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Volume 54, Number 10  October 16, 2006         

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Campus alumni mixer
More than 600 SF State alumni work on campus. A mixer for faculty and staff who are also alumni will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Snacks and drinks will be served. Tickets are $10 per person.

Seats are limited. R.S.V.P. by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, to Adele Demler at or ext. 5-3648. The event is sponsored by Alumni Relations. training
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites faculty to learn to use, a tool for finding grant opportunities, from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. Oct. 24-25, in room 460 of the Administration building. Attendees are welcome to bring lunch; beverages will be provided.

For details, contact Christine Ramos at or ext. 8-6478.

retreat proposals

Program proposals for the Jan. 22, 2007, faculty and staff development retreat are now being accepted by the planning team. Faculty and staff are encouraged to share their visions of the University's future by presenting research, creative endeavors or service projects or sparking discussions on new approaches to professional and personal development.

Proposals are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 27.

Proposal forms are available at the Academic Senate Web site:

For details, call ext. 5-4037.

October faculty development events
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites faculty to the following workshops and discussions related to faculty teaching and research:

Discuss changes in scholarly communication in the brown-bag session "Trends in Electronic Publishing" from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 17, in room 434 of the Library. Participants are welcome at any time during the discussion. Note that lunch must be brought in a bag due to Library food policies.

Learn how to use online tools for advising and to teach large and small classes at "iLearn Faculty Showcase: Get Ideas and Learn Best Practices" held from 11 a.m. to noon Wednesday, Oct. 18, in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

Learn more about grading options, rubrics and techniques in the workshop "Responding to Student Writing: 'Reducing the Pain,'" held from 1 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in room 203 of the Humanities building.

Learn and discuss ways technology can provide better access to students with disabilities in the brown-bag session "Using Technology in Teaching: Access vs. Accommodation" held from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, in room 434 of the Library. Note that lunch must be brought in a bag due to Library food policies.

Learn how to take ideas from intellectual development to the grants application stage in the brown-bag session "Grantwriting: Asking Critical Questions" from 12:30 to 2 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 26, in the BSS Conference Room.

For details and registration, visit:

Fit for the holidays
FitnessPlus, SF State's faculty and staff on-campus fitness and wellness program, offers a variety of on-campus fitness classes and programs to help employees stay active and decrease their stress levels. Employees are invited to try a class for free. For registration and class information, contact FitnessPlus at or or ext. 8-7572.

City hall ghost walk
The University Women's Association invites faculty and staff to a spooky-themed public tour of City Hall at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31 in the South Light Court of San Francisco City Hall. A no-host dinner takes place after the tour.

For dinner reservations, contact Lin Ivory at by Tuesday, Oct. 24.

Private de Young
Museum tour

The University Women's Association invites faculty and staff to a private docent-led tour of the de Young Museum at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 4. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and $5 for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco members. The tour will meet in the entry court near the main entrance of the museum.

For reservations, send a check payable to UWA by Friday, Oct. 20, to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

Pep band recruiting
The Athletics Department is looking for brass players and drummers to join the pep band. For details, contact Jamil Sheared at or ext. 8-3036.

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Additional $21 million for Library project
The state of California has appropriated an additional $21 million in state funding for the planned renovation and expansion of the J. Paul Leonard Library, after Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signed the postsecondary education facilities bill SB 682 into law on Sept. 27.

Introduced by state Sen. Carole Migden, D-San Francisco, on Aug. 7, the bill increases the appropriation for preliminary plans, working drawings and construction of SF State's Library and the California State Library's Sutro Library to a total of $116,553,000.

Funding for the project comes from the state's Public Buildings Construction Fund and will be available through June 30, 2010. The University requested the additional state support due to increased construction costs for the Library project.

"This bill not only secures funding for a crucial facility on one of the largest campuses in the California State University system, but also for a library that will benefit the public at large," Migden said.

"The J. Paul Leonard Library is the heart of the San Francisco State campus, serving as a vital resource for learning and research," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "The University is grateful to Sen. Migden, the Legislature and Gov. Schwarzenegger for support of this great public asset. I would also like to extend my gratitude to University Advancement and its office of Government Relations for their work to secure this much-needed funding."

