May 20, 2016


CampusMemo schedule

This is the last CampusMemo of the spring semester. CampusMemo will be published monthly during the summer on June 17 and July 15. Regular weekly publication will resume in the fall beginning Aug. 19.

SF State swinging for another Commencement home run at AT&T Park

San Francisco State University's 115th Commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 27 at AT&T Park. More than 8,000 undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degrees at the waterfront ballpark, with more than 35,000 guests expected to attend. Oscar-winning film producer and SF State alum Jonas Rivera (B.A., '96) will deliver the Commencement address... Read more at SF State News.

New ICCE faculty director: Nina Roberts

Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Nina Roberts has been named faculty director of the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE). During her 11 years of service, research and teaching at SF State, she has published extensively on racial disparities and social justice in recreation programs and outdoor education, partnered with colleagues at SF State and across the CSU to create community-based learning opportunities and mentored scores of students in experiential education; she has also served as director of the Pacific Leadership Institute. In addition to her work at SF State, Roberts brings 22 years of personal experience with nonprofit, community and federal organizations, which honed her ability to forge partnerships across diverse communities. ICCE reports to the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning. "Nina Roberts is a champion of community-engaged research, pedagogy and service at all levels, and I am excited that she will lead ICCE into the next chapter of its powerful future," Dean Jennifer Summit said.

Inaugural College of Extended Learning Distinguished Faculty Award

Tristan Cameron, an instructor at the American Language Institute (ALI), was awarded the inaugural 2015-16 College of Extended Learning Distinguished Faculty Award. The ALI was founded in 1961 and is one of the oldest and most respected language programs in the United States. For more than three years, Cameron has been instrumental in advancing English language learners through the ALI and into SF State as matriculated students. In addition to excelling at teaching the pre-advanced level, she was chosen to lead workshops for aspiring graduate students on how to write a successful application statement of purpose. She has enabled many ALI students to improve their written accuracy and become more successful in their university courses. Cameron has also been instrumental in the creation and revision of several classes and is currently preparing to pilot a new elective that will bring ALI students into the San Francisco community, a long-sought goal.

Philosophy receives CALL grant

The CSU Campus as a Living Lab (CALL) Program has awarded the Philosophy Department a curricular redesign grant. The project will bring campus sustainability issues as case studies into the General Education course on Environmental Ethics (PHIL 470). Students also will be offered the opportunity for community service learning by conducting campus tours on sustainability for groups from middle and high schools, senior centers and other segments of the community.  Lead project personnel are Sustainability Coordinator Nick Kordesch, Faculty Lead Chair of Philosophy Anita Silvers and Professor of Philosophy Shelley Wilcox, who is a nationally recognized researcher in urban environmental ethics.

Telecommunications changes coming June 2

On June 2, the Information Technology Services (ITS) Voice Team will say goodbye to the longest-serving member of the organization. The NEC RDS telephone system, which has served the campus for 32 years, will be replaced by the SV9500 system, a new and improved unit from the NEC product line, which will also support the Voice Over IP system used in the library.

The SV9500 will not only support the University's ongoing services, but will also meet future needs. The transition will be transparent to users, who will continue to use the same commands to set up call forwarding, initiate conference calls and call transfers. NEC Technician Ralph Brembt will continue to support the University phone system.

San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking @ SF State 2016

Calling all developers, designers, scientists, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, students and activists: Join the San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking at SF State (part of National Day of Civic Hacking) to collaboratively create, build and invent new solutions using publicly released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country.

Register now! Space is limited, so register early.

Dates and times:

When: Saturday, June 4, and Sunday, June 5

Where: Cesar Chavez Student Center at SF State

Theme: Community & Courage


Cost: Free

2016 challenges include:

  • Combating the zika virus and future threats (USAID/OpenIDEO)
  • Crowdsource transit information: shuttle from Daly City BART (SF State)
  • Data visualization for the Obama administration's promise zones (White House)
  • Matching student skills with jobs on campus (SF State)
  • Applying for affordable housing (Code for America)
  • Connecting faculty (SF State)
  • The Opportunity Project (U.S. Census)
  • Data visualization for community-based organizations and business engagement in the San Francisco Unified School District (UniteSF)​​

