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Volume 60, Number 30    April 15, 2013         

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EPC meeting Tuesday, April 16
On April 16, the Education Policies Council (EPC) will review a proposal to discontinue the minor in Social Science. The committee will meet in the NEC Conference Room on the fifth floor of the Administration building at 2:10 p.m.

High Impact Teaching workshops continue
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) invites faculty to the High Impact Teaching Workshops. The hour-long workshops provide new and veteran instructors with the opportunity to learn from each other and collaborate on innovative initiatives. Each session is offered twice to accommodate faculty schedules and is held in ADM 452. The remaining schedule and topics for the spring semester include:

• Developing a Philosophy of Teaching: Monday, April 15, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 16, 10 a.m.
• Making the Most of Student Evaluations: Monday, April 22, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 23, 10 a.m.

CTFD welcomes your suggestions for future workshops. To submit questions, e-mail Meg Gorzycki at Visit the CTFD website for a robust collection of modules and tutorials on a variety of teaching and professional development topics.

ORSP grant application deadline April 17
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) deadline for Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant funding opportunity is April 17 at 5 p.m. This program supports original projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). Investigators, creative artists and collaborative groups at SF State are invited to apply to FOA 2013-01 for the period July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. 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. For more information, visit the ORSP grant Web page.

Juvenile Dependency Court Challenges and Innovations Roundtable
The School of Social Work is sponsoring a roundtable discussion of Juvenile Dependency Court Challenges and Innovations. Judges from three Bay Area counties will be discussing a range of issues related to addressing the best interests of children and families coming before the court. The discussion will be held Wednesday, April 17 from 4:15 to 6:30 p.m. in Library Room 121. For further information, contact Jerry Shapiro at (415) 338-2716 or

CockTales: ReClaiming Love
Through the use of storytelling, poetry, music and dance, the production of CockTales: ReClaiming Love seeks to challenge traditional hegemonic notions of manhood by highlighting the raw nature of the human spirit and exposing the variations of masculinity. The SAFE Place: Men Can Stop Violence and Students for a SAFE Campus present a one-night showing of CockTales: ReClaiming Love on Thursday, April 18 at 7 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre. Admission is $10 for students and $15 for all others. A reception will be held prior to the play at 6 p.m., providing the campus community and local organizations the opportunity to make connections while enjoying great treats. Get tickets online at the show's page on the Creative Arts website.

Graduate Showcase deadline extended: April 19
The registration deadline for students to participate in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase has been extended to April 19. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage graduate students to take part in this annual exhibition of the diverse graduate work done on campus. The Division of Graduate Studies-sponsored event typically features the work of more than 150 graduate students. It is an excellent opportunity for students to share their graduate work with the broader academic community while gaining valuable experience to add to their resume. The showcase will be held in the Main Gym on May 2 from 3 to 5:30 p.m.

Participants and their faculty mentors are also invited to attend a dinner reception following the showcase where registered students and their faculty mentors will be eligible to win prizes, including an iPad, Nook and gift certificates.

Submit registration forms by Friday, April 19. Registration forms and additional information are available at the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase website. Questions? Contact Britney Stewart at

Farm to Fork Lunch returns April 24
The Fourth Annual Farm to Fork Lunch event is returning. A four-course vegetarian meal will be served by students and prepared by Chartwells using only local and sustainably grown food -- some of which will come from the Mary Park Community Garden.

The Wednesday, April 24 lunch on the Quad will include three seating times (11:30 a.m., 12:15 p.m. and 1 p.m.). Some of the local farmers will join diners at the table to share the meal and talk about their farms and sustainability. View photos of the 2012 Farm to Fork event.

Due to the popularity of the event in past years, people are encouraged to get their tickets early. To purchase tickets, Visit the Bursar's website and follow the follow the online payment link. Tickets are $10 each and forms of payment include major credit cards and electronic check.

For more information, visit the Sustainable SF State website or send questions to Davin Wentworth-Thrasher or Caitlin Steele.

Two Readings by Harilyn Rousso
The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and the Poetry Center invite the campus community to "Two Readings by Harilyn Rousso." The event will feature selected readings from psychotherapist, painter, feminist, filmmaker, writer and disability activist Harilyn Rousso's memoir, Don't Call Me Inspirational, from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in HUM 135. Contact Emily Beitiks at or ext. 5-3528 to request reasonable accommodations. For more information, visit the Longmore Institute website.

Thinking About Retirement? Save the date: April 26
Human Resources Safety and Risk Management, as part of their ongoing commitment to bridge life's transitions from recruitment to retirement, will sponsor its first comprehensive retirement planning seminar on April 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The seminar, specifically designed for employees who plan to retire within the next three to five years, will feature a variety of presenters to discuss the following topics:
• Income replacement
• Cycles of change (emotional, physical, mental)
• Active lifestyle (community involvement, travel)
• Diet and exercise
• Legal and medical insurance options
• Getting Involved – Retirement Association

Employees are encouraged to bring their spouse/partner to the seminar. Seminar details, including location and registration, will follow.

