Volume 54, Number 20 February 5, 2007
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 http://iLearn.sfsu.edu 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: email@example.com
Kirk Gaston named chief of University Police
Kirk M. Gaston has been named chief of San Francisco State University Police. Gaston began his SF State career in 1993 as a patrol sergeant.
Prior to his current appointment, he served as the operations division commander and associate director of the department, which included responsibilities for uniformed patrol, communications, non-sworn parking enforcement and security staff. His past SF State assignments have included patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, patrol lieutenant, operations captain and University emergency preparedness coordinator.
Gaston has 26 years of law enforcement experience, including stints with the Sausalito Police Department, Twin Cities Police Department and CSU East Bay University Police. He is currently an instructor in police chemical agents and less lethal munitions and, prior to being named chief of police, served as commander of the statewide CSU Critical Response Unit.
Gaston retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with the rank of master gunnery sergeant, with 24 years of service. His service awards include the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.
Acclaimed arts executive leads ICA
Jeffrey N. Babcock, who has more than 30 years of experience in performing arts and international cultural leadership has been named executive director of SF State's International Center for the Arts after a national search. His appointment was effective Jan. 2.
"Jeffrey Babcock's accomplishments in the arts illustrate rare breadth and depth, covering music, dance and theater, and international cultural events as well as such areas as new media and television production," said John Gemello, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Under his leadership, the International Center for the Arts is positioned to offer innovative programs that promote awareness and appreciation of global arts and culture."
Since 2003, Babcock has run his own Phoenix-based firm, Cultural Strategies, where he consulted with nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations on such issues as strategic planning, business formation, fundraising, crisis management, marketing and branding and Web-based media.
While general director and chief executive officer of the Boston Ballet -- the nation's fourth largest professional ballet company -- from 1998 to 2001, Babcock led a period of significant growth in revenue and attendance.
Babcock was artistic director and executive producer of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Arts Festival and four-year Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta.
Babcock and San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas founded the Miami-based New World Symphony, where Babcock served as president and CEO. Babcock also co-founded and managed the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with artistic directors Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Lewis.
Babcock earned his doctorate in music composition from University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also later received a Distinguished Alumni Award.
Dean of undergraduate studies candidates
Three remaining candidates for dean of undergraduate studies will speak about their vision for undergraduate studies. A reception will follow each presentation. All presentations will be held at 3 p.m. in room 202 of the Business building on the following dates:
Feb. 6: Andrew Grosovsky, vice provost of undergraduate education at University of California, Riverside.
Feb. 9: David Schoem, faculty director of the Michigan Community Scholars Program at University of Michigan.
Feb. 13: Michelle Behr, associate provost for academic initiatives at Western New Mexico University.
Draft Environmental Impact Report
The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the SF State Campus Master Plan is now 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: www.sfsumasterplan.org/eir.html
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 Richard Macias at ext. 8-3838.
In memoriam: John Tricamo
John Tricamo, emeritus professor of history, died Jan. 12 in San Francisco. He was 80.
Tricamo joined SF State in 1965 and retired in 1990. He taught courses in U.S. military history, Europe in World Wars I and II, U.S. history from the Andrew Jackson period through the Civil War, and Southern U.S. history.
"John's lectures were densely packed with information but they seethed with the passion and humor that emerged from a well-lived and deeply considered life," Professor of History Jerald Combs said. "We will miss him."
Born in 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Tricamo served in the U.S. Army during World War II and observed the historic Nuremberg Trials. His experience on the battlefield had a strong influence on his interest in U.S. history and teaching.
Tricamo earned his doctorate from Columbia University and his bachelor's and master's degrees from Fordham University. Before joining SF State, Tricamo taught at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, St. Francis College, St. Vincent College, University of San Francisco and University of Wisconsin.
Tricamo is survived by his wife Joan, three children and three grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders.
Read Grants & Contracts: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring07/feb5grants.htm
Cavafy translation reading
Aliki Barnstone will read from her recently published volume of translations of Greek writer C.P. Cavafy's poetry at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 512 of the Humanities building.
The reading is sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies and Poetry Center.
For details, call ext. 5-7711.
On Orson Welles
The event is sponsored by Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library.
Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by contacting Adele Demler in University Development at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5-3648.
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.
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: http://academic.sfsu.edu/facaffairs/ctfd
A look at hip-hop
The event is sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts and Lectures and KQED Community Outreach and School Services.
Creative writing faculty reading
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