Malik appointed AVP/CIO for ITS
Nish Malik accepted the position of associate vice president (AVP) and chief information officer (CIO) for Information Technology Services (ITS), Vice President of Administration & Finance and Chief Financial Officer Ron Cortez announced. The appointment was made in consultation with the president, the president’s cabinet team and members of the Academic Senate executive committee.
Malik has more than 17 years of experience in information technology, both in the private and public sectors, including work at American Express, Continental Airlines and State Fund. Malik received his MBA and his M.S. in computer information systems from the University of San Francisco.
During his three years at SF State, Malik has served in various ITS roles, including policy and planning officer, director of special projects, assistant vice president and, most recently, interim associate vice president and chief technology officer.
“I am confident that Nish will continue to encourage collaboration and team building to provide ITS with continuity of leadership and ensure smooth operations,” Cortez said. Malik will continue to deliver on IT projects, improve the division’s work environment, build relationships across campus through excellent service and ensure that ITS meets campus needs as a service provider and enabler of technologies.
Stoian named executive director of Budget Administration & Operations
Elena Stoian was appointed to the position of executive director of Budget Administration & Operations. Since joining the budget team in March 2015 from Physical Planning & Development, she has progressed from budget manager to director of Budget Administration & Operations. Stoian comes to SF State with more than 11 years of experience, having served as an administrative business officer at San Jose State. She has over 16 years of experience in administration, physical plant financial management, capital planning and construction, operational budgeting, financial modeling and forecasting, and enterprise resource planning implementation.
SF State Mobile app updated
Information Technology Services (ITS) has released the latest version of the SF State Mobile app. The new version features integration with Campus Solutions and will allow students to search for, add, drop and swap classes as well as view grades and edit their personal information. The app also boasts a fresh new look and more user-friendly navigation.
The SF State Mobile app is available today for both Android and iPhone and is free to download from the App Store or Google Play by searching “SF State Mobile.” More information about the app can be found at tech.sfsu.edu/guides/sfstate-mobile.
ITS thanks Project Director Wendy Chapman and the Web & Mobile Applications team for their work on this successful release.
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Start the fall semester with AT
From software tools to training, Academic Technology (AT) is ready to help faculty in their mission to educate.
iLearn improvements for fall 2016
The new academic year brings improvements to iLearn, including:
- Convenient access to profile and preference settings
- Improvements to creation and management of student groups
- Upgrade to the current version of Clickers software
One-on-one support from iLearn experts
AT’s instructional designers’ combination of technical know-how, design expertise and teaching experience help instructors start the semester with confidence. Schedule a one-on-one appointment today.
Webinar on engaging uses of Zoom: Friday, Sept. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. (online via Zoom)
Zoom is SF State’s new online video conferencing platform. In this virtual session, participants will learn what video conferencing is, discover how instructors and their students can access it and get ideas on how Zoom might be used to engage students, bring in guest speakers, collaborate with colleagues, etc. Register for the Zoom webinar online.
Media and classroom support
The AT team ensures classrooms have everything needed for successful courses. Instructors can check out equipment, get personalized training and support or request a classroom equipment installation. Call (415) 338-1494, email email@example.com or visit LIB 85.
Taste of the Bay has new dates
Celebrating its 20th year, the annual Taste of the Bay event will return to City View at METREON. Though normally held in November, the next Taste of the Bay event will have a fresh new look and a new date: Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check out more at cob.sfsu.edu/tasteofthebay.
The Hospitality and Tourism Management students and program bring together the best of the Bay Area’s restaurant chefs, wineries and beverage and dessert companies to please participants’ palates. The evening includes live and silent auctions featuring the best in creative and exciting travel, dining and entertainment packages. Purchase discount early bird tickets now for $65 per person. The discount ends Dec. 31.
Coffee Hour with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit, Oct. 7
Interested faculty are invited to meet with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit on Friday, Oct. 7, from 10 to 11 a.m. at Peet’s Coffee in the Library to talk about any topics of concern or commitment. Come pull up a chair for a group discussion. No appointment necessary. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you will be joining our provost.
Promotion and Tenure Celebration, Oct. 13
Academic Affairs invites the campus community to a celebration honoring faculty members who were granted tenure and/or received a promotion during the 2016-17 academic year. The celebration will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Vista Room. Refreshments will be served. Download a full list of honorees. RSVP for the Promotion and Tenure Celebration online.
