April 8, 2016


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 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. Please send applications or questions to the  Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planningueap@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 was 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 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:
    • 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.

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:

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 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.

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 three-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.

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.

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.

Save the date: Sneak Preview Day for future Gators, April 9

Admitted students can learn about SF State's academics, support services and campus life during Sneak Preview Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The annual open house offers campus tours, financial aid information and advice on housing options to prospective students and their parents.

Representatives from the six SF State colleges will introduce students to the more than 100 majors offered at the University and discuss career possibilities. Information on student services and organizations will also be available.

Last year more than 12,000 prospective students and parents visited SF State on Sneak Preview Day. This year, the event is expected to draw more students and parents. It is highly recommended that participants take public transportation to campus on this day since parking in lots and on surrounding streets will be more scarce than normal.

Questions? Contact Student Outreach Services at outreach@sfsu.edu.

Advancing Student Success: A dialogue for University faculty, staff and administrators

The Student Success and Graduation Initiative Task Force and the César E. Chávez Institute will co-sponsor a lunchtime reading and discussion series to examine factors that support or hinder student academic success.

The meetings will provide an informal forum for faculty and staff/administrators to jointly delve into key issues affecting students' academic achievement, informed by recent research. Each meeting will focus on a pre-circulated reading on a different topic — unpacking research findings, then exploring their possible implications for how we serve our students.

Supporting undergraduate degree completion advances social justice and economic prosperity for the region, state and nation. Today, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. require education and training beyond a high school diploma, yet nearly half of students who begin a baccalaureate program are not able to finish within six years — too many of them students of color or from low-income households.

The lunch dialogues will continue this semester on the following Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286):

No preregistration is required. Bring a lunch — drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information or to be included on future announcements, contact the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning at ueap@sfsu.edu or ext. 8‑2206.

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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.

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

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."

UDT's "The Invention of Wings" closes April 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 Theatre 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.

HEI Speaker Series Lecture: "addicted.pregnant.poor," April 13

The Health Equity Institute (HEI) invites the campus community to hear UCSF School of Medicine Assistant Professor Kelly Knight present her book "addicted.pregnant.poor" on Wednesday, April 13, from 11 a.m. to noon in HSS 361. This ethnography reveals the complex humanity and battles against drug cravings, housing debt and potential violence of the addicted, pregnant and poor women living in daily-rent hotels in San Francisco's Mission District.

The HEI Speaker Series is a monthly event that showcases leading researchers in the field of health equity.

"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.

"Enceladus, Saturn's Geysering Moon: An Abode of Life?", April 18

Carolyn Porco, leader of the imaging science team on the Cassini mission presently in orbit around Saturn, will visit campus as the 2016 WISE (Women in Science and Engineering) Distinguished Speaker. On Monday, April 18, from 4 to 5 p.m. in LIB 121 (refreshments at 3:50 p.m.) she will present "Enceladus, Saturn's Geysering Moon: An Abode of Life?", a review of all the observations currently in hand. She will also present the case for Enceladus as the "go to" place in our solar system for the search for extraterrestrial life.

For the past 11 years, the full suite of scientific investigations onboard the Cassini spacecraft at Saturn has been brought to bear in the examination of the small, icy moon. The large and diverse collection of results has been used in conjunction with theoretical studies of the moon's orbital dynamics, interior structure, tidal response, geysering mechanics, ocean chemistry and astrobiological potential to produce an unusually detailed body of knowledge of what is now regarded as the most accessible, well-understood extraterrestrial habitable zone in the solar system.

Following many years at the Space Sciences Institute in Boulder, Porco is now a visiting distinguished scholar at the University of California, Berkeley and a fellow of the California Academy of Sciences.

Volunteers needed for SF State marine lab open house in Tiburon

Volunteer for this special event on Sunday, May 1, when the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, SF State’s marine research lab in Tiburon, opens its doors to the public for a day of science exploration, art activities, touch tanks and other activities. At least 18 volunteers over 18 years old are needed to help with a variety of activities. Volunteers receive lunch, a drink ticket and a T-shirt. Contact Erin Blackwood for more information and to sign up by April 22.

UWA spring luncheon, April 20

The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to its 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.)

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.

