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Volume 55, Number 17   December 10, 2007         

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This is the final edition of CampusMemo for the fall semester. CampusMemo will resume weekly publication Jan. 21. Submissions for the Jan. 21 issue must be e-mailed to by 5 p.m. Jan. 15.

Toy drive
The Department of Athletics and Gator Student-Athlete Advisory Committee are holding a toy drive to benefit children at the University of California, San Francisco Children’s Hospital. They are accepting a wide range of new, unwrapped toys, games, and electronics (CD players, DVDs, iPods and accessories), as well as infant toys and clothes. Gifts can be dropped off in Gym 208 or 203 until Dec. 19. For more information, please contact Toni West at or (925) 209-6683.

Faculty Awards workshops
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development offers several workshops this month for faculty applying for awards in support of research, scholarship and creative activity, including Vice President's Assigned Time, Faculty Diversity Support (formerly Affirmative Action), CSU Summer Stipend, and CSU Mini Grant. Application forms are due in college offices Feb. 1.

The workshops will review guidelines and application procedures, and will be held in LIB 434 on Dec. 12 and 13 from 10 a.m. to noon; and on Dec. 17 and 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. CTFD will also hold consultation hours in late January. For more information contact the CTFD at or ext. 8-6456.

Book orders
The SFSU Bookstore asks all teaching faculty to turn in textbook orders and reader requests as soon as possible. The earlier a book order is submitted, the better chance the Bookstore has of buying books from students at the end of the semester. Buy-back dates for the end of the fall semester are Dec. 10 - 21. For details, contact or ext. 8-7377.

Holiday volunteering
Faculty and staff who wish to volunteer during the holidays and beyond can contact The statewide agency, supported by the Governor's office, pairs individuals, groups and organizations with local agencies in need of volunteers. For general information, visit or visit for opportunities in San Francisco and San Mateo counties.

needs planners

The Department of Athletics needs volunteers to help plan and organize Homecoming festivities, which revolve around a double-header basketball game against Chico State on Feb. 8. For information, contact Jamil Sheared at ext. 8-3036.

New chemistry course
Jasvinder Kaur, a lecturer in chemistry and biochemistry, announces a new course available to non-science majors that meets the GE physical sciences requirement: Fundamentals of Food Chemistry (Chem 109 and 110). Faculty and advisors are encouraged to inform students of the new course, which has no prerequisites and can be taken with or without labs. It covers information about the chemicals that exist in food, including additives, preservatives and pesticides. Contact for information.

Cycling team forming for AIDS LifeCycle
Rob Strong, general manager of the SFSU Bookstore, and Don Taylor, dean of the College of Health and Human Services, are forming an SF State team of cyclists to take part in the AIDS LifeCycle, a 545-mile bicycle ride from San Francisco to Los Angeles in June 2008. The ride raises funds for the San Francisco AIDS Foundation. Contact Rob Strong at for details. For information about the AIDS LifeCycle visit

Otter Bowl needs volunteers
Volunteers are needed for the 2008 "Otter Bowl," at Monterey Peninsula College (MPC) on Feb. 23. The Otter Bowl is an academic high school competition sponsored by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership and part of the National Ocean Science Bowl. Volunteers are needed for part or all of the day to serve as moderators, judges, scorekeepers, timers, runners and set-up helpers. Training will be provided prior to the event at SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC) and MPC.

For information, visit or contact Erin Blackwood, RTC outreach coordinator, at or ext. 8-3757.





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Distinguished Faculty Awards -- nomination deadline Dec. 14
The Academic Senate is accepting nominations for the Distinguished Faculty Awards for outstanding accomplishments in professional development, service and teaching. The awards celebrate the University's climate of excellence and showcase examples of exceptional faculty work.

Honorees receive a $4,000 stipend for the Excellence in Professional Achievement Award and the Excellence in Service Award, and a $5,000 stipend for the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Sarlo Foundation. Please submit nominations by Dec. 14 to the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee, Office of the Academic Senate, ADM 551. Visit for nomination forms and information.

Have you tried Inside SF State?
"Inside SF State" is the University's new Web portal. A single login to provides secure access to a growing collection of online features and campus resources.

The portal integrates e-mail, calendar and instant messaging and offers personalized applications such as class schedules for students, health benefits selections for faculty and staff, and emergency contact information entry. Users can customize their portal view with Google Gadgets, which provide weather and traffic reports, translations, world clocks and more. Online systems and new content are continuously being added and integrated.

Log in to using your nine-digit SFSU ID and e-mail password. (If you have not yet moved to the enterprise e-mail servers, first visit If you have suggestions for additional content or features, please fill out the feedback form linked from the Help page.

