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Volume 52, Number 10   October 18, 2004           

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This Week
Good food, good cause

The campus community is invited to a food fair and fundraiser for student organizations on campus from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on the Main Lawn. Sample cuisine reflective of the University's student organizations.

All proceeds benefit the student organizations and will help support their mission on campus.

For details, contact Alberto Olivares at ext. 8-3887.

Bookstore 50th begins

The Bookstore beings its 50th anniversary celebration Monday. Stop by starting Monday and through Nov. 12 to enter the anniversary raffle. Rules and regulations are posted inside of the Bookstore. Only current students, staff and faculty members are eligible for the raffle.

Free health screenings
The Student Health Service will hold its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 20. Free health screenings will be available. Flu shots will not be offered because of a shortage.

Study abroad fair
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend a study abroad fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Quad.

For details, see:

CFA bargaining input
Collective bargaining for a new Unit 3 contract covering teaching faculty, librarians, counselors and coaches will begin this spring between the California Faculty Association (CFA) and the CSU administration.

To facilitate input on the issues to negotiate in the contract, the CFA invites all faculty members, including nonmembers, to a bargaining survey luncheon from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday in room 1 of the University Club. Two members of the CFA statewide board will be on hand to answer questions and take suggestions.

CFA will also distribute a survey to all Unit 3 members asking for their input.

Presidential campaign
and education

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' class/public lecture series on the presidential elections continues this week with a discussion of the presidential campaigns and issues related to K-12 and higher education from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

Participants include President Robert A. Corrigan, Carol Stevenson, assistant professor of child and adolescent development, and Chris Treadway, director of government and community relations.

For details, see:

Wetlands restoration

Michael Vasey, acting director of the Environmental Studies Program, will discuss "Restoring San Francisco Bay Wetlands: Shifting Paradigms and New Challenges" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 28, in room 361 of the HSS building. Attendees are welcome to bring their lunch.

This is the second event in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences faculty brown bag lunch research series.

Coming Up
Nakayama memorial

A memorial for English Associate Professor Randall Nakayama, who died this summer, will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in room 587 of the Humanities building.

CFA board meeting
The California Faculty Association board will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in the Verducci room of the University Club. All CFA members are welcome.

Halloween blood drive
The School of Nursing invites the campus community to participate in its annual Halloween blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in room 374 of Burk Hall.

The Bay Area uses more blood than it donates in part because of the many large teaching hospitals in the region. All blood types are needed. Donors must bring some form of identification and should weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. It is also advised that donors drink extra water or juice that day and have a snack before donating. Donors will receive one free pass to Six Flags Marine World.

Walk-ins are welcome, or schedule an appointment at:

Defensive driver training
Defensive driver training classes are available from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. To register, call ext. 8-1449 or e-mail:

View election returns with experts
The campus community and general public are invited to watch the returns of the Tuesday, Nov. 2, election from 7 to 10 p.m. at Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Political Science faculty members Corey Cook, Richard DeLeon, Robert Smith and Francis Neely will offer real-time analysis moderated by College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean Joel J. Kassiola.

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Tenure and promotion celebration
Faculty who were granted tenure or received promotions for the 2004-05 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. 26, 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:

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:

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:

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:

The New York Times will provide newspaper racks located in the following locations:

  • Hensill Hall at the corner of the building near 19th Ave.
  • HSS Hall at the middle entrance along 19th Ave.
  • Business building at the entrance to the Quad
  • Franciscan building at the main entrance
  • J Paul Leonard Library on both sides of the main entrance
  • Fine Arts Building at the entrance in the walkway along the Creative Arts building
  • Cafe Rosso
  • Student Services building at the corner outside One Stop
  • The Villages at Centennial Square at the entrance opposite Student Services

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:

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:

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:

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:

International opportunities for faculty
CSU resident director opportunities are now available for faculty members interested in working and living in France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain or Israel (subject to program reinstatement) for an academic year.

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:

Technology in the classroom grants
The Office of Academic Affairs is accepting proposals from faculty for mini-grants and assigned time awards. Projects must involve the use of technology to enhance the delivery of both course content and course-related activities.

To apply, complete the request for proposal form which can be requested at ext. 8-2204, or printed out from the Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development Web site:

The deadline is 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.

For details, contact Kevin Kelly at or ext. 8-6455.

Student scholarship opportunities
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to apply for one of three Dr. Gloria Hing scholarships. Scholarships cover fees for the spring 2005 semester and are awarded to incoming or continuing students who provide service (paid or volunteer) to the Chinese American community.

Applications are due Nov. 15. For eligibility requirements and an application, go to:

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
The Office of International Programs seeks volunteers to host an international student or scholar for a Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 25. Hosts may be families or individuals from the campus community who would like to share this holiday with a student from another country interested in learning more about U.S. culture and traditions.

To host a student, contact Mari Kusama Hammersmark at or ext. 5-4115.

Cruise Turkey and Greece
The University Women's Association (UWA) is sponsoring a 12-day cruise from Istanbul to Athens, including stops at many of the Greek Isles. The cruise package includes free airfare, but bookings must be made by Sunday, Oct. 31. Prices begin at $2,550/person (plus taxes and port charges). Prices will go up significantly after the Oct. 31 deadline.

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:

J. Jill discount
The Stonestown Galleria J. Jill (a women's boutique clothier) is offering 10 percent discounts on purchases of $50 or more to SFSU faculty and staff. To receive the discount, pick up a coupon at room 104 of the Lakeview Center.

The coupon expires Sunday, Oct. 31.

For details, contact William Morris at or ext. 5-3606.


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