March 11, 2016


Elizabeth Smith appointed associate vice president for marketing and strategic communications

J. Elizabeth Smith has been appointed as the new associate vice president for marketing and strategic communications in University Communications, effective April 4. 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.

Reporting to Vice President for Advancement Robert Nava, Smith will be responsible for leading all of the University's communications, public relations and marketing efforts. Prior to her current role, she served as associate vice president for college communications at Saint Mary's from 2008 to 2014, director of marketing communications at University of California, Davis from 2005 to 2008 and director of donor relations at Northwestern University from 2000 to 2005. Before coming to higher education, she worked in the private sector in marketing and communications.

Smith will take over for Monique Beeler, who has been serving as interim associate vice president since January.

University Park office changes

The University Park office has moved from Buckingham Way to its new location at 796 Font Blvd. within the University Property Management offices in the Towers at Centennial Square.  Mail should be sent to the Housing Business Office, c/o University Park. The new phone number is ext. 5‑4000.

Same great alumni, new website name: Gator Greats

SF State is proud of its alumni and their many accomplishments, which are featured in many ways, including a website dedicated to showcasing the most illustrious graduates. As part of the continuing efforts to raise visibility, that website has been renamed Gator Greats and may be accessed at Visitors to the old Alumni Hot Shots website address will be brought to the renamed site.

In addition to the new site name, the alumni portion of the University's homepage has been updated with a more inviting and inspirational look. So get proud and check out SF State's Gator Greats.

SF State to celebrate Founders Day March 15

Since its founding in 1899, SF State has undergone changes in name, leadership and location. But one thing has remained constant: The University's commitment to providing students with a quality education. Over the years, SF State has provided scholarships to thousands of deserving students who are working to realize their dreams.

In honor of Founders Day — and to continue that tradition of support — on March 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. the campus community will celebrate the event at Malcolm X Plaza, where Taqueria Girasol will give away 1,899 tacos. There will be live entertainment and prizes for the student organizations that raise the most money for the HOPE Fund, which gives financial support in the event of a personal and unexpected crisis. Participants are urged to stop at any of the tables to donate and help participating groups win. For more information, visit

Questions? Contact Ryan Jones at ext. 8-2217 or

Autonomous shuttles on campus, March 17‑18

The College of Science & Engineering and Varden Labs invite the campus community to a demonstration of a self-driving, four-passenger, electric shuttle on March 17 and 18 on the Quad. The showcase will kick off with a demonstration at 10 a.m., March 17.

At noon on March 17 in SCI 256, Varden Labs CEO Alex Rodrigues will discuss the autonomous transportation industry and provide an overview of the technology. The event will be followed by a question-and-answer session.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to hop on for a short ride in the vehicle from 2 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 17, and from 10 to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 18, in the Quad outside the Gymnasium.

The shuttle is about the size of a golf cart and can reach speeds of up to 25 miles per hour, but will travel at about 10 miles per hour for the pilot project. Varden Labs will be gathering information for its pilot research project, which focuses on testing the vehicle in real-world scenarios to determine the long-term applications.

Humanistic (R)evolution 2.0: Re-Visioning Human Potential, Education and Healthcare, March 17‑20

The Institute for Holistic Health Studies/Department of Health Education will host the annual conference of the Society for Humanistic Psychology (APA division 32) at SF State. This year's conference, "The Humanistic (R)evolution 2.0 — Re-Visioning Human Potential, Education & Healthcare," will be held at the Seven Hills Conference Center March 17‑20.

In the wake of unprecedented complexity and mounting challenges to human existence, humanistic psychologists and invited thought leaders will gather as a collective think tank to help clarify a new cultural story for the times — a story that will unite people across differences and support humanity in its evolution. The conference will focus on four key conversations (technology, media and mindfulness; integrative health care, eco-psychology and the new spirituality; art, experiential learning and integral education; violence vs. collaboration, peace and justice) to help society face the challenges of the 21st century.

Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend at a reduced cost. For details contact the Holistic Health Learning Center in HSS 329 or visit the conference website.

Campus Living Lab Grant Program

The Campus as a Living Lab Grant Program is a unique opportunity to partner faculty and facilities management staff in using the campus as a forum for the exploration of sustainability concepts and theories. The program aligns the California State University's longstanding commitment to sustainability with the fundamental goal of preparing students for the workforce.

