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Volume 61, Number 20    February 3, 2014         

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Free 12-week Mandarin class, spring 2014
The Confucius Institute is presenting a free 12-week Mandarin class for faculty and staff during the spring 2014 semester. The 12-week course will be offered in two levels -- Chinese I for beginners and Chinese II for intermediate learners -- and will run from Feb. 11 to May 1.

In addition to saving the $200 course fee, participating faculty and staff will also receive a free textbook, access to the Confucius Institute resources, guidance for taking the HSK (Chinese language proficiency tests) and a chance to visit China as visiting scholars funded by Confucius Institute Headquarters.

To register, complete the 2014 Spring Chinese Language Class Registration form (Word document) and submit it to the Confucius Institute by Feb. 4.

Questions? Contact the Confucius Institute at SF State at ext. 8-7624 or ext. 8-7631.

Student Center exhibit and screening, Feb. 6
On Feb. 6 from noon to 2 p.m., the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center will host a screening of Slavery by Another Name, a film that challenges the common assumption that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. An open discussion with former Black Panther Party Chairman Elaine Brown will follow the film from 6 to 8 p.m. The film is a presentation of the "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series. Learn more at the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center website.

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 6, the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery will hold a reception for "Black Power * Flower Power," a photo exhibit that uses images to document the Black Panther movement and the 1967 blossoming of hippie "flower power" in San Francisco. The exhibit is open to the public and will run through Feb. 20. The reception will feature live music and complimentary refreshments. For more information, visit the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery website.

Spring CSL opportunities
Faculty are encouraged to tell their students of the Spring 2014 CSL Nonprofit & Government Agency Fair scheduled for Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quad. The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement's Community Service Learning (CSL) program will host the free event, which will bring more than 30 Bay Area organizations to campus to recruit volunteers, interns and service learners, as well as inform the community about the services and opportunities they offer.

Prescreening and live interactive webcast of Inequality For All
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement will host a screening of the film Inequality For All, on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in LIB 121. The film will also be presented in a live, interactive webcast on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. The webcast will be fully accessible through captioning and interpreters are available at special request. It is a joint project of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' American Democracy Project and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and his staff. For more information, visit (a link to the webcast will be posted on the day of the event).

Screenwriting master classes
The Cinema Department will host three world-class screenwriters for a series of professional master classes this spring. Each class will begin with a public talk and Q&A event in the August Coppola Theatre in the Fine Arts building on Thursday night. The public events are:

• "The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Genre Screenwriting" with Michael Grais. Thursday, Feb. 13. Grais' movie credits include Poltergeist (1982), Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) and Cool World (1992), as well as the classic TV shows Starsky and Hutch, Kojak and Baretta

• "Low Expectations: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Genre Screenwriting" with Sam Hamm, Thursday, Feb. 20. Hamm's credits include Batman (1989), Monkeybone (2001) and Masters of Horror: Homecoming (2005)

• "Writing and Selling the Female-driven Screenplay" with Pamela Gray, Thursday, March 6. Gray's credits include A Walk on the Moon (1999) and Conviction (2010).

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. Swimming lessons will also be offered this semester. For more information or to sign up, visit the Campus Recreation website.

Host your next event at Seven Hills
From trainings, seminars, meetings, banquets, lectures, retreats and student events, the Seven Hills Conference Center stands ready to make it a success. Event packages and discounts on catering are available for the spring semester. Planning a May Commencement event? Make the reservations now, as space is filling up. Seven Hills also offers affordable accommodations for summer camp and programs. For pricing and availability, call ext. 8-3972 or e-mail

Campus Cats chow volunteers needed for spring semester
The SF State Campus Cat Committee has fed the small, friendly cat population on campus for nearly 40 years and volunteers are needed to continue the tradition. Volunteering is easy: simply choose a weekday or a once-a-month weekend rotation and one of three feeding sites -- food is provided. The greatest need is volunteers for feeding, particularly on Thursdays and weekends. Donations for food and veterinarian bills are also being sought. Other ways to help include cat food runs, accepting cash and in-kind donations, and scheduling volunteers. For additional information, contact Irene Donner by e-mail at or by telephone ext. 8-2673.

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

Drought declared, save water
Governor Jerry Brown has declared a drought emergency in California and has asked residents to reduce water use by 20 percent. Tips on reducing water use at home and work include:
• Turn off water when lathering up -- whether showering or just washing hands
• Take shorter showers
• Report/repair leaky faucets and toilets
• Use the correct water level setting when doing laundry
• Reduce plant and garden watering, water at night.

Find more tips on the SF State sustainability Facebook page.

