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Volume 53, Number 32   May 8, 2006         

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This Week
Malcolm X celebration

The campus community is invited to a Malcolm X El Hajj Malik El Shabazz Celebration from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on Malcolm X Plaza.

The event includes music and dance performances, readings from Malcolm X's speeches, speakers and more.

A full schedule of activities is available at the Student Center Web site:

Sponsors include the General Union of Palestine Students, Muslim Student Association, Africana Studies and the Black Student Union, African-Culture Student Organization and Youth Speaks.

God and mystery

D.Z. Phillips, Danforth Professor of Philosophy of Religion at Claremont Graduate University's School of Religion, and William Wainwright, distinguished professor emeritus of philosophy at University of Wisconsin, Madison, will discuss God and mystery from 3:15 to 5:30 p.m. Monday 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.

Friends of the Library meeting, lecture

The campus community is invited to a lecture by Stephen Tobriner, professor of architectural history at University of California, Berkeley, on "Bracing for Disaster: Earthquake-resistant Architecture and Engineering in San Francisco, 1838-1933." The lecture takes place after the Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library's annual membership meeting which begins at 2 p.m. Thursday in room 270 of the Science building. The lecture will begin around 2:15 p.m.

For details, e-mail or call ext. 8-2408.

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. Thursday 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," Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, assistant professor of international relations, will present "Yen for Peace: Economics vs. Politics in the Sino-Japanese Relationship."

Peter Haikalis retirement

The J. Paul Leonard Library invites the campus community to a reception in honor of Peter Haikalis from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Friday in the DeBellis Collection on the sixth floor of the Library. Haikalis, a librarian, has completed the early retirement program.

For details, contact Caroline D. Harnly at or ext. 81454.

Art benefit
The campus community is invited to a silent auction and fundraiser for Washington High School's Visual Art Department from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Canvas Gallery and Lounge, 1200 Ninth Ave. in San Francisco.

The silent auction features work by Bay Area artists and Washington High students. The silent auction ends at 7:30 p.m.; DJs will spin music until 9:30 p.m.

The event is sponsored by No Art Left Behind, a group project organized by SF State students.

Runway fundraiser
Apparel design and merchandising students invite the campus community to "Runway 2006: Intrigue," a fashion show fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday 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 Bay Area women who could not otherwise afford them.

Coming Up
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. Exhibition hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 18, and from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 19.

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.

Gregory retirement
Jan Gregory, lecturer of English and member of the Academic Senate is retiring after nearly 30 years of service to the University. The campus community is invited to a retirement party from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, in the Towers Conference Center.

For details, contact Ernie Vasquez at or ext. 8-2128.

Working older Americans?
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is sponsoring a symposium on "Older Americans: To Work or Not to Work" from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., San Francisco.

The workshop includes keynote talks, roundtables and small workshop discussions to explore the growing trend of older workers who continue working into the retirement years.

Admission is $35 before June 16 and $50 at the door and includes a box lunch.

To register, call ext. 5-7700.

SF State News home

Brosnahan to receive honorary degree
Photo of James BrosnahanTrial lawyer James Brosnahan, a senior partner at San Francisco-based Morrison and Foerster, will receive an honorary doctor of law from the CSU at SF State's May 27 Commencement.

Brosnahan is one of the nation's most respected and recognized trial lawyers, with expertise in civil and criminal trial work. Although he has represented some of the largest and most powerful organizations in the nation, he has also devoted himself to serving the poorest and least fortunate Americans. In 1977, as president of the Bar Association of San Francisco, Brosnahan established the Volunteer Legal Services Program, which provides free legal aid for traditionally underserved Bay Area residents. In 2004 the program provided more than $10 million worth of pro bono legal assistance.

"James Brosnahan embodies the values of community engagement that we hope to strengthen in our students," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "As exemplified by his long and distinguished legal career, he has been committed to social justice and equity. His mission in life resonates deeply with our own commitment to both civil and human rights."

Brosnahan has taken on some of the nation's most controversial cases. In 1992 he served as an associate member of the Office of Independent Counsel, which prosecuted Caspar Weinberger in the Iran-Contra case. Recently Brosnahan stepped forward to represent John Walker Lindh, the young American charged with fighting with the Taliban in Afghanistan. Brosnahan's many awards and accolades include 2001 Trial Lawyer of the Year from the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Creative Arts dean candidate visits continue
Two of the candidates selected to interview for dean of the College of Creative Arts will visit campus in the next two weeks. The other candidates have already given presentations. The remaining visits are:

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.

