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Volume 54, Number 12  October 30, 2006         

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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 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:

Ethnic studies in
higher education

The campus community is invited to an international conference on ethnic studies in higher education from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Conference Room of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The conference will feature anthropologists, historians, sociologists and other scholars from several countries offering global perspectives on the implications of race, gender, sexuality, nation and immigration in higher education and ethnic studies.

The event is free and is sponsored by the SF State College of Ethnic Studies and Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities at University of California, Berkeley.

For details, contact Nancy Raquel Mirabal at:

Spoken-word performance

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

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

Coming Up
Health care disparities

Alicia Fernandez, associate professor of clinical medicine at University of California, San Francisco, will speak on "Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Health Care" from noon to 1:15 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in Rosa Parks Room B of the Cesar Chavez Center.

The seminar is funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-2978.

Indian education
Bienvenido Argueta, dean of the College of Education at Universidad Landivar in Guatemala, will speak on "The Relationship of Indian Education to International Technocracy" at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 6, in room 252 of Burk Hall.

The event is sponsored by the Raza Studies, Humanities and Women Studies departments; Critical Social Thought program; and the colleges of Education, Ethnic Studies, and Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Election returns analysis
The campus community is invited to view election returns on a big-screen television and hear real-time analysis by political science faculty and students from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Pizza will be provided.

The event is part of College of Behavioral and Socials Sciences' public lecture course "California: The Promise vs. the Reality in the 2006 Election."

Arabs and Hollywood
Author and media critic Jack G. Shaheen will speak about and sign copies of his award-winning book "Reel Bad Arabs, How Hollywood Vilifies a People" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. He will also screen his new documentary on the topic. Admission is $8 for the general public and $6 for students.

The event is sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts and Lectures, College of Ethnic Studies and General Union of Palestine Students.

For details, visit:

Basketball banquet
The SF State basketball team invites faculty and staff to a "Tip-Off" banquet and sports auction from 6 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Harding Park. Alum Steve Lavin, ESPN college basketball analyst, will speak. The event also include a social hour and the introduction of the 2006-07 basketball team.

Tickets are $50 per person in advance, $65 at the door and $450 for a table of 10.

For reservations, contact Bill Treseler at or ext. 8-7573.

Creative Writing
faculty reading

The SFSU Bookstore is hosting a group reading featuring Creative Writing faculty at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, on the textbook level of the Bookstore. Faculty reading from recently published work include Camille Dungy, Paul Hoover and Peter Orner.

For details, call ext. 8-2650.

SF State News home

Logo, identity system to launch
Image of the vertical version of the new SF State logoA new logo and graphic identity system for the University will be available for campus use Wednesday, Nov. 1. The system will help staff and faculty present a coherent, distinctive and memorable image of the University in a full range of printed and electronic materials. Detailed guidelines and resources can be found on the Identity System Guidelines Web site -- --beginning Wednesday.

The Web site will include tips and frequently asked questions, along with:

  • Instructions for ordering new stationery and business cards
  • Comprehensive design guidelines
  • Downloadable logo source files
  • Customizable Microsoft Office templates, including:
    • Basic document with logo
    • Letterhead (electronic)
    • Letterhead (imprint on printed stock)
    • Fax cover sheet
    • Fliers
    • Meeting notes (agenda/minutes combined)
    • Mailing labels
    • Memo
    • Name badges
    • Table tent
  • The site also includes a form for requesting a high-resolution logo to use in documents that are being designed professionally for high-quality output.

The new logo will replace the purple and gold rectangular logotype that has been in use since 1999. The new logo will be used on all University stationery, publications and Web sites. The official University seal will continue to be used on transcripts and materials associated with Commencement.

A Web-based stationery ordering system will go live Nov. 1, providing faculty and staff the opportunity to order a variety of customizable business paper products that feature the new logo, including business cards, letterhead (color and black and white) and envelopes (multiple varieties). Visit the Identity System Web site -- -- for more information about online stationery ordering.

If, after viewing the Identity System Web site, you have questions or concerns about the new logo and identity system, e-mail:

Additional director of academic technology candidate
One additional finalist for the director of academic technology position is scheduled for an on-campus visit: Fred Chow, dean of information technology and services at West Valley College.

All members of the campus community are invited to attend the candidate's presentation and reception from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 2, in room 36 of the AV/ITV Center (basement of the Library).

In memoriam: Ralph Putzker
Ralph Putzker, professor emeritus of art, died of a heart attack on Oct. 7 in South San Francisco. He was 85.

Putzker joined SF State in 1959 and retired in 1991. He was active in the Academic Senate and, for a brief period in the mid-1970s, served as Art Department chair.

A photographer and watercolor painter, Putzker taught courses in painting, drawing, art education and creativity. He also taught at the San Francisco Art Institute and University of California, Santa Cruz. His work has been exhibited nationwide, and he often gave art workshops to people of all ages.

