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Volume 59, Number 23    February 13, 2012         

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The Arab Spring – One Year Later
Middle East and Islamic Studies, in conjunction with the History Department, will present a panel discussion on the subject of "The Arab Spring – One Year Later," Monday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the History Department Lounge (SCI 270). The discussion will be led by panelists Dina Ibrahim (BECA), Maziar Behrooz (History), Mahmood Monshipouri (International Relations), Eran Kaplan (Jewish Studies) and Lucia Volk (Anthropology).

Social Media Week begins
SF State's Downtown Campus will host one of the 2012 Social Media Week (SMW) hubs. SMW is a global platform that connects people, content and conversation around emerging trends in social and mobile media. Sessions will include:
•"Occupy the Exponential Function: Network Theory for Social Transformation"
•"VC/Startup Office Hours"
•"Your New Partner: The Consumer"

Sessions will run Feb. 13 through 17 and pre-registration is required. Visit for more information and RSVP to

Student Research Competition
Faculty are asked to encourage students to apply for the CSU Student Research Competition by the Monday, Feb. 20 deadline. Current students, as well as those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2011, are eligible. The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their outstanding research projects and creative works. The campus competition will take place Feb. 27-March 2. Up to 10 winners will be selected to represent SF State in the CSU system-wide competition held May 4-5 at CSU Long Beach. Winners receive cash awards.

Registration forms and application guidelines are available at Participants are also invited to exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase April 26. Send questions to Maria Conrad at

Panetta Congressional Internship
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is accepting applications for the 2012 Panetta Congressional Internship until Feb. 20. The internship for sophomores and juniors includes an expenses-paid two-week training retreat at the Panetta Institute at CSU Monterey in August, and an 11-week internship in the Washington D.C. office of a California member of the U.S. House of Representatives during the fall 2012 semester. Travel to and from Washington, housing expenses and a stipend will be covered by the program. Faculty are urged to recommend qualified students for this opportunity. For program and application details, e-mail or call ext. 8-6419.

Student Leadership Awards nominations now open
The Student Leadership Awards Ceremony highlights the outstanding service that student leaders, student organizations and faculty/staff advisors provide to the campus and larger communities. The four awards include the Outstanding Student Leader Award, the Outstanding Student Organization Award, the Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor Award and the Social Justice Award. To submit a nomination, complete the appropriate award form at
by 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 29. Award recipients will be announced at the Dean of Students Leadership Awards Ceremony on Thursday, April 19.

Theatre deals
The College of Creative Arts is offering two discounted ticket passes. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute pass is for persons over 50 years of age and includes four plays for $19. The Theatre Arts pass provides a 30 percent discount for those who buy tickets to four plays. Order tickets on the Creative Arts website.

Campus Recreation faculty, staff memberships
The Campus Recreation Department will make it easier for faculty and staff to follow through on their New Year’s resolutions with their faculty/staff memberships. The plan includes use of the pool, strength and conditioning room, and Group X classes through during the spring 2012 semester. For more information or to sign-up, visit

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Presidential Search Committee to hold first meeting
The California State University Board of Trustees begins the search this month for a new president of San Francisco State University to succeed President Robert Corrigan, who is retiring.

The first meeting of the search committee will be held in an open forum from 10 a.m. to noon on Monday, Feb. 20 at the Seven Hills Conference Center. It will be followed by a closed meeting of the committee at 1 p.m. The 10 a.m. forum is the only meeting of the committee that is an open meeting.

The purpose of the open forum is to review the role of the committee, receive comments and input from the public and campus community, explain the search process and confidentiality, confirm the schedule of meetings, discuss preferred attributes of the next president, review the descriptions and needs of the campus and presidential position, and discuss any other business related to the search process.

CSU Trustee Roberta Achtenberg will chair the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President. The other trustee members of the selection committee include Kenneth Fong, Melinda Guzman and Peter Mehas, as well as Trustee Chair Herbert L. Carter and CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed.

Board policy requires the chair to appoint an advisory group to the Trustees' Committee. The Advisory Committee to the Trustees’ Committee for the Selection of the President is composed of representatives of the faculty, students and alumni, as well as a member of the campus advisory board, all of whom are selected by the campus constituent groups. Also on the advisory committee is a vice president or academic dean from the campus and a president of another CSU campus, both selected by the chancellor. Both committees function as one group.

Members of the Advisory Committee for the Selection of the President include:

  • Alexander Gonzalez, president, Sacramento State
  • Gwyneth Borden, manager, corporate citizenship and corporate affairs, IBM
  • Leona Bridges, SF State Alumni Association
  • Maxine Chernoff, chair/professor, Creative Writing Department
  • Trevor Getz, professor, History Department
  • John Gumas, chair, SF State Foundation
  • Andrew Gutierrez, III, president, Associated Students of SF State
  • Lorna Chang Hill, supervisor, Undergraduate Admissions
  • Robert J. Nava, vice president, University Advancement
  • Pamela Vaughn, chair, Academic Senate

The committee will work over the next several months reviewing applications and will conduct interviews. It is expected that the new president will be selected by the CSU Board of Trustees in May.

