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Volume 53, Number 6   September 19, 2005         

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Faculty governance nominations
Faculty members are invited to nominate themselves or colleagues for one of two positions on the Instructionally Related Activities Board. Open positions include a one-year and two-year term.

Contact the Academic Senate office at or ext. 8-1264.

Swap surplus property
The SWAP (Surplus with a Purpose) Shop invites the campus community to make use of its services in reusing surplus campus property. Reusable and refurbished items are redistributed to campus offices as well as to Bay Area nonprofit organizations with 501 (c) (3) status, community/public service agencies and public schools. All remaining non-useable items are donated and/or sold for scrap recycling. Through reuse, this program decreases campus waste.

Printer cartridges, computers, computer accessories, cables, office equipment and furniture are among the items available in the SWAP Shop, located in room 24 in the basement of Burk Hall.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m. Mondays, and 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays. For details, call ext. 8-6862.

Looking for
Head Start alums

SFSU and the SFSU Head Start are celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Head Start Program. Head Start would like to hear from those who have benefited from program and also invite them to celebration events.

Faculty and staff who are or know Head Start alumni are encouraged to contact Juanita Santana at or ext. 5-0512.

Vista Room adds Fridays
The Vista Room, SFSU's restaurant for fine dining located in room 401 of Burk Hall, will be open Fridays this semester in addition to its normal Monday through Thursday schedule. Hours are 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Price is $13 per person and requires a prepaid reservation. For details or reservations, call ext. 5-3530 or ext. 8-6087.

Student parent
support group
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage eligible, interested students to join the Stay-in-School Family Resource Center's Student Parent Support Group. The group meets from 2 to 3 p.m. every other Wednesday in room 208 of the Student Services building. The next meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 21. Child care can be arranged for those who attend the meetings.

For details, contact the center at or ext. 5-0410.

Retirement party for Jenny C. Leung
The Public Safety Department invites faculty and staff to a retirement party in honor of Jenny C. Leung, assistant director of public safety for fiscal and parking/transportation, from 4 –to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 28, in room 150 of the Lakeview Center. Donations toward a gift and to support the cost of the party are welcome.

R.S.V.P. and send donations by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, to Frances Hui or Joy Manaois in the Public Safety Department, New Corporation Yard. For details, call ext. 8-7744 or ext. 8-3388.

FitnessPlus instructors needed
The FitnessPlus program needs cardio aerobics and yoga instructors. Instructors who teach one or more days a week receive a free semester membership. Instructors are needed for classes that meet noon to 1 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Interested individuals should e-mail or call ext. 8-7572.

Caribbean cruise
The University Women's Association (UWA) invites faculty and staff to help raise funds for UWA scholarships by signing up for a 10-night cruise of the Caribbean.

Guests who book by Sept. 30 receive a two-category suite upgrade.

For details, contact Lin Ivory, or Tom Fell Jr. at (800) 321-FELL.

Banned Books Week
The J. Paul Leonard Library invites the campus community to help celebrate Banned Books Week (Sept. 24-Oct. 1) this year by speaking, reading from banned works, or working with SFSU students on their writing projects. Skits, spoken-word recitations, music performances and other activities are also welcome.

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

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Blakemore to lead development, alumni relations
Photo of Donna BlakemoreDonna Blakemore, a seasoned fundraising professional with more than 25 years of nonprofit and higher education experience, joined SFSU on Sept.12 as associate vice president for University advancement.

She has served three University of California campuses in leadership positions in both fundraising and alumni relations. Since relocating to San Francisco, she has worked as vice president of advancement at the California Institute of Integral Studies and development director at SFJAZZ and San Francisco Ballet.

"I am very pleased to welcome Donna Blakemore to our team," University Advancement Vice President Lee Blitch said. "With her proven track record in both the nonprofit sector and in higher education, she will add another dimension of expertise that can help bring San Francisco State to new levels in fundraising and community support."

In her new position, Blakemore is tasked with leading all fundraising efforts for the University, including planned giving, major gifts, annual fund, alumni relations, corporate and foundation relations and capital campaigns.

Blakemore's goals include expanding the overall fundraising program and increasing annual support.

"We need to engage our various constituents in the life of the campus -- to discover what they care about deeply and match their talents and resources with the needs of the University," Blakemore said. "Our alumni population is growing exponentially, and it is essential that we find new ways to engage them in supporting the campus in ways in which they can contribute even more."

SFSU commemorates Constitution Day Monday
A new federal law requires that all colleges that receive federal funds formally recognize the anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution. On Monday, SFSU faculty and students will devote a day to the U.S. Constitution, which was signed on Sept. 17, 1787.

The day of lectures and discussion will be led by senior faculty representing history, psychology, political science, Africana studies, Raza studies, Asian American studies, mathematics and English. Topics for the eight sessions include: the Supreme Court, civil rights and affirmative action; disability rights, race and social justice; tensions and meanings of the Constitution; the Constitution in time of war; and the Constitution and voting. The talks, coordinated by Robert Cherny, acting dean of undergraduate studies, kick off at 10:15 a.m. in the Humanities Auditorium with sessions to follow in the auditorium and in Humanities rooms 277 and 386.

The complete schedule is available in the SF State News story:

For details, contact Robert Cherny at or ext. 8-7162.

Katrina-related blood drive
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) and Student Health Service invite the campus community to join in a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, and Wednesday, Sept. 28, at the Student Health Service.

