San Francisco State UniversityA-ZSearchCalendarNeed help?News

Volume 53, Number 33   May 15, 2006         

CampusMemo Home    Announcements    News    Grants & Contracts 

This Week
Design exhibit

The Design and Industry Department invites the campus community to "INVENIAM," an exhibit of student inventions and illustrations. A reception will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Exhibition hours are 4 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 16; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 17, and Thursday, May 18; and 9 a.m. to noon Friday, May 19.

Beijing opera
A recital production of Chinese Beijing Opera and Japanese Suzuki-style acting will take place at 8 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Admission is free.

The recital features scenes from the Beijing Opera "The Legend of the White Snake" as well as Suzuki-influenced scenes from Euripides' "Bakkhai."

Poetry reading

Anne Carson, University of Michigan, will read from her latest work "Cassandra Float Can" at 4 p.m. Monday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

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

Bride kidnapping
in Kyrgyzstan

Ekaterina Galimova, visiting scholar from Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University, will present "Bride Kidnapping: Gender and Politics in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan after the Tulip Revolution" from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in room 361 of the HSS building.

The event is sponsored by the San Francisco Urban Institute, Undergraduate Studies, College of Behavioral & Social Sciences, and Women Studies.

R.S.V.P. to ext. 8-6419.

Budget meeting
The University Budget Committee will meet from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the NEC Room of the Administration building. The campus community is welcome.

Coming Up
Gregory retirement

Jan Gregory, lecturer of English and member of the Academic Senate is retiring after nearly 30 years of service to the University. The campus community is invited to a retirement party from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday, May 22, in the Towers Conference Center.

For details, contact Ernie Vasquez at or ext. 8-2128.

Working older Americans?
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is sponsoring a symposium on "Older Americans: To Work or Not to Work" from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the Jewish Community Center, 3200 California St., San Francisco.

The workshop includes keynote talks, roundtables and small workshop discussions to explore the growing trend of older workers who continue working into the traditional retirement years.

Admission is $35 before June 16 and $50 at the door and includes a box lunch.

To register, call ext. 5-7700.

SF State News home

Kenneth Fong named Alumnus of the Year
Photo of Kenneth FongKenneth Fong has been named SF State's 2006 Alumnus of the Year. Fong, who earned a bachelor of science degree in biology in 1971, will receive the award at the University's 105th Commencement exercises on May 27. The honor follows his induction into SF State's Alumni Hall of Fame in 1998.

Fong, who emigrated from Guangdong Province, China in 1966, is chairman of Kenson Ventures LLC, which specializes in venture financing and strategic consulting to biotechnology companies. After earning a doctorate in micro and molecular biology at Indiana University, he founded Clonetech Laboratories in 1984. The Palo Alto-based company develops the molecular biology tools that make possible cutting-edge research in gene cloning, analysis and mapping and was acquired by BD Biosciences in 1999.

A resident of Atherton, Fong serves on the College of Science and Engineering Advisory Board. With his wife Pam (B.S., '73), he established an endowed scholarship at SF State in 1998 to assist promising students majoring in biology, computer science and mathematics. The couple also contributes prize money to the College's annual student project showcase.

"I feel very honored to receive this award," Fong said. "Returning to the college I attended is almost like returning to the village where I was born, coming home, being recognized. I feel a sense of high emotion."

Honor retiring faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual Rites of Passage celebration to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, at the Towers Conference Center.

The 2006 emeritus/emerita faculty are listed on the Faculty Affairs Web site:

Master plan open house
The campus community is again invited to review design concepts for its long-term master plan from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, May 18, in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Two previous open houses were held in April. More are planned as the process progresses.

The University's plan will involve a thorough evaluation of physical resources, from buildings and green spaces to transportation routes and programmatic needs. It will result in proposed improvements that enable the campus to meet demands for access and provide a high-quality university education.

For more on the master plan, visit:

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate meets Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: proposed revisions to the SFSU retention, tenure and promotion policies; proposed revisions to the Academic Program Review Committee; and a resolution thanking and commending departing 2005-06 academic senators.

College of Ethnic Studies dean candidates
Five finalists have been selected for the dean of the College of Ethnic Studies position and are scheduled for on-campus visits. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the candidates' presentations and receptions.

Monday, May 15: David J. Leon, director of the Chicano Studies Program, California State University, Sacramento, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies & Psychology building.

Tuesday, May 16: Kenneth P. Monteiro, acting dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State University, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies & Psychology building.

