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Volume 54, Number 6  September 18, 2006         

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The state of schooling
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) invites faculty and staff to attend a class on education, as a guest of OLLI. The course "Schools, Learning and Society" runs from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesdays, starting Sept. 20, in room 281 of the Humanities building.

Instructor Tamim Ansary is an author, former textbook editor and columnist for MSN Encarta. His course will examine the history and politics of schooling, including the state of schools and informal learning in America today.

For details, contact Robert Martin at or ext. 5-7711.

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.

Get fit
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. For registration and class information contact FitnessPlus at or or ext. 8-7572.

Study abroad resident
director positions

Applications are available for resident director positions with CSU study abroad programs located 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:

Book/movie discussion
The University Women's Association sponsors a discussion of "The Da Vinci Code" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, in room 473 of the Humanities building. Faculty and staff are encouraged to read the book by Dan Brown and/or watch the film and join in the discussion.

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Constitution Day events Monday
SF State will celebrate Constitution Day with a series of panels and lectures Monday from noon to 6 p.m. in room 587 of the Humanities building. All members of the campus community are welcome to attend.

"We The People: Identity, Citizenship and the Constitution" will run from 12:10 to 1 p.m. and features Jeff Bleich, a civil rights attorney and former president of the Bar Association of San Francisco.

"Identity, Citizenship and the Constitution in the Courts" will run from 1:10 to 2 p.m. Christopher Capozzola, associate professor of history at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will present "The Other Imperial Grunts: Filipino Military Service and the Meanings of Citizenship Since 1898." Michael Meloy, a graduate student at CSU, Sacramento, will present "Japanese Exclusion and the Problem of the Second Generation."

"Native Americans, Identity, Citizenship and the Constitution" will run from 2:10 to 3 p.m. with two presentations. Brian Daniels, a doctoral student in history and anthropology at University of Pennsylvania, will present "Native American Sovereignty and the Problem of 'Cultural Citizenship': A Case Study" and A.J. Jaimes Guerrero, professor of women studies at SF State, will present "How the U. S. Government Identifies Who Is Eligible for Federal American Indian Services in Education and Related Areas."

"Identity, Citizenship and the Constitution during the Civil War and Reconstruction" will run from 3:10 to 4 p.m. Michael Caires, a graduate student in history at SF State, will present "The Ship of Constitution: The Centrality of the Constitution to Republican Identity in the Civil War" and Melissa Stein, a doctoral student in history at Rutgers University, will present "The Body Politic and Political Bodies: Gender, Race and the Reconstruction Amendments in American Ethnology."

"Native Identity, Citizenship, Land and the Constitution" will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m. and features Ariela Gross, professor of law and history at University of Southern California, presenting "Between Race and Nation: Native Identity, Citizenship and Land in the United States."

CEL names Bryan associate dean
Jim Bryan has been named associate dean of the College of Extended Learning, effective Sept. 18.

Bryan brings expertise in curriculum design, organizational development, off-campus programs, distance education, assessment, human resource development and educational administration to the position.

His most recent position was as associate dean of the College of Education at Azusa Pacific University. Prior to that he served as director of CSU, Fresno's extended learning programs.

Downtown Campus has new director of operations
Barbara Keville has been named director of operations for the new SF State Downtown Campus. Keville will report to Zelinda Zingaro, director of campus asset and space administration.

Keville has been overseeing construction of the new campus located at the Westfield Centre at 835 Market St. She has 10 years of service to the University.

Slated to open in January 2007, the campus will house various programs including: SF State’s MBA/EMBA programs, College of Extended Learning, INGI (Institute for Next Generation Internet) and other academic programs as the campus develops. To support these programs, the new campus will provide centralized operations staffing for classrooms, conference services and technology support under Keville's leadership.

This month's Insiders include a presentation by Peter Biella, associate professor of anthropology, on applied visual anthropology; an award to participate in a leadership institute for Thoreau Lovell, digital systems design development coordinator in the Library; the world premiere of a film adapted from a short story by Nona Caspers, assistant professor of creative writing; and a collection of essays on cultural representation in Native America edited by Andrew Jolivette, assistant professor of American Indian studies.

Read Insiders:

This Week
Draft master plan open houses
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 and from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

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

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 on Thursday 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:

Next Week
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.

Annual Benefits Fair
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.

The open enrollment period for faculty and staff to change health and/or dental plans runs through Oct. 13.

Academic Senate Action

At its Sept. 12 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Heard a report from Vice President for University Advancement Lee Blitch on SF State's branding initiative;
  • Approved revisions to the minor in European area studies;
  • Heard proposed revisions to the Environmental Studies Program;
  • Elected Senators Derethia DuVal, Harvey Davis and Bridget McCracken to the 2006-07 Academic Year Elections Committee; and
  • Heard a recommendation on revisions to the retention, tenure and promotion policies.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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