December 6, 2021

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University honored for support of Latinx transfer students

SF State has been recognized for its successful support of Latinx transfer students, utilizing a California law that has streamlined admissions requirements. The Campaign for College Opportunity named the University as an Equity Champion for Excellence in Transfer for Latinx Students.

The Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) has established a clear, user-friendly pathway for students to earn an associate degree with guaranteed admission and junior standing into the California State University system. Created with state legislation in 2010, ADT has helped more than 280,000 community college students transfer without accumulating excess units, saving them time and money.

Analyzing data from all community colleges and public universities in California, the Campaign for College Opportunity found that SF State awarded ADTs to 443 students in 2019 – 2020. As a result, Latinx transfer students at SF State performed at 3.12 percent higher than the statewide average for Latinx college students.

U.S. Census data indicate that Latinx people comprise the largest racial/ethnic group in California; 52 percent of Latinx residents are younger than 30. This fall, 36.7 percent of the SF State student body is Latinx.

“It is imperative that California substantially raise the college-going and completion rates of the Latinx community,” Campaign for College Opportunity President Michele Siqueiros said. “The state’s future is intrinsically tied to the success of its Latinx community.”

Equity Champion honorees were announced at a Nov. 16 virtual event featuring remarks from students and administrators from community-college and Cal State campuses. SF State Political Science major Jasmine Prasad, who transferred from Folsom Lake College, spoke in her role as a vice president for the California Community Colleges’ Student Senate.

The Campaign for College Opportunity is a California nonprofit bipartisan policy and research organization.

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Faculty-student history team to create graphic novel exploring first Black Marines

SF State Professor Trevor Getz will again bring an overlooked piece of history to light through a nonfiction comic book. Created with History undergraduate Robert Willis, “The Montford Point Marine Project” will tell the stories of the first Black U.S. Marines, who served in World War II. The story is based on new oral histories of their experiences. It will be published by Oxford University Press in 2024.

Aimed at a high school and undergraduate audience, “The Montford Point Marine Project” will foreground the meaning and lessons the veterans themselves draw from their service and experiences. In a unique design, the book will include digital resources linking readers to interviews with Montford Point Marine veterans. These interviews are possible thanks to a contribution from The Boeing Co. and will be filmed in December by a team led by Cinema Professor Daniel Bernardi and SF State alumnus Jesse Sutterley. Members of the National Montford Point Marine Association will also help direct the writing and design of the graphic novel.

In 1941, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt outlawed racial discrimination in war industries, allowing Black men and women to serve in a segregated fashion. The Marines recruited Black men and sent them to Jacksonville, N.C., at Camp Montford Point, where about 20,000 African Americans trained between 1942 and 1949. The Montford Point Marines, as they came to be known, remain active in public service, support for their veterans and preservation of their legacy.

“The Montford Point Marine Project” is the follow-up to Getz’s award-winning “Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History” (Oxford University Press, 2011). That book depicts the life and trial of Abina Mansah, a woman living in 19th-century colonial West Africa who escapes slavery and takes her former master to court. Like “Abina,” the new book is designed to be a guide to historical research, in this case focusing on community-based oral history methods.

The team bringing this story to life includes Getz and Willis along with Montford Point Marine historian Gunnery Sgt. Joe Geeter III and artist Liz Clarke.

“Through the life stories of the Montford Point Marines, we hope to train and inspire teachers and students to collect, interpret and value the memories, experiences and wisdoms of earlier generations,” Getz said.

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Don’t forget: faculty and staff End of Year Celebration coming up Thursday, Dec. 9

President Mahoney and her administrative cabinet have invited all staff and faculty to an End of Year Celebration recognizing all your hard work in 2021. Wear your spirit gear for a chance to win prizes.

When: 3 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 9

Where: Don Nasser Family Plaza at the Main Gym

To help preparations for the celebration, please RSVP via Qualtrics if you’re planning on attending. And consider sticking around for a Purple Out basketball doubleheader as the Gators take on Cal State LA. (See “Purple Out basketball returns” below for more.)

You can also support Associated Students’ Gator Groceries programs by bringing canned goods and non-perishables to donate. The most-needed items include:

  • Canned foods such as soup or stews, fruit, vegetables, fish or beans
  • Dried foods such as pasta or rice
  • Jarred foods such as sauces or peanut butter
  • Coffee (preferably ground) or tea
  • Cereal or granola bars
  • Olive or canola oil
  • Seasoning

Hygiene items like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, deodorant, shaving gel, laundry detergent and feminine hygiene products are also appreciated.

