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September 30, 2002

Volume 50, No. 7
Year of Civil Discourse events Announcements Register for Asilomar Applause hounds needed for Asilomar
Probationary students unit limit Faculty needed for Senate committees Volunteers needed for voter registration Workshops on detecting plagiarism
Fitness equals wellness Flu vaccine available This Week Career events this week
Children in America KQED program about mentally ill homeless Electronic media since Sept. 11 Creating wellness
Richie Havens in concert Sunday is Discovery Day Planning the new J. Paul Leonard Library

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:

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.

Best campus practices

Robert M. O'Neil, former president of the universities of Wisconsin and Virginia, will speak on "Civil Discourse and Freedom of Speech: Best Campus Practices" from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in Seven Hills Conference Center.

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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Register for Asilomar

The registration form for the 2003 Asilomar faculty and staff retreat is now available online.

The retreat will be held Jan. 21 - 23, 2003, at the Asilomar Conference Grounds in Monterey. Register by Oct. 18 to avoid a $5 late charge. Funds for probationary faculty and lecturers are available. For details, call the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

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Applause hounds needed for Asilomar

The Asilomar faculty and staff retreat is the ideal venue for you to debut that new dance, song, comedy skit, etc., that you have been practicing. Are you ready for the stage and willing to entertain others from the SFSU community (and yourself, of course)? Volunteer to perform at Cabaret night.

For details, contact Jim Bebee at ext. 8-2430 or or Rick Houlberg at ext. 8-7080 at

In order to perform, you need to also register for the Asilomar conference. For details, contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or see the CampusMemo story above.

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Probationary students unit limit

A joint meeting of the Student Affairs Committee and the Academic Policies Committee concerning a possible limit on the number of units in which probationary students can be enrolled will take place at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15, in ADM 552.

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Faculty needed for Senate committees

The Academic Senate will elect representatives to the University Budget Committee (three-year term), the Graduate Council (two-year term) and the Board of Appeals and Review Committee (two faculty for three-year terms, one to replace a member for the 2001-03 term) at its Oct. 8 meeting.

Faculty members who wish to be nominated for the election should contact the Academic Senate office no later than 10 a.m. Wednesday at ext. 8-1264.

For more information on the University Budget Committee, contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or

Find more information on the Graduate Council.

Find more information on the Board of Appeals.

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Volunteers needed for voter registration

The California Faculty Association in cooperation with President Corrigan, the Academic Senate and the SFSU Bookstore, will conduct voter registration on campus Oct. 7 - 21. Faculty and staff volunteers are needed to help register students. The registration tables will be available from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday in front of the Humanities building and the J. Paul Leonard Library.

To sign up for one or two hours of service, contact Jan Gregory at or Eloise McQuown at

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Workshops on detecting plagiarism

In response to faculty requests for assistance in monitoring student use of information from the Internet, SFSU has licensed, a plagiarism detection service. The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching is providing workshops on how to use this service.

Register online.

Find out more about academic integrity.

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Fitness equals wellness

FitnessPlus is a specially designed health and wellness program for faculty and staff. The program offers a variety of on-campus classes including yoga, weight training, cardiokickboxing, swimming and more.

For details, call ext. 8-7874 or visit the Web site.

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Flu vaccine available

Flu shots will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 9, at Student Health Services. The cost is $20.

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This Week

Career events this week

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students in business or humanities to attend two career events. The Business Career Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Students will have the opportunity to network with prospective employers and discuss career and internship opportunities. An orientation for on-campus interviewing will be held from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in Room T-160 of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Find details on the Web.

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Children in America

Joseph Ilick, professor of history, will present a reading and signing of his book "American Childhoods" from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

In "American Childhoods," Illick brings together his own research and a synthesis of literature from a range of disciplines to present the first cross-cultural history of childhood in America.

The book was published in June by University of Pennsylvania Press. Copies can be purchased at the event courtesy of the SFSU Bookstore.

The event is sponsored by the Marian Wright Edelman Institute.

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KQED program about mentally ill homeless

"Hope on the Street," a film about mentally ill homeless persons in San Francisco, will air on KQED-TV at 9 p.m. Friday. The program features five stories that challenge stereotypes about the mentally ill.

The film is the result of a partnership of the College of Extended Learning, through its new Mental Health Education and Workforce Development Initiative, and KQED public television. It was supported by a grant from Sound Partners, the Benton Foundation and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

KQED will host a film premiere of "Hope on the Street" from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in its studio at 2601 Mariposa St. Members of the campus community are invited. RSVP to Sevda Eris at (415) 553-2105. Space is limited.

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Electronic media since Sept. 11

The Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department (BECA) is sponsoring a panel discussion that examines how electronic news media coverage has changed since the events of Sept. 11. The panel will take place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday in Studio 1 of the Creative Arts building.

Panelists include Joe Tuman, professor of speech and communication studies, and broadcast journalists Brian Hackney of KRON-TV, Stan Bunger of KCBS Radio and Janice Gin of KTVU-TV. Marty Gonzalez, associate professor in BECA and co-anchor of KRON-TV's weekend morning news program, organized the event.

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Creating wellness

The Holistic Health Speaker Series presents "Make Health Happen: Training Yourself to Create Wellness" from 12:15 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday in HSS 306. The speaker will be Erik Peper, director of the Institute of Holistic Health Studies, and co-author of a book of the same title with Katherine Gibney and Cathy Holt.

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Richie Havens in concert

Folk music legend Richie Havens will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Tickets are $10 for students and $20 for general admission.

For tickets, call (800) 594-8499 or order online.

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Sunday is Discovery Day

The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC) invites faculty and staff and their families to Discovery Day from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6. RTC is located at 3150 Paradise Dr. in Tiburon. Plenty of free parking is available.

Discovery Day offers a behind-the-scenes look at the scientific research RTC conducts. There will be exhibits and presentations by RTC scientists and students plus science and art-related activities for children.

There will also be a performance by the SFSU Jazz Band and a barbeque prepared by the Tiburon Volunteer Fire Department.

For details, contact RTC at ext. 8-3540.

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Planning the new J. Paul Leonard Library

The Academic Senate and University Librarian Deborah Masters have arranged a number of opportunities for faculty members to engage in small-group brainstorming about what they would like to see in the expanded and remodeled Library.

Six sessions are currently scheduled:

Collaboratory sessions:

All sessions will be held in the Collaboratory, BH 229. Participants should plan to arrive on time so that they can learn to use the Collaboratory planning and brainstorming software. Please don't come late unless you have previous experience in the Collaboratory.

Discussion sessions at the University Club:

Participants are welcome to bring food or drinks to the University Club meetings. Those with overlapping obligations are free to arrive late or leave early.

Faculty should think about the following questions to aid the discussions:

1. What is your ideal vision of the Library of the future? What attributes or characteristics would you like it to possess? How will it best serve your students? How will it best serve your own needs?

2. When you come to the Library building, what do you typically do or use? In answering this question think not only about Library collections, services and facilities, but also about the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET) and AudioVisual/Instructional Television Center (AV).

3. Are there services not currently (or adequately) available through the Library/CET/AV that would draw you into using the building more than you do now?

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