February 27, 2017


Special event to spotlight Jewish humor

Michael Krasny, longtime SF State English professor and host of KQED-FM's "Forum," will discuss his latest book at a free discussion on campus. The book -- "Let There Be Laughter: A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means" -- is both a humorous compendium of jokes and a window into Jewish culture. The event will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, March 2, in room 587 of the Humanities building.

Health Equity Institute director to retire

Dr. Cynthia A. Gómez, founding director of the Health Equity Institute (HEI) at SF State, has announced her plans to retire and begin a new life chapter. Under her leadership HEI raised more than $10 million in extramural funding, advancing the research profile at SF State and driving the emerging field of health equity research, practice and policy. In all aspects of her work, Gómez has championed the cause of health equity. She is widely recognized for her 30-year dedication to HIV prevention research and public policy, her contributions to public health practice and the many organizations she has served as a member of the board, partner in research or technical advisor.

The campus community is invited to celebrate her work and contributions to SF State at a reception to be held in room 121 of the J. Paul Leonard Library from 3 to 5 p.m. on Friday, March 3. Please RSVP by February 24. Faculty and staff members are encouraged to forward this invitation to colleagues who would like to celebrate with Gómez as she begins her new journey.

Comments Invited for proposed department in Communicative Disorders 

The Communicative Disorders Program in the Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders in the Graduate College of Education (GCOE) proposes to become a new department, resulting in two departments. The Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders was originally established in 1948 as the Department of Special Education and included five programs: Communicative Disorders, Blindness, Mental Retardation, Orthopedically Disabled, and Deafness. The professions of communicative disorders and special education have expanded and changed significantly since then.

Comments are invited. They can be submitted to Interim Graduate College of Education Dean Nancy Robinson at nancyr@sfsu.edu until March 10.

New Features for Faculty in SF State Mobile App 

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce the latest release of the SF State Mobile App. This release integrates Campus Solutions Faculty Center features, including My Schedule, Class Roster, Grade Roster and Permission Numbers.

The new IT Support and Safety section features the ability to report hazards on campus and find emergency phone numbers and other safety information as well as make a technology service request. Other new features include a link to iLearn and more Campus Solutions Student Center features as well as updated transit information and student organization events. 

ITS encourages faculty and staff to help improve the app by downloading and providing feedback through the feedback option. The app is available for both Android and iPhone and is free to download from the App Store or Google Play by searching "SF State Mobile."

SF State students attend Model EU 

For the first time ever, a team of SF State students attended the West Coast Model European Union (EU) held Feb. 10-11 at the University of Washington in Seattle. At the Model EU, college students from across the country simulated real negotiations over problems the EU's 28 member states are facing. This year participants negotiated key terms for Britain's exit from the EU (popularly known as "Brexit") and new rules for economic and monetary union. SF State students Charlotte Stallman, Katrina Reichardt and Eva Charidas from the Department of International Relations participated, assuming the roles of head of government and finance minister of the U.K. and finance minister of Italy, respectively. SF State was the only Bay Area school represented at the event.

Library seeks feedback on new abstract and citation database 

The Library is evaluating the best choice between Web of Science [http://library.sfsu.edu/web-science] and a lower-cost alternative, Scopus. It is offering the campus a 90-day trial of Scopus through April [https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/scopus]. If significant feedback favoring Web of Science is not received, the subscription to it will be cancelled and replaced with a subscription to Scopus.

Comparison information on the journals is included and other features for these two databases is available at guides.lib.uw.edu/c.php?g=99232&p=642081 and hlwiki.slais.ubc.ca/index.php/Scopus_vs._Web_of_Science. Use this link to search the trial Scopus database: jpllnet.sfsu.edu/login?url=http://www.scopus.com. Use this link to provide feedback: sfsu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_0iyStLLPdObuPD7.

Sixth 5K Walk, Run and Roll approaches 

The sixth annual 5K Walk, Run and Roll will be held Sunday, March 12, 2017, on campus. The event starts and ends in Malcolm X Plaza. Registration fees for faculty and staff are $15 per person or $55 for a four-person team. All participants will receive a complimentary gift bag and event T-shirt. Those interested in volunteering should go to orgsync.com/14370/forms/241273. More information on the event can be found at dos.sfsu.edu/5k.

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Faculty invited to Commencement 2017

SF State faculty members are invited to attend this year's Commencement, which will be held at AT&T Park. Faculty will gather and mingle in the Field Club Lounge before the procession begins. Faculty must bring or be dressed in regalia. Regalia rentals will be available from the SF State Bookstore from now through Thursday, April 13.

The faculty procession will enter AT&T Park along the first base line and will be seated in a special VIP section of the stadium. Light refreshments will be served. Concessions will also be open at the park.

Faculty regalia rental information along with important dates and details can be found on the Commencement site.

Call for nominations: Civic & Community Engagement Awards

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is accepting nominations for the annual Civic & Community Engagement Awards honoring students, faculty, staff and community partners whose leadership, service and collaboration strengthen the bonds of engagement that connect the University and the community. Help recognize students, faculty, staff members and community partners who have made outstanding contributions to their communities through service and community-engaged scholarship.

