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Volume 56, Number 14    November 17, 2008         

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Holiday luncheon announced
The University Women's Association (UWA) is celebrating the season with its annual Holiday Luncheon at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The luncheon is Dec. 6, at noon. All faculty and staff, friends and family are invited. The price is $50 per person for UWA members and their guests, and $55 per person for non-members. Non-members can join now for $25 per year and pay the lower member price for lunch. Contact Lin Ivory at for choice of entrees and desserts and additional information. The deadline for reservations is Nov. 21.

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. Sixteen teams will compete for the chance to go on to the national finals in Washington D.C. in April. 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

Access awareness
The Outreach Subcommittee of the All-University Committee for Students, Staff and Faculty with Disabilities promotes accessibility awareness as a campus-wide responsibility. Disability access statements are a key component in providing a campus climate that values people with disabilities. When planning events, departments and offices should designate someone to be responsible for handling requests for accommodations.  All University-sponsored events publications (registration brochures, invitations, flyers, etc.) should contain the following statement: "To request disability accommodations, please contact (department designee, department or office, phone number, e-mail) at least two weeks prior to the event." The Disability Programs Resource Center is available to provide technical assistance in arranging reasonable accommodations.

Applications for RSCA Awards now available 
Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for the 2009-10 awards programs in support of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA). Applications are available on the Faculty Affairs Web site at
 The Awards include Vice President's Assigned Time, Faculty Diversity Support, CSU Mini Grants and CSU Summer Stipends. Proposals for the Awards are due in College offices by Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will be scheduling workshops and consultations regarding the application process in December and January.

Call for proposals for CTFD Faculty Associate positions 
Tenured faculty at SF State are eligible to apply for one of two possible Faculty Associate positions for spring 2009 in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD). Each position brings .20 assigned time to work on one of several projects related to teaching and scholarship, including Universal Design for Learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, modeling and teaching equity and social justice, and other pertinent areas of interest. Each Faculty Associate will be expected to spend the equivalent of one day each week in the CTFD offices, doing research related to the approved topic. Applications are due by noon on Nov. 21 and should be submitted in BH 311. Successful applicants will be notified by Dec. 17. For more information, visit the CTFD Web site at


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Search for College of Education dean
Nominations and applications are invited for the Dean of Education position. 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

International Education Week 2008
Monday will mark the beginning of International Education Week at SF State. Launched in 2000, International Education Week is an annual nationwide celebration of international education and intercultural understanding. Its primary focus is to emphasize the need to increase knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures in the U.S. It also highlights the vital role that exchange programs and international education play in promoting peace in an increasingly global society.
During this week, faculty, students and staff will collaborate to present the wealth of international expertise and opportunities available on campus through a diverse set of events, including cultural presentations, lectures, films, workshops and performances. For more information, visit or contact the Office of International Programs at ext. 8-1293 or

New shuttle service announced
The University will offer new shuttle service beginning Nov 17. Daly City BART express shuttles will stop only at 19th Ave. and Daly City BART. The hours are: Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday: 7 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Shuttles will run every 10 to 15 minutes. One designated shuttle will make a Campus Loop. Stops on the Campus Loop include: Creative Arts building, Font/Housing, Muni stop on Winston, University Park North, and 19th Avenue. The Campus Loop hours are: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with stops every 30 to 35 minutes. After 5:30 p.m. the campus escorts can provide rides to those who need assistance. To request an escort call ext. 8-7200. To request a reserved escort or for more information regarding the escort program call ext. 8-2744 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Community Service Learning Awards nominations
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) recognizes one faculty member, one student per college and one partnering community agency for their outstanding participation in the areas of community service learning and the San Francisco community. Nominations are due Dec. 12 by 5 p.m. For more information, award criteria, guidelines and nomination forms, visit or contact Perla Barrientos at or ext. 8-3282.  

