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Volume 53, Number 31   May 1, 2006         

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This Week
Faculty development open house

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites faculty and staff to celebrate its new name, mission and space at a series of open houses in room 425 of the Library. Open houses will be held from 2 to 5 p.m. May 2 - 4.

Student Center closed

The Cesar Chavez Student Center will be closed Monday. All Student Center food vendors and the SFSU Bookstore will be closed.

At its Thursday, April 20, meeting, the Student Center Governing Board passed a resolution supporting a fair, just and humane immigration legislation in recognition and support of the immigrant community of SFSU, and decided to honor the May 1 economic boycott that has been called for by immigrant rights activists in response to Senate bill HR4437.

The resolution can be found at:

For details, contact the Student Center at or ext. 8-1044.

Nonprofit fair

The Community Involvement Center (CIC) invites the campus community to a nonprofit agency fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 2, on the Main Lawn. A variety of Bay Area organizations will be on hand to discuss volunteer opportunities.

For details, contact CIC at or ext. 8-1486.

Drag king reading
Leslie Feinberg, author of "Drag King Dreams," will present an author reading and signing at 2 p.m. Tuesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the SFSU Bookstore.

Women in East
Central Europe

Yvonne Galligan, reader in politics and director of Queen's University Belfast's Centre for the Advancement of Women in Politics School of Politics, International Studies and Philosophy, will present "Women Organizing for Change: The Case of East Central Europe" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Wednesday in room 154 of the HSS building.

The event is sponsored by the departments of Political Science, Sociology and Women Studies.

Sup. Elsbernd visits
San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd's visit to campus last week was postponed. Instead, he will visit campus at 11 a.m. Wednesday in room 268 of the HSS building.

Marian Bernstein

Museum Studies invites the campus community to a reception honoring Marian Bernstein from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in room 510 of the Humanities building. Bernstein, lecturer in classics and museum studies and curator of the Sutro Egyptian Collection, is retiring.

R.S.V.P. to Christine Fogarty at:

Cinco de Mayo celebration

Cal State 9 Credit Union and the Village Fitness Center invite the campus community to a Cinco de Mayo Fiesta from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in the Village at Centennial Square's plaza area. There will be free food, music and prizes.

Lt. Don Young retirement
The Public Safety Department invites faculty and staff to a retirement party in honor of Lt. Don Young from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, in room 150 of the Lakeview Center. Monetary contributions are appreciated toward the gift and to support the cost of the party.

R.S.V.P. and send donations by 5 p.m. Wednesday, to Frances or Joy in the Public Safety Department, New Corporation Yard, or call ext. 8-7744 or 8-3388.

Coming Up
God and mystery

D.Z. Phillips, Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion at the Claremont Graduate
University School of Religion, and William Wainwright, distinguished professor emeritus of philosophy at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, will discuss God and mystery from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 8, in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The lecture is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Department of Philosophy. For details, call ext. 8-1596.

China and politics
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences faculty research series continues with presentations on China and Japan from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 11, in room 361 of the HSS building. Suijan Guo, associate professor of political science, will present "China's 'Peaceful Rise' and the New Thinking in Chinese Foreign Policy" and Jean Marc F. Blanchard, assistant professor of international relations, will present "Yen for Peace: Economics vs. Politics in the Sino-Japanese Relationship."

Budget meeting
The University Budget Committee will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the NEC Room of the Administration building. The campus community is welcome.

Runway fundraiser
Apparel design and merchandising students invite the campus community to "Runway 2006: Intrigue," a fashion show fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday, May 12, in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Advance ticket purchase is required. Tickets can be purchased at the McKenna Theatre Box Office or by calling ext. 8-2467. A percentage of the proceeds will be donated to The Princess Project, which provides free prom dresses and accessories to young women in the Bay Area who could not otherwise afford them.

Design exhibit
The Design and Industry Department invites the campus community to INVENIAM, an exhibit of student inventions and illustrations. A reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Exhibitions hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 17-18, and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 19.

