October 29, 2018

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The Groundbreaking at the new LCA building

University breaks ground on LCA project

Construction of a new College of Liberal & Creative Arts building officially kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony last Friday. Special guests such as KPIX sportscaster (and SF State alum) Dennis O'Donnell joined President Wong and other University staff and faculty for the event, which was covered by local media and observed by a crowd of more than 150 spectators.

The $81 million project will house new Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) facilities, including classrooms, a professional TV newsroom, the student radio station, an audio-recording studio and more. The four-story, 75,000-square-foot, LEED-certified building will be the University’s first new academic building in 25 years.

To watch a webcam of the construction progress, click here.


Your Story Matters Logo

Share your story and help students in crisis

During the first week of the Your Story Matters campus climate survey, 1,000 participants logged on and completed the survey. As a result, the SF State Alumni Association will contribute $1,000 to the HOPE Crisis Fund, which helps students cope with serious, unexpected life challenges.

A big thank you to each of you who have taken the survey, to each of you who will take the survey in the next day or so and to each of you who will encourage and empower other campus community members to take the survey. Your story matters, and your voice is important. We have one week left! The final day to share your story is Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

For every additional 100 participants who take the survey, the Alumni Association will make another $50 contribution. Please take the survey today and help support students in crisis. Together, we will continue to make SF State even stronger.


Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton

Study: 2016 election was “traumatic” for many students

A new psychological study shows that for some young adults, the 2016 election had such a severe impact that it caused symptoms often seen in those with post-traumatic stress disorder.

“What we were interested in seeing was, did the election for some people constitute a traumatic experience? And we found that it did for 25 percent of young adults,” said lead author Melissa Hagan, an assistant professor of psychology at SF State.

In the months after the November election, Hagan and her colleagues knew that many of their students had been deeply affected. But what was missing was a study of how often that stress grew so intense it got in the way of peoples’ lives, interfering with things like work and school. So in January and February 2017, the team surveyed 769 students enrolled in psychology courses at Arizona State University. Each student filled out a psychological assessment called the Impact of Event Scale, with questions tailored to the 2016 election.

Twenty-five percent of students surveyed crossed that threshold, showing “clinically significant” levels of stress. The average stress score of students was comparable to the scores of witnesses to a mass shooting seven months after the event. Hagan and her colleagues also found an especially strong impact on certain groups. Black and nonwhite Hispanic students scored higher on the assessment than their white classmates, for instance. Gender, political affiliation and religion all played even larger roles.

The team published their results on Oct. 22 in the Journal of American College Health. The study has been the focus of stories in the Washington Post, Newsweek, The Guardian, CNN, FastCompany and over 100 other news outlets nationwide. To read more about it, click here.


Vice President for University Advancement Robert J. Nava has been named vice president for the Division of University Advancement at Cal State San Bernardino. He will depart SF State on Nov. 9. 

Nava joined SF State in August 2010. Under his leadership, the University embarked on its first comprehensive fundraising campaign; established the SF State Foundation; and defined SF State’s leadership position as the first public university in the country to limit its direct investment in companies that are fossil fuel providers.    

“Robert’s commitment to San Francisco State and its mission has been extraordinary. He has helped raise the profile of the University among our many constituents and has achieved 90 percent of our $150 million campaign goal, far exceeding our initial expectations,” said President Les Wong. “While his departure marks a significant transition in University Advancement, he leaves the University well-positioned for the public launch of the campaign. We are assessing our next steps strategically and thoughtfully as we seek a new leader for the Advancement team.” 


SF State gets new information security officer

Mary Morshed has been appointed SF State’s new information security officer. Morshed comes to the University from the Sacramento Municipal Utility District, where she was director of IT security. She has more than 30 years of public sector IT experience, working for such organizations as the California Public Employees Retirement System, the State Office of Information Security and the California lottery. Her first day at SF State will be Nov. 1.


Soccer teams in playoffs

The SF State soccer teams are headed to the CCAA Championships! Both teams will play their first-round matches on Tuesday, Oct. 30. The women have locked up the number four seed and will play at home at 3 p.m., while the men will travel for their match. For details and updates, visit sfstategators.com or follow Gator athletics on Twitter at @sfstategators.


