Volume 51, Number 10 October 20, 2003
"The untimely passing of Professor Camille Howard leaves the Theatre Arts Department of SFSU with a sense of incalculable loss and profound sadness," said Mohammed Kowsar, professor of theatre arts. "Professor Howard was a true Renaissance figure in all aspects of theatre practice, a brilliant pedagogue, and an exceptional person. She was respected by her colleagues and was adored by generations of students who considered her an irreplaceable mentor."
Before joining the SFSU faculty in 1985, she spent four years as a performer for the Bay Area Repertory Dance Co. She was nominated for Best Performer of the Season by the Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle in 1984 for her role as Lena in Athol Fugard's "Boesman and Lena."
"An actor of considerable talent, a superb teacher of movement and acting, a scholarly professor of Shakespeare and literary criticism in the graduate program, and a charismatic engaging lecturer of theatre history classes, Camille Howard left an indelible mark in all her endeavors as educator," Kowsar added. "The Theatre Arts Department, her colleagues, her students, and her friends will forever remember the grace with which she turned her career at San Francisco State University into a work of art."
Howard was born June 4, 1950, in Norfolk, Va. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from Stanford in 1971, master's degree in dramatic art from UC Berkeley in 1974, and doctorate in dramatic art from UC Berkeley in 1982. She also received professional theater training at the American Conservatory Theatre, Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, and Paul Mann Actor's Workshop.
Howard is survived by her daughter Robyn Kali Bacon of Los Angeles; her mother and step-father Lenard and Narcissus Henley of Vallejo; brothers Gregory Allen Howard of Alexandria; Ricardo J. Henley (Barbara), and their son Robert of Suisun; Michael C. Henley (Denise) and their daughter Valencia; and sister Lynette Henley of Vallejo.
A memorial Mass was held Thursday at St. Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley. Donations in lieu of flowers may be sent to: University of California, San Francisco, Cancer Center.
SFSU's draft strategic plan available online
The Commission on Strategic Planning (CUSP II) is examining a draft strategic plan which it will review throughout the semester. The draft plan was developed by the CUSP II Summer Writing Group and based on the reports and recommendations of the spring 2003 CUSP II Planning Groups.
The full text of the plan is available at: www.sfsu.edu/~acadplan/cuspIIsp.htm.
Comments on the draft are welcome and should be directed to Richard Giardina at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 8-3376.
A celebration of faculty promotion
Faculty who were granted tenure or received promotion for the 2003-04 academic year will be honored at a campus-wide celebration hosted by President Corrigan and the Office of Academic Affairs from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the University Club. The entire campus community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.
For a complete list of faculty tenure/promotions, see: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/fall03/tenure03.pdf (Adobe Acrobat required).
Open enrollment ends soon
The open enrollment period for faculty and staff benefits programs ends Friday, Oct. 31. Faculty and staff can change health or dental plans and enroll in such programs as Flex Cash, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Dependent Care and Health Care Reimbursement. Changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2004.
For details, see the Human Resources Web site: www.sfsu.edu/~hrwww/.
SF State News: Media links
If you read the San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Oakland Tribune, Marin Independent Journal or Contra Costa Times, you may see SFSU people or programs mentioned. But do you have time to read all those papers every day? Most likely not. But there's no reason to because SF State News, the University's online news site, brings you one sentence summaries and links to mentions of the University in daily newspapers and Web sites from the Bay Area and beyond.
Clips are updated by 10 a.m. Monday through Friday. Check it out. See the SFSU in the News page: www.sfsu.edu/~news/clips.htm.
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: A report from Johnetta Richards, associate professor of Black Studies, on international education-related opportunities; a report from Jonathan Rood, associate vice president for information technology, on handling e-mail spam; a second reading of a report from Darlene Yee, professor of gerontology, and Jo Volkert, associate vice president for enrollment planning and management, on the Enrollment Management Committee's 2002-03 efforts; a report from Statewide Academic Senators Eunice Aaron, Robert Cherny and Jan Gregory on the latest CSU system news; a report from Jim Orenberg, chair of chemistry and biochemistry, on the results of the summer 2003 session survey and a calendar for summer session 2004; and a proposed restructuring of the B.S. in biochemistry.
Call for honorary degree nominations
The University’s 2003-04 Honorary Degree committee invites all members of the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be conferred at commencement 2004 in the names of SFSU and the CSU.
According to CSU guidelines, honorary degrees may be conferred for several purposes: to recognize "excellence and extraordinary achievement in significant areas of human endeavor" embodying the objectives and ideals of the CSU; to honor "meritorious and outstanding service" to the CSU or one of its campuses, the state, nation, or humanity at large; or to recognize individuals whose lives and achievements exemplify "the CSU’s aspirations for its diverse student body."
The committee would especially appreciate nominations of people who have a clear connection to SFSU.
Among SFSU’s past honorary degree recipients are Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller (2002), University of San Francisco President John Schlegel (2000), nationally known historian and scholar John Hope Franklin (1998), sculptor Ruth Asawa (1998), alumnus/actor/activist Danny Glover (1997), and Delancey Street co-founder Mimi Silbert (1993).
Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a brief statement about the candidate and any other materials that would support the nomination. The committee will be meeting over the next several weeks. Label nominations "Attn: Honorary Degree Committee" and send them to the Academic Senate Office, room 551 of the Administration building.
The Oct. 20 edition of Newsmakers includes Francis Neely, professor of political science, commenting on the idea of recall fever being catching, a possible move by the MBA program to downtown San Francisco, Gerard Heater, chair of political science, on Gov. Schwarzennegger's meeting with President Bush, and the announcement of the Romberg Tiburon Center's role in leading a Bay Area wetlands preserve.
Read the Newsmakers: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/fall03/oct20newsmakers.htm.
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