October 23, 2015

NEWS

University Budget Committee to meet Nov. 5

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet Thursday, Nov. 5, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the NEC Room of the Administration Building (ADM 560). The UBC is charged with providing the president with advice and recommendations related to budget policy, planning and review. UBC meetings are open to the public. There will be a 10 minute open forum period for interested members of the campus community to speak on budget and funding.

Call for faculty nominations to the University Sustainability Committee

Three faculty positions on the University Sustainability Committee are open to nominations by faculty, students, staff or by self-nomination. Email nominations to Nick Kordesch, sustainability coordinator at kordesch@sfsu.edu, and include information regarding the nominee's experience and commitment to sustainability. Nominations will be forwarded to the Academic Senate for consideration. Go to sustain.sfsu.edu/members for information on the Sustainability Committee and its members.

Proposals for IEW 2015

The Office of International Programs seeks proposals for activities and events for International Education Week 2015, Nov. 16-20. Submit an activity or event proposal by Monday, Nov. 9, by completing the event proposal form.

This year's theme is "International Education: Advancing Access for All," which celebrates the importance of global competency and education as a critical civil right and recognizes 2015 as both the 25th anniversary of the American with Disablities Act and the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

The campus community is invited to join in this annual celebration that emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages. The U.S. Departments of State and Education sponsor this event. Learn more at the International Education Week 2015 website or contact Jay Ward at jward@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-1121.

Bartscher farewell, Nov. 20

A farewell reception will be held for University Counsel Patty Bartscher on Friday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Administration building's fifth floor patio. Please RSVP by email to Jennifer Villarreal at jrosev@sfsu.edu.

Bartscher joined SF State as a lecturer in the Management Department in 1982 and quickly joined the ranks of tenure-track faculty in the department. In 1986, she began teaching international business law in the Accounting Department, where she served until she was appointed acting associate dean of Faculty Affairs in 1988. Beginning in 1992, Bartscher served as director of Academic Relations until her appointment as university counsel in 1994, a role she has held since.

Business Ethics Week, Nov. 2-5

The 10th anniversary of Business Ethics Week runs Nov. 2-5 on both the main and downtown campuses. The week will include speaker events open to the campus and community and discussions in individual faculty classrooms. For more information, including a list of speakers, visit the Business Ethics Week calendar.

Dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences candidates visit campus

Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences. The campus community is invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will address how their professional experience is relevant to the position. Two candidate presentations remain. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after each presentation.

  • Monday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HUM 587: Ronald T. Brown, associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, University of North Texas System
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in LIB 244: Ching-Hua Wang, dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences, Dominican University of California

Dean of the College of Extended Learning candidates visit campus

Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Extended Learning. The campus community is invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will address how their professional experience is relevant to the position. Three candidate presentations remain. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after each presentation.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in LIB 244: Scott Moore, interim dean, Division of Continuing and Global Education (Extended Education), California State University, Fresno
  • Monday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 244: Raj Parikh, dean, Walker School of Business and Communication, Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in LIB 244: Guido Krickx, dean, College of Continuing Education, California State University, Sacramento 

Call for Proposals: Curriculum Redesign Initiative

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites proposals for the second cohort of funded programs in its Curriculum Redesign Initiative, funded by the Teagle Foundation. The initiative supports departments' efforts to transform their curricula in meaningful ways that facilitate undergraduate student success. Rather than funding individual faculty members or courses, it is meant to assist collaborative efforts that cut across the major. Proposals are encouraged from departments with significant curricular revision goals, but inquiries from departments just starting on the road to redesign are also welcomed. Proposals may be funded up to $10,000.

Programs interested in developing proposals should contact Trevor Getz, professor of history and director of Special Programs, DUEAP, and visit ueap.sfsu.edu/ugs/teagle. Proposals should be five to seven pages in length and address the questions listed on the call for proposals webpage.

Proposals are due Dec. 4 and will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary faculty committee drawn from the first cohort of funded programs. Successful programs will be notified by Jan. 19, 2016.

Children's Campus 2016-17 early wait list registration

The Children's Campus, which serves as a learning lab and early childhood center for the University, encourages staff and faculty interested in enrollment for 2016-17 to register on the center's wait list as soon as possible via the center's website at childrenscampus.sfsu.edu. Early registration for the wait list is important because enrollment demand has increased every year and selection is based on one's wait list registration date. The center will begin offering enrollment to new families for 2016-17 in early April 2016.

