May 7, 2018

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AT&T Park

Ready to pitch in at AT&T Park?

SF State’s 117th Commencement is less than three weeks away, and volunteers are needed to make it special. Volunteers must:

  • Be available on Thursday, May 24, from 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. at AT&T Park.
  • Receive approval from their supervisor.
  • Attend at least one volunteer information meeting. (At least four orientations will be held the week of May 14-18. Meeting date options will be sent to volunteers as soon as they are confirmed.)
  • Sign up here.

Volunteers are encouraged to take public transportation or carpool. When registering, under “Special Requests” please indicate whether you will need a parking pass. Additionally, many volunteer assignments involve large amounts of walking, standing and prolonged exposure to sunlight. If you require any accommodations in this regard, please make a note under “Do You Require any Accommodations?”

As in previous years, volunteers will be provided with food, beverages, breaks and the most stylish of gold windbreakers to wear during their shifts. As a special thanks, all volunteers will be invited to the post-Commencement celebration to be held on May 31.

Faculty members are also encouraged to take part in the Commencement procession. Faculty will gather and mingle in the Field Club Lounge before the procession begins. Arrive at 4:30 p.m. and enjoy refreshments with your fellow faculty members. The faculty procession will enter AT&T Park along the warning track and will be seated in a VIP section of the stadium. RSVP online by Monday, May 14, to reserve seating. Information about regalia and the ceremony can be found on the Faculty page of the Commencement website.

AT&T Park is accessible by public transportation. Complimentary parking is also available to faculty who request it, and shuttle service will be available to AT&T Park from campus and back. 

Questions? Email the Commencement team at

Guy riding a bicycle

Stop spinning your wheels

Bike to Work Day could be your chance to escape from traffic jams while getting fit in the process. The annual bicycling booster event will be held this year on Thursday, May 10. The San Francisco Bicycle Coalition will host an energizer station for bike commuters at 19th Ave. near the Station Café from 10 a.m. to noon that day. Stop by to get a free tune-up and a goodie bag. Professor Jason Henderson’s geography classes will give presentations on cycling at 11 a.m. in HSS 383 and 2:10 p.m. in HSS 278. And a bike commuter convoy will depart campus at 3:30 p.m. from the HSS building by 19th Avenue. This will be a leisurely ride from campus through the Sunset District and Golden Gate Park that ends at the Civic Center BART station.

Woman with Vote written on her hands

Election season is on the way

Entering election season, it’s a good time to be reminded of the regulations and rules that guide permissible conduct by public institutions and their employees. The Office of Government and Community Relations has it covered on its Election Central webpage, which provides a presentation and links for CSU employees.

Campus road closure May 9

A segment of the road behind the Gymnasium will be closed from 8 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, May 9, to facilitate the pick-up of a crane for a construction project. Traffic to and from Lot 6 (on the east side of the Gym) will be directed by flaggers onto the road on the north side of Cox Stadium.

College of Extended Learning transition and interim dean named

Dean Guido Krickx has entered the Faculty Early Retirement Program (FERP) effective May 1 after leading the College of Extended Learning for the past two years. To ensure a smooth transition for the college, current Associate Dean Angela Lipschuetz has agreed to serve as acting dean effective immediately until June 25, 2018. Lipschuetz served as dean at the University of Phoenix before joining SF State.

Beginning June 26, Alex Hwu will serve as interim dean of the College of Extended Learning for the next two years. Hwu has served as associate vice president for the College of Extended Education and Global Engagement at Humboldt State University. 

“With his valuable experience and forward-looking vision, Alex Hwu will help the College of Extended Learning chart a path toward its future,” said Provost Jennifer Summit. “I am grateful to him for agreeing to serve in this vital leadership position during this transitional period.”

College of Business interim dean named

Yim-Yu Wong, associate dean for the College of Business, has agreed to serve as interim dean of the College of Business for one year beginning June 2018. Wong has been with the College of Business since 1995, serving as chair of the Department of International Business from 2000 to 2003 and 2008 to 2016 and as the College of Business associate dean since 2016. She has also been an active member of the SF State University community, serving as a member of the Strategic Plan Coordinating Committee and co-chair of the College of Business Strategic Planning Task Force in 2015.

“I am grateful to Yim-Yu for agreeing to serve in this critical leadership position. I know that her experience as associate dean and strong dedication to the college’s mission will serve our faculty, staff and students well during this transitional period,” said Provost Summit. 

Reminder: Campus transportation survey closes May 11

Help SF State improve commute patterns and support more sustainable, convenient travel to and from campus by completing a brief online transportation survey. Complete the survey by May 11 and you will be entered in a campus raffle to win one of 70 prizes, including SF State swag, free lunches, or a Fitbit.

One-on-one retirement planning consultations

Are you looking for additional ways to save for retirement? Matthew Case, your dedicated Fidelity retirement planner, will be hosting onsite individual meetings to help you address your questions on Friday, May 18, and Tuesday, July 31. For more information or to sign up for a session, go here.

Open University summer registration

Open University, administered by the College of Extended Learning (CEL), is designed specifically for students who are not currently enrolled at SF State — but who might consider applying after taking a few courses. CEL processes thousands of Open University enrollments each academic year. It is a popular program that helps professionals acquire new skills and provides important access to higher education for the Bay Area community. 

Registration for summer 2018 opened April 24. Here’s why you or someone you know — high school juniors or seniors ready for college-level courses, community college students wishing to graduate sooner or college students looking to improve their GPA — should consider registering:

  • There is no formal admissions process required to attend courses.
  • You can apply up to 24 undergraduate units toward a bachelor’s degree or six graduate units toward a master’s degree at SF State.
  • You can boost your skill sets by learning about the latest industry trends.

