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Volume 52, Number 23   February 21, 2005         

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This Week
Build-your-own readers

The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET) invites faculty to attend one of two presentations on build-your-own readers, books and lab manuals from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, and Thursday, Feb. 24, in room 433 of the Library. Faculty are increasingly using alternative methods of providing course materials to their students. The presentations, given by representatives from Pearson Custom Publishing, will discuss this recent development in the world of publishing.

To register, contact CET at ext. 8-6456.

Culture and education conference
Members of the campus community are invited to attend the two-day conference "What's Culture Got to Do with It? -- Illuminating Assumptions about Cultural Difference for Academic Success of African American and Latino Students" which takes place Friday and Saturday in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Admission is $25 per day; $15 for students.

The conference is being sponsored by ASCEND Institute for Educational Change, the College of Education and several other on-campus departments and organizations.

For details, contact Francine O. Shakir at ext. 5-3407. Or visit:

Public health lecture

Rajiv Bhatia, director of occupational and environmental health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health, will speak on "Public Health and Urban Planning: Opportunities and Obstacles for Partnerships and Joint Practice" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Tuesday in room C-114 of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The event is part of the spring 2005 health disparities seminar series.

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

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 in room 473 of the Humanities building.

Open mike night
Members of the campus community are invited to attend or perform at a music open mike night from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Depot of the Student Center. Participants are also invited to meet singer-songwriter Lee Mallory at the event.

Sign up to perform by contacting Nina Jo Smith at:

Exhibit reception

Faculty and staff are invited to an opening reception for artist Chaen Chan from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday in the University Club. Chan's woodcuts, monoprints, monotypes and hand-made frames are on display in the University Club.

For details, contact David Apelt at ext. 8-3625.

Poetry reading

Poets David Hinton and Andrew Schelling will read from their work at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Poetry Center, room 512 of the Humanities building.

Egypt and 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 celebrates
The Labor Archives and Research Center will celebrate its 19th anniversary at 7 p.m. Friday 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.

Coming Up
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.

Native land and water
The campus community is invited to a Sacred Land and Water Symposium at 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 1, in room 133 of the Humanities building. In addition to the panel discussion, there will be a 4 p.m. screening of the film "In the Light of Reverence."

The symposium is sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department. For details, contact Kathleen Russell at (415) 459-9211.

Women's History Month
The campus community is invited to participate in SFSU's celebration of Women's History Month and International Women's Day. Throughout March films, speakers and panel discussions will be presented on "Whose Lives? Whose Liberation? -- Women and Global Justice/Injustice."

The series kicks off with a panel discussion on gender and humanitarian aid, a film on human trafficking, and presentation on women and the African HIV/AIDS epidemic from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, in room 582 of the Humanities building.

CampusMemo will run a full schedule of events in its Feb. 28 edition.

The series is sponsored by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and College of Humanities and other campus departments and organizations.

For details, contact Kathryn Johnson at:

'Night of Henna' premiere
A.S. Performing Arts presents a free world premiere of the film "Night of Henna" on Thursday, March 3. There will be showings at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Directed by Hassan Zee, "Night of Henna" is about the tradition-steeped wedding night of a Pakistani-American girl as she confronts the conflict between the desires of her heart and the expectations of her culture.

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, blues and country. Events include a lecture, film series and concert.

For details, see:

Defensive driving
Defensive driver training sessions will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

To register, e-mail or call ext. 8-1449.

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Update on 'To Cuba, With Love' tickets
As mentioned in last week's CampusMemo, tickets for the various events of "To Cuba, With Love" are now available to the campus community. Tickets are available from the venues where events will be held, but faculty and staff are encouraged to purchase them in person at the Creative Arts Box Office, located on the first floor of the Creative Arts building near McKenna Theatre.

Hours are noon to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.


The West Coast AfroCuban All-Stars will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4, in the Forum at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. Tickets are $15 general admission and $10 for students and seniors.

An opening celebration for the Fine Arts Gallery exhibit "AfroCuba: Works on Paper, 1968-2003" will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 5, in the Fine Arts building. Events include film screenings, performances and the official opening of the exhibit.

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 begins at 9:30 p.m.

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

For details on all of the events, see the press release:

In memoriam: Gladys Blacut
Gladys Blacut, a lecturer of Spanish at SFSU since 1984, died Feb. 11 after a long illness. She was 67.

