December 3, 2018

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George and Judy Marcus

SF State announces largest gift in its history

SF State President Leslie E. Wong last week announced a $25 million gift from alumni George and Judy Marcus — the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts. This gift, combined with a recent $1.8 million Athletics scholarship fund gift from the couple, represents the largest donation — $26.8 million — in the history of San Francisco State.

“We are extremely grateful for the Marcuses’ generosity and ongoing service and commitment to San Francisco State University,” said Wong. “Their steadfast support has had a profound impact on our students, faculty, staff and programs, and this history-making gift will carry that legacy far into the future.”

The George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts will support student and faculty research across the college, as well as four endowed chairs and major programmatic enhancements in the department of Creative Writing and the school of Cinema. 

George (B.A., ’65) and Judy Otten Marcus (B.A., ’62) are lauded Bay Area civic and business leaders. They met growing up in San Francisco’s Potrero Hill neighborhood and attended SF State, launching a lifetime of personal and professional achievement together.

“San Francisco State helped define our future and it is our hope that this gift will do the same for students and faculty in the College of Liberal and Creative Arts now and for many years to come,” said Judy Marcus.

To learn more about the George and Judy Marcus Funds for Excellence in the Liberal Arts, visit this page.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season graphic

Holiday celebration almost here

Don’t forget: The faculty and staff holiday reception is coming up later this week.

When: 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6
Where: The Seven Hills Conference Center
What: A fun-filled celebration of all the hard work you do for the University

In keeping with an SF State tradition, guests are invited to bring canned goods for donation to individuals and families in need.

Mark your calendar now!

Illustration of 1968 strike used for the Fall 2108 Magazine

Fall/Winter edition of SF State Magazine now online

The latest issue of SF State Magazine takes an in-depth look at an event that changed both the University and higher education across the nation: the student strike on campus 50 years ago. Through interviews with key strike organizers, the magazine’s cover story lays out the history and lasting impact of the protest, which began in November of 1968 and didn’t end until the following March, making it the longest campus strike in U.S. history. Instigated by student groups demanding a more racially sensitive and culturally inclusive curriculum, the strike led to the creation of San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies and similar programs at other American universities.

“The strike at SF State reverberated around the nation so much that it caused university leadership [at other schools] to listen to their students before their students shut them down,” said Kenneth Monteiro, acting director of SF State’s Cesar Chavez Institute and former dean of the College of Ethnic Studies.

The online edition of the magazine provides a detailed chronology of the strike, while a companion feature spotlights the vibrant prints and posters created by activist/artists at the time. Other articles explore efforts by University researchers to study the environmental impact of the state’s widespread wildfires, an eye-opening trip that let a group of students learn about education and community service in South Africa and the usual array of exemplary alumni, including a scientist who’s become one of the nation’s biggest experts on a tiny (but important) subject: ants.

You can find the whole issue online here.

Have any SF State Magazine feedback or suggestions for future stories? Send an email to

CSU extends fall 2019 application period

Due to an overwhelming number of requests, the CSU has extended the fall 2019 priority application deadline from Nov. 30 to 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 15 for all applicants. Students who have previously requested an application extension do not need to take any further action. Students who have experienced direct financial hardship as a result of the fires may also request an application fee waiver by sending an email to More information can be found on the CSU website.

Black Unity Center director campus forums

Black Unity Center director campus forums

The Division of Equity & Community Inclusion is pleased to invite two candidates to campus to discuss their interest in serving as director of SF State’s Black Unity Center. The forums will offer an opportunity for the campus to hear about the candidates’ experience and offer feedback.

  • Forum for Corliss P. Bennett
    Thursday, Dec. 6, 1 – 2 p.m.
    LIB 244
  • Forum for Jeremy C. Kirk
    Monday, Dec. 10, 1 – 2 p.m.
    Towers Conference Center, Richmond Room

For questions or special accommodations please contact the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion at ext. 8-7290 or email Administrative Analyst Maggie De Paz Fernandez at

Reminder for employees not on direct deposit

Human Resources would like to remind all SF State employees who do not have direct deposit as of the November 2018 pay period that Monday, Dec. 31, is a campus closure day and it is also a scheduled payday for the December 2018 pay period. If you would like to pick up your December 2018 paycheck on Monday, Dec. 31, please sign and return the Warrant Release Request Form. Please read the form carefully and return to Human Resources by Monday, Dec. 17. You may submit your signed form through email (scanned to, campus mail, USPS (address below), or walk-in.

