August 19, 2016


Summit named interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs

On Aug. 8, President Les Wong announced the appointment of Jennifer Summit as interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. The appointment, effective Sept. 1, is expected to last for one year or until a permanent appointment is made from a national search. Summit currently serves as dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning, where she has brought a new vision to undergraduate education, academic advising, student success, curriculum development and the intellectual and social development of SF State students, all of which are areas essential to meeting the University’s Graduation Initiative benchmarks. Her insight into SF State’s best strengths and commitment to students will be critical to sustaining and improving our effort during the coming months.

A widely published scholar of medieval and Renaissance literature, Summit earned tenure at Stanford and taught for nearly 20 years in the English Department, earning three teaching awards and serving as department chair and in leadership and administrative positions focused on faculty teaching excellence, academic program review, curriculum and tenure and promotion. At San Jose State, she served as an A.C.E. Fellow with a special focus on university leadership and student success.

Since joining SF State, she has led the creation of the new Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning, which includes general education, writing in the disciplines and writing across the curriculum, student academic support and advising, curriculum development, student learning assessment, the Metro College Success Program and the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement. She has also led initiatives supporting student academic achievement and success across majors, including faculty-led curriculum design in the majors (supported by the Teagle Foundation), which has helped 20 academic programs and scores of faculty across the University design curricula to support student academic achievement and progress, and Causeways, a pre-major structured pathway (supported by the Keck Foundation) which brings together faculty and programs from COSE and HSS to support students in the lower division.

Nish Malik named interim AVP/CTO for ITS

Nish Malik was appointed interim associate vice president and chief technology officer for Information Technology Services (ITS). Malik has more than 17 years of experience in information technology in both the private and public sectors, including work at American Express, Continental and State Fund.

During his three years at SF State, Malik has served in various ITS roles, including policy and planning officer, director of special projects and, most recently, assistant vice president, preparing him to manage day-to-day operations and oversee projects in the works. Malik was also one of the first to volunteer as a board member for the Employee University, and he co-chairs the Campus Technology Committee and the Campus Solutions Executive Committee, among many projects. Malik received his M.B.A. and an M.S. in computer information systems from University of San Francisco.

Malik will continue to encourage collaboration and team building to provide ITS with continuity of leadership and smooth operations, complete ongoing IT projects, improve the division's work environment, build relationships across campus through excellent service and ensure that ITS responds to campus needs as a service provider and enabler of technologies.

Jo Volkert retirement celebration, Friday, Aug. 26

The campus community is invited to celebrate Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Jo Volkert and her many achievements during her more than 35 years of service to SF State. The celebration will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 26, in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Considering a gift? Make a gift to one of three SF State organizations: the Continue the Dream for Academic Excellence Scholarship, the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) or Veterans Services. RSVP for the event.

ESSO/ESSREC recognized with San Francisco 2016 HERO award

The San Francisco Human Rights Commission (HRC) presented the 2016 HERO Award to the Ethnic Studies Student Organization (ESSO) and Ethnic Studies Student Resource and Empowerment Center (ESSREC) at a ceremony on July 28 at a public event. The annual award is used by the Human Rights Commission and its Equity Advisory Committee “to acknowledge and honor those individuals and organizations who, through their daily efforts, advance civil and economic rights in San Francisco’s diverse and multicultural communities.” This year's theme was “Communities Organizing for Justice.”

For more information, contact ESSO/ESSREC advisor Phil Klasky (departments of American Indian Studies, Ethnic Studies and Race and Resistance Studies) at or (415) 531-6890.

Make Safety Happen at SF State

As part of SF State’s “Make Safety Happen” health and safety initiative, Vice President Ron Cortez and the department of Enterprise Risk Management have announced two new safety training opportunities for the fall semester:

Friday, August 26, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.: First Aid, CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external defibrillator) certification training for Building Emergency Response Coordinators (BERC). Requests from non-BERC participants will be considered depending on space on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact Solinna Kim, Enterprise Risk Management, at

Wednesday, September 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.: American Heart Association (AHA) hands-only CPR demonstrations will be held on the Quad. No reservations are required and participants may bring their lunch.

These training opportunities are sponsored by Administration & Finance as part of its commitment to develop programs that improve safety and the quality of life for the campus community. Send campus safety questions and suggestions to Solinna Kim at

VPN Service Upgrade

Information Technology Services upgraded its Virtual Private Network (VPN) service on Aug. 16 to improve the reliability, capacity and security of the system. Key benefits include:

  • Controlled access through group membership
  • Secure, two-factor authentication for users with access to Level 1 data (a requirement from recent information security audit finding)
  • Increased capacity of concurrent connections from 250 to 5,000

The new VPN service can be accessed at Users will be required to select their respective VPN group when logging in. Users with access to restricted services will additionally need to use Duo two-factor authentication.

