November 11, 2016


CampusMemo schedule

Due to the fall recess and Thanksgiving Day celebration, CampusMemo will not be published on Friday, Nov. 25. Publication will resume on Dec. 2. Also, CampusMemo will go on hiatus following the Dec. 16 issue: Publication will resume with the start of the spring 2017 semester.

President and Mrs. Wong cordially invite you to a Faculty & Staff Holiday Reception 3 to 6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 8 Seven Hills Conference Center. In keeping with an SF State tradition, guests are invited to bring canned goods for donation to the SF-Marin Food bank. Or kindly make a gift online at Most needed items: Tuna, canned meats, peanut butter, soup, beans, cereal, canned fruits and vegetables.

Dining Services offering Go Green Grant for sustainability projects

SF State Dining Services has announced a “Go Green Grant” for projects that impact campus food sustainability. The grant is open to students, faculty and staff. Applications are due Jan. 13, 2017. Proposals submitted in response to this solicitation will be competing for a total of $1,000, which will be allocated in February 2017. Learn more about the grant and get the forms. Questions? Email Melissa Macomber.

Proposals for 2017 Faculty Retreat due Friday, Nov. 11

The annual faculty retreat will be held Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library. The theme will be “Bonding, Bridging and Building Communities at SFSU: Faculty Success for Student Success.”

The 2017 retreat will offer faculty the opportunity to celebrate and share the collective engagement and contributions to communities at SF State: teaching, learning, research, creative communities and public commitment.

Proposals are requested for:

  • GIFTS (Great Ideas For Teaching Students) — NEW
  • Faculty-facilitated workshops and affinity groups
  • Academic “speed-dating” and other sharing sessions — NEW
  • Wellness events — NEW
  • Professional achievement to recognize the diversity of faculty research, creative and community works — NEW
  • Annual book author and creative work reception

The program will also include:

  • Keynote faculty panel on campus communities
  • Hosted breakfast and lunch with community bulletin boards to share events
  • Post-keynote dessert reception hosted by the new Teaching and Learning Commons

Submit a proposal online by Friday, Nov. 11.

Faculty will be asked to RSVP for the GIFTS, “academic speed-dating,” wellness sessions and for specific affinity groups and workshops once the program has been publicized.

The Faculty Retreat 2017 Steering Committee:

  • Maggie Beers, executive director, Academic Technology
  • Sacha Bunge, dean, Faculty Affairs and Professional Development
  • Sara Hackenberg, vice chair, Academic Senate; associate professor, English

SF State to celebrate International Education Week 2016 next week

The campus community is invited to join the annual International Education Week celebration that emphasizes the importance of the world’s cultures, peoples and languages. The U.S. departments of State and Education sponsor this event. Learn more at the International Education Week 2016 website or contact Jay Ward at or ext. 8-1121. Activities for each day may be found on the University Web Calendar.

Call for collaborative applications to College of Ethnic Studies mini-grants due Nov. 14

The College of Ethnic Studies (CoES) funds an annual seed grant fund entitled Community-University Empowerment (CUE) to support innovative, socially engaged projects involving CoES faculty and their University and community partners. The primary goal is to support faculty scholarship, socially conscious research and extramural fundraising.

While a CoES tenured/tenure-track faculty person must be principle investigator (PI) or co-PI, faculty from other colleges are invited to help generate proposals — perhaps as an expansion of their own current research projects — and be co-investigator on the project. Past CUE awards have been issued for a wide range of projects involving active partnerships between faculty, students and community organizations.

Funded projects must:

  • Have a clear policy implication and/or impact on a community of color in the U.S.
  • Involve a demonstrated partnership between faculty, students and at least one community organization, such as a school, community/neighborhood benefit organization or church.
  • Be co-submitted by a CoES faculty member.

CUE projects will be administered by and affiliated with the César E. Chávez Institute. A minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $6,000 will be awarded per project. A total of $6,000 is available at this time, though fundraising is under way and additional funds might become available.

Interested? Download the applicant information sheet, and apply by Nov. 14. Faculty from any college who are interested in discussing their proposal concept are welcome to email Institute Director Belinda Reyes.

Environmental analysis of campus construction projects comments due by Nov. 11

The University is engaged in the planning and design of two important projects for the campus: the Holloway Revitalization Project (a mixed-use student housing development) and the Creative Arts Replacement Project (a new academic building and related donor-funded recording and lecture hall). As part of the planning process, an environmental impact report (EIR) is being prepared in conformance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The draft EIR is available for review at

All members of the public and interested persons are welcome to provide written comments on the environmental analysis of the proposed projects. Written comments may be submitted throughout the 45-day public review period (Sept. 27 through Nov. 11) to:

Wendy Bloom
Director of Campus Planning and Design
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132 ​

Call for proposals for CSU Redesigning Our Majors symposium at SF State

Designing majors to serve the needs of students in a changing environment is an ongoing challenge. One of the best opportunities to support and strengthen faculty-led curricular redesign is to develop a community of practice in the CSU: a time, space and place in which faculty can learn from each other.

