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Volume 54, Number 4   September 5, 2006         

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Public lecture series
The California gubernatorial race is the subject of a special fall lecture course organized by Joel Kassiola, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The class is held from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesdays in room 133 of the Humanities building.

The course, held weekly through Dec. 6, features a variety of SF State faculty experts and can be taken for two units of credit through the College of Extended Learning. Members of the campus community and general public are also welcome to attend.

OLLI Institute
open house

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will hold an open house from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday in room 208-209 of the SF State Downtown Center, 425 Market St., San Francisco. OLLI faculty and staff will be on hand to discuss courses and other opportunities. In addition, the OLLI project Geezer Theater will perform a scene from its original play "Subversion at Sunset Acres."

R.S.V.P. to ext. 5-7799. For details, contact Robert Martin at or ext. 5-7711.

Library exhibit reception
An opening reception for the J. Paul Leonard Library first-floor exhibit "From George Washington to George W.: Presidents Getting Verse" will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday in the de Bellis Collection on the fifth floor of the Library. The exhibit features rhymes and woodcuts by Joe Illick, professor emeritus of history.

Coming Up
Alunan goodbye party

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement staff invites faculty and staff to a farewell party for director Susan Alunan from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in suite 750 at Pacific Plaza, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City.

The party is potluck. R.S.V.P. to Ann Garcia at ext. 8-1082 or by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

Race theory
and Nazi ideology

Michael Thaler, professor emeritus of pediatric medicine at University of California, San Francisco, will present "Rethinking the Roots of the Holocaust: Bioscience, Race Theory, Nazi Ideology" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The program is part of the Academica Judaica series and is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, History Department and German Program of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.

For details, call ext. 8-6075.

Virtual tour of
the de Young Museum

The University Women’s Association (UWA) invites faculty and staff to a luncheon and virtual tour of the newly rebuilt de Young Museum at 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 24, at The Club at McInnis Park in San Rafael. Julia Geist, docent, lecturer and training assistant at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco since 1979, will share insights and a presentation of the building's architecture and extensive art collections.

Cost is $30 for UWA members and guests and $35 for nonmembers.

R.S.V.P. by Sept. 8 to Lin Ivory at:

Mexico election
observers report

Students and faculty who traveled to Mexico in July to observe the still-contested Mexican elections will report on their trip from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building. The presentation includes photos, analysis and personal reflections on the participants' interactions with Mexican activists and community-based organizations.

For details, contact Teresa Carillo at or ext. 8-3208.


SF State News home

New logo to launch Nov. 1
A new logo and graphic identity for the University will be available for campus use Nov. 1. Developed over the past 10 months with campus and community participation, the logo graphically illustrates the University's distinctive strength as the intellectual thought leader for the San Francisco Bay Area.

"The logo embodies values relevant to both our campus and our exceptional home city -- innovation, activism, entrepreneurship, global perspective and commitment to enlightened social justice," said Lee Blitch, vice president for University advancement. "It highlights our distinguished 107-year history of contributing to San Francisco and the greater Bay Area and reinforces our long-standing intellectual tradition."

The new logo emphasizes "SF State" as the shortened form of the University's name vs. the acronym "SFSU." Elements within the logo include the date of the University's founding -- 1899 -- to emphasize the University's rich heritage; stylized renditions of both the Golden Gate Bridge and the Marin Headlands, to emphasize the University's location in San Francisco and on the Pacific Rim; and illustrations of a flame and a classical goddess of wisdom, to represent commitment to enlightenment and learning.

The logo will replace the purple and gold rectangular logotype that is currently in use. The new logo will be used on all University stationery, publications and Web sites. The official University seal will continue to be used on transcripts and on materials associated with Commencement.

Templates for letterhead, envelopes and business cards are being developed and a stationery ordering system will be in place for campus orders by Nov. 1. Look to CampusMemo for details in late October.

The logo will be available in a variety of formats. Camera-ready art and usage guidelines will be available for publication projects on Nov. 1. Departments that would like to order logo artwork should e-mail to order logo art, describing the specific project for which the art is needed. To ensure quality reproduction, please do not cut and paste the low-resolution rendition from this CampusMemo story.

