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Volume 51, Number 27   April 5, 2004         

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PRI, Urban Institute
move to Daly City

The Public Research Institute (PRI), Urban Institute Central Office, Office of Community Service Learning, and California Campus Compact have all relocated to Daly City. The new offices are located at Pacific Plaza, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., just south of the Daly City BART station.

All telephone numbers will remain unchanged, and campus mail will continue to be routed through University Mail Services. Please continue to direct campus mail to the individual at the department, but add "at Pacific Plaza" to your addressing. For details, contact PRI, at ext. 8-2978 or the Urban Institute at ext. 8-6419.

Women's association theatre party
The University Women's Association invites the campus community to its Spring Theatre Party at 6 p.m. Friday, May 7, in the University Club. The event begins with a buffet dinner at the University Club and is followed by an 8 p.m. viewing of the Theatre Department's production of Stephen Sondheim's "The Assassins," a dark musical that deals with the 13 infamous men and women who have tried to kill a U.S. president.

Tickets are $25 for UWA members and $30 for non-members. Non-alcoholic drinks are included in the price; wine is available at a "no-host" bar.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 16, to Lin Bushart Ivory at

Holistic Health
holds open house
The Institute for Holistic Healing Studies invites the campus community to an open house from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday in rooms 306 and 329 of the HSS buildling. The event will feature music, food and entertainment. James O'Dea, president of the Institute of Noetic Science and former director of Amnesty International, will present "Pathways to Personal & Social Healing" at 12:30 p.m.

For details, contact Holistic Health at ext. 8-6416.

Market segmentation
in the classroom

Bruce Robertson, assistant professor of marketing, and Jason Cole, academic technology manager for the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching, will present "Using Market Segmentation to Develop a Large-section Web-enabled Introductory Marketing Course: Lessons Learned at SFSU" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 202 of the Business building.

The event is part of the College of Business research roundtable. For details, contact Sally Baack at ext. 8-6421.

Students report on
Latin America trip

A panel of students who traveled to Cuba and El Salvador will discuss their experiences and present a comparative analysis of the two countries from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday in room 116 of the Psychology/Ethnic Studies building.

The event is sponsored by the Raza Studies Department and the College of Ethnic Studies.

Beauty on the Nile
The Museum Studies Program invites the campus community to the opening reception for its spring exhibit "Eyes on the Nile: Beauty and Superstition in Ancient Egypt" from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in room 510 of the Humanities building. The exhibit features selected artifacts from the Sutro Egyptian Collection.

The exhibit runs through May 7. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

For details or to make reservations for a school group, call ext. 8-1500 or e-mail

Ordering chaos
Mark Griffith, professor of classics at University of California, Berkeley, will speak on "Keeping Satyrs in Their Place: Dionysiac Chaos and Civic Order in the Athenian Theater" at 7 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building. A reception follows the presentation.

The event is part of the Classic Students Association's annual spring lecture series.

Coming Up
Nonprofit fair

The Community Involvement Center asks faculty and staff to encourage students to attend its annual nonprofit agency fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in the Quad. More than 30 Bay Area agencies will be on hand to provide information on community service opportunities.

For details contact, Adam Calmenson at or ext. 8-1486.

Reggae performance
Andrew Tosh will perform with the Bay Area's own Reggae Angels at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 15, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Admission is $12 general and $6 for students. For tickets call (800) 594-8499 or go to

The concert is sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts. For details, call ext. 8-2444.

Women leaders
in higher ed

" Leading and Managing with Distinction: Your Career and Your Institution," an all-day forum for women leaders in higher education, will take place on campus Friday, April 16.

The event will address such topics as building diversity on campus, access and equity in times of budget cuts, career mapping, philanthropy and partnership in public education and women's paths to leadership roles. Speakers include President Robert Corrigan, Vice President for Student Affairs Penny Saffold, CSU San Marcos President Karen Haynes and more.

Registration is $75 and includes lunch and a reception. The event is sponsored by the American Council on Education's Northern California Network for Women Leaders in Higher Education.

For details, contact Susan Sung at ext. 5-0434 or or go to

A Poetry Center smorgasbord
The Poetry Center continues its yearlong 50th anniversary celebration with a 50/50 festival Saturday, April 17, at the Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin St. (at Geary) in San Francisco. The event includes a free youth program with workshops and readings by young poets from 4 to 6 p.m. and a five-stage festival from 7 to 10 p.m. (tickets required).

