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Volume 55, Number 20   February 4, 2008         

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Spring into fitness
The faculty and staff wellness program is registering students for its spring fitness classes. Offerings include mind-body workouts such as Pilates, Ni (fitness through expressive movement), belly dancing and yoga; as well as Feldenkrais, swimming, water aerobics, a walking club and more. For more information, visit or send e-mail to

CSU Student Research Competition
The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their outstanding research projects and creative works. Current students and those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2007 are eligible to compete. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 18. The SF State campus competition will take place Feb. 25-March 7.

The University will select up to 10 campus winners to compete in the CSU system-wide competition on May 2-3 at CSU East Bay. Faculty members can help ensure a strong pool of applicants by actively encouraging students to apply.

For questions, contact Lisa White, associate dean of graduate studies and professor of geosciences, at or visit the Graduate Studies Web site at to obtain registration forms and guidelines.

Textbook return policy
The SFSU Bookstore has implemented a 10 percent restocking fee for textbook returns. Students will not be charged the fee if they were enrolled in a course that they subsequently dropped, or if the book is for a course that was cancelled by the instructor. Please inform the SFSU Bookstore staff of any course or book cancellations via e-mail at or by calling ext. 8-7377.

Stress management workshop
Albert Angelo, a health educator for Student Health Services and Counseling and Psychological Services Center, will lead a workshop on stress management from noon to 2 p.m. on Feb. 13 in BH 223. Participants will learn to identify causes of stress and create a balanced lifestyle and work environment. To register, call ext. 8-6456, visit or e-mail

Effective syllabus workshop
John Blando, associate professor of counseling, and Kitty Millet, assistant professor of Jewish studies, will lead a workshop on syllabus development and effective usage from 3 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 14 in HSS 233. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or visit

Assessment rubrics workshop
Michael Laurie Bishow, director of assessment, academic planning and educational effectiveness, will lead a workshop on assessment rubrics from 3 to 5 p.m. on Feb. 21 at a location to be announced. Participants are asked to bring a course syllabus and assignment description. To register, call ext 8-6456, email or visit

iLearn workshops
Academic Technology invites faculty and staff to attend free workshops on iLearn, the University's official online learning management system. Faculty and staff may attend multiple workshops. Registration is required. To register, visit: For details, contact or call ext. 5-3536.










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University seeks director for Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
A campus-based search is under way for the director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. Review of application materials will begin in mid-February. For more information, contact Anh Tran, staff liaison to the search committee, at ext. 8-7165. The position description is available on the Academic Affairs Web site at

Professor to give speech on Filipino migratory labor
Dawn Mabalon, assistant professor of history, will be the featured speaker at the Labor Archives and Research Center's 22nd anniversary program Friday, Feb. 29 at 7 p.m. The event takes place at ILWU, Local 34, 4 Berry St. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

Super Tuesday California primary event
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences invites the campus community and general public to watch the results of the California primary and 22 other states on big-screen television, 6-10 p.m. Tuesday in the McKenna Theatre, 129 Creative Arts Building. Real-time analysis will be provided by a panel of experts from the Political Science Department. For more information, call ext. 5-2418 or 5-2402.

This week's insiders include Vicki Anderson, creative arts technical service IT consultant, who won a contest held by American Conservatory Theater; Gail Dawson, assistant professor of art, whose solo exhibition is on display at Dominican University; Richard Festinger, professor of music, whose composition will be performed at the Herbst Theatre; and Wayne Peterson, professor emeritus of music, whose compositions were performed on the Alexander String Quartet's new CD.

Read Insiders:

Assistant Professor of Bioinformatics Christopher D. Smith comments on synthetic life; Assistant Professor of Cinema Aaron Kerner discusses a sculpture made entirely of photographs; and Professor of Communication Studies Joseph Tuman offers political expertise about the upcoming election.

Read Newsmakers:

'Sanchez Celebrates: Latin America'
The SF State Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble will perform at "Sanchez Celebrates: Latin America," a benefit concert for Sanchez Elementary School's Primary Intervention Program (PIP), which provides services for at-risk students. The Feb. 4 concert takes place at Sanchez Elementary, 16th and Sanchez streets. The concert is produced by Ray Isola and will honor jazz legend Yancy Taylor, who will perform with the ensemble.

'Napoli Milionaria'
The Theatre Arts student association, The Players Club and Theatre Arts Department present "Napoli Milionaria" at the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building, 7 p.m. Feb. 7-9 and 2 p.m. Feb. 10. Set in Naples, Italy, at the height of World War II, this satirical tale follows the Jovine family's perseverance through Mussolini's fascist regime and post-war occupation by the Allies. Tickets are $10; $8 for students and seniors. For information, visit and or call ext. 8-1341.

'Celebrating Traditions': Art exhibition and lectures
An exhibition of Chinese paintings and calligraphy to commemorate the 60th anniversary of New Asia College in Hong Kong will open Friday and will be on display through July 31 at the Downtown Campus. The collection, organized by the New Asia College Alumni Association of Northern California, includes painting and calligraphy by New Asia College alumni. Lectures on Chinese brush painting techniques and hidden meanings in Chinese art will take place in February and March. For more information, visit or contact Terry Yip at

'The Return of the Three Muses'
The Center for Modern Greek Studies will celebrate the 25th anniversary of the creation of the Nikos Kazantakis Chair at SF State with "The Return of the Three Muses" 4 p.m. at the McKenna Theatre. The afternoon of song, poetry and dance will feature the Festival Folk Singers. Reserved tickets are $50, with $25 open seating tickets for adults, $15 for students and $10 for children. A limited number of tickets will be available at the door. For more information, call Titika Koplos at (925) 946-1810 or the Modern Greek Studies Center at ext. 8-1892.

Coming Up
'Criminal: Art and Criminal Justice in America'

The second professional show of the academic year comes to the Fine Arts gallery Feb. 16-March 15. The exhibition focuses on aspects of criminal justice, including incarceration, the death penalty and prison labor -- with works of painting, sculpture, photography, video, sound and installation. Featured artists include Sandow Birk, Jonathan Borofsky, Boym Partners, Alex Donis, Kota Ezawa, Julie Green, Dread Scott, Jackie Sumell and more.
An opening reception with artist William Pope.L will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 16 in the Fine Arts Gallery, FA 238. For details, call ext. 8-6535 or visit


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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