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Volume 51, Number 33   May 17, 2004         

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Instructional Design
open house

The Instructional Technologies Department invites the campus community to attend an open house from 4 to 9 p.m. Monday in Rosa Parks rooms A, B and C in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. ITEC students will showcase their work in instructional design and such companies as Apple, Macromedia, George Lucas Educational Foundation, and LeapFrog will attend. Refreshments will be served.

Renaissance dance

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.

The event is part of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures' celebration of World Languages and Cultures Month. For details, contact Midori McKeon at ext. 8-7413 or

Web design class presentation

Design and Industry students in Digital Media 3: Web Design invite the campus community to a reception and launch of Web sites they designed for seven Bay Area small businesses from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 123 of the Fine Arts building.

The projects were done as part of a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Design and Industry Department.

Grad student showcase
The campus community is invited to the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase from 3 to 6 p.m. Wednesday on the first and second floors of the Administration building. The event will feature work by graduate students. There will be a reception toward the end of the event with a drawing for student prizes.

For details, contact Amy McBrayer at ext. 8-2232 or

Social Work open house
The School of Social work invites the campus community to attend an open house from 5 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Titled "Honoring the Past and Present Welcoming the Future," the celebration commemorates the 50th anniversary of the bachelor's degree program and the 35th anniversary of the master's degree program. Retiring faculty members Robert Walker and Greta Glukoski will be honored.

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EOP celebrates grads

The Educational Opportunity Program will host a reception to celebrate the educational achievements of its graduating students at 1 p.m. Sunday in the Seven Hills Conference Center.

For details, contact Rhonda Wright at ext. 8-1646.

Coming Up
Bosnian poetry,
fiction and music

The Poetry Center invites the campus community to an evening of Bosnian music, poetry and fiction at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 19, at the Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin St. (at Geary) in San Francisco. The event features poet Semezdin Mehmedinovic' (author of the acclaimed work "Sarajevo Blues"), essayist and fiction writer Aleksandar Hemon, poet-translator Ammiel Alcalay and Charming Hostess, a new San Francisco-base vocal group, who will perform selections from "Sarajevo Blues" set to music.

Admission is $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors.
For details, contact the Poetry Center at ext. 8-2227 or

SF State News home

All about Commencement
At last count before press time, SFSU will graduate 7,100 students this year and more than half of those students will attend the Saturday, May 29, Commencement along with their family and friends.

Vartan Gregorian, a former SF State faculty member and current president of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, will be the keynote speaker and will be awarded an honorary degree. Other honorees include alumnus and former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown, who will receive an honorary degree, E-LOAN founder Chris Larsen, who has been named Alumnus of the Year, and business faculty member and executive director of WiRED International Gary Selnow, who will receive the President's Medal.

The Commencement ceremony will be broadcast live on San Francisco cable channel 27. There will also be a live Webcast. Go to the SFSU home page on the day of Commencement to link to the Webcast:

In addition, check the SF State News site [ ] often between May 24 and June 4 for a variety of stories related to Commencement, including profiles of this year's hood recipients from each college and the Liberal Studies Program.

Faculty at Commencement
Faculty members participating in the Saturday, May 29, Commencement ceremony should line up no later than 12:15 p.m. next to the Student Services building (the north side of the Centennial Village roadway). This will guarantee you a seat on the staging area.

For details, contact Norma Urcuyo-Siani at ext. 8-6141.

'Rites of Passage' for retiring faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual "Rites of Passage" celebration held from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 25, at the University Club.

President Robert Corrigan, Provost John Gemello, and Vice President J.E. (Penny) Saffold will host the event.

The list of 2004 emeriti faculty may be found on the Faculty Affairs Web site: (Adobe Acrobat required). Or view an html version:

STAR of the Year honored
James Cassin received the STAR of the Year Award at a May 7 reception. President Robert A. Corrigan awarded Cassin a commemorative plaque, trophy and cash bonus. All the STARs of the Month for 2003-04 were recognized for their work in fulfilling the mission of the University.

