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Volume 58, Number 35    May 23, 2011         

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CampusMemo summer schedule
This is the final edition of CampusMemo for the spring semester. During the summer, CampusMemo will publish monthly with editions on June 27, July 25 and August 22.

Personalized Medicine
Personalized Medicine 4.0, a one-day conference and networking opportunity for health and industry professionals, educators and scientists, will focus on pharmacogenomics (the right drug, at the right dose, for the right patient, at the right time) and the controversial topic of direct-to-consumer genetic testing. Proceedings begin Thursday, May 26 at 8 a.m. at the South San Francisco Conference Center. Visit for additional information. Questions should be directed to or Arlene Essex at ext. 5-4107. Academic rates are available.

Welcome Days call for academic sessions
SF State will host Welcome Days 2011, Aug. 17-24 for new students and their families. The call for programs is open for new academic sessions scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 18, from 2:15 to 3 p.m. Sessions may include open houses, information panels, tours, sample courses, etc. To submit your proposals, please complete the online form at
by Friday, May 27. For more information, visit E-mail questions to

AT summer institute
Academic Technology (AT) has added two sessions to its 2011 Summer Institute, June 1-2 and July 19 and 21. SF State faculty who register before May 20 will receive free priority registration and lunch. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. Visit for details and to register. Send questions and comments to

Summer activities for small children
New this year, Campus Recreation has opened the pool to swim lessons for children ages 6-14. Red Cross-certified instructors will lead 30-minute lessons from June 6 through Aug. 4. Visit
for more information.

Free demo of Summer Boot Camp
The Village Fitness Center invites faculty, staff and students of all fitness levels to try out the Summer Boot Camp. The free trial is scheduled for Tuesday, June 7 at 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Dana Merritt at (415) 452-1010 or visit

Open enrollment for Summer Fitness
Open enrollment has begun for The Village Fitness Center summer programs. Faculty, staff and students can get discounted membership with access to multiple fitness centers in the Bay Area. For more information visit or contact Mark Penacerrada at (415) 452-1010.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp
The Kinesiology Department will host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for youth ages 7-14. 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.

Youth Basketball Summer Camp
Plan ahead for the basketball summer camp for youth ages 6 - 14, scheduled for June 20-24, June 27-July 1 and July 11-15. Campers will learn basketball 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. The camp is sponsored by SF State Men's Basketball.

OLLI summer session approaching
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) summer session will begin June 27. OLLI provides non-credit classes, lectures, activities and discussion forums for anyone over 50 years of age. Courses include Film and the Law, Walking the SF Neighborhoods, Picasso Masterpieces in SF special exhibit, writing classes, film noir, environmental issues, brain function and dysfunction, collage/design/dyeing with indigo, and Muslim and Jewish cultures. Visit for complete offerings and registration information or call OLLI Director Debra Varner at (415) 817-4243.


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SF State earns Presidential Award for civic engagement, community focus
The Corporation for National and Community Service, a federal agency that leads President Barack Obama's national call to service initiative, has selected San Francisco State University to receive its Presidential award, recognizing the University's support of volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement.

SF State is one of six colleges and universities on the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll to receive a Presidential Award in 2010. It is the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to community service.


Founder of joint SF State, City College program cited as visionary
Associate Professor of Health Education and founder of the Welcome Back Initiative José Ramón Fernández-Peña, M.D., was named a "Champion of Change" by the Obama Administration for his work on the Initiative. He was honored at a White House ceremony on May 19.

The Migration Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. also awarded the 2011 E. Pluribus Unum Prize to the Welcome Back Initiative. The national prize, which carries a $50,000 cash award, recognizes successful initiatives that focus on integrating immigrants into the fabric of American life.

The California Wellness Foundation named Fernández-Peña a "Champion of Health Professions Diversity." Fernández-Peña will accept a medal and $25,000 cash award at a Los Angeles ceremony on June 1.

Welcome Back is an initiative of Community Health Works, a partnership of San Francisco State University and City College of San Francisco, that helps medical professionals from other countries qualify for practice in the U.S.

