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May 13, 2002

Volume 49, No. 31
John Jacobs to receive President's Medal Announcements Commence the line up One more CampusMemo for the academic year
Personal help with year-end close Volleyball camps correction Cruise Mexico and help SFSU students Today
Recognizing student leaders Tuesday Final Senate meeting CFA, Senate fete
Wednesday Cabaret for our day Thursday Future Gators roam the quad
Friday Victims of terrorism working for peace Film finals: the fun finals Next week
Honor retiring faculty

John Jacobs to receive President's Medal

John Jacobs

San Franciscan John H. Jacobs has been selected to receive the prestigious SFSU President's Medal during commencement exercises on May 25. A long time supporter of SFSU, Jacobs has been one of the most influential figures in San Francisco's city planning and economic development for more than 40 years.

"I am honored to present the San Francisco State University President's Medal to John Jacobs, a man whose vision, consensus-building and dedication have helped to make San Francisco such a vibrant city in which to work and live," said President Robert A. Corrigan. "John Jacobs' work has extended beyond his engagement with the city of San Francisco and its many communities. He has been a true friend to San Francisco State, generously giving of his time and energy to help the University realize its full potential as an active partner in this community."

Jacobs, who turns 78 in June, has led both the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) Association and the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.

The President's Medal honors those who have made outstanding contributions to the University and the city of San Francisco that will have long-lasting and widespread benefits for SFSU students and faculty. Vernon Alley, the legendary bassist who has played a major role in San Francisco's jazz scene for more than half a century, will also receive the SFSU President's Medal. Recipients are chosen by President Corrigan.

Jacobs began his close association with SFSU in 1986 when he joined the President's Advisory Board, a group of influential business and civic leaders formed to help chart the future of the University. That group later merged with the SFSU Foundation Board. A member of the Foundation Board since 1989, Jacobs became chairman of the Foundation's board of directors in June 2001.

Under Jacobs' leadership, the Foundation completed the $48 million Village at Centennial Square project that created 190 units of two and three bedroom apartments for students, 12,000 square feet of commercial space and a 50,000-square-foot student affairs complex. Jacobs was also instrumental in helping the Foundation purchase housing units from the Parkmerced Apartments (now called the Villas) to address the critical need for affordable housing for faculty and staff.

In his four decades of service, Jacobs has been a key figure in San Francisco's emergence as a major world class city. He was executive director of SPUR from 1966 to 1981, leading the organization's deep involvement with city planning issues, while also guiding SPUR's expansion into new policy areas such as city management and finance. Jacobs later became instrumental in the creation of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area by gathering community, corporate and political support.

Jacobs became executive director of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce in 1981, a post he held until 1988 when became president of the chamber for a year.

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Commence the line up

All faculty members who plan to participate in this year's commencement ceremony should plan to line up by noon next to the Student Services Building on the north side of the Centennial Village roadway. Commencement takes place on Saturday, May 25, in Cox Stadium. The actual ceremony begins at 1 p.m. and should end by 4 p.m.

For details, contact Norma Siani at ext. 8-6141.

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One more CampusMemo for the academic year

The May 20 edition of CampusMemo will be the final one of the academic year. If you have announcements that need to reach faculty and staff before the beginning of summer semester, submit them by 5 p.m. Tuesday. As always, the best way to submit items is to send all relevant information to

CampusMemo will be published twice during the summer with issues appearing the second week of June and the second week of July.

The Office of Public Affairs will continue to update the online weekly calendar of events throughout the summer. If you know of summer events that would be of interest to students, faculty, staff, alumni and members of the local community, e-mail them to Public Affairs at least 8-10 days before the event takes place. Events should be open and of interest to all members of the campus community. You can find the weekly calendar of events at:

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Personal help with year-end close

The Accounts Payable Department is taking reservations to meet "one-on-one" to assist departments and colleges to clean up their accounts for the upcoming year-end close on June 30. Appointments are being taken from 1 to 4 p.m. for the entire month of May to resolve any questions you might have on your accounts.

Make an appointment with Mike Getman at ext. 8-7139 or

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Volleyball camps correction

Summer volleyball camps for grades 6-12 will be offered by SFSU Athletics as reported in the April 29 edition of CampusMemo. However, costs will range from $100 to $180 instead of the previously printed price. For details and a registration form, contact Heather Sisneros at ext. 8-2707.

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Cruise Mexico and help SFSU students

After 10 successful cruises to the Caribbean, Alaska, Tahiti, and most recently New Zealand and Australia, the University Women's Association (UWA) announces its next destination: the Mexican Riveria. This 10-night cruise on the Sun Princess sets sail from Los Angeles Jan. 5, 2003. Ports include Cabo San Lucas, Acapulco, Zihuatanejo/Ixtapa, Puerto Vallarta, and Mazatlan, plus four relaxing days at sea. Prices start at just $1,099 per person plus airfare and taxes.

