May 8, 2017

NEWS

Students snag honors at CSU research competition

Earlier this spring, SF State held its preliminary campus-level precursor to the CSU Student Research Competition. Talented, innovative students were selected in a number of categories to represent the University at the larger CSU-wide competition hosted at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, April 28-29. All of the SF State students did extremely well, and two were winners in their categories.

  • CSU competition winners
    • Alec Maxwell, undergraduate competing in the Engineering and Computer Science category from the School of Engineering: first place for his research titled "Innovative Mobile Remote Shake Table Laboratory." Faculty mentor: Zhaoshuo Jiang
    • Lamar Pi, undergraduate competing in the Creative Arts and Design category from the School of Design: second place for his research titled "MODU, Design for All". Faculty mentor: Ricardo Gomes
  • SF State-level winners
    • Analisa Brown, graduate student competing in the Education category from the Department of Biology, for her research titled "Investigating the Experiences of Black Students Studying Biology at SFSU." Faculty mentor: Kimberly Tanner
    • Alexandra Conrad, undergraduate competing in the Humanities and Letters category from the Classics Department, for her research titled "Three-Headed Hound of the Moon: A Comparative Look at the Roles of Hecate in the Ancient and Modern Worlds." Faculty mentor: Alexandra Pappas
    • Emily Farris, graduate student competing in the Humanities and Letters category from the Department of English and Literature, for her research titled "This we prescribe though no physician: Embodying History in Shakespeare’s Second Tetralogy." Faculty mentor: Gitanjali Shahani
    • Kelly Hood, graduate student competing in the Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences category from the Department of Kinesiology, for her research titled "Validity and Reliability of Body Composition Techniques in Healthy Adults." Faculty mentors: Marialice Kern, Matt Lee and James Bagley
    • Lan Ma, graduate student competing in the Biological and Agricultural Sciences category from the Department of Earth & Climate Sciences, for her research titled "Shed Light on Tree-Ring Reconstructed Temperatures: Influence of Competition on Growth in a High-Sierra Treeline Environment." Faculty mentor: Alexander Stine
    • Daniel Pearlstone, graduate student competing in the Behavioral and Social Sciences category from the Communicative Disorders Program, for his research titled "The effect of extracurricular activities on social participation of children on the autism spectrum." Faculty mentor: Betty Yu
    • Jackson Reeder, graduate student competing in the Physical and Mathematical Sciences category from the Department of Earth & Climate Sciences, for his research titled "Kyanite-Bearing Migmatites." Faculty mentor: Mary Leech
    • Visakha Som, graduate student competing in the Business, Economics, and Public Administration category from the Industrial Design program, for her research titled "Can Meals on Wheels improve health outcomes and reduce hospitalizations in older adults?" Faculty mentor: Jennifer Shea

LINK+ transitions to CSU+

The LINK+ service, which makes books that are checked out or not available at the J. Paul Leonard Library accessible from other libraries, will be transitioning this spring and summer to a new CSU-wide service called CSU+. The last date for SF State faculty, staff and students to request to borrow books using LINK+ will be Friday, May 26. Between May 27 and July 9, all requests to borrow books will be handled using ILLIad. Beginning July 10, SF State faculty, students and staff will be able to place requests to borrow books from other CSU libraries using the new OneSearch and CSU+ services.

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Redesign Our Majors Symposium, August 19

SF State's Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning will host the CSU Redesigning Our Majors Symposium on Saturday, Aug.19. This symposium brings together departments and faculty from across the CSU who are at various stages of curricular redesign to discuss strategies, tools and opportunities for success. Learn about developing interdisciplinary curricula, revising outdated program learning outcomes, adapting to changing accreditation standards, merging programs and departments, embracing shared governance in curricular design, strategic processes of redesign, and more.

Faculty and administrators from across the CSU are invited to this free symposium, generously sponsored by the Teagle Foundation. More information, an agenda and free registration are available at ueap.sfsu.edu/2017-symposium.

