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Volume 62, Number 6    September 19, 2014         

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Reception to celebrate faculty tenure, promotion
A campus-wide celebration in honor of faculty who were granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The tenure and promotions list is available at the Faculty Affairs website.

Open enrollment now open
The open enrollment period for benefits has begun and will run through Oct. 10. During this time, eligible faculty and staff may:
• Change health and/or dental plans
• Add eligible dependents to new or existing health and/or dental plans
• Renew or enroll in the flexible-spending programs Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or Dependent Care Reimbursement (DCRA). Currently enrolled employees MUST submit new forms to continue deductions for 2015.

Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan's Evidence of Coverage publication. The CalPERS open enrollment brochure may also be downloaded from the CalPERS website.

Benefit & Retirement Services staff are available for drop-in visits and appointments regarding open enrollment through Oct. 10 as follows:
• Mondays: 2-4 p.m.
• Tuesdays: 8-10 a.m.
• Wednesdays: 8-10 a.m.
• Thursdays: 2-4 p.m.
• Fridays: 8-10 a.m.

Alumni & Family Weekend, Oct. 24-26
The Alumni Association invites SF State alumni, families and students to the annual Alumni & Family Weekend Oct. 24-26 on campus. The three-day celebration will include lectures and seminars; campus tours that showcase the J. Paul Leonard Library, Student Center murals and the Fine Arts Gallery; and open-house receptions by individual colleges. Local vendors will also gather on campus so participants can eat and shop while mingling with fellow Gators. Other activities will include a play, dodgeball and family sports and a panel discussion on advances in the computer and biotechnology industries.

Visit the Alumni & Family Weekend website for more information or to sign up online. Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend.

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.

Exploring the Sutro Library's Treasures: Lecture Series
The Sutro Library will host historian Gary Kurutz, who will deliver the lecture "Romanticizing the Frontier: Anglo-European Encounters with Native American Peoples" on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. in the fifth floor reading room of the J. Paul Leonard Library. In the talk, Kurutz will discuss the significance of the illustrated works of artists such as Karl Bodmer and George Catlin, who devoted their lives to recording the customs, clothing and manners of Native American tribes, some on the brink of extinction. Kurutz is the emeritus special collections curator for the California State Library and is an author and lecturer on California history and Western Americana.

For more information, contact the Sutro Library at ext. (415) 469-6100 or

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro lecture, reading, Sept. 26
Puerto Rican novelist, short story writer and essayist Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro will discuss and read from her work Sexodiversidad y Piel: Blackness and Lesbianism in Puerto Rican Literature Sept. 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 121. The event is sponsored by the César E. Chávez Institute, the College of Ethnic Studies and SF State. For more information or to register, visit the César E. Chávez Institute website.

WGS Fall Lecture Series
The Women and Gender Studies Department (WGS) invites the campus community to attend their weekly series of lectures each Thursday from 12:35 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 108 unless otherwise specified. Upcoming lectures include:

• Sept. 25: "Beyond Bullying: Rethinking Queerness, Youth and Schooling," Jessica Fields
• Oct. 2: "Birthright Citizenship, Settler Colonialism and Reproductive Futurity," Leti Volpp, LIB 121

For a full list of lectures, visit the Liberal & Creative Arts events page or the University Calendar. Check the WGS Facebook page for updated information about the speakers and events. Contact Jillian Sandell for more information or to request reasonable accommodations.

Health Education lectures
The Institute for Holistic Health Studies and the Department of Health Education invite the campus community to the following lectures, which are free and open to students, faculty, staff and the general public:

• Larry Berkelhammer, author of In Your Own Hands: New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions, Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m. in SCI 101.

For more information, visit the Holistic Health Learning Center website or HSS 329.

The Role of Turkey in
World Affairs, Oct. 3-4

Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS), with the support of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts and the Department of International Relations (IR), have organized a two-day workshop on "The Role of Turkey in World Affairs." The workshop will explore the historical context and the political and economic factors that led to Turkey's rise as a regional power. It will be held Oct. 3-4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in HSS 362.

Auditors are welcome, space permitting. Students can register for one unit of IR 640 before Sept. 22. For more information, including the full program, visit the MEIS website.

Interested? E-mail Lucia Volk or David Sayers to reserve a seat to audit the seminar or to obtain an add code for credit.


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SF State awarded $1 million to prepare teachers for students who are deaf-blind
The University has launched an innovative new program to prepare educators for the underserved deaf-blind community, funded by a recent U.S. Department of Education grant of almost $1 million. The program addresses a critical need to increase the number of teachers with expertise in this field, especially in high-poverty urban schools, according to Professor of Special Education Pam Hunt, who coordinates the Moderate/Severe Disabilities Program at SF State.

"Teachers have a base of information about working with students who have disabilities, but they need to rely on experts with knowledge of vision, hearing and deaf-blindness," Hunt said. "This program is unique in that we are developing teachers with a higher level of expertise. They can go on to serve as experts in their communities, even if they are not in the classroom with a student who is deaf-blind themselves."

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Morrison Artists Series to return Sept. 28
The Morrison Artists Series, San Francisco's longest-running chamber music series, will launch its 59th season this month at SF State and run through May 2015, featuring free performances by six innovative music ensembles. This season's diverse lineup includes a cappella singers from Norway, a quintet of woodwind instruments and a San Francisco-based, Grammy-nominated piano duo.

