March 12, 2018

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Students and parents attending Sneak Preview

An SOS from SOS

Student Outreach Services (SOS) is looking for more volunteers for Sneak Preview, the annual University-wide open house for students admitted to SF State. This year's Sneak Preview will be held Saturday, April 7, and SOS needs volunteers to work between 6:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. that day, with the bulk of the volunteers needed between 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. If 6:30 a.m. sounds too early, SOS will open your eyes with a complimentary continental breakfast and coffee for volunteers starting then. All volunteers will receive a free T-shirt and a burrito from Taqueria Girasol.

The biggest Sneak Preview year ever drew 15,000 visitors to campus. SOS is expecting that many or more this year if it doesn't rain, so there has never been a greater need for volunteer support. Volunteers will be assigned roles varying from assisting guests with questions, providing directions or helping out at welcome tents. Everyone will be assigned a role with which they feel comfortable.

Ready to volunteer? Sign up online. (Note: If your department has already assigned you to a duty during Sneak Preview, you don't need to register as a volunteer.)

Know any student workers who might be interested in volunteering? They can sign up online, as well.

SOS has added a new webpage for Sneak Preview updates. Check for staff and student volunteer registration links, table reservations, workshop request forms and a review of Sneak Preview 2017. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to Tony Flores or Valerie Grace Amoin or call SOS at ext. 8-2355.

A new buoy floating just offshore of the Estuary and Ocean Science Center represents the first effort to conduct long-term monitoring of acidification in the Bay

SF State scientists keep an eye on the Bay

Visitors to the Tiburon shoreline may notice a new addition to the seascape — a five-foot tall, bright yellow buoy anchored just offshore San Francisco State University’s Estuary and Ocean Science (EOS) Center. The Bay Ocean Buoy (BOB) and its companion mooring for Marine Acidification Research Inquiry (MARI) bring together researchers at SF State, the University of California, Davis and several other partner organizations and funders. It represents the first effort to perform long-term scientific monitoring of ocean acidity and carbon dioxide in the waters of the Bay.

“By monitoring the carbon chemistry of the San Francisco Bay, we will learn how global climate change and changing ocean chemistry are interacting with local habitat restoration and conservation efforts,” says SF State Professor of Biology and Director of the EOS Center Karina Nielsen. “It will enable us to recognize the most promising management solutions and make better investments to promote the environmental health of the Bay, benefiting both people and wildlife.”

The project is funded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency through the San Francisco Estuary Partnership and by the Central and Northern California Ocean Observing System (CeNCOOS), a regional association of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System. The Carbon Group at NOAA’s Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory also contributed time and expertise.

Click here to learn more about BOB and MARI.

Kids gathering around a globe

Legendary activist coming to campus

The Marian Wright Edelman Institute for the Study of Children, Youth and Families is marking its 20th anniversary with a reception featuring Marian Wright Edelman herself — and you're invited. Wright Edelman will be on hand for a reception and presentation celebrating the anniversary of the institute, which brings together scholars and students to address the ever-changing needs of young people, families and communities. The celebration will be held Wednesday, March 28, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Student Life Event Center (Annex 1). Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served from 5:30 to 6:30, and the official program begins at 6:30.

The campus community is welcomed to mingle during the reception, learn about the Institute's history and exciting new initiatives and hear Wright Edelman's thoughts on improving early care and education for our most vulnerable children. Tickets are complimentary, but an RSVP is requested. Register online.

CampusMemo email issues

Do you know of an SF State staff or faculty member who has stopped receiving CampusMemo and other campus-wide email messages recently? Let us know by sending a message to

Campus-wide Social Media Directory available

There's a lot going on at SF State. Want to find out more about the University's ocean research, cheer on one of our sports teams or catch the next Gospel Gators concert? Check out the new Social Media Directory for current status updates on all of these programs and much, much more.

Created to help bring the SF State community closer together, attract prospective students to the University's outstanding programs and keep alumni engaged with what's happening on campus, the Social Media Directory is a central hub for connecting with departments, programs and student organizations. Show off your SF State pride by snapping, posting or tweeting about our University community today!

Spring 2018 Academic Senate election

The nomination period for the 2018 Academic Senate elections is now open. All SF State faculty and staff members are invited to make their voices heard and nominate themselves or their colleagues for these important positions.

To learn more about the open positions and the nominations process, take a moment to review the information below. If you would like to submit a nomination for yourself or someone else, please do so by April 2 to ensure inclusion on the ballot.

Additional committee information is available online. Any questions can be directed to the Office of the Academic Senate at ext. 8-1264 or

Discontinuance proposal announced

Per Academic Senate Policy S12-177, the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) is required to inform the campus community of the following discontinuance proposal two weeks before Senate action. Any party interested in filing a response should send an email to Discontinuance has been proposed for:

  • Master of Business Administration: Concentration in Sustainable Business

Campus Solutions/Human Capital Management split

The Campus Solutions (CS) 9.2 Upgrade & Split, a project mandated by the CSU Chancellor's Office, allows SF State to continue using CS (i.e., the CSU student information system), which will no longer run with Oracle support after December 2019. The required CS upgrade to version 9.2 is only available as a stand-alone platform. The upgrade will take place from March 15 through 18.

