November 6, 2017


Simulated phishing attacks planned

In the months ahead, convincing simulated phishing messages will be periodically sent to employees to illustrate the ways phishing messages are designed to trick people. If you receive any phishing messages, please report them using the instructions below. Results of phishing training exercises will be used to assist individuals who need additional training.

If you receive a phishing or spam message, report it using the "Report Phishing" link/icon found in Outlook Web Access and Outlook 2013 and 2016 clients. If the message was part of a training exercise, you will receive feedback indicating you correctly identified it. If you are using a different email client, please forward the message with full headers to

If you encounter any problems or do not see the Report Phishing link/icon please contact the ITS Service Desk for assistance at

More information about information security awareness at San Francisco State is available online.

Address changes for 2017 W-2 form and tax information

Tax season is around the corner, and Human Resources is committed to making sure you have the appropriate documents to file your taxes. Each year the State Controller's Office mails W-2 forms to the address on record for state employees. Log in through SF Gateway to check if your address is correct and submit any address changes by Thursday, Dec. 15. Instructions for verifying and making changes to your address are available on the Human Resources website.

Save the dates: Sneak Preview schedule

Each spring, the University welcomes thousands of prospective students and their families to campus for the Sneak Preview open house. Sneak Preview dates have been confirmed for the next 10 years, so it's not too early to mark calendars accordingly. The dates are:

  • April 7, 2018
  • April 6, 2019
  • April 4, 2020
  • April 10, 2021
  • April 9, 2022
  • April 15, 2023
  • April 6, 2024
  • April 5, 2025
  • April 11, 2026
  • April 10, 2027

Women's Emerging Leadership Forum draws a crowd

The Fourth Annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum was held at the Downtown Campus Nov. 2-3. A College of Business Enterprises program offered in partnership with UCORP, the sold-out event brought together female business leaders to guide, mentor and empower other women aspiring to become entrepreneurs. The agenda included panel discussions, career counseling workshops, networking sessions and keynote speeches by some of the Bay Area's top female business leaders.

The College of Business will launch a new forum next spring with an inaugural Entrepreneurship Symposium scheduled for Thursday, April 5, at the Downtown Campus. Event details and registration information will be available soon.

Noted Leaders Inducted into SF State Hall of Fame

San Francisco State University President Leslie E. Wong and University community members honored five outstanding alumni and a dedicated SF State volunteer and community leader on Friday at the annual President's Dinner and Alumni Hall of Fame Celebration. Jim Wunderman (B.A., '84), CEO and president of the Bay Area Council, was named Alumnus of the Year. This year's Distinguished Alumna Service Award went to Kim Mazzuca (B.A., '85; M.S., '90), CEO and president of 10,000 Degrees. The President's Distinguished Medal recipient was Colonel John H. Kern, one of the founders of Autodesk and a longtime volunteer for San Francisco State's Romburg Tiburon Center. Other inductees included award-winning photojournalist Mary F. Calvert (B.A., '88); chef and restaurant founder Mourad Lahlou (B.A., '93); and president and CEO of Bio-Rad Laboratories Norman Schwartz (B.A., '74).

SF State men's soccer coach receives CCAA top honor

The California Collegiate Athletic Association (CCAA) named San Francisco State men's soccer coach Javier Ayala-Hil 2017 Coach of the Year. This is only his second season leading the program. Ayala-Hil helped direct the squad to a No. 6 seed in the CCAA tournament field, the first postseason appearance for San Francisco State men's soccer since 1978.

Two SF State men's soccer players and one women's soccer player were named to the 2017 All-CCAA First Team, as voted by the 13 head coaches of the conference. They are forward Ranier Plantinos, midfielder/defender Aydan Bowers and goalkeeper Christina Holguin.

Return to top


CREGS seeks gay couples for relationship study

SF State's Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) is recruiting gay male couples for a study. Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Together Study is a project that works with gay couples by focusing on their physical and sexual health, with the goal of supporting satisfying relationships. Interested in learning more or participating? Additional information is available at

2018 Call to Service grants available

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) is now accepting Call to Service grants for 2018. Call to Service grants support SF State faculty and staff in providing service learning and community and civic engagement opportunities to students and in disseminating service learning knowledge, research or findings. The funding is provided through the CSU Chancellor's Office Call to Service Initiative and is available for activities and events to take place during calendar year 2018 (Jan. 1-Dec. 15, 2018).

Proposals will be reviewed and accepted on a rolling basis until funds are depleted, so the sooner you apply, the better. The final date that proposals will be accepted is Dec. 22, 2017. More information is available on the ICCE website.

Child Development Speaker Series, Nov. 6

SF State Assistant Professor of Sociology Marla Ramirez will speak in LIB 222 from noon to 1:30 p.m. today as part of the Child Development Speaker Series. Ramirez will discuss transgenerational illegality and the Mexican Repatriation Program and banishment of U.S. citizens. The event is open to all. If you can't be there in person, you can join via an online videoconference.

