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Volume 51, Number 14   November 17, 2003         

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Happy Thanksgiving
CampusMemo will not be published Monday, Nov. 24, because of the short week. Items for the next issue of CampusMemo, Monday, Dec. 1, are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 24 to

Spring fee
waiver program

Information and applications for the employee and dependent fee waiver programs are now available in Human Resources, ADM 252.

The fee waiver program allows eligible University employees to enroll in regular courses, which are considered work-related or part of an approved individual career development plan, at reduced rates.

All fee waiver participants must enroll through the touch-tone registration process. Participants may submit fee waiver applications and fees to the cashier's office beginning Nov. 24. Priority touch-tone registration begins Dec. 3. A late registration fee of $25 goes into effect on Jan. 5, 2004.

Employees with eligibility questions or concerns should contact the Fee Waiver Help Line at ext. 8-2678 or e-mail Jackie Bender, professional development representative, at

CET presents
Winter Camps

Faculty: Didn't get a chance to use Blackboard this semester? Interested in updating your Web site? Ready to learn to scan, download and manipulate digital images for presentations? Sign up for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching's (CET) weeklong winter session intensive workshops designed to help faculty learn and practice new technical skills. Choose from sessions which cover topics such as enhancing instructional materials with digital images, creating instructional Web sites or teaching online with Blackboard.

For details, visit For payment and registration information, e-mail or call ext. 5-3537.

Food drive still running
The Community Involvement Center (CIC) holiday food drive continues. Drop off nonperishable food items in the barrels at the CIC office in front of the Gym. The items will be passed along to local food banks. For details, contact CIC at ext. 8-1486.

Fit for the holidays
FitnessPlus is now offering half-sessions for its wellness classes, including yoga, step/cardio/kickboxing and more. The cost is $55 and classes are offered until Jan.16, 2004. In addition, a basketball class/pickup game will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Fridays in room 100 of the Gym. All employees are welcome.

For details, contact FitPlus at ext. 8-7874 or

Database mining
Pauline Velez, assistant professor of psychology, will discuss "Mining Large Complex Spatio-Temporal Databases," from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Monday in room 361 of the HSS building as part of the BSS Brown Bag Lecture series.

Ancient coins
The campus community is invited to an opening reception for "Heads or Tales: People & Myths on Ancient Mediterranean Coins," an exhibition of rare and exceptional Greek silver coins from the de Bellis Collection, from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday in the de Bellis Collection on the sixth floor of the Library.

Filipina authors read
Marianne Villanueva and Virginia Cerenio, Bay Area contributors to the poetry and prose anthology "Going Home to a Landscape: Writings by Filipinas," will read their work at 3 p.m. Monday in The Cellar, the lower level of the SFSU Bookstore.

Open source

Sameer Verma and Leigh Jin, both assistant professors of information systems, will present a talk titled "Drivers for Diffusion and Adoption of Open Source Software: The Perspectives from Virtual Organization and Virtual Community" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 202 of the Business building.

For details, contact Sally Baack at ext. 8-6421.

Chernoff's 'Friends'
Maxine Chernoff, chair of creative writing, will read from her short story collection "Some of Her Friends That Year: New and Selected Stories" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in The Cellar, the lower level of the SFSU Bookstore.

Estate planning

A basic estate planning seminar will be presented by the Office of University Development and the Human Resources Professional Development Program from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, November 20, at the Seven Hills Conference Center, with guest speaker Susan Jewel, Esq. Lunch will be served. RSVP to Jeanne Lee at ext. 5-0324 or

Chekhov's 'Uncle Vanya'
A new production of Anton Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya," directed by Professor of Theatre Arts Mohammad Kowsar, previews on Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre. This production of the Chekhov epic of suffering and idealism in pre-revolution Russia is based on the adaptation by playwright David Mamet, known for his lively, contemporary dialogues.

"Uncle Vanya" opens Friday and continues through Dec. 7. For tickets and information, contact the College of Creative Arts box office at ext. 8-2467, Monday through Friday between noon and 4 p.m. Tickets also go on sale one hour before each show.

Coming Up
Dancers show
new moves

The New Moves Dance Showcase, directed by Albirda Rose, professor of dance, will be presented at 8 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 5, and Saturday, Dec. 6 in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Tickets are $10 for general public and $8 for students and seniors. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467.

Choruses perform
The University Chorus and the Women's Chorus, conducted by David Xiques and Joshua Habermann, perform excerpts from Handel's Messiah and other selections at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church 19th Ave. and Eucalyptus in San Francisco. Admission is free. For details, call ext 8-1432.

Christmas concert
The campus community is invited to a candlelight Christmas concert with the SFSU Chamber Singers at 8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at St. Albert's Priory, 5890 Birch Court (off College Ave.) in Oakland. Suggested donation is $20.

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Celebrate international education this week
Monday kicks off a series of events, ranging from film screenings to panel discussions, to celebrate the fourth annual International Education Week.

