August 14,2017


Domingo named interim COSE dean

Carmen Domingo will serve as interim dean of the College of Science & Engineering. An accomplished scholar and dedicated teacher, Professor Domingo has been a member of SF State's Department of Biology for 20 years. She is widely admired for her collaborative leadership style, her commitment to innovation in teaching and research and her deep understanding of CoSE and SF State. Domingo replaces former CoSE Dean Keith J. Bowman, who accepted a position at University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

New associate VP for enrollment management

Maria L. Martinez has joined Student Affairs and Enrollment Management as associate vice president for enrollment management. Prior to coming to SF State, Martinez served as university registrar at Cal Poly, Pomona for 13 years. Before that, she was a degree audit reporting system specialist at CSU Fullerton for nearly 16 years. Her various roles in enrollment management have given her a wealth of knowledge about the CSU as a system of higher education and a deep understanding of its culture.

Ree'shemah Thornton, who stepped in as interim assistant vice president for enrollment management, will continue to serve as director of Student Outreach Services.

University adds first dean of equity initiatives

Effective July 1, Christina Sabee joined Equity Programs & Compliance as the inaugural dean of equity initiatives. Sabee's position will be responsible for executing SF State's responsibilities under CSU Executive Orders 1095, 1096, 1097 and 1098, and she will be the senior deputy Title IX coordinator/DHR (discrimination, harassment and retaliation) administrator for staff/faculty and third parties who wish to report complaints or incidents to the University. She will also serve as an ombudsperson for faculty and staff. Further, she will coordinate the University's response to complaints of discrimination filed through external agencies.

Sabee brings a wealth of experience that will add much to this new role, and she has a strong commitment to advancing issues of equity and inclusion. Her office will be located in the Student Services Building, Suite 403, and her email is

Williams named GCOE interim associate dean

Robert A. Williams has been appointed as interim associate dean in the Graduate College of Education (GCOE). Williams brings to the GCOE his extensive experience as a faculty member in the Department of Counseling and an administrator in the College of Health and Social Sciences (CHSS). Throughout his 18 years at SF State in CHSS, Williams has served as a faculty member, a researcher and a clinician, with six years as chair of the Department of Counseling and one year as acting associate dean. He has a strong record of shared governance, serving in the Academic Senate for a decade, at both the local and state level. Also a former Fulbright fellow, Williams is a licensed clinical psychologist who specializes in culture-specific family therapy and prevention of drug and alcohol abuse in teens. He brings considerable knowledge and experience to complement education disciplines in the GCOE, to collaborate across the University and to serve the University mission for student access, equity and success.

Seo joins College of Business in interim position

The College of Business has asked Nana Seo to serve as interim executive director of business development and marketing while the search continues for a permanent executive director. Seo has been working with the college for the past year as a consultant assisting with strategizing and executing conferences, including the 4th Annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum and an inaugural Entrepreneurship Symposium scheduled for the spring. Seo's experience includes extensive work as a strategy consultant, a stint as director of corporate development for a nonprofit and collaborations with UCLA's MBA program, UC Berkeley and Cal State Sacramento.

Administration & Finance changes

Interim associate vice president of human resources Cheree Carvalho Aguilar has left SF State for a position at CSU Monterey Bay. Jeannette Peralta, director of talent management and compensation solutions, will step into the interim AVP role. Stephen Henry McCoy, executive director of HR, will be incorporating responsibility for payroll and benefits in addition to his current leadership of Human Resources Management Systems and the University's implementation of the CSU-wide Common HR Systems program.

AVP for Business Operations Grace Crickette has accepted a vice chancellor position at the University of Wisconsin, Whitewater. Executive Director for Risk and Analytics Jay Orendorff will be promoted to an associate vice president for operations and analytics, with a scope that includes risk and analytics, employee health and safety, and procurement. Executive Director of Administration and Finance Jesus Garcia will enfold the Continuous Improvement/Quality Assurance team into his portfolio.

Alvarez to head prestigious society

Alvin Alvarez, the dean of SF State’s College of Health & Social Sciences, has been elected president of the American Psychological Association's (APA) Society for the Psychological Study of Culture, Ethnicity and Race. Alvarez will be president-elect for a year beginning in January and then will serve as president in 2019. He plans to look for ways to use the APA's professional expertise to serve people who are directly impacted by discrimination.

"The association isn't just about professional development and professional service. It's about how you take those skills and serve communities. How do you get that out there?" he said. "And that's exactly what we do at SF State. A lot of us are training students to get out there and serve their communities."