The goal of the CSU Redesigning Our Majors symposium is to bring together departments and faculty from across the system who have undertaken curricular redesigns to discuss strategies, tools and opportunities with colleagues in their own and related disciplines. Participants will include 20 departments at SF State whose yearlong efforts have been funded by the Teagle Foundation and who will share what they have learned.

The symposium organizers invite proposals for presentations and posters on the processes and contents of their curriculum design and revision experiences, with preference to those efforts that are faculty-led, focused on student success and achievement, and comprehensive in curricular scope.

Visit the Redesigning Our Majors webpage for details and to submit a proposal. Proposals are due by Nov. 28, and notifications will be sent to submitters in January 2017. Questions? Contact Sheldon Gen at

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Retirement Association Thanksgiving Lunch, Nov. 15

Join the San Francisco State University Retirement Association for the annual luncheon in celebration of Thanksgiving and camaraderie. The luncheon is open to all SF State employees, active or retired. The Retirement Association sponsors travel grants for active faculty and staff, lunches, events and tours. For more information, visit

The lunch will be held at the Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, on Tuesday, Nov.15, at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is $35, and the choices are turkey and trimmings, grilled prawns or Cobb salad. To register, email Zelinda Zingaro at

Encouraging international students to speak more in class, Nov. 15

Do some international students speak less than other students during class discussions? Kathy Sherak and Peg Sarosy of the American Language Institute (ALI), SF State’s intensive English program, will share strategies for encouraging international students to successfully participate in classroom discussions and interactions. Participants will also learn how the ALI prepares future SF State students for success using English.

This free event is part of International Education Week 2016 and is open to the campus community. It will be held Tuesday, Nov. 15, from 3:15 to 4 p.m. in HSS 282. For answers to questions, email Kathy Sherak.

Interdisciplinary STS Hub Meeting, Nov. 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, Nov. 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HSS 361 for a speculative fiction session led by Martha Kenney.

Growing opportunities in a shrinking Japan, Nov. 16

Many people see demographic trends in Japan as a problem, but there are many opportunities as well. In a free talk on Wednesday, Nov. 16, from 11:10 a.m. to 12:10 p.m. in BH 338, C. Lawrence Greenwood Jr. will review Japan’s demographic trends and then examine the ways Japan could use these trends to its advantage. For instance, Japan’s aging will create a competitive advantage such as biomedicine and robotics. Also, Japan will have a head start on the world (including China, whose demographic trends are not far behind) in finding policy solutions to address aging and a shrinking labor force. Greenwood will also talk about some of the tough policy reforms that are needed to achieve a positive outcome, including dealing with the national debt, reforming labor markets (including a greater place for women in the work force) and better corporate governance.

Greenwood assumed the position of president of the Japan Society of Northern California on March 16. While a career diplomat from 1976 to 2006, Greenwood served two assignments in the U.S. embassy in Tokyo, postings in the Philippines and Singapore, and a term as U.S. ambassador to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) group. He is concurrently senior advisor to the Bower Group Asia (a Washington, D.C.-based consulting firm that advises corporations on government policy and regulations) and a non-resident senior adviser to the Center for Strategic and International Studies, a preeminent think tank on international issues.

Greenwood holds a B.A. from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida, and an MALD from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy in Medford, Massachusetts. He speaks and reads Japanese.

WGS lecture series schedule

The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) has resumed its lecture series on Wednesdays from 12:35 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 119. Upcoming lectures include:

  • Nov. 16: Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures Daniel O’Neill (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Nov. 30: “Performing Development: One Laptop per Child and (Re)producing Development Discourses in Paraguay” by Center for Science, Technology, Medicine, and Society Postdoctoral Fellow Morgan G. Ames
  • Dec. 7: “Evidence of Being: The Black Gay Cultural Renaissance and the Politics of Violence” by Assistant Professor of Sexuality Studies Darius Bost

Writing Pedagogy Workshop for faculty, Nov. 28

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the fall Writing Pedagogy Workshops. This month’s workshop, “The Writing Process, GWAR Style” will be facilitated by Erika Dyquisto from the College of Science and Engineering. In this workshop, we will explore the writing process in the context of a GWAR science course. We will practice breaking down a research paper assignment into its essential components so that the instructor can work with students both on content and on effective writing skills. The workshop will be held Monday, Nov. 28, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). Lecturers will be paid for participating and lunch will be served.

