August 28,2017


Fall semester kicks off with surge in students

This fall, SF State welcomed 4,160 freshmen, 3,672 transfer students and 1,144 graduate students. That’s 8,976 new students, about 976 more students than in 2016. SF State Interim Associate Vice President and Dean of Students Mary Ann Begley attributes the growth to concerted efforts by enrollment management to recruit new students through outreach efforts that continued into the summer.

SF State President Les Wong said he was happy the incoming class grew by more than 10 percent. “Our already rich and diverse community is expanding, and I look forward to their academic and social contributions,” Wong said. “The face of the University is changing with the opening of the Mashouf Wellness Center, but the spirit of social justice and acceptance remain constant. This will be a great year.”

Jacobson tapped to lead the Undergraduate Advising Center

Following a national search, Jason Jacobson was appointed director of the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC) effective July 24. Jacobson comes to SF State from Arizona State University, where he served as the coordinator for academic success and retention for the Thunderbird School of Global Management. Jacobson brings more than 16 years of experience coordinating academic support programs and advising with a focus on retention and graduation. He earned his B.A. in communication studies at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and his M.A. in education with a focus on the administration of higher education from Boston's Suffolk University.

“We are confident that Jason Jacobson will play a pivotal role in advancing a more proactive approach to advising at SF State,” said Interim Dean of the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning Lori Beth Way. “This approach aligns well with our Campus Student Success Plan and the investment SF State is making to respond to student needs by expanding and improving our advising services.”

Provost search update

The search for a permanent provost and vice president for Academic Affairs is underway. The position has been posted online and is being advertised in national higher education publications. President Wong is grateful to the search committee for continuing to serve after the search was put on hold last year.

The committee has been convened and charged, and forums to gather campus feedback on the position and the ideal candidate will be scheduled during the fall semester.

The committee members are:

  • Ann Sherman, vice president, Administration and Finance -- Interim (co-chair)
  • Robert Collins, associate professor, American Indian Studies (co-chair)
  • Joe Barranco, associate professor, Physics and Astronomy
  • Mary Beth Love, professor, Health Education
  • Theresa Roeder, professor, Decision Sciences
  • Sheldon Axler, professor, Mathematics
  • Sheldon Gen, associate professor, Public Administration
  • Kim Schwartz, associate professor, Theatre and Dance
  • Gloria Soto, professor, Special Education and Communicative Disorders
  • Sara Hackenberg, associate professor, English Language and Literature
  • Pam Howard, librarian, J. Paul Leonard Library
  • Nancy Gerber, professor, Chemistry and Biochemistry and Chair of the Academic Senate
  • Jackie Foley, president, Associated Students
  • Sandra Carrillo, student services professional, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • Maggie O’Brien, director, Prospect Research and Management, University Advancement
  • Guido Krickx, dean, College of Extended Learning
  • Alvin Alvarez, dean, College of Health and Social Sciences

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Mashouf Wellness Center opening festivities tomorrow

The grand opening and ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Mashouf Wellness Center will be held Tuesday, Aug. 29, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. in the new facility’s Grand Entrance Plaza. The festivities will feature remarks by:

  • Jackie Foley, president, Associated Students Board of Directors
  • Les Wong, president
  • Manny Mashouf, founder, bebe stores, inc.
  • Pam Su, director, Campus Recreation

Light refreshments will be served after the ceremony, and facility tours and activities will be available for attendees until 4 p.m. Faculty and staff are encouraged to attend this highly anticipated event.

Grants available to support curriculum revamp

There are a variety of reasons for the difficulties faced by students in negotiating their path to graduation, but curricular complexity should not be one of them. The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) will award grants of $5,000 to $7,000 to departments that are ready to take on the challenge of redesigning their curriculum. The goal of these grants is to better support student achievement while maintaining the University's high academic standards.

DUEAP welcomes proposals from departments that address ways to streamline degree requirements, increase student success in courses or increase student access to courses. Grant proposals will need the college dean or designee's endorsement and are due by 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.

ICCE Internship & Service-Learning Fair, Sept. 6

The Institute for Civic & Community Engagement (ICCE) invites all to the Fall 2017 Internship & Service-Learning Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 6. The fair will be held on the Quad from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. There will be 45 organizations from the Bay Area showcasing their work and offering opportunities for individuals to get involved. Organizations will have paid or unpaid internships as well as service-learning and volunteer opportunities. Those interested in learning about social justice issues, civic engagement and ways to give back to the community are encouraged to attend.

Workshop: Protecting Youth on Our Campus, Sept. 14

SF State offers a wide range of opportunities for youth to gain new and exciting experiences through valuable interactions with the campus community. Ensuring that children are safe while entrusted to the University's care is one of the most important things faculty and staff can do as part of a public institution and a valued partner of the community. With that in mind, Enterprise Risk Management invites the campus community to "Preventing Abuse of Youth on Campus," a workshop to be held in LIB 121 from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday, Sept. 14. The discussion -- presented in partnership with Praesidium, an organization that specializes in institutional prevention of abuse -- will explore ways to safeguard youth on campus, covering such topics as:

  • How allegations of abuse most commonly occur
  • Best practices when interacting with minors
  • Reporting requirements

For more information, visit the Enterprise Risk Management website.

