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 • City College of San Francisco • 50 Phelan Avenue, Box L161 • San Francisco, California 94112

 Fall 2005 • September 60.1
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 In this issue
button From the Chair
button Glory & Applause
• Welcome, Anya Selig Rose
• Daniel Brown lampoons academia
• Alex Teague's poetry featured
button In the English Dept
• English Scholarships • Handbook selection• English 96 assessment• Curriculum committee
• English major
• Writing Success Project
• Reading training begins • Lab updates • Win fabulous prizes! • Basic Skills group gets busy 
button Around campus
• Will your students vote?
• Reflective teaching circles
button And beyond
• Hurricane Katrina 
button Did you know?
• Coffee addicts rejoice
• Shakespeare in the Park
• Ginsberg's Howl
• President blames teachers
• Cyber cats

button Recipe of the month

• Scrafford's summer pudding
button Technology tip of the month

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Have you wondered why your students ignore grammar rules and your annotations?  Perhaps your U.S. Grammar Guild membership has expired.  


from the chair


Some questions have been asked about the PART-TIME REEMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE LIST BY ACADEMIC SEMESTER. After having conferred with Steve Hale, Employee Relations Manager, I would impart to you the following:

As stated in the posted memorandum dated 11 February 2005 in the department’s conference room,

Once again this office is distributing the seniority lists required each semester by Article 13-1, Part-Time Reemployment Preference, of the faculty collective bargaining agreement. Use of the lists continues to be essential if we are to insure the accuracy of temporary, part-time faculty assignments for fall Semester 2005 if the “reduction in the number of available hours” condition exists with respect to any department or subject area.

What Steve Hale has stated this means is that this list is what is commonly referred to as a “RIF” list or “REDUCTION IN FORCE” list and is used by the district to rank part-time employees should layoffs be instituted. It is not, per se, a “scheduling” list for departments or department chairs.

All part-time employees are given an “employment start date,” a date that determines the first semester of service for any part-time employee, whether that employee is hired through the process of a part-time pool or as an emergency hire, all of which is done according to district hiring guidelines (see the SFCCD/AFT 2121 Collective Bargaining Agreement   Articles 13,   13-1 January 14, 2005 – December 31, 2007 and the CCSF HANDBOOK FOR SCREENING/INTERVIEWING COMMITTEES’ GUIDELINES FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF ARTICLE 12—from Faculty Hiring Procedures (June 27, 1991) and Section 53003 of Title 5 of the California Code of Regulations).

Within this “REEMPLOYMENT PREFERENCE LIST” one may note that part-time employees are often ranked in groups such as A,B,C,D,E,F,G,H,I or possibly just alphabetically. These rankings are notional, having been produced by a computer program Employee Relations uses to sort the random data dump Human Resources provides when a group of part-time employees has the same semester start date regardless of how hired. The computer program assigns a random order to the group of employees in question. Part-time employees listed alphabetically have not served enough semesters to be ranked by the computer program (hence the 00 semester count after those names).

In the event of a RIF, a group, such as the one mentioned above, must be evaluated case by case by a duly appointed representative of Employee Relations and AFT 2121, as well as the Department Chair of the department effected. The three must then come to agreement as to a ranking of the employees under consideration for non-reemployment based on the District/Union Contract cited above (in particular Article 13-1.A, 13-1.B, 13-1.C, 13-1.F.3, and 13-1.F.6.

I would also direct your attention to Article 21—Fringe Benefits, in particular 21.B (part-time employee eligibility). This article and/or its stipulations has/have nothing to do with part-time employee reemployment rules/regulations.

One other matter worth mentioning in relation to the above is that all reemployment of part-time emergency hires for more than one semester must always be done with consent of the Director of Human Resources with the stipulation that said emergency hires must go through the next part-time pool hiring process.

If you have questions concerning any of these matters, please address your questions to the English Department Chair or the Employee Relations Manager at 33 Gough.

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glory & applause
Born, 14 June, 2005 A.D. 6 lbs. 11 oz: Meredith and her partner, Diana Selig, welcome Anya Selig Rose to their family.

Anya Selig Rose

And speaking of houseguests . . .

"Houseguest," published last spring in Crazyhorse, was the featured poem of Sept. 3 at the online Poetry Daily, You can access the archive at

WHAT A TANGLED WEB, a non-fiction narrative by Daniel Curzon

The Dark Side of the Internet in the form of a teacher “review” site allows ANYONE AT ALL, even non-students, to post “reviews” of teachers, anonymously and without consequence to the “reviewer,” thus unleashing the nastiest sides of the human species: a website where blackmail, extortion, defamation, plain old lying for the sake of lying, and Machiavellian deviltry rise and reign.

