December 16, 2016


CampusMemo schedule

This is the final CampusMemo for 2016: Publication will resume with the start of the spring 2017 semester. Have something for CampusMemo? Use the submissions form or email it to

Important pay warrant information 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. 30. The completed and signed form must be returned to Human Resources by Monday, Dec. 19. 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. 30 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the University Police Department on North State Drive. Employees must bring photo identification and have already submitted a Warrant Release Form. Visit the Human Resources website for more information.

Campus budget input sought

The Strategic Issues Committee (SIC) of the Academic Senate has been charged this year with examining the University budget with the goals of creating greater transparency, increasing budget literacy and providing insightful feedback on the alignment of future budget models with SF State’s priorities and values.

To that end, the SIC is requesting that any and all interested members of the campus community provide feedback and questions regarding the 2016-17 Operating Budget Plan online.

The goals of collecting this information are to ensure that the SIC is addressing the concerns of the campus community and to create an FAQ webpage, so please be as specific as possible when referencing a section of the Operating Budget Plan. The SIC would like to discuss the Operating Budget Plan, including anonymous feedback, at the Jan. 31 meeting. Email with the subject line “SIC Budget Questions.”

Read the newest edition of SF State Magazine online

Pushing beyond the expected is the norm at SF State, an approach evident in stories told throughout the new edition of SF State Magazine, now available online and in print.

The cover story delves into the progressive philosophy guiding the College of Business, where students learn that successful companies and professionals strike a balance between ethics and profit. Also featured, the SF BUILD project — backed by $17 million in grant funds — seeks not only to support underrepresented students pursuing biomedical studies but provides professional development for faculty to help them deliver course material in more inclusive ways. Additionally, you’ll meet alumni making a mark in fields from staffing and film to philanthropy, as well as faculty who are advancing knowledge in autism spectrum research.

The magazine’s online version gives you access to recent campus news, a Q&A about the groundbreaking Family Acceptance Project, book reviews, updates from SF State alumni and friends, plus much more.

Have any SF State Magazine feedback or future story suggestions? Please email them to

Peer reviewers sought for AASHE STARS report

SF State will submit its first application to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education’s (AASHE) Sustainability Tracking Assessment and Rating System (STARS) on Feb. 1. The Office of Sustainability is seeking peer reviewers for the report, which includes credits for sustainability practices in academics, investment, outreach, operations and administration. Interested parties should email Nick Kordesch.

Director of Government and Community Relations surveys

The three finalists for the director of Government and Community Relations position for University Advancement have all made their presentations to the campus community. Those who attended the presentations are asked to complete a survey about the presenter they heard by Dec. 18:

Annual CSU Student Research Competition

The 31st Annual California State University Student Research Competition will be held April 28-29, 2017, at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. This systemwide competition will showcase the excellent research conducted by CSU graduate and undergraduate students. Students selected from the 23 campuses will give 10-minute formal presentations that will be judged by experts from corporations, foundations, public agencies, and colleges and universities in California.

The SF State competition will be held Feb. 20-24, 2017. View the competition guidelines on the Division of Graduate Studies website. Entries are due by Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage promising students to participate in this competition. SF State will select up to 10 campus winners to compete at the systemwide competition. The presentations will provide students with practice and professional conference-style discussions. Participation in this event will look great on a student’s resume or CV. SF State is known throughout the CSU system for being competitive and placing every year with first-place and second-place winners. Winners receive cash awards.

Contact Britney Stewart in the Division of Graduate Studies with questions at or ext. 5-4391.

Gator men’s basketball undefeated

The SF State basketball team, currently ranked 25th in the nation, won its 10th game in a row as they cruised past the visiting Simpson University Redhawks on Saturday. The final score was 102-59. This is the first time in the 76-year history of Gator men’s basketball that they have started the season 10-0. The last time the team came close was when they started 9-0 in 1940-41. It is also the first time it has been ranked in the top 25 since the 1994 season. The team’s next game will be a home game on Dec. 18 against Humboldt State.  

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“F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way” exhibit, Dec. 19

Associate Professor of Humanities and Liberal Studies Tanya Augsburg, a curator, artist, performer and moderator in the exhibit “F*ck U! In the Most Loving Way: A National Feminist Art Exhibition,” will bring it to SF State on Dec. 19 with featured artists Emma Sulkowicz and Violet Overn.

