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Volume 60, Number 23    February 18, 2013         

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UBC to meet Feb. 21
The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet Thursday, Feb. 21 from 10:30 a.m. to noon in the NEC Conference room (ADM 560).

UBC seeks staff nominations
The University Budget Committee (UBC) is accepting nominations for a Staff Representative. Nominations, including a brief statement of interest, should be e-mailed to by Friday, Feb. 22. The president and committee chair will appoint a staff representative from the pool of nominees (per Academic Senate guidelines). Direct questions to Catherine Dunham at ext. 8-6602.

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.

Royal Treasures tour RSVP deadline nears
The University Women's Association (UWA) has arranged a private, docent-led tour of the Royal Treasures from the Louvre at the Legion of Honor Museum for Saturday, Feb. 23. Attendees are asked to meet at the side entrance (closest to the water) at 8:45 a.m. so the tour can begin at 9 a.m. sharp. Cost is $20 for members of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) and $25 for non-FAMSF members. Send checks payable to UWA to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. RSVP to Lin Ivory at by Feb. 19. Learn more about the event and the UWA at The museum is located at 100 34th Avenue in San Francisco's Lincoln Park.

Child, adult speech and language evaluations
The Communicative Disorders Program is offering speech and language evaluations for children and adults throughout the spring semester. Evaluations will be held on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. Faculty and staff are encouraged to invite family members, relatives or friends who would benefit from a comprehensive speech and language evaluation to obtain an application form at the Communicative Disorders Program office in BH 114, via e-mail from or by calling 338-1001. There is a minimal fee based upon ability to pay.

Call for presenters: Leadership in Action Workshop Series
The Student Involvement and Career Center is seeking presenters for the Spring 2013 Leadership in Action Workshop Series. These workshops serve as an opportunity for student leaders to further develop their personal leadership skills and interact with other student leaders, faculty and staff. Any ideas for topics are welcome. Past topics include budgeting, stress relief, civic engagement, leadership styles and programming for social justice.

Workshops should last approximately one hour and are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Visit the workshop signup page for more information or to sign up, or contact Arnold Paguio at or ext. 5-4428.

Phi Beta Kappa reminders
The SF State chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (Omicron of California) wishes to remind members of the following:
• Annual dues of $20, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Lisa Takeyama, Department of Economics, Treasurer of the Society
• The annual meeting will be held the afternoon of Thursday, April 4. Presentation of the slate of new officers by the nominating committee and presentation of the new class of members-in-course will be on the agenda (time and location to be announced)
• The annual initiation of new members will be held Thursday, May 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Library Events Room (LIB 121) and will be followed by a reception

Questions? Contact chapter president Pamela Vaughn or for finances, chapter treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

LARC Annual Program
The Labor Archives and Research Center (LARC) will host their annual program on Friday, Feb. 22. The event will feature:
• Talks by Eileen Boris of the University of California, Santa Barbara ("More than a Labor of Love: the Work of Home Care")
An update from Sylvia Lopez and Dalia Rubiano on Mujeres Unidas y Activas Organizing, and a
• A musical performance by Lichi Fuentes

Light refreshments will be served at 6:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 7 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at the wheelchair accessible ILWU, Ship Clerk's Local 34, 4 Berry Street (at 2nd and King) on the Embarcadero next to AT&T Park in San Francisco.

Join Campus Recreation
Want to follow through on that New Year's resolution? Campus Recreation is offering faculty and staff memberships for use of the pool, strength and conditioning room, and Group X classes during the spring semester. For more information or to sign up, visit the Campus Recreation website.

Private swim lessons by Campus Recreation
The Campus Recreation Department is hosting private swim lessons for faculty, staff and students. All classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. For more information and registration details, download the private swim PDF.

Cultural humility faculty workshop March 8
Faculty whose teaching includes community service learning are invited to attend the March 8 workshop on cultural humility. The workshop will give participants an opportunity to discover what cultural humility is, learn how to recognize and change power imbalances, practice critical self-reflection and other techniques, and how to mentor students engaged in diverse communities. Associate Professor of Health Education Vivian Chavez will be the instructor. The cost of the event is $25 and enrollment is limited. To register, contact Jen Gasang at by Feb. 23.

