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Volume 56, Number 15    November 24, 2008         

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An edition of CampusMemo will be published Dec. 1. Those who wish to have items included must e-mail submissions to by 5 p.m. on Nov. 24.

SFSU Bookstore announces Staff Appreciation Week
The SFSU Bookstore will be offering free lunch to staff on campus between Monday and Wednesday. Visit the SFSU Bookstore to get a coupon for a free lunch. Redeem the coupon at the Taqueria in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. One coupon per person.

Seeking leadership development program submissions
The Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development (OSPLD) is seeking submissions from faculty and staff to create and facilitate workshops for the spring 2009 Leadership in Action weekly workshop series. Leadership in Action is a campus-wide initiative focused on providing leadership development opportunities for all SF State students. For more information or to submit a proposal, visit
or contact Sarah Bauer, OSPLD advisor at ext. 8-2174 or

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

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.


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Search for College of Education dean
Nominations and applications are invited for the position of Dean of College of Education. 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, associate professor 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's 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 (SCO). If your 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.

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 in 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. 8-3282.

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Dec. 2 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 animation 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

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 Dec. 5. Nomination forms and additional information are available at

Post Promotion Increase (PPI) Review Committee
The nominations period for the PPI Appeals Committee ends Nov. 21 at 11:59 p.m. Election for the Post Promotion Appeals Committee will begin Dec. 3 and close Dec. 12. Access the nomination form 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
  • Statewide/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:

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: Associate Dean of the College of Health and Human Services James F. Murphy received an award at a national conference and several faculty in the Anthropology Department were involved in the American Anthropological Association (AAA) annual meeting in San Francisco.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor Emeritus of Political Science Richard DeLeon discusses the political impact of George Moscone and Harvey Milk 30 years after their assassinations, Professor of Jazz Studies Dee Spencer shares her love of jazz and Assistant Professor of Political Science Graeme Boushey discusses the ongoing debate around Proposition 8.

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Coming Up
Ceramics Guild annual holiday sale
The Ceramics Guild will hold its annual holiday sale Dec. 1-4 from 9 a.m to 7 p.m. and Dec. 5 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 Dec. 1 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," 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 Dec. 1 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 Dec. 3 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. 

Artist Lecture Series: Liz Cohen
The Art Department presents a lecture by Liz Cohen at 7 p.m. Dec. 4 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
'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. Dec. 4 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
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


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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