November 4, 2016


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.

Free online file conversion and accessibility tool

The Disability Programs and Resource Center is offering free access to a new online web tool called the Accessible Media Quick Converter. With the tool, users can listen to lecture and course texts as MP3 audio files; extract and digitize text from old paper hand-outs; make accessible versions of PDF files; and convert PDF files to Microsoft Word documents. Use of the online tool is free for all SF State students, faculty and staff.

To access the tool, visit, provide the text/file and enter an SF State email address for delivery of the converted file. Questions? Email Daniel J Fontaine.

31 years of HIV/AIDS activism at SF State: 1985 to 2016

The University will commemorate World AIDS Day on Thursday, Dec. 1, with a celebration of unsung heroes and remembrance of those lost to the epidemic. The day’s activities will kick off with free HIV antibody testing by the Native American Health Center in the Student Health Center from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Community members will gather at the Memorial Grove by the Don Nasser Family Plaza from 4 to 5 p.m. to celebrate the spirit of community that brought SF State into the forefront of universities worldwide in our efforts to take care of our community and create innovative prevention strategies. From 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the César Chávez Student Center’s Jack Adams Hall, the SF State Nursing Alumni Association will present “Unsung Heroes: Nurses on the Frontlines,” a symposium and panel discussion by nurses who were at SF General’s pioneering inpatient ward 5B (then 5A), founded in 1983, and the AIDS ward at Laguna Honda Hospital.

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 SF State 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.

Proposals for 2017 Faculty Retreat due 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

Nov. 7 deadline for IEW 2016 proposals

The Office of International Programs seeks proposals for activities and events for International Education Week (IEW) 2016, Nov. 14-18. Read about hosting an event and then submit an activity or event proposal by Monday, Nov. 7, by completing an Event Proposal Form.

The campus community is invited to join in this annual celebration that emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness 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.

Call for collaborative applications to College of Ethnic Studies mini-grants

The College of Ethnic Studies (CoES) seeks applicants for its annual Community-University Empowerment (CUE) seed grant fund, which supports innovative, socially engaged projects involving CoES faculty and their University and community partners. Nov. 14 is the deadline. Read the full CUE item in CampusMemo.

Environmental analysis of campus construction projects

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

The organizers of the 2017 CSU Redesigning Our Majors symposium 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 (due by Nov. 28). Read the original announcement.

Discover the FOL Booksale Room

The Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library (FOL) invite the campus community to discover the newly reorganized FOL Booksale Room in LIB 120A, just behind Peet’s Coffee. The shop is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Booksale Room runs completely on donations and offers the best media deals on campus: Paperback books sell for $1, hardcover books sell for $2 and vinyl records and CDs go for $2.

Cleaning out your office, home or library? Remember FOL with your donations. Welcome donations include books, vinyl, CDs, DVDs and unused postcards. All donations are fully tax deductible, based on fair market value.

When visiting the Booksale Room be sure to mention this article to receive one free paperback book or a $1 discount off of a hardbound book. Questions? Call the Booksale Room at ext. 8-6262.

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Open House for Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program, Nov. 5

The Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program invites the campus community to an open house on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in BH 408. Those who attend will meet current students and faculty and learn more about the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership at SF State. Interested? RSVP by email to

Admission-free chamber music concert with Inscape, Nov. 6

The Morrison Chamber Music Center will present an admission-free concert with Grammy Award-nominated ensemble Inscape at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in McKenna Theatre. This chamber orchestra will perform Moravec’s “Tempest Fantasy” and Messiaen’s “Quatuor pour le fin du temps (Quartet for the end of time).” The concert is part of the Morrison Artists Series, the longest-running chamber music series in San Francisco.

Professor Richard Festinger, artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series, will deliver a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. Inscape will also lead a master class with students at noon on Monday, Nov. 7, in Knuth Hall.

