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Volume 52, Number 19   January 24, 2005         

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Gerontology and
Sixty Plus

Anabel Pelham, professor of gerontology, will speak on "Gerontology and Sixty Plus: The Past, Present and Future" at 1:30 p.m. Monday in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building. The entire campus community is welcome to attend.

Young women in
the inner city

The 2005 Health Disparities Seminar Series kicks off with a talk by Lateefah Simon, executive director of the San Francisco Center for Young Women's Development, on "Beyond Survival: Young Women in the Inner City" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in room C-114 of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The Health Disparities Seminar Series is funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

R.S.V.P. to the Public Research Institute at or ext. 8-2978.

Remembering alumna Kristi Anderson

A memorial for Kristi Anderson who was killed in the South Asian tsunami will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the University Club. Anderson graduated from SFSU in 1990 with a bachelor's degree in international relations.

For details, contact Martin Gonzalez at (415) 350-1680.

Next Week
Descartes' metaphysics

Alice Sowaal, a candidate for the Philosophy Department's tenure-track position in metaphysics and epistemology, will speak on "Descartes's Rationalist Metaphysics: Motion, Modes and Mechanism" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in room 392 of the Humanities building.

Philosophers and paradoxes
Ryan Wasserman, a candidate for the Philosophy Department's tenure-track position in metaphysics and epistemology, will speak on "Paradoxes of Transitivity" at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in room 392 of the Humanities building.

SF State News home

Osher gives $1 million to Presidential Scholars
The Bernard Osher Foundation recently donated $1 million to SFSU to augment funding for the Presidential Scholars program, which awards four-year scholarships to the University's top incoming freshmen every year.

"This gift is in recognition of the significant role that San Francisco State University has played in providing a great education to students from California and elsewhere," said Stephen M. Dobbs, executive vice president of the Bernard Osher Foundation. "The scholarship assistance is directed toward students of high academic achievement and promise."

The Osher Foundation has donated to several SFSU programs, including a previous million-dollar gift to the Presidential Scholars program in the mid-1990s and several grants of $100,000 each for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, a College of Extended Learning program for people age 50 and up.

"On behalf of the entire San Francisco State University community, I want to express my gratitude for the Osher Foundation's continued generosity," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "This latest gift will further enable us to provide aid and support to some of the best, brightest and most enthusiastic undergraduates in California."

For more about the gift, read the SF State News story:

CSU impacts California to tune of $50 billion
The 23-campus California State University system has an annual $53 billion impact on the state, according to a recent report conducted by ICF Consulting. The figure represents the combined total annual economic impact of CSU expenditures, the enhanced earnings of its graduates and the indirect effect both have on the state.

A 2003 study by Michael J. Potepan, associate professor of economics, found that SFSU and its students contributed nearly $1.2 billion to the San Francisco Bay Area economy and supported about 15,150 Bay Area jobs in fiscal year 2002-03 through direct and indirect spending.

For every dollar received from California's General Fund, SFSU returns $3.82 back to the local and state economy.

"What makes the CSU so effective is that its product -- higher education -- is itself a critical engine for the state's economy," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "The CSU provides the majority of the skilled professionals for the state’s critical knowledge-based industries such as agriculture, engineering, business, technology, media, and computer science. The CSU graduates more students in these fields than all other California universities and colleges combined."

More on the CSU report can be found at:

Flu vaccine available to campus community
The Student Health Service has acquired 200 flu vaccinations. The California Department of Health Services has lifted previous restrictions and all SFSU students, staff and faculty are now eligible for a vaccination. Vaccinations will be available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26, and Wednesday, Feb. 2, at the Student Health Service. The cost is $20.

The flu season is starting late this year so it is not too late to take advantage of the vaccine's effects.

For details, see the Student Health Service Web site:

In November 2004, the SFSU Chinese American Faculty Association revised its bylaws to extend membership to all Chinese American staff and administrators. It has also changed its name to the Chinese American Faculty and Staff Association of San Francisco State University.

For more about the association, see:

To join, contact Sujian Guo at: sguo@sfsu

Come to the Collaboratory
Enhance student participation in class discussions, encourage critical thinking and collaboration, and promote active student learning by holding a class session in the Collaboratory. To reserve a session, contact Desiree Oliver at, ext. 5-3540, or room 435 of the Library.

For details and a registration calendar see:

Scholarship help
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to stop by the Office of Academic Honors and Scholarships located in room 573 of the Humanities building. Spring semester hours are 9 to 11 a.m. Monday through Thursday.

The office advises students who are applying for nationally competitive scholarships. The many funding opportunities it has on file encompass a broad range of undergraduate, graduate and study-abroad scholarships as well as internships.

For details, see:


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