April 1, 2016


Campus town hall meeting April 21

The campus community is invited to attend a town hall meeting with President Wong from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the Seven Hills Conference Center. The meeting time will be announced as the date nears. The topic of the meeting will be "moving forward." No RSVP is required. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Submissions for student writing recognition due today

The Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing In the Disciplines (WAC/WID) faculty ask GWAR faculty to submit a student's written works that exhibit a quality that should be recognized and honored by the University. Submissions may include work from past semesters. All GWAR genres and disciplines are encouraged to participate.

Faculty submissions of student work will be published electronically on the WAC/WID website, and one student with a particularly outstanding work will be selected to receive a cash award. One submission per faculty member, please.

Please submit your selection by Friday, April 1, to Peter Ingmire, associate director of WAC/WID, at ping@sfsu.edu.

Campus transportation survey: respond for a chance to win a $100 gift card

In an effort to support sustainable and convenient travel to and from the campus, the University will conduct an online transportation survey from April 6 through April 14. A link to the survey will be emailed to faculty and staff on April 7.

The survey produces valuable data for transportation planning and improvements and helps the University to calculate the campus' carbon footprint. The accuracy of the data collected is dependent on our community's level of participation, so please help by completing the survey.

One survey respondent will be selected at random to receive a $100 gift card to the SF State Bookstore. For more information, contact Wendy Bloom, director of campus planning, at wbloom@sfsu.edu

Retention, Tenure and Promotion Workshops

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled six informal discussions focused on helping faculty to prepare for retention, tenure and promotion (RTP). The workshops will be facilitated by Sacha Bunge, dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. All faculty members who are planning to be reviewed in the next several years are encouraged to attend. The workshops will address a range of topics related to the RTP review process including the transition to electronic WPAFs effective this fall.

While the six workshops have been organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, the topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so faculty may attend whichever workshop best fits their schedule.

  • Currently in first-year retention:
    • Monday, April 4, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244
  • Currently in second-to-fifth-year retention:
    • Tuesday, April 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244
  • Applying in fall 2016 for tenure and promotion to associate professor:
    • Tuesday, April 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244
    • Monday, April 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244
  • Preparing for promotion to full professor:
    • Wednesday, April 20, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244
    • Thursday, April 28, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 244     

Register for a workshop. If you have questions or would like more information, contact the Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development at ext. 8-2204 or email facaffrs@sfsu.edu.

Annual SF State 5K Walk, Run and Roll, April 24

Student Life invites the campus community — including faculty and staff and family members — to the annual SF State 5K Walk, Run and Roll race, scheduled for Sunday, April 24, from 8 a.m. to noon. The event starts and ends in Malcolm X Plaza and takes place on and around campus.  Registration fees for faculty and staff are $15 per person or $55 per four-person team. All participants will receive a complimentary gift bag and event T-shirt.

For more information about the 5K Walk, Run and Roll event, email spevents@mail.sfsu.edu or visit dos.sfsu.edu/5k.

Interested in volunteering? Visit orgsync.com/14370/forms/134965 for information and to sign up. Volunteers will receive a complimentary gift bag and T-shirt.

Retirement Association offers faculty travel grants

The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages faculty to apply for travel grant awards. The awards are for travel during 2016 and will have a maximum value of $500. The association expects to fund up to five grants. (Staff travel grants will be awarded next year.)

Professional development is the major criterion for a travel grant, with preference given to participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, summer fieldwork, research or attendance at an institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered.

Faculty application forms are available under the "Forms" tab at www.sfsu.edu/~retire. To be considered for a grant, applicants must have at least a half-time appointment and must submit a completed application via email to all of the following people by April 22:

·       Dan McGough, Travel Grants Committee chair, at dkmcgough@comcast.net

·       Sheila McClear at mcclearsheila@gmail.com

·       Ann Shadwick at shadwick@sfsu.edu

Farm to Fork lunch on the Quad May 3

The campus community is invited to the seventh annual Farm to Fork lunch on May 3. This event features organic and seasonal produce grown within 250 miles of campus. Lunch will be prepared by the Vista Room and Sodexo and will be served on the Quad by students in the restaurant and catering management class (BUS 306). Tickets cost $8 and may be purchased in person at the Bursar's Office or online at commerce.cashnet.com/FARMTOFORK.

