February 19, 2016


Ellen Rayz and Nish Malik promoted in ITS

On Feb. 10 Associate Vice President and CTO of Information Technology Services Robert Moulton announced the promotion of Ellen Rayz and Nish Malik within Information Technology Services (ITS).

Ellen Rayz was appointed executive director for network and telecommunication services in ITS. In her new role, Rayz will help the University's new development and growth in areas of network and telecommunication services. Rayz has more than 25 years of information technology (IT) experience in the public and private sectors, including roles at City College of San Francisco, UC San Francisco and Oracle. At SF State she has led a number of critical infrastructure projects across campus, such as WiFi augmentation, next generation firewall, common network infrastructure and the virtual private network upgrade.

Nish Malik was named assistant associate vice president for Information Technology Services. During his three years at SF State, Malik has helped advance the completion of several important projects, including the transformation of ITS. He is also responsible for co-chairing the Campus Technology Committee and operations of the Campus Solutions Executive Committee. Malik has 16 years of IT experience in the private and public sectors, including work at American Express, General Electric, Continental and State Fund. He received his MBA and an M.S. in computer information systems from the University of San Francisco.

Handy safety resources from town hall meeting

The first of three town hall meetings with President Wong drew dozens of members of the University community to the Seven Hills Conference Center on Feb. 11.

President Wong, along with Luoluo Hong, vice president for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management, and Reginald Parson, interim chief of University Police, provided updates and responded to questions. Topics ranged from the addition of uniformed community service specialists to patrol student residence areas to the importance of committing to the concept of "see something, say something" as members of an open, urban campus.

University safety resources are available online at the Title IX and University Police Department websites. For active shooter response training, log on to Skillsport via the SF State Gateway and search for "active shooter."

Future town hall meetings with President Wong are scheduled for March 28 and April 21 at 1 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. No RSVP is required. Snacks and refreshments will be served.

Feedback and questions about this town hall may be addressed to president@sfsu.edu.

Commuter Check benefit for employees and events March 3 and 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.

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

Last chance to enroll in EU this semester

Employees have one last chance to enroll in the Employee University (EU) class "Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers, Level 1." The class will meet on Fridays for 12 weeks from 7 to 8 a.m. Sessions will be held Feb. 19 and 26; March 4, 11, 18 and 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; and May 6.

This course is designed to provide English language instruction with an emphasis on conversational practice in personal and cultural contexts to improve spoken English, listening, reading and writing skills. Participants will work with classmates in whole-class and small-group activities, complete assigned homework, explore website links and continue English practice outside of class. Participants will learn new vocabulary words and use what is learned weekly.

Know someone who might be interested in enrolling? Share this message or have them call the Employee University office at ext. 5-3540 to enroll in EU classes.

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Leadership program open house, Feb. 20

The Educational Leadership Doctoral Program invites the campus community to an open house on Saturday, Feb. 20, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in BH 352. Participants will meet current students and faculty and learn about the leadership program at SF State. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP to edd@sfsu.edu.

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.

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.

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. Two of the talks remain:

  • 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.

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.

Graduate College of Education Dean's Speaker Series

Kristina Rizga, education reporter for Mother Jones and author of "Mission High: One School, How Experts Tried to Fail It, and the Students and Teachers Who Made It Triumph," will speak with SF State alumni and award-winning veteran teachers Pirette McKamey ('89) and Robert Roth ('86, '97) about the transformation of Mission High School, part of the San Francisco Unified School District. The free event will be held Thursday, Feb. 25, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Seven Hills Conference Center.

Peer health educator internship opportunity deadline near

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.

WAC/WID Roundtables for faculty teaching writing-intensive courses

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and WAC/WID (Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing In the Disciplines)  faculty invite instructional staff to the first in a series of brown bag roundtable sessions focusing on strategies and practices to improve student writing. The roundtables will be held on the last Monday of each month. All faculty are welcome and those teaching Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) or other writing-intensive courses may especially benefit.

