December 16, 2019

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Lynn Mahoney

Fall/Winter edition of SF State Magazine now online 

The latest issue of SF State Magazine highlights the arrival of the University’s first permanent female president, Lynn Mahoney, along with the exceptional achievements of other female members of the San Francisco State community. In the issue’s cover interview, President Mahoney lays out her vision for the University and discusses her history with SF State and her career as an academic and administrator. A feature article shows how the female scientists of color leading the SF BUILD program are creating a space in science for students from underrepresented groups. A second feature walks through the history of women and gender studies at SF State, from its roots in the campus strikes of the late 1960s to the far-reaching impact of the program today.

The issue also includes a Q&A with SF State’s director of athletics Stephanie Shrieve-Hawkins; a historical look at the brief but important interim tenure of the University’s first female president in 1927; the story behind SF State research on the first days of the #MeToo movement; and a collection of achievements from SF State alumnae. Read those stories and more on the SF State Magazine website.

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Family Acceptance Project shares holiday tips for LGBTQ students

The holidays are supposed to be a merry time with friends and family. But it can also be a tough time of year for LGBTQ individuals, who might be in the closet or estranged from family members who don’t accept their identity. Fortunately, Caitlin Ryan — a social worker who has dedicated more than 40 years of her career to LGBTQ health — has identified ways to reduce potential discomfort.

Ryan is the director of SF State’s Family Acceptance Project, the world’s first research, intervention, education and policy initiative for helping diverse families support their LGBTQ children. Through her work, she hopes to help people understand how family acceptance plays a crucial role in the well-being and success of LGBTQ people — particularly youth. She offered tips for LGBTQ people who find this season difficult in a new story on the SF State News website. Among Ryan’s suggestions:

Anticipate What You Might Expect

Many LGBTQ people feel anxious during the holidays as they prepare to visit their family, Ryan says. To limit some of that stress, acknowledge any uncomfortable conversations or scenarios that may happen during your visit and think of the best ways to respond.

Set Boundaries

Set firm boundaries with yourself to protect your mental well-being. For example, if you find yourself in the middle of an uncomfortable conversation, take a break and find a place to catch a breath.

Lean on Allies

If you have family members who are supportive of the LGBTQ community, lean on them for comfort during gatherings. Being able to fully express yourself with people who accept you makes a critical difference.

Celebrate With Your Chosen Family

If your family by birth doesn’t accept who you are, there’s an alternative. Spend the holidays with your family by choice: the people who do accept you. This could be friends, coworkers or neighbors. Also, check if there are local LGBTQ centers in your area that are hosting holiday events. You may find people who are also going through similar situations.

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Protect your paycheck from phishing attacks

The California State Controller’s Office (SCO) recently notified California State University about an increase in phishing attacks targeting payroll information. The attackers send phishing emails suggesting that an employee would like to change their direct deposit routing and account numbers and attempt to bully the employee with several follow-up requests to make the changes.

The Human Resources office at SF State will only accept a Direct Deposit Request Form (Std. 699) with a wet signature (a signature in ink on paper). In addition, when the SCO processes a change to direct deposit bank routing and account information, your first payment into your new account will be within 40 days after your form is received by the SCO. You may receive a paper warrant during this period.

What can you do to help? (1) Always submit direct deposit forms as paper and make sure they are completely filled out, along with your signature. Do not scan the forms and email them to Human Resources. Remember: These forms contain confidential information (level 1) so they should be protected at every step in the process. (2) Report suspicious emails using the “Report Phishing” button in Outlook. More information can be found on the Information Technology Services website.

If you have additional questions about direct deposit in general, please contact the payroll representative for your area or Agnes Cheng, associate director, Payroll at ext. 5-4359 or If you have additional questions about phishing or cyber security, please contact IT Services at or ext. 8-1420.

CampusMemo schedule reminder

This is the last issue of CampusMemo of 2019. The newsletter will be on hiatus during the winter break and will resume weekly publication on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Save the date: Investiture of President Lynn Mahoney

An investiture — the ceremony for formally bestowing a new rank of office on an individual — has been scheduled for the University’s 14th president, Lynn Mahoney. The Investiture will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 18. A campus reception will precede the ceremony from noon to 2 p.m. Locations will be announced in a future issue of CampusMemo.

