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Volume 52, Number 24   February 28, 2005         

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This Month
Women's History Month

The campus community is invited to participate in SFSU's celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day. Throughout March films, speakers and panel discussions will be presented on "Whose Lives? Whose Liberation? -- Women and Global Justice/Injustice."

The series is sponsored by the Women Studies Department, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and other campus departments and organizations.

For details, contact Kathryn Johnson at:

A panel on "Despair and Exploitation: Gender and Humanitarian Aid" will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in room 582 of the Humanities building. The event includes Edna Wangui, assistant professor of geography and human environmental studies, on "Women and the HIV/AIDS Epidemic in Africa"; Burcu Akan Ellis, assistant professor of international relations, on "Human Trafficking: Profiting from Women in Disaster Zones"; and a screening of the film "Sons and Daughters Betrayed: The Trafficking of Women and Girls and the Fight to End It" sponsored the Global Fund for Women.

A vigil for International Women's Day in solidarity with the global struggle for justice will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Malcolm X Plaza. The event, which is sponsored by the Women's Center and Associated Students, features speeches from community leaders and student activists.

A lecture by Sarah Soh, professor of anthropology, on "Gender, Class, Nation: Korean Comfort Women" will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in room 386 of the Humanities building.

A screening of the film "A Certain Liberation" will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The United Nations Association International Film Festival will be screened from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, in the Coppola Theatre of the Fine Arts building. Films include "Daughters from Danang," "When Abortion Was Illegal," "Afghanistan Unveiled," and "Women and Fidel." A reception with the filmmakers takes place from 7 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $8 for students. All proceeds benefit the United Nations Association.

A panel on "The Assault on Women's Reproductive Rights" will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29, in room 133 of the Humanities building. The event includes Barbara Loomis, associate professor of anthropology, on "The First was Planned; The Second was Withdrawal: the Third was a Lysol Douche: American Women's Early Attempts to Control Contraception, 1830-1931"; Nora Dye, public affairs manager of the Golden Gate office of Planned Parenthood, on "The Roe v. Wade Illusion: A Backdoor Attack on Reproductive Rights"; and a screening of the video "Motherhood by Choice not Chance."

Bob Wills celebration
The 100th anniversary of the birth of Bob Wills will be celebrated with a series of events presented by A.S. Performing Arts. Wills, a Western swing legend, erased genre boundaries by fusing pop, jazz, blues and country. Events include:

A selection of Wills film clips and lecture with country DJ and music archivist Steve Hathaway from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Admission is free.

Wills biographer Charles Townsend and Jose Cuellar, professor of Raza studies, will present a lecture/musical demonstration at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in Jack Adams Hall. Admission is free.

A concert featuring the Western swing band Lost Weekend will take place at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, in Jack Adams Hall. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for SFSU students. For tickets, call 1 (800) 594-8499

For details and to order tickets online, see:

This Week

Arab-Islamic hermeneutics

Iskandar Mansour, a candidate for the tenure-track position in Arabic and Islamic studies, will speak on "The Unpredictability of the Past: Trends in Modern Arab-Islamic Hermeneutics" from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Monday in room 473 of the Humanities building.

Public health

Lawrence Wallack, dean of the college of urban and public affairs at Portland State University, will speak on "Talking Public Health: Articulating America’s Second Language" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in room C-114 of the Student Center.

The seminar is funded by The National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-2978.

Catering faire
Seven Hills Catering by Chartwells and the Office of Conference Services invite the campus community to a catering faire from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Towers Conference Center.

For details, e-mail or call ext. 8-3972.

Sacred land and water
The campus community is invited to a Sacred Land and Water Symposium at 1 p.m. Tuesday in room 133 of the Humanities building. In addition to the panel discussion, there will be a 4 p.m. screening of the film "In the Light of Reverence."

The symposium is sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department. For details, contact Kathleen Russell at (415) 459-9211.

'Night of Henna' premiere

A.S. Performing Arts presents a free world premiere of the film "Night of Henna" on Thursday, March 3. There will be showings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Directed by Hassan Zee, "Night of Henna" is about the tradition-steeped wedding night of a Pakistani-American girl as she confronts the conflict between the desires of her heart and the expectations of her culture.

