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Volume 53, Number 23   February 27, 2006         

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iLearn workshop
next week

Academic Technology is offering a series of classes March 7-9 that explore several advanced iLearn features. Attendance at the introductory iLearn workshop is a required prerequisite for the classes.

The classes are:

iLearn wikis: learn to create and facilitate student interaction using wikis -- collaborative, editable Web pages. 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, room 433, Library.

iLearn discussion forums: learn to create and facilitate student interaction using online discussion forums. 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, room 433, Library.

iLearn quizzes: learn to assess student performance using online quizzes. 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, room 433, Library.

For registration and more about other upcoming workshops, visit:

For details, e-mail or call ext. 8-6906.

Mary Beth Paul
retirement -- new time

Mary Beth Paul, a buyer II in the Purchasing Office, is retiring after 30 years of service to the University. The Procurement Department invites the campus community to a retirement celebration in honor of Paul from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 16, on the fifth floor patio of the Administration building. Note that the time has changed. It will not be from 1 to 3 p.m. as published in last week's edition of CampusMemo.

A $5 donation is suggested. Contact Cindy Reedy at ext. 8-1833 or Rose Balancio at ext. 5-3654.

Celebrating Pinter
deadline March 3

The University Women's Association invites faculty and staff to join in celebrating Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter with a panel discussion of the author and his works, followed by a viewing of his play "Betrayal." The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, in room 473 of the Humanities building. Bérénice Le Marchand, assistant professor of French, will moderate a panel of SFSU faculty.

Wine and cheese will be available before and during the program for $13 per person.

The production of "Betrayal," directed by Rhonnie Washington, associate professor of theatre arts, takes place in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts building.

R.S.V.P. by March 3 and send a check for $13 per person payable to "UWA" to: Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA.

For details, contact Lin Ivory at:

Discounted Pacific
symphony tickets

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: March 1, April 5, May 17.
Napa: March 9, April 7, May 20.
Lafayette: March 5, April 9, May 21.
San Francisco: March 7, April 11, May 23.

For details on venue locations, programs and ticket prices, visit:

For the discount, call (415) 292-1233 and provide promo code "SFSU-MA."

Special events discount
The Office of Conference Services will offer special event packages for members of the campus community from April 1 to May 31. Facility rental fees for events held at Seven Hills Conference Center or Tower Conference Center will be discounted to $100.

All packages will include setup and cleanup, basic audiovisual equipment, and the staffing needed for each event.

For details, contact Conference Services at ext. 8-3972 or e-mail Jim Raney at:

For further information about meeting room facilities and services, visit:

Help the World
Affairs Challenge

The College of Education is looking for judges and volunteers to help with the 2006 World Affairs Challenge, an academic competition in international affairs for middle and high school students. It will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 18, on campus.

The challenge incorporates public speaking, dramatic presentation, and group problem-solving as students explore issues of global significance. It is organized by Project Spera, a Bay Area-based education nonprofit.

Anyone who has an appreciation for international affairs and education is welcome.

To volunteer, contact Victoria Restler at or (415) 292-7421

Academic Technology presents Photoshop
The Office of Academic Technology is offering one-day introductory Photoshop workshops from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 16 and 17.

To register, contact Pony Smith at or ext. 5-3542.

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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 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, or by downloading it from the Academic Affairs Web site:

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:

This Week
Edward Said mural

The Palestinian Cultural Mural Project Committee invites the campus community to several town hall meetings on a proposed Student Center mural honoring the late scholar Edward Said. Meetings will be held from noon to 2 p.m. and 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday and from noon to 5 p.m., Wednesday at the Plaza Level Square of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

For details, contact Lucia Volk at ext. 5-2468.

Music conservatory

Melissa Post, director of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music's capital campaign, will talk about the conservatory's past, present and future at 1:15 p.m. Monday in the Rosa Parks Room of the Student Center.

The event is sponsored by the Beta Chapter of the Sixty Plus Club.

Herons in the City

Nancy De Stefanis will speak on "Great Blue Herons of Golden Gate Park" at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Rosa Parks Room of the Student Center.

The event is sponsored by the Gamma Chapter of the Sixty Plus Club.

Beta Israel
Ken Blady will speak on "The Queen of Sheba's Lost Children: The Beta Israel and Agaw Qemont of Ethiopia" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

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
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend a roundtable discussion of career opportunities with a degree in Women Studies from 3:45 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in room 316 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the Department of Women Studies and the Career Center.

Coming Up
Open-mike nights to be rescheduled

The open-mike nights at the Depot printed in last week's CampusMemo will be rescheduled. Stay tuned to CampusMemo or contact Nina Jo Smith at for new times and dates.

Business open house
"Business Matters," a College of Business open house, will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 6, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Students can learn about business majors and minors and speak to business faculty and alumni. Information about business internships, study-abroad opportunities and business student organizations will also be available.

Women's History Month events
SFSU's celebration of Women's History Month begins Tuesday, March 7, with a presentation by Dolores Huerta on "U.S. Anti-Immigration Policy: Its Impact on
Women, Children, and Families" from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in Rigoberta Menchu Hall of the Student Center. The presentation is followed by a poetry reading by Naomi Quinonez, lecturer in Raza Studies.

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.

Orthodox lesbians
Filmmaker Ilil Alexander will discuss and screen his film "Keep Not Silent" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, in room 587 of the Humanities building. The film documents the clandestine struggles of three religiously committed lesbians who wish to stay connected with their Orthodox Jewish communities.

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
Defensive driver training classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, and Friday, April 28.

To register, e-mail or call ext. 8-1449. Participants should provide the class session they would like to attend and their name, department and driver's license number.


STAR of the Month

January STAR of the Month: Jackie White
Photo of Jackie WhiteJackie White, pre-award manager for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP), welcomes faculty members requests for research funding. Yes, it means more deadlines for her office, but it also means she can make a difference in their academic careers, then it's no problem.

White manages the day-to-day operations of the pre-award services of ORSP. She and her staff aim to make it easy for faculty to apply for grants. They act as a clearinghouse for grant proposals, informing faculty of funding opportunities and working with them to compile the necessary information and materials for a grant proposal. And if getting a proposal out means a last-minute dash to FedEx, then no problem.

White said she enjoys working with the faculty and the ORSP staff.

"I like the people and I like the diversity," she said. "We provide a great deal of service and try to excite faculty to do research by providing them all the resources we can."

Her staff enjoy working for her.

"She offers ongoing training and helps employees develop new skills and grow professionally," Rebecca Sanchez, a pre-award coordinator, wrote in her nomination. "She interacts wonderfully with all staff and faculty members on campus and tries her best to assist in every way."

Prior to joining SFSU, White worked as a grant and proposal specialist at University of San Diego, where she helped develop the university's first research office. She got her start in the field at Hughes Aircraft, where she worked in grants and contracts for 20 years.

An Oakland Raiders fan -- her office is festooned with gear representing the silver and black -- White lives in Piedmont. She is also an avid reader and loves to cook.

Nominate a staff STAR:


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