March 25, 2019

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Prospective students at a booth at Sneak Preview

University welcomes future students to campus

The annual Sneak Preview event, to be held Saturday, April 6, will once again give prospective Gators a taste of SF State. More than 16,000 potential students and their family members are expected to attend.

The all-day open house is a chance to experience SF State’s unique offerings, from a vibrant student life to residential and dining options. Representatives from academic departments and student organizations will also showcase what they have to offer, and guests will be able to tour the Mashouf Wellness Center and check out its many services and features throughout the day. Prospective students and their families may also attend workshops on financial aid, take campus tours and learn about the more than 70 majors offered at the University.

“It’s a day to explore, a day for students and families to see what SF State is about,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management Maria Martinez. “It’s important for students to start understanding the community we have to offer them, because education is not just a classroom. It’s all the different events and services that a university has to offer.”

Sneak Preview will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. For additional details, visit future.sfsu.edu/sneak-preview.


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Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies to host conference

On the heels of the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Iranian Revolution, scholars, artists and researchers will gather at SF State March 28 – 30 to examine the rich global Iranian diaspora experience. In an era of heightened anti-immigrant, anti-Muslim sentiment, Forty Years & More: International Conference on Iranian Diaspora Studies will offer a forum for new research and dynamic conversations around themes of identity, racism and assimilation. Hosted by SF State’s Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies, the conference will feature presentations from some of the world’s foremost scholars about what the past 40 years have meant for transnational Iranians.

Details about the conference, which will be bookended by two art exhibitions featuring work by Iranian-American artists, can be found at cids.sfsu.edu/conference.


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Campus climate Town Halls coming up

An executive summary of results from the recent campus climate survey will be presented at two Town Hall events on Tuesday, April 23. The campus community is invited to come hear the summary and ask questions. The same information will be presented at both events. The first Town Hall will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. The second will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Both will be in LIB 121.

The University welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. If you would like reasonable accommodations for this event, please send a message to equity@sfsu.edu as soon as possible so your request may be reviewed.


New College of Science & Engineering dean

Carmen Domingo has been appointed dean of SF State’s College of Science and Engineering (CoSE), the University announced. She has been serving as CoSE interim dean since August 2017.

“Dean Domingo has done an exceptional job advancing the college and strengthening its core commitments to educational equity, research excellence and operational effectiveness,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit. “Under her visionary leadership, CoSE is poised to move ahead into a bright future at a time when its disciplinary strengths and innovative initiatives are more important than ever.”

An accomplished scholar and dedicated teacher, Domingo has been a faculty member at SF State since 1997. A full-time professor in the Department of Biology, her research focuses on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms behind how embryos develop. Her career and research also focuses on efforts to increase the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields. She is widely admired for her collaborative leadership style, her commitment to innovation in teaching and research and her deep understanding of CoSE and SF State.


Wilson named interim vice president for Administration & Finance

March 21, 2019, was Phyllis Carter’s last day at San Francisco State University. She joined SF State as vice president for Administration & Finance and chief financial officer in June 2018.

The University appreciates Phyllis’ service and contributions to the campus. 

Jeff Wilson will serve as interim vice president until the position can be filled permanently. He joined San Francisco State in September 2017 as associate vice president of Fiscal Affairs. Wilson was at Sonoma State from 2006-2017 where he served as senior accountant for the Sonoma State Foundation, deputy controller for sponsored programs administration and senior director for strategic initiatives and for the Office of Faculty Research and Sponsored Programs. Prior to joining Sonoma State he worked in audit and advisory services and consulting at Deloitte and held positions in the banking and retail industries. He is a licensed certified public accountant and received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Alabama.


Sneak Preview volunteers needed

Student Outreach Services is requesting your help with Sneak Preview 2019, to be held Saturday, April 6. Student Outreach Services is looking for volunteers from the campus community to assist with set-up, breakdown, greeting visitors and registration. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt, a meal ticket and gratitude for their service! To sign up, please go to gecko.fm/ovekv.

For more information about Sneak Preview 2019, visit future.sfsu.edu/sneak-preview.


