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Volume 61, Number 9    October 14, 2013         

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Late term textbooks
The SFSU Bookstore is beginning to return extra textbooks to publishers to make room for the textbooks for next term. Faculty who plan to use a book later in the semester should inform the Bookstore as soon as possible, so that the store can hold the books for later purchase. Contact the Bookstore by e-mail at or call ext. 8-7377.

Faculty who plan to use the same textbook for the spring term should submit an order as soon as possible to ensure the Bookstore keeps the title in inventory. Faculty are also asked to encourage students to purchase their texts now, if they have not already.

Gator Madness, Oct. 18
Gator Athletics will host the campus community for Gator Madness Friday, Oct. 18 from 9 to 11 p.m. in the Swamp (Main Gymnasium). The event will introduce the men's and women's basketball and wrestling teams and provide contests for those who attend, including a half-court basketball shot competition with spring 2014 semester tuition as the prize. "Pre-Madness" activities will begin at 8 p.m. Admission is free, but those attending are encouraged to bring a canned food item for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee Food Drive. For more information, contact Joe Danahey at or ext. 8-1579

Writing Across the Curriculum seeks proposals
Proposals are invited for the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Conference to be held Jan. 24, 2014 in the J. Paul Leonard Library. Teachers in any discipline are invited to submit 150-200 word proposals for interactive workshops on writing across the curriculum by Nov. 2, 2013. For guidelines and details, visit the announcement page at or e-mail Mary Soliday at The conference is co-presented by the University Writing Program at UC Davis, the CSU Sacramento WAC Program and the SF State WAC Program.

Save the date: Taste of the Bay
The 17th annual Taste of the Bay gourmet food tasting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 13 in the Julia Morgan Ballroom on the 16th floor of the historic Merchants Exchange Building at 465 California Street, San Francisco. The event will feature hors d’oeuvres, tastings of wine, beer and spirits, and a featured mixology demonstration from David Nepove, president of the United States Bartenders Guild.

Faculty and staff tickets are available for the discounted price of $100 and may be purchased up to the night of the event. For more information, contact David Fierberg, assistant director of Development for the College of Business at or ext. 5-3966.

OLPC Community Summit, Oct. 18-20
The fifth One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) San Francisco Community Summit will take place at the Downtown Campus Oct. 18-20.

Topics of the conference will include application development, software demonstrations, integration into learning environments, updates on the global impact of the seven-year old project and planning for the future. The OLPC project has provided children with the tools and inspiration to study robotics, take on journalistic roles in their communities and become interns at Google. Watch a short video about OLPC's secondary effects, which include problem-solving for the community and family.

The schedule is filling up, but there are still a few openings. View the schedule or submit a proposal. Register online for the OLPC SF Summit.

Students Without Borders workshop Oct. 26
The department of Elementary Education will host the workshop "Students Without Borders: Culturally Responsive Teaching and Learning Practices that Support Mexican Indigenous Students" on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in BH 28. The event is free and open to the public.

The workshop will focus on how teachers can respond to the needs of economically disadvantaged and culturally marginalized immigrant students. In the presentation, teachers from Watsonville, Calif. will share examples of culturally responsive teaching and learning practices with Mexican Indigenous, Mixteco speaking, students and families. For more information, contact Associate Professor of Elementary Education Ali Borjian at or ext. 8-1838.

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

Purple Fridays are here
Faculty and staff are encouraged to show their SF State pride by wearing purple, gold and/or SF State-branded gear every Friday. Coloring the campus purple at the end of every week will also celebrate the campus community. E-mail questions to


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Call for honorary degree and commencement speaker nominations
The University Honorary Degree Committee invites the campus community to submit nominations for honorary doctoral degrees to be conferred at the 2014 Commencement ceremony. The nomination deadline is Friday, Oct. 18.

Nominees for honorary degree recipients should be women and men whose lives and significant achievements serve as examples of the CSU's aspirations for its diverse student body. Incumbent elected officials are not eligible. Past SF State honorary degree recipients include: philanthropist Barbro Osher; U.S. Ambassador to Australia and former chair of the CSU Board of Trustees Jeffrey Bleich; co-founder of the Southern Poverty Law Center Morris Dees; SF Giants Hall of Famer and humanitarian Willie Mays; novelist Isabel Allende; Children's Defense Fund founder Marian Wright Edelman; and actor-activist Danny Glover.

The committee also seeks nominations for Commencement speakers for the 2014 Commencement ceremony. The campus community is encouraged to submit recommendations for the committee's consideration.

Nominations, which are confidential, should be accompanied by a statement about the candidate and brief supporting materials. Send nominations to with the following subject line: "Attn.: Honorary Degree Committee."

Meet the Assistant Dean of Students candidates
The campus community is invited to meet candidates for the Assistant Dean of Students position during on-campus visits, Oct. 15 and 16. Candidates will give a short presentation, followed by an open forum for students, faculty and staff. The presentations and open forum times are as follows:

For faculty/staff partners:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 10-11 a.m., SSB 304
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16, 10-11 a.m., SSB 401

For students:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 15, 3:45-4:45 p.m., SSB 401
  • Wednesday, Oct. 16th, 2:45-3:45 p.m., SSB 304

As an integral part of the Dean of Students team, the Assistant Dean of Students' responsibilities will include the development and coordination of the first-year student life experience, fundraising activities, working closely with students in crisis and non-crisis situations, and working with University staff and faculty to resolve student problems.

ORSP offers faculty research methods course
Faculty who would like to refresh and reboot their research skills and become savvy about funding are invited to attend a yearlong course offered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP). The research methods course will include lectures, interactive workshops, online resources, lunch events and classes by visiting scholars with expertise ranging from community-based research to conceptual development, such as how best to develop testable hypotheses. An intensive summer institute (2014) for a cohort of faculty will be announced at a later date.

