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Volume 56, Number 35    May 11, 2009         

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University Budget Committee to meet
The University Budget Committee is scheduled for Thursday from 9 to 11 a.m. in the NEC Conference room. 

BSS course/public lecture series returns
The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences will sponsor BSS 275 during the fall semester. The course/public lecture is a series of panel discussions and will be entitled, "Globalization and Its Discontents: What is Globalization? Why is it Important?" The course will meet on Wednesdays from 7:15 to 8:55 p.m. and will be moderated by Dean Joel Kassiola. Faculty interested in participating in the class should contact the BSS Dean's office.   

College of Ethnic Studies' call for proposals
The College of Ethnic Studies will commemorate the 40th anniversary of its founding with a three-day national conference on the state of Ethnic Studies, its impact on academics and its role in shaping an increasingly multi-culturally engaged society.  The October 7-10, 2009, activities will also include a final event in downtown San Francisco. All members of the public are invited to respond to a call for proposals. For more information, visit

Faculty and staff summer fitness programs
The Village Fitness Center is offering special faculty and staff memberships and programs for the summer. Upcoming programs and services include: Full Access to the on-campus facility through Aug. 31, access to Club One at Fillmore from June 1 to Aug. 31, Boot Camp X & Virtual Boot Camp, Be Well Online Fitness Program, and HealthStart Program. For more information, e-mail

Web template update available
The SF State Web template has been updated to meet the latest color contrast requirements for section 508 accessibility, to help Webmasters create custom image bars and custom search boxes, and to centralize some code for easier updating. The update also features a new image bar for departments that use the default image.

If an SF State site is in template version 1.04 or lower –- or not in the template at all –- now is a good time to upgrade. The SF State Web template has been established so that all departments, divisions and colleges offer a consistent, accessible experience for visitors. It allows levels of customization and expression, while ensuring that sites needed to conduct University business reflect the University's commitment to meeting section 508 accessibility requirements.

The updated template is available at, where Webmasters can also sign up for a list serve to be notified of future updates.  Explore this site for guidelines and instructions on template use.

For Webmasters who would like guidance on implementing the changes, there will be an information session May 15 from 11 a.m. to noon, in ADM 103. Reserve a spot in the session at

Questions about template use can be directed to

Construction projects to resume on campuses
Following the sale of $6.85 billion in Build America Bonds, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced April 22 that the state will restart more than 5,000 infrastructure projects, including more than 130 on CSU campuses which have been suspended since last December. Campuses have been notified that they can restart all general obligation bond projects that were in various stages of design and construction and included libraries, performing arts centers, lab facilities, classrooms and other major infrastructure projects.

Honoring emeritus/emerita faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual Rites of Passage celebration May 18, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Towers Conference Center. A list of emeritus/emerita faculty is available at:

University Housing executive director search postponed
The search for the executive director of University Housing has been temporarily delayed because of the current budget uncertainties. The search will resume when more is known about the budget for next year. Mark Goodrich, director of residential property management, will serve as the interim executive director of University Housing after Jan Andreasen retires June 30 and until the new executive director is selected.

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 be held from 4 to 5 p.m. for senators serving during the 2009-10 school year. The first meeting's agenda will include:

  • Approval of the agenda for May 12 meeting
  • Approval of the minutes for April 28 meeting
  • Academic Senate elections
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the M.S. in Biomedical Science, name change from Biomedical Laboratory Science to Biomedical Science. Also, two new concentrations in Biotechnology and Stem Cell Science, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the M.S. in Geographic Information Science, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the withdrawal policy, #S98-196, second reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Written English Proficiency Policy, Graduate Writing Requirements, #S07-14, second reading
  • Presentation of the 2008-09 Faculty Honors and Awards by Nancy Hayes, Faculty Honors and Awards Committee
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the B.A. degree in Art, creating concentrations from emphases, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committees regarding the proposed B.A. in Raza Studies through the College of Extended Learning special session for Head Start dual language cohort, first reading

Academic Senate meeting from 4 to 5 p.m.

  • Approval of the agenda for the May 12 meeting
  • Election of Academic Senate officers for 2009-10

Staff Elections
In a recently completed staff election, the following staff members were elected to serve in the Academic Senate.