31 years of HIV/AIDS activism at SF State: 1985 to 2016, Dec. 1

The University will commemorate World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1, with a celebration of the unsung heroes and remembrance of those lost to the epidemic and a recommitment to reaching zero HIV/AIDS for all of our communities:

  • 4 to 5 p.m.: Community members will gather at the Memorial Grove between the Gym and Cesar Chavez Student Center to celebrate and recommit to the spirit of community that brought SF State into the forefront of universities worldwide in our efforts to take care of our community and innovate prevention strategies.
  • 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.: The SF State Nursing Alumni Association will present “A Nursing Perspective,” a symposium and panel discussion in Jack Adams Hall of the César Chávez Center to remember the unsung heroes who courageously cared for AIDS patients during the early days of the epidemic. (Two hours of CEU’s available.)

Free HIV antibody testing by the Native American Health Center will be held in the Student Health Center 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on that day.

Also, the University Archives will present the display “31 years of the University’s AIDS Coordinating Committee” in LIB 460 from Nov. 28 to Dec. 2. The SFSU AIDS Quilt Panel will be hanging in the lobby of the César Chávez Student Center throughout December.

All members of the University family both past and present are welcome to join this community celebration. Email Michael Ritter for more information.

Women’s Association holiday luncheon at the St. Francis Yacht Club, Dec. 4

The University Women’s Association (UWA) will hold it’s annual holiday luncheon on Sunday, Dec. 4, at the St. Francis Yacht Club in San Francisco. This is an excellent way to kick off the holiday season with colleagues and friends in beautiful surroundings. No host cocktails at 11:30 a.m., served luncheon at noon. $65/person. The deadline to RSVP is Nov. 23. Menu selections and details are available at Or email Lin Ivory.

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The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open-floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m. The agenda will include:

  • Chair’s report

  • Recommendation from the Academic Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Course Repeat Policy (first reading)

  • Recommendation from the Academic Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of Standardized Time Blocks at SF State (first reading)

  • Information item from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Draft Discontinuation Checklist

  • Election of Board of Appeals and Review (B.O.A.R) representative (one faculty representative, two-year appointment):

    • Jen Mylander, Department of English

    • Joshua Singer, Department of Design and Industry

  • Report from Academic Senate CSU senators

  • Guest: Jason Porth, director of University Corporation (at 3:10 p.m.)

  • Standing Committee Reports:

    • Academic Policies Committee

    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee

    • Faculty Affairs Committee

    • Strategic Issues Committee

    • Student Affairs Committee

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

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29th Annual Stillwell Student Exhibition: Nov. 9 through Dec. 1 in the Fine Arts Gallery

“Worshiping the God of Dynamite”: through Dec. 1 in the Library Gallery, 4th Floor

“Revolution Times: Underground Press of the ’60s and ’70s”: through Dec. 1 in Design Gallery (room 115), Fine Arts building


Saturday, Nov. 12

Men’s basketball hosting San Francisco State Classic: 5 p.m. in  The Swamp at The Don Nasser Family Plaza

Sunday, Nov. 13

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: “Rapture”: 1 p.m. in The Lab, Creative Arts

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: “Duplicity”: 2 p.m. in The Lab, Creative Arts

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: “Puppet Show”: 2 p.m. in The Lab, Creative Arts

Monday, Nov. 14

SF State Mobile App Launch Party — DJ and Prizes: noon in Malcolm X Plaza

Japanese Tea Ceremony: 12:10 p.m. in HUM 117

Recital: North Indian Vocal Ensemble: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Concert: Fall Into Jazz: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Tuesday, Nov. 15

Workshop: Encouraging International Students to Speak More in Class: 3:15 p.m. in HSS 282

The 2016 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4:10 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Women’s basketball hosting Holy Names: 5:30 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Plaza

Concert: Fall Into Jazz: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Wednesday, Nov. 16

Growing Opportunities in a Shrinking Japan: 11:10 BH 338

Women and Gender Studies Lecture Series: Daniel O'Neill: 12:35 p.m. in HUM 119

Recital: Classical voice students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

The Best of Polish Cinema: Tudor Giurgiu’s “Why Me?”: 7:10 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Thursday, Nov. 17

We’ve Been Here Art Reception: 5 p.m. in the Associated Students Art Gallery, Cesar Chavez Student Center, Terrace level

Friday, Nov. 18

Recital: Classical guitar students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Professor of Engineering Hamid Shahnasser received $200,000 in new funding support from ARISTA Corporation, a leading data center communication switch designer. The funding supports Shahnasser’s project in developing a state-of-the-art laboratory for training and preparing undergraduate and graduate students for industry and Ph.D. programs. Professor Shahnasser is very confident that this funding support is a first step in a long-term collaboration between his laboratory and ARISTA that will mutually benefit his students and ARISTA.

