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Volume 60, Number 18    December 17, 2012         

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CampusMemo schedule
This CampusMemo will be the final issue of the fall semester. Weekly publication of CampusMemo will resume Jan. 21.

Research and creative activities retreat
Academic Affairs invites faculty to attend the 2013 Faculty Research and Creative Activities Retreat Jan. 23-24, 2013 in the J. Paul Leonard Library. The theme is "Innovate and Create," with activities building on the retreat held four years ago.

How-to workshops will be held Jan. 23, while the Jan. 24 schedule will include panels, poster sessions, showcased faculty work and a keynote lecture. Visit for details or to request a room for an affinity/collaborative group meeting. Questions? E-mail

Mental Health First Aid
The Counseling and Psychological Services Center will host Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) training classes through the winter break and into the spring 2013 semester. In this interactive course, participants will learn methods for assisting someone who may be in the early stages of developing a mental health problem or in a mental health crisis. They will also learn risk factors/warning signs of mental illness and about available interventions and referrals.

This two-session, 12-hour course for faculty and staff is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10 and Thursday, Jan 17. The trainers will be Joellen Fung, senior director for strategic technology in the Division of Information Technology and Janet Remolona, assistant to the dean of the College of Business.

To register, e-mail by Jan. 7. Additional MHFA courses will be announced as they are scheduled. For more information, visit the MHFA website.

New Year's Resolution Fitness Specials
Just in time for New Year's resolutions, The Village Fitness Center is offering enrollment discounts on various memberships and programs. Join by Jan. 31, 2013 and choose from the following options:
• Free enrollment with a Smart Start 12-month membership
• Half price enrollment for all other new memberships
• 10 percent off fitness program packages

Restrictions apply, so contact for more information.



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VP for Administration and Finance nominations sought
The search to fill the position of Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer is ongoing. As part of that effort, the Search Committee invites the campus community to nominate qualified candidates for the position. To nominate someone, send his/her name, contact information and a resume or description of their qualifications to one or all of the committee members:

Winter Writing Colloquium
The Committee on Written English Proficiency invites faculty to its annual Winter Writing Colloquium on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013 from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in HUM 587. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

This year, the topic will be "Managing the Paperload: New Ways of Responding to Student Writing." Amy Conley (Child and Adolescent Development) and Wen Chuang (Academic Technology) will discuss how to use TurnItIn on iLearn. Mary Soliday (English) will simulate a peer review workshop.

Attendees should RSVP by Jan. 15, 2013 to Mary Soliday and indicate if they wish to reserve lunch. To learn more about writing across the curriculum at SF State, visit

High Impact Teaching workshops: Spring 2013
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) invites faculty to the High Impact Teaching Workshops that will continue in the spring 2013 semester. The hour-long workshops focus on topics grounded in contemporary pedagogical research and provide new and veteran instructors across colleges with the opportunity to learn from each other and collaborate on innovative initiatives. Each session is offered twice to accommodate faculty schedules. All sessions meet in ADM 452. The tentative schedule and topics for the spring semester include:

  • Student Advising: Monday, Jan. 28, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, Jan. 29, 10 a.m.
  • The Effective Lecture: Monday, Feb. 4, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 5, 10 a.m.
  • Improving Students' Literacy: Monday, Feb. 11, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m.
  • Improving Students' Writing: Monday, Feb. 18, 3:30 PM or Tuesday, Feb. 19, 10 a.m.
  • Character Formation in the Classroom: Monday, Feb. 25, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, Feb. 26, 10 a.m.
  • Creating an Effective Review of the Literature: Monday, March 4, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, March 5, 10 a.m.
  • Integrating Social Justice into the Curriculum: Monday, March 11, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, March 12, 10 a.m.
  • Responding to Student Conflict and Distress: Monday, March 18, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, March 19, 10 a.m.
  • Designing Effective Field Experiences: Monday, April 8, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 9, 10 a.m.
  • Developing a Philosophy of Teaching: Monday, April 15, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m.
  • Marking the Most of Student Evaluations: Monday, April 22, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 23, 10 a.m.