"We Are Still Here" Alcatraz multimedia exhibit to open April 28
The campus community is invited to attend the opening of "We Are Still Here," a permanent multimedia exhibit about the historic 19-month American Indian occupation of Alcatraz Island that began in 1969. The opening event and celebration will take place Sunday, April 28 from 9:30 a.m. to noon. To attend, purchase tickets for the Alcatraz Cruises 8:45 a.m. ferry. For more information, contact Philip M. Klasky at or (415) 531-6890.

The exhibit is a collaboration between SF State, CSU East Bay and CSU Long Beach students and faculty, the SF State Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, The Cultural Conservancy, SF State Cesar Chavez Institute, the International Indian Treaty Council, the SF State Bay Area Television Archive and the National Park Service. Major funding has come from SEIU Local 1021 and SEIU Local 1021 Native American Caucus, and individual donors.

Campus Cats seeks volunteers, coordinator
Former Campus Cats coordinator Brigid Duffy has retired, so the Campus Cats committee is looking for a new volunteer coordinator, as well as new members. The coordinator helps with feeding, accepts cash and in-kind donations, and occasionally takes cats to the veterinarian as needed.

There is also a great need for volunteers to help feed the felines: volunteers bring food to three locations on campus and three locations at the nearby University North apartments. Volunteers choose a location and a weekday or a once a month weekend rotation. To volunteer or obtain more information, e-mail


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Time to file tax returns, VITA can help
The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA), a national program providing free assistance to low-income, elderly, limited English-proficient and disabled individuals who require assistance in preparing their tax returns, is open to the general public in SCI 205. The campus community is encouraged to refer qualifying persons who need tax assistance to VITA. To qualify, participants' income must be $51,000 or less and they cannot have rental income. For more information, visit the VITA website.

Weigh in on the strategic planning process
San Francisco State University's previous strategic plan, CUSP II, is now more than 10 years old. As SF State moves forward into a new era, it is time for the University to review its mission, values and strategic goals. After having consulted with campus leaders, President Wong invites the campus community to provide feedback on a draft charge for a Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee, its composition and a proposed timeline for the upcoming strategic planning process. Review the draft documents at and then submit feedback to

Retention, Tenure and Promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to participate in one of five workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. The workshops will be conducted by Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge. Faculty who plan to be reviewed in the next several years are encouraged to attend. The workshops have been organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, but topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so faculty may attend the workshop that best fits their schedule. All workshops will be held in LIB 242.

RSVP to to reserve a place in their preferred workshop:

  • First year faculty: Thursday, May 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Faculty in their second through fifth year: Wednesday, May 8 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Faculty applying for tenure and promotion to associate professor in Fall 2013:
    • Thursday, May 9 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
    • Friday, May 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor: Thursday, May 9 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Community Service Learning awards
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement's Community Service Learning awards honor faculty and staff, students and one community partner each year for contributions to community or to community service learning. The 2012-13 Community Service Learning and Civic Engagement award winners are:

  • Faculty Community Service Learning Award: Jillian Sandell and Nan Alamilla Boyd, College of Liberal & Creative Arts
  • Jefferson Awards: Leticia Marquez Magana, College of Science & Engineering
  • Community Partner Award: OMI Community Collaborative
  • Staff Community Engagement Award: Project Rebound staff
  • Student Community Engagement Award: Sharlana Turner, College of Liberal & Creative Arts
  • Student Community Service Learning awards:
    • Stephanie Iwin Tang, College of Liberal & Creative Arts, nominated by professors Hamid Khani and Ricardo Gomes
    • Jackie Ho, College of Health & Social Services, nominated by Professor Vivian Chavez
    • Jennifer Chinchilla, College of Science & Engineering, nominated by Professor Kimberly Tanner
    • Angelica Molina, College of Ethnic Studies, nominated by Professor Felix Kury
  • Panetta Congressional Internship Program: Margaux Curcuru, College of Liberal & Creative Arts
  • Newman Civic Fellow: Horst Bauer, College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Awards will be presented at an April ceremony.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the April 9 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard brief updates from Standing Committee Chairs and CSU Senators
  • Heard a Report from Associate Vice President/Dean for the College of Extended Learning and International Affairs José Galvan
  • Heard an update and review of Guidelines for Complementary Studies Proposals from Curriculum Review & Approval Committee Chair Genie Stowers and Senate Representative to the Baccalaureate Requirements Committee Cyrus Ginwala
  • Approved a recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposal to rescind policy #F81-84, The Urban Council
  • Approved a recommendation from the Curriculum Review & Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the M.S. Degree in Recreation, Parks & Tourism Program, first reading

Nomination period open for Staff Representative to Academic Senate
The Academic Senate is accepting nominations for Staff Representative from Tuesday, April 2 until 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15. Nominations may include self-nominations or nominations of eligible staff. The Staff Academic Senate Representative position requires attendance at all Academic Senate meetings and all assigned Standing Committee meetings on every working Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. The term of service is three years (2013-16).

