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Volume 60, Number 26    March 11, 2013         

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Award nominations sought: Deadline March 22
The Community Service Learning (CSL) Program, a unit within the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, recognizes and honors one faculty member, one staff member, one student per college, and one community partner each year for contributions to community or to community service learning.

Visit the CSL website for nomination guidelines and requirements.

Staff travel grants available
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages staff to apply for travel grant awards. The awards are for travel during 2013 and will have a maximum value of $500. The association expects to fund up to seven grants (faculty travel grants will be awarded next year).

Professional development is the major criterion for a travel grant award, with preference given to participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, summer fieldwork, research, or attendance at an institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered.

Staff application forms are available under the "Forms" tab at To be considered for a grant, applicants must have at least a half-time appointment and must submit a completed application via e-mail to all of the following people by April 3:
Dan Buttlaire, SFSURA chair, at
Mamdouh Abo-El-Ata at
Julian Randolph at

APAHE conference planning
The Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) conference, which will be held April 24-26 in San Francisco, is an integral part of APAHE efforts to advance the pipeline of Asian Americans toward senior level administration in higher education. SF State faculty and staff are encouraged to participate. For more information, visit or contact Arnold Paguio at or ext. 5-4428.

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 to VITA qualifying persons who need tax assistance. To qualify, participants’ income must be $51,000 or less and they cannot have a rental income. For more information, visit the VITA website.


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President Wong to be invested March 14
Leslie E. Wong will be formally invested as the 13th president of SF State on March 14. Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the investiture ceremony, which will begin at 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. The ceremony will be preceded by activities in the Quad and doors to McKenna will open at 1:15 p.m. A reception in Jack Adams Hall will immediately follow the investiture.

The formal investiture ceremony is one of several events scheduled during 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. Faculty and staff are asked to RSVP to investiture-related activities, and registration is still open for several events. Visit for more information.

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

Academic Administrative Reviews begin
Academic Administrative Reviews are underway for the following administrators: AVP for Academic Resources John Kim and AVP for Research and Sponsored Programs Jaylan Turkkan.

The Administrative Review Committees (ARCs) are now soliciting input from members of the campus community and links to the electronic questionnaires have been distributed via e-mail notification (deadline March 31). Those who did not receive an e-mail with a link to the administrative review questionnaire who would like to participate in the process, should contact Stephanie Schwartz at or ext. 8-2571. Signed, written responses may also be submitted to the ARC chairs care of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, ADM 455.

The committees will not use anonymous responses, however, they will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit signed evaluations, within the limits of the law, and they will not show individual responses to the administrators under review.

The Administrative Review Committee chairs are:

  • Dean for Undergraduate Studies Gail Evans for AVP John Kim's review
  • Professor and Chair of Cinema Daniel Bernardi for AVP Jaylan Turkkan's review

Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant funding opportunity
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has announced the Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant funding opportunity. The 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 Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) 2013-01 for the period July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. All proposed projects should be directed toward obtaining tangible results, such as a journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project or concert. The deadline is April 17. For more information and application forms, visit

High Impact Teaching workshops: Spring 2013
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) invites faculty to the High Impact Teaching Workshops that will continue in the Spring 2013 semester. The hour-long workshops focus on topics grounded in contemporary pedagogical research and 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. All sessions meet in ADM 452. The tentative schedule and topics for the spring semester include:

  • Integrating Social Justice into the Curriculum: Monday, March 11, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, March 12, 10 a.m.
  • Responding to Student Conflict and Distress: Monday, March 18, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, March 19, 10 a.m.
  • 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 suggestions for future workshops. To submit questions, e-mail Meg Gorzycki at

The CTFD website also offers a robust collection of modules and tutorials on a variety of topics on teaching and professional development, including course and curriculum design, implementing Universal Design for Learning, creating effective assessments, student advising resources, best practice case stories, instructional strategies and links to professional development opportunities.

