February 18, 2019

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Rama Ali Kased, Director of Metro Student  Services, Sofia Kakaizada, SF State Senior and Metro student, Mary Beth Love, and Alexandra Urbina, Metro Outreach and Recruitment Coordinator, sit at a table, discussing Metro programs.

Metro College Success Program builds students’ skills — and faith in themselves  

The Metro College Success Program is living up to its name. Founded just a dozen years ago to support first-generation, low-income and historically underrepresented students, the program now serves one in four students at SF State. And those students are graduating at higher rates: 63 percent of Metro participants earn a degree within six years compared to 55 percent of a matched comparison group.

So what do you do with a program that’s succeeding like that? You expand it, of course. Metro recently launched two more “academies” — cohorts of 70 students who learn together for two years — in the University’s College of Science and Engineering. That brings the number of academies at SF State up to 14, with nearly 1,900 active students receiving services.

“A lot of first-generation, underrepresented new students coming to SF State are interested in science and engineering,” said Professor of Health Education Mary Beth Love, who founded the program in partnership with City College of San Francisco (CCSF) in 2007. “Everyone wants to make a living but if you’ve grown up low-income and you are going to college, a major motivation is being able to find a well-paid career.”

Love saw that a program like Metro was needed after noticing that many students entering the public health education major didn’t have the academic skills necessary to succeed. With help from Vicki Legion, her counterpart at CCSF and director of the partner Metro Transfer Success program, Love and her team redesigned the first two years of college, applying a social justice, equity lens so courses like statistics become exciting and relevant.

Read more about the Metro program and the students it helps.

Dawn Mabalon

Late professor’s research remembered through children’s book

Friends and colleagues of late Professor of History Dawn Bohulano Mabalon say sharing was an integral part of who she was. Whether it was a joyful laugh in the history department hallways, help with a new research project or tireless community activism, Mabalon gave of herself to those around her.

“The students loved her so much,” Trevor Getz, Department of History professor and chair, said. “They were always gathered around her to imbibe some wisdom or discuss how history was relevant to their lives and their struggles.”

Even now, months after her untimely death last August, Mabalon is still making a difference. Her last book — the first nonfiction illustrated children’s book about Filipino American history — has inspired a 15-city publicity tour that’s bringing new attention to an unsung hero of the labor movement.

“Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong” tells the story of Itliong’s migration to the United States from the Philippines and his vital role in the formation of the United Farm Workers union. Bridge + Delta Publishing company has teamed with the Filipino American National Historical Society and public relations firm PapaLoDown Agency to sponsor the national tour, which will include visits to schools and bookstores across the country. In addition, a teaching guide is being developed by SF State-based service learning program Pin@y Educational Partnerships, and the book will be distributed to grade schools and universities across the country.

“Her work will be accessible to everybody now,” said Gayle Romasanta, the book’s co-author and publisher. “That’s her legacy.”

511 connecting to a car, bus and bicycle

SF State teams with 511 to promote carpool apps

Parking and Transportation and the Office of Sustainability have partnered with 511 to make your commute easier, cheaper and more environmentally friendly with carpool matching apps. Carpooling apps instantly match potential carpool partners based on schedules and routes to campus. Bonus: Those who sign up for the program are eligible for prizes and promotional deals. Follow this link and follow the instructions to get started.

CalFresh Help Clinic ready to help students

Health Promotion & Wellness’ (HPW) CalFresh Help Clinic, which provides eligible students with assistance buying food, is open for Spring 2019. Students can come to the HPW office at 750 Font Blvd. to meet with a CalFresh “navi-Gator” and receive application assistance, get help with verification documents and connect to other food resources on campus. Drop-in hours and more information on SF State food security programs can be found here.

CEETL invites award nominations

The Center for Equity & Excellence in Teaching & Learning (CEETL) and the First -Year Experience Committee invite nominations for two awards: the CEETL-FYE Excellence in Teaching First Year Students Award and the CEETL High Impact Teaching Award. Please visit the CEETL website for more information and to nominate a colleague!