Ground breaking for the renovation and expansion is expected in 2008, completion by 2012. The Library will remain open during construction.

SF State is seeking private support for the Library project in addition to the state funding.

Campus master plan Environmental Impact Report
SF State is preparing a campus master plan that will guide the physical growth and development of the campus, and will provide for an increase in building space and other improvements to meet the needs of the anticipated campus population through 2020. A Notice of Preparation (NOP) under the California Environmental Quality Act has been issued by the University indicating that an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) will be prepared for the proposed master plan.

Comments on the scope and contents of the EIR are being requested during the 30-day NOP review period. The NOP is available for public review at the Reference Desk of the J. Paul Leonard Library or at:

A copy can also be requested by calling ext. 8-3838.

Public meetings to receive comments on the scope and content of the EIR will be held at 3 p.m. and at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, in room 101 of the Capital Planning, Design & Construction building.

Comments on the scope of the EIR may be submitted until Nov. 10, 2006. Comments received after this date will be disregarded. Submit written comments to: Richard Macias, Capital Planning, Design & Construction, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., San Francisco, CA 94132.

Call for honorary degree nominations
The University's 2006-07 Honorary Degree Committee invites all members of the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be conferred at commencement 2007 in the names of SF State and the California State University. The nomination deadline is Monday, Nov. 13.

According to CSU guidelines, honorary degrees may be conferred for several purposes: to recognize "excellence and extraordinary achievement in significant areas of human endeavor" embodying the objectives and ideals of the CSU; to honor "meritorious and outstanding service" to the CSU or one of its campuses, the state, nation or humanity at large; or to recognize individuals whose lives and achievements exemplify "the CSU's aspirations for its diverse student body."

SF State's past honorary degree recipients include composer/singer Neil Young and Bridge School co-founder Pegi Young (2006), Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller (2002), nationally known historian and scholar John Hope Franklin (1998), sculptor Ruth Asawa (1998), alumnus/actor/activist Danny Glover (1997), and Delancey Street co-founder Mimi Silbert (1993).

Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a statement about the candidate and any other materials that would support the nomination. Please label nominations "Attn: Honorary Degree Committee" and send them to the Academic Senate Office, room 551 of the Administration building.

Center for U.S.-China Policy Studies reception postponed
The Center for U.S.-China Policy Studies kick-off reception previously scheduled for Friday, Oct. 27, has been postponed.

An announcement about the new date will be made at a later time. The organizers apologize for any inconvenience this has caused.

Eisman named interim director of ICCE
Gerald Eisman, professor of computer science, will assume the role of acting director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE), effective Dec. 1. Eisman has been serving as the service-learning faculty scholar at the Chancellor's Office. He will hold the interim director position until June 30, 2008.

Perla Barrientos, director of community service learning, will serve as interim director of ICCE until Dec. 1.

Redesigned scholarship Web site
Faculty and staff are asked to direct students to the Office of Student Financial Aid's redesigned scholarship Web site:

The new site is easier to use and provides more scholarship-related information and resources.

This month's Insiders include a lecture on the Anza expedition by Lee Davis, associate professor of California studies; a dance performance featuring choreography by Jerry Duke, professor of dance; a presentation on freedom and the right not to be normal by Anita Silvers, professor of philosophy; and a poetry reading featuring several faculty from the Creative Writing Department.

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Indigenous Hawaiian political theory
Native Hawaiian Noenoe K. Silva will speak on "Indigenous Hawaiian Political Thought: How to Begin" from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the the Richard Oakes Multicultural Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Silva teaches at University of Hawai'i, Manoa and is the 2006-07 Katrin H. Lamon Resident Scholar at the School of American Research in Santa Fe, N.M.

The event is sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department. For details, call ext. 8-1054.

Postcards and colonialism
Volker Langbehn, associate professor of German, will present "Going Postal or How to Conquer the World -- German Colonialism and Postcards" from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Monday in room 473 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures colloquium series.

