SFSU Public Affairs Press Release
Published by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.
Ceremony to be held at noon today in Sacramento as part of the celebration
of thirty years of the Educational Opportunity Program.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA--April 26, 1999--President Robert A. Corrigan will present Danny Glover with the Presidential Medal of San Francisco State University in an event that is part of the Educational Opportunity Program’s (EOP) 30th Anniversary Conference. Mr. Glover was chosen for the award because of his life-long involvement in programs promoting education. In previous years, President Corrigan has given the award at the University’s Commencement ceremony, but due to the unique nature of the EOP anniversary, Corrigan and SFSU’s EOP director Rick Gutierrez, decided that the conference would provide an appropriate venue to recognize Glover. Several CSU officials and state legislators are expected to attend.
The three day event (April 25-27) "EOP—Thirty Years of Access and Excellence" is being held at the Sacramento Hilton. President Corrigan will present the award to Danny Glover at a noontime ceremony today, Monday, April 26. The actual award will be presented at approximately 1:30 p.m.
The Presidential Medal of San Francisco State University is given to an individual affiliated with the University who has provided exemplary service to education. The award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the University and City, which will have long-lasting and widespread benefits for San Francisco State students and faculty. Musician and arts patron, Jane Hohfeld Galante, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Mayor Willie Brown, August Coppola, dean emeritus of the SFSU College of Creat ive Arts, and philanthropist Richard Goldman are among past medal winners. Recipients are chosen by President Corrigan.
Danny Glover’s ties to SFSU go back to his days there as a student in the late 60’s. While attending the University he was active in community organizations in the Western Addition as an advocate for people displaced by urban renewal. On campus, he was a member of the Black Student Union and active in the demand for ethnic studies programs and equal educational access. Today, he continues to do informal community work in San Francisco by speaking to school students about the need for commitment one h as to self and community. Glover has long been active with the United Negro College Fund and is a spokesperson for the Reading Is Fundamental literacy campaign.
The California State University’s EOP programs started in 1969 as part of the work of student activists to open the doors of higher education to students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Today EOP helps students from these backgrounds enroll and become successful in the CSU system through a variety of programs including standardized test preparation, math and English tutoring for high school students, and summer live-in academic programs. EOP students continue to receive support and learn to help others as they progress through their undergraduate careers.
San Francisco State University is a highly diverse community of 27,000 students and 3,500 faculty and staff. It is one of the largest campuses in the nationally recognized 23-campus California State University system. Founded in 1899, the University is celebrating its 100th year of service to San Francisco, the Bay Area and beyond.
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