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Volume 61, Number 21    February 10, 2014         

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Spring CSL opportunities
Faculty are encouraged to tell their students of the Spring 2014 CSL Nonprofit & Government Agency Fair scheduled for Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quad. The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement's Community Service Learning (CSL) program will host the free event, which will bring more than 30 Bay Area organizations to campus to recruit volunteers, interns and service learners, as well as inform the community about the services and opportunities they offer.

Food trucks return with new locations
The SFSU Gator Group has created a top-notch food truck lineup to welcome back the campus community for the spring semester. One truck will be situated at the West Campus Green (Monday-Thursday, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.), the other truck will park behind Thornton/Hensill halls, directly in front of the portable classrooms. Check the Gator Group website, Facebook or Twitter feed for truck listings and updates.

Screening and live interactive webcast of Inequality For All
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement will host a screening of the film Inequality For All, on Wednesday, Feb. 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. in LIB 121. The film will also be presented in a live, interactive webcast on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. The webcast will be fully accessible through captioning and interpreters are available at special request. It is sponsored by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' American Democracy Project and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and his staff. For more information, visit (a link to the webcast will be posted on the day of the event).

Screenwriting master classes
The Cinema Department will host three world-class screenwriters for a series of professional master classes this spring. Each class will begin with a public talk and Q&A event in the August Coppola Theatre in the Fine Arts building on Thursday night. The public events are:

• "The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Genre Screenwriting" with Michael Grais. Thursday, Feb. 13. Grais' movie credits include Poltergeist (1982), Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) and Cool World (1992), as well as the classic TV shows Starsky and Hutch, Kojak and Baretta

• "Low Expectations: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Genre Screenwriting" with Sam Hamm, Thursday, Feb. 20. Hamm's credits include Batman (1989), Monkeybone (2001) and Masters of Horror: Homecoming (2005)

• "Writing and Selling the Female-driven Screenplay" with Pamela Gray, Thursday, March 6. Gray's credits include A Walk on the Moon (1999) and Conviction (2010).

Campus Recreation accepting members
Campus Recreation can help you achieve your New Year's resolutions with memberships for faculty and staff. The memberships include use of the pool, strength and conditioning room, and Group X classes during the spring semester. Swimming lessons will also be offered this semester. For more information or to sign up, visit the Campus Recreation website.

Seven Hills is ready to host your event
The Seven Hills Conference Center stands ready to make your event a success, whether it's a training session, seminar, meeting, banquet, lecture, retreat or student event. Event packages and discounts on catering are available for the spring semester. Planning a May Commencement event? Make the reservations now, as space is filling up. Seven Hills also offers affordable accommodations for summer camp and programs. For pricing and availability, call ext. 8-3972 or e-mail

Volunteer to feed Campus Cats
The SF State Campus Cat Committee is looking for volunteers to continue the 40-year tradition of feeding the small, friendly cat population on campus.

Volunteering is easy: simply choose a weekday or a once-a-month weekend rotation and one of three feeding sites -- food is provided. The greatest need is volunteers for feeding, particularly on Thursdays and weekends. Donations for food and veterinarian bills are also being sought. Other ways to help include cat food runs, accepting cash and in-kind donations, and scheduling volunteers. For additional information, contact Irene Donner by e-mail at or by telephone ext. 8-2673.

Drought declared, save water
Governor Jerry Brown's declaration of a drought emergency in California is still in effect, despite the recent rains; California residents are asked to reduce water use by 20 percent. Tips on reducing water use at home and work include:
• Turn off water when lathering up -- whether showering or just washing hands
• Take shorter showers
• Report/repair leaky faucets and toilets
• Use the correct water level setting when doing laundry
• Reduce plant and garden watering, water at night.

Find more tips on the SF State sustainability Facebook page.

2014 Chinese Bridge Summer Camp
The Confucius Institute at SF State asks faculty to let their students know about the 2014 Chinese Bridge Tour for American College Students. Students selected for the 15-day program will travel to China as guests of the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban), where they will visit two cities and have the opportunity to learn Chinese language and experience Chinese culture. The program will begin Friday, June 27 and run through Friday, July 11, 2014.