Coyotes spotted near campus

There have been recent coyote sightings around the University Park North and University Park South residential area. Although these sightings may be infrequent, the coyotes’ presence around campus areas are more frequent due to the close proximity to the Lake Merced area. Campus community members are asked to remain alert and to keep pets leashed at all times.

Information regarding coyotes and what to do should you encounter them is available online.


Tax reminder: report address changes 

Tax season is around the corner, and Human Resources is committed to making sure you have the appropriate documents to file your taxes. Each year the State Controller’s Office (SCO) mails W2 forms to the address of record for state employees. SCO will include a global message on employees’ October Pay Period Statement of Earning and Deductions (pay stub) reminding employees to verify their mailing address and to notify their Personnel/Payroll Office if the address is incorrect. The global message will include each employees’ current address on SCO’s Employment History Database.

If your current address is different than what was printed on your October 2018 Pay Period Statement of Earning or your home address has changed this year, it is important to change your address of record so that your 2018 W2 form is mailed to the correct address.

The deadline for submitting address changes is Friday, Dec. 14.

There are two ways for reporting an address change. To do so online:

  • Go to www.sfsu.edu/login.htm.
  • Enter your SF State ID and password.
  • Choose the “Employee Services” hyperlink on left side under FACULTY/STAFF.
  • Click “Launch HR Self Service.”
  • Then click “My Personal Information.”
  • Click “My Home Address.”
  • Click “Edit.”
  • Update your information, click “Save” and then log out.

To make the change via paper forms:

Faculty and staff may complete an Employee Action Request form in the Human Resources office in ADM 252.

Student employees may complete a Student Payroll Action Request form in the Human Resources office in ADM 252.

Contact your department's payroll representative or Human Resources payroll staff for answers to questions regarding address changes.


Proposals sought for 2019 Faculty Retreat

The 2019 Faculty Retreat Steering Committee is inviting proposals that contribute to this year’s theme, “Defining Social Justice: Making Missions Matter.” The retreat will take place on Thursday, Jan. 24, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library.

As the University prepares for many exciting changes, this year’s retreat offers an opportunity to articulate all the ways the social justice mission matters to us — in our research, our teaching, our disciplines and our communities. With this in mind, the committee invites proposals that consider one or more of the following questions:

  • How do you infuse social justice into your classroom?
  • How does social justice inform your curriculum?
  • How do students grapple with social justice in their coursework and assignments?
  • How does social justice inform your teaching, service, scholarship and creative work?
  • How does your scholarly and creative work contribute to understandings of social justice in your discipline?

Proposals are due Friday, Nov. 16.

Click here to submit a proposal for the 2019 Faculty Retreat.

Click here to register for the 2019 Faculty Retreat.

For more information about the session formats and plenary poster session, click here to view the 2019 Faculty Retreat website.


New automated convenience store

Conveniently located between the J. Paul Leonard Library and the Administration Building, U Corp’s newly revamped Automated Convenience Store is now open. Open 24 hours a day and seven days a week, this one-stop shop is filled with over 150 food, beverage and convenience items. Payment methods include cash, credit and other options.

For more information about this service and other retail offerings on campus, please visit the U Corp website. If you have any questions, please email ucorp@sfsu.edu.


University Tenure and Promotion Committee member sought

The Academic Senate invites faculty to participate in the election of an all-university representative to the University Tenure and Promotion Committee (UTPC). This faculty member must be elected from one of the following unit/colleges not currently represented on the committee: the Graduate College of Education, the College of Business and the Library. The voting period ends Monday, Nov. 12.

To participate in the University Tenure and Promotion Committee election, click here


Academic Senate meeting, Oct. 30

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 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
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee – Proposed Revision to the Online Education Policy, #S16-246, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee – Proposed Revision to the All University Teacher Education Council, #S94-146, first reading
  • Discussion about the search for SF State’s next president

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


Next BIG Thing Shark Tank, Oct. 31

The campus community is invited to the Next BIG Thing Shark Tank, a fun-filled opportunity for SF State entrepreneurs to pitch business ideas to Silicon Valley executives. Special guests from Oracle Cloud, Omnirax Studio Furniture and Yewser.net will be on hand to act as judges. The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 31, in LIB 244.


