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Volume 54, Number 9   October 9, 2006         

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Governor election
and infrastructure
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' public lecture series/course continues with a panel discussion of "Campaign Issues -- Infrastructure: Highways & Housing and the Environment: Building for Whom and for What?" from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

Panelists include Jason Henderson, assistant professor of geography and human environmental sciences; Richard LeGates, professor of urban studies; Amy Leurs, climate impact scientist with the Union of Concerned Scientists; and Nancy Wilkinson, professor of geography and human environmental sciences.

Socrates and the soul

Nicholas Smith, James F. Miller Professor of Humanities and Philosophy Department chair at Lewis & Clark College, will present "Socrates on How Wrongdoing Damages the Soul" at 4:15 p.m. Friday in room 109 of the Humanities building. A reception follows the lecture in room 391 of the Humanities building.

The event is the Department of Philosophy's Annual Ancient Philosophy Lecture and is co-sponsored by the College of Humanities.

For details, call ext. 8-1596.

Coming Up
Indigenous Hawaiian
political theory

Native Hawaiian Noenoe K. Silva will speak on "Indigenous Hawaiian Political Thought: How to Begin" from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in the the Richard Oakes Multicultural Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Silva teaches at University of Hawai'i, Manoa and is the 2006-07 Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, N.M.

The event is sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department. For details, call ext. 8-1054.

Postcards and colonialism
Volker Langbehn, associate professor of German, will present "Going Postal or How to Conquer the World -- German Colonialism and Postcards" from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 16, in room 473 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures colloquium series.

Electronic publishing
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites faculty to a brown-bag discussion on trends in electronic publishing as it pertains to scholarly communication from noon to 2 p.m. in room 434 of the Library. Participants are welcome at any time during the discussion.

For details, visit:

Village Fitness
Center anniversary

The Village Fitness Center invites the campus community to help celebrate its one-year anniversary from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in front of the center (just off of Font Boulevard). The event includes music, food, raffle prizes, one-day discounts on memberships and services, and vendor and campus organization tables. Demonstrations of group fitness classes, free chair massages and body fat testing will also be available.

Student Health
Service open house

The Student Health Service (SHS) will hold its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the SHS building. This event is an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to come and learn about staff offerings.

As part of the event, SHS will offer a variety of free health screenings including HIV testing, blood pressure and eye screenings, body fat testing and nutrition assessments. Ultrasound bone mineral density tests will be available for women over 40 for $20. The student-created latex exhibition will also be presented.

For details, contact Albert Angelo at ext. 8-3039.

iLearn showcase
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites faculty to a presentation on iLearn by Cyrus Ginwala, orchestra director in the School of Music and Dance, from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building. Ginwala is using iLearn for advising and to teach both a large hybrid course and a small, traditional "live" class section.

Catering fair
Conference Services invites faculty and staff to their annual Catering and Event Planning Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Seven Hills Conference Center. Sampling from a new catering menu, and assistance from event planners will be available.

To be added to the guest list, contact Edward Vicedo at or ext. 8-2104.

Common sense
Dean Manders will discuss and sign copies of his new book "The Hegemony of Common Sense" at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, on the textbooks level of the SFSU Bookstore. The book is part of the SFSU Series in Philosophy, edited by philosophy Professor Anatole Anton.

For details, call the Bookstore at ext. 8-2650.

Learning Arabic
Father Rick Van De Water, lecturer of Arabic, will present "Why You Need to Know Arabic: Language as a Bridge Between Cultures" from 3:10 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 18, in room 473 of the Humanities Building. Van De Water has been actively involved in the social, educational and pastoral development of Arab communities in the West Bank and Jordan, since 1974. He substituted for Assistant Professor Mohammad Salama as an instructor of Arabic during September.

The event is part of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures colloquium series. For details, e-mail or call ext. 8-7413.

Taste of the Bay
Taste of the Bay, a gala scholarship fundraising event benefiting Hospitality Management Program students, will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at St. Francis Yacht Club, 700 Marina Blvd., San Francisco.

The event features renowned chefs from around the Bay Area and representatives from top restaurants and California wineries, who will present their cuisine and wines. Guests will also enjoy live and silent auctions, musical entertainment and a raffle. Mistress of ceremonies will be Shirley Fong-Torres, the "Wok-Wiz."

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at the event Web site -- -- or by contacting Janet Sim at or ext. 8-2673.

Opera gala concert
The SF State Opera Workshop invites faculty and staff to a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

The event includes a performance of highlights from popular operas featuring arias and ensembles and is followed by a dessert reception.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students and seniors. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467.

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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.

Proposition 1D to support education initiatives
Prop. 1D is a $10.4 billion statewide school bond on the November ballot that would update schools with new technology, build vocational education facilities, fund the state's rapidly growing community college system, and keep university and community college facilities competitive. Monies would also help relieve overcrowding in schools and retrofit the estimated 7,000 schools in the state not deemed earthquake-safe.

