February 13, 2017


Student Resource Center opens

The Graduate College of Education will hold a grand opening for its Student Resource Center on Monday, Feb. 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in Burk Hall, room 311. Please stop by to enjoy refreshments and meet staff and students.

"Internet Sale Safety Zones" established on campus 

As part of the Division of Campus Safety's (DCS) Community Liaison and Crime Prevention Programs, DCS has designated spots in front of the current SF State University Police station as "internet purchase exchange locations" that will allow students, staff and faculty to safely conduct and complete internet sale transactions in familiar surroundings. The spaces provided will be monitored by a video surveillance camera 24 hours a day, and police personnel are nearby to help ensure everyone's safety.

For more information regarding the University Police's Crime Prevention and Community Liaison Programs, please visit upd.sfsu.edu.

Workshop for New Leader Scholarship applicants

Students wishing to apply for a New Leader Scholarship should be encouraged to attend an application workshop on Wednesday, Feb. 22, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in EP 116. The New Leader Scholarship provides several scholarships up to $8,000 per year with potential for renewal. It is designed to provide aid to students who come from financially and educationally disadvantaged backgrounds and demonstrate leadership capacities. Preference and priority are given to recent immigrants and students of color. Students should have a 3.5 GPA and be planning to pursue advanced education in the social sciences, human services, health-related fields or public service and be able to demonstrate a commitment to serving others.

Applications are available online at www.newleaderscholarship.org. For more information, call (415) 451­-4002 or send an e­mail to jchoi@10000degrees.org or pklasky@sfsu.edu.

Planetarium begins free shows

SF State's Charles Hagar Planetarium (located in room 422 of Thornton Hall) will be offering free public shows on the first and third Friday of every month throughout the Spring 2017 semester. Shows will last approximately 45 minutes. Bring a friend and find out about the night sky, some of the objects we can see there, how they move and what we can learn from them. Doors open at noon, and shows start promptly at 12:10 p.m. No late admission. For further information, please contact Jim Gibson at jimg@sfsu.edu.

Open Educational Resources (OER) workshops

An upcoming Open Educational Resources (OER) workshop will help faculty members find, evaluate and adapt high-quality open educational materials in their courses. The workshop will explore the what, why and how of OER, including open textbooks, freely available online resources, library resources available to registered students, custom-published materials that include some royalty-free content and faculty-created content. Participants will also learn about successful adoptions of OER on campus.

Faculty professional development stipends ($250) for participation are available to all faculty attendees (including lecturers). Faculty Early Retirement participants may receive professional development funds payable to their department to reimburse them for professional development expenses but are not able to be paid directly with an honorarium.

The workshop will be held Wednesday, March 8, from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 242 and the faculty commons. Lunch will be provided. After lunch, librarians and instructional designers will be available for one-on-one consultations. Register online.

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Panetta Congressional Internship Program accepting applications

Each fall semester, the Panetta Institute for Public Policy, located in Monterey, provides select CSU students with an intensive two-week training course on the workings of the U.S. Congress then sends them to Washington, D.C., for 13 weeks to serve a California member in the House of Representatives. In Washington, interns will attend special seminars with government leaders, journalists and policy experts. One student from each of the 23 CSU campuses will be nominated by its president. Students majoring in any subject are eligible to apply.

The internship covers all expenses, including air travel as well as food and lodging while in Monterey and Washington. Each intern also will receive a stipend to help cover other expenses. Interns may earn up to 20 credits through CSU Monterey for the semester.

To be eligible, students must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen and a California resident
  • Be an upper-division undergraduate (a junior or senior during the fall 2017 semester, with a maximum of 120 units)
  • Have superior academic achievement (3.3 GPA or higher)
  • Demonstrate commitment to community and public service and leadership
  • Have excellent English oral and written skills
  • Be willing to live in assigned group housing during the entire 13-week program
  • Never have been disciplined under the California Code of Regulations, Title 5, Article 2, Sec. 41301
  • Undergo a background check

This year's deadline for applying is Wednesday, Feb. 15. Application information is available online at icce.sfsu.edu/content/panetta-congressional-internship.

