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Volume 51, Number 1   July 14, 2003         


Holiday schedule now available
The holiday schedule for the 2003-04 academic year is now available online. Bookmark it or print it out: Holiday Calendar.

Fall overload requests due tomorrow
Faculty overload requests for fall 2003 are due at 5 p.m. Tuesday in Administration 471. The request form can be found at the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs' Web site. Click on the "personnel administration" link.

For details, contact Maria Saguisag-Sid at ext. 8-1973 or

CampusMemo returns in August
The next issue of CampusMemo will be sent out via e-mail and be available on the Web Monday, Aug. 25. Items for that edition should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19. See the box below for submission information.

Instant gratification: Campus Calendar
Have an event or deadline that occurs before the next issue of CampusMemo? Get a head start on event publicity for the fall semester by submitting your items to the campus Web Calendar. Items are approved and posted within two business days. Because the calendar is Web-based, items can be submitted and published many months in advance of the event once all the details are in place.

To submit an item, fill out the form. Questions? Contact William Morris at ext. 5-3606 or

Don't fritter away a chance to get fit
FitnessPlus, the faculty/staff wellness program, is offering half-session registrations for just $40. Sign up this week for five weeks of weight training, yoga and more, and get full value for your money. Classes run through Friday, Aug. 22.

The summer class schedule and registration form is available at

Defensive driver training
A defensive driver training course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Friday in the Plant Operations Training Room of the Corporation Yard. Bring a pen or pencil and a valid driver's license.

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. R.S.V.P. to ext. 8-1449.

Student academic skills resources
Faculty and staff are encouraged to tell summer session students about the online academic skills workshops and resources available at

The online self-directed workshops include such topics as managing test anxiety and taking effective notes.

About CampusMemo
CampusMemo provides news, information and on-campus events listings to the faculty and staff of SFSU.

CampusMemo is published weekly during the school year by the Office of Public Affairs. This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Contact Public Affairs at the number listed below. Submissions are welcome. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Tuesday the week preceding publication. Items may be sent via e-mail:, faxed to ext. 8-1498, or sent through campus mail to: CampusMemo, Office of Public Affairs, Lakeview Center 110. Please direct any questions to the e-mail address above, or call ext. 8-1665.

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SF State News
The campus now has one consolidated source for news about San Francisco State University at the new Web page SF State News:

The site, which is updated daily, features stories about SFSU programs and people and links to stories about SFSU that have appeared in regional and national media.

SF State News also makes it easy for faculty, students and staff to find out what's happening on campus, by providing links to the campus events calendar and advance notice and coverage of significant events. In addition, there are convenient links to the campus publications CampusMemo, First Monday and e-News.

For journalists, SF State News is a one-stop resource that connects reporters, editors and radio and television producers with SFSU's extensive list of faculty experts, current news releases and advisories, and contact information.

Bookmark the site to stay on top of SFSU news or check out top story headlines at the SFSU home page:

If you have news or ideas to share, contact Public Affairs ext. 8-1665 or

Recent SF State News headlines:
SFSU makes the top 10: The University ranks 10th in the nation in awarding undergraduate degrees to minorities, according to a recent report in Black Issues in Higher Education. Read the full story.

Students rewarded for their work: Two graduate students have received CSU-wide scholarships, and more than 50 students have received scholarships for serving AmeriCorps. Read the CSU story. Read the AmeriCorps story.

Students helped along a HealthPath: High school and college students from economically and educationally disadvantaged Bay Area neighborhoods are on campus this summer taking classes and learning how to map out an educational path that will lead them to careers in medicine. Read the full story.

In memoriam: Myra Lappin
Photo of Dr. Myra Lappin
Dr. Myra Lappin, director of the Student Health Service, died June 16 of ovarian cancer. She was 57.

Born and raised in Oklahama, Lappin earned a master's degree in public health at Yale University and later a medical degree from the University of Texas Medical School in San Antonio. She joined SFSU in 1987 after serving as associate director of the student health program at Cal State Hayward.

"Myra’s untimely death is a great loss to the University," said President Robert A. Corrigan. "She was a dynamo. With energy and zeal, she made our student health center one of the best in the nation. Her approach to health was comprehensive. She saw health education as an important function of Student Health Service and led the development of workshops, wellness clinics and other activities designed to address college students’ particular needs and concerns.

"In the years to come, tens of thousands of San Francisco State University students who never knew Myra Lappin will experience the results of her dedication to their health," Corrigan said. "We grieve with her family and friends at the loss of this remarkable woman."

Lappin was an expert and a leader in the fields of women's health and sexually transmitted diseases. She also served as chair of the directors of CSU student health centers.

"Myra was our leader, our mentor and our visionary," said Dr. Marie Schafle, acting director of the Student Health Service. "She was nationally respected for her vision and tenacity in the service of student health. We remember her as a person who helped us all through the difficulties of funding and programming and encouraged us in developing innovative programs for our students and our campus. On a personal level, there are few of us who did not know her as a confidant and mentor in times of trouble or challenge."

Lappin, a Portola Valley resident, is survived by her husband Mickey Gotskind, and children Aaron and Toby.