Student Success in the Majors grants
The Student Success in the Majors grants initiative supports faculty in targeted reflection on and redesign of their curricula to better support student success. Grants of $5,000 to $7,000 will be awarded to departments to support faculty in making curricular revisions that will be implemented in 2017-18 — proposed curricular changes must be approved by the college dean or designee and submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning by Friday, Oct. 28. Awardees will be selected by a faculty committee. Learn more about the grants. Read more about the Student Success in the Majors grants.
CalPERS open enrollment starts Sept. 12
Open enrollment for benefits will start Sept. 12 and end Oct. 7, 2016. During open enrollment, eligible faculty and staff may:
- Change health and/or dental plans.
- Add eligible dependents to new or existing health and/or dental plans.
- Renew or enroll in flexible spending programs.
- Update their Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or Dependent Care Reimbursement (DCRA); currently enrolled employees MUST submit new enrollment forms for HCRA/DCRA during open enrollment to continue deductions for 2017.
Important note: Blue Shield NetValue (HMO) will not be offered in 2017. Current enrollees will be automatically moved into the Blue Shield Access+ health plan if they do not make a change during open enrollment. Most providers currently participating in Blue Shield NetValue also participate in the Blue Shield Access+ health plan. This change in plans will affect the amount employees pay for their insurance.
New rate information and enrollment forms will be posted on the Human Resources website
Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan’s Evidence of Coverage (EDC) publication for a complete explanation of the benefits covered, as well as limitations and exclusions that may apply, before deciding to retain their existing plan or make a change. Eligible employees should receive a CalPERS open enrollment brochure in the mail soon. The brochure may also be downloaded from the CalPERS website.
In addition, Benefit and Retirement Services staff are available for drop-in visits and appointments regarding open enrollment during the following hours:
- Tuesdays: 9 – 11 a.m.
- Wednesdays: 2 – 4pm.
Celebrate health and wellness with the campus community, Oct. 4
Health Promotion & Wellness will host its first big event on Tuesday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Malcolm X Plaza and the Quad. Join us to learn about upcoming activities and opportunities to stay healthy throughout the year. Festivities will include therapy dogs (and a therapy cat), giant lawn games, food tastings, massages, art, music and giveaways. For more information, visit wellness.sfsu.edu/HPWevent. Health Promotion & Wellness is a new unit of Student Affairs/Enrollment Management that provides health education for the campus community through health initiatives and programming.
Be Part of International Education Week 2016
The Office of International Programs invites the campus community to submit proposals for the 17th annual celebration of International Education Week (IEW), to be held Nov. 14-18. Needed activities include organizing open classroom events that can be audited by members of the campus community, hosting internationally themed events and offering extra credit to students for their active participation. Learn more about IEW. Read more about IEW 2016.
CSU Institute of Palliative Care seeks campus faculty director, announces upcoming conference (Sept. 30-Oct. 1)
The Institute of Palliative Care (IPC) is a California State University-wide institute initiated at Cal State San Marcos in 2012. There are currently six partner campuses, with more expected to join over the next few years. Palliative Care is defined as care focused on improving quality of life for individuals of all ages (and their families and caregivers) facing serious, life-threatening or chronic illness, whatever the diagnosis or prognosis. The goal of the institute is to promote access to and awareness of palliative care by educating current health care professionals, future health care professionals (e.g., our students) and the community.
SF State was among the first campuses to join the effort, and President Wong reaffirmed the University’s backing by signing a letter of interest supporting SF State’s involvement. The campus is now seeking a faculty director to expand the University’s presence in this institute.
The faculty director will work closely with the IPC’s associate director to help achieve the institute’s objectives for the campus, including engaging faculty through integrated palliative care content across the curriculum, supporting the education of community members and health professionals, and participating in institute research and educational opportunities. It is anticipated that the faculty director will be released from up to two courses per semester to engage in these activities. Learn more about the position on the IPC webpage and/or contact Professor of Gerontology Brian de Vries at email@example.com.
National Symposium on Academic Palliative Care Education and Research
Readers are also asked to consider attending the upcoming first National Symposium on Academic Palliative Care Education and Research to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 1 at Cal State San Marcos. The symposium features internationally known speakers such as Dr. Christine Ritchie and Dr. Angelo Volandes (author of “The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care”).
Call for proposals for CSU Redesigning Our Majors symposium at SF State
Designing majors to serve the needs of students in a changing environment is an ongoing challenge. One of the best opportunities to support and strengthen faculty-led curricular redesign is to develop a community of practice in the CSU: a time, space and place in which faculty can learn from each other.