Call for Applications: GWAR Mentoring Program

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the fall 2017 GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program. The GWAR Mentoring Program is a learning community designed to provide support and an opportunity for growth and development to both new and experienced GWAR faculty. Through regular group meetings with fellow mentors, participating faculty will share ideas and insights, discuss writing pedagogy and learn about best practices in disciplines across campus. Faculty work as a group and in pairs throughout the semester to provide each other support in GWAR course design, effective strategies for teaching writing and assessment of student learning.

Eligible mentors will either be teaching a GWAR course in the fall 2017 semester or will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters in the past, with plans to continue teaching GWAR in future semesters, and will have an interest in intra-disciplinary writing. Faculty new to campus and faculty new to teaching GWAR are welcome to apply.

All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) interested in joining this program for the fall of 2017 are encouraged to apply. Proposals from teams (mentor pairs) within and across disciplines are highly encouraged. Those interested in applying should email Juliana van Olphen, professor of health education and director of WAC/WID (Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines), or Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID.

Download the application form. Applications are due May 12. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by June 1.

LCA Undergraduate Research Showcase, May 11

The Committee for Undergraduate Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity (URSCA) is hosting the first LCA Undergraduate Research Showcase on Thursday, May 11, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a reception from 4 to 6 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Please come celebrate student projects from across the University, including posters, performances and presentations. Winners in each category will be announced at the reception, after which light refreshments will be served.

For more information please contact URSCA committee members.

AVP for enrollment management candidates to visit campus

The campus community is invited to a series of open forums for the associate vice president for enrollment management candidates. The associate vice president for enrollment management will be responsible for providing leadership, management, oversight, accountability and direction in support of inclusive excellence for a comprehensive portfolio of enrollment services, programs, units and functions that respond proactively and effectively to the full life cycle of a student, from pre-college to post-graduation, in a constantly changing and shifting environment. In addition, the assistant vice president for enrollment management will serve as an integral member of the vice president's executive leadership team in support of the cabinet area's mission, vision and strategic goals/priorities, demonstrating an openness to innovation and change. The associate vice president for enrollment management will also actively support the president's commitment to increasing student access, success and graduation via the campus' Student Success and Graduation Initiative in concert with the CSU Chancellor's Office's Graduation Initiative 2025 and similar efforts.

The first open forum was held May 3. The remaining open forums will be:

  • Wednesday, May 10, 3:30 to 4:30 PM, in LIB 244
  • Thursday, May 11, 3:30 to 4:30 PM, in LIB 242

Fashion show to spotlight student creations

The annual SF State fashion show, titled Runway 2017: UNFORESEEN this year, will defy boundaries while showcasing the talents of juniors and seniors in the Apparel Design and Merchandising program. This year the junior pattern class collaborated with people with disabilities on a collection of garments. SF State students, staff and members of V.E.T.S.@SFSU, have volunteered to help advise designers on their ideal garment and model the designs on the runway. Embodying the ideal of going beyond limits, the show will also feature the work of senior designers who are given full control over the design and construction of their collections.

Runway 2017: UNFORESEEN will be held at Annex 1 on Thursday, May 11. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 7:30 p.m., with an opportunity to meet and mingle with the creators at the end of the show. Tickets cost $10 for students and $30 for general admission. For all ticket inquiries and purchases, please visit eventbrite.com and enter Runway 2017: UNFORESEEN.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Workshop

Learn how to use the QOLT instrument to diagnose and improve your course, establish connections with the QOLT faculty ambassadors and instructional designers, and begin the journey towards full QOLT certification.

There are two identical workshops offered:

Enrollment spaces available at Children's Campus

The Children's Campus at SF State has several openings for enrollment for the 2017-18 program year beginning in August. Children's Campus is a child care facility for children ages 6 months to 5 years old. Priority enrollment is given to SF State faculty and staff. The Children's Campus is offering enrollment for toddler and preschool classrooms. There are several part-time openings and limited full-time openings.

If you are interested in enrolling your child, please register on the Children's Campus' online waitlist and contact Rosie Schoen at rosebud@sfsu.edu.