The program will provide funds for the redesign of a course that ties elements of sustainability into opportunities for learning using the campus physical plant. Funds of up to $12,000 will be awarded to support the preparation of the proposed course. For more information, visit the CSU Living Lab Grant Program webpage.

2016-17 ICCE director nominations/applications sought

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites nominations and applications for the director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) for academic year 2016-17. Send nominations and/or applications to ICCE Interim Associate Director Jen Gasang by March 31.

Duties include working closely with the ICCE Faculty and Community Advisory Council to provide leadership and direction for the academic mission; promote and support academic service-learning, campus community partnerships and civic engagement activities that inspire, enhance learning and prepare students for engaged citizenship; serve as a liaison to the Academic Senate and other campus centers and programs relevant to faculty research, teaching, and community engagement.

The ideal candidate must have:

  • A doctoral degree and tenure in an academic department (associate or full professor).
  • Experience with various forms of experiential education and civic engagement.
  • A sound grasp of service-learning pedagogy and experience in community engaged‑scholarship.
  • The ability to work with campus stakeholders to support and implement policies that align with the University's strategic plan.
  • The ability to advise faculty and units on the integration of community-engaged scholarship in tenure and promotion guidelines.
  • The ability to communicate and support institute goals to stakeholders.
  • A demonstrated understanding of the principles and processes for developing and sustaining community partnerships.
  • Commitment to assessment of community service-learning and community-engaged scholarship.
  • Ability to foster an inclusive, transparent and collegial environment.

The director will report to the dean of the DUEAP and work at a 0.4 time base/academic year appointment (two course release per semester with a summer stipend), based on a three-year renewable contract. View the full responsibilities and requirements on the ICCE website.

Interested applicants should submit the following items:

  1. Cover letter detailing relevant expertise and a statement on the future direction of ICCE.
  2. Current curriculum vitae.
  3. Identification of an individual who can support the nomination.

Advancing Student Success: A dialogue for University faculty, staff and administrators

The Student Success and Graduation Initiative Task Force and the César E. Chávez Institute will co-sponsor a lunchtime reading and discussion series to examine factors that support or hinder student academic success.

The meetings will provide an informal forum for faculty and staff/administrators to jointly delve into key issues affecting students' academic achievement, informed by recent research. Each meeting will focus on a pre-circulated reading on a different topic — unpacking research findings, then exploring their possible implications for how we serve our students.

Supporting undergraduate degree completion advances social justice and economic prosperity for the region, state and nation. Today, three-quarters of the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. require education and training beyond a high school diploma, yet nearly half of students who begin a baccalaureate program are not able to finish within six years — too many of them students of color or from low-income households.

The lunch dialogues will continue this semester on the following Wednesdays from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286):

No preregistration is required. Bring a lunch — drinks and dessert will be provided.

For more information or to be included on future announcements, contact the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning at or ext. 8‑2206.

2016 Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grants

The Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant program supports original projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites applications from individuals and collaborative groups for projects that are directed toward obtaining tangible results such as a journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project or concert. Projects may include work across disciplinary boundaries, but are not required to do so.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, with no exceptions. An announcement of the funded proposals is expected in June, and the earliest anticipated start date for awards will be July 1. View the full Funding Opportunity Announcement and submission procedures.

2016 Call to Service Initiative — community engagement mini-grants seek applicants

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) has announced the 2016 Call to Service mini-grants for activity taking place in summer 2016, fall 2016 and spring 2017. The mini-grants are designed to support faculty and staff in providing service-learning opportunities to students and in disseminating service-learning knowledge, research or findings. The available grants are:

Community Engaged Scholarship Faculty Mini-Grant

This mini-grant funds faculty members' efforts to modify the curriculum of an established course or create a new course to include a service-learning component. Each grant award is $4,500. The first-round deadline is March 16. The second-round deadline is April 29.

Department/Program Level Mini-Grant (Pilot Program)

The purpose of this initiative is to support 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 to further advance the integration of service-learning into the department/program. The deadline is April 29.

Partnerships in Service Mini-Grant

These $3,000 grants will provide financial support to SF State faculty and staff members who are initiating or deepening relationships with community members/organizations to support high-quality service-learning courses. The deadline is April 29.

