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Volume 61, Number 10    October 21, 2013         

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Sustainability Fest Oct. 23-24
The Office of Sustainability invites the campus community to the fourth annual Sustainability Fest on Oct. 23 and 24. The event will begin on the quad Oct. 23, where participants will learn about bicycle safety, campus trees and sustainability-focused student groups. On the 24th there will be a harvest of the on-campus garden, a green-chef challenge and a screening of the movie Veducated. The events are part of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s Campus Sustainability Day. For event details, visit

Bike to Campus Day, Oct. 23
The campus community is asked to have fun, exercise and reduce their carbon footprint by biking to work Oct. 23. Participants will be able to ride to the quad on Wednesday, Oct. 23, where there will be valet bike parking from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Bike to Campus Day is part of the annual Sustainability Fest, and will include games, prizes and food. Everyone is asked to spread the word and encourage faculty, staff, students and others to ride in support of planet-friendly transportation.

ORSP research class, Oct. 22
The research course module Who Owns That?, offered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) 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.

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.

Writing Across the Curriculum seeks proposals
The deadline for Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Conference proposals is Nov. 2. The conference will 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.



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Campus Safety: A Conversation with President Wong
Safety is a top priority for the SF State community. In a continued effort to work together for the betterment of our campus, the campus community is invited to join a conversation with President Wong regarding challenges, concerns, resources and advice to ensure that gators -- and our neighbors -- remain safe and aware.

The meeting will be held Thursday, Oct. 24 at 4 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall on the Terrace Level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend.

Learn more at

International Education Week 2013 nearing
The Division of International Education and the Office of International Programs invite the campus community to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) 2013 from Tuesday, Nov. 12 through Friday, Nov. 15. Sponsored by the U.S. departments of State and Education, IEW emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages.

To learn more about IEW 2013, visit the International Education Week website or contact Jay Ward at or ext. 8-1121. To submit a proposal for an activity or event for IEW 2013, complete an online Event Proposal Form by Monday, Nov. 4.

Big win for pre-doctoral students
Thirteen students have earned the Sally Casanova Scholar award, which helps improve access to doctoral programs for CSU students. The students' disciplines vary from mathematics to art history. "This is an especially great year for our scholars," Academic Honors and Fellowships Advisor Joy Viveros said.

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University provides free housing to boost foster youth program
Former foster youth who are studying at SF State now have free access to housing on campus during the summer and winter breaks, thanks to a new agreement between University Housing and the Guardian Scholars Program. "Many of these students would not have a place to live over the break without this housing provision," said Xochitl Sanchez-Zarama, director and co-founder of the Guardian Scholars Program. "It's a basic necessity."

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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. An intensive summer 2014 institute 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

Tuesday, Oct. 22, the research course module Who Owns That? will continue 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.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Oct. 15 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a Chair's report on the use of Tasers by the SF State Police Department and hiring across the system
  • Heard a report from Rob Strong, manager of the SF State Follett University Bookstore
  • Heard reports from Standing Committee Chairs & CSU Statewide Senators
  • Approved the recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in honor of Professor of Africana Studies Laura Head in memoriam
  • Approved the recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of the SF State Suicide Prevention Regional Conference
  • Introduced new faculty member Rick Nizzardini, Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Discussed Theme III, Academic Master Plan & Teaching With Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee members

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

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This week in Insiders: Dean of the College of Business Linda Oubre, Assistant Professor of Design and Industry Joshua Singer, Professor of Theatre Arts Jo Tomalin and Professor Emeritus of Urban Studies and Planning Debbie LeVeen.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor and Chair of Urban Studies and Planning Jasper Rubin, Adjunct Professor of Secondary Education Kate Kinsella, Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins and Assistant Professor of Biology Anne Todgham.

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SF State received $3,574,781 in grants and contracts in September 2013.

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

Master class: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Calyx Piano Trio: noon

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

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

Reading: Belva Davis Reading From Her New Book: 5 p.m.

Lecture: Surviving With My Sisters: 10:40 a.m.

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

Discussion: The Counselors of Real Estate Bay Area Round Table and Reception: 2.m.

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

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

Theatre: The Unmentionables: 8 p.m.

Information Sessions: Nonprofit Management Certificate of Completion Program: 6 p.m.

Theatre: The Unmentionables: 8 p.m.

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

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

Oct. 27: Theatre: The Unmentionables: 2 p.m.

Oct. 28: Recital: Jazz ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

Oct. 28: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Sara Mumolo: 7 p.m.

Oct. 28: Raoul Bertrand Lecture in Classics: What's the Point of Aristotle's "Poetics?": 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 29: Presentation: SAP Enterprise Mobility and Hana: 5 p.m.

Oct. 29: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 30: Concert: Annual Scary Concert: 1:10 p.m.

Nov. 1: Symposium: Future Past: Disability, Eugenics, and Brave New Worlds: 9 a.m.

Nov. 1: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Cal St. Monterey Bay: 12:30 p.m.

Nov. 1: Recital: Kindra Scharich, mezzo soprano, with Roger Woodward, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Nov. 1: Volleyball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 7 p.m.

Nov. 1: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble and Los Medanos College Concert Band: 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 2: Volleyball Hosting Cal State L.A.: 7 p.m.

Nov. 3: Gator Wrestling Hosting U21 JC/College Open: 9 a.m.

Nov. 3: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Cal State San Bernardino: 11:30 a.m.

Nov. 3: Poetry: Fred Moten: The Undercommons: 5 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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