San Francisco State UniversityA-ZSearchCalendarNeed help?News

CampusMemo logo

Volume 60, Number 28    April 2, 2013         

CampusMemo Home  Dots  Announcements  Dots  News  Dots  News  Dots  Insiders  Dots  Newsmakers Dots  In Memoriam

Announcements image header
Staff travel grants deadline April 3
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages staff to apply for travel grant awards. The awards are for travel during 2013 and will have a maximum value of $500. The association expects to fund up to seven grants (faculty travel grants will be awarded next year).

Professional development is the major criterion for a travel grant award, with preference given to participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, summer fieldwork, research, or attendance at an institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered.

Staff application forms are available under the "Forms" tab at To be considered for a grant, applicants must have at least a half-time appointment and must submit a completed application via e-mail to all of the following people by April 3:
Dan Buttlaire, SFSURA chair, at
Mamdouh Abo-El-Ata at
Julian Randolph at

Phi Beta Kappa meeting
The annual meeting for the campus chapter of Phi Beta Kappa will be Thursday, April 4, 2013, 3-5 p.m. In HUM 474. All members are urged to attend.

See the Terracotta Warriors
The University Women's Association is sponsoring a docent-led tour of the Terracotta Warriors exhibit at the Asian Art Museum on Saturday, April 27 at 9:45 a.m. The cost is $30 for adults and $25 for senior citizens 65 or older. RSVP by April 10 and send checks payable to the University Women's Association c/o Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. For more information, contact Lin Ivory at (415) 721-7432 or visit

Tax time is VITA time
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 to VITA qualifying persons who need tax assistance. To qualify, participants’ income must be $51,000 or less and they cannot have a rental income. For more information, visit the VITA website.

EPC meeting scheduled
On April 16, the Education Policies Council (EPC) will review a proposal to discontinue the B.S. in Atmospheric and Oceanic Science, and 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 2:30 p.m.

Longmore Institute on Disability
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 institute website.


News image header
Halladey to direct Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Sandra Halladey, an SF State staff member since 2006, has been appointed director of the campus Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) after a national search. OLLI is an active community of peers age 50 and up engaged in learning through three- and six-week classes, interest groups and events at the SF State downtown and main campuses.

Halladey is charged with growing the institute through instructor recruitment, new program development and fostering conviviality and respect among OLLI members.

"Sandra Halladey brings tremendous skills, energy, and tenacity to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute," said Paul Sherwin, dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts. "Through her fervent advocacy for education, her creativity in devising solutions and her knowledge of the University, opportunities for lifelong learning are poised to expand and become more interesting in the years to come."

With a successful track record at SF State in alumni relations, fundraising and audience development, Halladey also has 20 years of experience in educational leadership, membership growth and media advocacy. A founder of the San Francisco chapter of Parents for Public Schools, she is involved with public education and arts education activism.

Halladey replaces Debra Varner, who retired after five and a half years as OLLI director.

Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase
The Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase is an annual exhibition of the diverse graduate work taking place at SF State, sponsored by the Division of Graduate Studies. In the past, more than 150 graduate exhibitors have participated. Presentations typically come in the form of a poster display that depicts the purpose, methods and results of student research or creative projects.

Faculty are asked to encourage their students to participate in the showcase, which 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 will be eligible to win prizes, including an iPad.

Registration forms are due by Friday, April 12. More information and forms may be found on the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase website.

The event is an excellent opportunity for students to share their graduate work with the broader academic community and gain valuable experience to add to their resume. For more information, visit or contact Britney Stewart at

Assessment April
Academic Technology's Online Teaching and Learning Team will present "Assessment April," two webinars designed to teach users how to create online assessments.

Turnitin With iLearn: Teaching Students Originality: Friday, April 5, 10 to 11 a.m.
This webinar will cover Turnitin basics, including originality reports, the submission process from the student perspective and a guided tour on how to add a Turnitin assignment in an iLearn course.

iLearn Quizzes: Creating An Efficient Online Assessment: Friday, April 5, 2 to 3 p.m.
The webinar provides an overview of how iLearn Quizzes enables faculty to assess student learning and for students to engage in self-assessment, as well as basic quiz features, grading options, question types and randomization, the student perspective, and how to create a simple timed quiz.

Register at least two business days in advance at and a webinar link will be sent to participants via e-mail. Questions? E-mail or call ext. 5-5550 or visit Academic Technologies' Assessment April Web page.

To request reasonable accommodations for this event, contact Nora Scully by April 2 at or ext. 5-5539.

