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Volume 56, Number 20    January 26, 2009         

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University Budget Committee meeting scheduled
The University Budget Committee will meet Jan. 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the NEC Room on the fifth floor of the Administration building.

Fitness Plus offers new services
Fitness Plus, the fitness, health and wellness program for SF State faculty, staff and retirees, can help participants achieve fitness goals. The spring semester begins on Jan. 26. Fitness Plus offers a variety of fitness and wellness activities including cardio-step, boot camp classes, swimming, pilates and yoga. Most classes are offered during the typical lunch hour. This semester features an expanded aquatics program to include additional offerings in addition to complimentary wellness coaching. The first two weeks of Fitness Plus is complimentary to all SF State faculty, staff and retirees. For more information, e-mail 

10th Annual Crab Feed Dinner announced
The SF State baseball and softball teams will host the 10th Annual Crab Feed Dinner on Jan. 31 at the Janet Pomeroy Center. This event kicks off the upcoming season, with proceeds benefiting the scholarship fund of both teams. Diners can enjoy fresh crab, pasta, dessert, beverages, an auction and hourly prize drawings. Tickets are $75 per person or $500 for a table of eight. For reservations, contact Tony Dress at ext. 8-1226; Cristina Byrne at ext. 8-1063 or Cathy McDermott at ext. 8-1193.

Academic Technology schedule available
In Spring 2009, Academic Technology (AT) will offer workshops related to using technology in physical and virtual environments. The topics range from making a teaching-with-technology plan to using technology for collaboration, coursework and research. All faculty and staff may attend AT workshops for free. For more information, contact AT at or ext. 5-3536. Workshop information and registration is available at

Faculty learning communities formed
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) will launch and support new Faculty Learning Communities (FLC) in interdisciplinary teaching, sustainability, and scholarship of teaching for Spring 2009. The communities are designed to bring faculty together and help build a community of shared interest. Each FLC will receive $500 in support from CTFD, is limited to 10 faculty and will meet at least three times face-to-face during the semester. Each will be faculty-led and develop organically. For more information and to sign up, contact CTFD at or ext. 8-6456.

CTFD initiates Brown Bag Series for spring
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) will sponsor a series of Brown Bag gatherings this semester. The meetings will include informal conversations with campus leaders on Friday afternoons from Feb. 13 to May 8. The series is designed to address questions and foster open, accessible dialogue among colleagues and the campus community. The first meeting will feature Gail Evans, dean of undergraduate studies, Feb. 13, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in BH 333. Beverages and fruit will be provided.

CTFD workshop postponed
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development's "Assessing Student Reading, Part One" workshop, originally scheduled for Feb. 5, has been postponed to March 5 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.

OLLI Open House
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) provides non-credit classes, activities and discussion forums at the Downtown Campus for anyone 50 and older. OLLI will host an event Jan. 29, from 3 - 5 p.m. for interested individuals to meet faculty and learn about the upcoming spring program. For more information, visit or call ext. 7-4270.


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Announcing the 23rd Annual CSU Student Research Competition
The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present outstanding research projects and creative work. Faculty members are invited to 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 2008, are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 18 for the campus competition, which will take place Feb. 25 through March 3.

The University will select as many as 10 campus winners to compete in the CSU systemwide competition to be held May 1-2 at CSU, Los Angeles. Winners receive cash awards.

