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Volume 53, Number 27   March 27, 2006         

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Medicine in
the Philippines

Dr. Emmanuel Cepe will present "Medical Mission to the Philippines" at 1:15 p.m. Monday in the Rosa Parks Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

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

'Chinese in
Silicon Valley'

Anthropology Professor Bernard Wong will discuss his new book, "The Chinese in Silicon Valley: Globalization, Social Networks, and Ethnic Identity," from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 361 of the HSS building. His talk is part of the annual BSS Faculty Research Series, focusing throughout the semester on international research in the college. The campus community is welcome. For details, e-mail:

Women, power, representations

SFSU's celebration of Women's History Month concludes with the panel discussion "Women, Power and Representation" from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday 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.

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 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.

Geisha discussion
The University Women's Association invites faculty and staff to its inaugural lunch-time discussion series from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 473 of the Humanities building. The first meeting will feature a discussion of "Memoirs of a Geisha" led by Bérénice Le Marchand, assistant professor of French. Participants are encouraged to read the book and/or view the film. Participants are welcome to bring their lunch to the event.

Kinship stories

Anna-Lisa Cox, historian and author, will speak on "A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith" at 2 p.m. Thursday in the de Bellis Collection on the sixth floor of the Library.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of J. Paul Leonard Library and History Department.

All about Icelandic
Tonya Kim Dewey, a doctoral candidate in Germanic linguistics at University of California, Berkeley, will present "A Brief History of the Icelandic Language," from 4:10 to 5 p.m. Thursday in room 473 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures spring colloquium series and is sponsored by the German Program.

Coming up
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.

'Geo-Jaunts' part three
The Department of Geography and Human Environmental Studies presents the final part of its three-part series, "Geo-Jaunts: Presentations of International Research in Geography," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in room 290 of the HSS building.

The faculty presentations will be "Densification on the High Ground: Balancing Ecological Sustainability and Social Justice in New Orleans" by Jason Henderson and "Landscape Change, Conservation and Livelihoods in the Cordililera Huanhursh, Peru" by Jeff Bury.

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, at the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center in the 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.

SF State News home

Smoke-free campus event moved to today
Last week's smoke-free event campus event was canceled because of rain. It will instead be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, March 27. Students, faculty and staff at more than 20 locations throughout campus will provide educational resources for smokers who wish to quit, and will distribute campus maps highlighting 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 free reserved parking space on campus (or one-month Muni pass) donated by President Robert A. Corrigan; two one-month passes (with personal trainer sessions) courtesy of the Village Fitness Center; Gourmet three-course lunch for two at the Vista Room courtesy of Hospitality Management; four tickets to Dell'Arte Co.'s presentation of "Shadow of Giants" courtesy of Dell'Arte; and "Working Together to Make SFSU a Smoke-Free Campus" T-shirts donated by the Academic Senate.

The event is sponsored by the Smoking Policy Task Force in association with the Office of the President. The SFSU Bookstore donated the balloons that decorate the tables.

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 Program; 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; Health Education and Access Link (HEAL); Student Athletic Committee; BSS Students of Color, table in the BUS/HSS courtyard; Russell Kilday-Hicks, California State Employees Union, table near 19th Station Cafe; Department of Public Safety; Pre-Health Professional Student Association; Learning Assistance Center, table near 19th Station Cafe; 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 SFSU Bookstore General Manager Rob Strong on California Assembly bill 2477 on textbook prices; revisions to the bachelor of science degree in nursing; a revision to the Academic Senate advising policy; revisions to SFSU's retention, tenure and promotions policies; and a discussion on the Renne-Brown report.

Bone marrow drive
The College of Science and Engineering and Biology Department, together with the Heart of America Bone Marrow Donor Registry, will hold a campus-wide bone marrow drive from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, at the Biology Department office in the Franciscan Building. No appointment is necessary. All it takes is 30 minutes and a simple blood draw.

Organizers hope that the drive will lead to a donor match for Felipe-Andres Ramirez-Weber, assistant professor of biology, who is in need of a bone marrow transplant. Hispanic registrants are especially encouraged to participate, but potential donors from all ethnic backgrounds are needed.

For details, contact Colleen Francis at or ext. 8-1696.

Free 1906 earthquake field trips offered
In commemoration of the centennial of the 1906 earthquake, the College of Science and Engineering and Geosciences Department are sponsoring two free field trips to nearby active faults, hosted by faculty experts. Both tips take place Saturday, April 15, and depart from campus at 9 a.m. They will last about four hours.

Accessible bus transportation will be provided. The events are open to all members of the campus community. There will be no strenuous hiking, but wheelchair accessibility is limited at some stops.

