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      Volume 58, Number 27    March 21, 2011         

      CampusMemo Home image and link to CampusMemo home page    Announcements image and link to Announcements section    News image and link to News section    Events image and link to Events section    Insiders image and link to Insiders section    Newsmakers image and link to Newsmakers section Dots  In Memoriam image and link to In Memoriam section

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      Bookstore to present It Gets Better editor March 25 at noon
      Dan Savage will appear at noon March 25 in Jack Adams Hall to talk about the book he co-edited, It Gets Better: Coming Out, Overcoming Bullying and Creating a Life Worth Living, which was inspired by the "It Gets Better Project" on YouTube. Savage will discuss the expanded essays and new material from persons who have survived and overcome bullying to lead rewarding adult lives.

      The event is brought to SF State as a result of collaboration between Associated Students Performing Arts, Associated Students Program Services, Pride @ SF State, SFSU Prevention Programs, The SAFE Place, CEASE and the leadership of the SFSU Bookstore.

      Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp
      The Kinesiology Department is hosting the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for 7-14 year old girls and boys. The Monday through Friday program runs for six weeks, from June 13 through July 22, from 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, contact David Walsh at dwalsh@... or 8-7856.

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      Bleich, Marcus to be awarded honorary degrees
      George M. Marcus, entrepreneur, philanthropist and SF State alum, and Jeffrey Bleich, U.S. Ambassador to Australia and former CSU Trustee, will receive honorary degrees at SF State's 110th Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 21. Marcus will receive an honorary doctorate of human letters and Bleich will receive an honorary doctorate of laws.

      A vocal advocate for public education and human rights, Bleich was confirmed as the U.S. Ambassador to Australia Nov. 10, 2009. Prior to becoming Ambassador, Bleich served as a Special Counsel to the President at the White House. From 1995 to 2009 he served as a litigation partner in the San Francisco office of Minger, Tolles & Olson LLP, where he was recognized as one of the nation's top lawyers.

      An entrepreneur, business leader and philanthropist, Marcus has been a longtime supporter of the arts and higher education. Marcus is known as the founder and chairman of Marcus and Millichap, a national commercial real estate brokerage, investment and development company with offices in 39 states. Marcus has distinguished himself in philanthropy, donating generously to organizations in the Bay Area -- among them, the de Young Museum, health and human services non-profits, medical research centers, Greek community organizations and San Francisco State. Marcus has long been a supporter of California higher education, serving on the CSU Board of Trustees from 1981-89, and currently as a member of the CSU Foundation's Board of Governors. He was appointed to the UC Board of Regents in 2000 and is serving a term that concludes in 2012.

      Donations for quake and tsunami relief
      The School of Social Work is collecting donations to aid relief efforts in Japan. Anyone wishing to make a donation should make their check out to "Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California" (or "JCCCNC") and specify the "Japan Earthquake Relief Fund." Send checks to Yeon-Shim Lee's mailbox in HSS 227 or Lee's office (HHS 216) no later than 5 p.m. April 4. Contact Lee at ext. 5-0944 or YL375@... with any questions.

      Spring break construction
      Capital Planning, Design and Construction has scheduled major work for the week of spring break. The construction will affect access to campus and parking. Project and construction updates are available at www.sfsu.edu/~build/construct.htm

      Fuel cell complex
      Parts of State Drive will be subject to no parking and traffic detours so that a crane and fuel cell equipment can be transported onto campus and the fuel cells installed in the decommissioned steam boiler plant attached to the Gym. The roadway at the northeast corner of the Gym will be closed and traffic accessing Lot 6 will be diverted onto North State Drive, which will temporarily open to two-way traffic. Signs will be clearly posted and flaggers will direct vehicles. The crane will be stationed near the boiler building to lift the fuel cell equipment into place. The PG&E-operated and maintained fuel cell complex will provide the campus with energy savings and serve as an educational resource for fuel cell technology.

      High-voltage line
      PG&E will install a high-voltage electrical line in front of the greenhouse and along 19th Avenue in the Muni bus stop area. Signs will be posted indicating any changes to the bus stop location.

      Parking garage improvements
      Beginning in late March, new shear walls for seismic strengthening will be installed on levels 1 through 4 of the parking garage. Other additions include a new and wider pedestrian bridge at the southeast corner of the building, an elevator at the northwest corner and a clearly defined pathway across the top deck of the garage to improve pedestrian access between the core of campus and North State Drive.

