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Volume 54, Number 11  October 23, 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.

Faculty/staff retreat
proposals due Friday

Program proposals for the Jan. 22, 2007, faculty and staff development retreat are 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.

Bookstore textbook
orders incentive

The SF State Bookstore will once again offer every department on campus a $1,000 Bookstore gift card if at least 90 percent of spring 2007 textbook orders (as posted in the class schedule) for that department are received by Oct. 30. Sixteen departments met this goal for the fall 2006 term.

Orders can be placed online at, by e-mail to, or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

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

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 in room 434 of the Library. 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 in the BSS Conference Room.

Learn how to teach large classes in a workshop by John Elia, associate professor of health education, on "Teaching Large Classes Successfully" from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in room 202 of the Business building.

Learn and share rubric development strategies and resources in the workshop "Assessment Rubrics" from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8, in room 202 of the Business building. Participants should bring a course syllabus and an assignment, exercise or learning outcome in order to facilitate discussion.

For details and registration, visit:

Academic Technology workshop offerings
The fall calendar of Academic Technology workshops is available at:

Academic Technology offers an array of workshops that enable faculty and staff to create collaborative online teaching and learning environments, instructional Web sites and digital images. Multiple workshops are available and offerings are staggered and repeated to accommodate different schedules. R.S.V.P. is required.

Contact Academic Technology at or ext. 8-6906.

Cindy Kolb fund
The Cindy Kolb AIDS Donation Fund provides grants for members of the SF State community living with HIV. Cindy Kolb helped create the fund as a member of the AIDS Coordinating Committee and director of the Disability Resource Center. The fund was renamed in her honor after her death. The fund is made possible mostly through payroll deductions and donations. There is no processing fee for contributions.

Last year, more than $10,000 in small grants were given to students for such needs as child care, emergency housing expenses, textbooks and unexpected medical costs. To become a donor through payroll deduction, contact Michael Ritter at or ext. 8-7339.

Stern scholarships
Applications are now available for two $1,000 Marjorie Hefter Stern Scholarships -- one for undergraduates and one for graduate students. Students majoring in any subject may apply, but preference will be given to students majoring in women studies, labor studies or other programs examining social change. The donor is especially interested in encouraging women to continue their education.

Applications are due Wednesday, Nov. 1, and are available in rooms 315 and 484 of the Humanities building. For details, contact Christine Ramos at or ext. 8-6478.

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Celebrate faculty tenure/promotions Thursday
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 in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

The faculty tenure and promotions list is available at:

Director of academic technology candidate visits
Three finalists have been selected for the director of academic technology position and are scheduled for on-campus visits. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the candidates' presentations and receptions in room 36 of the AV/ITV Center (basement of the Library) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. on the following dates:

Monday, Oct. 23: Kevin Kelly, online teaching and learning coordinator, San Francisco State University.

Thursday, Oct. 26: Margaret Beers, academic lead for technology-enabled, knowledge-educational and information technology initiative and instructional development consultant, Learning and Teaching Centre, British Columbia Institute of Technology.

Friday, Oct. 27: Sara Baber, director, Academic Technologies, University of Houston, Texas.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Nob Hill room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: a report from Jennifer Wissink, student adviser in the Office of International Programs, on International Education Week; a proposed resolution in support of International Education Week; a report on the CSU and campus budget from Provost John Gemello and Vice President for Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita; proposed revisions to the retention, tenure and promotions policy; proposed academic calendar for 2007-08 and revisions to Academic Senate Policy #S93-178, deadline for final grades; proposed changes to the undergraduate majors in English literature, English language studies and English individual major; proposed revisions and name change for the bachelor of arts in speech communications; and proposed revisions to the bachelor of arts and minor in anthropology.

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 6 p.m. Tuesday 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.

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.

People on Campus

Nettie Kelly -- at work at sea

Photo of Nettie KellyAnyone who shakes hands with Nettie Kelly will always remember that she is a sailor. The strength of her grip testifies to the 15 years and thousands of hours she's held lines and hoisted sails and tempered the wind with her bare hands.

Kelly is director of the Tall Ship Education Academy (TSEA) in SF State's Recreation and Leisure Studies department. She plans and executes demanding experiential education programs that help women and high school girls build self-reliance, in a setting that may very well be nature's toughest learning environment: the sea...

Read more about Kelly:

This Week 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. Tuesday and Wednesday 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.

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 at St. Francis Yacht Club, 700 Marina Blvd., San Francisco.

The event features renowned chefs from 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.

California education

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' public lecture series/course continues with a panel discussion of "Campaign Issues: Pre-school, K-12, After-School Care and Higher Education" from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. Wednesday in room 133 of the Humanities building.

Panelists include Jane Bernard-Powers, professor of elementary education; Sheldon Gen, assistant professor of public administration; and Carol Stevenson, assistant professor of child and adolescent development.

Opera gala concert

The SF State Opera Workshop invites faculty and staff to a benefit concert at 8 p.m. Saturday 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.

California coast
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences' faculty research series continues with presentations related to the California coast from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 31, in room 361 of the HSS building. Presentations include Philip King, associate professor of economics, on "Silt Happens: The Economics of Sediment in California" and Lesley Ewing, senior coastal engineer at the California Coastal Commission, on "Global Warming, Sea Level Rise and the Implications for California's Coast."

For details, e-mail:

Spoken-word performance
Activist-poet and spoken-word artist Ursula Rucker will present her work with live music at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Tickets are $7 for students and $10 for the general public.

The event is cosponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts and Lectures, College of Ethnic Studies and S.A.F.E. Place. For details, visit:

Future Dates
Employee craft fair

An SF State employee holiday craft fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5, in the first floor lobby of the Administration Building. Staff will sell holiday ornaments, notecards, jewelry, knitted items, soaps, candles, bath salts, pottery, cookies, candy and other handcrafted items.

For details, contact Patricia Earley at:


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