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Volume 56, Number 31    April 13, 2009         

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Defensive driving training scheduled
The next defensive driver training is scheduled for May 11. A morning session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the facilities training room (TR-101) in the corporation yard. To register, call the Office of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety at ext. 8-1449. Attendees are requested to provide their name, department, e-mail address, phone number, California driver's license number and license class when calling.

Estate planning workshop
The University Development office will host "Mysteries of Wills, Trusts and Estate Planning: What's the Difference Anyway?" an estate planning seminar, on April 30 and May 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in HUM 587. Grace Robinson, director of planned giving, will explain how to set up a simple estate plan and will answer questions about the topic. To register, contact Robinson at ext. 5-3809 or

CalPERS retirement application session
CalPERS representatives will be on campus to assist in filling out CalPERS retirement applications on May 11 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. in ADM 460. Seating is limited and available only to those retiring within three to four months. Spouses are welcome to attend. Contact Victoria Ramos-Sponza at ext. 5-3935 to enroll.

Oakland A's college night
The Oakland A's are extending a special deal to SF State faculty and staff The team will host College Night with the Oakland Athletics April 24 at 7:05 p.m. against the Tampa Bay Rays. For $20, purchasers get a seat in the Plaza Outfield, a $5 food/drink coupon and a college night T-shirt. For more information, visit

Book order processing begins
The SFSU Bookstore is now processing orders for summer and fall terms. The Bookstore will once again offer every department on campus a $1,000 Bookstore gift card if at least 90 percent of Fall 2009 textbook orders (as posted in the class schedule) for that department are received by April 15.  Orders can be placed online at, e-mailed to or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp
The Department of Kinesiology will host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 7 to 14. The camp will take place on campus June 15 to July 24, Monday through Friday, from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Dave Walsh at ext. 8-7856 or or visit

Children's Campus enrollment open
The Children’s Campus Child Care Center is now enrolling children (six months to five years old) for the summer and fall semesters. The summer program runs from June 8 to Aug. 14. The fall semester starts Aug. 24. The summer pre-K program will focus on skills associated with a successful transition into kindergarten. Information can be found at or by calling ext. 5-4011.

Rosser appointed provost
Sue V. Rosser, a scholar who has focused on attracting and retaining women in science, has been appointed provost of SF State.  Currently dean of the Georgia Institute of Technology's Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Rosser will begin her new responsibilities on August 15, 2009.

"Dr. Rosser was the top choice of every group with whom she met formally during her campus visit, a judgment I heartily share," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "Above all, she offers the personal qualities that make her the right choice for us. Pragmatic yet visionary, seasoned yet open to new ideas, she will provide strong, harmonious leadership at a time of exceptional challenge."

As provost, Rosser will assume the second ranking leadership position at SF State, responsible for all aspects of the curriculum and academic program. Rosser will replace John Gemello, who will retire at the end of the 2009 academic year.  

"I am deeply honored to be asked to join the SF State community, which is uniquely positioned to forward the state and local research agenda and teach the leaders of the next generation of Californians," Rosser said. "I look forward to working with my colleagues to take full advantage of SF State's remarkable strengths."

At Georgia Tech, where she is the institution's first female academic dean, Rosser holds the additional titles of professor of history, technology and society; professor of public policy; and adjunct professor of biology, reflecting a broad range of academic interests and achievements. She holds an endowed chair, the Ivan Allen Dean's Chair of Liberal Arts and Technology. Prior to Georgia Tech, she led women's studies programs at the University of Florida, the nine-campus University of South Carolina system and Mary Baldwin College. Rosser received her Ph.D. in zoology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1973.

Morris Dees, Willie Mays to receive honorary degrees
Two individuals who have contributed greatly to their professions and society will receive honorary degrees at SF State's 108th Commencement ceremony held on Saturday, May 23. Morris Dees, founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, will receive a Doctor of Laws from the California State University and will also be the keynote speaker for the Commencement exercises. Baseball Hall of Famer Willie Mays will receive a Doctor of Humane Letters.