Upcoming CampusMemo hiatus

The Monday, Dec. 13, issue of CampusMemo will be the last of 2021. The newsletter will be on hiatus during the winter break, resuming weekly publication Tuesday, Jan. 18. Got information that needs to be shared with the campus community before then? Submit an item now!

Purple Out basketball returns

A Purple Out basketball double-header is coming up Thursday, Dec. 9. The women’s team hosts Cal State LA at 5:30 p.m., while the men’s squad will face off against their own Cal State LA counterparts at 7:30 p.m. The first 300 fans to enter the gymnasium will receive a free T-shirt. (University ID required.) Even if you can’t attend, you can get in on the excitement: Both games will be streamed live on the CCAA Network’s SF State page.

Department holiday gathering protocols

With the holiday season upon us and faculty and staff planning department holiday gatherings, it’s important to consider University protocols for events and gatherings. Conferences, events and meetings held outdoors remain the best alternative: There are no physical distancing requirements and face coverings are not required. If refreshments are served outdoors, only single-serve items or grab-and-go items are permissible unless professionally certified food handlers distribute refreshments to attendees.

SF State employees cannot be required to attend indoor conferences, events and meetings.

Additionally, if alcohol will be served, the event host is required to submit an Alcohol Clearance Form in DocuSign 14 days in advance for review and approval.

Reminder: UPD collecting toys for SFFD holiday toy drive

The University Police Department (UPD) is collecting toys for the San Francisco Fire Department’s annual holiday toy drive. You can help bring a smile to a child this holiday season by donating a new, unwrapped toy. Collection bins are located in UPD’s lobby and at the Children’s Campus on North State Drive, or you can also donate virtually at Donation suggestions include ethnic dolls, cultural books, sports items, board games/puzzles, bicycles and many more gifts for children from infants through age 13.

Questions? Email the Community Liaison Unit at

GatorGOOD campaign deadline extended to Dec. 8

Due to popular demand, the deadline for this year’s GatorGOOD faculty and staff giving campaign has been extended to midnight Wednesday, Dec. 8, allowing more time to get in gifts supporting the HOPE Crisis Fund. A gift of any size during the GatorGOOD campaign makes an immediate impact on students.

  • $50 can provide study resources like noise-canceling headphones for students who need additional help focusing on their schoolwork
  • $100 can cover one month’s worth of transportation costs for student interns or super-commuters
  • $250 can fund a work visa renewal for DACA students

Learn more about how you can help Gators in need.

SF State support of research, scholarship, and creative activities (RSCA) survey

The University Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activities (URSCA) Council requests that tenure-stream and lecturer faculty share their view on SF State’s support of research, scholarship, and creative activities (RSCA) by completing a Qualtrics survey by Wednesday, Dec. 8. The URSCA Council is committed to promoting RSCA necessary to the University’s mission to advance and extend knowledge, learning and culture, and the results of this survey will be used to inform recommendations concerning the University’s RSCA agenda and its relationship to the education of a diverse student body.

The URSCA Council understands RSCA as a key component of teaching and learning and see it as encompassing both compensated and uncompensated forms of work-related research, scholarship and creative activities. In this survey, the URSCA Council is primarily interested in faculty RSCA (including collaborative projects with students) and encourages responses from tenure-stream and lecturer faculty. Broad participation will give the URSCA Council the clearest vision of how to support you in your work.

Library offers extended hours in Study Commons

The University Library is offering extended hours in the Study Commons to help students as they prepare for the end of the semester. The Study Commons will be open:

  • Until midnight Monday through Thursday (Dec. 6-9 and Dec. 13-16)
  • Until 9 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 12

There will be a Community Service Officer (CSO) and a Gators Helping Gators (GHG) Ambassador scheduled to work in the Study Commons those two Sundays from noon-9 p.m., and Mondays-Thursdays between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. The only entrance to the building open at those times, the Ground floor entrance, will be closed Mondays-Thursdays at 10:00 p.m. for any new entrants, but will remain available as an exit only. There will be a CSO on duty in the Study Commons between 10 p.m. and midnight, but no GHG Ambassador. Since there will be no new entrants to the space, there is no need to check for the green dot daily health screening as all students still in the Study Commons will have had their green dots checked before 10 p.m.

Please visit the Library website for more information about fall 2021 hours.