Human Resources is located at:

San Francisco State University - Payroll
1600 Holloway Avenue, ADMIN 252
San Francisco, CA 94132

Note: Paychecks will be available at the University Police Department between the hours of 10 and 11:30 a.m. Paychecks will only be released to employees who have submitted a signed release form by the due date and who have a valid picture ID. There will be no exceptions. A map of the UPD location can be found at

If you do not wish to pick up your paycheck on Dec. 31, or if you have not returned the signature form by the due date, you will be able to pick up your paycheck when the campus reopens on Jan. 2, 2019, from your department.

As a friendly reminder, the December pay period is the first payment for the 2019 tax year.

If you have questions regarding live warrant pick-up on Dec. 31, please contact the Payroll Representative for your area or Agnes Cheng, assistant payroll director, at ext. 5-4359 or

The Academic Senate would like to congratulate the newly elected faculty representatives to the Advisory Committee to the Trustees Committee for the Selection of the President (ACTCSP):

  • Robert Keith Collins, Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies
  • Mary Beth Love, Professor and Chair of Health Education

The senate thanks the campus community for its participation in shared governance. More information on the election process and ACTCSP’s tasks is available at

Save the date: An open public forum with the Advisory Committee and the Search Committee will be held on Feb. 5, 2019, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. This will be an opportunity to tell the committees what the campus community is looking for in its next president. Look for more information in a future issue of CampusMemo.

Dean Bunge of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development retires

Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge will be retiring effective summer 2019. Bunge has been with SF State since 1974, receiving both her B.A. and M.A. in developmental psychology from the University and her doctorate degree in clinical psychology from UC Berkeley. Returning to SF State as a psychology lecturer in 1990, she progressed in the academic and administrative ranks, achieving tenure in 1999 and serving as chair of Psychology from 2008 to 2010, associate dean in the College of College of Behavioral and Social Sciences in 2010 and dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development since 2011. Among her many achievements in that role is the creation of a campus-wide program advancing diversity and inclusivity in faculty hiring.

“During her long tenure at San Francisco State, Dean Bunge’s impact has been profound,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit. “Her wisdom and humanity have benefited faculty at every stage of their career, from hiring to retirement, and her commitment to equity and fairness have truly helped make the university a better place. She will be missed deeply.”

A search committee is currently being formed to identify Bunge’s successor. Faculty members interested in serving on the committee (who are not currently in the 2018-19 Faculty Service Pool) should fill out the survey found here by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

Call for applications: GWAR Mentoring Program

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the spring 2019 GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program. The GWAR Mentoring Program is a learning community designed to provide support and an opportunity for growth and development to both new and experienced GWAR faculty. Through regular group meetings with fellow mentors, participating faculty will share ideas and insights, discuss writing pedagogy and learn about best practices in disciplines across campus. Faculty work as a group and in pairs throughout the semester to provide each other support in GWAR course design, effective strategies for teaching writing and assessment of student learning. 

Eligible mentors will have an interest in intradisciplinary writing and will either be teaching a GWAR course in the spring 2019 semester or will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters in the past, with plans to continue teaching GWAR in future semesters. Faculty new to campus and faculty new to teaching GWAR are welcome to apply. 

All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) interested in joining this program for the spring of 2019 are encouraged to apply by Dec. 14. Proposals from teams (mentor pairs) within and across disciplines are highly encouraged. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified at the beginning of January, and the orientation will take place 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Jan. 24, at the SF State Faculty Retreat. Please email if you have any questions. 

Call for proposals: PACE Center for Applied Housing research mini-grants

Public Affairs & Civic Engagement’s (PACE) Center for Applied Housing Research (CAHR) is pleased to announce the availability of two mini-grants ($5,000 each) for the 2018-2019 academic year. These mini-grants are intended to support faculty-student teams working on applied research that will generate new knowledge to address pressing affordable housing issues in California at the state, regional or local level. Faculty who receive these grant awards will be required to submit a working paper (seven to 10 pages) summarizing their project and the key findings and implications for the field. Working papers will be made available on the CAHR website.