CUSP II discussion

The All-University Committee on International Programs and the Office of International Programs are convening a conference on how to achieve the CUSP II Goal 4: "San Francisco State University provides its students, faculty, and staff with international experiences, perspectives, and competencies." The conference will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday in room T-160 of the Student Center. Lunch will be provided. All members of the campus community are welcome.

R.S.V.P. to Miriam Smith at:

Coming Up
Prophets and rebels

Adam Hochschild will discuss his book "Bury the Chains: Prophets and Rebels in the Fight to Free an Empire's Slaves" at 4:10 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, in room 349 of the HSS building. He will also hold a book signing, and copies will be available for sale at a discount.

For details, e-mail:

Defensive driving
Defensive driver training sessions will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

To register, e-mail or call ext. 8-1449.

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Meeting on revisions to physical master plan
The Academic Senate will dedicate its Tuesday, March 8, meeting to a presentation by Leroy Morishita, vice president for administration and finance, on proposed revisions to the physical master plan.

The meeting will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. The campus community is invited to attend a reception that will follow the meeting in the Senate office, room 551 of the Administration building.

Update on the University Club
Since the announcement of the closing of the Franciscan Building to accommodate a new Library addition, the University Club (UClub) has been looking for a new location. After exploring a variety of possibilities, the UClub Board of Directors has concluded that no viable space options exist for the club.

The board has passed motions to cease collective payroll deductions as soon as possible and to terminate all operations in the Franciscan Building by June 3.

At its March 2 meeting, the board will consider motions to dissolve the corporation and determine how residual funds will be held and designated for the future.

In memoriam: Nancy Lee Tilden Jackman
Nancy Lee Tilden Jackman, professor emerita of philosophy, died Feb. 8. She was 81.

Jackman, who held a doctorate in philosophy from University of California, Berkeley, taught at SFSU for 35 years beginning in 1953. She taught courses in Eastern philosophy and religion and was known as a demanding and rigorous teacher who was also able to command a great deal of respect from her students.

"She was kindly, friendly and helpful to students and faculty alike," said philosophy Professor John Glanville, who shared an office with her. "She was a very good questioner of students, not only in content, but also in logical and rhetorical presentation."

An expert on Chinese and East Indian religions, Jackman also practiced what she preached. She studied Vedanta, a philosophical foundation of Hinduism.

Glanville noted that Jackman had extensive knowledge and interest in many areas, including American philosophy and colonial history, and had a strong financial sense.

Jackman is survived by her son Robert, daughter-in-law Linda Vasquez, grandson Carlos Vasquez, and niece and nephews Katherine W., Thomas, Timothy Lee and Peter Strebeigh.

Donations in her memory may be made to Hospice by the Bay, 1540 Market St., San Francisco, Calif. 94102.

In memoriam: Walter Geiger
Walter Geiger, professor emeritus of foreign languages, died Feb. 17 after a long illness. He was 72.

Geiger, who taught at San Francisco State from 1966 to 1994, had research interests in romance philology, Spanish linguistics, and Spanish medieval literature. He taught Spanish linguistics and the history and development of the Spanish language.

A native of Chicago, Geiger enjoyed a brief television broadcasting career in the mid-1950s in Phoenix. He earned his master's degree in Spanish in 1962 and his Ph.D. in romance philology in 1973, both from University of California, Berkeley.

"He had a very strong presence," said French Lecturer Anita Axt, who also serves as administrative analyst/specialist for the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department. "He was very matter of fact and expected his students to be prepared. He had a great sense of humor."

In the 1970s, Geiger taught a series of courses that included trips overseas to South America, Mexico and Spain. He was fascinated by the linguistics of Spanish, including the effect that Arabic had on the language.

Geiger is survived by his daughter Renate.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library, sixth floor, Library.

People on Campus
Photo of Volker Langbehn Deciding to teach at SFSU was "a no-brainer," Volker Langbehn says. "The University is unique in its ethnic structure -- I found that very enriching. Ethnic diversity -- I live it, breathe it."

