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Volume 56, Number 28    March 23, 2009         

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Gator Youth summer camps
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 25 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) 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.

Register Now for OLLI Spring Session  
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute - SF State (OLLI) provides non-credit classes, activities and discussion forums at the Downtown Campus for anyone over 50.  Register now for the Spring 2 Session beginning on April 3. For course descriptions or more information, visit the CEL Web site: or call OLLI Director, Debra Varner, at 415-817-4243.  

University Park move-in special
The University Park Leasing Office is offering a move-in special for the months of March and April. Faculty and staff are invited to experience living on campus at University Park North and University Park South Apartments. During March and April, the security deposit is only $700 and is offered to qualified new SF State applicants who move in during these months. All apartments are owned and managed by SF State. For more information, including rental applications or to schedule a tour of our properties, contact the University Park leasing office at 415-564-4000, e-mail or visit


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University awarded $1.7 million grant for stem cell program
SF State will become a training ground for future stem cell researchers, with support from a $1.7 million grant from the California Institute of Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The University's new stem cell biology training program will help prepare a skilled workforce that will keep California on the leading edge of stem cell research. It will also train students from diverse backgrounds, helping to ensure that the future stem cell workforce reflects the diversity of the state's population.

Beginning this fall, the program will provide 10 master's students with intensive research training at SF State and 12-month or 18-month internships at partner institutions including University of California, Berkeley, University of California, San Francisco and the Buck Institute for Age Research. "The goal is to train a proficient workforce to work with these really challenging cells," said Carmen Domingo, program director and professor of biology. "This grant means a lot for our students. It creates a formal bridge between SF State and the partner institutions, providing students with access to hundreds of researchers in this exciting field."

2009 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase
The registration period is now open for the 2009 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase. The showcase will take place May 7 from 3 to 5:15 p.m. in the Main Gym. Faculty are encouraged to ask graduate students to participate in the showcase. Participants and their faculty mentors are also invited to attend the dinner reception following the showcase where registered students will be eligible to win prizes, including a laptop computer. Registration forms are due by April 8. Registration forms and additional registration information are available at:

Post-Promotion Increase program open
The 2009-10 Post-Promotion Increase (PPI) program is open to individuals hired into Unit 3 on the campus on or after August 1, 1988 who currently hold the rank of full professor, lecturer D faculty, SSP/AR-III faculty, head coach or librarian, who have exhausted their SSI eligibility in their current rank. Participants in the Early Retirement Program and rehired annuitants are ineligible for the PPI program. Funding for this program is pursuant to Article 31.13 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and is not contingent on budget. For more information, visit

Registration open for Sustainability Conference
Registration is now open for the eighth annual UC, CSU, CCC Sustainability Conference, which will take place June 21-24 at the University of California, Santa Barbara. This year's conference theme is "Working Our Way to Zero," and will feature presentations, lectures and training on curriculum development and a variety of sustainable topics. To register or for more information, visit

Academic Senate
The following is a list of action items from the March 17 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announced that five course prefixes have been updated to reflect recent program name changes: HM to HTM, HMSX to SXS, REC to RPT, URBS to USP and WOMS to WGS. The changes will be effective Summer 2009
  • Heard a report from Joseph Greenwell, director of the office of student programs and leadership development, on the 2008 Welcome Days activities and plans for the 2009 Welcome Days program, which is scheduled for Aug. 19 and 20
  • Approved a proposal to revise the minor program in Latin American Area Studies, including a change in the name of the minor to Latin American Studies
  • Approved a proposal to revise the M.A. degree program in Political Science
  • Approved a proposal to revise Academic Senate Policy #S08-180 regarding search committees for SF State University Administrators
  • Approved a proposal to revise Academic Senate Policy #S85-74 regarding Interdisciplinary Programs
  • Heard a proposal from the Executive Committee to revise Academic Senate Policy #F08-248, course repeat policy, first reading. This item will return in second reading April 14

Program discontinuance hearing
The Educational Policies Council will meet April 7 in ADM 560 to hear proposals to discontinue the following programs: minor in Family and Consumer Sciences, 2:30 to 3 p.m.; B.S. Clinical Science, 3:10 to 3:30 p.m.; M.A. Social Science with a Concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies, 3:40 to 4 p.m.

For more information, contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or

This week in Insiders: WiRED founder Gary Selnow received an award, Senior Assistant Librarian Kendra Van Cleave published a paper and Amy Sueyoshi, associate professor of ethnic studies, delivered a keynote address.  

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This week in Newsmakers: College of Business Dean Nancy Hayes discusses virtual bosses and Professor of Secondary Education Mark Phillips talks about merit pay for teachers.

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This week we remember Computer Lab Coordinator David Middleton.

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Coming up
Romberg Tiburon Center 30th anniversary celebration
The campus community is invited to the Romberg Tiburon Center's 30th anniversary celebration on March 28 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. at the Romberg Tiburon Center. President Robert A. Corrigan and John D. Goldman of the Goldman Fund will offer remarks before a "State of the Bay" address by former College of Science and Engineering Dean James C. Kelley. The event is free. For more information, visit

Musical tribute to Provost Gemello
The School of Music and Dance will pay tribute to retiring Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Gemello at a free concert April 1 at 1 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Performers include violinist and School of Music and Dance Director Jassen Todorov, saxophonist and Music Lecturer Andrew Speight and pianist and Professor of Music Roger Woodward. For more about the School of Music and Dance's free afternoon concerts, call ext. 8-1431.

Managing stress at work and play
Albert Angelo, health educator in student health/counseling and psychological services, will lead the seminar, "Manage Stress at Work and Play," April 2 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in BH 333. The session will provide tips for managing stress, identifying its causes and developing coping techniques. The session is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at
Mitra Fabian artist lecture
The Artist Lecture Series event with Mitra Fabian has been rescheduled for April 2 at 7 p.m. in FA 193. The lecture is presented by the Art Department and KQED. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-2176.

Center for Teaching and Faculty Development brown bag session
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host its weekly brown bag session April 3 with Pamela Vaughn, associate dean of Faculty Development, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in BH 333. Beverages and fruit will be provided.

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 from town to town in search of performance gigs. It plays at 8 p.m. April 8-11 and 2 p.m. April 12 in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. 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 ext. 8-2467.

Informal writing in GWAR courses 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

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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