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Volume 60, Number 11    October 22, 2012         

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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.

Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
The Curriculum Review and Approval Committee will meet Oct. 23 to review:

• a proposal from the College of Business to replace the MBA emphasis in sustainable business with a concentration in sustainable business
• a proposal from the College of Business for a new graduate certificate in business to be offered through the College of Extended Learning
• a proposal from the College of Health and Social Sciences to revise the Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing

Visit the Curriculum Development website at to view the proposals.

Campus Sustainability Day
SF State will celebrate its third Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 24. The events from noon to 2 p.m. on the Quad will include 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. The final event is a 5 p.m. screening of The Fight for Water, followed by a discussion with the director. 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 or Sustainable SF State Facebook page E-mail question and comments to

Queer Yo Mind Conference
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 a private tour of the public and backstage areas of the Art Deco-style Paramount Theatre in Oakland on Saturday, Oct. 27 at 1 p.m. The group will 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.

The UWA has also scheduled a docent-led tour of The William S. Paley Collection: A Taste for Modernism that includes works by Cezanne, Picasso, Degas and Matisse. The private Nov. 10 event at the deYoung Museum in Golden Gate Park will begin at 9 a.m. RSVP by Oct. 26, cost of the tour is $30 per person.

Contact Lin Ivory at or (415) 721-7432 to RSVP or learn more. Visit for more information.

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.

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.

High-Impact Teaching
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites all instructors to participate in a series of conversations about High-Impact Teaching. Two sessions will be offered each week -- Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m. and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- and will focus on one topic, including a philosophical view to teaching in higher education, explicit teaching, the neurology of learning, student literacy and critical thinking. E-mail Meg Gorzycki for more information.


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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 Alumni Relations program will provide a bus to and from USF. The first 40 people who e-mail Ken Maeshiro at will be given a seat on the bus. The bus will await passenger boarding in Lot 19/20 and will depart at 5 p.m. sharp. It will return to Lot 19/20 immediately following the game.

Journalism Department turns 50
The Journalism Department invites the campus community to join in celebrating the department's 50th anniversary. The two-day celebration will begin Friday, Oct. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre with the screening of Deadline Every Second, a documentary that features the lives of 12 Associated Press photographers, which was produced by Professor of Journalism Ken Kobre and Professor Emeritus of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts John Hewitt. The screening will be preceded by a reception at 6 p.m.

A series of panel discussions, ranging from the latest in investigative journalism to making the most of social media in reporting, will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27 at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Panel speakers will include Thomas Peele, author of Killing the Messenger, Lowell Bergman, producer and correspondent for Frontline and Karen Wickre, editorial director at Twitter.

A lunchtime panel, sponsored by the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism, will address journalistic approaches to covering structural racism. Lunch is free, but you must register to attend this panel discussion.

Saturday's celebration will be capped off with a reception at 5:30 p.m. at Seven Hills Conference Center. General admission is $15 for faculty and staff, $5 for students. Visit for additional information, to register for events or to purchase tickets to the Saturday reception.

Clipper free round-trip transfer at Daly City BART
As of June 1, the free round-trip transfer for the Muni 28/28L to/from Daly City BART moved from paper to Clipper; the free fare is stored automatically on the Clipper card when it is tapped upon exit from the Daly City station. The transfer to Muni must be used within 23 hours of exiting the BART station and the second transfer must be used within 24 hours of exiting BART. Therefore, the free transfer can be used on the return trip from campus aboard the Muni 28/28L bus, even if the shuttle was taken to campus. Since the change, there have been occasionally problems with people being charged when they should have received a free transfer. The University Transportation Committee is working with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to resolve the issue. In the meantime, BART commuters are advised to register their cards and regularly check their ride history at the Clipper website at to ensure that they are receiving the free transfer.

Those who have been incorrectly charged can get a refund. To request a refund, send an e-mail to with the following:

  • a list of dates on which you were incorrectly charged and the amounts
  • a PDF attachment of your ride history from the Clipper website

Contact Wendy Bloom at for answers to questions.

New telephone billing system
In an effort to better serve the campus community, the Division of Information Technology is replacing the current telephone billing and telecommunications management system. The new system will be accessible through SF State Gateway using single sign-on. Authorized individuals will be able to view details of telecomm services and phone bills of their department.

Training on this new system will be held in late October; users will have access to view phone bills in the new system in November 2012. For more information, contact

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Oct. 16 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Chairs from standing committees and CSU Academic Senators reported on current work
  • San Francisco Mayor’s Education Advisor and San Francisco School Board Member Hydra Mendoza provided a report and engaged in a discussion on the current initiatives and partnership, advocacy and outreach activities between the Mayor’s office, San Francisco Unified School District and SF State
  • Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Jaylan Turkkan and Dean of Faculty Affairs Sache Bunge reported on the upcoming events associated with the ORSP and Faculty Development Retreat to be held Jan. 23-24, 2013
  • Associate Professor of Design and Industry Martin Linder was nominated, then elected by acclamation to a one-year term on the All-University Teacher Education Committee
  • Adopted by majority vote, revisions to the Minimum Grade Requirement in all Basic Skills Courses in General Education at San Francisco State (S11-255, Section II.B, Areas A1-3; B4)
  • Approved a new concentration in General Business under the B.S. in Business Administration
  • Approved a new undergraduate Certificate in Commercial Real Estate

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

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This week in Insiders: Professor Emerita of Chemistry and Biochemistry (and current lecturer) Margareta Sequin, Design and Industry Lecturer and filmmaker Spencer McCall, Professor of Health Education and Director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies Adam Burke and Professor of Women and Gender Studies Nan Alamilla Boyd.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Psychology Chris Wright, Associate Professor of History Philip Dreyfus and Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel.

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SF State received $2,235,788 in grants and contracts in September 2012.

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

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

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

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

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

Campus Sustainability Day

Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.

Recital: University Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

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

Queer Yo Mind Conference: 8 a.m.

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

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

Workshops: Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC): 4 p.m.

Film: Deadline Every Second: 6 p.m.

Volleyball Hosting Chico State: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
Oct. 27: Workshops: Foreign Language Association of Northern California (FLANC): 8 a.m.

Oct. 27: Journalism Panel Discussions: The Next 50 Years: 10 a.m.

Oct. 27: Reception: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Journalism Department: 5:30 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.

Oct. 29: Transgender Visibility/Awareness/Remembrance Day: noon

Oct. 29: Film: First Generation feature-length film screening: 2 p.m.

Oct. 29: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Karen Joy Fowler: 7 p.m.

Oct. 30: Academic Senate meeting: 2 p.m.

Oct. 31: Concert: Annual Scary Concert: 1 p.m.

Nov. 1: Panel discussion: The 2012 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4 p.m.

Nov. 1: Poetry: Q.R. Hand Jr.: 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 1: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 2: Film: Desert of Forbidden Art: noon

Nov. 2: Master class: Frederick Marx: Creating Meaningful Subject Relationships: 6 p.m.

Nov. 2: Volleyball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 7 p.m.

Nov. 3: Symposium: Equity Issues in Schools and Community Colleges: 9 a.m.

Nov. 3: Wrestling Hosting Alumni Match: 11 a.m.

Nov. 3: Volleyball Hosting Cal State LA: 7 p.m.

Nov. 4: Wrestling Hosting Under 2 JC/College Open: 9 a.m.

Nov. 4: Pre-concert talk: Morrison Artists Series: ARTefact: 2 p.m.

Nov. 4: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: ARTefact: 3 p.m.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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