February 12, 2016


Taormina named Sutro Library director

Veteran special collections and archives librarian Mattie Taormina was named director of the Sutro Library, a premier public research library and branch of the California State Library. The Sutro Library, housed within the J. Paul Leonard Library on campus, holds the Adolph Sutro (1830-1898) rare book and manuscript collection encompassing materials from the 13th to 21st centuries.

Taormina has more than 20 years of experience in special collections, archives and information management. Since 2006, she has worked at Stanford University, first as the head of public services for special collections and university archives, where she oversaw a program that supported the research needs of scholars worldwide, and more recently as part of the university library's teaching and learning team.

"Mattie is a terrific addition to the State Library," State Librarian Greg Lucas said. "Her experience and passion for her work make Mattie an ideal person to help ensure Sutro's treasures are well-cared for and also made available to more Californians."

Prior to her decade at Stanford, Taormina worked at the California State Library for nine years as a special assistant to the state librarian. During her career as an information professional, she worked for museums and other archival and library repositories handling records management and political research.

Taormina has lectured extensively on leveraging technology to further advance access and use of special collections and archival materials. Her scholarship has focused on teaching with primary sources, including the recent book she co-edited in 2014, "Using Primary Sources: Hands-On Instructional Exercises."

Taormina holds a B.A. in American history from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in public history from California State University, Sacramento and a master's in library and information science from California State University, San Jose. She joins Sutro Library on March 2.

Water bottle filling stations coming to campus

As part of SF State's ongoing commitment to sustainability, five water bottle filling stations will be installed on campus in coming months. Four filling stations will be added in the Library and one will be added on the first floor of the Student Services Building.

Each filling station will provide filtered water free of charge and have a digital counter tracking the number of bottles filled to date. The stations are expected to reduce the amount of plastic waste generated across the University while providing savings to the campus community.

Commuter Check benefit for employees and events March 3, 4

Employees who ride BART or Muni to work can save money on their commute costs by using Commuter Check.

Commuter Check is a benefit available to all SF State employees by allowing workers to deduct as much as $255 monthly from their pre-tax pay for public transportation or vanpool fees. The money can be applied directly to a Clipper Card or a Commuter Check prepaid MasterCard that can be used to purchase transit passes.

Signing up is easy:

  1. Create an account at www.commutercheckdirect.com.
  2. Place the order.
  3. Redeem — transit passes are automatically loaded onto the rider's Clipper Card each month.

Parking and Transportation is also introducing a new vanpool program that can be used with Commuter Check beginning March 1.​

Want to learn more about the vanpool program? Parking and Transportation and Enterprise Rideshare will host events to help employees improve their daily commute by saving money and time on March 3 and 4 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 121. Participants will learn of the many different incentives offered for alternative commutes that are unknown to many riders. To RSVP, email transprt@sfsu.edu or call ext. 8-2746: There are only 40 spaces available in each session. Light refreshments will be provided.

Advancing Student Success: A dialogue for University faculty, staff and administrators

The Student Success and Graduation Initiative Task Force (SSGI) and the César E. Chávez Institute (CCI) will co-sponsor a lunchtime reading and discussion series to examine factors that support or hinder student academic success.

The meetings will provide an informal forum for faculty and staff/administrators to jointly delve into key issues affecting students' academic achievement, informed by recent research. Each meeting will focus on a pre-circulated reading on a different topic -- unpacking research findings, then exploring their possible implications for how we serve our students.

Supporting undergraduate degree completion advances social justice and economic prosperity for the region, state and nation. Today, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. require education and training beyond a high school diploma, yet nearly half of students who begin a baccalaureate program are not able to finish within six years -- too many of them students of color or from low-income households.

The lunch dialogues will pilot this semester on the following Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286):

No preregistration is required. Bring a lunch -- drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information or to be included on future announcements, contact the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning at ueap@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-2206.

The Vista Room is open for spring

The Vista Room will open for the spring semester on Monday, Feb. 15. Reservations are now being accepted. The Vista Room website has more information on reservations, catering and banquets, payment methods and first winter menu.

