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Volume 61, Number 11    October 28, 2013         

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Crisis in the European Periphery, Oct. 28-30
The Center for Modern Greek Studies' Nikos Kazantzakis Chair, in cooperation with the Department of Economics, invite the campus community to two seminars and a public lecture by University of Paris Professor of Economics Kostas Vergopoulos. The public lecture, "Crisis in the European Periphery," will be held Oct. 30 at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587. The two seminars on the topic of the European debt crisis and globalization will be presented from 12:20 to 2 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 28 in HUM 301 and Tuesday, Oct. 29 in HUM 587. Professor Vergopoulos' visit is sponsored by the University Seminars program of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, USA. For more information, visit the Modern Greek Studies website.

Last week to submit WAC 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.

Purple Fridays perks
Beginning Nov. 1, faculty and staff who wear purple gear 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

International Education Week 2013 proposals sought
The Division of International Education and the Office of International Programs seek proposals for activities and events for International Education Week 2013, Nov. 12-15. Submit an activity or event proposal by Monday, Nov. 4 using the online Event Proposal Form.

The campus community is invited to join in this annual celebration that emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages. The U.S. departments of State and Education sponsor this event. Learn more at the International Education Week 2013 website or contact Jay Ward at or ext. 8-1121.

Employee discount for COB workshops
The College of Business is offering a 10 percent discount to the campus community for two upcoming workshops: "Culture of Ethics & Compliance," Nov. 6-8 and "Spreadsheet Analytics," Nov. 8-9.

The "Culture of Ethics & Compliance: FCPA and Global Bribery Challenges" workshop (Nov. 6-8) will be practitioner-directed by industry and academic experts, and will address key challenges facing companies that operate in global contexts that are rich in cultural distinctions and values. Visit the Culture of Ethics & Compliance Web page for complete details and to register.

The "Spreadsheet Analytics" workshop (Nov. 8-9) will focus on the efficient use of Microsoft Excel as an analytical and presentation tool for enhanced productivity and analytical capabilities. Sessions will be intimate and customizable to meet the participants' needs. Participants may enroll for all or part of the workshop sessions. Visit the Spreadsheet Analytics Web page for details.

Both workshops will be held at the SF State Downtown Campus, 835 Market Street, San Francisco on the fifth floor.

Free recital and master class with Alexander String Quartet and Joyce Yang, piano, Nov. 8
The Morrison Chamber Music Center, in association with Music at Kohl Mansion, invites the campus community to a free recital and master class with the Alexander String Quartet and pianist Joyce Yang on Nov. 8 in Knuth Hall. The event is free but attendees must RSVP online or call the box office at ext. 8-2467.

The performance will begin at 1:10 p.m., with Brahms' Piano Quintet in F minor, Op. 34. At 2:15 p.m. the artists will conduct a master class with students from SF State, Young Chamber Musicians, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Crowden School of Music and Ruth Asawa School of the Arts.

The Alexander String Quartet is a major artistic presence in San Francisco, serving as directors of the Morrison Chamber Music Center and ensemble-in-residence of San Francisco State University. Described as "the most gifted young pianist of her generation" with a "million-volt stage presence," 27-year-old pianist Joyce Yang captivates audiences with her stunning virtuosity combined with heartfelt lyricism and interpretive sensitivity.

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.

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), which will include lectures, interactive workshops, online resources, lunch events and classes by visiting scholars. 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 topics:
• 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. Questions? E-mail


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CalPERS 2013 Annual Member Statements
The CalPERS 2013 Annual Member Statements (AMS) for active members will be available online on Oct. 28. The shift to delivery of AMS online is part of ongoing CalPERS efforts to reduce costs and support a green community.

Employees can access their AMS online by logging in to their CalPERS account at The AMS will include the member's accumulated service, a breakdown of contributions and interest, name of employer(s), and retirement formula(s) as of June 30, 2013. CalPERS has also provided this information to members in the fall issue of the PERSpective newsletter, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+. Employees who wish to continue to receive a paper copy should contact the CalPERS Customer Contact Center at (888) 225-7377.

Questions should be directed to the appropriate Benefits Representative in Human Resources.

CSU International program seeks Resident Director applicants
The CSU Chancellor's Office is now accepting applications for four international program resident directors. The resident directors will each serve full-time for 12 months in China, France, Italy and Spain.

