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Volume 52, Number 12   November 1, 2004           

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Asilomar to feature
poetry slam

Registration forms and proposal submission forms for the January 2005 faculty and staff retreat at Asilomar are available on the Academic Senate Web site at:

For details, contact ext. 8-1264.

One of the highlights of the Asilomar conference will be a poetry slam. Participants may read their own work or poetry written by someone else that relates to any academic discipline, from geometry or English to music or history or more.

For details, including help writing or finding an appropriate piece, contact Elise Earthman at or ext. 8-7440.

International opportunities for faculty
CSU resident director opportunities are now available for faculty members interested in working and living in France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain or Israel (subject to program reinstatement) for an academic year.

In addition, the CSU system is accepting proposals for Wang Faculty Stipends, which provide opportunities for faculty to enhance their research or teaching in Taiwan and the People's Republic of China for a semester or several months.

The deadline to apply for both opportunities is Dec. 1.

For details, contact Johnetta Richards at ext. 8-7589.

Technology grants proposals due
The Office of Academic Affairs is accepting proposals from faculty for mini-grants and assigned time awards. Projects must involve the use of technology to enhance the delivery of both course content and course-related activities. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 5.

To apply, complete the request for proposal form which can be requested at ext. 8-2204, or printed out from the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Web site:

For details, contact Kevin Kelly at or ext. 8-6455.

Thanksgiving hosts needed
The Office of International Programs seeks volunteers to host an international student or scholar for a Thanksgiving meal Thursday, Nov. 25. Hosts may be families or individuals from the campus community who would like to share this holiday with a student from another country interested in learning more about U.S. culture and traditions.

To host a student, contact Mari Kusama Hammersmark at or ext. 5-4115.

Fall textbooks
The Bookstore is beginning to return textbooks to the publishers. Faculty who will be using a book later in the fall semester should inform the Bookstore as soon as possible at or ext. 8-7377 and encourage students to purchase their texts now. Those who know that a book will be used in winter or spring 2005 should submit an order to the Bookstore to ensure the books will be retained.

This Week

Nonprofit agency fair
The Community Involvement Center and Students for Community Service ask faculty and staff to encourage students to attend a nonprofit agency fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 3, and Thursday, Nov. 4, on Malcolm X Plaza.

Defensive driver training

Defensive driver training classes are available from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday. To register, call ext. 8-1449 or e-mail:

Real-time election analysis

The campus community and general public are invited to watch the returns of the Tuesday, Nov. 2, election from 7 to 10 p.m. at Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Political Science faculty members Corey Cook, David Tabb, Robert Smith and Francis Neely will offer real-time analysis moderated by College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean Joel J. Kassiola.

Coming Up
Alternative medicine

A conference titled "The Future of Medicine 2004: Integrating Alternative and Conventional Healthcare in the 21st Century" will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 13, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center.

For details, contact Kenn Burrows at or ext. 8-1897.

International Education Week
The University will celebrate International Education Week Nov. 15-19 with a host of events sponsored by the Office of International Programs and other campus departments. Stay tuned to CampusMemo for more details on the weeklong celebration, or for a sneak preview see:

Ruth King reading
Ruth King, author of "Healing Rage: Making Inner Peace Possible," will give a book reading and signing from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in Rosa Parks B of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The event is sponsored by Counseling and Psychological Services' Prevention Education Programs and the Office of International Programs. For details and to R.S.V.P., contact Bita Shooshani at or ext. 5-3953.

Mexico reality
Teresa Carrillo, associate professor of Raza studies, and seven students who traveled to Mexico last summer will report on their trip from 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16, in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies/Psychology building. The event includes discussion of the struggles of the most active Mexican movements and activists, including feminists, environmentalists, Zapatistas and advocates for housing and human rights.

For details, contact Carrillo at or ext. 8-3028.

SF State News home

Smoke-free campus brochures available

Over the next few days, pocket-sized brochures that explain the campus smoke-free policy will be distributed to students, faculty and staff. The brochures include a map with the nine campus locations where smoking is permitted and will also be available at University offices and lobby areas frequented by visitors or members of the campus community.

The brochures and increased signage University buildings are part of ongoing efforts to build both awareness of the policy and voluntary respect and cooperation.

The Academic Senate passed a resolution April 27 calling for SFSU to become a smoke-free campus with designated smoking areas. The president endorsed the Senate's action and announced the new policy (University Executive Order #04-33: Smoke-Free Campus), effective Aug. 23.

When the new smoke-free campus policy was announced in July, President Corrigan said, "Our hope is to protect all who live, work, study or visit the campus from a major health concern: secondhand smoke."

For additional copies of the brochure, contact Public Affairs and Publications at or ext. 8-1665.

For more information: see

Zingaro named director of Campus Asset and Space Administration
Zelinda Zingaro has been named director of Campus Asset and Space Administration effective Nov. 2. She will report to Vice President for Administration and Finance Leroy M. Morishita.

"President Corrigan, Provost Gemello and I are pleased that Zingaro is willing to take on this expanded role," said Vice President Morishita. "On a campus such as ours -- where construction is always happening, space is at a premium and new projects continue to be planned -- it is important that we have someone who can collaboratively and effectively plan the allocation and usage of space. She brings a wealth of experience to the job, and we look forward to working with her in this new position."