Service-Learning Student Assistant(s) Mini-Grant

Grants will offer as much as $3,000 to provide for student assistant support for the implementation of high-quality service-learning opportunities. Proposals are accepted on a rolling basis until May 6 and/or when funds are depleted.

Service-Learning Conference Travel Mini-Grant

Grants will provide support for faculty members (with or without student co-presenters) who plan to (A) participate in a professional, academic and/or service-learning conference to present a paper or attend a session or sessions specifically about course-related service or service-learning partnerships or (B) present a service-learning paper at the annual conference of their discipline. Faculty can receive as much as $750 for CSU-approved travel. Support for student travel ranges up to $1,000 per student for CSU-approved travel (with a maximum of two students). Students must be listed as co-presenters and travel with the co-presenting faculty member. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis until May 6 and/or when funds are depleted.

Funding is provided through the CSU Chancellor's Office Call to Service Initiative. For information, criteria, guidelines and proposal forms, contact Jen Gasang at or ext. 8‑3282.

The Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grants for 2016‑17

The Professional Development Council (PDC) is charged with overseeing the application and selection process for the Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grants award program, which is funded by the CSU Chancellor's Office. This grant program is developmental in nature, with a focus on both supporting early scholars in work that will significantly benefit their scholarship and creative work and assisting established scholars as they leverage nascent projects in ways that make a difference to their careers at SF State.

Grant opportunity

The maximum for the grants is $8,000 per grant proposal for individual projects and $12,000 for collaborative projects. (Collaborators must be SF State tenured or tenure-track faculty members.) Funds are available for the 2016-17 academic year, including summer 2017.


All faculty are eligible to apply. Early to mid-career faculty are especially encouraged to submit applications. Faculty on sabbatical leave during the application or award period may apply.

Faculty who are participating in the early retirement program (FERP) are not eligible for this grant program. Faculty who received a DRC award for 2016 and current PDC members are not eligible for the 2016-17 grant cycle.

Download the DRC announcement and application. The application deadline is Monday, March 28.

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. Tuesday 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.

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Comedy and tragedy are threaded together in Anton Chekhov's "The Seagull"

The School of Theatre and Dance will present "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov March 3-13. Directed by Bill Peters, "The Seagull" threads together comedy and tragedy to tell the tale of the intimate lives of an extended family of artists and lovers of art.

Chekhov's ability to capture the exact moments when feelings become thoughts and thoughts become words enables each character to become a vivid presence in the brief time spent in front of the audience. In "The Seagull," he makes the audience feel as though they are in the company of a friend in front of whom these people can freely live their lives without hesitation or pretense.

Performances will be held in the Little Theatre, CA 106, at 8 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. on Sundays through March 13. Admission is on a sliding scale from $5 to $10. Questions? Visit or email

Interdisciplinary STS Hub meeting, March 15

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 meet Tuesday, March 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HSS 361 to discuss "Intersectionality and Tech Design." The conversation will draw upon the following readings to guide the conversation: "How diversity gets lost: Age and gender in design practices of information and communication technologies" and "Queer Game Analysis: Mattie Brice's Mainichi"

The group meets every third Tuesday, with meetings scheduled for April 19 and May 17. Questions? Contact Ugo Edu at or call ext. 5‑2444.

HEI Speaker Series: Algorithms, Disciplinary Expertise and Inequalities, March 16

On Wednesday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to noon in HSS 361 Drexel University Professor of Sociology Kelly Joyce, Ph.D., will discuss how disciplinary expertise shapes the values that drive big data work and the implications of this process for understanding inequalities.

The HEI (Health Equity Institute) Speaker Series is a monthly event that showcases leading researchers in the field of health equity. For more information email

ePortfolio Lunch and Learn event on March 17

Faculty and staff are invited to join Academic Technology's ePortfolio "Lunch and Learn" on Thursday, March 17, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Library Faculty Commons (LIB 286).

Over an informal lunch, we will hear from a number of faculty who will briefly share an example of their ePortfolio work with students or a practice/assignment and other experience(s) in working with ePortfolios. We will also introduce our newly adopted ePortfolio platform (Portfolium) that is available to all SF State students at no cost now and after graduation.

