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Volume 51, Number 12   November 3, 2003         

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hosts wanted

The Office of International Programs is seeking volunteers to host an international student or scholar for a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 27. Hosts may be families or individuals from the campus community who would like to share this holiday with a student from another country interested in learning more about U.S. culture and traditions.

Contact Ko Aoshima at ext. 5-3512 or

Food drive
The Community Involvement Center (CIC) will hold a holiday food drive starting Tuesday. 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.

A textbook farewell
Faculty: the Bookstore is beginning to return textbooks to the publishers. If you will be using a book later in the fall semester, inform the Bookstore as soon as possible at or ext. 8-7377. Encourage your students to purchase their texts now. If you know that a book will be used in winter or spring 2004, submit an order to the Bookstore to ensure the books will be retained.

Class in the Collaboratory
Enhance student participation in class discussions, encourage critical thinking and collaboration, and promote active student learning by holding a class session in the Collaboratory.

To reserve a session, contact Desiree Oliver at, ext. 5-3540 or room 435 of the Library. More details and a registration calendar are available at:

Learning from
exec mistakes

[UPDATE, Nov. 3 p.m.: Event cancelled. Contact Sally Baack at ext. below for details]

Syd Finkelstein, professor of management at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, will speak about his recent book, "Why Smart Executives Fail, and What You Can Learn From Their Mistakes" at 12:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 202 of the Business building.

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

Multiculturalism in Canada

Danielle Juteau, professor of sociology and chair of Ethnic Studies at University of Montreal, will present "The Serpent Bites Its Tail or, How Recent Critiques of Canadian Multiculturalism Meet with the Past!" from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in room 473 of the Humanities Building.

The event is part of the Foreign Language Colloquium Series and co-sponsored by the departments of Women Studies and Foreign Languages and Literatures.

Correction to Vico lecture
Sandra Rudnick Luft, professor of humanities, will speak on "The Creative Word: Vico on the Divinity of Human Language" at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the de Bellis Collection on the sixth floor of the Library. Luft is the author of a recent book which radically reinterprets the work of 18th century philosopher Giambattista Vico. Please note that CampusMemo incorrectly reported last week that the lecture would be on diversity in human language.

The event is sponsored by the Frank V. de Bellis Collection and the Friends of the Library.

Mayoral election analysis
The San Francisco Urban Institute invites the campus community to a discussion on "Reading the Mayoral Election Results" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in room 219 of the HSS building.

The discussion, which will be led by Calvin Welch of the San Francisco Information Clearinghouse, is part of the Urban Institute's course "San Francisco: The Politics of Development, Housing and Jobs."

Philippine rhythms
Danongan Kalanduyan, lecturer in music and dance, will perform in a free concert of music and dance from the southern Philippines from 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

Kalanduyan, winner of the prestigious National Endowment of the Arts Fellowship for Traditional Art, will perform with SFSU's Ating Tao Drum Circle and Hafez Modirzadeh, assistant professor of music, in a concert titled "From the Middle East to Mindanao."

The concert, which honors Asian American Studies Lecturer Helen Toribio for her campus and community contributions, is sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts, the Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavor (P.A.C.E.) and the College of Ethnic Studies.

For details, contact Dan Begonia, professor of Asian American Studies, at ext. 8-2279.

Eye to eye
The campus community is invited to an opening reception for The Hohenthal Gallery exhibit "Seeing Eye to Eye -- A Cultural Exchange" from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday in room 388 of the Old Sciences building.

The exibit features a collection of writings, drawings, photographs and collages created by a diveres group of teenagers in a small town in rural North Carolina.

For details, call ext. 8-2046.

Rubrics to test learning
Faculty are invited to a workshop on using assessment activities that ensure students are learning what's intended on Friday in room 434 of the Library. There will be coffee, breakfast and discussion from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Mary Allen, faculty director of the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning, will discuss "Rubrics That Work" from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

R.S.V.P. to ext. 8-7615 or

The event is sponsored by the offices of Academic Planning and Assessment, Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching.

Fashionably great
The campus community is invited to attend "Ribbons and Wraps," a fashion show featuring the talents of apparel design and merchandising students, at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Friday on the center level of the Stonestown Galleria.

For details, contact Connie Ulasewicz at ext. 8-1860.

