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April 1, 2003

Volume 50, No. 26



SFSU to award honorary degree
to singer, activist Peter Yarrow
Alumni 'Hot Shots' now online Ad campaign celebrates
SFSU alums, community
May 1 set as deadline
for undergrad applications
Ten advance to CSU
student research competition


University-wide elections

This Week

Academic Senate meeting
Egyptian exhibit reception Kazantzakis and Hellenic tradition
Greek images of friendship
A Cuban musical murder mystery Filipino Community Mural dedication

Coming Up

Oscar Casares reading
Approaches to translation The transforming effects of sports


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SFSU to award honorary degree to singer, activist Peter Yarrow

Peter YarrowPeter Yarrow, a member of the legendary folk trio Peter, Paul & Mary and a longtime activist for the homeless, peace, human rights and education, will receive the honorary degree of doctor of fine arts from San Francisco State University during commencement ceremonies on May 24.

Yarrow, whose career spans more than four decades, has touched the lives of millions through his music and activism. He performed at Martin Luther King, Jr.'s historic March on Washington, D.C., organized peace events during the Vietnam War and established the Save One Child fund at Beth Israel Hospital's Institute of Neurology and Neurosurgery in New York.

His most recent project, and the one he considers his most meaningful undertaking yet, involves building safer and more respectful school environments for children. Launched in 2000, Operation Respect: Don't Laugh at Me -- based on a song sung by the trio -- works with schools and youth organizations to reduce the emotional and physical cruelty some children inflict on each other through ridicule, bullying and, in extreme cases, violence.

"Peter Yarrow is a model of the values we hope to strengthen in our students," said SFSU President Robert A. Corrigan. "As exemplified by his long and varied career, he has been committed to social justice and equity. From his years of performing music of conscience with Peter, Paul & Mary to his involvement with the civil rights movement and later to the creation of Operation Respect, Peter's mission in life resonates deeply with us."

Each campus in the California State University system nominates honorary degree recipients to recognize those individuals with meritorious and outstanding service to the CSU, the campuses, the state of California, the United States or to humanity at large.

"What makes this honor most meaningful to me is the spirit in which it is offered. To be honored because I exemplify the kind of role model of commitment, humanity, vision and achievement that President Corrigan would like students to emulate is to characterize me so far beyond my own concept of myself that I am truly humbled," said Yarrow, 64.

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Alumni 'Hot Shots' now online

What do "Little Rock Nine" integrationist Melba Beals, waterbed inventor Charles Hall, and beer brewer Dean Biersch have in common?

They're among scores of accomplished SFSU alumni showcased in "Hot Shots," a new Web feature.

Visit "Hot Shots" to learn about prominent graduates and former students who've made important contributions in public service, business, film and TV, sports, literature and many more fields.

"Hot Shots" is filled with surprising fun facts about SFSU alumni. Did you know that AIDS Memorial Quilt founder Cleve Jones was an SF State student when he stitched the first panel of this public arts project? That top skateboarder Jessie Van Roechoudt is an honors graduate? That Beat poet Michael McClure co-wrote the Janis Joplin hit, "Mercedes Benz"?

If you know of an SFSU "Hot Shot," please let us know about him or her. E-mail details to:

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Ad campaign celebrates SFSU alums, community

A new image advertising campaign that celebrates the achievements of SFSU alumni and faculty launched in the Friday, March 28 issue of the San Francisco Business Times.

The series of ads highlights accomplished alumni and faculty in such areas as film, creative writing, the sciences, business and the arts, showcasing the men and women who have studied or taught at SFSU.

The biweekly ad campaign is part of ongoing efforts to build visibility for the University and illustrate its value to the larger community.

The campaign has been created by the offices of Public Affairs and Publications with support from the Office of Development.

For a copy of the first ad, see the Web story.

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May 1 set as deadline for undergrad applications

SFSU has set May 1 as the deadline for prospective undergraduate students to submit their applications for fall 2003 admission.

Due to an anticipated increase in enrollment and uncertainty of the University's budget relating to California's fiscal crisis, SFSU established the earlier deadline. This ensures that the University does not admit more students than it can adequately serve, said Jo Volkert, associate vice president for enrollment planning and management.

SFSU's enrollment was 28,378 last fall, an increase of 5.6 percent over fall 2001 and the University's largest in more than a decade. SFSU's enrollment this semester is 27,871.

To receive an admissions decision more quickly, prospective students are encouraged to apply online at Online applications must be completed and submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

The deadline for graduate applications remains unchanged at Thursday, May 15.

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Ten advance to CSU student research competition

The University received the most entries ever from students who want to participate in the CSU Student Research Competition, which will be held in May at CSU Stanislaus. Of the 32 entries submitted to the SFSU campus competition, 10 were selected to advance to the CSU-wide competition, with at least one in each of the nine categories.

