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Volume 57, Number 34    May 17, 2010          

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CampusMemo summer schedule
The final edition of CampusMemo for the spring semester will publish May 24. During the summer, CampusMemo will publish monthly with editions on June 28, July 26 and August 23.  

Payroll deductions available for giving to SF State
Faculty and staff can now support SF State through payroll deductions. Donations can be directed to the college, department or program of your choice. For more information visit

University Budget Committee to meet
The University Budget Committee will meet May 20 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the NEC Conference Room.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp to be held
The Kinesiology Department will host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for 7 -14-year-old children. The camp takes place weekdays on campus from June 14 through July 23 from 1 to 5 pm. The program aims to enhance self-esteem, confidence, fitness and motor skill development. Kids participate in swimming, tennis, martial arts and a team sport each day. Contact Dave Walsh at, ext. 8-7856 or visit for more information.  

Summer memberships for faculty, staff and alumni
The Village Fitness Center has several affordable summer membership programs available for faculty, staff and alumni of SF State. Enjoy access to on-campus facilities, programs, and classes from June 1 to August 31. All members will also receive access to Club One at Fillmore for no additional cost. Contact for more information.

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Alumni Hall of Fame inductees announced
A filmmaker and environmentalist will be awarded Alumnus of the Year, and a Grammy-winning musician and producer, an advertising executive, an internationally recognized disability rights leader, a poet and community leader, and theatre CEO will be inducted into the SF State Alumni Hall of Fame at a campus ceremony on May 21.

Randy Hayes (M.A., Environmental Studies, 1980) was once described by the Wall Street Journal as an "environmental pitbull," and has dedicated his life to protecting the environment and shedding light on environmentally destructive business practices by some of the world's largest companies. Hayes founded the Rainforest Action Network (RAN) in 1985, and now serves as U.S. Director of the World Future Council, a multinational group based in Germany, which seeks implementation of long-term policies to promote sustainable living and a cleaner environment. He will be named Alumnus of the Year.

George Duke (M.A. Music, 1975) has transcended genres throughout his innovative and award-winning career as a musician and producer. Duke is renowned for his work as a pioneer of the West Coast jazz fusion movement, playing with Frank Zappa, and later Cannonball Adderley before releasing his first Epic recording From "Me to You," in 1976. Duke has released more than 30 albums that contained several top ten songs including "Sweet Baby" and "No Rhyme No Reason." Duke has also produced 16 albums that have been certified gold or platinum, won five Grammy awards and earned an additional nine Grammy nominations.

John Gumas (B.S. Marketing, 1984) is the founder and president of Gumas Advertising, the marketing and advertising agency that he started within months of graduating from SF State. Today, it is an award-winning firm that uses innovative approaches to help smaller clients stand up against large competitors with bigger advertising budgets. Gumas has been an adjunct professor of advertising and marketing, and sits on numerous boards, including the San Francisco Giants Community Fund.

Kathleen Martinez (B.A., Speech Communication, 1992), the assistant secretary for disability employment policy at the U.S. Department of Labor, is an internationally recognized disability rights leader specializing in employment, independent living, diversity and gender in the workplace. Blind since birth, Martinez was placed by a disability agency in a job as a punch press operator in the Quick Set lock factory in Anaheim after high school. Martinez now leads U.S. policy regarding the employment of people with disabilities. She has previously served on the National Council on Disability and on the State Department's Advisory Committee on Disability and Foreign Policy. Martinez is the former director of the World Institute on Disability, a public policy center based in Oakland.

Janice Mirikitani (Humanities, 1966-67), who spent three years of her childhood in a U.S. Japanese internment camp, is the founding president of the Glide Foundation at San Francisco's Glide Memorial Church and the author of four books of poetry. At Glide, she developed more than 87 programs serving the poor and homeless of San Francisco, particularly women struggling with substance abuse, domestic violence, single parenting and other problems. Named one of the "100 Most Influential Women in Business" by the San Francisco Business Times for three consecutive years, she is also a recipient of the Minerva Award, given by the Governor and First Lady at the Conference on Women and Families, and was named the 17th Assembly District's Woman of the Year, as well as a Poet Laureate of San Francisco.

