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Volume 58, Number 22    February 14, 2011         

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The College of Ethnic Studies is proud to join the College of Creative Arts, Associated Students Program Services and Performing Arts, and SF State's Black Student Union and Black Alumni in bringing to campus a one-man play examining the differences and misunderstandings that lead to racism. Written and performed by alumnus Donald Lacy, Colorstruck! will be performed on Feb. 17 at 7:30 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. Lacy's production was inspired in part by his experiences as a student here and honors some of his mentors including Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies Wade Nobles, Professor Emeritus of Black Studies Raye Richardson and Professor Emeritus of Africana Studies Oba T'shaka. Purchase tickets at

Faculty Learning Communities, workshops
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) is offering a full slate of Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) and workshops for the spring semester. Topics include research and publication, leadership, program evaluation and renewal. For current center offerings, visit

CSU Student Research Competition
The CSU Student Research Competition is approaching and faculty members are asked to encourage undergraduate and graduate students to apply for the opportunity to present their research projects and creative works. The competition is open to current students and those who graduated in 2010 (spring, summer or fall semesters).

The SF State campus competition will take place from Feb. 28 to March 4; as many as 10 winners will be chosen to compete in the system-wide contest. The deadline for the campus competition is Monday, Feb. 21. The CSU system-wide competition will be held May 6 - 7 at Fresno State.

Registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies website at SF State participants are also invited to exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase on April 28. Contact Maria Conrad in the Division of Graduate Studies at for more information.

Improve fitness, health and well-being
Campus Rec, the fitness, health and wellness program for faculty and staff, has a variety of activities scheduled for the spring semester. Activities including cardio-kickboxing, boot camp classes, swimming, pilates, yoga and an expanded aquatics program. Many classes are scheduled for the traditional lunch hour between noon and 1 p.m. Complimentary wellness seminars are also offered once per month. For more information, visit, e-mail or call ext. 5-4328.

Free tax assistance from VITA
The national Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program provides free assistance in the preparation of tax returns to low income, elderly, limited English proficient and disabled individuals. The SF State chapter has more than 200 IRS-trained volunteers who provide free tax preparation services to individuals with a non-rental income of $49,000 or less. Drop-in tax help is available in SCI 205 through April 18, Monday through Friday from 12:30 to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information, visit or call ext. 8-1079.


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EOP director named
Vice President of Student Affairs and Dean of Students Penny Saffold announced the appointment of Oscar Gardea as director of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP). Gardea, who served as the admissions coordinator of EOP for three years, replaces Ginger Yamamoto, who retired. He joined the University in September 2004 as a financial aid counselor. Previously, he served as a program coordinator and then assistant director at AACE Upward Bound in San Francisco, and filled several roles in the EOP at University of California, Santa Barbara. Gardea recently earned a master's degree in public administration at SF State.

RSCA award consultations available
Submitting for a Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (RSCA) award this year? The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) can help assess projects and offer guidance on writing a successful proposal. CTFD will hold special consultation hours for RSCA applicants from 1 to 3 p.m., Monday, Feb. 7, through Friday, Feb. 11. Visit ADM 450A during consultation hours or e-mail to schedule an appointment. The deadline to submit proposals for RSCA mini-grants up to $5,000 is Monday, Feb. 14.

Leadership in Action Awards nominations
The sixth annual Leadership in Action Awards recognize the outstanding service that student leaders, student organizations and faculty/staff advisors provide to the SF State and the larger community. Four awards have been established to recognize these contributions and service:

  • Outstanding Student Leader
  • Outstanding Student Organization
  • Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor
  • Social Justice Award

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 28. For additional information about the awards and the online nomination process, visit the Leadership in Action Awards website at Direct questions to Sarah Bauer, acting managing director of LEAD, at or ext. 8-2174.

Free tickets for the Music of Living Composers
Four Seasons Concerts invites faculty, staff and students to order a pair of complimentary tickets to the Music of Living Composers concert at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 6 at Herbst Theatre. Baritone Thomas Buckner and his company will introduce the audience to music written by contemporary composers Peter Garland, Michael Byron, Fred Ho and Rosco Mitchell.