Nominations are sought for the following categories:

  • Faculty Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Student Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Community Partnership Award for Excellence in Service Learning
  • Student Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
  • Staff Award for Excellence in Community Engagement
  • SF State's Nomination to the Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service

The deadline for submissions is Wednesday, March 22. For information about award criteria, guidelines and nomination forms, visit icce.sfsu.edu/awards.

Presentation to delve into "NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism"

SF Build, the Health Equity Institute's Science & Technology Studies (STS) Hub and the College of Ethnic Studies invite the SF State community to a presentation of "NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism" followed by discussion with scholar Ashley Sanders. A transmedia exploration of black women and the roles they play in technology, society and culture, including speculative products, immersive experiences and neurocognitive impact research, "NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism" will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the McGee Room (EPS 116).

Spotlight your students in the Commencement Year in Review video

Want to show off SF State students representing your academic department? Academic Technology videographers want to capture your students in action for the annual Year in Review video, a moving and inspiring moment that holds the undivided attention of some 40,000 attendees expected to fill AT&T Park for Commencement.

In preparation, Academic Technology is seeking opportunities to capture footage of students actively engaged in scholarship, research, community service and other events that make up the SF State student experience. Please send ideas and suggestions for upcoming opportunities to film students in action to iteach@sfsu.edu. Academic Technology Videographer Andrew Corpuz will follow up to make arrangements. View the 2015-2016 Year in Review video online.

Talks to examine data farming, analyzing survey data

Two upcoming on-campus talks will shine a spotlight on the collection and analysis of data. Both are free to SF State faculty and staff, and lunch will be served.

On Monday, March 6, Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey will present "Exploratory Factor Analysis: Extracting Signal from Noise in Survey Data" from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). Harvey's talk will offer a brief introduction to exploratory techniques used for analyzing survey data. RSVPs and questions can be sent to rharvey@sfsu.edu.

Susan M. Sanchez, a professor at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey and an expert on experiment design and data-intensive statistics, will give a talk Friday, March 10, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons. The talk -- "Data Farming: What It Is, and Why You Need It!" -- will provide an overview of the principles and tools of data farming and its applications. Co-sponsored by the Department of Decision Sciences and the College of Business, the event is open to all SF State faculty and staff. RSVP to Susan Cholette by Tuesday, March 7, to facilitate an accurate headcount for arranging seating and ordering lunch.

Writing Pedagogy Workshop for faculty to be held 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 10 p.m. Meg Gorzycki will present “Teaching Students Literature Review Skills” in the Administration Building (ADM 153L). 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.

Presentation to explore "microaggressions"

The Department of Counseling and the Counseling Student Association are co-sponsoring a presentation on "microaggressions" by Teachers College, Columbia University Professor of Psychology and Education Derald Wing Sue. The talk -- to be offered Friday, March 3, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. in the Annex 1 building located on North State Drive -- will be entitled "Microaggressions in Everyday Life: From Communities to Classrooms." A pioneer in the field of multicultural psychology, multicultural education and the psychology of racism/antiracism, Sue is the author of "Race Talk and the Conspiracy of Silence," "Overcoming Our Racism: The Journey to Liberation" and many other works.

Registration is free but seating is limited. The registration deadline is Feb. 28. Go to tinyurl.com/DeraldSueSFSU to reserve a seat.

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. Faculty professional development stipends ($250) for participation are available to all faculty attendees, including lecturers.

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. Register online.

Guest speaker to describe self-healing

Sound healer, musician and qi gong practitioner Madhu Anziani will be a guest speaker in Health Education Professor Erik Peper's "Holistic Health: Western Perspectives" class as part of a holistic health lecture series. Anziani used the power of sound and his voice to heal from tetraplegia (paralysis affecting all four limbs). In 2009, while a student at SF State, he experienced a traumatic fall, which shattered two of his neck vertebrae. He used his knowledge of sound, energy and the healing power of the voice to completely recover from an injury that should have kept him wheelchair-bound for life. The University community is invited to attend as Anziani shares the techniques that he used to heal and transform himself. His guest talk will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 27, in HSS 130.

Five-year administrative review begins for AVP Brian Beatty

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.