"HR2U" to increase HR access
Human Resources Safety & Risk Management will expand service hours and access via their new HR2U program in February. An HR2U team of subject matter experts will set up shop in a different college one evening each week to provide personal services to faculty, staff and student workers who are too busy during the day, work evenings or need extra assistance with such issues as pay, benefits and employment. Snacks will be provided. HR2U will announce the first location and time in an upcoming CampusMemo.

ORSP Research Methods courses continue
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Research Methods courses, designed to help faculty hone their research skills, have resumed. Upcoming classes include:

• Methodological and Multivariate Analysis (MAMA) Support Group, Feb. 3 from noon to 1 p.m.
• Foundation Grantseeking Basics, March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon
• Analysis with the open source software package "R," May 3
• Summer Institute June 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in LIB 222

For more information, locations, schedule and registration instructions, visit the ORSP Research Methods Course Web page. Some classes require reservations in advance.


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Dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts candidates visit campus
Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the candidates' presentations on "Directions for a college that houses creative arts, humanities and social sciences." Presentations will be held in HUM 133 (45 minutes; seating limited) followed by a reception in HUM 587 (30 minutes).

  • Friday, Feb. 7, 3:15-4:30 p.m.: James Carson, chair/professor of history, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
  • Monday, Feb. 17, 3:45-5:00 p.m.: Shannon Miller, chair/professor of English, Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Friday, Feb. 21, 3:15-4:30 p.m.: Sikata Banerjee, associate dean of humanities/professor of women studies, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Monday, Feb. 24, 3:45-5:00 p.m.: Gaylyn Studlar, director of program in Film & Media Studies/David May Distinguished Professor in the Humanities, Washington University, St. Louis

Dean Oubre honored
The Harvard Business School (HBS) Association of Northern California honored College of Business Dean Linda Oubre for her leadership and community engagement at a ceremony held Monday, Jan. 27 at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in San Francisco. Honorees were chosen from more than 1,200 female HBS graduates as "wonderful examples of leadership in their professions, their communities, and their family lives." Read more at

16th annual Panetta Congressional Internship Program announced
Each fall semester, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy, located in Monterey, provides select CSU students with an intensive two-week training course on the workings of the U.S. Congress, then sends them to Washington, D.C., for 11 weeks to serve a California member in the House of Representatives. In Washington, interns will attend special seminars with government leaders, journalists and policy experts. One student from each of the 23 CSU campuses will be nominated by its president. Students majoring in any subject are eligible to apply.

The internship covers all expenses, including air travel, food and lodging while in Monterey and in Washington, D.C. Each intern also will receive a stipend to help cover other expenses. Interns may earn up to 20 credits through CSU Monterey for the semester.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and a California resident
  • Be an upper-division undergraduate (a junior or senior during the fall 2013 semester, with a maximum of 120 units)
  • Have superior academic achievement (3.3+ GPA)
  • Demonstrate commitment to community and public service and leadership
  • Have excellent English oral and written skills to interact with constituents appropriately
  • Be willing to live in assigned group housing during the entire 11-week program
  • Never have been disciplined under the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Article 2, Sec. 41301
  • Undergo a background check

Tasks will include:

  • Willingness to accept entry-level work and take on assigned tasks as a team player
  • Provide tours of the Capitol Building
  • Draft correspondence, attend hearings, take notes and provide reports
  • Conduct issue/legislative research

For more information and an application packet, contact Jose R. Lopez in the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) at Applications are due in the ICCE office (HSS 206) by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17.

Vice President for Student Affairs candidates visit campus
The campus community is invited to attend community forums with the finalists for the vice president for Student Affairs. The forums, which will include presentations by each candidate, will take place in the Library Events Room, LIB 121 from 3 to 4 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Monday, Feb. 3: Edward Mills, associate vice president for Student Affairs, California State University, Sacramento
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4: Jo Volkert, interim vice president for Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, San Francisco State University
  • Friday, Feb. 7: Luoluo Hong, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Hawaii at Hilo

For more about the candidates, including their curricula vitae, and the opportunity to provide feedback, visit the search committee's website at

Human Resources Associate Vice President candidates visit the campus
The campus community is encouraged to attend the open forums to meet the four finalists for the associate vice president of Human Resources (AVP HR) position. The AVP HR candidate open forums have been scheduled for 1:40 - 2:40 p.m. on the following days:

  • Monday, Feb. 10: Cheree Aguilar-Suarez, senior director of Human Resources, San Jose State University – Research Foundation (in Jack Adams Hall)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: Gretchen Fuentes, director of HR Operations, California State University, Monterey Bay (in LIB 121)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: Mychal Coleman, assistant vice president of Human Resources, University of Idaho (in Jack Adams Hall)
  • Thursday, Feb. 13: Ann Sherman, director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity Officer, Northern Michigan University (in LIB 121)

The forums are University business. Employees who choose to attend these meetings are not required to use their personal or vacation time. Employees may view the candidate profiles at

Deadline for CSU Student Research Competition nearing
Monday, Feb. 10 is the deadline for submissions to participate in the SF State student research competition, which will take place Feb. 24-28. As many as 10 winners will be selected to represent the University at the CSU Student Research Competition to be held May 2-3, at California State University, East Bay. Faculty are asked to help ensure a strong pool of applicants by actively encouraging students to apply.

