CampusMemo survey winner
A total of 270 faculty and staff members filled out the online CampusMemo survey, with 259 of them entering their email addresses in the drawing for a free meal for two at the Vista Room. The winner of the Vista Room gift certificate, chosen at random, was Lead Scheduler/Academic Scheduling Coordinator Irina Simon of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts Dean's Office. Thanks to everyone who took the time to provide feedback, which will help guide the creation of a new and improved CampusMemo in the months ahead.
Revised Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act requirements
The CSU recently revised Executive Order 1083, regarding mandatory reporting requirements under the Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). Mandatory reporters have now been broken into two categories: limited and general. Each campus must advise select faculty and staff of their reporting category, provide them with appropriate background information and secure a new, signed Acknowledgement Form. The Executive Order requires that SF State have this in place by Oct. 31, 2017.
More detailed information is available on the SF State HR website, including links to the Executive Order and to a SkillPort training module explaining how to file reports.
For those identified as mandatory reporters, a new Acknowledgement Form is currently being emailed to you. Completed forms should be returned to and will be maintained by Human Resources.
Thank you for your cooperation and helping SF State complete this requirement campus-wide. Karl Sparks is assisting on the implementation of this new Executive Order on an interim basis on behalf of Jeannette Peralta, interim associate vice president, Human Resources. He can be reached at ext. 8-2628 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
19th Avenue construction advisory
The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), which operates Muni, will be making pedestrian safety and transit improvements on the M Ocean View route on 19th Avenue. Two areas on 19th Avenue will be under construction: the 19th Avenue/Juniper Serra Boulevard intersection and 19th between Winston Drive and Eucalyptus Drive. Planned improvements include installing accessible ramps to the crosswalks at 19th/Rossmoor Drive, building a new pedestrian crossing area at 19th/Junipero Serra, replacing aging tracks between Winston and Eucalyptus and installing vehicle safety measures at the trackway entrances. Construction is expected to take three to four weeks.
Preparatory construction at the 19th/Junipero Serra intersection is expected to begin early this month. The remainder of construction, between Winston and Eucalyptus, will begin later in the month and is expected to be completed before Thanksgiving. Curbside parking on southbound 19th (between Winston and Eucalyptus only) will be temporarily removed to create a staging area for material and equipment next to the trackway. There will still be three traffic lanes available, but increased traffic is expected on side streets as drivers make detours around the construction area. Want project alerts?
Become a VITA income tax volunteer
SF State's Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is seeking volunteers. VITA is a national program providing free assistance to low income, elderly, limited English proficiency and disabled individuals who require assistance in preparing their tax returns. There are no prerequisites, and experience is not necessary. VITA will provide the training and free textbooks. You will learn how to prepare your own tax return and will receive an IRS Certificate of Recognition.
Show your interest by coming to a VITA Welcome Night on Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in Rosa Parks A, B and C in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Questions? Contact the VITA site coordinator or visit the SF State chapter's website.
Over-the-counter products available at the SHS pharmacy
Did you know that staff and faculty can purchase reasonably priced over-the-counter products and medications at the Student Health Services pharmacy? A list of current products and prices is available online. All you need is your ID number. Charges will go on your account, and payment can be made at a later date at the bursar's office.
Carnegie Fellows competition underway
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is seeking nominees for the Andrew Carnegie Fellows program. For 2018, the competition is focused on four topics: strengthening U.S. democracy, technological and cultural creativity, global connections and ruptures and "environments, natural and human." SF State is allowed to nominate two people: one junior (Ph.D. 2007 or later) and one senior scholar. Nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Complete details can be found online.
Formal applications are due at the Carnegie Foundation by Nov. 17. In order to identify the two strongest applicants for SF State, ORSP requests that faculty submit a three-page proposal addressing one of the four broad topics as well as a one-page CV to both AVP for Research Michael Scott and the ORSP grant development specialist, Jessica Mankus, by Oct. 30.
International Education Week 2017 website launch
The Office of International Programs seeks proposals for activities and events for International Education Week 2017, Nov. 13-17. Submit an activity or event proposal by Friday, Nov. 3, by completing the event proposal form online.