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Wellness center opening approaches

The Mashouf Wellness Center (MWC), the University's new state-of-the-art recreation facility, will open on Wednesday, Aug. 23, with normal operating hours of 6 a.m. to midnight. Faculty and staff are invited to beat opening day lines and come to an exclusive pre-enrollment event Tuesday, Aug. 22, to sign up for their new memberships. The Campus Recreation membership team will be in the MWC lobby from 9 a.m. to noon to assist with the enrollment process. Questions? Contact Jen Menary, marketing and participation engagement coordinator, at

The center will be officially open as of 6 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 23. A grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held a few days later, on Tuesday, Aug. 29. The entire campus community is invited to attend. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place from 12:30 to 1:15 p.m., and the grand opening celebration is scheduled to run from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Student Success in the Majors curriculum redesign grants

Curricular complexity can pose a significant barrier to student success. The goal of any curricular redesign should be to maintain high standards while increasing the likelihood that first-time students will graduate in four years and transfer students will graduate in two. The Student Success in the Majors grants initiative supports faculty in targeted redesign of curricula or courses to better support student success. Possible options — based on promising practices at other CSUs and beyond — range from restructuring the sequence of courses in a degree program to redesigning major courses to reduce course repeat rates. Programs could propose other strategies that will serve the same goal of streamlining degree requirements or increasing student success in or access to courses.

Grants of $5,000 to $7,000 will be awarded to departments to support faculty in making curricular revisions that will be implemented in 2018-19. The result of the grant should be a proposed curricular change that is approved by the college and submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning. Grant proposals will need the college dean or designee's endorsement and are due Monday, Oct. 9. Awardees will be selected by a faculty committee. Further instructions can be found on the Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning website. Contact Interim Associate Dean of Academic Planning Jane DeWitt with questions.

University Budget Committee meeting Sept. 12

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the NEC Room of the Administration Building (ADM 560). The UBC is charged with providing the University president with advice and recommendations related to budget policy, planning and review. UBC meetings are open to the public. There will be a 10-minute open forum period for interested members of the campus community to speak on budget and funding.

The bricks are back

For a limited time, faculty and staff members will have the opportunity to leave their mark on SF State by purchasing a personalized, engraved brick to be installed around the base of the Gator Spirit Statue in the Don Nasser Family Plaza. The cost: $200. Follow the link to reserve your brick and set your message.

Campus census on "big data" and health

There is a growing community of scholars on campus who are interested in "big data" and issues related to health and health care. There are also several campus initiatives to foster "big data" collaborations, including the Big Data and Health Cluster and the Social Innovation and Urban Opportunity Lab (SOUL). To better facilitate collaboration, faculty members who are interested in these developments are invited to respond to a short online survey.

Free Chinese language and culture classes

The Confucius Institute at SF State will once again waive the fee for faculty and staff members to take classes on Chinese culture and Mandarin Chinese for professional purposes (basic, intermediate and upper intermediate) during the Fall 2017 semester. The language courses normally cost $260 each, and the culture class is usually $150. All classes will begin Sept. 5 and run through Nov. 17.

Submit a completed registration form to BH 325 by Aug. 28. For more information, visit the Confucius Institute website, call ext. 8-7631 or email

iLearn Quickstart webinar, Aug. 21

Another upcoming webinar is designed to orient you to campus course technologies and the basics of using iLearn while inspiring you to explore more tools in your iLearn courses to make teaching and learning interactive both in and outside of the classroom. The webinar will be held Monday, Aug. 21, from noon to 1 p.m.

Register to receive the sign-on link to access this webinar.

Visit Academic Technology's Events page to learn more about upcoming webinars, workshops and online conferences.

For more information, email or call ext. 5-5550.

Redesign Our Majors Symposium, August 19

SF State's Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning will host the CSU Redesigning Our Majors Symposium on Saturday, Aug. 19. This symposium brings together departments and faculty from across the CSU who are at various stages of curricular redesign to discuss strategies, tools and opportunities for success. Learn about developing interdisciplinary curricula, revising outdated program learning outcomes, adapting to changing accreditation standards, merging programs and departments, embracing shared governance in curricular design, strategic processes of redesign, and more.

