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Volume 51, Number 30   April 26, 2004           

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Cruise the Caribbean
The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to sign up for its annual fund-raising cruise. This year's cruise sets sail from Puerto Rico Jan. 3, 2005 for an 11-night cruise of the Caribbean including stops at 10 islands.

The UWA cruise generates money for scholarships. Prices begin at $940/person for an outside stateroom.

For a flier about the cruise, contact Lin (Bushart) Ivory at For details and to reserve a spot, contact Tom Fell Sr. of Fell Travel at (800) 321-3355.

Emotion and choice

Barbara Mellers, professor of marketing at the Haas School of Business at University of California, Berkeley, will present "Emotion and Choice" from noon to 1 p.m. in room 202 of the Business building.

The event is part of the College of Business research roundtable. For details, contact Sally Baack at ext. 8-6421.

Literature's 'too much'
Catherine Gallagher, Eggers Professor of English at the University of California, Berkeley, will speak on "Daniel Deronda: The Too Much of Literature" at 4 p.m. Wednesday in room 512 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the English Language and Literature Department. A reception follows.

Talking about the
'E Generation'

"Generation E," a documentary by SFSU cinema major Le Sheng Liu about rave culture, will be screened from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in room 133 of the Humanities building. The documentary tracks the publicity that has surrounded rave culture in recent years and compares alternatives for dealing with drug-related youth issues.

The event is sponsored by the CEASE (Creating Empowerment through Alcohol and Substance Abuse Education) Program. For details, contact Bita Shooshani at ext. 5-3953.

Health and Hunters Point
Kevin Grumbach, chair of the Family and Community Medicine Department at University of California, San Francisco, will speak on "From Health Services Research to Participatory Community-Based Research: Experiences at Bayview-Hunters Point" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in room 104 of the HSS building.

The event is the sixth in a seminar series on health disparities research and is funded by the National Institutes of Health Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions (RIMI) program. For details, contact the Public Research Institute at ext. 8-2978 or

A kaleidoscope
of clothes

Students in apparel design and merchandising invite the campus community to their Runway 2004 Kaleidoscope Fashion Event at 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Stonestown Galleria. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for students. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to A Miner Miracle, a local nonprofit whose mission is to assist men and women with clothing as they re-enter the work force.
For details, contact Connie Ulasewicz at ext. 8-1860.

Coming Up
Modern Japanese calligraphy
Keiji Onodera, president of the Shodo Journal Research Institute in Japan, will discuss "Modern Japanese Calligraphy" from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, in room 485 of the Humanities building. Midori McKeon, chair of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will translate. A reception follows the lecture.

The lecture is a companion event to an exhibit of new work by 20 Japanese master calligraphers in celebration of the 150th anniversary of the signing of the U.S.-Japan Treaty of Peace and Amity. The exhibit, sponsored by Foreign Languages and Literatures and the College of Humanities, can be viewed from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, April 26, through Friday, May 7, in the College of Humanities office reception area on the fourth floor of the Humanities building.

For details, contact Midori McKeon at ext. 8-7413 or

Defensive driving

Defensive driving training classes will be available for staff and faculty from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, May 13.

To sign up, call ext. 8-1449 or e-mail

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Town Hall to save the CSU
A town hall meeting to highlight the importance of the CSU system will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The meeting will feature business leaders and members of the SFSU community talking to elected officials about the importance of the CSU to the California economy and community.

A light dinner will be served. R.S.V.P. to ext. 8-6232 or

The event is sponsored by the SFSU chapter of the California Faculty Association, Educational Opportunity Program, California State Employees Association Chapter 305-SFSU, President Robert A. Corrigan, Academic Senate Chair Jim Edwards and the Asian Student Union.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
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: a report from President Corrigan and Provost Gemello on plans to meet the budget deficit; a report from Health Path director Amy Hittner, Jumpstart faculty director Dawn Terrell, and Counseling Center clinical director Willie Mullins on the comprehensive campus transitions program; a report from Mark Sekelick, a member of the California Faculty Association's board of directors, on the CFA coalition to save the CSU; a proposed resolution in support of the CFA coalition to save the CSU; elections to seven Senate committees; a proposal to offer the certificate in teaching post-secondary reading through the College of Extended Learning at Cañada College; a proposed revision to the University's grade-appeal practice and procedures; a proposed resolution on blocking e-mail spam; a proposed policy on principles and procedures regarding graduate admission of students with three-year bachelor's degrees; a proposed University academic calendar for 2005-06; a proposed Academic Senate meeting schedule for fall 2004; a proposed resolution on a ban on smoking on the SFSU campus; and a proposed resolution on the high cost of textbooks.

