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Volume 62, Number 7    September 26, 2014         

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Open enrollment now open
The open enrollment period for benefits has begun and will run through Oct. 10. During this time, eligible faculty and staff may:
• Change health and/or dental plans
• Add eligible dependents to new or existing health and/or dental plans
• Renew or enroll in the flexible-spending programs Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or Dependent Care Reimbursement (DCRA). Currently enrolled employees MUST submit new forms to continue deductions for 2015.

Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan's Evidence of Coverage publication. The CalPERS open enrollment brochure may also be downloaded from the CalPERS website.

Benefit & Retirement Services staff are available for drop-in visits and appointments regarding open enrollment through Oct. 10 as follows:
• Mondays: 2-4 p.m.
• Tuesdays: 8-10 a.m.
• Wednesdays: 8-10 a.m.
• Thursdays: 2-4 p.m.
• Fridays: 8-10 a.m.

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro lecture, reading, Sept. 26
Puerto Rican novelist, short story writer and essayist Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro will discuss and read from her work Sexodiversidad y Piel: Blackness and Lesbianism in Puerto Rican Literature Sept. 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 121. The event is sponsored by the César E. Chávez Institute, the College of Ethnic Studies and SF State. For more information or to register, visit the César E. Chávez Institute website.

Health Education lecture
The Institute for Holistic Health Studies and the Department of Health Education invite the campus community to a lecture by Larry Berkelhammer, author of In Your Own Hands: New Hope for People with Chronic Medical Conditions, Sept. 29, 7-9 p.m. in SCI 101. The lecture is free and open to students, faculty, staff and the general public.

For more information, visit the Holistic Health Learning Center website or HSS 329.

Tiburon Sunset Cruise
The University Women's Association (UWA) will host a Sunset Cruise and potluck on Oct. 11. The cruise will at 6 p.m. from the Angel Island/Tiburon Ferry dock in Tiburon. Participants are asked to bring a dish to share -- soft drinks and utensils will be provided. The cost is $20 per person. RSVP to Lin Ivory at at by Oct. 1. Check should be made payable to UWA and sent to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Visit the Angel Island-Tiburon Ferry website for directions.

Ludlow miners' strike centennial colloquium
The Nikos Kazantzakis Chair of the Center for Modern Greek Studies -- in cooperation with the Departments of English, History and Humanities, the Labor Archives and Research Center and the American Studies program -- invite the campus community to a special colloquium on the 100-year anniversary of the Ludlow miners' strike and massacre, one of the most tragic events in American labor history. The colloquium will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, in HUM 587. The event is free and open to the public. E-mail questions to or visit the Modern Greek Studies website for more information.

The Role of Turkey in
World Affairs, Oct. 3-4

Middle East and Islamic Studies (MEIS), with the support of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts and the Department of International Relations (IR), has organized a two-day workshop on "The Role of Turkey in World Affairs." The workshop will explore the historical context and the political and economic factors that led to Turkey's rise as a regional power. It will be held Oct. 3 to 4 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in HSS 362.

Auditors are welcome, space permitting. For more information, including the full program, visit the MEIS website. E-mail Lucia Volk or David Sayers to reserve a seat to audit the seminar or to obtain an add code for credit.

Reception to celebrate faculty tenure, promotion
A campus-wide celebration in honor of faculty who were granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The tenure and promotions list is available at the Faculty Affairs website.

Speech, language evaluations for
children, adults

The Communicative Disorders Program is offering speech and language evaluations for children and adults during the fall semester on Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. and 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Faculty, staff and their families, relatives or friends who would benefit from speech and language evaluations are invited to come by BH 114. E-mail or call ext. 8-1001 to obtain an application form.

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.

Alumni & Family
Weekend, Oct. 24-26

The Alumni Association invites SF State alumni, families and students to the annual Alumni & Family Weekend Oct. 24-26 on campus. The three-day celebration will include lectures and seminars; campus tours that showcase the J. Paul Leonard Library, Student Center murals and the Fine Arts Gallery; and open-house receptions by individual colleges. Local vendors will also gather on campus so participants can eat and shop while mingling with fellow Gators. Other activities will include a play, dodgeball and family sports and a panel discussion on advances in the computer and biotechnology industries.

Visit the Alumni & Family Weekend website for more information or to sign up online. Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend.


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September is EOP Month
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 124 praises the accomplishments of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) in the UC, CSU and community college systems and declares September as EOP month. The resolution was approved by both houses of the legislature with bipartisan support. The SF State EOP thanks the campus community for its continued support.