Faculty and administrators from across the CSU are invited to this free symposium, generously sponsored by the Teagle Foundation. More information, an agenda and free registration are available at

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Tuesday, Aug. 15

Therapy Dogs Tuesday: 1:00 p.m. in The Quad

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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College of Ethnic Studies

Betty Parent, the University's first full professor of American Indian Studies, was inducted into the Alaska Women's Hall of Fame at a ceremony in May. A native of a small Alaskan village, Crooked Creek, Parent played a vital role in the development of the American Indian Studies Department.

College of Health and Social Sciences

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper published the article "Enhancing Yoga with Biofeedback" in the Journal of Yoga & Physiotherapy. Peper also gave the invited lecture "Building Strength and Resilience: Dealing with Post Disaster Stress Care and PTSD One Year After the Earthquake" in Kumamoto, Japan, on July 7. Later in July, he presented the targeted seminar "Biofeedback: Retrain Your Brain -- An Alternative Treatment Option" at a Northern California Epilepsy Foundation conference in Castro Valley.

Department of Communication Studies

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Christopher J. Koenig was the lead author of a poster presentation at the Veterans Affairs Health Services Research and Development (HSR&D) bi-annual conference held in Arlington, Virginia, from July 18 to 20. Created in collaboration with coauthors from the Center from Innovation to Implementation (Ci2i), the poster presented current research related to the implementation of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, commonly referred to as the Veterans Choice Program (VCP). Military veterans are eligible for the VCP if they need medical or psychological care but cannot receive it in less than 30 days or because they live more than 40 miles from the nearest VA facility. Koenig's findings suggest that while the VCP has increased access to medical procedures that are unavailable (such as mammograms, non-claustrophobic MRIs, acupuncture and chiropractic treatments), implementation of the VCP has been difficult due to third-party contractors who are responsible for coordinating referrals among veterans, VA providers and non-VA specialty care community providers. The HSR&D conference was invitation only and highlighted health services research with the most potential for policy impact and practice innovation.

Departments of Physics & Astronomy, Chemistry and Biochemistry

"Nonlinear self-action of light through biological suspensions," a paper co-authored by Professor of Physics Zhigang Chen, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry Associate Professor Andrew Ichimura, Postdoctoral Research Fellow Anna Bezryadina and Romberg Tiburon Center Laboratory Technician Andrew Kalmbach with colleagues at other institutions has been published in the journal Physics Review Letters. The work involved new discoveries made through on-campus collaboration of faculty and students from the biology, chemistry and physics fields.

School of Engineering

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Zhaoshuo Jiang received a National Science Foundation (NSF) award of $145,000 for three years (2017-2020) to provide a Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) Site program titled Collaborative Research: Integrated Academia-Industry Research Experience for Undergraduate in Smart Structure Technology. This student-driven joint venture between academia and industry will establish knowledge exchange and contribute to advancing both fundamental research and implementation of smart structure technology. In addition, the program will provide engineering undergraduate students with a unique research experience in both academic and industrial settings through cooperative research projects with industrial partners.

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Shady Trees, Common Ground

Professor of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Professor Nina Roberts was quoted in a Bay Nature article about whether the area's parks are too crowded. Roberts argued that public parks are "catalysts for social change" because they provide spaces where people from different backgrounds and socio-economic groups can mingle. "In parks, people come together experiencing the common ground of park values," she said. "There's a greater exchange and interaction. These are the kinds of spaces that transform our lives and bring us together."

The Big Question

Associate Professor of Political Science Ron Hayduk was quoted in a New York Times article about a proposal in Maryland to let noncitizens vote. "The big question is: What's America?" he said. "Who's an American? What should America -- what are the values that America embodies? What does it mean to be an American? Are we a multicultural, multiracial, open society? Are we more of a white Christian version? That's partly what's being asked and being answered in these different ways with different laws, policies, movements."

Happy Talk

The work of Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell, which suggests that experiences and possessions acquired for the sake of bragging will fail to bring lasting pleasure, was cited in a Time article about ways to squeeze more joy out of every day. "One of the biggest deterrents to happiness is that we adapt to our situations," Howell told the magazine. "You buy your house and it has a beautiful view, but at some point you stop deriving pleasure from it."

Ban Reaction

A statement by Professor of Political Science Aaron Belkin, director of the policy think tank the Palm Center, was quoted in numerous articles about President Donald Trump's decision to ban transgender people from serving in the U.S. military. "As we know from the sad history of that discredited policy, discrimination harms military readiness," Belkin said in the statement, which was quoted in The Hill and elsewhere. "This is a shocking and ignorant attack on our military and on transgender troops who have been serving honorably and effectively for the past year."

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

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