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Volume 53, Number 29   April 17, 2006         

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health disparities

Nina Wallerstein, professor and director of the Master's in Public Health Program at University of New Mexico's School of Medicine, will speak on "Community Based Participatory Research: Issues and Dilemmas for Reducing Health Disparities" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday in Rosa Parks Room B 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.

African American
health fair

The Student Health Advisory Committee invites the campus community and the general public to the 13th Annual African American Community Health Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday on the Main Lawn. In the event of rain, the fair will be moved to Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center.

Free services will be available including tests for HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, body fat and blood pressure. Coupons for free eye exams and diabetes and cholesterol screenings will also be available. The event also includes prizes and music.

In addition, there will be a spoken word contest with a $200 prize. To register for the conference, contact N-kei at:

Cleve Jones speaks
The campus community is invited to hear Cleve Jones, AIDS activist and creator of the Names Project (the AIDS Quilt), speak from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Classes are welcome.

Brent Malin reading
Brent Malin, assistant professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, will read from his book "American Masculinity under Clinton" at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the SFSU Bookstore.

All about the Fed
The campus community is invited to a symposium on the U.S. Federal Reserve System from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 101 of the Science building. The event will be presented by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco.

R.S.V.P. to Yanchun Zhang at:

Said and exile

Mohammad Salama, assistant professor of Arabic, will present "'The House is Past': Edward Said and the Experience of Exile" from 1:10 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, in room 473 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department's spring foreign language colloquium.

health disparities

Dean Robinson, associate professor of political science at University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will speak on "Politics, Inequality, and Black/White Health Disparities" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday in Rosa Parks Room B 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.

Opportunities in Russia
Andrei Shkvorov, president of Tver InterContact Group, will discuss "Opportunities for Americans in Russia" from 4:10 to 5 p.m. Thursday, April 20, in room 473 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department's spring foreign language colloquium.

1906 earthquake symposium
The campus community is invited to a symposium on "Rising from The Ashes: The Role of Labor in Rebuilding the Bay Area after the 1906 Earthquake" from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the SFSU Downtown Center, 425 Market St., San Francisco.

The program includes presentations by Bill Issel, professor of history; Lee Davis, director of the California Studies Program, and others.

For details, call ext. 8-2885 or visit:

Coming Up
Sup. Elsbernd's
final spring visit

San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will visit campus at noon Wednesday, April 26, in room 268 of the HSS building. The campus community is welcome to attend.

India presentations
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences faculty research series continues with two presentations on India from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, in room 361 of the HSS building. Anoshua Chaudhuri, assistant professor of economics, will present "Socio-economic and Gender Differences in Living Arrangements and Health Status of Older Persons in India" and Christopher Chekuri, assistant professor of history, will present "Pre-Colonial India: Sovereignty and Kingship."

For details, e-mail:

participatory research

The Center for Health Disparities Research and Training (CHDRT) invites faculty, staff and community partners to participate in "Building Partnerships: an Evaluation of CBPR," a symposium on community-based participatory research (CBPR) cosponsored by the Office of Community Service Learning. The symposium will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 28, in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Registration is free. Space is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Priority will be given to those attending with their community/campus partners.

For details and to R.S.V.P., contact CHDRT at or ext. 8-2978.

Faculty development
open house

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites faculty and staff to celebrate its new name, mission and space at a series of open houses in room 425 of the Library. Open houses will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. May 2 - 4.

Budget meeting
The University Budget Committee will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the NEC Room of the Administration building. Members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

SF State News home

Don Taylor is new dean of Health and Human Services
Photo of Don TaylorDon Taylor has been appointed dean of the College of Health and Human Services, following a national search. He has served as acting dean of the college since 2004.

Taylor joined the SFSU faculty as a lecturer in 1979 and served as department chair of Recreation and Leisure Studies from 1995 to 2001. He was appointed interim associate dean for the college from 2002 to 2004 and acting dean in 2004. He continues to be a team leader for the Fort Miley Ropes Course and active in community recreation and corporate leadership programs.

"Don Taylor's experience at SFSU spans a broad spectrum of teaching, community involvement and programmatic leadership," said John Gemello, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "His deep commitment to engaged scholarship and exemplary team-building skills will serve the college very well."

"Everyone in this college is very forward thinking," Taylor said. "All of our department leaders know where they must take their programs and what they need to do to get there. Often their results are cutting-edge. I feel very fortunate to be given the opportunity to lead a college where the entrepreneurial spirit sparks every department."

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

Agenda items include: proposed revisions to the Academic Senate advising policy; proposed revisions to the bachelor of science degree in business administration, concentration in management; proposed revisions to the master of arts degree in gerontology; proposed revisions to the bachelor of arts degree in industrial arts and a proposed concentration in visual communication design; a review of feedback to the proposed revision to the retention, tenure and promotions policies; and a discussion on implementing Academic Senate Resolution RF05-242 on the incident of Oct. 25, 2005.

Sneak peek for future students April 22
Prospective students can learn about SFSU's academics, support services and campus life during Sneak Preview Day from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22.

The annual open house offers campus tours, financial aid information, and advice on housing options to prospective students and their parents. Representatives from eight SFSU colleges will introduce future students to the more than 100 majors offered at the University and discuss career possibilities. Information on student services and organizations will also be available.

In addition, SFSU applicants can check the status of their admission and financial aid.

Last year more than 7,000 prospective students and parents visited SFSU on Sneak Preview Day. This year, the event is expected to draw more students and parents.

