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Volume 59, Number 13    November 7, 2011         

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Cancer support group forming
A monthly faculty and staff cancer support group is forming. The group, facilitated by Director of Counseling and Psychological Services Derethia DuVal, will meet Tuesday, Nov. 8, from 4 to 5 p.m. in SSB 208. The group is envisioned as a place for people to give/receive encouragement, emotional support, practical support and exchange information. For more information and to RSVP, please call 338-6100.

Museum reception
Tree of Life: Preserving 3,000 years of Family Heritage is an experimental University Museum exhibition that brings together the museum's permanent and teaching collections from very different places and time periods. The opening reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 9 from 3 to 6 p.m. in HUM 510. Exhibit hours will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday from Nov. 7 through Dec. 7.

The exhibition will show methods used by people across cultures and time to preserve their family histories. At the reception, museum experts will demonstrate the restoration of a Chinese scroll painting. Food and beverages will be served, and the emporium will be available for holiday shopping.

Holiday luncheon at the Palace Hotel
The University Women’s Association (UWA) annual holiday luncheon is scheduled for Dec. 3 at the Palace Hotel in San Francisco. This year's special guests will be the Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship recipients for 2011-12. The cost is $50 for UWA members and their guests, $55 for non-members. Everyone is invited and encouraged to bring friends, co-workers, colleagues and family.

For detailed information, menu and reservation form, visit and click on the "events" link or contact Lin Ivory at Persons interested in joining should visit the website and follow the "membership" link. UWA has also planned a Beach Blanket Babylon Theatre party on Nov. 13 and a tour of the Anchor Brewery on Nov. 21.

Preliminary call for papers/panels
The third Global Conference on Genocide, "Genocide: Knowing the Past, Safeguarding the Future," will begin June 28, 2012 at SF State. 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, 2011. 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, including topics of particular interest, visit or contact Volker Langbehn at


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Bay Area Science Festival under way
SF State is taking part in the first Bay Area Science Festival (BASF), offering the campus community and public a series of free, interactive events that focus on science and technology. Take your child to check out the remaining events and ignite their interest in the sciences:

The Bay Area Star Party will start at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 in Thornton Hall. Activities on tap include viewing the night sky through telescopes from the rooftop observatory, with tips from professional astronomers, and shows in the University's planetarium.

Discovery Days at AT&T Park will be a science carnival comprised of three exhibits: a booth with interactive chemistry experiments hosted by students, a presentation on movement research by Professor of Kinesiology Kate Hamill and the math faculty's hands-on activities with ropes, ribbons and bubbles that will enable visitors -- from kindergarteners to adults -- to learn how mathematics can help us understand DNA. The event will start at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 in AT&T Park.

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Veterans Services Center celebrates success
The Veterans Services Center will celebrate its first anniversary throughout the day on Nov. 9 with refreshments and a Resource Fair that features, among other things, an "Ask a Vet" table staffed by SF State veterans from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Centennial Walkway near the Student Services building.

During the past year, the center has provided valuable support and assistance to the 430 veterans on campus, as well as the 323 dependents of veterans. "These are very motivated students, who are eager to pursue careers," Veterans Services Coordinator Rogelio Manaois said. "Most of them already have college or community college credits and want our help to focus on the classes and requirements they need to graduate in the most efficient amount of time."

The Veterans Services Center is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit the Veterans Services Center website, call est. 8-2336 or e-mail

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Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Nov. 1 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Approved the Executive Committee recommendation regarding the proposed Resolution in Support of Principles of Shared Governance in Reorganization
  • Approved the Academic Policies Committee recommendation regarding the proposed Principles Regarding College Naming
  • Heard a report from AVP for Academic Planning and Development and Interim Director of CEL Linda Buckley and AVP for Enrollment Management Jo Volkert on the Student Success and Graduation Initiative Milestone Study
  • Approved the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee recommendation regarding the proposed Revisions to the Graduate Program M.S. in Psychology, Concentration Clinical Psychology
  • Approved the Executive Committee recommendation regarding the proposed Revision to Retention Tenure and Promotion Policy to Agree with Current Contract Language (Section 1.4 regarding rebuttal timeline)
  • Discussed the Task Force Report on Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR)

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

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Cinema Jameson Goldner, Associate Professor and Director of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan, Assistant Professor of Social Work Yeon-Shim Lee Assistant Professor of Social Work Candy Madrigal and Assistant Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor and Chair of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Patrick Tierney and Associate Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn.

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

Museum Exhibition: Tree of Life: Preserving 3,000 Years of Family Heritage: 11 a.m.

Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.

Lawrence Ferlinghetti and Gary Snyder Benefit Reading for the Poetry Center: 7 p.m.

Panel: Farmer Voices from Across the Country: Fighting for Sustainability and Justice: 7 p.m.

Lecture: How to Travel Better, Cheaper and Smarter: 12:10 p.m.

Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.

Opening Reception for Museum Exhibition: Tree of Life: 3 p.m.

Introduction to Microsoft Word Accessibility: 9 a.m.

Women and Gender Studies Fall 2011 Colloquia: 2 p.m.

A reading by poets Will Alexander and Maria Damon: 4:30 p.m.

Dance: Student Choreography Showcase: Solos and Duets: 6:30 p.m.

Concert: Harvest Concert: 7 p.m.

Fall '11 Veterans Day Observed: No Classes: Offices Closed

Poetry Reading: Does the secret mind whisper?: 7:30 p.m.

Coming Up
Nov. 14: International Education Week

Nov. 14: Cultural Food Fair: 10 a.m.

Nov. 14: Chinese Culture Day: noon

Nov. 14: Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.

Nov. 14: Japanese Tea Ceremony: 1:10 p.m.

Nov. 15: Cultural Food Fair: 10 a.m.

Nov. 15: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Nov. 15: Concert: Vocal Jazz: 7 p.m.

Nov. 16: Cultural Food Fair: 10 a.m.

Nov. 17: Workshop: PDF Accessibility: 9 a.m.

Nov. 17: Office of International Programs Open House: 10 a.m.

Nov. 17: A Day in the Life of a Diplomat: 1 p.m.

Nov. 17: Artist Lecture Series: Allan deSouza: 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 17: Concert: Jazz Combos and Big Band: 7 p.m.

Nov. 18: Google Webinar: Believe it or not: Authority and credibility (about Google search results): 9 a.m.

Nov. 21-23: Fall '11 Recess: No Classes: Campus Open

Nov. 24-25: Fall '11 Recess: No Classes: Campus Closed


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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