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Volume 53, Number 14   November 14, 2005         

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This Week
Wal-Mart documentary

The campus community is invited to two showings of the new Robert Greenwald film "Wal-Mart, the High Cost of Low Price." The first is at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in Jack Adams Hall in the Student Center. A panel discussion will follow the film.

The second screening is at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 17, in room 133 of the Humanities building, and is part of the Philosophy 440 Ethics at Work class. The screening is sponsored by the CSU Employees Union and Philosophy Department. A panel discussion follows the film.

Celebrating language
The fall 2005 Foreign Language Colloquium Series presents the following three lectures in celebration of the Year of Languages:

Terrance Gelenter, founder and director of Paris through Expatriate Eyes, will speak on "Americans in Paris from Benjamin Franklin to Terrance Gelenter" from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m. in room 473 of the Humanities building.

For details, contact Anita Axt at or ext. 8-1073.

Susanne Hoelscher, lecturer of German, will speak on "Wladimir Kaminer: A Russian Writer in Postwall Berlin" from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in room 283 of the Humanities building.

Mohammad Salama, assistant professor of Arabic, will speak on "A Salary of Death: Badr Shakir al-Sayyab's 'Haffar al-Qubur' (The Gravedigger) and the Crisis of Modern Iraq" from 4:10 to 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15, in room 473 of the Humanities building.

For details, contact Midori McKeon at ext. 8-7413.

Human rights
and Colombia

The campus community is invited to hear William Mendoza talk about human rights violations in Colombia by the Coca-Cola Co. from noon to 2 p.m. Monday in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center.

For details, contact Amrah Salomon Johnson at:

Open-mike night

The campus community is invited to attend or participate in an open-mike night at 5 p.m. Tuesday in the Depot of the Student Center. At the event, the S.A.F.E. Place will collect items to benefit women and children of La Casa de las Madres shelter in San Francisco.

For details, contact Nina Jo Smith at or ext. 8-2819.

The Holocaust
and public art

Horst Hoheisel, a German artist and designer of public commemorative works, will speak on "Holocaust Memory, Public Art and Cultural Stewardship" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program's Academica Judaica lecture series and is cosponsored by the Art Department.

For details, call ext. 8-6075.

Social justice visions
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' lecture series on social justice and equity continues this week with a discussion on "What Does/ Should/Could Social Justice Mean?" from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in the Humanities Auditorium, room 133 in the Humanities building.

Panelists include: Robert Cherny, History; Gil Herdt, Human Sexuality Studies; Robert Smith, Political Sciences; James Martel, Political Science; Jessica Fields, Sociology; Christopher Bettinger, Sociology; and Raquel Rivera Pinderhughes, Urban Studies.

For details, visit:

Swap cigarettes
for cold turkey

The Student Health Service will sponsor campus participation of the Great American Smokeout from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday by the lawn near the Library. The campus community is invited to learn more about quitting smoking, "staying quit," and how to help friends or loved ones kick the tobacco habit. As a first step in the process, smokers are invited to turn in a pack of cigarettes for a turkey sandwich.

For details, contact Albert Angelo at or ext. 8-3039.

Second health
equity candidate

Cynthia Gomez, the second finalist for the Health Equity Initiative director position, will give a presentation from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday in room 560 of the Administration building. Gomez is associate professor in the Department of Medicine and codirector of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at University of California, San Francisco.

Japanese tea ceremony
As part of SFSU's celebration of International Education Week, members of the campus community are invited to a Japanese tea ceremony Thursday in room 117 of the Humanities building. The ceremony, performed in the tradition of the Omote-Senke School of Tea, will be 50 minutes long. Sessions take place at 12:10, 1:10, 2:10, 3:10, and 4:10 p.m.

After a demonstration, traditional Japanese sweets and a bowl of freshly prepared maccha green tea will be served to participants. Admission is $3, payable at the door. Participants will be seated on tatami straw mats. Special seating in a western-style chair may be arranged upon request.