The first program, "Research as a Recursive Tool for Writing," will be held Monday, Feb. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 222.

Contact WAC/WID Director Juliana Van Olphen or WAC/WID Associate Director Peter Ingmire for further information.

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.

Power to the Pedal

SF State's Power to the Pedal bike outreach team will host "Wheelie Wednesdays" at The Depot in the Student Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on March 2 and 16. The events, which began Feb. 17, will feature bike-themed films, prize giveaways and a chance for SF State's bicycle riders to meet each other. Power to the Pedal also offers free bicycle repair at the Campus Farmers Market every Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Power to the Pedal is a collaboration between the Office of Sustainability and Associated Students. For more information, visit sustain.sfsu.edu/events.

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.

Sample Size and Power Calculations in R presentation

On Monday, March 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286, Professor of Biology Ed Connor will present "Sample Size and Power Calculations in R: Internal Functions and Simulation Approaches." He will discuss the importance in study design of sample size and statistical power estimates required to detect specified effect sizes, as well as the importance of such estimates in convincing grant reviewers that a study is feasible. He will also outline how to make such calculations for the simplest of experiments using both internal R functions and computer simulations in the R language. Lunch will be served.

Interested? RSVP to jpaez@sfsu.edu to attend the full event. All are welcome to come, early or late, but drop-ins are encouraged to RSVP to Julie Paez at ext. 5-3995. For more information, contact Richard Harvey  at ext. 8-3478 or Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997.

This presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers Research Cluster (Stat CORR). Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills. It aims to connect faculty and staff with specialized methodological knowledge with those seeking assistance designing new research projects, completing data analysis or developing, submitting and revising extramural grants.

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.

Gators feast at Foreign Cinema, March 29

SF State alumni are invited to join the Alumni Association and alum Chef Gayle Pirie ('81) at her Mediterranean inspired restaurant Foreign Cinema for the next stop on a Gator culinary tour. Pirie's dinner menu changes daily to use the fresh ingredients she finds at the market each day, which has made Foreign Cinema one of San Francisco's hottest culinary destinations.

Guests will meet in the private West Gallery dining room of Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission Street, San Francisco) on Tuesday, March 29, at 5:45 p.m. for the wine reception, followed by dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dinner and Flora Spring wines will be served. Cost is $90 per person.

The event is limited to one guest per alum, and Alumni Association members receive priority registration. The event will sell out quickly. Sign up for the Foreign Cinema dinner. Questions? Email Ken Maeshiro at kmaeshir@sfsu.edu.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp

The Department of Kinesiology will again host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will take place on campus June 13 to July 22, Monday through Friday. The department will also run the Gator Start morning program to provide a full-day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) option. For more information or to register, visit kin.sfsu.edu/gatorcamp or call the Kinesiology Department at ext. 8-2244.

Become a Safe Zone ally

The SF State Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for our campus LGBTQ community. The mission of the Safe Zone program is to foster a safe campus environment through building a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone allies are active and visible volunteers who are open to talking to members of the LGBTQ community in a safe and supportive environment. To become a Safe Zone ally, interested volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that are offered throughout the year. The next training will be on Friday, April 22, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library. A light lunch is provided.  Please contact Rick Nizzardini at rnizzard@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-7791 for further details about the training and check out our Safe Zone program online at www.sfsu.edu/~pride/safezone.html.

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The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m. The agenda will include:

  • Chair's report

  • Report from Trevor Getz, faculty athletic representative (2:15 p.m.)

  • Presentation: Project Rebound (2:30 p.m.)

  • Report from Sheila Tully, CFA chapter president (2:50 p.m.)

