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Volume 51, Number 18   January 26, 2004           

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UBC meeting
The next meeting of the University Budget Committee is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 29, from 2:30 to 4 p.m., in the NEC Room (ADM 560). The meeting is open to the campus community.

January 28
First day of classes
Spring '04 Instruction Begins.

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Meet the candidates for dean of faculty affairs
The campus community is invited to meet the three candidates for dean of faculty affairs and professional development at presentations over the next several weeks.

The candidates and presentation dates are:
Marlon Hom, chair of Asian American Studies, Thursday, Jan. 29, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the University Club;
Marilyn Verhey, acting dean of faculty affairs and professional development, Tuesday, Feb. 3, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the University Club;
Wanda Lee, associate chair of Counseling, Wednesday, Feb. 11, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the University Club.

A question-and-answer session and reception follow each presentation.

For more information, contact Jan Millsapps, chair of the search committee and professor of cinema, at ext. 8-2518.

Comedy comes back to SFSU, benefits Athletics
The Department of Athletics presents its annual fund-raiser Veterans of Comedy Wars VII at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 21, in McKenna Theatre.

The all-star comedy lineup includes Harvey Korman, Tim Conway, Connie Stevens, Will Durst, Ronnie Schell, Paul Williams, Bob Sarlatte and the Andrew Speight Jazz Ensemble.

Tickets for the SFSU Athletic Scholarship Program benefit are $30, $45 and $60. Admission to a post-event reception on Feb. 20 is an additional $50 per person.

To order tickets or for more information, call Doug Hupke, assistant director in the Athletics Department, at ext. 5-0556 or ext. 8-2218.

Season opens for International Programs grants
The Office of International Programs (OIP) is accepting applications from faculty for two grant programs: one new and the other continuing.

OIP's new Curriculum Internationalization Grant program is designed to help faculty creatively develop ways to weave international content into classes not traditionally regarded as international, such as biology, accounting, chemistry and others.

For its continuing grant program -- Faculty International Development grants -- OIP welcomes proposals for projects that have the potential to enhance international education and promote international awareness at SFSU through research and scholarship, creative activities, foreign language and area studies, curricular innovation or promotion of international awareness and understanding.

For both grant opportunities, tenure track (non-FERP) SFSU faculty are eligible to apply. Applications may be picked up in the OIP office (ADM 450) or downloaded from the Faculty Section of the OIP Web site The deadline for both is Monday, March 1.

For more information about these grant opportunities, contact either Yenbo Wu, OIP director, at or Marilyn Jackson, OIP coordinator of international grants and protocol, at, or call the OIP office at ext 8-1293.

Symposium on the energy crisis and California Indians
To examine the impact of the energy crisis on California Indians, the American Indian Studies Department and College of Ethnic Studies will sponsor a symposium Friday, Jan. 30, and Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Seven Hills Conference Center featuring representatives from California Indian tribes and tribal organizations, the energy industry and government regulatory agencies.

Discussions at the symposium will cover such topics as the proposed national energy bill, California energy law, protection of sacred sites and energy development. Participants also will explore supply and demand issues regarding conservation, electricity rebates and tribal gaming, state and federal incentive programs for renewable energy options, and the federal hydropower relicensing process, said Joanne Barker, assistant professor of American Indian Studies and organizer of the symposium.

Speakers and panelists appearing at the symposium will include leading experts on energy issues facing California's Indians and Indians in neighboring states. Keynote addresses will be given by Deron Marquez, tribal chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and an SFSU alumnus; Joe Shirley Jr., president of the Navajo Nation; and A. David Lester, executive director of the Council for Energy Resource Tribes.

For more information, call Barker at ext. 8-2013 or visit the symposium Web site at

Faculty and staff townhome now available on Vidal Drive
Comfortable and convenient townhouse living adjacent to campus is now available for faculty or staff.

A unit located at 22 Vidal Drive, owned by SFSU and managed by Housing & Residential Services, is available exclusively to SFSU faculty, staff, and their family. The townhouse has more than 1,500 square feet with 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, spacious living and dining rooms and semi-private patios.

For more information about the unit, contact Philippe Cumia, assistant director of housing and residential services for housing marketing and communication, at or ext 8-1067.