Founded in 2004, Inscape is a group of high-energy master musicians that has established itself as one of the premier performing ensembles in the Washington, D.C. region and beyond. Inscape members perform regularly with the National, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Virginia, Richmond and Delaware symphonies and the Washington Opera Orchestra and are members of the premier Washington service bands. Inscape regularly performs at the National Gallery of Art, Strathmore Music Center, Kennedy Center and other regional and national venues.

Reserve your free seats online now or call the SF State Box Office at ext. 8-2467.

Mixed Effects Modeling in R, Nov. 7

Professor of Biology Ed Connor will present “Mixed Effects Modeling in R” on Monday, Nov. 7, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. The presentation will be a brief introduction to Mixed Effects Modeling in ‘R’ that will discuss both why and how mixed effects models are used and introduce the concept of fixed and random effects as well as distinguishing between random slopes and intercepts. Lunch will be served.

RSVP to and be sure to indicate if you will attend the full event with lunch or if you will attend as a drop-in. For more information, contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997.

This presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers Research Cluster (Stat CORR). Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills. It aims to connect faculty and staff with specialized methodological knowledge with those seeking assistance designing new research projects, completing data analysis or developing, submitting and revising extramural grants.

Asian American Genders and Sexualities: A moderated panel discussion, Nov. 9

The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality will host a moderated panel discussion on the topic “Asian American Genders and Sexualities” from an interdisciplinary perspective on Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m. in LIB 121. Featured faculty will include Associate Dean of Ethnic Studies Amy Sueyoshi, Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Anantha Sudhakar, Assistant Professor of Sociology Valerie Francisco-Menchavez and California College of the Arts Assistant Professor of Visual and Critical Studies Việt Lê. Questions? Email Tobie Klibansky.

Public Forum on Sustainable Global Oceans at RTC, Nov. 9

The Barbara and Richard Rosenberg Institute for Marine Biology and Environmental Science at the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC) will host a free public forum featuring University of British Columbia Professor Rashid Sumaila at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 9, in RTC’s Bay Conference Center (3152 Paradise Drive, Tiburon). Beginning with the question “Why should we all care about the sustainability of the global ocean?” Sumaila will explore how humans interact with the ocean, current practices that are not sustainable and changes that can and should be made. The talk will be followed by a question and answer period.

Seating is limited, so participants must RSVP online to reserve a seat. Questions? Email Erin Blackwood.

Climate Justice Speaker Series ends Nov. 9

The Climate Justice Initiative and the “Race, Activism and Climate Justice” course’s (RRS 276) final fall 2016 Climate Justice Speaker Series will be held Wednesday, Nov. 9, from 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. in HSS 130. Rochelle Diver of the International Indian Treaty Council, an indigenous scholar and leader and human rights, climate justice and environmental health activist, will speak. The event is open to the campus community and the public. The series is sponsored by the San Francisco State University Climate Justice Initiative. For more information contact Phil Klasky at

José Kozer, a bilingual reading and conversation, Nov. 10

The Poetry Center, the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures and the Department of Jewish Studies invite the campus community to a free bilingual reading and conversation with José Kozer on Thursday, Nov. 10, from 7 to 9 p.m. in HUM 512. Translations of the poet’s works will be read by poets Norma Cole, Chris Daniels and Steve Dickison. Also, check out The Poetry Center’s digital archive.

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

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

Taste of the Bay has new dates

Celebrating its 20th year, the annual Taste of the Bay event will return to City View at METREON. Though normally held in November, the next Taste of the Bay event will have a fresh new look and a new date: Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check out more at

The Hospitality and Tourism Management students and program bring together the best of the Bay Area’s restaurant chefs, wineries and beverage and dessert companies to please participants’ palates. The evening includes live and silent auctions featuring the best in creative and exciting travel, dining and entertainment packages. Purchase discount early bird tickets now for $65 per person. The discount ends Dec. 31.

