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Volume 59, Number 20    January 23, 2012         

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Symposium on Teaching
Faculty and staff are invited to attend the 15th CSU Symposium on University Teaching, "Learning by Design," on Saturday, April 14 at the Cal Poly Pomona Bronco Student Center. The plenary speaker is Ed Prather of the University of Arizona who, along with colleagues, has shown conclusively that interactive learning and classroom engagement help students to learn better, even in large classes.

A pre-conference workshop is scheduled Friday, April 13 in the Cal Poly Pomona Library. Led by Jackie Dewar of Loyola Marymount University, this workshop will focus on how to conduct publishable research into student learning in your own classroom or lab. There is no charge for the workshop but it is limited to 40 participants.

Presentation proposals are encouraged and will be peer-reviewed. Proposals must be submitted by Feb. 1. For more information, visit

Free tickets for the Music of Living Composers
Four Seasons Concerts invites faculty, staff and students to order a pair of complimentary tickets to the Music of Living Composers concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 5 at Herbst Theatre. Baritone Thomas Buckner and his company will perform music by contemporary composers Kit Young, Narong Prangcharoen, Robert Ashley, Annea Lockwood, Alvin Lucier and Anne Gutherie.

RSVP with your name, address and telephone number to or by fax to (510) 549-3504. Tickets may be picked up at the Herbst Theatre box office between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. the day of the concert. Guests must be at least 6 years old. For more information, visit

CSL 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 free healthful snacks and prizes, 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.

Volunteer for Sea Lion Bowl
Volunteers are needed for the 2012 Northern California Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl or Sea Lion Bowl, at SF State on March 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. The academic high school competition is focused on all disciplines of ocean sciences in which teams will compete for the chance to go on to the national finals in Washington D.C. in April. Volunteers are encouraged to attend at least one training session prior to the event. For more information about training sessions or to volunteer, contact Holly Harris at or ext. 5-0540. To learn more about the roles of volunteers in the competition, visit

Quality Online Learning and Teaching Awards pilot
SF State Faculty who use iLearn/Moodle to teach blended/hybrid or fully online courses are invited to participate in the Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) program. The CSU Learning Management Systems and Services established the QOLT to evaluate online teaching using iLearn/Moodle and to recognize exemplary teaching and learning efforts that use the tool. For more information, visit or address your questions to or the SF State QOLT coordinators Noelia Mendoza at ext. 8-6906 or Areej Atawneh at ext. 8-7641.

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 and non-couples are asked to help promote the study by telling friends, "liking" it on Facebook or following their Twitter feed.

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Dean Jacob Perea to retire
Jacob Perea, who has served as dean of the Graduate College of Education since 1996, has announced he will retire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.

Dean Perea joined the faculty in 1975, when he was jointly appointed to teach in the College of Education's Department of Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies and the College of Ethnic Studies' Raza Studies Department. He later served as chair of both departments and in 1985, he co-founded the Step to College program for high school students. As dean, Perea has provided leadership for the college's academic programs, which prepare educators at the credential, master's and doctoral levels. During his tenure, he has increased the diversity of the college's faculty and developed successful partnerships with universities in China and Hong Kong. Perea will return to the faculty to continue teaching in the Department of Education and Interdisciplinary Studies.

Sue V. Rosser, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, praised Perea's decades of leadership, teaching and activism. “Dean Perea has increased access to education and worked to foster understanding among diverse groups and cultures," she said. "He embodies SF State's commitment to social justice and we're delighted that he will remain with us as a faculty member."

President Robert A. Corrigan added: "To me, Dean Perea has been a wise and frank advisor as we have gone about the work of building a stronger and more community-engaged university. To students, he has been a champion, a coach, a vision of what you know they can become. To colleagues, he has been a respected leader, involved far beyond his college, driven by a love of this singular institution and its mission. We are fortunate that he will continue to be an active member of the University community."

Library begins phased reopening
The J. Paul Leonard Library will reopen in stages during the spring semester. On Monday, Jan. 23, the west side of the first floor will open, containing Book Pickup/Checkout and chairs and tables for quiet study. This study space will eventually be part of the Library's café opening in late spring or early summer. Later in the spring semester, all areas of the Library and Academic Technology will open to the University community.

Faculty and students should continue to request books from the collection using the online catalog. Library users will no longer have to wait 24 hours to retrieve books. Books will now be available for pick up within four hours of the request during the Library's open hours. Initial hours will be: Monday - Thursday 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; closed Sundays.

Current locations of Library services:

  • Library Annex I remains open as the 24-hour study space
  • Library Media Services and Laptop Checkout are open in HSS 127
  • Study space, computers and copiers are available in HSS 107
  • Academic Technology locations are listed at

Visit the Library website for updates on services reopening in the Library building:

Library Reserve Services update
The Library and Academic Technology have completed integration of electronic reserves into iLearn. Beginning with the spring 2012 semester, electronic reserves will be available exclusively within iLearn, including documents and files previously available through Docutek ERes.

Effective January 23, checkout of physical reserve materials will move to the Book Checkout and Pickup desk on the J. Paul Leonard Library first floor. However, faculty must drop off reserve material in HSS 114 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Alternatively, faculty may set an appointment to drop off materials Monday through Thursday between 5 and 7 p.m.

Contact the Reserve Services staff with questions at or ext. 8-1881.

New look for SF State Gateway
The SF State Gateway design has been updated to improve usability and add functionality. It can be accessed via the existing address at Changes include:

Questions and comments regarding the new Gateway can be sent to the Gateway team at

Children's Campus celebration and survey
This month, the SF State Children's Campus celebrates three years of support for children of faculty and staff at SF State. The campus provides quality care and education for almost 70 infants, toddlers and preschool children every day as well as opportunities for students from a variety of disciplines to work, observe, volunteer or intern on site. The Children’s Campus invites faculty and staff whose children are not presently enrolled in the center to complete a survey to help us better serve the SF State community.

Survey link:

To learn more about the Children’s Campus please visit

Academic Senate
Faculty Trustee Visit, Tuesday Jan. 31 and Wednesday, Feb. 1
Faculty Trustee Bernadette Cheyne will visit the SF State campus Jan. 31 and Feb. 1. Cheyne will attend the Jan. 31 Senate meeting in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Thanks to a generous private donor, the meeting will be followed by a reception for Faculty Trustee Cheyne and the campus community at about 4 p.m. in the Seven Hills facility.

Distinguished Faculty Award nominations sought
Each year, the Academic Senate acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. The awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate, are designed to highlight and showcase examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty.

Nominations must be received by Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. To nominate yourself or a colleague, visit the Academic Senate website at Questions? Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or

The Academic Senate will reconvene later this month. Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web calendar and on the Senate website at

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This week in Insiders: Professor and Chair of Creative Writing Maxine Chernoff and Professor of Health Education and Director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies Adam Burke.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor and Director of Labor Studies John Logan, Professor of Biology John Hafernik and Professor of Health Education Eric Peper.

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Spring '12 First Day of Instruction

Sea Lion Bowl Volunteer Training: 6 p.m.

Open house: SF State Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: noon

Master class: Ursula Oppens, piano: 4 p.m.

Coming Up
Feb. 4: Baseball Hosting Alumni: 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 8: Community Nonprofit Fair: 11 a.m.

Feb. 8: Baseball Hosting Central Washington: 2 p.m.

Feb. 9: Community Nonprofit Fair: 11 a.m.

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


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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