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Volume 54, Number 20   February 5, 2007         

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Academic calendar
policy proposal
The Academic Policies Committee is considering a proposal to replace the annual academic calendar approval process with an academic calendar policy.

The Academic Policies Committee invites faculty and staff to complete a brief survey to help the committee understand if there is widespread support for an academic calendar policy and employee preferences on the start date of the fall semester and placement of spring break.

Survey results will be used to develop a proposal for consideration of the Senate. The survey runs until Feb. 23 and can be found by clicking on the Academic Calendar Survey link at:

For details, call the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

Discontinuances meeting
The Educational Policies Committee will be hearing proposals to discontinue several programs at 2:10 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, in room 460 of the Administration building. The campus community is invited to attend. Proposals will be presented to discontinue the following programs: bachelor of arts concentrations in speech communications, certificate in educational therapy and business administration concentration and minor in human resources.

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

Faculty awards
change, workshops

At the recommendation of the provost and in response to department chair requests, the annual research, scholarship and creative activity awards cycle has been moved to the spring semester. The deadline for faculty to submit proposals for Vice President's Assigned Time, Affirmative Action, CSU Mini-Grant or Summer Stipend awards must do so by Friday, March 2.

All tenure-track and tenured faculty can apply in spring 2007 for either fall 2007 or spring 2008 awards or for summer stipends to be awarded in July 2007 or June 2008. Probationary faculty are particularly encouraged to submit a proposal.

Application forms, ranking sheets and detailed directions can be downloaded from the Faculty Affairs Web site:

In addition, the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development is offering two workshops for faculty to review guidelines and application procedures for the awards. The workshops will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in room 361 of the HSS building and from 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 23, in room 587 of the Humanities building. Drop-in consultations hours will also be available in room 435 of the Library from 3 to 5 p.m. Feb. 27 and 28.

Civic engagement workshop
Faculty are invited to a workshop on civic engagement from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 7, at Suite 750, Pacific Plaza, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Daly City.

Registration is $15 and must be completed by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 16. To register, fill out the form at:

Fundraising 101
The Office of University Development invites faculty to a workshop on principles of raising major gifts from individuals from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Feb. 22 or 2:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The workshop will also cover how to work with Development staff, identify potential donors, obtain approval for prospects and more.

R.S.V.P. to by 5 p.m. Feb. 9.

CSU student
research awards
The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their research projects and creative works. Faculty members are asked to encourage students to apply.

Current students, as well as those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2006, are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 19, for the campus competition, which will take place Feb. 26 - March 2.

Student registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies Web site:

For details, contact Lisa White, associate dean of graduate studies, at:

Village Fitness
Center contest

The Village Fitness Center is sponsoring an "I Lost It at the VFC" contest. Weigh in for the contest by Feb. 28. At the end of the semester prizes will be awarded to the top three shedders of unwanted pounds. The center is also offering new membership options.

For details, call (415) 452-1010 or visit:

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CSU strategic plan
The CSU Board of Trustees is developing a new long-range strategic plan called Access to Excellence. More information can be found at:

As a first step in developing the strategic plan, the Access to Excellence Task Force has requested information about long-range plans and priorities from all CSU campuses. The SF State response is being formulated by the Academic Senate's Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC), which seeks input from the campus through three channels.

1. FAC has posted preliminary proposals on an iLearn site open to all members of the campus. The site includes a forum for entering comments. To view the iLearn site, go to and enter your SF State ID and PAC. You will see the Access to Excellence materials on the iLearn front page. Please respond by Monday, Feb. 26, so FAC can incorporate a broad spectrum of campus opinions into the report.

2. To help clarify campus priorities, the Academic Senate will hold a town hall meeting from 2 to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 27, in Seven Hills Conference Center. Representatives from the Board of Trustees and CSU Chancellor's Office will attend as will members of the community and political and community leaders. The discussion will allow all present to have direct input to the Trustees on long-range planning. A reception follows the discussion.