Health Education

On Nov. 1, the American Public Health Association voted at its national conference in Denver to adopt a policy statement on police violence. Health Education Lecturers Jade Rivera and Liz Kroboth collaborated with Master of Public Health program alumnus Emma Rubin to lead the development of the declaration. The statement urges governmental bodies to look beyond mere reform of police departments and to employ strategies to decrease encounters between police and communities impacted by police violence. Such strategies include increased investment in racial and economic equity (e.g., housing, jobs, education, etc.); decriminalization of sex work, drug use and possession, and behaviors associated with homelessness; community-based alternatives for addressing harms and preventing violence and crime; and robust police accountability measures.

Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey presented the invited talk “Historical Links Between Biofeedback and Psychoneuroimmunology” at the 42nd Annual Conference of the Western Association of Biofeedback and Neurosciences in Burlingame on Nov. 6. Harvey and Professor of Health Education Erik Peper also presented the invited talk, “Wellness, Ergonomics and Beyond” at the same meeting.

Management/Health Education

Professor of Management Ron Purser and Professor of Health Education Adam Burke, along with co-editor David Forbes (CUNY), published the new text “Handbook of Mindfulness: Culture, Context, and Social Engagement.” The 514-page volume is part of the “Mindfulness in Behavioral Health” series published by Springer International. The book originated in a “Meditation and Compassion” conference Purser and Burke held at SF State during the summer of 2015.

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Names they know

Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman discussed the challenges of unseating incumbents in local elections for a Nov. 3 East Bay Times report. “A lot of people still really just tend to vote for the names they already know,” Tuman said. “It’s not impossible for a newcomer to make headway or to win; I will just say it’s really difficult.”

Off the books

A Nov. 5 ABC 7 News Bay Area report on alleged retaliation at the Santa Clara County Jail included comments from Criminal Justice Studies Lecturer Dan Macallair. “You have the right to protect yourself. Once someone is subdued and under control, you don’t have the right to hit someone,” Macallair said of allowable use of force. “Sad to say it’s not unusual to have staff retaliate against an inmate, kind of a hidden retaliation, one that’s off the books.”

Crazy coalition

Professor of History Charles Postel commented for a Nov. 6 Wired article about tech industry conservatives. “The Republican party is an alliance between free market, low tax, big business conservatives with religious conservatives,” Postel said. “They don’t belong together. People have been predicting a crack-up of this crazy coalition since its inception.”

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

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SF State received $1,917,957 in grants and contracts in October 2016

Taro Amagata, Ihsan Erden, Marc Anderson, Ursula Simonis, Kelvin L. Billingsley, Chemistry, National Science Foundation, Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): Acquisition of a 400 MHz NMR Spectrometer for Expanding Research and Research Training at SFSU, $674,275

David Anderson, Marian Wright Edelman Institute, Jumpstart for Young Children, Jumpstart FY2016-2017, $5,601

David Anderson, Marian Wright Edelman Institute, Mimi & Peter Haas Foundation, Metro Haas ECE 8, $361,075

Sudip Chattopadhyay, Economics, Health Resources and Services Administration, Intergovernmental Personnel Act (IPA) Mobility Assignment, $182,325

Jihyun Lee, Kinesiology, Physical Education and Health Education – SHAPE America, Developing Social Skills of Children with Autism Using a Movement Based Program, $5,000

Karina Nielsen, Romberg Tiburon Center, Association of Bay Area Governments/Prime: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, The ocean's influence on SF Bay: Assessing the Bay's exposure to ocean acidification, $52,780

Jerald Shapiro, Social Work, California Social Work Education Center (CalSWEC) – UC Berkeley/Prime: Office of Statewide Health Planning & Development (OSPHD), Mental Health Stipend Program FY2016-2021, $342,000

Justin Tiwald, Philosophy, Saint Louis University/Prime: John Templeton Foundation, Well-Being as an Object of Moral Concern: A Confucian Approach, $68,212

Vance Vredenburg, Biology, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Plethodontids and disease: Determining the fungal infection status of Arboreal and Ensatina Salamanders in California, $10,326

Jiaxin Xie, Confucius Institute, HANBAN, Confucius Institute at SFSU 2016, $216,363

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