World Languages and Cultures lecture series
In celebration of World Languages and Cultures Month, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures presents a series of events during May.

The events are:

  • Catherine Siskron, lecturer of Russian, discusses "Horizontal Castles: Gothic Elements in the Novels of Pushkin, Gogol and Lermontov" from 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, May 3, in room 473 of the Humanities building.
  • Tomoko Wakabayashi, research coordinator in the Center for Infant Studies at Stanford University, discusses "My Child Speaks 'Martian': Exploring gibberish utterances produced by children raised in Japanese and English bilingual context" from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 6, in room 473 of the Humanities building.
  • "Arabic Calligraphy: Geometry of the Spirit," an exhibit featuring the work of Fayeq Oweis, lecturer of Arabic, will be on display from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 10, through Friday, May 21, in the dean's reception area on the fourth floor of the Humanities building.
  • Ludmila Ershov, professor emerita of Russian, will discuss "Italian Architects in Russia" from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 12, in room 473 of the Humanities building.
  • Susan Holloway, adjunct professor of education at University of California, Berkeley, will discuss "Contested Childhood: Diversity and Change in Japanese Preschools" from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 13, in room 473 of the Humanities building. A reception follows the lecture.
  • Oweis will discuss his exhibit "Arabic Calligraphy: Geometry of the Spirit" from 11:10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 14, in room 202 of the Humanities building. A reception follows the lecture from noon to 1 p.m. in room 485 of the Humanities building.
  • Elizabeth Wright, professor of French, will discuss "Dance and Education in Renaissance Europe" from 12:35 to 1:25 p.m. Tuesday, May 18, in room 477 of the Humanities building.

For details, contact Midori McKeon at ext. 8-7413 or

 People on Campus
Muata Kenyatta – Keeping the beat alive
Photo of Muata KenyattaAmong the culturally diverse and unique personalities to be found on the SFSU campus, Muata Kenyatta stands out. On a day so cold and windy that everyone on campus has their hats pulled down over their ears, Kenyatta heads for his office in the Cesar Chavez Student Center with a black, wide-brimmed cowboy hat resting securely just above his ears. "A Stetson," he'll tell anyone who inquires, "the real thing."

Kenyatta, who descends from Choctaw, Creek, Creole and African roots, knows a lot about "the real thing" when it comes to American music. While a fan of every kind, he is a walking, talking discography on jazz, folk and country music...

Read the full profile of Kenyatta at:

STAR of the Month

April STAR of the Month: Justo Sotomayor
Photo of Justo SotomayorWe all appreciate receiving our mail and paychecks, but many of us are not aware of the amount of work that goes on behind the scenes.

Justo Sotomayor, this month's STAR, has been working in SF State's Mail Services, a part of the University's Procurement department, for 12 years. Sotomayor's day starts at 7.30 a.m., when he supervises the sorting and distribution of incoming mail to the entire campus. It is quite a feat, considering that the mail room receives 80,000 to 100,000 pieces of mail each week.

Sotomayor ensures that all incoming and outgoing mail is handled promptly and efficiently sent to both local and international destinations like Vietnam and Ethiopia. He places care and attention to his daily duties.

"Every day is a challenge because every piece of mail is important," Sotomayor said.

Once a month, Sotomayor makes sure that the Payroll Office receives all employee paychecks from Sacramento and is then responsible for delivering the paychecks to departments in the University in a timely manner.

A familiar face among the campus community, Sotomayor makes weekly visits to different departments, personally addressing any problems the department may be having with mail services.

"Justo is an outstanding employee in the mail services operation. He is a go-to guy; he always has the answer to a question. He goes above and beyond whenever called upon to ensure the continued excellent service that is provided by he and all the mail room staff, while always maintaining his warm, gregarious and genuinely good natured spirit," said Stephen C. Smith, director of the Procurement department.

Sotomayor lives with his wife in Daly City, where their three children were raised. During the weekends, Sotomayor enjoys spending time with his four grandchildren.

"Being a grandparent is the most beautiful thing that can happen to anyone," Sotomayor said.

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