Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson keynotes CSU Alumni Day(March 17, 2003) Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson, space shuttle commander and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo alumnus, will give the keynote address at the annual CSU Alumni Legislative Day event in Sacramento at noon on March 18, 2003 at the Sacramento Convention Center. He was selected in recognition of his distinguished career, national service, and commitment to higher education.
"I'm very excited about the opportunity to see Cal Poly President Warren Baker, and so many of my friends from the California State University, and to speak about the important role the CSU plays in California and the nation," said Gibson.
The CSU Alumni Legislative Day, held every spring, is an opportunity for the CSU's 23 campuses to come together in Sacramento and collectively deliver the message to policymakers that CSU provides the quality education, research and innovative programs that are indispensable to the future of California. Participants include CSU alumni leaders, campus representatives, donors and campus friends.
Robert L. "Hoot" Gibson is the first astronaut to serve as mission commander on four different shuttles. A pilot since the age of 17, Gibson joined the U.S. Navy in 1969 and graduated from the Naval Fighter Weapons School, "Topgun," and the U.S. Naval Test Pilot School. In the early 1970s, he flew missions in Southeast Asia, including air cover during the U.S. evacuation of Saigon. In 1978, NASA selected him for astronaut training. During his career with NASA, he flew five missions and logged more than 36 days in space. His mission included the first test of the Manned Maneuvering Unit during two space walks, the first shuttle landing at Kennedy Space Center, the 50th space shuttle mission, and the first mission to dock with the Russian Space Station Mir.
A proud graduate of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, Gibson retains an active interest in Cal Poly and was the recipient of the Aeronautical Engineering Medallion Award of Cal Poly's Aerospace Engineering Department and a College of Engineering Honored Alumnus.
The CSU boasts at least a dozen astronauts and mission control staff among its alumni.
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Last Updated: 17 March 2003