January 27, 2017


CampusMemo schedule change

As of the next issue, CampusMemo will be distributed on Monday as opposed to Friday mornings each week. News items will be due to University Communications by noon on the Wednesday preceding publication. To submit an item, use the online submission form.

New Government and Community Relations executive director named

Dominique Cano-Stocco has been appointed executive director of Government and Community Relations effective February 1. Cano-Stocco brings extensive experience in governmental relations policy and advocacy at the state and federal levels and has held leadership positions with Oceana and the University of California, San Diego. She also served in the Clinton administration as the special assistant to the senior advisor to the president, Chief of Staff's Office.

Cano-Stocco's academic work includes a master's of advanced studies in marine biodiversity and conservation from the Scripps Institute of Oceanography at UC San Diego and a bachelor's degree in political science from UC San Diego.

University Advancement thanks Noriko Shinzato for her effective leadership as the search for the executive director was underway. 

Silvers to receive CSU honor

Anita Silvers, professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy, will receive the Wang Family Excellence Award for 2017 in the Visual and Performing Arts and Letters Category, California State University Chancellor Timothy P. White announced this week. The annual award recognizes four outstanding faculty members and one staff member who stand out among employees at the 23 CSU campuses. Silvers and the other recipients will be recognized during the CSU Trustees meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Each will receive a one-time award of $20,000.

You can read more about Silvers and the Wang Family Excellence Award here.

Resource center for undocumented students

SF State has established a new support center for undocumented Gators. Temporarily located on the first floor of Mary Park Hall, the center will offer a safe space for current undocumented students, prospective students and allies to receive support and access to resources. The center will move to its permanent home in the Student Services Building later this year.

An opening ceremony for the new center is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Mary Park Lounge in Mary Park Hall. Those interested in attending should RSVP to Norma Salcedo at normasal@sfsu.edu.

In 2014, SF State made a commitment to its undocumented community by identifying the establishment of a resource center as a midterm goal of the University's strategic plan. For information pertinent to AB 540 and undocumented students, visit www.sfsu.edu/~finaid/ab540/.

New area code procedures

In February 2015, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved an overlay that added a new 628 area code to the 415 area code region. Under the overlay plan, if you're calling from the 415 area code you must dial 1 before the full seven-digit phone number (including area code) when calling numbers with 415 and 628 area codes. This dialing procedure has become mandatory for all residential and business consumers.

Equipment or features including automatic dialers, speed-dialing, call forwarding, modems for computers, etc. should be reprogrammed to accommodate this new dialing plan. It is not necessary to dial a 1 before special service numbers such as 911, 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 and 811.

For more information, visit www.cpuc.ca.gov/areacode415.

Updated Polices and Practice Directives website

Administration and Finance's newly updated Policies and Practice Directives website provides support for policy development and improvement on campus. It is a centralized location for practice directives within Administration and Finance and includes links to other policies, as well. The site now features a page for draft practice directives that are currently under consideration. The new page, Draft Practice Directives Under Review, allows campus stakeholders to submit feedback on proposed practice directives.

Contact Compliance & Policy Coordinator Andrea Whipple at policies@sfsu.edu or ext. 5-7339 for more information.

Employee University course registration

Registration for spring 2017 Employee University courses will begin on Friday, Feb. 3. 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

CSU Research Competition video available online

A video spotlighting SF State's involvement in the California State University Student Research Competition has been added to the University's YouTube channel. The two-minute video features interviews with SF State faculty and students who have participated in the competition.

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage promising students to participate in this year's competition. View the competition guidelines on the Division of Graduate Studies website. Entries are due by Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017.

Questions? Contact Britney Stewart in the Division of Graduate Studies at britneys@sfsu.edu or ext. 5-4391.

Sutro Li­brary to preserve march paraphernalia

Did you walk in the Women's March on Saturday, Jan. 22? Now that the march is over, what are you going to do with all your posters, hats, pins, flyers, etc.? Why not include them in the statewide Women's March Collection being created here on campus? The Sutro Library is collecting materials from all the marches that occurred in California to document and preserve this historic moment. Drop off your materials at the Sutro Library on the fifth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. 

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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 will begin 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 Coalition 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 9:30-10:30 a.m. in HSS 278 and from 12:30-1:30 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 three training events scheduled this spring.

Zoom Webinar, Friday, Feb. 3, noon to 1 p.m.
This online web conference will cover what Zoom web conferencing is, how you and your students can access it and how you can use Zoom to engage students, bring in guest speakers, collaborate with colleagues and more.

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.

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Discontinuance proposals announced

In accordance with Academic Senate Policy S12-177, the Educational Policies Committee is required to inform the campus community of the following discontinuance proposals two weeks before Senate action. The discontinuance proposals are:

  • M.S in Computer Science: Concentration in Software Engineering
  • M.S in Computer Science: Concentration in Computing and Business
  • M.S in Computer Science: Concentration in Computing for Life Science

Any party interested in filing a response should send an email to senate@sfsu.edu.

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

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Creative Writing 

A book by author and Professor of Creative Writing Peter Orner, "Am I Alone Here? : Notes on Living to Read and Reading to Live," is a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award for criticism. Award winners will be announced March 16.

Health Education 

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper authored the article "Be a Tree and Share Gratitude for Managing Stress in Daily Life," which appeared in The Western Edition earlier this month.


Emeritus Professor of Journalism Ken Kobre has been selected to receive the National Press Photographers Association's Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award. The award is bestowed upon individuals who make outstanding contributions to the field of photojournalism. Kobre will receive the award at a ceremony in March.

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Labor Pains

Professor of Labor Studies John Logan wrote a Jan. 22 op-ed for The Hill about President Trump's nominee for United States secretary of Labor, fast food executive Andrew Puzder. Logan offered five reasons the Senate should reject the nomination, writing that "we do not need a Labor secretary from the 0.01 percent who believes that $7.25 per hour is an acceptable living wage."

To Vote or Not to Vote

Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel was quoted in a Hoodline article about a proposal to make voting compulsory in the United States -- a proposal he sees as problematic. "I suspect a lot of people -- especially when we're talking about Americans with a lot of individualism -- would say it's their right to vote and it's their right not to vote," McDaniel said.

Picture Imperfect

A San Francisco Chronicle article quoted Professor of Political Science Robert Smith on comments President Trump made about inner-city poverty. "I would think one would want, as Lincoln said, to look to the better angels of our nature and say something that was more uplifting," Smith said. "Most blacks rejected his characterization of the black community in the campaign because he painted an undifferentiated picture of just chaos and disaster."

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

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