October 22, 2018

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Three Jeopardy Contestants

SF State scores on “Jeopardy!”  

SF State was the answer to a question on the long-running game show “Jeopardy!” on Friday, Oct. 19. The question was in the category “African-American History”: “In 1968 at this school, SFSU for short, Nathan Hare created the USA’s first black studies program.” Contestant Herschel Purvis, a laboratory technician from Los Angeles, gave the correct response — “What is San Francisco State University?” — and won $1,600 toward his day’s total. 


Group photo of pre-doctoral scholars

Eleven Gators chosen for Pre-Doctoral Program

When Francesca Colonnese wants insights into Renaissance poetry, which she’s studying as she works toward an M.A. in English language and literature at SF State, she pores over old manuscripts in the Sutro Library. But when she needed a clearer picture of her own future, she turned elsewhere: to the California Pre-Doctoral Program, an initiative that supports the doctoral ambitions of students at the 23 California State University (CSU) campuses.

“Participating in the Pre-Doctoral Program made all the difference, both in applying for doctoral programs and preparing me for what the graduate school world would look like,” Colonnese said.   

Colonnese is one of 74 students chosen for this year’s program, which is sponsored by the CSU Foundation. Eleven of those students come from San Francisco State, the second most in the CSU system after California State University, Northridge, which had 14.

Recipients — known as pre-doctoral scholars — receive a $3,000 award that can be used toward developmental activities, such as attending conferences, visiting other doctorate-granting institutions and covering graduate examination preparation and fees. Students are also recommended and mentored by a faculty sponsor.

SF State’s Pre-Doctoral Scholarship recipients (pictured above with Department of Special Education Professor Pamela Wolfberg and Joy Viveros, fellowship advisor and campus coordinator for the Pre-Doctoral Program) include:

  • Inayah Baaqee, Psychology
  • Ngoc-Cam Bui, Psychology
  • Teagan Bullock, Philosophy
  • Tsz Chan, Mathematics
  • Francesca Colonnese, English Literature
  • Vivien Enriquez, Biology
  • Gesean Lewis Woods, Special Education
  • Alonso Reategui, Philosophy
  • Kadellyn Sandoval, Cell and Molecular Biology
  • Michelle Thomas, Philosophy
  • Wayne Swinson, Cell and Molecular Biology

Your Story Matters logo

Campus climate feedback continues

The “Your Story Matters” campus climate survey launched on Tuesday, Oct. 9, and is still live until Nov. 2. A total of 874 completed surveys had been submitted as of the morning of Friday, Oct. 19. Participants include:

  • 371 undergrad students
  • 79 grad students
  • 319 staff
  • 105 faculty (tenure and non-tenure track)

Please take the survey and encourage other members of the campus community to share their stories, as well. Mobile stations are set up in the first floor of the Cesar Chavez Student Center for anyone who would like to take the survey between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday. To take the survey online, click here. To learn more about “Your Story Matters,” you can watch a short video on YouTube or go to the Campus Climates Initiatives webpage.


Call for nominations: presidential search advisory committee

The search for a new University president will include the involvement of a campus search advisory committee that provides advice and consultation regarding the position and campus descriptions and any advertisement of the position. The committee will review and comment on all candidate applications and participate in candidate interviews and the deliberations that lead to the selection of the final candidate(s). The committee membership includes two faculty members elected by the SF State faculty, whose names must be submitted to the Chancellor's Office by Nov. 30. 

To self-nominate for the campus search advisory committee you must be a full-time faculty member at SF State and must be available at the following times: Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.; Thursday, April 4, 2019, time TBA; Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Thursday, May 9, 2019, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

The nomination period will close at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 5. Voting will close Monday, Nov. 26, 2018. 

Click here to self-nominate for the committee. Any questions should be directed to the Academic Senate office at senate@sfsu.edu.


Midterm election information

The Nov. 6 midterm election is almost upon us, with early voting having already started. In this election, California voters will decide upon a new governor, multiple statewide officials, a U.S. Senate seat, 53 Congressional seats, scores of local government officials and 11 ballot propositions.

Among the many resources to help voters is the 2018 Voter Guide released by the nonpartisan nonprofit CALmatters. This website offers excellent one-minute videos on ballot propositions as well as information on the candidates in key statewide and district races.

