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Volume 57, Number 20    February 1, 2010         

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University housing special announced
The University Park leasing office is offering a spring move-in special. Faculty, staff and alumni are invited to experience living on campus at University Park North and University Park South apartments. From Jan. 15 to April 30, move-in incentives are offered to qualified new SF State applicants. All apartments are owned and managed by San Francisco State University. For more information including rental applications or to schedule a tour please contact the University Park leasing office at 415-564-4000, visit or visit

Honoring the right to love
The Pride Committee invites the campus community to speak out on how they and their families have been affected by Proposition 8. The Pride Committee will also host the Lavender Lounge, where members of the campus community can make a heart expressing their thoughts about everyone's right to love. We will be in Malcolm X Plaza from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Feb. 11. For more information or to share a story, contact Bita Shooshani at ext. 5-3953 or

Faculty admitted free of charge to California Academy of Sciences
From Feb. 1 through March 15, educators receive free admission to the California Academy of Sciences in honor of their service to the community. To participate, show proof of occupation and a valid ID at the ticket window. To learn more about other teacher opportunities, visit

Defensive driver training scheduled
The next Defensive Driver Training will be held March 17 from 1 to 4:30 p.m., at the Facilities Training Room (TR-101) in Corporation Yard. To sign up, call the Office of Environmental Health and Occupational Safety at ext. 8-7888 or e-mail Attendees are requested to provide their name, department, e-mail address, phone number, California driver's license number and class of license when registering.

Volunteers needed for Sea Lion Bowl
Volunteers are needed for a Northern California regional ocean science competition for high school students, to be held at SF State on March 6 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. A variety of roles and tasks are available. For more information and a training schedule, visit For most roles, training is required. Potential volunteers should plan to attend at least one training session, ideally including a team practice session. If interested, contact Erin Blackwood, regional coordinator, at ext. 8-3757 or

Whirlwind Wheelchair helps Haiti
SF State's Whirlwind Wheelchair program is preparing to send rugged wheelchairs to earthquake survivors in Haiti. The chairs will assist thousands of people injured in the quake who now have lasting mobility impairments.

"A disaster of this magnitude often leaves as many permanently disabled as it kills," said Marc Krizack, executive director of Whirlwind Wheelchair. "We will help as many people as we can."

In operation for more than 20 years at SF State, Whirlwind Wheelchair designs and builds rugged, low-cost wheelchairs for developing countries. Whirlwind's factory in San Juan del Rio, Mexico, is producing a rush order of Whirlwind's RoughRider wheelchair. Emergency relief expert George Heake has described the RoughRider model as an ideal wheelchair for Haiti after the earthquake. The chair uses off-road bicycle wheels and wide front caster wheels for easier travel through mud and over uneven and broken surfaces.

Visit Whirlwind Wheelchair's Web site to make a donation toward wheelchair distribution in Haiti: Whirlwind is also seeking volunteers who can help promote their cause on Facebook, for more information contact

Eisman wins award from California Campus Compact
Gerald Eisman, director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, is the recipient of California Compact's 2010 Richard E. Cone Award for Excellence and Leadership in Cultivating Community Partnerships in Higher Education. The annual award honors an individual who has made significant contributions to partnerships between California higher education institutions and communities.

Eisman's leadership with the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement and Office of Community Service Learning has been instrumental in establishing service-learning opportunities for students in more than 40 departments and eight colleges on campus.

California Pre-Doctoral Program applications now available
Applications for the California Pre-Doctoral Program ( are now available for exceptional students who hope to pursue a Ph.D.

The California Pre-Doctoral Program supports the doctoral aspirations of CSU students, particularly those who have had educational and economic disadvantages, and aims to increase the diversity of the pool from which the CSU draws its faculty. Each applicant selected as a Pre-Doctoral Scholar will work closely with a faculty sponsor to develop a plan that leads to preparation for and enrollment in a doctoral program. The Pre-Doctoral Program provides funds for visits to doctoral institutions, attendance at a professional meeting appropriate to the student's development, professional memberships, journal subscriptions and graduate school applications and tests.

The SF State University Pre-Doctoral Program Application Workshop is on Feb. 2 at 2 p.m. in HUM 587. For more information, contact Joy Viveros, campus coordinator for the California Pre-Doctoral Program at ext. 5-2128 or e-mail

Emergency counseling services available to campus community
The Counseling and Psychological Services Center is offering emergency counseling services for campus community members experiencing distress or traumatic symptoms from the earthquake in Haiti. The Counseling and Psychological Services Center is located in SSB 208 and open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. More tips on stress reduction are available at or ext. 8-2208.

