Volume 54, Number 15 November 27, 2006
Agenda items include: a report from Rob Strong, general manager of SF State Bookstore, on timely textbook adoptions; a report from Russell Kilday-Hicks, chapter president of the California State University Employees Union, on contract negotiations; election of three faculty to the University Budget Committee; proposed revisions to the retention, tenure and promotions policy; a proposed revision to the policy on written English proficiency -- #S03-14 B, Lower Division Writing Portion of Policy; proposed revision and name change to Asian area studies; and proposed revisions to bachelor of science, bachelor of arts and minor programs in geology and name change to earth sciences.
New sign-on system for Library computers
In January, the J. Paul Leonard Library will launch a sign-on system for most computer workstations. The system monitors the length of time available per user, thus ensuring more equitable access to computer workstations.
Students, staff and faculty will need their identification number (found on the SF State ID card) to sign on and will be limited to 120 minutes per day.
Members of the general public need to register for a guest card at the Circulation Services area.
Express workstations will be available in the Reference area but will limit users to 15-minute sessions and SF State Web sites.
Undergraduate assessment report
The University Academic Assessment Advisory Committee (UAAAC) conducted a Web-based survey this fall of faculty attitudes regarding undergraduate program assessment activities. The UAAAC has reviewed the findings and developed a report summarizing the survey results and offering recommendations to improve undergraduate program assessment activities.
The report is available at: http://academic.sfsu.edu/apee/apee_assess/uaaac.php
Comments on the report may be e-mailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
In memoriam: Robert Suczek
Robert Suczek, professor emeritus of psychology, died Oct. 30 in Walnut Creek after a long illness. He was 88.
Suczek, who taught at SF State from 1965 to 1990, helped start a program that allowed students to work in the community in their first semester of graduate school. Under close supervision from faculty and agency workers, students provided therapy to patients.
"Students remember that time as the best part of their training, bar none," said Harvey Peskin, professor emeritus of psychology. Peskin and "Sooch" were close friends.
"He was a very independent soul who went his own way quietly, and people would follow," Peskin said. "He had a very interesting style with students and faculty that combined a deep respect for people's dignity while opening up their minds."
From 1952 to 1962, Suczek was a staff member and chief psychologist at Kaiser Permanente's first mental health clinic. The clinic, in Oakland, became a model for mental health services offered by hospitals, Peskin said.
In the 1960s, Suczek worked as a research and clinical psychologist at the University of California, Berkeley's Student Health Service. In later years, he provided free therapy services for low-income seniors at a Berkeley clinic. He also maintained a private practice through the Berkeley Psychological Group from 1958 to 1997.
Suczek's research interests included human development, aging and geriatric psychotherapy. His 1972 book "The Best Laid Plans" examined a UC Berkeley program aimed to create a more personalized approach to students’ academic choices.
A Philadelphia native, Suczek spent much of his early childhood in his parents' native Czechoslovakia. He served in the Army in World War II before earning a doctorate in clinical psychology at UC Berkeley.
Suczek is survived by his wife Barbara Haining Suczek; daughter Christopher Anne Suczek; sons Peter, Thomas and William Suczek; brother Alexander Suczek; and two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
In memoriam: Stanley Andersen
Stanley Andersen, professor emeritus of English and humanities, died Nov. 5 in San Francisco after a long struggle with heart failure. He was 83.
Andersen, who joined SF State in 1955, served as chair of the Humanities Department for more than 10 years during his tenure. His academic interests included American social and artistic history, the Buddhist garden and river culture.
"He was endlessly curious about things. He was a very gentle presence in the classroom," said Professor Emeritus of Humanities Marvin Nathan, who once team-taught the popular class "Biography of San Francisco" with Andersen. "He was a very creative teacher, often constructing imaginative projects for students to do that were well beyond taking exams and doing papers."
Andersen remained active after retiring from the University in 1988. He was a lecturer at San Francisco's Fromm Institute of Lifelong Learning, contributing writer to the San Francisco Examiner, and contributing editor to the West Portal Monthly.
A native of Elwood, Utah, Andersen attained the rank of first lieutenant in the U.S. Army Air Corps in World War II. He was the lead navigator for his squadron and flew 35 missions over Germany, earning the Distinguished Flying Cross and Purple Heart among other honors. Andersen earned his Ph.D. from University of Minnesota in 1960.
Andersen is survived by his wife Irene Poon Andersen; daughters Ellen Reid, Cameron Egan, Jordan Goldstein and Adrian King; sister Betty Glauser; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Ebenezer Lutheran Church, 678 Portola Drive, San Francisco, CA, 94127, or to the Dialysis Unit at the Davies Campus, California Pacific Medical Center Foundation, P.O. Box 45902, San Francisco, CA, 94145.
A memorial celebration of Andersen's life will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, at the San Francisco Columbarium, 1 Loraine Court (at Anza Street).
Annual holiday arts sales
The Print Guild, Ceramic Guild and Textiles Program hold their annual sales this week. All proceeds benefit the guilds and the Art Department.
The Ceramics Guild sale will take place in room 192 of the Fine Arts building and will feature porcelain, art pieces, vases, stoneware, plates, mugs, planters and more. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The Textiles Program sale will take place in the Fine Arts building interior, adjacent to room 192, and will feature hand-dyed silk scarves. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday.
The Print Guild sale will take place in the Fine Arts Gallery rotunda, adjacent to room 265 of the Fine Arts building, and will feature woodcut, etching, lithograph and intaglio prints. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday.
This month's Newsmakers include Roy Conboy, professor of theater arts, discussing his new play; Rich DeLeon, professor emeritus of political science, on San Francisc values; Jack Brewer, director of the Career Center, on the job market for recent grads; Subodh Bhat, professor of marketing, on corporate sponsorship of the Golden Gate Bridge; and Susan Zieff, associate professor of kinesiology, on a teen-only gym.
Read Newsmakers: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/fall06/nov27news.htm
CampusMemo will return to weekly publication Jan. 22.
Space is limited. Deadline for registration is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.
In addition, three faculty representatives are needed for the Board of Appeals and Review.
Elections are scheduled for the Dec. 12 Academic Senate meeting.
Faculty awards nominations due Dec. 1
Nomination forms are available at: www.sfsu.edu/~senate/
Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, to the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee, Office of the Academic Senate, room 551, Administration building.
Elections period begins Monday
Academic Technology workshop offerings
Academic Technology offers an array of workshops that enable faculty and staff to create collaborative online teaching and learning environments, instructional Web sites and digital images. Multiple workshops are available and offerings are staggered and repeated to accommodate different schedules. R.S.V.P. is required.
Contact Academic Technology at email@example.com or ext. 8-6906.
Spring fee waiver
Applications and fees should be submitted to the Bursar's office, room 155 of the Administration building. Eligible employees can check their registration date and time at: www.sfsu.edu/online/login.htm
Eligible participants of the dependent fee-waiver program should continue to submit their fee-waiver application packet to Human Resources, room 252 of the Administration building.
For details, contact Jackie Bender at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 8-2678.
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