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Volume 54, Number 31   April 30, 2007         

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Repatriation Task
Force update
The Repatriation Task Force (RTF) is finalizing its statement of purpose and membership and would now like to put out a final call to University faculty and staff who would like to join. The purpose of the RTF is to facilitate Native communities' guidance on the development of resources and facilities for the care and repatriation of their ancestors and cultural materials and to help SF State meet its legal and moral responsibilities in all matters related to the repatriation and care of deceased Native peoples and cultural artifacts.

Any faculty and staff interested in joining the RTF or who have any questions can contact any of the current membership, including Joanne Barker (American Indian Studies); Omar Brodrick (Academic Resources); Robert Collins (American Indian Studies); Clay Dumont (Sociology); Jeff Fentress (NAGPRA Program); Mariana Ferreira (Anthropology); Mark Griffin (Anthropology); John Kim (Academic Resources); David Kojan (Anthroplogy); Melissa Nelson (American Indian Studies); Jim Quesada (Anthropology); and Laura Lehua Yim (English).

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:

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

Textbook orders
due Monday

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.

Staff travel grants
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 for 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 three 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. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, May 18.

UWA party
Faculty, staff and their guests are invited to join the University Women's Association (UWA) for an end-of-the-academic-year celebration at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at the Tonga Room in the Fairmont Hotel. Tickets are $50 per person for UWA members and guests and $55 per person for non-members. Price includes dinner and the entertainment cover charge. Drinks are extra.

R.S.V.P. by Friday, May 11, to Lin Ivory at:

SF State News home

University-wide committee elections end Monday
Elections for several University-wide committees close at 5 p.m. Monday, April 30.

Faculty may cast votes online at:

The online voting system includes save, review and edit features; 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.

Academic Senate meets Tuesday
The Academic Senate will meet from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1, in the Nob Hill room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Agenda items include: an announcement by Abdiel Oñate, chair of Faculty Honors and Awards Committee, of the recipients of the 2007 Sarlo Award for Excellence in Teaching and the Distinguished Faculty Awards for Excellence in Research and Service; a report from Michael Martin, director of risk management, on the new emergency preparedness Web site; election of an Academic Senate representative to the All-University Teacher Education Committee; a proposed meeting schedule for 2007-08; a recommended discontinuance of participation in the Joint Doctorate in Educational Leadership Program; a proposed new minor in South Asian studies; proposed revisions to the bachelor of arts in international relations; a proposed joint doctorate in audiology; proposed revisions to the upper-division writing requirements; a proposed charge for the University Tenure and Promotion Committee; and a proposed discontinuance of the integrated services specialist certificate.

This month's Newsmakers include Melissa Camacho, assistant professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, on media coverage of immigration stories; Jules Tygiel, professor of history, on Jackie Robinson; Kevin Bowman and Willie Mullins of Counseling & Psychological Services on college counseling; Russell Jeung, assistant professor of Asian American studies, on Buddhism in Indiana; and John Elia, associate professor of health education, on couples who sleep in separate bedrooms.

Read Newsmakers:

This Week
Human rights summit

The human rights summit "Power & Pleasure: The Expressions & Repressions of Sexuality & Reproductive Rights" takes place Monday through Wednesday on campus. Events include panel discussions and performances from 9 to 5 p.m. Monday in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Tuesday and Wednesday's events take place from 9 to 5 p.m. in the Hohenthal Gallery, on the third floor of the Science building.

Organizers will provide attendance slips in the event that faculty are willing to offer students extra credit for attending.

A full schedule of events, is available at:

The summit is sponsored by the Anthropology Department, Human Rights Class of 2007, Students for Critical Anthropology, Global Peace, Human Rights & Justice Studies Program, National Sexuality Resource Center, Center for Research on Gender & Sexuality, and Treganza Anthropology Museum.

Turnitin workshops
The Center for Teaching and Development invites faculty to a workshop about Turnitin, an online plagiarism detection tool. Presented by Amy Love, lecturer in English, the workshop will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday and then repeated from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday in room 229 of Burk Hall. No prior experience with online learning is required.

To sign up for any CTFD workshop, e-mail or visit the CTFD Web site:

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 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 in room 270 of the Science building.

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

Science and engineering showcase

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.

Coming Up
Ken Fehrman retirement

The Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics Department will honor Professor Ken Fehrman's retirement with a reception from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8, in the Vista Room, room 401 of Burk Hall. The campus community is welcome.

R.S.V.P. to Nancy Rabolt at or ext. 8-2060. A $20 donation to support the cost of a gift and the event can be dropped off in room 329 of Burk Hall.

Short-term study abroad
Faculty are invited to attend one of the College of Extended Learning's Short-Term Study Abroad Program information sessions at 10 a.m. or 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 9, in room 455C of the Administration building. The sessions will cover the process of offering a Short-Term Study Abroad program for faculty and their students.

Faculty who aren't able to attend can receive an information packet by e-mailing Jim Bryan at:

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

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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