The CS upgrade to 9.2, combined with the recent move of our infrastructure to the Santa Clara CMS Data Center, gives SF State the technological tools to deliver better computing solutions to the campus. Any application that accesses PeopleSoft Campus Solutions and Human Resources directly will not be functional during the March 15-18 transition. Some applications will be completely offline (PeopleSoft); those applications that receive batch files from PeopleSoft, depending on the application, will remain functional but will not reflect any new data during the downtime. Additional information is available online.

New "CEL 101" information sheet available

Were you aware that the College of Extended Learning (CEL) expands access to SF State and enrolls thousands of students who would not otherwise be able to take advantage of University resources? To clarify CEL's vital role within Academic Affairs and to help demystify CEL operations, a group of five SF State staff members from across the University and a student assistant have prepared a “CEL 101” information sheet that provides an overview of the college. Among the questions the one-sheet answers:

  • What programs does CEL administer?
  • What kinds of classes does CEL offer?
  • What is the financial impact of CEL's revenue allocations on the partner colleges?

The webpage for the one-sheet also showcases CEL's latest annual report, which provides more detail. The fact sheet will also be distributed in hard copy throughout the campus.

Many of CEL's programs are geared to help students reach the next steps in a career path or a career change, with or without a bachelor's degree. You may even find a class that inspires you.

Questions? Contact Julie Briden to learn more.

Reminder: Safe Zone allies needed

SF State's Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for the campus LGBTQQIA (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning, Intersex and Ally) community. To become a Safe Zone ally, volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that are offered throughout the year. The next training will be held Friday, April 27, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library. Want to sign up for the training and become an ally? Contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 8-7791.

Academic Senate report and agenda

The Academic Senate met last Tuesday in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Among the meeting highlights:

  • The senate heard a report from Chair Nancy Gerber that included discussion of the recent school shooting in Florida; a faculty, student and staff walk out; and what senators have done to promote equity, inclusion and social justice.
  • The senate approved recommendations from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee on a proposed B.S. in Apparel Design and Merchandising: Concentration in Design and a proposed B.S. in Apparel Design and Merchandising: Concentration in Merchandising.
  • The senate discussed a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee on a proposed student field trip policy.
  • The senate discussed a recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee on a proposed revision to the administrative search policy.
  • The senate discussed a recommendation from the Executive Committee on a resolution in support of the application of social justice principles in University-owned rental units.
  • The senate discussed a recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee on a resolution in support of the role of the SF-Marin Food Bank in addressing food insecurity at SF State.
  • The senate discussed a recommendation from the Curriculum Review Committee on a resolution in support of the Experimental College.

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

Safe Spring Break, March 13

A Safe Spring Break event, hosted by Health Promotion & Wellness in collaboration with Residential Life, will be held Tuesday, March 13, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the West Campus Green. The event will focus on mitigating risky behaviors for students during break. Educational activities will focus on alcohol and other drug safety, sexual health, sexual violence prevention, men's health, mental health, nutrition, driving safety and sun safety. Invite your students to stop by for the educational lawn games, music and therapy animals or just to snag one of the free tacos (available for the first 100 people).

"Preventing Plagiarism" workshop, March 14

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the first event in the Writing Pedagogy Workshop series this semester, "Preventing Plagiarism: Techniques for Teaching Paraphrasing as a Practical and Analytical Skill." Presented by Jen Reck, faculty member in the Departments of Sociology and Sexuality Studies and CEETL lecturer faculty fellow, the workshop will explore methods for teaching students how to use paraphrasing both to avoid plagiarism and to take ownership of their own language and ideas. Reck will describe two models of teaching paraphrasing skills, both of which can help improve students' writing skills and help them avoid plagiarism.

The workshop will be held Wednesday, March 14, from noon to 1 p.m. in BUS 202. Lecturers will be paid for participating, and refreshments will be served. Please contact Juliana van Olphen or Jennifer Swanson with any questions. No RSVPs are necessary.

REAL (Race, Equity and Learning in Higher Ed) workshop series, beginning March 29

The Center for Equity & Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CEETL) invites the campus community to participate in a new series of workshops intended to foster courageous conversations about teaching and learning in relation to race and equity. The intention is to bring colleagues together to learn from each other and foster a learning community.

The REAL (Race, Equity and Learning in Higher Ed) workshops will focus on specific topics in the book "Race, Equity, and the Learning Environment: The Global Relevance of Critical Inclusive Pedagogies in Higher Education," which will be distributed at the first session. Topics may include critical and inclusive pedagogy, pursuing equity through diversity, campus racial climate, and the experiences of students of color. The REAL workshops will be held on these dates:

  • March 29, noon to 1:30 p.m., LIB 242
  • April 5, noon to 1:30 p.m., LIB 242
  • April 19, noon to 1:30 p.m., LIB 242
  • April 26, noon to 1:30 p.m., LIB 242

Civil discussions on campus are vital even if they cross cultural, racial and political lines. To achieve greater equity, inclusion and social justice, faculty need resources and classroom strategies to begin talking about race, racism, inequality and privilege. These workshops will do just that. Register online.

