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Volume 53, Number 34   May 22, 2006         

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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 in the Towers Conference Center.

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

Bride kidnapping in Kyrgyzstan redux

The campus community has a second chance to see Ekaterina Galimova, visiting scholar from Kyrgyz Russian Slavic University, present "Bride Kidnapping: Gender and Politics in Post-Soviet Kyrgyzstan after the Tulip Revolution." The presentation takes place from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday in room 202 of the Business building.

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

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

Coming Up
Greek Film Festival

The San Francisco Greek Film Festival will take place June 5-11 in the Delancey Street screening room at 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco. Shows start at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets for the June 5 opening night (which includes a reception) start at $60.

For details and tickets, visit the festival's Web site at:

The festival is sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, SF State Center for Modern Greek Studies, SF State Nikos Kazantzakis Chair and the Athens Film Center.

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:

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.

Bob Bowman
Memorial Symposium

Emeritus Professor Robert Bowman, who died March 12, dedicated his professional life to the study of Galapagos Island finches and their songs. He also worked tirelessly to protect and preserve the wildlife and ecological processes of these islands and played a major role in convincing the Ecuadorian government to set aside the Galapagos Islands as a national park.

A symposium in his honor will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, June 18, at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The program will include presentations by Graham Watkins, executive director of the Charles Darwin Foundation, and Matthew James, professor of geology at Sonoma State University, as well as a tribute to Bowman by many of his former students.

A wine and cheese reception will follow the formal presentations. Anyone who knew Bowman or is interested in the Galapagos Islands is invited to attend.

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Commencement recap
As announced in previous editions of CampusMemo, the University's 105th Commencement will feature keynote speaker California Sen. Jackie Speier. Honorary degrees will be awarded to Pegi Young, cofounder of The Bridge School for young people with disabilities; her husband, musician-songwriter and Bridge School supporter Neil Young; and trial lawyer James Brosnahan. Kenneth Fong, chairman of Kenson Ventures LLC, will be honored as the 2006 Alumnus of the Year.

The ceremony takes place at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 27, in Cox Stadium. Participating faculty should line up by 12:15 p.m. next to the Student Services building (see announcement below). For details on Commencement, see the Web page:

Alumni Hall of Fame inducts five
The 2006 Alumni Hall of Fame inductees are Tom Ammiano, San Francisco supervisor (M.A., Special Education, 1965); Paula LeDuc, business and community leader (M.A., Special Education, 1973); John Handy, musician, composer, musicologist and recording artist (B.A. Music, 1963); David Sacks, senior vice president at Warner Bros. Televison (B.A. Radio, Television and Film, 1967); and Ronald Quidachay, San Francisco Superior Court presiding judge (B.A., Urban Studies, 1970).

The alumni will be inducted into the Hall of Fame at a ceremony held later this week. Alumni Hall of Fame plaques can be viewed on the first floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library.

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

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

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
The San Francisco Urban Institute and Office of Community Service Learning are merging to form the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE).

The ICCE will centralize the services, projects and staff of the two programs and work to promote innovations in faculty and student service learning and civic engagement in the local, state, national and international arenas.

Steve Cochrane, director of the Community Involvement Center (CIC), will serve as the community service learning liaison for the College of Humanities. All current CIC courses will be taught through the English Department.

CIC will remain open through the summer for advising students. CIC is located in the CIC Building near the Gymnasium and can be reached at ext. 8-1486. No summer instruction will be offered, however, course credit for approved community service will be offered in the fall semester.

College of Ethnic Studies dean candidates
The three remaining finalists to interview for the dean of the College of Ethnic Studies position are scheduled for on-campus visits this week. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the candidates’ presentations and receptions.

Monday, May 22: Ramon A. Gutierrez will be unable to make the visit; the presentation is cancelled.

Tuesday, May 23: Deena J. Gonzalez, chair and professor in the department of Chicana/o 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
Jennifer Lawson, the final candidate to interview for dean of the College of Creative Arts, will present from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Monday, May 22 in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building. Lawson is general manager of WHUT-TV, Washington, D.C.

The other candidates have already given presentations.

University Police accreditation
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies Inc. (CALEA) will be on campus June 11-14 for an accreditation visit for the University Police Department.

As part of the on-site assessment, University employees and members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 13, in Rosa Parks Conference Rooms A-C of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Telephone comments can be made between 2 and 5 p.m. Monday, June 12, to (415) 338-1046. Comments via telephone and at the information sessions are limited to 10 minutes and must address the ability of the University Police to comply with CALEA's standards. A copy of the standards is available for review at the Police Department, located at North State Drive.

Written comments can be mailed to CALEA, 10302 Eaton Place, Suite 320 Fairfax, Virginia, 22030-2201.

People on Campus

Peter Richardson -- California love
Photo of Peter RichardsonDuring the 1990s Peter Richardson was a tenured faculty member in English at University of North Texas with areas of expertise in medieval literature and "Beowulf." But the Berkeley native was homesick and sought a new intellectual challenge closer to home.

Richardson, a lecturer in humanities, had long been interested in California history and culture. After taking a job in 1999 in San Francisco as communications analyst at the Public Policy Institute of California, he asked a colleague what he should read to get up to speed. The colleague suggested the works of Carey McWilliams, who Richardson had never heard of.

Richardson found a kindred spirit in the late McWilliams ...

Read more about Richardson:

Faculty lineup for Commencement
Faculty members participating in the Saturday, May 27, Commencement ceremony should line up by 12:15 p.m. next to the Student Services building (the north side of the Centennial Village roadway). This will guarantee a seat in the staging area.

For details, contact Norma Urcuyo-Siani at or ext. 8-6141.

CampusMemo summer schedule
During the summer, CampusMemo will be published June 19 and July 24. It resumes weekly publication Aug. 21. E-mail items by 5 p.m. Tuesday of the week preceding publication to or fax to ext. 8-1498.

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

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. Thursday, June 15.

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

Both weeklong and 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:

A fit summer
FitnessPlus, the faculty and staff fitness and wellness program, will offer summer swim, yoga, weight training and cardio classes. Classes begin June 12.

For details, e-mail or visit:

Family Resource Center seeks help
The Stay-In-School Family Resource Center, which provides space and resources to student parents, is seeking summer volunteers for event planning, fundraising, gathering resources and helping to develop a mentorship program.

Volunteers are needed for either one-day or ongoing projects. For details, contact Kelly Komasa at ext. 8-3340.

Academic Senate Action

At its May 16 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Approved a resolution in honor of Jan Gregory;
  • Approved revisions to the Academic Program Review Committee;
  • Approved a resolution in commendation of Senate Chair Caran A. Colvin;
  • Approved a resolution thanking and commending departing 2005-06 Academic Senators;
  • Elected the following officers for 2006-07: David Meredith, chair; Pauline Velez, vice chair; Gene Chelberg, secretary; Connie Ulasewicz, at-large member; and Josh Levine, at-large member;
  • Approved a resolution on the summer senate; and
  • Elected the following committee chairs: Shawn Whalen, Academic Policies Committee; Genie Stowers, Academic Program Review Committee; Eileen Levy, Curriculum Review and Approval Committee; James Kohn, Faculty Affairs Committee; and Kenneth Fehrman, Student Affairs Committee.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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