August 13, 2018

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Nick Sousanis at Comic Con

Sousanis picks up top comics honor

Assistant Professor of Humanities Nick Sousanis won a 2018 Will Eisner Comic Industry Award, the Oscar of the graphic novel world, in the Best Short Story category. Sousanis won for “A Life in Comics,” a graphic novel-style biography of Columbia University librarian Karen Green, which appeared as a six-page feature in the university’s alumni magazine. He accepted the award at this summer’s San Diego Comic-Con, one of the world’s largest annual pop culture fan conventions.

This is Sousanis’ first Eisner Award, but his award-winning novel “Unflattening,” originally his dissertation created entirely in comic form, received an Eisner nomination for Best Scholarly/Academic Work in 2016. The comic studies minor at SF State, led by Sousanis, launched in the spring of 2018, and five students graduated from the program in May.

Read more about Sousanis’ Eisner Award experience here.

President Wong at Convocation

A great start to the year is in the bag

The Office of the President and the SF State Academic Senate invite all campus employees to attend the Opening University Convocation (formerly the Open Faculty Meeting) at the McKenna Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 23. The event will kick off at 9 a.m. with a reception featuring refreshments and informational tables. The convocation will then run from 10 a.m. to noon, with updates from campus leaders on challenges and opportunities in the coming year and a chance to meet the University’s new faculty, staff and administrators. The first 200 attendees will receive a free tote bag.

Staff and faculty are asked to consider bringing a regular-size personal hygiene item (a toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant or soap, for example) to donate to the SF State Basic Needs Initiative, which helps support students in need. For more information about the event, including a link with which to RSVP, visit

Parking Lot 19

New students are on the way … and so are their cars

The campus will be welcoming students moving into the University’s housing community on Thursday, Aug. 23, and Friday, Aug. 24. In preparation for their arrival, the top floors of the Lot 19 parking structure will be reserved for incoming students on those days. Faculty and staff are encouraged to seek alternate parking arrangements and to consult the move-in information for new students and their families (including traffic and parking recommendations) available at

Go, Gators!

The beginning of the new semester brings with it the return of SF State athletics: The first home game of the season — the women’s volleyball team versus Holy Names University on Saturday, Aug. 25 — is just a few weeks away. Schedules for all Gator sports are available online, and faculty and staff members are reminded that home events are always free with a staff ID.

Call for proposals: Student Success in the Majors

The goal of the Student Success in the Majors initiative is to involve faculty in the design and redesign of courses or curricular paths to deliver a coherent curriculum that can facilitate student success and timely graduation. The focus of the initiative this year is on the retention of first-year undergraduate students by the design or redesign of lower division courses. Projects are being sought that would improve student connection to, retention in or success in their chosen major. Grants of $5,000 to $7,000 will be awarded to departments to support faculty in making curricular revisions. The deadline for proposal submission is Monday, Oct. 8. A proposal template and instructions are available online.

University Housing website redesigned

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce the launch of the new University Housing website at Partnering with Housing, Dining and Conference Services, ITS has completely redesigned the site to address the evolving needs of first-time freshmen and current students.

The University Housing website is now more intuitive, providing extensive information for both students and parents to easily navigate housing options. Users can easily search for the appropriate residence hall or apartment based on their student status and see costs, living communities, amenities, meal plans, room photos, floor plans and accessibility options.

The University Housing website is one of many websites ITS is redesigning from a human-centered perspective with new features and an improved user interface to better inform and express the passion of students, staff and faculty.

Member needed for animal welfare committee

The animal welfare program at SF State needs to find a community member who would be willing to serve on the University’s Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC). (An IACUC is a federally mandated committee that oversees animal programs, facilities and procedures.) The requirements for a non-scientist, non-affiliated community IACUC member are outlined below. Please forward this to all those who might be interested. They can send their contact info to Neha Kaul, IACUC administrator, who will facilitate the onboarding process.

Non-Affiliated Member

Definition: Someone who is not affiliated with the University in any manner, intended to represent the general community interests in the proper care and treatment of animals. This person may not be the immediate family of a person affiliated with the institution.


Definition: A person whose primary concern is in a non-scientific area having no obvious connections to any area of science. Individuals may have some scientific training but clearly do not qualify as a practicing scientist with experience in research involving animals.


