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Volume 56, Number 10    October 20, 2008         

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CTFD faculty book club to convene
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development faculty book club will meet in BH 333 for a lunch colloquium on Nov. 13th, from noon to 1 p.m.  David Hellman, collection development coordinator of the J. Paul Leonard Library, will lead a discussion of Jonathan Swift's "The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces." Lunch will be included. Copies of the book are still available from CTFD; e-mail CTFD Associate Director Jeannie Cheng at for details, or visit

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


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SF State awarded $1 million to establish scholarship endowment
A $1 million gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation to San Francisco State University will make college more affordable to students who start higher education late in life or return after a significant break. The funding will establish a re-entry student scholarship endowment that will award $2,000 scholarships to at least 25 outstanding undergraduate students each year. SF State is one of only 28 higher education institutions endowed by the Osher Foundation for this purpose.

The Foundation provided SF State grants of $50,000 for each of the past two years. SF State was awarded the endowment after successfully administering the scholarship program during that time. In addition to the endowment, the Osher Foundation has provided a $50,000 grant to support 26 scholarships during the 2008-09 academic year.

The significant number of re-entry students at SF State is reflected in the average age of its undergraduate student body. At 23, the average undergraduate is considerably older than those at other institutions. This year's re-entry scholarship recipients range from 26 to 50 years of age. Some of these students are returning to school after serving in the armed forces, while others left college to raise families or care for ailing friends and relatives.

Library service relocation updates

  • The Media Viewing and Listening component of the Library's Media Access Center has relocated to HSS 127. The following services resumed in the new location Oct. 14:  individual and group viewing of media, including cablecast feeds from Academic Technology; checkout of media on reserve or media available for borrowing; and laptop checkout.  Please alert your students to this service relocation. Video and audio editing services will continue to be offered in the Library, but have relocated from the Media Access Center to the Mini MAC Lab in Library 438 until these services relocate to the Information Commons in Library Annex I later this fall.
  • Some Library faculty members will relocate their primary office space to the Downtown Campus effective Oct. 27. Their phone and e-mail contact information will remain the same, and they expect to be on campus several days each week, and for any on-campus responsibilities.
  • Some Library administration staff, including the University Librarian's office, will relocate to office space in HSS Oct. 24-27. Their phone and e-mail contact information will remain the same.
  • Relocations of all remaining Library services to Library Annex I and HSS, and of Library faculty and staff to Library Annex II and HSS will take place Oct. 31-Nov. 2, Nov. 7-9 and Nov. 14-16.

Announcing Emergency Preparedness Week events
Emergency Preparedness Week runs Oct. 20-24 and features a slate of events on campus. On Tuesday, the University will conduct emergency preparedness drills that will directly affect campus. That day, SF State will test its mass notification system, test its new outdoor audible notification system, conduct a shelter-in-place earthquake drill and mock triage of mass casualties in the Administration building, and test the activation of the emergency operations center and policy committee. 

The mass notification system will notify faculty, staff and students of an emergency via text message, phone call and e-mail. To add, change or enter emergency contact information, visit then click on  "contact information." If the contact information provided includes a text-enabled cell phone, you will receive a test message from the number 23177 saying: "SFSU Text Alert: You are now confirmed to receive alerts from us. More info text reply "HELP" or "STOP SFSU" to opt-out." This is a one-time text to confirm that you will receive emergency text alerts from ConnectEd via the number 23177. You will also receive calls to the other phone numbers and e-mail addresses you listed. For frequently asked questions about the notification system, visit 

Outdoor exhibits will take place along Centennial Walkway Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Exhibits include: Blood Centers of the Pacific blood drive; American Red Cross Emergency Preparedness table exhibit; University Police mobile command van featuring sobriety testing demonstration, 'wait for the green' traffic safety information and Crime Prevention; and an SF State Office of Emergency Preparedness table exhibit featuring emergency supply backpacks stuffed with free emergency supplies. The blood drive will accept walk-ins, or donors can sign up for appointments at the plaza level carpet area in the Cesar Chavez Student Center from noon to 2 p.m. each day.   