Academic Technology Summer Institute 2017

The two-day, in-depth Academic Technology Summer Institute is designed for those who are new to iLearn or would like to learn more about the wide array of technology tools and services available to instructors. Don't miss this opportunity to meet your colleagues and expand your skills and knowledge. Institutes are hands-on, with interactive demonstrations and engaging activities.

Three identical sessions will be offered:

  • Session 1, June 6 and 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Session 2, July 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Session 3, August 8 and 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All sessions take place on campus in LIB 242. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Register for Summer Institute 2017.

Call for Constitution and Citizenship Day papers, panels and more

Proposals for papers, presentations, panels, roundtables and workshops are being accepted for Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference, to be held Sept. 18 and 19 at SF State. The conference will provide multiple opportunities to reflect critically on the past, present and future of constitutional rights and freedoms and larger questions about equality, democracy and justice. The proposals (maximum length: 250 words) should be sent to marcs@sfsu.edu by June 20.

Last year's event was sponsored by the College of Liberal and Creative Arts and was cosponsored by 15 other SF State colleges, departments, programs, centers, institutes and student groups. More than 1,100 faculty, students and community members attended the conference, which featured a mix of faculty, graduate student and community-based presenters.

Learn more about plans for the 2017 conference.

UndocuAlly Training for staff and faculty, July 27

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in a summer UndocuAlly training. The training has been designed to guide the SF State community in learning how to support the undocumented student population. Participants will receive an overview of immigration history, recent legislation and ways to support DREAMers' common post-election challenges while hearing the stories of current SF State students and learning about resources available for current and prospective undocumented students. Space is limited, so interested staff and faculty members are asked to register in advance at tinyurl.com/UndocuAllySummer17.

Questions? Email AB 540 Dream Coordinator Norma Salcedo.

The training will be held Thursday, July 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in LIB 244

Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony correction

The Phi Beta Kappa annual initiation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 11. The event will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on the Administration Building's fifth floor patio and will be followed by a reception. The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama of the Economics Department.

Questions? Contact Chapter President Masahiko Minami or, for finances, Chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) Now Recruiting Student Peer Health Leaders

Health Promotion & Wellness is recruiting for its volunteer ambassador program for academic year 2017-2018. This opportunity gives students the skills to help create programs, be a voice for campus health issues and help change our environment to promote health and wellness.

Ambassadors who complete four volunteer hours per month on projects and health events will become Certified Health Promotion & Wellness Ambassadors. The application deadline is May 23.

For more information, visit wellness.sfsu.edu.

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ACADEMIC SENATE

The following are the action items from the May 2 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announcement from Senator Mayes: A survey regarding Library services will be forthcoming this week.
  • Announcement from VP Thomas Lollini: A new master plan for the campus is being crafted. Campus events are being held from May 1 to May 5 to build participation in the planning. A survey is ongoing: Go to sfsu.edu/futurestate to participate. The new plan will be revealed on May 10. Ideas will be shared with the campus community.
  • Chair's Report: Next week’s plenary will adjourn the AY 16-17 Senate and convene the AY 17-18 Senate. Elections for Senate officers will be held. Submit statements for officer positions to the Senate office. The end of the year reception will be held on May 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Vista Room. Please RSVP.
  • Distinguished Faculty Awards: Professor Ramesh Bollapragada made the presentations and thanked Faculty Honors and Awards Committee members and President Wong, Provost Summit, Senate Chair Carleton, the deans, the Academic Senate, the faculty community and staff for their support. The winners were:
    • Excellence in Teaching, Tenured Faculty: Professor Federico Ardila, Department of Mathematics, COSE
    • Excellence in Teaching, Lecturer Faculty: Jennifer Reck, Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies, HSS
    • Excellence in Professional Development: Professor Jonathon Stillman, Biology Department, COSE
    • Excellence in Service: Professor Trevor Getz, History Department, LCA
  • Visit from President Wong: The search for the provost is being renewed. The search committee for the VP for Administration and Finance is being formed. Updates were offered on approvals for construction projects. A new master plan is required for redevelopment. This plan is currently being formed: Participation through the Future State events is needed. President Wong thanked the VPs for their work in reducing the enrollment deficit. The long-term plan for the Student Success Graduation Initiative has been finalized and submitted to the chancellor. President Wong affirmed his support for the University's commitment to equity and academic freedom and the freedom of expression in the marketplace of ideas. A program to help students engage in difficult ideas will be started next year. The new program will set the stage that reflects our values and commitment to students.
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Revision to the Academic Calendar. The proposed revision to the academic calendar was approved.
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Don Danner Memorial Resolution in Support of Changes to the Online Education Policy (#F12-254) to Address Large Online Classes. The proposed resolution was approved.
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: Proposed Discontinuance of the Certificate in the Professional Practice of Internal Auditing. The proposed discontinuance was approved.
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee: Proposed Resolution in Support of the Rights of SF State Community Members Who Have Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). The proposed resolution was approved.
  • Report from the Strategic Issues Committee: Senator Mooney gave the report, which is posted on the Senate website.

