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Volume 53, Number 26   March 20, 2006         

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Carving spaces
Rabab Abdulhadi, associate professor of sociology and director of the Center for Arab American Studies at University of Michigan, Dearborn, will speak on "Carving Spaces, Building Communities: Palestinian Women's Activism in North America, 1983-1995" from 2 to 3:30 p.m. today in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building.

Abdulhadi is a candidate for the College of Ethnic Studies' faculty position in Arab and Islamic studies.

Sup. Elsbernd visits
San Francisco District 7 Supervisor Sean Elsbernd will visit campus from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday in room 268 of the HSS building. The campus community is welcome to attend.

Elsbernd's final visit of the semester will be Wednesday, April 26.

'Geo-Jaunts' part two
The Department of Geography and Human Environmental Studies presents the second of its three-part series, "Geo-Jaunts: Presentations of International Research in Geography," at 4 p.m. Wednesday in room 290 of the HSS building.

The faculty presentations will be "Gendering Pastoralism: Women, Labor and Livestock Among the Ilkisongo Masai of Kajiado District, Kenya" by Edna Wangui and "Antarctic Climate Research" by Andrew Oliphant.

Counselor candidate
The Counseling Psychological and Services Center invites the campus community to a presentation by Eriko Kobayashi, a candidate for the position of clinical counselor and liaison with international students, from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday in room 401 of the Student Services building.

For details, contact Derethia DuVal at ext. 8-2208.

Health care
and the future
The campus community is invited to attend a conference on "The Future of Health Care: Reinventing Medicine and Integrating Health Care Alternatives" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center.

Suggested donations for attending are $10 for the general public and $5 for students and seniors. Nursing continuing education credit (one unit) is available for $75.

The conference is sponsored by Holistic Healing Studies.

Coming Up
'Chinese in
Silicon Valley'
Anthropology Professor Bernard Wong will discuss his new book, "The Chinese in Silicon Valley: Globalization, Social Networks, and Ethnic Identity" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in room 361 of the HSS building. His talk is part of the annual BSS Faculty Research Series, focusing throughout the semester on international research in the college. The campus community is welcome. For details, e-mail:

Meredith Minkler, professor of health and social behavior at University of California, Berkeley, will present "Principles and Experiences on Community Based Participatory Research" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 29, in Rosa Parks Room B of the Student Center.

The event is part of the spring Health Disparities Seminar series.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-2978.

Geisha discussion
The University Women's Association (UWA) invites faculty and staff to its inaugural lunch-time discussion series from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 29. The first meeting will feature a discussion of "Memoirs of a Geisha" led by Bérénice Le Marchand, assistant professor of French. Participants are encouraged to read the book and/or view the film.

Kinship stories
Anna-Lisa Cox, historian and author, will speak on "A Stronger Kinship: One Town's Extraordinary Story of Hope and Faith" at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 30, in the de Bellis Collection on the sixth floor of the Library.

The event is sponsored by the Friends of J. Paul Leonard Library and History Department.

April defensive
driver training

Defensive driver training classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 3, and Friday, April 28.

To register, e-mail or call ext. 8-1449. Participants should provide the class session they would like to attend and their name, department and driver's license number.

'Geo-Jaunts' part three
The Department of Geography and Human Environmental Studies presents the final part of its three-part series, "Geo-Jaunts: Presentations of International Research in Geography," at 4 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in room 290 of the HSS building.

The faculty presentations will be "Densification on the High Ground: Balancing Ecological Sustainability and Social Justice in New Orleans" by Jason Henderson and "Landscape Change, Conservation and Livelihoods in the Cordililera Huanhursh, Peru" by Jeff Bury.

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Smoke-free campus event today
The campus community is invited to participate in a smoke-free event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today. Students, faculty and staff at more than 20 locations throughout campus will provide educational resources for smokers who wish to quit and distribute campus maps highlighting locations of designated smoking areas.

Those who stop by a table can also enter random drawings for such prizes as: an iPod donated by Student Affairs; a one-month free reserved parking space on campus (or one-month Muni pass) donated by President Robert A. Corrigan; two one-month passes (with personal trainer sessions) at the Village Fitness Center; Gourmet three-course lunch for two at the Vista Room courtesy of Hospitality Management; four tickets to Dell'Arte Co.'s presentation of "Shadow of Giants" courtesy of Dell'Arte Company; and "Working Together to Make SFSU a Smoke-Free Campus" T-shirts donated by the Academic Senate.