As a civil rights lawyer and co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Dees has made it his life's mission to fight for equality for all people. Born and raised in Alabama, Dees witnessed the racial inequality that was woven into the social fabric of the segregated South. In the late 1960s, he sold his successful publishing business to return to practicing law, successfully using the civil courts to protect marginalized men and women. Dees opened a small law office in Montgomery, Ala., and in the face of significant public opposition, pursued controversial civil rights cases. One of his early cases resulted in the desegregation of the all-white Montgomery YMCA. In 1971, Dees co-founded the Southern Poverty Law Center, a civil rights law firm, now internationally known for its legal victories against hate groups.

Mays came to San Francisco when the Giants moved from New York in 1958. Since then, the "Say Hey Kid" has become synonymous with San Francisco and opened the door to higher education for countless underprivileged youth in the Bay Area. Regarded by many as the best all-around player in baseball history, Mays won two Most Valuable Player awards and finished his career with 660 home runs to rank fourth on the all-time career home run list. The Willie Mays Say Hey Foundation was founded in 1972 to support education and enrichment of underprivileged youth through education, training and community support. The foundation has provided college scholarships to youth and continues to emphasize vocational training and community enrichment in the Bay Area. The foundation donated $12,000 to the Guardian Scholars program at SF State.

Dean of the College of Education candidate
Richard Navarro, professor of global issues in education and integrative studies at California State Polytechnic University, will be on campus April 22 for a presentation and reception from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HUM 587.

Community Engagement Awards announced
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement announced the recipients of the 2008-09 Community Service Learning Award, Community Engagement Award and Jefferson Award. Associate Professor of Design and Industry Martin Linder received the Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Engagement. Creative Arts student Andrew Marco and Liberal Studies student Claudine Camacho were awarded the Community Service Learning Student Award. Michael Bennett of the Visitacion Valley Violence Prevention Program received the Community Service Learning Community Partner Award. Bridget McCracken, director of academic services in Public Administration and Colin Cahill of the Anthropology department received the Community Engagement Staff and Student Awards. Also, Associate Professor of Anthropology Marianna Ferreira was nominated for the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service Civic Engagement Initiative.

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:

  • A recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Enrollment Management Committee Membership, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding proposed revisions to the course repeat policy, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the written English proficiency policy, #S07-14, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed GWAR course requirements, policy #S08-14, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the policy on religious holidays, Policy #F00-212, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Educational Policies Council regarding the proposed discontinuance of the Minor in Family and Consumer Sciences, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Educational Policies Council regarding the proposed discontinuance of the M.A. in Social Science, concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution on affordable textbooks, first reading

Faculty nominations begin
University-wide faculty nominations for the following positions will begin April 10: Academic Freedom Committee; At-Large Academic Senator; Administrative Search Committee Pool; Honorary Degree Committee; Post Promotion Increase Appeals Committee (PPI). To submit a ballot, visit the Academic Senate Web site or For more information, visit, call ext. 8-1264 or e-mail with "nominations" in the subject line.

Staff nomination period ends April 17
The staff nominations period for Academic Senate representatives will end April 17. Visit the Senate Web site for more information. To nominate yourself or a colleague, visit

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Counseling Robert Chope discusses the importance of work routines in tough economic times.

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SF State received $1,176,152 in grants and contracts in March.

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Scott Macomber’s trumpet recital
Music Lecturer Scott Macomber performs a trumpet recital Monday at 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Macomber will be accompanied by pianist Steve Damonte and others. The program includes works by Hansen, Hindemith, Maxwell Davies and Francaix. Macomber is principal trumpet of the Napa Valley Symphony and second trumpet of the Santa Rosa Symphony and Sacramento Philharmonic. Tickets are $10 general and $5 students. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

LGBT/Queer presentation, event
The campus community is invited to an LGBT/Queer mixer, with a presentation by Caitlin Ryan, director of the Family Acceptance Project, on her work with LGBT youth and their families, Tuesday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. Following the presentation, campus groups and academic programs addressing LGBT/Queer concerns will have an opportunity to share ideas and experiences. The event is presented by Safe Zone/Allies Project, Counseling and Psychological Services, ASI EROS, The Caesar Chavez Institute and the California Faculty Association. For more information or to RSVP, contact Mary Cavagnaro at Those requiring disability accommodations should contact Shannon Ulrike at ext. 8-2208.

