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November 26

Volume 49, No. 14
In Memoriam: Joan Rice This Week Printing discount One-of-a-kind gifts
More handcrafted gifts Humanities dean candidate Science and Engineering
dean candidates
Nonresident workshops
for employees,
student assistants
IT in traditional
Protecting native landscapes U Club artists Genet's 'The Balcony'
Final exam accommodations Overseas resident director deadline Morrison Artists Series Next Week
Dean of Humanities World AIDS Day Announcements CSEC reminder
SFSU Magazine Hits Campus Mailboxes Ott scholarship Campus cats Honorary degrees
Order textbooks now
to help disabled students later
Fee waivers for spring semester Shining star

Newsmakers: SFSU in the print and electronic news media

In Memoriam: Joan Rice

Joan R. Rice, a staff member with the University since 1989 when she moved to San Francisco from Philadelphia, died Nov. 12 after a long battle with lung cancer. She was 47.

Rice worked in the College of Extended Learning, before moving to the College of Education in 1992. At the College of Education she worked as an academic office coordinator for the Department of Elementary Education and in the Cahill Learning Resources and Media Lab before finding her niche in the Credential Services and Data Management Office.

As the assistant to Linda Petsche, the office coordinator of credential services, Rice's primary role was to provide information and resources to those students seeking admission to the College's teaching credential programs.

"Joan knew all the answers and efficiently assisted students in meeting the many entrance requirements. If she didn't know an answer, she made certain she found out. Joan was particularly organized and especially good at keeping track of all the data and files necessary for credential candidates," Petsche said.

Muir Alternative Teacher Education Program co-directors Cecelia Wambach and Virginia Watkins honored Rice and Petsche this year with their annual "Golden Pear Award for Outstanding Partnerships in Education" for their recruitment of interns of color into the MATE Program. Wambach described the two as truly a "golden pair."

Petsche also said that Rice was especially appreciative to all those who had extended their good wishes, cards, notes and prayers over the past few months.

Rice leaves behind her 19-year-old son Mathew who will attend San Francisco State in January.

A memorial service is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m., Thursday in the Seven Hills Conference Center.

For details, contact Gretchen Armstrong at ext. 8-1031.

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This Week

Printing discount

This is the last week to take advantage of Campus Graphics and Printing's fall discounts on printed office supplies. Order by Friday to receive 5 percent off the normal price for business cards and memo pads and 10 percent off letterhead and envelopes. Free pickup and delivery is available. To order, call the Design Shop at ext. 8-2434 or fax your order to ext. 8-0959.

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One-of-a-kind gifts

The SFSU Ceramic Guild will hold its annual holiday sale from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. today through Friday in FA 194-C (ceramics). Art pieces, vases, stoneware and more will be available. The best pieces go fast so don't wait until Friday. All proceeds help fund the ceramics program.

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More handcrafted gifts

Associated Students presents a holiday arts and crafts fair from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday. More than 40 vendors will sell their handcrafted goods at tables around the Cesar Chavez Student Center. For details, call ext. 8-2444.

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Humanities dean candidate

Jonathan Veitch, the second candidate for Dean of Humanities, will discuss his candidacy at an open forum and reception from 4 to 6 p.m. today in the University Club. Veitch is chair of humanities at New School University in New York.

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Science and Engineering dean candidates

Two more candidates for Dean of the College of Science and Engineering will visit campus.

This week David Hayhurst, the third candidate, will give a presentation on "Keeping The Environment Clean Using Molecular Sieve Zeolites" at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in SCI 201. After the presentation, Hayhurst, dean of the College of Engineering at the University of South Alabama, will be available for questions. A reception will be held from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. in the same room.

Sheldon Axler, the fourth candidate, will give a presentation on "Computing with Harmonic Functions" at 2:50 p.m. Friday in SCI 101. After the presentation, Axler, chair of the Mathematics Department, will be available for questions. A reception will be held from 2:20 to 2:50 p.m. in the same room.

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Nonresident workshops for employees, student assistants

Internal Audit, Human Resources and the Office of International Programs invite all nonresident alien (NRA) employees to attend an informational workshop on nonresident alien taxation that will run from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in the NEC Conference Room, ADM 560.

To register, contact Irene Donner at ext. 8-2763 or

Letters being mailed to all international student-assistant employees who may be nonresident aliens, asking them to complete and return a Foreign National Information form to help SFSU ensure that appropriate taxes are being withheld for wages and other payments made to NRAs.

Faculty and staff who work with NRA students should encourage them to attend an informational workshop on nonresident alien taxation, which will be held from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Friday in BH 28.

