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Volume 55, Number 5   September 10, 2007         

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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 (UWA). Recipients of UWA scholarships will be honored at the reception. Refreshments will be served.

Order books now
The Bookstore is now processing orders for winter session and spring semester and will once again offer every department on campus a $1,000 Bookstore gift card if at least 90 percent of spring 2008 textbook orders (as posted in the class schedule) are received by October 1, 2007. Orders can be placed online at, sent via e-mail to, or faxed to 405-0474.

Lunchtime culture
The College of Creative Arts offers a wide range of midday entertainment, free of charge for students, staff and faculty. Join the Brown Bag Theater Company in CA 104 Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at noon for one-hour student-directed works in progress. The School of Music and Dance holds afternoon recitals each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall. Recitals include faculty and student solo performances, as well as performances by such ensembles as the University Chorus and the critically acclaimed Alexander String Quartet, SF State's quartet in residence.

The College of Creative Arts will present more than 100 events this semester in the performing, visual and media arts. For details, visit

Ten seconds for child care

Weigh in on the Children's Campus at SF State. Please take the 10-second survey at:

Anticipated to open in January 2009, the Children's Campus will provide quality child care and education for the children of SF State faculty and staff. For more information, visit:

Grant and contract training

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs offers Grant and Contract Training Workshops for new SF State faculty. Training sessions will be held in ADM 460 at the following times:

Tuesday, Sept. 18, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2 to 4 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 26, 1 to 3 p.m.

Please contact Tish Santos (, ext. 5-3995) to reserve a space.

Used book sale
The Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library are selling used books and recordings throughout the fall semester in HSS 113. Hardbacks sell for $2; paperbacks for $1. Sale hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Fridays; and 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Saturdays.

International academics
CSU's Office of International Programs (OIP) and the Academic Council on International Programs (ACIP) are offering professional development opportunities abroad for tenured and tenure-track faculty. The Wang Faculty Fellowship program provides four $10,000 stipends each year to support research and teaching at four designated universities in Taiwan and China. Faculty can also apply for resident director positions in China, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Mexico, Spain or Zimbabwe. For more information, contact SF State's ACIP representative, Trevor Getz, at or visit the CSU Web site at

Open Enrollment reminder
From Sept. 17 through Oct. 12 faculty and staff can 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, please remember that you must re-enroll for the 2008 calendar year during the annual Open Enrollment period.

Faculty and staff can explore the full range of employee benefits offered by SF State at the 26th Annual Benefits Fair on Monday, Sept. 17 in Jack Adams Hall. For additional information, please contact the Benefits and Disability Programs unit at ext. 8-1875 or visit the Human Resources Web site at:

Teaching at CEL
The College of Extended Learning is still accepting courses for Winter Session and Spring Semester 2008. Faculty interested in teaching during winter or spring, should contact Richard Kay at or visit and select "special sessions" from the righthand navigation bar 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.

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Campus Master Plan review
SF State will submit the Campus Master Plan for review and approval by the CSU Board of Trustees at its Sept. 18 and 19 meeting in Long Beach. The Board will be asked to approve the Master Plan, the final Environmental Impact Report (EIR) and the University's request to increase its enrollment by 2010 to 25,000 full-time equivalent students.

The Campus Master Plan establishes a long-term vision for the physical environment of SF State and proposes significant improvements to the campus and surrounding areas through 2020. The revised Master Plan responds to public comment from city and government representatives, community members, and University faculty, students and staff. It includes new provisions for additional on-campus housing, a significantly scaled-back conference center and guest accommodations.

Reference copies of the revised Master Plan and EIR are available in the J. Paul Leonard Library and in the San Francisco Public Library branches listed on the Master Plan home page at

Questions about the Master Plan and EIR or requests for copies of the reports may be directed to Jason Porth, associate director for community relations, at ext. 8-6880 or Wendy Bloom, campus planner, at ext. 8-3838. For information on the CSU Board of Trustees meeting, please visit:

A New name for Public Affairs and Publications
The Office of Public Affairs and Publications has a new name: University Communications. The name better reflects the department's scope of responsibilities for promoting the University's reputation and brand, encompassing media relations, design for print and the Web, advertising and related marketing. The name will be phased in as new materials are produced. Contact information for University Communications remains the same: ext. 8-1665, ADM 156. Send general news tips to; requests for graphic services or logos to; and items for inclusion in CampusMemo to

BECA Digital Video Editing Lab re-opens
The Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts department invites the campus community to a ribbon-cutting ceremony at noon Thursday, Sept. 13, to celebrate the re-opening of the Digital Video Editing Lab. The ceremony will take place in CA 200.

The state-of-the-art editing lab enables students to utilize the latest technology including high-definition video for editing news, sports, documentaries, promotional spots and experimental pieces. Technology upgrades in the facility, which include 47 new Mac Pro computers updated with Final Cut Pro Studio 2, were made possible in part from a grant from the CSU Entertainment Industry Initiative. For details, call ext. 8-1787.

