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Volume 55, Number 22   February 18, 2008         

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Soliciting sustainability submissions
Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit proposals for presentations and posters for the seventh annual UC, CSU, CCC Sustainability Conference at CalPoly San Luis Obispo July 31-Aug. 3. Organizers are looking for integrative, trans-disciplinary and research activities that address sustainability and the environment. Presentation proposals are due Feb. 26. Poster proposals are due June 1. For more information, visit or e-mail

Spring into fitness
The Faculty and Staff Wellness Program is registering students for its spring fitness classes. Offerings include mind-body workouts such as Pilates, Ni (fitness through expressive movement), belly dancing, yoga, Feldenkrais, swimming, water aerobics, a walking club and more. Visit or e-mail

CSU Student Research Competition
The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their outstanding research projects and creative works. Current students and those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2007 are eligible to compete. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 18. The SF State campus competition will take place Feb. 25-March 7.

For questions, contact Lisa White, associate dean of graduate studies and professor of geosciences, at or visit the Graduate Studies Web site at to obtain registration forms and guidelines.

iLearn workshops
Academic Technology invites faculty and staff to attend free workshops on iLearn, the University's official online learning management system. Registration is required. To register, visit: or for more details, e-mail or call ext. 5-3536.

Advertise your event
Faculty and staff can let 32,000 students know about their important events by way of an ad in the Golden Gate [X] Press. For more information, contact Advertising Manager Dottie Katzeff at ext. 8-3133 or

Paper thin
Bohdanna Kesala's "Paper Thin: New Works on Paper" is on display on the first floor of the Administration building through May 31. Kesala earned her Master of Fine Arts from SF State in 2004 and has exhibited her work in Chicago, New York and Italy. For more information, visit or call ext. 8-2176.

DIVA workshops
Faculty and staff are invited to attend one-hour workshops to learn about the Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA), a new resource supporting management and sharing of digital files and collections. The sessions will provide overviews, assistance and teaching tips for using the new resource. To RSVP, e-mail For more information and a complete schedule, visit

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1968 student strike meeting
The College of Ethnic Studies and Educational Opportunity Program invite faculty, staff and students who wish to participate in the commemorations of the 40th anniversary of the 1968 student strike and the founding of the College of Ethnic Studies to a campus-wide meeting Thursday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Those interested in providing program content or joining logistical support subcommittees should attend this meeting. For more information, contact Associate Professor of Asian Studies Daniel Phil Gonzales at ext. 8-7591 or

Community service kudos
For the second consecutive year, SF State was named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for its public service efforts. The Honor Roll recognizes institutions of higher education that support innovative, effective, and exemplary community service programs. For more information, visit

Applications available for California Pre-Doctoral Program
Faculty are encouraged to invite students to apply for the California Pre-Doctoral Program. The deadline for filing completed applications is 4 p.m. Friday, March 21, in the English Department Office, HUM 289. For more information, contact Professor William Christmas, campus coordinator for the California Pre-Doctoral Program at ext. 8-7463 or

Faculty grant opportunities
The Office of International Programs is offering two grant opportunities for faculty who wish to introduce an international perspective into traditionally "non-international courses" and help promote international awareness on campus. Applications may be obtained from the OIP, ADM 458A. The application deadline is March 14. For more information, visit

University seeks director for Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
A campus-based search is under way for the director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. Review of application materials will begin this week. For more information, contact Anh Tran, staff liaison to the search committee, at ext. 8-7165. The position description is available on the Academic Affairs Web site at

News from the Academic Senate
Here is a summary of action items from the Academic Senate's Feb. 12 meeting.

  • President Corrigan, Provost Gemello and Vice President Morishita discussed the 2008-09 campus budget in light of California's current budget crisis. The key points were (a) the University could have a deficit around $16.5M depending on final legislative action; (b) a class schedule for next year will be developed that can be supported under current budget projections; and (c) all members of the campus community including faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to write letters (not e-mails) to their representatives in the California Assembly and Senate urging restoration of essential funds to CSU. The Senate will host a Town Hall meeting on the budget later in the spring.
  • Senate Chair James Kohn spoke briefly in memory of Representative Tom Lantos, who was an Professor Emeritus of Economics and a member of the Academic Senate.
  • The Senate passed a policy requiring that graduate students be enrolled continuously (except for one-semester exceptions) while earning a degree at SF State. A copy of the policy can be found at
  • The Senate approved changes to the creative writing concentration for the BA in English.
  • A proposed revision to the Academic Senate Bylaws, Section IIC
For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

Read about Librarian Ned Fielden, who presented a paper on medieval and renaissance university libraries; Professor of Secondary Education Penelope V. Flores, who discussed her new book on a Filipino TV station; Assistant Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride, who won a prestigious international honor; Theatre Arts Professors Carlos Barón and Rhonnie Washington, who are cast in a local theatre production; Music Lecturer John Calloway and Associate Professor of Music Hafez Modirzadeh, who will perform in March, and Professor of Art Lewis de Soto whose work is on display in San Francisco.