Discontinuance proposals announced

In accordance with Academic Senate Policy S12-177, the Educational Policies Committee is required to inform the campus community of the following discontinuance proposal two weeks before Senate action. Discontinuance has been proposed for the B.A. in child and adolescent development: concentration in policy, advocacy and systems. Any party interested in filing a response should send an email to senate@sfsu.edu.

Talk to explore decision making

Assistant Professor Gaurav R. Suri, an experimental psychologist and computational modeler who studies the brain mechanisms that shape motivated actions and decisions, will give a talk on the UC Berkeley campus on Wednesday, March 1. Titled "A Connectionist Approach to Value-Based Decision Making," the talk will be held at noon in room 5101 of Tolman Hall.

Academic Technology opportunity

Academic Technology currently has one more professional development event scheduled this spring.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Workshop, Thursday, Feb. 23, 2-4 p.m., LIB242

Learn how to use the QOLT instrument to improve your course, establish connections with the QOLT faculty ambassadors and instructional designers, and begin the journey toward full QOLT certification.

Questions? Visit the Academic Technology website for event details. Email workshop@sfsu.edu for accommodations.

Women and Gender Studies talk

The Department of Women and Gender Studies will be hosting a talk by Judy Rohrer, an assistant professor in the Department of Diversity & Community Studies at Western Kentucky University. The author of the books "Queering the Biopolitics of Citizenship in the Age of Obama" and "Staking Claim: Race and Indigeneity in Hawai'i," Rohrer will speak on the topic "Scouting for Normalcy: Merit Badges, Cookies & American Futurity." The talk will be held Monday, Feb. 13, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in the faculty commons (LIB 286).

The Department of Women and Gender Studies welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. For more information, please contact the department at wgsdept@sfsu.edu as soon as possible.

"Epoch" to spotlight choreography

SF State's University Dance Theatre is proud to present "Epoch," a dance work exploring the passing of time, by choreographer and instructor Tanya Chianese. Coupled with Chianese's piece will be several new offerings by SF State faculty choreographers Wendy Diamond, Cathleen McCarthy and Ray Tadio, and a special addition to the program is the work of student choreographers Kassidy Friend, Bridgette Lott and Andrea Ware.

Performances will be held in the Creative Arts building's McKenna Theatre March 2 through 4 at 8 p.m., with a matinee performance on Sunday, March 5, at 2 p.m. After the March 5 performance there will be a talk-back session with the show's choreographers and dancers. For more information, go here.

Taste of the Bay on the way

Tickets are now available for this year's Taste of the Bay fundraiser. The annual event, which gives participants a chance to sample food and beverages from some of the Bay Area's top chefs, bakers, brewers and vintners, will be held Thursday, March 16, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at City View at METREON. Proceeds from the event benefit SF State's Hospitality and Tourism Management Program and its students.

For a limited time, SF State faculty and staff can take advantage of a special two-for-one promotional deal: Buy one $85 entry ticket and the second is free with the promo code "sharethelove." Go to cob.sfsu.edu/tasteofthebay to place an order. The deal ends Tuesday, Feb. 28.

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Following are the action items from the Feb. 7 Academic Senate meeting:


  • Robin Bates reported that Benefits and Retirement Services wants to reach out to faculty to give information about faculty benefits. They especially want to reach out to adjunct faculty, many of whom are eligible for benefits packages, and are soliciting ideas about how to connect with adjunct faculty.  The first Tuesday of each month from 9 to 11 a.m. in LIB 121 the office hosts a Tea with Benefits meeting, which is open to staff and faculty.
  • Senator Yee-Melichar reported that from April 3-7, the gerontology department will be celebrating its 30th anniversary. An anniversary dinner is planned for April 5. There will be a Careers in Aging Jobs Fair for students on April 7. An educational seminar on LGBTQ older adults will also be held on April 7.  Please contact Senator Yee-Melichar for further information.
  • Senator Williams reported that, starting Feb. 27, on every Monday ASI will be partnering with the SF-Marin Food Bank to provide a pop-up food pantry in the Annex. Students can sign up at  tinyurl.com/PopUpFoodPantry to pick up fresh food. The Cal Fresh program will continue to be sponsored. To determine eligibility for this program, go to wellness.sfsu.edu/CalFresh.

