returns Jan. 24
is the final CampusMemo of the semester. The next edition of
CampusMemo will be published Monday, Jan.
24. Items are due
by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 18.
items to firstname.lastname@example.org
register by Jan. 5
Registration for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching's January
workshops has been extended to Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2005. Weeklong
workshops include online teaching with Blackboard, creating an
instructional Web site, and working with digital images. One-shot
workshops include classroom assessment techniques, using portfolios,
facilitating large classes and protecting computers from viruses
For the complete schedule and registration, visit: http://cet.sfsu.edu/winter
For details, contact CET at email@example.com or ext. 5-3537.
Human subjects committee needs help
SFSU's Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) is
looking for a community member and/or a nonscientist member to
serve on the committee, starting in February 2005.
Community members cannot be currently affiliated with the University,
nor can they be family members of anyone currently connected with
the University. Community members frequently are retired faculty
or staff, clergy or members of local service organizations.
A nonscientist member's primary interests and responsibilities
must be in a nonscientific field, such as literature, art or music.
Staff members are also eligible to be the nonscientist member.
The committee cannot meet without the nonscientist in attendance,
so it is also looking for an alternate to serve as a back up should
the committee member be unable to attend.
To volunteer or recommend a person for the position, contact CPHS
at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 8-1093.
Know students doing great research?
The CSU's 19th annual Student Research Competition provides an
opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to show off
their outstanding research projects, papers or creative activities.
SFSU students have done very well in this competition in past years.
Faculty should encourage students to apply. Applications are due
Monday, Feb. 21, 2005, for the campus competition which will take
place Feb. 28 - March 4.
The University will provide travel funds for campus winners to
compete in the CSU systemwide competition to be held April 29-30
at CSU Sacramento.
Students may enter the competition in any one of the following
areas: behavioral and social sciences; biological and agricultural
sciences; business, economics and public administration; creative
arts and design; education; engineering and computer science; health,
nutrition and clinical sciences; humanities and letters; and physical
and mathematical sciences.
Student registration forms and application guidelines may be accessed
on the Graduate Studies Web site: www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy
For details, contact Darlene Yee at email@example.com or Lisa Hoskins
Forgivable loan program
Applications for the 2005/06 CSU-Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Incentive
Program are now available in the Office of Faculty Affairs and
Professional Development, room 451 of the Administration building.
The program seeks to increase the pool of individuals with the
qualifications, motivation and skills to teach the diverse student
body in the CSU. It provides loans of up to $10,000 per year, up
to a total of $30,000 to doctoral students.
loan will be cancelled (forgiven) at a rate of 20 percent for
each year of service as
a full-time instructional faculty member in the CSU rendered
after completion of the Ph.D. In the event a student does not
a faculty position with the CSU, the loan is due for repayment
at an interest rate and time line comparable to other graduate
student loans. Last year the rate was 5 percent.
Applications are due Friday, Feb.11, 2005.
Advancement VP Jim Collier
After serving the University for more than eight years, Jim Collier,
vice president for university advancement, has decided to retire, effective
the end of this month.
who joined SFSU in 1996, organized and presided over SFSU's first-ever
University advancement effort. Under
his leadership, University
Advancement, which now comprises development, government relations,
and public affairs and publications, has doubled in size, as well as
in stature. Collier's efforts have helped build and strengthen the
University's reputation, improve upon campus services and enhance teaching
brought us the kind of professional expertise and deep knowledge
of the field that we had never before had," said SFSU President
Robert A. Corrigan. "He built a true Advancement operation, and,
as an unexpected part of his portfolio, guided us through real estate
and construction acquisitions and projects that have expanded and reshaped
The vice president retires following a record-breaking year in private
giving. SFSU reported $17.3 million for 2003-04. The University endowment
has grown from $6 million to more than $20 million during his tenure.
During the past eight years, three endowed chair positions were established,
including the first $1 million-endowed chair, The Richard and Rhoda Goldman
Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, and SFSU received
the largest private individual gift in its history.
Collier led the successful launch of SFSU Magazine, the University's
twice-yearly, award-winning publication for alumni, donors, friends and
the campus community.
Serving the institution well beyond his advancement role, Collier also
was the executive director of the San Francisco State University Foundation,
which played a key role in bringing the Village at Centennial Square
into being and in acquiring 180 housing units adjacent to campus, rented
to faculty and staff at below-market rates.
