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Volume 59, Number 17    December 5, 2011         

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CampusMemo schedule
The Dec. 19 issue of CampusMemo will be the final issue of the fall semester. Weekly publication of CampusMemo will resume Jan. 23.

Student-led town hall meeting
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement asks faculty and staff to encourage their students to attend a student-led town hall meeting on Monday, Dec. 5 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Towers Conference Center Sunset room. The meeting will provide an opportunity for open dialogue with community leaders and the chance to discuss and deliberate upon landmark ideas, a "student bill of rights and responsibilities" and the types of reformative policies that are needed. Community representatives from the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, SF Unified School District, City College of SF, California Faculty Association and SF State will attend. For more information, visit

Cancer support group
A monthly faculty and staff cancer support group is forming. The group will meet Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 4 to 5 p.m. in SSB 208 and will be facilitated by Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Derethia DuVal. The group is designed for people to give/receive encouragement, emotional and practical support and to exchange information. For more information and to RSVP, please call ext. 8-2208.

RFSA year-end celebration
La Raza Faculty and Staff Association will host an end-of-the-year celebration for all members and invited guests at 5 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8. The event will be catered by San Jalisco restaurant. For more information, contact Nicky Trasvina at or ext. 5-0900.

Call for papers/panels
Paper and panel proposals for the third Global Conference on Genocide are being accepted through Dec. 15. The conference will begin June 28, 2012 at SF State and is titled "Genocide: Knowing the Past, Safeguarding the Future."

Suggestions for panels and papers on all aspects of the study of genocide and mass violence -- past, present and future -- are invited. Submissions should be e-mailed to the chairs of the program committee: Volker Langbehn at and Juergen Zimmerer at Submissions must be received by Dec. 15. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words per paper and panel suggestions should briefly state the rationale of the panel, including short CVs and institutional affiliation. Submissions should be contained in a single Word file.

For more information visit or contact Volker Langbehn at

Betty Lam retirement
A retirement celebration will be held for Betty Lam on Dec. 16 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Well-wishers are asked to RSVP by Dec. 12 with a $10 donation to cover the cost of food and a gift. RSVP to Julie Ngo in SSB 108 or Stacy Gin in SSB 106, and make checks payable to Frieda Lee.

Winter Writing Colloquium
The University Committee on Written English Proficiency (CWEP) invites faculty to a Winter Writing Colloquium on Thursday, Jan. 19, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. In open roundtables, as well as two scheduled workshops, faculty can share their work teaching writing in Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement classes. One workshop will focus on the appropriate role of grammar in response to student writing and the other on using peer response. Faculty can attend in the morning and/or afternoon. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided. RSVP to Mary Soliday at by Jan. 15 to reserve a seat and lunch. Visit the Winter Writing Colloquium website for more details.


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Image: President and Mrs. Robert A. Corrigan regret to announce that the Faculty and Staff Holiday Reception scheduled for Wednesday, December 14, 2011 has been cancelled. We wish all Faculty and Staff the best during this holiday season.

All University Sustainability Committee call for nominations
Nominations are being accepted for two of the four faculty positions on the All University Sustainability Committee. Nominations should include information regarding the nominee's experience and commitment to sustainability, and may be made by faculty, staff, students, co-workers or by self-nomination. Send nominations to Caitlin Steele at by Dec. 8 and they will be forwarded to the Academic Senate Chair for consideration. The appointments are for two years each. Information on the cCommittee and its members can be found at

Employees urged to check their address of record
The State Controller’s Office mails W2 forms to the address of record for State employees during January of each year. If your home address changed this year, it is important to change your address of record so that your 2011 W2 form is mailed to the correct address. The deadline for submitting address changes is Thursday, Dec. 15. There are two ways for reporting an address change:

Electronic address change reporting through SF State Gateway

  • Visit
  • Choose "Login" and enter your SF State ID and password
  • Choose the "Human Resources" tab
  • Under the heading "My Home Address," choose "Select to change your home address"
  • Scroll down, click the "Edit" button
  • Update your information, select "Save" and then log out

Paper address change reporting in Human Resources (ADM 252)

Contact your department's Payroll and Benefits representative in Human Resources for answers to questions or call the Human Resources switchboard at ext. 8-1873.

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 to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Approval of the minutes for Nov. 15
  • Approval of the agenda for Dec. 6
  • Chair's report
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Chairs Selection and Review Policy, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Definition of Schools and Departments Policy #S94-190, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding the proposed policy on Student and Applicant Complaints Against San Francisco State University and/or Its Employees, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed Resolution in Support of Nonviolent Protest on California University and College Campuses, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed Online Education Policy, first reading

Advisory Committee to the Trustee's Committee for the Selection of the President
Elections for faculty and staff representatives to serve on the Advisory Committee to the Trustees Committee for the Selection of the President have been scheduled:

  • The faculty representative election will take place Dec. 7 through Dec. 19. An e-mail announcement will also be sent to faculty
  • The staff representative election will take place Dec. 2 through Dec. 9. An e-mail will be sent to the staff electorate to solicit nominations

For more information, please visit the Senate website.

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

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Russell Jeung, Professor of Economics Sudip Chattopadhyay, Professor and Chair of Secondary Education Nathan (Natalio) Avani and Assistant Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel, Associate Professor of Health Education Ramon Castellblanch and Professor and Chair of Economics Sudip Chattopadhyay.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Reclaiming Our Future: Town Hall: noon

Recital: SF State Wind Ensemble: 1 p.m.

Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

San Francisco Math Circle Teachers' Circle: 6 p.m.

Recital: Student chamber music ensembles: 1 p.m.

Sea Lion Bowl 2012 Volunteer Orientation: 3:30 p.m.

Concert: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 7 p.m.

Workshop: Form Accessibility Overview: 1 p.m.

Recital: Student chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: 8 p.m.

Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.

Concert: SF State Gospel Choir: 8 p.m.

Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: 8 p.m.

Concert: SF State Gospel Choir: 10 p.m.

Coming Up
Dec. 10: The George Oppen Memorial Lecture presented by Peter Nicholls: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 10: Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: 8 p.m.

Dec. 11: Theatre: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead: 2 p.m.

Dec. 11: Concert: Edwin Kruth Memorial Concert: 3 p.m.

Dec. 12: Fall '11 Last Day of Classes

Dec. 12: Recital: Vocal students: 1 p.m.

Dec. 12: SFSU Handbell Choir's Winter Holiday Concert: 7 p.m.

Dec. 12: Concert: Student composers: 7 p.m.

Dec. 13-19: Fall '11 Final Exams

Dec. 14: Recital: Opera Workshop: 7 p.m.

Dec. 16: Google Webinar: Extending your search skills - Staying relevant in a changing world: 9 a.m.

Dec. 20-21: Fall '11 Department Meetings

Dec. 22: Fall '11 Evaluation Day

Dec. 23: Fall '11 Grading Day

Jan. 3, 2012: Fall '11 Grading Day

Jan. 3, 2012: Fall '11 Semester Ends: Grades Due


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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