Community service learning faculty awards
The Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) recently awarded Faculty Curriculum Development Grants to seven faculty members. OCSL was awarded $22,000 from the CSU Community Service Learning Infrastructure Development Initiative to support efforts to foster faculty community scholarships and to support the expansion of community service learning courses at SF State. The grants are designed to support nondesignated community service learning courses with special emphasis on civic engagement and/or community partners as co-educators.

Peter Biella, associate professor of anthropology, and Greta Snider, assistant professor of cinema, were awarded $7,000 to support and develop their course Visual Anthropology I and II (Anth/Cine 595-596).

Meredith Wampler, associate professor of physical therapy, and Grace Yoo, assistant professor of Asian American studies, were awarded $4,000 toward the development of a course that will address both the physical and psychological needs of African American breast cancer victims.

Vivian Chavez, assistant professor of health education, was awarded $4,000 for release time toward drafting a book titled "Making the News: Youth Radio and Education" in conjunction with the Berkeley-based organization, Youth Radio.

Connie Ulasewicz, associate professor of consumer and family studies, and Richard McCline, associate professor of management, were awarded $7,000 toward the development of a cross-disciplinary course on socially responsible management.

People on Campus

Joaquin Alvarado -- democratizing media production
Photo of Joaquin AlvaradoJoaquin Alvarado's work days begin at 6 a.m. every morning and end well after 9 p.m. In between he races to meetings with educational leaders, technology execs and government officials. "I just try not to be late," he said.

As the founding director of SF State's Institute for Next Generation Internet (INGI), Alvarado's networking has brought the University powerful allies in its efforts to use emerging computer technology to improve education, employment opportunities and economic development throughout the Bay Area. ...

Read more about Alvarado:

Online elections for University-wide committees
Elections for University-wide committess are now taking place online at:

Voting closes at midnight Friday, May 12.

Position statements from the nominess can be read online at:

For details, contact the Academic Senate Office at or at ext. 8-1264.

Honor retiring faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual Rites of Passage celebration held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Towers Conference Center.

General education forum
The Academic Senate and General Education Council invite faculty to participate in an online forum to discuss the current structure of general education and the future of general education and University-wide graduation requirements. 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.

Summer and fall textbook orders
The SFSU Bookstore textbook department is processing orders for summer and fall semesters. Faculty who still need to turn in textbook and reader requests should do so at their earliest convenience. Textbook orders may be submitted online at:

Class reader orders may be submitted online at:

The earlier a book order is turned in, the better chance the department has of buying back used books from students at the end of the semester. This benefit allows students to sell back books that will be used again the following semester and get up to 50 percent of what they paid for the book. Buy-back dates for this semester are May 15-20 and May 22-26.

Civic engagement workshop
The Office of Community Service Learning and California Campus Compact invite faculty to a workshop on civic engagement from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in Suite 750 of the Pacific Plaza, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City.

The workshop will cover a combination of topics such as envisioning engagement and integration of civic engagement activities into courses. With each topic, faculty will have an opportunity to learn about tools and resources that can be used and adapted for their specific curriculum.

Speakers include:

Jackie Schmidt-Posner, director of public service education at Stanford University and director of the Public Service Scholars Program, a program for students wishing to connect public service with their academic work and research interests through an honors thesis.

Karin Cotterman, director of the Service Learning Program at the Haas Center for Public Service, Stanford University. Cotterman is responsible for providing leadership, direction and strategy for all Haas Center service-learning activities related to course and community-based research and teaches a service-learning pedagogy course at Stanford's School of Education.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is a fee of $20 for non-SFSU registrants.

For details, contact Justin Chandra at or visit:

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:

Summer fitness
FitnessPlus, the faculty and staff fitness and wellness program, will offer summer swim, yoga, weight training and cardio classes in the early morning, at noon, and after work. Classes begin June 12. For details and to register, contact FitnessPlus at or or ext. 8-7572.

Academic Senate Action

At its May 2 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Approved revisions to the bachelor of arts degree in industrial arts and a new concentration in visual communication design;
  • Approved revisions to the master of arts degree in kinesiology;
  • Approved revisions to the All-University Committee on Written English Proficiency;
  • Heard proposed revisions to SFSU retention, tenure and promotions policies; and
  • Heard proposed revisions to the Academic Program Review Committee.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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