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Volume 61, Number 14    November 18, 2013         

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CampusMemo publication to resume Dec. 2
CampusMemo will not be published during the week of Nov. 25 due to the fall break and Thanksgiving closures. Publication will resume with the Dec. 2 issue.

Flipping the Classroom: a faculty conversation
Join SF State faculty who have been "flipping" their classes using a variety of instructional approaches and academic technologies to discuss how these methods support and enhance student learning. The panel will discuss issues, opportunities and challenges they have experienced. Faculty who use "flipped" approaches in their teaching are asked to participate and share the successes and challenges they experienced.

The discussion will take place from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 in LIB 286.

Panel members include:
• Rob Nickerson, professor of Information Systems, College of Business
• Claudia Guedes, associate professor of Kinesiology, College of Health and Social Sciences
• Russell Jeung, professor of Asian American Studies, College of Ethnic Studies

For more information, contact Brian Beatty, AVP for Academic Affairs Operations at 8-6833 or

Annual Health Fitness Expo
The Village Fitness Center invites the campus community to its eighth annual Health Fitness Expo on Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the courtyard outside of Building A, in front of The Village Fitness Center. Participants can meet vendors, enjoy music, snacks and giveaways, as well as learn about the health benefits of fitness and physical activity. For more information, e-mail Mark Penacerrada.

International program resident directors application deadline Dec. 1
Dec. 1 is the deadline to submit faculty applications and references for four international program resident directors to the CSU Chancellor's Office of International Programs. Finalists will be interviewed at the Chancellor's Office in Long Beach. Interviews will be conducted Feb. 20-21, 2014; applicants must be available for an interview on any of these dates to be considered for an appointment.

For more information, visit the CSU International Program Web page. Questions? Contact Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso, the SF State representative to the CSU Academic Council for International Programs, at or ext. 8-6187.

Frieda Lee retirement celebration, 2 p.m. Dec. 6
The campus community is invited to honor and say farewell to Frieda Lee, director of Student Outreach Services (SOS), on Friday, Dec. 6 from 2 to 4 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by Dec. 2 to Stacy Gin or Agnes Barin and are encouraged to make a $10 donation for food and gift; checks should be made payable to Stacy Gin and sent to her in SSB 106.

Lee has worked at SF State for 40 years: 10 years as a Kinesiology faculty member followed by 30 years in SOS. She is a veteran of numerous Sneak Previews, Southern California receptions, high school and community college counselor conferences, and many other events created to reach out to future students at the University. Her boundless enthusiasm and dedication have led generations of students to SF State.

ORSP Research Methods classes this week
Each week, the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) offers a series of courses to help faculty hone their research skills. For more information, schedule and registration instructions, visit the ORSP Research Methods Course Web page. Some classes require reservations in advance. Classes scheduled for the upcoming week include:

• NIH AREA (R15) Grants: How to Write Them, and Yes, You Can Get Them, Nov. 22
• Edelman Town Hall on Ethics of Research with Children, Dec 11

Become a Safe Zone ally
The SF State Safe Zone program seeks faculty, staff and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for the campus LGBTQ community. The Safe Zone program fosters a safe campus environment through a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe zone allies are active and visible volunteers open to talking to members of the LGBTQ community in a safe and supportive environment. To become a safe zone ally, interested volunteers must attend the training session on Friday, Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Breakfast refreshments and a light lunch will be provided. Contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 5-4415 for further details about the training. Visit the Safe Zone website for more information.

Register for the WAC Conference
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.

The conference will feature workshops that 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.

Dyslexia and the Achievement Gap town hall meeting, Nov. 22
The College of Ethnic Studies has partnered with The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity and its Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative to hold the last of six National Town Hall Meetings on "Dyslexia and the Achievement Gap: A Civil Rights Issue of Our Times" on Friday, Nov. 22 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

The Town Hall Meeting, co-hosted by Congresswoman Barbara Lee and the College of Ethnic Studies, will feature a panel discussion, moderated by Washington D.C.-based award-winning journalist, social activist and political commentator Jeff Johnson. Panel members will include Reverend Keith L. Magee (project director of The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity, Multicultural Dyslexia Awareness Initiative), co-directors Drs. Sally and Bennett Shaywitz, and Daymond John (founder, president and CEO of clothing company FUBU).

Register for the Town Hall Meeting. For information, call ext. 8-1694.

Purple Fridays perks
Beginning Nov. 1, faculty and staff who wear SFSU branded purple gear (such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, pullovers, etc...) on Fridays to show their SF State spirit and pride will get another perk: a ten percent discount at Café 101 and Natural Sensations. Questions? Contact Jack Mizirawi at


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President and Mrs. Les Wong cordially invite you to a faculty and staff holiday reception Thursday, Dec. 5, 3-6pm in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Guests are invited to bring donations of new school supplies to benefit local children in need.


Strategic Planning Kickoff, Nov. 18
The campus community is invited to join President Les Wong and the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee (SPCC) at the SF State Strategic Planning Kickoff event on Monday, Nov. 18 in Malcolm X Plaza from noon to 2 p.m.

