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Volume 58, Number 26    March 14, 2011         

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CampusMemo schedule
There will not be a March 28 issue of CampusMemo because of spring break. Submit items for the April 4 issue to by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

Leadership development theories that work
Part two of the Leadership Academy series will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 16, in ADM 460. Current faculty leaders and those who wish to encourage leadership in others are encouraged to attend.

Dean of Health and Human Services Don Taylor will share his experience and expertise as the leader of a college and, formerly, a department. He will discuss the leadership development theories that have worked for him -- and those that have not worked. Visit or e-mail to enroll. Drop-in attendees are also welcome.

Village Fitness Center open house
The Village Fitness Center will host an open house Thursday, March 17, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Guests will enjoy snacks, class demos, tours, membership specials and fitness promotions, including body fat testing and blood pressure screenings. E-mail for more information.

Ecumenical House celebrates anniversary
Faculty, staff and alumni are invited to the second in a series of open houses to celebrate Ecumenical House’s 50th anniversary. The event will be held from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 17 at 190 Denslowe (the NW corner of 19th and Holloway). Refreshments will be served. For additional information, e-mail Pamela Vaughn at

Bookstore to present It Gets Better editor
Dan Savage will appear at noon March 25 in Jack Adams Hall to talk about the book he co-edited, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living, which was inspired by the "It Gets Better Project" on YouTube. Savage will discuss the expanded essays and new material from persons who have survived and overcome bullying to lead rewarding adult lives.

The event is brought to SF State as a result of collaboration between Associated Students Performing Arts, Associated Students Program Services, Pride @ SF State, SFSU Prevention Programs, The SAFE Place, CEASE and the leadership of the SFSU Bookstore.

Phi Beta Kappa annual dues, meeting
The Omicron Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa at SF State needs members to renew their memberships. To renew membership in or to join Phi Beta Kappa, send the $20 annual dues to chapter treasurer Assistant Professor of Economics Lisa Takeyama; checks should be made payable to Phi Beta Kappa.

Omicron Chapter also asks members to update their contact information by sending e-mail to the chapter president, Pamela Vaughn, at with current e-mail and mail addresses.

The annual chapter meeting will be held April 7. The annual banquet and initiation is scheduled for May 5. Details will follow as the events draw near.

Boot Camp free demo
The Village Fitness Center will offer a second 6-week Boot Camp program in April. Faculty, staff and students are invited to try the free Boot Camp Demo on Tuesday, April 5 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Participants will meet inside The Village Fitness Center. To learn more, e-mail

Youth Basketball Summer Camp
Plan ahead for the SF State Men's Basketball summer camp sessions for youth ages 6 - 14, scheduled for June 20-24, June 27-July 1 and July 11-15. Campers will learn the fundamentals and participate in fun games each day. The cost for each session is $180 and includes lunch each day. For more information or to express interest in attending, contact Damon Potter at or ext. 8-7573.


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Cloud computing and the Life Sciences
The Center for Computing for Life Sciences (CCLS) will host the first Seminar on Cloud Computing in Life Sciences, March 15 from 7 to 8:45 p.m. at the Towers Conference Center. The free seminar will feature a panel discussion with life sciences industry leaders discussing the evolution of cloud computing and how it is used today. The seminar will be useful for practitioners, researchers, information systems managers and others. For more information or to register, visit

Voluntary Benefits Fair March 16
Human Resources invites faculty and staff to explore their options regarding existing and new Voluntary Benefit Plans on Wednesday, March 16. The Voluntary Benefits Fair will be held on the second floor of the Administration building from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and employees will be able to change or add to their plans. The open enrollment period is March 1 through March 31, 2011.

Vendors from California Casualty-Auto and Home Insurance, AFLAC Insurance-Group Critical Illness Plan, MetLaw Legal Plans and Standard Insurance Company will be available to answer questions. More information can be found on the Human Resources website at Questions? Contact Interim Director of Payroll/Benefits and Retirement Services Wanda Humphrey at or ext. 8-2628.

Evaluation demos available
The Academic Senate's feasibility study regarding the use of an online delivery of student evaluation of teaching effectiveness solutions began March 10 and 11 with on-campus vendor product demonstrations. The demos, recorded with the campus lecture capture system, CourseStream, will soon be available for viewing via links on the Academic Senate website.

Campus community members are asked to provide feedback for each vendor using the online survey at The survey will be open until March 18.

For more information and archives of the demos, visit or contact Chair of the Senate Student Affairs Committee Bridget McCracken at

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

  • The Academic Senate approved the minutes with revisions for Feb. 22
  • The Academic Senate approved the agenda for March 8
  • The Academic Senate elected Senator Cyrus Ginwala as the Senate representative to the Baccalaureate Requirements Committee.
  • The Academic Senate heard a report from the Student Affairs Committee Chair Bridget McCracken regarding the Online Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness Pilot Study.
  • The Academic Senate approved the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed Academic Calendar for Summer 2012.
  • The Academic Senate discussed the recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding the proposed revisions to the policy on Selection, Appointment and Review of Department Chairs and Equivalent Unit Directors, first reading.
  • The Academic Senate discussed the recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed revision to the Academic Senate Bylaws related to staff elections, first reading.
  • The Academic Senate discussed the recommendation of the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed time limit for completing undergraduate degree requirements, first reading.

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

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Art Matt Lipps, Associate Professor of Creative Writing Camille Dungy and Assistant Professor of Education Yanan Fan.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Journalism Yumi Wilson, Associate Professor of Political Science Francis Neely and Lecturer of American Indian Studies Carolyn Dunn.

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

Recital: Student chamber music ensembles: 1 p.m.

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7 p.m.

Film: Illuminating Perceived Invisibility in Political Arenas: Black Women in the African Diaspora: 10 a.m.

College of Education Brown Bag Education Talk Series: noon

Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: 3 p.m.

Seminar on Cloud Computing in Life Sciences: 6 p.m.

Recital: Student chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

Leadership Academy Series: Part Two - Leadership Development Theories that Work: 12:10 p.m.

Recital: University Dance Theater preview: 1 p.m.

Women in the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s: 1:10 p.m.

Talk: 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism: 2 p.m.

Coding Gender: Women and the Politics of Representation: 2:30 p.m.

Coser y Cantar (To Sew and To Sing): 8 p.m.

Theatre: Fool for Love: 8 p.m.

Public Policy Research Group research presentation and discussion: 10 a.m.

Recital: SF State Chamber Singers: 1 p.m.

Theatre: Coser y Cantar (To Sew and To Sing): 8 p.m.

Theatre: Fool for Love: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
March 19: Theatre: Coser y Cantar (To Sew and To Sing): 8 p.m.

March 19: Theatre: Fool for Love: 8 p.m.

March 20: Theatre: Fool for Love: 2 p.m.

March 21: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

March 22: Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

March 22: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

March 23: Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m

March 23: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 27 p.m.

March 24: Workshop: Tips for Encouraging Student Participation in Classroom Discussions: 12:30 p.m.

March 24: Open house: Osher Lifelong LEarning Institute: 1 p.m.

March 24: Poetry Reading by Jennifer Martenson & Claire Becker: 3:30 p.m.

March 24: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

March 25: Dan Savage: It Gets Better Project: noon

March 16: Recital: University Dance Theater preview: 1 p.m.

March 25: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

March 27: Concert: Emerging Young Piano Chamber Talent: 4 p.m.

March 28 - April 1: Spring '11 Recess: No Classes


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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