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Volume 55, Number 24   March 3 , 2008         

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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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Jewish Studies receives $3.75 million for endowed chair
The University is to receive $3.75 million from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund to support the creation of an endowed chair in Israel Studies. This is the largest endowed chair gift ever received in the California State University system. "The chair in Israel Studies will put us on the cutting edge of a new and exciting area of scholarship," President Robert A. Corrigan said.

A portion of the endowment will be used to elevate Jewish Studies from program to department status, making it the first Jewish Studies Department in the CSU system. "Becoming a department reflects the maturity of the curriculum and programs that we have offered since 1993," said Fred Astren, director of Jewish Studies. "We are honored to be granted this solid institutional standing within the University."

Free student hepatitis B screenings March 3-7
Student Health Services urges all Asian and Pacific Island students to take advantage of free blood screenings for hepatitis B on campus March 3-7. Organized by a coalition of 30 health, government and community agencies, the confidential blood test underwritten by California Pacific Medical Center is part of the "San Francisco Hep B Free campaign."

Asian and Pacific Island persons have a one in 10 chance of having the virus compared to one in 1,000 for the general population. Responsible for one million deaths per year, hepatitis B is a vaccine-preventable disease. The screenings will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 3, 5 and 7 in the conference room of the Student Health Services building, and March 4 and 6 in the Towers Conference Center near the Village at Centennial Square. For more information, visit Student Health Services at or the SF Hep B Free campaign Web site at

New Web template available online
SF State's new Web design 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 departmental 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

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, March 21, 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

Faculty grant opportunities
The Office of International Programs is offering two grant opportunities for faculty who wish to introduce an international perspective into traditionally "non-international courses" and help promote international awareness on campus. Applications may be obtained from the OIP, ADM 458A. The application deadline is March 14. For more information, visit

News from the Academic Senate
The following is a summary of action items from the Academic Senate's Feb. 26 meeting:

  • President Corrigan invited the campus to a Town Hall meeting on the budget sponsored by CFA, SEIU and the Administration. The meeting will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. March 17 in the McKenna Theatre Auditorium.
  • Senate Chair Kohn announced that campus representatives visited local state legislators Mark Leno, Fiona Ma and Gene Mullin to discuss budget issues.
  • Linda Buckley, associate vice president for academic planning and educational effectiveness, spoke about the CUSP Committee reports that evaluated campus graduate programs and campus activities related to equity and social justice. Copies of the reports will soon be available on the Academic Senate Web site.
  • The Senate amended Bylaw II.C to permit the Chair to rule on the disposition of consent items when there is a request for debate. The senate also passed a meeting schedule for 2008-09 that will be posted to the Senate Web site.
  • The Senate approved changes to the MFA in Creative Writing and approved changing the name of the MS in Applied Geosciences to the MS in Geosciences.
  • The Senate passed a policy on class syllabi. Syllabi must be distributed at the first class meeting and include instructor contact information and office hours, course objectives, required texts, grading policies, teaching methods and other statements required by Senate, college or departmental policies.
For more information, visit the Academic Senate Web site at

This week's Insiders include Erik Peper of the Institute for Holistic Healing Studies, who addressed the 12th meeting of the Biofeedback Foundation of Europe at its annual meeting, and Assistant Professor or Music and Dance David Xiques and Associate Professor of Music and Dance Cyrus Ginwala, who conducted the San Francisco Unified School District All-City Music Festival.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto describes the effects of blue uniforms on athletic performance; Assistant Professor of History Dawn Mabalon offers a personal view of history; Assistant Professor of Raza Studies Nancy Mirabal comments on Cuba's changing political leadership; Assistant Professor of Music and Dance David Xiques comments on conducting a local music ensemble; and James Quesada, associate professor of anthropology, discusses how the recession is affecting immigrants.

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This week we remember Richard Wiseman, professor emeritus of German/foreign languages and comparative literature, who died at the age of 85.

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Journalism banquet
The Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism will present this year's Founder's Award to Walt Swanston, director of diversity management at National Public Radio, at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Barbara Rodgers, anchor of CBS Eyewitness News, will emcee the event. For more information, visit

'Don Juan'
Noted Bay Area director and SF State alumnus Mark Jackson brings "Don Juan" to campus Wednesday through March 16 in an adaptation he describes as "a psychopathic, cruel, yet very funny production." Performances will take place in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building, Thursday through Sunday both weeks. Tickets range from $12 to $20. For details, call ext. 8-1341 or visit For tickets, call ext. 8-2467, visit or the Box Office outside McKenna Theatre in the Creative Arts building.

'Finding the Walls of Troy'
Susan Heuck Allen will deliver a lecture, "Finding the Walls of Troy: Calvert and Heinrich Schliemann at Hisarlik," 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587. The lecture is presented by the Center for Modern Greek Studies, the Nikos Kazantakis Chair and the Department of Classics. For more information, call ext. 8-1892 or visit

Women's history month kickoff
The ninth annual Public Lecture Series in honor of Women's History Month kicks off with a panel discussion with SF State faculty exploring "Gendered Resistance in Art and Culture: A Global Perspective on the Politics of Representation," at 4 p.m. HSS 135. The event is open to the public. Scholars, artists, actors and activists will come together throughout March for "Art, Culture and Gendered Resistance: A Dialogue Across Generations." For more information, e-mail

Coming Up
Morrison Artists Series: TinAlley String Quartet
The TinAlley String Quartet will perform at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 9, in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building, as part of the Morrison Artists Series. Admission is free. The quartet will perform String Quartet Op. 76 No. 5 "Largo" by Joseph Haydn, String Quartet Op. 3 by Alban Berg and String Quartet in A Minor, Op. 13 by Felix Mendelssohn. For details, visit or call ext. 8-1431.

America and the Muslim World
Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a one-day forum on U.S. relations with the Muslim world and its impact on American society. Sessions will address such topics as U.S. foreign policy, Islamaphobia in the news media and the Arab-Israeli peace process under President Bush. Speakers include faculty from history, international relations, broadcast and electronic communication arts, and Jewish studies including Uri Bar-Josef, Visiting Professor in Israel Studies from Haifa University. The event is Monday, March 10, in HUM 587. The morning session takes place from 10 a.m. to noon and the afternoon session from 2 to 4 p.m. followed by a reception from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in Science 270. For a full schedule, visit

'Kinetic Resonance'
"Kinetic Resonance," a repertory showcase of the SF State School of Music and Dance's University Dance Theater, takes place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 13, and 8 p.m. Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15. The show will premiere choreography by faculty members and advanced students, exploring issues of identity, female relationships and one’s inner struggles. Tickets are $14 general admission and $8 for students and seniors. For details, call ext. 8-1341 or visit For tickets, call ext. 8-2467, visit or the McKenna Theatre Box Office.

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

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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