March 26, 2018

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Linda Oubre

Linda Oubré tapped for top post at Whittier College

Linda Oubré, dean of the College of Business, has been named president of Whittier College in Southern California. She will depart SF State on June 30.

Oubré was appointed dean of the College of Business in July 2012. Since then, she has raised the college’s profile by expanding connections within the Bay Area’s dynamic business community, especially in technology, new media and hospitality.

Under her leadership the college launched a revamped, highly profitable executive MBA; graduate business programs in hospitality and health care; a master of science degree in business analytics (slated to begin in fall 2018); and a new MBA in biotechnology. These and other initiatives have helped grow the college’s graduate enrollment, revenues, fundraising, and — most importantly — enhanced student success and improved graduation rates.

"Linda’s commitment to the College of Business and its faculty and students truly has been an inspiration," said Interim Provost Jennifer Summit. "I know that all who have had the privilege of working closely with her join me in expressing profound appreciation for her extraordinary leadership and wishing her well as she takes this exciting next step."

An interim dean will soon be named to serve while the University conducts a national search for Oubré’s permanent successor.

Students Jacob Crowell and Elizabeth Siri, nurse practitioner Amber Forster and Assistant Professor Oscar Guerra shoot a training video for UCSF’s 10ICC, Intensive Cardiac Care Unit personnel

Professor snags national awards

Assistant Professor Oscar Guerra scored two major wins recently: Videos he directed for the San Francisco Giants and University of California, San Francisco won national awards from the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts. Winners were selected from more than 1,540 entries from more than 175 colleges and universities.

“Estación de mi Gente,” a profile of San Francisco Giants legend Tito Fuentes, tied for first place in the Short Form Sports Video category. The video, which was made with production assistance from SF State students, aired on NBC Sports Bay Area. Guerra also directed “Open Chest Simulation,” winner of the Award of Excellence in the Educational or Instructional category. Five SF State students worked on the UCSF training video.

Learn more about Guerra’s award-winning videos. 

Persis Karim

Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies director wants to build bridges

Persis Karim has been named the inaugural director of the newly launched Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies. The center, funded by a $5 million gift from Iranian American alumna Neda Nobari and launched last fall, is the first and only one of its kind at an academic institution. 

A professor of world and comparative literature and the daughter of an Iranian immigrant, Karim says the center’s purpose is to educate people about the Iranian diaspora community and Iranian culture through lectures, film screenings and other cultural events. She’s also in the process of launching a number of projects, including collaborating on a documentary about Iranian immigration to the Bay Area; hosting an international conference; creating an archive of the Iranian diaspora; and researching the ambassadorial role of food.

“The work of the center is to create bridges, to facilitate dialogue and to give people tools for understanding how these bigger political and historical events are changing our own country, the United States,” she said. “I want to offer a more human story to a very complicated set of historical circumstances and to draw attention to the richness and the struggle of Iranians who came to the U.S. and are making important contributions to U.S. society.”

Read more about Karim and her plans for the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies.

In Memoriam: Pat Medina

Pat Medina, director of the Paralegal Studies (PLS) Program at the College of Extended Learning, passed away on Friday, March 9. The College of Extended Learning (CEL) mourns her loss as a leader, colleague and friend.

Medina earned her bachelor’s degree from San Francisco State and worked as a school teacher for many years. She entered the paralegal field as a second career and was eventually hired as an instructor in the CEL PLS program; she became its director in 2000. Medina was an ardent champion of the Paralegal Studies Program and a strong advocate for her students. The program grew steadily under her leadership, and she mentored hundreds of students, assuring internship placements that led to many students being offered positions straight out of the program.  Medina worked tirelessly, even in the light of some health setbacks in the past few years. 

The College of Extended Learning and the Paralegal Studies faculty and students honor her many contributions, her generosity and her commitment to student success.  A memorial will be held at the Downtown Campus on Friday, April 20, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Civic & Community Engagement Awards winners announced

The annual Civic & Community Engagement Awards honor students, faculty and community partners whose leadership, service and collaboration strengthen the bonds of engagement that connect the University and the community. This year’s awards ceremony will be held at the Grand Theater in the Mission District on Thursday, April 12, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. The campus community is invited to come celebrate the award recipients and two special honorees: Thomas Ehrlich, who will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award for Civic Engagement & Community Service Learning, and the winner of the new ICCE Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship (named in honor of Gerald “Jerry” Eisman), who will be named the evening of the ceremony.

