November 4, 2019

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Mashouf Wellness Center certified LEED Platinum

The Mashouf Wellness Center is a place students come to stay healthy, from taking yoga classes to scrambling up the signature climbing wall. And behind the scenes — through its pools, gardens and lightbulbs — the building is designed to keep the environment healthier, too. It’s that side of the center’s operation that was acknowledged on Oct. 15 with a LEED Platinum certification, the top LEED rating for green building design.

LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a certification program run by the nonprofit U.S. Green Building Council to promote efficient and environmentally friendly buildings, and LEED Platinum is the highest of its four ratings. The push for this lofty goal for the Mashouf Wellness Center came from none other than SF State students, who were involved in the building’s planning from the start. “They created and helped design a building that has less of an impact on the environment and its surroundings,” said Director of Sustainability and Energy Caitlin Steele.

While LEED Platinum is a difficult bar to clear for any building, it’s especially challenging for recreation centers, which come with unique hurdles — like the need to heat and supply water for pools. Meeting the goal required innovations both inside and outside the center, especially for water conservation. “There’s an entire gray-water system that uses pool runoff and the water from the sinks and showers,” Steele explained. “That water is reused within the building for toilet flushing and is also going to be used for landscaping outside.”

Outside, the center’s gardens are full of drought-tolerant native plants, arranged to make the most use of any rainfall. And thanks to the building’s rooftop solar panels and carefully designed heating and cooling systems, it uses around 55% less energy than the average building of its type.

The center’s forward-thinking design is just the start as new construction ramps up at SF State: Each of the in-progress and planned buildings on campus are slated to be at least LEED Gold certified.

President Lynn Mahoney and Andrew Harris signing a support beam

University reaches construction milestone

On Oct. 24, more than 100 people (including SF State President Lynn Mahoney and Dean of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts Andrew Harris, pictured) grabbed black felt markers and signed their names to a support beam that will be placed in the new Liberal and Creative Arts Building. The ceremony celebrated the topping off of the new four-story building under construction. Award-winning architect Mark Cavagnero designed the building, which will be LEED Gold certified.

The Liberal and Creative Arts Building is a state-of-the-art, 75,000-square-foot media production and classroom facility that will bring students to the next generation of innovation and excellence in media arts. Located on Holloway Avenue next to the West Campus Green and the Humanities Building, it is scheduled to open for classes in spring 2021.

Woman in dress riding a e-scooter

E-scooter program coming to SF State

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is expanding the city’s electric-powered scooter share pilot program to include the campus neighborhood. Through the program students will have access to e-scooters that can be used to get to campus. While the city allows e-scooters on city streets, scooters, like skateboards and other micro-mobility devices, are not allowed on campus per University Executive Directive #85-08. For safety purposes, e-scooters will be “geofenced” (limited by GPS-monitored boundaries) to the campus perimeter and will shut off if used on the main campus, such as the Quad or inside buildings. All unused scooters must be locked to a bike rack (not handrails, posts, trees, etc.) when parked.

If you would like to report an improperly parked scooter, contact Parking & Transportation at ext. 8-1441. More information on the city’s scooter pilot program is available online.

UEAP seeking faculty director

Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (UEAP) is seeking a lecturer faculty member to serve as the faculty director for the First-Year Experience Unit within the new Tutoring and Academic Support Center (TASC). The FYE Unit faculty director coordinates tutoring and academic support for courses students take in their first year, primarily oral communication, critical thinking and Area E/FYE courses. The faculty director is also responsible for hiring, training and supervising student tutors and student project leads. Read a detailed description of the role and the process and qualifications for applying on the UEAP website.

Future educator nominations open

The Graduate College of Education, Associated Students and CSU EduCorps will host the third annual SF State Celebrating Educators event on Nov. 18. SF State faculty and staff are invited to nominate students for attendance who they feel have the potential to be amazing educators. The nominees will be recognized at the event and will meet with GCOE faculty and a panel of experts in the educational field. Know a student who could be an outstanding future educator? Fill out the nomination form online

Call for AHRI grant proposals

The Applied Housing Research Initiative (AHRI) has announced the availability of two mini-grants ($5,000 each) for the 2019-2020 academic year. These mini-grants are intended to support faculty-student teams working on applied research that will generate new knowledge to address pressing affordable-housing issues in California (at the state, regional or local level). Faculty who receive these grant awards will be required to submit a working paper (seven to 10 pages) summarizing their project and the key findings and implications for the field. Working papers will be made available on the AHRI website.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty as well as lecturers are eligible to apply. Faculty on sabbatical leave during the application or award period may apply. Faculty participating in the early retirement program (FERP) are not eligible for this grant program.

For award consideration, please submit a one-page letter of interest describing your research project, including: (1) significance to the affordable housing field; (2) specific goals and methods; (3) timeline and chances of successful completion. Please also submit your CV. Email both documents to Ayse Pamuk and Brooke Ashton no later than Monday, Feb. 3, 2020. Letters of interest will be reviewed on a rolling basis until promising projects are identified. Papers must be completed by Monday, Sept. 14, 2020.

