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Volume 51, Number 9   October 13, 2003         

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Excellent teachers
Paul Beckman, professor of information systems, will speak on "Excellence in Teaching" at noon Tuesday in room 202 of the Business building.

This event is part of the College of Business Research Roundtable series. For details, contact Sally Baack at ext. 8-6421.

Disability and America
Paul Longmore, professor of history, will read from "Why I Burned my Book," a work that explores disability and identity in America, at 3 p.m. Tuesday in "The Cellar" of the Bookstore.

Flu shots available

The Student Health Service will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. Flu shots will be available for $20; bone density testing for $18. Other free screenings and services will be available.

For details, contact Eva Wise at ext. 8-2574.

Study abroad fair
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend a study abroad fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday on the Main Lawn.

The event is sponsored by the International Education Exchange Council and Office of International Programs.

For details, see

Universal Design
in the City

Professor Ralf Hotchkiss of Whirlwind Wheelchair Inc. and Design and Industry Department Chair Ricardo Gomes will lead a discussion on universal design in San Francisco from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Verducci Room of the University Club.

The program is part of the San Francisco Urban Institute's brown bag discussion series.

A civil summer in Mexico
Teresa Carrillo, professor of Raza Studies, and eight students who traveled to Mexico with her this summer, will talk about their experiences from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday in Room 116 of the Psychology building. The group will discuss the newly emerging Mexican civil society, and the role of feminist, housing,
environmental, Zapatista and human rights activists in this society.

All about the Bookstore
The Bookstore invites faculty members and academic department coordinators to Bookstore 101, a welcome reception and informal informational forum, from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in "The Cellar," the lower level of the Bookstore. Refreshments will be served.

Thailand's Dugongs

Ellen Hines, assistant professor of geography and human environmental studies, will present "The Conservation of Dugongs along the Andaman Coast of Thailand" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday in room 361 of the HSS building.

The U.S. and Europe
Angelika von Wahl, assistant professor of political science, and Andrei Tsygankov, assistant professor of international relations, will discuss "The United States and European Relations after Sept. 11" from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday in room 133 of the Humanities building. The event is part of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' course on the United States and the world in the 21st century and is open to faculty, staff, students and the general public.

University Budget Committee meets

The University Budget Committee will meet from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Friday in room 560 of the Administration building.

Coming Up
A novel reading

Jessica Hagedorn, author of the National Book Award nominated-novel "Dogeaters," will read from her new novel "Dream Jungle" 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in the University Club.

The event is sponsored by the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center and PACE (Pilipino American Collegiate Endeavors).

Defensive driver training
Defensive driver training sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday, Oct. 20, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 23. Classes are held in the Plant Operations Training Room at the Corporation Yard and filled on a first-come first-served basis.

R.S.V.P. to ext. 8-1449.

Sexual identity and
the Middle East
The documentary "I EXIST: Voices of the Lesbian and Gay Middle Eastern Community" will be screened at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 22, in room 133 of the Humanities building. A panel discussion follows.

The event is sponsored by Prevention Education Programs. For details, contact Bita Shooshani at ext. 5-3953 or

Mystic letters
Ronald Kiener, associate professor of religion and director of the Jewish Studies Program at Trinity College, will discuss "Multimedia Letter Mysticism in Early Kabbalah" noon Thursday, Oct. 23, in room one of the University Club.

The event is part of the Academica Judaica lecture series, sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program and the Philosophy Department.

Canadian Multiculturalism
Danielle Juteau, professor of sociology and chair of Ethnic Studies at University of Montreal, will present "The Serpent Bites Its Tail: or, How Recent Critiques of Canadian Multiculturalism Meet with the Past!" from 2:10 to 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in room 473 of the Humanities Building.

The event is part of the Foreign Language Colloquium Series and co-sponsored by the departments of Women Studies and Foreign Languages and Literatures.

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Celebrate faculty promotions
Faculty who were granted tenure or received promotion for the 2003-04 academic year will be honored at a campus-wide celebration hosted by President Corrigan and the Office of Academic Affairs from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the University Club. The entire campus community is invited to attend. Refreshments will be served.

For a complete list of faculty tenure/promotions, see: (Adobe Acrobat required).

Don't miss Thursday's Benefits Faire
Human Resources will hold its 22nd annual Benefits Faire from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, on the first and second floors of the Administration building. Learn about health plan changes for 2004, meet with representatives of medical, dental and vision plans, and more. Representatives from the Benefits, Employment, Payroll, Environmental Health and Occupational Safety and Risk Management offices will be on hand to answer questions.

Open enrollment continues through Oct. 31. Faculty and staff can change health or dental plans, and enroll in such programs as Flex Cash, Flexible Spending Accounts, and Dependent Care and Health Care Reimbursement. Changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2004.

SF State News: Good news and fun events
While CampusMemo will continue to deliver important news to the campus community, for more in-depth stories and expanded events announcements, see SF State News:

Read recent stories on Professor Deborah Tolman's new book award, results of SFSU's voter registration drive, and the federal designation of the Romberg Tiburon Center to lead San Francisco Bay's National Estuarine Research Reserve.

RTP workshops this week and next
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development is offering two workshops for faculty serving on Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) committees.

The first workshop will be held 9 to 11 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, in room 460 of the Administration building. It will provide the basic information that every RTP committee member needs to know and will explore the relationship between advocacy and evaluation in the RTP process.

The second workshop will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Oct. 20, in room 460 of the Administration building. It will provide resources and guidance to faculty in departments that are in the process of, or thinking about developing, RTP criteria.

People on Campus
This month's Insiders include an article by Karen Olson Bruhns on Ecuador's second oldest textile, a book by Sandra Luft on Giambattista Vico and a presentation by Nilgun Ozer on sol-gel deposited electrochromic coatings.

Read the full list of Insiders:

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Deadline for submissions to "Insiders" is the 10th of the month preceding publication. Send submissions to: Please include a contact name and extension.

Rewards for textbook orders
The Bookstore is now processing orders for the winter and spring terms. Faculty who submit their order by Wednesday will receive a 20 percent discount coupon for Bookstore purchases.

Orders can also be placed online at, faxed to ext. 5-0474, or e-mailed to

Be a giving host
The Office of International Programs is seeking volunteers to host an international student or scholar for a Thanksgiving meal on Nov. 27. Hosts may be families or individuals from the campus community who would like to share this holiday with a student from another country who is interested in learning more about U.S. culture and traditions.

Contact Ko Aoshima at ext. 5-3512 or

Blackboard workshops and more
It is not too late to begin using Blackboard this semester. The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET) is offering Blackboard workshops from 9 a.m. to noon Oct. 15, 20, 22, 27 and 29. To register, contact CET at or ext. 5-3537.

Other workshops to help faculty enhance teaching and learning are available on such topics as assessment rubrics and storytelling in the classroom. For details, see:

Academic Senate Action

At its Oct. 8 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Heard a report from Yenbo Wu, director of international programs.
  • Heard a report from Darlene Yee, professor of gerontology, and Jo Volkert, associate vice president for enrollment planning and management, from the Enrollment Management Committee.
  • Approved the calendar forwarded from the Executive Committee regarding Senate meeting times for the spring 2004 semester.
  • Approved a resolution in support of protecting academic programs during times of diminished resources.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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