Volume 51, Number 1 July 14, 2003
SF State News
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Students rewarded for their work: Two graduate students have received CSU-wide scholarships, and more than 50 students have received scholarships for serving AmeriCorps. Read the CSU story. Read the AmeriCorps story.
Students helped along a HealthPath: High school and college students from economically and educationally disadvantaged Bay Area neighborhoods are on campus this summer taking classes and learning how to map out an educational path that will lead them to careers in medicine. Read the full story.
Born and raised in Oklahama, Lappin earned a master's degree in public health at Yale University and later a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. She joined SFSU in 1987 after serving as associate director of the student health program at Cal State Hayward.
"Myra’s untimely death is a great loss to the University," said President Robert A. Corrigan. "She was a dynamo. With energy and zeal, she made our student health center one of the best in the nation. Her approach to health was comprehensive. She saw health education as an important function of Student Health Service and led the development of workshops, wellness clinics and other activities designed to address college students’ particular needs and concerns.
"In the years to come, tens of thousands of San Francisco State University students who never knew Myra Lappin will experience the results of her dedication to their health," Corrigan said. "We grieve with her family and friends at the loss of this remarkable woman."
Lappin was an expert and a leader in the fields of women's health and sexually transmitted diseases. She also served as chair of the directors of CSU student health centers.
"Myra was our leader, our mentor and our visionary," said Dr. Marie Schafle, acting director of the Student Health Service. "She was nationally respected for her vision and tenacity in the service of student health. We remember her as a person who helped us all through the difficulties of funding and programming and encouraged us in developing innovative programs for our students and our campus. On a personal level, there are few of us who did not know her as a confidant and mentor in times of trouble or challenge."
Lappin, a Portola Valley resident, is survived by her husband Mickey Gotskind, and children Aaron and Toby.
Casquelourd, a dancer, choreographer, drummer, singer and acrobat, brought the dance and music of his native Congo to the United States and SFSU. In addition to teaching Black Dance Experience, a course cross-listed in both the Black Studies and Dance departments and part of the College of Behavioral and Social Science's African Area Studies Program, Casquelourd directed his own dance group, Fua Dia Congo.
A master of dances from the Republic of Congo and other central African
countries, Casquelourd first gained international attention with the
National Congolese Dance Company. He went on to work as choreographer
and principal performer with Le Ballet Diaboua in Paris, and after moving
to the United States, he co-founded Tanawa, the first central African
dance company in the United States. He also helped found the San Francisco
Ethnic Dance Festival. Held this year six days after his death, it featured
several tributes to him.
"Always a smile on his face, always listening with his heart, a dear friend. It is our hope that the ancestors will guide Malonga Auguste Casquelourd in his Osirian journey."
Aguibou Yansane, professor of international relations and Black studies, wrote the following about Casquelourd:
"Malonga comes originally from Congo-Brazzaville, a highly politicized nation-state with a strong tradition of intellectual and ideological debate, but which has had a bloody experience since 1997. While the domestic economy has been severely depressed throughout the 1990s, because of a combination of financial crisis and political upheaval, the oil industry has continued to expand because of offshore exploitation. In a country where ethnic and regional loyalties have been the main determinants of political loyalty for the past seven years, Malonga and his intellectual and artistic fiends have been working silently but effectively first, towards reconstruction efforts, and second, for a democratic and pluralistic legitimacy, which will not only include all the groups, but also will provide them equality and social justice. That is Malonga 's intellectual legacy."
Contributions for the family are appreciated. You can deposit directly into the Malonga Casquelourd Trust Fund and any Branch of the Wells Fargo Bank.
For an online tribute to Casquelourd, including comments from many people whose lives were touched by his, see: www.congorhythms.org/malongamain.html
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