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Volume 53, Number 7   September 26, 2005         

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Corporate food policies

Nicholas Freudenberg, professor and director of the Program in Urban Public
Health at Hunter College, City University of New York, will speak from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday in Rosa Parks E of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. His topic is "Corporate Policies in the Food, Alcohol and Tobacco Industries as Determinants of Socioeconomic and Racial/Ethnic Inequities in Health: Implications for Public Health Intervention."

This event is part of the fall 2004 Health Disparities Seminar Series funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-2978.

Giardina retirement party
A retirement party in honor of Richard Giardina, associate vice president for academic planning and assessment, will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Hurricane relief benefit

The campus community is invited to an open-mike night and hurricane relief benefit from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at The Depot in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Donations will benefit the Family Violence Prevention Fund's Katrina Relief Fund, which helps three
Louisiana and Mississippi domestic violence and rape crisis centers continue their work.

Performers can sign up at The Depot after 4:30 p.m. with Nina Jo Smith, who will lead off the night with her new song "Morning in New Orleans."

For details, contact Smith at ext. 8-2819.

SHS memorial tribute
The Student Health Service invites the campus community to a memorial tribute for long-time employees Joe Lopopolo and Evelyn Bacud at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday in the grove by the Gym. Both Lopopolo, the SHS storekeeper, and Bacud, a health records technician, died earlier this year.

For details, contact Sandi Devencenzi at ext. 8-2754.

Leung retirement party
The Public Safety Department invites faculty and staff to a retirement party in honor of Jenny C. Leung, assistant director of public safety for fiscal and parking/transportation, from 4 to 6 p.m., Wednesday in room 150 of the Lakeview Center. Donations toward a gift and to support the cost of the party are welcome.

R.S.V.P. and send donations by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, to Frances Hui or Joy Manaois in the Public Safety Department, New Corporation Yard. For details, call ext. 8-7744 or ext. 8-3388.

Social justice
and the media

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' course and lecture series on social justice and equity continues this week with a discussion on "Social Justice and the Media: Representations of Race/Ethnicity, Gender, Sexuality, and Disability" from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in the Humanities Auditorium, room 133 in the Humanities building.

Panelists include: Dina Ibrahim, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts; Michelle Wolf, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts; and Venise Wagner, Journalism.

For details, visit:

Angel Island poetry

Charles Egan, associate professor of Chinese, will give a presentation on "New Discoveries at Angel Island" from 3:35 to 4:50 p.m. Thursday in room 133 of the Humanities building. The presentation includes photos, transcriptions and translations of Chinese poems carved by detainees on the walls of the Angel Island Immigration Station.

The event is the first in the fall 2005 Foreign Language Colloquium series.

For details, contact Midori McKeon at or ext. 8-7413.

Defensive driving

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a defensive driver training class from 8 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 4 p.m. Friday.

To register, e-mail or call ext. 8-1449. Participants should provide their name, department and driver's license number.

EOP celebration
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) invites the campus community to an open house from noon to 2 p.m. in room 202 of the Students Services building.

The celebration is in honor of September's status as EOP Month, a designation created by Assembly Concurrent Resolution No. 124, passed by the California State Legislature in 2003.

Meet with African, Middle Eastern students
The Office of Community Service Learning asks faculty and staff to encourage students to attend a brown bag luncheon to meet with student leaders from the Near East and Northern Africa from noon to 1 p.m. in the Chartwell Conference Room on the fifth floor of the Administration building.

The leaders are in San Francisco as participants in the Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. The topics of discussion will be civic responsibility, engagement and leadership.

R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Wednesday to or ext. 8-3283.

Coming Up
Mexico report

Students and professors who traveled to Mexico last June on a solidarity study tour will discuss their trip from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, and Tuesday, Oct. 4, in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building.

Student response systems workshop
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and Academic Technologies invites faculty to attend a workshop on Student Response Systems from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Oct. 3, in room 433 of the Library. Student Response Systems allow instructors to pose questions to a class of any size, gather results and display them to the class in real time. The workshop will include a demonstration of the two most commonly used systems on campus and a discussion for faculty on how to best incorporate this technology into the classroom.

To register, e-mail or call 5-3537. For details, visit:

Classroom assessment techniques
Faculty are invited to attend a workshop on student assessment tools and techniques from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in room 437 of the Library.

To register, e-mail or call 5-3537. For more information visit:

MIT -- grad school and summer research
Christopher Michael Jones, assistant dean for graduate students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), will discuss MIT graduate life and summer research opportunities from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18, in the Richard Oaks Multicultural Center of the Student Center. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend.

For details, contact Will Flowers at or ext. 5-3662.

SF State News home

Faculty tenure and promotion
A campus-wide celebration in honor of the faculty who were granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the Towers Conference Center.

The list of faculty tenure and promotions is available at:

Benefits program enrollment and benefits fair
From now until Oct. 15, 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 Monday, Oct. 17; changes go into effect Jan. 1, 2006.

Anyone currently enrolled in DCRA and HCRA programs must re-enroll for 2006 during this open enrollment period.

To provide faculty and staff with information on the full range of programs available to them, Human Resources will hold a benefits fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 5, on the first and second floors of the Administration building.

At the fair, representatives of the following will be on hand to answer questions about: health, dental and vision plans; CALPERS Home Loan; Citibank Mortgage; A+ Auto & Home Insurance; and financial planning services.

Door prizes will be awarded, and the following free services will be offered: blood pressure-check; back and posture analysis by a chiropractor; biofeedback testing by SFSU Ergonomic Safety Program representatives; and body mass analysis and flexibility training by the Village Fitness Center.

