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February 18

Volume 49, No. 20.
Founders' Day 2002 Staff STAR of the month Announcements Affirmative action awards Service learning awards
Fridays at the Library Faculty vote Conference planners needed This Week Candidates' forum
Final Business dean events Senate meeting Faculty member speaks on Renaissance poem bell hooks in the house Study skills
Labor Archives anniversary MFA Thesis Screening Next Week Lectures on Greek culture The future of the book
Classroom humor Improving instructional design

Founders' Day 2002: SFSU turns 103

Come celebrate Founders' Day from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, on the Main Lawn. Faculty, staff and students are invited to enjoy cake, music and fun.

Founders' Day marks the date, March 22, 1899, when the California Legislature voted to allocate funds to support the San Francisco State Normal School, a teacher preparation institution that grew to become the University we know today.

The University has celebrated Founders' Day every year since its centennial celebration in 1999. Because Friday, March 22, is the last day before spring break, we will celebrate a day early this year. Stay tuned to CampusMemo over the next few weeks for more details and fun facts about the University.

Did you know...

In the 1920s, students enrolled at SF State Normal School paid $2 for texts, $1 for student activities, and nothing for tuition.

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Staff STAR of the month

Come celebrate Founders' Day from noon to 2 p.m. on Thursday, March 21, on the Main Lawn. Stacy Gin, administrative support coordinator for Student Outreach Services (SOS), is the University's February 2002 STAR of the month.

"SOS is very honored that one of its team members is receiving such an award," says Frieda Lee, director of student outreach services. "Stacy is our 'focal point' with respect to keeping everyone on track with deadlines, meetings, requirements and upcoming activities. She juggles all of our needs, thinks ahead, organizes well and meets those needs in a very timely manner. This busy office generates a lot of paperwork and she manages to keep track of all of it."

In addition to performing a full range of secretarial and administrative duties, Gin is also responsible for coordinating the Campus Tour Program and providing accurate information to prospective students, school counselors and the general public regarding SFSU.

Gin, a 2000 SFSU graduate in meteorology, began working for the office in August 2000.

"Because we're on the road so much during key recruitment months, Stacy has been our primary representative on campus with the public,"' Lee adds. "She and the office student interns keep the office afloat, meeting and greeting, showing SFSU to visitors, saying nice things about us and so forth. She represents the University well."

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Affirmative action awards

The Affirmative Action Faculty Development Program awarded grants to 18 non-tenured faculty members to help them meet the qualifications for retention, tenure or promotion. The awards consist of released time and/or support funds for mini-grants and in-state travel.

The following faculty members received awards: Lily Chen, Center for Biomedical Laboratory Science; Marguerite Conrad, Elementary Education; Lewis de Soto, Art; Ellen Hines, Geography and Human Environmental Studies; Eric Hsu, Mathematics; Lei Jin, Information Systems and Business Analysis; Marie-Paule Laden, Foreign Languages and Literatures; Gretchen LeBuhn, Biology; Brenda Mak, Information Systems and Business Analysis; Julie Paulson, English; Isabelle Pelaud, Asian American Studies; Britta Sjogren, Cinema; Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Asian American Studies; Ana Valenzuela, International Business; Angelika von Wahl, Political Science; Venise Wagner, Journalism; Yewmun Yip, Finance; and Susan G. Zieff, Kinesiology.

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Service learning awards

The Office of Community Service Learning awarded its 2001-02 Curriculum Development Awards to 14 faculty members to help them incorporate service learning into the undergraduate curriculum. Funding for the courses is made possible by a $2.2 million allocation from Gov. Davis to the CSU Chancellor's Office.

The following faculty members received awards: Thor Anderson, Anthropology; Anatole Anton, Philosophy; Betsy Blosser, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts; Rosa Casarez-Levinson, Secondary Education; Karen Francis, Marialice Kern and Beth Kelley, Kinesiology; Irene Gonzales, Nursing; Ginny Jaquith, Recreation and Leisure Studies; Alina Plourde, Music; Johnetta Richards, Black Studies; Bruce Robertson, Marketing; Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Asian American Studies; and Venise Wagner, Journalism.

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Friday at the Library

The J. Paul Leonard Library and the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching are sponsoring a series of workshops of potential interest to faculty, either for their own research interests or for teaching research methods to students. The workshops, which will cover topics such as information resources, full-text databases and bibliography software, will be offered at noon on alternate Fridays beginning this week.

For the full schedule and to register, visit: cet/workshop.html.

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Faculty vote

Ballots recommending a change to the Faculty Constitution,"Membership of the Academic Senate," were delivered to faculty mailboxes Feb. 1. A quorum of eligible voting faculty (50 percent plus 1) is necessary for a valid election so mark your ballot and return it to the Academic Senate Office, ADM 551, by 5 p.m. Friday, March 1. For details, call ext. 8-1264.

