Program wins second contract from Veterans Affairs
For the second consecutive year, SF State’s Veteran Documentary Corps has won a federal contract to produce films and create curricula for the Veterans Legacy Program. The films will explore the brave and diverse contributions of American veterans.
The $330,000 contract from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ National Cemetery Administration will fund six World War I documentaries, a comprehensive lesson plan for a 10th grade curriculum and a media campaign. The documentaries will be released in late 2018, commemorating the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I.
The project is headlined by a feature-length documentary on World War I told from the perspectives of American soldiers, sailors and marines. It will be directed by Cinema Professor Daniel Bernardi, Veteran Documentary Corps executive director, and Carolina Gratianne, Veteran Documentary Corps production manager. History Professor and Chair Trevor Getz and Bernardi will produce. Each of the five shorts will focus on a different World War I veteran interred at a national cemetery.
CSU pushes for full budget funding
Governor Jerry Brown’s May Budget Revision — which adjusts a preliminary budget plan released in January — is expected in a few weeks, and the CSU is gearing-up for a major push to ensure that the state supports the full CSU budget ask. To help inform the SF State community and provide important resources, the Office of Government & Community Relations has provided extensive information about the CSU FY18/19 system-wide budget request, including a video and talking points, here. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
Campus transportation survey coming
You can help SF State improve your commute by filling out the campus transportation survey, which will be emailed May 3. Responses from previous surveys led to the creation of Gator Pass, increased shuttle service and the installation of more bike racks. This new survey can spark more progress by helping identify and implement additional improvements. Those completing the survey will eligible to win over 70 prizes, including SF State swag and Fitbits.
Graduate College of Education dean candidate visits
Four candidates have been selected to interview for the Graduate College of Education dean’s position. The campus community is invited to attend the candidates’ presentations. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception. Information on each candidate will be available online here 48 hours before they visit.
- Candidate 1 — Monday, April 30, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. in HUM 587
- Candidate 2 — Tuesday, May 1, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall
- Candidate 3 — Tuesday, May 8, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. in HUM 587
- Candidate 4 — Wednesday, May 9, 1:15 to 2:30 p.m. in HUM 587
Class of 2018 emerita/emeritus faculty
A list of the emerita/emeritus faculty is available on the Faculty Affairs website: Download the 2018 emeritus/emerita flyer. President Wong has invited this year’s honorees to attend a luncheon hosted by Provost Jennifer Summit to honor their service with full appreciation of faithful and productive years of service to the University.
2018 Distinguished Faculty Award recipients announced
Each year, the Academic Senate's Distinguished Faculty Awards honor outstanding faculty members for their contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. This year’s award winners are:
- Excellence in Teaching (Tenured): Kimberly Tanner, Professor of Biology
- Excellence in Teaching (Lecturer): Mark Bautista, Lecturer in Ethnic Studies and Coordinator, Metro Ethnic Studies and Metro Education
- Excellence in Professional Achievement: Thomas Parker, Professor of Biology
- Excellence in Service: James Martel, Professor of Political Science
An awards ceremony will be held Tuesday, May 8, at the final Academic Senate meeting of the semester.
Proposals due for Winter 2019 faculty-led study abroad programs
Faculty interested in organizing a faculty-led study abroad (FLSA) program during the upcoming 2019 Winter Break will need to submit a written proposal to the Office of International Programs (OIP) before June 1. FLSA programs provide an opportunity for faculty to expand their field of knowledge, gain international teaching experience and establish/reconnect with overseas colleagues/contacts while helping to build a more international curriculum by leading a cohort of students overseas and teaching an SF State course relevant to the country of stay. FLSA programs also allow students to not only experience studying abroad with other SF State students but to also earn credit over the summer, fall, winter and spring breaks through programs designed and taught by University professors.
Retirement Association announces travel grant awardees
The University Retirement Association is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2018 faculty travel grants. This year the board of directors approved six awards. Congratulations to the following faculty members:
- Jennifer Arin, College of Liberal & Creative Arts
- Jason Gurdak, Earth & Climate Sciences
- David Matsumoto, Psychology
- Philip Prinz, Special Education
- Dorothy Tsuruta, Africana Studies
- Jenna Wong, Engineering
Academic Senate report and 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:
- Graduate Council report
- Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Policy on Undergrad Student Instruction (first reading)
- Executive Committee: Proposed Revision to S17-243, Charge for CEETL (first reading)
- Executive Committee: Proposed Revision to F15-271, Policy on Assigned Time for Exceptional Level of Service to Students (first reading)
- Executive Committee: Proposed Revision to S12-265, Graduate Council Policy (first reading)
- Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Revision to S17-255, Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees, Majors, Concentrations, Minors and Certificates (first reading)
- Educational Policies Committee: Proposed Discontinuance: B.A in Art, Concentration in Art Education (first reading)
- Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Minor in History (first reading)
- Faculty Affairs Committee: Policy on Graduate Student Tuition Waivers (first reading)
- Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Minor in History (first reading)
- Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Minor in Music (first reading)
- Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee: Proposed update to RF15-337, In Support of Anti-Bullying (first reading)
CEETL Happy Hour Workshops, April 30 & May 9
CEETL is hosting two final Happy Hour Workshops this semester. Faculty Fellow and Professor of Biology Kimberly Tanner will facilitate “Order Matters: Becoming Metacognitive about Teaching Choices” today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in LIB 242. Participants will explore the ways their teaching plans align with what is known about how the brain learns and will learn how to use the 5E Learning Cycles Model to maximize student learning. Register online.
