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November 18, 2002

Volume 50, No. 14

Year of Civil Discourse events


CampusMemo on break Honorary degree nominations CSECC answers your questions
Asilomar rooms still open Spring fee waiver info Judicial Affairs Q&A
Involvement opportunities

This Week

Academic Senate meeting Axler on Mathematica What GIS can do for you

Coming Up

World AIDS Days Bookstore reception


International Education Week events

About CampusMemo

Year of Constructive Civil Discourse events

President Corrigan has identified the 2002 - 2003 academic year as "The Year of Constructive Civil Discourse." The campus community is invited to participate in events that explore how we can promote the use of civil discourse on campus.

The next Year of Civil Discourse events are:

Dialogue: Sikhism

An interfaith dialogue on Sikhism with clerics and lay leaders will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Edge, located at 190 Denslowe just across 19th Avenue from campus.

For details, contact the Rev. Jeffrey Reed at (415) 333-4920 or

For details or to suggest a civil discourse event, contact Jerry Combs at ext. 8-7563 or

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CampusMemo on break

CampusMemo will not appear Monday, Nov. 25, because of the Thanksgiving holiday. The next edition will appear Monday, Dec. 2. Because of the holiday, all items for the Dec. 2 issue must be submitted to by 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21.

Honorary degree nominations

The University's 2003 Honorary Degree committee invites all members of the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees, to be conferred at commencement in the names of San Francisco State University and the CSU.

According to CSU guidelines, honorary degrees may be conferred for several purposes: to recognize "excellence and extraordinary achievement in significant areas of human endeavor" embodying the objectives and ideals of the California State University; to honor "meritorious and outstanding service" to the CSU or one of its campuses, the state, nation, or humanity at large; or to recognize individuals whose lives and achievements exemplify "the CSU's aspirations for its diverse student body."

The committee would especially appreciate nominations of people who have a clear connection to SFSU.

Among SFSU's past honorary degree recipients are Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller (2002), University of San Francisco President John Schlegel, S.J. (2000), nationally-known historian and scholar John Hope Franklin (1998), sculptor Ruth Asawa (1998), alumnus/actor/activist Danny Glover (1997), Senator (then First Lady) Hillary Rodham Clinton (1995), social activist and clergyman The Reverend Cecil Williams (1995), and Delancey Street co-founder Mimi Silbert (1993).

Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a brief statement about the candidate and any materials that would support the nomination. The committee will be meeting over the next several weeks, so nominations should be sent as soon as possible to the Academic Senate Office, ADM 551, Attn: Honorary Degree Committee.

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CSECC answers your questions

California State Employee Charitable Campaign forms can be dropped off between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. at ADM 252 and between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. at Lakeview Center 110. For details, call ext. 8-1666.

To clarify: Write "continue" on the pledge form if you would like your payroll deduction to continue without change. If you wish to stop the deduction or change the donation amount or the organizations to which you contribute, you must also submit the form. For step-by-step insructions and answers to common questions, see:

Or call Dave Reddy at ext. 8-1666.

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Asilomar rooms still open

Rooms are still available for the Jan. 20 - 22, 2003 Faculty and Staff Development Asilomar Retreat. Register as soon as possible to avoid rate increases.

Contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 about shuttle service from campus to Asilomar. This service may be cancelled due to lack of demand.

For details visit:

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Spring fee waiver info

Employee fee waiver forms for the spring 2003 semester are now available in Human Resources, ADM 252. Employees should submit fee waiver applications and fees to the Cashier's Office, no later than Wednesday, Nov. 27, to ensure touch-tone deadlines are met. Employees using the fee waiver program for a dependent should submit the application and fees to Human Resources at least two weeks prior to the dependent's touch-tone registration date.

For details, call the Fee Waiver Help-Line at ext. 8-2678.

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Judicial Affairs Q&A

All deans, department chairs and faculty members are invited to attend a Judicial Affairs Q&A session on how to deal with students who may have violated the Student Code of Conduct or acted out in the classroom. Attendees can choose to attend a session from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Dec. 3, or one from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6. Both sessions will be held in SSB 401.

RSVP to Carl Baer at ext. 8-6773.

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Involvement opportunities

Faculty and staff are invited to learn about Thanksgiving volunteer opportunities at a Community Involvement Center (CIC) informational table available noon to 2 p.m. today through Wednesday, Nov. 27, located at the walkway near Memorial Grove.

CIC staff are also available to visit classrooms and talk about spring semester community service opportunities from Monday, Nov. 25, through Tuesday, Dec. 3. Contact CIC at to request a presentation.