Californians are registering to vote in record numbers, with nearly 1.5 million more people registered than in the 2014 midterm election. If you’re not registered to vote, today is the last day to do so. You can help the University win the Ballot Bowl — a statewide contest encouraging civic engagement — by registering to vote using the unique SF State voter registration link here

Important Election Dates

  • Oct. 9: early voting begins
  • Oct. 22: last day for Californians to register to vote for the Nov. 6 election
  • Oct. 30: last day to apply for a vote-by-mail ballot by mail
  • Nov. 6: general election, 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

New College of Extended Learning certificate programs

The College of Extended Learning (CEL) is pleased to announce that this spring it will launch four new online certificate programs targeting the construction industry. The construction certificates will enable workers to advance their careers by adding skill sets in the areas of construction practices, project management, supervision and estimating. Only a few institutions across the state offer such courses, and by adding them CEL furthers the University’s commitment to addressing the Bay Area’s workforce development needs. For more information, contact Program Director Cathy Flight at cflight@sfsu.edu or (415) 817-4226 or Program Coordinator Kim Workman at kimw@sfsu.edu or (415) 817-4247.


Academic Senate report

The Academic Senate met Tuesday, Oct. 16, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Among the meeting highlights:

  • Chair Nancy Gerber gave a report about the presidential search timeline and CSU policy on presidential changes
  • The Senate unanimously approved a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee on a certificate in historical research (honors)
  • The Senate discussed in first reading a recommendation from the Educational Policies Council on proposed discontinuance of the bachelor of arts in English: concentration in individual major

A complete list of action items from the meeting is available online. 


Applications being accepted for Call to Service grants

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is accepting applications for 2019 Call to Service grants for activities taking place during calendar year 2019 (Jan. 1–Dec. 15, 2019). Call to Service grants support SF State faculty and staff in providing service learning and community and civic engagement opportunities to students and in disseminating service learning knowledge, research and findings. Applicants may submit up to two proposals (though the proposals must be for two different categories). The deadline for proposals for all categories is Friday, Nov. 30, by 5 p.m.

Visit icce.sfsu.edu/grants for more information and the online proposal submission form.


Friends of the Library accepting books and more

The Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library is a volunteer-driven, nonprofit fundraising program that collects and sells donated books and media in its Used Books and Media Store behind Peet’s Coffee on the main floor of the Library. Every dollar collected through sales goes to financially supporting Library needs, such as acquiring books, media and computers. You can bring your donations directly to the Used Books and Media Store, or if your collection is too large to deliver yourself, feel free to contact Barbara Loomis or Rob Strong to arrange for a free pickup. 


CalFresh Help Clinic to help students with food needs

Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) is proud to announce that its CalFresh Help Clinic is now open for the academic year. Students can drop by the HPW office Monday through Thursday between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to speak with a CalFresh navigator about enrolling in the federally funded nutrition program. Students will get help navigating application barriers, re-certifying their benefits and connecting with other food security resources on campus. The HPW office is located in the Village at Centennial Square, 750 Font Blvd., across the courtyard from City Eats.


Vista Room adds Latin flavor

The Vista Room, SF State’s on-campus fine dining restaurant, will be offering a Latin-inspired menu for the next two weeks. Curious (or, better yet, hungry)? Get the details at vistaroom.sfsu.edu.


Small Grants Symposium, Oct. 23

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) invites the campus community to the annual Small Grants Symposium on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from noon to 3 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. This stimulating event highlights the work of the ORSP Individual/Collaborative grant awardees.

Each year the faculty who received ORSP small grants (internal funding) present their research/projects for about five minutes then answer questions for another five. Come discover the wonderful scholarship and research happening on our campus. A full schedule is available online.


Tour of the Global Museum, Oct. 25

A tour of SF State's Global Museum with Museum Director Paige Bardolph is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 25, at 10:30 a.m. in the Fine Arts building, room 203. The tour is sponsored by the University Women's Association, but you need not be a member to participate. An optional no-host lunch at the Vista Room will follow the tour. Reservations are required by Wednesday, Oct. 24, for the tour and/or lunch. The tour is free, lunch is $17 per person. For more information, see the announcement at uwa.sfsu.edu (click on "Events") or contact linivory@comcast.net.


