The SFSU Retirement Association is accepting applications to provide approved,
job-related travel support for University faculty members. Apply by Monday,
May 10. Limited funds require that individual requests not exceed $1,000.
of application should contain the purpose of the travel as well
as travel plans and cost. Send letters to the SFSU Retirement
Association in care of Franklin Sheehan, Mathematics Department,
TH 937, or via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to apply to study abroad
in Australia and New Zealand. The deadline to apply is Wednesday, May 5. Interested
students should drop by the Office of International Programs in room 450 of
the Administration building for details and an application.
Francisco Women's Building honored
To honor the 25th anniversary of the San Francisco Women's
Building, the Speech and Communication Studies Department presents
a special benefit performance
of "She Rises Like a Building to the Sky," a new play by Mercilee
Jenkins, professor of speech and communication studies, at 8 p.m. Friday, May
14, in room 133 of the Humanities building. Tickets are $25 and include a special
reception. The show contains explicit language and is directed by Amy K. Kilgard,
assistant professor of speech and communication studies.
will also take place at 8 p.m. on May 7, 8 and 15 and at 2 p.m.
on May 9 and 16. Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5
details, call (415) 474-5580 or e-mail email@example.com.
Creative Writing Professor Robert Glück will read from
his collection of linked stories "Denny Smith" at
3 p.m. Tuesday in room 1 of the University Club.
The event is sponsored by the SFSU Bookstore. For details,
call ext. 8-2650.
Keiji Onodera, president of the Shodo Journal Research Institute
in Japan, will discuss "Modern Japanese Calligraphy" from
3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, in room 485 of the Humanities
building. Midori McKeon, chair of the Department of Foreign
Languages and Literatures, will translate. A reception follows
The lecture is a companion event to an exhibit of new work
by 20 Japanese master calligraphers in celebration of the 150th
anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Peace
and Amity. The exhibit, sponsored by Foreign Languages and
Literatures and the College of Humanities, can be viewed from
9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday, May 7, in the College of Humanities
office reception area on the fourth floor of the Humanities
For details, contact Midori McKeon at ext. 8-7413 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study abroad reception
The Office of International Programs invites faculty and staff
to a reception in honor of the SFSU students selected to study
abroad through CSU International Programs and SFSU
Bilateral Exchange Programs at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in McKenna
Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Refreshments will be
R.S.V.P. to ext. 8-1293.
Women in Tunisia
Julia Clancy-Smith, associate professor of history at the University
of Arizona, will speak on "Women, Gender, and Migration
in Pre-Colonial Tunisia, c. 1815-1870" at 3:15 p.m. Friday
in room 270 of the Science building.
The event is sponsored by the History Department.
trust in health care
Elizabeth Jacobs, assistant professor of medicine at Cook County
Hospital and Rush Medical College in Chicago, will speak
on "Measuring African Americans' Trust in Health Care" from
noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in room 201 of the HSS building.
The event is the seventh and final in this year's seminar
series on health disparities and is funded by the National
Institutes of Health Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions
(RIMI) program. For details, contact the Public Research Institute
at 8-2978 or email@example.com.
Defensive driving training classes will be available for staff
and faculty from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday,
To sign up, call ext. 8-1449 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
40 years of de Bellis
The University's Frank V. de Bellis Collection celebrates its
40th anniversary from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, in
the collection's home on the sixth floor of the J. Paul Leonard
Library. The event features a fortepiano concert by Corey
Jamason. A silent auction of books, prints, scores, recordings
and CDs will be held to benefit future public events.
The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the J. Paul Leonard
For details, call (415) 338-1649.
Grad students show accomplishments
The campus community is invited to the Graduate Research and
Creative Works Showcase from 3 to 6 Wednesday, May 19, on
the first and second floors of the Administration building.
The event will feature work by graduate students. There will
be a reception towards the end of the event with a drawing
for student prizes.
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage graduate students
to enter the showcase.
For details, including a registration form, go to www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy or contact Amy McBrayer at ext. 8-2232 or email@example.com.
of the Year: Chris Larsen
Chris Larsen, co-founder and CEO of online lending company E-Loan, has
been named San Francisco State University's Alumnus of the Year and will
be honored during Commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 29.
resilient company, founded in 1997, is one of the rare dot-com success
stories. Since its inception E-Loan has sold more
than $18.9 billion in consumer loans. Larsen has built his business on
a solid foundation of core values. There should be "a uniform passion" in
company employees, he says.