This week in Insiders: Music Lecturer Vance George served as a guest conductor in Indiana, "Cachao: Uno Mas" screened at the Latino International Film Festival, and Dee Spencer played piano in the San Francisco Jazz Festival.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Art Mark Johnson discusses a new Asian American art exhibit at the de Young Museum and Adjunct Professor of Psychology Mary Hughes Stone suggests cheaper alternatives to traditional textbooks.   

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'Towers of Gold' discussion
Author and journalist Frances Dinkelspiel will discuss her new book, "Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California," Monday at 3:30 p.m. in HUM 587. The discussion is sponsored by the Department of Jewish Studies. For more information, contact ext. 8-6075.

Technical writing panel
The Technical and Professional Writing (TPW) Program is hosting a Technical and Professional Writing Returning Graduates Panel Monday at 6 p.m. in HUM 587. The panel consists of recent students who have completed the TPW Program and are currently working in the field. Attendees will be able to see portfolios and hear career stories. This event is perfect for anyone interested in writing or communication careers.

The barricades in Paris
André Burgière, Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales, Paris will discuss "The Barricades of May 1968: Paris" Monday at 2 p.m. in BUS 104. The lecture is presented in conjunction with International Education Week. 

Fall Into Jazz
The School of Music and Dance presents its annual Fall into Jazz concert festival at 7:30 p.m. Monday through Friday in Knuth Hall. Each show features an advanced student group led by SF State faculty members who are stalwarts in the Bay Area’s jazz scene. Monday features Bill Langton’s Experimental Funk Ensemble, Nasim Gorgani’s Daf Quintet and Professor Hafez Modirzadeh’s Creative World Ensemble. Tuesday features the SF State Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, led by Lecturer John Calloway. Wednesday features the SF State Big Band, led by Lecturer Pete Yellin. Thursday features Professor Dee Spencer’s Vocal Jazz class performing the music of Stevie Wonder. Friday features the SF State Gospel Choir, directed by student Ja Ronn Thompson and advised by Spencer.

Chinese Culture Day
The Confucius Institute will host Chinese Culture Day, Monday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Rosa Parks Rooms A-F in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The day will be filled with music, painting, Chinese Kung Fu performances and other cultural events, and is part of International Education Week.

Fostering inner-peace
The campus community will have the opportunity to create inner peace Monday through Thursday on the Centennial Walkway. Student Affairs will host a peace tent, meditation classes and a peace walk. The peace tent will be open Monday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; meditation sessions will be held Monday through Thursday from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and 1 to 1:30 p.m.; and a peace talk and peace walk will occur Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. The events are part of International Education Week.

Women Studies Fall Lecture Series
Professor of Humanities Mary Scott will deliver the lecture "A Comparative Study of Communist Women in China in the 1940s and Zapatista Women in the 1990s," Wednesday from 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. in HUM 108. The lecture is part of the Women Studies Fall Lecture Series.

A retrospective on the political season
The BSS 275 lecture series continues Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. This week Raza Studies Lecturer Brigitte Davila, Professor of Computer Science Gerald Eisman, Professor of Political Science Gerard Heather and Professor of Political Science Robert Smith will discuss "Campaign finance, lobbying, the media, Internet, blogs and grassroots organizing." The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

Chess the musical
The Theatre Arts Department presents the musical "Chess" at 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday, and both 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. Featuring music by former members of ABBA, "Chess" squares off in a Cold War tinged-love triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. The play is inspired by the classic 1972 match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Assistant Professor Barbara Damashek, a past Tony Award nominee, directs. Tickets are $20 general/$15 students and seniors. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit
'In the Name of Love' screening
A screening of "In the Name of Love," an award-winning documentary about modern day mail-order Russian brides, will take place Thursday from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in HUM 587. The screening is followed by a roundtable discussion with Director Shannon O'Rourke and Assistant Professor of Women Studies Jullietta Hua and Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov. For more information, contact Catherine Siskron at


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