Accessible Technology Commons update

Over the past year the J. Paul Leonard Library, in collaboration with the Disability Programs & Resource Center (DPRC), has increased the availability of accessible technology throughout the facility in order to increase overall disability-access to information and technology. To date, assistive software is installed on every PC in the Research Commons, Study Commons and the Digital Media Studio/MakerSpace. There are also three accessible computer stations in both the Research and Study Commons that have Dragon Naturally Speaking available. Additionally, laptops with assistive technology and noise cancelling headphones are available for checkout from the Research Commons information desk. In order to provide lower-distraction study space, the Library will be piloting semi-private study pods in spring 2019 and may procure additional units once student feedback is analyzed. Given these improvements, the Accessible Technology Commons (ATC) will close at the end of fall 2019 semester. The closure of the ATC will also make way for the development of a new centralized student tutoring center, opening in spring 2020. In addition to providing a broad range of tutoring services, the center staff will receive disability-specific training to better equip them to effectively tutor disabled students.

For more information on Assistive Technology in the Library visit

Academic Technology moving to LIB 80

Academic Technology (AT) will be moving operations from LIB 220 on the second floor to LIB 80 and adjacent areas on the basement level of the J. Paul Leonard Library starting in the Winter Session 2020. From Winter Session onward, the AT service area in LIB 80 will function as the main service point for anyone needing desktop, iLearn or media and classroom support. Questions? Contact AT at ext. 5-5555 or

EHS Make Safety Happen – Safety Champion of the Month

This month’s Environment, Health and Safety (EHS) Make Safety Happen – Safety Champion of the Month Award goes to Wendy Lopez from the Enterprise Risk Management department. In appreciation, Lopez receives a pair of movie tickets for her work in organizing this year’s Safety Week. EHS would like to thank her for putting together a great event.

Call for proposals: Applied Housing Research Initiative mini-grants 

The Applied Housing Research Initiative (AHRI) has announced the availability of two $5,000 mini-grants. The grants are intended to support faculty–student teams working on applied research to generate new knowledge relevant to pressing affordable housing issues in California (at the state, regional or local level). Faculty who receive these grant awards will be required to submit a working paper (seven to 10 pages) summarizing their project and the key findings and implications for the field. Working papers will be made available on the AHRI website.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as lecturers are eligible to apply. Faculty on sabbatical leave during the application or award period may apply. Faculty participating in the early retirement program (FERP) are not eligible for this grant program.

For award consideration, please submit a one-page letter of interest describing your research project, including (1) significance to the affordable housing field; (2) specific goals and methods; (3) timeline and chances of successful completion. Please also submit your CV. Email both documents to Ayse Pamuk and Brooke Ashton no later than Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Letters of interest will be reviewed on a rolling basis until promising projects are identified. Papers must be completed by Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

For more information about AHRI and to view working papers completed during prior rounds of our grant cycle, please visit the AHRI website.

New Short-Term Loan application launched

An improved custom Short-Term Loan (STL) application for students was released by Information Technology Services (ITS) on Dec. 5. Developed in collaboration with students, the updated STL application benefits students by moving the process almost entirely online. The new STL application provides status tracking of the loan application and is mobile friendly. This streamlined process improves the student experience and provides time and money savings for Accounts Payable-Fiscal Services and the Bursar’s Office. The new loan application process will eliminate the need for paper forms and will automatically calculate interest and late fees within the updated software program.

The project was a result of successful collaboration between Accounts Payable-Fiscal Services, the Bursar’s Office and the following ITS teams: Custom & Mobile Apps, UX/UI, PeopleSoft and Drupal. ITS leadership is grateful to campus partners in this effort and to ITS staff for their input and feedback on streamlining the process and helping to provide affordable loan terms to students.

Please see the Short-Term Loan Benefits page for details of the many benefits of this major upgrade.

Call for nominations: Civic & Community Engagement awards

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is now accepting nominations for the annual Civic & Community Engagement Awards Ceremony. Help recognize students, faculty, staff and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through service and community-engaged scholarship. Nominations are sought for the following categories:

• Faculty Award for Excellence in Service Learning
• Student Award for Excellence in Service Learning
• Community Partner Excellence Award for Campus Collaboration
• Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
• Staff Excellence in Community Engagement Award
• SF State’s Nomination to the Bay Area Jefferson Awards for Public Service

These awards honor students, faculty, staff and community partners whose leadership, service and collaboration strengthen the bonds of engagement that connect the University and the community. The deadline for submissions is Friday, Feb. 14, 2020. For more information about award criteria, guidelines and nomination forms, visit

The Civic & Community Engagement Awards Ceremony will be held 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the Seven Hills Conference Center.

CEETL spring 2020 cohort of faculty fellows and teaching and learning leads

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) is pleased to announce the spring 2020 cohort of faculty fellows and teaching and learning community leads. These staff members will be instrumental in offering faculty development offerings that foster inclusive teaching and learning practices in support of student success, especially as they relate to first year students in the “Golden 5” courses (i.e., First-Year Experience, Oral Communication, Written Communication, Critical Thinking and Quantitative Reasoning).