The blood will be collected by Blood Centers of the Pacific which will work with its sister organizations in hurricane-affected areas to ensure the optimal use of donations. SHAC will receive $5 per unit of blood if 50 units per day are donated and will donate any money received to the Red Cross.

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 John Gemello, provost and vice president for academic affairs; a report from the writing task force by Dan Buttlaire, task force chair; election of representatives to the Board of Appeals and Review, Enrollment Management Committee, Graduate Council and University Budget Committee; a proposed academic calendar for spring 2007; a proposed academic calendar for summer 2006; a resolution in support of an SFSU voter registration campaign; and a proposed revision to the bachelor's of science degree in kinesiology.

Feedback on sixth cycle review, writing program
The Academic Senate invites members of the campus community to comment on the proposed guidelines developed for the sixth cycle of academic review and for the final report of the Writing Task Force.

The documents are available for review at:

New office-supplies contract
The CSU system has entered into a new office-supplies contract with OfficeMax, based on a competitive solicitation process and in partnership with Educational and Institutional Cooperative Purchasing.

SFSU will participate in this new agreement, which replaces the current contract with Corporate Express and the E-Way system for online ordering. Under the OfficeMax contract, campus users will receive significant discounts as well as the continued benefits of online ordering and next-day delivery.

Transition to the new contract is scheduled for late October. A launch meeting, demonstration and training workshops will be announced in future editions of CampusMemo.

Nursing fundraiser
The School of Nursing kicks off its 50th anniversary celebration with the sale of a commemorative "cozy throw." Proceeds will go toward programs of the school's alumni association. The cost is $50.

For details, including a photo of the throw and the order form, go to (Acrobat Reader required):

New College of Business faculty
The full list of new tenure-track faculty for fall 2005 has been updated to include all of new hires in the College of Business.

For details, see:

This month's Insiders include a presentation by Dee Spencer, Music and Dance, on female jazz singers; an award for the Center for the Integration and Improvement of Journalism's Prime Movers project; a survey of World-War II-Era provenance research in American art museums by Edward M. Luby, Museum Studies; and a presentation by Deborah Masters and Darlene Tong, Library, on library building projects.

Read the Insiders:

K-12 and 'No Child Left Behind'

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' course and lecture series on social justice and equity continues this week with a discussion on "K-12 Public Education in the time of 'Leave No Child Behind'" from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in the Humanities Auditorium, room 133 in the Humanities building.

Panelists include: Jane Bernard-Powers, professor of elementary education; Kathy Emery, author of "Why Is Corporate America Bashing Our Public Schools?"; Marty Conrad, assistant professor of elementary education; Debra Luna, assistant professor of elementary education; and Josie Arcy, associate professor of elementary education.

For details, visit:

Next Week
Food, alcohol and tobacco industry policies

Nicholas Freudenberg, professor and director of the Program in Urban Public
Health at Hunter College, City University of New York, will speak from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Rosa Parks E of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. His topic is "Corporate Policies in the Food, Alcohol and Tobacco Industries as Determinants of Socioeconomic and Racial/Ethnic Inequities in Health: Implications for Public Health Intervention."

This event is part of the fall 2004 Health Disparities Seminar Series funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-2978.

Giardina retirement party
Academic Affairs invites faculty and staff to a retirement party in honor of Richard Giardina, associate vice president for academic planning and assessment, from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in the Nob Hill Room, Seven Hills Conference Center. A donation of $20 is appreciated as a contribution toward the gift and to support the cost of the party.

The Provost's Office will also collect personal retirement cards, which will be given to Giardina at the end of the party. R.S.V.P. and submit donations and cards by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 19, to Stephanie Schwartz in room 455 of the Administration building.

Retirement seminar
Paul K. Alires, senior benefits analyst, will present "Introduction to the CalPERS program" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in room 352 of the Administration building. The workshop is the first in a series of four for those considering retiring before the end of the year.

Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. by Thursday, Sept. 23, to Victoria F. Ramos at or ext. 5-3935.

Angel Island poetry
Charles Egan, associate professor of Chinese, will give a presentation on "New Discoveries at Angel Island" from 3:35 to 4:50 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, in room 133 of the Humanities building. The presentation includes photos, transcriptions and translations of Chinese poems carved by detainees on the walls of the Angel Island Immigration Station.

The event is the first in the fall 2005 Foreign Language Colloquium series.

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

Defensive driving
Faculty and staff are invited to attend a defensive driver training class from 8 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30.

To register, e-mail or call ext. 8-1449. Participants should provide their name, department and driver's license number.

Coming Up
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, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 4, in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building.

Academic Senate Action

At its Sept. 6 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Heard a report from Linda Ellis, chapter president of the California Faculty Association;
  • Introduced and welcomed new administrators Nancy Hayes, dean of the College of Business; Robert Cherny, acting dean of undergraduate studies; Lee Blitch, vice president for University advancement; Donna Blakemore, associate vice president for development and alumni relations; and Sam Rodriguez, director of government and community relations;
  • Elected Dan Gonzalez, Mary Ann Van Dam and Nini Yang to the Academic Senate Elections Committee;
  • Heard a report from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the title change of the Black Studies Department to Africana Studies;
  • Heard a report from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the title change of the Accelerated MBA Program to Executive MBA Program; and
  • Unanimously approved a resolution on Constitution Day.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:

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