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Volume 52, Number 26   March 14, 2005         

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This Week
Good food, good cause

The campus community is invited to a food fair and fundraiser for student organizations from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the Main Lawn. A variety of foods will be offered by the participating student organizations.

All proceeds benefit the student organizations and will help support their mission on campus.

For details, contact Alberto Olivares at ext. 8-3887.

Lost Highway performs

The 11-piece Western swing band Lost Highway will perform a special tribute to Bob Wills at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

This is the final event in A.S. Performing Arts celebration of the 100th anniversary of Wills' birth.

Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for SFSU students. For tickets, purchase at the door, call (800) 594-8499 or order online at:


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

The event is part of SFSU's celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day which is sponsored by the Women Studies Department, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and other campus departments and organizations.

U.N. film festival
The United Nations Association International Film Festival will screen from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Coppola Theatre of the Fine Arts building. 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.

The event is part of SFSU's celebration of Women's History Month.

Healing herbs in Crete

Patricia Clark, adjunct professor of Greek and Roman studies at University of Victoria, B.C., will speak on "Parsley, Sage, Rosemary and Thyme: Exploring Traditional Healing in Crete's Amari Valley" at 4 p.m. Thursday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

For details, contact the Center for Modern Greek Studies at or ext. 8-1892.

Budget meeting
The campus community is welcome to attend the next meeting of the University Budget Committee which takes place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in room 560 of the Administration building.

Coming Up
Women and leadership

Gail Collins, editor of The New York Times editorial page, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Collins will discuss her book "American Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines," as well as the importance of women in leadership roles.

The event is sponsored by Associated Students Inc., President Corrigan and the San Francisco Urban Institute.

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.

Reproductive rights
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.

This is the final event in SFSU's Women's History Month series.


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Final Business dean candidates visit this week
Two finalists for dean of the College of Business are scheduled for on-campus visits this week. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the following receptions, which will take place in room 202 of the Business building:

  • 4:30-5:30 p.m. Monday, March 14: Nancy Hayes, president and CEO, WISE Senior Services.
  • 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, March 16: Dennis Wu, retired partner, Deloitte & Touche.

In memoriam: John Kassay
John Kassay, professor emeritus of design and industry, died Feb. 17. He was 85.

Kassay joined SF State in 1957 after earning a master's degree at Pittsburg State University in Kansas and teaching middle and high school in Kansas.

An expert in Shaker furniture as well as a skilled craftsman, draftsman and photographer, Kassay taught courses in woodworking technology and construction at State. He completed a doctorate in education at Washington State University in 1970.

"He was very much an interdisciplinary teacher and scholar," said David F. Wentura, professor emeritus of design and industry. "He was able to bring many of the disciplines not only within the department but from across the University to bear on his teaching. He taught students to find and develop their own creative talents and skills -- and not just model his."

In 1980, Kassay published "The Book of Shaker Furniture" to wide acclaim. The book featured his own illustrations based on years of research. Kassay later turned his attention to American Windsor furniture and continued to lecture and publish on both styles after being awarded emeritus status in 1987.

Kassay is survived by his wife Mary Kassay; daughters Cynthia Keck and Catherine Manley; and son Robert Kassay.

The Design and Industry Department is planning an event to celebrate his life and scholarship. Details will be announced in a future issue of CampusMemo.

In memoriam: Michael Gregory
Michael Gregory, professor emeritus of English and a founder and former director of SFSU's landmark NEXA Program, died Feb. 22 in his Mill Valley home. He was 75.

Gregory, who taught at SF State from 1958 to 2002, was a co-principal investigator on a $1 million grant from the National Endowment of the Humanities that in 1975 launched the NEXA Program, a convergence of the sciences and humanities that is the only program of its kind in the nation.

"He pioneered a conception of interdisciplinary convergent thinking, teaching, communication and scholarship that was decades ahead of its time," said NEXA Program Director Geoffrey Green, professor of English. "His dedication, imagination, resilience and determination challenged all who knew him to think more deeply, clearly and passionately. Michael Gregory's commitment to high standards and innovative education lives on in the memory of all who knew him."

Gregory's research interests included the work of English novelist Joseph Conrad, intellectual history, the history of ideas, and Chinese history. He earned his doctorate in anthropology from University of California, Berkeley. He also held bachelor's and master's degrees from UC Berkeley.

He is survived by daughters Alexa Gregory-Wane, Tanya Gregory and Erika Gregory-Mollner, their mothers Jan Gregory and Ora Cipolla, and three grandchildren.

The English Language and Literature Department and NEXA program will sponsor a CampusMemorial event later in the semester.

Grants & Contracts
SFSU was awarded $935,575 in November and $3,291,253 in December. Awards include a grant to Laureen Chew, professor of elementary education, for the California Reading and Literature Project; a grant to Peter Palmer, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, to analyze objects repatriated to the Yurok Tribe; and a grant to Susan Alunan, acting director of the San Francisco Urban Institute, to aid the socio-economic integration of wheelchair users in Columbia.

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This month's Insiders include an award from the French Government to Roger Woodward, professor of music; a collection of poems by Matthew Shenoda, lecturer in American Indian Studies; an paper on immigrnat experience by Penelope Flores, professor of secondary education; a presentation on human rights in Jewish Law by Nitzhia Shaked, lecturer in Jewish studies; and an award from the California Career Education Association to the Career Center.

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No CampusMemo March 21
CampusMemo will not be published the week of March 21 because of spring break. Submit events and deadlines for the March 28 issue by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 22.

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International grant proposals due
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:

BSS lecture series proposals due
Faculty from all disciplines are invited to participate in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) fall 2005 course/public lecture series. Faculty are encouraged to submit a proposal on this fall's theme of "Social Justice and Social Change: Race, Class, Gender, Disability and Sexuality at Home and Abroad." 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.

Health workshops correction
The Student Health Service invites faculty, staff and students to take advantage of the Extra Credit for a Healthy Future Program, which offers free workshops that promote health and well-being.

For a schedule of classes, see:

Participants may register for a class by writing their names on the registration folder for the workshop they want to take. The room number given in last week's CampusMemo was incorrect. The folders are in room 31 of the Student Health Service. Workshops are held in the conference room to the right of the Student Health Service's main entrance.

For details, contact Marian Yee at:

CEL course proposals
The College of Extended Learning (CEL) is now accepting course proposals for the fall semester. Faculty who have taught in the past or are interested in teaching through CEL for the first time this fall should e-mail for a CEL course request form.

Course proposals are due March 29.

Textbook returns
The Bookstore is beginning to return textbooks to the publishers. Faculty who will be using a book later in the term should inform the Bookstore as soon as possible at or ext. 8-7377.

Faculty are also asked to encourage students to purchase their texts now, if they have not already. Books that will be used again for summer or fall 2005 can be retained by submitting an order to the Bookstore.

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