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Volume 53, Number 24   March 6, 2006         

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This Month
Arts leaders in conversation

SFSU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) presents a series of conversations with Bay Area arts leaders during March. Discussions will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, 15, 22 and 29, in room 106 of the Business building. Tickets for the series are $75.

For details, including a full schedule, call OLLI at ext. 5-7711.

Business open house

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

Food and culture

Art and food critic Nancy Freeman will present "Food as A Taste of Culture and Society" at 1:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Rosa Parks Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

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

Orthodox lesbians
Filmmaker Ilil Alexander will discuss and screen his film "Keep Not Silent" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday 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.

Modern China

Edwin Williams, former director of international programs at Kean University of New Jersey, will speak on the cultural and economic look of modern China from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the SFSU Downtown Center, 425 Market St., San Francisco.

The event is free and is sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to ext. 5-7799.

Coming Up
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, March 16.

For details, call (415) 452-1010.

Sup. Elsbernd's
March visit

San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will visit campus at 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.

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.

SF State News home

SFSU to offer doctorate of education
The University was selected by the CSU system as one of seven campuses to begin offering an independent doctorate of education (Ed.D.) program in 2007.

The education doctorate is the first doctorate that CSU campuses will be able to offer independently since the system was formed almost half a century ago.

The program will feature an interdisciplinary emphasis that draws upon the strengths of multiple departments and colleges within SFSU. Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Gemello is forming an interdisciplinary design group of faculty and community members that will begin outlining curriculum for the program.

The College of Education already offers a joint doctoral program in educational leadership that focuses on urban K-12 administration (with University of California, Berkeley; CSU East Bay; and San Jose State University). The new degree will have a broader focus and will prepare educational leaders for K-12, community college and other educational settings.

Smoke-free campus event
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 materials and resources for smokers who wish to quit and campus maps highlighting the locations of designated smoking areas will be distributed.

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.

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.

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 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.

Also on March 7, the United Nations Association Traveling Film Festival will take place at 6:30 p.m. 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.

Three panel discussions will be held during the month.

"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; Department of Women Studies; and Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth and Families.

Grants & Contracts
SFSU received $777,461 in November and $2,906,235 in December and $5,124,785 in the first part of January.

Read Grants & Contracts:

Mary Beth Paul retirement next week
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.

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

About retention, tenure, 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.

Textbook returns
The Bookstore is beginning to return unused spring textbooks to the publishers. Faculty using a book later in the term should inform the Bookstore as soon as possible at or ext. 8-7377.

Faculty are asked to encourage students to purchase their texts now. Books that will be used again for summer or fall 2006 can be retained by submitting an order to the Bookstore at:

FitnessPlus reminder
FitnessPlus, SFSU's faculty and staff fitness and wellness program, is open for registration all semester. A variety of classes will be offered this semester, including weight training, swimming, cardio kickboxing, salsa and yoga.

For details, visti:

CSU summer arts
The course catalog for the CSU Summer Arts Program is now available. Seventeen intensive two-week, three-unit courses will be offered in July at CSU Fresno. Students, practicing teachers, arts professionals and serious amateurs in various arts areas are urged to apply. Scholarships are available to those who qualify.

For a course catalog, visit:


Academic Senate Action

At its Feb. 28 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Approved a proposal from the Academic Program Review Committee on Standards and Indicators for the sixth cycle of program review;
  • Unanimously approved a proposal from the Academic Policies Committee on revisions to the policy for the All-University Committee on Students, Faculty and Staff with Disabilities; and
  • Discussed possible revisions to SFSU's policies on retention, tenure and promotion.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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