For more information about AHRI and to view working papers completed during prior rounds of its grant cycle, visit the AHRI website.

Wear Movement looking for fall/winter clothing

Fall has come, and Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Would you like to brighten a hard-working student’s spirit by giving them a chance to look their best during the upcoming holidays? How about keeping the Earth cleaner and combatting textile waste? If so, consider donating to the Wear Movement’s next donation day.

With the weather getting chillier, the Wear Movement is currently looking for any rain gear and cold weather accessory donations. Acceptable donations include (but are not limited to) clean coats, jackets, rain jackets, hats, scarves and mittens. Drop off or pick up items on the plaza level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center Wednesdays between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Safety Champion of the Month

Estuary & Ocean Science Center Laboratory Coordinator and Safety Officer Brita Larsson has been named Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Safety Champion of the Month. Larsson receives this award in recognition of years of performing an outstanding job every day as an enthusiastic champion of safety awareness, working with EOS students, faculty and staff to make learning about safety fun and informative. Larsson will receive a pair of movie tickets from EHS.

ITS Q3 2019 highlights

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to share highlights of its upgrade, project and security releases for 2019. The third quarter highlights ITS’ tightening of security in a variety of areas, the successful use of its Disaster Recovery site, network infrastructure improvements and the launch of campus outreach training, among other improvements. Check out the details on the ITS website.

Academic Senate report

The SF State Academic Senate met on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in the Seven Hills Conference Center. A summary of the meeting follows.

  • Approved unanimously discontinuances in the M.S. in Biology, concentrations in Microbiology and Marine Biology.
  • Approved unanimously creation of a minor in Spanish.
  • Heard in first reading a proposed minor in Media Literacy.
  • Adopted by general consent revisions to the minors in Industrial Arts and Technical & Professional Writing.
  • Heard in first reading a proposed policy setting a maximum number of units to be taken in a single semester.
  • Revisions to the definitions of substantive and non-substantive curriculum proposals for the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee, brought as an information item.
  • Heard in first reading proposed revisions to #S19-241, the Retention, Tenure & Promotion policy and #S17-190, the policy on the designation of colleges and the characteristics of departments, schools and programs.
  • Heard in first reading a resolution supporting the development of a faculty and staff first-time homebuyer assistance program.

The full agenda, meeting materials and minutes can be found on the senate website.

Allen to discuss benefits of meta-analysis, Nov. 4

Professor of Physical Therapy Diane Allen will provide an “Introduction to Meta-analysis for Evidence-Based Practice” during a Stat CORR (Statistics Community of Representative Researchers) presentation from noon to 1 p.m. Monday, Nov. 4, in LIB 244. Lunch will be served.

When research in your field is frequently limited by small sample sizes, meta-analysis across studies can increase your power. Allen will discuss how meta-analysis has helped her students find meaning even when rehabilitation evidence is limited. RSVP by sending an email to or

WAC/WID workshop and forum, Nov. 7

Faculty are invited to participate in a workshop, “Giver’s Gain: Why Teaching Students to Talk the Talk in Peer Review Improves Learning,” offered by Melissa Graham Meeks, director of professional development for Eli Review, an online platform facilitating feedback-centric classrooms. SF State has purchased an institutional license so faculty may use this platform at no cost to their students for the 2019-20 academic year. The workshop will take place on Thursday, Nov. 7, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in LIB 222. Participants will learn how to teach reviewers to do the heavy lifting in peer review so that they better revise their own work. Bring a laptop to participate in the hands-on, online peer-learning activity.

Do you have ideas for research on student engagement, retention or peer learning? Join colleagues for a forum to learn how you can use Eli Review’s analytics to support research and publishing on peer learning and student engagement. The forum will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in LIB 222.

RSVP for either or both events via Qualtics.

These events are co-sponsored by the Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Discipline (WAC/WID) program of the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) and the Department of English Language and Literature. If you have questions, email

LGBTQ faculty, staff and allies luncheon, Nov. 13

Join LGBTQ faculty and staff and allies from around the University for networking and community-building from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in LIB 121. Lunch will be provided courtesy of the Graduate College of Education. All are welcome. RSVP by Nov. 8 via Qualtrics.

Student mental health listening session, Nov. 14

Health Promotion & Wellness, Residential Life and Student Activities & Events, in collaboration with the California Mental Health Services Act, is excited to announce a listening session and resource fair focusing on college student mental health. Staff, faculty and students are invited to meet with community mental health providers and share their thoughts on what culturally responsive mental health services are needed. Lunch will be provided to anyone who attends. The event will be held at the Towers Conference Center from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 14. 

CEETL’s Happy Hour workshop series, Nov. 21

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning’s (CEETL) Happy Hour Workshop series continues on Thursday, Nov. 21, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in LIB 286. The latest workshop, “Start with Your Heart: Develop Your Own Community Responsive Teaching Philosophy,” focuses on sharing faculty members’ pedagogical expertise. The workshop will be led by Professor of Asian American Studies Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales. In this workshop, you will:

  • Learn how to become a community responsive educator
  • Learn how to develop a community responsive teaching philosophy

Come raise a glass with CEETL! CEETL will provide light snacks and beer, wine and sparkling water. Register via Qualtrics to reserve your space.


