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Volume 58, Number 34    May 16, 2011         

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Honoring emeritus/emerita faculty
President Robert A. Corrigan and Provost Sue V. Rosser cordially invite faculty and staff to join them in honoring our 2011 Emeritus/Emerita Faculty on Tuesday, May 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. The annual Rites of Passage celebration will be held at the Seven Hills Conference Center. A list of emeritus/emerita faculty is available at

UBC meeting rescheduled
The University Budget Committee's (UBC) regular meeting has been rescheduled. The UBC will now meet on Monday, May 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the NEC Room of the Administration building.

Scully memorial
A memorial gathering for Professor Emerita of History Sally Scully will be held at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, at Museo ItaloAmericano, Fort Mason Center, Building C, San Francisco. There is free parking around the entrance near Marina Blvd and Buchanan St. and parking for a fee in the Fort Mason Center lot. RSVP to

Welcome Days call for academic sessions
SF State will host Welcome Days 2011, Aug. 17-24 to welcome new students and their families. The call for programs is open for new academic sessions scheduled for Thurs., Aug. 18, from 2:15 to 3 p.m. Sessions may include open houses, information panels, tours, sample courses, etc. To submit your proposals, please complete the online form at
by Friday, May 27. For more information, visit E-mail questions to

AT summer institute
Academic Technology (AT) has added two sessions to its 2011 Summer Institute June 1-2 and July 19 and 21. SF State faculty who register before May 20 will receive free priority registration and lunch. Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. Visit for details and to register. Send questions and comments to


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Jazz legend Jimmy Cobb to receive SF State President's Medal
San Francisco State University will honor legendary jazz drummer Jimmy Cobb for his mentorship of students and emerging jazz musicians. Cobb will receive the President's Medal at SF State's 110th Commencement exercises on May 21.

Each year Cobb devotes time to teaching and mentoring music students and emerging jazz musicians at venues and universities across the U.S., including SF State, Stanford University, The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music in New York City, the University of Greensboro in North Carolina and the Berklee School of Music in Boston.

At SF State, Cobb worked with music faculty to develop the Generations Jazz Project, an ongoing jazz education program that focuses on intergenerational mentoring and the importance of jazz combos. He is also part of the Generations Jazz Band, an all-star ensemble of jazz veterans who serve as ambassadors for the project and as mentors to the program's musicians. In addition, he has collaborated with faculty on Jazz@Work, a program that has demonstrated the merits of improvisational collaboration to corporate clients including NASA and The Economist magazine.


Alumni Hall of Fame welcomes inductees
A Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, a philanthropist and professor emerita, a radio anchor, an international physician, and the CEO of a drug and alcohol recovery center will be inducted into the San Francisco State University Alumni Hall of Fame at a campus reception on May 20. The president of Tamkang University in Taiwan will be honored as the Alumna of the Year.

Read more about honorees Flora Chia-I Chang, Stan Bunger, Kay Takeyama Dilena, Vitka Eisen, Philip Schultz and Ramona Tascoe, M.D. at

Lighting project completed, saving money and energy for the campus
Facilities and Service Enterprises in March completed an effort to re-lamp seven buildings, resulting in lower energy consumption and a reduced amount of carbon-dioxide released into the atmosphere. Since the project began in 2009, common 30-watt light bulbs (4 foot tubes) have been replaced with new, more energy efficient 25-watt bulbs in the Administration, Business, Humanities, Ethnic Studies and Psychology, and Science buildings, as well as Hensill and Thornton Halls.

Facilities has replaced an estimated 22,200 light bulbs, which saves 411,101 kilowatts of energy each year. The project, which initially cost $146,669, will pay for itself within 18 months through a one-time payment from PG&E and cost savings each year going forward. The campus will also avoid adding to the atmosphere 204 tons of carbon-dioxide each year, the equivalent of taking 56 cars off the road each year.

CSU outlines contingency plan for possible $1 billion cut
CSU officials this week laid out a budget contingency plan to address an "all cuts" budget that potentially could reduce state support for the CSU by $1 billion. Calling this worst-case scenario "devastating," CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed explained to the CSU Board of Trustees, "There are no good options, only extreme choices. But, we need to ensure that our students still receive a quality education, that we preserve the institution, and that a degree from the CSU maintains value."

The legislature has already approved a $500 million cut to the CSU’s 2011-12 budget. In response, the CSU will enroll 10,000 fewer students this fall, apply an estimated $146 million in revenue from a tuition fee increase already approved, reduce campus budgets by $281 million, and cut the Chancellor's Office budget by nearly $11 million.

