April 8, 2019

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Major fundraising milestones announced

SF State has unveiled plans for major investments in programs, initiatives and infrastructure, made possible through the success of its first comprehensive fundraising campaign. The “BOLD Thinking” campaign has achieved more than 91% of its $150 million goal, including two $25 million lead gifts: one to the College of Liberal & Creative Arts and one to the College of Business, the largest single gifts in the University’s history.

The announcements were made at a University celebration held last Thursday at San Francisco’s Masonic Center. University President Leslie E. Wong announced a history-making gift of $25 million to the College of Business by alumnus Chris Larsen (B.S., ’84, Alum of the Year ’04), his wife Lyna Lam and Rippleworks, a nonprofit foundation launched in 2015 by Larsen and Doug Galen that supports high-growth social ventures around the world. The gift will be largely made through the digital asset XRP and is believed to be the largest gift ever made in a digital asset to a university in the U.S. In honor of the donors’ generosity, SF State plans to name the University’s College of Business the Lam Family College of Business, pending approval from the California State University Board of Trustees. The Lam-Larsen’s gift will support the “Lam-Larsen Fund for Global Innovation” and two endowed chairs.

The evening also acknowledged the extraordinary, longtime support of alumni George (B.A., ’65) and Judy Marcus (B.A., ’62), whose previously announced $25 million gift to the campaign last fall will support the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, including its renowned School of Cinema and its Department of Creative Writing.

Click here to learn more about these fundraising breakthroughs and the BOLD Thinking comprehensive campaign.

Aerial shot of burned homes

Music professor lands Smithsonian honor

School of Music Professor Jassen Todorov is one of the winners of the 2018 Smithsonian Photo Contest. Todorov won in the American Experience category with an aerial photo (left) depicting the aftermath of the 2017 wildfires in Santa Rosa. The Smithsonian Photo Contest is one of the most prestigious photo contests in the world, and more than 48,000 photographs were submitted for award consideration.

This isn’t the first time Todorov has been honored for his photography. In 2018 he was the grand prize winner of the National Geographic Photo Contest. At the moment, several of his photos are on display at the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh as part of an exhibit called “A Human Touch.”

Family and kids at a dock observing a woman holding up a fish net

Discovery Day coming up April 28

On Sunday, April 28, the Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center will open its doors to the public for Discovery Day, the annual open house offering free family fun and hands-on marine science. The theme for this year’s event is “Hope for the Bay,” and EOS Center scientists will be on hand to offer reasons to be optimistic about the future of our waterways. Collect plankton from the Bay, hold and measure invasive green crabs, enjoy games and collaborative art projects and much more!

The fun lasts from 1 to 5 p.m. at SF State’s Romberg Tiburon Campus. Admission and parking is free, but registration is required.

Already love marine science? Then EOS is looking for you. The center seeks volunteers to help with Discovery Day. Volunteers will receive a cool commemorative shirt. You don’t have to be a science expert, but do you to have to be at least 18 years old. Faculty, staff and students are warmly welcomed. A sign-up form is available online

New College of Ethnic Studies dean

Amy Sueyoshi has been appointed dean of SF State’s College of Ethnic Studies (CoES), the University announced. She has been serving as CoES interim dean for 17 months.

“Amy has done a superlative job leading the college and reinforcing its core commitments to community engagement, social justice and educational equity. Fifty years after its historic creation, the college will enter an exciting new chapter under Amy’s bold leadership just as its founding call for relevant education becomes more imperative than ever,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit.

An accomplished scholar and dedicated educator, Sueyoshi has been a faculty member at SF State in Race and Resistance Studies and in Sexuality Studies since 2002. She has published and taught in the areas of sexuality, gender and race and is also an LGBTQIA activist who was honored as the community grand marshal for the 47th Annual San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration and Parade in 2017.

Sueyoshi holds a Ph.D. in history from University of California, Los Angeles and a B.A. from Barnard College of Columbia University.