Prior to SFSU, Collier served for 15 years as vice president for university
relations at University of Washington.
In memoriam: Beverly Kees
Beverly Kees, a lecturer of journalism known nationally for her work
as a reporter, editor and advocate of newsroom diversity, died Dec.
10 when she was hit by a truck while crossing the street near her home.
She was 63.
Kees, a Minneapolis native and San Francisco resident, taught courses
on diversity issues, ethics and the history of journalism. She was scheduled
to teach an editing class in spring 2005.
"Beverly had a sunny aspect to her. Her smile would light up a
room when she entered," said John Burks, chair and professor of
journalism. "What I've heard from lots of students is she was demanding.
She was always willing to help out, do as much coaching as it takes,
and devote the extra time."
Journalism Professor Erna Smith, a friend and colleague, said Kees's
death is a major loss for the journalism community on campus and throughout
"She was a person of enormous integrity, both personal and professional," Smith
said. "She absolutely loved what journalism could do at its best."
Before coming to SFSU, Kees was senior projects manager for the Freedom
Forum, a national foundation that promotes journalism education and development.
She was also an editor and program director at the Freedom Forum Pacific
Coast Center, until it closed in 2000. She was executive editor of the
Fresno Bee from 1988 to 1993 and also worked for the Minneapolis Star,
Minneapolis Tribune, Grand Forks Herald in North Dakota and Post-Tribune
in Gary, Ind.
Kees recently served
as president of the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional
Journalists and is co-author of "Nothing
Sacred: Journalism, Politics and Public Trust in a Tell-All Age.''
She is survived by a brother, three step-siblings and several nieces
Donations may be sent to: The Beverly Kees Fund for Journalism, c/o
Sigma Delti Chi Foundation, 3909 North Meridian St., Indianapolis, Ind.
wife calls me 'the man with five careers,'" says Craig Abaya,
director of Digital Media and Entertainment Programs at the College
of Extended Learning (www.cel.sfsu.edu). As an award-winning songwriter,
singer, musician, producer, filmmaker, Web designer and performing
arts photographer, his work spans the worlds that make San Francisco
one of the liveliest cities on the planet.
of Abaya's talents come into play at his SFSU gig in which he creates
and develops the digital recording, video and Web design courses offered
the entire profile: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/fall04/dec20people.htm
STAR of the Month: Erin Rodriguez
Rodriguez, office coordinator for the Political Science Department and
Urban Studies Program, practices what she preaches. In her work, she
has tried to help faculty and students find the resources they need
to do things on their own.
"I have really enjoyed being of service to the students, empowering
them to take control of their own education and pointing them to resources," she
said. "I'm a firm believer in the saying, 'Give a man a fish
and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for
In the spirit of that Chinese proverb, Rodriguez will be leaving
the University at the end of this year to launch a limousine service
with her husband.
Her enthusiastic, entrepreneurial spirit will be missed as it became
very valuable during a time of intense transition.
Rodriguez was hired just over a year ago at the same time Gerard
Heather, professor of political science, took on the position as chair
of the department. The previous office coordinator left unexpectedly,
and Rodriguez, who had been employed as a work-study student, stepped
into the vacated role.
"Erin took over the position of office manager for Political
Science and Urban Studies at a time when the University was facing
a budgetary shortfall and political science was experiencing the greatest
increase in students, both undergraduate and graduate, in the past
two decades," Heather said. "Moreover, we had just hired
five new faculty, all of whom were learning the myriad procedures
of establishing retention files, applying for grants and assigned-time
awards. The office traffic was continuous and the paperwork immense.
She brought an instant professionalism and competence as well as a
reassuring demeanor to the chaotic environment. Her charm and good
manners, coupled with her professional work ethic, brought stability
and her dedication was evident for all to see."
Amita Shastri, current chair of political science, agrees.
"She is very creative and is always thinking of how she can
improve the environment in which she and others in the department
are working," Shastri said. "For instance, she has put in
a lot of time and effort, on her own initiative, to reorganize the
department office and student resource room to make them more welcoming
and functional spaces."
Rodriguez plans to finish an undergraduate degree in political science
this spring. She will also be busy launching her new business. She
and her husband Nelson have been working to restore three Cadillacs
from the '40s and '60s, and will launch their service in January.
A resident of
the Mission District, Rodriguez also serves as a deacon select of
the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church.
a staff STAR: www.sfsu.edu/~news/star/starform.htm