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October 7, 2002

Volume 50, No. 8

Year of Civil Discourse events


In memoriam: Mary Park Faculty trustee nominations CUSP-II planning groups continue to meet Nominations deadline
Faculty: textbook orders are due soon Marjorie Hefter Stern Scholarship Fullbright awards

This Week

Literature book sale Healthy computing workshop Academic Senate agenda Flu vaccine available
BBS student center opens GLA screens 'Pandemonium' Movement and meditation It's time to write

Next Week

Credit union grand opening Edward Curtis' photography Why study western culture?


Academic Senate action Education bond on Nov. 5 ballot: its impact on SFSU Voter registration drives What would make for a better library?
Newsmakers (on First Monday)

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:

Peace in the Middle East

Two scholars, one Israeli and one Palestinian, will offer their perspectives on the promise of peace in the Middle East and the current cycle of violence during a lecture at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in HSS 362.

Oren Yiftachel is head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Development at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. Rema Hammami is professor and chairperson of Gender Studies at Birzeit University Women's Studies Institute, Birzeit, Palestine. The discussion is sponsored by the International Relations Student Association, the History Department, Academic Affairs, Model United Nations and the off-campus group Faculty For Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

Best campus practices

Robert M. O'Neil, former president of the universities of Wisconsin and Virginia, will speak on "Civil Discourse and Freedom of Speech: Best Campus Practices" from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Seven Hills Conference Center.

For questions or comments about the speakers, contact Jerry Combs at ext. 8-7563 or

Stay tuned to CampusMemo for more events in this series.

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In memoriam: Mary Park

Mary Park, a longtime employee of SFSU where a residence hall bears her name, died Friday, Sept. 20, 2002, at Seton Medical Center in Daly City. She was 88.

In her honor, SFSU renamed Merced Hall, a facility that houses 410 freshmen and sophomores, Mary Park Hall in 1981, the year she retired. It is the only SFSU building -- and the first ever in the 23-campus California State University system -- named after a staff member.

Park worked at the University for 10 years as a food server and custodian and 20 years as supervising custodian for the residence halls. Known to students as “Mother Mary,” she was appreciated for her kindness, generosity and hard work by the thousands of students who lived in the halls over the years and her colleagues.

Park lived alongside students in Verducci Hall during the final 10 years of her tenure. She worked seven days a week and would constantly give students advice and admonish them if they did something “dumb,” said Donald Spuhler, who met Park in 1970 when he was a student living in the residence hall. She immediately offered Spuhler a job in maintenance because she thought he had “nothing better to do,” he said.

“She would pat you on the back and scold you at the same time,” said Spuhler, who is now project coordinator for SFSU Facilities and Service Enterprises. “She was a little brash in the way she did things, but she had a big heart.”

Many students continued to keep in touch with Park long after they moved out of the residence halls and graduated. After she retired, Spuhler was among a group of friends who visited Park each week at her apartment near campus in Stonestown to have dinner and watch “Monday Night Football.” In recent years, Spuhler and others also helped Park with household chores, bills and errands.

Arline Van Ness met Park in the early 1960s when she was a student and enjoyed spending time in the cafeteria, called the Redwood Room, where Park worked. Later, Van Ness worked with Park as associate director of housing.

“We all loved her so much, and she loved us all,” said Van Ness, who is now retired. “She was just a very, very special lady. We were all her kids.”

Park was born April 19, 1914, in Wailua, Hawaii. She moved to San Francisco in 1951 to join the University, when it was located at Haight and Buchanan streets. Park was named Outstanding Staff Member in 1978, and President Paul Romberg presented her with the President's Distinguished Service Award upon retirement.

The family is planning a private memorial service and requests donations be made to the American Diabetes Association.

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Faculty trustee nominations

Information on nominating an SFSU faculty member to become a CSU Faculty Trustee is now available. Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or

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CUSP-II planning groups continue to meet

The four CUSP planning groups continue to meet and discuss. Interested faculty, staff and students are invited to attend any of the remaining planning group meetings scheduled on Thursday afternoons this month. The last set of meetings will be held Oct. 31. To join a group, send an e-mail to Indicate which group you’d like to join.

For more information, contact Richard Giardina at ext. 8-2073 or

Meeting locations are noted below:

The Academic Experience : Robert Cherny, Ned Fielden and Paul Longmore, co-chairs; Don Zingale, liaison; meets from 4 to 6 p.m. in NEC Conference Room, ADM 550.

The Student Experience : Rudolph Busby and Vanessa Sheared, co-chairs; meets from 4 to 6 p.m. in Academic Affairs Conference Room, ADM 460.

The Employee Experience : Pamela Vaughn, Jason Cole and Zelinda Zingaro, co-chairs; meets from 4 to 6 p.m. in Library Classroom, LIB 434.

The University and its Environment : Don Scoble and Gerald Platt, co-chairs; meets from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in College of Business Conference Room, BUS 202.

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Nominations deadline

The deadline for University-wide nominations for Senator at-Large and the Athletics Advisory Board has been extended to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11. Nomination forms were sent out Sept. 10.

Submit forms to the Senate office, ADM 551.

