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October 28, 2002

Volume 50, No. 11

Year of Civil Discourse events


Asilomar correction President in a baseball cap? Textbook return Speak at World AIDS Day
Catastrophic leave Custom SFSU gifts Treganza memorial

This Week

RSVP for Segment III workshops Pathways to peace Bring your child to school Career fair: nonprofits
Celebrate faculty promotions Raza reading on Thursday Music notes

Next Week

MeetingMaker workshops Gutierrez's last dance


Academic Senate summary

About CampusMemo

Year of Constructive Civil Discourse events

President Corrigan has identified the 2002 - 2003 academic year as "The Year of Constructive Civil Discourse." The campus community is invited to participate in events that explore how we can promote the use of civil discourse on campus.

The next Year of Civil Discourse events are:

Interfaith dialogues

The Edge (formerly the Ecumenical House) presents a series of Wednesday interfaith dialogues with clerics and lay leaders. The events take place at 7 p.m. at the Edge, which is located at 190 Denslowe just across 19th Avenue from campus. The dialogue this Wednesday will be on Buddhism.

Upcoming dialogues include:

For details, contact the Rev. Jeffrey Reed at (415) 333-4920 or

Israel and high tech

CampusMemo listed the incorrect date for the Jewish Studies Program's Academica Judaica lecture. The presentation by Jeff Saperstein, adjunct professor in the College of Business, on "Israel's Role in the High Tech Global Economy: A New Perspective on Zionism" will be held at noon Thursday in the Verducci Room of the University Club. CampusMemo regrets the error.

'Forum on Iraq'

A "Forum on Iraq" featuring James H. Noyes of the Hoover Institution and Ayad al-Qazzaz, sociology professor at CSU Sacramento, will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the International Relations Briefing Theater, HSS 362.

Diplomat-in-Residence David Fischer, international relations Professor Dwight Simpson, and history Assistant Professor Maziar Behrooz will serve as interlocutors. History Professor Jerry Combs will serve as moderator.

Noyes, former deputy assistant secretary of defense for Near Eastern, African and South Asian affairs, is the author of a 2001 study on threat assessments and security interests in Southwest Asia for the Strategic Studies Institute of the U.S. Army.

Professor al-Qazzaz, a native of Iraq and a specialist on the politics and societies of the Middle East, is the author of "Women in the Middle East and North Africa: An Annotated Bibliography."

The forum is sponsored by Academic Affairs, the Year of Civil Discourse and the International Relations Graduate Student Association.

For details or to suggest a civil discourse event, contact Jerry Combs at ext. 8-7563 or

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Asilomar correction

There still is time to register for the 2003 Faculty and Staff Development Asilomar Retreat. It will indeed be held Monday, Jan. 20, through Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Please note that CampusMemo listed the dates for the retreat incorrectly in last week's issue. CampusMemo regrets the error. Sign up now at:

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President in a baseball cap?

President Corrigan made a friendly wager with Milton A. Gordon, president of CSU Fullerton, at the start of the all-California World Series between the San Francisco Giants and Anaheim Angels.

The president representing the losing team will have to wear the cap of the victorious campus today. If the Giants are world champions, Gordon must wear an SFSU Gators baseball cap. If the Angels are world champions, Corrigan must wear a CSU Fullerton Titans cap.

For results, check the SFSU home page at:

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Textbook return

The Bookstore is beginning to return unsold inventory to the publishers to make room for the next term's texts. Faculty should encourage students to purchase current semester texts now, if they have not already done so. If you will be using a book later this semester, inform the Bookstore as soon as possible at ext. 8-7377 or so that the staff can hold those books for later purchase.

If you know that a book will be used again for winter or spring 2003, submit an order to the Bookstore to ensure the books will be retained.

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Speak at World AIDS Day

The World AIDS Day Planning Committee invites members of the campus community to present HIV/AIDS-related research, community work or other efforts at SFSU's World AIDS Day. Events will take place Dec. 2-3 in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

For details, contact the committee at ext. 8-7339 or

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Catastrophic leave

Employees may donate 1-40 hours (depending on their collective bargaining unit) of vacation or sick leave credits to the Human Resources Department's catastrophic leave bank. Credits are used by staff and faculty who sustain a catastrophic illness or injury.

