World AIDS Day
World AIDS Day activities will take place on campus Dec.1 in
Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center, from noon to 2:30
p.m., and in the Mary Ward Hall from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Both events
will feature Bay Area youth activists and people, including SF
State students, who are living with HIV. The afternoon program
will include a cultural program by the Nigerian Students Association.
The SF State AIDS Quilt will be on display in the Student Center
lobby during that week. Verification of attendance will be available
to faculty who would like to give students credit for attending
the events. For more information, contact the AIDS Coordinating
Committee at email@example.com or Michael Ritter at ext. 8-7339.
Faculty and staff looking to volunteer over the holidays and beyond
can contact CaliforniaVolunteers.org. The statewide agency, supported
by the Governor's office, pairs individuals, groups and organizations
with local agencies in need of volunteers. For more information,
Volunteer Center also lists a number of places to volunteer in
San Francisco and San Mateo counties at www.thevolunteercenter.net
The J. Paul Leonard Library invites students, faculty and staff
to a demonstration of Zotero, a free Firefox browser plug-in
that helps researchers take notes, organize resources and create
bibliographies Dec. 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in room 434 of the
Library. To register, visit http://power.sfsu.edu/enroll or contact
librarians Mira Foster at firstname.lastname@example.org or Pam Howard at email@example.com
Assistant Professor of Cinema Aaron Kerner is looking for volunteers
from the University community to help reconstruct a life-size
replica of a Japanese "Kaiten" submarine for artist
Katsushige Nakahashi's upcoming exhibition "The Depth of
Memory." The exhibition will be held at the Camerawork gallery
in San Francisco in January. The assembly of the Kaiten, which
will involve taping together small photographs of a model of
the submarine, begins Dec. 10. To sign up online, visit the Kaiten
contact Professor Kerner at ext. 5-3972.
Take survey; improve work-life balance
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) is competing
for a $200,000 award from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to fund
opportunities and programs that improve the work-life balance
for faculty and staff. To qualify for the grant, 40 percent of
the University's tenured and tenure-track faculty must complete
a survey by Nov. 30. The
survey is now available online.
Bridge Initiative, the University's plan for improving work-life
balance, is available online at the Center for Teaching and Faculty
Development Web site at http://www.sfsu.edu/~ctfd
Roman history exhibit
The Museum Studies Program's new exhibit "Strength and Honor:
The World of The Roman Soldier" is now on display in HUM 510.
The exhibit explores the soldier's view of military life during
the Roman Empire. The exhibit is open to the public Monday through
Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 7. Admission is free
and faculty are invited to bring their classes.
addition, the department is raising funds for scholarships
by selling ancient
Roman cookbooks, Roman history books, exhibit T-shirts, cards
and more. Visit www.sfsu.edu/~museumst for
RSCA faculty awards
Applications for the Annual Faculty Awards for Research, Scholarship
and Creative Activity (RSCA) are available at http://academic.sfsu.edu/facaffairs
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development is offering its
Turnitin workshop, led by Amy Love, lecturer in English, Tuesday,
Dec. 4 from 3 to 4 p.m. in BH 229. The workshop will focus on
how to use Turnitin as a teaching aid, including setting up Turnitin
assignments and instructing students in its use. The pedagogy
of plagiarism will also be covered. No prior experience with
online learning is required. Visit http://power.sfsu.edu/index to
register, or call
Bookstore holiday party
The SFSU Bookstore invites the campus community to its annual holiday
reception 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 email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 Dec. 12, 13 and 18. Seating is limited; please RSVP (by phone
only) to Victoria F. Ramos-Sponza at ext. 5- 3935.
Campus Master Plan approved
The California Board of Trustees approved the University's master plan
and certified the accompanying Environmental Impact Report (EIR) at its
Nov. 14 meeting. The University will now move ahead with implementing the
plan, which calls for the transformation of the campus by the year 2020
to accommodate an increase in enrollment from 20,000 to 25,000 full-time
SF State aims to become the nation's preeminent public urban university
by strengthening ties with surrounding neighborhoods and Lake Merced,
while improving the academic environment and modeling sustainability.
The plan is the product of two years of collaborative planning involving
faculty, staff, students and community members. For more information,
visit the project Web site at www.sfsumasterplan.org
Announced for Dean of the College of Creative Arts
Five candidates have been selected to interview for dean of the College
of Creative Arts. The campus community is invited to attend each candidate's
presentation and receptions:
Thursday, November 29: Ronald Compesi, interim dean, College of Creative
Arts at SF State, at 4 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.