The new Campus Asset and Space Administration unit is being created to streamline project implementation and provide space and facilities planning for new building construction projects, existing projects and future building renovations.

Zingaro will provide leadership and participate on teams that address strategic space and facilities planning and construction. She will work closely with Facilities and Service Enterprises, Capital Planning, Design and Construction, the Division of Information Technology, academic units and college deans to improve campus facilities and space utilization.

Zingaro joins Administration and Finance with extensive campus experience, knowledge and expertise in the areas of space and facilities assessment, planning and space usage and allocation. Most recently, Zingaro held the post of senior project manager for space management in Academic Affairs.

She can be reached at or ext. 8-7164.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room in the Seven Hills Conference Center.

The Senate agenda includes: a report from Oswaldo Garcia on the Task Force on Graduate Program Review, a report from Kenneth Paap, associate vice president of research and sponsored programs; a report from Provost John Gemello and Vice President for Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita on the budget; proposed revisions to the University Promotions Policy; and a resolution in support of International Education Week.

Athletics Hall of Fame inducts ten
The Department of Athletics inducted ten former Gator student-athletes into its Hall of Fame Saturday, Oct. 23. A record crowd turned out for the event.

The athletes inducted into the Hall of Fame are: Angel Floyd '81 (women's basketball); Steve Glass '87 (baseball); Keith Hazell '84 (men's basketball); Lars Jensen '80 (wrestling); Carlos Levexier '87 (wrestling); Kimberly Miller '79 (women's basketball); Larry Quirico '63 (baseball); Milton Rieterman '47 (football); Andrew Steffan '85 (wrestling); and Don Sutton '82 (football).

For short bios of each of the inductees, see the Athletics Web site:

November program discontinuance meetings
The Educational Policies Council (EPC) of the Academic Senate will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in room 587 of the Humanities building to discuss the proposal to discontinue the master and bachelor of arts degrees in Russian.

The EPC will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 23, in room 460 of the Administration building to review the proposal for discontinuance of the NEXA concentration and minor degree.

For details, including guidelines and a rebuttal template, see the Academic Senate Web site:

Academic Administrative Review for Dean Joel Kassiola
The Academic Administrative Review process is now under way for Joel Kassiola, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Questionnaires will be distributed shortly by the Administrative Review Committee (ARC).

Questionnaires may also be picked up in room 455 of the Administration building, obtained by contacting Stephanie Schwartz at, or printed out at:

Individual written responses may be sent to Richard Hoffman, ARC Committee Chair, c/o the Office of the Provost, ADM 455.

The committee will not use any anonymous responses. However, the ARC will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law.

Writing program comments due Wednesday
The University Writing Program Task Force invites comments from the campus community on the recommendations made by three nationally known writing specialists who visited campus last year and evaluated SFSU's writing programs.

An online questionnaire, along with the report and recommendations and other support materials, can be found at:

The task force requests that faculty, staff, students and administrators fill out the questionnaire by Wednesday, Nov. 1.

This month's Newsmakers include John Rogers, associate director of the Public Research institute, on political polls; Robert Smith, professor of political science, on the presidential election; Erna Smith, professor of journalism, on journalist Farai Chideya; David Tabb, professor of political science, on the Internet and the election; President Corrigan on college costs; and Rich DeLeon, professor of political science, on San Francisco's ranked choice voting.

Read the Newsmakers:

STAR of the Month

October STAR of the Month: Robert Smith
Photo of Robert SmithSTAR of the Month Robert Smith, instructional support technician for the Biology Department, brings humor and enthusiasm to his work on campus. Indeed, the two attributes feed off each other. Through his playful, joking manner, Smith both puts people at ease and injects energy into a situation.

"I really like it because it's different every day," said Smith. "That's what makes the job interesting. I enjoy dealing with students, faculty and staff. You have to be very people-oriented to work here -- that's the part I really enjoy."

Smith provides support for the front counter of the Biology stock room. He provides faculty, staff and students with many of the things they need for classes and labs -- such as audiovisual equipment, chemicals, rubber gloves and pipettes.

He also helps maintain the inventory of the stock room, often following up on orders that are late or incorrect.

"Robert Smith is an unsung hero who has served SFSU in many ways," said John Hafernik, chair of the Biology Department. "He is committed to helping students and faculty succeed in any way that he can. He is loved and respected throughout the Department of Biology for his hard work and great sense of humor."

Smith began his SFSU career more than 25 years ago. After obtaining a bachelor of arts degree in art and a teaching credential from CSU Hayward, he taught first grade and kindergarten, but he soon grew tired of wondering at the end of every school year if funding would be available to hire him back in the fall. He began looking for more stable work and found it on campus in the Registrar's Office.

Starting out, one of Smith's main duties was to use his art skills to design and order forms such as grade reports. This was in the days before desktop publishing so he actually sketched out the forms on graph paper. He also worked on special projects for the office, one of his favorites resulting from the budget crisis of the early '90s. Smith helped students who couldn't get into courses on campus find classes at other colleges such as City College of San Francisco.

Smith joined the Biology Department eight years ago, and after almost three decades of work on campus is considering retiring soon. He still creates art -- mainly wood carving -- and would like to have more time to work on it. And perhaps return to school for a master's degree in art.

A resident of Cloverdale, Smith also enjoys working on his beige '67 Volkswagen Beetle.

Nominate a staff STAR:


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