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Volume 58, Number 28    April 4, 2011         

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Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase
April 4 is the last day for graduate students to register for the 2011 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase. Faculty are asked to encourage students to sign up for the annual showcase of the diverse graduate work done on campus. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 28 from 3 to 5:15 p.m. in the main gym.

Participants and their faculty mentors are also invited to attend a dinner reception where registered students will be eligible to win prizes, including an iPad. Visit for more information or to register. Additional information may be found at and questions may be e-mailed to Maria Conrad at

Staff travel grants deadline nears
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages staff to apply for travel grant awards. The awards are for travel during 2011 and will have a maximum value of $700. The association expects to fund as many as seven grants (faculty travel grants will be awarded next year). Applications are due April 6.

Professional development is the major criterion for a grant award, with preference given to presentations or participation at conferences, summer workshops and retreats or attendance at a training institute. Other types of professional development will also be considered.

Staff application forms are available at under the "Forms" tab. To be considered for a grant, submit a completed application to all of the following people by April 6:

Phi Beta Kappa Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of the Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will take place on Thursday, April 7, 3-4:30 in HUM 587. All members are urged to attend.

Staff Representative to Academic Senate nomination period open
The Academic Senate is accepting nominations for the staff representative until April 8. The Staff Academic Senate Representative must attend all Academic Senate and assigned standing committee meetings every working Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. The term of service is three years. To learn more about the position and to find a link to the nomination ballot, visit

Those interested should contact David Rourke, the current Staff Representative to the Academic Senate, at with questions or to schedule a visit to the Academic Senate or standing committee meetings.

Flu vaccine available
Student Health Services (SHS) still has flu vaccine available for staff, faculty and students. The SHS immunization clinics are held Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 to 11:15 a.m. The clinics operate on a first-come, first-served basis. The flu vaccine shot is $20, which will be charged to your bursar account.

UWA Half-Marathon and Marathon registration
The registration period is nearing for University Women's Association-sponsored (UWA) runners and walkers who plan to participate in the Oct. 16 Nike Marathon and Half-Marathon for Women. The event, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, allows participants to move at their own pace on a scenic course that runs from Union Square to Ocean Beach. E-mail Ilona Vandergriff at for the group ID number, website address and other details. Registration is April 11-21.

CSU CATS2011 Conference nearing
The 14th Annual Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) conference, CSU CATS2011, will be held online April 12-14 using Elluminate Live! The theme this year is "Next Generation CATS."

The conference will focus on the technological and educational advances, themes and issues influencing the direction of academic technology and will showcase successful projects, experiences and strategies. Tracks include, Next Gen Technologies, Nuts and Bolts Technology, Academic Technology and Learning Outcomes, Learning Management Systems and Universal Design/Accessibility. E-mail Noelia Mendoza, the SF State CATS liaison, at for more information.

Registration is free for CSU staff and faculty and may be completed at

New Funding Opportunity from ORSP
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has launched the Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant program to facilitate research and creative work. The new grants support original projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). Individuals and collaborative groups are invited to apply and may propose to conduct work within one discipline or across disciplinary boundaries. Projects should be directed toward obtaining such tangible results as a journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project or concert.

Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, and those with existing status as an eligible principal investigator as of Jan. 1 are eligible to apply. Applications must be submitted by April 18. Visit
for more information.

Faculty retention, tenure and promotion sessions planned
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled three informal discussion sessions to help faculty prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. The sessions, conducted by Wanda Lee, will provide the opportunity for participants to: ask questions about the organization of the Working Personnel Action File, share information with colleagues, compare notes and strategies, and discuss issues of retention, tenure and promotion.

Faculty who will be in their second through fifth year this fall may RSVP for either of the following sessions:

  • Friday, April 22, 10:10 a.m. - noon, ADM 460
  • Thursday, May 12, 2:10 p.m. – 3:25 p.m., ADM 460

Faculty who will apply for tenure and promotion in the fall can RSVP for the following session:

  • Friday, May 13, 2:10 p.m. - 4 p.m., ADM 460

To register for one of these discussion sessions or submit questions, e-mail or call ext. 8-2204.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp
The Kinesiology department will host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for 7-14 year old girls and boys. The weekday program runs for six weeks, from June 13 through July 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact David Walsh at or 8-7856.

Do you have small children? Looking for summer activities?
New this year, Campus Recreation has opened the pool to swim lessons for children age 6-14. Red Cross-certified instructors will lead 30 minute lessons from June 6 to Aug. 4. Visit
for more information.

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Counseling available
The Counseling and Psychological Services Center offers condolences to students, faculty and staff negatively affected by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Center staff members are located in SSB 208 and available on a drop-in basis for counseling or by appointment. They can be reached at ext. 8-2208.

Hepatitis B survey
Assistant Professor of Nursing Rebecca Carabez and Professor of Asian American Studies Grace Yoo invite faculty and staff to participate in an online survey about hepatitis B. Participants must:

  • have tested positive for hepatitis B
  • reside in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • be 18 years or older
  • read and speak English
  • self-identify as Asian American

The survey, Testing Positive for Hepatitis B: Understanding Social Support IRB # X10-60a, seeks information from persons chronically infected with hepatitis B regarding their knowledge about the virus and access to health care services and social support. Results will be used to examine the educational and social support needs, quality of life, knowledge and patient-physician communication of Asian Americans chronically infected with hepatitis B.