Center for Bio-Ethical Reform anti-abortion display on campus

The University has been made aware that on Monday, April 15, and Tuesday, April 16, (and possibly April 17) the Center for Bio-Ethical Reform (CBR) will be on campus to conduct a presentation called the Genocide Awareness Project. The content of the exhibit can be viewed at the CBR website www.AbortionNO.org. This presentation includes graphic anti-abortion displays.

This presentation is not a University-sponsored presentation. 

SF State supports and promotes freedom of expression and assembly by all students, faculty, staff and community members, subject to the University’s policies and regulations regarding appropriate time, place and manner. Such regulations exist to ensure that SF State’s core mission of teaching, research and creative activity is not disrupted. The University takes a content-neutral approach to such events — SF State does not endorse or protect any specific viewpoint or perspective and helps ensure the safety and security for students, faculty, staff and general community members.

Members of our campus community may find this content disturbing and offensive; however, the group is entitled to present their materials on campus consistent with SF State campus and facility use policies. These policies preserve the learning environment and ensure that individuals and groups exercising their legitimate rights do not infringe upon the rights of others or disrupt the education process or other operations of the University.

The display will be located in the grassy area just north of the Main Quad area. A number of resources are available for students, faculty and staff who may need assistance:

  • Students who are in need of emotional or psychological support can contact Counseling & Psychological Services at (415) 338-2208 for appointments.
  • Faculty and staff members in need of counseling may call (800) 367-7474.
  • Students who have questions about pregnancy options education can contact Student Health Services (415) 338-1251.
  • SF State’s Women’s Center may be reached at (415) 338-2486.
  • Division of Equity & Community Inclusion is available at (415) 338-7290.
  • For faculty and staff, the Employee Assistance Program offers confidential support for emotional and workplace issues, among other issues. Information, resources and tools are available online or by calling (800) 367-7474.

The Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development and the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion are available to share resources that may help prepare faculty and staff members for dealing with potentially difficult dialogues and competing perspectives that may arise from this presentation. For faculty resources related to difficult dialogues in the classroom, please visit facaffairs.sfsu.edu. For more information about the Division of Equity & Community Inclusion visit equity.sfsu.edu.

SF State awarded $25,000 for La Bienvenida Project

SF State’s Division of Equity and Community Inclusion, in collaboration with the First-Year Experience Initiative, has been awarded $25,000 through the CSU Chancellor’s Office’s “2019 Student Cohort Transition Programs” request for proposals process. Funding will be used to develop an outreach and orientation media campaign that welcomes Spanish-speaking first-year students and their families to the SF State Community. The video production series is titled La Bienvenida Project, which translates to “The Welcome.” The goal of the project is to provide Spanish-language resources and information for first-time students and their families to serve as both an online resource and enhancement for campus workshops and presentations.

Office of International Programs seeks study-abroad proposals

Faculty interested in organizing a faculty-led study abroad (FLSA) program during the upcoming 2019/20 winter break must submit a written proposal to the Office of International Programs (OIP) before May 1. FLSA programs provide an opportunity for faculty to expand their field of knowledge, gain international teaching experience and reconnect/establish ties with overseas colleagues while helping to build a more international SF State curriculum by leading a cohort of students overseas and teaching a course relevant to the country of stay. FLSA programs also allow students to not only experience studying abroad with other SF State students but to also earn credit over the summer, fall, winter and spring breaks through programs designed and taught by SF State professors.

For more information, please visit OIP’s FLSA website or contact Jay Ward, associate director of OIP, at ext. 8-1121 or jward@sfsu.edu

HPW internship and volunteer opportunities

Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) is now recruiting for its Internship and Ambassador (student volunteer) Programs for 2019-2020. The deadline for the HPW internship application is Friday, April 12, by 5 p.m. The HPW Ambassador program is on a first-come, first-serve basis and will be capped at 100 applicants. Know students who’d be perfect for the programs? More information and applications are available online.