Photos and floor plans are available online at:

Application deadline for CSU forgivable loan programs
The deadline to submit applications for the 2004-05 CSU Forgivable Loan/Doctoral Program is Friday, Feb. 13. Applications are now available from Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, ADM 451.

The program is designed to increase the pool of qualified individuals to teach the diverse student body in the CSU by providing doctoral students with loans of up to $10,000 per year up to a total of $30,000.

The loans will be canceled or forgiven at a rate of 20 percent for each year of service -- after completion of the Ph.D. -- as a full-time instructional faculty member in the CSU.

In the event a student does not obtain a faculty position with the CSU, the repayment timeline and interest rate is comparable to other graduate student loans.

In memoriam: William Harkness
William Harkness, who distinguished himself as both a Gator football player and later as a coach and administrator at SF State, died Jan. 10, 2004 at a hospital in Rancho Mirage, after a long illness. He was 89 years of age.

Harkness, who grew up in San Francisco, played football for the Gators, setting a record with a punt of 72 yards on the fly. He graduated from SF State in 1938 and served as a Navy officer in the South Pacific during World War II.

Harkness joined the faculty in 1947 and became a professor of physical education. He served as head coach of the track and field team, an assistant coach on the football team and assistant athletic director. Harkness later became dean of student activities in the 1960s and retired from the University in 1977.

Professor emeritus of mathematics Frank Sheehan said he remembers the dedication that Harkness displayed for SFSU. "He worked for the betterment of the University in every way he could," said Sheehan, who also worked with Harkness on a program to improve physical education programs in high schools.

STAR of the Month

January STAR of the Month: Jo-Ann Perryman
Photo of Jemi LieJo-Ann Perryman began her tenure at San Francisco State University more than three decades ago, a young bride who moved to the city from a small town in the Santa Cruz mountains as her husband enrolled in an undergraduate program in biology.

Her first job was working the counter in the Cashier's Office but she quickly moved on to Financial Aid. By the late 1960s she landed in a small department working for whom she calls "an outstanding man." She found her home away from home in the Classics Department taking the reigns as department secretary and serving as the right-hand woman for Richard Trapp, the former chair and professor.

"I've worked with so many wonderful people," said Perryman, now an academic office coordinator and selected as the STAR winner for January. "And I love working with the students and making a difference in their lives."

Today, Perryman runs two departments -- Classics and Comparative and World Literature. With a total of 16 faculty members and nearly 100 students she is the face of the departments and the person who answers the phone, responds to e-mails, coordinates classes, helps order books, works closely with her counterparts in the College of Humanities and keeps the operation going.

"She is the major reason that both departments score high marks for student service; she is the embodiment of 'user friendly,' always seeking ways to make life easier on campus for our students and faculty. Over the years she has introduced many department procedures that save time, effort and energy for our people," said Pamela Vaughn, department chair and professor. "She is a true partner in the work of the department, assisting the chair, faculty and students in every possible way. In her quiet way, she has been a stellar ambassador for the University and our departments. Everyone agrees that we would be lost without her."

Perryman lives in Daly City with her husband of nearly 40 years, John, owner of a San Francisco-based upholstery and window treatment shop and also a part-time faculty member at City College of San Francisco, where he teaches human sexuality. The two are outdoor enthusiasts. With a weekend retreat in Tahoe City, the pair often spend weekends backpacking (she carries a 25-pound pack), back-country skiing, snow shoeing, swimming and walking. They also camp and recently acquired two llamas to help carry supplies to their destinations.

"Our llamas Poncho and Leftie are so much easier to deal with than horses," she said.

The Perrymans, along with several friends, are embarking on a major physical endurance challenge as they hike the entire Pacific Crest Trail from Canada to Mexico. Currently, they are taking on the Sierras. They also have hiked and camped in Sweden, Switzerland, Germany, Yosemite, Canada, Alaska and Oregon.

"It's wonderful to be secluded in the mountains," she said. "It's just so beautiful and relaxing."

When the couple is in town they enjoy time with their two children and three grandchildren -- all living in the Bay Area. In her quiet time, Perryman likes to read, with mysteries topping her favorites list.

As the STAR of the Month, Perryman will enjoy four free lunches on campus, a free parking pass or equivalent in one month's public transportation costs, and more. She will also be eligible for the STAR of the Year award.

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