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Volume 56, Number 6    September 22, 2008         

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OPHAS newsletter released
The Office for the Protection of Human and Animal Subjects has released its fall newsletter at This issue contains changes for fall, dates for information sessions held in ADM 460 for faculty and students, committee member profiles and meeting dates. 

Faculty, staff wellness program begins
FitnessPlus, the SF State faculty/staff wellness program has begun. A variety of fitness and wellness classes are offered throughout the day. New to the program this year are boot camp/total body training, morning strength and conditioning hours, wellness coaching and complimentary body composition assessment using skin calipers. In addition, beginning swim lessons will be offered for a nominal fee. The fall schedule and membership information is now available. Visit or call ext. 8-7572 for additional information.

Building civic engagement online
This fall, the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE), in partnership with the San Francisco Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN), is launching a new initiative to use social networking tools to enhance student involvement in the community. The program, Student Engineered Initiatives in Social Media Involving Community (SEISMIC), is looking for student leaders who can work with groups of students to build an online community that fosters engagement in San Francisco's neighborhoods.
To get SEISMIC off the ground, ICCE is offering four mini-grants of $1,500 each to faculty sponsored projects that will involve students in community based work. If you teach a service learning course or are the faculty sponsor for a student association that could demonstrate the power of social media in community building, you are invited to apply. The application process has three parts: a cover page, budget page and narrative no longer than two pages.
For grant guidelines, contact Bonnie Hale at

Call for sexuality research proposals
The National Sexuality Resource Center will host its first regional training and conference on sexual literacy Oct. 30 and 31 at the SF State Downtown Campus. Faculty who conduct research on sexuality-related topics are encouraged to submit proposals for presentations by Sept. 19. Proposals can be an oral presentation of 15-20 minutes or a poster presentation. For more information, contact Kylene Guse at

Volunteer at Romberg Tiburon Center's Discovery Day 2008
The Romberg Tiburon Center is seeking volunteers for Discovery Day on Oct. 5. Volunteers are needed to staff two-hour shifts from 10 a.m. to noon, noon to 2 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m. Those interested should contact Erin Blackwood at or call ext. 8-3757. All volunteers who help for at least four hours will receive a free lunch and a drink. There is no public transportation to RTC. A free SF State shuttle will leave from the parking garage at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., returning at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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1968 student strike commemoration
"Consciousness, Community, Liberation: Fulfilling the Promise of '68," a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the historic 1968 San Francisco State student-led strike will be held on campus Oct. 29 through Nov. 1.

Events include an academic conference, panel discussions and cultural activities focusing on civil rights, social justice, student legal, political, educational and economic equity; and student leadership and activism. Presenters include invited scholars and special guests, SF State alumni, faculty and students. The commemoration, led by the College of Ethnic Studies and the Student Affairs Educational Opportunity Program, is open to the public.

Information about registration, schedule of events, speakers and volunteer opportunities is available at  For more information, call ext. 8-1694 or e-mail

Library Reserve Services relocates to HSS
Because of the Library building project, the reserve book room closed on Sept. 15. Books and other items on reserve are now available for checkout in HSS 102. Access to electronic reserves has not been affected. Reserve services hours in HSS are: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Faculty are encouraged to inform students of these changes to the location of Reserve Services. For more information, contact LaVonne Jacobsen at ext. 8-6953 or

Benefits open enrollment begins Sept. 15
From Sept. 15 through Oct. 17, faculty and staff may enroll in or make changes to health, dental and vision plans, FlexCash, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA). Forms must be received by Oct. 17. Changes made during open enrollment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2009. Employees currently enrolled in DCRA and HCRA programs must re-enroll for the 2009 year during this open enrollment period. For more information, contact the benefits and retirement services unit at ext. 8-1875 or visit the Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management Web site at

Celebrate faculty tenure, promotion
A campus-wide celebration to honor faculty granted tenure or promoted this year will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the Towers Conference Center. The faculty tenure and promotions list is available 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 agenda for the September 23, 2008 meeting
  • Approval of the minutes from the September 16, 2008 meeting
  • A report from SFSU Bookstore Manager Rob Strong about timely textbook adoptions
  • A report from CSU Senators Darlene Yee-Melichar, Andrea Boyle and Jerry Shapiro
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed resolution on suspension of general education curriculum revisions, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the repeat of courses policy, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of an SF State voter registration campaign, first reading
For more information, visit

This week in Insiders:
Chair of the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Department Patrick Tierney co-authored a new book and Professor of Art Lewis deSoto's "Paranirvana" is on display at the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick, Maine.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Anthropology
Karen Olsen Bruhns comments on the smuggling of art, Grace J. Yoo, associate professor of Asian American studies, describes research about how women handle times of need, and Linda Ellis, professor of museum studies, comments on the value of keeping art available to the public.

