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Volume 56, Number 17    December 8, 2008         

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Announcing the SFSU Bookstore's 17th Annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Party
The SFSU Bookstore invites faculty and staff to its Annual Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in the SFSU Bookstore. Celebrate the end of the semester with other SF State faculty and staff members, while enjoying delicious food and beverages. Attendees also will get a chance to add a special wine glass to their collections. The Bookstore will offer a 20 percent discount on thousands of items at the reception. Convenience store items and computer hardware are excluded from the discount.

December toy drive
The Stay In School Family Resource Center will host a toy drive through Dec 17. Those who wish to donate a toy to a child of a low-income student parent can do so in HSS 120 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Organizers will accept new, unwrapped toys for children ages 2-10.

Winners announced for Faculty and Staff Retreat scholarship
Ten staff members were awarded staff scholarships to attend the Faculty and Staff Retreat on Jan. 22 at the Downtown Campus from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The recipients are: Arlene Bugayong, College of Business; Meredith Eliaseen, Library; Paul Jackson, Library; Zi Hegnstler, Disability Programs and Resource Center; Jeff Chun, College of Business; Julie Vaquilar, Registrar; Rita Walsh-Wilson, Disability Programs and Resource Center; Sarah Jean Harrison, Social Work; Chris Kingston, College of Business; and Alex Cherian, Library.

Textbook orders
The SFSU Bookstore is processing orders for the winter and spring terms and would like to remind teaching faculty to submit textbook orders and reader requests as soon as possible. While budget constraints continue to be a concern, it is still more cost-effective to order a book now that may need to cancelled later, than to rush order a text in January. The earlier a book order is submitted, the better chance the Bookstore has of buying books from students at the end of the semester. Buy-back dates for the end of the fall semester run through Dec 22. Submit textbook orders online at For details, contact the Bookstore's Textbook Department at ext. 8-7377 or

Seeking leadership development program submissions
The Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development (OSPLD) is seeking submissions from faculty and staff to create and facilitate workshops for the spring 2009 Leadership in Action weekly workshop series. Leadership in Action is a campus-wide initiative focused on providing leadership development opportunities for all SF State students. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit
or contact Sarah Bauer at ext. 8-2174 or

Volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed for the 2009 Northern California Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl or Sea Lion Bowl, at SF State Feb. 21, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Sea Lion Bowl is an academic high school competition focused on all disciplines of ocean sciences. Volunteers are encouraged to attend at least one training session prior to the event. For more information about training sessions or to volunteer, contact Erin Blackwood at ext. 8-3757 or To learn more about the roles of volunteers in the competition, visit


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Townhall meeting about budget cuts and their impact
The Academic Senate will host a town hall meeting to discuss the effect of budget cuts on the California State University and SF State. The meeting will take place Dec. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Vice President of Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer Leroy Morishita and Provost John Gemello will provide a short update on the budget outlook to initiate a broader discussion by the assembled campus community. Organizers hope to foster a dialogue that contributes to a principled and transparent decision making process as the University continues to face the dilemma of maintaining academic quality with rapidly eroding resources. 

Seeking Jefferson Awards nominees
The Community Service Learning Program is one of 49 organizations in the Bay Area that have joined the Jefferson Awards for Public Service Civic Engagement initiative. This initiative recognizes ordinary citizens who have performed extraordinary community-involved acts. The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is accepting nominations for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Faculty, staff, students, and/or community partners may nominate an individual for the award. Candidates should meet the following criteria: Achieved something that shows special courage, commitment, tenacity or vision, which has not been previously recognized and through the actions of this special individual, others in the community have benefited. To nominate an individual, visit

Search for College of Education dean 
Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Dean of College of Education. The position description, including application instructions, is available on the Academic Affairs Web site at
The search committee members are: Brian Beatty, assistant professor of instructional technology; Jamal Cooks, associate professor of secondary education; David Dempsey, professor of geosciences; Helen Hyun, assistant professor of administration and interdisciplinary studies; Debra Luna, associate professor of elementary education; Philip Prinz, professor of special education; Beverly Voloshin, chair/professor of English; Sheldon Axler, dean of the College of Science and Engineering; Gretchen Armstrong, assistant to the associate dean of the College of Education; and Linnea Beckett, master's student in equity and social justice.