Campus organizers want to thank the faculty members who assisted in coordinating the entries for each competition category: Marjorie Seashore, Behavioral and Social Sciences; Robert Ramirez, Biological and Agricultural Sciences; Ron Beall, Business, Economics and Public Administration; Wan-Lee Cheng, Creative Arts and Design; David Hemphill, Education; Sung Hu, Engineering and Computer Science; Darlene Yee, Health, Nutrition and Clinical Science; Larry Medcalf and Susan Shimanoff, Humanities and Letters; and Raymond Trautman, Physical and Mathematical Sciences.

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University-wide elections

Ballots for spring University-wide Academic Senate elections will be distributed to campus mailboxes Friday. This is your chance to vote for nominees and support your college representatives.

The elections are for representation to the: Academic Affirmative Action Committee, Academic Freedom Committee, At-Large Academic Senator, Academic Senate of the CSU, Athletics Advisory Board, Honorary Degree Committee and University Promotions Committee.

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This Week



Academic 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 briefing from Brian Murphy, executive director of the Urban Institute, on the state budget process; approval of the joint doctoral program in physical therapy; approval of a certificate in the study of public accountancy; revisions of the policy on the evaluation of teaching effectiveness; a resolution urging use of University-assigned identification numbers in place of social security numbers; revisions of the B.A. degree in liberal studies; a proposal for designation of community service learning courses in the Bulletin and on students transcripts; a resolution on mitigating the effects of the budget crisis in 2003-04 (and beyond); a resolution opposing certain provisions of the USA Patriot Act of 2001 and endorsement of corrective legislation; and information on an external review of the University Literacy Program.

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Egyptian exhibit reception

The campus community is invited to an opening reception for the Sutro Egyptian Collection exhibit "From the Nile to the Bay: Journey of Transformation" from 4 to 7 p.m. today in room 510 of the Humanities building.

The exhibit, which runs through Thursday, May 1, will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Group tours are available.

For details, contact Marian Bernstein at ext. 8-1500 or

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Kazantzakis and Hellenic tradition

Thanasis Maskaleris, emeritus professor of classics, comparative literature and creative writing, will present the third annual Maskaleris Lecture on Mythology and Literature at 8 p.m. today in room 133 of the Humanities building. Maskaleris is also a former director of SFSU's Center for Modern Greek Studies. He will speak on "Kazantzakis and the Ancient Greeks."

The lecture is sponsored by the departments of Classics and Comparative and World Literature and the Modern Greek Studies Program.

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Greek images of friendship

Richard Martin, professor of classics at Stanford University, will speak on "Proteus, Porthole and Polyps: Some Archaic Greek Images of Friendship" at 7 p.m. Thursday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the "Friends and Enemies in the Ancient World" series sponsored by the Classics Students Association.

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A Cuban musical murder mystery

"Alma de Cuba," a play by Danel Malan, will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Admission is $5 and can be purchased at the door. The play, directed by Julie Akers, weaves the journey of Alma, a young initiate of Santeria, with a tale of love and revenge.

The play is presented by Teatro Milagro and is co-sponsored by the Rainbow Theatre of the SFSU Multicultural Theatre Workshop and Associated Students Performing Arts. For details, call ext. 8-2444.

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Filipino Community Mural dedication

The campus community is invited to the unveiling and dedication of the Filipino Community Mural from noon to 3 p.m. Friday at the north plaza of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The event will feature music, entertainment and speakers. The Filipino Community Mural is a collaborative art piece painted by 200 students, faculty, staff and community members.

A reception will also be held from 3 to 7 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center.

In addition, a series of educational workshops on Filipino and Filipino-American history will be held in the Student Center during the week. For details, see the Student Center Web site.

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Coming Up

Oscar Casares reading

Oscar Casares, author of the collection "Brownsville: Stories," will give a reading and book signing at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in the Cellar of the SFSU Bookstore.

For details, call ext. 8-2650.

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Approaches to translation

Chris Wen-Chao Li, assistant professor of Chinese, will present "Educating the Reader or Entertaining an Audience? Domesticating and Foreignizing Strategies in Translation" from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, April 14, in room 131 of the Humanities building.

This event is a part of the spring Foreign Language Colloquium Series presented by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. For details, contact Midori McKeon at ext. 8-7413 or

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The transforming effects of sports

The campus community is invited to attend a conference on "Sport as a Vehicle for Social Transformation" from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, in room 471 of the Humanities building.

The conference is sponsored by the Research Group for Studies in Sport and Physical Culture which is affiliated with the Kinesiology Department. For details, contact Louisa Webb at ext. 8-2160 or

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