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Volume 53, Number 15   November 28, 2005         

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Prof. Heather speaks

Gerard Heather, professor of political science, will speak at 1:15 p.m. Monday in the Rosa Parks Room of the Student Center.

The event is sponsored by the Beta Chapter of the Sixty Plus club.

Combating exclusion

Margit Mayer, a visiting professor in political science, will speak on "Combating Social Exclusion with Empowerment" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 361 of the HSS building. Mayer is a professor of political science at the Freie Universität in Berlin.

The event is part of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' faculty research lecture series.

Creative Writing
faculty reading

Five faculty from the Creative Writing Department will read from new work at 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Bookstore. Participants include Maxine Chernoff, Paul Hoover, Tori Mirosevich, Truong Tran and Barbara Tomash.

For details, call ext. 8-2650.

Elsbernd visits

San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will visit campus at noon Wednesday in room 268 of the HSS building. Members of the campus community are welcome to ask questions relevant to SFSU, District 7 and the city and county of San Francisco. This will be Elsbernd's final campus visit this semester.

The event is sponsored by the Political Science Students' Association, SFSU President's Office and Office of Government Relations.

Social movements
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' lecture series on social justice and equity wraps up this week with a discussion on "Social Change and Diverse Social Movements" from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in the Humanities Auditorium, room 133 in the Humanities building.

Panelists include: Sheila Tully, Anthropology/Labor Studies; Rebecca Toporek, Counseling; Robert Cherny, History; Jean-Marc F. Blanchard, International Relations; Jillian Sandell, Women Studies; and Cyrus Ginwala, Music and Dance.

For details, visit:

Student fashion show

The Student Fashion Association invites the campus community to its winter runway fashion show from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday on Malcolm X Plaza.

A Havana year
Bay Area writer Margot Eve Pepper will discuss her book "Through the Wall: A Year in Havana" at 4 p.m. Thursday in the Bookstore.

For details, call ext. 8-2650.

Coming Up
Final health
equity candidate

George Ayala has withdrawn his application for the Health Equity Initiative director position. The final candidate will instead be David Takeo Takeuchi, professor of sociology and social work at University of Washington. He will give a presentation from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Monday, Dec. 5, in room 460 of the Administration building.

Bookstore reception
The SFSU Bookstore invites faculty and staff to its annual reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 6. During the reception the Bookstore will offer a 20 percent discount on most items in the store as well as complimentary food and drink.

For details, call ext. 8-2665.

'Eyes of a Child'
Cinema student Delphine Suter's award-winning film "Eyes of a Child" will screen at 7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, in the Coppola Theater of the Fine Arts building.

Budget meeting
The University Budget Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16, in the NEC Room of the Administration building. The campus community is welcome to attend.

SF State News home

New Downtown Campus set for 2007
SFSU will have a new presence in downtown San Francisco beginning Jan. 2007. The University will open a new Downtown Campus at the Westfield Centre, the office component of a development under construction at 835 Market St.

The College of Extended Learning and College of Business graduate programs will be moved to the new spaces, which include the historic portion of the building that originally comprised the Emporium department store. SFSU will occupy the entire sixth floor and a portion of the fifth floor.

Huntsman Architectural Group is architect for the project, which will involve creating classrooms, computer labs, faculty offices, conference space, meeting rooms and staff offices.

For more on the Downtown Campus, see the SF State News story:

Honorary degree nominations deadline Nov. 28
The University's 2005-06 Honorary Degree Committee invites all members of the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be conferred at Commencement 2006 in the names of SFSU and the CSU. The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 28.

Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a statement about the candidate and any other materials that would support the nomination. The committee will meet during the next several weeks. Label nominations "Attn: Honorary Degree Committee" and send them to the Academic Senate Office, room 551 of the Administration building.

World AIDS Day at SFSU
The University's commemoration of World AIDS Day will take place from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1.

Events will be held in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center:

10:10 to 11 a.m.: Rita Melendez, Human Sexuality Studies, will discuss "Women of Color and HIV Risk and Treatment."

12:10 to 2:00 p.m.: Derethia DuVal, Counseling and Psychological Services, will screen a series of short films from the Steps for the Future Series Project.

2:10 to 2:30 p.m.: Ann Auleb, Biology/Human Sexuality Studies, will present "A Brief Overview of the HIV/AIDS Pandemic from 1980 to Present."

2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: Andrew Jolivette, American Indian Studies, will present "Beneath the Wings of a Dove: People of Color, AIDS and the Social Context of Risk, A Personal Reflection."

Faculty should note that extra credit and attendance verification will be available for all of the above events.

