October 28, 2019

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A crowd of students dressed in their graduation robes stand in the stadium

Commencement set for May 22

SF State’s 119th Commencement has been scheduled for Friday, May 22, 2020, at Oracle Park in San Francisco. The ceremony will be held at the downtown ballpark for the sixth consecutive year, and more than 30,000 graduates, family members and friends are expected to attend.

About 8,700 students received their undergraduate and graduate degrees at the May 2019 ceremony, hearing U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi give the Commencement address encouraging them to embrace the hopeful spirit of the nation’s founders and take bold action to ensure the future of democracy. Other speakers included Maria Jose Lozano Sanabria, the undergraduate speaker, and Alexis “Lexi” Adsit, the graduate speaker.

Information about the ceremony will be updated throughout the year as additional information becomes available at commencement.sfsu.edu.

Professor examines an old bottle of shoe polish

Presidio relics give professor clues to soldiers’ past

Empty whiskey bottles, crumpled cigarette packs, dental floss, packaging from an old Colgate toothpaste package — it might sound like trash, but to Assistant Professor of Anthropology Meredith Reifschneider it’s a treasure trove. Reifschneider is sifting through such items — found in enlisted men’s barracks at the Presidio, now a national park in San Francisco, that date back to the 1890s through the 1950s — for her current research project. With each discarded, once-worthless item she’s creating a clearer picture of the everyday health care practices of people of the past.

Reifschneider’s interest is in medical anthropology, specifically how health care and medical practice developed in the U.S. in the last 100 to 150 years. She heard rumors the park pulled items from the men’s barracks and thought they could be valuable to her research. She contacted the Presidio Trust, the organization that now oversees the artifacts after the Army left the base in 1994, and it agreed to loan out the items.

Workers discovered the artifacts in the rafters during a planned renovation of the barracks in 2009. Men were hiding things they didn’t want found by supervisory personnel, Reifschneider says. That explains the large number of alcohol bottles and cigarette packages — stuff soldiers shouldn’t have had in their quarters, she adds. But there were also everyday items like dental floss, chewing gum packages and toothpaste. Because public health became a national priority during the 1890s, there were pamphlets about dental hygiene, foot care and hair care, as well.

The items bookend the Progressive Era, a time of great political and social reform, Reifschneider says. Women’s suffrage, prohibition, vaccinations and housing reform were all hot topics, and the objects show how such cultural debates and policy shifts trickle down to daily life.

“This stuff might be considered trash,” Reifschneider added, “but our trash says a lot about who we are and how we lived.”

Calculator, graphs and a magnifying glass

Get the scoop on the University budget

Administration & Finance Interim VP & CFO Jeff Wilson and Budget Administration & Operations Executive Director Elena Stoian will present a pair of Budget Town Halls to share the University’s 2019-2020 annual operating budget with the campus community. All staff, faculty and students are invited to attend. No RSVP is needed. The town halls will be held from 11 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Nov. 5, in LIB 121 and from 10 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 13, in LIB 121.

The 45-minute presentation will cover the process of budget-planning for SF State’s 2019-2020 budget, from the State of California and the CSU system to the final approval and allocation. There will be time for questions afterward.

More information about the University budget — including a glossary of terms, a preview of the presentation to be reviewed at the Budget Town Halls and information about the work of the Budget Administration & Operations office and the University Budget Committee — can be found online.

Address change reminder for 2019 tax documents

Tax season is around the corner, and Human Resources is committed to making sure you have the appropriate documents to file your taxes. Each year the State Controller’s Office (SCO) mails W2 forms to the address of record for state employees. The SCO will include a global message on employees’ October Pay Period Statement of Earning and Deductions (pay stub) reminding employees to verify their mailing address. If your current address is different than what was printed on your October 2019 Pay Period Statement of Earning or your home address has changed this year, it is important to change your address of record so that your 2019 W2 form is mailed to the correct address. The deadline for submitting address changes is Friday, Dec. 13.

