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Volume 51, Number 25   March 15, 2004         

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CampusMemo will not be published Monday, March 22, because of spring break. Items for the March 29 issue should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 23.

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Commencement apparel deadline Wednesday
Faculty members who wish to participate in the 2004 Commencement may purchase or rent academic apparel through the SFSU Bookstore. To purchase, orders must be placed by Wednesday, March 17, through Amber Wilson (ext. 8-7369). To rent, orders must be placed by Monday, April 5. Call the Bookstore at ext. 8-2665 or visit room 113C on the mezzanine level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Chinatown walking tour
The SFSU Women's Association invites faculty and staff to attend a San Francisco Chinatown alleyways walking tour at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24. Participants should gather at the upper level of Portsmouth Square (on Kearny between Clay and Washington streets). The program is run by high school interns from the Chinatown Community Development Center, drawing on their own experiences and history to explain the significance and reveal the secrets of Chinatown.

The cost is $10 per person. Space is limited and reservations should be made to Lin Bushart Ivory at by Friday, March 26.

Following the tour, attendees are invited to join the group for a no-host dim sum at the Four Seas Restaurant, 731 Grant Ave.

Bookstore faculty survey
The Bookstore is looking for feedback from faculty on how well it serves the University's instructional and research needs. Faculty members have already received a satisfaction survey in their campus mailbox. Return surveys via campus mail by Wednesday, March 17. And don't forget to look for the $5-off coupon attached to the survey as a token of the Bookstore's appreciation for faculty participation.

The Bookstore would also like to survey students. Faculty members who teach a class of 50 students or less and would be willing to let the Bookstore administer a 10-minute survey should contact Karen McCauley at ext. 8-2064 or by Wednesday.

Foreign service
exam deadline

Faculty and staff are encouraged to inform students that if they are interested in a career with the U.S. State Department they can take the Foreign Service Written Exam on campus Saturday, April 24. All applicants must register for the exam by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. To register and for more information on the exam, visit

All about alliances
DingKun Ge, assistant professor of management, will present "Power, Signaling and Value Appropriation in Alliances: An Event Study of Alliance Announcements in the Drug Industry" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday 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.

Gender and
post-conflict reparations

The final event in SFSU's Women's History Month program, "Perspectives on Gendered Violence: Women, Resistance, and Globalization," will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Tuesday in room 248 of the HSS building.

The program includes a panel discussion titled "States of Apology: Gender, Violence, and Post-Conflict Reparations" moderated by JoAnn Aviel, professor of international relations. Burcu Akan Ellis, assistant professor of international relations, will discuss "But Who Will Settle My Grandmother's Account? Gender and the Politics of De-Nationalization in Post-Communist Settings"; Angelika von Wahl, assistant professor of international relations and political science, will discuss "Victims Redeemed: Human Rights Abuse and Reparation in Germany, Japan, and the U.S."; and Sophie Clavier, assistant professor of international relations, will respond to the main topic and the other presentations.

For details, contact Kathryn Johnson at or ext. 5-2402.

DeLeon on the
presidential election

Rich DeLeon, professor of political science, will lead a discussion on 2004 presidential election issues from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the SFSU Downtown Center, 425 Market St. The discussion is a preview of a fall course on the presidential campaign that will be open to the public,and is sponsored by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, SFSU Alumni Association and Office of University Development.

To RSVP, call Nancy Gonzalez of University Development at ext. 8-3573.

Coming Up
Defensive driver classes

Defensive driver training classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 26. To sign up, call ext. 8-1449 or e-mail

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Academic resources AVP interviews continue
Five finalists have been selected to interview for the position of associate vice president for academic resources and invited to meet with SFSU representatives. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend the reception for each candidate:

  • Vincent Beach, executive director of community development in the Office of Institutional Advancement at Ottawa University, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 16, in the University Club.
  • Wayland Winstead, executive director of institutional planning and budget at University of Idaho, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in room 460 of the Administration building (not the University Club as previously announced).

Enrique Riveros-Shäfer, former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Evergreen State College, and Heidi Schmidt, academic information systems director of the Library and Center for Knowledge Management at University of California, San Francisco, and Alan Jung, acting associate vice president for academic resources at San Francisco State University, have already presented.

Dean of graduate studies candidates give presentations
Three finalists have been selected for dean of graduate studies and invited to meet with campus representatives. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend the presentations and receptions for each candidate:
  • Roy C. Rodriguez, interim campus executive officer (president) of Dona Ana Community College and professor and director of the Community College Doctoral Program in the Department of Educational Management and Development at New Mexico State University, from 4 to 5 p.m. today, March 15,in the University Club.
  • Ann Hallum, acting dean of graduate studies at San Francisco State University, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, in the University Club.
  • Awotona Adenrele, dean of the School of Architecture and director of the Community Design and Research Center at Southern University in Baton Rouge, from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, March 29, in the University Club.

Summer fee-waiver info
Both employee and dependent course fee-waiver applications are available in Human Resources, room 252 of the Administration building.

The Employee Fee-Waiver Program enables eligible University employees to take regular courses which are considered "work related" or are part of an approved Individual Career Development Plan at reduced rates. The Dependent Fee Waiver Program enables eligible University employees to transfer their fee-waiver benefit to their legal spouse, registered domestic partner or unmarried dependent child who is under the age of 23.

All fee-waiver participants enroll through the touch-tone or online registration process. Only those individuals that were enrolled in the fall 2003 or spring 2004 semesters, or have been newly admitted to the University, are eligible to utilize the summer fee-waiver benefit.

Participants may begin submitting fees to the Bursar/Cashier's Office on Monday, March 22.

Employees with eligibility questions or concerns should call the fee-waiver help line at ext. 8-2678 or e-mail Jackie Bender at

Spring University elections
Nominations of faculty members are being accepted for the following University-wide positions:
  • Academic Affirmative Action Committee (two positions)
  • Academic Freedom Committee (two positions)
  • At-large Academic Senator (four positions)
  • Honorary Degree Committee (one position)
  • CSU Academic Senate representative (two positions)

All nominations must be submitted by midnight Monday, March 22. Nominations can be made online at:

For information on all of these committees and their charges, see the Academic Senate committees Web page:

This month's Insiders include a Mother's Against Drunk Driving award for Public Safety; a presentation by Yu-Charn Chen, professor of design and industry, on using robots in curriculum; an autobiographical essay by Librarian Ned Fielden, and a book on cinema and popular media in East Asia by Jenny Lau, assistant professor of cinema.

Read the Insiders:

Academic Senate Action

At its March 9 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Heard an update from Provost John Gemello on the budget situation and the town hall meetings.
  • Heard an update from Human Relations Dean Ken Monteiro on the outcomes of the SFSU Summit on Race and Culture.
  • Approved the off-campus bachelor of science degree in nursing to include a satellite program at Cañada College.
  • Approved a resolution in support of the March 15 political action rally in Sacramento.
  • Discussed proposed revisions to the grade appeals policy.
  • Postponed review of the fall 2004 Academic Senate meeting schedule.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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