December 11, 2017


Holiday schedule reminder

SF State will be closed from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, 2018. All days except Friday, Dec. 29, are covered by observed holidays or informal paid time off. Employees may choose to use the following options for accounting for the Dec. 29 closure:

  • Accrued vacation time
  • Accrued comp time (CTO)
  • 2017 personal holiday
  • A dock in pay

Employees who have not used their personal holiday for calendar year 2017 should use that option during the December 2017 pay period (no later than Dec. 31) since the personal holiday cannot be carried over to the next calendar year. The personal holiday must be used in whole-day increments and equals a maximum of eight hours. A new personal holiday is credited to employees each year on Jan. 1 for use during that calendar year.

In accordance with collective bargaining agreements and CSU practice, vacation accumulation in excess of the maximum hours allowed will be forfeited as of Jan. 1, 2018. Employees can view their leave balances via the Employee Self-Service function through the SF Gateway/MySFSU. Once signed in to Self Service, click under My Benefits, then under the Leave Balance link.

Notice for employees not on direct deposit

Employees not enrolled in direct deposit as of the November pay period must complete a Warrant Release Request form if they wish to pick up their paycheck on Friday, Dec. 29. The completed and signed form must be returned to Human Resources by Monday, Dec. 18. The form may be submitted to Human Resources in ADM 252 (in person or via U.S. mail) or a scanned version may be emailed to

Paychecks will be available for pickup Dec. 29 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the University Police Department on North State Drive. Employees must bring photo identification and have submitted a Warrant Release Form. Visit the Human Resources website for more information.

OfficeMax to Office Depot transition

For the last few years, SF State employees have been able to order business cards, letterhead, envelopes and notepads from OfficeMax via the Online Stationery Ordering page. Due to a merger of Office Max and Office Depot, there will be changes to product selection, part numbers and the web interface, and the service will be rebranded under the Office Depot name beginning Friday, Dec. 15. Current users of the system will be contacted with new login information. New users should check the Online Stationery Ordering page for registration information after the transition. Additional information will be available soon regarding website training. Questions about billing for stationery orders? Contact Deanna Tam at ext. 5-3511 or

Return to top


Enrollment open at Children's Campus

The Children's Campus at SF State is still accepting enrollment for the 2018-19 program year. A child care facility for children ages 6 months to 5 years old, Children's Campus gives priority enrollment and discounted tuition to SF State faculty and staff. A tour is being offered on Friday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. Email to sign up. If you are interested in enrolling your child, complete the application on the Children's Campus website and email it to Rosie Schoen at

Academic Technology Winter Institute, Jan. 9 and 10

Explore strategies for integrating technology into your courses at the upcoming Academic Technology Winter Institute (ATWI) on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 9 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in LIB 222. Designed for those who are new to iLearn, the institute will help participants learn effective teaching and course design strategies through a variety of collaborative, hands-on activities. Lunch and refreshments are included. Register for Winter Institute 2018.

Return to top


The following were the action items for the Nov. 14 Academic Senate meeting:

2-2:10 p.m.: Open floor period. (The open floor period provides an informal opportunity for campus community members to raise questions or make comments directed to Senate officers or to University administrators.)

2:10: Call to order. An announcement was made by Joy Lee, a representative from the Housing Rights Committee, about the proposed rent increase in University-owned housing.

Action item #1: The Senate approved the agenda for the meeting.

Action item #2: The Senate approved the minutes for the Nov. 14 meeting.

Action item #3: Chair Gerber gave a report about an upcoming breakfast meeting with President Wong and Provost Summit, the opening event for the 2018-19 academic year, the International Faculty Partnership seminars and the progress of the housing resolution.

Action item #4: Standing committee chairs gave their reports.

Action item #5: AB 540 Dream Coordinator Norma Salcedo gave a presentation about the Dream Resource Center.

Action item #6: Nisk Malik, CIO and AVP of Information Technology Services, gave a presentation about the modernization of IT services on campus.

Action item #7: Brian Beatty, AVP of Academic Affairs Operations, gave a presentation about the structure and functioning of Academic Technology.

Action item #8: The Senate approved the recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee for a proposed minor in comics studies.

Action item #9: The Senate discussed in second reading and tabled a recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee for proposed changes to the retention, tenure and promotion policy (#F16-241).

Action item #10: The Senate discussed in first reading a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee for proposed changes to the M.S. in interdisciplinary marine and estuarine sciences.

Action item #11: The Academic Senate discussed in first reading a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee for a proposed minor in computing applications.

Action item #12: The Academic Senate discussed in first reading a recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee for proposed changes to the hiring policy for tenure-track faculty (#S03-158).

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

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

Return to top


College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Jennifer Arin, a College of Liberal & Creative Arts academic adviser and lecturer in the Department of English Language and Literature, received a scholarship from the 2018 California Collaborative Advising & Counseling Conference Scholarship Committee to attend its March conference for faculty and academic advisers. The scholarship is awarded to one person in the CSU system, one in the UC system and one in the California Community College system. Sponsored in part by the CSU Chancellor's Office, the conference brings together educators in the California public higher education system to discuss ways to improve students' undergraduate experience.

History Professor Charles Postel wrote an article titled "What We Talk about When We Talk about Populism," published in the fall 2017 edition of Rutgers University's Raritan: A Quarterly Review. BECA Department Professor Emerita Betsy J. Blosser and Jessi Fry, a BECA senior, attended a United Nations observance of the International Day of People with Disabilities on Dec. 1. "A Missing Link," a video produced by Fry in BECA 582: Electronic Media and Social Justice II, taught by Blosser, was screened at the event. Shot in Mexico in June, the video documents the international problem of children with disabilities lacking transportation to school.

Return to top


#MeToo Perspective

Assistant Professor of Creative Writing Carolina De Robertis wrote an editorial for the East Bay Express about sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement. "Rape culture permeates. It leaks in everywhere. It is the air we breathe," wrote De Robertis (who, prior to publishing her first book, worked in nonprofit organizations with a focus on women's issues, violence prevention and immigrant rights). "It begins in the cradle and stretches on through the double standards of childhood. It shapes pop culture and defines the top tiers of power." The rest of the editorial can be read on the East Bay Express website.

"Column of Strength" Controversy

SF State Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Eric Mar was quoted in a article about a Chinatown statue honoring women forced to work in brothels by the Japanese army in the 1930s and '40s. Titled "Column of Strength," the statue has caused friction with Osaka, San Francisco's sister city in Japan. But Mar, who helped push for the statute as an activist and member of the Board of Supervisors, says it's a vital reminder of a traumatic chapter. "A physical memorial can't be wiped away when your memory fades, especially if the Japanese government shifts toward denialism," he said.

Arresting Development

SF State Lecturer in Criminal Justice and retired San Francisco Police Deputy Chief James Dudley was quoted in a Mercury News article about Santa Clara County's new arrest warrant guidelines. Under the old rules, someone could be arrested and jailed for having an outstanding warrant of $5,000. Now the amount is $15,000: The county wants those with warrants below that to be issued citations instead. But San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia is critical of the change, saying officers need to feel they have the discretion to arrest individuals they deem dangerous. Dudley thinks the chief has a point. "It's gonna come back to bite us," he told the newspaper. "The public has to take a look at this stuff, and the long-term effects of these changes. If you don't want those individuals on the loose, the chronic smash-and-grab burglaries, the house burglaries, the porch thieves."

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

Return to top