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Volume 55, Number 33    May 12 , 2008         

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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 Online Training Now Available
Faculty members looking for ways to make classes more accessible can visit the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development Web site, and learn about its new Universal Design for Learning Training Module. UDL helps students and teachers operate more effectively. For more information, visit or e-mail for individual or group consultations.










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Turkkan named associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs
Jaylan Turkkan has been named associate vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs. She obtained a Ph.D. in Experimental Psychology (learning and cognition) from the City University of New York in 1977, and continued her training as a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow in neurosciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore.

Turkkan took over as a branch chief at the National Institute on Drug Abuse (National Institutes of Health) in 1994. There, she expanded research funding for behavioral and cognitive sciences to better understand drug addictions, including tobacco addiction. She has been an elected president of the Pavlovian Society, and co-edited the book "The Science of Self Report."

In the late 1990s, Turkkan played a key role in developing, with the National Cancer Institute and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, seven national transdisciplinary Tobacco Use Research Centers for which she was awarded two NIH Director’s Awards. She was recruited to the State University of New York at Buffalo in 2000 to serve as vice president for research, where she oversaw a wide range of research and research resources for four years. She has lectured widely on interdisciplinary research, mentoring and research ethics.

After relocating to New York City in 2004, Turkkan founded University Research Consulting to continue aiding faculty in obtaining research grants, and to aid universities in enhancing their research activities. She has also been a reviewer and consultant for the National Cancer Institute Centers Program.

Chin Hansen elected AARP Board Chair
Nursing Instructor Jennie Chin Hansen will become President of the AARP effective May 6. The first member of the "Baby Boom" generation to hold the office, she is also the first Asian American to lead the board of the 40 million-member organization. She has served on the AARP board for six years and will serve a term of two years as president. 

Chin Hansen, the daughter of Chinese immigrants, was previously on staff at On Lok, a pioneer and leader in the field of all-inclusive care and services for the elderly, for 25 years and was its director when she left to teach and consult in 2004.

Chin Hansen said institutions of higher education have an important role and obligation during times of sweeping social and economic change. "It is our job to understand the impact and find solutions to any problems that arise," she said. "I am very proud that SF State has taken steps to provide education in gerontology and offer the aging community the opportunity to learn new skills through its Osher Lifelong Learning Institute."

Search for associate vice president for Academic Resources
Nominations and applications are invited for the position of associate vice president for Academic Resources. The search committee will begin reviewing the applications and nominations for this campus-based search on June 2. The position description, including application instructions, is available on the Academic Affairs Web site:

The search committee members are:
Chair: Gerianne Merrigan, chair/professor, Communication Studies
Shirley Girouard, director/professor, School of Nursing
Barbara Luzardi, academic scheduling coordinator, Academic Resources
Antoaneta Petkova, assistant professor, Management
Kenneth Monteiro, dean, College of Ethnic Studies

For additional information, contact Anh Tran at ext. 8-7165 or

All-campus emergency notification test
SF State will conduct a test of its emergency notification system May 13.  Test notifications will be sent to phones, e-mails and other communication devices currently on record. To provide emergency contact information, visit, then click on the "emergency contacts" tab or go to the human resources Web site at and click on the emergency communication system icon. Data entered by May 9 will be utilized in the May 13 test. For more information, visit the Office of Emergency Preparedness' Web site at or contact the program coordinator Gayle Orr-Smith at

Finalists announced for dean of faculty affairs and professional development
Interviews for dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development begin this week. The finalists and presentation schedule are as follows:

  • Pamela Vaughn: Monday from  2:30 to 4 p.m. BUS 202
  • Wanda Lee: Thursday from 2:30 to 4 p.m. ADM 460
  • Caran Colvin: Friday from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. BH 503

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

Retirement Basics, an introduction to CalPERS
Paul K. Alires, senior benefits analyst in Human Resources, will present workshops to give lecturers and tenure track faculty an overview of the CalPERS program Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m. in HSS 233. Topics include: learning how CalPERS works, planning for retirement, benefit plans payable after retiring and choosing a retirement date. Limited seats are available. RSVP by phone only to Paul K. Alires at ext. 8-2683 or ext. 8-1872.

