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Volume 56, Number 11    October 27, 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

New computer lab open on campus
A new computer lab has opened in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, Terrace Level, Room T-143. The lab, available to faculty, staff and students, is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The lab is a joint venture of the CCSC and SFSU Bookstore. 

Textbook order announcements
The SFSU Bookstore is beginning to return textbooks to the publishers.  Each term, the textbook department must return unsold inventory to the publishers to make room for the texts for the next term. If faculty will be using a book later in the term, they should inform the Bookstore as soon as possible (, ext. 8-7377), so that the text staff can hold those books for later purchase. Encourage students to purchase their texts now, if they have not already. Faculty members who know that a book will be used again for winter or spring 2009 should  submit an order to the Bookstore, to ensure the books will be retained.  Orders can be placed online at, sent via e-mail to, or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

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. 13, from noon to 1 p.m.  David Hellman, collection development coordinator for 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

Announcing upcoming technology workshops
Academic Technology invites faculty and staff to the upcoming Academic Technology workshops. iLearn is the official Learning Management System (LMS) of SF State. The workshops cover different aspects of online teaching and learning in a modular fashion. Academic Technology encourages participants to attend multiple workshops. SF State faculty and staff can attend all academic technology workshops for free. Advanced registration is required. For registration and details, visit

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College of Business marks third Business Ethics Week
Business ethics, corporate social responsibility and sustainable business will take center stage during Business Ethics Week. From Oct. 27-31, classes throughout the College of Business will focus on business ethics using guest speakers, case studies and other activities.

In its third year, SF State's Business Ethics Week is one of the largest efforts across the country dedicated to educating students about business ethics. During the 2007 Business Ethics Week, more than 90 classes participated with guest speakers from area corporations as well as special activities and projects.

"The general public is becoming more aware of poor business ethics -- large and small business scandals have been highlighted in the media as more employees, consumers and other stakeholders are affected by corporate missteps," said Denise Kleinrichert, assistant professor of management, who helped organize the event along with Professor of Marketing Bill Perttula. "Students are curious as to how their classes relate to these and other challenges in business practice and what their own roles as professionals and managers will be in business decision-making."

For more information on Business Ethics Week, visit

Provost search committee update
The Provost Search Committee met Oct. 10 for the first time with both President Robert A. Corrigan and Maria Perez of Perez-Arton Consultants, Inc., the principal of the executive search firm being used for the search.

President Corrigan charged the committee and expressed his deep commitment to the success of the search as well as the importance of this search for the future of the University. Perez described her extensive experience in academic leadership searches throughout the United States and, in particular, for provosts (36 different searches), as well as her knowledge of SF State based on six different management searches her firm has conducted. In addition, both Corrigan and Perez answered questions from members of the committee.

During the meeting, it was decided that Dean Joel Kassiola, as chair of the search committee, will make periodic progress reports to the campus as the search develops throughout the upcoming academic year with the goal of having the final candidates visit the campus during February and March 2009. Those with questions about the search should contact Dean Kassiola at ext. 8-1846 or

Library on the move
Beginning Nov. 1, the Library will be on the move for several weeks.

Periodicals staff have begun packing current periodicals for the move. The current periodicals area, including copiers, will remain open to students and faculty during the packing, but the size of the collection available for use will decline during the next few weeks. Current periodicals will be moved to Library Annex I Nov. 7-8.  It will take some time to unpack and reshelf the issues in their new location.

Library Annex I will open to students and faculty at 8 a.m. on Nov. 12. Library Annex I will be open 24 hours during regular semesters with the exception of holidays as noted on the Library hours schedule ( To set up Library Annex I with equipment and furniture, some of the computers currently available in the Research Assistance area on the first floor, a number of the service counters from various J. Paul Leonard Library locations, and some study tables and chairs will be moved to Library Annex I Nov. 1-2.

