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Volume 55, Number 2   August 20, 2007         

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New online recruitment system is up and running
Phase I of SF State Careers launched on July 30. The new online system allows hiring managers to post job openings for staff and administrator (Management Personnel Plan) positions to the University’s Web site. The system replaces the weekly printed copy of the Employment Opportunities Bulletin.

SF State Careers allows interested applicants to search for specific positions as well as view the entire text of job postings. The second phase of SF State Careers will allow interested job seekers to submit applications and resumes online. Project planning for Phase II will begin in October 2007. SF State Careers features only staff and administrator positions at this time. The hiring and employment processes for permanent and temporary faculty remain the same.

To view the job postings, go to:

Coffee cups and lids are not recyclable on campus
The staff in Facilities and Services Enterprises wishes to remind all SF State faculty and staff to be careful when recycling waste on campus. Recyclables mixed with trash go to the landfill and are not recycled.

Please remember, recyclable items include only all mixed paper and all beverages bottles and cans. When in doubt, please throw your waste in the trash. Our campus goal is to recycle 75% of our waste by 2010. For more information, go to:

Hearing bells?
The chimes and other percussive sounds emanating from solar-powered boxes around campus are the final step in a project to provide aural clues for navigation by sight-impaired visitors. Created by engineering and design students in cooperation with the SF State Disability Programs and Resource Center and the Campus Grounds Department, this unique collaboration was inspired by a visually impaired student who identified his home with the aid of wind chimes.


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Opening faculty meeting to feature new awards
The fall faculty meeting will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 27 in the McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. The meeting will feature remarks by SF State President Robert A. Corrigan, Academic Senate Chair James Kohn and Provost John Gemello.

The agenda will also include the University’s first Distinguished Faculty Awards for excellence in teaching, research and service. The Distinguished Faculty Awards comprise the $5,000 Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award sponsored by the Sarlo Foundation of the Jewish Community Endowment Fund, the $4,000 Excellence in Research Award and the $4,000 Excellence in Service Award, both sponsored by SF State. The Sarlo Foundation gift is the largest of its kind at the University.

A breakfast reception begins at 8:15 a.m. in Room 153 of the Creative Arts Building. Professors Jassen Todorov (violin) and William Corbett-Jones (piano) will perform at 8:45 a.m. in the McKenna Theatre.

SF State named top master's degree producer for minorities
Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine named SF State one of the top 100 graduate degree producers for minority students. SF State ranked 39th in awarding master’s degrees across disciplines and all minority groups combined. The University ranked first in awarding English master's degrees to both Asian American and Hispanic students. SF State also made the magazine's list of top 100 undergraduate degree producers for minorities, published in the May 31 issue. For more details, see the story at:

New senior director of development
Mark D. Kelleher has been appointed senior director of development at SF State. He joined the Office of University Development on July 9. Kelleher was previously development director for corporate and foundation relations for University of California, San Francisco, where he led faculty and volunteer teams that raised more than $40 million. He has also held development posts at Harvard Law School and Boston University.

Director for new Center for Science and Mathematics Education
Jan Mokros is the first director of the College of Science and Engineering's new Center for Science and Mathematics Education. Mokros was previously the principal scientist and investigator at TERC, a Cambridge, Mass., not-for-profit research organization dedicated to improvement of mathematics and science education. She holds a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from the University of Minnesota's Institute of Child Development.

New director of Academic Technology
Maggie Beers joined SF State on July 16 as director of Academic Technology. Beers will oversee campus technology units that support teaching and learning, including online learning, audiovisual services and technical support. She will also collaborate in the design, planning and implementation of guidelines and policies. Previously, Beers worked for the British Columbia Institute of Technology, where she conducted research and development into best practices for supporting faculty in their use of technology. She received her Ph.D. in Educational Technology from the University of British Columbia.

Office of International Programs expands, names AVP
Yenbo Wu has been promoted to associate vice president of the new Division of International Education. In this new position, Wu will work with the Provost, deans and Academic Senate to develop and implement the University's strategic goals for internationalization. The division will provide additional support and services to international students at SF State, and to SF State students who are going oversees to study. Wu was formerly the director of SF State's Office of International Programs (OIP). He will continue to oversee the OIP, as well as the Confucius Institute. A search is currently underway to hire a new OIP director.

New tenure-track faculty
More than 80 new tenure-track faculty members are joining SF State this fall, representing a variety of teaching and research interests and academic backgrounds.
Brief profiles of new faculty members are available at:

Kevin Bowman retires
Kevin Bowman, associate vice president and director of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, is retiring from SF State effective August 26, 2007. Bowman helped develop the University's Counseling and Psychological Services Center, which gives students access to professional, licensed counselors, therapists and social workers trained to work with SF State's multicultural community. "Dr. Bowman was a motivating force behind creating a counseling center that is unparalleled in the CSU system," said Penny Saffold, vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students. "He has also been of great assistance in the creation of a Student Affairs Division recognized for providing outstanding service to the entire campus community. We will certainly miss him."

This month's Insiders are David Hellman, now serving on a Commonwealth Club jury, and Carlos Barón who will receive an award from the Mission Cultural Center.

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Thursday & Friday
Welcome Days - volunteers needed
SF State and the Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development will roll out the red carpet for more than 5,000 first-time freshmen and their families for the University’s first SF State Welcome Days. The two-day event will feature more than 20 workshops, guest speakers and activities designed to introduce incoming freshmen to their fellow classmates and the larger campus community. Events will be held at various locations on campus.

Because attendance is larger than expected, the OSPLD is recruiting volunteers from the campus community to assist with the event. Duties include greeting students and parents and directing them to scheduled events. After reviewing the event schedule at, contact Joey Greenwell at and indicate your availability.

Coming Up
The "German Colonialism and Post-Colonialism” conference, sponsored by the Departments of History and Foreign Languages and Literatures is a four-day event that will explore Germany’s colonial legacy from past to present. The conference will bring together international scholars from various academic disciplines who will present their research. Professor Geoffrey Eley, a world-renowned historian of imperial Germany, and the Karl Pohrt distinguished university professor at the University of Michigan, will deliver the keynote address. The conference will take place on campus at the Seven Hills Conference Center. For more information, visit the conference Web site at, or contact Volker Langbehn, Department of Foreign Languages (


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