  • Tod Arnoldy, communications manager, College of Business
  • Bridget McCracken, director of Academic Services, Public Administration
  • Julie Vaquilar, assistant registrar, Student Affairs

This week in Insiders: President Robert A. Corrigan was honored by the University of Massachusetts, Boston, Associate Professor of Health Education Ramon Castellblanch was appointed to a state board and Librarian Ned Fielden published an essay.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Political Science Robert Smith discusses the Obama Administration's first 100 days.

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SF State received $2,284,079 in grants and contracts in April.

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Afro-Cuban Ensemble
The Afro-Cuban Ensemble of SF State performs Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the 20-piece instrumental and vocal group led by Music Lecturer John Calloway will play a program titled Temas Mexicanos, combining traditional Mexican music with popular Cuban styles that contain Mexican themes. Tickets are $10 general and $5 students and seniors. For details, call ext. 8-2467 or visit:

Stream: 20th annual Design and Industry exhibit
The 20th annual Design and Industry exhibit takes place from Tuesday to Friday in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. Powerful images, 3-D industrial gadgets, green furniture and innovative uses of computer-assisted technology are just a few of the unique, interactive stimuli on display. Innovations in this exhibition have garnered many honors, including four International Design Excellence Awards this decade. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-2467 or visit:

International film finale
The International Film Club will conclude its 2008-09 season Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, FA 101. The club will show, "Persepolis," an Academy Award nominated French film.

Student documentaries
The Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department premieres two student documentaries Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. in Studio One, Creative Arts building. "Activist State" focuses on the history of activism at SF State, primarily the historic 1968 student strike. "Eat This!" explores the history, cultivation and education of organic food. A reception will precede the event at 7 p.m. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-1787 or visit

The Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department and College Students in Broadcasting present the annual BECAfest Thursday at 7 p.m. in Studio One, Creative Arts building. The showbiz-style event features the top student-created documentary, sports, advertising, drama, news magazine and music recordings throughout 2008-09. Admission is free. For details, call ext. 8-1787 or visit

Coming Up
Film Finals
The Cinema Department's 49th annual Film Finals takes place May 15 at 7:30 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. Showcasing the year's top student works, the juried screening features short films in animation, experimental, documentary, narrative, film noir and creative cross-genre. Alum Christopher Boyes, an Oscar winning sound designer, will give opening remarks. A reception will precede the screening at 6 p.m. Tickets are $10 general and $5 students and seniors. For details, call ext. 8-2467 or visit:

Center for Teaching and Faculty Development brown bag
Jaylan Turkkan, associate vice president for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs, will be the guest for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development's brown bag lunch on May 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in BH 333. Beverages and fruit are provided.

Antonín Dvorák in Spillville, Iowa, -- Summer, 1893
The campus is invited to a celebration with the Alexander String Quartet playing Dvorak's String Quartet in F Major ("America"), and selected readings from Patricia Hampl and Josef Skvorecky. May 15 at 2 pm, in HUM 133. The event is sponsored by the English Department.

Computer security lecture
Bill Blunden, computer labs coordinator for the College of Health and Human Services, will speak May 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in HSS 362 about Rootkits (Computer Security) and selected topics from his soon to be published book "The Rootkit Arsenal: Escape and Evasion in the Dark Corners of the System."

Mendelssohn: The Man and His Music
In celebration of the 200th birthday of Felix Mendelssohn, a cadre of top SF State ensembles team up for two off-campus concerts to perform some of the composer’s greatest works. Performers include: the SF State Chamber Singers conducted by Lecturer Vance George, University Chorus conducted by Associate Professor David J. Xiques, quartet-in-residence Alexander String Quartet, pianist and Professor Roger Woodward, soprano and Associate Professor Alissa Walters Deeter and organist Jonathan Dimmock. On May 16 at 8 p.m. they will perform at Christ the Cathedral of Light, 2121 Harrison St., in Oakland. On May 17 at 3 p.m. they will perform at Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., San Francisco. A donation of $25 general or $15 students and seniors is suggested. For details, visit:

Service-learning and civic engagement workshop
Faculty and staff are invited to "Service-Learning and Civic Engagement: Thriving in Uncertain Times," a workshop that will explore where service-learning and civic engagement are currently and how they can be advanced and strengthened in the face of the current economic climate. The workshop will be held May 22 from 9 a.m. to noon at the offices of California Campus Compact/the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, 2001 Junipero Serra Blvd., Pacific Plaza, Suite 750, in Daly City. Registration is required. The registration form is available for download at For more information, contact Sheena Ansarinia at or ext. 5-7587.



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