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SFSU Women's track team holding up a CCAA Champions 2018-2019 Banner

Gator Athletics celebrates stellar year

When the SF State baseball team clinched the fifth seed in the California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) Championships with a 12-4 victory over Chico State May 3, it wasn’t just another win for the Gators. It capped an extraordinary year for the Department of Athletics: Every one of the University’s 13 athletics programs advanced to the postseason in 2018-19.

In the fall, the women’s and men’s cross country teams and women’s volleyball set the stage for what was to come by winning their way into postseason competition. In the winter, the women’s and men’s basketball teams both earned berths to the CCAA Championships, with the men’s team hosting a first-round playoff game. On the mat, SF State wrestling sent a pair of qualifiers to the national championships, and both grapplers — Jordan Gurrola and Justin Pichedwatana — earned All-American honors.

Now the trend has continued into the spring. Women’s track & field had five All-Americans in six events during its indoor season. Men’s track & field, which was reintroduced after a 15-year hiatus, finished its season at the CCAA Championships. Meanwhile, out on the diamond, SF State baseball got out to a blistering 12-1-1 start and earned the fifth seed in the CCAA Championships. And after upsetting top-seeded UC San Diego in the CCAA Championships, SF State softball earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships.

For more information on SF State Athletics, visit and follow the Gators on Twitter and Instagram at @sfstate_gators.

Mr. and Mrs. Wong standing on purple carpet in front of a marble and glass building

Thank you celebration for President and Mrs. Wong

The campus community is invited to honor the accomplishments and legacy of President Les Wong and Mrs. Phyllis Wong during a thank you celebration Thursday, May 30. The celebration will be held at the Seven Hills Conference Center from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Purple and gold attire is encouraged. 

Black and white cat sitting

Campus cat seeks forever home

“Curly Tail” is a large, friendly, neutered male cat who has lived on the SF State campus for about 10 years. (A large number of cats once roamed campus, but the population has dwindled in recent years, and Curly Tail is one of the last to remain here today.) As he’s getting a bit old for the outdoor life on his own, he’s looking for a forever home, preferably indoors. Over the years, he has been cared for by the University’s Campus Cat Committee, who can attest to his charming personality.

Curly Tail would do best without other cats since he is quite territorial. He likes teenagers who like cats, but it’s not known how he would respond to dogs. He was recently treated for sinus and ear infections and bad teeth but has completely recovered. The Campus Cat Committee will pay for any future veterinarian bills. 

If interested, contact Jeanie Scott at (415) 337-1808 or After May 27, contact Catherine Chen at or via text at (408) 833-0098.     

Parson named interim AVP for campus safety & chief of police

Student Affairs & Enrollment Management is pleased to announce that effective May 1, Reggie Parson will serve as interim assistant vice president for campus safety & chief of police, following Jason Wu’s departure to take a new position as the chief of police in Belvedere, California. Parson previously served as interim chief of police from April 2015 until September 2016 before returning to the role of deputy chief of police serving under Wu. Parson is a proud Gator alum, receiving his B.A. in psychology from SF State. He has served in SF State’s University Police Department since 2002, starting as a sergeant and subsequently as lieutenant and captain before being appointed deputy chief in 2009. Parson brings a strong record of commitment to SF State’s mission and values and is deeply dedicated to the success of our campus. Please congratulate him when you see him!

Information about the Division of Campus Safety can be found by visiting

Esquibel named College of Ethnic Studies associate dean

Catriona Rueda Esquibel has been named associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies. Esquibel has been serving in the position as the college’s interim associate dean since January 2018. Esquibel is the author of two books: “With a Machete in Her Hand: Reading Chicana Lesbians” and “Decolonize Your Diet: Plant-Based Mexican American Recipes for Health and Healing.” She has also been general education director for the University, acting director of Race and Resistance Studies and acting chair of Africana Studies. She holds a Ph.D. in history of consciousness from the University of California, Santa Cruz, an M.A. in English from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a B.A. in English from New Mexico Highlands University.

