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Volume 53, Number 11   October 24, 2005         

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This Week
Good food, good cause

The campus community is invited to an activities fair and fundraiser for SFSU student organizations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday on the Main Lawn. Student organizations will be selling food and there will be music and dance performances.

All proceeds benefit the student organizations and will help support their missions on campus.

For details, contact Alberto Olivares at ext. 8-3887.

The future of Europe
and the U.S.

Hans Arnold, former head of the German Foreign Office and ambassador to the United Nations, will speak on "Europe and the U.S.: Where Do We Go from Here?" at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.

Physiological psychology discontinuance
The Education Policies Council will meet at 2:20 p.m. Tuesday in room 460 of the Administration building to discuss the discontinuance of the master of arts in physiological psychology.

The campus community is welcome.

Thomas King and SF lit
Glenna Matthews will present "Thomas Starr King and Literary San Francisco" at 3:35 p.m. Tuesday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library and the History and English departments.

Introducing CalPERS

Paul Alires, senior benefits analyst, will present an introduction to the CalPERS program from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 434 of the Library.

Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Tuesday to Victoria F. Ramos at ext. 5-3935.

Social justice
and urban life

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' lecture series on social justice and equity continues this week with a discussion on "Social Justice and the Urban Experience" from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in the Humanities Auditorium, room 133 in the Humanities building.

Panelists include: Russell Jeung, Asian American Studies; Rene Dahl, Child and Adolescent Development; and Nancy Mirabel, Raza Studies.

For details, visit:

War in Iraq forum

The History Department is sponsoring a forum, "Historical Perspective on the War in Iraq," from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in room 270 of the Science building.

Panelists include history faculty members Tony D'Agostino, Jerry Combs, Bill Issel and Jules Tygiel. Maziar Behrooz, assistant professor of history, will provide comments.

A geography of peace
Jeff Albert, a hydrologist and former analyst for the Israel Water Commission, will speak on "The Geography of Israeli-Palestinian Peace" at 7 p.m. Thursday in room 153 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program's Academica Judaica series. Cosponsors include the World Affairs Council, Jewish Alliance for Justice and Peace, and Workmen's Circle of Northern California.

Costume sale

The SFSU Costumer's Forum invites the campus community to a costume sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Theatre Arts' costume shop, room 120E of the Creative Arts building.

For details, contact Wendy Amorose at or ext. 8-1037.

Coming Up
Nonviolent resistance
in Palestine

Ayed Morrar and Jonathan Pollack, members of the nonviolent resistance movement in Palestine, will speak at 2 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by Faculty for Palestinian/Israeli Peace.

Founding governments
Gail Presbey, professor of philosophy at University of Detroit, Mercy, will speak on "Questions Concerning the Founding of New Government in Iraq: Reflections on Arendt's Insights" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in room 391 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the Critical Social Thought Program; the Philosophy, Humanities and Political Science departments; and the Global Peace Studies Program.

SF State News home

San Francisco mayor to make history at SFSU
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will deliver his State of the City address from McKenna Theatre at 1 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 26. Hundreds of civic and community leaders are expected to attend.

"This is the first time in history that a San Francisco mayor has chosen a location outside of a municipal building for a State of the City address," said President Robert A. Corrigan. "Mayor Newsom's choice of San Francisco State is a great honor, and a reflection of his strong commitment to partnering with our University to improve the quality of life and economic vitality of the city."

The event in McKenna Theatre is by invitation only, but arrangements have been made for members of the campus community who wish to view the speech. Broadcasts will be made on closed circuit television in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts building and at Seven Hills Conference Center. The broadcast can also be viewed on all campus televisions linked to cable channel 53.

The San Francisco Police Department will restrict parking on Tapia Drive and portions of Holloway Avenue prior to and during the event, and the campus neighborhood may experience traffic congestion that afternoon.

Alum donates $300,000 to Anthropology Department
Alumnus Jay P. Young has pledged gifts totaling $300,000 to the University's Anthropology Department, the largest individual donation ever to the department.

Young has provided $250,000 in his living trust to create an SFSU endowment fund to benefit the Anthropology Department, and pledged an additional $50,000 to be donated in the next five years.

