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September 23, 2002

Volume 50, No. 6
Year of Civil Discourse events Announcements CUSP II planning groups to meet throughout fall semester Staff: honest opinions needed
Register for Asilomar online Share your Thanksgiving This Week IT Day: tech in higher ed
Academic Senate agenda Dean Platt on biz school trends Final promotions meeting Welcome newcomers
Taoist nutrition Reading skills and students Fall Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Enrollment Since 1990 - Final Summary of Sept. 10 Academic Senate Meeting

Year of Constructive Civil Discourse events

President Corrigan has identified the 2002 -- 2003 academic year as "The Year of Constructive Civil Discourse." The following events are free and open to the campus community:

'Promises': a film

"Promises," an award-winning film featuring the attitudes and anxieties of Jerusalem's children, will be screened at 11 a.m. and then again at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 25, in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The event is sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts and Lectures.

Hollywood and Arabs

Jack G. Shaheen, an author and film consultant, will present "Hollywood's Dirty Little Secret: The Arab Boogey-man" at noon Thursday, Sept. 26, in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The lecture is sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts and Lectures and the Office of Human Relations.

Peace in the Middle East

Two scholars, one Israeli and one Palestinian, will offer their perspectives on the promise of peace in the Middle East and the current cycle of violence during a lecture at 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 7, in HSS 362.

Oren Yiftachel is head of the Department of Geography and Environmental Development at Ben Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel. Rema Hammami is professor and chairperson of Gender Studies at Birzeit University Women's Studies Institute, Birzeit, Palestine. The discussion is sponsored by the International Relations Student Association, the History Department, Academic Affairs, Model United Nations and the off-campus group Faculty For Israeli-Palestinian Peace.

For questions or comments about the speakers, contact Jerry Combs at ext. 8-7563 or

Stay tuned to CampusMemo for more events in this series.

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CUSP II planning groups to meet throughout fall semester

The Commission on University Strategic Planning II (CUSP II) has formed four planning groups as part of its work and is seeking campus-wide participation. Interested faculty and staff are asked to send an e-mail to indicating which of the groups described below they wish to join. For details, contact Richard Giardina at ext. 8-2073 or

This fall, the four groups will meet on from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, beginning on Sept. 26. Leadership of each group, its meeting location, and a brief description of its areas of concern follow:

The Academic Experience

Ned Fielden and Paul Longmore, co-chairs; Don Zingale, liaison; meets in NEC Conference Room, ADM 550. Will consider such subjects as curriculum, academic programs, quality of learning, and where and how we teach.

The Student Experience

Rudolph Busby and Vanessa Sheared, co-chairs; meets in Academic Affairs Conference Room, ADM 460. Will consider such subjects as academic and extra-curricular life, student services, and campus climate for undergraduate and graduate students.

The Employee Experience

Pamela Vaughn, Jason Cole and Zelinda Zingaro, co-chairs; meets in Human Resources Training Room, ADM 352. Will consider such subjects as climate, workload, support and professional development for all employees -- faculty, staff and administrators.

The University and its Environment

Don Scoble and Gerald Platt, co-chairs; meets in College of Business Conference Room, BUS 202. Will consider the University's relationship with external constituencies, from the Bay Area to well beyond our borders, as well as the external forces affecting the University.

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Staff: honest opinions needed

The CUSP commission invites staff members to share their opinion of the University by filling out an online survey. The survey takes no more than 10 to 15 minutes to complete and is confidential.

The survey can be found at:

For those who don't have easy Web access, a print version of the survey will be distributed with paychecks on Tuesday, Oct. 1.

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Register for Asilomar online

The registration form for the January 2003 Asilomar campus retreat is now available online. The deadline to register is Friday, Oct. 18. The form also indicates subsidies available for lecturers and probationary faculty.

You can find the registration form at:

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

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Share your Thanksgiving

The Office of International Programs is seeking volunteers to host an international student or scholar for Thanksgiving. Hosts may be families or individuals from the campus community who would like to share the holiday with a student from another country who is interested in learning more about U.S. traditions.

For an application, contact Ko Aoshima at ext. 5-3512 or

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This Week

IT Day: tech in higher ed

The Division of Information Technology invites faculty, staff and students to participate in IT Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday on the Main Lawn.

IT Day features 16 leading tech companies and 18 SFSU colleges and departments demonstrating innovative use of technology in higher education. There will be exhibits, job information, technology demonstrations, a raffle every hour and more.

Sponsors include IBM, Apple, Sun and Cisco. The raffle features prizes donated by vendors including a scanner, laptop case and laptop computer.

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Academic Senate agenda

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: the introduction of new college deans; a report from statewide senators; a report from Vice President Leroy Morishita on the University budget; a report from University Librarian Deborah Masters on planning for library construction; a report from Professor Jerry Combs on planning for the Year of Constructive Civil Discourse; an approval of changes in the policy for the committee on the protection of human rights; an approval of changes in composition of hiring committees; and a resolution on voter registration.

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Dean Platt on biz school trends

Gerald Platt, dean of the College of Business, will present "Emerging Trends in Business Schools"at the College of Business Research Roundtable from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in BUS 202.

All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

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Final promotions meeting

The final informational meeting about the University Promotions Commitee and the faculty promotions process will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in ADM 552.

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Welcome newcomers

President Corrigan, the Office of Academic Affairs and University Women's Association (UWA) invite the campus community to join them in welcoming new faculty and staff to campus from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday at the University Club.

Recipients of UWA scholarships will be honored at the reception. Refreshments will be served.

The UWA scholarships are primarily supported by money raised from an annual cruise. The next fund-raiser is a 10-night cruise of the Mexican Rivera beginning Jan. 5, 2003.

For details or UWA membership information, contact Ilona Vandergriff at ext. 8-1106 or

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Taoist nutrition

The Holistic Health Speaker Series presents "Chinese Herbs and Taoist Practices for Hygiene and Longevity" from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday in HSS 306. Taoist priest Nam Singh will discuss Taoist nutrition and breathing techniques.

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Reading skills and students

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend an academic skills workshop on improving reading rate and comprehension at 12:30 p.m. Thursday in BUS 202.

The free workshop will be taught by English Lecturer James Boyd.

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Fall Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) Student Enrollment Since 1990 -- Final
A graph, based on final census numbers, showing that SFSU's full time equivalent student enrollment has reached a high not seen since 1990 NOTE: The graph printed in last week's CampusMemo was based on early touch-tone registration numbers. The graph above is based on final fall census numbers and gives a more accurate picture of actual FTE counts since 1990.

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Academic Senate Action

At the Sept. 10 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

Heard the following announcements:

Heard a report from Chair Robert Cherny:

Heard a report from Vice President John Gemello:

Heard a report from University Counsel Patricia Bartscher:

The next meeting of the Academic Senate will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Seven Hills Conference Center. All are welcome to attend. Visit the Academic Senate Web site.

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