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Volume 51, Number 22   February 23, 2004           

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Lau v. Nichols exhibit
In recognition of the 30th anniversary of the Lau v. Nichols court decision, the Cahill Learning Resources and Media Laboratory presents "Lau at 30: Language Rights for Children," an exhibit that explores and pays tribute to the important civil rights court decision impacting children's language needs and access to education. The exhibit includes a curriculum display, mural, historic timeline and learning activities. It runs through Friday, March 12, and can be viewed from 1 to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, from 1 to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, and from 1 to 5 p.m. Fridays in the Cahill Lab, room 319 of Burk Hall.

Would you like to
create a Web site?

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching is offering a series of workshops on creating instructional Web sites using Dreamweaver on March 4, 9 & 11. To register, e-mail or call ext. 5-3537.

program help

The S.A.F.E. place reminds the campus community that as Sexual Assault Awareness Month approaches in April, you may be contacted by vendors touting self-defense programs or devices. Most reputable self defense instructors will offer a range of psychological, verbal and physical skills designed to be effective against strangers or acquaintances. They will not attempt to sell you weapons or other devices.

For help analyzing the quality of the programs and products offered, contact S.A.F.E. Place Coordinator Nina Jo Smith at ext. 8-2819.

Commencement apparel
Faculty members who wish to participate in the 2004 Commencement Ceremony may purchase or rent academic apparel through the SFSU Bookstore. Rental orders must be placed by April 5. Contact the Bookstore at ext. 8-2665 or stop by room 113C on the mezzanine level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Hours are 9 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Custom regalia orders must be placed by March 17. For help with custom orders, contact Amber Wilson at ext. 8-7369.

About the Talmud

Serguei Dolgopolski, a candidate for a tenure-track position in the Jewish Studies Program and a doctoral candidate at UC Berkeley and the Graduate Theological Union, will speak on "What is Talmud?" at noon Tuesday in the Verducci Room of the University Club.

The event is part of the Academic Judaica series sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program. For details, contact Jewish Studies at ext. 8-6075.

Financial seminar
The Office of University Development and the Human Resources Professional Development Program will present a seminar on financial and charitable planning from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in room 352 of the Administration building. Lunch will be served.

To reserve a seat, contact Jeanne Lee at ext. 5-0325 or

Faculty art exhibit opens
A reception for the Art Department's Faculty Exhibition will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Fine Arts Gallery, room 238 of the Fine Arts Building. This is the first faculty art show in four years and features work by a variety of nationally and internationally recognized artists working in a range of media.

The exhibit runs through March 18. Gallery hours are noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays.

French historian to speak
Annick Foucrier, a French historian specializing in the history of French migration to the United States and to California in particular, will present a French-language lecture "Faire des recherches en histoire des migrations: Méthodes et approaches" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 580 of the Humanities building. A reception follows the lecture.

The event is sponsored by the French Program of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. For details, contact Elizabeth Wright at ext. 8-7419.

University Budget Committee meets

The University Budget Committee will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Wednesday in the NEC Room on the fifth floor of the Administration building. The meeting is open to the campus community.

A success story
Vijay Mehrotra, assistant professor of decision sciences, will speak on "If the Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Me: An Interdisciplinary Success Story Starring TQM, DRM and BPR" 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.

Become a
defensive driver

Environmental Health and Occupational Safety will hold defensive driver training classes from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

To register, call ext. 8-1449 or send an e-mail to Participants must provide their name, department and driver's license number.

Seminar on
health disparities

Daniel Dohan, adjunct assistant professor at the Institute for Health Policy Studies and the Department of Anthropology, History, and Social Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, will speak on "Cancer Clinical Trials and Health Disparities" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Friday in room 104 of the HSS building.

The event is the second in a seminar series on issues in 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 email

Coming Up
Jean Ritchie open house

The campus community is invited to an open house for folk singer Jean Ritchie from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Admission is free. Ritchie will perform the following day (see below).

For details, contact Associated Students Performing Arts at ext. 8-2444.

Ritchie's performance
Traditional American folk singer/songwriter Jean Ritchie will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Admission is $5 for students with ID and seniors and $12 for the general public.
The event is sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts. For tickets, call 1-800-594-8499 or go to:

A story of displacement
Anca Vlasopolos, professor of English literature at Wayne State University, will read from her memoir "No Return Address: A Memoir of Displacement" at 4 p.m. Friday, March 5, in room 587 of the Humanities building.
The event is sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Program.

