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Volume 53, Number 30   April 23, 2006         

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This Week
Colonas lectures

Vassilis Colonas, associate professor of architecture at University of Thessaly, Greece, will present a series of three lectures this week:

"Urban Space in the Work of Cavafy" at 6:10 p.m. Tuesday in room 381 of the Humanities building.

"Thessaloniki Before and After the Fire of 1917" at 2:10 p.m. Wednesday in room 129 of the Humanities building.

"Greek Architects in the Ottoman Empire: The Case of Constantinople, 19th-20th Centuries" at 6:10 p.m. Thursday in room 381 of the Humanities building.

The lecture series is sponsored by the University Seminars Programs of the
Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.

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

Retirement, financial planning workshops
Paul K. Alires, senior benefits analyst, will present a workshop on "Retirement Basics, an Introduction to the CalPERS program" from 12:20 to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 460 of the Administration building.

Alires will present "Financial Planning for Your Future" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in room 460 of the Administration building.

Seating for both workshops is limited. R.S.V.P. before the date of the event to Victoria F. Ramos at ext. 5-3935.

DNA and Jewish Studies

Yulia Egorova, a research fellow at Cardiff University, Wales, will present " DNA Evidence? The Impact of Genetic Research on Historical Debate: The Case of Jewish Studies" at 3:30 p.m. Monday in room 415 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program's Academica Judaica. For details, call ext. 8-6075.

POSTPONED--Sup. Elsbernd visits

San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will not visit campus at noon Wednesday in room 268 of the HSS building. Instead, he will visit campus at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 3.

India research
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:

Counseling candidate

Patricia Davis, the final candidate for a tenure-track position with Counseling and Psychological Services, will present at 4 p.m. Thursday in room 401 of the Student Services building.

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

Building partnerships

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 in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Registration is free. Space is limited. 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.

Campus climate discussion
The Academic Senate invites the campus community to a planning meeting at 1 p.m. Friday, April 28, in room 587 of the Humanities building to develop ideas for ongoing efforts to improve the campus climate regarding race, class, gender, sexuality, disability, and other social issues.

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

'Father of fractals' talk

World-renowned mathematician Benoît B. Mandelbrot, who is universally acknowledged as the "father of fractals," will speak on "The Nature of Roughness in Mathematics, Science and Art" at 8 p.m. Saturday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The lecture, a part of the Einstein Public Lecture in Mathematics series, is sponsored by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute and American Mathematical Society

Coming Up
Nonprofit fair
The Community Involvement Center (CIC) invites the campus community to a nonprofit agency fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, on the Main Lawn. A variety of Bay Area organizations will be on hand to discuss volunteer opportunities.

For details, contact CIC at or ext. 8-1486.

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.

Women in East
Central Europe

Yvonne Galligan, reader in politics and director of Queen's University Belfast's Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, will present "Women Organizing for Change: The Case of East Central Europe" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday, May 3, in room 154 of the HSS building.

The event is sponsored by the departments of Political Science and Sociology and the Women Studies Program.

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. The campus community is welcome.

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Pegi and Neil Young to receive honorary degrees
Photo of Pegi and Neil YoungPegi Young, co-founder of The Bridge School for young people with disabilities, and her husband, musician-singer-songwriter Neil Young, a board member and supporter of The Bridge School, will receive honorary doctor of humane letters degrees from SFSU at the May 27 Commencement ceremony.

Twenty years ago, Pegi Young co-founded The Bridge School in Hillsborough, Calif., for children with severe speech and physical impairments. The school uses state-of-the-art assistive communication technology to ensure that students have access to a quality education that encompasses a broad base of knowledge and experiences.

Pegi Young knew well the need for such a program. She and her husband, Neil Young, have a son, Ben, who was born with cerebral palsy. Through her dedication, the school has become an internationally recognized model that also conducts cutting-edge research shared with professionals across the nation.

"Pegi Young has truly built a bridge between the disabled child and the world," said President Robert A. Corrigan. "Her work is a powerful reminder that with passion and dedication we can improve the lives of young people near and far by ensuring that all have access to education. The mission and principles on which The Bridge School was founded mirror the values and beliefs of San Francisco State: Everyone deserves the opportunity to reach his or her maximum potential."

