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Volume 61, Number 22    February 17, 2014         

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Bowling league signup extended to Feb. 17
Campus Recreation has extended the deadline to Feb. 17 for faculty and staff to form teams for the bowling league. Teams consist of four people (up to six allowed per roster) of various skill levels. Bowling Nights are held at Classic Bowl in Daly City at 6 p.m. on the following Tuesdays: Feb. 25, March 11, April 8 and May 13. The fee is $100 per team and includes a team bowling lane, two games per night for each bowler and shoe rentals. So, gather your coworkers and sign up for this fun activity on the Campus Recreation bowling league Web page.

Screening and live interactive webcast of Inequality For All
The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, in association with the American Association of State Colleges and Universities' American Democracy Project and former U.S. Secretary of Labor Robert Reich and his staff, will host a live, interactive screening of the film Inequality For All, on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. The webcast will be fully accessible through captioning and interpreters are available at special request. For more information, visit the ICCE website (a link to the webcast will be posted on the day of the event).

Screenwriting master classes
The Cinema Department will host two 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:

• "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.

Let Seven Hills 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 activity. 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

Water saving still needed
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.

Read more at SF State News. 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). 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 be 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 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.

Phi Beta Kappa reminders
The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:

• Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama, Economics Department
• The annual meeting will be held Wednesday, April 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in HSS 143; presentation of the new class of members-in-course will be on the agenda
• The annual initiation of new members will be held Thursday, May 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. in LIB 121 and will be followed by a reception

Questions? E-mail Chapter President Masahiko Minami or for finances, Chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

Suicide prevention training
The Counseling and Psychological Services Center in conjunction with San Francisco Suicide Prevention will offer the free two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 27 and Friday, March 28. Snacks will be provided on both days. Participation in the full two days is required.

The goal of ASIST is to train laypeople to recognize the signs of possible suicide ideations and help the person through it -- suicide first aid. More than one million caregivers have taken the two-day workshop, which improves caregivers' comfort level, confidence and competence when helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The training is highly interactive and practice-oriented, with small group discussions, skills practice based on adult learning principles and powerful videos on suicide intervention.

To register, e-mail Susan Chen in Counseling and Psychological Services Center or call her at ext. 8-2208.

ORSP Research Methods courses continue
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Research Methods courses, designed to help faculty hone their research skills, have resumed. Upcoming classes include:

• Methodological and Multivariate Analysis (MAMA) Support Group, March 3 from noon to 1 p.m.
• Foundation Grantseeking Basics, March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon (register by 2/28)
• Analysis with the Open source Software Package "R," May 3
• Summer Institute, June 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in LIB 222.

For more information, locations, schedule and registration instructions, visit the ORSP Research Methods Course Web page Some classes require reservations in advance.


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Dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts candidates visit campus
The campus community is invited to attend presentations by candidates for the position of dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts on "Directions for a college that houses creative arts, humanities and social sciences." The events will be held in HUM 133 (45 minutes; seating limited) followed by a reception in HUM 587 (30 minutes).

  • Monday, Feb. 17, 3:45-5:00 p.m.: Shannon Miller, chair/professor of English, Temple University, Philadelphia
  • Friday, Feb. 21, 3:15-4:30 p.m.: Sikata Banerjee, associate dean of humanities/professor of women studies, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
  • Monday, Feb. 24, 3:45-5:00 p.m.: Gaylyn Studlar, director of program in Film & Media Studies/David May distinguished professor in the humanities, Washington University, St. Louis

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:

  • 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 415 (new location)
  • 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 415 (new location)

HR2U kicks off program this Tuesday, Feb. 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.

Call for nominations: Dean of Students Leadership Awards
The Dean of Students is proud to recognize outstanding leadership at SF State. The annual Leadership Awards Ceremony highlights the service that student leaders, student organizations and faculty/staff advisors provide to SF State and larger communities. Four awards have been established to thank and recognize the outstanding talent in the SF State community: the 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 application 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.

Foundation Grantseeking Basics workshop, Feb. 28
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will host a Foundation Grantseeking Basics Workshop on Thursday, March 6, from 9:30 a.m. to noon (location to be announced). In the workshop, Sarah Jo Neubauer, training coordinator at The Foundation Center/San Francisco, will teach participants how to seek grant funding from private foundation sources. Participants will learn about the steps that need to be taken before seeking a grant, gain an overview of the world of foundation grantmakers, and come away with useful tools and tips about the foundation grantseeking process. The workshop will include a hands-on tutorial for searching the Foundation Directory Online, a comprehensive database of grant information from private foundation sources. Find out more and pre-register by Feb. 28 at

SF State announces new scholarships for SFUSD students
Twenty scholarships of $1,000 per year for four years will be awarded annually to graduates of San Francisco Unified School District high schools as part of the SF Promise program.

Read more at SF State News:

Science Building closure: additional documents, Town Hall video
Additional documents regarding the Science Building have been added to the Science Building closure website. A link to the closed captioned video of the Town Hall Meeting held on Feb. 13 can also be found on the website. Check the site frequently for the latest information.

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:

  • Chair's Report
  • Report: Standing Committee Chairs
  • Report: Statewide Senate Representatives
  • Report: Senator Alvarenga: Update on Strategic Issues Planning process
  • Proposed Academic Senate meeting schedule for Acaemic Year 2014-15, first reading

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: Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan, Music & Dance Lecturer Paul Ellison, President Les Wong and Sociology Lecturer and Director of Project Rebound Jason Bell

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This week in Newsmakers: Russian Language Lecturer Krista Hanson, Professor of Earth & Climate Sciences John Monteverdi, Professor of Management John Sullivan, Professor of Asian American Studies Russell Jeung and Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell.

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We mark the passing of Professor Emeritus of Counseling Eugene Lionel Zwillinger.

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

Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: through July 1

Greg Tate: Black Arts and Afrofuturism: 5 p.m.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coming Up
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.

Feb. 27: Critical Disability Studies Brown Bag Lunch: Danielle Cowley: noon

Feb. 27: Conference: A Crossroad in Central Asia: Afghanistan: 1:10 p.m.

Feb. 27: Traffic Law Seminar: 4 p.m.

Feb. 27: Concert: Cain: The First Homicide - an oratorio by A. Scarlatti: 7:30 p.m.

Feb. 28: Master class: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet: noon

Feb. 28: Concert: Music of the Italian Masters: Sight, Sound, Emotion: 2 p.m.

Feb. 28: Women's Basketball vs. Cal State East Bay: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 28: Lecture: Morrison Chamber Center: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet Pre-Concert Talk: 7 p.m.

Feb. 28: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet: 8 p.m.

March 1: Women's Basketball vs. Monterey Bay: 5:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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