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Volume 59, Number 7    September 26, 2011         

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Budget meeting scheduled
The University Budget Committee will meet Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the NEC Room.

Faculty tenure, promotion reception
A campus-wide celebration in honor of faculty granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held Wednesday, Sept. 28, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Towers Conference Center. The faculty tenure and promotions list is available at

Call for presenters
The Leadership in Action Workshop Series seeks presenters for hour-long workshops scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. The workshops afford student leaders the opportunity to improve skills and interact with other student leaders, faculty and staff. Past topics include budgeting, stress relief, civic engagement, leadership styles and programming for social justice. Ideas for additional topics are also invited.

to learn more, view available dates or sign up, or contact Arnold Paguio at or ext. 5-4428.

September EOP Month
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 124 praises the accomplishments of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) in the UC, CSU and community college systems and declares September as EOP month. The resolution was approved by both houses of the legislature with bipartisan support. The SF State EOP thanks the campus community for its continued support.

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Ethnic Studies to present awards
The College of Ethnic Studies will present a Lifetime Achievement Award to Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the United Farm Workers of America with César Chávez. The award will be given during the college's community celebration on Sunday, Oct. 2 at 11:30 a.m., at Medjool Restaurant, 2522 Mission Street in San Francisco.

In addition, Exemplary Leadership Awards will be given at the celebration, to individuals and organizations embodying the social justice values of the movements that gave birth to the College of Ethnic Studies. Honored with Exemplary Leadership Awards will be: the United Farm Workers of America, former College of Ethnic Studies faculty Paula Gunn Allen, Carol Lee Sanchez Allen and SF State alums Lee Francis III, Beatriz Leyva-Cutler, Janice Mirikitani and Jerry Varnado. Carolyn Tyler from KGO-7 (ABC) will emcee the event. For more information, visit

Annual Benefits Fair
Faculty and staff can explore the full range of employee benefits offered by SF State at the 30th Annual Benefits Fair from noon to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4 in the first floor lobby of the Administration building. The Human Resources-sponsored fair coincides with the start of the benefits open enrollment period. Attendees will have the opportunity to speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans.

Health benefits open enrollment begins Oct. 10
Benefit-eligible faculty and staff may enroll in or make changes to health, dental and vision plans, Flex Cash, Dependent Care (DCRA) and Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) from Oct. 10 to Nov. 4. Forms must be received by Friday, Nov. 4. Open enrollment will also include the CSU Voluntary Benefits Plans, MetLaw, Aflac, The Standard and California Casualty. Changes made during open enrollment will go into effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Employees currently enrolled in DCRA and HCRA programs must re-enroll for the 2012 tax year during this open enrollment period. Visit the Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management website at for more information.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Sept. 20 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Approval of the minutes for Sept. 6
  • Approval of the agenda for Sept. 20
  • Heard a report from Chair Pamela Vaughn that centered on a call for commitment to the common good at SF State in the face of change, challenge and crisis
  • Heard announcements from Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Jay Ward on International Education Week, Nov. 14-18
  • Heard a report from Vice President of Student Affairs Penny Saffold and Associate Dean of Students and Director of LEAD Joseph Greenwell on the Student Life Initiative:
    • The freshman population has doubled
    • More students are coming from Southern California
    • 68.5% of students are satisfied with student life
    • 86.6% of students want more entertainment events that they can attend
    • A reduction in incidents of approximately 32%
    • Explanation of the Student Life website
  • Heard a report from Trevor Getz, Nancy Gerber, Helen Goldsmith, Jo Volkert and Venise Wagner on high impact practices:
    • A focus on the first year experience and resources to ensure student success
    • Integration of student learning outcomes into the new baccalaureate degree and the mission of the University
    • The overall intended outcome is to facilitate student success that enables students to participate globally
  • Heard a report from Statewide Academic Senators on pending resolutions:
    • Task force work for the current academic year
    • Title V changes related to online education
    • The signing of the Assembly Dream Act
    • Budget augmentation
    • Collective bargaining concerns
  • Held elections for the All-University Committee on International Programs, the Board of Appeals and Review, and the Student Center Governing Board:
    • Maziar Behrooz (history department) was elected to the All-University Committee on International Programs
    • Barbara Loomis (history department) and Dina Redman (school of social work) were elected to the Board of Appeals and Review by acclamation
    • Student Center Governing Board nominations will remain open, as no nominees were put forward

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 Africana Studies Shawn Ginwright, Professor of Health Studies Erik Peper, Associate Professor and Director of Labor Studies John Logan, Professor of Music Dee Spencer, Associate Professor of Political Science Aaron Belkin and Professor of Theatre Arts Jo Tomalin.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Geosciences Jason Gurdak, Criminal Justice Lecturer Ken Walsh and Psychology Lecturer Rosemarie Bowler.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Recital: Victoria Neve, piano: 1 p.m.

Release Party for Poecology Issue One: 6:30 p.m.

Theatre: Jump: A Love Story: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Oct. 1: Julia Robinson Math Festival: 9 a.m.

Oct. 1: Theatre: Jump: A Love Story: 8 p.m.

Oct. 2: Ethnic Studies 42nd Anniversary Celebration and Awards Program: 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 2: Theatre: Jump: A Love Story: 8 p.m.

Oct. 3: Lecture: The Battle for a Fair and Realistic National Labor Policy: 6 p.m.

Oct.4: Lecture: Community, Memory and Queer Desires: 1 p.m.

Oct. 4: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Oct. 6 : Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT): 8:30 a.m.

Oct.6: Open house, Information Session: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: noon

Oct.10: Concert: SF State Contemporary Chamber Ensemble: 7 p.m.

Oct.12: Brown Bag Lunch and Discussion: Our Bodies Ourselves: noon

Oct. 13: Lecture: Al Cowell: 2 p.m.

Oct. 13: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Faculty preview: 2 p.m.

Oct.13: Come Together 2011: A Community Gathering for Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming People and Allies: 4 p.m.

Oct. 13: Theatre: Wallflower (preview): 8 p.m.

Oct. 14: Theatre: Wallflower: 8 p.m.

Oct. 15: Queer Yo Mind Conference: 8:30 a.m.

Oct. 15: Theatre: Wallflower: 8 p.m.

Oct. 16: Theatre: Wallflower: 2 p.m.

Oct. 18: Academic Senate: 2 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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