Openly gay professor Nathaniel Tack, a man with quirks of his own, plus decidedly unorthodox and Politically Incorrect opinions, decides to take on the Zeitgeist (Good luck!) and sue both the school (Shite College) and the webmaster of the review site, using such allies as he can find (a tap-dancing possible Peeping Tom who looks like a dead Santa Claus and a tiny “Untouchable” woman from India, who finds hope in the American Dream and reincarnation, despite all evidence to the contrary.) But this is a fight that must be fought, if the world is to have any sanity at all.

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in the department 
English Department Scholarships for the Fall 2005 semester
Please pass this information on to any and all interested students!
The Edward Kloster Scholarship
This scholarship of $200 is awarded each semester to a student who is currently enrolled in or has completed English K or English 9 within the last year. The student should be recommended by his/her English K or English 9 instructor. The student must have been born in the United States, have a goal to earn an associate degree, a vocational certificate or to transfer to a four-year college or university. Financial need is a consideration.
  Esther Bryant Snepp Scholarship in American Literature
This scholarship of $400 is awarded to an English major who has taken a course in American Literature at CCSF.
Scholarship applications are due to the Scholarship Office (Bat 366) by 4pm on October 7, 2005. Students can pick up an application in the English Department office (in the black book rack, which also holds other pertinent English Department handouts, near the door). Instructors can also pick up applications from me in Batmale 558 to bring to their classes.
Handbook Vote!
Isn't it time for a change?
In early October, there will be a department-wide vote on which handbook should be adopted for English 94 and above. Our current handbook, The Bedford Handbook, has undergone a lengthy revision process and a new version is due out in November. Since students will need to buy the new handbook in Spring 06, this is our opportunity to reassess whether the Bedford Handbook is meeting our students' needs at these levels. The Handbook Committee (John Delgado, Alisa Messer, Alexandra Teague, Erin Denney, and Monica Bosson) has looked at many, many handbooks and would like everyone to look over the texts that made the short list. The vote will be between the following three choices: Harris' Prentice Hall Reference Guide, Lunsford's Everyday Writer, and the new edition of The Bedford Handbook. Copies of the first two and advance proofs of one chapter of the new Bedford will be available for your perusal in both the Conference Room and the Writing Lab.

The committee will be sending out a rationale statement to the whole department in the next few weeks. Meanwhile, this is an opportunity for you to become informed about a decision that affects all of us--students and instructors alike.

Please feel free to contact Monica Bosson ( or 452-7027) with your comments and suggestions.
Thanks to those who submitted readings for this semester's English 96 assessment. It was a very close vote between "Thin Slices" and "Fat and Happy." At the end of the day, however, "Fat and Happy?" was victorious.

Our next meeting will be held on Friday, September 16, 2005 at 1:00 p.m. in the conference room. If you don't have a copy of the reading, have suggestions for multiple choice questions about it, or want more information about the upcoming 96 assessment, please contact me at or Batmale 564. Also please let me know if you'd like to be added to the English 96 listserv.

Oliver and Madeline
The September English Curriculum Committee meetings will be September 14th & September 28th  from 1-2:30 in Batmale 411.

The English Curriculum Committee's voting members met once in August to elect the new Chair, Andrea Sanelli, 
and Secretary, Alexandra Teague

Oliver Kleinman tries to console Madeline Cox after a heated curriculum committee debate over which texts should be required in the newly proposed children's literature course. Further debate will take place at the Cyberia Alternative Cooperative Nursery between nap times.  All faculty should read Everyone Poops and Winchell Cuts the Cheese before the next meeting.
It's in the works!  Please look at the course catalog to see if you'd like to resurrect some neglected electives.  Let our department chair know what you might be able to contribute.  Please also think about what you're qualified to teach and what electives we'll need to create.
Changes at the Writing Success Project
Starting this fall, the WSP is offering tutoring support to particular sections of English: English 90, section 14 (Susan Akram); English 92, sections 1 and 4 (Elizabeth Zarubin), English 93/94 section 6 (Jodi Naas), and English 96: section 9 (Leila Easa).Last spring we worked with John to identify a few sections that we could begin a collaboration with. Our tutors are attending class and leading small group sessions for members of those sections.

A small number of returning WSP students will be receiving individual tutoring this semester, but by Fall 06, we expect to eliminate all individual tutoring and make the shift to group tutoring for entire sections of classes. When we get inquiries from English composition students from other, non-WSP sections, we refer them to LAC workshops and the Writing Lab.

