June 12, 2017


CampusMemo schedule

During the summer, CampusMemo is published monthly. The next issue will be on July 17. Regular weekly publication will resume on Aug. 14.

Longtime staff members honored

A Staff Years of Service Recognition Breakfast was held Tuesday, June 6, to celebrate the contributions of staff members who have worked at the University for more than 25 years. The breakfast, which took place in the Cesar Chavez Student Center's Jack Adams Hall, saluted more than 100 staff members for their dedication to the campus community.

The individual with the longest term of service was Michael Jensen, who was presented with a plaque and certificate in recognition of his 51 years at SF State. Jensen began working on campus as a quarter-time staff member in the Psychology Department while also attending as a student. He dropped out after going full-time with the Psychology Department but later returned to taking classes. He eventually earned both a B.A. in psychology and an M.A. in counseling from the University. Today he works for the College of Liberal and Creative Arts as an administrative support coordinator and for the Department of Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics as an instructional support assistant.

"Work at SF State is still my major professional and social experience," Jensen said. "San Francisco State is a great place -- was then and is now."

University receives $1 million diversity-in-science grant

SF State is one of 24 colleges and universities to receive a five-year, $1 million grant designed to encourage diversity in science. The grant winners -- selected from more 500 applicant institutions -- will be part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute's Inclusive Excellence initiative, which aims to help schools identify the challenges that come between students from diverse backgrounds and the natural sciences. SF State faculty will use the grant funds to develop an understanding of cultural perspectives and partner with upper division students of color to integrate culturally relevant materials and transform undergraduate biology courses.

Professor to speak on "Feeling Jewish"

The public is invited to attend a lecture by Rachel B. Gross, SF State's John and Marcia Goldman Chair in Jewish Studies, at the Contemporary Jewish Museum on Thursday, June 15. The lecture, "Feeling Jewish: Buying and Selling American Jewish Nostalgia," will explore how eastern European Jewish immigration continues to shape the way today's American Jews view themselves.

The Department of Jewish Studies will host a reception at 6 p.m., and the lecture will follow at 6:45 p.m. The event is free, but tickets are required. Reserve tickets online.

"Patient No More" returns

"Patient No More: People with Disabilities Securing Civil Rights," an interactive exhibit created by SF State's Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability, is open to the public from now through Sept. 3 at the San Francisco Public Library's Main Library (100 Larkin Street). The exhibit explores the impact of the month-long 1977 occupation of 50 UN Plaza by activists demanding passage of a precursor to the Americans with Disabilities Act. It had a seven-month run at the Ed Roberts Campus in Berkeley two years ago, and a traveling version was displayed at the California Museum in Sacramento and elsewhere. The exhibit currently occupies the Main Library's Skylight Gallery and is open during regular library hours.

Redesign Our Majors Symposium, August 19

SF State's Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning will host the Redesigning Our Majors Symposium on Saturday, August 19. The symposium brings together departments and faculty from across the CSU who are at various stages of curricular redesign to discuss strategies, tools and opportunities for success. Learn about developing interdisciplinary curricula, revising outdated program learning outcomes, adapting to changing accreditation standards, merging programs and departments, embracing shared governance in curricular design, strategic processes of redesign and more.

CSU faculty and administrators are invited to this free symposium, generously sponsored by the Teagle Foundation. More information, an agenda and free registration are available at ueap.sfsu.edu/2017-symposium.

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Ottoman and Turkish studies papers sought

Graduate students are encouraged to submit papers related to Ottoman or Turkish studies for consideration for the 2017 Sydney N. Fisher Graduate Student Paper Prize. Awarded by the Ottoman and Turkish Studies Association, the award is for papers written by grad students during the preceding academic year (2016-17). The prize comes with an award of $200 and consideration for publication in the Journal of Ottoman and Turkish Studies.

Applicants will need to submit the following:

  • A PDF of the paper
  • The author's address, phone number and email address
  • The name and address of the author's academic advisor

The material should be sent to David Selim Sayers of Justus Liebig University Giessen. The deadline is June 15, but an extension is possible.

Feminist Theory and Music Conference, July 27-30

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts and the School of Theatre and Dance will sponsor the 14th International Biennial Feminist Theory and Music Conference on July 27-30. This year's theme, "Still I Rise," embraces Maya Angelou's poem and explores music in relation to the African Diaspora, diverse communities, feminism, gender and sexuality. Live music, panels and scholarly papers will highlight a wide range of topics, including the work of distinguished SF State alumnus Pauline Oliveros (1932-2016). Visit www.femtheorymusic.org for more information.

Fall SF BUILD mini-grant application deadline

SF State faculty whose research relates to health inequalities in communities in San Francisco are encouraged to apply for a fall SF BUILD mini-grant. This year, a UCSF faculty collaborator is required. Priority will be given to proposals that address issues of social justice and health inequalities that are relevant to SF State students and their communities. Mini-grants of up to $40,000 each will be awarded to four successful applicants.

For further information, visit the SF BUILD website. Access the request for applications online.

