San Francisco State UniversityA-ZSearchCalendarNeed help?News

Volume 52, Number 31   April 25, 2005         

CampusMemo Home    Announcements    Events    News    People on Campus

Health disparities fellowship
The RIMI2 program in Health Disparities Research and Training invites tenured and tenure-track faculty to attend the RIMI2 open house, which will include an introduction to the 2005-06 Faculty Fellowship in Health Disparities Research competition.

The open house will take place from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 3, at the Public Research Institute at Pacific Plaza, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Suite 750 in Daly City. Refreshments will be served.

The event and fellowship are funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

R.S.V.P. by April 29 to:

For details and directions, contact PRI at ext. 8-2978.

Online teaching month
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET) has designated June as Online Teaching and Learning Month at SFSU. Faculty interested in learning to use Moodle, a new learning management system, are encouraged to contact CET at:

A full schedule of workshops will be announced soon.

Women in ancient Egypt

Marian Bernstein, classics lecturer and curator of the Sutro Egyptian Collection, will discuss "The Wonderful Women of Ancient Egypt" at 1:15 p.m. in the Rosa Parks Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The event is sponsored by the Beta Chapter of the Sixty Plus Club.

Supervisor Elsbernd visit
District 7 San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will visit campus for a brown bag lunch discussion with members of the campus community at noon Wednesday in room 268 of the HSS building.

The event is sponsored by the Political Science Students Association, Office of the President and Office of Government Relations. Elsbernd's monthly visits to campus will resume in September.

BSS faculty talks

Sanjoy Banerjee, professor of international relations, and Robert C. Smith, professor of political science, will speak from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday 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 in room 133 of the Humanities building.

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

Coming Up
Suffrage and
sexual modernity

Deborah Cohler, assistant professor of women studies, will present "Queer Inversions: Women's Suffrage, Gender Deviance and Sexual Modernity" from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in room 386 of the Humanities building.

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

Diversity book event
The campus community is invited to an authors discussion and signing of the book "Diversity: Value, Promote, and Achieve" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in room 153 of the HSS building. The book was recently published by the Institute for Multicultural Research and Social Work Practice and written by SFSU faculty.

For details, contact Rita Takahashi at:

Michael Gregory memorial
A memorial for Michael Gregory, professor emeritus of English, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 6, in room 587 of the Humanities building. Individuals will be able to share reminiscences, anecdotes, appreciations, memories and tributes.

The event is sponsored by the NEXA Program and the English Language and Literature Department.

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.

Graduate student showcase
The campus community is invited 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. The event showcases creative work and research projects accomplished by graduate students from a variety of disciplines. A reception follows the event in room 147.

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

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

SF State News home

Cordell named MBA director
Victor Cordell was recently named director of graduate programs for the College of Business. His duties include managing, planning and marketing the University's Master of Business Administration program as well as its other graduate offerings.

In particular, Cordell is looking at transitioning the College's graduate programs from state support to self sufficiency. He is also working to expand the Accelerated MBA program, which offers mid-career professionals the opportunity to complete an MBA through evening or Saturday classes.

Cordell comes to SFSU from the Monterey Institute of International Studies where he was a professor of international business. During his 10 years at the Monterey Institute he also served as director of the Executive MBA Program, director of the International Business Planning Program, and as a board member of the Monterey Peninsula Chamber of Commerce.

He holds a doctorate in marketing and international business from University of Houston and spent 14 years working in international banking.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill room of the Seven Hill Conference Center.

Agenda items include: a report from Gene Chelberg, director of disability programs and resource center, on staff elections procedures; an update from Oswaldo Garcia, chair of the academic program review committee, on the Task Force on Graduate Program Review; Senate elections; a resolution in support of The New York Times program; a proposal for non-majors' access to general education courses; a proposed Academic Senate meeting schedule for 2006-07; a proposed academic calendar for 2005-06; a proposed revision to the bachelor of arts degree in dance; and a proposed revision to the minor in dance.

In memoriam: Eric Joseph Lopopolo
Eric Joseph Lopopolo, storekeeper for the Student Health Service (SHS), died April 9.

