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Volume 58, Number 21    February 7, 2011         

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Meet the CIO candidates
The campus community is invited to an open session where the following candidate for the position of Chief Information Officer/Associate Vice President of the Division of Information Technology will give a brief presentation on Information Technology Trends in Higher Education, followed by a question and answer period:

Tuesday, Feb. 8, 10 a.m. - 10:50 a.m. Carl Whitman, Seven Hills, Nob Hill Room

Your participation and feedback is appreciated and encouraged. A secure online feedback form can be accessed at

Community Service Learning Nonprofit Fair
The Spring 2011 Community Service Learning Nonprofit Fair, a showcase for more than 50 Bay Area organizations, will be held Feb. 8 - 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Quad. The fair is hosted by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. For additional information, visit or e-mail Adam Calmenson at

Pride Prom
Student Life, in collaboration with EGAY, Queer Alliance and Pride @ SF State, presents the first Pride Prom at 8 p.m. on Feb. 11. This celebration for the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender community and their allies encourages everyone to participate and "Make it the Prom You Always Wanted." Staff and faculty are invited to volunteer for the event. Those interested in volunteering may contact Bita Shooshani at or ext. 5-3953. For more information, visit

Professor Gail Weinstein memorial
A memorial for Gail Weinstein, professor of English and director of the Center for Immigrant & Refugee Community Literacy Education, will be held Friday, Feb. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Towers Conference Center.

Senate award nominations deadline nears
The deadline to submit nominations for the Academic Senate faculty honors and awards in teaching, professional achievement and service is Feb. 11. The awards are designed to highlight the consistently exceptional work of SF State faculty and include a pre-tax stipend as high as $5,000. Nominate a colleague or yourself at or get more information from or ext. 8-1264.

25th annual CSU student research competition
Faculty are asked to encourage students to apply for the CSU Student Research Competition, an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present their outstanding 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, from which as many as 10 winners will be chosen to compete in the system-wide contest, will take place Feb. 28 to March 4. The campus competition deadline 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 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.

VITA free tax assistance
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.

Drop-in tax help is available in SCI 205 through April 18. Hours are 12:30 to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. For more information, visit or call ext. 8-1079.

Spring move-in specials
Faculty, staff and alumni are invited to experience living on campus at University Park North and University Park South apartments. Move-in incentives are being offered to qualified new applicants through April 30. All apartments are owned and managed by San Francisco State University. For more information, rental applications or to schedule a tour, visit or contact the University Park Leasing Office at or (415) 564-4000.

Youth Basketball Summer Camp
Plan ahead for the SF State Men's Basketball summer camp sessions for youth ages 6 - 14, scheduled for June 20 - 24, June 25 - July 1 and July 11 - 15. For more information or to express interest in attending, contact Damon Potter, assistant coach, at or ext. 8-7573.

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Cal Pre-Doctoral Program workshop rescheduled
The Pre-Doctoral Program Application Workshop originally planned for Feb. 1 has been rescheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. in HUM 587.

Faculty are asked to encourage exceptional students who hope to pursue a doctorate to apply for the California Pre-Doctoral Program, which 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. Those selected as Pre-Doctoral Scholars 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. For more information, contact the campus coordinator for the California Pre-Doctoral Program, Joy Viveros, at or ext. 5-2128. Applications for the California Pre-Doctoral Program are available at

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.

AIDS fund grants available
The Cindy Kolb AIDS Donation Fund provides grants for members of the SF State community who are living with HIV. The application process is easy and open to current SF State students or employees with a financial need. For more information, visit the AIDS Coordinating Committee website at

Vista Room reopens
The Vista Room will reopen Feb. 14. Hours of operation this semester are Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Diners are seated between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each and payment is by check or OneCard only (cash is not accepted). Blocks of tickets may be purchased at a discount by calling ext. 8-1219.

For more information or to purchase tickets, contact Kelly Vuong at ext.5-3530 (or BH 329), or Charlene Ngo at ext. 8-6087 (or BUS 306). Reservations can also be made online through the OneCard Online website at webapps/sfsulogin/ (OneCard payment is required via this method).

The Vista Room features California cuisine prepared from fresh ingredients purchased from reputable vendors. Menu items are prepared by Chef Daniel Honan who has been with the Vista Room since 1998 and served by food service management students. This semester, guest chefs from Koi Palace will prepare authentic Asian cuisine during the week of April 18.

Spring Faculty Learning Communities and workshops
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD), through Faculty Affairs, is offering a full slate of Faculty Learning Communities (FLCs) and workshops for the spring semester, beginning this month. FLC topics include research and publication, leadership, and program evaluation and renewal. Workshops and events will address G.E. courses, students' professional identity formation, strategies for teaching large classes and a leadership series. For the faculty's convenience, meeting times are scheduled around class blocks. Details on current center offering are available at

Fulbright information session scheduled
Learn about the types of Fulbright grants, eligibility, and how to apply at the Fulbright Information session sponsored by the Fellowships Office. The event will be held Wednesday, March 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. in HUM 587. Graduating seniors or graduate students interested in pursuing a Fulbright grant to study, teach, or pursue a creative project abroad are encouraged to attend. To set an appointment or discuss applying for a Fulbright, contact Joy Viveros at

Bookstore to present It Gets Better editor
Dan Savage will appear at noon March 25 in Jack Adams Hall to talk about the book he co-edited, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying, and Creating a Life Worth Living. The book was inspired by the "It Gets Better Project" on YouTube. Savage will discuss the book's expanded essays and new material from persons who have survived and overcome bullying to lead rewarding adult lives.

The event is brought to SF State as a result of collaboration between AS Performing Arts, AS Program Services, Pride @ SF State, SFSU Prevention Programs, The SAFE Place, CEASE and the leadership of the SFSU Bookstore.

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 Dec. 7, 2010
  • Approval of Agenda for Feb. 8
  • Academic Senate election for At Large Executive Committee member
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Reasonable Accommodation Policy, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Culminating Experience, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: proposed revisions to the Core Curriculum Concentration in Child and Adolescent Development B.A. Program; Concentration in Youth and Family Services; Concentration in Young Child and Family; Concentration in Research and Public Policy, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: proposed revisions to the Labor Studies Program, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: proposed reapportionment for 2011-12 Academic Senate College Representatives, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee: proposal to Rescind the American Ethnic Heritage Committee, 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 Creative Writing Michelle Carter, Professor of Creative Writing Maxine Chernoff, Professor of Creative Writing Paul Hoover, Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Amy Sueyoshi and Associate Professor of Labor Studies John Logan.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Biology Christopher D. Smith, Associate Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Dina Ibrahim and Professor of Biology Frank Bayliss.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Meet the CIO candidates: Carl Whitman: 10 a.m.

Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

Community Service Learning Nonprofit Fair: 10 a.m.

Community Service Learning Nonprofit Fair: 11 a.m.

Theatre: Two Gentlemen of Verona: 8 p.m.

Philosophy Talk: Who is a Refugee?: 4:30 p.m.

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

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Israeli Chamber Project: 8 p.m.

Theatre: Two Gentlemen of Verona: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Feb. 12: A Gator Valentine's Dinner Dance: 6 p.m.

Feb. 12: Theatre: Two Gentlemen of Verona: 8 p.m.

Feb. 13: Theatre: Two Gentlemen of Verona: 2 p.m.

Feb: 15: Talk: Does Recent Legal Philosophy Rest on an Oversight?: 5 p.m.

Feb 17: Lecture: Eduardo Terrazas: 4 p.m.

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


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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