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Volume 52, Number 30   April 18, 2005         

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This Week
Community involvement

The Community Involvement Center invites the campus community to a community involvement fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday on the Quad.

Representatives from agencies involved in various areas of community work will be on hand to provide information and discuss service opportunities.
For details, e-mail or ext. 8-1486

Members of the campus community are welcome to recycle old computers, cell phones and athletic shoes at "Bring Your Stuff to School Day." Drop off your items from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday at the Quad. Computer recyclers and social service organizations will take the computers and phones. The Nike "rescue a shoe" program will take the shoes for recycling into other products.

Organized by environmental studies students, the two days dedicated to recycling, reusing and reducing waste will also offer bicycle and composting workshops and screenings of environmental films and video clips.

For details, contact Suzanne McNulty at or ext. 5-0326.

African American
health fair

The African American Community Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday on the Quad. The fair includes free tests for: HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, glaucoma, body fat and more. There will also be Caribbean music, information from a variety of community groups and agencies, and a drawing for one of 75 pedometers.

The event is sponsored by the Student Health Advisory Committee and Associated Students Inc.

Exercise and aging

The Gamma Chapter of the Sixty Plus club invites the campus community to "Exercise and Aging: What Exercise Can Do for You" at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Rosa Parks room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Trail of Tears

Amy Lonetree, assistant professor of American Indian studies, will present "Remembering Minnesota's Trail of Tears: The Dakota Women's March of 1862" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 386 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Women Studies Department's spring lecture series.

Mirror, mirror
Bérénice Le Marchand, assistant professor of French, will present "Have You Looked at Yourself in the Mirror Lately?" from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 473 of the Humanities building. The lecture will be in English.

This event is part of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures' spring 2005 colloquium series.

For details, contact Midori McKeon at ext. 8-7413.

reform in China

Chack-Kie Wong, professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong, will speak on "Urban Health-Care Reform in China: From State Protection to Individual Responsibility" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday in room 130 of the Business building.

The event is sponsored by the Office of International Programs, Chinese American Faculty and Staff Association and Institute for Multicultural Research and Social Work Practice.

For details, contact Susan Sung at ext. 8-1052.

Hollywood and Jews
Tom Zakim, a history lecturer at University of California, Berkeley, will present "Jews and the Rise of Hollywood: A Question of Assimilation" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of Jewish Studies' lecture series Academica Judaica.

Funding database info

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites tenured/tenure track faculty and MPP directors to a training session on SPINPlus, SFSU's subscription database of funding opportunities, from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday in room 560 of the Administration building. Participants will learn how to search for external funding, receive daily funding alerts, and find collaborators at other institutions worldwide.

Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to Toni Philadeng at:

Magic in ancient drama
Mary Kay Gamel, professor of classics and comparative literature at University of California, Santa Cruz, will speak on "Magic in Ancient Mediterranean Drama" at 7 p.m. Thursday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Classic Students Association's spring lecture series "Magic and Superstition in the Ancient World."

Coming Up
BSS faculty talks rescheduled

Sanjoy Banerjee, professor of international relations, and Robert C. Smith, professor of political science, will speak from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in room 361 of the HSS building. Banerjee will speak on "Nationality and American Identity" and Smith will speak on "Reagan, Race and Rights: Substance and Symbolism in the Second Reconstruction."

The event is part of the College of BSS faculty research series.

Jewish mysticism
Kitty Millet, assistant professor of Jewish studies, will present "To Paraphrase the Transcendent: Jewish Mysticism and Magic" at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28, in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Classic Students Association's spring lecture series "Magic and Superstition in the Ancient World."

Lee Mallory tribute
An event in honor of singer/songwriter Lee Mallory will take place May 10 in the Depot of the Student Center. Mallory, the star of several open-mike performances held at the Depot, died March 21 at age 60. Mallory was engaged to be married to Nina Jo Smith, director of the S.A.F.E. Place.

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Workshop on women and success in academia
Vita Rabinowitz, co-director of the Gender Equity Project at Hunter College in New York, will present a workshop on "Gender and Academia: What Women Need to Know about Succeeding in Academic Careers" at 8:30 a.m. Thursday, April 28, in the Nob Hill room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Rabinowitz will focus on the challenges faced by women faculty and provide workable strategies to meet them, including balancing work responsibilities, negotiating, becoming a leader in one's institution and one's discipline, and building a circle of advisers.

R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, April 20, at:

The event is sponsored by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development.

Greek film festival
The campus community is invited to two free events held in conjunction with the San Francisco Greek Film Festival. "Z," a film by Costa-Gavras will be screened at 4 p.m. Monday, April 18, in Coppola Theater of the Fine Arts building. Costa-Gavras will talk about his films Friday, April 22, in room 587 of the Humanities building. The time has yet to be determined. For details, contact Modern Greek Studies at ext. 8-1892.

In addition, the campus community is invited to attend the San Francisco Greek Film Festival, held April 16-22 in the Delancey Street Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco. The festival raises funds for SFSU's Modern Greek Studies Program.

For a full schedule and ticket prices, see:

Community service learning awards
The Office of Community Service Learning will honor five individuals for their commitment to service learning at an April 27 ceremony.

Teresa Carrillo, associate professor of Raza studies, and Albirda Rose, professor of dance, will each receive an award for outstanding faculty contributions to community service learning.

Cristian Alvarado, College of Creative Arts, and Shirelle Lowe, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, will each receive an award for outstanding service learning contributions as a student.

Peter Palmer, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will receive a Jefferson Award for Public Service Civic Engagement.

