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Volume 55, Number 32    May 5 , 2008         

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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.

HEI Affinity Group: Healthy Eating and Active Living
The Health Equity Initiative (HEI) invites interested faculty to attend the new Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Affinity Group. This group brings together faculty from diverse fields and disciplines with a common interest in addressing inequities in healthy eating and active living which contribute to obesity and other poor health outcomes. Affinity groups are designed to support the development of innovative research and programs promote health equity. The HEAL Affinity Group will meet Thursday, May 15, from noon to 3 p.m. It includes a keynote address by Dr. Catherine Waters, who will discuss her ACS-funded research project "NuFIT: Nutrition and Fitness for Life" followed by a catered lunch. RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Angelica Martinez at ext. 5-7554 or e-mail by May 1.

Teaching complex language to the next generation
The workshop, "Practical Pedagogy: Teaching Complex Language to the 21st Century Student," will take place Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in HUM 587. Led by Professor of English Bruce Avery, the workshop will examine practical methods to engage young people in complex literary texts. Reserve a spot by calling ext. 8-6456, e-mailing or by visiting the POWER Web site at

Stress management workshop
Albert Angelo, health educator in student health, counseling and psychological services, will lead the workshop, "Learning to Manage Stress at Work and Play," Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. in BH 223. The talk will focus on techniques for coping with stress and ways to foster a balanced, healthful lifestyle and work environment. RSVP by calling ext. 8-6456, e-mailing or by visiting the POWER Web site at












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Joseph L. White named Alumnus of the Year
Distinguished psychologist Joseph L. White, Ph.D., has been named SF State's 2008 Alumnus of the Year. Since studying psychology at SF State in the 1950s, White laid the foundation for a new movement which introduced black perspectives into traditional psychology. His scholarship and activism has revolutionized the way people of color are perceived and understood in psychology.

In 1968, White returned to SF State as a professor of psychology and dean of undergraduate studies. Following the student strike that year, he was instrumental in establishing the University's Black Studies Program. Later in his career, White helped start the Educational Opportunities Program (EOP), which provides supportive pathways for disadvantaged students to enroll at California State University campuses. He spent many years at the University of California, Irvine, where he is professor emeritus of psychology and psychiatry. White will receive the Alumnus of the Year award at the University’s 107th Commencement exercises on May 24.

University promotes responsible commuting
To better understand the commuting habits of the community and to ensure safe, sustainable and convenient travel to and from campus, the University conducted an extensive transportation survey April 30. Surveying teams collected information regarding the number of people entering and exiting campus. On May 1, members of the campus community received an online survey via e-mail regarding their travel patterns, which will add valuable information about campus commute habits. Members of the campus community have until May 5 to complete the online survey. For more information, contact Campus Planner Wendy Bloom at ext. 8-3838. To complete the survey, visit

Web template updates
The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) wants to hear from those using the new Web template to redesign their Web sites so Web designers can stay informed of changes to the template as they are introduced. E-mail with the name and address of the site and a brief description of the project so DoIT can forward information about changes to the template as they are introduced. Individuals in charge of department Web sites are invited to attend a question and answer session about the new Web template ( hosted by University Communications and DoIT's Web Team. The session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesday in ADM 103. Attend and learn from others who have implemented the template. Comments and questions are welcomed in advance. Seating is limited. To RSVP, e-mail

Web site accessibility workshop
Individuals in charge of department Web sites are invited to attend a Web site-accessibility workshop hosted by the Disability Programs and Resource Center and the Division of Information Technology's Web Team. The session will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday in the NEC room on the fifth floor of the Administration Building. Learn to conduct a manual accessibility assessment on your site and how to review an automated accessibility report. Common accessibility problems and solutions will also be addressed. Seating is limited. To RSVP, e-mail the Web Team at

Finalists announced for dean of faculty affairs and professional development
Interviews for dean of faculty affairs and professional development begin this week. The finalists are:

  • Nathan Avani, professor/chair, Secondary Education
  • Betsy Blosser, professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
  • Caran Colvin, associate dean, College of Business
  • Wanda Lee, associate dean, College of Health and Human Services
  • Pamela Vaughn, associate dean, Faculty Development and director of CTFD

There will be an opportunity for the campus community to meet with the candidates. More information will be forthcoming in e-mails to deans and department chairs.

Honoring emeritus/emerita faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual Rites of Passage celebration Monday, May 19, 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

Retirement Basics, an introduction to CalPERS
Paul K. Alires, senior benefits analyst in human resources, will present workshops to give lecturers and tenure track faculty an overview of the CalPERS program May 6, 8 and 14 from noon to 1 p.m. in HSS 233. Topics include: learning how CalPERS works, planning for retirement, benefit plans payable after retiring and choosing a retirement date. Limited seats are available. RSVP by phone only to Paul K. Alires at ext. 8-2683 or ext. 8-1872.

