February 25, 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.

Strategic Plan update available  

The University’s Strategic Plan was three years in the making and finalized in December 2014. Five years later, the progress made through our collective efforts toward meeting those objectives ― short-term, mid-term and long-term ― can be seen here. Feedback and comments can be shared at planning@sfsu.edu.

Dawn Mabalon

Study establishes scope of wasteful oil industry practice

A new study by SF State Assistant Professor of Health Education Lara Cushing and colleagues at the University of Southern California Keck School of Medicine shows that satellite data can be used to track the potentially harmful, underreported oil and gas industry practice known as “flaring.” When companies drill in areas without the infrastructure needed to capture and transport the large amounts of natural gas that can be a byproduct of oil extraction, it is cheaper and easier for them to simply flare — or burn off — the gas instead. This contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, wastes energy and could cause health impacts to people living nearby. Yet the practice is rarely monitored closely.

“The data that’s out there doesn’t systemically track what people are being exposed to,” said Cushing.

Flaring can lead to high levels of airborne particulate matter, which are associated with respiratory ailments, cardiovascular disease and adverse birth outcomes, for instance. The practice can also release volatile organic compounds such as benzene, a known carcinogen.

Cushing and her partners on the study examined satellite data developed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Earth Observation Group for the Eagle Ford Shale Region of south Texas for the years 2012 to 2016. The NOAA data documented widespread gas flares, which appear as circles of light that are bright in the center and dimmer at the edges. Cushing and her colleagues identified more than 43,000 flares over the five-year period.

The researchers’ study was published in Environmental Science & Technology. A follow-up study will examine the health impacts of living near flaring sites. 

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Taste of the Bay is on the way 

Tickets are on sale now for the annual Taste of the Bay fundraiser, which gives participants a chance to sample the Bay Area’s best in dining, wines and more. The student-run event will be held Thursday, April 18, from 6 to 9 p.m. at City View at METREON in San Francisco. All proceeds benefit the Hospitality and Tourism Management Program and its students.

Want more info or ready to buy tickets? Click here.

Discontinuance proposals announced

Per Academic Senate Policy S12-177, the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) is required to inform the campus community of the following discontinuance proposals two weeks before Senate action. Any party interested in filing a response should send an email to claude@sfsu.edu. Discontinuance has been proposed for:

  • Certificate in Biotechnology
  • Certificate in Genetic Engineering
  • Master of Science in Biology: Concentration in Marine Biology
  • Master of Science in Biology: Concentration in Microbiology

I-9 student employment verification process

The Dean of Students Office (DOS) coordinates employment eligibility verification for all students who are employed by the University. Federal law requires employers to verify all employees hired to work in the United States. Student employees can complete the I-9 verification process at the Student Services Building (SSB) OneStop, Window Two during the following hours:

  • Monday through Thursday, 9 to 10 a.m. and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Friday, 10 a.m. to noon

Students who have secured employment on campus must provide original documentation at the time of completion of the I-9 Form. Copies or photos will not be accepted.

We encourage employers to check Campus Solutions to see if a student has an active I-9 on file prior to directing the student to complete the verification process, as they may have been previously verified with other employment on campus. For more information, please email dos@sfsu.edu or call ext. 8-3888. More information is available online.

Reminder: tax prep help available

If your 2018 household income is less than $54,000, you can get free tax help through the SF State chapter of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Information on office hours, the type of returns prepared and what to bring to get help from VITA can be found online. Questions? Call the VITA office at ext. 8-1079 or send an email to vitacoord.sfsubap@gmail.com

Academic Senate report

The Academic Senate met Tuesday, Feb. 19, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Among the meeting highlights:

  • Chair Nancy Gerber asked the Senate to consider ways in which it can respond to the List of Religious Observances circulated through the University.
  • The Senate approved the recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee – Proposed Revision of the Minor in Art History.
  • The Senate approved the recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee – Proposed Revision of the Minor in Studio Art.
  • The Senate approved the recommendation from the Educational Policies Council – Proposed Inactivation of the B.A. in Technical and Professional Writing.
  • The Senate approved the recommendation from the Educational Policies Council – Proposed Inactivation the B.A. in History, Honors Concentration.
  • The Senate approved the recommendation from the Executive Committee – Proposed Revision of #S18-180, Search Committees for San Francisco State University Administrators Policy.
  • The Senate approved the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee – Proposed Revision of #F11-260, Principles Regarding College Naming Policy.
  • The Senate moved to second reading and approved the recommendation from the Educational Policies Council – Proposed Revision to the Baccalaureate Requirements Policy.
  • The Senate discussed the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee – Proposed Revision of #F17-242, Academic Calendar Policy.
  • The Senate discussed the recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee – Proposed Graduate Certificate in Software Engineering.

