April 22, 2016


Major changes to Muni 28R route start tomorrow

Effective Saturday, April 23, the Muni 28 Rapid (28R) bus line will no longer stop at the Daly City BART station. The regular Muni 28 line will continue to provide service from the Daly City BART station to 19th Ave. Other changes to the 28R include:

  • The new northern terminal will be at California Street and 6th Ave. (shared with the 44 line).
  • The new southern terminal will be at Alemany Blvd. and Geneva Ave., with service to the Balboa Park BART/Muni station.
  • It will no longer serve the Golden Gate Bridge or the Marina (still served by the regular 28 line).
  • It will no longer serve the Daly City BART station (still served by the regular 28 line).

Retirement Association faculty travel grant applications due today

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:

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

Student Life invites the campus community — including faculty, 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.

Retention, Tenure and Promotion Workshops

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled six informal discussions focused on helping faculty 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 Working Personnel Action Files (WPAF) 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.

  • Applying in fall 2016 for tenure and promotion to associate professor:
    • Monday, April 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244               
  • Preparing for promotion to full professor:
    • 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.

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.

Employee University summer 2016

Faculty and staff are invited to drop by LIB 121 on Tuesday, April 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. for an early opportunity to register for summer 2016 classes. Attendees will be treated to coffee, doughnuts  and Jenga while they register and network with colleagues from across the campus. RSVPing is not required. Participants are encouraged to bring a colleague or two with them.

The summer 2016 classes include:

  • Campus Mental Health and Well Being
  • iPhone Basics for Beginners
  • Myers Briggs Type in Personal and Professional Growth
  • SFSU 101
  • Team Building
  • Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers, Level III
  • Working for U
  • Workshop for Education Sites: Skillport/Lynda

Open registration begins at 10 a.m. on April 27 at hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university. Note that registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Employee University committee members look forward to seeing you there.

For additional details regarding Employee University, as well as updates regarding summer 2016 classes, registration and other information, please visit hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university.

Student housing survey

Housing at SF State is in short supply, just as it is in San Francisco and the Bay Area at large. In an effort to address the issue with a focus on walkability and sustainability, the University has begun a planning effort. The survey of the student population regarding their needs was sent out April 18 and must be completed by April 27. It is the first step in the planning process.

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to complete the survey by close of business on Wednesday, April 27. At the end of the survey, students may enter a drawing for two $100 gift cards from the Bookstore, courtesy of UCorp. Questions? Email ppd@sfsu.edu.

Accessible Adventures Day

The campus community is invited to SF State Accessible Adventures Day on Wednesday, April 27, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Nasser Family Plaza in front of the Gymnasium. The free, campuswide event is open to all and will offer information about accessible adventures and recreational activities available to students, staff and faculty with disabilities and their fellow students and colleagues. In addition to learning about the possibilities for inclusive, active and creative fun, participants will have the opportunity to play adapted sports and learn about adapted kayaks, sailboats and accessible trails. The event is being organized by the Disability Programs and Resource CenterRecreation Parks and Tourism DepartmentCampus RecreationPaul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, and the Department of Kinesiology.

Student Academic Pathway Project

Faculty applications and nominations are sought for the Student Academic Pathway Project (SAPP), sponsored by the Student Success and Graduation Initiative (SSGI). A faculty team will meet over the summer for four two-hour lunchtime meetings to analyze anonymous student transcripts and better understand students' experiences navigating the curriculum. (The meeting schedule will be determined by the participants.) The results are expected to illuminate common challenges, areas of need and paths toward success and will be shared in a group paper and presentation in the fall semester. Participating faculty will receive stipends of $1,000. Applications from faculty advisors from across the curriculum are especially welcome. By April 29, please send a one- to two-page letter of application detailing your interest and relevant experience to the  Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning by email to ueap@sfsu.edu.

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 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.

Funding is provided through the CSU Chancellor's Office Call to Service Initiative. For information, criteria, guidelines and proposal forms, please visit  icce.sfsu.edu/content/mini-grants.

Labor Archives and Research Center to mark 30 years with aerial dance performance, May 3

The campus community is invited to celebrate the Labor Archives and Research Center’s 30th anniversary on May 3, when the center will sponsor an aerial dance performance by Flyaway Productions to commemorate the milestone. The performance, titled "Archives and Outcries: California's Unconventional Women Tell their Stories" will take place on the side of the J. Paul Leonard Library and celebrate working women who have broken through gender barriers in non-traditional work. Three performances will be held: 2:15 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m. The event will be followed at 6:30 p.m. in LIB 460 by an evening program featuring Stanford University’s Myra Strober, who will speak on "Sharing the Work: Gender Exclusion on the Shop Floor and in Academe." In addition, the School of Theatre and Dance will host a master class with Flyaway choreographer Jo Kreiter.

