Nancy Pelosi to be Commencement keynote speaker
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will be the keynote speaker at SF State’s 118th Commencement on Tuesday, May 28.
Speaker Pelosi will address the more than 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students receiving their degrees as well as an expected 30,000 guests. The graduation ceremony will be held at San Francisco’s Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park) for the fifth year in a row.
Nancy Pelosi is the 52nd Speaker of the House of Representatives, having made history in 2007 when she was elected the first woman to serve as Speaker of the House. Now in her third term as Speaker, Pelosi made history again in January 2019 when she regained her position second-in-line to the presidency, the first person to do so in more than 60 years. For 31 years, Speaker Pelosi has represented San Francisco’s 12th District in Congress.
In addition, the University will honor three individuals with special awards. The President’s Medal will be bestowed upon businessman Allam El Qadah and the late educator and author Joseph L. White, “the father of black psychology.” Novelist, feminist and University of California, Berkeley Professor Emerita of English Maxine Hong Kingston will receive an honorary doctorate of fine arts.
The graduate procession begins at 5:30 p.m., with the Commencement ceremony starting at 6:30 p.m. Fireworks will close the event at about 9:30 p.m.
Live updates and photos from the ceremony will be posted to the University’s Twitter, Instagram, Facebook and Snapchat accounts. Graduates and guests can tag their Commencement posts on social media using the hashtag #SFSU2019. More details are available online at commencement.sfsu.edu.
Fashion show empowers students, promotes inclusivity
More than 160 students are working as models, designers and promoters for this year’s Apparel Design and Merchandising fashion show, Runway 2019: Kaleidoscope, coming up Thursday, May 9. As in previous years, the focus will be on pushing fashion boundaries by developing diverse and inclusive apparel and accommodating the perspectives and needs of students with disabilities.
“That broadens and enhances [student designers’] abilities,” said Professor of Apparel Design & Merchandising Connie Ulasewicz. “It makes them stronger in the workforce and as individuals.”
The students chose family, friends and fellow classmates to model their collections, though some reached out to modeling agencies. SF State’s Disability Programs and Resource Center also referred student models with disabilities who collaborated with the designers.
Phyllis Wong, wife of SF State President Leslie Wong, has been instrumental in the creation of the runway show over the years. She says the event’s emphasis on inclusivity and individuality lets students express their ideals through their work.
“Social justice is about valuing everybody, and that’s a powerful idea,” said Wong. “People can go to an event like this and leave a changed person. Some may change a small amount, but some really are transformed by seeing what our students are doing.”
Runway 2019: Kaleidoscope will be held at the Student Life Center at Annex 1. The venue is wheelchair accessible. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and the show begins at 7:30 p.m. Visit the Runway 2019: KALEIDOSCOPE Eventbrite page to purchase tickets.
Summer Session paves the way for faster graduation
Registration is underway for the 2019 Summer Session, which offers students 630 courses, 133 of which can be taken online. In 2018, more than 6,000 students took Summer Session classes at SF State. Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Maria Martinez says 95 percent of freshmen who did so returned in the fall — a vast improvement from the typical freshman retention rate.
“If you’re taking summer classes, then the likelihood that you will graduate in a timely manner is higher,” said Martinez. “We recognize that there are a number of students who have work and family responsibilities and may not take a full load of courses every semester. Summer Session can be used as a time to catch up.”
SF State’s Summer Session allows students to take required courses that may have limited enrollment in the fall. Summer classes are held over five, eight or 10 week sessions, so students can choose the schedule that best fits their summer plans. And available summer housing is another benefit: This year, freshmen living in student housing who stay on campus for Summer Session will be given priority confirmation of their housing request their sophomore year.
The first Summer Session classes begin June 10. Students looking for information about registration, dates, classes, fees, housing and more should go to summersession.sfsu.edu.
Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative seeks members
Are you interested in helping create culture change to prevent sexual violence? The new Sexual Violence Prevention Collaborative (SVPC) on campus is looking for prospective members to join its growing community of students, faculty and staff working together to spearhead program and policy changes aimed to prevent campus sexual violence and support survivors. Faculty, staff and students with high leadership potential are strongly encouraged to apply for this great professional development opportunity.
Learn more about the collaborative’s work by attending its last info session of the semester on Thursday, May 2, 2019 in the Student Health Services Conference Room from noon to 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be served.
Campus climate assessment available
Anyone who missed last week’s Town Halls on results of the recent campus climate survey can review material from the presentations online. A PDF of the presentations is available via the Campus Climate Initiatives website. The overview of survey results identifies major themes, examines reasons students leave SF State, sets the stage for what comes next and much more.
Associate vice president for faculty affairs interviews coming up
Final candidates have been selected to interview for the position of associate vice president for faculty affairs. The campus community is invited to attend the candidate presentations. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a light reception.
