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Volume 60, Number 10    October 15, 2012         

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Feed a Feral Cat Day
National Feral Cat Day is Tuesday, Oct. 16. To support the campus cats, bring unopened cans or bags of cat food to Academic Technology Media and Equipment Distribution and Support in room 85 of the Library. All donations will be used to feed the campus cats. Contact committee members Brigid Duffy or Jeanie Scott for more information.

All University Sustainability Committee nominations
Nominations are being accepted for two of the four faculty positions on the All University Sustainability Committee. Nominations may be made by faculty, staff, students, co-workers or by self-nomination; they should include information regarding the nominee's experience and commitment to sustainability. Send nominations to Barbara Holzman at by Oct. 19. Nominations will be forwarded to the Academic Senate Chair for consideration. Appointments are for two years each. Information on the committee and its members can be found at

Spring textbook orders
The SFSU Bookstore is accepting textbook orders for Spring 2013 and asks that faculty submit orders by Oct. 22. Once again, departments and colleges that get 90 percent or more of their orders in by Oct. 22 will benefit from the rewards program. To facilitate ordering, a new online adoption tool has been added. The "online adoptions" link can be found on the bookstore website at under "Faculty Services" section at the bottom of the page.

Gator men's basketball exhibition at USF Oct. 27
The SF State men’s basketball team will travel to the Hilltop on Saturday, Oct. 27 for a 7 p.m. exhibition game with the University of San Francisco (USF) Dons. Admission to this game is free.

Prior to the game, there will be an alumni, family and friends reception in the University Crossroads Café on the USF campus beginning at 6 p.m. For more information on the reception, contact the SF State Alumni Association at ext. 8-2217. To follow the SF State Gators, visit the Gators website.

Queer Yo Mind Conference Oct. 26-27
The Second Annual Queer Yo Mind Conference will be held Oct. 26-27 at SF State. The program highlights the latest research and innovative work in the broadly defined field of queer studies. The conference will provide a space for open conversation between academics and activists that will bridge the gaps between theory and practice. An exhibit space will also be provided for local community organizations.

Register for the conference and learn more at the conference website or the organization's website. E-mail questions to Deborah Anna Brown or Lexi Adsit.

UWA art and theatre tours
The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to two upcoming tours: The Paramount Theatre tour will begin at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27. The theatre is located at 2025 Broadway (between 20th and 21st Streets) in downtown Oakland. The private tour of the historic Art Deco style movie palace of the 1930s will include downstairs and backstage areas, in addition to the public spaces. Meet at the Box Office entrance on 21st Street, near the 19th Street BART Station. Cost of the tour is $20 per person and participants must RSVP by Oct. 20.

A docent-led tour of The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism at the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park will begin on Saturday, Nov. 10 at 9 a.m. (half an hour before the museum opens). The collection includes works by Cezanne, Picasso, Degas and Matisse. Cost of the tour is $30 per person. The RSVP deadline is Oct. 26.

Contact Lin Ivory at or (415) 721-7432 to RSVP or learn more. Visit http:/ for more information about the University Women's Association.

Special film screening of First Generation
The SF State Student Success/Graduation Initiative, in conjunction with the CSU Chancellor's Office, will host a free screening of the film, First Generation, Oct. 29, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the August Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Building. First Generation follows four first-generation students navigating college and provides good insight into the challenges that these students face.

President Wong and Provost Rosser will introduce the film, which will be followed by a discussion facilitated by Jeff Gold of the Chancellor's Office. All faculty and staff are invited, but due to limited seating, people will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information on the film, go to

International Education Week 2012
The Division of International Education and the Office of International Programs seek proposals for activities and events for International Education Week 2012, Nov. 13-16. Submit an activity or event proposal by Friday, Nov. 2 by completing the Event Proposal Form.

The campus community is invited to join in this annual celebration that emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages. The U.S. Departments of State and Education sponsor this event. Learn more at the International Education Week 2012 website or contact Jay Ward at or ext. 8-1121.

