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Volume 56, Number 25    March 2, 2009         

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CalPERS retirement planning meeting
Human Resources will host a class to help faculty and staff plan for retirement. Sessions will be held Wednesday from noon to 3 p.m. and Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. in ADM 560. The class will provide information about CalPERS benefits and the retirement process. Individual sessions with CalPERS representatives will be available after the workshop. To RSVP, contact Victoria Ramos-Sponza at ext. 5-3935.

Research and faculty retreat
Faculty are invited to the Research and Creative Activities Retreat at the Romberg Tiburon Center on March 6. The retreat will provide a venue for faculty to interact with colleagues and identify interdisciplinary areas of common interest. Following the retreat, new collaborative groups in research, scholarly or creative/performing arts areas are encouraged to develop internal proposals to support start-up activities. Funding timelines are available on the retreat Web site:
For more information or to register, contact

2009 Panetta Congressional Internship Program
Faculty are encouraged to invite outstanding students to apply for the 2009 Panetta Congressional Internship Program. Offered during the fall semester, the program is open to students who are appointed by the presidents of each of the 23 CSU campuses. Students majoring in any subject are eligible. Interns gain hands-on experience by working in the office of a U.S. Representative from the California delegation during the fall semester. Applicants must be in their junior or senior year, or in graduate standing by September, registered for Fall 2009 and in good academic standing. Applications require: a letter of interest from the student applicant, an official transcript that demonstrates high academic achievement, a letter of reference from an SF State faculty member, evidence of community service experience and commitment to public service, and a department chair signature. The application deadline is April 10. For application forms contact Adam Calmenson at ext. 8-3340 or

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Promoting sustainability with Recyclemania
SF State's campus-wide commitment to recycling and sustainability has landed the University among the leaders in the Recyclemania competition, a nationwide contest designed to promote waste reduction activities on campuses across the country. The competition began Jan. 18 and runs through March 28. SF State is competing in the Grand Champion category, which measures recycling diversion rate.

"Recycling has been around for so many decades that everyone understands the concept, and it's a good entrée into larger sustainability issues," Sustainability Coordinator Caitlin Steele said. "It's also a springboard to more energy-efficient projects and a way to discuss what we're using on campus and how we can cut back."

For more information about sustainability at SF State, visit

Sanders named director for Office of Research and Sponsored Programs
Alison Sanders has been named director of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (OSRP) to serve under Jaylan Turkkan, associate vice president of OSRP. Sanders, who joined SF State in 2003, will be responsible for the day-to-day planning and administration of the department.

Hallum, Riveros-Schäfer administrative reviews
Academic administrative reviews are occurring for the Dean of Graduate Studies Ann Hallum and Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Enrique Riveros-Schäfer. The Administrative Review Committees (ARCs) will solicit input from members of the campus community. Questionnaires will be distributed shortly. Those who do not receive an administrative review questionnaire and would like to participate in the process should contact Stephanie Schwartz at or ext. 8-2571.  

Individual written responses should be sent to the ARC chairs at the Office of the Provost, ADM 455. Deadline dates for responses will be included on each of the questionnaires. Professor of Psychology Kathleen Mosier is chair of the Hallum ARC; Gerald Eisman, director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, is the chair of the Riveros-Schäfer ARC. The committees will not use any anonymous responses. However, the ARCs will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law.

Purchasing's new look in 9.0
SF State's Financial Management System (FMS) goes live in Release 9.0 on April 2. One of the most exciting aspects of the upgrade is the new, enhanced requisition module that incorporates many improved, user-friendly features including: approval work flow process with automatic e-mail notification to approvers; single screen data input - no drill downs; the ability to attach files and documents to the requisition for electronic transmittal to purchasing; sales tax calculation at the requisition level, instead of waiting for a PO to be issued; faster inquiry into PO and payment information.
Fiscal Affairs will host a full run-through of the new functionality on March 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. and March 17 from 9 to 10 a.m. in the Sunset Room of the Towers Conference Center. Elaine Collins will provide a live on-screen demonstration of the new requisition. The session will not include hands-on user interaction with the new module, but will provide a business process guide for taking notes and welcome participants' questions. To register, visit

Faculty grant opportunities
Two grant opportunities from the Office of International Programs (OIP) are available to all tenured and tenure-track faculty. The World in the Classroom: Course Internationalization Incentive Awards help faculty from a variety of disciplines infuse an international perspective into courses. Awards between $1,000 and $3,000 will be granted for proposals developed by faculty members from any discipline who propose, either individually or collectively, to add international components to an existing non-internationally themed course. 