For more information, visit library.sfsu.edu/event/labor-archives-and-research-center-30th-anniversary-celebration.

Spotlight your students and discipline in Commencement 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 video presentation 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.

Call for local challenges for Day of Civic Hacking at SF State 2016

Members of the campus community who are interested in framing a challenge for the 2016 San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking at SF State are asked to submit their ideas by May 17.

"Community & Courage" will be the theme for this year's Day of Civic Hacking, which will be held June 4-5. A good challenge:

  • Is related to an ongoing problem which your organization works on
  • Has context and is relevant to the community
  • Has an understandable impact that considers the number of people who would benefit from the solution and which organization(s) would use it
  • Defines the data needed to help solve the problem and identifies if it is publicly available
  • Can be owned by a person or organization with relevant expertise

Previous challenges have helped Peace Corps volunteers to map the natural, infrastructure and skill resources within their communities; linked patients to the medical supplies and services they need, when they need them; and created a different path for teen mothers.

The National Day of Civic Hacking is an international event that will take place June 4-5 in cities around the world. It will bring together citizens, software developers and entrepreneurs to collaboratively create, build and invent new solutions using publicly released data, code and technology to improve local communities and the governments that serve them. Anyone can take part; participants don't have to be experts in technology, they just have to care about their neighborhood and community.

Mini-grant applications sought

SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) is a project funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for enhancing the diversity of the NIH-funded workforce. SF BUILD is led by SF State in partnership with University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The overall goal is to transform education, research, training and mentoring at SF State by creating an intellectually affirming environment in which students who are typically underrepresented in science and their faculty mentors can thrive. One specific aim is to enable faculty to succeed as part of the NIH-funded workforce. Preliminary data is often needed for successful NIH grant applications, and small grants can enable data gathering and analysis.

The request for applications for year three (2016-17) of BUILD announces that mini-grants of $20,000 each will be awarded to three successful applicants. (Mini-grants will also be available in years four and five, but may focus on additional objectives.) This year, applications are being sought from SF State faculty whose research relates to health inequalities in communities in San Francisco. Proposals should involve SF State students and encourage a sense of giving back to the communities. Priority will be given to proposals that address issues of social justice and health inequalities that are relevant to SF State students and their communities. To learn more about the mini-grant application process, visit sfbuild.sfsu.edu. Applications must be received by Aug. 1, 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.

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"The Fringe" final performance tonight

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 run through April 22. Performances will be held in The Lab (CA 104). Admission is free.

The fourth and final phase of "The Fringe" will be "Getting Off," written by Lena White and directed by Bella Gadsby. The last performance is scheduled for Friday, April 22, at 7 p.m.

For more information, visit the event page for "The Fringe."

April is Solar Observing Month

The campus community is invited to look at the sun through an SF State solar telescope. Participants will have a chance to see sunspots and solar prominences with their own eyes. During the month of April when skies are clear, the viewing will be held in the plaza in front of Thornton Hall on Mondays from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. and on Thursdays and Fridays from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.

QOLT Lunch and Learn event on April 26

The Quality Online Learning and Teaching initiative (QOLT) 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.

Runway 2016: Emerge, April 28

On Thursday, April 28, at 7 p.m. seniors in Apparel Design and Merchandising will present Runway 2016: Emerge, a fashion show at the SF Design Center Galleria (101 Henry Addams Street, San Francisco). At the event, future designers and merchandisers will showcase their distinctive creations that incorporate wearable technology and up-cycled garments made from merchandise donated by the SF State Bookstore. The event is being produced in collaboration with Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for student standing (with ID), $15 for regular standing, $30 for general seating and $40 for premier seating. Purchase tickets.

School of Theatre and Dance presents "Urinetown," April 28

In a city struck by a 20-year drought, where private bathrooms are a thing of the past, people must now pay to pee. "Urinetown" is a musical melodrama that examines the effects of corporate mismanagement and municipal politics while telling a tale of love, hope, friendship and betrayal. The School of Theatre and Dance's production of "Urinetown" will run from April 28 to May 8, Thursdays through Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, CA 106 of the Creative Arts building. More information is available at theatredance.sfsu.edu.