Distinguished Faculty and Staff Award winners

The Academic Senate is pleased to announce the recipients of SF State's 2019 Distinguished Faculty and Staff Awards:


Excellence in Teaching (Tenured)

Christopher Moffat, Department of Biology, College of Science & Engineering

Excellence in Teaching (Lecturer)

Mark Sigmon, Department of History, College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Excellence in Professional Achievement

Zheng-Hui He, Department of Biology, College of Science & Engineering

Excellence in Service (Tenured)

Marcia Raggio, Department of Speech, Language and Hearing Sciences, Graduate College of Education

Excellence in Service (Staff)

Dylan Mooney, College of Health & Social Sciences College Office/All College (HSS)

Marcus Undergraduate Research Fellowship recipient named

Anthropology major Janelle Scarritt has received a Marcus Undergraduate Research Fellowship from the College of Liberal & Creative Arts for her proposed study titled “Battles, Bridges, and Books: The Pursuit of Higher Education After Military Service.” Scarritt will work with SF State veterans center to collect interviews and observational data to build an ethnographic understanding of how returning military personnel transition into life as university students. She will join the College of Liberal & Creative Arts’ first Marcus Fellow cohort in Fall 2019, continuing an ethnographic paper she began in her ANTH 300 course. Professor of Anthropology Martha Lincoln will advise her study.

Academic Senate survey

The Academic Senate has created a Qualtrics survey to gather information about faculty interest in shared governance opportunities on our campus. Faculty can register interest in one or more of the Academic Senate appointments on committees across campus. This will help the senate match faculty interests with opportunities as well as increase the diversity of its committees.

Faculty in the faculty service pool are also eligible to be a nominee for administrative searches across the University. The senate encourages all campus faculty to add themselves to the list by filling out the form here.

Academic Senate report

The Academic Senate met Tuesday, May 7, in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Among the meeting highlights:

  • Senator Albiniak motioned to withdraw the proposed revision of S1-196 Withdrawal from Courses from Agenda. The Academic Senate approved the change and the agenda for May 7, 2019.
  • The Senate approved by general consensus the Resolution Commending and Honoring Anita Silvers, in Memoriam.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Bachelor of Arts in Race and Resistance Studies.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Minor in Critical Mixed Race Studies.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Integrative Teaching Education Program in Physical Education.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Revision to S19-255, Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees, Majors, Concentrations, Minors, and Certificates.
  • The Senate approved by general consensus the Proposed Change of Name from Master of Arts in Psychology: Concentration in Social Psychology to Master of Arts in Psychology: Concentration in Social, Personality and Affective Science Psychology.
  • The Senate approved by general consensus the Proposed Revision of the Minor in Education.
  • The Senate approved by general consensus the Proposed Revisions of the Bachelor of Science in Hospitality and Tourism Management.
  • The Senate approved the Proposed Revision of the Minor in Information Systems.
  • The Senate moved to the floor and approved the Proposed Resolution in Support of Campus Climate Change: Greater Inclusivity, Transparency and Access to Campus Climate Survey Results.
  • Associated Students President Nathan Jones gave a report about AS activities during the 2018-2019 academic year.

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

AVP for faculty affairs candidate visit cancelled, May 13

Presentations by Guiyou Huang scheduled for today and tomorrow have been cancelled. Huang was one of four final candidates for the position of associate vice president for faculty affairs. Laura W. Burrus, chair of SF State’s Department of Biology, and Carleen Mandolfo, associate provost for faculty development and diversity at Colby College, made their presentations last week. The final candidate, University of San Francisco Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities & Honors College Eileen Chia-Ching Fung, will make her presentations on Wednesday from 1:15 to 2:35 p.m. in LIB 244.

More information on the candidates is available here.

Marjorie Seashore remembrance event, May 13

There will be a gathering to remember late Professor Emerita of Sociology Marjorie J. Seashore on Monday, May 13 at 3 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Seashore passed away last month at the age of 76. Trained in psychology at Stanford University, she joined the SF State faculty in 1970 and retired in 2004. An overview of her contributions to the University can be read here.