A reception follows in CA 251.
Monday, December 3: Carol Richardson, professor and assisting associate
dean for research and planning, University of Michigan School of Music,
at 4 p.m. in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building. A reception follows
in the Casablanca Room in the Creative Arts building.
Friday, December 7: James Moy, dean and chair of the School of Creative
Media, City University of Hong Kong, at 4 p.m. in CA 146. Location of
reception to be announced.
Monday, December 10: Michael Hood, dean, College of Fine Arts, Indiana
University of Pennsylvania, at 4 p.m. Location of presentation and reception
to be announced.
Wednesday, December 12: Jonathan Estrin, executive vice president, American
Film Institute, at 4 p.m. Location of presentation and reception to be
million award to SEPAL research group
Kimberly Tanner, assistant
professor of biology and director of the Science Education Partnership
and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) research group
at SF State, was one of 10 recipients of a Science Education Partnership
Award (SEPA) this year from the National Institutes of Health. Intended
to improve the nation's science literacy, the SEPA award recognizes
innovative hands-on education.
$1.3 million award will support "Spectrum: Building
Pathways to Biomedical Research Careers for Girls and Women of Color," a
mentoring program designed to forge strong ties between local NIH-funded
biomedical researchers and K-12 teachers and students. The project will
bring together women and girls of color from local public schools and
members of the Bay Area biomedical community including SF State researchers,
faculty and students.
State is the only university in California to receive a SEPA grant
Spectrum is one of only five endeavors, including
projects at the Walter Reed Army Institute and
Texas A&M University,
to receive funding of more than $1 million.
information about SEPAL, visit www.sfsu.edu/~sepal.
For more information about his year's SEPA awards, visit www.nih.gov/news/pr/nov2007/ncrr-13.htm
Call for nominations: Community Service Learning Awards
Awards for Public Service
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is taking nominations
for two of its annual awards: Community Service Learning Awards and the
Jefferson Awards for Public Service.
The Community Service Learning Awards recognize one faculty member,
one student per college and one partnering community agency each year
for outstanding participation in community service learning within San
Francisco. For more information, visit www.sfsu.edu/~icce/resources/award/awards_csl.html
The Jefferson Awards for Public Service is a national award program
that recognizes ordinary citizens for acts of courage, commitment, tenacity
or vision that have benefited the community at large. For more information,
The deadline for nominations for both awards has been extended to 5
p.m. Friday, Dec. 7. To obtain criteria, guidelines and nomination forms,
please visit the Web sites listed above or contact Catherine Park, Program
Coordinator, at ext. 5-3604 or email@example.com
from the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet from
2 to 4:15 p.m. on Nov. 27 at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The
campus community is welcome to attend
and address the speakers. The meeting agenda includes:
- The 2006-2007 University Task Force's assessment of post baccalaureate
education, presented by Linda Buckley, associate vice president of academic
planning and educational effectiveness;
- Recommendations from the Faculty Affairs Committee on the proposed statement
on professional ethics;
- The Curriculum Review and Approval Committee's proposed revisions to
the bachelor's degree in liberal studies;
- Recommendations from the Academic Policies Committee on a proposed policy
on graduate continuous enrollment;
- A report from Elise Wormuth, acting WAC-WID coordinator, and Robert
Cherny, interim dean of undergraduate studies, on the Committee for Written
English Proficiency (CWEP) GWAR Course Requirements.
For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at www.sfsu.edu/~senate
This week's Insiders include Assistant Professor
of Design and Industry Hsiao-Yun Chu, who taught a class in Taiwan; and
Senior Assistant Librarians Mira Foster and Pam Howard, who spoke at two
conferences in October.
This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Journalism Ken Kobre remembers photojournalist
W. Eugene Smith; Assistant Professor of Management Mitchell Marks discusses
the liklihood of success for companies who merge with competitors; and Professor
of Anthropology Bernard Wong provides reasons for the economic success
of San Francisco's Chinatown.
Developmental Psychology Brown Bag Meeting
Students, faculty and staff are invited to bring their lunches to the
weekly Developmental Psychology Brown Bag meeting featuring a new speaker
and topic of note each week. Each talk takes place at noon on Monday
in room 503 of the Ethnic Studies/ Psychology building. Associate Professor
of Psychology Mark Geisler will present the Nov. 26 topic.
