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Volume 59, Number 10    October 17, 2011         

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International Education Week nearing
The Division of International Education and the Office of International Programs invite the campus community to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) 2011 from Monday, Nov. 14 through Friday, Nov. 18. Sponsored by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, IEW emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world’s cultures, peoples and languages.

To learn more about IEW 2011, visit the International Education Week website or contact Jay Ward at or ext. 8-1121. If you would like to submit a proposal for an activity or event for IEW 2011, complete an event proposal form by Tuesday, Nov. 1.

Working group on Latino educational progress
On Friday, Oct. 21, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs and the César E. Chávez Institute will host a lunch meeting from noon to 1:30 p.m. in ADM 460 to discuss Latino educational progress. Faculty with research interests related to the topic and administrators of campus programs serving Latino students are encouraged to attend. It is hoped that a permanent University-wide working group to foster research and program development will emerge. Pizza and refreshments will be provided. Interested persons should contact the César E. Chávez Institute at

"Design to Live" open house, reception, symposium
The "Design to Live" symposium will be held in conjunction with the opening of the Nathan Shapira Design Archive Project on Nov. 1. The archive will be housed in FA 151C adjacent to the Design and Industry Graduate Program Studio. The reception will begin at 5:30 p.m. and will be followed by the symposium at 6:30 p.m. in FA 151. For more information, visit the Nathan Shapira Design Archive Project Blog

Retirement Association Luncheon
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association will hold its annual fall luncheon Tuesday, Nov. 15 at The Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco. Catch up with former colleagues and hear Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue Rosser discuss the University's recent reorganization of colleges and departments.

RSVP by Nov. 8 by sending a $30 check payable to "SFSU Retirement Association" and mail it to Ms. Yolanda Thompson, 156 Lunado Court, San Francisco, CA 94127. Be sure to indicate your meal preference in the memo line of the check (turkey, veal, vegetarian pasta or green salad). Call (415) 334-1130 for more information.

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The American Language Institute: 50 years of excellence
The American Language Institute (ALI) is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. ALI is the intensive English program on the SF State campus, with offices in the Humanities Building. Every semester, approximately 200 students from all over the world study English for 22 hours each week at ALI, and many of them then matriculate into SF State degree programs. In addition, ALI teachers are trained and begin their teaching while they are M.A. candidates in the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program in the English Department.

Faculty and staff are invited to a celebration on Thursday, Oct. 20 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Invited speakers include Linda Buckley, AVP for academic planning and development and interim director of the college of extended learning, and H. Douglas Brown, an English department faculty emeritus who is a renowned author of several seminal books on language teaching and learning and served as ALI director between 1984 and 2005. Refreshments will be served.

Sustainability events scheduled
SF State is participating in two nationwide events this fall: Sustainable Food Day on Oct. 24 and Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 26. Sustainable Food Day is celebrated internationally and dedicated to promoting the slow food movement of local, organic and sustainable produce. The event will consist of numerous activities including Meatless Monday in the Vista Room, a Veggie Iron Chef Contest and a screening of the film In Search of Good Food, by local cinematographer Antonio Roman-Alcala. Campus Sustainability Day is a national event supporting sustainable initiatives and student environmental awareness. The Day will include a clothing swap, compost and recycling education, and student discussions about environmental and social sustainability on campus. Visit for details.

Request for proposals for community engagement grant
The Community Service Learning (CSL) program is soliciting applications and proposals for the Community Engaged Scholarship Faculty Grant program. The $4,500 grants are intended to cultivate and sustain strong, collaborative partnerships that model excellence in University and community engagement by funding development of courses not yet designated as CSL courses.

Courses that propose working with nonprofit organizations in the priority neighborhood areas of Oceanview-Merced-Ingleside (OMI), Excelsior, Outer Mission and Crocker Amazon are of particular interest.

Funds can be used for personnel or for such operating expenses as graduate/student assistants, curriculum materials or travel. Funding comes from the California Call to Service Initiative to foster engaged scholarship. Only part-time and full-time SF State faculty members are eligible to apply. The application deadline is Nov. 4.

For information, criteria, guidelines and proposal forms, visit

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 Oct. 4
  • Approval of the agenda for Oct. 18
  • Chair's Report
  • Report from Campus Emergency Coordinator Gayle Orr-Smith and Chief of Police Patrick Wasley on the Active Shooter Training (2:15 p.m.)
  • Report from Vice President for University Advancement Robert Nava (2:30 p.m.)
  • Discussion of the Task Force Report on the College of Extended Learning (by 3 p.m.)
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed Resolution in Support of Principles of Shared Governance in Reorganization, first reading (by 3:30 p.m.)
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed Principles Regarding College Naming, first reading (by 4 p.m.)

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 Art Gwen Allen, Associate Professor of Biology Sarah Cohen, Associate Professor of Biology Kimberly Tanner and Associate Vice President for International Education Yenbo Wu.

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This week in Newsmakers: Political Science Lecturer David Lee, Journalism Lecturer Justin Beck and Associate Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride.

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SF State received $1,310,629 in grants and contracts in September 2011.

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

Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Kimono Show with Yubi Kimono School in Tokyo: 2:10 p.m.

Lecture: Nina Stritzler-Levine: Josef Frank: Design, Domesticity and the Modern Home: 6 p.m.

Conference: Mind, Body, Cinema: 11 a.m.

Recital: Choral Recital Hour: 1 p.m.

The Great California SHAKEOUT: 10:20 a.m.

Conference: Mind, Body, Cinema: 11 a.m.

Theatre: Wallflower: 8 p.m.

Google Webinar: Power searching - Advanced Google Search for Education: 9 a.m.

Conference: Mind, Body, Cinema: 11 a.m.

Establishing A University Working Group on Latino Educational Progress: noon

Master Class: Morrison Artists Series: Borealis Wind Quintet: 2 p.m.

Meet the Authors: Juan Gonzales and Joseph Torres: 2 p.m.

Lecture: Morrison Artists Series: Borealis Wind Quintet Pre-Concert talk: 7 p.m.

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Borealis Wind Quintet: 8 p.m.

Theatre: Wallflower: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Oct. 22: Theatre: Wallflower: 8 p.m.

Oct. 23: Theatre: Wallflower: 2 p.m.

Oct. 24: Sustainable Food Day: 10 a.m.

Oct. 24: Recital: SF State Wind Ensemble: 1 p.m.

Oct. 25: CESB Speaker Series: Kiva - Sustainability Finance and IT: 5 p.m.

Oct. 25: Lecture: Greece's Crisis: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26: Environmental Education on the Quad: Campus Sustainability Day

Oct. 26: Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.

Oct. 27: Web Accessibility for Non-Techies: 9 a.m.

Oct. 27: Lecture: Fueling the Drug War in Mexico: 9:30 a.m.

Oct. 27: Artist Lecture Series: Matt Keegan: 5:30 p.m.

Oct. 27: Theatre: The Trial of Lucullus: 8 p.m.

Oct. 28: Celebrating 40 Years: Women and Gender Studies Conference

Oct. 28: Theatre: The Trial of Lucullus: 8 p.m.

Oct. 29: Theatre: The Trial of Lucullus: 2 p.m.

Oct. 30: Lab Open House: Discovery Day: 11 a.m.

Oct. 30: Theatre: The Trial of Lucullus: 2 p.m.

Oct. 31: Recital: Annual Scary Concert: 1 p.m.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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