Highlight your discipline in Commencement's 2015-16 Year in Review video

Want to show off SF State students representing your academic department? The Academic Technology (AT) videographers want to capture students in action for the annual Year in Review video, a moving and inspiring moment designed to hold the undivided attention of the 40,000 attendees expected to fill AT&T Park at the Commencement Ceremony in May.

In preparation, AT is seeking opportunities to capture footage of students actively engaged in scholarship, research, community service and other events that make up the SF State student experience. Please send ideas and suggestions for upcoming opportunities to film students in action to iteach@sfsu.edu. Academic Technology Videographer Andrew Corpuz will follow up to make arrangements. View the 2014-15 Year in Review video online.

New Vista Room menu starts April 4

The Vista Room is celebrating spring with a new menu that uses the bounty of fresh spring ingredients. Appetizers include a wedge salad, fennel, grapefruit and avocado salad and a rotating assortment of soup. Entrees include spring lamb navarin, hulk-huli chicken, pasta primavera and shrimp and grits. Desserts showcase a chocolate pot de creme and cherry clafoutis. As always, the menu is available as a prix-fixe 3-course option for $17 or a la carte. View the full menu at vistaroom.sfsu.edu.

The Vista Room is available for end-of-year events on a first-come, first-served basis. Also on offer are custom menus developed for lunch or after regular business hours. Days are filling up fast, so contact the Vista Room soon to check availability and make reservations. Email vista@sfsu.edu or call ext. 5-4100.

2016 Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grants applications due April 8

The Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant program supports original projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites applications from individuals and collaborative groups for projects that are directed toward obtaining tangible results such as a journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project or concert. Projects may include work across disciplinary boundaries, but are not required to do so.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, with no exceptions. An announcement of the funded proposals is expected in June, and the earliest anticipated start date for awards will be July 1. View the full Funding Opportunity Announcement and submission procedures.

Curriculum Redesign Initiative proposals due April 15

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites proposals for the third and final cohort of funded programs in its Curriculum Redesign Initiative, funded by the Teagle Foundation. The initiative supports departments' efforts to transform their curricula in meaningful ways to facilitate undergraduate student success. Rather than funding individual faculty members or courses, it is meant to assist collaborative efforts that cut across the major. Proposals are encouraged from departments with significant curricular revision goals, but enquiries from departments just starting on the road to redesign are also welcomed. Proposals may be funded up to $10,000.

Programs interested in developing proposals should contact Trevor Getz, professor of history and director of Special Programs, DUEAP, and visit ueap.sfsu.edu/ugs/teagle. Proposals should be five to seven pages in length and address the questions listed on the call for proposals webpage.

Proposals are due April 15 to College Associate Deans; they will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary faculty committee drawn from the first cohort of funded programs. Successful programs will be notified by May 15, 2016.

Zoom Web and video conferencing

All students, faculty and staff now have access to a full-featured HD Web and video conferencing tool powered by Zoom and supported by Academic Technology (AT). Zoom is compatible with Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry and Linux and offers feature-rich mobile apps for Android and iOS.

Anyone in the world can join a Zoom meeting, but only a host can start or schedule online meetings or group collaborations. To host a meeting for up to 200 participants, use your SF State campus login to sign up for an account at sfsu.zoom.us.

To learn more about Zoom and how it can support teaching, learning and collaboration visit AT's website or contact the iLearn Support Services Desk by calling ext. 5-5555, sending an email to online@sfsu.edu or visiting LIB 220.

VITA ready to help with tax returns

The SF State Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a free tax preparation program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the campus Beta Chi chapter of the international honor society for financial information majors, Beta Alpha Psi. The free tax preparation service is available to U.S. residents and international students (with either F-1 or J-1 visas) with incomes of $54,000 per year or less and no rental income.

The VITA office is located in SCI 205 and is open to the public from Feb. 1 through April 15. Office hours are 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, including directions, types of returns prepared and what to bring, visit the VITA website, email the VITA program or call ext. 8-1079.

