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Volume 52, Number 34   May 16, 2005         

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John W. Boyd, senior adviser for history and ombudsman at the NASA-Ames Research Center, will discuss "What's Happening at NASA-Ames?" at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Rosa Parks Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The event is sponsored by the Sixty Plus Club.

Lee Mallory
memorial concert

A memorial concert in honor of singer/songwriter Lee Mallory will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 17, in the Depot of the Student Center. The concert features several Bay Area singer/songwriters.

The Delphic Festivals
Gonda Van Steen, associate professor of classics and modern Greek at University of Arizona, will present "Delphic Festivals: An American Staging Aeschylus in Greece of the late 1920s" at 5 p.m. Thursday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies.

Coming Up
Budget meeting
University Budget Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, May 24, in the NEC room on the fifth floor of the Administration building.

Civic engagement workshops
The offices of Community Service Learning and Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invite faculty to the following workshops on civic engagement.

A workshop entitled "Faculty and Community as Co-educators" will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, May 31.

A training workshop on developing service learning courses will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, June 3.

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

Online teaching workshops
The Center for the Enhancement of Teaching invites faculty to participate in one of its three June workshops on SFSU's new online learning system, Moodle. The five-day workshops will be held June 6-10, 13-17 and 20-24.

For a full schedule, and to register, see:

For details, e-mail or call ext. 5-3537

Defensive driving
Defensive driver training courses will be held from 8 to 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 to 4 p.m. Monday, June 6, in the Plant Operations Training Room, Corporation Yard. Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

To make a reservation, e-mail or call ext. 8-1449.

University Club sale
The campus community is invited to a farewell sale from noon to 3 p.m. Monday, June 6, in the University Club. Items are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Purchasers should make their own arrangements to move items out of the club. For details, contact David Apelt at or Darlene Yee at:

Sexuality studies events
The National Sexuality Resource Center and Human Sexuality Studies Program invite faculty and staff to the following summer events.

The International Association for the Study of Sexuality, Culture and Society will hold its annual conference June 21-24 on campus. Topics of discussion include abortion, sex education, marriage equality, reproductive rights, AIDS/HIV and sexual trafficking. To register, see: visit to register

For details, contact Jennifer Feeney at or (415) 437-5120.

The annual Summer Institute on Sexuality, Society and Health will be held June 27 through July 22. Academic and continuing education credits are available. Registration is through the College of Extended Learning and is on a first-come, first-served basis. Register at:

For details, contact Joy O'Donnell at or (415) 437-5113.

SFSU team
for AIDS Walk

Oscar Gardea, financial aid counselor, is coordinating an SFSU team for AIDS Walk San Francisco which takes place July 17. To sign up with the team go to, click "Register Now," then click "Join A Team" and select "San Francisco State University - 1333" on the drop down menu.

For details, contact Gardea at or ext. 8-3286.

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Hotchkiss to receive President's Medal
Ralf Hotchkiss, co-founder and chief engineer of Whirlwind Wheelchair, Inc. (WWI), will receive the prestigious President's Medal at this year's Commencement exercises. Awardees, who are selected by President Robert A. Corrigan, are honored for outstanding contributions to the University and San Francisco that have long-lasting and widespread benefits to SFSU students and faculty.

Hotchkiss has traveled to developing countries worldwide since 1980 to train workers to produce wheelchairs custom-made for local terrain, from local materials. He and SFSU engineering Professor Peter Pfaelzer formally founded WWI as a non-profit organization in 1989. WWI, a program of SFSU's Urban Institute, has trained more than 500 people from 40 countries throughout Latin America, Africa and Asia.

After earning a degree from Oberlin College, Hotchkiss traveled to Washington, D.C. where he became a consumer affairs consultant to Ralph Nader and one of the Nader Raiders. An Oakland resident, Hotchkiss is also a recipient of the MacArthur "genius award."

President Corrigan will present the medal to Hotchkiss at this year's Commencement held Saturday, May 28, in Cox stadium.

Previous SFSU Presidents Medal recipients include Senator Diane Feinstein, philanthropist Richard Goldman, actress Annette Benning, author Ernest Gaines and Former San Francisco mayor Willie Brown.

