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Volume 57, Number 28    March 29, 2010         

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CampusMemo schedule
The University will be closed March 29-April 2 for spring recess. No CampusMemo will be published that week. Regular publication of CampusMemo will resume with the April 12 issue.  

Register now for OLLI spring session II
Registration is now open for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's (OLLI) spring session II, which begins April 5. Spring courses include: Writer's Workshop, Walking the SF Neighborhoods, History of Blues, Iran's Current Situation, the Great Prophets of Islam, Interpretive Poetry, and Alternative and Complementary Healing Methods. For complete course descriptions and more information about OLLI, visit or call OLLI Director Debra Varner at ext. 7-4243.

SF State smoking policy enforcement begins April 12
University Police will begin enforcing the SF State smoking policy -- which allows smoking only in designated areas -- with $58 fines for each violation. Enforcement begins April 12, 2010.

The smoke-free campus policy originally went into effect on Aug. 23, 2004. It prohibits smoking on all University-owned and leased property with the exception of designated smoking areas. In conjunction with the new stronger enforcement, the number of designated smoking areas on campus has been reduced. Four designated smoking areas remain on campus effective April 12: those at Font Boulevard., North State Drive and State Drive that serve the residence hall community.

"We have tried for several years to uphold the policy through educational campaigns and voluntary respect for the health requirements of non-smokers," President Robert A. Corrigan said.  "Despite these efforts, violations of the policy have continued.  It is now time to put penalties in place that can help enforce the policy."

The enforcement of the smoking policy is intended to protect non-smokers from secondhand smoke and to encourage smokers to quit. The campus has received complaints about compliance with the 2004 ban. The stronger measures were developed in response to feedback from the campus community. Faculty, staff and students with offices and classrooms near some designated smoking areas have complained of smoke, noise and trash at those sites, as well as smoke that travels into classrooms and offices.

2010 conference dates announced for Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS)
The 13th annual CATS online conference, held April 13 through 15, showcases projects, experiences and interests of CSU staff and faculty using online and classroom technologies in higher education. SF State CATS members and guests are invited to the conference viewing lounge in BH 170. The room will be available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., April 13 through 15 to view conference presentations as a group or on individual workstations. RSVP for the CATS lounge by enrolling via POWER at or e-mail

Participation is free for CSU staff and faculty. More information is available at

SF State winners of CSU Student Research Competition announced
The 24th annual CSU Student Research Competition promotes excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the 23 campuses of the California State University. This year SF State had a record 68 students competing and the top-10 of these scholars were selected as campus winners to represent SF State at the CSU level competition in San Jose on April 30 and May 1. Winners include:

Behavioral and Social Sciences:
Brittany Nicole Shaff (Graduate): "Teetering on the Edge of Civil War: The 1992-93 stabilization of Somaliland"
Rahman Popal (Undergraduate): "The Myth of the Inevitable Process of Democracy: Challenges to Neoliberal Assumptions on Global 'Modernization'"

Biological and Agricultural Sciences:
Tina Cheng (Graduate): "Role of a Pathogenic Fungus in the Decline of Plethodontid Salamanders in México and Guatemala"
Armbien Sabillo (Undergraduate): "Patterning Somites During Muscle Formation in the Frog Emryo"

Business, Economics and Public Administration:
Douglas Cook (Graduate)
"Nonprofit Accountability & Transparency: A Look at the Efficacy of California's Nonprofit Integrity Act (SB1262)"

Creative Arts and Design:
Bethynia Cárdenas (Graduate): "Noche sin luna (Moonless Night)"

Michelle Krok (Graduate): "The Design and Impact of Planetarium Instruction Based on a 5E Conceptual Change Approach to Astronomy Education"

Engineering and Computer Sciences:
Anuj Pushkarna (Graduate): "Reliability Analysis of Power Gated SRAM Under Combined Effects of NBTI and PBTI"

Elizabeth Vogt (Graduate): "Revealing Lise Meitner through Transnational Feminism: Objectivity and Narrative in Biography, History and Science"

Physical and Mathematical Sciences:
Jonathan Terhorst (Graduate): "Approximately Optimal Market-Oriented Water Management"

