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Volume 54, Number 14  November 13, 2006         

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Thanksgiving schedule
After the Nov. 13 edition, CampusMemo will take a one-week break because of the Thanksgiving holiday. Submissions for the Nov. 27 edition must be e-mailed to by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 20.

Faculty/staff retreat
The annual faculty and staff development retreat will take place Jan. 22, 2007, at the new SF State Downtown Campus, 835 Market St., San Francisco.

Deadline for registration is 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1.

For details contact the Academic Senate, at , ext. 8-1264, or visit:

Distinguished faculty awards
The Academic Senate is starting a new program to acknowledge outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. The awards include a $3,500 stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate.

Nomination forms are available at:

Submit completed nominations by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1, to the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee, Office of the Academic Senate, room 551, Administration building.

Nominations requested
The nomination period for the upcoming election of two faculty members to serve on the Search Committee for the Associate Vice President of Human Resources and Safety and Risk Management ends Thursday, Nov. 16.

Nominations can be made online at the Academic Senate Web site:

Nominations needed
Two faculty are needed to serve as faculty marshals during Commencement. Marshals meet several times in spring to prepare for the ceremony.

In addition, three faculty representatives are needed for the Board of Appeals and Review.

Faculty interested in running for the positions should contact the Academic Senate office at or ext. 8-1264 or visit:

Service Learning Awards
Members of the campus community are invited to nominate faculty, undergraduate students and partnering community agencies for the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement's community service-learning awards.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. For award criteria and nomination forms, visit:

Award recipients will be notified Feb. 5, 2007. The awards presentation will take place in April.

For details, contact Catherine Park at or ext 5-3604.

Community partnership award
Nominations are being accepted for the California Campus Compact Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. The deadline for submission of nominations is 4 p.m., Monday, Nov. 20.
Detailed information about the award can be found on the California Campus Compact Web site:

For details, contact Elaine Ikeda at or ext. 8-3983.

Jefferson Awards nominations
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) encourages faculty and staff to nominate individuals for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Candidates' achievements should benefit the community; show special courage, commitment and vision; and have not been previously recognized.

Nomination forms, which are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, are available on the ICCE Web site:

For details, contact Catherine Park at or ext 5-3604.

faculty development

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites faculty to the following workshops and discussions related to faculty teaching and research:

Learn how to design and evaluate writing assignments that work in a two-part workshop held Nov. 14 and Nov. 28. From noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, faculty will learn how to establish clear writing outcomes and formulate specific writing directions that reflect grading criteria. In the second workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, faculty are encouraged to bring writing assignments for peer feedback. The workshops will be held in room 434 of the Library

Learn about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in a two-part workshop on meeting the different learning styles of students and using technology to facilitate learning. Part one of the workshop takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, or Wednesday, Nov. 29. Part two takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, or Thursday, Dec. 14. A continental breakfast will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. before each workshop. The workshops will be held in room 229 of Burk Hall.

All full-time faculty who complete both parts of the workshop will receive a UDL training certificate, $100 SF State Bookstore gift certificate and eligibility for EnAct contributions with stipends or assigned time.

For details and registration, visit:

Academic Technology
workshop offerings

Now is the time to learn the skills needed to use iLearn for winter and spring sessions. The calendar of Academic Technology workshops is available at:

Academic Technology offers an array of workshops that enable faculty and staff to create collaborative online teaching and learning environments, instructional Web sites and digital images. Multiple workshops are available and offerings are staggered and repeated to accommodate different schedules. R.S.V.P. is required.

Contact Academic Technology at or ext. 8-6906.

CTFD faculty associates
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) is accepting proposals for faculty associates (tenured faculty) for spring 2007. The deadline for submission is Friday, Nov.17. Details can be found on the CTFD Web site at:

Human subjects chair needed
The Committee for the Protection of Human Subjects (CPHS) is looking for chairpersons for its two Institutional Review Boards (IRB) for spring semester and beyond. Chairpersons must be tenured faculty members. Each IRB meets from 10 a.m. to noon twice a month on alternate Wednesdays. Chairs receive 40 percent RRT and the time commitment is 16 hours per week.