Academic Senate report

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:

Old Business

  • Proposed Graduate Certificate in History Education; second reading
  • Proposed Graduate Certificate in Ethical Artificial Intelligence; second reading
  • Proposed Graduate Certificate in Marketing in the Digital Economy; second reading
  • Proposed Revision of #S03-158, Hiring Policy for Tenure-Track Faculty; first reading
  • Proposed Revision of #F16-241, Retention, Tenure and Promotion; first reading
  • Proposed Revision of #F13-267, Academic Freedom Principles, first reading
  • Proposed Revision of #F11-258, Fellowship Committee Policy; second reading
  • Proposed Resolution In Support of Increased Participation of Staff in Shared Governance and Service; first reading
  • Proposed Revision of #S16-014, University Policy on Written English Proficiency; second reading

New Business

  • Proposed Resolution in memoriam Dr. Gail Whitaker; first reading
  • Proposed Movement of the Holistic Health Studies Program into the Department of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism; information item
  • Proposed Minor in Recreation; consent item
  • Proposed Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology; first reading
  • Proposed Policy on a Student Grievance Code; first reading
  • Proposed Policy on Student Grievance Procedures; first reading
  • Proposed Revision of S18-230, Grade Appeals Practices and Procedures; first reading
  • Proposed Revision of S08-246, Graduate Continuous Enrollment; first reading
  • Proposed Resolution in Support of Increased International Student Enrollment and Retention; first reading
  • Proposed Revisions to the By-Laws of the SF State Academic Senate; first reading


  • Proposed Revision of #S09-212, Observance of Religious Holidays; second reading

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

CEETL: After Work Board Games with Colleagues 

Connect with colleagues across campus while having fun at an After Work Board Games with Colleagues event Wednesday, April 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. in LIB 242. The games begin at 5 p.m. Bring your own snacks and drinks or enjoy the pizza that will arrive at 6 p.m. CEETL will provide games like Codenames and Dominion, but you are welcome to bring your own favorites. Information about current CEETL activities will be shared at the event. No registration needed — just come join the fun!

Click here to see the full calendar of Spring ’19 CEETL events.

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

New customer service request application for Facilities Services

Facilities Services is moving to a new customer service request system, from AiM to FacilitiesLink. FacilitiesLink is an organized work management system that captures, tracks and assigns service requests from the first point of contact through to creation and closure of a service request. The system will enhance communication with customers by providing automated work order updates.

You can still request assistance by contacting the Customer Service Center at ext. 8-1568, ext. 8-1569 or (for Housing) ext. 5-4488. You can also submit a service request online at sfsu.metabim.com.

Reminder: Taste of the Bay 2019 is on the way

The 22nd annual Taste of the Bay fundraiser will be held at City View at METREON from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, April 18. All proceeds from the event — which will once again feature the best of the Bay Area’s restaurant chefs, wineries and beverage and dessert companies — benefit the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program and its students. Ready to indulge yourself? Tickets are still available!

Stat CORR presentation: “Geography of the Tidyverse,” April 8

Geography & Environment Professor and Department Chair Jerry Davis will give a Stat CORR talk today from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. Davis’ presentation, “Geography of the Tidyverse,” will explore recent advances in geospatial and data science methods in the open-source software environment R and how they’re rapidly becoming the go-to methods for geographic data science research. Lunch will be served. RSVP to rharvey@sfsu.edu or just drop in.

Reminder: Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event, April 10

The team at the SF State Campus Store will be hosting a Faculty and Staff Appreciation Event on Wednesday, April 10. Stop by the store for coffee and hors d’oeuvres, an additional discount on your next piece of Gator gear, limited-time-only deals on Macs and iPad Pros and more. Questions? Contact Cameron Casey at cameron@sfsubookstore.com

Reminder: Italian food event, April 11

Author and local food specialist Roberto Ferretti will be at the Vista Room on Thursday for an evening of fine dining and storytelling showcasing the Le Marche region of Italy. The fun begins at 6 p.m. Purchase tickets online or email Colin Johnson for more details.

