Volume 53, Number 23 February 27, 2006
Agenda items include: proposed standards and indicators for the sixth cycle of program review; proposed revisions to the All University Committee on Students, Faculty and Staff with Disabilities; and an introduction to revising SFSU retention, tenure and promotions policies from the Faculty Affairs Committee.
Administrative review for Dean Perea
College of Education Dean Jacob Perea's Administrative Review Committee (ARC) is now soliciting input from members of the campus community and questionnaires will be distributed shortly.
Administrative review questionnaires are also available in the Office of the Provost, room 455 of the Administration building, or by e-mailing Stephanie Schwartz at email@example.com, or by downloading it from the Academic Affairs Web site: www.sfsu.edu/~academic/aprq.htm
Individual written responses may also be directed to ARC Chair Nathan Avani c/o the Office of the Provost, ADM 455.
The committee will not use any anonymous responses. However, the ARC will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law.
In memoriam: Joel Dorius
Joel Dorius, professor emeritus of English, died Feb. 14 in San Francisco after a battle with bone marrow cancer. He was 87.
Dorius taught Shakespeare, Renaissance literature, poetry of the 1600s, Elizabethan drama and composition at SF State from 1964 to 1984. He edited "Henry V" in the "Yale Shakespeare" series (Yale, 1955), "Henry IV, Part I" (Prentice-Hall, 1970), three anthologies of essays on Shakespeare, and an anthology on American and English literature.
"He always had very effective (teaching) strategies. He always focused on the text, and he loved language," said English Professor James Brogan, one of Dorius' close friends. "He was witty and had an incredible charisma that drew people to him."
"He was a mentor to many very, very bright people, which has to be the greatest intellectual accomplishment, when other people of stature look up to you," Brogan added.
SF State proved to be a "lifesaver" for Dorius, he wrote in his memoir, "My Four Lives." He was one of three professors fired from Smith College in 1960 over photographs of male physiques found in their possessions. The professors pled guilty to possessing and distributing pornography, but the convictions were overturned by the Massachusetts Supreme Court in 1963.
Dorius, a native of Salt Lake City, earned his doctorate in English from Harvard University. He also taught English literature at Harvard, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and University of Hamburg in Germany before joining SF State.
Dorius is survived by his sister-in-law, Arlene Dorius of Newport Beach; two nieces; and a nephew.
Donations in Dorius' memory may be sent to the American Civil Liberties Union, 125 Broad St., 18th Floor, New York, NY 10004.
In memoriam: Luis Kemnitzer
Luis Kemnitzer, professor emeritus of anthropology, died Feb. 17 in San Francisco after a battle with lung cancer. He was 77.
Kemnitzer joined SF State in 1967 and two years later taught its first ever course in American Indian studies. He founded the popular anthropology course on Endangered Cultures that continues to be taught to this day, noted James Quesada, professor and chair of anthropology.
"He was an incredibly principled scholar/activist on behalf of numerous communities that had been shunned and marginalized," Quesada said.
Kemnitzer, who was born in Pasadena and raised in Germany, was a stalwart of the Bay Area anarchist and peace-activist communities, with a long history of participation in nonviolent protests and civil disobedience.
He helped organize the first needle exchange program, which started in the Tenderloin neighborhood in San Francisco and became a model for similar programs around the world.
In 1998, four years after retiring from SF State, he earned a Grammy Award for liner notes he cowrote in the Smithsonian record collection "Anthology of American Folk Music."
Kemnitzer was also director emeritus of the Lakota Language and Culture Center in Ignacio and Kyle, S.D. He earned his doctorate in anthropology from University of Pennsylvania.
Kemnitzer is survived by his wife, Moher Downing; children David Kemnitzer of Oakland and Lucy Kemnitzer of Santa Cruz; stepchildren Ch'asca Morse of Los Angeles, David Devlin of Oakland and Timi Devlin of San Francisco; sister Donna O'Halloran of Portland, Ore.; brother Paul Kemnitzer of Santa Barbara; half-brother Brian Kemnitzer of Tiburon; half-sister Jeannie Kemnitzer of Chichester, England; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Donations in Kemnitzer's memory may be sent to Martin de Porres House of Hospitality, where Kemnitzer often volunteered, at 225 Potrero Ave., San Francisco, CA 94103.
This month's Newsmakers include Robert Smith, professor of political science, on Oakland's race-identity politics; Marlon Hom, chair of Asian American studies, on Falun Gong and the San Francisco Chinese New Year Parade; Jason Henderson, assistant professor of geography and human environmental studies, on rebuilding New Orleans; Mohammand Salama, assistant professor of Arabic, on the furor over cartoon depictions of Muhammad; and Miriam Smith, associate professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, on taboo topics on network television.
Read the Newsmakers: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring06/feb27news.htm
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The event is sponsored by the Beta Chapter of the Sixty Plus Club.
The event is sponsored by the Gamma Chapter of the Sixty Plus Club.
The event, sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, is part of the Academica Judaica lecture series.
For details, call ext. 8-6075.
Careers in women studies
The event is sponsored by the Department of Women Studies and the Career Center.
Business open house
Women's History Month events
The United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival will take place at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in room 133 of the Humanities building. Admission is $12 for the general public and $8 for students; however, no one will be turned away.
Next week's CampusMemo will include a full schedule of Women's History Month activities.
The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program's Academica Judaica lecture series and cosponsored by Human Sexuality Studies, Women Studies and the San Francisco Israeli Consulate.
For details, call ext. 8-6075.
April defensive driver training
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