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Volume 56, Number 9    October 13, 2008         

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Taste of the Bay discount
The Hospitality and Tourism Management Department will host Taste of the Bay, its annual student-run fundraiser Oct. 28 at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Francis Yacht Club. SF State faculty and staff can purchase two tickets for $180 if paying by check, a 10 percent discount off the regular price. Faculty and staff must pay by check to receive the discount. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit

Calling campus crafters
The third annual San Francisco State Employees' Craft Fair will be held Dec. 4 in the lobby of the Administration Building from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Staff or faculty employees interested in participating can find detailed sign-up information and snapshots of last year's event at
Items offered for sale at past fairs have included: handmade ornaments, jewelry, glass and beadwork, fashion accessories, soaps, candles, bookmarks, stationery, homemade cookies, candies, baked goods and other edible delights. All items provided for sale must be handmade in full or partially by the vendor. Staff must arrange with their supervisors for leave permission, taking either vacation or comp time. Contact Teri Liming with questions at ext. 8-1683 or

Human resources survey
Associate Vice President of Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management Lori Gentles, and the staff of Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management are committed to improving the HR experience. Complete the online survey, which will be sent to faculty, staff and administrators via e-mail Oct. 15. Participation is totally confidential. Feedback will be used to help drive positive and beneficial change in human resources. For more information, contact the HR Professional Development Workgroup at ext. 8-1545 or visit  

ACCESS faculty survey
The ACCESS faculty survey is underway. This month, 300 faculty and lecturers were randomly selected to participate in an online survey about accessibility. Those who finish the survey receive appreciation gifts. Those who received an e-mail have until Oct. 24 to reply. For more information about the survey visit the ACCESS Web site at or contact Geoff Brown, ACCESS project coordinator, at



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New university dean for social justice initiatives
Jacob Perea has been named university dean for social justice initiatives, a new administrative position that will oversee efforts to promote access and equity at SF State. Perea moves to the position after 12 years as dean of the College of Education.

As university dean for social justice initiatives, Perea will work closely with President Robert A. Corrigan, administrators, faculty and staff to establish best practices that integrate the values of access and equity into teaching and research. "As University Dean, Jake Perea will help us take our signature values forward, rooting them even more deeply in all that we do," Corrigan said.

Perea joined the SF State faculty in 1977. He co-founded the successful Step to College high school program and is well known as an educator and activist who has increased access to education and fostered understanding among diverse groups. He will assume his new role in January 2009 and will report directly to the President. A national search for the dean of the College of Education will begin later this month. In the interim, Associate Dean David Hemphill will be acting dean.

Emergency Preparedness Week, Oct. 20-24
SF State will continue its disaster education and preparedness efforts during Emergency Preparedness Week, Oct. 20-24. Oct. 21 marks the 140th Anniversary of the last major earthquake along the Hayward fault, which experts at the United States Geological Survey believe could cause the next big earthquake in this region. To heighten public awareness, Bay Area counties will promote earthquake preparedness in schools and through local emergency response agencies. The exercises and events here at SF State will help faculty, staff and students prepare for a variety of emergency situations.  

The University has made a concerted effort to improve emergency planning and organization by developing an online clearinghouse of campus emergency information. This fall, SF State has introduced emergency preparedness courses on campus where faculty and staff can be trained in CPR and become certified by the SF Fire Department as Neighborhood Emergency Respond Team (NERT) members, learning first aid, disaster triage and search and rescue skills. The University will conduct the fall semester test of the mass notification system which sends e-mails and text messages to students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency.

During Emergency Preparedness Week, attendees can learn about earthquake preparedness and how to earthquake-proof a home or office. The Campus-wide mass notification system test will occur Oct. 21, as part of an earthquake drill and exercise. NERT Training will be held Oct. 22. A blood drive sponsored by Blood Centers of the Pacific will operate Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. along the centennial walkway. The University Police Department mobile command van will be on site to distribute information on emergency preparation and crime prevention and to distribute free emergency backpacks.