May 10, plenary meeting agenda

The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m. The agenda will include:

  • Chair's Report
  • Visitor: ASI President Jacqueline Foley
  • Report from Interim Provost Summit
  • Report from CFA President Sheila Tully
  • Report on the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: proposed resolution
  • Standing Committee Reports
    • Academic Policies Committee
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Strategic Issues Committee
    • Student Affairs Committee
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: proposed resolution in recognition of outgoing 2016-2017 academic senators

Information regarding the Senate internal elections

Important Dates:

The Senate Internal Election will be held on May 9 at the first plenary session of the 2017-2018 Senate. 2016-2017 Senators are eligible to vote in the Senate internal elections.

 

Academic Senate, SF State: Staff Representative

The Senate Internal Election will be held on May 9 at the first plenary session of the 2017-2018 Senate. 2016-2017 Senators are eligible to vote in the Senate internal elections.

 

Nomination Process:

Candidates will be officially nominated at the meeting on May 9, but have the option of submitting position statements in advance.

 

Voting Process:

Paper ballots will be distributed at the meeting on May 9. For information about Senate Internal Elections procedures, please visit SECTION 5.D of the Senate Bylaws: Senate Internal Elections.

 

Learn about the Candidates:

The following positions are open in the Senate Internal Election:

 

Chair, Academic Senate (one position)

For more information about this position, please visit SECTION 2.A of the Senate Bylaws: Officers and At-Large Executive Committee Members.

Candidate(s):

Nancy Gerber: Professor, Chemistry & Biochemistry; Chair, Academic Policies Committee 2016-2017
Read the candidate's position statement.

 

Vice-Chair, Academic Senate (one position)

For more information about this position, please visit SECTION 2.A of the Senate Bylaws: Officers and At-Large Executive Committee Members.

Candidate(s):

Teddy Albiniak: Lecturer, Communication Studies; Senator 2016-2017
Read the candidate's position statement.

 

Secretary, Academic Senate (one position)

For more information about this position, please visit SECTION 2.A of the Senate Bylaws: Officers and At-Large Executive Committee Members and SECTION 2.E.1 of the Senate Bylaws: Committee on Committees.

Candidate(s):

N/A

 

At-Large Member, Executive Committee (two positions)

For more information about this position, please visit SECTION 2.A of the Senate Bylaws: Officers and At-Large Executive Committee Members.

Candidate(s):

N/A

 

Transparency report available online

The Budget Transparency Report, an annual report put out by the Strategic Issues Committee of the Academic Senate to help enhance transparency of the University’s annual budget and its allocation, is now available for 2016/2017. The report can be viewed online at senate.sfsu.edu/document/budget-transparency-report-1617.

