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Volume 59, Number 38    June 25, 2012         

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CampusMemo this summer
The monthly summer publishing schedule for CampusMemo will include the July 23 issue, followed by the Aug. 20 issue, which will kick off the fall publication schedule.

Accent modification clinic
The Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders will offer an accent modification clinic on Thursdays from 1 to 2:50 p.m. through Aug. 2 in BH115. The clinic is free for faculty and staff who would like to modify their accent or who are having difficulty being understood. Interested persons should contact communicative disorders office manager, Mallorie Desimone, at to obtain additional information and an application form.

Summer film festivals
Following a partnership with the Frameline Festival, the cinema department is partnering with two more film festivals this summer and will offer one-unit courses for each one. The SF Silent Film Festival’s class meetings will take place on July 13-15. The SF Jewish Film Festival class will meet July 20-22. All courses have a Friday evening meeting on campus in Fine Arts 101 and then meet at the historic Castro Theater for Saturday and Sunday. See Summer School listings to sign up. For more information, contact Mary Scott, at ext. 8-2258 or

Legacy Film Festival on Aging, July 6-8
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) co-presents the second annual Legacy Film Festival on Aging, July 6-8 in Coppola Theatre. Among the more than 30 films there will be shorts, feature-length documentaries, comedies and dramas that celebrate older adulthood and address the challenges and triumphs of aging. Attendees will receive a complementary one-year OLLI membership. Visit for more information.

Summer Writing Colloquium
The Committee on Written English Proficiency invites faculty to a Summer Writing Colloquium on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in BH 229. The topic will be "Teaching Writing Using 2.0 Technology." Faculty from across disciplines will describe what they do in their classes, leaving time for discussion. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

RSVP by Monday, Aug. 20 to Mary Soliday at to register and request a lunch. For details, visit

National research society seeks members
Faculty are invited to join SF State’s chapter of Sigma Xi, the national research society that seeks to advance scientific research, encourage cooperation among scientists in all disciplines and assist the wider understanding of science.

For an application and information about election to membership, contact Darlene Yee at

Study seeks volunteers
Assistant Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey, in collaboration with Menlo Park biotechnology firm Telome Health Inc., is seeking volunteers for a study on telomere length, change over time and biological aging. Volunteers will complete a 30-minute online health survey and provide three separate fasting blood draws and saliva sample collections over a 12-month period. On-site visits will be on or near the SF State campus. Participants will be paid $50 upon completion of each blood draw ($150 total) and, at the end of the study, will have the option to receive a report of their telomere length and educational information about telomeres and health.

To learn more or to enroll, visit (add "SFSU" in the comments section when registering online) or contact Richard Harvey at or ext. 8-3478, or Shalini Mukherjee at Telome Health Inc. at or (650) 289-0289, ext. 218.

Infant care spaces still available at Children's Campus
The Children's Campus has a few spaces open for young infants aged 6 to 10 months as of August 2012. Infant classrooms have a 1:3 ratio with six children in each classroom per day and offers M – F, MWF and T/TH spaces for the school year, Aug. 20 to May 24, 2013. An optional summer program for those who would like to continue through the summer is also available. Priority is given to SF State faculty and staff. Interested? E-mail Director Tracy Farstad at or call the office at ext. 5-4011 to attend an upcoming tour or visit for more information. Children’s Campus is located on North State Drive at the corner of Winston and Lake Merced.

Food trucks on campus
The University Corporation (UCorp) is pleased to announce that food trucks will continue serving campus through Thursday, July 5. Different food truck operators offer their food Monday through Thursday, during lunch hours in the area between Hensill Hall and the Science Building. A weekly schedule of food trucks expected on campus may be found at the UCorp website. The UCorp welcomes customer feedback via the UCorp Facebook page.

Fall textbook orders
The SFSU Bookstore textbook department is processing orders for the Fall semester. Faculty who still need to turn in textbook and reader requests should do so at their earliest convenience. Orders received by mid July will have the best chance of being on the shelves in time for courses. Textbook and reader orders may be submitted on the SFSU Bookstore website.

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Campus Internet upgrade scheduled July 7 and 8
The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) will upgrade the campus Internet connection speed from the current 1 Gigabit to 10 Gigabit. During the upgrade process, users may experience a few network outages to and from the campus of up to two hours (including Downtown Campus and Romberg Tiburon Center). Network connections between on-campus buildings and servers will not be affected. The work will be completed in two stages:

  • Saturday, July 7 at 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 8
  • Sunday, July 8 at 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday, July 9

Contact the DoIT Help Desk at or call ext. 8-1420 for more information.

University Police certification
A team of assessors from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) Inc. will visit campus from Monday, June 25, to Thursday, June 28, to examine all aspects of the University Police’s policies and procedures, management, operations and support services.

