December 9, 2016


CampusMemo schedule

CampusMemo will go on hiatus following the Dec. 16 issue: Publication will resume with the start of the spring 2017 semester.

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, December 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 submitted a Warrant Release Form. Visit the Human Resources website for more information.

Oakland warehouse fire memorial, grief counseling and support fund

The Dec. 2 warehouse fire in Oakland claimed the life of SF State student and Metro College Success CAD Program participant Michela Gregory, who was majoring in both child development and communicative disorders. The Metro College Success Program and the Metro Association of Social Equity Student Organization will honor Gregory on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. in front of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

The Counseling and Psychological Services Center provided drop-in grief support in the Metro office on Dec. 7.

Gregory’s family has set up a memorial fund to help with expenses.

Director of Government & Community Relations candidates to visit campus

The two remaining finalists for the director of Government & Community Relations for University Advancement position will present on the topic “What do you see as the most important challenges and opportunities for public higher education and government relations in the next four years?” They will also answer questions from the audience.

The finalists are:

  • Dominique Cano-Stocco, Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., NEC room (ADM 560)
  • Noriko Shinzato, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m., ADM 460

Reporting to the vice president for University Advancement, the director of Government & Community Relations is responsible for leading, planning and executing an effective external relations program and strategy that supports and enhances SF State’s relationships at the local, state and federal governmental levels. The director will also oversee and coordinate engagement with area neighborhoods and their communities.

The link to an online survey about each candidate will be provided to participants following each meeting. The link will also be published in the subsequent issue of CampusMemo. Those who attended the Dec. 8 presentation are asked to complete the survey for Francesca Vega by Dec. 18.

GWAR Mentoring Program applications due today

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the spring 2017 GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program, a faculty development program designed to provide support to those new to teaching GWAR while giving experienced GWAR instructors an opportunity for growth and development. Through regular group meetings with fellow mentees and mentors, participating faculty will have the opportunity to share ideas and insights, discuss writing pedagogy and learn about best practices in disciplines across campus. Eligible mentors will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters and will provide support for GWAR course design, effective GWAR teaching strategies and assessment of student learning. Eligible mentees will teach a GWAR course in the spring, with plans to continue teaching GWAR in future semesters, and will have an interest in intradisciplinary writing.

All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) interested in joining this program for the spring of 2017 are encouraged to apply. Proposals from teams (mentor and mentee) within and across disciplines are highly encouraged. Those interested in applying should email Juliana van Olphen, director of Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID), or Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID.

Download the GWAR Mentoring Program application formApplications are due Dec. 9. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by Jan. 6, 2017, and will be expected to attend an orientation session at the faculty retreat on Jan. 19, 2017.

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.

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.

Gator men’s basketball ranked

SF State’s men’s basketball team is ranked 25th in the nation in the National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) NCAA Division II Men’s Basketball Rankings that were released Dec. 6. This is the first time since the 1993-94 season that the Gators have been ranked in the top 25. The Gators, under the direction of head coach Paul Trevor, are also No. 24 in the DII media poll sponsored by D2SIDA.

Read more on the SFStateGators website.

UndocuAlly Training for staff and faculty, Jan. 12

SF State staff and faculty are invited to participate in any of our spring semester UndocuAlly Trainings. This 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, hear the stories of current SF State students, and receive information about 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

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“Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home),” through Dec 11

Eviction squads are moving through the city. A reporter chases a homeless sofa, but it’s got four feet and it’s out on the street so it just keeps moving — moving through stories and songs of a world where only the privileged can find shelter. “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)” is a crowdsourced play with blues, directed by Roy Conboy, that addresses the current housing situation in San Francisco. Beginning Dec. 1 and running through Dec. 11, the play will be performed at 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Sundays in the Little Theatre (CA 107). Visit the play’s webpage for pricing information or to make a reservation.

“Shifting Perspectives: New Moves Choreography Showcase”

“Shifting Perspectives: New Moves Choreography Showcase,” a production of the School of Theatre and Dance, encompasses the vision of eight talented student choreographers as they explore the human condition and its myriad idiosyncrasies. The diverse program of dance offers a glimpse into the private thoughts, deep-seated convictions and youthful exuberance of these emerging artists. Directed by Associate Professor of Music and Dance Ray Tadio and supported by numerous designers, these new works resonate with hope for a better tomorrow. Performances will be held in the McKenna Theatre Thursday, Dec. 8, to Saturday, Dec. 10, at 8 p.m. The Sunday, Dec. 11, performance will be held at 2 p.m. Visit the “Shifting Perspectives” webpage for full details, including admission.

