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Volume 55, Number 31    April 28, 2008         

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Bookstore raffle winners
The SFSU Bookstore held its third annual faculty resources fair on April 9. The Bookstore and publishers donated raffle prizes for the event. Mahmood Monshipouri of International Relations won the grand prize, an iPod Touch, courtesy of the Bookstore. Other winners included: Eric Peper, Chris Chekuri, Phil Klasky, Debra Luna, Acacio de Barros, Andreas Consoli and Esther Chan. 

Gator youth sports summer camp
The Department of Kinesiology is hosting its on-campus camp June 16 through July 25, from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday-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.

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 is intended 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 promote health equity. The HEAL Affinity Group will meet Thursday, May 15, from noon to 3 p.m. It includes a keynote address by Dr. Catherine Waters, who 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.

Teaching complex language to the next generation
The workshop, "Practical Pedagogy: Teaching Complex Language to the 21st Century Student," will take place Tuesday, May 6, from 2 to 4 p.m. in HUM 587. Led by Professor of English Bruce Avery, the workshop will examine practical methods to engage young people in complex literary texts. Reserve a spot by calling ext. 8-6456, e-mailing or by visiting the POWER Web site at

Stress management workshop
Albert Angelo, health educator in student health, counseling and psychological services, will lead the workshop, "Learning to Manage Stress at Work and Play," Wednesday, May 7, from noon to 2 p.m. in BH 223. The talk will focus on techniques for coping with stress and ways to foster a balanced, healthful lifestyle and work environment. RSVP by calling ext. 8-6456, e-mailing or by visiting the POWER Web site at













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SF State to award honorary degrees
Manny Mashouf, Walter Johnson and Isabel Allende will be honored with doctorates of Humane Letters during SF State's 107th commencement on May 24. Mashouf will receive his honorary degree from SF State, while Allende and Johnson are being honored by the CSU.

  • Manny Mashouf: Mashouf started bebe in the 1970s, and now oversees the publicly traded company that boasts more than 200 stores worldwide. Under Mashouf's guidance, the brand and company have become internationally recognizable and are associated with chic, cutting-edge clothing worn by some of the biggest names in Hollywood. Since graduating from SF State in 1968, Mashouf has served as a member of the SF State College of Business Advisory Board for nearly a decade. He and Neda Mashouf -- also an SF State graduate -- made the biggest donation in SF State history: $10 million in 2005 to help fund a new building for the College of Creative Arts. Mashouf was also named Alumnus of the Year in 2005 and inducted into the Alumni Association Hall of Fame in 2003.
  • Walter Johnson: Johnson fought for the rights of women, people of color and gays and lesbians who were working in retail in San Francisco while serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Retail Clerks Union, Local 1100 starting in 1964. In 1985, Johnson was elected Secretary-Treasurer of the San Francisco Labor Council, which represents the interests of 100,000 union members in the City and County of San Francisco. He held this title until his retirement in 2004 and today is Secretary-Treasurer Emeritus. Johnson has also dedicated more than 40 years of service to his church and the wider community. At SF State, Johnson has served on the President's Advisory Board and on the advisory boards for the Labor Studies Program and the Labor Archives.

  • Isabel Allende: A journalist, playwright, teacher and philanthropist, Isabel Allende began writing fiction and memoirs at the suggestion of renowned Chilean poet Pablo Neruda. The recipient of numerous literary awards, Allende has authored 17 books, two of which were major motion pictures and two that are currently in production. Her novels and memoirs have been translated into 30 languages and have sold more than 51 million copies. Allende, who has lived in the United States since 1987, established the Isabel Allende Foundation in tribute to her late daughter. The Foundation supports organizations that promote and preserve the fundamental rights, empowerment and protection of women and children.

Honoring emeritus/emerita faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual Rites of Passage celebration Monday, May 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. A list of emeritus/emerita faculty is available by visiting

Candidates for Managing Director of the Disability Programs and Resource Center
The campus community is invited to attend presentations by candidates for the Managing Director of the Disability Programs and Resource Center position. On Thursday, May 1, Nicole Bohn, University of San Francisco, will present. On Friday, May 2, Michelle Peters, formerly with Drexel University, will present. The 20-minute presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer period and will be held in SSB 401 at 1:45 p.m. both days.