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

Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship info session, Feb. 26

Interested in pursuing a career in the public sector? You can gain invaluable experience through the Willie L. Brown, Jr. Fellowship! To learn more, come to an info session on Tuesday, Feb. 26, from 4 to 5 p.m. in LIB 222. Questions? Email Jessica Bank, Program Manager, at wbfellows@sfsu.edu.

“UndocuJoy” event, Feb. 27

The Black Unity Center and the Dream Resource Center are excited to invite the campus community to an event titled “UndocuJoy: Shifting Narratives from Pain to Joy with Denea Joseph.” Joseph is a national immigrant rights activist and serves as the communications coordinator and organizer for the UndocuBlack Network (UBN), a multigenerational network of currently and formerly undocumented black people that fosters community and facilitates access to resources. Joseph’s presentation will be held Wednesday, Feb. 27, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the Towers Conference Center.

“Holocaust across the Disciplines” series continues, March 12

The next lecture in the Department of Jewish Studies’ Holocaust across the Disciplines series will be held Tuesday, March 12, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HUM 415. In “Uprooting, Criminality, and Machination: Jews and Nazis in Martin Heidegger’s Black Notebooks,” Xavier University Professor of Philosophy Richard Polt will examine the possible anti-Semitism of an influential German philosopher. Go here to learn more.

CEETL: after work board games with colleagues, March 12

Connect with colleagues across campus while having fun at a CEETL board game event Tuesday, March 12, 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.

Click here to see the full calendar of spring CEETL events. Questions? Contact the CEETL team at ceetl@sfsu.edu.

Writers remember the ’68 strike, March 13

An upcoming College of Ethnic Studies event will bring together more than half a dozen veterans of the 1968 student strike to share their writings on that pivotal moment in University history. “On the Page! Writing Revolution!” will be held Wednesday, March 13, from 5 to 8 p.m. in LIB 460. Among those reading will be Professor Emerita of Asian American Studies Laureen Chew, playwright and educator Judy Juanita and Joel Eis, author of two books on theatre and progressive politics. The event is free, and all are welcome.

McDaniel talks D.A. race

Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel was quoted in a San Francisco Chronicle article about the upcoming race for city district attorney. According to McDaniel, voter turnout might not be as high as for the recent mid-term elections — which could give some candidates an edge. “Voters don’t vote on policy differences between the candidates on a fine-grain policy level,” McDaniel said. “They’re usually guided by partisan and ideological identity. They’re looking for stability.” Read the full article here.

Behrens listed as a top Bay Area filmmaker

Soumyaa Behrens, director of SF State’s DocFilm Institute, was included on an online list of “15 Bay Area Filmmakers to Watch.” “Her films regularly engage with issues of the human condition as well as how political landscapes shape identity and power structures within marginalized communities,” her listing said. The list also included SF State alumnus Anthony Lucero, director of the 2015 drama “East Side Sushi,” and former SF State student Boots Riley.

Karim lands NEH grant

Professor Persis Karim, director of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, received a $12,000 National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to pilot a digital archive that will document the migration history, contributions and development of the Iranian-American community in the Bay Area. Featuring photographs, oral histories and historical documents, the project complements some of the center’s work, including an upcoming conference that marks the 40th anniversary of the Iranian revolution and the largest migration of Iranians to the United States in history. “Many things happened in the lives of the Iranians who left Iran in the immediacy of the revolution and during the Iran-Iraq war that have not been processed or documented,” Karim said. “Iranians had their history partially erased from the cultural landscape of Iran, and continue to face stereotyping and prejudice in the U.S., because of the political tensions between Iran and the United States.” Learn more here.

Kiwi adventure for EDvance staffers

SF State’s EDvance program partnered with the Department of Elementary Education to organize a January study tour to Auckland, New Zealand, in collaboration with the Early Childhood Studies Program at CSU Channel Islands and the Highscope Educational Research Foundation. During the first leg of the study tour, the group — which included EDvance Director Lygia Stebbing and staff member Brijhe Pointer — attended a lecture series organized by New Zealand’s Educational Leadership Project (ELP) and went on excursions designed to expose them to the history of the country, Māori culture and efforts to reform education to ensure culturally sustainable practices. During the second half of the trip, the group stayed on Waiheke Island at a Marae, a sacred meeting place for Māori communities, to gain hands-on educational experience and insight into Māori arts and culture. Go here to read more and see pictures of our colleagues’ New Zealand adventures.