Nominations must be received on or before 5 p.m. on Monday, April 15.

The current Staff Representatives to the Academic Senate invite interested parties to visit meetings of the Academic Senate or Standing Committees. Contact Secretary/Staff Representative David Rourke at for answers to questions.

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

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor Rashmi Gupta and Director of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan

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This week in Newsmakers: Biology Lecturer Mike Vasey and Professor Emeritus of Education Mark Phillips.

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

Fearless Voyagers: Women who Challenged the Middle East, 1870-1940: through May 2

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: April 27 through May 24

Bren Ahern: An Early Sampling: Through Aug. 1

Marching Through History with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers: through Sept. 30

Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program in SCI 205: through April 15

Performance/Discussion: The Art of Agency I: 2:10 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Catherine M. Brady: 7 p.m.

Performance/Discussion: The Art of Agency II: 3:30 p.m.

Panel discussion: Performing Re(al)liances: 5:30 p.m.

Concert: Vocal Jazz: 7 p.m.

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

Recital: John-Carlos Perea Trio: 1:10 p.m.

Gina Berriault Award reading: Michael Alenyikov: 7 p.m.

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

Master class: Creative World Ensemble and Avotcja: 3:30 p.m.

Lecture: Vivian Sobchack: Stop+Motion: On Animation, Inertia and Innervation: 4:10 p.m.

Panel discussion: Art, Entrepreneurship and Activism: 6:10 p.m.

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

Prashant Jain from Sparta Consulting Presents the IT Project Management of SAP Implementation: 7 p.m.

Softball Hosting Cal State San Bernardino in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

Recital: Hausmann Quartet: 1:10 p.m.

Master class: American Brass Quintet: 2:10 p.m.

Sustainable Fashion, Food and Fun! : 6 p.m.

Pre-concert talk: Morrison Chamber Music Center: American Brass Quintet: 7 p.m.

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

Symposium: Vital Forms: Healing and the Arts of Crisis: 7 p.m.

Theatre: Greenhouse 2013: 8 p.m.

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: American Brass Quintet: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
April 20: Softball Hosting Cal State San Bernardino in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

April 20: Symposium: Vital Forms: Healing and the Arts of Crisis: 2 p.m.

April 20: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

April 20: MFA Playwrights present staged readings at Exit Theatre: 8 p.m.

April 20: Theatre: Greenhouse 2013: 8 p.m.

April 22: On Average or Over Time? Using Linear vs. Non-Linear Statistics: noon

April 22: Recital: Piano students: 1:10 p.m.

April 22: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Ruth Ellen Kocher: 7 p.m.

April 23: 10th Annual Human Rights Summit: Social and Economic Justice

April 23: Poetry Reading: Wing Tek Lum, The Nanjing Massacre: noon

April 23: Academic Senate meeting: 2 p.m.

April 24: 10th Annual Human Rights Summit

April 24: Lecture: The Politics of Representation as a Projection of Identity: Serbian Art 1900-1950: 4:10 p.m.

April 24: Concert: Jazz Combos: 7:30 p.m.

April 25: 10th Annual Human Rights Summit

April 25: Lecture: A Reading by Harilyn Rousso: noon

April 25: Edelman Town Hall: Supporting Degree Attainment of Early Childhood Educators: 4 p.m.

April 25: Poetry: Clark Coolidge and Steve Dickison: 7 p.m.

April 25: Reading and discussion with Natalie Bakopoulos: 7:30 p.m.

April 25: Theatre: Avenue Q: 8 p.m.

April 26: Softball Hosting Cal State East Bay in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

April 26: The Ross McKee Piano Scholarship Recital: 1:10 p.m.

April 26: Theatre: Avenue Q: 8 p.m.

April 26: Theatre: Greenhouse 2013: 8 p.m.

April 26: MFA Playwrights present staged readings: 8 p.m.

April 27: Baseball Hosting Cal State East Bay in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

April 27: Softball Hosting Cal State East Bay in a Doubleheader: noon

April 27: Exhibition: Senior Art Exposition: noon

April 27: Theatre: Greenhouse 2013: 2 p.m.

April 27: MFA Playwrights present staged readings: 2 p.m.

April 27: MFA Playwrights present staged readings: 5:30 p.m.

April 27: Theatre: Avenue Q: 8 p.m.

April 28: Alcatraz Occupation Exhibit Opening Celebration: 9:30 a.m.

April 28: Gala: Third Annual Theatre Arts Alumni and Friends Brunch: 11 a.m.

April 28: Theatre: Avenue Q: 2 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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