2016 Call to Service Initiative — community engagement mini-grants seek applicants

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) has announced the 2016 Call to Service mini-grants for activity taking place in summer 2016, fall 2016 and spring 2017. The mini-grants are designed to support faculty and staff in providing service-learning opportunities to students and in disseminating service-learning knowledge, research or findings. The available grants are:

Community Engaged Scholarship Faculty Mini-Grant

This mini-grant funds faculty members' efforts to modify the curriculum of an established course or create a new course to include a service-learning component. Each grant award is $4,500. The first-round deadline is March 16. The second-round deadline is April 29.

Department/Program Level Mini-Grant (Pilot Program)

The purpose of this initiative is to support departments/programs that wish to develop or strengthen service-learning opportunities for faculty and students. Each $8,000 grant will be awarded to plan, establish and implement strategic initiatives to further advance the integration of service-learning into the department/program. The deadline is April 29.

Partnerships in Service Mini-Grant

These $3,000 grants will provide financial support to SF State faculty and staff members who are initiating or deepening relationships with community members/organizations to support high-quality service-learning courses. The deadline is April 29.

Service-Learning Student Assistant(s) Mini-Grant

Grants will offer as much as $3,000 to provide for student assistant support for the implementation of high-quality service-learning opportunities. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until May 6 and/or when funds are depleted.

Service-Learning Conference Travel Mini-Grant

Grants will provide support for faculty members (with or without student co-presenters) who plan to (A) participate in a professional, academic and/or service-learning conference to present a paper or attend a session or sessions specifically about course-related service or service-learning partnerships or (B) present a service-learning paper at the annual conference of their discipline. Faculty can receive as much as $750 for CSU-approved travel. Support for student travel ranges up to $1,000 per student for CSU-approved travel (with a maximum of two students). Students must be listed as co-presenters and travel with the co-presenting faculty member. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 6 and/or when funds are depleted.

Funding is provided through the CSU Chancellor's Office Call to Service Initiative. For information, criteria, guidelines and proposal forms, contact Jen Gasang at jlgasang@sfsu.edu or ext. 8‑3282.

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Student Research Colloquium, April 2

The Leadership in Equity, Achievement and Praxis (LEAP) invites the campus community to the 2016 SF State Ed.D. Research Colloquium on Saturday, April 2, from 1 to 6:30 p.m. in BH 168. Space is limited, so those interested in attending are asked to RSVP to edd@sfsu.edu by March 23. The event will begin with a welcome and lunch, followed at 1:55 p.m. by doctoral candidate presentations. Second year roundtable discussions will begin at 3 p.m. Additional doctoral candidate presentations will begin shortly after 4 p.m. and will be followed by an alumni panel at 5:05 p.m. and a reception at 6 p.m. For more information and the full agenda, visit the Ed.D. Educational Leadership website.

A Brief Introduction to Mixed Effects Models in R, April 4

On Monday, April 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286, Professor of Biology Ed Connor will present "A Brief Introduction to Mixed Effects Models in R." He will introduce the concept of a linear mixed effects model, extensions to such models to account for variance heterogeneity and non-independence of the data, and the process of fitting these models in R. Lunch will be served.

Interested? RSVP to lalston@sfsu.edu to attend the full event. All are welcome to come, early or late, but drop-ins are encouraged to RSVP to Leone Alston at ext. 5-3995. For more information, contact Richard Harvey  at ext. 8-3478 or Edward Connor at ext. 8‑6997.

This presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers Research Cluster (Stat CORR). Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills. It aims to connect faculty and staff with specialized methodological knowledge with those seeking assistance designing new research projects, completing data analysis or developing, submitting and revising extramural grants.

"Dowsing the Past: Materialities of Civil War Memories," April 4

Elios Charitable Foundation Visiting Professor in Modern Greek Studies Konstantinos Kalantzis will present his film "Dowsing the Past: Materialities of Civil War Memories" at the George and Tula Christopher Center, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 999 Brotherhood Way, on Monday, April 4, at 7 p.m. The film is an ethnographic exploration of indigenous geographies of imagination and the complex entanglements between browsing the landscape and remembering local and global histories. The screening is sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies.

