Health benefits open enrollment
Benefit-eligible faculty and staff may enroll in or make changes to health, dental and vision plans, Flex Cash, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) from Oct. 10 to Nov. 4. Forms must be received by Friday, Nov. 4. Open enrollment will also include the CSU Voluntary Benefits Plans, MetLaw, Aflac, The Standard and California Casualty. Changes made during open enrollment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2012.
Employees currently enrolled in DCRA and HCRA programs must re-enroll for the 2012 tax year during this open enrollment period. Visit the Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management website at www.sfsu.edu/~hrwww for more information.
Volunteer for Discovery Day
Volunteers are needed to staff various activities at Romberg Tiburon Center's (RTC) annual Discovery Day open house on Sunday, Oct. 30. Volunteers work in 3-hour shifts between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and receive a free T-shirt and lunch (include shirt size when signing up). There is no scheduled public transit to RTC, so also reserve a space on the free SF State shuttle (departs SF State parking garage at 8:30 a.m. and returns at 4:30 p.m., space is limited). For more information, contact Erin Blackwood at email@example.com or call ext. 8-3757 by Oct. 10.
Working group on Latino educational progress
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the César E. Chávez Institute invite the campus community to a meeting on research and Latino educational progress on Friday, Oct. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in ADM 460. The lunch will be of interest to faculty with research interests in Latino educational progress (preschool through higher education) and administrators of campus programs serving Latino students. The round table conversation will include idea sharing as well as identifying potential funding sources and common needs. It is hoped that a permanent University-wide working group to foster research and program development will emerge. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Interested persons should contact the César E. Chávez Institute at firstname.lastname@example.org
Emergency training scheduled
Emergency training workshops on the subject of "Active Shooter Awareness" have been scheduled for three consecutive days with morning and afternoon sessions: Oct. 18, 19 and 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. in the Towers Conference Center. Early registration for these free events is encouraged, as space is limited. To register, e-mail your preferred training date and time to Katon Dalton at email@example.com
Student, staff and faculty participants will learn the skills and strategies needed to survive threats to campus safety, specifically the threat of an active gunman. The acclaimed presentations of the UC Davis Police Training Team are sponsored by the Office of Emergency Services and Human Resources Safety and Risk Management.
Join Sigma Xi
Faculty are invited to apply for membership in the SF State chapter of Sigma Xi, the national research society. The goals of Sigma Xi are to advance scientific research, encourage cooperation among scientists in all disciplines and assist the wider understanding of science. Contact Darlene Yee at firstname.lastname@example.org for an application and information.
Vice President for Administration and Finance search
The campus community is invited to meet with the following candidates for Vice President for Administration and Finance:
- David Seward, chief financial officer, Hastings College of Law, University of California. Monday, Oct. 10 from 3 to 4 p.m.
- Charles Ingram, associate vice president for Financial Services, University of Arizona. Tuesday, Oct. 11 from 3 to 4 p.m.
- Lorraine Hoffman, vice president for Business and Finance, California State University, Chico. Wednesday, Oct. 12 from 4 to 5 p.m.
All events will be held in Rosa Parks A-C in the lower level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.
Google Fall Webinar Series
Academic Technology has partnered with CSU Academic Technology Services and Google to offer the Google Fall Webinar Series. The twice-monthly Web-based seminars will cover various aspects of online searches. The series will begin Oct. 21 from 9 to 10:15 a.m. on power searching and the Advanced Google search for education and how to use the advanced predictive search to efficiently uncover source material and organize it for presentations and documents.
Other upcoming Google webinars include:
- Modern search literacy: leveraging literacy to get quality from popular tools (Nov. 4)
- Believe it or not: authority and credibility of search results (Nov. 18)
- More Google resources for education: scholar, books, patents, etc. (Dec. 2)
- Extending your search skills: staying relevant in a changing world (Dec. 16)
Group viewing of the webinars will be held at BH 168. Each session will be followed by discussion and an Academic Technology-facilitated Q&A period. Seating is limited, so early reservation is encouraged at http://power.sfsu.edu or e-mail email@example.com
CalPERS has launched a new integrated system that replaces 49 legacy systems. As CalPERS and its 2,500 member agencies adjust to the new system, there may be longer wait times when contacting the CalPERS toll-free telephone number (888) 225-7377 and slight delays completing certain transactions, such as health enrollments (including COBRA), service credit estimates and service credit purchases. Performance is expected to improve over the next couple of weeks. CalPERS will do everything possible to provide customer support during this adjustment period. For example, signed and submitted HBD-12 forms will be processed and coverage will be effective with the date stated on the form.
