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Volume 55, Number 28   April 7, 2008         

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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 as part of their own UDL experience.

What 'Frog Stories' say about language and learning of bilingual students
Professor of Foreign Language and Literature Masahiko Minami has spent many years researching how bilingual children and adults understand and communicate in two or more languages.  In this session on Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. in LIB 434, he will explore and explicate the language and learning relationship, by revealing how bilingual children use temporal, adversative and causal connectives, and what features of each language they emphasize in narrative.

iLearn Showcase - translating workbook exercises into iLearn quizzes
Workbooks are often used to introduce and assess students' understanding of fundamental topics, but even the most effective workbooks have drawbacks. 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. 

Faculty resources fair
The SFSU Bookstore invites faculty to a Faculty Resources Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 9, in Rosa Parks Rooms A-C in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The fair features representatives from a variety of academic publishers, the Library, Center for Teaching and Faculty Development and Disability Programs and Resource Center as well as a lunch buffet and a raffle. For details, call ext. 8-7377.

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.

DIVA workshops
Faculty and staff are invited to attend one-hour workshops to learn about the Digital Information Virtual Archive (DIVA), a new resource supporting management and sharing of digital files and collections. The sessions will provide overviews, assistance and teaching tips for using the new resource.  For more information and a complete schedule, visit
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Rose earns prestigious Jefferson Award
Professor of Music and Dance Albirda Rose has been honored with a Jefferson Award by the American Institute for Public Service. The award recognizes Rose's work with the Village Dancers, a program she founded to empower low-income children through movement, singing and dance performance. Founded seven years ago, the program relies on the talents of student teachers from SF State who teach eight to 16-year-olds at various community sites in Bayview-Hunter's Point and Visitation Valley every week. On Saturdays, students from all of the sites meet at a class taught by Rose and other student teachers on the SF State campus.  

Emergency Preparedness Week
SF State continues its disaster education and preparedness efforts during Emergency Preparedness Week, April 7-11. The exercises and events will help students, faculty and staff prepare for a variety of emergency situations. The University has made a concerted effort to improve emergency planning and organization by developing an online clearinghouse of campus emergency information, and hiring a campus-wide emergency preparedness coordinator. The University is also testing its ConnectEd system which sends e-mails and text messages to students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency. Other events include:

  • "Shots Fired," a video shown in the carpeted area of the Cesar Chavez Student Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday
  • A blood drive Monday and Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the Centennial walkway
  • The University Police Department mobile command van will distribute information on emergency preparation and crime prevention
  • "The Big Shaker," a 24-foot-long trailer that simulates earthquakes of varying intensity, in the Centennial walkway near the Student Services Building, April 10 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

For more information about Emergency Preparedness Week and emergency preparation on campus, visit

African American Community Health Fair
The 15th annual African American community health fair takes place Thursday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Quad. Sponsored by Student Health Service and the Student Health Advisory Committee, the event will offer students, faculty and staff a variety of free health screenings and information on healthy lifestyles and disease prevention. For more information, contact Albert Angelo at ext. 8-3039 or 

Volunteers needed for Commencement
Commencement 2008 is approaching and the Commencement Committee is looking for volunteer ushers. These ushers will assist on the field of Cox Stadium ushering graduates into their seats in formation. The ushers can then observe the ceremony from the field and enjoy a complimentary box lunch. At the conclusion of the ceremony, ushers assist in maintaining the formation of graduates receiving their diploma covers and exiting the stadium. If you are interesting in assisting during their ceremony, please contact Robert Maples at ext. 8-1574 or

Employee tuition fee waiver now available
The Fee Waiver and Reduction Program information for summer 2008 is now available in ADM 252. The 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. In many cases, employees can transfer their benefit to spouses/domestic partners or dependent children. For more information on the Fee Waiver & Reduction Program, visit

Meet the candidate for director of institute for civic and community engagement
The search committee for director of Institute for Civic and Community Engagement cordially invites the campus community to meet candidate Gerald Eisman, acting director Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, Monday from 11:30 a.m. to noon, ADM 460. 

