University lauded for environmental efforts
SF State has been recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the nation's top 286 environmentally-responsible colleges and universities.
The University is listed in "The Princeton Review's Guide to 286 Green Colleges," which recognizes institutions that have demonstrated a dedication to sustainability in infrastructure, activities and initiatives.
In the rankings, SF State was recognized for a variety of environmental activities, including: a wide selection of degree offerings related to sustainability, research opportunities available at the Romberg Tiburon Center and surrounding wetlands, as well as campus-wide composting activities and efforts to encourage biking.
The rankings were developed through a partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and examine universities based on each institution's commitment to building certification using USGBC's LEED green building certification program; environmental literacy programs; formal sustainability committees; use of renewable energy resources and recycling and conservation programs, among others.
SF State's efforts have already yielded significant results. A recent greenhouse gas survey found the University has reduced greenhouse gas emissions compared to 1990 rates. The University has launched new sustainability initiatives including: reducing energy and water usage, increasing waste diversion, creating more alternative transportation options, offering sustainable dining choices, implementing green cleaning, purchasing environmentally preferred products and planting native species.
Summer programs available through Confucius Institute
The Confucius institute offers several education programs this
summer. The institute's 2010 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp in China helps
U.S. high school students to understand Chinese culture and language.
The institute also offers a Summer Training Class for K-12 Chinese
language teachers from June 21 to July 9. Visit www.sfsu.edu/~ci for
Willie L. Brown, Jr. Internship Program welcoming applicants
The Willie L. Brown, Jr. Internship Program is accepting applications for students to enroll in the program next fall. The internship program introduces SF State students to opportunities in public service and policy, by preparing them for an opportunity to be a future leader in our community. Qualified interns work in the public sector for a variety of public agencies and organizations, while receiving a $2,000 stipend for their work and earning three units of academic credit. Applications for the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Internship Program for this coming fall are due by 4 p.m. on May 7 in ADM 154.
For an application or more information, visit www.sfsu.edu/~wbcenter/internships.html
Fall 2010 fee waiver and reduction program
The fee waiver and reduction program information for fall 2010 is now available in Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management (ADM 252). The fee waiver and reduction program enables eligible University employees to take courses, which are work related or part of an approved individual career development plan, at reduced rates. In many cases, if an employee can transfer their benefit to their spouse/domestic partner or dependent child. The fall filing deadline is 5 p.m. on June 25.
ORSP announces new internal funding opportunities
Applications are being accepted for two new programs to support the professional development of SF State faculty in the areas of research and creative activity for the 2010-11 fiscal year: Individual Investigator or Collaborative Grants for research and creative projects (anticipated award size is about $10,000 to $15,000 per project), and Intensive Methodological Training Grants for statistical training and/or consultation (up to $3,000 per applicant). Eligible faculty may apply to either or both programs. Deadline for submission is May 10, with awards to be announced in early June. For more information, visit http://research.sfsu.edu/findfunding/orsp_foa_2010_01/orsp_foa_2010_01.html or contact Jackie White at email@example.com or ext 8-3578.
Following is a list of action items from the April 20 Academic Senate meeting:
- Senate Elections: University Budget Committee: Jerry Shapiro and Genie Stowers were selected to serve; Faculty Graduation Marshal: Rob Williams was selected to serve; Board of Appeals and Review: Arlene Bugayong was selected to serve
- The Executive Committee selected Kate Hellenga, Bridget McCracken, and Chris McCarthy to the Senate Elections Committee
- Heard a report from Pamela Vaughn, director of the center for teaching and faculty development
- Continued review of proposed policy requirements for the Baccalaureate Degree: Majors, Concentrations, Minors, & Certificates. This item will return May 4.
- Approved the proposal to discontinue the BS degree in Clinical Science
- Heard a proposal for revisions to the Policy on Academic Program Discontinuance, first reading. This item will return May 4.
Announcing online faculty elections
Online voting for faculty elections for University-wide committees is open through April 23. Voters may access the system Web page at: http://www.sfsu.edu/senatevote
To begin, voters should enter their SF State ID and password. A brief introduction to the Voting System will be displayed. The voting system includes prompts that guide voters through the process and has the following options available: save; return to continue voting after log-out; review; review votes with a ballot summary; edit; item changes available. Votes are final only after the voter indicates, "yes" to "cast your ballot."
