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Volume 56, Number 13    November 10, 2008         

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University Budget Committee meeting
The University Budget Committee will meet Wednesday from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in the NEC Room in the Administration building.

Announcing PPI program
The 2008-09 Post-Promotion Increase (PPI) program is open to individuals hired into Unit 3 on campus prior to Aug. 1, 1988, who currently hold the rank of  full professor, lecturer D faculty, SSP/AR-III faculty, head coach or librarians, and who have exhausted their SSI eligibility in their current rank. Participants in the Early Retirement Program and rehired annuitants are ineligible for the PPI program. Funding for this program is pursuant to Article 31.13 of the Collective Bargaining Agreement and is not contingent on budget. More information about the PPI program is available at:

Defensive Driver Training announced
Defensive Driver Training sessions will be held in the spring 2009 semester 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.

Spring 2009 Employee Fee Waiver deadline is Nov. 14
The Fee Waiver and Reduction Program enables eligible University employees to take courses, which are related to their job or are part of an approved career development plan for a career goal in the CSU, at reduced rates. In many cases, if an employee is not using his or her benefit, it can be transferred to a spouse, domestic partner or dependent child. Missing the Nov. 14 deadline may result in an employee being unable to participate in the program. With priority registration being pushed back, information is available on the Web site for employees and dependents. The spring 2009 Fee Waiver & Reduction Program information is now available online at
 For more information, contact Eric Cannon at or ext. 8-2678.

Applications for RSCA Awards now available
Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply for the 2009-10 Awards Programs in support of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA). Applications are available on the Faculty Affairs Web site at
The Awards include Vice President's Assigned Time, Faculty Diversity Support, CSU Mini Grants and CSU Summer Stipends. Proposals for the Awards are due in College offices by Feb. 2 at 5 p.m. The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will be scheduling workshops and consultations regarding the application process in December and January.

Call for proposals for CTFD Faculty Associate positions
Tenured faculty at SF State are eligible to apply for one of two possible Faculty Associate positions for spring 2009 in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD). Each position brings .20 assigned time to work on one of several projects related to teaching and scholarship, including Universal Design for Learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, modeling and teaching equity and social justice, and other pertinent areas of interest. Each Faculty Associate will be expected to spend the equivalent of one day each week in the CTFD offices, doing research related to the approved topic. Applications are due by noon on Nov. 21 and should be submitted in BH 311. Successful applicants will be notified by Dec. 17. For more information, visit the CTFD Web site at

Interdisciplinarity in graduate education
The University Interdisciplinary Council (UIC) will bring together a range of participants from across campus to discuss national trends and SF State's accomplishments in the promotion of interdisciplinarity in graduate education. Special attention will be given to opportunities for thematic linkage of graduate internship and research activities beyond college and discipline emphases. The symposium will be held Friday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Vista Room, BH 401. UIC will be hosting lunch. Contact Jerry Shapiro at for registration information. Seating is limited.


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Date changes for Library moves and closure
Dates for the Library's final relocations of services and collections have changed since the article that appeared in the Oct. 27 CampusMemo.  Here is an updated schedule: The Library will close Nov. 23 at 6 p.m. Library Annex I will open Nov. 24 at 8 a.m.
In preparation for the building closure, service relocations will continue to occur in phases during the next three weeks.
  • In the coming weeks, the Library's computer servers will be relocated.  Please anticipate a short period when access to online services will be briefly unavailable. Information about any such interruption will be posted at
  • Current periodicals and selected reference books will be moved to Library Annex I Nov. 14 and 15. These materials will be unavailable until Library Annex I opens to the public Nov. 24.
  • As Library faculty and staff move to Library Annex II, they may not have frequent access to their telephones and e-mail accounts for a few days during the relocation. Messages will go to voicemail and e-mail accounts, which they will check intermittently.
  • Circulation and Document Delivery Services will relocate to HSS 102 and staff from these areas will relocate to staff work space in HSS the evening of Nov. 21. A service point will remain open in the current building until 6 p.m. on Nov. 23 for book checkout.
  • The entire Library building, including the John F. True Computer Lab, Mini-MAC lab, and Quick Print service will close permanently at 6 p.m. on Nov. 23. 
  • Starting at 6 p.m. Nov. 23, the only access to the Library's collections, with the exception of current periodicals and a limited print reference collection in Library Annex I, will be by requesting books, etc. using the Library's online catalog. Beginning Nov. 24, requested material will be retrieved and delivered to HSS 101 and 107 for pickup and review, with checkout in HSS 102.
  • Library Annex I will open to students and faculty at 8 a.m. Nov. 24. As of Dec. 1, Library Annex I will be open 24 hours during regular semesters with the exception of holidays as noted on the Library hours schedule:( 

While the Library will make every effort to maintain service and access to collections throughout the moves, there will be some interruptions in service while they relocate.