Campus as a Living Lab Grant Program applications due Sept. 20

The Campus as a Living Lab Grant Program is a unique opportunity to partner faculty and facilities management staff in using the campus as a forum for the exploration of sustainability concepts and theories. The program aligns the California State University's longstanding commitment to sustainability with the fundamental goal of preparing students for the workforce. The program will provide funds to support a learning community, a capstone class, the redesign of a course or a project that ties elements of sustainability into opportunities for learning using the campus physical plant. Funds of up to $8,000 will be awarded to support the preparation of the proposed course. Applications are due Wednesday, Sept. 20.

For more information, visit the CSU Campus as a Living Lab Grant Program webpage. Questions? Email Nick Kordesch at

Bill Nolan retirement party, Sept. 1

The SFSU Bookstore invites one and all to celebrate the retirement of longtime bookstore staff and campus community member Bill Nolan. A retirement party will be held Friday, Sept. 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Rosa Parks E. Nolan is moving to Texas, so the Bookstore staff wants to give him a good country-and-western sendoff. Feel free to dress in your cowboy and cowgirl hats and boots and join his colleagues in wishing him well before he saddles up and hits the trail for the Lone Star State.

Discontinuance proposed

Discontinuance of the certificate in the Study of Public Accountancy has been proposed. Per Academic Senate Policy S12-177, the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) is required to inform the campus community of the discontinuance proposal two weeks before Senate action. Any party interested in filing a response should send an email to

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Faculty openings on campus committees

Looking for an opportunity to get more involved in campus governance? Then consider joining one of the Academic Senate's campus committees in need of faculty representation. Descriptions of the committees can be found on the Academic Senate website.

If you are interested, please self-nominate by sending an email to using a subject line that includes the committee name. Nominations are due Monday, Sept. 4, by 5 p.m. and will be voted on at the Sept. 5 meeting of the Academic Senate. The committees with openings are:

  • Baccalaureate Requirements Committee (BRC)
  • Center of Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning Board (CEETLB)
  • Enrollment Management Committee (EMC)
  • Exceptional Assigned Time Awards Committee (EATC)
  • Graduate Council (GC)
  • Professional Development Council (PDC)
  • Students, Faculty & Staff with Disabilities Committee (SFSD)
  • University Committee on Written English Proficiency (UCWEP)
  • University Budget Committee (UBC)
  • University Research Council (URC)

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at

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College of Ethnic Studies/Ed.D. Educational Leadership

Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies Jeff Duncan-Andrade will be one of the featured speakers at a Minnesota school district event tomorrow. The event -- "Equality or Equity: Which One Will Feed?" -- is being presented by the Eden Prairie School District in suburban Minneapolis-St. Paul.

Economics Department

Professor and Chair of Economics Anoshua Chaudhuri and Assistant Professor Venoo Kakar, along with their co-author Gerald Daniels Jr. from Howard University, published an article entitled "Racial Differences in Transitions to Marriage for Unmarried Mothers" in Journal of Family and Economic Issues. The paper is available electronically. Chaudhuri was also invited to be the UGC-DSA Visiting Fellow at University of Calcutta, India from July 26 to Aug. 1 of this year. She gave a research seminar and met with faculty and students during her visit.

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From Brexit to Calexit?

Clare Hedin, a lecturer in the College of Business and native of England, is quoted in an L.A. Weekly article about her proposed ballot initiative calling for a constitutional convention on California's independence. Hedin hopes to partner with like-minded organizations such as Black Lives Matter, Greenpeace and the Sierra Club to give the initiative the publicity push it will need to get widespread voter support. "It might be a way we can bypass the dependency on money," she said.

The Name's the Thing

SF State Associate Professor of Journalism Rachel Kanigel was interviewed for an EdSurge article about software that can keep instructors from mangling hard-to-pronounce student names. "I struggle every semester when I get a new batch of students with names and trying to remember how to pronounce them," Kanigel says. "Usually what I do is I'll call out the roll, apologizing for mispronouncing their names, and then I’ll encourage students to say their names in the first couple of weeks when they're speaking in class."

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

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Jennifer Hammett

School of Cinema Associate Professor Jennifer Hammett has passed away after years of illness. Hammett's research focused on the history of film theory, feminist film studies and criticism, and American film history. She also specialized in critical writing, having developed the school's "writing across the curriculum" course (CINE 303). Hammett not only wrote about film, she also produced (in collaboration with noted photographer Camille Seaman) "Habits of Faith," an experimental documentary about an 86-year-old female print artist.

"The School of Cinema has lost a brilliant professor and scholar and the most caring, compassionate, dedicated and insightful teacher imaginable," said School of Cinema Professor and Director Britta Sjogren. "Her friends are reeling from the loss of a most precious spirit and comrade."

An on-campus celebration of Hammett's life, work, spirit and convictions is being planned.

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