R.S.V.P. by e-mail to with your name, address and telephone number or send a fax to (510) 549-3504. Tickets may be picked up at the Herbst Theatre box office between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. the day of the concert. Guests must be at least 6 years old. Herbst Theatre is located at 401 Van Ness Ave. in San Francisco. Visit the Four Seasons website at for more information.

Construction begins on fuel cell complex
PG&E, in collaboration with SF State, will install, operate and maintain a 1.6-megawatt fuel cell complex on campus which will contribute to campus energy savings. The complex will be located in the decommissioned steam boiler plant attached to the Gym.

Work modifying the existing plant to receive the fuel cell equipment will begin in late February and will involve saw-cutting and concrete removal, both of which typically generate noise and dust. A crane will be stationed near the boiler building to lift the equipment into place.

PG&E will also begin installation of a high-voltage electrical connection to its distribution grid at the intersection of 19th and Holloway Avenues. The buried conduit will be installed along 19th Avenue and below-ground vaults at the edge of the sidewalks on 19th and Holloway. This work will require some parking restrictions along 19th Avenue. To minimize disruption, all work in the bus stop area will take place at night during the week of spring break (March 28 - April 1). Signs will be clearly posted. Construction is expected to be complete in late summer.

For more information on the project and construction updates, visit

Academic Senate
The following is a list of action items from the Feb. 8 Academic Senate meeting:

  • The Academic Senate approved the minutes for Dec. 7, 2010
  • The Academic Senate approved the agenda for Feb. 8
  • The Academic Senate elected Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literatures Mohammad Salama to the position of At-Large Executive Committee Member
  • The Academic Senate approved the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee on the proposed revisions to the Reasonable Accommodations Policy for Employees with Disabilities
  • The Academic Senate discussed the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee on the proposed revisions to the Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees Policy: Addition of Culminating Experience, first reading
  • The Academic Senate approved the recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee on the proposed title change and revisions to the Labor Studies BA Program Curriculum
  • The Academic Senate approved the recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee on the proposed revisions to the Core Curriculum and Concentrations in Child and Adolescent Development BA Program; Young Child and Family; Youth and Family Services; Research and Public Policy
  • The Academic Senate approved the recommendation from the Executive Committee on the proposed reapportionment for 2011-12 Academic Senate College Representatives
  • The Academic Senate approved the recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee on the proposal to rescind the American Ethnic Heritage Committee's Policy #S81-79

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

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Biology Thomas Parker and Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Dina Ibrahim, Professor of Political Science Robert Smith and Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages Mohammad Salama.

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

Leadership Academy Series (part one): 2:10 p.m.

Faculty Learning Community: Program Evaluation and Renewal: 2:10 p.m.

Talk: Does Recent Legal Philosophy Rest on an Oversight?: 5 p.m.

Faculty Learning Community: Research and Publication: 2:10 p.m.

Panel discussion: Mexico and Mexico-ness: 2 p.m.

Poetry Reading: Gloria Gervitz: 3:30 p.m.

Film: ¡Soy Mexico!: 5 p.m.

Comedy: Donald Lacy's Colorstruck: 8 p.m.

Recital: James Witzel and friends: 1 p.m.

Coming Up
Feb. 20: Panel discussion: Contemporary Conceptual

Feb 20: Film: ¡Soy Mexico!: 3 p.m.

Feb. 20: Recital: William Corbett-Jones, piano: 3 p.m.

Feb. 21: Commencement: Graduation Fair 2011: 9 a.m.

Feb. 21: Recital: Vijay Iyer, jazz piano: 1 p.m.

Feb. 22: Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

Feb. 23: Sustaining the Relevance of General Education Courses: 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 24: Assessing Students' Professional Formation: 12:30 p.m.

Feb. 24: Poetry Reading: Steve Katz & Barbara Henning: 3:30 p.m.

Feb. 25: Lecture: Addressing the Legacy of Agent Orange: noon

Feb. 25: Recital: Quartet Rouge: 1 p.m.

Feb. 26: Science Competition: Sea Lion Bowl

Feb. 27: Concert: The Return of the Three Muses: 4 p.m.

March 1: Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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