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Volume 55, Number 26   March 17 , 2008         

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There will not be a March 24 edition of CampusMemo because of spring break. Items for the March 31 edition of CampusMemo should be submitted by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 25, to

Spring into fitness
The faculty and staff wellness program offers ongoing registration for classes. Offerings include mind-body workouts such as Pilates, Nia, belly dancing, yoga, Feldenkrais, swimming, water aerobics, a walking club and more. Visit or e-mail for more information. 

Textbook returns
The SFSU Bookstore is now returning textbooks to publishers. Each term, the textbook department must return unsold inventory to the publishers to make room for the texts for the next term. If faculty will be using a book later in the term, they are asked to inform the bookstore as soon as possible (; ext. 8-7377). Books can be held for later purchase. Students should be encouraged to purchase texts as soon as possible.  If a book will be used again for summer or fall 2008, submit an order to the bookstore at to ensure the books will be retained.

Book orders
The SFSU Bookstore is now processing orders for summer and fall terms. The Bookstore will once again offer every department on campus a $1,000 bookstore gift card if at least 90 percent of fall 2008 textbook orders (as posted in the class schedule) for that department are received by April 15. Orders can be placed online at, sent via e-mail to or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

BECA: creative arts at home
The Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department brings creative arts into the living room on San Francisco's Cable 27 at 5 and 10 p.m. Fridays and 8 a.m. Tuesdays for student-produced newscasts, college sports reports and features about the city arts scene. KSFS student-run radio features show tunes, rock, hip-hop, news, sports talk and more. For details, visit: and or call ext. 8-1787.

Stroll through The Garden
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development's faculty newsletter, The Garden, is celebrating its second year of publication. All issues can be downloaded from the CTFD Web site. For details, visit

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.

Advertise your event
Faculty and staff can let 32,000 students know about their important events by way of an ad in the Golden Gate [X] Press. For more information, contact Advertising Manager Dottie Katzeff at ext. 8-3133 or

Paper thin
Bohdanna Kesala's "Paper Thin: New Works on Paper" is on display on the first floor of the Administration building through May 31. Kesala earned her Master of Fine Arts from SF State in 2004 and has exhibited her work in Chicago, New York and Italy. For more information, visit or call ext. 8-2176.

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 To RSVP, e-mail 












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Campus Forum on Proposed Budget Cuts
All members of the campus community are invited to a special forum on proposed statewide budget cuts for FY2008/09 and what they could mean for SF State, on Monday, March 17 from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. The forum is organized by a broad coalition of unions, students, University administration, faculty and the Academic Senate. Speakers representing the coalition are Robert A. Corrigan, president of SF State; Roberta Achtenberg, chair of the CSU Board of Trustees; CSU Trustee Melinda Guzman; Ramon Castellblanch, president of the CFA Chapter/SEIU 1983/AAUP/NEA; Russell Kilday-Hicks, president of CSUEU Chapter 305/SEIU 2579; James Kohn, chair of the Academic Senate; and Abtin Forghani, vice president of external affairs for Associated Students Inc. State Senator Leland Yee is also scheduled to speak.

While final decisions about the FY2008/09 budget are months away, the coalition has formed to persuade the broader community to act now to protect SF State. The purpose of the forum is to share information about the impact of California's budget crisis and the Governor's proposed budget cuts on the CSU and SF State and to plan a course of action to reverse those cuts.

For information and resources about the proposed budget, see the Budget Central Web site:

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

Cynthia Gómez appointed to advisory committee
Cynthia Gómez, director of SF State's Health Equity Initiative, was one of nine professionals statewide to be appointed to the newly formed Public Health Advisory Committee of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The committee was announced Feb. 14. 

The new bipartisan committee was formed to increase accountability and improve the effectiveness of state public health programs and help build the infrastructure to provide greater protection for California residents in the event of an act of bioterrorism or other major public health emergency. The committee will provide advice to the director of California's Department of Public Health. Gómez is the only appointee from the CSU system.

