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Volume 56, Number 8    October 6 , 2008         

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University women's association accepting members
The University Women's Association (UWA) is currently accepting membership applications for the 2008-09 year. Faculty and staff are eligible for membership. The UWA awards scholarships to SF State students annually through contributions and from popular scholarship cruises. These cruises to Europe, the Caribbean and South Pacific have generated more than $42,000 for scholarships. Members also traditionally support the University and its students by co-hosting the Back to Campus reception each fall, and the Honors Convocation at the end of spring semester. Membership fees are $25 per year. Applications are available at workshop announced
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will present a workshop for faculty on using, the federal Web site for information about funding opportunities and electronic grant submissions, on Oct. 23 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in ADM 460. Come meet new Associate Vice President for Research and Sponsored Programs Jaylan Turkkan, learn how to use the electronic proposal interface and discover tips and tricks for navigating the federal grant submission process. Pre-award specialists will be present to answer questions. Lunch will be served. RSVP by Oct. 20 to Charles Jackson at ext. 8-6478 or

CTFD book club convenes
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development book club will meet in BH333 for a lunchtime colloquium on Nov. 13, from noon to 1 p.m. David Hellman, collection development coordinator of 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 available from the CTFD. E-mail Associate Director Jeannie Cheng at for details, or visit

Announcing CSU International stipends
The CSU is accepting aplications for Wang Faculty Stipends and the Resident Director positions, which provide outlets for faculty development, collaborative research and teaching with international colleagues. The CSU's Office of International Programs is encouraging faculty to apply for Resident Director positions in China, France, Italy, Japan or Spain. Resident Director positions are open to tenured or tenure-track faculty in a full-time teaching or administrative position. Appropriate overseas experience and foreign language skills are required. Resident Directors receive their current salaries plus approximately 10 percent differential for overseas location. For more information, visit Wang faculty stipends are $10,000 grants awarded for research or teaching at four designated universities in Taiwan and China. Applications for both programs are due Dec. 1.    


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Voter registration effort underway
The 2008 SF State voter registration steering committee is asking for your 
help. In the weeks leading up to the 2008 election, the committee is spearheading an effort to register as many SF State students as possible. Faculty are urged to encourage their students to register to vote before the Oct. 20 deadline.

Volunteers are available to come into classrooms for no more than 10 minutes prior to class, to give a non-partisan speech as to why everyone eligible should register to vote, and to hand out forms to interested students. The speaker will then collect the forms when they are filled out. Completing the forms should not take more than a few minutes. Interested faculty should contact Adam Calmenson at to set up a time/date for a classroom visit.

The committee is also asking faculty and staff to volunteer their time to register students to vote in the election. This is a non-partisan effort. Voter registration dates are from Oct. 6 to Oct. 20, Monday through Thursday at the Campus Quad, Humanities Building, SFSU Bookstore (north entrance) and Downtown Campus. On-campus efforts will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 to 7 p.m. downtown. To volunteer on the Quad or at the Downtown Campus, contact Adam Calmenson at; to volunteer at the Humanities building, contact David Gill at; and to volunteer at the SFSU Bookstore, contact Rob Strong at

Blank voter registration forms are available at the Library information desk or HSS 120. For more information, visit the SF State voter registration Web site at

Ed.D program seeking faculty applicants
The interdisciplinary doctoral program in educational leadership invites faculty from all disciplines to apply to become a member of the doctoral faculty. The program's Executive Committee wishes to expand the current 31-member faculty group to include more colleagues from disciplines across the University.

The program is fully underway, having admitted its second cohort of 21 doctoral candidates in the Fall 2008 semester, in addition to 12 students who are continuing in its first cohort, admitted in Fall 2007. Members of the interdisciplinary doctoral faculty are responsible for providing instruction in this program, participating in qualifying exams, advising students and serving as dissertation chairs or committee members. Negotiated release time for these duties is available to faculty members through their home departments and colleges.

To qualify as a member of the doctoral faculty, one should have performed or be engaged in research relevant to educational leadership in at least one of the program's curricular categories: leadership and systemic reform; learning, curriculum and assessment; equity, diversity and structural inequality; or educational program administration. Applications will be reviewed by the program's Executive Committee.

Interested faculty should submit a curricula vitae electronically to the Ed.D program,
BH 521 ( by Nov. 15. Those with questions should contact Program Director Robert Gabriner at or Graduate Coordinator Patricia Irvine at ext. 8-1976 or For more information, visit 

Media and listening on the move
The media listening and viewing component of the Library's Media Access Center will relocate to room HSS 127 from Oct. 10 to Oct. 12. Services will be unavailable during that period and on Oct 13. The following services will resume in the new location on Oct. 14: individual and group viewing of media, including cablecast feeds from Academic Technology; checkout of media on reserve or media available for borrowing; laptop checkout.

