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Volume 54, Number 27   March 26, 2007         

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CampusMemo schedule
There will not be an April 9 edition of CampusMemo because of spring break. Items for the April 16 edition of CampusMemo should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, to:

Testing forms change
Faculty who use the IF-AT testing forms are advised that these forms are now available exclusively in the Testing Center, room 206 of the HSS building.

University Park
hospitality suite

Faculty, staff, students and their guests are welcome to rent a one-bedroom hospitality suite in University Park North (across from the Stonestown Galleria). The one-bedroom suite contains a full bed and a fold-out couch and can accommodate up to four people. The suite is available for $90 a night or $550 for seven nights.

Amenities include a fully equipped kitchen, Internet access, cable television and parking.

For details, contact Tiffany Mikami, administrative coordinator of Residential Property Management, at or (415) 564-4000.

Pre-doctoral program
applications due

Faculty who know students who hope to earn a Ph.D. are asked to let them know about the California Pre-Doctoral Program. Applications for the program are available at and in the Office of Academic Honors and Scholarships, room 573 of the Humanities building.

Applicants selected as Pre-Doctoral Scholars receive monetary and mentoring support to engage in activities that will help them prepare for enrollment in a Ph.D. program. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Completed applications should be turned in to room 573 of the Humanities Building.

For details, contact Beverly Voloshin at:

Graduate showcase registration
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage graduate students to register for the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 5. The showcase will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the Gymnasium.

For details and registration forms, visit the Graduate Studies Web site:

Faculty regalia
rental deadline

Faculty may sign up to rent regalia for the May 26 Commencement through April 2. Orders may be placed at the SFSU Bookstore Office, M113 of the Student Center.

Rental fees are $31 for doctoral gown/cap, $28 for doctoral hood and $16.50 for cap/tassel.

SF State News home

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

Agenda items include: a report from Don Scoble, executive director of SFSU Foundation Inc., and Leroy Morishita, vice president for administration and finance, on SFSU Foundation Inc.; a proposed policy on graduate honors at graduations; a report from Leroy Morishita, vice president for administration and finance, on the Master Plan; a proposed resolution in support of the Master Plan; a proposed academic calendar policy; a proposed new master of science concentration in structural/earthquake engineering; a proposed new master of science concentration in embedded electrical and computer systems; and a proposed new autism spectrum graduate certificate.

Axler, Sherwin reviews -- feedback due this week
Academic administrative reviews are under way for College of Science and Engineering Dean Sheldon Axler and College of Humanities Dean Paul Sherwin.

The Administrative Review Committees (ARCs) are soliciting input from members of the campus community. Questionnaires have been distributed. Those who have not received an administrative review questionnaire and would like to participate in the process should contact Stephanie Schwartz at or ext. 8-2571.

Individual written responses should be sent to the ARC chairs c/o the Office of the Provost, ADM 455. The deadline to respond for Axler's review is noon Tuesday, March 27. The deadline to respond for Sherwin's review is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 28.

Arek Goetz, associate professor of mathematics, is the chair of the Axler ARC; Maxine Chernoff, chair of creative writing, is chair of the Sherwin ARC. The committees will not use any anonymous responses, but they will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law.

April retention, tenure and promotion discussions
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled three informal discussion sessions focused on helping faculty to prepare for retention, tenure, and promotion. Marilyn Verhey, dean of faculty affairs and professional development, will conduct the sessions.

Each session will be held in room 460 of the Administration building and will take place:

  • From 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 2
  • From 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 5
  • From 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17

Faculty may register for one of the sessions by e-mailing or calling ext. 8-2204.

Fall 2007 faculty associate position proposals
All tenured faculty are encouraged to apply for one of two possible fall 2007 faculty associate positions in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD).

Each position brings .20 assigned time to work on one of several possible projects related to teaching and scholarship. Suggested areas of emphasis include:

  • Universal design for learning (eligible applicants who choose this focus must have completed the two workshops on universal design for learning I and II, offered last fall by CTFD and Sonoma State University)
  • The scholarship of teaching and learning
  • The design of writing assignments, especially for second language learners
  • Modeling and teaching equity and social justice
  • Modeling and teaching diversity, including international diversity
  • The pedagogy of the large classroom
  • Pedagogical applications of technology

More information is available in the call for proposals on the CTFD Web site at:

Applicants should submit a proposal not to exceed two, single-spaced letter-size pages and a current curriculum vitae, by noon Friday, April 27, to Pamela Vaughn, associate dean for faculty development, Library room 435. For details, contact Vaughn at ext. 5-4030.