SF State staff and faculty receive priority enrollment and a 3 percent tuition discount. Families may enroll for the full week (Monday-Friday) or a partial week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday) and can choose a nine-month or a 12-month program.

The center serves children 6 months through 4 years of age and features small group sizes with low staff-to-child ratios, as well as two to three Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) and Child and Family Studies (CFS) interns working in each classroom. In addition to the CAD and CFS student interns, about 400 students each year use the center's child observation facilities to complete observations for their college coursework. Faculty and graduate research is also conducted at the center to support student learning and inform the field about best practices.

For more information, visit the Children's Campus website. To register for one of the monthly tours, call the center at ext. 5-4011.

New Vista Room menu and website

To match the changing seasons, the Vista Room has a new fall menu featuring bouillabaisse, braised short ribs and roasted Diestel Ranch turkey. The Vista Room supports local farmers and purveyors, who provide the restaurant with better ingredients, which result in better food. The prix fixe three-course meal is still $17. Guests are also welcome to order a la carte items from the menu.

A new Vista Room website is being launched and will soon be available for visitors to view the new fall menu and find information on reservations, catering and banquets and payment methods.

Remember, the Vista Room now has several payment options and walk-in diners are welcome. Guests may now:

  • Walk in to dine without a reservation
  • Reserve a table by calling the dining room at ext. 5-4100
  • Book private dining or arrange for catering or a banquet by calling ext. 5-4100 or emailing vista@sfsu.edu

Diners now have more payment options and may pay using a credit or debit card at the table, after the meal. Departments may also charge meals to a house account and the Vista Room will invoice the department at the end of the month. To open a house account, departments should complete online inquiry form (inquiries will receive a response within one academic day).

Follow and like the Vista Room on Facebook, where visitors will find an up-to-date calendar of events, the new menu and the answers to frequently asked questions about the major changes at the Vista Room.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

OLPC SF Summit 2015 this weekend

The OLPC San Francisco Community at SF State, a campus group dedicated to the international Once Child Per Laptop (OLPC) project, invites the campus community to the seventh annual OLPC San Francisco Community Summit to be held Friday, Oct 23, through Sunday, Oct. 25, in BUS 202. The event begins Friday night with the film "WEB," which considers the benefits and complications of the technology as it follows Peruvian families in remote areas as their children access the Internet for the first time.

The OLPC project recently deployed devices in countries around the world, including Nicaragua, Colombia, Rwanda, Nepal and Madagascar. Bay Area volunteers continue to run projects in Madagascar, Jamaica, India, Tanzania, Micronesia and Ethiopia. To date, the groups have provided people in remote locations without Internet or electricity with access to Wikipedia in 37 languages, 1,800 TED Talks videos, 3,400 Khan Academy videos, 40,000 Project Gutenberg books, access to OpenStreetMap and other health care and educational materials.

RSVP and read more about it at olpcsf.org/summit. The OLPC community thanks the College of Business for hosting the event and SF State for its continued mission toward addressing equity and social justice.

OLLI: The joy of learning, without midterms and finals

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) begins a new fall session Oct. 26 featuring 13 fun, stress-free and affordable courses tailored to baby boomers.

SF State faculty members will teach three courses:

  • "The Race for the Presidency" (Professor Emeritus of History Gerard Heather)
  • "Documentary and Memory" (Assistant Professor of Cinema Johnny Symons)
  • "The American Civil War and Its Aftermath" (History Lecturer Mark Sigmon) 

Other class highlights include memoir writing, social media for novices and "A City Built on Hills: San Francisco from Its Earliest Inhabitants to the End of the Gold Rush."

OLLI, based in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, is an active community of peers age 50 and up engaged in learning through classes, interest groups and events at the downtown and main campuses. Stimulating and provocative six-week courses taught by current and retired SF State professors and other experts provide personal and social enrichment.

To enroll in classes, teach in OLLI or for more information, visit olli.sfsu.edu or contact Gwen Sanderson at (415) 817-4243 or olli@sfsu.edu.