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 2017 website or contact Jay Ward at email@example.com or ext. 8-1121.
SF State Career Fair, Oct. 10
The campus community is invited to an SF State Career Fair Tuesday, Oct. 10, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center's Jack Adams Hall. Faculty and staff can mingle with colleagues, discuss research and brainstorm service learning possibilities, while students will be able to network with 36 agencies on hand to offer information on job, internship and volunteer opportunities. Among those to attend: Giants Enterprises, the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the YMCA of San Francisco and many more.
VP for Admin & Finance/CFO search brown bag lunch, Oct. 11
Administration and Finance staff are invited to convene with the Vice President, Admin & Finance, CFO Search Committee for a discussion about preferred and desirable leadership qualities to consider when reviewing vice president/CFO candidates. The Administration and Finance cabinet spans a broad range of campus services, and the committee seeks input from all staff from the perspective of their unique positions and experience. Participation is voluntary. No particular candidates will be discussed. Please bring your lunch and join the committee in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286) on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from noon to 1 p.m.
If unable to attend the lunch, Admin and Finance staff are encouraged to provide comments using the "Community Feedback" option on the search webpage.
Welcome Tardeada, Oct. 11
The Raza Faculty and Staff Association invites SF State employees to a Welcome Tardeada get-together on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Rigoberta Menchu Hall located on the Terrace Level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Meet and connect with Latina/o/x faculty, staff and allies from across the campus while enjoying refreshments. RSVP online.
Retirement party for Professor Donald Mar, Oct. 13
After 30 years as a faculty member in the Department of Economics, Donald Mar retired to begin a new life chapter. Just prior to his retirement, he served a second term as department chair. Mar’s research has been on the Asian immigrants and Asian American experiences in the labor market, and he has taught labor economics, economic history, mathematical economics and econometrics. He is a cherished colleague, mentor and friend to many, near and far. Join the department to wish him well at a retirement party on Friday, Oct. 13, from 4 to 5.30 pm. If you would like to attend, please contact Anoshua Chaudhuri at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coffee with the Cops & the Great ShakeOut, Oct. 19
The University Police Department will help faculty, staff and students get up to speed on proper earthquake procedures at a special event outside the main entrance of the J. Paul Leonard Library on Thursday, Oct. 19. Coffee with the Cops & the Great ShakeOut will kick off with free java at 9 a.m., and officers will be on hand until 1 p.m. to discuss earthquake preparedness.
Mbongi Talks, Oct. 24
The next session in the Department of Africana Studies' Mbongi Talks series will feature Associate Professor Serie McDougal speaking on the topic "The Experience of Being Raised by Black Social Fathers-Non-Biological Fathers." The lunchtime lecture will be held from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building on Tuesday, Oct. 24.
Quality Learning and Teaching Workshop, Oct. 25
Attend the Quality Learning and Teaching Workshop on Wednesday, Oct. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. in LIB 222 to learn how to use the QLT instrument to diagnose and improve your course, establish connections with the QLT faculty ambassadors and instructional designers, and begin the journey towards full QLT certification. Learn more on the AT website. Register online for this event.
Finance for Non-Financial Professionals, Oct. 27-28
Looking to beef up your budgeting and project management skills? The College of Business' Finance for Non-Financial Professionals program will immerse you in a two-day introduction to financial management. Participants will learn to recognize and avoid common financial management pitfalls and effectively influence financial decisions to become a more valuable and strategic leader within their team. The two-day program runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 27, and Saturday, Oct. 28, at the Downtown Campus. General admission is $495, but current SF State faculty, staff and students pay only $395. Learn more online.
The following were the action items for the Sept. 17 Academic Senate meeting:
2-2:10 p.m.: Open floor period. (The open floor period provides an informal opportunity for campus community members to raise questions or make comments directed to Senate officers or to University administrators.)
2:10 p.m.: Call to order. Announcements were made about the Student Academic Pathways Project and the Alcademics Wine Club.
Action item #1: The Senate approved the agenda for the Sept. 19 meeting.
Action item #2: The Senate approved the minutes for the Sept. 5 meeting.