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Faculty: textbook orders are due soon

The Bookstore is now processing orders for winter and spring 2003. Faculty who submit their Winter or Spring order by Oct. 15 will receive a twenty percent discount coupon from the Bookstore.

Faculty who taught a class in winter or spring 2002 should have received a requisition form in their campus mailbox the week of Sept. 30. Indicate any changes, then sign and return the form to the Bookstore. Orders can also be faxed to 405-0474, or sent via email to

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Marjorie Hefter Stern Scholarship

Faculty and staff are encouraged to contact students who would be interested in and eligible to apply for the Marjorie Hefter Stern Scholarship. The scholarship is open to all students, but preference will be given to students majoring in women studies, labor studies or other programs examining social change. Applicants must have a GPA of B or above in the prior academic year.

Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded. One will go to an upper-division undergraduate student (first-semester junior through first-semester senior), and one to a graduate student (must be in an approved graduate major program and prior to final semester).

Applications are available in the Women Studies Department, HUM 315, or the Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities, HUM 484,. The deadline to apply is Friday, Nov. 15.

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Fullbright awards

The Fulbright Scholar grants for the 2002-03 academic year were recently announced. The University will host two grantees.

Baimei Shu, professor of English from Central China Normal University in Wuhan, arrived on campus in September and will stay until August 2003. ShuÕs research will be on “The Natural Approach to English Language Learning.”

Mingcai Sui, professor of English and dean of the Department of English at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, arrived on campus in September and will stay until September 2003. SuiÕs research will be on “Social Sources of American Contributions and Creative Endeavors to Applied Linguistics.”

Steven Kovacs, professor of cinema, was awarded a Fulbright grant to lecture on film and television at the Academy of Theater, Film and Television in Budapest Hungary. He left for Hungary in September and will return in February 2003.

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This Week

Literature book sale

The Graduate Literature Association will hold its bi-annual book sale from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday in HUM 203. Used and out-of-print books are available for rock-bottom prices. Free coffee will be served.

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Healthy computing workshop

Erik Peper, director of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, will hold a workshop on healthy computing from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Tuesday in HSS 306.

The workshop is one in a series of workshops sponsored by Holistic Healing and Human Resources that intend to help faculty and staff lead healthier, more energetic lives. Other workshop topics include Chinese herbs and nutrition and healthy fats and nutritional essentials.

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Academic Senate agenda

The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: a report on International Education Week from Yenbo Wu, director of international programs; elections to the Board of Appeals and Review, the Graduate Council and the University Budget Committee; an approval of changes in the policy for the committee on the protection of human subjects; an approval of changes in the policy on tenure-track faculty serving on hiring committees; a constitutional amendment regarding staff representation on the senate; a resolution in support of Prop. 47; an approval of changes in the minor in human sexuality studies; a recommendation on the calendar for summer 2003; and a proposed policy for the temporary suspension of academic programs.

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Flu vaccine available

Flu vaccinations will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Student Health Center. Cost is $20. Free medical screenings and food will also be available.

For details, call Eva Wise at ext. 8-2574.

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BBS student center opens

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences invites the campus community to the grand opening of its Student Resource Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday in HSS 362A.

Visitors will learn about BSS “Webvising” online career counseling and other Center services. They will also have a chance to meet faculty, staff and students. Refreshments will be served.

For details, contact Nicky Trasvina at ext. 5-0900 or

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GLA screens 'Pandemonium'

The Graduate Literature Association will host a screening of the movie “Pandemonium” at 5 p.m. Wednesday in HUM 203. The film explores the lives, times and poetry of romantic poets Wordsworth and Coleridge. Refreshments will be served, and a fine selection of used books on romantic poetry and poets will be available for purchase.

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Movement and meditation

The Institute of Holistic Healing Studies presents “Embodied Life: Integrating Feldenkrais Movement and Meditation” from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday in HSS 306. Russell Delman will explain and demonstrate the Feldenkrais method of gentle movement and meditation.

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It's time to write

The Academic Skills Workshop series continues with “Get Started Writing Papers” at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in BUS 202. Karen Wiederholt of the Learning Assistance Center will lead the workshop. Faculty and staff should encourage students to attend.

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Next Week

Credit union grand opening

The grand opening of the Cal State 9 credit union in its new location at The Village at Centennial Square will be held from 9:45 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16. Representatives of the SFSU Foundation, The Village at Centennial Square, President Corrigan’s office and Cal State 9 will be present for the ribbon-cutting ceremony. Refreshments will be served.

There will be a drawing for prizes that include a mini-refrigerator, digital camera and $50 Cal State 9 savings account. Winners will be announced at 2 p.m.

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Edward Curtis' photography

Alan Trachtenberg will speak on “Ghostlier Demarcation: Edward S. Curtis and the Myth of America” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Humanities Auditorium, HUM 133. Trachtenberg, the Neil Grey Professor of American Studies and English at Yale University, will discuss Edward CurtisÕ photographs of Native Americans and their relationship to American history and culture.

The lecture is sponsored by the American Studies Program, the departments of English and Humanities and College of Humanities.

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Why study western culture?