A reception to start the week and welcome international students will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, in the Vista Room on the fourth floor of Burk Hall. The Office of International Programs and the Office of the President will host the event.

Lunches with an international theme will be featured at the Vista Room from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 17, through Thursday, Nov. 20. Lunches cost $12. For reservations, call ext. 8-6067. The lunches are sponsored by the departments of Hospitality Management and Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics.

The International Education Exchange Council presents its International Education Week "World at a Glance" Culture Series with presentations including panels with international exchange students and study abroad participants. All sessions will be held in the Cesar Chavez Student Center beginning Monday, Nov. 17, continuing through Friday, Nov. 21.

The campus community is encouraged to attend events this week. For details and complete list of International Education Week events, call OIP at ext. 8-1293 or visit:

Got spam? Here's how we are fighting it
In its ongoing battle with spam (unsolicited or malicious e-mail), the Division of Information Technology has employed a new weapon: spam identification software to mark e-mail as spam so individuals can easily filter those messages.

Here is how it works. Incoming e-mail messages are screened using set criteria and ranking. If a message is identified as spam, the designation {Spam?} will be inserted at the beginning of its subject line and a series of pluses (+++) is inserted within the message. A higher number of pluses indicates a higher likelihood that it is spam. Messages identified as spam can be manually deleted or automatically filtered to a designated folder. Spam filtering procedures can be found at:

DoIT also maintains a list of "spammers" from which SFSU blocks connections. "Spammers" are added to this list based upon complaints from the campus community. If you receive a spam message and do not see the sender's information on this page, forward the message with full header information to

If you have messages incorrectly identified as spam, or have any questions or comments about spam, send comments to

Spots for Japanese tea ceremony going quickly
Only three sessions are still open for the Japanese Tea Ceremony that will be held Thursday in room 117 (The Japanese Tea Room) of the Humanities building.

The ceremony, sponsored by the Japanese Program and the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, is part of International Education Week festivities. Reservations are available for ceremonies at 1:10-2 p.m., 2:10-3 p.m. and 5:10-6 p.m. Admission is $5.

Reservations are required and can be made by e-mailing Only e-mail reservations will be accepted.

The tea ceremony will be performed by John Larissou, teacher of the Omote Senke School of Tea, and Midori McKeon, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and professor of Japanese, with the honored presence of Mrs. Sôri Sekino.

Campus search for dean of faculty affairs
The Office of Academic Affairs has launched a campuswide search to fill the position of dean of faculty affairs and professional development, a post open to full professors with tenure. Review of applications begins Dec. 1.

A full position description, application and nomination information along with the names of the search committee members can be found at: .

Discussions this week on SFSU's writing program
Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend discussions during the first comprehensive review of the University's Writing Program. A team of external reviewers from across the country begins its work Monday and continues through Wednesday.

Here is a list of the meetings:

  • Discussion of writing in the disciplines: from 4:15 to 5:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 17, in room 587 of the Humanities building.
  • Discussion of writing in the general education program: from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in room 587 of the Humanities building.
  • Discussion of graduate student writing: from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 18, in room 434 of the Library.
  • A second discussion of writing in the disciplines: from 2 to 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in room 587 of the Humanities building.
  • Open discussion on writing with the Academic Senate: from 3:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.
  • Exit presentation by the external reviewers: from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in room 133 of the Humanities Building.

The charge to the writing program external reviewers, as well as the full schedule of external review meetings, can be found at:

For details, contact Associate Vice President Richard Giardina at ext. 8-2073 or

National searches for three administrative positions
National searches are now underway by the Office of Academic Affairs to fill three top administrative positions: dean of graduate studies, associate vice president for academic resources, and associate vice president for research and sponsored programs. Review of applications will begin Dec. 1.

Full position descriptions, application and nomination information along with the names of those who will serve on the search committees can be found on the Faculty Affairs Web site: .

Senate to meet on Tuesday
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 from Suzanne Dmytrenko, SFSU registrar, on student privacy regulations; a report from Deborah Masters, University librarian, and Lavonne Jacobsen, head of collection access and management services, on review of serial offerings; a report from Miriam Smith, chair of the All-University Committee on International Programs on the introduction of the Global Stars database and the committee's process in compiling college inventories of international activities; a resolution on International Education Week 2003; a resolution on ways to address reduction in work available for temporary faculty; a report from Brian Murphy, director of the San Francisco Urban Institute, on the current turn of events in local and state politics; and a discussion on the writing program external review.

Survey shows need to replace the University Club
A recent survey of faculty, staff and administrators has found that nine out of ten respondents favor creating a new space for camaraderie similar to the University Club in the Franciscan Building, which will be demolished next year to accommodate the library extension.

More than 500 faculty, staff, administrators, alumni and retirees responded to the electronic survey conducted by the UClub Board. Respondents represented a diverse employment profile: faculty (35.4%), staff (31.6%), administrators (9.3%), alumni (3.2%), and retirees (3.1%). The majority of survey respondents are employed full-time (66.8%), and have been employed on campus for ten years or less (51.2%).

