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Volume 56, Number 26    March 9, 2009         

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University Park move-in special
The University Park Leasing Office is offering a move-in special for the months of March and April. Faculty and staff are invited to experience living on campus at University Park North and University Park South Apartments. During March and April, the security deposit is only $700 and is offered to qualified new SF State applicants who move in during these months. All apartments are owned and managed by San Francisco State University. For more information including rental applications or to schedule a tour of our properties, contact the University Park leasing office at 415-564-4000, e-mail or visit

Textbook announcement
The SFSU Bookstore is returning textbooks to the 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 should inform the Bookstore as soon as possible at or ext. 8-7377 so that staff can hold those books for later purchase. Encourage students to purchase texts now, if they have not already. If a book will be used again for Summer or Fall 2009, submit an order to the bookstore at to ensure the books will be retained.

Textbook order processing
The Bookstore is now processing orders for summer and fall terms. The Bookstore will again offer every department on campus a $1,000 Bookstore gift card if at least 90 percent of Fall 2009 textbook orders (as posted in the class schedule) for that department are received by April 15. Orders can be placed online at e-mailed to or faxed to ext. 5-0474.

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Provost candidate presentation
Sue V. Rosser, Dean and Professor of the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts, Georgia Institute of Technology, will be on campus Monday. The campus community is invited to Rosser's campus presentation Monday at 3:45 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Rosser will make a 15-minute opening statement followed by a question-and-answer period. For those unable to attend, the session will be streamed live at rtsp://  and videotaped for future viewing.

The Provost Search Committee also requests feedback on the candidates through the Web survey program, which can be found at  

Retention, tenure and promotion sessions announced
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled three informal discussion sessions focused on helping faculty prepare for retention, tenure and promotion.  Wanda Lee, dean of faculty affairs and professional development, will conduct the sessions. These sessions will allow faculty to ask questions about the organization of the Working Personnel Action File, share information with colleagues, and discuss issues of retention, tenure and promotion. The discussions will be held in ADM 460 on April 10 from 10 a.m. to noon, April 22 from 1 to 3 p.m. and April 23 from 10 a.m. to noon.

To register call ext. 8-2204 or e-mail

Community Engagement Award nominations sought
Community engagement, working with community members to find solutions to issues that affect them, is an integral part of the work of the University across all levels. The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement was established in 2009 to recognize and encourage exceptional engagement within the San Francisco Bay Area by a member of the University staff or group of staff. The award carries a prize of $250 and will be presented at an award ceremony on April 16. One staff member will be selected to receive this annual award.  The award recipient will be notified April 6. Nominations are due March 30 by 5 p.m. Nomination forms can be found at

Call for faculty associate position proposals
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. 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; and fostering student engagement. 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 March 3 meeting.

  • Announced that March is Women's History Month. The 2009 theme is "Women Taking the Lead to Save our Planet"
  • Announced that college elections for Academic Senate representatives and University committee appointments will begin in early March
  • Announced that the proposed amendment to the Faculty Constitution, to enlarge the Senate body by two members and increase the staff representation to three members was approved by a faculty vote
  • Heard a report from Joy Viveros, academic honors and fellowships advisor, Undergraduate Advising Center, on the SF State Fellowship Office
  • Heard a report from Academic Senate California State University Senators Andrea Boyle and Darlene Yee-Melichar
  • Approved a revision to the retention, tenure and promotion policy, that journal editing be added to the list of possible exhibits of professional achievement and growth
  • Approved an Academic Senate reapportionment for 2009-10 that includes nine at-large members and additional members to each college as follows: Behavioral and Social Sciences, three; Business, three; Creative Arts, three; Education, two; Ethnic Studies, one; Health and Human Services, three; Humanities, five; and Science and Engineering, four
  • Heard a proposal to revise the minor in Latin American Area Studies program, first reading. This item will return in second reading on March 17
  • Heard a proposal to revise the M.A. in Political Science program, first reading. This item will return in second reading on March 17
  • Heard a proposal to revise the enrollment management policy, first reading. This item will return in second reading on March 17
  • Heard a proposal to revise the search committee for San Francisco State University administrators policy, first reading. This item will return in second reading on March 17
  • Approved a revision to the retention, tenure and promotion policy that program directors who have responsibility for RTP review would be ineligible to serve on the University tenure and promotions committee

This week in Insiders: Professor of Theatre Arts Joel Schechter opened an art exhibit and Professor of Art Mark Dean Johnson gave a keynote presentation on Asian American art.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Geology Mary Leech is profiled, Assistant Professor of Geography Jason Henderson discusses parking and Marketing Lecturer Mary Aherns discusses Obama as a brand.

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SF State received $1,057,609 in grants and contracts in February.

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

Balkan Transformations
Former Assistant Secretary General to the United Nations Sotiris Mousouris will present the lecture, "Balkan Transformations: The View of the UN from Athens," Monday at 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587. The lecture is sponsored by the Onassis Public Benefit Foundation (USA) and the Center for Modern Greek Studies.

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 continue the film festival schedule with the showing of "La Faute a Fidel" Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theater, FA 101. All films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.