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Following are the action items from the Nov. 1 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announcements:
    • Senator Williams introduced the new Health Promotion and Wellness unit, a team of 10 who can visit classrooms to present on health and wellness. The group also has an internship program and therapy dogs. Other activities include a march to raise awareness of hunger and homelessness on Thursday, Nov. 3, and faculty/staff are asked to encourage their students to complete a survey on hunger and homelessness that will be sent to students shortly.
    • Senator Gerber spoke about the successful launch on Monday of the Foundations for Excellence program, which is a consultant group led by John Gardener devoted to assessing and improving the first-year experience for college students. Faculty interested in accessing the digital platform should contact Senator Gerber. Faculty can still sign up for any of the nine committees, and two of the committees still need co-chairs.
  • Chair’s report:
    • Congratulated Senator Gerber and Rohelio Manor on the successful launch of the Foundations of Excellence at which John Gardner spoke engagingly.
    • The question was asked about how to engender students’ love for the University. The question should be expanded to include what needs to be done to make faculty and staff love to come to work at SF State.
  • Faculty retreat update by Vice Chair Hackenberg:
    • All faculty are urged to attend and to propose something for the faculty retreat scheduled for Jan. 19, 2017.
    • This year’s theme is “Communities.” Programming still will include affinity groups and workshops for full 70-minute sessions.
    • New this year will be a short GIFTS event where ideas about teaching will be shared; an Academic Speed Dating event where faculty will learn about research interests and identify possible collaborators; and a focus on wellness, so ideas for wellness workshops and exercises are needed.
    • The book reception will expand to include major creative works, including recognition of the diversity of faculty creative and community works for which faculty are urged to submit their professional works. (A call for participation was sent last Thursday, and the deadline for submission is Friday, Dec. 11. Reminders will be sent.) Those present are asked to inform their colleagues and departments.
  • AVP for Campus Safety and Chief of Police Jason Wu gave a presentation.
  • Secretary Lewis gave a report on the status of the Teaching and Learning Commons.
  • Senator Rosegard of the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee reviewed guidelines for procedures for review of substantive versus non-substantive curricular changes.
  • A recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed changes to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy (first reading) was removed from the agenda.
  • Heard, amended and approved proposed changes to the Student Affairs Committee charge (first reading) that were recommended by the Student Affairs Committee.
  • Standing Committee reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee:
      • Senator Gerber reported that they are working on changes to the course repeat policy and a resolution for course scheduling.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: no report
    • Faculty Affairs Committee:
      • Senator Sabee reported the committee is considering changes to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) policy after comments from the last plenary.
      • They are also working on tuition remission for graduate teaching assistants.
    • Strategic Issues Committee (SIC):
      • The committee met with VP for University Advancement Robert Nava last week.
      • The first volume of the budget book for campus will be posted on the Senate website in the next two days. Once posted, faculty are asked to review it and send questions to Senator Mooney in time to be considered by SIC at its Jan. 31, 2017, meeting.
      • The committee is considering developing a “frequently asked questions” page, so the entire SF State community is asked to submit questions for it.
    • Student Affairs Committee (SAC):
      • Senator Schwartz reported that the committee heard from the campus Dream coordinator about their work for AB540 students. A Dream resource center is needed, and the SAC may develop a resolution in support of the need.

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. 8 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. 5

Wrestling hosting Alumni/Purple Gold Scrimmage: 11 a.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Sunday, Nov. 6

Wrestling hosting 21 Under JC/College Open: The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Pre-concert talk: Morrison Artists Series: Inscape: 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Inscape: 3 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Monday, Nov. 7

Master class: Morrison Artists Series: Inscape: Noon in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Interview with Andrew Whittaker, H.M. consul general to San Francisco: 5:30 p.m. in Rosa Parks rooms A and B, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: “Rapture”: 7 p.m. in The Lab, Creative Arts

Tuesday, Nov. 8

Lunch-and-Learn: University Asset Management: Noon in LIB 121

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

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: “Rapture”: 7 p.m. in The Lab, Creative Arts