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

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EXHIBITS & EVENTS

Exhibits

Senior Design Show 2017: May 9 through May 25 in the Fine Arts Gallery

Events

Monday, May 8

Workshop: The Winning Resume: 11 a.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, T-160

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

Career orientation session: Spanish/English interpretation: 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Tuesday, May 9

Reception: Senior Design Show 2017: 4 p.m. in the Design Gallery (room 115), Fine Arts building

Theatre: Fringe Festival: 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Concert: chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Wednesday, May 10

Portfolium presentation: Setting Up Your Online Portfolio: 10 a.m. in LIB 244

FutureState/REVEAL: 1 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center

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

Film: "Life After Life": 6 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Theatre: Fringe Festival: 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Concert: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Thursday, May 11

College of Liberal & Creative Arts Undergraduate Research Showcase: 11 a.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center

Closing reception: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts building

Performance: Bronwyn Dexter and Joshua Solis at the Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: 4:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts building

Runway 2017: UnForeseen: 6:30 p.m. at Annex 1

Theatre: Fringe Festival: 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble and Los Medanos College Concert Band: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Friday, May 12

Presentation: Rita Sahi: Classical Music of North India: 11 a.m. in the Creative Arts building, room 146

Recital: piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program: Special Events Planning: 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Theatre: Fringe Festival: 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Opera: "When in Rome…": 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Theatre: "Chicago": 8 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Saturday, May 13

Theatre: Fringe Festival: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Theatre: "Chicago": 8 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

 

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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INSIDERS

Department of Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper presented a paper on the effect of posture on health and wellbeing at the 19th annual meeting of the Biofeedback Federation of Europe in Aveiro, Portugal, in April. He also presented the paper "Blood Volume Pulse Amplitude: Much More than Heart Variability" at the meeting. With Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey, Peper also co-authored the poster "Biofeedback Strategies to Increase Social Justice and Health Equity: A Wearable Device to Teach Awareness of Posture and Improve Self-Care," which was presented at the meeting.

Department of Jewish Studies

Kitty Millet, professor of Jewish Studies, is the author of The Victims of Slavery, Colonization and the Holocaust: A Comparative History of Persecution (A Modern History of Politics and Violence), published in March by Bloomsbury Academic. Watch a video feature about Professor Millet and her work.

School of Cinema

Two Cheers for Hollywood: Joseph McBride on Film is a new collection of writings by Professor Joseph McBride. The book includes dozens of essays, profiles and interviews covering such legendary film figures as John Huston, Jean-Luc Godard, Katharine Hepburn and Elia Kazan.

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

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NEWSMAKERS

Looking for the "why?" in crime

A San Francisco Examiner article about the city's crime rates quoted Lecturer in the Department of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement James Dudley. According to Dudley, pinpointing the cause of a decline in crime (as San Francisco experienced in most categories) can be difficult. "Everybody expected crime to rise in 2009 [during the recession], but it didn't," Dudley said.

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

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GRANTS & CONTRACTS

SF State received $677,786 in grants and contracts in April 2017.

Charles Egan, Modern Languages & Literatures, Institute of International Education/Prime: U.S. Department of Defense, 2017-18 Flagship Student Support, $132,002

Matthew Ferner, Romberg Tiburon Center, California State University (CSU) Council on Ocean Affairs, Science & Technology (COAST) Rapid Response Program, A River Flowing From the Sea: The Effects of Atmospheric Rivers on U.S. West Coast Oyster Populations, $3,150

David Gard, Psychology, Boston University/Prime: National Institutes of Health, Enhancing Social Functioning in Schizophrenia through Scalable Mobile Technology, $144,762

William Kimmerer, Romberg Tiburon Center, University of California, San Diego/Prime: State and Federal Contractors Water Agency, Revealing the invisible contributors to the diets of the larval longfin smelt and striped bass in the San Francisco Estuary, $219,272

Andrea Swei, Biology, the Bay Area Lyme Foundation, Identifying the spatial distribution and host-association of virulent genotypes of Borrelia burgdorferi in the western United States, $30,000

Huizhong Xu, Physics and Astronomy, St. John's University/Prime: National Institutes of Health, Nanowaveguide Illuminated Fluorescence Spectroscopy for Studying Membrane Protein Dynamics, $138,600

Jackson Wilson, Aiko Yoshino, Recreation, Parks, & Tourism, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, Healthy Parks, Healthy People: Bay Area, Structured Observation and participant survey of Healthy Parks, Healthy People (HPHP) program, $10,000

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