Volume 51, Number 34 May 24, 2004
Faculty members participating in the ceremony should line up no later than 12:15 p.m. next to the Student Services building (the north side of the Centennial Village roadway). This will guarantee you a seat on the staging area.
For details, contact Norma Urcuyo-Siani at ext. 8-6141.
The Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on San Francisco cable channel 27. There will also be a live Webcast. For information on the broadcasts, a list of other on-campus graduation celebrations, profiles of this year's honorees and speakers and more, see the Commencement Web page: www.sfsu.edu/commencement/.
In addition, check the SF State News site [ www.sfsu.edu/news ] this week and next for stories related to Commencement, including profiles of this year's Hood recipients from the colleges, Liberal Studies/Special Majors and Graduate Studies.
Urban Institute director to lead De Anza College
M. Brian Murphy, founder and executive director of the San Francisco Urban Institute and associate professor of political science, was recently named president of De Anza College. His appointment begins July 1.
Murphy joined SFSU in 1988. In addition to leading the Urban Institute since its 1992 inception, he served as director of external affairs for SFSU from 1989 to 1995 and as a senior advisor to the CSU chancellor from 1993 to 1998.
"Brian Murphy has worked successfully with everyone from state policymakers to neighborhood groups to individual students," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "As founding director of the Urban Institute, he has brought the ideal of civic engagement to life in ways that will continue to better San Francisco and San Francisco State University. He is an outstanding choice."
Murphy holds doctoral and master's degrees in political science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Williams College.
He will be the third president of De Anza College which is located in Cupertino and is part of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.
College honors staff members
The College of Science and Engineering recently named Chris Johansson, stockroom manager for Chemistry/Biochemistry, and Michael Fong, stockroom manager for Biology/Center for Biomedical Laboratory Science, as this year's Don Eden Staff Appreciation Award winners. The award comes with a $1,000 cash bonus. Each winner received multiple nominations.
The award was established by Chemistry Professor Don Eden shortly before his death in 2000. Eden loved research and wanted to leave behind a mechanism to show his appreciation for staff members who support faculty research by making significant contributions to the care and maintenance of the College of Science and Engineering's facilities.
New information management systems
SFSU is proud to be a leader in providing state-of-the-art information technology for students, faculty, and staff. Beginning July 1 a new Financial Management System (FMS) and several new modules for the Human Resources Management System will be implemented. Staff from Fiscal Affairs, Human Resources, Budget Management and the Divison of Information Technology together with administrative staff from colleges and departments across campus have devoted countless hours and extensive effort for the last 18 months to deliver this major new system.
FMS replaces SFSU's legacy financial records system (FRS), consisting of three core modules: Purchasing, Accounts Payable and General Ledger. FMS enables all purchase requisitions to be entered online and offers a variety of reporting tools to track the progress of a requisition. The FMS relational database is continually updated with the latest information to ensure accurate payment processing to vendors, employees and students. The new General Ledger module offers flexibility and detail in tracking financial transactions.
The HRMS E-TRAC system, which is currently handling all personnel transactions for staff, will be expanded to include faculty and student employees. In addition, a Web-based time and labor system allows the entry of all time and absence data for students and hourly employees. HRMS also allows for all employment actions, including attendance and labor costs, to be entered online.
Both FMS and HRMS offer comprehensive training programs. To learn more and to sign up for training, visit: www.sfsu.edu/~cms.
Pat Medina -- Running the best
The dress shoes beneath the desk in Pat Medina's downtown San Francisco office get little use. On any given day, the director of paralegal studies at SFSU's College of Extended Learning rarely gets a moment to exchange them for the running shoes she wears to and from BART. Her phone rings incessantly, students pop in every few minutes, there is a June graduation and fall class schedule to see to, instructors to reach, and an office move to complete.
Read the full profile of Medina at: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring04/may24people.htm.
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