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Volume 56, Number 27    March 16, 2009         

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SF State 2009 Nike Women's Marathon/Half-Marathon team formed
On Oct. 18, thousands of runners will gather in San Francisco for the sixth annual Nike Women's Marathon and Half-Marathon. The San Francisco State University Women's Association is encouraging all women runners, including beginners, to participate. To register, sign up by March 18 to enter the random drawing. To run as part of the group, enter into the Group I.D. box. This will serve as the group e-mail. Groups are accepted together. For more information, visit

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 $700.00 and is offered to qualified new SF State applicants who move in during these months. All apartments are owned and managed by SF State. 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

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Library Building Project resumes
The expansion, seismic strengthening and renovation of the J. Paul Leonard Library have resumed. California's fiscal crisis and budget impasse had caused a suspension of capital projects throughout California and the library project was among those halted. With the passage of the state’s budget on Feb. 20, the California State University Chancellor's Office directed the campus to resume work on the Library building project.
Collections within the Library's fourth, fifth and sixth floors will be relocated to the first, second and third floors. This will expedite work on the renovation of the existing building. As the collections are moved (Archives and Special Collections, de Bellis Collection circulating books, Government Publications, the Young People's Collection, and call numbers A-C and T-Z), they may be temporarily unavailable. Check the Library's Web site for notices of collections temporarily in transit.  
While this relocation had been scheduled to occur during the winter recess when demand for library resources is typically low, the two-month suspension delayed this part of the project. Library faculty and staff are working to ensure as little disruption to operations as possible. They are available to assist you in finding needed resources. Nonetheless, during the project, please be sure to plan ahead. This is an extraordinary time and while the project may cause inconveniences, it will ultimately provide the campus community with a functional, accessible, seismically strengthened and modern facility. In the interim, the University will make every effort to provide needed services.
For more information on the project, visit

Presentations scheduled for dean of College of Education candidates
Two candidates have been selected to interview for the position of Dean of the College of Education. Members of the campus community are invited to attend the presentation and reception for the following candidates:  

  • March 17: Terrence Wiley, professor of education and applied linguistics and director of the Division of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies at Arizona State University, will present Tuesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HUM 587.
  • March 18: Nancy Songer, professor and associate chair of educational studies and executive officer for the international society of the learning sciences at the University of Michigan, will present Wednesday from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HUM 587.

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 a ceremony on April 16. One staff member will be selected to receive this annual award. The recipient will be notified April 6. Nominations are due March 30 by 5 p.m. Nomination forms can be found at

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. The agenda will include:

  • Approval of the agenda for the March 17 meeting
  • Approval of the minutes for the March 3 meeting
  • An information item regarding program prefix changes following program name changes effective Summer 2009
  • A report from Joseph Greenwell, director of the office of student programs and leadership development, on Welcome Days
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the minor in Latin American Area Studies, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the M.A. in Political Science, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Administrative Search Policy #S08-180, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Course Repeat Policy #F08-248, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Interdisciplinary Programs Policy #S85-74, first reading

Program discontinuance hearing
The Educational Policies Council will meet April 7 in ADM 560 to hear proposals to discontinue the following programs: Family and Consumer Sciences minor, 2:30 to 3 p.m.; B.S. Clinical Science, 3:10 to 3:30 p.m.; M.A. Social Science with a Concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies, 3:40 to 4 p.m.

Contact the Academic Senate office with any questions at ext. 8-1264 or

This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Creative Writing Nona Caspers published a book and Professor of Secondary Education Nathan Avani appeared on a panel at a conference.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Communication Studies Joseph Tuman discusses presidential mandates and Caitlin Ryan, principle investigator of the Family Acceptance Project, comments on lesbian health issues.

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Psychology brown bags 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

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 conclude the film festival by showing "Ne Le Dis Personne" Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theater, FA 101. All films are shown in the original language with English subtitles.      

Community-based approach session
Visiting Scholar Nina Wallerstein will facilitate the discussion, "Using a Community-Based Participatory Approach to Explore Young Women's Experiences of Stigma Related to Incarceration," Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HSS 306. This interactive seminar will focus on how a community-based participatory approach has been used to involve key stakeholders in developing and implementing a small pilot study to explore young women's experiences of stigma, related to incarceration.

Classical Chinese medicine lecture
Heiner Fruehauf will present the lecture "All Disease Comes from the Heart: The Pivotal Role of Emotions in Classical Chinese Medicine," Tuesday from 7:15 to 8:30 p.m. in the Rosa Parks Room, Cesar Chavez Student Center. Fruehauf will present an analysis of the five virtues of Chinese antiquity and their direct relationship to the five organ systems.

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," Wednesday at 12:10 p.m. in HSS 310. Her talk will focus on how the past is discussed by citizens and historians in South Africa.

Increasing life satisfaction workshop
College of Extended Learning Program Director Lauren Vanett will lead the workshop, "Increase Life Satisfaction: Lead from Your Strengths," on Thursday 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

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, Thursday 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 Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in FA 193 with Christopher Brown. Brown is a painter and printmaker. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-2176.

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.

Coming Up
Center for Teaching and Faculty Development brown bag session
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development will host its weekly brown bag session March 20 with Jonathan Rood, associate vice president of the Division of Information Technology, and Maggie Beers, director of Academic Technology, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in BH 333. Beverages and fruit will be provided.

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, 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

Musical tribute to Provost Gemello
The School of Music and Dance will pay tribute to retiring Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs John Gemello at a free concert April 1 at 1 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Performers include violinist and School of Music and Dance Director Jassen Todorov, saxophonist and Music Lecturer Andrew Speight and pianist and Professor of Music Roger Woodward. For more about the School of Music and Dance's free afternoon concerts, call ext. 8-1431.

Managing stress at work and play
Albert Angelo, health educator in student health/counseling and psychological services, will lead the seminar, "Manage Stress at Work and Play," April 2 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in BH 333. The session will provide tips for managing stress, identifying its causes and developing coping techniques. The session is sponsored by the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development. To register, call ext. 8-6456, e-mail or enroll online at



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