Disabling legacy email protocols to increase security

On Jan. 11, 2022, Information Technology Services (ITS) will implement changes that impact how SF State email can be used and accessed. The purpose of these changes is to reduce the likelihood of email account compromises by requiring email clients to use Modern Authentication, which supports features such as Two-Factor Authentication (2FA).

The following email changes will be implemented for faculty, staff, emeriti, community members, student assistants and secondary accounts:

  • Only Modern Authentication will be supported for checking SF State email.
  • Older versions of email protocols using basic authentication which do not use SF State
  • Single Sign-On (SSO) for login will be disabled.
  • IMAP and SMTP email protocols will be disabled.

Email clients that do not support Modern Authentication will stop functioning on Jan. 11.

ITS recommends users affected by this change switch to the latest version of Outlook Desktop/Mobile clients or Outlook Web Access (OWA).

These officially supported email clients already use Modern Authentication and are not affected by this change:

  • Outlook on the Web (OWA)
  • A current version of desktop Outlook for Windows or macOS that uses SF State Single Sign-On (SSO) to log in to your SF State email
  • Outlook mobile for Android or iOS that uses SF State SSO to log in to your SF State email

Learn more about Modern Authentication on the ServiceNow website. More information about employee email policies can be found on the Administration & Finance website.

Sign up to be an ambassador and show your support for our 2020 and 2021 graduates

The University will be holding two Commencement ceremonies honoring the classes of 2020 and 2021 at Chase Center in San Francisco on Saturday, Jan. 8. The SF State community presence celebrating our students has always added a special touch in helping us honor their achievements and accomplishments. Please consider signing up as an ambassador at these ceremonies.

Ambassador assignments will be from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. As in years past, all ambassadors are asked to:

  • Get approval from your supervisor.
  • Attend at least one ambassador informational training via Zoom for your assignment. Trainings are scheduled for 3 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 4, and 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 5.

Many assignments involve large amounts of walking and standing. If you require any accommodations in this regard, please note it on the sign-up form under "Any Special Requests/Assignments?” If you have any questions, please contact Dania Russell at

Call for nominations: Exceptional Assigned Time Awards

Article 20.37 of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement for the CSU provides a limited pool of funds to be awarded to faculty employees who are engaged in exceptional levels of service that support the CSU’s priorities. Faculty members may nominate themselves or other eligible members for these Exceptional Assigned Time Awards in a letter no longer than two pages. If nominating someone, please include a statement to the effect that the faculty member is not already receiving assigned time for the same general category of supported activity during AY 2022-23. Senate policy S18-271 is on the senate website and includes details on eligibility, supported activities, review criteria and process. Faculty who wish to apply for the award must include the cover sheet, available on the senate website in MS Word or PDF formats.

Awards for AY 2022-23 will be announced in March. All nominations must be received by the Academic Senate office at no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Feb. 11.

New CEETL UDL Micro-Course

Registration is now open for the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s (CEETL) Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Micro-Course. This fully asynchronous course focuses on strategies for developing coursework, choosing resources and designing anti-racist programs that consider the wide variability of learners in higher education. Participants will develop and expand strategies to:

  • Identify the objectives and principles of UDL
  • Explain how UDL may enhance inclusivity and anti-racist pedagogy
  • Apply real-world practices for humanizing instruction and activities
  • Apply UDL to course outcomes and more!

For how to register and more info, including stipends, please visit the CEETL website.

CEETL course deadlines extended

Deadlines have been extended to February 2022 for the following CEETL courses:

  • Teaching Through Transitions
  • Teaching New and Returning Students

What you need to do to receive a stipend for CEETL courses:

1. Engage in the course for the required time commitment.
2. Complete only the required assignments.
3. Fill out the attestation form.
4. There is no need to engage in all course materials. Only engage in the course material most

interesting to you and the few required assignments!

For more info on CEETL courses, please visit the CEETL website.

CEETL Teaching Square Program returns for spring 2022

Registration is available for CEETL’s Spring Teaching Square Program. A teaching square is a group of four (sometimes five) faculty, usually from across disciplines, who meet regularly throughout a semester to support each other and celebrate best practices for teaching and learning. CEETL has opened up the format for the teaching squares such that faculty can self-organize into their groups, and the sizes can exceed the typical four-person group. Alternatively, faculty can also register to be grouped by CEETL into a cross-disciplinary square of four to five people. Teaching Square groups can collaborate in a reciprocal self and peer course observation with peers and colleagues, offer ongoing support to members of the teaching squares and much more.

