June 18, 2018

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AT&T Park

University honors behind-the-scenes heroes

On June 6, San Francisco State University honored 73 employees for service milestones ranging from five to 50 years at a recognition luncheon in Jack Adams Hall.

“The reputation of the University sits on your shoulders, on all of us together,” said SF State President Leslie E. Wong. “Your collective work reflects how the University is perceived and makes me proud.”

From administrative support staff to facilities operations workers, deans, professors and student services professionals, everyone has made an important contribution, said President Wong.

Long-tenured employees have seen many changes in the University: a growing student body, new buildings on campus, a new graduation venue at AT&T Park and more.

“In my 30 years of service, I have witnessed the whole cycle of how the University has become stronger and grown. I’m happy to be a small part of this life cycle,” said Loan Nguyen, a student services professional.

Click here to read more about SF State’s behind-the-scenes heroes.


Cynthia Grutzik

New GCOE dean named

Cynthia Grutzik has been appointed dean of SF State’s Graduate College of Education (GCOE), the University announced. She succeeds Interim Dean Nancy Robinson, who has served in the position since January 2017. Her appointment is effective August 1.

“This is a pivotal moment for the Graduate College of Education, which has already made great strides thanks to the dedicated efforts of its faculty, staff and administration,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit. “Under Dean Grutzik, the College has an exciting opportunity to bring those efforts to a new level. And I want to extend a special thanks to Interim Dean Nancy Robinson, whose able leadership of the college during the last two years has been an expression of her deep commitment to the GCOE, its powerful legacy and its outstanding faculty and staff.”

Since 2012 Grutzik has served as the associate dean of the College of Education at California State University, Long Beach, where she supported credential and undergraduate programs, accreditation and assessment, curriculum, outreach, recruitment and district partnerships. A former elementary school teacher and past president of the California Council on Teacher Education, she researches and publishes on the educator preparation pathway and how to support students in the transfer process. Grutzik says she is dedicated to the creation of educational institutions that “build and model democratic learning environments where everyone has a voice and an equal opportunity to succeed.”


Construction sign

Construction projects on the way

SF State will begin construction on two major campus projects in the coming weeks. Once completed in 2020, these new initiatives will reinforce the campus’ educational core and provide new on-campus housing that will boost student retention.

The first phase of a new building for College of Liberal & Creative Arts programs will impact Tapia Drive. The four-story building will provide a home for the Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts as well as faculty offices and interdisciplinary lecture space.

Construction of student housing will begin in September and is scheduled to be completed by July 2020. The project is located on campus south of Holloway Avenue on Block 6. The new 214,400-square-foot, mixed-use development will include underground parking, retail areas, student amenities and support spaces, study lounges and residential units.

Questions? Contact Boris Nemirovskiy, director of construction and inspection, at build@sfsu.edu.


Tobias named director of DPRC

After the completion of a national search, and on her two-year anniversary serving as associate director, Wendy Tobias was appointed director of the Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) on March 21. Tobias attended SF State for both undergraduate and graduate school and utilized DPRC services for accommodations, giving her unparalleled insight into the program she now directs.

As an undergrad, Tobias worked as a student staffer in Residential Life. She later served as residence director in Mary Park Hall as well as office coordinator for Housing. Upon completing her education, Tobias worked for the California Department of Rehabilitation for 11 years before returning to SF State to teach in the Rehabilitation Counseling Program.


Kenny to serve as interim Communications AVP

Mary Kenny has been named interim associate vice president for Strategic Marketing and Communications (SMAC). Kenny takes over from interim SMAC AVP Barry Shiller, who will retire at the end of the month. Kenny currently serves as SMAC’s director of news and new media. A national search for a permanent SMAC AVP will commence soon.


Health Equity Institute gets new director

Jesus Ramirez-Valles, a public health leader, scholar, author and filmmaker, will join SF State as director of the Health Equity Institute (HEI) on Aug. 20. Ramirez-Valles has spent more than 20 years in academia leading educational programs, recruiting and mentoring faculty and doctoral students and, most recently, chairing the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Illinois-Chicago School of Public Health. Over the course of his career, he has received millions of dollars in research funding for studies on health inequality. As director of HEI, Ramirez-Valles will lead a multidisciplinary team whose work encompasses research, community practice, training, education and communications. The institute pursues original research to understand and implement pathways to health equity; partners with communities to understand and address critical barriers to health equity; provides support to SF State faculty and students to explore health equity research; and creates multimedia communications tools that speak the voices of communities and inspire change for health equity. 


Campus to get internet upgrade

Nine CSU campuses -- including SF State -- will soon upgrade from their existing 10-gigabit internet connection to a high-speed, 100-gigabit connection that can handle the ever-increasing demand for bandwidth. The upgrades are expected to be completed by the fall. The new 100-gigabit capacity is able to handle 20,000 streaming videos concurrently -- a 10-fold increase from the bandwidth currently available on these campuses.

