January 29, 2016


University Communications AVP candidates to visit campus

Following a nationwide search, two candidates have been identified as finalists for the associate vice president for Marketing and Strategic Communications in the University Communications office. Members of the campus community are invited to attend public forums with each of the candidates, which will take place on Wednesday, Feb. 3 and Friday, Feb. 5. During the forums, the candidates will outline their interest in the position and vision for University Communications, as well as answer questions from the audience.
The two finalists, and schedule of the public forums, are:
J. Elizabeth Smith, Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2-3 p.m., Faculty Commons (LIB 286)
Smith is currently the associate vice president and chief marketing officer at Saint Mary’s College of California, a position she has held since July 2014. Prior to her current role, she served as Saint Mary’s associate vice president for college communications from 2008-2014. From 2005-2008, she served as the director of marketing communications at University of California, Davis, and from 2000-2005 she worked at Northwestern University as director of marketing and communications and director of donor relations. Before coming to higher education, she worked in the private sector in marketing and communications. After attending the forum, please complete the survey at https://sfsu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_3wVYpPba8NoDKXX.
Barry Shiller, Friday, Feb. 5, 2-3 p.m., NEC Room (ADM 560)
Since 2012, Shiller has served as the associate vice president for strategic communications and public affairs at San Jose State University. He previous worked as the interim executive director of strategic communications at UC Davis in 2012, the associate vice chancellor of communications and marketing at UC Santa Cruz from 2008-2011 and the director of communications at Saint Mary’s College of California from 2003-2007. He also has more than 25 years of experience in marketing and communication roles in the private sector. After attending the forum, please complete the survey at https://sfsu.co1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9pBMkR5mIAhvKNT.
Reporting to the vice president for University Advancement, the associate vice president for Marketing and Strategic Communications will serve as a senior leader on marketing, public relations and strategic communications issues and will be responsible for developing and implementing a marketing and communications plan aimed at raising the University’s profile and visibility among internal and external constituencies.

SF State to host first public meeting for 19th Avenue/M Ocean View project, Feb. 4

The 19th Avenue/M Ocean View project is a proposed major investment that would address crowding and reliability on Muni Metro through long-term improvements. The project includes proposals for a light-rail tunnel under 19th Avenue, improved pedestrian areas and an off-street bike path. The San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will host a series of public meetings in February to share and get feedback on the refined project alternatives. There will be a presentation followed by a Q&A session and an open house. The first meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 4, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center.

Library changes starting this semester

From a newly redesigned website to changes in streaming media and journals, the spring 2016 semester brings changes to the J. Paul Leonard Library. Here's what's on tap:

New website

The Library's new website launched Tuesday, Jan. 12, with the shortened address library.sfsu.edu. But the old www.library.sfsu.edu address will still work. Other website changes include:

  • Individual pages will likely get new addresses, so old bookmarks will result in a redirect message.
  • Data is still being imported, so the old website will continue to be accessible for a period at jpllweb.sfsu.edu.
  • A feedback link has been added to the main navigation of all pages so users can report problems or make suggestions.
  • Off-campus access to licensed databases is being handled by a new proxy service, so bookmarked URLs will need to be updated.

Questions? Contact Thoreau Lovell at ext. 8-2285 or tlovell@sfsu.edu.

New Library streaming media service

Academic Video Online: Premium now provides streaming media service for the library. It was selected over Films on Demand based on cost and content. The new subscription features more than twice as many titles (nearly 50,000 videos), including most of the media previously available, as well as PBS and BBC titles, with hundreds more added every month. Many of the most popular titles are included in the new service. Because some titles are not available, a list of the most heavily used media will guide purchases of hard copies to restore access.

Faculty should check the Library's catalog for availability of media they plan to use this semester and contact the appropriate subject selector for help identifying alternative titles to meet their needs. Requests are welcome via the media request form for titles faculty would like to use that are not available through the new service. Because streaming, journal and e-book services often offer aggregated content from many sources, their catalogs change over time, so access to particular titles is not always guaranteed. If a particular media title is critical to a class, faculty should submit a media request so the item can be acquired to ensure continued access.

