June 17, 2016


CampusMemo schedule

During the summer, CampusMemo is published monthly: the next issue will be on July 15. Regular weekly publication will resume in the fall beginning Aug. 19.

Telephone system transitioned successfully

Information Technology Services (ITS) successfully migrated from the NEC RDS telephone system, which has served the campus for 32 years, to the new NEC SV9500 on Saturday, June 4. The migration included 2,600 single line phones in classrooms, elevators, blue-light emergency, courtesy, parking lot, alarm and fax lines.

While most alarms have been silenced, staff are encouraged to call the University Police Department if they hear any alarms sound. Staff should test dial tone, call forwarding and voice mail for functionality and report any issues to the ITS Help Desk at service@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-1420.

Call for papers for Constitution and Citizenship Day conference

SF State has a proud tradition of sponsoring Constitution and Citizenship Day conferences that have featured the participation of a large number of students, faculty and community members. The conference provides multiple opportunities to reflect critically on the past, present and future of constitutional rights, freedoms, citizenship, democracy, equality and justice. This year's conference, "Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference at SF State," will be held Sept. 15-16.

Send proposals for papers, presentations, panels, roundtables and workshops to marcs@sfsu.edu by July 1. Proposals should not exceed 250 words in length and should include short vitas/resumes for all participants. Visit the Constitution Day Conference website for more information, including a list of recommended topics and the organizing committee.

Participate with SF State in the SF Pride Parade — June 26

Faculty, staff, students, friends and family are invited to celebrate their SF State pride by marching with the University contingent in San Francisco's Pride Parade on Sunday, June 26. The theme of this year's citywide celebration is "For Racial and Economic Justice." The parade will start at 11 a.m. at Market and Beale streets, and goes to Market and 8th streets.

Participation is free, but participants are responsible for their own transportation to and from the parade. Interested persons are asked to pre-register by completing the sign-up form on the SF State Pride Celebration Parade website by June 22. A free SF State Pride Parade Contingent T-shirt will be provided to the first 100 people to sign up. Additional opportunities to help decorate the University's parade vehicle and participate as a Contingent Monitor are available.

For further information, please contact Connie Tallerico, ext. 8-3888.

Affordable Instructional Materials funding opportunity

Do you have an idea that can help cut the cost of instructional materials for SF State students? The Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) initiative invites all faculty to submit funding proposals for projects that aim to lower student costs.

Funding will go to faculty and departments proposing projects that target specific courses or programs that currently use high-cost instructional materials or have historically not used free or low-cost materials. Each SF State faculty member may submit one proposal for funding to support efforts to reduce the cost of learning to students. Multiple faculty may submit program- or department-level proposals as a group.

To review previously awarded projects and hear faculty members tell their stories in their own words, visit the Faculty Showcase page at affordablelearning.sfsu.edu/faculty-showcase.

Proposals are due by June 30. Funding amounts range from $250 to $2,500 per proposal, depending on projected impact. Submit AIM project proposals at http://tinyurl.com/aimsfstate2016. Email questions to affordablesfsu@lists.sfsu.edu.

Academic Technology Summer Institute 2016

In Academic Technology's two-day summer institutes, participants will explore campus-supported technologies and examine strategies for integrating technology into their courses. This 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. Participants will practice effective teaching strategies and course design through a variety of collaborative, hands-on, project-based activities. Don't miss this opportunity to collaborate with your colleagues.

All sessions will be held in LIB 242. Lunch and refreshments are included.

  • Session 2: July 12 and July 13 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Session 3: Aug. 9 and Aug. 10 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Register online using the Summer Institute 2016 registration form. Enrollment is limited. Faculty who register by May 27 will receive priority. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Academic Technology welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. Contact Nora Scully by May 27 at ext. 5-5539 or nscully@sfsu.edu for accommodations. Have questions about the event? Email iteach@sfsu.edu or call ext. 5-5550.

