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Volume 55, Number 14   November 12, 2007         

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Thanksgiving schedule
After the Nov. 12 edition, CampusMemo will take a one-week break due to the Thanksgiving holiday. Submissions for the Nov. 26 edition must be e-mailed to by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 19.

Stillwell Student Art Show
This juried exhibition of new student work in video, photography, textiles, metal arts, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking opens at noon on Tuesday, Nov. 13 and runs through Dec. 6 in the Fine Arts Gallery, FA 238. The campus community is invited to a reception for the artists from 4 to 6 p.m. The exhibition includes the annual display of works by Leo D. Stillwell Jr., a post-World War II watercolor and oil painter. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays and from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays. Admission is free. For more information, call ext. 8-6535 or visit

Reception for IEW
The Office of International Programs will hold a reception for faculty and staff from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13 in ADM 458A. This is an opportunity to celebrate International Education Week, meet Office of International Program staff and find out about OIP services and programs.

Global studies celebration
As part of International Education Week, the campus community is cordially invited to a celebration of the global studies minors at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The event recognizes international learning opportunities. Enjoy complimentary beverages and appetizers from around the world. For more information, call ext. 8-1846.

OIP director candidate presentations
Hildy Heath, acting director of the office of global affairs at CSU Stanislaus and a candidate for the director of the Office of International Programs, will present to the campus community from 2:30 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in the NEC Room. The Nov. 14 presentation by Michael Hindi has been cancelled. For more information, contact Xi Zhang, special program coordinator, Division of International Education, ext. 5-4258 or e-mail

UWA holiday luncheon
The University community is invited to celebrate the holidays at the Sheraton Palace Hotel in San Francisco at the University Women's Association Holiday Luncheon. This festive tradition will take place at noon on Saturday, Dec. 8. Tickets are $50 for UWA members and their guests; $55 for non-members. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 24. For more information, contact Lin Ivory at

Faculty-led workshop --
teaching strategies

Erik Rosegard, associate professor of recreation and leisure studies, will lead "May I Have Your Attention," a workshop on innovative teaching strategies that capture students' attention and stimulate learning, from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15 in HSS 233.

To register, visit, call ext. 8-6456 or e-mail For details and updates on additional workshops from the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, please visit

Deadline looms for honorary
degree nominations

The University's Honorary Degree Committee invites all members of the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be conferred at Commencement 2008. The nomination deadline is Friday, Nov. 16. Nominees should be men and women whose lives and significant achievements serve as examples of the CSU's aspirations for its diverse student body. Incumbent elected officials are not eligible. Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a statement about the candidate and any other support materials. Please label nominations "Attn: Honorary Degree Committee" and send them to the Academic Senate Office, ADM 551.

Distinguished faculty awards
The Academic Senate is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Faculty Awards for outstanding accomplishments in professional development, service and teaching.
Honorees receive a $4,000 stipend for the Excellence in Professional Achievement Award and the Excellence in Service Award, and a $5,000 stipend for the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award, which is sponsored by the Sarlo Foundation.

Please submit nominations by Dec. 14 to the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee, Office of the Academic Senate, ADM 551. Nomination forms and additional information are available at:

RSCA faculty awards
Applications for the Annual Faculty Awards for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) are available at

Applications are due in the college offices on Feb. 1, 2008. The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will offer workshops in December to review guidelines and application procedures. CTFD will also hold consultation hours in late January prior to the deadline. Please direct all inquiries to CTFD at ext. 8-6456, or

Holiday Craft Fair
SF State faculty and staff are invited to shop for handcrafted wares at the Second Annual SF State Employee Holiday Crafts Fair on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and second floor lobbies of the Administration building. Ornaments, jewelry, soaps, candles, note cards, cookies, candy and other items--all made by SF State employees--will be for sale. The SF State Handbell Choir will perform and add to the holiday mood.

For more information, visit

Introduction to CalPERS
University employees who are eligible for CalPERS retirement benefits are invited to a free introductory workshop covering the basics of the plan, how to receive benefits after retirement and other topics. Sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in HSS 233 on Nov. 14 and on Dec. 12, 13 and 18. Seating is limited; please RSVP (by phone only) to Victoria F. Ramos-Sponza at ext. 5- 3935.

Bookstore holiday party
The SFSU Bookstore invites the campus community to its annual holiday reception on Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The store will offer discounts on most merchandise (not including computer hardware), as well as catered snacks and beverages. Wine glasses and goody bags will be distributed to the first 300 attendees. For more information, contact Rob Strong at ext. 8-7372 or

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SF State announces Willie L. Brown Jr. Leadership Center
The University has announced the formation of the Willie L. Brown Jr. Leadership Center. Named for one of the most influential African-American politicians in the late 20th century, the Brown Center will be the first program at a major university dedicated to mentoring and developing the next generation of political leaders at the local and regional level.