13th CSU Symposium on University Teaching: call for proposals
CSU faculty from all disciplines are invited to submit proposals for the 13th CSU Symposium on University Teaching, hosted by CSU San Bernardino,  and co-sponsored by the CSU Institute for Teaching and Learning and the Chancellor’s Office.

The CSU Symposium is a peer-reviewed conference for teaching and learning. These conferences have proven to be inspiring, energetic events that renew and invigorate CSU's commitment to teaching and learning. The conference offers the following content areas for conference proposals: active learning and communication, learners and diversity, e-learning and technology, community and group collaboration, teaching strategies and communication, scholarship of teaching and learning assessment and evaluation, course design for lesson/learning continuity (during campus closures, emergencies, class cancellation), wild card (for topics that don't fit the above content areas).

Proposals are due at the Teaching Resource Center, CSU San Bernardino on Feb. 8. To submit a proposal, and for more information visit
For questions, please contact the Teaching Resource Center at CSUSB at (909) 537-7424 or

24th annual CSU Student Research Competition announced
The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present research projects and creative works.  To help ensure a strong pool of applicants, faculty members are asked to encourage students to apply. Current students, as well as those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2009, are eligible.  The deadline for submissions is Feb. 15 for the campus competition, which will take place from Feb. 23 to March 1.

The University will select as many as 10 campus winners to compete in the CSU system-wide competition to be held April 30 to May 1 at San Jose State University. SF State students have done well in this competition in the past, including awards in four categories last year. Winners receive cash awards.

Student registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies Web site: All participants are also invited to exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase in May.

Contact Maria Conrad, Division of Graduate Studies, at with questions.

Benefit for athletic scholarship endowment
The SF State Athletic Department will host its 10th annual Comedy Night on Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building. The lineup of comedians will include Tim Conway, Rich Little, Tommy Smothers, Kevin Pollack, Will Durst, Ronnie Schell, Steve Rossi and music by the Andrew Speight Quartet. The event is a benefit for the SF State Athletics Scholarship Endowment. For more information, or for tickets, visit

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

  • Approval of the minutes for the Dec. 15 meeting
  • Approval of the agenda for the Feb. 2 meeting
  • A report from Provost Sue Rosser and Associate Vice President of Academic Resources, John Kim regarding the summer 2010 program
  • A report from Ray Trautman, Vice Chair of the Academic Senate regarding facilitating graduation
  • A recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding the Academic Senate meeting schedule for 2010-11, first reading
  • A recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding the proposed reapportionment for Senate representation, 2010-11
  • A recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed policy on the requirements for the baccalaureate degree policy, Section I, first reading

Deadline extended for nominations for Distinguished Faculty Awards 
The deadline for nominations for faculty honors and awards in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service has been extended until Feb. 15. To nominate yourself or a colleague, visit the Academic Senate Web site at Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or with questions. These awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and certificate, are designed to highlight the accomplishments of these individual faculty members and to showcase a few examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty.

This week in Insiders: Professor of Anthropology Sarah Soh published a book chapter and Professor of Asian American Studies Grace Yoo co-edited a new publication.

Read Insiders:

In this issue of Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Management Sally Baack discussed new finance regulations and Professor of History Abdiel Onate commented on U.S. actions in Haiti.

Read Newsmakers:

New way to submit events to CampusMemo
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Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.

iLearn Start Up Kit: 10 a.m.

iLearn Forums: Create and Facilitate Online Class Discussions: 1 p.m.

iLearn Grand Tour: 10 a.m.

iLearn Grand Tour: 10 a.m.

iLearn Gradebook: Track Student Progress Online: 10 a.m.

Seminar/round table discussion: Immigration Reform in 2010: 12:30 p.m.

iLearn Assignments: Provide Students Feedback on Work They Submit: 1 p.m.

Colloquium: Student writing and the new literacies: 3:30 p.m.

Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Feb. 5: Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 8 p.m.

Feb. 6: Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 8 p.m.

Feb. 7: Lecture: "Morrison Artists Series Pre-Concert Talk": 2 p.m.

Feb. 7: Concert: "Morrison Artists Series: Afiara String Quartet": 3 p.m.

Feb. 8: Open Discussion Series Session: TechKnowledge: noon

Feb. 9: iLearn Forums: Create and Facilitate Online Class Discussions: 1 p.m.

Feb. 10: Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.

Feb. 11: Workshop: iLearn Quizzes: 10 a.m.

Feb. 11: Theatre: "High Fidelity The Musical": 7 p.m.

Feb. 12: Recital: "Songs of Lili and Nadia Boulanger": 1 p.m.

Feb. 12: Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 8 p.m.

Feb. 13: Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 8 p.m.

Feb. 14: Opera: "Cosi Fan Tutte": 2 p.m.



For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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