Please RSVP by March 10 at Questions? Contact Andrea Taylor and the ePortfolio Team at or visit

Wine Club to meet March 17

The Faculty and Staff Wine Club will meet again on Thursday, March 17 at 5:30 p.m. in the Vista Room. At this event, two local wineries — Oro En Paz and VinAtlas — will share their wine with the group. Participants will learn about and sample wines while socializing with colleagues from across the University. All are welcome — wine novices and wine enthusiasts alike.

Interested? Register for the event (RSVPs are needed to ensure there is enough wine and food.) Note that the registration page works best when using the Chrome or Internet Explorer browser.

Can't make this event but want to be added to the distribution list for future gatherings? Send an email to Wine Club Chancellor Eric Lamm.

UWA private tour of Pierre Bonnard Painting Arcadia, March 26

The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to a private tour of the Pierre Bonnard Painting Arcadia exhibit at the Legion of Honor beginning at 3 p.m. on March 26. Professor Emeritus of English Jim Kohn will be the docent for the private tour. Bonnard is one of the defining figures of modernism in the transitional period between impressionism and abstract art. This exhibition spans his entire career and is the first major international presentation of his work on the West Coast in half a century.

The registration deadline is March 18, and the tour cost is $25 per person. Due to museum fee requirements, even Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco (FAMSF) members must pay for the tour. Make checks payable to "UWA" and mail to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Please include your FAMSF membership number, if applicable. Questions? Email Lin Ivory.

WAC/WID roundtables for faculty who teach student writing, March 28

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and WAC/WID (Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing In the Disciplines) invite all faculty to the next roundtable session on March 28 from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286 (Faculty Commons).

The workshop, "Managing the Paper Load: Meaningful and Less Labor-Intensive Ways of Responding to Student Writing," will be facilitated by Jennifer Trainor, associate professor in the Department of English Language and Literature. The workshop will provide an overview of best practices in responding to student writing and discuss strategies for giving students effective feedback. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served.

The final roundtable of the semester will be held on April 25 from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286 and will focus on facilitating peer feedback and revision in a hybrid writing course. Contact Juliana van Olphen, director of WAC/WID, or Peter Ingmire, associate director of WAC/WID, for further information.

Gators feast at Foreign Cinema, March 29

SF State alumni are invited to join the Alumni Association and alum chef Gayle Pirie ('81) at her Mediterranean-inspired restaurant Foreign Cinema for the next stop on a Gator culinary tour. Pirie's dinner menu changes daily to use the fresh ingredients she finds at the market each day, which has made Foreign Cinema one of San Francisco's hottest culinary destinations.

Guests will meet in the private West Gallery dining room of Foreign Cinema (2534 Mission Street, San Francisco) on Tuesday, March 29, at 5:45 p.m. for the wine reception, followed by dinner from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dinner and Flora Spring wines will be served. Cost is $90 per person.

The event is limited to one guest per alum, and Alumni Association members receive priority registration. The event will sell out quickly. Sign up for the Foreign Cinema dinner. Questions? Email Ken Maeshiro at

"The Fringe": four weeks, four programs, March 29

The School of Theatre and Dance will present plays by SF State playwrights lifted fresh off the page and delivered to the stage. Directed and acted by students, this is a chance to see 21st century theatre in the making. The production will begin Tuesday, March 29, and run through April 23. Tuesday through Friday performances begin at 7 p.m., with one Saturday performance on April 2 at 2 p.m. For a more information and a listing of dates, visit the event page for "The Fringe."

Phi Beta Kappa reminders

The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:

  • Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama of the Economics Department.
  • The annual meeting will be held Thursday, April 7, from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. in HSS 143; presentation of the new class of members-in-course will be on the agenda.
  • The Phi Beta Kappa annual initiation ceremony will be held Thursday, May 12, from 3 to 4 p.m. on the Administration Building's fifth floor patio. It will be followed by a reception.

Questions? Contact Chapter President Masahiko Minami or, for finances, Chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

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 more scarce than normal.

Questions? Contact Student Outreach Services at

CSU Summer Arts: Igniting Artful Minds

The CSU Summer Arts program will be held at CSU Monterey Bay this summer. This academic program offers a transformative summer experience within a creative arts/art festival setting that is unlike any other. Each course is worth three units of college credit within the CSU system.

