November 20, 2017


You're Invited! President and Mrs. Wong would like you to join them for a Faculty & Staff Holiday Reception When: 3 to 6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 4 Where: Seven Hills Conference Center What: A fun-filled celebration of all the hard work you do for the University In keeping with an SF State tradition, guests are invited to bring canned goods for donation to individuals and families in need.

Purple Out returns

Another Purple Out basketball double-header is coming up Friday, Dec. 1. The women's team hosts Cal State LA at 5:30 p.m., while the men's squad will face off against their own Cal State LA counterparts at 7:30 p.m. The first 500 students to enter the gymnasium will receive a free T-shirt. Even if you can't attend, you can get in on the excitement: Both games will be broadcast live on the Comcast Hometown Network.

Campus advertising opportunity

The Journalism Department's Xpress Publications, in partnership with the University Corporation, have installed newly branded, prominent, element-resistant kiosks on campus to better house student publications: the Golden Gate Xpress newspaper and Xpress magazine. The kiosks feature space for advertising, from which proceeds go to support Xpress Publications. Parties interested in utilizing the advertising panels may contact the Gotcha Group for pricing information via email at or by phone at (323) 549-0202.

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Call for applications for GWAR Mentoring Program

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the spring 2018 GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program. The GWAR Mentoring Program is a learning community designed to provide support and an opportunity for growth and development to both new and experienced GWAR faculty. Through regular group meetings with fellow mentors, participating faculty will share ideas and insights, discuss writing pedagogy and learn about best practices in disciplines across campus. Faculty work as a group and in pairs throughout the semester to provide each other support in GWAR course design, effective strategies for teaching writing and assessment of student learning.

All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) interested in joining this program for spring 2018 are encouraged to apply. Eligible mentors should have an interest in intra-disciplinary writing and will either be teaching a GWAR course in the spring 2018 semester or will have recently taught GWAR courses for two to three semesters and intend to continue teaching GWAR in the future. New faculty and those new to teaching GWAR are welcome to apply. Proposals from teams (mentor pairs) within and across disciplines are highly encouraged. Those interested in applying should email Juliana van Olphen, professor of health education and director of WAC/WID (Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines) or Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty.

The application form, available online, must be completed and submitted by Friday, Dec. 8. Successful applicants will be notified in the beginning of January.

Submit a proposal for the 2018 Faculty Retreat by Nov. 30

The 2018 Faculty Retreat planning team is inviting proposals that honor and share the many ways that SF State embraces its role as a public university and fosters success in times of uncertainty. The retreat will take place on campus Thursday, Jan. 18, at the J. Paul Leonard Library. As always, all lecturers and tenured/tenure-track faculty are welcome and encouraged to participate in all events.

You can submit a proposal online as well as any recent books, creative works or professional achievements so you can be recognized at the closing reception. Consider submitting a 70-minute interactive workshop session or affinity group, a five-minute summary of your scholarly or creative work for a lightning round or a five-minute teaching practice for a Great Ideas for Teaching Students (GIFTS) session. All are encouraged to apply. The proposal deadline has been extended to Thursday, Nov. 30.

Visit the Faculty Retreat 2018 webpage to learn more.

Free fitness class, Nov. 20-22

Want to earn your holiday feasting with some pre-Thanksgiving exercise? The Kinesiology Department can help. The department is offering free fitness classes for faculty and staff today through Wednesday. A full schedule of classes -- including hatha yoga flow, Pilates, and strength and conditioning training -- is available online.

Questions? Contact the Faculty & Staff Wellness Program at ext. 8-2244.

Immigration Law Fair, Nov. 28

The SF State community includes more than 600 DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients. The Legal Resource Center is hosting an on-campus event to empower and support them and anyone else who could be affected by proposed changes to immigration laws and enforcement.

The first-ever Immigration Law Fair, to be held Tuesday, Nov. 28, will consist of two parts. First, a panel of legal experts will answer questions presented by attorney and College of Health & Social Sciences Lecturer Roger Rubin. After that, participants will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from a number of legal aid organizations. The fair will run from 4 to 7 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall.

Looking for more information? Send an email to the Legal Resource Center.

WAC/WID Writing Pedagogy Workshop, Nov. 29

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the final writing pedagogy workshop this semester, "Giving Grammar Feedback to Non-Native Speakers." Presented by Lecturer Esther Chan of the Department of English Language and Literature, the workshop will be held Wednesday, Nov. 29, from noon to 1 p.m. in ADM 460. Lecturers will be paid for participating, and snacks will be served. Please contact Juliana van Olphen or Jennifer Swanson with any questions. No RSVPs are necessary.

Cigarette Butt Clean Up Day, Dec. 1

Finish out the semester by helping out the environment. Come to Malcolm X Plaza and pitch in with Cigarette Butt Clean Up Day on Friday, Dec. 1, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Interested in other campus health and wellness events and activities? Learn more by visiting the Health Promotion & Wellness website.

