December 18, 2015


Form required to pick up paychecks on Dec. 31

Employees who do not currently have direct deposit who wish to pick up their December paychecks on Dec. 31 must complete and sign a warrant release request form and submit it to Human Resources by Monday, Dec.  21.

Paychecks will only be released to employees who have submitted a warrant release request form by the due date.

The signed form may be submitted through campus mail or dropped off in person at Human Resources, ADM 252. Alternately, employees may email a completed scanned form to

The regular scheduled paycheck distribution will be Monday, Jan. 4, 2016: Employees may then pick up their December paychecks from their department.

Harris named Liberal & Creative Arts dean

Andrew Harris has been appointed dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, the University announced today. His appointment is effective July 12, 2016. He succeeds Paul Sherwin, who retired in June 2014. Daniel Bernardi, formerly the chair of the Department of Cinema, has served as interim dean since Sherwin's retirement.

Harris will oversee all academic, financial and administrative functions of the college, which has one of the largest and most comprehensive academic programs devoted to the humanities, social sciences and creative arts in Northern California.

"Dr. Harris' background uniquely qualifies him for this position," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser. "He has a solid foundation and proven success in academic leadership, strategic planning and fiscal operations, and possesses the key management skills that are essential in leading the University's largest college."

Since 2012, Harris has been the dean of Arts and Humanities at Keene State College in New Hampshire, overseeing 12 academic departments, a performing arts center, the college art gallery and the Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

Between 1999 and 2012, Harris served in various academic and administrative positions at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts, including associate provost, executive assistant to the president and faculty member in the history department. While a faculty member at Bridgewater he served as honors director and as a founding co-coordinator of the university's undergraduate research program. He has co-authored successful institutional grants in support of faculty development and promoting student success for underserved populations. Harris was also an American Council on Education fellow at the University of Rhode Island.

He is the author of "Policing the City: Crime and Legal Authority in London, 1780-1840" and the co-author of "Empire, State and Society: Britain since 1830."

Harris received a bachelor's degree in history from Pomona College. He earned both a master's degree and a Ph.D. in history from Stanford University.

"I'd also like to express my appreciation to Daniel Bernardi for his leadership as interim dean during the last two academic years," Provost Rosser said.

SF State to return to AT&T Park for 115th Commencement

SF State will once again toast its newest graduates in the heart of the city: The University will hold its 115th Commencement ceremony at AT&T Park for the second year in a row.

The event will take place on May 27, 2016, beginning at 5:30 p.m. The University moved the ceremony to the downtown ballpark in May, after the event outgrew the on-campus Cox Stadium. Last year's ceremony was attended by more than 35,000 graduates, family members and other guests.

Read more on SF State News.

Save energy and prevent flooding during winter break

Help SF State save energy and reduce its carbon footprint during winter break with a few easy steps: close windows, turn off office lights, lower the blinds and turn down the office thermostat setting. Unplugging appliances, such as refrigerators, can produce additional energy savings. Also, turning off all power strips will ensure that power adapter "bricks" are off, as well as adding protection against power spikes. Questions? Contact Nick Kordesch at ext. 8-7164 or

Donated food and supplies delivered

President and Mrs. Wong thank the campus community for their generous donation of food and school supplies at their annual holiday reception. Earlier this week, the canned food was picked up by the SF/Marin Food Bank, and the school supplies were delivered to Jose Ortega Elementary School.

New Academic Technology website to launch January 2016

The new Academic Technology (AT) website that will launch in January 2016 will make it easier for faculty and staff to get involved in AT's engaging campus initiatives, request a service, learn about supported technologies and access help and support resources. Visit the current site at for more information and return to the same address in January to see the new site.

Mini-sites for AT initiatives

There are four AT initiatives, and each will have a unique mini-website that links to the main AT site: Affordable Instructional Materials; ePortfolio; Quality Online Learning and Teaching; and Course Redesign.

Easy access to all AT services

AT offers a variety of services and resources including: troubleshooting computer and equipment issues; audiovisual and classroom equipment loan and support; workshops on teaching with technology; one-on-one instructional design services; iLearn help-desk services; digitization and media conversion; graphics, video and photography production; and AT meeting rooms.

AT tools and technologies

Tools and technologies supported by AT include: iLearn; CourseStream; Web Conferencing; Labspace; Clickers; Turnitin; ePortfolio; and Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness (SETE).

New support documents site

Users will be able to easily access, search and browse AT's comprehensive collection of support documents and guides through a single support website that connects seamlessly with the main AT website.

