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 DCRA and 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 Web
site at: www.sfsu.edu/~hrwww
Cultural food fair
The Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development invites
the campus community to an activities fair and fundraiser for
student organizations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 9 - 11 on
the main quad lawn. Student organizations will sell a wide
of cuisines. All proceeds benefit the student organizations and
their programming. For details, contact Alberto Olivares at ext.
Fall theatre party
The University Women's Association invites all members of the campus
community to attend its Fall Theatre Party on Oct. 19. The party
begins with a reception in the Casablanca Room (CA Building)
at 7 p.m., and then moves to the Little Theatre at 8 p.m. for
a production of "Crimes of the Heart" (see Events listings).
Tickets are $25/person for UWA members and guests; $30/person
for non-members. The price includes the reception and a theatre
ticket. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 10. Contact Lin Ivory
Lifespan studies meeting
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Plan for your future
Susan Jewel, Esq., a San Francisco estate planning attorney, will
hold an estate planning seminar. Jewel will explain how to implement
an economical will or trust, and will 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. on Oct. 23. This event is hosted by the University Development
Office. Please RSVP to Grace Robinson at ext. 5-3809 or email@example.com
Cruising for scholarships
Space is available on the University Women's Association's cruise
to the Mediterranean. Now in its 17th year, the 14-day luxury
tour is an annual fundraiser for SF State's scholarship fund.
This year's excursion sails from Venice to Barcelona and includes
13 ports in six countries, including Croatia, Greece and Italy.
Prices begin at $3,999 per person and include round-trip airfare
from SFO. For more information, contact Lin Ivory at firstname.lastname@example.org or Fell Travel at (800) 321-3355.
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development still has openings
in several of its upcoming faculty-led workshops:
Oct. 16: Integrating social
justice and multiculturalism into the counseling curriculum
Oct. 17: Turnitin
Oct. 25: Teaching
is required for all workshops. To register, visit http://power.sfsu.edu, call ext. 8-6456 or e-mail email@example.com.
For details and updates on all CTFD workshops, please visit www.sfsu.edu/~ctfd
Student Health Services (SHS) will be providing flu shots to students,
staff and faculty at its annual Haunted Health Fair on Oct. 31
from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price for the vaccine is $25.
In addition to enjoying a Halloween theme and spooky costumes,
participants can receive free health screenings including body-fat
measurements, eye screenings and blood-pressure checks. Information
about nutrition, reproductive health, STD/safer sex and counseling
services will also be available. For more information, contact
Albert Angelo at firstname.lastname@example.org or at ext. 8-3039.
Breast cancer awareness event seeks volunteers
The "Komen on the Go" breast cancer awareness tour
is coming to SF State on Oct. 30. The tour, part of the Susan
for the Cure organization, seeks 30 volunteers to help disseminate
information about breast cancer prevention and the movement to
end breast cancer. For information about volunteering, contact
Albert Angelo in Student Health Services at ext. 8-3039 or email@example.com
of Emergency Preparedness Opens
This semester, SF
State opened its first Office of Emergency Preparedness. Operating
the University Police, the office is responsible for the University's
Emergency and Management Plan and day-to-day safety policies.
the office is Gayle Orr-Smith, the former director of emergency services
and deputy mayor for public safety for the City of San Francisco.
Orr-Smith, who led the city's emergency response activities during the
1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, will also serve as the university's representative
to on- and off-campus groups, organizations and entities regarding safety
and emergency response. It is the first time that the campus has had
a full-time position devoted to emergency preparedness. Orr-Smith can
be reached at ext. 8-1046.
Nominations needed for administrator search committees
The Academic Senate seeks nominations of full-time faculty to serve on
search committees for the following administrative positions:
Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs;
of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement;and
Director of Disability Programs and Resource Center.
close at midnight on Oct. 17. Please
submit your nomination via the electronic nomination system at www.sfsu.edu/~senate/nominate
training now available
The Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA), a new resource for storing,
managing and sharing digital files, is up and running. DIVA, which officially
launched University-wide in September, allows faculty and staff to share
a wide variety of data and information with colleagues, students and
the general public.
DIVA development team is holding workshops throughout the fall semester
to help faculty
and staff learn how to use the system.
The "DIVA Introduction Workshop" takes place at 2 p.m. on Oct.
12 and Oct. 15, and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 30. "Teaching with DIVA" will
be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 10 and at 10 a.m. on Oct. 26. All workshops
are held in HSS 380. Individual workshops for departments or committees
are also available.
For more details on DIVA, visit: http://diva.sfsu.edu.
To RSVP for a workshop, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or sign up at http://power.sfsu.edu
News from the Academic Senate
At their upcoming meeting on Oct. 9, the Academic Senate will hear:
report from Kirk Gaston, chief of police, University Policy Department.
will introduce the University's new emergency
preparedness coordinator, Gayle Orr-Smith;
- A report
from Rob Strong, manager of the SF State Bookstore, and Corless
Smith, chair of the Franciscan Shops Board,
on the Textbook Cost Reduction
from the Executive Committee on the proposed revisions
to the Faculty Statement on Course Requirements;
from the Executive Committee on the proposed Policy
on Disability Access Statement;
from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
on the proposed revisions to the bachelor of arts degree in journalism:
concentrations in photo journalism and online journalism;
from the Academic Policies Committee on the proposed
Graduate Continuous Enrollment Policy;
from the Strategic Issues Committee on the
proposed resolution on the Collegiate Learning Assessment;
from the Strategic Issues Committee on the
proposal to rescind Academic Senate Policy #F73-009,
from the Strategic Issues Committee
on the proposal to Rescind Academic Senate Policy #S78-34, Outstanding
more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at www.sfsu.edu/~senate/
We note the passing of Yan Tao (Fanny) Mai, assistant director of financial
services for University Housing, who passed away on Sept. 19.
