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Volume 56, Number 24    February 23, 2009         

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CalPERS retirement planning meeting
Human Resources will host a class to help faculty and staff plan for retirement. Sessions will be held March 4 from noon to 3 p.m. and March 5 from 9 to 11 a.m. in ADM 560. The class will provide information about CalPERS benefits and the retirement process. Individual sessions with CalPERS representatives will be available after the workshop. To RSVP, contact Victoria Ramos-Sponza at ext. 5-3935.

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Reclaiming public education in an economic crisis
The Alliance for the CSU will host "Teach-in: Reclaiming Public Education Amidst an Economic Crisis" on Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. The teach-in is designed to increase the campus community's understanding of the origins, nature, scope and impact of California's fiscal crisis on SF State students, faculty and staff.  The event will help mobilize local, state and federal actions in the Spring 2009 semester aimed at eliminating proposed CSU funding cuts.

The event will feature five, one-hour sessions that will bring together faculty, staff, administrators, labor leaders and other education leaders to discuss the state of SF State, student access, the global economic crisis' effects on education, and how to influence the political process.

SF State named to president's honor roll with distinction
For the third consecutive year, the University has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction. The national award honors "extraordinary and exemplary contributions to meeting critical and national needs through community service and service learning." In total, 635 colleges are on the Honor Roll, but only 90 were placed in the category of distinction.   

Research and faculty retreat
Faculty are invited to the Research and Creative Activities Retreat at the Romberg Tiburon Center on March 6. The retreat will provide a venue for faculty to interact with colleagues and identify interdisciplinary areas of common interest. Following the retreat, new collaborative groups in research, scholarly or creative/performing arts areas are encouraged to develop internal proposals to support start-up activities. Funding timelines are available on the retreat Web site:

For more information or to register, contact

Purchasing's new look in 9.0
SF State's Financial Management System (FMS) goes live in Release 9.0 on April 2. One of the most exciting aspects of the upgrade is the new, enhanced requisition module that incorporates many improved, user-friendly features including: approval work flow process with automatic e-mail notification to approvers; single screen data input - no drill downs; ability to attach files and documents to the requisition for electronic transmittal to purchasing; sales tax calculation at the requisition level, instead of waiting for PO to be issued; faster inquiry into PO and payment information.
Fiscal Affairs will host a full run-through of the new functionality on March 16 from 2 to 3 p.m. and March 17 from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the Sunset Room of the Towers Conference Center. Elaine Collins will provide a live on-screen demonstration of the new requisition. The session will not include hands-on user interaction with the new module, but will provide a business process guide for taking notes and welcome participants' questions. To register visit

2009 Panetta Congressional Internship Program
Faculty are encouraged to invite outstanding students to apply for the 2009 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 2009 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, and a department chair signature. The application deadline is April 10. For application forms contact Adam Calmenson at ext. 8-3340 or

Call for Proposals: Faculty associate positions - Fall 2009
All tenured faculty are eligible to apply for one of two faculty associate positions for Fall 2009 in the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD). Each position brings .20 assigned time to work on one of several possible projects related to teaching and scholarship, for example: universal design for learning; the scholarship of teaching and learning; modeling and teaching equity and social justice; modeling and teaching diversity, including international diversity; developing critical thinking, writing, reading and/or communication skills across the curriculum; fostering student engagement; and other projects faculty may propose. For more detailed information about the responsibilities of the position and how to apply, visit

Academic Senate
The following is a summary of action items from the Academic Senate's Feb. 17 meeting.