Interested faculty should contact the CPHS office at or ext. 8-2093.

Fitness Center giveaway
The Village Fitness Center will give a free Thanksgiving turkey to anyone who signs up for membership by Wednesday, Nov. 15. New members will also receive a complimentary meeting with a personal trainer.

For details, call (415) 452-1010.

UWA holiday luncheon
The University Women's Association (UWA) invites faculty and staff to a holiday luncheon at the Garden Court of the Palace Hotel from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2. The hotel is located at 2 New Montgomery Street in San Francisco.

Tickets are $45 for UWA members and guests and $50 for non-members.

The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, Nov. 22. For details and a reservation form, contact Lin Ivory at:

SF State News home

Celebrate international education
SF State joins campuses throughout the country this week to celebrate the seventh annual International Education Week with a variety of workshops, lectures, film screenings, art exhibitions and ceremonies that promote the benefits of studying global cultures at home and overseas. Most events are free.

For details and a complete list of events, call the Office of International Programs (OIP) at ext. 8-1293 or visit:

A reception to welcome international students will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 13, in the Vista Room. OIP and the Office of the President host the event. The campus community is invited to learn about OIP programs and activities at its open house from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in room 450, Administration building.

Highlights for the week include:

A lecture by Wen-Chao Li, associate professor of Chinese, on "What Did Chinese Sound Like 1,000 Years Ago, and How Do We Know?: An Empirical Reassessment of Chinese Reconstruction Methodologies" from 4:10 to 5 p.m. Monday in room 473 of the Humanities building.

Marilyn J. Jackson, assistant director of international programs, will present " Traveling Shoes: Study Abroad Experience of African American Students Participating in California State University International Programs" from 11:10 a.m. to noon in room 473 of the Humanities building.

A lecture by Efthalia Papadaki, visiting scholar in Modern Greek Studies, on "The Delphic Festivals of 1927 and 1930 in Greece: An Attempt at Greek Revivalism" from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in room 473 of the Humanities building.

Meet representatives of the San Francisco Consular Corps and learn more about the realities of working as a diplomat from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday in Rosa Parks Rooms B and C in the Student Center.

A Japanese tea ceremony will take place Friday in room 117 of the Humanities building. There will be three sessions: Omote-senke style tea by Midori McKeon from 11:30 a.m. to 12:20 p.m.; Yabunouchi-style tea by Yufuko Kurioka from 1:10 to 2:00 p.m.; and Ura-senke-style tea by Yoshie Kukimoto from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Reservations are required. Send an e-mail to:

Japanese sweets and a bowl of whisked macha powder green tea will be served to all participants. For each session, there are four Japanese-style seats (on tatami mats with the live tea ceremony) and six Western-style seats (a video will be shown introducing the tea ceremony). Interested participants should indicate their preference and wear socks or stockings (no bare feet) and refrain from using fragrances. Admission is payable at the door and is $5 for the Japanese-style seat and $3 for the Western-style seat.

A demonstration of Kusae, the Japanese art of paper collage, will be held by artist Kikuyo Sekino from 2:10 to 3 p.m. in room 484 of the Humanities building. A reception will follow. Sekino's art may be purchased at the demonstration/exhibit.

SF State celebrates the Great American Smokeout
The Smoking Policy Task Force, in association with the Office of the President and the Student Health Service, will celebrate the Great American Smokeout from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16, by providing anyone wishing to quit smoking the information, resources and referral sources to help kick the habit.

Students, faculty and staff at more than 16 locations throughout the campus will provide:

  • Educational materials for smokers who wish to quit smoking.
  • Information about the Student Health Service’s smoking cessation counseling program for SF State students.
  • Smoking cessation counseling resources for faculty, staff and administrators.
  • Campus maps highlighting the locations of the designated smoking areas.
  • Prizes including free t-shirts and $100 gift certificates to the SFSU Bookstore.
  • A turkey sandwich to smokers in exchange for their cigarettes.