While Pegi has concentrated on the school itself, building a strong interdisciplinary team and expanding outreach and research programs, her husband, the legendary musician-singer-songwriter Neil Young, has applied his talent and celebrity for the good of The Bridge School. Neil is a Bridge School board member and the driving force behind the Annual Bridge School Benefit Concert.

The Youngs attended last year's Commencement exercises to applaud the success of Thanh Diep, the first Bridge School alum to receive a college degree.

Diep has shared what The Bridge School taught her: "great self-confidence and self-esteem." Had she remained in public school, Diep added that she "would not have had an opportunity to learn to read, write, and achieve academically at a communicative level with my peers."

Longmore selected for CSU award
History Professor Paul Longmore is one of five recipients of the 2006 CSU Wang Family Excellence Award. The award celebrates CSU distinguished faculty and administrators who have displayed extraordinary commitment and dedication and made outstanding contributions and achievements in their field.

Longmore has not only helped change public perception of people with disabilities, he has also helped establish the analysis of disability as a field in academic research and teaching, much as women studies and ethnic studies were shaped in prior decades.

He is director of the SFSU Institute on Disability and served as co-director of the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute on Disability Studies, a first-of-its-kind event held at SFSU in 2000. He is also a scholar in American colonial history and the author of a book on George Washington.

Longmore is the second SFSU faculty member to win a Wang Award. Geoffrey Marcy, adjunct professor of physics and astronomy, won in 1999 for his key work in the discovery of more than 14 extra-solar planets.

Four faculty members and one administrator throughout the CSU system will receive $20,000 awards and will be honored at the CSU Trustees' meeting May 16 - 17.

Creative Arts dean candidates visit
Four candidates have been selected to interview for dean of the College of Creative Arts. The campus community is invited to attend each candidate's presentation and reception:

Monday, May 1: Joseph Lewis, dean of Alfred University's School of Art and Design, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

Wednesday, May 3: Wan-Lee Cheng, acting dean of SFSU's College of Creative Arts, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

Tuesday, May 9: Bert Brouwer, dean of University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Arts and Humanities, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Coppola Theatre of the Fine Arts building.

Wednesday, May 17: John Laughton, dean of University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth's College of Visual and Performing Arts, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

New faculty resources on disabilities and accessibility
The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) has launched "Dear DPRC," an advice column for faculty members that contain strategies for creating barrier-free learning environments. It will be published several times a semester on the DPRC Web site:

The debut column answers questions about test accommodations -- just in time for final exams in May:

In addition, DPRC has posted a frequently asked questions page (FAQ) on its Web site with information on DPRC's procedures for requesting reasonable accommodations and how to work effectively with students with disabilities.

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:

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

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

The April Insiders include a book by Carlos Cordova, professor of Raza studies, on Salavadoran Americans; presentations by Caitlin Ryan, director of Adolescent Health Initiatives, on her study on LGBT adolescents; a Gertrude Stein award from Green Integer Press for Maxine Chernoff, chair of creative writing; and a talk on ceramics by David Kuraoka, professor of art.

Read Insiders:

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:

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 Monday, 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 a live performance of "West Side Story" at 8 p.m. 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 28, 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. Wednesday, May 3, on the Main Lawn and from 3 to 6 p.m. April 25-26 in the Cantina.

Pacific symphony tickets discount
The SFSU Student Marketing Association is offering to the campus community a 50 percent discount on single tickets for the Pacific Chamber Symphony's spring concert series. The dates and locations are as follows:

  • Pleasanton: Wednesday, May 17. For tickets, call (925) 484-9783.
  • Napa: Saturday, May 20. For tickets, call (707) 226-7372.
  • Lafayette: Sunday, May 21. For tickets, call (510) 352-3945.
  • San Francisco: Tuesday, May 23. For tickets, call (415) 292-1233.

To receive the discount, provide the promotional code SFSU-MA.

For details on venue locations and programs, visit:

Academic Senate Action

At its April 18 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Approved revisions to the Academic Senate Policy on Advising;
  • Approved revisions to the bachelor of science degree in business administration, concentration in management;
  • Approved revisions to the master of arts degree in gerontology;
  • Heard proposed revisions to the bachelor of arts degree in industrial arts and a proposed concentration in visual communication design;
  • Continued discussion of revisions to SFSU retention, tenure and promotions policies; and
  • Discussed implementation of the Academic Senate Resolution on the incident of Oct. 25, 2005.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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