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Volume 59, Number 36    May 14, 2012         

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CampusMemo summer schedule
The final spring semester edition of CampusMemo will be published May 21. During the summer, CampusMemo will publish monthly with editions on June 25 and July 23. The fall publication schedule will begin with the Aug. 20 issue.

Honoring emeritus/emerita faculty
Faculty and staff are invited to honor retiring faculty at the annual Rites of Passage celebration Tuesday, May 15, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Seven Hills Conference Center. A list of emeritus and emerita faculty is available on the Faculty Affairs website:

SF State-BART shuttle summer hiatus
The SF State shuttle will not run during the summer; service will end on May 18 and resume on Aug. 27, at the beginning of fall semester.

AT Summer Institute adds sessions
May sessions for the Academic Technology Summer Institute 2012 are full, so June sessions have been added to meet faculty demand. The two-day institute is designed to enrich course delivery options and offer customized support for individual teaching needs. 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
 • Obtain customized teaching needs-support

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

BART-Muni transfer change June 1
Beginning June 1, travelers must pay their fare with a Clipper card to get a free transfer from Daly City BART to Muni; paper transfers will no longer be issued after May 31. The Muni return fare will also be free if the return trip takes place within 24 hours, regardless of whether the BART-to-SF State trip was on the Muni 28 bus or the SF State shuttle.

To receive the free Muni fare transfer from the Daly City BART Station to campus, and/or the return trip:
• Tap your Clipper card when exiting Daly City BART
• For the SF State-bound trip on Muni, tap your Clipper card when boarding a Muni 28 bus leaving the Daly City BART Station
• For the Daly City BART-bound trip on Muni, tap your Clipper card upon boarding the Muni 28 bus within 24 hours of your last BART trip.

For more information on how to obtain a Clipper card, call (877) 878-8883 or visit Clipper cards are available on campus at the Cesar Chavez Student Center information desk. Contact Wendy Bloom at with questions about the transfer.

Research, Scholarly and Creative Works Symposium
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (OSRP) invites the campus community to a research, scholarly and creative works symposium presented by faculty winners of the 2011 ORSP small grant and methodology awards competition. This year's presentations include hypertension management in Chinese elderly, history as graphic art and labor relations. The presentations will be held Monday, June 4 from 12:30 to 5 p.m. in Library Events Room 121.

Summer Swim Lessons
Campus Recreation will host Summer Swim Lessons for youth and adults beginning June 11. Lessons will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 12:40 p.m., Monday through Thursday and Saturdays. Visit the Campus Recreation Summer Swim Web page for more information and to register.

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 to July 20. Visit the Kinesiology website at for more information, or contact Dave Walsh at or ext. 8-7856.

Women's Association Scholarship Cruise
The University Women's Association invites the campus community to join them for their 20th scholarship cruise, scheduled for next year: June 21 to July 4, 2013. Sailing on AMA Waterways, the cruise will travel from Paris, France to Prague, Czech Republic. Sign up for the entire 14-day package or just for the 7-night riverboat cruise. Those interested are encouraged to sign up early because accommodations are limited to 150 people and unsold staterooms will be released to the public after June 15, 2012.

To learn more about the cruise, visit or e-mail Lin Ivory at

Study seeks volunteers
Assistant Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey, in collaboration with Menlo Park biotechnology firm Telome Health Inc., is seeking volunteers for a study on telomere length and biological aging. Volunteers will be asked to complete a 30-minute online health survey and make three visits over 12 months to a site on or near the SF State campus to provide blood and saliva samples. Participants will be paid $20 per visit ($60 total) and, at the end of the study, will have the option to receive a report of their telomere length and educational information about telomeres and health.

To learn more or to enroll, visit or contact Richard Harvey at or ext. 8-3478, or Shalini Mukherjee at Telome Health Inc. at or (650) 289-0289, ext. 218. Be sure to add "SFSU" in the comments section when registering online.

Summer Writing Colloquium
The Committee on Written English Proficiency invites faculty to a Summer Writing Colloquium on Wednesday, Aug. 22 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in BH 229. The topic will be "Teaching Writing Using 2.0 Technology." Faculty from across disciplines will describe what they do in their classes, leaving time for discussion. Morning coffee and lunch will be provided.

RSVP by Monday, Aug. 20 to Mary Soliday at to register and request a lunch. For details, visit


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New president named
The California State University Board of Trustees on May 10 announced the appointment of Leslie E. Wong to succeed President Robert A. Corrigan. Corrigan, who has served as president for 24 years, will retire from the presidency so that he can return to academic pursuits. Wong will join SF State as President on August 1. Read more at

Frieda Lee honored for student outreach
Frieda Lee, Ph.D., Director of Student Outreach Services, has received the Joseph P. Allen Human Relations Award from the Western Association for College Admissions Counseling (WACAC). The Allen Award was established to honor a professional dedicated to the principles of equal opportunity and equal access to college, and is presented to an individual who has encouraged and supported traditionally underrepresented students in the transition from high school to college.

"Frieda Lee has served as Director of Student Outreach Services at San Francisco State for three decades and brought her energy and wisdom to countless conferences, events and outreach initiatives over the years," said Jo Volkert, associate vice president for enrollment services. "She has been a true outreach leader in the CSU and a strong proponent of student access."

