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Volume 58, Number 29    April 11, 2011         

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Catch the UWA scholarship cruise
There is still time to sign up for the University Women's Association (UWA) May 26 cruise from Barcelona, Spain, to Copenhagen, Denmark. Dubbed the "Epicurean Connoisseur," the 16-day voyage will stop at scenic and historic ports -- some in fine wine regions -- in southern Spain, Morocco, Portugal and France en route to Copenhagen. The UWA's 19th scholarship cruise will be aboard the Marina, the newest ship in Oceania's fleet. Past cruises have generated thousands of dollars in scholarships for SF State students.

Visit for cruise details. Prices include airfare and pre-paid ship gratuities. Space is extremely limited, so to get the best rates, contact Tom Fell, Jr., at (800) 321-3355. E-mail questions to Lin Ivory at

CSU CATS online
The 14th Annual Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) conference, CSU CATS 2011, will be held online April 12-14 using Elluminate Live! The conference will kick off when Director of Academic Technology Maggie Beers delivers the keynote address titled, "9 CATS Lives: 9 Ways CATS Can Help Transform the CSU and the Lives of Our Students," which explores nine national and local higher education trends and initiatives. Join the online session Tuesday, April 12, at 9 a.m. Registration is free at E-mail inquiries to Noelia Mendoza, the SF State CATS liaison, at

Deadline nears for new ORSP funding program
The application deadline for the Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant program offered by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is April 18. Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, and those with existing status as an eligible principal investigator as of Jan. 1 who wish to apply should visit

African American Health Fair
The African American Health Fair 2011 will be held the week of April 18. Deputy Director of the San Francisco Department of Public Health Tangerine Brigham will be the special guest speaker and lead facilitator of a forum titled, "National Healthcare Reform." The forum will be held at 10 a.m. on April 19 in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center. For more information, e-mail Will Flowers at

UWA Half-Marathon and Marathon registration
The registration period is nearing for University Women's Association-sponsored (UWA) runners and walkers who plan to participate in the Oct. 16 Nike Marathon and Half-Marathon for Women. The event, which benefits the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, allows participants to move at their own pace on a scenic course that runs from Union Square to Ocean Beach. Participants must apply online through between Monday, April 11 and Friday, April 22. Use group ID S7YXQ6 to qualify for the random drawing. Check the FAQ page for details and e-mail questions to Ilona Vandergriff at


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Stand Up for Public Education teach-in
The Stand Up for Public Education teach-in will take place on April 13, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Chavez Student Center.

Featured speakers include Sylvia Allegretto of the Economic Policy Institute who will discuss the broader trends of cutting government spending on health and education; Dean of Humanities Paul Sherwin, who will discuss the impact of these trends on higher education; and Fred Glass of the California Federation of Teachers, who will outline how progressive taxation could help alleviate these pressures on education and public spending on services.

Dean of Faculty Affairs interviews begin
Four finalists have been selected to interview for the position of Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the candidates' presentations. The finalists are:

  • Monday, April 11: Associate Dean of the College of Business Caran Colvin at 3:30 p.m. in BUS 202
  • Wednesday, April 13: Professor of Biology V. Thomas Parker at 3:30 p.m. in BUS 202
  • Friday, April 15: Professor of Women and Gender Studies Nan Alamilla Boyd at 3:30 p.m. in BUS 202
  • Monday, April 18: Associate Dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences Sacha Bunge at 3:30 p.m. in BUS 202

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. An open floor period will be held from 2 to 2:10 p.m., providing an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments directed to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Approval of minutes for Tuesday, March 22
  • Approval of Agenda for Tuesday, April 12
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the M.S. program concentration in School Psychology; and Revisions to the M.A. program concentrations in Developmental and Social Psychology, first reading
  • Proposal to temporarily suspend Academic Senate Policy on the designation of colleges and the redefinition of schools and departments through Dec. 31, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution calling for the creation of an Affordable Textbook Task Force, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Perpetual Academic Calendar, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Baccalaureate Review Committee membership, first reading

