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Volume 56, Number 7    September 29, 2008         

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S(u)RF with the ACCESS Support Team
Making Web sites or instructional materials accessible to everyone, regardless of disability, can look like a big wave, but you’re not alone. The Disability Program and Resource Center's ACCESS Support Team can assist faculty and staff. Making accessible purchasing decisions can be a smooth ride, too. The ACCESS Support Team, along with the purchasing department and 31 technical advisers representing all colleges, divisions, and units from across campus, provide guidance for purchasing accessible electronic and information technology products and services. ACCESS is a project developed to enact the Chancellor’s Accessible Technology Initiative at SF State. Visit and link to the ACCESS support request form (SuRF) or call ext. 5-4099 for assistance.

Bookstore accepting winter, spring textbook orders
The Bookstore is processing orders for winter and spring semesters. The Bookstore will again offer each department on campus a $1,000 Bookstore gift card if at least 90 percent of Spring 2009 textbook orders (as posted in the class schedule) for that department are received by Oct. 1. Orders can be placed online at, e-mailed to or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

Save the date -- Bookstore holiday party
The SFSU Bookstore invites the campus community to its annual holiday reception Dec. 9 from 4:30 to 7 p.m. The store will offer discounts on most merchandise (not including computer hardware), as well as catered snacks and beverages. Wine glasses and goody bags will be distributed to the first 300 attendees. For more information, contact Rob Strong at ext. 8-7372 or

Public meeting announced for Communicative Disorders program
The Communicative Disorders program is being reviewed for reaccredidation by the Council on Academic Accreditation (CAA) in Audiology and Speech Language Pathology of the American Speech-Language Hearing Association (ASHA). The CAA will conduct a site visit on Oct. 6 and 7, including an opportunity for public comment regarding the Communicative Disorders program, on Oct. 6 from 4:30 to 5 p.m. in BH 132. Input may be provided by submitting written comments prior to the site visit or by attending the public meeting. For instructions on providing written comments, visit


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Web opinions sought
A new University home page launched in July. Please tell us what you think of its new functionality by completing a brief survey at

The home page is based on a new SF State Web template launched in spring 2008 that creates uniformity for all University Web pages, while at the same time providing options for colleges and departments to give their sites a unique look and feel. Additionally, the template helps speed compliance with Section 508 Web accessibility requirements.

The design features improved navigation, a clean and unified appearance and consistent placement of tools that contribute to a more user-friendly browsing experience. A combined effort of University Communications, the Division of Information Technology and the Disability Programs and Resource Center, the redesign is the culmination of a more than 18-month project that involved more than three-dozen college and department representatives throughout the University who contributed insights, feedback and testing.  

Please help ensure the home page and the Web template meet campus needs, section 508 Web compliance and brand recognition by sharing your thoughts on the survey.  

Campus Copy Center opens in Student Center
As previously announced, the Library's Rapid Copy Center will close because of the Library building construction project. The originally scheduled Aug. 22 closure date was extended and the Center will remain open through Sept. 29. Beginning Oct. 1, the services previously offered in the Rapid Copy Center will be offered in a new Campus Copy Center operated by the SFSUBookstore that will open in M110 on the Mezzanine level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Pricing and services will remain the same, with the exception of large format printing, which the Library will continue to offer and will relocate to the Information Commons space in Library Annex I when it opens later this fall.

In addition to large format printing, the Library will continue to support self-service networked printing from computers, self-service copiers, both black and white and color printers, self-service microform scanning/printing, and binding and microfilming Library copies of master's theses. The only form of payment for the services supported by the Library will be the OneCard, with the exception of student fees for thesis binding. 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

1968 student strike commemoration
"Consciousness, Community, Liberation: Fulfilling the Promise of '68," a commemoration of the 40th anniversary of the historic 1968 San Francisco State student-led strike will be held on campus Oct. 29 through Nov. 1.

Events include an academic conference, panel discussions and cultural activities focusing on civil rights; social justice; legal, political, educational and economic equity; and student leadership and activism. Presenters include invited scholars and special guests, SF State alumni, faculty and students. The commemoration, led by the College of Ethnic Studies and the Student Affairs Educational Opportunity Program, is open to the public.

