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September 10

Volume 49, No.4
In Memoriam: Henry Onderdonk Reception at the club Welcome new faculty and staff Holiday calendar correction Academic Senate agenda
A note for Senate Chairs Want to procure? Get trained! Accommodating the disabled Service learning fundamentals Awards for service learning courses
More faculty awards Faculty promotions: what you should know After Albers: color in contemporary art Vista Room: Fine dining returns Time management: help students not get behind
Tell us about Summer Semester Visitacion Day volunteers needed Help bring an archive to SFSU SFSU students: tell us their stories SFSU 2001/2002 Holiday Schedule

In Memoriam: Henry Onderdonk

Henry Onderdonk, emeritus professor of music, died Aug. 17 while backpacking in the Sierra Nevada mountains. A composer, Onderdonk taught classical and contemporary music composition.

After serving in the Korean War, Onderdonk earned a doctorate in musical composition and theory at the University of Michigan, where he also taught before joining SFSU in 1960.

"Henry was the greatest teacher I ever met-extremely supportive of individual students. And he had a great human side to him. He was a very giving individual who had a very strong effect on many students," said Alexander Post, an emeritus professor of music who worked with Onderdonk.

In addition to his teaching, Onderdonk served as coordinator of graduate studies for the Music Department and director of the University's Music Workshop. Numerous former students now have careers as composers and music educators.

In his creative work, Onderdonk mainly composed chamber music. His work is described as complex yet lyrical and has been performed on campus and throughout the United States and Europe.

"His music is very intense. He took all music very seriously and believed it expressed the highest human value," Post said.

A memorial gathering will be held at 7 p.m., Sept. 23 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church at 1187 Franklin St., San Francisco.

Memorial contributions may be made for scholarships in Henry Onderdonk's name. Please send any contributions to the Music Department.

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Reception at the club

The campus community is invited to attend a reception for San Francisco artist Ronald Newman from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in the University Club. His bright acrylic stylized landscapes are currently on display in the University Club. Light refreshments will be served.

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Welcome new faculty and staff

President Robert A. Corrigan, the Office of Academic Affairs and the University Women's Association cordially invite you to join them in welcoming new faculty and staff to SFSU from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 19 at the University Club. All faculty and staff are encouraged to take this opportunity to meet new colleagues and welcome returning colleagues and friends back to campus. Check your calendars now-it's coming up next week.

Recipients of the University Women's Association scholarships will also be introduced at the reception. Light refreshments will be served.

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Holiday calendar correction

As many of you may have noticed the 2002 portion of the holiday calendar that was printed in last week's edition of CampusMemo contained wrong dates and information. A correct copy of the entire calendar, suitable for posting, can be found on the back page of this issue. CampusMemo apologizes for the errors. We assure you that any information you may have received from Human Resources is correct.

As always, comments and corrections for CampusMemo can be directed to ext. 8-1665 or

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Academic Senate agenda

The Academic Senate meets tomorrow at 2 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of Seven Hills. Agenda items include a report from Vice President La Belle; elections for the basic subjects committee; a report from Johnetta Richards on the activities of the CSU Academic Council for International Programs during 2000-2001; a report from Ken Monteiro, dean of human relations; a proposed resolution endorsing "Guidelines for Short-Term Study Abroad Programs"; a report for the Committee on Committees; and an Academic Senate orientation and review.

The Academic Senate agenda and minutes can be found on the Academic Senate Web site:

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A note for Senate Chairs

Academic Senate Committee Chairs aware of changes in committee membership or current vacancies must contact the Senate Office at ext. 8-1264.

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Want to procure? Get trained!

Fiscal Affairs is pleased to announce a new Procurement Card Program, to be implemented Oct. 1. The new program will feature access to transactions and statements online, procedures for disputes online, and an online review and approval process. All previously issued procurement credit cards will become invalid Sept. 30.

Training workshops for cardholders and approving officials will be held at 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Sept. 24-28 in the NEC Room on the 5th floor of the Administration building. All Procurement Card users, new or existing, must attend a training session to obtain the new card. To register, contact Song Park, procurement card coordinator, at ext. 8-2546 or

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Accommodating the disabled

Please inform students that Disability Resource Center (DRC) staff members are available to assist them in arranging for disability-related accommodations. Students with any disability may be eligible, including those with hidden and/or temporary disabilities.

Students already registered with DRC will be approaching instructors with written verification of their specific classroom accommodations. Please help students eligible for note-taking assistance locate a volunteer in class. Reasonable accommodation request forms are available in Student Services 109 or on the Web:

For details, call ext. 8-2472 or Gene Chelberg at ext. 5-3728. DRC is located in Student Services 110.

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Service learning fundamentals

The Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) and the California Campus Compact will hold a nationwide workshop/conference from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10 in Jack Adams Hall in the Student Center.

Kerrissa Heffernan will discuss "The Fundamentals of Service-Learning Course Construction." This one-day regional faculty institute will assist faculty in integrating service into an existing course or constructing a new course using service learning by: examining disciplinary models for service learning and basics of service-learning course construction, reviewing service-learning assignments, and examining courses that focus on the civic capacities of service-learning.

