December 18, 2017


CampusMemo hiatus

This is the final CampusMemo for 2017. When publication resumes with the start of the spring 2018 semester, CampusMemo will have a new look and feel thanks to the feedback gathered through the reader survey this fall. Thanks again to everyone who participated -- we think you're going to like what you see in January!

Estuary & Ocean Science Center announced

The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies announces the launch of a new research and service organization, the Estuary & Ocean Science Center. The Estuary & Ocean Science Center (EOS Center) will serve as one of the world's leading sources of scholarship on marine and estuarine environments, a dynamic, hands-on center for learning, an innovative training ground for future scientists and a trusted public source of knowledge about San Francisco Bay and the California coast. Concurrent with the EOS Center's launch, the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies will change its name to the Romberg Tiburon Campus (RTC). SF State's new EOS Center will advance RTC's long-term mission to support scientific study of the sea, enhance public engagement with marine science and develop solutions to the environmental problems confronting coastal communities.

The Romberg Tiburon Center was acquired by SF State in 1978, and in 1983, the CSU Board of Trustees approved renaming the Tiburon Center to the Paul F. Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies in honor of SF State's 10th president. In 2015, at SF State President Les Wong's request, a formal RSO proposal was submitted that included a new strategic plan. President Wong approved the new proposal for the EOS Center, including the revised name for the Romberg Tiburon Campus, on Nov. 20, 2017.

San Francisco State University, through the Estuary & Ocean Science Center, is the first and only institution of higher education with a marine science laboratory dedicated to research and scholarship located on San Francisco Bay.

College of Ethnic Studies interim dean named

Amy Sueyoshi, currently associate dean of the College of Ethnic Studies, has agreed to serve as its interim dean beginning in winter 2018. A professor in Race and Resistance Studies and in Sexuality Studies, she has published and taught in the areas of sexuality, gender and race since her arrival at SF State in 2002. She is also an LGBTQIA activist and was recently honored as the community grand marshal for the 47th Annual San Francisco Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Pride Celebration and Parade in 2017. "I am grateful to Amy for agreeing to serve in this critical leadership position," said Interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Jennifer Summit. "I know that her experience as associate dean will serve her well, as will her strong dedication to the college's mission, legacy and bright future."

Holiday schedule and paycheck reminders

SF State will be closed from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, 2018. All days except Thursday, Dec. 29, are covered by observed holidays or informal paid time off. Employees have several options for accounting for the Dec. 29 closure. Details can be found in the Dec. 11 CampusMemo.

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 today. 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 Visit the Human Resources website for more information.

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BREATHE needs your Altoids tins

The BREATHE (Be Responsible, Educated and Aware about Tobacco, Hookah & E-cigarettes) Campaign is hosting its first annual Altoids tin collection. Altoids tins can be used to safely put out tobacco and nicotine products, which prevents fires and ocean pollution that can be caused by cigarette butts. The tins you donate will be offered to individuals who are using tobacco or nicotine products to help them safely dispose of their products off-campus. If you have Altoids or other tin boxes, drop them off at the Health Promotion & Wellness office in Cesar Chavez Student Center M-113C. For more information, contact

Deadline for GWAR Mentoring Program applications, Dec. 22

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the spring 2018 GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program. The GWAR Mentoring Program is a learning community designed to provide support and an opportunity for growth and development to both new and experienced GWAR faculty. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified in the beginning of January. Please complete the application form and submit by Dec. 22. Send any questions to

Academic Technology 2018 Winter Institute, Jan. 9 & 10

Mark your calendars to attend the two-day, in-depth Academic Technology Winter Institute (ATWI) on Tuesday and Wednesday, January 9 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in LIB 222. The ATWI 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 are included. Register for Winter Institute 2018.

SF BUILD Winter Writing Retreat, Jan. 17

SF BUILD Winter Writing Retreat, Jan. 17 SF State faculty and staff members are invited to attend a one-day writing retreat sponsored by SF BUILD. The new year always brings new schedules and new challenges. Use this opportunity to take advantage of a calm, off-site space where you can work communally among SF State and UCSF colleagues and advance your writing projects. SF BUILD will offer the space, food and one-to-one writing support. The date: Wednesday January 17, 2018. The location: Mercy Center in Burlingame.

Call for proposals: "How to Be a University in a World of Conflict"

SF State is preparing to launch a second semester of Year of Conversation workshops on the subject of "How to Be a University in a World of Conflict," co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and the Academic Senate. The year-long initiative will continue to offer a platform and structure for our community to explore existential questions about what it means to be a university during a time of conflict (both external and internal), what kind of institution we are and want to be, and what our students need from us in order to become tomorrow's leaders. Proposals are invited for workshops that foster campus conversation and strengthen our shared capacity for mutual understanding, community and engagement. Workshops can take many forms -- such as reading groups, colloquia with visitors, skill-building exercises and more -- in order to address our defining question: "How to be a university in a world of conflict." Led by faculty, workshops will be open to all members of the SF State community as participants or co-organizers.

Proposals are due to the Academic Senate Office on Jan. 17, 2018. For more information, visit the Year of Conversation website or contact the Academic Senate office at with questions.

Call for nominations: Civic & Community Engagement Awards

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) announces nominations for the 2018 Civic & Community Engagement Awards. These awards honor students, faculty, staff and community partners whose leadership, service and collaboration strengthen the bonds of engagement that connect the University and the community. You can submit your nomination to recognize students, faculty, staff members and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to our communities through service and community engaged scholarship.

Nominations are sought for the following categories:

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Student Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Community Partnership Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Student Award for Excellence in Commu
  • nity Engagement

  • Staff Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
  • SF State's Nomination to the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service

Deadline for submission: Thursday, March 1, 2018. For information about award criteria, guidelines and nomination forms, visit the ICCE website.

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College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Comparative and World Literature Professor Ellen Peel has published the article "Unnatural Feminist Narratology" in the journal Storyworlds. The article is part of a special section on "Feminist Fiction and Unnatural Theory."

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A Cosmic Message

A New York Times article about the untimely death of San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee included commentary from SF State Political Science Lecturer David Lee, who spoke to the mayor at a holiday party last week. The mayor told Lee he was worried that not enough young Chinese Americans were getting involved in politics as the previous generation began to leave the scene. "His concern was passing the torch," Lee said of the mayor. "And then he passed away. It was kind of a cosmic message."

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

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