Questions about the new streaming service? Contact David Hellman at ext. 5-0686 or visit the first floor Research Assistance Desk once the semester begins.

Change in access to journals published by Wiley

The Library and the CSU purchase access to bundled groups of online journals from a number of publishers, vendors and aggregators of electronic content, including Wiley Publishing, in what are referred to as "big deals." These packages typically do not offer the ability to tailor content or negotiate price based on an individual campus' curricula and demand. After multiple attempts, the CSU Chancellor's Office was again unable to negotiate an acceptable package and pricing with Wiley for a smaller package of its journals with the highest systemwide use. After last year's unsuccessful negotiations, SF State chose to continue its subscription to the package of about 1,400 journal titles, but this year SF State will not renew that subscription because:

  • Analysis of use revealed a significant proportion of the titles in the premium package were rarely, if ever, used.
  • More than half of the high-use titles in the Wiley package are available through other journal packages to which the Library continues to subscribe (though with access to individual issues embargoed for 12-18 months -- in most cases, the full text online content is made available after the embargo period).
  • Perpetual access to back issues and content previously included in the University's subscription is retained under the terms and conditions of the previous systemwide and 2015 campus licenses.
  • The Wiley Online Library is still available as one of the databases with full-text articles through 2015.
  • Links to full text articles embedded in iLearn will still work, though users will no longer have immediate access to the current issues.
  • Current articles are available through Interlibrary Services (ILLiad) -- among the services used to provide articles on demand, RapidILL had a 96 percent fill rate with an average wait of just over 11 hours.
  • Consideration is being given to the implementation of another service for unmediated expedited article-on-demand delivery in 2016.

Questions? Contact David Hellman at ext. 5-0686 or hellman@sfsu.edu.

Peer health educator internship opportunity

The new Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) unit is redesigning its peer health education program, which will launch fall 2016. Among the changes, the unit will expand the roles of campus peer health educators to include experiences in needs assessment, research and committee involvement that will affect campus health and personal wellness. The peer health educators will have the opportunity to focus on one of nine specialty health topics:

  • Sexual Health
  • Wellness
  • Nutrition
  • Mental Health
  • Alcohol
  • Sexual Violence
  • Health Communication/Graphic Design
  • Men's Health
  • Campus Health Initiatives

The HPW team has developed some core components that will start this year, including a new recruitment strategy. Faculty are encouraged to select and nominate past or current students for one of these paid, part-time peer health educator positions. Interested in nominating a student? Contact Interim Director of Health Promotion & Wellness Rick Nizzardini at rnizzard@sfsu.edu by Feb. 24. Nominations are due March 1.

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Through One Child's Eyes: Medical Missionaries in Nigeria in the 1960s, Feb. 2

Laurie Pitman will discuss the Library Gallery exhibit of archival images, documents and locally purchased decorative arts and crafts focused on the medical work and daily life of Dr. Gene and Mrs. Ann Pitman and the impact living in Nigeria had on their young daughters. The discussion will be held in the Library's Special Collections Reading Room (LIB 460) starting at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 2, with a reception following in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286) from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. RSVP to Steve Duddy at ext. 8-7327 or sduddy@sfsu.edu.

Upcoming Employee University classes: Sign up now

Check out the spring 2016 offerings from Employee University and sign up for a class today:

  • Introduction to Legal Analysis: Feb. 2 from 10 a.m. to noon
  • True Colors and Diversity Workshop: Feb. 5 from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
  • Facilitating Change: Feb. 10 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Leading Teams: Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers, Level 1 will meet on Fridays for 12 weeks from 7 to 8 a.m. Sessions will be held Feb. 19 and 26; March 4, 11, 18 and 25; April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; and May 6.

Know someone who might be interested in the classes listed above? Help support this unique campus educational experience by sharing this message or having them call the Employee University office at ext. 5-3540 or enrolling in EU classes.