QOLT Self-Review Workshop Summer 2016

Join Academic Technology (AT) this summer for a half-day workshop dedicated to Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT). These workshops are designed for instructors who currently have a course in iLearn that they would like to improve. Using the QOLT evaluation instrument, AT will work side-by-side with participants to identify areas of improvement for courses. At the end of the workshop participants will have an actionable revision plan. This process of self-review and revision is the foundation of the QOLT initiative.

This workshop is strongly recommended for anyone intending to earn a QOLT certification and is a precursor to the QOLT Mentorship Cohort program in fall 2016.

Lunch and refreshments are included at this session.

  • Session 2: Thursday, July 14, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LIB 242

Register online using the QOLT Self-Review Workshops registration form for summer 2016. Visit the QOLT Initiative website for more information. Contact iteach@sfsu.edu or call ext. 5-5550 with questions.

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Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp

The Department of Kinesiology will again host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will take place on campus June 13 to July 22, Monday through Friday. The department will also host the Gator Start morning program to provide a full-day (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) option. For more information or to register, visit kin.sfsu.edu/gatorcamp or call the Kinesiology Department at ext. 8‑2244.

Summer Youth Sailing and Paddling and Lake Environment camps, June 6-Aug. 12

The Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism will again host Summer Community Youth Sailing and Paddling Camps for boys and girls ages 8-15 at Lake Merced near campus. All camps are offered Monday-Friday between June 6 and Aug. 12. They range from half-day sailing camp, half-day kayaking and stand-up paddle boarding camps to full-day sailing and science camps. No prior experience is required and the camps accommodate youth with special needs. For more information or to register, visit recdept.sfsu.edu/sailing.

UWA "Adriatic Embrace" 2017 scholarship cruise

The University Women's Association (UWA) will host a 12-day cruise on the Oceania Cruises ship Sirena from Aug. 20 to Sept. 11, 2017. The destination-intensive itinerary of the "Adriatic Embrace" cruise will explore 11 ports in six countries, including a mix of historic sites, boutique ports, seaside villages and an overnight stop in Venice. Like the UWA's previous 21 cruises, the "Adriatic Embrace" will raise funds for the organization's student scholarship programs.

Those who reserve before Sept. 30, 2016 will receive additional amenities from Oceania — free on-board internet access, and a choice of four free shore excursions, a beverage package or shipboard credits. UWA Group exclusive amenities include pre-paid gratuities, $100 spa or shipboard credit and a "Dollars for Scholars" contribution by Oceania for every 15 participants. For more information, visit uwa.sfsu.edu or email Lin Ivory.

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American Indian Studies

On May 28, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins presented an invited paper to the American Indian Workshop at the University of Southern Denmark in Odense, Denmark. The paper was titled "Cherokee Humor and U.S. Common Sense: The Impact of Will Rogers." Collins was also invited to chair a panel on art and humor on May 26. Founded in 1980, the American Indian Workshop has become the premier European scholarly platform for researchers concerned with topics related to the study of Native North Americans.

Health Education

Professor of Health Studies Erik Peper and Associate Professor of Health Studies Richard Harvey with the Institute for Holistic Health Studies co-authored the article "Increase strength and mood with posture," which appeared in the May 2016 issue of the journal Beweegreden.

International Programs

Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Jay Ward presented at a session at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Annual Conference, which took place from May 31 through June 3 in Denver. He also served as a panelist on the session "Tips for Newcomers to the International Student & Scholar Knowledge Community." With more than 10,000 members at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide in over 150 countries, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.


Associate Professors of Management Antoaneta Petkova and Eric Lamm, together with management major and graduate student Monique Domingo, won the prestigious Best Paper in Management Education Award for "Let's Be Frank: The Real Improvement in Student Teamwork Effectiveness Following Peer Feedback." The Management Education and Development division of the Academy of Management presents the award for the paper that offers the most significant contribution to management education and development. It is sponsored by the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society and the Journal of Management Education.

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Less time to react

Biology Lecturer Jonathan Stern commented on the possibility of a ship striking the humpback whales that have been feeding near the Golden Gate Bridge for a May 14 KGO-SF (ABC) report. "With ships, their sound gets projected mostly backwards," Stern said. "So a whale in front of a ship doesn't really hear it that well. So they don't have that much time to react."