For how to register and more info, including stipends, please visit the CEETL website.

Academic Senate agenda

The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday, Dec. 7, from 2 to 5 p.m. virtually via Zoom for its seventh meeting of the academic year. Visitors who wish to attend please contact the Senate office at for a Zoom link. The agenda includes:

  • Recommendation from Curriculum Review and Approval Committee (CRAC): Proposed new M.A. in Instructional Design and Technology, in first reading.
  • Recommendation from Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC): Revision and Update of Temporary Modification of Academic Senate Policy #S20-241 Policy Resolution on Retention, Tenure and Promotion S21-287, in second reading.
  • Recommendation from Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC): Proposed Revision to Temporary Modification of Academic Senate Policy #F15-160: Policy Resolution on Lecturer (Temporary) Faculty F20-291, in second reading.
  • Recommendation from Strategic Issues Committee (SIC): Proposed Policy on Centers & Institutes (formally Research Service Organizations), in first reading.
  • Recommendation from Student Affairs Committee (SAC): Proposed New Academic Integrity Policy, in first reading.
  • Recommendation from Executive Committee (Ex Comm): Proposed Resolution in Support of Strengthening Undergraduate Advising at San Francisco State University, in second reading.
  • Recommendation from Executive Committee (Ex Comm): Proposed Revisions to S15-213 Administration and Processing of Electronic and Paper Teaching Effectiveness Forms, in first reading.
  • A formal presentation from Senator Robert Keith Collins, Senator Darlene Yee-Melichar and Senator Nancy C. Gerber: ASCSU Report (time approximate: 2:45-3 p.m.)

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

Virtual Coffee with Student Affairs & Enrollment Management executive team, Dec. 10

The SF State campus community is invited to virtual coffee with Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management (SAEM) Jamillah Moore and her executive team 7:30 to 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 10. Grab your favorite coffee or tea and get to know the new vice president and her team. Registration is required: Register via Zoom. Please contact Cristal Wallin at if you have any questions.

Save the date: All-University Retreat 2022 coming up Jan. 19

Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) and the Academic Senate are excited to invite you to SF State’s first annual All-University Retreat 2022 Wednesday, Jan. 19. The 2022 retreat theme is “Resounding Resilience: Faculty and Staff Support Student Success.” The retreat offers us all an opportunity to reflect and celebrate our shared goals as an educational community: students, staff and faculty united.

The 2022 retreat will be held 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. online via Zoom, with an in-person gathering planned for the middle of the semester. There will be an opening panel on student success initiatives across campus followed by opportunities to share/discuss a variety of High Impact Practices for teaching. In the next few weeks, more details about the retreat’s schedule and opportunities to participate and collaborate will become available on the CEETL website and via campus-wide communication channels.

CEETL and the Academic Senate look forward to your participation in this upcoming retreat.

For more information, please visit the CEETL website.

In memoriam: Ray Pestrong

Professor Emeritus of Geology Ray Pestrong passed away peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Nov. 16.

Having joined the Department of Geosciences (now Earth & Climate Sciences) in the mid-1960s, Pestrong was a dedicated educator at SF State for 45 years, teaching everything from introductory geology to upper division geomorphology. He had a passion for the intersection of art and Earth science, always found beauty in the natural world,  and was fond of pointing out ART is even in the word EARTH. His legacy lives on in his students and colleagues, many of whom he mentored throughout the years and who have shared how much they loved learning from him. Even after retiring, he continued to be involved in the SF State community, having regular lunches with longtime colleagues, attending graduation and research symposium events, and through his generous contributions to the Pestrong Fund, which supports student research projects.

Professor and Chair of Earth & Climate Sciences Petra Dekens recalls Pestrong’s guidance when she first came to the University. “When I first started at SF State, I would often go to Ray with tricky teaching situations,” she said. “He would give me some suggested strategies, and then he would remind me, every single time, that each semester is another chance to get it right. He taught me that the joy in teaching was working to continually improve so that you could inspire as many students as possible.”

In lieu of flowers donations can be sent to the Pestrong Fund or the Boys and Girls Club of New York.

In memoriam: Peter Pfaelzer

Professor Emeritus of Mechanical Engineering Peter Pfaelzer passed away in mid-November. Pfaelzer joined SF State in 1973 and retired in 2004. During his 31 years of service at SF State he made significant contributions to the School of Engineering and the University as a whole.