Read more at In Memoriam:
Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto weighs in on airline security
techniques in USA Today; and Gilbert Herdt, professor and chair of
human sexuality studies, comments on university antidiscrimination
in Chronicle of Higher Education.
in Insiders: SF State faculty participate in the American Psychiatric Association's
national convention; Professor of Oceanography Toby Garfield takes questions
about the large winter waves off the San Mateo
coast; BECA Professor Betty Blosser and her students shoot videos in Thailand
and Professor of Music William Corbett-Jones performs Tchaikovsky in San
Bettina Stockton Memorial Symposium
"Art as Social Praxis: The Bettina Stockton Memorial Symposium" features
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. 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 email@example.com.
Or visit www.sfsu.edu/~collhum
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://bss.sfsu.edu or
call ext. 5-2402.
National Coming Out Day celebration
The Queer Alliance and the National Sexuality Resource Center are
co-sponsoring the National Coming Out Day Celebration for the campus
community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez
Student Center. Students, faculty and staff will share their coming
out stories throughout the "open mic" event, and organizations
from around San Francisco will have information booths providing
valuable resources. Participating organizations include EROS, Asian
and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, the LGBT Community Center,
LYRIC, Black Coalition on AIDS, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate,
the SAFE Place and more. For more information, contact (415) 437-5120.
The History Department will host Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, an FBI
expert and lecturer from the University of Edinburgh, 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.
Greek poet and artist Demosthenes Agrafiotis will make his first
San Francisco appearance at SF State 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
Crimes of the Heart
The Theatre Arts Department opens its main-stage production of
Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Crimes of the Heart," 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. The event runs through Oct. 21. Tickets range
between $12 and $20. For details, visit: http://creativearts.sfsu.edu/events
Women Studies lecture series
Join activist, social worker and artist Gertrudis Monzon for her
lecture "Femicide in Guatemala" 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
firstname.lastname@example.org or at ext. 8-3128.
Discovery Day at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental
A free event for the whole family, "Mysteries
of the Bay," will include behind-the-scenes lab tours and
scientific exhibits, as well as touch tanks and other science and
activities for children. Live music by SF State students, a barbecue
and bike valet parking provided by the Marin Bicycle Coalition
are additional highlights of the day. Activities run from 11 a.m.
to 4 p.m., Sunday,
Oct. 14. For more information, visit http://rtc.sfsu.edu or
call ext. 8-3757.
A conversation with André Aciman
The Jewish Studies Department will host award-winning author
at 4 p.m. on Oct. 15 in HUM 587. Aciman will discuss his memoir "Out
of Egypt," hailed by The New York Times as "a mesmerizing
portrait of a now vanished world." The memoir depicts the
devastation of the Jewish community during its expulsion from
Egypt in the 1950s. For more information, call the Jewish Studies
at ext. 8-6075.
The Theatre Arts department will present a compilation of one-act
plays penned by student playwrights at "One-Act Fringe" from
6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 18. This year, "Fringe" explores
various genres, featuring collaborations with the Creative Writing
and Theatre Arts departments, as well as a short opera with Theatre
Arts and the School of Music and Dance. The plays were directed
by Roy Conboy, associate professor of creative writing and theatre
arts, and student John Caldon. Admission is $5. For details,
An evening with Justin Lin and friends
Acclaimed filmmaker Justin Lin and actors from his film "Finishing
the Game" will visit Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts building
from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, for a special guest lecture. Admission
is free. For details, visit: http://creativearts.sfsu.edu/events
SF State challenges fashion apparel industry
The College of Business and the Apparel Design and Merchandising
Program in the Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics department
will co-sponsor a forum to challenge the fashion apparel industry
to adopt greener manufacturing and design. The Oct. 26 event
will be held at SF State's Downtown Campus at Westfield San Francisco
Center from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Assistant
Professor of Consumer and Family Studies Connie Ulasewicz at
email@example.com or ext. 8-1860.
Ferry Building walking tour
Join the University Women's Association for an hour-long guided
walk that covers the rise, fall and modern rebirth of the Ferry
Building at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 27. A no-host lunch follows. The
deadline for reservations is Saturday, Oct. 20. Tickets are $10/person
for the one-hour guided tour. Contact Lin Ivory at firstname.lastname@example.org
Poetry reading by Peter Cole
Peter Cole comes to the Poetry Center on Oct. 17 to read from his
anthology, "The Dream of the Poem," which features
Cole's translations of Hebrew Golden Age poems and recreates
the world of medieval Spain, in which Jewish artistic and intellectual
communities flourished under Islamic rule. Co-sponsored by the
Jewish Studies Program, the reading begins at 4:30 p.m. in HUM
512. Admission is free.