New Web templates for use on the domain will be developed throughout the semester, in concert with colleges and administrative departments. The Office of Public Affairs and Publications, Division of Information Technology and the Disability Programs and Resource Center will lead the template development, with input from colleges and departments.

SF State draft master plan
The campus community is invited to provide feedback on the draft of its long-term master plan at open houses scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, and from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The master plan identifies physical improvements to occur in several phases over the next 10 to 20 years. Improvements will focus on how to accommodate increased enrollment and academic initiatives as well as how to best serve the many constituents -- from students, faculty and staff to alumni, friends and neighbors -- who contribute to the University's success.

For more information on the master plan process as it has led to the draft plan, please visit:

Open enrollment for health benefits
The open enrollment period for faculty and staff to change health and/or dental plans is Sept. 1 through Oct. 13. Employees can also enroll in such programs as FlexCash, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA). Changes made during open enrollment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2007.

Employees enrolled in DCRA and/or HCRA must re-enroll for 2007.

For details, contact Benefits and Information Initiatives at ext. 8-1875 or visit the Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management Web site at:

In addition, the Annual Benefits Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions regarding: health and dental plans; CALPERS Home Loan; A+ Auto and Home Insurance; as well as financial planning services such as VALIC and TIAA/CREF.

This year's fair will also feature a free blood pressure check, back and posture analysis, biofeedback testing, body mass analysis and flexibility training, five-minute back massages and door prizes.

Veterans of Comedy Wars IX
Comedy Night returns to campus at 8 p.m. Sept. 15 and 16 in McKenna Theatre with performances by comic legends Carol Channing, Steve Landesberg, Ronnie Schell, Tom Ammiano and Ron Morey. Proceeds benefit the SF State Athletics and College of Creative Arts scholarship programs.

Tickets are $30, $45 and $60. For details, call ext. 8-2218.

K-8 curriculum review
Science and visual and performing arts curriculum materials for K-8 grades are on display at the Learning Resource Display Center, room 337 of Burk Hall, through Oct. 31. Hours are 1 to 5 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students are welcome to review and comment on the materials. The official public review period will be Oct. 2-31. During this time members of the campus community and general public can also make an appointment to view the materials. Contact Karen Lam at or ext. 5-3491.

All comments will be forwarded to the California State Department of Education, which will select which series to adopt for use in California schools.

This month's Newsmakers include Sanjoy Banerjee, professor of international relations, on the emergence of Russia, China and India as global powers; Phil Kipper, professor emeritus of broadcast and electronic communication arts, on the inventor of televsion; Marlon Hom, chair and professor of Asian American studies, on Chinese émigrés who return home; and Mitchell Marks, assistant professor of management, on helping employees mourn the process of phasing out brands and/or divisions.

Read the Newsmakers:

Faculty awards workshop
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) invites faculty to a workshop on preparing applications for the Affirmative Action, Mini-Grant, Summer Stipend and Vice President's Assigned Time award programs. Workshops will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 8, and from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in room 460 of the Administration building.

Faculty who plan to attend a workshop should read in advance and bring with them a copy of the application guidelines and, ideally, a draft or outline of their proposal that addresses the five evaluative criteria. Directions and application forms are available on the Faculty Affairs Web site -- -- by clicking on the link "On-Line Forms/Applications."

CTFD will also have drop-in hours from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 25-29 for faculty who would like additional assistance. Proposals are due in college offices Oct. 2. For details, e-mail:

CEL course proposals
The College of Extended Learning is accepting course proposals for the winter sessions and spring semester. Course requests are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6. Information and forms are available at:

For details, contact Richard Kay at or ext. 5-7772.

Fall Academic Technology workshops
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 the schedule is staggered and repeated to accommodate different schedules.

Contact Academic Technology at or ext. 8-6906.

Women's sailing challenge
The Tall Ship Semester for Girls invites women to help raise funds for its program and learn how to sail with the Three-Day Women's Challenge, Oct. 22-25. Participants become part of a crew of 12 women that learns to sail a large schooner on the San Francisco Bay and along the Northern California coast. No sailing experience is necessary.

Participants are required to raise a minimum of $1,200 for the Tall Ship program, a project of the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department. A fundraising coordinator will be available to help interested women meet the goal.

For details, visit or contact Nettie Kelly at or ext. 5-3703.


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