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Volume 51, Number 8   October 6, 2003         

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Textbook orders
due next week

The Bookstore is now processing orders for the winter and spring 2004 terms. Faculty who submit their order by Wednesday, Oct. 15, will receive a 20 percent discount coupon for Bookstore purchases.

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

Reward a student interested in
social change

Application forms for two $1,000 Marjorie Hefter Stern Scholarships -- one for undergraduates, one for graduates -- are available in the offices of the dean of the College of Humanities, room 484 of the Humanities building, and in the Women Studies Department office, room 315 of the Humanities building. SFSU students majoring in any subject may apply, but preference at the undergraduate level will be given to students majoring in women studies, labor studies or other programs examining social change. The scholarship donor is especially interested in encouraging women to continue their education. Know a student deserving of this award? Please pass this information on to him or her.

All applications must be returned to the College of Humanities office by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5.

Borders offers faculty/ staff discounts
Borders Stonestown invites faculty and staff to take advantage of its Educator Appreciation Days on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Save 25 percent on books, DVDs, CDs, calendars and more. Electronics and video games will be discounted at 10 percent. There will be free coffee and tea, raffles and a special grand prize drawing. Show your SFSU ID to receive the discount.

The discount excludes previous purchases, gift cards, periodicals, comics, special orders not in stock and shipping.

Recycling changes
SFSU in-door recycling containers have been moved. Beverage containers are now in building restrooms and mixed paper containers are located in department offices and mailrooms.

For details, call ext. 8-1947.

America's founders
Jacob Needleman, professor of philosophy, will read from his book "American Soul" at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, in "The Cellar," the lower level of the Bookstore.

This is your life,
Hazel Dickens

Bluegrass artist Hazel Dickens and labor folklorist Archie Green will explore the lifework of Dickens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Admission is free.

For details, call (415) 564-4010.

The event is sponsored by the Labor Archives and Research Center, the Poetry Center and Associated Students Performing Arts.

Iraq, a first-hand account

Gary Selnow, professor of business, will discuss "Challenges to Nation-building in Iraq: A First-hand Account" 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.

Russian Quartet
to perform

The Morrison Artists Series continues with a performance by the Kopelman Quartet at 3 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 12, in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Comprised of four graduates of the prestigious Moscow Conservatory, the quartet will perform Schubert's String Quartet No. 12 (Quartettsatz) and No. 14 (Death and the Maiden), and Shostakovich's String Quartet No. 3. Admission is free.

Coming Up
San Francisco
and accessibility

Professor Ralf Hotchkiss of Whirlwind Wheelchair Inc. and Design and Industry Department Chair Ricardo Gomes will lead a discussion on universal design (UD) in San Francisco from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in the Verducci Room of the University Club.

Universal design is the design of products and environments that are usable by all people at the highest capacity and lowest possible cost. Find out how UD is implemented and what obstacles designers face in San Francisco.

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

Bookstore 101
The Bookstore invites faculty members and academic department coordinators to Bookstore 101, a welcome reception and informal forum for bookstore information, from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 15, in "The Cellar," the lower level of the Bookstore. Have questions about submitting a textbook adoption or ordering a reader? Want to better understand how to control textbook costs for your students? Looking for a special deal on a new computer or computer software? The Bookstore will be prepared to answer these questions and more. Refreshments will be served.

More defensive driver training classes
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.

SF State News home

SF State News: week in review
What did SF State News readers learn last week? The recent voter registration efforts netted 50 percent more registered voters than last year. Asian American Studies Professor Danilo Begonia led a group of students to the Philippines over the summer where they witnessed an attempted coup. Jesse Jackson visited campus last week to rally opposition to Proposition 54. And the legendary "man with a sax" at Giants homes games is an alum.

All these items -- plus more news, events, photos and sightings of University people and programs in the press -- can be found at:

New associate dean of human relations appointed
The Office of Human Relations is pleased to announce the appointment of Susan Sung as associate dean of human relations: academic programs and initiatives. In addition to addressing human relations on campus, Sung will participate in a range of important strategic plans and programs, including support to the diversity initiatives that are being developed by the Commission on University Strategic Planning (CUSP II). She will also provide leadership in expanding the Office's role in alternative dispute resolution.

A professor of social work, Sung has previously served as chair of Women Studies, acting director of the School of Social Work, director of the Multicultural Institute of Social Work Practice and Research, and associate dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Her professional interests include multicultural approaches to pedagogy and learning, cross-cultural approaches to social research, and global perspectives on higher education.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
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 International Programs Director Yenbo Wu on International Education Week; a report from Gerontology Professor Darlene Yee and AVP for Enrollment Planning and Management Jo Volkert on the Enrollment Management Committee's 2002-03 efforts; a recommendation on the Executive Committee meeting schedule for spring 2004; and a resolution on protecting academic programs at SFSU.

Search committee elections
Ballots for election of members to various campus search committees were distributed last week. Return ballots by 5 p.m. Wednesday to the Academic Senate Office, room 551 of the Administration building.

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

Open enrollment in full swing
From now 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. The deadline to return forms is Friday, Oct. 31. Changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2004.

To help faculty and staff make informed decisions about health plans and other benefits programs, 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 the health plan changes for 2004; meet and speak to representatives of health, dental and vision plans, CALPERS Home Loan, Citibank Mortgage, A+ Auto & Home Insurance, some tax shelter companies and much more. Representatives from the Benefits, Employment, Payroll, Environmental Health and Occupational Safety and Risk Management offices will be on hand to answer questions.

Civil Discourse event: 'Better the Pains of Peace'
The University's Civil Discourse programming continues this semester with "Better the Pains of Peace than the Agonies of War" at noon Friday in room 408 of the Humanities building. The program features Ghazi Brigieth, a Palestinian Muslim, and Rami Elhanan, an Israeli Jew, speaking about their personal losses as the result of the Middle East conflict and their work to seek a just and sustainable peace.

All about retention, tenure and promotion
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

Jamal Cooks -- Hip-hop and writing
Photo of Jamal Cooks As a teen-ager growing up in Oakland in the late 1980s, Jamal Cooks was a standout on the track and football teams at Skyline High School. He listened to rap, hung out with friends and all while had his eyes set on the CEO position of a Fortune 500 company.

Business, he thought, now that's where it's at...

Read the full profile on Cooks.


Even marketers dislike telemarketing
Telemarketers are pushing the whole concept of marketing downhill, said Sanjit Sengupta, professor of marketing, in an article that appeared in the Oct. 2 edition of the Contra Costa Times. All that may change if the federal do-not-call list goes into effect, but so far telemarketers are fighting it. Sengupta deplores their methods.

Read the full item on Sengupta and more Newsmakers.

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