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Volume 62, Number 11    October 24, 2014         

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Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance book reading, Oct. 29
The Asian American Studies Department will present a reading with Karen Tei Yamashita of her book Anime Wong: Fictions of Performance from 3:10 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in HUM 408. The collection of performance texts gathers the author's artistic, humorous and insightful stage materials that tackle identity, gender and techno-orientalism.

Transvisible: A talk with Bamby Salcedo, Oct. 30
The Richard Oakes Multicultural Center will screen the documentary film TransVisible: Bamby Salcedo's Story Oct. 30 at 3:30 p.m. in room T-143 of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The subject of the film, transgender Latina activist and leader Bamby Salcedo, who turned personal challenges and barriers into the basis of her activism, will answer questions and join in discussion with participants.

Fitness Boot Camp
Fitness Boot Camp is back by popular demand. The Village Fitness Center will conduct a six-week fitness Boot Camp beginning in November. Enrollment for demonstrations is now open. For more information, e-mail Michael Cala.

Health Fitness Expo
The Village Fitness Center will host its ninth annual Health Fitness Expo on Tuesday, Nov. 4, in the Village Fitness Center courtyard from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The campus community is invited to drop by for vendor promotions, membership specials, music, snacks and raffle prizes. Everyone is invited, so spread the word and bring a friend. E-mail Mark Penacerrada for more information.

IEW 2014 proposals sought
The Office of International Programs seeks proposals for activities and events for International Education Week (IEW ) 2014, Nov. 17-21. Read about hosting an event and then submit an activity or event proposal by Monday, Nov. 10, by completing an 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 2014 website or contact Jay Ward at or ext. 8-1121.

Reserve now for Taste of the Bay, Nov. 12
Faculty and staff who wish to attend the 18th annual Taste of the Bay student scholarship and Hospitality and Tourism Management programs benefit may buy tickets for $100 per person -- even on the day of the event. The gourmet food and wine tasting, which features hors d’oeuvres, tastings of wine, beer and spirits, will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the City View venue at the Metreon (135 Fourth St., San Francisco).

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, contact David Fierberg, associate director of development for the College of Business, at or ext. 5-3966. Be sure to inquire about a buy-one, get-one-free special offer.

Historical, cultural and social links to Downton Abbey
Join the University Women's Association on Saturday, Nov. 15, from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in HUM 587 for an illustrated lecture on Downton Abbey and its socio-historical and geopolitical context during the Victorian and Edwardian periods. The presentation is by Professor Emerita of Elementary Education Di Ann Ellis, who once lived in England and is pursuing her keen interest in British history after 34 years of service at SF State. Topics will include information about the beautiful Worth gowns, the "Great War," the daily lives of the landowners and servants and the Highclere Castle and Gardens, where the acclaimed PBS television series Downton Abbey is filmed. Tea and biscuits will be served at the interval. Vintage dress is welcome. The event is open to the campus community, and men are welcome.

To reserve a place, please send a check payable to "UWA" for $8 per person to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Please include the names of all of the guests. The reservation deadline is Friday, Nov. 7. Questions? Contact Lin at or 415-721-7432.

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

Happy Hour at the
Village Fitness Center

The Village Fitness Center invites faculty and staff to a free fitness happy hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Wednesday and last Monday of each month. During these times, employees may use the fitness facility and take group fitness classes without charge. Faculty and staff day passes on other Mondays and Wednesdays will be discounted to $8 (normally $10). Ask about special promotions on personal and group training and merchandise. For more information, visit or e-mail Dana Merritt.


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University awarded $17M to enhance workforce diversity in biomedical research
SF State has been awarded $17.04 million to address issues of workforce diversity in biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) announced on Wednesday.

The effort is called SF BUILD, which stands for Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity. Professors in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, psychology and other fields at SF State working on the project are seeking to upend the presuppositions about members of minority communities -- that they may not have the aptitude or the background to excel in the sciences. "We are funded to prime institutional transformation," said Professor of Biology Leticia Márquez-Magaña, the principal investigator for SF BUILD. "Let's fix the institution instead of fixing the students and not recognizing their assets."

"We have not made substantial progress in supporting diversity," said NIH Director Francis S. Collins. "This program will test new models of training and mentoring so that we can ultimately attract the best minds from all groups to biomedical research." SF State is the lead institution for this BUILD project and its research partner is the University of California, San Francisco.