Mbongi Talk with Stefan Bradley, Oct. 25

Mbongi Talks, the lunchtime discussion series sponsored by the Black Unity Center and the Department of Africana Studies, will present a lecture by Loyola Marymount University Associate Professor Stefan Bradley on Thursday, Oct. 25, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in EP 116. The chair of Loyola Marymount’s Department of African American Studies, Bradley will discuss his new book, “Upending the Ivory Tower,” which illuminates how the Black Power movement, which was borne out of an effort to edify the most disfranchised of the black masses, also took root in the hallowed halls of America’s most esteemed institutions of higher education. The lecture will be free and open to all.


Tutoring services focus groups, Oct. 29 & 30

SF State is currently conducting a comprehensive review of the tutoring services available for undergraduate students. External reviewers will be brought to campus on Monday, Oct. 29, and Tuesday, Oct. 30. As part of this visit, the University will host focus groups to hear about your experiences with and perceptions of tutoring at SF State. Your participation will help the University improve tutoring and develop programs and services that are important to students.

When/Where:
​Faculty: Tuesday, Oct. 30, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286)

​Staff: Tuesday, Oct. 30, 11:20 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. in in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286)

If you would like to attend, RSVP to Associate Dean of Undergraduate Education Kim Altura at no later than Oct. 25.


World War I Centennial Lecture, Oct. 30

The Department of History will commemorate the centennial of the end of World War I with a public lecture by Sacramento State Professor of History Mona Siegel on “French and Chinese Feminists at the Paris Peace Conference of 1919.” The lecture will be held Tuesday, Oct. 30, at 4 p.m. in LIB 121.


“Learn How to Become an Effective Progressive Politician,” Oct. 31

Political activist Tom Temprano will be on campus Wednesday, Oct. 31, to give a talk titled “How to Become an Effective Progressive Politician.” An SF State alumnus, Temprano has served as president of the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club and is currently a member of the City College of San Francisco Board of Trustees and a legislative aide to San Francisco Supervisor Rafael Mandelman. Part of the Department of Political Science Speaker Series, Temprano’s talk will be held from 2 to 3:15 p.m. in HUM 304.


Introduction to Performance Pedagogy, Nov. 7

CEETL’s Happy Hour Workshop series focuses on sharing faculty members’ pedagogical expertise. In the next workshop, to be held Wednesday, Nov. 7, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in LIB 242, Professor of Communication Studies Amy Kilgard will share foundations for facilitating successful performance activities in the classroom. In this workshop, you will: 

  • Identify benefits and challenges of using performance pedagogy in the classroom.
  • Explore three specific performance activities that may be modified and applied in a variety of teaching contexts.
  • Participate in performance activities about our roles as teachers and learners.
  • Reflect on how you might modify or adapt a performance activity for your class.

CEETL will provide light snacks and beer, wine and sparkling water. Come raise a glass and learn how you can incorporate (more) performance in your class!

Please register here to reserve your space.

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


Grants & Contracts

SF State received $4,082,450 in grants and contracts in September 2018.

  • Ahmad Ganji, Engineering, California Energy Commission, Technical Assistance for the Energy Commission Food Processing Program, $249,947
  • Luoluo Hong, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, U.S. Department of Education, Childcare Access Means Parents in School (CCAMPIS) Grant Childcare 2019- 2022, $1,365,448
  • Hao Jiang, Electrical Engineering, Air Force, Analog Circuit Systems for Memristor-based Neuromorphic System, $157,415
  • Russell Jeung, Asian American Studies, Institute of International Education, Inc./Prime: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, MacArthur Fellow Program, $4,756
  • Catherine Kudlick, History, City of San Francisco, Community Cultural Center for Adults with Disabilities, $99,842
  • Misty Kuhn, Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of San Diego/Prime: National Science Foundation, Malate Dehydrogenase CUREs Community: A Protein Centric Approach, $3,000
  • Gretchen LeBuhn, Biology, Marin County Parks, Pollinator 2 Marin County Park F18-19, $20,000
  • Laura Mamo, Health Education, National Science Foundation, Studying the Transformation of Cancer Prevention Technologies, $299,591
  • Dragutin Petkovic, Computer Science, Stanford University/Prime: National Institutes of Health, Text Mining for High-fidelity Curation and Discovery of Gene-Drug-Phenotype Relationships, $16,942
  • Rori Rohlfs, Biology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, TRANSPOSE: Transposable elements as agents of genome evolution and adaptation following a recent whole genome duplication, $56,212
  • Yue-Ting Siu, Graduate College of Education, the Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute/ Prime: National Science Foundation, Tangible Programming Environment Targeted for Students Who Are Visually Impaired, $75,000
  • Vance Vredenburg, Biology, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wyoming Toad Bioaugmentation, Immunization, and Susceptibility Trials, $12,000
  • Ilmi Yoon, Anagha Kulkarni, Pleuni Pennings, Alegra Eroy-Reveles, Computer Science, National Science Foundation, Developing a Computing Application Minor and an Inclusive Learning Environment to Build the Diverse, Multidisciplinary Computer Science Workforce of the Future, $1,307,351
  • Aiko Yoshino, Recreation, Parks & Tourism, East Bay Regional Park District, Evaluation Matrix for the Adventure Crew/Richmond Rangers Program, $24,950
  • Hao Yue, Ilmi Yoon, Patricia J. Donohue, Computer Science, National Science Foundation, Collaborative Research: CS4SF: A Scalable Model for Preparing High School Teachers to Provide Rigorous, Inclusive Computer Science Instruction, $389,996

