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August 26, 2002

Volume 50, No. 2
STAR of the month Marc Dollinger named Goldman Chair Announcements Provost search begins
CUSP II continues planning SFSU's future New appointment Plan the retreat Faculty: have international experience?
The Collaboratory: engage
students or enhance meetings
One handbell ringer needed Friday Don Gambell remembered

Introducing the new 2002-03 tenure-track faculty ...

Marc Dollinger named Goldman Chair

Goldman Chair Marc Dollinger History and ethics scholar Marc Dollinger, who has published extensively on issues of Jewish liberalism, history, identity and public policy, will fill the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility beginning this fall.

His appointment was made possible by a $1 million gift from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund in 1997, at the time the largest donation in SFSU history.

Dollinger was previously an associate professor of history at Pasadena City College and has taught at CSU Long Beach, CSU Northridge, Hebrew Union College, Bryn Mawr College, and UCLA. He also held post-doctoral fellowships at the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University and Bryn Mawr College.

"I am delighted to announce that Marc Dollinger has accepted our offer to fill the endowed Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "His appointment is a landmark for the Jewish Studies Program and, more broadly, the University. His expertise in various areas of Jewish studies will benefit students of all backgrounds for many years to come and make significant contributions to the overall life of our campus community."

Dollinger, 38, will focus on the teaching and research of Jewish social ethics and civic responsibility in health care, the environment, business, education and politics. He is also charged with developing a public lecture series on Jewish social ethics and responsibility.

"The Goldman Chair is the nation's first endowed chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility. It creates a new academic field in a subject that is critical to understanding both the Jewish experience as well as many of the most important historical and ethical challenges of the larger world," said Dollinger, who joins the University as a tenured professor. "With this appointment, I look forward to developing the chair and the Jewish Studies Program into a vibrant and exciting center for learning, teaching and community service."

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Provost search begins

The search committee to select the provost and vice president for academic affairs begins its work this semester. Pamela Vaughn, professor of classics, will serve as chair. Last June, President Corrigan delivered the charge to the committee, which includes members from the president's cabinet, each college, the Library, lecturer faculty, a representative from Associated Students and presidential appointments. Patricia Bartscher, University counsel, will serve as a non-voting liaison to the president. The search committee expects to begin reviewing applications Oct. 15.

The committee members are: Guadalupe Avila, clinical counselor, Counseling and Psychological Services; Sheldon Axler, dean, College of Science and Engineering; Judith Blomberg, associate professor, Secondary Education; Inez Bomar, administrative assistant to the vice president, University Advancement; Rudolph Busby, professor, Speech and Communication Studies; Jerry Duke, professor, Dance; John Hafernik, chair/professor, Biology; Foo Nin Ho, associate professor, Marketing; La Vonne Jacobsen, librarian, J. Paul Leonard Library; Ben Kobashigawa, associate professor, Asian American Studies; Margaret Lynch, lecturer, Psychology; Brian Murphy, executive director, San Francisco Urban Institute; Ronda Newt-Scott, president, Associated Students Inc.; Amy Nichols, associate professor, School of Nursing; Jacob Perea, dean, College of Education; Don Scoble, chief of staff, Office of the President; Dawn Terrell, associate professor, Psychology; Pamela Vaughn, chair/professor, Classics/Comparative and World Literature; Jo Volkert, assistant vice president, Enrollment Planning and Management; and Yenbo Wu, director, International Programs.

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CUSP II continues planning SFSU's future

The Commission on University Strategic Planning II (CUSP II) continues the work of planning the University's future. Following extensive discussions in the spring and a series of summer working groups, the commissioners, who include faculty, staff, students and administrators, will hold the first two meetings of the fall semester from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 5 and Thursday, Sept. 12, in the NEC Conference Room on the fifth floor of the Administration building.

All meetings are open to the campus community. For details, contact Richard Giardina, executive secretary to the commission, at

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New appointment

Cece Iandoli has been appointed interim coordinator of academic assessment. Iandoli had been serving as chair of the Department of Design and Industry.

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Plan the retreat

The Academic Senate seeks participants to serve on the planning committee for the Faculty, Staff and Administrators Retreat scheduled for Jan. 21-22, 2003, at the Asilomar Conference Center in Pacific Grove. The next planning meeting will be held during the week of Sept. 9. All interested individuals should contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

All members of the campus community are also invited and encouraged to submit proposals and share thoughts, ideas for seminars and experiences. Submit proposals directly to the Academic Senate office as soon as possible. Electronic copy is welcome. Send to Look for the online proposal form on the Senate Web site soon.

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Faculty: have international experience?

The Office of International Programs (OIP) is pleased to announce the debut of the SFSU GlobalStars Community Network. Housed in OIP, GlobalStars is designed to collect information to identify faculty members with international expertise and experience, such as: foreign language skills, Fulbright participation, international research, etc.

The database will let OIP keep SFSU faculty better informed of international grant and research opportunities. Because the database is on the Web it is also readily available to the SFSU community to facilitate joint faculty research and interdisciplinary collaboration.

View GlobalStars at To join GlobalStars, contact Kati Anderson Bell at ext. 8-6757 or

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The Collaboratory: engage students or enhance meetings

The Collaboratory, located in Burk Hall 229, is an innovative classroom offering a new approach to teaching and learning. The Collaboratory uses GroupSystems¨ software, a program that facilitates brainstorming, organizing ideas and group discussion. The room is perfect for collaborative learning or strategic planning.

Reserve a Collaboratory session early and avoid the semester rush. For details and reservations, contact Adrienne Anderson, Collaboratory coordinator, at ext. 5-3540 or

Sessions can also be scheduled online at least two weeks in advance. See the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching Web site at:

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One handbell ringer needed

The SFSU Handbell Choir presently has one vacancy. Members of the campus community are invited to join. No previous handbell experience is required.

The group rehearses from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday nights (except Sept. 2) during the semester. The first rehearsal will take place today.

The rehearsals are held in the choir room in the education building of the Temple United Methodist Church, 65 Beverly St. To get into the choir room, go to the front door of the building and a fellow choir member will let you in.

For details, contact Caroline Harnly at ext. 8-1454 or

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Don Gambell remembered

Members of the campus community are invited to join the J. Paul Leonard Library in remembering Don Gambell, music cataloger, who died suddenly on Aug. 16.

A celebration of Gambell and his life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday in the de Bellis collection on the sixth floor of the Library.

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