Student registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies Web site: All participants are also invited to exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase in May. For more information, contact Maria Conrad at

CSU pre-doc applications now available
Applications are now available for the California Pre-Doctoral Program by visiting

The California Pre-Doctoral Program supports the doctoral aspirations of CSU students, particularly those who have had educational and economic disadvantages, and aims to increase the diversity of the pool from which the CSU draws its faculty. Each applicant selected as a Pre-Doctoral Scholar will work closely with a faculty sponsor to develop a plan that leads to preparation for and enrollment in a doctoral program. The Pre-Doctoral Program provides funds for visits to doctoral institutions, attendance at a professional meeting appropriate to the student’s development, professional memberships, journal subscriptions and graduate school applications and tests. Completed applications are due March 30 at 4 p.m., in HUM 289. For more information, contact William Christmas at ext. 8-7463 or

CTFD seeks research faculty for EnACT grant
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development's (CTFD) partnership with EnACT-PTD (Ensuring Access Through Collaboration and Technology -- Partners, Technology and Dissemination) is continuing for the next three years. The EnACT-PTD grant is earmarked to provide faculty the support and training to ensure that students with disabilities are provided equal access to a high quality, post-secondary education. The work of research faculty is integral to the development of these goals.

CTFD is seeking five tenured or tenure-track faculty to join its research faculty group. Each faculty member will be remunerated $2,000 per year for three years ($6,000 total), provided he or she successfully participates in and completes all required project activities. In addition, travel funds will be available for research faculty who wish to present at professional conferences. For more details on responsibilities and terms of participation, visit

Those interested in participating should contact CTFD before Feb. 6 at or ext. 8-6456.

Faculty development opportunity
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will administer another faculty development grant, supported in part by the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE). Selected as one of the grant recipients by the CSU, SF State is charged with creating individual digital case stories around a variety of themes reflecting on all aspects of student engagement.

Five tenured or tenure-track faculty members for Spring 2009 and Fall 2009 will develop a set of digital case stories illustrating exemplary teaching methods and diverse methods of student engagement. Faculty members will receive $800 for their participation, in addition to up to $200 more for teaching materials. The case stories, reference materials and teaching tools will be shared with the community, and posted at the MERLOT/ELIXR Web site. 

More details can be found at Those interested in participating should contact CTFD before Feb. 6 at ext. 8-6456 or

Celebrating 20 years of service
An off-campus San Francisco community benefit honoring President and Mrs. Robert A. Corrigan for their 20 years of service to SF State and the City and County of San Francisco is scheduled for the evening of Feb. 4. The net proceeds from the evening will be used to create the Robert and Joyce Corrigan SF Promise Endowed Scholarship Fund. SF Promise is a partnership with the City and County of San Francisco and the San Francisco Unified School District that guarantees admission to SF State to all qualified San Francisco public high school students. To learn more about this event or to purchase tickets, visit

This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Kinesiology David Walsh received a national award.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Political Science Robert Smith and Raza Studies Lecturer Brigitte Davila discuss Barack Obama, and Professor of Jewish Studies Mark Dollinger spent Hanukkah with a Jewish community in Uganda.

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Fleeting Glimpses of Eternity
Art Lecturer Steve Bird displays several of his recent large-scale photographs, utilizing the latest digital technologies, in the first-floor lobby of the Administration building through July 31. An opening reception for the exhibit, titled "Fleeting Glimpses of Eternity," will be held Wednesday from 3 to 5 p.m. For details, call ext. 8-6942 or visit

Coming Up
The Theatre Arts Department's Players Club student group presents "Amateurs" at 7 p.m. Feb. 6-7 and 12-14 and at 2 p.m. Feb. 8 and 15 in the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building. A chic after-party celebrating the opening of a musical becomes the setting where the dreams, loves, failures and successes of actors and friends are explored with bittersweet humor. Admission is $10. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467.

Illuminations and Reflections
The College of Creative Arts presents "Illuminations and Reflections: First Annual Symposium on Music in the 21st Century" Feb. 6-7 in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. The event celebrates the 100th birthday of 20th century composers Elliott Carter and Olivier Messiaen and the 60th birthday of music theory and composition Professor Richard Festinger, while savoring the promise and excitement of classical music's future. Concerts by world-renowned performers will explore the beautiful and stirring music of Carter, Messiaen and Festinger and present exciting new work by seven emerging composers chosen in international competition. Panel discussions with scholars and industry leaders will enhance the event. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit:


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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