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 April 29 meeting.

  • Associate Vice President Linda Buckley presented an overview of the WASC accreditation process for SF State. Accreditation will proceed in stages beginning with an institutional proposal to be submitted in Fall 2008 and culminating in a WASC on-campus review of educational effectiveness in Fall 2011.
  • The Senate will elect its 2008-09 officers and standing committee chairs at the May 13 meeting.
  • The Senate filled positions on a number of boards and committees: Darlene Yee was re-elected to the Enrollment Management Committee; Karen Johnson-Carroll and David Meredith were re-elected to the Board of Appeals and Review; Adam Burke was elected to the All-University Committee on International Programs; and Robert Collins was elected to the All-University Teacher Education Committee.
  • Changes to the degree programs in Design and Industry were approved by the Senate including consolidating two existing programs into a new B.S. in Design.
  • The Senate adopted a policy on timely adoption of textbooks and other course materials. Under this policy the Provost will establish deadlines for adoption of texts each semester.
  • The Senate heard three policies in first reading: a new policy on criteria for courses to meet the upper-division writing requirement, a revised policy on administrative searches and a new policy on ownership of intellectual property developed by University employees.
  • CFA President Ramon Castellblanch reported on activities in support of the CSU budget. Two activities were emphasized: a phone-in to the Governor's Office on May 8 at the Student Union and a resolution in support of fully funding higher education that will appear before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on May 20.

For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

Election results announced
In the recently completed University-wide election, the following individuals were elected to serve:
At-Large Academic Senator

  • Nathan Avani, professor/chair, Secondary Education
  • Eileen Levy, assistant professor, Social Work

Academic Freedom Committee

  • John P. Elia, associate professor/associate chair, Health Education

Search Committee for AVP of Academic Resources

  • Gerianne Merrigan, professor/chair, Communication Studies
  • Antoaneta Petkova, assistant professor, Management
  • Shirley Girouard, director, School of Nursing

Honorary Degree Committee

  • Rita Takahashi, professor/director, School of Social Work

University Tenure and Promotions Committee

  • David Ellis, professor, Mathematics
  • Nancy "Sami" Reist, professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
  • Julia Lewis, professor, Psychology

University Advancement Activities Advisory Committee

  • Scott Patterson, chair/professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
  • Joseph Greenwell, director, Student Programs/Office of Leadership Development

Educational Policies Council Meeting
The Educational Policies Council will meet Tuesday in ADM 560 to hear a proposal to discontinue the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Art in Industrial Arts (B.A.I.A.) Concentration in Product Design and Development
  • Bachelor of Art in Industrial Arts (B.A.I.A.) Concentration in Visual Communication Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (B.S.I.T.)

If approved, the Concentrations and Degree Programs will be replaced by the proposed:

  • Bachelor of Science in Design (B.S.) Concentration in Industrial Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Design (B.S.) Concentration in Product Design & Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Design (B.S.) Concentration in Visual Communication Design

The proposal will be heard no later than 2:45 p.m.

In this issue of Insiders: Professor of Anthropology Bernard Wong was chosen to be a distinguished speaker at a conference in China and Associate Professor of Creative Writing Peter Orner published a new book on undocumented immigrants in the U.S.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Communication Studies Joseph Tuman discusses the Pennsylvania primaries; Professor and Chair of Criminal Justice Studies Michael Musheno co-authors a book about the U.S. Army Reserves and Professor of History Jules Tygiel comments on Barry Bonds' fame.

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Chinese speech competition at SF State
The Confucius Institute will hold the seventh annual Chinese Bridge speech competition for Bay Area College students Saturday from 1 to 9 p.m. in HUM 587. The 18 contestants from SF State, University of California, Berkeley, University of San Francisco, Diablo Valley Community College and City College of San Francisco will share their Chinese learning stories and connections to Chinese history and culture. "Chinese Night" will take place from 5 to 9 p.m., and allow students to experience language and culture through traditional Chinese games.

Krasny to speak to Friends of J. Paul Leonard Library
Professor of English Michael Krasny will speak Monday from 2 to 4 p.m. in HUM 587 at the Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library's annual meeting. Krasny, who hosts KQED's "Forum," will discuss his book, "Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life." The event is open to the public.

