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April 8

Volume 49, No. 27.
Paul Fonteyn to leave SFSU after helping University increase research funding Announcements Provost search committee Year-end close workshops
CSU Constitution vote Nominations due Black faculty, staff conference Community Service Student Award
Summer fee waivers Today Italian woodcuts lecture Phi Beta Kappa honors its founders
Tuesday Faculty Affairs dean candidate Afternoon sitar Get fresco at the U. Club
American Shakers lecture Wednesday Literature and cultural studies Thursday
Poet Jay Wright Sunday A Cyprus solution? Morrison Artists' Series
Next Week Sandra Cisneros to speak Multicultural AIDS Awareness Days Faculty Affairs candidate
African American Community Health Fair GreenHouse performances continue MFA thesis exhibit Coming Up
Mullins performs her own work Psychology building update Berkeley's James Wiley to head Public Research Institute Academic Senate Action
Star of the month

Paul Fonteyn to leave SFSU after helping University increase research funding

After nearly 11 years at San Francisco State, Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs/Dean of Graduate Studies and Research Paul Fonteyn is leaving the University to take on the role of Provost and Vice Chancellor of Academic Affairs at University of Massachusetts at Boston.

"Paul Fonteyn is a man of exceptional character and skills, one of the finest and most talented people with whom I have ever worked," said President Corrigan. "As our first AVP for Research and Sponsored Programs, he inspired and guided our faculty to new levels of aspiration and achievement. However, Paul leaves behind a solid program that ensures that his fine work will continue."

After starting his career at Southwest Texas State University and proving himself an effective teacher, and prolific researcher whose work was published in such well-respected journals as Nature and Ecology , Fonteyn was appointed to his first administrative position as Director of Sponsored Programs. There, he increased grant awards from $3 to $10 million in 3 years.

When Fonteyn arrived at SFSU in August of 1991, the University attracted extramural awards of $12 million. Only 11 years later, that total has ballooned to $42 million. While pleased with the total increase, Fonteyn and his staff take particular pride in the quality of grants the University has been awarded under his watch. SFSU has found itself keeping company with "research" universities through the award of major research grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. As the top grantee in the nation for grants from NIH to support minority training in the sciences, the University is emerging as a leader in the preparation of minority students for entry into Ph.D. programs. SF State also holds the distinction of being the only non-Ph.D. granting institution in the nation to be awarded two U.S. Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) grants. And, SFSU has received more grants from the U.S. Dept. of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) program than any other university in the U.S.

"Paul's hard work and good humor was inspiring," said Mary Beth Love, chair of department of health education. "He was always there when you needed him, willing to drive your grant proposal to the airport at midnight, or whatever else was necessary. He was committed to bringing this University to a new level, and he did."

In 1994, Fonteyn was appointed Dean of Graduate Studies, which he assumed in addition to his existing duties in ORSP. In his post, he assisted in the development of a joint doctorate program in physical therapy with UCSF, and a university-wide assessment program for all graduate programs.

In addition to participating on many committees and boards for the University, Fonteyn also served as Director of Federal Relations from 1993-96, and was the interim director of University Development in 1996.

After first applying for the position with the University of Massachusetts at Boston last October, Fonteyn accepted the offer on April 2, and will begin his new duties in August.

Bruce Macher, Assistant Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs will serve as the interim Associate VP.

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Provost search committee

Colleges and the Library will be nominating and electing faculty members to the search committee for the provost and vice president for academic affairs.

Colleges should submit a list of elected representatives by 10 a.m. Monday, April 15, to the Academic Senate Office, ADM 551.

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Year-end close workshops

The Accounts Payable Department will be presenting a workshop to aid in the June 30 year-end close of accounts for this fiscal year to the Colleges and Departments.

The workshops will run from 10 a.m. to noon in the NEC Conference Room in the Administration Building on April 10, 17, 24 and 30. Accounts Payable will teach participants what to look for, what to do and how to handle the year-end close. Note that no food or beverage is allowed in the conference room.

Space is limited. RSVP to Mike Getman at Please give your account number(s) when reserving your space so Accounts Payable can provide you with current information.

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CSU Constitution vote

The Academic Senate Office has distributed ballots for a change to the CSU Statewide Constitution to campus mailboxes. Ballots must be returned to ADM 551 by Monday, April 22. For details, call ext. 8-1264.

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Nominations due

Nomination forms for a number of University-wide elections will be in faculty and staff mailboxes this week. Friday is the deadline to submit nominations to the Academic Senate Office, ADM 551.For details, call ext. 8-1264.

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Black faculty, staff conference

Faculty members and staff are encouraged to register for the Northern California Regional miniconference of the California Black Faculty and Staff Association which will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday in Rosa Parks Conference Room B of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The conference's theme is "Building for the 21st Century: A Conference to Strengthen the Infrastructure of CBFSA."

Interested participants should also reserve a seat for lunch from 11:45 to 1:30 p.m. as seating is limited. The registration is $15 for members and $10 for students.

To register, contact J. Owens Smith at For details, contact Willie Mullins at or Ken Monteiro at

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Community Service Student Award

The Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) is accepting nominations for the new Community Service Student Award. This award will be given to one outstanding student from each college at a May reception.

