October 8, 2018

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President Wong at 2014 Commencement

President Wong to retire 

San Francisco State University President Leslie E. Wong announced last week that he will retire at the end of the 2018-19 academic year, effective July 30, 2019. The University’s 13th president, he was appointed to the position in 2012.

“It has been an honor to serve with such a talented and committed community of students, faculty, staff, alumni and donors who have achieved so much and have helped shape the University in immeasurable and positive ways,” Wong said. 

The CSU will soon launch a national search for Wong’s successor. Under University policy, the chairman of the CSU Trustees, Adam Day, and Chancellor Timothy White will select a committee made up of various campus stakeholders which will be publicly announced at a later date. Campus and community input will be sought in an open forum held on campus.

Upon his arrival at SF State, Wong co-chaired the now-completed strategic planning process that has provided a roadmap to advance the University’s goals. In addition, he greatly expanded the University’s alumni relations programs both nationally and internationally and launched SF State’s first comprehensive fundraising campaign, “Bold Thinking.” He has been instrumental in the progress of the Holloway Mixed-Use Project, which is now underway and will make room for significantly more student housing.

“Under President Wong’s leadership, San Francisco State has made remarkable progress in improving student success with graduation rates reaching all-time highs. The increase in graduation rates for students from traditionally underserved communities is particularly commendable,” said CSU Chancellor White. The campus’ tremendous success in fundraising will help maintain this upward trajectory for all students.”


Your Story Matters

Campus climate survey to launch

All faculty, staff and students are encouraged to participate in a campus-wide confidential online survey going live tomorrow. Conducted by the consulting firm Rankin & Associates, the anonymous “Your Story Matters” survey will provide a detailed assessment of the University’s current campus climate, including campus safety, interpersonal interactions, inclusion and equity, tolerance and mutual support. By taking this survey, you’ll be able to share your personal story on campus. And your story matters. Each person’s story matters. By sharing our stories, we’ll each be an advocate for making our campus experience even better — each one of us will be an agent of change to improve and strengthen our campus community.

You can take the survey starting tomorrow at rankinsurveys4.com/sfsu.


Srikanth Dunapel, Nish Malek and Julio Feliciano receiving ITS award

Information Technology Services scores award

Information Technology Services (ITS) has been named a recipient of the California Public Higher Education Innovation Honors – Focus on Efficiency Leadership Award. Given by the California Higher Education Collaborative (CHEC), the award recognizes organizations that have implemented innovative practices to improve operational performance, services and outcomes in higher education. This year, ITS was included for demonstrating leadership in the development of a strategic direction and improved efficiencies for University technology services. 

Over the past two years, ITS has partnered with students, faculty and staff on technology initiatives to ensure student success and connectivity, including Box.com, an Amazon-style shopping cart and an improved registration system for the College of Extended Learning. Connecting the SF State Mobile app to Campus Solutions, students can access their grades and register for classes while on the go. All of this is possible due to the campus WiFi augmentation, resulting in 99.9 percent systems and network uptime.

“ITS shares this award with our colleagues throughout campus who have been supportive of and partnered with us on these many initiatives,” said SF State Associate Vice President and Chief Information Officer Nish Malik (pictured between ITS Analyst/Programmer Srikanth Danapal, left, and Information Technology Consultant Julio Feliciano, right).


Academic Affairs begins search for CoSE Dean

Academic Affairs is conducting a search for the Dean of the College of Science and Engineering. The position is to be filled by August 2019.

In April 2018, the Academic Senate revised search committee policy S18-180. Please see the list of search committee members selected based on adherence to the policy. A detailed committee roster including committee chair, complete position descriptions and application procedures will be shared on the Academic Affairs website as information becomes available.  

The Search Committee members include:

  • Salma Abdel-Raheem, Graduate Student, Geography and Environment
  • Cheng Chen, Associate Professor, Engineering
  • Petra Dekens, Professor, Earth and Climate Sciences (Co-Chair)
  • Maarten Golterman, Professor, Physics and Astronomy
  • Alex Hall, Undergraduate Student, Biochemistry
  • Andrew Harris, Dean, College of Liberal and Creative Arts
  • Diane Harris, Professor, Psychology
  • Larry Horvath, Associate Professor, Secondary Education
  • Crystal Kam, Staff, College of Science and Engineering Budget Director   
  • Misty Kuhn, Assistant Professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Blake Riggs, Associate Professor, Biology
  • Michael Scott, Associate Vice President, Research and Sponsored Programs (Co-Chair)

College of Extended Learning relaunches two certificates

The College of Extended Learning (CEL) is pleased to announce that the International Business Certificate and the Hospitality Tourism Management Certificate will be offered to students starting in Spring 2019.  The Center for Global Engagement at CEL is currently accepting applications from international students for these two-semester academic certificates, offered in partnership with the College of Business. Go here for more details.


