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Volume 59, Number 32    April 16, 2012         

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Bookstore accepting fall textbook orders
The SFSU Bookstore is processing orders for the fall 2012 term. The bookstore will offer a gift card to each department that has submitted at least 90 percent of their fall 2012 textbook orders by April 16. Place orders online at

CATS regional and virtual conferences nearing
The CSU Community of Academic Technology Staff (CATS) 15th annual regional and virtual conferences focus on the technological and educational advances, themes and issues influencing the direction of academic technology. The conferences on April 17, 20 and 27 will showcase successful projects, experiences and strategies. Registration is free for CSU staff and faculty. Register at
E-mail SF State CATS Liaison Noelia Mendoza at for more information.

Prevention Programs' The SAFE Place event
Counseling and Psychological Services and Prevention Education Programs have joined to present CockTales: Fathers & Sons on April 20 at 7 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre. The play addresses sexual violence, social justice and traditional notions of manhood through storytelling, poetry, music and dance. Visit for more information. Purchase tickets online or at the Creative Arts Box Office, Wednesday through Friday, noon to 4 p.m.

The ticket for fresh food
Tickets are on sale for the third annual Farm to Fork event to be held Wednesday, April 18 on the Quad starting at 11:30 a.m. The event, hosted by Physical Planning and Development and ECOStudents, will feature organic and seasonal produce grown within 250 miles of campus and prepared by Vista Room students and chef Dan Honan. Proceeds will help raise funds for campus sustainable food initiatives.

Buy your tickets online at or pay cash at the Bursar's Office or One Stop Student Service Center. Learn more at or e-mail questions to

Register for Student Life's First Annual 5K Walk/Run
Take part in the Student Life at SF State 5K Walk/Run for Wellness on Sunday, April 22. Rejuvenate your body and energy for the final weeks of the spring semester with a walk or run with fellow SF State students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends in this race around the campus. Event registration is open through 8:45 a.m. on the day of the event along State Drive on campus. All registered participants will receive a complimentary gift bag. The first 50 registrants will receive a free event T-shirt. Registration forms and information and are available online at

Forum on social justice and equity in the academy
The Academic Senate and the WASC Steering Committee invite faculty colleagues to join a discussion on the subject of social justice and equity in education. Areas of discussion will include how social justice and equity are conceptualized and manifested in their scholarship, teaching and service; how faculty assess and sustain their social justice and equity initiatives; and the next steps necessary to advance social justice and equity in their field of study. The forum will be held Friday, April 27 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in room 121 of the J. Paul Leonard Library.


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Elizabeth (Betsy) Kean appointed interim dean, Graduate College of Education
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser announced the appointment of Elizabeth (Betsy) Kean as interim dean of the Graduate College of Education, effective July 1, 2012.

Kean currently serves as the director for the Center for Education Excellence, developing and expanding SF State's network of pre-university programs at local and regional school districts. Prior to working at SF State, she was a professor of curriculum and instruction at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a professor of teacher education at CSU Sacramento. She also served as an associate director of the Teacher Education and Public School Programs in the Office of the CSU Chancellor and as director of the Early Assessment Program at CSU Sacramento.

"SF State is fortunate to have someone of her background and caliber steward the Graduate College of Education at this time of transition," Provost Rosser said. "I am confident that Betsy Kean will ensure that the high quality programming and service to the students and community will continue."

Kean holds a bachelor's in chemistry from Ohio University, a Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry and a master's in education from University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jacob Perea, who has served as dean of the Graduate College of Education since 1996, announced in January that he will retire at the end of the 2011-12 academic year.

New Minor in Persian Studies
The College of Liberal and Creative Arts (formerly Arts and Humanities) and the Persian Studies program have announced an Interdisciplinary Minor in Persian Studies that will begin in the fall 2012 semester. The new program is diverse in scope and is expected to attract a large student body who will benefit from the combined academic coursework and cultural outreach programs. The minor is the first in the CSU system.

