July 15, 2019

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Two dozen Gators land Gilman scholarships

The Office of International Programs is pleased to announce that 24 SF State students have been selected to receive Gilman Scholarships to help fund their study abroad experiences during the 2019-2020 academic year. The University has consistently been a nationwide leader in producing Gilman recipients. This year’s cohort will receive scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $5,000, with a collective value of $103,000. In addition, 12 students were named as alternate recipients, meaning that they are in line to receive scholarships if current winners decide to withdraw.

The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship is a grant program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and is administered by the Institute of International Education. The program seeks to encourage students of limited financial means to participate in study abroad, with an emphasis on first-generation college students and other student groups that have been traditionally underrepresented in international exchange programs. As such, eligibility is limited to those students who are either currently receiving Pell grants or who will be during their study abroad period. More than 28,000 Gilman Scholarships have been awarded since its inception in 2001.

Since 2013, SF State students have received over $1 million in Gilman Scholarship funding. This year, the University placed third in total recipients, behind UC Berkeley and the University of Washington.

SF State and Office of International Programs would like to extend heartfelt congratulations to our Gilman awardees. These students will be representing the University in study abroad programs in 11 countries: Taiwan, France, the Czech Republic, Australia, the U.K., Japan, Spain, Ghana, the Netherlands, Thailand and South Korea.

Josette Marsh (left) and Kimberly Reyes (right)

A Fulbright future for two SF State graduates

Two recent SF State graduates have been selected to further their education abroad as Fulbright Award winners, joining the ranks of the notable scholars, ranging from Pulitzer Prize winners to Nobel laureates, who have participated in the program.

“I feel like I’m standing on the shoulders of giants,” said Josette Marsh, who will serve as an English teaching assistant at a public school in North Rhine-Westphalia in Germany. “It’s a huge honor.”

The University’s other Fulbright recipient, Kimberly Reyes, graduated with a master’s of fine arts in creative writing last spring and will travel to University College Cork in Ireland to pursue a master’s degree in Irish literature and film.

“This is the first time where I just get to be a student,” said Reyes, who was a working journalist and copywriter prior to focusing on poetry at San Francisco State. “I’m really looking forward to just reading and learning and taking it all in.”

Founded in 1946 by Senator J. William Fulbright, the government-sponsored Fulbright Award program operates in more than 150 countries, giving students and scholars a chance to work collaboratively with colleagues at international universities. Both Reyes and Marsh will begin their programs this fall. Marsh, who graduated in May with a bachelor’s in comparative literature, says her SF State professors helped her make that dream come true. Reyes found crucial support on campus thanks to the University’s Fellowships Office, which assists students and recent alums who are applying for competitive scholarships and grants. In particular, Reyes says, Fellowships Office Executive Coordinator and Advisor Joy Viveros was a major inspiration who encouraged her to “go for the big one.”

For more information on the Fulbright program at SF State, visit the Fellowships Office website.

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SF State study suggests climate change may make marine organisms less nutritious

A new experiment by SF State scientists shows that the oceans of the future may make some types of microscopic algae poor eating for the creatures that feed on them, a shift that would have a big impact on fish and other marine animals we eat. The study’s subject: tiny but important marine crustaceans called copepods.

“It’s hard to find a marine ecosystem where they’re not involved,” explained Morgan Meyers, who led the study as a master’s student at SF State and is now pursuing her Ph.D. at the University of Otago in New Zealand. The crustaceans are a crucial link between the base of marine food webs — microscopic algae called phytoplankton — and bigger marine animals.

That link, along with many other key pieces of ocean ecosystems, may be threatened by climate change. The same carbon dioxide that’s ratcheting up the Earth’s average temperature also finds its way into oceans, increasing the water’s acidity. This shifting ocean chemistry is harmful to many marine organisms.

With the support of three faculty members from SF State’s Estuary & Ocean Science Center, Meyers caught around 100 of a common local copepod species and brought them into the lab, raising half in water meant to simulate the acidity of ocean waters in the year 2100 and the rest in water from today’s oceans. Also in the tanks was some of the copepods’ preferred food: four different species of phytoplankton. Four days later, the researchers discovered, the phytoplankton grown in the more acidic water was already less nutritious than algae grown under current-day ocean conditions. Specifically, the algae in the altered water contained substantially lower proportions of essential fatty acids — important substances that all animals, from copepods to humans, are unable to make themselves and must obtain from their diet. The copepods in the more acidic water laid 50% fewer eggs than their present-day counterparts, and the eggs they did lay rarely hatched.

The team published its research in the journal PLOS ONE on May 20.

Tabling opportunities at 2019 University Opening Convocation Reception

The Academic Senate and the Office of the President are once again co-sponsoring a reception immediately before the University Opening Convocation on Thursday, August 22. The event is open to all campus faculty and staff as a way to kick off the start of the academic year. It is a great way for faculty and staff to meet, network and reunite after summer.

