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Volume 52, Number 27   March 28, 2005         

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Bataan witness

The Beta Chapter of the Sixty Plus club invites faculty and staff to a presentation by club member Virginia Ganzon-Sturwold on "I Witnessed the Bataan Death March" at 1:15 p.m. Monday in the Rosa Parks Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Latino immigration
James Quesada, associate professor and chair of anthropology, will speak on "No Soy un Welferero: Latino Immigration in the Crosshairs of Legitimation Maneuvers" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Monday in room 361 of the HSS building.

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

American women
and leadership

Gail Collins, editor of The New York Times editorial page, will speak at 5:30 p.m. Monday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Collins will discuss her book "America's Women: 400 Years of Dolls, Drudges, Helpmates and Heroines," as well as the importance of women in leadership roles.

The event is sponsored by Associated Students Inc., President Corrigan and the San Francisco Urban Institute.

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.

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

Reproductive rights discussion
A panel on "The Assault on Women's Reproductive Rights" will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

This is the final event in SFSU's Women's History Month series.

City supervisor visits

The campus community is welcome to attend a public forum with San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd at noon in room 268 of the HSS building. Elsbernd represents District 7, in which the campus is located.

The event is sponsored by the Political Science Students Association and the President's office. More events are being planned.

Coming Up
Biomedical research
and politics

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, April 4, 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.

Conference on aging
The School of Social Work invites the campus community to a free conference on aging titled "A Demographic Shift: Ready or Not, Here it Comes!" from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 8, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center.

This conference will cover such topics as healthy aging, common chronic illnesses, mental health and aging, elder abuse and careers in aging. Five continuing education units are available.

Register for the conference by Wednesday, March 30, by calling (707)338-3197.

Comedian Guy Torry
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.

U.S. race and ethnicity
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 include free test forHIV/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.

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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 Alex Tourk of the San Francisco Mayor's office on Project Homeless Connect; a report from Marilyn Verhey, dean of faculty affairs and professional development, and Enrique Riveros-Shafer, associate vice president of academic resources, on reorganization of Academic Affairs; an update from Oswaldo Garcia, chair of the academic program review committee, on graduate program review; a proposed discontinuance of the minor degree in California studies; a proposed resolution in support of the University Club; a proposed policy for a faculty honors and awards committee; a recommendation from the Senate executive committee on annual senate reapportionment; and a proposed resolution in support of academic freedom.

New director of design and construction
Roger Fish was recently named director of design and construction in the Office of Capital Planning, Design and Construction. He replaces Gary Moyer.

The director of design and construction is responsible for development and implementation of the University's annual capital outlay program. Major responsibilities also include project management of ongoing and future construction projects including Hensill Hall and the Library.

"Roger brings to the position extensive knowledge and experience in planning, architecture and construction," said Leroy Morishita, vice president for administration and finance. "His skills and abilities augment and complement the talents of the staff in Capital Planning, Design and Construction. We are excited Roger has accepted this appointment and look forward to working with him in his new role."

Fish was hired in 2001 as a project manager in the Office of Capital Planning, Design and Construction. In 2002 he was appointed campus planner.

Academic administrative reviews
The campus community is invited to participate in the academic administrative reviews for Deborah Masters, University librarian; Gail Whitaker, associate vice president for academic program development and dean of extended learning; and Yenbo Wu, director of international programs.

Review questionnaires are available on the Academic Affairs Web site at:

People on Campus
Photo of Stanley PogrowWhen it comes to innovative teaching methods, Professor Stanley Pogrow has some pretty "hot" ideas. Years ago, as a new teacher in the New York City public school system, he found his open-ended questions or any questions that required abstract thinking were often met with blank stares. Pogrow realized that many students lacked a key ingredient in achieving academic success: the critical thinking skills necessary to engage in a thoughtful conversation.

He set out to change that when he developed Higher Order Thinking Skills (HOTS), a specialized program for accelerating the learning of economically disadvantaged and learning disabled students in grades four through eight...

Read the entire profile:

Travel funds for staff
The SFSU Retirement Association is accepting applications for support for approved, job-related travel for University staff members. Grants will be given up to $1,000. Partial support may be offered.

Staff members can apply by writing a request that describes the purpose of the travel as well as travel plans and cost. Contact information for someone who can verify the travel is approved and job-related should also be included.

Send letters to SFSU Retirement Association, care of Franklin Sheehan, Mathematics Department, or e-mail:

The deadline to apply is May 1, 2005.

Academic apparel for Commencement
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 dean's offices or Rick Houlberg at or ext. 8-7080.

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.

Summer fee-waiver applications
Employee and dependent fee-waiver applications and information for the summer 2005 semester are now available in Human Resources, room 252 of the Administration building. Eligible employees may submit their fees and applications to the Bursar/Cashier's Office, room 155 of the Administration building. Dependent fee-waiver participants should continue to submit their fees and applications directly to Human Resources.

For details, including eligibility requirements, call ext. 82678 or e-mail Jackie Bender at:

Pacific Heights mansions walk
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:

Opening night with '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:

Bay Area Jefferson Awards
In January, the Office of Community Service Learning (OCSL) became one of 49 nonprofits in the Bay Area to join the Jefferson Awards for Public Service Civic Engagement initiative. This initiative recognizes individuals who have benefited the community. The San Francisco Chronicle, CBS 5 television (KPIX) and KCBS-AM announce a Jefferson Awards Unsung Hero each week.

Faculty, staff, students and/or community partners' staff may nominate an individual for the award. OCSL is accepting nominations throughout the year and will select five winners each academic year. For details, contact Perla Barrientos at or ext. 8-3282.

Health and Human Services lab
The College of Health and Human Services has opened a new computer lab in room 254 of the HSS building. The lab has open hours for all SFSU students.

In addition, the College has opened a student advising center adjoining the lab, open to current or prospective HHS majors.

An open house for both resources will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, in room 254 of the HSS building.

STAR of the Month

March STAR of the Month: Felix Yan
Photo of Felix Yan SFSU's implementation of PeopleSoft is a big, complex job that requires a lot of customization. Luckily, Felix Yan, analyst programmer and March STAR, is onboard for the project.

"Felix is a highly qualified technical resource -- very pleasant and patient and a joy to work with" said Michael O' Brien, business systems coordinator. "He's always eager to help our customers achieve their goals and he's extremely good at follow up and following through with outstanding issues."

PeopleSoft consultant Dennis Rodgers agrees. He said that with these types of projects usually it is the consultant pushing for specific modules to be finished. At SFSU, it was Yan who would call Rodgers about next steps.

A big part of the process was building SFSU business rules and practices into the Humans Resources Management System (HRMS) -- everything from purchasing to leave accounting to hiring. Yan is particularly proud of the eTrac, an online system that streamlines Human Resources paperwork, because it's unique to the University. Other CSU campuses don't have it.

Although most of the work for the initial implementation of the PeopleSoft system is finished, there's still more to do. As Felix says, "no system is perfect" so he and the rest of the team are on the lookout for problems to fix. They also consider suggestions from users of things they'd like to the system to be able to do.

"We want to find out what the users are looking for," he said. "Right now it's good enough, but it can be better. We take user feedback and evaluate if it is feasible and cost efficient to do. The users here have been very supportive. If they really like it, you feel happy."

Yan is an Ohio State graduate with a bachelor of science degree in business management and information systems. He worked as a programmer right out of college and has focused on implementing PeopleSoft for the past seven years.

He joined SFSU in October 2003.

Yan lives in San Francisco's Midtown Terrace neighborhood with his wife Angela, and two young sons, Andre and Leo. He likes to play tennis.

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