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Volume 55, Number 13   November 5, 2007         

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Bookstore holiday party
The SFSU Bookstore invites the campus community to its annual holiday reception on Dec. 4 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The store will offer discounts on most merchandise (not including computer hardware), as well as catered snacks and beverages. Wine glasses and goody bags will be distributed to the first 300 attendees. For more information, contact Rob Strong at ext. 8-7372 or

Holiday Crafts Fair
SF State faculty and staff are invited to both shop for and sell handcrafted wares at the Second Annual SF State Employee Holiday Crafts Fair on Dec. 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first and second floor lobbies of the Administration building. Ornaments, jewelry, soaps, candles, note cards, cookies, candy and other items--all made by SF State employees--will be for sale. The SF State Handbell Choir will perform and add to the holiday mood. For more information, visit

CalPERS retirement plan information session
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 Nov. 8 and 14; and Dec. 12, 13 and 18. Seating is limited; please RSVP (by phone only) to Victoria F. Ramos-Sponza at ext. 5- 3935 before Nov. 7.

Staff changes
The Office of the President announces two staffing changes: Elogeanne Grossman, formerly staff assistant to the president, has been appointed executive assistant to the president. Patricia Bartscher will assume the role and responsibilities of chief of staff, in addition to her role as University counsel.

Roman military exhibit opens
The Museum Studies Program's new exhibit "Strength and Honor: The World of The Roman Soldier" opens this Monday, Nov. 5 in HUM 510. The exhibit explores the soldier's view of military life during the Roman Empire. The exhibit will be open to the public Monday – Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Dec. 7. Admission is free. The Department of Museum Studies invites all members of the campus community to celebrate the exhibit's opening with a reception and Roman banquet from 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 8 in HUM 510. For information, visit

Teaching workshop--new time
Erik Rosegard, associate professor of recreation and leisure studies, will lead "May I Have Your Attention," a workshop on innovative teaching strategies, on Nov. 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in HSS 233. Please note: the workshop scheduled for Nov. 8 has been cancelled. To register, visit, call ext. 8-6456 or e-mail For details and updates on additional workshops from the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, please visit

Charitable Campaign
Every year, SF State employees are given the opportunity to contribute to the California State Employee Charitable Campaign (CSECC). Employees can make a one-time donation or an ongoing contribution as small as $2 per month. All employees should have received a letter about the campaign and a pledge form with their last paycheck. For details, see the CSECC campaign page or contact Inez Bomar at or ext. 8-2517.

RSCA faculty awards--
nominate now

Applications for the Annual Faculty Awards for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) are now available at
. Nominations are due in the college offices on Feb. 1, 2008. The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will offer workshops in December to review guidelines and application procedures. CTFD will also hold consultation hours in late January prior to the deadline. Please direct all inquiries to CTFD at ext. 8-6456, or

Child care survey is online
The Children's Campus, the planned child care and education facility for faculty and staff, has issued an enrollment planning survey. To complete the survey, visit

Tea ceremony
The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will hold a traditional Japanese tea ceremony (Cha-no-yu) on Nov. 14. Guests will enjoy Japanese sweets and matcha green tea prepared according to 400-year old procedures. For reservations and information, contact Professor of Japanese Midori McKeon at ext. 8-1346 or Admission is $5 (cash) at the door.

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University to honor distinguished faculty
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.

Last years' honorees were Michelle Wolf, professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts (teaching); Dennis Desjardin, professor of biology (professional achievement); and Darlene Yee-Melichar, professor of gerontology (service).

Please submit nominations by Dec. 14 to the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee, Office of the Academic Senate, ADM 551. Nomination forms and additional information are available at:

Academic Senate selects committees
The Academic Senate completed elections for several committees. The individuals elected to serve appear below.

Search Committee for AVP for Research and Sponsored Programs:

  • David Ellis, professor of mathematics
  • Dennis Desjardin, professor of biology
  • Uschi Simonis, professor of chemistry

Search Committee for Managing Director of Disability Programs and Resource Center:

  • Sunggye Hong, assistant professor of special education
  • Derethia DuVal, counseling and psychological services
  • Ricardo Gomes, professor of design and industry

Search Committee for Director of the Institute of Civic and Community Engagement:

  • Karen Lovaas, associate professor of communication studies
  • Hamid Khani, professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts
  • Rebecca Toporek, assistant professor of counseling

Search Committee for the AVP of Human Resources:

  • Mitchell Marks, assistant professor of management
  • Arlene Bugayong, advisor, business
  • Alice Prive, assistant professor of nursing

Academic Senate Elections Committee:

  • Sudip Chattopadhyay, associate professor of economics
  • Wei Ming Dariotis, assistant professor of Asian American studies
  • Hafez Modirzadeh, associate professor of music

News from the Academic Senate
At its Nov. 7 meeting, the Academic Senate will hear a report from Pamela Vaughn, associate dean of professional development and director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, regarding the ACE/Sloan Award for Faculty and Career Flexibility; hold an election for the Enrollment Management Committee (one nominee: Andrea Boyle, associate professor of nursing); hear recommendations for a resolution on the Collegiate Learning Assessment and a University statement on professional ethics; hear recommendations from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee on proposed revisions to the Chinese B.A. and M.A. degree programs.