There are two ways for reporting an address change:

Electronic address change reporting through SF State Gateway

  1. Visit SF State Gateway/MySFSU
  2. Enter your SF State ID and password.
  3. Choose the Employee Services tab.
  4. Click “Launch CS & HR Self Services.”
  5. Then click “My Personal Information.”
  6. Under “My Home Address” update your information, click “Save” and then log out.

Paper address change reporting

Faculty and staff may complete an Employee Action Request form in the Human Resources office in ADM 252. Student employees may complete a Student Payroll Action Request form in the Human Resources office in ADM 252.

Questions? Contact your department’s payroll representative or the Human Resources payroll staff

Faculty directors sought for Tutoring and Academic Support Center

The new Tutoring and Academic Support Center (TASC), a student support unit in the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning, is opening in January 2020. The center is seeking lecturers to serve as faculty directors for the Writing Unit and the Business and Math Unit. Working with the executive director of TASC, the faculty directors provide leadership around all aspects of academic support and tutoring offered to students through their unit. Faculty directors are also responsible for hiring, training and supervising student tutors and student project leads. A detailed description of the positions, the process and qualifications to apply is available on the Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning website. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply no later than Nov. 8.

Call for participation: faculty fellows for 2020

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) invites proposals for these three faculty fellow appointments for Spring 2020, with possibility for renewal.

  • Faculty fellow for critical thinking
  • Faculty fellow for reflective teaching practice
  • Faculty fellow for data informed quality learning & teaching

CEETL faculty fellows contribute specialized expertise to timely initiatives in support of the mission, values and priorities of the center and SF State. A current focus for Spring 2020 is on promoting inclusive teaching and learning practices, especially as they relate to first-year students in the “Golden 5” courses, and further developing and expanding the CEETL Certificate in First Year Pedagogies for Inclusive Excellence (FY PIE).

Learn more on CEETL’s faculty fellows website.

To submit a CEETL faculty fellows proposal, apply via Qualtrics by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22.

Lead a Teaching & Learning Community in Spring 2020

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) invites proposals for Teaching & Learning Community (TLC) leads for Spring 2020. TLCs are an integral “slice” of the First Year Pedagogies of Inclusive Excellence (FY PIE) certificate, since they provide opportunities to reflect upon and integrate new knowledge and practices into one’s teaching. Teaching & Learning Community leads recruit and facilitate a focused group of individuals to explore and promote equitable and inclusive teaching practices that support student success, especially as they relate to first-year student retention and success and removing barriers to graduation. Selected TLC leads will be compensated for identifying and fulfilling outcomes related to their communities and for recruiting and engaging members in multiple meetings throughout the Spring 2020 term, as well as offering their TLC introductory session during the Jan. 23, 2020, Faculty Retreat. CEETL will also promote opportunities for TLC participation through an open call and with introductory sessions at the Faculty Retreat.

Find more information about the Spring 2020 Teaching & Learning Community leads as well as participant information on the CEETL TLC website

Donations sought by SF State Friends of the Library

Are you tired of seeing all those books, CDs, DVDs and vinyl that you’re done enjoying? Would you like to give them new lives and benefit the campus community in the process? Our SF State Friends of the Library is the answer. Volunteers will graciously accept your donations and sell them in the Used Book & Media Store (behind Peet’s Coffee on the first floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library) to generate funding for collections, scholarships and Library improvements. You can drop donations off yourself or email Barbara Loomis to arrange for a pickup. Donations are accepted at both campus and off-campus locations.

Mashouf Wellness Center limited-time offer 

Starting today, faculty and staff who sign up for a membership at the Mashouf Wellness Center on payroll deduction will get the rest of October free. The offer ends Oct. 31. For more details on payroll deduction visit the Campus Rec website

Vista Room final menu of semester

The Vista Room has its new menu. The only sit-down full-service restaurant on campus is open Monday through Wednesday for the final menu of the semester. The Vista Room will be closed for private events after the fall 2019 recess. Make your reservation online at vistaroom.sfsu.edu.