For more information about the presidential search , see the Presidential Transition website at

Daly City BART station improvements
Bay Area Regional Transit (BART), in partnership with various agencies, including SF State, has undertaken a station improvement plan to address increased capacity and operational efficiency of the Daly City station for buses and shuttles, as well as improved pedestrian and bicycle access and way-finding. As part of that effort, the SF State Transit Committee is soliciting comments from members of the campus community, more than 5,000 of whom use the Daly City BART station daily.

Plans will build on recent improvements for the safety and convenience of riders, such as the fall 2010 relocation of the SF State Shuttle stop to a location adjacent to the Muni 28 bus stop. Draft concepts for planned improvements to the Daly City BART station are posted at

Submit comments and questions by Feb. 20 to

Newly merged sexuality center at SF State
After years of research, education, training, policy development and collaboration in the fields of sexuality and sexual health research, the National Sexuality Resource Center and the Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality have merged to become the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS).

The two centers rose to the call to action issued more than a decade ago by then-Surgeon General David Satcher to promote sexual health and responsible behavior to combat negative sexual health outcomes and disparities. Since then, the National Sexuality Resource Center has provided the Summer Institute on Sexuality, the premiere summer program for promoting healthy sexuality in the country. The Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality has engaged in several large-scale, nationwide research studies in an effort to alter those outcomes.

The merger of the two groundbreaking centers will continue the work to promote healthy sexuality and reduce sexual health disparities, as well as provide an opportunity to refocus the mission and work.

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open floor period will be held from 2 to 2:10 p.m., providing an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Report from Academic Senate Chair Pamela Vaughn
  • Report from Director of Government Relations Lisbet Sunshine
  • Report from Bookstore Manager Rob Strong and Textbook Specialist Wendy Johnson: Update on the Affordable Textbooks Initiative (resolution RS11-285)
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed University Reapportionment for Academic Senate Representation, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed Library Advisory Committee Policy, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed Minor in Persian Studies, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed Online Education Policy, first reading

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web calendar and on the Senate website at

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Sybil Yang and Associate Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of International Relations Andrei P. Tsygankov, Professor of Geosciences and Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center Toby Garfield and Assistant Professor of Social Work Rashmi Gupta.

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We mark the passing of Associate Professor of Creative Writing Stacy Doris.

Read In Memoriam:

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Victoria Neve, piano, and Linda Lukas, flute, featuring Sandy Wilson, cello: 1 p.m.

Academic Senate: 2: p.m.

Exhibit: Head of the Table: through Feb. 25

Master Class: Morrison Artists Series: Chanticleer: 11:10 a.m.

Anthropology Brown Bag Series: 12:30 p.m.

Recital: Mary Artmann, cello and Miles Graber, piano: 1 p.m.

Film: Cecilia Vicuna's Kon Kon: 3:30 p.m.

Film: Cecilia Vicuna's Kon Kon: 5 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Humboldt State: 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball vs. Humboldt State: 7:30 p.m.

Film: Cecilia Vicuna's Kon Kon: 4:30 p.m.

Coming Up
Feb. 18: Women's Basketball vs. Sonoma State: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 18: Men's Basketball vs. Sonoma State: 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 19: Pre-Concert Talk: Morrison Artists Series: Chanticleer: 2 p.m.

Feb. 19: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Chanticleer: 3 p.m.

Feb. 20: Presidential Search Committee, First Meeting: 10 a.m.

Feb. 20: Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and William Corbett-Jones, piano

Feb. 20: Koreans in America Book Launch: 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 21: Exhibit: SmART Space: An interactive exhibit at the intersection of art and technology: through March 15

Feb. 21: Graduation Fair 2012: 9 a.m.

Feb. 21: Performance: Pamela Z: 5 p.m.

Feb. 22: Recital: University Dance Theater preview: 1 p.m.

Feb. 22: Women's Basketball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hill: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 22: Lecture: Artist Lecture Series: Andrew Schoultz: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 22: Men's Basketball vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 23: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble and Chabot College Wind Ensemble: 7 p.m.

Feb. 24: Softball Hosting UC San Diego in a Doubleheader: noon

Feb. 24: Recital: Lawrence Ferrara, guitar: 1 p.m.

Feb. 24: Women's Basketball vs. Cal State L.A.: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 24: Men's Basketball vs. Cal State LA: 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 25: Softball Hosting UC San Diego in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

Feb. 27: Recital: Student jazz combos: 1 p.m.

Feb. 28: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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