Discover your inner marine scientist

Visit the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, SF State's own marine research and teaching lab, for the annual Discovery Day Open House on Sunday, May 1, from 1 to 5 p.m. The event, sponsored by the Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology & Environmental Science, is a great opportunity for participants of all ages to learn about the center's research into understanding, restoring and conserving the plants, animals and habitats of San Francisco Bay and the Pacific Coast. Participants will meet marine scientists and graduate students while collecting and recording their own data on San Francisco Bay science. Listen to "bite-sized" science talks and enjoy viewing and creating marine-themed art. Families are welcome. For more information, visit www.rtc.sfsu.edu/discovery_day.

A Brief Introduction to JMP software, May 2

Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences Leonard Sklar will present "A Brief Introduction to JMP software," an introduction to various analytic methods using JMP software, such as exploratory data analysis, some regression tools and "Monte Carlo" methods. Participants who wish to follow along using JMP on their own machines are encouraged to bring their own computers. Those who would like some practice data sets to try out in advance should email Sklar at leonard@sfsu.edu. The free talk will be held Monday, May 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286.

To reserve a spot for the full event (and a free lunch), RSVP by email to lalston@sfsu.edu. Can't come for the full time? No problem: Drop-ins are welcome, but also are also 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.

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.

"The Killing of Sister George," May 5-7

Based on a BBC radio soap opera laced with dark humor that provides a wild roller coaster ride, "The Killing of Sister George" will be presented by the School of Theatre and Dance at 7 p.m. on May 5, 6 and 7 in "The Lab" (CA 104). The comedy, written by Frank Marcus and directed by Murray Smith, promises to be as vital today as it was in the 1960s. Attendees will need to hold on to their hats for the bumpy ride.

18th Annual CoSE Student Project Showcase, May 6

Join the College of Science & Engineering for the 18th annual Student Project Showcase at the Student Life Event Center (ANNEX I). Come support the students during this unique showcase with more than 200 projects from undergraduate and graduate competitors. A group of judges will pick winners and award prizes. The showcase will start with the competition from 3 to 6 p.m., followed by a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Light refreshments will be served. The showcase and reception are free, but space is limited and reservations are strongly encouraged. Please register at bit.ly/1T4iEll. For more information, email Lannie Nguyen at science@sfsu.edu.

Unnatural Kinds interdisciplinary workshop, May 16-17

The Department of Philosophy will host "Unnatural Kinds," an interdisciplinary workshop about scientific classification, on Monday and Tuesday, May 16-17. Designer pharmaceuticals, novel nanomaterials, cloned cells and animals, and new methods of storing biological or medical information have broadened the scope of defining "kinds" of things to include those that have been synthetically created. As a result, new questions have arisen: When can one claim to have made something of a new kind? How do we keep track of exponentially expanding chemical, pharmaceutical and material databases? How do contemporary information management systems affect how we conceive of classification and categorization? When can, and when should, extra-scientific regulations limit the synthesis of novel kinds? Such questions will drive the discussions of this two-day event.

Expert speakers will be on hand from the National Institutes of Health, the University of Utah, Nano Precision Medical, Princeton University, the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Alberta, SF State and beyond. For more information or to register, visit the Unnatural Kinds workshop site. Questions? Email unnaturalkinds@gmail.com.

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Following are the action items from the April 19 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announcements:
    • Darlene Yee-Melichar reminded the Senate that the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase is Thursday, April 21, from 3 to 5 p.m. in GYM 100 and encouraged everyone to take time to attend the showcase and the dinner event to socialize. Registered students and supportive faculty are eligible to win prizes.
    • Belinda Reyes reminded the Senate of the Student Success and Graduation Initiative's last brown bag in the Library at noon on Wednesday, April 20.
  • Minutes of the April 5 meeting were approved as submitted.
  • The agenda was amended to remove Mary Beth Love, who could not attend as planned, and to remove "revision to the" from the Student Affairs Committee recommendation for the Short Term Loan Program policy.
  • Chair's report:
    • Faculty are not striking so the Senate is meeting as scheduled.
    • Last week, President Wong sent a message calling for more civility on campus. Tension is high across campus, reflecting the nature of the national presidential process. We need to resist this and actively reject uncivil behavior. The Senate process reflects civility and respect each Tuesday. We make a difference on this campus by practicing this behavior across campus. As faculty we create environments in our classrooms to encourage civil discourse among our students.
  • Sheila Tully, California Faculty Association (CFA) chapter president, gave a report on the tentative CFA-SFSU agreement:  All of the information is in the CFA  website.
  • Amended and approved the Paired Courses policy revisions recommended by the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: deleted lines 104-105 (107-108 on some documents) "Paired courses must not at the same time be cross-listed."
  • Returned to committee the proposed revisions to Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Policy (first reading).
  • Approved with a two-thirds majority the Executive Committee's proposed revisions to the Senate By-Laws regarding Executive Committee Senators-at-Large after discussion and an amendment to insert "not be required to serve on a standing committee."
  • Referred back to committee the Academic Policies Committee proposed revision to the Athletic Advisory Board policy (first reading)
  • Approved the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee's proposed revision to the Education minor after moving it to second reading.
  • Referred back to committee the Student Affairs Committee's proposed revision to the Short Term Loan Program policy (first reading).
  • Standing Committee reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee: no report.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee:
      • Alex Katz will be retiring. After reviewing 48 applicants, the top three have been selected and the decision will be made by the next plenary meeting. A resolution for Alex Katz is in progress.
      • A Communication Disorders resolution may be ready by the next plenary meeting.
    • Faculty Affairs Committee:
      • Continuing to work on the revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy.
    • Strategic Issues Committee:
      • Reviewing the Affirmative Action policy with the aim of issuing a resolution.
    • Student Affairs Committee:
      • Continues to work on the proposed Student Loan policy.
      • Working on a resolution in support of student success.
      • Working on a possible resolution on collegiality.


