July 16, 2018

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“Welcome Days” becomes “Gator Fest”

Campus events kicking off the fall semester have been given a new name, but the mission -- helping students get off to a great start at SF State -- remains the same. The “Gator Fest” label will cover a whole month of student-focused engagement, networking, entertainment and learning, beginning with a Gator Fest Open House on Friday, Aug. 24, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Online program submissions are now open for Gator Fest Open House events. The University will be welcoming new students with events throughout the day that connect them with San Francisco State resources, people and opportunities. Colleges and departments may offer an open house and/or a scheduled event such as a faculty-student mixer or lecture, or they can simply have resources available for pick-up. A complete calendar of Gator Fest events will be sent to new students.

Interested in submitting a program? Complete the online Gator Fest event submission form by Wednesday, July 18. For more information, contact First-Year Experience Manager Chris Trudell or First-Year Experience Faculty Director Grace Yoo.

Look for more Gator Fest details in the next issue of CampusMemo.

Cynthia Grutzik

Opening University Convocation to launch academic year

You are cordially invited to attend the Opening University Convocation (formerly the Open Faculty Meeting) at the McKenna Theatre on Thursday, Aug. 23, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Office of the President and the SF State Academic Senate invite all campus employees to attend this new event. Join your SF State colleagues for a celebration of the start of a new academic year, hear from campus leaders about challenges and opportunities in the coming year and meet the University’s new faculty, staff and administrators. The convocation will be live-streamed for those who cannot attend in person and in case McKenna Theatre reaches capacity.

There will be a reception from 9 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. in CA 153, followed by the convocation at 10 a.m. in McKenna Theatre. Refreshments will be served, and informational tables will be set up to help you learn more about activities going on around campus this year. 

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, please visit senate.sfsu.edu/SFStateConvocation.

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Summit joins accrediting agency commission

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit has been appointed a commissioner for Western Association of Schools and Colleges Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).  WSCUC is a regional accrediting agency serving public and private higher education institutions throughout California, Hawaii and the Pacific as well as a limited number of institutions outside the U.S. Summit is one of seven new commissioners who will join 26 existing commissioners. She and the other new commissioners will serve a three-year term.

WSCUC encourages continuous institutional improvement and assures the membership and its constituencies, including the public, that accredited institutions are fulfilling their missions in service to their students and the public good. Click here to learn more about the new WSCUC appointments.

Ethnic Studies linked to higher performance

A University study indicates that passing Ethnic Studies courses is strongly associated with improved performance for students across the campus. Conducted by the Division of Institutional Analytics, the study found that students who enrolled in at least one Ethnic Studies class graduated at a higher rate than students who took no Ethnic Studies classes. In addition, students in other majors who took ethnic studies classes graduate at a much higher rate than peers in their major who did not take Ethnic Studies classes.

The study inspired a recent Inside Higher Ed feature article, which can be read online here.

Anti-Bullying Workgroup wants your feedback

Have you ever experienced bullying while working at SF State? The University’s Anti-Bullying Workgroup would like to hear about your experience so its members can continue to make progress on the work they’re doing.

Click here to participate in the anonymous survey.

This survey is not a forum to formally report experiences of bullying and/or harassment on campus. If you want to talk confidentially about your experience, you can contact University Ombudsperson Christina Sabee at csabee@sfsu.edu. You may also make an official report to Employee and Labor Relations by emailing hrwww@sfsu.edu or calling ext. 8-1872.

University creates protocol office

Nicole Lange has been named executive director of the newly formed Office of University Events & Protocol (OUEP). Lange has been the University’s director of University events since 2014. In her new position, she and her team will have full responsibility and accountability for SF State’s high-profile events. She will also serve as protocol officer for the campus, providing advice and support regarding social and event procedures and etiquette for all University special events. 

College of Business looking for innovative entrepreneurs

The College of Business will launch a new Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fellows Program this September. Only 12 eligible students who are aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators will be selected for the program. Through a series of workshops and events, the student fellows will learn how to turn their ideas into a successful business. The application deadline is Aug. 10. Know a student who’d be right for the program? Send them to cob.sfsu.edu/innovation-fellows for more information.

ITS customer service survey

Information Technology Services (ITS) has created a customer feedback survey that’s designed to assess how it’s meeting the University’s technology needs. Anyone who’s made use of ITS services is encouraged to fill out the survey and let their voice be heard.

