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Volume 57, Number 22    February 15, 2010         

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Vista Room re-opens Feb. 15
The Vista Room will re-open Feb. 15. Meals will be served and managed by students in foodservice management classes Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seating is between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Call Kelly Vuong at ext. 8-1219, BH 329, or Charlene Ngo at ext. 8-6087, BUS 306, for ticket information. Tickets are $15 each, or call ext. 8-1219 for block ticket purchases at reduced prices. Reservations can be made online through The OneCard Online Web site:

Payment methods accepted are OneCard, American Express, Discover and MasterCard.  

California Pre-Doctoral Program deadline clarification
The deadline for CSU students to apply for the California Pre-Doctoral Program is March 2. Applications can be found online at For more information or for questions, contact Joy Viveros, campus coordinator for the California Pre-Doctoral Program, at ext. 5-2128 or

UPAC seeks proposals for a stronger, leaner SF State
The University Planning Advisory Council (UPAC), a 17-member group established by President Robert A. Corrigan to consider ways the University might re-envision itself in light of new fiscal realities, seeks proposals on cost-saving and revenue-generating measures as well as ideas to re-envision the university as a stronger, leaner institution directed by its values.  

Proposals can range from brief suggestions to more rigorously supported initiatives and they may be submitted anonymously or with the author identified. UPAC hopes to draw from the tremendous insight and creativity of our campus community and seeks proposals from students, staff and faculty. The proposal form along with UPAC's charge, membership and helpful resources can be found at: UPAC is accepting proposals immediately and on a rolling basis through at least the fall 2010 semester. To submit a proposal, visit the UPAC Web page:

Vice President of University Advancement (VPUA) search underway
The search for a new Vice President for University Advancement to succeed Lee Blitch following his retirement in August 2010 is now underway. Members of the search committee include:

  • Adam Burke, director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies and professor of health and human services
  • Oswaldo Garcia, geosciences department chair
  • Nancy Hayes (Chair), dean of the College of Business
  • Martin Linder, associate professor of design and industry
  • Janis MacKenzie, president and CEO of MacKenzie Communications, Inc.
  • Juan Romero, graduate student
  • Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, associate professor of Asian American studies
  • Venise Wagner, journalism department chair
  • Carma Zisman, university development campaign director

The committee welcomes nominations. Submissions by March 1 are encouraged. Applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. Visit for the job posting and application details.

Porth joins President's Office staff
Jason Porth, associate director of community relations at SF State since 2006, has joined the Office of the President where he will add the duties of deputy chief of staff to his responsibilities. In the combined role, Porth will manage special projects and initiatives, such as staff liaison to the new University Planning Advisory Council. Porth will be a member of the President's Cabinet and will assume many of the functions that had been handled by Sheila McClear prior to her retirement as director of special projects.

"Jason has exhibited great vision and organization in representing the University's interests among its neighbors and the various city of San Francisco entities with whom he has worked," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "I look forward to working closely with him in this expanded role."

Prior to working at SF State, Porth worked as a civil rights attorney, representing plaintiffs in employment matters. He received his B.A. from Brandeis University and J.D. from Northeastern University.

CSU to add classes to fall 2010 schedule
The California State University Office of the Chancellor announced Feb. 5 that it will allocate $50.9 million in one-time funds to campuses to provide additional course sections and classes for students, as well as student support services.

"We previously provided campuses with an initial $25.6 million from one-time federal stimulus money to add approximately 4,000 classes for this spring, but we were waiting until the Governor announced his proposed 2010-11 budget to move forward with the remaining funds," CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed said. "The CSU has a strong starting point in what we know will be a long and uncertain budget process, and we want to provide students with as many courses as possible. Hopefully, this will help to alleviate some of the shortages in classes, and students will be able to make faster progress toward their degree."

These university funds are available thanks to an additional $76.5 million one-time federal allocation that has helped CSU to meet its payroll. In turn, CSU will be able to use monies from state support and student fee revenues previously set aside for payroll to add the course sections. However, the federal stimulus funds and associated CSU funds are one-time only, and must be used on a limited-term basis and not create ongoing spending.

Systemwide, CSU campuses will add up to approximately 8,100 additional course sections and retain additional lecturers for the fall 2010 term. SF State's share of this additional funding will be approximately $3,155,800. The campus will develop plans for how these funds will be spent once the full budget picture for 2010-11 is final. The University will keep faculty, staff and students apprised of developments regarding next year’s budget as information becomes available.

H1N1 flu vaccines available at SF State Feb. 18 and 23
An H1N1 flu vaccination event has been scheduled for February. On Feb. 18 and 23 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., free vaccinations will be available for all SF State students, staff and faculty in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Those seeking the vaccine must show an SF State ID or California driver's license.

