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Volume 59, Number 3    August 29, 2011         

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Cat feeders sought
The Campus Cat Committee seeks campus volunteers to feed the campus cats on weekends. Staff, faculty and student volunteers need only deliver the provided food and water once per month, on Saturday and/or Sunday. To sign up, contact Brigid Duffy at or ext. 8-1493. Donations are also welcome and are used for food and veterinary bills.

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Disaster preparedness training
As part of the continuing development of a Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) on campus, the San Francisco Fire Department (SFFD) will provide two days of intensive disaster preparedness training this fall. The training sessions will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 22 and Thursday, Oct. 6 at the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity, which is geared toward people who live and work in San Francisco.

View the SFFD neighborhood emergency response training materials for the course outline and registration instructions. Additional information is also available at the fire department website at Learn more about SF State campus-CERT by visiting or contact Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Gayle Orr-Smith at or ext. 8-1046.

Whalen joins President's Office
Shawn Whalen, former chair of the Academic Senate and a lecturer in Communication Studies since 1997, has joined the Office of the President where he has been appointed to serve as a deputy chief of staff. Whalen will join Chief of Staff Patty Bartscher and Deputy Chief of Staff Jason Porth in supporting the president's initiatives. Whalen will focus his efforts on University reorganization and providing analysis and advice to the president on the academic program. He retains his faculty appointment.

"Shawn's skillful leadership has been central to the success of the University's collaborative reorganization process and his expertise in this area will be a great benefit to the campus community as we continue to implement the reorganization," President Robert A. Corrigan said.

Prior to serving as chair of the Academic Senate for three terms, Whalen directed the SF State Forensics program. He received his B.A. and M.A. from San Diego State University and did doctoral work at the University of Utah.

New tenure-track faculty
More than 20 new tenure-track faculty members are joining SF State this fall, representing a variety of teaching and research interests and academic backgrounds. Brief profiles of new faculty members are available at

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Africana Studies Shawn Ginwright, Chair and Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Joanne Barker, Assistant Professor of Cinema Julian Hoxter, Professor and Chair of Creative Writing Maxine Chernoff and Associate Professor of Art Santhi Kavuri-Bauer.

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This week in Newsmakers: President Robert A. Corrigan, Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Jo Volkert, Professor of Biology Leticia Marquez-Magaña and Professor Emeritus of Secondary Education Mark Phillips.

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We mark the passing of Professor Emerita of Elementary Education Thomassine (Tommie) Sellers.

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

Information session: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: noon

Preview: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: 3 p.m.

Theatre: Life x3: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Sept. 3: Theatre: Life x3: 8 p.m.

Sept. 5: Labor Day: No Classes; Offices Closed

Sept. 6: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Sept. 20: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Contact University Communications at the number listed below. The deadline for submissions other than events is 5 p.m. Tuesday the week preceding publication. Items may be sent via e-mail:, faxed to ext. 8-1498, or sent through campus mail to: CampusMemo, University Communications, ADM 156. Submit events directly to the University Calendar by 10 a.m. on Wednesday the week prior to publication. Please direct any questions to the e-mail address above, or call ext. 8-1665.


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