April 15, 2019

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Panelists talking to a big audience

Landmark conference explores Iranian diaspora

More than 200 scholars and artists from the U.S. and beyond gathered at SF State during spring break to share new research and art about the Iranian diaspora from a variety of perspectives and national contexts. Forty Years and More: International Conference on Iranian Diaspora Studies, hosted by the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies from March 28 to March 30, marked the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution. Presentations and panel discussions investigated the ways that Iranians as exiles, as immigrants and as second- and third-generation “hyphenated” citizens of their respective nations have met with both challenges and opportunities.

The conference began with a reception at the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery for Part and Parcel, an art exhibition examining geographies of belonging. Monica Chinchilla, aide to San Francisco Supervisor Asha Safai, read a proclamation from the City and County of San Francisco declaring March 2019 “Iranian Diaspora Month.”

The conference ended on an artistic note, with art, fashion and music at the Minnesota Street Project Art Gallery in San Francisco where Once at Present, an exhibition featuring 19 Iranian diaspora artists from the Bay Area, is on display through April 20.

The conference came at a critical time, according to Professor Persis Karim, director of SF State’s Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies.

“Immigrants and children of immigrants have been vilified and made to feel like other,” Karim said.

You can learn more about the conference here.


A bowl of soup paired with slices of bread and sauce, served on a plate and napkin

There is such a thing as a free lunch

Do you have catered graduation events, end-of-year celebrations, student/staff appreciations or on-campus parties coming up? Do you hate throwing out food after your events? Then join Health Promotion & Wellness for the final Gator Grub Alert Lunch & Learn event of this academic year on Wednesday, April 17, in SSB 404. Learn how to post your excess catered food to the Gator Grub Alert app for students to grab. Lunch will be provided! RSVP here.


Your Story Matters

Reminder: campus climate events on the way

Two Town Hall events coming up Tuesday, April 23, will give the campus community the opportunity to hear an executive summary of results from the recent campus climate survey. The same information will be presented at both events. The first Town Hall will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Both will be in LIB 121.

The University welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you would like reasonable accommodations for this event, please send a message to equity@sfsu.edu as soon as possible so your request may be reviewed.


Academic Senate voting

The voting period for the spring 2019 Academic Senate elections has started and will close at the end of the business day on Friday, April 22. Here’s where to go to vote.

For faculty: webapps.sfsu.edu/apps/senvote/main

For staff: tinyurl.com/S19staffVote

All available ballots, nominees and personal statements can be found at senate.sfsu.edu/content/2019-all-university-election. The link to the voting application can also be found on this webpage.

All faculty and staff members are encouraged to participate in this year’s election and continue our tradition of shared governance at SF State. Questions? Contact the Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or senate@sfsu.edu.


Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative seeks members

In support of Sexual Assault Awareness Month this April, the new Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative (SVPC) on campus is looking for prospective members. The SVPC is a growing community of students, faculty and staff working together to spearhead programs and policies aimed at creating culture change to prevent campus sexual violence and support survivors. The collaborative meets every fourth Friday of the month from 2 to 4 p.m. For more information about the SVPC and how to apply, visit wellness.sfsu.edu/SVPC or contact Denmark Diaz, men’s health educator, at denmarkd@sfsu.edu.


Pride Parade registration and T-shirt design contest

Registration has opened for this year’s SF State Pride Parade contingent. The first 100 members of the SF State community to register online will receive a free T-shirt. Speaking of which: A contest is being held to determine the coolest T-shirt design. Interested? Submit your SF State Pride Parade designs to Ryan Samuels at rsamuels1@sfsu.edu.


Permission number process streamlined

On Tuesday, March 19, Information Technology Services implemented functionality to streamline the permission number process allowing students to enroll in classes containing prerequisites. This was done by integrating Faculty Center Class Permission Numbers and the Online Prerequisite Roster. To enroll in certain classes, students use a permission number granted by the class instructor to add a class after a semester starts. By integrating the Faculty Center Class Permission Numbers and Online Prerequisite Roster, faculty can now check students’ prerequisites and issue permission numbers from one convenient location. In addition, permission numbers can now be tracked from issuance to usage. Once a student is assigned a permission number, the student will immediately receive an email notification containing the permission number and details about the class. Adding these new features to the Online Prerequisite Roster relieves instructors of the burden of managing and tracking permission numbers.


Collaboration made easy with Microsoft Teams

Information Technology Services is excited to present Microsoft Teams Chat to campus. Teams is a service that enables collaborative work such as instant messaging (chat) and one-on-one or group audio chat, video chat and screen sharing with anyone in the campus community. Key features are demonstrated in the three-minute Welcome to Microsoft Teams video.