Stillwell Student Art Show (through Friday)
This juried exhibition of new student work in video, photography, textiles,
metal arts, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking runs Tuesdays through
Fridays through Dec. 6 in the Fine Arts Gallery, FA 238. 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
China Rising and the World
American Studies Professor Marlon Hom, Political Science Lecturer David
Lee, Anthropology Professor Bernard Wong and
Mary Alice Waters
of Pathfinder Press will present, "China and the Diaspora: The
United States and Beyond." 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 http://bss.sfsu.edu or
call ext. 5-2402.
The Cabaret of Hybrid Vigor
From the pages of VIZ. inter-arts anthology, the Poetry Center presents
a multimedia evening of poetry, collaborative videos and Benshi scores
with Dore Bowen, Dean Smith, Professor of Creative Writing Robert
Gluck, Konrad Steiner, Leslie Scalapino, Norma Cole, Mac McGinness,
Professor of Creative Writing Paul Hoover, Professor and Chair of
Creative Writing Maxine Chernoff, Roxi Hamilton and Suzanne Stein.
The show begins at 8 p.m. at Artists Television Access, 992 Valencia
Faculty research series
As part of the its Fall 2007 faculty research series, "Revitalizing
a Field and a Curriculum: New Directions in Research and Teaching
in Regional Studies," the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
will feature interdisciplinary presentations by Professor of History
Anthony D'Agostino and Professor of International Relations Andrei
Tsygankov from 4 to 5:30 pm in HSS 361. Anthony D'Agostino will present, "Was
World War II an Imperial War"? Andrei Tsygankov will present, "Whatever
Happened to the War on Terror? Russia-U.S. Relations after 9/11." The Annual BSS Faculty Research Series provides an interdisciplinary
context for faculty to learn about the research of their colleagues,
to engage in scholarly exchange and to share ideas. All faculty,
students and staff are invited.
“Troy: The Gates of Hell” -- closing
Professor Mohammad Kowsar’s adaptation of
Homer's classic myth takes its final run this week in the Little
Theatre in the Creative
Arts building. The show begins at 8 p.m. Thursday through Saturday
and at 2 p.m. Sunday. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit www.ticketweb.com.
For more information, visit http://creativearts.sfsu.edu or call
Women studies lecture series
Jillian Sandell, assistant professor of women studies
at SF State, presents "Lost in Transnation, Found in Translation: The Visual
Politics of Iona Rozeal Brown" from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.
in HUM 115. The talk is part of a weekly series of women studies
lectures held each Thursday through Dec. 13. For the complete schedule,
visit www.sfsu.edu/~woms or contact Assistant Professor of Women
Studies Kasturi Ray at ext. 8-3128 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Holiday Crafts 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 http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~tliming/welcome.html
"Science on TV" with
Popular science writer Timothy Ferris will visit campus
Dec. 3 as a guest of the physics and astronomy department. Ferris' books
include the Pulitzer
Prize-nominated "Coming of Age in the Milky Way," "Seeing
in the Dark," and "The Red Limit." He wrote and narrated
the television specials: “The Creation of the Universe,” which
has aired in network prime time annually for the past 15 years, “Life
Beyond Earth,” which premiered on PBS in 1999, and the documentary, "Seeing
in the Dark." Ferris also produced the Voyager phonograph record,
an artifact of human civilization containing music, sounds of Earth and
encoded photographs launched aboard the Voyager interstellar spacecraft.
His talk, "Presenting Science on TV" begins at 4 p.m. in SCI
George Oppen Memorial Lecture
On Thursday, Dec. 6, the Poetry Center presents Michael Palmer reading
from his work at the Unitarian Center, 1187 Franklin St. For details,
The School of Music and Dance will celebrate the majestic artistry of the
piano all week long with eight concerts by students, professors, alumni
and guests. Faculty performers include William Corbett-Jones, Inara Morgenstern,
Victoria Neve, Dee Spencer, Patricia Taylor Lee and Roger Woodward. Enjoy
works by Bach, Beethoven, Brahms, Mendelssohn, Rachmaninoff, Schubert,
Takemitsu and more. Most concerts begin at 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall in
the Creative Arts building. For a complete schedule, visit http://creativearts.sfsu.edu/events or call ext. 8-1431.
New Moves Dance Showcase
Debuting the choreography of 13 students, the New Moves Dance Showcase
features performances from diverse genres including lyrical jazz, modern,
Afro-modern and hip-hop/urban fusion. The preview performance is Dec.
6 at 7:30 p.m. The showcase continues Dec. 7-8, 8 p.m. McKenna Theatre,
Creative Arts building. For more information, call ext 8-1431 or visit