The role of the non-affiliated and non-scientist member is to:

Play an active role in all IACUC activities

Make persistent, straightforward inquiries about matters that are undetected by the institutional members of the IACUC

Critically review protocols

Serve as designated reviewer when appropriate

Attend quarterly IACUC meetings (This member must be present at the meetings for business to be conducted.) upgrades coming is undergoing a significant upgrade. ASSIST is a public database that displays how lower-division course credit earned at California public two- and four-year institutions is articulated for credit across the system. The ASSIST Resource Center at provides updates and news about the status and expected launch date of the new website.

Please note:

Course articulation data displayed for SF State at is updated on an ongoing basis and remains in effect unless otherwise noted.

Approved course articulation involving curriculum effective fall 2017 and after cannot be displayed.

New or revised lower division requirements for SF State degree programs effective fall 2017 and after cannot be adequately displayed.

Interim tools:

For course articulation that cannot be displayed at, refer to this supplemental database of SF State-approved course equivalencies.

For current information about SF State degree program requirements, refer to the Academic Programs section of the University Bulletin.

For a summary of requirement changes and other updates affecting lower-division major preparation, refer to Revised SF State Major Information on the SF State Articulation website.

Questions about SF State articulation? Contact the Articulation office

New business hours for the Vista Room

The Vista Room, the on-campus restaurant run by the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management, will have new hours this semester. Though previously the Vista Room operated Monday through Friday, from Sept. 11 through Dec. 6 it will only be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of each week between 11:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. (with the last reservation at 12:45 p.m.). In addition, reservations will be made online for parties under 10 people through Yelp. A link will be provided on the website soon. Parties over 10 people or private bookings can call or email the Vista Room at ext. 5-4100 or

Mashouf opens Lactation Room

Calling all nursing parents in the SF State community! There’s a brand new, baby Gator-friendly Lactation Room located in the Mashouf Wellness Center (MWC). In honor of its opening and the start of school, MWC will be unveiling the room on Monday, Aug. 20, with a sneak preview from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Come check out the amenities, from the swivel chair to Gator stroller parking. If you have any questions about the room, call Campus Recreation at ext. 5- 9355 any weekday during business hours.

Parking permit registration application upgrade

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce the latest upgrade of the parking permit registration online application. The newly architected site has a simplified design that will be easier to navigate. It has a more streamlined workflow for users, which will result in faster processing for first-time permit applicants.

Useful new features include a parking map built into the application, making it easy to view parking locations around campus. In addition, sending a separate email to request a parking permit is no longer required. Simply submitting the information through the online application will send your request to the Parking Department. If you choose Lot 19, your permit application will automatically be approved by the system as there is high capacity in that lot. Users without payroll deduction can now easily switch between annual and semester permit types for Lot 19.

More information on campus parking is available online.

CEL participates in state workforce conference

The College of Extended Learning (CEL) plays an increasingly important role in meeting workforce needs in the Bay Area and will be participating in the upcoming California Workforce Association conference in Monterey Sept. 4 to Sept. 6 as SF State’s voice for job capacity building and training. CEL’s current open houses (online and at the Downtown Campus) showcase programs to prospective students who are career changers, moving up the organizational ladder or currently unemployed. Did you know that CEL has trained over 250 eligible students in the past year with third-party workforce development funds? 

Upcoming Teaching with Technology webinars

Academic Technology (AT) and the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) will offer a series of Teaching with Technology Webinars in the coming months.

iLearn Quickstart Webinars

Get started with campus technologies and iLearn basics to make teaching and learning more interactive inside and outside the classroom. Two times are currently scheduled for this online webinar.

Friday, Aug. 24, noon to 1 p.m. Register here.

Tuesday, Sept. 4, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Register here.

Zoom Webinars

Experience hands-on time using Zoom’s online video conferencing to foster communication and collaboration with students, guest speakers, colleagues and more. This online webinar is scheduled at the following times:

Thursday, Sept. 6, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Register here.

Friday, Sept. 14, 12 to 1 p.m. Register here.

Visit Academic Technology’s events page to learn more about upcoming events. For more information, email or call ext. 5-5550.  

Visit for more information about Zoom web conferencing. 