Academic Senate agenda

The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center for its fifth 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:

  • Proposed discontinuances in the M.S. in Biology, concentrations in Microbiology and Marine Biology, both in second reading.
  • Proposed creation of minors in Spanish (second reading) and Media Literacy (first reading).
  • Proposed revisions to the minors in Industrial Arts and Technical & Professional Writing, brought as consent items.
  • Proposed policy setting a maximum number of units in a single semester, in first reading.
  • Revisions to the definitions of substantive and non-substantive curriculum proposals for the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee, brought as an information item.
  • 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, both in first reading.
  • Resolution supporting the development of a faculty and staff first-time homebuyer assistance program.
  • Presentations on a proposal for a first-time homebuyer assistance program and an annual report on the Employee Ombuds program.

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

Cyber Security Awareness month nears end

Although Cyber Security Awareness Month is coming to an end, Information Technology Services (ITS) would like to remind you that everyone can benefit from staying current on cyber security best practices. Here are some outside resources you can bookmark and visit periodically to stay in-the-know.

  • The National Cyber Security Alliance (NCSA) builds strong public/private partnerships to create and implement broad-reaching education and awareness efforts to empower users at home, work and school with the information they need to keep themselves, their organizations, their systems and their sensitive information safe and secure online and encourage a culture of cybersecurity. 
  • The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) works to prevent fraudulent, deceptive and unfair business practices in the marketplace and to provide information to help consumers spot, stop and avoid them. 
  • The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) is the nation’s risk advisor, working with partners to defend against today’s threats and collaborating to build a more secure and resilient infrastructure for the future. CISA provides extensive cybersecurity and infrastructure security knowledge and practices to its stakeholders, shares that knowledge to enable better risk management and puts it into practice to protect the nation’s essential resources. 

Visit the ITS website for more information.

Experimental College course proposals due Oct. 30

Wednesday, Oct. 30, is the deadline for undergraduate students to submit a course proposal to teach a self-designed, self-taught course for credit in the spring. Students teaching an EXCO course can earn one to four upper-division elective units. Students taking an EXCO course can earn one unit of upper-division elective credit. Apply on thge EXCO page. For more information email sfstateexco@sfsu.edu.

GatorGOOD kickoff party, Nov. 4

The office of Annual Giving will host a kickoff celebration for its November GatorGOOD campaign on Monday, Nov. 4, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in LIB 121. Enjoy free chocolate, make your own GatorGOOD buttons and relax with colleagues and friends. The goal of the month-long campaign is to raise funds for the Basic Needs Initiative, which aims to provide healthy food, safe housing and more to students in need. Annual Giving would like to thank faculty and staff for all of their hard work and dedication to SF State. RSVP for the GatorGOOD kickoff online.

Medias Movements Migrations nonfiction conference, Nov. 4 & 5

SF State’s Documentary Film Institute will host the Pluralities Nonfiction Film Conference on Monday, Nov. 4, and Tuesday, Nov. 5, in Jack Adams Hall. Attendees will have an opportunity to meet a provocative lineup of filmmakers and researchers while discussing all things nonfiction. The keynote speakers are Northwestern School of Communication Professor Hamid Naficy, filmmaker Alex Rivera and activist Viridiana Martinez. There will be a special screening of Rivera’s 2019 film “The Infiltrators.” The conference is free, but those planning to attend conference events should register via Eventbrite.

Self-Care for Resilience: Managing Stress, Nov. 6

The office of Professional and Organizational Development will host a mental health awareness workshop from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in LIB 244. Titled Self-Care for Resilience: Managing Stress, the workshop will be led by Health Education Lecturer Jul Custodio, who will address stress basics and describe self-care techniques you can utilize in the work environment. RSVP via Qualtrics to reserve your seat.

Microsoft Teams in-person demo, Nov. 6

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to offer another MS Teams in-person demo to campus on Wednesday, Nov. 6. Teams is more than chat. It has other great features for collaboration that ITS would love you to learn about. This demo will include:

  • Individual and group chat
  • Audio and video calls
  • Screen sharing
  • Setting up a team for your workgroup or department

Before attending the Teams demo, ITS highly recommends that users review the three-minute Microsoft Teams Interactive Demo. To learn more about the ITS Microsoft Teams service, go to the ITS service page at its.sfsu.edu/service/teams. Seating is limited for the Nov. 6 session, so to attend please complete the MS Teams Demo Registration form.

