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Volume 61, Number 18    December 23, 2013         

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CampusMemo on hiatus
CampusMemo will resume regular weekly publication with the start of the spring 2014 semester on Jan. 27, 2014.

ORSP Faculty Manuscript Writing Retreat
On Jan. 14-16, tenure-track and tenured faculty are invited to join colleagues from across campus who are writing for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The intensive two and a half day session, led by ORSP Senior Editor Barbara Ustanko, will include uninterrupted writing time, peer support and opportunities for professional consultation. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

WAC Conference registration open
The Northern California Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Conference will be held Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 in the J. Paul Leonard Library from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include light refreshments in the morning.

Conference workshops will showcase best practices from across disciplines for integrating writing into all facets of the curriculum. Register online for the free conference. For more information, visit or e-mail Mary Soliday.

Happy Holidays from U.S. Bank
U.S. Bank wishes the campus community a wonderful holiday season. Faculty, staff and students are invited to check out its new full service branch in the Village at Centennial Square (Building C), which will open Jan. 21, 2014. The bank staff is eager to serve the SF State community and deliver a great experience for customers every day. The branch will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an external ATM available 24/7.

Free 12-week Mandarin class, spring 2014
The Confucius Institute at SFSU (CISFSU) is presenting a free 12-week Mandarin class for faculty and staff during the spring 2014 semester. The 12-week course will be offered in two levels -- Chinese I for beginners and Chinese II for intermediate learners -- and will run from Feb. 11 to May 1, 2014.

In addition to saving the $200 course fee, participating faculty and staff will also receive a free textbook, access to the Confucius Institute resources, guidance for taking the HSK (Chinese language proficiency tests) and a chance to visit China as visiting scholars funded by Confucius Institute Headquarters.

To register, complete the 2014 Spring Chinese Language Class Registration form (Word document) and submit it to the Confucius Institute by Feb. 4, 2014.

Questions? Contact the Confucius Institute at SF State at ext. 8-7624 or ext. 8-7631.


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ORSP Research Methods course to resume in January
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Research Methods courses, designed to help faculty hone their research skills, will resume in January 2014. Upcoming classes include:

  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems, Jan. 8-10 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Faculty Research & Professional Development Week classes:

  • Analysis with the open source software package "R" on Jan. 21 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • Panel: Hot Topics in Online & Social Media Research, Jan. 21 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
  • How to Do Research with Hard-to-Reach and Hidden Populations, Jan. 21 from 1 to 4 p.m.
  • Hosted Conversation with Institute and Center Directors, Jan. 21 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Qualtrics Training Workshop, Jan. 22 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • How to Manage Collaborations, Jan. 23 from 12:30 to 2 p.m.

For more information, locations, schedule and registration instructions, visit the ORSP Research Methods Course Web page. Some classes require reservations in advance.

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Health Education Erik Peper.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Anthropology James Quesada, University Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue Rosser, Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg and Professor and Interim Chair of Marketing Sanjit Sengupta.

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

Toru Sugita: Bay Area Lines and Shadows: through Jan. 15, 2014

Dec. 23: Winter '14 J1 Session Instruction Begins (actual start dates may vary by class)

Dec. 24-Jan. 1, 2014: Winter '14 Campus Closed. Winter Break

Dec. 25-Jan. 22, 2014: Winter '14 J1 (fully-online and hybrid) classes remain in session during campus closure for holidays. The SF State library is available electronically

Coming Up
Jan. 2-22, 2014: Winter '14 J2 Session Instruction

Jan. 3: Fall '13 Grading Day

Jan. 3: Wrestling Hosting Mercyhurst College: 3 p.m.

Jan. 6, 2014: Fall '13 Semester Ends; Grades Due

Jan. 7, 2014: Winter '14 Census Day (faculty payroll salaries determined)

Jan. 7, 2014: Info Session: Paralegal Studies: 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 8, 2014: Orientation: Spanish/English Interpretation Studies: 6 p.m.

Jan. 11, 2014: Wrestling Hosting Simpson University: 1 p.m.

Jan. 16, 2014: Information Session: Nonprofit Management Certificate of Completion Program: 6 p.m.

Jan. 17, 2014: Women's Basketball vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 17, 2014: Men's Basketball vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18, 2014: Women's Basketball vs. UC San Diego: 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 18, 2014: Men's Basketball vs. UC San Diego: 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 20, 2014: Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No Classes; Offices Closed

Jan. 23, 2014: Spring '14 Faculty Development

Jan. 23, 2014: Winter '14 Grades Due From Faculty by 11:59 p.m.

Jan. 23, 2014: Spring '14 Academic Semester Begins

Jan. 24, 2014: Spring '14 Department Meetings

Jan. 24, 2014: Information Session: Nonprofit Management Certificate of Completion Program: 6 p.m.

Jan. 25, 2014: Baseball hosting Alumni Game: noon

Jan. 25, 2014: Wrestling Hosting Stanford University: 7 p.m.

Jan. 27, 2014: Spring '14 First Day of Instruction

Jan. 31, 2014: Wrestling Hosting Cal State Bakersfield and Simon Fraser: 1 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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