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Volume 55, Number 18   January 21, 2008         

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Spring 2008 iLearn workshops
Academic Technology invites faculty and staff to attend free workshops on iLearn, SF State's official online learning management system. Faculty and staff may attend multiple workshops, which are staggered and repeated to accommodate different schedules. Registration is required. To register, visit: For details, contact or call ext. 5-3536.

Prevent Bookstore fines
The SFSU Bookstore staff reminds all teaching faculty to inform them of book cancellations, course cancellations or enrollment changes that may have occurred since textbook orders were placed for the spring 2008 semester. If a book has not been legitimately cancelled by an instructor, students will be charged a new 10 percent restocking fee for textbook returns. For more information, contact the Bookstore at or ext. 8-7377.

Community forum: 'Why Vote?'
KQED Education Network and the SF Freedom School, in partnership with SF State, present a free community forum exploring the relationship between voting and active citizenship. Panelists Julian Mocine-McQueen, an SF State alumnus and founder of the San Francisco League of Young Voters; Phil Hutchings, a member of Bay Area Civil Rights Veterans; and Lisa Frederiksen Bohannon of the Easy Voter Guide Project will lead a discussion about voting, citizenship and democratic participation. The event runs from 7 to 9 p.m. on Jan. 31 in HUM 154. For more information, contact Kathy Emery at or (415) 703-0465.

Soul food coming soon
Jessie's HotHouse has been selected as the official soul food vendor at SF State. The venue will open soon in the west plaza of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. For more information, please visit

Budget Committee meeting
The next University Budget Committee (UBC) meeting will take place from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 in ADM 560.

Stress management workshop
Albert Angelo, a health educator for Student Health Services and the Counseling and Psychological Services Center, will lead a workshop on stress management from noon to 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 in BH 223. Participants will learn how to identify causes of stress and create a balanced lifestyle and work environment. To register, call ext. 8-6456 , visit or e-mail

Effective syllabus workshop
John Blando, associate professor of counseling, and Kitty Millet, assistant professor of Jewish studies, will lead a workshop on syllabus development from 3 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 14 in HSS 233. They will share their syllabus-planning strategies and explain why a syllabus can be a teacher's best friend. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or visit










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Campus to focus on climate change
Focus the Nation, a teach-in designed to both educate the next generation of leaders about global warming and identify the most pressing decisions for the next 10 years, will be held from 9 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 30, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Jan. 31 in Jack Adams Hall. SF State is one of more than 1,000 campuses that will participate in the nationwide event.

Guest speakers include Michael Glanz of the National Center for Atmospheric Research; Dennis Martinez of the Indigenous Peoples Restoration Network; and Van Jones, founder of the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. Attendees will learn about climate change solutions taking place in California, in the business community and on the SF State campus; calculate their personal carbon footprint; and see how their lifestyle choices directly affect the environment.

A goal of the teach-in is to bring citizens together with government leaders to discuss solutions to global warming and to highlight the social justice issues of climate change. San Francisco Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi will participate in a policymakers panel, along with other representatives from local, city and state government.

Faculty are encouraged to bring their students to the teach-in. For more information, including the complete schedule of events, visit or call ext. 5-0326.

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. Faculty members can help ensure a strong pool of applicants by actively encouraging students to apply. Current students, as well as those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2007, are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 18. The SF State campus competition will take place Feb. 25-March 7.

The University will select up to 10 campus winners to compete in the CSU system-wide competition on May 2-3 at CSU East Bay. SF State students have done well in past competitions, including three first-place awards last year.

Student registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies Web site at Participants will also exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase in May. For questions, contact Lisa White, associate dean of graduate studies, at

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 in mid-February. 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
At the last meeting of the Academic Senate, held Dec. 11:

  • Senators were formally introduced to Steve Kawa, director of the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Leadership Center.
  • Oswaldo Garcia, professor and chair of the Geosciences Department and faculty coordinator of academic program review/academic planning and educational effectiveness, reported on the University's plans to join more than 1,000 campuses across the country in the Focus the Nation teach-in on climate change, Jan. 30-31. The senate passed a resolution supporting the teach-in.
  • The Academic Policies Committee presented a proposal for a policy on Graduate Continuous Enrollment. The proposal will continue in second reading at the next senate meeting on Feb. 12.
  • The senate approved two new academic programs: a master's degree in computer science with a concentration in computing and business, and a bachelor's degree in English with a concentration in English education.
  • The senate debated its own reapportionment.

For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

Read about the latest published articles by Bill Issel, professor emeritus of history, and Hsiao-Yun Chu, assistant professor of design and industry; a new study by Marc O. Anderson, assistant professor of chemistry; a conference panel on Arab homelands organized by Rabab Abdulhadi, associate professor of ethnic studies; and a video screened at Sundance created in part by Jorge Sanchez, research specialist at the Cesar Chavez Institute.

Read Insiders:

This week in Newsmakers: Engineering Lecturer David Calkins discusses the robots in our everyday lives; Assistant Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride's scholarly pursuit of director John Ford is featured; and Professor of Urban Studies Raquel Pinderhughes provides insights on the "green-collar" market.

Read Newsmakers:

We mark the passing of Jane Zeile, professor of chemistry, and Jack Welpott, professor emeritus of photography.

Read more about them at In Memoriam:

Coming Up
'Nappoli Milionaria'
The Theatre Arts Student Association and the Theatre Arts Department invite faculty and staff to "Napoli Milionaria," Jan. 31-Feb. 10 in the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building. Set in Naples, Italy, at the height of World War II, this satirical tale follows the Jovine family's perseverance through Mussolini’s fascist regime and post-war occupation by the Allies. Tickets are $10; $8 for students and seniors. For information, visit and or call ext. 8-1341.

Celebrating Traditions: Art exhibition and lectures
An exhibition of Chinese paintings and calligraphy to commemorate the 60th anniversary of New Asia College in Hong Kong will be on display at the Downtown Campus Feb. 8-July 31. The collection, organized by the New Asia College Alumni Association of Northern California, includes painting and calligraphy by New Asia College alumni. Lectures on Chinese brush painting techniques and hidden meanings in Chinese art will take place in February and March. An opening reception will be held Feb. 8. For more information, visit or contact Terry Yip at

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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