The award recipients are:

Faculty Award for Excellence in Service-Learning

Lucas Metcalf-Tobin, College of Health & Social Sciences, Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Student Award for Excellence in Service-Learning

Estevan Lopez, College of Business, Master of Arts in Economics

Alondra Corona, College of Health & Social Sciences, major — Child and Adolescent Development

Community Partnership Award for Excellence in Service-Learning

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy & National Park Service

Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement

Kristy Lui, College of Health & Social Sciences, master's candidate — Gerontology

Auranelle Munoz, College of Health & Social Sciences, major — Urban Studies and Planning

SF State Nominee to the Bay Area Jefferson Awards for Public Service

David Matsumoto, Professor of Psychology, College of Science & Engineering

The awards ceremony, which includes dinner, is free. RSVP here to confirm your spot. Space is limited. Reservations close Wednesday, March 28.

Reminder: campus closing and check pick-up instructions

In observance of Cesar Chavez Day, the campus will be closed Friday, March 30, which is also a scheduled pay day for the March pay period. If you do not have direct deposit and would like to pick up your March paycheck that day, follow the instructions in last week’s CampusMemo.

Associate vice president for Academic Resources candidates coming to campus

David Singel, the second of three candidates for associate vice president for Academic Resources, will visit campus on Monday, April 2. Since 2011, Singel has served as associate provost at Montana State University (MSU), where he brings innovation, energy and collaborative leadership to university initiatives in academic affairs. In close partnership with stakeholders across the entire campus, Singel directs a team that has successfully projected enrollment trends, adjusted scheduling, redesigned and allocated instructional space, and distributed financial resources to meet student needs throughout a period of explosive enrollment growth at MSU. His campus presentation will be held in LIB 286 at 2:15 p.m.

The third and final candidate, Douglas Luke, will visit on Thursday, April 5.  He is a seasoned financial administrator in higher education with a professional legacy of dynamic leadership, strategic partnership and life-long learning. He has a passion for serving and contributing to institutions that provide access, equity and social justice and which enable students to achieve their educational goals. Luke is the budget director for Academic Affairs at North Carolina – Asheville. He is responsible for directing and coordinating the budget preparation and long-range financial planning process for departments, programs and academic administrative units under the jurisdiction of the provost. His campus presentation will be held in LIB 286 at 2:30 p.m.

Additional information is available on the Academic Affairs Website.

CoES opens Student Engagement Center

The College of Ethnic Studies (CoES) invites you to the grand opening of its new Student Engagement Center (SEC). Located in EP 117, the SEC offers academic advising for all Ethnic Studies majors and minors as well as for all students taking courses in the college. A grand opening event will take place Wednesday, March 28, from 9 to 10:30 a.m in EP 116. Come celebrate the newly furnished space, mingle with the advisors, learn more about SEC services and grab some coffee and pastries. RSVP online. 

CEETL seeks faculty fellows

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) invites applications for year-long appointments as CEETL faculty fellows beginning in either Fall 2018 or Spring 2019. Faculty fellows will engage faculty on topics that address current problems or issues that affect student success; topics related to equity, social justice and inclusion; and topics related to the University’s strategic plan and mission.

For more information and to apply, please visit

Call for CEETL teaching awards nominations

CEETL announces two new types of awards for Spring 2018. The nomination process is simple and easy to complete. Faculty, staff and students may nominate instructors who have made a difference in students’ lives and learning. Nominations for both awards are due Friday, April 13.

The CEETL-FYE Excellence in Teaching First-Year Students Awards recognize faculty who have made a difference in the lives of first-year SF State students through inspiring student learning and supporting student development and success. Nominations can be submitted here.

The CEETL High Impact Teaching Awards recognize instructors who have made a difference in the lives of SF State undergraduate students through high-impact teaching practices such as using engaging pedagogy, mentoring, collaborating with students on research, guiding peer-to-peer learning, creating pathways for students, connecting students to resources and opportunities and providing exemplary support for students enrolled in 685, 688 or 699, etc. Nominations can be submitted here.

Seats still available for Open Classroom Initiative

Faculty across campus are opening their classrooms to colleagues the week of April 2-7 during CEETL's Open Classroom Initiative. If you've ever wanted to visit a colleague's class for the pleasure of learning (about teaching, about another discipline or about students' experiences), now is the time to sign up

SF State Women’s Coalition opens for business

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 of professional and personal development. The group is open to all campus employees. Ideas for events range from casual gatherings to larger events, such as participation in the April 10 campus-wide “SF State of Women; 2018 Summit.” Interested? Send an email to

Mashouf Wellness Center launches Kids Camp

This summer, the Mashouf Wellness Center will welcome campers from 5 to 11 years old to its’ brand new San Francisco State Kids Camp. The camp’s mission is to provide a safe and high-quality summer experience that engages campers with recreation, field trips and other interactive learning activities. A registration form and more information are available online. Email or call Andrew Hoffer, Kids Camp coordinator, at ext. 5-2874 for more details.