For more information about Emergency Preparedness Week and emergency preparation on campus, visit

Voter registration effort underway
The 2008 SF State voter registration steering committee is asking for your 
help. In the weeks leading up to the 2008 election, the committee is spearheading an effort to register as many SF State students as possible. Faculty are urged to encourage their students to register to vote before the Oct. 20 deadline.

Volunteers are available to come into classrooms for no more than 10 minutes prior to class, to give a non-partisan speech as to why everyone eligible should register to vote, and to hand out forms to interested students. The speaker will then collect the forms when they are filled out. Completing the forms should not take more than a few minutes. Interested faculty should contact Adam Calmenson at to set up a time/date for a classroom visit.

The committee also asks faculty and staff to volunteer their time to register students to vote in the election. This is a non-partisan effort. Voter registration dates are from Oct. 6 to Oct. 20, Monday through Thursday at the Campus Quad, Humanities Building, SFSU Bookstore (north entrance) and Downtown Campus. On-campus efforts will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. downtown. To volunteer on the Quad or at the Downtown Campus, contact Adam Calmenson at; to volunteer at the Humanities building, contact David Gill at; and to volunteer at the SFSU Bookstore, contact Rob Strong at

Blank voter registration forms are available at the Library information desk or HSS 120. For more information, visit the SF State voter registration Web site at

Ed.D program seeking faculty applicants
The interdisciplinary doctoral program in educational leadership invites faculty from all disciplines to apply to become a member of the doctoral faculty. The program's Executive Committee wishes to expand the current 31-member faculty group to include more colleagues from disciplines across the University.

The program is fully underway, having admitted its second cohort of 21 doctoral candidates in the Fall 2008 semester, in addition to 12 students who are continuing in its first cohort, admitted in Fall 2007. Members of the interdisciplinary doctoral faculty are responsible for providing instruction in this program, participating in qualifying exams, advising students and serving as dissertation chairs or committee members. Negotiated release time for these duties is available to faculty members through their home departments and colleges.

To qualify as a member of the doctoral faculty, one should have performed or be engaged in research relevant to educational leadership in at least one of the program's curricular categories: leadership and systemic reform; learning, curriculum and assessment; equity, diversity and structural inequality; or educational program administration. Applications will be reviewed by the program's Executive Committee.

Interested faculty should submit a curricula vitae electronically to the Ed.D program,
BH 521 ( by Nov. 15. Those with questions should contact Program Director Robert Gabriner at or Graduate Coordinator Patricia Irvine at ext. 8-1976 or For more information, visit

Accepting SF State Distinguished Faculty Awards nominations
The Academic Senate annually acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. 

Honorees receive a $4,000 stipend (pre-tax) for the Excellence in Professional Achievement award and the Excellence in Service award, and a $5,000 stipend (pre-tax) for the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching award, which is sponsored by the Sarlo Foundation. In addition, honorees receive a commemorative plaque and certificate.

By recognizing the achievements of distinguished faculty in the areas of professional achievement, service and teaching, the Senate celebrates the climate of excellence created by faculty. Completed nominations should be submitted to the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee, Office of the Academic Senate, ADM 551, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, CA 94132, by Dec. 5. Nomination forms and additional information are available at

Academic Senate
The following is a summary of action items from the Academic Senate's Oct. 7 meeting:

  • Heard a report from Kirk Gaston, chief of University Police, on Emergency Preparedness Week
  • Heard a proposal for the Summer 2009 academic calendar, first reading. This item will return in second reading on Oct. 21
  • Approved a proposal to change the names of three degrees offered by the Design and Industry Department. The new names are B.S. Industrial Design, Concentration in Industrial Technology; B.S. Industrial Design, Concentration in Product Design and Development; and B.S. Visual Communication Design
  • Approved a proposal to revise the Master of Public Health degree program

For more information, visit

Call for Proposals, Faculty and Staff Development Retreat
Those interested in submitting a program proposal for the 2009 Faculty and Staff Development retreat, whether as an individual or with colleagues, should fill out the Call for Proposals Form at: and submit a proposal electronically to (Subject: 2009 Retreat Proposal) no later than Oct. 31.