Faculty members who want to recognize the outstanding contribution of a service-learning student are encouraged to submit nominations. Forms have been mailed to all faculty members. Forms can also be downloaded at:

Send forms to OCSL at Lakeview Center 121 or fax to ext. 8-0587. The deadline for nominations is Monday, April 15. For details, call Rosa Terrazas at ext. 8-3867.

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Summer fee waivers

Fee waiver applications and information for the state-supported summer semester are available in Human Resources, ADM 252. Only eligible employees who are newly admitted or continuing SFSU students are able to take part in these classes. Eligibility questions should be directed to the Fee Waiver Help Line at ext. 8-2678.

Fees and applications should be submitted to the Cashier's Office, ADM 155, prior to touch-tone registration.

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Italian woodcuts lecture

Meredith Eliassen, Library, will present "At the Crossroads: Italian Woodcuts in the Frank V. de Bellis Collection" from 3 to 4 p.m. today in the de Bellis Room on the sixth floor of the Library. Eliassen will speak about the adoption of woodblock printing from the Islamic world by European nations and the role of woodblock printing in the dissemination of ideas and empire building in the early 1500s. The lecture will be accompanied by an exhibit arranged by Colomba Ghigliotti.

A reception will follow the event, which is part of the History of the Book Colloquium series.

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Phi Beta Kappa honors its founders

The campus chapter of Phi Beta Kappa invites the campus community to celebrate its 25th birthday and honor its founders. A panel discussion of the beginnings of the organization and its quarter century of campus service will held at 3:30 p.m. today in the University Club. The panel will be followed by a bench dedication and a reception.

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Faculty Affairs dean candidate

John B. Mason, a candidate for dean of faculty affairs and professional development, will be on campus this week. Mason is the associate vice president for faculty affairs at CSU Northridge. His presentation and a reception will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today in the University Club.

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Afternoon sitar

World-renowned sitarist Karthik Seshadri will perform a free concert at 1 p.m. Tuesday in Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts Building. The foremost disciple of Pandit Ravi Shankar, Seshadri is one of the finest representatives of the younger generation of Indian classical musicians.

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Get fresco at the U. Club

The campus community is invited to attend a reception for painter Mario Passavanti from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the University Club. Passavanti, whose work will be on display, blends the 700-year tradition of Italian fresco painting with unique San Francisco content. Refreshments will be served.

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American Shakers lecture

Ken Byers, an expert on American Shakers, will present "The Life, Art and Contributions of the American Shakers," a slide show, lecture and Q&A at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Room 123 of the Fine Arts Building. The lecture is free.

Byers will also display his work: an extensive exhibit of Shaker life in room box format and furniture, in 1/12 scale miniature.

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Literature and cultural studies

Wlad Godzich, dean of the UC Santa Cruz Humanities Division, will speak on "Literature in the Age of Cultural Studies" at 4 p.m. Wednesday in HUM 133.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Comparative and World Literature.

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Poet Jay Wright

The Poetry Center presents an evening with Jay Wright at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at The Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin (at Geary) in San Francisco. A $7 donation is requested.

Wright's latest book is "Transfigurations: Collected Poems," which was published last year by Louisiana State University Press. Through his poetry, Wright explores the African American experience in northern, southern and central America.

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A Cyprus solution?

Elizabeth Prodromou, assistant professor of political science at Boston University, will deliver the second annual Senator Nicholas Petris Lecture at 3 p.m. Sunday in HUM 133. Prodromou will speak on "Partition versus Patriotism: Evaluating the Choices for a Cyprus Solution."

A reception sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Foundation will follow the lecture.

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Morrison Artists' Series

The Rossetti String Quartet will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday in McKenna Theatre in the Creative Arts Building. The performance, which is part of the Morrison Artists' Series, is free.

The five-year-old string quartet, named for the pre-Raphaelite painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti, will perform Hayden's Opus 76 No. 2 and Ravel's Borodin No. 2.

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Next Week

Sandra Cisneros to speak

Sandra Cisneros will lecture and sign books at 1 p.m. Monday, April 15, in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Cisneros, a writer of fiction and poetry, is best known for her short story collection "A House on Mango Street."

The event is sponsored by the College of Ethnic Studies, the departments of Raza Studies and Women Studies, the Raza Faculty and Staff Association, Movimiento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) and the Office of Human Relations.

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Multicultural AIDS Awareness Days

Multicultural AIDS awareness events will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, and Wednesday, April 17. There will be speakers, music and cultural activities on Malcolm X Plaza. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend these events.

In addition to the activities on Malcolm X Plaza, Jennifer Jako, a young woman living with AIDS, will speak and present her poignant video "Bloodlines" from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16. "Bloodlines" presents a series of interviews with teenagers and young adults across the United States living with HIV. A student focus group on approaches to HIV prevention in the new millennium will take place at 4 p.m.

The film "Shouting Silent" will be shown at 6 p.m. with a discussion following.