AIM Lunch and Learn event on April 5

Faculty interested in lowering the cost to students of course materials are invited to an Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) event on April 5 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in LIB 121. This year alone, SF State's AIM initiative has helped save students more than $600,000.

Join AIM over lunch and learn how the J. Paul Leonard Library, the SF State Bookstore and Academic Technology can help make course materials more affordable by using open educational resources, open textbooks or custom publishing. Participants will also learn about upcoming funding opportunities for as much as $2,500 per project in academic year 2016‑17.

Lunch will be provided; please RSVP at tinyurl.com/aimday16. For more about past and current AIM projects and resources, visit affordablelearning.sfsu.edu.

For more on the CSU's affordable learning initiative, visit www.affordablelearningsolutions.org. Questions? Email iteach@sfsu.edu.

"The Fringe": four weeks, four programs

The School of Theatre and Dance will present plays by SF State playwrights lifted fresh off the page and delivered to the stage. Directed and acted by students, this is a chance to see 21st century theatre in the making. The production will begin Tuesday, March 29, and run through April 22. Performances will be held in The Lab (CA 104). Admission is free.

Phase one of the program will include "You, the Accused" (by Nicole Jost, directed by Liam Blaney); "One Day" (by Ai Ebashi, directed by Liam Blaney); "Refined" (by Kayla Fayre, directed by Lo Prentiss); and "A Reputation to Maintain" (by Alandra Hileman, directed by Lo Prentiss). Performances will be held Friday, April 2, at 7 p.m. and Saturday, April 3, at 2 p.m.

The phase two performance will be "Comm 150" (by Jennifer Marte, directed by Elyssa Mersdorf) Tuesday, April 5, through Friday, April 8, at 7 p.m.

Phase three of the program will include "Natural Selection" (by Erik Blachford, directed by Julius Rea); "Power/Responsibility" (by Alandra Hileman, directed by Liam Blaney); "Found" (by Nicole Jost, directed by Julius Rea); and "Reading" (by Emma Lee, directed by Roy Conboy). Shows will be Tuesday, April 12, through Friday, April 15, at 7 p.m.

The fourth and final phase of "The Fringe" will be "Getting Off" (by Lena White, directed by Bella Gadsby), Tuesday, April 19, through Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m.

For more information and a listing of dates, visit the event page for "The Fringe."

Phi Beta Kappa annual meeting April 7

The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:

  • Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama of the Economics Department.
  • The annual meeting will be held Thursday, April 7, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in HSS 143; presentation of the new class of members-in-course will be on the agenda.
  • The Phi Beta Kappa annual initiation ceremony will be held Thursday, May 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. on the Administration Building's fifth floor patio. It will be followed by a reception.

Questions? Contact Chapter President Masahiko Minami or, for finances, Chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

UDT Presents "The Invention of Wings," April 7-10

SF State's University Dance Theater (UDT) presents "The Invention of Wings," inspired by artist-activist Ai WeiWei, whose installation on Alcatraz and other works alert viewers to worldwide efforts to curtail freedom of expression. Alongside that production, UDT will also present "Vortex," a quintet set to the music of Gabriel Prokofiev and choreographed by UDT Director Cathleen McCarthy; "Consider the Source," a light and buoyant contemporary ballet for five women set to music by Michael Nyman and choreographed by UDT Co-Director and Theatre and Dance Lecturer Wendy Diamond; and "Jazzy King Cole," a celebration of the jazz roots of Nat King Cole choreographed by Associate Professor of Theatre and Dance Ray Tadio. Five separate student works accompany the professional pieces.

"The Invention of Wings" will premiere April 7 and run through April 10 in the McKenna Theater in Creative Arts. Thursday, Friday and Saturday performances start at 8 p.m., and the Sunday performance will begin at 2 p.m. For additional information, visit theatredance.sfsu.edu or call ext. 8‑1341.

UWA spring luncheon, April 20

The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to their spring luncheon on April 20, 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Guests of honor will be the 2015-16 Gloria Spencer University Women's Association Scholarship recipients. The event will be held in the Vista Room and will cost $20 per person. (The cost includes wine and a contribution for the scholarship recipients' lunches.)

Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 13, by sending a check for $20 per person (payable to "UWA") to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

"Kisses to the Children," April 17

Filmmaker Vassilis Loules will present his 2011 documentary film "Kisses to the Children" on Sunday, April 17, at 1 p.m. at the George and Tula Christopher Center, Holy Trinity Orthodox Church, 999 Brotherhood Way. The film (in Greek with English subtitles) concerns five Greek-Jewish children saved by Christian families during the Nazi occupation. The screening is sponsored by the Center for Modern Greek Studies.

WAC/WID Roundtable: "More Feedback Faster," April 25

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and WAC/WID (Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing In the Disciplines) invite all faculty to the final roundtable session on April 25 from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286).

John Holland, lecturer in the English Department's Composition Program, will facilitate a workshop entitled "More Feedback Faster." The workshop will present a model used in a hybrid second-year composition course that segments a semester-long research project into smaller, scaffolded chunks. This model facilitates frequent opportunities for peer feedback, instructor feedback and revision of student writing. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

QOLT Lunch and Learn event on April 26

The Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) initiative supports faculty teaching fully online and hybrid courses in implementing superior course design practices and proven teaching strategies.

Faculty are invited to a QOLT initiative Lunch and Learn on Tuesday, April 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. Join colleagues over lunch as Jackson Wilson, chair of the Online Education Committee (OEC), reports on a faculty survey of online learning and teaching. Participants will also learn about an upcoming summer professional development series that will guide participants step-by-step through the QOLT certification process.

Getting a course fully certified brings many benefits, including:

  • Official letter of accomplishment for Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) purposes
  • Campuswide recognition in QOLT events and on the QOLT website
  • Eligibility to apply to be a QOLT ambassador
  • Opportunities to participate in CSU system-level quality assurance programs
  • First-to-know access to funding opportunities such as course redesign with technology and affordable instructional materials.

RSVP for the QOLT Lunch and Learn. Lunch will be provided. For more information call (415) 405-5550 or email iteach@sfsu.edu.

SF State Summer Youth Sailing and Paddling and Lake Environment camps, June 6-Aug. 12

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism will again host Summer Community Youth Sailing and Paddling Camps for boys and girls ages 8-15 at Lake Merced near campus. All camps are Monday-Friday and run between June 6 and Aug. 12. They range from half-day sailing camp, half-day kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding camps to full-day sailing and science camps. No prior experience is required and the camps accommodate youth with special needs. For more information or to register, visit recdept.sfsu.edu/sailing.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp

The Department of Kinesiology will again host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will take place on campus June 13 to July 22, Monday through Friday. The department will also host the Gator Start morning program to provide a full-day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) option. For more information or to register, visit kin.sfsu.edu/gatorcamp or call the Kinesiology Department at ext. 8‑2244.

Calling all Commencement volunteers

SF State will again hold the Commencement Ceremony at AT&T Park this year. Many volunteers are needed to help make the event special. So sign up to be part of this wonderful celebration.

Volunteers must:

  • Be available on Friday, May 27, from 2 to 10 p.m.
  • Have transportation to and from AT&T Park.
  • Get approval from their supervisor.
  • Attend one volunteer informational meeting. (Three orientations will be held during the week of May 16-20. Meeting date options will be sent to volunteers as soon as they are confirmed.)
  • Arrive on time and ready to work.
  • Wear the uniform of tan or black pants and a white button-down or polo shirt. (All volunteers will receive a special gold windbreaker.)

Volunteers are encouraged to take public transportation or carpool. When registering, those who will be driving are asked to indicate that in the "Special Requests" section.

Two catered break areas will be available from 2 to 10 p.m. for volunteers to relax and grab dinner or a snack.

As a special thanks, all volunteers will be invited to the post-Commencement celebration to be held the first week of June. Details will follow.

Questions? Email the Commencement team at commence@sfsu.edu.

Faculty invited to Commencement 2016

All faculty are invited to attend SF State's 115th Commencement celebration on Friday, May 27, at AT&T Park. Faculty will gather and mingle in the Field Club Lounge before the procession begins. The Field Club Lounge has a separate, dedicated entrance gate next to the Luxury Suites entrance on the left side of Willie Mays Plaza (the corner of 3rd and King Streets).