The CSU system-wide competition provides an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their outstanding research projects and creative works. Current students, as well as those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2013, are eligible. SF State students have done very well in past competitions, including three first-place and three second-place winners last year. Winners receive cash awards.

Student registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies website. Participants will exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase on Thursday, April 24.

Direct questions to Britney Stewart in the Division of Graduate Studies at or ext. 5-4391.

Vista Room to reopen Feb. 11
The Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics and Hospitality and Tourism Management departments are pleased to announce that the Vista Room will re-open on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Students in foodservice management classes who manage the enterprise will serve meals Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the spring semester. Seating is between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

For more information or to make reservations, visit the Vista Room website or contact Kelly Vuong (Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics, BH 329) at ext. 5-3530, or Beverly Colindres (Hospitality and Tourism Management, BUS 306) at ext. 8-1023. Individual tickets are $15 each and block tickets may be obtained at a reduced price by calling ext. 5-3530.

Vista Room features California cuisine, serving the highest quality food prepared from fresh ingredients purchased from reputable vendors. Payment methods are checks or OneCard.

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
  • Report from AVP Academic Operations Brian Beatty: Preliminary update on the Online Teaching Evaluations and plans for spring 2014
  • Report: Standing Committee Chairs and CSU Senators: brief updates
  • Report: Update on Strategic Issues planning process: Senator Gabriela Alvarenga
  • Proposed Academic Senate meeting schedule for academic year 2014-15, first reading

Distinguished Faculty Awards nominations sought
The Academic Senate acknowledges outstanding faculty each year for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. The Distinguished Faculty Award categories are:

  • Excellence in Teaching
  • Professional Achievement and Growth
  • Community Service

We are happy to announce that this year the Senate will be offering two excellence in teaching awards, one for tenure/tenure track faculty and one for lecturer faculty. Each of these awards includes a $4,000 stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate.

Faculty who are interested in applying or would like to nominate a colleague are asked to review the application process and candidate criteria on the Academic Senate website, as well as the Faculty Honors and Awards policy page.

The Academic Senate office (ADM 551) will accept nomination packets until 4 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2014. One nomination packet must be completed for each person being nominated. Questions? E-mail or call the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

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 American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Professor Emerita and former Chair of Journalism Betty Medsger and Associate Professor and Director of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Psychology Avi Ben-Zeev, Director of the Educational Leadership Doctoral Program Robert Gabriner, Associate Professor of Marketing Bruce Robertson, Associate Professor of Biology Jonathon Stillman and Assistant Professor of Biology Anne Todgham.

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SF State received $66,578 in grants and contracts in December 2013.

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Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: Jan. 27 - July 1

Community Forum: Edward Mills, VP for Student Affairs Candidate: 3 p.m.

Community Forum: Jo Volkert, VP for Student Affairs Candidate: 3 p.m.

Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and Adrian Borcea, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Theatre: The Wedding Singer: 7 p.m.

Open House: Legal Resource Center: noon

Panel discussion: Women in the Chair: 5 p.m.

Theatre: The Wedding Singer: 7 p.m.

Community Forum: Luoluo Hong, VP for Student Affairs Candidate: 3 p.m.

Information Session: Nonprofit Management Certificate of Completion Program: 6 p.m.

Theatre: The Wedding Singer: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
Feb. 8: Women's Basketball vs. Cal State LA: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 8: Theatre: The Wedding Singer: 7 p.m.

Feb. 8: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 9: Theatre: The Wedding Singer: 2 p.m.

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

Feb. 11: Film: Veteran Documentary Corps: 7 p.m.

Feb. 12: Community Service Learning (CSL) Nonprofit & Government Agency Fair: 11 a.m.

Feb. 13: Edelman Town Hall/HEI Community-Science Dialogue: The Empower Latino Youth (ELAYO) Project: 4 p.m.

Feb. 13: Discussion: Screenwriting in Contemporary Hollywood with Michael Grais: 5:10 p.m.

Feb. 13: Visiting Artist Lecture: Desiree Holman: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 14: Women's Basketball vs. Humboldt State: 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 14: Concert: Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival: 8 p.m.

Feb. 15: Women's Basketball vs. Cal Poly Pomona: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 15: Concert: Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival: 8 p.m.

Feb. 16: Concert: Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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