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Volume 60, Number 29    April 8, 2013         

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Terracotta Warriors tour
The University Women's Association is sponsoring a docent led tour of the Terracotta Warriors exhibit at the Asian Art Museum on Saturday, April 27 at 9:45 a.m. The cost is $30 for adults and $25 for senior citizens 65 or older. RSVP by April 10 and send checks payable to the University Women's Association c/o Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. For more information, contact Lin Ivory at (415) 721-7432 or visit

High Impact Teaching workshops continue
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) invites faculty to the High Impact Teaching Workshops. The hour-long workshops provide new and veteran instructors across colleges with the opportunity to learn from each other and collaborate on innovative initiatives. Each session is offered twice to accommodate faculty schedules and is held in ADM 452. The tentative schedule and topics for the spring semester include:

• Designing Effective Field Experiences: Monday, April 8, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 9, 10 a.m.
• Developing a Philosophy of Teaching: Monday, April 15, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m.
• Making the Most of Student Evaluations: Monday, April 22, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 23, 10 a.m.

CTFD welcomes your suggestions for future workshops. To submit questions, e-mail Meg Gorzycki at Visit the CTFD website for a robust collection of modules and tutorials on a variety of teaching and professional development topics.

Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase
The Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase is an annual exhibition of the diverse graduate work taking place at SF State, sponsored by the Division of Graduate Studies. In the past, more than 150 graduate exhibitors have participated. Presentations typically come in the form of a poster display that depicts the purpose, methods and results of student research or creative projects.

Faculty are asked to encourage their students to participate in the showcase, which will be held in the Main Gym on May 2 from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Participants and their faculty mentors are also invited to attend a dinner reception following the showcase where registered students will be eligible to win prizes, including an iPad.

Registration forms are due by Friday, April 12. More information and forms may be found on the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase website.

The event is an excellent opportunity for students to share their graduate work with the broader academic community and gain valuable experience to add to their resume. For more information, visit or contact Britney Stewart at

Tax time is VITA time
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), a national program providing free assistance to low-income, elderly, limited English-proficient and disabled individuals who require assistance in preparing their tax returns, is open to the general public in SCI 205. The campus community is encouraged to refer qualifying persons who need tax assistance to VITA. To qualify, participants’ income must be $51,000 or less and they cannot have rental income. For more information, visit the VITA website.

EPC meeting scheduled
On April 16, the Education Policies Council (EPC) will review a proposal to discontinue the B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, and a proposal to discontinue the minor in Social Science. The committee will meet in the NEC Conference Room on the fifth floor of the Administration building at 2:30 p.m.

CockTales: ReClaiming Love
The SAFE Place, Men Can Stop Violence and Students for a SAFE Campus present a one-night showing of CockTales: ReClaiming Love on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre. Admission is $10 for students and $15 for all others. A reception will be held prior to the play at 6 p.m., providing the campus community and local organizations the opportunity to make connections while enjoying great treats. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the show's page on the Creative Arts website.

Farm to Fork Lunch returns April 24
The Fourth Annual Farm to Fork Lunch event is returning with a four-course vegetarian meal served by students and prepared by Chartwells using only local and sustainably grown food, some of which will come from the Mary Park Community Garden in Housing.

The event will take place on the Quad Wednesday, April 24 and will offer three seating times (11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m.). Some of the farmers will join diners at the table to share the meal and talk about their farms and sustainability. View photos of the 2012 Farm to Fork event.

Due to the popularity of the event in past years, people are encouraged to get their tickets early. Get more information, including how to purchase tickets, at the Sustainable SF State website.

Questions? Contact Davin Wentworth-Thrasher or Caitlin Steele.

Longmore Institute on Disability
The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and the Poetry Center invite the campus community to "Two Readings by Harilyn Rousso." The event will feature selected readings from psychotherapist, painter, feminist, filmmaker, writer and disability activist Harilyn Rousso's memoir, Don't Call Me Inspirational, from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in HUM 135. Contact Emily Beitiks at or ext. 5-3528 to request reasonable accommodations. For more information, visit the Longmore Institute website.

