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Press Release published by the Office of Public Affairs

Joseph Mullin, of Lower Haight, honored for academic success, involvement in gay community

SAN FRANCISCO, June 26, 2002 -- San Francisco State University graduate student Joseph Mullin was recently named a winner of a prestigious scholarship granted to students who demonstrate superior academic performance, community service, personal accomplishments and financial need.

Mullin is one of six students statewide, and one of two from the Bay Area, to receive the 2002/03 William R. Hearst/California State University Trustees' Award for Outstanding Achievement. He will receive the $3,000 scholarship at the July meeting of the CSU Board of Trustees.

"I wish that the recognition that I receive for this award will encourage others with a life-threatening illness to hope for the future and to acknowledge the value of pursuing one's dreams and aspirations," said Mullin, who is HIV-positive.

Mullin, 44, lives in the Lower Haight neighborhood in San Francisco and is a volunteer and activist in the gay community. With four years of experience on the volunteer treatment hotline of Project Inform, he is also a volunteer assistant librarian in treatment libraries at the AIDS Action Committee in Boston and Healing Alternatives Foundation in San Francisco. In addition, Mullin serves on the Medical Advisory Committee for the AIDS Drug Assistance Program of the statewide Office of AIDS.

Mullin, who boasts a 4.0 grade-point average, was also recently named a Sally Casanova Pre-doctoral Scholar, an annual award that supports the doctoral aspirations of more than 80 CSU students who have experienced economic and educational disadvantages. Last year he was named one of 10 Hood Recipients, an honor for SFSU's most distinguished graduates, when he earned his bachelor's degree in humanities. After Mullin completes his master's degree in history, he will pursue a doctorate in cultural or American studies and focus his work on the history of discrimination. Ultimately, he would like to teach at a university and continue his community activism.

"Joe has a prodigious appetite for research and he's found sources for some of his papers that no previous historian has explored," said SFSU history Professor Robert Cherny, who nominated Mullin for the award. "He provides service to other students and the History Department. Joe is, in every way, a model student."

The CSU Board of Trustees' Outstanding Achievement Award was created in 1974 and later combined with the Hearst Scholarship Program in 1999. The award is funded by an endowment from the Hearst Foundation and individual contributions from members of the CSU Board of Trustees.

One of the largest campuses in the CSU system, SFSU was founded in 1899 and today is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university.

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