Previously a visiting assistant professor of German at Iowa State University, Langbehn has spent the last three years at SFSU teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in German language and literature. He says he continues to seek new ways to approach his subject matter in the classroom. His latest course is a good example.

"The Holocaust and its Aftermath in Postwar Germany," a pilot course created with Associate Professor Ilona Vandergriff, debuted in the fall. Students in the course look at the Holocaust from a number of perspectives, beginning with those of its perpetrators...

Read the entire profile:

CalPERS retirement info
George Diehr, a member of the CalPERS Board, will speak about Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed changes to the retirement system at noon Wednesday, March 9, in Rosa Parks A-C of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The program is sponsored by the California Faculty Association in cooperation with Human Resources.

Space is limited. R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-6232.

Service learning grants
The Office of Community Service Learning invites faculty members to apply for community service learning grants. Grants support faculty community scholarship and the expansion of SFSU community service learning courses. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Monday, March 7.

For guidelines and an application, see:

For details, contact Perla Barrientos at or ext. 8-3282.

International grant proposals
The Office of International Programs invites tenured and tenure-track faculty to apply for two grants: an incentive award for faculty to internationalize their courses and a grant to promote faculty members' international development.

The deadline for both grants is Tuesday, March 15. Applications and details may be picked up at room 450 of the Administration building or online at:

Fall lecture speakers wanted
Faculty from all disciplines are invited to participate in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) fall 2005 course/public lecture series, BSS 275. The series, which has been offered the past two years, gathers a different group of faculty and other experts each week to address a specific topic related to the series theme. This fall's theme is "Social Justice and Social Change: Race, Class, Gender, Disability and Sexuality at Home and Abroad."

Faculty are encouraged to submit a proposal that includes a brief abstract of the proposed presentation along with a tentative title. Individual and group proposals (for a panel of up to four presenters) are welcome. For a proposal form and more details, contact Kathryn Johnson at:

Proposals should be sent by Tuesday, March 15, to Dean Joel J. Kassiola at or via inter-office mail to Office of the Dean, HSS 359.

Student community service scholarships
The Office of Community Service Learning asks faculty and staff to encourage students to apply for a Students in Service scholarship. Students volunteering and/or completing unpaid internships in education or community-based organizations are encouraged to apply.

For details, call ext. 8-6846 visit:

Academic Senate Action

At its Feb. 22 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Heard a report from Suzanne Dmytrenko, registrar, and Denize Fox Needleman, associate vice president for human resources, on the employee student information Web tutorial;
  • Heard a report from David Abella, president of Associated Students Inc., on the athletics fee referendum;
  • Heard a report from Oswaldo Garcia on the task force on graduate program review; and
  • Deferred action on a recommended discontinuance of the minor in California studies.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:

STAR of the Month

February STAR of the Month: Pedro Reyes
Photo of Pedro Reyes Pedro Reyes, parking officer in the Department of Public Safety, smiles a lot. No, it's not because he likes writing parking tickets -- it's because he has such a positive attitude.

The positive attitude helped Reyes balance work and treatment when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2001. The support of his friends in the department helped him emotionally, he said. And he believes staying upbeat and active helped him successfully battle the cancer into submission.

"Sometimes it was really hard [to come into work]," he said. "But I still did it and afterward it felt good. I would rather be at work than at home feeling sorry for myself."

"Pedro has been an inspiration to people in the office and on campus," Chief Kimberly Wible said. "No job is too small or too big for him -- he just does it. He is a tremendous asset to the Department of Public Safety, and we are proud to have him as a member of our staff."

In addition to his parking rounds, Reyes -- who was hired in 1999 -- helps provide traffic control at the beginning of each semester, collects money from the campus vending machines, and works security at special events.

Even though writing parking citations is a big part of his job -- in 2003 he wrote the most in the department -- what Reyes likes best is helping people.

"I like to make people happy, like when I give them a jumpstart or unlock their car when they lock their keys in it," he said.

Reyes lives in Richmond with his wife Maritza and 8-year-old son Emmanuel.

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