More science than art

The Wall Street Journal on June 1 published an interview with Professor of Management John Sullivan on how to hire and retain the best employees. "Hiring has become a science," Sullivan said. "For most people who recruit it's an art, but that is a mistake." Sullivan stressed the importance of referrals from employees when searching for top-tier candidates. "You want your employees telling stories about the company," he said. "If you've done something well, you want employees to spread it. Because it's viral, it's believable. That's why referrals are so powerful. ... The best people are working. You have to steal them."

Arbitrary numbers

Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith commented on the impact of term limits for a June 6 Northern California Record report. "Voters ought to be able to select people as long as they are electable. These [term limits] are arbitrary numbers. Twelve is arbitrary. Eight is arbitrary. This is not democratic because these arbitrary limits deprive citizens of the experience and legislative memory. Experience is valuable," Smith said. "Just as a legislator gets the experience necessary to be truly effective, their time is up. Then someone else has to start all over again. ... To my knowledge, there has only been one study, and it did not prove term limits have prevented negative consequences."

Toward a nuclear-free world

The May 27 edition of Elle Magazine included comments by Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Christen Tsuyuko Sasaki on President Obama's visit to Hiroshima. "As a fourth-generation Japanese-American woman whose ancestors came from Hiroshima and passed away in the nuclear attack, I have many hopes for this inaugural visit. While President Obama laid out a plan in 2009 to create a 'nuclear free world,' the United States is still spending upwards of $1 trillion dollars on upgrading our nuclear arsenal," Sasaki said. "Like many, I hope that this visit strengthens the resolve to create a world free from nuclear weapons. I also hope that this visit prompts questions about the continued U.S. military presence and buildup in places across Asia and the Pacific."

Demographics changes in store

Assistant Professor of Political Science Marcela García-Castañon shared her thoughts on the ways Hispanics will alter California's future political landscape for a June 7 NBC News report. "California and its Latino population are indicative of the future of America. ... Latinos are the dominant racial minority group, and the demographics of the next generation of voters is already taking shape," García-Castañon said. "Within 15 years, the youngest voters will have come of age having helped their parents interpret ballot measures, had long conversations with their families about the [lack of] immigration reform and the biased, hateful language lobbed at them for being born Latino."

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

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SF State received $1,033,127.68 in grants and contracts in May 2016.

Taro Amagata, Chemistry and Biochemistry, CSUPERB (CSU Program for Education and Research in Biotechnology), Discovery of Novel Solid Tumor Selective Cytotoxins Produced by Marine-Derived Actinomycetes, $15,000

Joseph Chen, Biology, National Institute of General Medical Sciences, Regulation of Polar Adhesion During Sinorhizobium Meliloti Infection, $102,000

Yitwah Cheung, Mathematics, National Science Foundation, Generalized Gauss Maps and Divergert Orbits, $142,304

Robyn Crook, Biology, CSUPERB, Linking Nociceptive Circuit Plasticity to Complex Defensive Behavior, $15,000

Charles Egan, Mathematics, Institute of International Education, Flagship Student Support 2016-17, $128,826

William Kimmerer, Romberg Tiburon Center, United States Geological Survey, CASCADE II (Computational Assessments of Scenarios of Change for the Delta Ecosystem), $19,997.68

Judith Munter, Dean's Office, Silver Giving Foundation, SFSU-SFUSD Teacher Residency, $50,000

Isabelle Pelaud, Asian American Studies, Intersection for the Arts, Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network, $10,000

Rori Rohlfs, Biology, CSUPERB, Identifying the Role of Alternative Splicing in Adaptive Evolution, $15,000

Jennifer Summit, Undergraduate Studies, W.M. Keck Foundation, Causeways Initiative for Pre-Major Students, $500,000

Yenbo Wu, Division of International Education, French Embassy in the United States, Transatlantic Friendship and Mobility Initiative, $20,000

Xiaorong Zhang, Engineering, CSUPERB, Toward the Next-Generation Neural Controlled Artificial Arms, $15,000

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