The CSU Resident Director positions provide qualified faculty with the opportunity to be a vital part of the special experience of students involved in intercultural learning, develop administrative skills and utilize their international communicative skills in a rewarding professional environment. Faculty from all disciplines and those who have never had the opportunity to serve in one of these positions are encouraged to apply.

Applications, including references, must be received in the Office of International Programs by Dec. 1. Personal interviews of the finalists will be conducted at the Chancellor's Office in Long Beach. Interviews will be conducted Feb. 20-21, 2014; applicants must be available on any of these dates for an interview to be considered for an appointment.

Faculty selected for the appointments will continue to be campus employees during the year they are abroad and will be paid by their campus during that time. If the faculty member is currently in a 10-month (academic year) position, they will be moved to a 12-month position, resulting in an increase of approximately 15 percent, plus an additional 10 percent for the overseas assignment. The additional 10 percent is designed partially to compensate the Resident Director for expenses associated with overseas service, as no additional compensation for such expenses is provided. CSU International Programs will also provide round-trip airfare and limited travel expenses for Resident Directors, but not for dependents.

To be eligible, faculty must be:

  • Tenured or tenure track faculty in a full-time teaching or administrative position (FERP faculty are not eligible)
  • Appropriate terminal degree for the candidate's discipline
  • Appropriate overseas experience
  • Appropriate foreign language skills

For more information, visit 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.

Grant creates new courses with environmental focus
Funding from the California State University's 'Campus as a Living Lab' Grant Program will create five new courses at SF State focused on the environment. The 'Campus as a Living Lab' Grant Program encourages faculty to collaborate with facilities management, using the campus as a classroom to teach environmental principles.

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Documentaries convey veterans' experiences
Veteran Documentary Corps, a project from Professor and Chair of Cinema Daniel Bernardi and the Doc Film Institute, is aimed at helping veterans struggling with their return to civilian life and educating the American public about military life.

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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
  • Review of Baccalaureate Requirements by Helen Goldsmith, interim dean of Undergraduate Studies, and Nancy Gerber, interim associate dean of Undergraduate Studies and director of General Education
  • Report from Standing Committee Chairs and CSU Senators: brief updates
  • Report from Ron Cortez, vice president and chief financial officer for Administration & Finance (by 3:45 p.m.)
  • Discussion item: Senators & Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee members to discuss Professional Achievement and Growth (review information at to prepare for discussion)

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

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This week in Insiders: American Indian Studies Lecturer Edwardo Madril, Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales and Professor of Asian American Studies Daniel Gonzales.

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This week in Newsmakers: Director of the Sierra Nevada Field Campus Jim Steele, Criminal Justice Lecturer Michael Santos, Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon and Associate Professor of Latino/Latina Studies and Director of the Cesar Chavez Institute Belinda Reyes.

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We mark the passing of Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies Laura Head and Professor Emeritus of Social Work Mario D'Angeli.

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

Seminar: Kostas Vergopoulos: The Upside-Down World System: 12:20 p.m.

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

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

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

Seminar: Kostas Vergopoulos: The Unnecessary European Debt Crisis: 12:20 p.m.

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

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

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

Lecture: Kostas Vergopoulos: Crisis in European Periphery: 7:30 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

Coming Up
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.

Nov. 4: Wrestling Hosting Annual Alumni Match: 11 a.m.

Nov. 4: Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m.

Nov. 4: Lecture: Writers on Writing: May-Lee Chai: 7 p.m.

Nov. 5: Concert: Vocal Jazz: 7 p.m.

Nov. 6: Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

Nov. 6: Concert: Chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

Nov. 6: Volleyball Hosting Sonoma State: 7 p.m.

Nov. 7: Theatre: Stage Mutineers: 8 p.m.

Nov. 8: Recital: Alexander String Quartet with Joyce Yang, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Nov. 8: Master class: Alexander String Quartet with Joyce Yang, piano: 2:10 p.m.

Nov. 8: Philosophy Talk: The Arguments of On Liberty: 3 p.m.

Nov. 8: Theatre: Stage Mutineers: 8 p.m.

Nov. 9: Lecture/Poetry Reading: Wandering - Homecoming: 2 p.m.

Nov. 9: Theatre: Stage Mutineers: 2 p.m.

Nov. 10: Theatre: Stage Mutineers: 2 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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