Wednesday, Nov. 9

Brown Bag: Adolescent, African-American Female Athletes Journey Towards Self-Identity: Noon in LIB 286

Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Towards a Sustainable Global Ocean: 6:30 p.m. at the Romberg Tiburon Center’s Bay Conference Center

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: “Puppet Show”: 7 p.m. in The Lab, Creative Arts

The Best of Polish Cinema: Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Dekalog” (episodes 5-6): 7:10 p.m. in Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Thursday, Nov. 10

Visiting Artist Lecture Series: Patricia Maloney: 5:30 p.m. in FA 296

Jose Kozer, a bilingual reading and conversation: 7 p.m. in The Poetry Center, Humanities

Concert: SF State Percussion Ensemble: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Friday, Nov. 11

Fall ’16 Veterans Day; No classes; offices closed

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

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Professor of Anthropology Peter Biella directed the film “Changa Revisited,” which won first prize in the prestigious Astra Film Festival in Sibiu, Romania. The film documents Biella’s lifetime anthropological engagement with a single family of Maasai pastoralists in Tanzania, East Africa. “Changa” records the growing effects of globalization, disease and poverty on this family over a period of 30 years, while also showing how the family has been able to contend with its enormous challenges. 

Comparative and World Literature

Associate Professor of Comparative and World Literature Shirin A. Khanmohamadi shared her research with UC Berkeley’s Medieval and Renaissance–Early Modern Studies Colloquium on Nov. 2.

Health Education

Associate Chair and Associate Professor of Health Education José Ramón Fernández-Peña was elected chair of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA) at the organization’s annual meeting held Oct. 29 through Nov. 2 in Denver. The term of office is one year. The nation’s leading public health organization, APHA brings together members from all fields of public health. Its mission is to “improve the health of the public and achieve equity in health status.” APHA’s executive board is a 24-member body that carries out the association’s policies, elects the executive director, establishes annual budgets and works on various membership issues, among other duties.

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper co-authored the article “A Guide to Cleaner Skin Temperature Recordings and More Versatile Use of Your Thermistor,” which was published in the journal Biofeedback (2016, Vol. 44, no. 3, Shaffer, F., Combatalade, D., & Peper, E.). He also gave two invited presentations, “Taking Charge of Your Health: Biofeedback and Holistic Health” and “Taking Responsibility for Your Health,” at the International Conference eLearning Journeys in Rzeszow, Poland, Oct. 25.

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Broke down on its own?

An Oct. 27 Russia Beyond the Headlines story about the effects of the Soviet past on Russia’s relations with the world included comments from Professor of Political Science Andrei Tsygankov. “In Russia, too many people believe that the Soviet Union was dismantled rather than that it broke down on its own,” Tsygankov said. “Perhaps it was not a structural but a cyclical crisis. If the policies had been different, it would have been possible to change the situation.”

Secession from the public realm

Professor of Geography and Environment Jason Henderson commented on the shift from public transportation to private transit operators such as Chariot for an Oct. 28 Atlantic report. “It’s a secession from the public realm,” Henderson said. When you start shifting public transit constituents to private operators, “you start to lose the public commitment to the public.”

Immigrant voting

An Oct. 28 Bloomberg article about non-citizen voting included comments from Associate Professor of Political Science Ron Hayduk. “We had 40 states that used to allow it. Immigrants could vote, not just in local elections. They could even run for office — and did win office,” Hayduk said of elections before the 1920s. “Immigrant voting was a kind of casualty of not only anti-immigrant backlash but partisan fights over what election rules should be.”

Protest or confusion?

Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel discussed whether voting “no” on ballot measures could be an effective protest against their proliferation for an Oct. 28 San Francisco Magazine story. “If a substantial segment of the electorate began to vote no as a protest, then, yes, politicians and others would probably put fewer props on the ballot,” McDaniel said. “There’s a tendency to vote no if you’re confused, but it’s not the same as a protest movement.”

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

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