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December 10

Volume 49, No. 16
Love is stronger than hate. Shining STAR CampusMemo on holiday More Fulbrights
This Week Leaving the stacks GE opens for proposals CSEC deadline is Friday
On the CUSP of SFSU's future Be involved this holiday season Proof your greens Next Week
Book drive ends Tran to retire French theatre Next Year
Step up to the plate Direct young scholars Enhance int'l education Academic Senate Action

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Love is stronger than hate.

Dear Colleagues,

Looking back on this semester, our response to the events of September 11 and their aftermath can seem to overshadow all else. I have repeatedly expressed my pride in the mutual concern, balance and common sense with which the campus has dealt with the emotions and the practical issues that have arisen since that day. Yet there is much more to the story of this semester that does tremendous credit to the people of this university. In fact, these last few months have seen an exceptional number and range of achievements for us -- too many, in fact, to be listed in full in this column. Even a partial accounting, however, highlights the talent, dedication and unflagging energy which characterize this university, and which have continued without interruption, even in exceptional times.

Since the August faculty meeting we have: received a $3 million grant from the National Science Foundation to enable SFSU and partners including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and Quality Education for Minorities to replicate across the nation the informal drop-in science centers we have already spread to 10 underserved California communities; opened a new Office of Academic Honors and Scholarship that will help students learn about and compete for scholarship award opportuniti es, including highly competitive national awards, and will support SFSU's own honors and scholarship programs; held a statewide conference on the critical issue of breast cancer among Asian American and Pacific Islander women and brought Leon Panetta to campus as keynoter for a conference on Civic Engagement; initiated our STAR of the month program for staff; celebrated our Urban Studies bachelor's degree program partnership with Delancey Street; received approval for our Master of Arts in Human Sexualit y Studies -- the first such program in the western U.S.; through CEL, launched the Oakland Multimedia Center, which takes our nationally-recognized multimedia studies program to thousands of East Bay residents; through the Urban Institute and PRI, released a first-of-its-kind comprehensive survey of San Francisco's nonprofit sector; kicked off a new professional development program for staff and administrators; begun (and nearly completed) construction of a permanent memorial and waterfall garden to honor J apanese-Americans interned during WWII; started the CUSP II strategic planning process, getting an excellent response to our call for nominations and staying on track for establishment of the steering committee by the holiday break.

The list could be much longer. I hope that even this brief accounting gives you the same admiration of your colleagues and pride in this institution that I feel. As we now prepare to wrap up the semester and take a well-earned break, Mrs. Corrigan and I would like to offer every member of the San Francisco State University community our heartfelt wishes for all the peace, comfort and joy that the holiday season can bring.

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Shining STAR

Mary Beth Paul, a buyer in the procurement area of Fiscal Affairs, is the University's STAR for December.

"Mary Beth routinely makes that extra effort to ensure a steady flow of goods and services to our environments, which is anything but steady and predictable," said Phil Evans, director of campus grounds. "Mary Beth's ability to convey her positive professionalism into her working relationships has helped her to create an operational network that provides the best service that her department can offer to the University."

Paul also has an excellent base of knowledge and experience to apply to her buying assignments, which include such diverse and varied departments as Plant Operations, Athletics, the College of Business and College of Humanities, said Stephen C. Smith, director of procurement.

The STAR Committee invites you to congratulate Mary Beth Paul.

As STAR of the Month, Paul will enjoy four free lunches on campus and a free parking pass or one month's public transportation cost. She is eligible for the STAR of the Year Award.

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CampusMemo on holiday

CampusMemo is shutting down for winter break. The next edition will appear Monday, Jan. 28, 2002. All submissions must be received by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 22. Please take note of items in the "Next Year" section, which includes announcements for events and deadlines in January and early February.

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More Fullbrights

CampusMemo has received final confirmation on SFSU scholars who have received Fulbright awards for this academic year. In addition to Philip Prinz, Dane Johnson and Robert Williams, all of whom were featured in previous issues, William Bigler and Sherry Keith received awards.

Bigler, director of the Center for Biomedical Laboratory Science, has traveled to Hungary to train clinical laboratory scientists at the University of Debrecen. Keith, associate professor with the Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, finished a three-month award in October which took her to Parana, Brazil, to lecture and conduct research on educational assessment at the State University of Londrina.

In addition, the University welcomes Hiroshi Unoura, associate professor of comparative culture at Sapporo University in Sapporo, Japan. Unoura is researching charter schools in San Francisco.

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This Week

Leaving the stacks

Librarian Robert Michalske is retiring after 27 years of service. During his tenure, Michalske oversaw the challenging process of moving card cataloging from printed cards to an online database. Faculty and staff are invited to Michalske's retirement party from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the University Club. Please RSVP to Richard Blood at ext. 8-2646 or

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GE opens for proposals

The deadline for faculty to submit course proposals for General Education Segment II is Friday, Feb. 15. Faculty should submit course proposals via department chairs to their college deans (and a copy to Undergraduate Studies) for General Education Segment II: Arts and Sciences. All existing Segment II courses as well as new applicants must submit a proposal.

