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Volume 55, Number 30    April 21, 2008         

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AIDS Walk San Francisco team
Faculty and staff interested in becoming a member of Team SF State for this year's AIDS Walk San Francisco can register by visiting http://aidswalksanfrancisco2008.
The event takes place July 20. For more information, contact Michael Ritter at ext. 8-2208.

Gator youth sports summer camp
The Department of Kinesiology is hosting an on-campus camp June 16 to July 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for boys and girls ages 7 to 14. Children of faculty and staff are welcome to sign up immediately. Visit or e-mail for more information.

UDL/ATI Showcase highlights accessibility
All are invited to Jack Adams Hall on Wednesday, April 30, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., for a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Accessible Technology Initiative Showcase, sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development and the Disability Programs and Resource Center.
The showcase will highlight UDL's key role in promoting both accessible technology and the accessibility of teaching and learning in the classroom. Attendees will discover examples of unique UDL applications, find information on exploring UDL options for a variety of courses and learn about research conducted by campus faculty.

iLearn Showcase - translating workbook exercises into iLearn quizzes
In this showcase, English Lecturer Amy Love will show the development of iLearn quizzes designed to replace the English department's proofreading skills workbook, Fog City Fundamentals. She will demonstrate successfully translated sections, sharing lessons learned and student response to the product. The showcase will take place Tuesday, April 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. in BH 229. RSVP by calling 8-6456, e-mailing or enrolling online by visiting the POWER Web site at

HEI Affinity Group: Healthy Eating and Active Living
The Health Equity Initiative (HEI) invites interested faculty to attend the new Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) Affinity Group. This group aims to bring together faculty from diverse fields and disciplines with a common interest in addressing inequities in healthy eating and active living which contribute to obesity and other poor health outcomes. Affinity groups are designed to support the development of innovative research and programs to promote health equity.
The HEAL Affinity Group will meet Thursday, May 15, from noon to 3 p.m. Keynote speaker Dr. Catherine Waters will discuss her ACS-funded research project "NuFIT: Nutrition and Fitness for Life" followed by a catered lunch. RSVP is required. For more information or to RSVP, contact Angelica Martinez at ext. 5-7554 or e-mail by May 1.

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













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Campus changes begin
During the next few months several changes will occur on campus. Demolition of the Lakeview Center is nearly complete, clearing the way for the University to proceed with several projects:

  • Children’s campus: Scheduled to open in January 2009 and be located at the west end of the former Lakeview Center site, this will be a child care center for faculty and staff.
  • Temporary library buildings: The University will install two temporary buildings -- Sprung Structures ( -- on the east portion of the site to house University Library functions during the renovation and construction for the J. Paul Leonard Library project. The larger structure will house the 24-hour Computer Commons and Study Space, some collections and reference materials. The smaller structure will house library staff and faculty.
  • J. Paul Leonard Library and Sutro Library: Installation of fencing and demolition of the Franciscan building will signal the start of the J. Paul Leonard Library and Sutro Library project -- a complete renovation that will add approximately 85,000 square feet. An automated library retrieval system, seismic upgrades and additions to the west and north facades of the building will enhance the library. The Sutro Library, currently located on Winston Drive, will be located on the fifth and sixth floors of the renovated J. Paul Leonard Library.

For more information about construction project's progress, visit
For information about Library service changes, visit the Library homepage at
For alternate access notifications, visit

Neighborhood Arts Program celebration
The San Francisco Arts Commission comes to SF State to kick off a two-week celebration of 40 years of the Neighborhood Arts Program. The first event, Monday, April 21 in Rigoberta Menchu Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, will honor the birthplace of the Neighborhood Arts Program, which grew out of the 1968 SF State student strike and a class taught by Art Bierman. On April 21, the Neighborhood Art Program's first director, June Gutfleish, and others will address community arts today. The event is open to the public. For more information, visit the SF Arts Commission Web site at

