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Volume 54, Number 22   February 19, 2007         

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This Week
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 and from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday 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:

The center's next workshops will be "MERLOT: The Integration of Digital Scholarship with Teaching" from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, and " iLearn Faculty Showcase: iLearn for Homework Discussions and Multimedia Demonstration" from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20. For a full workshop schedule, visit the center's Web site:

Discontinuances meeting
The Educational Policies Committee will hear proposals to discontinue several programs at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday 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.

Primetime for primes
Carl Pomerance, professor of mathematics at Dartmouth College, will present the Pamela Fong Symposium lecture, "Primetime for Primes," at 4 p.m. Tuesday in room 543 of Hensill Hall. Pre-lecture refreshments will be served from 3:30 to 4 p.m. in room 543; a reception follows the lecture from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in room 301 of Hensill Hall.

The lecture is sponsored by the Department of Mathematics. For details, contact Lannie Nguyen-Tang at or ext. 8-7662.

across cultures

Ingrid Rose-Neiger, professor and director of the Foreign Language Institute at Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences in Germany, will present "What is it about 'yes' you didn't understand? Communicating across cultures" from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday in room 473 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the German Program of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. For details, contact Ilona Vandergriff at: vdgriff@sfsu

Alumni mixer for
campus employees

More than 600 SF State alumni work on campus. A free mixer for faculty and staff who are also alumni will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 23, in the Presidio and Richmond rooms in the Towers Conference Center. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

The first 50 people at the door will receive a free SF State homecoming T-shirt. All alumni who attend will be given two tickets to the men's or women's basketball games that take place later in the evening.

R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, to Adele Demler at or ext. 5-3648. The event is sponsored by Alumni Relations.

Evolution and
moral realism

Kevin Brosnan, professor of the philosophy of science at the University of California, Santa Cruz, will present "The Dissolution of a Dilemma: Why Evolutionary Considerations Don't Confront Moral Realism with Hard Choices" at 4:30 p.m. Friday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The talk is sponsored by the Philosophy Department. For details, call ext. 8-1596.

Coming Up
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, SF State Printmaking Guild, Kala Art Institute, Jimin Lee and University of California, Santa Cruz.

Africans in
America symposium

The symposium "From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in America Reparations and Revolution" will take place at Monday, Feb. 26.

A screening of excerpts from the film "500 Years Later" and a discussion by SF State and off-campus scholars and activists on "The Legacy of Slavery -- The Call for Reparations" will take place at 2 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

A reception and artist presentation and book signing by Emory Douglas, minister of culture of the Black Panther Party, will take place at 6 p.m. in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center of the Student Center.

A presentation on "Knowing Your Roots: Discussing Genealogy" will take place at 7 p.m. in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center of the Student Center.

The event is sponsored by the Africana Studies Department, Black Student Union and 100 Black Men of the Bay Area. See next week's CampusMemo for a full listing of participants. For details, contact Francine Shakir at ext. 5-3407.

Parents and
children picnic

SF State employees are invited to a parents and children picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, March 4, at Mother's Meadow in Golden Gate Park (on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive). Participants should bring a dessert to share.

R.S.V.P. with the number of adults and children to attend by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, to Maricel Santos at:

The picnic is sponsored by the deans of the colleges of Behavioral and Social Sciences, Business, Humanities, and Science and Engineering; Center for Teaching and Faculty Development; and University Women's Association.

SF State News home

CSU strategic plan: last week to respond on iLearn
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 Academic Senate's Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC) is formulating the SF State response and 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. The Access to Excellence materials are 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 calendar policy survey ends Friday
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 by the Senate. The survey runs until Friday, 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.

Faculty awards deadline, workshop
As previously announced in CampusMemo, 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 one more workshop for faculty to review guidelines and application procedures for the awards. The workshop will be held 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. Tuesday, Feb. 27; from 2 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28; and from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 1. Faculty are welcome for individual or small-group consultations.

'Witness to War' film festival
SF State's Documentary Film Institute will present the film festival "Witness to War: Documentary Perspectives: World War II to Iraq" March 1-4 at several San Francisco locations.

The first event of the festival is the screening of a 90-minute compilation from Ken Burns' new documentary, "The War," at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at the Castro Theatre, 429 Castro St., San Francisco. The screening will be followed by Thomas Sanchez in conversation with Ken Burns. The event is presented in partnership with KQED. Tickets are $15 for the general public and $12 for students and KQED members.

Tickets are available only in advance and can be purchased at:

The festival also includes several free screenings of documentary films. A full schedule is available at:

In memoriam: Rosa Casarez-Levison
Rosa Casarez-Levison, assistant professor of secondary education, died Feb. 9 in Palo Alto. She was 55.

Casarez-Levison joined SF State in 1993 as a lecturer in the Secondary Education Department. In 2004, she became a tenure-track faculty member. She taught courses in Advanced Seminar in Curriculum and Social Issues, Adolescent Development, Urban Education, Reading in Secondary Schools, Educational Research, and Cultural Diversity.

"She will be fondly remembered for her total commitment to her students' education. She spent her career working on behalf of people both on this campus and in the community who needed assistance," said Jacob Perea, dean of education.

Casarez-Levison also served as the president and senior research associate of Casarez and Associates, an educational psychological consulting firm.

Casarez-Levison earned a doctorate from Stanford University, a master's degree from Claremont Graduate University and a bachelor's degree from Pitzer College. Before joining SF State, Casarez-Levison taught at several universities, including Stanford University, Monterey Institute of Foreign Studies, San Diego State University and San Jose State University, and in several California K-12 school districts. She was fluent in Spanish and French.

Casarez-Levison is survived by her parents, three sisters and one brother.

People on Campus
Photo of Bud ShearerRobert "Bud" Shearer has been a firefighter, a military helicopter door gunner and an SF State student during the tumultuous '60s. As SF State's director of environmental health and occupational safety since 1994, he continues to utilize a lifetime of experience to plan and implement safety standards, and respond to the unexpected.

In addition to serving on the campus-wide emergency operations team and the CSU-wide preparedness and disaster response, safety and security committees, Shearer consults on safety and disaster preparedness internationally, largely in Asia.

Read more about Shearer:

Pre-Doctoral Program
Faculty and staff who know students who hope to earn a doctoral degree are asked to let them know about the California Pre-Doctoral Program. Applications for the program are available at:

The California Pre-Doctoral Program supports the doctoral aspirations of CSU students, particularly those who have had educational and economic disadvantages and aims to increase the diversity of the pool from which the CSU draws its faculty.

Applicants selected as Pre-Doctoral Scholars receive monetary and mentoring support to engage in activities that will help them prepare for enrollment in a doctoral program. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Completed applications should be turned in to room 573 of the Humanities building.

For details, contact Beverly Voloshin at:

R.S.V.P. this week: 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. Thursday, 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:

Academic Senate Action

At its Feb. 13 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Heard a report from Enrique Riveros-Schafer, associate vice president of academic affairs, on the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs;
  • Heard a report from John Kim, associate vice president of academic resources, and Kevin Kelley, coordinator of online teaching and learning, on the status of iLearn and Blackboard;
  • Held a discussion on the Access to Excellence initiative;
  • Approved a resolution on contract negotiations;
  • Approved revisions to the certificate in music-recording industry in the College of Extended Learning; and
  • Approved revisions to the Academic Senate bylaws.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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