A chill is still in the air, so a hearty winter menu featuring cioppino, shepherd’s pie, and vegetable ramen with hand-rolled noodles has been added. Support for local farmers and purveyors means better ingredients and better food. The prix fixe three-course meal is still $17, though guests can also order a la carte off the menu.

Remember, visitors can dine at the Vista Room without pre-payment. Reservations are not required but are highly recommended. Call the dining room at ext. 5-4100 or email vista@sfsu.edu to reserve a table. Arrangements can also be made for private dining, catering or banquets. Walk-in guests will be accommodated on a limited basis, depending on student staffing and educational need.

Payment methods have also changed:

  • Pay with a credit or debit card at the table after the meal.
  • Departments may choose to charge meals to a house account, and the Vista Room will invoice the department at the end of the month.

If interested in opening a department house account, fill out an inquiry form at https://sfsu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cJ9Yrj2vUMACnXv. All inquiries will receive a response within one academic day. The inquiry form is also available on the Vista Room website.

Guests are encouraged to find and like the Vista Room on Facebook, which includes an up-to-date calendar of events, the menu and a list of frequently asked questions and answers about the many changes made since last spring.

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Observatory public open nights

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the spring semester when skies are clear is a public open night at the SF State Observatory on the 10th floor of Thornton Hall (TH 1004). Visit the Observatory's Facebook page for weather conditions and open hours, which change from month to month. February open nights begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 8:30 p.m., weather permitting. Docents will be on hand to provide views through the observatory telescopes, point out objects of interest and talk about astronomy. 

Interdisciplinary STS Hub to meet every third Tuesday

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Hub is a gathering place for scholars to engage in medicine, technology, science, health and justice come together to build, think and collaborate on a variety of events, projects, programs and conversations. The group will meet every third Tuesday from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Health Equity Institute Conference Room (HSS 361). Meetings are scheduled for Feb. 16, March 15, April 19 and May 17. Questions? Contact Ugo Edu at ugoedu@sfsu.edu or call ext. 5-2444.

Player's Club production of "Swimming in the Shallows," Feb. 4-14

Shark love, wedding dresses and Buddhism collide in the Player's Club production of "Swimming in the Shallows." Confronted at a crossroads in their lives, four friends discover their fears and hopes about love, independence and their own meaning of happiness. Throw in a surprisingly human shark and a desperately confused husband for a laugh-filled journey through the ups and downs of self-discovery.

Performances will take place in "the lab" in CA 104 at 7 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays from Feb. 4 through Feb. 14. Cost is on a sliding scale from $5 to $10. Questions? Email theatredance@sfsu.edu.

Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities, Feb. 15

The English department and the Office of Research & Sponsored Programs will sponsor the talk "Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities" by Ray Ryan, senior commissioning editor with Cambridge University Press, on Monday, Feb. 15, from noon to 1 p.m. in HUM 485. Faculty who wish to meet him one-on-one to discuss potential book projects can email gshahani@sfsu.edu to arrange a meeting. 

Free 12-week Mandarin class, spring 2016

The Confucius Institute at SF State will present a free 12-week Mandarin class for faculty and staff from Feb. 16 to May 12. It will be offered in beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Participating faculty and staff will receive free handouts, access to the Confucius Institute resources and guidance for taking the HSK Chinese Language proficiency tests in addition to saving the $200 course fee.

To register, submit a completed 2016 Spring Chinese Language Class registration form to the Confucius Institute by Feb. 15. It can also be sent by e-mail to teachci@sfsu.edu. The form is available for download from the Confucius Institute website. Questions? Contact the Confucius Institute at ext. 8-7624 or ext. 8-7631.

Candidates for WGS assistant professor of crip theory to visit

The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) has invited four candidates for the position of assistant professor of crip theory to present public talks in February.

  • Feb. 16, 4:30-6 p.m. in LIB 222: Jina Kim, doctoral candidate in English and women's studies at University of Michigan
  • Feb. 18, 4:30-6 p.m. in HUM 119: Lezlie Frye, doctoral candidate in American studies at New York University; visiting lecturer in Women's studies at Hobart and William Smith College
  • Feb. 23, 4:30-6 p.m. in LIB 242: Hentyle Yapp, Ph.D. in performance studies from UC Berkeley; assistant professor in gender and women's studies at Pomona College
  • Feb. 25, 4:30-6 p.m. in LIB 242: Kelly Fritsch, Ph.D. in social and political thought; M.A. in critical disability studies from York University; Banting Postdoctoral Fellow in Women and Gender Studies at University of Toronto

Women and Gender Studies welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request reasonable accommodations for any of the events, contact Lisa Tresca at ltresca@sfsu.edu no later than one working week before the event date.