To learn more about this upgrade, please see the Virtual Private Network (VPN) Guide and Duo Authentication Guide. Email questions to

Network Access Control in public spaces

Network Access Control (NAC) now requires devices that connect to the campus wired network in public spaces to authenticate. Current employees will use their SF State ID and password to log in. NAC will not affect classrooms, labs or offices: It is needed to resolve an audit finding that access control was missing from wired outlets in public spaces.

Users of wired devices in public spaces will need to install software to configure their computer to prompt for login credentials. The software can be installed in advance or from a webpage that browsers will be redirected to when connecting to a wired network connection that uses NAC. The software requires administrator access to install.

Learn more about NAC, including a list of affected locations. For answers to questions or assistance, contact the ITS Service Desk at or ext. 8-1420.

Access to journals published by Wiley for 2016

As announced in the January 29 issue of CampusMemo, access to journals published by Wiley will be through Interlibrary Services (ILLiad). This includes the RapidILL service, which has a 96 percent fill rate in an average of just over 11 hours. To augment that access, the Library has implemented the Get It Now service for unmediated expedited article delivery on demand, which is now available as a faculty-only service exclusively for Wiley journal articles from 2016 and later.

For articles available from Get It Now, users will see the following option when checking for full text: “Quicker order through Get It Now (SF State faculty only. Please use your email address.)” 

The Get it Now service will email a requested article to the user within eight hours; normal delivery time is less than two hours. There is a limit of five article requests within eight hours, and duplicate requests will not be accepted.

The licensing terms allow users to:

  • Store the article in electronic form solely for personal academic or research use (up to 120 days)
  • “Mark it up” for personal academic or research use
  • Print a copy of the article and use and store that printed copy indefinitely for authorized uses

The licensing terms do not allow users to: 

  • Remove copyright or other proprietary notices
  • Alter or otherwise modify the article
  • Store it in on an electronic server accessible to any other person
  • Make or share additional copies of the article (print or electronic) with anyone else
  • Distribute the article externally or use it for commercial purposes

As a reminder, the University retains perpetual access to the back issues/content previously included in our subscription under the terms and conditions of the previous systemwide license and our 2015 campus license. The Wiley Online Library is still available as one of our databases and provides a link to full text articles through 2015. Links to full text articles through 2015 embedded in iLearn still work. What we no longer have access to immediately are the current issues. The Get It Now service will provide those articles upon request from faculty members within a few hours.

Constitution Day Conference, Sept. 15-16

SF State has a proud tradition of sponsoring Constitution and Citizenship Day conferences that have featured the participation of a large number of students, faculty and community members. The conference provides multiple opportunities to reflect critically on the past, present and future of constitutional rights, freedoms, citizenship, democracy, equality and justice. The 2016 keynote speakers will be Boyd Cothran (York University, Toronto) and Ana Raquel Minian (Stanford University).

Boyd Cothran, who will present “‘Murder of Malice Aforethought’: African and Native American Rights on Trial after the Civil War,” is an associate professor of history at York University in Toronto and author of “Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence” (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

Ana Raquel Minian, who will present “Fighting for Undocumented Migrants’ Rights,” is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University and author of “‘Indiscriminate and Shameless Sex’: The Strategic Use of Sexuality by the United Farm Workers.”

For more information about the conference, which is sponsored by the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, visit or email conference coordinator Marc Stein, Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History, at

Faculty members should send an email to request reserved seats for students. For specific disability accommodations at the conference, please send an email to Cathy Kudlick as soon as possible.

Scholarships for Business Certificate in Ethics & Compliance

Four scholarships of up to $4,000 each for the Business Certificate in Ethics and Compliance program have been funded through the generous support of Kaiser Permanente. The scholarships will go toward unreimbursed tuition for postgraduate, graduate, MBA, MSA and MPA students at SF State who are accepted into the Business Certificate in Ethics and Compliance academic program and who meet the scholarship reimbursement eligibility requirements. For more information, contact Denise Kleinrichert at

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The Vista Room to open Aug. 31

The Vista Room will reopen to the campus community and to the public on Aug. 31. A change in curriculum for the Vista Room will be seen in longer service hours and more menu versions but also the addition of sales tax and some restrictions in seating capacity. The Vista Room will offer three menus over the course of the semester, highlighting the best in local produce and products.

