Volume 55, Number 2 August 20, 2007
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: www.diverseeducation.com/artman/publish/article_8255.shtml
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.
Read Insiders: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/fall07/aug20insiders.htm
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 www.sfsu.edu/~ospld/welcome, contact Joey Greenwell at email@example.com and indicate your availability.
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