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Volume 56, Number 34    May 4, 2009         

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Vista Room giveaway
The Vista Room will give away two free reservations to be used any time during the year. A winner will be selected randomly from all persons who have made reservations online or in person using their Onecard during May. 

Defensive driving training scheduled
The next defensive driver training is scheduled for May 11. A morning session will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon, and an afternoon session will be held from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the facilities training room (TR-101) in the corporation yard. To register, call the Office of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety at ext. 8-1449. Attendees are requested to provide their name, department, e-mail address, phone number, California driver's license number and license class when calling.

OLLI summer session registration open
Registration is open for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute's (OLLI) summer session. OLLI provides non-credit classes, activities and discussion forums for anyone 50 and older at the Downtown Campus. The summer session begins June 22. For more information, visit

Swine flu information and updates available
SF State officials are monitoring the developing swine flu situation and advise the campus community to become aware of the symptoms and how best to protect themselves. Everyday precautions people can take to stay healthy include: Clean hands frequently, preferably using hand sanitizers that consist of at least 60 percent alcohol, especially after coughing or sneezing; cover your nose and mouth with a disposable tissue when coughing; and avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth to limit the spread of germs. For more information about Swine Flu, visit:
The University will provide updates and announcements as needed on the SF State homepage:

Search postponed for College of Education Dean
The search for a new dean of the College of Education has been postponed because of concerns about the California State budget. College of Education Dean Jacob Perea, who was slated to take a new position as Dean of Social Justice and Equity once the position was filled, will now continue as Dean of the College of Education.  "As the state budget situation has become even more complex and uncertain, President Corrigan and I felt it was not prudent to create the new administrative dean position at this time," Provost Gemello said.  "We are grateful to both Dean Perea for his flexibility and understanding, and to the members of the search committee, chaired by Sheldon Axler, for the excellent pool of finalists that they identified."

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 by visiting:

Benefits and retirement services workshop series announced
Benefits and Retirement Services will host a TSA (403B) workshop series in May and June. Representatives from AIG, ING, MetLife, Fidelity and TIAA-CREF will be on campus to conduct informational workshops for employees interested in learning more about the 403B retirement savings plans. All sessions are scheduled from noon to 1 p.m in ADM 460. The schedule includes: May 14, Fidelity; May 20, AIG; May 27, ING; June 10, TIAA-CREF; MetLife, TBA. Each session will hold 20 participants. To RSVP, e-mail

University Housing executive director candidates to visit campus
A search is underway for a new University Housing executive director. Four candidates will be meeting with the campus community on the following dates.

  • D.J. Morales, SF State, May 6 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Towers Conference Center   
  • Mark Goodrich, SF State, May 8 from 12:45-1:45 p.m., Seven Hills Conference Center
  • John White, University of Texas, San Antonio, May 13 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Towers Conference Center
  • Lovellie "Happy" Cimenski-Almogela, CSU, San Bernadino, May 14 from 12:45 to 1:45 p.m., Seven Hills Conference Center

For more information on the candidates, visit

Academic Senate
The following is a list of action items from the April 28 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a report from Provost John Gemello and Leroy Morishita, Chief Financial Officer and Vice President for Administration and Finance, on budget and campus management issues
  • Approved the discontinuance of the Master of Arts in Social Science, concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies program
  • Approved the discontinuance of the minor in Family and Consumer Sciences program
  • Approved revisions to the Religious Holidays policy, #F00-212
  • Approved revisions to the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) course criteria, #S08-14
  • Approved revisions to the upper-division section of the Written English Proficiency policy, #S07-14
  • Approved the academic calendar for Summer 2010
  • Approved revisions to the Academic Senate bylaws
  • Approved a resolution commending Executive Director of University Housing Jan Andreasen
  • Heard a proposal to replace the Master of Science in Biomedical Laboratory Science degree program with two new degree programs, Master of Science in Biomedical Science: Concentration in Biotechnology, and Master of Science in Biomedical Science: Concentration in Stem Cell Science. This item will return in second reading May 12
  • Heard a "fast-track" proposal to add a new Master of Science in Geographic Information Science to the master plan and to approve the degree program. This item will return in second reading May 12
  • Heard a proposal to revise the Withdrawal policy, #S98-196, first reading. This item will return in second reading May 12
  • Heard a proposal to revise the graduate section of the Written English Proficiency policy, #S07-14, first reading. This item will return in second reading May 12

Online faculty elections for University-wide committees begin
Voting for University-wide committees will take place through May 4. To access the voting system, visit http:

The voting system features prompts to guide voters through the process. Votes are final after indicating "yes" to "cast your ballot." University-wide elections are being held for the following committee positions: Academic Freedom; at-large Academic Senator; CSU (statewide) Academic Senator; Honorary Degree Committee; University Administrative Search Pool; University Advancement Activities Advisory Committee; and University Post-promotion Increase Appeals Committee.Nominee position statements are available by visiting

This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Creative Writing Camille Dungy published an anthology and Assistant Professor of Management Antoaneta Petkova spoke at a conference.

