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Volume 61, Number 7    September 30, 2013         

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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

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.

Disaster preparedness training
The San Francisco Fire Department provides their annual fall semester Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training on campus, Oct. 1, 8 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Towers Conference Center. The three days of intensive disaster preparedness training will include hands-on search and rescue instruction, disaster triage, fire extinguishing and how to prepare for disaster at home and in the workplace. At the end of the training, participants will know the basics of personal preparedness and prevention so that they will be able to better respond to a personal emergency, as well as act as a member of a campus or neighborhood emergency response team.

The SF State Office of Emergency Preparedness will host the training. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of this free training, which is geared toward people who live and work in San Francisco.

Find more information or register at the disaster preparedness training Web page.

Register now for Suicide Prevention Conference
Oct. 4 is the deadline to register for the Suicide Prevention Conference at SF State. Students, staff and faculty -- especially those who provide services directly to students -- are invited to share best practices for suicide prevention and mental health awareness at the Oct. 18 conference, which aims to raise awareness and educate the campus on suicide prevention and connect students to resources and referrals. The conference is sponsored by the SF State Student Mental Health Initiative and is funded by Proposition 63 and the California Mental Health Services Authority. For more information, visit the Suicide Prevention Conference website.

Reception to celebrate faculty tenure and 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.

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.

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.

Online training at available
Faculty (current and emeriti), staff and student employees can now access more than 1,500 online courses to learn software and improve their creative and business skills using without charge, thanks to a contract between SF State and, which provides unlimited access to their courses for one year effective September 2013. Access is limited to SF State employees, who are encouraged to make full use of these courses. Toward the end of the one-year trial, the program may be renewed depending on the amount of use.

For free access to courses, log in to SF State Gateway and choose "IT Services" in the left-hand navigation column, then follow the "Online Training (Lynda)" link under the "Additional Services" section of the right-side navigation column. All courses may then be perused by categories, skill level, software, etc.


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Annual Benefits Fair Wednesday, Oct. 2
Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management will hold a benefits fair Wednesday, Oct. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby and on the second floor of the Administration building. The 32nd annual fair provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore the range of available employee benefits and speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans.

Open Enrollment for benefits closes on 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

Rate information and enrollment forms will be posted on the Human Resources website. 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.

iLearn Start-Up Kit Workshop for Faculty, Monday, Oct. 7
Academic Technology will offer a workshop for faculty who are new to the iLearn system and those who have not used it recently. The hour-long event will begin with an overview of how iLearn can support teaching and learning online, as well as enrich in-class activities. The overview will focus on four main areas:

  • communicating with students
  • sharing class content
  • engaging students online
  • assessing learning

Participants will gain hands-on experience during the second half of the workshop. iLearn has evolved into a reliable, easy-to-use online environment that integrates a variety of useful tools to help instructors connect with their students. Faculty may also schedule a follow-up appointment with an Academic Technology staff member to discuss their specific needs.

To register, complete the online registration form at and submit it by 2 p.m., Friday, Oct. 4. The workshop will be held Monday, Oct. 7 from 2 to 3 p.m. in a main-campus location that will be e-mailed to registered participants. Questions? Contact the Teaching and Learning Team at or ext. 5-5550.

Taiwanese alumni establish scholarship fund
Taiwanese alumni have established a scholarship fund to support study at SF State by future generations of Taiwanese students. Led by alumna Flora Chia-I Chang (M.A., ’82), president of Tamkang University, and Professor Emeritus Wan-Lee Cheng, the alumni group is the first to establish a country-specific scholarship.

"San Francisco State University enjoys a long, storied history of Taiwanese students making a difference while studying at the University and after," Wong said. "This gift is especially meaningful, since the University values its multicultural community and approach to learning."

Read more at SF State News:

Morrison Artists Series' 58th season
The Morrison Artists Series' 58th season, which kicks off this month, will feature some of the world's leading musical ensembles and two world premiere performances. The series, supported by the May Treat Morrison Chamber Music Foundation and held at SF State since 1956, is San Francisco's longest-running chamber music series. Learn more at the Morrison Artist Series website.