CTFD welcomes your suggestions for future workshops. To submit questions, e-mail Meg Gorzycki at

The CTFD website also offers a robust collection of modules and tutorials on a variety of topics on teaching and professional development, including course and curriculum design, implementing Universal Design for Learning, creating effective assessments, student advising resources, best practice case stories, instructional strategies and links to professional development opportunities.

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will resume its meeting schedule Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2013 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web calendar and on the Senate website at

Nominees for Faculty Trustee
The Academic Senate office is seeking faculty members interested in serving as a California State Universities Faculty Trustee. The CSU Faculty Trustee is a 12-month position. Faculty Trustees are required to attend the CSU Academic Senate as well as all Board of Trustee meetings and CSU Senate Executive Committee meetings. The Faculty Trustee is a two-year term that also includes visiting several CSU campuses to meet with faculty and discuss Board of Trustee actions.

Each campus is eligible to submit nominees who both meet the criteria for Faculty Trustee and have submitted a completed application no later than Friday Jan. 11, 2013 following the established application process available at

Interested faculty are asked to contact the Academic Senate office as soon as possible by calling ext. 8-1264 or sending an e-mail to Completed applications must be received in the Academic Senate office by Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. More information on eligibility criteria, the selection process and timeline can be found at

Distinguished Faculty Awards 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. These awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate, are designed to highlight the accomplishments of these individual faculty members and to showcase a few examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty. The awards are presented at the Opening Faculty Meeting at the beginning of each academic year in August.

Award categories are:

  • The Sarlo Award for Excellence in Teaching ($5,000 stipend, pre-tax)
  • Excellence in Professional Achievement ($4,000 stipend, pre-tax)
  • Excellence in Service ($4,000 stipend, pre-tax)

For more information on the Faculty Honors and Awards Policy, visit To nominate yourself or a colleague, visit the Academic Senate Web site at The Academic Senate office in ADM 551 will accept nomination packets until 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1, 2013. Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or with questions.

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Creative Writing Nona Caspers, Professor of Kinesiology Susan Zieff, Assistant Professor of Social Work Candy Madrigal and Assistant Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Marketing Subodh Bhat and Professor of Latino Studies Alejandro Murguia.

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We mark the passing of Professor Emeritus of Mathematics David Meredith.

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

Emily Payne: Last Year of a Rebel: 8 a.m., Monday-Friday through Jan. 15, 2013

Occupation: Economic Justice as a Civil Right in San Francisco, 1963-1964: through Feb. 15, 2013

Dec. 17: Fall '12 Last Day of Classes

Dec. 17: Concert: Works by Student Composers: 7 p.m.

Dec. 17: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Lemony Snicket: 7 p.m.

Dec. 18: Fall '12 Final Exams

Dec. 19: Fall '12 Final Exams

Dec. 20: Fall '12 Final Exams

Dec. 21: Fall '12 Final Exams

Coming Up
Dec. 22: Fall '12 Final Exams

Dec. 25-Jan. 1, 2013: Winter Break: campus closed

Jan. 4, 2013: Fall '12 Semester Ends: Grades Due

Jan. 11, 2013: Basketball Double Header vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 12, 2013: Basketball Double Header vs. Cal State LA: 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 17, 2013: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute information session: 2 p.m.

Jan. 21, 2013: Spring '13 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No Classes; Offices Closed

Jan. 22, 2013: Winter '13 Last Day of Winter Session Instruction

Jan 23, 2013: Winter '13 Grades Due From Faculty by 5 p.m.

Jan. 24, 2013: Spring '13 Academic Semester Begins

Jan. 24, 2013: Spring '13 Faculty Development

Jan. 24, 2013: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute class preview: noon

Jan. 25, 2013: Spring '13 Department Meetings

Jan. 25, 2013: Basketball Double Header vs. UC San Diego: 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 26, 2013: Baseball Hosting Alumni: noon

Jan. 26, 2013: Basketball Double Header vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 27, 2013:Wrestling Hosting Three Duals: 1 p.m.

Jan. 28, 2013: Spring '13 First Day of Instruction


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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