Soul food grand opening
The Student Center invites the campus to celebrate the grand opening of Jessie's Hot House soul food restaurant on Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. at the student center's West Plaza. Ribbon cutting will take place at 1 p.m. by Vice President of Student Affairs Penny Saffold and owners Robert and Julissa Darden. There will be live music on the Malcolm X Plaza stage. For more information, contact Edina Bajraktarevic, student center retail and commercial services manager, at

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. Interns gain hands-on experience by working in the office of a U.S. Representative from the California delegation during the fall semester. Applicants must be in their junior or senior year, or in graduate standing by September, registered for fall 2008 and in good academic standing. 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

Meet candidate for director of institute for civic and community engagement
The Search Committee for Director of Institute for Civic and Community Engagement invites the campus community to meet candidate Gerald Eisman, acting director, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement on Monday, April 7, from 11:30 a.m. to noon in ADM 460.

Candidates announced for associate vice president for research and sponsored programs
Two of the four finalists remain to be interviewed for the associate vice president for research and sponsored programs position and are scheduled for on-campus visits. The interviews with Jaylan Sheila Turkkan and Ted Knous have been completed. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the remaining candidates' presentations and receptions afterward on the following dates:

  • Monday: Timothy Hushen, chief, Sponsored Research Services, San Diego State University Research Foundation. Campus Presentation: 4 p.m. HUM 587
  • Wednesday: Pamela O’Neil, associate provost, Brown University. Campus Presentation: 4 p.m. HUM 587

Retention, tenure and promotion sessions
The office of faculty affairs and professional development has scheduled three informal discussion sessions focused on helping faculty prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. The sessions will be conducted by Marilyn Verhey. During these sessions, participants will have the opportunity to share information and discuss retention, tenure and promotion. Discussions will be held in ADM 460, Friday, April 11, from 10 a.m. to noon; Wednesday, April 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.; and Thursday, April 17, from 10 a.m. to noon. To register for a discussion session call ext. 8-2204 or e-mail

New Web template available online
SF State's new Web template offers a visually appealing and unifying design for the University's colleges and departments. The template provides unified elements to identify official University Web pages, with options that allow college and department sites to have a unique look and feel. For guidelines on template use and to download the template for application to University Web sites, visit or e-mail the SF State Web team at

Boot camp fitness
Faculty and staff are invited to participate in the Village Fitness Center's new on-campus program: Boot Camp. The six-week motivational program challenges physical and mental strength and endurance with a variety of drills and exercises involving aerobic and anaerobic conditioning. Classes run from April 7 to May 12 with morning sessions Tuesday and Thursday from 7 to 8 a.m. and evening sessions Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 6 p.m. The registration deadline is April 4. For more information, contact Mark Penacerrada at (415) 452-1010 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

Applications available for California Pre-Doctoral Program
Faculty are encouraged to invite students to apply for the California Pre-Doctoral Program. The deadline for filing completed applications is 4 p.m. Friday in the English Department Office, HUM 289. For more information, contact Professor William Christmas, campus coordinator for the California Pre-Doctoral Program, at ext. 8-7463 or

News from the Academic Senate
The following is a summary of action items from the Academic Senate's March 11 meeting:

  • Ramon Castellblanch, president of the SF State California Faculty Association, announced an all-campus meeting in support of the SF State and CSU budget to be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Monday, March 17, in the McKenna Theatre with overflow space in Jack Adams Hall. A box lunch will be provided for the first 500 people. Speakers will include Chair of the Board of Trustees Roberta Achtenberg, President Robert Corrigan, State Senator Leland Yee and others.
  • Associate Vice President of Academic Planning and Educational Effectiveness Linda Buckley presented a report from the task force assessing CUSP II Goal 4: Internationalization. Six recommendations from the task force have been approved by the President's Cabinet: create an international/global graduation requirement; make the Office of International Programs the central, one-stop location for all things international; create an international faculty community; reinstitute an international faculty fraternity or organization; create a database for tracking faculty research and activities abroad; and increase international marketing efforts.
  • Communication Studies Professor Susan Shimanoff presented a preliminary report from the Graduation Requirements Task Force that focused on the development of educational goals for the baccalaureate. The Senate then passed a resolution endorsing the educational goals, which can be found at the Graduation Requirements Web site
  • The Senate approved two curriculum programs: revisions to the B.S. degree in Hospitality Management and revisions to the Undergraduate Management minor.
  • The Senate unanimously approved a policy for mandatory review of Senate policies after 10 years.
  • The Senate heard a proposal on course repeats for students. The proposal will return for second reading April 1.

