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Volume 54, Number 28   April 2, 2007         

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This Week
Cultural food fair
The campus community is invited to an activities fair and fundraiser for student organizations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday on the Main Lawn. Student organizations will sell cuisine reflective of their organizations. All proceeds benefit the student organizations and their programming.

For details, contact Alberto Olivares at ext. 8-3887.

Philosophy and wine

The Philosophy Department and American Philosophical Association's (APA) Pacific Division will hold an all-day miniconference on "Philosophy and Wine" on Wednesday at the Westin St. Francis hotel at Union Square in San Francisco. Professor Emeritus of Philosophy Kent Bach, who has published journal articles and presented lectures on philosophy and wine, is the chief organizer of the miniconference, which is part of the APA-Pacific annual meeting. Session topics include: detecting tastes and aromas in wine, the nature of taste, analyzing and categorizing wines, evaluating wines, and the aesthetics of wine.

Registration for the daylong mini-conference, which begins at 9:30 a.m. is $10 at the door. A tutored tasting, with a fee of $50, will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. For tickets to the tasting, contact Linda Smallbrook at:

Dwight Simpson tribute

An event to honor and celebrate the life of Professor Dwight Simpson will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Simpson died Dec. 22.

For details, visit:

Campus run

The cross country team hosts a one-mile campus run at 12:30 p.m. Friday starting at the Cox Stadium track. The event will kick off the festivities for the Johnny Mathis Invitational, which starts at 2 p.m. Members of the campus community are welcome. There is no entrance fee, and prizes will be awarded.

For details, contact Tom Lyons at or ext. 8-2219.

Coming Up
Public Holocaust
Memorial Lecture

Dr. Sabina S. Zimering will read from her book "Hiding in the Open: A Holocaust Memoir" from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in room 317 of the HSS building.

For details, contact Marion Gerlind at or ext. 8-1604.

The event is supported by the Ingrid Tauber Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; History Department; Jewish Studies Program; San Francisco Hillel; Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies; and DRAGA design.

The French Program invites the campus community to a talent show from 4 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, in room 587 of the Humanities building. The students in upper division classes will present skits, songs, dances, stand-up comedy, and more in French. A potluck dinner will also be part of the fun.

For details, contact Bérénice Le Marchand at or ext. 8-7419.

Grant writing discussion
CTFD presents a brown bag discussion on "Grant Writing: Asking Critical Questions" from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in room 202 of the Business building. The discussion will be led by Fred Astren, professor of Jewish studies; Chris Chekuri, assistant professor of history; and Lutfus Sayeed, professor of information systems. All three faculty have extensive experience in writing large, successful grant proposals.

writer's block

CTFD invites faculty to a discussion led by Toni Mirosevich, associate professor of creative writing, on "Alternative Routes: Getting Around Writer's Block" from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in room 434 of the Library. Mirosevich will explore how to take a different route around writer's block instead of trying to push through it.

SF State News home

Help redesign the SF State Web site
The Office of Public Affairs and Publications is leading the effort to create a new design system for the University Web site and would like to hear the thoughts, opinions and ideas of the campus community. Faculty and staff are invited to fill out a survey at:

For details, contact Miles Orkin at or ext. 8-7108.

April retention, tenure and promotion discussions
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled three informal discussion sessions focused on helping faculty prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. Marilyn Verhey, dean of faculty affairs and professional development, will conduct the sessions.

Each session will be held in room 460 of the Administration building and will take place:

  • From 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 2
  • From 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 5
  • From 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17

Faculty may register for one of the sessions by e-mailing or calling ext. 8-2204.

Fall 2007 faculty associate position proposals
All tenured faculty are encouraged to apply for one of two possible fall 2007 faculty associate positions in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD).

Each position brings .20 assigned time to work on one of several possible projects related to teaching and scholarship. Suggested areas of emphasis include:

  • Universal design for learning (eligible applicants who choose this focus must have completed the two workshops on universal design for learning I and II, offered last fall by CTFD and Sonoma State University)
  • The scholarship of teaching and learning
  • The design of writing assignments, especially for second language learners
  • Modeling and teaching equity and social justice
  • Modeling and teaching diversity, including international diversity
  • The pedagogy of the large classroom
  • Pedagogical applications of technology

More information is available in the call for proposals on the CTFD Web site at:

Applicants should submit a proposal not to exceed two, single-spaced letter-size pages and a current curriculum vitae, by noon Friday, April 27, to Pamela Vaughn, associate dean for faculty development, Library room 435. For details, contact Vaughn at ext. 5-4030.