Nominate student leaders and organizations for fifth annual Leadership in Action Awards
Leadership, Engagement, Action, Development (LEAD) and University Housing host the fifth annual Leadership in Action Awards to recognize the outstanding service that student leaders, student organizations and faculty/staff advisors provide to SF State and the larger community. The following four awards have been established to recognize these contributions and service: outstanding student leader, outstanding student organization, outstanding faculty/staff advisor, and social justice award. The nomination deadline is March 10 at 5 p.m. For additional information about the awards and the online nomination process, visit or direct questions to Sarah Bauer in LEAD at or ext. 8-2174.

Community engagement awards announced
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement has announced its 2009-10 recipients of the Community Service Learning Award, Community Engagement Award and nominee for the Jefferson Award for Public Service and Civic Engagement. Winners include:  

  • Faculty Award for Outstanding Contribution to Community Service Learning: Assistant Professor of Consumer and Family Studies Connie Ulasewicz
  • Community Service Learning Student Award: Alexia Chimenti, College of Creative Arts; Cherry Ngai, College of Humanities; Summer Miranda, College of Education
  • Community Service Learning Community Partner Award: Sally Rosen and Michelle Forshner, Saint Vincent De Paul Society -- Discarded to Divine
  • Community Engagement Staff and Student Awards: Gabriela Segovia-McGahan, administrative support coordinator, American Indian and Raza studies, and Natalia Sanchez, senior, television radio broadcasting-film and Raza studies.
  • Faculty nominee for the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service: Professor of English Gail Weinstein

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement will honor the award recipients at a ceremony in April. The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement aims to encourage and support faculty, staff, students and the community in their support of academic excellence through involvement in meaningful community service. 

For more information about ICCE, visit or contact Perla Barrientos at ext. 8-3282

Second Comedy Night show added
Due to popular demand, the SF State Athletic Department has added an extra night to the lineup for its 10th annual Comedy Night. Tickets for the newly added performance on Feb. 26 at 7:30 in the McKenna Theatre are now on sale. The Feb. 27 show is sold out. The lineup of comedians includes 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

Conference on community-based research
Online registration is due by Feb. 25th for the March 5 Statewide Conference on Community-Based Research at the Hotel Shattuck Plaza in Berkeley.
Join CSU faculty, staff, students and community partners to explore how CSU campuses and communities can address significant social issues, promote learning and development, and advance the creation and dissemination of knowledge. This one-day event will allow participants to engage in a series of high-quality interactive and hands-on workshops, presentations and forums about community-based research. To register, visit

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Feb. 16 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 Feb. 2 meeting
  • Approval of the agenda for the Feb. 16 meeting
  • A report from government and community relations representatives Derek Aitken and Lisbet Sunshine
  • A report from Barry Rothman, Chair of the Strategic Issues Committee and Kate Hellenga, Chair of the Student Affairs Committee regarding the proposed online education policy
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed certificate in Immigrant Literacies, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed policy on the requirements for the baccalaureate degree
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed academic calendar for summer 2011, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding the proposed resolution in support of AS 2919-09/Fiscal and Governmental Affairs (FGA) call for adequate and sustainable funding in support of higher education, 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 to Feb. 15. Visit the Academic Senate Web site at to nominate yourself or a colleague. Contact the senate office at ext. 8-1264 or with questions. These awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and certificate, are designed to highlight the accomplishments of individual faculty members and to showcase a few examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty.

This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Holistic Healing Studies Adam Burke and Senior Research Scientist Richard Dugdale were recognized by national organizations.

Read Insiders:

In this issue of Newsmakers: Professor Emeritus of Political Science Richard DeLeon discusses San Francisco politics and Mahmood Monshipouri, associate professor of international relations, talks about Iran.

Read Newsmakers:

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Recital: Adam Domash, piano: 1 p.m.

Workshop: Foreign travel insurance: 10 a.m.

Recital: iPalpiti: 1 p.m.

Workshop: Foreign travel insurance: 2 p.m.

Lecture: Assessment of Marine Mammals Along the Eastern Gulf Coast of Thailand: 5:30 p.m.

Free H1N1 flu vaccinations: 8:30 a.m.

Theatre: High Fidelity the Musical: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
Feb. 20: Theatre: High Fidelity the Musical: 7 p.m.

Feb. 21: Theatre: High Fidelity the Musical: 2 p.m.

Feb. 23: Free H1N1 flu vaccinations: 8:30 a.m.

Feb. 23: Workshop: Foreign travel insurance: 10 a.m.

Feb. 24: Recital: Student Dance Showcase: 1 p.m.

Feb. 24: Workshop: Foreign travel insurance: 2 p.m.

Feb. 25: Faculty workshop: Your writing assignments: noon

Feb. 25: Defensive Driver Training: 1 p.m.

Feb. 26: Workshop: Social science databases applications for teaching and research: 9 a.m.

Feb. 26: Weekly Group: Anger Management: 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 26: Recital: Gold Coast Trio: 1 p.m.

Feb. 26: Labor Archives and Research Center 24th Anniversary Celebration: 6 p.m.

Feb. 26: Tenth Annual Comedy Night: 7:30 p.m.




For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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