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Volume 59, Number 22    February 6, 2012         

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Right to Love film premiere
The premiere of the Prop 8-related documentary film, The Right to Love: An American Family, is Monday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m., 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Castro Theater. Student admission to the 4 p.m. showing is free with ID. The Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality and the Gay Couples Study are working with the producers to make the premiere -- and the study -- a success. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit!/

CSU Student Research Competition
The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their outstanding research projects and creative works. Faculty are asked to encourage students to apply. Current students, as well as those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2011, are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 20 for the campus competition, which will take place Feb. 27-March 2.

The University will select up to 10 winners to compete in the CSU system-wide competition to be held May 4-5 at CSU Long Beach. Winners receive cash awards. SF State students have done very well in past competitions.

Registration forms and guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies website at Participants are also invited to exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase April 26. For answers to questions, contact Maria Conrad, Division of Graduate Studies, at

Theatre lover deals
The College of Arts and Humanities’ OLLI Theatre Pass gives persons over 50 years of age admission to four plays this semester: Hamlet, Spring Awakening, Sorry Fugu and References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot. Also included is a behind-the-scenes tour of the theatre facilities, including the costume and prop shops, and a reception with faculty in The Casablanca Room on Feb. 22, from 5.30 to 6.30 p.m.

The OLLI pass costs $19 and includes a limited membership to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). Also on offer is the Theatre Arts Pass, which entitles holders to a 30 percent discount on tickets. Buy tickets at the Creative Arts ticket office Wednesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m. or online at
ID is required to pick up tickets.

The Gay Couples Study
The Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality (CRGS) at SF State seeks gay male couples to participate in a study examining sex and relationship dynamics. Participation involves completing five computerized surveys over a three-year period. Finishing each survey takes 60-90 minutes. Both partners must participate. Each partner is paid $40 for every visit.

Interested couples may schedule their first appointment by calling toll-free (888) 688-1777. For more information, visit

Supporters are asked to help promote the study by telling friends, liking it on Facebook or following their Twitter feed

New campus safety system connects mobile phones
The new campus Mobile Safety System (MSS) service will help emergency personnel to better assess and assist people on campus who call 911 from their registered mobile phones. When registered with MSS, mobile phones can transmit the general location -- and any optional information provided -- to the University Police when an emergency call to 911 is placed while on campus. The information provided is secure and can only be accessed by authorized personnel. Registering with MSS is free and optional. To register and get more information, visit

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Dean of Students Leadership Awards nominations open
The Dean of Students proudly recognizes outstanding leadership at SF State with the annual Leadership Awards Ceremony, which 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 held on Thursday, April 19.

Community Service Learning Nonprofit Fair
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend the spring 2012 Community Service Learning (CSL) Nonprofit Fair, hosted by the Community Service Learning program. The event will showcase more than 50 Bay Area organizations that are looking for volunteers, interns or future employees. In addition to meeting SF State's community partners, and enjoying prizes and free healthful snacks, attendees will learn about academic credit, hands-on experience, internships, scholarships and volunteer/CSL sites.

The fair will be held in the Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 8 and Thursday, Feb. 9. Contact Jen Gasang at for more information.

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." The panelists are:

  • Dina Ibrahim, BECA, "The Role of the Media in the Revolutions in Egypt and Tunisia"
  • Maziar Behrooz, History, "Reflections on the Arab Spring & its Impact on Iran and Iraq"
  • Mahmood Monshipouri, International Relations, "Egypt: Youths, Islamists and Secularists – Turning Elections into Democracy?"
  • Eran Kaplan, Jewish Studies, "The Arab Spring viewed from Jerusalem"
  • Lucia Volk, Anthropology, "The Uprising in Syria – A View from Lebanon"

The discussion will be held Monday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the History Department Lounge (SCI 270).

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Jan. 31 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a report from Chair Vaughn encouraging everyone to remain dedicated throughout the semester to the strength of our University and to remember our common purpose and resolve
  • Heard a Budget Update Report from Vice President of Administration and Finance Nancy Hayes
  • Heard a report from Statewide Academic Senators Andrea Boyle, Martin Linder and Darlene Yee-Melichar
  • Approved the Executive Committee recommended proposal to rescind policy #S11-96, Liberal Studies Council
  • Approved the Executive Committee recommended proposal to rescind policy #S03-225, University Historical Archives
  • Approved the Student Affairs Committee recommended proposed Policy on Student and Applicant Complaints Against San Francisco State University and/or Its Employees
  • Welcomed visiting CSU Faculty Trustee Bernadette Cheyne who discussed her role as Faculty Trustee and answered questions

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 Asian American Studies Valerie Soe and Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Political Science Robert Smith, Professor Emeritus of Biology Jan Randall, Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell and Associate Professor of Mathematics Mariel Vazquez.

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

Community Nonprofit Fair: 11 a.m.

Baseball Hosting Central Washington: 2 p.m.

Community Nonprofit Fair: 11 a.m.

Recital: Jonathan Mann, piano: 1 p.m.

Coming Up
Feb. 13: Recital: Victoria Neve, piano, and Linda Lukas, flute, featuring Sandy Wilson, cello: 1 p.m.

Feb. 14: Academic Senate: 2: p.m.

Feb. 15: Master Class: Morrison Artists Series: Chanticleer: 11:10 a.m.

Feb. 16: Recital: Mary Artmann, cello and Miles Graber, piano: 1 p.m.

Feb. 16: Film: Cecilia Vicuna's Kon Kon: 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 16: Film: Cecilia Vicuna's Kon Kon: 5 p.m.

Feb. 16: Women's Basketball vs. Humboldt State: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 16: Men's Basketball vs. Humboldt State: 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 17: Film: Cecilia Vicuna's Kon Kon: 4:30 p.m.

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

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

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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