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College of Business teams up with University of Nice
The College of Business and University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis (UNSA) Institute for the Administration of Enterprises announced Wednesday, April 26, the creation of a dual Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Master in International Business (MIB) program. The program is the first of its kind to have a European/American focus and is geared toward bilingual working professionals who have already done graduate studies in management.

The program is designed for working professionals who have already earned the Certificat d'Aptitude a l'Administration des Entreprises, which typically covers the core courses that are required for the first year of study for an American MBA. The dual MBA/MIB degree goes into more depth on such management topics as international business, information systems, finance, strategic management and marketing.

The MBA/MIB program is comprised of 10 courses, of which the first eight will be taught partially online. Two courses will be taught each term over a 13-week period, one by an UNSA faculty member and one by an SF State faculty member. All courses will be taught in English, and the program will take 14 months to complete.

For details, contact Robert Nickerson at or ext. 8-7477.

Lisbet Sunshine joins government relations
Photo of Lisbet SunshineLisbet Sunshine has been named director of government relations, effective April 3. Sunshine has nearly two decades of experience in public service, largely in San Francisco.

Sunshine is a mayoral appointee and chair on the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission Revenue Bond Oversight Committee, which is charged with the voter-approved $4-billion rebuilding of the Hetch Hetchy water system. She also serves on the board of the Bay Area Sports Organizing Committee.

Sunshine was most recently vice president for public policy at the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, where she communicated, educated and lobbied on behalf of chamber members with the San Francisco Mayor's Office, Board of Supervisors and city commissions. She also led the chamber's 21st Century Political Action Committee and developed public/private initiatives including the Health Care Committee on the Working Uninsured.

"Lisbet Sunshine's extensive experience in public service and community outreach will serve the University well as we work to strengthen involvement with the residents and leadership of San Francisco," said Lee Blitch, vice president for university advancement.

At SF State, Sunshine is charged with generating support for the University and its interests by working with the campus community, the CSU system, and national, state and local governmental entities on projects and initiatives of mutual benefit.

Prior to the Chamber of Commerce, from 2001 to 2004, Sunshine was executive director of the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee to the Mayor, a nonprofit organization that provides pro bono consulting services to San Francisco public agencies in management and fiscal matters.

Creative Arts dean candidates visit
Four candidates have been selected to interview for dean of the College of Creative Arts. The campus community is invited to attend each candidate's presentation and reception:

Monday, May 1: Joseph Lewis, dean of Alfred University's School of Art and Design, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

Wednesday, May 3: Wan-Lee Cheng, acting dean of SFSU's College of Creative Arts, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

Tuesday, May 9: Bert Brouwer, dean of University of Alabama at Birmingham's School of Arts and Humanities, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Coppola Theatre of the Fine Arts building.

Wednesday, May 17: John Laughton, dean of University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth's College of Visual and Performing Arts, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate meets Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: proposed revisions to the bachelor of arts degree in industrial arts and a proposed concentration in visual communication design; proposed revisions to the master of arts degree in kinesiology; proposed revisions to the University Committee on Written English Proficiency; proposed revisions to SFSU's retention, tenure and promotions policies; and proposed revisions to the Academic Program Review Committee.

In Memoriam: David Clay Whitney
David Clay Whitney, professor emeritus of business analysis and computing systems, died March 15. He was 69.

Whitney earned a bachelor of science in chemistry from San Diego State in 1959 and a doctorate in chemistry from University of California, Berkeley, in 1963. After teaching chemistry at University of California, Davis, for two years, Whitney joined Shell Development Co. at a time when the computer industry was in its infancy. He discovered an interest in the field, switched his career focus, and became part of the first generation of business computing professionals.

He served as director of computing services at Systems Applications Inc. from 1973 to 1977 and then joined SF State in 1977. He retired in 1999.

Whitney was a founding member of the San Francisco Bay Area chapter of the Mensa Society and served in a variety of leadership positions in the organization.

After retiring, he moved to Twain, Calif., where he taught algebra, worked as postmaster relief, and served as trustee and treasurer of the Plumas County Museum. He also volunteered with the Plumas Animal Welfare Society (PAWS).

