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Volume 52, Number 11   October 25, 2004         

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Destination Asilomar

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.

SFSU dean searches
Academic Affairs is conducting administrative searches for dean of the College of Business and the dean of the College of Health and Human Services. Search Committee membership lists and descriptions for the two positions are posted on the Faculty Affairs Web site:

For details, contact Stephanie Schwartz at or ext. 8-2571.

Gerontology at SFSU
Ann Hallum, dean of graduate studies, and Gerontology Program faculty invite members of the campus community to participate in discussions about the future of gerontological education at SFSU. Faculty members who have an interest and/or expertise in aging are especially encouraged to participate by serving as members of a task force or as members of a discussion group that will forward information to the task force.

If you are interested, please send your name, contact information and area of interest to Julia Keller-McIntyre at:

Know future CSU faculty?
Applications are now available in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, room 451 of the Administration building, for the CSU Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Incentive Program.

The program aims to increase the pool of individuals with the qualifications, motivation and skills to teach the diverse student body in the CSU by providing loans to doctoral students of up to $10,000 per year up to a total of $30,000. The loan will be canceled (forgiven) at a rate of 20 percent for each year of service rendered as a full-time instructional faculty member in the CSU after completion of the Ph.D. Faculty and staff are encouraged to let qualified, motivated students know about this program.

Applications are due Friday, Feb. 11, 2005.

Collaboratory classes
Enhance student participation in class discussions, encourage critical thinking and collaboration, and promote active student learning by holding a class session in the Collaboratory. To reserve a session, contact Desiree Oliver at, ext. 5-3540, or room 435 of the Library. For details and a registration calendar see:

Gator history questions answered
How did we get the Gator as a mascot? Why are SFSU's colors purple and gold? If you have a question about SFSU history or culture, don't be shy. SFSU Magazine is still looking for these kinds of questions from alumni, faculty and staff.

As advertised in the last issue, your question may be answered in the upcoming fall/winter issue of the magazine. So whatever you've wondered about, now's your chance to ask.

Questions may be e-mailed to:

SFSU Magazine encourages reader feedback and also welcomes letters to the editor to the same address.

Online tutorials
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching has launched a Student Learning Resources Web site. The resources include several interactive tutorials, which have been developed as a supplement for faculty. The first tutorial, The Citation Challenge: Demystifying APA and MLA, has been posted. More tutorials will be released on the site later this month and in November.

The tutorials are available at:

For details, contact Jo Tomalin at or ext. 8-1036.

UWA fund-raising cruise
The University Women's Association (UWA) is sponsoring a 12-day cruise from Istanbul to Athens, including stops at many of the Greek Isles. The cruise package includes free airfare, but bookings must be made by Sunday, Oct. 31. Prices begin at $2,550/person (plus taxes and port charges). Prices will go up significantly after the Oct. 31 deadline.

For details and to reserve a spot, contact Tom Fell Sr. of Fell Travel at (800) 321-3355. For a flier about the cruise, contact Lin (Bushart) Ivory at:

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

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Celebrate faculty promotions Tuesday
Faculty who were granted tenure or received promotions for the 2004-05 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. 26, 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:

In memoriam: Randall Nakayama
Photo of Randall NakayamaRandall Nakayama, associate professor of English, died June 22.

Nakayama earned a doctorate from University of California, Berkeley in 1986. He joined the SFSU faculty in 1991 as a specialist in early modern literature with a particular interest in drama and film. His published work includes essays on Shakespeare, Marlowe and Joe Orton, as well as an edition of an anonymous play from 1662 -- "The Life and Death of Mistress Mary Frith, alias Moll Cutpurse."

In addition to teaching courses on Shakespeare and the age of humanism, Nakayama enlivened the English Department curriculum by offering courses such as "Tragedy of Blood, Comedy of Humors," "Gender and Text: 16th Century English Literature," and "Literature and Psychology." He was also very active in the Shakespeare Association of America, delivering many papers at national and international conferences.

A memorial will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25, in room 587 of the Humanities building. All members of the campus community are invited.

Program discontinuance meetings
The Educational Policies Council (EPC) of the Academic Senate will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 26, in room 460 of the Administration building to discuss a proposal to temporarily suspend the Clinical Laboratory Science Internship Program.

The EPC will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 9, in room 460 of the Administration building to discuss the proposal to discontinue the master's and bachelor's 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 more, including guidelines and a rebuttal template, see the Academic Senate Web site:

Last week of open enrollment
During October, faculty and staff can change health or dental plans and enroll in such programs as FlexCash, Flexible Spending Accounts, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA). Forms must be returned by Friday, Oct. 29; changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2005.

