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Volume 59, Number 27    March 12, 2012         

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COB dean candidate visit
The final candidate interview for the position of dean of the College of Business is scheduled for March 12. All members of the campus community are invited to hear the candidate's vision for the College of Business. A reception will follow the presentation. View the list of candidates at
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Academic Administrative Reviews begin
Administrative Review Committees (ARCs) have been created to conduct academic administrative reviews for Dean of the College of Science and Engineering Sheldon Alxer and Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities Paul Sherwin. The committees seek input from members of the campus community in the review of the above administrators relative to looking toward the future for each College.

Links to electronic questionnaires have been sent via e-mail. People who wish to participate but who did not receive an e-mail, should contact Stephanie Schwartz at or ext. 8-2571. Signed, written responses for each dean may also be submitted to the ARC chairs, care of the Office of the University Provost, ADM 455.

Anonymous responses will not be used, however signed evaluations will not be shown to the administrators under review, and submissions will be kept confidential within legal limits.

Chairs of the administrative review committees are:
• Chair/Professor of Geosciences Oswaldo Garcia (Dean Axler)
• Professor of Humanities Mary Scott (Dean Sherwin)

Retention, tenure and promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to attend one of five workshops (listed below) to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion (RTP). Conducted by Dean of Faculty Affairs Sacha Bunge, the workshops will focus on expectations for scholarship and preparing for RTP review. Attendees should RSVP to and bring a copy of their Departmental RTP criteria to the workshop.

Faculty in their first year:
• Friday, March 9, 2-4 p.m., ADM 460

Faculty in their 2nd through 5th year:
• Wednesday, April 4, 2-4 p.m., ADM 460
• Thursday, April 5, 2-4 p.m., HUM 587

Faculty applying in fall 2012 for tenure and promotion to associate professor:
• Friday, March 16, 10 a.m.-noon, ADM 460
• Thursday, March 29, 10 a.m.-noon, ADM 460

Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor:
• Thursday, March 15, 10 a.m.-noon, ADM 460

Women's History Month
In honor of Women's History Month, the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) faculty will present Shirley Malcom, Ph.D., of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), for a seminar titled, "Women Scientists and Engineers Connecting Globally." The seminar will be held Monday, March 12 from 4 to 5 pm in SCI 210.

Malcom is head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs at the AAAS. The directorate includes programs in education, activities for underrepresented groups, and public understanding of science and technology. For more information, contact Lisa White at or ext. 8-1571.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp
The Department of Kinesiology is once again hosting the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will be held on campus 1 to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday from June 11 through July 20. For more information, visit the Kinesiology website at or contact Dave Walsh at or ext. 8-7856.

Presidential search committee seeks input
The Campus Advisory Committee for the selection of the new SF State president encourages the campus community to submit ideas regarding desired qualifications and attributes for the new president, questions for the final candidates to address and suggested nominees.

Input may be sent by e-mail to or addressed directly to the appropriate individuals below:

Send suggestions for nominees for the position of SF State president to Jamie Ferrare, Ph.D., of AGB Search at and to CSU Chancellor Charles B. Reed at The application deadline is March 16, 2012.

Direct comments and suggestions regarding desired presidential qualifications, as well as questions for the candidates, to CSU Chief of Staff Sandra B. George at

All nominations will be acknowledged, and all comments and suggestions will be shared with the entire search committee.

Faculty Travel Grants Available
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages faculty to apply for travel grant awards. The awards for travel during 2012 will have a maximum value of $500 and the association expects to fund up to seven faculty grants this year (staff travel grants will be awarded next year). Applications are due April 4.

Professional development is the major criterion for a travel grant award, with preference given to participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, summer field work, research, or attendance at an institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered. Only faculty with at least a half-time appointment may apply.

Application forms are available at under the "Forms" tab. To be considered for a grant, submit a completed application via e-mail to all of the following people by April 4:

• Dan Buttlaire, SFSURA chair, at
• Mamdouh Abo-El-Ata at
• Julian Randolph at

'Planning Your Retirement' workshops scheduled
Human Resources invites CalPERS members who are within five years of retiring to attend a retirement planning workshop. Each session will cover how an individual's retirement benefit is calculated, ways to maximize retirement benefits, the steps one needs to take prior to retiring and the retirement application process. Workshops will be held April 3, 4, 20 and 26 in ADM 560.

A limited number of one-on-one meetings with a CalPERS retirement specialist are available after the workshop. More information is available under the "What's New" section of the Human Resources website at

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Campus network security changes taking effect
Beginning Thursday, March 15, the campus Internet connection will reject incoming connections to computer equipment not on the firewall exception list. The change will affect all equipment on the campus network, including servers and workstations running remote desktop file sharing.