Larsen's passionate beliefs extend well beyond the boardroom.
After graduating from SFSU with a degree in international business and
accounting in 1984, Larsen joined Chevron conducting financial audits
in Indonesia, Ecuador and Brazil. Although he later earned an MBA at
Stanford University, he left his heart at San Francisco State.
Several years ago,
Larsen established one of the most generous scholarships on campus
because he says there's no better place to get a degree. "You
get a great education," he says. "And it really is the bargain
of the century."
Larsen donated to
SFSU because he believed its working-class students, many the first
in their families to go to college, could use the assistance.
The plan had been in the works since his undergraduate days. "I
always swore I'd give money to State," he says.
Each semester the Chris Larsen Scholarship Fund provides $2,500 each
to 10 students working toward a teaching credential or master's degree.
Larsen has remained involved in the selection process, reading applicant
essays and getting to know the recipients.
Larsen founded his lending company on the principle that consumers deserve
a fair deal. After his own negative experience applying for a mortgage,
he and a colleague developed a business in 1997 that would eliminate
costly brokers and bankers. The online lending company allows consumers
to comparison shop for mortgages, home equity and car loans directly
from the company's Web site.
The 2004-05 holiday schedule is now available on the Human Resources
Web site: www.sfsu.edu/~hrwww/benefits/holidaysched.html.
contact Human Resources at ext. 8-1872.
For the first time ever, the University-wide election voting by faculty members
will take place online. Voters will be required to enter their SFSU ID and PAC
numbers in order to gain access to the voting system. Vote at: www.sfsu.edu/senatevote.
began last week and continues through midnight Wednesday, May
5. For position statements by the candidates, go to: www.sfsu.edu/~senate/nominate/.
details, contact the Academic Senate at ext. 8-1264 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
From Gothic castles to Japanese preschools
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures' celebration of World
Languages and Cultures begins this week. The celebration includes a
series of lectures on a variety of cultural and linguistic topics and
an exhibit of Arabic calligraphy.
The events are:
Siskron, lecturer of Russian, discusses "Horizontal
Castles: Gothic Elements in the Novels of Pushkin, Gogol and
5 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 3, in room 473 of the Humanities building.
Wakabayashi, research coordinator in the Center for Infant
Studies at Stanford University, discusses "My
Child Speaks 'Martian': Exploring gibberish utterances produced
by children raised in
Japanese and English
bilingual context" from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in
room 473 of the Humanities building.
Calligraphy: Geometry of the Spirit," an exhibit featuring
the work of Fayeq Oweis, lecturer of Arabic, will be on display
from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 21,
in the dean's
area on the fourth floor of the Humanities building.
Ershov, professor emerita of Russian, will discuss "Italian
Architects in Russia" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday,
May 12, in room 473 of the Humanities building.
Holloway, adjunct professor of education at University of California,
Berkeley, will discuss "Contested Childhood: Diversity
and Change in Japanese Preschools" from 2 to 3 p.m.
Thursday, May 13, in room 473 of the Humanities building.
A reception follows the lecture.
will discuss his exhibit "Arabic Calligraphy: Geometry
of the Spirit" from 11:10 a.m. to noon Friday, May
14, in room 202 of the Humanities building. A reception
follows the lecture from noon
to 1 p.m. in room 485 of the Humanities building.
Wright, professor of French, will discuss "Dance and Education
in Renaissance Europe" from 12:35 to 1:25 p.m.
Tuesday, May 18, in room 477 of the Humanities building.
For details, contact Midori McKeon at ext. 8-7413 or email@example.com.
month's Newsmakers include a KGO-TV report on the work of Gary Selnow,
professor of business communication, to bring medical databases to Iraq;
Gilbert Herdt, professor of human sexuality studies, commenting on the
Ford Mustang; Information systems Chair Sam Gill discussing the drop in
computer science majors on NPR; An opinon piece on Arabic literature by
American Indian studies lecturer Matthew Shenoda; and comments by Deborah
Tolman, director of the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality, on
in-home passion parties.