University-wide elections for:
Academic Freedom Committee (two positions); At-large Academic Senator (four positions) CSU (Statewide); Academic Senator (two positions); Honorary degree committee (one position); University Administrative Search Committee Pool (unlimited); University Advancement Activities Advisory Committee (one position); University Tenure and Promotions Committee (two positions).
Nominee position statements can be viewed at: http://www.sfsu.edu/~senate/elections/index.html#sp10-election-statements
Contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Academic Senate staff elections begin
Academic Senate staff representative voting has begun and will run through April 28. Ballots can be: printed and faxed to the Academic Senate office at ext. 5-2525 or e-mailed to email@example.com including all required information (name, department and rank).
Valid ballots must have full name, e-signature, department and rank. The deadline to submit ballots is April 28 at 4 p.m. Incomplete ballots will not be counted. Election Results will be made available no later than May 3. Candidate position statements are available at: http://www.sfsu.edu/~senate/StaffRep/elections/
Ballots are available on the academic Web site at: http://www.sfsu.edu/~senate/StaffRep/BALLOT
This week in Insiders: Erik Peper, professor of health education; Nina Roberts, associate professor of recreation, parks and tourism; and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Jo Tomalin.
This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Creative Writing Camille Dungy and Professor of Communication Studies Joseph Tuman.
This week we remember Ron Piazza, building services engineer in University Housing.
In Memoriam: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring10/april26memoriam.htm
New way to submit events to CampusMemo
CampusMemo now picks up event listings directly from the University Calendar to streamline the events publicity function for campus units. Departments interested in publicizing an event in CampusMemo simply need to register the event on the University Calendar by 10 a.m. on Wednesday of the previous week. To submit an event, go to www.sfsu.edu/calendar/ and click on "Submit an Event" in the left-hand navigation bar. This new procedure saves event sponsors the extra step of entering information specifically for CampusMemo, and the later deadline for submittal allows more time for event sponsors to submit their items to CampusMemo.
Faculty Learning Community for New Faculty: Challenges and strategies: noon
Recital: Flute students: 1 p.m.
Lecture: European Studies: 9 a.m.
Workshop: iLearn Gradebook, Track Student Progress Online: 1 p.m.
Lecture: Coming of age in communist Central Europe: 3:30 p.m.
Workshop: iLearn Gradebook, Track Student Progress Online: 10 a.m.
Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.
Fulbright Information Workshop: 2 p.m.
Recital: Chamber music student ensembles: 8 p.m.
Workshop: Mock interviews: 10 a.m.
Faculty Learning Community: Teaching unprepared students: 12:30 p.m.
Public Reception: Study abroad certification ceremony: 3 p.m.
Film and Lecture: Rick Steves' Personal Impression of Iran: 3:10 p.m.
April 30: Conference: Advancing effective and efficient teaching and learning practices: 9:30 a.m.
April 30: Recital: Hanna Aparo, piano: 1:30 p.m.
May 1: Spanish/English interpretation orientation session: 10 a.m.
May 2: Lake Merced Peace and Dignity Run: 8 a.m.
May 2: Concert: Wesley Farrand Day Piano Competition: final round: 7 p.m.
May 3: Lecture: Winchester Mystery House: 3:30 p.m.
May 4: Guest Speaker: Paul Heller: 12:10 p.m.
May 4: Recital: Piano students: 4 p.m.
May 4: Film screening: Documentaries on health and social justice: 6:30 p.m.
May 4: Recital: Opera Workshop 7 p.m.
May 5: Recital: Voice students: 1 p.m.
May 5: Lecture: Ocean acidification: 5:30 p.m.
May 5: Concert: Afro-Cuban Ensemble: 8 p.m.
May 6: Brown Bag: Tips for wrapping up a course in style: 12:30 p.m.
May 6: Initiation Ceremony: Phi Beta Kappa: 5 p.m.
May 6: Poetry reading: "Prison/Culture": 7 p.m.
more upcoming events, see the University