Business Ethics Week, Nov. 6-9

This year's Business Ethics Week runs today through Thursday. Events -- including a student debate and presentations on sustainability, emerging global economies, labor and solar electric vehicles -- will be held both on the main campus and at the Downtown Campus. A full schedule is also available online.

"Preparing Your Company for Investors," Nov. 9

If you've ever considered starting a business and positioning it for funding, Career Services & Leadership Development has the event for you. Scott Kelly, SF State alumnus and CEO of Black Dog Venture Partners, will facilitate an expert panel on the topic "Preparing Your Company for Investors." Among the panelists:

  • Roger King, Founder and Principal, BayAngels
  • Jordan Wahbeh, Managing Partner, Bay Angels
  • Charles Huang, Angel Investor
  • Cameron Colvin, President, CamCo Commercial
  • Vivek Ladsariya, Partner, SineWave Ventures
  • Ying Wang, Managing Director, Fosun Kinzon Capital

The event will be held Thursday, Nov. 9, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Downtown Campus. Come for the day or stay as long as your schedule permits.

Registration is required. The deadline to RSVP is Wednesday, Nov. 8.

Student Success Center Open House, Nov. 11

The College of Business Student Success team invites you to stop by BUS 112 on Tuesday, Nov. 14, between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to see the newly renovated Student Success Center and enter a raffle for tickets to the Vista Room.

Study Abroad Fair, Nov. 14-15

Take a stroll through the center of campus on Tuesday, Nov. 14, and Wednesday, Nov. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see the Study Abroad Fair. The tables at the fair will represent different countries that SF State students can study abroad in through SF State and California State University programs. International students and study abroad alumni have decorated each table and will be there to talk about their country. Encourage your students to attend, as well.

Return to top


The following were the action items for the Oct. 31 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 p.m.: Call to order. Announcements were made about the Fall Career Fair, the Alcademics Wine Club, an ICCE plenary panel for the Faculty Retreat and the Faculty Retreat itself.

Action item #1: The Academic Senate approved the agenda for the meeting, with the tabling of an agenda item about concerns brought forward by representatives of the College of Ethnic Studies. The item will return in a future agenda.

Action item #2: The Senate approved the minutes for the Oct. 17 meeting.

Action item #3: Chair Gerber gave a report about the Year of Conversation and about newly tenured and promoted faculty.

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

Action item #5: The Senate approved the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: regarding a proposed revision to the Academic Calendar policy.

Action item #6: Associate Vice President for Marketing and Strategic Communications Elizabeth Smith made a presentation titled "Brand Research Excerpt: Strengths and Weaknesses."

Action item #7: The Senate discussed in first reading the recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed master of science degree program in business analytics.

Action item #8: The Senate approved the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed creation of a First-Year Experience (FYE) Committee.

Action item #9: The Senate approved the recommendation from the Strategic Initiatives Committee regarding a resolution on budget transparency.

Action item #10: The Senate approved by unanimous consent the recommendation from the Educational Policies Council regarding temporary suspension of the minor in modern Greek studies.

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

Return to top



"Recollected: Photography and the Archive"
Through Nov. 16 in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts building

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

"PedalCulture: The Guitar Effects Pedal as Cultural Artifact"
Oct. 31 through Nov. 17 in the DesignSpace (room 115), Fine Arts building


Monday, Nov. 6

Recital: classical voice: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Tuesday, Nov. 7

Theatre: "Fringe Goes Long": 7 p.m. in the Lab (room 104), Creative Arts building

Wednesday, Nov. 8

Pluralities Nonfiction Film Conference: 9 a.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center

Recital: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Theatre: "Fringe Goes Long": 7 p.m. in the Lab (room 104), Creative Arts building

The Best of Soviet and Russian Cinema: Nikita Mihalkov's "Burnt by the Sun": 7:10 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building

Thursday, Nov. 9

Pluralities Nonfiction Film Conference: 8 a.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center

Poetry reading: alex cruse and Kevin CK Lo: 7 p.m. in the Poetry Center, Humanities building

Theatre: "Fringe Goes Long": 7 p.m. in the Lab (room 104), Creative Arts building

Screening: BECA International Video Project: 7:30 p.m. in Studio One, Creative Arts building

flux: The New Moves Student Choreography Showcase: 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Friday, Nov. 10

Veteran's Day observed: no classes, offices closed

Saturday, Nov. 11

flux: The New Moves Student Choreography Showcase: 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Sunday, Nov. 12

flux: The New Moves Student Choreography Showcase: 2 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Poetry reading: David Meltzer Memorial Tribute: 3 p.m. in the Humanities Auditorium, Humanities building

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

Return to top


College of Ethnic Studies

Dorothy Tsuruta, professor of Africana Studies, gave a keynote address at a conference organized by the Obama Institute for Transnational American Studies at Johannes Gutenberg Universitat Mainz in Germany. Titled "18th, 19th, 20th, and 21st Century Black Activism: From Swamp to #hashtagBlacklivesmatter," the address was given on Oct. 26 on the university's campus in Mainz, Germany. Tsuruta was also honored with an award from the Village Project, a nonprofit community service organization. The award, given to acknowledge Tsuruta's "outstanding contributions to community, seniors, youth and families," was presented on Oct. 20 at the organization's annual community ball, held this year at the West Bay Community Center on Filmore Street in San Francisco.

