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Volume 55, Number 8   October 1, 2007         

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Changes to the shuttle service
Starting Oct. 1, the SF State shuttle will stop only at Daly City BART, University Park North and 19th Avenue. This will shorten the route to a 10- to 15-minute loop and increase the frequency of service. For more information, visit

Estate planning workshop
On Oct. 23, Susan Jewel, a San Francisco estate planning attorney, will explain how to implement an economical will or trust and give tips for creating a secure financial future. All staff, faculty and students are invited. The workshop will be held in HUM 587, from noon to 1 p.m.

Research society seeks members
Sigma Xi, a national society that works to advance scientific research, encourage cooperation among scientists in all disciplines, and promote the wider understanding of science, is seeking new members for its SF State chapter. For an application and information about election to membership, contact Darlene Yee at

New newsletter for CCA
The College of Creative Arts recently launched an e-mail newsletter, Creative Arts E-Lert. The monthly newsletter provides information on upcoming events in the media arts, performing arts and visual arts, as well as student, faculty and alumni news. To view the newsletter online, visit:

Open Enrollment ends Oct. 12
Faculty and staff have two more weeks to enroll in or make changes to health, dental, FlexCash, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) programs. Any changes made during Open Enrollment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2008. Employees who are currently enrolled in dependent care reimbursment (DCRA) and health care reimbursment (HCRA) programs must re-enroll for the 2008 calendar year during the annual Open Enrollment period. For additional information, please contact the Benefits and Disability Programs unit at ext. 8-1875 or visit the Human Resources website at:

Fine Arts Gallery opens new show
"Pacific Light: California Watercolor Refracted, 1907-2007," is on display through Oct. 20 in the Department of Art's Fine Arts Gallery in FA 238. The exhibit features watercolor works by 50 legendary artists including Ruth Asawa, Chang Dai-chien, David Hockney, Wayne Thiebaud, Professor Emeritus of Art Robert Bechtle, Professor Emeritus of Art Richard McLean and Assistant Professor of Art Gail Dawson. The show highlights the evolving culture, diversity and artistry of California throughout the past century. Admission is free. For details and gallery hours, visit or call ext. 8-6535.

Vista Room is taking reservations
The Vista Room, operated by students in the Hospitality Management program, is now serving lunch Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in BH 401. Seating is from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tickets for lunch are $14 per person; faculty and staff may purchase discounted blocks of tickets by calling ext. 5-3529. For more information, please contact Kelly Vuong, ext. 5-3530 or Charlene Ngo, ext. 8-6087. The Vista Room accepts OneCard, American Express, Discover and MasterCard. To make reservations online, visit

SF State News home

Three faculty given NSF awards
The National Science Foundation (NSF) has recognized three professors with a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award this year. The awards, totaling $1,918,392, were given to Assistant Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Teaster Baird, Jr., Associate Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry Andrew Ichimura and Assistant Professor of Computer Science Rahul Singh.

The CAREER award is the NSF's most prestigious award for new faculty. Read more about the award recipients at

Call for workshops
The Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development (OSPLD) is seeking proposals from faculty and staff interested in designing and leading workshops for its new Leadership in Action program. Still in the early phases of development, Leadership in Action will offer a wide range of training for student leaders over three years that will possibly lead to a certificate. The first phase of the program will begin this fall. A leadership Web site is also in development.

Workshop topics may include diversity, social justice, activism, event planning and stress management, among others. For more information, contact Joey Greenwell, OSPLD director, at To read the program's three-year development proposal, please visit

Input needed for program in lifespan studies
The College of Health and Human Services and the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Faculty Council (GIFC) are exploring coursework for a possible new department or concentration in Lifespan Studies. Faculty members with expertise or interest in the area are invited to a meeting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19 in HSS 233. Faculty members from all disciplines are welcome to share their ideas and strategies. For more information, contact Wanda Lee, acting gerontology program director and associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services, at

News from the Academic Senate
At its Sept. 25 meeting, the Academic Senate:

  • Heard a report from Marilyn Jackson, assistant director of International Programs, about International Education Week (November 13-16). Jackson reminded the Senate that SF State is the leading CSU campus for international students, and she outlined many internationally themed activities that will take place during the week.
  • Heard a report from Ramon Castellblanch, assistant professor of Health Education and president of the SF State chapter of California Faculty Association, regarding the election of candidates for faculty hearing panels. More detailed information has been sent to all department chairs.
  • Heard a report from Gail Whitaker, associate vice president for Academic Program Development and dean of the College of Extended Learning (CEL), about the growth of CEL programs at the Downtown Campus and off-campus locations.
  • Heard a report from Gene Chelberg, associate vice president of Student Services and director of the Disability Programs and Resource Center, concerning the Accessible Technology Initiative (EO 926).
  • Approved a minor change to Senate Bylaw III.A.10 to bring it into agreement with Bylaw II.C.8 that was revised in spring 2007.
  • Opened first-reading discussion of revisions to Senate policy S82-90 concerning course syllabi. This item will continue in first reading at the next Senate meeting on Oct. 9.

