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Volume 55, Number 3   August 27, 2007         

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Want to Learn iLearn?

Free workshops on iLearn, the University's official learning management system, will be held throughout the fall semester. The workshops will cover different aspects of iLearn, such as posting syllabi and course materials, how to create discussion forums and conduct student polls, and how to create assessment strategies. All workshops are free.

For registration and details, visit: or contact Academic Technology Workshops at 405-3536, For more information on the iLearn Learning Management System, visit

CEL Accepting Course Requests for 2008
The College of Extended Learning is now accepting courses for Winter Session and Spring Semester 2008. If you have not received the course request information and are interested in teaching during Winter or Spring, please contact Richard Kay at or visit
to download the course request forms. The deadline for including course information in the CEL printed catalog is Wednesday, Sept 12. Courses received after that date will be posted online only.

Cat Committee seeks volunteers
The Campus Cat Committee is seeking staff, faculty and students to feed the cats who make SF State their home. Volunteers deliver food and water to campus felines on Saturdays or Sundays once a month. All cat food is provided by the Cat Committee. If interested, contact Sheila McClear at ext. 8-7107, or Brigid Duffy at ext. 8-1493,

Prepare for retention, tenure and promotion
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has
scheduled three informal discussion sessions focused on helping faculty to prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. The sessions will be conducted by Marilyn Verhey, dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, and Lorraine Dong, chair of the University Tenure and Promotions Committee.

The discussions will be held in ADM 460:
Tues., Sept. 4, 10 a.m.-noon
Thurs., Sept. 6, 1-3 p.m.
Mon., Sept. 10, 1-3 p.m.

For more information or to register, call ext. 8-2204 or send an e-mail to

The SWAP Shop is open
The SF State SWAP Shop has opened for the fall semester. The Shop collects gently used goods, technology, and furniture. The Shop's hours of operation are subject to change, so please call for current hours prior to bringing in items. All items must be in working order and in good condition. Broken items will not be accepted.

If you are dropping off furniture, please call to verify that your item(s) can be accepted. The SWAP Shop does not accept all types of furniture and has limited space.

The SWAP Shop staff asks that you refrain from leaving any items in the hallway, as this is a violation of the Fire Code. The SWAP Shop is located in the basement of Burk Hall and at ext. 8-6862.

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Ford named associate dean for academic affairs
Barbara Ford is the new Associate Dean for Academic Affairs in the College of Education. Ford comes to the position with years of experience within the College in Elementary Education and Africana Studies. "Dr. Ford will be a valuable asset to our various educational endeavors, and to the campus community at large," said Jacob Perea, dean of the School of Education.

News from the Academic Senate
The election for University-wide Search Committee members for Dean of Undergraduate Studies will begin Wednesday, August 29 and conclude on Friday, Sept. 7. Please check your e-mail for this important announcement and voting procedures.

The nominees are: Matthias Beck, Mathematics; Shawn Whalen, Communication Studies; Jassen Todorov, School of Music and Dance; Jaimes Guerrero, Women Studies; Carmen Diego, Biology; Deborah vanDommelen, Learning Assistance Center; Saul Steier, Humanities; Gary Pahl, Anthropology.

The Academic Senate will hold elections for the following committee vacancies at its meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 11. Please contact the Senate office if you are interested in running.

  • All-University Committee on International Programs; statewide; two-year term
  • University Budget Committee; two vacancies; three-year term

SF State receives donation of Korean films
The University has received an outstanding collection of 30 feature-length films and two groups of short student-made films from the Korean Film Council. They range from classic Korean Cinema such as "The Coachman" and "Flower in Hell" to recent works such as "Welcome to Dongmakgol" and "The King and the Clown." Faculty and students can check out the films for viewing through the Media Access Center. For a complete list and descriptions of the films, visit: and click on "Newest!" or contact Brigid Duffy, Media Acquisitions, Academic Technology at

New moniker for SF State Foundation
The San Francisco State University Foundation, Inc.'s official name has changed. The organization's Board of Directors approved the name change to "The University Corporation, San Francisco State" at its June 2007 meeting.

Donors and funders should be instructed to use the name "The University Corporation, San Francisco State" when issuing payments after Sept. 1. Questions regarding the change should be directed to Tammie Ridgell at ext 8-1706 or Anthony Victoria at ext. 8-2238.