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, April 8, 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: For more information, please contact the Academic Senate office at

This week's insiders include: Eric Peper, co-director of the Institute for Holistic Healing, who co-authored a paper, and Lisa Solomon, art lecturer, whose work is featured in an exhibit in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. 

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor and Director of Jewish studies Fred Astren comments on a $3.75 million gift to the program and Assistant Professor of Consumer and Family Studies Connie Ulasewicz discusses the benefits of clothing made from bamboo.

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Interior design display
The campus community is invited to view designs created by SF State interior design students at the San Francisco Design Center, March 17-21, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Design Center is located at 101 Henry Adams Street near Potrero Hill. For more information, contact Ave Moore at (415) 522-3395 or

Chamber music ensembles
The School of Music and Dance presents a concert featuring student ensembles at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. The ensembles -- coached by the Alexander String Quartet, SF State's Quartet-in-Residence -- will perform selections of classical chamber music. Admission is free. For details, visit: or call ext. 8-1431.

Contesting boundaries
Amy Bank, executive producer of "Sexto Sentido;" Julie Cosenza, graduate student in Women Studies; Candace Falk, director and editor of the Emma Goldman Papers at California, Berkeley; and Jenn Olivia, graduate student in Women Studies, will present during the panel, "Contesting Boundaries: Performing Sex/Gender Politics Across Time and Space" from noon to 2 p.m. Tuesday, HSS 362. Sheila R. Tully, lecturer in anthropology, will moderate. The panel is part of the continuing 2008 Public Lecture Series in honor of Women's History Month. For more information, visit or e-mail

SWAN Day performances
Bay Area visual and performance artists will convene Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Art Gallery, Terrace Level, Cesar Chavez Student Center, for "Artists in Action: An Evening of Art and Performance in Honor of SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day." For more information, e-mail

Sexuality lecture
Aaron Belkin, director of the Michael D. Palm Center, will give the lecture "Bottom's Up: Male-Male Sexual Assault and the Fragmentation of the Military Identity," Thursday from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Downtown Campus. The lecture is hosted by the Department of Human Sexuality Studies. For more information, visit

China's National People's Congress and its implications
The Center for US-China Policy Studies (CUSCPS) presents the panel "China's National People's Congress (NPC) and Its Implications" on Thursday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 317. Professor of Political Science Sujian Guo and Associate Professor of International Relations Jean-Marc F. Blanchard will discuss the 11th NPC's appointment and policy decisions and the implications of these appointments and decisions for China's domestic and foreign policies. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit the CUSCPS Web site at

Coming Up
Law, culture and humanities conference
SF State will co-sponsor the 11th annual conference of the Association of Law, Culture and the Humanities, March 28 and 29 in Boalt Hall on the University of California, Berkeley campus. For more information, visit

Discussing Taiwan Strait relations
The Center for US-China Policy Studies (CUSCPS) presents the panel "Taiwan's Presidential Election and Cross Taiwan Strait Relations" on Tuesday, April 1, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 151. Professor of Political Science Sujian Guo and Associate Professor of International Relations Jean-Marc F. Blanchard will discuss the results of Taiwan’s presidential election, the results of two referenda relating to Taiwan and the United Nations, China's reaction to the election outcomes, U.S. policy prior to the election and U.S. policy in the wake of the election.  The event is open to the public. For more information, please visit the CUSCPS Web site at

The coast road
The opening reception for "Riding the Coast Road," an exhibit of photographs by Elise Ann Wormuth, associate dean of the College of Humanities, will take place Wednesday April 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. HUM 484. Wormuth commutes on Highway 1 and often documents her travels through photography. The photographs will be on display from March 31 through mid-May.  

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.



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