For more information, visit the Academic Sentate Web site at

Faculty Development Workshops Announced
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development has announced the following faculty-led workshops for the month of October:

Grantwriting Brown Bag Session
Oct. 16, BUS 216
9 to 10:30 a.m.
Learn about the available resources and techniques to help write a successful grant.

Integrating Philosophical Foundations of Social Justice and Multiculturalism into the Counseling Curriculum
Oct. 16, LIB 434
noon to 2 p.m.
John Blando, assistant professor in the counseling department describes ways to integrate philosophy--especially as it relates to social justice and multiculturalism--into the counseling curriculum and other courses.

Oct. 17, BH 229
4 to 5 p.m.
Learn how to use the plagiarism-detection tool Turnitin as a teaching aid, including how to set-up the tool, create assignments and instruct students in its use.

Teaching Large Classes
Oct. 25, HSS 361
2 to 4 p.m.
John Elia, associate professor and associate chair of health education, will draw upon his two decades of teaching large classes for this session, which covers how to lecture effectively, encourage meaningful class discussions and manage the logistics of a large class.

Pre-registration is required for all CTFD workshops. To register, visit, call ext. 8-6456 or e-mail For details and updates on additional CTFD workshops, please visit

We mark the passing of Frank Best, emeritus professor of design and industry.

Read more about his life and work:

This week in Newsmakers: Professor Emeritus William Mason recounts his experience fighting in WWII; Melissa Camacho, associate professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, discusses Latino-themed television dramas; and Professor of English and "Forum" host Michael Krasny talks about his new memoir.

Read Newsmakers:

This week's Insiders include Assistant Professor of Art Victor de la Rosa and his talk at the de Young Museum, and Professor of Art Paul Pratchenko's solo show in Lake Tahoe.

Read Insiders:

China Rising and the World
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences invites the campus community to attend its 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 class topics, visit http// or call ext. 5-2402.

Women Studies lecture series
Join Kate Millet, assistant professor of Jewish studies, for her lecture "An Old Family Narrative: Rethinking Testimonio and Gender" from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in HUM 383. The lecture is part of a 14-week series. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Kasturi Ray at or at ext. 8-3128.

Opera gala
The School of Music and Dance presents the second annual Opera Gala at 7:30 p.m. The gala will showcase performances from SF State's opera and vocal programs. Guests will enjoy highlights from popular operas featuring student and alumni soloists and ensembles, along with refreshments served "cabaret style." The Opera Gala benefits the School of Music and Dance Opera Fund and will take place in Jack Adams Hall in the Student Center. Admission is $25 per person. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit

Coming Up
Memorial Symposium for Bettina Stockton
"Art as Social Praxis: The Bettina Stockton Memorial Symposium" on Oct. 8 will bring together distinguished faculty from SF State and other universities who were inspired by Stockton's interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation on sociology, art and the work of German artist and activist Joseph Beuys. Speakers include Professor Sue-Ellen Case, an SF State alumna and chair of critical theory in UCLA's Theatre Department; John Bellamy Foster, professor of sociology at University of Oregon; and Richard Lichtman, emeritus professor of the Wright Institute. The symposium will take place in HUM 587, from 1 to 6 p.m. and is free to all faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact Professor of Humanities Sandra Luft at Or visit

Coming out event
The National Sexuality Resource Center and the Queer Alliance are cosponsoring a coming out informational event open to the campus community on Oct. 11, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall. Information booths will include the SAFE place, EROS, LYRIC, PFLAG and the Community United Against Violence. For more information visit:

FBI expert
The History Department will host Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, an FBI expert and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh, on Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in SCI 270. Jeffreys-Jones is the author of "The FBI: A History" (Yale University Press, 2007). Students, staff and faculty are welcome.

Poetry Reading
Greek poet and artist Demosthenes Agrafiotis will make his first San Francisco appearance at SF State on Oct. 11 at 4 p.m. in HUM 512. Agrafiotis is an experimentalist who combines poetry, painting, photography, intermedia, and performance with the written poem. The event is cosponsored by the Poetry Center and the Department of Modern Greek Studies.

Crimes of the Heart
The Theatre Arts Department presents a main-stage production of Beth Henley’s Pulitzer Prize-winning "Crimes of the Heart," Oct. 11 - 21 in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. The play, directed by Professor Rhonnie Washington, captures the lives of tragic yet comedic small-town characters in their journey to overcome despair with hope. Tickets range between $12 and $20. For details, visit:


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