Don Nasser (B.A.  Business, 1963), president and CEO of the Castro Theatre, has used his creative business acumen to ensure the iconic theatre's continued success in the face of competition from big multiplexes. The theatre has been owned by his family for decades, but when Nasser took over management in 2006, he revived the theatre with physical refurbishments, updated projection equipment and programming that turned it into a go-to venue for film series and festivals. Nasser worked in banking for two decades before starting his commercial real estate company, Bay Properties, which he still runs.

Public transportation information regarding special M-Line rail service for Commencement
Though the M-Line light rail service between West Portal Station and Balboa Park Station, both outbound and inbound, will be suspended and regular bus bridges added beginning May 17 as part of a construction project, the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency (SFMTA) has made special arrangements to accommodate Commencement goers. In addition to providing regular weekend service, SFMTA will also provide the following on May 22: 

M-Line Service: M-Line rail service will operate from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. between West Portal Station and Balboa Park Station. In addition, the M-Line bus substitution that is already scheduled to operate during the St. Francis Circle rail replacement project will remain in service. Thus, those wishing to reach the University via the M-Line can take either the light rail or dedicated M-Line buses.

28-Line Service: From 8:30 am to 5:30 p.m., MTA will provide supplemental service on the 28-Line bus, which provides service between the Daly City BART Station and SF State.

Boshears named University Internal Auditor
Heather Boshears has been named University Internal Auditor effective May 3, 2010, following a thorough candidate search. 

The Internal Auditor reports directly to the Executive Vice President and CFO for Administration and Finance, and is responsible for managing the University's audit and tax programs, including the Non-Resident Alien Taxation (NRAT) program. Among the various compliance responsibilities assigned, the Internal Auditor also manages a rigorous internal and external audit program. Additionally, the Internal Auditor assists University management and departments in assessing and improving administrative operations and controls.

Boshears joins the University with a extensive experience in the field of auditing and accounting including positions at KQED and PricewaterhouseCoopers.  A certified public accountant with a law degree from the University of San Francisco, she serves as a legal volunteer and advocate for the mentally disabled.

Honoring emeritus/emeriti faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual Rites of Passage celebration May 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. A list of emeritus/emeriti faculty is available in a Microsoft Word document at

Academic Senate
The following is a list of action items from the May 11 Academic Senate meeting.

  • Revisions to the Board of Appeals and Review Charge were approved.
  • Revisions to the B.S. in Computer Science were approved by consent.
  • Revisions to the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership were approved unanimously.
  • A resolution in honor of Vice President of University Advancement Lee Blitch was approved unanimously.
  • A resolution in honor of outgoing senators was approved unanimously.

At the May 4 Academic Senate meeting Faculty Honors and Awards Committee Chair Genie Stowers presented the winners of the 2010 Distinguished Faculty Awards as follows: The Excellence in Professional Achievement Award, Edward S. Conner (Biology); The Sarlo Excellence in Service Award, Gail Weinstein (English); and The Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award, John Elia (Health Education).

Staff Election Result
David Rourke, university housing and residential life, was elected to serve a three-year term on the Academic Senate as staff representative.

This week in Insiders:
Erik Peper, professor of health education and Assistant Professor of Health Education Rick Harvey.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg.

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This week we remember Frank Moakley, former director of the SF State Audio Visual/Instructional Television Center, and Composition Lecturer Joel Margulis.

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New way to submit events to CampusMemo
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Discussion: The current state of California: 5 p.m.

Museum Sale: noon

Film: Screening of student documentaries: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
May 23: Concert: Wesley Farrand Day Piano Competition: winners concert: 3 p.m.

May 25: Conference: Personalized Medicine 3.0 -Targeting Cancer: 9 a.m.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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