The 2009 Faculty International Development Grant provides $1,000 to $4,000 for faculty projects that have the potential to enhance international education and promote international awareness at SF State through research and scholarship and creative activities. Grants will be awarded based on the merits of proposals, financial need and availability of funds. The application deadline is March 13. Applications and information may be found on the OIP Web site at

Call for faculty associate position proposals
All tenured faculty are eligible to apply for one of two faculty associate positions for Fall 2009 in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD). Each position brings .20 assigned time to work on one of several possible projects related to teaching and scholarship, for example: universal design for learning; the scholarship of teaching and learning; modeling and teaching equity and social justice; modeling and teaching diversity, including international diversity; developing critical thinking, writing, reading and/or communication skills across the curriculum; and fostering student engagement. For more detailed information about the responsibilities of the position and how to apply, visit

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:

  • Approval of the agenda for March 3
  • Approval of the minutes for the Feb. 17 meeting
  • A report on the Fellowships Office from Joy Viveros, academic honors and fellowships advisor
  • A report from Statewide Academic Senators Andrea Boyle, Jerald Shapiro and Darlene Yee-Melichar
  • A recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee about adding journal editing as professional achievement and growth, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed reapportionment for Academic Senate representatives for the 2009-10 academic year, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the major in Latin American Studies, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Master of Arts in Political Science, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee Regarding proposed revisions to the Enrollment Committee Membership, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Administrative Search Policy, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the University tenure and promotion policy, first reading

This week in Insiders: Professor of Urban Studies Raquel Pinderhughes appeared on "green job" panels and Assistant Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov presented a paper.

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This week in Newsmakers: New research by Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto is featured and Associate Professor of Journalism Rachele Kanigel discusses the state of the newspaper industry. 

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Psychology brown bags meeting
The Department of Developmental Psychology will host its weekly brown bag meeting Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in EP 503. For more information, visit

French government sponsored film festival
The International Film Club was selected by the French government to host a series of recent French films for a one-month film festival. SF State was one of 30 schools selected in a national competition and will continue the film festival schedule with the showing of "L'Enfant" Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theater, FA 101. A buffet reception with French pate and cheeses will be held following the screening of "L'Enfant."

'Oieryu Monkou-kai: Japanese Incense Ceremony'
Sachiko Torok, an incense artist from Japan, will be at SF State for "Oieryu Monkou-kai: Japanese Incense Ceremony" March 3 from 4:10 to 6 p.m. in HUM 117. Torok will lead and perform the incense ceremony in the Oieryu-style tradition. Each participant will take part in an incense-identifying game and compose a brief poem to indicate the answer. The event is limited to 15 seats, and reservations are required. Admission is $5 at the door. Participants must attend the entire two-hour session. The event is organized by the Japanese Program and co-hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the College of Humanities. Reservations can be made by e-mailing

Jewish Studies lecture
Rakefet J. Zalashik, assistant professor/faculty fellow of the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, will deliver the lecture, "Holocaust Survivors and Israeli Psychiatry: 1948-1962," on Tuesday at 4 p.m. in HUM 587. Zalashik is a candidate for the Goldman Chair in Israel Studies.

Women's history month lecture series kickoff
Linda Burnham, founding director of the Women of Color Resource Center, writer and activist, will discuss "Social Justice Feminism in the New Political Moment" Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 154. Burnham's address opens the weekly series of panels in March that mark the 10th Annual SF State Public Lecture Series in honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day. This year's theme is "Feminist Economies and the Current Economic Crisis: Responding to Global Inequalities Through a Gendered Lens." For more information and a schedule of speakers and events, visit or e-mail

Anthropology brown bag meeting
Associate Professor of Anthropology Peter Biella will present "Changa Revisited: 29 Years with Ilparakuyo Maasai" on Wednesday from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in SCI 270 as part of the Anthropology Department's brown bag series.

Stress management and rejuvenation techniques workshop
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a workshop on stress management led by Assistant Professor of Health Education Rick Harvey on Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in BH 333. The session will discuss stress reduction techniques for inside and outside the classroom. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at

Grants and research development session
The next installment of the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Spring Series with Visiting Professor Nina Wallerstein will take place Wednesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HSS 306. The session will cover CBPR grant opportunities and offer help with grants and research development skills.