In Memoriam: Asa Hillard
Asa G. Hilliard, III passed away on August 13 from complications related to malaria while attending a conference in Cairo, Egypt. The native of Galveston, Texas began teaching at San Francisco State University in 1963 and became Dean of Education 18 years later. He was also a visiting professor at Stanford and Harvard universities. A teacher, psychologist and historian, Hilliard was a mentor to many educators including Africana Studies Professor Wade Nobles, SF State Dean of Education Jacob Perea and Dean of Ethnic Studies, Kenneth Monteiro.

"Asa was an intellectual giant in his fields," said Monteiro. "He particularly succeeded in connecting ancient and classical African philosophy and science to modern issues and concerns for African Americans in America and the Diaspora, and to the concerns of humanity in general."

Perea said, "It was from Asa that I gained a greater understanding of the importance of education for our children and the role that higher education must play to ensure that quality education be there for them."

Hilliard received an Ed.D. in educational psychology from the University of Denver. In addition to teaching, he was involved in the creation of national assessment systems including proficiency of educators and developmental assessments of young children and infants. He is survived by his wife, Patsy Jo Hilliard, two sons, two daughters and his grandchildren. Funeral services were held on August 23 at the Martin Luther King, Jr. International Chapel in Atlanta, GA.

This month's Newsmakers include Niels Teunis, assistant professor with the Institute of Sexuality, Social Inequality, and Health commenting on sex and seniors; Finance Professor Yea-Mow Chen commenting on America's trade deficit with China; Associate Professor of Business Sally Baack discussing the Hewlett Packard phone record privacy scandal and lawsuit; Jamal Cooks, assistant professor of Secondary Education discussing what track, rap and the achievement gap have to do with high school learning; and Niccolo Caldararo, an Anthropology lecturer, expressing his views on fire safety policies.

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This issue's Insiders include a Distinguished Leadership Award for Cynthia Gomez, director of health equity initiative research and sponsored programs; an invitation to teach graduate students in Taiwan for James G. Edwards, Design and Industry; participation by Jamal Cooks, Secondary Education, in an educator's panel at a youth poetry slam festival; and completion of an executive program at Harvard by David E. Lee, Political Science.

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Grants & Contracts
SF State received more than $2.7 million in new grants between April and July, 2007.

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Opening faculty meeting
The fall faculty convocation will be held at 9 a.m. Aug. 27 in the McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. The meeting will feature remarks by SF State President Robert A. Corrigan, Academic Senate Chair James Kohn and Provost John Gemello, and the presentation of the University's first Distinguished Faculty Awards for excellence in teaching, research and service. A breakfast reception begins at 8:15 a.m. in Room 153 of the Creative Arts building. Professors Jassen Todorov (violin) and William Corbett-Jones (piano) will perform at 8:45 a.m. in McKenna Theatre.

China Rising and the World
The School of Behavioral and Social Sciences kicks off its annual public lecture series, "China Rising and the World." The lecture series will examine the economic, social, political and cultural changes taking place in contemporary China, how these changes influence China's rising status as a world power, its relations with other nations in the global economy, and the implications of both of the developments for the U.S.

The semester-long for-credit course is open to the campus community and the general public on a space available basis. Lectures are held each Wednesday evening from 7:55 p.m.- 8:55 p.m. in HSS 154. The series runs from Aug. 29 - Dec. 12.

Coming Up
Welcome new members of the SF State community

Faculty and staff are invited to visit with colleagues and welcome new faculty and staff to campus at a celebration from 4 to 6 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Towers Conference Center. The celebration is sponsored by President Robert A. Corrigan, the Office of Academic Affairs and the University Women's Association. Recipients of the University Women's Association scholarships will be honored at the reception. Refreshments will be served.

Conference on German Colonialism
"German Colonialism and Post-Colonialism" conference, sponsored by the departments of History and Foreign Languages and Literatures. The four-day conference will explore Germany's colonial legacy and feature research from international scholars. Professor Geoffrey Eley, historian of imperial Germany and the Karl Pohrt Distinguished University Professor at the University of Michigan, will deliver the keynote address. The conference will take place on campus at the Seven Hills Conference Center. For more information, visit, or contact Dr. Volker Langbehn, Department of Foreign Languages (


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