The meeting will take place at Seven Hills Conference Center from 2 to 4 p.m. A 10-minute open floor period will begin promptly at 2 p.m. Faculty are invited to raise questions or make comments to the Senate during this time. For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

Adam Burke, the director of SF State's Holistic Healing Institute, is a practitioner of meditation and traditional East Asian medicine, as well as a popular instructor.

Read more about him in People on Campus:

This week's insiders include Dean of Creative Arts Ronald Compesi, who received a career achievement award from the CSU; and Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, who gave a lecture on biofeedback in Sonora, Mexico.

Read Insiders:

This week in Newsmakers: Professor Emeritus of International Relations Marshall Windmiller warns against the United States sanctions on Iran; Professor of Secondary Education Mark Phillips builds a case for more arts education in public schools; Professor of Management John Sullivan provides tips for writing an attention-grabbing résumé; and English Lecturer James Boyd speculates about the sexual orientation of Sherlock Holmes and Peppermint Patty.

Read Newsmakers:


Psychology brown bag
Students, faculty and staff are invited to bring their lunch to a weekly lecture on developmental psychology. Each talk takes place at noon in EP 503. Assistant Professor of Psychology David Gard will lead the Nov. 6 workshop, "Writing Personal Statements for Ph.D. Programs in Developmental Psychology and Related Areas."

Faculty research series
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend the presentations of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences annual Faculty Research Series. This year's series, "Revitalizing a Field and a Curriculum: New Directions in Research and Teaching in Regional Studies," will feature the research of Political Science Professor Tiffany Willoughby-Herard and International Relations/Africana Studies Professor Aguibou Yansane. Willoughby-Herard will present "U.S. Foreign Affairs in Africa before World War II" and Yansane will present "African Americans and the Urban Marketplace: A Case Study of Oakland." The event runs from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 361.

Business ethics lecture
Jon Hoak, chief ethics and compliance officer at Hewlett-Packard, will speak on business ethics from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Downtown Campus, DTC 609. The event is part of Business Ethics Week. Faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Tod Arnoldy at

Taste of the Bay
The Hospitality Management Program and its students invite the campus community to attend its annual Taste of the Bay fundraiser on Nov. 6. Located at San Francisco's St. Francis Yacht Club, the event features food and wine from fine Bay Area restaurants and Northern California vineyards along with live and silent auctions, raffle drawings and live entertainment. Tickets are $90 each or $150 for two ($100 per ticket at the door). To purchase tickets online, visit For more information, visit

Benefit for "14 Hills"
Authors Kim Addonizio, SF state alumna and author of "Little Beauties" (Simon and Schuster, 2005), and Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Nona Caspers, author of "Heavier Than Air" (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006), read from their latest books in this benefit supporting the SF State literary magazine "14 Hills." The event takes place at 7 p.m. in Hum 514. A $10 donation is requested.

Lecture: hard-core art film
Linda Williams, professor of film studies and rhetoric at UC Berkeley and an authority on moving-image genre studies, will present the talk, "Hard-Core Art Film: the Contemporary Realm of the Senses," in HUM 133 at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public, and a reception follows. Williams has published extensively on feminist film criticism, film spectatorship, race and film, and surrealist cinema. The event is cosponsored by the Departments of Humanities, English and Women Studies. For more information, please contact Humanities Lecturer Robert Thomas at

China Rising and the World
Assistant Professor of Geography and Environmental Studies Qian Guo will present "The Impact of Rural Development and Urban Migration in Chinese Society." The lecture is part of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences free public lecture series, "China Rising and the World," held each Wednesday evening from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. in HSS 154 through Dec. 5. Lectures explore the impact of China's rising status in the global economy. For more information, including a complete list of lectures, visit http// or call ext. 5-2402.

Reception for "Spanning the Gate" exhibit
Award-winning writer and historian John Van der Zee, author of "The Gate," will be at the J. Paul Leonard Library from 5 to 7 p.m. at the opening reception for "Spanning the Gate," a photography exhibition from the Labor Archives and Research Collection. The exhibit, which runs through Jan. 15, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge with a behind-the-scenes look at the bridge's dangerous and complex construction process. For more information, contact Catherine Powell at (415) 564-4010 or (415) 488-7295.