You can learn even more on ITS’ Microsoft Teams service page at its.sfsu.edu/service/microsoftteams. There you will find instructions on downloading the application, logging in to Teams via the web and helpful links to online videos and training. Faculty, staff and students are all able to get started with Teams. ITS recommends that you install Teams on your computer or have your IT support group do it for you.


Academic Senate report

The Academic Senate met Tuesday, April 9, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Among the meeting highlights:

  • Chair Nancy Gerber discussed the senate elections and the anti-abortion installation that will be on campus April 15-16.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Graduate Certificate in History Education.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Graduate Certificate in Ethical Artificial Intelligence.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Graduate Certificate in Marketing in the Digital Economy.
  • The Senate moved approved the Proposed Revision of #S03-158, Hiring Policy for Tenure Track Faculty.
  • The Senate approved Proposed Revision of #F16-241, Retention, Tenure, and Promotion.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Revision of #F13-267, Academic Freedom Principles.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Revision of #F11-258, Fellowship Committee Policy.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Resolution In Support of Increased Participation of Staff in Shared Governance and Service.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Revision of #S16-014, University Policy on Written English Proficiency.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Revision of #S09-212, Observance of Religious Holidays.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Resolution in Memoriam Gail Whitaker.
  • The Senate adopted by general consensus the Proposed Minor in Recreation.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Policy on a Student Grievance Code.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Policy on Student Grievance Procedures.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Revision of S18-230, Grade Appeals Practices and Procedures.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Revision of S08-246, Graduate Continuous Enrollment.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Resolution in Support of Increased International Student Enrollment and Retention.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Revisions to the By-Laws of the Academic Senate.
  • The Senate discussed the informational item of the Proposed Movement of the Holistic Health Studies Program into the Department of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism.

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


Retention, tenure and promotion workshops for faculty 

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to participate in one of the following workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development Todd Roehrman will conduct the workshops.

Faculty who will be reviewed in the next few years are encouraged to attend. The workshops have been organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, but topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so feel free to attend the workshops that best fit your schedule.

  • Faculty preparing for retention, tenure and promotion to associate professor: Wednesday, April 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m., HUM 587
  • Faculty preparing for retention, tenure and promotion to associate professor: Thursday, April 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m., BH 503 (fifth floor)
  • Faculty preparing for retention, tenure and promotion to associate professor: Monday, April 22, 1 to 2:30 p.m., LIB 121
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor: Wednesday, April 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m., LIB 121
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor: Thursday, April 25, 1 to 2:30 p.m., online via Zoom

Please RSVP online to secure your spot in the workshop.


Reminder: Eric Solomon memorial, April 16

The campus community is invited to gather to remember Professor Emeritus of English Eric Solomon, who passed away last November. The memorial event will be held in HUM 587 from 4 to 6 p.m. tomorrow.


Provost’s Arts and Lecture Series, April 24

The Office of the Provost cordially invites you to attend the inaugural Provost’s Arts and Lecture Series featuring creative works, scholarship and research of SF State faculty. Come to the Seven Hills Conference Center on April 24 from noon to 2 p.m. for a lunch and brief presentations from SF State faculty. Faculty from each of the seven academic affairs units will share their work. Presenters and topics include:

  • Petra Dekens, Earth and Climate Sciences, “Building a Field Guide to Earth’s Climate Future”
  • Amber Friesen, Special Education and Communicative Disorders, “Supporting the Learning and Development of ALL children Within Early Childhood Settings”
  • Kate Hamel, Kinesiology, “In Balance: Mobility Across the Lifespan”
  • Foo-Nin Ho, Marketing, “The Scholar-Teacher Model”
  • Persis Karim, Neda Nobari Chair, Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, “Making Invisible Histories Public: The Challenges & Opportunities of Building the Field of Iranian Diaspora Studies”
  • Eric Pido, Asian American Studies, “Mapping the Afterlife of Migration: Balikbayans and the Return Economy in Contemporary Manila”
  • Catherine Powell, Director of the Labor Archives and Research Center, “The Art of Collaboration: Archives and Artists”

Next BIG Thing Shark Tank, April 24

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 Zeronines.com will be on hand to act as judges. The event will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 24, in LIB 121.