The inaugural menu for fall 2016 will include various appetizers (caprese salad, prosciutto and melon, etc.), several entrees, such as broiled fresh fish, Tzatziki chicken salad with tomatoes and house-made eggplant parmagiana, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. Desserts will include a grilled peach and greek yogurt parfait, gianduja torte and a cheese plate or other options. New menus will roll out every four to five weeks.

The prix fixe menu remains ($17+tax) alongside the á la carte options. View the menu on Facebook or on the Vista Room website.

The Vista Room will seat guests Monday – Friday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., while classes are in session. Closing time has been moved to 3 p.m. most days. Due to reduced enrollment, some days may have limited seating, and walk-in guests will be accepted only when staffing allows. 

Check the Vista Room Facebook page for availability or call ext. 5-4100. Reservations are strongly encouraged, and can be made by calling ext. 5-4100 or by emailing

It isn’t too early to book holiday parties in the Vista Room, which is available for events during regular service hours, as well as after-hours into the evening. Visit the banquets page to plan the event, then call Joe LaVilla at ext. 5-4100 or email to arrange the party. The last day of service for fall 2016 will be Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Luncheon for Gator alums working at State, Sept. 8

Gator alums who work at SF State are invited to a luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Administration Building’s fifth floor patio. RSVP for the Gator alums luncheon by Sept. 1. For more information contact Ken Maeshiro at

Representative Speier to host Peace Corps opportunities event Sept. 16

Congresswoman Jackie Speier invites the campus community to “Engaging in National Service: Peace Corps Opportunities,” a discussion about volunteer opportunities with the Peace Corps. The event will be held Friday, Sept. 16 from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the San Mateo City Council Chambers (330 West 20th Ave., San Mateo). Whether a baby boomer or a recent graduate, the Peace Corps has programs that can utilize participants’ skills and desire to do good. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and a volunteer who just returned from his assignment will address the group. The discussion will be followed by a reception that will offer a chance to talk to volunteers one on one.

Space is limited, so sign up early!

UWA “Adriatic Embrace” 2017 scholarship cruise

The University Women's Association (UWA) will host a 12-day “Adriatic Embrace” cruise on the Oceania Cruises ship Sirena from Aug. 30 to Sept. 11, 2017. The cruise’s destination-intensive itinerary will explore 11 ports in six countries, including a mix of historic sites, boutique ports, seaside villages and an overnight stop in Venice. Like the UWA’s previous 21 cruises, the “Adriatic Embrace” will raise funds for the organization's student scholarship programs.

Also, cruise prices have been reduced by approximately $800 per person.

  • Inside G, now $4,199/person (was $4,999)
  • Window C2, now $5,099/person (was $5,999)
  • Veranda B2, now $6,099/person (was $6,899)

Those who reserve before Aug. 30, 2016, will receive additional amenities from Oceania — free on-board internet access and a choice of four free shore excursions, a beverage package or shipboard credits. UWA group-exclusive amenities include pre-paid gratuities, a $100 spa or shipboard credit and a "Dollars for Scholars" contribution by Oceania for every 15 participants.  Airfare is included. For more information, visit or email Lin Ivory.

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Alexander String Quartet

An Alexander String Quartet concert from last year’s Ludwig van Beethoven Easter Festival in Warsaw was broadcast on BBC radio on July 14. Pianist Boris Berman joined the quartet for Brahms’ Piano Quintet. The six-hour concert was hosted on the BBC website for one month following the event.

Comparative and World Literature and Jewish Studies

Professor and Chair of Comparative and World Literature Dane Johnson presented the paper “No Regrets: On the Pagan Possibilities of Being in the Americas” at the International Comparative Literature Association’s (ILCA) 21st Congress in Vienna July 21-27. He presented the paper to the conference group “The Text as Being: Ontologies of Redemption, Repair, and Regret,” which was sponsored by the ICLA Research Committee on Religions, Ethics, and Literature, a research committee chaired by Professor of Jewish Studies Kitty Millet.

Health Education

Professor Erik Peper and Associate Professor Richard Harvey of the Department of Health Education and the Institute for Holistic Health Studies co-authored the article “Calibrating Respiratory Strain Gauges: What the Numbers Mean for Monitoring Respiration,” which was published in the summer 2016 issue of Biofeedback.

Also, on Aug. 4 Peper gave the invited lecture “There Is Hope: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Treatment and Prevention” to public health professionals and survivors of the April 16 Kumamoto earthquake in Japan. The earthquake destroyed housing for 20,000 people and today 5,000 people are still living in shelters.