COB executive education
The College of Business (COB) has created two new programs to better prepare executives for the business challenges of today and tomorrow:
• The SF State Sustainability Boot Camp will focus on how to instill the capacity for long-term quality and value in the ever competitive global business climate.
• The Wine Branding and Strategy Executive Education Program is geared toward winery operations and wine region strategies for sales, export and tourism.

COB is also proud to introduce the newest members of their leadership team, College of Business Dean Linda Oubré and Executive Director of Business Development and Marketing Orlando Harris.


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Week of events to celebrate President Wong's investiture: update
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the investiture of Leslie E. Wong as SF State's 13th president, which will take place in McKenna Theatre at 2 p.m. on March 14. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. A reception in Jack Adams Hall will immediately follow the ceremony.

The formal investiture ceremony is one of several events scheduled March 9-15. The week's theme is "XLR8@SF State," and events are aimed at both celebrating the accomplishments of recent years and looking toward the University's future. Highlights include a day of community service on March 9, a faculty/student panel on science, technology, engineering and mathematics research on March 11, a special theatre performance on March 12 and a lecture on March 13 by Professor of History at USC and California Librarian Emeritus Kevin Starr. Faculty members are also invited to a reception with President and Mrs. Wong from 4 to 6 p.m. March 11 in the library faculty commons.

A celebration dinner honoring President Wong and the 2013 inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame will be held on the evening of March 15 in downtown San Francisco. Fee and advanced registration by March 1 is required. For more information and to RSVP, visit the presidential investiture website (see link below) and click on "Event Schedule."

Online registration for the XLR8@SF State 5K Walk/Run, which will take place on campus Sunday, March 10, began Tuesday and continues through March 8. An advanced fee of $15 for faculty and staff is required. All registered participants will receive a complimentary gift bag, and the first 100 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.

Bargaining unit employees wishing to attend the investiture events during work hours must seek approval from their supervisor.

More details on investiture week are at

Community Service Learning grants
Each fall, the Community Service Learning (CSL) Program, a unit within the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE), solicits proposals from faculty and students for their grant program.

The Faculty Awards are $4,000 grants given to incorporate components of service learning in academic courses. Since 2000, the CSL program has provided $370,906 to 115 faculty members.

CSL and ICCE ask the campus community to join them in congratulating the 2012-13 awardees:

  • Engineering Lecturer Sandy Chang, PhD, for the general education class Engineering 220, "Energy: Resources, Alternatives, and Conservation," that exposes students to different types of energy resources and their scientific applications. Chang will partner with Rising Sun Energy Center, a nonprofit organization focused on green jobs and renewable energy, to educate East Bay communities about sustainability issues.
  • Associate Professor of Economics Anoshua Chaudhuri for ECON 640, "Health Economics Analysis, and Research." This upper-division course addresses topics such as the demands for and delivery of healthcare, inequalities in health and health care finance. Students will be paired with local nonprofit, community-based organizations and conduct demographic and financial data analysis that can be used to improve services.
  • Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Jason Ferreira is developing RRS 694, "Race and Resistance Studies" to standardize community service learning across the newest unit within the College of Ethnic Studies and to addresses issues of race and social justice in, between and across communities of color.
  • Associate Professor of Anthropology Mariana Ferreira will develop a new anthropology course, ANTH 651, to teach "Ethnographical Research Methods, a traditional hallmark of socio-cultural anthropology." Students will learn about and practice skills in community-based participatory research to identify assets and analyze needs in the Excelsior, Crocker Amazon and Outer Mission neighborhoods of San Francisco. Those needs will be depicted on community murals.

The Student Group Awards of $500 are granted to Associated Students Inc. student groups whose projects benefit local neighborhoods. Student groups are given support to foster student community engagement and to support the expansion of community service learning at SF State. This year's winners are:

  • American Society of Interior Design will provide sustainability education by creating a community garden and hosting weekend workshops on environmental sustainability.
  • Black Student Union is hosting a Feb. 23 event that will promote reading to African American youth enrolled in Bay Area public schools.
  • Hermanos Unidos is an all male, Latino-based organization that promotes higher education and provides scholarships to students from the Bakersfield area. The grant will help Hermanos' outreach program Students with Academic Goals.
  • Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success will address inequities in the Mission by volunteering weekly to teach nutrition and health workshops for residents in Casa Quezada.

Funds for this scholarship program come from the California's Call to Service Initiative to foster faculty Community Engaged Scholarship and to support the expansion of community service learning at SF State.