Young, chief financial officer for the San Francisco Design Center, earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology from SFSU in 1981. He joined the center in 1983 as assistant controller and was promoted over the years. In 1995 he earned a master of business administration from the University.

For more on the gift, see the SF State News story.

Candidates for Health Equity Initiative director
Three finalists have been selected for the Health Equity Initiative director position and will make on-campus visits. All members of the campus community are invited to attend. Each candidate will present their vision for the Health Equity Initiative, a program coordinated by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs to enhance SFSU's capacity to obtain extramural funds to address existing health disparities through research, community intervention, curricular offerings and training programs.

Thursday, Nov. 10: Gopal Singh, senior epidemiologist/health care administrator at the Health Resources and Services Administration and Maternal and Child Health Bureau at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Singh's presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building.

Thursday, Nov. 17: Cynthia Gomez, associate professor in the Department of Medicine and co-director of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at University of California, San Francisco. Gomez's presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room 560 of the Administration building.

Thursday, Dec. 1: George Ayala, director of the Institute for Gay Men's Health. Ayala's presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in room 560 of the Administration building.

Internal Audit move
Effective Friday, Oct. 28, the Internal Audit Office will be located in room 406 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building (ES&P).

Internal Audit will remain in this new location through the spring semester and then return to a newly remodeled area in the Administration building. Internal Audit provides audit, tax, and advisory services to University departments and auxiliary organizations.

A reminder: one function of Internal Audit that will be affected by the move is the need of newly hired non-resident aliens to meet with tax specialist Young Kim. Departments hiring non-resident aliens should direct them to ES&P 406.

Halloween blood drive
The campus community is invited to participate in the Schools of Nursing's third annual Halloween blood drive from noon to 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, in room 343 of Burk Hall.

Donations will be handled by the Blood Centers of the Pacific. Halloween candy (and other snacks) will be available to donors.

Graduate program review
The next step in considering the final report of the Task Force on the Sixth Cycle of Program Review is the review of the "Indicators and Criteria of Graduate Program Viability and Quality." The campus community is encouraged to carefully read this document and provide feedback online.

The document is available on the Academic Senate's Web site at:

People on Campus
Denise Miyajima: No place like home
Photo of Denise MiyajimaUndergraduate Admissions Assistant Denise Miyajima never thought she'd learn to build a fence, mix concrete and tie rebar -- or that her coworkers would want to learn, too. It's kept her busy the past year, however, after being selected by Habitat for Humanity to own a home in San Francisco.

Miyajima's current two-room, in-law apartment is small enough that there are no secrets between her and her two children. The family has survived the challenges of living in tight quarters -- cooking with little counter space, seeking a quiet spot for the children to do homework, and most of all, living in places that don't feel like "home."

So last fall the excitement had to be contained when a Habitat for Humanity volunteer called and said her family was selected as a "partner" in the De Long Terrace Homes project. ...

Read more about Miyajima:

FERP's future
Paul Alires, senior benefits analyst, will speak on "The Future of the Faculty Early Retirement Program: Will It Still Be Available?" from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, in room 202 of the Business building.

Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 28, to Victoria F. Ramos at ext. 5-3935.

Textbook return
The Bookstore is beginning to return textbooks ordered for the fall semester to publishers. Faculty using books later in the term should contact the Bookstore at or ext. 8-7377 so textbook staff can hold those books for later purchase.

Faculty who know of books that will be used again in the winter or spring terms should submit an order so that those books will be retained.

Faculty service learning grants
The Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) invites full- and part-time faculty to apply for the OCSL Community Scholarship Faculty Grant Program. The program supports faculty community scholarship and the development of community service learning courses.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. Guidelines are available at:

For details, contact Perla Barrientos at or ext. 8-3282.

Service learning nominations
Members of the campus community are invited to nominate faculty, undergraduate students and partnering community agencies for the OCSL's community service learning awards.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 7. For award criteria and nomination forms, see:

For details, contact Perla Barrientos at or ext. 8-3282.

Academic Senate Action

At its Oct. 18 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Unanimously approved the guidelines for the Sixth Cycle of Academic Program Review;
  • Unanimously approved a revision of the fall 2006 Academic Calendar, Veteran’s Day observance; and
  • Heard a recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee on the draft guidelines for the External Review of Graduation Requirements.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:

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