One-on-one with Provost Sue V. Rosser
Interested faculty are invited to make a 10-15 minute appointment with Provost Sue V. Rosser to talk about such topics as their interests, research, community service and creative projects. An office hour will be scheduled each week to accommodate several individual faculty appointments. Contact Candice Piper in the Provost's Office at or by calling ext. 8-1141 to schedule an appointment.

Campus Cats seeks volunteers, coordinator
Former Campus Cats coordinator Brigid Duffy has retired, so the Campus Cats committee is looking for a new volunteer coordinator, as well as new members. The coordinator helps with feeding, accepts cash and in-kind donations, and occasionally takes cats to the veterinarian as needed.

There is also a great need for volunteers to help feed the felines: volunteers bring food to three locations on campus and three locations at the nearby University North apartments. Volunteers choose a location and a weekday or a once a month weekend rotation. To volunteer or obtain more information, e-mail


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Altura to direct Undergraduate Advising Center
Following a search, Kim Altura was appointed Director of the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) effective April 2. She had served as interim director of the UAC during the search and had previously served as assistant director of the UAC, a position she assumed in 2010. Altura has more than 15 years of experience coordinating Academic Support services, developing programs and providing academic and career counseling -- 12 of those years at SF State. She is also an alumna, having earned her M.S. in College and Career Counseling from SF State. She received her B.A. in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Strategic planning process feedback sought
San Francisco State University's previous strategic plan, CUSP II, is now more than 10 years old. As SF State moves forward into a new era, it is time for the University to review its mission, values and strategic goals. After having consulted with campus leaders, President Wong invites the campus community to provide feedback on a draft charge for a Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee, its composition and a proposed timeline for the upcoming strategic planning process. Review the draft documents at and then submit feedback to

CSYou webinar April 12
The Chancellor's Office of the California State University has scheduled a third webinar to familiarize employees with the system-wide employee intranet called CSYou. The April 12 event will begin at 11 a.m. The 30-minute event will explain the difference between forms and documents, and provide instruction on how to open, save and edit forms and documents.

Visit for more information or to sign up. Or you may send an e-mail to to RSVP for the event.

Thinking About Retirement? Save the date: April 26
Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management, as part of their ongoing commitment to bridge life’s transitions from recruitment to retirement, will sponsor its first comprehensive retirement planning seminar on April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar is specifically designed for employees who plan to retire within the next three to five years and it will feature a variety of presenters to discuss the following topics:

  • Income replacement
  • Cycles of change (emotional, physical, mental)
  • Active lifestyle (community involvement, travel)
  • Diet and exercise
  • Legal and medical insurance options
  • Getting Involved – Retirement Association

Employees are encouraged to bring their spouse/partner to the seminar. Seminar details, including location and registration, will follow.

Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant funding deadline near
The deadline for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs' Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant funding opportunity is April 17. This program supports original projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). Investigators, creative artists and collaborative groups at SF State are invited to apply to FOA 2013-01 for the period July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. All proposed projects should be directed towards obtaining tangible results such as a journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project, or concert. Deadline for online submission is 5:00 pm on April 17.

To apply, visit

Retention, Tenure and Promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to participate in one of five workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. The workshops will be conducted by Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge. Faculty who plan to be reviewed in the next several years are encouraged to attend. The workshops have been organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, but topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so faculty may attend the workshop that best fits their schedule. All workshops will be held in LIB 242.