More information about the upgrade is available on the CSU website.


Call for nominations: CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award

The Office of the Chancellor is seeking nominations for the first-ever CSU Faculty Innovation and Leadership Award. This award recognizes the vitally important role faculty play in providing high-quality instruction and their commitment to student success. Tenure-track faculty, tenured faculty and lecturers from all disciplines are eligible. Up to 23 awardees will be selected. Each will receive a $5,000 cash award, and $10,000 will be allocated to academic departments to support awardee activities.

Nominations must be received no later than June 29. Submissions must include a letter of nomination and written or video testimonies. More information on the award and a link to the nomination submission form can be found here.


Get fit with Fit Plus

Come and join your colleagues and be fit for the summer of 2018. The Fit Plus program has started a new set of fitness classes exclusively for faculty and staff of SF State. Registration is now open. Learn more about the program at kin.sfsu.edu/fitplus or send an email to fitplus@sfsu.edu.


San Francisco Discover's Second Summer

The College of Extended Learning (CEL) will roll out its second San Francisco Discover Program this summer, with students attending from around the world. San Francisco Discover is an English language and culture program that uses San Francisco as its classroom. The four-week program combines language study at the San Francisco State University Downtown Campus with excursions throughout the city. Students will learn how San Francisco emerged as a global center of entrepreneurship and innovation as they practice their English skills.

In addition to San Francisco Discover, the English for Academic Preparation program will run for the 57th year this summer. This program enrolls hundreds of international students each year and prepares them for admission to SF State and other universities by advancing their proficiency in English and acclimatizing them to campus life in the United States. Please visit the SF Discover and English for Academic Preparation webpage for more information about these CEL programs.


Gator Strong summer camp for youth athletes

Gator Strong is a co-ed, six-week (June 18-July 27) strength and conditioning camp for youth athletes between the ages 13 and 18. Led by faculty and students in the Department of Kinesiology, this training camp will focus on enhancing physical fitness, coaching correct technique, increasing athleticism, reducing injuries and teaching fundamental concepts of nutrition, sport and exercise psychology, and leadership. If you have young athletes in your family, or know people who do, send them to Gator Strong to become stronger, fitter and better athletes and people. Learn more about the program online.


There's still time to sign up for Kids Camp

SF State Kids Camp at the Mashouf Wellness Center has officially begun, but that doesn't mean you can’t still register for upcoming sessions. Themed weeks include: Explorer, Carnival, Island, Party in the USA, Theater, Adventure and Zoo/Animal. Sign up your kindergarten through fifth grade children. Sessions are Monday through Friday from June 18 to July 27. Visit the Kids Camp webpage for more info: campusrec.sfsu.edu/content/summer-camp.


SF Pride Parade, June 24

You can represent SF State along with other faculty and staff, students, alumni, family and friends marching in the SF Pride Parade, the largest LGBT gathering in the nation. There is no cost to participate, but participants are asked to register a week in advance, and all participants must find their own transportation to and from the parade. The exact meeting location of SF State’s parade contingent will be determined soon and communicated to registered participants. The first 100 participants get a free T-shirt.


University Budget Committee, July 27

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet on Friday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to noon in ADM 560. The UBC is charged with providing the University 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.


SF State Women's Coalition lunch meeting, July 11

The next SF State Women's Coalition meeting will be held Wednesday, July 11, in LIB 286 from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch if you like, meet new colleagues, network, connect and empower our community. Contact to get on the distribution list: women@sfsu.edu.


Grants & Contracts

SF State received $8,515,791 in grants and contracts in April and May.

