General education course certification update
The Baccalaureate Requirements Committee and the Office of the Dean of Undergraduate Studies have approved 35 courses from five colleges in one or more areas of general education. An additional 40 courses are under review by the certification subcommittees.
Information about the review process, steps to submit courses for review and the submission form can be found at www.sfsu.edu/~ugs/GE_Policy.html Faculty who wish to see examples of approved courses should ask their department chairs for the Web address or contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Research and creative work funding opportunities
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has announced two new internal funding opportunities designed to facilitate faculty research and creative work:
Intensive Methodological Training Grants (FOA ORSP 2012-01) support faculty training in statistical and other methodological skills, based on the premise that use of the latest data analytic and methodological techniques strengthen funding applications in an increasingly competitive environment. Local training and training that requires travel may be considered. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis with no fixed deadline, contingent on availability of funds. Visit the Intensive Methodological Training Grants website for more information.
Individual Investigator and Collaborative Grants (FOA ORSP 2012-02) support individual or collaborative projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). Project proposals should be directed toward obtaining tangible results such as a journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project or concert. Submissions must be received by ORSP by 5 p.m. on April 16. Visit the Individual Investigator and Collaborative Grants website for more information.
Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase
Faculty are asked to encourage students to register for, and participate in, the 2012 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase to be held April 26 from 3 to 5:15 p.m. in the Main Gym. The event will be followed by a dinner reception for participating students and their faculty mentors. Registered students will be eligible to win prizes, including an iPad.
Download the showcase registration form and submit it by Wednesday, April 4. Visit the graduate showcase website for more information or contact Maria Conrad by e-mail at email@example.com
Call for submissions: photography exhibit
The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) is accepting submissions for an upcoming photo exhibition. The "Lens on Gender and Sexuality" exhibition will focus on striking, honest, illuminating and engaging images that, paired with descriptions from photographers, tell narratives broadly related to gender and sexuality in the United States and internationally.
Submissions must be received by March 23 and may be submitted by amateur and professional photographers. Visit the CREGS Lens on Gender and Sexuality page for the entry form and additional details.
Spring break open house and membership promotions
The Village Fitness Center will host an open house for faculty and staff on Wednesday, March 21 during which they may work out for free from noon to 2 p.m. Healthy snacks will be provided.
Fitness Center membership discounts are also on offer for those who sign up between March 19 and March 23. Current members who refer a new member will receive $100 credit towards any one-hour personal training package. Contact Mark at (415) 452-1010 for more information.
Phi Beta Kappa annual meeting, Triennial Council
The annual meeting of the Omicron chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will be held 3-5 p.m. Monday, April 2 in ADM 552. Chapter members are encouraged to attend and vote on a range of issues, as well as discuss plans for the annual banquet.
A delegate for the Aug. 2-4 Phi Beta Kappa Triennial Council in Palm Beach, Florida, is also sought. The Society will underwrite travel and lodging costs for one delegate from each chartered chapter. Interested Omicron chapter members are asked to volunteer by April 2.
Contact the chapter president, Pamela Vaughn at firstname.lastname@example.org to express interest in the Triennial Council or to pose questions.
Welcome Days call for programs
Welcome Days 2012 will welcome new students and their families from Thursday, Aug. 23 to Tuesday, Aug. 28 on the main campus. The call for programs is open for new department open houses, information workshops and academic sessions scheduled for Friday, Aug. 24.
Complete the online form to submit proposals: https://orgsync.com/35525/forms/show/45772 Proposals must be submitted by midnight Friday, March 30. Visit www.sfsu.edu/~welcome/ for more information. E-mail questions to email@example.com
SF State honored for comprehensive international education
SF State is being honored for its longstanding commitment to providing students, faculty and staff with an array of international experiences and perspectives. The University is one of five U.S. institutions to receive the NAFSA: Association of International Educators 2012 Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization, a prestigious award named after the late U.S. Senator from Illinois and international education advocate Paul Simon.
Read more at www.sfsu.edu/~news/prsrelea/fy12/027.html
SF State awarded gold
The Council for Advancement and Support of Education's (CASE) District VII has recognized SF State's Office of University Communications with awards for outstanding media communications and publications.
SF State Magazine was recognized with the Gold Circle of Excellence Award in the category of College and University General Interest Magazines with a circulation greater than 75,000. The Bronze Circle of Excellence Award was given in recognition of the University's "The Great Bee Count Day Campaign."
Read more at www.sfsu.edu/~news/2012/spring/43.html
Following is a list of action items from the March 13 Academic Senate meeting:
- Update from Vice President and CFO for Administration and Finance Nancy Hayes: Huron Consulting IT study; Recreation and Wellness Center; Holloway "Main Street," Bookstore RFP; and Library Annexes I and II
- Approved the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee recommendation regarding the proposed Online Education Policy, with Amendments from the floor
- Discussed the Faculty Affairs Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy (Academic Senate Policy #F11-241), first reading
- Unanimously approved the Student Affairs Committee's proposed resolution in support of Project Rebound
- Approved adoption of the Senate Summary of Discussion regarding four Task Force Reports to Review Curriculum, Tutoring Services, the College of Extended Learning (CEL) and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR), with recommendations
Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web Calendar and on the Senate website at www.sfsu.edu/~senate
This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Geosciences Jason Gurdak, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Associate Professor and Director of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan.
Read Insiders: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring12/march19insiders.htm
This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg, Multimedia Studies Instructor David Hogue and Professor of Health Education Mary Beth Love.
SF State received $113,289 in grants and contracts in February 2012.
Grants & Contracts: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring12/march19grants.htm
Submitting events to CampusMemo
CampusMemo picks up event listings directly from the University Calendar. Departments interested in publicizing an event in CampusMemo simply need to register the event on the University Calendar by 10 a.m. on Wednesday of the previous week. To submit an event, go to www.sfsu.edu/calendar/ and click on "Submit an Event" in the left-hand navigation bar. This procedure saves event sponsors the extra step of entering information specifically for CampusMemo, and the later deadline for submittal allows more time for event sponsors to submit their items to CampusMemo.
Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.
March 19-23: Spring '12 Spring Recess: No Classes, Campus open
Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute information session: noon
Softball Hosting Cal State Stanislaus in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.
March 26: Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and Sarkis Baltaian, piano: 1 p.m.
March 27: Baseball vs. Menlo College: 2:30 p.m.
March 28: Recital: Music of Women Composers: 1 p.m.
March 28: Spring Speech Showcase: 2 p.m.
March 28: Lecture: Artist Lecture Series: Patrick Painter: 5:30 p.m.
March 28: Lecture: Osvaldo Sanchez and Omar Barrada: 6 p.m.
March 28: Fair Working Conditions in Global Supply Chains with Kohl S. Gill: 6 p.m.
March 28: Lecture: Vocation(s): A Discussion About Interdisciplinary Practice: 7 p.m.
March 29: Japanese Flower Arrangement: Lecture, Demo & Workshop: 11 a.m.
March 29: Open house: SF State Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: noon
March 29: Poetry reading: Khaled Mattawa and Ravi Shankar Book Award Reading: 4:30 p.m.
March 30: Spring '12 Cesar Chavez Day: No Classes: Offices Closed
March 31: Baseball vs. Sonoma State (Doubleheader): noon
April 2: Recital: Voice students: 1 p.m.
April 2: Philosophy Talk: The Life and Work of Ludwig Wittgenstein: 6 p.m.
April 3: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.
For more upcoming events, see the University