Donate Life California Campus Campaign Challenge
Students and faculty in the School of Nursing will host a daylong donor registration event at SF State Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Centennial Drive. SF State will partner with the California Transplant Donor Network to launch the Donate Life California Campus Campaign Challenge and inform and inspire students, staff and faculty, to learn about organ and tissue donation and make the decision of whether to register as a donor.

Jazz Week
The School of Music and Dance presents Jazz Week from Wednesday to Friday in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. The week kicks off April 15 at 1 p.m. with a free concert by the Vocal Jazz Ensemble featuring Lecturer Renée Lubin, star of "Beach Blanket Babylon." At 7:30 p.m. April 15-16, the Big Band and jazz combos will perform. At 7:30 p.m. April 17, the SF State Gospel Choir will perform. Tickets for the latter three concerts are $10 general and $5 students. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467.

Collaborations with Youth as Equals
Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Antwi Akom and Associate Professor of Anthropology James Quesada will present "The Challenge and Politics of Inclusion: Collaborations with Youth as Equals," Wednesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in HSS 206. The event is part of the Community-Engaged Scholarship/Community-Based Participatory Research Spring Speaker Series. An open discussion will follow.

Anthropology brown bag
Assistant Professor of Anthropology Cynthia Wilczak will present "Gender Roles, Status and Work Stress in 3D: Reflections on Method and Theory in Bioarchaeology" during the Anthropology Department's Brown Bag Series. The talk takes place Wednesday from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in BUS 218.

Dealing with students of concern session
Faculty are invited to a session about dealing with students of concern on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. in SSB 404. The question and answer session will provide information and discussion on dealing with students who are disruptive and may have violated the student conduct code. To RSVP, contact Student Affairs at ext. 8-2032. The session is sponsored by the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.

Environmental studies colloquium
The Department of Environmental Studies will host a colloquium on sustainability, the economy and its effects on American society on Thursday from 7 to 9 p.m. in HSS 310. Professor of Urban Studies Raquel Pinderhughes will make an initial presentation on the green transition, followed by discussion. Attendees are encouraged to bring something to share for the event's potluck.

African American community health fair
The 16th annual African American Community Health Fair will take place Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Quad. The campus community is invited to interact with social service and healthcare agencies and community groups from the African American community. The event will also feature free glaucoma screenings, blood pressure checks and other health information. For more information, contact Albert Angelo at ext. 8-3039 or

Remembering Dave Middleton
The Division of Information Technology will celebrate the life of Dave Middleton at the Towers Conference Center Thursday at 4 p.m. To RSVP, call ext. 8-1133 or e-mail

Cultural identity of Persian Speakers
Mitra Ara, lecturer of Persian languages, will deliver the lecture "A Collective Memory: Cultural Identity of Persian Speakers," Tuesday from 10:10 a.m. to noon in HUM 587. The lecture will discuss cultural and national identities of Persian speakers in various nations.

Coming Up
'Cordelia (from Town to Town)'
The Theatre Arts department's production of "Cordelia (from Town to Town)," follows the adventures of the remnants of a theatre troupe, represented by the characters of Lear, Cordelia and The Fool, as they travel in search of performance gigs. The production travels to SOMArts Cultural Center, 934 Brannan St., San Francisco, April 17-18 at 8 p.m.  and 2 p.m. April 19. The original script, by Argentinean playwright Alberto Adellach, is an adaptation of Shakespeare's "King Lear." Professor of Theatre Arts Carlos Barón has translated the play to English and added a new scene and lyrics. Tickets are $10. For details and tickets, call 415-863-1414 or visit

Center for Teaching and Faculty Development brown bag session
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a brown bag session April 17 with Jerry Shapiro, professor of social work, and the University Interdisciplinary Council from noon to 1:30 p.m. in BH 333. Beverages and fruit will be provided.