The center will be headed by Steve Kawa, a long-time aide to Brown during his tenure as mayor of San Francisco. Kawa also served as Mayor Gavin Newsom's chief of staff for three years before joining SF State.

"I spent 15 years 'under the dome,'" Kawa said, "and I recognize the need to attract and develop talent in the public sector. The Brown Center will become a prototype for training future leaders on how to tackle some of our nation's most challenging problems -- education, public safety, housing, transportation, economic development and public health."

Initially, the Brown Center will focus on placing and mentoring 40 SF State students in public sector positions and will host the Brown Speaker Series, focusing on the 2008 local, state and national elections. In addition, SF State will be the recipient of Brown’s large and diverse collection of artifacts, videotapes and state legislative papers compiled during his nearly four decades of public service.

For further details, visit the center's Web site at

SF State-led astronomy team discovers planet
A team of scientists led by Assistant Professor of Astronomy Debra Fischer announced the discovery of a fifth planet orbiting the star 55 Cancri last week. The discovery is a significant step toward demonstrating that planets capable of sustaining life as we know it may exist beyond our solar system. A paper on the discovery authored by Fischer, Adjunct Professor Geoff Marcy and colleagues was accepted for publication in Astrophysical Journal.

Read more about this ground-breaking discovery at:

Survey may help fund faculty work-life programs
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development is completing an application for a $200,000 grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund its Bridge Initiative, which provides opportunities and programs that improve the work-life balance for faculty and staff.

To qualify for the grant, 40 percent of University faculty must complete a survey by Nov. 30. CTFD would like a response rate higher than 40 percent, which they feel will reflect favorably on the University community's commitment to these issues.

The survey is available at:

The Bridge Initiative is available online at the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development Web site at

Documentary film, other events celebrate International Education Week
"Breaking Barriers," a new documentary film featuring SF State students studying abroad, premiers Wednesday, Nov. 14 in celebration of International Education Week. The film, created jointly by the Office of International Programs (OIP), the SF State Cinema department and the department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, documents the hopes, fears and dreams of a diverse group of SF State students before they leave for their study-abroad experiences and one year after they return. The 35-minute film screens at noon in the Coppola Theatre, FA 101.

The film is just one of many events celebrating International Education Week (IEW) Nov. 13 - 17. Launched in 2000, IEW is an annual nationwide celebration of international education, exchange programs and intercultural understanding. For more information, see the Events and Announcement sections of CampusMemo, visit the OIP Web site at, or contact the OIP at ext. 8-1293 or

News from the Academic Senate
At its Nov. 6 meeting, the Academic Senate:
  • Announced that Faculty Trustee Craig Smith will visit campus on Dec. 4;
  • Discussed the Bridge Initiative to improve career flexibility and the University's family-friendly environment. Pamela Vaughn, Director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, said potential funding for the initiative could come from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. As the first step in applying to Sloan, CTFD is asking all faculty to fill out a survey online at
  • Elected Andrea Boyle, associate professor of nursing, to the Enrollment Management Committee;
  • Passed a resolution regarding the Collegiate Learning Assessment;
  • Approved changes to the minor, bachelor's and master's in Chinese;
  • Discussed a proposal from the Faculty Affairs Committee to endorse the American Association of University Professors Statement on Professional Ethics.

For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

Assistant Professor of Biology Felipe-Andres Ramirez-Weber lost his battle with leukemia on Nov. 1.

Read more about his life and work at In Memoriam.

This week's Insiders include Nina Roberts, assistant professor of recreation and leisure studies, who received an honor for her contributions to experiential education; Associate Dean of Creative Arts Ron Caltalbiano, who released a composition for solo marimba; Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Betsy Blosser, who wrote about her experiences in South America for a new book on service learning; and Professor of Music Richard Festinger, who had several works performed in the U.S. and internationally earlier this year.

Read Insiders:

This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Cinema Jan Millsapps discusses Laika, the Soviet pooch that was the first living creature to orbit the earth; Nancy Hayes, dean of the College of Business, and Murray Silverman, professor of management, provide some of the reasons behind the 25 percent increase in M.B.A. students at SF State; Professor of Africana Studies Wade Nobles talks about the benefits of a child-centered family structure; Assistant Professor of Biology Jonathon Stillman talks about how even slight increases in temperature can damage the marine ecosystem; Terry Jones, a lecturer in secondary education, imparts the value of putting student teachers into school classrooms as early as possible; and Professor Emeritus Richard DeLeon predicts Gavin Newsom's next political move.