These faculty fellows will play a critical role in building out discipline-specific components, or slices, of the CEETL Certificate in First-Year Pedagogies for Inclusive Excellence (FY PIE):

  • Crystal Wong, English Language & Literature: Faculty Fellow for Reflective Teaching Practice
  • Jackson Wilson, Recreation, Parks & Tourism: Faculty Fellow for Data Informed Quality Learning & Teaching
  • Maria Veri, Kinesiology: Faculty Fellow for College-Wide Learning Communities (HSS Faculty Learning Community)
  • Amy Kilgard, Communications Studies, or Designee: Faculty Fellow for Pedagogies for Inclusive Excellence (Oral Communication)
  • Doreen Deicke, English Language & Literature: Faculty Fellow for Pedagogies for Inclusive Excellence (Written Communication)

These Teaching and Learning Community (TLC) leads will engage participants in semester-long discussions and reflective teaching practice centered on these themes related to inclusive pedagogies.

  • Cecil (Jason) Bell, Sociology and School of PACE: Teaching “Justice”-Impacted and Formerly Incarcerated Students: Lessons for a Truly Just Classroom
  • Lee Chen-Weinstein and Dan Curtis-Cummins, English Language & Literature: Who’s Who in the Grading Contract: Positional Pedagogies and Contract Grading
  • Kimberly Coble, Physics and Astronomy: Creating Affirming and Inclusive Classroom Environments and Curricula in STEM
  • Dan Curtis-Cummins and Jolie Goorjian, English Language & Literature: Critical Active Pedagogy (CAP) and ExCo
  • Doreen Deicke, English Language & Literature: Retention Strategies for Teachers: Keeping Students (and Us) at SF State (Happily)
  • Kira A. Donnell, Asian American Studies: Exploring, Fostering, and Supporting Lecturer Contributions to the University
  • John Holland, English Language & Literature: Peer Learning with Eli Review
  • Amy Love, English Language & Literature: Reflecting on Reflection
  • Simmy Makhijani, Asian American Studies and Race and Resistance Studies: Teaching the SF State Student Strikes
  • Jen Reck, Sociology: Talking About GWAR in Sociology (TAGS)
  • Crystal Wong, English Language & Literature: Student-Centered ePortfolios
  • Grace Yoo, First-Year Experience and Asian American Studies: Elevating the First-Year Experience: First-Year Seminar Teaching with a Peer Mentor

TLC’s third “slice” in the FY PIE Certificate will launch at the Faculty Retreat on Jan. 23.
For more information about the faculty retreat, TLC topics and how to join a TLC as a participant, please visit the CEETL website.

2020 Call to Service Initiative grant recipients announced

It is with great pleasure that the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) announces the awardees of the 2020 Call to Service Initiative grants. Below are the awardees, listed by category. To learn more about the available grants and recipients, please visit the ICCE Call to Service grant webpage. Congratulations to all recipients!

Add Service Learning to a Course Grant

  • College of Liberal & Creative Arts: Assistant Professor of Latina/Latino Studies Yessica Garcia Hernandez | LTNS 400 Latina Girlhoods
  • College of Science & Engineering: Professor of Psychology Jae Paik | PSY 455 Cross-Cultural Psychology

Partnerships in Service Learning

  • College of Health & Social Sciences: Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy Casey Nesbit | PT 899

Civic Engagement/Civic Learning

  • College of Business: Assistant Professor of Accounting Katie M. Hetherington

Service Learning Student Assistant(s)

  • Jennifer Shea, Associate Professor, Public Administration, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement | PA 746 Organizational Learning and Nonprofit Management

Eisman Award for Engaged Scholarship

  • College of Health & Social Sciences: Associate Professor for Recreation, Parks & Tourism Pavlina Latkova | RPT 470: Travel with Purpose

SF State Kids Camp details available

SF State Kids Camp is back and bigger than ever, complete with an expanding schedule full of revamped field trips, wellness activities and special events. The camp will operate for eight weeks beginning June 8, 2020, offering an array of wellness activities for kids ages 5 to 11. The Campus Recreation department is happy to announce that the Kids Camp webpage is currently updated with all information regarding this upcoming summer. Registration is set to open in late January. Campus Recreation expects the roster to fill up quickly, so sign up fast. If you have any questions or concerns, contact Campus Recreation directly at

Academic Senate report

The SF State Academic Senate met on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in the Seven Hills Conference Center. A summary of the meeting follows. The senate:

  • Approved unanimously revisions to three policies: #S09-222, University Enrollment Management Committee; #S18-243, Charge of the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning Advisory Board; and #S13-177, the Academic Discontinuance Policy.
  • Approved unanimously graduate certificates in Finance and Enterprise Information Systems and a minor in Media Literacy.
  • Approved by general consent curricular revisions to the Graduate Certificate in Artificial Intelligence, the minor in French and the minor in Literature in English.
  • Approved by general consent a resolution thanking and commending Professor of Communication Studies Amy Kilgard for her work as the inaugural faculty director of the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning.
  • Heard in first reading proposed master of art degrees in Curriculum & Instruction and in Early Childhood Education and a master of science in Quantitative Economics.