A new class this year is "Jewelry and Body Adornment Using Alternative Materials" taught by Hsiao-Yun Chu, SF State associate professor of design and industry. The course will feature visiting professionals, studio time and professional photography. Faculty may be interested in the program for professional development, and courses are also open to non-matriculated students. Participants may enroll in one class per two-week cycle, and scholarships are available. Over 80 percent of CSU students receive scholarship funds. Application requirements vary by course. Learn how to apply.

Calling all Commencement volunteers

SF State will again hold the Commencement Ceremony at AT&T Park this year. Many volunteers are needed to help make the event special. So sign up to be part of this wonderful celebration.

Volunteers must:

  • Be available on Friday, May 27, from 2 to 10 p.m.
  • Have transportation to and from AT&T Park.
  • Get approval from their supervisor.
  • Attend one volunteer informational meeting. (Three orientations will be held during the week of May 16-20. Meeting date options will be sent to volunteers as soon as they are confirmed.)
  • Arrive on time and ready to work.
  • Wear the uniform of tan or black pants and a white button-down or polo shirt. (All volunteers will receive a special gold windbreaker.)

Volunteers are encouraged to take public transportation or carpool. When registering, those who will be driving are asked to indicate that in the "Special Requests" section.

Two catered break areas will be available from 2 to 10 p.m. for volunteers to relax and grab dinner or a snack.

As a special thanks, all volunteers will be invited to the post-Commencement celebration to be held the first week of June. Details will follow.

Questions? Email the Commencement team at

Order regalia for Commencement 2016

Faculty members are invited to Commencement 2016! To participate you will need to wear academic regalia. Rentals are available at the SF State Bookstore.

Important dates and details:

  • Only generic regalia will be available for rental after April 15.
  • Rental regalia will be available to pick up beginning the week of May 16.
  • Faculty/staff will go to the customer service counter inside the bookstore to pick up their regalia.

Set Pricing (includes cap, gown, tassel and hood; hood colors are based on the field of the degree and the university where it was earned)

  • Bachelor: $59
  • Master: $63
  • Doctoral: $72

Component Pricing (cap, gown and tassel only)

  • Bachelor: $31
  • Master: $34
  • Doctoral: $38

Gown Only

  • Bachelor: $24
  • Master: $27
  • Doctoral: $31

Hood Only

  • Bachelor: $28
  • Master: $29
  • Doctoral: $34

Cap/Tam Only

  • Eight-sided class rental tam in black: $32
  • Eight-sided class rental tam with gold silk tassel: $36


Following are the action items from the March 4 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announcements: E. Goldstein thanked the senators for their service this year and asked for nominations for committee positions that are open.
  • Approved minutes for the Feb. 23 meeting as submitted.
  • Approved the March 8 agenda, amended to add a resolution in support of budget transparency and correct to the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee recommendation regarding the "paired courses" policy (originally listed as "pair").
  • Heard the chair's report: Read a resolution from the chair of the CSU Academic Senate.
  • Heard reports from the Academic Senate CSU:
    • Senator Ritter:
      • AS3236 Reaffirming the principle of shared governance passed unanimously.
      • AS3244 Support for requiring a fourth year of high school mathematics quantitative reasoning passed after two hours of discussion.
      • AS3245 Resolution on faculty representation on campus honorary degree committees passed unanimously.
      • AS3251 In support of increased funding for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity program, in the first reading.
    • Senator Yee-Melichar:
      • AS3246 Resolution to prevent workplace bullying within the CSU community passed.
      • AS3248 Resolution on 2016 legislative advocacy positions passed.
      • AS3250 Resolution regarding evaluation of online teaching, in the first reading.
      • AS3252 Proposed calendar for the 2016-17 academic year passed.
      • A CSU 2016 Summer Institute with the theme "Faculty Excellence and Student Success" will be held July 12-14 at the CSU Chancellor's office in Long Beach.
  • Heard a recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed 2016-17 Senate Meeting Schedule in the first reading. The proposed schedule will be revised and corrected.
  • Heard a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Paired Courses policy in the first reading. A proposed revision by Senator Pasion will be passed back to the committee for more work.
  • Heard a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed Variable Topic and Experimental Courses policy in the first reading. The proposed policy will return in a second reading at the next plenary session.
  • Heard a recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed revision to the Board of Appeals and Review Policy (consent item) was approved by acclimation.
  • Heard a resolution in Support of Budget Transparency. Resolution moved to second reading and defeated: the resolution will revert to the Executive Committee for work.
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee: Senator Hammer reported the committee continues to work on the probation policy, as well as policy revisions to the Committee on Written English Proficiency. The creation of new Athletic Advisory Board is pending.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Senator Pasion reported the committee will review proposals once they are submitted.
    • Faculty Affairs Committee Senator Trogu reported that work continues on revisions to Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy.
    • Strategic Issues Committee Senator Azadpur reported the committee continues to review all policies and relevant committees. Work continues on the Affirmative Action policy to bring up‑to‑date.
    • Student Affairs Committee Senator Schwartz reported on their work in support of the Student Success and Graduation Initiative. Work on revising short-term loan policy continues.