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet April 6 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 March 16 meeting
  • Approval of the agenda for April 6 meeting
  • Academic Senate elections for Senate representatives on the Board of Appeals and Review Committee (BoAR) and the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) advisory board. Nominees for BoAR: Lisa Hines (HHS); Alex Schuster (CoSE) and Karen Johnson-Carroll (HHS). Nominees for CTFD:  Sheldon Gen (CA); Marty Gonzalez (CA); Jeff Jacoby (CA) and Michelle Wolf (CA)
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed resolution on smoke-free campus, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed degree name change from Radio and Television to Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, consent item
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed new interdisciplinary minor in Race and Resistance Studies, first reading
  • Information item suspension of the minor in Psychology
  • A recommendation from the Educational Policies Council regarding the proposed discontinuance of the BS degree in Clinical Science, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Educational Policies Council regarding the proposed discontinuance of the minor in Gerontology, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed policy for baccalaureate degree requirements, first reading

Nomination period open for staff representitive to Academic Senate
The Academic Senate is accepting nominations for the staff representive. The nomination period will run from March 25 to April 14. Eligible voting staff includes: Unit 1 physicians, Units 2, 5, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 13 CSUEU, Unit 4 APC-SSP I and SSP II; Unit 6 SECT, Unit 8 SUPA and Confidential.

The Staff Academic Senate Representative position requires attendance at all Academic Senate meetings and all assigned Standing Committee meetings every working Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. Visit the Academic Senate Web site for more details regarding eligibility and procedure, and a link to the nomination ballot.

Academic Senate committee nominations now accepted
The Academic Senate will accept University-wide nominations for committee vacancies through April 13. Vacancies include:

  • Academic Freedom Committee(two positions)
  • At-large Academic Senator (four positions)
  • CSU/Statewide Academic Senator (two positions)
  • Honorary Degree Committee (one position)

For more information, nomination forms and committee information, visit

The following is a list of Academic Senate Action Items from the March 16 meeting

  • Approved revisions submitted by the Faculty Affairs Committee to the policy on temporary faculty
  • Approved revisions submitted by the Strategic Issues Committee to the Academic Senate bylaws regarding elections
  • Completed the review of the proposed policy on requirements for the baccalaureate degree submitted by the Academic Policies Committee. This item returns in first reading on April 6

This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Political Science Graeme Boushey and
Associate Professor and Chair of Labor Studies John Logan.

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This week in Newsmakers: Patrick Tierney, chair of the Recreation, Parks and Tourism Department and Associate Professor of Health Education
Ramon Castellblanch.

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Grants and Contracts
SF State received $1,275,488 in grants and contracts in February.

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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 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.

The University will be closed for spring break March 29 through April 2. Classes and offices are closed and will reopen April 5.

Coming Up
April 5: Recital: John-Carlos Perea, Ka'ala Carmack and Wesley Uenten: 1 p.m.

April 5: iLearn Quizzes: 1 p.m.

April 5: Philosophy Talk: Descarte's "Cogito" proof: 4 p.m.

April 6: Workshop: Turnitin For Written Assignments: 10 a.m.

April 6: 17th Annual African American Community Health Fair: 10 a.m.

April 6: Workshop: Stand out at career expos: 4 p.m.

April 6: Lecture: War narratives by Arab women: 4:10 p.m.

April 7: Recital: Violin students: 1 p.m.

April 7: Workshop: Fellowships in the Sciences: 2 p.m.

April 7: Film screening: I Love Hip Hop in Morocco: 5 p.m.

April 7 and 8: Theater: The Vagina Monologues: 8 p.m.

April 8: Brown Bag Presentation and Discussion of a new book, Contours of White Ethnicity: noon

April 8: Faculty Learning Community: Teaching unprepared students: 12:30 p.m.

April 8: Paralegal studies advising and career information session: 5 p.m.

April 8: Artist Lecture Series: Ann Weber: 7 p.m.

April 9: Career Expo - Spring 2010: 11 a.m.

April 9: Recital: SF State Clarinet Quartet: 1 p.m.


For upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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