November 25, 2019

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University resources tackle food insecurity 

Millions of Americans, many of them students, may be short on food this Thanksgiving season. That’s why SF State wants to remind students of the many resources on campus — made possible by the Basic Needs Initiatives, Associated Students (AS) and other programs and organizations — that provide access to free, nutritious food.

Be a Good Neighbor, Feed a Gator

This community meal-sharing program provides students experiencing a food security crisis with free meals at the City Eats dining hall on campus. Meals are donated by students, faculty, staff and community members.

CalFresh Help Clinic

Students can apply to the CalFresh program, which provides money each month for buying groceries. Those interested can meet with a CalFresh Navi-Gator — students trained to assist with a CalFresh application — to learn more about the program and how to get started.

AS Gator Groceries

In partnership with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank, Gator Groceries has two distribution services that provide students access to free food. For details about operating hours and locations, visit the Gator Groceries website.

Gator Grub Alert

With this function available through the SF State mobile app developed by Information Technology Services, students can sign up to be notified when there is free food on campus. This feature lets staff and faculty post information about excess catered food after their events, which helps feed students while reducing food waste.

For more information about how SF State and its campus partners are tackling food insecurity and other basic needs, please visit the Basic Needs Initiatives website.

Invitation graphic - You're Invited

Reminder: faculty and staff holiday celebration coming up

President Mahoney cordially invites you to a holiday reception recognizing staff and faculty for this year's hard work!

When: 2 to 5 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 5
Where: The Seven Hills Conference Center
What: A fun-filled celebration of all the hard work you do for the University

To help address the issue of food insecurity within the student community, we ask guests to bring canned goods, toiletries and non-perishable food items (items in the original package). Donated items will be given to the Associated Students Gator Groceries program for distribution to students in need.

Please save the date!

Timothy P. White

Search begins for next CSU chancellor

With Chancellor Timothy P. White set to retire at the end of the 2019-20 academic year, a national search is underway for his successor. The California State University Special Committee for the Selection of the Chancellor has been hosting a series of listening sessions to allow CSU campus communities to provide input into the selection. SF State faculty, staff, students and alumni are encouraged to participate in these sessions. Participants will have an opportunity to attend a session live or provide input virtually. The two remaining open forums will be held Dec. 3 (at CSU San Marcos) and Dec. 5 (at Fresno State). For more information and a livestream feed for these events, visit the CSU’s chancellor search website

ITS to implement 2FA for staff accounts in January

To improve SF State’s information technology security and reduce the number of compromised University accounts, Information Technology Services (ITS) is rolling out two-factor authentication (2FA) to all accounts. Users will be onboarded to 2FA in different waves, and the first wave is set for SF State staff.

Staff will be required to use 2FA on Jan. 15, 2020. Faculty accounts will be scheduled sometime later in 2020 in collaboration with ITS’ partners in Academic Affairs. Student accounts will be assessed after staff and faculty have been onboarded.

2FA requires that users complete an additional authentication step when accessing web applications and pages that are behind SF State’s Global Login page. SF State users can choose to use the Duo Security app on a mobile device or a hardware token for the second factor. Web applications that will require 2FA include but are not limited to the following:

  • Any applications that require logging into SF State’s Global Login page
  • and Box Sync/Box Drive
  • Office 365 Outlook Web Access (OWA) and Outlook clients

Users will need to set up the Duo Security app on their mobile phone or tablet or, if preferred, may request a hardware token prior to the cutover date. Review instructions for getting set up on the ITS website.

UEAP seeking Experimental College faculty director

Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (UEAP) is seeking a lecturer or tenure-line faculty to serve as the faculty director for the Experimental College (EXCO) program. The EXCO director provides strategic leadership, organization and planning for the development of the undergraduate student/taught EXCO program. Duties include mentoring EXCO student teachers, working with faculty on a Faculty Advisory Committee and a Critical Active Pedagogy committee and building partnerships with other programs on campus to support the EXCO program. It is essential that the director have a background in progressive/critical pedagogy and demonstrated experience mentoring students. Read a detailed description of the role and the process and qualifications for applying on the UEAP website.

HR, Patelco Financial Education series, Nov. 25

Human Resources will host a Financial Education Series for campus community members to learn how to better utilize their Patelco Credit Union benefits. November’s presentation, “Beyond the Basics of Credit: Establishing, Fixing, Repairing and Raising your Score,” will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 25, in the library (room TBD). Hear from experts about what is really affecting your score and create an action plan for enhancing your current score. Additional services will be available while Patelco is on site. Get more information or register to attend via EventBrite.