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This Week

Academic Senate meeting

The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: a report from CSU Faculty Trustee Harold Goldwhite; a report from Statewide Senators Eunice Aaron and Jan Gregory; an approval of master plan projection and implementation for a new B.S. degree in computer engineering; amendments to the policy on the All-University Committee on International Programs; an approval of changes in the requirements for the M.A. degree in psychology, concentration in social psychology; approval of changes in the requirements for the Masters of Public Admini- stration degree; an approval of changes in the requirements for the M.A. degree in English, concentration in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages; an approval of changes in the requirements for the M.A. degree in English, concentration in literature; an approval of changes in the requirements for the M.S. degree in engineering; changes in the University policy on written English proficiency; a recommended University policy on enroll-ment management; a resolution affirming the role of faculty in the development and housing of academic programs; a resolution supporting the redefinition of the faculty workload and creating a taskforce to plan implementation; and a resolution calling for reconsideration of the trustees' proposed budget for 2003 - 04.

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Axler on Mathematica

Sheldon Axler, dean of the College of Science and Engineering, will present "What Can Mathematica Do for You?" from 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in BUS 202.

For details, contact Sally Baack at ext. 8-6421 or

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What GIS can do for you

The SFSU community is invited to learn about geographic information systems from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday in the Multidisciplinary GUS Center, HSS 272. GIS systems are used to organize and analyze geographic information and may be applied in any discipline where data has a spatial component and can be mapped. There will be special presentations of a digital San Francisco data set at 2:30 p.m. and at 4:30 p.m.

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Coming Up

World AIDS Days

SFSU's World AIDS Days 2002 will feature speakers from the campus community who are confronting the HIV/AIDS pandemic. Opening ceremonies are at noon Monday, Dec. 2, on Malcolm X Plaza.

All other events will be held in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center, and include:

On Dec. 2, Gary Selnow, professor of information systems and business analysis, will talk from 12:30 to 2 p.m. about the Community Health Information Centers his group WiRED has set up in Kenya to provide access to current HIV/AIDS information, and a student panel will discuss from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m. the impact of peer education worldwide on HIV prevention and their experiences attending the International AIDS Conference in Barcelona.

On Dec. 3, Black Studies Professors Wade Nobles and Lawford Goddard will speak from noon to 2 p.m. on "The Expanded Healer: Women Fighting Disease," and Rafael Diaz, director of the Cesar E. Chavez Institute, will speak from 2:10 to 3:30 on "Social Discrimination and HIV Risk: The Case of Latino Gay Men."

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Bookstore reception

The SFSU Bookstore invites faculty and staff to its 11th Annual Reception from 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in the Bookstore. Present your ID at the door and benefit from 20 percent off most store merchandise.

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International Education Week events

The campus community is invited to participate in a variety of events celebrating International Education Week. For details or a complete list of events, call the Office of International Programs at ext. 8-1293 or visit: Event highlights are below.

Films from around the world

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will show a series of international films from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday in HUM 404. For details on films and show times, call ext. 8-7413 or visit the Web site listed above.

"Inside the Mosque"

The Humanities Department sponsors "Inside the Mosque," a slide presentation by Carel Bertram, assistant professor of humanities, on mosque architecture and its development as a sacred place, and a demonstration and explanation of Muslim ritual prayer from noon to 1:10 p.m. today in Rosa Parks Conference Rooms A-C in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Islamic civilization's contributions to the world

The History Department presents a screening of the documentary "Islam: Religion and Empire" followed by a discussion with Maziar Behrooz, assistant professor of history, from 1:10 to 3 p.m. today in Rosa Parks Conference Rooms A-C in the Student Center.

Welcome reception

President Corrigan and the Office of International Programs host a reception to welcome international students to SFSU and officially open International Education Week from 3 to 5 p.m. today in the Vista Room on the fourth floor of Burk Hall.

Foreign language lectures, in English

Martha Klironomos, director of the Center for Modern Greek Studies, will present "Nationalism and the Politics of Language: The Case of Greece" from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m. today in the Humanities Auditorium, HUM 133.

Volker Langbehn, assistant professor of German, will present "The PISA Study or How to Produce Finger Pointing Among Educators" from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Tuesday in HUM 473.

Federico Rampini, West Coast Correspondent for the Italian newspaper La Repubblica, will present "Europe after the Euro and the Enlargement of the Union: Will It Become a World Power and a Rival to the U.S.?" from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the De Bellis Collection on the 6th floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library.

Delphine Perret, professor of French, will present "Creole Culture and Literature in the French Caribbean" from 4:10 to 5 p.m. Thursday in HUM 473.

International advice granted

Florence Alberts, technical director of the Business for Russia Community Connections Program, will give a presentation on how to write an international grant proposal to the U.S. Department of State from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in ADM 460.

'Children of War'

The Japanese Student Association presents "Children of War," the U.S. premiere exhibit of Japanese photojournalist Takashi Morizumi's photographs of children suffering from the effects of war. The exhibit will be on display from 2 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in HSS 362.

Students in South Africa

Johnetta Richards, associate professor of Black studies, presents a lecture and slide show featuring visits by SFSU students to South Africa from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Blakeslee Room in Thornton Hall.

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