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Volume 60, Number 8    October 1, 2012         

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Reception to celebrate faculty tenure, promotion
A campus-wide celebration in honor of faculty and academics-related student services professionals who were granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held Thursday, Oct. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at Seven Hills Conference Center. The tenure and promotions list is available at the Faculty Affairs website.

Benefits open enrollment through Oct. 5
The open enrollment period for University-sponsored benefits will continue through Oct. 5. During this time, faculty and staff can make changes to health plans, dental plans, flex cash and sign up for a 2013 tax year flexible spending account (Health Care Reimbursement Account or Dependent Care Reimbursement Account). All changes take effect January 1, 2013.

Benefit and Retirement Services staff will be available for drop-in visits and appointments Mondays and Tuesdays from 1:30 to 4 p.m., Wednesdays and Thursdays from 8 to10:30 a.m. and by appointment only on Fridays. Visit the Human Resources open enrollment Web page for more information.

Retirement planning workshops
Human Resources invites CalPERS members who are within five years of retiring to attend a retirement planning workshop on how retirement benefits are calculated, ways to maximize retirement benefits, the steps that need to be taken prior to retiring and the retirement application process. Workshops will be held Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 in ADM 560. MyCalPERS login and password are required to register for a workshop online or call (888) 225-7377 to enroll by phone. A limited number of one-on-one meetings with a CalPERS retirement specialist are available after the workshop. More information is available under the "What's New" section of the Human Resources website.

Discovery Day volunteers needed for Oct. 21
Volunteers are being sought to help with the Discovery Day open house at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) on Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public event offers fun-filled activities, such as science exploration, art events and touch tanks. Volunteers will receive a Discovery Day T-shirt and a box lunch for working three-hour shifts, from either 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers must be 18 or older and can be staff, student, faculty or their friends and family. Visit the RTC website for more details and to sign up.


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Galvan appointed AVP/dean, College of Extended Learning
Jose L. Galvan has been appointed associate vice president and dean of the College of Extended Learning and International Affairs, effective Dec. 3. He comes to SF State from California State University, Los Angeles, where he is dean of the College of Extended Studies and International Programs, and professor of Applied Linguistics.

As AVP/dean for the College of Extended Learning, Galvan will be responsible for leadership of the self-support arm of the University, international programs and the delivery of traditional coursework through special sessions and certificate programs.

Galvan will report directly to Sue V. Rosser, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "We are delighted to have recruited a leader with deep knowledge of extended education and international programs in the CSU setting and a strong academic record," Rosser said. "Dr. Galvan joins SF State at a key point in the development of our self-support educational efforts and expansion of international programs, as we seek new and better ways to advance the academic mission, contribute to the region’s workforce development and generate revenue."

Galvan has served in faculty and administrative positions at Cal State LA since 1990. He has also taught and held leadership positions at University of California, Los Angeles, and taught at Teachers College, Columbia University. He earned a B.A. in English, M.A. in applied linguistics and Ph.D. in psycholinguistics, all at The University of Texas at Austin.

Free flu vaccines
The Student Health Service will offer free flu vaccines for SF State students, staff and faculty on Monday, Oct. 8 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Walgreens Pharmacy is providing the 200 free vaccines and staff for this vaccination clinic at the Student Health Service.

Free disaster preparedness training Oct. 9, 16
The SF State Office of Emergency Preparedness invites faculty, staff, students and alumni to attend a free Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training provided by the San Francisco Fire Department. The two-day course will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at Seven Hills Conference Center and Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Towers Conference Center.

Participants will receive intensive disaster preparedness training that will include hands-on instruction in search and rescue, disaster triage, extinguishing fires and how to prepare your home and workplace for emergencies. Those who complete the free two-day course will receive a certificate and NERT identification badge.

Register online at or call (415) 970-2024. To learn more about campus emergency preparedness, visit or contact Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Gayle Orr-Smith at or ext. 8-1046.

Screening of First Generation, feature length film
The SF State Student Success/Graduation Initiative, in conjunction with the CSU Chancellor's Office, will host a screening of the film, First Generation, that follows four first-generation students navigating college and provides good insight into the challenges that these students face. For more information on the film, go to

The event will begin with introductions by President Wong and Provost Rosser and will conclude with a discussion facilitated by Jeff Gold of the Chancellor's Office. Admission is free and all faculty and staff are invited, but due to limited seating people will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis. Join your colleagues for an in-depth look at who our students are and how we might best help them to succeed.

