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Volume 54, Number 13   November 6, 2006         

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Health care disparities
Alicia Fernandez, associate professor of clinical medicine at University of California, San Francisco, will speak on "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday in Rosa Parks Room B of the Cesar Chavez Center.

The seminar is funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-2978.

Indian education
Bienvenido Argueta, dean of the College of Education at Universidad Landivar in Guatemala, will speak on "The Relationship of Indian Education to International Technocracy" at 4 p.m. Monday in room 252 of Burk Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Raza Studies, Humanities and Women Studies departments; Critical Social Thought program; and the colleges of Education, Ethnic Studies and Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Election returns analysis

The campus community is invited to view election returns on a big-screen television and hear real-time analysis by political science faculty and students from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Pizza will be provided.

The event is part of College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' public lecture course "California: The Promise vs. the Reality in the 2006 Election."

Arabs and Hollywood

Author and media critic Jack G. Shaheen will speak about and sign copies of his award-winning book "Reel Bad Arabs, How Hollywood Vilifies a People" at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. He will also screen his new documentary on the topic. Admission is $8 for the general public and $6 for students.

The event is sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts and Lectures, College of Ethnic Studies and General Union of Palestine Students.

For details, visit:

Basketball banquet
The SF State basketball team invites faculty and staff to a "Tip-Off" banquet and sports auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday at Harding Park. Alum Steve Lavin, ESPN college basketball analyst, will speak. The event also includes a social hour and the introduction of the 2006-07 basketball team.

Tickets are $50 per person in advance, $65 at the door and $450 for a table of 10.

For reservations, contact Bill Treseler at or ext. 8-7573.

Godzich on literature

Wlad Godzich, professor of literature at University of California, Santa Cruz, will present the annual Kaufmann Lecture in Humanities at 3 p.m. Thursday in room 587 of the Humanities building. Godzich will speak on Literature in its New Context." A reception follows.

The event is sponsored by the Kaufmann Bequest, the College and Department of Humanities, and Jewish Studies Program, and the departments of Comparative and World Literature, and Foreign Languages and Literatures.

For details, call ext. 8-1830.

Poetry reading

Tryfon Tolides will read from his poetry at 7:30 p.m. Friday in room 512 of the Humanities building. His latest work is the collection "An Almost Pure Empty Walking."

The event is sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies and Poetry Center.

For details, e-mail or call ext. 8-1892.

New Moves concert

Children from Visitacion Valley, Western Addition and Bayview-Hunters Point will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. The New Moves Dance Concert is a part of the Village Dancers program directed by Albirda Rose, professor of dance. As part of a community service learning course, SF State dance students provide free classes in San Francisco communities where families have difficulty accessing the arts.

Coming Up
Creative Writing
faculty reading

The SF State Bookstore hosts a group reading featuring creative writing faculty at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, on the textbook level. Faculty reading from recently published work include Camille Dungy, Paul Hoover and Peter Orner.

For details, call ext. 8-2650.

Campus alumni
mixer postponed

The campus mixer for alumni who are employees scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 14, has been postponed. It will be rescheduled for this spring.

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SF State makes service learning honor roll
SF State is among the recipients of the first President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll Award, presented by the Corp. for National and Community Service, in recognition of the University's community service efforts.

In 2005-06, about 37 percent of all SF State students took part in service learning classes, contributing 332,348 hours to the surrounding community. That contribution would add up to about $2.24 million if paid at the California minimum wage of $6.75 an hour. The University offers nearly 150 designated community service learning courses.

In 2004, SF State became one of the few universities in the nation to include on transcripts student community volunteer work that is completed as part of their coursework. The Office of Community Service Learning has awarded nearly $400,000 in Community Scholarship Faculty Grants to establish more community service learning courses.

The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll is an initiative that responds to George W. Bush's call to service by building on and supporting the civic engagement mission of U.S. colleges and universities. Sponsored by the Corp. for Community Service, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, USA Freedom Corps and President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation, the program is designed to increase public awareness of the contributions that students, faculty and staff make through volunteer service. The recognition is presented in cooperation with Campus Compact, a national coalition of nearly 1,000 college and university presidents.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: a review of Annual Committee Reports from Gene Chelberg, chair of the Committee on Committees; proposed revisions to the retention, tenure and promotions policy; a resolution on general education segment committees; a proposed revision to the policy on written English proficiency -- #S03-14 B, Lower Division Writing Portion of Policy; proposed revision and name change to Asian area studies; and proposed revisions to bachelor of science program in atmospheric and oceanic studies.

Business Ethics Week
The College of Business invites the campus community to two events that are part of its Business Ethics Week, Nov. 6-9:

Roger Gray, chief operating officer of IP Networks and former chief information officer for PG&E, will speak on business ethics at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in room 101 of the Science building.

A panel of SF state faculty will address the topic "Corporations and the Natural Environment: Does the Market Trump Ethics?" at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in room 226 of Burk Hall. Panelists include Joel Kassiola, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Murray Silverman, professor of management, and Bruce Paton, assistant professor of management.

In addition to the public events, more than 45 faculty members in the College of Business will engage their students in a variety of activities related to business ethics.

