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Volume 50, Number 34   June 9, 2003         


Help for summer students
Faculty and staff are encouraged to tell summer session students about the online workshops and resources available at

Students can increase their reading rate and comprehension, manage their time better, improve their writing and more. The site also contains a list of videotapes of SFSU academic skills workshops that can be viewed in the Library's Media Access Center.

Fee waivers due
this month

Both employee fee waiver and dependent fee waiver applications and information sheets are now available in the Human Resources Department, room 252 of the Administration building.

All fee waiver participants enroll through the Touch-Tone Registration process. Participants should submit fee waiver applications and fees to the Cashier's Office, by Wednesday, June 18, to ensure the Touch-Tone deadlines are met.

Employees with eligibility questions or concerns should contact the Fee Waiver Help Line at ext. 8-2678.

Chase away blues
with winter cruise

The 2004 University Women’s Association (UWA) cruise sets sail Jan. 10, 2004, on an eight-day/seven-night cruise of Tahiti, Raiatea, Tahaa, Bora Bora and Moorea.

Prices start at $2,650 per person and include airfare, shipboard gratuities, complimentary wines with lunch and dinner and complimentary in-room bar setup.

UWA cruises generate money for the UWA scholarship endowment fund. During the past 12 years, the cruise has raised thousands of dollars for dozens of scholarships for SFSU students.

For additional information, contact Lin Bushart Ivory at or Tom Fell Sr. of Fell Travel Inc. at 1-800-321-FELL.

A deposit of $400 per person reserves a stateroom. Final payment is due Sept. 30.

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CampusMemo enters new era
Beginning with this issue, CampusMemo moves to an electronic only format. While the content remains the same, CampusMemo will now be delivered Monday mornings to e-mail inboxes. As always, it can also be viewed on the Web at

The next issue will be published Monday, July 14. CampusMemo will resume its weekly schedule August 25.

SFSU offers reward in hit-and-run case
SFSU is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the driver who struck and killed SFSU graduate Srijaya Dalton in the early morning hours of May 26.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Hit and Run Division of the San Francisco Police Department at (415) 553-1641 or Lt. Jerry Trobaugh of the SFSU Department of Public Safety at ext. 8-2623.

Read more about Srijaya Dalton and the reward:

Fine Arts building to be repaired
The Fine Arts building is currently undergoing repairs to deteriorated and leaking exterior wall joints on its five-story addition. In a second phase of construction, concrete wall surfaces on the original two-story building section will also be repaired, and new aluminum windows on the south, east, and west sides of the building will be installed. Work on the entire building will be completed by fall 2004.

There will be some dust and noise in areas adjacent to the work and restricted access to the second floor south terrace.

Read more on this and other campus contruction projects:

Commencement wrap
The University's 102nd Commencement featured a stirring performance by musician Peter Yarrow, a pithy speech by Alumnus of the Year rock journalist Ben Fong-Torres, and more than 4,000 happy graduates.

"I learned that my life was made meaningful when I was walking the walk of caring about others, when I was devoted to changing the world so that there was less suffering," said Yarrow, who also performed "Puff, the Magic Dragon," one of his signature songs.

The ceremony also featured student speaker Nelly Lau, a graduate in electrical engineering and the hood recipient for the College of Science and Engineering. Bernard Goldstein, provost, vice president for academic affairs and chief academic officer at Sonoma State University, professor emeritus of biology at SFSU and CSU faculty trustee, was awarded the President's Medal for his years of dedication to higher education.

Read more about and view photos of Commencement:

June STAR: Ray Kuan

Photo of June Star Ray KuanRay Kuan, Web and online forms coordinator for the College of Health and Human Services (HHS), is a patient man. It's a quality well-suited for a job that requires helping (often impatient) humans work with (often frustrating) computers, and it's one of the main reasons that he is the June STAR of the Month.

"Ray is a top-flight employee," said Ryszard Dziadur, director of college operations for HHS. "A jack of all IT (information technology) trades, he always goes beyond the call of duty. He considers all faculty, staff and students to be valued customers and treats them as so. He is a true professional."

Kuan updates the HHS Web site, provides support for the software and hardware needs of the college, and works to move all of its various forms from paper to electronic format. Thanks to his efforts, everything from college travel forms to student pay vouchers can be filled out online, a step that eliminates problems caused by poor handwriting or miscalculations.

He is quick to deflect credit to the other members of his IT group and his fellow HHS employees.

"This STAR doesn't represent just me -- it represents the whole group," he said. "I really enjoy working with people in the college. They keep me motivated."

A San Francisco resident, Kuan earned dual undergraduate degrees -- mathematics and computer science -- at San Jose State University. He worked for a year at the Port of San Francisco before joining HHS two and a half years ago. It was a change he was happy to make.

"I always wanted to work in the academic area and serve students," he said. "For me, it's a bigger picture than the port. It helps the community more."

As befits one of the college's underlying philosophies, Kuan is an active person. He enjoys swimming and playing tennis and loves to ski. He skis 10 or more times each winter, usually at Northstar at Tahoe, and dreams of one day skiing Whistler Blackcomb, a world-class resort in Canada.

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