August 26, 2016


Jo Volkert retirement celebration today

The campus community is invited to celebrate 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 donation 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.

Open Faculty Meeting, Monday, Aug. 29

The Academic Senate welcomes the campus community to the new academic year. Faculty are invited to attend the annual Open Faculty Meeting on Monday, Aug. 29, from 1 to 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts. Beverages and a light lunch will be served prior to the meeting, beginning on the patio outside of the theatre where faculty can catch up with old friends and meet new colleagues.

The annual meeting provides a chance to celebrate and renew the strength of our academic community as we greet the class of 2020 and dive into the new academic year. We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to SF State and to preparing for the exciting year ahead.

University Budget Committee to meet Sept. 1

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet Thursday, Sept. 1, from 2 to 3:30 p.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.

Facilities and Service Enterprises AVP candidate to visit campus

The campus community is invited to attend a forum with Frank Fasano, the finalist for the position of associate vice president for Facilities and Services Enterprises within Physical Planning and Development. At the forum, Fasano will make a presentation titled “Challenges and Opportunities of Campus Facilities Management in the 21st Century.” The community forum will be held Tuesday, Aug. 30, from 10 to 11a.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Filling the Athletic Advisory Board

The Academic Senate office is calling for nominations of full-time faculty to be a part of the Athletic Advisory Board. A total of three faculty members outside of the athletic department will be elected to the board. Elections will be held at the Academic Senate plenary meeting on Sept. 6. Nominations can be sent to or dropped off in ADM 551. Questions? Contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

California higher education students to save $9.5 million

The Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) initiative, which has already saved SF State students more than $600,000 on instructional materials, recently received a boost. The California Open Education Resources Council (OER) recently completed the first round of grants to promote adoption of free and open textbooks within the California State University (CSU) and the Community College systems. As a result, public higher education students in California will save more than $9.5 million dollars on textbooks, workbooks and other materials over the coming academic year.

The OER was created in October 2015 by Assembly Bill 798 to create a campus-based OER Adoption Incentive Program administered by the OER Council, a unique intersegmental faculty body drawn from the University of California, CSU and Community College systems. Grant amounts were based on projected textbook cost reductions for students. Results of the first round of grants included:

  • 45 CSU and Community College campuses submitted proposals.
  • The total request for funds was $1,696,065 — primarily for faculty and professional development around OER.
  • More than 1,900 course sections will be impacted by these grants.
  • At least 91,000 students will use OER materials via the grants.
  • The proposed student savings for this first round of grants is $9,544,241.

The OER Council expects the numbers to grow with further rounds of grants in 2017-18 and 2018-19. Extensive information about AB 798 can be found at the associated digital repository for OER materials at

SF State’s AIM program is part of the CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions program, which also benefits from the OER initiative.

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.

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 a 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.

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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 plus 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 through 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 The last day of service for fall 2016 will be Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Internship and Service-Learning Fair, Wednesday, Sept. 7

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement invites faculty and students to attend the 2016 Internship and Service-Learning Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 7, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Main Quad. At the fair, students can find meaningful service-learning and internship placements for the fall semester, while faculty can meet potential community partners for their courses. The nearly 50 participating organizations represent industries such as arts and music, business, education, environment, government, health, law and social service.

Have questions or know of an organization that would like to attend the fair in the future? Email ICCE at For more information, visit

Luncheon for Gator alums working at SF 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 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 a discussion about volunteer opportunities with the Peace Corps. The discussion, “Engaging in National Service: Peace Corps Opportunities,” 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 you are a baby boomer or a recent graduate, the Peace Corps has programs that can utilize your skills and your desire to do good. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and a volunteer who just returned from an 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 now!

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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Professor of Kinesiology Marilyn Mitchell held a release party for her new compact disc of music “Be Alive” on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Balançoire on Mission Street.

Liberal & Creative Arts

College of Liberal & Creative Arts Administrative Analyst/Specialist Diana Rumjahn screened her short films “Into The Light” and “Determined Spirits,” both of which won numerous awards. At the International Independent Film Awards, “Into The Light” won an honorable mention in the Best Student Film category, a bronze medal for Best Original Score, a bronze medal for Best Soundtrack and a bronze medal for Best Sound Design Editing. “Determined Sprits” won the Prestige Music Awards silver medal for Best Movie Score and the Global Music Awards bronze medal for Best Original Film Score. At the International Independent Film Awards, “Determined Spirits” won an honorable mention in the Best Student Film category, a bronze medal for Best Soundtrack, a silver medal for Best Original Score and a bronze medal for Best Sound Design Editing.


Professor of Philosophy Ásta K. Sveinsdóttir was awarded a National Humanities Center Fellowship on Aug. 8. Sveinsdóttir is one of 37 scholars worldwide to receive a fellowship from the center for the coming academic year. As the Ruth W. and A. Morris Williams Jr. Fellow, she will complete her monograph, “Categories We Live By: The Metaphysics of Sex, Gender, Race and Other Social Categories” (Oxford University Press). The National Humanities Center will award more than $1.3 million in individual fellowship grants to enable scholars to take leave from their normal academic duties and pursue research at the center in Durham, North Carolina. Read more about Professor Sveinsdóttir’s fellowship.

Social Work

In June, Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso presented three papers at the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education, and Social Development 2016 in Seoul: “Sustaining Women’s Role in Peace and Security in Mindanao: Analyzing the Philippines’ National Action Plan for UNSCR 1325,” “Weaving the Threads of Peace: How Women Bring in a Gender Perspective to Peacemaking in Mindanao” and “Participatory Evaluation of the CalWORKS Program by African‐American Women Recipients: A Photovoice Project.” Hermoso also chaired a panel on gender equality.

Hermoso was also the first author of the article “Mainstreaming a Gender Perspective to Peacemaking: A Framework for Policy Evaluation for U.N. Security Council Resolution 1325” (with Carmen Luca Sugawara, Indiana University), which was published in the July 2016 (Vol. 38, No. 2) issue of Social Development Issues.

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More positive recall

On Aug. 16, Medical Xpress reported on a recent study conducted by researchers, including Assistant Professor of Psychology Sarah Barber, that found people can experience a “positivity effect” when asked to consider how they would spend the last day of their life. “The fact that older adults’ recall is typically more positive than younger adults’ recall may index naturally shifting goals with age,” the scientists wrote.

Top performer

SF State’s School of Cinema is among the top 25 in the U.S., according to an Aug. 18 article in The Hollywood Reporter. “My favorite experience at SFSU was walking around the city with a 16 mm Bolex and only a loose idea of what I wanted to film,” recalled alum and Academy Award-winner Ethan Van der Ryn ('85).

Archaeology of the working class

The Aug. 19 Mercury News reported that College of Liberal and Creative Arts Administrative Analyst/Specialist Jeffrey Fentress is measuring and mapping a wall of boulders in the Diablo Range for the East Bay Regional Park District and the California Office of Historic Preservation. “They are historic sites. By recording the walls, they become a permanent part of the state archive and are protected — as well as they can be — from future development,” Fentress said. “They are essentially the archaeology of the working class, the common people who came here and made a living. It is the only evidence we have of these people’s lives — and it is important to tell that story as well as we can.”

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

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