Library ends staffed electronic reserves processing

Due to a steady decline in the number of faculty members requesting Library support for scanning articles, book chapters or other materials for their courses as well as in the number of documents and pages submitted, the Library is phasing out the staffed electronic reserves service in the Digital Scholarship Center at the end of Summer Session. During the last two academic years, less than 3 percent of faculty members used this service, with the majority renewing material previously used. In addition, as many as 70 percent of the documents submitted were already in electronic form that faculty members could upload directly to their iLearn sites.

Most faculty members embed links to articles and books available electronically into iLearn, scan and upload their own materials. Scanners are available in the Library and as part of multi-function copiers in departments.

For information on scanning materials, ensuring that scanned materials are accessible and copyright restrictions, see the Library Course Reserves webpage.  For help with scanning documents, contact Library staff in the Digital Media Studio & MakerSpace, Research Commons or Study Commons. For information on how to upload digital materials into iLearn, see this iLearn Support document or contact Academic Technology’s help desk at online@sfsu.edu or ext. 5-5555.

Proposals due for faculty-led study abroad programs

Faculty interested in organizing a faculty-led study abroad (FLSA) program during the 2019 spring break will need to submit a written proposal to the Office of International Programs (OIP) before Sept. 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 SF State curriculum by leading a cohort of students overseas and teaching a course relevant to the country of stay. FLSA programs also allow students to not only experience studying abroad with peers but to also earn SF State credit over the summer, fall, winter and spring breaks through programs designed and taught by SF State professors.

For more information, visit OIP’s FLSA website or contact Jay Ward, associate director of OIP, at ext. 8-1121 or jward@sfsu.edu.

CSU Entertainment Alliance funding class events

The CSU Entertainment Alliance is offering funding for panels, workshops, master classes, seminars and other events that help students and faculty remain connected with current entertainment industry practices. All CSU media- and arts-related departments on all 23 campuses are encouraged to apply. The deadline for applying for projects planned for Sept. 1, 2018, through Aug. 31, 2019, is Aug. 5. Funding criteria and an application form are available online

Children's Campus preschool enrollment space

Children's Campus has a full-time enrollment space available in the Monday through Friday, 4-year-old preschool program. SF State employees receive priority enrollment and discounted tuition. If you are interested in enrolling, please contact Rosie Schoen at ext. 5-4011 or rosebud@sfsu.edu

Fall Academic Technology/CEETL Quickstart Webinars

When classes start in August, it’s a good time to get a refresher or quick introduction to iLearn. Academic Technology/CEETL is offering two iLearn Quickstart webinar opportunities during the first two weeks of classes. This online webinar will orient you to campus course technologies and the basics of using iLearn. Its goal is to inspire you to explore more tools in your iLearn courses to make teaching and learning interactive both in and outside of the classroom.

The webinars will be held on Friday, Aug.24, from noon to 1 p.m. and Tuesday, Sept. 4, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

To receive the sign-on link to access the Aug. 24 webinar, register here.

To receive the sign-on link to access the Sept. 4 webinar, register here.

For more information, email iteach@sfsu.edu  or call ext. 5-5550.  

Academic Technology/CEETL Zoom Webinars

Academic Technology/CEETL will also offer two webinars during the first two weeks of classes to help faculty learn more about the many ways Zoom fosters communication and collaboration. Join one of the Zoom webinars to learn about SF State’s online video conferencing platform. These webinars will cover what video conferencing is, how you and your students can access it, and ideas on how you might use Zoom to engage students, bring in guest speakers, collaborate with colleagues and more! Learn about Zoom while gaining hands-on experience with the platform.     

To receive the sign-on link to access the Aug. 31 webinar, register here.

To receive the sign-on link to access the Sept. 6 webinar, register here.

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

Visit SFSU.zoom.us  for more information about Zoom Web Conferencing. 

University Budget Committee, July 27

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet on Friday, July 27, from 10 a.m. to noon in ADM 560. The UBC is charged with providing the University president with advice and recommendations related to budget policy, planning and review. UBC meetings are open to the public. There will be a 10-minute open forum period for interested members of the campus community to speak on budget and funding.

Women's Coalition lunch meeting, Aug. 1

The next SF State Women's Coalition meeting will be held Wednesday, Aug. 1, in LIB 286 from noon to 1 p.m. Bring your lunch if you like, meet new colleagues, network, connect and empower our community. Contact to get on the distribution list: women@sfsu.edu

Grants & Contracts

SF State received $1,322,998 in grants and contacts in June.

