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May 19, 2003

Volume 50, No. 33


May STAR of the Month



All about Commencement Bernie Goldstein to receive President's Medal
Alumni Association honors emeritus faculty member Budget Update
Student research winners In memoriam: Robert Smith
Grants & Contracts Academic Senate



CampusMemo goes electronic Attending Commencement?
Fall 2003 fee waiver forms now available Cruise Tahiti for a good cause
Reporting campus crime Ready for a learning adventure?


This Week

Honor retiring faculty
The universe displayed Speech students perform
Getting hip on Holloway

Coming Up

Adult education conference Discovery Channel program to feature SFSU student, children


About CampusMemo


CampusMemo goes electronic

CampusMemo is changing its format. Starting with its next edition, Public Affairs and the Division of Information Technology will e-mail each issue to faculty and staff. The e-mail will contain links to the Web version of CampusMemo, which will include longer versions of some items.

This is also the final CampusMemo edition of the academic year. It will be published twice during the summer: Monday, June 9, and Monday, July 14. CampusMemo will resume its weekly publication schedule August 25 -- in electronic format only.

If you are planning a summer event, don't forget to submit it to the SFSU Web Calendar at

For details, contact Public Affairs at ext. 8-1665 or

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Attending Commencement?

The University’s Commencement ceremony will take place Saturday, May 24, in Cox Stadium. Faculty members participating in the ceremony should line up no later than 12:15 p.m. next to the Student Services building to guarantee a seat on the staging area.

For details, contact Norma Urcuyo-Siani at ext. 8-6141.

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Fall 2003 fee waiver forms now available

Both employee fee waiver and dependent fee waiver applications and information sheets are now available in the Human Resources Department, room 252 of the Administration building.

The Fee Waiver Program enables eligible University employees to take regular courses, which are considered work-related or are part of an approved Individual Career Development Plan, at reduced rates.

All fee waiver participants enroll through the Touch-Tone Registration process. Participants should submit fee waiver applications and fees to the Cashier's Office, no later than Wednesday, June 18, to ensure the Touch-Tone deadlines are met. A $25 late registration fee will go into effect Monday, July 28.

Employees with eligibility questions or concerns should contact the Fee Waiver Help Line at ext. 8-2678.

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Cruise Tahiti for a good cause

The 2004 University Women’s Association (UWA) cruise sets sail Jan. 10, 2004, on an eight-day/seven-night cruise aboard Radisson’s m/s Paul Gauguin. The cruise begins and ends in Tahiti and sails to four islands: Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Moorea.

Prices start at $2,650 per person and include airfare, shipboard gratuities, complimentary wines with lunch and dinner and complimenatry in-room bar setup. The Paul Gauguin is a small, luxurious ship, with superb cuisine, a spa and a state-of-the-art watersports platform with direct access to the sea. Optional pre- or post-cruise hotel packages are available.

UWA cruises generate funding for the UWA scholarship endowment fund, raising thousands of dollars and dozens of scholarships for SFSU students during the past 12 years.

For additional information, contact Lin Bushart Ivory at or Tom Fell Sr. of Fell Travel Inc. at 1-800-321-FELL.

A deposit of $400 per person reserves a stateroom. Final payment is due Sept. 30.

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Reporting campus crime

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires the University report the occurrence of certain criminal offenses.

If you have knowledge of any crimes that occurred in 2002 and have not been reported to the Department of Public Safety, please talk to your dean, director or department chair as soon as possible. They must report all 2002 information to Public Safety by Monday, June 2.

If you have questions about what types of crimes should be reported, your supervisor has a list and can provide you with that information.

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Ready for a learning adventure?

Ship out to sea or cruise the Yampa River this summer with a College of Extended Learning adventure/learning program or stay in the Bay Area and take a variety of fun classes. The College of Extended Learning's summer bulletin is now available, offering more than 300 classes for academic credit, noncredit and continuing education.

Among the new programs introduced this summer are a certificate program in Clinical Trials Design and Management, new classes for visual artists, creative professionals and recording industry enthusiasts and classes that combine learning with outdoor adventure.

The learning/adventure offerings are appropriate for both college students who want to earn academic credit and faculty, staff and the general public who seek a learning vacation. They include six days at sea aboard a traditionally rigged tall ship, exploring oceanography and marine conservation in the Channel Islands or seven days learning about wildlife, land use and water quality along the Yampa River in Colorado's Dinosaur National Monument.

For details, see For specifics on adventure classes/vacations, contact Richard Kay at ext. 5-7772 or

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This Week


Honor retiring faculty

Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual “Rites of Passage” celebration held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the University Club.

