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Volume 54, Number 19   January 29, 2007         

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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. The workshop will also include interactive activities and discussion and cover several topics related to curriculum development and community service learning.

Registration is $15 and must be completed by 5 p.m. Feb. 16. To register, contact Cathy Park at or ext. 5-3604.

The workshop is sponsored by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, California Campus Compact, and Learn and Serve America.

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. 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.

back in action

FitnessPlus, the faculty and staff on-campus fitness and wellness program, kicks off Monday, Jan. 29, with a variety of swim, yoga, weight training and cardio classes. Classes are designed for and available to faculty and staff only.

To register, visit the FitnessPlus Web site: or e-mail or call ext. 8-7572.

research awards

The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for both 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 questions, contact Lisa White, associate dean of graduate studies, at:

Friends of the
Library book sale

The used book sale room sponsored Friends of J. Paul Leonard Library's is open for the spring semester. The book sale is located in room 113 of the HSS building. Hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Fridays.

To volunteer or to donate used books, contact Friends of the Library at or ext. 8-2408. Most books are priced at only $1.

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SF State named a Community Engagement Institution
SF State is among the first colleges and universities classified as "Community Engagement Institutions" by The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

SF State is one of 76 colleges and universities nationwide to receive the designation and one of 62 such institutions awarded the classification in two categories: Curricular Engagement and Outreach and Partnership. Three Bay Area colleges and universities received the new designation, which was developed to paint a more accurate picture of the complexity and diversity of higher education.

The Stanford-based foundation selected SF State for its substantial commitments to "teaching, learning and scholarship which engage faculty, students and community in mutually beneficial and respectful collaboration."

The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education is the leading classification system used by researchers, policymakers, charitable foundations, and magazines that rank colleges, including U.S. News and World Report. Unlike The Carnegie Foundation's other classifications that rely on national data, the new Community Engagement is an "elective" classification. SF State submitted required documentation describing the nature and extent of its engagement with the community.

"San Francisco State is honored to be included in this important new classification, which recognizes the obligation of higher education to engage in community and civic affairs, for the betterment of society," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "Our students and faculty, with tremendous support from the entire San Francisco Bay Area, continue to carry on the spirit of service in their personal and professional lives years after they graduate."

University Police receive accreditation
The University Police Department has been accredited by the Commission on Law Enforcement Accreditation (CALEA). During the process the Police Department had to conform to 367 of the 446 standards.

Deputy Chief Amalia Borja, who managed the accrediting process, said that the SF State Police Department is one of only 14 police agencies in California and one of the three CSU police departments accredited.

The assessment process began in June, when three police executives from police agencies outside of California examined the policies and practices of the SF State Police Department. They inspected the entire police staff, policies and equipment and held a public hearing.

CALEA was founded in 1979 by an association of law enforcement professional organizations including the International Association of Chiefs of Police, the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives, the National Sheriffs' Association, and the Police Executive Research Forum. CALEA aims to improve the delivery of law enforcement services, primarily through a law enforcement agency accreditation program organized and maintained in the public interest.

For details, contact the San Francisco State University Police Department at (415) 338-7200.

Dean of undergraduate studies candidates
Four candidates have been selected to interview for dean of undergraduate studies. All members of the campus community are invited to hear the candidates 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. 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, University of Michigan.

Feb. 13: Michelle Behr, associate provost for academic initiatives at Western New Mexico University.

This month's Newsmakers include John Sullivan, professor of management, on Google's job quiz; Michael Meeks, assistant professor of management, on family business ownership strategies; Shawn Ginwright, associate professor of African studies, on the divide between the black middle class and black poor; Jonathon Stillman, assistant professor of biology, on how porcelain crabs are affected by warmer temperatures; and Pamela Wolfberg, assistant professor of special education, on the value of children's play groups.

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Reduce extra anxiety with a new workshop sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. Richard Harvey from the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies will present a two-hour session on how to recognize and manage stress from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in room 306 of the HSS building.

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

The center's next workshop will be "Did My Students Actually Learn It?" from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. For a full workshop schedule, visit the center's Web site:

Coming Up
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, Feb. 6, in room 512 of the Humanities building.

The reading is sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies and Poetry Center.

On Orson Welles
Joseph McBride, assistant professor of cinema, will speak about his book "What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?" at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8, in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building.

The event is sponsored by Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library. For details, e-mail:

Alumni couples dinner
Whether they attended the University together or years apart, all alumni couples are invited to celebrate their love (and their Gator connection) at a pre-Valentine's Day dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, in Seven Hills Conference Center. The evening will include music, mingling and a love story contest. For details on the love story contest, visit:

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by contacting Adele Demler in University Development at or ext. 5-3648.



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