UWA cruises have been a highly successful fund-raiser for the UWA Scholarship Endowment fund, which provides scholarships for SFSU students. For every 16 fares that the UWA books, the price of one fare goes to the scholarship fund. Book your fare now for the best selection of staterooms.

For details, contact UWA representative Lin Bushart Ivory at or (415) 721-7432 or travel agent Tom Fell Sr. at 1-800-321-FELL.

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Recognizing student leaders

The 23rd Annual Leadership Award and Recognition Ceremony held by the Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development (OSPLD) will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. today in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Student organizations, student leaders, faculty and staff will be honored for their significant contributions in programming, organizing and performing community service. All students who have participated in the Emerging Leaders Leadership Institute will be recognized for their completion of the program.

OSPLD will also recognize United Parcel Service and United Way for their contributions to community service and student employment at SFSU.

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Final Senate meeting

The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: a report from statewide senators Eunice Aaron and Jan Gregory; a report from Bonnie Homan from the lecturers' council; a consent item on the proposed academic calendar for 2003-2004; a proposed resolution on a moratorium on the death penalty; a proposed resolution on welfare reform; the seating of new senate members and the election of senate officers; the election of chairs for standing committees; and a provision for a summer senate.

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CFA, Senate fete

The California Faculty Association and the Academic Senate invite the campus community to an end of the academic year party from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the University Club.

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Cabaret for our day

"In Light of Recent Events," a cabaret piece featuring original material created in response to the events of Sept. 11, will play at 6 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in the Studio Theatre in Creative Arts. There will also be a 9 p.m. show on Friday and Saturday.

Directed by Bill Peters, the show consists of monologues, sketches and songs performed by senior students from the Theatre Arts Department and Chair Roy Conboy.

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Future Gators roam the quad

More than 150 students from Alvarado Elementary School in San Francisco will be on campus Thursday to participate in "I'm Going to College Day." The program, organized by the Educational Opportunity Program and a variety of community and student groups, works to increase representation of low income students and students of color in higher education through early educational intervention.

The event will begin with students registering with the financial aid and admission offices. They will receive student I.D. cards and a scholarship check which they can redeem for educational materials. They will also be involved in a variety of on- campus activities including a trip to the Charles Hagar Planetarium, and classes in creative and theatre arts and the new program, "Reaching Out to Communities and Kids with Science in San Francisco" (SF ROCKS).

An earlier "I'm Going to College Day" was held April 16 with students from E.R. Taylor Elementary School in San Francisco.

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Victims of terrorism working for peace

Psychology Professor Jamie Newton will moderate a discussion titled "Compassionate Responses to Terrorism in America and Afghanistan: Victims Work for Peaceful Tomorrows" at 3 p.m. Friday in the International Relations Briefing Theater, HSS 362.

The participants will be Derrill Bodley, music professor at Sacramento City College, whose 20-year-old daughter Deora was killed in the Sept. 11 crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, and Kelly Campbell, an Oakland resident whose brother-in-law Craig Amundson died in the Pentagon attack on Sept. 11.

Campbell and Bodley traveled to Afghanistan in January to meet with survivors of American retaliation for the attacks and will describe their experiences. With other family members of victims, the two have formed an organization called September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows.

Bodley, who attended SFSU, will share a musical composition performed at the White House in memory of his daughter.

The Office of Human Relations is co-sponsoring this event. All are welcome.

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Film finals: the fun finals

The Cinema Department presents the 42nd edition of its "Annual Film Finals" at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the August Coppola Theatre. The 7 and 9 p.m. shows feature a different lineup of films. There is a separate admission for each show. Tickets are $7 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors.

A reception and awards ceremony will take place from 6 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Film Finals presents the work of outstanding student makers. Animated, experimental, documentary and narrative works will be shown as well as creative combinations of those genres.

Films and videos produced by SFSU Cinema students have screened at prestigious festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival, Cannes Film Festival, Mill Valley Film Festival, Telluride and the San Francisco International Film Festival.

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Next Week

Honor retiring faculty

Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual "Rites of Passage" celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 20, at the University Club.

The event will be hosted by President Robert A. Corrigan and John M. Gemello, interim vice president for academic affairs.

Faculty are invited to attend either as an emeritus honoree or to congratulate and celebrate with colleagues and friends.

Please see the flier that accompanies this week's issue of CampusMemo for a list of 2002 emeriti faculty

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