Budget Committee meeting, Dec. 3

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet from 9 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3, in ADM 560. The UBC is charged with providing the University president with advice and recommendations related to budget policy, planning and review. Meetings are open to the public, and there will be a 10-minute open forum period for interested members of the campus community to speak on budget and funding issues.

“The Brecht Effect,” Dec. 4-7

A staged reading of “The Brecht Effect” by Joel Schechter will be performed in the Lab (CA 104) Dec. 4 through Dec. 7. This new play follows playwright Bertolt Brecht and his wife, actress Helene Weigel, as Brecht decides whether or not to sell the rights to his play “Mother Courage” to an American visitor. The Dec. 4 through 6 performances will be at 7 p.m. The Dec. 7 performance is a 2 p.m. matinee. Admission is free, and seating is limited.

New Moves Student Choreography Showcase, Dec. 5-8

The School of Theatre & Dance New Moves Student Choreography Showcase presents “Passion Footprints” Dec. 5 through Dec. 8. Each fall, advanced composition choreography students focus on themes that are close to their hearts. This year’s personal narratives include the current political scene, autism, self battle/love, sexual harassment/assault of women, soul searching, morals, competitive mind-games, movement evolution and exploration between music and dance. Performances will be held Thursday, Dec. 5, through Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre. Get tickets online.

Jameson Goldner memorial, Dec. 6

Friends, family, colleagues and former students will honor the life and legacy of Professor Emeritus of Cinema Jameson “Jim” Goldner, one of the founders of the School of Cinema, on Dec. 6 in the Coppola Theater (Fine Arts 101). A reception will be held at 6 p.m., with tributes at 7 p.m. Get more information on the College of Liberal & Creative Arts website or contact the School of Cinema or Professor Steven Kovacs via email.

CEETL Equitable Teaching Series, Dec. 10 & 13

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) Equitable Teaching Series explores foundational teaching approaches that foster equity and inclusivity in support of student success. The next workshop of the series will be “Reflective Teaching Strategies.” Faculty can attend this workshop from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10, in LIB 242 or from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, via Zoom. In this workshop you will:

  • Identify and model characteristics of reflective practice — specifically, the cycle of returning to and reexamining experiences and integrating new knowledge or connections into one’s conceptual framework
  • Compare and consider strategies for self-reflection, peer-reflection and student-driven reflection
  • Engage in reflection and leave with a plan for implementing reflective practice

Register for the Dec. 10 workshop in LIB 242 via Qualtrics.

Register for the Dec. 13 online workshop via Qualtrics.

For more information, please contact the CEETL team at

Logan talks Biden, Google, unions

Professor of Labor Studies John Logan was quoted in a recent Capital and Main article about how U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden’s voting record might affect his candidacy. He was also a source in a New York Times article about Google’s hiring of an anti-union consulting firm as it struggles to deal with demands by workers. “There are so many things an employer can do that have devastating impact on the likely success of an organizing campaign,” Logan said of firms like IRI Consultants, which helps large organizations convince workers not to unionize. “In that sense, there’s no question they’re effective.” Logan’s article “The New Union Avoidance Internationalism” was published in a recent edition of the journal Work Organisation, Labour & Globalisation.

Woodward receives top honor down under

Professor for the School of Music Roger Woodward, a native of Australia, was recently elected as an honorary fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. It is the highest honor for achievement in the humanities in Australia.

Harvey and Peper on mindfulness techniques, posture

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Associate Professor of Health Education Rick Harvey co-authored an article published in the Association of Psychophysiology and Biofeedback publication Biofeedback. The article, “Mindfulness Training Has Elements Common to Other Techniques,” compares the psychological benefits of a variety of mindfulness techniques, including mindfulness-based meditation and yoga. According to the study most techniques proved to help reduce anxiety and depression. Peper and Harvey also contributed to an article about posture published in the magazine Townsend Letter: The Examiner of Alternative Medicine. The article, “Don’t Slouch! Improve Health with Posture Feedback,” addresses the physical health benefits of maintaining a good posture.

Duncan-Andrade an education “visionary”

Associate Professor of Race and Resistance Studies Jeff Duncan-Andrade was profiled in the New York Times’ “Visionaries” feature series. The series focuses on individuals around the world who push boundaries in their fields. Duncan-Andrade is an advocate for improving education environments for students and teachers. He is the co-founder of two educational organizations — Community Responsive Education and TEN (Teaching Excellence Network) — that aim to help build better teaching communities for teachers, students and their families.