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Volume 59, Number 15    November 21, 2011         

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"We Are Still Here" Alcatraz occupation exhibit
"We Are Still Here," a multi-media exhibit on the historic American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island, opens Nov. 20 on the island. The exhibit is the result of a 2009 collaboration between native leaders and SF State and CSU East Bay students and faculty who interviewed native scholars and activists to document the 40th anniversary of the 19-month American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island. The multimedia exhibit was originally shown at the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery last November and was subsequently invited by the National Park Service to be installed on Alcatraz Island. The exhibit is located next to the gift shop in the former band practice room in the cellblock basement on the island. Visit the Student Center Art Gallery website for more information.

Ceramic holiday sale
The Ceramic Guild and Textiles program are holding their annual holiday sales Monday, Nov. 28 through Friday, Dec. 2. All proceeds benefit the guild and the Art Department.

The Ceramic Guild sale will be held in the Fine Arts building ceramics room, FA 192. Featured items include mugs, planters, art pieces, vases, plates, stoneware and porcelain. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday. The Textiles program sale will feature hand-dyed silk scarves and takes place in the hallway next to FA 192 during the same hours.

Gerontology open house
The Gerontology Program invites the campus community to meet our new neighbor Monarch Village on Thursday, Dec. 1 at 11:30 a.m. Tour the innovative senior community, enjoy a free lunch and learn about the collaborative opportunities for faculty involvement, internship placements, student scholarships and alumni employment. To learn about Monarch Village, RSVP by Nov. 28 with an e-mail to After signing up, participants will receive information on the free shuttle service and meeting location.

World AIDS Day
SF State will commemorate World AIDS Day on Dec. 1 with a safer sex workshop at 11 a.m., a 12:30 p.m. screening of the feature length documentary, We Were Here, a panel of SF State faculty, scholars and community activists addressing how HIV/AIDS is affecting our diverse communities at 2:10 p.m. and free HIV antibody testing from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

All Events will take place in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Visit for a complete listing of the day's events or contact Michael Ritter at Extra credit verification will be available.

Holiday luncheon at the Palace Hotel
The University Women's Association (UWA) annual holiday luncheon will be held Dec. 3 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. The Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship recipients for 2011-12 will be the special guests. The cost is $50 for UWA members and their guests, $55 for non-members. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring friends, co-workers, colleagues and family.

For detailed information, menu and reservation form, visit and click on the "events" link, or contact Lin Ivory at Prospective members should follow the website’s "membership" link.

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. Faculty can share their work teaching writing in Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement classes in open roundtables, as well as two scheduled workshops. 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, afternoon or both. 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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Image: President and Mrs. Robert A. Corrigan cordially invide you to a Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2011 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center

SF State tops national rankings for international study
SF State ranks fifth in the nation among master's institutions that hosted international students in 2010-11, according to rankings announced by the Institute of International Education in its annual Open Doors report.

The report reveals that the number of international students at colleges and universities across the U.S. increased by five percent during the 2010-11 academic year. SF State hosted a total of 2,426 international students, who come from 90 countries. The most popular field of study among international students at SF State is business.


Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Nov. 15 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a report from Chair Vaughn on Gratitude and "Getting The Job Done"
  • Heard a comprehensive report from Statewide Senators Andrea Boyle, Martin Linder and Darlene Yee-Melichar
  • Approved the recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed revised Standing Committee Assignments
  • Approved the recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: regarding proposed revisions to the B.S. in Nursing, Special Sessions B.S. Degree for Advanced Placement Option program at San Francisco General Hospital
  • Discussed the recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding the proposed revisions to the Faculty Constitution, Article IV, in the first reading
  • Approved the recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding a proposed revision to the By-Laws of the Academic Senate, Article V
  • Discussed the recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Chairs Selection and Review Policy in the first reading
  • Discussed the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Definition of Schools and Departments Policy (#S94-190) in the first reading
  • Discussed the recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding proposed policy on Student and Applicant Complaints Against San Francisco State University and/or its Employees in the first reading
  • Discussed the Task Force Report on Tutoring Services

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web calendar and on the Senate website at

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride, Professor of Creative Writing Nona Caspers, Professor of Gerontology Brian de Vries, Professor and Coordinator of Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar, Professor of Gerontology Anabel Pelham and Professor of Marketing William Perttula.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Marie Drennan and Professor of Jewish Studies Marc Dollinger.

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SF State received $3,056,187 in grants and contracts in October 2011.

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

Fall '11 Recess: No Classes: Campus Open

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Fall '11 Recess: No Classes: Campus Closed

Fall '11 Recess: No Classes: Campus Closed

Coming Up
Nov. 28: Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.

Nov. 30: Recital: Vocal students: 1 p.m.

Nov. 30: Anne Waldman in conversation, on her major work The Iovis Trilogy, cultural memory, and archives: 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 30: Concert: Classical Percussion: 7 p.m.

Dec. 1: World AIDS Day 2011, 30+ Years of HIV/AIDS

Dec. 1: Visit Monarch Village: 11:30 a.m.

Dec. 1: New Moves Dance Showcase: 7 p.m.

Dec. 1: Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: 8 p.m.

Dec. 2: Google webinar: More Google resources for education: Scholar, Books, Patents (and more!): 9 a.m.

Dec. 2: Recital: Student composers: 1 p.m.

Dec. 2: Master Class: Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet: 2:30 p.m.

Dec. 2: New Moves Dance Showcase: 7 p.m.

Dec. 3: New Moves Dance Showcase: 7 p.m.

Dec. 3: Anne Waldman with live music by Ambrose Bye: a performance in celebration of her major work, The Iovis Trilogy: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 3: Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: 8 p.m.

Dec. 4: Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: 2 p.m.

Dec. 4: Pre-Concert Talk: Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet: 2 p.m.

Dec. 4: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet: 3 p.m.

Dec. 5: Recital: SF State Wind Ensemble: 1 p.m.

Dec. 6: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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