Campus servers and resources that are accessed by students and the public must be added to the firewall exception list in order to continuing operating normally. Out-going connections to the Internet will not be affected.

Faculty and staff who need to connect to the SF State network from off-campus can use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) connection at Contact the DoIT Help Desk at with questions about this information security enhancement.

New internal funding opportunities for research and creative work
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has announced two new internal funding opportunities designed to facilitate faculty research and creative work.

Intensive Methodological Training Grants (FOA ORSP 2012-01) support faculty training in statistical and other methodological skills, based on the premise that in an increasingly competitive environment, publications and extramural funding applications are strengthened by use of the latest data analytic and methodological techniques. Budgets may consider both local training and training that requires travel. Submissions will be accepted on a rolling basis with no fixed deadline, contingent on availability of funds.

For more information, visit

Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grants (FOA ORSP 2012-02) support individual or collaborative projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). All 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. Submissions must be received in ORSP by 5 p.m. on April 16, 2012.

For more information, visit

Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase registration opens
Registration is now open for the 2012 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase, to be held April 26 from 3 to 5:15 p.m. in the Main Gym. Graduate faculty members are asked to ensure the success of the event by encouraging students to participate. Participating students and their faculty mentors are invited to attend the dinner reception following the showcase, where registered students will be eligible to win prizes, including an iPad.

Registration forms are due by Wednesday, April 4 and may be downloaded from

For more information about the event, visit the graduate studies website at or contact Maria Conrad at

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
  • Report from Vice President and CFO for Administration and Finance Nancy Hayes: updates on the IT study by Huron Consulting, the Recreation and Wellness Center, Holloway "Main Street," Bookstore RFP, Library Annex I and II
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposed Online Education Policy, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy (Academic Senate Policy #F11-241), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of Project Rebound, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding adoption of the Senate Summary of Discussion (with recommendations) regarding four task force reports to review: Curriculum, Tutoring services, the College of Extended Learning and the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement, first reading

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

Faculty marshals sought for Commencement
The Academic Senate Executive Committee seeks nominees who are interested in assisting with Commencement. Those who are interested are invited to contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or send an e-mail to with the subject line "Faculty Marshal Spring 2012."

Faculty graduation marshals direct the designated college faculty in guiding graduating students in the processional before, during and after the Commencement ceremony. For more information on the post, view the policy at

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Counseling Wanda M.L. Lee and Associate Professor of Counseling Rebecca Toporek.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith, Professor of Management Sally Baack and Assistant Professor of Geosciences Jason Gurdak.

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

Recital: Creative World Ensemble: 1 p.m.

Master class: Stories in Motion: 9:10 a.m.

Lecture/Performance: The Art of Agency: 11 a.m.

Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Lecture/Performance: The Art of Agency: 2 p.m.

Lecture: Double Consciousness in the 21st Century: 6:10 p.m.

Lecture: Joan Aragone: 12:30 p.m.

Softball Hosting Cal Baptist in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

Talk: Considering Health in Transportation Decisions: A Health Impact Assessment of Potential Road Pricing Policy in San Francisco: 5 p.m.

Seminar: Viktoria Sukovata: Queer Sexuality in Images of Soviet and Post Soviet Pop Culture: 6 p.m.

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble and CSU Northridge Wind Ensemble: 7 p.m.

Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 8 p.m.

Recital: Student chamber ensembles: 1 p.m.

Dodie Bellamy and Alan Gilbert, Open Workshop: 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: From 'In' to 'Out'-stitutional Learning: 6:10 p.m.

Lecture/Workshop: Making History Personal: 6:10 p.m.

Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 8 p.m.

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

Dance: Lenora Lee Dance: Reflections: 1 p.m.

Baseball vs. UC San Diego: 2 p.m.

Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
March 17: Baseball vs. UC San Diego: 11 a.m.

March 17: Softball Hosting Chico State in a Doubleheader: noon

March 17: Theatre: References to Salvador Dali Make Me Hot: 8 p.m.

March 18: Baseball vs. UC San Diego: 11 a.m.

March 19-23: Spring '12 Spring Recess: No Classes, Campus Open

March 21: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute information session: noon

March 23: Softball Hosting Cal State Stanislaus in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

March 26: No Hate/Erase Hate Campaign Event

March 26: Transgender Visibility Day: noon

March 26: Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and Sarkis Baltaian, piano: 1 p.m.

March 27: Baseball vs. Menlo College: 2:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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