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May 21

Volume 48, No.33
In Memorium: Paul Scholten SFSU Magazine: the perfect partner for you coffee break Honoring a star: Charles Hagar Go 'Around Town' with alumni Teacher talk
Notes and reminders Academic Senate Agenda Percentage of sudents who grew up speaking languages other than English Commencement highlights 'Frasier' producer, Oakland schools superintendent selected to Alumni Hall of Fame

In memoriam: Paul Scholten

Dr. Paul Scholten, former director of women's services at the Student Health Service, died Wed- nesday, May 9, at his home in San Francisco after a long battle with cancer. He was 79.

A proud third-generation San Franciscan, Scholten graduated in 1943 from San Francisco State College, where he served as editor of the Golden Gater and president of the senior class.

After nearly 30 years as a part-time gynecologist with the Student Health Service, he retired from his private medical practice to become the Student Health Service's director of women's health services from 1980 to 1991.

"He established the highest standard of care for women students at SFSU," said Dr. Myra Lappin, director of the Student Health Service. "We at the Student Health Service are carrying on his legacy. We all know that he loved 'wine, women and song.'"

Scholten was a member of the board of directors of the SFSU Alumni Association for 37 years. He was also past president of the San Francisco Medical Society, the Public Health League of California and the board of trustees of Irwin Memorial Blood Bank.

The San Francisco Medical Society will hold a memorial service for Scholten at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 1409 Sutter St. in San Francisco. A reception will follow the service. To RSVP, contact Edare Carroll, San Francisco Medical Society director of communications, at, (415) 561-0861 by phone or (415) 561-0833 by fax. Please inform Carroll if you plan to bring any guests or would like to speak at the service.

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SFSU Magazine: the perfect partner for your coffee break

The spring issue of SFSU Magazine will arrive in campus departments and offices this week. Published twice a year by the Publications Office with editorial support from Public Affairs, the issue includes a look at a typical day at SFSU, how the University is working to protect the health and heritage of Native Americans, and reflections by an SFSU psychologist on love, marriage and divorce. The staff welcomes feedback, story ideas and suggestions. Contact editor Adrianne Bee at Work is already under way on the fall 2001 issue.

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Honoring a star: Charles Hagar

The Physics and Astronomy Department will hold a Wall of Fame ceremony for Emeritus Professor of Astronomy Charles F. Hagar at 4 p.m. today in the University Club.

During his 35 years of service to SFSU, Hagar directed the astronomy program and was largely responsible for the establishment of the Astronomical Observatory and the Planetarium in Thornton Hall. Hagar retired in July 1994.

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Go 'Around Town' with alumni

Celebrate and reconnect with recent SFSU alumni at the second annual Festival 2001, "SFSU Around the Town," from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Savor restaurant, 3913 24th St. in San Francisco. Mazen Fakhouri, SFSU alumnus and owner of the Gold Coast Grill in the Student Center, will serve as host. Call EXT 5-0434 to make a reservation. Space is limited and guests with reservations are given priority.

Festival 2001, an annual event celebrating the cultural diversity and identity of the SFSU community, is sponsored by AS Performing Arts, the Cesar Chavez Student Center and the offices of Human Relations, Alumni Relations and Student Programs and Leadership Development.

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Teacher talk

The last session of "Let's Talk About Teaching," the popular campus dialogue that has been the constant topic of conversation this semester, takes place from 3 to 5 p.m. today in the Verducci Room of the University Club. The meeting is an open forum; therefore, all topics of interest are appropriate for discussion.

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Notes and reminders

The next issue of CampusMemo will be published Monday, June 11. Please submit all items by 5 p.m. Tuesday, June 5.

The campus community is invited to attend the College of Science and Engineering's retirement party for Dean James Kelley from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the University Club.

Tickets for "A Tribute to Vic Rowen" must be purchased by 5 p.m. today. The event, held at 7:30 p.m. June 16 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco, will establish the Vic Rowen Endowment for Athletic Scholarships. For details, contact Doug Hupke at EXT 8-1193.

Grace Gillies, Office of University Development, is requesting catastrophic leave donations. Each person may donate up to 32 hours of sick leave. For details, contact Russell Kilday-Hicks at EXT 8-3008 or

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Academic Senate Action

The next meeting of the Academic Senate will be held in the fall.

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Percentage of SFSU Students who grew up speaking languages other than English

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Commencement highlights

U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, an ardent supporter of human rights, the environment, health and education during her nearly 15 years in Congress, will be the keynote speaker at SFSU's 100th annual Commencement exercises on Saturday in Cox Stadium. She will speak before an expected audience of 22,000 people as the ceremonies recognize the nearly 6,500 graduates of the Class of 2001.

  • Stadium gates will open at 10 a.m. Graduates will line up at noon and begin filing into the stadium at 12:15 p.m.
  • Faculty who plan to participate in Commencement must line up no later than noon at the Centennial Village next to the road by the Student Services building.
  • Ceremonies begin about 1 p.m.
  • Commencement speaker: U.S. Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi.
  • Honorary degree recipient: Richard N. Goldman, noted Bay Area philanthropist and chairman of Goldman Insurance Services
  • Presidential medal recipient: Thomas Ehrlich, senior scholar at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching
  • Alumna of the Year: Wesla Whitfield, jazz singer and recording artist
  • Free parking will be available in Lot 20, the parking garage located off Lake Merced Boulevard on State Drive and Lot 25, located off Winston Drive. Lot 20 is closest to Cox Stadium. Street parking is also available.
  • The ceremony will be broadcast live on AT&T Cable Channel 27, available to AT&T Cable subscribers in San Francisco, from about 12:30 to 4 p.m.

    For more information on SFSU's 100th Commencement exercises, visit:

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  • 'Frasier' producer, Oakland schools superintendent selected to Alumni Hall of Fame

    Peter Casey, an Emmy-winning television writer and producer, and Dennis Chaconas, superintendent of the Oakland Unified School District, have been selected by the SFSU Alumni Association to join SFSU's Alumni Hall of Fame.

    Casey and Chaconas, along with Alumna of the Year Wesla Whitfield, will be honored Friday at a campus reception.

    Casey, a co-creator and executive producer of the NBC hit sitcom "Frasier," received a bachelor's degree in radio and television from SFSU in 1975. He was hired as a writer on "The Jeffersons" in 1979 and was later promoted to producer. He was also a writer and producer for "Cheers" for three and a half years and helped create the hit sitcom "Wings." A native San Franciscan, Casey is a 14-time Emmy nominee and seven-time winner.

    Dennis Chaconas became superintendent of the Oak-land Unified School District last year. A native of Oakland, Chaconas previously served for seven years as superintendent of schools in Alameda. He graduated from SFSU in 1969 with a bachelor's degree in economics. Chaconas has worked in education for more than 29 years as a teacher and principal and has taught education courses at Mills College, City College of San Francisco, Harvard University and CSU Hayward.

    The Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding alumni who have earned the respect of their peers through professional, cultural and civic achievements. Photographs of award recipients are displayed on the first floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library along with a list of their achievements. Honorees are selected by the Alumni Hall of Fame committee.

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