Monday deadline for distinguished faculty awards nomination applications

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.

The deadline to submit nominations is March 14 at 5 p.m. 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.

The chair of the 2015-16 Faculty Honors and Awards Committee is Professor of Decision Sciences Ramesh Bollapragada.


All-University elections for spring 2016

Important dates for the all-University elections this spring are:

  • Nomination period: March 14 through April 1
  • Voting period: April 11 through April 29

To nominate oneself or another for a position, visit

The open positions are:

Academic Senate: At-Large Faculty Representative (three seats)
Eligibility and process: Faculty members are elected at large. Must be available every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Term: three years
Outgoing representatives: Mehmet Ergul, Lawrence Hanley, vacant

Academic Senate: Staff Representative (one seat)
Eligibility and process: Staff members from bargaining units 1,2,4,5,6,7,8 or 9, are elected at large. Must be available every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m.
Term: three years
Outgoing representative: Lorna Hill

Academic Senate, CSU: Faculty Representative (one seat)
Eligibility and process: Faculty member elected at large.  Must be available every Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. and be willing to travel to Academic Senate CSU meetings, which are typically held in Long Beach.
Term: three years
Outgoing representative: Darlene Yee

Academic Freedom Committee: Faculty Representative (three seats)
Eligibility and process: Faculty members are elected at large. Faculty cannot hold a seat on the Academic Senate, the University Tenure and Promotions Committee, or an administrative position higher than department chair.
Term: three years
Outgoing representatives: Christine Brandes, Martin Carcieri, vacant

Honorary Degree Committee: Faculty Representative (one seat)
Eligibility and process: Faculty member elected at large.
Term: two years
Outgoing representative: Grace Yoo

Administrative Search Committee pool: Faculty Representative (unlimited)
Eligibility and process: Elected faculty members will have their names included in a pool from which members of administrative search committees are drawn.
Term: two years

Questions?  Contact the Senate Office at ext. 8-1264 or email

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at

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Art Faculty Exhibition: through March 17 in the Fine Arts Gallery

Inspiration Wall Designs: through March 30 in the ASI Art Gallery


Saturday, March 12

Theatre: "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Sunday, March 13

Baseball hosting Cal State East Bay: noon at Maloney Field

Theatre: "The Seagull" by Anton Chekhov: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Cellist Jay Campbell in recital with pianist Conor Hanick: 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Monday, March 14

Softball hosting Cal Baptist (doubleheader): 1 p.m. at the softball field

Recital: Intertribal Ensemble: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Lecture/reading: Writers on Writing: Andrew Durbin

Tuesday, March 15

Founders Day Celebration: 11:30 a.m. in Malcolm X Plaza, Student Center

Lecture: Michael Arcega, Victor De La Rosa, Jeffrey Downing: 12:10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery

Muscle Physiology Lecture Series: Concurrent Exercise Training and Muscle Hypertrophy: 1 p.m. in LIB 244

Wednesday, March 16

Lecture: Algorithms, Disciplinary Expertise and Inequalities: 11 a.m. in HSS 361

Wheelie Wednesdays: 6 p.m. in The Depot, Student Center

Concert: Chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Thursday, March 17

Poetry: Elaine Kahn and Trisha Low: 4:30 p.m. in the Poetry Center, Humanities

Lecture: ImprovisAsians 2016! Sounding Unity: 6:10 p.m. in CA 152

Friday, March 18

Master class: Purple Gums: 10:30 a.m. in CA 152

Softball hosting Stanislaus State (doubleheader): 1 p.m. at the softball field

Recital: Purple Gums: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride wrote the opinion piece "Modern Youth and Chastity: Freeing Yourself from Sexual Repression" for The Good Men Project blog based on his experiences growing up.