The doors will open at 3 p.m., and light refreshments will be served. All faculty must arrive by 5:30 p.m. in order to participate. The faculty procession will enter AT&T Park through the centerfield fence and will be seated in a special VIP section of the stadium.

AT&T Park is accessible by public transportation. Complimentary parking is also available by request. Details will be sent prior to Commencement.

To reserve seating for faculty, RSVP by May 2, 2016.

Order regalia for Commencement 2016

Faculty members participating in this year's Commencement Ceremony will need to wear academic regalia. Rentals are available at the SF State Bookstore.

Important dates and details:

  • Only generic regalia will be available for rental after April 15.
  • Rental regalia will be available to pick up beginning the week of May 16.
  • Faculty/staff will go to the customer service counter inside the bookstore to pick up their regalia.

Set Pricing (includes cap, gown, tassel and hood; hood colors are based on the field of the degree and the university where it was earned)

  • Bachelor: $59
  • Master: $63
  • Doctoral: $72

Component Pricing (cap, gown and tassel only)

  • Bachelor: $31
  • Master: $34
  • Doctoral: $38

Gown Only

  • Bachelor: $24
  • Master: $27
  • Doctoral: $31

Hood Only

  • Bachelor: $28
  • Master: $29
  • Doctoral: $34

Cap/Tam Only

  • Eight-sided class rental tam in black: $32
  • Eight-sided class rental tam with gold silk tassel: $36

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The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. 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 will include:

  • Chair's report.

  • Budget report from VP of Finance and Administration Ron Cortez (at 2:20 p.m.).

  • Report on Golden 4 from Jennifer Summit, dean of Undergraduate Admissions and Academic Planning (at 2:55 p.m.)

  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed 2016-17 Senate meeting schedule, first reading.

  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of budget transparency, first reading.

  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Paired Courses policy, first reading.

  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed Variable Topic and Experimental Courses policy, second reading.

  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed On-Line Education Resolution, first reading (at 3:30p.m.).

  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the On-Line Education policy, first reading.

  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revision to the University Policy on Written English Proficiency.

  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy.

  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Senate By-Laws.


All-University elections for spring 2016

Important dates for the all-University elections this spring are:

  • Nomination period ends April 1
  • Voting period: April 11 through April 29

To nominate oneself or another for a position, visit senate.sfsu.edu/content/all-university-elections-spring-2016.

The open positions are:

Academic Senate: At-Large Faculty Representative (three seats)

Eligibility and process: Faculty members are elected at large. Must be available every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Term: three years

Outgoing representatives: Mehmet Ergul, Lawrence Hanley, vacant


Academic Senate: Staff Representative (one seat)

Eligibility and process: Staff members from bargaining units 1,2,4,5,6,7,8 or 9 are elected at large. Must be available every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m.

Term: three years

Outgoing representative: Lorna Hill


Academic Senate, CSU: Faculty Representative (one seat)

Eligibility and process: Faculty member elected at large. Must be available every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and be willing to travel to Academic Senate CSU meetings, which are typically held in Long Beach.

Term: three years

Outgoing representative: Darlene Yee


Academic Freedom Committee: Faculty Representative (three seats)

Eligibility and process: Faculty members are elected at large. Faculty cannot hold a seat on the Academic Senate, the University Tenure and Promotions Committee or an administrative position higher than department chair.

Term: three years

Outgoing representatives: Christine Brandes, Martin Carcieri, vacant


Honorary Degree Committee: Faculty Representative (one seat)

Eligibility and process: Faculty member elected at large. 

Term: two years

Outgoing representative: Grace Yoo


Administrative Search Committee pool: Faculty Representative (unlimited)

Eligibility and process: Elected faculty members will have their names included in a pool from which members of administrative search committees are drawn. 

Term: two years

Questions? Contact the Senate Office at ext. 8-1264 or email senate@sfsu.edu.

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.