Academic Technology Winter Events 2016

Academic Technology Winter Institute 2016: Jan. 12 and 13
from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Explore campus-supported technologies and strategies for integrating technology into courses. Designed for newcomers to iLearn and those who wish to learn more about available technology tools and services.

Advanced Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Institute: Jan. 14 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn effective teaching strategies and design best practices for hybrid and fully online courses, including specific, concrete ways to quickly evaluate and improve courses.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Peer Review Institute: Jan. 15 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Learn about campus- and system-wide initiatives that support quality online courses, gain valuable skills and join the faculty learning community to take online courses to the next level.

Quickstart Webinar: Jan. 19 from noon to 1 p.m.

This webinar will orient participants to campus course technologies and the basics of using iLearn and explore tools to make iLearn courses more interactive inside and outside of the classroom.

Register Online

Complete the AT Institutes Registration Form. Enrollment is limited. Those who register by Dec. 10 will receive priority. Lunch and refreshments are included.


Persons with disabilities are welcome, and reasonable accommodations will be arranged upon request. To request reasonable accommodations, contact Nora Scully by Dec. 10 at ext. 5-5539 or


For more information, email or call ext. 5-5550.

AmazonSmile to support SF State

Alumni Relations has partnered with the AmazonSmile program to make raising funds for SF State as easy as 1-2-shop. Once set up, shoppers will see half of a percent of the cost of their eligible purchases donated to the charitable organization of their choice, such as SF State.

Visit, search for "SFSU Foundation" and select it. Amazon will remember your selection, and every eligible purchase made using AmazonSmile will result in a donation by Amazon to SF State.

Register now for AmazonSmile.

For additional information, contact Senem Ozer at ext. 8-2217 or

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CampusMemo schedule

This is the last CampusMemo for the fall 2015 term. Publication will resume with the Jan. 22, 2016, issue.

SF State World AIDS quilt on display through Dec. 18

To commemorate the 27th World AIDS Day, the University's AIDS quilt will be displayed in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Student Center through Dec. 18. Sewn in the late 1980s by 25 SF State faculty and staff to honor members of our community lost to HIV/AIDS, it was the first AIDS memorial quilt at any college or university in the country and has been displayed on campus each year on World AIDS Day to acknowledge the impact that HIV/AIDS has had on the University family. For more information, contact Michael Ritter at or visit

Employee University class space now available

Employee University (EU) will have 12 open spots in the "True Colors & Diversity Workshop" class. Registration for the class opens at 3 p.m. on Dec. 18.

Vice President of Student Affairs & Enrollment Management Luoluo Hong will lead the course. It will cover the True Colors™ model and loosely link with the Myers-Briggs Personality Type Indicator instrument. Get more information and a detailed class description.

Interested employees are encouraged to enroll in this and other EU classes. Those with questions or comments should visit or email

Weight Watchers @ Work to meet Jan. 7

Start the New Year off right by joining Weight Watchers @ Work beginning Jan. 7. Meetings are held every Thursday from noon to 1 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. All faculty, staff and students are welcome to join. For more information, contact group organizer Linda Bowles-Adarkwa at as soon as possible.

All-you-can-eat crab feed, Jan. 23

For more than 20 years, SF State's Alumni Association has been awarding scholarships to students who might otherwise not be able to attend college. In the last five years alone, those scholarships have helped more than 100 students reach their potential.

Help the Alumni Association continue to support deserving students while enjoying fresh-cracked crab, chicken, pasta, salad, wine, beer, dessert and coffee on Saturday, January 23, 2016. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and a raffle beginning at 7 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Center. Cost is $65 per person or $500 for a table of eight. Purchase crab feed tickets.

Questions? Contact Ken Maeshiro at

Sutro Review call for undergraduate writing

The Sutro Review, SF State's first undergraduate academic journal, is seeking submissions for its spring issue. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage their students to submit items. All freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors are invited. Students should send their scholarly essay or creative nonfiction to by Feb. 20, 2016. Questions? Contact Lecturer of Composition Christy Shick at

Protecting and enhancing the SF State brand

All members of the campus community serve as SF State brand ambassadors when they follow the official guidelines related to proper use of the University name, logo, colors and fonts, all of which are explained at

Among the important reminders and resources on the site:

  • SF State is a one-logo University. However, if you seek a personalized graphic element for your college or department, University Communications is available to create a logo lockup for you. These are versions of the official University logo that incorporate the name of colleges, departments and programs.
  • An online library of marketing one sheets incorporating the University's "We Make it Happen" tagline is available for the campus community to use in promoting the good work done every day at SF State.
  • The use of the University name on items other than printed documents -- including the SFSU acronym, logo, seal or mascot -- requires licensing approval. All vendors producing such materials must register with Learfield Licensing Partners, which handles approvals of all branded merchandise. To enroll, contact Jared Harding, Learfield Licensing Partners' university services director, at (765) 404-1770 or Many vendors are already enrolled in SF State's licensing program. To view a current list of licensed vendors, visit Additional questions? Please contact Paul Asper at (415) 405-3803 or

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Nomination applications for distinguished faculty awards 2016

SF State annually acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service.

