April 9, 2018

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Phyllis Carter

Vice president for Administration & Finance named

Phyllis Carter has been named vice president for Administration & Finance and chief financial officer at San Francisco State effective June 1. Carter previously served as chief business officer/director of business and administrative services at Laney College in Oakland and as chief financial and administrative officer at Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI) in Berkeley. 

“Phyllis is a seasoned chief financial officer who brings diverse educational and business experience to our campus,” said SF State President Leslie E. Wong. “Her experience fully aligns with our student-centered mission. She is passionate about honoring cultural differences, encouraging intellectual and personal development, promoting equity and inspiring students to lead, create and innovate.”

Carter will provide strategic and operational direction for the University’s business affairs, including the oversight of approximately 500 employees in eight units: Audit & Advisory Services, Budget Administration & Operations, Business Operations, Fiscal Affairs, Housing, Dining & Conference Services, Human Resources, Facilities Services and Information Technology Services.

Read more about Carter and her role at SF State.


SF State community celebrating pride

University signs on for Give Out Day

Thursday, April 19, is Give Out Day, a national day of giving for LGBTQ causes. To mark the occasion, the University has identified five programs that support the LGBTQ community: the Queer Ethnic Studies Scholarship, the Queer Cinema Project, the Center for Research & Education on Gender and Sexuality, the Family Acceptance Project and the Guardian Scholars Program (which serves foster youth, more than a third of whom identify as LGBTQ). A University webpage provides more information on each program as well as links for those wishing to make Give Out Day donations to support them.


Andy Richardson

CEL announces Distinguished Faculty honoree

Andy Richardson has been chosen by College of Extended Learning (CEL) Dean Guido Krickx to be this year’s recipient of CEL’s Distinguished Faculty award. Richardson, who earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees in geography at SF State, has been teaching in the Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Certificate Program for more than 20 years. A Q&A interview with Richardson — in which he discusses his teaching philosophy, his students and CEL’s certificate programs — is available on the CEL website.


Senate elections for spring 2018 underway

The voting period for the spring 2018 Academic Senate elections began today and will close at the end of the business day on Friday, April 20. Here’s where to go to vote.

For faculty: webapps.sfsu.edu/apps/senvote/main

For staff: tinyurl.com/S18staffVote

All available ballots, nominees and personal statements can be found at senate.sfsu.edu/content/all-university-elections-spring-2018. The link to the voting application can also be found on this webpage.

All faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate in this year’s election and continued our tradition of shared governance at SF State. Questions? Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or senate@sfsu.edu.


Commencement anthem singer selected

Student Lena Irene Stampfli been selected to sing the national anthem at this year’s Commencement ceremony at AT&T Park Thursday, May 24. Stampfli was chosen from an impressive field of students who auditioned for this honor last month. Congratulations to Lena Irene and thanks to School of Music Lecturer Nikolas Nackley, who adjudicated the auditions.


Final Vista Room menu of the semester

The Vista Room is introducing its final menu of the semester today. The menu celebrates the bounty that arrives with spring and is also a review of some of the favorite menu items from the last three years. Enjoy a classic wedge salad or Shrimp Louie as an appetizer, savor a grilled tuna niçoise salad, eggplant parmesan or ropa vieja for an entree and round out the meal with a rich chocolate marquis.

 Please refer to the current calendar at vistaroom.sfsu.edu to find out when the restaurant will be closed for departmental or college events. The final day of service for the semester is Friday, May 11. Reservations can be made at vista@sfsu.edu or by calling ext. 5-4100.


Mashouf gets juiced

A new juice bar in the Mashouf Wellness Center opened last week. Ghezal Raouf, a Bay Area native and entrepreneur, is the proud owner of Clean Bites juice bar.

“Clean Bites will offer a nutritious, energy-boosting and flavorful menu,” Ghezal said. “Our goal is to get the body flowing with healthy vitamins and minerals while satisfying the sophisticated taste buds of the SF State community.”

Learn more about Clean Bites on its Facebook page.


Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship launched

Named in honor of Gerald “Jerry” Eisman, the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement’s (ICCE) new Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship will provide University-wide recognition of highly engaged community-based scholarship collaborations that positively impact both the community and research/creative works endeavors. The creation of the award will be officially announced at the ICCE Awards Ceremony on April 12, and the first nomination process will begin in the fall. 

Jerry Eisman is former director of ICCE and has a longstanding reputation as a change agent, demonstrating active involvement in the community. The Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship will be given annually to one full-time, tenured/tenure track faculty or lecturer who has research or creative scholarship as part of their required duties. Priority will be given to tenured/tenure track faculty who exhibit commitment to civic engagement and/or community service learning as part of their professional achievement and growth.


Friends of the Library wants your unwanted books

The Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library seeks book donations year-round. Please bring your donations to the Book Sale Room behind Peet's Coffee in the Library. Want to make a large donation? The Friends can come get it. To schedule a pickup this month, contact Rob Strong or Barbara Loomis. All sales from the volunteer-run Book Sale Room benefit the University Library.


