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Volume 56, Number 16    December 1, 2008         

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Defensive Driver Training announced
Defensive Driver Training sessions will be held in spring 2009 on Feb 18, Feb. 19, March 26 and March 27. Two sessions will be held each day: from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 4:30 p.m., both at the Facilities Training Room (TR-101) in the Corporation Yard. To sign up, call the Office of Environmental Health & Occupational Safety at ext. 8-1449. Attendees are requested to provide their name, department, e-mail address, phone number, California driver's license number and class of license when registering.

Volunteers needed
Volunteers are needed for the 2009 Northern California Regional Ocean Sciences Bowl or Sea Lion Bowl, at SF State Feb. 21, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Sea Lion Bowl is an academic high school competition focused on all disciplines of ocean sciences. Sixteen teams will compete for the chance to go on to the national finals in Washington D.C. in April. Volunteers are encouraged to attend at least one training session prior to the event. For more information about training sessions or to volunteer, contact Erin Blackwood at ext. 8-3757 or To learn more about the roles of volunteers in the competition, visit

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Search for College of Education dean
Nominations and applications are invited for the Dean of Education position. The position description, including application instructions, is available on the Academic Affairs Web site at

The search committee members are: Brian Beatty, assistant professor of instructional technology; Jamal Cooks, associate professor of secondary education; David Dempsey, professor of geosciences; Helen Hyun, assistant professor of administration and interdisciplinary studies; Debra Luna, chair of elementary education; Philip Prinz, professor of special education; Beverly Voloshin, chair/professor of English; Sheldon Axler, dean of the College of Science and Engineering; Gretchen Armstrong, assistant to the associate dean of the College of Education; and Linnea Beckett, master's student in equity and social justice.

For additional information, contact Christine Nagaya at ext. 8-1142 or

Address changes and W2 forms
For those who have moved in the past year, it is now time to change your address of record at SF State so that 2008 W2 forms will be mailed to the correct address. Each year, W2 forms are mailed to SF State employees from the State Controller's Office. If an employee's address has changed, complete the appropriate form and submit it to the Human Resources Department by Dec. 16. Faculty and staff address changes can be made using an Employee Action Request form (EAR). Student address changes are made using a Student Payroll Action Request form (SPAR). These forms can be obtained from campus departments or the Human Resources Department in ADM 252. Contact Payroll at ext. 8-1873 with questions.

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. The agenda will include:

  • Approval of the agenda for the Dec. 2 meeting
  • Approval of the minutes from the Nov. 4 meeting
  • A recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the B.A. program in psychology, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed resolution in support of Professor Darlene Yee-Melichar as SF State's nominee for faculty trustee, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed amendment to the faculty constitution, for staff membership increase on the Academic Senate, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed new digital animations certificate, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the child and adolescent development dual language program, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee about proposed policy on concentrations and emphases, first reading

Faculty and staff retreat early deadline announced
The deadline for early registration for the 2009 Faculty and Staff Retreat is Friday. Visit to obtain the registration form. Contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or with questions.

Free Registration opportunity for the 2009 Faculty and Staff Retreat
Staff are encouraged to visit room 113C in the Caesar Chavez Student Center no later than Noon on Tuesday to fill out a form to receive one of 10 scholarships to the Faculty and Staff Retreat. The winners will be determined by a random drawing and will be announced during the open-floor period of the Academic Senate meeting on Tuesday.

Accepting SF State Distinguished Faculty Awards nominations
The Academic Senate annually acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. Honorees receive a $4,000 stipend (pre-tax) for the Excellence in Professional Achievement award and the Excellence in Service award, and a $5,000 stipend (pre-tax) for the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching award, which is sponsored by the Sarlo Foundation. In addition, honorees receive a commemorative plaque and certificate. By recognizing the achievements of distinguished faculty in the areas of professional achievement, service and teaching, the senate celebrates the climate of excellence created by faculty. Completed nominations should be submitted to the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee, Office of the Academic Senate, ADM 551, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, CA 94132, by Friday. Nomination forms and additional information are available at

Academic Senate elections, Dec. 9
The Academic Senate is seeking nominees for the following positions:

  • Administrative Review Committee for Ann Hallum, dean of Graduate Studies
  • Administrative Review Committee for Enrique Riveros-Schafer, associate vice president of Academic Affairs
  • State-wide/CSU Representative for the Academic Council on International Programs

Nominations can be sent to the Academic Senate office by e-mail to, or by contacting a college representative.

More information on these committees can be found on the Academic Senate Web site:

This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of English Sara Hackenberg discusses the allure of vampires and Professor of Secondary Education Mark Phillips discusses the importance of adolescents experiencing nature.