2013 Retreat Survey
The Retreat Planning Committee would like to thank everyone who attended the Faculty Research and Creative Activities Retreat Jan 23-24, 2013 and welcomes feedback via a brief Qualtrics survey. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Thank you for helping us with future planning.

Promoting Public Policy Reform from Inside and Outside Government
The School of Public Administration, the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, and the American Society for Public Administration invite the campus community to the "Promoting Public Policy Reform from Inside and Outside Government" forum on Feb. 21 from 6 to 8 p.m. at SF State’s Downtown Campus (835 Market Street, Room 609).

The audience will hear from five seasoned change-makers who have had the unique opportunity to fight for social policy reforms from both the inside and the outside of public systems. The panel will be moderated by Chet P. Hewitt, current president and CEO of Sierra Health Foundation, former agency director at the Alameda County Social Services Agency and former associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation. Panelists will include:

  • Margaret Brodkin, principal of Margaret Brodkin and Associates, former director of the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families and executive director of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth
  • Ted Lempert, president of Children Now, former member of the California State Assembly and former CEO of EdVoice
  • Mike Wald, professor of Law at Stanford University, former general counsel to the Clinton administration on welfare reform, former senior adviser to the Hewlett Foundation and former director of the San Francisco Department of Human Services
  • Neva Walker, executive director of Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth, former member of the Minnesota State Legislature and former organizer in numerous settings, including Center for Third World Organizing

Tech Central/Campus-wide IT Service Request System
In an effort to improve cost efficiency and deliver consistent IT support, the Division of Information Technology (DoIT) has implemented a campus-wide IT Service Request/Ticketing System. The system is called Footprints and it is being used to manage and route requests for IT services to the appropriate campus IT service provider. Several campus IT groups are already using the system and others will start in the spring or summer. The ticketing system can be accessed at Tech Central [] -- a central point for IT services across campus, which also includes user guides, a service catalog defining the IT services offered, a list of campus service providers and information on how to request assistance. For more information about Tech Central or the IT Ticketing System, visit or e-mail

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 and brief updates from the standing committee chairs
  • Report from Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Brian J. Beatty
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Evaluation of Tenured Faculty for Professional Development and Support (policy #S00-122), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy (policy #F11-241), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding the proposed meeting schedule for Academic Year 2013-14, 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 Liberal Studies José Acacio de Barros and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Maria J. Veri

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This week in Newsmakers: Romberg Tiburon Center Senior Environmental Studies Research Scientist William Cochlan and Associate Professor of Sociology Chris Carrington.

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Bren Ahern: An Early Sampling: Through Aug. 1

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

Tax time is VITA time: 12:30 p.m.

Recital: Linda Lukas, flute: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Brian Thorstensen: 7 p.m.

Academic Senate meeting: 2 p.m.

Poetry: CA Conrad and Kazim Ali: 4:30 p.m.

Recital: Thollem McDonas, piano: 1:10 p.m.

LARC Annual Program: Eileen Boris, More than a Labor of Love: the Work of Home Care: 6:30 p.m.

Coming Up
Feb. 23: Baseball Hosting Cal State Monterey Bay in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

Feb. 23: Film: Chang Dai-chien in California and Paul Hau: 1 p.m.

Feb. 23: Basketball Double Header vs. Humboldt State: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 25: Recital: Dmitry Rachmanov, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Feb. 25: Forgotten Populations of Colombia: Internal Displacement of Indigenous and Afro-Descendants: 5 p.m

Feb. 25: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Dean Rader: 7 p.m.

Feb. 26: Film: Snow Falling on Cedars and Lloyd A. Silverman: 4:10 p.m.

Feb. 26: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 28: Poetry: Rosa Alcala and Roberto Tejada: 4:30 p.m.

March 1: Baseball Hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 2 p.m.

March 2: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

March 3: Baseball Hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 11 a.m.

March 4: Forum on Reducing Gun Violence: 9 a.m.

March 4: Recital: Van Cliburn Commission with Victoria Neve, piano: 1:10 p.m.

March 4: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Mary Winegarden: 7 p.m.

March 5: Academic Senate meeting: 2 p.m.

March 6: Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

March 7: Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

March 7: Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

March 8: Softball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

March 8: Recital: Roberto Turrin, piano: 1:10 p.m.

March 8: Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

March 8: Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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