Once in China, students will receive language training, food, lodging, transportation, tours and admission to places of interest. The group will also visit Chinese schools, where they will be able to exchange ideas with the teachers and students.

Questions? Contact the Confucius Institute at SF State at ext 8-7624 or ext. 8-7631.

Free concert tickets
The SF State community is invited to a contemporary music of living composers concert featuring Thomas Buckner (baritone), Joseph Kubera (piano), Ralph Samuelson (Shakuhachi Flute) and the FLUX String Quartet performing Larry Polansky's "Three Songs for Tom and Joe," Anne LeBaron's "Breathtails" and Michael Byron's "The Celebration."

The concert will begin at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 2 at the Regents' Theater at Holy Names University (3500 Mountain Boulevard, Oakland). Order as many as two complementary tickets per person by sending name, address and a telephone number in an e-mail to or in a fax to (510) 549-3504 -- be sure to mention your SF State affiliation.

Tickets will be held for pick up at the Regents' Theater box office from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. the day of the show. For more information on the concert and the 2013-14 season, visit or call Four Seasons Arts at (510) 845-4444. All attendees must be more than 6 years old.


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Human Resources associate vice president candidates visit campus this week
The campus community is encouraged to attend the open forums to meet the four finalists for the associate vice president of Human Resources (AVP HR) position. The AVP HR candidate open forums have been scheduled for 1:40 - 2:40 p.m. on the following days:

  • Monday, Feb. 10: Cheree Aguilar-Suarez, senior director of Human Resources, San Jose State University – Research Foundation (this forum has been moved to the Nob Hill room of the Seven Hills Conference Center)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: Gretchen Fuentes, director of HR Operations, California State University, Monterey Bay (LIB 121)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: Mychal Coleman, assistant vice president of Human Resources, University of Idaho (Jack Adams Hall)
  • Thursday, Feb. 13: Ann Sherman, director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity Officer, Northern Michigan University (LIB 121)

Employees may view the candidate profiles at

The forums are University business. Employees who choose to attend these meetings are not required to use their personal or vacation time.

Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies candidates to visit campus
The Department of Jewish Studies is in the process of hiring a faculty member for the position of Goldman Chair in American Jewish Studies, an endowed chair. Beginning this week, the finalists will visit campus for interviews and to present a lecture/job talk:

  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: Tony Michels, the George L. Mosse Associate Professor of American Jewish History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, will present the lecture "American Jews, Russian Revolution: Communism and Anti-Communism in the United States and Beyond" at 4 p.m. in HUM 473
  • Monday, Feb. 17: Sarah Imhoff, assistant professor of Jewish Studies and Religious Studies at Indiana University, Bloomington, will present the lecture "Manly Members of the Tribe: How Masculinity Helped Jews Become American" at 4:30 p.m. in HUM 473
  • Wednesday, Feb. 19: Josh Lambert, visiting assistant professor of English at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and the Academic Director of the Yiddish Book Center, will present the lecture "Beyond the Booster-Bigot Trap: Jews and the History of American Obscenity" at 4 p.m. in HUM 587
  • Monday, Feb. 24: Julian Levinson, associate professor of English and Judaic Studies and Samuel Shetzer Chair in American Jewish Studies at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, will present the lecture "I am no Magdalene' Adah Isaacs Menken's Jewish Conversions in Civil War-era America" at 4:30 p.m. in HUM 473

Science Building closure: cleaning procedures updated
The procedures for cleaning and access to the Science Building have been updated. View the latest information at Be sure to check the site frequently for new updates.