Starbucks and community
Kim Winston, manager of civic and community affairs for Starbucks Coffee Company, will speak about the company's community relations efforts from 5 to 6:15 p.m. at the Downtown Campus, DTC 609. The event is part of Business Ethics Week. Faculty, students and staff are welcome to attend. Please RSVP to Tod Arnoldy at

Student opera workshop--"Tartuffe"
Based on celebrated French playwright Moliére’s comedy of the same name, Kirke Mechem’s comic opera involves students and faculty from the Theatre Arts Department and the School of Music and Dance. Set in 17th century Parisian high society, "Tartuffe" tells the story of a religious hypocrite and bad houseguest. Alissa Deeter, assistant professor in the school of music and dance, and Roy Conboy, professor of theatre arts and associate professor of creative writing, co-direct the production. The show runs through Nov. 18 at the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit For more information, visit or call ext. 8-1431.

Women Studies Lecture
Barbara Voss, assistant professor of cultural and social anthropology at Stanford University, presents "Archeologies of Sexuality" from 11 a.m. to 12: 15 p.m. in HUM 115. The series continues each Thursday through Dec. 13. For the complete schedule, visit or contact Assistant Professor of Women Studies Kasturi Ray at ext. 8-3128 or

Lecture: The earliest women in music
Join Diane Touliatos, professor of music and director of the Center for the Humanities at the University of Missouri, for her lecture on the earliest known women composers. Touliatos will share her research on the historical, visual and musical legacy of more than 20 women composers who lived during the epochs of Ancient Greece and Medieval Byzantium. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587. For more information, contact the Center for Modern Greek Studies at ext. 8-1892 or

Amiri Baraka on campus
Students, faculty and staff will have two opportunities to meet poet, playwright and activist Amiri Baraka on campus. Baraka will hold an informal discussion from noon to 2 p.m. in the Phillip D. McGee Conference Room (EP 116) and will also appear in conversation with poet Douglas Kearney at 2:30 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Both events are free and sponsored in part by the College of Ethnic Studies and Department of Africana Studies. At 7:30 p.m., the Poetry Center presents Baraka and Roscoe Mitchell in performance with poet Douglas Kearney at the Victoria Theatre, 2961 16th Street. Tickets are $10 in advance; $15 at the door; $10 for students with ID.

World cultures dance and music celebration
SF State students, faculty and guest artists will perform dances and music from the genres of flamenco, Filipino, Polynesian, Afro-Puerto Rican, African-Haitian, Hungarian gitani and hip-hop. The show begins at 8 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. Tickets are $14; $8 for students and seniors. For tickets call ext. 8-2467 or visit For more information, visit or call ext. 8-1431.

Basketball team's "Tip-Off" dinner
The Men's Basketball Team will host its annual "Tip-Off" dinner and sports auction on Saturday, Nov. 10 at Seven Hills Conference Center. This year's guest speaker is Keith Smart, assistant basketball coach of the Golden State Warriors and former basketball standout for the Indiana Hoosiers. All proceeds benefit the scholarship fund for the team. Tickets are $75 for the general public and $65 for faculty, staff and students. To make reservations, contact Bill Treseler, head basketball coach, at ext. 8-1729 or

Coming Up
Mainstage production: "Troy: The Gates of Hell"
Professor of Theatre Arts Mohammad Kowsar creates a modernized, revisionist view of Homer’s classic myth in "Troy: The Gates of Hell." This debut adaptation blends the past and present day as a chorus of recent victims of the fall of Troy find themselves in limbo as they await their final destination. The show runs Nov. 15 – Dec. 2 in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts Building. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit For more information, visit or call ext. 8-1431.

Critical social thought readings
SF State's experts on critical and social thought will read excerpts from their recent or forthcoming books on Nov. 13 from 4 to 6 p.m. in EP 116. The event features post-reading discussions and refreshments. Readers include Anatole Anton, professor of philosophy; Sandra Luft, professor of humanities; James Martel, assistant professor of political science; Roberto Rivera, professor of raza studies; and Joel Schechter, professor of theatre arts.

Blockbuster culture and Chinese cinema
In celebration of International Education Week, the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures will present "Hero: The Real Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Blockbuster Culture in Chinese Cinema," with guest speaker Jenny Lau, associate professor of cinema, on Nov. 13 from 3 to 4 p.m. in HUM 473.

Foreign language learning and teaching
Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures H. Lin Domizio presents "Mother Tongue Maintenance, Foreign Language Education and U.S. Government National Security Initiatives: A Chinese Case" on Nov. 13 from 4:10 to 5:30 p.m. in HUM 473. The event is part of International Education Week.

Poetry Center event
Matthew Clark Davison and Dustin Heron will read their fiction at the Poetry Center on Nov. 13. The reading begins at 7 p.m. in HUM 512. The event is free.


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