The John F. True Computer Lab, Mini-MAC lab and Quick Print service will close permanently at 5 p.m. on Nov. 10; the entire Library will also close at 5 p.m., earlier than the usual 10 p.m. closing time. The equipment and furniture from the three areas will be moved to Library Annex I and will expand the Information Commons there.

The campus and all Library locations will be closed on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Library faculty and staff will move to Library Annex II starting Nov. 1-2, and continuing Nov. 7-8.

The J. Paul Leonard Library building will close to the public permanently Nov. 14 at noon. Circulation and Document Delivery Services will relocate to HSS 102 and staff from these areas will relocate to staff work space in HSS on Nov. 14.

Starting at noon on Nov. 14, the only access to the Library's collections, with the exception of current periodicals and a limited print reference collection in Library Annex I, will be by requesting books, etc. using the Library's online catalog.  Beginning Nov. 17, requested material will be retrieved and delivered to HSS 101 and 107 for pickup and review, with checkout in HSS 102.

While the Library will make every effort to maintain service and access to collections throughout the moves, there will be some interruptions in service while they relocate.

Temporary disruption of cablecast and audiovisual services, Nov. 6 and 7
Academic Technology's Media Distribution and Support unit will be closed Nov. 6 and 7 so that it can relocate its services to its new location in the basement of BH 24. Faculty can make advance arrangements to ensure alternative means of audiovisual support on those days by calling ext. 8-1494. All services are expected to resume Nov. 10, in the new location in BH 24, where they will remain for the duration of the Library expansion and renovation project.

These services will be suspended on Nov. 6 and 7:

  • Over-the-counter or phone audiovisual/enhanced classroom troubleshooting services
  • Cablecast Media Viewing
  • Media and Audiovisual Equipment (over-the-counter pickup and deliveries except for pre-existing delivery/pickups on Nov. 6)
  • All television services, including off-air commercial channels

Please Note:

  • On Nov. 5, only reserved media will be cablecast. No last minute requests.
  • Reserved media and audiovisual equipment will be set aside for pickup on Nov. 5.
  • Any pre-existing delivery and pickup requests for Nov. 6 will be honored.
  • All pre-existing cablecast requests for Nov. 6 and 7 will be cancelled, however faculty may pick up the actual media by Nov. 5 and use data projectors or televisions to show it in class.
  • Media and audiovisual equipment can be distributed on an extended loan basis, for return on Nov. 10.
For questions or reservations call ext. 8-1494. For more information about Academic Technology's services, call ext.8-3308 or visit its Web site at

International Education Week announced
International Education Week 2008 will take place Nov. 17-21 with a variety of cultural activities, lectures, cultural presentations, films and workshops. Launched in 2000, International Education Week is an annual nationwide celebration of international education and intercultural understanding. Its primary focus is to increase knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures in the United States. For more information, visit or contact the Office of  International Programs at ext. 8-1293 or

Academic Senate
The following is a summary of action items from the Academic Senate's Oct. 22 meeting:

  • Heard a Report from Susan Shimanoff, Chair of the graduation requirements task force, on the task force's recommendation to change the General Education Segment III requirements
  • Approved the summer 2009 academic calendar
  • Heard a proposal to revise the Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Policy. This item will return in second reading Nov. 4.

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.

This week's Insiders include: Lu Rehling, professor and director of the Technical and Professional Writing Program, and Neil Lindeman, assistant professor of technical and professional writing, who presented papers at the Council for Programs in Technical and Scientific Communication. 

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This week in Newsmakers: President Robert A. Corrigan is profiled on the occasion of his 20th anniversary leading SF State, and Jacob Perea, dean of the College of Education, will take over a new position in January.  

