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Volume 60, Number 24    February 25, 2013         

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Public Health Summit
The campus community is invited to the SF State Public Health Summit Feb. 28. The all-day event is sponsored by the Health Education Student Association (HESA) and Public Health Organization of Graduate Students (PHOGS). Activities will include HESA Symposium on Undergrad Public Health Studies, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Rosa Parks A-C (Cesar Chavez Student Center), which will showcase the work of faculty and students of the health education department. From 4:30 to 7 p.m. in the Library Events Room (LIB 121), the PHOGS Annual Career Symposium will feature interactive panels with public health professionals on the subject of career opportunities for students with a public health background.

Upcoming WASC review
A Visiting Team from the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) will be on campus March 6 through 8 to conduct an Educational Effectiveness Review for SF State's accreditation. Faculty, staff and students are invited to participate in the process via open meetings and e-mail comments. Details will appear in the News section of the March 5 CampusMemo.

Child, adult speech and language evaluations
The Communicative Disorders Program is offering speech and language evaluations for children and adults throughout the spring semester. Evaluations will be held on Thursdays and Fridays from 9 to 11 a.m. Faculty and staff are encouraged to invite family members, relatives or friends who would benefit from a comprehensive speech and language evaluation to obtain an application form at the Communicative Disorders Program office in BH 114, via e-mail from or by calling 338-1001. There is a minimal fee based upon ability to pay.

Join Campus Recreation
Want to follow through on that New Year's resolution? Campus Recreation is offering faculty and staff memberships for use of the pool, strength and conditioning room, and Group X classes during the spring semester. For more information or to sign up, visit the Campus Recreation website.

Private swim lessons by Campus Recreation
The Campus Recreation Department is hosting private swim lessons for faculty, staff and students. All classes are taught by Red Cross-certified instructors. For more information and registration details, download the private swim PDF.

Phi Beta Kappa reminders
The SF State chapter of Phi Beta Kappa (Omicron of California) wishes to remind members of the following:
• Annual dues of $20, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Lisa Takeyama, Department of Economics, Treasurer of the Society
• The annual meeting will be held the afternoon of Thursday, April 4. Presentation of the slate of new officers by the nominating committee and presentation of the new class of members-in-course will be on the agenda (time and location to be announced)
• The annual initiation of new members will be held Thursday, May 9, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Library Events Room (LIB 121) and will be followed by a reception

Questions? Contact chapter president Pamela Vaughn or for finances, chapter treasurer Lisa Takeyama

Library Now Offers "OneSearch"
The Library has added OneSearch to the online search tools on the Library home page. By entering search terms in the OneSearch box, users can simultaneously search almost all of the content available in more than 200 databases, as well as the J. Paul Leonard Library catalog. Searches can include all fields or can be restricted to searching only the author, title or subject fields. Searches may also be narrowed by types of sources, for example, the Library Catalog for books and media, or Articles and Databases. The OneSearch tool is meant to facilitate the discovery of sources and databases relevant to an area of research or interdisciplinary topic, rather than replace other tools which are more suited to queries of specific, individual databases appropriate to the topic or subject area of interest. Users are asked to submit comments via the feedback link.

Information Security Awareness contest
Faculty are asked to encourage their students to submit a short video or poster to the EDUCAUSE and Internet2 Higher Education Information Security Council information security awareness contest. Nine cash prizes will be awarded and the winning materials may be used in information security awareness campaigns on campuses across the country. The contest deadline is March 8, 2013. Students should visit the contest website for details.

Award nominations sought: Deadline March 22
The Community Service Learning (CSL) Program, a unit within the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, recognizes and honors one faculty member, one staff member, one student per college, and one community partner each year for contributions to community or to community service learning.

Visit the CSL website for nomination guidelines and requirements.


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Week of events in celebration of President Wong's investiture (updated)
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend the investiture of Leslie E. Wong as SF State's 13th president, which will take place in McKenna Theatre at 2 p.m. on March 14. Doors open at 1:15 p.m. A reception in Jack Adams Hall will immediately follow the ceremony. The ceremony will be preceded by activities in the Quad for students, faculty and staff.

The formal investiture ceremony is one of several events scheduled during March 9-15. The week's theme is "XLR8@SF State," and events are aimed at both celebrating the accomplishments of recent years and looking toward the University's future. Highlights include a day of community service on March 9, a 5K Walk/Run on March 10, a faculty/student panel on science, technology, engineering and mathematics research on March 11, a special theatre performance on March 12 and a lecture on March 13 by Kevin Starr, University Professor and Professor of History, University of Southern California and California State Librarian Emeritus. Faculty members are also invited to a reception with President and Mrs. Wong from 4 to 6 p.m. March 11 in the library faculty commons.

A celebration dinner honoring President Wong and the 2013 inductees into the Alumni Hall of Fame will be held on the evening of March 15 in downtown San Francisco. Fee and advance registration by March 1 is required. For more information and to RSVP, visit the presidential investiture website (see link below) and click on "Event Schedule."

Those interested in participating in the "One Community" day of service, which will include beautification projects throughout San Francisco Supervisorial District 7, are asked to RSVP by March 6. Online registration for the XLR8@SF State 5K Walk/Run, which will take place on campus Sunday, March 10, continues through March 8. An advance fee of $15 for faculty and staff is required.

Bargaining unit employees wishing to attend the investiture events during work hours must seek approval from their supervisor.

Visit for more information.

Alumni Hall of Fame inductees announced
Four distinguished graduates will be welcomed into the University's Alumni Hall of Fame on March 15. The ceremony will take place in downtown San Francisco as part of a celebration dinner honoring these alumni and the investiture of University President Leslie E. Wong.

The honorees are:

  • Award-winning director and screenwriter Lisa Cholodenko (B.A. '87). Cholodenko's Oscar-nominated hit, "The Kids are All Right," comes after several acclaimed independent films and writing credits for television, including HBO's "Six Feet Under."
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Al Martinez (attended '47-'50). In a six-decade-long writing career, this former Marine was a longtime columnist at the Los Angeles Times, a reporter for the Oakland Tribune and has written novels, nonfiction and television scripts.
  • Deaf theatre artist Bernard Bragg (M.A. '59). A pioneer in deaf theatre, Bragg taught at California School for the Deaf in Berkeley before becoming a prominent mime artist and co-founding the National Theatre of the Deaf.
  • Philanthropist Judy Marcus (B.A. '62). A leader and volunteer with numerous community organizations, Marcus serves on the SF State Foundation's Board of Directors and together with her husband, George Marcus (B.A. '65), is a longtime supporter of the University.

More details on investiture week are at

Call for Nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards
The Dean of Students is proud to recognize the outstanding leadership at SF State. The annual Leadership Awards Ceremony highlights the outstanding service that student leaders, student organizations and faculty/staff advisors provide to SF State and to larger communities. Four awards have been established to thank and recognize the outstanding talent in the campus community: Outstanding Student Leader Award, Outstanding Student Organization Award, Outstanding Faculty/Staff Advisor Award and Social Justice Award.

Campus community members may nominate individuals and student organizations; all eligible nominees will be submitted to the Awards Committee for review, which is based solely on the content of nominations received from SF State faculty, staff and students via the online form. After review, the Committee will make a recommendation to the Dean of Students who will determine the award recipient(s). Students and faculty/staff advisors may not nominate themselves for the individual awards, however they may nominate their own organization for the Outstanding Student Organization Award and/or the Social Justice Award.

Online nominations forms for each category are available as follows:

2013 Retreat Survey
The Retreat Planning Committee would like to thank everyone who attended the Faculty Research and Creative Activities Retreat Jan 23-24, 2013 and welcomes feedback via a brief Qualtrics survey. The survey should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. Thank you for helping us with future planning.

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

  • Chairs from standing committees and Statewide CSU Senators reported on action and information items
  • Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations Brian Beatty and CMS Conversion Project Director Don Krueger provided a report and overview of the SIMS Conversion to Common Management System (CMS)
  • Reviewed the Faculty Affairs Committee's proposed revisions to the Evaluation of Tenured Faculty for Professional Development and Support policy (S00-122), first reading (this item is expected return on March 5)
  • Reviewed the Faculty Affairs Committee's proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy (F11-241), first reading (this item is expected to return on March 5)
  • Approved the proposed Academic Senate meeting schedule for Academic Year 2013-14

Distinguished Faculty Awards nominations sought
Each year, the Academic Senate acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. These awards, which include a stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate, are designed to highlight the accomplishments of these individual faculty members and to showcase a few examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty.

