April 2, 2018

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Jennifer Summit

Summit named University provost

Jennifer Summit has been named SF State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs. Summit has been at San Francisco State since 2014, serving first as dean of undergraduate studies and more recently as interim provost while the University conducted a national search for candidates for the position.

“During the past 18 months as interim provost, Summit has provided thoughtful and strategic leadership, with a deliberate focus on both student and faculty success,” said San Francisco State President Leslie E. Wong. “Her leadership has been instrumental in our steadily improving graduation and enrollment numbers. Her ongoing work with our deans, department chairs and other stakeholders has laid a foundation for continuing success ahead.”

A specialist in medieval and early modern literature, Summit received her B.A. from Vassar College and her Ph.D. from Johns Hopkins University. She served for nearly two decades at Stanford University as a professor of English, department chair, program director and director of integrative learning.

As dean of undergraduate studies at San Francisco State, Summit lead initiatives dedicated to academic excellence and student success. While interim provost, Summit launched a Budget Advisory Council in support of budget transparency and strategic planning; promoted data-driven decision making by establishing an office of Institutional Analytics; supported faculty development through the establishment of a Center for Excellence and Equity in Teaching and Learning; and spearheaded a year-long analysis of educational equity with the goal of eliminating student opportunity gaps at San Francisco State.


Stephanie Shrieve-Hawkins

New director of athletics announced

Stephanie Shrieve-Hawkins, a seasoned college athletics administrator with two decades of diverse experience, has been appointed San Francisco State University’s director of athletics. Her appointment takes effect May 1.

“Stephanie Shrieve-Hawkins is uniquely suited to leading Gator athletics,” said SF State President Leslie E. Wong. “I am excited about the future under Stephanie’s leadership.”

Shrieve-Hawkins will lead an athletics program featuring 12 teams and over 250 student-athletes competing in NCAA Division II. A member of the California Collegiate Athletic Association, SF State has enjoyed noteworthy success in men’s basketball, men’s soccer and men’s wrestling. The school’s women’s outdoor track and field team is currently the top-ranked program in NCAA Division II. 

“I am honored and proud to serve as the new director of athletics at San Francisco State University,” said Shrieve-Hawkins, who has served since 2006 as associate athletic director at Saint Mary’s College of California. “Gator athletics has a strong foundation of success both academically and athletically. I am looking forward to working with the student-athletes, coaches and staff who have sustained that success.”

Read more about SF State’s new director of athletics.


Taste of the Bay Promo

Taste of the Bay is on the way 

Tickets are on sale now for the annual Taste of the Bay fundraiser, which gives participants a chance to sample the Bay Area’s best in dining, wines and more. The student-run event will be held Thursday, April 26, from 6 to 9 p.m. at City View at METREON in San Francisco. All proceeds benefit the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program and its students.

Want more info or ready to buy tickets? Click here.


Presenters sought for graduate student research showcase

The Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase is an annual exhibition of the diverse work of SF State’s talented graduate students. Each year, more than 150 graduate exhibitors offer presentations, typically in the form of poster displays that depict the purpose, methods and results of their research or creative projects. The showcase is an excellent opportunity for students to share their work with the broader academic community, build their resumes and even take home prizes: Registered students will be eligible to win gift certificates, a digital camera and a laptop computer at a post-showcase dinner reception.

This year’s showcase will be held Thursday, April 19, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the main gym. Interested students can register online. The registration deadline is Thursday, April 5. For questions, contact Jasmine Flores, Division of Graduate Studies, at jjflores@sfsu.edu or ext. 5-4231.


Call for applications: SF BUILD 2018 mini-grants

SF BUILD is seeking faculty applicants whose research relates to health inequalities in communities in San Francisco. Proposals should involve SF State students and encourage a sense of giving back to communities. A UCSF faculty collaborator is required. Priority will be given to proposals that address issues of social justice and health inequalities that are relevant to SF State students and their communities. Mini-grants of up to $40,000 each will be awarded to four successful applicants. For more information, click here. Aug. 14 is the deadline.


New Computing Applications minor for CoSE students

The Department of Computer Science (CS) is offering a new minor for non-CS majors titled “Minor in Computing Applications.” Over two years, students in this minor will take five courses covering topics like web programming, data structures and databases and learn about real-life applications of computer science to their major through an independent project. Prior coding experience is not needed, and small group mentoring by CS majors is provided throughout the program. The minor is offered through the Promoting Inclusivity in Computing (PINC) program, which aims to improve computing literacy and to increase the diversity of students entering the tech workforce. Loaner laptops will also be available to the students through the PINC program.

To learn more and apply for the first course in the Fall 2018 semester, visit the PINC website.


Institutional Research director candidates visit campus

The first of two candidates for the position of director of Institutional Research will visit campus on Wednesday, April 4. The candidate will make a presentation beginning at 2 p.m. in Thornton Hall 428. The second candidate will visit campus on Thursday, April 5. That presentation will begin at 2 p.m. in Blakeslee Room, Thornton Hall 1000. More information is available on the Institutional Research webpage.


Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp returns

The Department of Kinesiology will be hosting its Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp June 18 through July 27, 1 to 5 p.m., for boys and girls ages 7 to 14. The department will also be hosting Gator Start, its morning enrichment program, from 8 a.m. to noon with a supervised lunchtime from noon to 1 p.m. The two programs provide a full-day option. The department is also introducing a new program called Gator Strong Camp. This program is for all athletes of any skill level between the ages 13 and 18 and will focus on enhancing physical fitness, teaching exercise and nutrition concepts, and developing leadership and teamwork skills. More information is available online.


Academic Senate agenda

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 from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to senate officers or University administrators. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m. The agenda will include:

Institute for Civic and Community Engagement and a risk management update

  • Visitors Lori Beth Way, interim dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning, and Jennifer Gasang, associate director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, will provide updates.
  • Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Revision to the Grade Appeals Policy (first reading)
  • Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Revision to the Change of Undergraduate Major Policy (first reading)
  • Educational Policies Committee: Proposed Temporary Suspension: Master of Arts in Education, Concentration in Language and Literacy Education (first reading)
  • Educational Policies Committee: Proposed Discontinuance: Sustainable Business Concentration in MBA  (first reading)
  • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Student Field Trip Policy (first reading)
  • Executive Committee: Resolution in Support of the Application of Social Justice Principles in University-Owned Rental Units (first reading)
  • Strategic Issues Committee: Proposed Revision to the Policy on Search Committees for SF State Administrators (first reading)
  • Student Affairs Committee: Resolution in Support of the Role of the SF-Marin Food Bank in Addressing Food Insecurity at SF State (first reading)
  • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Minor in Art History (first reading)
  • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed New Concentration: B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, Concentration in Dietetics and Nutrition Science (first reading)
  • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed New Concentration: B.S. in Nutrition and Dietetics, Concentration in Foods and Community Nutrition (first reading)
  • Executive Committee: Resolution in Support of a Campus Academic Master Planning Process (first reading)
  • Executive Committee: Resolution in Support of the Black Unity Center (first reading)
  • Faculty Affairs Committee: Policy on Graduate Student Tuition Waivers (first reading)

The complete agenda and support documents for the meeting are available online.


Sexual Assault Awareness Month events

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month (SAAM), and in observance Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) is collaborating with various campus partners to host an array of interactive visibility, awareness and educational events. A few of SAAM’s biggest events include:

We Too: A Community Conversation
Monday, April 2, 5 to 7 p.m.
LIB 121

A diverse panel of SF State graduate students and community members will gather for this intersectional look at sexual violence, the emergence and implications of the #MeToo movement and issues of power and privilege. Light refreshments will be provided.

Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative Open House
Tuesday, April 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LIB 121

Drop in anytime between during the open house to mingle, network, and connect. HPW and the Office of Diversity & Student Equity are gathering ideas and suggestions from faculty, staff, students and everyone in the SF State community on how we can create a sexual violence-free environment. Light refreshments will be provided.

Consent Week 2018
Monday, April 2, through Friday, April 6
Malcolm X Plaza

HPW is partnering with Associated Students programs for this year’s Consent Week, which will feature different awareness activities and events promoting a healthy consent culture on campus. We will be showcasing various on and off-campus resources out in Malcolm X Plaza, along with educational workshops throughout the week. More details can be found at wellness.sfsu.edu/ConsentWeek2018.

There are extra credit opportunities for students attending any of these events. For more information, contact Denmark Diaz, men’s health educator, at denmarkd@sfsu.edu.

A complete listing of campus Sexual Assault Awareness Month events is available online


Spring First-Year Experience events

First-year students are invited to these First-Year Experience (FYE) programs and events.

  • Yelp headquarters tour for first-year students
    Friday, April 20, 2:30 to 4 p.m., downtown San Francisco

CEETL to host Happy Hour Workshop Series

The Center for Equity & Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CEETL) invites faculty members to its new Happy Hour Workshop Series. Come for convivial imbibing and learning about and reflecting on your teaching. Wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages and snacks will be provided. Upcoming Happy Hour Workshops include:

  • Transforming Grading: Rethinking What and How We Grade
    Wednesday, April 18, 4 to 5:30 p.m., LIB 242
    Register online.
  • Avoiding Secondary Trauma from Student Disclosures
    Thursday, April 26, 4 to 5:30 p.m. in LIB 242
    Register online.
  • Order Matters: Becoming Metacognitive about Teaching Choices
    Monday, April 30, 4 to 5:30 p.m., LIB 242
    Register online.
  • Using Creativity to Promote Rigorous and Engaged Student Learning
    Wednesday, May 9, 4 to 5:30 p.m., LIB 242
    Register online.

“Converting from SPSS to R in Classroom Instruction,” April 2

The next Stat CORR Methodology and Multivariate Analysis (MAMA) presentation will feature Biology Professor Edward F. Connor speaking on the topic “Converting from SPSS to R in Classroom Instruction.” The presentation be held April 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. Lunch will be served. Members of the campus community are invited to come any time, early or late. RSVP to Richard Harvey at rharvey@sfsu.edu.