The goal of the CSU Redesigning Our Majors symposium is to bring together departments and faculty from across the system who have undertaken curricular redesigns to discuss strategies, tools and opportunities with colleagues in their own and related disciplines. Participants will include 20 departments at SF State whose year-long efforts have been funded by the Teagle Foundation and who will share what they have learned.
The symposium organizers invite proposals for presentations and posters on the processes and contents of their curriculum design and revision experiences, with preference to those efforts that are faculty-led, focused on student success and achievement, and comprehensive in curricular scope.
Visit the Redesigning Our Majors web page for details and to submit a proposal. Proposals are due by Nov. 28, and notifications will be sent to submitters in January 2017. Questions? Contact Sheldon Gen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Webinar on Zoom Web Conference today
Today, Sept. 23, from noon to 1 p.m. there will be a webinar about Zoom is SF State’s new online video conferencing platform. In this virtual session, participants will learn what video conferencing is and how to access it while exploring how Zoom can help engage students, bring in guest speakers, collaborate with colleagues, etc. Join the Zoom Web Conference.
Symposium in honor of the anniversary of “The Watermelon Woman,” Sept. 23-24
The campus community is invited to a “Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans* Cultural Production” Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24. The symposium will honor the 20th anniversary of Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye’s film “The Watermelon Woman,” the first feature film directed by and starring a black lesbian. Production of this film marked a watershed moment for black cinema, feminist cinema, lesbian cinema and new queer cinema.
The event will include one and a half days of film screenings, panels, performances, readings and art. Please join us in honoring Dunye’s growing body of work as well as her cultural legacy. The event is free (except for an optional $25 VIP reception on Saturday night). The symposium will feature a keynote conversation with filmmaker Dee Rees, whose credits include “Pariah” (2011) and “Bessie” (2015), and a plenary panel with scholars Jennifer Devere Brody (professor of theatre and performance studies, Stanford), Kara Keeling (associate professor of critical studies and American studies in ethnicity, USC) and Yvonne Welbon (creative producer, Chicken & Egg Pictures). The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality will host the event.
Educational Leadership program open house, Sept. 24
The campus community is invited to meet the current students and faculty of the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program at an open house on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in BH 408. RSVP to email@example.com.
WGS lecture series resumes
The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) will resume its lecture series during the fall 2016 semester on Wednesdays from 12:35 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 119. Upcoming lectures include:
- Sept. 28: “Homefront Frontlines: U.S. Military Spouses and Domestic Nationalism in the 21st Century” by Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies Deborah Cohler
- Oct. 5: Assistant Professor, Feminist Studies and Critical Race and Ethnic Studies Nick Mitchell (UC Santa Cruz)
Bayesian Estimation in R, Oct. 3
Professor of Biology Edward F. Connor will present “Bayesian Estimation in R,” a brief introduction to the concept of estimation using Bayes’ theories, which allow correcting test results for the skew introduced by false positives to estimate the real chance of the event occurring. The presentation will be held Monday, Oct. 3 from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286.
To reserve a spot for the full event (and a free lunch), RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Can't come for the full time? No problem: Drop-ins are welcome but also are also encouraged to RSVP to ext. 5-3995. For more information, contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997.
This presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers Research Cluster (Stat CORR). Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills. It aims to connect faculty and staff with specialized methodological knowledge with those seeking assistance designing new research projects, completing data analysis or developing, submitting and revising extramural grants.
ePortfolio Lunch and Learn, Oct. 3
An ePortfolio Lunch and Learn event will be held Monday, Oct. 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. Participants will enjoy a free lunch and learn how faculty are using ePortfolio as a platform to support student success through assessment, reflection and bridging academic work to future goals. RSVP by Sept. 28 for the ePortfolio event. Questions? Email email@example.com.
Africana Studies presents “Mbongi Talk” series
Many African American family researchers are unclear about the nature of the ancient African family paradigm, though some assert that African families were matriarchal while others conclude that African families were patriarchal. Professor Emeritus of Ethnic Studies Oba T’Shaka will present his empirical research on north, west, east, central and south Africa as it relates to African American families in a “Mbongi Talk” presentation entitled “Twin-Lineal Families: The Historical and Cultural Paradigm for African and African American Families.” The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies/Psychology Building.
