February 26, 2016


Update regarding the College of Ethnic Studies

At a meeting with students Thursday morning regarding the College of Ethnic Studies, President Les Wong offered the following statements:

  • President Wong affirmed his commitment to the long-term existence of the College of Ethnic Studies
  • The University will cover the College of Ethnic Studies budget gap for 2016-17, in order for the College's faculty, staff and students to have more time to plan for future years
  • There will be no reduction of courses or staff in the College of Ethnic Studies
  • To increase budget transparency, each academic college will be asked to form a Budget Advisory Committee made up of students, faculty and staff

President Wong's Feb. 23, 2016 message to the community regarding the College can be read online at news.sfsu.edu/announcements/message-president-wong-college-budgets.

The Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grants for 2016‑17

The Professional Development Council (PDC) is charged with overseeing the application and selection process for the Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grants award program, which is funded by the CSU Chancellor's Office.

This grant program is developmental in nature, with a focus on both supporting early scholars in work that will significantly benefit their scholarship and creative work and assisting established scholars as they leverage nascent projects in ways that make a difference to their careers at SF State.

Grant opportunity

The maximum for the grants is $8,000 per grant proposal for individual projects and $12,000 for collaborative projects. (Collaborators must be SF State tenured or tenure-track faculty members.) Funds are available for the 2016-17 academic year, including summer 2017.


Tenured and tenure-track faculty are eligible to apply. Early to mid-career faculty are especially encouraged to submit applications. Faculty on sabbatical leave during the application or award period may apply.

Faculty who are participating in the early retirement program (FERP) are not eligible for this grant program. Faculty who received a DRC award for 2016 and current PDC members are not eligible for the 2016-17 grant cycle.

Download the DRC Announcement and Application. The application deadline is Monday, March 28.

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

Wireless access goes global Feb. 29

Information Technology Services (ITS) has announced that eduroam wireless access will be available at SF State beginning Feb. 29 in addition to the existing campus wireless access. A secure, worldwide roaming access service, eduroam was developed for the international research and education community. It has gained momentum throughout the research and education communities and is now available in 76 territories that encompass North America, most of Europe, Russia, most of Asia and parts of Africa. It allows students, researchers and staff from participating institutions to obtain Internet connectivity across campus when visiting other participating institutions by simply opening their laptop. To log in to eduroam, users enter their SF State email address and password. To learn more, visit the eduroam website or contact the ITS Service Desk at service@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-1420.

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.

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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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.

WAC/WID Roundtables for faculty teaching writing-intensive courses, Feb. 29

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.

Power to the Pedal, March 2

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.

Participatory approaches to poverty research in Germany, March 2

A panel presentation on the use of participatory approaches in poverty research in Germany will be held Wednesday, March 2, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in LIB 244.

At the event, Professor and Dean of Social Work at Hochschule Fulda University Martina Ritter will speak about her study, "Self-Organization between Service and Participation," which presents the results of a participatory study of self-organized service associations and the elderly population they serve in Germany. Also, Professor and Vice Dean of Social Work at  Hochschule Fulda Monika Alisch will present results of her study, "An Anti-Poverty Campaign in Germany: Evaluation of Community Work as a Learning Process," an evaluative research study of an anti-poverty program with young migrants, homeless people, elderly women, low-income people and other vulnerable social groups.

Vanpool events, March 3 and 4

Parking and Transportation will introduce a new vanpool program that can be used with Commuter Check beginning March 1.​ 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.

Commuter Check is a benefit available to all SF State employees that allows 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 onto a Commuter Check prepaid MasterCard that can be used to purchase transit passes.

To sign up, create an account at www.commutercheckdirect.com (use company ID 1095 for SF State) and place the order, and transit passes will be automatically loaded onto your Clipper Card each month.

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 8 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, 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, March 7

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.