Gators in CCAA semi-finals
The SF State Gators advanced to the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Men's Basketball Championship semifinals by defeating Cal State L.A. 57-47 this past Tuesday evening in a first-round game at The Swamp. SF State will now face the fifth-ranked team in the nation, Cal Poly Pomona, in the first semi-final game this Friday, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. at the Citizens Business Bank Arena in Ontario, Cali..

Read more on the SF State Gators website.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the March 5 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Standing Committee Chairs and Statewide CSU Senators provided brief reports on action and information items
  • Read and adopted a resolution for the Presidential Investiture of Dr. Leslie E. Wong, 13th President of San Francisco State University
  • Reviewed proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy (F11-241), from the Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Reviewed proposed revisions to the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development Advisory Council Membership and Charge from the Academic Policies Committee
  • Approved the proposed Masters in Physics with a new Concentration in Astronomy, from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
  • Approved the proposed revisions to the PACE/Environmental Studies BA Program, from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
  • Reviewed proposed reapportionment for Academic Year 2013-14, from the Executive Committee in the 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: Professor of Creative Writing Paul Hoover, Associate Professor of Anthropology Mariana Leal Ferreira, Professor of Gerontology Brian de Vries and Professor of Gerontology Anabel Pelham

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Special Education Pamela Wolfberg.

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We mark the passing of Professor Emerita of Biology Ruth G. Doell

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

The Moment for Ink: through March 23

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

Bren Ahern: An Early Sampling: Through Aug. 1

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

Celebration of Faculty as Teacher-Scholars in STEM Education Symposium: noon

Recital: Facade -- An Entertainment: 1:10 p.m.

Faculty Reception with President and Mrs. Wong: 4 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Mary Johnson: 7 p.m.

Theatre: You Know When the Men Are Gone: 7 p.m.

Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: The Sutro Library: Mirror for Global California: 2 p.m.

Concert: Student chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

Students/Staff Investiture Activities on the Quad: noon

Investiture of President Leslie E. Wong: 2 p.m.

Post-Investiture Reception: 4:10 p.m.

Lecture: Arthur Dong: Documentary Beyond Documentary Film: 4:10 p.m.

Poetry: The Last VisPo Anthology with editors Craig Hill, Nico Vassilakis and guests: 4:30 p.m.

Master class: Trio con Brio Copenhagen: 7 p.m.

Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

Recital: Clarinet students: 1:10 p.m.

Baseball Hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 3 p.m.

Celebration Dinner Honoring President Wong and 2013 Inductees to the SF State Alumni Hall of Fame: 6 p.m.

Pre-concert talk: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Trio con Brio Copenhagen: 7 p.m.

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Trio con Brio Copenhagen: 8 p.m.

Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
March 16: Baseball Hosting Cal Poly Pomona in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

March 16: Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

March 17: Baseball Hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 11 a.m.

March 17: Theatre: Our Town: 2 p.m.

March 18: Book presentation: Dr. Ruha Benjamin, People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier: noon

March 18: Recital: Choral students: 1:10 p.m.

March 18: Concert: Contemporary chamber music: 7 p.m.

March 18: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Shirin Yim Bridges: 7 p.m.

March 19: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: noon

March 19: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

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

March 20: Recital: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 1:10 p.m.

March 20: Lecture: Boccaccio's Mountain: The Voyage of the Soul and the Language of Knowledge in the Decameron: 4:10 p.m.

March 20: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

March 21: Poetry: Andrew Levy and Julie Patton: 4:30 p.m.

March 21: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute faculty preview: 2 p.m.

March 21: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

March 22: Softball Hosting Humboldt State in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

March 22: Baseball Hosting Sonoma State: 3 p.m.

March 22: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

March 23: Track Hosting Johnny Mathis Track & Field Invitational

March 23: Softball Hosting Humboldt State in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

March 24: Baseball Hosting Sonoma State: 11 a.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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