Candidates for the spring 2016 all-University elections

The voting period is April 11 through April 29.

To vote, please visit senate.sfsu.edu/content/elections-spring-2016-voter-guide.

Candidate list by position:

Click the position title for more information about it. To view a candidate's position statement, click their name, where available.

Academic Senate: At-Large Faculty Representative

  • Bhaskar, Vidhyacharan: Lecturer, Electrical and Computer Engineering, COSE
  • Holton, Thomas: Professor, Electrical and Computer Engineering, COSE
  • Steier, Saul: Associate Professor, Humanities, LCA

Academic Senate: Staff Representative

Academic Senate, CSU: Faculty Representative

Academic Freedom Committee: Faculty Representative

Honorary Degree Committee: Faculty Representative

University Tenure and Promotions Committee

  • Fielden, Ned: Librarian, LIB
  • Walsh, David: Professor, Kinesiology, CHSS

Administrative Search Committee pool: Faculty Representative

See the list of faculty members in the current pool.

  • Azocar, Cristina: Associate Professor, Department Chair, Journalism, LCA
  • Blosser, Betsy: Professor, BECA, LCA
  • Cheng, A.S. (Ed): Professor, School of Engineering, COSE
  • Curtis, Sarah: Professor, History, LCA
  • Darling, Juanita: Associate Professor, International Relations, LCA
  • Dollinger, Marc: Professor, Jewish Studies, LCA
  • Henderson, Barbara Ann: Professor, Elementary Education, GCOE
  • Hua, Julietta: Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, LCA
  • Millet, Kitty: Professor, Jewish Studies, LCA
  • Perea, John-Carlos: Assistant Professor, American Indian Studies, COES
  • Reyes, Belinda: Associate Professor, Latina/Latino Studies, COES
  • Roeder, Theresa: Associate Professor, Decision Science, COB
  • Sabee, Christina: Professor, Department Chair, Communication Studies, LCA

For information about the elections visit senate.sfsu.edu/content/all-university-elections-spring-2016 or view the voter guide. 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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Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: through May 14 in the Fine Arts Gallery

Re/Action: April 21-May 26 in the Fine Arts Gallery


Saturday, April 23

Baseball hosting Stanislaus State (doubleheader): noon at Maloney Field

Monday, April 25

Solar Observing for the Public: 12:30 p.m. on the plaza in front of Thornton Hall

Recital: David Cates, harpsichord, and Roger Woodward, piano: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Lecture/Reading: Writers on Writing: Hugo Garcia Manriquez: 7 p.m. in the Humanities Auditorium

Tuesday, April 26

Merienda Moments: A Discussion on Academia, the White Box and Community: 12:10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery

Baseball hosting Hawaii-Hilo: 2 p.m. at Maloney Field

Generating a Revolution in Wellness, Prevention and Care for LGBT Children and Youth: 4 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center

Wednesday, April 27

Accessible Adventures Day: 11 a.m. at the Nasser Family Plaza

Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Adapting to Surprise in Our Coastal Ocean: Lessons from Ecology, Archaeology and Indigenous Knowledge: 6:30 p.m. at the Romberg Tiburon Center

Thursday, April 28

In-Gallery Artist Talks: Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: 12:10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery

Solar Observing for the Public: 2:30 p.m. on the plaza in front of Thornton Hall

Poetry reading: Stefan Hyner: This Other World Not Civilized: 4:30 p.m. at the Poetry Center, Humanities

Opera: Handel's "Alcina": 7:30p.m. in McKenna Hall, Creative Arts

Theatre: "Urinetown, The Musical":8 p.m. in the  Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Friday, April 29