R.S.V.P. required. For details and reservations, contact Midori McKeon at or ext. 8-7431.

Student programs
open house

The Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development invites the campus community to an open house from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday in room 105 of the Student Services building.

memorial event

The campus community is invited to a memorial event in honor of Greek American short story writer and novelist Helen Zeese Papanikolas at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 19, in room 133 of the Humanities building. The event includes dramatic readings of her work accompanied by music.

For details, contact the Center for Modern Greek Studies at ext. 8-1892.

Coming Up
Two Bookstore readings

Five faculty from the Creative Writing Department will read from new work at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, in the Bookstore. Participants include Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Tori Mirosevich, Truong Tran and Barbara Tomash.

Bay Area writer Margot Eve Pepper will discuss her book "Through the Wall: A Year in Havana" at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in the Bookstore.

For details, call ext. 8-2650.

Third health
equity candidate

George Ayala, the third finalist for the Health Equity Initiative director position, will give a presentation from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, in room 560 of the Administration building. Ayala is director of the Institute for Gay Men's Health.

Bookstore reception
The SFSU Bookstore invites faculty and staff to its annual reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. During the reception the Bookstore will offer a 20-percent discount on most items in the store as well as complimentary food and drink.

For details, call ext. 8-2665.

SF State News home

Campus e-mail change
SFSU's e-mail accounts will be moved to new, robust e-mail servers over the next several months. The campus community's participation is needed to make this change work.

Users will receive an e-mail regarding steps that need to be taken to update their e-mail software settings. The e-mail will direct them to a Web page that will help walk them through the process.

Present e-mail addresses will not change. E-mail accounts will be moved to the new servers in a phased approach over the next several months.

The changes are part of an over-all campus technology upgrade. Additional plans include a new system for both Web-based and client-based (i.e. lives on your computer hard drive) e-mail and calendaring (the new calendar system replaces MeetingMaker); an SFSU portal with connections to frequently used applications for every user; and collaboration systems such as instant messaging and Web conferencing.

For more information, contact the Help Desk at or ext. 8-1420.

Celebrate international education Nov. 14-19
SFSU will join college campuses around the world Nov. 14-19 in celebrating the fifth annual International Education Week with a host of lectures, film screenings, panel discussions, workshops and more. The Office of International Programs (OIP) invites the campus community to attend. Nearly all of the events are free.

A reception to welcome international students will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in the Vista Room. OIP and the Office of the President will host the event.

Internationally themed lunches at the Vista Room will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. throughout the week. Lunches cost $14. For reservations, call ext. 8-6067. The lunches are sponsored by the departments of Hospitality Management and Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics.

For details and a complete list of International Education Week events, call OIP at ext. 8-1293 or visit:

Katrina teach-in Nov. 15
The campus community is invited to a "Katrina Teach-in: Rebuilding on a New Foundation of Justice" from noon to 10 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Admission is free.

The forum, open to students, faculty and community members, will be led by SFSU faculty and guest speakers from the Gulf Coast. Presentations will address the social, political, cultural and health-related issues that arose in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Discussions will focus on how issues of race and class determine the impact and response to disaster as well as ways in which rebuilding efforts can be designed and supported by grassroots, community-based efforts.

The event includes live music and a Cajun buffet and "dinner dialogue." In addition to SFSU faculty, speakers include Malik Rahim, a Bay Area community organizer and native of the Algiers district of New Orleans; Curtis Muhammed from Community Labor United, People's Hurricane Relief Fund and Oversight Coalition of New Orleans; Judith Maxwell of Tulane University, an authority on the African American community in New Orleans; and Dr. Tomas Aragon of the San Francisco Department of Health, an expert on disaster preparedness.

The event is organized by the Health Education Department, Public Health Organization of Graduate Students, Health Education Student Association, Health Education Access Link, College of Health and Human Services, Community Health Works and College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

For the full schedule, visit or call ext. 8-1413.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Members of the campus community are welcome.

