Volume 51, Number 26 March 29, 2004
The event is a bit of a homecoming for Gregorian, whose first job after graduating from Stanford University was teaching European and Middle Eastern History at what was then San Francisco State College from 1962 to1968. In his recent memoir, "The Road to Home: My Life and Times," Gregorian recalls SF State at that time as a "campus beset by rallies, sit-ins and strikes," that prompted campus-wide and nationwide discussions on American foreign policy, national priorities, civil rights, free speech and the mission of American universities. He left, he wrote, "hopeful … convinced that teaching actually mattered."
Gregorian has served on the faculty or administration of four other universities: University of California at Los Angeles, University of Texas at Austin, the University of Pennsylvania and Brown University. As president of Brown from 1989 to 1997, he helped to found national Campus Compact which encourages campus involvement in community service and service learning,
Gregorian is perhaps best known for his eight years (1981 to 1989) as
president of the New York Public Library, where he orchestrated a dramatic
rebuilding that made books and public access to knowledge a cause celebre
among the city's social elite. In the process, he set an example for
communities across the United States, repositioning
"Vartan Gregorian's life has been an homage to books and the learning and insight that they make possible," said Robert A. Corrigan, President of San Francisco State University. "As a truly global citizen who recognizes the importance of honoring one's cultural legacy while respecting those of different peoples, he is a splendid role model for all of us. We are delighted to honor his legacy and example."
As president of the Carnegie Corporation since 1997, Gregorian is responsible for the nation's 11th largest foundation with more than $1.8 billion in assets. The Foundation supports a range of efforts to improve the life of the nation and contribute to international peace and security.
Willie Brown to be awarded honorary doctor of laws degree
Alumnus Willie L. Brown, Jr., who first won elective office to the California Assembly 40 years ago, later became Speaker of the Assembly and then mayor of San Francisco, will receive an honorary doctor of laws degree from San Francisco State University during commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 29.
"Willie Brown has served our state and our city with great distinction and dedication," said President Robert A. Corrigan. "His outstanding record of public service and political leadership has helped make our communities better for all. Willie Brown's countless contributions to society are a true reflection of the values of the CSU and San Francisco State University."
Brown, a nationally known political figure on issues facing urban America, has led a distinguished career in California politics from his modest start. He left his hometown in east Texas in the early 1950s and arrived in San Francisco in search of a better life.
Admitted to SFSU on a trial basis, he went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree in political science. Brown then earned his law degree from Hastings College of Law in 1958. He was elected to the California State Assembly in 1964 and re-elected 16 consecutive times. Brown served as Speaker of the Assembly from 1980 to 1995, the longest tenure in California history and in the process became one of the most powerful politicians in state government.
After enactment of term limits, Brown returned to San Francisco and won consecutive terms as mayor of San Francisco, serving from 1996 to 2004.
Since leaving the mayor's office, Brown, who turned 70 earlier this month, has been part of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's transition team.
The honorary degree will be the third major honor Brown has received from SFSU. He earned the President's Medal in 1996 for his outstanding work as an elected official and he was named SFSU's Alumnus of the Year in 1981.
Final candidate for dean of graduate studies presents today
All members of the campus community are welcome to attend the presentation and reception for Awotona Adenrele, the third and final candidate for dean of graduate studies, from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the University Club. Adenrele is dean of the School of Architecture and director of the Community Design and Research Center at Southern University in Baton Rouge, La.
Ann Hallum, acting dean of graduate studies at San Francisco State University, and Roy C. Rodriguez, interim campus executive officer (president) of Dona Ana Community College and professor and director of the Community College Doctoral Program in the Department of Educational Management and Development at New Mexico State University, gave their presentations earlier this month.
Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.
Agenda items include: a report from Provost John Gemello and Vice President for Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita on the budget situation; a report from AVP for Information Technology Jonathan Rood on a new procedure for filtering e-mail spam; a proposed resolution on e-mail spam; a proposed revision to the University's grade appeal practices and procedures; a proposed Academic Senate meeting schedule for fall 2004; a report from CSU statewide academic senators Eunice Aaron, Robert Cherny and Jan Gregory; and an information item by Accounting Professor Scott Jerris and Acting Dean of Faculty Affairs Marilyn Verhey on Ernest Boyer's model for reconsidering scholarship and the priorities of the professoriate.
Sneak peek for future students April 3
Prospective college students can learn about SFSU's academics, support services and campus life during Sneak Preview Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 3.
The open house offers campus tours, financial aid information, and advice on housing options to prospective students and their parents. Representatives from all eight SFSU colleges will introduce future students to the more than 100 majors offered at the University and discuss career possibilities. Information on student services and organizations will also be available.
In addition, SFSU applicants can check the status of their admission and financial aid.
Last year more than 4,300 prospective students and parents visited SFSU on Sneak Preview Day. This year, the event is expected to draw more students and parents due to a significant increase in SFSU applicants for fall 2004.
For details, call (415) 405-0735 or visit: www.sfsu.edu/outreach/sneak2004.htm.
Students admitted for fall 2004: Register intent
For fall 2004, SFSU will implement an "Intent to Register" function. Students admitted for fall 2004 will be asked to notify the campus of their enrollment plans between April 3 and May 7. Students can file their Intent to Register by going to: www.sfsu.edu/admit.
The Intent to Register function will allow SFSU to know earlier who plans to attend for the next semester. The campus can send mailings and electronic communication directly to students who plan to attend SFSU rather than to the much larger number of students who have been admitted but may decide to attend elsewhere. Knowing how many students plan to enroll may also allow colleges to adjust class schedules to accommodate the actual incoming student population.
A Question and Answer sheet is posted online to explain the purpose of Intent to Register and how it works . You can find it at: www.sfsu.edu/outreach/intent.htm. Department personnel are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the process so they can answer questions.
Vijay Mehrotra – Teaching students to think
What are the odds that Vijay Mehrotra can walk 10 yards on campus without a student or professor greeting him with a big smile? Slim to none.
The assistant professor of decision sciences has been teaching for only two semesters, yet has made many friends within the College of Business and beyond. The New Delhi-born Midwesterner seems to know everyone he passes on his way from Café Rosso to his office in the Science building.
Enthusiastic about his courses in statistics and operations management, the fast-talking Mehrotra rattles off his goals for students: He wants them to gain a sense of what randomness is and how to respond to it; to think about mathematics intuitively; to understand that most decisions are short-term and involve risk...
Read the full profile of Mehrotra at: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring04/march29people.htm.
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