CAD in South Africa: An Early Childhood Educator Honors Program, Oct. 26

Over the summer of 2015, 10 students and three faculty from the Department of Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) traveled to South Africa to work with local early childhood teachers and young children. Their collaboration with local educators focused on sharing best practices, enhancing language and literacy programming and building capacity for program evaluation.

On Monday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in LIB 242, EDvance SF will host a free community dialogue and presentation about this journey. Brittney Rykert, a CAD student and early childhood educator, will make the presentation with CAD alumni and early childhood educators Kowanda Perkins and Daechelle Williams; Metro CAD Coordinator Ashley Williams; and Lygia Stebbing, EdD, director of EDvance SF, Child and Adolescent Development research associate and PATH program coordinator for the Marian Wright Edelman Institute. Students will reflect on their transformative experiences during this service- and learning-focused adventure in South Africa. After the presentation, participants will be invited to engage in discussion about using cross-cultural experiences to enrich and expand teacher training.

For more information, email Carmen G. Mandic at cgmandic@sfsu.edu.

WGS Lecture Series, Thursdays

The campus community is invited to attend the Women and Gender Studies (WGS) Lecture Series on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 121. For disability and other accommodations, email kasturi@sfsu.edu.

Thursday, Oct 29: "Under the Varnish: Asian American Nail Salon Workers, Toxins, and Health Safety"

Award-winning journalist Momo Chang will focus on the health care struggles and the cost of economic stability for women workers exposed to toxic and unregulated chemicals in nail salons. Chang, who has also covered Asian American politics and culture in and beyond the Bay Area, will discuss the tensions and rewards of working in Asian American media.

Thursday, Nov. 5: "A Stillborn Child, A Charge of Murder, and the Disputed Case Law on 'Fetal Harm"

ProPublica journalist Nina Martin will bring attention to the burgeoning number of cases in which women are prosecuted for allegedly endangering their unborn children, pitting the rights of the mother against what lawmakers, prosecutors, judges and jurors view as the rights of the unborn child. She will also examine the criminal justice system's often disproportionate treatment of poor people of color, the backlash against Roe v. Wade and the push to establish "personhood" for fetuses.

Explorer Days tour of RTC, Thursday, Oct. 29

The Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) will hold an Explorer Days tour of their facility on Thursday, Oct. 29, from 3 to 5 p.m. The campus community is invited to take advantage of a rare opportunity to go inside RTC research laboratories with scientists and graduate students to learn firsthand about their research. In addition to seeing the beautiful and historic bay front site on the Tiburon Peninsula, participants will get to listen to underwater sounds and "Be a Diatom!"

The event is open to all age 10 and up. Register at basfexplorerdayrtctour.eventbrite.com.

"Translating Saracens," Oct. 29

Associate Professor of Comparative and World Literature Shirin A. Khanmohamadi will present her talk "Translating Saracens: Reading objects and translation in the chansons de geste" on Thursday, Oct. 29, at 4:30 p.m. in HUM 579. The talk, which is part of the 8th Annual Comparative and World Literature Colloquium, will consider the Arab prehistory of Durendal, the hero's sword from the epic poem "The Song of Roland," as told in the self-styled Sicilian prequel to "The Song of Roland," "Song of Aspremont."

Celebrate Veterans Day with SF State vets and supporters, Nov. 4-10

The campus community is invited to celebrate Veterans Day and the third anniversary of the SF State Veterans' Corner on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Garden of Remembrance (between Burk Hall and Fine Arts).

VETS@SFSU will march in San Francisco's Veterans Day parade on Sunday, Nov. 8. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Second and Market streets and ends at noon in the Civic Center Plaza.

Other Veterans Day Observances Nov. 4-10:

  • VETS@SFSU will be selling veteran support ribbons and clothing in BH 153 and in the Quad. Wear a ribbon to show support or as an SF State veteran.
  • Village Market and Pizza, Café Rosso and Station Café will give veterans a 20 percent discount on purchases when they show their military ID card or DD214.
  • Farm Fresh Underground in the student center will give veterans a $2 discount on salad, wrap, bowl or panini purchases all week. On Wednesday, Nov. 4, veterans' family members will also receive the discount.
  • Ike's Place will honor veterans with a 25 percent discount for the rest of the year.
  • Nizario's Pizza at SF State will give a 10 percent discount on slices of pizza to veterans.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, from noon to 7 p.m. VETS@SFSU will participate in the annual Veterans Day softball tournament in Concord, California.