  • Announced that the Education Budget Advocacy Committee has scheduled a Teach-in on "Reclaiming Public Education Amidst an Economic Crisis," to be held Feb. 26 in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center
  • Heard a report from Jaylan Turkkan, associate vice president of Research and Sponsored Programs, on the Research and Creative Activities Retreat, which will be held March 6 at the Romberg Tiburon Center. 
  • Approved a proposal to revise the voting procedures in the Academic Senate bylaws
  • Heard a proposal from the Faculty Affairs Committee to revise the retention, promotion, and retention policy, first reading. This item will return in second reading March 3
  • Heard a proposal from the Executive Committee to reapportion membership for the 2009-10 Academic Senate, first reading. This item will return in second reading March 3

This week in Insiders: Professor of Urban Studies Raquel Pinderhughes appeared as a panelist on green jobs and Professor Emeritus of History Bill Issel presented a paper.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell discusses gift-giving and Assistant Professor of Management Mitchell Marks gives tips on surviving layoffs.

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This week we remember Professor Emeritus of Counseling Jim Winfrey and Associate Professor of Biology Diana Smith-Beckerman.

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Psychology brown bags meeting
The Department of Developmental Psychology will host a brown bag meeting each Monday from noon to 1 p.m. in EP 503. For more information, visit

Free afternoon concerts
The School of Music and Dance opens its Concert Music course to the public with engaging recitals featuring student, faculty and guest performances at 1 p.m. every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Enjoy the sounds and sights by solo artists and ensembles in jazz, world, chamber music, strings, choral music, dance and more. Upcoming concerts include San Francisco Symphony principal bass Scott Pingel on Monday; a world cultures recital with saxophonist Professor Hafez Modirzadeh and vocalists Latif Bolat and Rita Sahai on Wednesday; and a University Dance Theater recital on Feb. 27. For details, call ext. 8-1431 or visit

Jewish Studies lecture
Joel Peters, associate professor of government and international affairs at Virginia Tech, will deliver the lecture, "Reassessing Israel's Withdrawal from Gaza" Monday from 4 to 5:15 p.m. in HUM 415. 

French government sponsored film festival
The International Film Club was selected by the French government to host a series of recent French films for a one-month film festival. SF State was one of 30 schools selected in a national competition and will kick off the schedule Monday at 7:30 p.m. with "L'Avocat de la Terreur" in the Coppola Theater, FA 101. An opening night buffet reception will be held following Monday's film to celebrate the festival.     

'Autistic Fictions' lecture
Ian Hacking, professor of philosophy and history of scientific concepts at the College de France, will deliver the lecture, "Autistic Fictions," Monday at 4 p.m. in HUM 587. The talk will examine accounts of autism in works of fiction. A reception will follow. The talk is presented by the Department of Philosophy. For more information, visit

19th Annual Stillwell Student Show
The 19th Annual Stillwell Student Show, in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts building, holds its opening reception Tuesday from 4 to 6 p.m. The Stillwell is a juried exhibition of new student work in video, photography, textiles, metal arts, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking and more. The exhibition also includes the University’s collection of works by Leo D. Stillwell Jr., a watercolor and oil painter who died at age 22 in 1948. Admission is free. The gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and Wednesday from noon to 5 p.m. The exhibition closes March 19. For details, call ext. 8-6535 or visit

Anthropology brown bag session
Professor of Anthropology Douglass Bailey will present the lecture "Art to Archaeology to Archaeology to Art," exploring the relationships between contemporary art and archaeology Wednesday from 12:10 to 1 p.m in SCI 270. The lecture is the first in a series of weekly brown bag lunches that will explore current topics in anthropology.

BSS Faculty Research Series lecture
Assistant Professor of Political Science Martin Carcieri will deliver the lecture, "Rawls, Obama and the Drug War," Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 361. The event, part of the BSS Faculty Research Series, provides an opportunity for faculty to learn about colleagues' research, engage in scholarly exchange and share ideas. Light refreshments will be served.

Problem-based learning in undergraduate and graduate education
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a session by Andrea Boyle, associate professor in the School of Nursing, on Feb. 26 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in BH 333. The workshop will describe problem-based learning, identify some of the current work in the area and identify advantages and limitations of this approach in both undergraduate and graduate settings. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at

Screening: Dakar to Port Loko: Perspectives from West Africa
A screening of "Dakar to Port Loko: Perspectives from West Africa" will take place Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. The film, produced by alum Nathaniel Cogley, features interviews with Africans about U.S. foreign policy, economics, community development and civil war. A question and answer session with Cogley moderated by Professor of International Relations Aguibou Yansane will follow. The event is presented by the Colleges of BSS and Ethnic Studies and the Department of International Relations.

