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Volume 58, Number 13    November 8, 2010         

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CampusMemo schedule
Campus will be closed Thursday, Nov. 11, in observance of Veterans Day. Because of this, submissions for the Nov. 15 issue of CampusMemo must be received by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 8.

CTFD faculty needs assessment survey
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) is conducting an assessment survey through Nov. 12, which will determine what professional development activities faculty most need.

The survey is intended for all faculty -- tenured, tenure-track and part- or full-time lecturers. All specific information is confidential and the survey is fully accessible. To participate, visit

Aggregate results of the survey will be announced later in the semester. CTFD thanks everyone for their participation. E-mail questions to

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program
Applications are being accepted for the Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program. The program is designed to increase the pool of individuals who show promise of becoming strong candidates for CSU faculty positions by providing financial assistance to graduate students with the motivation, skills and experience needed to teach the CSU's diverse student body. This competitive program is directed by the CSU but open to doctoral students across the country. Visit
to apply.

Applications are due Feb. 4, 2011 and should be submitted to ADM 451. For more information, call ext. 8-2204 or the Office of the Chancellor at (562) 951-4426, or visit

Retirement Association luncheon
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association will hold its annual fall luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 16. Catch up with former colleagues and hear former CSU Sacramento President Don Gerth discuss his new book The People's University; A History of the California State University.

The luncheon will be held at The Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco. RSVP by Nov. 10 by sending a $30 check payable to "SFSU Retirement Association." In the memo line of the check, indicate your meal preference (turkey, veal or vegetarian), and mail it to Ms. Yolanda Thompson, 156 Lunado Court, San Francisco, CA 94127. For more information see
or call (415) 334-1130.

Ecumenical House seeks board members
The Ecumenical House seeks faculty and staff to serve on their Board of Directors. Board members must be affiliated with one of the member organizations that contribute to the financial support of the Ecumenical House: United Methodist Church (California Nevada Conference), Presbyterian Church (San Francisco Presbytery), United Church of Christ (Northern California Nevada Conference) or Episcopal Church (Episcopal Diocese of California). If interested, contact board president Pamela Vaughn at

Nominations sought for distinguished faculty awards
Nominations for faculty honors and awards in teaching, professional achievement and service will be accepted through Feb. 11, 2011. The awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate, are designed to highlight the accomplishments of individual faculty members and to showcase a few examples of the consistently exceptional work of SF State faculty. To nominate yourself or a colleague for the awards, visit the Academic Senate website at For more information, contact or ext. 8-1264.

Call for honorary degree nominations
The University Honorary Degree Committee invites members of the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be conferred at the 2011 Commencement ceremony. The nomination deadline is Monday, Nov. 15.

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. Send nominations to with the following subject line: "Attn.: Honorary Degree Committee."

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Institute renamed in remembrance of Professor Paul Longmore
SF State's Institute on Disability will be renamed in remembrance of Professor of History Paul Longmore, who passed away Aug. 9. Longmore was a leading scholar in disability history and helped establish disability studies as an academic field, similar to the rise of women studies and ethnic studies in prior decades. He joined the faculty in 1992 and taught courses on early American history and the history of disabilities. Read the full story about the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability at SF State News.

Academic Senate
The following is a list of action items from the Nov. 2 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Approved the Oct. 19 minutes
  • Approved the Nov. 2 agenda
  • Heard a report by Executive Vice President of Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita and Associate Director of Government Relations Derek Aitken regarding California budget projections and the fiscal implications for SF State
  • Approved the Academic Policy Committee recommendation for the proposed Course Syllabus Policy
  • Approved the Academic Policy Committee recommendation for the proposed revisions to the Written English Proficiency Policy
  • Approved the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee recommendation for the proposal to revise the Advanced Placement Option in Nursing Program
  • Discussed the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee recommendation for the proposal to rescind Academic Senate Policy #S82-89, Entry Level Skills and Remedial Courses, in first reading
  • Discussed the Academic Policies Committee recommendation for the proposed revisions to the Committee Structure for Baccalaureate Degree Requirements, first reading
  • Adopted a resolution in honor of the world champion San Francisco Giants

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at

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This week in Insiders: Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Michael "My" Yarabinec, Professor of Management Norma Carr-Ruffino, Assistant Professor of Psychology Ezequiel Morsella and Associate Professor of Psychology Avi Ben-Zeev.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Public Administration Eric Zeemering, Associate Professor of History Charles Postel, Associate Professor of Secondary Education Judith Kysh, Assistant Professor of Raza Studies Belinda Reyes and Associate Professor of Psychology Chris Wright.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.

Reception: 21st Annual Stillwell Student Show: 4 p.m.

Lecture: Virginia Woolf and the Greek tradition: noon

Aging Explorers' Lecture Series: Adam Gazzaley: 12:30 p.m.

Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.

Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism 20th Anniversary fundraiser: 6 p.m.

Recital: Voice students: 7:30 p.m.

Veterans Day: No Classes, Offices Closed

Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.

Coming Up
Nov. 13: Poetry Center event: A Community Writing Itself: 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 15: International Education Week 2010

Nov. 15: Chinese Culture Day: 10 a.m.

Nov. 15: Japanese Tea Ceremony

Nov. 15: Recital: SF State Funk Ensemble: 1 p.m.

Nov. 16: Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

Nov. 16: Study Abroad Reception: Certification Ceremony: 3 p.m.

Nov. 16: Concert: Fall Into Jazz: Vocal Jazz: 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 17: International Education Week 2010

Nov. 17: CultureFest 2010: 10 a.m.

Nov. 17: Workshop: Energizing Your Course By Design (Session Three): 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 17: Recital: New Moves Dance preview: 1 p.m.

Nov. 17: Poetry reading: Karen Tei Yamashita: 2 p.m.

Nov. 17: Concert: Fall Into Jazz: Combo Night: 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 18: Workshop: Assessing and Grading Your Students in Lean Hours (Session II): 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 18: Diplomat Day: 2 p.m.

Nov. 18: Poetry Reading: Cedar Sigo and Simon Pettet:4:30 p.m.

Nov. 18: Concert: Fall Into Jazz: Afro-Cuban Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 19: Recital: Women's Chorus: 1 p.m.

Nov. 19: Concert: Harvest Concert: 8 p.m.

Nov. 22: Fall '10 Recess: No Classes; Campus Open

Nov. 23: Fall '10 Recess: No Classes; Campus Open

Nov. 24: Fall '10 Recess: No Classes; Campus Open

Nov. 25: Fall '10 Recess: No Classes; Campus Closed

Nov. 26: Fall '10 Recess: No Classes; Campus Closed


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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