Mayor Willie Brown in conversation with Joseph Fink, Nov. 4

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, SF State alumnus and former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. will discuss national, regional and local political trends and answer questions from the audience from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Joseph R. Fink, past president of the Commonwealth Club of California and retired president of the Dominican University of California, will moderate the discussion.

A two-term mayor of San Francisco, legendary Speaker of the California State Assembly and widely regarded as one of the most influential African-American politicians of the late 20th century, Brown has been at the center of California politics, government and civic life for a remarkable four decades. Brown graduated with the class of 1955. He served as a member of the California State Assembly from 1965 to 1995 and as speaker of the assembly from 1980 to 1995. Brown was mayor of San Francisco from 1996 to 2004.

The event is a part of the College of Health & Social Sciences Dean's Speaker Series, which is held twice each year to bring distinguished individuals to share their views on topics affecting the well-being of individuals, families, communities and society. For more information, contact John Warner at jwarner@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-3573.

Rosenberg Institute Public Forum at RTC, Wednesday, Nov. 4

The fall 2015 Rosenberg Institute Public Forum at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments. Drew Harvell, Ph.D., department of ecology and evolutionary biology, Cornell University, will present the lecture "The Sea Star Epidemic: An Arms Race for Marine Biodiversity" beginning at 7 p.m.

Sea stars in Washington state and British Columbia began dying in high numbers in June 2013. By the end of that year, the entire West Coast was affected by a die-off that involved at least 20 different species of sea stars and all the major public aquaria. The involvement of a virus has since been discovered, but the epidemic continues in northern parts of the range and has left vast areas of California devoid of some sea star species. Professor Harvell will give an update on what is known of the impacts of the epidemic for different sea star species, including observations from one emerging front in Alaska. She will also discuss the broader issue of the impacts that epidemics in the ocean can have on biodiversity. Interested? Register now because seating is limited.

"Changa Revisited" to screen Nov. 5

Professor of Anthropology Peter Biella's film "Changa Revisited" will premiere on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre. The film explores the lives and living conditions of a single Ilparakuyo Maasai family at both ends of a 30-year divide. The homestead was first documented with photographs and audio recordings in 1980. When the filmmakers revisted the homestead decades later, the conditions had gotten far worse: Cattle and human diseases, sedentarization, alcoholism and poverty had brought the family close to the breaking point. "Changa Revisited" was co-edited with Daniel Chein, an anthropology graduate and current MFA candidate in cinema.

Upcoming AMED events

The Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), housed in the College of Ethnic Studies, invites the campus community to events promoting Arab and Muslim culture and understanding.

Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall: The 8th Annual Palestinian Mural Cultural Celebration

Celebrate the teachings of Palestinian intellectual and Columbia University Professor Edward Said with music, dabka, food, poetry and hip-hop, as well as the one-woman play "Palestine" by Najla Said. Organized by the General Union of Palestine Students, AMED, Associated Students Inc. and the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, at International Education Week

  • 4 to 6:30 p.m. in EP 101: "Contesting the Foreign Domestic Divides"
  • 7 to 9:45 p.m. in LIB 121: "The Indivisibility of Justice: Understanding Palestine,
    Iran and Syria"

Speakers will include Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Rabab Abdulhadi, CSU-Stanislaus Professor of Political Science As'ad AbuKhalil, Professor of Philosophy Mohammad Azadpur, UC Berkeley Professor of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies Hatem Bazian and Arab Talk Radio host and award-winning journalist Jamal Dajani.

For more information, visit amed.sfsu.edu or email amedsraf@sfsu.edu.

"Dancing with the Devil in the City of God" book reading,
Nov. 6

Author and former local AP reporter Juliana Barbassa will read from her new book "Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink" on Friday, Nov. 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in LIB 286. Barbassa's book is a critical examination of the city of Rio through the lens of politics, social unrest and sport.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology and the Urban Studies and Planning programs. For more information, email Susan Zieff at susangz@sfsu.edu.

Alumni & Family Day, Saturday, Nov. 7

The Alumni Association invites the campus community to the annual Alumni & Family Day celebration on Saturday, Nov. 7. Festivities will include a luncheon featuring actor, activist and alum Danny Glover and the Family Festival with fun activities for kids, food and live music. There will also be interactive seminars including a beer education and tasting session and a hands-on holiday baking workshop. For more information and to register for the various events, go to alumni.sfsu.edu/afw.

