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Volume 57, Number 14    November 16, 2009         

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Textbook orders continue
The SFSU Bookstore is processing orders for the spring term and would like to remind teaching faculty to submit textbook orders and reader requests as soon as possible. While budget constraints continue to be a concern, it is still more cost-effective to order a book now that may need to be cancelled later, than to rush order a text in January. The earlier a book order is turned in, the better chance the Bookstore has of buying books from students at the end of the semester. Buy-back dates for the end of the fall semester are Dec. 7 to Dec 21. Submit textbook orders online at: For details, contact the Bookstore's textbook department at or ext. 8-7377.

Call for honorary degree nominations
The University Honorary Degree Committee invites all members of the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees, to be conferred at the 2010 Commencement ceremony. The nomination deadline is Nov. 20. The lives and significant achievements of nominees should serve as examples of the CSU's aspirations for its diverse student body. Incumbent elected officials are not eligible. Past SF State honorary degree recipients include: Co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Morris Dees; SF Giants Hall of Famer and humanitarian, Willie Mays; Children's Defense Fund founder, Marian Wright Edelman; and actor-activist, Danny Glover. Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a statement about the candidate and brief supporting materials. Label nominations "Attn.: Honorary Degree Committee" and send or deliver them to the Office of the University Provost, ADM 455.

International Education Week kicks off Nov. 16
The Office of International Programs will celebrate International Education Week at SF State Nov. 16-20. SF State faculty, students and staff will host a full slate of events emphasizing the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages.  For a full program see For questions or more information, contact Marilyn Jackson at ext. 8-3317 or

Mural installation takes place Nov. 20
The dedication and unveiling of the Native American mural at the Cesar Chavez Student Center will take place Nov. 20 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the West Plaza of the Student Center. The mural depicts themes of community activism, self determination, resistance and survivance of Native American peoples, and the defense of native lands. Marc Nicely served as the primary artist in collaboration with Larry Sillaway. The event will also feature guest speakers, native leaders, cultural performances and a reception. For more information, contact Jacqueline Mendez, chair of the Native American Arts committee, at ext. 8-2093 or visit

Academic Senate
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: Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell
published two papers and Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Assistant Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey published a paper.

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In this issue of Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Biology Vance Vredenberg discusses the steps necessary to save amphibians.

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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.

International Education Week: Chinese Culture Day: 9 a.m.

DIVA overview: 10 a.m.

iLearn Quizzes: 11 a.m.

iLearn from 0 to 60: Catching Up to Speed: 1 p.m.

Recital: Creative World Ensemble: 1 p.m.

Old left women, second wave feminism: Organizing Mothers Alone Working (MAW) Bay Area: 2 p.m.

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 8 p.m.

iLearn Gradebook: Track Student Progress Online: 1 p.m.

Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 8 p.m.

International Culture Fest: 9 a.m.

The 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: 10 a.m.

International Education Week: "Breaking Barriers," a study abroad film: noon

Recital: Vocal Jazz: 1 p.m.

Turnitin: Turnitin For Written Assignments: 1:30 p.m.

Concert: Fall Into Jazz: Combo Night: 8 p.m.

Concert: Fall Into Jazz: Afro-Cuban Ensemble/Vocal Jazz: 8 p.m.

International Education Week: Peace Walk: noon

Writing a Staff Position Description MPP: 2 p.m.

International Education Week: A Day in the Life of a Diplomat: 2 p.m.

International Education Week: Citizen Diplomacy Peace Corps Panel: 4:30 p.m.

L'Auberge Espagnole: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Nov. 20: Individual Career Development Program Workshop: noon

Nov. 20: Recital: Debra Lambert, mezzo-soprano: 1 p.m.

Nov. 20: Concert: Fall Into Jazz: SF State Gospel Choir: 8 p.m.

Nov. 30: Recital: Piano students of William Corbett-Jones: 1 p.m.



For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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