Geography and Environment

Assistant Professor of Geography and Human Environment Jennifer Blecha authored "Regulating backyard slaughter: Strategies and gaps in municipal livestock ordinances,” published online Dec. 3 in the Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems and Community Development. The study looked at animal policies in 22 cities in light of the growing alternative food movement and identifies five approaches to governing backyard slaughter.

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Different frames of thought

Assistant Professor of Biology Blake Riggs discussed how his experience of prejudiced encounters and personal stumbles led to his tenaciousness in encouraging students of color to help increase diversity in the sciences for a March 1 University of Santa Cruz News Center feature article. "We are trying to answer some of the most complicated questions out there," Riggs said. "In order to do that, we need people from different backgrounds, with different experiences and different frames of thought. If we have diversity, we are better at answering questions."

Race key in race

Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith commented on the presidential race for a March 2 Afro report. "The states Mr. Sanders won are disproportionately White, and the states Mrs. Clinton have won are disproportionately Black. ... That's what will propel her to the nomination — her overwhelming support from African-American voters," Smith said. "Trump came along and destroyed any inroads the GOP has made with minority voters because his controversial statements have estranged Latino and Black voters. [Should Trump be nominated] Black voters may be motivated to turn out to ensure he is not elected to the White House."

Two-way conversation

Associate Professor of English Larry Hanley, a proponent of annotation software, commented for a March 4 Fast Company article about annotating the Internet. "Annotation makes the reading process visible," Hanley said. "I encourage my students to annotate their texts to show them that the relationship between the reader and a text is a two-way conversation. It forces them to wrestle with the words on the page."

Telling the truth

Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride and his memoir, "The Broken Places," was the subject of a March 6 San Francisco Examiner article, which also included comments from Professor of Cinema Steven Kovacs. "When you're dealing with things like mental illness, there's still a certain stigma. You have to kind of whip yourself up into telling the truth about things like this and other issues, painful issues," McBride said, noting that those experiences influence his writing. "He is an absolute dynamo, an incredible researcher and he writes all the time. In some ways, he is an unusual university professor because he insists on proper writing form and style," Kovacs said of McBride, who has been writing since 1963.

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

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Professor Emeritus of Music Herbert Bielawa passed away Dec. 23, 2015 at his home in Kensington, California. He was 85.

Bielawa taught at SF State from 1966 until his retirement in 1991. While at the University, he founded the contemporary performing group Pro Musica Nova and created and developed courses for the electronic music and computer music studios. More recently, he established the chamber ensemble Sounds New, which has presented concerts of contemporary music in Kensington for the past several years. He composed music for mixed instrumental ensembles, piano, harpsichord, pipe organ, choir, electronics, chamber opera, band and orchestra.

He studied composition at the University of Illinois, where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees. He earned his doctor of musical arts degree in composition at the University of Southern California. Before joining SF State, he was composer-in-residence for the Spring Branch School System in Houston under the Contemporary Music Project from 1964 to 1966. In 1975 he was the composer-in-residence for the San Francisco Summer Music Project sponsored by the San Francisco Symphony and the school district.

Bielawa's last and recently finished work, "Drone on D," for flute, clarinet, violin, viola and cello, will receive its world premiere performance by the contemporary music ensemble Earplay on March 14 at ODC Theater, 3153 17th Street in San Francisco's Mission District. His recently published memoir is titled "Enough About Me: Notes and Anecdotes from a Composer."

He is survived by his wife Sandra Ilona Soderlund (a pianist, organist and harpsichordist); his two children, Bruce David Bielawa and Lisa Carol Bielawa; and two grandchildren, Caden James Bielawa and Ryan Cathleen Bielawa. His daughter Lisa, who followed his passion, studied piano, voice and violin, leading to a notable career as a composer and performer.

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