Alexander String Quartet to perform
SF State's world-renowned quartet-in-residence, the Alexander String Quartet, will perform Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. The quartet will perform works by Mozart, Schumann and Ravel. The quartet has performed in the music capitals of five continents and established itself as an important advocate of new music through more than 25 commissions and numerous premiere performances. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Universal design for learning Webinar
Emiliano Ayala, EnACT project director, will lead the Webinar/workshop "Universal Design for Learning," Wednesday from noon to 2 p.m. in BH 229. Ayala will discuss ways faculty can enhance effectiveness in the classroom to support greater student achievement by teaching in accessible ways. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll through POWER at

Anthropology brown bag meeting
Associate Professor of Anthropology Mark Griffin will address current trends in biological anthropology on Wednesday from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in SCI 270 as part of the Anthropology Department's brown bag series.

Experiential education workshop
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host a workshop Thursday 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
'A Streetcar Named Desire'
The Theatre Arts Department presents "A Streetcar Named Desire" March 12 to 15 in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. This Pulitzer Prize- winning play, set in 1940s New Orleans, concerns the mental and moral disintegration of a former Southern belle, Blanche DuBois. Blanche’s neurotic, genteel pretensions are challenged by the harsh realities symbolized by her brutish brother-in-law, Stanley Kowalski. Professor Rhonnie Washington directs. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Coming Up
Retirement Association St. Patrick's Day Luncheon
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association invites the campus community to join association members for their annual St. Patrick's Day luncheon March 13 at the United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Ave. in San Francisco. Social hour begins at 11:30 a.m., and lunch begins at noon. Luncheon choices are sole or corned beef and cabbage. The cost is $30 per person and payment should be brought to the luncheon. RSVP to Yolanda Thompson at (415) 334-1130. The deadline is March 10. 

'The Secrets of the World'
"The Secrets of the World," a play by Communication Studies Lecturer Evelyn Jean Pine will be presented March 13 and 14 at 8 p.m. and March 16 at 2 p.m. at El Teatro de la Esperanza, 2940 16th St., San Francisco. Tickets are $5 to $10. The performance is part of the 10th annual SF State Greenhouse Festival of New Plays presented by the Creative Writing and Theatre Arts Departments. For more information, call ext. 8-7605.

Center for Teaching and Faculty Development brown bag session
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host its weekly brown bag session with Academic Senate Chair Shawn Whalen,  from noon to 1:30 p.m. in BH 333. Beverages and fruit will be provided.

2009 Pacific Conference for Development Economics
SF State will host the 2009 Pacific Conference for Development Economics on March 14 at the Cesar Chavez Student Center. This event is sponsored by the College of Behavioral and Social Science and Health Equity Initiative at the University. For program and registration information, visit or e-mail

History in South Africa lecture
Leslie Witz, professor of history at the University of the Western Cape, will present the lecture, "Changing What We Do: Museums, Heritage and the Public Historian in Post Apartheid South Africa," March 18 at 12:10 p.m. in HSS 310. Her talk with discuss how the past is discussed by citizens and historians in South Africa. 

Video games and education
Joseph Kahne, dean of the School of Education and director of the Civic Engagement Research Group at Mills College, will discuss ways video game play can support (and at times constrain) youth civic engagement. The talk, March 19 from 4 to 6 p.m. in TH 327, will also discuss implications for educators, game designers and others who are interested in this fast changing medium. The event is part of a new speaker series on civic engagement presented by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement.

Artist Lecture Series
The Art Department and KQED present an Artist Lecture Series March 12 at 7:30 p.m. with Josephine Taylor and March 19 at 7:30 p.m. with Christopher Brown. Taylor makes narrative, large-scale drawings. Brown is a painter and printmaker. Both lectures take place in FA 193. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-2176.

Increasing life satisfaction workshop
College of Extended Learning Program Director Lauren Vanett will lead the workshop, "Increase Life Satisfaction: Lead from Your Strengths," on March 19 from 1 to 3 p.m. in BH 333. Using hands-on activities, this workshop will help attendees recognize and build on core strengths as a means of creating greater life satisfaction. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at

BSS Faculty Research Series event
Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipour will deliver the lecture, "U.S.-Iran Relations: What's Next with the Obama Administration?" March 19 from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 361. The event is part of the BSS Faculty Research Series.

Philosophy of science workshop: "The Experimental Side of Modeling"
Philosophers from around the world will gather March 20 and 21 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in HUM 587 at SF State to discuss the role of models as vehicles to convey scientific theories and phenomena. "The Experimental Side of Modeling," is hosted by Professor of Philosophy Bas van Fraassen and Assistant Professor of Philosophy Isabelle Peschard. Guest presenters and commentators include Nancy Cartwright, London School of Economics and UC, San Diego; Joseph Rouse, Wesleyan University; Karen Barad, UC, Santa Cruz; Michael Weisberg, University of Pennsylvania; Mieke Boon, University of Twente (Netherlands); David Stump, University of San Francisco and Paul Teller, UC, Davis, Martin Thomson-Jones, Oberlin College, and Rasmus Winther, UC, Santa Cruz.
The workshop is free, but registration is required. To register contact Isabelle Peschard at ext. 8-8112 or To view the program visit

Rossetti String Quartet: free concert
The Rossetti String Quartet will play a free concert March 22 at 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building, as part of the Morrison Artists Series. The quartet will play works by Mozart, Piazzolla and Ravel. For details, visit 



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