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Volume 53, Number 22   February 20, 2006        

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Supervisor Elsbernd visit

District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd begins monthly visits to campus for the spring semester at noon Wednesday in room 268 of the HSS building. The campus community is welcome to attend. Other visits this semester will be March 22 and April 26.

The Catholic priesthood and homosexuality

The campus community is invited to a panel discussion titled "Fitness for Priesthood? Shifting Vatican Teachings on Homosexuality" from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Grace Cathedral's Wilsey Conference Center, 110 California St., San Francisco. Seating is limited.

The event is sponsored by SFSU's National Sexuality Resource Center (NSRC), Grace Cathedral and the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies in Religion and Ministry.

For details, contact NSRC at or (415) 437-5121.

Labor Archives anniversary

The Labor Archives and Research Center marks its 20th anniversary with a celebration at 7 p.m. Friday at UA Local 38, 1623 Market St., San Francisco. The event includes a presentation by Grace Palladino, author of "Skilled Hands, Strong Spirits: A Century of Building Trades History," a performance by the Labor Heritage/Rockin' Solidarity Chorus and an exhibit of building trades photography by Joseph A. Blum.

For details, contact the Labor Archives at or (415) 564-4010.

Coming Up
Open mike nights

The Depot at the Cesar Chavez Student Center is hosting three open-mike nights for campus and community musicians from 5 to 8 p.m. Feb. 28, March 28 and April 25. Interested performers should sign up with Nina Jo Smith, coordinator of The SAFE Place, by noon the day of the show at -- or sign up after 4:45 p.m. at the Depot.

The Feb. 28 show features SFSU student Anthony Jarmolowicz.

SF State News home

Communications directory update
The online SFSU communications directory has been updated to include a printable, screen reader-accessible version of the "Campus Administration" pages. These pages include all the information that was part of the "blue pages" in the former print versions of the directory and are available as a .pdf file (requires Adobe Acrobat).

To download and/or print the file, visit:

HHS dean search -- final two visits
Two of the five finalists selected to interview for dean of the College of Health and Human Services have upcoming visits. The first three finalists have already given their presentations. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the presentations. Receptions will follow each presentation.

3:30 - 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 20: Robert Otto Valdez, senior fellow, Leonard Davis Institute for Health Economics, Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania. His presentation will take place in room 210 of the Science building.

3:30 - 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22: Don Taylor, acting dean, College of Health and Human Services, SFSU. His presentation will take place in room 135 of the HSS building.

People on Campus
Meredith Eliassen: Hooked on research
Photo of Meredith EliassenOf all the greenery at SFSU, Meredith Eliassen prefers the maritime plants in the campus greenhouse; They remind her of the students at SFSU. Just as the plants' seeds are carried from seashores to fertile ground, "students who wind up here, grow and flourish," she said.

A library assistant in Special Collections and Archives, Eliassen works closely with the students who breeze into her office on the sixth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library. The reward of helping them locate reference materials, she said, "is seeing students really turn on to something. They start off doing research for a class assignment and wind up getting hooked." ...

Read more about Eliassen:

Community scholarship grants due Feb. 27
The Office of Community Service Learning has received new funding for its Community Scholarship Faculty Grant Program. The grants will support faculty community scholarship and the expansion of community service learning courses at SFSU. The awards are open to all part-time and full-time faculty. Faculty must submit applications by 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27. Guidelines are available online at:

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

Digging deeper into iLearn
Academic Technology is offering a series of classes March 7-9 that explore several advanced iLearn features. Attendance at the introductory iLearn workshop is a required prerequisite for the classes.

The classes are:

iLearn wikis: learn to create and facilitate student interaction using wikis -- collaborative, editable Web pages. 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, room 433, Library.

iLearn discussion forums: learn to create and facilitate student interaction using online discussion forums. 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, room 433, Library.

iLearn Quizzes: learn to assess student performance using online quizzes. 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, room 433, Library.

For registration and more about other upcoming workshops, visit:

For details, e-mail or call ext. 8-6906.

Mary Beth Paul retirement
Mary Beth Paul, a buyer II in the Purchasing Department, is retiring after 30 years of service to the University. The Accounts Payable and Procurement departments invite the campus community to a retirement celebration in honor of Paul from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, March 16, on the fifth floor patio of the Administration building.

A $5 donation is suggested. Contact Cindy Reedy at ext. 8-1833 or Rose Balancio at ext. 5-3654.

Celebrating Pinter
The University Women's Association invites faculty and staff to join in celebrating Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter with a panel discussion of the author and his works, followed by a viewing of his play "Betrayal." The discussion begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, in room 473 of the Humanities building. Bérénice Le Marchand, assistant professor of French, will moderate a panel of SFSU faculty.

Wine and cheese will be available before and during the program for $13 per person.

The production of "Betrayal," directed by Rhonnie Washington, associate professor of theatre arts, takes place in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts building.

R.S.V.P. by March 3 and send a check for $13 per person payable to "UWA" to: Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA.

For details, contact Lin Ivory at:

Academic Senate Action

At its Feb. 14 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Heard a report from Vice President for Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita on the status of the CSU budget;
  • Heard a report from College of Extended Learning Dean Gail Whitaker and Confucius Institute Director Christy Lau on the establishment of the Confucius Institute at SFSU;
  • Elected Trevor Getz, associate professor of history, to the All-University Committee on International Programs and Ricardo Gomes, associate professor of design and industry, to the All-University Enrollment Management Committee;
  • Considered the proposed standards and criteria for the sixth cycle of Academic Program Review; and
  • Discussed revising SFSU retention, tenure and promotion policies.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:

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