2008 Panetta Congressional Internship Program
Faculty are encouraged to invite outstanding students to apply for the 2008 Panetta Congressional Internship Program. Offered during the fall semester, the program is open to students who are appointed by the presidents of each of the 23 CSU campuses. Students majoring in any subject are eligible. Applications require:

  • A letter of interest from the student applicant
  • An official transcript that demonstrates high academic achievement
  • A letter of reference from an SF State faculty member
  • Evidence of community service experience and commitment to public service
  • Department chair signature

The application deadline is April 16. For application forms, contact Bonnie Hale at ext. 5-3841 or

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 7.
The search committee members are:

  • Chair: Michael Ritter, coordinator, Prevention Education Programs/CEASE Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Jane DeWitt, acting chair/professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Paul Longmore, professor, History
  • Jacob Perea, dean, College of Education
  • Janet Remolona-Blecha, assistant to the dean, College of Business
  • Belinda Reyes, assistant professor, Raza Studies
  • Saul Steier, chair/associate professor, Humanities

For additional information, please contact Christine Nagaya at ext. 8-1142 or

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 brings .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

The following is a summary of action items from the Academic Senate's April 1 meeting.

  • The Senate heard a report from University Police Chief Kirk Gaston and Emergency Preparedness Coordinator Gayle Orr-Smith about Emergency Preparedness Week, which will take place April 7-11. There will be an "active shooter drill" in the Student Services Building.
  • The Senate passed a resolution in support of Emergency Preparedness Week.
  • The Senate passed a policy limiting students to repeating a course twice for a grade, including a grade of 'W'. After two tries a student must get the permission of the department chair and dean to repeat the course again.
  • The Senate heard proposed clerical changes to six policies updating the titles of university officials and bringing certain items into conformity with the current collective bargaining agreement. The item will return April 15 in second reading.
  • The Senate heard a presentation on intellectual property issues from Associate BECA Professor Miriam Smith.

For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

Educational policies committee meeting
The Academic Senate's Educational Policies Committee will hear proposals to discontinue the following academic programs at its meeting on Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m.:

  • Interdisciplinary Digital Arts Certificate
  • Ed.D. Education: Concentration in Special Education
  • B.S. Hospitality Management: Concentrations in Commercial Recreation and Resort Management; Hotel Management; Restaurant and Institutional Foodservice Management       

The meeting will be held in ADM 460 and proposals will be heard no later than 3:15 p.m. To review the Policy on Program Discontinuance, visit:

This week's Insiders include: Jo Tomalin, associate professor of theatre arts who conducted an international theatre workshop series and Professor of Music and Dance Albirda Rose, who earned a Jefferson Award for Public Service.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Music and Dance Albirda Rose speaks about her involvement with underprivileged youth and Associate Professor Jean-Marc Blanchard comments on pressures to boycott the Beijing Olympics.

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Making of Afro-Louisiana
Musicologist Ned Sublette will speak and sing on The Making of Afro-Lousiana at noon, HUM 512. Sublette has written extensively on Cuban music and music in New Orleans. The event is presented by the International Center for the Arts.

Polar explorer to speak
Polar explorer Robert Swan, known for his commitment to the preservation of Antarctica, will speak about his Voyage for Cleaner Energy, a five-year effort to work with leaders around the world in search of viable solutions to global warming. The event, free and open to the public, takes place Wednesday, April 9 at 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts Building and is sponsored by the Recreation and Leisure Studies Department. For more information, visit or call (530) 587-2041.

Artist Lecture Series: Anne Wilson
As part of the Art Department’s Artist Lecture Series, Chicago-based artist Anne Wilson will discuss her work at 7 p.m. April 10 in room 193 of the Fine Arts building. Her sculptures, drawings, Internet projects and DVD stop-motion animation explore themes of time, loss and private and social rituals. Admission is free. For more information, call ext. 8-2176 or visit

Scenes from 'Hollywood Chinese'
Arthur Dong, award-winning filmmaker and 2007 SF State Alumnus of the Year, will present an exclusive sneak preview of clips from his latest documentary, "Hollywood Chinese," April 10 at 8 p.m. in the August Coppola Theatre in the Fine Arts building.  The event is free and sponsored by the Cinema Department, College of Creative Arts, Asian American Studies Department and College of Ethnic Studies. Call ext. 8-1629 or visit for more information.

