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Volume 54, Number 26   March 19, 2007         

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There will not be an April 9 edition of CampusMemo because of spring break. Items for the April 16 edition of CampusMemo should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 10, to:

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:

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 art.

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.

Tai chi course
FitnessPlus is offering a tai chi class to faculty and staff. The class will meet from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 22, in room 123 of the Gymnasium.

For details, contact FitnessPlus online at or, or ext. 8-7572.

participatory research

Faculty and staff are invited to the Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) Symposium from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 27, at 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Suite 750 in Daly City.

The symposium will be led by Vivian Chavez, associate professor of health education, who has extensive media experience and has worked at integrating the study of media literacy with policy advocacy. Attendees will take a closer look at the practice of CBPR, asking how well CBPR has served its participants, and where the methodology can be improved. The workshop will focus on the workings, experiences and best practices of campus community research partnerships.

Registration must be completed by 5 p.m. April 20. A fee of $15 must be sent in with the registration form in order to reserve a seat. To register online, please go to:

Contact Cathy Park at or ext. 5-3604 for questions.

The symposium is sponsored by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, California Campus Compact and Learn and Serve America.

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

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

Faculty cap
and gown info

Faculty may sign up to rent regalia for the May 26 Commencement through 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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Axler, Sherwin reviews -- feedback due soon
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.

Retention, tenure and promotion discussions
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled three informal discussion sessions focused on helping faculty to prepare for retention, tenure, and promotion. Marilyn Verhey, dean of faculty affairs and professional development, will conduct the sessions.

All of the sessions will be held in room 460 of the Administration building and will take place:

  • From 2 to 4 p.m. Monday, April 2;
  • From 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, April 5; and
  • From 2 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 17.

Faculty should register for one of the sessions by e-mailing or calling ext. 8-2204.

Transition from Blackboard to iLearn
John Gemello, provost and vice president of academic affairs, recently announced that iLearn will be the official online learning management system of SF State. SF State has conducted faculty focus groups during the past two years to investigate alternatives to Blackboard. Last December, the Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC) recommended that SF State move exclusively to iLearn.

This report is posted on the ETAC Web site:

Although the CSU-wide Blackboard contract ends on June 30, SF State is prepared to complete the transition to iLearn. For more information on the transition, visit:

Discontinuance proposals
The Educational Policies Committee will meet from 2 to 5 p.m. in room 460 of the Administration building to hear proposals to discontinue the: master of arts in social science, certificate in integrated services specialist and joint Ed.D. in educational leadership.

The campus community is welcome to attend.

This month's Newsmakers include Brian de Vries, Gerontology, on the the first wave of openly-gay retirees; Shawn Ginwright and Antwi Akom, Ethnic Studies, on hip-hop in academia; Rick Houlberg, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, on radio consolidation; Gwinwright on mentoring male African American college students; Philip Klasky, American Indian Studies, on preserving Native American languages; and Jacob Needleman, Philosophy, on his new book "Why Can't We Be Good?"

Read Newsmakers:

This Week
Turnitin workshops

Amy Love, lecturer in English, will present a workshop on using the plagiarism detection tool Turnitin from 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 1 to 2 p.m. Thursday in room 229 of Burk Hall. No prior experience with online learning is required.

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:

For a full workshop schedule, visit:

GLBT social citizenship

Sonya Michel, professor of history and director of the Miller Center for Historical Studies, University of Maryland, College Park, will present "City Center: San Francisco and the Struggle for GLBT Social Citizenship" from noon to 2 p.m. Monday in room 361 of the HSS building. Michel's lecture will focus on San Francisco's 1997 ordinance, "The Non-Discrimination in Contracts Act."

This event is sponsored by the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Center for Research on Gender and Sexuality. For details, contact Angelika von Wahl at:

iLearn showcase

Arek Goetz, associate professor of mathematics, will present an "iLearn for Homework Discussions and Multimedia" demonstration from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesday in room 229 of Burk Hall.

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:

For a full workshop schedule, visit:

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 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 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.

Science values

Isabelle Peschard, a research fellow at the Center for Philosophy of Technology and Engineering Sciences, University of Twente, the Netherlands, will speak on "Values in Science: Responsibility and Significance" at 4 p.m. Friday in room 386 of the Humanities building. Peschard's research focuses on the formation of scientific knowledge and the development of technologies in their relation to values.

The lecture is sponsored by the Philosophy Department.

Athletics Hall of Fame

The annual Athletics Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Saturday 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.

Coming Up
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.

Britain and the Greek left
Andre Gerolymatos, chair of Hellenic studies at Simon Fraser University, British Columbia, will present "The Civil War Within: The British Intelligence Services and the Greek Left" at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 29, 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.

Free concert tickets
Faculty and staff are invited to receive one pair of complimentary tickets to a performance by baritone Thomas Buckner, pianist Joseph Kubera and the SEM Ensemble at 8 p.m. Friday, March 30, at Herbst Theatre, 401 Van Ness Ave., San Francisco.

Tickets should be requested by Tuesday, March 21, by e-mail at or fax at (510) 601-6183. Requests should include name, address and telephone number and identify the requesters' affiliation with SF Sate. Tickets will held at the Herbst Theatre box office for pick up the evening of the concert from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Dwight Simpson tribute
An event to honor and celebrate the life of 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.

Academic Senate Action

At its March 13 meeting, the Academic Senate ...

  • Held a discussion on maintaining collegiality and civil discourse during a contract dispute;
  • Heard a report from Linda Buckley, associate vice president of academic planning and educational effectiveness, and Sandra Radtka, chair of the University Academic Assessment Advisory Committee;
  • Heard a proposal to revise the policy on graduate honors at graduation (Academic Senate policy F00-32). The item will return on April 3 for further discussion;
  • Approved the discontinuance of the bachelor of science in business administration: concentration and minor in human resources management;
  • Approved the discontinuance of three bachelor of arts concentrations in communication studies: intercultural communication, organizational communication and individual major in communication studies;
  • Approved the discontinuance of the certificate in educational therapy;
  • Approved revisions to the bachelor of arts in philosophy; and
  • Approved revisions to the bacheor of arts in philosophy and religion.

Read the full Academic Senate meeting report:


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