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Volume 56, Number 4    September 8 , 2008         

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Eighth radical philosophy conference announced
The Biennial Radical Philosophy Conference will be held at the Seven Hills Conference Center Nov. 6-9. The Conference is sponsored by the Philosophy Department, Critical Social Thought program, and the Colleges of Education, Ethnic Studies, Humanities and Behavioral and Social Sciences. For more information, visit 

Financial planning 101
Financial planning professionals Daniel Hong and Sam Oseguera from Mass Mutual Financial Group will share their tips on saving for the future on Sept. 15 from noon to 1 p.m. in ADM 460. A limited number of seats are available. Contact benefits and retirement services at ext. 8-1875 to register for the workshop. Light refreshments will be provided.

Bookstore accepting winter, spring textbook orders
The Bookstore is processing orders for winter and spring semesters. The Bookstore will once again offer each department on campus a $1,000 Bookstore gift card if at least 90 percent of Spring 2009 textbook orders (as posted in the class schedule) for that department are received by Oct. 1. Orders can be placed online at, e-mailed to or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

Vista Room reopens for semester
The Vista Room will reopen Sept. 15. Meals will be served and managed by students in food service management classes Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seating is available between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Call Kelly Vuong at ext. 5-3530, or Charlene Ngo at ext. 8-6087 for ticket information. Tickets are $15 each or call ext. 5-3529 for block ticket purchases at reduced prices. Payment methods include: OneCard, American Express, Discover and MasterCard. Reservations can now be made online through the OneCard Online Web site at

University Budget Committee meetings announced
The University Budget Committee will meet Friday from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and Nov. 12 from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the NEC Room on the fifth floor of the Administration building.

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 Downtown Campus. Faculty conducting 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
CEL accepting winter and spring course proposals

The College of Extended Learning (CEL) is accepting course proposals for both Winter and Spring 2009 sessions. Course proposals received after Sept. 10 can only be posted online and will not be in CEL's printed catalog. For additional information, contact Richard Kay at ext. 7-4252 or Information on submitting courses for winter and spring may be found 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.

Advertise in Xpress
To advertise in the Golden Gate [X]Press, which is published every Thursday, contact Dottie Katzeff ext. 8-3133 or dottiek@sfsu.ed

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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. Sept. 22 at the Towers Conference Center. The faculty tenure and promotions list is available at:

Library reserve services moves to HSS
Beginning Sept. 12, the reserve book collection and service counter will move from the ground floor of the Library to HSS 102. The Library will reopen reserve services in its new location as soon as possible after that date. Electronic reserves will be offline briefly during the time the server is being moved. Turnaround time to process physical and electronic reserve materials for classes will be longer than usual because of preparation for and implementation of the move.
Reserve Services hours in HSS starting Sept. 15 will be: Monday-Thursday 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday 8 5 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Since the ground floor of the Library will not be open to students and faculty after Sept. 15 because of construction, the study space formerly a part of the reserve book room will not be available. Study space will remain available in the rest of the Library until all library services relocate out of the Library building later this fall. Study space will then be available in Library Annex I and other campus locations.

Please inform students of these changes to the reserve book room services and study space in the Library.

Welcome new members of the SF State community
Faculty and staff are invited to visit with colleagues and welcome new faculty, staff and administrators to campus with a celebration Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Nob Hill Room, Seven Hills Conference Center. The celebration is sponsored by President Robert A. Corrigan, the Office of Academic Affairs and the University Women's Association. Recipients of the University Women's Association scholarships will be honored at the reception. Refreshments will be served.

News from the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will hold its first fall meeting 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 theSeptember 9, 2008 meeting
  • Approval of the minutes for the May 15, 2008 meeting
  • Academic Senate procedures orientation
  • Academic Senate elections committee: three senators to serve. University Budget Committee: three faculty to serve one, one-year term and two, three-year terms. 
  • A presentation on the Western Association of Schools and Colleges Accreditation by Linda Buckley, associate vice president of academic planning and educational effectiveness
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution on suspension of general education curriculum revisions, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the repeat of courses policy, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding proposed 2008-09 Standing Committee assignments, first reading

For more information, visit

This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Cinema R.L. Rutsky publishes several articles, and Interim Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services James F. Murphy was elected president of the Academy of Leisure Sciences.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of International Relations Andrei P. Tsygankov discusses the use of Russia by American politicians for political gain; Marc Dollinger, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, commends SF State's response to issues of anti-Semitism on campus; and Professor of Political Science Robert Smith comments on the Republican National Convention. 

