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Volume 54, Number 21   February 12, 2007         

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Vista Room returns
The Vista Room, SF State's fine dining restaurant, begins service Monday, Feb. 12. Chef Daniel Honan will supervise the kitchen this semester.

Tickets for lunches, served from 11:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. weekdays, are $14 each or call ext. 5-3529 for block ticket purchases at reduced prices.

For tickets, call Bessie Batara at ext. 8-1219 or Charlene Ngo at ext. 8-6087.

Discontinuances meeting
The Educational Policies Committee will be hearing proposals to discontinue several programs at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in room 460 of the Administration building. The campus community is invited. Proposals will be presented to discontinue the following programs: bachelor of arts concentrations in speech communications, business administration concentration and minor in human resources, and certificate in educational therapy.

For details, contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

Faculty awards
change, workshops

At the recommendation of the provost and in response to department chair requests, the annual research, scholarship and creative activity awards cycle has been moved to the spring semester. The deadline for faculty to submit proposals for Vice President's Assigned Time, Affirmative Action, CSU Mini-Grant or Summer Stipend is Friday, March 2.

All tenure-track and tenured faculty can apply in spring 2007 for either fall 2007 or spring 2008 awards or for summer stipends to be awarded in July 2007 or June 2008. Probationary faculty are particularly encouraged to submit a proposal.

Application forms, ranking sheets and detailed directions can be downloaded from the Faculty Affairs Web site:

In addition, the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development is offering two workshops for faculty to review guidelines and application procedures for the awards. The workshops will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in room 361 of the HSS building and from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in room 587 of the Humanities building. Drop-in consultation hours will also be available in room 435 of the Library from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28.

Civic engagement workshop
Faculty are invited to a workshop on civic engagement from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Suite 750, Pacific Plaza, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City. Rick Battistoni, professor of political science at Providence College and the author of numerous articles and books on community service learning, will speak.

Registration is $15 and must be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23. To register, complete the form at:

Fundraising 101
The Office of University Development invites faculty to a workshop on principles of raising major gifts from individuals from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22 or 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The workshop will also cover how to work with Development staff, identify potential donors, obtain approval for prospects and more.

R.S.V.P. to by 5 p.m. Feb. 9.

Student research awards deadline
The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research projects and creative works. Faculty members are asked to encourage students to apply.

Current students, as well as those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2006, are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 19, for the campus competition, which will take place Feb. 26 - March 2.

Student registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies Web site:

For details, contact Lisa White, associate dean of graduate studies, at:

Village Fitness
Center promotion

The Village Fitness is offering a six-week extreme makeover program. The deadline to enroll is Feb. 16.

For details, call (415) 452-1010 or visit:

SF State News home

CSU strategic plan: how to provide input
The CSU Board of Trustees is developing a new long-range strategic plan called Access to Excellence. More information can be found at:

As a first step in developing the strategic plan, the Access to Excellence Task Force has requested information about long-range plans and priorities from all CSU campuses. The SF State response is being formulated by the Academic Senate's Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC), which seeks input from the campus through three channels.

1. FAC has posted preliminary proposals on an iLearn site open to all members of the campus. The site includes a forum for entering comments. To view the iLearn site, go to and enter your SF State ID and PAC. You will see the Access to Excellence materials on the iLearn front page. Please respond by Monday, Feb. 26, so FAC can incorporate a broad spectrum of campus opinions into the report.

2. To help clarify campus priorities, the Academic Senate will hold a town hall meeting from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Seven Hills Conference Center. Representatives from the Board of Trustees and CSU Chancellor's Office will attend as will members of the community and political and community leaders. The discussion will allow all present to have direct input to the trustees on long-range planning. A reception follows the discussion.

3. Faculty, staff and students may also e-mail Jim Kohn, chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, with comments about Access to Excellence:

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: a report from Enrique Riveros-Schafer, associate vice president of academic affairs, on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs; a report from John Kim, associate vice president of academic resources, and Kevin Kelley, academic technology, on iLearn and Blackboard; a discussion item on the CSU strategic plan Access to Excellence; a proposed resolution on faculty contract negotiations; proposed revisions to the certificate in music-recording industry; and proposed revisions to the Academic Senate bylaws.

Final dean of undergraduate studies candidate
Michelle Behr, associate provost for academic initiatives at Western New Mexico University and the final candidate for dean of undergraduate studies, will speak about her vision for undergraduate studies at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in room 202 of the Business building.

A reception will follow the presentation.

Academic calendar policy survey
The Academic Policies Committee is considering a proposal to replace the annual academic calendar approval process with an academic calendar policy.

The Academic Policies Committee invites faculty and staff to complete a brief survey to help the committee understand if there is widespread support for an academic calendar policy and employee preferences on the start date of the fall semester and placement of spring break.

Survey results will be used to develop a proposal for consideration of the Senate. The survey runs until Feb. 23 and can be found by clicking on the Academic Calendar Survey link at:

For details, call the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

This month's Insiders include a researcher of the year award from Caitlin Ryan, Cesar Chavez Institute; an exhibit of prints by Barbara Foster, Art; a preseentation on the U.S. media landscape by Ronald J. Compesi, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts; and a presentation on native eelgrass restoration by Katharyn Boyer, Biology.

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This Week
Grad fair
The Bookstore is hosting the annual grad fair from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the lobby of the Student Center this week for students. The Fair offers cap and gown rental information, class rings, graduation portraits and invitations and representatives from the Career Center and SF State Alumni Association.

On counter-terrorism

Amos Guiora, director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will discuss "Counter-Terrorism: Policy and Legal Global Perspective: Specific Analysis of How Different Nations Deal with Terrorism (USA, Israel, India, Spain, Russia)" at 4 p.m. Monday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program's Academica Judaica series and is co-sponsored by the faculty in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and the departments of History and International Relations.

Student learning

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development presents a workshop titled "Did My Students Actually Learn It?" from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in room 361 of the HSS building. Cece Iandoli, professor of design and industry, will offer quick, practical, hands-on exercises that help educators ensure that students are learning what is being taught.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-6456 or enroll online at:

The center's next workshop will be "MERLOT: The Integration of Digital Scholarship with Teaching" from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. For a full workshop schedule, visit the center's Web site:

A look at hip-hop

The film "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" will be screened at 5 p.m. Thursday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. A reception will take place at 4:30 p.m., and the film will be followed by a discussion between hip-hop writer Jeff Chang and filmmaker Byron Hurt. Admission is free.

The event is sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts and Lectures and KQED Community Outreach and School Services.

Coming Up
Turnitin workshops

SF State has renewed its license for Turnitin, an online plagiarism detection tool. Amy Love, lecturer of English, will lead Turnitin workshops from 4 to 5 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, and from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in the Collaboratory, room 229 of Burk Hall. The workshops are sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-6456 or enroll online at:

Creative writing faculty reading
SF State faculty authors Nona Caspers, Barbara Tomash and Toni Mirosevich will read from their new books at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.

UBC meeting
The University Budget Committee will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26, in the NEC room on the fifth floor of the Administration building. Members of the campus community are welcome.

Japanese printmaking
The Art Department presents a public lecture and conversation with master printmaker Tadayoshi Nakabayashi from 1 to 2:10 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, in room 193 of the Fine Arts building. A demonstration and workshop will follow from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in room 251 of the Fine Arts building. Nakabayashi is considered a "Living Treasure" of Japan.

This event is supported by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation, Printmaking Guild of SFSU, Kala Art Institute, Jimin Lee and University of California, Santa Cruz.


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