The full agenda, meeting materials and minutes can be found on the senate website.

Russell retirement celebration, Dec. 19

After 23 years, Information Technology Consultant Russell Kilday-Hicks is retiring from SF State. The campus community is invited to celebrate with him on Thursday, Dec. 19, at the new University Club on the mezzanine level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served. Gene Chelberg will host the festivities.

In Memoriam: Nontsizi Cayou

Professor Emerita Nontsizi Cayou, a pioneer in teaching Afro-Haitian and jazz dance, died Oct. 3. She was 82. Cayou was a catalyst in helping to establish the dance program at SF State and the African American Art and Culture Complex in San Francisco’s Fillmore District. A dear faculty colleague to many at SF State, she was the quintessential ambassador of global artistic pedagogy for African culture, dance, creative expression and community outreach. Known for her majestic and radiant smile, Cayou opened up her home, heart and soul to the arts, culture and people of the African Diaspora. Read an overview of her contributions to the University on the College of Liberal & Creative Arts website.

Sullivan discusses student activism

Professor of Management John Sullivan was a source in a recent Los Angeles Times article about a student-led demonstration on the University of California, Berkeley campus. The students were protesting against a tech company with an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) contract. “They’re more socially conscious than they have been in a long time, and they’ve learned how to make it be heard,” Logan said of today’s students. Read the full article online.

Geography & Environment faculty, students present at meeting

Geography & Environment Department Chair and Professor Andrew Oliphant, Assistant Professor Sara Baguskas, Associate Professor Leonhard Blesius, Professor Jerry Davis and Assistant Professor Leora Nanus, along with several SF State students and staff members, presented posters and gave presentations at the American Geophysical Union’s (AGU) fall meeting. The AGU fall meeting is the largest international Earth and space science meeting in the world. Learn more about the fall meeting on the AGU website.

Logan talks labor at conference

In November, Professor of Labor Studies John Logan was a panelist at Continuing the Struggle: The International Labor Organization (ILO) Centenary and the Future of Global Worker Rights conference in Washington, D.C. The conference focused on efforts to advance workers’ rights globally and addressing the challenges posed by the changing economy and job markets. Logan was part of the panel session “Labor Law Regimes and the Freedom of Association, Including the Public Sector.” He discussed how union avoidance is becoming an international corporate practice.

Calogero shares Kabul insights

Lecturer for the School of PACE Pietro Calogero commented on urban planning and preserving the cultural heritage of Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, in articles published by Reuters and Sight Magazine. Government officials in Afghanistan have been working on redeveloping the city to accommodate the needs of a growing population. However, decades of war have made the process difficult, and the redevelopment process has to be balanced with respect for the past. “The preservation of cultural heritage is important and is far more valuable than converting Kabul into a sterile, glass-and-steel city,” Calogero told Sight. “Monuments and cultural heritage are integral to the political effort to win the loyalty of the Afghan people.”

Burrows, Yang on reconstructing journalism

Founder and Director of the SF State Holistic Health Center and Lecturer for Recreation, Parks & Tourism Kenn Burrows and graduate student Amber Yang discussed the psychological impact that media and journalism is having on society on the radio program “Project Censored.” Burrows and Yang hope to promote a more constructive approach to journalism that deemphasizes negativity and encourages a sense of community engagement. “We evolved to be fearful — a sense that really helped to keep our ancestors alive. Our minds and our behavior are really shaped by threats, both real and unreal,” said Burrows. “We try to predict whether there is something that might harm us, then our behavior needs to change to match to be protective. This fear bias, this negativity bias, right through our biology down to our behavior sets up a particular way of being in the world that helps us overvalue things that we are afraid of and undervalue things that lead to hope and creative possibility.” Listen to the full program online.

Avani remains active for SF State, CSU retirees

Professor Emeritus of Secondary Education Nathan (Natalio) Avani retired earlier this year, yet he remains an active advocate for SF State and California State University retired faculty. He currently serves as the retiree representative on the Executive Board of the California Faculty Association (CFA) chapter at SF State. During the SF State Retirement Association’s annual luncheon and membership meeting held in November, Avani was elected to the board of directors. Earlier this month he was appointed to the statewide Committee on Retirement and Health Benefits by the statewide CFA president.