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Volume 61, Number 23    February 24, 2014         

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Screenwriting master classes
The Cinema Department will host the last of four world-class screenwriters for a series of professional master’s classes on Thursday, March 6 at 5:10 p.m.; Pamela Gray will present "Writing and Selling the Female-driven Screenplay" followed by a Q&A session in the August Coppola Theatre in the Fine Arts building. Gray's credits include A Walk on the Moon (1999) and Conviction (2010).

Join Campus Recreation for fitness
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. Swimming lessons will also be offered this semester. For more information or to sign up, visit the Campus Recreation website.

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.

Retirement Association St. Patrick's Day luncheon
The SFSU Retirement Association invites the campus community to their annual St. Patrick’s Day luncheon on Friday, March 14 at the Basque Cultural Center (599 Railroad Ave., South San Francisco). The cost is $30 per person, which will include one menu item, dessert and coffee. The menu selections are: Corned Beef & Cabbage; Chicken Chasseu; Vegetarian Plate; or Chef’s Special Salad and Soup.

To reserve your spot, mail a check, payable to SFSU Retirement Association, by Monday, March 3 to Yolanda Thompson, 156 Lunado Court, San Francisco, CA 94127 -- be sure to specify which entrée you would like. Questions? Call (415) 334-1130.

Reception for AVP Linda Buckley
Academic Planning and Development will host a retirement/farewell/ appreciation reception for Linda Buckley, associate vice president for Academic Planning and Development, on Thursday, March 13, from 4 to 6 p.m. in ADM 450. Invitations have been e-mailed and RSVPs are required by March 6. Those who did not receive an invitation and would like to attend should contact Mari Fong at ext. 5-3569 or

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 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.

Third Thursday faculty/staff brown bag event
The Peer Education/Health Affinity Group invites faculty and staff to series of monthly meetings focused on building community connection and collegiality through discussion and social interaction. The "Third Thursday" events will be held March 20, April 17 and May 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). The first 15 minutes of each get-together will be set aside for meditation or mindfulness practice, with the social time starting at 12:15 p.m.

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. (register by 2/28)
• Foundation Grantseeking Basics, March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon (register by 2/28)
• Effective CBPR Partnerships: Measuring Asociations Between Promising Practices and CBPR/Health Outcomes, March 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in LIB 286
• Analysis with the Open source Software Package "R," May 2 in HSS 290 (time to be announced)
• 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).

  • 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 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 candidate 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. On Monday, Feb. 24, Julian Levinson, associate professor of English and Judaic Studies/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.

Nominations to close for Dean of Students Leadership Awards
The Dean of Students recognizes outstanding leadership at the annual Leadership Awards Ceremony. 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.

The campus community is encouraged to nominate individuals and student organizations. Eligible nominees will be submitted to the selection committee for review, which is based solely on the content of nominations received via the online forms lniked below. After review, the committee makes a recommendation to the Dean of Students who determines the award recipient(s). Self nomination is not permitted, however, individuals 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

SF State celebrates Founders Day
Since its founding in 1899, San Francisco State University has undergone changes in name, leadership and location, but one thing has remained constant: the University’s commitment to providing students with a quality education. Over the years, SF State has provided scholarships to thousands of deserving students who are working to realize their dreams.

In honor of Founders Day -- and to continue that tradition of support -- the Alumni Association has set a goal of raising 1,899 donations by the end of March. On March 18, learn more about the Founders Day Challenge at the faculty and staff information table in Malcolm X Plaza, where Taqueria Girasol will give away 1,899 tacos. For more information, visit

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

Science building update: Town Hall meeting held
The University held a Town Hall meeting to update students, faculty and staff on the closure of the Science Building. University leaders and outside experts provided updates and presented reports.

Read more at SF State News or visit the Science Building closure website.

HR2U kicks off program this Tuesday, Feb. 18
Human Resources Safety & Risk Management's (HRSRM) new HR2U program kicked off Tuesday evening at HSS -- special thanks to Dean Taylor for hosting the first HR2U in his college -- where the additional availability and personal service provided by HRSRM’s team of subject matter experts was well received.

Over the next two weeks, the HR2U team will again set up shop from 5 to 7 p.m. -- with snacks -- at:

  • BUS 216: Monday, Feb. 24
  • HUM 212: Tuesday, March 4

All are welcome to drop by.

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: Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper
and Associate Professor of Health Education Rick Harvey.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Sociology Allen LeBlanc, Professor and Chair of Urban Studies and Planning Jasper Rubin and Professor of Political Science and International Relations Andrei P. Tsygankov.

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Grants & Contracts
SF State received $298,059 in grants and contracts in January 2014.

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

Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: through July 1

Critical Disability Studies Brown Bag Lunch: Danielle Cowley: noon

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

March 3: Recital: Voices from the Canefields: Folk Songs from Japanese Immigrant Workers in Hawaii: 1:10 p.m.

March 4: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

March 5: Recital: Asian Improv Today: 1:10 p.m.

March 5: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute spring course and faculty preview: 3 p.m.

March 6: Poetry: Matvei Yankelevich and Julien Poirier: 4:30 p.m.

March 6: Lecture: Pamela Gray: The Heroine's Journey: Writing the Female-centered Screenplay: 5:10 p.m.

March 6: Visiting Artist Lecture: Imin Yeh: 5:30 p.m.

March 6: Theatre: Measure for Measure: 8 p.m.

March 7: Recital: The Inspiration of Mahmoud Zoufonoun: 1:10 p.m.

March 7: Poetry: Ugly Duckling Presse: 7:30 p.m.

March 7: Theatre: Measure for Measure: 8 p.m.

March 8: Theatre: Measure for Measure: 8 p.m.

March 9: Theatre: Measure for Measure: 2 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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