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Volume 53, Number 8   October 3, 2005         

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This Week
Mexico report

Students and professors who traveled to Mexico last June on a solidarity study tour will discuss their trip from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday and Tuesday in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building.

Student response
systems workshop

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Academic Technologies invites faculty to attend a workshop on Student Response Systems from noon to 1 p.m. Monday in room 433 of the Library. Student Response Systems allow instructors to pose questions to a class of any size, gather results and display them to the class in real time. The workshop will include a demonstration of the two most commonly used systems on campus and a discussion for faculty on how to best incorporate this technology into the classroom.

To register, e-mail or call 5-3537. For details, visit:

The criminal
justice system

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' course and lecture series on social justice and equity continues this week with a discussion on "Social Justice and the Criminal Justice System" from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in the Humanities Auditorium, room 133 in the Humanities building.

Panelists include: Velia Garcia, Raza Studies; Michael Musheno, Criminal Justice; Jeffrey Snipes, Criminal Justice; and Connie Ulasewicz, Consumer and Family Studies.

For details, visit:

Urban renewal and
health disparities

Mindy Thompson Fullilove, research psychiatrist at New York State Psychiatric Institute and a professor of clinical psychiatry and public health at Columbia University, will speak on "Health Disparities and Upheaval: Lessons from Urban Renewal and other Upheaval Events" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday in Rosa Parks E of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

This event is part of the fall 2005 Health Disparities Seminar Series funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to: rimi2@sfsu

Classroom assessment techniques
Faculty are invited to attend a workshop on student assessment tools and techniques from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in room 437 of the Library.

To register, e-mail or call 5-3537. For more information visit:

Coming Up
Chinese American
Studies Conference

The campus community is invited to attend the opening luncheon and the evening banquet at the 2005 Chinese American Studies Conference to be held next weekend at the Radisson Miyako Hotel in San Francisco. The luncheon, at 11:30 a.m. Friday, Oct. 7 will feature CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. Cost is $35 ($20 for students).

The banquet the same evening will honor historians Philip P. Choy and Him Mark Lai and include a keynote by Gary Locke, former governor of Washington. Tickets for this event, which will be held at the Empress of China Restaurant, are $80 each. R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, to the Historical Society at (415) 391-1188, ext. 101.

Meet with
Supervisor Elsbernd

San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will visit campus at noon Wednesday, Oct. 12, 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 has Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 visits planned.

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

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.

Arendt applied to Iraq
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, Political Science departments and the Global Peace Studies program.

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Benefits fair Wednesday
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. 5, on the first and second floors of the Administration building.

At the fair, representatives of the following will be on hand to answer questions about health, dental and vision plans; CALPERS Home Loan; Citibank Mortgage; A+ Auto & Home Insurance; and financial planning services.

Faculty and staff have until Monday, Oct. 17, to change health or dental plans and enroll in such programs as FlexCash, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement. Forms must be returned to Human Resources by the deadline; changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2006.

Celebrate faculty tenure and promotion
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:

AmEx Championship to affect traffic this week
The World Golf Championships-American Express Championship will be held at Harding Park Golf Course Oct. 3-9. Organizers expect that pedestrian and vehicular traffic around SFSU will be affected due to the large number of tournament attendees.

Faculty, staff and students will be accommodated first in our public parking lots. If there are available public parking spaces, these spaces will be sold to PGA attendees. Faculty and staff permit holders should not be affected as Lot 19 will not be utilized. Available public parking spaces in Lot 25 (Winston Drive) will also be sold to PGA attendees. On-campus residents (Lot R permit holders) have been advised that they can park their vehicles in Lot 20 during the tournament.

Additional personnel from the Department of Public Safety will be in place to facilitate parking and traffic flow and will ensure that our campus community has first priority. The campus community should be prepared to show their SFSU identification if the need arises to ensure that our campus community's needs are the first priorty.

For details, call Parking and Transportation at ext. 8-1441.

Office supply contract update
As previously announced, SFSU will transition its office supply ordering to the CSU system-wide agreement with OfficeMax. The change will be implemented Oct. 25.

All interested campus users are invited to a launch meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on 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:

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4 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 Yenbo Wu and Jennifer Wissink of the Office of International Programs on International Education Week; a report from CSU faculty trustee Craig Smith; a proposed resolution commending the agreement on a general salary increase; a proposed minor in mechanical engineering; a proposed minor in electrical engineering; a proposed minor in civil engineering; a proposed minor in computer engineering; and proposed guidelines for the sixth cycle of program review.

