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Volume 55, Number 9   October 8, 2007         

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Open Enrollment
ends Oct. 12
Faculty and staff have two more weeks to enroll in or make changes to health, dental, FlexCash, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) programs. Any changes made during Open Enrollment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2008. Employees who are currently enrolled in DCRA and HCRA programs must re-enroll for the 2008 calendar year during the annual Open Enrollment period. For additional information, please contact the Benefits and Disability Programs unit at ext. 8-1875 or visit the Human Resources Web site at:

Cultural food fair
The Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development invites the campus community to an activities fair and fundraiser for student organizations from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oct. 9 - 11 on the main quad lawn. Student organizations will sell a wide range of cuisines. All proceeds benefit the student organizations and their programming. For details, contact Alberto Olivares at ext. 8-3887.

Fall theatre party
The University Women's Association invites all members of the campus community to attend its Fall Theatre Party on Oct. 19. The party begins with a reception in the Casablanca Room (CA Building) at 7 p.m., and then moves to the Little Theatre at 8 p.m. for a production of "Crimes of the Heart" (see Events listings). Tickets are $25/person for UWA members and guests; $30/person for non-members. The price includes the reception and a theatre ticket. Deadline for reservations is Oct. 10. Contact Lin Ivory at

Lifespan studies meeting
The College of Health and Human Services and the Gerontology Interdisciplinary Faculty Council (GIFC) are exploring coursework for a possible new department or concentration in Lifespan Studies. Faculty members with expertise or interest in the area are invited to a meeting at 10 a.m. on Oct. 19 in HSS 233. Faculty members from all disciplines are welcome to share their ideas and strategies. For more information, contact Wanda Lee, acting gerontology program director and associate dean of the College of Health and Human Services, at

Plan for your future
Susan Jewel, Esq., a San Francisco estate planning attorney, will hold an estate planning seminar. Jewel will explain how to implement an economical will or trust, and will give tips for creating a secure financial future. All staff, faculty and students are invited. The workshop will be held in HUM 587, from noon to 1 p.m. on Oct. 23. This event is hosted by the University Development Office. Please RSVP to Grace Robinson at ext. 5-3809 or

Cruising for scholarships
Space is available on the University Women's Association's cruise to the Mediterranean. Now in its 17th year, the 14-day luxury tour is an annual fundraiser for SF State's scholarship fund. This year's excursion sails from Venice to Barcelona and includes 13 ports in six countries, including Croatia, Greece and Italy. Prices begin at $3,999 per person and include round-trip airfare from SFO. For more information, contact Lin Ivory at or Fell Travel at (800) 321-3355.

Turnitin, grantwriting
and more

The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development still has openings in several of its upcoming faculty-led workshops:

Oct. 16: Grantwriting
Oct. 16: Integrating social justice and multiculturalism into the counseling curriculum
Oct. 17: Turnitin
Oct. 25: Teaching Large Classes

Pre-registration is required for all workshops. To register, visit, call ext. 8-6456 or e-mail For details and updates on all CTFD workshops, please visit

Flu shots
Student Health Services (SHS) will be providing flu shots to students, staff and faculty at its annual Haunted Health Fair on Oct. 31 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The price for the vaccine is $25.

In addition to enjoying a Halloween theme and spooky costumes, participants can receive free health screenings including body-fat measurements, eye screenings and blood-pressure checks. Information about nutrition, reproductive health, STD/safer sex and counseling services will also be available. For more information, contact Albert Angelo at or at ext. 8-3039.

Breast cancer awareness event seeks volunteers
The "Komen on the Go" breast cancer awareness tour is coming to SF State on Oct. 30. The tour, part of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure organization, seeks 30 volunteers to help disseminate information about breast cancer prevention and the movement to end breast cancer. For information about volunteering, contact Albert Angelo in Student Health Services at ext. 8-3039 or

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Office of Emergency Preparedness Opens
This semester, SF State opened its first Office of Emergency Preparedness. Operating under Student Affairs and the University Police, the office is responsible for the University's Emergency and Management Plan and day-to-day safety policies.