About National Day of Civic Hacking

National Day of Civic Hacking is an international event that will be held June 4-5 in cities around the world. The event will bring together citizens, software developers and entrepreneurs to collaboratively create, build and invent new solutions for community problems. Anyone can participate; participants do not need to be experts in technology, they just need to care about their neighborhood and community.​

May is Better Hearing & Speech Month

Communication disorders are among the most common conditions in adults and children and cost the United States billions annually due to lost work productivity, special education and medical treatment. Therefore, during Better Hearing & Speech Month the Graduate College of Education will join the 11,000 audiologists and speech-language pathologists in California to raise awareness and bring better hearing and speech to those individuals affected by communication disorders. As part of that effort, a free, open-to-the-public lunchtime talk will be held on May 25 at noon about "Turn It On: Using Online Videos for Social Learning," by Anna Vagin in BH 149.

Free hearing screening tests will also be held. Call Mallorie Desimone at ext. 8-1001 to set up a free appointment.

Spring Clean-Up, May 31-June 7

Administration & Finance (A&F) will host a Spring Clean-Up to help faculty and staff clear out unwanted items.

Junk item collection

From May 31 through June 7, dumpsters will be placed outside of Hensill Hall and the Fine Arts garage for unwanted items, such as furniture. For help with larger items, submit a work order at and enter "Spring Clean-Up" in the description field of the service request. A&F will cover the cost of those work orders placed from May 31 to June 7. The items will be picked up throughout the summer.

Free e-waste drop off

Drop off e-waste, including old and/or non-working electronics, at the Fine Arts loading dock on June 1 from noon to 2 p.m. and on June 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. Be sure to complete and submit the property survey request form prior to drop-off.

Hazardous materials and universal waste

Submit a service request for a free pick up of hazardous materials and other waste. Departments and individuals are encouraged to get rid of chemicals that are no longer needed or used. Examples include old/expired/unknown chemicals, chemical containers that are damaged or nearly empty and other specialty items, such as batteries, lamps or refrigerators. After a work order has been submited, Marsha Elliott, environmental compliance manager for Environment Health and Safety, will follow up to arrange a pick-up time.

The Confidential Data Policy governs items that contain or may contain confidential data, including papers and University-owned electronics with non-volatile memory. Non-volatile memory electronics, working or not, must be disposed of via the University's e-waste vendor or transferred to another University department; they cannot be put in the Goodwill bins. Papers with Level 1 or Level 2 data must be disposed of in secure shred bins. View the e-waste FAQ.

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

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 Email questions to

Welcome Days 2016 program proposals due today

Welcome Days 2016 will welcome new students and their families to SF State from Saturday, August 20, to Thursday, August 25, on the main campus. Program session and event requests are now being accepted from those interested in participating as campus partners. In the past, these have been in the form of departmental open houses and student success workshops.

Please click here to access the event and workshop proposal form.

Proposals must be submitted by midnight Monday, May 20. Visit the Welcome Days website for more information. Email questions to

The Welcome Days Planning Committee looks forward to welcoming the entering students with your participation. Go, Gators!

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Campus Cats volunteers needed

The Campus Cat committee is seeking new volunteers to feed the small, friendly cat population on campus. Volunteering is easy and food is provided. Donations of food, water and cash are also welcome. If interested, or for additional information, contact Tina at or call ext. 8-2814.

Employee University summer 2016 course registration open

Employee University is pleased to announce that summer 2016 course registration has begun. SF State faculty and staff can enroll in one class of their choice by visiting the Employee University courses and registration webpage. Note that each class has limited seating and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Classes will begin during the second week of June and continue through September. For more information or answers to questions, email The Employee University cohort looks forward to seeing you in class.

"Double Victory" at Fort Point, May 21-22

Asian American Studies graduate student Francis Wong, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Wesley Ueunten and Assistant Professor of American Indian Studies John-Carlos Perea will join a large cast performing on the subject of Asian-American communities during World War II. "Double Victory" will be performed at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, at Fort Point National Historic Site (999 Marine Dr.) in San Francisco.

"Double Victory" tells several stories from the World War II experience of Asian-Americans, from the roles played by Japanese and Okinawan Americans whose families were held in internment camps to the role of the U.S.-China alliance in the repeal of the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. The performance is sponsored by the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy in association with Asian Improv Arts, Lenora Lee Dance, the Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center and the Chinese Historical Society of America.