3. Faculty, staff and students may also e-mail Jim Kohn, chair of the Faculty Affairs Committee, with comments about Access to Excellence:

Kirk Gaston named chief of University Police
Kirk M. Gaston has been named chief of San Francisco State University Police. Gaston began his SF State career in 1993 as a patrol sergeant.

Prior to his current appointment, he served as the operations division commander and associate director of the department, which included responsibilities for uniformed patrol, communications, non-sworn parking enforcement and security staff. His past SF State assignments have included patrol sergeant, detective sergeant, patrol lieutenant, operations captain and University emergency preparedness coordinator.

Gaston has 26 years of law enforcement experience, including stints with the Sausalito Police Department, Twin Cities Police Department and CSU East Bay University Police. He is currently an instructor in police chemical agents and less lethal munitions and, prior to being named chief of police, served as commander of the statewide CSU Critical Response Unit.

Gaston retired from the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve with the rank of master gunnery sergeant, with 24 years of service. His service awards include the Navy Achievement Medal, Navy Commendation Medal and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Acclaimed arts executive leads ICA
Jeffrey N. Babcock, who has more than 30 years of experience in performing arts and international cultural leadership has been named executive director of SF State's International Center for the Arts after a national search. His appointment was effective Jan. 2.

"Jeffrey Babcock's accomplishments in the arts illustrate rare breadth and depth, covering music, dance and theater, and international cultural events as well as such areas as new media and television production," said John Gemello, provost and vice president for academic affairs. "Under his leadership, the International Center for the Arts is positioned to offer innovative programs that promote awareness and appreciation of global arts and culture."

Since 2003, Babcock has run his own Phoenix-based firm, Cultural Strategies, where he consulted with nonprofit and for-profit arts organizations on such issues as strategic planning, business formation, fundraising, crisis management, marketing and branding and Web-based media.

While general director and chief executive officer of the Boston Ballet -- the nation's fourth largest professional ballet company -- from 1998 to 2001, Babcock led a period of significant growth in revenue and attendance.

Babcock was artistic director and executive producer of the 1996 Centennial Olympic Arts Festival and four-year Cultural Olympiad in Atlanta.

Babcock and San Francisco Symphony music director Michael Tilson Thomas founded the Miami-based New World Symphony, where Babcock served as president and CEO. Babcock also co-founded and managed the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute with artistic directors Leonard Bernstein, Michael Tilson Thomas and Daniel Lewis.

Babcock earned his doctorate in music composition from University of California, Santa Barbara, where he also later received a Distinguished Alumni Award.

Dean of undergraduate studies candidates
Three remaining candidates for dean of undergraduate studies will speak about their vision for undergraduate studies. A reception will follow each presentation. All presentations will be held at 3 p.m. in room 202 of the Business building on the following dates:

Feb. 6: Andrew Grosovsky, vice provost of undergraduate education at University of California, Riverside.

Feb. 9: David Schoem, faculty director of the Michigan Community Scholars Program at University of Michigan.

Feb. 13: Michelle Behr, associate provost for academic initiatives at Western New Mexico University.

Draft Environmental Impact Report
The draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the SF State Campus Master Plan is now available for public review through April 2.

Public hearings on the EIR will be held at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The draft EIR is available at the J. Paul Leonard Library and at the main branch and nearby area branches of the San Francisco Public Library. It can also be found at:

Written comments on the draft EIR may be sent by campus mail to Richard Macias, Capital Planning, Design & Construction.

Following public review, a final EIR will be prepared that will respond to oral and written comments. The CSU Board of Trustees will review and consider the final EIR prior to any decision to approve, revise or reject the Campus Master Plan.

For details, contact Richard Macias at ext. 8-3838.

In memoriam: John Tricamo
John Tricamo, emeritus professor of history, died Jan. 12 in San Francisco. He was 80.