Facebook linguist/computer scientist to give Stat CORR presentation, Dec. 4

The campus community is invited to a talk by Facebook computational linguist Yuri Yerastov titled "Web Scraping, NLP and News Media: A Multidisciplinary Perspective." A Stat CORR Methodology and Multivariate Analysis (MAMA) presentation, Yerastov will explore natural language processing (NLP) technologies and techniques for information extraction from mass media databases. The presentation will be held Monday, Dec. 4, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. Lunch will be provided. RSVP to Richard Harvey at

Academic Technology 2018 Winter Institute, Jan. 9 & 10

Mark your calendars to attend the two-day, in-depth Academic Technology Winter Institute (ATWI) on Tuesday and Wednesday, Jan. 9 and 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in LIB 222. The ATWI 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. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Register online.

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The following were the action items for the Nov. 14 Academic Senate meeting:

2-2:10 p.m.: Open floor period. (The open floor period provides an informal opportunity for campus community members to raise questions or make comments directed to Senate officers or to University administrators.)

2:10: Call to order. Announcements were made about the Ambassador Program, a BREATHE initiative to reduce smoking-related litter, a presentation by scene designer/art director and SF State alumnus David Gropman on Nov. 15 and the upcoming faculty retreat on Jan. 18.

Action item #1: The Senate approved the agenda for the meeting.

Action item #2: The Senate approved the minutes for the Oct. 31 meeting, with one revision.

Action item #3: Chair Gerber gave a report about the Year of Conversation, International Education Week and the formation of an anti-bullying workgroup.

Action item #4: Standing committee chairs gave their reports.

Action item #5: Vice President, University Advancement Robert J. Nava gave a presentation on the "Bold.Thinking." campaign.

Action item #6: Chairs from the College of Ethnic Studies addressed the Senate about a letter to the provost from the College of Ethnic Studies and presented data about inequities in the allocation of resources across colleges.

Action item #7: Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs Michael Scott gave a presentation about the work of the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs.

Action item #8: Academic Senate of the CSU (ASCSU) Senators Darlene Yee-Melichar, Robert Collins and Dipendra Sinha presented an update from the ASCSU.

Action item #9: Secretary Laura Lisy-Wagner presented a report from the Committee on Committees.

Action item #10: The Senate approved the recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee for a proposed master of science degree program in business analytics.

Action item #11: The Senate discussed in first reading a recommendation from the Executive Committee for a resolution in support of maintaining social justice procedures for increasing rent in University-owned rental units.

Action item #12: The Senate discussed in first reading a recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee for a proposed minor in comic studies.

Action item #13: The Academic Senate discussed in first reading a recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee for proposed changes to the retention, tenure and promotion policy, #F17-241.

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

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"Victor Arnautoff and the Politics of Art"
Through Dec. 12 in the Special Collections Gallery, LIB 460


Thursday, Nov. 23

Campus closed for Thanksgiving

Friday, Nov. 24

Campus closed

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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College of Health & Social Sciences

Health Education/Institute of Holistic Health Studies Professor Erik Peper gave invited presentations at the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society Annual Conference in Princeton, New Jersey, Nov. 11 and 12. The presentations were titled "Don't Slouch, Sit up Straight: Posture and Posture Biofeedback Impacts Health, Depression, Headache, Math Performance, and Well-Being" and "Breathing Is More than HRV: Use Biofeedback Breathing Training First to Reducing Symptoms of Epilepsy, POTS, Vulvodynia and Gastrointestinal Distress."

In October, Lygia Stebbing, director of the EDvance program (a project of the Marian Wright Edelman Institute and the Department of Child & Adolescent Development), was selected to travel with nine delegates from California for one week for the New Zealand Learning Story Intensive Leadership Tour. The delegates focused on deepening their understanding of New Zealand's Te Whariki Curriculum -- the first bicultural early childhood curriculum in the world -- which addresses the issues faced by children growing up in a society with more than one cultural heritage. The delegates traveled throughout New Zealand visiting early childhood centers and meeting with educators, directors, the authors of the Te Whariki curriculum and leaders in the country's restorative justice efforts, identifying ways in which early childhood educators in California can adopt more holistic approaches to supporting, documenting and assessing children's learning.

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Tribute to a First-Rate Academic

Associate Dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences John Elia is quoted in a Bay Area Reporter obituary of Professor Emeritus John De Cecco. "John was a first-rate academic and he had a huge impact on the field," Elia said of De Cecco, who helped launch the University's sexuality studies program in the late '70s. "He cared deeply about helping to promote the work of researchers doing work in LGBTQ studies."

A First for Filipino Americans

An article spotlights the upcoming children's book "Journey for Justice: The Life of Larry Itliong," which was co-written by Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon. "Journey for Justice" explores the life of a Filipino American farm worker and labor organizer and is the first in a planned series of eight books focused on important Filipino American figures. "Unfortunately, only a few Filipinos know the story," Mabalon said. "This is going to be the first-ever book about Larry Itliong. It's going to be the first-ever Filipino American non-fiction children's book."

The State of the Unions

Labor and Employment Studies Professor John Logan spoke with the International Business Times for an article about an upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case that some anticipate will be a blow to public sector unions. The case centers on an Illinois state worker who wants to opt out of "agency fees" paid to a public workers union he doesn't wish to support. Logan sees it as a broader move to undercut unions across the country. "A lot of the success that [California unions have] had over the past two decades can be attributed to their success in the political arena, and that has created a more stable environment, particularly for public sector unionism, but also for unionism generally," said Logan, a labor historian. "While in the rest of the country, at the state level, there's been a number of very brazen attacks on unionism, particularly after [Republican electoral gains in] 2010."

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

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