Faculty may attend events within any of the nine course modules, which will cover the following topics (not in chronological order):

  • Am I Ready?
  • How to Manage Collaborations
  • Do No Harm
  • Toolkit
  • I Need Time and Money
  • Build a Study
  • Who Owns That?
  • The View from DC (Federal Agencies)
  • Writing, writing, writing

To view course materials, faculty should log in to iLearn and follow the "Research Methodology for Faculty" Collaborative site link; faculty will then be able to track and register for course events. ORSP's website also provides a form to submit events or resources for the course. Some events will need registration, while others are drop-ins. Submit questions to

The research course module Who Owns That? continues Tuesday, Oct. 22, from 4 to 5 p.m in HH 245 with the talk Intellectual Property in Academia. It will be presented by Louis Wu, a private intellectual property attorney, who will speak about technology transfer, intellectual property and recent changes in patent law. He will make extensive use of case examples.

Great ShakeOut earthquake drill
SF State will participate in the annual California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. At precisely 10:17 a.m., California schools, government buildings, businesses and individuals will:

  • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you)
  • Take COVER by getting under a sturdy desk or table
  • HOLD ON to it until the shaking stops

Emergency management experts and official preparedness organizations agree that following those three simple steps can significantly reduce the risk of injury and death during earthquakes.

The campus community is encouraged to practice in small groups with co-workers and classmates. For more information and links to outside resources, visit the SF State Emergency Preparedness Web page.

19th Avenue Transit Study self-guided presentation and survey
The 19th Avenue Transit Study builds on recent planning efforts to develop improvement concepts for a west-side, grade-separated alignment of the M-Ocean View light rail as it traverses 19th Avenue between St. Francis Circle and Broad Street at Orizaba Avenue (i.e., partial subway, tunnel or bridge crossings of 19th Avenue). The purpose of the study is to determine the feasibility, benefits and impact of such an investment. Potential benefits for SF State include:

  • Faster and more reliable trips to campus on the M line
  • A shorter, safer way to cross 19th Avenue at Holloway
  • Wider sidewalks
  • Larger, more comfortable rail and bus stops
  • More greenery and landscaping

A self-guided presentation of conceptual alternatives and a survey -- open until the end of October -- are available at

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is leading this study in collaboration with multiple public and private transportation and land use partners, including SF State.

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
  • Report from Rob Strong, SFSU Bookstore manager: Update on SF State Follet Bookstore
  • Report from Standing Committee Chairs & CSU Senators: brief updates
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed resolution in honor of Professor Emerita of Africana Studies Laura Head, in memoriam, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee in support of SF State’s Suicide Prevention Regional Conference, first reading
  • Introduction of new faculty member for Counseling & Psychological Services Rick Nizzardini, whose biography is available on iLearn
  • Discussion item: Senators and members of the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee to discuss Theme III, Academic Master Plan & Teaching. Attendees are asked to review prompts in preparation for the topic at

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

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This week in Insiders: Director of Labor Studies John Logan, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies José Acacio de Barros and Librarian Ned Fielden.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon, Professor of Biology Dennis Desjardin and Director of Labor Studies John Logan.

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The Illuminated Library: through Oct. 17

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

Recital: Zachariah Spellman, tuba, and Karen Hutchinson, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Lucy Corin: 7 p.m.

Emergency Training: NERT: 9 a.m.

Documentary Town-Hall Meeting: 4 p.m.

Recital: Classical guitar soloists and ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

Conference: Stretching the Screen: 9 a.m.

ShakeOut Earthquake Drill: 10:17 a.m.

Lecture/Master Class: Unlikely Films: Documentaries by George Csicsery: 5:10 p.m.

Theatre: The Unmentionables: 8 p.m.

Suicide Prevention Regional Conference - We All Matter: Creating A Community of Caring

Conference: Stretching the Screen: 9:30 a.m.

Guardian Scholars Program Luncheon: 11 a.m.

Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Cal State East Bay: 12:30 p.m.

Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and Roger Woodward, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Festival: European Language Fair: A Taste of Europe: 5:30 p.m.

Performance: Yusef Komunyakaa featuring Hafez Modirzadeh, saxophone: 7:30 p.m.

Theatre: The Unmentionables: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Oct. 19: Conference: Stretching the Screen: 9:30 a.m.

Oct. 19: Theatre: The Unmentionables: 8 p.m.

Oct. 20: Men/Women's Soccer vs. Cal State Stanislaus: 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 20: Lecture: Morrison Chamber Center: Calyx Piano Trio Pre-Concert Talk: 2 p.m.

Oct. 20: Theatre: The Unmentionables: 2 p.m.

Oct. 20: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Calyx Piano Trio: 3 p.m.

Oct. 21: Master class: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Calyx Piano Trio: noon

Oct. 21: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Kathryn Pringle: 7 p.m.

Oct. 22: Bhangra and Asian Underground: A Book Launch & Conversation with Dr. Falu Bakrania: noon

Oct. 23: Recital: Choral recital: 1:10 p.m.

Oct. 24: Poetry: George Stanley open workshop: 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 24: Lecture/Master Class: Christopher Munch: Independent Filmmaking and Editing for Actor Performance: 5:10 p.m.

Oct. 24: Theatre: The Unmentionables: 8 p.m.

Oct. 25: Theatre: The Unmentionables: 8 p.m.

Oct. 26: Poetry: George Stanley and Lewis Ellingham: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 26: Theatre: The Unmentionables: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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