Heading the office is Gayle Orr-Smith, the former director of emergency services and deputy mayor for public safety for the City of San Francisco. Orr-Smith, who led the city's emergency response activities during the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, will also serve as the university's representative to on- and off-campus groups, organizations and entities regarding safety and emergency response. It is the first time that the campus has had a full-time position devoted to emergency preparedness. Orr-Smith can be reached at ext. 8-1046.

Nominations needed for administrator search committees
The Academic Senate seeks nominations of full-time faculty to serve on search committees for the following administrative positions:

  • Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs;
  • Director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement;and
  • Managing Director of Disability Programs and Resource Center.

Nominations close at midnight on Oct. 17. Please submit your nomination via the electronic nomination system at

DIVA training now available
The Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA), a new resource for storing, managing and sharing digital files, is up and running. DIVA, which officially launched University-wide in September, allows faculty and staff to share a wide variety of data and information with colleagues, students and the general public.

SF State's DIVA development team is holding workshops throughout the fall semester to help faculty and staff learn how to use the system. The "DIVA Introduction Workshop" takes place at 2 p.m. on Oct. 12 and Oct. 15, and at 3 p.m. on Oct. 30. "Teaching with DIVA" will be held at 11 a.m. on Oct. 10 and at 10 a.m. on Oct. 26. All workshops are held in HSS 380. Individual workshops for departments or committees are also available.

For more details on DIVA, visit: To RSVP for a workshop, e-mail or sign up at

News from the Academic Senate
At their upcoming meeting on Oct. 9, the Academic Senate will hear:

  • A report from Kirk Gaston, chief of police, University Policy Department. He will introduce the University's new emergency preparedness coordinator, Gayle Orr-Smith;
  • A report from Rob Strong, manager of the SF State Bookstore, and Corless Smith, chair of the Franciscan Shops Board, on the Textbook Cost Reduction Initiative;
  • Recommendations from the Executive Committee on the proposed revisions to the Faculty Statement on Course Requirements;
  • Recommendations from the Executive Committee on the proposed Policy on Disability Access Statement;
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee on the proposed revisions to the bachelor of arts degree in journalism: concentrations in photo journalism and online journalism;
  • Recommendations from the Academic Policies Committee on the proposed Graduate Continuous Enrollment Policy;
  • Recommendations from the Strategic Issues Committee on the proposed resolution on the Collegiate Learning Assessment;
  • Recommendations from the Strategic Issues Committee on the proposal to rescind Academic Senate Policy #F73-009, Long-Range Planning Commission;and
  • Recommendations from the Strategic Issues Committee on the proposal to Rescind Academic Senate Policy #S78-34, Outstanding Professor Awards Program.

For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

We note the passing of Yan Tao (Fanny) Mai, assistant director of financial services for University Housing, who passed away on Sept. 19.

Read more at In Memoriam:

Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto weighs in on airline security techniques in USA Today; and Gilbert Herdt, professor and chair of human sexuality studies, comments on university antidiscrimination policies in Chronicle of Higher Education.

Read Newsmakers:

This week in Insiders: SF State faculty participate in the American Psychiatric Association's national convention; Professor of Oceanography Toby Garfield takes questions about the large winter waves off the San Mateo coast; BECA Professor Betty Blosser and her students shoot videos in Thailand for the Thai government; and Professor of Music William Corbett-Jones performs Tchaikovsky in San Francisco.

Read Insiders:

Bettina Stockton Memorial Symposium

"Art as Social Praxis: The Bettina Stockton Memorial Symposium" features distinguished faculty from SF State and other universities who were inspired by Stockton's interdisciplinary doctoral dissertation on sociology, art and the work of German artist and activist Joseph Beuys. The symposium will take place in HUM 587, from 1 to 6 p.m. and is free to all faculty, staff and students. For more information, contact Professor of Humanities Sandra Luft at Or visit

China Rising and the World

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences invites the campus community to attend its 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 class topics, visit or call ext. 5-2402.

