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Volume 57, Number 13    November 9, 2009         

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Outgoing Board Chair Affirms CSU Value
In a Nov. 4 opinion piece in the Los Angeles Times, outgoing CSU board chair Jeffrey Bleich describes the value of public higher education, and makes an impassioned plea to "wake up this state and get it to rediscover its greatness." For the full text, click here:

Yoga classes held daily on campus
Campus Recreation hosts a daily yoga class. Schedules can be found at

Campus Rec accepting spring membership applications
Campus Recreation is now accepting spring membership applications. For more information, contact Campus Recreation at or visit (click on membership for details).

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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 the 2010 Commencement ceremony. The nomination deadline is Nov. 20. 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. Past SF State honorary degree recipients include: Co-Founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center, Morris Dees; SF Giants Hall of Famer and humanitarian, Willie Mays; Children's Defense Fund founder, Marian Wright Edelman; and actor-activist, Danny Glover. Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a statement about the candidate and brief supporting materials. Label nominations "Attn.:  Honorary Degree Committee" and send or deliver them to the Office of the University Provost, ADM 455.

ICCE funding opportunities available
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) announces the following funding, scholarship and award opportunities for faculty, students and community partners:

  • Requests for Proposals: Community Scholarship Faculty Grant Program
    Provides faculty curriculum development grants designed to support courses not yet designated as community service-learning (CSL). These $2,900 grants (individual faculty) are geared toward courses that propose working with NEN University (NENu). NENu is a joint collaboration between the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement and the Neighborhood Empowerment Network, a department within the City and County of San Francisco. The goal of NENu is to create a collaborative platform that will allow the City and County of San Francisco, the Bay Area’s academic community and local neighborhood stakeholders to form partnerships that will create stronger neighborhoods.

  • Request for nominations: Staff Community Engagement Award and Student Community Engagement Award
    This award carries a $250 honorarium and was established in 2009 to recognize and encourage exceptional engagement within the surrounding community by a member of the University staff and student body.

  • Request for nominations: Faculty Award for Outstanding Community Service Learning, Student Community Service Learning Award, and Community Partner Recognition Award
    Each year the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) recognizes and honors one faculty member, one student per college and one community partner for contributing to the success of community service- learning (CSL) at SF State.

The deadline to apply for all grants and awards is Dec. 7 at 5 p.m. For more information, contact Perla Barrientos at or ext. 8-3282.

International Education Week kicks off Nov. 16
The Office of International Programs will celebrate International Education Week at SF State Nov. 16-20. SF State faculty, students and staff will host a full slate of events emphasizing the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages. For a full program see For questions or more information, contact Marilyn Jackson at  ext. 8-3317 or

Presidential Scholars Program Faculty Director sought
The SF State Presidential Scholars Program is seeking a new faculty director, beginning in fall 2010. The program, in existence since 1995, brings a diverse group of 25 academically outstanding first-time freshmen to campus each year. The faculty director participates in the selection and orientation of new Presidential Scholars, provides academic advising for the scholars, plans and manages a schedule of co-curricular and extracurricular enrichment events and conducts periodic meetings of the scholars to provide information and promote interactions between them.  Additionally, the director will teach the first-year seminar course as part of the nine-unit scholars' learning community, and help to envision an academically stimulating experience for the scholars throughout their careers at SF State. The position carries .40 re-assigned time (directing the program and teaching the FYE seminar in the fall). The faculty director works in close consultation with the dean of undergraduate studies. Interested tenured faculty members should send a letter of interest and current curriculum vitae to Gail Evans, dean of undergraduate studies, ADM 447, no later than Dec. 1. For more information on the Presidential Scholars Program, visit 

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 minutes for the Oct. 27 meeting
  • Approval of the agenda for the Nov. 10 meeting
  • A report from Academic Program Review Committee Chair Brian Beatty and Associate Vice President of Academic Planning and Educational Effectiveness Linda Buckley regarding the sixth cycle of program review
  • A report from President Robert Corrigan regarding the status of University planning efforts
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the M.A. in English, concentration in composition, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the graduate English certificate in teaching composition, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the B.S. in business administration: concentrations in corporate finance and financial services, first reading

Distinguished Faculty Awards nominations sought
Each year, the Academic Senate acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. These awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate, are designed to highlight the accomplishments of these individual faculty members and to showcase a few examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty.

