Whirlwind Wheelchair helps Haiti
SF State's Whirlwind Wheelchair program is preparing to send rugged wheelchairs to earthquake survivors in Haiti. The chairs will assist thousands of people injured in the quake who now have lasting mobility impairments.
"A disaster of this magnitude often leaves as many permanently disabled as it kills," said Marc Krizack, executive director of Whirlwind Wheelchair. "We will help as many people as we can."
In operation for more than 20 years at SF State, Whirlwind Wheelchair designs and builds rugged, low-cost wheelchairs for developing countries. Whirlwind's factory in San Juan del Rio, Mexico, is producing a rush order of Whirlwind's RoughRider wheelchair. Emergency relief expert George Heake has described the RoughRider model as an ideal wheelchair for Haiti after the earthquake. The chair uses off-road bicycle wheels and wide front caster wheels for easier travel through mud and over uneven and broken surfaces.
Visit Whirlwind Wheelchair's Web site to make a donation toward wheelchair distribution in Haiti: www.wheelchairsforhaiti.org. Whirlwind is also seeking volunteers who can help promote their cause on Facebook, for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Eisman wins award from California Campus Compact
Gerald Eisman, director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, is the recipient of California Compact's 2010 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. The annual award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to partnerships between California higher education institutions and communities.
Eisman's leadership with the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement and Office of Community Service Learning has been instrumental in establishing service-learning opportunities for students in more than 40 departments and eight colleges on campus.
California Pre-Doctoral Program applications now available
Applications for the California Pre-Doctoral Program (http://www.calstate.edu/predoc) are now available for exceptional students who hope to pursue a Ph.D.
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.
The SF State University Pre-Doctoral Program Application Workshop is on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in HUM 587. For more information, contact Joy Viveros, campus coordinator for the California Pre-Doctoral Program at ext. 5-2128 or e-mail email@example.com
Emergency counseling services available to campus community
The Counseling and Psychological Services Center is offering emergency counseling services for campus community members experiencing distress or traumatic symptoms from the earthquake in Haiti. The Counseling and Psychological Services Center is located in SSB 208 and open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More tips on stress reduction are available at www.sfsu.edu/~psyservs or ext. 8-2208.
13th CSU Symposium on University Teaching: call for proposals
CSU faculty from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals for the 13th CSU Symposium on University Teaching, hosted by CSU San Bernardino, and co-sponsored by the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Chancellor’s Office.
The CSU Symposium is a peer-reviewed conference for teaching and learning. These conferences have proven to be inspiring, energetic events that renew and invigorate CSU's commitment to teaching and learning. The conference offers the following content areas for conference proposals: active learning and communication, learners and diversity, e-learning and technology, community and group collaboration, teaching strategies and communication, scholarship of teaching and learning assessment and evaluation, course design for lesson/learning continuity (during campus closures, emergencies, class cancellation), wild card (for topics that don't fit the above content areas).
Proposals are due at the Teaching Resource Center, CSU San Bernardino on Feb. 8. To submit a proposal, and for more information visit http://trc.csusb.edu/symposium2010/
For questions, please contact the Teaching Resource Center at CSUSB at (909) 537-7424 or firstname.lastname@example.org
24th annual CSU Student Research Competition announced
Contact Maria Conrad, Division of Graduate Studies, at email@example.com with questions.
The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present research projects and creative works. To help ensure a strong pool of applicants, faculty members are asked to encourage students to apply. Current students, as well as those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2009, are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 15 for the campus competition, which will take place from Feb. 23 to March 1.
The University will select as many as 10 campus winners to compete in the CSU system-wide competition to be held April 30 to May 1 at San Jose State University. SF State students have done well in this competition in the past, including awards in four categories last year. Winners receive cash awards.
Student registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies Web site: www.sfsu.edu/~gradstdy. All participants are also invited to exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase in May.
Benefit for athletic scholarship endowment
The SF State Athletic Department will host its 10th annual Comedy Night on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. The lineup of comedians will include Tim Conway, Rich Little, Tommy Smothers, Kevin Pollack, Will Durst, Ronnie Schell, Steve Rossi and music by the Andrew Speight Quartet. The event is a benefit for the SF State Athletics Scholarship Endowment. For more information, or for tickets, visit http://creativearts.sfsu.edu/events/1398/tenth-annual-comedy-night
The Academic Senate will meet Feb. 2 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. The agenda will include:
- Approval of the minutes for the Dec. 15 meeting
- Approval of the agenda for the Feb. 2 meeting
- A report from Provost Sue Rosser and Associate Vice President of Academic Resources, John Kim regarding the summer 2010 program
- A report from Ray Trautman, Vice Chair of the Academic Senate regarding facilitating graduation
- A recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding the Academic Senate meeting schedule for 2010-11, first reading
- A recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding the proposed reapportionment for Senate representation, 2010-11
- A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed policy on the requirements for the baccalaureate degree policy, Section I, first reading
Deadline extended for nominations for Distinguished Faculty Awards
The deadline for nominations for faculty honors and awards in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service has been extended until Feb. 15. To nominate yourself or a colleague, visit the Academic Senate Web site at http://www.sfsu.edu/~senate Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. These awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and certificate, are designed to highlight the accomplishments of these individual faculty members and to showcase a few examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty.
This week in Insiders: Professor of Anthropology Sarah Soh published a book chapter and Professor of Asian American Studies Grace Yoo co-edited a new publication.
In this issue of Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Management Sally Baack discussed new finance regulations and Professor of History Abdiel Onate commented on U.S. actions in Haiti.
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 http://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.
Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.
iLearn Start Up Kit: 10 a.m.
iLearn Forums: Create and Facilitate Online Class Discussions: 1 p.m.
iLearn Grand Tour: 10 a.m.
iLearn Grand Tour: 10 a.m.
iLearn Gradebook: Track Student Progress Online: 10 a.m.
Seminar/round table discussion: Immigration Reform in 2010: 12:30 p.m.
iLearn Assignments: Provide Students Feedback on Work They Submit: 1 p.m.
Colloquium: Student writing and the new literacies: 3:30 p.m.
Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 8 p.m.
Feb. 5: Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 8 p.m.
Feb. 6: Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 8 p.m.
Feb. 7: Lecture: "Morrison Artists Series Pre-Concert Talk": 2 p.m.
Feb. 7: Concert: "Morrison Artists Series: Afiara String Quartet": 3 p.m.
Feb. 8: Open Discussion Series Session: TechKnowledge: noon
Feb. 9: iLearn Forums: Create and Facilitate Online Class Discussions: 1 p.m.
Feb. 10: Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.
Feb. 11: Workshop: iLearn Quizzes: 10 a.m.
Feb. 11: Theatre: "High Fidelity The Musical": 7 p.m.
Feb. 12: Recital: "Songs of Lili and Nadia Boulanger": 1 p.m.
Feb. 12: Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 8 p.m.
Feb. 13: Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 8 p.m.
Feb. 14: Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 2 p.m.
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