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Volume 52, Number 21   February 7, 2005         

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Blackboard open labs

Faculty who have already attended Blackboard workshops are invited to take advantage of an open lab from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday with CET support staff to help update spring Blackboard courses.

To register, contact CET at:

Last Poets perform

The Last Poets, pioneers of the spoken word and hip-hop scenes, will perform at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 10, in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and $8 for students (with ID) and may be ordered by calling (800) 594-8499 or visiting:

The Ukraine revolution
The History Department's European Area Studies program invites the campus community to a panel discussion on "The Orange Revolution: Recent Events in the Ukraine" from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in room 270 of the Science building.

Panel discussants include a vice consul from the San Francisco Ukrainian Consulate; Andrei Tsygankov, assistant professor of international relations; Anthony D'Agostino, professor of history, and Kati Bell, study abroad adviser and former Peace Corps volunteer in the Ukraine.

For details, contact Sarah Curtis at ext. 8-2250.

Empirical knowledge

Rebecca Kukla, a candidate for the tenure-track position in metaphysics and epistemology in the Philosophy Department, will talk on "Objectivity and Contingency in Empirical Knowledge" at 3 p.m. Friday in room 392 of the Humanities building.

Coming Up
Report on Cuba trip

Felix Kury, lecturer in ethnic studies, and nine students who traveled to Cuba earlier this year will share their experiences from 12:10 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16, in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies/Psychology building. Participants will also discuss plans for a June 2005 trip to Cuba.

For details, call ext. 8-7584.

Sufism in 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, Feb. 18, 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.

Early 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 celebration
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.

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Franz Lozano named internal auditor
Following a recent search, Franz Lozano, associate internal auditor at SFSU since 2001, has been named internal auditor. He replaces Jim Van Ness, who retired in December.

Lozano will report to Leroy Morishita, vice president for administration and finance, and assumes the responsibility for managing the University's audit and tax programs, including the Non-Resident Alien Taxation program.

"Franz Lozano is a respected and knowledgeable member of the SFSU community and we are very fortunate to have someone with his skills and abilities fill this very important position," Morishita said. "Franz brings to his new position a wealth of experience in the areas of accounting, financial management and auditing. We look forward to working with him in his new role as internal auditor."

The internal auditor is charged with ensuring the University's compliance with tax and accounting laws and standards. This includes managing a rigorous audit program that includes both internal audit reviews and external audits. The internal auditor also assists University management and departments in assessing and improving administrative operations and works to implement policies and procedures that strengthen fiscal controls and oversight.

Lozano began working at SFSU in 1996 as the associate bursar in Fiscal Affairs, responsible for the cashiering and accounts receivable functions. He was later promoted to supervisor of loans and fiscal services, and in 2001 joined the Internal Audit Department.

In Memoriam: Corwin and Nancy Bjonerud
A University couple who together gave more than five decades of service to San Francisco State before they retired, died last month within days of each other. Corwin "Corky" Bjonerud, 81, professor emeritus of education, died following a heart attack Jan. 22. Nancy Bjonerud, 76, died Jan. 28 after a battle with cancer.

The couple retired officially in 1989 but never broke their ties with the University. Both were active in the SFSU Retirement Association, serving as co-presidents for a term. Nancy continued her vigorous involvement with the University Women's Association, serving as president of the organization and on many committees.

Corky, who held an Ed.D. from Wayne State University, began his career at SF State in 1958 as principal of the Frederic Burk School, the University's laboratory school. As director of Overseas Projects at SF State, a government-funded exchange program, he helped to establish a school system in Monrovia, Liberia. He served as associate dean of education and later as chair of elementary education. He became director of admissions and records in 1986.

Nancy joined SF State in 1969 and served under six deans of students, including Vice President of Student Affairs Penny Saffold. For several years Nancy was chair of Staff Council and served on the Student Center's governing board.

Long-time friend Bob Craig, professor emeritus of design and industry, spoke warmly about Corky at his funeral Jan. 27. "Some people when meeting Corky for the first time, with his rather loud and sometimes gruff voice, might have thought they were in the middle of the forest facing a grizzly bear. But it was really a teddy bear with a kind heart and a great love for his many friends."

A funeral for Nancy Bjonerud will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, at Calvary Lutheran Church in Millbrae.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room in the Seven Hills Conference Center.

The Senate agenda includes: a report from statewide senators; a proposed title change to the gay, lesbian and bisexual studies minor; a report from the Path to Graduation Task Force; and a proposed discontinuance of the minor in California studies.

The Vista Room returns
The Vista Room, a restaurant for fine dining located on the fourth floor of Burk Hall, begins spring semester service Monday, Feb. 21. Chef Daniel Honan returns to supervise students from the departments of Hospitality Management and Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics.

Lunch is $13 per person and includes choice of soup or salad, entree, dessert and beverage. Tickets must be purchased in advance by calling ext. 5-3530 or ext. 8-6087. Blocks of tickets are available beginning at $312 for 25 lunches.

This month's Newsmakers include Lena Zhang, assistant professor of broadcast and electronic communications arts, on Chinese cinema; Marc Dollinger, Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, on Jewish liberalism; David Meredith, chair of mathematics, on banks recycling account numbers; Robert C. Smith, professor of political science, on doing research at the Reagan Library; Joanathan Rood, associate vice president for information technology, on SFSU's new partnership with IBM; and Ramón Castellblanch, assistant professor of health education, on Gov. Schwarzenegger's proposed California State Pharmacy Assistance Program .

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Stay fit this spring
FitnessPlus, SFSU's on-campus faculty/staff wellness program, offers morning, noon and evening classes, such as weight training, yoga, pilates, step aerobics and masters swimming. For details and to register, visit:

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. Feb. 15-16 on the Quad near Malcolm X Plaza.

Students will have the opportunity to explore internships with a variety of agencies -- more than 50 will participate -- as well as learn about academic service learning programs offered through the Community Involvement Center.

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

Classes in the Collaboratory
Enhance student participation in class discussions, encourage critical thinking and collaboration, and promote active student learning by holding a class session in the Collaboratory. To reserve a session, contact Desiree Oliver at, ext. 5-3540, or room 435 of the Library.

For details and a registration calendar see:

CSU student research competition
The CSU's annual student research competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to show off their outstanding research projects and papers 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 accessed on the Graduate Studies Web site:

For details, contact Darlene Yee at or Lisa Hoskins at

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