One-on-one with Provost Sue V. Rosser
Interested faculty are invited to make a 10-15 minute appointment with Provost Sue V. Rosser to talk about such topics as their interests, research, community service and creative projects. An office hour will be scheduled each week to accommodate several individual faculty appointments. Contact Candice Piper in the Provost's Office at or by calling ext. 8-1141 to schedule an appointment.

Phi Beta Kappa nominations
The Nominations Committee of the SF State chapter of Phi Beta Kappa is seeking nominations for the offices of president, vice president, secretary and treasurer. Current office holders are eligible for nomination for an additional two-year term until spring semester 2015. Those who are interested in serving should contact Patricia Bartscher or Eva Sheppard Wolf by Dec. 1. Questions about officer duties should be directed to the Chapter President Pamela Vaughn.


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Flu shot clinic
The Student Health Service (SHS) in conjunction with the School of Nursing will host a Flu Shot Clinic on Thursday, Oct. 18 at SHS. The clinic will be open to all SF State students, faculty and staff. Flu shots will be given from 9:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3:30 p.m. The cost is $25 and will be charged to University Bursar accounts.

Campus Sustainability Day
SF State will celebrate its third Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 24. From noon to 2 p.m. on the Quad there will be a seasonal cooking demo by the Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture, a hands-on composting workshop by Garden for the Environment, an introduction to permaculture workshop by the Urban Permaculture Institute and tables staffed by local organizations and student groups. At 5 p.m., there will be a film screening of The Fight for Water, followed by a discussion with the director (an SF State alum). The Fight for Water highlights the human impact an environmental decision had on a farming community when their water supply was shut off and the march they staged in order to fight for their water.

For more information and event details, visit the Sustainable SF State website at or Facebook page at E-mail question and comments to Caitlin Steele.

Employee Assistance Program now available
Faculty and staff may now access the LifeMatters Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to obtain free and confidential assistance and information on a wide range of topics that include emotional well-being, family life, finances, health and legal services.

The SF State-funded program also offers an array of wellness programs and information sessions on various timely and relevant topics, including:

  • Eat Right, Live Well: Oct. 30 in Library Room 121, from 11 a.m. to noon or noon to 1 p.m., presented by the EAP
  • Holiday Safety and Wellness: Nov. 8 in Library Room 121, from 10 a.m. to noon, presented by Human Resources and Professor of Holistic Health Erik Peper
  • Happy "Affordable" Holidays: Nov. 14 in Library Room 121 from 11 a.m. to noon or 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., presented by the EAP
  • Holiday Stress: Dec. 13 in HUM 587 from 11 a.m. to noon or from noon to 1 p.m., presented by the EAP

There is no need to register. Open seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and employees may bring their lunch.

Support and information are available 24-hours a day, all year and may be accessed by calling the professional counselors at (800) 367-7474 or visiting (the log in password is "sfsu"). Online offerings include educational information, care resources, self-help tips, videos and interactive tools.

Qualtrics Software tool and training
The Qualtrics survey tool is now available for use by SF State faculty, staff and students. It replaces other survey research tools, such as Survey Monkey, which will no longer be supported.

Training sessions have been scheduled for 8 to 9:30 a.m. and 9:30 to 11 a.m. on Thursday, Oct. 18 in Library Room 280. Participants may attend in person or via Web conference (for assistance with the conferencing tool used in this session, access the BlackBoard Collaborate Web QuickGuide).

To create a Qualtrics account, log in to the SF State Gateway at, follow the IT Services link on the left and then click the Qualtrics Survey Software link.

Questions about Qualtrics? Contact Rick Harvey at or ext. 8-3478.