The 2019 University Opening Convocation is Thursday, August 22, at the McKenna Theatre, with a reception beginning at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 9:50 a.m., when seating for the Convocation inside McKenna Theatre begins. There will be coffee/tea and morning refreshments at the reception (no food is allowed inside the theatre), and campus units and organizations have the opportunity to staff an informational table on their activities and services.

Based on the popularity of the event last year and the arrival of our new president, much higher attendance is anticipated this year and there will be additional space available for campus organizations and units to table.

If you are interested in reserving a table at the reception, please email Nancy Ganner at ganner@sfsu.edu and/or the Academic Senate Office at senate@sfsu.edu. A community table will also be available for any information or flyers you’d like faculty/staff to take, without your presence.

There will be limited space in the reception rooms and every effort will be made to include all who are interested, but priority will be given to those who respond by July 30. Please contact the Academic Senate office with questions about the event.

New associate vice president of faculty affairs and professional development

Academic Affairs has announced the appointment of Carleen Mandolfo as SF State’s new associate vice president of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development, beginning August 8. In her most recent role as associate provost for faculty development and diversity at Colby College, she supervised the director of the Center for Teaching and Learning; oversaw faculty search, tenure and promotion processes; and advanced diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives for the campus community. Mandolfo has extensive experience in individual and department conflict resolution, having also served as a trained facilitator for VOEG (Victim Offender Education Group), a restorative justice program developed by Insight Prison Project for incarcerated populations. A widely published scholar of the Hebrew Bible, she is the co-chair of the Society of Biblical Literature's National Task Force on Teaching the Bible in U.S. Public Schools. She received her Ph.D. from Emory University and her B.A. from SF State. 

New vice provost for Academic Resources

Dwayne Banks has been appointed as the new vice provost for Academic Resources. His most recent academic appointment was as dean of the School of Business and Leadership at Our Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio, Texas), where he also served as the university’s chief operating officer and interim president. Prior to that, he served as dean of the School of Business Administration at the American University in Dubai. He is a health economist with more than 25 years of experience in health care economics, econometrics, industrial organization and survey design and implementation. He is also the founder and CEO of Health and Social Sector Analysis (HSSA), a company specializing in data analytics and business strategy. He brings to his new role a firm commitment to transparent communication, productive collaboration, strategic planning and organizational effectiveness as well as to the mission of inclusive education and student success. Banks received his Ph.D. in Economics from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in Economics and B.S. in Chemistry from UC Irvine.

Lot 19 rooftop closed July 17-19

Please be advised that the Lot 19 rooftop will be closed from 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 17, to 5 p.m. Friday, July 19, for a scheduled event. Parking will be available in the lower levels of the parking structure, Levels 1-4 N, for the dates and times specified. Additional accessible spaces will be available on level 2 N through the entrance of the parking structure.

Parking and Transportation apologizes for any inconvenience and thanks lot users for their patience. For any questions or concerns, feel free to contact the department at parking@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-1441.

Housing Prepares to welcome the Class of 2024

The campus will be welcoming students moving into the University’s housing community on Sunday, Aug. 18, Monday, Aug.19, and Tuesday, Aug. 20. In preparation for their arrival, please be mindful that there will be abnormal traffic congestion in and around the campus perimeter, particularly Winston Drive, Lake Merced Drive and Font Blvd. These bordering streets may have restricted parking on these days, so please plan accordingly when arriving to campus. Move-in information for new students and their families (including traffic and parking recommendations) will be available at housing.sfsu.edu beginning August 1. 

Proposals due for faculty-led study abroad programs Aug. 1

Faculty interested in organizing a faculty-led study abroad (FLSA) program during the 2020 spring or summer breaks will need to submit a written proposal to the Office of International Programs (OIP) before August 1 (for spring break trips) and before October 1 (for summer trips).

FLSA programs support the internationalization of the University by providing students a chance to study abroad on short-term programs taught by SF State faculty during the summer, winter, fall or spring breaks while earning SF State course credit. Such 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 curriculum by leading a cohort of students overseas and teaching an SF State course relevant to the country of stay.

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

“Report Phishing” button added to Outlook for mobile

The Report Phishing feature is now available to Outlook for Android and Outlook for iOS users. Mobile Outlook users can now easily report phishing emails via the PhishMe Reporter that has been available via Outlook Web Access and the desktop version of Outlook.

M.O.V.E. Initiative lunch gathering, July 17

Over 100 faculty and staff have joined the M.O.V.E Initiative at the Mashouf Wellness Center, and it’s not too late to participate. The goal is to create a healthier and more social campus community through transformative activities. Interested? Sign up online at member.campusrec.sfsu.edu and join the Facebook group page.

There will be a M.O.V.E. lunch gathering on Wednesday, July 17, from noon to 1 p.m. outside at the Sun Plaza (between the Mashouf Wellness Center and the Recreation Field) to socialize and meet fellow faculty and staff. Food will not be provided, so BYOL (bring your own lunch).