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Art Department Faculty Exhibition
The 2008 SF State Art Department Faculty Exhibition opens Tuesday, in the Fine Arts Gallery (Fine Arts building), featuring ceramics, photography, printmaking, painting, drawing, textiles, sculpture, video and multimedia installation. The opening reception is from 4 to 6 p.m. Sept. 23. Admission is free. Gallery hours are Tuesdays to Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. and Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. The exhibit closes Nov. 8. For details, call ext. 8-6535 or visit

'Windows in and out' reception
A reception for "Windows in and Out: Ceramic Wall Sculptures," an exhibit on display in the first floor lobby of the Administration building, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Wednesday. The exhibit features works by Tiffany Schmierer, who earned her M.F.A. from the Art Department. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-2176 or visit

Politics and education
The BSS 275 public lecture series continues Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center with "K-12 Education and Higher Education," featuring a panel with Professor of Elementary Education Jane Bernard-Powers and Associate Professor of Health Education Ramon Castellblanch. The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

Sexuality and social change lecture
The second John H. Gagnon Distinguished Lecture on Sexuality, Modernity and Change will feature Columbia University Professor Richard Parker's lecture "Reinventing Sexual Scripts: Sexuality and Social Change in the 21st Century." The event takes place Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Downtown Campus. The event is sponsored by the Department of Sexuality Studies, the National Sexuality Resource Center and the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality. To RSVP for the lecture, contact

'Rubber Boots on the Red Carpet'
The premiere of "Recognize her Strengths, Encourage her Dreams," a documentary film about the Tall Ship Semester for Girls, an empowerment program of the Tall Ship Education Academy based in SF State's Recreation, Parks and Tourism Department, will take place Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Delancey Street Foundation Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco. Tickets are $45. For more information about the premiere and reception, visit; or call ext.5-3703.

CTFD critical thinking workshop
Meg Gorzycki, faculty development consultant for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, leads a workshop on critical thinking for the classroom on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m., BH 229. Explore the meaning of critical thinking, learn about the challenges it presents to instructors and identify specific strategies to integrate critical thinking skills into existing curricula. Reserve a spot 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

BSS faculty research series
The first installment of the 2008 BSS Faculty Research Series features Associate Professor of Political Science Francis Neely presenting "Affect, Partisanship and Voting Behavior in the United States," on Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 361. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kathy Johnson at

Coming Up
John-Carlos Perea’s intertribal ensemble
Grammy-winning alum John-Carlos Perea performs his original compositions fusing musical languages at 2 p.m. Sept. 27 in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. His ensemble includes alum trombonist Wayne Wallace, saxophonist/flutist Francis Wong and others. The event is presented by the School of Music and Dance and American Indian Studies Department. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit

Zotero help sessions
Those interested in learning Zotero, a citation management plug-in for the Mozilla Firefox browser, can attend two drop-in help sessions Sept. 29 from 4 to 5 p.m. and Sept. 30 from 9 to 10 a.m. An introduction to Zotero workshop will be held Oct. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 426A. Register for the workshops through POWER at Contact Mira Foster at ext. 5-2590 and Pam Howard at for questions. 

Visiting scholar lecture, screening
Zvika Serper, department chair of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University, will deliver the talk and screening of his acclaimed stage works "Agamemnon" Oct. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587 and "The Dybbuk" Oct. 2 at 4 p.m. in HUM 587. Serper is noted for creating stage works that fuse Western and Japanese theatre techniques. "Agamemnon is co-sponsored by Modern Greek Studies and the Classics and Theatre Arts departments. "The Dybbuk" is sponsored by Theatre Arts and Jewish Studies departments. For more information, call ext. 8-1341 or e-mail

27th annual benefits fair
To provide faculty and staff with valuable information, resources and tools to make positive health choices, the Office of Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management presents its annual benefits fair Oct. 1, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. This year's fair includes: more than 30 exhibitors from the healthcare, fitness, investment, insurance and mortgage industries; and blood pressure checks, posture analysis, body mass analysis and flexibility testing. 

Celebrate nursing at SF State
On Oct. 1, the campus community is invited to tour the Nursing Department's new Technology Learning Classrooms and attend a talk on the future of nursing education. The talk, led by executive officer from the Board of Registered Nursing and SF State alumna Ruth Ann Terry, MPH, RN, takes place at 1:30 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. The TLC tour begins at 3 p.m. in Burk Hall. For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Pereira at ext. 8-0926 or

Artist Lecture Series: Ned Kahn
Environmental scientist Ned Kahn creates his art using wind, water, fire and light. He explores features of physics to create interactive sculptures. He will present a lecture at 7 p.m. Oct. 2 in FA 193. Admission is free. For details call ext. 8-2176.

Discussing Mexican activists
The campus community is invited to join Raza Studies students and faculty Oct. 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ES/PSY 116, for a discussion and slide presentation about the Mexican activists and in community-based service organizations they visited during this summer's Mexico Solidarity Tour. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Teresa Carrillo at ext. 8-3028 or

First-year Cinema M.F.A. Screening
Fourteen documentary, narrative and experimental films will be shown at the annual First-year Cinema M.F.A. Screening at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 3 p.m. Oct. 4. Previous first-year films have gone on to screen at prestigious international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Telluride, San Francisco and Berlin. Admission is free. For details call ext. 8-1629.

William Corbett-Jones Scholarship Concert Series
Music Professor William Corbett-Jones performs Beethoven Sonatas at 3 p.m. Oct. 5 in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Proceeds benefit the William Corbett-Jones Piano Fund, which provides scholarships and other support to the piano program. Admission is $15 general/$10 students and seniors. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit:

Just-in-time teaching session
Professor of Geosciences Karen Grove leads the workshop "Just-In-Time Teaching" Oct. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. in BH 229. The session will discuss the advantages of using course management software to help students better prepare for classes. To register, contact CTFD at ext. 8-6456, or through POWER at

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar




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