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February 24, 2003

Volume 50, No. 22


Year of Civil Discourse February events


This week: CSU budget updates on Tuesday and Thursday


Results of staff survey available More Asilomar thanks Judicial Affairs Q&A

This Week

Medieval Islam and race Provost search: Paul Wong Student research competition deadline
Students: start your papers! All about FERP Japanese incense ceremony
Provost candidate: Susan Steele Something good about bad poetry CEL: 10 years downtown
Mexican migrant labor in
the early 20th century


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Faculty budget briefing

The Presidet's Office and the Academic Senate are co-hosting two CSU Budget Update Presenttions for the campus community. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend, including students, staff, faculty and administrators. Both pressentations will be held in McKenna Theatre in the Creative Arts building.

They will take place:

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Results of staff survey available

Last spring, the Commission on University Strategic Planning developed a survey instrument to be sent to all University staff. The Office of Academic Planning and Assessment assisted in administering the survey and analyzed the results.

The survey was completed by 23 percent of the staff. Results and a report analyzing the findings are online.

Any questions about the report may be addressed to CeCe Iandoli, interim coordinator of academic assessment, at

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More Asilomar thanks

The Academic Senate office would like to add one more word of thanks for Asilomar supporters in addition to the list that ran in last week's CampusMemo. Thanks to Don Zingale, Health and Human Services, for sponsoring a reception.

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Judicial Affairs Q&A

All deans, department chairs and faculty members are invited to attend a Judicial Affairs Q&A session on how to deal with students who may have violated the Student Code of Conduct.

Attendees can choose to attend a session from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 6, or from 1 to 3 p.m. Friday, March 7. Both sessions will be held in room 401 of the Student Services Building.

RSVP to Judicial Affairs at ext. 8-2032.

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This Week

Medieval Islam and race

Paul Hardy, an adjunct associate professor at the City College of New York, will present "Avicenna on Race" from 4 to 6 p.m. today in room 392 of the Humanities building. Avicenna is a medieval Islamic physician and philosopher.

The event is part of the Philosophy Department's lecture series on Islamic thought.

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Provost search: Paul Wong

An open meeting for provost candidate Paul Wong will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today in the University Club. All members of the campus community are encouraged to attend.

Wong is dean of the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters at University of Michigan, Dearborn. Note that provost candidate Susan Steele's open meeting takes place on Wednesday (see below).

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Student research competition deadline

Applications for the annual CSU Student Research Competition are due Tuesday. Faculty are asked to encourage students to participate. Currently enrolled undergraduate and graduate students, as well as spring, summer and fall 2002 graduates, are eligible. Proprietary research is excluded. The SFSU campus competition takes place March 3-7.

Students can enter research in a variety of areas, covering most SFSU academic disciplines. See an application for details.

Registration forms and application guidelines may be picked up in room 254 of the Administration building, in college offices or downloaded.

For details, contact Darlene Yee at or Lisa Hoskins at

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Students: start your papers!

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend an academic skills workshop on writing papers for college courses. The workshop, presented by Karen Wiederholt will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 202 of the Business building.

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All about FERP

Human Resources invites faculty to find out about the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in room 352 of the Administration building. Paul Alires, senior benefits analyst, will discuss how and when to take advantage of this program and what benefits you retain when you do.

RSVP to Jackie Bender at ext. 8-2678 or

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Japanese incense ceremony

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures invites the campus community to a special workshop on the ancient Japanese aristocratic art of the incense ceremony to be held Wednesday in the Japanese Tea Room, room 117 of the Humanities building. The workshop will be performed by an incense artist from Kyoto, Japan.

There will be two one-hour sessions: from 3 to 4 p.m. and from 4 to 5 p.m. Reservations are required. You will be asked to present a confirmation number at the door. Admission is $3.

RSVP to Midori McKeon at

The workshop is the first event in the Spring 2003 Foreign Languages and Literatures Colloquium Series.

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Provost candidate: Susan Steele

An open meeting for provost candidate Susan M. Steele will take place from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the University Club. All members of the campus community are encouraged to attend.

Steele is a visiting scholar at Stanford University.

Note that provost candidate Paul Wong's open meeting takes place on Monday (see above).

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Something good about bad poetry

Bill Christmas, associate professor of English, presents "What's Good about Bad Poetry in the 18th Century" from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in room 203 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Graduate Literature Association's Literature of This Century Colloquia.

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CEL: 10 years downtown

The College of Extended Learning celebrates a decade of providing courses and workshops in downtown San Francisco with a reception from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at CEL's Downtown Center, 425 Market St. (at Fremont). The event is open to everyone.

As part of the celebration, CEL will honor four Bay Area companies for providing courageous and creative staff training. Companies to be honored are the law firm Morrison & Foerster LLP, LeapFrog Enterprises, Joie de Vivre Hospitality, and the Custodial and Food Service Employee Education Program at the University of San Francisco.

The program will feature a keynote speech on corporate ethics by two senior partners from Morrison & Foerster LLP.

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Mexican migrant labor in the early 20th century

The Labor Archives and Research Center will hold its annual program from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at ILWU, Local 34, located at 4 Berry Street (on the Embarcadero next to Pacific Bell Park). A reception begins at 6 p.m. At 7 p.m. keynote speaker Gilbert Gonzalez, a professor of social sciences and education at UC Irvine, will discuss the origins of labor migration from Mexico to the U.S. in the early 20th century.

The event also features comments from Hector Valdez of the Day Laborers Program and music by SFSU's own Dr. Loco (Raza studies Professor Jose Cuellar).

For details, call (415) 564-4010.

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