Tutelage and Treason: Greek Experiences of the Debt Crisis, Feb. 17

The Center for Modern Greek Studies and the Department of Anthropology are pleased to announce that Konstantinos Kalantzis, the Elios Charitable Foundation Visiting Professor in Modern Greek Studies, will present a free lecture discussing the effects of the debt crisis in Greece at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 in HUM 587. Questions? Contact Modern Greek Studies at modgreek@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-2068.

Mashouf Wellness Center "LEED Platinum" presentation Feb. 23

There will be a free presentation on the sustainability and design of the Mashouf Wellness Center on Tuesday, Feb. 23, from noon to 2 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The building is currently under construction at the corner of Font Blvd. and Lake Merced Blvd. and is set to open in 2017. The center is on track for a LEED Platinum designation and embodies key sustainability goals of the campus master plan. The project's architects will be on hand to present about the building's features and answer questions from the audience. The event is open to all.

Psychology Department distinguished speaker series, Feb. 24

The Psychology Department will welcome Frank Worrell, professor in the School of Education at UC Berkeley, on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 12:10 p.m. in EP 304 for the first colloquium of the semester in the department's free distinguished speaker series.

Worrell's research centers on psychosocial variables related to academic achievement and psychological functioning in adolescent, ethnic/racial minority and gifted and talented populations in the U.S. and other countries, as well as the psychometric properties of scores on instruments used to measure psychosocial constructs.

In his presentation, "Ethnic Identity, Racial Identity, or Ethnic-Racial Identity? Separation or Integration," he will review the ethnic and racial identity theories and measurement instruments, comment on the developmental versus attitudinal conceptualizations of these constructs and introduce a new measure — the Cross Scale of Social Attitudes — which represents an attitudinal operationalization of ethnic-racial identity.

Questions? Contact the Psychology Department at ext. 8-2167 or psych@sfsu.edu.

Peer health educator internship opportunity

The new Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) unit is redesigning its peer health education program, which will launch in fall 2016. Among the changes, the unit will expand the roles of campus peer health educators to include experiences in needs assessment, research and committee involvement that will affect campus health and personal wellness. The peer health educators will have the opportunity to focus on one of nine specialty health topics:

  • Sexual Health
  • Wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol
  • Sexual Violence
  • Health Communication/Graphic Design
  • Men's Health
  • Campus Health Initiatives

The HPW team has developed some core components that will start this year, including a new recruitment strategy. Faculty are encouraged to select and nominate past or current students for one of these paid, part-time peer health educator positions. Interested in nominating a student? Contact Interim Director of Health Promotion & Wellness Rick Nizzardini at rnizzard@sfsu.edu by Feb. 24. Nominations are due March 1.

BUILD dialogue: Environment and health, Feb. 29

SF State and UCSF faculty and researchers are invited to join in a discussion and exploration of research opportunities on the interactions of environmental toxins, socioeconomic status and health. The dialogue will be held Feb. 29 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). RSVP for the event at http://tinyurl.com/SFBUILD-Env-Health.

Questions? Send an email to stat@sfsu.edu.

CSU Tax Sheltered Annuity (403b) transition to Fidelity workshop

In order to assist our campus community to make the Tax Sheltered Annuity transition as smooth as possible, the Human Resources benefits department will host two transition workshops on March 2. Representatives from Fidelity will be available to answer any questions and provide guidance to faculty and staff affected by this transition. Both sessions will be held in LIB 121:

  • Morning: 10 a.m.-noon
  • Afternoon: 1:30-3:30 p.m.

To sign up for a session, RSVP by email to Lizbeth Ortiz at liortiz@sfsu.edu using the subject "RSVP for TSA Wkshp" and include the following information:

  • Name
  • Employee ID
  • The preferred session to attend

Comedy and tragedy are threaded together in Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull"

The School of Theatre and Dance will present "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov March 3-13. Directed by Bill Peters, "The Seagull" threads together comedy and tragedy to tell the tale of the intimate lives of an extended family of artists and lovers of art.