For details, contact Modern Greek Studies at ext. 8-1892 or

SF State News home

CUSP II unveils seven goal statements
This semester, the Commission on University Strategic Planning (CUSP II) is developing a set of goals, objectives, outcomes and strategies that will ultimately be incorporated into a draft university strategic plan. After a thorough review of proposed planning goals last fall, the commission produced seven goal statements that will be the focus of subcommittee work this semester. The goal statements are:

  1. San Francisco State University makes writing central to education and ensures that its graduates write proficiently.
  2. San Francisco State University offers high-quality post-baccalaureate programs widely recognized for their intellectual value and contribution to society.
  3. San Francisco State University, as a model internationalized campus, provides its faculty, staff, and students with global experiences, perspectives, and competencies.
  4. San Francisco State University demonstrates its core values of equity and social justice through the diversity of its students and employees; the content and delivery of its academic programs and support systems; and the opportunities for both campus and external constituencies to engage in meaningful discourse and activity.
  5. San Francisco State University builds a sense of connection and pride within the university community and enhances its public identity and presence among its external constituencies.
  6. San Francisco State University is a recognized leader in providing intellectual, social and cultural resources to the expanded community.
  7. San Francisco State University provides its faculty, staff, and students with the resources that enable them to participate fully in university life.

The commission invites campus comment on the seven goal statements and on proposed objectives, outcomes, and strategies to be developed subsequently. As developed, these planning statements will be made available at:

E-mail comments to Questions about CUSP II may be addressed to Richard Giardina at or ext. 8-2073.

AVP for research and sponsored programs search continues
Five finalists have been selected to interview for the position of associate vice president for research and sponsored programs and invited to campus to meet with SFSU representatives. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the presentations and receptions for each of the candidates.
  • A. S. Rao, senior associate vice provost for research and graduate studies at Drexel University and vice dean for research administration, biomedical graduate studies and information technology at Drexel University College of Medicine, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday in the University Club.
  • Gerald Sonnenfeld, associate dean for basic sciences and graduate studies, and professor and chair of microbiology, biochemistry and immunology at Morehouse School of Medicine, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4, in the University Club.
  • Kenneth Paap, associate dean and director of the Arts and Sciences Research Center at New Mexico State University, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 8, in the University Club.
  • Bruce Macher, interim associate vice president of research and sponsored programs at San Francisco State University, from 4 to 5:30 Thursday, March 11, in room 460 of the Administration building.
  • Marianne Rinaldo Woods, assistant vice president for research and director of the Office of Research at University of Texas, Arlington, gave her presentation last week.

Prop. 55's impact on the University
SFSU would receive nearly $4 million for computers, desks and tables to outfit the soon-to-be remodeled J. Paul Leonard Library if voters approve the statewide education bond measure on the March 2 ballot. The entire bond -- $12.3 billion -- would go toward new construction and building improvements at elementary and secondary schools along with CSU, UC and community college campuses.

For more, see:

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 Brian Murphy on the state budget; a report from the All University Committee on Faculty, Staff and Students with Disabilities; a resolution in support of getting out the vote for the March 2 general election and the March 2 & 3 SFSU student fee referendum; a resolution in support for Prop. 55, the Kindergarten-University Public Education Facilities Act of 2004; and a report from the CSU academic senators.

Help plan the next faculty/staff retreat
Academic Senate Vice Chair Caran Colvin invites members of the campus community to help plan the 2004 faculty staff development retreat at Asilomar. The first Asilomar planning meeting will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in the Verducci Room of the University Club.

Topics for discussion include theme, programming, social events, advertising and building attendance.

For details, contact the Senate Office at ext. 8-1264 or

People on Campus
Grace Hardie -- Recognizing the language of breathlessness
Photo of Grace Hardie
Grace Hardie knows that in treating asthma language can be a matter of life or death.

In 1997, Hardie witnessed this firsthand while conducting an asthma study at the University of California at San Francisco where for more than a decade she had been working as an assistant clinical professor in the department of physiological nursing. During the midst of the study, both the son and nephew of an African-American asthma patient died within 24 hours of having sought emergency care at a hospital for their asthma attacks.

"Both were not treated appropriately," said Hardie, most likely because the language they used to describe their asthma symptoms may not have been understood by the health care professionals, she said.

In the United States, the death rate from asthma is three times higher for African Americans than for whites. In addition, African Americans with asthma experience limited access to care, may not receive appropriate treatment in the emergency room, and are at a greater risk of death during acute asthma attacks than whites...

Read the full profile of Hardie:

This month's Insiders include an essay prize won by Bill Issel, professor of history; a chapter on Egypt and ancient African philosophy contributed by Théophile Obenga, chair of the Black Studies Department, to a Blackwell companion guide to African philosophy; and a paper on Rebecca West in South Africa presented by Loretta Stec, associate professor of English, at an international conference on Rebecca West.

Read the full list of Insiders:


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