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Volume 54, Number 8  October 2, 2006         

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Study/work abroad fairs
The Office of International Programs asks faculty and staff to encourage students to attend a study/work/travel abroad fair from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday on Malcolm X Plaza. More than 40 organizations specializing in study, work and travel abroad will be participating. There will also be an information table on certified CSU/SF State study abroad programs.

'The Da Vinci Code' discussion
The University Women's Association sponsors a discussion of "The Da Vinci Code" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 473 of the Humanities building. Faculty and staff are encouraged to read the book by Dan Brown and/or watch the film and join in the discussion.

Voloshin exhibit reception
Faculty and staff are invited to a reception for the exhibit "Paintings and Works on Paper by Beverly Voloshin," from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in room 484 of the Humanities building. Voloshin, professor of English, works in oil, charcoal and acrylic in both figurative and abstract modes. The exhibit runs through Nov. 3 in room 484 and can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Yael Dayan, deputy mayor of Tel-Aviv, will speak on Tel-Aviv and the current situation in Israel and the Middle East at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of Jewish Studies' Academica Judaica series and is co-sponsored by the Department of International Relations and San Francisco Hillel.

For details, call ext. 8-6075.

Health inequities politics

Richard Hofrichter, senior analyst for health equity at the National Association of County and City Health Officials, will present "The Politics of Health Inequities -- Why Are Some People Sick and Others Healthy" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Thursday in room Rosa Parks B of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-2978.

Coming Up
Socrates and the soul

Nicholas Smith, James F. Miller Professor of Humanities and Philosophy Department chair at Lewis & Clark College, will present "Socrates on How Wrongdoing Damages the Soul" at 4:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, in room 109 of the Humanities building. A reception follows the lecture in room 391 of the Humanities building.

For details, call ext. 8-1596.

Postcards and colonialism
Volker Langbehn, associate professor of German, will present "Going Postal or How to Conquer the World -- German Colonialism and Postcards" from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in room 473 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures colloquium series.

Electronic publishing
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites faculty to a brown bag discussion on trends in electronic publishing as it pertains to scholarly communication from noon to 2 p.m. in room 434 of the Library. Participants are welcome at any time during the discussion.

For details, visit:

Village Fitness
Center anniversary

The Village Fitness Center invites the campus community to help celebrate its one-year anniversary from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in front of the center (just off of Font Boulevard). The event includes music, food, raffle prizes, one-day discounts on memberships and services, and vendor and campus organization tables. Demonstrations of group fitness classes, free chair massages and body fat testing will also be available.

iLearn showcase
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites faculty to a presentation on iLearn by Cyrus Ginwala, orchestra director in the School of Music and Dance, from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

Learning Arabic
Father Rick Van De Water, lecturer of Arabic, will present "Why You Need to Know Arabic: Language as a Bridge Between Cultures" from 3:10 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, in room 473 of the Humanities Building.

The event is part of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures colloquium series. For details, e-mail or call ext. 8-7413.

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U.S.-China studies center event
The Center for U.S.-China Policy Studies (CUSCPS) invites faculty and staff to a luncheon reception from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about CUSCPS, meet center research associates and connect with colleagues who share an interest in U.S.-China relations. Associate Professor of Political Science Sujian Guo is director of the center. Assistant Professor of International Relations Jean-Marc F. Blanchard is associate director.

R.S.V.P. to Blanchard at:

For more on the center, visit:

Faculty tenure, promotion celebration
A campus-wide celebration in honor of the faculty granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

The faculty tenure and promotions list is available at:

Dean of undergraduate studies search begins
Academic Affairs is seeking applications and nominations for the dean of undergraduate studies position. The position description and list of search committee members are available on the Academic Affairs Web site at:

Applications and nominations will be reviewed on an ongoing basis beginning Nov. 15 and will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. Candidates must be prepared to start no later than fall semester 2007.

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

This month's Newsmakers include Belinda Reyes, assistant professor of Raza Studies, on Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's "hot blooded" Latinos comments; Sally Baack, assistant professor of management, on the Hewlett-Packard information leak investigation; Nettie Kelly, director of the Tall Ship Education Academy, on the Tall Ship program; Elise Wormuth, College of Humanties associate dean, on academic plagiarism; C. Daniel Vencill, professor of economics, on U.S. Treasury secretary Henry Paulson; Mohammad Ramadan Hassan Salama, assistant professor of Arabic, on his wait for a visa; and Joseph McBride, assistant professor of cinema, on Orson Welles.

Read Newsmakers:

Faculty trustee nominations
The CSU is now accepting nominations for faculty trustee. Nominating materials must be received by Dec. 18 for forwarding to the Academic Senate CSU Faculty Trustee Recommending Committee, which will review campus nominations. The faculty trustee will likely be appointed in summer 2007.

For details, criteria and an application, contact the Academic Senate office at or ext. 5-4037.

Budget committee nominees
The Academic Senate is looking for faculty members who are willing to serve as faculty representatives on the University Budget Committee.

All interested faculty should contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 5-4037 or to nominate a colleague or self-nominate. An election date will be will be announced. training
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites faculty to learn to use, a tool for finding grant opportunities, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 24-25, in room 460 of the Administration building. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch; beverages will be provided.

For details, contact Christine Ramos at or ext. 8-6478.

SWAP Shop drop-offs
Those who wish to drop off items at the SWAP Shop should call ext. 8-6862 before bringing the items. SWAP Shop hours are subject to change, but an extended absence message is left on the voicemail when the shop is closed or hours are rescheduled.

To place surplus items in the SWAP Shop, complete the survey form found at -- -- and bring the form with the item.

Those who wish to drop off furniture should call and verify that the items can be accepted as the furniture room is often at capacity. Not all types of furniture will be accepted and all items must be in working order. Items should not be left in the hallway outside of the SWAP Shop as this is a violation of the fire code.

Spring textbook orders
The Bookstore is now processing textbook orders for the spring semester. For details and an online ordering form, visit:

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

Stern scholarships
Applications are now available for two $1,000 Marjorie Hefter Stern Scholarships -- one for undergraduates and one for graduate students. Students majoring in any subject may apply, but preference will be given to students majoring in women studies, labor studies or other programs examining social change. The donor is especially interested in encouraging women to continue their education.

Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 1, and are available in rooms 315 and 484 of the Humanities building.

Academic Technology offerings
The fall calendar of Academic Technology workshops is available at:

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 or ext. 8-6906.

Academic Senate Action

At its Sept. 25 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Approved the proposed educational doctorate program; and
  • Heard a report from Linda Buckley on the handbook for the sixth cycle of academic program review.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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