October 15, 2018

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Two student volunteers weigh clothing donated by other students, faculty and staff at a Wear Movement takeback event on campus.

Project finds new hope in old clothes 

With a $60,000 grant from the San Francisco Department of the Environment, Professor of Apparel Design & Merchandising Connie Ulasewicz and former instructor Gail Baugh founded the Wear Movement, a project dedicated to easing the strain on the environment by extending the lifecycle of clothing. Ulasewicz, Baugh, Family Interiors Nutrition & Apparel students and student interns from other classes run a weekly pop-up event to collect used, well-loved clothing. Donors rack up “wear bucks” they can use to buy clothes donated by others. 

Because most used clothing ends up in landfills, the project helps the City of San Francisco meet its goal of reduced disposal (landfill and incineration) by 50 percent by 2030. Recycling and reusing clothing also reduces the emissions associated with the production of new clothes, which has a huge environmental impact. According to Baugh and Ulasewicz, the textile and clothing industry’s production and consumption patterns are responsible for 25 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. 

“It takes 700 gallons of water to make one T-shirt: to grow the cotton, clean it, spin the yarn, dye it ... There’s all of that, and then you wear it five times and it sits in the closet and gets used for rags,” said Ulasewicz. “We can’t do that anymore.” 

Got old clothes you want to trade in for a brighter future? The Wear Movement’s pop-up shop can be found on the first floor of the Cesar Chavez Student Union every Wednesday between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.


Kids lining up for food, depression era

Professor receives $2.5 million for New Deal study

Assistant Professor of Economics Sepideh Modrek and Stanford University Assistant Professor of Medicine David Rehkopf are launching a major new effort to study the lingering effects of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s New Deal. With support from a $2.5 million five-year grant from the National Institute on Aging, a division of the National Institutes of Health, they’ll study health outcomes for children whose parents benefited from New Deal programs.

As unemployment and poverty gripped the country during the Depression, parents who secured jobs through New Deal programs or lived in towns with substantial New Deal investments would have had more resources for their households, Modrek says. Over the next few years, Modrek, Rehkopf and student researchers from SF State and Stanford will comb through four different sources of data, including the 1940s U.S. Census. They’ll compare current health data to what people’s lives were like in childhood. The final results of their study won’t be available until 2023, but the discovery of a noticeable change in people’s health could have implications for future policy decisions.

“During the last recession there was quite an active debate over whether there should be direct federal employment programs like the New Deal. The Obama administration ultimately decided not to go this route, saying it would be both politically and financially costly,” she said. “Had they had evidence that there would be long-term ramifications for a generation of kids born during that period, their decision-making process may have been different.”


Wishing you a wonderful holiday season

Date set for winter celebration

President and Mrs. Wong invite you to join them for the annual Faculty & Staff Holiday Reception. This year’s celebration has been scheduled for 2 to 5 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center on Thursday, Dec. 6. Mark your calendar now!


Learn not to burn: Fire extinguisher trainings

During the recent Campus Safety Week, the Environment, Health, & Safety (EHS) department trained 206 employees and students in the hands-on use of a fire extinguisher to put out a live fire. Though Campus Safety Week is behind us, the safety preparation continues: EHS can provide group training on fire extinguisher use upon request. Contact Jeff Madigan at ext. 8-1419 or jmadigan@sfsu.edu for details.


Call for nominations: Exceptional Assigned Time Awards

Article 20.37 of the current Collective Bargaining Agreement for the CSU provides a limited pool of funds to be awarded to faculty employees who are engaged in exceptional levels of service that support the CSU's priorities. Faculty members will receive an email inviting them to nominate themselves or other eligible members. If nominating someone, please include a statement to the effect that the faculty member is not already receiving assigned time for the same general category of supported activity during academic year (AY) 2018-19. Senate policy S18-271 is on the Senate website and includes details on eligibility, supported activities, review criteria and process.

Awards for AY 2019-20 will be announced at the start of the spring semester. All nominations must be received by the Academic Senate office in ADM 551 no later than 5 p.m., Friday, Nov. 9.


