December 11, 2015

NEWS

Form required to pick up paychecks on Dec. 31

Employees who do not currently have direct deposit who wish to pick up their December paychecks on Dec. 31 must complete and sign a warrant release request form and submit it to Human Resources by Monday, Dec. 21.

Paychecks will only be released to employees who have submitted a warrant release request form by the due date.

The signed form may be submitted through campus mail or dropped off in person at Human Resources, ADM 252. Alternately, employees may email a completed scanned form to payroll@sfsu.edu.

The regular scheduled paycheck distribution will be Monday, Jan. 4, 2016: Employees may then pick up their December paychecks from their department.

Guido Krickx named dean of the College of Extended Learning

Guido Krickx has been appointed dean of SF State's College of Extended Learning (CEL), the University announced today. His appointment is effective April 1, 2016.  He succeeds Jose L. Galvan, who retired in June.

Krickx will oversee all academic, financial and administrative functions of the college, which offers a variety of continuing education courses, academic credit certificates and professional development certificates to prepare students for career advancement and personal growth.

"Dr. Krickx brings with him robust administrative, teaching and management acumen, as well as extensive experience in course, curriculum and program development," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser. "His demonstrated expertise in strategic planning, international program development and revenue management will further strengthen CEL's mission to provide high-quality, lifelong learning experiences that enhance personal and professional success for the Bay Area community."   

Since 2011, Krickx has been the dean of the College of Continuing Education at California State University, Sacramento, where he was responsible for strategic oversight of the college. From 2006-2011, he was the associate dean and director of the graduate business programs in the School of Economics and Business Administration at St. Mary's College of California.

Krickx also brings a wealth of experience in international program development to SF State. In 2001, he was named co-director of the transnational executive MBA program, Europe, for California State University, Hayward, where he was responsible for recruiting, program management, teaching and admissions. From 2003 until 2006, he served as director of the program.

Krickx received a graduate degree in management from Rijksuniversiteit Gent (State University Ghent) and both a master's degree in business administration and a Ph.D. in management from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

"I'd also like to thank Angela Jones for her service and leadership as interim dean during the transition time," said Provost Rosser.

SF State Magazine now online and on campus

SF State people make amazing things happen. For proof, check out the latest issue of SF State Magazine online. Published twice-a-year by University Communications, the magazine focuses on student success, faculty research, alumni accomplishments and major SF State news and milestones. Print copies of the new issue are available in the Administration building lobby. The iPad App publishes later this month. Letters to the editor are encouraged. Please email all feedback, including story suggestions for the future, to sfsumag@sfsu.edu.

Campus holiday party giveaway winners

Congratulations to the winners of the drawing at the campus holiday party:

  • Cherie Bachman
  • Ann Bradshaw
  • Sophie Clavier
  • Charles Conway
  • Colette Cowan
  • Crystal Kam
  • Shailey Menon
  • Candy Mou
  • Tracy Patton
  • Fred Sommers
  • Stella Siu
  • Phung Vy
  • Jin Ling Xia

All winners were contacted via the email or telephone number entered on their ticket. Questions? Call ext. 8-1381.

New Academic Technology website to launch January 2016

The new Academic Technology (AT) website that will launch in January 2016 will make it easier for faculty and staff to get involved in AT's engaging campus initiatives, request a service, learn about supported technologies and access help and support resources. Visit the current site at at.sfsu.edu for more information and return to the same address in January to see the new site.

Mini-sites for AT initiatives

There are four AT initiatives, and each will have a unique mini-website that links to the main AT site: Affordable Instructional Materials; ePortfolio; Quality Online Learning and Teaching; and Course Redesign.

Easy access to all AT services

AT offers a variety of services and resources including: troubleshooting computer and equipment issues; audiovisual and classroom equipment loan and support; workshops on teaching with technology; one-on-one instructional design services; iLearn help-desk services; digitization and media conversion; graphics, video and photography production; and AT meeting rooms.

AT tools and technologies

Tools and technologies supported by AT include: iLearn; CourseStream; Web Conferencing; Labspace; Clickers; Turnitin; ePortfolio; and Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness (SETE).

New support documents site

Users will be able to easily access, search and browse AT's comprehensive collection of support documents and guides through a single support website that connects seamlessly with the main AT website.