To register, contact Irene Donner at ext. 8-2763 or

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IT in traditional classrooms

Three experts in the field of learning and information technology (IT) will discuss how to bridge the divide between traditional and state-of-the-art instructional styles in a live TV satellite seminar from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday in AV 36. Donna Rebadow, Robert Rook and Steve Rossen will explain how computers and Web links can lead to more efficient and effective face-to-face teaching in "Using Information Technology in a Traditional Classroom," a PBS Adult Learning Service seminar, hosted on campus by the Audio Visual/ITV Center. Participants will be able to question the experts and get real-time answers during this national telecast.

For details or a participant's packet, contact Val Sakovich at ext. 8-2634 or or Brigid Duffy at ext. 8-1493 or

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Protecting native landscapes

A screening of the award-winning documentary "In the Light of Reverence" will take place from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The film, narrated by alumnus Peter Coyote and Tantoo Cardinal, documents the Native American struggles in three communities to protect landscapes of spiritual significance.

The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and reception. Producer-director Toby McLeod will be present and available for questions.

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U Club artists

The campus community is invited to attend a reception for Art Department faculty members Julia Marshall and Fran Valesco from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the University Club. Marshall's whimsical and surprising sculptures of famous scholars and Valesco's vibrant and colorful abstract paintings and prints are on display in the University Club. Light refreshments will be served.

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Genet's 'The Balcony'

Theatre Art's production of Jean Genet's "The Balcony" begins this week and will run through Dec. 9. Directed by Mohammad Kowsar, the play presents Genet's caustic view of society in a series of macabre, climactic scenes.

Performances will be held 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and Dec. 6-8. Matinees are at 2 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 8-9 in the Little Theatre. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $8 for students and seniors. Tickets may be purchased at the Creative Arts Box Office or by calling ext. 8-2467.

Final exam accommodations

Faculty are asked to announce in their classes the Friday deadline for students to request test accommodations on final exams for the fall semester. Late requests will not be accepted. Students should submit their requests to the Disability Resource Center, SSB 110.

For details, call ext. 8-2472.

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Overseas resident director deadline

Saturday is the deadline for tenured faculty to apply for positions as resident director for CSU International Programs in China, France, Italy, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Japan, Spain and Zimbabwe. Interviews will be conducted Feb. 21-23, 2002. Applicants must be available on one of these dates for an interview.

For details and an application, contact Johnetta G. Richards at ext. 8-7589 or

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Morrison Artists Series

The 49th Morrison Artists Series continues 3 p.m. Sunday with Violinist Gilles Apap and the Colors of Invention. Apap joins the Colors of Invention, a trio featuring accordion, cymbalum and double bass, to perform music rooted mainly in the classical tradition but also drawing from other traditions. Each instrumentalist will perform a solo. The performance will be held in McKenna Theatre. Admission is free.

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Next Week

Dean of Humanities

Paul Sherwin, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Long Island University - C.W. Post Campus, will be the third candidate to interview for the dean of humanities position. All members of the campus community are invited to attend his open forum and reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 in the University Club.

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World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day 2001 will take place on campus Monday, Dec. 3, beginning with the "Reading of the Names" from 10 a.m. to noon in Memorial grove.

The Cesar Chavez Student Center, AIDS Coordinating Committee, Student Affairs and Associated Students will present South African filmmaker Xoliswa Sithole Nayanaya and the U.S. premiere of her film "Shouting Silent," a film about AIDS orphans in Africa seen through the eyes of Sithole who lost her own mother to AIDS in 1996. "Shouting Silent" will be screened at 2 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Following the film, there will be an interview with Sithole and then a faculty panel discussion on the global and local issues of HIV/AIDS. A reception for Sithole will be held at 4 p.m. in the Rigoberta Menchu Room on the terrace level of the Chavez Student Center.

SFSU's panel of the AIDS Quilt will be on display all week in the student center. For those wishing to read names, contact EROS at ext. 8-2457. For all other information, contact Michael Ritter at ext. 8-7339.

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CSEC reminder

By now all faculty and staff should have received their materials for the California State Employees Campaign. Please take some time to leaf through the booklet of organizations eligible to receive your donation.

With more than 1,000 agencies to choose from, you're sure to find a good fit with your own charitable interests. Also note that you are not limited to those listed--you are free to contribute to any nonprofit agency of your choosing. This year's campaign runs through Dec. 15.

Please return contribution forms to the Office of Public Affairs, Lakeview Center, Room 110 or to Human Resources, ADM 252. Forms may be sent through campus mail or dropped off during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday. For details, contact Beckie Jankiewicz at ext. 8-1666.