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This week in Newsmakers: The career of Music Instructor William Corbett-Jones is profiled and Associate Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn's research is featured.

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Health policy advocacy talk
Catherine Dodd, deputy chief of staff for the office of the mayor of San Francisco, will speak Monday from 3:30 to 6 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. The talk, "Health Policy Advocacy: Transforming Passion into Action," is presented by the School of Nursing. For more information, call ext. 8-1802.

Afghanistan, Pakistan discussion
The South Asian Studies Institute presents a panel discussion Monday from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in SCI 270. Professor of International Relations Sanjoy Banerjee will moderate "A Panel Diuscssion on Pakistan and Afghanistan Today," with Freie Universitat Professor Manan Ahmed and Zulfigar Ahmad, president of the Eqbal Ahmad Foundation.

Poetry Center reading
Rick Campbell, founder of Anhinga Press, will talk about the art of publishing poetry and read from his latest book of verse, "Dixmont," Tuesday at 4 p.m. in The Poetry Center, HUM 512. For more information, contact Jennifer Arin at ext. 8-2719 or

Anthropology brown bag
The Anthropology department will host a brown bag talk by Anthropology Lecturer David Kojan on Wednesday from 12:10 to 1 p.m. in BUS 218. Kojan will focus on the future of the Archaeology program at SF State.

Community of Academic Technology Staff online conference
The 2009 CSU Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) Online Conference will take place from Wednesday to May 8. The 12th annual, and first virtual conference, is open to all CSU faculty and staff and will feature the theme, "Community Arcade: Exhibits of Excellence." Sessions will focus on the technological and educational advances influencing the direction of academic technology. The online registration form is available at For more information about the conference and events at SF State, contact Noelia Mendoza at ext. 8-6906 or

Generations: Two nights of great jazz at Yoshi's
Generations Jazz, a project of the International Center for the Arts, takes over Yoshi's San Francisco on Wednesday and Thursday. Generations combines leading lights of three jazz generations into one explosive combo, featuring Jimmy Cobb, veteran of the great Miles Davis’ bands. Wednesday at 8 and 10 p.m., the Generations Band performs. Tickets are $20. On Thursday at 8 p.m., "The Battle of the Combos" takes place. The two finalist bands of the Generations International Competition will compete onstage for a yearlong fellowship at SF State. The Generations Band will play a set and jam with the two exciting young combos. Tickets are $15. Yoshi's is located at 1330 Fillmore St. For details and tickets, call (415) 655-5600 or visit

Friends of Leonard Library meeting
The Friends of Leonard Library invite the campus to its annual meeting Thursday at 3 p.m. in SCI 270. After a short business meeting, Professor Emeritus of English Manfred Wolf will speak about his book, "Almost a Foreign Country."

Roger Woodward performs Shostakovich
Music Professor Roger Woodward, a pianist, performs a solo concert Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. An official "living national treasure" in Australia, Woodward has recorded more than 100 albums and videos of concertos, chamber and contemporary music and performed in 45 countries covering five continents. He will play Dmitri Shostakovich’s 24 Preludes and Fugues. Tickets are $15 general for general admission and $10 for students and seniors. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or

Inner-city ethnography presentation
The public is invited to a presentation by the Anthropology/ Urban Studies 557 class presenting findings from studies of UN Plaza and environs. Topics discussed will include the effect of the new San Francisco Federal Building at Seventh and Market Streets. The meeting will be held Thursday in the main branch of the San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., in Community Room A from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

Coming Up
Center for Teaching and Faculty Development brown bag
Provost John Gemello will be the guest for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development's brown bag lunch on May 8 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in BH 333. Beverages and fruit are provided.

Free Asian theatre recital
"Asia in Motion '09" celebrates traditional Asian theatre with a free recital May 7 and 8 at 8 p.m. and May 9 at 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building. Award-winning actress Jacie Wang choreographs highlights from well-known Beijing operas, and Theatre Arts Professor Yukihiro Goto directs dramatic scenes using the Suzuki actor-training method of Japan. For details, call ext. 8-1341 or visit:

ADORNO Ensemble performs student compositions
The ADORNO Ensemble, SF State’s new music ensemble-in-residence, performs five new works by student composers May 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building. Tickets are $10 general/$5 students. For details and tickets, call ext. 8-2467 or visit

Free lecture on Pete Seeger
David Dunaway, visiting professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts, presents a free lecture on the legendary folk singer Pete Seeger and the process of producing research in audio and book form May 9 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Room 609 at the Downtown Campus. Seeger's official biographer, Dunaway wrote "How Can I Keep From Singing?" The book formed the basis for a three-hour radio documentary recently picked up for future broadcast by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. The documentary also won two national awards from the 2009 Broadcast Education Association. For details, call ext. 8-1787 or visit

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.

Pathways to work at 55+ sessions
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host workshops and panels May 16 from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Campus to help attendees learn more about how to find employment in the current job market, explore educational opportunities for pleasure and career enhancement and share hints on how to cut back on expenses. The cost is $35 in advance and $50 at the door. To register, visit


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