Eric Solomon memorial, April 16

A gathering will take place in memory of Professor Emeritus of English Eric Solomon, who passed away last November. The campus community is invited to remember our beloved colleague in HUM 587 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16.

Jewish Studies and Disability Advocacy, April 18

SF State alumna Lisa Newmark will visit campus Thursday, April 18, to speak on the topic “Jewish Studies and Disability Advocacy.” Newmark is the employment program coordinator for the San Rafael-based nonprofit Integrated Community Services, which provides employment services for individuals with disabilities. She will discuss how her B.A. in Jewish Studies helped lead her into the field of disability advocacy. Her talk will be held from 3 to 4:15 p.m. in HUM 415. ASL assistance will be provided.

Top 5 reasons to participate in 5K Run, Walk & Roll

The annual 5k Run, Walk & Roll event is coming up Sunday, April 28, and Campus Recreation has shared five reasons you should sign up.

1. It’s fun!
2. It’s good for your overall health and wellness.
3. You can connect with local Gators and the SF State community.
4. You can learn how to be more environmentally sustainable.
5. Participants get a free breakfast burrito, T-shirt and goodie bag!

This zero-waste event is a good way to celebrate Earth Month, and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Environmental Resource Center. Staff, faculty and alumni can register to participate for $15. The fun starts at 9 a.m. in Malcolm X Plaza. For more information, visit campusrec.sfsu.edu/special-events/5k-runwalk or email ‪spevents@mail.sfsu.edu.

First Year Pedagogies for Inclusive Excellence Institute, May 30-31

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching (CEETL) and Learning invites eligible lecturer faculty, tenured/tenure-track faculty and graduate teaching associates to join colleagues across campus for a two-day First Year Pedagogies for Inclusive Excellence (FY-PIE) Institute on May 30-31, for which they will be compensated. CEETL invites instructors of record for AY 2018-2020 for any of the following courses: Oral Communication, Written English Communication, Critical Thinking, Quantitative Reasoning and First-Year Experience, Life-Long Learning & Self-Development.

To reserve your piece of the FY PIE, follow this link to register. For more information about this and other CEETL offerings, please visit the CEETL website or email ceetl@sfsu.edu.

“Today” pays tribute to Silvers

NBC’s “Today” honored late Professor of Philosophy Anita Silvers in a recently aired tribute about her life and work. The segment ran March 31 as part of the show’s weekly “A Life Well Lived” spotlight. “Dr. Anita Silvers spent her life fighting for the rights of the disabled,” “Today” host Willie Geist says during the program, “because she knew what it was like to live without them.” You can view the full video here.

New book for Caldararo

Anthropology Lecturer Niccolo Caldararo is the author of “An Ethnography of the Goodman Building: The Longest Rent Strike” (Palgrave Macmillan). Through in-depth analysis and narrative investigation of an actual building occupation, Caldararo seeks to not only offer an historical account of the city’s Goodman Building but also focus on the active resistance tactics of its residents from the 1960s to the 1980s.

McBride talks “Frankly”

Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride will discuss his new book “Frankly: Unmasking Frank Capra” at a signing event Sunday, April 14, at 2:30 p.m. at the Belvedere Tiburon Library. The event is part of the Tiburon International Film Festival. McBride will moderate the festival’s tribute to director William Wellman, which will begin after the book signing at 6 p.m. at the Tiburon Playhouse Theater.

Collins presents paper

Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins presented the paper “Life History and Student Success: Exhibiting Civil Rights Pedagogy” at the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education conference in Indianapolis on March 25. The paper examines the ways in which slave narratives used in the creation of the Smithsonian traveling banner exhibit “IndiVisible: African-Native American Lives in the Americas” have enabled student success. Collins argues that scholars of teaching and learning must begin to re-examine the nature of museum exhibits and their embedded cultural and pedagogical resources if a holistic understanding of their potential impact on African American student achievement is to be achieved.