An evening of poets
A slate of nationally and internationally known poets will read from the book "Against Certainty: Poets for Peace" at 7 p.m. Friday in the Poetry Center on the fifth floor of the Humanities building. Proceeds from the sale of the anthology benefit the nonprofit organization Survivors International.

The lineup of poets includes: Jane Hirshfield, Chana Bloch, Steve Ajay, Dawn McGuire, Dan Bellm, Susan Terris, Ruth Schwartz, David Alpaugh, Ruth Daigon, Lucille Lang Day, Sandra M. Gilbert, Lynne Knight, Andrena Zawinski, and Toni Mirosevich, professor of creative writing.

The event is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Poets for Peace. For details, contact Mirosevich at or ext. 8-7439.

Coming Up
Academica Judaica returns

Emily Gottreich, vice chair of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at UC Berkeley, will speak on "Jewish Space and 'the Islamic City'" at noon Wednesday, Nov. 12, in room 1 of the University Club.

The event is part of the Academica Judaica series sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.

Tangrams program
A reception and book signing for "Tangrams -- The Magnificent Seven Piece Puzzle," an exhibit of work by Barbara Ford, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the University Club.

Tangrams art features a square broken into seven puzzle pieces which are then arranged into a picture.

Ford, an alumna, has worked in various positions on campus. She currently works in the Office of Biomedical Research and with the Interactive Mathematics Program.

The exhibit is on display in the University Club through Dec. 17.

Harvest benefit concerts
The campus community is invited to join the SFSU Symphony and SFSU Chamber Singers for two benefit concerts. The first concert will be held at 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, at Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Carlos. The second will be held at 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Lakeside Presbyterian Church in San Francisco.

Donations will be accepted at the door in lieu of admission. Proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and the San Francisco Food Bank.

Trinity Presbyterian Church is at 1106 Alameda de las Pulgas in San Carlos. For details and directions, call (650) 593-8226. Lakeside Presbyterian Church is at 201 Eucalyptus (at 19th Ave.) in San Francisco. For details and directions, call (415) 564-8833.

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In memoriam: Robin Gajdusek
Robert "Robin" Gajdusek, professor emeritus of English and a well-regarded and well-published scholar on Ernest Hemingway, died June 26, 2003. He was 78.

Gajdusek, who taught at SFSU from 1965 to 1992, published countless academic papers on Hemingway. He wrote three books on the author, most recently "Hemingway in his Own Country," published by University of Notre Dame Press in 2002. Gajdusek was also a talented poet, leaving behind nine volumes of poetry upon his death. Tintagel Press published "A Voyager's Notebook: The Selected Poems of Robin Gajdusek" in 1989.

Nancy McDermid, former dean of the College of Humanities and professor emerita of speech and communication studies, remembers Gajdusek as a "generous and brilliant teacher" and gifted scholar.

"Robin is respected -- internationally -- as a compelling interpreter of Ernest Hemingway," she said. "Robin was unrivaled in the passion and 'responsible brilliance' which he brought to his Hemingway studies."

Born April 18, 1925, in Yonkers, N.Y., Gajdusek also taught at Hunter College, George Washington University and Kansas University. He earned a master's degree from University of California, Berkeley, in 1950 and conducted post-graduate studies in literature at Kansas University, University of London and Columbia University. He also fought in World War II from 1943 to 1946.

Gajdusek is survived by his sons Karl and Mark, his brother Carlton and friends. Flowers may be sent to Gajdusek's home at 137 Granada Dr., Corte Madera, 94925.

Hold the date: a campus-wide 'summit'
President Robert Corrigan, Associated Students President Natalie Batista and Senate Chair James Edwards invite all students, staff, faculty and administrators to a campus-wide summit, entitled "Race and Culture on Campus -- Issues and Strategies."

The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 14, in the Student Center. The event will begin in Jack Adams Hall on the terrace level of the Student Center.

You do not need to register to participate but if you know you are coming and/or plan to attend during lunch, please sign up at:

Incidents earlier this semester in our residence halls suggest that the time is ripe for an all-campus gathering. The incidents, which were reported in detail in the Golden Gate [X]Press, initially appeared to be overtly racist. Upon investigation, they did not turn out to be racist, but they did raise questions about racial and cultural misunderstanding, naivete and insensitivity that may persist on campus.

Students, faculty, staff and administrators will work together to develop recommendations that will be presented at the end of the day, during the closing reception. After the summit, the campus will work to develop a process to implement those recommendations that aim to improve campus life in relation to race and culture.