Find out more about Open University now.

Reminder: Safe Zone program seeks LGBTQQIA allies

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. The Safe Zone program fosters a secure, welcoming, inclusive campus environment by building a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone allies are active and visible volunteers who are open to talking to members of the LGBTQQIA community in a safe and supportive environment. 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 Wednesday, June 13, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library. A light lunch will be provided. For details or to register, contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 8-7791.

Call for papers and presentations: Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference

The organizers of Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference at San Francisco State University welcome proposals for papers, presentations, panels, roundtables, teach-ins and workshops. The annual event, which explores the past, present and future of constitutional rights and democracy, will be held September 17-18. Proposals should be submitted to by June 25. Individual and group submissions are welcomed. All participants should submit short vita/resumes. Learn more about the conference online.

ASSIST development update

ASSIST, the transfer and articulation database for California's public two-year and four-year institutions, is undergoing a comprehensive renovation and upgrade. The objective is an updated public interface for course articulation and transfer planning, as well as improved storage and distribution of articulation data to key information systems in the segments (California Community Colleges, CSU and UC). The ASSIST Executive Management and Oversight Committee will host one-hour webinars for all interested ASSIST users on May 15, 17 and 21. For additional details about webinar times, content and how to register, visit Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning’s Articulation website or contact Ceci Herrmann at

Child care available for student parents

The Associated Students Early Childhood Education Center is accepting applications for child care as of today. The center’s mission is to help student parents obtain their degrees by providing high-quality care for their young children. Know students who need affordable child care? Tell them to call (415) 338-3897 or email for more information or to set up a tour.

GIS Mapping Tools for Researchers, May 7

A presentation titled “Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Mapping Tools for Researchers: Urban Sustainability Examples” will be held today from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. The presentation will show how GIS mapping techniques are useful for visualizing research data and describe a use case related to sustainability research in urban and suburban settings. For example, GIS mapping can be used for identifying clusters of data related to things like urban farming, which can support sustainable backyard agro-ecosystems and improve life for people and animals.

Lunch will be served. Come any time, early or late. RSVP to

Latinx and LGBTQIAA+ community discussions, May 8 & 9

The Office of Diversity & Student Equity and the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion welcomes your ideas, thoughts and experiences on diversity and equity related to the Latinx and LGBTQIAA+ communities. Your input will guide next steps for building services, resources and facility space for our campus for the upcoming academic year. A Latinx community discussion will be held Tuesday, May 8, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. A discussion focusing on the LGBTQIAA+ community will be held Wednesday, May 9, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Both sessions will be in the Village at Centennial Square, Bldg. C, Suite 140. Refreshments provided. For more information, send an email to

Sophomore and Transfer Student listening sessions, May 9 & 10

The Office of Diversity & Student Equity welcomes sophomore and transfer students to participate in listening sessions designed to facilitate constructive discussion of their experience at SF State and how we can better create a sense of belonging and remove barriers for their success. The expected outcome of this ongoing conversation is to develop a series of next steps for community-informed programs and services for the upcoming academic year. Please encourage students who are sophomores and/or transfers to participate.

The sophomore listening session will be held Wednesday, May 9, from 1:30 to 3 p.m., and the transfer listening session will be Thursday, May 10, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Both sessions will be in Village at Centennial Square, Bldg. C, Suite 140. Refreshments provided. For more information, send an email to

University Budget Committee meeting, May 21

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet on Monday, May 21, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. 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.

Ryan presented with Dear Abby Award

The Group for Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP), a policy think tank for the psychiatry profession, presented Family Acceptance Project Director Caitlin Ryan with the Dear Abby Award at its spring meeting in White Plains, New York. The award recognizes individuals who have made important contributions to the mental health field. At the meeting, longtime GAP collaborator Jeanne Phillips — better known as “Dear Abby” — spoke of Ryan’s “important work and dedication” to helping LGBT youth and their families.

Ruotolo receives Fulbright for year at University of Ghana

Cristina Ruotolo, professor in the School of Humanities and Liberal Studies, has received a Fulbright grant to study and teach for a year at the University of Ghana in the Ghanian city Legon. She will be exploring approaches to American studies in the university classroom as well as the relationship between global and national markets on the production of Ghanaian literature and music.

Collins heads to Belgium for American Indian Workshops

Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins chaired the panel "Arrows of Racism: From Past to Present” at the American Indian Workshops at the University of Ghent in Belgium on April 11. Collins also presented an invited paper on the subject “Narratives of Valor: American Indians and World War I” at the workshops on April 13.

Tigay named award finalist

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Chanan Tigay has been named a finalist for the Sami Rohr Prize for Jewish Literature. Tigay was nominated in the nonfiction category for his book “The Lost Book of Moses.” The winner will receive a $100,000 prize. Tigay’s wife, Molly Antopol, was a Rohr Prize finalist for her 2014 short story collection “The UnAmericans.”

Tsuruta addresses College Language Association conference

Dorothy Tsuruta, professor of Africana Studies, was an invited speaker at the 78th Annual Conference of the College Language Association conference hosted by De Paul University in Chicago April 7. The title of her talk was “Womanish for Girls to Woman, Manish from Boys to Man: in Song and Literature.” At the conference’s Langston Hughes Society luncheon, Tsuruta also figured among the honored guests in a surprise reunion with the featured speaker, the renowned poet Nikky Finney.