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Volume 62, Number 13    November 7, 2014         

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Future of Healthcare Conference, Nov. 8
The Future of Healthcare Conference, held at SF State biennially since 2004, highlights specific and emerging health concerns and integrative approaches in treatment. The theme of the 2014 conference, to be held Saturday, Nov. 8, will be "The Role of Art in Health & Creative Change" and will explore how arts complement scientific findings by grounding knowledge in human experience and expression.

Speakers will include Cynthia Perlis, director of the Art for Recovery Program at UCSF; Naj Wikoff, past president of the Alliance for Arts in Health; Sharon Katz, the South African musician and founder of the "Peace Train" model of music therapy for conflict resolution and community development; Gary Malkin: seven-time Emmy-winning composer and producer; Ilene Serlin, psychologist and dance/movement therapist; and Dr. Alan Siegel, M.D., who provides leadership for the Contra Costa Family Medicine Residency Program.

Visit the Holistic Health Learning Center website to see conference schedule.

IEW 2014 proposals
due Monday

The Office of International Programs seeks proposals for activities and events for International Education Week (IEW ) 2014, Nov. 17-21. Read about hosting an event and then submit an activity or event proposal by Monday, Nov. 10, by completing an 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 2014 website or contact Jay Ward at or ext. 8-1121.

Maria Meyer to retire
Maria Meyer, administrative coordinator in the President's Office, has announced her plans to retire. Meyer has worked as a member of the President's Office staff since 1985, serving three SF State presidents: Chia-Wei Woo, Robert Corrigan and Leslie Wong. President Wong noted, "For decades Maria has been essential to the functions of our office and she is a wonderful ambassador of SF State. Her skillful administration and her joyful contributions to our office atmosphere will be missed." A farewell reception in her honor will be held at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 17, on the fifth-floor patio of the Administration Building. To RSVP, email Jennifer Villarreal or call ext. 8-3562.

One-on-One with Provost Sue Rosser
Interested faculty are invited to make a 10- to 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.

AP2U to launch Nov. 18
Accounts Payable will launch the new AP2U program on Tuesday, Nov. 18. The program, which will join HR2U on the third Tuesday of each month in LIB 242 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., will make available Accounts Payable staff to answer questions and provide assistance with accounts payables, travel claims, hospitality claims and procurement card use and reporting.


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Invitation to President's employee holiday reception

Thornton named director of Student Outreach Services
Ree’shemah Thornton has joined Student Affairs & Enrollment Management as the new director of Student Outreach Services. Thornton comes to SF State with an extensive background in student outreach and admissions: Early in her career, she worked at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo on its Teacher Diversity and Recruitment Project. She then served as a regional admissions and recruitment officer for UC San Diego and as an evaluation analyst at the UC Office of the President. More recently, Thornton worked at UC Berkeley as an assistant director of admissions-recruitment specialist and as coordinator of student athletic admissions. "The breadth of Thornton's experience will serve her well as she takes on the top leadership role in Student Outreach Services," said Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Jo Volkert.

Taste of the Bay, Nov. 12 -- reserve now
Faculty and staff who wish to attend the 18th annual Taste of the Bay benefit to aid student scholarships and Hospitality and Tourism Management programs may buy tickets for $100 per person -- even on the day of the event. The gourmet food and wine tasting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the City View venue at the Metreon (135 Fourth Street, San Francisco).

For more information or to purchase tickets in advance, contact David Fierberg, associate director of development for the College of Business, at or ext. 5-3966. Be sure to inquire about a buy-one, get-one-free special offer.

Visiting Professor in Social Justice created in College of Ethnic Studies
The establishment of the Robert A. Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice in the College of Ethnic Studies at SF State, funded by a gift from longtime University supporters George and Judy Marcus, was announced on Oct. 26. The position is named for former SF State President Robert A. Corrigan, who was lauded for his commitment to social justice and diversity during his 24-year tenure.

"The establishment of the Corrigan Visiting Professor in Social Justice signals the University's continued commitment to civic engagement and social justice," said President Les Wong. "Robert Corrigan has been an important champion of those values, and naming the position in his honor is a fitting way to recognize the legacy of his time at SF State."

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Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Oct. 28 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a presentation from CSUEU representatives on their contract with the CSU
  • Conferred with Jeanette Peralta, resource advocate, on the services offered by her office
  • Approved a proposal for a new program in Earth and Climate Sciences
  • Debated a revision to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy to allow electronic Working Personnel Action Files (WPAF), first reading
  • Debated in the first reading proposed Indicators and Standards of Program Success for the Seventh Cycle Program Review
  • Discussed a version of the proposed University Mission Statement

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

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Africana Studies Dorothy Tsuruta, Associate Professor of Biology Ravinder Sehgal, Professor of Consumer & Family Studies Connie Ulasewicz, Professor of Elementary Education Daniel Meier and Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Nina Roberts

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Economics Michael Potepan, Professor of History Marc Stein, Assistant Professor of Hospitality and Tourism Management Sybil Yang and Professor of Meteorology Oswaldo Garcia.

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

The 27th Annual Leo D. Stillwell Student Exhibition: Nov. 12-Dec. 4

Coming Home: A Veteran's Experience: Nov. 13-Jan. 15, 2015

A Witness to Change: Piroska Nagy's Photos of Hungary: through Dec. 22

Shenny Cruces: Keys: through Jan. 5, 2015


Saturday, Nov. 8
Film: Highlights of Romanian Cinema: 9 a.m.

Reading/Lecture: Tales from a Beautiful Island: 2 p.m.

Volleyball Hosting Cal State East Bay: 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 10
Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 11
Veterans Day; No Classes; Offices Closed

Volleyball Hosting Sonoma State: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 12
Recital: Piano students: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Haneen Maikey, co-founder and executive director of the queer group alQaws for Sexual & Gender Diversity in Palestinian Society: 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 13
Poetry reading: Donna de la Perriere and Barbara Tomash: 4:30 p.m.

Film: DOCFilm Forum: Documenting the War Experience: 6:30 p.m.

Lecture: Narrative in Social Media: A Conversation with Dr. Abdur Chowdhury: 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 14
Recital: Afro-Cuban Ensemble of SF State: 1:10 p.m.

Conference: Fall of the Iron Curtain: Looking Back After 25 Years: 4 p.m.

Film: Third Hungarian Film Festival: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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