February 20, 2017


Campus "Time, Place and Manner" review

The University is committed to ensuring that the campus environment is safe and welcoming for the entire community. Toward that end, a brief presentation on SF State's "Time, Place and Manner" policy has been scheduled for Thursday, March 2, from 1 to 2 p.m. in LIB 280. The presentation will cover how the University balances the need for freedom of expression on campus with the desire to provide a safe environment for discussion and debate. It will also provide an overview of permitted and prohibited campus activities, distribution of circulars, posting of flyers, commercial solicitation and tabling.

Please RSVP by emailing Solinna Kim at solinnak@sfsu.edu.

Student Center to host Know Your Rights Fair 

An alliance of campus groups has organized a Know Your Rights Fair to be held Tuesday, Feb. 28, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center's Jack Adams Hall. An information and training event for vulnerable populations who feel targeted in the current political climate, the fair will feature speakers, information tables and workshops on self defense, legal resources and policing and immigrant rights. A full roster of events is available at cci.sfsu.edu/resist. Some workshops request that participants RSVP in advance. To RSVP or request more information, contact the event organizers at cci@sfsu.edu.

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Five-year administrative review begins for associate vice president

The five-year administrative review is underway for Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations Brian Beatty. The Administrative Review Committee (ARC) solicits input from members of the campus community. An electronic questionnaire will be available via email on March 1. Those who would like to participate in the review process, please send an email to Mona Sagapolutele at monas@sfsu.edu or call ext. 8-2571. The deadline to submit online questionnaires to the ARC is March 31.

In keeping with the procedures for academic administrative reviews approved by the Academic Senate, the committee will not accept any anonymous responses. The ARC will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law, and individual responses will not be shown to the administrator under review.

The Administrative Review Committee co-chairs are Andrea Taylor, instructional designer in Academic Technology, and John Elia, associate dean in the College of Health and Social Sciences.

Study Abroad deadline nears

As the March 1 deadline approaches for applying for Study Abroad opportunities for Fall 2017, the Office of International Programs wishes to thank all the faculty members who have written recommendations for their students and shown their support in countless ways. For more information on SF State's Study Abroad exchanges, send a message to studyabroad@sfsu.edu or go to oip.sfsu.edu/sfstateabroad.

Distinguished speaker to explore identity

The next guest to visit campus as part of the Department of Psychology's Distinguished Speaker Colloquium will be Michael J. Spivey, author of the book "The Continuity of Mind" and a professor in the UC Merced Department of Cognitive and Information Sciences. Spivey's topic will be "Who You Are: The Dynamics of Brain-Body-Environment." Cognitive neuroscience shows that your consciously willed actions are determined several seconds in advance by neural activation patterns in the prefrontal cortex. In other words, your brain knows what you’re going to do before you do. But what causes those neural activation patterns? Spivey, an expert on sentence processing and the interaction between language and vision, will offer his insights Wednesday, Feb. 22, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 121.

"Mashrabiya: The Art of Looking Back"

Using the architectural form mashrabiya as a visual trope, the Fine Arts Gallery's latest exhibition, "Mashrabiya: The Art of Looking Back," shows art that complicates Western paradigms of viewing and representing Middle Eastern and Islamic culture. Found throughout the Middle East, the mashrabiya is a projecting window that is screened with intricate latticed designs in wood. It is used to shield the domestic space from the public gaze while allowing people indoors to survey the street below unseen.

Curated by Santhi Kavuri-Bauer, Kathy Zarur, Sharon Bliss and Mark Johnson, the exhibition celebrates the establishment of the Center for Iranian Diaspora Studies at SF State, funded by alumna Neda Nobari.

"Mashrabiya: The Art of Looking Back" is on display through Thursday, March 16. Fine Arts Gallery hours are Wednesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

A series of lectures, workshops and panel discussions accompany the exhibition:

  • The Art of Looking Back I, "The Artist as Interlocutor," a conversation with Ala Ebtekar, Sanaz Mazinani, Santhi Kavuri-Bauer and Kathy Zarur: Feb. 23, 12:10 - 1 p.m., Fine Arts Gallery.
  • Visiting artist lecture by Taraneh Hemami: Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m., Fine Arts building, room 296.
  • Workshop with Taraneh Hemam: March 9, noon, Fine Arts Gallery.
  • The Art of Looking Back II, "New Approaches to Curating the Region," a conversation with Carel Bertram, Deena Chalabi, Santhi Kavuri-Bauer and Kathy Zarur: March 16, 12:10 - 1 p.m., Fine Arts Gallery.

For details, visit gallery.sfsu.edu/events/2017/02/18/875-mashrabiya-art-looking-back or call ext. 8-6535.

Talk on African American genealogy

Bay Area researcher and genealogist Karina Robinson, special assistant to State Librarian Greg Lucas, will give a free talk on campus on finding African American resources from both pre- and post-Civil War sources. Robinson will give her talk at SF State's Sutro Library, which serves as the San Francisco branch of the California State Library. It is located on the fifth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library. Robinson will give her talk Thursday, Feb. 23, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Writing Pedagogy Workshop for faculty, March 8

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the second session of its spring Writing Pedagogy Workshop series. On Wednesday, March 8, from noon to 1 p.m. in ADM 153L, Meg Gorzycki will present "Teaching Students Literature Review Skills." This session offers a hand-on exercise that can be integrated into lessons about writing research papers. Instructors will learn strategies to help students improve their literature reviews with critical reading and how to use formative assessments in the process. Lecturers will be paid for participating, and lunch will be served. Please contact Juliana van Olphen at jvo@sfsu.edu or Jennifer Swanson at jmpeters@sfsu.edu with any questions.

