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Volume 52, Number 20   January 31, 2005         

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Meeting space with
a bay view

Need a space for your next faculty meeting or retreat? Don't forget the Bay Conference Center, located at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies. Located on the Tiburon peninsula, the Bay Conference Center is a great setting in which to hold a meeting, conference, retreat or seminar. Reduced rates for SFSU groups are available.

For more information, see:

Or contact the center at or ext. 8-3543.

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. SFSU students have done very well in this competition in past years. 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.

Students may enter the competition in any one of the following areas: behavioral and social sciences; biological and agricultural sciences; business, economics and public administration; creative arts and design; education; engineering and computer science; health, nutrition and clinical sciences; humanities and letters; and physical and mathematical sciences.

Student registration forms and application guidelines may be accessed on the Graduate Studies Web site:

For details, contact Darlene Yee at or Lisa Hoskins at

Online tutorials
for students

The Center for Enhancement of Teaching has launched five new online tutorials for students. Faculty are encouraged to incorporate them into their coursework to help improve student success.

The five tutorials are: Working in Groups: There Is No "I" in Groupwork; Class Participation: More Than Just Raising Your Hand; The Citation Challenge: Demystifying APA and MLA; Using Someone Else's Words: Quote, Summarize and Paraphrase Your Way to Success; and Presentation Skills: More Than Just PowerPoint.

The tutorials can be found at CET's Web site:

For details, contact Desiree Oliver at or ext. 5-3540.

Blackboard open labs
Faculty who have already attended Blackboard workshops are invited to take advantage of open lab times with CET support staff to help update spring Blackboard courses.

Open lab times are from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 3, and from 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9.

To register, contact CET at:

Faculty regalia info
All faculty members who plan to participate in Commencement may reserve their academic apparel at the SFSU Bookstore. For details, call ext. 8-2665 or drop by Mezzanine 113C of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Office hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The deadline to place orders is April 4.

Descartes' metaphysics
Alice Sowaal, a candidate for the Philosophy Department's tenure-track position in metaphysics and epistemology, will speak on "Descartes's Rationalist Metaphysics: Motion, Modes and Mechanism" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 2, in room 392 of the Humanities building.


Ryan Wasserman, a candidate for the Philosophy Department's tenure-track position in metaphysics and epistemology, will speak on "Paradoxes of Transitivity" at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in room 392 of the Humanities building.

Next Week
rappers 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:

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SFSU alumni donate $3 million for arts center
Alumni George and Judy Marcus have given $3 million to SFSU for the creation of the International Center for the Arts. The center's activities will include a documentary film institute, an annual international celebration of the arts and biennial visual art exhibition.

"George and Judy Marcus's extraordinary generosity and support of the arts usher in a new era in the artistic and cultural life of San Francisco State University and the greater San Francisco Bay Area," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "We are proud to be home to a center that will cultivate and present a broad vision of global arts and culture."

The center will also present the George and Judy Marcus Prizes, three juried awards each worth up to $50,000. Artists whose work demonstrates excellence, emerging talent or lifetime achievement will earn the award.

The center's annual International Celebration of the Arts will feature traditional and contemporary forms of art from a different region or country each year. The inaugural event, "To Cuba, With Love," will take place in early March.

Marcus was born in Greece and moved to San Francisco at age 4. He earned his bachelor's degree in economics from SF State in 1965, after two-and-a-half years of study.

In 1971 he founded The Marcus & Millichap Co., the parent company of a diversified group of real estate service, investment and development firms, including Marcus & Millichap Real Estate Investment Brokerage Co., which is one of the nation's leading investment real estate companies.

Named SFSU Alumnus of the Year in 1989, George Marcus has long supported the University and its programs. He has served on the board and as chairman of the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, which was formed to support the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair for Modern Greek Studies at SFSU. He previously donated more than $40,000 to the University for the Center for Modern Greek Studies, Cinema Department and student scholarships.

Judy Marcus earned her bachelor's degree in education from SF State in 1964. She is actively involved with several philanthropic endeavors throughout the Bay Area.

New director for student health services
Dr. Alastair K. Smith, a native of Ayrshire, Scotland, has joined SFSU as the new director of student health services.

Smith, who holds a medical degree from University of London and completed his surgical and family practice residencies in the United Kingdom, brings nearly 30 years of medical practice and health-care management to the University’s student health services. He was a ship's doctor for P&O Princess cruise lines and later served as vice president and medical director in both the United Kingdom and Los Angeles offices.

Most recently Smith was president and chief medical officer for International & Maritime Health Consultants Inc., where he helped to develop national and international guidelines, health-care protocols and audit procedures.

Smith plans to apply his experience as a medical director to enhance integrated health care, occupational health, emergency medicine and health education at SFSU.

"I am interested in making the Student Health Services an integral part of the SFSU campus," Dr. Smith said. "We should always be thinking about what else can be done to improve campus life as a whole."

Smith and his wife Sally, a fifth generation San Franciscan, live in San Francisco.

California Studies discontinuance meeting
The Educational Policies Council (EPC) of the Academic Senate will meet at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 1, in room 460 of the Administration building to review the proposal for discontinuance of the California Studies Program.

For details, including guidelines and a rebuttal template, see the Academic Senate Web site:

STAR of the Month

January STAR of the Month: Kathy Dalheim
Photo of Kathy Dalheim Kathy Dalheim's official title is assistant to the dean of the College of Humanities. What she really does is make sure that the college's general services office, located in room 125 of the Humanities building (aka HUM 125), runs smoothly.

Which is no small task. HUM 125 is a combination mail, copy and supplies room and information center. Dalheim makes sure that mail and packages are received and distributed, that the copy machines are functioning (and that faculty know how to use them), and that office supplies are disbursed.

She also is on the front line with such problems with the building as opening up locked classrooms for faculty, and forwarding requests to replace broken desks and burned out lights.

"The variety of it is what I enjoy," Dalheim said. "Every day is different. I never know for sure what is going to happen. I never know who is going to show up."

Indeed, because of its open doors, long hours and location on the ground floor of the building, HUM 125 tends to act as a magnet for lost souls. Not that Dalheim minds if some timid student or hurried delivery person steps through the doorway with a needy look on his or her face. She usually knows how to point them in the right direction.

"We appreciate Kathy Dalheim's many years of dedicated service to the college," Dean Paul Sherwin said. He also said that many faculty appreciated Dalheim's willingness to respond to Sherwin's suggestion to open HUM 125 earlier in the day -- 7:30 a.m. -- so that those with 8 a.m. classes have time to prepare course materials.

Dalheim has worked for the college for 24 years, beginning with a part-time job in the dean's office when she was a grad student in broadcast and electronic communication arts. She finished her master of arts degree in 1988. She also earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications from University of Illinois, Carbondale.

A resident of San Francisco's Castro district, Dalheim enjoys motorcycles and cooking. She commutes to work on her 2001 Honda Rebel which you will see parked on Font -- right next to the Humanities building, of course.

Nominate a staff STAR:


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