Audience Talk Back, Dec. 11

Join the student choreographers, dancers and director in an audience talk back following the final performance of “Shifting Perspectives” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 11, in McKenna Theatre.

“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.

Taste of the Bay has new dates

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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Following are the action items from the Dec. 6 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Chair’s report: After careful consideration a decision was made to postpone the provost search to next year. Interim Provost Summit has agreed to serve for a second year.
  • Guest report: Lori Beth Way gave a presentation on the Student Success Initiative. Slides are on the Senate iLearn site.
  • Norma Salcedo gave a presentation on undocumented students and how they are supported at SF State. Slides are posted on the Senate iLearn site.
  • Discussed, amended and approved a recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding a proposed resolution opposing Academic Senate CSU Resolution 3244-16/APEP (revised). The revision amended line 31 to read “consistently favor graduates who are white ethnic (non-Hispanic).”
  • Discussed, amended and approved a recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of a Staff Emerita/Emeritus Program. Line 10 was amended to read “whereas similar programs have been instituted at other CSU campuses...”
  • Heard a recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of freedom of speech in a first reading. Item was struck because it was not posted on iLearn for consideration.
  • Heard and approved a recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of undocumented members of the SF State campus community.
  • Discussed, amended and approved a recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding a proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy. Line 77 was amended to replace “should” with “shall.”
  • Discussed, amended and approved a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Designation of Colleges & Definitions of Schools and Departments policy. Line 8-9 was amended to read “characteristics of and changes to...”
  • Heard an information item from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding changes to the Appendices for Requirements for Baccalaureate Degrees, Minors, Concentrations, Minors, & Certificates.
  • Heard an information item regarding the department name change from “Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics” to “Family Interior Nutrition & Apparel.”
  • Heard a proposed Summer 2017 Academic Calendar. Senator Hackenberg moved and spoke to the item. No action was taken.
  • Senator Mooney presented a report from the Strategic Issues Committee and their new charge regarding the budget. Senators and all members of the SF State community are urged to submit questions to with the subject “SIC budget questions.”

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

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Saturday, Dec. 10

Men’s basketball hosting Simpson University: 7 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Dance: “Shifting Perspectives: The New Moves Choreography Showcase”: 8 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Theatre: “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)”: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Sunday, Dec. 11

Dance: Shifting Perspectives: The New Moves Choreography Showcase: 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Theatre: “Sofa Sin Casa (Couch With No Home)”: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Audience Talk Back: “Shifting Perspectives: New Moves Dance Showcase”: 2:30 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Monday, Dec. 12

Recital: Piano students of Roger Woodward: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Tuesday, Dec. 13

Special Events on Campus: Requirements and Best Practices: 1 p.m. in Rosa Parks A-C, Lower Level Cesar Chavez Student Center

International Media Mini-Fair: 2:30 p.m. in HUM 119

The 2016 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4:10 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Wednesday, Dec. 14

Fall ’16 last day of classes

Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

The Best of Polish Cinema: Borys Lankosz’s “The Reverse”: 7:10 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Thursday, Dec. 15

Fall ’16 final exams begin

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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American Indian Studies

Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins presented the invited paper “Discovering WPA Slave Narratives As Evidence of Shared African and Native American Enslavement” Nov. 19 at the American Anthropological Association annual meeting in Minneapolis. He was also the invited organizer for the panel “The Art of Identity: (Re)Constructing Blackness in Music, Film, TV, and the Internet.”


Elizabeth Yuen (B.S., ’16, Kinesiology) and Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Jimmy Bagley published the article “Exercise Benefits and Considerations for Individuals With Systemic Lupus Erythematosus” in the December 2016 issue of Strength & Conditioning Journal. The article presents the benefits of exercise for individuals with lupus and provides practitioners and clinicians with exercise recommendations and considerations for patients with the disease. For this work, Yuen and Bagley won the Undergraduate-Faculty Research Collaboration Award from the College of Health & Social Sciences last May at the college’s 2016 Spring Showcase.

Social Work

Lecturers in Social Work Christina Feliciana and Christine Scudder presented an interactive workshop at the 62nd Annual Program Meeting of the Council of Social Work Education (CSWE) Nov. 4 in Atlanta. The title was “Cultural Humility: Praxis in Child Welfare.”

Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso presented a paper on “A community-university partnership on a Photovoice project of African-American women on CalWorks” at the same conference. She also co-presented with Social Work Lecturer Sonia Melara on “Critical issues in teaching social work as a rights-based profession.”

University Communications

Communications Specialist Dave Reddy will retire from the University at the end of the year. His last day on campus will be Dec. 15. “I have been extremely fortunate to work with so many truly outstanding individuals from all areas of the campus. I am also very grateful to SF State for the many opportunities to learn and to grow — professionally and personally — while contributing support to the University and its mission of social justice in education,” Reddy said. “The past 14 years have passed quickly in large part because of the many wonderful people. Thank you!”

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Colossal exercise

A Dec. 3 Motherboard feature included an interview with Design and Industry Lecturer David Cox, who adapted the U.S.-U.S.S.R. space race into an operatic trilogy called “Rocket Opera.” “Anyone who is over the age of 50 grew up with the space race and the Cold War. That was such a powerful thing to grow up with, this colossal exercise in engineering and propaganda,” Cox said. “What people don't know is that the Russians had their own version of the moonshot as well, but it was completely buried. That was my initial inspiration for the Rocket Opera: telling the tragedy of the Russian failure to get the moon.”

Foundation for future diplomacy

Professor and Chair of the Department of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri co-authored an opinion piece in the  Dec. 4 Tehran Times about the ramifications of the U.S. terminating the nuclear agreement with Iran. “The nuclear deal laid the foundation for future diplomacy between Tehran and Washington, while bolstering moderate Iranian leadership at home,” Monshipouri wrote. “[P]osturing by President-elect Trump would strengthen the hard-liners’ hand in Tehran who have consistently questioned the sincerity of the United States in upholding the tenets of the deal.”

Intellectual crack cocaine

A Dec. 5 Inside Higher Education opinion piece that referenced a New York Times opinion piece about identity liberalism by Columbia University Professor Mark Lilla included comments from Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Kenneth Monteiro. Lilla’s approach to diversity “only parses from a white perspective,” Monteiro said, which treats “diversity as a euphemism for people of color” rather than a truly inclusive concept. Though identity liberalism doesn’t really exist, it is a marketable euphemism for all that does not conform to an “acceptable role as defined by white nationalism ... [and such language is like] intellectual crack cocaine to a culture addicted to it for generations.”

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

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SF State received $1,284,654 in grants and contracts in November 2016.

Nicole Adelstein, Chemistry, Lawrence Livermore National Security, Diffusion Mechanisms and Bond Dynamics in Solid Electrolyte Ion-Conductors, $10,325

Teresa Gray, Special Education, American Speech-Language-Hearing Foundation, Bilingual Aphasia: The Intersection Between Lexical Access and Control Mechanisms, $10,000

Susanna Jones, Social Work, University of California, Berkeley/Prime: California Department  of  Social Services /U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Title IV-E FY16/17, $1,144,633

Leticia Marquez-Magana, Biology, University of California, San Francisco / Prime: National Institutes of Health, Center for Aging in Diverse Communities (CADC), $19,500

Karina Nielsen, Romberg Tiburon Center, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute / Prime: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, CeNCOOS Partnership: Ocean Information for Decision Makers, $96,233

Peter Palmer, Chemistry, Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians, Assessment of Pesticide Contamination on Porno Baskets, $3,963

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Robert Schleihauf

Professor of Kinesiology Robert “Bob” Schleihauf, who taught kinesiology for more than 20 years and served as director of the department’s Movement Analysis Lab, died Sept 3.

Schleihauf received his bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Columbia University in 1970. He then worked for the New York City Department of Environmental Protection as a civil engineer until 1982. During that time, he returned to Columbia for graduate studies, earning an Ed.D. in movement sciences in 1984. Schleihauf stayed in New York, teaching at Columbia Teachers College and Hunter College until 1995, when he then joined the faculty of SF State’s Department of Kinesiology.

His research interest involved the biomechanics of swimming, tennis, strength training and data analysis software development. He felt that developing customized data analysis software was his strongest asset.

Schleihauf continued to develop novel software programs for teaching biomechanics and received two grants from the National Science Foundation totaling more than $350,000 to write this software. He developed specific programs for the senior research class and his undergraduate biomechanics classes every semester.

Colleagues remember him for his all-consuming devotion to teaching, recalling that he would work all night writing new programs so his students could analyze their data in a comprehensive and understandable way.

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