Kids Camp registration now open

Spring hasn’t sprung yet, but that doesn’t mean it’s too early to start planning for the summer. Beginning in June, the Mashouf Wellness Center will welcome campers who are entering kindergarten through sixth grades to its second season of San Francisco State Kids Camp. The camp’s mission is to provide a safe and high-quality summer experience that engages campers with recreation, field trips and other interactive learning activities. Register via the CampusRec website or send an email to crdcamp@mail.sfsu.edu for more details. 

Holistic Health Celebration, Feb. 18

The Institute for Holistic Health Studies (IHHS) invites the campus community to come to HSS 306 today from 4 to 5:30 p.m. for food, fun and friendly conversation with holistic health students, faculty and guests. The IHHS provides SF State students and the broader community with a deeper understanding of health, healing and optimal well-being from a holistic perspective by integrating diverse cultural, historical and interdisciplinary ideas and practices from around the world. The IHHS is committed to an innovative health promotion curriculum in higher education, one that recognizes the fundamental interconnectedness of life and our responsibility as global citizens. 

Academic Senate meeting, Feb. 19

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:

  • Proposed Revision of the Minor in Art History, second reading
  • Proposed Revision of the Minor in Studio Art, second reading
  • Proposed Inactivation of the B.A. in Technical and Professional Writing, second reading
  • Proposed Inactivation of the B.A. in History — Honors Concentration, second reading
  • Proposed Revision of #S18-180, Search Committees for San Francisco State University Administrators Policy, second reading
  • Proposed Revision of #F11-260, Principles Regarding College Naming Policy, second reading
  • Proposed Revision to the Baccalaureate Requirements Policy, #S18-255, first reading
  • Proposed Revision of #F17-242, Academic Calendar Policy, first reading
  • Proposed Resolution in Memoriam Saul Steier, second reading (3:30 p.m. time approximate)
  • Proposed Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering, first reading
  • Proposed Revision of the B.S. in Computer Science (consent item)
  • Proposed Revision of the M.S. in Computer Science (consent item)
  • Proposed Revision of #S16-264, Online Education Policy, first reading
  • Proposed Revision of #S11-187, Reasonable Accommodation for Employees with Disabilities, first reading
  • Proposed Revision of F16-241, Retention, Tenure and Promotion, first reading.
  • A report from CFO and VP Phyllis Carter

The complete agenda and support documents for the meeting are available online.

Public Administration Program informational session, Feb. 21

Seeking advancement and opportunities in your current field but don’t feel like you have the skills to make it happen? Interested in taking advantage of the fee waiver program and gaining professional development? The Public Administration Program can help you make it happen! On Thursday, Feb. 21, the program will host an informational session for SF State employees who are considering graduate school and are interested in the fee waiver benefit. The director of Academic Services for the Public Administration Program will present on the admission process and fee waiver program. Come to HSS 233 from noon to 1 p.m. to take part.

CSL 101, March 1

Faculty and lecturers are invited to learn about Community Service Learning (CSL) and how to integrate this high-impact practice into their courses at a “CSL 101” workshop, Friday, March 1, from noon to 2 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). Organized each semester by the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE), this workshop will explore how to turn a current course into a CSL-designated class for students or include CSL designation when creating a new course. This valuable session will also provide a brief overview of ICCE, explore how CSL contributes to student success and discuss service-learning outcomes. The workshop will include an experiential component, so participants should bring at least one course syllabus; there will also be an opportunity for small group dialogue to review syllabi for building content connections. Lunch will be served starting at 11:30 a.m.

For more information, contact ICCE Faculty Director Nina Roberts at nroberts@sfsu.edu or visit the ICCE website. Space is limited, so register today!

CEETL's Happy Hour Workshop Series, March 5

CEETL’s Happy Hour Workshop series focuses on sharing faculty members’ pedagogical expertise. The next workshop —“Attending to Grief in the Classroom,” led by Grace Yoo, a professor in the Department of Asian American Studies — will be held Tuesday, March 5, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in LIB 242. In this workshop, you will reflect on the impact of our own grief and loss as teachers, reflect on the impact of grief and loss among our students and identify various assignments in which grief and loss could be used in the classroom.

