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Volume 57, Number 6    September 21, 2009         

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SFSU Bookstore processing spring orders
The Bookstore is now processing orders for the spring semester. The Bookstore will offer each department on campus a $750 gift card if at least 90 percent of Spring 2009 textbook orders for that department are received by Oct.1. Orders can be placed online at e-mailed to, or faxed to ext.5-0474.

Volunteers sought for Romberg Tiburon Center’s Discovery Day 2009
Volunteers are sought for the Oct. 4 opening of SF State’s marine research lab 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.

Announcing New CSU Academic Technology Services Web site and newsletter
The CSU has launched the newly designed Academic Technology Services (ATS) Web site: The site serves to identify, advance and support academic technology initiatives, and share system-supported resources, tools and expertise that enable student success through effective collaboration with the CSU campus communities. CSU ATS also recently launched the ATS newsletter that highlights campus collaborations.

Benefits open enrollment Sept. 14 to 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

Saffold honored as educator of the year by NCNW Bay Area Chapter
J.E. (Penny) Saffold will be honored as Educator of the Year by the Golden Gate section of the National Council of Negro Women (NCNW) for her work promoting student leadership and educational opportunities for students from minority backgrounds.

Saffold, who has served as vice president for Student Affairs since 1994 and dean of students since 1984, is the longest-serving vice president for Student Affairs and dean of students in the CSU. In addition to enriching the student experience outside the classroom, she directs a broad range of offices and departments on campus. Saffold oversees  the offices of undergraduate admissions, enrollment management, financial aid, registrar, student health, University housing, educational opportunity programs, disability programs and resource center, athletics and University Police among others.

Saffold said she is especially pleased to receive the award because of what educator and NCNW founder Mary McLeod Bethune meant to her growing up. "I am very honored to receive this award because it comes from the National Council of Negro Women, which has been a stalwart organization for the promotion of opportunities for African American women," Saffold said. "Mary McLeod Bethune and Dorothy Height were my 'sheroes' for many years and are renowned educators who provided educational opportunities for women."

Saffold's time at SF State has coincided with a 15 percent increase in the student population -- particularly among students with diverse backgrounds. Saffold's deft touch has aided the student experience and increased communication between students and the administration.

Celebrate faculty tenure, promotion
A campus-wide celebration in honor of the 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 as a pdf file at:

Open call 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 form, rules, qualifications, category definitions and submission requirements are available at

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

  • The Senate was addressed by Provost Sue Rosser.
  • VP of Administration & Finance Leroy Morishita reported on the 2009-10 SF State Budget and estimated that next year’s campus deficit will be $30-35 million. The campus’ available discretionary non-salary funds will be about $11 million.
  • AVP of Enrollment Management Jo Volkert presented a report on Fall 2009 Enrollments, targets and spring admissions, as well as plans for summer and fall 2010.
  • Senate Vice Chairman Ray Trautman reported on the Summer Senate activities, a copy of which is available on the Academic Senate Web site.
  • Senate Chair Shawn Whalen presented an orientation on Senate Procedures.
  • A recommendation was presented from the Executive Committee on Proposed Standing Committee Assignments, first and second readings and the proposed assignments were approved.
  • A recommendation was presented from the Student Affairs Committee on Proposed Revisions to the Student Affairs Committee (SAC) Charge, first reading. It was brought into second reading and approved.

This week in Insiders: Creative Writing Lecturer Anne Galjour’s solo theatre piece opens and Professor of Journalism Jon Funabiki moderated a panel in San Francisco.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Geosciences John Monteverdi discusses rare thunderstorms in the Bay Area and Assistant Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri talks about U.S. involvement in Afghanistan.

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SF State received $5,437,337 in grants and contacts in August.

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New way to submit events to CampusMemo
CampusMemo will now pick up events 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.

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

PARK(ing) Day: 8 a.m.

Planning Your Retirement with CalPERS: 12:30 p.m.

Planning Your Retirement with CalPERS: 9:30 a.m.

Sustainable SF State: 3:30 p.m.

The Third Annual John H. Gagnon Distinguished Lecture on Sexuality, Modernity and Change: 7 p.m.

Poetry Reading: Maurice Scully & Tinker Green: 7:30 p.m.

Coming up
Sept. 28:Recital: "Piano Music of George Crumb": 1 p.m.

Sept. 29: FRESCA to Find Me: Creating a Profile in FRESCA: 1 p.m.

Sept. 29: The 2009 Japanese Tea Ceremony Workshop Series: 5:10 p.m.

Sept. 30: Campus MovieFest Launch at San Francisco State University: noon

Sept. 30: Planning Your Retirement with CalPERS: 12:10 p.m.

Sept. 30: Recital: "Jassen Todorov, violin, and William Corbett-Jones, piano": 1 p.m.

Oct. 1: Video screening: "Smile Foundation of India" 7:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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