October 14, 2019

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University celebrates 50th anniversary of the College of Ethnic Studies

When student strikers began protesting at SF State in the late 1960s, they presented a list of demands. But their grievances could be summed up by one of their two-word mottos: “Relevant education!” They wanted a university that was more diverse, less Eurocentric and ready to prove that it valued people of color and their perspectives.

Fast forward to today, and SF State is celebrating the 50th anniversary of its College of Ethnic Studies (CoES), which was founded to provide the relevant education strikers demanded. To mark the occasion, the University will host the College of Ethnic Studies 50th Anniversary Commemoration Week, a series of events on campus from Oct. 7 through 12 honoring CoES and its legacy. Co-hosted by CoES, the Office of the President and the Office of the Provost, events will include panel discussions with strike veterans, presentations from community leaders, exhibits, film screenings and performances. Most events are free, with tickets to a few evening festivities available for purchase.

The week will conclude with an evening gala on Oct. 12. Faculty, staff and students along with the University’s extended family of 1968 strikers, alumni, donors, supporters and friends are invited to gather, dine together and listen to live music as a way to celebrate. Proceeds from the gala will help CoES provide financial and academic support to its many first-generation college students, develop more ethnic studies courses and fund community-engaged faculty and student research.

For more information about Commemoration Week, including the full agenda, visit the CoES anniversary website.


Amy Sueyoshi

CoES dean reflects on the college’s past, future 

As the University celebrates the 50th anniversary of its groundbreaking College of Ethnic Studies, its dean, Amy Sueyoshi, sat down to talk about the history of CoES and the road ahead.

What’s your vision for CoES?
CoES has committed itself to four core values — racial and economic equity, promoting an environment in which students’ basic needs are met, advancing academic success through community engagement and empowering students to build social movements. Our vision is to bring these core values not only to students within our majors but to all students across the entire University who take our courses as part of their general education.

We offer up to 9,000 seats across more than 170 courses each semester. Thus, our goals are to continue building on effective pedagogy or high-impact practices and to expand our reach to underserved communities. For example, we proposed quantitative reasoning courses in ethnic studies to better engage students completing lower division general education. We are also developing an online ethnic studies completion program for the one million Californians who completed some college courses but had to stop due to work, family or personal commitments. Equal access to baccalaureate degrees are crucial not only for individual financial stability but also for the socioeconomic health of California.

Why is it important to have ethnic studies in higher education?
We’re seeing data that shows successfully passing ethnic studies courses is associated with improved performance of college students across the campus. The University’s Office of Institutional Research revealed that SF State students who have majors from CoES had higher retention and graduation rates than the average across all 23 campuses of the California State University system. The research also found that students who took ethnic studies courses even if their major was outside of CoES had higher graduation rates at SF State. These findings underscore the value and need for ethnic studies for all students.

Read more of the Q&A with Sueyoshi on the SF State News website.


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Vista Room rolls out October menu

The Vista Room, the Department of Hospitality & Tourism Management’s teaching and learning restaurant, has updated its menu this month. In the mood for Italian wedding soup? Cioppino? Chicken and dumplings? Lasagna? The Vista Room can scratch your fine-dining itch Monday through Wednesday. Make reservations online.


2020 Carnegie Fellows competition

The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is seeking nominees for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program. SF State is allowed to nominate two people, one junior (Ph.D. 2007 or later) and one senior scholar. Nominees must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents. Formal applications are due at the Carnegie Corporation of New York by Thursday, Nov. 14. In order to identify the two strongest applicants for SF State, faculty should submit a three-page proposal addressing one of the four broad topics as well as a one-page CV to both ORSP Associate Vice President Michael Scott and Grant Development Specialist Jessica Mankus by Tuesday, Oct. 29.

The topic areas are: strengthening U.S. democracy and exploring new narratives; technological and cultural creativity — potential and perils; global connections and global ruptures; and environments, natural and human.

Once all of the candidates have been identified, a formal selection process will be completed by Friday, Nov. 1.


CSU faculty travel grants for climate change

The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is seeking nominees for a $3,000 CSU travel grant to Baden-Württemberg in Germany to develop joint projects on climate change research. For consideration, ORSP is asking faculty to submit a one-page synopsis and CV to ORSP Associate Vice President Michael Scott by Thursday, Oct. 17. The CSU Chancellor’s Office will make four awards. A four-page write-up of current research and possible collaboration will be due at the Chancellor’s Office by Thursday, Oct.31.

