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Volume 62, Number 12    October 31, 2014         

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Fitness Boot Camp to start
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.

CREGS Q&A, Nov. 3
The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) invites the SF State community to a free lunchtime seminar and Q&A on Monday, Nov. 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Downtown Campus. Professor of Counselor Education Jason Laker (San Jose State University) and Liberal Studies Lecturer Erica Boas (Santa Clara University) will lead a discussion of higher education's current efforts to prevent and respond to sexual harassment, misconduct and assault. Laker and Boas will also explore how the generic lens dominating prevention and response efforts ignores intersectional identity and early learning about sexuality.

For more information or to RSVP for this free event, visit the CREGS Facebook event page or e-mail

Intro to the R programming environment, Nov. 3
The Methodological and Multivariate Analysis (MAMA) Support Group invites the campus community to attend the free presentation "An Introduction to R: R Console, R Commander and R Studio" from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3, in LIB 286. Professor of Biology Edward F. Connor will present an overview of the R programming environment, demonstrate three environments for using R and introduce some easy ways to get started with statistical analysis in R. RSVP by e-mail to or call ext. 5-3995 to reserve a seat. Lunch is included. Drop-ins are also welcome.

For more information, contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997. The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers (StatCORR) Research Cluster. Suggestions for improvement of this gateway are welcome, as are suggestions for other software to make available via this gateway.

Nov. 4 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.

Water & Oil documentary to screen Nov. 5
Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (in association with the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration student group) will present a free screening of the documentary Water & Oil from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 5, in the Richard Oaks Multicultural Center of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. After the film, Randy Borman, chief from a Cofan tribe from Ecuador, will make a presentation on why protecting the Amazon rain forest is important to planetary survival.

For more information, e-mail Jill Huinder or Assistant Professor Jackson Wilson.

Historical, cultural, 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.

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.


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Vote on Tuesday, Nov. 4, on-campus option for San Francisco County voters
The campus community is encouraged to participate in the general election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Voters will be able to choose leaders and weigh in on propositions at the local and state level.

Faculty, staff and students who are registered to vote in San Francisco County, may drop off their absentee ballots or cast a vote at the Towers Conference Center that day. San Francisco voters from other precincts who vote there by casting a provisional ballot will receive a receipt so they may later verify that their ballot was counted.

Links to voter information for San Francisco and Bay Area counties can be found on the Government & Community Relations local relations Web page.

Students face dilemmas during Business Ethics Week
Business Ethics Week, an annual SF State event in its ninth year, puts the spotlight on matters of corporate responsibility and examining how leaders come to difficult decisions. From Nov. 3 to 7, students, faculty and the public will hear firsthand from businesspeople in a variety of sectors and engage in discussions. Through these activities, participants will consider how ethical dilemmas can complicate the quest for success and develop strategies for acting according to principles.

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Nov. 10 deadline for IEW 2014 proposals
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.

Taste of the Bay, Nov. 12-- reserve now
Faculty and staff who wish to attend the 18th annual Taste of the Bay benefit to aid student scholarship and Hospitality and Tourism Management programs 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 Street, 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.

Become a Safe Zone ally
The Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for the campus LGBTQ community. The Safe Zone program fosters a safe campus through a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone allies are active and visible volunteers who are open to talking to members of the LGBTQ community in a safe and supportive environment.

To become a Safe Zone ally, volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that are offered throughout the year: The next session will be Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the library and will include a light breakfast and lunch. Contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 5-4415 for further details about the training. Learn more on the Safe Zone website.

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 from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Presentation from the CSU Employees Union on the outcome of staff contract bargaining and vote
  • Introduction of Resource Advocate Jeanette Peralta
  • First reading of a new program proposal in Earth and Climate Sciences
  • First reading of the Indicators and Standards of Program Success, Seventh Cycle Program Review
  • First reading of the University Mission Statement
  • Discussion of a revision to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy to allow electronic Working Personnel Action Files

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 of Cinema Britta Sjogren, Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Nina Roberts

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This week in Newsmakers: Communication Studies Lecturer John Ryan, Professor of Biology Leticia Márquez-Magaña, Criminal Justice Lecturer Greg Woods and Professor of Special Education and Communicative Disorders Pamela Wolfberg.

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

Global Lives: through Nov. 6

The 27th Annual Leo D. Stillwell Student Exhibition: Nov. 12-Dec. 4

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

Shenny Cruces: Keys: through Jan. 5, 2015


Saturday, Nov. 1
Gator Wrestling Alumni Purple/Gold Match: 11 a.m.

Concert: Art of Wadaiko: The Heartbeat of Japan: 8 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 2
Wrestling Hosting 21 Under 21/College Open: 9 a.m.

Concert: Art of Wadaiko: The Heartbeat of Japan: 3 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 3
Being Well and Doing Good: noon

Recital: Zachariah Spellman, tuba: 1:10 p.m.

Changing the Face of Energy for a More Secure and Sustainable Future: 5 p.m.

Town Hall Meeting: A Town Hall on Positioning Dance for Growth and Addressing Space Concerns: 6:30 p.m.

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

Tuesday, Nov. 4
Social Entrepreneurship - Unplugged: noon

Film: Who Cares?: 5 p.m.

Film: Greenery Will Bloom Again: 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 5
GGNRA Mobile Trailhead: 10 a.m.

Choral recital: 1:10 p.m.

Documentary/Lecture: Protecting the Amazon Rain Forest: 7 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 6
NERT Emergency Preparedness Training: 8:30 a.m.

Ethics Debate Game: noon

Lecture: Where Do We Go From Here? Radical Landscapes for Anti-Violence Movement Building: 12:30 p.m.

Poetry reading: Kevin Killian and Andrew Durbin: 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: Narratives of Dissent: Tunisian Women Writers Under Ben 'Ali: 4:30 p.m.

How to Deal with Ethics in an Internationally Known Organization: 5 p.m.

Ethical Marketing of Investment Products: An Oxymoron?: 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 7
Film: Money for Nothing: Inside the Federal Reserve: noon

Recital: Classical guitar students of Lawrence Ferrara: 1:10 p.m.

Volleyball Hosting Cal State Monterey Bay: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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