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Born at SF State: College of Ethnic Studies celebrates 45th year
Ethnic studies, both the academic discipline and the namesake college at SF State, turns 45 this year. In 1969, following a five-month student-led strike, the longest in U.S. history, SF State became the first university to introduce ethnic studies into its curriculum. While hundreds of universities have since done the same, SF State still has the only multi-ethnic, multidisciplinary College of Ethnic Studies in the nation.

In advance of the college's anniversary celebration on Oct. 26, Dean Kenneth Monteiro, who has been head of the College of Ethnic Studies since 2006, discussed the continued relevance of ethnic studies, the uniqueness of SF State's program and the college's newest initiatives.

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Register now for Nov. 4 and 6 retirement planning workshops
Human Resources invites CalPERS members who are within five years of retiring to attend a retirement planning workshop. Each session will cover 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 Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon in the NEC room on the fifth floor of the Administration Building and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in ADM 460. On Thursday, Nov. 6, both workshops -- 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. -- will be held in the NEC room on the fifth floor of the Administration Building. To register, log in to MyCalPERS.

Affordable Learning Solutions Faculty Showcase, Oct. 29
Academic Affairs invites faculty concerned with the high cost of textbooks and instructional materials -- and the potential it may deter students from purchasing them -- to attend a kick-off event for SF State's Affordable Learning Solutions (AL$) initiative from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 29, in LIB 121.

SF State faculty who have already successfully lowered the cost of learning for their students will share their success stories and answer questions about their experience and the impact on students. Participants will also learn about an opportunity to propose their own affordable learning projects that reduce costs for students. Funding from $100 to $2,500 is available depending on the scale of the effort and the anticipated impact on students.

Lunch will be provided, so those interested are asked to RSVP at For more information on the CSU's AL$ initiative, visit

Maria Meyer to Retire
Maria Meyer, administrative coordinator in the President's Office, has announced her plans to retire. Meyer has worked as a member of the President's Office staff since 1985, serving three SF State presidents: Chia-Wei Woo, Robert Corrigan and Leslie Wong. President Wong noted: "For decades Maria has been essential to the functions of our office and she is a wonderful ambassador of SF State. Her skillful administration and her joyful contributions to our office atmosphere will be missed." A farewell reception in her honor will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, on the fifth-floor patio of the Administration Building. To RSVP, e-mail Jennifer Villarreal or call ext. 8-3562.

Memorial for Gators lost to HIV/AIDS
On World AIDS Day 2014, the campus will honor SF State faculty, staff and students who have died from HIV/AIDS. Please send names of community members to be remembered, along with their department or major, employment status (faculty, staff, administrator, student) and year they died to Names will be displayed on Dec.1 and 2 for World AIDS Day.

Academic Senate
On Oct. 21, the Academic Senate utilized its regularly scheduled plenary session to co-host a forum on the Draft University Strategic Plan. More than 200 faculty, students and staff attended. Participants were able to comment on sections of the plan and propose their own initiatives and objectives for the committee's consideration. The draft plan can be found at

Anyone who missed the forum may submit comments and ideas by e-mail to In addition, members of the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee will be visiting campus constituencies in the upcoming weeks.

The Academic Senate will meet in regular plenary session again on Nov. 4.

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 Africana Studies Serie McDougal and University Communications Writer/Editor Steve Hockensmith

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This week in Newsmakers: Political Science Lecturer Calvin Welch and Professor Emeritus of Political Science Richard de Leon.

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

The Rose that Grew from the Concrete: through Oct. 26

A Witness to Change: Piroska Nagy's Photos of Hungary: through Dec. 22

Shenny Cruces: Keys: through Jan. 5, 2015


Saturday, Oct. 25
Lecture: Mathematics, Common Sense and Good Luck: 6 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 27
Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

Reading: Writers on Writing: Maxine Chernoff: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 28
Conference: 20th Annual Design and Industry Portfolio Night: 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 29
Annual Scary Concert: 1:10 p.m.

Concert: Chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 30
NERT Emergency Preparedness Training: 8:30 a.m.

Lecture: Gendering Labor at the Crossroads: 12:30 p.m.

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

Lecture: Gay Marriage as Revolutionary Politics in the Early 1970s: 2:30 p.m.

Women's Soccer Hosting Sonoma State: 3 p.m.

TransVisible: A Talk With Bamby Salcedo: 3:30 p.m.

Concert: SF State Percussion Ensemble: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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