First Generation will be screened Oct. 29, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in the August Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts Building.

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:

  • Chair's Report
  • Reports from Standing Committee Chairs and CSU Senate Representatives
  • Report from CFO and Vice President for Administration & Finance Nancy Hayes
  • Report from Associate Director of International Programs Jay Ward regarding International Education Week and a call for programs
  • Report from CFA Chapter President Wei Ming Dariotis
  • Recommendation from Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed Online Education Policy, first reading

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 Design & Industry Joshua Singer, Associate Professor of Health Education and Director of the Welcome Back Initiative José Ramón Fernández-Peña and Associate Professor and Director of Labor Studies John Logan.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Biology Ravinder Sehgal, Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Alex Gerould and Associate Professor of Biology Sarah Cohen.

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We mark the passing of Professor of Latino/Latina Studies Veila Garcia and Professor Emeritus of Biology Hal Markowitz.

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

Lecture: Sowing Struggle: Urban and Rural Social Movement in Tlaxcala, Mexico: 6 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Judy Grahn: 7 p.m.

Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Maya Roads with Mary Jo McConahay: 2:10 p.m.

SFMC Teachers' Circle October Gathering: 5:30 p.m.

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Lecture: Jan Millsapps: Venus on Mars: 4 p.m.

Volleyball Hosting Sonoma State: 7 p.m.

Lecture: In-Gallery Talk: Gail Dawson, Chris Finley, Victor De La Rosa: noon

Talk/Performance: Carry on Laughing: Geoff Hoyle on Humor and Aging: 12:30 p.m.

Promotion and Tenure Reception for Faculty/SSP-AR Honorees: 4 p.m.

Panel discussion: The 2012 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4 p.m.

Poetry: Murat Nemet-Nejat: 4:30 p.m.

Recital: Vocal Jazz: 1 p.m.

Marketing Department Brown Bag Research Series: 1 p.m.

Building a Good Foundation: Using the Project Approach in Early Childhood Education: 6 p.m.

Volleyball Hosting Cal State San Bernardino: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
Oct. 6: Cross Country Hosting Crystal Springs Invitational: 10 a.m.

Oct. 6: Volleyball Hosting UC San Diego: 7 p.m.

Oct. 8: Free Flu Vaccines at Student Health: 10 a.m.

Oct. 8: Recital: Alexander String Quartet and Andreas Werz, piano: 1 p.m.

Oct. 8: Lecture: Robert Hurwitt: The Art of Theatre Criticism: 3 p.m.

Oct. 8: CREGS Seminar Series presents Andrew J. Jolivette, Indian Blood: Mixed-Race Gay Men, Transgender People and HIV: 6 p.m.

Oct. 8: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Peter Orner: 7 p.m.

Oct. 9: Emergency Preparedness Training: 8 a.m.

Oct. 9: Talk: The Battle of Adwa: 11 a.m.

Oct. 9: Information Session: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: noon

Oct. 10: Recital: Jazz Band: 1 p.m.

Oct. 11: Lecture: In-Gallery Talk: Lewis deSoto, Matt Lipps, Julia Marshall: noon

Oct. 11: Faculty Preview: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: 2 p.m.

Oct. 11: Panel discussion: The 2012 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4 p.m.

Oct. 11: Poetry: David Abel and Chris Daniels: 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 11: Video: HardtHaven Children's Home and United: 7 p.m.

Oct. 11: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 8 p.m.

Oct. 12: MGSA Greek Language Pedagogy Workshop: 2 p.m.

Oct. 12: Volleyball Hosting Humboldt State: 7 p.m.

Oct. 12: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 8 p.m.

Oct. 13: Volleyball Hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 7 p.m.

Oct. 13: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 8 p.m.

Oct. 14: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 2 p.m.

Oct. 14: Pre-concert talk: Morrison Artists Series: Jasper String Quartet: 2 p.m.

Oct. 14: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Jasper String Quartet: 3 p.m.

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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