SF BUILD Dialogue, Oct. 5
The SF BUILD Research Enrichment Core will host an SF BUILD Dialogue Oct. 5 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 244. The discussion will center on the intersectionality of race/ethnicity, sexuality and gender and its effects on health. SF BUILD Dialogue is an interdisciplinary forum for SF State and UCSF faculty and relevant partners to engage in intellectual exchange and to present knowledge of local and state health disparities. Faculty from SF State and UCSF are invited to share their work to stimulate ideas and opportunities for interdisciplinary innovation and new research collaborations between institutions. RSVP for the SF BUILD Dialogue by Sept. 28.
Third annual Women’s Emerging Leadership Forum, Oct. 6-7
The College of Business will host a two-day leadership forum for women who aspire to take on leadership roles. The event will provide an engaging environment for participants to come together, share knowledge, enhance their leadership skills and expand their professional network. Participants will learn how to capture new opportunities for career and personal growth, develop mentor-mentee relationships and become key contributors and leaders in their organizations.
The Women’s Emerging Leadership Forum will be held Thursday, Oct. 6, and Friday, Oct. 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the downtown campus. Fees are $50 for faculty, staff and current students, $145 for SF State alumni and $195 general admission. Go to Eventbrite for registration.
Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) Awareness Lunch and Learn, Oct. 12
Do students avoid purchasing required textbooks because they cost too much? Join Academic Technology (AT) Oct. 12 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 121 for lunch (provided) and learn how to reduce course costs while getting funding and stipends for doing so. Learn more about the AIM Awareness Lunch and Learn. RSVP for the AIM event.
“In the Next Room” (a.k.a. the vibrator play), Oct. 13-23
Electricity is making the dark shadows bright and the unseen visible in “In the Next Room (or the vibrator play)” by Sarah Ruhl. Underpinning this Victorian parlor comedy about vibrators are deeper observations about racism, classism and the subjugation of women. In this animated and heady world opportunities await. Open the door to the next room and discover a new way of understanding self, love, marriage and the world. The play will be performed in the Little Theatre (Creative Arts) Oct. 13-23, with a pre-show discussion Oct. 16. View the play’s webpage for times and costs.
Save the date: Women’s Leadership Conference, Oct. 21
The SF State Women’s Leadership Conference will take place on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Staff, faculty and students are welcome to attend this free all-day conference, which will feature breakout sessions focusing on personal and career development. Stay tuned for more info on registration, conference agenda and session topics.
Book talk and signing: “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” Oct. 24
Africana Studies will host a book talk and signing on Monday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in EP 116. This Mbongi talk will feature the new book “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Professor Ibram X. Kendi from the University of Florida. Kendi also authored “The Black Campus Movement” and has written op-eds for outlets such as Salon, The Huffington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education.
Reduced price deadline extended for “Adriatic Embrace” 2017 scholarship cruise
The University Women’s Association (UWA) will host a 12-day “Adriatic Embrace” cruise on the Oceania Cruises ship Sirena from Aug. 30 to Sept. 11, 2017. The cruise’s destination-intensive itinerary will explore 11 ports in six countries, including a mix of historic sites, boutique ports, seaside villages and an overnight stop in Venice. Like the UWA’s previous 21 cruises, the “Adriatic Embrace” will raise funds for the organization’s student scholarship programs.
Also, cruise prices have been reduced by approximately $800 per person.
- Inside G, now $4,199/person (was $4,999)
- Window C2, now $5,099/person (was $5,999)
- Veranda B2, now $6,099/person (was $6,899)
Update: The deadline to receive additional amenities from Oceania has been extended to Sept. 30, 2016. Amenities include free onboard internet access and a choice of four free shore excursions or a beverage package or shipboard credits. UWA group-exclusive amenities for all participants include pre-paid gratuities, a $100 spa or shipboard credit and a “Dollars for Scholars” contribution by Oceania for every 15 participants. Airfare is included. For more information, visit uwa.sfsu.edu or email Lin Ivory.
Following are the action items from the Sept. 20 Academic Senate meeting:
- Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) will sponsor Voter Registration Week Oct. 3-7. ASI asks for faculty involvement via announcements in class. An email will be sent to faculty requesting class time for announcements.
- Jay Ward: SF State will again host an International Education Week (IEW) celebration Nov. 14-18. More than 50 events are planned. Faculty are asked to support the event by encouraging students to attend, offering IEW as an open class session or as extra credit.
- Leticia Marquez-Magana’s SF BUILD announcement was postponed.
