February 22, 2021

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Sculpture of an early hominid taking a selfie with a smartphone

Campus Forum on potential public art addition to campus

The SF State community is invited to a Campus Forum from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25, to provide feedback on the University’s opportunity to receive and display a sculpture titled “Lucy Selfie” by artist Elisabeth Daynes. The sculpture depicts “Lucy” (a member of the early hominid ancestor species Australopithecus afarensis whose fossilized remains were discovered in 1974) taking a selfie with a cell phone. Consistent with University Executive Directive 20-45, the Campus Art Committee is assessing this opportunity and holding this Campus Forum to secure broad feedback and answer any questions.  

“Lucy Selfie” is pictured at left and can also be seen in a proposal summarizing the piece and the opportunity and an artist’s statement. As described in the proposal, costs associated with acquiring, installing and displaying the sculpture will be covered by friends of the University. 

The forum is open to all current faculty, students and staff. Join the forum via Zoom. If you would like to submit feedback in writing, please send it to Maria Petersen by Monday, March 1.


Jon Funabiki speaking at a podium

Funabiki wins Distinguished Service to Journalism Award

For five decades, SF State Professor Jon Funabiki has defended journalists and their work. To offer thanks and appreciation, the Northern California chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists will give him its Distinguished Service to Journalism Award.

Funabiki is also an SF State alumnus: He earned his B.A. in Journalism from the University in 1972. He’s being honored for his dedication to collaboration, diversity, inclusion and equity in the media. Other winners of the 35th annual Excellence in Journalism Awards include alumni Ericka Cruz Guevarra (B.A., International Relations, ’17), a producer at KQED, and Pulitzer Prize recipient David DeBolt (B.A., Journalism, ’09), a senior breaking news reporter for the San Jose Mercury News and the East Bay Times.

Funabiki first joined the Journalism faculty in 1990 and founded the Center for Integration and Improvement of Journalism. After an 11-year hiatus at the Ford Foundation awarding grants for media diversity projects, Funabiki returned to SF State in 2006. A few years later he founded the Renaissance Journalism and Storytelling Center, a nonprofit that partners with Bay Area media outlets to produce in-depth stories on social justice and equity. His second SF State tenure also includes stints as director of the Lab for Media and Community and the Dilena Takeyama Center for the Study of Japan and Japanese Culture. After retiring from SF State and Renaissance Journalism in the fall, Funabiki has enjoyed organizing reunions on Zoom with friends, colleagues and ex-students.

Funabiki says today’s journalists have to do more than report. They have to use facts to combat disinformation.

“What we’ve seen is that facts don’t matter. People will believe what they want to believe,” Funabiki said. “Journalists must figure out how to understand how the brain works, how people develop their beliefs and how culture affects how they consume their information.”


Cement San Francisco State University sign'

Nominations open for distinguished faculty and staff awards

Nominations for the 2021 distinguished faculty and staff awards are now open. These awards are an opportunity for our campus to recognize and honor outstanding tenured faculty, full-time lecturers and staff who have demonstrated significant, long-term contributions to the University and to their disciplines. By recognizing the achievements of distinguished faculty in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and growth, and service (faculty and staff), the campus community celebrates the University’s climate of excellence. Visit the Academic Senate website and Faculty Honors and Awards Committee website to complete the online nomination form.


Deadline approaching for student financial aid priority filing

Know students who might qualify for support under the 2021-2022 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the 2021-2022 California Dream Application (DREAM)? Make sure they know that the 2021-2022 financial aid priority filing deadline is Tuesday, March 2. Students who are unsure which application to complete can find guidance on the Office of Student Financial Aid website.


National College Health Assessment Survey 2021 coming to SF State

Help spread the word to students about the National College Health Assessment (NCHA) Survey! Launching today, the NCHA is the only large-scale health assessment that helps us understand the overall health and well-being of SF State students, including basic needs and the risk of COVID-19. It is administered every two to three years and guides programming, resources and services of the student health fee. All students who reply by Friday, March 12, will automatically be entered in an opportunity drawing for a variety of prizes: one SF State semester tuition, three SF State $1,000 tuition payments, 30 $100 Amazon gift cards and two iPads. Students are randomly selected to participate and will receive an email invitation to their SF State email address.