Read Newsmakers:


Critical social thought readings
SF State's experts on critical and social thought will read excerpts from their recent or forthcoming books from 4 to 6 p.m. in EP 116. The event features post-reading discussions and refreshments. Readers include Anatole Anton, professor of philosophy; Sandra Luft, professor of humanities; James Martel, assistant professor of political science; Roberto Rivera, professor of raza studies; and Joel Schechter, professor of theatre arts.

Gospel Choir performance
As part of the School of Music and Dance's "Fall Into Jazz" program, the University Gospel Choir will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts building. For more information call ext. 8-1431 or visit

Blockbuster culture and Chinese cinema
In celebration of International Education Week, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will present "Hero: The Real Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Blockbuster Culture in Chinese Cinema," with guest speaker Jenny Lau, associate professor of cinema from 3 to 4 p.m. in HUM 473.

Foreign language learning and teaching
Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures H. Lin Domizio presents "Mother Tongue Maintenance, Foreign Language Education and U.S. Government’s National Security Initiatives: A Chinese Case" from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. in HUM 473. The event is part of International Education Week.

Poetry Center event
Matthew Clark Davison and Dustin Heron will read their fiction at the Poetry Center at 7 p.m. in HUM 512. The event is free.

Jazz Chorus and Afro-Cuban Ensemble in concert
As part of the School of Music and Dance's "Fall Into Jazz" program, the University Jazz Chorus will perform a lunch-time concert along with students, faculty and guest recitals from 1:10 to 2 p.m. in Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts building. At 7:30 p.m. the Afro-Cuban Ensemble and Creative World Ensemble will perform, also in Knuth Hall. For more information call ext. 8-1431 or visit

China Rising and the World
Dean of Behavioral and Social Sciences Joel Kassiola and Assistant Professor of International Relations Kathleen McAfee will lead the seminar "The Chinese Environment and Sustainable Development." The lecture is part of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' free public lecture series, "China Rising and the World," held each Wednesday evening from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. in HSS 154 through Dec. 5. Lectures explore the impact of China's rising status in the global economy. For more information, including a complete list of lectures, visit or call ext. 5-2402.

Tea ceremony
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures holds a traditional Japanese tea ceremony (Cha-no-yu). Guests will enjoy Japanese sweets and matcha green tea prepared according to 400-year-old procedures. Admission is $5 (cash) at the door. For reservations and information, contact Professor of Japanese Midori McKeon at ext. 8-1346 or

Big band and jazz combo concert
The University's big band and jazz combo will perform from 7:30 to 9 p.m. in Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts building. The performance is part of the School of Music and Dance's "Fall Into Jazz" program. For more information call ext. 8-1431 or visit

Women studies lecture
Shannon Steen, assistant professor of theatre, dance and performance studies at University of California, Berkeley presents "Racial Geometries: Black Asian Internationalism" from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in HUM 115. Steen's talk is part of a weekly series of women studies lectures held each Thursday through Dec. 13. For the complete schedule, visit or contact Assistant Professor of Women Studies Kasturi Ray at ext. 8-3128 or

The Poetics of the Library
This public lecture and presentation for curators, archivists, librarians, scholars and students features Sara Wingate Gray, the Itinerant Poetry Librarian and the Poetry Center's 2007 Visiting Research Scholar. Gray travels the world with a library of lost and forgotten poetry and records the sounds and poetry of the people, cities, and countries she meets. Her lecture and presentation begin at 7 p.m. in HUM 512. For more information visit

"Troy: The Gates of Hell"
This debut adaptation of Homer's classic myth combines the past and present day. The victims of the battle of Troy -- caught in limbo and awaiting their final destination after death -- are the Chorus. The show begins at 8 p.m. and runs through Dec. 2 in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. Thursday's show is a preview. Additional performances this week are Friday, Nov. 15 (opening night) and Saturday, Nov. 16, both at 8 p.m. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit For more information, visit or call ext. 8-1431.

"Tartuffe" closing weekend
Based on celebrated French playwright Moliére’s comedy of the same name, Kirke Mechem’s comic opera involves students and faculty from the Theatre Arts Department and the School of Music and Dance. Set in 17th century Parisian high society, "Tartuffe" tells the story of a religious hypocrite and bad houseguest. Performances are Thursday, Nov. 15 – Sunday, Nov. 18 at 8 p.m. in the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit For more information, visit or call ext. 8-1431.


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