Born in Fresno, Lopopolo had worked for SHS for 22 years. He was in charge of all non-pharmaceutical purchasing -- medical and office supplies. He also made sure that sterilization equipment worked and that medical waste was handled and disposed of properly.

"Joe was always so positive and willing to lend a hand to anyone," said Marian Yee, outreach coordinator for the Student Health Service. "He loved going to work and made friends on campus wherever he went."

A resident of San Francisco, Lopopolo is survived by his partner Bob Streisf. The Student Health Service held an on-CampusMemorial for him April 13.

Energy efficiency grant
Facilities and Service Enterprises has received a $465,000 grant from PG&E and the Public Utilities Commission to install energy-efficient lighting in six buildings across campus -- Thornton Hall, Hensill Hall and the Science, Business, Administration, Psychology/Ethnic Studies and Humanities buildings.

The project is part of an agreement between the CSU and UC systems, the PUC and major California utility companies. It will result in significant annual utility savings for the campus.

University-wide elections begin
Elections run from Monday, April 25, through Monday, May 2. Voting may be done online at:

Positions up for election are:

  • At-Large Academic Senator
  • Academic Freedom Committee
  • Honorary Degree Committee
  • University Promotions Committee
  • University Search Committee for Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Educational Effectiveness
  • University Search Committee for Director of Academic Technology

For details, contact the Academic Senate Office at ext. 8-1264.

People on Campus
Photo of Roma Guy"I'm not any kind of expert," said Roma Guy, lecturer in SFSU's Department of Health Education. "I'm an activist." But it is hard to imagine that her extensive work in women's issues and public health doesn't make her an authority, at least in San Francisco. In fact, it would be easier to make a list of important Bay Area community health and social projects that Guy has not participated in than to create one she has.

Currently serving her third appointment on the San Francisco City and County Health Commission, Guy has worked with public officials, residents and community organizations in San Francisco since 1974 when she joined SFSU. Her distinguished list of accomplishments also includes a stint as director of the Bay Area Homelessness Program, a consortium of 16 colleges and universities founded at SFSU to prevent and end homelessness...

Read the entire profile:

STAR of the Month

April STAR of the Month: Sylvia Leng
Photo of Sylvia Leng Sylvia Leng, office manager for the Anthropology Department, possesses the same qualities as good office managers everywhere. She is organized, professional, responsive and, most important, unflappable.

James Quesada, chair of anthropology, agrees.

"Sylvia has been an extraordinarily calming influence in our department," he said. "Anthropologists are by nature mavericks and although we are scholars and students of collective life, we tend to operate individually. She has a way of pulling us together to do what must be done and making us all look good in the process. She projects an image of confidence and reasonableness that stimulates others -- students, faculty and staff -- to do their part to make things work!"

Leng oversees the daily operations of the department, updates its Web site, administers its budget, and assists its students, faculty and chair.

"The thing about this job I like is helping students," said Leng. "And whenever they come to me I seem to be able to help them."

Leng began working in the department as a work study student and then became office coordinator in late 2000. She was an international business major, but through her job, Leng has become friends with students in the department.

She enjoys her work -- and says that "it's actually fun" to learn new programs such as eTrac and the Finance Management System -- but she eventually wants to use what she learned in her degree program and work for an Asian-based company, perhaps in Singapore, Hong Kong or Japan.

An Oakland resident, Leng likes to go shopping and see movies with her friends.

Nominate a staff STAR:


About CampusMemo
CampusMemo provides news, information and on-campus events listings to the faculty and staff of SFSU.

CampusMemo is published weekly during the school year by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications. This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Contact Public Affairs & Publications at the number listed below. Submissions are welcome. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Tuesday the week preceding publication. Items may be sent via e-mail:, faxed to ext. 8-1498, or sent through campus mail to: CampusMemo, Office of Public Affairs & Publications, Lakeview Center 110. Please direct any questions to the e-mail address above, or call ext. 8-1665.

To send events: call ext. 8-1665 or send e-mail to


San Francisco State University Home     Search     Need Help?    

1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 415/338-1111
Last modified April 25, 2005, by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications