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Volume 60, Number 27    March 18, 2013         

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CampusMemo schedule
Due to spring break, CampusMemo will not be published March 25. Publication of CampusMemo will resume with the April 2 issue. Items for that issue must be submitted to by 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 26.

Award nominations sought by 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.

CBPR proposals due
March 29 is the deadline to submit proposals for the Community Based Participatory Research (CPBR) for the Health Equity Institute, which will be held June 24 through 28 at SF State. For additional information and proposal guidelines, visit the CBPR Institute website.

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.

Staff travel grants available
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

Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant funding opportunity
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs has announced the Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant funding opportunity. The 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 Funding Opportunity Announcement (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. The deadline is April 17. For more information and application forms, visit the ORSP FOA website.

One-on-one with Provost Sue V. Rosser
Interested faculty are invited to make a 10-15 minute appointment with Provost Sue V. Rosser to talk about such topics as their interests, research, community service and creative projects. An office hour will be scheduled each week to accommodate several individual faculty appointments. Contact Candice Piper in the Provost's Office at or by calling ext. 8-1141 to schedule an appointment.


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Presidential Investiture: Week in Pictures
The SF State community came together to celebrate the investiture of Leslie E. Wong as the 13th president of San Francisco State University with activities from March 9 through 15. Visit SF State News to see photos from the various events, added as each event occurred.

See more at SF State News at

WASC visit update
On Friday, March 8, after three days of meeting with campus stakeholders, the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC) Visiting Team presented its summary of final recommendations to the campus. The full report will be available in June 2013 and it will be posted after the University receives it.

The Visiting Team made a number of recommendations for improvement, but gave even more commendations regarding what they felt the University does well. In particular, the team noted the commitment of all faculty and staff, who work hard to provide students with a quality educational experience. The WASC Educational Effectiveness Review Steering Committee thanks the campus community for contributing to this important effort and for the fine work that everyone does on behalf of SF State.

High Impact Teaching workshops: Spring 2013
The Center for Teaching and Faculty Development (CTFD) invites faculty to the High Impact Teaching Workshops that will continue in the Spring 2013 semester. The hour-long workshops focus on topics grounded in contemporary pedagogical research and provide new and veteran instructors across colleges with the opportunity to learn from each other and collaborate on innovative initiatives. Each session is offered twice to accommodate faculty schedules. All sessions meet in ADM 452. The tentative schedule and topics for the spring semester include:

  • Responding to Student Conflict and Distress: Monday, March 18, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, March 19, 10 a.m.
  • Designing Effective Field Experiences: Monday, April 8, 3:30 p.m. or Tuesday, April 9, 10 a.m.
  • 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 suggestions for future workshops. To submit questions, e-mail Meg Gorzycki at

The CTFD website also offers a robust collection of modules and tutorials on a variety of topics on teaching and professional development, including course and curriculum design, implementing Universal Design for Learning, creating effective assessments, student advising resources, best practice case stories, instructional strategies and links to professional development opportunities.

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open floor period will be held from 2 to 2:10 p.m., providing an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Report from the Academic Senate Chair
  • Chairs from standing committee and CSU Senators report on action and information items (brief updates)
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution of commendation for the SF State Western Association of Schools & Colleges (WASC) Steering Committee, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding the proposed reapportionment for Academic Year 2013-14: proposal is to adopt the Table 2 Scenario, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development Advisory Council Membership & Charge, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy, (F11-241), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Evaluation of Tenured Faculty for Professional Development and Support policy (S00-122), first reading

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

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This week in Insiders: Professor and Coordinator of Gerontology, and Director of the Health Mobility and Safety Lab Darlene Yee-Melichar

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Management John Sullivan and Gerontology Lecturer and Executive Director of California Advocates for Nursing Home Reform Pat McGinnis.

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SF State received $1,186,729 in grants and contracts in February 2013

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

The Moment for Ink: through March 23

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

Book presentation: Dr. Ruha Benjamin, People's Science: Bodies and Rights on the Stem Cell Frontier: noon

Recital: Choral students: 1:10 p.m.

Concert: Contemporary chamber music: 7 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Shirin Yim Bridges: 7 p.m.

Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: noon

Academic Senate: 2 p.m.

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

Recital: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Boccaccio's Mountain: The Voyage of the Soul and the Language of Knowledge in the Decameron: 4:10 p.m.

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

Poetry: Andrew Levy and Julie Patton: 4:30 p.m.

Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute faculty preview: 2 p.m.

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

Softball Hosting Humboldt State in a Doubleheader: 1 p.m.

Baseball Hosting Sonoma State: 3 p.m.

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
March 23: Track Hosting Johnny Mathis Track & Field Invitational

March 23: Softball Hosting Humboldt State in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

March 24: Baseball Hosting Sonoma State: 11 a.m.

March 25-30: Spring '13 Spring Recess: No Classes, Campus open

March 28: Baseball Hosting Chico State: 3 p.m.

March 29: Athletics Hosting Distance Carnival: 9 a.m.

March 29: Baseball Hosting Chico State in a Doubleheader: 11 a.m.

March 30: Community Open Sailing and Kayaking Day at Lake Merced: 10 a.m.

March 30: Baseball Hosting Chico State: 11 a.m.

April 1: Spring '13 Cesar Chavez Day; No Classes; Offices Closed

April 2: Exhibition Opening: Marching Through History with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers: 5 p.m.

April 3: The William Corbett-Jones Piano Scholarship Recital: 1:10 p.m.

April 3: Speech and Debate Team Showcase: 2 p.m.

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

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


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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