International Women's Day Research Colloquium: Migrant Women and the Process of Constructing Space, March 8

Dean and Professor of Social Work at Hochschule Fulda University Martina Ritter will present the research she conducted in a part of Fulda, Germany, where migrants from several nations are living, some of whom are concentrated in special districts. She will outline her findings based on narrative interviews with inhabitants of the district "Ziehers-Nord," including women of migrant backgrounds from Russia or the former Soviet Union holding German passports, and German nationals who have been long-term residents of Ziehers-Nord. This study conceptualizes integration as constructing and reconstructing social space in a given society.

Women have traditionally been responsible for organizing privacy and family life. Those with children often stay at home, work part time, or — in the case of migrant women — organize family life in new and stressful situations. Individuals undertake integration by constructing social space. This study explored the questions: What do the respondents do to organize the individual and family life in the district? What steps do they take to make themselves feel at home? Which areas do they use or construct for their private and family life? A comparison of responses from migrant women and non-migrant Germans helps identify barriers to integration while shedding light on the strategies that migrant women use to overcome feelings of alienation.

The presentation will be on Tuesday, March 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in LIB 244.

Report from the front lines of the Paris Climate Talks, March 8

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, NPS to sign MOU for GGNRA, March 9

Representatives from SF State, the National Park Service (NPS), Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to formalize a campuswide academic internship program, which has been in effect for several years. The first cohort went through the program in the spring of 2012. Since that time, 112 students from across colleges and departments have taken part in the program.

The campus community is invited to attend the signing of the MOU on Wednesday, March 9, 2-3 p.m. in LIB 121. Questions? Contact Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Nina Roberts at nroberts@sfsu.edu.

International global health leader Jaime Sepúlveda to speak March 10

The Biology Department will host a talk by UCSF Executive Director of Global Health Sciences Jaime Sepúlveda, M.D., MPH, M.Sc., Dr.Sc., on Thursday, March 10, in SCI 210 at 4 p.m. Dr. Sepúlveda will describe the collaborative research he performed in Mexico, which led to specific policy recommendations, in his talk "Mexico's Feasible Path Towards Sustainable Development Goal #3: 40% Reduction of Premature Mortality by 2030.

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Following are the action items from the Feb. 23 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Feb. 9 meeting minutes were approved as submitted.
  • Agenda for Feb. 23 were revised (items 3 and 4 reversed) and approved.
  • Chair's report on attendance at CSU Academic Senate meeting in Long Beach:
    • Focus across system on four-year graduation rate is of concern.
    • Legislation proposed by Senator Glasser about fee waiver for students who graduate in four years is of concern.
    • Received updates from CFA president regarding possible strike.
  • Report from Trevor Getz, faculty athletic representative, on student athletes (PowerPoint report will be put on ILearn).
  • Presentation by Director of Project Rebound Jason Bell (lecturer in Criminal Justice and Counseling):
    • o   The project is a response to the gap in equity and education that has widened over time.
    • o   Showed a 15-minute film illustrating Project Rebound and informed the Senate that an expansion to seven CSU campuses is in progress.
    • o   The Ford Foundation has supported the expansion.
    • o   Senate discussion in support of the program and the expansion to other campuses.
  • Report from Sheila Tully, CFA chapter president:
    • o   Report on status of the strike.
    • o   Expect fact finder's report in March followed by a 10-day blackout period to try for resolution.
    • o   A series of events are planned to try to avoid a strike. The CFA will report on developments as they occur.
    • o   Q&A between senators and Tully about the strike, process and consequences.
  • Approved a proposed resolution on commitment to teaching at SF State that was recommended by the Executive Committee.
  • Approved a proposed Pre-Health Certificate as recommended by the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee.
  • Approved by consent a change to the B.A. and minor in the Department of Comparative and World Literature from "Comparative Literature" to "World and Comparative Literature" as recommended by the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee.
  • Amended and approved a policy on Academic Credit for Military Service and Training that was recommended by the Student Affairs Committee. Amendment revised line 8 to read "per CSU Chancellor’s Troops to college initiative, students will be given…"
  • Rescinded by consent S78-031 Credit for Military Service and Training Policy as recommended by the Student Affairs Committee.
  • Approved revisions to the Center for Teaching and Faculty Development Advisory Board's charge as recommended by the Faculty Affairs Committee.
  • Standing Committee Reports
    • Academic Policies Committee:
      • Working on new policy on Athletic Advisory board.
      • Committee on Written English Proficiency revisions.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee:
      • Ongoing review of proposals regarding paired courses and variable course policies.
    • Faculty Affairs Committee:
      • Work on possible revision on retention, tenure and promotion policy.
      • Possible task force formation.
    • Student Affairs Committee:
      • Revision of emergency loan policy.
      • Student success; career services.
      • Resolution regarding preferred names.
    • Strategic Issues Committee:
      • Stalemate with workplace equity survey.
      • Review of senate policies and assigning to committees for updating.

