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Volume 60, Number 32    April 29, 2013         

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CampusMemo summer schedule
The last weekly issue of CampusMemo will be published May 20. With the end of the spring semester, CampusMemo will publish monthly. During the summer, CampusMemo will be published June 24 and July 29. Weekly publication will resume at the start of the fall semester on Aug. 26.

"We Are Still Here" 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.

Day of Adolph Sutro
The Sutro Library, a part of the California State Library, invites the campus community to share in the celebration of the "Day of Adolph Sutro" on Monday, April 29. The commemoration of Adolph Sutro's birthday was officially marked in 2010 by a proclamation made by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Events will begin at 1 p.m. with a visual presentation of Sutro's life followed by a Q&A session with Sutro Library staff and volunteers. At 2 p.m., guest speaker Gary Kurutz, California scholar, executive director of the California State Library Foundation and emeritus curator of Special Collections for the California State Library,will present "From Pillar to Post: the Peregrinations of the Sutro Library, 1913-2013." Events will be held in the Sutro Library's fifth floor reading room in the J. Paul Leonard Library. For more information, visit Learn more about the sponsor at the California State Library Foundation website.

New Human Resources Safety & Wellness Program
The Human Resources Safety and Wellness series continues with a presentation by Professor of Health Education Erik Peper on the latest version of Stretch Break Pro and the most advanced information about healthy computing, stress reduction and injury avoidance. Register online for the event to be held Tuesday, April 30 at 11 a.m. in LIB 121. Healthy snacks will also be available.

Counseling tenure track presentations
The Counseling and Psychological Services Center will conduct interviews for a tenure track counselor faculty position in May. Members of the University community are invited to attend presentations by the three candidates on May 2, May 9 and May 16 from 3:10 to 3:55 p.m. in the Student Services Building room 401. Each presentation will be followed by a Q & A session. Contact Mary Cavagnaro at or ext. 8-2208 with questions.

Fashion show
Apparel Design & Merchandising Students, in collaboration with students from the departments of Broadcast & Electronic Communications Art and Design and Industry, invite the campus community to the fourteenth annual student fashion show, "Runway 2013: Ignite." The event takes place Thursday, May 2 at the Galleria San Francisco Design Center, 101 Henry Adams Street. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m. Purchase tickets for Runway 2013: Ignite online.

Suicide Prevention conference call for proposals
On Friday October 18, 2013 the San Francisco State University Student Mental Health Initiative presents the Suicide Prevention Regional Conference sponsored by CalMHSA and Proposition 63. The conference theme is "We All Matter: Creating a Community of Caring." Counseling and Psychological Services Center, Active Minds and campus partners invite mental health professionals, students, faculty and staff to submit proposals on suicide prevention best practices among college campus communities. Proposals may be based on research, program development, training and peer education. Participants are encouraged to submit proposals that address suicide prevention among culturally diverse and historically underserved and underrepresented students. Proposals must be received by May 15.

To access proposal forms or obtain more information, visit the Suicide Prevention conference website. Send questions to Graduate Student Assistant Gary Lamm or Yolanda Gamboa.

Summer Swim Lesson Program
The Campus Recreation Department is hosting Summer Swim Lessons for youth and adults from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays starting June 17. For more information or to register, visit the Campus Recreation swim Web page.

Summer Faculty/Staff Memberships
Summer is just around the corner and faculty/staff summer memberships are available in the Campus Recreation department for only $50. For more information or to register, visit the Campus Recreation website membership page.



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Learn more about retention, tenure and promotion
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development is offering five workshops to help faculty prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. Conducted by Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge, the workshops are 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. Faculty who plan to be reviewed in the next several years are encouraged to attend.

Faculty should 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.

All workshops will be held in LIB 242.

University receives $300,000 to train tech workers
SF State will be better equipped to prepare students for internships and jobs in the tech industry, thanks to a nearly $300,000 grant from the city of San Francisco.

Funded by the city's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, the grant is part of the TechSF initiative to train San Francisco residents for high-tech jobs. Associate Professor of Computer Science William Hsu and Associate Professor of Engineering Hamid Mahmoodi will use the new funding to develop independent study projects for students that will cultivate job skills currently sought by employers.

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Professor revamps postmodern poetry anthology
When Paul Hoover revised his sweeping anthology of postmodern poetry, first published in 1994, he knew he would have to make some tough choices. The first? Dropping himself from the collection. Clearing out the old to make way for the new is inherent in piecing together the definitive overview of a cutting-edge cultural change.