WAC/WID Writing Pedagogy Workshop, Oct. 31

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP), Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) and the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching (CEETL) invite faculty to a writing pedagogy workshop presented by Amy Kilgard, Department of Communication Studies professor and faculty director of CEETL. “Transforming Assessment in Writing Pedagogy” will focus on specific strategies for addressing the challenges of grading and giving feedback on student papers and give participants an opportunity to learn from colleagues about successful approaches to evaluating writing. The workshop will be on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from noon to 1 p.m. at CEETL headquarters in LIB 242. There will be time for audience questions and discussion. Lecturer faculty will receive a stipend for participating, and lunch will be served.


Student Centered Design in iLearn, Nov. 6

Academic Technology (AT) invites you to a Student Centered Design in iLearn workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 6, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. This workshop, sponsored by CEETL and facilitated by AT's Teaching and Learning team, explores three lenses of student-centered design (belonging, empathy and authenticity) and iLearn’s relevant tools and features, illustrated by examples from SF State courses with these lenses in action. In this workshop, you will: 

  • Explore iLearn tools to design student-centered learning experiences
  • Reflect on your in class student-centered practices and how these might be carried over to iLearn

If you would like to attend, register here. Questions? Contact AT’s Teaching and Learning team at iteach@sfsu.edu


“Preventing Abuse of Minors on Campus,” Nov. 7

On Wednesday, Nov. 7, SF State will host a Northern California CSU Leadership Workshop on the theme “Preventing Abuse of Minors on Campus.” This half-day workshop is a great introduction to abuse risk management and is designed to facilitate larger campus-wide conversations about how, why and what youth protection systems exist on campus. The workshop will include a two-hour mid-morning presentation that provides attendees with a fundamental understanding of the scope of the risk, how abuse happens in youth serving programs, best practices in prevention and leadership’s role in abuse prevention initiatives. The presentation will be followed by a working lunch and tabletop exercises designed to facilitate important discussions on your campus.

The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in LIB 286. Space is limited so, please email Wendy Lopez to reserve a space as soon as possible. More information is available online.


Equitable Teaching Series, Nov. 13 & 28

CEETL’s Equitable Teaching Series explores foundational teaching approaches that foster equity and inclusivity in support of student success. In the second workshop of the series, offered on Tuesday, Nov. 13, and Wednesday, Nov. 28 in Library 242 from noon to 1:30 p.m., you will:

  • Share participant experiences with active and inclusive learning strategies
  • Explore and evaluate a variety of strategies that foster equitable student engagement
  • Create a plan to implement active and inclusive learning strategies in one’s own teaching

This workshop will be offered twice in the month of November and by departmental request. Bring your own lunch — CEETL will provide dessert and beverages!

Click here to register for the Nov. 13 workshop.

Click here to register for the Nov. 28 workshop.

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


Asexual identity presentation, Nov. 14

Esther Rothblum, professor of women’s studies and LGBTQ+ studies adviser at San Diego State University, will be on campus Wednesday, Nov. 14,  to discuss her qualitative research about asexual-identified individuals coming out as asexual to themselves and others. Rothblum’s presentation — “Asexual Identity: Coming Out, Societal Roles and Community” — is being sponsored by the Center for Research & Education on Gender and Sexuality and will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in LIB 121. 


Student strike 50th anniversary presentation, Nov. 15

The Department of Asian American Studies is pleased to present MacArthur Fellows Viet Nguyen and An-my Le, who will speak on the 50th anniversary of the Third World Student Liberation Front student strike on Nov. 15. Viet Nguyen and An-my Le will commemorate the strike as they discuss the developments of Vietnamese American Arts and Humanities in relationship to the Asian American movement. Their conversation will take place from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Student Life Events Center (1 North State Street).