- Brian DeVries: CSU Palliative Care Institute. Palliative care is interdisciplinary care for the spectrum of needs of chronic or terminal clients and their biological and logical families. The Palliative Care Institute will need a new director, who would be asked for a three-year commitment and would receive up to a two course release per semester. The PowerPoint slide on Senate iLearn has more information and contact information for interested faculty.
- The Administrative Search Pool needs more members: Faculty are asked to notify their departments and deans when nominations are requested in the spring semester.
- Forming the search committee for provost has been collaborative between the executive committee and President Wong. A committee has been proposed and letters of invitation have been sent out. Policy requires that elected faculty make up the majority of the search committee and requires representation from all colleges and units. The president will announce committee membership and will convene the committee.
- Information Item: The Department of Design and Industry has been approved to become the School of Design in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts.
- Heard and approved a recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Strategic Issues Committee charge (first reading).
- Heard and approved a recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of Preferred Names (first reading).
Board of Appeals and Review (two faculty positions, 2016-18):
- Two faculty were nominated. Consent for the nominations will be sought and a vote will be taken at the next plenary meeting.
- Other nominations can be sent to the Senate office.
Enrollment Management Committee (one faculty position, 2016-19, and one chair position, 2016-17):
- Eurania Lopez was appointed by acclamation to the three-year faculty position.
- Three nominations were received for the one-year chair position. Consent for the nominations will be sought and a vote will be taken at the next plenary meeting.
- Board of Appeals and Review (two faculty positions, 2016-18):
- Sen. Yee- Melichar gave a report about the Academic Senate, CSU business. Slides from this presentation are posted on the Senate ILearn site.
Standing Committee Reports:
Academic Policies Committee:
- Discontinuance proposals were discussed.
- Policy on Standard Time blocks was discussed.
Curriculum Review and Approval Committee:
- EO 1071 was reviewed in consultation with Sen. Yee-Melichar.
- Operationalizing substantive versus non-substantive changes guidelines was discussed.
- A Graduate Certificate in Accounting was approved. This goes through the president and requires only consent from the Senate.
Faculty Affairs Committee:
- Revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy regarding role conflict were discussed.
Strategic Issues Committee (SIC):
- Amendments for the committee charge were completed.
- Review of SIC role regarding the budget was reviewed and discussed.
- Questions for Ron Cortez were discussed.
- Ron Young will now be ex-officio on SIC and will discuss questions nest week. Senators who wish to submit questions should contact Sen. Mooney.
Student Affairs Committee:
- The graduation initiative was discussed.
- A proposal for an inclusion program to serve intellectually and neuro- diverse students was presented by guest Julie Paulson and discussed.
- ASI representatives and recruiting students for committees are planned for next week.
- Academic Policies Committee:
Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.
EXHIBITS & EVENTS
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Tuesday, Sept. 27
Wednesday, Sept. 28
Thursday, Sept. 29
Friday, Sept. 30
For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.
Associate Professor of Social Work Yeon-Shim Lee co-authored the article “Correlates of Receipt of Colorectal Cancer Screenings among American Indians in the Northern Plains,” which appears in the online journal Social Work Research. Lee also co-authored “Risk and Protective Factors for Depressive Symptoms among Indigenous Older Adults: Intimate Partner Violence and Social Support” in Journal of Gerontological Social Work.
Professor of Theatre Arts Joel Schechter’s book “Eighteenth-Century Brechtians” was published by the University of Chicago Press Books.
Professor of Theatre Arts John Wilson designed the scenery for Marin Theatre Company’s production of “August: Osage County,” which was reviewed in the Sept. 14 San Francisco Chronicle.
Negative racial stereotypes
In a Sept. 14 Vice report, Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel discussed his recent research that shows Donald Trump supporters are much more motivated by negative racial stereotypes than supporters of previous candidates. “This is 25 years worth of research that went into testing these [racial attitude questions.] And now they’re asked on every one of our major national-election surveys. So we can track this over time. This is why I can say Trump supporters were off the scale — we have data to compare it to going backward. And the parties are dividing on this issue. That didn't used to be the case,” McDaniel said.
Right to die
An article about assisted suicide in The Huffington Post (Sept. 20) included comments by Professor Emeritus Stan Goldberg, a cancer survivor and hospice volunteer for 13 years. “Right to die laws are an expression of a country’s values,” Goldberg said. “Everybody has the right to decide when their life will end.”
For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News.