Candidate presentations
The campus community is invited to the following presentations by candidates who are interviewing for Dean of Undergraduate Studies or Dean of the College of Creative Arts:

Dean of Undergraduate Studies

  • Elise Wormuth, associate dean of the College of Humanities at SF State; Dec. 10 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in ADM 460.
  • Dean Saitta, professor of anthropology and president of the faculty senate at the University of Denver; Dec. 13 from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in ADM 460.

A reception will be held immediately following each presentation.

Dean of the College of Creative Arts

  • Michael Hood, dean, College of Fine Arts, Indiana University of Pennsylvania; Dec. 10 at 4 p.m. in CA 146.
  • Jonathan Estrin, executive vice president, American Film Institute; Dec. 12 at 4 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building.

A reception will be held immediately following each presentation in the Casablanca Room, Creative Arts building.

News from the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Dec. 11 in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference center from 2 to 4 p.m. A reception immediately follows from 4 to 5 p.m.
The meeting agenda will include:
  • Open floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m.;
  • A report from Oswaldo Garcia on the Focus the Nation Climate Change Teach-in, and a recommendation from the Executive Committee on a proposed resolution for the event;
  • Recommendations from the Academic Policies Committee regarding graduate continuous enrollment;
  • Recommendations from the Executive Committee regarding Academic Senate reapportionment;
  • Recommendations from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the master's of science degree in computer science and a new concentration in computing and business;
  • Recommendations from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the bachelor's degree in English and a new concentration in English education.

For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

This week in Newsmakers: Political Science Professor Robert Smith explains the origins of the terms left and right wing; and Associate Professor of Creative Writing Toni Mirosevich discusses her new non-fiction collection.

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(in)Tensions exhibit
Concluding its semester of site-specific installations, the Art Gallery in the Cesar Chavez Student Center presents new work by Oakland-based artists Scott Hove and Christine Lee. Hove presents rope installations inspired by his work as a traditional ship rigger, tugboat worker and rock climber. Lee's work combines sculpture, woodworking, furniture and ordinary objects. For more information, visit

Stillwell Student Art Show -- closing day
This juried exhibition of new student work in video, photography, textiles, metal arts, ceramics, sculpture and printmaking runs through Dec. 11 in the Fine Arts Gallery, FA 238. The exhibition includes the annual display of works by Leo D. Stillwell Jr., a post-World War II watercolor and oil painter. For more information, visit or call ext. 8-6535.

Katsushige Nakahashi and Zero Project Kaiten
Japanese artist Katsushige Nakahashi discusses his newest exhibit "The Depth of Memory: Zero Project Kaiten" at 4 p.m. on Dec. 12 in FA 344. The exhibit involves reconstructing a full-scale Japanese war submarine from photographs, and ceremoniously burning it afterward. Nakahashi, who has created several Zero Projects across the globe, will discuss his work and take questions from the audience. SF State students, faculty and staff are invited to help construct the submarine beginning Dec. 10 at the Cameraworks gallery in San Francisco. For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Cinema Aaron Kerner at ext.8-1629.

Introduction to CalPERS
University employees who are eligible for CalPERS retirement benefits are invited to a free introductory workshop covering the basics of the plan, how to receive benefits after retirement and other topics. Sessions will be held from noon to 1 p.m. in HSS 233 on Dec. 12, 13 and 18. Seating is limited; please RSVP (by phone only) to Victoria F. Ramos-Sponza at ext. 5-3935.

Women Studies lecture
Falu Bakrania, assistant professor of ethnic studies, presents "Youth Culture and 'Hybrid' Identity: Gendered Negotiations of British Asian Music" from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in HUM 115. This is the final lecture in the Women Studies Lecture Series. For more information, contact Assistant Professor of Women Studies Kasturi Ray at ext. 8-3128 or

Friday and Saturday
Candlelight Concert
The annual Candlelight Concert features the SF State Chamber Singers and University Chorus performing amid the glow of candles at Most Holy Redeemer Parish in San Francisco. The Chamber Singers, conducted by Professor Joshua Habermann, will perform chants of many spiritual traditions, new music from Australia and Scandinavia, and music for double chorus. The University Chorus, conducted by David Xiques, will perform Gerald Finzi’s "Magnificat." The concert begins at 8 p.m. at 100 Diamond St. (at 18th St.). For more information, call ext. 8-1431 or visit

Coming up
Brown bag it with The Teaching Professor

Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Pamela Vaughn will lead a discussion on "Teaching Masks," Dec. 17 from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 435. Vaughn's talk will explore teaching personas, and how much teachers should reveal about themselves to their students. The talk is based on an article in the current issue of The Teaching Professor, which is available online to SF State faculty free of charge for this semester only. Participants are encouraged (but not required) to read the article before the discussion. For free access to The Teaching Professor, go to and enter the code: CALSTATE and the Group's PIN number: 1009.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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