CEETL will provide light snacks and beer, wine and sparkling water. Come raise a glass, share and learn!

Register here to reserve your space. Questions? Contact the CEETL team at ceetl@sfsu.edu.

Gator Grub Alert Lunch & Learns, March 14 & April 17

Do you want to help feed hungry students and reduce food waste on campus? Join Health Promotion & Wellness for a Gator Grub Alert Lunch & Learn to learn how to post to the Gator Grub Alert, a function of the SF State Mobile app that sends push notifications to students when there is free catered food available on campus. Reserve your spot today for one of the two upcoming Gator Grub Alert Lunch & Learns: either Thursday, March 14, in SSB 401 or Wednesday, April 17, in SSB 404. Both events begin at noon. Food will be provided.

Open Your Classroom, April 8-12 

CEETL invites faculty at SF State to take part in “Open Classrooms: Teaching as a Specta(c)tor Sport.” Referencing dramatist and activist Augusto Boal’s concept of “Specta(c)tors” rather than passive “spectators,” this initiative provides space for active witnessing of one another’s classes. Faculty open their classrooms to their peers in the spirit of making teaching more public. This presents an opportunity to observe the wealth of deep knowledge addressed in our classrooms every day and to become more engaged in our community of teachers/scholars.

By participating in Open Classrooms, you will:

  • Reflect on your own and others’ teaching practices
  • Consider new learning and teaching strategies as you see them enacted
  • Reflect on students’ experiences in SF State classes
  • Build community with other SF State faculty, staff and students

Click here to sign up to open your classroom. or visit the CEETL website to learn more about the Open Classrooms Initiative. Information on how to sign up to visit your colleagues' classrooms will be available March 18.

Guillermo takes ICE to task for “despicable” tactics

Lecturer in Journalism Emil Guillermo wrote an editorial in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education criticizing a sting in which U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials created a fake university. “It was a scheme no less despicable than fake marriage mills of the past,” Guillermo wrote. “This was a fake college set up by ICE in 2015, according to reports, but put into action when the Trump administration took over in February 2017 and went bonkers over immigration. Did they get MS13 gang members? Find the drivers of the cars with the trunks full of bound and gagged women with duct taped mouths? No. They got ordinary folk looking for opportunity.” You can read the editorial in its entirety here.

Karim talks Iranian diaspora

Director of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies Persis Karim discussed the challenges faced by Iranian-Americans in a widely reprinted Associated Press article. “In economic terms, it has been a pretty successful community, however, we have been dogged by 40 years of bad relations between the United States and Iran,” Karim said. “People feel like their place in the U.S. has kind of continuously been under question, or not completely at ease, because of this bigger relationship between these two countries.”

Chronicle tribute for Fraser

Professor Emerita of Creative Writing Kathleen Fraser, who passed away Feb. 5, was remembered in a lengthy San Francisco Chronicle obituary. “She had an amazing ear. She was a great lyric poet. She had poetry in her,” said Nightboat Books Publisher Stephen Motika, who will soon put out Fraser’s final volume of poetry. “She is a little hard to contain because her career is so varied. There are so many different modes. That is rare in American poetry.”

deSoto says goodbye to his childhood home

Professor of Art Lewis deSoto wrote an essay about selling his childhood home that was featured in several publications. “During the work of vacating the house I experienced aural flashbacks of ancient, but living mornings. I would lay in my hotel room some distance from those historical accumulations,” deSoto wrote. “Through the hotel’s east windows I see a riparian riot of trees and scrub along the Santa Ana River. And behind the sentinel of San Gorgonio. Overlapped were these imaginary aural interludes, brief relocation to my childhood room under the wood shake roof.” Read the rest here.

Rohlfs’ research featured in the Atlantic

A study co-led by Assistant Professor of Biology Rori Rohlfs was covered by the Atlantic, the San Francisco Chronicle, CBC and other local and national news outlets. The research shows that women programmers played an important role in genetics for decades, but received scant scientific credit for their contributions. “When [my collaborator] and I look at our elders in population genetics, there are very, very few women,” Rohlfs told the Atlantic. “But there were women and they were doing this work. To even know that they existed is a big deal to me.”