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, May 14.

Service learning awards
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement has announced the recipients of its 2006-07 community service learning awards:

Velia Garcia, associate professor of Raza studies, is the recipient of the faculty award for community service learning.

Erin Frey, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Natalie Gee, College of Health and Human Services, and Kernit Seaton, College of Business, are winners of community service learning student awards.

Calvin Welch and Rene Cazenave, both of the San Francisco Information Clearinghouse, are the winners of the community service learning community partner award.

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement will honor the award recipients at an April 25 award ceremony.

New faculty file-sharing resource
The Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA), a new SF State electronic resource, can help faculty manage and share the digital files they use in teaching and research.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend one of the following one-hour workshops to learn more about this resource. All workshops will be held in room 380 of the HSS building.

3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 5
11 a.m. Monday, April 9
3:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10
2 p.m. Wednesday, April 18

Attendees should R.S.V.P. to:

For details, visit:

Tools to help use new logo
The Office of Public Affairs and Publications reminds faculty and staff that the new SF State logo is available for use in all forms of University communication. The following links provide direct access to a variety of helpful assets and guidelines. For additional questions about the logo or the new identity system, contact Miles Orkin at or ext. 8-7108.

Review the logo and identity system guidelines:

Download a logo kit, logo usage tip-sheet, desktop wallpaper and other items:

Download various templates, including PowerPoint, fax cover sheet, Word document and official letterhead:

Order letterhead, business cards and notepads online:

Help for students who stutter
The Communicative Disorders Program will offer a new clinic beginning in the fall semester to support the needs of SF State students who stutter. It will be housed in the Communicative Disorders Clinic in Burk Hall.

Oral communication is at the heart of many educational interactions. Students who stutter often feel isolated, and may be uncomfortable participating in the crucial experiences assumed to be taking place for all students, or may not fully benefit from those experiences.

Faculty and staff are asked to refer students who stutter to the clinic. There is no fee for the service. The clinic can be reached at ext. 8-1001.

Grants & Contracts
SF State received $6,367,427 in January and $1,554,781 in the first part of February.

Read Grants & Contracts:

Textbook orders
The SFSU Bookstore will offer every department on campus a $1,000 Bookstore gift card if at least 90 percent of fall 2007 textbook orders (as posted in the class schedule) for that department are received by April 30.

Fifteen departments met this goal for the spring 2007 term.

Orders can be placed online at, sent to, or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

Publisher fair
The SFSU Bookstore invites faculty to a publisher fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, April 19, in Rosa Parks Rooms A-C in the Student Center. The fair features representatives from a variety of academic publishers as well as refreshments and a raffle.

For details, call ext. 8-7377.

CampusMemo schedule
There will not be an April 9 edition of CampusMemo because of spring break. Items for the April 16 edition of CampusMemo should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, to:

Community-based participatory research
Faculty and staff are invited to the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 27, at 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Suite 750, in Daly City.

The symposium will be led by Vivian Chavez, associate professor of health education, who has extensive media experience and has worked at integrating the study of media literacy with policy advocacy. In addition, service learning advocates Nadinne Cruz and Marie Sandy will give a presentation on their CBPR findings. Attendees will take a closer look at the practice of CBPR, asking how well CBPR has served its participants, and where the methodology can be improved. The workshop will focus on the workings, experiences and best practices of campus community research partnerships.

Registration must be completed by 5 p.m. April 20. A fee of $15 must be sent in with the registration form in order to reserve a seat. To register online, please go to:

Contact Cathy Park at or ext. 5-3604 for questions.

Need help with travel funds?
The SF State Retirement Association is again providing support for approved, job-related travel. The award cycle alternates between faculty and staff; this year's awards will be made to staff.

Letters of application should contain the purpose of the travel as well as travel plans and costs and should be addressed to: SFSU Retirement Association in care of Franklin Sheehan, Mathematics Department.

Or apply by e-mail to:

Applications will be accepted up until May 15.

Graduate showcase deadline Thursday
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage graduate students to register for the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 5. The showcase will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the Gymnasium.

For details and registration forms, visit the Graduate Studies Web site:

Regalia rental deadline Monday
Faculty may sign up to rent regalia for the May 26 Commencement through April 2. Orders may be placed at the SFSU Bookstore Office, M113 of the Student Center.

Rental fees are $31 for doctoral gown/cap, $28 for doctoral hood and $16.50 for cap/tassel.


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