“Giving Grammar Feedback to Non-Native Speakers,” April 24

English Language & Literature Lecturer Esther Chan will present best practices for giving grammar feedback to non-native speakers at a Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Discipline workshop April 24. The workshop will help participants better understand how to help developmental writers improve their writing. Marking techniques and activities that promote self-monitoring will be discussed. Lecturers will receive a stipend for attending, and lunch will be served. The workshop will be held in ADM 153L from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. on April 24. Funds for the workshop are generously provided by the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning. 


Former U.S. ambassador to South Korea campus visit, April 25

Former U.S. Ambassador to South Korea Kathleen Stephens will address audience questions on U.S. diplomacy with North Korea at a discussion in LIB 121 from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 25. Stephens will cover such topics as the Trump-Kim talks, inter-Korean engagement and China’s role in diplomacy with North Korea.


Call to Service grant info sessions, May 6 & Sept. 9

ICCE is announcing the 2020 Call to Service grants for activities occurring during calendar year 2020 (Jan. 1-Dec. 18, 2020). Call to Service grants support SF State faculty and staff in providing service-learning, community and civic engagement opportunities to students and in disseminating service-learning knowledge, research and findings. ICCE will host two information sessions regarding grant categories, submission deadlines and application details.

Information Sessions

  • Monday, May 6, 2 to 3 p.m., Faculty Commons (LIB 286)
  • Monday, Sept. 9, noon to 1 p.m., location TBA

The link to submit proposals online will open on Monday, August 19, at 9 a.m. The 2020 call for proposals will close at 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 1. There will be no extensions. Visit icce.sfsu.edu/grants for more information and the online proposal submission form.

Monday, April 15

Recital: Roger Woodward, piano, and Paul Yarbrough, viola: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Film: “The Long Ride”: 2 p.m. in LIB 460


Tuesday, April 16

Lecture: “Palestine Diary” and “Home Away from Home: Little Palestine by the Bay”: 2 p.m. in HUM 472

Film: An Evening with Celluloid: 6:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre (FA 101)


Wednesday, April 17

Hybrid Teaching Workshop: Face to Face Session: 1 p.m., location TBD

Recital: piano students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Film: Superfest Showcase at SF State: 5 p.m. in LIB 121

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble and Hart Middle School Band: 7:30 p.m. Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building


Thursday, April 18

Softball doubleheader: 11 a.m. at the SF State softball field

Lecture: “Jewish Studies and Disability Advocacy”: 3 p.m. in HUM 415

Paralegal Studies Open House/Information Session: 5:30 p.m., online

Workshop performance and conversation: Darius James and Val Jeanty: 7 p.m. in the Poetry Center (HUM 512)

Theatre: “[title of show]”: 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building


Saturday, April 20

Theatre: “[title of show]”: 2 p.m. the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Gala: Moving Mountains: 50 Years of Asian American Studies at SF State: 6 p.m. in Annex 1 (Life Events Center)

Opera: Menotti Madness: “The Old Maid and the Thief” and “Amelia Goes to the Ball”: 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building


Sunday, April 21

Poetry reading: Darius James: 7 p.m. at the City Lights Bookstore, 261 Columbus Ave., San Francisco

Collins tapped for conference keynote

Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins will present the invited keynote at the American Indian Workshop 2019 conference hosted by Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan, Poland, April 24-27. Collins’ address — “Indigenous Economies: Sustenance, Sustainability and Sovereignty” — will be a person-centered examination of the dynamic impacts of indigenous economies on African and European cultures, as discernible from the anthropological and historical records.


Purser critiques “McMindfulness”

Professor of Management Ronald Purser is the author of the upcoming mass market trade paperback “McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality” (Repeater Books). In the book, Purser debunks the so-called “mindfulness revolution,” exposing how corporations, schools, governments and the military have coopted it as technique for social control and self-pacification. A lively and razor-sharp critique, “McMindfulness” busts the myths its salesmen rely on, challenging the narrative that stress is self-imposed and mindfulness is the cure-all. The book comes out in July.


Cool gives some stellar commentary

Professor of Physics & Astronomy Adrienne Cool went on KRON and KPIX to discuss the first-ever photo taken of a black hole, announced by an international team of scientists last week. Speaking from SF State’s planetarium, Cool told KPIX that the feat was “like taking a picture of a candy sprinkle if it were in New York from San Francisco.”


Journal article for Trogu

Associate Professor of Design Pino Trogu contributed an article to the April edition of “Leonardo,” a journal published by MIT Press. The article is titled “Giorgio Scarpa’s Model of a Sea Urchin Inspires New Instrumentation.” Trogu will discuss his article at a Leonardo Book Club livestream event on April 24. To download the article for free and register for the event, visit www.leonardo.info/civicrm/event/info?id=350.