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Volume 58, Number 27    March 21, 2011         

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CampusMemo schedule
There will not be a March 28 issue of CampusMemo because of spring break. Submit items for the April 4 issue to by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

Bookstore to present It Gets Better editor March 25 at noon
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, which was inspired by the "It Gets Better Project" on YouTube. Savage will discuss the 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 Associated Students Performing Arts, Associated Students Program Services, Pride @ SF State, SFSU Prevention Programs, The SAFE Place, CEASE and the leadership of the SFSU Bookstore.

Staff travel grants deadline nears
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages staff to apply for travel grant awards. The awards are for travel during 2011 and will have a maximum value of $700. The association expects to fund up to seven grants (faculty travel grants will be awarded next year). Applications are due April 6.

Professional development is the major criterion for a grant award, with preference given to presentations or participations at conferences, summer workshops and retreats or attendance at a training institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered.

Staff application forms are available at under the "Forms" tab. To be considered for a grant, submit a completed application to all of the following people by April 6:

New Funding Opportunity from ORSP
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is launching new grants for facilitating research and creative work. The Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant program supports original projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). Individuals and collaborative groups are invited to apply and may propose to conduct work within one discipline or across disciplinary boundaries. Proposed projects should be directed toward obtaining tangible results such as a journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project or concert.

Full-time tenured and tenure-track faculty, and those with existing status as an eligible PI as of January 1, 2011 may apply. Applications must be submitted by April 18. Visit
orsp_funding/ orsp_foa_2011_02.html
for more information.

CSU CATS2011 Conference nearing
The 14th Annual Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) Conference, CSU CATS2011, will be held online April 12-14 using Elluminate Live! This year's theme is "Next Generation CATS." Registration is free for CSU staff and faculty. Register at

The conference will focus on the technological and educational advances, themes and issues influencing the direction of academic technology and will showcase successful projects, experiences and strategies. Tracks include, Next Gen Technologies, Nuts and Bolts Technology, Academic Technology and Learning Outcomes, Learning Management Systems and Universal Design/Accessibility. For more information, e-mail Noelia Mendoza, SF State’s CATS liaison, at

Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase
Faculty are asked to encourage graduate students to register by April 4 for the 2011 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase. The annual exhibition showcases the diverse graduate work on campus and provides an opportunity for students to share their work with the broader academic community and gain valuable experience. The event is scheduled for Thursday, April 28 from 3 to 5:15 p.m. in the Gym. Participants and their faculty mentors are also invited to attend a dinner reception where registered students will be eligible to win prizes, including an iPad. Visit to learn more and to obtain registration forms. Additional information may be found at and questions may be e-mailed to Maria Conrad at

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp
The Kinesiology Department is hosting the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for 7-14 year old girls and boys. The Monday through Friday program runs for six weeks, from June 13 through July 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact David Walsh at or 8-7856.

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Bleich, Marcus to be awarded honorary degrees
George M. Marcus, entrepreneur, philanthropist and SF State alum, and Jeffrey Bleich, U.S. Ambassador to Australia and former CSU Trustee, will receive honorary degrees at SF State's 110th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21. Marcus will receive an honorary doctorate of human letters and Bleich will receive an honorary doctorate of laws.

A vocal advocate for public education and human rights, Bleich was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia Nov. 10, 2009. Prior to becoming Ambassador, Bleich served as a Special Counsel to the President at the White House. From 1995 to 2009 he served as a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Minger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he was recognized as one of the nation's top lawyers.

An entrepreneur, business leader and philanthropist, Marcus has been a longtime supporter of the arts and higher education. Marcus is known as the founder and chairman of Marcus and Millichap, a national commercial real estate brokerage, investment and development company with offices in 39 states. Marcus has distinguished himself in philanthropy, donating generously to organizations in the Bay Area -- among them, the de Young Museum, health and human services non-profits, medical research centers, Greek community organizations and San Francisco State. Marcus has long been a supporter of California higher education, serving on the CSU Board of Trustees from 1981-89, and currently as a member of the CSU Foundation's Board of Governors. He was appointed to the UC Board of Regents in 2000 and is serving a term that concludes in 2012.