The concerts, which have been a performing-arts institution since 1956, are organized by the May Treat Morrison Chamber Music Center with the aim of advancing the art of chamber music and encouraging its appreciation. With world-class performances at no cost, Morrison Artists Series founder Edward Hohfeld believed that chamber music could be made accessible to everyone and that love of the music could be instilled in new generations.

"A lot of people have never experienced chamber music or been to a concert," said Richard Festinger, professor of music and dance and artistic director of the series. "In this area, like other metropolitan areas, it's the symphony and opera that are well known to the general public. For a lot of people, chamber music may slip under their radar. But almost all major composers have written significant works of chamber music."

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Benefits Fair, Oct. 1
Human Resources will host the 33rd Annual Benefits Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby and second floor of the Administration Building. The fair provides faculty and staff an opportunity to explore the range of available employee benefits and speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans.

A Social Security Administration representative will also join the benefits fair this year.

Speech, language evaluations for children, adults
The Communicative Disorders Program is offering speech and language evaluations for children and adults during the fall semester on Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Faculty, staff and their families, relatives or friends who would benefit from speech and language evaluations are invited to come by BH 114. E-mail or call ext. 8-1001 to obtain an application form.

CSU International Program seeks resident director applicants
The CSU Chancellor's Office is now accepting applications for four international program resident directors. The resident directors will each serve full time for 12 months in China, France, Italy and Spain.

The CSU resident director positions provide qualified faculty with the opportunity to develop administrative skills, be a vital part of the special experience of students involved in intercultural learning and utilize their international communication skills in a rewarding professional environment. Faculty from all disciplines who have never had the opportunity to serve in one of these positions are encouraged to apply.

Applications, including references, must be received in the Office of International Programs by Dec. 1. Personal interviews of the finalists will be conducted at the Chancellor's Office in Long Beach. To be considered for an appointment, applicants must be available for an interview on Feb. 19 or Feb. 20, 2015.

Faculty selected for the appointments will continue to be campus employees during the year they are abroad and will be paid by their campus during that time. If the faculty member is currently in a 10-month (academic year) position, they will be moved to a 12-month position, resulting in an increase of approximately 15 percent, plus an additional 10 percent for the overseas assignment. The additional 10 percent is designed partially to compensate the resident director for expenses associated with overseas service, as no additional compensation for such expenses is provided. CSU International Programs will also provide round-trip airfare and limited travel expenses for resident directors, but not for dependents.

To be eligible, faculty must:

  • Be tenured or tenure-track faculty in a full-time teaching or administrative position (FERP faculty are not eligible)
  • Have the appropriate terminal degree for the candidate's discipline
  • Have appropriate overseas experience
  • Have appropriate foreign language skills

Faculty members who have already served as resident directors may not apply for a resident director position for the next two years. Applicants will submit self-evaluations of their language skills and a language professional will conduct a 15- to 20-minute independent interview with each applicant prior to the applicant's interview with the Faculty Affairs Committee.

For more information and the 2016-17 application packet, visit Questions? Contact Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso, the SF State representative to the CSU Academic Council for International Programs, at or ext. 8-6187.

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:

  • Hear a report on the voter registration drive by Naeemah Charles, vice president of external affairs, Associated Students Inc.
  • Hear a report on International Education Week by Jay Ward, associate director, Office of International Programs
  • Confer with Academic Senate CSU Senators Darlene Yee and Robert Collins
  • Hear a report on collective bargaining by Sheila Tully, president, SF State Chapter of the California Faculty Association
  • Consider a proposal for a new Cinema Department minor in animation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
  • Nominate Senate Representatives to the Board of Appeals and Review (BOAR)
  • Discuss the new University mission statement based on a proposal from the Strategic Issues Committee

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 Africana Studies Dorothy Tsuruta, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee and Associate Professor of Counseling Robert A. Williams

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephen Kane, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Jeff Snipes and President Les Wong.

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If Elvis Presley Was the King, Who Was James Brown? Antagonizing the Social through Humor and Irony: through Sept. 25

Allegorical Procedures: Bay Area Collage, 1950-Present: Sept. 20-Oct. 16

Shenny Cruces: Keys: through January 5, 2015

Sept. 19: Men's Soccer hosting Notre Dame de Namur: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 19: Women's Soccer hosting Notre Dame de Namur: 3 p.m.

Sept. 19: Volleyball hosting Cal State San Bernardino: 7 p.m.

Sept. 20: Volleyball hosting Humboldt State: 7 p.m.

Sept. 22: Women's Soccer hosting Hawai'i Pacific: 3 p.m.

Sept. 22: Reading: Writers on Writing: Shahrnush Parsipur: 7 p.m.

Sept. 24: Lecture: Romanticizing the Frontier: Anglo-European Encounters with Native American Peoples: 2 p.m.

Sept. 25: Lecture: Beyond Bullying: Rethinking Queerness, Youth and Schooling: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 25: Prose at The Poetry Center: Lance Olsen and Lucy Corin: 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 26: Sexodiversidad y Piel: Blackness & Lesbianism in Puerto Rican Literature: noon

Sept. 26: Men's Soccer hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 26: de Bellis Concert: 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 26: Women's Soccer hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 3 p.m.

Sept. 26: Reading: The G Spot. Gentrification, Urban Transformation and Queer San Francisco: Homelands and Safe Space: 7 p.m.

Sept. 26: Volleyball hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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