Students, staff, faculty and administrators are encouraged to volunteer to staff tables.

To participate, contact Albert Angelo at or ext. 8-3039.

The event is sponsored by the Smoking Policy Task Force in association with the Office of the President. The SFSU Bookstore donated the balloons that decorate the tables.

The following departments, organizations, individuals and student groups have signed up to host a table for the event: Student Health Advisory Committee; Michael Ritter, AIDS Coordinating Committee; Mary Keller, Student Center; Criminal Justice Studies Program; Public Administration Program; College of Behavioral and Social Sciences; Student Health Service; Biology Lecturer Ann Auleb; College Students in Broadcasting; Environmental Health and Occupational Safety; Blue Cross/Somerton Insurance; Academic Senate; Health Education Students Association; Health Education and Access Link (HEAL); Student Athletic Committee; BSS Students of Color; Russell Kilday-Hicks; Department of Public Safety; Pre-Health Professional Student Association; Learning Assistance Center; and Student Affairs.

Director of Health Equity Initiatives named
Photo of Cynthia GomezCynthia A. Gomez, Ph.D., will join the campus community April 3 as the first director of Health Equity Initiatives. She will lead efforts to enhance and integrate campus research, curricula, community service and training programs that address health disparities.

A leading scientist in HIV prevention, Gomez was codirector of the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies at University of California, San Francisco, for the past four years. She has served on several national committees, including the Centers for Disease Control's HIV and STD Advisory Council, and is a member of the boards of trustees of the National AIDS Fund and the Guttmacher Institute. She was an appointed member of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS under both the William J. Clinton and George W. Bush administrations.

"One of San Francisco State's strategic goals is to address, intervene and positively change the profile of health disparities in the United States," said John Gemello, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Cynthia Gomez's perspective on and prominence in the highly competitive arena of research funding will help us to make this goal a reality."

In memoriam: Richard Westkaemper
Professor Emeritus Richard B. Westkaemper died of cancer Feb. 7 in Carmel. Westkaemper was director of the Health, Physical Education and Recreation division for 17 years beginning in 1966. In semiretirement he returned to teach physical education. Westkaemper came to SF State from Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas. He also chaired the Physical Education Department at University of Wisconsin, LaCrosse.

Services were held in February. Memorial contributions may be sent to the Lymphoma-Leukemia Society, P.O. Box 4072, Pittsfield, MA 01202 or the College of St. Benedict Sister Remberta Westkaemper Endowed Scholarship Fund, 37 South College Ave., St. Joseph, MN 56374.

In memoriam: Harry Freeman
Harry Freeman, emeritus director of international programs, died Feb. 14. He was 85.

Freeman was appointed director of international programs in 1968 and served in that position until his retirement in 1988.

Freeman earned an undergraduate degree at University of Pennsylvania and, after serving in World War II, earned a doctorate of education from Columbia University.

He served as director of training for the Peace Corps before joining SFSU.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Freeman's name to the donor's favorite charity.

Administrative review for Dean Perea
A reminder that administrative review questionnaires for College of Education Dean Jacob Perea are due by 5 p.m. Monday, April 3.

Questionnaires are available in the Office of the Provost, room 455 of the Administration building, by e-mailing Stephanie Schwartz at, or on the Academic Affairs Web site:

Individual written responses may also be directed to Administrative Review Committee (ARC) Chair Nathan Avani c/o the Office of the Provost, ADM 455.

The ARC will not use any anonymous responses. However, the committee will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law.

Two more Women's History Month events
SFSU's celebration of Women's History Month continues with two panel discussions.

"Women Resisting Militarism and Violence" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 22, in room 362 of the HSS building. The event includes a screening of the video "Women in Black" and a discussion of Women in Black, an international group that holds vigils for peace around the world.

"Women, Power and Representation" will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Wednesday, March 29, in room 133 of the Humanities building. Presentations will focus on women and change, women and politics, missed opportunities in a post-feminist age, and a tribute to a Zapista woman named Ramoa.

The series is sponsored by the colleges of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Ethnic Studies, and Humanities; Women Studies Department; and Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth and Families.

