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Volume 52, Number 8   October 4, 2004           

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American Jews and
Black nationalism

Marc Dollinger, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, will present "Until You Can Fight as Generals: American Jews and Black Nationalism, 1958-1964" at 3 p.m. Tuesday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The program is part of Jewish Studies' Academica Judaica lecture series. For details, call ext. 8-6075.

Student travel programs

The Office of International Programs is sponsoring a travel fair on the Quad from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to stop by and learn about study, work and travel abroad programs from more than 30 organizations.

For details, see:

Cramming for careers
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend Career Cramming 101 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. This workshop series is designed to help students prepare for effective participation in upcoming Career Center fairs. Students learn such skills as resume writing, job searching, effective interviewing and graduate school planning.

For details, see:

Diversity reception
Faculty and staff are invited to CommUnity in Diversity, a reception to introduce some of the organizations supporting the diverse interests of faculty and staff, from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the University Club. Refreshments will be served.

Sponsors and hosts include: Black Faculty and Staff Association, Raza Faculty and Staff Association, Chinese American Faculty Association, California Faculty Association, Academic Senate, National Sexuality Resource Center, College of Science and Engineering, Institute for Disability Studies, Office of International Programs and University Women's Association.

For details, contact Kenneth Monteiro at ext. 8-6794.

Presidential campaign and social issues
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' class/public lecture series on the presidential elections continues this week with a discussion on the election and the campaign issues of same-sex marriage and reproductive rights from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

Participants include Human Sexuality Studies faculty Christopher Carrington, Gilbert Herdt and Deborah Tolman and Political Science faculty member Robert Smith. The lecture series is open to the campus community and the general public.

For details, see:

Supervisors forum
District 7 candidates for the San Francisco Board of Supervisors will participate in a forum from 10 a.m. to noon Friday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The forum is free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by President Robert A. Corrigan, Political Science Student Association, Department of Political Science, Political Science Graduate Student Union and San Francisco Urban Institute.

Coming Up
Bring your child
to school day

The Urban Institute's Stay in School Family Resource Center invites faculty, staff and students to participate in its annual "Bring your Child to School Day" from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 11, in Malcolm X Plaza. Activities include face painting, story time, Halloween mask making, a coloring contest and three-legged race.

For details, contact Stay in School at ext. 5-0410 or:

Grant workshop
The Office of Community Service Learning invites members of the campus community to participate in a five-day workshop presented by the Grantsmanship Training Center Oct. 18-22. The training combines expert instruction with practical exercises. Registration for the workshop includes a one-year membership to the center, including proposal review services and access to funding databases.

For details and to register, contact the Grantsmanship Center at (800) 421-9512 or at:

Flu shots and
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 as well as a needle-free flu vaccination for $15.

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Open enrollment is here, benefits fair Wednesday
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.

To provide faculty and staff with information on the full range of programs available to them, Human Resources will hold a benefits fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 6, on the first and second floors of the Administration building.

Representatives from SFSU's ergonomics program, the HCRA/DCRA/FlexCash programs, and Scholar Share's college savings program will conduct workshops at 11:30 a.m., noon, and 12:30 p.m. in room 201 of the Administration building.

At the fair, representatives of the following will be on hand to answer questions: health, dental and vision plans; CALPERS Home Loan; Citibank Mortgage; A+ Auto & Home Insurance; tax shelter companies; and the Benefits, Employment, Payroll, Environmental Health and Occupational Safety and Risk Management.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room in the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: a report from Ned Fielden on the Committee on Committees annual report; a report from Lorraine Dong, chair of the University Promotions Committee; an election to the Segment II Committee on Lifelong Development; a resolution on voter registration; a proposed discontinuance of the vocational education bachelor of education degree; a proposed discontinuance of the bachelor of science in industrial technology degree; and a proposed discontinuance of the bachelor of arts in social sciences degree.

