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Volume 54, Number 29   April 16, 2007         

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Summer fee-
waiver program
Eligible, continuing or newly admitted employees should submit completed fee-waiver applications and fees to the Cashier's/Bursar's Office (room 155 of the Administration building) two weeks prior to their registration date.

Dependent fee waiver participants should also complete the appropriate application and submit their application and fees to Human Resources, room 252 of the Administration building.

For details, including fees, visit the Human Resources Web site at:

For specific questions, contact Jackie Bender at or ext. 8-2678.

Textbook orders
The SFSU Bookstore will offer every department on campus a $1,000 Bookstore gift card if at least 90 percent of fall 2007 textbook orders (as posted in the class schedule) for that department are received by April 30.

Fifteen departments met this goal for the spring 2007 term.

Orders can be placed online at, sent to, or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

participatory research
Faculty and staff are invited to the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 27, at 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Suite 750, in Daly City.

The symposium will be led by Vivian Chavez, associate professor of health education, who has extensive media experience and has worked at integrating the study of media literacy with policy advocacy. In addition, service learning advocates Nadinne Cruz and Marie Sandy will give a presentation on their CBPR findings. Attendees will take a closer look at the practice of CBPR, asking how well CBPR has served its participants, and where the methodology can be improved. The workshop will focus on the workings, experiences and best practices of campus/community research partnerships.

Registration must be completed by 5 p.m. April 20. A fee of $15 must be sent in with the registration form in order to reserve a seat. To register online, please go to:

For details, contact Cathy Park at or ext. 5-3604.

Need help with
travel funds?

The SF State Retirement Association is again providing support for approved, job-related travel. The award cycle alternates between faculty and staff; this year's awards will be made to staff.

Letters of application should contain the purpose of the travel as well as travel plans and costs and should be addressed to: SFSU Retirement Association in care of Franklin Sheehan, Mathematics Department.

Or apply by e-mail to:

Applications will be accepted up until May 15.

UWA's spring
theater party

The University Women's Association invites the campus community to join its members in attending the College of Creative Arts production of "Orpheus in the Underworld" at 8 p.m. Friday, April 27, in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building. A reception and buffet dinner will take place at 6 p.m. in Rigoberta Menchu Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Tickets, including dinner and play, are $35 per person for UWA members and $40 per person for nonmembers.

For reservations, contact Lin Ivory by 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at:

SF State News home

University-wide committee nominations
The nominations period for vacancies on University-wide committees ends at 5 p.m. Wednesday, April 18. Nominations can be made at:

Information on the committees can be found on the Senate Web site:

Fall 2007 faculty associate position proposals
All tenured faculty are encouraged to apply for one of two possible fall 2007 faculty associate positions in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD).
Each position brings .20 assigned time to work on one of several possible projects related to teaching and scholarship. Suggested areas of emphasis include:
  • Universal design for learning (eligible applicants who choose this focus must have completed the two workshops on universal design for learning I and II, offered last fall by CTFD, Disability Programs and Resource Center, and Sonoma State University)
  • The scholarship of teaching and learning
  • The design of writing assignments, especially for second language learners
  • Modeling and teaching equity and social justice
  • Modeling and teaching diversity, including international diversity
  • The pedagogy of the large classroom
  • Pedagogical applications of technology

More information is available in the call for proposals on the CTFD Web site at:

Applicants should submit a proposal not to exceed two, single-spaced, letter-size pages and a current curriculum vitae, by noon Friday, April 27, to Pamela Vaughn, associate dean for faculty development, Library room 435. For details, contact Vaughn at ext. 5-4030.

Successful applicants will be notified by Monday, May 14.

Help redesign the SF State Web site
The Office of Public Affairs and Publications is leading the effort to create a new design system for the University Web site and would like to hear the thoughts, opinions and ideas of the campus community. Faculty and staff are invited to fill out a survey at:

For details, contact Miles Orkin at or ext. 8-7108.

Final RTP discussion Tuesday
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development will hold the final edition of its informal discussion sessions focused on helping faculty prepare for retention, tenure and promotion from 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday in room 460 of the Administration building.

Marilyn Verhey, dean of faculty affairs and professional development, will conduct the session.

Faculty may register for it by e-mailing or calling ext. 8-2204.

This month's Insiders include Sujian Guo, Political Science, being named editor of a new book series; presentations by Bernard Wong, Anthropology, on Chinese emigrants; A governmental relations award for Robert C. Chope, Counseling; and a play by Anne Galjour, Creative Writing.

Read Insiders:

Faculty social science research
Sanjoy Banerjee, professor of international relations, and Amita Shastri, professor of political science, will present their research from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in room 361 of the HSS building. Banerjee will speak on "Narrations and Structuration: The International System: 1989-2002" and Shastri will speak on "The Breakdown of the Peace Process in Sri Lanka."

The event is part of the College of Behavioral and Social Science's spring faculty research series.

New faculty file-sharing resource

The Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA), a new SF State electronic resource, can help faculty manage and share the digital files they use in teaching and research.

