Volume 54, Number 23 February 26, 2007
As a first step in developing the strategic plan, the Access to Excellence Task Force has requested information about long-range plans and priorities from all CSU campuses. The Academic Senate's Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) is formulating the SF State response and seeks input from the campus through three channels.
To help clarify campus priorities, the Academic Senate will hold a town hall meeting from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Seven Hills Conference Center. Representatives from the Board of Trustees and CSU Chancellor's Office will attend, as will members of the community and political and community leaders. The discussion will allow all present to have direct input to the trustees on long-range planning. A reception follows the discussion.
Faculty, staff and students may also e-mail Jim Kohn, chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, with comments about Access to Excellence: email@example.com
Africans in America symposium
The symposium "From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in America -- Reparations and Revolution" will take place Monday, Feb. 26, in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
An opening welcome by Kenneth Monteiro, dean of the College of Ethnic Studies; a screening of excerpts from the film "500 Years Later"; and a discussion by SF State and off-campus scholars and activists on "The Legacy of Slavery -- The Call for Reparations" will take place at 2 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center.
Discussants include Ed Lee, a San Francisco administrator; Claude Marks, director of the Freedom Archive; Rhonda Magee, professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law; Robert Smith, SF State professor of political science; James Taylor, associate professor of politics at University of San Francisco; Arnold Townsend, assistant pastor of Rhema Word Christian Fellowship Church and chair of Western Addition Citizens Advisory Committee; Dorothy Tsuruta, SF State chair and professor of Africana studies; and Al Williams, president of the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society.
A reception, artist presentation and book signing by Emory Douglas, minister of culture of the Black Panther Party, will take place at 6 p.m. in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center of the Student Center.
A presentation on "Knowing Your Roots: Discussing Genealogy" will take place at 7 p.m. in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center of the Student Center.
The event is sponsored by the Africana Studies Department, Black Student Union and 100 Black Men of the Bay Area. For details, contact Francine Shakir at ext. 5-3407.
Draft Environmental Impact Report
The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the SF State Campus Master Plan is available for public review through April 2.
Public hearings on the EIR will be held at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
The draft EIR is available at the J. Paul Leonard Library and at the main branch and nearby area branches of the San Francisco Public Library. It can also be found at: www.sfsumasterplan.org/eir.html
Written comments on the draft EIR may be sent by campus mail to Richard Macias, Capital Planning, Design & Construction.
Following public review, a final EIR will be prepared that will respond to oral and written comments. The CSU Board of Trustees will review and consider the final EIR prior to any decision to approve, revise or reject the Campus Master Plan.
For details, contact Macias at ext. 8-3838.
The list of awardees is available at: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring07/facawards.htm
In memoriam: Violet Robinson
Robinson joined SF State's education faculty in 1963 and taught classes in early childhood development. Robinson also helped develop the master's degree program and credential program, early childhood education emphasis. Previously she had earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in education from SF State and taught in the College of Education's lab school. She earned a doctorate in education from Stanford University in 1970. She was awarded emerita status in 1992.
Robinson was a passionate advocate for early childhood education. She was a founding board member of the California Kindergarten Association and served as the association's president from 1992 to 1994. She was also co-author of "Emergent Literacy in Kindergarten."
Marci Hanson, professor of special education said that she had received several messages referring to Robinson "as an icon, a legend, and a dear friend and colleague." Hanson said: "She was all of these indeed. Her whole life has centered around the students and education programs at SFSU. She was deeply proud to teach here at SFSU and she represented the best of faculty values: commitment to mentoring and supporting students, scholarly inquiry, and collegiality."
The SF State Alumni Association inducted Robinson into its Hall of Fame in 1996 and honored her again in 2003 with its emeritus faculty award.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Towers Conference Center. A lunch follows the service.
Robinson is survived by her niece Carol Peasley of Washington, D.C.; nephews Frank Peasley and Norm Henry, and several grand nieces and nephews.
Correction: This article originally said Robinson organized the first conference for California kindergarten teachers. Robinson served on the California Kindergarten Conference committee for many years, but did not organize the first conference. It also said that she served as the CKA's founding president. She was a founding board member when the CKA was organized in 1988, not president. She served as president from 1992 to 1994.
Read Newsmakers: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring07/feb26news.htm
'Witness to War' film festival
SF State's Documentary Film Institute will present the film festival "Witness to War: Documentary Perspectives: World War II to Iraq" March 1-4 at several San Francisco locations.
The first event of the festival is the screening of a 90-minute compilation from Ken Burns' new documentary, "The War," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco. The screening will be followed by Thomas Sanchez in conversation with Burns. The event is presented in partnership with KQED. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for students and KQED members.
Tickets are available only in advance and can be purchased at: www.cityboxoffice.com
The festival also includes several free screenings of documentary films. A full schedule is available at: www.docfilm.sfsu.edu/
This event is supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, SF State Printmaking Guild, Kala Art Institute, Jimin Lee and University of California, Santa Cruz.
Speakers include Stephen Krashan, emeritus professor of education at University of Southern California and world-renowned expert on second-language acquisition; Shek Kam Tse, associate dean of education faculty and director of the Centre for the Advancement of Chinese Language, Education and Research of the University of Hong Kong and a leading expert in Chinese language education; and Lingchi Wang, emeritus professor at University of California, Berkeley, and recognized advocate for Chinese language education.
Spaces are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for the conference, visit www.sfsu.edu/~ci/conference/ or call Kristin Foxe at the Confucius Institute at ext. 8-7631.
and children picnic
R.S.V.P. with the number of adults and children to attend by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, to Maricel Santos at: firstname.lastname@example.org
The picnic is sponsored by the deans of the colleges of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business, Creative Arts, Health and Human Services, Humanities, and Science and Engineering and is supported by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development and University Women's Association.
The workshop is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development.
The center's next workshop, "iLearn Faculty Showcase: iLearn for Homework Discussions and Multimedia Demonstration," takes place noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.
For a full workshop schedule, visit: academic.sfsu.edu/facaffairs/ctfd
Cultural representation in Native America
The event is sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department. For details, contact Jolivette at email@example.com or ext. 8-1664.
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