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Volume 52, Number 14   November 15, 2004           

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Asilomar registration
ends soon

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

The deadline to register is Friday, Nov. 19.

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

International work
for faculty

Faculty interested in applying for CSU resident director opportunities or Wang Faculty Stipends should apply by Wednesday, Dec 1. Both of these programs provide opportunities for faculty to pursue work and teaching in a variety of international settings.

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

Fee-waiver applications
Employee and dependent fee-waiver applications and information for the spring 2005 semester are now available in Human Resources, room 252 of the Administration building. Beginning Monday, Nov. 15, eligible employees may submit their fees and applications to the Bursar/Cashier's Office, room 155 of the Administration building. Dependent fee-waiver participants should continue to submit their applications directly to Human Resources.

See the Human Resources homepage for updates:

For details, including eligibility requirements, call ext. 8-2678 or e-mail Jackie Bender at

Catastrophic leave program
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program, which allows employees to donate vacation or sick-leave credits each fiscal year to other employees who have experienced a catastrophic illness or injury, exhausted their own accrued leave credits and are totally incapacitated from work. Catastrophic illness or injury may also include an incapacitated member of the employee's immediate family.

At the time of request, the employee or a colleague initiates a "campaign" for individual donations. Faculty and staff may donate to an individual during a personal campaign and/or to the Catastrophic Leave Bank. All excess donations to a personal campaign that are not used by the employee will revert to the Catastrophic Leave Bank unless Human Resources is notified otherwise.

The maximum number of hours that an individual can donate in a fiscal year is determined by one's collective bargaining identification unit. For more information or to donate leave to the bank, see the Human Resources homepage:

CIC food drive
The Community Involvement Center (CIC) will host a canned and nonperishable food drive Nov. 22-24 in cooperation with the Salvation Army. Drop off items in the collection bin in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. CIC, located in the Gymnasium Courtyard, also has information about various volunteer opportunities over the holidays.

Toy drive
The Stay-In-School Family Resource Center (SISFRC) will hold a toy drive from Nov. 15 to Dec. 6 to benefit the low-income children and inner-city youth who will attend the center's first annual holiday party Dec. 11.

Donations should be appropriate for infants through early teens and can come in the form of new and unwrapped toys, gift wrap, gift certificates or cash donations. Drop off donations in the SISFRC office, room 120 of the HSS building, or arrange for a pick-up.

For details, e-mail or call ext. 5-0410.

Jim Van Ness retirement
After 35 years of service, Jim Van Ness, internal auditor, is retiring. The campus community is invited to celebrate his contributions to the University at a party from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 2, at the University Club. A donation of $20 is suggested for a gift and refreshments.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, Nov. 19, to Irene Donner ext. 8-2763.

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Celebrate International Education
SFSU will join college campuses around the world Nov. 15-20 in celebrating the fifth annual International Education Week with a host of lectures, film screenings, panel discussions, workshops and more. The Office of International Programs (OIP) invites the campus community to attend.

A reception to kick off the celebration and welcome international students will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 15, in the Vista Room. OIP and the Office of the President will host the event.

Other events include:

  • "Francesco Petrarca: A Celebration of His Poetry." A reading of works by the poet in celebration of the 700th anniversary of his birth. 12:15 p.m., Monday, Nov. 15. de Bellis Collection, sixth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library.
  • "Globalization of the Wine Industry." Susan Cholette, assistant professor of decision sciences, will discuss how the forces of globalization and other market trends are changing wine production worldwide. 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. Cesar Chavez Student Center, room T-143.
  • "Classical Greece in Modern Greek Poetry." Thanasis Maskaleris, emeritus professor of comparative literature and creative writing and founding director of the Center for Modern Greek Studies, will present his fourth annual lecture on mythology and literature. 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 16. Humanities building, room 587.
  • "A Day in the Life of a Diplomat." A panel of professional diplomats from various consular offices in San Francisco will discuss their jobs. 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 17. Humanities building, room 133.

In addition, internationally themed lunches at the Vista Room will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. from Monday, Nov. 15, to Thursday, Nov. 18. Lunches cost $13. For reservations, call ext. 8-6067. The lunches are sponsored by the departments of Hospitality Management and Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics.

For details and a complete list of International Education Week events, call OIP at ext. 8-1293 or visit:

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 on the suspension of the clinical lab sciences internship program; a proposal to discontinue the bachelor of science degree in industrial technology; a proposal to discontinue the master of arts degree in Russian; and a proposal to discontinue the bachelor of arts degree in Russian.

NEXA discontinuance meeting
The Educational Policies Council (EPC) of the Academic Senate 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:

Charitable campaign continues
Don't let California State Employee Charitable Campaign forms gather dust on your desk or become buried in your inbox. The pledge form distributed with the October paycheck can be used to make a one-time donation or an ongoing contribution as small as $2 per month. Forms should be returned to Human Resources in room 252 of the Administration building or University Advancement, room 203 of the Lakeview Center.

Questions? Concerns? Check out the SFSU CSECC campaign page at:

For details, contact Inez Bomar at or ext. 8-2517.

Flu vaccines available
The Student Health Service has a modest number of flu vaccines for high-risk staff and faculty. The flu vaccine is available for high risk persons on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Wednesdays and from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. Fridays up until the Thanksgiving break. The cost of the vaccine is $20.

The Center for Disease Control parameters for high-risk persons are available at the Student Health Service Web site:'s new/flu_vaccine.htm

This month's Insiders include a Smithsonian lecture by Dawn Mabalon, assistant professor of history on Filipino-American women; a book on the Cold War and grassroots politics edited by Robert W. Cherny, professor of history, and William Issel, professor of history; California State Senate testimony on prescription drugs delivered by Ramon Castellblanch, assistant professor of health education; and the appointment of Edward J. Carpenter, professor of biology, as a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.

Read the Insiders:

Possible peace

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.

Report on Mexico trip

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 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.

Richard Oakes celebration

The Richard Oakes Multicultural Center presents a celebration from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The event includes cultural presentations, film screenings, speakers from the Ohlone tribe and presentations on the Red Power movement and the occupation of Alcatraz.

For details, contact Aimee Barnes at ext. 5-0700.

The event is also sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts and the Student Kouncil of Intertribal Nations.

Post-election debriefing
Political Science Professors Richard DeLeon, Francis Neely and Robert Smith will facilitate a roundtable discussion on "Why Did the President Win? A Post-Election Analysis and Debriefing" from 12:30 to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday in room 361 of the HSS building.

The event is part of the BSS Faculty Brown Bag Research Lunch Series.

Presidential campaign analysis
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' class/public lecture series on the presidential elections continues this week with post-election analysis by Political Science faculty members Richard DeLeon, David Tabb and Corey Cook from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

For details, see:

Children's dance concert

The New Moves Children's Dance Concert will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. The event features original choreography developed by SFSU dance majors and performed by children from Visitacion Valley's Boys and Girls Club, Rover After School Program and John McLaren Elementary School. Admission is free.

The event is sponsored by the San Francisco Urban Institute and Office of Community Service Learning.


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