School of Music Lecturer Paul Ellison was recently elected and installed as vice president of the Association of Anglican Musicians at the group's 50th anniversary conference in Stamford, Connecticut. The association is a group of 950 Episcopalian/Anglican musicians that provides professional support, training and networking for its membership. Further information can be found at Ellison will serve a four-year term: one year as vice president, two years as president, and a final year as immediate past president. He will be installed as president next summer in Winchester during the 2017 U.K. conference.

Political Science

Professor Emeritus of Political Science R. Gene Geisler donated a total of $312,000 to endow the Gene Geisler Endowed Scholarship for Empirical Research in Political Science. The scholarship will provide annual awards to undergraduate and graduate students conducting quantitative research. Geisler wants students to focus on the science of politics — building theories and testing hypotheses.

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Who would step into that?

Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman commented on the difficulties associated with finding a new chief of police for the city of Oakland for a July 14 Mercury News report. “The existence of a monitor with the power to dismiss a police chief means that our city government and our people are not really in control of what happens with the police department,” Tuman said. “Why would somebody want to come here knowing they are stepping into a situation where several years of their tenure they will have this oversight? Who wants to step into that?”

Population that is shunned

SF State’s Project Rebound and its director Jason Bell were featured in an article on the TakePart news website. “We deal with a population that is shunned. People initially…don’t want to deal with us as formerly incarcerated [students],” said Bell, who served time in prison himself. “People are [released from prison] regardless, so it’s a better, wiser option to have things in place to help support them so they won’t continue to recidivate and be involved in the criminal lifestyle.”

Nighttime somewhere else

The July 13 Northern Daily Leader featured the planet-hunting work of Associate Professor of Astrophysics Stephen Kane. “There’s a lot of projects coming up that use facilities all around the world – where it’s daytime somewhere, we need it to be nighttime somewhere else, so we can keep doing our work,” Kane said. “These projects are the kind students can be involved in, working on them alongside their teachers and side by side with scientists who are helping them along.”

Pride of a good deal

Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell commented on the emotional highs associated with finding good deals on commercial products for a July 12 Yahoo! Finance article. “There’s a rewards system in the brain that's activated as soon as you buy things. You might not necessarily think you need a new pair of shoes, but there’s a lot of pride and a lot of emotional highs that come from finding a good deal,” Howell said. “That’s why credit cards work so well. If I spend something on my credit card now, I don’t have to worry about it for 30 days.”


The July 12 Shape Magazine included tips from Professor of Psychology David Gard on how to regain lost motivation. “One thing people often don't realize is that making a number of small decisions can actually block your progress toward bigger choices. In other words, making a lot of little decisions — even to do things you enjoy — might deplete your motivation to put your gym shoes on later,” Gard said. “Your body can adjust in some way to an exercise routine or new diet, and you may need to make changes.”

Something bigger than ourselves

Professor of Biology Katharyn Boyer described for a July 20 report in The Ark the role the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) plays in the Smithsonian’s Marine Global Earth Observatory program, which relies on study sites around the globe to monitor the impact of global warming on coastal ecosystems. “It is super exciting for us to collaborate in something bigger than ourselves. This kind of network allows a better understanding of how our system [in Richardson Bay] works,” Boyer said. However, the partnership does not include funding support. “We need some momentum. We’re telling everyone, ‘We are doing this exciting program for the first time on the West Coast. But we can’t sustain it year after year without funding.’” “We’re thrilled to be part of this,” added RTC Director Karina Nielsen. “This is what we want, to leverage our location to build partnerships, to create the space and place to feed these extraordinary collaborations.”

Number one in diversity

SF State was rated first in diversity among the largest 100 universities, a July 2016 study by Priceonomics found. The ranking used the Herfindahl–Hirschman Index (HHI), a calculation that measures diversity in a variety of settings, and five different racial groups. SF State earned an HHI of 0.237 — an all-white student body would score 1.0 and a student body comprised equally of all five races would score 0.20. Five of the 10 most diverse schools are CSU campuses.

Turkish media crackdown

Turkish Studies Lecturer David Selim Sayers, who is currently a guest lecturer at Borpsous University in Istanbul, discussed impacts in the aftermath of Turkey’s recently attempted military coup for a July 19 KCBS-AM report. “You’re getting an almost nonstop sense of propaganda coming out of Turkish media outlets, and nobody dares to raise a voice that in any way contradicts the official narrative,” Sayers said. “Yesterday on TV there was this lady who is also an academic at a university in Istanbul...and she didn’t refer to the people who died in the failed coup as martyrs. ... Because she just referred to them as 'the dead,’ she was taken off the air and now she’s being threatened with losing her position at the university.”

