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April 22

Volume 49, No. 28
BECA grad Peter Casey named Alumnus of the Year Announcements Clean up your files University-wide elections
Academic Senate business Women's association mural tour Composition and reading conference Today
Earth Day festival When high-achievers underperform A play-full preview Wednesday
Courage to teach Thursday An educated question Law and mob rule
Friday Lake Merced Day Academic Senate Action


Clean up your files

The Integrated Waste Management Department invites campus departments to participate in "Clean Up Your Files Week" in celebration of Earth Day. Waste Management will make special trips this week to pick up recycled paper. Waste Management commingles paper so there is no need to sort out files to be recycled.

Paper will be picked up from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.Waste Management will cover different building each day this week. Refer to the flier the office sent out to see when your building is scheduled for a pick-up. Call ext. 8-1947 to make sure your office is included when Waste Management comes to your building.

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University-wide elections

Ballots for University-wide elections were distributed last week to campus mailboxes. They must be returned by Friday to the Academic Senate Office, ADM 551.

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Academic Senate business

There are two more Senate meetings left this semester: April 30 and May 14.

A resolution honoring Pamela Vaughn for her service as chair of the Academic Senate can be found on the Senate's Web site:

The Academic Senate is looking for teaching faculty interested in serving on the Associated Students Board of Directors and Legislature or the Student Center Governing Board.

Interested faculty should contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or

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Women's association mural tour

The University Women's Association invites the campus community to take a tour of the many murals found in San Francisco's Mission District. The two-hour tour begins at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 18 at Cafe Venice, 3325 24th St.

Reservations are required and should be made by Friday, May 3. Contact Lin Ivory at (415) 721-7432 or Leave your name, phone number and the number of people in your party when you make your reservation. The tour costs $10 for general audience and $5 for seniors. Participants pay for their tickets on the day of the tour.

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Composition and reading conference

The Composition and Reading Association for Future Teachers will hold its third annual Composition and Reading conference from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The conference is open to all faculty, staff, students and others interested in issues surrounding reading and writing in the high school or college classroom.

The deadline for pre-registration is Friday. For details, including cost and a complete conference schedule, visit: or contact Natalie Baldwin at ext. 8-2327 or

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Earth Day festival

A festival celebrating Earth Day will take place from noon to 4 p.m. today on Malcolm X Plaza. Campus organizations and groups from across the Bay Area will be on hand to provide information about topics such as organic food, recycling/composting, local ecological restoration projects and corporate accountability.

The festival will also include solar panel and worm composting demonstrations, musical performances and a raffle.

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When high-achievers underperform

Talia Ben-Zeev, Psychology, will present "When High-Achieving Women and Minorities Underperform: the Dangers of Stereotype Threat" at 4 p.m. today in HSS 361.

The event is part of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Faculty Lecture Series.

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A play-full preview

Brighde Mullins, Creative Writing, will direct a performance of scenes from her new play "Rare Bird" at 6:30 p.m. Monday in HUM 381.

The event, open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Comparative and World Literature.

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Courage to teach

The "Let's Talk About Teaching" series continues with a discussion of issues raised by Parker Palmer in his 1998 book "The Courage to Teach" from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Verducci Room of the University Club. Ray Pestrong, Geology, will lead the discussion.

The series is sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning project.

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An educated question

Marie-Paule Laden, Foreign Languages and Literatures, will present "Isabelle de Charriere and the Question of Education in 18th Century France" from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in HUM 579.

The lecture is part of the Spring 2002 Foreign Language Colloquium Series.

For details, contact Midori McKeon at ext. 8-7413 or

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Law and mob rule

Christopher Waldrep, History, will present "Constitutional Law and Mob Rule" at 4 p.m. Thursday in HSS 154.

The event is part of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Faculty Lecture Series.

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Lake Merced Day

The campus community is invited to participate in "Lake Merced Day" from noon to 2 p.m. Friday on Malcolm X Plaza. The program includes a dance performance by the Indian Students Association and tables from more than 15 groups explaining the historical, environmental and political issues surrounding the movement to restore Lake Merced.

In addition, a Lake Merced restoration project will take place from 1 to 3 p.m. Participants interested in planting trees and cleaning up around the lake should meet at 1 p.m. at the penguin statue on Lake Merced Blvd. near Brotherhood Way.

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BECA grad Peter Casey named Alumnus of the Year

The SFSU Alumni Association has selected Peter Casey, the Emmy Award-winning co-creator and executive producer of "Frasier," as the 2002 Alumnus of the Year. Casey, who earned a bachelor's degree in radio and television in 1975, will receive his award at Commencement on Saturday, May 25, in Cox Stadium.

"The Alumni Association is delighted that Mr. Casey will be honored as Alumnus of the Year," said Danell S. Zeavin, president of the SFSU Alumni Association. "He is a remarkable, inspiring person who has reached the acme of comedy writing and producing, and has done it with the kind of integrity, class and style that makes San Francisco State proud."

"Peter Casey's story is an inspiration to all of us," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "He has worked hard to achieve success in the highly competitive world of entertainment and persevered through many tough times, including the tragic loss of his friend and business partner, David Angell, on Sept. 11. In addition, Casey has kept in touch with the University and continues to show his appreciation through his support, generosity and kind words. We look forward to welcoming him back to campus once again to present this award."

In 1978, Casey and writing partner David Lee sold their first script to "The Jeffersons." They were then hired as writers and later promoted to producers. Casey and Lee teamed up with writer/producer David Angell in 1985 to become writers and producers for "Cheers."

Casey, Angell and Lee formed Grub Street Productions in 1990 and created their first hit sitcom, "Wings." In 1993, they created "Frasier," their biggest hit to date. Casey has been nominated for 14 Emmy Awards and won seven.

Casey lost Angell, his longtime friend and business partner. He died aboard American Airlines flight 11, the first plane to crash into the World Trade Center.

To this day, Casey, 51, remains appreciative of faculty in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) Department for their support, guidance and encouragement.

"SFSU introduced me to the world of television production. It was where I discovered what I wanted to make my life's work," said Casey, a native San Franciscan. "It infused me with so much enthusiasm and self-confidence that I paid scant attention to how long the odds were that I might succeed in Hollywood."

Casey has also extensively supported BECA. He makes financial contributions to the department on a regular basis, visits writing classes and held a BECA alumni event on the set of "Frasier."

The annual Alumnus of the Year award goes to former SFSU students who have gained recognition for significant contributions to their field of work.

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Academic Senate Action

At the April 16 meeting of the Academic Senate...

Chair Pamela Vaughn announced:

Provost Thomas La Belle reported:

Robert Cherny and Eunice Aaron, SFSU representatives to the statewide Academic Senate, discussed their recent visit to the California State Legislature for Legislative Days. They reported:

In the action part of the meeting, the Senate:

The next meeting of the Academic Senate will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, at Seven Hills Conference Center. All are welcome to attend. Visit the Academic Senate Web site:

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