Faculty and staff are invited to attend a workshop on DIVA from 2 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in room 380 of the HSS building.

Attendees should R.S.V.P. to:

For details, visit:

SF State's faculty authors
The Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library invite the campus community to a celebration of faculty members who have published books since the beginning of 2000 from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday on the fifth floor patio of the Administration building.

The University boasts more than 140 21st century faculty authors. The event is co-sponsored by the SFSU Bookstore and Center for Teaching and Faculty Development.

Ancient Egypt exhibit opening
Museum Studies invites the campus community to an opening reception for its exhibit "Diet, Doctors and Death – Health in Ancient Egypt!" from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday in room 510 of the Humanities building. Curated by graduate students in Jean DeMouthe's MS 730 course, the exhibit highlights objects from the Sutro Egyptian Collection.

The exhibit runs through Friday, May 11. Admission is free and hours are from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

For details, call ext. 5-0599.

Public Holocaust Memorial Lecture
Dr. Sabina S. Zimering will read from her book "Hiding in the Open: A Holocaust Memoir" from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, in room 317 of the HSS building.

For details, contact Marion Gerlind at or ext. 8-1604.

The event is supported by the Ingrid Tauber Philanthropic Fund of the Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties; History Department; Jewish Studies Program; San Francisco Hillel; Gerlind Institute for Cultural Studies; and DRAGA design.

Publisher fair

The SFSU Bookstore invites faculty to a publisher fair from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday in Rosa Parks Rooms A-C in the Student Center. The fair features representatives from a variety of academic publishers as well as refreshments and a raffle.

For details, call ext. 8-7377.

Coming Up
Innovation in a global economy

Antti Hautamäki, director in the Innovation and New Solution unit at the Finnish Innovation Fund, will present "Distributed Innovation in a Global Networked Economy" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, in room 202 of the Business building.

The event is sponsored by the College of Business.

The French Program invites the campus community to a talent show from 4 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 24, in room 587 of the Humanities building. The students in upper division classes will present skits, songs, dances, stand-up comedy and more in French. A potluck dinner also will be part of the fun.

For details, contact Bérénice Le Marchand at or ext. 8-7419.

RTC on 'Quest'
Newell (Toby) Garfield, acting director of the Romberg Tiburon Center, will be featured on an episode of "Quest," KQED-TV's local science program, at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, on broadcast channel 9. Garfield will discuss the physics of big waves like the "mavericks" off the San Mateo coast. After airing on KQED-TV, the episode will be availble online at:

Grant writing discussion
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) presents a brown bag discussion on "Grant Writing: Asking Critical Questions" from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 25, in room 202 of the Business building. The discussion will be led by Fred Astren, professor of Jewish studies; Chris Chekuri, assistant professor of history; and Lutfus Sayeed, professor of information systems. All three faculty have extensive experience in writing large, successful grant proposals.

Circumventing writer's block
CTFD invites faculty to a discussion led by Toni Mirosevich, associate professor of creative writing, on "Alternative Routes: Getting Around Writer's Block" from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in room 434 of the Library. Mirosevich will explore how to take a different route around writer's block instead of trying to push through it.

Racial cleansing in America
Reporter and author Elliot Jaspin and filmmaker Marco Williams will discuss racial cleansing of African American communities in America from the 1860s to the 1920s from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in room 133 of the Humanities building.

Jaspin will read from his book "Buried in the Bitter Waters: The Hidden History of Racial Cleansing in America" and Williams will screen his film "Banished," which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Integration & Improvement of Journalism, Journalism Department, Broadcast and Electronic Communications Arts Department, and the colleges of Humanities, Ethnic Studies and Behavioral and Social Sciences.

Slavery, freedom and law
Sue Peabody, associate professor of history at Washington State University, Vancouver, will present "Free Soil in the Atlantic World" at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, in room 270 of the Science building.

The event is sponsored by the History Department and the European Studies Program.

Student showcases
The campus community is invited to two May showcases of student work:

The College of Science & Engineering Student Project Showcase will be held from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Gymnasium. The event is sponsored by Kenneth and Pamela Fong, Acutate, Alfatech Cambridge and RingCentral. They have donated a total of $8,100 to be awarded to 48 of the best projects.

The Graduate Research and Creative Projects Showcase will be held form 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the Gymnasium. More than 100 exhibits will be on display. The showcase is sponsored by Graduate Studies.

Academic Senate Action

At its March 27 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Heard a report on SFSU Foundation Inc. from Don Scoble, executive director of SFSU Foundation Inc., and Leroy Morishita, vice president, administration and finance;
  • Approved a proposed policy on graduate honors at graduation;
  • Heard a report from Vice President Leroy Morishita on the University's Master Plan;
  • Heard a proposed resolution in support of the University Master Plan;
  • Approved a proposed academic calendar policy;
  • Approved a new concentration in structural/earthquake engineering in the master of science in engineering;
  • Approved a new concentration in embedded electrical and computer systems in the master of science in engineering;
  • Approved a proposed new autism spectrum graduate certificate.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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