Recital: Classical guitar: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Elevate Ensemble closing concert: 2 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Solar Observing for the Public: 2:30 p.m. on the plaza in front of Thornton Hall

Baseball hosting Chico State: 3 p.m. at Maloney Field

Elevate Ensemble closing concert: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Opera: Handel's "Alcina": 7:30 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Theatre: "Urinetown, The Musical": 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Apparel Design & Merchandising

On April 14, Professor of Apparel Design and Merchandising Connie Ulasewicz was a guest lecturer for the Sustainability: Our Community as a Living Lab series at CSU Long Beach. Her topic, "Sustainability in the Fashion Industry: Rethink, Refuse, Reuse," focused on her work with product reuse and the designs created with her students from discarded hotel table cloths.

Asian American Studies

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H.X. Lee moderated two panels at the American Academy of Religion Western Region conference: "Buddhism and the Frontiers of Social Justice" and "Critical Asian American Faith: The Curves and Bumps of Asian American Christian Theologies and Communities." After the meeting, Lee officially stepped into his roles as vice president and program chair for which he was elected in 2015.

Communication Studies

Professor of Communication Studies Gust A. Yep gave the invited presentation "Becoming a Critical Scholar: Narrating the Personal, the Theoretical, and the Political" to the Civic, Critical, and Creative Communication Collective at Arizona State University on March 23. The talk focused on his personal and academic journey from a social scientist to a critical scholar.

Also, Yep, Lecturer Ryan M. Lescure and Graduate Teaching Associate Sage E. Russo co-authored "Transing Normative Boyhood Masculinity in Alain Berliner's Ma Vie en Rose," which was published in Boyhood Studies (Vol. 8/Issue 2, pp. 43-60), an interdisciplinary peer-reviewed journal focusing on the construction of boyhood in society. The article uses "transing," a theoretical framework that Yep, Russo and Jace Allen, another graduate teaching associate, introduced to the communication discipline in 2015.

University Property Management

Student Services Professional Karen Neal will retire on May 1 after more than 33 years with the CSU. Before joining SF State, Neal worked at Sacramento State and Cal Maritime. Neal extends her gratitude to everyone she had an opportunity to work with during her employment with the CSU and sends her best wishes to this extended family. "My student service professional experience has been my best experience outside of being a mother and grandmother," she said.

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Perfect manners

An April 1 Nichi Bei article quoted Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature Midori McKeon on the traditional Japanese tea ceremony classes she teaches at SF State. "Tea culture courses are very popular. Many junior and senior students take the undergraduate tea culture course, regardless of their original cultural background. ... Most students will graduate after finishing the course and will not continue. I hope they will take up tea lessons sometime in the future and somewhere in the world, if not with me," McKeon said. "One thing I am certain is that they can go to a chakai [tea party] without fear and enjoy a bowl of usucha [thin matcha tea] with perfect manners. That's more than an average Japanese person nowadays can do!"

Broader appreciation

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Wesley Ueunten, who showcased Okinawan music at various events, including the San Francisco Cherry Blossom Festival, was interviewed for an April 1 Nichi Bei article. "My mother, who was a Nisei from Hawai'i, told me that being Okinawan gave her a sense of shame as Okinawans were seen as backwards, uncouth, uncivilized and inferior. Many other Okinawan Nisei felt the same, and so Okinawan culture was somewhat repressed in Hawai'i," Ueunten said. "In my young adult years, however, I was inspired by the movements of the 1960s and '70s — especially the movement for ethnic studies at SF State — which encouraged many like me to appreciate my own cultural identity. Uta-sanshin has been a way for me to recover my cultural identity. However, because uta-sanshin requires me to sing from the heart, my heart seems to have gradually been softened to where I appreciate all people's struggles to reclaim their cultural identity. Ironically, my efforts to recover my narrow Okinawan cultural identity have actually led me to a broader appreciation of other's cultural identity."

Policy oscillation

Professor of Labor Studies John Logan commented for an April 7 NPR "All Things Considered" segment on the National Labor Relations Board's consideration of whether graduate student assistants should be considered university employees. "When we get a new [presidential] administration and the composition of the board changes, then sometimes you get this process of policy oscillation where the pendulum swings from one side to the other," Logan said.

Nonverbal communication

An April 18 CBS News report on how to spot lies was based on information from Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto and another expert. The key is to establish a baseline and then look for changes. "Research has shown that the bulk of messages [signaling dishonesty] in any action is communicated nonverbally," Matsumoto said. Of course, practice is key: "My family gave up a long time ago trying to lie to me."

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