February 6, 2017


Free Chinese language and culture classes

The Confucius Institute at SF State will once again waive the fee for faculty and staff to take classes in the Mandarin language (basic, intermediate and upper intermediate) and Chinese culture during the spring 2017 semester. The language courses normally cost $260 each, and the culture class is usually $150. All classes will begin Feb. 13 and run through Apr. 28.

Submit a completed registration form (available here) to BH 325 by Feb. 10. For more information, visit sfsu.edu/~ci, call ext. 8-7631 or email ci@sfsu.edu.

Deadline approaches for freshman scholarship

The Presidential Scholars Distinction-in-Service Program recognizes high-achieving freshmen who have excelled as scholars and leaders in their communities. The program provides full coverage of resident tuition/fees and on-campus housing for five to 10 first-time freshmen from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and traditionally underrepresented communities, covering up to four years of full-time study at SF State pending budgetary approval and satisfactory completion of program requirements.

Applicants must submit a resume, one letter of recommendation from a teacher, coach, counselor or community leader and a one-page letter that addresses the following question: How has your service and work within your community strengthened your abilities as a student and how do you plan to continue to thrive in your academics and in the area of service if selected for this distinguished program? The selected scholars will be required to live on a designated campus housing floor in a living-learning community (known as the PSP Community). They must also participate in monthly events on and off-campus to promote the importance of scholarship and service in the Bay Area. Scholars will also be required to meet with their respective College Chairs’ Council and the Dean of the College where their primary major is housed to discuss opportunities to represent the college. Students will participate in an advanced civic engagement course taught by the Presidential Scholar Program’s faculty coordinator.  Scholars are also expected to spend one semester during their junior year on a study abroad program as part of the Presidential Scholars mission of creating a culturally and socially diverse society of lifelong learners.

The application package should be sent to vpsaem@sfsu.edu before 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 24. Applicants may be interviewed by phone or in person as part of the review and selection process between March 3 and March 31.

Vista Room open again

The Vista Room is open for business as of Monday, Feb. 6. Reservations are being accepted, but this semester the restaurant will also take walk-in guests. Hours for spring 2017 will be 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The price remains $17 (plus tax) for the three-course menu, and diners can also order a la carte.

The first menu of the semester will include a classic Caesar salad, mushroom arancini, braised lamb shanks with apricot pistachio couscous, Tuscan fish in a tomato caper sauce with polenta, vegetarian chile and ginger cake with lemon glaze. Menus will change in March and again in April to keep pace with the season. View the menu on Facebook or on the Vista Room website.

Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made by calling ext. 5-4100 or emailing vista@sfsu.edu.

Employee University course registration

Registration for spring 2017 Employee University courses has begun. SF State faculty and staff may enroll in one class of their choice. Each class has limited seating and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Spring 2017 classes include:

  • Conscious Leadership
  • Creating a Culture of Service
  • F.E.A.R. (False Expectation Appearing Real)
  • Speaking with Confidence for ESL Speakers
  • Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers

You can learn more and register for a course on the Employee University web page.

SF State Observatory public open nights

Every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday during the semester will be a public open night at the SF State Observatory on the 10th floor of Thornton Hall (TH 1004), if the skies are clear. Visit the observatory’s Facebook page for weather conditions and open hours, which change from month to month. Open nights in February begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9:30 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. Highlights this semester will include the Orion Nebula star-forming region, Venus (February through mid-March) and Jupiter (mid-March through May).

Faculty proposal development webinar scheduled

The CSU Office of the Chancellor for Research will livestream a webinar on faculty proposal development on Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The webinar will be available to all faculty and will cover such topics as developing a strategic plan for research, proposal process best practices, what evaluators want and characteristics of winning proposals.

The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs will host the webinar on campus in ADM 201. Please email Jessica Mankus if interested.

Free chamber music concert with the Juilliard String Quartet

The Morrison Chamber Music Center will present a free concert with the Juilliard String Quartet at 8 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 10, in McKenna Theatre. The quartet will perform works by Ludwig van Beethoven and Mario Davidovsky. The concert is part of the Morrison Artists Series, the longest-running chamber music series in San Francisco.

Professor Richard Festinger, artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series, will deliver a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. in McKenna Theatre.

The Juilliard String Quartet, widely known as the quintessential American string quartet, celebrates its 70th anniversary this season. In 2011, the quartet became the first classical music ensemble to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

All seats for the concert have already been reserved, but the box office has begun a waiting list. Join the waiting list by visiting morrison.sfsu.edu/events/1086, or call ext. 8-2467.