The exhibit examines how 52 feminist artists are responding to ongoing misogyny, homophobia and transphobia as well as patriarchy. The exhibit will run from Dec. 17 through Jan. 21 at the Arc Gallery (1246 Folsom Street, San Francisco) and include a screening of Cheryl Dunye’s short film “Black is Blue” on Jan. 14. Visit the Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art website for more information.

Sulkowicz and Overn will speak in Augsburg’s Liberal Studies senior seminar on Dec. 19 at 3 p.m. in HUM 408. Their collaborative lecture is sponsored by the School of Humanities and Liberal Studies and co-sponsored by the School of Art. The lecture is free and open to the public.

Upcoming Academic Technology events in winter 2017

The following events are open to all interested SF State faculty and staff.

Academic Technology Winter Institute 2017

Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 11 and 12, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 242:

This two-day in-depth institute is designed for those who are new to iLearn or would like to learn more about the wide array of technology tools and services available to instructors. Lunch and refreshments will be included. Register for Winter Institute 2017.

iLearn Quickstart Webinar

Friday, Jan. 20, from noon to 1 p.m. in an online web conference:

This online webinar will orient participants to campus course technologies and the basics of using iLearn and inspire teachers to explore more tools in their iLearn courses. Register for iLearn Quickstart Webinar.

Email questions about these events to or call ext.5-5550.

UndocuAlly training for staff and faculty, Jan. 12

SF State staff and faculty are invited to participate in any spring semester UndocuAlly trainings. These trainings have been designed to guide the SF State community in learning how to support the undocumented student population. Participants will receive an overview of immigration history, recent legislation, ways to support dreamers’ common post-election challenges, stories of current SF State students and resources available for current and prospective undocumented students. All staff and faculty are welcome to participate, but space is limited so those interested are asked to register in advance at Questions? Email AB 540 Dream Coordinator Norma Salcedo.

The trainings will be held:

  • Thursday, Jan. 12, from noon to 3 p.m., in LIB 244
  • Wednesday, March 29, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., in LIB 121

Taste of the Bay: new dates, early bird discounts before Dec. 31

Celebrating its 20th year, the annual Taste of the Bay event will return to City View at METREON. Though normally held in November, the next Taste of the Bay event will have a fresh new look and a new date: Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check out more at

The Hospitality and Tourism Management students and program bring together the best of the Bay Area’s restaurant chefs, wineries and beverage and dessert companies to please participants’ palates. The evening includes live and silent auctions featuring the best in creative and exciting travel, dining and entertainment packages. Purchase discount early bird tickets now for $65 per person. The discount ends Dec. 31.

Register now for additional amenities on UWA 2017 scholarship cruise

Register early to receive additional amenities from Oceania, such as free onboard internet access and a choice of four free shore excursions (or a beverage package or shipboard credits) on the University Women’s Association’s (UWA) 2017 scholarship cruise. All group participants receive the UWA group-exclusive amenities, including pre-paid gratuities, a $100 spa or shipboard credit and a “Dollars for Scholars” contribution by Oceania for every 15 participants. Airfare is included in the 12-day “Adriatic Embrace” cruise package. Also, cruise prices have been reduced by approximately $800 per person, so cabins now range from $4,199 per person to $6,099 per person.

The Oceania Cruises ship Sirena will sail 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. For more information, visit or email Lin Ivory.

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Saturday, Dec. 17

Fall ’16 final exams begin

Sunday, Dec. 18

Men’s basketball hosting Humboldt State: 4 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Monday, Dec. 19-21

Fall ’16 final exams continue

Thursday, Dec. 22

Fall ’16 faculty meetings

Friday, Dec. 23

Winter ’17 winter 1 session instruction begins

Saturday, Dec. 24-Monday, Jan. 2, 2017

Winter ’17 winter break: campus closed

Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2017

Fall ’16 grading day

Winter ’17 winter 2 session instruction begins

Women’s basketball hosting Humboldt State: 4 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2017

Fall ’16 semester ends, grades due

Thursday, Jan.12, 2017

Academic Technology Winter Institute 2017: 9 a.m. in LIB 242

Friday, Jan, 13, 2017

Men’s and women’s basketball hosting UC San Diego: 5:30 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017