Deadline nears for study abroad proposals

Faculty interested in organizing a faculty-led study abroad (FLSA) program during the 2019 summer break must submit a written proposal to the Office of International Programs (OIP) before Thursday, Nov. 1. FLSA programs provide an opportunity for SF State faculty to lead a cohort of students overseas and teach an SF State course relevant to the country of stay. Students not only experience studying abroad with fellow Gators but also earn SF State credit over the summer, fall, winter and spring breaks. For more information, visit OIP’s FLSA website or contact Jay Ward, associate director of OIP at ext. 8-1121 or jward@sfsu.edu


Kid’s Camp seeks summer camp student manager

San Francisco State Kid’s Camp (SFSKC) is hiring a summer camp student manager. Please encourage any student leaders who are looking for an amazing programmatic manager position to apply. The deadline for applications is Friday, Oct. 19. More details on the position and other openings can be found at campusrec.sfsu.edu/employment.


Academic Senate meeting, Oct. 16

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 Curriculum Review and Approval Committee — Certificate in Historical Research (Honors), second reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee — Revision of #S17-277, Standardized Time Blocks for Use in Course Scheduling Policy, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council — Proposed Discontinuance of the Bachelor of Arts in English: Concentration in Individual Major, first reading
  • Information Item from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee — Definitions of Substantive vs. Non-Substantive Curricular Changes

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


Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium livestream viewing, Oct. 17 and 18

Graduation Initiative 2025 is the California State University’s (CSU) ambitious initiative to increase graduation rates for all CSU students while eliminating opportunity and achievement gaps. The Office of the CSU Chancellor will host a Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium Oct. 18 and 19 in San Diego to bring together higher education leaders and practitioners from across the state and the nation. CEETL and Academic Technology invite faculty and staff to join them for the following livestreamed sessions from the symposium, which will be screened in LIB 242.

  • Wednesday, Oct 17, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.  
    Keynote Address from Georgia State University Senior Vice President for Student Success Timothy M. Renick: “Creating a Student-Centered University through Data and Analytics” 
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, from 9 to 10 a.m. 
    Breakout Session: “Actually Achieving Equity”
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, from 10:15 to 11:15 a.m. 
    Breakout Session: “Five Things Students Want Faculty and Administrators to Know about Student Success”
  • Thursday, Oct. 18, from noon to 12:45 p.m. 
    Keynote Address from Jamienne S. Studley, president and CEO of the WASC Senior College and University Commission: “True Student Success: An Expansive Notion of Quality, Completion and Outcomes”

Email iteach@sfsu.edu for more information.


2018 Great Shakeout, Oct. 18

The annual Great California ShakeOut earthquake drill will take place on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m. on the Quad. Come and participate in this year’s “drop-cover-hold on” drill. The Office of Emergency Management will be on hand to provide information about earthquake preparedness from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.


Superfest International Disability Film Festival, Oct. 20 and 21

This year’s Superfest International Disability Film Festival kicks off with screenings this Saturday at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life in Berkeley. The festival continues the next day with more screenings at San Francisco’s Contemporary Jewish Museum. Co-hosted by SF State’s Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired, Superfest is the longest-running disability film festival in the world. Learn more about this year’s festival at www.superfestfilm.com.


I Stand With Immigrants Day of Action, Oct. 23

The Dream Resource Center invites the campus community to its second annual I Stand With Immigrants Day of Action event Tuesday, October 23, from noon to 2 p.m. in Malcolm X Plaza. With support from an ICCE Service Grant, the bipartisan political reform organization FWD.US and the student group Improving Dreams, Equity, Access, and Success (I.D.E.A.S.), the two-hour event will showcase on-campus organizations that are actively supporting immigrants while providing the community an opportunity to show its support, as well. A limited amount of I Stand With Immigrants T-Shirts will be given away again this year; the shirts can also be purchased in advance onlineRead more about the national I Stand With Immigrants Day of Action.


Lesson Planning for Student Success, Oct. 23 and 24

CEETL’s Equitable Teaching Series will explore foundational teaching approaches that foster equity and inclusivity in support of student success. The first workshop, Lesson Planning for Student Success, will be offered Tuesday, Oct. 23, and Wednesday, Oct. 24, in LIB 242 from noon to 1:30 p.m. Participants will: 

  • Explore lesson planning approaches that support student success
  • Identify the three stages of backward design
  • Create a lesson plan using a backward design template

Bring your own lunch — CEETL will provide dessert and beverages.

This workshop will be offered twice during October and by departmental request.