Counseling candidates
Counseling and Psychological Services is conducting interviews in the coming weeks with selected candidates applying for three tenure-track positions. The Student Affairs' Counseling and Psychological Services Hiring Committee invites the campus community to participate in the candidates' presentations. The 20-minute presentations are followed by question-and-answer periods. They will all be held at 4 p.m. in room 401 of the Student Services building.

The candidates and the date the present are:

  • Thursday, March 23: Eriko Kobayashi
  • Thursday, March 30: Ziomora Ochoa
  • Thursday, April 13: Mary Cavagnaro
  • Thursday, April 20: Jondra Pennington
  • Thursday, April 27: Patricia Davis

For details, contact Derethia DuVal at ext. 8-2208.

No CampusMemo April 3
CampusMemo will not be published the week of spring break, April 3-7. Items for events taking place that week should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 21, for inclusion in the March 27 edition.

Submissions should be e-mailed to or faxed to ext. 8-1498.

CEL course proposals
The College of Extended Learning (CEL) is accepting course proposals for the fall semester. Information can be requested from department chairs, or by contacting Richard Kay at or ext. 5-7772. Forms are also accessible online at:

Course requests should be submitted by 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 29.

Early retirement overview
Paul K. Alires, senior benefits analyst, will present a workshop on the Faculty Early Retirement Program from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 28, in room 460 of the Administration building. Alires will discuss the program's financial benefits and the latest information on its status.

R.S.V.P. to Victoria F. Ramos at ext. 5-3935.

Retention, tenure and promotion discussions
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled three informal discussion sessions focused on helping faculty prepare for retention, tenure and promotion.

The sessions will be conducted by Marilyn Verhey, dean of faculty affairs and professional development.

The sessions will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, March 23; from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, March 24; and from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday, March 27; in room 460 of the Administration building.

To register, e-mail or call ext. 8-2204.

Textbook orders due soon
The Bookstore is now processing orders for summer and fall classes. Summer orders are due Thursday, March 30; fall orders are due April 30. Orders can be faxed to ext. 5-0474, e-mailed to or placed online at:

Faculty regalia for Commencement
The deadline to rent faculty regalia is April 3. Those who place orders after April 3 will need to pay an extra shipping cost so that regalia can be rush-shipped to the Bookstore in time for Commencement.

Pricing and ordering information is available on the Bookstore's Web site:

FitnessPlus classes for beginners
FitnessPlus, SFSU's faculty and staff fitness and wellness program, offers beginner swimming, yoga, weight training and cardio classes mornings, at noon and evenings. Faculty and staff can try out a class for free.

For details, contact FitnessPlus at or ext. 8-7572 or visit:

Summer travel study
The College of Extended Learning is offering travel study programs to Paris and Florence this summer. Participants can learn to speak French in Paris July 1-30 or explore Michelangelo’s hometown of Florence, Italy, June 29-July 29.

Brochures are available at:

Information sessions for the Paris program will held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 25, in room 303 of the SFSU Downtown Center and at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 22, in room 302 of the Downtown Center, 425 Market St., San Francisco. No reservations are necessary.

An information session for the Florence program will be held at 12:10 p.m. Monday, March 27, in room 152 of the HSS building. R.S.V.P. to or ext. 5-3532.

Pacific symphony tickets discount
The SFSU Student Marketing Association is offering to the campus community a 50 percent discount on single tickets for the Pacific Chamber Symphony's spring concert series. The dates and locations are as follows:

  • Pleasanton: Wednesday, April 5. For tickets, call (925) 484-9783.
  • Napa: Friday, April 7; Saturday, May 20. For tickets, call (707) 226-7372.
  • Lafayette: Sunday, April 9; Sunday, May 21. For tickets, call (510) 352-3945.
  • San Francisco: Tuesday, April 11; Tuesday, May 23. For tickets, call (415) 292-1233.

To receive the discount, provide the promotional code SFSU-MA.

For details on venue locations and programs, visit:

Academic Senate Action

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

  • Heard a report from Donna Blakemore, associate vice president for University Advancement, on a new mission statement for the Office of University Development;
  • Unanimously approved the dissolution of the Athletics Advisory Board;
  • Unanimously approved the creation of a certificate in prehealth professions; and
  • Continued discussion of revisions to SFSU retention, tenure and promotions policies.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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