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Volume 60, Number 7    September 24, 2012         

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Curriculum review
On Sept. 25, the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee will review a proposal from the College of Business to create a concentration in general business under the B.S. in business administration. The proposal will be posted on the Curriculum Development website:

Benefits open enrollment through Oct. 5
The open enrollment period for University-sponsored benefits will continue through Oct. 5. During this time, faculty and staff can make changes to health plans, dental plans, flex cash and sign up for a 2013 tax year flexible spending account (Health Care Reimbursement Account or Dependent Care Reimbursement Account). All changes take effect January 1, 2013.

Benefit and Retirement Services staff will be available for drop-in visits and appointments Mondays and Tuesdays 1:30-4 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays 8-10:30 a.m. and by appointment only on Fridays. Visit the Human Resources website for information about open enrollment.

Retirement planning workshops
Human Resources invites CalPERS members who are within five years of retiring to attend a retirement planning workshop on how retirement benefits are calculated, ways to maximize retirement benefits, the steps that need to be taken prior to retiring and the retirement application process. Workshops will be held Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 in ADM 560. MyCalPERS login and password are required to register for a workshop online or call (888) 225-7377 to enroll by phone. A limited number of one-on-one meetings with a CalPERS retirement specialist are available after the workshop. More information is available under the "What's New" section of the Human Resources website.

Be a Leadership in Action Workshop presenter
Presenters are needed for the Fall 2012 Leadership in Action Workshop Series. The hour-long workshops provide student leaders with the opportunity to develop personal leadership skills and interact with other student leaders, faculty and staff. Ideas for topics are welcome; past topics include budgeting, stress relief, civic engagement, leadership styles and programming for social justice.

Sign up and view available dates at the Student Involvement and Career Center's Orgsync Web page or contact Arnold Paguio at ext. 5-4428 or with questions.

Reception to celebrate faculty tenure, promotion
A campus-wide celebration in honor of faculty and academics-related student services professionals who were granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Seven Hills Conference Center. The tenure and promotions list is available at the Faculty Affairs website.

Volunteer for Discovery Day
Volunteers are being sought to help with the Discovery Day open house at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public event offers fun-filled activities, such as science exploration, art events and touch tanks. Volunteers will receive a Discovery Day T-shirt and a box lunch for working three-hour shifts, from either 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. Volunteers must be 18 or older and can be staff, student, faculty or their friends and family. Visit the RTC website for more details and to sign up.


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Election 2012
As the November election nears, there will be a number of events on campus including a voter registration fair on Oct. 10, debates among candidates for local offices and activities related to state and local propositions.

While it is the right and responsibility of public educators to contribute to an informed electorate, members of the campus community are reminded that state law prohibits the "use of state resources for campaign activity." As SF State's tradition of being a politically active campus is renewed in this election cycle, please try to refrain from posting outward facing window cards in University facilities, using University electronic resources to advance partisan perspectives or otherwise employing University resources in an inappropriate way. The CSU Handbook of Election Issues can be found at

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Sept. 18 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Report from Statewide CSU Senate
  • Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser reported on the state of Academic Affairs
  • Heard the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees (S11-255), section II.B Minimum Grade Requirement in All Basic Skills Courses (areas A1-3; B4) in General Education, second reading
  • Adopted unanimously a resolution in support of Proposition 30, Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act
  • Heard a report from Associate Director of Government Relations Jared Giarrusso regarding the current state of Proposition 30
  • Heard a report from Associate Vice President for Fiscal Affairs Agnes Wong-Nickerson and Senator and General Manager of the University Bookstore Robert Strong regarding the recommendation, award process for selection and the management transition of the University Bookstore to the management of Follett Higher Education

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 and Chair of Economics Sudip Chattopadhyay, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Director of the Rehabilitation Engineering Technology Project Ray Grott, Assistant Professor of Liberal Studies José Acacio de Barros and Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Mathematics Mariel Vazquez and Professor and Chair of Economics Sudip Chattopadhyay.

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SF State received $3,591,357 in grants and contracts in August 2012.

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Lecture: Writers on Writing: Chanan Tigay: 7 p.m.

Recital: Artem Chirkov, bass: 7 p.m.

Lecture: Jerry Dekker: Learning About Iran by Being in Iran: 2:10 p.m.

Reception: Art Department Faculty Exhibition: 4 p.m.

Poetry: Iowa International Writing Program workshop: 7 p.m.

Lecture: In-Gallery Talk: Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, Richard Mann, Gwen Allen: noon

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

Poetry: Amber DiPietra and Denise Leto: 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: In-Gallery Talk: Jeff Downing, Paul Mullins, Mario Laplante: noon

Men's Soccer vs. Cal State East Bay: 12:30 p.m.

Women's Soccer vs. Cal State East Bay: 3 p.m.

Master class: Jesse Moss: producing documentary film: 6 p.m.

Coming Up
Oct. 1: Lecture: Sowing Struggle: Urban and Rural Social Movement in Tlaxcala, Mexico: 6 p.m.

Oct. 1: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Judy Grahn: 7 p.m.

Oct. 2: SFMC Teachers' Circle October Gathering: 5:30 p.m.

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

Oct. 2: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Lecture: Jan Millsapps: Venus on Mars: 4 p.m.

Oct. 3: Volleyball Hosting Sonoma State: 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: Lecture: In-Gallery Talk: Gail Dawson, Chris Finley, Victor De La Rosa: noon

Oct. 4: Talk/Performance: Carry on Laughing: Geoff Hoyle on Humor and Aging: 12:30 p.m.

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

Oct. 4: Poetry: Murat Nemet-Nejat: 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 5: Recital: Vocal Jazz: 1 p.m.

Oct. 5: Building a Good Foundation: Using the Project Approach in Early Childhood Education: 6 p.m.

Oct. 5: Volleyball Hosting Cal State San Bernardino: 7 p.m.

Oct. 6: Cross Country Hosting Crystal Springs Invitational: 10 a.m.

Oct. 6: Volleyball Hosting UC San Diego: 7 p.m.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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