May 6 & 7: Laura W. Burrus, Chair, Department of Biology, SF State
Presentation: Tuesday, May 7, from 10:45 a.m. to 12:05 p.m. in LIB 244
May 8 & 9 : Carleen Mandolfo, Associate Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity, Colby College
Presentation: Thursday, May 9, from 1:45 to 3:05 p.m. in LIB 286
May 15 & 16: Eileen Chia-Ching Fung, Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities & Honors College, University of San Francisco
Presentation: Wednesday, May 15, from 1:15 to 2:35 p.m. in LIB 244
For changes and updates to presentations and candidate information please go to academic.sfsu.edu/content/associate-vice-president-faculty-affairs. All information will be updated as it becomes available.
Black Unity Center director candidates coming to campus
The Division of Equity & Community Inclusion will be hosting community forums to introduce finalists for the Black Unity Center director position. The division has invited three candidates to campus to discuss their interest and experience in serving as the center’s new director. Candidates will be on campus all day on separate days. Each candidate will provide the campus with a presentation. An opportunity to respond to questions from the community will follow.
Candidates, forum dates, times and locations are as follows:
- Norris Allen Edney III: Friday, May 3, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center
- Tarshel Beards: Monday, May 6, from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Student Health Services Building Conference Room
- Calvin McFadden: Wednesday, May 8, from 1 to 2 p.m. in BUS 202
Resumes and additional information will be shared at the start of each presentation. Campus community participation and critical feedback about the candidates are important to the search process, and the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion thanks you in advance for your support.
Retirement Association announces travel grant awardees
The University Retirement Association is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2019 staff travel grants. The recipients are:
- Beverly Colindres, College of Business, Hospitality & Tourism Management
- Susan Cuong, College of Health & Social Services
- Amber Johnson, College of Science & Engineering, Biology
- Noe Mora, Educational Opportunity Program
- Renee Stephens, Educational Opportunity Program
- Ashley Wolff, College of Business, Management/Labor Studies
The Retirement Association congratulates these outstanding staff members.
First-Year Seminar Peer Mentor program seeking applications
The University’s First-Experience Initiative will launch its First-Year Seminar Peer Mentor program in the 2019-2020 academic year. Mentors will be part of an inaugural program supporting new students at SF State. Applications are currently being accepted for program mentors. The deadline to apply is May 30. For more information and to complete the application, students may go here.
Men's basketball youth camp
SF State’s men’s basketball program is proud to host a week of b-ball fun with its Gator Kids Camp June 24 through June 28. This weeklong session will teach basketball fundamentals, teamwork and sportsmanship in a fun and encouraging environment. Campers will enjoy energetic coaches teaching dribbling, passing, shooting, defense and the rules of the game. Each day campers will learn new skills and apply those skills in fun and competitive games. All skill levels are encouraged to attend. Register online or contact Andrew Kochevar for more information.
Sanctuary lecture at the Global Museum, April 30
On Tuesday, April 30, curators Jacqueline Francis, an associate professor at the California College of the Arts (CCA), and Kathy Zarur, a lecturer at CCA, will discuss their upcoming exhibition curated around the theme of sanctuary. What do San Franciscans, both its residents and its diasporic community, think about the highly debated issue of sanctuary? Their exhibition features artworks that weigh in on the subject, considering topics of civic dialogue, immigration, diaspora, borderlands, belonging, nationalism and public activism. The discussion will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Global Museum (FA 203). A reception will follow. Co-sponsored with the Department of Anthropology, this event is free and open to all.
Benefits events coming up in May
The Human Resources benefits team has a full slate of events lined up for next month, and faculty and staff are invited to take part. On the docket for May:
CalHR Savings Plus 401k/457b Plan Education Event (workshop)
Tuesday, May 7, 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., ADM 255
CalHR Savings Plus 401k/457b Plan Education Event (individual consultations)
Tuesday, May 28, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., ADM 255
HR Benefits Presents “CalPERS Information Session”
Wednesday, May 29, 9 a.m. to noon, location TBD
Fidelity Plan Education Event (individual consultations)
Thursday, May 30, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., ADM 255
Registration information for Savings Plus and Fidelity events can be found on HR’s Benefits Events & News page. No registration will be required for the HR Benefits Presents event. If you are unable to attend, keep an eye on the Benefits Events & News page as additional events are scheduled throughout the year.
College of Ethnic Studies majors and minors info session, May 1
The campus community is invited to learn about new majors and minors in the College of Ethnic Studies Wednesday, May 1, from 3 to 4 p.m. in EP 116. Proposed majors include race and resistance studies, while proposed minors include critical Pacific Islands and Oceania studies, queer ethnic studies and critical mixed-race studies. This event is sponsored by the Ethnic Studies Student Resource and Empowerment Center.
Social Science Student Symposium, May 2
The 44th annual Social Science Student Symposium will be held Thursday, May 2. It will feature undergraduate and graduate students from across the CSU system presenting their research at morning and afternoon panels in the Seven Hills and Towers Conference Centers. It is organized by the Social Science Research and Instructional Council and hosted this year by Associate Professor Francis Neely and Assistant Professor Marcela Garcia-Castañon of the Department of Political Science. The College of Liberal & Creative Arts, the College of Health & Social Sciences, the Department of Political Science and the Political Science Student Association are campus sponsors. Everyone is welcome to attend a panel or two. Panels begin at 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please check in at the Seven Hills Conference Center for directions.
Reminder: Phi Beta Kappa annual initiation ceremony, May 3
SF State’s Phi Beta Kappa Society chapter wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members of the Phi Beta Kappa Annual Initiation Ceremony Friday, May 3, from 3 to 5 p.m. in LIB 121. President Leslie Wong will be the keynote speaker. The title of his keynote speech is “Today’s Talent — Tomorrow’s Accomplishments.” Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to society treasurer Lisa Takeyama, associate professor of economics. Please make checks payable to Phi Beta Kappa Omicron.
CEETL’s Equitable Teaching Series continues, May 7 & 8
CEETL’s Equitable Teaching Series explores foundational teaching approaches that foster equity and inclusivity in support of student success. In the next workshop of the series, offered on Tuesday, May 7, and Wednesday, May 8, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 242, participants will:
- Identify and model characteristics of reflective practice — specifically, the cycle of returning to and reexamining experiences and integrating new knowledge or connections into one’s conceptual framework
- Compare and consider strategies for self-reflection, peer-reflection and student-driven reflection
- Engage in reflection and leave with a plan for implementing reflective practice
In order to accommodate as many faculty as possible, the same workshop is offered both dates and can be arranged on additional dates by departmental request. Bring your own lunch — CEETL will provide dessert and beverages!
Questions? Contact the CEETL team at email@example.com.
Museum accessibility program, May 9
The Global Museum and the Paul K. Longmore Institute are hosting a joint program about museum accessibility on Thursday, May 9, from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Global Museum (FA 203). “Beyond Compliance: Making Museums Accessible for People with Disabilities” will explore opportunities and strategies for making museums and exhibitions more accessible and celebrate the important perspective disabled people bring to our world. Speakers include UC Berkeley Lecturer in English Georgina Kleege, Contemporary Jewish Museum Access & Community Engagement Manager Cecile Puretz, Asian Art Museum Digital Project Director Andrew Lau and graphic and user experience designer Josh Halstead. This event is free and open to all.
Microaffirmations as Tools for Inclusion, May 9
CEETL’s Happy Hour Workshop series focuses on sharing faculty members’ pedagogical expertise. The next workshop in the series, Microaffirmations as Tools for Inclusion, will be held Thursday, May 9, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in LIB 242 and will be led by Professor Leticia Márquez-Magaña of the Department of Biology. In this workshop, participants will:
- Gain understanding of the need for microaffirmations
- Explore examples of verbal and nonverbal microaffirmations
- Create and share microaffirmations based on students’ values and their community cultural wealth
Come raise a glass with your peers: CEETL will provide light snacks and beer, wine and sparkling water.
In Memoriam: Leonard L. Wolf
Professor Emeritus of English and Creative Writing Leonard L. Wolf passed away March 20. Wolf wrote more than 20 books, including two books of poetry, and was a leading translator of Yiddish literature. In the late 1960s, he founded Happening House, a free university that aimed to help drop-outs complete a degree. A service was held for Wolf in Corvalis, Ohio, last month.
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Millet to edit comparative Jewish literatures series
Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies Kitty Millet has been named editor of Bloomsbury’s new series on comparative Jewish literatures. The first of its kind, the series will focus on the diversity of Jewish writing on a global scale. In conjunction with a consulting editorial board of scholars across six continents, Millet hopes to establish comparative Jewish literatures as a key subfield within both Jewish studies and comparative literature. The series' first book will be Millet’s “Literature and Kabbalah” (2021).
Rubin on “mean-spirited” Palo Alto law
School of Public Affairs & Civic Engagement Associate Professor Jasper Rubin spoke with the San Francisco Chronicle about a Palo Alto municipal code that limits access to a lush park to city residents and employees only. The article appeared on the newspaper’s front page, including a quote from Rubin. “It’s certainly not within the tradition of parks, at least in the 20th century,” Rubin said. “It seems perhaps a little mean-spirited, but whether it’s ethically questionable, I don’t know. If the goal is to keep out other people who don’t have another park to go to, it would be exclusionary.” Read the full article here.
Kaplan talks Trump, Israel
On April 11, Goldman Chair in Israel Studies Eran Kaplan spoke at the Berkeley Institute for Jewish Law and Israel Studies on the recent Israeli elections. He was joined at the podium by the University’s visiting Israel Institute lecturer, Anat Balint. On April 12 Kaplan spoke at the Commonwealth Club in San Francisco on the topic “Trump and the Middle East.”
Thumbs up for McBride
Film critic David Walsh has written a lengthy discussion of School of Cinema Professor Joseph McBride’s book “How Did Lubitsch Do It?” for the World Socialist Web Site. McBride’s book examines the films of Ernst Lubitsch, an influential director known mostly for classic comedies like “The Shop Around the Corner” and “To Be or Not To Be.” The book inspired Walsh to do a deep dive into Lubitsch’s oeuvre, ultimately concluding that McBride writes “extensively and fluently” about the master moviemaker.