An Annual Summer Immersion Persian Language and Culture Program, a Persian Library Reading Room and a Persian Language Lab are planned as well. Visit for more information about the program, courses and associated faculty.

The Persian Studies program, minor and new models of culture and language learning were made possible through the support of academic committees and the Academic Senate, as well as funding from the U.S. Department of Education, the CSU Strategic Language Initiative, the PARSA Community Foundation, a STARTALK grant to expand and improve the teaching and learning of the Persian language to K-16 students, community organizations and individual and student donations.

San Francisco International Arts Festival tickets
The Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture, through an agreement with the U.S./Japan Cultural Trade Network, is offering a $4 discount on tickets for two groups appearing as part of the San Francisco International Arts Festival in May:

  • Mansaku-no Kai will present Suminuri (Black Crocodile Tears), Tsuki-mi Zato (The Moon-Viewing Blind Man) and Kubihiki (Neck Pulling) on Thursday, May 10 and Friday, May 11 at 7 p.m. The classical comedy Kyogen theatre performance will be led by Japanese Living National Treasure Mansaku Nomura.
  • The Bay Area-based performance company inkBOAT and Japanese butoh master Ko Murobushi will present The Crazy Cloud Collection at 9 p.m. on Saturday May 12. The collaborative performance piece conjures the ghost of a 15th century Japanese Zen monk, Ikkyu Sojun, known for provocative, biting and unorthodox poetry.

All performances will be at the Marines' Memorial Theatre, 609 Sutter Street. The San Francisco International Arts Festival, now in its ninth year, includes 46 events at five venues from May 2 to May 20. Mansaku-no Kai's appearance offers a rare opportunity to experience authentic Kyogen theatre outside of Japan. Kyogen, one of four forms of traditional Japanese theatre, is performed on a wooden floor called a shosadai that will be shipped from Tokyo to honor the aesthetics of the 600-year-old art form.

To learn more, visit or or the festival website at The Dilena Takeyama Center thanks Professor of Theatre Arts Yukihiro Goto for helping to make the discounts possible.

Academic Technology Summer Institute
Faculty are invited to attend the two-day Academic Technology Summer Institute 2012. The institute is designed to enrich course delivery options and offer customized support for individual teaching needs. The two-day institute will be held twice, with sessions on May 30-31 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and again June 6-7 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The sessions will allow participants to:

  • Attend faculty presentations and hands-on workshops
  • Meet with peers and explore creative teaching methods
  • Review course instructional modes
  • Take advantage of campus-supported technologies
  • Get customized support for teaching needs

Space is limited. SF State faculty who register by May 20 will receive free priority registration and lunch. Visit to register or visit for more information. E-mail questions and comments to or call ext. 5-5550.

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 from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Chair's Report
  • Update from CFA Chapter President Wei Ming Dariotis
  • Update on ORSP activities from Associate Vice President for the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs Jaylan Turkkan
  • Academic Senate Elections (beginning 2:50 p.m.)
    • Baccalaureate Degree Requirements Committee; Senate Representative, one-year term
    • Board of Appeals and Review (BoAR); two Faculty Representatives, each for a two-year term
    • Enrollment Management Committee; one Department Chair and one Faculty Representative, each for a three-year term
    • Graduate Council; two Faculty Representatives, each for a 2-year term
    • University Budget Committee; three Faculty Representatives, each for a 3-year term
  • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee recommendation regarding the proposed College of Extended Learning Online Certificate in Screenwriting, first reading
  • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee recommendation regarding the proposed College of Extended Learning Online Certificate in Film and Media Studies, first reading
  • Educational Policies Council recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the Academic Program Discontinuance Policy (S93-177), first reading
  • Executive Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the All-University Committee on International Programs Policy, #S87-151, first reading
  • Academic Policies Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the Committee on Written English Proficiency Policy, #F10-14, first reading
  • Executive Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the University Interdisciplinary Council Policy, #S09-74, first reading
  • Executive Committee recommendation regarding the proposed policy on a Graduate Council (formerly Graduate Council guidelines), first reading

Nominations closed for Academic Senate Staff Representative
The nomination period for the Staff Representative to the Academic Senate has closed. Candidates' names and position statements will appear on the Senate's website on Monday, April 16.

