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Volume 61, Number 4    September 9, 2013         

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Forum on Post-9/11 World Affairs Sept. 11
The 12th Annual Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on Post-9/11 World Affairs will be held Wednesday, Sept. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. in SCI 270. Professor and Chair of History Philip Dreyfus will make the opening remarks and Associate Professor of History Maziar Behrooz will act as moderator. Participants will include:

• Maziar Behrooz (History): "Iranian Presidential Election and the Regional Conflicts"
• Jerald Combs (History): "US Foreign Policy and the Arab Spring"
• Anthony D'Agostino (History): "Arab Spring and the 1848 Model: Russia as the Gendarme of the Middle East"
• Eran Kaplan (Jewish Studies): "The Bibi doctrine in a Tumultuous Middle East
• Lucia Volk (Political Science): "Sectarianism, The Syrian War, and the Lebanon Crisis"
• Nicole Watts (Political Science): "The Kurdish Question in Syria, Iraq, and Turkey"

A question and answer session open to the audience will follow. The program is sponsored by faculty for Middle East and Islamic Studies and the Department of Jewish Studies.

Gene Yang reading
Award-winning graphic novelist Gene Yang will read from his new two-set volume, Boxers and Saints, on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in BH 226. Yang's book, American Born Chinese, was nominated for a National Book Award. His new volumes are parallel stories that take place during the Boxer Rebellion in China.

Vista Room resumes service Monday, Sept. 16
The Vista Room will re-open on Monday, Sept. 16. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seating is between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. Tickets are $15 each.

The Vista Room features high quality California cuisine prepared from fresh ingredients purchased from reputable vendors. Food service management students manage the dining experience and serve the meals.

For ticket information, please contact Kelly Vuong (Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Department, BH 329, ext. 5-3530) or Beverly Colindres (Hospitality & Tourism Management, BUS 306, ext. 8-1023) or call ext. 5-3530. Block ticket purchases can be made at reduced prices. Acceptable payment methods are check or OneCard.

Volunteer for Discovery Day
Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks at the Rosenberg Institute Discovery Day open house at SF State’s Romberg Tiburon Center on Sunday, Oct. 13. Two- or three-hour shifts are available from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will receive lunch and a T-shirt. For more information or to volunteer, contact Erin Blackwood at ext. 8-3757 or by Sept. 25.

Writing Across the Curriculum seeks proposals
Proposals are invited for the Writing Across the Curriculum Conference to be held Jan. 24, 2014 in the J. Paul Leonard Library. Teachers in any discipline are invited to submit 150-200 word proposals for interactive workshops on writing across the curriculum by Nov. 2, 2013. For guidelines and details, visit the announcement page at or e-mail Mary Soliday at The conference is co-presented by the University Writing Program at UC Davis, the CSU Sacramento WAC Program and the SF State WAC Program.

Retention, tenure and promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled four informational sessions to help faculty prepare for their retention, tenure and promotion reviews. The sessions, conducted by Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge and Chair of the University Tenure and Promotion Committee Diane Harris, will be held in LIB 242. Faculty should RSVP for the appropriate session:
• Third, fourth or fifth probationary year faculty: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
• Faculty applying for tenure and promotion: Monday, Sept. 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m. or Thursday, Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m..

To register for one of these discussion sessions or ask questions, call ext. 8-2204 or e-mail


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Opening faculty meeting Thursday, Sept. 12
President Les Wong and Academic Senate Chair Lawrence Hanley have announced that this year's opening faculty meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. The meeting will feature remarks by President Wong, Senate Chair Hanley and CFA Chapter President Sheila Tully. Additionally, six members of the faculty will provide highlights of their recent and ongoing work.

A reception will follow at 4 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center’s Jack Adams Hall. The reception is sponsored by the Office of the President, University Advancement, Allam El Qadah and the Academic Senate Office. Catering and conference support is provided by SFSU Station Café/Café Rosso and Chartwells Conference Services.

Search for associate vice president for human resources
Administration & Finance is conducting a search for an associate vice president for Human Resources. For a complete position description and application procedures, visit the Human Resources website and follow the Staff/Management Opportunities (Current SF State employees) link (login required).

First-round interviews are anticipated to commence in late October. Resumes received on or prior to Oct. 15 will be given full consideration. The search committee members include:

  • Ann Hallum, dean, Graduate Studies (committee chair)
  • Patricia Bartscher, University counsel
  • Nicole Bohn, director of Disability Programs & Resource Center
  • Christopher (Kit) Bomar, executive assistant to the vice president/chief financial officer for Administration & Finance (ex-officio committee member)
  • Teresa Carillo, associate professor/chair of Latina/Latino Studies
  • Hamid Khani, professor of Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts
  • John Kim, associate vice president for Academic Resources
  • Catherine Kudlick, professor of History/director Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability
  • Fa'aalu Lealaimatafao, administrative analyst/specialist, University Advancement
  • John Logan, associate professor/chair of Labor & Employment Studies
  • Dawn Terrell, professor of psychology
  • Linda Wanek, professor/chair of physical therapy
  • Patricia Ricketts, administrative assistant to the associate vice president of Human Resources (primary staff to the committee)
  • Camille Tualaulelei, administrative assistant, office of vice president/chief financial officer Administration & Finance (staff to the committee)

For answers to questions, contact Patricia Ricketts at

Faculty Fellow sought
The Office of Academic Planning and Development is soliciting applications for a Faculty Fellow for one year in the Academic Institutional Research unit. This position would allow faculty to fulfill his or her service commitment by participating in analytic studies projects that are under way in Institutional Research. The focus will be on projects related to the Student Success and Graduation Initiative. Individuals interested in the position should contact Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Development Linda Buckley at ext. 8-3376.

