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Volume 55, Number 6   September 17, 2007         

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Turnitin and global pedagogy courses
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) will offer several new workshops this semester. On Oct. 2, Lecturer in English Amy Love will teach a course in Turnitin, the plagiarism detection tool. The course will focus on how to use Turnitin as a teaching aid. No prior experience with online learning is required. On Oct. 4, join Professor of Social Work Rita Takahashi and Assistant Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso for "Got Diversity? Pedagogy in a Global Context." The workshop will present ways to make course content and teaching methods relevant and accessible for diverse audiences.

To register for these and other CTFD courses, go to the POWER online registration system at, call ext. 8-6456 or e-mail For more information on upcoming courses, please visit

Get fit on campus
Want to try yoga or tone up your abs? Don't forget about FitnessPlus, the University's wellness program for faculty and staff. An $88 semester membership ($70 for a single membership if you join with a friend) includes classes in yoga, cardio, Feldenkrais, body sculpting, Pilates, and access to the pool and weight room. Fall registration for classes is underway. For information, call ext. 8-7572, or e-mail

Order books now
The Bookstore is now processing orders for winter session and spring semester and will once again offer every department on campus a $1,000 Bookstore gift card if at least 90 percent of spring 2008 textbook orders (as posted in the class schedule) are received by October 1, 2007. Orders can be placed online at, sent via e-mail to, or faxed to 405-0474.

Grant and contract training
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs offers 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 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 25,
    2 - 4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26,
    9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Sept. 26,
    1 - 3 p.m.

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

Open Enrollment begins
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 ext. 8-1875 or visit the Human Resources Web site at:


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Constitution Day Observed
SF State will observe Constitution Day on September 17 with the Third Annual Conference on the Constitution. This year's theme is "Values and the Constitution, the Constitution and Values." Scholars from around the country will present papers on a variety of topics including civil rights, prayer in the public schools, and war and the constitution. All sessions will be held in Humanities 587 beginning at 9:10 a.m. and are open to the entire campus community.

Two scholars from Stanford University will hold sessions on Monday afternoon. At 3:10 p.m. Morris Fiorina, the Wendt Family Professor of Political Science and a Senior Fellow of the Hoover Institution will discuss "The Great Disconnect in American Politics." At 4:30 p.m., Jack Rakove, the William Robertson Coe Professor of History and American Studies and one of most prominent constitutional historians today, will speak on "The Dilemma of Declaring Rights."

A full schedule is available at:

Faculty who wish to bring their students to the lectures should first contact Robert Cherny, acting dean of undergraduate studies, at ext. 8-2206 or to ensure sufficient room for all who wish to attend.

Corrections to Bulletin
The University Calendar in the printed 2007-2008 Bulletin (pages 27-28) contains some errors and omissions. The correct dates appear below:

Fall 2007
Last day of instruction: Dec. 17, 2007
Winter recess: Dec. 24, 2007 - Jan. 21, 2008
Evaluation day: Dec. 31, 2007
Grading days/grades due: Jan. 2 and Jan. 3, 2008

Spring 2008
Semester begins: Jan. 22, 2008
Faculty development: Jan. 22 - 23, 2008
Review day: May 16, 2008
Evaluation day: May 29, 2008
Grading days/grades due: May 30 - June 2, 2008

News from the Academic Senate

The Academic Senate has elected the members of the University Search Committee for dean of undergraduate studies. The members are:

  • Deborah van Dommelen, director, Learning Assistance Center
  • Shawn Whalen, coach specialist, communication studies
  • Carmen Domingo, associate professor, biology

At its Sept. 11 meeting, the Academic Senate:

  • Enjoyed a performance by the Alexander String Quartet
  • Observed a moment of silence in memoriam of those who lost their lives in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks
  • Introduced Maggie Beers, director, academic technology and heard a short description of the newly organized Academic Technology Department
  • Introduced the Curriculum Coordinator, Alexandra Katz
  • Heard a report from Provost John Gemello and Vice President of Administration and Finance, Leroy Morishita: Update on SF State Budget and Master Plan
  • Heard a report from Ramon Castellblanch, president, California Faculty Association (CFA)
  • Heard a report from Susan Shimanoff, chair, Graduation Requirements Task Force
  • Heard a report from Helen Goldsmith, associate dean, undergraduate studies, about the new liberal studies faculty

In addition, the senate elected the following committee, board, and council members:

  • Senate Elections Committee: Sudip Chattopadhyay; Wei Ming Dariotis; Hafez Modirzadeh
  • All-University Teacher Education Committee: Rob Williams
  • Board of Appeals and Review: Karen Johnson-Carroll
  • Graduate Council: Pamela Hood
  • Academic Council on International Programs (state-wide): Laura Lisy-Wagner
  • University Budget Committee: Nathan Avani & Nini Yang
  • Enrollment Management: no nominees

For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

80th birthday bash for Wayne Peterson
The College of Creative Arts will pay tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning music Professor Emeritus Wayne Peterson with a series of events in Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts building on Sept. 20. 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 the 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.

Faculty and staff recently featured in the news include Michelle Wolf, professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, discussing the reasons behind increasingly steamy sex scenes on TV, and Director of Athletics Mike Simpson discussing the demise of Gator football.

Read Newsmakers:

Read about the recently published works of Associate Professor of Creative Writing Toni Mirosevich and Social Sciences Lecturer Dean W. Manders; the upcoming exhibits by Assistant Professor of Art Victor De La Rosa and Professor of Art Lewis DeSoto; and the keynote addresses by Andrew Jolivette, assistant professor of American Indian Studies and Erik Peper, professor and director of the Health Education Department's Institute for Holistic Healing Studies.

Read Insiders:

Annual Benefits Fair
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 in Jack Adams Hall. For additional information, please contact the Benefits and Disability Programs unit at ext. 8-1875 or visit the Human Resources Web site at:

Second Annual Reentry Summit
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 in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will 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 on how successful reentry of the incarcerated can reduce violence in society. For information visit or call (415) 553-9349.

China Rising and the World
The economic, social, political and cultural changes taking place in contemporary China and how these changes influence China's rising status as a world power and its relations with other nations are the subjects of a fall lecture course led by Joel L. Kassiola, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

BSS 275: "China Rising and the World" is held on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. through Dec. 12 in HSS 154. The course is free to the general public and campus community on a drop-in basis or for two units of academic credit on a pass/no-pass basis through the Open University, College of Extended Learning for a reduced fee of $150. For more information including a complete list of class topics, visit or call ext. 5-2402.

Promotion and tenure celebration
A campus-wide celebration in honor of the faculty and student services professionals granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Nob Hill Room at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The campus community is invited to attend.

The tenure and promotions list is available at:

Coming Up
Pacific Light art exhibit

The University's International Center for the Arts and Fine Arts Gallery presents "Pacific Light: California Watercolor Refracted, 1907-2007," from Sept. 22 to Oct. 20. The exhibit features works from 46 legendary artists including Ruth Asawa, Chang Dai-chien, David Hockney, Wayne Thiebaud, SF State Emeritus Professor of Art Robert Bechtle and SF State Assistant Professor of Art Gail Dawson. The show highlights the evolving culture, diversity and artistry of California throughout the past century. An opening reception will be held from noon to 4 p.m. Sept. 22. Admission is free. For details, visit or call ext. 8-6535.


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