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Ceramics Guild annual holiday sale
The Ceramics Guild will hold its annual holiday sale Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in FA 192. Unique and creative pieces for the holidays on sale include mugs, bowls, platters, vases, art pieces, porcelain and stoneware. Proceeds from the sale support ongoing student centered events in ceramics including visiting artists, exhibitions and conferences. 

World AIDS Day
The University joins the international community in commemorating World AIDS Day on Monday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the Myra Lapin Conference Room of the Student Health Services. Activities include: "The ABCs of Sexually Transmitted Infections," a lecture by Albert Angelo, health educator, from 10 to 11 a.m.; Peer Educators Advocating Campus Health's Student Health Fair from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; the ACC Peers screening of a new prevention PSA from 1:50 to 2 p.m.; and lectures, "The State of the Epidemic Among Men who Have Sex with Men," by Cesar Chavez Institute Director Rafael Diaz from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m., and "An Update on Safer Sex Practices," by Ingrid Ochoa, health educator, from 3:45 to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit the AIDS Coordinating Committee Web site at

Developmental Psychology brown bag meeting
A Developmental Psychology brown bag meeting will be held Monday in PSY 503 from noon to 1 p.m. Ryan T. Howell will present, "The Science of Happiness: How Income, Shopping and the Financial Meltdown Affect our Well-Being."

Women Studies Fall Lecture Series
The Women Studies Fall Lecture Series continues Wednesday from 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. in HUM 108 with a lecture by Lecturer Aida Dargahi titled "Women of Iran after the 1979 Revolution." The event is free and open to the public. 

Looking ahead in politics
The BSS 275 lecture series continues Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. This week, Associate Professor of Sociology Christopher Bettinger, Assistant Professor of Political Science Martin Carcieri, Associate Professor of Urban Studies Ayse Pamuk and Assistant Professor of Public Administration Eric Zeemering will discuss the Obama administration and the next four years. The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

Artist Lecture Series: Liz Cohen
The Art Department presents a lecture by Liz Cohen at 7 p.m. Thursday in FA 193. Cohen is recognized internationally for her project that transformed an East German Trabant automobile into a 1973 Chevrolet El Camino, using gears and hydraulics. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-2176 or visit

Holiday Craft Fair
SF State faculty and staff are invited to shop for handcrafted wares at the second annual SF State Employee Holiday Crafts Fair on Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the Administration building. Craft and gift items made by SF State employees will be for sale. The SF State Handbell Choir will also perform. For more information, visit

'Offbeat' dance
New Moves Dance Showcase: Offbeat, an energetic and eclectic show of modern, hip-hop, ballet and theatrical dance featuring advanced student choreographers, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and 8 p.m. Dec. 5-6 in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. With a range of student choreography and artistic collaboration, New Moves presents a series of performances by student dancers. It features a vibrant extravaganza of styles and live music by special guest artists. Professor of Music and Dance Susan Whipp directs. Admission is $15 general/$8 students and seniors. For details, call ext. 8-2467 or visit 

Coming up
Candlelight Concert
SF State's student choirs will perform holiday favorites during the annual Candlelight Concert, scheduled for 8 p.m. Dec. 5 and 6 at Most Holy Redeemer Parish, 100 Diamond St. (at 19th St.) in San Francisco. The SF State Chamber Singers, the University’s top choir, are conducted by Vance George, San Francisco Symphony Chorus director emeritus. The University Men's and Women's choruses are conducted by David J. Xiques. Admission is $15 general/$10 students and seniors. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit

Todorov and Woodward
Music Professors Jassen Todorov, violin, and Roger Woodward, piano, will perform at 3 p.m. Dec. 6 in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. They will play Bach: Sonata No. 4 in C minor; Beethoven: Sonata in G Major, Op. 30 No. 3; Schubert: Duo Sonata in A Major; and Ravel: "Tzigane." Woodward, a legendary Australian pianist, has been declared a "living national treasure" by the National Trust of Australia. Todorov’s accomplishments include winning a 2006 Crystal Lyre Award, the highest honor in music and dance in his native Bulgaria. Admission is $10 general/$5 students and seniors. For details, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Tom Stoppard’s 'Arcadia'
The Theatre Arts Department presents "Arcadia" Dec. 9-13 in the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building. Tom Stoppard's theatrical masterpiece, set in an English country manor, is a funny, poignant and deeply intelligent meditation on love, mortality, poetry, history and the beautiful enigmas of chaos theory. Professor of Theatre Arts William Peters directs. Show times are 8 p.m. Dec. 9-13, also with a 2 p.m. matinee Dec. 13. Admission is $8. For details, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Flute concert
The San Francisco State Flute Choir will perform "Aurora for 16 Flutes" Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. The choir will also perform works by Tchaikovsky, Corelli, Bizet and others. Admission is free with a reception to follow.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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