Visit the SF State NCHA 2021 webpage for more information. Send questions to hpw@sfsu.edu.


New recruiting platform goes live

After a year of effort during which the project team worked with a diverse group of users, Human Resources has successfully launched CHRS Recruit at SF State. This new recruiting platform will help SF State attract, hire and onboard talented faculty, staff and student workers in a more effective way, critical to helping our students succeed. One key feature of the platform is employee onboarding, which can be streamlined by using a centralized system, including electronic checklists to track the onboarding process, allowing for a consistent employee experience. Start your journey by using the CHRS Recruit homepage to discover:

  • Training documentation
  • Resources
  • Project updates
  • Project timeline
  • Demos and articles
  • Training

HR and Faculty Affairs have elected to use on-demand training for this implementation. On-demand training, also known as just-in-time training, delivers information at the moment you need it. In doing so, HR will adopt short, focused, on-demand content geared towards giving you greater control over how and when you consume the content. Go to the CHRS Recruit Training page to learn more and request training.


Marcus Early Career Research Award helps faculty reach finish line 

In its second year, the College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ Marcus Early Career Research Award will help five faculty members complete their book and film projects that explore social-justice issues in the U.S. and abroad.

Winners for 2021 – 2022:

  • See-Won Byun, International Relations
  • Sukanya Chakrabarti, Theatre and Dance
  • Laura Green, Cinema
  • Michael David Lukas, Creative Writing
  • Leslie Quintanilla, Women and Gender Studies

The award, supported by the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts, provides a one-semester leave in 2021 – 2022.

Read more on the College of Liberal & Creative Arts website.


Deprecation of online.sfsu.edu and userwww.sfsu.edu

Information Technology Services (ITS) is decommissioning online.sfsu.edu and userwww.sfsu.edu because the platform OS has reached end of life. As a result, it will no longer be maintained or supported as of March 31. Continuing to host sites on online.sfsu.edu and userwww.sfsu.edu poses a security risk as the service is not up to date. Newer and more secure tools, such as Drupal and Box at SF State, are immediately available for faculty and departments to host web content and share data.

For assistance, please contact the ITS Service Desk at service@sfsu.edu or (415) 338-1420.


Updated medical event procedure flowchart available

Environment, Health and Safety has updated its “How to Get Help for Medical Events” process flowchart on the EHS webpage. Please familiarize yourself with the updated process, which offers guidance for faculty and staff dealing with an injury or other medical issue while on campus.


Academic Senate report

The Academic Senate met Tuesday, Feb. 16, via Zoom. The senate:

  • Passed Proposed Revision to #S20-275 Academic Probation and Disqualification, in second reading.
  • Passed Revision of the Graduate Certificate in Business Principles.
  • Passed New Graduate Certificate in Data Science for Biology and Chemistry.
  • Passed New Bachelor of Arts in Bilingual Spanish Journalism.
  • Passed New Bachelor of Arts in Race, Ethnicity and Health.
  • Heard in first reading New Certificate in Climate Change Causes, Impacts and Solutions.
  • Heard in first reading Graduate Certificate in Enterprise Cybersecurity.
  • Heard in first reading Resolution on Prioritizing in the Recruitment, Hiring and Retention of Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) Staff, Faculty and Administrators.
  • Heard in first reading Resolution Affirming Shared Governance and Budget Transparency in Times of Crisis.

The full agenda, meeting materials and minutes can be found on the senate website.


“Scaffolding with Purpose: Using Iteration to Facilitate a Classroom Culture of Practice,” Feb. 24

Join the WAC/WID community in the “Scaffolding with Purpose: Using Iteration to Facilitate a Classroom Culture of Practice” workshop from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. This workshop goes beyond course design at the syllabus level to encourage purposeful planning of writing activities and feedback into your course structure. Participants will explore what cycles are already built into their course and what opportunities exist for cultivating a climate where practice is encouraged, enjoyed and accessible for all levels of student writers. Through guided planning and opportunities for sharing and feedback, you will leave the workshop with tips and ideas as well as a developed section of your own course. SF State’s Alvin Sinervo will facilitate the workshop. Join via Zoom.


