Volume 53, Number 33 May 15, 2006
Fong, who emigrated from Guangdong Province, China in 1966, is chairman of Kenson Ventures LLC, which specializes in venture financing and strategic consulting to biotechnology companies. After earning a doctorate in micro and molecular biology at Indiana University, he founded Clonetech Laboratories in 1984. The Palo Alto-based company develops the molecular biology tools that make possible cutting-edge research in gene cloning, analysis and mapping and was acquired by BD Biosciences in 1999.
A resident of Atherton, Fong serves on the College of Science and Engineering Advisory Board. With his wife Pam (B.S., '73), he established an endowed scholarship at SF State in 1998 to assist promising students majoring in biology, computer science and mathematics. The couple also contributes prize money to the College's annual student project showcase.
"I feel very honored to receive this award," Fong said. "Returning to the college I attended is almost like returning to the village where I was born, coming home, being recognized. I feel a sense of high emotion."
Honor retiring faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual Rites of Passage celebration to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Towers Conference Center.
The 2006 emeritus/emerita faculty are listed on the Faculty Affairs Web site: www.sfsu.edu/~acaffrs/facaffrs.html
Master plan open house
The campus community is again invited to review design concepts for its long-term master plan from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Two previous open houses were held in April. More are planned as the process progresses.
The University's plan will involve a thorough evaluation of physical resources, from buildings and green spaces to transportation routes and programmatic needs. It will result in proposed improvements that enable the campus to meet demands for access and provide a high-quality university education.
For more on the master plan, visit: http://sfsumasterplan.org/
Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate meets Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.
Agenda items include: proposed revisions to the SFSU retention, tenure and promotion policies; proposed revisions to the Academic Program Review Committee; and a resolution thanking and commending departing 2005-06 academic senators.
College of Ethnic Studies dean candidates
Five finalists have been selected for the dean of the College of Ethnic Studies position and are scheduled for on-campus visits. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the candidates' presentations and receptions.
Monday, May 15: David J. Leon, director of the Chicano Studies Program, California State University, Sacramento, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies & Psychology building.
Tuesday, May 16:
Kenneth P. Monteiro, acting dean of the College of Ethnic Studies,
San Francisco State University, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in
room 116 of the Ethnic Studies & Psychology building.
Tuesday, May 23:
Deena J. Gonzalez, chair and professor in the department of Chicano/a
Studies, Loyola Marymount University, from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies & Psychology building.
Final Creative Arts dean candidate visits
The final two candidates for dean of the College of Creative Arts will visit campus this week and next. The other candidates have already given presentations. The remaining visits are:
Wednesday, May 17: John Laughton, dean of University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth's College of Visual and Performing Arts, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.
Monday, May 22: Jennifer Lawson, general manager of WHUT-TV, Washington D.C., from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.
In memoriam: Norair Taschian
Norair Taschian, professor emeritus of foreign languages and literatures and a former coordinator of the Russian Program, died May 2 after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.
Taschian taught at SF State for 37 years before retiring in 2004. He specialized in Russian modernism. In addition to Russian and English, he was fluent in Armenian and French and published articles in all of these languages.
During his tenure, Taschian served as director of the Education Professions Development Act Russian Summer Institute held at SF State, as well as the faculty adviser to the Russian Club and Dobro Slovo, the national Slavic honor society. He also served on numerous committees in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.
"Professor Taschian was my teacher, mentor and colleague. As current coordinator for the Russian Program, I believe that I speak for our program, (as) well as for the faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, when I say we will miss his boundless enthusiasm for teaching," Lecturer Catherine Siskron said.
Taschian was born in the Soviet Union in 1932 and grew up in the Caucasus. After the German occupation, he and his family lived in Stavropol in the Caucasus, the Ukraine, Poland, Germany and Paris. There, he completed his secondary education and began his university studies, where he developed a passion for literature. In 1952 his family immigrated to the United States. After two years in the U.S. Army, Taschian was accepted at University of California, Berkeley, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate in Slavic studies.
SFSU was awarded $4,073,557 in March and $1,419,613 in the first part of April.
Read Grants & Contracts: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring06/may15grants.htm
The forum can be found on the Academic Senate Web site: www.sfsu.edu/~senate
Responses should be made by 5 p.m. Monday, May 15.
academic technology workshops
Both the weeklong and the shorter "one-shot" workshops are available, covering a variety of aspects of iLearn. Faculty and staff are welcome. All workshops are free.
Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is a fee of $20 for non-SFSU registrants.
The classes will be held at the SFSU Downtown Center, 425 Market St., San Francisco.
For details and to enroll, call ext. 5-7700 or visit: www.cel.sfsu.edu/mandarin
1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco,
CA 94132 415/338-1111