California State Employee Charitable Campaign begins
Every year, SF State employees are given the opportunity to help our friends and neighbors by contributing to the California State Employee Charitable Campaign (CSECC). The chance to participate came with the most recent paycheck, which should have 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 answers to other questions, contact Inez Bomar at or ext. 8-2517

Student Health Service open house
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 needle-less (not ouch-less) 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.

Banned Books Week continues
The J. Paul Leonard Library's celebration of Banned Books Week continues with afternoon readings by students, faculty and local authors Tuesday, Oct. 5, and Wednesday, Oct. 6. All readings will be held in room 426C of the Library.

For a complete schedule, see:

For details, contact Susan Hawk at or ext. 5-0992.

This month's Newsmakers include a report on SFSU's involvement in an ultra fast optical network; Mitchell Marks, associate professor of management, on consumer confidence; a report on Romberg Tiburon Center researcher Katharyn Boyer's eelgrass restoration project; Connie Ulasewicz, associate professor of consumer and family studies, on the uniforms she designed for Hillcrest Juvenile Hall; Jules Tygiel, professor of history, on voter attitudes and public funding for pro sports stadium projects; and reports on the Morrison Artists Series' 50th season celebration.

Read the Newsmakers:

Writing Task Force seeks comments
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.

Ergonomics training
Campus employees are invited to request free ergonomic assessments of their office work environment by peer Ergonomic Safety Program (ESP) coaches, to reduce the risk of serious injury and promote healthful work styles. For details, call ext. 8-1449.

In addition, new ESP coaches are needed. A seven-week training session runs Oct. 6 to Nov. 17. Classes meet from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday. To volunteer, call ext. 8-1449 or contact Teri Liming at ext. 8-1683.

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 US, 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, see: or contact Johnetta Richards at ext. 8-7589.

Textbook orders incentive
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.

Scholarship opportunities
Application forms for two $1,000 Marjorie Hefter Stern Scholarships -- one for undergraduates and one for graduates -- are available in the Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities, room 484 of the Humanities building, and in the Women Studies Department, room 315 of the Humanities building. SFSU students majoring in any subject may apply, but preference will be given to students majoring in women studies, labor studies or other programs examining social change. The scholarship donor is especially interested in encouraging women to continue their education.

All applications must be returned to the Women Studies Department by Wednesday, Nov. 2.

In addition, application forms for three $1,000 scholarships awarded to undergraduate and graduate students who are interested in women and gender issues in the Muslim and Arab worlds are available in the Office of the Dean of the College of Humanities, room 484 of the Humanities building, and in the Women Studies Department, room 315 of the Humanities building. SFSU students majoring in any subject may apply, however preference will be given to students majoring in women studies. The completed application form and one letter of recommendation must be submitted to the Women Studies Department by Wednesday, Nov. 2.

STAR of the Month

September STAR of the Month: Sherriann Ng
Photo of Sherriann NgSherriann Ng, manager of human resources for the College of Science and Engineering, is a campus mainstay. She arrived on campus "a day after the cops and horses left in 1969" and, except for a few years off when her son was born, she has worked on campus ever since.

Ng oversees the implementation of all faculty and staff hiring and retention in the College. She also monitors personnel activity to make sure that the College is in compliance with SFSU policies and state and federal laws, and she does long- and short-term budget planning.

"Sherri's knowledge and accuracy on policy issues and procedures is greatly appreciated by the many people who come to her every day for information," Dean Sheldon Axler said. "[She] is a trusted advisor to me on many issues; I truly value her wisdom and outstanding judgment."

Axler also noted that her planning helped the College ride out the recent budget problems "with less pain than we had expected."

Ng began her SFSU career as a secretary in the Chemistry Department. She then moved over to the Office of School Relations. After her son Kelly was born she took some time off and wasn't planning to return until former Science Dean Jim Kelly called and offered her a job as his assistant. She decided to come back to campus.

It's a decision she doesn't regret.

"I enjoy the people I work with," she said. "I enjoy the complexity of the responsibilities I have."

Ng lives in San Mateo with her husband Frank and son Kelly. She claims golf as a passion -- one shared by the rest of her family. They often plan family vacations around golfing including trips to South Carolina, Oregon and Hawaii.

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