New shuttle service announced
The University will offer new shuttle service beginning Nov 17. Daly City BART express shuttles will stop only at 19th Ave. and Daly City BART. The hours are: Monday through Thursday: 7 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. and Friday:  7 a.m. to 7:15 p.m. Shuttles will run every 10 to 15 minutes. One designated shuttle will make a Campus Loop. Stops on the Campus Loop include: Library, Font/Housing, MUNI stop on Winston, University Park North, and 19th Avenue. The Campus Loop hours are: Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with stops every 30 to 35 minutes. After 5:30 p.m. the campus escorts can provide rides to those who need assistance. To request an escort call ext. 8-7200.  To request a reserved escort or for more information regarding the escort program call ext. 8-2744 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Community Service Learning Awards nominations
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) recognizes one faculty member, one student per college and one partnering community agency for their outstanding participation in the areas of community service learning and the San Francisco community. Nominations are due Dec. 12 by 5 p.m. For more information, award criteria, guidelines and nomination forms, visit or contact Perla Barrientos at or ext. 83282.

Call for Honorary Degree Nominations
The University Honorary Degree Committee invites all members of the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees, to be conferred at Commencement 2009. The nomination deadline is Nov. 14. Nominees should be men and women whose lives and significant achievements serve as examples of the CSU's aspirations for its diverse student body. Incumbent elected officials are not eligible. Among past SF State honorary degree recipients are: Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman, Habitat for Humanity founder Millard Fuller, actor-activist Danny Glover, Rev. Cecil Williams of Glide Memorial Church, author-philanthropist Isabel Allende, labor leader Walter Johnson, and Delancey Street cofounder Mimi Silbert. Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a statement about the candidate and brief supporting materials. Please label nominations "Attn.: Honorary Degree Committee" and send or deliver them to the Office of the Provost, ADM 455.

Academic Senate
The following is the minutes from the Academic Senate's Nov. 4 meeting:

  • Heard a report from Deborah Masters, University librarian, on the J.  Paul Leonard Library building project
  • Heard a report from Leroy Morishita, vice president of Administration and Finance and chief financial officer, and Carlos Davidson, associate professor and director, Environmental Studies Program, on the establishment of the University Sustainability Committee
  • Approved a proposal to revise the Retention, Tenure and Promotions policy
  • Approved a proposal to revise the B.A. in Journalism degree program
  • Heard a proposal to revise the B.A. in Psychology degree program. This item will return in second reading on Dec. 2
  • Heard a proposal to revise the committee membership section of the Retention, Tenure and Promotions policy, first reading. This item will return in second reading on Dec. 2
  • Approved a Resolution in Support of International Education Week

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Faculty and staff retreat early deadline announced
The deadline for early registration for the 2009 Faculty and Staff Retreat is Dec. 5. Visit to get the registration form. Contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or with questions.

This week in Insiders: Erik Peper, professor of holistic healing studies, and Richard Harvey, assistant professor of health education, co-authored a manual," and Assistant Professor of Psychology Ezequiel Morsella co-edited a book

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor Emeritus of Political Science Rich DeLeon discusses San Francisco politics, and researchers from SF State examine the Cosco Busan oil spill one year later.

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This week we remember Rickey Ledbetter, a supervisor in the Facilities Heating and Ventilation Shop, and former Cesar Chavez Student Center Scheduling Coordinator Dian Isom.

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American Indian music concert
Charlie Hill, Keith Secola and John Carlos Perea will perform Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.  The event will benefit the Student Kouncil of Intertribal Nations (SKINS) and American Indian Studies Department. Suggested donation: $5 for youth and students with ID, $10-20 for others. For more information, visit:

'A Sufi Order in the Contemporary World'
University of California, Berkeley Professor of Persian and Islamic Studies Hamid Algar will deliver the lecture, "A Sufi Order in the Contemporary World: The Naqshbandiyya in Bosnia, Iran, Uzbekistan and Malaysia," Wednesday at 9 a.m. in HSS 285. The lecture is presented by faculty in Middle East and Islamic Studies. 

Piano Week
The School of Music and Dance showcases the virtuosity of its faculty and the beauty of the piano with a special series of performances at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday through Friday in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Performers include faculty pianists Roger Woodward, Victoria Neve, William Corbett-Jones, Inara Morgenstern, and alumna and pianist Lori Lack. The Nov. 14 grand finale features the American premiere of Anne Boyd's composition Book of the Bells II, performed by Neve and Woodward. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Reviewing the results
The BSS 275 lecture series continues Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. This week Assistant Professor of Political Science Graeme Boushey, Associate Professor of Political Science Francis Neely and Professor of Political Science David Tabb will offer post-election analysis. The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

Dissecting the election
Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 361, the BSS Faculty Research Series will sponsor a post-2008 presidential election discussion featuring Political Science Professors Francis Neely, Erin Skolnick, Robert Smith and David Tabb discussing what happened during the election and why.

