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Volume 58, Number 8    October 4, 2010         

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Annual Benefits Fair this week
Faculty and staff can explore the full range of employee benefits offered by SF State at the 29th annual Benefits Fair on Oct. 6. The event coincides with the beginning of open enrollment, the period when employees can add or change their University-sponsored insurance coverage.

Attendees can speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans, including CSU's Health Care/Dependent Care Reimbursement Program administrator, CalPERS Home Loan, the Patelco Credit Union and the Golden 1 Credit Union.

The fair runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Administration building first and second floors.

New Location for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) has moved to ADM 450A. Office hours and contact information are the same. The CTFD Media Library is available for faculty check-out during office hours and will offer a slate of new workshops this fall designed to help faculty energize their courses in lean times.

Be a museum volunteer
The University Museum needs volunteers for the "Eat, Drink and Be Buried: Life and Death Among the Etruscans" exhibit, which will run from Nov. 3 through Dec. 3, Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (closed Thanksgiving week). Volunteers are needed for one to two hours and training is provided. Contact Christine Fogarty at for more information.

Entries sought for award
The Tillie Olsen Award for Writers is being awarded for the first time at SF State. This $500 prize will be awarded annually, alternately to an undergraduate student majoring in Creative Writing or Women and Gender Studies, for a piece of socially conscious writing. This year's prize will be given to a Creative Writing undergraduate. This award has been made possible through the daughters and friends of the late Tillie Olsen, social activist and award-winning author of the short-story collection Tell Me A Riddle. The deadline is Friday, Oct. 29. Details are available at the Creative Writing Department in HUM 380 or send an email to

Spring textbook orders
The SFSU Bookstore is processing textbook orders for the spring semester and offering a $750 gift card to every department on campus that submits at least 90 percent of their spring 2011 textbook orders by Oct. 22. Place orders online at or via e-mail to or fax them to ext. 5-0474.


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New Community Emergency Response Team on Campus
A Campus Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) program will begin this fall as an ongoing initiative through the University's Office of Emergency Preparedness. CERT is part of a national program sponsored by the Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Administration and the national Citizens Corps.

CERT educates people about disaster preparedness for multiple hazards and trains them in such basic disaster response skills as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization and disaster medical operations. Through training, drills and practice exercises, CERT members learn how to assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available.

This free training will be provided by the San Francisco Fire Department through their Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) program. All students, alumni, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the two-day NERT training on Oct. 14 and 21 at Seven Hills Conference Center. To register for NERT training and join SF State Campus CERT, visit the Emergency Preparedness website at or contact Gayle Orr-Smith at or ext. 8-1046.

CalPERS 'Planning Your Retirement' workshops scheduled
CalPERS members who are within five years of retirement are invited to attend a workshop that will cover how to maximize retirement benefits, how retirement benefits are calculated, the steps to take prior to retiring and the retirement application process. Limited one-on-one sessions with a CalPERS retirement specialist are available after the workshop. Sessions will be held from 8:30 to 11 a.m. on Oct. 4, and from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 21. More details and registration information can be found at

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. An open floor period will be held from 2 to 2:10 p.m., providing an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments directed to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Report from University Provost Sue Rosser
  • Introduction of Vice President of University Advancement Robert Nava
  • Report from Dean of Faculty Affairs Wanda Lee
  • Report from Bookstore Manager Rob Strong regarding CSU Initiatives: Digital Market Place and Affordable Learning Solutions
  • Recommendation from Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed policy on Declaration of Major, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Physics and Astronomy department B.S. in Physics, concentration in Astrophysics, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to change the title of the MSBA with a concentration in accounting to an M.S. in Accountancy (MSA), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding the proposed resolution in support of the Voter Registration Campaign, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposal to rescind Academic Senate Policy S75-R-8, Family Housing at SF State, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposal to rescind Academic Senate Policy S79-45, proposed plan for the admission ofpost baccalaureate unclassified applicants, first reading

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

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Marie Drennan, Associate Professor of Creative Writing Nona Caspers and Professor of Health Education Adam Burke.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto, Economics Lecturer Bill Mason, Professor of English Michael Krasny and Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Russell Jeung.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Lecture: Sweatshop Labor: 4:10 p.m.

Book Signing: Michael Krasny: 5 p.m.

Lecture: California Surf Shops and the Transfer of Girl Localist Knowledge: noon

Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

Artist reception: Paintings and drawings by Beverly Voloshin: 3 p.m.

Lecture: Professor Alvin Plantinga (University of Notre Dame): 4 p.m.

Public Policy Research Group meeting and faculty research presentations: 10 a.m.

Lectures: Asian American Studies' Fridays in Focus: 11 a.m.

Coming Up
Oct. 10: Open House: Discovery Day: 11 a.m.

Oct. 10: Lecture: Morrison Artists Series pre-concert talk: 2 p.m.

Oct. 10: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Czech Nonet: 3 p.m.

Oct. 11: National Coming Out Day: 11 a.m.

Oct. 11: Straight Talk: Q&A with Panel on Coming Out: 2 p.m.

Oct. 12: Community Gathering for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People, and Allies: 4 p.m.

Oct. 12: Film Screening and Reception: La Mission: 6 p.m.

Oct. 13: Discussion: Colonialism, Homophobia, Islamophobia and Racism: 4:10 p.m.

Oct. 14: Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training: 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 14: Same Gender Lovin': Building Healthy Relationships: 11 a.m.

Oct. 14: Workshop: Responding to unmotivated learners: 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 14: Lecture: Professor Richard Swinburne (University of Oxford): 4 p.m.

Oct. 15: Film screening: Taiwan films and filmmakers: 3:30 p.m.

Oct. 15: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 8 p.m.

Oct. 16: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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