Phi Beta Kappa lecture
Betty Smocovitis, professor of biology and history at the University of Florida, will present the lecture, "Taking the High Road to Evo-Devo: G. Ledyard Stebbins and Developmental Genetics, 1959-1973," on Thursday at 4 p.m. in SCI 201. Refreshments will follow.

Assessing student reading workshop
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a workshop on assessing student reading, led by Helen Gillotte-Tropp, professor of English and the department's reading coordinator, March 5 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in BH 333. This workshop is the first of two, and will introduce faculty to successful techniques in assessing student reading comprehension as well as offer strategies to improve reading skills. Instruction samples are included. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at

Indelible Memories
Immigration, family, off-color humor, abusive relationships and mortality are all "Indelible Memories," the theme of this year's University Dance Theatre concert March 5-7 at 8 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts Building. The show premieres choreography by guest artist Joel Valentin-Martinez and faculty members Cathleen McCarthy, Susan Whipp, Ray Tadio, Wendy Diamond and Jerry Duke. It also features works choreographed by advanced students Cedric Adams, Ayumi Hori and Nicole Fosberg. The works cover contemporary, modern, Mexican folk, West African, ballet, freestyle and other styles. The concert is dedicated to Dance Lecturer and alumna Alicia Pierce, who died in December. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit:

'A Streetcar Named Desire'
The Theatre Arts Department presents "A Streetcar Named Desire" March 5 to 8 and March 12 to 15 in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. This Pulitzer Prize- winning play, set in 1940s New Orleans, concerns the mental and moral disintegration of a former Southern belle, Blanche DuBois. Blanche’s neurotic, genteel pretensions are challenged by the harsh realities symbolized by her brutish brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Professor Rhonnie Washington directs. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

U.S.- Greek relations lecture
The Center for Modern Greek Studies will host "U.S.-Greek Relations," a talk by Xenia Stefanidou, consul general of Greece,  March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587.

Coming Up
Center for Teaching and Faculty Development brown bag session
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host its weekly brown bag session with Nicole Bohn, managing director of the Disability and Programs Resource Center, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in BH 333. Beverages and fruit will be provided.

Balkan Transformations
Former Assistant Secretary General to the United Nations Sotiris Mousouris will present the lecture, "Balkan Transformations: The View of the UN from Athens," March 9 at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587. The lecture is sponsored by the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) and the Center for Modern Greek Studies.

Alexander String Quartet to perform
SF State's world-renowned quartet-in-residence, the Alexander String Quartet, will perform March 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. The quartet will perform works by Mozart, Schumann and Ravel. The quartet has performed in the music capitals of five continents and established itself as an important advocate of new music through more than 25 commissions and numerous premiere performances. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Experiential education workshop
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a workshop March 12 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in BH 333 to help educators provide a framework for experiential education in the classroom. Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Erik Rosegard will facilitate the session. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at
San Francisco movie tour
The University Women's Association will host a three-hour bus tour of San Francisco's most famous movie sites March 14 at 2:30 pm. The tour begins and ends at the corner of 19th and Holloway. A guide will provide trivia and information about the films, and those attending can watch movie clips on the bus while visiting locations made famous in a range of classic and contemporary movies. Tickets are $40 per person for the tour, with an optional pre-tour lunch at Harding Park Golf Course available for $20 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Lin Ivory at

2009 Pacific Conference for Development Economics
SF State will host the 2009 Pacific Conference for Development Economics on March 14 at the Cesar Chavez Student Center. This event is sponsored by the College of Behavioral and Social Science and Health Equity Initiative at the University. For program and registration information, visit or e-mail

Video games and education
Joseph Kahne, dean of the School of Education and director of the Civic Engagement Research Group at Mills College, will discuss ways video game play can support (and at times constrain) youth civic engagement. The talk will take place March 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. in TH 327. He will also discuss implications for educators, game designers and others who are interested in this fast changing medium. The talk is part of a new speaker series on civic engagement presented by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

Artist Lecture Series
The Art Department and KQED present an Artist Lecture Series March 12 at 7:30 p.m. with Josephine Taylor and March 19 at 7:30 p.m. with Christopher Brown. Taylor makes narrative, large-scale drawings. Brown is a painter and printmaker. Both lectures take place in FA 193. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-2176.

Increasing life satisfaction workshop
College of Extended Learning Program Director Lauren Vanett will lead the workshop, "Increase Life Satisfaction: Lead from Your Strengths," on March 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. in BH 333. Using hands-on activities, this workshop will help attendees recognize and build on core strengths as a means of creating greater life satisfaction. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at



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