To nominate yourself or a colleague, visit the Academic Senate Web site at Nomination packets are due Dec. 14, to the Academic Senate Office, ADM 551. Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or with questions. 

This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Design and Industry Martin Linder received a national award and Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Raquel Pinderhughes spoke at a conference in Los Angeles.  

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Political Science Robert Smith discusses Oakland politics, Assistant Professor of Management Denise Kleinrichert talks business ethics and Professor of Philosophy Jacob Needleman discusses executive compensation.

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This week we remember August Coppola, former dean of Creative Arts.

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New way to submit events to CampusMemo
CampusMemo now picks up event listings directly from the University Calendar to streamline the events publicity function for campus units. Departments interested in publicizing an event in CampusMemo simply need to register the event on the University Calendar by 10 a.m. on Wednesday of the previous week. To submit an event, go to and click on "Submit an Event" in the left-hand navigation bar. This new procedure saves event sponsors the extra step of entering information specifically for CampusMemo, and the later deadline for submittal allows more time for event sponsors to submit their items to CampusMemo.

iLearn Gradebook: Track Student Progress Online: 10 a.m.

Objectives & Tech: Achieving Learning Objectives with Technology: 1 p.m.

Recital: Borealis String Quartet: 1 p.m.

Symposium: Holistic Health Career Day: 1:30 p.m.

Concert: Sufism, A Muslim's Mystic Journey: 5 p.m.

Fall 2009 Japanese Tea Ceremony Workshop Series: 5:10 p.m.

Theatre: "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare: 8 p.m.

Veteran's Day: No classes, offices closed

Peer Response in Writing: noon

The Informative and Formative Classroom: Session IV: 3:30 p.m.

Authors' Teaching Circle: Changing Society: 3:30 p.m.

International film screening: 8 p.m.

Lecture: "Twelfth Night" pre-show talk: 7 p.m.

Theatre: "Twelfth Night" by William Shakespeare: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Nov. 13: Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1 p.m.

Nov. 13: Theatre: "Twelfth Night": 8 p.m.

Nov. 13: Harvest Concert: 8 p.m.

Nov. 14: FAME Annual Student Investment Conference: 9 a.m.

Nov. 16: International Education Week: Chinese Culture Day: 9 a.m.

Nov. 16: DIVA overview: 10 a.m.

Nov. 16: iLearn Quizzes: 11 a.m.

Nov. 16: iLearn from 0 to 60: Catching Up to Speed: 1 p.m.

Nov. 16: Recital: Creative World Ensemble: 1 p.m.

Nov. 16: Old left women, second wave feminism: Organizing Mothers Alone Working (MAW) Bay Area: 2 p.m.

Nov. 16: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 8 p.m.

Nov. 17: iLearn Gradebook: Track Student Progress Online: 1 p.m.

Nov. 17: Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: International Culture Fest: 9 a.m.

Nov. 18: The 20th Anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child: 10 a.m.

Nov. 18: International Education Week: "Breaking Barriers," a study abroad film: noon

Nov. 18: Recital: Vocal Jazz: 1 p.m.

Nov. 18: Turnitin: Turnitin For Written Assignments: 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 18: Concert: Fall Into Jazz: Combo Night: 8 p.m.

Nov. 18: Concert: Fall Into Jazz: Afro-Cuban Ensemble/Vocal Jazz: 8 p.m.

Nov. 19: International Education Week: Peace Walk: noon

Nov. 19: International Education Week: A Day in the Life of a Diplomat: 2 p.m.

Nov. 19: International Education Week: Citizen Diplomacy Peace Corps Panel: 4:30 p.m.

Nov. 19:  L'Auberge Espagnole: 8 p.m.

Nov. 20: Individual Career Development Program Workshop: noon

Nov. 20: Recital: Debra Lambert, mezzo-soprano: 1 p.m.

Nov. 20: Concert: Fall Into Jazz: SF State Gospel Choir: 8 p.m.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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