  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: regarding a proposed resolution on Commitment to Teaching at San Francisco State University, first reading

  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposal for a Pre-Health Certificate, first reading

  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed change to the B.A. and minor in the Department of Comparative and World Literature from "Comparative Literature" to "World and Comparative Literature" (consent item)

  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding a proposed revision of charge for the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development, first reading

  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed policy on Academic Credit for Military Service and Training, first reading

  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a  motion to rescind S78-031, Credit for Military Service and Training Policy (consent item)

  • Standing Committee Reports:

    • Academic Policies Committee

    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee

    • Faculty Affairs Committee

    • Student Affairs Committee

    • Strategic Issues Committee


Nomination applications for distinguished faculty awards due March 14

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.

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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Campus Recreation

Three professional staff from the Department of Campus Recreation presented at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association (NIRSA) NorCal Workshop, a one-day educational and professional development conference for collegiate recreation, held at CSU East Bay Feb. 5. Director of Campus Recreation Pam Su presented "Demystifying the NIRSA Board Experience," Assistant Director of Campus Recreation Ryan Fetzer presented "Campus Recreation and the Complete Student Employee Experience" and Coordinator for Aquatics and Safety Training Programs Ben Forchini presented "Team Building — Development of a Department."

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey co-authored "Did you ask about abdominal surgery or injury? A learned disuse risk factor for breathing dysfunction," which was published in the Winter 2015 issue of Biofeedback magazine.

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Breaking the dam

The Atlantic interviewed Kenneth Paap, professor of psychology, for an article about the supposed impact of bilingualism on cognitive executive function. Research conducted by Paap has called into question old assertions that bilingualism promotes advantages beyond language skills. Paap spent years trying to replicate the results of studies that concluded that bilingualism increases one's ability to focus and ignore distractions. But according to Paap, any advantages "either do not exist or are restricted to very specific and undetermined circumstances." Once he began publishing his findings, "that broke the dam," and other researchers came forward with similar articles.

View of the past

A Feb. 13 Smithsonian.com article about the fight to save amphibians included comments from Associate Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg, one of several biologists who spoke at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science last week about their work to save amphibian species. "Museums are giving us a view of the past that may help us interpret the status of present-day populations," Vredenburg said.

Cleaning up

Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies Biology Lecturer Richard Dugdale commented on the impacts of human waste on the environment for a Feb. 16 Capital Public Radio report about upgrades being made to a sewage treatment plant in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. "You put 15 tons of ammonium nitrogen [a major component of human waste not currently being removed] into the river at this one spot, it's hard to imagine that that isn't a big disruption for this ecosystem," Dugdale said. His research shows that ammonia is disruptive to the food chain in that river basin.

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

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Emerita Biology Lecturer Ann Auleb recently passed away at her home surrounded by family. She was 84. Originally a nurse, she joined SF State in 1984. For the next 22 years she dedicated herself to teaching students and working on issues of human sexuality, HIV/AIDS and replacing stigmas with knowledge and information. She taught human sexuality course BIO 330 for many years and was highly rated by her students.

In an effort to stem the tide of the AIDS epidemic, she turned to humor in 1988 with a "Latexhibition" in biology classes to raise awareness of safe sex and make people more comfortable about condoms by having students obtain, open and touch latex barriers to build creative displays. The popular event created a place for students to get accurate information about HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections. She authored three textbooks for biology coursework, including a lecture guide and workbook for the human sexuality class BIO 330. In addition to being a stalwart advocate of the sexuality studies programs, she was also a significant voice in the support of reproductive health, women's biological development and the evolution of biological sexuality. She was an active mentor for many students and served as a hands-on faculty advisor for Associated Student's Educational and Referral Organization for Sexuality. Auleb led a team of students and faculty colleagues to three International AIDS conferences, where they presented on SF State's efforts to confront HIV/AIDS. Auleb had a positive impact on generations and was respected and loved by many members of the University community.

Auleb left the University in 2006 but remained involved and active. She is survived by her husband, Professor Emeritus Leigh Auleb; her children, grandchildren and three-month-old great granddaughter, Eloise Ann; and many dedicated students and colleagues. Auleb will always be fondly remembered

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