This year's theme is "Sustaining Excellence in the 21st Century: Building and Refining Proud Traditions." This is an opportunity to share research, creative endeavors, or service projects; to discuss approaches to educating the "millennial" student for success in a global context; to participate in the SF State community; to discover new approaches to professional and personal development; and to meet friends and exchange ideas with colleagues old and new. This year's retreat will be held at the Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street. Questions or comments can be directed to the Academic Senate office at or ext. 8-1264

Nomination for Faculty Trustee now being accepted
Faculty interested in nominating themselves or others for Faculty Trustee must submit a completed application to the Academic Senate office no later than Nov. 17. For more information and to access the nomination form visit

This week in Insiders: Dee Spencer, professor of Jazz Studies, performed at the Diversity Mural Celebration at University of California, San Francisco. 

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Urban Studies Raquel Pinderhughes comments on "green collar" jobs, Professor of Philosophy Jacob Needleman explores the symbolism of money, and Assistant Professor of History Dawn Mabalon comments on "The Romance of Magno Rubio."

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Second installment of Fall 2008 BSS faculty research series
The College of BSS faculty research series presents Professor of History Christopher Waldrep on Oct. 13 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 361. Waldrep will deliver the lecture, "The Emersonian Effect & the Supreme Court's Interpretation of the 14th Amendment: Samuel Miller & Joseph Bradley on the Meaning of Civil Rights." The BSS Faculty Research Series provides an interdisciplinary context for faculty to learn about colleagues' research and engage in scholarly exchange.

One-Act Fringe
In the fifth annual One-Act Fringe festival at 6 p.m. Oct. 13-17, the best new one-act plays penned by SF State students are showcased. Plays featured in the festival include: "Snapple Flakes" by Daniel Korth, "The Idiot Box" by Steven M. Salzman, "Flinch" by Cindy Dinh, "Watercolor Girl" by Tony Carrillo and "Burrito Fantasy: An Autobiographical Tragedy" by Jared Petersen. The event takes place in the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building. Tickets are $8. For details, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Climate Change and California’s Water Resources
Santa Clara University Professor Edwin Maurer will present "California's changing hydrologic landscape: dealing with uncertain climate change impacts" on Tuesday at 1 p.m. in TH 604. Maurer is a world-renowned expert on California water resources and the hydrological impacts of climate change. This talk is the second semi-annual Dawdy Lecture in the Hydrologic Sciences. Join the Department of Geosciences and Maurer for a reception at 12:30 p.m. in TH 604.

Announcing Greek lectures
The Center for Modern Greek Studies will host several lectures in October. The lectures include: Professor Yannis Phillis from the Technical University of Crete speaking on "Biodiversity: The Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna" Tuesday in HUM 587 at 7:30 p.m.; Phillis speaking on "Changing Climate: The Greek Experience" Thursday in HUM 587 at 7:30 p.m.; and Alexis Stamatis, author of "American Fugue," speaking Oct. 23 in  HUM 587 from 6 to 7 p.m. with a light reception and book signing to follow.

Study abroad fair
The public is invited to the annual Study Abroad Fair on the Quad Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair provides an opportunity to meet with exchange students, study abroad alumni and gain more information about study abroad possibilities at SF State. The event also features free samples of international food. The event is sponsored by the International Education Exchange Council and the Office of International Programs. 

U.S. foreign policy and the election
The BSS 275 lecture series continues Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. This week, SF State Professor of International Relations Sanjoy Banerjee, Diplomat in Residence David Fischer and Assistant Professor of International Relations Amy Skonieczny will discuss "Third Presidential Debate: U.S. Foreign Policy." The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

Discussing activism among Mexican and Latina women
The Department of Women Studies is sponsoring, "A History of Activism Among Mexican and Latina Origin Women in the U.S," a lecture by Naomi Quinonez, lecturer of Raza Studies, Wednesday from 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. in HUM 108. 