For details, call ext. 8-6846.

Communications technology upgrade
Technology Infrastructure Services (TIS) upgrades are currently taking place on campus. TIS is a CSU-wide upgrade of the data communications technology (including voice and video) infrastructure to support technology needs today and in the years to come.

This project, managed by the Division of Information Technology and Office of Capital Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC), will replace the communications infrastructure for the first time in nearly 20 years. State-of-the-art data connections to classrooms, laboratories and offices on campus and at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies will support emerging technology for instructional programs and increase the productivity of campus administrative operations.

Technology outlets in all spaces will support enhanced category 6 -- the highest quality copper cable currently available -- as well as multi-mode fiber-optic cable connectivity. TIS will reach practically every room in nearly all of SFSU's general fund buildings. The project began with Business and the Corporation Yard buildings last December. Construction in those buildings is winding down and will continue in Hensill Hall, the Gym, Ethnic Studies and Psychology and the Administration buildings. The entire project should be completed by the end of 2006. Most construction will occur at night to minimize disruption to the campus.

For details, click on the "projects under construction" link on the CPDC Web site; contact your building or area coordinator (listed on the CPDC Web site); or e-mail:

Academic Senate needs faculty nominees
Faculty nominees are needed to serve on the following committees:
  • Academic Affirmative Action
  • All University Committee on Students, Faculty and Staff with Disabilities
  • All University Teacher Education Committee
    Board of Appeals and Review
  • Educational Technology Advisory Committee
    Enrollment Management
  • Graduation Marshal
  • GE Segment I-Basic Subjects
  • GE Segment II-American Ethnic/Racial Minorities Committee
  • GE Segment II-Behavioral and Social Sciences Committee
  • GE Segment II-Humanities and Creative Arts Committee
  • GE Segment II-Lifelong Development Committee
  • GE Segment II-Physical and Biological Sciences
    Educational Technology Advisory Committee

Nominations should be sent to the Academic Senate office at or ext. 8-1264.

For committee information, visit the Academic Senate website at:

In addition, the deadline for faculty online nominates has been extended to Wednesday, April 20, for the following committees and positions:

  • Academic Affirmative Action
  • Academic Freedom
  • At-Large Academic Senator
  • Honorary Degree Committee
  • University Committee on Written English Proficiency
  • University Search Committee for Associate Vice President for Academic Planning And Educational Effectiveness
  • University Search Committee for Director of Academic Technology

Nominations can be made at:

This month's Insiders include a production of "Rashomon" directed by Yukihiro Goto, professor of theatre arts; an award for a book on stories from the frontlines of public service co-authored by Michael Musheno, professor of criminal justice; a lecture on trauma and war by Felix Kury, lecturer in Raza studies; and a book of poems by Maxine Chernoff, professor of Creative Writing.

Read the Insiders:

Faculty grant proposal workshops this week
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled two workshops for faculty who would like assistance preparing their applications for the Affirmative Action, Mini-Grant, Summer Stipend and Vice President's Assigned Time award programs for fall 2005. The workshops will take place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, and Friday, April 22, in room 460 of the Administration building.

Registration is required. R.S.V.P. (include the date of the workshop) to Angie Lin at:

Michelle Wolf, professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, and Clifford Berkman, chair of the Professional Development Council and associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, will lead the workshops.

Participants should bring a hard copy of the award application materials, which are available at:

Graduate student showcase
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage graduate students to submit their research projects or creative work to the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase which will take place from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 11, in room 100 of the Gymnasium. A reception follows the event in room 147.

Registration forms are due by April 20 and can be found at:

Graduate program advisers from Stanford and University of California, Berkeley, San Francisco and Santa Cruz will be available at the event.

For details, contact Deborah Briese at or ext. 8-2232.

April 21 homelessness project
Project Homeless Connect is looking for volunteers for an April 21 mass mobilization. Participants will help serve San Francisco's homeless people by providing mental and physical health assessments and helping them connect to services. The mobilization begins at 8 a.m. at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium.

Training is required and sessions will be provided before April 21. For details, contact Kelly Komasa at ext. 8-3340.

As part of the day's program, the SFSU Symphony with Jassen Todorov, violin, will perform Vivaldi's Four Seasons at 11 a.m. at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium. Admission is free.

Bookstore orders by April 30
The Bookstore is processing orders for summer and fall semesters. Faculty who submit their fall order by April 30 will have their name entered in a drawing for a getaway to Mendocino. Orders can be placed online at, faxed to 405-0474, or sent via e-mail to:

Panetta internships
The San Francisco Urban Institute asks faculty and staff to encourage interested and qualified students to apply for the Panetta Institute Congressional Internship Program, which will be held in Washington, D.C., from mid-September to mid-December.

Applicants must submit a letter of interest, official transcript, SFSU faculty reference and evidence of community service and public service experience and commitment.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 20.

For details, contact the Urban Institute at ext. 8-6419.

Academic Senate Action

At its April 12 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Heard a report from Helen Goldsmith, associate dean of undergraduate studies, on the Path to Graduation Task Force
  • Heard a report from Goldsmith and Jo Volkert, associate vice president for enrollment, on the Lower Division Transfer Pattern Project
  • Heard a report from Gail Whitaker, associate vice president for academic program development, on a proposal for the Institute for the Next Generation Internet
  • Heard an update from Oswaldo Garcia, chair of the Academic Program Review Committee, on the Task Force on Graduate Program Review; and
  • Passed a proposed graduate certificate in guide dog mobility.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:

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