Open Enrollment and Benefits Fair
Open Enrollment starts on Sept. 16 and ends Oct. 11. During open enrollment, faculty and staff may change plans, add eligible dependents to new or existing health or dental plans, and renew or enroll in a flexible spending program (HCRA/DCRA). Changes to plans take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

In addition to the two existing Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) choices -- Blue Shield of California (Blue Shield) and Kaiser Permanente (Kaiser) -- CalPERS has added four more HMOs to its program: Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem), Health Net, Sharp Health Plan (Sharp) and United Healthcare. To review their offerings and verify local availability, visit

Rate information and enrollment forms will be posted on the Human Resources website starting Sept. 10.

Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan's Evidence of Coverage (EDC) publication for a complete explanation of the benefits covered, as well as limitations and exclusions that may apply, before deciding to retain their existing plan or make a change.

Benefit and Retirement Services Staff will be available for drop-in visits and appointments during the following hours from Sept. 16 through the end of open enrollment:

  • Mondays, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays, 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Fridays, by appointment only

Benefits Fair
Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management will host the 32nd Annual Benefits Fair on Oct. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby and on the second floor of the Administration building. The fair provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore the range of available employee benefits and speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Sept. 3 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announced:
    • Call for proposals for the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) conference at SF State, information at
    • CMS (Common Management System) replacement for (SIMS) informational updates available at
    • Upcoming Research Methodology workshops, info at
  • Welcomed CSU Chancellor Tim White to campus
  • Brief reports from Standing Committee Chairs and CSU Senators
  • Approved Standing Committee rosters
  • Approved resolution in honor of Dean of Undergraduate Studies Gail Evans
  • Reviewed Senate processes, Robert's Rules of Order and general Senate information
  • Approved revisions to the Baccalaureate Review Committee Policy on proposed amendment to S11-255, Sections VI.A.3.b and VI.A.4.b regarding Lower Division Certification Committee and Upper Division Certification Committee memberships
  • Accepted nominations for the following University committees:
    • Board of Appeals and Review for two faculty representatives each to serve a two-year term (2013-15): no nominations received
    • All-University on Teacher Education Committee for one faculty representative to serve a one-year term (2013-14):no nominations received
    • Center for Teaching & Faculty Development for one faculty representative to serve a three-year term (2013-16): Therese Doan (Nursing) nominated
    • Enrollment Management Committee for two faculty representatives; one department chair to serve a one-year term (2013-14) and one faculty member to serve a three-year term (2013-16): no nominations received
    • Baccalaureate Requirements Committee for one Academic Senator to serve a one-year term (2013-14): no nominations received
    • University Budget Committee for two faculty to each serve a three-year term (2013-16): Nathan Avani (secondary education) and Genie Stowers (Public Administration) nominated

Nominations will be taken from the floor at the next Senate meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Nominations may also be sent to Questions? Contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

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

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Vice President for University Advancement Robert J. Nava, Poet and English Language Lecturer Dana Teen Rachelle Lomax and Professor of Humanities Sandra Luft.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Geography Leonard Blesius, Student Services Professional Tina Marie Rossi, Associate Professor of Biology Jonathon Stillman, Professor of Biology Ed Carpenter and Associate Professor of Chemistry Tomoko Komada.

Read Newsmakers:

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Marching Through History with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers: through Sept. 30

Toru Sugita: Bay Area Lines and Shadows: through Jan. 15, 2014

The 12th Annual Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on Post-9/11 World Affairs: 3 p.m.

Women's Soccer Hosting Western Oregon: 4 p.m.

Poetry: Kate Greenstreet and Sara Mumolo: 4:30 p.m.

Book Reading By Gene Yang: 5:30 p.m.

Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Sonoma State: 12:30 p.m.

Coming Up
Sept. 14: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Humboldt State: 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 17: Constitution Day Panel: Civil Liberties and National Security in the Age of Big Data: noon

Sept. 20: Men/Women's Soccer hosting Cal State L.A.: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 20: Master class: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Alexander String Quartet with David Shifrin, clarinet: 2:10 p.m.

Sept. 20: Volleyball Hosting UC San Diego: 7 p.m.

Sept. 21: Volleyball Hosting Cal State San Bernardino: 7 p.m.

Sept. 22: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 23: Recital: Afro-Latin Percussion Clinic with John Santos: 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 26: Artist Lecture Series: Jason Jagel: 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 27: Recital: U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Chamber Players: 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 29: Festival: Creative State Opening Day: noon

Sept. 29: Lecture: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Alexander String Quartet with David Shifrin, Clarinet, Pre-Concert Talk: 2 p.m.

Sept. 29: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet and David Shifrin, Clarinet: 3 p.m.

Oct. 1: Emergency Training: NERT


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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