Alert your students to this service relocation and advise them to plan ahead for listening to and viewing any media required in courses during the next week. Video and audio editing services will continue to be offered in the Library, but will relocate from the Media Access Center on the third floor of the Library to the Mini MAC Lab in Library 438 until these services relocate to the Information Commons in Library Annex I later this fall.

Library continues to offer quick print services
The Library's Rapid Copy Center has closed, but the Library will continue to offer quick print services in the former Rapid Copy Center first floor location until all services relocate out of the building. Quick Print services include self-service black and white printing, color printing, and large format color printing, and will be available Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Payment will be accepted by OneCard only. These services will relocate later this fall to the Information Commons in Library Annex I. The other services previously offered in the Rapid Copy Center are now available in a new Campus Copy Center operated by the SFSU Bookstore in M110 on the Mezzanine level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Pricing for these services remains the same. The SFSU Bookstore's Campus Copy Center will accept cash, checks, Associated Students vouchers, OneCard, procurement cards and maintain departmental recharge accounts.

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

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 Oct. 7, 2008 meeting
  • Approval of the minutes for the Sept. 23, 2008 meeting
  • A report from University Police Chief Kirk Gaston and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Gayle Orr-Smith of the University Police Department on Emergency Preparedness Week
  • A recommendation from the academic policies committee regarding the proposed academic calendar for Summer 2009, first reading
  • A recommendation from the curriculum review and approval committee regarding a proposed degree name change to the B.S. in Industrial Design with concentrations in Industrial Technology and Product Design and Development, and B.S. in Visual Communication Design, first reading
  • A recommendation from the curriculum review and approval committee regarding proposed revisions to the master's degree in Public Health, first reading

For more information, visit

Call for proposals for Faculty and Staff Development Retreat
Those interested in submitting a program proposal for the 2009 Faculty and Staff Development Retreat, whether as an individual or with colleagues, should fill out the call for proposals form at and submit the proposal electronically to with "2009 retreat proposal" in the subject line, no later than Oct. 31. This is an opportunity to share research, creative endeavors or service projects; to discuss approaches to educating the "millennial" student for success in a global context; to participate in the SF State community; to discover new approaches to professional and personal development; and to meet friends and exchange ideas with colleagues old and new. This year's retreat will be held Jan. 22, 2009, at the SF State Downtown Campus. Contact the Academic Senate office at, or ext.8-1264 with questions. 

For more information, visit

This week in Insiders: Cinema Lecturer Kara Herold screens a film at the Mill Valley Film Festival, Professor of Art Mark Johnson publishes a book on Asian American art, and Erik Peper, director of the Institute for Holistic Healing, speaks at a conference in Wisconsin. 

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Communication Studies Joseph Tuman critiques the presidential debates, Geosciences Lecturer Matthew Horrigan discusses plastic pollution in San Francisco Bay, and Professor of Information Systems Sam Gill describes new technology used to teach business students. 

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First-year Cinema M.F.A. Screening
Fourteen documentary, narrative and experimental films will be shown at the annual First-year Cinema M.F.A. Screening at 3 p.m. on Oct. 4. Previous first-year films have gone on to screen at prestigious international film festivals including Cannes, Sundance, Telluride, San Francisco and Berlin. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-1629.

Celebrate Discovery Day
The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies celebrates 30 years of science, education and stewardship at this year's annual Discovery Day on Sunday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event provides a behind-the-scenes look at the scientific research and activities conducted at the only marine science lab on San Francisco Bay. The event includes tours of the facilities, located at 3150 Paradise Dr., in Tiburon, and exhibits by scientists and students that highlight SF State's contributions to the understanding of and caring for the San Francisco Bay. Also featured are science and art activities for children of all ages, including sea creature touch tanks. Music, food and beverages round out the day. Admission is free. For more information, call ext. 8-3757 or visit

William Corbett-Jones Scholarship Concert Series
Music Professor William Corbett-Jones performs Beethoven Sonatas at 3 p.m. Sunday in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Proceeds benefit the William Corbett-Jones Piano Fund, which provides scholarships and other support to the piano program. Admission is $15 general/$10 students and seniors. For tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Mental health screening day
Students will have the opportunity to be screened for depression by filling out a brief questionnaire and then meeting with a counselor for a brief assessment/referral process during mental health screening day Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in front of the Student Services Building. Helpful information regarding substance abuse prevention, stress management and building healthy relationships will be available. The event is sponsored by the counseling and psychological services center. For more information, contact Mary Cavagnaro at ext. 8-2208.

'CACHAO: Uno Mas' screening
SF State's Documentary Film Institute presents a screening of "CACHAO: Uno Mas" Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the August Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building. A glimpse into the maestro's life and music, this documentary pays tribute to one of the greatest Afro-Cuban musicians of all time, Israel "Cachao" López. A Q&A with Cinema Professor and Chair Stephen Ujlaki, the film's producer, will follow. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-1629 or visit:

U.S. foreign policy and the election
The BSS 275 lecture series continues Wednesday a 7:15 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. This week, SF State professors will discuss "U.S. Foreign Policy – Russia, China, Mexico, Latin America, Brazil, Argentina and Venezuela." The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

Discussing violence in the U.S.
The Women Studies Fall Lecture Series presents a talk by Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz, professor of Ethnic Studies, CSU East Bay, on "The Question of Violence in U.S. Society: Does Feminism Have a Response?" Oct. 8 from 2:10 to 3:25 in HUM 108.