The Holocaust Across the Disciplines lecture series

This fall the Department of Jewish Studies is presenting a lecture series examining the Holocaust. The Holocaust Across the Disciplines kicked off last week with “Asperger’s Children: The Origins of Autism in Nazi Vienna,” which featured Herwig Czech, lecturer for medical history at the University of Vienna, and Edith Sheffer, senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies. The next event will be a lecture by Omer Bartov, Brown University’s John P. Birkelund Distinguished Professor of European History. Titled “Anatomy of a Genocide: The Life and Death of a Town Called Buzazcz: Coexistence and Violence in an East European Town,” the lecture will be given Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HUM 587.

The series is being co-sponsored by the Holocaust Center of San Francisco and is funded in part by the Morris Weiss Award in Holocaust Education, the Koret Foundation and the Harald and Annette Dobbs Memorial Grant as well as support from other SF State departments. A full schedule is available online.


Call for volunteers: Ethnic Studies 50th anniversary celebration

A 50th Anniversary Planning Committee has been working for several months to organize commemorations of the establishment of the College of Ethnic Studies and the 1968-69 student-led strike that gave birth to it. If you would like to add an event to the year-long celebration, participate on planning committees, volunteer to staff events or add an outside event in the celebration’s community calendar, go to ethnicstudies.sfsu.edu/50th.


Call for pre-proposals: Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program

The next deadline for submission of proposals to the National Science Foundation’s Major Research Instrumentation (MRI) Program is coming up in January. Because the number of MRI applications that an organization can submit each year is limited to three, SF State has a formal procedure for selecting the proposals that can go forward. If you would like to submit an MRI grant proposal, please email a pre-proposal containing a cover sheet and a one-page project summary in PDF format to Michael J. Scott and Uschi Simonis no later than 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22.

The MRI Program provides support to acquire research instrumentation critical to advances in fundamental science and engineering research. MRI also provides support to develop next-generation research instruments that open new opportunities to advance the frontiers in science and engineering. Additionally, an MRI award is expected to enhance research training of students who will become the next generation of instrument users, designers and builders.

More information on the program and the call for pre-proposals is available online.


Call for pre-proposals: MBRS SCORE program

The next submission deadline to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) SCORE program is Jan. 25, 2019. The SCORE program is designed to increase the research competitiveness of faculty and the research base at institutions with an explicitly stated historical mission and/or a demonstrated historical track record of training and graduating students from backgrounds underrepresented in biomedical research. If you plan to apply for SCORE funding, you must submit a pre-proposal, since the NIH has limited the number of individual SCORE applications/awards that an institution can hold at any one time. Pre-proposals are due to Michael J. Scott and Uschi Simonis by 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22. Pre-proposal instructions and additional information about the SCORE program are available online.


Academic Senate report

The Academic Senate met Tuesday, Oct. 2, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Among the meeting highlights:

  • Chair Nancy Gerber gave a report about President Wong’s retirement announcement and reviewed CSU policy on presidential changes
  • Dean of Equity Initiatives Christina Sabee discussed her work as SF State’s employee ombudsman
  • Provost Jennifer Summit made a presentation on Academic Affairs related to the Academic Master Plan, the Student Success and Graduation Initiative and budget stability
  • James Martel, president of the SF State chapter of the California Faculty Association (CFA), gave an update on CFA activity
  • The senate discussed in first reading a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee on the certificate in historical research (honors)

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


Erwin Chemerinsky meet and greet, Oct. 9

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of UC Berkeley School of Law, will be in the McKenna Theatre tomorrow at 6 to speak about free speech issues in higher education. A pre-event meet and greet with Chemerinsky will be held at 5 p.m. Light refreshments will be served, and the first 50 attendees will receive a free SF State T-shirt and a copy of Chemerinsky’s book “Free Speech on Campus.”


Bike Fest, Oct. 10

The Office of Sustainability and the University Police Department are hosting a Bike Fest on the Quad on Wednesday, Oct. 10, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by to learn more about biking safely to work, including how to find the best route and making sure your bike is in good shape. Groups like the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and Avenue Cyclery will be on hand to share info and distribute freebies.


“Surveying the Material World of the Gila River Incarceration Camp,” Oct. 10

Doctoral candidate Koji Lau-Ozawa will present his research on the internment of Japanese Americans at the Gila River Incarceration Camp at an Oct. 10 event co-sponsored by the Global Museum and the Department of Anthropology. Using archaeological surveys, Koji will examine garden and pond features left behind and demonstrate the ingenuity and perseverance of the community to transform the barren landscape. The presentation — titled “Surveying the Material World of the Gila River Incarceration Camp” — will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 10, in the Global Museum (FA 203). Refreshments will be served.


Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: “Inside Nicaragua,” Oct. 17

Department of Anthropology Professor James Quesada will give a lecture on the violence in Nicaragua in response to the April 2018 uprising in that country. Quesada will discuss what this portends for Nicaraguan society and modern popular revolutionary movements. Titled “Inside Nicaragua: Marking History, Making History,” the lecture is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 17, from 1 to 2 p.m. in FA 525.