'Pouring Tea' performance
E. Patrick Johnson, chair of the department of performance studies and professor of African American Studies at Northwestern University, will perform, "Pouring Tea: Black Gay Men of the South Tell Their Tales," Thursday at 8 p.m. in HUM 133. The event is free and open to the public and will be followed by a question and answer session with Johnson. The event is sponsored by Africana Studies, Communication Studies and Sexuality Studies.

Coming up
CTFD brown bag session
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a brown bag session with Gayle Orr-Smith, campus emergency preparedness coordinator, Feb. 27 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in BH 333. Beverages and fruit will be provided. 

Labor landmarks guidebook
On Feb. 27, at 6 p.m. the Labor Archives and Research Center will host its 23rd anniversary evening program to celebrate the Archives' new publication, "The San Francisco Labor Landmarks Guidebook." The event will be held at the ILWU Local 34, 4 Berry St. in San Francisco. The guest speaker will be Carl Nolte of the San Francisco Chronicle. The event is free and open to the public.

William Corbett-Jones Scholarship Concert Series
Professor of Music William Corbett-Jones performs a solo piano concert March 1 at 3 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Proceeds benefit the William Corbett-Jones Piano Fund, which provides scholarships and other support to the piano program in honor of Corbett-Jones, an SF State faculty member since 1967. Admission is $15 general/$10 students and seniors. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

"Oieryu Monkou-kai: Japanese Incense Ceremony"
Sachiko Torok, an incense artist from Japan, will be at SF State for "Oieryu Monkou-kai: Japanese Incense Ceremony" March 3 from 4:10 to 6 p.m. in HUM 117. Torok will lead and perform the incense ceremony in the Oieryu-style tradition. Each participant will take part in an incense-identifying game and compose a brief poem to indicate the answer. The event is limited to 15 seats, and reservations are required. Admission is $5 at the door. Participants must attend the entire two-hour session. The event is organized by the Japanese Program and co-hosted by the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures and the College of Humanities. Reservations can be made by e-mailing

Stress management and rejuvenation techniques workshop
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a workshop on stress management led by Assistant Professor of Health Education Rick Harvey on March 4 from 2 to 4 p.m. in BH 333. The session will discuss stress reduction techniques for inside and outside the classroom. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at

Grants and research development session
The next installment of the Community-Based Participatory Research Spring Series with Visiting Professor Nina Wallerstein will take place March 4 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HSS 306. The session will help faculty with grants and research development skills. 

Assessing student reading workshop
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a workshop on assessing student reading, led by Helen Gillotte-Tropp, professor of English and the department's reading coordinator, March 5 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in BH 333. This workshop is the first of two, and will introduce faculty to successful techniques in assessing student reading comprehension as well as offer strategies to improve reading skills. Instruction samples are included. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at

U.S.- Greek relations lecture
The Center for Modern Greek Studies will host "U.S.-Greek Relations," a talk by Xenia Stefanidou, counsul general of Greece,  March 5 at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587.

Experiential education workshop
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a workshop March 12 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in BH 333 to help educators provide a framework for experiential education in the classroom. Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Erik Rosegard will facilitate the session. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at
San Francisco movie tour
The University Women's Association will host a three-hour bus tour of San Francisco's most famous movie sites March 14 at 2:30 pm. The tour begins and ends at the corner of 19th and Holloway. A guide will provide trivia and information about the films, and those attending can watch movie clips on the bus while visiting locations made famous in a range of classic and contemporary movies. Tickets are $40 per person for the tour, with an optional pre-tour lunch at Harding Park Golf Course available for $20 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by contacting Lin Ivory at

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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