Blacut was popular with her students and colleagues in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department. They said she was more than kind, sweet and conscientious. She was a "saint," an "angel," "the Mother Teresa of the department."

"She was devoted to her profession and her students," said Spanish Lecturer Aida Seballos, who met Blacut when they were students in SFSU's graduate Spanish literature program. "She was formal, but very refined and very kind."

Blacut continued to show her dedication and professionalism in her final days, when she was in the hospital. She had her spring semester course syllabi prepared and she wanted to make sure the instructors who took over her classes were on top of everything.

"Her whole life was giving to her students," said French Lecturer Anita Axt, who also serves as administrative analyst/specialist for the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department. "If she was sick, she would reserve a room to make up the classes she missed. She would hold special review sessions before final exams."

A native of Bolivia, Blacut moved to San Francisco with her family on July 4, 1963. Her family still occupies the Mission District duplex that was their first home.

She earned her bachelor's degree in Spanish from University of San Francisco in 1972 before entering the SFSU master's program, which she completed in 1977. She earned a doctorate in Hispanic languages and literatures from University of California, Santa Barbara, in 1986.

Blacut is survived by her brother Alberto and sister-in-law Emily.

A memorial will be held from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday in Humanities 473. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the National Kidney Foundation, East 33rd St., New York, N.Y.,10016, or the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.

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 Suzanne Dmytrenko, registrar, and Denize Fox Needleman, associate vice president for human resources, on the employee student information Web tutorial; a report from Dave Abella, president of Associated Students Inc., on the athletics fee referendum; a report from Oswaldo Garcia on the task force on graduate program review; a recommended discontinuance of the minor in California studies; a resolution in support of a University Club; and proposed faculty honors and awards committee.

March Senate meeting to focus on physical plan
The Academic Senate will dedicate its Tuesday, March 8, meeting to a presentation by Leroy Morishita, vice president for administration and finance, on proposed revisions to the physical master plan.

The meeting will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Improving international experience at SFSU
The All-University Committee on International Programs and the Office of International Programs are convening a conference on how to achieve CUSP II Goal 4: "San Francisco State University provides its students, faculty, and staff with international experiences, perspectives, and competencies." The conference will take place from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Friday, March 4. The location is still to be determined. Lunch will be provided. All members of the campus community are welcome.

R.S.V.P. to Miriam Smith at:

For details on CUSP II Goal 4, see:

This month's Insiders include a performance by Rhonnie Washington, associate professor of theatre arts, in a production of "Fences"; A book on preschool success by Stan Goldberg, professor of special education; a lifetime achievement award given to Ruth B. Love, professor of administration and interdisciplinary studies; a short story by Alejandro Murguia, associate professor of Raza studies; a position as ethicist-in-residence for Jacob Needleman, professor of philosophy; and an award for Debra Fischer, assistant professor of astronomy.

Read the Insiders:

Student research deadline today
The deadline to apply for CSU's annual student research competition is Monday, Feb. 21. Registration forms and application guidelines may be found on the Graduate Studies Web site:

Service learning grants
The Office of Community Service Learning 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:

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

Incentives to internationalize
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 members' 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:

Participate in fall public lecture series
Faculty from all disciplines are invited to participate in the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences (BSS) fall 2005 course/public lecture series, BSS 275. The series, which has been offered the past two years, gathers a different group of faculty and other experts each week to address a specific topic related to the series theme. This fall's theme is "Social Justice and Social Change: Race, Class, Gender, Disability and Sexuality at Home and Abroad."

Faculty are encouraged to submit a proposal that includes a brief abstract of the proposed presentation along with a tentative title. Individual and group proposals (for a panel of up to four presenters) are welcome. For a proposal form and more details, contact Kathryn Johnson at:

Proposals should be sent by Tuesday, March 15, to Dean Joel J. Kassiola at or via inter-office mail to Office of the Dean, HSS 359.

Participating faculty will receive a letter of acknowledgement for inclusion in their retention, tenure and promotion process. The presentations submitted as written papers will be considered for possible publication by the College of BSS.

Classroom assessment
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching (CET) is offering workshops on quick and easy classroom assessment tools. Workshops will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21, and from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 10.

To register, contact CET at or ext. 5-3537.

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