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Volume 51, Number 11   October 27, 2003         

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Mayoral forum

The nine San Francisco mayoral candidates will present their ideas and answer questions at a forum from noon to 3 p.m. today in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. The schedule of appearances is: Tom Ammiano (noon), Angela Alioto (12:20), Jim Reid (12:40), Tony Ribera (1:00), Gavin Newsom (1:20), Matt Gonzalez (1:40), Michael Denny (2:00), Roger Schulke (2:20), and Susan Leal (2:40).

The event is sponsored by the Golden Gate [X]press.

The 1965 Chicano protests

Ian Haney Lopez, a law professor at UC Berkeley, will read from his book "Racism on Trial: The Chicano Fight for Justice" at 2 p.m. Tuesday in "The Cellar" of the Bookstore. Haney Lopez's book analyzes the 1965 Chicano protests for better schools and against police brutality in East Los Angeles.

The event is sponsored by the Bookstore and the La Raza Staff and Faculty Association.

A wicker Halloween
The 1973 classic British horror film "The Wicker Man" will be screened at 7:45 p.m. Tuesday in Coppola Theatre of the Fine Arts building. A $2 donation is requested.

The event is co-sponsored by Associated Students, Cinema Department, International Education Exchange Council, and Office of International Programs.

Storytelling in
the classroom

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching invites faculty to attend a workshop on how to effectively use storytelling in the classroom. The workshop will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in room 433 of the Library.

To register, e-mail or call ext. 5-3537.

Religion and the media
The campus community is invited to a forum on "The Coverage of Religion in the U.S. News Media: A Faith-based Perspective" from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building. Religious leaders and scholars will discuss how the media covers faith, religion and spirituality.

Speakers include Fred Astren, professor of Jewish Studies, Melissa Nelson, assistant professor of American Indian Studies, the Rev. Sally Bingham, founder and director of the Regeneration Project and Environmental Minister at Grace Cathedral, Hamid Mayani, director of the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, and the Rev. Heng Sure, Institute for World Religions at Berkeley Buddhist Monastery.

The event is sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists and SFSU's Center for the Integration and Improvement of Journalism.

The U.S. and Africa

Aguibou Yansane, professor of international relations and Black Studies, Edna Wangui, assistant professor of geography and human environmental studies, and Trevor Getz, associate professor of history, will discuss "The United States, Africa and the War on Terrorism" 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.

They want to
suck your blood

The School of Nursing invites the campus community to donate blood from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday in rooms 374-376 of Burk Hall.

East meets West

Some of the top Vietnamese American writers, poets and choreographers in the country will read and perform their works during a celebration of the arts of Vietnamese America at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Admission is $10 per person.

"East Coast/West Coast II" will feature authors Le thi diem thuy, ("The Gangster We Are All Looking For”}; Monique T.D. Truong, (“Book of Salt”); the young slam poets group Mai Piece; and choreographer director Minh Tran. Tony Bui, writer, producer and award-winning film director of “Three Seasons” will emcee the event.

The event is sponsored by the Vietnamese American Studies Center at SFSU. For details, call ext. 8-2998.

Coming Up
Films explore the
Middle East conflict

The Year of Civil Discourse presents "Exploring the Israeli-Palestinian Issue through Film," featuring six films on the longstanding conflict in the Middle East. The films will be shown Nov. 4-6 and two films will be screened from 3:45 to 7 p.m. each day in room 133 of the Humanities building. Admission is free and open to the public.

A panel that will discuss the films and issues following each screening includes: Fred Astren, professor and director of Jewish Studies; Matthew Shenoda, lecturer of ethnic studies and faculty adviser to the General Union of Palestinian Students; Noura Khoury, co-leader of the SFSU Jewish-Palestinian Dialogue group; and Seth Brysk, director of San Francisco Hillel. History Professor Jerald Combs will serve as moderator.

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to enroll in Cinema 325 Section 6, and earn one unit of course credit for watching all six films and writing a paper about it.

For a complete schedule and list of films, see:

The Multicultural North
Danielle Juteau, professor of sociology and chair of Ethnic Studies at the 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 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.

Divinity in language
Sandra Rudnick Luft, professor of humanities, will speak on "The Creative Word: Vico on the Divinity of Human Language" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the de Bellis Collection on the sixth floor of the Library. Luft is the author of a recent book which radically reinterprets the work of 18th century philosopher Giambattista Vico.

The event is sponsored by the Frank V. de Bellis and the Friends of the Library.

Reading the SF
mayoral election

The San Francisco Urban Institute invites the campus community to a discussion on "Reading the Mayoral Election Results" from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in room 219 of the HSS building. The discussion, which will be led by Calvin Welch of the San Francisco Information Clearinghouse, is part of the Urban Institute's course "San Francisco: The Politics of Development, Housing and Jobs."

SF State News home

Celebrate faculty promotions Tuesday
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).

For an HTML version, see:

Friday is open enrollment deadline
The open enrollment period for faculty and staff benefits programs ends Friday, 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.

For details, see the Human Resources Web site:

Missed Michael Moore? See SF State News
If you missed last Monday's event with political humorist Michael Moore, check out the coverage on SF State News: You'll also find stories on alum Paul Butler and adjunct faculty member Geoff Marcy's recent award from Discover magazine, the vivid computer-generated art of grad student Shirley Shor, and the latest issue of The Black Studies Journal.