Viet Nguyen, a 2016 Pulitzer Prize winner for his novel “The Sympathizer,” is a professor of comparative literature, English, American studies and ethnicity at the University of Southern California. An-My Le, a 2012 MacArthur fellow, is a tenured professor of photography at Bard College. Her latest work, “Silent General,” is a hybrid mix of journalism, poetry and autobiography.

This event is free to the public. Click here to reserve tickets.


Critical reflection workshop, Nov. 16

Faculty and lecturers are invited to join the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) for a critical reflection workshop from 10 a.m. to noon in ADM 460 on Friday, Nov. 16. Participants will learn the benefits of using critical reflection in Community Service Learning (CSL) course design and implementation. The workshop is open to faculty who currently teach (or plan to teach) CSL courses and will cover:

Monday, Oct. 29

Recital: The Holloways: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Raoul Bertrand Lecture in Classics: H. Alan Shapiro: 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587


Tuesday, Oct. 30

Lecture: “Men Alone Prepare the Future”: 4 p.m. in LIB 121


Wednesday, Oct. 31

Annual Scary Concert: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Lecture: Tom Temprano: “How to Become an Effective Progressive Politician”: 2 p.m. in HUM 304

SFSU Shark Tank for the Next BIG Thing: 4 p.m. in LIB 244

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

Concert: SF State Orchestra, SF State Wind Ensemble and SF State Brass Ensemble: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building


Thursday, Nov. 1

Workshop: “Stop Sweeping Us, We Are Not Trash: Teaching About Homelessness, Gentrification and Disability”: 7 p.m. in the Poetry Center (HUM 512)

Theatre: “Pericles, Prince of Tyre”: 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building


Friday, Nov. 2

Invitational String Orchestra Festival: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Hungarian Film Festival 5: 4 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program: Budgets & Cash Flow Course: 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Theatre: “Pericles, Prince of Tyre”: 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building


Saturday, Nov. 3

Hungarian Film Festival 5: 9 a.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building

Theatre: “Pericles, Prince of Tyre”: 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Sunday, Nov. 4

Theatre: “Pericles, Prince of Tyre”: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Dhaliwal, Wolin talk community, healing

Health Education Lecturers Kanwarpal Dhaliwal and Jessica Wolin are featured in the Oct. 23 episode of KQED’s “MindShift” podcast. The episode focuses on RYSE, a Richmond youth center that Dhaliwal founded as a student in SF State’s Master of Public Health program. RYSE is seeking to change the community’s culture by providing something to young people that’s sometimes missing in their schools and home lives: love and support. In the podcast, Wolin, the Health Equity Institute’s associate director for community practice, says RYSE demonstrates how listening to community members and supporting them as agents of change is a powerful strategy for community healing. Click here to listen to the podcast and learn more about RYSE and community trauma.


Ward takes the stage at Reno conference

Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Jay Ward made three presentations at the recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region XII Conference, which took place Oct. 15-19 in Reno, Nevada. Ward chaired and served as a presenter at the session “Professional Development Opportunities with the Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars”; chaired the session “Launch Your Career in International Education”; and acted as co-lead facilitator for an all-day pre-conference workshop on “Grey Areas of International Student Advising: Policy & Practice.” With more than 10,000 members located at more than 3,500 institutions in more than 150 countries, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.


Yee-Melichar steps up for the aging

The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) — the oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education and practice in the field of aging — has named Professor and Coordinator of Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar to its Public Policy Committee. The committee serves in an advisory role to GSA by providing direction on policy-related matters that affect the well-being of older adults and the field of gerontological research.


Roberts: Diversity shouldn’t be a “Band-Aid”

Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Nina Roberts was interviewed about fostering diversity in land management by Dispatch, the newsletter of the California Invasive Plant Council. In the interview (available online here — scroll to page 6), Roberts says land management organizations have a retention problem, with many young professionals of color leaving after two or three years. “Instead of dismissing an early departure as someone who ‘couldn’t cut it’ in an organization, I would advise leadership to take the time to stop and examine why this person left and what could have been done differently to maintain relationships leading toward greater retention,” Roberts said. “The organization needs to be clear about messaging their commitment to inclusivity. It’s fine to display diversity in various forms on the brochure, but don’t stop there because that can be a Band-Aid effect.”