The event will be hosted by President Robert A. Corrigan and Vice President John Gemello. Faculty are invited to attend either as an emeritus honoree or to congratulate and celebrate with colleagues and friends.

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The universe displayed

The student-produced planetarium show “Measuring the Universe” will be presented from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Thursday at the Charles Hagar Planetarium, room 422 of Thornton Hall. The event is open to the public.

For details, contact Mark Ciotola at

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Speech students perform

The Department of Speech and Communication Studies presents “Baggage Claim and Customs” from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The show, presented by speech students, explores themes of travel, identity and peace.

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Getting hip on Holloway

Students from SFSU’s cutting-edge "The Independent Label: A-Z" class will celebrate the release of their CD anthology "This Is Your Brain on Hip-Hop" from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday at Rasputin Music, 69 Powell St., San Francisco.

The students, who are part of the College of Extended Learning’s Music/Recording Industry certificate program, have formed the record label "19th and Holloway Rechords." Some of the artists will be performing live, and the CD will be available for purchase.

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Coming Up

Adult education conference

The 44th annual Adult Education Research Conference (AERC) will be held on campus fromJune 5–8. The College of Education’s Department of Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies, Center for Adult Education is hosting the conference and invites interested faculty, staff and students to attend.
In addition, a series of pre-conferences focused on the Kellogg Foundation Cyril Houle Scholars program and issues related to African, Asian, Chicana/Latina, diasporas,indigenous peoples and gay/lesbian/bisexual/transgender/queer themes will be held Thursday, June 5.

Conference programs will be held in Burk Hall and the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The opening session takes place at 8:30 a.m. Friday, June 6, and features four scholars engaging in a dialogue on “Making Space and Finding Place for Equity and Social Justice.”

Conference fees are $180 for faculty and staff and $140 for student participants. For details, contact Anarose Schelstrate at ext. 8-1479 or

Information can also be found at the AERC 2003 Web site:

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Discovery Channel program to feature SFSU student, children

The A.S. Early Childhood Education Center, two of its toddlers and an SFSU student will be the focus of a program on adoption at 11 a.m. Monday, June 9, on the Discovery Health Channel.

History major Mark Taubman-Walker and his partner Todd Taubman-Walker adopted two boys with special needs in 2000 and 2001. One boy was born addicted to crack cocaine. Today Ethan is 3 and Tony is 2 and both are thriving.

Taubman-Walker began classes at SFSU in fall 2002 and at the same time enrolled his children in the Early Childhood Center. In February a crew from Discovery Health spent a week with the family as part of an ongoing series looking at adoption. The crew filmed the boys at the Center.

Check local listings for the exact channel. For more information, visit the Discovery Channel at

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All about Commencement

Two legends from opposite ends of the music world—one part of the famed folk music trio Peter, Paul & Mary and the other an influential chronicler of the rock music scene—will highlight SFSU's 102nd Commencement at 12:15 p.m. Saturday, May 24, as a record number 7,344 graduates receive their diplomas.

Peter Yarrow will deliver the commencement address before an estimated crowd of 22,000 graduates, family members and friends. Yarrow also will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree at the ceremony.

Writer and rock journalist Ben Fong-Torres, who earned a bachelor's of arts degree in radio-television-film from SFSU in 1966, will be given the SFSU Alumni Association's 2003 Alumnus of the Year Award.

And for his four decades of service to higher education, Bernie Goldstein, provost, vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Sonoma State University and professor emeritus of biology at SFSU, will receive the prestigious President's Medal (see story below).

Commencement will be shown live in San Francisco on Cable Channel 27. It will also be broadcasted over the Web. Check the University home page ( the day of Commencement to link to the Webcast.

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Bernie Goldstein to receive President's Medal

Bernie Goldstein, President's Medal recipientProfessor Emeritus of Biology Bernard Goldstein, who retires this year as provost and vice president of Sonoma State University, will receive the President’s Medal at SFSU’s Commencement.

For the last four decades, Goldstein has held numerous positions within the University and the CSU and is the longest-serving faculty trustee in CSU history.

During his long career at SFSU, which began in 1968, he was a beloved professor and an esteemed administrator. His charismatic teaching style ensured long waiting lists for his science courses, most particularly his groundbreaking class in human sexuality, which today remains the cornerstone of SFSU’s highly acclaimed Human Sexuality Studies Program, of which he is co-founder.

As chair of SFSU’s Academic Senate and the CSU Statewide Academic Senate, he instituted numerous changes that remain in effect today.