CTFD faculty book club to convene
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development faculty book club will meet in BH 333 for a lunch colloquium Thursday from noon to 1 p.m.  David Hellman, collection development coordinator for the J. Paul Leonard Library, will lead a discussion of Jonathan Swift's "The Battle of the Books and Other Short Pieces." Lunch will be included. Copies of the book are still available from CTFD; e-mail CTFD Associate Director Jeannie Cheng at for details, or visit

'1968: A Tour of the Revolutionary Horizon'
Professor of History Tony D'Agostino will narrate his travels in 1968 that took him from Warsaw to Prague to Paris and back to Columbia University. The talk will take place Thursday at 2:30 p.m. in SCI 270.

Chess the musical
The Theatre Arts Department presents the musical "Chess" at 8 p.m. Nov. 14, 15, 20 and 21, 2 p.m. Nov. 16, and both 2 and 8 p.m. Nov. 22 in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. Featuring music by former members of ABBA, "Chess" squares off in a Cold War-tinged love triangle between two players in a world chess championship, and the woman who manages one and falls in love with the other. The play is inspired by the classic 1972 match between Bobby Fischer and Boris Spassky. Assistant Professor Barbara Damashek, a past Tony Award nominee, directs. Tickets are $20 general/$15 students and seniors. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Coming Up
'Imagery and Healing in Tibetan Buddhism'
Stanford University's Robert Clark will deliver the lecture, "Imagery and Healing in Tibetan Buddhism," Nov. 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in HSS 306. The lecture will examine the use of symbolic imagery in Tibetan culture looking particularly at the role of imagery in Tibetan medicine and its diverse healing practices. For information, contact Adam Burke at ext. 8-1774 or

World Cultures Dance and Music Celebration
Uniting global communities on one stage, the 31st annual SF State World Cultures Dance and Music Celebration Nov. 15 at 8 p.m. showcases traditions from the Philippines, Brazil, Spain, Hungary, Iran, the Caribbean and distinctive slices of the U.S. The concert takes place in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. Performers include: Clog America, Kumaco, The Palabuniyan Kulintang Ensemble, Paco Gomes, John Calloway and more. Ray Tadio, assistant professor of dance, directs. Tickets are $15 general/$8 students and seniors. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Morrison Artists Series: American Chamber Players
The College of Creative Arts' Morrison Artists Series presents a free concert by the American Chamber Players at 3 p.m. Nov. 16 in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. This acclaimed ensemble led by NPR commentator and violist Miles Hoffman combines mixed strings, flute and piano in works by Mozart, Schoenfield, Bridge, Ginastera and Fauré. Bringing Bay Area audiences the world's finest chamber music since 1955, the Morrison Artists Series at SF State is "indispensable," the San Francisco Chronicle writes. Under the command of Artistic Director Saul Gropman, the series presents six free Sunday afternoon performances each year by acclaimed ensembles. For more information, visit

Technical writing panel
The Technical and Professional Writing Program is hosting a Technical and Professional Writing Returning Graduates Panel Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in HUM 587. The panel consists of recent students who have completed the TPW Program and are currently working in the field. Attendees will be able to see portfolios and hear career stories.
Fall Into Jazz
The School of Music and Dance presents its annual Fall Into Jazz concert festival at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 17-21 in Knuth Hall. Each show features an advanced student group led by SF State faculty members who are stalwarts in the Bay Area’s jazz scene. Nov. 17 features Bill Langton’s Experimental Funk Ensemble, Nasim Gorgani’s Daf Quintet and Professor Hafez Modirzadeh’s Creative World Ensemble. Nov. 18 features the SF State Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble, led by Lecturer John Calloway. Nov. 19 features the SF State Big Band, led by Lecturer Pete Yellin. Nov. 20 features Professor Dee Spencer’s Vocal Jazz class performing the music of Stevie Wonder.  Nov. 21 features the SF State Gospel Choir, directed by student Ja Ronn Thompson and advised by Spencer.

'Towers of Gold' discussion
Author and journalist Frances Dinkelspiel will discuss her new book, "Towers of Gold: How One Jewish Immigrant Named Isaias Hellman Created California," Nov. 17 at 3:30 p.m. in HUM 587. The discussion is sponsored by the Department of Jewish Studies. For more information, contact ext. 8-6075.

Fostering inner-peace
The campus community will have the opportunity to create inner peace Nov. 17-20 on the Centennial Walkway. Student Affairs will host a peace tent, meditation classes and a peace walk. The peace tent will be open Nov. 17-20 from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; meditation sessions will be held Nov. 17-20 from 12:30 to 1 p.m. and 1 to 1:30 p.m.; and a peace talk and peace walk will occur Nov. 20 from noon to 1 p.m. The schedule is part of International Education Week. 

Japanese tea ceremony
The Japanese Program, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the College of Humanities will present a Japanese tea ceremony in the Omotesenke tradition as part of International Education Week. Five ceremony sessions will take place Nov. 19 in HUM 117, from 12:10 to 1 p.m., 1:10 to 2 p.m., 2:10 to 3 p.m., 3:10 to 4 p.m., and 4:10 to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 paid at the door and reservations are required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Midori McKeon at


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