The goal of these faculty travel grants is to support and encourage the development of connections between faculty in California and Baden-Württemberg. Additional funding would come from external grants. The Ministry of Science, Research and the Arts in Baden-Württemberg is supporting a similar number of grants: Pairs of researchers may only receive a grant from one side in a single year.

Eligibility requirements are:

• Tenure-track or tenured faculty members should be eligible for NSF or similar federal grants.
• Nominees must have a partner in Baden-Württemberg.
• The research/scholarship project will advance climate change research.


Safety Champion of the Month 

The Environmental, Health and Safety (EHS) Safety Champion of the Month award goes to Lecturer of Biology Christine Manuguid. During a recent unplanned evacuation of Hensill Hall, she was serving as a building evacuation floor warden and was able to assist one of the building’s occupants in exiting the building using an evacuation chair. Manuguid will receive a pair of movie tickets and an EHS thanks for putting her training to work in helping a mobility-impaired building occupant exit the building safely. Evacuation chairs are available throughout campus buildings to assist in evacuating mobility-impaired persons during emergencies when elevators are not to be used.


Experimental college course proposals due Oct. 30

Undergraduate students who wish to teach an undergraduate course of their own design in the Spring 2020 semester must fill out applications by Wednesday, Oct. 30. To get more information or apply, visit the Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning website. Students who teach an Experimental College Course (Exco) can sign up for “EXCO 401: Organizing Experimental College Courses” for one to four units (their choice). Those students who wish to take an Exco course can sign up for “EXCO 301: Topics in the Experimental College” for one unit of upper division elective credit. For more information, email sfstateexco@gmail.com.


Academic Senate Agenda

The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday, Oct. 15, from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center for its fourth meeting of the academic year. Visitors are welcome. An open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m.

The agenda includes the following:

  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Resolution Calling for CalPERS Fossil Fuel Fund Divestment— second reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Certificate in Enterprise Cybersecurity — first reading
  • Presentation of Academic Calendars for 2020-2022 — consent item
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: Proposed Discontinuance of the M.S. in Biology, Concentration in Microbiology — first reading
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: Proposed Discontinuance of the M.S. in Biology, Concentration in Marine Biology — first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Minor in Spanish — first reading
  • Update from Lori Beth Way, dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning

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


Cyber Security Awareness Month continues

Information Technology Services (ITS) continues its promotion of Cyber Security Awareness Month with the campaign’s second cyber security theme: Secure IT! Follow security best practices, like not reusing passwords across website services. Use a unique password and enable multi-factor authentication where possible. These tips can help you secure your data and devices when you connect to the internet. Visit the ITS website for more information.

Learn more about cyber security by stopping by the ITS table near Malcolm X Plaza between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. today. You can also join Information Security Officer Mary Morshed for a cyber security information session tomorrow from 3 to 4 p.m. in LIB 121. Morshed will present easy-to-use techniques to improve your cyber hygiene and tricks to keep your devices and data safe online.


“Love Boat: Taiwan” screening, Oct. 15

Asian American Studies Professor Valerie Soe’s new feature-length documentary “Love Boat: Taiwan” will be screened Tuesday, Oct. 15, at 4.30 p.m. in LIB 121. The film looks at how a seemingly innocuous and romantic summer program for college-aged Taiwanese Americans was also a brilliant and subtle form of soft-power diplomacy. There will be a Q&A and a reception following the screening with bubble tea, cake, Taiwanese snacks and door prizes. The event is co-sponsored by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office of San Francisco, Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services, the Taiwanese Student Association and Asian American Studies. The event is free and open to the SF State community. Reserve tickets online.


Free day of astronomy events on campus, Oct. 18

The Astronomy Society of the Pacific is holding an “Earth to Space” event on campus on Oct. 18 from 1 to 10 p.m, co-presented by SF State’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. The day’s outreach talks and activities are free and open to the public. An “Astronomers for Planet Earth” panel will bring together astronomers and environmental experts for a discussion of the connections between Earth and space. Other talks will feature “top tourist sites of the solar system,” moon exploration and the latest in research on planets outside our solar system. Attendees will also have the chance to see shows in the Charles Hagar Planetarium and view the night sky at the SF State Observatory, weather permitting. Learn more on the Astronomy Society of the Pacific’s website.


PACE Public Administration Program info session, Oct. 23

Seeking advancement and opportunities in your current field but don’t feel like you have the skills to make it happen? Interested in taking advantage of the fee waiver program and gaining professional development? The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement’s (PACE) Public Administration Program can help you make it happen. The program will host an informational session for SF State employees who are considering graduate school and are interested in the fee waiver benefit from 5:15 to 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, in LIB 222. Attendees will learn about the admission process and fee waiver program from the director of academic services for the Public Administration Program. Get more information about the Public Administration Program online.