President's Dinner and Hall of Fame Celebration, Oct. 24
The campus community is invited to attend the President's Dinner and Alumni Hall of Fame to celebrate alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions in their fields. This year, President Wong will announce the inaugural recipient of the President's Distinguished Service Award, while emcee Ben Fong-Torres (B.A., '66, Radio/TV) will introduce the Alumnus of the Year and the Class of 2014 inductees into SF State's Alumni Hall of Fame. These are some of the highest honors accorded to an SF State Gator.

The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California Street, San Francisco. Tickets are $150 per person ($1,500 for a table of 10). The following alumni will be honored:

President's Distinguished Service Award
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, M.A., '65, Special Education

Alumnus of the Year
Congressman George Miller, B.A., '68, American Studies

Hall of Fame
Margaret Avery, B.A., '65, Education, actress, singer, teacher
Andrew Ly, B.S., '86, Accounting, co-founder of Sugar Bowl Bakery
Michael McClure, B.A., '55, English, poet, playwright, songwriter, novelist
Steven Miller, B.A., '78, Radio/TV, record producer, engineer, arranger

Reservations must be made by Oct. 12 and can be made online via a link on the Alumni Association's event description at

Benefits Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 1
Human Resources will host the 33rd Annual Benefits Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby and second floor of the Administration Building. The fair provides faculty and staff an opportunity to explore the range of available employee benefits and speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans.

A Social Security Administration representative will also join the benefits fair this year.

Labspace presentation Oct. 6
The campus community is invited to attend the free presentation "Labspace: A Gateway to Software Access for Research and Teaching" from noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 6, in LIB 286. Andrew Roderick and Jonathan Forester will describe how to access and use software packages such as SPSS, AMOS, SAS, Minitab, ArcGIS and Mathematica without having to install them. Attendees will also learn how their students can access some of the software packages. E-mail an RSVP to or call ext. 5-3995 to reserve a seat. (Lunch is included.) Drop-ins are also welcome.

For more information, contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997. Learn more about Labspace at The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers Research Cluster. Suggestions for improvement of this gateway are welcome, as are suggestions for other software to make available via this gateway.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Sept. 23 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a report from Naeemah Charles, vice president of external affairs, Associated Students Inc. on the voter registration drive
  • Heard a report from Jay Ward, associate director, Office of International Programs, on International Education Week
  • Conferred with Academic Senate CSU Senators Darlene Yee and Robert Collins
  • Heard a report from Sheila Tully, president, SF State Chapter of the California Faculty Association, on collective bargaining
  • Approved a proposal from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee for a new Cinema Department minor in animation
  • Held open nominations for Senate Representatives to the Board of Appeals and Review (BOAR)
  • Discussed the new University mission statement based on a proposal from the Strategic Issues Committee

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 Health Education Erik Peper, Associate Vice President for International Education Yenbo Wu, Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Nina Roberts and Professor of Special Education Pamela Wolfberg

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This week in Newsmakers: Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan, Alexander String Quartet First Violinist Zakarias Grafilo, Professor of Cinema Jan Milsapps and Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Kim Schwartz.

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SF State received $588,733 in grants and contracts in August 2014.

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Allegorical Procedures: Bay Area Collage, 1950-Present: Sept. 20-Oct. 16

Shenny Cruces: Keys: through January 5, 2015

Friday, Sept. 26
Sexodiversidad y Piel: Blackness & Lesbianism in Puerto Rican Literature: noon

Men's Soccer hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 12:30 p.m.

de Bellis Concert: 1:10 p.m.

Women's Soccer hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 3 p.m.

Reading: The G Spot. Gentrification, Urban Transformation and Queer San Francisco: Homelands and Safe Space: 7 p.m.

Volleyball hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 7 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 27
Volleyball Hosting UC San Diego: 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 28
Men's Soccer Hosting Cal State East Bay: 11:30 a.m.

Festival: College of Liberal and Creative Arts Opening Day Festival: noon

Women's Soccer Hosting Cal State East Bay: 2 p.m.

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet: 3 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 29
Reading: Writers on Writing: Sarah Riggs: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 30
GGNRA Mobile Trailhead: 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 1
GGNRA Mobile Trailhead: 10 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 2
Lectures: Undisciplining Feminisms: 12:30 p.m.

The Poetry Center Book Award Reading: Stephen Ratcliffe: 4:30 p.m.

Conversation: The G Spot. Gentrification, Urban Transformation and Queer San Francisco: Queers, Redevelopment and Racial Displacement: 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 3
Colloquium: 100-Year Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre: Special Colloquium: 10 a.m.

Recital: Sound and Social Justice Collective: 1:10 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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