From 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 9, Faculty Fellow and Associate Professor of English Sara Hackenberg will facilitate “Using Creativity to Promote Rigorous and Engaged Student Learning.” Participants will explore four different types of creative assignments and how they might adapt them for their class subjects. Register online.
SF State Women’s Coalition first meeting, May 2
Join the SF State Women’s Coalition’s first monthly meeting on Wednesday, May 2, at 3:30 p.m. in LIB 286. All staff and faculty are welcome. The coalition was created for engagement, connection and collaboration within our campus community. Future events will include topics of resilience, professional development, an annual Women’s Summit and more. Want to learn more? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FutureState Open House, May 2
Join the campus master plan team for an informal open house on Wednesday, May 2, any time between 4 and 6:30 p.m. in LIB 121. The campus planning team will provide updates on upcoming campus development projects and timelines, longer-term plans and short-term impacts. SF State is investing in additional housing, academic spaces, student services, study and recreational spaces — all intended to improve the quality of life for every member of our University community.
Inaugural Mental Health Symposium, May 4
The Inaugural Mental Health Symposium: Creating a Community of Caring and Diversity will be held Friday, May 4 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center’s Rosa Parks A-C. Hosted by Health Promotion & Wellness and the student-led organization Active Minds, the symposium will highlight the significance of community building and organizing by destigmatizing conversations around mental health. This event provides a safe space for students of different cultures to share their stories and/or research of mental health issues and wellness. After the event, students will have the tools to empower their families, peers, communities and themselves to address mental health. This is a free event, and lunch will be provided. RSVP online here.
“Resisting the Neoliberal University” conference, May 4
A conference with the theme “Resisting the Neoliberal University” will be held at the Seven Hills Conference Center Friday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Co-sponsored by SF State and the California Faculty Association, the conference will feature a number of plenary and panel discussions on the effects of neoliberalism on public universities. Free coffee and lunch will be provided. Register online.
One-on-one Savings Plus consultations, May 11
Savings Plus offers two deferred compensation plans for California state employees: a 401(k) Thrift Plan and a 457 Deferred Compensation Plan. Victor Tawn, a specialist with the CalHR Savings Plus 401k/457 program, will host onsite individual meetings on Friday, May 11. For more information and to schedule an appointment, visit hr.sfsu.edu/whats-new/savings-plus-one-one-consultations.
In Memoriam: Harvey Peskin
Longtime SF State Professor of Psychology, psychotherapist and Holocaust scholar Harvey Peskin passed away April 21 at age 86. Days before his death, he submitted an academic paper on grief, which the J. Weekly called a manifesto on how his loved ones could cope with their grief and mourning. The paper will be published posthumously in Psychoanalytic Dialogues.
The son of Polish Jewish immigrants, Peskin grew up in New York City and received his undergraduate degree from City College of New York. He came west to attend graduate school at UC Berkeley and began teaching at SF State in 1958. He retired from the University in 1994.
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Sousanis: it’s a wonderful “Life”
Assistant Professor of Humanities Nick Sousanis is up for a Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, the most prestigious honor in the comics field. Sousanis is one of five finalists in the Best Short Story category for “A Life in Comics: The Graphic Adventures of Karen Green,” a nonfiction profile of a comics-loving university librarian. The winner will be announced July 20 at an awards ceremony to be held at the annual Comic-Con convention in San Diego.
Intel gives big to computing lab
Intel Corporation gifted $50,000 in equipment to Fatemeh Tehranipoor, assistant professor of engineering and the director of SF State’s Embedded Computing Security (ECS) Lab. Through this gift, the School of Engineering received several top-tier field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) that will enable the next generation of cutting-edge research on machine learning in hardware-enabled security at the college. This gift allows undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to work with high-performance computing FPGAs that can process algorithms more quickly to accelerate insights and make greater contributions to research at the intersection of machine learning and security. Research and teaching with this new equipment allows SF State students and faculty members to gain significant computational speed for real-time systems and applications. This new collaboration between the ECS Lab and Intel programmable solutions group offers the University an exciting partnership with potential for further shared research activities in the future.
Khanmohamadi: top speaker on the Middle Ages
Associate Professor of Comparative and World Literature Shirin A. Khanmohamadi was invited to present "Saracens, Objects, and Crusade in the Crusade Cycle" at a conference on “Crusade, Networks and Exchanges” held at Stanford April 19–20. She also gave the keynote address for the third UC Campus Consortium on the Middle Ages in the Wider World, featuring new UC-wide research on the Global Middle Ages, held at UC Davis on April 28.
Cohen’s reviewing the reviewers
College of Business Marketing Lecturer Neil Cohen was interviewed about fake Amazon reviews on Los Angeles radio station KNX-AM. The segment was inspired by a recent Washington Post expose that found that “the vast majority of reviews appear to violate Amazon’s prohibition on paid reviews.” “This goes to the heart of who and what Amazon is all about,” Cohen said. “Beyond convenience and variety it’s about trust and transparency. And what’s been happening is a very organized attempt by sellers to recruit people through Facebook and other places to do paid reviews. So this taints the system.”
No cruises for Wambach
Professor Emerita of Mathematics Education Cecelia Maria Zarbo Wambach is one of the founders of Refugee Education and Learning International, a nonprofit that recruits volunteer teachers — particularly retirees — for trips abroad to educate displaced persons. “Our motto: As retirees, we do not need to go on another cruise,” said Wambach, who has been going to Greece to provide support services to refugees since 2016. More information on the group’s efforts is available on its new website, refugeeeducationandlearning.org.