Village Fitness Center anniversary

The Village Fitness Center invites the campus community to help celebrate its one-year anniversary from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday in front of the center (just off of Font Boulevard). The event includes music, food, raffle prizes, one-day discounts on memberships and services, and vendor and campus organization tables. Demonstrations of group fitness classes, free chair massages and body fat testing will also be available.

Israeli novel discussion
Israeli author Alon Hilu will discuss his new novel "Death of a Monk" at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program's Academica Judaica series and is also sponsored by the departments of Creative Writing and English and the Human Sexuality Studies Program.

For details, call ext. 8-6075.

Student Health Service open house

The Student Health Service (SHS) will hold its annual open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the SHS building. This event is an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to learn about SHS offerings.

As part of the event, SHS will offer a variety of free health screenings including HIV testing, blood pressure and eye screenings, body fat testing and nutrition assessments. Ultrasound bone mineral density tests will be available for women over 40 for $20. The student-created latex exhibition will also be presented.

For details, contact Albert Angelo at ext. 8-3039.

Catering fair
Conference Services invites faculty and staff to the annual Catering and Event Planning Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday in Seven Hills Conference Center. Sampling from a new catering menu, and assistance from event planners will be available.

To be added to the guest list, contact Edward Vicedo at or ext. 8-2104.

Common sense
Dean Manders will discuss and sign copies of his new book "The Hegemony of Common Sense" at 2 p.m. Wednesday on the textbooks level of the SFSU Bookstore. The book is part of the SFSU Series in Philosophy, edited by philosophy Professor Anatole Anton.

For details, call the Bookstore at ext. 8-2650.

Learning Arabic
Father Rick Van De Water, lecturer of Arabic, will present "Why You Need to Know Arabic: Language as a Bridge Between Cultures" from 3:10 to 4 p.m., Wednesday in room 473 of the Humanities Building. Van De Water has been actively involved in the social, educational and pastoral development of Arab communities in the West Bank and Jordan since 1974. He substituted for Assistant Professor Mohammad Salama as an instructor of Arabic during September.

The event is part of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures colloquium series. For details, e-mail or call ext. 8-7413.

California justice system
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' public lecture series/course continues with a panel discussion of "Campaign Issues: Criminal Justice and the Prison System" from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

Panelists include Velia Garcia, chair and professor of Raza studies, and Daniel Macallair, lecturer of criminal justice.

Coming Up
Taste of the Bay

Taste of the Bay, a gala scholarship fundraising event benefiting Hospitality Management Program students, will take place from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 24, at St. Francis Yacht Club, 700 Marina Blvd., San Francisco.

The event features renowned chefs from around the Bay Area and representatives from top restaurants and California wineries presenting their cuisine and wines. Guests will also enjoy live and silent auctions, musical entertainment and a raffle. Mistress of ceremonies will be Shirley Fong-Torres, the "Wok-Wiz."

Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at the event Web site -- -- or by contacting Janet Sim at or ext. 8-2673.

Promotion celebration
A campus-wide celebration in honor of the faculty granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Opera gala concert
The SF State Opera Workshop invites faculty and staff to a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28, in Knuth Hall of the Creative Arts building.

The event includes a performance of highlights from popular operas featuring arias and ensembles and is followed by a dessert reception.

Tickets are $10 for the general public and $8 for students and seniors. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467.

Future Dates
Bookstore holiday party

The SF State Bookstore's faculty and staff holiday party will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the Bookstore.

Refreshments will be served and faculty and staff will be able to enjoy 20-percent discounts on most merchandise (excludes computer hardware, electronic items and textbooks). Complimentary wine glasses will be available to the first 400 visitors.


Academic Senate Action

At its Oct. 10 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Heard a report from California Faculty Association Chapter President Linda Ellis on the state of contract bargaining;
  • Reviewed the proposed revisions to the retention, tenure and promotion policies;
  • Approved the curriculum changes to the Environmental Studies Program;
  • Approved revisions to the math degree with three concentrations;
  • Approved a resolution in support of Proposition 1D, the Facilities Bond Act;
  • Approved a resolution in support of the campus voter registration campaign;
  • Approved the academic calendar for summer 2007; and
  • Reviewed the proposed academic calendar for academic year 2007-08.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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