“Speak Out! Project Your Teaching Persona,” Oct. 29

The College of Health and Social Sciences Teaching Academy and the Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning are collaborating to offer a special workshop on classroom presence. The workshop — titled “Speak Out! Project Your Teaching Persona” — will be offered from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, in LIB 286. Participants will describe their teaching persona; rehearse vocal techniques for effective classroom communication (appropriate volume, vocal variety, clear enunciation, projection); and create a plan for incorporating effective vocal techniques into their teaching persona. Register online to reserve your spot. For more information contact the CEETL team at ceetl@sfsu.edu.


Tech to Protect Challenge on campus, Nov. 1-3

The Tech to Protect Challenge, a national open-innovation contest designed to advance public safety communications, will hold its San Francisco Regional Codeathon on the SF State campus Nov. 1-3. The event will introduce 10 unique coding contests designed to foster technology solutions that will aid emergency responders in serving and protecting communities nationwide. Participants in San Francisco will have the opportunity to showcase their expertise and talent, expand their professional portfolios and connect with leaders across the public safety and technology communities. Local participants can register to attend and compete via Eventbrite.

Participants will have access to resources and public safety experts — including researchers and scientists — to better learn how emergency responders will use the technology. Each participant’s solution will be evaluated by a panel of judges. For more information and updates, visit TechToProtectChallenge.org or email info@techtoprotectchallenge.org.


In memoriam: Jameson Goldner

Professor Emeritus Jameson “Jim” Goldner, a founder of the School of Cinema, died September 30. He was 81. Born and raised in Los Angeles, Goldner studied film at UCLA alongside Francis Ford Coppola. He worked on low-budget films and major studio productions before accepting a tenure-track position at SF State in 1963.

Originally based in the Television, Film and Radio Department, Goldner joined other faculty to establish the Department of Film, now known as the School of Cinema, in 1967. Cinema is now one of SF State’s most prestigious programs, listed by the Hollywood Reporter as one of the best film schools in the U.S. in each of the last five years. Earlier this year, Variety listed SF State as one of the best film schools in the world.

Goldner retired in 2014 after 51 years of teaching. His 100-plus films include the Holocaust memoir “When I Was 14: A Survivor Remembers,” which won Best Documentary at the 2001 California Independent Film Festival, aired on the Sundance Channel and screened annually in Goldner’s “Film and the Holocaust” class.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to SF State’s Jim Goldner Filmmaking Scholarship. If a total of $25,000 is raised for the fund, the University will permanently endow the scholarship for future generations. Send donations by check (noting the Goldner scholarship) to University Development, San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132. You can also make the donation online. The School of Cinema will hold a memorial in the coming weeks.

Monday, Oct. 14

Facebook Coding Workshop: noon at the Towers Conference Center — Towers at Centennial Square

Lecture: Philosophy Talk Live: Sanctuary Cities: 4 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center


Tuesday, Oct. 15

Lecture: Sayed Kashua, novelist and screenwriter: 4 p.m. in HUM 587

Reading: An Evening with Tommy Orange: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Volleyball vs. Cal State East Bay: 7 p.m. in the Main Gym


Wednesday, Oct. 16

SF State LGBTQ Faculty/Staff and Allies Luncheon: 11:45 a.m. in LIB 121

California Pre-Doctoral Program Workshop: 1 p.m. LIB 244

Recital: the John-Carlos Perea Quartet: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Seminar: “Toward More Ethical and Human-Centric Artificial Intelligence”: 6 p.m. in LIB 121

The Best of Yugoslav Cinema: “Who’s Singing Over There?”: 6:30 p.m. in the Coppola Theater, Fine Arts building

M.A. TESOL virtual open house: 8 p.m., online via Zoom


Thursday, Oct. 17

Exploring Subjective Cognitive Decline and Related Concerns for LGBTQ+ Adults: 10:30 a.m. in LIB 286 (Faculty Commons)

Salesforce Trailhead Certification: 12:30 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium Viewing Sessions: 1 p.m. in LIB 242

Happy Hour Workshop: Use Student Feedback to Improve Your Course: 4 p.m. in LIB 286

California Pre-Doctoral Program Workshop: 5:30 p.m. in ADM 250

Caren Beilin, reading and in conversation with Amy Berkowitz: 7 p.m. in the Poetry Center (HUM 512)

“Color Your World: A Children’s Musical”: 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building