The HyFlex approach to course design
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a workshop on Hyflex design Thursday from noon to 2 p.m. in BH 210 led by Brian Beatty, assistant professor of instructional technologies. Hyflex is a program that allows educators to build an online program that complements an existing in-person program, and provides flexible participation modes for students struggling with the demands of school, work, family, and travel/commuting. This allows students to take multiple courses that "meet" at the same time. In this session, CTFD will review the HyFlex design and discuss ideas for reaching learning targets through multiple participation paths. Reserve a seat for CTFD's workshops by calling ext. 8-6456, e-mailing, or enrolling online through POWER at For a full workshop schedule, visit the center's Web site at

Theatre Arts presents 'Machinal'
Noted Bay Area director and SF State alumnus Mark Jackson -- named 2007 Best Theatrical Auteur by SF Weekly -- directs "Machinal," the classic expressionist play, in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. The Theatre Arts Department main-stage production plays at 8 p.m. Oct. 16, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 19. "Machinal" is inspired by the true story of Ruth Snyder, who murdered her husband and later went to the electric chair. Tickets are $12 to $15. For details, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Opera Gala
At the annual Opera Gala on Friday at 7:30 p.m., enjoy student and alumni performances of arias and ensembles from "Carmen," "The Magic Flute" and more, plus sparkling wines and luscious desserts in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. Faculty member Vance George, director emeritus of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, is special guest. Proceeds benefit the School of Music and Dance Opera Fund. For details, visit: or call ext. 5-2849.

Afternoon concerts opening
The School of Music and Dance opens its Concert Music course to the campus community with free performances from 1:10 to 2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Upcoming highlights include: Symphony Silicon Valley violinist Zhao Wei on Oct. 15, faculty pianist Victoria Neve and faculty flutist Linda Lukas on Oct. 17, faculty quartet the Alexander String Quartet featuring faculty pianist Roger Woodward on Oct. 22, and faculty violinist Jassen Todorov and faculty pianist William Corbett-Jones on Oct. 27. For details, visit or call ext. 8-1431.

Coming Up
Morrison Artists Series presents Quartet New Generation
To kick off the 55th season of the Morrison Artists Series -- San Francisco's longest running chamber music concert series -- on Oct. 19 the recorder collective Quartet New Generation performs contemporary works juxtaposed with early music by Bach, Bruckner, de Rore and Dowland. The concert takes place in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. Admission is free. For details, visit

Celebrating Cesare Pavese
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Italian author Cesare Pavese. The Italian Program will host an international conference recognizing this 20th century author's contribution to literature studies on October 24 and 25. The event is free. RSVP by Oct. to Elisabetta Nelsen at or Christopher Concolino at

International careers and the Peace Corps
Peace Corps Director Jody Olsen will deliver the lecture, "Approaches to an International Career: A Conversation with Peace Corps Deputy Director" on Oct. 22 at 2:30 p.m. in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Olsen will also honor President Robert A. Corrigan and SF State for the high number of SF State alums who have served in the Peace Corps. The event is open to the public.

Taste of the Bay
The Hospitality and Tourism Management Department hosts its annual student-run fundraiser at the St. Francis Yacht Club on Oct. 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The event features culinary creations from numerous Bay Area restaurants, wines from Northern California vineyards, live and silent auctions, raffle drawings and live entertainment. For event and ticket information, visit

Public invited to commemoration of 1968 strike
The commemoration of the legacy of the 1968 SF State student strike, "Consciousness, Community, Liberation: Fulfilling the Promise of '68," will feature a slate of panel discussions, cultural activities that focus on civil rights and much more. The three-day event takes place on campus Oct. 29-31 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Nov. 1 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. A full schedule of events is available at

Creating accessible instructional materials
The workshop, "Making Instructional Materials Accessible: How to identify roadblocks in your coursework and create a plan for change," will meet Oct. 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. in SSB 404. Participants will explore the fundamental barriers to providing fully accessible coursework and begin to create an accessibility plan. Participants will learn how to identify problem areas in Word documents, PDFs and PowerPoint presentations, which will provide a pathway to making handouts, syllabi and articles accessible. Participants will also learn to identify resources that will assist in making all classroom multimedia accessible, including the captioning of videos, DVDs and Flash videos. Visit to register. This training workshop is sponsored by the ACCESS Project. Contact or ext. 5-4099 with questions.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar




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