Volume 52, Number 26 March 14, 2005
In memoriam: John Kassay
John Kassay, professor emeritus of design and industry, died Feb. 17. He was 85.
Kassay joined SF State in 1957 after earning a master's degree at Pittsburg State University in Kansas and teaching middle and high school in Kansas.
An expert in Shaker furniture as well as a skilled craftsman, draftsman and photographer, Kassay taught courses in woodworking technology and construction at State. He completed a doctorate in education at Washington State University in 1970.
"He was very much an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar," said David F. Wentura, professor emeritus of design and industry. "He was able to bring many of the disciplines not only within the department but from across the University to bear on his teaching. He taught students to find and develop their own creative talents and skills -- and not just model his."
In 1980, Kassay published "The Book of Shaker Furniture" to wide acclaim. The book featured his own illustrations based on years of research. Kassay later turned his attention to American Windsor furniture and continued to lecture and publish on both styles after being awarded emeritus status in 1987.
Kassay is survived by his wife Mary Kassay; daughters Cynthia Keck and Catherine Manley; and son Robert Kassay.
The Design and Industry Department is planning an event to celebrate his life and scholarship. Details will be announced in a future issue of CampusMemo.
In memoriam: Michael Gregory
Michael Gregory, professor emeritus of English and a founder and former director of SFSU's landmark NEXA Program, died Feb. 22 in his Mill Valley home. He was 75.
Gregory, who taught at SF State from 1958 to 2002, was a co-principal investigator on a $1 million grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities that in 1975 launched the NEXA Program, a convergence of the sciences and humanities that is the only program of its kind in the nation.
"He pioneered a conception of interdisciplinary convergent thinking, teaching, communication and scholarship that was decades ahead of its time," said NEXA Program Director Geoffrey Green, professor of English. "His dedication, imagination, resilience and determination challenged all who knew him to think more deeply, clearly and passionately. Michael Gregory's commitment to high standards and innovative education lives on in the memory of all who knew him."
Gregory's research interests included the work of English novelist Joseph Conrad, intellectual history, the history of ideas, and Chinese history. He earned his doctorate in anthropology from University of California, Berkeley. He also held bachelor's and master's degrees from UC Berkeley.
He is survived by daughters Alexa Gregory-Wane, Tanya Gregory and Erika Gregory-Mollner, their mothers Jan Gregory and Ora Cipolla, and three grandchildren.
The English Language and Literature Department and NEXA program will sponsor a CampusMemorial event later in the semester.
SFSU was awarded $935,575 in November and $3,291,253 in December. Awards include a grant to Laureen Chew, professor of elementary education, for the California Reading and Literature Project; a grant to Peter Palmer, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, to analyze objects repatriated to the Yurok Tribe; and a grant to Susan Alunan, acting director of the San Francisco Urban Institute, to aid the socio-economic integration of wheelchair users in Columbia.
Read Grants & Contracts: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring05/march14grants.htm
This month's Insiders include an award from the French Government to Roger Woodward, professor of music; a collection of poems by Matthew Shenoda, lecturer in American Indian Studies; an paper on immigrnat experience by Penelope Flores, professor of secondary education; a presentation on human rights in Jewish Law by Nitzhia Shaked, lecturer in Jewish studies; and an award from the California Career Education Association to the Career Center.
Read Insiders: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring05/march14insiders.htm
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International grant proposals due
The deadline for both grants is Tuesday, March 15. Applications and details may be picked up at room 450 of the Administration building or online at: www.sfsu.edu/~oip/
BSS lecture series proposals due
Proposals should be sent by Tuesday, March 15, to Dean Joel J. Kassiola at email@example.com or via inter-office mail to Office of the Dean, HSS 359.
Health workshops correction
For a schedule of classes, see: www.sfsu.edu/~shs/dpm/extra.htm
Participants may register for a class by writing their names on the registration folder for the workshop they want to take. The room number given in last week's CampusMemo was incorrect. The folders are in room 31 of the Student Health Service. Workshops are held in the conference room to the right of the Student Health Service's main entrance.
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CEL course proposals
Course proposals are due March 29.
Faculty are also asked to encourage students to purchase their texts now, if they have not already. Books that will be used again for summer or fall 2005 can be retained by submitting an order to the Bookstore.
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