The evening festival features simultaneous events on five separate stages including readings by poets Diane di Prima, Lawrence Ferlinghetti and devorah major; a screening of a film on Pablo Neruda; and music and spoken word performances. Tickets are $12 for the general public, $10 for students and seniors (with ID), and $15 at the door. Audience members will receive a full schedule and event map to help them choose what they want to experience.

Tickets are available by calling toll-free (866) 468-3399 or on the Web at:

All proceeds help support the Poetry Center's special 50th anniversary programs.

Israel and visual culture
Professor Larry Abramson of the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design in Jerusalem will present "Imaging Zionism: Complicity and Criticality in Israeli Visual Culture" at noon Tuesday, April 20, in the Verducci Room of the University Club. Admission is free.

The event is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program.

SF State News home

Selnow to receive President's Medal at Commencement
Photo of Gary SelnowBusiness Professor Gary Selnow will receive the SFSU President's Medal for Service for his efforts to rebuild community and health care in countries disrupted by war, conflict or rampant illness.

Selnow, founder and executive director of WiRED International, will receive the medal during Commencement exercises May 29. The award honors those who have made outstanding contributions to SFSU and San Francisco that will have long-lasting and widespread benefits for students and faculty. President Robert A. Corrigan chooses the recipients.

"I am honored to present the San Francisco State University President's Medal for Service to Professor Gary Selnow, whose courageous humanitarian work has had a resoundingly positive impact on the lives of many people in war-torn countries," Corrigan said. "His dedication and vision exemplify the ideals of caring and community service that we value in our University community. Professor Selnow inspires us by his creativity and courage."

Selnow, a faculty member since 1992, travels to countries ravaged by conflict and poverty to provide citizens with information and communication resources -- often funded from his own pocket.

Most recently, he traveled to Iraq through grants from the U.S. Department of State to set up medical information centers at 10 locations. The centers use computers and a CD-ROM library to provide education on a broad range of healthcare topics and serve more than 5,500 medical professionals, professors and students. Internet access will be added when the appropriate infrastructure is locally available.

Last month in Iraq, Selnow and his staff set up hardware and software and trained hospital staff on a two-way, real-time video connection. This allows children hospitalized away from home in other countries while receiving extensive medical treatments to talk to and see their families for the first time in months.

WiRED, which often collaborates with SFSU's Marian Wright Edelman Institute, U.S. Global Technology Corps and National Institutes of Health, also operates centers in the Balkans, Africa and Latin America. The centers provide healthcare information to more than one million individuals annually.

In Memoriam: James Searle Storey
James Searle Storey, emeritus professor of art, died Dec. 6, 2003 of complications related to Alzheimer's. He was 85.

Storey served during World War II in the Army, seeing combat in North Africa and Italy. He earned a bachelor's degree in art education and a master's degree in applied art from the University of Wisconsin in the late 1950s and went on to earn a Ph.D. in education from Stanford in 1956.

Storey joined San Francisco State's Art Department in 1959. He taught art and design and served twice as chair of the department. He also helped establish the conceptual and information arts emphasis.

A working product designer, Storey founded a design company and received a patent for a locking device for two-wheeled vehicles. He also served as a consultant to the National Education Testing Service in the development of the first National Teacher Examination in Art Education.

After retiring and receiving emeritus status in 1987, Storey continued creating art and exploring new types of media. He is survived by his sons James, David and Peter, daughter Adeline Jane, and eight grandchildren.

A memorial award has been established at Fordham University for excellence or service in the areas of design or graphic design. Donations (checks made out to Fordham University with James Storey Memorial written in the memo space) may be sent to Elisa Balestra, Development and University Relations, Fordham University, 113 West 60th Street, New York, NY 10023-6544.

University-wide nominations process closes
The period for nominating faculty to several University-wide committees and other faculty governance positions closed Friday, April 2. Ballots will be sent out soon. For a list of nominees, see the Academic Senate Web site:

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

People on Campus
This month's Newsmakers include a San Francisco Chronicle story on English Professor Judy Breen's work with inmates at San Quentin; Journalism Chair John Burks' comments to the San Francisco Examiner on conflicts of interest and journalists; English Professor Lois Lyles discussing The Color Purple on KQED's "Forum"; and Cinema Chair Stephen Ujlaki's comments to the Tahoe Daily Tribune on the appeal of HBO's "The Sopranos."

Read the Newsmakers:

Academic Senate Action

At its March 30 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Heard a report from Provost John Gemello and Vice President of Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita about the budget situation.
  • Heard a report from Associate Vice President of Information Technology Jonathan Rood on new procedures for filtering "spam" from campus e-mail accounts.
  • Heard a resolution from the Senate Executive Committee on blocking spam.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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