For additional information, contact Christine Nagaya at ext. 8-1142 or

Research Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) Awards workshops
From Dec. 15-19, the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will offer a daily RSCA Awards workshop from 12:30-1:30 p.m. in BH 333. All sessions will be facilitated by Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Center Director Pamela Vaughn. Workshops are intended to address faculty questions and provide an overview of the RSCA application process and guidelines. A prior review of the pertinent documents (available on the Faculty Affairs Web site) is recommended.

Faculty can reserve a seat by calling ext. 8-6456, e-mailing or enrolling online through POWER at

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. The agenda will include:

  • Approval of the minutes from the Dec. 2, 2008 meeting
  • Approval of the agenda for the Dec. 9, 2008 meeting
  • Senate Elections: Administrative Review Committee for Ann Hallum, dean, Graduate Studies; Administrative Review Committee for Enrique Riveros-Schafer; Academic Council on International Programs (CSU Representative)
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding an amendment to the faculty constitution: amendment to add two more staff members to the Academic Senate, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the RTP Policy, voting procedure, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed degree name change for the Department of Recreation Parks and Tourism
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed degree name change for the Department of Hospitality

2009 Faculty and staff development retreat, Jan. 22
Register for the 2009 Faculty and Staff Retreat by visiting the Academic Senate Web site at Fill out the registration form and turn it in to the SFSU Bookstore or the Academic Senate office.
Space is limited for the dinner immediately following the retreat in the Westfield San Francisco Centre's rotunda under the historic dome, so submit forms as soon as possible. For more information, contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or e-mail

Election Results
The following faculty members have been elected to serve on the Post Promotion Increase Appeals Committee:

  • Nathan Avani, chair/professor of secondary education
  • Lorraine Dong, chair/professor of Asian American studies
  • MA Jaimes Guerrero, professor of women studies
  • Shirley Girouard, professor, school of nursing
  • Lu Rehling, director/professor of professional and technical writing

For more information, visit:

This week in Insiders: Librarians Pamela Howard and Ned Fielden were elected to the executive board of the California Academic and Research Libraries.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell discusses experiential giving, Professor of Communication Studies Joseph Tuman comments on Gavin Newsom's State of the City address and Assistant Professor of Management Mitchell Marks discusses the effects of layoffs on employees. 

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Tom Stoppard’s 'Arcadia'
The Theatre Arts Department presents "Arcadia" Tuesday through Dec. 13 in the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building. Tom Stoppard's theatrical masterpiece, set in an English country manor, is a funny, poignant and deeply intelligent meditation on love, mortality, poetry, history and the beautiful enigmas of chaos theory. Professor of Theatre Arts William Peters directs. Show times are 8 p.m. Tuesday through Dec. 13, also with a 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 13. Admission is $8. For details, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Looking ahead in politics
The BSS 275 lecture series continues Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. This week, Professor of History Anthony D'Agostino, Assistant Professor of International Relations Kathleen McAfee, Assistant Professor of History Christopher Chekuri and Professor of International Relations Aguibou Yansane will discuss the Obama administration's foreign policy and the next four years. The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

Women Studies Lecture Series
The Women Studies Lecture Series, "Scholarship and Activism on Women and Gender," concludes Wednesday from 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. in HUM 108 with a presentation by Emory University Women Studies Professor Rosemarie Garland-Thomson. The free lecture, "Picturing Peoples with Disabilities," is open to the campus community.

Coming Up
Morrison Artists Series: Time for Three
Time for Three, a dynamic string trio transcending traditional genres with unique arrangements of classical, bluegrass, Hungarian gypsy, rock, jazz and country-western standards plus its own works, will perform as part of SF State's Morrison Artists Series Dec. 14 at 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building. Graduates of the Curtis Institute of Music, Time for Three's members, though still in their late 20s, have performed with many of the world’s preeminent conductors and orchestras. Time for Three will announce its program from the stage, selecting from its original compositions as well as arrangements of works by Bach, Brahms, the Beatles, Jay Unger, Charlie Rouse and Leonard Cohen. Admission is free. For details, visit:

Flute concert
The San Francisco State Flute Choir will perform "Aurora for 16 Flutes" Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. The choir will also perform works by Tchaikovsky, Corelli and Bizet Admission is free with a reception to follow.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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