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Volume 55, Number 7    September 24, 2007         

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Faculty-led workshops
Join English Lecturer Amy Love for a workshop on Turnitin, the plagiarism detection tool. The workshop will focus on how to use Turnitin as a teaching aid. No prior experience with online learning is required. Upcoming dates for the workshop are Oct. 2, from 3 to 4 p.m. and Oct. 17, from 4 to 5 p.m. Both workshops are held in BH 229.

On Oct. 4, Professor of Social Work Rita Takahashi and Assistant Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso will hold "Got Diversity? Pedagogy in a Global Context," from noon to 2 p.m. in BUS 216. The workshop will present ways to make course content and teaching methods relevant and accessible for diverse audiences.

To register, visit, call ext. 8-6456 or e-mail For information on more workshops from the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, 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

Crafts Fair seeks exhibitors
SF State will hold its second annual Crafts Fair on Dec. 4. Faculty and staff interested in exhibiting or participating should contact Patricia Earley at or visit

Order books by Oct. 1
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 Oct. 1, 2007. Orders can be placed online at, sent via e-mail to or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

Open Enrollment has begun

From now 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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Changes to the SF State shuttle service
Starting Oct. 1, 2007 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, please visit the Parking and Transportation Web site at

The Vista Room is open
SF State's on-campus venue for fine dining is open for the fall semester. The Vista Room, operated by students in the Hospitality Management program, serves 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 about tickets, please contact Kelly Vuong, ext. 5-3530 or Charlene Ngo, ext. 8-6087.

To make reservations online, visit The Vista Room accepts OneCard, American Express, Discover and MasterCard.

Fine Arts Gallery opens fall show
SF State's International Center for the Arts and the Fine Arts Gallery present "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, 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. The Fine Arts Gallery is located in FA 238.

Humanities scholars to hold memorial symposium
"Art as Social Praxis: The Bettina Stockton Memorial Symposium" on Oct. 8 will honor Bettina Stockton, who received a master's degree in interdisciplinary humanities at the University in 1993. She died of ovarian cancer while pursuing her doctorate in sociology at the University of Oregon in 2005.

The symposium 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, Ph.D., emeritus professor of the Wright Institute. SF State faculty include Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies Tanya Augsburg performing "Learning: A Social Sculpture" at 4:10 p.m.; and Professor of Philosophy Anatole Anton, Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology Edward McCaughan, and Professor of Theatre Arts Joel Schechter, who will hold an open discussion at 4:30 p.m.

The symposium will take place in HUM 587 from 1 to 6 p.m. and is free and open to all faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact Professor of Humanities Sandra Luft at Or visit

News from the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet on Tuesday, Sept. 25 in the Seven Hills Conference Center from 2 to 4 p.m. The agenda will include:

  • Approval of the agenda for Sept. 25, 2007
  • Approval of the minutes for the Academic Senate meeting on Sept. 11, 2007
  • An update on International Education Week from Marilyn Jackson, assistant director, Office of International Programs
  • An update on the College of Extended Learning and the Downtown Campus from Gail Whitaker, dean of the College of Extended Learning and associate vice president of academic program development
  • An update on the Accessible Technology Initiative from Gene Chelberg, associate vice president of student affairs and director of the Disability Programs and Resource Center
  • The Executive Committee's proposed revisions to the Academic Senate Bylaws
  • The Executive Committee's proposed revisions to the Faculty Statement on Course Requirements
  • A review of senator responsibilities

For more information, visit the Academic Sentate Web site at

Anthony James Bravar, emeritus professor and former dean of the College of Creative Arts, passed away at home in Youngsville, N.C., on July 9. He was 76 years old.

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Newsmakers this week include Professor of Communications Studies Joseph Tuman, who commented on Retired General Wesley Clark's endorsement of Hilary Clinton for president; and SF State President Robert Corrigan, who discussed SF Promise.

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Creative Writing Toni Mirosevich's new book; exhibits by Art Department Chair Barbara Foster and Assistant Professor Paul Mullins; and a speaking engagement in Athens, Greece, for Florence Alberts, a lecturer in the College of Business.

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China Rising and the World
The exploration of China's rising status in the global economy continues this week with "The Rise of China: Implications for the U.S. and the World." The lecture, which runs from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. in HSS 154, is part of the public lecture series "China Rising and the World (BSS 275), led by Joel J. Kassiola, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

The series runs through Dec. 5. It 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 http// or call ext. 5-2402.

Challenges and opportunities for faculty in China
Joel J. Kassiola, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and professor of political science, will present "A Report on the China Trip 2007: Challenges and Opportunities for our Faculty," from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HHS 351. The talk is part of the BSS Faculty Research Series "Revitalizing a Field and a Curriculum: New Directions in Research and Teaching in Regional Studies." The series provides an interdisciplinary context for faculty to learn about the research of their colleagues, to engage in scholarly exchanges and to share ideas. Faculty, students and staff are invited. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, contact

Sexuality lecture: Shame comes out of the closet
Internationally renowned sexuality researcher Janice M. Irvine will present the inaugural John H. Gagnon Distinguished Lecture co-sponsored by the Department of Human Sexuality Studies and the Institute of Sexuality, Inequality and Health. Irvine is professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts. Her lecture "Shame comes out of the closet: Sexual politics in a shifting emotional culture" will explore how sexual shame has changed over the last four decades. The lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Room 609 of the Downtown Campus at 835 Market St. A reception immediately follows. Please RSVP to ext. 5-3570 or e-mail

Women Studies lecture series
Join Professor of Women Studies MA Jaimes Guerrero for her lecture "Native American Origins, Genetics, and Indigenous Women," 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.

Coming Up
Opera gala

The School of Music and Dance presents the second annual Opera Gala at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5. 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, visit or call ext. 8-1431.


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