College of Health & Social Sciences

Patrick Tierney receives award

Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Patrick Tierney presented a paper titled "Motivations, Spending, Evaluation and Impact; A Comparison of Vacation Rental and Commercial Lodging Users" at the 5th International Conference on Hospitality and Tourism Management in Colombo, Sri Lanka, last month. His presentation received the conference's "Best Presentation" award on Oct. 17. [Photo caption: Professor Tierney receives his award from Conference Convenor Isanka Gamage and Conference Co-Chair Chandi Jayawardena.]

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

The 2017 Edward O'Brien Award for Human Rights Education will be given to Professor Mariana Leal Ferreira of the School of Humanities and Liberal Studies. Established in 2015 in memory of Ed O'Brien, a pioneering human rights educator, the O'Brien Award honors individuals and organizations that are making an outstanding contribution to human rights education in the United States. A medical anthropologist originally from Brazil, Ferreira uses critical theory to protect the human rights of indigenous peoples and other minorities in North and South America. The award will be formally given Saturday, Nov. 18, during the annual conference of the National Council for the Social Studies in San Francisco.

A peer-reviewed article by Professor Jo Tomalin of the School of Theatre and Dance recently appeared in Storytelling Magazine, the magazine of the National Storytelling Network. The article, "STEM Curriculum -- Storytelling for Teaching Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," appeared in the publication's Summer 2017 issue.

Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Professor Michelle Wolf is the vice president of Artists United, a new social justice nonprofit launched last November. The organization, which brings artists of all kinds together to address problems and create change, has grown rapidly and has many projects around the globe. Interested in getting involved? More information is available online.

College of Science & Engineering

Professor of Mathematics Federico Ardila has been named a fellow of the American Mathematical Society. The fellows program recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the creation, exposition, advancement, communication and utilization of mathematics. Sixty-three new fellows were named this year, representing such prestigious institutions as Stanford, Princeton and the National Science Foundation. included Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto on its list "Top Psychology Professors on Twitter." The list singles out "inspiring thought-leaders who are preparing their students to enter the job market with a range of abilities, including how to conduct research, interpret data, gain insight into how memory and learning function, and manage problematic behaviors and situations while remaining resilient."

Office of International Programs

Jay Ward, associate director of the Office of International Programs, made three presentations at the recent NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region XII Conference, which took place Oct. 23-27 in Sacramento. Ward chaired and served as a presenter at the session "Professional Development Opportunities with the Fulbright International Education Administrator Seminars"; chaired and presented at the session "Launch Your Career in International Education"; and acted as co-lead facilitator for a half-day pre-conference workshop on "Grey Areas of International Student Advising: Policy & Practice." With more than 10,000 members located at more than 3,500 institutions in more than 150 countries, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.

Return to top


This Idea's a Slam Dunk

The fall issue of Champion Magazine, the official publication of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), features an article by SF State President Les Wong. The article endorses a proposed plan to open NCAA Division II membership to colleges and universities in Mexico. "The opportunity for our student-athletes to compete with others from Mexico and Canada will awaken a sense of global awareness that technology and reading alone could not do," Wong wrote. "The same holds true for Mexican and Canadian student-athletes. This legislation would be a win-win at both the individual and team level."

Can't See the Forest for the Fees

Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Nina Roberts appeared on a recent episode of KQED's "Forum" (with host and Professor of English Language & Literature Michael Krasny) examining proposed fee increases at 17 of the National Park Service's most popular sites. Roberts discussed the potential effect on tourism and related businesses. "A lot of the concern ... is the concessionaries that are the partners that depend on the flow and influx of visitors to the parks generally speaking but also in the gateway communities as far as the [tourist spending]," Roberts said. "So there would definitely be an impact. I don't think the actual revenue impact has been explored enough." Roberts was also quoted in a Citylab article that focused on a National Park Service diversity initiative that could be hurt if park fees go up. Roberts worries that if park visitation takes a hit, so will the nation's commitment to preservation. "Folks will need to share their stories with family and friends to encourage them to visit," she said. "Otherwise, Congress will turn around and sell those lands, and we'll see a whole lot of condos real fast."

Pros at Cons

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan Lee was quoted in a New Yorker article about scammers preying on elderly immigrants from China. Lee discussed how Chinese history and traditions -- and the sometimes hazy understanding modern people have of them -- can be useful to the manipulative con artists. "It's the ritual and symbol that have been passed down," Lee said. "They carry import, even if their historical origins have been lost."

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

Return to top


Nicolas J. Certo, former faculty member and chair of the Department of Special Education, passed away Oct. 14. Certo was a dedicated educator, leader and champion for inclusion of disabled students in public schools and independent living for young adults with disabilities. Earlier this year, the Graduate College of Education dedicated a clinic in his honor: the Nicholas J. Certo Communicative Disorders Clinic. He leaves behind his loving wife, two children and scores of family friends, associates and former students who were touched by his dedication and passion.

Return to top