Also, an educational mini-installation that explores this narrative produced by the Chinese Historical Society of America, "Called to Rise: Chinese Americans in CBI" (China-Burma-India Theater of WWII) will be on view from May 6 through June 30 at the Fort Point National Historic Site (Friday-Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Thursday-Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting at the end of May).

Biology hosts ninth annual Personalized Medicine Conference, May 26

The Department of Biology will host its ninth annual Personalized Medicine Conference on Thursday, May 26, at the South San Francisco Conference Center. This year's theme will be "Gene Therapy & Genome Editing." For more information visit The conference is a great networking opportunity for students, faculty and alumni. The registration fee ($25 for students and $50 for faculty) includes refreshments, breakfast, lunch and a reception. Questions? Email Michael Goldman at

International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese, June 4-5

The ninth International Conference on Practical Linguistics of Japanese (ICPLJ9): Japanese Textbook Workshops will be held June 4-5, in the Humanities Auditorium (HUM 133).

Register online for the event. The conference program can also be downloaded from the site by following the "View the Schedule" link toward the bottom.

Questions? Contact ICPLJ9 Director Masahiko Minami.

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.

Three sessions are offered and will be held in LIB 242:

  • Session 1: June 7 and June 8 (Tuesday and Wednesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • 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 for accommodations. Have questions about the event? Email 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 staff will work side-by-side with faculty to identify areas of improvement for courses. At the end of the workshop faculty 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.

Choose one of two upcoming sessions. Lunch and refreshments are included.

  • Session 1: Thursday, June 9, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., LIB 242
  • 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 or call ext. 5-5550 with questions.

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 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 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


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Africana Studies

Associate Professor of Africana Studies Dawn-Elissa Fischer received the Nasir Jones Hiphop Fellowship from the Hutchins Center at Harvard University for her research concerning Africana aesthetics in hip-hop, manga and anime. The anonymous donor who provided the major endowment wanted the rapper Nas to be the face of the fellowship, which aims to help improve understanding of today's youth culture and help fight the structural causes of poverty and racism.

American Indian Studies

Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins was recently invited by the University of Hawaii's Department of Ethnic Studies, Native Hawaiian Student Services, Office of Student Equity and Afro-Centric Society of Hawaii to give a lecture on "African and Native American Contact: Evidence from a Smithsonian Exhibit." The event took place on Tuesday, April 26. Collins was also invited to engage in a scholarly dialogue on Black studies and why it is important to Hawaiian and indigenous studies on Thursday, April 28.

Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts

Associate Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Jeff Jacoby published his third course and final installment in the series "Capturing Audio for Video" on The three courses offer both the theory and practice of recording sound on location for use in video productions. The courses are suitable for all students and faculty who are engaged in producing video, whether on an iPhone or more sophisticated equipment. Watch the videos. is the largest database of online educational videos in the world, and SF State is a subscriber to the service.

Comparative and World Literature

Shirin A. Khanmohamadi, associate professor of comparative and world literature, presented an invited lecture on "Translating Saracens: Reading Objects and Translatio Imperii in the Chansons de Geste" on May 19 at Northwestern University's Medieval Colloquium.


Assistant Professor of Kinesiology Nicole Bolter contributed to the Routledge International Handbook of Sport Psychology, which was published in February. Bolter and co-author Maureen Weiss from the University of Minnesota penned the chapter "Developing Moral Character through Sport: Delivering on the Promise."

Professor of Kinesiology Marialice Kern received the 2015 Southwest American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Recognition Award last fall. This honor is bestowed on an exercise scientist who demonstrates exceptional scholarship and service to the Southwest Regional Chapter of the ACSM.


Professor Emeritus of Marketing Bill Perttula taught a one-week class on internet marketing to students at the Romanian American University in Bucharest, Romania, April 18-22. This was his fifth visit to the Romanian American University.


Philosophy Department Chair and Professor Anita Silvers participated in a March 30 panel discussion on "Reading the Minds of Severely Brain-Injured Patients" at the American Philosophical Association meeting in San Francisco. Former philosophy graduate student Andrew Peterson organized the panel. Peterson's research was highlighted in the May 4 episode of the Canadian Broadcasting Company program "Ideas from the Trenches," which included an interview with Silvers.