Anyone currently enrolled in DCRA and HCRA programs must re-enroll for 2005 during this open enrollment period.

For details, see the Human Resources Web site:

Town meeting on SFSU Athletics
The Task Force on the Future of Athletics at SFSU invites the campus community to a town meeting from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Speakers will be accommodated on a first-come, first-served basis. There will be a two-minute time limit.

The task force is made up of students, including student-athletes; faculty, including a coach; administrators, including the director of athletics; and an alumnus who is a former student-athlete. It is charged with evaluating alternatives for student athletics and recommending a future structure for student athletics consistent with the availability of non state funding.

Those unable to attend the meeting may submit comments via e-mail to task force coordinator Gary Hammerstrom at:

Safe computing
With viruses, spam, worms, pop-ups and spyware running rampant, the danger that computers will be hijacked, overloaded or compromised is high. The Association for Computing Machinery, SFSU Bookstore and Division of Information Technology invite faculty, staff and students to learn about safe computing by visiting an information table that will be stationed near the Cesar Chavez Student Center this week from noon to 5 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday.

In addition, the Bookstore will hold a costume contest for the best computer virus/bug costume at noon Thursday in Malcolm X Plaza.

For more on safe computing, visit:

For details, contact the help desk at or ext. 8-1420.

Request for comments on University writing program
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.

People on Campus
Photo of David HellmanSenior Assistant Librarian David Hellman is trying to rid people of the stereotypes in his profession.

"There's this weird perception about librarians," he says. "People think we have all this time on our hands."

With the door open to his office in the J. Paul Leonard Library, Hellman adds -- in his louder-than-average conversational tone -- that librarians are not quiet, staid types who read all day, only putting their books down to remind customers to keep their voices low. A librarian's job is actually much more complex and busy, he says, noting the many hours spent in teaching roles...

Read the entire profile:

Open-mike event

Performers and listeners are invited to an acoustic music open-mike event from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Depot of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

For details, contact Nina Jo Smith at or ext. 8-2819.

Bio-behavioral research

David Mohr, a candidate for the director of the Bio-behavioral Research Institute, will present a lecture on "Psychosocial Intervention as a Tool in Bio-behavioral Research" from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday in the NEC room on the fifth floor of the Administration building.

A reception for Mohr will be held at 2:30 p.m. in room 302 of the Ethnic Studies/Psychology building.

Presidential campaign
and health care

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' class/public lecture series on the presidential elections continues this week with a discussion of the presidential campaigns and issues related to health care and social welfare from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

Participants include Anoshua Chaudhuri, assistant professor of economics, Roma Guy, lecturer in health education and Deborah LeVeen, professor of urban studies.

For details, see:

Modern Jewish identity

Israeli novelist Orly Castel Bloom will discuss "The Modern Ambiguities of Jewish Identity In and Out of Israel" from 3 to 4:15 p.m. Thursday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The lecture is part of the Academica Judaica series. For details, contact the Jewish Studies Program at or ext. 8-6705.

Halloween blood drive

The School of Nursing invites the campus community to participate in its annual Halloween blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, in room 374 of Burk Hall.
The Bay Area uses more blood than it donates in part because of the many large teaching hospitals in the region. All blood types are needed. Donors must bring some form of identification and should weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good health. It is also advised that donors drink extra water or juice that day and have a snack before donating. Donors will receive one free pass to Six Flags Marine World.

Walk-ins are welcome, or schedule an appointment at:

Coming Up
Defensive driver training

Defensive driver training classes are available from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 1. To register, call ext. 8-1449 or e-mail:

Election returns event
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, Richard DeLeon, Robert Smith and Francis Neely will offer real-time analysis moderated by College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Dean Joel J. Kassiola.

Alternative medicine
A conference titled "The Future of Medicine 2004: Integrating Alternative and Conventional Health-Care 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.

Academic Senate Action

At its Octt. 19 meeting the Academic Senate:

  • Heard a report from Jo Volkert and Darlene Yee, co-chairs of the enrollment management committee;
  • Heard a report from Registrar Suzanne Dmytrenko on the University Identification Number Implementation Committee;
  • Referred the bachelor of science degree industrial technology discontinuance proposal back to the Educational Policies Council;
  • Approved the discontinuance of the bachelor of arts degree in social sciences;
  • Approved proposed revisions to the bachelor of science degree in statistics.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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