Lunch is included with your registration fee of $12. For details, contact Leisette Rodriguez at ext. 5-3809 or

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Awards for service learning courses

OCSL announces the availability of new funding for its Community Service Learning Curriculum Development Awards program. These awards are designed to encourage faculty to enhance existing undergraduate courses and programs that include community service learning as a central component. Funds have been made available through a multiyear grant from CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

OCSL anticipates that 10 or more awards of up to $4,500 will be available for academic year 2001-2002. Faculty must submit applications by 5 p.m. on Nov. 16. Guidelines will be available at department offices and OCSL.

For details please contact Perla Barrientos, OCSL director, at ext. 8-3282 or

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More faculty awards

The Research and Professional Development Allocation Committee is announcing both the Annual Vice President's Spring 2002 Assigned Time Program and the Chancellor's Mini Grant/Summer Stipend Program for research, scholarship and creative activity. Completed applications should be submitted by the faculty to their college by 5 p.m. Monday.

These programs are open to all tenured and tenure-track faculty and full-time lecturers. Faculty on early retirement are not eligible.

Applications and guidelines are available in department and college offices and in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs in ADM 254.

For more information, call ORSP at ext. 8-2231.

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Faculty promotions: what you should know

The University Promotions Committee will conduct two meetings for faculty who are applying for promotion. The meetings will be held 3:30-5 p.m. Wednesday, in the Verducci Room of the University Club, and 3:30-5 p.m. Tuesday, in ADM 460. For more information, call ext. 8-1264.

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After Albers: color in contemporary art

In cooperation with the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, the SFSU Fine Arts Gallery presents a thought-provoking exhibition, "Conceptual Color: In Albers' Afterimage," from Saturday, Sept. 22, to Thursday, Oct. 18.

Bringing together a diverse selection of works by 13 modern artists, this exhibit looks at the conceptual uses of color in contemporary art since the ground-breaking work of German-born artist and colorist Josef Albers.

The Fine Arts Gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays. Admission is free. An opening lecture and reception with artist Rachel Lachowicz will be held at the gallery from 1 to 4 p.m. Sept. 22.

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Vista Room: Fine dining returns

The Vista Room will begin fall semester service on Sept. 24. Located on the fourth floor of Burk Hall, the Vista Room offers fine dining to the campus community. Chef Daniel Honan returns to supervise students from the departments of Hospitality Management and Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics.

Lunch is $12 per person and includes choice of soup or salad, entree, desert and beverage. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling ext. 5-3530 or ext. 8-7010. Blocks of tickets are available beginning at $287.50 for 25 lunches.

The weekly menus for the semester will soon be available on-line at For more information, call ext. 5-3530.

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Time management: help students not get behind

Faculty and staff: Please inform students of this week's opportunity to participate in an academic skills workshop on "Goal Setting and Time Management." The free workshop will start at noon on Wednesday in BUS 202. No prior sign-up is required.

Questions about this and all other academic skill workshops should be directed to ext. 8-2575.

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Tell us about Summer Semester

A memorandum regarding Summer Semester and a request for information were sent to all units on campus last week. Please submit written comments to the Academic Senate office, ADM 551, by Oct. 1. Comments will be forwarded to the University Ad Hoc Committee on Summer Semester Review and Assessment for consideration in its assessment report and recommendations for future Summer Semesters.

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Visitacion Day volunteers needed

The Urban Institute needs volunteers to help with its Visitacion Valley Neighborhood Day 2001. The event, which takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 22, will provide Visitacion Valley residents the opportunity to learn about available resources and services from community-based organizations in their neighborhood and around the Bay Area. There will be education and social services information, free immunization and health screenings, and other activities.

To volunteer or for more information, call ext. 8-6419.

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Help bring an archive to SFSU

SFSU has won the right from the Committee for Health Rights in the Americas (CHRIA) to receive its impressive collection of Central American health and human rights literature, studies and delegation reports. This archive represents a treasure trove of human and health rights literature from Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala concentrated around the conflict and post-conflict years of the 1980-90s. The collection ranges from government documents and grassroots publications to medical delegation reports and letters in Spanish and English.

CHRIA selected SFSU over the UC Berkeley Bancroft Library, the San Francisco Public Library, and the CSU Northridge Central American Centre, and hopes that the university will responsibly archive its collection as well as make it accessible to academics, students and community activists. We are now in the process of accepting proposals to house this collection. Priority will be given to centers or departments associated with SFSU.

For details contact James Quesada, Anthropology, at ext. 8-1633 or

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SFSU students: tell us their stories

In an effort to continue to generate positive news coverage for the University, the Office of Public Affairs is searching for students who have interesting stories to tell. As we get farther into the semester and become better acquainted with the students you teach, work with and serve, please contact the office with information about them. We are looking mainly for students who are doing significant social or scientific research and/or community work while on campus.

If you know a great student, contact Public Affairs at ext. 8-1665, or .

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