Interdisciplinary STS Hub kicks off spring meetings

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Hub is where scholars engaging in medicine, technology, science, health and justice come together to build, think and collaborate on a variety of events, projects, programs and conversations. The group will host its opening meeting Tuesday, Feb. 7, in HSS 361 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Mark your calendar for upcoming meetings on the first Tuesday of each month: March 7, April 4 and May 2. There will also be a co-hosted presentation by Ashley Sanders on “NeuroSpeculative AfroFeminism” on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 3 to 5 p.m.

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.



Box at SF State upgraded and expanded

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce an upgrade of the Box at SF State service. The Box at SF State interface has been streamlined, and Microsoft Office 365 editing tools are now available for online editing of documents.

In addition to faculty, staff and community members, Box at SF State is now available for students. All currently affiliated students with an @mail.sfsu.edu email address are eligible for 500GB of file storage while studying at SF State.

To access Box at SF State, log in at sfsu.box.com. If you would like more information on Box at SF State, visit tech.sfsu.edu/guides/box-sfstate-file-sharing.

Questions about this service should be directed to the ITS Service Desk at (415) 338-1420 or service@sfsu.edu.

Afghan band to rock SF State

The SF State community is invited to a screening of the award-winning movie “Radio Dreams” followed by a panel discussion with the producer and cast. Moviegoers can stay after the Q&A for a concert by the stars of the movie, Kabul Dreams, Afghanistan’s first modern rock band.

“Radio Dreams” is a comedy that follows a radio station employee as he tries to arrange a jam session with Kabul Dreams and hard-rock legends Metallica. The film won the 2016 Tiger Award at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam and the Best Director Award at Tarkovsky Fest in Russia. It will be shown at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 21. The panel discussion is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the concert begins at 7 p.m.

Tickets are free, but an RSVP is required. To register online, go to www.cvent.com/d/hvqqqb/4W. For more information, contact Ken Maeshiro at kmaeshir@sfsu.edu.

Bicycle Coaliation membership discount

SF State recently renewed its sponsorship of the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition, one of the oldest bicycle advocacy organizations in the country. As a benefit, SF State students, faculty and staff are eligible for a discounted price of $25 for coalition membership. Members have access to extensive bike-oriented maps, trainings and more. To get the discount, go to sfbike.org/join_sfsu and use promo code sfsu17. 

The coalition will also be conducting two sessions of its urban bicycling workshop on campus on Tuesday, April 18. The workshop will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in HSS 278 and from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in Library 121. For more information, contact SF State Sustainabilty Specialist Nick Kordesch at kordesch@sfsu.edu.

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 or ext. 8-7791 for further details about the training.

Academic Technology trainings

Academic Technology currently has two more training events scheduled this spring.

ePortfolio Webinar, Thursday, Feb. 9, noon to 1 p.m.

Learn about SF State’s ePortfolio program in this online web conference. Participants will be oriented to Academic Technology’s new ePortfolio platform and will receive resources for getting students started on their own ePortfolios.

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.

Awards open to CSU students

CSU undergraduates, master’s-level graduate students and students in the first two full years of a CSU doctoral program are eligible to win one of three $5,000 best paper awards to be presented at a symposium this spring. The Social Science Research and Instructional Council’s (SSRIC) annual Social Science Student Symposium will take place April 27 at Fresno State, and the Council has invited CSU students in all areas of the social sciences to present their research to their peers. The best paper awards are made possible by the continuing generosity of Gene Geisler, SF State professor emeritus of political science and a founding member of the SSRIC. In addition to these awards, a small stipend is available to defray travel costs for participants.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, March 30. For more information, visit ssric.org/participate/src. Students can register for the conference at csulb.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0ky0UYoEMyF0LTD. You can also register by clicking on “Registration” on the conference home page.

Questions? Contact Tim Kubal at tkubal@csufresno.edu or Ed Nelson at ednelson@csufresno.edu.

Call to Service Mini-Grants available

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) has announced the 2017 Call to Service Mini-Grants for activities taking place between March and Dec. 15 of 2017. The mini-grants are designed to help faculty and staff provide service-learning opportunities to students and disseminate service-learning knowledge, research or findings. The deadline for all grant applications is Friday, Feb. 24. The available grants are:

Community Engaged Scholarship Faculty Mini-Grant

This mini-grant funds faculty members’ efforts to modify the curriculum of an already established course or create a new course to include a service-learning component. Each grant award is $4,500.

Department/Program Level Mini-Grant

This initiative supports departments/programs that wish to develop or strengthen service-learning opportunities for faculty and students. Each $8,000 grant will be awarded to plan, establish and implement strategic initiatives that advance the integration of service-learning into the department/program.

