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Volume 54, Number 30   April 23, 2007         

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Global innovation
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 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 4:15 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday in room 587 of the Humanities building. Students in upper division classes will present skits, songs, dances, stand-up comedy and more, all in French. A potluck dinner also will be part of the fun.

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

Place celebration

A celebration of the 15th anniversary of The SAFE Place will be held from 4:30 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The event features theatre and music performances, including a performance by Medea Project Theatre for Incarcerated Women.

R.S.V.P. to Karla Castillo at ext. 8-2819.

The event is sponsored by Students for a SAFE Campus, The SAFE Place Peer Educators, the students in Counseling 606, and Associated Students Performing Arts.

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 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 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.

To sign up for CTFD workshops, send an e-mail or visit:

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.

To sign up for CTFD workshops, send an e-mail or visit:

Novelist Anatoly Rybakov
Marina Goldovskaya's documentary "Anatoly Rybakov: The Russian Story" will be screened Thursday from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday in room 473 of the Humanities building. After the film, Holocaust survivor Mikhail Felberg, one of the protagonists of the documentary, will discuss his experiences.

The event is part of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures spring colloquium series. For details, call ext. 8-1421.

Coming Up
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 Communication 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 several 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 from 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.

Design and Industry's spring exhibit will be held May 15-18 in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. An opening reception will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, May 16. Exhibit hours are from 3 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, May 15, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, May 16-17. and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 18.

Budget meeting
The campus community is invited to a meeting of the University Budget Committee from 10 a.m. to noon Friday, May 11, in the NEC room on the fifth floor of the Administration building.

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Yamasaki named AVP for human resources
Ted Yamasaki has been named associate vice president of human resources, safety and risk management following a national search.

Yamasaki comes to SF State with 20 years experience in human resources administration. Most recently, he served as acting director of the Department of Human Resources for the City and County of San Francisco. In this position he oversaw all divisions within the department, including client services, employee relations, equal employment opportunity, recruitment and assessment, workers compensation and workforce development.

In 2002, Yamasaki was awarded a National Grant for Innovation in Human Resources. The award was presented by the Cooperative Personnel Services and the International Personnel Management Association for the Link Project, an interactive database providing online career counseling and links to city classifications.

In 2006, his team was awarded a Public Managerial Excellence Team Award for the Civil Service Reform Project by the Municipal Fiscal Advisory Committee to San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom. Also in 2006, Yamasaki was recognized as an HR Rising Star by Human Resources Executive Magazine.

Yamasaki received an undergraduate degree in political science from University of Hawaii at Manoa, and a master of public administration from University of San Francisco. He started Monday, April 16.

University-wide committee elections begin
The Academic Senate is conducting elections for several University-wide committees beginning Monday, April 23. Voting closes at 5 p.m. Monday, April 30.

Votes may be cast online at:

The online voting system includes save, review and edit features, allowing voters flexibility in how they approach the voting process. However, once votes are submitted, they are final.

Nominee position statements are available at:

The elections are for CSU (state-wide) academic senator and at-large academic senator and for representatives to the following committees: academic, honorary degree, University advancement, and University promotions.

For details, contact the Academic Senate at or ext. 8-1264.

Faculty associate position proposals due Friday
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 no longer than 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.

People on Campus
Photo of Nina RobertsNina Roberts, assistant professor and project director for the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department's Pacific Leadership Institute (PLI), has a passion for revitalizing young people's interest in the natural environment. "Right now that means getting across the idea that there is just as much adventure outdoors as there is in computer games," she said. The outdoors, she maintains, is the best place to discover one's personal strengths.

Born in Queens, N.Y., and raised in several towns and cities along the eastern seaboard, Roberts became enamored with the great outdoors at an early age. Eschewing the more girlish pursuits of her two sisters, Roberts spent most of her time with her brother and his friends building forts and playing outdoor sports.

"When I was a kid in Massachusetts, we'd visit this quarry all the time and I still feel the excitement when I recall grabbing onto a rope hung from this huge oak tree, swinging over the water, then letting go!" ...

Read more about Roberts:

Help with iLearn
Academic Technology (AT) offers an array of workshops that enable faculty and staff to create collaborative online teaching and learning environments, instructional Web sites and digital images. Faculty are encouraged to learn how to prepare iLearn environments and online course materials for the summer and fall semester.

Multiple workshops are available and are staggered and repeated to accommodate different schedules. Workshops are free, but registration is required.

For registration and details, visit:

Academic Technology events can be searched for by selecting "Acad Tech" in the drop-down organizer box.

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.

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 until May 15.

South Asian American internship
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to apply to the summer South Asian American Community Internship Program. The program offers students experience working with organizations that emphasize service to the South Asian and South Asian-American communities.

The internships are unpaid, but interns will receive 3 units of semester credit. Internships will take place during June and/or July and will consist of 80 hours of work.

For details and application information, contact Falu Bakrania at or ext. 5-0389.

Academic Senate Action

At its April 17 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Approved a resolution in support of the University Master Plan;
  • Approved revisions to the Academic Calendar Policy;
  • Approved the resolution in support of discounted Muni fares for young adults;
  • Approved revisions to the charge for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development Advisory Board;
  • Heard a proposal of discontinuance of participation in the joint doctorate in educational leadership program; and
  • Approved the proposed special sessions cohort offering for the master of public administration.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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