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Volume 55, Number 34    May 19 , 2008         

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University Budget Committee meeting
The next University Budget Committee meeting is scheduled for May 22 from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the NEC room on the fifth floor of the Administration building.

Alires retirement celebration
Faculty and staff are invited to join the Office of Human Resources Safety and Risk Management to celebrate the retirement of Paul K. Alires on Wednesday, May 28, from 2 to 5 p.m. on the fifth floor terrace of the Administration Building. A contribution of $10 is requested for the celebration.  Please send contributions and RSVP no later than May 23 to Pat Ricketts or ext. 5-3921, Office of Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management, ADM 252.

The SF State faculty book club returns
Faculty are invited to join the SF State faculty book club, organized by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. This summer's reading choice is "The Battle of The Books and other Short Pieces" by Jonathan Swift. A colloquium lunch will occur in the fall. Details on acquiring the book at a substantial discount and more information on the fall meeting will be posted soon to the CTFD website. Visit and select Faculty Bookclub from the navigation bar.

Gator youth sports summer camp
The Department of Kinesiology is hosting its on-campus camp June 16 through July 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday for boys and girls ages 7 to 14. Children of faculty and staff are welcome to sign up immediately. Visit or e-mail for more information.










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SF State Alumni Hall of Fame welcomes inductees
A San Francisco TV news anchor, the co-founder of the Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers and the producer of the "Dr. Phil" show will be inducted into the San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame at a campus reception on May 23. A pioneer in black psychology and education will be honored as the Alumnus of the Year.

  • Ken Bastida (B.A., Radio-TV, 1981) is co-anchor of CBS 5 Eyewitness News. Since he debuted with the CBS affiliate in 1991, Bastida has garnered eight Emmy nominations, including the 2004 award for "Outstanding Achievement in Continuing Coverage" for his series, "Inside the Middle East." In 2007 he received the APTRA Award for "Best News Broadcast - 30 minutes," and an Emmy Award for "Best Evening Newscast - Large Market."
  • Joseph E. Marshall, Jr., Ph.D. (M.A., Education, 1974) left a 25-year career with the San Francisco Unified School District to dedicate his life to understanding and eradicating youth violence. He is the co-founder and executive director of the Omega Boys Club/Street Soldiers headquartered in San Francisco. Marshall's classification of youth violence as a disease was recognized in the 2001 Surgeon General's Report on Youth Violence. Marshall has received numerous awards including the MacArthur Foundation Genius Award, the Leadership Award from the Children's Defense Fund and the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Award from the National Education Association.
  • Carla Pennington (B.A., Radio-TV, 1985), the executive producer of the syndicated TV talk show "Dr. Phil," has held the position since the show premiered seven seasons ago. Under her leadership, "Dr. Phil" has been honored with the PRISM Award, Gracie Allen Award and Women's Image Network Awards, among others. Pennington is also the executive producer of "The Doctors," a new one-hour syndicated daytime talk show, which premieres nationwide Sept. 8.
  • Joseph L. White, Ph.D. (B.A. Psychology, 1954; M.S., Psychology, 1958), a psychologist and Professor Emeritus of Psychology and Psychiatry at University of California, Irvine, is this year's Alumnus of the Year. A pioneer in the field of black psychology, White revolutionized the way people of color are understood in psychology and is widely recognized for improving diversity on college campuses. He helped found the California State University's Educational Opportunities Program (EOP) and was influential in establishing SF State's Black Studies Program, the first of its kind at an American four-year college.

The San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame recognizes alumni who have earned the respect of their peers through professional, cultural and civic achievements. 

Candidates for dean of the College of Creative Arts
Two of the remaining finalists for the position of dean of the College of Creative Arts are scheduled for on-campus visits. The campus is invited to attend the remaining two candidates' presentations and receptions. Receptions will be held in CA 158.