All afternoon events are in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

On April 17 free HIV antibody tests will be available and the Latexhibition, an exhibition of projects designed to encourage condom use, will be presented on the main lawn, with "Best of Show" presented the next day at the African American Health Fair.

Multicultural AIDS Awareness Days events are presented by Associated Students Inc., Alpha Phi Omega, Student Affairs, AIDS Coordinating Committee, Counseling and Psychological Services, Holistic Health and EROS with support and participation from many other campus and community groups and departments.

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Faculty Affairs candidate

Raymond Castro, a candidate for dean of faculty affairs and professional development, will be on campus Tuesday, April 16. Castro is chair of the Chicano and Latino Studies Department at Sonoma State University. His presentation and a reception will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in the University Club.

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African American Community Health air

The ninth annual African American Community Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 18, on the main lawn. The health fair will provide students the opportunity to interact with agencies, groups and individuals and gain valuable information regarding health and self-care.

Free health screenings will be available including screenings for HIV, glaucoma, sickle cell disease, blood pressure, STD's and body fat. Free massages will be available.

The fair is sponsored by the Student Health Service and funded by Associated Students' Student Empowerment and Involvement Center.

For details, contact Kamal Harb at ext. 8-2191 or Derethia DuVal at ext. 8-2208.

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GreenHouse performances continue

The fourth annual GreenHouse program, presented by the Theatre Arts Department, continues with a presentation of "Heartmeat" by grad student Mary Sullivan Roark at 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, and Saturday, April 20, at El Teatro de la Esperanza.

"Heartmeat" is a black comedy about a neurotic, self-starving romance novelist who solves the puzzle of her mother's mysterious death. The GreenHouse production features professional actors hailing from the Bay Area's theatre community.

Tickets for all shows are $5 to $8 (sliding scale). Tickets sell out quickly and should be reserved one week in advance by calling the El Teatro box office at (415) 255-2320. El Teatro de la Esperanza is located in San Francisco at 2940 16th St. (at Mission) on the second floor.

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MFA thesis exhibit

Ten of SFSU's Master's of Fine Art students will exhibit the work they have submitted for their graduate thesis at the Fine Arts Gallery, FA 238. An artists' reception will take place from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 20. The show runs through May 17.

The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday. Conceptual and information arts, printmaking and sculptural works will all be represented in the exhibit.

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Coming Up

Mullins performs her own work

Brighde Mullins, Creative Writing, will perform scenes from her award-winning play "Dominant Looking Males" at 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, in HUM 381. Mullins' play won the 2001 Will Glickman Award for best new play produced in the Bay Area.

The event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the Department of Comparative and World Literature.

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Psychology building update

By early summer, faculty and department offices in the College of Ethnic Studies and the Department of Psychology are expected move back into the structurally upgraded and seismic strengthened Psychology Building.

Since last summer the 38-year-old building has been closed for the $4.1 million project. Upon completion, the building will meet current California building codes and CSU seismic retrofit program guidelines and requirements.

In addition, building accessibility will be vastly improved by providing new building entranceways, restrooms and drinking foundations, and replacing office and classroom door hardware in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act's accessibility guidelines.

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Berkeley's James Wiley to head Public Research Institute

A veteran public policy researcher from Berkeley's renowned Public Health Institute has been named the new director of SFSU's Public Research Institute (PRI).

James Wiley, vice president for research and evaluation at the Public Health Institute since 1999, joins the faculty as both director of PRI and sociology professor.

"San Francisco State University is truly fortunate to have a leader such as James Wiley join its community. He will make a huge difference in the research, teaching, learning and funding here in many different fields," said Joel J. Kassiola, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. "I have been struck by Dr. Wiley's professionalism, energy, creativity and desire to come to our exciting multicultural campus. I consider it a real coup that we were able to recruit him and I look forward to Dr. Wiley's accomplishments as director of PRI."

In addition to his tenure at the Public Health Institute in Berkeley, Wiley was assistant director of the Survey Research Center at UC Berkeley for nearly 20 years.

During that time, he was co-principal investigator on the San Francisco Men's Health Study, a landmark project of the natural history of HIV infection in men who self-identified themselves as either gay or bisexual.

Wiley, an expert in demography and social science research methods, has published widely on issues of method and statistics in social science research. He is also an expert on issues of substance abuse, aging and social epidemiology of infectious and chronic diseases. He succeeds Michael Potepan, chair of economics, who had been acting director.

PRI, established in 1984, provides policy research, data collection and analysis for government agencies, nonprofit organizations and businesses throughout the Bay Area.

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Academic Senate Action

At the April 2 meeting of the Academic Senate...

Chair Pamela Vaughn announced that:

The Senate discussed the draft on Principles and Procedures for Temporary Suspension of Academic Programs:

The Senate discussed the draft of a Routing Sheet for First-Year Review of Tenure-Track Teaching Faculty:

The Senate reviewed FAQs and their answers clarifying the language of the Collective Bargaining Agreement:

In the action part of the meeting, the Senate:

The next meeting of the Academic Senate will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 16, at Seven Hills Conference Center. All are welcome to attend. Visit the Academic Senate Web site:

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