—and it’s an expression of gratitude towards his own teachers and professors over the years. “Even as a young child,” he says, “I had tremendous respect and admiration for my teachers.”

Now in his seventh year as a high school English teacher in Los Angeles, Afram was recently voted one of the Top 25 Educators by the LA County Office of Education.

Afram was inspired to give to the University Library thanks to his memories not only as a student, but also as an employee. In his senior year, Afram’s job paging books at the Bancroft Library afforded him hands-on experience with the remarkable materials housed there. “The breadth and depth of the Library collections is remarkable,” he says. “I see the Library as a key to the excellence of the University as a whole.”

Fall 2009

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