The second edition of Hoover's Postmodern American Poetry, published in March by W.W. Norton, includes 534 poems from 114 poets, more than half of whom were not featured in the original edition.

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Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the April 23 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Standing committee chairs and Statewide CSU Senators provided brief reports on action and information items
  • President Les Wong provided a report and update on SF State’s strategic planning efforts
  • AVP for Academic Affairs Operations Brian Beatty, Director of Academic Technology Maggie Beers and Dean of Faculty Affairs Sacha Bunge provided a report and update on the implementation process of online teaching evaluations
  • Reviewed proposed revisions to the Teaching Evaluations Policy from the Faculty Affairs Committee; this item will return May 7 in in the second reading
  • Reviewed proposed revisions to the Leaves with Pay Policy from the Faculty Affairs Committee; this item will return May 7 in the second reading
  • Reviewed proposed discontinuance of the Minor in Social Justice from the Educational Policies Council; this item will return May 7 in the second reading
  • Approved proposed revisions to the BA Degree in Chinese and the Minor in Chinese, from the Curriculum Review & Approval Committee
  • Approved proposed revisions to the University Interdisciplinary Policy, from the Academic Policies Committee, as amended
  • Reviewed proposed revisions to the Academic Freedom Policy, from the Academic Policies Committee; this item will return May 7 in the first reading
  • Reviewed proposed revisions to the Academic Freedom Committee Policy, from the Academic Policies Committee; this item will return May 7 in the first reading
  • Approved proposed revisions to the Academic Program Review Policy, from the Strategic Issues Committee
  • Approved proposed revisions to the BS Degree in Physics, Concentration in Physics for Teaching, from the Curriculum Review & Approval Committee

Academic Senate Staff Representative Elections & Nominees
Staff employees in Units 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 are reminded to vote for their desired representatives to the Academic Senate. Election Ballots were delivered to SF State e-mail accounts using the University Qualtrics system

Voting will close Friday, May 3, 2013 at noon. Once the voting period has concluded, staff representatives will be announced in the May 13 CampusMemo.

Eligible voters who have not received an e-mailed ballot or who require an alternate format of the ballot should contact David Rourke at ext. 8-1822 or

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

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This week in Insiders: Director of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan, Geosciences Lecturer Jan Null and Professor of Philosophy Anita Silvers

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Civil Engineering Christopher Pong, History Lecturer Mark Sigmon and Associate Professor of Journalism Rachele Kanigel.

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We mark the passing of Judith Anne (Judy) Ott.

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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: through May 24

Bren Ahern: An Early Sampling: through Aug. 1

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

April 29: Recital: Roger Woodward and his piano students: 1:10 p.m.

April 29: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Michael Warr: 7 p.m.

April 29: Concert: San Francisco State University Percussion Ensemble: 8 p.m.

April 30: Speaker Series - Cloud Computing Educational Seminar: 5 p.m.

April 30: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

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

May 1: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

May 1: Theatre: Avenue Q: 8 p.m.

May 2: Graduate Studies Research and Creative Works Showcase: 3 p.m.

May 2: Fashion: Runway 2013: Ignite: 7 p.m.

May 2: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

May 2: Theatre: Avenue Q: 8 p.m.

May 3: Screening: Missing Home: 6 p.m.

May 3: Poetry: Postmodern American Poetry: 6:30 p.m.

May 3: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

May 3: Concert: Cal State Los Angeles Afro Latin Ensemble and Jazz Combos: 7:30 p.m.

May 3: Theatre: Avenue Q: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
May 4: Poetry/Concert: Cloud Shepherd with Will Alexander and India Cooke: 7 p.m.

May 4: Theatre: Avenue Q: 8 p.m.

May 5: Theatre: Avenue Q: 2 p.m.

May 6: Recital: Piano students: 1:10 p.m.

May 6: Lecture: Writers on Writing: T. Geronimo Johnson: 7 p.m.

May 7: Academic Senate meeting: 2 p.m.

May 7: Friends of the Leonard Library's Annual Meeting: 2 p.m.

May 7: SFMC Teachers' Circle: 5:30 p.m.

May 8: Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

May 8: Concert: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 7 p.m.

May 9: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

May 10: Industrial Arts Thesis Presentations: 9 a.m.

May 10: Poetry: How to Live on the Planet Earth: A Celebration of Nanao Sakaki: 7 p.m.

May 10: Opera: Dido and Aeneas: 8 p.m.

May 11: Opera: Dido and Aeneas: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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