Academic Technology Winter Events 2016

Academic Technology Winter Institute 2016: Jan. 12 and 13
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore campus-supported technologies and strategies for integrating technology into courses. Designed for newcomers to iLearn and those who wish to learn more about available technology tools and services.

Advanced Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Institute: Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn effective teaching strategies and design best practices for hybrid and fully online courses, including specific, concrete ways to quickly evaluate and improve courses.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Peer Review Institute: Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn about campus- and system-wide initiatives that support quality online courses, gain valuable skills and join the faculty learning community to take online courses to the next level.

Quickstart Webinar: Jan. 19 from noon to 1 p.m.

This webinar will orient participants to campus course technologies and the basics of using iLearn and explore tools to make iLearn courses more interactive inside and outside of the classroom.

Register Online

Complete the AT Institutes Registration Form. Enrollment is limited. Those who register by Dec. 10 will receive priority. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Accessibility

Persons with disabilities are welcome, and reasonable accommodations will be arranged upon request. To request reasonable accommodations, contact Nora Scully by Dec. 10 at ext. 5-5539 or nscully@sfsu.edu.

Questions?

For more information, email iteach@sfsu.edu or call ext. 5-5550.

AmazonSmile to support SF State

Alumni Relations has partnered with the AmazonSmile program to make raising funds for SF State as easy as 1-2-shop. Once set up, shoppers will see half of a percent of the cost of their eligible purchases donated to the charitable organization of their choice, such as SF State.

Visit smile.amazon.com, search for "SFSU Foundation" and select it. Amazon will remember your selection, and every eligible purchase made using AmazonSmile will result in a donation by Amazon to SF State.

Register now for AmazonSmile.

For additional information, contact Senem Ozer at ext. 8-2217 or seozer@sfsu.edu.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

CampusMemo schedule

The Dec. 18 CampusMemo will be the last issue for the fall 2015 term. Publication will resume with the Jan. 22, 2016, issue.

GWAR Mentoring Program applications due Monday

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program, a faculty development program that will be piloted in the spring semester. The program is designed to provide support to those new to teaching GWAR while giving experienced GWAR instructors an opportunity for growth and development. Eligible mentors will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters and will be expected to provide support for GWAR course design, effective GWAR teaching strategies and assessment of student learning.

Eligible mentees will teach a GWAR course in the spring and will be expected to collaborate with mentors throughout the semester. All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) who are interested in being paired to collaborate closely in the spring of 2016 are encouraged to apply. Proposals from teams (mentor and mentee) within and across disciplines are highly encouraged.

Those interested in applying should email Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID. Visit ueap.sfsu.edu/wac for application guidelines. Applications are due Dec. 14. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by Jan. 8, 2016, and will be expected to attend an orientation at the faculty retreat on Jan. 25.

SF State World AIDS quilt on display through Dec. 18

To commemorate the 27th World AIDS Day, the University's AIDS quilt will be displayed in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Student Center through Dec. 18. Sewn in the late 1980s by 25 SF State faculty and staff to honor members of our community lost to HIV/AIDS, it was the first AIDS memorial quilt at any college or university in the country and has been displayed on campus each year on World AIDS Day to acknowledge the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on the University family. For more information, contact Michael Ritter at mritter@sfsu.edu or visit www.sfsu.edu/~aidsinfo/aids_quilt.html.

All-you-can-eat crab feed, Jan. 23

For more than 20 years, SF State's Alumni Association has been awarding scholarships to students who might otherwise not be able to attend college. In the last five years alone, those scholarships have helped more than 100 students reach their potential.

Help the Alumni Association continue to support deserving students while enjoying fresh-cracked crab, chicken, pasta, salad, wine, beer, dessert and coffee on Saturday, January 23, 2016. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and a raffle beginning at 7 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Center. Cost is $65 per person or $500 for a table of eight. Purchase tickets.

Questions? Contact Ken Maeshiro at kmaeshir@sfsu.edu.

Sutro Review call for undergraduate writing

The Sutro Review, SF State's first undergraduate academic journal, is seeking submissions for its spring issue. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage their students to submit items. All freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited. Students should send their scholarly essay or creative nonfiction to sutro@sfsu.edu by Feb. 20, 2016. Questions? Contact Lecturer of Composition Christy Shick at clshick@sfsu.edu.