Center for Greek Studies graphic novel presentation, Nov. 6

SF State’s Center for Greek Studies will host a presentation on the graphic novel “A Story of Greeks and Turks in 1922” featuring artist Soloúp Aïvali and translator Tom Papademetriou from 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 6, in HUM 587. The graphic novel covers the upheaval that followed the Greek-Turkish War of 1919. After the presentation, light refreshments will be served in HUM 577 from 5 to 6 p.m. There will also be signed copies of the book available. Learn more on the Center for Greek Studies website.

Sierra Nevada Field Campus information session, Nov. 7

Join the College of Science & Engineering and the Institute for Civic & Community Engagement for an information session on the Sierra Nevada Field Campus 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in LIB 121. During this session you will:

  • Learn how to access SF State’s Sierra Nevada Field Campus
  • Explore ways to facilitate active/experiential learning
  • Brainstorm fieldwork or research opportunities

Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend. No registration is required, and light refreshments will be provided.

CEETL’s Equitable Teaching Series: Engaging Large Classes, Nov. 12 & 15

The Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning Equitable Teaching Series explores foundational teaching approaches that foster equity and inclusivity in support of student success. Faculty can attend the latest workshop in the series, Engaging Large Classes, from noon to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in LIB 286 or from noon to 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15, via Zoom. In this workshop you will:

  • Explore learning theories for teaching and engaging students in large classes
  • Identify strategies for teaching and engaging students in large classes
  • Create a list of two to three strategies you plan on trying in your upcoming class sessions

Register via Qualtrics for the Nov. 12 workshop in LIB 242.
Register via Qualtrics for the Nov. 15 workshop via Zoom.

Campus Recreation focus group, Nov. 15

The Campus Recreation Department is looking for faculty and staff who are interested in joining a one-hour focus group from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday Nov. 15, at the Mashouf Wellness Center. The department is looking for members and non-members to be a part of this group. Interested? Fill out this survey via Qualtrics. If you are selected to be a part of this focus group you will receive a $20 Amazon or Target gift card for your time. Any questions can be sent to Ryan Samuels at Rsamuels1@sfsu.edu.


Daubenmier studies mindfulness and obesity

Recreation, Parks & Tourism Assistant Professor Jennifer Daubenmier was one of the authors of a study examining the psychological and physiological responses of mindfulness training in obese adults. The study found that mindfulness training may increase the ability of individuals with obesity to maintain a positive outlook and deal with stress. Read the paper online.

Boyer named a Cal Academy fellow

Professor of Biology Katharyn Boyer was officially inducted as a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences on Oct. 15, one of 14 honorees this year. The Academy Fellows are a group of 450 distinguished scientists and leaders who have made notable contributions to science or science education and communication. The Academy’s announcement cites Boyer’s significant contributions in both teaching and research. Read more about Boyer and the other inductees on the California Academy of Sciences website.

Rabelo on diversity in the workplace

Assistant Professor of Management Verónica Rabelo was interviewed on the public radio program “The Takeaway” about diversity initiatives in the workplace. Nationwide, companies are spending billions of dollars on diversity and inclusion efforts, and many have hired chief diversity officers. Rabelo expressed concern about the effectiveness of these officers because of limited resources, lack of experience and other challenges. “There’s articles out there suggesting that sometimes chief diversity officers don’t even have access to internal company data that would allow them to kind of identify where there might be problems, as well as opportunities for intervention,” Rabelo said. Listen to the full segment online.

Burrows published in “Censored 2020”

Lecturer for Recreation, Parks & Tourism Kenn Burrows and SF State students Amber Yang and Bethany Surface co-authored two articles featured in the new book “Censored 2020: Through the Looking Glass: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2018-2019” (Seven Stories Press). Published annually by the media watchdog group Project Censored, the “Censored” books take a close look at misinformation and bias in American media. Burrows is the faculty advisor for the Project Censored chapter at SF State. An article by his student researcher, Jami Wells, was recently named one of the Top 25 Most Censored Stories of 2019 by Project Censored.