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Volume 60, Number 25    March 4, 2013         

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Walt Disney Family Museum tour
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association and the University Women's Association (UWA) are hosting a private tour of the Walt Disney Family Museum in the Presidio on Saturday, March 23 at 10 a.m. Cost is $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors 65 or older, and $15 for children. To reserve space, send a check payable to UWA to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960; the registration deadline is March 6.

Participants will meet on the front porch of Building #104 at 104 Montgomery Street near the Presidio's Main Post. For directions, visit the museum website. For more information, visit the UWA website or contact Lin Ivory at or (415) 721-7432.

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.

Information Security Awareness contest
Faculty are asked to encourage their students to submit a short video or poster to the EDUCAUSE and Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council information security awareness contest. Nine cash prizes will be awarded and the winning materials may be used in information security awareness campaigns on campuses across the country. The contest deadline is March 8, 2013. Students should visit the contest website for details.

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.

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

Call for Nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards
The Dean of Students is proud to recognize the outstanding leadership at SF State. The annual Leadership Awards Ceremony highlights the outstanding service that student leaders, student organizations and faculty/staff advisors provide to SF State and to larger communities. Four awards have been established to thank and recognize the outstanding talent in the campus community: Outstanding Student Leader Award, Outstanding Student Organization Award, Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor Award and Social Justice Award.

Campus community members may nominate individuals and student organizations; all eligible nominees will be submitted to the Awards Committee for review, which is based solely on the content of nominations received from SF State faculty, staff and students via the online form. After review, the committee will make a recommendation to the Dean of Students, who will determine the award recipient(s). Students and faculty/staff advisors may not nominate themselves for the individual awards, however they may nominate their own organization for the Outstanding Student Organization Award and/or the Social Justice Award.

Online nominations forms for each category are available as follows:
· Nomination for Outstanding Student Leader
· Nomination for Outstanding Student Organization
· Nomination for Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor
· Nomination for Social Justice Award



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Register now for Investiture Week activities
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. The deadlines to register for investiture events are fast approaching. Visit for more information.

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

WASC on campus March 6-8
A Visiting Team from the University's regional accrediting body, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC), will be coming to campus next week, Wednesday, March 6 through Friday, March 8, for the Educational Effectiveness Review (EER). This review is the means by which the quality of the programs offered are assesd and affirmed. Confirmation of the University's accreditation by WASC ensures access to federal funds, including student aid. Review the EER report at

The campus community is encouraged to become familiar with the WASC EER before the Visiting Team arrives on campus, particularly those who are asked or may wish to participate in any of the meetings. Please contact Michelle Wolf, chair of the EER, at with questions.

Faculty and staff can attend drop-in meetings with the WASC Visiting Team as follows:

  • Faculty: Thursday, March 7, 11:15 a.m. to noon in LIB 286/Faculty Commons
  • Staff: Thursday, March 7, 11:15 a.m. to noon in ADM 460

There is also an Institutional Exit Interview open to the campus community where the WASC Visiting Team will discuss their findings on Friday, March 8, from noon to 12:30 p.m. in LIB 121/Events Room.

In addition, faculty and staff can send secure messages to the Visiting Team regarding their experiences at SF State by writing to Messages will only be read by members of the WASC team.

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 at under the "Forms" tab. 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:

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
  • Chairs from standing committees and Statewide CSU Senators report on action and information items (brief updates)
  • Recommendation from Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution for the Presidential Investiture of Les Wong, 13th President of San Francisco State University, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy (#F11-241), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the University Interdisciplinary Committee Policy (#S12-74), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development Advisory Council Membership and Charge, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Master's in Physics with a Concentration in Astronomy, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the PACE/Environmental Studies BA Program, first reading
  • Recommendation from Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding a proposed reapportionment 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: Associate Professor of Health Education Ramon Castellblanch

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Management John Sullivan, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations Brian Beatty, Professor of Management Ronald Purser and Jazz Studies Lecturer Andrew Speight.

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We mark the passing of Professor Emeritus of Foreign Languages Alfred Fiore Alberico and Professor Emeritus of Physical Education and Gator football head coach Vic Rowen

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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

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

Forum on Reducing Gun Violence: 9 a.m.

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

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

Academic Senate meeting: 2 p.m.

GGNRA Mobile Trailhead on Campus: 10 a.m.

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

WASC Educational Effectiveness Review: Faculty Open Meeting: 11:15 a.m.

WASC Educational Effectiveness Review: Staff Open Meeting: 11:15 a.m.

Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

WASC Educational Effectiveness Review: Institutional Exit Interview: noon

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

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

Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
March 9: One Community day of service: 8 a.m.

March 9: Softball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

March 9: Baseball Hosting Pacifica University: 1 p.m.

March 9: Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

March 9: Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

March 10: 5K Fun Run with President Wong and Campus Community: 8 a.m.

March 10: Baseball Hosting Pacifica University: noon

March 10: Theatre: Our Town: 2 p.m.

March 11: Celebration of Faculty as Teacher-Scholars in STEM Education Symposium: noon

March 11: Recital: Facade -- An Entertainment: 1:10 p.m.

March 11: Faculty Reception with President and Mrs. Wong: 4 p.m.

March 11: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Mary Johnson: 7 p.m.

March 12: Theatre: You Know When the Men Are Gone: 7 p.m.

March 13: Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

March 13: Lecture: The Sutro Library: Mirror for Global California: 2 p.m.

March 13: Concert: Student chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

March 14: Students/Staff Activities on the Quad: noon

March 14: Investiture of President Leslie E. Wong: 2 p.m.

March 14: Post-Investiture Reception: 4:10 p.m.

March 14: Lecture: Arthur Dong: Documentary Beyond Documentary Film: 4:10 p.m.

March 14: Poetry: The Last VisPo Anthology with editors Craig Hill, Nico Vassilakis and guests: 4:30 p.m.

March 14: Master class: Trio con Brio Copenhagen: 7 p.m.

March 14: Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

March 15: Recital: Clarinet students: 1:10 p.m.

March 15: Baseball Hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 3 p.m.

March 15: Celebration Dinner Honoring President Wong and 2013 Inductees to the SF State Alumni Hall of Fame: 6 p.m.

March 15: Pre-concert talk: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Trio con Brio Copenhagen: 7 p.m.

March 15: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Trio con Brio Copenhagen: 8 p.m.

March 15: Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

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.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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