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Volume 53, Number 25   March 13, 2006         

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Arab time, Arab culture

Joseph A. Massad, associate professor of modern Arab politics and intellectual history at Columbia University, will speak on "Civilization or Decadence? Time and Culture of the Arabs" from 10:30 a.m. to noon today in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building.

Massad is a candidate for the College of Ethnic Studies' faculty position in Arab and Islamic studies.

What Cyprus means
for U.S.-Greek relations

Theodore Pangalos, former Greek minister of foreign affairs, will speak on Cyprus and U.S.-Greek relations at 7:30 p.m. today in the Presidio Room of the Towers Conference Center.

The event is hosted by the Center for Modern Greek Studies and is sponsored by the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation.

Village Fitness
Center open house

The Village Fitness Center invites faculty and staff to an open house from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

For details, call (415) 452-1010.

Mary Beth Paul retirement party
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 on the fifth floor patio of the Administration building.

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

Coming Up
Sup. Elsbernd visits

San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will visit campus from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 22, in room 268 of the HSS building. The campus community is welcome to attend.

Elsbernd's final visit of the semester will be April 26.

About retention,
tenure and promotion

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled three informal discussion sessions focused on helping faculty to prepare for retention, tenure and promotion.

The sessions will be conducted by Marilyn Verhey, dean of faculty affairs and professional development.

The sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 23; from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 24; and from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 27, in room 460 of the Administration building.

To register, e-mail or call ext. 8-2204.

Health care
and the future

The campus community is invited to attend a conference on "The Future of Health Care: Reinventing Medicine and Integrating Health Care Alternatives" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center.

Suggested donations for attending are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. Nursing continuing education credit (one unit) is available for $75.

The conference is sponsored by Holistic Healing Studies.

Community-based research
Meredith Minkler, professor of health and social behavior at University of California, Berkeley, will present "Principles and Experiences on Community Based Participatory Research" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Rosa Parks Room B of the Student Center.

The event is part of the spring Health Disparities Seminar series.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-2978.

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.

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Master plan process underway
The University has embarked on an extensive campus master plan to meet enrollment demand, anticipate associated physical resource needs and explore options for meeting those needs in the future.

The process will involve a thorough evaluation of physical resources, from buildings and green spaces to transportation routes and human resources. It will result in proposed improvements that enable the campus to meet demands for access and provide a high-quality university education.

The master plan complements, and is guided by, the University's most recent strategic plan, [ ], and is intended to ensure appropriate physical resources are available to meet academic needs and fulfill on that plan.

The master plan process is designed to be highly participatory. More than 40 students, faculty, staff and administrators serve on the Master Plan Steering Committee and subcommittees, and all members of the campus community and neighbors are urged to participate by sharing opinions, ideas and feedback. Visit the master plan Web site -- -- for details on the project and to give feedback to the Steering Committee.

Look to the master plan Web site and CampusMemo for announcements of meetings and opportunities to review concepts and proposals.

Armstrong named director of development
Photo of James ArmstrongJames Armstrong joined SFSU March 6 as director of development. Armstrong has more than three decades of experience in nonprofit fundraising in the Bay Area.

He had served as vice president of Oakland Children's Hospital and Research Center Foundation since 1997. During his tenure he grew the program from three staff members to 27 and the amount of annual giving increased more than tenfold.

"The development director is a key position for the University's fundraising efforts," said Donna Blakemore, associate vice president for University advancement. "We are pleased that James Armstrong is joining Advancement and know that we will benefit from his wealth of experience. He not only knows how to connect with potential donors, but he also brings strong management and organizational skills."

Armstrong will lead a small team of major gifts officers focused on individual gifts of $25,000 or more.

Prior to Children's Hospital, Armstrong held development-related positions at University of San Francisco, Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, St. Vincent De Paul Society and Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory. He has also provided consulting services to several clients, many of which are located in the Bay Area.

Smoke-free campus event March 20
The campus community is invited to participate in a smoke-free campus event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, March 20. Students, faculty and staff at more than 20 locations throughout the campus will provide educational resources for smokers who wish to quit and distribute campus maps highlighting the locations of designated smoking areas.

Those who stop by a table can also enter random drawings for such prizes as: an iPod donated by Student Affairs; a one-month reserved parking space on campus (or one-month Muni pass); two one-month passes (with personal trainer sessions) at Village Fitness Center; lunch for two at the Vista Room; 4 tickets to Dell'Arte Company's presentation of "Shadow of Giants;" special smoke-free t-shirts and more.

Students, staff, faculty and administrators are encouraged to volunteer to staff tables.

To participate, contact Albert Angelo at or ext. 8-3039.

The event is sponsored by the Smoking Policy Task Force in association with the Office of the President.