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Retention, tenure and promotion information sessions
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development will hold a discussion session Monday from 1 to 3 p.m. in ADM 460 to help faculty prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. The sessions, conducted by Wanda Lee, dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, and Nancy "Sami" Reist, chair of the University Tenure and Promotion Committee, will provide opportunities to ask questions, share information and discuss issues of retention, tenure and promotion. To register, call ext. 8-2204 or e-mail

Blood drive coming
Student Health Services and the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC) are teaming up with the Blood Centers of the Pacific to hold a blood drive on campus Sept. 8 and 9. The drive will take place in the Student Health Services conference room from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information, contact Albert Angelo, health educator, at ext. 8-3039 or

Qing Dynasty exhibition and lecture
"Dynasty: The Ancestral Arts of China," an exhibition of paintings, statues and crafts from China's Qing Dynasty opens Monday and runs through Friday from noon to 4 p.m. in the Museum of Ancient Civilizations, HUM 510. The collection is on loan from Humanities Professor George Leonard and is open to the public. Philosopher and art historian David Carrier will deliver a public lecture exploring portraits in Eastern and Western art Friday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in HUM 587. This free event will be followed by a reception in HUM 510. For further information call ext. 5-0599.

Race, gender and politics
The BSS 275 public lecture series continues Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center with "The Role of Race and Gender in the 2008 Democratic Presidential Campaign." The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on post-9/11 world affairs
Foreign affairs experts will gather Thursday from 2 to 4 p.m. in SCI 270 for the seventh annual Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on post-9/11 world affairs. The panel will be moderated by Associate Professor of History Maziar Behrooz and will be followed by a question and answer session. The event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by the departments of international relations, Jewish studies and faculty in Middle East and Islamic studies.  

Trama textiles video screening
Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts students will screen their video about Trama Textiles, a women's weaving collective in Guatemala -- shot on location over the summer -- at 7 p.m. Thursday in Studio One of the Creative Arts building. Admission is free. Professor Betsy J. Blosser led this community service learning project, the fifth of its kind this decade.

'Underground America' reading
Professor of Creative Writing Peter Orner will read from his new book, "Underground America," Thursday at 4:30 p.m. in HUM 512. The book focuses on the human stories of undocumented workers. Orner will be joined by associate editors Annie Holmes, Mimi Lok and David Hill.

Coming Up
'Gotham Glory' piano concert
Marc Peloquin performs piano works by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer David del Tredici in a concert at 7 p.m., Sept. 16 in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Admission is $10 general and $5 for students and seniors. Proceeds benefit the School of Music and Dance Scholarship Fund. For details and tickets, visit or call the box office at ext. 8-2467.

Examining Jewish culture through food
Donny Inbar, director of culture and events at The Israel Center, will deliver the talk, "Just a Spoonful of Sugar Makes the Gefilte Fish Go Wild: Secret Ingredients that Stir the Politics of Jewish Identity," Sept. 16 at 3:30 p.m. in HUM 415. Inbar will explore Jewish culinary identity issues in Eastern Europe, North Africa and Israel through a variety of sources. For more information, contact the Department of Jewish Studies at ext. 8-6075.

Nonresident alien taxation workshops
Internal Audit will conduct a workshop on nonresident alien taxation on Sept. 18 from 9:30 a.m. to noon in the NEC Room on the fifth floor of the Administration building. The workshop will provide an overview of nonresident alien taxation issues, including what it is, why we have to comply, risks for non-compliance, federal and state tax withholding rates and revised procedures and forms all departments must use when making payments to nonresident aliens. To register, contact Irene Donner at ext. 8-2763 or  

'Rubber Boots on the Red Carpet'
The premiere of "Rubber Boots on the Red Carpet," 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 Sept. 25 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 Sept. 25 from 3 to 5 p.m., room to be announced. Explore the meaning of critical thinking, 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

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, and 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

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar




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