SF State Women’s Coalition meeting, Sept. 5

The next SF State Women's Coalition meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 5, at noon in LIB 121. The featured topic is conflict resolution and the featured speaker is Christina Sabee, senior deputy Title IX coordinator/DHR administrator for employees and third parties and dean of Equity Initiatives.

The SF State’s Women’s Coalition is a cross-campus alliance, newly formed to build community among staff, faculty and student group leaders to bridge communication, strengthen relations, establish dialogue and encourage support in our professional and personal development. The group is open to all campus staff and faculty members. Questions? Email

A home run for Guerra and Ayala

Two faculty members in the Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Department shared a Northern California Emmy Award, presented June 2 in San Francisco. Assistant Professor Oscar Guerra and Lecturer Antonio A. Ayala won Best Sports-News Feature/Segment - Spanish, for “Estación de mi Gente,” a profile of San Francisco Giants legend Tito Fuentes. Learn more here.

Collins busy in Big Apple, Windy City

Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins was invited by Director Sylviane A. Diouf of the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery to give a seminar titled “The Relevance of Native American Studies to the African Diaspora” on July 2. The seminar was part of the 2018 Schomburg-Mellon Humanities Summer Institute at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City. Collins has also accepted an invitation by the curator of North American anthropology and director of exhibitions to serve for three years on the Advisory Committee for the redevelopment and reinstallation of the Native North American Hall at the Field Museum in Chicago.

New book for Francisco-Menchavez

“The Labor of Care: Filipina Migrants and Transnational Families in the Digital Age” by Assistant Professor of Sociology Valerie Francisco-Menchavez was recently released by the University of Illinois Press. Francisco based the book on five years she spent alongside working migrant mothers. Stay tuned for details of a campus book salon in the fall, which will bring Francisco together with other Filipina scholars to discuss the book and its topics.

Cochlan casts his net wider

An article by Biology Lecturer William Cochlan appeared in the August issue of National Fisherman, the only fishing publication serving commercial fishermen for all North American coasts. The article describes the toxic diatom blooms that plague the West coast of North America and how they contribute to massive losses in commercial and recreational fisheries, including the lucrative crab fisheries of California. “I thought it was time to write directly to some of the stakeholders involved in the research that my lab conducts rather than other scientists in the peer-reviewed scientific journals,” Cochlan said.

Hanna to report on project progress

Professor of Music Education Wendell Hanna will be one of six researchers reporting on a project at the National Symposium for Academic Palliative Care Education and Research Oct. 11–12 in San Diego. All of the researchers were awarded seed grants, funded by the Gary and Mary West Foundation, to carry out one-year projects to design and test approaches that will lead to improvements in care or quality of life for those suffering from chronic, serious or life-threatening illnesses. Hanna created a music and exercise program for bedridden, wheelchair and ambulatory seniors in hospice to ease pain and improve joint motion. The symposium is sponsored by the CSU’s Institute for Palliative Care.

Crabtree sets sail for Maritime Museum

Associate Professor of History Sarah Crabtree presented a lecture titled “William Rotch, the Quaker Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” on July 21 at the San Francisco Maritime Museum.

Hoover’s busy literary year

Creative Writing Professor Paul Hoover’s new collection of poetry is “The Book of Unnamed Things” (MadHat Press). Hoover also translated poems by Mexican poet María Baranda for “Nightmare Running on a Meadow of Absolute Light” (Shearsman Books). Late last year, Nicola Manuppelli translated Hoover’s 1988 novel “Saigon, Illinois” into Italian for Milan publisher Carbonio Editore.

McFarland: pictures at an exhibition

Photographs by Assistant Professor of Art Sean McFarland are on display at “Academic Practice: Bay Area Photography Now,” an exhibition at the Coulter Art Gallery at Stanford University. The exhibition is open through Aug. 26. McFarland is also a juror for SF Camerawork’s Annual Juried Exhibition, on display through Aug. 25.

McBride: on exhibit in (motion) pictures

Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride appears in two films set to screen at this year’s Venice Film Festival, which kicks off Aug. 29. He’s one of the experts interviewed in “They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead,” a documentary about legendary filmmaker/actor Orson Welles. And he has a role in “The Other Side of the Wind,” a Welles film that has finally been completed after decades in cinema limbo. If you can’t fly to Venice to see the latter, no worries: “The Other Side of the Wind” will become available around the world on Netflix Nov. 2.