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Volume 57, Number 8    October 5, 2009         

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Register Now for OLLI Fall Session II
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute provides non-credit classes, activities and discussion forums for anyone older than 50 at the Downtown Campus. Fall Session II courses include: Exploring the Current Situation in Pakistan, Exploring Aging through Film (begins Oct. 6), Mesoamerican Art Appreciation, Social Networking, Writers Workshop, and Great Comic Songs from Stage and Screen and much more.  For complete course descriptions and more information about OLLI, visit or call OLLI Director Debra Varner at ext. 7-4243. Fall Session II begins Oct. 29.

Tickets available for Taste of the Bay
Tickets are available for faculty and staff for the 13th Taste of the Bay. The event will be held Oct. 21 at 6 p.m. aboard the San Francisco Belle at Pier 3. For ticket information and a list of participating restaurants, breweries and wineries, visit

Volunteers sought for Romberg Tiburon Center’s Discovery Day 2009
Volunteers are sought for this event on Oct. 4, when SF State’s marine research lab opens its doors to the public for science exploration, art activities, storytelling, touch tanks, food and more. Volunteers are needed in four-hour shifts (8 a.m. to noon, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and noon to 4 p.m.). Those interested in volunteering can contact Jennifer Viale at or ext. 8-6063.  All volunteers will receive a Discovery Day T-shirt and lunch. There is no scheduled public transportation to RTC. Ask about transportation options when signing up.

Benefits open enrollment ends Oct. 9
From Sept. 14 to Oct. 9, faculty and staff may enroll in or make changes to health, dental and vision plans, FlexCash, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA). Forms must be received by Oct. 9. Changes made during open enrollment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2010. Employees currently enrolled in DCRA and HCRA programs must re-enroll for the 2010 year during this open enrollment period. For more information, contact the benefits and retirement services unit at ext. 8-1875 or visit the Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management Web site at

Emmy winners headline alumni day
Peter Casey, (B.A. '75), and Glen Charles, (M.A. '68), who defined comedy as producers of the hit comedy series "Cheers," will kick-start a day of celebration and rediscovery for alumni on Oct. 17. The pair will reflect on their time at SF State and careers in the entertainment industry during a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The conversation between the longtime collaborators will be moderated by alum and CBS 5 anchor Ken Bastida (B.A.'80).

"Glen Charles and Peter Casey are representative of the thousands of talented, successful alumni who have passed through the halls and classrooms of this University," said Lee Blitch, vice president of University Advancement. "Throughout their careers, Glen and Peter have shown the world the power of an education from SF State."    

Current faculty will discuss the work being done at SF State during a daylong speaker series. Attendees can hear about groundbreaking research on facial recognition by Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto, the strides made by Caitlin Ryan and the Family Acceptance Project or a presentation on literary creativity by notable creative writing alums and faculty. For a speaker series schedule, visit:

In addition to the speaker series and luncheons, numerous colleges and departments will host their own reunions and open houses for alumni. For more information, visit

PARK(ing) Day comes to SF State
On Oct. 6 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., 25 car parking spaces on the top deck of the parking garage will be transformed into a park-like environment as part of the campus' PARK(ing) Day, an event to raise awareness of the alternative transportation options available to the campus and the University’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint. Faculty and staff are invited to visit the temporary 'park' where there will be hay bale seats, sculptures made from recycled materials, food vendors and information about alternative transportation.

Celebrate faculty tenure, promotion
A campus-wide celebration in honor of faculty granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held Oct. 6 from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The faculty tenure and promotions list is available at:

Open calls for CSU Media Arts Festival entries
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to apply for the 19th annual Media Arts Festival (MAF), which will be held Nov. 7 at CSU Fullerton. All CSU students in film, video and interactive media are encouraged to participate in this competition. Deadline for submissions is Oct. 5. Entry forms, rules, qualifications, category definitions and submission requirements are available at

Academic Senate
The following is a list of action items from the Sept. 29 Academic Senate meeting:

  • CSU Senators Andrea Boyle, Jerry Shapiro and Darlene Yee, presented a report on the recent activities of the Statewide Senate.  
  • The Curriculum Review and Approval Committee presented a Name Change to the minor, B.A. and M.A. in Women Studies. The item was heard in first reading and second reading and was approved.
  • The Academic Policies Committee proposed a revision to the Administrative Search Policy, #S09-180. This item was heard in first and second reading and was approved.
  • The Strategic Issues Committee presented a proposed Policy on Intellectual Property. The item was heard in first reading and is anticipated to return for further discussion Oct. 13.  

This week in Insiders: Professor of Anthropology Bernard Wong was named Distinguished Lecturer at an International Conference.

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Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.

DIVA Overview: 1 p.m.

Teaching with DIVA: 2 p.m.

Ethnic Studies 40 Years Later: An International Conference

FRESCA to Find Me: Creating a Profile in FRESCA: 11 a.m.

Community Engaged Scholarship at RTP Review: Indicators and Measures of Quality: 4 p.m.

DIVA Overview: 3 p.m.

Faculty Workshop: The Informative and Formative Classroom II, Assessing Skills: 3:30 p.m.

Poetry Reading: Giancarlo Campagna & Clive Matson: 3:30 p.m.

Theatre: "Proof" : 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Oct 9: Lecture: "Morrison Artists Series Pre-Concert Talk": 7 p.m.

Oct. 9: Concert: "Morrison Artists Series: Eroica Trio": 8 p.m.

Oct. 10: Lecture: "Gordon H. Chang": 1 p.m.

Oct 10: Theatre: "Proof": 8 p.m.

Oct. 11: Theatre: "Proof": 2 p.m.

Oct. 12: Symposium: The U.S. and Guantanamo Bay: Noon

Oct. 12: Lecture: Palimpsests of globalization: 2 p.m.

Oct. 13: Objectives & Tech: Achieving Learning Objectives with Technology: 10 a.m.

Oct. 13: Teach with Tech: Develop a Personalized Teaching-with-Technology Plan: 1 p.m.

Oct. 13: Fall 2009 Japanese Tea Ceremony Workshop Series: 5:10 p.m.

Oct. 14: Teach with Tech: Develop a Personalized Teaching-with-Technology Plan: 10 a.m.

Oct. 14: Recital: "Parno Graszt": 1 p.m.

Oct. 14: Objectives & Tech: Achieving Learning Objectives with Technology: 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 14: Lecture: The Greek Diaspora Today: 7 p.m.

Oct. 15: DIVA Overview: 10 a.m.

Oct. 15: Teaching with DIVA: 11 a.m.

Oct. 15: Neighborhood Empowerment Through Community-Based Scholarship part 1: 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 15: Theatre: "Proof": 8 p.m.



For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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