Benefits-eligible new hires and returning faculty who expected medical coverage to begin either Sep. 1 or Oct. 1, and who are in need of immediate medical coverage due to a critical need (i.e., treatment for a chronic or serious illness, prescription drug refill, etc.), should contact the appropriate Benefits Coordinator:
Additional assistance may be obtained on the Human Resources website at www.sfsu.edu/~hrwww
Following is a list of action items from the Oct. 4 Academic Senate meeting:
- Approved the minutes for Sept. 20
- Approved the agenda for Oct. 4
- Heard a report from Chair Pamela Vaughn on key steps to improving Academic Senate meetings
- Statewide (CSU) Senators Andrea Boyle, Martin Linder and Darlene Yee-Melichar answered questions on CSU Academic Senate issues raised during the Sept. 20 plenary. Of the points brought to the floor, those considered important for the campus were:
- Campus visits by candidates for president
- Triggers in the state budget
- What our students need to learn
- We need to be pro-active and look to shared governance for leadership
- Educational principles for online education and those to which faculty should adhere
- Transfer student legislation
- Heard an update from CFA President Wei Ming Dariotis regarding current contract negotiations and associated concerns, November actions surrounding bargaining, the development of more effective avenues of communications, the nature and status of CFA constitutional revisions (e.g., draft available in early spring) and concerted action on Nov. 17 with CSU East Bay and CSU Dominguez Hills.
- Discussed the Task Force Report on Curriculum. Concerns and questions included:
- The importance of knowing the components of the Task Force Reports, for example, policies related to transfer students, general education, program discontinuance/suspension and the implications the changes have for current policies
- The benefits of inviting Task Force members to discuss the report and the aspects of campus resources upon which the decisions are made, next steps to take, available resources and identifying those in charge of the changes
- Status of the UPAC committee
- Status of the reports and a vision for the Task Force reports
- Task Force reports will provide deans with targets and concerns regarding the contingency of general education on Business Relations Center progress
- How to address consistency in general education
- Direction of the process from this point, the order to follow moving forward and the kind of conclusion that can be reached regarding general education
- There is a need for an overall policy on curriculum and the willingness of the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee to address the need for a comprehensive curriculum development policy, which would be an important contribution to the overall campus policy
- Discussed the Faculty Affairs Committee recommendation on proposed revisions to the Policy on Department Chairs and Equivalent Unit Directors, #S00-145, in first reading
- Elected by acclamation Courtney Donovan, Geography and Human Environmental Studies, to a temporary appointment on the Board of Appeals and Review
- Discussed the Executive Committee recommendation on the proposed Resolution in Support of Principles of Shared Governance in Reorganization, first reading
Participants sought for online teaching evaluations
The Academic Senate is conducting a fall 2011 pilot project to test online delivery of students' evaluations of teaching. Full professors who are teaching two or more sections of the same course and would like to participate in this pilot project should contact firstname.lastname@example.org by Oct. 14.
Distinguished Faculty Award nominations open
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. The awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate, are designed to highlight and showcase examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty.
The deadline for nominations is Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. To nominate yourself or a colleague, visit the Academic Senate website at www.sfsu.edu/~senate Questions? Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or email@example.com
Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web calendar and on the Senate website at www.sfsu.edu/~senate
This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Biology Kimberly Tanner, Creative Writing Lecturer Elizabeth Gjelten, Creative Arts Lecturer Eula Janeen Wyatt and Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Patrick Tierney.
Read Insiders: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/fall11/oct10insiders.htm
This week in Newsmakers: Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Kenneth Monteiro and Geosciences Lecturer Jan Null.
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Concert: SF State Contemporary Chamber Ensemble: 7 p.m.
Speaker Series: Green Economy, Green Careers: 5 p.m.
Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion: Our Bodies Ourselves: noon
Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and William Corbett-Jones, piano: 1 p.m.
Lecture: Al Cowell: 2 p.m.
Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Faculty preview: 2 p.m.
Come Together 2011: A Community Gathering for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People and Allies: 4 p.m.
MFA '13 First Year Films Screening: 6:30 p.m.
Theatre: Wallflower (preview): 8 p.m.
Theatre: Wallflower: 8 p.m.
Oct. 15: Queer Yo Mind Conference: 8:30 a.m.
Oct. 15: Hangul Day for Kids: 1 p.m.
Oct. 15: Book launch party, California Women and Politics: 2 p.m.
Oct. 15: Theatre: Wallflower: 8 p.m.
Oct. 16: Theatre: Wallflower: 2 p.m.
Oct. 18: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.
Oct. 18: Kimono Show with Yuki Kimono School in Tokyo: 2:10 p.m.
Oct. 18: Lecture: Nina Stritzler-Levine: Josef Frank: Design, Domesticity and the Modern Home: 6 p.m.
Oct. 19: Conference: Mind, Body, Cinema: 11 a.m.
Oct. 19: Recital: Choral Recital Hour: 1 p.m.
Oct. 20: The Great California SHAKEOUT: 10:20 a.m.
Oct. 20: Conference: Mind, Body, Cinema: 11 a.m.
Oct. 20: Theatre: Wallflower: 8 p.m.
Oct. 21: Google webinar: Power searching - Advanced Google search for education: 9 a.m.
Oct. 21: Conference: Mind, Body, Cinema: 11 a.m.
Oct. 21: Establishing A University Working Group on Latino Educational Progress: noon
Oct. 21: Master class: Morrison Artists Series: Borealis Wind Quintet: 2 p.m.
Oct. 21: Meet the Authors: Juan Gonzales and Joseph Torres: 2 p.m.
Oct. 21: Lecture: Morrison Artists Series: Borealis Wind Quintet pre-concert talk: 7 p.m.
Oct. 21: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Borealis Wind Quintet: 8 p.m.
Oct. 21: Theatre: Wallflower: 8 p.m.
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