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Volume 59, Number 11    October 24, 2011         

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Sustainability events
SF State is participating in Sustainable Food Day on Oct. 24 and Campus Sustainability Day on Oct. 26.

Sustainable Food Day is 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 an 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.

iLearn, GradeMark webinar
Academic Technology will offer a webinar on the use of the GradeMark feature in Turnitin, which has been integrated into iLearn. The software allows users to more quickly provide meaningful feedback to their students while tracking class progress and problem areas.

The webinar is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 26 from 1 to 2 p.m. Interested persons may participate online or attend the group viewing in BH 170, which will be followed by a discussion and Q&A session with Academic Technology consultants.

to enroll for online participation. To reserve a seat for the group viewing in Burke Hall, visit or e-mail (seating is limited).

Retirement Association luncheon
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association's annual fall luncheon will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 15 at which Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue Rosser will discuss the University's recent reorganization of colleges and departments. The luncheon will be held at The Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Ave., South San Francisco.

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. Indicate your meal preference in the memo line of the check (turkey, veal, vegetarian pasta or green salad). For more information, call (415) 334-1130.


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Call for honorary degree nominations
The University Honorary Degree Committee invites the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be conferred at the 2012 Commencement ceremony. The nomination deadline is Friday, Oct. 28.

Nominees should be women and men whose lives and significant achievements serve as examples of the CSU's aspirations for its diverse student body. Incumbent elected officials are not eligible. Past SF State honorary degree recipients include: U.S. Ambassador to Australia and former chair of the CSU Board of Trustees Jeffrey Bleich; co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center Morris Dees; SF Giants Hall of Famer and humanitarian Willie Mays; novelist Isabel Allende; Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; and actor-activist Danny Glover.

Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a statement about the candidate and brief supporting materials. Send nominations to with the following subject line: "Attn.: Honorary Degree Committee."

Call for nominations: Community Service Learning awards
The Community Service Learning (CSL) program, a unit within the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, is seeking nominations for the Community Service Learning Award, the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service and the Community Engagement Award. Award nominations are due by 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 7. Awards will be presented at CSL's annual Awards for Excellence dinner in April 2012. Visit for guidelines and nomination forms.

Community Service Learning Award
The Community Service Learning Award recognizes leadership efforts that promote community service learning at SF State and within the surrounding community. Awards will be presented to:

  • One SF State faculty member ($1,000)
  • One student from each College ($250 each)
  • One nonprofit community organization ($250)

Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service
The Jefferson Awards were created to encourage and honor individuals for their achievements and contributions through public and community service. University faculty, staff, students and/or staff from community partner organizations may nominate an individual for the award. The award winner will receive a plaque and a $250 grant.

Community Engagement Award for Staff and Students
The Community Engagement Award is given to one student and one University staff member to recognize and encourage exceptional engagement within the surrounding community. Nominations are accepted from faculty, staff and students. Each award includes a $250 honorarium.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Oct. 4 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Approval of the minutes as amended for Oct. 4
  • Approval of the agenda for Oct. 18
  • The Chair's report will be heard at a future meeting
  • Heard a report from Campus Emergency Coordinator Gayle Orr-Smith and Chief of Police Patrick Wasley on the Active Shooter Training
  • Heard a report from Vice President for University Advancement Robert Nava
  • Discussed the Task Force Report on the College of Extended Learning (CEL)
  • Discussed the recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed resolution in Support of Principles of Shared Governance in Reorganization, first reading
  • Discussed the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed Principles Regarding College Naming, first reading

Distinguished Faculty Award nominations sought
Each year, the Academic Senate acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. The awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate, are designed to highlight and showcase examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty.

Nominations must be received by Friday, Feb. 3, 2012. To nominate yourself or a colleague, visit the Academic Senate website at Questions? Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or

Faculty representative needed for Student Center governing board
Nominations are open for a faculty member to serve as a Senate Representative to the Cesar Chavez Student Center governing board for a three-year term, 2011-14. The Student Center governing board meets the first Thursday of each month and is responsible for setting Student Center policy on operations and services. Interested parties should contact the Academic Senate office at or ext. 8-1264.

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

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This week in Insiders: English Lecturer Jennifer Arin and Assistant Professor of Dance Ray Tadio.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel, Professor and Chair of Cinema Daniel Bernardi and Political Science Lecturer David Lee.

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

Sustainable Food Day: 10 a.m.

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

Lecture: Spain and Argentina - Two literary debates: 4 p.m.

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

Nisei Diploma Project, The CSU: Sharing and Celebrating Stories from Nisei Honorary Degree Recipients: 6 p.m.

Lecture: Greece's crisis: 7:30 p.m.

Environmental Education on the Quad: Campus Sustainability Day

Turnitin GradeMark webinar group viewing event/workshop: 1 p.m.

Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.

Civil Rights Film Festival screening of Always My Son: 7 p.m.

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

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

Poetry Center: Anna Moschovakis and John Sakkis Open Workshop: 4:30 p.m.

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

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

Celebrating 40 Years: Women and Gender Studies Conference

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

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

Oct. 29: Poetry Center: Reading by Anna Moschovakis and John Sakkis: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30: Lecture: Derrida's interpretation of the book Specters of Marx: 10:30 a.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.

Nov. 2: Film/Lecture: Contact, Reel and Real-Humanity's Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence: 6 p.m.

Nov. 3: Web Accessibility Manual Assessment Clinic: 1 p.m.

Nov. 3: Artist Lecture Series: Anna Sew Hoy: 5:30 p.m.

Nov. 4: Google webinar: Modern search literacy: Leveraging literacies to get the most from popular tools: 9 a.m.

Nov. 4: Master class: In Post-Chromodal Discourse: 1 p.m.

Nov. 4: Master Class: Morrison Artists Series: Lincoln Trio: 2 p.m.

Nov. 4: Concert: In Post-Chromodal Discourse: 7 p.m.

Nov. 4: Pre-Concert Talk: Morrison Artists Series: Lincoln Trio: 7 p.m.

Nov. 4: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Lincoln Trio: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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