Chekhov's ability to capture the exact moments when feelings become thoughts and thoughts become words enables each character to become a vivid presence in the brief time spent in front of the audience. In "The Seagull," he makes the audience feel as though they are in the company of a friend in front of whom these people can freely live their lives without hesitation or pretense.

Performances will be held in the Little Theatre, CA 106, at 9 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays from March 3 through March 13. Admission is on a sliding scale from $5 to $10. Questions? Visit lca.sfsu.edu or email theatredance.sfsu.edu.

Free tickets for the Music of Contemporary Composers concert on March 5

Four Seasons Arts invites faculty, staff and students to order a pair of complimentary tickets to the Music of Contemporary Composers concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 5, at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley. The annual concert features vocal and instrumental music of established and emerging composers. This year, the program will include Bun Ching Lam ("Canzoniere CXXVI"), Blue Gene Tyranny ("Solving Scriabin's Chord"), Kyle Hovatter ("Solo Theorbo") and Wadada Leo Smith ("Henry David Thoreau's Civil Disobedience, Six Ideas").

RSVP with your name, address and telephone number to ccarpenter@FSArts.org. Tickets may be picked up at the St. John's box office between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. the day of the concert. Guests must be at least 6 years old. For more information, to purchase additional tickets or to learn about other events, visit www.fsarts.org or call Four Seasons Arts at (510) 845-4444.

Report from the front lines of the Paris Climate Talks

On Tuesday, March 8, from 4 to 7 p.m. in LIB 121 activists and journalists from the front lines of the climate justice movement will report from the December 2015 UN Climate Talks (COP21) in Paris. Speakers include Teresa Almaguer with PODER, journalist Mark Hertsgaard with The Nation magazine, Pam Tau Lee with the Asian Pacific Environmental Network and Professor of Liberal Studies Logan Hennessey. This free event is sponsored by the Spring 2016 RRS 276 "Race, Activism and Climate Change" course. Questions? Contact American Indian Studies Lecturer Philip M. Klasky at pklasky@sfsu.edu.

SF State to celebrate Founders Day March 15

Since its founding in 1899, SF State has undergone changes in name, leadership and location. But one thing has remained constant: The University's commitment to providing students with a quality education. Over the years, SF State has provided scholarships to thousands of deserving students who are working to realize their dreams.

In honor of Founders Day — and to continue that tradition of support — on March 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., the campus community will celebrate the event at the Malcolm X Plaza, where Taqueria Girasol will give away 1,899 tacos. There will be live entertainment and prizes for the student organizations that raise the most money for the HOPE Fund, which gives financial support in the event of a personal and unexpected crisis. Participants are urged to stop at any of the tables to donate and help them win. For more information, visit alumni.sfsu.edu/foundersday/founders-day.

Questions? Contact Ryan Jones at ext. 8-2217 or rjjones@sfsu.edu.

Save the date: Sneak Preview Day for future Gators, April 9

Admitted students can learn about SF State's academics, support services and campus life during Sneak Preview Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The annual open house offers campus tours, financial aid information and advice on housing options to prospective students and their parents.

Representatives from the six SF State colleges will introduce students to the more than 100 majors offered at the University and discuss career possibilities. Information on student services and organizations will also be available.

Last year more than 12,000 prospective students and parents visited SF State on Sneak Preview Day. This year, the event is expected to draw more students and parents. It is highly recommended that participants take public transportation to campus on this day since parking in lots and on surrounding streets will be more scarce than normal.

Questions? Contact Student Outreach Services at outreach@sfsu.edu.

SF State: There's an app for that

Information Technology Services (ITS) has launched the new SF State mobile app. Features of the app include:

  • University Twitter and Facebook pages
  • Access to SF State news and events
  • Ability to pay tuition and other student fees
  • A campus map

Download the free app from Apple's App Store and Google Play.

Learn more about the app.

Help with tax returns

The SF State Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a free tax preparation program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the campus Beta Chi chapter of the international honor society for financial information majors, Beta Alpha Psi. The free tax preparation service is available to U.S. residents and international students (with either F-1 or J-1 visas) with incomes of $54,000 per year or less and no rental income.