For Spring 2006, we hope to serve more sections of English composition classes, including an English 1A and 1B. We will be accepting applications in September and October from students who would like to enroll in those sections (still to be identified).

We are VERY excited to have this direct connection to English classes and faculty, and I would be glad to furnish details to anyone who is interested in participating in the future. Please contact me at 452-5515.
Linda Legaspi and I are running a 14-week training this semester for seven Composition instructors interested in learning the Reading Apprenticeship model of Reading instruction developed by WestEd's Strategic Literacy Initiative. The training is funded by the Carnegie Foundation as part of a multi-campus project known as SPECC: "Strengthening Pre-Collegiate Education in the Community Colleges." Although the training will focus on the needs of English 9 students, particularly in the context of an integrated reading-writing basic skills course, the pedagogy of Reading Apprenticeship could be adapted for all courses where reading is a requirement. We hope to continue the training in Spring 2006, so please consider participating! For more information, email me at

An incarnation of the Reading Lab's home page,, is up and running, but it has a ways to go. Kate Swoboda has made incredible contributions.  Please send me your ideas to make this a helpful site for students, staff, and faculty.  The same goes for The Lab Page.  And as of this week, teachers  may send their students to the Reading  Lab to use Inspiration.  Web access will happen any second now!

By the first week of November we should finally have a second classified staff employee (3598) to work with Richard Gale.  This will mean a shift in how faculty are used in the Reading Lab.  Instead of handing out materials, faculty will tutor reading during peak hours and will lead reading groups.  But some advance work will be required and will be compensated:

We are in the process of securing stipends for faculty to be trained as reading tutors in the Reading Lab.  Please let me know (again) if working as a reading tutor would be a smart use of your skills, especially if you are already working with basic skills students.

We are also securing stipends for faculty who would like to lead long talked about student reading groups next semester.  The reading groups will be structured in four- or six-week modules.  The stipend will be for the preparation (lesson plans, handouts, etc) you do in advance, meaning the end of this semester.  The target audience will be basic skills students, and their 1-hr weekly group meetings will be for lab credit. Please email me asap if you want to participate.

Also: Please use our lab listservs to share lab ideas and resources, as well as to find lab--not classroom--subs.  Always (but hopefully infrequently) post the specific date, time, and place, and once a sub comes through, the best thing to do is to let the list know. That way Alisa, Cindy, Richard, and I will know that the slot will be covered. An email is ideal.

And subs, please remember to fill out a pink time report instead of the usual blue one. 

 Contest! Win fabulous prizes! Fame and... um... prizes! 

Take a look in your crystal ball and tell us what you see--in fewer than 400 words!  What will the LAB OF THE FUTURE  look like? Will there be machines?  Will it even be in a room?  How will grammar be explained?  Share your vision.  Maybe we'll make it happen.  Maybe you'll blow our minds.  

Send entries to your newsletter editors. We're serious.  Offer valid for 30 days. Contest open to English Dept. faculty members and their students only. Other restrictions may apply.

Instructors of English K, L, 9, 90, and 92, along with others invested in working with our basic skills students, are joining forces and finding direction. The "English Department [insert clever name here]," which had an initial, lively meeting in August, has since been busy in cyberspace, working on drafting a mission statement for the group. Fun and useful projects to follow include establishing mentorship relationships between new and seasoned Basic Skills instructors and inviting DSP&S to talk to us about identifying and teaching students with learning disabilities. If you are not teaching Basic Skills this semester but want to be included, please let me 
know at so that I can add you to the listserv.
Next meeting:
Tuesday September 20th
1-2:30 pm in Arts 211
Eng. Basic Skills meeting spread

There was general agreement that snacks help to optimize focus and friendliness at any meeting. Linda Legaspi and the rest of us say "Thanks, Erin!"

around campus 
Call for Volunteers
Register Students in Your Classes to Vote in the November 2005 Special Election

The Mobilizing Democracy campaign at City College of San Francisco is asking for volunteers to help register students to vote in time for the Special Election on November 8th, 2005. By taking a few minutes in your classes to register students to vote you can help students gain a voice in the political process. We also have some opportunities to have someone come to your class to help register students.

Mobilizing Democracy will provide you with the voter registration forms, instructions and a letter providing answers to the most frequently asked questions. Please contact Timothy Killikelly, Instructor of Political Science, at (415) 452-5695 or to volunteer. (Leave your office number to have a packet left under your door.) Dates and directions will be included with the packets, which will be distributed starting the week of 9/19. 