Friday, Oct. 18

Graduation Initiative 2025 Symposium Viewing Sessions: 8:45 a.m. in LIB 242

California Pre-Doctoral Program Workshop: noon in LIB 222

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

“What Were You Like as a kid, Grandma?”: 12:30 p.m. in the Sutro Library Reading Room (J. Paul Leonard Library, fifth floor)

Men’s soccer vs. Cal State Monterey Bay: 3 p.m. at Cox Stadium

The Seventh Romanian Film Festival: 4 p.m. in the Coppola Theater, Fine Arts building

Amy Berkowitz and Caren Beilin, reading and in conversation: 7 p.m., E.M. Wolfman Books, 410 13th Street, Oakland

“Color Your World: A Children’s Musical”: 7 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building


Saturday, Oct. 19

“Color Your World: A Children’s Musical”: 10 a.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

San Francisco Archives Crawl 2019: 1 p.m. at the Labor Archives & Research Center, LIB 460

The Seventh Romanian Film Festival: 3 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building

Volleyball vs. Cal State Monterey Bay: 7 p.m. in the Main Gym


Sunday, Oct. 20

Women’s soccer vs. Cal State East Bay: 11:30 a.m. at Cox Stadium

Men’s soccer vs. Cal State East Bay: 2 p.m. at Cox Stadium

Abdulhadi wins award and keynotes American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee convention

Rabab Ibrahim Abdulhadi, director and senior scholar of the Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Studies Program and associate professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies, has received the Alex Odeh Memorial Award from the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC), the oldest Arab American organization. ADC nominated Abdulhadi for the award in recognition of her dedication and commitment to the Arab American community and the larger peace and justice movement. Abdulhadi has also given the keynote address at the banquet of ADC’s Alex Odeh Convention, one of the largest gatherings of Americans of Arab heritage in the United States. Prior keynote speakers included boxer and civil rights activist Mohammad Ali, actor Omar Sharif, former President Bill Clinton, U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, South African President Nelson Mandela and most recently two-time Academy Award-winning actor Sean Penn.


Nielsen, Cochlan spread the word about new marine and estuarine sciences degree

Executive Director of the Estuary & Ocean Science (EOS) Center and Professor of Biology Karina Nielsen, Research Professor of Biology Bill Cochlan and graduate student Austin Gearty reported on SF State’s new M.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Marine and Estuarine Sciences (IMES) at the annual National Science Foundation Research Traineeship (NRT) meeting, held Sept. 25-27 at Northwestern University. They presented on the interdisciplinary science curriculum, including professional internships, research projects and professional communication trainings that are required elements of the IMES M.S. program. The meeting brought together almost 300 NRT program participants and NSF program officers dedicated to developing effective training of STEM graduate students in high-priority interdisciplinary or convergent research areas through the use of a comprehensive traineeship model that is innovative, evidence-based and aligned with changing workforce and research needs. Nielsen and Cochlan are principal investigators on an NRT grant to SF State that created the innovative IMES M.S. program, based at the EOS Center. Gearty is a graduate student in the IMES M.S. program and a recipient of an NRT fellowship.


BATCO to produce Barón’s “Death and the Artist”

The San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company will be performing a play by Professor Emeritus of Theater Carlos Barón, “Death and the Artist: A Latino Folktale.” Adapted from Mercedes Rein and Jorge Curi’s play “Death and the Blacksmith (El Herrero y la Muerte),” “Death and the Artist” is a musical dramedy juggling past and present conversations around life, death, inequity and immigration. The play runs from Oct. 18 through Nov. 3 at the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts. There will be a special preview Oct. 17. Learn more on the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Company website.


Brewer talks doc on “Kelly Clarkson Show”

Communication Studies Lecturer Cat Brewer appeared on “The Kelly Clarkson Show” on Sept. 27 to discuss her documentary “Sign the Show: Deaf Culture, Access and Entertainment.” The film illustrates the challenges deaf individuals face when trying to access live entertainment. Watch the segment online.


Eissler discusses impact of impeachment inquiry

Assistant Professor of Political Science Rebecca Eissler commented on the presidential impeachment inquiry in an article in Fortune. Eissler addressed the impact that the inquiry will have on legislative processes in Congress. “A lot of focus in legislating comes from presidential leadership,” she said. “When the presidency is operating smoothly, the White House can focus attention, guide and prioritize the legislative process.” Read the full article online.


Belkin analyzes Chief Justice Roberts

Political Science Professor Aaron Belkin co-wrote an op-ed for the New York Times analyzing the voting record of Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts. According to Belkin’s analysis, “in all 42 split-decision cases that the chief justice has presided over involving racial minorities, immigrants, workers and abortion, he voted for conservative outcomes 100 percent of the time.” Read the full op-ed.