National Coming Out Day celebration

The Queer Alliance and the National Sexuality Resource Center are co-sponsoring the National Coming Out Day Celebration for the campus community from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. Students, faculty and staff will share their coming out stories throughout the "open mic" event, and organizations from around San Francisco will have information booths providing valuable resources. Participating organizations include EROS, Asian and Pacific Islander Wellness Center, the LGBT Community Center, LYRIC, Black Coalition on AIDS, Planned Parenthood Golden Gate, the SAFE Place and more. For more information, contact (415) 437-5120.

FBI lecture
The History Department will host Rhodri Jeffreys-Jones, an FBI expert and lecturer from the University of Edinburgh, at 4 p.m. in SCI 270. Jeffreys-Jones is the author of "The FBI: A History" (Yale University Press, 2007). Students, staff and faculty are welcome.

Poetry reading
Greek poet and artist Demosthenes Agrafiotis will make his first San Francisco appearance at SF State at 4 p.m. in HUM 512. Agrafiotis is an experimentalist who combines poetry, painting, photography, intermedia and performance with the written poem. The event is cosponsored by the Poetry Center and the Department of Modern Greek Studies.

Crimes of the Heart
The Theatre Arts Department opens its main-stage production of Beth Henley's Pulitzer Prize-winning "Crimes of the Heart," in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. The play, directed by Professor Rhonnie Washington, captures the lives of tragic yet comedic small-town characters in their journey to overcome despair with hope. The event runs through Oct. 21. Tickets range between $12 and $20. For details, visit:

Women Studies lecture series
Join activist, social worker and artist Gertrudis Monzon for her lecture "Femicide in Guatemala" from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in HUM 383. The lecture is part of a 14-week series. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Kasturi Ray at or at ext. 8-3128.

Coming Up
Annual Discovery Day at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies
A free event for the whole family, "Mysteries of the Bay," will include behind-the-scenes lab tours and scientific exhibits, as well as touch tanks and other science and art activities for children. Live music by SF State students, a barbecue and bike valet parking provided by the Marin Bicycle Coalition are additional highlights of the day. Activities run from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 14. For more information, visit or call ext. 8-3757.

A conversation with André Aciman
The Jewish Studies Department will host award-winning author André Aciman at 4 p.m. on Oct. 15 in HUM 587. Aciman will discuss his memoir "Out of Egypt," hailed by The New York Times as "a mesmerizing portrait of a now vanished world." The memoir depicts the devastation of the Jewish community during its expulsion from Egypt in the 1950s. For more information, call the Jewish Studies Program at ext. 8-6075.

One-Act fringe
The Theatre Arts department will present a compilation of one-act plays penned by student playwrights at "One-Act Fringe" from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 18. This year, "Fringe" explores various genres, featuring collaborations with the Creative Writing and Theatre Arts departments, as well as a short opera with Theatre Arts and the School of Music and Dance. The plays were directed by Roy Conboy, associate professor of creative writing and theatre arts, and student John Caldon. Admission is $5. For details, visit:

An evening with Justin Lin and friends
Acclaimed filmmaker Justin Lin and actors from his film "Finishing the Game" will visit Knuth Hall in the Creative Arts building from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, for a special guest lecture. Admission is free. For details, visit:

SF State challenges fashion apparel industry
The College of Business and the Apparel Design and Merchandising Program in the Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics department will co-sponsor a forum to challenge the fashion apparel industry to adopt greener manufacturing and design. The Oct. 26 event will be held at SF State's Downtown Campus at Westfield San Francisco Center from 9 a.m. to noon. For more information contact Assistant Professor of Consumer and Family Studies Connie Ulasewicz at or ext. 8-1860.

Ferry Building walking tour
Join the University Women's Association for an hour-long guided walk that covers the rise, fall and modern rebirth of the Ferry Building at 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 27. A no-host lunch follows. The deadline for reservations is Saturday, Oct. 20. Tickets are $10/person for the one-hour guided tour. Contact Lin Ivory at

Poetry reading by Peter Cole
Peter Cole comes to the Poetry Center on Oct. 17 to read from his anthology, "The Dream of the Poem," which features Cole's translations of Hebrew Golden Age poems and recreates the world of medieval Spain, in which Jewish artistic and intellectual communities flourished under Islamic rule. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the reading begins at 4:30 p.m. in HUM 512. Admission is free.


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