M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition
The Art department presents its annual M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts building, from April 18 to May 15. Admission is free. Emerging artists Wendy Crittenden, Eilish Cullen, Tom Griscom, Michael Namkung, Rosie Sesler, Clare Szydloswki, Allison Tungseth and Tyson Washburn present work in photography, sculpture, painting, conceptual and information arts, installation, performance art and more. The exhibition's opening, April 18 from 1 to 4 p.m., coincides with the Senior Open House, in which art by graduating seniors will be displayed throughout the Fine Arts building. For details, call ext. 8-6535 or visit

'misc romance'
The Creative Writing and Theatre Arts Department present "misc romance," a new play by creative writing graduate student James Wilson April 17 and 18 at 8 p.m. and April 19 at 2 p.m. The performance will take place at El Teatro de la Esperanza, 2940 16th St. Tickets are $5 and $10. For more information, call ext. 8-7605.

Morrison Artists Series: Cuarteto Latinoamericano and Manuel Barrueco
SF State's Morrison Artists Series presents a free concert with Cuarteto Latinoamericano and Manuel Barrueco April 19 at 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. Known worldwide as the leading proponent of Latin American music for string quartet, the Mexico-based Cuarteto Latinoamericano has garnered several Grammy nominations. Classical guitarist Manuel Barrueco, also a Grammy nominee, contributes his unique artistry, seductive sound and uncommon lyrical gifts to the performance. They will perform works by Guastavino, Daugherty, del Aguila, Frank and Piazzolla. In addition, Barrueco and Saul Gropman, Morrison Artists Series artistic director, will convene for a public discussion at 2 p.m. April 19 in CA 146. For details, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Global warming and world hunger
Assistant Professor of International Relations Kathleen McAfee will present the lecture "Slowing Global Warming and Relieving World Hunger: Must We Choose Between Them?" April 20 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 361. The talk is part of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Faculty Research Series.

The SAFE Place will host "Transcendence," an event to raise awareness of sexual violence and celebrate strength and resilience of survivors of sexual assault April 20 from noon to 2 p.m. in Malcolm X Plaza. For more information, contact Ismael de Guzman at ext. 8-1203 or

Taking the pain out of PowerPoint
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) presents "Taking the Pain out of PowerPoint" on April 21 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in BH 333. The session, led by CTFD Publications Director Kelli Stanley will help attendees unlock the program's potential. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at

Bike to School Earth Day
The Environmental Studies Department invites faculty and staff to walk, bike or take public transportation to work on April 22 as part of Bike to School Earth Day. The Colleges of Health and Human Services, Science and Engineering and Education will provide free food to all riders.

Informal writing workshop
Betsy Blosser, professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, and Mary Soliday, director of writing across the curriculum (WAC), will lead a workshop to show how SF State faculty -- as well as faculty in other WAC programs nationwide -- teach using informal writing. The workshop will take place April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. in BH 333. They will also provide examples of how professors use informal writing to teach content, engage students in discussion and prepare classes for more formal assignments. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at

CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning: Student Engagement in Learning
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host the Webinar, "Student Engagement in Learning April 23 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in BH 229. Ed Nuhfer, director of faculty development, CSU Channel Islands, will lead the CSU-wide Webinar on engaging students and promoting engagement in classes. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at

Storytelling and bilingual students
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host the session, "What Does Storytelling Tell Us About Language and Learning of Bilingual Students -- Implications for Language Sciences and Children’s Education," April 30 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HUM 473. Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature Masahiko Minami will explore how different languages signal meaning and the larger implications for teaching bilingual children and adults. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at 

'Still Dreaming…1968…'
The departments of Raza Studies and Sociology will co-present "Still Dreaming…1968…" April 30 at 7 p.m. and May 1 at 8 p.m. at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, 2868 Mission St. The event will celebrate the role of artists in the student movements of 1968 and those who came before and after. The event will also feature live musical performances and presentations by SF State faculty. For more information, contact Ed McCaughan, Sociology Department chair, at or ext. 8-1090.



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