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

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SF State received $256,142 in grants and contracts in July 2016.

William Cochlan, Romberg Tiburon Center, The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Shipboard Experiments in Real-Time Aboard NOAA Research Cruises to Evaluate the Success of Toxigenic Diatoms Along the U.S. West Coast, $35,000

Jason Gurdak, Earth & Climate Sciences, United States Geological Survey, Atoll Hydrogeology and Climate Change: A Data Analysis, $30,000

Tomoko Komada, Chemistry & Biochemistry, The American Chemical Society, Stabilization of Organic Carbon in Salt Marsh Sediments: A Physical Protection Perspective, $70,000

Judith Munter, Dean’s Office of the Graduate College of Education, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, California Teacher Summit, $121,142

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Professor of English Kay Seymour House (nee Elizabeth Kay House), age 92, was born May 19, 1924, in Payson, Illinois, the daughter of Emil Aaron House and Mary Seymour House. She passed away at Good Samaritan Home of Quincy on August 5, 2016.

House received an A.A. degree from Stephens College, where she was active in Phi Theta Kappa, Chi Delta Phi, Kappa Phi Delta and the Prince of Wales club and was one of the first two women editors of The Daily Illini. She graduated summa cum laude in 1945 from the University of Illinois, where she was actively involved in Phi Beta Kappa, Sigma Delta Pi, Mu Pi Sigma and social fraternity Kappa Kappa Gamma. She earned Bronze Tablet and Mortar Board awards.

A year later she obtained an M.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was also a teaching assistant in the English Department. She taught science writing at the Ohio State University in Columbus.

While completing work for a Ph.D., House worked as an English instructor at Stanford University. In 1963, she was appointed professor at SF State where she taught, with breaks for European service, until her retirement in 1989. She chaired the English Department from 1987 to 1988, was a Fulbright lecturer to Italy from 1968 to 1969 and served as resident director of the California State University program in Italy from 1972 to 1974. She was also elected to membership in the Italian Association for North-American Studies in 1974 and was made an honorary member of International Tuscans in 1974.

In California, she was president of the Northern California chapter of the American Studies Association beginning in 1968 and was chair of the Boston convention session of the association in 1977. On her return from Italy, she became chair of the screening committee for Fulbright scholars, serving from 1974 to 1977, and helped screen Fulbright-Hays graduate students between 1984 and 1987. She was a founding member of Omicron chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and served as membership chair of the Northern California Phi Beta Kappa association from 1965 to 1970. A member of the Philological Association of the Pacific Coast and a fellow of the Huntington Library, she was a member of the Palace of Fine Arts League, the Browning Institute, the Friends of KQED and the friends of the San Francisco Public Library. She was a board member of the library group five years and program chairman for two years. She was also a member of the Leonardo da Vinci Society of San Francisco.

Having received a fellowship from the American Antiquarian Society of Worcester, Massachusetts, in 1978, she was elected to membership in the society in 1991. She was awarded Phi Beta Kappa of Northern California’s prize for excellence in teaching in 1988. Listed in the Directory of American Scholars and Who’s Who in America, she was a member of the editorial board for publication of the writings of J. F. Cooper from 1966 until 1990 when the editor-in-chief died suddenly and she was elected to replace him at the editorial headquarters at Clark University and the American Antiquarian Society. The author of all or parts of 10 books and a number of scholarly articles, many published in Rome, in 2005 she completed contributions to books on teaching Cooper, on a Cooper novel set in Venice and on teaching American history through literature.

She was elected to the board of Quincy University in 2000 and was a member of Friends in Council, the Quincy Country Club, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni, the Association of Literary Scholars and Critics and the Intercollegiate Studies Institute.

Surviving are her two sons: Barr H. McReynolds and his wife Ruth of Quincy and their children; Angela Reeves (Tim) Griffin and Devlin Reeves, both of Frisco, Texas, and grandchildren, Reagan Griffin, Cayman Griffin and Kensington Reeves; and Kirk S. McReynolds and his wife Liz of Quincy and their children, Adam Scott, Michelle McReynolds and Sarah McReynolds.

She was preceded in death by her parents and two sisters, Barbara Winters and Sue Higson.

A private family burial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials: Good Samaritan Home of Quincy or First Union Congregational Church of Quincy.

Hansen-Spear Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

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