The study's online survey format was designed for convenience and confidentiality: the survey takes about 15 minutes to complete, names are not collected and only aggregated data will be included in the final report. Respondents may stop the survey at any time and are asked to answer only those questions with which they are comfortable. Upon completion of the survey, participants will receive a $10 Amazon gift certificate by e-mail.

The online survey can be completed at For additional information or to pose questions, contact: Carabez at ext. 8-3886 or or Yoo, ext. 8-3891 or

Museum Studies spring exhibition
The Museum Studies Curatorship and Collecting class (M S 720) taught by Professor of Museum Studies Linda Ellis presents the spring exhibition "Wings Over the Pyramids: Will Egypt's Treasures Survive?" The exhibit features modern and historic photographs that document the effects of pollution and urbanization on Egypt's cultural monuments. Artifacts and the mummified remains of New Kingdom priest Nes-Per-N-Nub from the Museum's Sutro Egyptian Collection will also be on display.

The exhibit opens April 4 and runs through May 4, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is free to the public. A reception will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 6 and refreshments will be served. The museum is located in HUM 510A.

The museum welcomes field trips for grades 3-12 Wednesday through Friday and tours for University classes are available by special arrangement. Visit to learn more or e-mail Program Coordinator Christine Fogarty at with questions.

Increased hacking activity and sensitive information requests
Universities around the world, including SF State, have seen an increase in attempts to gain access to accounts by various methods, including asking users for their password or other sensitive information via e-mail, telephone or text messages, or hacking systems by correctly guessing passwords. SF State will never ask for your password via e-mail or phone so users should be especially wary of all e-mail, telephone or text messages doing so.

If you suspect your account has been compromised, immediately change your password and report the incident to Compromised accounts will be locked and disabled by the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) to protect personal information and to maintain the integrity of campus systems.

Learn more about phishing attacks -- and how to protect yourself against them -- at

EPC meeting scheduled
The Educational Policies Council (EPC) will meet April 19 from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m. in ADM 560. The EPC will review proposals for:

  • Discontinuance of the minor in ethnographic field methods (Department of Anthropology)
  • Discontinuance of the concentration in e-commerce (Department of Information Systems)
  • Temporary suspension of the concentration and minor in entrepreneurial/small business management (Department of Management)
  • Temporary suspension of the minor in industrial arts (Department of Design & Industry)

Contact the Academic Senate office at or ext. 8-1264 with questions.

Academic Senate
The following is a list of action items from the March 22 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Approved the minutes for the meeting on March 8
  • Approved the agenda for the meeting on March 22
  • Heard a report from Academic Senate Chair Shawn Whalen on the new six-college restructuring proposal
  • Heard a report from Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita and Associate Director of Government Relations Derek Aitken on developments regarding the 2011-12 California budget
  • Approved the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed time limit for completing undergraduate degree requirements
  • Approved the recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed resolution in support of the Academic Senate at Idaho State University
  • Approved the recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding the proposal to rescind Academic Senate policy #S91-168, advising for probationary students

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Creative Writing Michelle Carter, Associate Professor of Creative Writing Camille Dungy, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Mohammad Salama and Associate Professor of Labor Studies John Logan.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Social Work and Guardian Scholar Research Evaluator Sonja Lenz-Rashid, Political Science Lecturer David Lee and Associate Professor of Engineering Elahe Enssani.

Read Newsmakers:

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Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.

Recital: The piano music of Franz Liszt: 1 p.m.

Free Boot Camp Demo - Facult and staff: 5:30 p.m.

Performance: CockTales - "Confessions": 6:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading by Reginald Dwayne Betts: 3:30 p.m.

Student dance concert: 8 p.m.

Research seminar: Signaling, defection, optimism and cooperation: 2 p.m.

Student Dance concert: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
April 9: Student Dance concert: 8 p.m.

April 12: CSU Community of Academic Technology Staff Conference: 8:30 a.m.

April 12: College of Education Brown Bag Education Talk Series: noon

April 12: Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

April 12: Performance: The Vagina Monologues: 7 p.m.

April 13: CSU Community of Academic Technology Staff Conference

April 13: Recital: SF State Funk Ensemble: 1 p.m.

April 13: Performance: The Vagina Monologues: 7 p.m.

April 14: CSU Community of Academic Technology Staff Conference

April 14: Poetry Reading by Camille Roy and Robert Gluck: 7:30 p.m.

April 15: Workshop: Strategic Decision Making and Change Management: 12:30 p.m.

April 16: Poetry Reading by Philippe Beck and Guy Bennett: 7:30 p.m.

April 18: Symposium: The Science Behind the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami, and Related Nuclear Events: 12:10 p.m.

April 18: Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin: 1 p.m.

April 19: Concert: Vocal Jazz featuring Renee Lubin: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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