Whitney is survived by his wife Emily Jane Williams, three children from a previous marriage -- Sara Lynn, Sandra and David, and five grandchildren.

Donations in Whitney's memory can be made to PAWS, P.O. Box 125, Quincy, CA, 95971.

This month's Newsmakers include Marlon Hom, chair of Asian American studies, on reubilding Chinatown after the 1906 San Francisco quake; A San Francisco Examiner story on SF State's master plan for campus growth; Joseph Tuman, professor of speech and communication studies, on former White House spokesperson Scott McClellan; John Sullivan, professor of management, on the battle for business talent; and Rachele Kanigal, assistant professor of journalism, on a proposed bill limiting administrators ability to interfere with student newspapers.

Read the Newsmakers:

General education forum
The Academic Senate and the General Education Council invite faculty to participate in an online forum to discuss the current structure of general education and what they would like general education and University-wide graduation requirements to be. The information collected will be included in the General Education Council's self-study and used to help inform the upcoming review of university-wide baccalaureate graduation requirements.

The forum can be found on the Academic Senate Web site:

Responses should be made by 5 p.m. Saturday, May 15.

Panetta internships
Faculty and staff are asked to inform students that applications are now available for the Leon and Sylvia Panetta Seventh Annual Congressional Internship Program in Washington, D.C. The internship takes place during the fall 2006 semester and participants receive free lodging, board and transportation. Only students who will be juniors, seniors or graduate students by September are eligible. The deadline to apply has been extended to 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 9.

For details and an application, call ext. 8-6419.

Study abroad deadline today
Faculty and staff are asked to remind students that Monday, May 1, is the deadline for students from all majors to apply for study abroad in Australia, New Zealand and
South Africa. Application deadline extensions will be granted on a case-by-case basis after today, based on GPA and course preparation.

For details, visit the Office of International Programs in room 450 of the Administration building or:

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, May 17. For tickets, call (925) 484-9783.
  • Napa: Saturday, May 20. For tickets, call (707) 226-7372.
  • Lafayette: Sunday, May 21. For tickets, call (510) 352-3945.
  • San Francisco: 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:

STAR of the Month

March STAR of the Month: Matt Itelson
Photo of  Matt Itelson Matt Itelson, staff writer in the Office of Public Affairs and Publications, enjoys pitching -- and not just the kind that takes place whenever his beloved San Francisco Giants play. One of Itelson's main duties is to pitch reporters, to contact them and see if they'd be interested in stories on SF State faculty research, programs, outstanding students, and more. Like pitching professional baseball, it's an art that requires practice, talent and good technique and Itelson's success at it is one of the reasons he was nominated for the staff recognition award.

Itelson is assigned to work with the colleges of Creative Arts, Humanities and Behavioral and Social Sciences. He enjoys serving the faculty and programs of his colleges and developing their stories for pitching to outside media.

"When you get a story placement in an off-campus newspaper, it can help their cause," he said.

"Matt is an exceptional publicist with a great track record at matching good SF State stories with reporters and producers," said Ellen Griffin, university spokesperson and director of public affairs and publications. "He has placed many, many positive features on campus programs and people in the news media. He's appropriately persistent, he follows various media outlets carefully in order to gain a good understanding of their interests and priorities, and he’s an excellent interviewer, researcher and writer."

Itelson also contributes his writing and editing skills to SF State News, CampusMemo, SFSU Magazine and other campus publication efforts, and he works with members of the media who are looking for faculty members or administrators to comment on news stories.

He joined SF State in July 2000, shortly after earning a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Humboldt State University. He also works some Saturdays as a test examiner and proctor at the SF State Testing Center and takes Spanish classes on campus.

Born and raised in San Francisco, Itelson lives in the Outer Sunset with his wife Brandi, who works as an admissions specialist on campus. In addition, both of his parents are alumni and his sister will graduate from SF State this year with a bachelor's degree in criminal justice.

An avid Bay Area sports fan, in addition to the Giants, Itelson roots for the San Francisco 49ers and Golden State Warriors. He enjoys running, hiking, playing basketball and finding new places to eat in the Bay Area.

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