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Volume 60, Number 17    December 10, 2012         

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The Dec. 17 edition of CampusMemo will be the final issue of the fall semester. Weekly publication of CampusMemo will resume Jan. 21.

Address changes for tax information
Each year the State Controller's Office mails W2 forms to the address of record for state employees. If your home address has changed this year, it is important to change your address of record so that your 2012 W2 form is mailed to the correct address. The deadline for submitting address changes is Wednesday, Dec. 12. There are two ways for reporting an address change:

Electronic address change reporting through SF State Gateway
• Visit the SF State Gateway
• Enter your SF State ID and password
• Choose the "Employee Services” tab
• Under the heading "Address and Emergency Contact Information,” select "Go to Profile"
• Select the "Change Your Home Address" link
• Update your information, select "Save" and then log out

Paper address change reporting in Human Resources (ADM 252)
• Faculty and staff may complete an Employee Action Request form
• Student employees may go to Human Resources in ADM 252 to complete a Student Payroll Action Request Form

Contact your department’s Payroll and Benefits representative in Human Resources for answers to questions or call the Human Resources switchboard at ext. 8-1873.

Holiday Stress workshop
Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management will host two workshop sessions on Holiday Stress, presented by the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) on Dec. 13 in HUM 587. Sessions will run from 11 a.m. to noon and from noon to 1 p.m. There is no need to register. Open seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis, and employees may bring their lunch.

Toys for Tots at Children's Campus
The Children's Campus has partnered with Toys for Tots and the SF Firefighters to host a toy drive during this holiday season. Collection of new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages will take place from Nov. 26 through Dec. 14 in the lobby of the Children's Campus on North State Drive, just off of Lake Merced Boulevard. The campus community is asked to participate in the toy drive and to spread the word. For further information, visit the Toys For Tots website or the San Francisco Fire Department page or contact the Children's Campus at ext. 5-4011.

Winter Writing Colloquium
The Committee on Written English Proficiency invites faculty to its annual Winter Writing Colloquium on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in HUM 587. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

This year, the topic will be "Managing the Paperload: New Ways of Responding to Student Writing." Amy Conley (Child and Adolescent Development) and Wen Chuang (Academic Technology) will discuss how to use TurnItIn on iLearn. Mary Soliday (English) will simulate a peer review workshop.

Attendees should RSVP by Jan. 15, 2013 to Mary Soliday and indicate if they wish to reserve lunch. To learn more about writing across the curriculum at SF State, visit

Research and creative activities retreat
Academic Affairs invites faculty to attend the 2013 Faculty Research and Creative Activities Retreat Jan. 23-24, 2013 in the J. Paul Leonard Library. The theme is "Innovate and Create," with activities building on the retreat held four years ago.

How-to workshops will be held Jan. 23, while the Jan. 24 schedule will include panels, poster sessions, showcased faculty work and a keynote lecture. Visit for details or to request a room for an affinity/collaborative group meeting. Questions? E-mail

Volunteer for Sea Lion Bowl
Volunteers are needed for the 2013 Northern California Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl or Sea Lion Bowl, at SF State on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The academic high school competition is focused on all disciplines of ocean sciences in which teams will compete for the chance to go on to the national finals in Milwaukee, Wis. in April. Volunteers are encouraged to attend at least one half-day training session (meal provided) prior to the event. For more information about training sessions or to volunteer, e-mail or call Tatiane Russo-Tait at ext. 5-0940. Visit to learn more about the roles of volunteers in the competition or to sign up.


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Image: President and Mrs. Les Wong cordially invite you to a faculty and staff holiday reception Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 from 3 to 6pm at the Seven Hills Conference Center

Interested in bringing school supplies? Click here to download a list of suggested donations.

A message to the University community
We invite you to make a holiday gift that supports the University. Please join us and a growing number of our colleagues and donate to SF State today.

As the year closes and your thoughts turn to what is important to you, we hope the future health and prosperity of our University might be among your considerations. With your support, SF State will continue its promise of offering quality public higher education to deserving students, many of them the first in their families to attend college.

For the first time in SF State’s history, students are paying more than 50 percent of the cost of instruction. Since 2007 the state has cut the University’s budget by nearly half, while annual tuition has increased 100 percent in the past five years.

There are many ways to make a gift to SF State. Follow the links below for more information. Payroll deduction is a quick and easy way to include the University among the charities you already support. Outright donations via credit card or check are also encouraged. In addition, you may select SF State as an option when giving through the United Way forms distributed to all campus employees.

You can give to the college, department or program of your choice -- or support SF State’s scholarship funds by making a gift to Students First, a three-year campaign to raise $12 million to be used solely for student support. Nearly 50 percent of our students, about 15,000 annually, qualify for financial assistance. Great minds built this great state. We can’t forget that they had help. Please help today’s students prepare for a better future.