Dean of undergraduate studies search
Academic Affairs seeks applications and nominations for the dean of undergraduate studies position. The position description and list of search committee members are available on the Academic Affairs Web site at:

Applications and nominations will be reviewed on an ongoing basis beginning Nov. 15 and will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. Candidates must be prepared to start no later than fall semester 2007.

For details, contact Stephanie Schwartz at or ext. 8-2571.

International Education Week
SF State celebrates International Education Week, Nov. 13-17, with a host of events of interest to students, faculty and staff. The Nov. 11 edition of CampusMemo will include more details.

A full program of events is available on the Office of International Programs Web site:

Walter Benjamin symposium
The Critical Social Thought Program invites the campus community to a symposium on "The Thought of Walter Benjamin" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, in the Phil McGee Ethnic Studies Conference Room, room 116 of the Ethnic Studies/Psychology building.

The program includes: "Introduction and Summation," by Saul Steier, associate professor of humanities; "Benjamin and Brecht" by Joel Schechter, professor of theatre arts; "Walter Benjamin and the Rituals of Conspiracy," by James Martel, assistant professor of political science; "Benjamin and the Language of Creation" by Sandra Luft, professor of humanities; and "Fire Alarm," by Anatole Anton, professor of philosophy.

For details, call ext. 8-1846.

Complimentary coffee for voters
SFSU Station Café (on 19th Avenue) and Taza Wraps (behind the Student Services building) will offer a complimentary small coffee to voters Tuesday and Wednesday.

Voters should present a valid voter receipt or stub.

Grants & Contracts
SF State was awarded an additional $612,374 in June and $1,526,885 in July.

Read Grants & Contracts:

CampusMemo Thanksgiving schedule
After the Nov. 13 edition, CampusMemo will take a one-week break because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Submissions for the Nov. 27 edition must be e-mailed to by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.

Faculty/staff retreat
The annual faculty and staff development retreat will take place Jan. 22, 2007, at the new SF State Downtown Campus, 835 Market St., San Francisco.

For details contact the Academic Senate, at , ext. 8-1264, or visit:

Distinguished faculty awards
The Academic Senate is starting a new program to acknowledge outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. The awards include a $3,500 stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate.

Nomination forms are available at:

Submit completed nominations by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, to the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee, Office of the Academic Senate, room 551, Administration building.

Nominations needed
The nomination period for the upcoming election of two faculty members to serve on the Search Committee for the Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Safety and Risk Management will be Friday, Nov, 3, through Thursday Nov. 16.

Nominations can be made online at the Academic Senate Web site:

'Dear DPRC'
Faculty are encouraged to check out the second installment of "Dear DPRC," an advice column from the Disability Programs and Resource Center. Topics covered include, ensuring that videos are accessible to students who are deaf/hard-of-hearing, assisting students who need notetakers and how to work with students with disabilities who need to negotiate missing class or adjusting deadlines.

For Dear DPRC and other faculty resources, visit:

Service Learning Awards nominations
Members of the campus community are invited to nominate faculty, undergraduate students and partnering community agencies for the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement's community service-learning awards.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. For award criteria and nomination forms, visit:

Award recipients will be notified Feb. 5, 2007. The awards presentation will take place in April.

For details, contact Catherine Park at or ext 5-3604.

Jefferson Awards nominations
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) encourages faculty and staff to nominate individuals for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Candidates' achievements should benefit the community; show special courage, commitment, and vision; and have not been previously recognized.

Nomination forms, which are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, are available on the ICCE Web site:

For details, contact Catherine Park at or ext 5-3604.

November/December faculty development
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites faculty to the following workshops and discussions related to faculty teaching and research:

Learn and share rubric development strategies and resources in the workshop "Assessment Rubrics" from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in room 202 of the Business building. Participants should bring a course syllabus and an assignment, exercise or learning outcome in order to facilitate discussion.

Learn how to design and evaluate writing assignments that work in a two-part workshop in room 434 of the Library. From noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, faculty will learn how to establish clear writing outcomes and formulate specific writing directions that reflect grading criteria. In the second workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, faculty are encouraged to bring writing assignments for peer feedback.

Learn about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in a two-part workshop on meeting the different learning styles of students and using technology to facilitate learning. Part one of the workshop takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, or Wednesday, Nov. 29, in room 229 of Burk Hall. Part two takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, or Thursday, Dec. 14, in room 229 of Burk Hall. A continental breakfast will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. before each workshop.

All full-time faculty who complete both parts of the workshop will receive a UDL training certificate, $100 SF State Bookstore gift certificate and eligibility for EnAct contributions with stipends or assigned time.

For details and registration, visit:

National research society seeks members
Faculty are invited to join the SF State chapter of Sigma Xi, the national research society that seeks to advance scientific research, encourage cooperation among scientists in all disciplines and assist the wider understanding of science.

For an application and information about election to membership, contact Darlene Yee at or Andrea Boyle at:

Student Center renovation
Construction on a fence around the Student Center West Plaza, in preparation for a renovation project, begins, Monday, Nov. 6.

Noise levels in that area will be elevated from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 6-17 as the alcoves are demolished.

For details, contact Edina Bajraktarevic at ext. 8-6441, or visit the Student Center Web site:


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