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Volume 58, Number 25    March 7, 2011         

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WISE Distinguished Speaker Series
Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) presents the first WISE Distinguished Speaker Series. Professor of Biology Zuleyma Tang-Martinez of the University of Missouri, Saint Louis, the inaugural speaker, will present the lecture "The Bateman Paradigm: Sexual Behavior and the Evolution of Mating Patterns" from 3 to 4 p.m. on March 7 in HH 245.

Tang-Martinez is an animal behavioral biologist who researches social behavior in rodents, including chemical communication, and is the 2010 recipient of the prestigious Quest Award from the Animal Behavior Society. Her critique of the Bateman hypothesis -- a core paradigm in animal behavior and evolution since 1948 -- has lead to an ongoing reevaluation of the hypothesis.

For more information, contact Associate Dean of the College of Science and Engineering Lisa White at or ext. 8-1571.

Tribute to women of Afghanistan
"Tribute to Women of Afghanistan: Afghanistan and its people through the eyes of women" will be held Wednesday, March 9 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in HUM 587. The event will feature three panel discussions on a range of topics, including culture, society, peace efforts, resiliency, military service and education. The conference is a collaboration among the Persian Studies Program, College of Humanities, Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, the Cultural Society of Afghan Women and 1-House: Education in Action.

The event is free and refreshments will be served. Visit or e-mail for more information.

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

Retired faculty: What’s keeping you busy post-SF State?
Wrangling cattle? Writing novels? Sailing to distant lands? All emeritus faculty members are invited to submit brief updates on their retirement activities to SF State Magazine. Submissions should be no longer than 350 words and photos are welcome. All submissions will be considered for inclusion in the next issue of SF State Magazine. Send news via e-mail: or snail mail: University Communications, SF State Magazine, 1600 Hollloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132. The deadline for submissions is March 15.

Leadership Academy Series: Part Two
Educational leaders need to know how to develop leadership skills in others so that they may take on leadership roles in their department, professional associations or community organizations. In this one-hour session, Dean of Health and Human Services Don Taylor will share his experience and expertise as leader of a college and, formerly, a department. He will discuss the leadership development theories that have worked for him -- and those that have not worked -- when helping to develop leadership in others.

The Leadership Academy will be held from 12:10 to 1 p.m., March 16 in ADM 460. Current faculty leaders and those who wish to encourage leadership in others are encouraged to attend. Visit or e-mail to enroll. Drop-in attendees are also welcome.

Staff travel grants open
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) is accepting applications from staff for travel grant awards (faculty members will receive the awards next year). The awards are for travel during 2011 and will have a maximum value of $700. The association expects to fund up to seven grants.

The major criterion for a grant award is professional development: presentation or participation at a conference, summer workshops and retreats or attendance at a training institute. Other types of professional development will also be considered.

Staff application forms are available at under the "Forms" tab. Applications are due April 6 and must be submitted to all of the following people:

CSU seeks web user input
The Chancellor's Office wants to understand how 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 a centralized site to access news updates, documents, forms and other information, accessible to all employees, regardless of location. The intranet 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

Texbook return
The SFSU Bookstore is beginning to return unsold inventory to the publishers to make room for the next term's texts. Faculty should encourage students to purchase current semester texts now, if they have not already done so. If you will be using a book later in the semester, inform the Bookstore as soon as possible by sending an e-mail to or by calling ext. 8-7377, so that staff can hold those books for later purchase. If you know that a book will be used again for summer or fall 2011, submit an order to the Bookstore at to ensure the books will be retained.


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Facilities and Service Enterprises AVP candidates visit
The campus community is invited to meet the top candidates for the Associate Vice President for Facilities and Service Enterprises position. The following schedule also lists each candidate's most recent professional appointment:

  • March 9, 2:45 p.m., SSB 304: Millicent Magiera, facilities manager, University of California, San Francisco
  • March 10, 2:45 p.m., SSB 404: Edward Johnson, director, Facility Services, California State University, San Marcos
  • March 11, 2:45 p.m., SSB 401: Daniel Ferris, director of Utilities and Energy Management, Oklahoma State University
  • March 14, 2:45 p.m., SSB 401: Betty Luna, director, Facility Operation, San Jose State University

Vendor demos for pilot study
The Academic Senate is conducting a feasibility study regarding the use of online delivery for student evaluations of teaching effectiveness solutions. The research-intensive pilot will be conducted during the fall 2011 semester.

Vendor candidates will demonstrate their products on campus March 10 and 11 to prepare for the pilot study. Demonstrations will be recorded using the campus lecture capture system, CourseStream. Once complete, videos of the demonstrations will be archived on the Senate website for later viewing.

Presentations are scheduled for:

Thursday, March 10 in HSS 135:

  • DigitalMeasures "CourseResponse:" 2 - 3 p.m.
  • Scantron "Class Climate:" 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.