Chair's Report:

  • Anita Silvers received the Wang Family Excellence Award this year.
  • SF State has just established a resource center for undocumented students, tentatively called the Dream Center.
  • Interim Provost Summit has announced that the Teaching and Learning Commons (TLC) has received permanent funding.
  • Vice Chair Hackenberg was commended on the success of the January faculty retreat.
  • The faculty retreat formed the basis for action by the Senate on facilitating constructive and respectful dialog on our campus. The Senate and the TLC will sponsor a series of events and workshops aimed at facilitating constructive dialog. Thanks to Senator Sabee and Senator Albiniak for their work in organizing this effort.

Report from Interim Provost Summit:

  • Interim Provost Summit gave a presentation on a proposed reorganization of Faculty Affairs.

Report from President Wong:

  • President Wong gave a presentation. Topics included maximizing effectiveness of units within SF State, improving and modernizing the technical infrastructure of the campus, athletics, an update on construction projects, a possible partnership with the Public Utilities Commission, challenges from Sacramento regarding budget and the May revise, a commendation for ASI students who presented at the Board of Trustees meeting and a commendation for the SF State vice presidents on how they are addressing enrollment at the University.

Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Resolution Commending Vice President Cortez for his Service to SF State — Consent Item:

  • Senator Mooney moved the item and read the commendation for Vice President Cortez.

ASCSU Report:

  • Senator Yee-Melichar gave a report from the Academic Senate CSU meetings. The report is posted on the Senate website.

Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Resolution in Support of Freedom of Speech — First Reading:

  • Secretary Lewis moved the item and spoke to the item for Senator Collins, who authored the resolution but was unable to be present.
  • Senator Mooney moved to second reading. Approved.
  • The resolution was approved with no dissent.

Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Resolution in Support of Promoting Open Dialogue and Strengthening Community — First Reading:

  • Senator Sabee moved item and spoke to the item.
  • Senator Mooney moved to second reading. Approved.
  • The resolution was approved with no dissent.

Standing Committee Reports:

  • Academic Policies Committee: Senator Gerber reported on work on the standard time block and probation policies.
  • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Senator Rosegard reported on work on discontinuance and developing an internship policy.
  • Faculty Affairs Committee: Senator Sabee reported on work on resolutions in support of graduate wages and the TLC.
  • Strategic Issues Committee: Senator Mooney reported on finishing an outline for the budget report.
  • Student Affairs Committee: Senator Schwartz reported that requirements and expectations of student members has been completed. The senator also reported on meetings on how to assist with the Dream Resource Center. Priorities are being set for additional work on minimum wage, experiential learning, inclusion program, use of preferred pronouns and Project Rebound.

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.

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Health Education

Women's rights activist Roma Guy, who taught in the Department of Health Education from the early 1990s until 2007, will be portrayed by Mary Louise Parker in the upcoming miniseries "When We Rise." The ABC miniseries also stars Guy Pearce as LGBT and AIDS activist Cleve Jones, an SF State alumnus. It will air over the course of multiple evenings beginning Feb. 27.

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Past vs. Present

SF State Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye and Professor of Cinema Celine Shimizu both commented on the diversity of this year's Oscar nominees in a Post News Group article. "There's a challenge now around entertainment and what people want to be entertained by," said Dunye. "There's a lot of safety and retreat. It will be very interesting to see what wins this year; is it the past or the present?" Shimizu, meanwhile, pointed out that despite signs of progress Hollywood has a long way to go. "Look beyond the award numbers to all the movies that receive theatrical distribution," Shimizu said. "How many are set among the lives of non-white people of color? Negligibly few."

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

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