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at

EPC meeting scheduled
The Educational Policies Council (EPC) will meet April 19 from 2:10 to 3:30 p.m. in ADM 560. The EPC will review proposals for:

  • Discontinuance of the minor in ethnographic field methods (Department of Anthropology)
  • Discontinuance of the concentration in e-commerce (Department of Information Systems)
  • Temporary suspension of the concentration and minor in entrepreneurial/small business management (Department of Management)
  • Temporary suspension of the minor in industrial arts (Department of Design & Industry)

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

Candidates for Staff Representative to the Academic Senate
The nomination period for Staff Representative to the Academic Senate has closed and a list of candidates is now available. To read candidate position statements, visit

The Staff Representative to the Academic Senate election is from April 18 through April 29.

Higher education leaders lay out consequences of budget cuts
CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed, University of California President Mark Yudof, Community College Chancellor Jack Scott and about 250 campus officials met with legislators in Sacramento during their joint Higher Education Advocacy Day. The three systems are facing a combined budget reduction of at least $1.4 billion--including a minimum $500 million cut to the CSU's 2011-12 budget.

"Higher education has been cut $1.4 billion. You know what I say -- that's enough," said CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed. "We have to get across to the political leadership how important it is to invest in California's future, to build the economy and to fill jobs," Reed added. "The three systems of higher education are among the best and the largest in the nation and we need stability to anticipate, to plan, and to welcome to our campuses the future of California."

The importance of stable and sustainable funding for public higher education was the dominant theme of the day's discussions. The CSU's proposed level of state funding in the governor's budget is approximately the same level it was in 1999-2000 and would mark the second time in the past three years that the CSU has faced an annual cut of a least half a billion dollars. The university leaders discussed how higher education drives California's economy. CSU-related spending supports more than 150,000 jobs annually in California and the CSU each year provides 95,000 job-ready graduates to the state's most competitive industries -- industries which account for nearly 5 million jobs in California.

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor and Acting Director of Ethnic Studies Race and Resistance Program Catriona Rueda Esquibel and Associate Professor and Director of Labor Studies John Logan.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri, Professor of Political Science Robert Smith and Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan.

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Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.

CSU Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) Conference: 8:30 a.m.

Online Keynote Speech: Nine Ways The Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) Can Help Transform the CSU and the Lives of Our Students: 9 a.m.

College of Education Brown Bag Education Talk Series: noon

Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

Performance: The Vagina Monologues: 7 p.m.

CSU Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) Conference

Exhibit: We Dwell in Possibility: Portraits and Photographs by Margaret Boehm, Rozan Soleimani and Elise Wormuth

Recital: SF State Funk Ensemble: 1 p.m.

Performance: The Vagina Monologues: 7 p.m.

CSU Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) Conference

Poetry Reading by Camille Roy and Robert Gluck: 7:30 p.m.

Workshop: Strategic Decision Making and Change Management: 12:30 p.m.

Coming Up
April 16: Poetry Reading by Philippe Beck and Guy Bennett: 7:30 p.m.

April 18: Symposium: The Science Behind the Japanese Earthquake, Tsunami and Related Nuclear Events: 12:10 p.m.

April 18: Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin: 1 p.m.

April 18: Bilingual lecture and demonstration: Japanese Classical Poetry Card Game: 2:10 p.m.

April 18: Concert: SF State Gospel Choir: 7 p.m.

April 19: Concert: Vocal Jazz featuring Renee Lubin: 7 p.m.

April 20: Spring Japanese Tea Ceremony: 12:10 p.m.

April 20: Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.

April 20: Theatre: The House of Bernarda Alba: 7 p.m.

April 21: Reception: Poetry Center Digital Archive: 1 p.m.

April 21: Fashion Show: Runway 2011: 6:30 p.m.

April 21: Theatre: The House of Bernarda Alba: 7 p.m.

April 22: Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.

April 22: Theatre: The House of Bernarda Alba: 7 p.m.

April 23: Theatre: The House of Bernarda Alba: 7 p.m.

April 26: Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

April 26: Concert: Jazz Combos and Big Band: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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