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SFSU Magazine hits campus mailboxes

We could all use a little good news these days and SFSU Magazine is just the place to find it. Arriving in your campus mailbox this week, the fall 2001 issue brings the latest University news and features, as well as a chance to get to know some special SFSU people who are helping improve the lives of people in the Bay area and beyond.

In this issue, you'll meet alumnus Joe Marshall of the Omega Boys Club, a man on a mission to get young people out of trouble and into college. Go off-road with Science and Engineering's Ralf Hotchkiss as he helps people in Third World countries build wheelchairs that can handle rough and tumble terrain. And see how SFSU is revamping the city's Head Start program to brighten the lives of nearly 1,500 local preschoolers.

SFSU Magazine is published twice a year by the Publications Office with editorial support from Public Affairs. The staff welcomes your feedback, story ideas and suggestions. Feel free to e-mail any ideas to Work is already under way for the upcoming spring 2002 issue.

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Ott scholarship

The College of Humanities wishes to thank members of the campus community for their contributions to the Judith Anne Ott Scholarship Fund for graduate students in the College of Humanities. The scholarship honors Ott, a College of Humanities alumna who recently retired after working for the University for 37 years.

The scholarship will be awarded to one graduate student in the College of Humanities each year. The College is especially pleased to announce that because of a $5,000 personal gift from Ott, the first scholarship will be awarded this spring. The College wishes to thank Ott and all who have contributed to the scholarship this year.

Contributions are still being accepted by Nancy McDermid, dean of the College of Humanities.

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Campus cats

The SFSU campus has a resident population of five feral cats, all neutered adults. Every day dedicated members of the SFSU Campus Cat Committee feed and look out for these wild felines, who in turn keep rat and mouse numbers down.

If you notice a stray, injured or sick-looking kitten or cat on campus, please alert Brigid Duffy at ext. 8-1493 or or Dawn Samborsky at ext. 8-1494 or Committee volunteers take prompt action.

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Honorary degrees

The University's Honorary Degree Committee is still accepting nominations for the award of honorary doctoral degrees by the Board of Trustees of the CSU. The committee asks that faculty and staff keep their nominations confidential. Please submit recommendations to the Academic Senate Office, ADM 551. For details, contact Susan Cullers at ext. 8-1264.

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Order textbooks now to help disabled students later

All instructors who are teaching during the spring semester and have not yet submitted a textbook order are encouraged to do so as soon as possible.

Many students with disabilities require an alternate print version of their textbooks (e.g. audio-tape, Braille, large print). Converting textbooks to an alternate print format is a time-consuming process that could leave students without access to course materials for several weeks into the spring semester.

Students with disabilities will register for classes Monday, Dec. 10. They then will check with the Bookstore's textbook department to see what has been ordered for their classes and research whether or not the alternate print format they require is available. If the desired alternate print format is not available, then the time consuming process of document conversion must be coordinated with the Disability Resource Center. Plan now so that your students will be prepared for your class.

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Fee waivers for spring semester

Applications for the spring semester fee-waiver program are available in Human Resources, ADM 252. The staff fee-waiver program enables eligible University employees to take regular courses that are considered work related or are part of an approved Individual Career Development Plan at reduced rates.

All fee-waiver participants enroll through the touch-tone registration process. Employees currently enrolled in the University who have received their packets should include the Cashier's Fee Payment Card (Priority Fee Payment Deadline) with their fee-waiver application and fee payment. Participants should submit fee-waiver applications and fees to the Cashier's Office no later than Wednesday, Dec. 5, to ensure that touch-tone deadlines are met. A $25 late-registration fee will be go into effect Friday, Jan. 18, 2002.

Employees with eligibility questions or concerns should contact the Fee-Waiver Help-Line at ext. 8-2678.

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Shining Star

Hesper Wilson, library assistant in Information, Research and Instructional Services of the J. Paul Leonard Library is SFSU's STAR of the Month for November.

Her exemplary work and outstanding contribution to the University garnered Wilson the nomination. She was a key player in implementing an online tutorial (OASIS) for the Library. "She was instrumental in finding ways to communicate our efforts to resolve the problem to the student population. She was an integral part of the OASIS implementation team," her nominators said. "Hesper served as a model employee for her willingness to work collaboratively with everyone and very quickly became known as the person to speak with regarding OASIS. Her contributions to the OASIS tutorial were invaluable, insightful and intelligent."

Please join us in congratulating Hesper and thanking her for her contribution in making a difference at SFSU!

As the STAR of the Month, Hesper will enjoy four free lunches on campus and a free parking pass or one month's public transportation cost. She will also be eligible for the STAR of the Year Award.

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