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Volume 54, Number 35   June 18, 2007         

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The next summer issue of CampusMemo will be published July 16. CampusMemo resumes weekly publication Aug. 20. Items should be submitted to by 5 p.m. of the Tuesday preceding publication.

For details, call Public Affairs & Publications at ext. 8-1665.

Construction on State Drive
A project to repave State Drive is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 18, 2007 and is expected to last approximately three weeks. During the construction period, access lanes on State Drive will be limited. In addition, parallel parking spaces on State Drive will be temporarily eliminated and spaces in the parking garage will be limited. Please plan accordingly.

Questions about the project should be directed to John Lew, project manager, Facilities and Service Enterprises, at or to the Parking Office at

Fall textbook orders
The SFSU Bookstore textbook department is processing orders for the fall semester. Faculty who still need to turn in textbook and reader requests should do so at their earliest convenience. Orders received mid-July will have the best chance of being on the shelves in time for courses.

Textbook and reader orders may be submitted online at: (click on "Textbooks," then "Faculty").

For details, contact the Bookstore's Textbook Department at or ext. 8-7377.

Mail Services updates
New postage rates went into effect May 14. The first-class letter rate is now $0.41. The rates for additional ounces have gone down for letters; however, new shape-based rates will increase the cost of mailing pieces that exceed certain dimensional criteria. Mail services is working with USPS and Pitney Bowes to prepare a guide to the new rate structure with tips for avoiding unnecessary mailing costs.

Effective July 1, the SF State One Card will be the only payment method for transactions at the public window in the Corporation Yard Mail Room. Cash will no longer be accepted. A value transfer station has been installed in the Mail Room lobby to enable customers to load value onto the One Card. Temporary cards will be available for customers who do not have a One Card.

Summer iLearn workshops
Academic Technology invites faculty and staff to summer workshops on iLearn, SF State's official online learning management system, and on other topics such as designing digital images and dynamic instructional Web sites using Dreamweaver, CSS, PHP and MySQL.

Blackboard will no longer be available after June 30 so now is the time to convert courses to the iLearn environment.

Both weeklong and shorter workshops are available. Registration is required, but all workshops are free.

To register, visit:

For details, contact Academic Technology at or ext. 5-3536.

Summer youth basketball camps
The SF State basketball coaches will conduct two one-week day camps at the Gymnasium for boys and girls aged 7-14. The camps run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 25-29 and July 16-20. Registration is $125 per session.

For further information, contact Bill Treseler, men's basketball coach, at or ext. 8-1729.


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Garfield named director of Romberg Tiburon Center

Newell (Toby) Garfield has been named director of the University's Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC). Garfield, an oceanographer with expertise in coastal water hydrodynamics, California currents and coastal upwelling, has served as acting director of RTC since 2006. He will lead the activities of the marine researchers, faculty, students and operating staff at the center, which is the only academic research institution on San Francisco Bay and home to the San Francisco Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

Garfield "has an outstanding record as a scientist, teacher and administrator," said Sheldon Axler, Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. "He has an unusual ability to explain science to nonscientists in an understandable fashion."

Garfield has conducted research at sea in both hemispheres of the Atlantic and Pacific oceans and published widely in scientific journals including Science, Journal of Geophysical Research and Journal of Physical Oceanography. He was a researcher at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif. and at the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. As a member of the SF State geosciences department faculty, Garfield has taught oceanography and marine science courses. He has also taught at the Moss Landing Marine Lab, California State University, Monterey Bay and the Naval Postgraduate School.

A native of Massachusetts, Garfield grew up in Connecticut and Puerto Rico. He received his Ph.D. in physical oceanography from the University of Rhode Island, holds a master's degree in marine sciences from the University of Delaware, and earned a bachelor's degree in geology from Williams College. He is a resident of Oakland.

"In an era when the world is facing a range of critical environmental issues, I can't think of a more exciting place to work than RTC," Garfield said. "I am honored to lead the continuing development of the Bay Area's principle marine and estuarine educational research facility."

New School of Nursing director

Shirley A. Girouard, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, has been named the new director of the School of Nursing. She assumes the post in August.

Prior to accepting the position at SF State, Girouard was an associate professor of nursing at Southern Connecticut State University, health consultant for an early childcare program and a geriatric staff nurse at Evergreen Woods Health Facility in North Branford, Conn.

Girouard holds a Ph.D. in health and social policy from Brandeis University; an M.S.N. in medical-surgical nursing from Yale University; an M.A. in medical sociology from University of Connecticut and a B.A. in sociology from Eastern Connecticut State College. She is a graduate of the Hartford (Conn.) Hospital School of Nursing.

Girouard served as executive director of the American Nurses Association from 1993 to 1994; program officer for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation from 1987 to 1993; and vice president of child health and financing at the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions. Throughout her career Girouard consulted in the areas of organization, delivery and financing of health-care services including managed care, research and program evaluation. Her clients included the Orkand Corporation and Central Vermont Hospital. In the public sector, Girouard served as a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives and as a policy analyst for the State of Connecticut.

"We are pleased to welcome Shirley Girouard," said Don Taylor, dean of the College of Health and Human Services. "In addition to her administrative, clinical and teaching experience, she brings a commitment to and enthusiasm for engaging faculty in scholarly research and writing."

Girouard said she is "very impressed with the San Francisco State nursing school's interdisciplinary approach and commitment to and interaction with its community," and is eager to have this opportunity to turn her passion for improving health and well being into action. "Nursing, and thus nursing education, is a mechanism to do this…I look forward to working with the committed and engaged faculty and staff at the University to make a difference for students and for those needing the expertise of professional nurses."

Emergency Web site launched

The University has developed a comprehensive safety resource for students, faculty and staff to serve as a clearinghouse of campus-specific and general safety information. The SF State Emergency Preparedness Web site links to on- and off- campus information about preparing emergency kits and security checklists.

The sites feature detailed procedures for averting or responding to a range of emergencies, from natural disasters to criminal threats. Key campus safety manuals, brochures and placards are now available online, reinforced by an online tutorial, which explains and tests emergency preparedness knowledge.

Among this month's Insiders are a book on the perception of incomprehensible horror by Aaron Kerner, Cinema and a Commonwealth Club presentation by Michael Albert, Management.

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