Free tickets for the Family Festival are available to faculty and staff (luncheon and beer tasting not included). The festival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on the main Quad. Register online for the Family Festival now.

Questions? Email Nadia Chan at nadiach@sfsu.edu.

College of Ethnic Studies 46th Anniversary Celebration, Nov. 8

Join SF State in celebrating the 46th anniversary of the founding of the nation's first and only College of Ethnic Studies. Actor, activist and alum Danny Glover is the featured speaker at a benefactor reception. The event will be held at the Seven Hills Conference Center Sunday, Nov. 8. The reception is from noon to 1 p.m., and the general program and auction will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Benefactor reception tickets cost $100, general tickets are $50 and faculty/staff tickets are $35.

For information and to buy tickets, visit ethnicstudies.sfsu.edu/anniversary-celebration.

Event proceeds will benefit student scholarships and the Community-University Empowerment Fund. To learn about sponsorship opportunities and tribute ads, contact Alex Sanchez at (415) 338-1032 or alexsan@sfsu.edu.

Superfest 2015, Nov. 14-15

The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired present Superfest 2015, an international disability film festival on Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15. The first day of the annual event will be held at the Magnes Collection in downtown Berkeley, and on the second day films will be screened at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Tickets sold out last year, so those interested are encouraged to buy tickets early. For more information and links to purchase tickets, visit superfestfilm.com. All films are audio described and open captioned. An ASL interpreter and CART will be provided. Participants are asked to be scent free when attending.

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ACADEMIC SENATE

Following are the action items from the Oct. 20 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard announcements
  • Gene Chelberg, AVP for Student Affairs, reported on active shooter policy and resources from Department of Homeland Security
  • Sgt. Abraham Leal reported on emergency preparedness regarding active shooters
  • Approved minutes for Oct. 6 meeting with attendance correction noted
  • Approved agenda for October 20, with changes
  • Heard chair's report
  • Highlights from Long Beach:
  • Community College Baccalaureate program: upper-division general education credit transfers an issue, may need policy
  • Financial sustainability report found issues with performance-based funding regarding non-resident market-based tuition and facilities fee added onto tuition -- feedback is welcomed on these issues
  • Senators will train for Title 9 on Nov. 17: two-hour special training in plenary meeting
  • Welcomed new Senator Venoo Kakar, associate professor of economics, College of Business
  • Unfinished business regarding recommendation from Curriculum Review and Approval Committee's proposed changes to Curriculum and Review Committee charge to add dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning or designee to line 20, ammended and approved on second reading
  • Recommendation from Executive Committee regarding proposed Assigned Time for Extraordinary Service to Students Policy, approved in first reading
  • Heard a report from Jo Volkert, senior AVP for Enrollment Management, regarding enrollment at SF State, presentation slides to be added to Senate website
  • Board of Appeals and Review Committee elections: Ann Krause, associate professor of mathematics, elected by acclamation
  • Recommendation from Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed Graduate Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication passed in first reading
  • Recommendation from Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution on bullying returned to committee for definition of bullying in first reading
  • Recommendation from Faculty Affairs Committee regarding a proposed Temporary Faculty Policy returned to committee for further work
  • Heard Standing Committee reports:
  • Academic Policy Committee
  • Baccalaureate minimum grade policy update
  • Course Repeat Policy differs from Executive Order, and Campus Solutions does not work with SF State policy
  • Visit from registrar regarding probation
  • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee reviewed curriculum proposals
  • Faculty Affairs Committee reviewed a Temporary Faculty policy revision
  • Student Affairs Committee
  • Emergency Loan Program Policy revisions to comply with current implementation
  • Credit for Military Service and Training Policy revision
  • Jo Volkert reported on status of name issue
  • Strategic Initiatives Committee reported equity survey almost ready; met with Derrel Dieter from Academic Institutional Research; to meet next week with Ann Sherman, AVP of Human Resources

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

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EXHIBITS & EVENTS

Exhibits

We Arrived: A Collective Reflection: Oct. 22 through Nov. 19 in the Art Gallery at Cesar Chavez Student Center

Salon de Refusés: Nov. 10 thorugh Nov. 20 in the Martin Wong Gallery, Fine Arts Building

