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Volume 51, Number 6   September 22, 2003         


Mystic philosophy

Sarah Pessin, assistant professor of philosophy at CSU Fresno, will present "Reason's Eros: Jewish Philosophy as Mysticism" at noon today in room 1 of the University Club. The event inaugurates the year's Academica Judaica lecture series and is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the Philosophy Department.

For details, call ext. 8-6075.

Florence, literarily
Christopher Concolino, assistant professor of Italian, will present "Literary Florence: Walking Tours in Tuscany's Capital," a lecture on his book project in progress, from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday in room 472 of the Humanities building.

This event is a part of the fall Foreign Language Colloquium Series presented by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. For details, contact Midori McKeon at ext. 8-7413 or

IT Day

The campus community is invited to Information Technology Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday on the Quad. IT Day features exhibitors from 16 leading technology companies, and 18 SFSU colleges and departments.

IT Day will also feature a special presentation on technology and terrorism by David Fischer, International Relations, at 10:30 a.m. in the presentation tent.

In the event of rain, IT Day will be canceled.

For details, see:

Help welcome newcomers
President Corrigan, the Office of Academic Affairs and University Women's Association (UWA) invite the campus community to join them in welcoming new faculty and staff to campus from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday at the University Club.

Recipients of UWA scholarships will be honored at the reception. Refreshments will be served.

The UWA scholarships are primarily supported by money raised from an annual cruise. The next fund-raiser is an eight-day, seven-night cruise of Tahiti, beginning Jan. 10, 2004. The deadline for payment is Sept. 30.

For details or UWA membership information, contact Ilona Vandergriff at ext. 8-3120 or

The video game industry

John Riccitiello, president and COO of Electronic Arts, the industry leader in the video game industry, will talk about the present and future of the video game industry from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday in Rosa Parks A-C, Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The event is sponsored by the College of Business. The campus community is welcome. For details, contact Sally Baack at ext. 8-6421 or

Raza welcome back
The Raza Faculty and Staff Association's (RFSA) annual "Welcome Back Tardeada" event will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the University Club. The event includes an introduction of the new Raza hires on campus, a presentation by Joe Torres, assistant dean of human relations, refreshments and music. The campus community is welcome.

There will also be an RFSA membership table at the event.

The U.S. and the Kurds
Nicole Watts, Political Science, will present a film about and discuss the topic of "The United States, the Kurds, and the War on Terrorism" from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in room 133 of the Humanities building. The event is part of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' course on the United States and the world in the 21st century and is open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.

Recall candidates speak
A dozen of the Bay Area's candidates who have qualified to appear on the recall ballot will speak at a recall forum at 7 p.m. Thursday in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building.

Confirmed candidates include former San Francisco mayoral candidate James Green, Jerry Kunzman, anti-recall candidate Dick Lane, Calvin Louie, anti-recall candidate Christopher Ranken, cigarette retailer Ned Rosco, Sharon Rushford, environmental attorney Christopher Sproul, Stanford student Nathan Walton, and anti-recall candidate Lingel Winters.

The event is sponsored by [X]press Publications and the Journalism Department.

Coming up

Study abroad fair

The Office of International Programs (OIP) has invited more than 40 organizations specializing in study, work and travel abroad programs to set up booths from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, on the Quad in front of Malcolm X Plaza. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to stop by and learn about the variety of opportunities available to them.

OIP is also sponsoring a certified CSU/SFSU Study Abroad Program -- students can study abroad and receive CSU credit while paying regular SFSU tuition.

For details, see:

An evening with
Hazel Dickens

Bluegrass artist Hazel Dickens and labor folklorist Archie Green will explore the lifework of Dickens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Admission is free.

Dickens, an Appalachian singer and songwriter, has been featured in such films as the Academy Award-winning documentary "Harlan County, USA." This program will take an intimate look at her lifework, featuring songs from throughout her career and a lively dialogue between Dickens and Green on the deeper meanings of labor songs and worker culture.

For details, call (415) 564-4010.

The event is sponsored by the Labor Archives and Research Center, Poetry Center and Associated Students Performing Arts Series.

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SFSU people, programs featured in SF Chronicle ads
You may have noticed an ad featuring SFSU faculty in last Friday's San Francisco Chronicle. The ad is the second in a series of six full-page color ads that highlight the great people, programs and alumni that distinguish the University. The ads will run about every other Friday through November and appear only in the San Francisco edition of the "Friday" section.

You can also view the first two ads in the series at SF State News:

CSU budget update meetings
The President's Office and the Academic Senate invite all faculty and staff to attend one of two budget update town hall meetings for the latest news about the CSU and SFSU budgets. There will also be a question and answer period.

The meetings will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 1, and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building.

Vice President for Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita will give a brief budget summary. Morishita, President Corrigan and Provost John Gemello will respond to questions. The format of the meetings emphasizes exchange and the days and times have been chosen to fit the greatest range of schedules.

Academic Senate meeting 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 faculty trustee Kathy Kaiser, a report from Provost John Gemello on the budget impact, a report from the statewide Academic Senate, proposed changes to the M.A. in art, and a resolution in support of the K-12/University Public Education Facilities Bond Act.

A tribute to Malonga Casquelord
The campus community is invited to pay tribute to dancer and lecturer Malonga Casquelord from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday. The campus community will form a procession at noon in front of the Gym and then proceed to McKenna Theatre for a program. Following the program, a reception will be held in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Casquelord, who died last June, taught music, dance and African Studies courses on campus for more than two decades. The performance group Fua Dia Congo, which was formed in 1977 under Casquelord's tutelage, will join in the campus celebration.

For an updated obituary on Casquelord, see:

Vista Room opens today
The Vista Room, a restaurant for fine dining located on the fourth floor of Burk Hall, will begin fall semester service today.

Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling ext. 5-3530 or ext. 8-7010. Lunch, served between noon and 1 p.m., costs $12 per person and includes choice of soup or salad, entree, dessert and beverage. Blocks of tickets are available beginning at $287.50 for 25 lunches.

International opportunities for faculty
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:

STAR of the Month

August STAR of the Month: Baudelio Enriquez
Photo of Baudelio EnriquezFor Baudelio Enriquez, lead groundsworker and September STAR of the Month, his job at the University is a combination of the freedom to work individually while at the same time be part of a team.

"What I enjoy most is working hard on a project. The work here keeps me busy all the time, which is something that I enjoy. I find working hard very peaceful," Enriquez said. "But it's not just me. I'm part of a crew of four that works together as a unit, doling out the work and getting it all done."

Enriquez, who lives with his wife and two children in San Lorenzo, has been working for the University for almost five years. As part of his daily activities, he and his crew take care of the landscaping surrounding campus buildings.

"He takes initiatives to solve problems, and solves them in the right way for the long term. He gives his crew training, encouragement and support," said Phil Evans, director of campus grounds. "He and his crew take personal responsibility for the beauty and quality of the grounds. They take care of the grass as if it were their own."

Because of his attention to detail and willingness to take on new projects and experiences over the last four years, he has risen steadily in the campus grounds department.

"He was an experienced gardener in private industry before he came here. However, he saw the opportunity here to expand his range of successful experiences and agreed to start again at the entry level," said Evans. "Through his skill and initiative, he was able to successfully apply for promotional openings as they occurred."

During the weekends, Enriquez enjoys attending his children's soccer games in San Lorenzo.

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