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February 10, 2003

Volume 50, No. 20


Year of Civil Discourse February events

Black History Month events


Help plan the future of SFSU Enrollment management election Access and construction alerts
Asilomar-velous Spring workshops at CET

This Week

The embodied self in Islam Academic Senate meeting That's Cretean, not cretin
Giovanni's rhyme

Coming Up

A fine spring Vista Discontinuing the minor in psychological services Dialogue on diversity
Black history lecture correction African presence in Cuba


Provost candidates to visit campus Faculty budget briefing


About CampusMemo


Help plan the future of SFSU

The Commission on University Strategic Planning (CUSP) asks that all faculty and staff consider participating in the spring semester work of the four CUSP Planning Groups. The groups are: The Academic Experience, The Student Experience, The Employee Experience, and The University and its Environment. A draft vision for the University was completed by these same planning groups last fall. Now the groups will come back into session to develop strategic planning recommendations to implement that vision. The draft vision statement can be found on-line at:

The four planning groups will meet jointly with the commission from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in Room 133 of the Humanities building. The groups will meet every Thursday afternoon thereafter for the rest of the semester, with starting times of the meetings to be determined by the groups themselves.

For details, contact Richard Giardina at or ext. 8-2073. Those willing to participate in this important strategic planning endeavor should indicate their interest by e-mailing or by attending this week's meeting.

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Enrollment management election

At its Dec. 3, 2002, meeting, the Academic Senate approved a new policy on enrollment management. Three members will be elected to serve on three-year, overlapping terms on the committee that will implement the new policy.

If you are interested in serving, contact Angela Sposito at ext. 8-1264.

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Access and construction alerts

Visitors to campus can receive timely updates on campus construction, related temporary barriers, and options for alternate access, through a Web-based service maintained by the Disability Programs and Resource Center. View access alerts and sign up to receive them by e-mail at:

For details, contact Gene Chelberg at or ext. 5-3728.

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The Academic Senate office would like to thank all members of the campus community who contributed to the success of a memorable Faculty and Staff Development Retreat at Asilomar this year.

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Spring workshops at CET

Faculty are invited to increase their familiarity with learning technology and explore teaching tools through workshops at the Center for the Enhancement of Teaching. Topics range from an introduction to Mac OS X to assessment rubrics. For a full schedule and to register, visit:

Can't make any of the scheduled times? Contact the CET training coordinator at ext. 5-3537 to find out about customized workshops.

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This Week

The embodied self in Islam

Etin Anwar, Freeman Post-doctoral Fellow in Asian and Religious Studies at Hamilton College, will speak on "Masculinity and Femininity of the Embodied Self in Islam" at 4 p.m. today in Room 392 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the Philosophy Department.

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Academic Senate meeting

The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: election of three faculty members to the enrollment management committee; approval of annual Senate reapportionment; proposed revisions to the University policy on written English proficiency; a proposed revision to the B.S. degree in accounting; a proposed certificate in accounting; proposed recodification and revision of Senate bylaws; a discussion on the CSU Academic Senate resolution on student fees; and a discussion on the CSU Academic Senate resolution on privacy of electronic communications.

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That's Cretean, not cretin

Brice Erickson, a candidate for the open tenure-track position in classics, will present "Late Archaic and Classical Crete: Island Pottery, Internal and External Relations" at 3 p.m. Friday in HUM 587. The campus community is welcome to attend.

Erickson holds a doctorate from the University of Texas. For details, contact the Classics Department at ext. 8-2068.

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Giovanni's rhyme

Poet, author and activist Nikki Giovanni will read from her new book "Quilting the Black-Eyed Pea" from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday in Jack Adams Hall on the Terrace Level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The reading is sponsored by the Bookstore and the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center. For details, contact Ken White at ext. 8-1475 or

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Coming Up

A fine spring Vista

The Vista Room, the restaurant for fine dining located on the fourth floor of Burk Hall, will begin spring semester service Monday, Feb. 17. Chef Daniel Honan returns to supervise students from the departments of Hospitality Management and Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics.

Lunch is $12 per person and includes choice of soup or salad, entree, dessert and beverage. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling ext. 5-3530 or ext. 8-6087.

Blocks of tickets are available beginning at $287 for 25 lunches.

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Discontinuing the minor in psychological services

The Educational Policies Council will meet from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 18, in Room 460 of the Administration building to discuss the discontinuance of the minor in psychological services and certificate in psychological field services. Interested parties are welcome to attend.

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Dialogue on diversity

The offices of Community Service Learning and Civic Engagement and the Department of Speech and Communication Studies invite the campus community to "Raise Your Voice: Dialogues on Diversity" from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, in the Rosa Parks Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Victoria Chen, professional mediator and assistant professor of speech and communication studies, will facilitate a student panel on concerns, goals and opportunities for students to speak out. Small groups will also meet to discuss and propose ways SFSU students, faculty and administrators can build understanding, trust and communication that creates a genuine campus community.

The event is part of the Raise Your Voice Student Action for Change Campaign sponsored by Campus Compact.

For details, contact Community Service Learning at ext. 5-3809 or

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Black history lecture correction

The lecture by Black Studies Professor Wade W. Nobles (Ifagbemi Sangodare), Nana Kwaku Berko I, which takes place from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 21, in Room 116 of the Psychology building, should have been titled "Es Sudan, Timbuctoo and the Dogonna: A Report from the Field."

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African presence in Cuba

Cuban artist Ruben Valdes Montano will present "The African Presence in Cuban Art and Life" at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, in Room 101 of the Psychology building.

Montano will speak to students in Black Studies 204, Black Creative Arts. The talk is also open to the campus community.

If you would like to attend, RSVP by Thursday, Feb. 20. E-mail Dorothy Tsuruta of Black Studies at

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Provost candidates to visit campus

After a thorough review of applications and considerable deliberation, the Search Committee for the Provost/Vice President for Academic Affairs, chaired by Pamela Vaughn, has announced campus visits for three candidates for the position. Each candidate will have an opportunity to meet with members of the campus community.

The three candidates and the dates of their visits are:

All faculty, administrators, staff and students are encouraged to meet with the candidates at a public meeting during their respective visits, which will be announced in upcoming editions of CampusMemo.

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Faculty budget briefing

The Academic Senate will hold a meeting about current budget issues from 2:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building.

The meeting will address budget issues and inform the faculty and campus community of the current financial picture of the CSU and its impact on SFSU.

Leroy Morishita, vice president of administration and finance, will give a presentation and there will be time allotted for questions.

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Black History Month events

SFSU will celebrate Black History Month with a series of on-campus events. Admission to all events is free. Highlights are listed here-please see fliers around campus and check the Web calendar ( for more event listings.

Paul Robeson Week

Associated Students Performing Arts presents events celebrating the life and work of Paul Robeson, athlete, singer, actor and international civil rights activist. All events take place in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Black history lecture series

The Department of Black Studies will sponsor a lecture each Friday throughout February from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in PSY 116:

Selected Student Center events

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