CalPERS workshop: 'Planning Your Retirement'
Human Resources will sponsor a CalPERS "Planning Your Retirement" workshop on Thursday, May 17 in ADM 460 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. The class is designed for CalPERS members who are within five years of retirement and will cover ways to maximize ones retirement benefit, how retirement benefits are calculated, the steps to take prior to retiring and the retirement application process. To enroll, call CalPERS at (888) 225-7377 or enroll online at (enrollment instructions are available under the what's new section of the Human Resources website.)

TIAA CREF workshop: 'Making the Most of Your Financial Future'
Human Resources will sponsor a workshop presented by TIAA CREF on Tuesday, May 22 in ADM 460 from 12:15 to 1 p.m. on the topic of financial planning services. To register, e-mail Limited one-on-one sessions will be available after the workshop with Certified Employee Benefit Specialist and Financial Consultant Kuanmei Huang. Call (800) 732-8353 to register for a one-on-one appointment.

CSU Student Research Competition winners named
The 26th Annual CSU Student Research Competition promotes excellence in scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding undergraduate and graduate student accomplishments.

This year, SF State had an unprecedented 70 students competing and the top 10 of these scholars were selected as Campus Winners to represent the University at the CSU competition in Long Beach on May 4-5. SF State students performed extraordinarily well at the CSU competition and won six prizes:

First Place CSU Level winners

  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences: Armbien Sabillo (undergraduate), mentored by Carmen Domingo
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences: Darwin A. Guevarra (undergraduate), mentored by Ryan Howell
  • Humanities and Letters: Michael Whitcomb (graduate), mentored by Robert Cherny
  • Education: Michael J. Reimer (graduate), mentored by Barbara Henderson

Second Place CSU Level Winners

  • Biological and Agricultural Sciences: Trista Rosing (graduate), mentored by Carmen Domingo
  • Creative Arts and Design: Isabel Perdomo (graduate), mentored by Marty Linder, Hsiao-Yun Chu and Shirl Buss

SF State campus winners

  • Humanities and Letters: Lena Gallagher (undergraduate), mentored by Deborah Brown
  • Engineering and Computer Sciences: Di Lan (graduate), mentored by Hao Jiang
  • Physical and Mathematical Sciences: Eliot Morrison (graduate), mentored by George Gassner
  • Behavioral and Social Sciences: Amy H. Sanchez (graduate), mentored by David Gard

Visit to learn more and view photos. Read more about the winners and the topics of their projects at

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the final 2011-12 Academic Senate meeting held on May 8:

  • Senator McCracken announced the Online Student Evaluation of Teaching Feasibility Study and Pilot Project Report. Additional information regarding the study can be found on the Academic Senate website at
  • Approved the Educational Policies Council recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the Academic Program Discontinuance Policy (S93-177), as amended
  • Approved by general consent the Executive Committee recommendation regarding the proposed resolution marking a GWAR milestone and offering commendation and affirmation
  • Adopted by general consent the Executive Committee recommendation regarding a proposed resolution in support of Dean Perea
  • Approved the Executive Committee recommendation regarding the proposed resolution thanking and commending outgoing senators


Following is a list of action items from the Inaugural 2012-13 Academic Senate meeting held on May 8:

  • Approved the meeting schedule for academic year 2012-13
  • Elected the Senate Officers for academic year 2012-13:
    • Chair: Lawrence Hanley, associate professor of English
    • Vice Chair: Robert Keith Collins, assistant professor of American Indian studies
    • Secretary: David Rourke, operations planning specialist for University Property Management
    • At-Large Senator to the Executive Committee I: Barbara Holzman, professor of geography and environmental studies
    • At-Large Senator to the Executive Committee II: Cyrus Ginwala, associate professor of music and dance
    • Chair of Academic Policies Committee, Maxine Chernoff, professor of creative writing
    • Chair of Curriculum Review and Approval Committee, Genie Stowers, professor of public administration
    • Chair of Faculty Affairs Committee, Mohammad Salama, associate professor of foreign languages and literatures
    • Chair of Strategic Issues Committee, Robert Williams, associate professor of counseling
    • Chair of Student Affairs Committee, Rob Strong, marketing lecturer

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 of Music David Xiques.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor and Chair of Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics Nancy Rabolt and Associate Professor of Geography and Human Environmental Studies Jason Henderson.

Read Newsmakers:

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Spring '12 Final Examinations

Spring '12 Final Examinations

Spring '12 Final Examinations

Spring '12 Final Examinations

Spring '12 Final Examinations

Coming Up
May 19: Commencement

May 21: Spring '12 Evaluation Day

May 24: Symposium-Personalized Medicine 5.0-The role of epigenetics

May 25: Spring '12 Grading Day

May 28: Memorial Day -- offices closed

May 29: Spring '12 Grading Day

May 29: Spring '12 End of Semester

June 4: Summer '12 R4 Instruction Begins

June 4: Research, Scholarly and Creative Works Symposium: 12:30 p.m.

June 9: Concert: Irving M. Klein International String Competition: 10 a.m.

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

June 15: Summer 2012 R4 Census

June 18: Summer 2012 R2 Instruction Begins

June 18: Summer Institute 2012: Race, Sex, and Equity: 9 a.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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