UndocuAlly Trainings for staff and faculty, Feb. 25

The Dream Resource Center invites staff and faculty to participate in its UndocuAlly Training from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, Feb. 25, via Zoom. These trainings have been designed to guide the SF State community in learning how to support the undocumented student population. Participants will receive an overview of recent legislation and ways to support undocumented students’ challenges while hearing the stories of current SF State students. Those attending will be given information about resources available for current and prospective undocumented students. Space is limited, so interested staff and faculty members are asked to register in advance via Qualtrics. SF State graduate student staff are also welcome to attend the workshop.

If you have attended in the past and want a refresher, you are always welcome to register again. Feel free to contact Luis Fernandez at ldepaz@sfsu.edu if you have any questions. Please share this opportunity with your teams.


CSU’s Got Talent: “Understanding and Achieving Resilience to Face Challenges,” Feb. 26 

Human Resources Professional Development invites all SF State employees to attend a CSU’s Got Talent live webcast titled “Understanding and Achieving Resilience to Face Challenges” from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 26. Presented by Dan Day, director of client success at business training firm Tracom, the webcast will explore how to combat stress by recognizing emotional triggers and utilize proven strategies for changing your mindset and behaviors. The webcast is limited to the first 200 logins. Log into the CSU’S Got Talent webcast page as a guest, then type in your campus and your full name to watch.

Another CSU’s Got Talent webcast, “Trauma in the Time of Corona,” has been rescheduled from February 26 to March 23. Log into the CSU’S Got Talent webcast page to watch.


“Empowering Students in the Virtual Classroom Through Anti-Racist Contract Grading,” Feb. 26

Join the WAC/WID community in the “Empowering Students in the Virtual Classroom Through Anti-Racist Contract Grading” workshop from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26. With virtual learning experiences paving the way to improvements across our pedagogies, anti-racist contract grading is one way to engage your students in the classroom by engaging them in democratizing the way they are graded. Contract grading (and its many variations and identities) is one way to transform your whole class vibe, impacting student investment and participation and helping foster the ecology for true active learning. SF State’s Dan Curtis-Cummins, Gin (Virginia) Schwarz and Jolie Goorjian will co-facilitate the workshop. Join the meeting via Zoom.


Risk pool Workshop for MPPs, March 3

Enterprise Risk Management is offering a free, one-hour training via Zoom for MPPs to learn about our insurance costs, why they exceed $7 million per year and what MPPs can do to mitigate loss to save University funds. Training is offered by CSU Systemwide Risk Management and CSURMA, CalState’s self-insurance program business partners. For the Zoom link and to RSVP, email Nancy Ganner at ganner@sfsu.edu.


I CAN HELP training, March 3 & April 6

The Division of Equity and Community Inclusion and Health Promotion & Wellness will present a new health literacy and suicide prevention training in March and April. I CAN HELP training sessions for faculty and staff will be held from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3, and Tuesday, April 6. The training seeks to prepare the SF State community to support early detection, health literacy and suicide prevention and understand other factors that impact students’ wellness. Attendees will better understand why promoting positive health is vital to support student success. They will also develop skills to intervene when a student is in distress using the Active Minds’ VAR (validate, appreciate, refer) strategy and learn about various wellness, academic and basic needs resources on campus.

Space is limited to 30 participants per session. RSVP required. RSVP for the March 3 session via Zoom. RSVP for the April 6 session via Zoom. Those who attend and complete a related survey will be awarded a $30 Amazon gift card.

The Division of Equity and Community Inclusion and Health Promotion & Wellness welcome persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Please contact Jul Custodio at custodio@sfsu.edu as soon as possible so your request may be reviewed.