It is not too late to join the reflective teaching circles. We have two groups starting Wednesday, September 14 from 1-3 PM and Friday and September 16 from 12:30-2:30.  Both groups will meet in Cloud 349. If you are still interested please come and join us. There will be stipends for the participants, and we will be meeting once a month this semester. This is not your "typical" dreadful meeting-committee, departmental or any other adjective you want to add to "meeting". This is a time where a colleague shares a quandary or issue and participating teachers listen intently and ask questions that help clarify the quandary/issue. More importantly, it's a group of teachers collectively sharing their experiences to come up with possible creative solutions that the colleague perhaps can experiment with in his/her classroom. The focus is always on student learning. If you want some more info, call me at 241-2376, or

and beyond
Hurricane Katrina
My sister, Kelli Nelson, was evacuated, along with other hospital staff and patients, on Friday, Sept 2nd, having stayed at the NOLA hospital (where she works as a nurse) for six days, and 4 days after the hurricane hit.  She was instrumental in getting the hospital evacuated, sending out text messages to ask family members to contact the media and political officials to draw attention to their situation.  She is in Atlanta now, applying for jobs and settling in.  She went to New Jersey this past weekend to pick up her car from a neighbor who fled to Florida first and then to NJ.  Her dogs, Bijou (in the photo) and Naja, a Dachshund, are safe in Wisconsin with Kelli's Mom.  Not having seen the storm, the animals are quite miffed with their human parent and may need some time to adjust to their new life.  And so it goes. . .

I thank everyone for the kind thoughts and prayers; they are what give us hope and inspiration when life is challenging.

Kelli Nelson and furry friend

SF's Mayor Praises Bond, CCSF; Hated English

Linda Legaspi reports that she had dinner with Mayor Newsom in August. She managed to bend his ear about the bond measure on the Nov. ballot, and he assured her he's a big supporter of both City College and the bond.

He was less sure, however, about her discipline, admitting he never liked English as a student--in fact, he groaned when the subject came up. He opts instead for a steady stream of text messages, N EZ OPTION 4 A NONSPELLER.

  ...and did you know?

Go ahead, have another cup!
    That coffee buzz is good for you. Really!

Much Ado About Shakespeare in the Park   
     Free through Sept. 24

Howl coverAllen Ginsberg's Howl
  San Francisco beat classic turns 50 this month

Bush Blames Teachers
    Says Gulf States swimming curriculum inadequate, plans more testing.  Find out more.

Kitties like technology, too!     
, for instance, wishes he and all his feline friends at The Infinite Cat Project were allowed to complete their lab hours in Cyberia

recipe of the month 
Barbara Scrafford’s Traditional British Summer Pudding (a.k.a. “the berry thing”)
By popular request
  • 5 cups mixed fresh berries (blackberries, blueberries and raspberries), plus more for garnish
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • Pinch of salt
  • 18 thin slices white sandwich bread, crusts removed
  • Whipped cream, for serving (optional)
1. In a saucepan, cook berries, lemon juice, sugar, and salt over medium heat until berries release their juices but still hold their shape, 3 to 5 minutes. Strain sauce, reserve whole berries. Let cool.
2. Pour some sauce into the bottom of your best bowl; add some berries. Top with bread slices ; continue layering sauce, berries and bread. The final layer of bread should be soaked with sauce.
3. Refrigerate about 4 hours.
4. Serve, garnished with whipped cream and more berries.

Randy, my "main" manThe Randy Tip of the Month 
  Thanks again for voting me Cyberia staff member of the month last spring.  You've inspired me to work even harder updating the IBM 1410's punch cards.  Back in the '70s, man, my inspiration came from numerous sources: polyester, cb  radio, Dance  Fever, ludes, Pong. But today, man, there's actually a computer  program called Inspiration, and version 7.6, found in Cyberia and soon in the  Reading Lab, even has  hi-fidelity audio. Very cool with headphones. Basically,  it's a trippy concept-mapping  and outlining program, great for planning essays or  diagramming reading. But here are a couple of tips to pass along to your  students. First, in Inspiration's File menu, open the templates; find the template that best matches the task within the Language Arts folder. Then just type away in the colorful boxes and circles. The diagram can then be morphed into a traditional outline, like a butterfly becoming a caterpillar again. Yeah, man. And here's my second tip: since your students probably won't have Inspiration access off campus, they shouldn't save just their Inpiration document; they should take a screen shot of their Inspiration diagram or map. Depending on their computer, they'll probably be punching shift/print screen or function/print screen. This will copy what's seen on the screen so it can then be pasted into a Word document (you know, edit>paste) or wherever else they want to stick it. Next month, man, more tips, more trips.

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