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Volume 52, Number 7   September 27, 2004         

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Italian lecture
The Frank V. de Bellis Collection invites the campus community to a lecture by Giovanni Rossetti on "Eredità e significato della filosofia oggi" at 3 p.m. Monday in the de Bellis Collection on the sixth floor of the Library. The lecture will be presented in Italian.

The event is co-sponsored by the Italian Program. For details, call ext. 8-1649.

EOP celebration

SFSU's Educational Opportunity Program invites the campus community to an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in room 201 of the Student Services building.

Last year, the California State Legislature designated September as EOP month, in honor of EOP's efforts to improve access for and retention of low-income and educationally disadvantaged students at UC, CSU and community college campuses.

For details, call ext. 8-1085.

Towers ribbon-cutting
The campus community is invited to a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly reopened and renamed Towers at Centennial Square and Science and Technology Theme Community at 4 p.m. Wednesday in the circle area on the south side of the building. Please note that the directions in last week's CampusMemo were incorrect -- the south of the building is the side facing the Village.

The event is sponsored by the President's Office and Housing and Residential Services. Refreshments will be served.

The election and
the economy

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 economic issues from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

Participants include International Relations faculty Jean-Marc Blanchard and Burcu Akan Ellis and Economics faculty member Yanchun Zhang. The lecture series is open to the campus community and the general public.

For details, see:

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:

Health Service
open house

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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October = open enrollment for benefits programs
From Oct. 1 through Oct. 31, 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. 31; changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2005.

Anyone currently enrolled in DCRA and HCRA programs must re-enroll for the 2005 year 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.

Proposals for program discontinuances
The Educational Policies Council (EPC) of the Academic Senate will review the proposal for the discontinuance of Design and Industry's bachelor's degree in vocational education, bachelor of science in industrial technology and the bachelor of arts in social science from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 28, in room 460 of the Administration building.

The EPC 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.

Both meetings are open to the campus community. For details, including guidelines and a rebuttal template, see the Senate Web site:

People on Campus
Photo of Matthew AlmeidaFor Matthew Almeida everything is a production. And that's good for everyone on the SFSU campus who enjoys a good meal accompanied by a delightful surprise or two. The director of residential dining services on campus, Almeida seasons everything he does with a little bit of drama.

"Career No. 1 was the theater," he says, referring to his minor at University of San Francisco and teaching stint at Archbishop Riordan High School, where he designed sets and directed such musicals as Stephen Sondheim's "Into the Woods."

Good meals, just like plays, he reasons, are best when staged with care down to every detail. Responsible for the ambiance and the food service for all campus special events and residence hall dining, Almeida says that there is little difference for him between theater and his current occupation. "Both," he says, "rely on the art of presentation...

Read the entire profile:

Nominations wanted
The Academic Senate Executive Committee seeks nominations for representatives to the Research Council and Instructionally Related Activities Board.

Send nominations to:

Asilomar retreat information
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:

Voter registration help needed
The California Faculty Association is looking for volunteers to help register students to vote at tables on the Library plaza and in the Humanities building. The tables need to be staffed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 4-7, 11-14 and 18.

To volunteer for the Library plaza location, 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.

Textbook orders are due soon
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:

CFA meetings
The California Faculty Association (CFA) Executive Board will meet from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the Verducci Room of the University Club on the following Tuesdays: Sept. 28, Oct. 12, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Nov. 23 and Dec. 7.

The meetings are open to all CFA members. For details, contact the CFA at ext. 8-6232 or at:

Golf fundraiser
The Vic Rowen/Gator Golf Classic will take place Monday, Nov. 1, at Lake Merced Golf Course. Entry fee is $150 per player and includes lunch, putting contest, 18 holes of golf (with cart), tee prizes and other contests, and dinner at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Lunch and registration begins at 10:30 a.m.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, Oct. 1. For details, call Doug Hupke at ext. 8-1193. Or fill out a registration form at:

Academic Senate Action

At its Sept. 21 meeting the Academic Senate:

  • Heard a report from David McNeil, chair of the CSU Academic Senate, on the lower-division transfer patterns by major project;
  • Heard a report from Marilyn Verhey, dean of faculty affairs and professional development, on faculty professional development awards;
  • Heard a report on the suspension of the master's degree in gerontology program;
  • Approved the Academic Senate meeting schedule for spring 2005;
  • Approved a recommendation on the consolidation of the general education policy;
  • Elected Jim Kohn and Karen Johnson-Brennan to the Enrollment Management Committee, Zi Hengstler to the GE Segment I committee, and Nini Yang and David Meredith to the University Budget Committee; and
  • Approved the discontinuance of the bachelor of arts degree in kinesiology.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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