More on Lappin:
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California; San Francisco Chronicle

In memoriam: Malonga Casquelourd
Photo of Malonga CasquelourdMalonga Casquelourd, world-renowned dancer and artist and a lecturer in Black Studies and Dance, was killed June 15 in a car crash. He was 55.

Casquelourd, a dancer, choreographer, drummer, singer and acrobat, brought the dance and music of his native Congo to the United States and SFSU. In addition to teaching Black Dance Experience, a course cross-listed in both the Black Studies and Dance departments and part of the College of Behavioral and Social Science's African Area Studies Program, Casquelourd directed his own dance group, Fua Dia Congo.

A master of dances from the Republic of Congo and other central African countries, Casquelourd first gained international attention with the National Congolese Dance Company. He went on to work as choreographer and principal performer with Le Ballet Diaboua in Paris, and after moving to the United States, he co-founded Tanawa, the first central African dance company in the United States. He also helped found the San Francisco Ethnic Dance Festival. Held this year six days after his death, it featured several tributes to him.

The Black Studies Department expressed the following sentiment to members of the campus community in an e-mail tribute sent out last month:

"Always a smile on his face, always listening with his heart, a dear friend. It is our hope that the ancestors will guide Malonga Auguste Casquelourd in his Osirian journey."

UPDATE 9/22/03:

Aguibou Yansane, professor of international relations and Black studies, wrote the following about Casquelourd:

"Malonga comes originally from Congo-Brazzaville, a highly politicized nation-state with a strong tradition of intellectual and ideological debate, but which has had a bloody experience since 1997. While the domestic economy has been severely depressed throughout the 1990s, because of a combination of financial crisis and political upheaval, the oil industry has continued to expand because of offshore exploitation. In a country where ethnic and regional loyalties have been the main determinants of political loyalty for the past seven years, Malonga and his intellectual and artistic fiends have been working silently but effectively first, towards reconstruction efforts, and second, for a democratic and pluralistic legitimacy, which will not only include all the groups, but also will provide them equality and social justice. That is Malonga 's intellectual legacy."

Contributions for the family are appreciated. You can deposit directly into the Malonga Casquelourd Trust Fund and any Branch of the Wells Fargo Bank.

For an online tribute to Casquelourd, including comments from many people whose lives were touched by his, see:

More on Casquelourd:
San Francisco Chronicle

New Undergraduate Advising Center director named
Brett W. Smith, acting director of the Undergraduate Advising Center for the past two years, is now the permanent director following an extensive search. Smith earned a bachelor's degree in English, a counselor credential, and master's degree in public administration at the College of Notre Dame in Belmont. He has worked in the Undergraduate Advising Center since 1987, first as an academic counselor and later as associate director.

New bachelor's of science in computer engineering
CSU Board of Trustees and Chancellor Reed have officially approved the offering of a bachelor's degree in computer engineering at SFSU, effective this summer. Computer engineering combines electrical engineering and computer science and deals with the design and application of computer systems.

There is enormous demand for workers who are skilled in these areas. Interested or know someone who might be? Contact the School of Engineering in Science 163 or call ext. 8-1174.

SFSU's outstanding alumni featured in ad campaign
Actress Annette Bening, NASA astronaut and physician Yvonne Cagle, and bebe inc. founder Manny Mashouf are just a few of the outstanding alums featured in a series of ads appearing in the San Francisco Business Times. The next ad, featuring theatical dynamos Paul Gemignani, Martin Benson, Ed Bullins, David Emmes and Daniel Sullivan, will run Friday, July 25. The ad series, which will run through early 2004, will also feature current faculty.

View the ads. Check back to see new ads as they are placed.

Do you know outstanding alumni who should be included in one of our ads? E-mail the details to


July STAR: Ed Cavallero

Photo of July Star Ed CavalleroEd Cavallero, lead groundskeeper and July STAR of the Month, finished a major task before taking his summer vacation.

The construction of a new wheelchair ramp between the Fine Arts building and the Garden of Remembrance forced him to reroute the irrigation system for the garden, and then, once the ramp was complete, restore the system to its prior arrangement.

No doubt it was a lot of work, but Cavallero enjoys such challenges on a college campus.

"It's like a little city here with utility and telecommunication lines," he said. "It's an interesting place to work."

He also relishes toiling alongside his colleagues.

"It's a good crew -- fun to work with," he said. "We joke and kid around."

"Ed is a miracle worker," said Phil Evans, director of campus grounds. "No matter how difficult or demanding the task, he breaks it down into manageable steps and moves forward. His mechanical sensitivity is outstanding, so we have come to rely on him for all unusual utility projects."

The Garden of Remembrance posed a special challenge because of its placement in an area with other utility lines as well as a concrete ramp and a staircase. Cavellero easily passed the test, installing the pump housing and lines while keeping the number of bends in the system to a minimum.

But his tasks aren't limited to the big challenges -- he also does the routine maintenance.

"I keep the pump operating right, the water clean, the mosquitoes out, and the weeds pulled," he said.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Cavellero has worked on campus since 1983. He began as an irrigation specialist, moved onto paving and cement projects, and returned to irrigation and other groundskeeping projects.

He and his wife Alicia enjoy traveling -- something they're able to do now that their children are grown. In fact, the Cavalleros are currently touring sunny Spain and will make a stop in England before returning home.

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