President Robert Corrigan and State Superintendent of Public Instruction Jack O'Connell spoke Oct. 2 to community and media representatives at a press conference held at George Washington High School in San Francisco, a school that would receive funds from the bond measure. Also on the podium was Barbara Kerr, president of the California Teachers Association; Ed Murray, president of the San Francisco Community College Federation of Teachers; Gwen Chan, superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District; and Dennis Kelly, president of the United Educators of San Francisco.

The bond measure is supported by the California State Parent Teacher Association, California Teachers Association, California Taxpayers Association and business community.

The bond would fund more than $25 million in SF State upgrade and renovation projects, including creation of a 23-station simulation laboratory for School of Nursing instruction and the planned purchase of the former School of the Arts property on Font Boulevard.

While there is no organized opposition at this time, some have voiced concern about the cost of the bond for the state, the variety of new programs funded, and the fact that it is designed to fund only two years of need.

Proponents argue that it is a fiscally responsible way to finance school repair and construction, makes schools earthquake safe.

For more information about the bond as well as arguments for and against the measure, visit, click on the "Voter Information Guide" button and scroll down to "Prop 1D."

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: proposed curriculum changes in the Environmental Studies Program; an introduction to the proposed revision to the retention, tenure and promotions policy; a proposed resolution on the facilities bond act; a proposed academic calendar for summer 2007; a proposed academic calendar for 2007-08; and proposed revisions to Policy #S93-178, Reasonable Accommodation Policy and Procedures for Employees with Disabilities.

Faculty tenure, promotion celebration
A campus-wide celebration in honor of the faculty granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

The faculty tenure and promotions list is available at:

U.S.-China studies center reception
The Center for U.S.-China Policy Studies (CUSCPS) invites faculty and staff to a luncheon reception from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Attendees will have an opportunity to learn about CUSCPS, meet center research associates and connect with colleagues who share an interest in U.S.-China relations.

The event is sponsored by the colleges of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Business.

R.S.V.P. to Jean-Marc F. Blanchard at:

For more on the center, visit:

Grants & Contracts
SF State was awarded an additional $89,952 in May and $4,083,403 in the first part of June.

Read Grants & Contracts:

Accessible voting machines
The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) will host on-campus demonstrations of new accessible voting machines from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18, and 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Oct. 19, in room 401 of the Student Services building.

The machines include features that make voting accessible to people with visual- and mobility-related disabilities and will be used in the November elections in San Francisco, Marin and Sacramento counties.

R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, to or ext. 8-2472 (v/tty). Interested participants who require any accommodations for this event, such as, but not limited to, materials in alternate format, sign-language interpreters, and/or real-time captioning, should make those requests when they R.S.V.P. training
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites faculty to learn to use, a tool for finding grant opportunities, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 24-25, in room 460 of the Administration building. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch; beverages will be provided.

For details, contact Christine Ramos at or ext. 8-6478.

Faculty/staff retreat proposals
Program proposals for the Jan. 22, 2007, faculty and staff development retreat are now being accepted by the planning team. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share their visions of the University future by presenting research, creative endeavors or service projects or sparking discussions on new approaches to professional and personal development.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

Proposal forms are available at the Academic Senate Web site:

For details, call ext. 5-4037.

Academic Technology training
The fall 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.

October faculty development workshops
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development has organized the following workshops related to faculty teaching and research:

Learn more about the grading options, rubrics and techniques in the workshop "Responding to Student Writing: 'Reducing the Pain,'" held from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 10, in room 203 of the Humanities building.

Learn and discuss ways technology can provide better access to students with disabilities in the brown-bag session "Using Technology in Teaching: Access vs. Accommodation" held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in room 434 of the Library. Note that lunch must be brought in a bag due to Library food policies.

Learn how to take ideas from intellectual development to the grants application stage in the brown-bag session "Grantwriting: Asking Critical Questions" from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, in the BSS Conference Room.

For details and registration, visit:

'Cloud 9' theatre party
The University Women's Association (UWA) invites faculty and staff to a reception and viewing of the Theatre Arts Department's production of "Cloud 9" held Friday, Oct. 20. The reception, which features Mediterranean appetizers, wine and soft drinks, begins at 6 p.m. in the Casablanca Room of the Creative Arts building. The production begins at 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre of the Creative Arts building. Tickets are $16 for UWA members and guests and $18 for nonmembers and includes admission to the reception and theatre production.

For reservations, send a check payable to "UWA" and the names of all guests to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA, 94960. The reservation deadline is Thursday, Oct. 12. For details, contact Ivory at:

Basketball fundraiser
The SF State basketball team invites faculty and staff to a "Tip-Off" banquet and sports auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Harding Park. Alum Steve Lavin, ESPN college basketball analyst, will speak.

Tickets are $50 per person in advance, $65 at the door and $450 for a table of 10.

For reservations, contact Bill Treseler at or ext. 8-7573.


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