Enrollment opens at Children’s Campus

The Children's Campus at SF State is currently enrolling for the 2018-19 school year. Part-time infant, toddler and preschool openings are available. SF State employees receive priority enrollment and discounted tuition. If you are interested in enrolling a child, email Rosie Schoen or call ext. 5-4011.

Sailing and Paddling Program returns

Each summer, the SF State Sailing and Paddling Program provides sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding safety and activity instruction with a focus on science and environmental education. Offered through Campus Recreation in cooperation with the University Corporation and other partner organizations, the program provides affordable, five-day youth camps. Full scholarships to a three-hour introductory kayaking program for youth from lower income families are available. Programming takes place at Lake Merced and Aquatic Park Cove. More program information and a registration form are available online.

Retention, tenure and promotion workshops coming in April

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 currently in retention review: Tuesday, April 3, 10 to 11:30 a.m., LIB 244
  • Faculty currently in retention review: Wednesday, April 4, 10 to 11:30 a.m. via Zoom
  • 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

RSVP online.

International Transgender Day of Visibility, March 28

International Transgender Day of Visibility (ITDOV) is a day for people to show their support for the trans community by celebrating the accomplishments of trans folks, raising awareness about the challenges trans people face and taking a stand against transphobia around the globe. Please join the SF State campus community in recognizing this important day.

Information and resource tables run by on-campus organizations will be set up in the Cesar Chavez Student Center’s plaza-level lobby from noon to 2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28. And the documentary film “Kumu Hina,” about a trans Hawaiian teacher and activist, will be shown in room T-143 on the Terrace Level of the student center at 12:30 p.m. The events are co-sponsored by the Safe Zone program, the Queer & Trans Resource Center (QTRC), Education & Referral Organization for Sexuality (EROS), the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center, the Women’s Center, Queer Alliance and Equity and Community Inclusion.

In an effort to be gender-inclusive and increase the visibility of the trans community on campus, three all-gender restrooms will be available in the student center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day. The event sponsors are also working together on a larger effort to permanently improve the availability and accessibility of all-gender restrooms across campus.

HerStories in Science event, March 28

SF BUILD and WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) will honor National Women’s History Month with HerStories in Science: Research by Women, for Women. To be held Wednesday, March 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 121, the event will feature presentations by female scientists and discussions about female scholarship. Food will be provided. More details are available online.

University Budget Committee meeting, April 6

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet on Friday, April 6, 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 forum period for interested members of the campus community to speak on budget and funding. 

Tarakji analyzes Florida bridge tragedy

Professor of Civil Engineering Ghassan Tarakji appeared on KTVU’s nightly newscast to discuss potential causes of the deadly pedestrian bridge failure in Florida. Reporter Jana Katsuyama has made the segment available on her Facebook page.

How did McBride do it?

Cinema Professor Joseph McBride, the author of three books on Orson Welles and a cast member of Welles’ long-delayed film “The Other Side of the Wind” (which will finally be released later this year), gave a talk at UC Santa Barbara that has recently been posted on YouTube. The talk focuses on “The Other Side of the Wind” and Welles’ 1966 Shakespeare adaptation “Chimes at Midnight.” McBride also recently received bound galleys of his upcoming book on director Ernst Lubitsch, “How Did Lubitsch Do It?” (Columbia University Press).

Yuck at first bite

Close-ups of ticks from the lab of Assistant Professor of Biology Andrea Swei are part of a KQED feature about the parasites. A related video, “How Ticks Dig In with a Mouth Full of Hooks,” includes footage of crawling, biting and feeding ticks. You can watch it online…if you dare…

All the world’s a stage (including Ben Lomond)

Former SF State student Jocelyn McMahon-Babalis wrote a Patch article about her experience performing in a local production of “Julius Caesar” directed by Professor of Theatre and Dance William Peters. McMahon-Babalis calls Peters “a renowned professor…for his Shakespearean genius” and thanks him for his “vision and confidence.” The production is running at the Mountain Community Theatre in Ben Lomond, California, through April 8.