"On behalf of the University Club Board, thank you again for the investment of your time and ideas through your active participation in this helpful survey," said President Robert Corrigan.

For details of the University Club Opinion Survey, see:

It's quick, it's painless and it adds up fast
Monthly payment plans allow us to buy expensive things we could not otherwise afford.

Now, there is a monthly payment plan that lets you change the world -- for just pennies a day. It's the California State Employee Charitable Campaign (CSECC) and you can give as little as $2 per month to your favorite cause through payroll deduction. When combined with the gifts of others, even modest amounts have a tremendous impact. If you don't list a group, the donation goes into the United Way Bay Area fund that helps local groups.

If you prefer to make a one-time contribution, you can do that too -- just make your check or money order out to CSECC. Either way, it takes only a few minutes and does a world of good. Want more information? Go to or contact Dave Reddy at ext. 8-1666 or

The campaign runs through the end of November.

For the latest on campus exhibits…
Find out about the range of innovative exhibits currently displayed around campus by going to the University's Calendar of Events Web site. Click on the Exhibits button to see details about what's on exhibit in the varied galleries on campus. Or go directly to the Exhibits Web page:

For example, find out about the tangrams on display in the University Club, the Stillwell Student Art Show in the Fine Arts Gallery, or the exhibit of ancient Mediterranean coins in the de Bellis Collection.

Departments that are planning exhibits are invited to fill out the online "Submit an Exhibit" form:

Fours days of jazz on campus with new festival
" Fall into Jazz," a new four-day jazz festival featuring student musicians, faculty and guest performances runs Monday, Nov. 17, through Thursday, Nov. 20, with a gala benefit concert by the SFSU Jazz Faculty All Stars, an electrifying ensemble of jazz pros who appear regularly at venues throughout the Bay Area.

The SFSU Jazz Faculty All Stars will appear on stage at 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 20, in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building. Admission is $50 for benefactors; $25 for general public and $10 for students and seniors. Tickets are available through the box office at ext. 8-2467. Proceeds from the benefit will support jazz education at SFSU's renowned School of Music and Dance.

The festival also spotlights three nights of student ensembles and jam sessions. The accomplished student musicians cover a range of styles ranging from Big Band sounds to jazz vocals. Student sessions are at 8 p.m. Monday through Wednesday in Knuth Hall. Admission is free.

Boston-based trombonist Bill Lowe performs with jazz faculty and students in a free one hour concert at 1 p.m. Wednesday in Knuth Hall.

File sharing and what it means for the campus
The Division of Information Technology reminds the campus community that the national issue of file sharing has implications for all computer users on campus. The trading of copyrighted works, such as music, pictures, and movies, is often referred to as file sharing.

Unauthorized sharing, downloading and uploading of copyrighted material constitutes copyright infringement and is a violation of campus computer use policy. It may carry significant monetary and/or criminal sanctions. It is the responsibility of individuals who are peer-to-peer sharing, downloading or uploading files to make certain that they are not copyrighted works or that permission of the copyright holder has been obtained.

San Francisco State regards any violations as serious. Any occurrences will be referred to the appropriate campus officials and appropriate disciplinary actions will be taken. There are legitimate applications of file sharing software and networks in the academic community. The University will work to ensure that academic and research file sharing needs are unimpeded.

If you have any questions, contact the Help Desk at or call ext. 8-1420.

People on Campus
SFSU was awarded $5,842,399 in August and $6,161,810 in September.

View the list of grants and contacts:

STAR of the Month

October STAR of the Month: Emily Wang
Photo of Emily Wang
Emily Wang, academic support coordinator in the Office of Provost and Academic Affairs, is quick to point out that while she received the November STAR of the Month everyone in her office should be honored with the award.

"Getting the STAR award was not an individual achievement. I think everyone in my department and people I work closely with are also stars because we work together as a unit," says Wang with a beaming smile. "Without the unit, I don’t think we are able to produce a successful outcome of our work."

Wang is a valuable asset to the office during the annual Honors Convocation event held each spring before Commencement. Since she started working for the office two and a half years ago, Wang has helped Stephanie Schwartz, executive assistant to the provost and vice president, in planning and hosting the event.

"She is very skillful in making the honorees feel comfortable, relaxed, and able to enjoy the event that is being held in their honor. Unique to Emily, she has a knack with remembering everyone’s name and the department from which they are graduating -- and I mean everyone!" says Schwartz.

Wang prides herself on her attention to detail, a trait well appreciated by her supervisors, as her main duty is to closely monitor the office’s accounts and budget. She also feels that the best approach to achieving positive results is "taking things step-by-step."

An SF State alumna, Wang believes that the biggest perk of her job is working in such a diverse and close-knit campus community.

"I love my job. I get to work with people from different departments and colleges -- not just work with them, but actually be able to build friendships," says Wang. "People here are so friendly. They are willing to go the extra mile to help others."

Wang lives with her family in San Francisco and during her free time enjoys origami, the art of paper-folding.

Nominate a staff STAR:


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