The awards, which were first instituted in 2007, are designed to highlight the outstanding accomplishments of faculty members. By recognizing the achievements of distinguished faculty in the areas of teaching, University service and professional achievement and growth, the campus community celebrates the University's climate of excellence.

Download the nomination form, which includes details about eligibility and the application process.

Visit the Academic Senate website and Faculty Honors and Awards Committee (FHAC) website.

Want to learn more about previous winners to aid in nominating outstanding faculty? Read the profiles of the award winners for the past five years:

The chair of the 2015-16 Faculty Honors and Awards Committee is Professor of Decision Sciences Ramesh Bollapragada.

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

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Communication Studies

Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman gave two invited presentations on terrorism and media at a Dec. 7-11 North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) conference in Ankara, Turkey. The presentations were "News, Newsworthiness and Terrorism: How Terrorists/Terror Groups Manipulate News Media Coverage and Are in Turn Manipulated by News Media" and "Roles, Responsibilities and Realities: News Coverage When Nation States Sponsor or Engage in Terrorism."

Creative Writing

Professor Emerita of Creative Writing Molly Giles' article "Married to the Mop" was published in the inaugural issue of online multimedia journal COG, which has received media attention from the New York Times and other high-profile media outlets for its slate of notable authors.


Professor of Gerontology Brian de Vries received the Robert Butler and Myrna Lewis Exemplar Research Award at the 11th biennial International Institute for Reminiscence and Life Review Conference in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 16-17. Award recipients are primarily chosen for their focus on conceptual/theoretical issues of personal memory and research in the area of life review and life stories. His stature as an internationally known expert on narrative gerontology, bereavement and end-of-life issues, and gay and lesbian aging were also factors in de Vries' selection for the honor.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper authored the article "Food for thought: are herbicides a factor for the increase in allergies and autism?," which appeared in NeuroRegulation vol. 2, issue 4.

International Programs

Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Jay Ward was selected to serve a two-year term on the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region XII leadership team as the KCISS (International Student & Scholar Services Knowledge Community) representative. This knowledge community provides professional development opportunities for international student and scholar advisers and for those who work or volunteer in campus- and community-based international programming. NAFSA is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange, with more than 10,000 members at more than 3,500 institutions in more than 150 countries.


Associate Professor of Philosophy Ásta Sveinsdóttir presented at a mini-conference on new work in the metaphysics of social categories at University of Colorado, Boulder on Dec. 4.

She also presented at a workshop on feminist ontology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in October.

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Ethnic is beautiful

Professor of Jewish Studies Marc Dollinger was interviewed about U.S. political elections and bias toward ethnic groups for a Dec. 8 International Jewish Times article. "A lot of the idea of Jews [being comfortable] was taken from the Black Power Movement of the 1960s. When they said 'Black is beautiful,' people thought it's OK to be ethnic, so Jews said that Jewish is beautiful, the Irish said Irish is beautiful," Dollinger said. "But Jews enjoy access as a white group for the most part. They've joined the middle class, they haven't faced what the black community has faced, what other communities of color have faced."

Benefits of a dominant partner

A Dec. 14 Business Insider report on the Dow-DuPont corporate merger included comments by Professor of Management Mitchell Marks. "It's easier if there's one dominant partner," Marks said. "One of two things will happen -- either they [employees of each company] will be good children and play nice or they will become highly political animals."

It is the thought that counts

Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell commented on choosing meaningful gifts for an Associated Press story that appeared in the Dec. 14 Huffington Post and other outlets. "The most important thing in the exchanging of gifts is it shows that you really know the person well, and you really care about them," Howell said. His previous research also indicates that experiential gifts may be more meaningful than things.

Critical intervention needed

A Dec. 16 Russia Beyond the Headlines article about Russian foreign policy included comments from Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov. "For the U.S.-Russia proxy war in Syria to be averted and greater progress on the broad coalition to take place, a critical intervention from the White House is required not only to compromise with the Kremlin on Assad, but also to discipline Turkey and Saudi Arabia," Tsygankov said. "The potential for that intervention is nowhere to be found."

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

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