Volume 52, Number 10 October 18, 2004
For a complete list of faculty tenure/promotions, see: www.sfsu.edu/~acaffrs/celebration.htm
College of Ethnic Studies dean resigns
Tomas Almaguer, dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, resigned Oct. 7. Ken Monteiro, professor of psychology and former dean for human relations, will serve as interim dean of the college.
President Robert A. Corrigan accepted the resignation with regret, stating that Almaguer "arrived on this campus with a vision: to see the College of Ethnic Studies become a national beacon for students and scholars, recognized nationally not only for its singularity, but for its excellence. Under his leadership, the College has made tremendous strides toward the realization of that vision."
Corrigan cited the strength of recent faculty hires; the revitalization of the M.A. in Ethnic Studies; and the development of innovative new courses in such areas as Arab and Islamic Studies.
Almaguer returns to his position as a professor of ethnic studies at SFSU. His first order of business will be to complete a book for which he is under contract with the University of California Press. He will pursue his scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley, where he will be a visiting scholar in the Center for Latino Policy Research and the Comparative Ethnic Studies Department.
Program discontinuance meetings update
The Educational Policies Council (EPC) of the Academic Senate will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in room 460 of the Administration building to discuss the proposal to discontinue the master's and bachelor's of arts in Russian degrees programs.
The EPC will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, in room 460 of the Administration building to review the proposal for discontinuance of the NEXA concentration and minor degree.
For more, including guidelines and a rebuttal template, see the Academic Senate Web site: www.sfsu.edu/~senate
Two more weeks to make benefits changes
During October, faculty and staff can change health or dental plans and enroll in such programs as FlexCash, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA). Forms must be returned by Friday, Oct. 29; changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2005.
Anyone currently enrolled in DCRA and HCRA programs must re-enroll for 2005 during this open enrollment period.
For details, see the Human Resources Web site: www.sfsu.edu/~hrwww/
Town meeting on SFSU Athletics
The Task Force on the Future of Athletics at SFSU invites the campus community to a town meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the Hill Room of the Seven Hills Center. Speakers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a two-minute time limit.
The task force is made up of students, including student-athletes; faculty, including a coach; administrators, including the director of athletics; and an alumnus who is a former student-athlete. It has been charged with evaluating alternatives for student athletics and recommending a future structure for student athletics consistent with the availability of non-state funding.
New York Times distribution in support of civic engagement
In support of San Francisco State University's participation in the
American Democracy Project, The New York Times is conducting a free on campus newspaper distribution (1,000 copies) for the students, staff and faculty of SFSU. The program starts Monday, Oct. 14, and will run for four weeks leading up to the November Presidential Election. The program is designed to encourage voter registration, civic engagement, and support the curriculum of the college.
The New York Times is used by professors across the country, in a wide variety of disciplines, to stimulate student thought, provide high quality news and journalism, offer research and analysis content, and connect classroom theory and discussion to the world outside the classroom. The Times provides dedicated Web sites to support student and professor use of the paper and has collected instructional strategies and curriculum guides from professors across the country to provide ideas to utilize The Times. For details, see: www.nytimes.com/college/faculty/
The New York Times will provide newspaper racks located in the following locations:
The Times will conduct student surveys before and after the program to examine newspaper readership and impact on the academic mission of the college andwill provide promotional gifts to encourage voter registration and will support student events. The Times will also offer faculty workshops to explore use of the papers to support curriculum.
In addition, the Times offers discounted subscriptions to students and faculty and provides a wide variety of programs to support newspaper readership on campus.
The New York Times program is sponsored by the Associated Students and the San Francisco Urban Institute and was approved by the Academic Senate.
Request for comments on University writing program
The University Writing Program Task Force invites comments from the campus community on the recommendations made by the three nationally known writing specialists who visited campus last year and evaluated SFSU's writing programs.
The consultants' report includes 38 recommendations that would substantially redefine the role of writing at SFSU and extend responsibilities for teaching writing to all colleges.
An online questionnaire, along with the report and recommendations and other support materials, can be found at: www.sfsu.edu/~ugs/wtf.html
The task force requests that faculty, staff, students and administrators fill out the questionnaire by Wednesday, Nov. 1. It is also recommended that they first read "The Visiting Consultants' Report in Context" -- found at: www.sfsu.edu/~ugs/uwptxt.htm
Two new designated smoking areas added
The number of designated smoking zones on campus has been upped to eight. The two news zones are: the sidewalk near the corner of Lake Merced Boulevard on South State Drive and the pathway on South State Drive between the entrance to the Towers at Centennial Square and the Parking Garage.
For details, see the map of designated smoking zones: www.sfsu.edu/~news/announce/smokemap.htm
This month's Insiders include a scenery design by John B. Wilson, associate professor of theatre arts, for a production of Tom Stoppard's "The Real Thing"; a book on the Western by Jim Kitses, professor of cinema; lectures on socio-cultural studies and sport by Susan Zieff, associate professor of kinesiology; and an award given by the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists to Erna Smith, professor of journalism, for her efforts in teaching and promoting journalism .
Read the Insiders: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/fall04/oct18insiders.htm
In addition, the CSU system is accepting proposals for Wang Faculty Stipends, which provide opportunities for faculty to enhance their research or teaching in Taiwan and the People's Republic of China for a semester or several months.
The deadline to apply for both opportunities is Dec. 1.
For details, contact Johnetta Richards at ext. 8-7589 or go to: www.gateway.calstate.edu/csuienet/faculty/index.shtml
Technology in the classroom grants
To apply, complete the request for proposal form which can be requested at ext. 8-2204, firstname.lastname@example.org or printed out from the Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development Web site: www.sfsu.edu/~acaffrs/
The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.
For details, contact Kevin Kelly at email@example.com or ext. 8-6455.
Student scholarship opportunities
Applications are due Nov. 15. For eligibility requirements and an application, go to: www.sfsu.edu/outreach/scholarships
The Women Studies Department has three $1,000 scholarships available for undergraduate and graduate students pursuing work/research on women and gender issues in the Muslim and Arab worlds. The scholarships are open to any discipline but preference will be given to Women studies majors. Application forms are available in the Women Studies Department, room 315 of the Humanities building, and the College of Humanities office, room 484 of the Humanities building. Applications must be submitted by Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Share your Thanksgiving traditions
To host a student, contact Mari Kusama Hammersmark at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5-4115.
Cruise Turkey and Greece
For details and to reserve a spot, contact Tom Fell Sr. of Fell Travel at (800) 321-3355. For a flier about the cruise, contact Lin (Bushart) Ivory at: email@example.com
J. Jill discount
The coupon expires Sunday, Oct. 31.
For details, contact William Morris at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5-3606.
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