The Undergraduate Studies office will conduct a drop-in workshop for faculty and department chairs to help with preparation of their applications from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in BH 1. Faculty from GE committees and Marilyn Verhey, campus coordinator of academic assessment, will be on hand to answer questions.

For personal assistance, contact Verhey at ext. 5-3568 or

In addition, the deadline for proposals for Segment III is Feb. 15. The deadline is for Segment III clusters under mandatory review as well as for faculty who wish to propose new clusters.

Procedures and details for Segment II and Segment III proposals can be found on the Undergraduate Studies Web site at:

Paper copies of proposal instructions and formats can be obtained from college deans and department chairs.

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CSEC deadline is Friday

This year's California State Employees Campaign comes to a close at 5 p.m. Friday. If you have not yet turned in a form but would like to support an agency that reflects your charitable interests, please don't hesitate to act. Forms can be dropped off at Human Resources in ADM 252 or Public Affairs, Lakeview Center 110.

For details, contact Public Affairs at ext. 8-1665.

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On the CUSP of SFSU's future

Friday is the deadline to submit nominations for the CUSP II steering committee. Please submit nominations to the Academic Senate, ADM 551, or via e-mail to

Nominations should include a brief statement as to why you, or your nominee, want to participate in this process.

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Be involved this holiday season

The Community Involvement Center (CIC) is accepting canned food, unwrapped toys and warm clothing to help support the many people of San Francisco who are in need. There are also many holiday volunteer opportunities available. Visit the CIC office in Building TA in front of the gym for details, or contact CIC at ext. 81486 or

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Proof your greens

Campus departments are reminded that all decorative trees or greens need to be fireproofed and should be removed from buildings prior to the campus closure Dec. 22.

Decorative cuttings from campus trees have been fireproofed and are available at the Campus Paint Shop in the Corporation Yard. Trees can be brought to the Paint Shop before noon for fireproofing and picked up the next morning. The Paint Shop is open for tree dropoff and pickup from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Greens will be outside the shop and can be picked up anytime. Greens are available through Dec. 21.

The Corporation Yard is located next to the Lakeview Center, adjacent to Lot 20.

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Next Week

Book drive ends

The "Books for Kids" children's book drive will come to a close Tuesday, Dec. 18. Drop off new or lovingly used books for children ages 3-11 at baby blue collection boxes in the Library, the Bookstore and other prominent places on campus. During the collection period, there also will be a table on Malcolm X Plaza for monetary contributions.

For details, contact Marsha Adler at ext. 8-6879.

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Tran to retire

A retirement celebration for Thu Tran, who works as an administrative analyst in the Office of University and Budget Planning, will be held from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in ADM 352. Tran has been with SFSU for 24 years. To RSVP, contact Alexis Wilson at ext. 8-7056 or

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French theatre

The students of French 450 will present a play in French, "Lettres la Cantatrice Chauve," at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 19, in the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts.

The play is a reworking of Eugene Ionesco's "La cantatrice chauve" ("The Bald Soprano") interwoven with scenes from a recent play by another Romanian author writing in French, Mati Visniec's "Lettres aux arbres et aux nuages" ("Letters to Trees and Clouds"). An English synopsis will be provided.

Admission is free. A discussion with the cast follows. For details, contact Elizabeth Wright at ext. 8-7419.

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Next Year

Step up to the plate

The baseball team will hold its third annual crab feed dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Rich Inc., 207 Skyline Blvd. (next to the San Francisco Zoo), San Francisco. Cost is $40 per person. Proceeds benefit Gator baseball.

For details, call Coach Matt Markovich at ext. 8-1226.

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Direct young scholars

The Presidential Scholars Program is seeking a new faculty director beginning fall 2002. The program brings a diverse group of 25 outstanding first-time freshmen to campus each year.

The faculty director participates in the selection and orientation of new Presidential Scholars, provides academic advising for the scholars, plans and manages a schedule of co-curricular and extracurricular enrichment events, and conducts meetings with the scholars.

The position carries .40 assigned time and works with Gail Whitaker, associate vice president for academic program development.

For details on the Presidential Scholars Program, visit:

If you are interested, send a letter and curriculum vitae to Whitaker in ADM 447 by Jan. 31.

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Enhance int'l education

The Office of International Programs (OIP) invites proposals for grants to foster international education at SFSU. Tenured and tenure-track faculty who are not on FERP are eligible to apply.

Applications may be picked up in ADM 450 or downloaded from the OIP Web The application deadline is Friday, Feb. 1. For details, call ext. 8-1293.

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Academic Senate Action

Chair Pamela Vaughn on the CSU Academic Conference in San Diego who reported that: Jackie Kegley, CSU Academic Senate Chair, who reported that: The Senate which approved revisions to: Chair Vaughn who announced:

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