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March 11

Volume 49, No. 23.
Announcements Reporting campus crime Join Sigma Xi Vote extension
Help plan SFSU conference Need SFSF logo products? Card catalog cabinets for sale Timeline DVDs
This Week Two career fairs this week University Club Board meets Women in Afghanistan
San Francisco wildlife What to do in Afghanistan Textbook orders due soon Taking oral histories
Next Week 'Talk About Teaching' continues Book signing Women, war and globalization
Founders' Day Did you know... Academic Senate Action


Reporting campus crime

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires the University to report the occurrence of certain criminal offenses.

If you have knowledge of any crimes that occurred in 2001 and have not been reported to the Department of Public Safety, please talk to your dean, director or department chair as soon as possible. They must report all 2001 information to Public Safety by Friday, March 29.

If you have questions about what types of crimes should be reported, your supervisor has a list and can provide you with that information.

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Join Sigma Xi

The SFSU chapter of Sigma Xi, the national research society, invites faculty to apply for membership. The goals of Sigma Xi are to advance scientific research, encourage cooperation among scientists in all disciplines, and assist the wider understanding of science.

For an application and information about election to membership in the SFSU chapter, please contact Andrea Boyle at or Darlene Yee at

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Vote extension

The voting deadline on the change to the language of the SFSU Faculty Constitution has been extended to Tuesday, April 2. Please submit all ballots to the Academic Senate Office, ADM 552. Additional ballots are available. For details, call ext. 8-1264.

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Help plan SFSU conference

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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Need SFSU logo products?

Campus Graphics and Printing is offering 10 percent off University letterhead, envelopes, memo pads and business cards through April 15.

Orders can be faxed to ext. 8-0959 or call ext. 8-2434 for pricing information. Campus Graphics also offers free on-campus pickup and delivery.

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Card catalog cabinets for sale

The Friends of J. Paul Leonard Library have become the owners of all card catalog cabinets that remained in the Library after campus departments took the cabinets they wanted. The cabinets are now available to private parties in return for donations to the Friends of the Library. Proceeds will benefit Library programs.

Donation amounts are negotiable, with a starting amount of $125 for the 72 drawer units, $100 for the 60 drawer units and $35 for the 15 drawer units. Some are in better condition than others. Most can be viewed in the Library's hallways.

The smallest units are stored in private areas of the Library, but one is on display in the Friends' book sale room on the first floor of the Library. If you are interested in one of these cabinets, contact Suzanne Taylor at ext. 8-2408.

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Timeline DVDs

Want to show your students clips of Neville Chamberlain announcing that Great Britain and Germany will never go to war, Supreme Court Justice Hugo Black speaking on his membership in the Ku Klux Klan or John Steinbeck talking about winning the Nobel Prize? You can with the "Timeline" DVD series, which presents, year by year, memorable music, entertainment and news from around the world. Fifteen "Timeline" DVDs for the years 1937 to 1962 are now available for faculty checkout at the Audio Visual/ITV Center.

For details go to the AV/ITV Media Catalog Web site: Or call ext. 8-1493.

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This Week

Two career fairs this week

Faculty and staff are asked to remind students about two career fairs being held this week. The Spring Career and Internship Fair will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday and the Science and Engineering Career Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday.

Both events take place in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Students majoring in business or liberal arts are especially encouraged to attend the Spring Career and Internship Fair.

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University Club Board meets

The University Club Board will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the Verducci Room of the U. Club. All members are invited.

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Women in Afghanistan

The Third Annual Public Lecture and Film Series in honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day continues with a panel discussion on "Women in Afghanistan: Local and Global Connections" from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday in HSS 362.

The panel will be moderated by JoAnn Aviel, International Relations, and will feature Fristah Afifi and Catherine Sharif Marcus, Direct Loan Program for Women in Afghanistan.

The series is sponsored by the San Francisco Urban Institute's Program on Gender and Social Policy and by the Women Studies and International Relations departments.

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San Francisco wildlife

Have you ever come across a campus cat, skunk or racoon? San Francisco has more wildlife than you think. Biology Professor Jan Randall will talk with the Campus Cat Committee about urban animals at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the University Club. The committee looks after the campus feral feline population. All those interested in the subject or those who'd like to join the committee are invited to attend.

For details, contact Brigid Duffy at ext. 8-1493 or

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What to do in Afghanistan

Ulrich Bausch will present "What to Do When the Shooting Stops: Reconstruction in Germany after World War II and Its Implications for Today in Afghanistan" at noon Thursday in the Blakeslee Room of Thornton Hall (take elevator to the ninth floor and walk upstairs to the tenth floor).