Monday, May 22: Ramon A. Gutierrez, founding director of University of California, San Diego's Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity and professor of ethnic studies, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies & Psychology building.

Tuesday, May 23: Deena J. Gonzalez, chair and professor in the department of Chicano/a Studies, Loyola Marymount University, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies & Psychology building.

Wednesday, May 24: Manuel Avalos, vice provost for research and faculty development and associate director at the Hispanic Research Center at Arizona State University, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies & Psychology building.

Final Creative Arts dean candidate visits
The final two candidates for dean of the College of Creative Arts will visit campus this week and next. The other candidates have already given presentations. The remaining visits are:

Wednesday, May 17: John Laughton, dean of University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth's College of Visual and Performing Arts, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

Monday, May 22: Jennifer Lawson, general manager of WHUT-TV, Washington D.C., from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

In memoriam: Norair Taschian
Norair Taschian, professor emeritus of foreign languages and literatures and a former coordinator of the Russian Program, died May 2 after a long battle with cancer. He was 73.

Taschian taught at SF State for 37 years before retiring in 2004. He specialized in Russian modernism. In addition to Russian and English, he was fluent in Armenian and French and published articles in all of these languages.

During his tenure, Taschian served as director of the Education Professions Development Act Russian Summer Institute held at SF State, as well as the faculty adviser to the Russian Club and Dobro Slovo, the national Slavic honor society. He also served on numerous committees in the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.

"Professor Taschian was my teacher, mentor and colleague. As current coordinator for the Russian Program, I believe that I speak for our program, (as) well as for the faculty of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, when I say we will miss his boundless enthusiasm for teaching," Lecturer Catherine Siskron said.

Taschian was born in the Soviet Union in 1932 and grew up in the Caucasus. After the German occupation, he and his family lived in Stavropol in the Caucasus, the Ukraine, Poland, Germany and Paris. There, he completed his secondary education and began his university studies, where he developed a passion for literature. In 1952 his family immigrated to the United States. After two years in the U.S. Army, Taschian was accepted at University of California, Berkeley, where he earned bachelor's and master's degrees and a doctorate in Slavic studies.

Grants & Contracts
SFSU was awarded $4,073,557 in March and $1,419,613 in the first part of April.

Read Grants & Contracts:

2006-07 holiday schedule
The 2006-07 holiday schedule for the campus has been finalized. It can be viewed on the Human Resources Web site:

General education forum
The Academic Senate and General Education Council invite faculty to participate in an online forum to discuss the current structure of general education and the future of general education and University-wide graduation requirements. The information collected will be included in the General Education Council's self-study and used to help inform the upcoming review of University-wide baccalaureate graduation requirements.

The forum can be found on the Academic Senate Web site:

Responses should be made by 5 p.m. Monday, May 15.

Summer academic technology workshops
Academic Technology offers an array of summer workshops that help faculty learn to use iLearn, an online learning management system.

Both the weeklong and the shorter "one-shot" workshops are available, covering a variety of aspects of iLearn. Faculty and staff are welcome. All workshops are free.

For details and to register, contact Academic Technology at or ext. 8-6906 or visit:

Civic engagement workshop
The Office of Community Service Learning and California Campus Compact invite faculty to a workshop on civic engagement from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, June 6, in Suite 750 of the Pacific Plaza, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided. There is a fee of $20 for non-SFSU registrants.

For details, contact Justin Chandra at or visit:

Summer Mandarin courses
The Confucius Institute will offer five new Mandarin courses in June and July. Topics include survival Mandarin for business or travel, basic Mandarin pronunciation and simple conversation, and intermediate Chinese characters and conversation.

The classes will be held at the SFSU Downtown Center, 425 Market St., San Francisco.

For details and to enroll, call ext. 5-7700 or visit:


About CampusMemo
CampusMemo provides news, information and on-campus events listings to the faculty and staff of SFSU.

CampusMemo is published weekly during the school year by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications. This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Contact Public Affairs & Publications at the number listed below. Submissions are welcome. Deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. Tuesday the week preceding publication. Items may be sent via e-mail:, faxed to ext. 8-1498, or sent through campus mail to: CampusMemo, Office of Public Affairs & Publications, Lakeview Center 110. Please direct any questions to the e-mail address above, or call ext. 8-1665.

To send events: call ext. 8-1665 or send e-mail to


San Francisco State University Home     Search     Need Help?    

1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 415/338-1111
Last modified May 15, 2006, by the Office of Public Affairs & Publications