For details, visit:

Community Service Learning awards
The Office of Community Service Learning has announced its awards for 2005-06.

Betsy Blosser, professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, and Felix Kury, lecturer of raza studies, are the recipients of the faculty award for outstanding service.

Steve Cochrane, director of the Community Involvement Center, is the recipient of a lifetime achievement award for service/volunteer programs.

Jessica Lagedrost, Creative Arts, is the recipient of the student award.

Patricia L. McGinnis, California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, is the recipient of the community partner award.

Nominations for Academic Senate committees
Faculty are needed to serve on the following committees: Academic Freedom Committee, Honorary Degree Committee, University Search Committee for Dean of Undergraduate Studies, and University Search Committee for Director of Academic Institutional Research. In addition, there is an opening for an at-large Academic Senator.

Nominations should be made by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at:

Staff Senate representative election
Staff members are encouraged to vote in the election for a representative to the Academic Senate. Voting begins Monday, April 17, and closes at 5 p.m. Monday, April 24.

To review a list of nominees and their position statements and vote in the election, visit:

Grants & Contracts
SFSU received an additional $888,269 in January and $1,045,364 in February.

Read Grants & Contracts:

Bengier scholarships correction
The due date for students to apply for the Gary and Cynthia Bengier University Scholarships was incorrect in last week's edition of CampusMemo. The deadline is May 5. Students may apply for the Gary and Cynthia Bengier University Scholarships by using the University Scholarship application form, available online at:

CSU Academic Senate vote
The CSU Academic Senate has begun the elections process to change the constitution of the CSU Academic Senate with regard to membership. Please visit the Academic Senate Web site in order to review the proposed changes and submit your vote to the CSU Academic Senate office. More information is available at:

Counseling candidates
Counseling and Psychological Services is conducting interviews with selected candidates for three tenure-track positions. The Student Affairs' Counseling and Psychological Services Hiring Committee invites the campus community to participate in the candidates' presentations. The 20-minute presentations are followed by question-and-answer periods. They will all be held at 4 p.m. in room 401 of the Student Services building.

The remaining candidates and the dates they present are:

* Thursday, April 20: Jondra Pennington
* Thursday, April 27: Patricia Davis

For details, contact Derethia DuVal at ext. 8-2208.

Faculty regalia rental
Faculty may still rent regalia for Commencement 2006, for an additional $15 charge for rush shipment. Faculty members who need to rent regalia should call ext. 8-2023 or visit room 113C on the Mezzanine Level of the Student Center. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Orders placed by April 28 will require the $15 rush charge. Orders placed after May 1 will require additional charges.

West Side Story party
Faculty and staff (and friends) are invited to the University Women's Association (UWA) spring theatre party at 6 p.m. Friday, May 5. The event begins with a Cinco de Mayo Mexican buffet dinner in Rosa Parks Rooms A - C in the Student Center. Following dinner, the group will view an 8 p.m. performance of "West Side Story" in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Cost for the event is $30 per person for UWA members and guests and $35 for nonmembers and guests.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, April 21, to Lin Bushart Ivory at and send a check payable to UWA to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

Get advising early
The Undergraduate Advising Center asks faculty and staff to encourage students to participate in the "Get Advising Early" campaign so they can avoid class scheduling mistakes, double counting errors, unit deficiency and other issues. Students can receive free general advising from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, and Wednesday, May 3, on the Main Lawn and from 3 to 6 p.m. April 25-26 in the Cantina.

Free concert tickets
Faculty and staff are invited to request a pair of complimentary tickets to a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Herbst Theater, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco. The concert features vocalist Thomas Buckner as well as other vocalists, musicians and a Butoh dancer.

To secure a complimentary pair of tickets, interested participants should e-mail their name, address and telephone number to or fax the information to (510) 601-6183. Tickets will be held at the Herbst Theatre box office to be picked up the evening of the concert between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m. Attendees should be age 6 or over.

The program is sponsored by Four Seasons Concerts.


STAR of the Month

February STAR of the Month: Kamyar Marashi
Photo of  Kamyar MarashiWhen the Human Resources Department switched the entire Human Resources Management System (HRMS) to PeopleSoft in 2003, Kamyar Marashi, February STAR, was put in charge of all security issues involving E-TRAC (employee transaction systems) and HRMS-related modules. Marashi, an information technology consultant for Human Resources and Safety & Risk Management, was up to the monumental task.

The security issues were an important, complex part of the change to PeopleSoft because of the sensitivity of the information involved. Marashi handled the project adeptly and presented on his approach at two national professional organization conferences.

"Kamyar performs his duties with a unique sense of humor, personality and approach," said Henry McCoy, manager of faculty personnel and human resources information systems. "He has established strong working relationships with the many users across campus with whom he interacts."

Judy Philip, a coworker, said Marashi is the "social butterfly" of the office.

Marashi confirmed that he enjoys the social aspect of his work.

"To be able to collaborate and work with such intelligent and talented people is great," Marashi said. "The people I work with really genuinely care about what they do."

While taking classes through the College of Extended Learning, a benefit from his previous job at, Marashi decided to pursue a career in higher education. He was able to leave the dot-com world behind when he landed the position in Human Resources in December 2000.

Marashi plans to complete a bachelor's degree in speech and communications in 2007 and continue his studies at SFSU through a graduate program in organizational and/or business communications.

He resides in Novato with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Lelia.

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