      The majority of the work is expected to be completed by the end of August and the garage will remain open for business. Signs will clearly indicate where parking is available. For more information, visit www.sfsu.edu/~build/design.htm

      Insiders image header
      This week in Insiders: Professor of Creative Writing Paul Hoover, Associate Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Assistant Professor of Health Education Rick Harvey and Professor of Marketing Subodh Bhat.

      University Press of Mississippi has published three acclaimed Hollywood biographies penned by Associate Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride. Steven Spielberg: A Biography (1997) was updated for a second edition. Frank Capra: The Catastrophe of Success (2000) and Searching for John Ford (2001) were reprinted.

      Creative Writing
      Professor of Creative Writing Paul Hoover appears on the cover of the March 2011 issue of Poetry magazine. Several of his poems appear in the issue and Hoover reads his work on the magazine's audio podcast at www.poetryfoundation.org/journal/audio.html?show=The%20Poetry%20Magazine

      Health Education
      At the Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in New Orleans, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper presented the paper "I felt totally relaxed and the feedback showed I was not! SEMG for training muscle relaxation and awareness during toe touching" and the poster "The Deer in the Headlight: Using a stress profile assessment and training as a tool to improve student performance." Both were co-authored with Assistant Professor Health Education Rick Harvey and two undergraduate students.

      Peper also presented his paper, "Surface electromyography to identify and reduce covert tension and improve performance."

      Professor of Marketing Subodh Bhat co-authored the article "Does communicating corporate parent brand heritage help spin-off stock performance?" which was published in the journal Corporate Communications.

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      This week in Newsmakers: Political Science Lecturer David Lee, Professor of Geosciences Raymond Pestrong and Associate Professor and Director of Labor Studies John Logan.

      Ranked choice may increase Asian clout
      Political Science Lecturer David Lee was interviewed for a March 15 San Francisco Examiner report on the upcoming mayoral race in San Francisco. The combination of ranked choice voting, three Asian American candidates and the tendency of Asian-for-Asian voting blocs to form may give the group greater sway than usual, he said: "It's a vote that's large enough now that every candidate in the race will attempt to court. It's too large a vote to ignore. It's a vote large enough to swing elections."

      More people, same quakes
      A March 13 National Public Radio report about the massive earthquake that struck Japan quoted Professor of Geosciences Raymond Pestrong's explanation of why natural disasters are sometimes perceived to be more common than in the past. "The reason that we hear so much more about natural disasters today is that people are flocking into large cities more," Pestrong says. "Lots of the large cities are in very vulnerable areas. When an event happens, it affects more people."

      Union fates uncertain?
      In a March 11 opinion piece published in the U.K. newspaper The Guardian, Associate Professor and Director of labour Studies John Logan discusses the legislative conflicts taking place in the Midwestern states. "Republicans have put labour rights back on the political agenda," Logan wrote. "The real challenge facing the labour movement is to create the same clear focus around the issue of labour rights in the private sector, and to get the Obama administration to adopt workplace rights as an important part of its platform in 2012."

      In Memoriam image header
      We mark the passing of Professor Emerita of Special Education Adriana L. Schuler.

      Read In Memoriam : www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/spring11/mar21memoriam.htm

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

      Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and William Corbett-Jones, piano: 3 p.m.

      Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

      Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

      Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1 p.m.

      Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 2 p.m.

      Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: 1 p.m.

      Poetry Reading by Jennifer Martenson & Claire Becker: 3:30 p.m.

      Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

      Dan Savage: It Gets Better Project: noon

      Theatre: One-Act Fringe: 7 p.m.

      Coming Up
      March 27: Concert: Emerging Young Piano Chamber Talent: 4 p.m.

      March 28 - April 1: Spring '11 Recess: No Classes

      April 3: Lecture: Morrison Artists Series pre-concert talk: 2 p.m.

      April 3: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Rossetti String Quartet with Rina Dokshitsky, piano: 3 p.m.

      April 4: Recital: The piano music of Franz Liszt: 1 p.m.

      April 5: Free Boot Camp Demo - Faculty and staff: 5:30 p.m.

      April 7: Poetry Reading by Reginald Dwayne Betts: 3:30 p.m.

      April 7: Student dance concert: 8 p.m.

      April 8: Research seminar: Signaling, defection, optimism and cooperation: 2 p.m.

      April 8: Student Dance concert: 8 p.m.

      April 9: Student Dance concert: 8 p.m.

      April 10: Recital: Bach: Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I: 3 p.m.

      April 12: Academic Senate Meeting: 2 p.m.

      April 12: Performance: The Vagina Monologues: 7 p.m.


      For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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