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Volume 59, Number 19    December 19, 2011         

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CampusMemo schedule
CampusMemo will resume publication on Jan. 23, 2012.

Village Fitness Center New Year's promotion
The Village Fitness Center is offering free enrollment for faculty and staff who join by Dec. 21. They will also pay no monthly dues until Jan. 1, 2012. For more information, contact a Service Advisor or e-mail

Library Annex I and Library @ HSS closed during Winter Intersession
In preparation for reopening the J. Paul Leonard Library in spring 2012, Library Annex I and Library Media Services and Laptop Checkout in HSS will be closed during the winter intersession, Jan. 3-22, 2012.

Library collections will be available throughout the winter intersession with the exception of current periodicals and print reference collections in Library Annex I. Book Pickup and Checkout in HSS 102 will be available Mon.-Fri. 8a.m.-5 p.m. with the exception of Monday, Jan. 16, 2012, the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday when the campus is closed.

Book Pickup and Checkout services will be temporarily unavailable during the period that they relocate to the J. Paul Leonard Library. Dates for that relocation are still to be determined.

Winter Writing Colloquium
The University Committee on Written English Proficiency (CWEP) invites faculty to a Winter Writing Colloquium on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In open roundtables, as well as two scheduled workshops faculty can share their work teaching writing in Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement classes. One workshop will focus on the appropriate role of grammar in response to student writing and the other on using peer response.

Faculty can attend in the morning and/or afternoon. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided. RSVP to Mary Soliday at by Jan. 15 to reserve a seat and lunch. Visit the Winter Writing Colloquium website for more details.


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Vice President Saffold to retire
Jessellyn P. (Penny) Saffold, who has served as Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs since 1994, has announced she will retire in fall 2012.

Vice President Saffold joined SF State in 1981 as Director of Student Activities. Today, she leads a division of more than 20 departments and units that help build a positive learning environment for students, among them the Career Center, Enrollment Management, LEAD, Residential Life, Student Health, University Police Department and the Educational Opportunity Program.

"Dr. Saffold has been a forceful and caring advocate of SF State students for more than three decades," said President Robert A. Corrigan. "She is an integral part of the SF State student experience, and a treasured, wise colleague who will be sorely missed."

Saffold, an ordained minister, plans to devote more time to Pastoral work and her church Foundation after her retirement.

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Museum Studies Linda Ellis.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Vice President for Capital Planning, Design and Construction Simon Lam and Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Russell Jeung.

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SF State received $4,066,253 in grants and contracts in November 2011.

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

Fall '11 Department Meetings

Fall '11 Department Meetings

Dinner and a Show: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

Fall '11 Evaluation Day

Dec. 23: Fall '11 Grading Day

Coming Up
Jan. 3, 2012: Fall '11 Grading Day

Jan. 3, 2012: Fall '11 Semester Ends: Grades Due

Jan. 12, 2012: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute information session/preview: noon

Jan. 16, 2012: Spring '12 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No Classes; Offices Closed

Jan. 19, 2012: Spring '12 Academic Semester Begins

Jan. 19, 2012: Spring '12 Faculty Development

Jan. 20, 2012: Spring '12 Department Meetings

Jan. 21, 2012: Baseball Annual Crab Feed: 5 p.m

Jan. 23, 2012: Spring '12 First Day of Instruction


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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