The assessment team’s verification that the University Police Department meets the commission’s standards is part of a voluntary process to gain accreditation. As part of the on-site assessment, University employees and other members of the community are invited to offer comments at a public information session starting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, June 26 in the Facilities Training Room 101, located in the Corporation Yard A Building, on North State Drive (at Lake Merced Boulevard, just south of Winston Drive).

Comments to the assessment team may also be made between 2 and 4 p.m. Monday, June 25, by calling ext. 5-3807.

Administrative Search for CEL Associate Vice President/Dean
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue Rosser has established a search committee for the position of AVP/Dean for the College of Extended Learning:

  • Sheldon Axler, dean, College of Science & Engineering (chair)
  • Trevor Getz, professor, history
  • Magnus Rubin, director of information systems, College of Extended Learning
  • Janet Sim, chair/professor, hospitality and tourism management
  • Linda Wanek, chair/professor, physical therapy graduate program

Review of applications and nominations will begin on July 2. To view the position description and information about the application process, visit the Academic Affairs website at Information regarding interview schedules will be announced in CampusMemo. Contact Committee Chair Sheldon Axler at for additional information.

Academic Affairs Operations AVP search
Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of Associate Vice President of Academic Affairs Operations. The campus community is invited to attend their presentations, each of which will be followed by a reception.

  • Monday, June 25: Hasan Alkhatib, president of SSN Services, LLC, 3:45-4:30 p.m., BUS 202
  • Tuesday, June 26: Christopher Wenshen Pong, director of the School of Engineering at SF State, 3:45-4:30 p.m., BUS 202
  • Thursday, June 28: Maggie Beers, director of Academic Technology at SF State, 3:45-4:30 p.m. in BUS 202
  • Thursday, July 5: Brian Beatty, associate professor and chair of Instructional Technologies at SF State, 3:45-4:30 p.m. in BUS 202

Whirlwind Wheelchair expanding
Whirlwind Wheelchair International, an SF State-affiliated non-profit social enterprise, is expanding to better meet the needs of people with disabilities in the developing world. Whirlwind is looking to hire an administrator and a project manager, and asks the campus community to share the information with dedicated, hardworking people who may want to be part of a growing organization that makes a tangible difference in the world. Job descriptions can be found at

AVP Blakemore to retire
Associate Vice President for University Development Donna Blakemore will retire from SF State at the end of the fiscal year, after nearly seven years of service to SF State. Since her arrival in 2005, Blakemore has implemented programs to increase private support and build relationships with alumni, parents, emeriti faculty and friends of the University. Over that time, the number of donors has increased by more than 220 percent, gifts have gone up by 90 percent and the endowment has doubled in size to more than $50 million. Blakemore personally secured a $5 million gift, the second largest in campus history, bringing the total raised to more than $65 million in under seven years.

The alumni relations program Blakemore instituted now organizes between 50 to 70 annual events in the Bay Area, across the U.S. and internationally. She also put in place a team that established the first comprehensive annual fund program that raises more than $500,000 each year. She also developed the $50 million campaign plan for the Mashouf Performing Arts Center.

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of History Philip Dreyfus, Emeritus Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Herbert Zettl, Assistant Professor of social work Rashmi Gupta and Music Lecturer John Calloway.

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This week in Newsmakers: Incoming College of Business dean Linda Oubre, Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan and Political Science Lecturer David Lee.

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We mark the passing of Emerita Professor of Economics Betty J. Blecha, Emeritus Dean of the College of Extended Learning Peter Dewees, Emeritus Professor of Anthropology, Ethnic and Asian American Studies and first Dean of Ethnic Studies James Akira Hirabayashi and Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Fred Neustadter.

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

June 27: Finding PhD Programs - Part 1: 10 a.m.

June 29: Summer '12 R2 Census

Coming Up
July 2: STARTALK Intensive Summer Immersion Persian-Dari Language and Culture Program: 10 a.m.

July 4: Summer '12 Independence Day Observed - University Closed

July 6: Summer '12 R1 Instruction Ends

July 6: Film: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: Age of Champions: 6 p.m.

July 7: Film: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: Empties: 10:30 a.m.

July 7: Film: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: Love at First Sight and Innocence: 1 p.m.

July 7: Film: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: Short Subjects: Creativity: 3:30 p.m.

July 8: Film: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: Memory: 1 p.m.

July 8: Film: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: Tears of Men and Old Goats: 3:30 p.m.

July 9: Summer 2012 R3 Instruction Begins

July 10: Summer '12 R1 Grades Due

July 10: Creating Mathematical Presentations - Part 1: 10 a.m.

July 12: Creating Mathematical Presentations - Part 2: 10 a.m.

July 20: Summer '12 R3 Census

Aug. 1: Finding PhD Programs - Part 2: 10 a.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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