Father Francis Tiso of the St. Thomas More Church in San Francisco will speak on “Why Study Western Culture in this Time and Place Anyway?” from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Frank V. de Bellis Collection on the sixth floor of the Library.

The lecture is sponsored by the Friends of the Library and departments of Art, Classics, English, History and Comparative and World Literature.

The event also includes the opening of the de Bellis Collection exhibit “Aldus Manutius: Exemplars of Aldine Editions from 1501-1592,” open from Oct. 16 to Nov. 29. The exhibit can be viewed from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or by appointment.

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Senate Academic action

At its meeting of September 24, 2002, the Academic Senate:

Heard announcements from:

The four new college deans introduced themselves and outlined their visions for their colleges

Heard a report from CSU Statewide Senators Robert Cherny and Jan Gregory

Heard a report from Vice Presidents Leroy Morishita and John Gemello on the University Budget

Heard a report from University Librarian Deborah Masters on Planning for the Library Construction.

Heard a report from Professor Jerald Combs on Planning for the Year of Civil Discourse.

In the action part of the meeting, the Senate:

The next meeting of the Academic Senate will be held on Tuesday, October 8, 2-4 p.m. Seven Hills Conference Center, All are welcome to attend.

Visit the Academic Senate Website at

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Education bond on Nov. 5 ballot: its impact on SFSU

California voters face a series of initiatives on the Nov. 5 ballot and one specifically impacts the San Francisco State University community -- Prop. 47, the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Bond Act of 2002 .

If the measure is passed by a majority of statewide voters, the $13.5 billion bond measure would fund a range of K-12 and higher education projects throughout California.

The largest chunk of the general obligation bond -- $11.4 billion -- would be dedicated to kindergarten through high school facilities. Another $1.65 billion would fund higher education with the largest piece going toward community colleges at $746 million. The California State University system would receive $496 million and the University of California system $408 million. SFSU would receive $14.8 million.

Public education in California relies on voter-approved state education bond measures to fund most of its facility needs. If approved, the cost of Prop. 47 would be paid through state revenues, not tax increases.

The last statewide K-12 and higher education proposition was in 1998 when a majority of voters approved a $11.7 billion bond measure. SFSU received $25.4 million from that bond and the funds were spent on seismic upgrades to the Psychology building (completed in the spring) and seismic upgrades and retrofitting to Hensill Hall (ongoing).

If approved, Prop. 47 would fund these projects:

Telecommunications Infrastructure
As part of a CSU system-wide update of its telecommunications network, this project will fund the installation of fiber-optic, copper wire lines to the campus. As a result, access to high-bandwidth multimedia resources -- including online video and audio streaming – would be available in many laboratories and classrooms. In addition, connections to the Internet and system-wide computer networks would be faster and more reliable. Cost: $14,593,000.

Hensill Hall Renovation
As part of an ongoing seismic retrofit of Hensill Hall, this project will furnish laboratories and classrooms with new desks, tables and equipment to better serve the many students and faculty who rely on the building’s facilities. Cost: $225,000.

For more details on Prop. 47, visit the Secretary of State Web site. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the voter's guide. Or visit the Legislative Analyst's Office web site.

To find out more about the measure and how it would impact the California State University system, visit the CSU Web site.

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Voter registration drives

Previous voter registration drives and get-out-the-vote campaigns helped produce a record turnout in the November 2000 election when 74 percent of eligible SFSU students voted during the presidential election. Various campus groups are conducting similar registration drives to promote civic participation during the month of October.

* The California Faculty Association in cooperation with President Corrigan, the Academic Senate and the SFSU Bookstore will conduct voter registration on campus Oct. 7-21. Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to help register students. Registration tables will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday in front of the Humanities building and the J. Paul Leonard Library. To sign up for one or two hours of service contact Jan Gregory at or Eloise McQuown at

* The Office of Civic Engagement, CSEA and the Associated Students will also hold voter registration drives from 12 to 2 p.m. on Tuesday Oct. 8, Wednesday, Oct. 16 & Monday, Oct. 21 in Malcolm X Plaza. To volunteer to register students, contact Marsha Adler at

* To vote on Nov. 5, residents must register no later than Oct. 21. Voter registration forms are available at local post offices or at the county registrar of voters' office. You must re-register to vote each time you move. To complete an on-line application form click here.

* In addition, Vote America is a nationwide effort to engage citizens in the democratic process by encouraging them to register and vote in the Nov. 5 election.

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What would make for a better library

The Academic Senate and University Librarian Deborah Masters have arranged a number of opportunities for faculty members to engage in small-group brainstorming about what they would like to see in the expanded and remodeled Library.

Six sessions are currently scheduled:

Collaboratory sessions:

All sessions will be held in the Collaboratory, BH 229. Participants should plan to arrive on time so that they can learn to use the Collaboratory planning and brainstorming software. Please don't come late unless you have previous experience in the Collaboratory.

Discussion sessions at the University Club:

Participants are welcome to bring food or drinks to the University Club meetings. Those with overlapping obligations are free to arrive late or leave early.

Faculty should think about the following questions to aid the discussions:

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