Banned Books Week at SFSU
The J. Paul Leonard Library will celebrate Banned Books Week with afternoon readings by students, faculty and local authors Monday through Wednesday, Sept. 26-28, and Tuesday, Oct. 5, and Wednesday, Oct. 6. All readings will be held in room 426C of the Library. Participants include Jewelle Gomez, author and former director of the Poetry Center; Toni Mirosevich, award-winning poet and associate professor of creative writing; and Dorothy Bryant, playwright and author of "Literary Lynching."

For a complete schedule, see:

For details, contact Susan Hawk at or ext. 5-0992.

Harding Park event to affect SFSU traffic
The World Golf Championships-American Express Championship will be held at Harding Park Golf Course Oct. 3-9. Organizers expect that pedestrian and vehicular traffic around SFSU will be affected due to the large number of tournament attendees.

A limited number of parking spaces in Lot 20 (parking structure) will be made available to PGA attendees Oct. 7-9. In addition, parking spaces in Lot 25 (Winston Drive) will also be made available to attendees Oct. 5-9.

Additional personnel from the Department of Public Safety will be in place to facilitate parking and traffic flow during the tournament.

For details, call Parking and Transportation at ext. 8-1441.

Hurricane-related blood drive
The Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) and Student Health Service invite the campus community to join in a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at the Student Health Service.

The blood will be collected by Blood Centers of the Pacific, which will work with its sister organizations in hurricane-affected areas to ensure the optimal use of donations. SHAC will receive $5 per unit of blood if 50 units per day are donated and will donate any money received to the Red Cross.

In memoriam: Kenneth Croft
Kenneth Croft, professor emeritus of English and anthropology, died Sept. 6 in San Francisco. He was 88.

Croft, who taught at SF State from 1966 to 1990, was a founder of the master's program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL), one of the first in the United States. SFSU's program is now one of the largest in the country, with about 240 students and a nationally recognized faculty of 14 members.

Croft wrote a wide range of articles and textbooks on the pedagogy and study of the English language.

Jim Kohn, chair of the English Language and Literature Department, remembers Croft fondly as a prolific writer, scholar and "one of the early pioneers in the field of TESOL."

"Ken Croft was always a cheerful person, but a bit shy with his colleagues," Kohn said. "It surprised me to learn that away from the campus he was a devoted square-dance caller, and was sought after by local square-dance clubs to call out the instructions for the dances!"

Croft served in the U.S. Army during World War II, from 1943 to 1945. Before joining SF State, he taught at the American Language Institute at Georgetown University and the American University Language Center, both in Washington, D.C.

Croft earned his doctorate in linguistics and anthropology from Indiana University, where he earned a master's degree in linguistics. He also held a master's degree in library science from University of Michigan and a bachelor's degree in Spanish and French from University of Oklahoma.

Croft is survived by his children Mark, Meredith and Kimberly; grandchild Alexandra Croft-Melendez, and sister Sara Isaacs.

People on Campus
Photo of Warren HaackColleagues say that Warren Haack is such an integral part of the Cinema Department that they sometimes think of him as an assistant chair or member of the faculty. As information technology consultant, Haack manages the maintenance and inventory of film and recording equipment for the department.

"Warren is the link between all the facets of our department," Cinema Chair Stephen Ujlaki said. "He's contributed a huge amount to the direction we are taking and due to his dedication we have been able to offer students a great number of technical opportunities that would not otherwise have been available." ...

Read more about Haack:

Feedback on sixth cycle review, writing program
The Academic Senate invites members of the campus community to comment on the proposed guidelines developed for the sixth cycle of academic review and for the final report of the Writing Task Force.

The documents are available for review at:

The deadline for responses to the proposed guidelines is 5 p.m., Monday; the deadline for responses to the final report of the Writing Task Force is 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14.

Ergonomics at work
Campus employees are invited to request free ergonomic assessments of their office work environment by peer Ergonomic Safety Program (ESP) coaches, to reduce the risk of serious injury and promote healthful work styles. For details, call ext. 8-1449.

In addition, new ESP coaches are needed. A seven-week training session runs Oct. 6 to Nov. 17. Classes meet from 10 a.m. to noon every Thursday. To volunteer, call ext. 8-1449 or contact Teri Liming at ext. 8-1683.

Catastrophic leave
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Catastrophic Leave Donation Program by donating vacation or sick leave credits to an individual or the Catastrophic Leave Bank. Credits are used by employees who have experienced a catastrophic illness or injury, exhausted their own accrued leave credits and are totally incapacitated from work.

The maximum number of hours employees can donate in a fiscal year is determined by their collective bargaining identification unit but ranges normally from 16 to 40 hours. For details and to donate, see the Human Resources Web page:

Winter/spring textbook orders
The Bookstore is now processing textbook orders for winter and spring 2006. For details and an online ordering firm, see:

Orders can also be e-mailed to or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

Academic Senate Action

At its Sept. 20 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Heard a report from John Gemello, provost and vice president for academic affairs;
  • Heard a report from the Writing Task Force by Dan Buttlaire, task force chair;
  • Elected representatives to campus committees: Rick Houlberg and David Meredith to the Board of Appeals and Review, Darlene Yee to the Enrollment Management Committee, Alvin Alvarez to the Graduate Council and Genie Stowers to the University Budget Committee;
  • Approved academic calendars for summer 2006 and spring 2007;
  • Passed a resolution in support of an SFSU voter registration campaign; and
  • Approved revisions to the bachelor of science degree in kinesiology.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:

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