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Volume 52, Number 28   April 4, 2005         

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Health disparities and biomedical research

Steven Epstein, associate professor of sociology at University of California, San Diego, will speak on "Health Disparities, Bodily Differences, and Collective Identities: Gender, Race, Age, Sexuality, and the Changing Politics of Biomedical Research in the United States" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday in room C-114 of the Student Center.

The event is part of spring health disparities seminar series and is funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-2978.

AIDS awareness

The campus community is invited to participate in Multicultural AIDS Awareness Day from noon to 2 p.m. in the Quad and Malcolm X Plaza. San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will be one of the featured speakers. There will also be music and dance performances, information tables staffed by a variety of community groups, and free anonymous HIV antibody tests.

Russia-U.S. relations
Glenn Fieldman, lecturer in international relations and political science, will discuss "Recent Developments in Russian-U.S. Relations" at 1:30 p.m. in the Rosa Parks Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The event is sponsored by the Gamma Chapter of the Sixty Plus Club.

Egyptian exhibit opens

"Tales and Treasures from the Tomb: Selected Artifacts from the Sutro Egyptian Collection" opens at 11 a.m. Wednesday in room 510 of the Humanities building. The exhibit runs through May 6. Hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is free.

Docents are available to conduct tours for school classes and other groups. For details, contact Marian Bernstein at ext. 8-1500.

About Charlotte Grimke
Dorothy Tsuruta, associate professor of Black studies, will give a lecture on "Charlotte Forten Grimke: 18th Century Black Activist, Writer and Educator" from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 386 of the Humanities building.

This event is part of the Women Studies spring lecture series.

Coming Up
Free concert at Slim's

Two classes in the College of Extended Learning's Music and Recording Industry program have teamed up to present a free concert at 8 p.m. Monday, April 11, at Slim's, 333 11th St. (between Folsom and Harrison ), San Francisco. Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

The concert features the bands Numic, A Burning Water, and Crackpot Theory and is open to all ages.

For details, call ext. 5-0333.

Students from
Gaza speak

The campus community is invited to "Education Under Occupation: A Panel Discussion with Four University Students from Gaza" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 12, in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by Faculty for Israeli-Palestinian Peace, and Critical Social Thought and Global Peace Studies programs.

For details, contact Beverly Voloshin at ext. 8-7461.

A funny Guy
Guy Torry, a host on BET's "Comic View" and a veteran of "Showtime at the Apollo" and "Def Comedy Jam," will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Tickets are $12 for the general public and $6 for students. Tickets are available at the door or may be purchased in advance by calling (800) 594-8499 or at:

The event is sponsored by A.S. Performing Arts.

Two talks on America
Sanjoy Banerjee, professor of international relations, and Robert C. Smith, professor of political science, will speak from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21, in room 361 of the HSS building. Banerjee will speak on "Nationality and American Identity" and Smith will speak on "Reagan, Race and Rights: Substance and Symbolism in the 2nd Reconstruction."

The event is part of the College of BSS faculty research series.

African American
health fair

The African American Community Health Fair will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, April 18, on the Quad. The fair includes free tests for HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted diseases, glaucoma, body fat and more. There will also be Caribbean music, information from a variety of community groups and agencies, and a drawing for one of 75 pedometers.

The event is sponsored by the Student Health Advisory Committee and Associated Students Inc.

Michael Gregory memorial
A memorial for Michael Gregory, professor emeritus of English, will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, May 6, in room 587 of the Humanities building. Individuals will be able to share reminiscences, anecdotes, appreciations, memories and tributes.

The event is sponsored by the NEXA Program and the English Department.

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Student essay contest
The San Francisco Urban Institute is sponsoring a student essay contest in recognition of its new discussion series, "Great Minds and Civic Engagement." In response to New York Times editorial page editor Gail Collins' recent visit to campus, the topic is as follows: in her book, "America's Women," Collins says that the history of American women has been about the struggle to resolve mixed messages about their roles. What mixed messages and contradictions confront today's women, especially those who want to be leaders, and what more can women do to resolve them?

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to enter the contest. Essays should be 1,000 words or less. The deadline is Friday, April 22.

The writer of the winning essay will receive a $150 prize courtesy of the College of Humanities.

For details, contact Kelly Komasa at ext. 8-3340.

Scholarship committee openings
Faculty are needed to serve on the University Scholarship Selection Committee. Committee members read and scores about 40-50 applications each to assist the Office of Student Financial Aid award 25-30 scholarships each year. The committee meets once at the beginning of June to receive instructions/guidelines and the application packets. Members are then given a month to read and score the applications/essays.

Faculty members who would like to serve on the committee should contact the Academic Senate at or ext. 8-1264 by 5 p.m. Monday, April 11.

College elections
All colleges have received a list of vacancies for various senate sub-committees that offer college representation, university wide positions, and Academic Senate positions from the Academic Senate office.

Faculty are encouraged to contact their college office if they have not received nomination information and election dates.

This month's Newsmakers include The Urban Institute's Sharen Hewitt on the CLAER project; Jamal Cooks, assistant professor of secondary education, on using pop culture in teaching; Russell Jeung, assistant professor of Asian American Studies, on the growth in Asian American evangelical churches; Philip King, chair of economics, on the impact of big box stores such as Walmart; Debra Luna; assistant professor of elementary education, on immigrants and learning English; and Paul Longmore, professor of history, on receiving an award for his pioneering work in the field of disability studies.

Read the Newsmakers:

April 4 deadline for academic apparel
All faculty members who plan to participate in Commencement may reserve their academic apparel at the SFSU Bookstore. To place an order, call ext. 8-2665 or stop by Mezzanine 113C of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The deadline to place orders is April 4. Orders placed after this deadline will need to be rush-shipped to the Bookstore.

Faculty marshals wanted
Faculty members are needed to work with students before and during SFSU's May 28 Commencement. For details and to volunteer, contact one of the college deans' offices or Rick Houlberg at or ext. 8-7080.

Mansions walk deadline
The University Women's Association invites the campus community to a two-hour walk exploring Victorian-style homes in San Francisco at 10 a.m. Saturday, April 23. The walk is relatively flat, with one steep, short downhill. It begins in Alta Plaza Park, atop the stairs at Pierce and Clay streets.

Tickets are $10 per person. To reserve a spot in the tour, send a check payable to "UWA" to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

The deadline is Friday, April 8. For details, e-mail Ivory at:

Dinner and 'The Magic Flute'
The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to attend a dinner and opening night performance of SFSU's production of Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute" at 6 p.m. Friday, April 29, in the University Club.

Tickets are $27 per person for UWA members and guests and $30 for non-members. For reservations, send a check payable to "UWA" to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

The deadline is Friday, April 15. For details, e-mail Ivory at:

Academic Senate Action

At its March 29 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Heard a report from Alex Tourk, from the San Francisco Mayor's Office, on
    Project Homeless Connect;
  • Heard a report from Marilyn Verhey, dean of faculty affairs and professional development, and Enrique Riveros-Shafer, associate vice president of
    academic resources, on the reorganization of Academic Affairs;
  • Heard a report from Oswaldo Garcia, chair of the Academic Program Review Committee, on the Task Force on Graduate Program Review;
  • Approved the withdrawal of a motion for the discontinuance of the minor in
    California Studies;
  • Approved a resolution in support of the University Club;
  • Approved a policy for a Faculty Honors and Awards Committee;
  • Approved the annual Senate reapportionment plan; and
  • Approved a resolution in support of academic freedom.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:

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