The VITA office is located in SCI 205 and is open to the public from Feb. 1 through April 15. Office hours are 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, including directions, types of returns prepared and what to bring, visit the VITA website, email the VITA program or call ext. 8-1079.

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Following are the action items from the Feb. 9 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announcements:
    • Senator Yee-Melichar:
    • 19th Annual CSU Teaching and Learning Symposium on "Promoting Student Success through Innovation, Creativity, Diversity & Teamwork" at San Jose State University on April 15-16.
    • Systemwide conference on high-impact practices on April 28-29, 2016 at CSU Fullerton.
    • Senator Reyes: Brown bag monthly meetings on student success will start Feb. 24 in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286).
  • Minutes for the Dec. 8, 2015, meeting were approved as submitted.
  • Agenda for Feb. 9 were approved as submitted.
  • Chair's Report:
    • Welcome to new senators: Senator Yu from College of Education, Senator Toporek from HSS and Senator Kwan from HSS.
    • Thanks to Vice Chair Hackenberg and others for the January Faculty Retreat.
    • Reminder that Distinguished Faculty nominations have been distributed.
    • New UClub moving forward, architectural meeting was held and plans are moving forward.
    • Noted the passing of Emeritus Lecturer of Biology Ann Auleb.
  • Report from VP of University Advancement Robert Nava: available on the Academic Senate website.
  • Report from Academic Senate CSU (ASCSU):
    • Senator Ritter:
      • AS3238: Role of CSU faculty in course transfer; Passed.
      • Need for analysis of student data for graduation success; In first reading.
      • Selection of faculty to serve on campus honorary degree committees; In first reading.
      • Support for four years of mathematics for college admission; In first reading.
  • Senator Collins:
    • AS3239: Inclusion of non-tenure track instructional faculty in faculty orientation programs; Passed.
    • AS3247: Restoring of Research, Scholarship and Creative Activities Funds; Passed.
    • AS3246: Promoting inclusion within the CSU community; In first reading.
  • Senator Yee-Melichar:
    • AS3242: Acceptance of ICAS Statement on Preparation in Natural Science Expected of Entering Freshmen; Passed unanimously.
    • AS3237: CSU Acknowledgement of California Taxpayers as University Donors; Passed.
    • AS3243: CSU Acknowledgement of Assistant Vice Chancellor CSU Advocacy and State Relations Karen Y. Zamarripa; Passed unanimously.
    • Announced that ASCSU Faculty to Faculty Newsletter is available to all faculty in the CSU online; Third issue is available on Friday.
  • Report from Associated Students, Inc. VP of External Affairs Naeemah Charles regarding the proposed Student Transit Fee: History and current status of the proposed student transit fee was followed by plenary discussion.
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding the proposal for a pre-health certificate in a first reading; referred back to committee for consultation.
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of the AB-798 College Textbook Affordability Act of 2015 in a first reading; Moved to second reading and passed unanimously.
  • Standing Committee Reports
    • Academic Policies Committee: Senator Hammer: Reinstituting Athletic Advisory Board; Probation policy
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Senator Rosegard: PreHeath proposal; ongoing curriculum reviews.
    • Faculty Affairs Committee: Senator Trogu: Possible revision of Retention, Tenure and Probation policy (RTP); Suggestions are invited. Leaves with pay policy might be reviewed.
    • Strategic Initiatives Committee:
      • Senator Azadpur: Equity survey being completed.
      • Review of Senate policies; Possible resolution regarding California Faculty Association and the call for a strike.
    • Student Affairs Committee:
      • Senator Schwartz: sun-setting and redoing policy for credit for military service.
      • Revising policy on emergency loan program.
      • Support with student success and graduation.

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. The deadline to submit nominations is March 14 at 5 p.m.

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 six 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 senate.sfsu.edu.