Eligibility: Tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as lecturers are eligible to apply. Faculty on sabbatical leave during the application or award period may apply. Faculty participating in the early retirement program (FERP) are not eligible for this grant program.

For award consideration, please submit a one-page letter of interest describing your research project as soon as possible, including: (1) the significance to the affordable housing field; (2) specific goals and methods; and (3) a timeline and chances of successful completion. Please also attach your CV and email your application to Ayse Pamuk ( and Jeremy Hill ( no later than Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Letters of interest will be reviewed on a rolling basis until promising projects are identified. Papers must be completed by Sept. 16, 2019. More information about CAHR and the working papers completed during the first round of the grant cycle can be viewed at

Upcoming CEETL events

Don’t forget to register for one (or several) of CEETL’s upcoming professional development workshops.

Happy Hour Workshop Series: Personalizing Positional Pedagogy: Integrating Transparency, Anti-oppressive Assessment, and Active Learning Practices
Click here for more information and to register for this workshop, led by Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Wei Ming Dariotis, on Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in LIB 242.

Equitable Teaching Series: Inclusive Syllabus
This third workshop of the series will be offered at two times. Click here to register for the workshop on Wednesday, Dec. 5, in LIB 242 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Click here to register for the workshop on Thursday, Dec. 6, in LIB 242 from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Questions? Contact the CEETL team at

Stat CORR presentation, Dec. 3

Assistant Professor of Economics Venoo Kakar will give a Stat CORR presentation titled “Using Google Search Data for Forecasting and Nowcasting Using ‘R’” at noon today in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). Professor Kakar will discuss how to interpret Google search indexes and briefly describe an application of Google search data to an economic forecasting problem using ‘R’ software. Lunch will be served. RSVP to or just drop in.

Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills.

Academic Senate meeting, Dec. 4

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:

  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee — Proposed Revision to the All University Teacher Education Council, #S94-146, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee — Proposed Revision to the Online Education Policy, #S16-246, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee — Proposed Revision of the B.A. in Journalism, Concentration in Print and Online Journalism, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee — Proposed Revision of the B.A. in Journalism: Concentration in Photojournalism, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee — Proposed Resolution in Support of Honoring the City of San Francisco Minimum Wage, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee — Proposed Revision of the B.A. in English: Concentrations in English Education, Linguistics and Literature and Professional Writing and Rhetoric, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee — Proposed Revision of the M.A. in English: Concentrations in Composition, Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee — Proposed Revision of the M.A. in English Literatures, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Resolution on the Selection of Presidents in the California State University System, first reading
  • Discussion: Amy Kilgard, faculty director of the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL), and Maggie Beers, executive director of Academic Technology, on CEETL progress and goals: 3:30 (time certain)

The complete agenda and support documents for the meeting are available online.

Asian American Media Workshop showcase, Dec. 4

The course AAS 588: Asian American Media Workshop will showcase student final projects in its culminating event for fall 2018. Titled “Young Asian Critics: Looking through the Lens of Asian American Experiences,” the program will include student-made short films produced for the class. A short reception will follow the event, which takes place Tuesday, Dec. 4, from 7:30 to 9.30 p.m. in the Coppola Theater (FA 101).

Philosophy talk with Erin Beeghly, Dec. 6

University of Utah Assistant Professor of Philosophy Erin Beeghly will present “Prejudice & Wrongful Stereotyping,” on Thursday, Dec. 6, from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in HUM 384.  During the presentation Beeghly will explore different ways to understand what prejudice is. 