Stat CORR aims to connect faculty and staff with specialized methodological knowledge with those who seek assistance designing new research projects, completing data analysis or developing, submitting and revising extramural grants.


Active shooter presentations, April 3 & 4

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts will be hosting two active shooter presentations by the University police open to all faculty and staff. The presentations will be held Tuesday, April 3, in Knuth Hall from 1 to 2 p.m. and Wednesday, April 4, in McKenna Theatre from 1 to 2 p.m. The presentations are designed to create a mindset of preparedness, providing a different outlook on everyday situations and how those can help us in times of violence.


UndocuAlly training, April 4

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in an UndocuAlly training. The training has been designed to guide the SF State community in learning how to support the undocumented student population. Participants will receive an overview of recent legislation and ways to support undocumented students while hearing the stories of current SF State students and learning about resources available for current and prospective undocumented students. Space is limited, so interested staff and faculty members are asked to register in advance at bit.ly/UndocuAllySpring18.


“Giver’s Gain” peer review workshop, April 16

Faculty are invited to participate in a workshop, “Giver’s Gain: Why Teaching Students to Talk the Talk in Peer Review Improves Learning,” offered by Melissa Graham Meeks, director of professional development for Eli Review, an online platform facilitating feedback-centric classrooms. The workshop will take place on Monday, April 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, April 17, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 121. Participants will learn how to teach reviewers to do the heavy lifting in peer review so that they better revise their own work. Bring a laptop to participate in the hands-on, online peer-learning activity. Lunch will be served, and lecturers receive a small stipend for attending.

For more information, send a message to wac@sfsu.edu. This event is co-sponsored by the Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) program of the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) and the Department of English Language and Literature.


“The Thesis Statement Workshop” with Dorothy Tsuruta, April 16

The Black Unity Center and the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center invite the campus community to “The Thesis Statement Workshop,” a presentation by Africana Studies Professor Dorothy Tsuruta. The event will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, April 16, in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center Conference Room. Anyone needing reasonable accommodations for the event can contact Serie McDougal III at ext. 5-4442 or mcdougal@sfsu.edu


Study Abroad Fair, April 17 and 18

Take a stroll through the center of campus on Tuesday, April 17, and Wednesday, April 18, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to see the latest Study Abroad Fair. The tables at the fair will represent different countries that SF State students can study abroad in through SF State exchange and CSU international programs. International students and study abroad alumni have decorated each table and will be available to talk about their country. Please encourage your students to attend, as well.


“The Future of Conservation” discussion, April 24

Gary Machlis and Jon Jarvis will come to campus as part of the national tour for their new book, “The Future of Conservation in America: A Chart for Rough Water.” Jarvis, a former director of the National Park Service and executive director of UC Berkeley’s Institute for Parks, People and Biodiversity, and Machlis, a professor of environmental sustainability at Clemson University, will speak in Jack Adams Hall on Tuesday, April 24, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Their lecture will be followed by a book signing from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.

Complete details are available in a promotional flyer. [link to flyer TK from Raymond] The event is free and open to all. No RSVP needed. Questions? Contact Nina Roberts, professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, at nroberts@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-7576.

A precedent-setting president

The Los Angeles Times and other high-profile news outlets took note of Linda Oubré’s appointment as president of Whittier College. The outgoing dean of the College of Business will become the first person of color to lead the Southern California college.


Trade war — what is it good for?

Assistant Professor of Economics Venoo Kakar spoke with KTVU about President Trump’s recent tariff announcement. “Policies like tariffs are protectionist in nature for certain industries. The goal here is to protect the steel and aluminum industries — protect domestic production and increase domestic capacity utilization," she explained. Kakar emphasized that the economy may experience negative consequences if there is a trade war as inflationary pressures can kick in prompting the Federal Reserve to raise interest rates, which can slow economic growth and hurt U.S. exports and corporate earnings. The full conversation can be watched on YouTube.


Rabelo gets ELEVATEd

Assistant Professor of Management Verónica Rabelo has been named an ELEVATE fellow by the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions. ELEVATE (Enriching Learning, Enhancing Visibility & Training Educators) fellows take part in an annual training program designed to address the unique needs of early career faculty members at minority-serving institutions. This year’s ELEVATE training will be held in Philadelphia June 27-29. Rabelo was nominated for the honor by the College of Business and selected from a large pool of applicants from around the world.


Reporting on the reporters

Journalism Professor Jon Funabiki spoke at “Represent! Forging a New Future for Journalism and Media Diversity” on March 5 at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit. The panel discussion was part of an event marking the 50th anniversary of the Kerner Commission, which investigated the causes of racial unrest and laid some of the blame on the “white men’s eyes” through which the news industry viewed the world. An article about the event and Funabiki’s thoughts on the Kerner Commission report is available on the Department of Journalism website.