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Volume 55, Number 4   September 4, 2007         

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Children's Campus survey
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gh in on the Children's Campus at SF State. Anticipated to open in January 2009, the Children's Campus will provide quality child care and education for the children of SF State faculty and staff.

For more information, visit: http://childrenscampus.

To take the 10-second survey, visit:

Grant and contract training
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will be conducting Grant and Contract Training Workshops for new SF State faculty. Training sessions will be held in ADM 460 at the following times:

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday Sept. 25, 2  to 4 p.m.
Wednesday Sept. 26, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday Sept. 26, 1 to 3 p.m.

Please contact Tish Santos (, 5-3995) to reserve a space.

Used books for sale
The Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library are selling used books and recordings throughout the fall semester in HSS 113. Hardbacks sell for $2; paperbacks for $1. Sale hours are from 11 a.m to 5 p.m., Monday thru Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays; and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

UBC meeting
The University Budget Committee will hold a meeting Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the NEC Room in ADM 560.

Professional development abroad
CSU's Office of International Programs (IP) and the Academic Council on International Programs (ACIP) are offering professional development opportunities abroad for tenured and tenure-track faculty. The Wang Faculty Fellowship program provides four $10,000 stipends each year to support research and teaching at four designated universities in Taiwan and China. Faculty can also apply for resident director positions in China, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain or Zimbabwe. For more information, contact SF State's ACIP representative Trevor Getz at or visit the CSU Web site at

Open Enrollment reminder
From Sept. 17 through Oct. 12 faculty and staff can 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, please remember that you 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 338-1875 or visit the Human Resources Web site at:

Want to learn iLearn?
Free workshops on iLearn, the University's official learning management system, will be held throughout the fall semester. The workshops will cover different aspects of iLearn, such as posting syllabi and course materials, how to create discussion forums and conduct student polls, and how to create assessment strategies. All workshops are free.

For registration and details, visit: or contact Academic Technology Workshops at 405-3536, For more information on the iLearn Learning Management System, visit
CEL accepting course requests for 2008
The College of Extended Learning is now accepting courses for Winter Session and Spring Semester 2008. If you have not received the course request information and are interested in teaching during Winter or Spring, please contact Richard Kay at or visit
to download the course request forms. The deadline for including course information in the CEL printed catalog is Wednesday, Sept. 12. Courses received after that date will be posted online only.

Cat Committee seeks volunteers
The Campus Cat Committee is seeking staff, faculty and students to feed the cats who make SF State their home. Volunteers deliver food and water to campus felines on Saturdays or Sundays once a month. All cat food is provided by the Cat Committee.  If interested, contact Sheila McClear at ext. 8-7107, or Brigid Duffy at ext. 8-1493,

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Chelberg appointed AVP for Student Affairs
Eugene R. Chelberg has been appointed the new associate vice president for Student Affairs. Chelberg will continue serving as director of SF State's Disability Programs and Resource Center, where he has led efforts to create accessible learning, working and living environments for SF State students with disabilities. Chelberg served on the Academic Senate's executive committee for three consecutive years and was selected to participate in Leadership San Francisco 2006, a yearlong leadership development program sponsored by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Recently, Chelberg consulted for the National Endowment for the Arts and served as program chair for the 30th International Conference of the Association of Higher Education and Disability.

Annual Benefits Fair coming soon
Faculty and staff can explore the full range of employee benefits offered by SF State at the 26th Annual Benefits Fair on Monday, Sept. 17. The event coincides with the beginning of open enrollment, the period when SF State employees can add or change their University-sponsored insurance coverage.

Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans, including CSU's Health Care/Dependent Care Reimbursement Program administrator, CALPERS Home Loan, A+ Auto and Home Insurance and the Calstate 9 Credit Union. 

This year, participants can enjoy numerous free services including blood pressure checks, back and posture analysis and back massages. SF State's Ergonomic Program will offer free biofeedback testing, and the Village Fitness Center will provide free body mass analysis and flexibility training.

The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall on the third floor of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

In Memoriam -- Peter F. Linde
Peter F. Linde, emeritus professor and valued member of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry until his retirement in 1995, died on August 15, 2007. He was 81.

Born in Berlin, Germany, in 1926, Linde moved with his family to Copenhagen in 1933 and to the U.S. in 1939. He received his bachelor's degree from Reed College, his M.A. from the University of Oregon and his Ph.D. from Washington State University in 1953. He worked at the Sandia Corporation in Albuquerque before joining the faculty at SF State as an assistant professor in 1957.

Linde taught analytical, inorganic and physical chemistry along with the associated laboratory courses. "He was instrumental in bringing a more modern viewpoint to the teaching and practice of these subjects," notes Jane DeWitt, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry. "He believed fervently in uncompromising quality and rigor, making clear to his students the virtues and limitations of occasionally necessary assumptions and simplifications."

Well known for his collegiality, Linde is also remembered for his wealth of knowledge in diverse areas including jazz and etymology. A colleague once affectionately remarked that "if you asked Pete the time, he would explain to you how a watch works."

Linde is survived by his wife Mary Ruth and four sons, John, Bruce, Reed and Drew.

News from the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will hold elections for the following committees at their meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Nominees do not need to be present to run.