Friday, March 11 in BUS 215:

  • Evaluation Kit by 9 - 10 a.m. CANCELLED
  • OnlineCourse Tech by Gap Technologies Inc.: 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • SmarterSurveys by SmarterServices LLC: noon - 1 p.m.
  • CourseEval by 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
  • Snap Surveys by Snap Surveys Ltd.: 3 - 4 p.m. CANCELLED

For more information, visit or contact Bridget McCracken at

Southeast Asians in the Diaspora conference
The campus community and general public are invited to join scholars from across the nation and several countries at the third tri-annual interdisciplinary Southeast Asians in the Diaspora conference to be held March 10 and 11 in HUM 587.

"Re-SEAing Southeast Asian American Studies, Memories and Visions, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow," will focus on the development of interdisciplinary and comparative studies of Southeast Asian American people, particularly the Bay Area communities of Burmese, Cambodian, Filipino, Hmong, Indonesian, Lao, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai and Vietnamese Americans. In addition to scholarly talks and discussions, events will include an art exhibit, film screenings, literary readings and music and dance events. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.

Sponsored in part by the College of Ethnic Studies and the Asian American Studies Department, the conference was organized by Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee. For more information and a schedule of events, visit

Academic administrative reviews begin
Academic administrative reviews are underway for the following administrators:
  • Linda Buckley, associate vice president of Academic Planning and Development
  • Kenneth Monteiro, dean of Ethnic Studies
  • Jacob Perea, dean of Education
  • Don Taylor, dean of Health and Human Services

The Administrative Review Committees are soliciting input from members of the campus community. Links to the electronic questionnaires have been distributed via e-mail. Those who would like to participate, but did not receive an e-mail with a link to the questionnaire, should contact Stephanie Schwartz at or ext. 8-2571. Individual signed written responses may also be directed to the Administrative Review Committee chairs, care of the Office of the University Provost, ADM 455.

Anonymous responses will not be used, however the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations will be preserved within the limits of the law.

Administrative Review Committee Chairs are:

  • University Librarian Deborah Masters for AVP Linda Buckley
  • Associate Dean of Science and Engineering Lisa White for Dean Kenneth Monteiro
  • Associate Professor of Elementary Education Josephine Arce for Dean Jacob Perea
  • Assistant Professor of Nursing Marshall Almeida for Dean Don Taylor

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 Feb. 22
  • Approval of the agenda for March 8
  • Academic Senate Election for the Senate representative to the Baccalaureate Requirements Committee
  • Report from Chair of the Student Affairs Committee Bridget McCracken regarding the Online Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness Pilot Study
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed Academic Calendar for Summer 2012, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding the proposed revisions to the policy on Selection, Appointment and Review of Department Chairs and Equivalent Unit Directors, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed revision to the Academic Senate Bylaws related to Staff Elections, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed time limit for completing undergraduate degree requirements, 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: Associate Professor of Creative Writing Camille Dungy, Director of the Clinical Laboratory Science Internship Program Geraldine Albee, Administrative Support Coordinator for Raza and American Indian Studies Gabriela Segovia-McGahan, Professor and Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Assistant Professor of Health Education Rick Harvey, Professor of Journalism Jon Funabiki, Assistant Professor of Public Administration Eric Zeemering, Professor of Theatre Arts Jo Tomalin and Professor of Theatre Arts Joel Schecter.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: President Robert A. Corrigan, Professor of Labor Studies John Logan and Associate Professor of Social Work Sonja Lenz-Rashid.

Read Newsmakers:

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We mark the passing of Professor Emeritus of Theatre Arts Jack Cook.

Read In Memoriam :

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

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

Seminar: The Bateman Paradigm: Sexual Behavior and the Evolution of Mating Patterns by Dr. Zuleyma Tang-Martinez: 3 p.m.

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

Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

Women of Color Poetry: 7 p.m.

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

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

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

Conference: Re-SEAing Southeast Asian American Studies

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

Celebration: International Women's Day: 7 p.m.

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

Theatre: Fool for Love: 8 p.m.

Conference: Re-SEAing Southeast Asian American Studies

Vendor demos to prepare for Fall 2011 pilot study: 9 a.m.

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

Talk: Illuminating the Perception: 7 p.m.

Theatre: Fool for Love: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
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 14: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7 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.

March 16: Recital: University Dance Theater preview: 1 p.m.

March 16: Women in the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s: 1:10 p.m.

March 17: Talk: 23 Things They Don't Tell You About Capitalism: 2 p.m.

March 17: Coding Gender: Women and the Politics of Representation: 2:30 p.m.

March 17: Theatre: Fool for Love: 8 p.m.

March 18: Public Policy Research Group research presentation and discussion: 10 a.m.

March 18: Recital: SF State Chamber Singers: 1 p.m.

March 18: Theatre: Fool for Love: 8 p.m.

March 19: Theatre: Fool for Love: 8 p.m.

March 20: Theatre: Fool for Love: 2 p.m.

March 21: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

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

March 22: Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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