Protecting and enhancing the SF State brand

All members of the campus community serve as SF State brand ambassadors when they follow the official guidelines related to proper use of the University name, logo, colors and fonts, all of which are explained at logo.sfsu.edu.

Among the important reminders and resources on the site:

  • SF State is a one-logo University. However, if you seek a personalized graphic element for your college or department, University Communications is available to create a logo lockup for you. These are versions of the official University logo that incorporate the name of colleges, departments and programs.
  • An online library of marketing one sheets incorporating the University's "We Make it Happen" tagline is available for the campus community to use in promoting the good work done every day at SF State.
  • The use of the University name on items other than printed documents -- including the SFSU acronym, logo, seal or mascot -- requires licensing approval. All vendors producing such materials must register with Learfield Licensing Partners, which handles approvals of all branded merchandise. To enroll, contact Jared Harding, Learfield Licensing Partners' university services director, at (765) 404-1770 or jharding@learfieldlicensing.com. Many vendors are already enrolled in SF State's licensing program. To receive a current list of licensed vendors, please contact Paul Asper at (415) 405-3803 or pasper@sfsu.edu.

Campus cats chow volunteers needed

The campus cat committee is seeking new volunteers to feed the small, friendly cat population on campus. Volunteering is easy: Choose a weekday or a once-a-month weekend rotation at one of two nature-friendly, ecological feeding sites. The food is provided. Can't volunteer? Donations of food, water and cash are also welcome. Email Irene Donner at idonner@sfsu.edu or call ext. 8-2763 to volunteer and for additional information.

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ACADEMIC SENATE

Following are the action items from the Dec. 8 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Chair's report:
    • Long Beach statewide meeting: concerns about signature general education programs at individual campuses affected by legislation: need to reconcile legislature and faculty curriculum and student path to graduation.
    • Congratulated Senator Alvarez on his appointment as dean of HHS.
    • Noted with sadness the passing of Senator Thaddeus (Thad) W. Usowicz.
  • Report from Provost Sue V. Rosser on Academic Affairs; PowerPoint report will be on Senate website.
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee to approve Standing Committee appointments (consent item) passed.
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee to revise Senate Policy #S10-160: Temporary Faculty passed without amendment.
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee to revise the B.A. and Minor in Classics passed without amendment.
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee to create a new M.A. in East Asian Languages and Literatures was amended to change line 223 to "instruction for CHIN prefix course will be in Mandarin"; motion passed as amended.
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee to create a new M.A. in Modern European Languages and Literatures passed without amendment.
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee to revise Senate Policy #S09-196: Withdrawals from Courses was revised to amend line 85 (strike "2015" and return to "2009") and line 104 (to "third week of instruction"); passed as amended.

Nomination applications for distinguished faculty awards 2016

SF State annually acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service.

The awards, which were first instituted in 2007, are designed to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of faculty members. By recognizing the achievements of distinguished faculty in the areas of teaching, University service and professional achievement and growth, the campus community celebrates the University's climate of excellence.

Download the nomination form, which includes details about eligibility and the application process.

Visit the Academic Senate website and Faculty Honors and Awards Committee (FHAC) website.

Wish to learn more about previous winners to aid in nominating outstanding faculty? Read the profiles of the award winners for the past five years:

The chair of the 2015-16 Faculty Honors and Awards Committee is Professor of Decision Sciences Ramesh Bollapragada.

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.

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INSIDERS

American Indian Studies

Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins was invited by faculty in the Departments of American Indian Studies and Africana Studies at San Diego State University to give a Native American Heritage Month lecture on Nov. 23. The title of Collins' lecture was "Memories of Enslaved American Indians: A Case Study of WPA Slave Narratives."

Also, Collins co-curated the Smithsonian traveling banner exhibit "IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas," which opened July 25 at the Harrison Museum of American Culture in Roanoke, Virginia, and will remain on display through Jan. 3, 2016.

Biology

Associate Professor of Biology Andy Zink was the lead author of "Evolution of conspecific brood parasitism versus cooperative breeding as alternative reproductive tactics," published online Nov. 23 in The American Naturalist. The paper explores the connection between cooperative breeding (when a female joins the nest of a second female to share offspring care) and brood parasitism (when a female lays eggs in the nest of a host female without helping to raise the offspring). The authors develop a model to predict which of the two strategies will be evolutionarily favored in populations and species of birds.