Forum for IT Strategic Planning and Decision Making, May 15

Faculty are invited to join a discussion about how the University’s technology and support capabilities can better encourage teaching, research and student success. The discussion will be held Wednesday, May 15 from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. in LIB 222. It will be hosted by the Office of the Provost and facilitated by strategic planning consultants Mary Beth Baker and Phil Goldstein.

The interactive, facilitated discussion will cover practices, support structures and technologies needed to better assist students and faculty. The discussion will identify ways to improve technology capabilities as well as examine the structures and shared governance processes required to manage IT organizations and priorities. Your input will inform the new University IT strategic plan and shape future investment strategies in staffing, services and technologies.

Philosophy discussion, May 17 

College of Charleston Professor of Philosophy Deborah Boyle will discuss 19th century philosopher Lady Mary Shepherd during a talk from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 17  in HUM 587. Boyle focuses on Shepherd’s criticism of philosopher William Lawrence in her work “An Essay on the Relation of Cause and Effect.” A Q&A session will follow Boyle’s presentation. This event is free.

Open Educational Resources Review Workshop, June 25

Learn how to find and evaluate free instructional materials at the Academic Technology (AT) teaching and learning team’s Open Educational Resources Review Workshop on Tuesday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to noon in LIB 222 or via Zoom. By the end of this event, faculty will be able to analyze the quality of published open educational resources (OER) and collaborate with subject matter experts to create excellent OER peer reviews. Gerry Hanley, executive director of the CSU’s Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching (MERLOT) and the assistant vice chancellor of Academic Technology Services, will provide a demonstration of the MERLOT peer review process to:

  • Develop evaluation standards
  • Conduct peer review evaluations
  • Report on evaluations

The peer review process can increase attention to the quality of materials that are available. Honorariums will be awarded to faculty members who complete a peer review, with additional funding available for an Affordable Instructional Materials Adoption.

Please click here to register for the Open Educational Resources Review Workshop.

This workshop is part of SF State's Affordable Learning Initiative, which is working toward narrowing the equity gap and reducing the cost of learning for students by focusing on adopting lower-cost or free instructional materials. Since the program began at SF State in 2014, faculty members have potentially saved students more than $5 million.

Guerra snags video awards

Two videos by Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Professor Oscar Guerra won awards at the Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, held April 8 in Las Vegas. “360 Video Production: Basic Gear” won the Award of Excellence in the educational/instructional category. “City Surf Project” won Best of Competition for sports mixed video. The association presented awards to Guerra; SF State student and production assistant Dakota Giglio, who assisted with the production; and Institute for Civic and Community Engagement Director Jennifer Gasang, who also helped produce the video. Learn more here.

Soe’s “Love Boat” sets sail

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Valerie Soe will be a spotlight honoree at CAAMFest 37, the film festival of the Center for Asian American Media. The festival will screen Soe’s new documentary “Love Boat: Taiwan” at San Francisco’s Roxie Theater this Friday at 8:30 p.m. The documentary looks at a long-running Taiwanese government program that was ostensibly aimed at youth culture education but developed a reputation for romance. CAAMFest37 will also showcase a selection of Soe’s groundbreaking feminist shorts Thursday at the Asian Art Museum. Learn more here.

Richardson discusses new book

Humanities Lecturer Peter Richardson discussed his new book “American Prophet: The Life and Work of Carey McWilliams” (University of California Press) at a meeting of the California Historical Society April 30. McWilliams was a lawyer, labor organizer and author who edited the magazine “The Nation” for 20 years. Richardson also discussed his book about McWilliams on the magazine’s podcast, “Start Making Sense,” May 1. Listen to the episode here.

Cushing talks smog

A Salon article about China’s new plan to reduce urban smog quoted Assistant Professor of Health Education Lara Cushing. The article also referenced Cushing’s 2018 study that found that disadvantaged communities don’t benefit from a California “cap-and-trade” law. Cushing sees similar difficulties ahead for China’s policy, which seems to have shifted pollution from urban areas to poorer rural ones. “The challenge is that without a broader coordinated strategy, there’s these really big problems of leakage — of pollution just moving around,” Cushing said. Read the full article here.