Read the Michael Moore story:

Charitable campaign kicks off
The California State Employee Charitable Campaign is starting. University employees will receive a pledge form with their pay checks on Thursday, Oct. 30. Pledge forms must be returned via campus mail or in person to Human Resources, room 252 of the Administration building, or Public Affairs, room 110 of the Lakeview Center, by Monday, Dec. 1.

Employees can make a one-time donation or a monthly contribution through payroll deduction. Gifts can be directed to specific organizations (SFSU's code is 70555) or allowed to go into the Bay Area fund that supports local charities.

On the right track: Head Start thrives
In the five years since the University won federal designation to manage Head Start operations in San Francisco, the program has improved dramatically, showing a 21 percent increase in the number of children served throughout the City and more services offered to families.

"We're doing many creative things here that are not being done elsewhere," said Jean van Keulen, executive director of San Francisco Head Start and a longtime SFSU education professor," she said. "We've become the beacon Head Start program for the nation."

Through contracts with San Francisco childcare agencies and providers, 1,404 Head Start children, ages 3- to 5-years-old, now receive free full-day, year-round services. The arrangement allows parents who are moving from welfare to work to attend school or job training knowing that their children are in safe, nurturing environments preparing them for school. In addition, the Early Head Start Program, which assists pregnant women, infants and toddlers, includes slots for 64 children that are part of the overall total number of youngsters served.

President Robert A. Corrigan calls the Head Start program "an inspiring, national example'' of what can be achieved when a community-oriented university and a receptive community pool talents and resources. More than 30 agencies partner with Head Start to provide health, social, nutritional and educational services for children.

During a visit to a center last month, Sen. Barbara Boxer, impressed with the improvements, bestowed her highly prestigious Excellence in Education award to the Head Start program.

See the SF State News story for more on SFSU and Head Start:

Read President's Corrigan's comments on the five-year anniversary:

Academic Senate nomination needed
The Academic Senate seeks nominations for one at-large senator to serve on the Executive Committee through the spring 2004 term. The Senate is losing a member, Penelope Warren of Counseling and Psychological Services, who retires next month. She will be sorely missed, but the Senate wants to wish her luck, happiness, and thanks for her years of service.

Direct nominations to the Academic Senate Office at or room 551 of the Administration building.

Nominations requested for service learning awards
The Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) is calling for nominations to recognize one faculty member, one partnering community organization, and one SFSU student from each college for their outstanding participation in community service learning in the San Francisco community.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21. For forms and award criteria, contact Rosa Terrazas at ext. 8-3867 or or visit the OCSL Web site:

People on Campus
SFSU was awarded an additional $249,982 in May, $94,464 in June, and $1,560,088 in July.

Read the list of grants and contracts:

Are students learning what they should?

Faculty are invited to a workshop led by Mary Allen, faculty director of the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning, on "Rubrics That Work" from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 7, in room 434 of the Library. The workshop will help faculty develop tools that assess student learning of the course material.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, to ext. 8-7615 or

The event is sponsored by the offices of Academic Planning and Assessment and Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching.

Carry away a card catalog cabinet
The Friends of the Library have several 60-drawer card catalog units available (a donation is requested). The cabinets are on display in the south hallway of the Library's fourth floor and near the "Q" section on the first floor.

To claim a cabinet, post your name and phone number on your choice, and contact Suzanne Taylor at ext. 8-2408 or or stop by the Friends of the Library office on the sixth floor.

Claimants are responsible for transporting the cabinets. A dolly is available.

Help students maintain academic integrity
Faculty members are encouraged to refer students to a new workshop on academic integrity. It will demonstrate how to use the plagiarism detection service, avoid plagiarism, and access writing resources and information on proper use of copyrighted material. No prior registration is necessary.

Workshops will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 13, and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 19, in room 433 of the Library.

Faculty members: not familiar with but interested in using it? Find out how at a workshop for faculty. Workshops will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, in room 433 of the Library.

To register, e-mail or call ext. 5-3537.

For details, visit:

Reminders from the S.A.F.E. place
Did you know that more students seek help on campus for domestic violence during midterms and finals? Faculty and staff should let students know that help is available at the S.A.F.E. Place in room 205 of the Student Services building. Drop by and pick up information and a purple ribbon that shows you support efforts to prevent interpersonal violence and aid its victims.

The S.A.F.E Place is collecting hygiene items for women, children and infants to help battered women and children at the Center for Domestic Violence Prevention, which serves San Mateo County. Drop items off at the S.A.F.E. Place by Friday.

For details, see or call ext. 8-2819.

Academic Senate Action

At its Oct. 21 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Heard a report from Johnetta Richards, CSU representative for international programs, regarding international partnership opportunities for faculty.
  • Heard a report from Jonathan Rood, associate vice president of the Division of Information Technology, regarding the handling of e-mail spam.
  • Heard and approved a report from Darlene Yee, professor of gerontology, and Jo Volkert, associate vice president for enrollment planning and management, on the Enrollment Management Committee.
  • Heard a report from Statewide Academic Senators Jan Gregory and Eunice Aaron.
  • Heard a report from Jim Orenberg, chair of the Ad Hoc Summer Semester Review Committee, regarding a survey of faculty and students from the summer 2003 session.
  • Heard and approved a revision to the bachelor of science in biochemistry.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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