Chinese kindergarten principals to attend SF State workshop
The Department of Elementary Education will provide a three and half-day workshop for 13 principals from Golden Apple Kindergartens, which is located in Chengdu, China. The workshop will be held Oct. 1 through Oct. 4. The workshop will be comprised of lectures on early childhood education curriculum and the role of teachers in children's play, as well as visits to Bay Area schools, including SF State's Children’s Campus, Cow Hollow School, Bing at Stanford University and Presidio Knoll School.

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:

  • Announcements:
    • Jay Ward, associate director, Office of International Programs: International Education Week, Nov. 12-15
    • Gayle Orr-Smith, emergency preparedness coordinator, and Gene Chelberg, associate vice president for Strategic Planning & University Compliance: SF State Office of Emergency Preparedness is encouraging the entire campus community to participate in the Great California Shake Out at 10:17 a.m., Oct. 17
    • Call for Proposals: Writing Across the Curriculum Conference
  • Chair's Report
  • Report from Provost Sue V. Rosser: Review of Retention, Tenure, & Promotion for 2013
  • Guest: Hank Reichman, professor of History (CSU East Bay): American Association of University Professors "Committee A" Chair: Academic Freedom & Tenure
  • Report: Standing Committee Chairs & CSU Senators; Brief Updates
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed resolution urging Governor Brown to appoint a CSU Faculty Trustee, first reading
  • Academic Senate Elections:
    • All-University on Teacher Education Committee: one Academic Senate representative to serve a one-year term (2013-2014), nominations open
    • Baccalaureate Requirements Committee: one Academic Senator to serve a one-year term (2013-14), nominations open (must be a Senator)

Correction to election results:
University Budget Committee: two faculty members to serve a three-year term (2013-16), elected:

  • Nathan Avani, professor/chair of Secondary Education
  • Genie Stowers, professor/chair Public Administration

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

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This week in Insiders: Lecturer in American Indian Studies Sarah Sutler-Cohen, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology Bernard P. Wong, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Nina Roberts and Professor of Theatre Arts Joel Schechter.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Management John Sullivan and Associate Professor of Creative Writing Peter Orner.

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

Marching Through History with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers: through Sept. 30

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

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Aimee Phan: 7 p.m.

Emergency Training: NERT

Panel discussion: Rainbowing Children's Picture Books Through Textual and Visual Interactions: 2 p.m.

Discussion: OLLI Brown Bag with Kathy Setian: 1 p.m.

Recital: Almir Cortes, Brazilian instrumental music: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Leslie Mitchner: Transitions in Scholarly Publishing: The Effect on Authors: 12:30 p.m.

Workshop: Angel's Destiny: Recreating Your Destiny Through Haiku, presented by April Martin Chartrand: 1 p.m.

Lecture: John Windle and Thomas Ingmire in conversation: 2:30 p.m.

Poetry: Rachel Levitsky and Latasha N. Nevada Diggs: 4:30 p.m.

Bay Area Philosophers of Science Meeting: 6 p.m.

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

Volleyball Hosting Chico State: 7 p.m.

Poetry: Edward Dorn's Collected Poems with Jennifer Dunbar Dorn and guests: 7:30 p.m.

Coming Up
Oct. 5: Volleyball Hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 7 p.m.

Oct. 5: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Chico State: 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 7: iLearn Start-Up Kit Workshop for Faculty: 2 p.m.

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

Oct. 8: Emergency Training: NERT: 9 a.m.

Oct. 8: Edelman Town Hall: Teacher Research in Early Childhood Settings: 4 p.m.

Oct. 9: Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

Oct. 9: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Course/Faculty Preview: 3 p.m.

Oct. 10: Presentation: World War Two Propaganda: How Animated and Documentary Films Made Before, During and After the War Taught Us What to Think: noon

Oct. 10: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Course/Faculty Preview: noon

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

Oct. 10: Screening: Electronic Media and Social Justice: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11: Volleyball Hosting Humboldt State: 7 p.m.

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: Discussion: OLLI Brown Bag with Kathy Setian: 1 p.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: Men/Women's Soccer vs. Cal State Stanislaus: 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 19: Conference: Stretching the Screen: 9:30 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.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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