Athletic Department lunch
Join the Athletic Department for pizza and soft drinks Wednesday at 12:15 p.m. at Cox Stadium before SF State's women's and men's soccer teams take on CSU Monterey Bay. The women's team plays at 12:30 p.m. The men's team plays at 3 p.m. RSVP to Cathy McDermott by Monday at ext. 8-1193 or

"The Occident Meets the Orient in the War on Terrorism"
Dr. Mervat Hatem, president of the Middle East Studies Association (MESA) and professor of political science at Howard University, inaugurates the Distinguished Edward Said Lecture Series. Join the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Initiative on Oct. 9 from 6 to 8 p.m. in SCI 101. To RSVP or for more information, contact or ext. 5-2668.

Coming Up
Just-in-time teaching session
Professor of Geosciences Karen Grove leads the workshop "Just-In-Time Teaching" Oct. 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. in BH 229. The session will discuss the advantages of using course management software to help students better prepare for classes. To register, contact CTFD at ext. 8-6456, or through POWER at

Theatre Arts presents 'Machinal'
Noted Bay Area director and SF State alumnus Mark Jackson -- named 2007 Best Theatrical Auteur by SF Weekly -- directs "Machinal," the classic expressionist play, in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. The Theatre Arts department mainstage production opens at 8 p.m. Oct. 10 and also plays at 8 p.m. Oct. 11, 16, 17 and 18 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 12 and 19. A preview performance will be held at 8 p.m. Oct. 9. "Machinal" is inspired by the true story of Ruth Snyder, who murdered her husband and later went to the electric chair. Jackson's intense, physical production makes parallels between the 1928 setting of the play and 2008. Tickets are $10 to $15. For details, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Second installment of Fall 2008 BSS faculty research series
The College of BSS faculty research series presents Professor of History Christopher Waldrep on Oct. 13 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 361. Waldrep will deliver the lecture, "The Emersonian Effect & the Supreme Court's Interpretation of the 14th Amendment: Samuel Miller & Joseph Bradley on the Meaning of Civil Rights." The BSS Faculty Research Series provides an interdisciplinary context for faculty to learn about colleague's research and engage in scholarly exchange.

Discussing climate change
Professor Edwin Maurer from Santa Clara University will present a talk, "California's changing hydrologic landscape: dealing with uncertain climate change impacts" on Oct. 14 at 1 p.m. in TH 604. Maurer is a world-renowned expert on California water resources and the hydrological impacts of climate change. This talk is the second semi-annual Dawdy Lecture in the Hydrologic Science. A reception hosted by the Department of Geosciences at 12:30 p.m. in TH 604.

Announcing Greek lectures
The Center for Modern Greek Studies will host several lectures in October. The lectures include: Professor Yannis Phillis from the Technical University of Crete speaking on "Biodiversity: The Park for the Preservation of Flora and Fauna" Oct. 14 in HUM 587 at 7:30 p.m.; Phillis speaking on "Changing Climate: The Greek Experience" Oct. 16 in HUM 587 at 7:30 p.m.; and Alexis Stamatis, author of "American Fugue," speaking Oct. 23 in  HUM 587 from 6 to 7 p.m. with a light reception and book signing to follow.

The HyFlex approach to course design
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a workshop on Hyflex design Oct. 16 from noon to 2 p.m. in BH 210 led by Brian Beatty, assistant professor of instructional technologies. Hyflex allows educators to build an online program that complements an existing in-person program, and provides flexible participation modes for students struggling with the demands of school, work, family and travel/commuting. This allows students to take multiple courses that "meet" at the same time. In this session, CTFD will review the HyFlex design and discuss ideas for reaching learning targets through multiple participation paths. Reserve a seat for CTFD's workshops by calling ext. 8-6456, e-mailing, or enrolling online through POWER at For a full workshop schedule, visit the center's Web site at

Opera Gala
At the annual Opera Gala on Oct. 17 at 7:30 p.m., enjoy student and alumni performances of arias and ensembles from "Carmen," "The Magic Flute" and more, plus sparkling wines and luscious desserts in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. Faculty member Vance George, director emeritus of the San Francisco Symphony Chorus, is special guest. Proceeds benefit the School of Music and Dance Opera Fund. For details, visit: or call ext. 5-2849.

Morrison Artists Series presents Quartet New Generation
To kick off the 55th season of the Morrison Artists Series -- San Francisco's longest running chamber music concert series -- on Oct. 19 the recorder collective Quartet New Generation performs contemporary works juxtaposed with early music by Bach, Bruckner, de Rore and Dowland. The concert takes place in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. Admission is free. For details, visit

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar




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