Academic Technology Summer Institute 2017

The two-day, in-depth Academic Technology Summer Institute is designed for those who are new to iLearn or would like to learn more about the wide array of technology tools and services available to instructors. Don't miss this opportunity to meet your colleagues and expand your skills and knowledge. Institutes are hands-on, with interactive demonstrations and engaging activities.

Two identical sessions will be offered:

  • Session 2, July 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Session 3, August 8 and 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All sessions take place on campus in LIB 242. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Register for Summer Institute 2017.

What's new with iLearn

Academic Technology is excited to announce several new developments to iLearn for Fall 2017 semester courses. The Academic Technology team has been busily working to give iLearn a fresh, modern look and several highly requested features. Visit Academic Technology for more details.

Want to learn about the new developments coming to your Fall 2017 iLearn site? An online webinar will orient you to improvements in iLearn and demonstrate its new features. The webinar will be held Thursday, June 15, from noon to 1 p.m. To receive the sign-on link to access this webinar, register online.

For more information, email iteach@sfsu.edu or call ext. 5-5550.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Workshop

Learn how to use the QOLT instrument to diagnose and improve your course, establish connections with the QOLT faculty ambassadors and instructional designers, and begin the journey towards full QOLT certification.

There are two identical workshops offered:

UndocuAlly Training for staff and faculty, July 27

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in a summer UndocuAlly training. The training has been designed to guide the SF State community in learning how to support the undocumented student population. Participants will receive an overview of immigration history, recent legislation and ways to support DREAMers' common post-election challenges while hearing the stories of current SF State students and learning about resources available for current and prospective undocumented students. Space is limited, so interested staff and faculty members are asked to register in advance at tinyurl.com/UndocuAllySummer17.

Questions? Email AB 540 Dream Coordinator Norma Salcedo.

The training will be held Thursday, July 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in LIB 244.

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College of Business

Professor Emeritus of Marketing Bill Perttula taught an intensive three-week course on international sales management at Aalto University in Mikkeli Finland, March 13-31. Perttula also taught a one-week class on internet marketing to students at the Romanian American University in Bucharest, Romania, April 24-28. This was his sixth visit to the Romanian American University.

College of Ethnic Studies

College of Ethnic Studies Lecturer Jaimy Mann curated the exhibition "Henry Darger's Orphans and the Construction of Race," which will run at the Intuit Museum in Chicago from July 14 through January 7, 2018. Darger was a Chicago custodian whose writings and artwork, discovered posthumously, have become a famous example of "outsider art." Mann's exhibition centers on Darger's late collages, which include photographic reproductions of Asian "war orphans" in Korea and Vietnam. The collages offer an anguished reflection on the complicated aftermath of war, representations of race and ethnicity, Darger’s thwarted real-life attempts to adopt a child and his own victimization as an orphan. Darger's collection of source material and his reappropriation of those images into the collages provides an understanding of society's views on race, class, gender and commodification during the mid-20th century.

College of Science and Engineering and College of Health and Social Sciences

Professor of Health Education Adam Burke and Associate Professor of Computer Science Hui Yang are among the coauthors of an article that will be appearing soon in the journal BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine. The article -- "The Practice of Meditation: Prevalence and Patterns of Use among Adults in the United States" -- analyzed data collected in a National Health Interview Survey conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health Statistics.

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper gave the keynote presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Biofeedback Society's spring conference in Columbia, Maryland, in May. The presentation, "Biofeedback Modulated Grandmother Therapy/Education: Working with Challenging Clients by Integrating an Evolutionary Perspective with Bio/Neurofeedback," was delivered at the Loyola University Graduate Center. Peper also authored the article "Vertaalslag naar the praktijk" ("Translations into Practice"), which appeared in the June 8 edition of the Dutch-language journal NPi-service Psychosomatiek.

School of Humanities and Liberal Studies

A video interview with Assistant Professor of Humanities and Nick Sousanis is available online as part of The Voice, a biweekly series of conversations with researchers published in the journal Teachers College Record. Sousanis discusses "Continuing a Conversation with Maxine Greene in Comics," an essay in comics form he created in collaboration with Daiyu Suzuki. Watch the interview.

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The Answer Is Blowin' in the Wind?

College of Business Professor and Faculty Director of Graduate Business Programs Sanjit Sengupta discussed Semtive, a Silicon Valley wind turbine startup, in a report aired on KPIX. "If it really pans out it would be economically beneficial to consumers, even of solar, because you can't do away with solar," said Sengupta. "But, for example, if it's a cloudy day and so on, and there's not enough solar, then this would be a nice complement."

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

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Elizabeth Lou Van Dalsem

Department of Counseling Emeritus Professor Elizabeth Lou Van Dalsem passed away May 18 in Palo Alto. Known as "Betty Lou" or "Lulu" to her friends and colleagues, Van Dalsem joined SF State in 1967 and specialized in school, marriage and family counseling as well as rehabilitation. She was made an emeritus professor in 1993.

Born in San Jose in 1919, she joined the Women's Army Corps during World War II, serving as a cryptographic technician in Washington, D.C. After the war, she earned both a master's in counseling and guidance and a doctorate of education at Stanford. A lover of exotic travel and adventure, she visited more than 200 countries and Antarctica.

A memorial service was held May 23 in Los Gatos.

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