Field trip 1: "The San Andreas Fault -- Geologic Hazards of the San Francisco Peninsula" will be led by Geosciences Professor Ray Pestrong and includes visits to Mussel Rock (where the San Andreas Fault cuts the Daly City cliffs), Devils Slide, Princeton Harbor, Crystal Springs Dam and Doran Bridge, Junipero Serra on Highway 280, San Francisco Bay tidelands and the San Francisco subsidence area.

Field trip 2: "Earthquake Geology of the San Andreas Fault System in the SF Bay Region" will be led by Associate Professor of Geosciences John Caskey and includes visits to San Andreas fault landforms along the 1906 San Andreas earthquake rupture trace including Mussel Rock (where the San Andreas fault leaves shore for Bolinas), San Gregorio fault, Half Moon Bay terrace and the Seal Cove faults and Hayward Fault.

Participants must reserve a seat on the bus. Participants should R.S.V.P. to Stephanie Louie at, indicating which field trip they wish to attend.

Sneak peek for future students April 22
Prospective college 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:

Dean Perea administrative review responses due soon
A reminder that administrative review questionnaires for College of Education Dean Jacob Perea are due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 3.

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

Counseling candidates
Counseling and Psychological Services is conducting interviews in the coming weeks 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, March 30: Ziomora Ochoa
  • Thursday, April 13: Mary Cavagnaro
  • Thursday, April 20: Jondra Pennington
  • Thursday, April 27: Patricia Davis

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

People on Campus

Martha Gorzycki -- animated dreams
Photo of Martha GorzyckiStudents in Martha Gorzycki's animation classes do not watch the likes of Mickey Mouse, Bugs Bunny or Bambi. Instead, they watch lesser-known experimental, independent animation from around the world. Gorzycki hopes these films will show students the limitless visual boundaries of animation and inspire their own filmmaking.

"Animation can be born from everything: architecture, cartography, sand, glass, whatever," said Gorzycki, assistant professor and animation coordinator for the Cinema Department.

Read more about Gorzycki:

No CampusMemo next week
CampusMemo will not be published the week of spring break, April 3-7. Items for the April 10 edition should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 4.
Submissions should be e-mailed to or faxed to ext. 8-1498.

Staff representative election
Nominations for the staff representative to the Academic Senate will be accepted until 5 p.m. Monday, April 10. The representative will serve a three-year term, 2006-2009, and be required to attend senate and standing committee meetings from 2 to 5 p.m. every Tuesday during the fall and spring semesters.

Look for the official e-mail announcement for more details.

College elections
The Academic Senate office sent memos to all colleges and units on March 15 identifying current vacancies. Faculty members are encouraged to check with their college offices regarding opportunities to serve as a college representative on University committees.

CEL course proposals due Wednesday
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 workshop
Paul K. Alires, senior benefits analyst, will present a workshop on the Faculty Early Retirement Program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 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.

Textbook orders due this week
The Bookstore is processing orders for summer and fall classes. Summer orders are due Thursday, March 30; fall orders are due April 30. Orders can be faxed to ext. 5-0474, e-mailed to or placed online at:

Faculty regalia deadline
The deadline to rent faculty regalia for Commencement is April 3. Those who place orders after April 3 will need to pay an extra shipping cost so that regalia can be rush-shipped to the Bookstore in time for Commencement.

Pricing and ordering information is available on the Bookstore's Web site:

Summer fee-waiver info
Employee and dependent course fee-waiver applications are available in Human Resources, room 252 of the Administration building.

The Employee Fee-Waiver Program enables eligible University employees to take regular courses which are considered "work related" or are part of an approved Individual Career Development Plan at reduced rates. The Dependent Fee Waiver Program enables eligible University employees to transfer their fee-waiver benefit to their legal spouse, registered domestic partner or unmarried dependent child under age 23.

All fee-waiver participants enroll through the touch-tone or online registration process. Only those individuals that were enrolled in the fall 2005 or spring 2006 semesters, or have been newly admitted to the University, are eligible to utilize the summer fee-waiver benefit.

Participants may begin submitting fees to the Bursar/Cashier's Office on Wednesday, March 29.

Employees with eligibility questions or concerns should call the fee-waiver help line at ext. 8-2678 or e-mail Jackie Bender at:

Discount at FitnessPlus
FitnessPlus is offering a half-semester discount of $55 for full-class access after March 31. For details, contact FitnessPlus at or ext. 8-7572 or visit:

Summer travel study
The College of Extended Learning is offering travel study programs to Paris and Florence this summer. Participants can learn to speak French in Paris July 1-30 or explore Michelangelo’s hometown of Florence, Italy, June 29-July 29.

Brochures are available at:

An information session for the Paris program will held at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, in room 302 of the Downtown Center, 425 Market St., San Francisco. No reservations are necessary.

An information session for the Florence program will be held at 12:10 p.m. Monday, March 27, in room 152 of the HSS building. R.S.V.P. to or ext. 5-3532.

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


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