Job-related travel support available
For the ninth year, the SFSU Retirement Association will provide support for approved, job-related travel. The award cycle alternates between faculty and staff; this year’s awards will be made to staff. Letters of application should contain the purpose of the travel, travel plans and costs. Partial support is often offered. Most awards are less than $1,000. Applications will be received until May 30. Send applications to the SFSU Retirement Association in care of Franklin Sheehan, Mathematics Department, or by e-mail to

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 Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. The agenda will include:

  • Approval of the agenda for April 29, 2008 meeting
  • Approval of the Minutes for the April 15, 2008 meeting
  • Enrollment Management Committee: One faculty to serve a three-year term, 2008-11; Board of Appeals and Review: Senate Rep to serve, 2008-10; All-University Committee on International Programs: Senate Rep to serve, 2008-10; All-University University Teacher Education: Senate Rep to serve, 2008-09
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Design and Industry Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Arts (BAIA); Consolidation of BAIA concentrations and Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology programs into a Bachelor of Science Major in Design, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee about proposed policy on timely textbook adoptions, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed course criteria per the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirements (GWAR), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee about proposed revisions to the administrative search committee policy, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee on a proposed policy on intellectual property, first reading

The Educational Policies Council will meet Tuesday, May 6, in ADM 560 to hear a proposal to discontinue the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Art in Industrial Arts (BAIA) Concentration in Product Design and Development
  • Bachelor of Art in Industrial Arts (BAIA) Concentration in Visual Communication Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT)

If approved, the Concentrations and Degree Programs will be replaced by the proposed:

  • Bachelor of Science in Design (BS) Concentration in Industrial Technology
  • Bachelor of Science in Design (BS) Concentration in Product Design & Development
  • Bachelor of Science in Design (BS) Concentration in Visual Communication Design

The proposal will be heard no later than 2:45 p.m.

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: Poetry Center Director Steve Dickison who was named a "Poet to Watch" by the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association and Assistant Professor of History Dawn Mabalon, who has published a new book.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Urban Studies Raquel Pinderhughes comments on the growing green job market and Assistant Professor of Cinema Weimin Zhang documents the Olympic Torch run in San Francisco.

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Faculty Concert Series
At 8 p.m. Monday, Professor of Classical Piano William Corbett-Jones will be joined by San Francisco Symphony 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

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 held in FA 193. 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. For details, call ext. 8-2176 or visit

Study abroad certification ceremony
The Office of International Programs and the CSU will honor all SF State students selected to study overseas for a semester or year, Thursday at 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. A buffet reception will follow. This year's class of students studying abroad is the largest in SF State's history. All faculty and staff are invited. For more information, contact the Office of International Programs at ext. 8-1293.

'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-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. The director of the production is Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts Barbara Damashek, the Tony Award-nominated director of the 1985 musical "Quilters." 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 at 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 lecturer 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 1970s -90s. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit the SF State Music and Dance Department Web site at

Planetarium show
The planetarium show "What's in the Sky Tonight?" will take place Friday from noon to 1 p.m. in TH 422. The show, led by Michelle Krok, will discuss the night sky from the Equator in South America and how stars are used to determine location.

Coming Up
Krasny to speak to Friends of J. Paul Leonard Library
Professor of English Michael Krasny will speak on Monday, May 5, from 2 to 4 p.m. in HUM 587 at the Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library's annual meeting. Krasny, who hosts KQED's "Forum," will discuss his book, "Off Mike: A Memoir of Talk Radio and Literary Life." The event is open to the public.

Big Band concert
The SF State Big Band, directed by Music lecturer 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

Women and music in the Italian synagogue
Francesco Spagnolo, head of research at the Judah Magnes Museum in Berkeley, will speak Thursday, May 8, at 3:30 p.m. in HUM 415. The talk, "Doubly Emancipated, Doubly Forgotten: Women and Music in the Italian Synagogue," is co-sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program, the Italian Language Program, the Department of Women Studies, the World Music and Dance Program and the Department of Music and Dance. For more information, contact the Jewish Studies Program at ext. 8-6075.

An Evening in Vienna
The University Chorus and University Orchestra perform the Lord Nelson Mass by Joseph Haydn plus music from the Viennese tradition at 8 p.m. May 9 and 10 at Most Holy Redeemer Catholic Church, 100 Diamond St., San Francisco. Piano, voice, chamber, string and brass solos will be included. Assistant Professor of Music David J. Xiques will conduct. Tickets are $10 for students and seniors and $15 general admission. Tickets will be available at the door. For details, call ext. 8-1431.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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