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Volume 61, Number 8    October 7, 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.

Read any good books lately?
SF State Magazine wants to know the best book you’ve read this year. Send the title and why you recommend it to with "Best Book" in the subject line. Selected responses will be featured in the next issue of the University magazine

Bottle refill stations
Eleven new water bottle filling stations offer the campus community a convenient and ecofriendly way to stay hydrated. Almost all on-campus buildings are now equipped with at least one water bottle filling station, making reusable water bottles more convenient. Existing water fountains remain intact, but the addition of the bottle filling spout allows for easier access to the tap. Learn more about the refill stations.

Reception to celebrate faculty tenure, promotion, Oct. 7
A campus-wide celebration in honor of faculty who were granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held on Monday, Oct. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. The tenure and promotions list is available at the Faculty Affairs website.

On Political Extremism in Greece, Oct. 10
The Center for Modern Greek Studies' Nikos Kazantzakis Chair at SF State invites the campus community to a lecture by Associate Professor of Comparative Politics Professor Takis Pappas at the University of Macedonia, Thessaloniki, Greece. The lecture, "Europe's New 'Weimar Republic?' Legitimation Crisis, Party System Change, and the Rise of Political Extremism in Greece," will be held Thursday, Oct. 10 at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587. It is co-sponsored by the Department of Political Science, the Hellenic Studies Program at Simon Fraser University and the West Coast Modern Greek Studies programs' consortium.

For more information, visit the Modern Greek Studies website or e-mail

Great ShakeOut earthquake drill
SF State will participate in the annual California ShakeOut Earthquake Drill on Thursday, Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m. When the outdoor sirens sound, the campus community will "drop, cover and hold on." For more information, visit the SF State Emergency Preparedness Web page.

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. Just as the laptops have been distributed around the world, the summit is an international event that draws participants from countries as far away as Mongolia, Uruguay, Chad, India, Jamaica, Nepal and the Marshall Islands.

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 proposals may still be submitted. 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.

Writing Across the Curriculum seeks proposals
Proposals are invited for the Writing Across the Curriculum 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


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Benefits Open Enrollment closes, Friday, Oct. 11
Open Enrollment for benefits closes Friday, Oct. 11; until then, faculty and staff may change plans, add eligible dependents to new or existing health or dental plans and renew or enroll in a flexible spending program (HCRA/DCRA). Changes to plans take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Drop-in visits and appointments with Benefit and Retirement Services Staff are available through the end of open enrollment during the following hours:

  • Mondays, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays, 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Fridays, by appointment only

Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan's Evidence of Coverage (EDC) publication for a complete explanation of the benefits covered, as well as limitations and exclusions that may apply, before deciding to retain their existing plan or make a change. Rate information and enrollment forms will be posted on the Human Resources website.

CSU reaches agreement with CSUEU and IUOE
The California State University has reached agreement with the California State University Employees Union (CSUEU) and the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) over 2013-14 salary re-opener negotiations. CSUEU represented employees will receive a salary increase that is the greater of 1.34 percent of annual base salary or $40 per month. IUOE represented employees will receive a 1.34 percent increase. Salary increases will be retroactive to July 1, 2013. CSUEU represents more than 15,000 CSU employees including administrative and technical support and healthcare and service workers. The IUOE represents skilled trade workers at the California Maritime Academy. Read the memorandums of understanding (PDF files) between the CSU and CSUEU and between CSU and the IUOE.

Learn more about affordable care options, Oct. 10
In an effort to inform students and families about health care options that became available Oct. 1 under the Affordable Care Act, the Office of Government Relations will hold an informational event on Oct. 10. Community partners at the event will include Covered CA, Assemblyman Phil Ting, Congresswoman Jackie Speier, Student Success Program, Golden State Warriors, Associated Students Inc., Residential Life and the San Francisco Health Plan. For more information, contact Associate Director of Community Relations Jared Giarrusso at or ext. 5-3821.

The event is part of a CSU-wide partnership with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to inform students and families throughout the system about their health care options under the Affordable Care Act.