The CSU could face an additional $500 million cut if Gov. Brown’s proposal to extend several taxes -- which depends on a bipartisan vote and is subject to final approval by the state’s voters -- is rejected. Without these revenues, the governor has repeatedly stated that severe additional cuts to higher education and other programs will be needed to balance the budget. The governor will present his revised budget May 16.

A $1 billion reduction would leave the CSU with few options, the chancellor noted, saying the CSU plans to "wait list" applications for winter and spring 2012, accepting applications but not making any admissions decisions until a budget is finalized. Under the worst case scenario, the CSU estimates it could turn away 20,000 qualified applicants who would otherwise enroll for the winter/spring 2012 terms.

Further, the Board of Trustees could be asked at its July meeting to authorize a tuition fee increase of up to an additional 32 percent (in addition to the 10 percent increase approved last November). For full-time undergraduates, that would mean an additional $1,566 or a total of $6,450 tuition fee per year. The possible increase -- and its size -- would be contingent on whether the state imposes further cuts on the CSU and the amount of those reductions. Per board policy, one-third of the increase would be set aside for financial aid.

The CSU has been working actively to make the governor, legislative leaders and the public aware that the CSU is crucial to the state’s economic well-being and that it is essential to avert further cuts to its budget by supporting tax extensions. Chancellor Reed and the campus presidents will bring alumni and community leaders to Sacramento for an advocacy day May 24. For more information on the CSU budget, visit

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the May 10 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Approved the minutes for April 26
  • Approved the agenda for May 10
  • Heard an announcement from Chair of the Faculty Honors and Awards Committee Genie Stowers on the winners of the 2011 Distinguished Faculty Awards: the Excellence in Service Award was presented to Professor Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, the Excellence in Professional Achievement Award was presented to Professor Gustavo A. Yep and the Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award was presented to Professor Erik Rosegard
  • Heard a report from Statewide Academic Senators Andrea Boyle, Martin Linder and Darlene Yee-Melichar
  • Approved the recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the policy #s00-145 on Selection, Appointment and Review of Department Chairs and Equivalent Unit Directors
  • Unanimously consented to the approval of the recommendation from the Executive Committee on the proposed resolution in honor of Executive Vice President for Administration and Finance Leroy Morishita
  • Approved the recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding the proposed resolution Supporting Veterans Service
  • Approved the recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed resolution thanking and commending outgoing Senators
  • Approved by acclamation the resolution in honor of Shawn Whalen, Academic Senate Chair, 2008-11

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

Inaugural 2011-12 Academic Senate meeting

  • Welcome new Senators
  • Approved the agenda for May 10
  • Elected officers for 2011-12:
    • Academic Senate Chair: Professor of Classics Pamela Vaughn
    • Academic Senate Vice Chair: Associate Professor of History Trevor Getz
    • Academic Senate Secretary: Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies Robert Keith Collins
    • At-Large Senator to the Academic Senate Executive Committee: Professor of Geography and Human Environmental Studies Barbara Holzman
    • At-Large Senator to the Academic Senate Executive Committee: Director of Academic Services, Department of Public Administration, Bridgette McCracken
    • Academic Policies Committee Chair: Lawrence Hanley, Associate Professor of English
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee Chair: Genie Stowers, Professor of Public Administration
    • Faculty Affairs Committee Chair: Mohammad Salama, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages
    • Strategic Issues Committee Chair: Oswaldo Garcia, Professor of Geosciences
    • Student Affairs Committee Chair: David Rourke, Associate Director Residential Life

The 2011-2012 Academic Senate Adjourned at 5 p.m.

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor and Director of Labor Studies John Logan and Professor of International Relations Andrei P. Tsygankov.

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This week in Newsmakers: President Robert A. Corrigan, Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell, Professor of Journalism Jon Funabiki and Assistant Professor of Public Administration Eric Zeemering.

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SF State received $4,168,045 in grants and contracts in April 2011.

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Spring 2011 Final Exams Begin

Film: Documentary for Health and Social Justice: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
May 21: 2011 Commencement

May 23: Spring 2011 Evaluation Day

May 27: Spring 2011 Grading Day

May 30: Memorial Day Observed: No Classes; Offices Closed

May 31: Spring 2011 Semester Ends; Grading Days

June 4: Concert: Irving M. Klein International String Competition: 10 a.m.

June 5: Concert: Irving M. Klein International String Competition: 4 p.m.

June 6: Summer 2011 R1 Instruction Begins

June 7: Summer Boot Camp: 5:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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