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This Week
Internship fair

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to drop by the Volunteer Internship Fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday on the Quad near Malcolm X Plaza.

For details, contact Michelle Peñez at or ext. 8-1486.

Love in the air

John Charles will perform a selection of Valentine's Day music at 1:15 p.m. Monday in the Rosa Parks Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The performance, which will feature romantic ballads and popular songs from the '60s
and '70s, is part of the Sixty Plus club meeting and is open to the campus community.

Financial planning workshop

Robert Lindstrom, a financial adviser with Morgan Stanley, will present a free financial planning workshop for faculty and staff from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday in room 352 of the Administration building. Lunch will be served.

Seating is limited. R.S.V.P. to Lindstrom at (415) 693-7078

Cuba trip report

Ethnic Studies Lecturer Felix Kury and nine students who traveled to Cuba earlier this year will share their experiences from 12:10 to 2 p.m. Wednesday in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies/Psychology building. Participants will also discuss plans for a June trip to Cuba.

For details, call ext. 8-7584.

Arab women's writing
Brinda Mehta, professor of French studies at Mills College, will discuss "Rituals of Memory in Contemporary Arab Women's Writing" from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Wednesday in room 386 of the Humanities building.

The event is the first in the Women Studies Department spring lecture series.

For details, call ext. 8-1388.

Sam Greenlee talk, film
A.S. Performing Arts presents a screening of the film "The Spook Who Sat by the Door" at 3 p.m. Wednesday in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Sam Greenlee, the screenwriter, will also appear in person to discuss the film. Admission is free.

For details, contact Scott Davey at or ext. 8-2444.

Dialogue in conflict

Zali Gurevitch, professor of sociology and anthropology at Hebrew University, will speak on "Dialogue in Conflict" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 587 of the Humanities building. The event is part of Jewish Studies' Academica Judaica series.

For details, call ext. 8-6075.

Spinoza's individuals

Richard Manning, a candidate for the Philosophy Department's tenure-track position in modern philosophy, will speak on "Spinoza's Individuals" at 4 p.m. Friday in room 392 of the Humanities building.

For details, call ext. 8-1596.

Arabic poetry
Teirab AshShareef, a candidate for a position in Arabic and Islamic studies in the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, will speak on "Sufism in Modern Arabic Poetry" from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Friday in room 473 of the Humanities building.

Interested faculty may also join him and the members of the hiring committee for lunch from noon to 1 p.m. in room 1 of the University Club.

Poetry performance

As part of the Poetry and its Arts exhibition, poets Norma Cole and Caroline Bergvall will perform at 2 p.m. Saturday at the California Historical Society, 678 Mission St., San Francisco. Admission, which includes the exhibit, is $3.

Poetry and its Arts is sponsored by the Poetry Center and American Poetry Archives and the California Historical Society. It runs through April 16.

Coming Up
Islamic sectarianism

Jamal Ali, a candidate for the tenure-track position in Arabic and Islamic studies, will speak on "Early Islamic Sectarianism: A Ninth Century Ismaili's Views on the Factions of Islam" from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in room 473 of the Humanities building.

Egyptian modernity
Mohammad Salama, a candidate for the tenure-track position in Arabic and Islamic studies, will speak on "Reading the Modernist Event from the Margins of History: Gamila al-Gaza'irriya and the Question of Egyptian Modernity" from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in room 473 of the Humanities building.

Labor Archives 19th
The Labor Archives and Research Center will celebrate its 19th anniversary at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Hall, Local 34, located at Second and King streets in San Francisco. The program features a talk by Richard Steven Street, author of "Photographing Farmworkers in California," and a performance by the Labor Heritage/Rockin' Solidarity Chorus. Admission is free.

A 6 p.m. reception precedes the event. Refreshments will be served.

King of western swing
The 100th anniversary of the birth of Bob Wills will be celebrated with a series of events in March presented by A.S. Performing Arts. Wills, a western swing legend, erased genre boundaries by fusing pop, jazz, dance and country. Events include a lecture, film series and concert.

For details, see:

Modern Arab-Islamic hermeneutics
Iskandar Mansour, a candidate for the tenure-track position in Arabic and Islamic studies, will speak on "The Unpredictability of the Past: Trends in Modern Arab-Islamic Hermeneutics" from 3:30 to 4:20 p.m. Monday, Feb. 28, in room 473 of the Humanities building.

SF State News home

'To Cuba, With Love' tickets available to staff, faculty
Tickets for the various events of "To Cuba, With Love," the inaugural program of the University's International Center for the Arts (ICA) on March 4-5, are available.