Partnerships in Service Mini-Grant

These $3,000 grants will provide financial support to faculty and staff members who are initiating or deepening relationships with the community (such as with individual professionals or organizations) to support high-quality service-learning courses.

Service-Learning Student Assistant Mini-Grant

Grants up to $3,000 are being provided for one student assistant to support the implementation of high-quality service-learning opportunities within at least one course. The course can be a designated community service learning (CSL) course already or one that is in consideration to become a CSL course. (Please identify which in your application.)

Please note: Funding is provided through the CSU Chancellor’s Office Call to Service Initiative. For information, criteria, guidelines and proposal forms, visit icce.sfsu.edu/content/mini-grants.

Writing Pedagogy Workshop for faculty, Feb. 14

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the first offering in the spring Writing Pedagogy Workshop series. This month’s workshop, “Teaching Reading to Support Writing,” will be facilitated by Tara Lockhart, director of composition in the English Department. The workshop will focus on the connection between reading and writing and will include exercises to help faculty integrate reading and writing into their courses. It will be held Tuesday, Feb. 14, from 12 noon to 1 p.m. in the Administration Building (ADM 460). Lecturers will be paid for participating, and lunch will be served.

For the next workshop in the series, Meg Gorzycki will present strategies for teaching synthesis. It will be held at noon on Wednesday, March 8. More information will be circulated soon.

Please contact Juliana van Olphen or Jennifer Swanson for further information.

Coffee hour with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit

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 121 to discuss any topics of concern or commitment. No appointment is necessary, but please send an email to Mona Sagapolutele 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
  • Report from Interim Provost Summit
  • Report from President Wong
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Resolution Commending Vice President Cortez for His Service to SF State
  • ASCSU Report
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Resolution in Support of Freedom of Speech
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Resolution in Support of Promoting Open Dialogue and Strengthening Community
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Academic Affairs 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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No exhibits at this time.


Monday, Feb. 6

Lecture: Cellular and Molecular Boundaries of Human Performance: 5 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center

Tuesday, Feb. 7

Lecture: Judaisms: A 21st Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identities: 3:30 p.m. in the Humanities building, room 415

Lecture: Mia Mingus on “Access Intimacy”: 5 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 121

Film screenings: Valor: Real Veterans, Reel Stories: 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts building, Coppola Theatre

Wednesday, Feb. 8

Discussion: Avoiding the Trap of Dishonest Publishers: 2 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 121

Thursday, Feb. 9

Lecture: Mbongi Talk: A Portrait of African American Political Consciousness: 11 a.m. in the Ethnic Studies/Psychology building, room 116

ePortfolio Webinar: Noon, online

Wrestling hosting Menlo College: 7 p.m. in the main gymnasium

Friday, Feb. 10

Master class: Morrison Artists Series, Juilliard String Quartet: 10 a.m. in the Creative Arts building, Knuth Hall

Softball hosting Cal State East Bay: 1 p.m. at the SF State softball field

Lecture/recital: Torres Classical Guitar Project: 1:10 p.m. in the Creative Arts building, Knuth Hall

Film screening: Barbara Hammer: Women Filmmakers from Script to Screen: 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts building, Coppola Theatre

Pre-concert talk: Morrison Artists Series: Juilliard String Quartet: 7 p.m. in the Creative Arts building, McKenna Theatre

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Juilliard String Quartet: 8 p.m. in the Creative Arts building, McKenna Theatre

Saturday, Feb. 11

Softball hosting Cal State East Bay: 11 a.m. at the SF State softball field

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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College of Science and Engineering

In 2016, SF State was the only CSU campus to be represented in the journal Nature three times. Assistant Professor of Biology Scott Roy was one of the writers of the paper “Mechanism for DNA transposons to generate on genomic scales,” Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephen Kane was one of the writers of the paper “A map of the large day-night temperature gradient of a super-Earth exoplanet” and Associate Professor of Geology Leonard Sklar was one of the writers of the paper “Chemical weathering as a mechanism for the climactic control of bedrock river incision.”

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Tech trouble?

A CNET article about tech industry leaders’ reaction to President Trump’s executive order on immigration quoted Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman. “Them being silent on this issue would be foolish,” said Tuman, who noted that the industry’s need for tech talent stretches across borders. “Frankly, they may have more trouble ahead if they don’t say anything.”

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

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A memorial service in honor of Dr. Vaidyanadhan V. Krishnan, professor emeritus of the School of Engineering, will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at the Seven Hills Conference Room. The Krishnan Memorial Scholarship is being established and will be announced at the service. Please RSVP to Senta Tsantilis at senta@sfsu.edu. For further information, please contact the School of Engineering by sending an email to engineer@sfsu.edu or calling (415) 338-1228.

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

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