All students, staff and faculty and administrators are strongly encouraged to attend for all or as much of the day as possible. Additional information will soon be available on SFSU’s Web site. Look for the "summit" prompt on the home page.

California State Employee Charitable Campaign begins
Every year, SF State employees are given the opportunity to help our friends and neighbors by contributing to the California State Employee Charitable Campaign (CSECC). Your chance to participate came with your most recent paycheck, which should have included a letter, pledge form and campaign brochure. Using the pledge form, you can make a one-time donation, or an ongoing contribution as small as $2 per month.

When making a pledge, you can designate a recipient from campaign brochure (all of which have been screened by the State Victim Compensation & Government Claims Board), specify any non-profit, or leave that section blank and the money will go into the United Way of the Bay Area's local fund. Whether you want to support causes in our area or around the world, this is a great chance to make a difference.

Questions? Concerns? Check out the SFSU CSECC campaign page at For answers to other questions, contact Dave Reddy at ext. 8-1666 or

Myra Lappin Conference Room to be dedicated
The Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs invites the campus community to attend the dedication celebration of the Myra Lappin Conference Room from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 12, in the Student Health Service.

Lappin served as the director of Student Health Service for 16 years (1987 to 2002) and was a recognized expert in college health. She earned a medical degree from the University of Texas and received postdoctoral training in pediatrics and adolescent medicine from the University of California, San Francisco.

Under Lappin's guidance, the Student Health Service created a department of preventive medicine that has been called "peerless."

R.S.V.P. to Marian Yee at ext. 8-3450.

Read Lappin's obituary:

Academic Senate meets 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: comments from CSU Trustee Robert Achtenberg; a report from Penny Saffold, vice president for student affairs, and Ken Monteiro, dean of human relations, on the summit on racial and cultural issues to be held Nov. 14; the election of an at-large member to the Academic Senate Executive Committee; approval of the academic calendar for spring 2004; and a resolution on ways to address reductions in work available for temporary faculty.

Civil Discourse screens films on Middle East conflict
The Year of Civil Discourse presents "Exploring the Israeli-Palestinian Issue through Film," featuring six films on the long-standing conflict in the Middle East. The films will be shown Tuesday through Thursday and two films will be screened from 3:45 to 7 p.m. each day in room 133 of the Humanities building. Admission is free and open to the public.

A panel that will discuss the films and issues following each screening includes: Fred Astren, professor and director of Jewish Studies; Matthew Shenoda, lecturer of ethnic studies and faculty adviser to the General Union of Palestinian Students; Noura Khoury, co-leader of the SFSU Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue Group; and Seth Brysk, director of San Francisco Hillel. History Professor Jerald Combs will serve as moderator.

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to enroll in Cinema 325 Section 6, and earn one unit of course credit for watching all six films and writing a paper about it.

For a complete schedule and list of films, see:

Campus-wide search for dean of faculty affairs
The Office of Academic Affairs has opened a campus-wide search among full professors with tenure for the position of dean of faculty affairs and professional development. Review of applications will begin Dec. 1.

A position description, application and nomination information along with the names of the Search Committee members can be found at:

Three national searches announced
The Office of Academic Affairs has begun national searches for the following three 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.

Position descriptions, applications 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:

Joan Arhelger -- Showing students the light
Joan Arhelger certainly knows how the colors, hues and movements of light can dazzle one's eye, change one's mood and touch one's heart. During her 15-year tenure as associate lighting designer for the San Francisco Opera, she designed and supervised lighting for more than 30 productions and was responsible for about 1,000 individual lights.

"Joan is a bright woman who does very good, thorough work," says John Priest, retired technical director for the San Francisco Opera. "She does her homework and comes prepared."

The assistant professor of lighting design in the Theatre Arts Department has designed lighting for more than 50 theatre, dance and opera productions nationwide in an impressive career that spans 30-plus years. Her work is lauded by theatre critics throughout California and beyond...

Read the full profile of Arhelger:

The Nov. 3 edition of Newsmakers includes Arthur Asa Berger, emeritus broadcasting professor, on the hard luck Boston Red Sox and Chicago Cubs, Eric Solomon, professor of English, on Dashiell Hamett's "The Maltese Falcon, John Burks, professor of journalism, on journalists and conflicts of interest, and Daniel Macallair, lecturer in criminal justice, on San Francisco D.A. Terrence Hallinan.

Read the Newsmakers:

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