Proposal for discontinuance of Russian degree programs
The Educational Policies Council (EPC) of the Academic Senate will review the proposal for the discontinuance of the bachelor of arts and master of arts degrees in Russian at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 12, in room 460 of the Administration building.

The meeting is open to the campus community. For details, including guidelines and a rebuttal template, see the Senate Web site:

This month's Newsmakers include an excerpt from a story in progress by Peter Orner, assistant professor of creative writing; Miriam Smith, associate professor of broadcast and electronic communications art, on the broadcasting business; Lu Rehling, director of the Technical and Professional Writing Program, on workplace writing; Mary Beth Love, chair of health education, on the importance of strong social networks; and Jassen Todorov, violinist and School of Music and Dance faculty member, on performing Mozart's complete sonatas for violin and piano with pianist William Corbett-Jones.

Read the Newsmakers:

Help plan the Asilomar retreat
Registration forms and proposal submission forms for the January 2005 faculty and staff retreat at Asilomar are available on the Academic Senate Web site at:

Proposals are due to the Academic Senate Office by Friday, Oct. 29.

Register voters
The California Faculty Association seeks volunteers to help register students to vote by staffing tables on the Library plaza and in the Humanities building. Coverage is needed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4-7, 11-14 and 18.

To volunteer for the Library plaza location on any of the selected dates, contact Jeff Rosen at or ext. 8-1811. For Oct. 4-7 at the Humanities building, contact Pam Hood at or ext. 8-7436. For Oct. 11-14 and 18 at the Humanities building, contact Jan Gregory at or ext. 8-1575.

Incentives for early textbook orders
Faculty who submit textbook orders for winter or spring semesters to the Bookstore by Friday, Oct. 15, will receive a $5 gift card. Textbook ordering information packets have been mailed to each academic department. Orders can be faxed to ext. 5-0474, e-mailed to or placed online at:

Know any "All-USA" students?
USA Today is now accepting nominations for its 2005 All-USA College Academic Team. Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate outstanding full-time, undergraduate students who are strong academically and are also active in leadership roles on campus and in the community. A major factor the judges will use in deciding the members of the team is a student's "outstanding original academic or intellectual product." Individuals can nominate more than one student.

Students named to the First Team will receive a $2,500 cash award. All students named to the Academic Team will be featured in USA Today.

To nominate a qualified student, go to:

STAR of the Month

September STAR of the Month: Cheryl Kendricks
September STAR Cheryl Kendricks manages the Biology Department's Media Kitchen. It's a demanding position, but it's not quite what those unacquainted with the life sciences might think. A media kitchen is where bacterial cultures and chemicals are prepared for use in microbiology and molecular biology courses.

Kendricks supervises two technicians who prepare all the materials. Chemicals -- reagents and solutions -- have to be poured into the appropriate-sized containers in exact amounts. Cultures take 24-48 hours to grow, so they need to be prepared well in advance. And everything -- all plates, flasks, beakers and instruments -- has to be sterilized in very hot steam baths.

"As the manager of our Media Kitchen, she uses her organizational and problem-solving skills to deal with the many challenges of running a complex operation out of temporary facilities in the biology trailers north of Hensill Hall," said John Hafernik, chair of biology.

"She has had to deal with failing equipment, overheating rooms and staff shortages. It is a testimony to her efforts that during the Hensill Hall remodeling project our students in microbiology and molecular biology continue to have the rich experience in their laboratory courses that they deserve."

Although Kendricks' work is mainly in the Media Kitchen, she enjoys feeling like an integral part of the educational process.

"I like the fact that it helps the students," she said. "That's the most fulfilling part -- being a part of that process."

And despite the difficulties brought on by the Hensill Hall remodel, Kendricks likes the general campus environment.

"I love the campus here," she said. "It's a really beautiful campus."

Kendricks has worked on campus in the Media Kitchen for five years. She describes herself as a "book junkie" and reads everything from biographies and other nonfiction titles to science fiction.

Nominate a staff STAR:


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