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Volume 54, Number 18   January 22, 2007         

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Business mileage reimbursement
Effective Jan. 1 the standard business mileage reimbursement rate is 48.5 cents per mile.

The maximum meal reimbursement amounts have been increased as follows: breakfast is $10; lunch is $15 and dinner is $25. The rate for incidental costs remains $5.

Complete information, can be found on HR Letter 2006-25, which is located at:

Travel advances for routine University business travel will be discontinued Feb. 1.

For details, contact Tapati Shah, travel coordinator, at ext. 8-2629; Cecile Vidallo, travel coordinator, at ext. 8-2604; or David Chelliah, accounts payable supervisor, at ext. 5-3693.

Reduce extra anxiety with a new workshop sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. Richard Harvey from the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies will present a two-hour session on how to recognize and manage stress from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 31, in room 306 of the HSS building.

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

The center's next workshop will be "Did My Students Actually Learn It?" from noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13. For a full workshop schedule, visit the center's Web site:

Student research awards
The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for both 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.

The University will provide travel funds for up to 10 campus winners to compete in the CSU system-wide competition May 4-5 at CSU Dominguez Hills. SF State students have excelled in this competition in the past, including two first-place awards last year. Winners receive cash awards.

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

All participants are also invited to exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase in May.

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

Coming Up
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, Feb. 6, in room 512 of the Humanities building.

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

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, Feb. 10, in Seven Hills Conference Center. The evening will include music, mingling and a love story contest. For details on the love story contest, see:

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

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A smart move
The University opens a new campus Jan. 24 at Westfield Centre, the office building at Westfield San Francisco Centre, 835 Market St. The 107,000-square-foot campus offers a new home for SF State's College of Business graduate programs, College of Extended Learning and more.

"San Francisco State's alumni drive the region's economy, and it is time for us to have a major academic presence in the heart of the business community," President Robert A. Corrigan said. "The Westfield Centre offers our business and extended learning students -- many of whom are working professionals -- a location with unparalleled access to public transportation, parking, restaurants and services."

The Downtown Campus' 31 classrooms and nine computer labs will serve an estimated 10,000 part- and full-time students.

For more information, visit:

Draft master plan available
After holding three additional community-wide open houses in December 2006 to continue to gather feedback and suggestions from the community, the campus has completed its draft master plan for the physical campus. The draft can be found at:

Copies are also available at the J. Paul Leonard Library and several San Francisco Public Library branches. For details, e-mail:

Comments can be directed to or by campus mail to Richard Macias, Capital Planning, Design and Construction.

The 30-day period for the campus community and general public to comment on the draft master plan ends Friday, Feb. 16. After the close of the comment period, the final master plan will be prepared, incorporating findings of the draft environmental impact report (which will be released later this month), and public comment.

Interim appointments for College of Creative Arts
Ronald Compesi, professor of broadcast and electronic communication arts, has been named interim dean of the College of Creative Arts. Ronald Caltabiano, professor of music, has been named acting associate dean of the College of Creative Arts.

Both appointments were effective Jan. 1. A national search for the College of Creative Arts dean will occur in the near future.

Dean of undergraduate studies candidates
Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of undergraduate studies. All members of the campus community are invited to hear each candidate speak about their vision for Undergraduate Studies. A reception will follow each presentation. The presentations will all be held at 3 p.m. in room 202 of the Business building on the following dates:

Feb. 1: Henry Villanueva, executive director of first-year programs and transition services at the College of Education, University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

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.

In memoriam: Dwight J. Simpson
International relations Professor Dwight J. Simpson died Dec. 22 after a brief illness. He was 85.

Simpson, who joined SF State in 1968, had planned to continue teaching part time for another year and a half before retiring completely, Assistant Professor of International Relations Sophie Clavier said.

His courses included the Middle East: Periphery, Middle East: Heartland, Introduction to World Affairs, and Revolutionary Ideologies in World Politics. He was adviser to several student organizations.

Simpson also frequently gave lectures at academic conferences and such civic outlets as the World Affairs Council of Northern California and San Francisco Commonwealth Club. The news media often interviewed Simpson for his expertise in U.S. foreign policy and Middle Eastern and North African politics and history.

A longtime Berkeley resident, Simpson often traveled to the Middle East. In 1999, he visited Tehran, Iran, as a guest of the Foreign Ministry. In 2000, he observed the election in Haiti with a delegation from Human Rights Watch.

Clavier, one of Simpson's former students, said he will be remembered "as the voice of the otherwise disenfranchised students."

"He lent a voice especially to the Arabs and Muslims on campus, and anybody who was disenfranchised because they came from a different background, origin or political situation," Clavier said.

Simpson was born in Salem, Ore., and grew up in San Mateo and San Francisco. He served in the Army in World War II and was awarded a Purple Heart and Bronze Star for exceptional bravery.

Simpson earned his bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees from Stanford University, as well as a postdoctoral degree from University College, Oxford. He was president of Bogazigi University in Turkey from 1965 to 1966, and taught at Istanbul University and University of California, Berkeley.

Simpson is survived by his wife Harriet, four children and 10 grandchildren.

The International Relations Department is planning a CampusMemorial service and a scholarship in Simpson's name. To contribute to the scholarship, contact Senem Evrim Özer at ext. 5-2418 or or visit:

Donations in Simpson's memory can also be sent to Citizens for East Shore Parks, Attn: Patricia Jones, P.O. Box 6087, Albany, CA 94706.

FIPSE grant supports faculty development
SF State is part of a team selected to contribute to the MERLOT ELIXR project, which has been funded by a $680,000 grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE).

The project team will develop and test nearly 100 digital case stories that highlight discipline-oriented teaching examples and resources for use in faculty development workshops.

MERLOT -- -- is an online collection of peer-reviewed materials for faculty development use submitted by a consortium of users that includes academic individuals and institutions, corporate partners and professional organizations.

For details on the project, contact Pamela Vaughn, associate dean in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, at or ext. 5-4030.


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