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Volume 60, Number 4    September 4, 2012         

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Final CEL AVP interview
The campus community is invited to attend the final presentation by a candidate for the position of Associate Vice President/Dean of Extended Learning. Sonia Feigenbaum, director, Hispanic-Serving Institutions Division, U.S. Department of Education, will make a presentation from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4 in BUS 202. A reception will follow.

Retention, tenure and promotion
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled four 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 first and second probationary year can RSVP for the following session:
• Wednesday, Sept. 5, 1-2:30 p.m.

Faculty in their third, fourth or fifth probationary year can RSVP for one of the following sessions:
• Thursday, Sept. 6, 2-3:30 p.m.
• 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.

Saffold retirement farewell reception
The campus community is invited to a reception to honor and celebrate J.E. "Penny" Saffold, who is retiring after 31 years of leadership and service to the University as Vice President for Student Affairs and Dean of Students.

The Wednesday, Sept. 12 reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. RSVP by Sept. 5 by e-mail to or call ext. 8-2032. A contribution to defray the cost of the reception is requested with a suggested contribution of $20 (checks should be made payable to "SF State").

In lieu of gifts, Saffold has requested that donations be made to the Berry and Vera Lee Clanton Endowed Scholarship or the Dr. J.E. (Penny) Saffold Scholarship. Visit the University Development website to learn more or make a donation.

Campus cat feeders sought
The Campus Cat Committee seeks volunteers among staff, faculty and students to help feed the small campus feline population on weekends. The committee provides all cat food and water for volunteers to deliver on Saturdays and/or Sundays once a month. Contact Brigid Duffy at ext. 8-1493 or to sign up. Donations are also accepted for food and veterinary expenses. The group will also participate in the "Feed a Feral" cat food collection on the National Feral Cat Day, Tuesday Oct. 16. Faculty and staff are also asked to spread the word to students and student groups.

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One-on-one with Provost Sue Rosser
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.

Adobe and Qualtrics Survey site licenses
The Division of Information Technology is pleased to announce two new campus-wide software agreements with Adobe and Qualtrics.

The Adobe agreement is a three-year Creative Suite 6 (CS6) subscription program for most campus-owned computers and for faculty and staff to work at home. Individuals who would like to start using the product immediately can download the 30-day trial versions of the full product from Adobe. The Adobe subscription program replaces the need to purchase individual Adobe products such as Acrobat and Photoshop. For more information about Adobe's Creative Suite, visit

Qualtrics Survey is a Web-based survey tool for use by all faculty, staff and students. SF State's single-sign-on (SSO) will be used to permit users to login and create surveys without the need for a separate account or password. Qualtrics will replace the need to purchase such other Web-based survey tools as SurveyMonkey. Individuals who would like a preview can request a free trial from Qualtrics. Campus-wide access to create and publish surveys will be introduced in late September. For more information about Qualtrics, visit

Software will be distributed electronically whenever possible. Products that require disk media will be distributed via representatives to the Campus Technology Committee (CTC). For more information, contact

School of the Arts demolition progress
The former School of the Arts concrete building at Font Boulevard and Tapia Drive is approximately 40 percent demolished. Complete demolition of the structure is expected to take another six weeks, followed by miscellaneous demolition around the site and rough grading in preparation for a multi-purpose playfield. The demolition project is on schedule to be completed by early November 2012.

Capital Planning, Design and Construction staff will continue to monitor and record the sound level of the demolition work at the site: sound levels range from 60 to 80 decibels when the large excavators intermittently hit the structure, compared to the average ambient exterior sound level of 50 decibels. The demolition sound inside campus buildings is only slightly above the ambient interior sound level, thanks to the installed double glazed windows.

For updates on the project, visit or visit the SF State Capital Planning, Design and Construction website for information about other projects. To learn more about the University's master plan, visit

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
  • Introductions
  • President Les E. Wong: Welcome to the 2012-13 Academic Senate
  • Guest: Professor of Creative Writing Camille Dungy, recipient of the 2011 American Book Award; 2011 Northern California Book Award, nominee for the NAACP Image Award and recipient of the 2012 SF State Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Professional Achievement and Growth (by 3 p.m.)
  • Guest: ASI Representative: Voter Registration Campaign
  • Executive Committee recommendation on standing committee assignments (consent item)
  • Academic Policies Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the Majors, Concentrations, Minors, and Certificates (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, first reading
  • Executive Committee recommendations regarding the proposed resolution In Memoriam for Professor Emerita of Economics Betty Blecha (consent item)
  • Executive Committee recommendation regarding the resolution in honor of VP of Student Affairs and former Dean of Students Penny Saffold (consent item, by 4:30p.m.)

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

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This week in Insiders: Biology Lecturer Gloria Nusse, Associate Professor of Cinema Weimin Zhang, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Associate Vice President for International Education Yenbo Wu.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel, Professor of Social Work Brian DeVries and Director of Labor Studies John Logan.

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We mark the passing of James Leigh, former Professor and Chair of Creative Writing.

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Fall '12 Labor Day: No Classes; Offices Closed

Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Volleyball Hosting Seattle Pacific: 7 p.m.

Poetry: Lewis MacAdams in Conversation: 4:30 p.m.

Panel discussion: The 2012 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 5 p.m.

Theatre: A Pinoy Midsummer: 8 p.m.

Master class: Holly Rogers: sound theory in nonfiction film: 6 p.m.

Theatre: Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness: 7:30 p.m.

Theatre: A Pinoy Midsummer: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Sept. 8: Theatre: A Pinoy Midsummer: 2 p.m.

Sept. 8: Poetry: Joanne Kyger, Lewis MacAdams and Kevin Opstedal: 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 8: Theatre: Edward Gant's Amazing Feats of Loneliness: 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 9: Symposium: The State of Chicano Literature 2012: 1 p.m.

Sept. 10: Recital: Afro-Latin Percussion Clinic with John Santos: 1 p.m.

Sept. 11: Women's Soccer vs. UC Santa Cruz: 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 12: Lecture: Sen. John Vasconcellos: 1 p.m.

Sept. 13: Panel discussion: The 2012 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4 p.m.

Sept. 13: Theatre: A Pinoy Midsummer: 8 p.m.

Sept. 14: Volleyball Hosting Cal State East Bay: 7 p.m.

Sept. 14: Theatre: A Pinoy Midsummer: 8 p.m.

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.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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