SF State Global Login change

The SF State Global Login page is getting an exciting makeover to improve security and promote campus pride. The change will occur on Tuesday, April 2, at 10 p.m. and should last 10 minutes. The redesigned login page will display an image of the campus in the background, which can be seen at its.sfsu.edu/announcements.

The main purpose of this redesign is to improve security. Information Technology Services (ITS) also wanted to improve the login experience by providing an uncluttered login screen. The newly designed page was created by former ITS student assistant and SF State alumnus Bret Antonio Rodriguez and current ITS UX student assistant Emma Lynn Loveless.

Users may experience an interruption in the SF State Global Login page for a 10-minute period during the switch out at 10 p.m. on April 2. During that time, users will not be able to access services that require the SF State Global Login.


Staff travel grants deadline coming up April 1

The deadline for the San Francisco State Retirement Association’s (SFSURA) staff travel grants is April 1. Additional information and the application form are available at retire.sfsu.edu. The application must be signed and emailed to all members of the committee:


ICCE announces 2020 Call to Service grants

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is announcing the 2020 Call to Service grants for activities occurring during calendar year 2020 (Jan. 1 – Dec. 18, 2020). Call to Service grants support SF State faculty and staff in providing service-learning, community and civic-engagement opportunities to students and in disseminating service-learning knowledge, research and findings. ICCE will host two information sessions regarding grant categories, submission deadlines and application details.

Call to Service Information Sessions:
Monday, May 6, 2 – 3 p.m., Faculty Commons, LIB 286
Monday, Sept. 9, noon – 1 p.m., location TBA

The proposal application opens on Monday, August 19 at 9 a.m. The deadline for proposals for all categories is Tuesday, October 1, at 5 p.m. Visit icce.sfsu.edu/grants for more information and the online proposal submission form. Note: Funding for awards is dependent on ICCE allocation from the CSU Chancellor’s Office.


Academic Senate report

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

  • Chair Nancy Gerber discussed the losses in the community: Gail Whittaker and Anita Silvers.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Revision of #F16-241, Retention, Tenure, and Promotion.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Master of Science Degree in Statistical Data Science.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Certificate in Computational Linguistics.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Minor in Queer Ethnic Studies.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Minor in Critical Pacific Islands & Oceania Studies.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Resolution in Honor of the ’68 Student Strike at SF State with amendments.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Resolution on the ASCSU General Education Task Force Report with amendments
  • The Senate discussed Proposed Revision of #S09-212, Observance of Religious Holidays.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Revision of #F13-267, Academic Freedom Principles.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Resolution in Support of a Student Ombudsperson.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Revision of #F17-242, Academic Calendar Policy.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Revision of #S03-158, Hiring Policy for Tenure Track Faculty.
  • The Senate adopted by general consensus the Proposed Revision of the B.A. in History.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Graduate Certificate in History Education.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Graduate Certificate in Ethical Artificial Intelligence.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Graduate Certificate in Marketing in the Digital Economy.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Revision of #F11-258, Fellowship Committee Policy.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Resolution In Support of Increased Participation of Staff in Shared Governance and Service.
  • The Senate discussed the Proposed Revision of #S16-014, University Policy on Written English Proficiency.
  • The Senate discussed and adopted by general consensus the Proposed Change of Name for the College of Business.

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


Audition for Commencement national anthem singer, April 2

An audition will be held Tuesday, April 2, for a national anthem singer for this year’s Commencement. The audition is open to all students graduating this summer (undergrads and grads) or who graduated in Fall 2018. Candidates should be prepared to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” unaccompanied. A signup sheet is posted opposite the Music Office in the Creative Arts building.

Audition time: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: CA 136, Creative Arts Building

This year’s commencement will be held Tuesday, May 28, in Oracle Park (formerly AT&T Park). Regalia is required, and the singer needs to arrive by 4 p.m.