In addition, an exhibit of the impact of HIV/AIDS on the campus and the world will be on display on the Quad all day Thursday, Dec, 1. The SFSU AIDS Quilt and a video diary "SFSU Responds to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic, 1985-2005" will be on display in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Student Center Nov. 28 through Dec. 2.

For details, contact Michael Ritter at or ext. 8-7339.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4:15 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Members of the campus community are welcome.

Agenda items include: a report from Johnetta Richards on the All University Committee on International Programs; a resolution reaffirming SFSU's commitment to social justice; a resolution in support of new doctoral degree authority for SFSU; a proposed policy revision regarding membership of the General Education Committee; proposed revisions to the minor in sociology; and proposed revisions to the minor in critical and social thought.

Town hall on graduate programs
The campus community is invited to discuss the proposed Indicators and Criteria for Graduate Program Viability and Quality from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, in the Nob Hill room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

To comment on the proposal, see the Academic Senate Web site:

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

People on Campus
Anne Galjour: Inspired by Southern roots
Photo of Anne GaljourHurricanes and heavy rains were par for the course in Lafourche Parish, La., where Creative Writing Lecturer Anne Galjour was born and raised. Power outages and flooding streets meant school cancellations and running home to huddle with parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents. By the light of a gas-burning lamp, Galjour listened to elder relatives swap stories of the Galveston, Texas Great Hurricane of 1900. "Parents tied children to the branches of tall trees. … The water would rise and they would have to untie them and hope their children would make it," Galjour said.

Twenty five years have passed since she left Louisiana, but the landscape of her childhood lives on in her award-winning solo show "Hurricane." The play, which Galjour wrote in 1992 following Hurricane Andrew, was inspired by time spent along the Mississippi Delta ...

Read more about Galjour:

CSU international posts due Dec. 1

Tenured and tenure-track faculty are invited to apply for one-year resident director positions with CSU's international program. Positions for 2007-08 are available in China, France, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain and Israel (subject to position availability and program reinstatement).

In addition, the Wang Faculty Stipend provides an opportunity for faculty to contribute to business and personal relations between the United States and Taiwan or the People's Republic of China. The fund provides four $10,000 stipends for faculty.

The deadline for both opportunities is Dec. 1. For details, visit: or contact Johnetta Richards at ext. 8-7589.

Creating class Web sites
Faculty are invited to attend two free workshops on using Macromedia Dreamweaver to create instructional Web pages. The workshops will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 8, in room 433 of the Library. Participants must have an SFSU e-mail account and password.

R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Nov. 28 to Pony Smith at or ext. 5-3542.

Spring fee-waiver applications
Employee and dependent fee-waiver applications/information for the spring 2006 semester are now available in Human Resources, room 252 of the Administration building (ADM).

Employees should submit their completed applications and fees to the Bursar's Office (ADM 155). Dependent applications and fees should be submitted to Human Resources (ADM 252). Students who wish to avoid paying a late registration should complete and submit their applications before Friday, Dec. 23.

Lunch at the Palace
The University Women's Association invites members and nonmembers to a luncheon at the Garden Court of San Francisco's Palace Hotel at noon Saturday, Dec. 3. The cost is $40 per person for members and their guests, and $45 per person for nonmembers. For details, menu choices and to R.S.V.P., contact Lin Ivory at:

A musical tour of France
The SFSU Chamber Singers welcome guests to travel with them on their June 28-July 8, 2006, performing tour of France. Stops include Aix-en-Provence, Rouen, and Paris. Guests receive such benefits as group airfare rates and pre-arranged hotel accommodations. Side trips will also be available. The cost for the trip is $3,080.

The group also welcomes singers who would like to perform with the choir.

For details, contact Brie at ext. 8-1431.

Two-week yoga series
The Village Fitness Center is offering a special two-week yoga series. Classes will be held at 5 p.m. Dec. 5, 7, 12 and 14. Fitness Center members can take the class for $5 prepaid or $8 drop in. Guests are $8 prepaid or $10 drop in. All fitness levels are welcome.

For details, call the Fitness Center at 452-1010.

Academic Senate Action

At its Nov. 15 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Heard a report from Gene Chelberg on the 2004-2005 Committee on Committees report;
  • Heard a report from Helen Goldsmith, associate dean of undergraduate studies, on the activities of the Facilitating Graduation Task Force;
  • Unanimously approved the Guidelines for the External Review of Graduation Requirements;
  • Heard a recommendation from the Executive Committee on a resolution reaffirming SFSU's commitment to social justice;
  • Unanimously approved the discontinuance of the master of arts degree in physiological psychology; and
  • Approved revisions to the bachelor of arts degree in sociology and master of arts degree in human sexuality studies.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:

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