Make a gift online, by mail, or fax. Learn more about using payroll deduction to support SF State. Download a payroll deduction form.

Thank you, and many warm wishes to you and your family and friends for a happy, healthy and safe holiday season.

Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Nancy Hayes
Vice President for Advancement Robert Nava
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue Rosser
Interim Vice President of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management Jo Volkert

Call for Participation: Quality Online Learning and Teaching Awards
CSU Academic Technology Services is sponsoring a Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) program to recognize exemplary teaching and learning in blended/hybrid/HyFlex and fully online courses in which at least 30 percent of instruction is carried out in an online environment.

Faculty who teach courses in which 30 percent of instruction is carried out online are invited to participate. For more information, visit

QOLT has been designed to assist with four important aspects of providing quality online education at SF State and across the CSU:

  • As a way to inform the development of a new online course
  • As a self-assessment tool for faculty to revise and improve an existing course
  • As a tool to collect student feedback
  • As a means for gaining public recognition for exemplary online instruction

Student ratings and faculty self-assessments are due Jan. 20, 2013.

For assistance, contact the SF State QOLT campus coordinators, Noelia Mendoza at ext. 8-6906 or Areej Atawneh at ext. 8-7641, or e-mail

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Dec. 4 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Budget Officer Franz Lozano provided a brief report and overview of the Public Employee Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) and its impact on SF State employees
  • Read and Adopted by acclamation a resolution in honor of Director of Undergraduate Advising Brett Smith
  • Adopted by majority vote a resolution endorsing the Program Outcomes for Baccalaureate Degrees at SF State, from the Educational Policies Committee

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

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. The awards are presented at the Opening Faculty Meeting at the beginning of each academic year in August.

Award categories are:

  • The Sarlo Award for Excellence in Teaching ($5,000 stipend, pre-tax)
  • Excellence in Professional Achievement ($4,000 stipend, pre-tax)
  • Excellence in Service ($4,000 stipend, pre-tax)

For more information on the Faculty Honors and Awards Policy, visit To nominate yourself or a colleague, visit the Academic Senate Web site at The Academic Senate office in ADM 551 will accept nomination packets until 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013. Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or with questions.

Nominees for Faculty Trustee
The Academic Senate office is seeking faculty members interested in serving as a California State Universities Faculty Trustee. The CSU Faculty Trustee is a 12-month position. Faculty Trustees are required to attend the CSU Academic Senate as well as all Board of Trustee meetings and CSU Senate Executive Committee meetings. The Faculty Trustee is a two-year term that also includes visiting several CSU campuses to meet with faculty and discuss Board of Trustee actions.

Each campus is eligible to submit nominees who both meet the criteria for Faculty Trustee and have submitted a completed application no later than Friday Jan. 11, 2013 following the established application process available at

Interested faculty are asked to contact the Academic Senate office as soon as possible by calling ext. 8-1264 or sending an e-mail to Completed applications must be received in the Academic Senate office by Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. More information on eligibility criteria, the selection process and timeline can be found at

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Apparel Design and Merchandising Connie Ulasewicz, Professor and Chair of Creative Writing Maxine Chernoff, Professor of Creative Writing Toni Mirosevich, Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies Andrew Jolivette, Assistant Professor of Social Work Rashmi Gupta, Professor and Chair of Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar and Assistant Professor of Social Work Candy Madrigal.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Kenneth Monteiro and Assistant Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Emily Payne: Last Year of a Rebel: 8 a.m., Monday-Friday through Jan. 15, 2013

Occupation: Economic Justice as a Civil Right in San Francisco, 1963-1964: through Feb. 15, 2013

Recital: Chamber Music Ensembles: 1 p.m.

Panel: Being Trans and Under 30 in the San Francisco Bay Area: 6 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Stoyan Vassilev: 7 p.m.

Pashto Dreams: staged reading of a new play by Roberta D'Alois: 7:30 p.m.

Poetry: Homage to Etel Adnan book release party: 7:30 p.m.

Opera Workshop and University Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

Recital: Opera Workshop: 7 p.m.

Panel discussion: The 2012 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4 p.m.

Recital: Chamber Music Ensembles: 7 p.m.

Concert: Works by Student Composers: 1 p.m.

Coming Up
Dec. 15: Fall '12 Final Exams begin

Dec. 15: Lecture: George Oppen Memorial Lecture: Myung Mi Kim: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 17: Fall '12 Last Day of Classes

Dec. 17: Concert: Works by Student Composers: 7 p.m.

Dec. 17: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Lemony Snicket: 7 p.m.

Dec. 18-22: Fall '12 Final Exams

Dec. 25-Jan. 1, 2013: Winter Break: campus closed

Jan. 4, 2013: Fall '12 Semester Ends: Grades Due


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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