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Volume 53, Number 9   October 10, 2005         

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This Week
Modern Greek
culture events

Peter Bien, emeritus professor of English and comparative literature at Dartmouth College, will present a lecture and two seminars as a visiting Kazantzakis scholar at the Center for Modern Greek Studies.

Bien will teach a seminar on the novel "Zorba the Greek" from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in room 129 of the Humanities building. He will present a lecture on "Inventing Greece" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 13, in room 587 of the Humanities building. And he will present a seminar on the novel "Last Temptation of Christ" from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in room 129 of the Humanities building.

Supervisor Elsbernd

San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will visit campus at noon Wednesday in room 268 of the HSS building. Members of the campus community are welcome to attend and ask questions relevant to SFSU, District 7 and the city of San Francisco. Elsbernd also will visit campus Nov. 2 and Dec. 7.

The event is sponsored by the Political Science Students' Association, SFSU President's Office and Office of Government Relations.

Coming Up
MIT opportunities

Christopher Michael Jones, assistant dean for graduate students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will discuss MIT graduate life and summer research opportunities from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Richard Oaks Multicultural Center of the Student Center. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend.

For details, contact Will Flowers at or ext. 5-3662.

Joseph Wilson to speak
Former Iraq ambassador Joseph Wilson will speak on campus at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Wilson is the author of "The Politics of Truth."

Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for SFSU students (with ID). For tickets, call (800) 594-8499 or visit:

The event is sponsored by A.S. Performing Arts.

Academic freedom
Marcus Harvey, West Coast representative of the American Association of University Professors, will speak on "Academic Freedom at Ground Zero: Where Civil Society Meets Power Politics" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the Academic Freedom Committee of the Academic Senate.

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, Oct. 19, at Malcolm X Plaza.

Arendt's insights
Gail Presbey, professor of philosophy at University of Detroit, Mercy, will speak on "Questions Concerning the Founding of New Government in Iraq: Reflections on Arendt's Insights" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in room 391 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the Program in Critical Social Thought; the Philosophy, Humanities and Political Science departments; and the Global Peace Studies program.

SF State News home

Friday deadline to contribute to charitable campaign
California State Employee Charitable Campaign (CSECC) contributions are due by 5 p.m. Friday.

The chance to participate came with the most recent paycheck, which included a letter, pledge form and campaign brochure. Using the pledge form, employees can make a one-time donation or an ongoing contribution as small as $2 per month.

When making a pledge, designate a recipient from the campaign brochure (all of which have been screened by the State Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board), specify any non-profit, or leave that section blank and the money will go into the United Way of the Bay Area's local fund.

For details, see the SFSU CSECC campaign page at:

For more information, contact Inez Bomar at or ext. 8-2517.

OfficeMax launch meeting Wednesday
As previously announced, SFSU will transition its office supply ordering to the CSU systemwide agreement with OfficeMax effective Oct. 25.

All interested parties are invited to a launch meeting from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. A presentation and demonstration of the online ordering interfaces will take place and OfficeMax representatives will be on hand to answer questions.

Additional training sessions for online ordering will be held at 8, 9, 10 and 11 a.m. Oct. 17-18 in room 103 of the Administration building. Registration is required and may be done online at the Fiscal Affairs Web page:

Student Health Service open house Wednesday
The Student Health Service (SHS) will hold its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the SHS building. This event is an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to come and learn about staff offerings.

As part of the event, SHS will offer a variety of free health screenings including HIV testing, blood pressure and eye screenings, body fat testing and nutrition assessments.

Ultrasound bone mineral density tests will be available for women over 40 for $20.

In addition, flu vaccinations will be available for $23 (cash only). Those who are eligible can opt for a Biojector needleless (not ouchless) flu shot or a FluMist nasal spray. Eligibility requirements for the two forms of vaccination as well as more on the open house can be found on the SHS Web site:

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

Celebrate faculty tenure and promotion next week
A campus-wide celebration in honor of the faculty who were granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Towers Conference Center.

The list of faculty tenure and promotions is available at:

University Park hospitality suite
Faculty, staff, students and their guests are welcome to rent a one-bedroom hospitality suite in University Park North (across from the Stonestown Galleria). The one-bedroom suite contains a full bed and a fold-out couch and can accommodate up to four people. The suite is available for $89 a night or $500 for seven nights.

Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, Internet access, cable television and parking.

For details, contact Tiffany Mikami, administrative coordinator of Residential Property Management, at or ext. 5-4410.

Grants & Contracts
SFSU was awarded an additional $1,577,690 in June and $13,013,691 in July.

Read Grants & Contracts:

Comments on writing report due Friday
The Academic Senate invites members of the campus community to comment on the final report of the Writing Task Force.

The report is available for review at:

The deadline for responses to the final report of the Writing Task Force is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14.

Physiological psychology discontinuance
The Education Policies Council will meet at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 25, in room 460 of the Administration building to discuss the discontinuance of the master of arts in physiological psychology. The campus community is welcome.

CSU international opportunities
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, Taiwan and 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.

Textbook orders drawing
The Bookstore is now processing textbook orders for winter and spring 2006. Faculty who submit their spring order by Oct. 31 will have their names entered in a drawing for a trip to Mendocino. Faculty who submit orders by Oct. 15 will have their names entered twice in the drawing. For details and an online ordering firm, see:

Orders can also be e-mailed to or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

Project Homeless Connect needs volunteers
San Francisco's Project Homeless Connect (PHC) seeks volunteers for its
Tuesday, Oct. 18, homeless outreach and support event. The event, which has been held several times this past year, provides care, counseling, employment and other services to homeless clients.

PHC also encourages department participation. For example, Whirlwind Wheelchair International has provided wheelchair maintenance at the past three PHC events and will continue to do so throughout the year.

For details, contact the San Francisco Urban Institute at ext. 8-3340.

Village Fitness Center opportunities
The Village Fitness Center is offering faculty and staff two-for-one memberships. Faculty or staff members who enroll can enroll a friend for free and also receive free t-shirts and two free meetings with a personal trainer. In addition, the Village Fitness Center is launching a six-week "boot camp" workout class from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class begins Tuesday, Oct. 18. An additional fee applies. A range of group fitness classes are also available. Information on class times and descriptions are available at the center's service desk.

For details, call (415) 452-1010.

Academic Senate Action

At its Oct. 4 meeting, the Academic Senate...

  • Heard a report from Yenbo Wu and Jennifer Wissink, Office of International Programs, on SFSU's observance of International Education Week, Nov.14-18;
  • Heard a report from CSU Faculty Trustee Craig Smith;
  • Approved a resolution commending the agreement on a General Salary Increase;
  • Approved recommendations from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee for proposed minors in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, and computer engineering; and
  • Heard a recommendation from the Academic Program Review Committee on the proposed guidelines for the sixth cycle of academic program review.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:

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