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Volume 54, Number 5   September 11, 2006         

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This Week
Veterans of
Comedy Wars IX
Comedy Night returns to campus at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday in McKenna Theatre with performances by comic legends Carol Channing, Steve Landesberg, Ronnie Schell, Tom Ammiano and Ron Morey. Proceeds benefit the SF State Athletics and College of Creative Arts scholarship programs.

Tickets are $30, $45 and $60. For details, call ext. 8-2218.

Cal State 9 Credit Union invites faculty, staff and alumni to a free pre-show reception from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Saturday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Alunan goodbye party

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement staff invites faculty and staff to a farewell party for director Susan Alunan from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday in suite 750 at Pacific Plaza, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City.

The party is potluck. R.S.V.P. to Ann Garcia at ext. 8-1082 or by 5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11.

Race theory
and Nazi ideology

Michael Thaler, professor emeritus of pediatric medicine at University of California, San Francisco, will present "Rethinking the Roots of the Holocaust: Bioscience, Race Theory, Nazi Ideology" at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The program is part of the Academica Judaica series and is sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, History Department and German Program of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department.

For details, call ext. 8-6075.

Coming Up
SF State celebrates Constitution Day

A series of panel discussions on topics related to "Identity, Citizenship and the Constitution" will be held from noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Sept. 18, in room 587 of the Humanities building. The program is part of SF State's celebration of Constitution Day. Read next week's CampusMemo for a full schedule.

Humor in the classroom
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will offer an audio conference on the educational, psychological and physiological benefits of humor in the classroom from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in room 36 of the Library.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-6456. For details and more workshops, visit:

Mexico election
observers report

Students and faculty who traveled to Mexico in July to observe the general election will report on their trip from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building. The presentation includes photos, analysis and personal reflections on the participants' interactions with Mexican activists and community-based organizations.

SF State News home

Celebrate faculty tenure, promotion
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.

The faculty tenure and promotions list is available at:

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

Agenda items include: a report from Lee Blitch, vice president for University advancement; proposed revisions to the minor in European area studies; proposed revisions to the Environmental Studies Program; elections for the Academic Senate elections committee; and proposed revisions to the retention, tenure and promotions policy.

Advancement names chief of operations
Debra Chaw joined University Advancement as chief of operations on Sept. 5. Chaw will develop, coordinate and monitor an integrated University Advancement plan, and will oversee Advancement's budget and human resources functions. In addition, she will serve as Advancement’s liaison with the SF State University Foundation.

"Chaw brings a wealth of experience to the position," Vice President for University Advancement Lee Blitch said. "With her help, Advancement will further its goal to serve the SF State community more effectively and efficiently."

Chaw comes to SF State from the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, where she served as chief financial officer as well as oversaw chamber administrative functions and the San Francisco Chamber Foundation. Prior to that, she worked in senior manager assignments at AT&T in marketing, product management, finance and auditing.

She holds an MBA from Santa Clara University and a bachelor's degree from University of California, Berkeley.

Valero joins VP for Student Affairs office
Agnes B. Valero was named executive secretary for Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students Penny Saffold. She began her new position July 1.

Prior to her appointment she served as assistant to the director of the Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development.

Preparing for retention, tenure and promotion
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to an informal discussion on preparing for retention, tenure and promotion from 1 to 3 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, in room 460 of the Administration building.

The session will be led by Marilyn Verhey, dean of faculty affairs and professional development, and Rita Takahashi, chair of the University Promotions Committee.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-2204.

SF State draft master plan
The campus community is invited to provide feedback on the draft of its long-term master plan at open houses scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 19, and from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 20, in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

For more information on the master plan process, please visit:

Open enrollment for health benefits
The open enrollment period for faculty and staff to change health and/or dental plans runs through Oct. 13. Employees also can enroll in such programs as FlexCash, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA). Changes made during open enrollment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2007.

Employees enrolled in DCRA and/or HCRA must re-enroll for 2007.

For details, contact Benefits and Information Initiatives at ext. 8-1875 or visit the Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management Web site at:

The Annual Benefits Fair will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Jack Adams Hall of the Student Center. Representatives will be on hand to answer questions regarding health and dental plans, CALPERS Home Loan, A+ Auto and Home Insurance, and financial planning services such as VALIC and TIAA/CREF.

This year's fair will also feature a free blood pressure check, back and posture analysis, biofeedback testing, body mass analysis and flexibility training, five-minute back massages and door prizes.

Faculty/staff retreat
The annual faculty and staff development retreat will take place Jan. 22, 2007, at the new SF State Downtown Campus, 835 Market St., San Francisco.

For details contact the Academic Senate, at or ext. 8-1264.

Grants & Contracts
SF State was awarded an additional $421,914 in March and $690,628 in April and $5,942,498 in the first part of May.

Read Grants & Contracts:

Faculty awards workshop

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) invites faculty to a workshop on preparing applications for the Affirmative Action, Mini-Grant, Summer Stipend and Vice President's Assigned Time award programs. It will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 26, in room 460 of the Administration building.

Faculty who plan to attend a workshop should read in advance and bring with them a copy of the application guidelines and, ideally, a draft or outline of their proposal that addresses the five evaluative criteria. Directions and application forms are available on the Faculty Affairs Web site -- -- by clicking on the link "On-Line Forms/Applications."

CTFD will also have drop-in hours from 1 to 3 p.m. Sept. 25-29 for faculty who would like additional assistance. Proposals are due in college offices Oct. 2. For details, e-mail:

Fall Academic Technology workshops
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.

Resident director positions
Applications are available for resident director positions for the CSU study abroad programs in China, Italy, Japan, Spain and Mexico. The positions are full-time, one year appointed positions for qualified CSU faculty. Faculty from all disciplines can apply, and those who have never had the opportunity to serve in this capacity before are especially encouraged.

For details contact, Trevor Getz, campus representative to the CSU
Academic Council on International Programs, at or ext. 8-7561. Applications are also available at:

Vista Room back in service
The Vista Room, the campus fine dining restaurant, reopens for service Monday, Sept. 18, in room 401 of Burk Hall. Hours are 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday; seating is between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

For tickets, call Kelly Vuong at ext. 5-3530 or Charlene Ngo at ext. 8-6087. Tickets are $14 each. For block ticket purchases at reduced prices, call ext. 5-3529.


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