Please register here to reserve your space for the Tuesday, Oct. 23 workshop.

Please register here to reserve your space for the Wednesday, Oct. 24 workshop.

Questions?  Contact the CEETL team at ceetl@sfsu.edu.


Student Health Center open house, Oct. 24

The Student Health Center will host its annual open house on Wednesday, Oct. 24, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Student Health Services invites the campus community to drop in to learn about the services it offers to Gators.


Open University Convocation, Aug. 22, 2019

The Open University Convocation for the 2019-2020 Academic Year will be held on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019 from 9 a.m. to noon. Please be on the lookout for more information as it becomes available.

Monday, Oct. 15

Recital: Chia-Yu Chang, piano: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

VITA information session: 5 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall


Tuesday, Oct. 16

Recital: Christine Brandes and Eric Moe: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building


Wednesday, Oct. 17

Budget Town Hall: 11:30 a.m. in LIB 121

Budget Town Hall: 1 p.m. in LIB 121

Lecture: “Inside Nicaragua: Marking History, Making History”: 1 p.m. in FA 525

The Best of Czechoslovak Cinema: “Valley of the Bees”: 6:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building


Thursday, Oct. 18

Tour of the Global Museum: 10:30 a.m. in FA 203

Budget Town Hall: noon in the Seven Hills Conference Center

Budget Town Hall: 1:30 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center

Affordable Housing Policy Panel: 4:15 p.m. in LIB 121


Friday, Oct. 19

Men’s soccer: 12:30 p.m. at Cox Stadium

Women’s soccer: 3 p.m. at Cox Stadium

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program: Grant Writing Course: 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus


Saturday, Oct. 20

Archaeology Day: 11 a.m. in the Garden of Remembrance

Superfest: The International Disability Film Festival: 2 p.m. at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley


Sunday, Oct. 21

Men’s soccer: 11:30 p.m. at Cox Stadium

Superfest: The International Disability Film Festival: 1 p.m. at the Contemporary Jewish Museum, 736 Mission Street, San Francisco

Women’s soccer: 2 p.m. at Cox Stadium

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble and the U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West: 2 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Cushing lands fellowship

Department of Health Education Assistant Professor Lara Cushing has been awarded a fellowship through a prestigious Harvard University program. The JPB Environmental Health Fellowship Program supports environmental health scholars who are committed to addressing health disparities in disadvantaged communities. With support from the JPB Foundation, the program offers fellowships to faculty or research scientists at an early career stage at institutions across the U.S.


Kakar talks Airbnb/NAACP team-up

Assistant Professor of Economics Venoo Kakar spoke with NBC Bay Area about the new Airbnb and NAACP partnership in San Francisco and Oakland. Kakar’s work on Airbnb in San Francisco has addressed racial discrimination in the online marketplace. Kakar says this partnership is a step in the right direction: Promoting diversity will lead to inclusivity. Watch the full report online.


Smith discusses death on death row

Associate Professor of Psychology Amy Smith was quoted in a recent Associated Press article about the killing of a condemned inmate in San Quentin State Prison by another inmate. Smith noted how rare such a killing is. “Folks who are on ‘the row’ generally have the lowest levels of prison violence, even though it would seem that they might do anything because they have the worst penalty,” she said. “In fact, they actually have very, very low incidences of violence in prison.” The article was published in more than 300 news outlets.


Art you can really dig

Assistant Professor of Art Ilana Crispi’s exhibition “Mission Dirt Project” is on display through Nov. 3 at the Great Highway, a fine art gallery in the Outer Sunset District. The exhibit includes ceramics made from dirt Crispi dug from beneath her Mission District apartment building. Learn more online.


New book for Caspers

Creative Writing Chair and Professor Nona Caspers’ new book, “The Fifth Woman” (Sarabande Books), tells a story of love and loss, exploring the beauty and humor to be found within both. You can learn more about the book and watch a video of Caspers reading from it here.


McBride sighted in “Sight & Sound”

Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride wrote an essay for English film magazine “Sight & Sound” about the complicated production history of “The Other Side of the Wind,” the long-unreleased Orson Welles film McBride appears in as an actor. Titled “Twilight in the Smog: Notes on ‘The Other Side of the Wind,’” the article appears in the magazine’s November issue.