News from the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will hold its first meeting of the semester on Sept. 11 at the Seven Hills Conference Center, Nob Hill Room, from 2 to 4 p.m. The Alexander String Quartet, SF State's quartet in residence, will perform at the beginning of the meeting.

The agenda will include:

  • The introductions of Maggie Beers, director of Academic Technology, and Alex Katz, curriculum coordinator
  • Election of members of the Academic Senate Elections Committee
  • An update on the SF State Budget and Master Plan from Provost John Gemello and Vice President of Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita
  • A report from Ramon Castellblanch, president of the California Faculty Association
  • A report from Susan Shimanoff, chair of the Graduation Requirements Task Force
  • Announcement of the new Liberal Studies faculty by Helen Goldsmith, associate dean of Undergraduate Studies
  • Academic Senate elections

For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

This week's Newsmakers include a book review by David Hellman of the J. Paul Leonard Library; Sociology Professor Jennifer Reck discussing the growth of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender education; and Recreation and Leisure Studies Assistant Professor Nina Roberts commenting on recreational use of public lands.

Read Newsmakers:

Meet this week's Insiders, both lecturers from the Art department: Lisa Solomon, who participated in an installation show in Nagano, Japan; and Katherin McInnis, whose video "a clear story" is screening at an international film festival this month.

Read Insiders:

Prepare for retention, tenure and promotion
Attend an informal discussion about faculty retention, tenure and promotion, with Marilyn Verhey, dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, and Lorraine Dong, chair of the University Tenure and Promotions Committee, from 1 to 3 p.m., in ADM 460.

History department's sixth annual September 11 anniversary forum
The History department will host "The Post 9/11 World: An International and Interdisciplinary View," Tuesday, Sept. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Science 270. All students, faculty and staff are welcome. The forum will feature the following panelists:

  • Uri Bar-Joseph, Jewish Studies/Political Science
  • Sanjoy Banerjee, International Relations
  • Maziar Behrooz, History
  • Chris Chekuri, History
  • Tony D'Agostino, History
  • Joel Kassiola, Political Science
  • Amy Skonieczny, International Relations

China Rising Fall lecture series
The economic, social, political and cultural changes taking place in contemporary China and how these changes influence China's rising status as a world power and its relations with other nations are the subjects of a fall lecture course led by Joel L. Kassiola, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences.

BSS 275: "China Rising and the World" is held on Wednesday evenings from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. through December in HSS 154. The course is free to the general public and campus community on a drop-in basis or for two units of academic credit on a pass/no-pass basis through the Open University, College of Extended Learning for a reduced fee of $150. For more information including a complete list of class topics, visit http// or call ext. 5-2402.

Thursday - Saturday
Ken Burns film events
Join acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns for an exclusive preview screening of his 15-hour World War II documentary, "The War," hosted by SF State's International Center for the Arts, Sept. 14, 15 and 16 at Letterman Digital Arts Center in the Presidio. Burns will be present at selected screenings during the three-day event to introduce the episodes and answer questions. Admission is free for SF State faculty, staff and students with a current SF State ID. Seating is limited and reservations are required. To e-mail your reservation request and view the event schedule, visit the ICA Web site at

On Friday, Burns will be on the SF State campus discussing the film in the Coppola Theatre (FA 101) from noon to 1:30 p.m. Seating is open to all, and is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Women Studies lecture series
The Women Studies Lecture Series continues with "Who is the Subject?: Queer Theory Meets Oral History" by Nan Alamilla Boyd of SF State's Women Studies Department. The series runs Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in HUM 383 through Dec. 13. For more information, contact Assistant Professor Kasturi Ray at ext. 8-3128 or

Coming Up
Second Annual Reentry Summit
The SF State Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, in partnership with the San Francisco Safe Communities Reentry Council, is sponsoring a one-day summit: "Working Together to Support San Franciscans After Incarceration: The Second Annual Reentry Summit" on Sept. 19 at Jack Adams Hall.

San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom will be on campus to give the opening remarks. SF Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, Sheriff Michael Hennessey, District Attorney Kamala Harris and Public Defender Jeff Adachi are also scheduled to speak. Luis J. Rodriguez, activist and author of "Always Running: La Vida Loca, Gang Days in LA," will give the keynote lunchtime address on how successful reentry of the incarcerated can reduce violence in society. RSVP by Sept. 12 to, or (415) 553-9349.

Promotion and tenure celebration
A campus-wide celebration in honor of the faculty and student services professionals granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in the Nob Hill Room at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The campus community is invited to attend.

The tenure and promotions list is available at:

80th birthday bash for Wayne Peterson
The College of Creative Arts pays tribute to Pulitzer Prize-winning music Professor Emeritus Wayne Peterson, Thursday, Sept. 20 with a series of events in Knuth Hall. Peterson will lead a master class with composition graduate students at 2 p.m. He will give a lecture on his work in music composition at 3 p.m. His lecture will feature performances by the Alexander String Quartet. Admission to the master class and lecture is free. At 7 p.m. new music ensemble Earplay will perform a concert featuring a selection of compositions by Peterson. Admission to the evening concert is $20; students may attend free of charge. For tickets, contact the SF State Box Office at ext. 8-2467.


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