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Volume 54, Number 23    February 26, 2007         

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Last week for
faculty awards

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 holding drop-in consultation hours 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.

Faculty cap
and gown info

Faculty rentals of regalia for the May 26 Commencement run March 5 through April 2 at the SFSU Bookstore Office, M113 of the Student Center.

The deadline to purchase a cap and gown is March 19. Contact Amber Wilson at ext. 5-4092. Custom regalia orders take about six to nine weeks.

Rental fees are $31 for doctoral gown/cap, $28 for doctoral hood and $16.50 for cap/tassel. Contact the Bookstore for other rental options.
CTFD newsletter
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development is now publishing a monthly faculty development newsletter called The Garden. Faculty contributions to the newsletter are welcome. The newsletter is available in PDF format at:

A print version is available in room 435 of the Library.  

New faculty
orientation feedback

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development is currently asking for suggestions on how it can make New Faculty Orientation more helpful.

Forms have been circulated to the departments to garner feedback. Faculty are asked to respond by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28.

New Swap Shop hours
Beginning Thursday, March 1, the Swap Shop's hours will be 1 to 3:50 p.m. Mondays and 8 a.m. to noon Thursdays.

As a reminder, always call the SWAP Shop at ext. 8-6862 to verify hours before dropping off items.

Free walking club
FitnessPlus, the faculty and staff wellness program, offers a free walking club from noon to 1 p.m. daily starting March 1. For details, contact FitnessPlus at or ext. 8-7572 or:

Tax preparation
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA), sponsored by accounting student organization members of Beta Alpha Psi with training from the IRS, offers free tax preparation services to individuals with low incomes (approximately less than $40,000) who cannot afford the services of a paid professional tax preparer and to the elderly, those with limited English proficiency and individuals with disabilities who require assistance in preparing their tax returns.

VITA is available to both campus and local community members from1 to 7 p.m. weekdays and from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturdays in room 127 of the HSS building. No appointment is necessary. Those who wish to use VITA's services should bring Social Security cards for all individuals who will be included in the return, a valid picture ID, W-2 form and any other relevant information, including previous year's tax returns if available.

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CSU strategic plan: town hall meeting
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.

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.

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

Africans in America symposium
The symposium "From Slavery to Freedom: Africans in America -- Reparations and Revolution" will take place Monday, Feb. 26, in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

An opening welcome by Kenneth Monteiro, dean of the College of Ethnic Studies; 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 Student Center.

Discussants include Ed Lee, a San Francisco administrator; Claude Marks, director of the Freedom Archive; Rhonda Magee, professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law; Robert Smith, SF State professor of political science; James Taylor, associate professor of politics at University of San Francisco; Arnold Townsend, assistant pastor of Rhema Word Christian Fellowship Church and chair of Western Addition Citizens Advisory Committee; Dorothy Tsuruta, SF State chair and professor of Africana studies; and Al Williams, president of the San Francisco African American Historical and Cultural Society.

A reception, 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. For details, contact Francine Shakir at ext. 5-3407.

Draft Environmental Impact Report
The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the SF State Campus Master Plan is available for public review through April 2.

Public hearings on the EIR will be held at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The draft EIR is available at the J. Paul Leonard Library and at the main branch and nearby area branches of the San Francisco Public Library. It can also be found at:

Written comments on the draft EIR may be sent by campus mail to Richard Macias, Capital Planning, Design & Construction.

Following public review, a final EIR will be prepared that will respond to oral and written comments. The CSU Board of Trustees will review and consider the final EIR prior to any decision to approve, revise or reject the Campus Master Plan.

For details, contact Macias at ext. 8-3838.

Faculty awards
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development has announced the faculty who have received 2006-07 awards for Vice President's Assigned Time, Affirmative Action and CSU Summer Stipend and CSU Mini-Grant.

The list of awardees is available at:

In memoriam: Violet Robinson
Violet Robinson, emerita professor of elementary education, died Feb. 18. She was 86.