Become a Safe Zone ally

The SF State Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become safe zone allies for the campus LGBTQQIA community. The Safe Zone program's mission is to foster a safe campus environment by 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 LGBTQQIA community in a safe and supportive environment. To become a Safe Zone ally, volunteers must attend one of the training sessions offered throughout the year. The next training will be Friday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library. A light lunch will be provided. 

Contact Rick Nizzardini at rnizzard@sfsu.edu [rnizzard@sfsu.edu ] or ext. 8-7791 for further details about the training.

Coffee hour with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit, Feb. 24

Interested faculty are invited to meet with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit on Friday, Feb. 24, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in LIB 286 to discuss any topics of concern or commitment.

Come pull up a chair for a group discussion. No appointment necessary. Please send an email to monas@sfsu.edu if you will be coming. Coffee and bagels will be provided.

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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.
  • Provost's report
  • Visitor: Interim Vice President of Administration & Finance Ann Sherman
  • Report on enrollment census
  • Information item from the Student Affairs Committee: Senate Expectations for Student Representatives
  • Information item from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Discontinuance for the B.A. in Child and Adolescent Development: Concentration in Policy, Advocacy and Systems
  • Information item from the Education Policies Council: Discontinuance for the Master of Science in Computer Science: Concentration in Software Engineering, Concentration in Computing and Business, Concentration in Computing for Life
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Reapportionment for Academic Senate College Representatives, 1st Reading
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Strategic Issues Committee
    • Student Affairs Committee

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

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"Mashrabiya: The Art of Looking Back": through March 16 in the Fine Arts Gallery

“Inside/Outside: Working Our Way out of the Damaged Now" (Design as Dialectics): through March 30 in the Design Gallery, Fine Arts building


Monday, Feb. 20

Concert: Yoonie Han, piano: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Tuesday, Feb. 21

Concert: Kabul Dreams: 7 p.m. in the Student Life Events Center (Annex 1)

Wednesday, Feb. 22

Recital: Kevin Sy and Chad Thomas, piano: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Panel discussion: Asian American Genders and Sexualities: 5 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 121

Thursday, Feb. 23

Workshop: Networking & Branding for Gators: noon in Rosa Parks Rooms A-C, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Panel discussion: The Art of Looking Back I, "The Artist as Interlocutor": 12:10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery

Talk: "How to Find African American Genealogy Sources, Both Pre- and Post-Civil War": 1 p.m. in the Sutro Library (J. Paul Leonard Library, fifth floor)

Workshop: Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT): 2 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 242

Lecture: Taraneh Hemami: 5:30 p.m. in the Fine Arts building, room 296

Poetry: Hank Lazer and Andrew Maxwell: 7 p.m. in the Poetry Center, Humanities building

Friday, Feb. 24

Recital: Paul Psarras, classical guitar: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Film screenings and discussion: Shine Louise Houston: 7 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Department of English Language and Literature

Professor Michael Krasny penned an essay for Forward.com that counseled "sad Democrats" on using Jewish humor to "make America bearable again." "The sad but real fact is that, through the ages, Jews have proven to possess the rare ability to make humor out of just about anything as a means of survival," Krasny wrote. "A Jew is told the earth will soon be flooded and all living organisms will drown and die. He says he will begin to study how to live underwater.”

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He Who Must Not Be Named

An Atlantic article about the power of talking about President Donald Trump without speaking his name included a quote from Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature Jenny Lederer. "In his case, especially," said Lederer, whose research focuses on how people talk about controversial issues, "people feel like not repeating his name is [a way of] not speaking to the brand and value system that goes along with his political ideology.”


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

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K. Morgan Yamanaka

Former School of Social Work Professor Kunitake Morgan Yamanaka passed away Jan. 27 at the age of 92. According to his son, John, he "passed peacefully in his sleep" in Mill Valley.

Yamanaka was a full-time SF State social work professor for 44 years, from 1962 to 2006. He had the distinction of never missing a class throughout his career until just before his 2006 retirement from SF State. He valued his affiliation with SF State, where he enjoyed teaching, advising, coordinating the Baccalaureate Social Work Program, serving as director of the Institute for Multicultural Research and Social Work Practice and decorating an impressive and artistic office filled with Japanese American artwork and memorabilia. California social workers inducted him into the California Social Work Hall of Distinction in 2009. His contributions to his students, his school, SF State, the CSU and his community were continuous and consistent

Jackie White

Jacquelyn “Jackie” White worked in the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) for more than 13 years before retiring in January of 2016. Jackie passed away Jan. 30.

White was the pre-award manager in ORSP and oversaw all proposals submitted by SF State faculty for externally funded projects. She trained numerous staff members and students and worked closely with faculty to submit hundreds of proposals during her time at SF State. Prior to joining SF State, Jackie held positions in the Office of Sponsored Programs at San Diego State and California Pacific Medical Center's Research Institute.

White will be fondly remembered for her ability to bring people together and her dedication to mentoring staff as well as her wonderful sense of humor, exquisite fashion sense and love of hot sauce.

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