Cassin, lead groundsworker, received the STAR of the Month in October:

Fee-waiver applications
Employee and dependent fee-waiver applications and information for the fall 2004 semester are now available in Human Resources (ADM 252). Beginning Tuesday, June 8, eligible employees may submit their fees and applications to the Bursar/Cashier's Office (ADM 155). Dependent fee-waiver program participants should continue to submit their applications directly to Human Resources.

See the Human Resources homepage for updates:

Employees with eligibility questions should call the fee-waiver help line at ext. 8-2678 or e-mail Jackie Bender at

Summer/fall textbooks
The Bookstore's textbook department wants to remind faculty to submit orders for the summer and fall semesters. Submit textbook orders online at:

The earlier a book order is turned in, the better chance the Bookstore has of buying back used books from students at the end of the semester. This benefit allows students to sell back books and get up to 50 percent of what they paid for the book. To do this, however, book orders must be submitted before the buyback periods -- May 17-22 and May 24-28.

For details, contact the textbook department at ext. 8-7377 or

CET summer camps
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching is offering week-long intensive workshops this summer. These workshops are designed to give faculty the time to learn and practice new skills and to work on course materials or other projects.

There will workshops on the following topics: enhancing instructional materials with digital images, creating an instructional Web site, online teaching with Blackboard, and using video to enhance teaching and learning.

The registration deadline is Friday, May 28. For complete information, go to:

Treganza exhibits
The Treganza Museum of Anthropology announces three exhibits that will be on display later this month in the Science building..

The "Treganza Museum Mural" in the Hohenthal Gallery on the third floor of the Science building spotlights the creation of the famous mural on the third floor of the Science building. Painted by Eduardo Pineda in 1988, the mural features icons that symbolize the various fields of endeavor in anthropology. The exhibit shows how the mural was designed and constructed, with original material from the artists. The show opens Saturday, May 29 and will remain open through the summer.

"Cruz de Mayo," a photographic exhibit of observations of the Day of the Holy Cross held in Izalco, El Salvador on May 3, is on display in the hall case on the third floor.

Archaeology in El Salvador 2003," a photographic exhibit of the many new discoveries in Central American archaeology this past year, is on display in the hall case on the second floor.

For details and hours, see the Treganza Museum Web site:

This month's Insiders include: Apple Distinguished Educator awards for Cinema Professor Jan Millsapps and Instructional Techologies Assistant Professor Peggy Benton; an article on high-tech firm marketing of new products by Marketing Asssistant Professor Subin Im; and a conference organized by Psychology lecturer Rosemarie M. Bowler on the effects of manganese exposure among welders.

Read the Insiders:

Academic Senate Action

At its May 11 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Heard a report from President Corrigan on the Governor's Compact for the
  • Heard a report from Human Relations Dean Ken Monteiro.
  • Heard a report from Darlene Yee and Jo Volkert on the activities of the Enrollment Management Committee.
  • Heard a report from Oswaldo Garcia about the Academic Program Review Committee.
  • Heard a report from CSU Academic Senate Chair Robert Cherny on the Workload Task Force.
  • Approved a revision to the University's grade appeal practices and procedures.
  • Approved changes to the majors for the bachelor's of arts degrees in philosophy and in philosophy and religion; revisions to the master of science in computer
    science; the creation of the business proficiency certificate through the College Of Extended Learning; revisions to 800-level courses in the MBA program; and revisions to the bachelor's of arts in journalism.
  • Approved a policy for the creation of the University Research Council.
  • Approved a resolution thanking and commending departing senators.
  • Approved a resolution on collegiality.

At the second Senate session, the newly constituted Academic Senate of 2004-05:

  • Approved the Executive Committee to act as the summer Senate.
  • Elected Senate officers and Executive Committee members for the 2004-05 Senate: Caran Colvin, chair; Rob Williams, vice-chair; Ned Fielden, secretary; and Marlon Hom and Gene Chelberg as at-large members.
  • Elected as the 2003-04 standing committee chairs and executive committee members: Wenshen Pong, chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee; Amy Nichols, chair of the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee; David
    Meredith, chair of the Academic Policies Committee; Guadalupe Avila, chair of the Student Affairs Committee; and Oswaldo Garcia, chair of the Academic Program Review Committee.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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