Read more at and

Parking Garage and Lot 6 construction
The pedestrian bridge connecting the parking garage to the campus and a portion of the service road south of the garage will be closed for construction beginning Monday, May 23 and will remain closed through early July.

During construction, additional accessible parking spaces will be available at Lot 6 and vehicular traffic exiting Lot 6 will be re-routed to North State Drive via the service road west of Cox Stadium. Those planning to use Lot 6 are encouraged to study the construction map at for important details.

The most direct pedestrian route between the parking garage and the core campus will be at ground level, from the southwest corner of the garage via the service road and stairs alongside the Tower, so drivers are encouraged to park on the lower levels of the garage.

The construction will improve pedestrian access to campus from the parking garage with a wider bridge and a more gently sloping path to campus.

F&SE leadership and organizational changes
Senior Assistant Vice President of Physical Planning & Development Marilyn Lanier announced the reorganization of the Physical Planning & Development departments. The plan is designed to build upon the strengths and talents within the various departments and will negate the need for another search for an associate vice president for Facilities & Service Enterprises (F&SE). Among the changes, the Capital Planning, Design and Construction (CPDC) department's program-planning mission will expand and current staff will be promoted:

  • Chuck Meyer will become senior director of Facilities & Service Enterprises, reporting to Marilyn Lanier. Meyer joined the University in early 2006 as associate director for Facilities and Utilities, after 21 years with the Facilities Department at San Francisco General Hospital. Meyer is an engineering graduate of CSU California Maritime Academy. Meyer will supervise the maintenance superintendent, chief engineer, energy programs manager, customer service center, administrative services for FS&E and a new grounds operations manager.
  • Phil Evans will become director for Site Planning & Landscape Design and will report to Assistant Vice President for Capital Planning, Design and Construction Simon Lam. A transition plan is under development for units currently reporting to Evans, who will continue in his current supervisory capacity as grounds operation manager until the reorganization is finalized.
  • Director of Custodial Services Delma Munoz will take on the Waste Management unit until the grounds operation manager position is filled.
  • Assistant Vice President for Capital Planning, Design and Construction Simon Lam will continue to manage the Deferred Maintenance (DM) program. Managers associated with DM will continue reporting to Lam.

The changes are effective July 1.

Farewell to Leroy Morishita
The campus community is invited to a farewell reception honoring Executive Vice President and CFO for Administration & Finance Leroy M. Morishita on Tuesday, June 7 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Morishita has served SF State for 29 years and was recently named Interim President at Cal State East Bay. He will start that position on July 1.

A contribution for the party in the amount of $15 is requested and should be sent to Camille Tualaulelei, Administration and Finance, ADM 354. RSVP by June 1 to Camille Tualaulelei at or ext. 8-2521.

In lieu of gifts, a donation may be made to any of several EOP scholarship funds; contact Camille Tualaulelei for more information.

University Communications wins gold
At the March 4 meeting of the Council for Advancement and Support of Education District VII, a Gold Award of Excellence was presented to the Office of University Communications for its new publication, The San Francisco State of Mind. To view a PDF of this publication, which highlights the University's strengths in scholarship and service, visit

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Social Work Rashmi Gupta.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Kinesiology Susan Zieff and Associate Professor of Biology and Director of the Great Sunflower Project Gretchen LeBuhn.

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

May 21: 2011 Commencement

May 23: Spring 2011 Evaluation Day

May 26: Personalized Medicine 4.0 - Pharmacogenomics | Consumer Genetic Testing

May 27: Spring 2011 Grading Day

Coming Up
May 30: Memorial Day Observed: No Classes; Offices Closed

May 31: Spring 2011 Semester Ends; Grading Days

June 4: Concert: Irving M. Klein International String Competition: 10 a.m.

June 5: Concert: Irving M. Klein International String Competition: 4 p.m.

June 6: Summer 2011 R1 Instruction Begins

June 7: Summer Boot Camp: 5:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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