Employees may take one EU class per session. The current session began in October and will continue through February. Those with questions or comments should visit hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university or email eu@sfsu.edu.

Campus safety town hall meeting Feb. 11

The campus community is invited to attend a town hall meeting with President Wong from 1 to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the Seven Hills Conference Center. No RSVP is required; snacks and refreshments will be served.

National research society seeks members

Faculty are invited to join SF State's chapter of Sigma Xi, the national research society that seeks to advance scientific research, encourage cooperation among scientists in all disciplines and assist in the wider understanding of science. For an application and information about election to membership, contact Professor Darlene Yee-Melichar at dyee@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. Monday 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.

Save the date: Sneak Preview Day for future Gators, April 9

Admitted students can learn about SF State's academics, support services and campus life during Sneak Preview Day from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 9. The annual open house offers campus tours, financial aid information and advice on housing options to prospective students and their parents.

Representatives from the six SF State colleges will introduce students to the more than 100 majors offered at the University and discuss career possibilities. Information on student services and organizations will also be available.

Last year more than 12,000 prospective students and parents visited SF State on Sneak Preview Day. This year, the event is expected to draw more students and parents. It is highly recommended that participants take public transportation to campus on this day since parking in lots and on surrounding streets will be scarce.

Questions? Contact Student Outreach Services at outreach@sfsu.edu.

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The Academic Senate will hold its next plenary meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 9.

Nomination applications for distinguished faculty awards 2016

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.

Visit the Academic Senate website and Faculty Honors and Awards Committee (FHAC) website.

Want to learn more about previous winners to aid in nominating outstanding faculty? Read the profiles of the award winners for the past six years:

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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Following a June 2015 report in the journal Science by Associate Professor of Biology Vance T. Vredenburg, federal officials last week banned the import of salamanders, according to a Jan. 14 SF Gate report.


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Reverent terror

Assistant Professor of Theatre Laura Wayth, who authored "The Shakespeare Audition: How to Get Over Your Fear, Find the Right Piece, and Have a Great Audition," was interviewed for the Jan. 12 Folger Shakespeare Library podcast. According to Wayth, who also sometimes teaches at the American Conservatory Theatre, she wrote the book after seeing how intimidated her students were by Shakespeare. "They were absolutely terrified of doing Shakespeare," she said. "They didn't know how to approach it, didn't know how to find material and they really, really needed to find a way to get a handle on it … I don't use that word lightly, they really are terrified, and I think it comes down to reverence: 'These words are so great I don't have a right [to say them]."

How did you learn what you learned?

Professor of Management John Sullivan discussed ways to retain institutional knowledge for a Jan. 15 Harvard Business Review "off-boarding" article. "The manager might ask the person who's leaving to write a [report] to share his knowledge, but often there's just not enough time for that ... [or] the person doesn't bother to write it up, and even when he does, no one ever reads it," Sullivan said. "[Also] ask what he reads, which websites he visits, and whom he talks to. The world changes so quickly, what matters is how you learn new stuff."

Easier place to haul out

Lecturer of Biology Jonathan Stern discussed why sea lions have remained at San Francisco's Pier 39 for so long for a Jan. 16 San Francisco Examiner report. "I don't think there's one real answer," Stern said. After gaining federal protection in 1972, "sea lions just took advantage of the space. They used to haul out on Seal Rock by the Cliff House, [but] Seal Rock is a difficult place to haul out with the waves and the swells crashing against the rock. Pier 39 just offered an easier place to haul out."

All heart

Director of Project Rebound Jason Bell commented for an article about prison-to-college programs in the January issue of My Central Jersey. "Every Mountainview student that has met him has nothing but love for the man because he didn't have to do all of this," Bell said of Rutgers University Professor of Japanese History Donald Rodin, who founded the first prison-to-college program at Mountainview Youth Correctional Facility in New Jersey in 2002. "He did not come out of prison. His academic background is not connected to prison reform. He is just intrinsically connected to human nature. It's all heart with him."

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

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