Action item #3: Jason Wu, chief of police, University Police Department, updated the Senate on campus safety.
Action item #4: Interim Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit presented material about the Budget Advisory Council and the induced course load matrix model for allocating resources.
Action item #5: Chair Gerber gave a report on procedural issues.
Action item #6: The Senate adopted by consent the discontinuance of the Certificate in the Study of Public Accountancy, brought forward by the Educational Policies Committee.
Action item #7: The Senate adopted by consent the 2018 Summer Academic Calendar, brought forward by the Academic Policies Committee.
Action item #8: James Martel, president of the SF State Chapter of the CFA, presented material to the Senate about CFA.
The following were the action items for the Oct. 3
Academic Senate meeting: 2-2:10 p.m.: Open floor period.
2:10: Call to order. Announcements were made about International Education Week and Associated Students' initiatives.
Action item #1: The Senate approved the agenda for the Oct. 3 meeting.
Action item #2: The Senate approved the minutes for the Sept. 19 meeting.
Action item #3: Chair Gerber gave a report about the Year of Conversation.
Action item #4: Luoluo Hong, VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, conducted a Title IX training for the Senate.
The complete agenda and support documents for the meeting are available online.
Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.
EXHIBITS & EVENTS
"Recollected: Photography and the Archive"
Through Nov. 16 in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts building
"Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art"
Through Dec. 12 in the Special Collections Gallery, LIB 460
Monday, Oct. 9
Tuesday, Oct. 10
Wednesday, Oct. 11
Thursday, Oct. 12
Friday, Oct. 13
Saturday, Oct. 14
Sunday, Oct. 15
For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.
College of Health and Social Sciences
Professor of Health Education Erik Peper published the article "Emotional Control through Mindfulness as Path to Mental Health" in the October issue of Western Edition HP Journal.
Professor and Chair of Kinesiology Marialice Kern was the inaugural speaker at the Exercise Is Medicine series launched at San Jose State on Sept. 20. Her topic was "Type 1 Diabetes and Exercise." Kern spoke on all the science behind diabetes -- the definitions, the development, complications, treatment and how exercise effects the diabetic's ability to control the disease. This series will be an annual event put on by San Jose State's Kinesiology Department.
Intervention Before Escalation?
Lecturer in the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement James Dudley was quoted in a San Jose Mercury News article about shifting responsibility away from police officers in incidents involving people with mental-health problems. According to the article, almost a third of police shootings in San Jose since 2009 involved individuals with some form of mental illness, which is why the county has formed Psychiatric Emergency Response Teams to intervene. "We see de-escalation as a silver bullet [for avoiding the use of force], but that is based on the understanding that you're dealing with a rational person who will stop and listen to commands," Dudley said.
Professor of Management John Sullivan was interviewed for a Bloomberg article about the Equifax security breach, which exposed the payroll data of more than 7,100 companies. According to Sullivan, holding on to top employees isn't going to get any easier for companies if their salary information is made public. "Your neighbor would know what you get paid, and nobody wants that," Sullivan said. "The real issue would be retention. People that love their job would instantly hate their job."
For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News.
GRANTS & CONTRACTS
SF State received $662,193 in grants and contracts in September 2017.
Jason Gurdak, Earth & Climate Sciences, Central Platte NRD, Estimating Recharge Toward Sustainable Groundwater and Agriculture, $65,795
Barbara Henderson, Department of Elementary Education, David & Lucile Packard Foundation, Packard Ed.D. Fellowships in Early Care and Education (ECE), $100,000
Gretchen Lebuhn, Biology, Marin County Parks, Pollinators in Marin County Parks, $10,000
Gretchen Lebuhn, Biology, the Presidio Trust, Status and Trends of Bee Pollinators of the Presidio, $15,928
Jiaxin Xie, Confucius Institute, HANBAN, Confucius Institute at SFSU 2017, $173,152
Jin Ye, School of Engineering, National Science Foundation, MRI: Acquisition of a Power‐Hardware‐in‐the‐Loop (PHIL) System to Enhance Research and Student Research Training in Engineering, $297,318