Pledge forms are available in Human Resources, ADM 252, or on the Web at:

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Custom SFSU gifts

The Bookstore has just posted a new collection of special-order, gold-plated gifts on its Web site. These gifts feature the University Seal in 23k gold. Most items can be custom engraved. Order by Friday to ensure delivery before the winter break. To order, visit:

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Treganza memorial

The Treganza Museum invites the campus community to visit its traditional Mexican Day of the Dead altar in front of SCI 377. The altar commemorates anthropologists and other people of note who have died during the year. The memorial will be on display until the end of the semester. For details, contact Museum Director Miko Yamamoto, at ext. 8-1642 or

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This Week

RSVP for Segment III workshops

Cluster coordinators and faculty are encouraged to attend one of two Segment III Cluster Review Workshops in November. Both workshops will run from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in HUM 587.

The first will be held Friday, and the second Monday, Nov. 4. A continental breakfast and light lunch will be provided. Participants should RSVP by 5 p.m. today to ext. 8-2206.

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Pathways to peace

The Institute for Holistic Healing Studies presents a series of events on "Pathways to Peace and Cultural Evolution" today through Thursday. The series kicks off today with a teach-in from 1 to 4 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Other events include open-mike performances, a reading by author and activist Starhawk and a music performance and dance. For a complete schedule of activities, call ext. 8-6416 or visit:

The events are sponsored by the Holistic Health Network, the SFSU Bookstore, Students for Educated Action, Forces of Nature (Environmental Studies student organization), The Women's Center and the Health Education Student Association.

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Bring your child to school

SFSU's Stay in School Family Resource Center invites students, staff and faculty with children to join in "Bring Your Child to School Day 2002," a Halloween education and health celebration from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday on Malcolm X Plaza and the Quad.

The event offers parents and children free asthma and cardiac assessments, information regarding access to complete low-cost health coverage information, child-care information, financial-aid tutorial and registration information.

Free activities for children include a Halloween costume contest, trick or treating, games, prizes, a bounce house and face painting. There will also be story telling, an Aztec and Tahitian dance performance, and the Bucket Brigade drumming group.

For details, call ext. 5-0410.

The event is sponsored by the San Francisco Urban Institute, Associated Students, Healthy Kids and the Marian Wright Edelman Institute.

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Career fair: nonprofits

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend the Nonprofit Career Fair from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Students from all majors are invited to meet prospective employers from nonprofit and government agencies.

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Celebrate faculty promotions

Faculty who were granted tenure or received promotion for the 2002-03 academic year will be honored at a campus-wide celebration hosted by President Corrigan and the offices of Academic Affairs and Student Affairs.

The reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the University Club. The entire campus community is invited to attend.

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Raza reading on Thursday

The Poetry Center/American Poetry Archives presents a reading by Alejandro Murgu'a, associate professor of Raza studies, and Los Delicados, a trio of spoken-word writers and performers who are all alumni of SFSU's Creative Writing Department, at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in HUM 512. Admission is free.

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Music notes

Soprano Alissa Deeter, assistant professor of music, and pianist Patricia Taylor Lee, professor of music, will perform a free recital at 1 p.m. Friday in Knuth Hall. For details, call ext. 8-1432.

The SFSU Chamber Singers will perform their debut concert at 3 p.m. Sunday at St. Matthews Church at 3281 16th St. (at Dolores Street) in San Francisco. Suggested donation is $12.

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Next Week

MeetingMaker workshops

Due to overwhelming demand, the Division of Information Technology Training Center will offer an additional MeetingMaker workshop. The workshop will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, in ADM 103.

All staff and faculty are invited to attend. RSVP to ext. 8-6916 or

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Gutierrez's last dance

Rick Gutierrez, director of the Educational Opportunity Program, is retiring. A retirement party will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at Seven Hills Conference Center.

For more information or to RSVP, contact Willie Mullins or Yvette MacPhee at ext. 8-1646. Donations are kindly requested.

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Senate Academic action

At the October 22, 2002 meeting, the Academic Senate...

Heard announcements from:

Heard a report from Professor Ronald Compesi, chair of the University Promotions Committee for 2001-2002:

Heard a report from Professor James Orenberg, chair of the Senate's Ad Hoc Committee on Summer Session 2002:

  • Orenberg announced that a random survey of 3,457 of the 8,300 students enrolled in summer session 2002 indicated that 65 percent were in favor of the current configuration of sessions.
  • He announced that, due to campus building repairs that have restricted the number of classrooms available during summer 2003, the committee recommended that the 2003 summer session calendar remain the same as 2002.

    In the action part of the meeting, the Senate:

    The next meeting of the Academic Senate will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 5, at Seven Hills Conference Center. All are welcome to attend. Visit the Academic Senate Web site:

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