After the establishment of specialized engineering degree programs in the School of Engineering, Pfaelzer served as the first program head of the Mechanical Engineering Program. An expert on mechanical design and tribology, he was a strong proponent of incorporating the concept and practice of design methodology into the mechanical engineering curriculum. He was proud of his work every year with the senior student on their capstone senior design projects.

During his tenure at SF State, Pfaelzer initiated two notable and highly impactful projects and partnerships. He was the University project leader for the rehabilitation of the San Francisco Cable Car System Project, a multi-year project to extend the life of the vaunted cable car system while maintaining its visible features. Many students received their training on this project under his supervision. He also established the Wheeled Mobility Center in collaboration with former Lecturer for School of Engineering Ralf Hotchkiss. The center, which later became Whirlwind Wheelchair International, is devoted to the design and fabrication of affordable wheelchairs for Third World countries using locally sourced materials.

Pfaelzer was well liked by his students and colleagues for his creativity and problem solving. He dearly loved and admired his wife, Coille Hooven, and was very proud of his children Molly and Matthew Hooven and Johanna Pfaelzer.

Pfaelzer made a sizable impact on the growth and development of the School of Engineering. His smile and jovial spirit will be missed by his family, his University colleagues and many friends.

Professor Jeung named to Bloomberg 50

Asian American Studies Professor Russell Jeung and the other founders of Stop AAPI Hate are honored as part of the Bloomberg 50: the publication’s list of the 50 people who defined global business in 2021. Jeung, Cynthia Choi and Manjusha P. Kulkarni established Stop AAPI Hate in 2020 to address a rise in anti-Asian racism. The nonprofit tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning and child bullying targeting AAPI people. Their efforts have brought forth national hate-crimes legislation and more than $10 million in state funding to address racism and racial inequality throughout California.

Latt joins SF Immigrant Rights Commission

Zay David Latt, SF State’s director of government and community relations, was sworn in to the San Francisco Immigrant Rights Commission on Dec. 1.

“As a first-generation immigrant originally from Burma, I am honored by the opportunity to serve,” Latt said. “I look forward to opportunities to uplift the voices and concerns of vulnerable immigrants in the LGBT, AAPI and undocumented communities along with countless immigrant faculty, staff and students at SF State.”

Latt joined SF State in September. Prior, he served as senior immigration adviser to House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

“The Immigrant Rights Commission [IRC] can use Mr. Latt’s extensive knowledge of federal immigration law and how this impacts the local immigrant community, and he would be an excellent addition to the IRC,” said Adrienne Pon, executive director of the San Francisco Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs.

Hernández offers insights into ‘La Llorona’ legend

A large Mission District mural by former faculty member Juana Alicia, “La Llorona’s Sacred Waters,” depicts a ghostly woman whose story has been passed down for generations in the Latinx community. Latina/Latino Studies Lecturer Leticia Hernández has written about how the artwork “frees the spirit of women from roles as monstrous creatures of folklore to warrior women of history.” Hernández discussed the mural and the legend behind it in a Nov. 16 episode of KQED’s “Bay Curious,” (noting cross-cultural differences and sexism in the myth.

Nobles: American Psychological Association’s apology falls short

Africana Studies Professor Emeritus Wade Nobles co-wrote a Nov. 21 opinion piece for NBC News about a recent apology the American Psychological Association issued for its history of promoting white supremacy. Nobles wrote the article with Evan Auguste and Daryl Rowe of the Association of Black Psychologists, which Nobles co-founded.

“We should take this opportunity to co-create the kinds of healing practices, geopolitical understandings and psycho-cultural social systems that can guide us toward a more humanizing field,” they wrote.

Arin on advising’s ‘missing link’

Child and Adolescent Development Lecturer Jennifer Arin gave a presentation on “Academic Advising’s Missing Link: The Faculty Perspective” at the CSU Chancellor’s Office Collaborative Webinar series on Nov. 19.

Arin’s article “Diplomacy, Head Butts and the Indignant Student” will be published in the “Advising is Forever Guide,” forthcoming from the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Her article will reveal a way to work effectively with students who have had conflicts with faculty or staff.

McBride gets Wilder in new biography

On Nov. 26, Bright Lights Film Journal published an excerpt from Cinema Professor Joseph McBride’s new book “Billy Wilder: Dancing on the Edge” (Columbia University Press). Wilder (1906 – 2002) was a director, producer and screenwriter known for Hollywood classics such as “Some Like It Hot” and “Sunset Blvd.”