Monday, Nov. 4

Pluralities Nonfiction Film Conference: 9 a.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center

QLT Hybrid Teaching Workshop Part 1 (F2F): 10 a.m. in LIB 286

Recital: piano students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Visiting artist lecture: Delia Brown: 6 p.m. in FA 296

Tuesday, Nov. 5

Pluralities Nonfiction Film Conference: 9 a.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Women’s soccer vs. UC Merced: 2:30 p.m. at Cox Stadium

Wednesday, Nov. 6

Lecture: Hamid Naficy: 12:30 p.m. in FA 344B

Recital: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Lecture: “Aïvali: A Story of Greeks and Turks in 1922”: 4 p.m. in HUM 587

The Best of Yugoslav Cinema: “Manifesto”: 6:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building

Film: “Mouth Harp in G Minor: Hamid Naficy in/on Exile”: 7 p.m. in Room 340, Stephens Hall, UC Berkeley

Thursday, Nov. 7

Women’s soccer vs. Cal State Los Angeles: 12:30 p.m. at Cox Stadium

Men’s soccer vs. Cal State Los Angeles: 3 p.m. at Cox Stadium

Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series: Cardboard House Press/Cartonera Collective: 7 p.m. at the Poetry Center (HUM 512)

Friday, Nov. 8

QLT Hybrid Teaching Workshop Part 2: 10 a.m. via Zoom

Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series: Cartonera Collective in San Francisco, a Bookmaking Workshop: 1:30 p.m. at the Alley Cat Bookstore and Gallery, 3036 24th Street, San Francisco

Volleyball vs. Humboldt State: 7 p.m. in the Main Gym

Tripwire Cross-Cultural Poetics Series: Cardboard House Press/Cartonera Collective at The Green Arcade: 7 p.m. in the Poetry Center (HUM 512)

Theatre: “Invitation to the Splendor of Kabuki: Kyozo Nakamura”: 7:30 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Saturday, Nov. 9

Men’s soccer vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 11:30 a.m. at Cox Stadium

Women’s soccer vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 2 p.m. at Cox Stadium

Volleyball vs. Sonoma State: 7 p.m. in the Main Gym

Sueyoshi, Summit talk College of Ethnic Studies

Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Amy Sueyoshi and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit were interviewed by Rafu Shimpo about Sueyoshi’s appointment to the position. In the college’s 50 years at SF State, Sueyoshi is the first woman to be appointed dean. “I feel honored and privileged to serve our diverse faculty, and I understand the weight of that responsibility,” said Sueyoshi. “It’s the job of the dean’s office to create a positive work space so that faculty can feel fulfilled to empower their students.” Read the full article online.

De Wolk takes a close look at Stanford

Lecturer of Journalism Roland De Wolk has published a new biography, “American Disruptor: The Scandalous Life of Leland Stanford” (University of California Press). The founder of the university named after him, Stanford was a powerful railroad executive and politician. “American Disruptor” was recently reviewed by both the Wall Street Journal and True West Magazine, which called it “readable and entertaining.” De Wolk will discuss the book at Books Inc. in Palo Alto this Wednesday and the Mechanics’ Institute in San Francisco this Thursday.

Bernardi on alien fashion

Professor of Cinema Daniel L. Bernardi was quoted in a New York Times article exploring increasingly bizarre designs in the world of fashion. Clothes seemingly inspired by aliens, demons and other strange creatures have become more popular on the runway in recent years. According to Bernardi, this odd trend has less to do with fashion than politics. “The alien aesthetic has historically been most popular during extremely conservative periods,” said Bernardi. “It reflects and addresses the tensions of a divided society.”

Lederer on semantics

Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature Jenny Lederer recently spoke with the popular website HowStuffWorks about the common retort “It’s just semantics.” As Lederer sees it, the phrase is a way to dodge debate by dismissing alternative viewpoints. “What they mean is that their argument or opinion is more valid than the other person’s,” said Lederer. “It’s a way to be dismissive of language itself as a carrier for ideas. It implies that ideas and arguments can be separated from the words and phrases used to encode those ideas. The irony, of course, is that the words and phrases we use are the ideas. There is no way to communicate a complex argument or message without language. Language and thought are completely interconnected.” Read the full article online.

EOS Center gets the word out about research

On Oct. 21 and 22, a number of EOS Center students, faculty and alumni took part in the 14th “State of the San Francisco Estuary” conference in Oakland, an event held by the San Francisco Estuary Partnership to highlight efforts to manage and understand San Francisco’s estuary. Researchers at the EOS Center and its partner organizations presented 19 posters, and Professor of Biology Katharyn Boyer and EOS Center Executive Director and Professor of Biology Karina Nielsen both gave plenary talks at the event. Boyer spoke about the potential to create nature-based “living shorelines” that are resilient in the face of sea-level rise, and Nielsen discussed the naming of San Francisco Bay as the newest Mission Blue “Hope Spot.” Other topics covered by EOS Center researchers include native oysters, plankton monitoring and estuary education.