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Volume 58, Number 24    February 28, 2011         

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University Park open house
University Park invites faculty, staff and alumni to an open house on Friday, Feb. 25 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 295 Buckingham Way. The open house event is for SF State faculty, staff and alumni exclusively. This group is invited to enjoy refreshments, enter a prize drawing with a business card and learn about move-in specials.

Gator men's basketball in CCAA tournament first round
The Gator men's basketball team has clinched a home game in the first round of the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Basketball Championship Tournament. The game is 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 1 at the Swamp against an opponent to be announced this weekend. For more information, visit

CSU seeks web user input
The Chancellor's Office wants to understand how faculty and staff employees use the website, what they use it for, what they like and dislike about it, and what things might be of interest in a Systemwide Employee Intranet. The planned CSU Systemwide Employee Intranet will provide all employees, regardless of location, a centralized site to access news updates, documents, forms and other information. It will not replace campus websites or portals, but will streamline delivery of system news and information.

To advise the Chancellor's Office on the types of system news, information and services that would be helpful, faculty and staff are invited to complete a survey at

English as a Second Language Placement Test name change
The Composition for Multilingual Students (CMS) program has changed the name of the English as a Second Language Placement Test. The test has been renamed to the Composition for Multilingual Students Placement Test. Departments should update their information accordingly.

CalPERS 'Planning Your Retirement' workshops scheduled
CalPERS members who are within five years of retiring are invited to attend a workshop that will cover how to maximize retirement benefits, how retirement benefits are calculated, the steps to take prior to retiring and the retirement application process. Limited one-on-one sessions with a CalPERS retirement specialist are available after the workshop. Sessions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. on March 11, 14, 21 and 23. More details and registration information can be found at



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Community Engaged Scholarship Faculty Grants awarded
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement's Community Service Learning Program congratulates recipients of the 2010-11 Community Engaged Scholarship Faculty Grant Program. Following a competitive grant application process, faculty members were given grants to help create a collaborative platform. Through Community Service Learning courses, partnerships are formed among the City and County of San Francisco, the Bay Area's academic community and local neighborhood stakeholders that will create stronger, more resilient neighborhoods. Service learning classes link meaningful community service to explicit academic objectives, preparation and analysis. Faculty grant recipients are:

  • Mariana Ferreira, Anthropology
  • Jennifer Shea, Public Administration
  • Betty Yu, Special Education
  • Laurie Meschke, Child and Adolescent Development
  • Connie Ulasewicz, Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics
  • Jillian Sandell, Women and Gender Studies

Transnational South Asian conference
The South Asian Studies Institute (SASI) invites the SF State community and Bay Area scholars to join a discussion about emerging transnational South Asian Studies at the first Gender, Labor and Recent Developments in Transnational South Asia Conference to be held March 4. Topics covered at the conference will include: working class women and the politics of bhangra club-going in Black Britain; anti-Muslim expert culture in the War on Terror; the power of blog culture in transnational domestic worker organization; coalition politics and push for policy changes in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka; migrant labor to West Asia; politics of the urban poor in India; emerging relationships among India, the U.S. and China; the rise of consumerism in India; and post-Civil War Sri Lanka.

The conference is organized around three panels of experts who will discuss various related topics throughout the day. Experts include Falu Bakrania, Sunaina Maira and Kasturi Ray from 10:30 a.m. to noon; Sanchita Saxena, Mahmood Monshipouri and Ashok Das from 1:30 to 2:45 p.m.; and Sanjoy Banerjee, Humaira Mahi and Amita Shastri from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the SASI co-directors at:;

Academic Senate
The following is a list of action items from the Feb. 22 Academic Senate meeting:

  • The Academic Senate approved the minutes for Feb. 8
  • The Academic Senate approved the agenda for Feb. 22
  • Chair Shawn Whalen gave a report on the faculty referendum regarding Academic Reorganization
  • The Academic Senate approved the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee on the proposed revisions to the Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees Policy: Addition of Culminating Experience
  • The Academic Senate approved the recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee on the proposed revisions to the English M.A. Program, Concentration in Linguistics
  • The Academic Senate discussed the recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee on the proposed revisions to the policy on Selection, Appointment and Review of Department Chairs and Equivalent Unit Directors in the first reading
  • The Academic Senate approved the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee on the proposed revisions to the Liberal Studies Council Membership
  • The Academic Senate discussed the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee on the proposed Academic Calendar for Summer 2012 in the first reading

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 Art Barbara Foster, Professor Emerita of Art Sylvia Walters, Assistant Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Jeff Jacoby and Assistant Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Jackson Wilson.

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This week in Newsmakers: Journalism lecturer Don Menn, Political Science Lecturer David Lee and Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Development Amy Conley.

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We mark the passing of Professor Emeritus of Interdisciplinary Humanities Howard Isham.

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Panel: Why is Ethnic Studies Outlawed in Arizona?: 12:30 p.m.

Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

Men's Basketball Hosting First Round of CCAA Basketball Championship Tournament: 7 p.m.

Recital: ImprovisAsians: 1 p.m.

Workshop: Strategies for Teaching Large Classes: 2:30 p.m.

SF State Career Insighter Forum - Where are the Great Jobs and How To Get One: 6 p.m.

Poetry Reading by Tisa Bryant & Ronald Palmer: 3:30 p.m.

Recital: ImprovisAsians: 1 p.m.

Coming Up
March 5: Seventh International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese: 9 a.m.

March 6: Lecture: Socio-economic Conditions in the U.S. Today: 1 p.m.

March 6: Lecture: Morrison Artists Series pre-concert talk: 2 p.m.

March 6: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: San Francisco Contemporary Music Players: 3 p.m.

March 6: Poetry: Tisa Bryant , Jen Hofer, Jennifer Nellis, Ronald Palmer, Konrad Steiner, Erin Morrill and C.S. Giscombe: 7:30 p.m.

March 7: Double Sided Quilt: Gender and Crossing Borders: 10 a.m.

March 8: Black Womanist Activism, A Fact of Life-From the Past to the Present: noon

March 8: Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

March 8: Women of Color Poetry: 7 p.m.

March 9: A Tribute to Women of Afghanistan: 11 a.m.

March 9: Early Start: New CSU Academic Policies that Girdle the Access and Success of Women Students of Color and Low-Income Students: noon

March 9: Recital: University and Women's Chorus: 1 p.m.

March 10: Conference: Re-SEAing Southeast Asian American Studies

March 10: Questioning Gender, Race and Size in Beauty Standards: 2 p.m.

March 10: Poetry Reading by Fred Moten & Steve Dickison: 7:30 p.m.

March 11: Conference: Re-SEAing Southeast Asian American Studies

March 11: Recital: CSU San Bernardino Wind Ensemble: 1 p.m.

March 11: Talk: Illuminating the Perception: 7 p.m.

March 11: Theatre: Fool for Love: 8 p.m.

March 12: Theatre: Fool for Love: 8 p.m.

March 13: Theatre: Fool for Love: 2 p.m.

March 13: Concert: Los Angeles Percussion Quartet: 3 p.m.

March 14: Recital: Student chamber music ensembles: 1 p.m.

March 15: Film: Illuminating Perceived Invisibility in Political Arenas: Black Women in the African Diaspora: 10 a.m.

March 15: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: 3 p.m.

March 15: Recital: Student chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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