The weekend kicks off with a concert at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. The concert features the West Coast AfroCuban All-Stars, an ensemble of nationally and internationally renowned band leaders and stylists assembled specifically to venerate the inventor of Mambo, Israel "Cachao" Lopez.

Cachao will make a special guest appearance with the All-Stars when he is presented with the ICA's first-ever Marcus Prize, an award made for lifetime achievement in the arts. Tickets for this event are $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

Tickets are available at:

Cachao and the Cineson All Stars will perform Saturday, March 5, at Bimbo's 356 Club in San Francisco. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. The evening features a 7:30 p.m. screening of "Paraiso," a documentary film about the Cuban hip-hop group Madera Limpia, which was influenced by Cachao. The concert beings at 9:30 p.m.

Tickets are $25 general admission. Discounted $20 tickets for students and seniors are available only in person through the Creative Arts Box Office. The show is for ages 21 and up.

Tickets are available at:

For more event information, including the March 5 opening celebration of the exhibition, "AfroCuba: Works on Paper, 1968-2003," see:

Testing Center move
The Testing Center has moved from room 152 of the Administration building to room 206 of the HSS building. Office hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The center's phone number is ext. 8-2271.

International program faculty grants
The Office of International Programs invites tenured and tenure-track faculty to apply for two grants. The first is an incentive award for faculty to internationalize their courses. Awards between $1,000 and $3,000 will be granted for proposals developed by faculty members from any discipline who propose, either individually or collectively, to add international components to an existing course that does not have an international theme.

The second is a grant to promote faculty member's international development. Proposals are welcome for projects that have the potential to enhance international education and promote international awareness at SFSU through research and scholarship and/or creative activities. Grants will range from $1,000 to $4,000.

The deadline for both grants is Tuesday, March 15. Applications and details may be picked up at room 450 of the Administration building or online at:

Community service learning grants and awards
The Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) invites faculty members to apply for community service learning grants. Grants support faculty community scholarship and the expansion of SFSU community service learning courses. Applications are due by 4 p.m. Monday, March 7.

For guidelines and an application, see:

In addition, OCSL invites the campus community to nominate faculty, students and partnering community organizations for awards recognizing outstanding participation in community service learning. Submissions are due at 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21.

For criteria and nomination forms, see:

For details on both programs, contact Perla Barrientos at or ext. 8-3282.

Grants & Contracts
SFSU was awarded $2,471,949 in October.

Awards include a grant to Brian de Vries, professor of gerontology, for his bereaved spouses projects; a grant to Ilmi Yoon, assistant professor of computer science, for Web-based FoodWeb visualization; a grant to Susan Alunan, acting director of the San Francisco Urban Institute, for the CLAER project; and a grant to Dale Robinson, associate research scientist at the Romberg Tiburon Center, to study Phaeocystic antartica and diatoms from the Ross Sea.

View the list of grants and contracts:

CSU student research competition
The CSU's annual student research competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to exhibit their outstanding research project, paper or creative activity. Faculty are asked to encourage students to apply.

Applications are due Monday, Feb. 21, for the campus competition, which will take place Feb. 28-March 4.

The University will provide travel funds for campus winners to compete in the CSU systemwide competition to be held April 29-30 at CSU Sacramento.

Registration forms and application guidelines may be found on the Graduate Studies Web site:

For details, contact Darlene Yee at or Lisa Hoskins at

Personalized CET
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching will provide customized workshops for a department meeting or group of faculty (minimum of eight participants). Workshops range from course design and classroom assessment to online teaching with Blackboard and using digital video.

To arrange a customized workshop, contact CET's training coordinator at ext. 5-3537.

For details on spring CET workshops, see:

Reserve the electronic classroom
Faculty and staff are invited to reserve the Electronic Classroom (ECL) for special class sessions. The Electronic Classroom, located in room 433 of the Library, is a computer classroom equipped with 20 Windows student stations and both a Windows and Macintosh instructor station.

The room is available for faculty and staff to use for classes and meetings up to three times per semester, per class. The ECL can be used to demonstrate how to use software applications such as MS Office, viewing Web sites or giving multimedia presentations.

Reservations can be made online at:

Academic Senate Action

At its Feb. 8 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Approved a resolution honoring planners of the 2005 Asilomar faculty and staff retreat;
  • Heard a report from the Path to Graduation Task Force;
  • Heard a report from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee on the title change of the Gay, Lesbian, and Bisexual Studies Program minor to include transgender;
  • Heard a report from statewide senators Jan Gregory, Robert Williams and Darlene Yee; and
  • Reviewed a recommendation to discontinue the minor in California studies.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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