Donations for quake and tsunami relief
The School of Social Work is collecting donations to aid relief efforts in Japan. Anyone wishing to make a donation should make their check out to "Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California" (or "JCCCNC") and specify the "Japan Earthquake Relief Fund." Send checks to Yeon-Shim Lee's mailbox in HSS 227 or Lee's office (HHS 216) no later than 5 p.m. April 4. Contact Lee at ext. 5-0944 or with any questions.

Spring break construction
Capital Planning, Design and Construction has scheduled major work for the week of spring break. The construction will affect access to campus and parking. Project and construction updates are available at

Fuel cell complex
Parts of State Drive will be subject to no parking and traffic detours so that a crane and fuel cell equipment can be transported onto campus and the fuel cells installed in the decommissioned steam boiler plant attached to the Gym. The roadway at the northeast corner of the Gym will be closed and traffic accessing Lot 6 will be diverted onto North State Drive, which will temporarily open to two-way traffic. Signs will be clearly posted and flaggers will direct vehicles. The crane will be stationed near the boiler building to lift the fuel cell equipment into place. The PG&E-operated and maintained fuel cell complex will provide the campus with energy savings and serve as an educational resource for fuel cell technology.

High-voltage line
PG&E will install a high-voltage electrical line in front of the greenhouse and along 19th Avenue in the Muni bus stop area. Signs will be posted indicating any changes to the bus stop location.

Parking garage improvements
Beginning in late March, new shear walls for seismic strengthening will be installed on levels 1 through 4 of the parking garage. Other additions include a new and wider pedestrian bridge at the southeast corner of the building, an elevator at the northwest corner and a clearly defined pathway across the top deck of the garage to improve pedestrian access between the core of campus and North State Drive.

The majority of the work is expected to be completed by the end of August and the garage will remain open for business. Signs will clearly indicate where parking is available. For more information, visit

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 the minutes for March 8
  • Approval of the agenda for March 22
  • Report on new restructuring proposal
  • Report from Executive Vice President Leroy Morishita and Associate Director of Government Relations Derek Aitken on developments regarding the 2011-2012 California Budget
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee on proposed revisions to the policy on Selection, Appointment and Review of Department Chairs and Equivalent Unit Directors, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed time limit for completing undergraduate degree requirements, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee on the proposed resolution in support of the Academic Senate at Idaho State University, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding the proposal to rescind Academic Senate Policy #S91-191, Advising for Probationary Students, 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 Paul Hoover, Associate Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Assistant Professor of Health Education Rick Harvey and Professor of Marketing Subodh Bhat.

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This week in Newsmakers: Political Science Lecturer David Lee, Professor of Geosciences Raymond Pestrong and Associate Professor and Director of Labor Studies John Logan.

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We mark the passing of Professor Emerita of Special Education Adriana L. Schuler.

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

Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and William Corbett-Jones, piano: 3 p.m.

Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.

Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 2 p.m.

Workshop: Tips for Encouraging Student Participation in Classroom Discussions: 12:30 p.m.

Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: 1 p.m.

Poetry Reading by Jennifer Martenson & Claire Becker: 3:30 p.m.

Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

Dan Savage: It Gets Better Project: noon

Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
March 27: Concert: Emerging Young Piano Chamber Talent: 4 p.m.

March 28 - April 1: Spring '11 Recess: No Classes

April 3: Lecture: Morrison Artists Series pre-concert talk: 2 p.m.

April 3: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Rossetti String Quartet with Rina Dokshitsky, piano: 3 p.m.

April 4: Recital: The piano music of Franz Liszt: 1 p.m.

April 5: Free Boot Camp Demo - Facult and staff: 5:30 p.m.

April 7: Poetry Reading by Reginald Dwayne Betts: 3:30 p.m.

April 7: Student dance concert: 8 p.m.

April 8: Research seminar: Signaling, defection, optimism and cooperation: 2 p.m.

April 8: Student Dance concert: 8 p.m.

April 9: Student Dance concert: 8 p.m.

April 10: Recital: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 3 p.m.

April 12: Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

April 12: Performance: The Vagina Monologues: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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