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Volume 54, Number 25   March 12, 2007         

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MERLOT: digital
scholarship and teaching
Ronald E. Purser, professor of management, will present "MERLOT: The Integration of Digital Scholarship with Teaching" from 12:45 to 2 p.m. Tuesday in room AV 36 in the basement of the Library. An associate editor of the Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) Business Editorial Board, Purser will show how this free gateway of peer-reviewed digital materials can be used in course development.

The workshop is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development.

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

The center's next workshop, "iLearn Faculty Showcase: iLearn for Homework Discussions and Multimedia Demonstration," takes place noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday, March 20.

For a full workshop schedule, visit:

Women's History
Month event

In honor of Women's History Month and International Women's Day, SF State will host a number of panel discussions and film screenings throughout March on the theme of "Women Crossing Borders: Work, Family & Nation." All events are free and open to the public.

This week's event is a screening of "Thirst," a video about the commoditization of water and the struggles for water rights in Bolivia, India and the U.S., from 7 to 10 p.m. Tuesday in the Humanities Auditorium (room 133 of the Humanities building). A panel discussion follows, with Raquel Rivera-Pinderhughes, professor of urban studies; Barbara Nielson of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom; and moderators Kasturi Ray and Jillian Sandell, assistant professors of women studies.

The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, College of Humanities and Women Studies Department are sponsoring the events. For a full list of events, visit the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Web site:

Forum on
domestic violence

The forum, "A Multidisciplinary Integrated Approach to Intimate Partner Violence," will be held from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday in room T-160 of the Student Center. The forum will present three perspectives on intimate partner violence screening. Presenters include Karin Rhodes, assistant professor and director of health-care policy research at Penn State's School of Medicine; Catherine Cerulli, director of the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization at University of Rochester's School of Medicine; and Cathy Kothari, director of family and community studies at Michigan State University's Kalamazoo Center for Medical Studies.

R.S.V.P. to:

The forum is funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities.

Vietnamese diaspora

Reporter and author Andrew Lam will discuss his book "Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora" from 11 a.m. to noon Friday in room 133 of the Humanities building. Lam is a commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered."

The event is sponsored by the Vietnamese American Studies Center and English and Journalism departments. For details, contact Isabelle Thuy Pelaud at ext. 8-7592 or Harriet Rafter at ext. 8-2266.

Coming Up
San Francisco
book lecture

Jacquie Proctor will discuss and sign copies of her book, "San Francisco's West of Twin Peaks," at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in the Bookstore. The book is a pictorial history of the campus neighborhood.

Cultural representation
in Native America

A roundtable discussion of the book, "Cultural Representation in Native America," edited by Andrew Jolivette, assistant professor of American Indian studies, will take place from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies/Psychology building. Copies of the book will be available for sale following a roundtable discussion by the contributors.

The event is sponsored by the American Indian Studies Department. For details, contact Jolivette at or ext. 8-1664.

The EU at 50
Xenia Stefanidou, the honorable consul general of the San Francisco Greece consulate, will speak on "The European Union, Then and Now: The 50th Anniversary" at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 27, in room 587 of the Humanities building.

The event is sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies. For details, contact Modern Greek Studies at ext. 8-1892.

Dwight Simpson tribute
An event to honor and celebrate the life of Emeritus Professor Dwight Simpson will be held at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Simpson died Dec. 22.

For details, visit:

Campus run
The cross country team is hosting a one-mile campus run at 12:30 p.m. Friday, April 6, starting at the Cox Stadium track. The event will kick off the festivities for the Johnny Mathis Invitational which start at 2 p.m. Members of the campus community are welcome. There is no entrance fee, and prizes will be awarded.

For details, contact Tom Lyons at or ext. 8-2219.

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Budget Committee meeting
A special meeting of the University Budget Committee (UBC) is scheduled for 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, March 15, in the Seven Hills Conference Center. President Robert A. Corrigan and Vice President for Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita will give a presentation on the entire University budget.

This special meeting is intended to provide both UBC members and the broader campus community with detailed information about and understanding of the University's budget.

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

Agenda items include: a discussion open to all faculty on maintaining collegiality and civil discourse during a contract dispute; a report from Linda Buckley, associate vice president for academic planning and educational effectiveness, and Sandra Radtka, chair of the University Academic Assessment Advisory Committee; a proposed policy on graduate honors at graduation; a proposed discontinuance of the bachelor of science in business administration with a concentration and minor in human resources management; a proposed discontinuance of three bachelor of arts concentrations in communication studies: intercultural communication, organizational communication and individual major in communication studies; a proposed discontinuance of the certificate in educational therapy; proposed revisions to the bachelor of arts in philosophy; and proposed revisions to the bachelor of arts in philosophy and religion.

School of Engineering establishes Tau Beta Pi chapter
On March 10, the School of Engineering launched a new collegiate chapter of Tau Beta Pi, the national engineering honor society, during a series of day-long ceremonies. The new honor society chapter will provide SF State engineering students with access to scholarships, national recognition of academic achievement, and opportunities to attend networking events and workshops on leadership and professional development. Founded in 1885 to honor distinguished scholarship in the field of engineering, Tau Beta Pi has 231 collegiate chapters and a membership that includes such notables as Sally Ride, Michael Bloomberg and Buzz Aldren as well as 74 Rhodes Scholars and 19 Nobel Prize winners.