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open floor period will be held from 2 to 2:10 p.m., providing an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Chair's Report
  • Discussion with Hydra Mendoza, San Francisco Public Schools
  • Reports from standing committee chairs and Academic Senate of the California State University representatives
  • Update on the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs and the Faculty Development Retreat from Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs Jaylan Turkkan
  • Academic Senate Elections will be taken from the floor for:
    • Senate Representative to the All-University Teacher Education Committee for a one-year term
    • Senate Representatives (3) to the Academic Senate Elections Committee for one-year terms
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Minimum Grade Requirement in all Basic Skills courses in General Education (S11-255, Section II.B, Areas A1-3; B4) at San Francisco State, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed new concentration in General Business under the B.S. in Business Administration, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed new undergraduate degree in Commercial Real Estate, first reading

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 Health Education Kenn Burrows and Professor of Theatre Arts Jo Tomalin.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Associate Professor of Economics Philip King and Professor of Political Science Robert Smith.

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

Faculty Art Exhibition 2012: 11 a.m., Wednesday-Saturday through Oct. 18

The 25th Annual Leo D. Stillwell Student Exhibition: 11 a.m., Wednesday-Saturday through Dec. 6

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

Master class: Jasper String Quartet: noon

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Jim Nelson: 7 p.m.

Emergency Preparedness Training: 8 a.m.

Emergency Notification System Test: 12:30 p.m.

Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Performance by Ross Daly and Kelly Thoma: lecture & demonstration: 7:30 p.m.

Golden Gate National Recreation Area on campus: 10 a.m.

Recital: Chamber Music Ensembles: 1 p.m.

Training: Qualtrics Survey Software: 8 a.m.

Training: Qualtrics Survey Software: 9:30 a.m.

The Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill: 10:10 a.m.

Lecture: In-Gallery Talk: Paula Levine, Francisco Perez, Susan Belau: noon

Open House: Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability: noon

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

Poetry: Maxine Hong Kingston and Sean Mclain Brown: 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: Artist Lecture Series: Tracey Snelling: 5 p.m.

Recital: Chamber Music Ensembles: 7 p.m.

Theatre: Original One-Acts: 8 p.m.

Men's Soccer vs. Cal St. Monterey Bay: 12:30 p.m.

Recital: Sylvia Cuenca Jazz Trio: 1 p.m.

Women's Soccer vs. Cal St. Monterey Bay: 3 p.m.

Lecture: TESOL Talk: Marnie Holborow: 3 p.m.

One Laptop per Child San Francisco Community Summit 2012: 5 p.m.

Theatre: Original One-Acts: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Oct. 20: Golden Society Luncheon 2012: 11 a.m.

Oct. 20: Alumni Day 2012: 11 a.m.

Oct. 20: Theatre: Original One-Acts: 8 p.m.

Oct. 21: Open House: Romberg Tiburon Center Discovery Day: 11 a.m.

Oct. 21: Men's Soccer vs. Cal Poly Pomona: 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 21: Theatre: Original One-Acts: 2 p.m.

Oct. 21: Women's Soccer vs. Cal Poly Pomona: 2 p.m.

Oct. 22: Recital: Chamber Singers and University Chorus: 1 p.m.

Oct. 22: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Ronaldo V. Wilson: 7 p.m.

Oct. 23: Film: Our Right to Sing: 2:10 p.m.

Oct. 24: Campus Sustainability Day

Oct. 24: Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.

Oct. 25: Panel discussion: The 2012 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4 p.m.

Oct. 26: Queer Yo Mind Conference: 8 a.m.

Oct. 26: Men's Soccer vs. Cal State L.A.: 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 26: Women's Soccer vs. Cal State L.A.: 3 p.m.

Oct. 26: Film: Deadline Every Second: 6 p.m.

Oct. 26: Volleyball Hosting Chico State: 7 p.m.

Oct. 27: Volleyball Hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 7 p.m.

Oct. 27: Men's Basketball at University of San Francisco: 7 p.m.

Oct. 27: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 28: Men's Soccer vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 28: Women's Soccer vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 2 p.m.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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