  • David Anderson, Marian Wright Edelman Institution, Mimi and Peter Hass Fund, Haas - Early Childhood Educator Success Fund, $125,000
  • Gretchen Lebuhn, Biology, the Presidio Trust, Diversity of Herbivorous and Pollinating Insects, $31,888
  • Leora Nanus, Geography & Environment, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Clean Air Partnership within the Greater Yellowstone Area, $19,862
  • Rori Rohlfs, Biology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, The Role of Whole Genome Duplication in Vertebrate Adaptation, $42,000
  • Scott Roy, Biology, National Science Foundation, CAREER: Comparative Genomics to Reveal Form, Function and Mechanism of Splicing, $837,252
  • Jennifer Shea, Public Administration, City & County of San Francisco Office of Economic & Workforce Development, Nonprofit Sector Study, $44,000
  • Lori Beth Way, Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning, San Francisco Public Health Foundation, Implementation of the Neighborhood Resilience Initiative: Empowered Communities Program, $28,000
  • Lori Beth Way, Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning, Trustees of the California State University/Prime: Stupski Foundation, CSU Student Success Analytics Certificate Program, $119,996
  • Jessica Wolin, Health Education, County of San Mateo Health System, Evaluation of Children's Success Project, $75,000

In memoriam: Don Howard

College of Extended Learning (CEL) staff member Don Howard passed away on May 13. The College mourns the loss of a colleague and friend.

Howard worked at CEL for over 20 years, nimbly helping students register for a variety of classes. He was a calm and welcoming presence at the CEL enrollment counter. Originally from Indiana, he received a master’s in educational counseling from Purdue University. Prior to his arrival at SF State, he worked in a variety of higher education settings as well as at newspapers and other private companies.

Howard loved college basketball and had a lifelong interest in politics. His co-workers remember him for his quiet humor and his allegiance to all things San Francisco. He was pleased to be able to contribute to the life of the city via his employment at SF State.

A memorial for Howard was held at CEL on June 27.

Professor lands Air Force Research Lab award

Hao Jiang and his students in the School of Engineering have recently been funded by the Air Force Research Lab to design an innovative analog circuit system for a future generation neural-network computing processor that embeds with state-of-the-art nano devices. The bio-inspired neural-networks are the heart of promising artificial intelligence (AI) technology. A high-efficiency, low-power and small size neural-network computing processor, which Jiang and his students have been working on, could enable large-scale ubiquitous deployment of AI technology. The award is for $157,000 for three years.

Creature featured

Department of Comparative and World Literature/Department of English Professor Emerita Ellen Peel was a panelist on the June 14 broadcast of KQED’s “Forum.” Hosted by Department of English Professor Michael Krasny, the show tackled the topic “‘Frankenstein’ 200 Years Later: The Creature and Its Creator.”

Peper touts biofeedback benefits

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper gave two invited presentations for the Taiwan Association of Biofeedback and Neurofeedback June 9 and 10. The presentations — “Body-Mind Approach to Enhance Health with Biofeedback” and “Biofeedback, Posture Feedback, Somatic Feedback and Cognitive Change to Reduce Stress and Pain” — were given at Taiwan’s Kaohsiung Medical University and National Chengchi University.

College of Business contingent at Copenhagen consortium

Professor Tom Thomas, chair of the Management Department, along with Assistant Professors Ian Dunham and Oscar Stewart, attended the Aspen Institute Business & Society’s Undergraduate Consortium held June 17-20 in Copenhagen, Denmark. The Aspen Undergraduate Consortium brings together some of the world’s leading expert business faculty and deans to share ideas and teaching practices, inspiring them to innovate in the classroom. SF State’s College of Business is one of just a few U.S. business schools who are members of this highly respected organization.

Book report, part 1

Elizabeth Brown, director of the School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement, is the co-author of an upcoming book exploring race, policing and imprisonment in the United States. “Race and Crime: Geographies of Injustice” will be published in September by the University of California Press.

Book report, part 2

The newest book from Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride racked up a number of rave reviews this summer. The Wall Street Journal praised “How Did Lubitsch Do It?” (which examines the life and career of director Ernst Lubitsch) for its detail and depth, while The New York Review of Books called it an “excellent, authoritative book.” McBride also reports that “The Other Side of the Wind,” the heretofore unfinished Orson Welles film in which he appears as an actor, has been completed and will soon be given a public release.