Campus town hall meeting April 21

The campus community is invited to attend a town hall meeting with President Wong from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21, in the Seven Hills Conference Center. The topic of the meeting will be "moving forward." No RSVP is required. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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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Following are the action items from the April 5 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Approved minutes for March 8 as submitted.
  • Approved amended agenda (struck items 11, 13 and 15 and renumbered remaining items).
  • Heard the chair's report:
    • Reminder that college elections have been completed and voting for All-University elections will open on Monday, April 11.
    • Reminder that two standing committee meetings remain: The final plenary on May 10 will complete business for the academic year and proceed to the seating of new senators and the election of officers for academic year 2016-17.
    • On Thursday, SF State will host Academic Senate chairs statewide.
  • Heard presentation of budget report for fiscal year 2016-17 by VP of Finance and Administration Ron Cortez and Executive Director of Budget & Operations Jay Orendorf. The presentation is on iLearn, which will include related data pertaining to questions from the floor.
  • Heard a report from Dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning Jennifer Summit, who presented on a new Curriculum Management System. The presentation is posted on iLearn.
  • Approved the Executive Committee's proposed 2016-17 Senate Meeting Schedule after moving it from first reading to second reading and amending times (changed the Executive Committee meeting time from noon to 1:50 p.m. and set the plenary meeting time for 2-5 p.m.).
  • Approved a resolution in support of budget transparency after moving from first reading to second reading.
  • Heard a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Paired Courses policy (first reading): item was referred back to committee.
  • Approved the Variable Topic and Experimental Courses policy recommended by the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee in the second reading.
  • Heard an information update on the Gerontology Program by Senator Yee-Melichar:
    • The Gerontology Program successfully completed its program review.
    • The concluding action memo contains the primary recommendation that the Gerontology Program will move from the School of Social Work to the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. 
  • Approved revisions to the On-Line Education policy proposed by the Academic Policies Committee after moving from first reading to second reading.
  • Heard a recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure, and Promotion Policy in the first reading: the item was referred back to committee and will be heard again at the next plenary meeting.

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 and 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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Upcycled: An Art Workshop: April 8-14 in the ASI Gallery, Cesar Chavez Student Center


Saturday, April 9

Sneak Preview

Softball hosting UC San Diego (doubleheader): 11 a.m. at the softball field

Baseball hosting Cal State San Marcos (doubleheader): noon at Maloney Field

Theatre: "The Invention of Wings": 8 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Sunday, April 10

Baseball Hosting Cal State San Marcos: 11 a.m. at Maloney Field

Theatre: "The Invention of Wings": 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Monday, April 11

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

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

Lecture/reading: Writers on Writing: Truong Tran: 7 p.m. in the Humanities Auditorium

Tuesday, April 12

Latino Voices: Farm Worker Organizing, Student Strikes and the Creation of Newspapers: 4 p.m. in LIB 460

Theatre: Fringe — phase three: 7 p.m. in CA 104

Wednesday, April 13

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

Theatre: Fringe — phase three: 7 p.m. in CA 104

Thursday, April 14

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

Theatre: Fringe — phase three: 7 p.m. in CA 104

Friday, April 15

Softball hosting Humboldt State (doubleheader): 1 p.m. at the softball field

Recital: Chris Peters, piano: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

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

Theatre: Fringe — phase three: 7 p.m. in CA 104

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Asian American Studies

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H.X. Lee accepted an invitation to serve as a grant review panelist for the next round of National Endowment for the Arts' Art Works grants in the Folk and Traditional Arts category. The panel will review applications prior to convening via teleconference in the middle of June to make the selections.

International Programs

Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Jay Ward presented a session at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region XII Northern District Conference on March 28 at Napa Valley College. Ward served as a panelist on the session "Grey Areas in International Student Advising." With more than 10,000 members located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide in over 150 countries, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.


Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jimmy Bagley co-authored the article "Improving human skeletal muscle myosin heavy chain fiber typing efficiency," which was published in the Journal of Muscle Research and Cell Motility. This work was a collaboration among Bagley, Andy Galpin (CSU, Fullerton) and Kevin Murach (University of Kentucky).

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Where there's smoke, there's litter

Sustainability Coordinator Nick Kordesch commented for a March 30 San Francisco Examiner report on cigarette butt recycling receptacles that were installed along the campus perimeter. "We don't want to encourage smoking," Kordesch said. "But we don't want to turn our existing smokers into litterers." SF State has had a smoke-free policy since 2004.

Better isn't better if it's harder

An April 4 Atlantic article about ranked-choice voting as a possible solution to the problem of extremist candidates winning by a plurality included comments from Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel. "History tells us there are a lot of unintended consequences of these things [voting system changes], and they tend to make voting harder. And when you make voting harder, fewer people vote," McDaniel said.

Discrimination for all

Professor of History Marc Stein wrote an article about North Carolina's "anti-anti-discrimination law" for the April 4 History News Network. "In keeping with the spirit of April Fool's Day, it might be appropriate to point out that it is now legal everywhere in North Carolina to discriminate against straight people on the basis of their sexual orientation. After all, the local ordinances 'trumped' by the new state law did not just prohibit discrimination against sexual minorities; they prohibited discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation," Stein wrote. "Along similar lines, while the state now bans discrimination against males and females based on their biological sex, it is legal under state law to discriminate against men and women based on their gender identity. As far as state law is concerned, it's also legal to discriminate against married people on the basis of their marital status."

For more media coverage of faculty, staff, students, alumni and programs, see SF State in the News

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SF State received $181,619 in grants and contracts in March 2016.

Katharyn Boyer, Biology, San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines, State Coastal Conservancy, $152,714

Margaret Brodkin, Public Affairs and Civil Engagement, Funding the Next Generation Conference, Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, $10,000

Richard Dugdale, Romberg Tiburon Center, Drought Study, State and Federal Contractors Water Agency, $8,239

Leonard Sklar, Earth & Climate Sciences, Sediment Stabilization by Animals in Stream Ecosystems, National Science Foundation, $10,666

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