  • David Anderson, Marian Wright Edelman Institute, City & County of San Francisco, Education Pathways for Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce 17-20, $3,728,100
  • Emily Clader, Mathematics, National Science Foundation, Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI): Curve Counting Theories and Their Correspondences, $189,002
  • Trevor Getz, History, the Teagle Foundation, Planning Grant -- Faculty-led Curricular Design at the California State University, $25,000
  • Ellen Hines, Jane Rudebusch, Geography & Environment, California State Coastal Conservancy, A Spatial Risk Assessment of San Francisco Bay for Southern Sea Otters, $14,770
  • Lawrence Horvath, Secondary Education, National Science Foundation, Western Regional Noyce Alliance (WRNA), $3,299,995
  • William Kimmerer, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, United States Geological Survey, Computational Assessments of Scenarios of Change for the Delta Ecosystem, $28,250
  • William Kimmerer, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, California Department of Water Resources, Zooplankton Density and Production Analyses in Support of Interagency Ecological Programs and Department of Water Resources Work Plan: Investigating the Yolo Bypass and the Suisun Marsh as a Summer-Fall Food Web Subsidy for the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, $337,227
  • Sepideh Modrek, Economics, Sloan Foundation, The Intergenerational Effects of the Works Progress Administration on Disability and Retirement Outcomes, $124,833
  • Pleuni Pennings, Biology, University of Pittsburgh/Prime: National Institutes of Health, Host and Pathogen Diversity in Mtb and SIV Infection, $33,843
  • Pleuni Pennings, Biology, National Science Foundation, National Science Foundation Division of Environmental Biology - U.S.-Israel Binational Science Foundation (NSFDEB ‐BSF): Collaborative Research: Research in Undergraduate Institutions (RUI): The Fitness Cost of Every Single Mutation in the HIV genome, $18,000
  • Christopher W. Pong, Engineering, UC Regents, Mathematics, Engineering, Science Achievement (MESA) Engineering Program (MEP), $10,000
  • Belinda Reyes, Latina/Latino Studies, Instituto Familiar de Ia Raza/Prime: San Francisco City and County: Department of Children, Youth & Their Families (DCYF), Roadmap to Peace: Evaluation, $62,000
  • Erik Rosegard, Recreation, Parks & Tourism, California Department of Parks and Recreation, Division of Boating and Waterways/Prime: U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Aquatic Center Grant FY 2017-18, $1,950
  • Stuart Siegel, Michael Vasey, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, Delta Stewardship Council, Delta Plan Chapter 4 Updates Technical Support, $44,199
  • Jenna Wong, Engineering, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)/Prime: U.S. Department of Energy, Computational Simulations Supporting the LBNL Project -- A Modern Computational Framework for the Nonlinear Seismic Analysis of Nu, $48,862
  • Xiaorong Zhang, Engineering, National Science Foundation, CAREER: Next-Generation Neural-Machine Interfaces for Electromyography-Controlled Neurorehabilitation, $549,760

In memoriam: Newman Fisher

Professor Emeritus and former Associate Dean of the College of Science & Engineering Newman Fisher passed away on May 5 at age 90. Fisher also served as chair of the Mathematics Department and was an important supporter of the Jewish Studies program. Contributions in his memory can be made to the Hebrew Free Loan Society.


Hoffer makes it official

Andrew Hoffer, intramural sports, sport clubs and camps coordinator for Campus Recreation, was interviewed for a Campus Rec Magazine article about recruiting intramural officials. Hoffer explained that intramural officiating is not easy and involves a lot of management and conflict resolution. He looks for students who are teachable, which is even more important than athleticism or sports knowledge. “We’re looking for people who are positive and want to create a welcoming environment for participants,” Hoffer said.


Ward chairs conference session

Jay Ward, associate director of the Office of International Programs, chaired a session at the recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference, which took place May 29 to June 1 in Philadelphia. Ward chaired and served as a presenter at the session “Professional Development Opportunities with the Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars.” With more than 10,000 members located at more than 3,500 institutions in more than 150 countries, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world’s largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.


Campus Recreation staff present at conference

Outdoor Recreation and Leadership Development Coordinator Jesse Ray and Director of Campus Recreation Pam Su gave presentations at NIRSA 2018, a conference for campus recreation and wellness professionals held in Denver in March. Ray co-presented a talk focused on developing effective learning outcomes, creating trainings inclusive to all learning styles and both short- and long-term assessment. Su highlighted the process and design strategies behind the effort for the Mashouf Wellness Center to become one of the few LEED Platinum recreation and wellness facilities in the nation. Su also co-presented the association’s new draft strategic plan, the culmination of 10 months of work by the Strategic Planning Task Force at NIRSA’s Annual Meeting of the Members. The plan was adopted by the Board of Directors on March 27.


Sueyoshi shines light on pronoun use

Interim Dean of Ethnic Studies Amy Sueyoshi taught a free introductory pronoun seminar at the San Francisco LGBT Center on Saturday, June 16. The seminar was designed for people who were curious or anxious about the evolution of gender pronouns over the past 10 years and shared language to help avoid bias toward a particular sex or social gender. The presentation, which also broke down the difference between gender identity and sexuality, helped provide insight on how to communicate more comfortably with everyone.


Mythbuster: Dollinger takes aim at assumptions

SF State Professor of Jewish Studies Marc Dollinger has published a new book, “Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing the Alliance in the 1960s,” that reexamines the story of black-Jewish relations during the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s. In a recent Q&A on the website of NPR’s Code Switch podcast, Dollinger discussed the assumptions about black-Jewish relations that he wanted to tackle in the book. “I wanted to upend the entire way of thinking to say that the job of a critical thinker -- I would like to say a good American -- is to critically investigate your own constructed narrative to break it down when it needs to be broken, and to be willing to listen to entirely different ways of even framing and understanding,” he said.