The CSU's outreach and information campaign about health insurance choices is funded by a grant from Covered California, the state's health insurance marketplace. Middle- and lower-income students and families may qualify for financial assistance to cover health insurance costs. Chancellor Timothy P. White and U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regional Director Herb Schultz speak to the importance of the new initiative in a video.

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
Following is a list of action items from the Oct. 1 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard Announcements:
    • Jay Ward, associate director, Office of International Programs:
      • International Education Week to be celebrated Nov. 12-15
    • Gayle Orr-Smith, emergency preparedness coordinator and Gene Chelberg, associate vice president for Strategic Planning & University Compliance:
      • The Office of Emergency Preparedness encourages the campus community to participate in the Great California Shake Out earthquake drill Oct. 17 at 10:17 a.m.
  • Observed a moment of silence for Justin Valdez
  • Heard a Report from Provost Sue V. Rosser: review of Retention, Tenure, & Promotion for 2013
  • Heard a report from Hank Reichman, professor of history, CSU East Bay and American Association of University Professors "Committee A" Chair: Academic Freedom & Tenure
  • Approved a resolution urging Governor Brown to appoint a CSU Faculty Trustee
  • Held elections for faculty positions:
    • All-University on Teacher Education Committee:
      • Antwi Akom, associate professor, Africana Studies (2013-14)
    • Baccalaureate Requirements Committee:
      • Lorna Hill, Admissions (2013-14)

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

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This week in Insiders: California Deaf-Blind Services Educational Specialist David Brown and Professor of Cinema Britta Sjogren.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of History Abdiel Onate, Associate Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences Leonard Sklar, Associate Professor of Music and Dance Wendell Hanna and Instructional Technologies Lecturer Kevin Kelly.

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

The Illuminated Library: through Oct. 17

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

iLearn Start-Up Kit Workshop for Faculty: 2 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Joseph Lease: 7 p.m.

Emergency Training: NERT: 9 a.m.

Edelman Town Hall: Teacher Research in Early Childhood Settings: 4 p.m.

Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

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

Presentation: World War Two Propaganda: How Animated and Documentary Films Made Before, During and After the War Taught Us What to Think: noon

Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Course/Faculty Preview: noon

Lecture/Master Class: Mark Rozett: Sound Design and Mixing: Fixing the Film: 5:10 p.m.

Screening: Electronic Media and Social Justice: 7:30 p.m.

Lecture: The Rise of Political Extremism in Greece: 7:30 p.m.

Cross Country Hosting SF State Invitational: 3 p.m.

Volleyball Hosting Humboldt State: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
Oct. 12: Volleyball Hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 7 p.m.

Oct. 12: Superfest Disability Film Festival Presents, The Dissies: 7 p.m.

Oct. 13: Open House: Rosenberg Institute Discovery Day at Romberg Tiburon Center: 11 a.m.

Oct. 14: Recital: Zachariah Spellman, tuba, and Karen Hutchinson, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Oct. 14: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Lucy Corin: 7 p.m.

Oct. 15: Emergency Training: NERT: 9 a.m.

Oct. 15: Documentary/Cinema Town-Hall Meeting: 4 p.m.

Oct. 16: Recital: Classical guitar soloists and ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

Oct. 17: Conference: Stretching the Screen: 9 a.m.

Oct. 17: ShakeOut Earthquake Drill: 10:17 a.m.

Oct. 17: Lecture/Master Class: Unlikely Films: Documentaries by George Csicsery: 5:10 p.m.

Oct. 18: Suicide Prevention Regional Conference - We All Matter: Creating A Community of Caring

Oct. 18: Conference: Stretching the Screen: 9:30 a.m.

Oct. 18: Guardian Scholars Program Luncheon: 11 a.m.

Oct. 18: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Cal State East Bay: 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 18: Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and Roger Woodward, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Oct. 18: Performance: Yusef Komunyakaa featuring Hafez Modirzadeh, saxophone: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 19: Conference: Stretching the Screen: 9:30 a.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: 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. 26: Poetry: George Stanley and Lewis Ellingham: 7:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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