Agenda items include: a report from Gene Chelberg on the Committee on Committees and 2005 annual reports; a report from Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Helen Goldsmith on facilitating graduation; draft guidelines for the external review of graduation requirements; a proposed discontinuance of the master of arts degree in physiological psychology; proposed revisions to the bachelor of arts degree in sociology; and proposed revisions to the master of arts degree in human sexuality studies.

Limited flu vaccine shots available
The Student Health Service has a limited number of flu vaccine shots available to students, faculty and staff. Vaccines will be available from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, and from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 18.

The cost is $20. A few FluMist vaccines are still available at $27. Interested persons should visit the Student Health Service Web site to learn which vaccine is appropriate:

Call for honorary degree nominations
The University's 2005-06 Honorary Degree Committee invites all members of the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be conferred at Commencement 2006 in the names of SFSU and the CSU. The nomination deadline is Monday, Nov. 28.

Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a statement about the candidate and any other materials that would support the nomination. The committee will meet during the next several weeks. Label nominations "Attn: Honorary Degree Committee" and send them to the Academic Senate Office, room 551 of the Administration building.

Grants & Contracts
SFSU was awarded $2,882,593 in August and $1,429,273 in September.

Read Grants & Contracts:

Next CampusMemo Nov. 28
CampusMemo will not be published Monday, Nov. 21, during Thanksgiving week. Items for the Monday, Nov. 28, edition should be e-mailed by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, to or faxed to ext. 8-1498.

Be a Thanksgiving host
The Office of International Programs seeks volunteers to host an international student or scholar for a Thanksgiving meal on 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 who is interested in learning more about U.S. culture and traditions.

To host an international guest, contact Ko Aoshima at or ext. 5-3512.

Academic assessment survey
The University Academic Assessment Advisory Committee of the Academic Senate invites faculty to complete a three-minute Web survey on the effectiveness of undergraduate academic assessment activities.

A graduate survey will be conducted in the near future.

The deadline to complete the survey is 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15. It can be found at:

CSU international posts due Dec. 1
Tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to apply for one-year resident director positions with CSU's international program. Positions for 2007-08 are available in China, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Israel (subject to position availability and program reinstatement).

In addition, the Wang Faculty Stipend provides an opportunity for faculty to contribute to business and personal relations between the United States and Taiwan or the People's Republic of China. The fund provides four $10,000 stipends for faculty.

The deadline for both opportunities is Dec. 1. For details, visit: or contact Johnetta Richards at ext. 8-7589.

CEL course proposals
The College of Extended Learning is now accepting course proposals for the summer semester. Information can be requested from department chairs, or contact Richard Kay at or ext. 5-7772. Course requests should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, November 15. Forms are also at:

Creating class Web sites
Faculty are invited to attend a series of two free workshops on how to use Macromedia Dreamweaver to create instructional Web pages. The workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in room 433 of the Library. Participants must have an SFSU e-mail account and password.

R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Nov. 28 to Pony Smith at or ext. 5-3542.

FitnessPlus' half-semester special
It's not too late to sign up for FitnessPlus' half-semester memberships for $55. Classes offered include weight training, body sculpt, aerobics and yoga.

For details and to fill out a survey on what types of classes FitPlus should offer, call ext. 8-7572 or visit:

Dodging holiday weight gain
The Village Fitness Center invites the campus community to avoid the average holiday weight gain of 8 to 15 pounds by joining its' Great Holiday Weigh-in Challenge. No membership is necessary. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers who keep the weight off or lose the most during the holidays.

Participants receive a discount on private training sessions. Registration is Nov.14 -22. Weigh-ins to determine the winners will be Jan.16 to Feb. 3. Drop in at the Village Fitness Center to register or call 452-1010 for more information.

Holiday luncheon at the Palace Hotel
The University Women's Association invites members and nonmembers to a luncheon at the Garden Court of San Francisco's Palace Hotel at noon Saturday, Dec. 3. The cost is $40 per person for members and their guests, and $45 per person for nonmembers. For details, menu choices and to R.S.V.P., contact Lin Ivory at:

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