"His love of life was explosive, and his skills numerous and profound," said Ray Pestrong, professor of geology. "He was a beloved teacher in the Art Department here at State, an accomplished artist in many mediums, a scientist in the best sense of questioning how the world worked, a pilot who built his own planes, and someone who loved looking you in the eye to tell you, 'I'm very happy to see you.'"

Putzker, a Glendale native, moved to San Francisco as an adolescent. In 1932 at age 11, he had a small role in the film "The Sign of the Cross."

Putzker earned his doctorate of education from University of California, Berkeley, in 1969. He also earned his bachelor's and master's degrees from UC Berkeley. During World War II, he was a cartographer for the Army Corps of Engineers.

The Art Department plans to hold a celebration of Putzker's life and career. CampusMemo will provide event details when they are available.

Service Learning Awards nominations
Members of the campus community are invited to nominate faculty, undergraduate students and partnering community agencies for the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement's community service-learning awards.

Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17. For award criteria and nomination forms, visit:

Award recipients will be notified Feb. 5, 2007. The awards presentation will take place in April.

For details, contact Catherine Park at or ext 5-3604.

Jefferson Awards nominations
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) encourages faculty and staff to nominate individuals for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service. Candidates should have achieved something that benefits the community and shows special courage, commitment, and vision, and has not been previously recognized.

Nomination forms, which are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 17, are available on the ICCE Web site:

For details, contact Catherine Park at or ext 5-3604.

This month's Newsmakers include Melissa Camacho, assistant professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, on race and reality television; Brian de Vries, professor of gerontology, on GLBT seniors; David Lee, lecturer of political science, on Chinatown; John Burks, professor of journalism, on explicit details and mainstream media; Dennis Desjardin, professor of biology, on luminescent fungi; and Joel Schechter, professor of theatre arts, on Yiddish theater.

Read Newsmakers:

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.

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

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. Wednesday, 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.

Learn how to design and evaluate writing assignments that work in a two-part workshop in room 434 of the Library. From noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 14, faculty will learn how to establish clear writing outcomes and formulate specific writing directions that reflect grading criteria. In the second workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 28, faculty are encouraged to bring writing assignments for peer feedback.

Learn all about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in a two-part workshop on meeting the different learning styles of students and using technology to facilitate learning. Part one of the workshop takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, and Wednesday, Nov. 29, in room 229 of Burk Hall. Part two takes place from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 30, and Thursday, Dec. 14, in room 229 of Burk Hall. A continental breakfast will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. before each workshop.

All full-time faculty who complete both parts of the workshop will receive a UDL training certificate, $100 SFSU Bookstore gift certificate and eligibility for EnAct contributions with stipends or assigned time.

For details and registration, visit:

Textbook returns
The Bookstore is beginning to return textbooks to the publishers. Each term, the textbook department must return unsold inventory to the publishers to make room for the texts for the next term. If you will be using a book later in the term, inform the Bookstore as soon as possible so staff can hold those books for later purchase. E-mail or call ext. 8-7377.

If you know that a book will be used again for the spring semester, submit an order to the Bookstore to ensure the books will be retained.

FitnessPlus half-semester special
FitnessPlus is now offering half-semester memberships for $55. The special also includes two weeks of fitness in January. FitnessPlus has a variety of fitness classes on campus. Faculty and staff are welcome to try out a class for free.

For details, call ext. 8-7572, e-mail or visit:

Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship Fund
The University Women's Association (UWA) has named its scholarship in honor of Gloria Spencer, who died Oct. 4. Gloria Spencer, wife of Professor of Psychology Tom Spencer, served as UWA president during the 1980s and later as chair of the scholarship fund.

Contributions to the scholarship fund may be made in Spencer's memory by sending a check, payable to the "Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship Fund," to Arline Van Ness, UWA Treasurer, 922 Evergreen Way, Millbrae, CA 94030.

Help support basketball
The men's and women's basketball coaches would like a chance to meet with students and tell them about the upcoming season. Faculty who are willing to let a coach come and briefly speak to their classes should contact Jamil Sheared at ext. 8-3036 or to make arrangements.

Academic Senate Action

At its Sept. 25 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Heard a report from Jennifer Wissink, student advisor, Office of International Programs, on campus observance of International Education Week;
  • Approved a resolution in support of International Education Week;
  • Heard a report from Provost John Gemello and Vice President of Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita on the CSU and campus budgets;
  • Heard proposed revisions to the retention, tenure and promotions policy;
  • Approved the academic calendar for Academic Year 2007-08 and revisions to Academic Senate Policy #S93-178, deadline for final grades;
  • Approved revisions to the undergraduate majors in English literature, English language studies and English individual major;
  • Approved revisions to and a name change for the bachelor of arts degree in speech communication (name change to communication studies); and
  • Approved revisions to the bachelor of arts and minor degrees in anthropology.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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