Read Insiders:

This week in Newsmakers: three Romberg Tiburon Center researchers examine half of the world’s oxygen supply; Professor of Political Science David Tabb discusses super-delegates; American Indian Studies Lecturer Phil Klasky comments on California’s gambling expansion; Professor of Management Rick Castaldi offers benefits of the weakened U.S. dollar.

Read Newsmakers:

We mark the passing of Congressman and Professor Emeritus of Economics Tom Lantos.

Read Newsmakers:

Talking Pluto
Paul Woodruff, Daryl K. Royal professor of ethics and American society at the University of Texas at Austin, will give the third annual Raoul Bertrant Lecture in Classics at 7:30 p.m. Monday in HUM 587. Woodruff's talk, "The Necessity of Plato's Metaphysics," will be followed by a reception.


Chamber Singers at Grace Cathedral
The San Francisco State Chamber Singers, an advanced choral group in the School of Music and Dance, will perform an a cappella concert at Grace Cathedral at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Admission is free. Special guests The Australian Voices, San Ramon Valley High School Chamber Singers and San Jose State University Concert Choir will join them. The concert will feature works by Australian composers and traditional folk-song arrangements from Cuba and the Philippines. For details, visit or call ext. 8-1431.

Assessment rubric workshop
Michael Laurie Bishow, director of assessment, academic planning and educational effectiveness, will host a workshop on effective use of rubrics from 3 to 5 p.m. Thursday in BUS 202. Attendees must bring a course syllabus and assignment description to the workshop. To register, call ext. 8-6456,e-mail or visit

Music and Dance Showcase
Students and faculty in the School of Music and Dance will gather at 7:30 p.m. Friday to showcase talent and raise funds for scholarships and academic programs. The second annual School of Music and Dance Showcase, to be held in Knuth Hall, will feature performances by the Alexander String Quartet, SF State’s quartet-in-residence, with pianist and faculty member Roger Woodward; Afiara String Quartet, SF State’s Morrison fellowship quartet-in-residence; and the SF State Chamber Singers.


Percussion festival
The debut performance of the SF State percussion ensemble will highlight a festival at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. The event will feature Steel Bands from Marin City and other professional percussionists and young performers from the Bay Area. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Allen Biggs at

Coming Up
Scholarship Concert Series

Professor of Classical Piano William Corbett-Jones will launch a scholarship fund in his name with the William Corbett-Jones Scholarship Concert Series at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 and Sunday, April 6 in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Tickets for each concert are $15 for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit or the McKenna Theatre box office. To donate to the fund, call Sandra Halladey at ext. 5-2849 or visit

Professor to give speech on Filipino migratory labor
Dawn Mabalon, assistant professor of history, will be the featured speaker at the Labor Archives and Research Center's 22nd anniversary evening program at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29. The event, free and open to the public, takes place at ILWU, Local 34, 4 Berry St. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m.

Prize-winning poet to give public reading
Translator and poet Clayton Eshleman will read and discuss his work from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the Poetry Center, HUM 512. The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the Wordsmith Guild, Creative Writing Department and College of Humanities.

Talking torture
The Philosophy Department is sponsoring a talk by Lecturer Kirk Nutting titled, "Torture as Mental Pain: The Torture Convention, the U.S. Reservations, and the Problem of Other Minds," at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29 in HUM 587.

Erasing stereotypes
The departments of Africana Studies and Women Studies present, "The Mammy Project," a one-woman performance by Michelle Nicole Matlock, from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 29 in HUM 133. The performance will use original music, storytelling and historical speeches to transform the "mammy stereotype." A discussion and reception will follow. For more information, contact Deborah Cohler at ext. 8-1238 or

'Prison Culture: Art, Ideas and Dialogue'
In conjunction with the "Criminal: Art and Criminal Justice in America" exhibit, a March 1 symposium, "Prison/Culture: Art, Ideas and Dialogue," will feature panel discussions and workshops with artists, scholars and activists in criminal justice. The symposium will take place from noon to 6 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Admission is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at: For details, call ext. 8-6535 or visit

Journalism banquet
The Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism will present this year's Founder's Award to Walt Swanston, director of diversity management at National Public Radio, at 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Barbara Rodgers, anchor of CBS Eyewitness News, will emcee the event. For more information, visit

Law, culture and humanities conference
SF State will co-sponsor the 11th annual conference for the Association of Law, Culture and the Humanities March 28 and 29 in Boalt Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus. For more information, visit

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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