Pasag to direct Audit and Advisory Services
Following a search, Maureen Pasag was appointed director of the Audit and Advisory Services department (formerly known as Internal Audit) effective Dec. 16. Pasag came from the Office of the University Auditor at the Chancellor's Office where for the last three years she performed various types of reviews -- including construction and special subject area audits -- and advisory services projects. She has more than 13 years of experience in finance and audits in both the private and public sectors, including more than eight years of government audit experience. Pasag also has experience in performing and managing risk assessments, drafting audit programs and reports and following-up on corrective actions with management. She received her B.A. in Accounting at Cal State Northridge and is a CPA for the State of California.

Deadline for CSU Student Research Competition Feb. 10
Monday, Feb. 10 is the deadline for submissions to participate in the SF State student research competition, which will take place Feb. 24-28. As many as 10 winners will be selected to represent the University at the CSU Student Research Competition to be held May 2-3, at California State University, East Bay. Faculty are asked to help ensure a strong pool of applicants by actively encouraging students to apply.

The CSU system-wide competition provides an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their outstanding research projects and creative works. Current students, as well as those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2013, are eligible. SF State students have done very well in past competitions, including three first-place and three second-place winners last year. Winners receive cash awards.

Student registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies website. Participants will exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase on Thursday, April 24.

Direct questions to Britney Stewart in the Division of Graduate Studies at or ext. 5-4391.

HR2U kicks off program on Tuesday, February 18
Human Resources Safety & Risk Management's (HRSRM) new HR2U program extends service hours and access. A team of HRSRM subject matter experts will set up shop for the first time on Tuesday, Feb. 18, from 5 to 7 p.m. in HSS 233 -- and in a different college one evening a week thereafter -- to provide services to any and all faculty, staff and student workers who are too busy during the day, have time in the evening, or need extra assistance with issues such as pay, benefits and employment. Snacks provided and all are welcome.

Vista Room reopens Tuesday, Feb. 11
The Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics and Hospitality and Tourism Management departments are pleased to announce that the Vista Room will re-open on Tuesday, Feb. 11. Students in foodservice management classes who manage the enterprise, will serve meals Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the spring semester. Seating is between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

For more information or to make reservations, visit the Vista Room website or contact Kelly Vuong (Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics, BH 329) at ext. 5-3530, or Beverly Colindres (Hospitality and Tourism Management, BUS 306) at ext. 8-1023. Individual tickets are $15 each and block tickets may be obtained at a reduced price by calling ext. 5-3530.

Vista Room features the highest quality California cuisine prepared from fresh ingredients purchased from reputable vendors. Payment methods are check or OneCard.

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 the SF State and larger communities. Four awards have been established to thank and recognize the outstanding talent in the SF State community. The four awards include 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 selection committee for review. The review is based solely on the content of nominations received using the online form below from SF State faculty, staff and students. After review, the committee makes a recommendation to the Dean of Students who determines 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 Social Justice Award.

More information about the awards can be found at

Panetta Congressional Internship Program applicantion deadline nears
Each fall semester, The Panetta Institute for Public Policy (located in Monterey) provides select CSU students with an intensive two-week training course on the workings of the U.S. Congress, then sends them to Washington, D.C, for 11 weeks to serve a California member in the House of Representatives. In Washington, interns will attend special seminars with government leaders, journalists and policy experts. One student from each of the 23 CSU campuses will be nominated by its president. Students majoring in any subject are eligible to apply.

The internship covers all expenses, including air travel, food and lodging while in Monterey and in Washington, D.C. Each intern also will receive a stipend to help cover other expenses. Interns may earn up to 20 credits through CSU Monterey for the semester.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and a California resident
  • Be an upper-division undergraduate (a junior or senior during the fall 2014 semester, with a maximum of 120 units)
  • Have superior academic achievement (3.3+ GPA)
  • Demonstrate commitment to community and public service and leadership
  • Have excellent English oral and written skills to interact with constituents appropriately
  • Be willing to live in assigned group housing during the entire 11-week program
  • Never have been disciplined under the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Article 2, Sec. 41301
  • Undergo a background check

Tasks will include:

  • Entry-level work and working on assigned tasks as a team player
  • Provide tours of the Capitol Building
  • Draft correspondence, attend hearings, take notes and provide reports
  • Conduct issue/legislative research

For more information and an application packet, contact Jose R. Lopez in the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) at

Applications are due in the ICCE office (HSS 206) by 5 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 17.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Feb. 4 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Update on the Strategic Issues Planning process and the Academic Senate Meeting Schedule for 2014-15: postponed to Feb. 18
  • Heard a brief report from Senate Chair Hanley
  • Heard reports from Standing Committee Chairs and CSU Senators: brief updates
  • Heard a report from President Wong regarding the Science Building and plans for a future meeting to inform the campus community
  • Heard a brief report from AVP for Academic Operations Brian Beatty regarding the online Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness
  • Elected Associate Professor of Music & Dance Cyrus Ginwala as Vice Chair of the Academic Senate

Distinguished Faculty Awards nominations sought
The Academic Senate acknowledges outstanding faculty each year for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. The Distinguished Faculty Award categories are:

  • Excellence in Teaching
  • Professional Achievement and Growth
  • Community Service

We are happy to announce that this year the Senate will be offering two excellence in teaching awards, one for tenure/tenure track faculty and one for lecturer faculty. Each of these awards includes a $4,000 stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate.

Faculty who are interested in applying or would like to nominate a colleague are asked to review the application process and candidate criteria on the Academic Senate website, as well as the Faculty Honors and Awards policy page.

The Academic Senate office (ADM 551) will accept nomination packets until 4 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2014. One nomination packet must be completed for each person being nominated. Questions? E-mail or call the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

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 of Biology Frank Bayliss, Chair and Professor of Creative Writing Maxine Chernoff, Professor of Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar, Gerontology Lecturer Cristina Flores, Gerontology Lecturer Edwin Cabigao and Music & Dance Lecturer Paul Ellison

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Asian American Studies Grace Yoo, Assistant Professor of Biology Scott Roy and Research by Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto.

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Progressive Proof: Innovative Prints from the Pacific Rim: Feb. 22 March. 27

Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: through July 1

Lecture: Melancholy, Women, & Chinese Modernity: Disability Aesthetics & Trauma's Excess in He Chengyao's 99 Needles: 11 a.m.

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

Lecture: Narrative Remediation: Feminist Storytelling and the Politics of Environmental Epigenetics: 5:20 p.m.

Film: Veteran Documentary Corps: 7 p.m.

Community Service Learning (CSL) Nonprofit & Government Agency Fair: 11 a.m.

Public Lecture: After the Bomb: U.S. Imperialism and Disability Representation in the "Hiroshima Maidens" Project: 12:30 p.m.

Edelman Town Hall/HEI Community-Science Dialogue: The Empower Latino Youth (ELAYO) Project: 4 p.m.

Poetry: Alana Siegel and Ted Rees: 4:30 p.m.

Discussion: Screenwriting in Contemporary Hollywood with Michael Grais: 5:10 p.m.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Desiree Holman: 5:30 p.m.

Women's Basketball vs. Humboldt State: 4:30 p.m.

Concert: Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Feb. 15: Women's Basketball vs. Cal Poly Pomona: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 15: Concert: Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival: 8 p.m.

Feb. 16: Concert: Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar and Festival: 7 p.m.

Feb. 20: Live Interactive Webcast: Inequality For All: 1:30 p.m.

Feb. 20: Info Session: Queer Your Rights: 2 p.m.

Feb. 20: Poetry: Judy Grahn: 4:30 p.m.

Feb. 20: Discussion: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Genre Screenwriting with Sam Hamm: 5:10 p.m.

Feb. 21: Celebration: Chinese New Year 2014: 4 p.m.

Feb. 21: Lecture: Sports Performance Presentation by Dr. Gary Moran Ph.D.: 5 p.m.

Feb. 22: Information Session: Nonprofit Management Certificate of Completion Program: 10 a.m.

Feb. 22: Basketball Double Header vs. Cal Poly Pomona: 5:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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