  • University Budget Committee
  • Enrollment Management Committee
  • Statewide representative for International Programs
  • Board of Appeals and Review
  • Graduate Council

The following executive committees also have vacancies:

  • Faculty Honors and Awards Committee
  • Educational Technologies Advisory Committee
  • Student Organization Hearing Panel
  • Student Center Governing Board

Faculty who are interested in serving on any of the committees should contact the Academic Senate office at, or ext. 8-1264.

The deadline for the election for Dean of Undergraduate Studies Search Committee is Friday, Sept. 7. If you have not already done so, please vote for three faculty members to serve on the search committee at:

Please contact the Academic Senate office if you have any questions at ext. 8-1264, or senate@sfsu.ed

Faculty and staff who made the news last week include Biology Lecturer Jonathan Stern discussing his research into the minke whale; International Relations Professor Emeritus Marshall Windmiller, responding to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Kamal al-Malaki and expressing his opinions about the war in Iraq; and Associate Vice President of Enrollment Planning and Management Jo Volkert commenting on a proposed bill offering tuition loans to U.S. soldiers overseas.

Read Newsmakers:

In this issue's Insiders, read about Art Professor James W. Davis's  two recently published books and Cinema Department Production Coordinator Raymond Rea's latest film, "The Sweet New."

Read Insiders:

Prepare for retention, tenure and promotion
Attend the an informal discussion about faculty  retention, tenure and promotion, with Marilyn Verhey, dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, and Lorraine Dong, chair of the University Tenure and Promotions Committee from 10 a.m. to noon, in ADM 460. Additional sessions will be held Sept. 6 from 1 to 3 p.m. and Sept. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m.

CRAC meeting
The first meeting of the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee for the 2007-2008 academic year will take place in ADM 560, NEC Room from 2 to 5 p.m. For more information, e-mail the Academic Senate at

Women Studies Lecture Series
The Women Studies Lecture Series kicks off this week with "Dismantling Cissexual Privilege" by Julia Serano of UC Berkeley's Genetics, Genomics, and Development Department. The series runs through December 13 and features speakers from SF State's Women Studies Department: Nan Alamilla Boyd, M.A. Jaimes Guerrero, Kitty Millet, Deborah Cohler and Jillian Sandell. For more information, contact assistant professor Kasturi Ray at

International Interdisciplinary Conference on German Colonialism (through Sunday)
The four-day conference will explore Germany's colonial legacy and feature research from international scholars. The conference will take place on campus at the Seven Hills Conference Center. For more information, visit, or contact Assistant Professor Volker Langbehn, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures (

Coming Up
Welcome new members of the SF State community

Faculty and staff are invited to visit with colleagues and welcome new faculty and staff to campus at a celebration from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Towers Conference Center. The celebration is sponsored by President Robert A. Corrigan, the Office of Academic Affairs and the University Women's Association (UWA). Recipients of the UWA scholarships will be
honored at the reception. Refreshments will be served.

History Department's Sixth Annual September 11 Anniversary Forum
The History department will host "The Post 9/11 World: An International and Interdisciplinary View," Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Science 270. The forum will feature the following panelists:

  • Uri Bar-Joseph, Jewish Studies/Political Science
  • Sanjoy Banerjee, International Relations
  • Maziar Behrooz, History
  • Chris Chekuri, History
  • Tony D'Agustino, History
  • Joel Kassiola, Political Science
  • Amy Skonieczny, International Relations

All students, faculty and staff are welcome.

Epic Film Preview with Ken Burns
Join acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns for an exclusive preview screening of his 15-hour World War II documentary, The War, at a screening hosted by SF State's International Center for the Arts, Sept. 14 - 16 at Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio. Burns will be present at selected screenings over the three-day event to introduce the episodes and answer questions.Admission is free for SF State faculty, staff and students with a current SF State ID. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To email your reservation request and view the event schedule, visit

Freedom: Next Exit
The SF State Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, in partnership with the San Francisco Safe Communities Reentry Council,  is sponsoring a one-day summit: "Working Together to Support San Franciscans After Incarceration: The Second Annual Reentry Summit" on Sept. 19 at Jack Adams Hall. San Francsico Mayor Gavin Newsom will be on campus to give the opening remarks. SF Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Sheriff Michael Hennessey, District Attorney Kamala Harris, and Public Defender Jeff Adachi are also scheduled to speak. Luis J. Rodriguez, activist and author of "Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA" will give the keynote lunchtime address, in which he will discuss how successful reentry of the incarcerated can reduce violence in society. RSVP by Sept. 12 to www.sfpublicdefender.or/scrc, or 553-9349.

80th birthday bash for Wayne Peterson
College of Creative Arts pays tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning music Professor Emeritus Wayne Petersen, Thursday Sept. 20 with a series of events in Knuth Hall. Peterson will lead a master class with composition graduate students at 2 p.m. He will give a lecture on his work in music composition at 3 p.m. His lecture will feature performances by SF State's Alexander String Quartet. Admission to the master class and lecture is free. At 7 p.m new music ensemble Earplay will perform a concert featuring a selection of compositions by Peterson. Admission to the evening concert is $20; students may attend free of charge. For tickets contact the SF State Box Office at ext. 8-2467.


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