Children’s Campus enrollment spaces available

Children's Campus still has openings for the 2018-19 school year. Part-time preschool enrollments and a full-time infant enrollment are available. SF State employees receive priority enrollment and discounted tuition. Email Rosie Schoen or call ext. 5-4011 for more information.


April Retention, Tenure and Promotion workshops

The Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development invites faculty to participate in one of the following workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. Sophie Clavier, associate dean of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development, will conduct the workshops. Faculty who will be reviewed in the next few years are encouraged to attend. The workshops have been organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, but topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so feel free to attend the workshop that best fits your schedule.

  • Faculty preparing for promotion and tenure to associate professor: Wednesday, April 11, 1 to 2:30 p.m. via Zoom
  • Faculty preparing for promotion and tenure to associate professor: Thursday, April 12, 10 to 11:30 a.m., LIB 244
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor: Thursday, April 26, 1 to 2:30 p.m., LIB 244

To RSVP, click here.


Coffee hour with Provost Jennifer Summit, April 12

Interested faculty are invited to meet with Provost Jennifer Summit on Thursday, April 12 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in LIB 286 to discuss any topics of concern or commitment.

Come pull up a chair for a group discussion. No appointment necessary. Please send an email to monas@sfsu.edu if you will be attending. Coffee and bagels will be provided.


EAB Student Success Collaborative info sessions, April 12 & 16

The CSU adopted the EAB Student Success Collaborative platform, an advising tool that has been used in colleges and universities to improve student retention and graduation. SF State is in the process of implementing this platform now. The platform will be piloted with University and professional advisors on campus in this summer. During the next academic year, the platform will be made available to different groups on campus on a rolling basis, including undergraduate faculty advisors. Undergraduate faculty advisors are invited to a meeting to learn about the platforms on Thursday, April 12, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in LIB 244 or on Monday, April 16, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in LIB 222.


“Confronting Police Violence as a Public Health Issue,” April 17

The campus community is invited to “Confronting Police Violence as a Public Health Issue,” on Tuesday, April 17 at 5 p.m. in HSS 306. SF State Master of Public Health in Community Health Education graduates Liz Kroboth and Jade Rivera will report on their work developing and passing a policy statement on police violence for the American Public Health Association. Come learn about public health policies, programming strategies and teaching approaches that address police violence. The presentation is being co-sponsored by the Department of Health Education, the Master of Public Health in Community Health Education, the Health Education Students Assocation and the Public Health Organization of Graduate Students.


Seventh annual 5K Walk, Run & Roll, April 22

The annual 5K Walk, Run & Roll will be held Sunday, April 22, kicking off at Malcolm X Plaza and lasting from 9 a.m. to noon. The event promotes physical and mental health through a race around the beautiful University campus. Every participant will get a free breakfast, T-shirt, goodie bag and the chance to win one a giveaway prize. Costs:

Students: individual $10, team of four $35
Faculty/staff/alumni: individual $15, team of four $55
Community member: individual: $20, team of four $75

For more information, go to campusrec.sfsu.edu/content/5k-runwalk.

Immigration exploration

Philosophy Professor Shelley Wilcox spoke at a forum on the philosophical aspects of immigration at the San Diego Central Library Neil Morgan Auditorium on Thursday, March 29. The public event, sponsored by the American Philosophical Association, featured a panel of renowned experts who discussed the respective roles played by cosmopolitan and nationalistic ideals in current debates over U.S. immigration policy. University of Massachusetts Lowell Assistant Professor José Jorge Mendoza, who received his M.A. in philosophy from SF State in 2006, also spoke on immigration philosophy at the forum.


Migration exploration

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Eric J. Pido is the author of a new book, “Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity.” Published by Duke University Press, it examines the complicated relationship between the Philippine economy, Manilla’s urban development and “balikbayans” — Filipino migrants visiting or returning to their homeland.


Khanmohamadi goes medieval

Shirin A. Khanmohamadi, associate professor of comparative and world literature, was invited to present "Inter-Imperiality and Translation in the Chansons de Geste" on April 10 as part of Princeton University's medieval colloquium series on inclusion and exclusion in the Middle Ages.


Wilson helps power Day of Empowerment

Associate Professor of Journalism Yumi Wilson was one of the instructors at a Women’s Leadership Symposium in Los Angeles last month. Sponsored by the Poynter Institute for Media Studies, the symposium was titled “A Day of Empowerment for Women Journalists.” Wilson — who is also president of the Journalism and Women Symposium — helped lead the panels “Exploring Double Standards: What Do We Know About Them?” and “Building Your Brand and Your Freelance Career.”


Cohen’s got talent

College of Business Marketing Lecturer Neil Cohen will make a presentation at TalentLand, an entrepreneurial conference in Guadalajara, Mexico, Wednesday at 6 p.m. Not only will he address thousands of conference attendees, he’ll be seen around the world thanks to a live stream of his talk. Go to the conference’s Facebook page if you want to watch, too.