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de Young exhibit: 'Asian/American/Modern'
"Asian/American/Modern Art: Shifting Currents, 1900–1970," a new exhibition at the de Young Museum, is presented in collaboration with SF State and the Asian American Art Project at Stanford University. Co-curated by Art Professor Mark Johnson, the exhibition represents the first comprehensive survey of Asian American artists, and seeks to advance awareness of this underrepresented group in American art history. The exhibition is on display through Jan. 18, 2009. Admission is $20. For details, call (415) 750-3600 or visit or

Taste of the Bay
The Hospitality and Tourism Management Department hosts its annual student-run fundraiser at the St. Francis Yacht Club Tuesday 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  

Challenges facing multinational corporations
Corporate social responsibility executives from Starbucks and Gap Inc. will be featured in the panel discussion, "The Global Workforce: What Are the Challenges Facing Multinational Corporations?" Tuesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. in Rosa Parks Rooms A-C, Cesar Chavez Student Center. The discussion is part of Business Ethics Week. For more information on Business Ethics Week, visit

Haunted Health Fair
The Student Health Service will host its annual Haunted Health Fair on Wednesday 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 Wednesday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday 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

Magma in the Proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository
Professor Bruce Marsh from Johns Hopkins University will present "Magma in the Proposed Yucca Mountain Nuclear Repository" on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in TH 604. Marsh is a world-renowned expert on magmatic systems and the geology of Antarctica and the Aleutian Islands. This talk is co-sponsored by the Mineralogical Society of America's Distinguished Lecturer program. A reception will be held at noon in TH 604.

Healthcare, family and social welfare 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 Assistant Professor of Economics Anoshua Chaudhuri, Health Equality Initiative Director Cynthia Gomez, Professor of Urban Studies Deborah Leveen and Professor of Childhood and Adolescent Development Amy Conley will discuss health care and family and social welfare. The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

Loving Avant Garde Modernism
The public is invited to attend "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Avant Garde Modernism," a lecture by Mills College Professor Juliana Spahr on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in HUM 587.  

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 Thursday 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.

Coming Up
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 visit

Artist Lecture Series: Masami Teraoka
Hawaii-based artist Masami Teraoka will present a lecture Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. in FA 193. Known for his ukiyo-e style watercolors with Japanese and American typography, Teraoka has focused his recent work on large-scale paintings that address social issues and borrow from Renaissance paintings. For details, call ext. 8-2176 or visit

The Culture of San Francisco State and the City
Joel Kassiola, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, will offer his views on San Francisco and the University for new 2008-09 faculty on Nov. 6 from 3 to 5 p.m. in ADM 460. A native New Yorker, Kassiola will offer observations on the city and campus from an East Coast-West Coast perspective. Attendees can pose questions about the University and San Francisco based on their first impressions after a few months at SF State. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail, or enroll online through POWER at

Harvest Concert
The SF State Chamber Singers and University Chorus perform Nov. 7 at 8 p.m. in the annual Harvest Concert, a benefit for the San Francisco Food Bank. The program includes Brahms' "Nänie" and selections from "West Side Story," in celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 90th birthday. Lecturer Vance George is conductor of the Chamber Singers, and Associate Professor David J. Xiques is conductor of the University Chorus. The concert takes place at Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 201 Eucalyptus Drive (at 19th Ave.), San Francisco. Admission is $15 general/$10 students and seniors. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit

'A Sufi Order in the Contemporary World'
University of California, Berkeley Professor of Persian and Islamic Studies Hamid Algar will deliver the lecture, "A Sufi Order in the Contemporary World: The Naqshbandiyya in Bosnia, Iran, Uzbekistan and Malaysia," at 9 a.m. on Nov. 12 in HSS 285. The lecture is presented by faculty in Middle East and Islamic Studies. 

Japanese tea ceremony
The Japanese Program, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the College of Humanities will present a Japanese tea ceremony in the Omotesenke tradition as part of International Education Week. Five ceremony sessions will take place Nov. 19 in HUM 117, from 12:10 to 1 p.m., 1:10 to 2 p.m., 2:10 to 3 p.m., 3:10 to 4 p.m., and 4:10 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 paid at the door and reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Midori McKeon at

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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