28th Annual Stillwell Student Exhibition: Nov. 10 through Dec. 3 in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Building

Events

Sunday, Oct. 25

Women's soccer vs. Cal Poly Pomona: 11:30 a.m. in Cox Stadium

Men's soccer vs. Cal Poly Pomona: 2 p.m. in Cox Stadium

Monday, Oct. 26

Recital: Classical voice: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

CAD in South Africa: An Early Childhood Educator Honors Program: 5:30 p.m. in LIB 242

Reading/Lecture: Writers on Writing: Fred Wiehe: 7 p.m. in Humanities Auditorium

Wednesday, Oct. 28

Psychology Colloquium: Eric Walle: Infant Walking and Psychological Development: Associations Across Multiple Domains: 12:10 p.m. in LIB 121

Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Thursday, Oct. 29

Explorer Days Tour of Romberg Tiburon Center: 3 p.m. at RTC Building 36

8th Annual CWL Colloquium: "Translating Saracens: reading objects and translatio in the chansons de geste": 4:30 p.m. in HUM 579"

Prose at the Poetry Center: John Keene, "Counternarratives": 4:30 p.m. in the Poetry Center, Humanities Building

Friday, Oct. 30

Annual Scary Concert: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: "I'm Here, I'm Queer and I'm Hungry": 7 p.m. in The Lab, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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INSIDERS

Counseling and Psychological Services Center

Karla Castillo, clinical counselor in Counseling and Psychological Services, was awarded the San Francisco Mayor's 2015 Latino Heritage Month Award in the Arts along with her husband, Jose Carrasco. Castillo and Carrasco were also recognized by the California Senate for their dedication and role in preserving the culture and heritage of the Latino community through educational support. Castillo and Carrasco founded Loco Bloco, which has provided thousands of youth from low-income communities with free classes in percussion dance and theater. The award was presented to them at the 2015 Latino Heritage Month Celebration and Awards ceremony at San Francisco City Hall on Oct. 13.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper co-authored three posters that were presentated at the 23rd Annual Conference of the International Society for Neurofeedback and Research held Oct. 15-18 in Denver: "EEG patterns under different body postures and emotion stages" (H.Y. Tsai, P.C. Chou, E. Peper, I.M. Lin), "EEG patterns under posture of resting baseline, erect, and slouch" (Y.J. Chen, C.I. Ko, E. Peper, I.M. Lin) and "The relationships between heart rate variability and electroencephalography under erect and slouch postures" (P. Y. Lin, H. C. Lu, E. Peper, I.M Lin).

International Relations

International Relations Lecturer David Selim Sayers presented the invited talk "Turkey, the PKK, and ISIS" at the Forum on Human and Labor Rights in Turkey, held in San Francisco. 

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NEWSMAKERS

Giving government back

An Oct. 9 San Francisco Chronicle article about San Francisco ballot initiative Proposition E that would require Internet broadcast and participation for all city meetings included comments by Political Science Lecturer David Lee, whose students helped draft the measure. "The committees that aren't televised now have a say in how the city spends about $6 billion of its $9 billion budget," Lee added. "This legislation was not made for politicians, the legislation was made for people. We're giving people back their government."

Harmful conversion

Associate Director of the Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability Emily Smith Beitiks commented for an Oct. 12 Philadelphia Inquirer article about the former Pennhurst mental hospital, which was recently converted into a Halloween attraction. The attraction is "not just doing a harm to the history, it's doing a harm to disabled people right now, who already face so much stigma," said Beitikst. The facility's closure following a Supreme Court ruling "brought all sorts of attention to the many ways we were not doing justice to the people who needed help, needed care." The use as a Halloween attraction "really makes invisible a history that we still have to know because it still haunts us today -- haunts us in the real sense. There are still abuses [of disabled people] happening."

Taking a stand without taking action

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel commented for an Oct. 20 San Francisco Chronicle/SF Gate article about two non-binding sanctuary city policy resolutions before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. "These are dueling examples where both sides understand the policy is not going to change. There is not enough political will or consensus to pass new laws that would change the policy," McDaniel said. "It's a relatively easy way for politicians to communicate to the voters they are taking a stand on the issue without doing the hard work of passing laws and making legislation to change this, which might be very difficult."

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

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