Budget Town Halls, Oct. 17 and 18

Administration & Finance will present a Budget Town Hall to share the University’s 2018-2019 annual operating budget with the campus community. It will be presented four times over two days to give everyone a chance to attend. No RSVP is needed. Basic budget concepts, budget planning and development, and the annual budget cycle from the state to the CSU system to the University will be highlighted. The presentation will include the governor’s fiscal year budget and general fund components, the CSU support budget request, the CSU final budget summary and the University’s operating budget. Bring your own lunch; coffee and tea will be available.

The Budget Town Halls will be held twice on Wednesday, Oct. 17, in LIB 121: first from 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., then again from 1 to 1:45 p.m. They will be repeated the next day, Oct. 18, at the Seven Hills Conference Center: first from noon to 12:45 p.m. and again from 1:30 to 2:15 p.m.

More information is available at adminfin.sfsu.edu.


Department of Counseling 70th anniversary celebration, Oct. 26

SF State’s Department of Counseling invites you to celebrate 70 years of training compassionate and skilled counseling leaders. Join fellow alumni, faculty, staff and students for this special reception that honors former Department of Counseling Chair Amy Hittner and the late Salvador Chavez, department lecturer and Counseling and Psychological Services psychologist. The event will be held Friday, Oct. 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Tickets are $40 per person and can be purchased online.


PACE speaker series kicks off, Nov. 8

The PACE Center for Applied Housing Research announces its inaugural distinguished speaker reception and lecture featuring Edward G. Goetz, director of the Center for Urban and Regional Affairs and professor of urban planning at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota. Goetz will speak at the Downtown Campus the evening of Thursday, Nov. 8, on the topic “Housing Policy and the O-Word: Getting Beyond the Mistakes and Constraints of the ‘Opportunity’ Paradigm.” Interested? Send an email to Ayse Pamuk or Jeremy Hill to request more information or RSVP.

This speaker series is supported by a generous gift from Merritt Community Capital Corporation.

Busy Bailey lectures, publishes

Professor of Anthropology Doug Bailey will give a talk on the Stanford University campus tomorrow as part of the Stanford Archaeology Center’s Lunch Club Lecture Series. Bailey will present “Destruction, Image and Art/Archaeology: Releasing a Museum Archive.” The lecture will take place at noon in building 500 of Stanford’s Seminar Room. More information is available online. Bailey is also the author of the new book “Breaking the Surface: An Art/Archaeology of Prehistoric Architecture” (Oxford University Press). In it, Bailey offers a radical alternative for understanding Neolithic houses, providing much-needed insight not just into prehistoric practice but into another way of doing archaeology.


CSU puts Duncan-Andrade in the limelight

Associate Professor of Latina/Latino Studies Jeff Duncan-Andrade is the subject of a lengthy profile on the CSU website. The article focuses on the Roses in Community School, which Duncan-Andrade co-founded in 2015 and where he serves as board chair. The East Oakland elementary school offers a new model for urban education focused on racial and social justice and ethnic studies. “Every subject we teach is a conduit for developing human beings with strong moral compasses, civic responsibility and a sense of justice,” says Duncan-Andrade. Click here to read the rest of the article.


Millsapps blasts off

Professor Emerita of Cinema Jan Millsapps curated a World Space Week event at Chabot Observatory in Oakland on Saturday, Oct. 6. Titled “Ladies Do Launch: Space for Women,” the lunchtime panel discussion featured female astronauts and scientists. Millsapps will participate in another panel discussion — “Cowboys to Communities: Changing the Face of Space Exploration” — on Tuesday, Oct. 16, for the SETI Institute in Menlo Park.


A new chapter for Griffin

Professor Mark Griffin has a chapter in book coming out this month. Griffin penned the chapter “The End of Prehistory in the Land of Coosa: Oral Health in Late Mississippian Village” in the book “Bioarchaeology of the American Southeast: Approaches to Bridging Health and Identity in the Past” (University of Alabama Press).


Burrows uncensored

When the national media watchdog group Project Censored recently named its Top 25 Independent News Stories of last year, five of them were from the group’s SF State chapter, which is overseen by Department of Health Education Lecturer Kenn Burrows. The five news stories — generated by student researchers —were just published in the book “Censored 2019: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2017-2018” (Seven Stories Press). The stories out of SF State were:

  • “How Big Wireless Made Us Think Cell Phones Are Safe—While Selling Millions of Them”
    Student researchers: John Michael Dulalas and Bethany Surface
  • “Regenerative Agriculture as the Next Stage of Civilization—How New Farming Practices Can Help Save the World”
    Student researcher: Amber Yang
  • “The Limits of Negative News and Critical Importance of Constructive Media”
    Student researcher: Amber Yang
  • “Digital Justice: How Internet Co-ops Can Protect Us from Net Neutrality Rollbacks”
    Student researcher: Amber Yang
  • “Parkland Shooter Belonged to Group Advocating Marksmanship as Substitute for Science”
    Student researcher: Bethany Surface