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Resiliencies: Poetics of Filipino Diaspora: through Feb. 14 in The Art Gallery at Cesar Chavez Student Center

Art Faculty Exhibition: Feb. 23-March 17 in the Fine Arts Gallery


Saturday, Feb. 13

Theatre: "Swimming in the Shallows": 7 p.m. in The Lab (CA 104)

Sunday, Feb. 14

Theatre: "Swimming in the Shallows": 2 p.m. in The Lab (CA 104)

Monday, Feb. 15

SF State Observatory Open Night: 6:30 p.m. in TH 1004 (weather permitting)

Tuesday, Feb. 16

Science & Technology Studies (STS) HUB: February Meet-up: 3:30 p.m. in HSS 361

Lecture: Jina Kim: 4:30 p.m. in LIB 222

SF State Observatory Open Night: 6:30 p.m. in TH 1004 (weather permitting)

Wednesday, Feb. 17

Women's basketball hosting UC Santa Cruz: 5:30 p.m. in The Swamp

SF State Observatory Open Night: 6:30 p.m. in TH 1004 (weather permitting)

Lecture: "Tutelage and Treason: Greek Experiences of the Debt Crisis": 7:30 p.m. in HUM 587

Thursday, Feb. 18

Poetry: Annie Finch: A Solo Reading and Conversation: 4:30 p.m. in The Poetry Center, Humanities

Film: Kelly Sears: Experimental Animation: 8 p.m. in Coppola Theatre, Creative Arts

Friday, Feb. 19

Softball hosting Cal State San Bernardino (doubleheader): Noon at Softball Field

Master class: Amphion Quartet with Bridget Kibbey, harp: 2:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Chinese New Year Celebration: 4 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Amphion Quartet with special guest Bridget Kibbey, harp: 8 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Dean of the College of Business Linda Oubré received the Bert King Alumni Service Award from the Harvard Business School at the annual African-American Alumni and Student Conference on Feb. 6. The award recognizes Oubré's longtime personal commitment to education and her efforts to build a pipeline of diverse future leaders for industry.

Sexuality Studies

Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies Darius Bost has been appointed assistant director of the Center for Research and Education in Gender and Sexuality (CREGS), effective Jan. 1. In this role, Bost will take the lead in developing events in collaboration with other departments and organizations on campus and helping CREGS expand its presence on campus to include seminars and other scholarly programs that will draw upon interdisciplinary expertise in sexuality studies.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey co-authored "Seeing is believing: Biofeedback a tool to enhance motivation for cognitive therapy," which appeared in the Fall 2015 issue of Biofeedback magazine.

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Broadening the vision for lives

In a Feb. 4 New York Times article, Associate Professor of Africana Studies Shawn Ginwright noted the critical importance in cities like Oakland of developing profound, meaningful relationships with teachers in building students' skill sets as well as broadening their vision of their future potential. "What shows up in the classroom is often the disinvestment outside of it," Ginwright said. Profound, meaningful relationships with teachers "help students develop a sense of agency. Young people are not going to school just to accumulate skill sets but also to broaden the vision for their lives."

Don't hurt me

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper discussed the physiologic effects of posture for a Feb. 5 Bloomberg Business article. "If you take on a collapsed position, it really shifts the physiology. Testosterone goes down, cortisol goes up, you'll have more access to helpless and hopeless thoughts, and your brain has to do more work to bring up positive ones," Peper explained. "This position in mammals says, 'Don't hurt me,' but we have taken it on for hours a day because of our furniture design. As a result, our bodies evoke these qualities, and we don't even recognize it. We just feel like we've lost our drive or initiative after sitting all day."

End of impunity?

Latina/Latino Studies Lecturer Felix Kury was interviewed for a Feb. 7 Los Angeles Times article about the recent arrest of four of the men linked to the 1989 execution of six Jesuit priests, a housekeeper and her teenage daughter in San Salvador. "This case will be the test about whether impunity will finally come to an end in El Salvador," Kury said. "We're talking about men of peace, men who defended the poor and didn't carry weapons. It was a message that if you think and question, we are going to destroy you."

Need to understand root causes

A Feb. 9 ABC 7 News report featured Romberg Tiburon Center Senior Research Scientist and Research Professor of Biology William Cochlan commenting on a possible federal fisheries disaster declaration and the need for more research dollars to study the high levels of toxic acid affecting Dungeness crabs. "I would say that if we don't want this to happen in the future, we have to understand the root causes," Cochlan said.

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

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