Campus Memo Highlights on November 28, 2012
Volume 60, Number 15 November 26, 2012
Toys for Tots at Children's Campus
The Children's Campus has partnered with Toys for Tots and the SF Firefighters to host a toy drive during this holiday season. Collection of new, unwrapped toys for children of all ages will take place from Nov. 26 through Dec. 14 in the lobby of the Children's Campus on North State Drive, just off of Lake Merced Boulevard. The campus community is asked to participate in the toy drive and to spread the word. For further information, visit www.toysfortots.org or www.sf-fire.org/index.aspx?page=1276 or contact the Children's Campus at ext. 5-4011.
Focus on global education earns University a national award
SF State has received national recognition for its commitment to international education. Staff from the Office of International Programs accepted the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization at a ceremony in Washington D.C. last week, on behalf of University President Les Wong.
"We are proud to be a leader in international education," said Yenbo Wu, associate vice president of international education. "One of our signature programs is long-term study abroad. Studying overseas is an incomparable opportunity to develop a global outlook, and the impact is so much greater when students spend a whole year living in another culture."
Read more about global education at SF State News
Campus celebrates opening of "VETS Corner" in Burk Hall
Student veterans now have a dedicated spot on campus where they can socialize, connect with other vets and use a quiet study room with computer workstations. SF State celebrated the opening of the University's student veterans center, known as the VETS Corner, on Nov. 9.
Congresswoman Jackie Speier and a representative from House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi's office joined members of the campus community to mark the official opening of the new space in Burk Hall 153-155.
Read more about the VETS Corner at SF State News
Associate Professor of Anthropology James Quesada chaired the panel "Economic Migration and the (Un)Deserving Subject: Interrogating the Distinction between 'Voluntary' and 'Forced' Migration." Quesada was also a discussant on the panel "Constructed Borders and Barriers: Unpacking Undocumented Status and Structural Vulnerability" at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting in San Francisco on Nov. 14.
Design & Industry
Assistant Professor of Design and Industry Joshua Singer presented "Counter-Design and Counter-Consciousness: Alternative Design Methods" Nov. 2 at the Universities Art Association of Canada's 2012 conference at Concordia University in Montréal.
Associate Professor of Health Education Vivian Chavez recently published an article about the documentary Cultural Humility: People, Principles & Practices, a 30-minute documentary that mixes poetry with music, interviews, archival footage and images of nature and dance to describe what cultural humility is and why it's needed. The documentary is available at the electronic journal CES4Health.info
Associate Professor of Kinesiology David Walsh's article "A TPSR-based Kinesiology Career Club for Youth in Underserved Communities" was published in the Spanish journal Agora for Physical Education and Sport, vol. 14, issue 1. Walsh, Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Maria Veri and a former graduate student co-authored the article, "Impact of the Kinesiology Career Club: A TPSR-based Possible Futures Program for Youth in Underserved Communities," which was published in vol. 14, issue 2 of the same publication.
Assistant Professor of Management Jennifer Tosti-Kharas' findings that identification with one's former employer can promote well-being among the unemployed was the subject of a Nov. 9 Science Daily article. "These unemployed people have something to cling to by having had very positive associations with their employer in the past," Tosti-Kharas said. "If you never had a positive association with your employer, now you're out of a job and you don't have something positive in your past to make you feel better."
Big box labor
Associate Professor and Director of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan wrote about WalMart workers who plan to strike over the holidays in a Nov. 16 blog post for The Hill. "The WalMart strikes could have a greater significance than their impact on one mega-corporation," Logan said. "Depending on the scale of Friday's action and on what happens afterwards, the strike could provide unions and their progressive allies with the opportunity to kick-start a national debate about the sorry state of labor rights."
Hip hop senator
Africana Studies Lecturer Davey D. Cook commented on the political implications of Florida Senator Marco Rubio's recent discussion of hip hop history for a Nov. 19 Washington Examiner article. "He covered all the bases. It's going to position Marco Rubio as culturally aware of a genre that has always sparked conversation. It's not an easy thing like, I hang with Bruce Springsteen. I listen to Taylor Swift." Cook said. "For a lot of younger folks, they might give him a second look."
For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News.
SF State received $884,414 in grants and contracts in October 2012.
Read Grants & Contracts: www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/fall12/nov26grants.htm
Dec. 3: Recital: Voice students: 1 p.m.
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