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Conference planners needed

The Academic Senate Office seeks interested members of the campus community to serve on the planning committee for the 2003 Faculty, Staff and Administrative Development Conference. For details, call ext. 8-1264.

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This Week

Candidates' forum

Candidates for four offices in the March 5 primary election will speak from noon to 2 p.m. today on Malcolm X Plaza. Faculty and staff are invited to attend and learn more about candidates for the 12th and 13th State Assembly Districts, San Francisco Assessor-Recorder and San Francisco Public Defender.

The event is sponsored by the Political Science Student Association.

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Final Business dean events

Three of the four finalists for dean of the College of Business will be on campus this week.

William C. Hunter, senior vice president and director of research at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, will give a presentation from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in BUS 202. His reception was held last week.

Jack A. Fuller, director of business administration at the College of Business and Economics at West Virginia University, will attend a reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the University Club. Fuller will give a presentation from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in BUS 202.

W. Gerald Platt, interim dean of the College of Business at SFSU, will give a presentation from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday in BUS 202. Platt's reception will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in Room 1 of the University Club.

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Senate meeting

The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday at Seven Hills Conference Center. Agenda items include: a report from Subject Matter Studies Coordinator Helen Goldsmith; proposed revisions to multiple concentrations of the bachelor of science degree in business (returns in first reading); proposed revisions to the bachelor of arts degree in English - creative writing concentration; a proposed bachelor of science degree in interior design; and a proposed bachelor of science degree in apparel design and merchandising.

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Faculty member speaks on Renaissance poem

Randall Nakayama, associate professor of English, will present"'Unpossible' Loves," from 4 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in HUM 203. Nakayama will speak on Sir John Harington's translation of Ariosto's narrative poem"Orlando Furioso."

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bell hooks in the house

Associated Students Performing Arts and Lectures presents"An afternoon with bell hooks" at noon Wednesday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Admission is $7 for students and $10 for the general public. Tickets will be sold at the door.

For details, contact Scott Davey at ext. 8-2444 or

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Study skills

Students will learn ways to improve their study and test-taking skills at a workshop held noon Wednesday in BUS 216. Faculty are asked to encourage students to attend this free academic skills workshop. A complete semester schedule of workshops is available

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Labor Archives anniversary

The SFSU Labor Archives and Research Center will celebrate its 16th anniversary at 6 p.m. Friday. The event, free and open to the public, will feature a keynote address by Kent Wong, director of the Center for Labor Research and Education at UCLA and founding president of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. Wong will talk about the historic opportunities and challenges of immigrant worker organizing.

The celebration will be held at the International Longshore and Warehouse Union, Local 34, at 2nd and King streets in San Francisco. Light refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.; the program begins at 7 p.m.

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MFA Thesis Screening

"Second to None: The Eighth Annual MFA Thesis Screening" will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the August Coppola Theatre. The screening is preceded by a 6 p.m. reception. Both are free.

The yearly screening gives recent grads of Cinema's MFA program the chance the demonstrate their storytelling, filmaking and animation skills. For details, call ext. 8-1629

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Next Week

Lectures on Greek culture

Dimitris Tziovas, professor of Modern Greek Studies and director of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman and Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham, will give a series of three lectures at the Center for Modern Greek Studies.

Tziovas will present"From Community to Privacy: Greek Culture in Transition" at 3 p.m. Sunday in HUM 133. This lecture is free and open to the public.

He will also present two seminars on Monday, Feb. 25, on "Self-identity and the Poetics of Manhood in Kazantzakis' 'Freedom or Death'" from 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. in HUM 384 and "Literary Responses to Censorship: Seferis' 'On Aspalathoi...'" from 6:10 to 8:55 p.m. in HUM 381.

Tziovas' visit is sponsored by the Alexander Onassis Public Benefit Foundation. For details, contact the Center for Modern Greek Studies at ext. 8-1892 or

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The future of the book

David Hellman, senior assistant librarian, will discuss "The Book in the New Millennium" from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, in the deBellis Room on the sixth Floor of the Library. The presentation, part of the History of the Book Colloquium series, will be followed by a reception.

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Classroom humor

"Let's Talk About Teaching," a series of discussions held each semester on various aspects of teaching, will kick off with "The Role of Humor in the Classroom" from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the Verducci Room of the University Club. All faculty members are invited. Refreshments will be provided.

For details and a complete series schedule, contact Ray Pestrong at ext. 8-2080 or

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Improving instructional design

"Improving Multimedia and Online Courses with Instructional Design," a live television satellite seminar on effective teaching, will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 28, in AV 36 of the Library.

The telecast, the third in a series of programs on instructional technology survival skills offered by PBS, will also be available on tape through the Audio Visual/Instructional Television Center. For details or a participant's packet, contact Val Sakovich at ext. 8-2634 or or Brigid Duffy at ext. 8-1493 or

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