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Asian American Studies

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H.X. Lee chaired the panel "Museums: Preservation and Touristic Potential of Temple Heritage Collections" at the Temples and Museums: Managing and Interpreting Historic Cultural Assets conference held at the Yuba Country Library in Marysville, California, March 12-13. Lee also co-edited the book "The Age of Asian Migration," which was published in January by Cambridge Scholars Publishing. Also, since 2014 Lee has served as editor-in-chief of the journal "Chinese America: History & Perspectives," which is published by the Chinese Historical Society of America.


Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn coauthored the book "The Bee-Friendly Garden," which was published Feb. 9 by Ten Speed Press. The book was also highlighted in the April book club section of Sunset magazine.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey and six undergraduate students co-authored three poster presentations at the 47th Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in Seattle March 9-12: "Effect of Breathing Style on Math Problem Solving" (Lee, S., Sanchez, J., Peper, E., & Harvey, R. ); "Reducing Acne-Stress and an Integrated Self-Healing Approach" (Tseng, C., Abili, R., Peper, E., & Harvey, R.);  and "Physiological Response to Time Pressure" (Ardagh, A., Cheung, C., Peper, E., & Harvey, R.). Peper also gave two invited presentations: "Transforming Illness Belief with Biofeedback and Subjectively Guided Experience to Build Hope" and "Improve Health with Breathing."

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Responding, not reacting

Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto was interviewed about emotional competence for a March 17 Huffington Post Healthy Living article. "The ability to be emotionally competent is to know that you are angry and to leverage that anger to have a constructive rather than a destructive outcome," Matsumoto explained. "It's really about being more mindful about your reactions, about what's going on with your body and mind. It's about responding, not reacting. ... Really understanding your breath and being able to train yourself to breathe better is a foundational skill for mindfulness."

End of lifecycle

A March 17 KQED news report about BART's aging infrastructure and a possible $3 billion ballot measure included comments by Professor of Geography and Environment Jason Henderson. "This is becoming a big problem throughout the country, so it is not unique to BART. We have, basically, a dysfunctional urban transportation policy in this country. Systems around the country, such as the Washington, D.C., Metro, the Atlanta MARTA and the BART system, they were all built in the late 1960s and they're coming up to the end of their lifecycle and we need to be funding the maintenance and upkeep," Henderson said. "First of all, the ballot measure for $3 billion is too low. BART needs more than that to properly keep up the system and to expand capacity to provide a comfortable transportation system for the new demand for public transportation. The problem is that BART has to get this through with a two-thirds voter majority, which is extremely difficult."

Even less threatening

Professor of Comparative and World Literature Ellen Peel discussed robots in science fiction for an article about the eerily prescient 1946 science fiction short "A Logic Named Joe" in the March 19 The Register. "It's often interesting to look at the names (or the lack thereof) for robots and other constructed bodies. By giving the logic a name, the narrator makes it less threatening. Since the name is a human, common, and informal one, it's even less threatening," Peel said. "Ordinary logics already grant many wishes, but what Joe grants are the forbidden ones, the 'monsters from the id,' as they are called in 'Forbidden Planet.' It is suggestive that the narrator stores Joe in the basement, sort of a subconscious."

Feel your own history

On March 28, KRON 4 interviewed Library Services Specialist Alex Cherian about the Library's Bay Area TV Archive, which is being re-mastered and made available for free online. "It just instantly takes you into the heart of the action and you feel like you're there," Cherian said. "[T]his material can hit you on a gut level and make you feel your own history, rather than just think about it or go, 'Oh yeah, that happened a while back.'"

Not so cute now, eh?

Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephen Kane commented on the science, or lack thereof, behind the film "Return of the Jedi" for a March 28 Space.com article. "There's little doubt in my mind that a significant amount of the [Death Star] structure ended up on the surface of Endor, probably in a spectacular fashion. ... Would any of the Ewoks have survived the holocaust resulting from the destruction of the Death Star? God, I hope not!" Kane said. "Given that 'Return of the Jedi' portrays the Ewoks as cannibals — yes, cannibals — they may possibly survive a small period of time by eating a few captured imperials and then starting on each other until they're down to the last Ewok, surrounded by the bones of its comrades and the charred remains of its home world. ... Not so cute now, eh?"

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