The election for the Academic Senate Staff Representative will begin Friday, April 20 and run through Friday, April 27. Election results will be made available by close of business on Monday, April 30.

Refer questions to Bridget McCracken, chair of the Academic Senate staff election committee, at

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web calendar and on the Senate website at

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor and Chair of Sociology Edward McCaughan and Assistant Professor of Social Work Rashmi Gupta.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Management John Sullivan, Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies Fred Astren, and Professor of Jewish Studies Marc Dollinger.

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SF State received $3,568,303 in grants and contracts in March 2012.

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

ORSP Post-Award Forum: noon

Recital: Piano students and Professor Roger Woodward: 1 p.m.

Confucius Institute Lecture Series: Inaugural Lecture: 4 p.m.

Concert: SF State Contemporary Music Ensemble: Unity Again: 7 p.m.

Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

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

Softball Hosting Notre Dame de Namur in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

Recital: Piano students and Professor Roger Woodward: 1 p.m.

Master class: Maestro William Vendice: 4 p.m.

Talk: A negotiated landscape: The transformation of San Francisco's waterfront since 1950: 5 p.m.

Concert: Vocal Performance Practicum with Maestro William Vendice: 7 p.m.

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

A Tribute to Stacy Doris on behalf of the SFSU community: 3:30 p.m.

Double Change Collective in honor of Stacy Doris featuring members of the Paris-based poetry collective: 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: El Cinco de Mayo - An American Tradition: 5 p.m.

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

Concert: Jazz Combos and Big Band: 7 p.m.

Lecture: Modern Ideology as Secular Religion: 7:30 p.m.

Softball Hosting Sonoma State in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

Recital: Kudrat Kamilijanov, piano: 1 p.m.

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

Theatre: CockTales: Fathers and Sons: 7 p.m.

Theatre: Hamlet: 8 p.m.

Theatre: Greenhouse 2012: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
April 21: Moss Landing Marine Labs Open House: 9 a.m.

April 21: Baseball vs. Cal State Stanislaus Double Header: 11 a.m.

April 21: Softball Hosting Sonoma State in a Doubleheader: noon

April 21: Theatre: Hamlet: 8 p.m.

April 21: Theatre: Greenhouse 2012: 8 p.m.

April 22: Theatre: Greenhouse 2012: 2 p.m.

April 22: Theatre: Hamlet: 2 p.m.

April 22: Pre-Concert Talk: Morrison Artists Series: Trio Valtorna: 2 p.m.

April 22: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Trio Valtorna: 3 p.m.

April 22: Moss Landing Marine Labs Open House: 9 a.m.

April 23: Master Class: Morrison Artists Series: Trio Valtorna: 12:10 p.m.

April 24: 9th Annual SFSU Human Rights Summit: Public Health & Human Rights

April 25: 9th Annual SFSU Human Rights Summit: Public Health & Human Rights

April 25: Recital: Piano students: 1 p.m.

April 25: Talk: Climate change goes underground: How vulnerable are groundwater resources?: 5 p.m.

April 26: 9th Annual SFSU Human Rights Summit: Public Health & Human Rights

April 26: Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase: 3 p.m.

April 26: Poetry: Aaron Shurin and Craig Santos Perez: 4:30 p.m.

April 26: Theatre: Spring Awakening: 8 p.m.

April 26: Theatre: Hamlet: 8 p.m.

April 27: Recital: Amanda Huang, piano: 1 p.m.

April 27: Baseball vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 3 p.m.

April 27: Concert: Opera Scenes: 7 p.m.

April 27: Film: M.F.A. Thesis Films: 7 p.m.

April 27: Theatre: Hamlet: 8 p.m.

April 27: Theatre: Greenhouse 2012: 8 p.m.

April 27: Theatre: Spring Awakening: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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