Curtain Calls for "Hello Dolly"
Broadway legend Carol Channing came to SSU last fall as part of her tour of CSU campuses to generate support for the performing and visual arts. The event launched a new scholarship program in the form of a $10,000 endowment for gifted students in the arts established by Channing and her childhood sweetheart and now husband, Harry Kallijian. Channing entertained at a special event at the Spreckels Performing Arts Center and after the show offered words of wisdom to theatre arts students who paid rapt attention to her advice about life on the stage. She and Kallijian were also special guests at the annual performing arts scholarship luncheon and talent showcase in Ives Hall at the University. Following the luncheon with SSU President Ruben Armiñana and Norma and Evert Person, she raised the roof of Warren Auditorium at SSU with a surprise rendition of her signature Broadway hit song "Hello Dolly" to the words "Hello Evert." a tribute to SSU donor Evert B. Person.