Volume 51, Number 12 November 3, 2003
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: www.sfsu.edu/~ohr.
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.
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: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/summer03/july14.htm#ml.
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: www.sfsu.edu/~news/civil.htm.
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: www.sfsu.edu/~acaffrs/facaffrs.html.
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: www.sfsu.edu/~acaffrs/facaffrs.html.
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: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/fall03/nov3people.htm.
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: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/fall03/nov3newsmakers.htm.
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