"Tau Beta Pi is the nation's second oldest honor society after Phi Beta Kappa," said Sung C. Hu, professor and associate dean of the College of Science and Engineering. "Establishing a collegiate chapter is an honor highly regarded in the engineering community."

'Green' apartment in Village at Centennial Square
SF State is home to the first "green" college student housing unit in San Francisco, equipped with energy-efficient and sustainable appliances; furniture and carpet made from highly recycled materials; low-toxic paint; highly efficient lighting; and eco-friendly personal care products.

The University will hold a grand opening celebration and offer tours of the green residence apartment from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, March 16, at the Village at Centennial Square courtyard. The campus community is welcome.

Axler, Sherwin reviews
Academic administrative reviews are under way for College of Science and Engineering Dean Sheldon Axler and College of Humanities Dean Paul Sherwin.

The Administrative Review Committees (ARCs) are soliciting input from members of the campus community. Questionnaires have been distributed. Those who have not received an administrative review questionnaire and would like to participate in the process should contact Stephanie Schwartz at or ext. 8-2571.

Individual written responses should be sent to the ARC chairs c/o the Office of the Provost, ADM 455. The deadline to respond for Axler's review is noon Tuesday, March 27. The deadline to respond for Sherwin's review is 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 28.

Arek Goetz, associate professor of mathematics, is the chair of the Axler ARC; Maxine Chernoff, chair of creative writing, is chair of the Sherwin ARC. The committees will not use any anonymous responses, but they will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law.

New certificate program in Jewish service learning
The Jewish Studies Program and College of Extended Learning, in association with the nonprofit organizations Bureau of Jewish Education (BJE) of San Francisco and Spark Center for Jewish Learning at Jewish Funds for Justice, have established a first-of-its-kind graduate certificate program in Jewish service learning. The two-semester, four-unit program begins this month. It will train working professionals to create and sustain community service projects that make a difference in the community and inspire Jewish learning. Enrollment in the program is open to students, Jewish community professionals and volunteers, and anyone interested in Jewish service learning.

The program is also funded in part by the Koret Foundation and Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund.

Cost is $500 per semester. For details, contact Professor Marc Dollinger, Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies and Social Responsibility, at or ext. 8-3160.

This month's Insiders include a distinguished teaching award for Darlene Yee, Gerontology; animation work for "Charlotte's Web" by Raquel Coelho, Cinema; a poetry series curator position for Paul Hoover, Creative Writing; and a talk on teaching undergraduates by Kendra Van Cleave and Athena Nazario, Library.

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Bookstore begins text returns
The Bookstore is beginning to return textbooks to publishers. Faculty using a book later in the term should inform the Bookstore as soon as possible at or ext. 8-7377 so books will be held for later purchase. Faculty are also asked to encourage students to buy texts now. If a book will be used again in summer or fall, submit an order to the Bookstore so it will be retained. Orders can be placed online at, faxed to ext. 5-0474, or e-mailed to:

Athletics Hall of Fame
The annual Athletics Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 24, in the Seven Hills Conference Center. This year's inductees include John J. Burton, Mario DeCaro, Pete Dearborn, Amy Hamel, Rudy Lapera, John Monolakis, William Partlow and George Powles.

For tickets, contact the Athletics Department at ext. 8-2218.

Pre-doctoral program
Faculty who know students who hope to earn a Ph.D. are asked to let them know about the California Pre-Doctoral Program. Applications for the program are available at and in the Office of Academic Honors and Scholarships, room 573 of the Humanities building.

Applicants selected as Pre-Doctoral Scholars receive monetary and mentoring support to engage in activities that will help them prepare for enrollment in a Ph.D. program. The deadline for applications is 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 27. Completed applications should be turned in to room 573 of the Humanities Building.

For details, contact Beverly Voloshin at:

Join an adventure at sea
Women who want to sail an 85-foot schooner and promote the Recreation and Leisure Studies department's Tall Ship Education Academy (TSEA) are invited to take up the three-day Women's Sailing Challenge April 19-22.

Money raised will provide scholarships for TSEA's Tall Ship Semester for Girls program, which gives high school girls the opportunity to build confidence and self-esteem while learning to sail.

For details or to register, contact the Tall Ship Academy at ext. 5-3703 or visit:

Summer sports camps
The Gator sports camp welcomes boys and girls ages 8 to 14 to summer sports camps held June 18 through July 27 on campus. Participants will be grouped by age and offered a variety of developmentally appropriate sports and physical activities, including swimming (with Water Safety Instructor and lifeguard certifications), tennis, basketball, volleyball, soccer, track and field, yoga, meditation, Tai Chi and martial arts.

The program fee is $600 for all six weeks. Single weeks are also offered at $125 per week.

For details and a full schedule, contact David Walsh at or ext. 8-7856.

Graduate showcase
Faculty and staff are asked to encourage graduate students to register for the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase. The deadline to register is Thursday, April 5. The showcase will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday, May 10, in the Main Gym.

For details and registration forms, visit the Graduate Studies Web site:

Faculty cap and gown info
Faculty sign-up to rent regalia for the May 26 Commencement ends April 2. Orders may be placed at the SFSU Bookstore Office, M113 of the Student Center.

The deadline to purchase a cap and gown is March 19. Contact Amber Wilson at ext. 5-4092. Custom regalia orders take about six to nine weeks to fill.

Rental fees are $31 for doctoral gown/cap, $28 for doctoral hood and $16.50 for cap/tassel. Contact the Bookstore for other rental options.


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