Provost search underway
The search for a new provost to succeed John Gemello following his retirement next year is now under way. The job opening is being advertised in the Chronicle of Higher Education and other sites. The University has also established a Web site with the position description and electronic application information, and named a search committee, which has already begun to meet. The committee is chaired by Joel Kassiola, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences. Other committee members include:

  • David Bao, chair/professor of mathematics
  • Linda Buckley, associate vice president of academic planning & educational effectiveness
  • Natalie Franklin, president of Associated Students, Inc.
  • Sheldon Gen, assistant professor of public administration
  • Shawn Ginwright, associate professor of Africana Studies
  • Cynthia Gomez, director of Health Equity Initiatives
  • David Hellman, Library collection development coordinator
  • Patricia Irvine, associate professor of secondary education
  • Martin Linder, associate professor of design and industry
  • Kathleen O'Donnell, chair/professor of marketing
  • Enrique Riveros-Schafer, associate vice president of Academic Affairs
  • Loretta Stec, professor of English
  • Jo Volkert, associate vice president of enrollment management
  • Rita Walsh Wilson, assistant to the director of the Disability Programs & Resource Center
  • Linda Wanek, director/professor, physical therapy graduate program
  • Shawn Whalen, Academic Senate chair

To read the position description, visit

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 Agenda for Oct. 21, 2008
  • Approval of the minutes for the Oct. 7, 2008 meeting
  • A report from Susan Shimanoff, chair of the graduation requirements task force
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed academic calendar for summer 2009, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the rentention, tenure and promotion policy, first reading

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

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.

This week in Insiders: Erik Peper of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies/Department of Health Education, delivered two invited presentations in Japan.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Secondary Education Mark Phillips discusses changes necessary to high school education, Professor of Management John Sullivan comments on companies selling green campaigns to employees and Assistant Professor of Biology Diana Chu talks about her research.  

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U.S. travel policy discussion and Cuban-American families
Authors Jeanne Lemkau and Mavis Anderson from the Latin American Working Group, Delvis Fernandez and attorney Bill Martinez will discuss the impact of U.S. travel policy on Cuban-American families Monday from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in Rosa Parks Room A-C, Cesar Chavez Student Center. The event is co-sponsored by the SF State Committee for Health Education, SF State Cuba Educational Project, College of Ethnic Studies and Raza Studies Department.

OSPLD Student Activities and Cultural Food Fair
The Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development will host its annual Fall Student Activities and Cultural Food Fair. The campus community is invited to attend the festivities on the Quad Tuesday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student organizations will be selling food, and there will be music and dance performances. All proceeds benefit student organizations to support their missions on campus. For more information, contact Alberto Olivares at ext. 8-2171.

Tuesday Night Frights
The International Film Club will continue its "Tuesday Night Frights" series of films of horror and the supernatural from around the world with "Funny Games," at 7:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, FA 101. The International Film Club is co-sponsored by the International Education Exchange Council, the Office of International Programs, the Cinema Department and Associated Students.

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 Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. in Rosa Parks Rooms A-C in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Olsen will also honor President Robert A. Corrigan and SF State for its Peace Corps legacy and involvement.

Afternoon concerts
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: the Alexander String Quartet joined by faculty pianist Roger Woodward on Wednesday, faculty violinist Jassen Todorov and faculty pianist William Corbett-Jones on Oct. 27, and guest pianist Adam Domash on Nov. 3. For details, visit or call ext. 8-1431.

Immigration 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, Associate Professor of Anthropology Jim Quesada and Assistant Professor of Raza Studies Belinda Reyes will discuss immigration and the election. The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

2008 Health Fitness Expo
The Village Fitness Center is hosting its annual on-campus Health Fitness Expo Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. outside Building A in Centennial Village. Enjoy free refreshments, snacks, music, vendor promotions, raffle prizes and more. For more information, contact Mark Penacerrada at

Adorno Ensemble
The Adorno Ensemble, 2008-09 Ensemble-in-Residence in the School of Music and Dance, performs a free concert Thursday at 8 p.m. in Knuth Hall. The ensemble will play works by Bates and Applebaum. The group is featured on the independent music Web site as Best Classical Group 2006 and has garnered favorable mention from The New Yorker’s Alex Ross. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit

Afternoon concerts
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: 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
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

Haunted Health Fair
The Student Health Service will host its annual Haunted Health Fair Oct. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to exploring a haunted house, attendees can receive free health services including nutrition assessments, blood pressure screenings and personal health advice from physicians. Flu shots will be available to faculty and staff for $25. For more information, contact Albert Angelo at or ext. 8-3039.  

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 four-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.

Understanding the distressed student workshop
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host "Understanding the Distressed Student: Enhancing Classroom Communication," Nov. 5 from noon to 2 p.m. in BH 333 to discuss how to enhance communication with a diverse student population, learn when to ask for guidance in helping students with problems and where to seek assistance. The workshop will be led by Pat Davis, coordinator of faculty and staff services/clinical counselor, and Taghi Amjadi, clinical counselor from Counseling and Psychological Services. To register call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or through power at

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar




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