Registration, schedule of events and speakers and volunteer opportunity information is available at  For questions, call ext. 8-1694 or e-mail

Academic Senate
The following is a summary of action items from the Academic Senate's Sept. 23 meeting:

  • Heard a report from Rob Strong, SFSU Bookstore manager, on timely textbook adoptions per CSU executive order 926 and Academic Senate policy #S08-249. Textbook adoptions for spring 2009 are due Oct. 1; adoptions for summer 2009 are due March 1
  • Heard a report from Darlene Yee-Melichar, Andrea Boyle and Jerald Shapiro, SF State representatives on the CSU Academic Senate
  • Approved a resolution to temporarily suspend changes in general education curriculum, effective Oct. 15
  • Approved a revision of the repeat of courses policy
  • Approved a resolution in support of the fall 2008 SF State voter registration campaign

Faculty Administrative Search Committee Pool voting deadline approaching
Voting for the Faculty Administrative Search Committee Pool closes tonight at midnight, Friday Sept. 26. The electronic voting system is available at

All nominees who receive 50 percent plus one vote will become members of the pool. Voters should vote for all of the candidates deemed acceptable as members of the pool. Members of the pool retain the ability to decline service should they be selected for a search committee. Review the Administrative Search Committee Policy at

For more information, visit

This week in Insiders: Cinema Lecturer Karl Cohen won an award from the
Association Internationale du Film d' Animation (ASIFA), and a ceramic piece by Assistant Professor of Art Jeff Downing is on display in Florida.

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This week in Newsmakers: Roger Bland's research on underwater noise is featured, Asian American Studies Lecturer Eric Mar is mentioned as the frontrunner for a San Francisco City Supervisor seat, and SF State is recognized for its commitment to study abroad programs.

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John-Carlos Perea's intertribal ensemble
Grammy-winning alumnus John-Carlos Perea performs his original compositions fusing musical languages at 2 p.m. Saturday in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. His ensemble includes alumnus trombonist Wayne Wallace, saxophonist/flutist Francis Wong and others. The event is presented by the School of Music and Dance and American Indian Studies Department. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit

Zotero help sessions
Those interested in learning Zotero, a citation management plug-in for the Mozilla Firefox browser, can attend two drop-in Zotero help sessions Monday from 4 to 5 p.m. and Sept. 30 from 9 to 10 a.m. An introduction to Zotero workshop will be held Oct. 14 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 426A. Register for the workshops through POWER at For more information, contact Mira Foster at or ext. 5-2590 and Pam Howard at 

Discussing Iraq and the war on terror
The BSS 275 public lecture series continues Wednesday at 7:15 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center with "U.S. Foreign Policy: The War in Iraq and the War on Terror" featuring a panel with Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Rabab Abdulhadi and Assistant Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri. The event is free and open to the public. For a complete schedule, visit

Visiting scholar lecture, screening
Zvika Serper, department chair of East Asian Studies at Tel Aviv University, will deliver a talk and screenings of his acclaimed stage works "Agamemnon" Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587 and "The Dybbuk" Thursday at 4 p.m. in HUM 587. Prof. Serper is noted for creating stage works by fusing together Western and Japanese theatre techniques. This special event is co-sponsored by Modern Greek Studies and the departments of Classics, Jewish Studies and Theatre Arts. For more information, contact theatre arts at ext. 8-1341 or

27th annual benefits fair
To provide faculty and staff with valuable information, resources and tools to make positive health choices, the Office of Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management presents its annual benefits fair Wednesday, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. This year's fair includes: more than 30 exhibitors from the healthcare, fitness, investment, insurance and mortgage industries; and blood pressure checks, posture analysis, and body mass analysis and flexibility testing. 

Celebrate nursing at SF State
On Wednesday, the campus community is invited to tour the Nursing Department's new Technology Learning Classrooms and attend a talk on the future of nursing education. The talk, led by executive officer from the Board of Registered Nursing and SF State alumna Ruth Ann Terry, MPH, RN, takes place at 1:30 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. The TLC tour begins at 3 p.m. in Burk Hall. For more information, visit or contact Jennifer Pereira at ext. 8-0926 or

Women Studies lecture event
Women Studies Fall Lecture Series presents a talk by Professor of English Lois Lyles titled, "'Walking with Loveland in the Castro,' on Gay/Queer Poetry and African American Rights in Characterization" on Wednesday from 2:10 to 3:25 p.m. in HUM 108. 

Artist Lecture Series: Ned Kahn
Environmental scientist Ned Kahn creates his art using wind, water, fire and light. He explores features of physics to create interactive sculptures. He will present a lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday in FA 193. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-2176.

Discussing Mexican activists
The campus community is invited to join Raza Studies students and faculty Thursday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ES/PSY 116, for a discussion and slide presentation about the Mexican activists and community based service organizations they visited during this summer's Mexico Solidarity Tour. Refreshments will be served. For more information, contact Teresa Carrillo at ext. 8-3028 or

Coming Up
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 7:30 p.m. Oct. 3 and 3 p.m. 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.

Discovery Day
The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC) celebrates 30 years of science, education and stewardship at this year's annual Discovery Day, Oct. 5 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. Oct. 5 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 Oct. 7 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. Contact Mary Cavagnaro at ext. 8-2208 for more information.

'CACHAO: Uno Mas' screening
SF State's Documentary Film Institute presents a screening of "CACHAO: Uno Mas" at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 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:

"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 pm in SCI 101. To RSVP or for more information, contact or ext. 5-2668.

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

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 pm; 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.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar




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