Robinson joined SF State's education faculty in 1963 and taught classes in early childhood development. Robinson also helped develop the master's degree program and credential program, early childhood education emphasis. Previously she had earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education and a master's degree in education from SF State and taught in the College of Education's lab school. She earned a doctorate in education from Stanford University in 1970. She was awarded emerita status in 1992.

Robinson was a passionate advocate for early childhood education. She was a founding board member of the California Kindergarten Association and served as the association's president from 1992 to 1994. She was also co-author of "Emergent Literacy in Kindergarten."

Marci Hanson, professor of special education said that she had received several messages referring to Robinson "as an icon, a legend, and a dear friend and colleague."  Hanson said: "She was all of these indeed.  Her whole life has centered around the students and education programs at SFSU. She was deeply proud to teach here at SFSU and she represented the best of faculty values: commitment to mentoring and supporting students, scholarly inquiry, and collegiality."

The SF State Alumni Association inducted Robinson into its Hall of Fame in 1996 and honored her again in 2003 with its emeritus faculty award.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 10, in the Towers Conference Center. A lunch follows the service.

Robinson is survived by her niece Carol Peasley of Washington, D.C.; nephews Frank Peasley and Norm Henry, and several grand nieces and nephews.

Correction: This article originally said Robinson organized the first conference for California kindergarten teachers. Robinson served on the California Kindergarten Conference committee for many years, but did not organize the first conference. It also said that she served as the CKA's founding president. She was a founding board member when the CKA was organized in 1988, not president. She served as president from 1992 to 1994.

This month's Newsmakers include Belinda Reyes, Raza Studies, on Latino issues;Connie Ulasewicz, Consumer and Family Studies, on the origin of baggy jeans; Ivy Chen, Health Education, on sexual health and sex education; Deborah Tolman, Center for Research on Genger and Sexuality, on adolescents and desire; and Melissa Camacho, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, on the TV show "Ugly Betty."

Read Newsmakers:

This Week
'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 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:

UBC meeting

The University Budget Committee will meet from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Monday 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 in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building. A demonstration and workshop will follow from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in room 193 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.

Teaching Chinese conference

The Confucius Institute at SF State invites educators, parents, students and Chinese heritage teachers to its first International Conference on Teaching Chinese as a Second Language from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The conference is devoted to the topic of teaching Chinese in American kindergarten through grade 12 schools. Cost of registration including lunch is $55 if registered by Wednesday, Feb. 28, and $65 thereafter.

Speakers include Stephen Krashan, emeritus professor of education at University of Southern California and world-renowned expert on second-language acquisition; Shek Kam Tse, associate dean of education faculty and director of the Centre for the Advancement of Chinese Language, Education and Research of the University of Hong Kong and a leading expert in Chinese language education; and Lingchi Wang, emeritus professor at University of California, Berkeley, and recognized advocate for Chinese language education.

Spaces are limited and offered on a first-come, first-served basis. To register for the conference, visit or call Kristin Foxe at the Confucius Institute at ext. 8-7631.

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. Monday, Feb. 26, to Maricel Santos at:

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

Coming Up
MERLOT: digital scholarship and teaching

Ronald E. Purser, professor of management, will present "MERLOT: The Integration of Digital Scholarship with Teaching" from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, in room AV 36 in the basement of the Library. An associate editor of the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) Business Editorial Board, Purser will show how this free gateway of peer-reviewed digital materials can be used in course development.

The workshop is 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 workshop, "iLearn Faculty Showcase: iLearn for Homework Discussions and Multimedia Demonstration," takes place noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

For a full workshop schedule, visit:

Cultural representation in Native America
A roundtable discussion of the book, "Cultural Representation in Native America," edited by Andrew Jolivette, associate professor of American Indian studies, will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies/Psychology building. Copies of the book will be available following a roundtable discussion by the contributors.

The event is sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department. For details, contact Jolivette at or ext. 8-1664.


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