Big Band
The SF State Big Band, directed by Music lecturer Andrew Speight, performs jazz standards at a free concert at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit

Director lecture
John Swanbeck, director of the film The Big Kahuna (1999) featuring Kevin Spacey and Danny DeVito, will discuss "Hollywood and the Actors/Directors Relationship" at 1 p.m., Tuesday in CA 107. The event is free and open to the public. For details, call ext. 8-1341 or e-mail the Theatre Arts Department at

Women and music in the Italian synagogue
Francesco Spagnolo, head of research at the Judah Magnes Museum in Berkeley, will speak Thursday at 3:30 p.m. in HUM 587. The talk, "Doubly Emancipated, Doubly Forgotten: Women and Music in the Italian Synagogue," is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Italian Language Program, Department of Women Studies, World Music and Dance Program and the Department of Music and Dance. For more information, contact the Jewish Studies Program at ext. 8-6075.

Artist Lecture Series
The Art Department presents a lecture by SF State alumna Lynn Hershman Leeson Thursday at 7 p.m. in FA 193. Hershman Leeson will discuss her groundbreaking work in photography, video, film, installation and interactive computer and Internet-based media art. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-2176 or visit

Slum upgrading
The College of BSS presents Ashok Das, professor of urban studies, who will speak on "Desiring Empowerment Through Participatory Slum Upgrading: Evidence From Post-Decentralized Indonesia" Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 361. The talk is part of the Spring 2008 BSS Faculty Research Series. Das’ research focuses on participatory slum upgrading. The event is open to the public. For more information, e-mail Kathy Johnson at

'City of Angels'
The Theatre Arts Department brings "City of Angels" to the McKenna Theatre stage at 8 p.m. May 8-10 and at 2 p.m. on May 11. The long-running, Tony-winning Broadway musical embraces the film noir and detective story genres in a story of crime, love, affairs and the fine line between truth and fiction -- all in classic Hollywood fashion. The director of the production is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Barbara Damashek, the  Tony Award-nominated director of the 1985 musical “Quilters.” For details, call ext. 8-1341 or visit the Theatre Arts Web site at For tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Science and Engineering showcase
The best of SF State student scientists compete for more than $8,000 in prizes at the 10th Annual College of Science and Engineering Student Project Showcase on Friday from 3 to 7:30 p.m. in GYM 100.The event will also feature a talk by Professor of Astronomy Adrienne Cool, "Spying on Star Clusters with Space Observatories," at 6:40 p.m. For more information, call ext. 8-7662 or visit

An Evening in Vienna
The University Chorus and University Orchestra perform the Lord Nelson Mass by Joseph Haydn plus music from the Viennese tradition at 8 p.m. May 9 and 10 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 100 Diamond St., San Francisco. Piano, voice, chamber, string and brass solos will be included. Assistant Professor of Music David J. Xiques will conduct. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $15 for general admission. Tickets will be available at the door. For details, call ext. 8-1431.

Coming Up
'Oculus' exhibit
"Oculus," the 19th annual Design and Industry Department exhibition, features a wide array of innovative designs in visual communication, multimedia/digital, electronics, furniture manufacturing and green and universal design. It takes place in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center, from May 13 to 16. A reception will be held May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-2211 or visit

'Nohgaku Kai': Classical Japanese theatre

The Theatre Arts Department and Theatre of Yugen present "Nohgaku Kai" May 15 and 16 at 8 p.m. and May 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. Combining elements of song, dance, mask, space and time, Nohgaku combines the Japanese noh (drama) and Kyogen (comedy) traditions. Kai is a meeting. Visiting artist Jubilith Moore is director. The May 15-17 performances take place in the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building. The May 18 performance takes place at Theatre of Yugen, 2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco. Admission is $5. For details, call ext. 8-1341 or visit:
Spring Sing
The annual Spring Sing concert features the Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus performing arrangements of folk tunes, modern a cappella, classical and opera works and spirituals. The concert takes place May 15 at 7:30 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 321 Taraval St., San Francisco. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for students and seniors. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit:

BECAfest 2008
The top documentary, sports, advertising, drama, news magazine and music recordings by Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts students throughout the year are showcased at BECAfest 2008, May 15 at 7 p.m. in Studio One, Creative Arts building. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-1787 or visit:

Film Finals and more
Showcasing the year’s top student films, the juried Film Finals on May 16 at 7 p.m. caps a week of nonstop movies and commentary. The 48th annual screening, in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building, features a mix of animation, experimental, documentary, narrative and film noir. Tickets are $7 general and $5 for students and seniors. Other Cinema Department events during the week include the Film Previews from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12-13; Animation Finals on May 16 at 3 p.m.; and Visual Anthropology/Documentary for Social Justice screenings May 14 at 7:30 p.m. These events are free and held in the August Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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