Assistant Professor of Psychology Melissa Hagan was the lead author of "Childhood negative emotionality predicts biobehavioral dysregulation fifteen years later," published April 21 in the journal Emotion. The study found that children with high negative emotionality — defined as a heightened sensitivity to negative environmental stimuli and a tendency to feel negative emotions — show signs of greater alcohol use, internalized symptoms of anxiety and depression, and cortisol output 15 years later.

Turkish Studies

Turkish Studies Lecturer David Selim Sayers authored the book "Muhacirnâme: Poetry's Voice for the Karamanlidhes Refugees," which was published by Istos Press. The book contains translations of refugee poems by Turkish-speaking Anatolian Orthodox Christians forcibly relocated to Greece at the outset of the Turkish Republic. The poems were co-translated by Aytek Soner Alpan, who also edited the volume along with Evangelia Balta. The book also contains the poems in their Karamanlidika original, Turkish transliteration.

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Stress of debt

Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell commented on the effects of debt-related stress on a person's overall happiness for an article in the May 12 The Alternative Daily. The stress associated with debt "may even completely eliminate all the happiness that you can get from spending your money," Howell said. "Real financial stress — it eats a person's soul in a way that's very different than other parts of our lives."

Primed to finish

A May 9 Shape Magazine article included comments from Professor of Psychology David Gard on pinpointing one's daily motivational peak. "After 20 to 25 minutes, your productivity is shot," Gard said. "But you can cultivate and prolong your energy by taking frequent breaks. ... It's better to get out of your environment. If you're at your desk, get up and visit a coworker for five minutes. Afterward, you'll be primed to finish what you started."

Public political skills

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel commented in a May 14 San Francisco Chronicle article about San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee's struggle to control the city's direction in the wake of recent police scandals. "I do think his lack of those core public political skills, things that people sometimes take for granted or things people dismiss ... [has] allowed a lot of his opponents to control a lot of the narrative," McDaniel said. "Replacing a police chief is a big, big decision, so I don't envy the mayor that decision. But they have to be thinking about that possibility now. If they are not, then they are not connected enough to what's going on in this city as maybe they should be."

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

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Librarian C. Stuart Hall passed away peacefully April 20 at his home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, with his wife by his side. He was 77 years old. Hall worked as a faculty member at the J. Paul Leonard Library from 1967 to 2001. He served as the Library's subject liaison for the Colleges of Science and Health and Human Services, providing library research assistance, instruction and collection development for biology, nursing, health education, scientific and technical writing, physical therapy, kinesiology and biomedical sciences.

From 1980 to 2000, Hall taught Biology 700, the graduate research course covering biological literature. His other leadership roles in the library included serving as serials collection development coordinator, reference coordinator and acting library department co-chair. He also served as chair of the Grievance Executive Committee for the University, helping to develop the campus promotions application format and founding the Faculty Rights Panel, which he chaired for many years. He remained a dedicated member of the panel until his retirement. Hall's integrity, perseverance and wry humor livened many of the panel's discussions.

In 1991 Hall was the recipient of the California Faculty Association's F. Ben Mansell Academic Rights Award, presented annually to one CSU faculty member from the 23 campuses, an award about which he was characteristically modest.

Upon his retirement in 2001, his colleague and Library Department Co-Chair Darlene Tong noted that many "depended on Stuart not only as a 'walking dictionary, grammar and citation source,' but as a mentor who has possessed the highest professionalism that we can only aspire to." Acting Library Director and Professor of English Eric Solomon wrote to Stuart in 1995, "I want to let you know how I appreciate your service as defender of the rights of the less powerful, guardian of all the rule books, and early warning signal to University Librarians. Any institution needs a moral conscience, and you have filled that role remarkably well in the Library, and in the University."

After retirement, Hall channeled his famous sense of humor and wordsmith abilities into writing short verse for several hours each day, amassing more than 10,000 finished poems. He gave a number of readings in Santa Fe and one in Washington, D.C. The Palace Press in Santa Fe will soon publish a short book of his poems. Hall is survived by his wife Patricia G. Foschi, professor emerita of geography at SF State.

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