Greek lecture
The Center for Modern Greek Studies and the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair presents a lecture by Susanna Hoffman titled, "The Peopling and the Feasting of Greece: From Neanderthal Man to Modern Times," 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 10 in HUM 587. The lecture will discuss the many people who have settled in Greece and the foods they consume. Visit for more information.

Economic talk
The Anthropology and International Relations Departments are sponsoring a talk by Cambridge University professor Ha-Joon Chang titled, "Bad Samaritans -- The Myth of Free Trade and the Secret History of Capitalism," on Friday at 12:30 p.m. in SCI 260. The event is free and open to the public.

Coming Up
MFA thesis exhibition
The Fine Arts Gallery’s annual MFA Thesis Exhibition opens April 12 in conjunction with the Art Department Senior Open House, from 1 to 4 p.m. At the open house, the studios, hallways and classrooms of the Fine Arts Building become a walk-through exhibition space. Seven artists will present interactive video, mixed media, sculpture, textile design, digital print and painting in an exhibition demonstrating the diversity of approaches in the Art Department’s three-year MFA program. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays through May 15. Admission is free. For more information, call ext. 8-6535 or visit:

BSS faculty research series
Professor of Political Science Martin Carcieri will give the lecture, "Rawls, Affirmative Action and Reparations," Monday April 14 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 361. The lecture is part of the BSS Faculty Research Series and is free and open to the public.  For more information, contact Kathy Johnson at

AIDS Awareness Days events
The campus community is invited to attend events for the 12th annual AIDS Awareness Days on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16 across campus. All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Michael Ritter at ext. 8-7339. April 15 events include: EROS and AS Performing Arts presents Latex Workshops, Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; AIDS awareness films, Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center, 3:30 to 5 p.m. April 16: Annual LATEXHIBITION, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Main Quad; speakers and handouts from community organizations, cultural performances, free HIV antibody testing by Student Health Services, noon to 2 p.m. Malcolm X Plaza and the Quad; youth panel on living with HIV, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Richard Oakes Multicultural Room, Cesar Chavez Student Center. 

Afiara String Quartet
At 7:30 p.m. April 16, the Afiara String Quartet perform a free concert in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Program includes:  Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 7; Berg: Lyric Suite; and Beethoven: String Quartet, Op. 132. The Afiara String Quartet is the Morrison Fellowship Quartet-in-Residence, in SF State’s International Center for the Arts. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit

'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., April 18. The ensemble creates a unique, improvised sound with traditional vocals and instruments from Africa, the West Indies, Mexico, Philippines, Japan, Iran, Palestine, Egypt, Europe and the U.S. 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

'Jesus Hopped the A Train'
The Theatre Arts Department presents an M.A. thesis production of "Jesus Hopped the A Train" at 8 p.m. April 17-18 and 2 p.m. April 19-20 in the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building. Written by Stephen Adly Guirgis and directed by Ben Baker, "Jesus Hopped the A Train"centers on 30-year-old New York bike messenger Angel Cruz, who has lost his best friend to a religious cult. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-1341 or visit

Morrison Artists Series: East Coast Chamber Orchestra
The Morrison Artists Series presents its final concert of the 2007-08 season April 20 at 3 p.m. with the East Coast Chamber Orchestra (ECCO). In McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building, ECCO will perform Edvard Grieg: Holberg Suite, Op. 40; Heinrich Ignaz Biber: Battalia; Bela Bartok: Divertimento, BB. 118; and Astor Piazzolla: Tango. The 17-piece orchestra performs without a conductor. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit:

Greek economic lecture
The Center for Modern Greek studies presents a lecture by Theodore Pelagidis, professor of economics at the University of Piraeus, Greece, on Monday, April 21 at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587. For more information, call ext. 8-1892 or visit



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