Tricamo joined SF State in 1965 and retired in 1990. He taught courses in U.S. military history, Europe in World Wars I and II, U.S. history from the Andrew Jackson period through the Civil War, and Southern U.S. history.

"John's lectures were densely packed with information but they seethed with the passion and humor that emerged from a well-lived and deeply considered life," Professor of History Jerald Combs said. "We will miss him."

Born in 1926 in Brooklyn, N.Y., Tricamo served in the U.S. Army during World War II and observed the historic Nuremberg Trials. His experience on the battlefield had a strong influence on his interest in U.S. history and teaching.

Tricamo earned his doctorate from Columbia University and his bachelor's and master's degrees from Fordham University. Before joining SF State, Tricamo taught at the U.S. Military Academy Preparatory School at Fort Belvoir in Virginia, St. Francis College, St. Vincent College, University of San Francisco and University of Wisconsin.

Tricamo is survived by his wife Joan, three children and three grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Doctors Without Borders.

Grants & Contracts
SF State was awarded an additional $1,415,838 in September, $1,841,349 in October and $1,782,844 in the first part of November.

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Cavafy translation reading
Aliki Barnstone will read from her recently published volume of translations of Greek writer C.P. Cavafy's poetry at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday in room 512 of the Humanities building.

The reading is sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies and Poetry Center.

Branch Rickey on stage

John C. Chalberg will present a performance on the life of baseball executive Branch Rickey at 7 p.m. Wednesday in room 310 of the HSS building. Rickey created the modern Major League farm system and signed Jackie Robinson. The performance will be followed by a discussion of Rickey's legacy with Jules Tygiel, professor of history.

OLLI open house

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will hold an open house from 1:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday at its new location at SF State's Downtown Campus, 835 Market St, sixth floor. The open house will include talks, screenings of short films, demonstrations and tours of the new facility.

For details, call ext. 5-7711.

On Orson Welles
Joseph McBride, assistant professor of cinema, will speak about his book, "What Ever Happened to Orson Welles?," at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building.

The event is sponsored by Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library.

Alumni couples dinner

Whether they attended the University together or years apart, all alumni couples are invited to celebrate their love (and their Gator connection) at a pre-Valentine's Day dinner at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in Seven Hills Conference Center.

Tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased by contacting Adele Demler in University Development at or ext. 5-3648.

Coming Up
On counter-terrorism

Amos Guiora, director of the Institute for Global Security Law and Policy at Case Western Reserve University School of Law, will discuss "Counter-Terrorism: Policy and Legal Global Perspective: Specific Analysis of How Different Nations Deal with Terrorism (USA, Israel, India, Spain, Russia)" at 4 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12, in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is part of the Jewish Studies Program's Academica Judaica series and is co-sponsored by the faculty in Middle Eastern and Islamic studies and the departments of History and International Relations.

Student learning
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development presents a workshop titled "Did My Students Actually Learn It?" from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 13, in room 361 of the HSS building. Cece Iandoli, professor of design and industry, will offer quick, practical, hands-on exercises that help educators ensure that students are learning what is being taught.

R.S.V.P. to or ext. 8-6456 or enroll online at:

The center's next workshop will be "MERLOT: The Integration of Digital Scholarship with Teaching" from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 13. For a full workshop schedule, visit the center's Web site:

A look at hip-hop
The film "Hip-Hop: Beyond Beats and Rhymes" will be screened at 5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in Jack Adams Hall of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. A reception will take place at 4:30 p.m., and the film will be followed by a discussion between hip-hop writer Jeff Chang and filmmaker Byron Hurt. Admission is free.

The event is sponsored by Associated Students Performing Arts and Lectures and KQED Community Outreach and School Services.

Creative writing faculty reading
SF State faculty authors Nona Caspers, Barbara Tomash and Toni Mirosevich will read from their new books at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, at Black Oak Books, 1491 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley.


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