The strategic planning process is meant to demonstrate our best and most innovative thinking about the future of SF State. Everyone is invited to add their voices to the conversation. Through a partnership with, stakeholders can now submit their ideas in three new ways:

The campus community can also use these methods to send pictures, comment on other ideas and show support for the ideas of others.

World AIDS Day at SF State Dec. 3
SF State will commemorate World AIDS Day on Dec. 3 in the Cesar Chavez Student Center's Jack Adams Hall with talks by Health Equity Institute Director Cynthia Gomez and American Indian Studies Chair Andrew Jolivette, a Safer Sex workshop, a dance performance and free rapid HIV testing. For the complete program, visit the University Calendar. Attendance verification will be available for classes that offer course credit for participation. E-mail Michael Ritter for more information.

University honors student veterans
SF State celebrated Veterans Day on Nov. 8 with an outdoor ceremony honoring student veterans, including the 2013 recipient of the Nancy Pelosi Scholarship, Ben Yang, president of VETS@SFSU (Veterans Education Transition and Support), a student organization for veterans, their families and friends. The Nancy Pelosi Scholarship for National Service was established in 2012 to support student veterans at SF State.

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Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Nov. 12 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Senate Chair Hanley provided a brief report and thanked the Standing Committee Chairs for their diligent and indispensable work
  • Heard brief reports from Standing Committee Chairs and CSU Senators
  • Heard a recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed Summer Calendar for 2014, first reading
  • Heard a recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed All-University Online Education Committee, first reading
  • Heard a recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed Academic Freedom Principles Policy; moved from first reading to second reading and passed by the Senate
  • Heard a recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to S11-255, Section II.B Minimum grade requirement (C-) in all Basic Skills courses (Areas A1-3; B4) in General Education at SF State, Minimum Grade Requirement; moved from first reading to second reading and passed by the Senate
  • Heard a recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding revisions to the Policy on Temporary Faculty, F99-160; moved from first reading to second reading and passed by the Senate

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 Creative Writing Peter Orner, Associate Professor of Journalism Rachele Kanigel, Professor of Health Education Adam Burke, The Alexander String Quartet, Professor of Music Roger Woodward and Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Nina Roberts.

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This week in Newsmakers: English Lecturer Jennifer Arin, Professor and Chair of Cinema Daniel Bernardi, Earth and Climate Sciences Lecturer Jan Null and Associate Professor of Mathematics Mariel Vazquez.

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SF State received $48,392 in grants and contracts in October 2013.

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

The 26th annual Leo D. Stillwell Student Exhibition: Nov. 12 - Dec. 5

Egypt-Greece-Rome: Commerce, Colonies and Conquests Across the Ancient Mediterranean: through Dec. 10

Striking Images: San Francisco State in 1968: through Dec. 20

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

Recital: Classical voice students: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Anhvu Buchanan and Roxane Johnson: 7 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Holy Names: 5 p.m.

Concert: Jazz Combos: 7:30 p.m.

Town Hall: Dyslexia and the Achievement Gap: A Civil Rights Issue of Our Times: 2 p.m.

Hungarian Film Festival: Documentary films and Colorado Kid: 4 p.m.

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

Concert: Opera Workshop presents Benjamin Britten: 7:30 p.m.

Coming Up
Nov. 23: Hungarian Film Festival: Short films Rickshaw Rush, Heritage and The Notebook: 9 a.m.

Nov. 23: Volleyball Hosting Cal St. Monterey Bay: 7 p.m.

Nov. 24: Film: The SF State of Cinema: Shorts from SFSU Alumni: noon

Nov. 24: Wrestling Hosting Cal Poly San Luis Obispo: 1 p.m.

Nov. 24: Hungarian Film Festival: Strong and Aglaya: 5 p.m.

Nov. 25-27: Fall '13 Recess: No Classes; Campus Open

Nov. 28-29: Fall '13 Recess: No Classes; Campus Closed

Dec. 2: Recital: Roger Woodward and his piano students: 1:10 p.m.

Dec. 2: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Anita Amirrezvani: 7 p.m.

Dec. 2: Concert: Clarinet students: 7:30 p.m.

Dec. 3: World AIDS Day 2013: 11 a.m.

Dec. 3: Presentation: SAP Enterprise Mobility: 5 p.m.

Dec. 3: Concert: Classical guitar students: 7 p.m.

Dec. 4: Recital: Roger Woodward and his piano students: 1:10 p.m.

Dec. 5: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Course/Faculty Preview: 3 p.m.

Dec. 5: Poetry: Alli Warren and Evan Kennedy: 4:30 p.m.

Dec. 5: Dance concert: New Moves Choreography Showcase: 8 p.m.

Dec. 6: Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m.

Dec. 6: Women's/Men's Basketball Doubleheader Hosting Chico State: 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 6: Dance concert: New Moves Choreography Showcase: 8 p.m.

Dec. 7: Women/Men's Basketball Doubleheader Hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 5:30 p.m.

Dec. 7: Dance concert: New Moves Choreography Showcase: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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