The following departments, organizations, individuals and student groups have signed up to host a table for the event: Student Health Advisory Committee; Michael Ritter, AIDS Coordinating Committee; Mary Keller, Student Center; Criminal Justice Studies; Public Administration Program; College of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Student Health Service; Biology Lecturer Ann Auleb; College Students in Broadcasting; Environmental Health and Occupational Safety; Blue Cross/Somerton Insurance; Academic Senate; Health Education Students Association; HEAL; Student Athletic Committee; Department of Public Safety; Pre-Health Professional Student Association; Learning Assitance Center; and Student Affairs.

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: a report from Donna Blakemore, associate vice president for University advancement, on a University development mission statement; a proposal recommending dissolution of the Athletic Advisory Board; a proposed pre-health professions certificate; and proposed revisions to the retention, tenure and promotions policies.

Administrative review for Dean Perea
College of Education Dean Jacob Perea's Administrative Review Committee (ARC) is soliciting input from members of the campus community.

Administrative review questionnaires are available in the Office of the Provost, room 455 of the Administration building, by e-mailing Stephanie Schwartz at, or at the Academic Affairs Web site:

Questionnaires should be returned by 5 p.m. Monday, April 3.

Individual written responses may also be directed to ARC Chair Nathan Avani c/o the Office of the Provost, ADM 455.

The ARC will not use any anonymous responses. However, the committee will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law.

Women's History Month continues
SFSU's celebration of Women's History Month continues with three panel discussions.

"Environmental Justice and Women's Health" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 15, in room 362 of the HSS building. Presentations will focus on Asia's "missing women," Hurricane Katrina and the breast cancer epidemic.

"Women Resisting Militarism and Violence" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 22, in room 362 of the HSS building. The event includes a screening of the video "Women in Black" and a discussion of Women in Black, an international group that holds vigils for peace around the world.

"Women, Power and Representation" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 29, in room 133 of the Humanities building. Presentations will focus on women and change, women and politics, missed opportunities in a post-feminist age, and a tribute to a Zapista woman named Ramoa.

The series is sponsored by the colleges of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Ethnic Studies, and Humanities; Women Studies Department; and Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth and Families.

The March Insiders include the appointment of Ramon Castellblanch, Health Education, to a California State panel on medication errors; a discussion by Chul Heo, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, on Korean cinema; a Cooper Prize award for Nona Caspers, Creative Writing; and a Wired Magazine top 10 for David Caulkins, Engineering, and Robogames.

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No CampusMemo April 3
CampusMemo will not be published the week of spring break, April 3-7. Items for events that take place that week should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, for inclusion in the March 27 edition.

Submissions should be e-mailed to or faxed to ext. 8-1498.

Center for Health Disparities open house
The Center for Health Disparities Research and Training invites faculty members to attend its annual open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, March 17, at its offices, Suite 750, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City.

Center staff will be on hand to explain how working with the center can help faculty members develop their careers. Refreshments will be served.

R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, to:

CEL course proposals
The College of Extended Learning (CEL) is accepting course proposals for the fall semester. Information can be requested from department chairs, or by contacting Richard Kay at or ext. 5-7772. Forms are also accessible online at:

Course requests should be submitted by 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 29.

Early retirement overview
Paul K. Alires, senior benefits analyst, will present two workshops on the the Faculty Early Retirement Program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Monday, March 13, and Tuesday, March 28, in room 460 of the Administration building. Alires will discuss the program's financial benefits and the latest information on its status.

R.S.V.P. to Victoria F. Ramos at ext. 5-3935.

Fitness Center intense makeover
The Village Fitness Center is offering an intensive, six-week makeover program starting Monday, March 13. Participants will receive help with weekly workouts, shopping lists and eating plans.

For details, contact the Village Fitness Center at or (415) 452-1010.

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: April 5, May 17. For tickets, call (925) 484-9783.
  • Napa: April 7, May 20. For tickets, call (707) 226-7372.
  • Lafayette: April 9, May 21. For tickets, call (510) 352-3945.
  • San Francisco: April 11, 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:

Career workshops
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend the following career workshops:

Workshops on resume writing, interviewing and job searching will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, March 16, in the Rosa Parks rooms of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Resume critique sessions will be held in the same locations from 11 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m.

A workshop on employment issues for the Lesbian/Gay/Bisexual/Transgendered community will be held from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center of the Student Center.

This event is cosponsored by the Queer Alliance student organization and the Career Center.

Alum Dan Sandford, director of graduate admissions at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, will conduct information sessions for students seeking advanced degrees in film, production design, screenwriting and media arts. Sandford will give a presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, March 20, in room 101 of the Fine Arts building and then will do informational interviews from 2 to 7 p.m. in room 206 of the Student Services building.

This event is cosponsored by the College of Creative Arts and Career Center.

For details, contact Will Flowers at or ext. 5-3662.


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