RSVP to to reserve a place in their preferred workshop:

  • First year faculty: Thursday, May 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Faculty in their second through fifth year: Wednesday, May 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Faculty applying for tenure and promotion to associate professor in Fall 2013:
    • Thursday, May 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Friday, May 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor: Thursday, May 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

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:

  • Chair's Report
  • Reports from standing committee chairs and CSU Senators, brief updates
  • Report from Associate Vice President and Dean College of Extended Learning and International Affairs José Galvan (by 2:35 p.m.)
  • Information item: guidelines for Complementary Studies proposals
  • Information item: review and update of the implementation process for Online Teaching Evaluations by Dean of Faculty Affairs Sacha Bunge
  • Student Affairs Committee recommendation regarding a proposal to rescind policy #S08-247, The Urban Council, first reading
  • Curriculum Review & Approval Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the MS Degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Program, first reading (by 3:40 p.m.)

Nomination period open for Staff Representative to Academic Senate
The Academic Senate is accepting nominations for Staff Representative from Tuesday, April 2 until 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15. Nominations may include self-nominations or nominations of eligible staff. The Staff Academic Senate Representative position requires attendance at all Academic Senate meetings and all assigned Standing Committee meetings on every working Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. The term of service is three years (2013-16).

Nominations must be received on or before 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15.

The current Staff Representatives to the Academic Senate invite interested parties to visit meetings of the Academic Senate or Standing Committees. Contact Secretary/Staff Representative David Rourke at for answers to 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: Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Assistant Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey, Assistant Professor of Theatre ArtsKim Schwartz and Associate Vice President for Academic Planning and Development Linda Buckley

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H.X. Lee, Professor of Biology John Hafernik and Associate Professor of Geography and Human Environmental Studies Jason Henderson.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Fearless Voyagers: Women who Challenged the Middle East, 1870-1940: through May 2

Bren Ahern: An Early Sampling: Through Aug. 1

Marching Through History with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers: through Sept. 30

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in SCI 205: through April 15

Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and Roger Woodward, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Student reading: 7 p.m.

Concert: San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: 7:10 p.m.

Academic Senate meeting: 2 p.m.

Recital: Roger Woodward and his piano students: 1:10 p.m.

Symposium: Access to Design Professions at SF State: 7 p.m.

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Workshop: Access to Design Professions at SF State: 9 a.m.

Softball Hosting Cal State Monterey Bay in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

Lecture: Cooptation or Complicity? A Genealogy of 'Women's Empowerment' from Third World Marxist Feminism to Neoliberal Microfinance: 1:30 p.m.

Baseball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 3 p.m.

Panel discussion: Mischievous Entanglements: The Embodied Histories of Paul K. Longmore -- Scholar, Teacher, Activist: 3:30 p.m.

Concert: SF State Percussion Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Coming Up
April 13: Workshop: Design for Living Presentations: 9:30 a.m.

April 13: Baseball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

April 13: Softball Hosting Cal State Monterey Bay in a Doubleheader: noon

April 14: Baseball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 11 a.m.

April 15: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Catherine M. Brady: 7 p.m.

April 16: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

April 16: Concert: Vocal Jazz: 7 p.m.

April 17: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

April 18: Lecture: Vivian Sobchack: Stop+Motion: On Animation, Inertia and Innervation: 4:10 p.m.

April 18: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

April 19: Softball Hosting Cal State San Bernardino in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

April 19: Recital: Hausmann Quartet: 1:10 p.m.

April 19: Master class: American Brass Quintet: 2:10 p.m.

April 19: Pre-concert talk: Morrison Chamber Music Center: American Brass Quintet: 7 p.m.

April 19: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

April 19: Symposium: Vital Forms: Healing and the Arts of Crisis: 7 p.m.

April 19: Theatre: Greenhouse 2013: 8 p.m.

April 19: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: American Brass Quintet: 8 p.m.

April 20: Softball Hosting Cal State San Bernardino in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

April 20: Symposium: Vital Forms: Healing and the Arts of Crisis: 2 p.m.

April 20: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

April 20: MFA Playwrights present staged readings at Exit Theatre: 8 p.m.

April 20: Theatre: Greenhouse 2013: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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