San Francisco State UniversityWeb A-ZFind it Fast

Volume 51, Number 7   September 29, 2003         


Study abroad fair

More than 40 organizations specializing in study, work and travel abroad programs will staff booths from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday on the Quad in front of Malcolm X Plaza. The Office of International Programs asks faculty and staff to encourage students to stop by and learn about the wide variety of available opportunities.

For details, see:

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.

Faculty tenure and promotion panel
The California Faculty Association's Faculty Rights Panel will present a workshop on retention, tenure and promotion at 4 p.m. Wednesday in room 1 of the University Club.

The panel will review the process of completing retention, tenure and promotion requirements and discuss strategies for success. Participants are encouraged to bring their department's RTP policy and criteria document if the department has one.

For details and to R.S.V.P., contact the CFA at or ext. 8-6232.

Asian Americans and sex

Amy Lam, a doctoral student in health psychology at UC San Francisco, will present "Asian Americans and Sex: Breaking the Model Minority Stereotype" from 10:30 a.m. to noon Thursday in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The presentation, based on research Lam conducted among Asian and white American women on four Northern California campuses, examines the sexual attitudes, behaviors and communication patterns of Asian American students.

Space is limited. R.S.V.P. to Michael Ritter at

The event is sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services, the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center and AIDS Coordinating Committee.

The U.S. and the
Middle East conflict

Lucia Volk, assistant professor of anthropology; Dwight Simpson, professor of international relations; and Fred Astren, professor of Jewish studies, will discuss "The United States and the Middle East Conflict since September 11—and the Future" 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.

Celebrate Visitacion Valley
The San Francisco Urban Institute invites faculty and staff and their families to help "Celebrate Visitacion Valley" from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Visitacion Valley Playground at Leland Avenue and Cora Street in San Francisco. There will be story telling, free food, face painting, science activities, and music, poetry and dance performances. Participants are also invited to tour the brand new Visitacion Valley Recreation and Park Clubhouse.

Discover the Romberg Tiburon Center

The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC) opens its doors to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday for its annual "Discovery Day on the Bay" festival.

Discovery Day offers a behind-the-scenes look at the scientific research conducted at the Center, which is the only academic research institute on the Bay. In addition to exhibits and presentations by RTC scientists and students there will be science- and art-related activities for children, a performance by the SFSU Jazz Band, and barbecue prepared by the Tiburon Volunteer Fire Department (cost is $5). There is plenty of free parking on site at 3150 Paradise Dr. in Tiburon.

For directions and more information, visit the RTC Web site at or call ext. 8-6063.

Coming Up
Needleman on
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 SFSU Bookstore.

Appalachian singer
Hazel Dickens

Bluegrass artist Hazel Dickens and labor folklorist Archie Green will explore the lifework of Dickens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 8, 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.

Kopelman Quartet performs
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.

About CampusMemo
CampusMemo provides news, information and on-campus events listings to the faculty and staff of SFSU.

CampusMemo is published weekly during the school year by the Office of Public Affairs. This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Contact Public Affairs at the number listed below. Submissions are welcome. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Tuesday the week preceding publication. Items may be sent via e-mail:, faxed to ext. 8-1498, or sent through campus mail to: CampusMemo, Office of Public Affairs, Lakeview Center 110. Please direct any questions to the e-mail address above, or call ext. 8-1665.

To send events: call ext. 8-1665 or send e-mail to

Two opportunities to hear budget update
The President's Office and Academic Senate invite all faculty and staff to attend one of two town hall meetings for the latest news about the CSU and SFSU budgets. There will be a question and answer period.

The meetings will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building.

Vice President for Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita will give a brief budget summary. Morishita, President Robert A. Corrigan and Provost John Gemello will respond to questions. The format of the meetings emphasizes exchange and the days and times have been chosen to fit the greatest range of schedules.

Recreation and Leisure Studies fund-raiser
"Rethinking Leadership," a fund-raiser for the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department and Pacific Leadership Institute, will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 17, at Landmark Building A in the Fort Mason Center, San Francisco. Tickets are $25 and are available at the door.

Fund-raiser participants will learn to use games and activities that foster teamwork and build leadership and communication skills. Highlights of the night include demonstrations of such games as "Switch, Change and Rotate" and "Zip, Zap, Zoe" which are used in Pacific Leadership Institute programs and designed to encourage use of positive communication techniques.

A variety of items will be auctioned, including artwork, fine wines, outdoor adventure trips and sporting event tickets.

For details, contact the Pacific Leadership Institute at ext. 5-3737 or visit

Think spring -- Faculty textbook orders due soon
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. Faculty members who taught a winter or spring 2003 course should have received a requisition form in their campus mailbox. Indicate any changes, then sign and return the form to the Bookstore.

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

Workshops for RTP committee members
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. Facilitated by Jane Bernard-Powers, professor of elementary education; Helen Gillotte-Tropp, professor of English; and Marilyn Verhey, acting dean of faculty affairs, 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. Facilitated by Verhey and Michael Goldman, professor of biology, it will provide resources and guidance to faculty in departments that are in the process of or thinking about developing RTP criteria.

September = EOP month
The California State Legislature recently approved a measure that declares September "Educational Opportunity Program Month" and expresses the Legislature's appreciation for accomplishments of EOP and EOPS (Extended Opportunity Programs and Services) in the UC, CSU and community college systems. SFSU's EOP has been active since 1968.

FitPlus instructor offers SFSU-centric kayak event
Laura Brands, a FitnessPlus yoga instructor and kayak leader, has organized two discounted Sea Trek kayak events specifically for SFSU faculty, staff and their family and friends. The first event takes place from 5 to 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, and includes dinner and an evening paddle along the Sausalito waterfront. Cost is $75 per adult and $50 for kids under the age of 16. The second event takes place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, and includes a sunset Sausalito paddle. Cost is $50 per adult and $30 for kids under the age of 16.

For details and to register, contact Sea Trek at (415) 332-8494.

Academic Senate Action

At its Sept. 23 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Heard a report from new CSU trustee Kathy Kaiser, a sociology professor at CSU Chico.
  • Heard a report on the budget from Provost John Gemello.
  • Heard and approved a proposed revision to the M.A. in art.
  • Passed a resolution in favor of the Kindergarten-University Education Facilities Bond Act.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:






































San Francisco State University Home     Search     Need Help?    

1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 415/338-1111
Last modified September 29, 2003, by the Office of Public Affairs