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Volume 51, Number 10   October 20, 2003         

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Faculty: Go international!
Applications are available for several programs that allow faculty to work or study overseas.

Faculty can apply for resident director positions in such countries as France, China, Italy, Japan, Spain or Mexico. In another program, faculty from diverse disciplines can gain international experience through the CSU's international partnership seminars, which have been held in Germany, Mexico and France. And finally, Wang faculty stipends are available for research or teaching at four designated universities in either Taiwan or China.

For more information about the programs, contact Johnetta Richards, chair of the faculty affairs committee of the CSU's Academic Council on International Programs, at ext. 8-7589 or visit the Web site:

New scholarship

The Women Studies Department invites faculty and staff to encourage eligible students to apply for one of three $1,000 scholarships related to "Women and Gender Issues in the Muslim and Arab Worlds."

SFSU undergraduate and graduate students majoring in anthropology, ethnic studies, humanities or philosophy are invited to apply, but preference will be given to women studies majors.

Application forms, which are due Wednesday, Nov. 5, are available in the offices of the Dean of the College of Humanities (HUM 484) and the Women Studies Department (HUM 315).

Simplify grading
Faculty are invited to a workshop on using assessment activities that insurestudents are learning what's intended on Friday, Nov. 7, 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. by Friday, Oct. 31, to ext. 8-7615 or

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

RTP workshop today

A workshop on retention, tenure and promotion (RTP) will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. today in room 460 of the Administration building. The workshop is sponsored by the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and will provide resources and guidance to faculty in departments that are in the process of, or thinking about developing, RTP criteria.

Hagedorn's 'Dream Jungle'
Jessica Hagedorn, author of the National Book Award nominated-novel "Dogeaters," will read from her new novel "Dream Jungle" at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the University Club.
The event is sponsored by the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center and PACE (Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavors).

Defensive driver training
Defensive driver training sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon today and from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Classes are held in the Plant Operations Training Room at the Corporation Yard and filled on a first-come first-served basis. There will also be classes in December.

For details or to R.S.V.P., call ext. 8-1449.

Marketing tech

Subin Im, assistant professor of marketing, will speak on "Market Orientation, Creativity, and New Product Performance in High-Tech Industries" at noon Wednesday in room 202 of the Business building.

The talk is part of the College of Business Research Roundtable. For details, contact Sally Baack at ext. 8-6421.

Gays in the Middle East
The documentary "I EXIST: Voices of the Lesbian and Gay Middle Eastern Community" will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in room 133 of the Humanities building. A panel discussion follows.

The event is sponsored by Prevention Education Programs. For details, contact Bita Shooshani at ext. 5-3953 or

Kabbalah and letter mysticism

Ronald Kiener, associate professor of religion and director of the Jewish Studies Program at Trinity College, will discuss "Multimedia Letter Mysticism in Early Kabbalah" at noon Thursday in room 1 of the University Club.

The event is part of the Academica Judaica lecture series, sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the Philosophy Department.

Coming Up
Chicanos and justice

Ian Haney Lopez, a law professor at UC Berkeley, will read from his book "Racism on Trial: the Chicano Fight for Justice" at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, in "The Cellar" of the Bookstore. Haney Lopez's book analyzes the 1965 Chicano protests for better schools and against police brutality in East Los Angeles.

The event is sponsored by the Bookstore and the La Raza Staff and Faculty Association.

film series

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, Nov. 4-6. 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, where they can get one unit for watching all six films and writing a paper about it.

For a complete schedule and list of films, see:

Canadian Multiculturalism
Danielle Juteau, professor of sociology and chair of Ethnic Studies at the 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, Nov. 5, 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.

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In memoriam: Camille Howard
Theatre arts Professor Camille Howard, a talented and well-respected actress and dancer, died Sunday, Oct. 12, 2003, after a battle with cancer. She was 53.

"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:

Comments on the draft are welcome and should be directed to Richard Giardina at 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: (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:

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:

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.

People on Campus
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:


STAR of the Month

October STAR of the Month: James Cassin
Photo of James CassinThe SFSU campus provides some serious challenges for lead groundskeeper James Cassin, the October STAR of the Month. When he's planning the campus flowerbeds, he has to take into account that the planting and growing seasons here in the fog belt aren't the standard four-seasons -- instead there are three springs, a mini-summer, and a little bit of winter each year.

The fog belt also limits Cassin's plant choices. Plants that thrive under the hot East Bay sun don't do so well here.

Finally, he must take all these factors into consideration and still try to make sure that plants are blooming and look their best in sync with the high points of the academic year -- especially the first day of classes and Commencement.

It's an intricate rhythm, but one he enjoys, and that's why he shut down his own landscape business 14 years ago to take the SFSU position. He was tired of simply maintaining yards and grounds and wanted to also perform bed design work, especially at a small, self-contained location.

"I like the variety of the job -- that you're doing real stuff with the landscape," Cassin said. "And we have a good crew of people who take a lot of pride in their work and work hard."

His job change has been successful, as anyone who takes notice of the campus can see.

"Jim has been an outstanding contributor to the beauty of the campus landscape," said Phil Evans, director of campus grounds. "He has a tremendous range of experience in the field and plays an important role in managing technical aspects of horticultural care. Jim is a key part of a highly professional team of gardeners and arborists, and we are very pleased that he has been honored in this way."

Cassin also makes sure that plants are pruned and watered correctly, and that weeds and pests are controlled. But it's the design he enjoys most, and he's always looking for plants that will work in the campus setting.

"You have your favorites, your reliables, but you also need to stay current and mix in new things," he said. "Sometimes it's hard -- it's like writer's block, so you need to look for new ideas."

Cassin, who holds a degree in public administration from SFSU, was born and raised in San Francisco. He lives in Daly City. He swims daily and likes to squeeze in a few rounds of golf when he can.

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