Rites for retiring faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual Rites of Passage celebration held from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, May 24, at the University Club. President Robert A. Corrigan and Provost John Gemello will host the event.

The list of this year's honorees can be found on the Faculty Affairs Web site at:

In memoriam: Vicente Urbistondo
Vicente Urbistondo, emeritus professor of Spanish, died April 13. He was 80.

Born in Chile, Urbistondo earned a law degree in Chile and then emigrated to the United States where he earned a master of arts degree in art at Northwestern University and a doctorate in romance philology from University of California, Berkeley.

Urbistondo joined San Francisco State in 1965. He taught classes in the Spanish and NEXA programs.

"In the Spanish Program we knew Vicente as a demanding teacher and a colleague who led an active and rigorous life of the mind," said Edwin Williams, professor of foreign languages and literatures. "His extensive culture and intellectual rigor attracted many of our best Spanish students. Over the years many of them owed their later academic success to his generous support."

Urbistondo wrote and published widely on cultural, social and political issues. His essay collection "Bitácora" ("Binnacle"), published in 1970, explored Hollywood icons and the social tensions of the '50s and '60s. His novel about Chile's military coup "Nina Asturriaga," published in 1984, caused quite a stir and was a success in Chile.

Urbistondo is survived by his sister Alicia Urbistondo de Hara and his partner Jerrold Davis.

Holiday schedule
The holiday schedule for 2005-06 has been published on the Human Resources Web site.

It can be found at:

Senate election results and health equity search
Spring 2005 election results may be found on the Academic Senate's Web site at:

In addition, faculty nominations are needed for an upcoming election to fill spots on the search committee for the director of health equity initiatives. The director will seek to enhance the University's capacity to obtain extramural funds in order to address existing health disparities through research, community interventions, curricular offerings and training programs.

Nominations can be made online at:

For details, contact the Academic Senate at or ext. 8-1264.

This month's Insiders include a distinguished alum award from Claremont Graduate School for Paul Longmore, professor of history; a presentation by Raquel River-Pinderhughs, professor of urban studies, on sustainable urban development; an award presented to Minnie Graham, associate professor of special education, by the California Speech-Language-Hearing Association; and a presentation by Ned Fielden, associate librarian, on University libraries in the 14th to 18th centuries.

Read the Insiders:

One more spring CampusMemo
The final 2004-05 issue of CampusMemo will be published May 23. The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 17. E-mail items to or fax to ext. 8-1498.

During the summer, CampusMemo will be published June 20 and July 18. It resumes weekly publication Aug. 22. For details, call ext. 8-1665.

The campus community is also encouraged to submit items to the SFSU Web event calendar. Fill out the online form at:

Textbook orders
The SFSU Bookstore encourages faculty to submit textbook orders before the textbook buyback period (May 16-27) as this gives students the best chance to recover some of the cost of the books.

Textbook orders may be submitted online at or e-mailed to:

Fall fee-waiver applications
Employee and dependent fee-waiver applications for the fall semester are now available in Human Resources, room 252 of the Administration building. Employees should submit their competed applications and fees to the Bursar's Office, room 155 of the Administration building. Dependent applications should be submitted to Human Resources.

For details, contact Jackie Bender at or ext. 8-2678.

CEL's summer schedule
The College of Extended Learning's summer schedule is now available. Classes of interest to faculty and staff include summer study programs in Paris, Florence, Madrid, the Sierra-Nevadas and Tiburon, classes on learning Photoshop and how to digital DJ, and a summer institute on sexuality, society and health. For details, see:

Academic Senate Action

At its May 10 meeting the Academic Senate...

  • Approved the fall calendar for 2006-07 and rejected the proposed spring calendar;
  • Approved a proposed revision to the clinical lab scientist internship;
  • Approved a resolution honoring departing senators, senate leadership and professional values in 2004-05; and
  • Elected Academic Senate officers Caran Colvin, chair; Rob Williams, vice-chair; Gene Chelberg, secretary, and at-large members David Meredith and Andrea Boyle.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:

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