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Volume 60, Number 6    September 17, 2012         

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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.

Food trucks return
The University Corporation (UCorp) has arranged an alternating schedule for food truck vendors on campus. Monday through Friday, food trucks will park between Hensill Hall and the Science building from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find the weekly schedule on the UCorp website, UCorp's Twitter feed and UCorp's Facebook page.

PARK(ing) Day
PARK(ing) Day promotes the idea of using public land for public good by converting parking spaces into parks. This year, Design and Industry classes, taught by Mimi Sheiner and Robert Natata, will set up a few "parks" in the quad Sept. 18-20, as well as three spaces on Tapia Drive on Sept. 20 from 2 to 5 p.m. The event also encourages students, faculty and staff to take alternative forms of transportation to campus; those who participate will be entered into a raffle to win prizes. Visit the PARK(ing) Day website for more information. Read more about campus sustainability efforts at

Philip K. Dick festival
A Sept. 22 and 23 festival will celebrate the life and work of noted Bay Area science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. Dick is best known as the author of the book upon which the film Blade Runner is based. Events will include a presentation by Laurence Rickels, the Sigmund Freud Chair at the European Graduate School, titled "The Simulacra and Post-War Integrations of Germany," panel discussions, screening of the full-length adaptation of Dick's novel Radio Free Albemuth (followed by a Q&A with the director) and a keynote address by Novelist Jonathan Lethem (Fortress of Solitude, Chronic City).

The organizers ask faculty to refer reliable graduate students who may be interested in volunteering to assist with the event. If interested in attending all or part of the conference, contact David Gill at For additional information visit the festival website.

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. Contact Meg Gorzycki at for more information.

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.

Call for presenters: Leadership in Action
The Student Involvement and Career Center is seeking presenters for the Fall 2012 Leadership in Action Workshop Series. The workshops serve as an opportunity for student leaders to develop their personal leadership skills and interact with other student leaders, faculty and staff. Ideas for topics are welcome. Past topics include budgeting, stress relief, civic engagement, leadership styles and programming for social justice.

Workshops should last approximately one hour and are scheduled for Wednesday and Thursday afternoons. Signups, a schedule of available dates and more information are available on the SF State Orgsync Web page. Contact Arnold Paguio at ext. 5-4428 or with questions.

Volunteer for Discovery Day
The Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) seeks volunteers to staff various activities at the Discovery Day open house, scheduled for Sunday, Oct. 21 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Open to the public, the event offers fun-filled activities, including science exploration, art events and touch tanks. Volunteers are needed to work three-hour shifts, from either 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1:30 - 4:30 p.m. They will receive a Discovery Day T-shirt and a box lunch. Staff, student and faculty volunteers, as well as their friends and family who are 18 years of age or older, are encouraged to sign up. Visit the RTC website for more details and to sign up.

Provost Sue V. Rosser one-on-one
Interested faculty are invited to make a 10-15 minute appointment with Provost Sue V. Rosser to talk about such topics as their interests, research, community service and creative projects. An office hour will be scheduled each week to accommodate several individual faculty appointments. Contact Candice Piper in the Provost's Office at or by calling ext. 8-1141 to schedule an appointment.

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Open enrollment, benefits fair and EAP
Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management will host two events in September and announces a new Employee Assistance Program. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the events and avail themselves of the various benefits.

Open Enrollment: Sept. 10 through Oct. 5
The open enrollment period for University-sponsored benefits began Sept. 10 and will continue through Oct. 5. During the open enrollment period, faculty and staff can make changes to health plans, dental plans and flex cash, as well as 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 during the following hours:

  • Mondays, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays, 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Fridays, by appointment only

For more information, visit

Benefits Fair
The annual Benefits Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the Administration building. The fair provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore the range of employee benefits and speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans. Representatives from several banks will also be on hand to discuss special offers and incentives such as a $50 "go green" reward for enrolling in direct deposit when opening an account.

Employee Assistance Program
Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management have added a new campus-wide Employee Assistance Program (EAP) provided by Empathia Pacific, Inc.

Beginning Oct. 1, the program will offer employees, dependents and permanent household members professional assistance in assessing and resolving personal problems that may be affecting well-being and/or job performance. Program features include a 24/7/365 toll-free helpline, telephonic legal and financial assistance, dependent care resources and a dedicated EAP website entitled The EAP can also be used as a management resource in dealing with an employee who is exhibiting declining job performance.

