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Volume 60, Number 5    September 10, 2012         

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High-Impact Teaching
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development invites all instructors to participate in a series of conversations about High-Impact Teaching. Two sessions will be offered each week -- Tuesdays, 2-3 p.m. and Wednesdays, 12:30-1:30 p.m. -- and will focus on one topic, including a philosophical view to teaching in higher education, explicit teaching, the neurology of learning, student literacy and critical thinking. Sessions start Sept. 11. Contact Meg Gorzycki at for more information.

Retention, tenure and promotion
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled informal discussion sessions to help faculty prepare for their retention, tenure and promotion review. Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge and Chair of the University Tenure and Promotion Committee Caroline Harnly will conduct the sessions in LIB 244:

• Faculty in their third, fourth or fifth probationary year can RSVP for the following session:
• Friday, Sept. 14, noon-1:30 p.m.

Faculty applying for tenure and promotion can RSVP for the following session:
• Thursday, Sept. 13, 11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

To register for one of these discussion sessions or ask questions, e-mail or call ext. 8-2204.

September Commons Initiative
The Commons Initiative at SF State invites the campus community to attend events and workshops about free and open source software. Software Freedom Day will kick off the events on Sept. 13 in the Quad. Other events include the Wikimedia presentation "The Multilingual Web," a workshop about getting started with open source projects on Sept. 17 and a One Laptop per Child San Francisco Community Summit Oct. 19-21.

For more information, visit the Commons Initiative website or contact Sameer Verma at

Vista Room reopens
The Vista Room, featuring California cuisine prepared by Chef Daniel Honan, will reopen on Sept. 17. Food service management students will serve meals Monday-Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seating is between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each or blocks of tickets can be purchased at a reduced price by calling ext. 8-1219. For tickets and other information, contact Kelly Vuong at ext. 5-3530 or BH 329, or Beverly Colindres at ext. 8-1023 or BUS 306. Checks and OneCard are the only accepted payment methods.


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Chickenpox (varicella) vaccine available for faculty and staff
The chickenpox (varicella) vaccine will be available for SF State faculty and staff at the Student Health Service on Friday, Sept. 7, from 8 to 10 a.m. and from 2 to 4 p.m. Faculty and staff are asked to bring their SFSU ID with them. The $115 cost per dose of the vaccine will be charged to each participating employee's Bursar's Office account.

Varicella vaccine is recommended for healthy non-immune individuals. For complete immunity, two doses are required and there must be at least 28 days between doses. For more information, read the chickenpox (varicella) Vaccine Information Sheet from the CDC at

The vaccine is also available at public health clinics and many community pharmacies including Walgreens and Safeway. For further information please see

Volkert to serve as interim vice president, Student Affairs
President Les Wong announced that Jo Volkert, Ph.D., Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management, will serve as interim vice president for Student Affairs. The appointment is effective Sept. 15, following the retirement of Vice President J.E. (Penny) Saffold. Volkert will retain responsibility for enrollment management as she takes on additional duties as the interim vice president.

"The University is fortunate to have such a well-qualified and dedicated student affairs professional to undertake this role. Jo Volkert has led enrollment management services at San Francisco State for 11 years and she is our resident expert on the SF State student body. She also shares my deep commitment to providing an exceptional student experience," Wong said.

As senior AVP of Enrollment Management, Volkert has led a team providing important student services, including undergraduate admissions, registration, financial aid, outreach services, the Educational Opportunity Program and the Testing Center.

Prior to assuming leadership for Enrollment Management in 2001, Volkert served 23 years in SF State's College of Extended Learning, including 16 years as the associate dean. She holds a Ph.D. in administration and policy analysis from Stanford University.

Forum on Post-9/11 World Affairs
The 11th Annual Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on Post-9/11 World Affairs will be held Tuesday, Sept. 11 from 3 to 5 p.m. in SCI 270. The program, sponsored by faculty from Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS) and the Department of Jewish Studies, will open with remarks by Professor of History Barbara Loomis and will end with a Q&A session with audience participation. Panelists and topics will be moderated by Associate Professor of History Maziar Behrooz and will include:

  • Professor and Chair of International Relations Sanjoy Banerjee: "South Asia in 2012: Economics, Securities and Identities"
  • Professor Emeritus of History Jerald Combs: "The Impact of 9/11 on US Foreign Policy"
  • Professor of History Anthony D’Agostino: "Political Dimensions of World Economic Crisis"
  • Assistant Professor of History Jessica Elkind: "The Rangoon Spring?"
  • Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Goldman Chair in Israel Studies Eran Kaplan: "How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb"
  • Assistant Professor of International Relations Mahmoud Monshipouri: "The Rise of Islamists in the Post-9/11 Era"
  • Assistant Professor of International Relations Amy Skonieczny: "9/11 and the American Left"

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

  • Welcomed President Les Wong to the 2012-13 SF State Academic Senate and heard his opening remarks and answered questions from the senatorial body
  • Welcomed guest, Professor Camille Dungy, 2012 recipient of the Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Professional Achievement and Growth and heard a selection of her published work
  • Welcomed ASI Vice President for University Affairs Alex Neylon and ASI Vice President for External Affairs Raymond Cortilla and heard reports on student involvement efforts and the ASI voter recruitment campaign
  • Approved the Standing Committee Assignments as amended by the Executive Committee
  • First reading of the Academic Policies Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the S11-255, Section II.B Minimum grade requirement in all Basic Skills courses (Areas A1-3; B4) in General Education at San Francisco State, Minimum Grade Requirement in first reading. This item will return on Tuesday, Sept. 18
  • Adopted by general consent a resolution In Memoriam for Professor Emerita of Economics Betty Blecha
  • Adopted by general consent a resolution in honor of VP of Student Affairs and former Dean of Students J.E. "Penny" Saffold

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

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Design and Industry Ricardo Gomes, Design and Industry Lecturer Nasser Jalali, College of Liberal and Creative Arts Associate Dean Todd Roehrman, Assistant Professor of Art Matt Lipps and Associate Professor of Psychology Amy Smith.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto and Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Russell Jeung.

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Recital: Afro-Latin Percussion Clinic with John Santos: 1 p.m.

Forum: The 11th Annual Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on Post-9/11 World Affairs: 3 p.m.

Women's Soccer vs. UC Santa Cruz: 3:30 p.m.

Lecture: Sen. John Vasconcellos: 1 p.m.

Software Freedom Day 2012: 10 a.m.

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

Theatre: A Pinoy Midsummer: 8 p.m.

Volleyball Hosting Cal State East Bay: 7 p.m.

Theatre: A Pinoy Midsummer: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Sept. 15: Theatre: A Pinoy Midsummer: 2 p.m.

Sept. 15: Volleyball Hosting Cal State Monterey Bay: 7 p.m.

Sept. 16: Men's Soccer Hosting Cal Maritime: 11:30 a.m.

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

Sept. 18: Happily Lost in Time and Place: 5 p.m.

Sept. 20: Park(ing) Day

Sept. 20: Panel discussion: The 2012 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4 p.m.

Sept. 20: Poetry: Toni Mirosevich and Mary Winegarden: 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 21: Will an Obama Victory Save the Unions?: noon

Sept. 21: Men's Soccer vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 21: Recital: Zachariah Spellman, Tuba and the Aurio Trio: 1 p.m.

Sept. 21: Women's Soccer vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 3 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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