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Volume 55, Number 23   February 25, 2008         

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Free admittance to Prosper Days
SF State faculty and students receive free admission to Prosper Days 2008, the annual conference hosted by Prosper Marketplace, Inc., an online lending company. The two-day event, Feb. 25-26 at San Francisco's Parc 55 Hotel, offers information about people-to-people lending, networking opportunities and a keynote address by Stephen Dubner, co-author of "Freakonomics." Alumnus Chris Larsen, co-founder of Prosper Marketplace has extended the special offer for students and faculty. Visit, click "Register Now" and enter code: SFSUNF3ZA3.

Soliciting sustainability submissions
Faculty, staff and students are invited to submit proposals for presentations and posters for the seventh annual University of California, Cal-State University, California Community College 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

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.  For more information and a complete schedule, visit
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New Web template available online
SF State's new Web design template offers a visually appealing and unifying design for the University's colleges and departments. The template provides unified elements to identify official University Web pages, with options that allow college and departmental sites to have a unique look and feel. The template is compliant with SF State Web accessibility guidelines and will help speed and enhance compliance with California State University requirements. For guidelines on template use, and to download the template for application to University Web sites, visit or e-mail the SF State Web team at For more information about SF State's Web accessibility guidelines, visit

Faculty associate openings
Tenured faculty may apply for one of two Faculty Associate positions for fall 2008 in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. Each position brings .20 assigned time to work on one of several possible projects related to teaching and scholarship, including Universal Design for Learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, modeling and teaching equity and social justice and other pertinent areas of interest. The deadline for proposals is April 25. For more information, contact CTFD at or ext. 8-6456.  Applications are available by visiting   

Totem reception
A reception to mark the installation of the totems on the North Plaza of the Cesar Chavez Student Center will be held Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. on the North Plaza lawn outside the Student Center. The totems were created by sculpture instructor Terry Marashlian.

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


News from the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. The agenda will include:

  • Open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m.
  • Approval of the agenda for February 26, 2008
  • Approval of the minutes for the February 12, 2008 meeting
  • A report from Linda Buckley, associate vice president of academic planning and educational effectiveness, on CUSP Committee Reports Graduate Programs
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee about proposed revisions to Academic Senate bylaws
  • Recommendations from the Faculty Affairs Committee about proposed revisions to the syllabus policy 
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed 2008-09 Academic Senate meeting schedule
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval committee regarding proposed revisions to the MFA degree requirements for creative writing. 
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed name change of the Master of Science degree in applied geosciences

For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

Professor of Communication Studies Joseph Tuman commented on some perils of speechwriting; Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Debra Fischer described the complexity of planet-hunting; Diplomat-in-Residence David Fischer suggested reasons behind Kosovo’s recent acknowledged independence; Professor of Political Science Robert Smith offered insights on the departure of members of the Republican party from Congress; and Associate Professor of Design and Industry Martin Linder discussed a project he started in a San Francisco high school.

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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

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. 

Coming Up
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.

Talking torture
The Philosophy Department is sponsoring a talk by Philosophy 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

'Don Juan'
Noted Bay Area director and SF State alumnus Mark Jackson brings "Don Juan" to campus March 6 – 16 in an adaptation he describes as “a psychopathic, cruel, yet very funny production.” Performances will take place in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building, Thursday through Sunday both weeks. Tickets range from $12 to $20. For details, call ext. 8-1341 or visit For tickets, call ext. 8-2467, visit: or visit the Box Office outside McKenna Theatre in the Creative Arts building.

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


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