Students help create unique Belize summer camp

In late June, graduate students in the Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences joined with the international education group Therapy Abroad in Belize to develop the first play-based Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) summer camp for children and youth with significant disabilities. AAC is an area of clinical practice that attempts to compensate for the lack of functional speech in individuals with severe communication impairments. The graduate students were part of Project Building Bridges, a federally sponsored program designed to train speech-language pathologists to provide AAC services to children and youth with significant disabilities who are members of cultural and linguistically diverse backgrounds. As part of Project Building Bridges, eight graduate students spent two weeks working in Belize under the guidance of speech and language therapy professionals. The AAC summer camp brought AAC services to children and youth with significant communication disabilities who had never received AAC services. These included family coaching, formal speech and language assessment, play-based intervention, and the development of fully functional no-tech AAC communication systems. Over the duration of the camp, the children showed marked improvement in their overall functional communication and an emerging understanding of how AAC can support their communication. For many campers, success with their communication system meant they were finally able to communicate with their families and express their preferences, making their “voices” heard.


Issel sheds light on student strike

Professor Emeritus of History William Issel discussed the famous 1968 student strike at a Sept. 8 event sponsored by the University of San Francisco and the San Francisco Museum & Historical Society. Speaking on the topic “Peace with Justice: Bishop Mark J. Hurley and the San Francisco State College Strike,” Issel explored the role Catholic priests played as mediators between student activists and administrators. The presentation can be viewed online on the C-SPAN website.


Toporek recognized for social justice work

Rebecca Toporek, professor and chair of the Department of Counseling, received the Social Justice Award in Counseling Psychology from the Society of Counseling Psychology, a division of the American Psychological Association, at its August 2018 convention. The award is given for “demonstrated sustained commitment to the specialty, to community involvement, to recognizing diversity, and to demonstrating evidence of achieving community or organizational change that supports disenfranchised, disempowered, less privileged, or oppressed groups and has a larger impact on practice, research, and scholarship in the field.”


De Cecco’s legacy honored at GLBT Historical Society gala

The GLBT Historical Society celebrated the memory of Professor Emeritus John Paul De Cecco (1925-2017) at its annual gala on Friday, Oct. 5, at the SF War Memorial & Performing Arts Center. De Cecco was a renowned researcher and educator in the field of human sexuality and a staunch advocate for social justice. He was the primary founder of SF State’s sexuality studies program in the late 1970s. The GLBT Historical Society also announced that that it is naming its archives in De Cecco’s honor.


Kulik, Shea meet with health care providers in China

Assistant Professor of Nursing Carole Kulik and Assistant Professor of Nursing/Director of Simulation Kathleen Shea traveled last month to China, where they gave presentations to health care providers in Beijing and Fuzhou. In Beijing, the two were invited to speak at the International Nursing Management Summit. Kulik presented lectures on “Evidence Based Practice and Advanced Practice Nursing,” and Shea presented her pilot study, “The Effect of Debriefing for Meaningful Learning on Student’s Knowledge and Perception of Instruction.” In Fuzhou, they visited the School of Nursing at Fujian Medical University. Shea, who presented “Developing, Implementing and Expanding a Simulation Program in an Academic Setting,” was invited to participate in collaborative research with simulation educators in Fujian and to develop exchange student opportunities. Kulik has been invited to become a visiting professor at the school to develop a leadership curriculum at the advanced practice level.