Goldstein earned his bachelor’s and master’s degree in biology from SFSU and a Ph.D. in zoology from UC Davis. He was twice named Outstanding Educator of America, and was named SFSU’s Alumnus of the Year in 1986.

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Alumni Associaton honors emeritus faculty member

Violet Robinson, first recipient of Alumni Association Emeritus Faculty AwardLongtime educator Violet Robinson, who taught in the College of Education for 38 years, will receive the first-ever Alumni Association Emeritus Faculty Award. The Association will honor Robinson for her dedicated service to students and the University community at a campus reception Friday.

Robinson began her career at SF State in 1954 in early childhood education and she was instrumental in developing both the master’s degree and the credential program with an early childhood education emphasis. She served on the Academic Senate and the College of Education Faculty Council and she played a major role in the University Child Development Committee.

Robinson is a founding board member of the California Kindergarten Association and served as the association's president from 1992 to 1994. She is also co-author of "Emergent Literacy in Kindergarten."

Robinson, who lives in San Mateo, continues to be active at SFSU, editing the University’s Retirement Association newsletter. She’s also working on a series of children’s books as well as a professional book on curriculum integration for elementary school teachers.

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Budget update

The Governor’s May Revise of the 2003-04 budget, which was released last week, would essentially preserve his January budget proposal for the CSU system. That proposal calls for a $260.7 million net reduction, a 10 percent cut to the CSU’s budget.
The governor’s proposal also assumes a 25 percent fee increase for undergraduates and a 20 percent fee increase for graduates—a proposal the trustees discussed at their May 14 meeting.

The Legislature is circulating three competing budget plans. While the exact number varies, each proposal asks the CSU to take an additional cut. Trustees will likely take up the fee increase issue this summer, after the CSU has received more definitive information about the total cuts to its 2003-04 budget.

For continuing updates on the budget situation, visit or

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Student research winners

Two SFSU students won awards at the 17th Annual CSU Student Research Competition held at CSU Stanislaus earlier this month. Bryan Kuo won first place at the graduate level in the Biological and Agricultural Sciences category for “Dermomyotome-derived Filopodial Projections Interact with Ectoderm and Regulates Somitic Deromomyotome Growth, Proliferation and Myogenesis.” Norman Gilchirst, Jr. was named runner up at the undergraduate level in the Humanities and Letters category for his paper “Finesse and Blood: Dracula’s Deal with Hollywood."

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In memoriam: Robert Smith

Robert Smith, emeritus professor of education recently passed awayRobert Smith, emeritus professor of education and former president of SF State, died Thursday, May 1. He was 87.

Smith, who held a doctorate in education from Stanford, served as dean of the College of Education through the 1940s and ‘50s. He taught education courses with an emphasis on interdisciplinary education, his academic specialty, and also served at one time as Dean of Instruction.
After then President John Summerskill’s sudden departure in May 1968, Smith was appointed president by the Board of Trustees. It was a turbulent time for the campus, and Smith resigned in November of that year and returned to teaching.

“ We were saddened to learn of the passing of one of this University’s significant leaders, Robert Smith,” President Robert A. Corrigan said. “As a faculty member for many years, he had enormous impact. And at the most painful time in San Francisco State’s history, he reluctantly moved from the faculty position he loved to assume the presidency as the faculty’s choice. That was typical of his dedication to the University. In the midst of that period of bitter division, he retained the courage, forthrightness and integrity for which he had long been respected.”

Chief of Staff Don Scoble, who was hired by President Smith to serve as his executive assistant, recalls him as “a warm, really decent human being who cared a lot about the University and doing the right thing. He was a strong believer in shared governance and trying to let people fairly discuss the issues. At a less divisive time, he would have been an enormously successful long-term leader.”

Smith went on to co-author two books on the 1968 campus strike. He retired in 1980.

He is survived by his wife Gloria, son Kevin A. Smith and daughter Heidi Poole. The family requests that donations be made to your favorite charity.

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Grants & Contracts

SFSU was awarded an additional $58,348 in grants and contracts in February, $345,527 in March, and $719,636 in the first part of April.


Lily Chen, Biology, "Minority Biomedical Research Support and Support of Continuous Research Excellence – Year 8 Pilot Project," National Institutes of Health, $47,278.

Ramon Castellblanch, Health Education, "Hospital Nurses and Their Unions in the Era of Managed Care," University of California, Berkeley, $11,070.


Kathleen O’Sullivan, Secondary Education, "Voyages through Time – Year 4," Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence Institute, $9,000.
James Wiley, Public Research Institute, "Safety Evaluation of Vaccinia Vaccine," Kaiser Permanente, $10,000.

