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Volume 57, Number 17    December 14, 2009         

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Faculty, staff lunch special
Chartwells will offer a $5 all-you-care-to-eat buffet for faculty and staff from Dec. 14-18. The buffet is located in the City Eats Dining Center and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Diners must bring an SF State ID. For menu information, visit:

Volunteers needed for Sea Lion Bowl
Volunteers are needed for a Northern California regional ocean science competition for high school students, to be held at SF State on March 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A variety of roles and tasks are available. For more information and a training schedule, visit For most roles, training is required. Potential volunteers should plan to attend at least one training session, ideally including a team practice session. If interested, contact Erin Blackwood, regional coordinator, at ext. 8-3757

Gator winter basketball clinic announced
The men's basketball coaching staff invites all boys and girls ages six through 14 to attend its winter basketball clinic. The clinic will consist of teaching and games and will run Dec. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Johnathn Weber at ext. 8-7573 or for questions and registration. A brochure is also available at

OLLI spring sessions preview Jan. 20
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) will host a spring session preview Jan. 20 at the Downtown Campus. OLLI provides non-credit classes, activities and discussion forums for anyone older than 50 at the Downtown Campus. This is also a great place to meet new friends and get involved in a dynamic learning community. For complete course descriptions and more information about OLLI, visit or call OLLI Director, Debra Varner, at ext. 7-4243. Register now for Spring Session I beginning Jan. 4 and Spring Session II beginning April 5.

Holiday invite.

Funding opportunity for redesigning a course
Members are invited to join a new Faculty Learning Community (FLC) that will focus on course redesign and share a grant of $4,500 from the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL). Members will be cross-disciplinary and must be teaching in Spring 2010. The maximum number of participants in the FLC is eight. If interested, send an e-mail with a course redesign issue to Pamela Vaughn, director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, at

Address changes for tax information
If your home address has changed it's important to change your address of record now so that a 2009 W2 form is mailed to the correct address. Each year, W2 forms are mailed to SF State employees from the State Controller's Office. If an address has changed, complete the appropriate form and submit it to Human Resources by Dec. 16. Faculty and staff address changes can be made using an Employee Action Request Form. Student address changes are made using a Student Payroll Action Request Form. These forms can be obtained from campus departments or Human Resources, in Adm. 252. Contact Payroll at ext.8-1873 with questions.

One Laptop Per Child lending library now open
SF State, in conjunction with the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project, is starting a laptop lending library on campus. The lending library will bring OLPC's experiences from the remotest corners of the world into SF State classrooms, and foster contributions of culture, language, scholarship and innovation into the OLPC project. SF State Library Media Services (HSS 127) manages the lending process to students, staff and faculty. For more information, visit

Search underway to replace Lee Blitch
A search to replace Vice President for University Advancement Lee Blitch, who will retire effective Sept. 1, after five years at SF State, is now under way. Nancy Hayes, dean of the College of Business, will chair the search committee. The aim is to bring in the new vice president in time for the start of the fall 2010 semester. 

Tax Shelter Annuity (403B) sessions at SF State
SF State Benefits and Retirement Services is presenting Tax Shelter Annuity (403B) one-on-one sessions with fund sponsors during December and January. Representatives from VALIC, Fidelity, MET Life, ING and TIAA-CREF will be present to answer questions.

All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in ADM 251 and are open to current participants and employees interested in opening a 403(b) account. Contact the representatives directly for an appointment. 

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Dec. 15 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. The agenda will include:

  • Approval of the minutes for the Dec. 1 meeting
  • Approval of the agenda for the Dec. 15 meeting
  • A recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding the proposed intellectual property policy, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed revision to the academic program discontinuance policy, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed name change to the BA and Minor in Urban Studies

Distinguished Faculty Awards nominations sought
Each year, the Academic Senate acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. These awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate, are designed to highlight the accomplishments of these individual faculty members and to showcase a few examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, visit the Academic Senate Web site at Nomination packets are due Dec. 14, to the Academic Senate Office, ADM 551. Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or with questions. 

This week in Insiders: Professor of Philosophy Bas Van Fraasen earned an international award and Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith delivered an address on Barack Obama.

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In this issue of Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Design and Industry Martin Linder discusses his new furniture designs.

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New way to submit events to CampusMemo
CampusMemo now picks up event listings directly from the University Calendar to streamline the events publicity function for campus units. Departments interested in publicizing an event in CampusMemo simply need to register the event on the University Calendar by 10 a.m. on Wednesday of the previous week. To submit an event, go to and click on "Submit an Event" in the left-hand navigation bar. This new procedure saves event sponsors the extra step of entering information specifically for CampusMemo, and the later deadline for submittal allows more time for event sponsors to submit their items to CampusMemo.

Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.

Recital: Student compositions: 1 p.m.

Individual Career Development Program: noon

Concert: Light the Way: 8 p.m.

CalPERS Planning Your Retirement: 9 a.m.

Spanish/English Interpretation Orientation Session: 6 p.m.



For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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