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, May 14.

In memoriam: Matthew F. Stolz
Matthew F. Stolz, professor emeritus of political science, died of cancer on Feb. 20 at his home in Berkeley. He was 71.

Stolz, who joined SF State in 1964 and retired in 2004, was a political theorist who wrote a 1971 book, "Politics of the New Left," and various journal articles. Before his death, he was working on a series of essays on the political thought of Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams.

In the 1970s, Stolz founded the SF State Political Theory Colloquium, which brought together graduate students, visiting scholars and faculty.

Stolz was known as a demanding teacher with high standards and expectations for his students. Visiting British scholar Harro Hopfl, who met Stolz in the colloquium, characterized him as a "brilliant political theorist" who imbued his students with a full sense of the seriousness of political and civic discourse, according to an obituary written by Stolz's family.

Stolz was also politically active, walking picket lines in civil rights demonstrations and the SF State student strike. He also was active in protests against the Vietnam War and both Iraq wars.

An Oakland native, Stolz earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees at University of California, Berkeley. He taught at University of California, Davis, before joining SF State.

Stolz is survived by his wife Kathleen Kahn, stepdaughter Sasha Crehan and two grandchildren.

People on Campus
Jon Funabiki: big plans for 'little media'
Photo of Jon FunabikiJon Funabiki's first byline was in the school newspaper at Green Oaks Junior High in East Palo Alto. The newspaper was published with a Ditto machine.

He would go on to write and edit stories for The New York Times, San Diego Union, San Diego Tribune, SF State student newspaper The Phoenix and more.

Funabiki returned to his alma mater in the fall as a journalism professor, with a focus on what he calls "little media" -- the ethnic, independent and community-based press gaining significant success and influence. Funabiki, also the first director of the University's Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism (CIIJ) from 1990 to 1995, is charged with creating a new center or institute in the Journalism Department that will focus on the community-building potential of ethnic and other community media. ...

Read the rest of the Funabiki profile:

The EU at 50

Xenia Stefanidou, the Consul General of Greece, San Francisco, will present "The European Union, Then and Now. The 50th Anniversary" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies. For details, contact Modern Greek Studies at ext. 8-1892.

Coming Up
Philosophy and wine

The Philosophy Department and American Philosophical Association's (APA) Pacific Division will hold an all-day miniconference on "Philosophy and Wine" on Wednesday, April 4, at the Westin St. Francis hotel at Union Square in San Francisco. Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Kent Bach, who has published journal articles and presented lectures on philosophy and wine, is the chief organizer of the miniconference, which is part of the APA-Pacific annual meeting. Session topics include: detecting tastes and aromas in wine, the nature of taste, analyzing and categorizing wines, evaluating wines, and the aesthetics of wine.

Registration for the daylong mini-conference, which begins at 9:30 a.m. is $10 at the door. A tutored tasting, with a fee of $50, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. For tickets to the tasting, contact Linda Smallbrook at:

Dwight Simpson tribute
An event to honor and celebrate the life of Professor Dwight Simpson will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Simpson died Dec. 22.

For details, visit:

Campus run
The cross country team is hosting a one-mile campus run at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, starting at the Cox Stadium track. The event will kick off the festivities for the Johnny Mathis Invitational, which starts at 2 p.m. Members of the campus community are welcome. There is no entrance fee, and prizes will be awarded.

For details, contact Tom Lyons at or ext. 8-2219.

Grant writing discussion
CTFD presents a brown bag discussion on " Grant Writing: Asking Critical Questions" from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in room 202 of the Business building. The discussion will be led by Fred Astren, professor of Jewish studies; Chris Chekuri, assistant professor of history; and Lutfus Sayeed, professor of information systems. All three faculty have extensive experience in writing large, successful grant proposals.

Circumventing writer's block
CTFD invites faculty to a discussion led by Toni Mirosevich, associate professor of creative writing, on "Alternative Routes: Getting Around Writer's Block" from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in room 434 of the Library. Mirosevich will explore how to take a different route around writer's block instead of trying to push through it.

Britain and the Greek left postponed
The Center for Modern Greek Studies event featuring Andre Gerolymatos, chair of Hellenic studies at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, on"The Civil War Within: The British Intelligence Services and the Greek Left" has been rescheduled to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 10. More details will be published in future issues of CampusMemo.



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