CSU’s Got Talent screening and discussion forum, July 30

Faculty and staff are invited to a screening and discussion for CSU’s Got Talent: Finding Confidence in Conflict on Tuesday, July 30, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 222. The purpose of this engagement is to facilitate the exchange of ideas, perspectives and information as it relates to the professional and personal development of employees. Register via the RSVP page.

In Memoriam: Joseph Messina

Professor Emeritus of Finance Joseph Michael Messina passed away peacefully at his home in Berkeley on June 7. He died at the age of 77 after a 16-year battle with lymphoma.

Messina worked as a professor of finance in SF State’s College of Business for 32 years. During this time, he served as chair of the Finance Department and originated and nurtured what has now become the MBA for Executives Program. He retired in 2009.

Messina graduated from Purdue University with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and an M.S. in Stochastic Control Theory. He later went on to earn an MBA and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. A lifelong Chicago Bears fan, he also had a passion for exercise and fitness, Italian language, culture and food, and travel.

Messina is survived by his wife of 54 years, Susan, his daughter Katie and his grandson Maverick. Donations in his name can be made to the UCSF Cancer Campaign.

Bunge celebrated in retirement resolutions

Retired Dean of Faculty Affairs Sacha Bunge was the recipient of official resolutions from San Francisco Mayor London Breed, California State Senator Scott Weiner and California State Assemblymembers Phil Ting and David Chiu in recognition of her 40-plus years of service to SF State. The Academic Senate recently honored Bunge with a resolution, as well. Bunge earned two degrees from SF State — a B.A. in Psychology in 1976 and an M.S. in Developmental Psychology in 1978 — before receiving her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UC Berkeley in 1989. She remained committed to SF State in multiple capacities: as a lecturer, assistant professor, department chair, associate dean and dean of faculty affairs from 2011 to June 2019. The staff in the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development wish her a long-lasting, happy retirement.

Luby co-leads conservation project

Professor and Director of Museum Studies Edward M. Luby recently teamed with Isaya Onjala, assistant director of the National Museums of Kenya, to lead a community-based archaeological conservation project at Thimlich Ohinga in Kenya. On April 18, celebrations were held at the 500-year-old site to coincide with World Heritage Day, also known as International Day for Monuments and Sites.

Cookston on the changing face of fatherhood

A Wired story about Father’s Day included Professor of Psychology Jeff Cookston’s thoughts on how today’s dads differ from yesteryear’s. “Fathering has changed a lot,” said Cookston, who studies fatherhood. “We asked 400 dads to tell us what they do well as parents, and very few mentioned providing for their families. The dads celebrated the time they spend with their kids and nurturing a balanced emotional relationship.”

King talks “managed retreat”

Associate Professor of Economics Phil King discussed managed retreat — moving development away from coasts — as a response to sea-level rise in a recent Los Angeles Times article. King, who has consulted for a number of beachside cities, believes that what Californians need is a clear statewide plan. “If we start to think about managed retreat today, we can avoid the problems that people had with the fires in Paradise, where all of a sudden everything just disappears,” he said

Purser examines mindfulness movement

Professor of Management Ron Purser’s new book “McMindfulness: How Mindfulness Became the New Capitalist Spirituality” was published July 9. Prior to the release he discussed why the concept of “mindfulness” has become so popular in Silicon Valley in an interview with Salon. “There is no critical questioning as to why employees in tech firms are so stressed, nor is there any challenge to the brutal and long hours these employees have to endure. Instead, mindfulness offers a way to keep employees complicit and productive, maintaining the status quo,” he said. Earlier this month, Purser appeared on KQED’s “Forum” to further discuss the growing popularity of technology-assisted mindfulness practices. You can listen to the interview on KQED’s website.

Chernoff poetry published

“Under the Music,” a new book of poems by Professor of Creative Writing Maxine Chernoff, was recently published by MadMat Press. Learn more at the MadHat website.

New book for Paulson

Professor of English Language and Literature Julie Paulson is the author of “Theater of the Word: Selfhood in the English Morality Play.” The book was published by the University of Notre Dame Press last month.

New roles, publications for Yee-Melichar

Darlene Yee-Melichar, professor and coordinator of the Gerontology Program in the School of Public Affairs and Community Engagement, has been elected to the Board of Directors for the California Advocates for Nursing Homes Reform (CANHR). A nonprofit advocacy organization, CANHR is dedicated to improving the choices, care and quality of life for California’s long-term care consumers. Yee-Melichar was also elected as CANHR board secretary, and she was active in helping to plan the organization’s 35th Anniversary Fundraising Gala, which took place May 4 at SF State’s Towers Conference Center. At its May 17 organizational meeting, the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) elected Yee-Melichar to be member-at-large of its Executive Committee. Yee-Melichar also co-authored two recently published pieces: the research review “Engagement and Utilization of Advance Care Planning and Hospice in Different Older Asian American Populations” (which appeared in a special issue of the journal OBM Geriatrics) and “Cultural and Ethnic Perspectives on Enhancing Resilience in Aging” (which appeared in a new edition of the book “Resilience in Aging: Concepts, Research, and Outcomes”).