Bausch is director of the Volkshoch-schule in Reutlingen, Germany. His lecture is part of the International Lecture Series, sponsored by the Office of International Programs and the International Education Exchange Council.

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Textbook orders due soon

The Bookstore is now processing orders for the summer and fall 2002 semesters. Faculty who submit their summer order by Friday or their fall order by Tuesday, April 2, will receive a 20 percent discount coupon from the Bookstore.

Faculty who are teaching this semester or who taught a class in summer 2001 should have received a requisition form in their campus mailbox the week of Feb. 25. Indicate any changes, then sign and return the form to the Bookstore. Orders can also be faxed to ext. 5-0474 or sent via e-mail to

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Taking oral histories

Gail Kurtz will hold a workshop on oral history techniques from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday in HUM 127. The workshop is free of charge and open to the public, but participants should register with the workshop sponsor, the Center for Modern Greek Studies at ext. 8-1892 or Participants are encouraged to bring a sack lunch since most campus vendors are closed on weekends.

Kurtz is an oral history consultant to the Bancroft Library at UC Berkeley, Judah Magnes Museum and other Bay Area institutions.

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Next Week

'Talk About Teaching' continues

The "Let's Talk About Teaching" series continues with a discussion on "Retirement -- Why It Scares the Hell Out of Us" from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Verducci Room of the University Club. Geosciences Professor Ray Pestrong will facilitate the discussion.

The series is sponsored by the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching and is part of the Carnegie Academy for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, a project supported by the Carnegie Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts.

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Book signing

Tess Uriza Holthe will be on campus for a book signing at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 20, in the Rigoberta Menchu Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Holthe's novel "When Elephants Dance," the story of a group of Filipino civilians during the Japanese invasion of World War II, was published earlier this year.

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Women, war and globalization

The Third Annual Public Lecture and Film Series in honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day wraps up with a panel discussion on "Feminist Practices Against War" from noon to 2 p.m. Wednedsay, March 20, in HSS 362.

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Founders' Day 2002: Party like it's 1899!

The University's Founders' Day celebration will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, March 21. You've already heard about the cake and Caribbean music. CampusMemo is pleased to announce a few additional details. Keeping with the theme "Party like it's 1899!" students dressed in period costumes will be stationed at main campus entrances, passing out fortune cookies before the event and inviting people to participate. After President Corrigan's remarks (which will begin shortly after noon), a choir conducted by Joshua Habermann will perform SFSU's University Song.

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Did you know ...

  • In 1967, more than 2,000 students participated in SFSU's experimental college, which offered classes ranging from "Zen Basketball" to "Sexual Growth."
  • In 1979, SFSU's College Bowl team advanced to the finals in Miami after defeating rival Stanford University.

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Academic Senate Action

At the March 5 meeting of the Academic Senate...

Chair Pamela Vaughn announced that:

  • Last semester the Senate failed to get a quorum when voting on revisions to the SFSU constitution.
  • SFSU constitutional revisions have been mailed to all faculty, who should vote and encourage their colleagues to vote.
  • The CSU system and the California Faculty Association have reached a tentative contract agreement.

Beverly Voloshin and Mabel Chan, coordinators of the Office of Academic Honors and Scholarships, reported that:

  • The University has expanded the resources available to continuing students seeking scholarships, fellowships and honors. The Office of Academic Honors and Scholarships, through the Financial Aid Office, will aid that endeavor.
  • The Office needs and welcomes the assistance of academic advisers, graduate coordinators, other faculty members, deans and student organizations in identifying outstanding students and helping them prepare for national competitions.
  • The Office's Web site can be found at:

Sheldon Axler and Gail Whitaker, co-chairs of the Ad Hoc Committee on Summer Semester Review and Assessment, reported that:

  • After an extensive survey the committee recommended a 10-week calendar for summer 2002 that would include one eight-week session and two five-week sessions.
  • Departments should ensure their classes are offered in time blocks appropriate for their subjects.
  • A University task force should be established to study the feasibility of moving to a trimester system.
  • Touch-tone registration remains the same as summer 2001: matriculated students will be given two weeks to exercise their registration priorities before classes are open to others.
  • The University should continue to monitor the need for transportation, including the possible initiation of shuttle service.

The Senate also:

  • Presented a resolution on the hiring of graduate teaching associates.
  • Approved a resolution on inclusion of first-term foreign language courses for general education.
  • Approved a resolution on the tentative agreement.

The next meeting of the Academic Senate will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 19, at Seven Hills Conference Center. All are welcome to attend. Visit the Academic Senate Web site:

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