The awards are presented at the Opening Faculty Meeting at the beginning of each academic year in August.

Award categories are:

  • The Sarlo Award for Excellence in Teaching ($5,000 stipend, pre-tax)
  • Excellence in Professional Achievement ($4,000 stipend, pre-tax)
  • Excellence in Service ($4,000 stipend, pre-tax)

For more information on the Faculty Honors and Awards Policy, visit To nominate yourself or a colleague, visit the Academic Senate website at

The Academic Senate office in ADM 551 will accept nomination packets though 4 p.m. on Friday, March 1. Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or with 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: Associate Professor of Health Education Vivian Chávez and Assistant Professor of Design and Industry Joshua Singer

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This week in Newsmakers: History Lecturer Mark Sigmon, Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Nina Roberts and Associate Professor of Anthropology James Quesada.

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SF State received $1,245,791 in grants and contracts in January 2013.

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Bren Ahern: An Early Sampling: Through Aug. 1

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

Recital: Dmitry Rachmanov, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Forgotten Populations of Colombia: Internal Displacement of Indigenous and Afro-Descendants: 5 p.m

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Dean Rader: 7 p.m.

Film: Snow Falling on Cedars and Lloyd A. Silverman: 4:10 p.m.

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

Poetry: Rosa Alcala and Roberto Tejada: 4:30 p.m.

Baseball Hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 2 p.m.

Edelman Town Hall: Supporting Language & Literacy Development of Young Dual Language Learners: 4 p.m.

Coming Up
March 2: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

March 3: Baseball Hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 11 a.m.

March 4: Forum on Reducing Gun Violence: 9 a.m.

March 4: Recital: Van Cliburn Commission with Victoria Neve, piano: 1:10 p.m.

March 4: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Mary Winegarden: 7 p.m.

March 5: Academic Senate meeting: 2 p.m.

March 6: Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

March 7: WASC Educational Effectiveness Review: Faculty Open Meeting: 11:15 a.m.

March 7: Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

March 7: Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

March 8: WASC Educational Effectiveness Review: Institutional Exit Interview: noon

March 8: Softball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

March 8: Recital: Roberto Turrin, piano: 1:10 p.m.

March 8: Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

March 8: Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

March 9: One Community day of service: 8 a.m.

March 9: Softball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

March 9: Baseball Hosting Pacifica University: 1 p.m.

March 9: Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

March 9: Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

March 10: 5K Fun Run with President Wong and Campus Community: 8 a.m.

March 10: Baseball Hosting Pacifica University: noon

March 10: Theatre: Our Town: 2 p.m.

March 11: Celebration of Faculty as Teacher-Scholars in STEM Education Symposium: noon

March 11: Recital: Facade -- An Entertainment: 1:10 p.m.

March 11: Faculty Reception with President and Mrs. Wong: 4 p.m.

March 11: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Mary Johnson: 7 p.m.

March 12: Theatre: You Know When the Men Are Gone: 7 p.m.

March 13: Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

March 13: Lecture: The Sutro Library: Mirror for Global California: 2 p.m.

March 13: Concert: Student chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

March 14: Students/Staff Activities on the Quad: noon

March 14: Investiture of President Leslie E. Wong: 2 p.m.

March 14: Post-Investiture Reception: 4:10 p.m.

March 14: Lecture: Arthur Dong: Documentary Beyond Documentary Film: 4:10 p.m.

March 14: Poetry: The Last VisPo Anthology with editors Craig Hill, Nico Vassilakis and guests: 4:30 p.m.

March 14: Master class: Trio con Brio Copenhagen: 7 p.m.

March 14: Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.

March 15: Recital: Clarinet students: 1:10 p.m.

March 15: Baseball Hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 3 p.m.

March 15: Celebration Dinner Honoring President Wong and 2013 Inductees to the SF State Alumni Hall of Fame: 6 p.m.

March 15: Pre-concert talk: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Trio con Brio Copenhagen: 7 p.m.

March 15: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Trio con Brio Copenhagen: 8 p.m.

March 15: Theatre: Our Town: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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