Volume 54, Number 18 January 22, 2007
A smart move
The University opens a new campus Jan. 24 at Westfield Centre, the office building at Westfield San Francisco Centre, 835 Market St. The 107,000-square-foot campus offers a new home for SF State's College of Business graduate programs, College of Extended Learning and more.
"San Francisco State's alumni drive the region's economy, and it is time for us to have a major academic presence in the heart of the business community," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "The Westfield Centre offers our business and extended learning students -- many of whom are working professionals -- a location with unparalleled access to public transportation, parking, restaurants and services."
The Downtown Campus' 31 classrooms and nine computer labs will serve an estimated 10,000 part- and full-time students.
For more information, visit: www.sfsu.edu/~downtown/
Draft master plan available
After holding three additional community-wide open houses in December 2006 to continue to gather feedback and suggestions from the community, the campus has completed its draft master plan for the physical campus. The draft can be found at: www.sfsumasterplan.org
Copies are also available at the J. Paul Leonard Library and several San Francisco Public Library branches. For details, e-mail: email@example.com
Comments can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or by campus mail to Richard Macias, Capital Planning, Design and Construction.
The 30-day period for the campus community and general public to comment on the draft master plan ends Friday, Feb. 16. After the close of the comment period, the final master plan will be prepared, incorporating findings of the draft environmental impact report (which will be released later this month), and public comment.
Interim appointments for College of Creative Arts
Ronald Compesi, professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, has been named interim dean of the College of Creative Arts. Ronald Caltabiano, professor of music, has been named acting associate dean of the College of Creative Arts.
Both appointments were effective Jan. 1. A national search for the College of Creative Arts dean will occur in the near future.
Dean of undergraduate studies candidates
Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of undergraduate studies. All members of the campus community are invited to hear each candidate speak about their vision for Undergraduate Studies. A reception will follow each presentation. The presentations will all be held at 3 p.m. in room 202 of the Business building on the following dates:
Feb. 1: Henry Villanueva, executive director of first-year programs and transition services at the College of Education, University of Nevada-Las Vegas.
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.
In memoriam: Dwight J. Simpson
International relations Professor Dwight J. Simpson died Dec. 22 after a brief illness. He was 85.
Simpson, who joined SF State in 1968, had planned to continue teaching part time for another year and a half before retiring completely, Assistant Professor of International Relations Sophie Clavier said.
His courses included the Middle East: Periphery, Middle East: Heartland, Introduction to World Affairs, and Revolutionary Ideologies in World Politics. He was adviser to several student organizations.
Simpson also frequently gave lectures at academic conferences and such civic outlets as the World Affairs Council of Northern California and San Francisco Commonwealth Club. The news media often interviewed Simpson for his expertise in U.S. foreign policy and Middle Eastern and North African politics and history.
A longtime Berkeley resident, Simpson often traveled to the Middle East. In 1999, he visited Tehran, Iran, as a guest of the Foreign Ministry. In 2000, he observed the election in Haiti with a delegation from Human Rights Watch.
Clavier, one of Simpson's former students, said he will be remembered "as the voice of the otherwise disenfranchised students."
"He lent a voice especially to the Arabs and Muslims on campus, and anybody
who was disenfranchised because they came from a different background, origin
or political situation," Clavier said.
Simpson earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Stanford University, as well as a postdoctoral degree from University College, Oxford. He was president of Bogazigi University in Turkey from 1965 to 1966, and taught at Istanbul University and University of California, Berkeley.
Simpson is survived by his wife Harriet, four children and 10 grandchildren.
The International Relations Department is planning a CampusMemorial service and a scholarship in Simpson's name. To contribute to the scholarship, contact Senem Evrim Özer at ext. 5-2418 or email@example.com or visit: http://bss.sfsu.edu/bss/donate.htm
Donations in Simpson's memory can also be sent to Citizens for East Shore Parks, Attn: Patricia Jones, P.O. Box 6087, Albany, CA 94706.
FIPSE grant supports faculty development
SF State is part of a team selected to contribute to the MERLOT ELIXR project, which has been funded by a $680,000 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).
The project team will develop and test nearly 100 digital case stories that highlight discipline-oriented teaching examples and resources for use in faculty development workshops.
MERLOT -- www.merlot.org -- is an online collection of peer-reviewed materials for faculty development use submitted by a consortium of users that includes academic individuals and institutions, corporate partners and professional organizations.
For details on the project, contact Pamela Vaughn, associate dean in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, at firstname.lastname@example.org or ext. 5-4030.
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