Employee tuition fee waiver now available
Fee waiver and reduction program information for summer 2008 is now available in ADM 252. The fee waiver and reduction program enables eligible University employees to take courses, which are work related or are part of an approved individual career development plan, at reduced rates. For more information, visit

Faculty associate openings
Tenured faculty may apply for one of two faculty associate positions for fall 2008 in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. Each position offers .20 assigned time to work on one of several possible projects related to teaching and scholarship, including universal design for learning, the scholarship of teaching and learning, and modeling and teaching equity and social justice. The deadline for proposals is April 25. For more information, contact CTFD at or ext. 8-6456. Applications are available at

Search for dean of faculty affairs and professional development
Nominations and applications are invited for the position of dean of faculty affairs and professional development. The position description, including application instructions, is available on the Academic Affairs Web site at The search committee will begin reviewing applications and nominations April 28. For additional information, contact Christine Nagaya at ext. 8-1142 or

News from the Academic Senate
The following is a summary of action items from the Academic Senate's April 15 meeting.

  • University Librarian Deborah Masters reported on the Library Renovation Project.
  • The Senate passed a recommendation for clerical updates to a number of Senate policies to bring them in line with current job titles and collective bargaining agreements.
  • The Senate approved changes to the Graduate Certificate in Dietetics.
  • The Senate approved discontinuance of three programs: the joint Ed.D. in Special Education; the Certificate in Interdisciplinary Digital Arts; and three concentrations in Hospitality Management that have been replaced by a new B.S. degree in Hospitality Management.
  • The Senate heard, in first reading, a proposal for timely adoption of textbooks. This item will return on April 29 in second reading.
  • The Senate debated, in first reading, proposed requirements for upper-division composition courses for the new Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines program that will replace the current JEPET/ENG 414 program for all baccalaureate students beginning in 2010. This item will return on April 29 in first reading.

The full agenda, with supporting documents, can be found on the Academic Senate Web site at

Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) report
The Academic Senate will sponsor a meeting to discuss the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Institutional Proposal Draft. Guest speaker Linda Buckley, associate vice president of Academic Planning and Educational Effectiveness, will give a 20-minute presentation and answer questions prior to the regularly scheduled Academic Senate meeting on Tuesday, April 29. The report will begin at 1:30 p.m.

This week's Insiders include: Librarians Ned Fielden and Kendra Van Cleave who both had work published, and Dean of the College of Business Nancy Hayes who was recognized by the San Francisco Business Times for her work in the Bay Area.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Marketing Subodh Bhat comments on IKEA's Swedish product naming marketing strategy; Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Collins notes the importance of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association; and Professor Emeritus of International Relations Marshall Windmiller offers opinions on U.S. involvement in China-Tibet relations.

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Turning negative into positive
Students for a Safe Campus and The SAFE Place will be presenting their second annual Turning Negative into Positive event from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center's Jack Adams Hall. This is a sexual assault awareness month event produced by students seeking to improve community responses to sexual assaults. The free event will feature monologues, speakers, dance and live music. For more information, call ext. 8-2819.

Greek economic lecture
The Center for Modern Greek studies presents a lecture by Theodore Pelagidis, professor of economics at the University of Piraeus, Greece, at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587. For more information, call ext. 8-1892 or visit

Free autism lecture
Teachers, parents and alumni are invited to a free lecture by Assistant Professor of Special Education Pamela Wolfberg on Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in HUM 301. The lecture, "Autism Today and Its Impact in the Classroom," is part of the College of Education speaker series. To RSVP, contact Carol Fuerth at ext. 8-3371 or

'Sound Come-Unity' concert
Spanning musical traditions from five continents, "Sound Come-Unity" features an all-star ensemble of Music, Dance and Ethnic Studies faculty, alumni and guest artists led by Associate Professor of World Music Hafez Modirzadeh at 7 p.m., Friday. The ensemble creates a unique, improvised sound with traditional vocals and instruments from across the globe. The concert is the grand finale of "ImprovisAsians 2008! Origins of Now," an annual week of workshops, performances and dialogues exploring the artistic contributions of Asian Americans within a larger social context. This event is presented by the SF State World Music and Dance Program in collaboration with Asian Improv aRts. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit:

Reading Jane
The Department of English and the Jane Austen Society of Northern California is sponsoring a staged reading of Jane Austen's "Lady Susan" on Saturday, April 26 at 11 a.m. in HUM 587. The performance is free and open to the public. The reading will be followed by a talk on adapting the epistolary novel for theatrical performance.