  • Kurt Daw, dean, School of Fine and Performing Arts, SUNY at New Paltz, presentation: Knuth Hall, 4 p.m. Tuesday
  • Terry Applebaum, provost, University of the Arts, Presentation: Knuth Hall, 4 p.m., Thursday

Seventh annual UC/CSU/CCC Sustainability Conference
Registration is open for the seventh annual University of California/California State University/California Community College Sustainability Conference at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo from July 31st to Aug. 3. The conference theme is "Putting Sustainability to Work," which will focus on building a green economy and training students for jobs in a sustainable world. The conference will highlight new research in a variety of areas related to sustainability. Deadline for registration is May 30. For more information and to register, visit

Search for associate vice president for Academic Resources
Nominations and applications are invited for the position of associate vice president for Academic Resources. The search committee will begin reviewing the applications and nominations for this campus-based search on June 2. The position description, including application instructions, is available on the Academic Affairs Web site:

The search committee members are:
Chair: Gerianne Merrigan, chair/professor, Communication Studies
Shirley Girouard, director/professor, School of Nursing
Barbara Luzardi, academic scheduling coordinator, Academic Resources
Antoaneta Petkova, assistant professor, Management
Kenneth Monteiro, dean, College of Ethnic Studies

For additional information, contact Anh Tran at ext. 8-7165 or

Clinical psychologist finalists
All are invited to presentations by the finalists for a clinical psychologist position in Student Health Services/Counseling and Psychological Services. The 20-minute presentations will be followed by a question and answer session in SSB 401. The candidates are:

  • Shannon Ulricke, Monday, 4 p.m.
  • Yolanda E. Gamboa, Thursday, 4 p.m.
  • Don-Anthony L. Capone, May 28, 4 p.m. 

Honoring emeritus/emerita faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual Rites of Passage celebration Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. A list of emeritus/emerita faculty is available by visiting

Job-related travel support available
For the ninth year, the SFSU Retirement Association will provide support for approved, job-related travel. The award cycle alternates between faculty and staff; this year’s awards will be made to staff. Letters of application should contain the purpose of the travel, travel plans and costs. Partial support is often offered. Most awards are less than $1,000. Applications will be received until May 30. Send applications to the SFSU Retirement Association in care of Franklin Sheehan, Mathematics Department, or by e-mail to

News from the Academic Senate
The following is a summary of action items from the Academic Senate's May 13 meeting.

  • The Senate heard a report from CSU International Programs Representative Laura Lisy-Wagner and All-University Committee on International Programs Chair Johnetta Richards on international exchanges between SF State and various foreign universities. SF State continues to lead the CSU in students studying abroad.
  • Distinguished Faculty Awards were announced: Associate Professor of Design and Industry Martin Linder received the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award; Professor of History Jules Tygiel received the Excellence in Professional Achievement Award; and Genie Stowers, director of the public administration department, received the Excellence in Service Award.
  • The Senate passed a resolution honoring departing Senators, congratulating Dean Marilyn Verhey on her retirement, and a resolution opposing cuts in the CSU Budget.
  • The Senate approved discontinuance of the Bachelor of Art in Industrial Arts (BAIA), concentration in Product Design & Development; Bachelor of Art in Industrial Arts (BAIA), concentration in Visual Communication Design; and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT), all in the Design and Industry department.
  • The Senate passed a revised policy on administrative searches. Future search committees will consist, in part, of faculty selected by the Provost and the Executive Committee of the Academic Senate from an elected pool of candidates. Faculty will no longer run for election to individual search committees.
  • Criteria for courses to meet the upper-division composition requirement were passed. The Committee on Written English Proficiency (CWEP) will have the responsibility of receiving proposals for such courses and approving them.
  • The policy on intellectual property proposed by the Strategic Issues Committee was returned to committee for further deliberation.
  • Officers for the 2008-09 Senate were elected. Chair: Shawn Whalen, Communication Studies; Vice-Chair: Dipendra Sinha, professor of engineering; Secretary: Ray Trautman, professor of chemistry; and At-Large members of the Executive Committee: Mohammad Salama, assistant professor of foreign languages and Louise Rehling, director of technical and professional writing.

In this week's insiders: Police Chief Kirk Gaston received a recommendation for a regional campus law enforcement position, Professor of Holistic Healing Erik Peper and Assistant Professor of Holistic Healing Richard Harvey presented at a regional meeting, and Political Science Professor Sujian Guo participated in a panel discussion about the relationship between China and Japan. 

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Elementary Education Daniel Meier argues for elementary education reform; Biology Professor Tom Parker and Lecturer Mike Vasey explore a tree thought to be extinct and Professor of Meteorology Jan Null explains the reason for natural disaster-prone areas.

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Coming Up
Fifth annual Greek Film Festival
The fifth annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival will take place June 6-12 in the Delancey Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, featuring 16 feature-length and short films. An opening night reception will occur Friday June 6 immediately following the films. Tickets are $15 for each screening, $35 for the opening night which includes entrance to the reception, and $25 for a Saturday night double feature. The event is sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, the Center for Modern Greek Studies and the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair at SF State. For more information, visit


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