SF State of Women; 2018 Summit, April 10

The SF State of Women; 2018 Summit will be held on Tuesday, April 10. This year’s theme summit, which has the theme “Stronger Together,” will feature a leadership lunch panel with University vice presidents and deans, all accomplished women who will talk about their path to leadership and lessons learned along the way. Event workshops will feature women from the campus community covering topics such as “Building Diversity in Leadership,” “First Gen Womxn of Color Experiences,” “Change Management” and more. The closing panel of community leaders will share how they put their passion into action. This event is free for campus staff/faculty with registration, which opens next week. Please email with any questions.

Grants and contracts

SF State received $3,862,220 in grants and contracts in January and February 2018.

  • Katharyn Boyer, Biology, State Coastal Conservancy/The Buck Family Fund of Marin Community Foundation, New Life for Eroding Shorelines, $200,000
  • Matthew Ferner, Estuary & Ocean Science Center, Smithsonian Institution/Prime: State Coastal Conservancy/The Buck Family Fund of Marin Community Foundation, Community Bay Research for Living Shorelines Design, $21,728
  • Wendell Hanna, School of Music, California State University, San Marcos Corporation/Prime: California State University, Institute for Palliative Care, Somatic Movement with Music Protocol Development and Implementation for Seniors in Hospice Care, $5,000
  • Ellen Hines, Geography & Environment, University of California, San Diego, California Sea Grant College Program, Science Communication Training with COMPASS for the Romberg Tiburon Center, $5,000
  • Sarah Holley, Psychology, University of California, San Francisco/Prime: National Institutes of Health, Neurobiological Basis of Emotion Regulation Trajectories in Early Alzheimer's Disease, $69,904
  • Eric Hsu, Mathematics, University of California, San Francisco/Prime: Oakcare Medical Group, Neighborhood Health and Well-being, $6,500
  • Hamid Mahomoodi, Engineering, George Mason University/Prime: Air Force Research Laboratory, Logical Vanishability through Hybrid STT LUT Technology to Prevent Reverse Engineering, $200,000
  • Sepideh Modrek, Economics, Stanford University/Prime: National Institutes of Health, Disease, Disability and Death in an Aging Workforce, $30,235
  • Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh, Health Education, National Institutes of Health, Population-level interventions and community environment effects on child obesity disparities, $3,263,853
  • Connie Ulasewicz, Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel, City & County of San Francisco, Fabric & Clothing Exchange (FABCO-EX), $60,000

More high marks for Marks

For the second year running, College of Business Professor of Leadership Mitchell Lee Marks has been named one of the "World's Top 30 Organizational Culture Professionals" by the website Global Gurus. His listing describes him as "internationally recognized for designing and implementing human, cultural and organizational approaches to achieving desired financial, strategic, and business results during transition."

The "Wonder"-full world of Dunye

Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye will adapt and direct a film version of Jason Mott's novel "The Wonder of All Things," it was announced this week. The book follows a teenager who discovers supernatural powers after saving the life of a friend following a plane crash. Dunye is also hoping to direct a feature-length version of her short film "Black Is Blue."

Owens Viani's fine feathered friends

Strategic Marketing and Communications News Writer Lisa Owens Viani was profiled on after being inducted into the Owl Hall of Fame last weekend. Owens Viani is the founder of the group Raptors Are the Solution (RATS), which educates people about the important role birds of prey play in urban and wild environments and the danger rat poison poses to raptor populations. "We need to let these animals do their job in the ecosystem," Owens Viani said. "This is what they are designed to do. They will help us if we don't poison them."

Bernardi wants lights, camera, action for Latino actors

Professor of Cinema Daniel Bernardi was quoted in an NBC News piece exploring the lack of strong roles for Latino actors. According to Bernardi, those who want change can't keep waiting for it: They need to take action. "To ensure Hollywood makes more films that show the diversity of the Latino community, civil rights advocates need to boycott and protest," he said. "In the age of Trump and attacks on all folk of color and women, we need to peacefully assemble in ways that are disruptive to the flow of tradition."

Dudley on the latest social media mania: making threats

Lecturer in Criminal Justice and retired SFPD Deputy Chief Jim Dudley spoke to the San Jose Mercury News about a rash of threatening social media posts directed against Bay Area schools. In the age of Snapchat, Instagram and Twitter, police agencies and educators have to assess potential threats more quickly — and in far greater numbers — than ever before. "The grayest part is what's not reported to police but posted on social media. People are going to see any little thing and call police, who are getting inundated with tips," Dudley said. "You don't have the capacity to send someone to every one of those. Someone has to screen and triage them to figure out what's nothing, what's of concern and what seems to be an immediate or high risk."