Frank Bayliss, Biology, "DoD Science Scholars," Office of Naval Research, $159,327.

Nancy Carnal, Biology, "Mathematics and Science Teacher Education Program: Follow-on Activities," San Jose State University Foundation, $56,500.
Charlotte Ferretti, Nursing, "High Quality Child Care Initiative," San Francisco Foundation, $85,700.

Peter Pfaelzer, Science and Engineering, "Whirlwind Wheelchair International Pilot Project Wheelchair," Arthur B. Schultz Foundation, $25,000.


Al Uy, Biology, "Signal Evolution and Speciation in Bearded Manakins," National Science Foundation, $50,000.

Jeffrey Greensite, Physics and Astronomy, "Theoretical High-Energy Physics – Year 3," United States Department of Energy, $100,000.

Zheng Hui He, Biology, "Career: Genetic Dissection of Signaling Pathway – Year 4," National Science Foundation, $100,993.

Stephen Bollens, Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, "Role of Wind Driven Transport: Zooplankton – Year 4," National Science Foundation, $149,286; "Efficacy and Ecology of Ballast Water Treatment," California States Land Commission, $68,500.

Gretchen LeBuhn, Biology, "The Effects of Landscape Change," Regents of the University of California, $18,000.

Nicholas Certo, Special Education, "San Mateo County Office of Education Teacher Internship Program," San Mateo County Office of Education, $5,007.

Isabelle Pelaud, Asian American Studies, "Vietnamese American Dancers and Performers," Zellerbach Family Founders, $1,500.

Ronald Caltabiano, Music and Dance, "Overture," Miranda Lux Foundation, $12,500.

Anabel Pelham, Gerontology, "Geriatric Care Management Training and Education," California Wellness Foundation, $150,000.

Sandra Radtka, Physical Therapy, "Effectiveness of Physical Therapy – Year 2," Eva Benson Buck Charitable Trust, $63,850

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Academic Senate Action

At its May 13 meeting the Academic Senate ...

Heard announcements from:

  • Senate Chair Robert Cherny, who reported that the Senate received letters of response to its resolution in opposition to the Iraq war from U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dianne Feinstein.
    Heard reports from:
  • Denise Fox, director of human resources, who presented a comprehensive review of the University’s compliance with state and system requirements for the protection of whistleblowers and reviewed the functions of the whistleblower hotline.
  • CeCe Iandoli, interim coordinator of academic assessment, who reported on the results of the campus-wide spring online survey regarding the academic calendar.
  • Oswaldo Garcia, chair of the Academic Program Review Committee, who reported on its accomplishments for the 2002–03 academic year and described its agenda for 2003–04.
  • Statewide Senators Jan Gregory and Robert Cherny, who reported on the recent CSU plenary.

    In the action part of the meeting, the 2002–03 Senate:
  • Elected Maziar Behrooz, History; Ned Fielden, Library; and Rosalind On, Undergraduate Advising Center, to the General Education Segment II Committee.
  • Approved a policy creating the University Historical Archives and establishing an University Historical Archives Advisory Committee.
  • Approved a resolution on the CSU Common Management System.
  • Approved a resolution concerning the proposed Domestic Security Enhancement Act of 2003.
  • Heard proposed guidelines on instructional technology.
  • Heard proposed changes in the University policy regarding TOEFL.
  • Approved a resolution on the wisdom of the CSU Academic Senate in electing Robert Cherny as chair for 2003–05.

    NOTE: After the 2002–03 Senate wrapped up its business the 2003–04 Senate convened to elect new Senate officers.

    In the action part of the meeting, the 2003–04 Senate:

    • Elected as the 2003–04 Senate officers: Senate Chair, Jim Edwards, Design and Industry; Senate Vice Chair, Caran Colvin, Psychology; Secretary to the Faculty, Ned Fielden, Library; First at-large member to the Senate Executive Committee, Penny Warren, Counseling and Psychological Services; Second at-large member to the Senate Executive Committee, Robert Williams, Counseling.
    • Elected as the 2003–04 standing committee chairs and executive committee members: Scott Jerris, Accounting, chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee; Amy Nichols, chair of the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee; David Meredith, Mathematics, chair of the Academic Policies Committee; and Oswaldo Garcia, Geosciences, chair of the Academic Program Review Committee.
    • Approved the calendar of Senate meetings for fall 2003.
    • Approved the resolution on a Summer Senate.
    The first Academic Senate meeting of the fall semester will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 9, at Seven Hills Conference Center. All are welcome to attend. Visit the Academic Senate Web site:

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