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Volume 58, Number 4    September 7, 2010         

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Celebrate National Coming Out Week, Oct. 11-15
Pride@SF State invites faculty to celebrate National Coming Out Week (NCOW) Oct. 11-15 by opening for audit by the campus community those classes that pertain to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience. Those programs will be advertised to the campus community as part of the NCOW events. To participate, contact Bita Shooshani by Sept. 10 at or ext. 5-3953. For more info on Pride@SF State visit

UWA scholarship winners
The University Women's Association (UWA) Gloria Spencer Scholarship for 2010-11 has been awarded to: Susie K. Barr-Wilson, graduate student in recreation, parks and tourism; junior Kim Edwards, accounting; graduate student Brenna Gall, communicative disorders; and, Deborah K. Morgan, a classics senior. Created in the 1980s by its namesake, the scholarship is awarded for academic merit and need. Each recipient is awarded $1,200. The scholarship is funded by the annual UWA scholarship cruises and other contributions. The next cruise will sail from Barcelona to Copenhagen in May 2011. More information can be found at

Academic Senate on social media
There is a new way to communicate with the staff representatives to the Academic Senate. Stay connected to the issues facing the Senate on Twitter at or join their Facebook group at

Volunteer for Discovery Day
Volunteers are needed for Romberg Tiburon Center's (RTC) Discovery Day on Oct. 10, when the marine research lab opens its doors to the public for a day of science exploration, art activities, lectures, touch tanks and more. Volunteers are needed for all activities and will work in three-hour shifts (10 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 1 - 4 p.m.). To volunteer, contact Jennifer Viale at or ext. 8-6063 by Sept. 30. All volunteers will receive a Discovery Day t-shirt, lunch and soft drink. Ask about transportation options when you sign up, as there is no public transit to RTC.

New HR self-service apps and employee survey
Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management has added employee self-service applications to the SF State Portal. Active faculty and staff now can view and update home address and emergency contact information, as well as view benefits information. In addition, to comply with new federal requirements for employee demographics, and as part of a California State University-wide effort, SF State has created an employee survey on race/ethnicity which will be available from Sept. 3 to Sept. 30. To complete the survey and access the new self-service applications, faculty and staff should log in to and select the "Faculty/Staff" tab. For further information contact or ext. 5-4357.


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Campus construction update
Several construction projects are underway as part of the University’s ongoing program to improve the quality of facilities, increase energy efficiency and ensure seismic safety. Every attempt will be made to diminish the impact of the ongoing projects on campus life and the surrounding community. A comprehensive overview can be found at

J. Paul Leonard Library
The Library renovation, expansion and seismic upgrade project progressed significantly over the summer. An automated book retrieval system has been installed. Work on the north addition and the renovation of the existing building will continue. Work is scheduled for completion early in spring semester 2012. For more information, see For a closer look at the new automated book retrieval system, see

Utilities Extension Project
The University is installing underground utilities to provide electric power, heating, water, gas and telecommunications, as well as relocating a City sanitary sewer and storm drain line. Construction should be completed by early summer 2011 and will take place in the southwest corner of campus. A map and detailed schedule are available at This construction is in preparation for the future building of a Creative Arts Center, part of the SF State campus master plan. See

Fuel Cell Energy Project
In collaboration with SF State, PG&E will install, operate and maintain a fuel cell complex on the campus, located in the decommissioned steam boiler plant attached to the gym. This pilot project is one of several that will help utilities learn how fuel cells can generate power for their grids. Locating the fuel cell complex at SF State will offer a multitude of instructional, collaborative and research opportunities for faculty and students. Construction will begin fall 2010 and is expected to be completed summer 2011. For more information, see

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:

  • Approval of the agenda for Sept. 7, 2010
  • Academic Senate elections for one faculty representative to serve a three-year term (2010-13) on the Enrollment Management Committee
  • A Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) update report from Linda Buckley, AVP of academic planning and educational effectiveness
  • A recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee: proposed approval of the Standing Committee assignments, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee: proposed resolution in honor of Kim Foreman in memoriam, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee: proposed resolution in honor of Paul Longmore, in memoriam, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policy Committee: proposed revisions to the Administrative Review Policy, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: proposed name change of the Raza Studies Program, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: proposal to rescind Policy #S87-150 policy for University-wide scholastic honorary societies
  • A report from Robert Cherny, professor/council member: update on the University Planning Advisory Council (UPAC)

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University web calendar and on the Senate website at

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Accounting Chun Chia Chang, Marc Dollinger, the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Chair of Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, Associate Professor of Management Mitchell Marks, Assistant Professor of Management Charlotte Fillol, Assistant Professor of Management Antoaneta Petkova, Professor of Management Ron Purser, Assistant Professor of Management Jennifer Tosti-Kharas, Professor of Marketing Bill Perttula, Assistant Professor of Marketing Ian Clark Sinapuelas and Professor of Theatre Arts John B. Wilson.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Management Sally Baack and Professor and Director of Labor Studies John Logan.

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We mark the passing of Professor Emeritus of Microbiology Hideo Yonenaka.

Read In Memoriam :

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

Labor Day Observed: No Classes; Offices Closed

Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

Nonprofit Agency Fair: 11 a.m.

Open House: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: 3 p.m.

Coming Up
Sept 11: Miniconference: "Creativity: The Arts and Your Gray Matter": 1 p.m.

Sept. 12: Recital: Faculty tribute to Carlo Bussotti: 3 p.m.

Sept. 13: Single Subject Credential Program Information Meeting: 2 p.m.

Sept. 16: San Francisco Rights Conference: 8:30 a.m.

Sept 16: Park(ing) Day: 8 a.m.

Sept. 17: San Francisco Rights Conference (second day): 9 a.m.

Sept. 18: Reception: "Out of Order: Geometric Systems in Contemporary Bay Area Art": 1:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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