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Volume 57, Number 21    February 8, 2010         

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Free concert tickets for faculty and staff
Faculty and staff are offered a pair of complimentary tickets to "Music of Living Composers" at the Herbst Theatre on Feb. 28 at 4 p.m. To secure complimentary tickets, e-mail with your name, address and telephone number, and identify yourself as an SF State faculty or staff person. For more information on the performance, visit

Faculty admitted free of charge to California Academy of Sciences
From Feb. 1 through March 15, educators receive free admission to the California Academy of Sciences in honor of their service to the community. To participate, show proof of occupation and a valid ID at the ticket window. To learn more about other teacher opportunities, visit

Defensive driver training scheduled
The next Defensive Driver Training will be held March 17 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., at the Facilities Training Room (TR-101) in the Corporation Yard. Attendees should contact the Office of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety at ext. 8-7888 or and provide their name, department, e-mail address, phone number, California driver's license number and class of license.

Alumni earn Oscar nominations
Christopher Boyes (B.A. '85) and Jonas Rivera (B.A. '96) learned they will be strolling the red carpet on film's biggest night, marking the 11th consecutive year that SF State alumni have earned Oscar nominations.

Boyes earned two nominations for his work on the blockbuster, "Avatar," the top-grossing film of all time. A four-time Oscar winner, Boyes was nominated in the sound editing and sound mixing categories. He shares the nomination for Achievement in Sound Editing with Gwendolyn Yates Whittle, and is listed with Gary Summers, Andy Nelson and Tony Johnson on the Achievement in Sound nomination.

Boyes' nominations are the 12th and 13th Oscar nods of his career. Boyes' past wins include: Best Sound Effects Editing for both "Titanic" (1998) and "Pearl Harbor" (2002). His third win came in 2003 for Best Sound for "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King." Boyes shared his fourth Oscar, for Best Sound Editing on "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers" (2002), with Ethan Van Der Ryn (B.A., ’90), winner, Best Achievement in Sound Editing for "King Kong." Boyes was inducted into the SF State Alumni Hall of Fame in 2004.

Rivera (B.A.,'96) produced "Up," which is nominated in the Best Picture category. Rivera began working at Pixar studios in 1994 while attending SF State, climbing the company ladder and working on every Pixar film ever made. "Up" took nearly four and a half years to make and marked his debut as a producer. For more information, visit

ICCE awards grants to six faculty members
Six faculty were named recipients of the 2009-10 Institute for Civic and Community Engagement's Community Scholarship Faculty Grant award. As the result of a competitive grant application process, the following faculty members were given grants to help create a collaborative platform that will, through Community Service Learning courses, allow the city and county of San Francisco, the Bay Area's academic community, and local neighborhood stakeholders to form partnerships that will create stronger, more resilient neighborhoods. Funds for this grant opportunity are made possible by California Campus Compact and the Corporation for National and Community Service Learning and Serve America.

Recipients include: Ian Clark Sinepuelas, Marketing; Jerry Davis, Geography and Human Environmental Studies; Paula Levine, Art; Joshua Singer, Design and Industry; Amy Conley, Child and Adolescent Development; and Cristina Azocar, Journalism.

CalPERS 'Planning Your Retirement' workshops scheduled
This workshop is designed for CalPERS members who are within five years of retiring and will cover how to maximize your retirement benefit, how your retirement benefit is calculated, the steps you need to take prior to retiring and the retirement application process. Sessions will be held Feb. 10 and 11, and March 16 and 18. Limited one-on-one sessions with a CalPERS retirement specialist are available after the workshop. For more information, visit

Four CTFD learning communities announced
This semester, the Center for Teaching and Faculty Developmet (CTFD) is sponsoring four new Faculty Learning Communities (FLC), including one for new faculty. There are limited spots available for each FLC, and the deadline to register is Feb. 12. All meetings will be held in BH 333. To register, e-mail
The FLCs include:

New faculty: challenges and strategies
Facilitated by CTFD Director Pamela Vaughn, Associate Director Jeannie Cheng and Faculty Development Consultant Meg Gorzycki. Noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 15, March 15, April 26 and May 10. 

Student engagement techniques
Facilitated by Jeannie Cheng, CTFD associate director
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., Feb. 16, March 16 and April 13

Hybrid courses, from design to implementation
Facilitated by Meg Gorzycki, Ed.D, faculty development consultant
Noon to 1:30 p.m., Feb. 17, March 17, and April 21

Teaching unprepared students
Facilitated by Pamela Vaughn, CTFD director and associate dean of Faculty Affairs
12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m., March 11, April 8, April 29

Writing Across the Curriculum lunch workshops scheduled 
Collaborate with Mary Soliday, Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Director, and other faculty members teaching WAC during the spring semester. Bring to the workshop a student paper or materials for teaching writing, develop and receive feedback. Academic Affairs will sponsor and provide three lunches in HUM 587 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 25 (writing assignments), March 3 (responding to student writing) and April 15 (teaching writing in class). For the February and March lunches, RSVP by Feb. 23. to; or ext. 8-1469. For more details, visit

Haiti relief efforts continue on campus
Campus efforts to respond to the earthquake disaster in Haiti continue. Whirlwind Wheelchair is working to send hundreds of its RoughRider Wheelchairs to Haiti. For more information, visit The Cesar Chavez Student Center (CCSC) is also spearheading a drive to help Partners In Health (PIH), which has more than 120 physicians and nearly 500 nurses who provide care at established sites throughout Haiti. For more information about CCSC's efforts, visit:

24th annual CSU Student Research Competition announced
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: All participants are also invited to exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase in May.

Contact Maria Conrad, Division of Graduate Studies, at with questions.

Academic Senate
The following is a list of action items from the Feb. 2 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Approved the Academic Senate Meeting Schedule for AY 2010-11
  • Approved option two for the reapportionment for Senate representation, 2010-11
  • Reviewed Senate reapportionment for college representation, 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. 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: Associate Professor of Counseling Rebecca Toporek co-edited a book and Associate Professor of Creative Writing Camille Dungy published a new book of poetry, and Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies Deborah Cohler's book was published.

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In this issue of Newsmakers: Kenneth Monteiro, dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, discusses the impact of the Black Student Union at SF State and Whirlwind Wheelchair Chief Engineer Ralf Hotchkiss talks about Whirlwind's aid efforts in Haiti.

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Open Discussion Series Session: TechKnowledge: noon

Lecture: Peace-Building & Community Development in Mindanao: 7 p.m.

iLearn Forums: Create and Facilitate Online Class Discussions: 1 p.m.

Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.

Workshop: iLearn Quizzes: 10 a.m.

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

Coming Up
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.

Feb. 15: Recital: "Adam Domash, piano": 1 p.m.

Feb. 17: Workshop: Foreign travel insurance: 10 a.m.

Feb. 17: Recital: "iPalpiti": 1 p.m.

Feb. 17: Workshop: Foreign travel insurance: 2 p.m.

Feb. 18: Theatre: "High Fidelity the Musical": 7 p.m.

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

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



For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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