Help with the project is still needed. Students, staff, faculty and administrators are all encouraged to volunteer some time to staff a table.

To volunteer or for more information, contact Albert Angelo at or ext. 8-3039.

In Memoriam: Deborah Lowe
Deborah Lowe, professor of marketing, died Oct. 22. An on-CampusMemorial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 17, in room 202 of the Business building.

Lowe joined SF State's marketing department in 1983. She taught classes on Internet marketing, digital advertising, public relations and advertising.

"Deborah Lowe was an outstanding teacher," Dean Nancy Hayes said. "She contributed greatly to the growth and development of the Marketing Department, and was passionately committed to teaching and to serving students."

Prior to joining SF State, Lowe spent 15 years in the media business as a television and radio reporter, anchor, news director and national correspondent. She worked as an anchor for Westinghouse broadcasting, and was the national correspondent for the Patricia Hearst trial. She was the morning anchor for NBC in San Francisco and was the first woman news director for the ABC-owned and operated chain in San Francisco. She worked in all major markets including Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. She earned several national awards for her work including an UPI Best Investigative Series award for her landmark work "Rape: An American Perspective."

Lowe coauthored the Prentice Hall textbook "Internet Marketing in a Digital Economy" and published articles on Internet and interactive marketing and crisis communications. She held a doctorate in business administration from Golden Gate University.

This month's Insiders include presentations by several faculty members from Behavioral and Social Sciences who visited China in June; a book by Ayse Pamuk, associate professor of urban studies, on GIS methods; the performance of a composition by Ronald Caltabiano, professor of music; a paper on Google by Ned Fielden, library education coordinator and assistant librarian; and a wireless educator of the year award for Todor Cooklev, assistant professor of engineering.

Read Insiders:

New/old in the Middle East
Barry Rubin, professor of international affairs at Interdisciplinary University in Herzliya, Israel, will speak on "Springtime for Bashar and Ahmadinejad? The Middle East's New/Old Era" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in room 512 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program's Academica Judaica series and is also sponsored by faculty in Middle East and Islamic Studies, and the departments of History, International Relations and Political Science.

Andrew Lam

Writer and journalist Andrew Lam will speak from 12:10 to 1 p.m. Friday in room 133 of the Humanities building. Lam is the author of "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora," which recently won the Pen American Beyond the Margins Award.

The event is sponsored by the Vietnamese American Studies Center and English Department.

Coming Up
Walter Benjamin symposium
The Critical Social Thought Program invites the campus community to a symposium on "The Thought of Walter Benjamin" from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2007, in the Phil McGee Ethnic Studies Conference Room, room 116 of the Ethnic Studies/Psychology building.

For details, call ext. 8-1846.

Employee craft fair
An SF State employee holiday craft fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the first floor lobby of the Administration Building. Staff will sell holiday ornaments, notecards, jewelry, knitted items, soaps, candles, bath salts, pottery, cookies, candy and other handcrafted items.

For details, contact Patricia Earley at:

Bookstore holiday party
The SF State Bookstore's faculty and staff holiday party will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Bookstore.

Refreshments will be served and faculty and staff will be able to enjoy 20-percent discounts on most merchandise (excludes computer hardware, electronic items and textbooks). Complimentary wine glasses will be available to the first 400 visitors.


Academic Senate Action

At its Nov. 7 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Heard a review of annual committee reports from Gene Chelberg, chair of the Committee on Committees;
  • Heard proposed revisions to the retention tenure and promotions policy;
  • Approved a resolution on General Education Segment Committees;
  • Heard a proposed revision to the policy on written English proficiency, #S03-14 B;
  • Heard a proposed revision and name change to the minor in Asian area studies; and
  • Unanimously approved revisions to the bachelor of science degree in atmospheric and oceanic studies.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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