March 14 deadline for distinguished faculty awards nomination applications

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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Apparel Design Senior Collection Concepts: through March 2 in BH 334

Art Faculty Exhibition: through March 17 in the Fine Arts Gallery


Saturday, Feb. 27

Track/field hosting Johnny Mathis Invitational in Cox Stadium

Baseball hosting Cal Poly Pomona (doubleheader): 11 a.m. at Maloney Field

Sunday, Feb. 28

Baseball hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 11 a.m. at Maloney Field

Monday, Feb. 29

BUILD Dialogue: Environment and Health: 11:30 a.m. in LIB 286

Lecture/Reading: Writers on Writing: Jan Ellison: 7 p.m. in HUM 587

Tuesday, March 1

Women/men's basketball at or hosting CCAA first round: 5:30 p.m. (location TBA)

Film: Kutlug Ataman: "Journey to the Moon": 6 p.m. in Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Wednesday, March 2

Lecture: Gail Dawson, Paul Mullins, Chris Finley, Susan Belau: 12:10 p.m. in Fine Arts Gallery

Lecture: Participatory Approaches in Poverty Research in Germany: 2:30 p.m. in LIB 244

Lecture: How Access Really Happens: Disability, Technology, and Design Thinking: 4 p.m. in HUM 587

Panel discussion: Masculinities Studies across the Disciplines: 5 p.m. in LIB 121

Thursday, March 3

Poetry: Clarence Major and Patricia Spears Jones: 4:30 p.m. in The Poetry Center, Humanities

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

Theatre: "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov: 8 p.m. in Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Friday, March 4

Softball hosting Sonoma State (doubleheader): noon at Softball Field

Lecture: You Just Earned a Music Degree: Now What?: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Theatre: "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov: 8 p.m. in Little Theatre, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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The Philippine consulate in San Francisco celebrated the 29th anniversary of the "People Power Revolution" with an exhibit of photography by Pulitzer Prize-winning Assistant Professor of Journalism Kim Komenich. The exhibit, "Revolution Revisited," opened Feb. 25 and will run for one month. To commemorate the anniversary, Komenich created a documentary and a companion book both titled "Revolution Revisited."

Liberal Studies

Associate Professor of Humanities and Liberal Studies Tanya Augsburg's textbook "Becoming Interdisciplinary: An Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies" was published in a third edition by Kendall Hunt Publishing in January.

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Models predicting wet March

Professor of Meteorology John Monteverdi was interviewed about El Niño forecasts for a Feb. 22 KGO Radio report. "Although that's gone away or going away, I still think it had an influence in November and December. I'm hoping that that's the thing that will actually explain why we didn't get the kind of rain that we expected and why we may still in March. But I have to say, it's getting late," Monteverdi said of the so-called warm blob of water off of the coast of Alaska. "We need to get a decent amount of rain and snow and we have these climate models that have been saying a wet March — even when they were showing a dry February — so who knows, this may still end up being a wetter than normal winter."

Right place, right time

The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported on Feb. 22 that an off-duty SF State police officer helped save a group of five boogie boarders from being swept into the ocean by a rip current off Sunset State Beach. The officer used his boogie board to bring a few of the people to shore.

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

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