Not interested in a webinar? Drop in on the Faculty Media Studio in LIB 240 (Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) or schedule an appointment online, e-mail or call ext. 5-5550.

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

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 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 "Click here to make an online web payment" link at the top of the page. Tickets are $10 each and forms of payment include major credit cards and electronic check.

Questions? Contact Davin Wentworth-Thrasher at (415) 846-8464 or Caitlin Steele at

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.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the March 19 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard reports from Standing Committee Chairs and Statewide CSU Senators
  • Approved a resolution of commendation for the SF State Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) Steering Committee
  • Adopted a revised reapportionment for Academic Year 2013-14, from the Executive Committee, Table 2 Scenario (*as presented)
  • Approved revisions to the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development Advisory Council Membership and Charge
  • Approved revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy (F11-241), from the Faculty Affairs Committee
  • Reviewed proposed revisions to the Evaluation of Tenured Faculty for Professional Development and Support Policy (S00-122); item was sent back to the Faculty Affairs Committee

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). Visit the Academic Senate website for details regarding eligibility, nominations and elections.

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

Insiders image header
This week in Insiders: Professor and Associate Chair of Counseling Andres J. Consoli, AVP for Human Resources, Safety & Risk Management Lori Gentles, Associate Director of Office of International Programs Jay C. Ward, Associate Professor of Music Jassen Todorov, Assistant Professor of Music Martin Seggelke and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Instructor Lynne Kaufman

Read Insiders:

Newsmakers image header
This week in Newsmakers: Greenhouse Manager Martin Grantham, President Les Wong and Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith.

Read Newsmakers:

In Memoriam image header
We mark the passing of Professor Emeritus of English Bill Robinson

Read In Memoriam :

Submitting events to CampusMemo
CampusMemo picks up event listings directly from the University Calendar. Departments interested in publicizing an event in CampusMemo simply need to register the event on the University Calendar by 10 a.m. on Wednesday of the previous week. To submit an event, go to and click on "Submit an Event" in the left-hand navigation bar.

Events image header
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

Bren Ahern: An Early Sampling: Through Aug. 1

Marching Through History with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers: April 2 - Sept. 30

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

Spring '13 Cesar Chavez Day; No Classes; Offices Closed

Exhibition Opening: Marching Through History with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers: 5 p.m.

SFMC Teachers' Circle: 5:30 p.m.

The William Corbett-Jones Piano Scholarship Recital: 1:10 p.m.

Speech and Debate Team Showcase: 2 p.m.

Poetry: Wanda Coleman and Brenda Coultas: 4:30 p.m.

Webinar: Turnitin With iLearn: Teaching Students Originality: 10 a.m.

Webinar: iLearn Quizzes: Creating An Efficient Online Assessment: 2 p.m.

Right to Good Health Mural unveiling: 6

Coming Up
April 6: Poetry: Anselm Hollo, a Memorial Tribute: 4 p.m.

April 8: Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and Roger Woodward, piano: 1:10 p.m.

April 8: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Student reading: 7 p.m.

April 8: Concert: San Francisco Chamber Orchestra: 7:10 p.m.

April 9: Academic Senate meeting: 2 p.m.

April 10: Recital: Roger Woodward and his piano students: 1:10 p.m.

April 11: Symposium: Access to Design Professions at SF State: 7 p.m.

April 11: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

April 12: Workshop: Access to Design Professions at SF State: 9 a.m.

April 12: Softball Hosting Cal State Monterey Bay in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

April 12: Baseball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 3 p.m.

April 12: Panel discussion: Mischievous Entanglements: The Embodied Histories of Paul K. Longmore -- Scholar, Teacher, Activist: 3:30 p.m.

April 12: Concert: SF State Percussion Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

April 13: Workshop: Design for Living Presentations: 9:30 a.m.

April 13: Baseball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

April 13: Softball Hosting Cal State Monterey Bay in a Doubleheader: noon

April 14: Baseball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 11 a.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



About CampusMemo
CampusMemo is published weekly during the school year by University Communications and provides news, information and on-campus events listings to the faculty and staff of San Francisco State University.

This publication is available in alternative formats upon request. Contact University Communications at the number listed below. The deadline for submissions other than events is 5 p.m. the Tuesday preceding publication. Items may be sent via e-mail:, faxed to ext. 8-1498, or sent through campus mail to: CampusMemo, University Communications, ADM 156. Submit events directly to the University Calendar by 10 a.m. on the Wednesday prior to publication. Please direct any questions to the e-mail address above, or call ext. 8-1665.


San Francisco State University Home     Search     Need Help?    

1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 415/338-1111
Last modified March 28, 2013 by University Communications.