Men’s and women’s basketball hosting Cal State San Bernardino: 5:30 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Monday, Jan. 16, 2017

Spring ’17 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: no classes, offices closed

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017

Spring ’17 Academic Semester Begins

Winter ’17 Winter 1 and Winter 2 sessions instruction ends

Friday, Jan. 20, 2017

Spring ’17 faculty meetings

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017

Men’s and women’s basketball hosting Sonoma State: 5:30 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Monday, Jan. 23, 2017

Spring ’17 first day of instruction

Winter ’17 grades due by faculty at 11:59 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 27, 2017

Men’s and women’s basketball hosting Cal Baptist and Simon Fraser: 2 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Business and Health Education

Professor of Business Ron Purser and Professor of Health Education Adam Burke, along with co-editor David Forbes (CUNY), published the new text “Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context, and Social Engagement.” The 514-page volume is part of the “Mindfulness in Behavioral Health” series published by Springer International. The book originated in a “Meditation and Compassion” conference Purser and Burke held at SF State during the summer of 2015.

Child & Adolescent Development

Child & Adolescent Development Lecturer Elaine Schilling was invited to deliver a presentation titled “Emotional Intelligence: A Different Way of Being Smart” at the Western Association of College and University Business Officers Management Institute at UCSB in August. She highlighted and illustrated research that addresses the importance of organizational citizenship behaviors, meaning that how a person accomplishes goals in addition to what a person accomplishes, leads to successful leadership and positive organizational culture. 

Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics

Professor of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Gus Vouchilas was named 2016-18 president of the California affiliate of the Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AFCS). The association’s mission is “to provide leadership and support for professionals whose work assists individuals, families and communities in making informed decisions about their well-being, relationships and resources to achieve optimal quality of life.” Among Vouchilas’ goals as president is to support and increase membership for the California affiliate.

Professor and Chair of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Connie Ulasewicz and Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics Lecturer Ivana Markova attended the annual International Textile and Apparel Association Conference held Nov. 8-11 in Vancouver. Ulasewicz was the panel coordinator, moderator and participant, with four other colleagues from universities across the U.S., for the juried panel presentation “‘Triple Bottom Line’ Practices in the Classroom and Across the Curriculum.” The interactive session explored successful approaches for integrating social responsibility, sustainability and ethics into an academic curriculum and transferring this learning to students’ real-life implications. It was presented by members of Educators for Socially Responsible Apparel Practice. Markova presented a research poster on “Millennials’ Body Image and Media Exposure to Fashion Advertising.”

Also, Ulasewicz moderated a panel on socially conscious fashion production at the Green Festival Expo at San Francisco’s Pier 35 on Nov. 13. The panel, titled “Where Is Yours Made? How Is Yours Made?,” provided an opportunity to interact with those engaged in the business of thoughtful sewn product creation.

Secondary Education

Professor of Secondary Education Natalio Avani was appointed by the president of the American Association of University Professors (AAUP) to a two-year appointment on the association’s Government Relations Committee (2017-19). Avani currently serves on the AAUP National Council.

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Happier every time

A Nov. 30 Virginian-Pilot article on gift-giving included comments from Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell. “If you check those three boxes, [offers social capital/improve relationships, increases competency/mastery of something and reflects who the person is] you’re really going to be happier every time you spend your money,” Howell said. He added that there seem to be two kinds of buyers, those who have thought through what they wish to gain from the purchase and those who are “flailing in the wind” as they follow market cues.

Fourth worst offender

Professor of Labor Studies John Logan wrote a Dec. 11 opinion piece for The Hill about President Elect Donald Trump’s secretary of labor nominee, CEO of CKE Restaurants, Inc. Andy Puzder. CKE owns the Hardee's and Carl's Jr. burger chains. “One critically important division of the Labor Department, the Wage and Hour Division, has primary responsibility for cases of wage theft ... The fast-food industry is one of the nation’s worst violators of wage-and-hour laws, and it turns out that Puzder runs a company that has been accused of committing wage theft. Store managers in California, for example, are currently involved in a wage-and-hour class-action lawsuit against CKE Restaurants,” Logan wrote. “[The Obama administration has] found evidence of more than 68,000 violations and recovered $14 million in wages for approximately 57,000 workers. Among the 20 top companies, Puzder’s corporation was the fourth worst offender.”

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

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