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Volume 51, Number 24   March 8, 2004           

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CampusMemo reminder
CampusMemo will not be published Monday, March 22, because of spring break. Events and deadlines that occur in late March should be submitted to by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, for publication in the March 15 issue. Items for the March 29 issue should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 23.

For details, contact Public Affairs at ext. 8-1665 or

apparel deadlines

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 come to 113C on the mezzanine level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Textbooks about
to be returned

The Bookstore is beginning to return textbooks to the publishers. Each term the textbook department must return unsold inventory to the publishers to make room for the next term. If you will be using a book later in the term, please inform the Bookstore as soon as possible at or ext. 8-7377. Encourage your students to purchase their texts now if they have not already. If you know that a book will be used again for summer or fall 2004, submit an order to the Bookstore to ensure the books will be retained.

Textbook orders
due soon

The Bookstore is now processing orders for summer and fall 2004. Faculty who submit fall orders by Thursday, April 1, will receive a 20 percent discount coupon from the Bookstore. Faculty who taught a class in summer or fall 2003 should have received a requisition form in their campus mailbox last week. Indicate any changes and then sign and return the form to the Bookstore. Orders can also be placed online at, faxed to ext. 5-0474 or e-mailed to

class sessions

Enhance student participation in class discussions, encourage critical thinking and collaboration, and promote active student learning by holding a class session in the Collaboratory. To reserve a session, contact Desiree Oliver at or ext. 5-3540 or drop by room 435 of the Library. More details and a registration calendar are available at:

Foreign service
careers for students

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. Ambassador Janet Sanderson will discuss the nature of a career as a Foreign Service Officer from 3:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 11 in room 310 of the HSS building.

All applicants must register for the exam by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 24. To register and for more information on the exam visit

A fresh look at Spinoza
Peggy Sandel, a candidate for the tenure-track position in the Jewish Studies Program, will present "Understanding Religious Language: A Fresh Look at the Philosophy of Spinoza" at noon in the Verducci Room of the University Club.

The event is part of the Academic Judaica series sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program. For details, contact Jewish Studies at ext. 8-6075.

Nanotech talk
Paul Alivisatos, professor of chemistry and materials sciences at University of California, Berkeley and director of the Materials Sciences Division at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, will speak on "The Future of Nanotechnology and Its Impact on Business" from noon to 1 p.m. in room 202 of the Business building. Alivisatos will discuss the multi-million dollar Lawrence Berkeley Nanotechnology Center.

The event is part of the College of Business Research Roundtable. For details, contact Sally Baack at 8-6421.

United Nations
film festival

The United Nations Association International Film Festival comes to campus for a program on "Women, War, Refugees, Children and Images" from 6:30 to 10 p.m. Thursday in room 362 of the HSS building. Admission is $10 for the general public and $6 for students.

The event is the second of a three-part series, "Perspectives on Gendered Violence: Women, Resistance and Globalization," held during March in honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day. It features a screening of the films "Discovering Dominga" and "Behind the Labels: Garment Workers in U.S. Saipan." A discussion featuring the producers of the films will also take place.

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

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

SF State News home

Rally for higher education in Sacramento March 15
Faculty and staff are invited to join students in a Monday, March 15, rally in Sacramento, organized by the student associations of the California Community Colleges, the California State University, and the University of California. Last year the community college students brought 7,500 to Sacramento and saved themselves from higher fees and deeper cuts. This year the students from all three public systems are working together to send a message to the governor and legislature -- higher education is the future of our state, and the state depends on maintaining quality in, and access to, our colleges and universities.

The University will facilitate staff joining the March 15 rally, but in order to do so, staff must use accrued leave such as vacation.

Faculty and staff: if you cannot attend, please join a fund-raising effort to provide buses and insurance for SFSU students going to Sacramento. The CFA, the Academic Senate and the University Administration are joining together to raise funds to support the student trip to Sacramento.

Please give generously. Write checks payable to "The SFSU Foundation" and note "March to March 2" at the bottom of the check. Checks should be sent or delivered by Wednesday, March 10, to the Office of University Development, Lakeview Center.

The CFA requests that students, faculty and staff interested in reserving space on the buses to Sacramento should e-mail their name and phone number to

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.

Agenda items include: a report from Provost John Gemello on the budget situation; a report from Human Relations Dean Ken Monteiro on the outcomes from the Summit on Race and Culture; a proposal for an off-campus bachelor of science in nursing degree program; a revision to the University's grade appeal practices and procedures; a resolution in support of the March 15 events in Sacramento; and approval of the Academic Senate meeting schedule for fall 2004.

Final AVP for research candidates present this week
The last two finalists for the position of associate vice president for research and sponsored programs present this week. All members of the campus community are invited to attend.
  • Kenneth Paap, associate dean and director of the Arts and Sciences Research Center at New Mexico State University, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. today in the University Club.
  • Bruce Macher, interim associate vice president of research and sponsored programs at San Francisco State University, from 4 to 5:30 Thursday, March 11, in room 460 of the Administration building.

Three other finalists for the position already gave presentations: Gerald Sonnenfeld, associate dean for basic sciences and graduate studies and professor and chair of microbiology, biochemistry and immunology at Morehouse School of Medicine; Marianne Rinaldo Woods, assistant vice president for research and director of the Office of Research at University of Texas, Arlington; and A. S. Rao, senior associate vice provost for research and graduate studies at Drexel University and vice dean for research administration, biomedical graduate studies and information technology at Drexel University College of Medicine.

Visit with academic resources finalists
Five finalists have been selected to interview for the position of associate vice president for academic resources and they are invited to meet with SFSU representatives. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the reception for each candidate.
  • Heidi Schmidt, academic information systems director of the Library and Center for Knowledge Management at University of California, San Francisco, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 9 in the University Club.
  • Alan Jung, acting associate vice president for academic resources at San Francisco State University, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 11, in the University Club.
  • 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 the University Club.

Enrique Riveros-Shäfer, former provost and vice president for academic affairs at Evergreen State College, has already presented.

Dean of graduate studies finalists announced
Three finalists have been selected for dean of graduate studies and they are invited to meet with campus representatives. All members of the campus community are invited 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. Monday, 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.

SFSU was awarded $1,544,893 in the first part of January.

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