Empathia will also provide seminars and brown bag briefings on such topics as time management, managing workplace change, teambuilding, decision making and problem solving, fundamental management skills, healthy eating, anger management, transition to retirement, respect in a diverse workplace and single parenting.

Information sessions have been scheduled for Sept. 18 and 19:

  • Sept. 18, 8:30-9:30 a.m., HUM 133
  • Sept. 18, noon-1 p.m., LIB 121
  • Sept. 18, 2-3 p.m., LIB 121
  • Sept. 18, 3:30-4:30 p.m., LIB 121
  • Sept. 19, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Administration lobby at the Benefits Fair
  • Sept. 19, 2:30-3:30 p.m., LIB 121

Empathia will also have a booth at the annual benefits fair scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. All faculty, staff and administrators are encouraged to attend one of the sessions. Employee release time should be made available for bargaining unit employees.

For more benefits information please visit the HR website at

Retirement planning workshops
Human Resources invites CalPERS members who are within five years of retiring to attend a retirement planning workshop. Each session will cover 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 Sept. 20, Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 in ADM 560. MyCalPERS login and password are required to register for a workshop online or enroll by calling CalPERS at (888) 225-7377.

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 at

CSU employee intranet launched
The Chancellor's Office launched CSYou, a new system-wide intranet for California State University employees. The new system provides a single source for faculty and staff to access news, training, policies, reports and Web-based applications and other information. Individuals can also customize the site with their own news, links and documents. To use the intranet, visit

Constitution Day panel
The College of Liberal & Creative Arts will host a panel to celebrate Constitution Day on Sept. 17, 1-2:30 p.m. in HUM 587. The campus community is invited to hear the following panelists discuss the U.S. Constitution in history and contemporary society:

  • Professor of Political Science Michael Graham
  • Associate Professor of Political Science Marty Carcieri
  • Assistant Professor of History Sarah Crabtree
  • Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith

Contact Professor of History Trevor Getz at with questions or to arrange for a class to attend the event.

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
  • Standing Committee Chairs and CSU Senate reports
  • Provost Sue V. Rosser: report on Academic Affairs
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees (S11-255), section II.B Minimum Grade Requirement in All Basic Skills Courses (areas A1-3; B4) in General Education, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed resolution in support of proposition 30, Schools and Local Public Safety Protection Act, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed resolution on the Board of Trustees proposal to eliminate nine units of upper division general education, first reading
  • Associate Vice President of Fiscal Affairs Agnes Wong-Nickerson: report on the Bookstore

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 Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Biology John Hafernik, Assistant Professor of Biology Andrew Zink, Geosciences Lecturer Jan Null and Professor and Chair of Cinema Daniel Bernardi.

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Panel discussion: Constitution Day: 1 p.m.

Anger Management Group: 4 p.m.

Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Theatre: Happily Lost in Time and Place: 5 p.m.

PARK(ing) Day

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

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

Will an Obama Victory Save the Unions?: noon

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

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

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

Coming Up
Sept. 23: Men's Soccer vs. UC San Diego: 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 23: Women's Soccer vs. UC San Diego: 2 p.m.

Sept. 24: Recital: Artem Chirkov, bass: 7 p.m.

Sept. 25: Lecture: Jerry Dekker: Learning About Iran by Being in Iran: 2:10 p.m.

Sept. 25: Reception: Art Department Faculty Exhibition: 4 p.m.

Sept. 25: Poetry: Iowa International Writing Program workshop: 7 p.m.

Sept. 27: Lecture: In-Gallery Talk: Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, Richard Mann, Gwen Allen: noon

Sept. 27: Panel discussion: The 2012 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4 p.m.

Sept. 27: Poetry: Amber DiPietra and Denise Leto: 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 28: Lecture: In-Gallery Talk: Jeff Downing, Paul Mullins, Mario Laplante: noon

Sept. 28: Men's Soccer vs. Cal State East Bay: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 28: Women's Soccer vs. Cal State East Bay: 3 p.m.

Sept. 28: Master class: Jesse Moss: producing documentary film: 6 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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