WAC/WID Writing Pedagogy Workshop, Dec. 5

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to a writing pedagogy workshop presented by John Holland and Jolie Goorjian, both lecturers in the Department of English Langauge and Literature. “Grading Without the Grief” will be an informative and thought-provoking session that explores moving away from the traditional approach to grading to a contract system that focuses upon the labor involved in writing. The presenters will discuss this approach, which relies on formative rather than summative assessment, and give participants ideas on how to build a grading contract into their writing classes. The workshop will be Wednesday, Dec. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in ADM 460. There will be time for audience questions and discussion. Lecturer faculty will receive a stipend for participating, and lunch will be served.​

LGBTQ faculty, staff and allies holiday celebration, Dec. 12

Celebrate the holidays with LGBTQ faculty and staff and their allies from around the University. All are welcome. Guests are encouraged to bring a wrapped gift (under $20) to participate in a white elephant gift exchange, but it is not required. Lunch will be provided. RSVP by Dec. 7 to

Academic Technology 2019 Winter Institute, Jan. 8 & 9

Mark your calendars to attend the two-day, in-depth Academic Technology Winter Institute (ATWI) on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 8 and 9 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in LIB 222. The ATWI is designed for those who are new to iLearn or would like to learn more about the wide array of technology tools and services available to instructors. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Click here to register for ATWI 2019

Click here for more information about ATWI.

Monday, Dec. 3

Recital: piano students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Tuesday, Dec. 4

Concert: SF State Athletic Band: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Wednesday, Dec. 5

Global Museum holiday celebration: 11 a.m. in the Global Museum (FA 203)

Recital: piano students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

The Best of Czechoslovak Cinema: Katalin Varga: 6:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theater, Fine Arts building

Concert: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Thursday, Dec. 6

Poetry reading: Kiese Laymon, reading and in conversation with Tongo Eisen-Martin: 1 p.m. in the Poetry Center (HUM 512)

Paralegal Studies information session/open house: 5:30 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Poetry reading: Kiese Laymon and Tongo Eisen-Martin: 7 p.m. at Marcus Books, 3900 Martin Luther King Way, Oakland

SF State Wind Ensemble, Chamber Music and Student Composers Concert: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Pulse: The New Moves Student Choreography Showcase: 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Friday, Dec. 7

Theatre: “Medea” by Euripides: 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Pulse: The New Moves Student Choreography Showcase: 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Saturday, Dec. 8

Theatre: “Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles”: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Theatre: “Medea” by Euripides: 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Pulse: The New Moves Student Choreography Showcase: 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Winter Choral Concert: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Sunday, Dec. 9

Pulse: The New Moves Student Choreography Showcase: 2 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Soe wraps filming on doc

Asian American Studies Associate Professor Valerie Soe traveled to Taiwan over the fall break to finish shooting her documentary “LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN.” While in Taiwan she also gave a presentation about the film at National Chiao Tung University in Hsinchu titled “Transnational Politics on an Intimate Scale: ‘LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN’ Documentary Film.” “LOVE BOAT: TAIWAN” examines a popular summer program that since its inception in the late 1960s has brought hundreds of college-aged Taiwanese Americans to Taiwan. Sponsored by Taiwan’s government, this strange and unique form of diplomacy has given young Taiwanese Americans a look at transnational politics on an intimate scale.

Cohen talks marketing

College of Business Marketing Lecturer Neil Cohen authored a blog post for the website of the IndieBio accelerator, where he is a mentor. The post — “For Ph.D.s, Science Is Easy, Marketing Is Hard” — lays out the basics of marketing for lab-oriented researchers. Cohen also recently did a Facebook Live video streaming event with Parallel 18, a Puerto Rico-based accelerator he also mentors.

Lee presents at China conference

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan Lee travelled to Xiamen, China, last month to present a paper at Xiamen University. The paper — “The Narratives of Zheng He: A Legend Among Old Southeast Asian Chinese and New Fuzhou Migrants in New York” — was presented as part of the Fifth International Conference on Chinese Indonesia Studies held Nov. 24-27.

Chronicle profiles Chai

The San Francisco Chronicle recently profiled Assistant Professor of Creative Writing May-lee Chai. The article explores the racism she faced growing up the child of a mixed-race marriage and the impact that had on her new book “Useful Phrases for Immigrants.” “It’s been very heartening and heartwarming for me to hear back from a number of Chinese American readers, now that it’s been out for a few weeks, who have read it and said that it resonated with them — that the stories … had meaning for them and for the families,” she said.