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The following are the action items from the Feb. 21 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announcement from Senator Reyes: On Feb. 28, a Know Your Rights Fair will be held in Jack Adams Hall presenting workshops and legal information about protecting your rights in the new political environment.
  • Announcement from Senator Toporek: On March 3, Dr. Derald Wing Sue will make a presentation on microaggressions.
  • Announcement from Senator Rosegard: On March 7, a Career Fair in Jack Adams Hall will be held.
  • Minutes from the Feb. 7 meeting were approved as submitted.
  • Chair's report: Dr. John Stern, professor of biology, has passed away; campuswide elections are coming up, and colleagues should be encouraged to run for the Senate; the Senate has extended an open invitation to all cabinet members, administrators and ASI officers to address the Senate directly.
  • Provost's report: The recently completed enrollment census showed that the projected enrollment gap has been narrowed by 3.2 points so that the University is now only 3.7% below target; each of the colleges is now engaged in a new process of curriculum planning with the goal of having a strong plan for moving forward; concern about possible cuts to the Academic Affairs budget as a consequence of low enrollment was discussed -- rather than planning for cuts Academic Affairs is discussing how to invest wisely in order to build up enrollment and retention to build a strong base.
  • 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
  • Ann Sherman gave a presentation on the top 10 reasons for her recent promotion to VP of administration and finance.
  • Sutee Sugitparapitaya, senior analyst in Academic Resources, gave a presentation on the status of enrollment at SF State. Slides are on the Senate website.
  • An information item from the Student Affairs Committee on Senate expectations from student representatives was discussed.
  • A recommendation from the Education Policies Council on discontinuance for the Master of Science in Computer Science: Concentration in Software Engineering, Concentration in Computing and Business and Concentration in Computing for Life Sciences was discussed and approved.
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee: Senator Gerber reported that the committee is working on a policy for standardized time blocks, a probation policy and advising policies.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Senator Rosegard reported that the committee is working on baccalaureate requirements, an internship policy and a nursing curriculum change.
    • Faculty Affairs Committee: Senator Sabee reported the committee is working on a resolution for GTA stipends.
    • Strategic Issues Committee: Senator Mooney reported that the committee is working on a roadmap for budget transparency.
    • Student Affairs Committee: Senator Schwartz reported that the committee is working on a revision on experiential learning, a resolution regarding LGBTQ safety on campus and collaboration with Career Services.

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. 27

Recital: David Herscovitch, piano: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Lecture: Mbongi Talk: 11 a.m. in the Ethnic Studies/Psychology building, room 116

Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute preview: noon at the Downtown Campus, room 617

Know Your Rights Fair: noon to 5 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, Jack Adams Hall and adjacent rooms

Lecture: Drawn from Water: An American Poet, an Ethiopian Family, an Israeli Story: 4 p.m. in the Humanities building, room 415

Wednesday, March 1

Recital: Joel Tepper, piano: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Gallery talk: Inside/Outside: Working Our Way Out of the Damaged Now (Design as Dialectics): 4 p.m. in the Design Gallery (room 115), Fine Arts building

Raoul Bertrand Lecture in Classics: The Hero in Mythic Narratives: 7 p.m. in the Humanities building, room 587

Thursday, March 2

Workshop: Get Yourself LinkedIn: 1 a.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 222

Lecture: Michael Krasny: Let There Be Laughter: 5 p.m. in the Humanities building, room 587

Poetry: Layli Long Soldier and Truong Tran: 7 p.m. in the Poetry Center, Humanities building

Performance: University Dance Theatre: "Epoch": 8 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Friday, March 3

Lecture: Microaggressions in Everyday Life: From Communities to Classrooms: 9 a.m. in the Rosa Parks Conference Rooms A-C, Lower Conference Level, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Recital: Lawrence Ferrara, classical guitar: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Performance: University Dance Theatre: "Epoch": 8 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Saturday, March 4

Performance: University Dance Theatre: "Epoch": 8 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Sunday, March 5

Performance: University Dance Theatre: "Epoch": 8 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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College of Business

Roberta D'Alois, Business Communications lecturer and an SF State MFA recipient, is a playwright, monologist and the artistic director of San Francisco's Jump! Theatre Company. Dedicated to producing new works that address mental health issues, Jump! will soon be presenting its ninth Springboard Series, which will be comprised of short plays, excerpts and monologues that tell authentic stories of mental illness from a variety of perspectives. Among the performances will be a staged reading of D'Alois' "No Believers." More information on the series, which runs March 17-19, can be found at www.jumptheatre.net.

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What's it all about? Algae

Professor of Biology Ed Carpenter was quoted in a Potrero View article about how wildlife adapts to San Francisco's changing landscape. One of the species Carpenter thought could thrive was a toxic type of algae, which might spread as a result of increased development. "Generally, if you have an increase in residential [habitation] in an area, the amount of nutrients going into the water increases, which feeds the phytoplankton," said Carpenter. "This could be a bad thing or a good thing. Blooms of phytoplankton can fall down into deep water and be broken down by bacteria. The bacteria then use up oxygen in the water, required by other organisms, during the decomposition process. It could be a good thing, as it provides food sources for fish and shellfish."


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

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Jonathan S. Stern

Biology Lecturer Jonathan S. Stern passed away Feb. 16 at the age of 62. A marine ecologist and whale biologist, Stern was one of the world's foremost experts on minke whales and co-founded Golden Gate Cetacean Research, a nonprofit devoted to studying the cetaceans of the Northern California coast.

Raised in San Rafael, Stern earned his undergraduate degree in biology from Sonoma State University, did his master's work at SF State and completed his Ph.D. at Texas A&M University. In addition to being a renowned cetacean expert, Stern was a talented musician who played and sang in the band The Jungle Studs.

Family and friends hope to establish a scholarship fund in his honor. For more information, contact Carolyn Kurle at ckurle@ucsd.edu.

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