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Volume 57, Number 18    December 21, 2009         

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CampusMemo schedule
This will be the final CampusMemo of the fall semester. The next edition will be published Jan. 25.

Offices moving
Division of International Education and the Office of International Programs have moved. The new office is located on the first floor of the Village at Centennial Square, Building C. For additional information, visit

Defensive driver training scheduled
The next Defensive Driver Training will be held Feb. 25, from 1 to 4:30 p.m., in the Facilities Training Room (TR-101) in Corporation Yard. To sign up, call the Office of Environmental Health & Occupational Safety at ext. 8-7888 or e-mail  Attendees are requested to provide their name, department, e-mail address, phone number, California driver's license number and class of license when registering.

Faculty, staff lunch special
Chartwells will offer a $5 all-you-care-to-eat buffet for faculty and staff through Dec. 18. The buffet is located in the City Eats Dining Center and is open from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Diners must bring an SF State ID. For menu information, visit:

Volunteers needed for Sea Lion Bowl
Volunteers are needed for a Northern California regional ocean science competition for high school students, to be held at SF State on March 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A variety of roles and tasks are available. For more information and a training schedule, visit For most roles, training is required. Potential volunteers should plan to attend at least one training session, ideally including a team practice session. If interested, contact Erin Blackwood, regional coordinator, at ext. 8-3757 or

Gator winter basketball clinic announced
The men's basketball coaching staff invites all boys and girls ages six through 14 to attend its winter basketball clinic. The clinic will consist of teaching and games and will run Dec. 21 and 22 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Contact Johnathn Weber at ext. 8-7573 or for questions and registration. A brochure is also available at

SF State Magazine now online
The latest edition of the SF State Magazine is now online. This issue features stories about the Alexander String Quartet, Vance Vredenburg's quest to save amphibian species and the University's connections to public art in San Francisco. To read the magazine, visit

Academic Technology offerings in the new year
Academic Technology (AT) offers a suite of services to enhance the teaching and learning environment on campus and in virtual classrooms. AT provides a media collection with more than 20,000 titles, audio-visual equipment, technically enhanced classrooms and virtual environments for course and instructional resources management. An overview of AT services is available at

Schedule a customized AT workshop or open lab session for your department. The online teaching and learning support team is available for spring 2010 department meetings and staff development sessions. For more information or to schedule a workshop, call ext. 5-3536, or e-mail AT workshop descriptions are available at

Benefit for athletic scholarship endowment
The SF State Athletic Department will host its 10th annual Comedy Night on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. The lineup of comedians will include Tim Conway, Rich Little, Tommy Smothers, Kevin Pollack, Will Durst, Ronnie Schell, Steve Rossi and music by the Andrew Speight Quartet. The event is a benefit for the SF State Athletics Scholarship Endowment. For more information, or for tickets, visit

College of Creative Arts piano sale in January
From Jan. 8-10, the School of Music and Dance will sell new Yamaha pianos, including a selection of pianos loaned to the School of Music and Dance, to the public at reduced prices. Music Exchange, the supporting Yamaha dealer for the sale, will provide financing, delivery and technical services. Available pianos include: Yamaha grands and verticals, Clavinova digital pianos, Yamaha Disklaviers, used grands and verticals, plus a selection of restored Steinway grand pianos. On Jan. 8 and 9, buyers can make appointments to view and purchase pianos in the Creative Arts building. The selection will be opened to the public Jan. 10 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Creative Arts building. To make an appointment, call ext. 8-2980.

Funding opportunity for redesigning a course
Members are invited to join a new Faculty Learning Community (FLC) that will focus on course redesign and share a grant of $4,500 from the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning (ITL). Members will be cross-disciplinary and teach during Spring 2010. The maximum number of participants in the FLC is eight. If interested, send an e-mail with a course redesign issue to Pamela Vaughn, director of the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, at

Tax Shelter Annuity (403B) sessions at SF State
SF State Benefits and Retirement Services is presenting Tax Shelter Annuity (403B) one-on-one sessions with fund sponsors during December and January. Representatives from VALIC, Fidelity, MET Life, ING and TIAA-CREF will be present to answer questions.

All sessions will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in ADM 251 and are open to current participants and employees interested in opening a 403(b) account. Contact the representatives directly for an appointment. 

Academic Senate
The following is a list of action items from the Dec. 15 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Approved the proposed changes to the titles in the BA and MA in Urban Studies to the BA and MA in Urban Studies and Planning
  • Approved the proposed policy on intellectual property
  • Approved the proposed revisions to the academic program discontinuance policy

This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Decision Sciences Leyla Ozsen
published two papers and Associate Professor of Theatre Art Jo Tomalin conducted two workshops.

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This week in Newsmakers: The Alexander String Quartet discusses its time in San Francisco.

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SF State received $1,362,505 in grants and contracts in November.

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For upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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