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

News from the Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. A second meeting will occur from 4 to 4:30 p.m. in the same room. The agenda will include:

  • Approval of the Agenda for May 13, 2008
  • Approval of the Minutes for the April 29, 2008
  • A resolution from the Executive Committee thanking and commending outgoing senators, first and second reading
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a resolution in honor of Marilyn Verhey, first and second reading
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution on CSU Budget Cuts, first and second reading
  • A recommendation from the Educational Policies Council about proposed discontinuance of the Bachelor of Art in Industrial Arts (BAIA), concentration in Product Design & Development; Bachelor of Art in Industrial Arts (BAIA), concentration in Visual Communication Design; Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology (BSIT), first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee about proposed revisions to the Psychology major, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the administrative search committee policy, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed course criteria per the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirements (GWAR), second reading
  • A recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding the proposed policy on intellectual property, second reading

Agenda for 4 p.m. Academic Senate meeting

  • Approval of the agenda for May 13, 2008
  • Election of Senate Officers for 2008-09
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee on a resolution regarding the Summer Senate, first and second readings

Election results announced
In the recently completed University-wide election, the following individuals were elected to serve:

At-Large Academic Senator

  • Nathan Avani, professor/chair, Secondary Education
  • Eileen Levy, associate professor, Social Work

Academic Freedom Committee

  • John P. Elia, associate professor/associate chair, Health Education

Search Committee for AVP of Academic Resources

  • Gerianne Merrigan, professor/chair, Communication Studies
  • Antoaneta Petkova, assistant professor, Management
  • Shirley Girouard, director, School of Nursing

Honorary Degree Committee

  • Rita Takahashi, professor/director, School of Social Work

University Tenure and Promotions Committee

  • David Ellis, professor, Mathematics
  • Nancy "Sami" Reist, professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
  • Julia Lewis, professor, Psychology

University Advancement Activities Advisory Committee

  • Scott Patterson, chair/professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
  • Joseph Greenwell, director, Student Programs and Leadership Development

In this issue of Insiders: Counseling Department Chair Robert Chope was named an American Counseling Association Fellow for significant and unique contributions as a scholar and teacher

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Dina Ibrahim discusses the use of political messages on television; Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto comments on the importance of face-to-face "people skills"; Associate Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn talks about her bee-saving project and Professor of Management John Sullivan is referred to as an HR guru.

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'Oculus' exhibit
"Oculus," the 19th annual Design and Industry Department exhibition, features a wide array of innovative designs in visual communication, multimedia/digital, electronics, furniture manufacturing and green and universal design. It takes place in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center, from Tuesday to Friday. A reception will be held May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-2211 or visit

An evening of jazz combos
The International Center for the Arts presents The ICA Generations Band, featuring Jimmy Cobb, Eric Alexander, Marcus Belgrave, Ronnie Matthews, Ray Drummond and Andrew Speight, performing at 8 p.m. at Yoshi's, 1330 Fillmore St., San Francisco. The event will also feature a "battle of the combos" competition between the finalist bands in the ICA Generations International Competition for Emerging Jazz Combos. Admission is $12.  

'Nohgaku Kai': Classical Japanese theatre
The Theatre Arts Department and Theatre of Yugen present "Nohgaku Kai" Thursday and Friday at 8 p.m. and May 17 and 18 at 2 p.m. Using elements of song, dance, mask, space and time, Nohgaku combines  the Japanese noh (drama) and Kyogen (comedy) traditions. The May 15-17 performances take place in the Studio Theatre, Creative Arts building. The May 18 performances takes place at Theatre of Yugen, 2840 Mariposa St., San Francisco. Admission is $5. For details, call ext. 8-1341 or visit

Spring Sing
The annual Spring Sing concert features the Men's Chorus and Women's Chorus performing arrangements of folk tunes, modern a cappella, classical and opera works and spirituals. The concert takes place Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 321 Taraval St., San Francisco. Admission is $5 for the general public and $3 for students and seniors. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit

BECAfest 2008
The top documentary, sports, advertising, drama, news magazine and music recordings by Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts students throughout the year are showcased at BECAfest 2008, Thursday at 7 p.m. in Studio One, Creative Arts building. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-1787 or visit

Film Finals and more
Showcasing the year’s top student films, the juried Film Finals on Friday at 7 p.m. caps a week of nonstop movies and commentary. The 48th annual screening, in McKenna Theatre of the Creative Arts building, features a mix of animation, experimental, documentary, narrative and film noir. Tickets are $7 general and $5 for students and seniors. Other Cinema Department events during the week include the Film Previews from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 12-13; Animation Finals on Friday at 3 p.m.; and Visual Anthropology/Documentary for Social Justice screenings Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. These events are free and held in the August Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building.

Updating the Tunguska meteor impact
The planetarium show "What's Up Tonight" will provide an update on the Tunguska meteor impact of 1908, Friday from noon to 1 p.m., in TH 422.

Coming Up
Fifth annual Greek Film Festival
The fifth annual San Francisco Greek Film Festival will take place June 6-12 in the Delancey Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero, San Francisco, featuring 16 feature length and short films. An opening night reception will occur Friday June 6 immediately following the films. Tickets are $15 for each screening, $35 for the opening night which includes entrance to the reception, and $25 for a Saturday night double feature. The event is sponsored by the Modern Greek Studies Foundation, the Center for Modern Greek Studies and the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair at SF State. For more information, visit


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