Raza Faculty and Staff Association mixer and elections, March 4

The campus community is invited to join the Raza Faculty and Staff Association (RFSA) from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday, March 4, for an afternoon cafesito with fellow Raza faculty and staff. They’ll engage in community building activities, discuss grant opportunities and hold 2021 RFSA board elections while having fun with SF State and RFSA trivia. RSVP via Qualtrics.

Interested in nominating yourself or a colleague for a board position (co-chair for faculty, treasurer, membership director and event director)? Email Gabriela Ballesteros at gdballes@sfsu.edu.


Latinx events coming up in March, April

The Latino/Latina Studies department will be hosting a number of events in March and April.

“Latinx and Gender”
Wednesday, March 3, 5-6:30 p.m.

This event will be an educational opportunity for any and all students who wish to learn about what it means to be a Latinx Womxn in the modern world in hopes to uplift Latinx Womxn during Womxn’s History Month. Participants will discuss dismantling internalized machismo, how to support Latinx Womxn and gender roles in the Latinx community. Register for this event via Zoom.

“Latinx Social Justice and Community Organizing”
Thursday, March 4, 4-5 p.m.

Latinx students at SF State have a long history of activism both on the campus during the 1968 students strikes and organizing in the Mission District. Latinx’s have also organized around DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), especially during the Trump era. Learn more about how you can be a community organizer in your community and at SF State. Register for this event via Zoom.

The Latina/Latino Studies department has also partnered with the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion to organize a Latinx Spring 2021 Speaker Series. Poet Alan Pelaez Lopez spoke Monday, Feb. 15. Still upcoming are two more events:

“The Coalition of Immokalee Workers: Leading the Change for Farmworkers”
Thursday, March, 12:30-1:30 p.m.

The Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW) is a farmworker-led human rights organization. This presentation will be held by CIW farmworker leader Natalia Naranjo, who will talk about the historical conditions and abuses that farmworkers experience in Immokalee, Florida. Register for this event via Zoom

“Cátedra de Mujeres Negras Ancestrales: Emancipatory Writings”
Wednesday, April 21, 4-6 p.m.

Afro Puerto Rican writer Yolanda Arroyo-Pizarro will discuss her writings and her efforts to increase the visibility of stories of Black marronage while providing a space for emancipatory writing among attendees. Register for this event via Zoom.


Chattopadhyay paper accepted by International Journal of Health Economics and Management

A paper by Professor of Economics Sudip Chattopadhyay with important health policy implications was accepted for publication by the International Journal of Health Economics and Management. The paper shows for the first time with rigorous economic and econometric models how Medicaid expansion in states can reduce the cost of health care and consequently better position the states in responding to the COVID-19 public health emergency and in preventing the adverse effects of the current economic downturn.


Bagley weighs in on VR workouts

Associate Professor of Kinesiology Jimmy Bagley was interviewed by CNN about research being conducted by the Department of Kinesiology on fitness and virtual reality. The article focused on a new VR entertainment system. Bagley says lab testing shows that users get an even better workout with such systems than they realize at the time. “You’re playing a game and it’s so fun that you don’t realize you’re exercising,” he said. Read the full article on the CNN website.


Blackmon article cited in new book

Lecturer of Philosophy James Blackmon’s article “Hemispherectomies and Independently Conscious Brain Regions” was discussed in a new book by philosopher and science writer Peter Godfrey-Smith. Godfrey Smith’s book, “Metazoa: Animal Life and the Birth of the Mind,” was described by The New York Times as “breathtaking.” The article by Blackmon was published in the Journal of Cognition and Neuroethics in 2016.


Tuman looks at Limbaugh’s legacy

Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman was quoted in a KPIX report on the death of right-wing talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. Though Limbaugh later described himself as “the intellectual engine of the conservative movement,” earlier in his career he tried to justify his often insensitive and incendiary comments by positioning himself as an entertainer. “He started off being funny, and so his defense when he said something offensive was to say, ‘Oh, I was only joking.’ Which was sorta the same thing Howard Stern would say,” said Tuman. Read the full article on the KPIX website.