Professors of Biology Laura Burrus and Kimberly Tanner, along with members of the research group SEPAL (Science Education Partnership and Assessment Lab), co-authored the research publication "Beyond the Biology: A Systematic Investigation of Noncontent Instructor Talk in an Introductory Biology Course," which was published Dec. 1 by CBE: Life Sciences Education. The publication defined a new construct termed "Instructor Talk," which may be a key mechanism for effectively implementing active learning and may contribute to minimizing student resistance and stereotype threat while building instructor immediacy. Tanner and her SEPAL colleagues have authored four of the top 10 most-read articles in CBE: Life Sciences Education during 2015, laying claim to the top three articles and a total of more than 51,000 downloads.

Also, Tanner was selected as a PULSE Fellow. PULSE (Partnership for Undergraduate Life Sciences Education) is a national group of fellows and community members who work to foster life science department transformation by developing strategies to incorporate the recommendations of the 2011 national report, "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Biology Education: A Call to Action." Information about the work accomplished by the PULSE fellows and community can be found at www.pulsecommunity.org.

She was also invited to be on the faculty of the Sixth Latin American School for Education, Cognitive and Neural Sciences in Buenos Aires in March 2016. The gathering seeks to foster a new generation of rigorous researchers with broad knowledge in neuroscience and the ability to operate at the interface between education and science.

Tanner was invited to give the keynote presentation at the 2016 Teaching Professor Conference in Washington, D. C., in June 2016, as well.

Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics

Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Connie Ulasewicz presented at the Silicon Valley and China Wireless Technology Annual 2015 Conference on Saturday, Nov. 21, on the Intel campus. The conference theme was "The Rise of the Millennials: Emerging Disruptive Trends." Ulasewicz was part of the "Future Wearables" panel and addressed the conversation on what millennials want in wearables by sharing the product development ideas and findings by students in the Apparel Design and Merchandising program.

Earth and Climate Sciences

Associate Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences Jason J. Gurdak served as coordinator of the UNESCO GRAPHIC program and lead author on the GRAPHIC Groundwater and Climate Change publication that was released at the 2015 Paris Climate Conference, Nov. 30 through Dec. 11. 

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NEWSMAKERS

Studying opportunities

Professor of Management Mitchell Marks was quoted for a Nov. 30 Wall Street Journal article about integrating companies after a merger or acquisition. Executives impatient with lengthy mergers usually are "looking to the next deal and lose oversight. They drop the integration into operating people's lap, thinking, '...that is a distraction to what I think is real work,'" Marks said. But "sometimes buyers know what they're going to do, they bring teams together to study opportunities."

Eugenics revival?

A Dec. 1 article in The Daily Mail about genetically modified embryos included comments from Associate Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability Emily Smith Beitiks. "These proposed applications raise social justice questions and put us at risk of reviving eugenics --controlled breeding to increase the occurrence of 'desirable' heritable characteristics," Beitiks said.

It's not the bag

Associate Dean of Business Kathleen O'Donnell was interviewed for a Dec. 4 KCBS-AM report about "sport shoppers" identified by research she conducted with Professor and Chair of Marketing Judi Strebel. "Rather than wanting somebody to think 'Wow, that person has a really expensive bag,' they're much more concerned to let those folks know that -- and be impressed by the fact that -- they were able to get a great deal on that bag," O'Donnell said. "Because they tell so many people about the deals they get, they really whip up excitement in others, and these others then go out to the same stores and hope to replicate the deals."

Growing every year

Senior Vice President for Enrollment Management Jo Volkert commented for a Dec. 4 KCBS-AM report on the growing number of admissions applications CSU campuses and SF State receive each year. "It has been growing every year," Volkert said. "Back in the day, people applied to two or three and then it became six or seven and now it is closer to eight to 10 schools that they apply to enter."

Community and family

A Dec. 6 article about the challenges of transracial adoption in The Washington Post included commentary by Ethnic Studies Lecturer Lisa Marie Rollins, who was a transracial adoptee herself. "If you're a transracial adoptee, and you point out things that are racist, or begin to acknowledge myself as a person of color, you wonder will that change my relationship with the only family that I have?" Rollins said. Her advice to those wishing to make such adoptions: Your community should look like your family. According to Rollins, a lack of diversity at home can cause adopted children to wonder, "Is there something wrong with me that you don't want adults in your life that look like me?"

For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News

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