Happy Hour Workshop: Choosing Your Learning Mode, April 3

CEETL’s Happy Hour Workshop series focuses on sharing faculty members’ pedagogical expertise. A workshop on Wednesday, April 3, from 4 – 5:30 p.m. in LIB 242 and will focus on the theme “Choosing Your Learning Mode.” Led by Associate Professor Jackson Wilson of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, the workshop will show participants how to:

  • Understand the variety of learning mode options
  • Understand who chooses the learning mode of a section and how to communicate the learning mode to students
  • Explore some of the reasons why a specific learning mode would be more or less appropriate

CEETL will provide light snacks and beer, wine and sparkling water. Come raise a glass and learn! Please register here to reserve your space.

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


Spring 2019 Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Workshops for Faculty next month

The Office of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development invites faculty to participate in one of the following workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs & Professional Development Todd Roehrman will conduct the workshops.

Faculty who will be reviewed in the next few years are encouraged to attend. The workshops have been organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, but topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so feel free to attend the workshop that best fits your schedule.

  • Faculty preparing for retention, tenure and promotion to associate professor: Wednesday, April 17, 10 to 11:30 a.m., HUM 587
  • Faculty preparing for retention, tenure and promotion to associate professor: Thursday, April 18, 10 to 11:30 a.m., location TBD
  • Faculty preparing for retention, tenure and promotion to associate professor: Monday, April 22, 1 to 2:30 p.m., LIB 121
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor: Wednesday, April 24, 10 to 11:30 a.m., LIB 121
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor: Thursday, April 25, 1 to 2:30 p.m., online via Zoom

Please RSVP online.


In Memoriam: DeVere Pentony

Professor Emeritus DeVere Pentony passed away last week at the age of 94. A former chair of both the Department of International Relations and the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, he came to SF State in the 1950s and taught here for decades. He pioneered the Department of International Relations’ senior thesis course, which remains the department’s flagship course. He was also the author of several books, including “China: The Emerging Red Giant” and “The Underdeveloped Lands: A Dilemma of the International Economy.”

Salama calls for a “better, more humane” world

Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures Mohammad Salama has written an article responding to the terrorist attack on mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. In the essay, which can be found on Arcade, a “digital salon” offered by Stanford University, Salama wrestles with the hateful, illogical paradoxes of white supremacy. “Some may have inherited the world from their racist ancestors, but we are all now borrowing it from our children and we have a responsibility to leave it a better and more humane place for them,” wrote Salama, who serves as director of the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures’ Arabic Program. “As we mourn the death of 50 innocent Muslims and the shattering of hundreds of families at the hands of a hateful, ignorant terrorist, we have no choice but to come together to learn, to gain knowledge and to seek knowledge of and from one another.” The essay can be read in its entirety here.


Phoenix Award for Sueyoshi

Professor and Interim Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Amy Sueyoshi will be the recipient of this year’s Phoenix Award from the group APIQWTC (Asian Pacific Islander Queer Women & Transgender Community, pronounced “API-Cutesy”). APIQWTC was formed in 1999 as a means of networking for Bay Area Asian and Pacific Islander queer women’s and transgender organizations and constituencies. Its Phoenix Award, which recognizes an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the Asian Pacific Islander queer women and transgender community, is given out annually at a Lunar New Year Banquet. This year’s banquet will be held at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley the evening of Saturday, April 20. More information, including a link for purchasing tickets, is available at www.apiqwtc.org.


Kudos for Caspers

“The Fifth Woman,” a novel in stories by Professor and Chair of Creative Writing Nona Caspers, was named a finalist for the LAMBDA Literary Awards as well as Foreword Reviews’ Best Indie Books of 2018.


Su honored for work on association strategic plan

Director of Campus Recreation Pam Su was one in a group of eight collegiate recreation professionals awarded a NIRSA Annual Service Award for significant contribution and involvement in the leadership and development of NIRSA’s 2018-2021 Strategic Plan. NIRSA (which stands for National Intramural and Recreational Sports Association) is an organization of professional and student members supporting leaders in collegiate recreation. Read more about NIRSA’s Strategic Plan here.


Lee speaks at Cisco Systems headquarters

On March 20, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan Lee delivered a talk titled “Asian Americans, the Model Minority and Racial Equity in Silicon Valley” at the headquarters of Cisco Systems. Lee donated the $5,000 honorarium to the West County Mandarin School PTA fund.