Coming Up
Discussing the seven points of mind training
Tibetan Buddhist monk Khen Rinpoche will speak Saturday, April 26 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in HSS 310. This free talk will focus on the seven points of mind training, a fundamental practice in Mahayana Buddhist tradition. For more information contact the Institute for Holistic Health Studies at ext. 8-6416 or

SF State Faculty Concert Series
At 8 p.m. April 28, Professor of Classical Piano William Corbett-Jones will be joined by San Francisco Symphony performers, cellist Margaret Tait and clarinetist Luis Baez, to perform a special concert in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Admission is $10 general/$7 for students and seniors. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit the Music and Dance Department's Web site at

Piano students perform
The School of Music and Dance presents piano recitals by more than 20 students at 7:30 p.m. April 29 - May 1 in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Admission is free. The program includes solo classical works by Bach, Haydn, Rachmaninoff, Debussy, Stravinsky, Prokofiev and others. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit the Music and Dance Department's Web site at

'City of Angels'
The Theatre Arts Department brings "City of Angels" to the McKenna Theatre stage at 8 p.m. May 2-3 and May 8-10 and at 2 p.m. May 11. Set in late 1940s Hollywood, the long-running, Tony Award-winning Broadway musical embraces the film noir and detective story genres in a story of crime, love, affairs and the fine line between truth and fiction -- all in classic Hollywood fashion. Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Barbara Damashek, a Tony Award-nominated director of the 1985 musical "Quilters," directs. For details, call ext. 8-1341 or visit the Theatre Arts Web site at For tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Afro-Cuban Ensemble
The Beatles go Latin in a free concert at 7:30 p.m. May 2 in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. The Afro-Cuban Ensemble of SF State, directed by Music faculty member John Calloway, pays homage to the Beatles by performing several of their most popular tunes in various Cuban and Latin American styles as well as other American pop songs of the 1970 - 1990s and its standard repertoire that represents the best of Afro-Cuban music. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit the SF State Music and Dance Department Web site at

Novel reading
Anita Amirrezvani will read from her new novel "The Blood of Flowers," Thursday, May 8 at 3:30 p.m. in HUM 512. Amirrezvani is a graduate student in the Creative Writing Program, and her novel follows the story of a young woman whose gift as a rug designer transforms her life.  For more information, call ext. 8-1475.

'City of Angels' theatre party
The SF State Women's Association presents the spring theatre party, "City of Angels," Friday, May 9, with a pre-theatre dinner party at 6 p.m. in Rigoberta Menchu Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center and followed by "City of Angels" at 8 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre. Tickets are $35 for Women's Association Members and $40 each for non-Women's Association members and include dinner and admission to the performance. The reservation deadline is April 30. Payment for tickets should be mailed to: Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Include names of all guests.   

Artist Lecture Series
The Art Department presents a lecture by Sunil Gupta at 7 p.m. May 1 and a lecture by Lynn Hershmann-Leeson at 7 p.m. May 8. Both lectures are free and will be held in FA 193. For details, visit or call ext. 8-2176. Gupta, a native of India, will discuss his photography and its themes of migration, sexuality, health, illness and architecture. Hershmann-Leeson, an SF State alumna, will discuss her groundbreaking work in photography, video, film, installation and interactive computer and Internet-based media art.

Big Band
The SF State Big Band, directed by Music faculty member Andrew Speight, performs jazz standards at a free concert at 7:30 p.m. May 6 in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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