October 16, 2015


Dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences candidates visit campus

Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences. The campus community is invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will address how their professional experience is relevant to the position. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after each presentation.

  • Monday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HUM 587: Ronald T. Brown, associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, University of North Texas System
  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in LIB 244: Ching-Hua Wang, dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences, Dominican University of California

Dean of the College of Extended Learning candidates visit campus

Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Extended Learning. The campus community is invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will address how their professional experience is relevant to the position. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after each presentation.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in LIB 244: Scott Moore, interim dean, Division of Continuing and Global Education (Extended Education), California State University, Fresno
  • Monday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 244: Raj Parikh, dean, Walker School of Business and Communication, Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in LIB 244: Guido Krickx, dean, College of Continuing Education, California State University, Sacramento 

Free NERT training begins Oct. 19

The San Francisco Fire Department will provide its annual fall semester on-campus Neighborhood Emergency Response Training (NERT) on Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Participants who attend the three days of intensive disaster preparedness training will receive hands-on instruction in search and rescue, disaster triage, fire extinguishing and ways to prepare the home and workplace for such an emergency.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of this free training, which is geared toward people who live and work in San Francisco. Participants must attend all three sessions to gain the full benefit of the training. Those who complete the course will receive a certificate and a NERT ID Badge. To register for the training or to learn more, visit www.sfsu.edu/~upd/emergency/nert_fall_2015.html.

Reminder: New CSU Office Supply contract

Staples is the new approved office supply vendor for the California State University, replacing Office Max as of Oct. 2. The contract was negotiated by the CSU office supply committee and approved in September. Ordering from the Staples Advantage online catalog will be done via the Campus Marketplace e-procurement portalGuides for using Campus Marketplace to order from the Staples Advantage site are available on the Fiscal Affairs Policies and Procedures webpage under the Procurement & Support Services heading.

Martha Mollenauer is the Staples account representative for SF State and may be reached at (510) 608-6609 or Martha.Mollenauer@Staples.com.

Orders for business cards and stationery will continue to be placed through the Office Max site. For more information, please email Deanna Tam or Ashley Loper in the Purchasing Department.

Call for Proposals: Curriculum Redesign Initiative

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites proposals for the second cohort of funded programs in its Curriculum Redesign Initiative, funded by the Teagle Foundation. The initiative supports departments' efforts to transform their curricula in meaningful ways that facilitate undergraduate student success. Rather than funding individual faculty members or courses, it is meant to assist collaborative efforts that cut across the major. Proposals are encouraged from departments with significant curricular revision goals, but inquiries from departments just starting on the road to redesign are also welcomed. Proposals may be funded up to $10,000.

Programs interested in developing proposals should contact Trevor Getz, professor of history and director of Special Programs, DUEAP, and visit ueap.sfsu.edu/ugs/teagle. Proposals should be five to seven pages in length and address the questions listed on the call for proposals webpage.

Proposals are due Dec. 4 and will be evaluated by an interdisciplinary faculty committee drawn from the first cohort of funded programs. Successful programs will be notified by Jan. 19, 2016.

College of Ethnic Studies 46th Anniversary Celebration

Join SF State in celebrating the 46th anniversary of the founding of the nation's first and only College of Ethnic Studies. Actor, activist and SF State alumnus Danny Glover is the featured speaker at a benefactor reception. The event will be held at the Seven Hills Conference Center Sunday, Nov. 8. The reception is from noon to 1 p.m., and the general program and auction will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Benefactor reception tickets cost $100, general tickets are $50 and faculty/staff tickets are $35.

For information and to buy tickets, visit ethnicstudies.sfsu.edu/anniversary-celebration.

Event proceeds will benefit student scholarships and the Community-University Empowerment Fund. To learn about sponsorship opportunities and tribute ads, contact Alex Sanchez at (415) 338-1032 or alexsan@sfsu.edu.

EU class spotlight: "Six Cultures" and Disaster training classes

Following are two of the classes offered by Employee University (EU) on Nov. 17:

Six Cultures of the University

"Engaging the Six Cultures of the University" will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. The class will be led by Vice President of University Advancement Robert Nava and will focus on how organizational cultures shape and impact the academy based on the theoretical framework identified by Bergquist and Pawlak in their 2008 book of the same name. Additionally, it will cover a brief history and overview of the values embedded in the six cultures which shape our language, behavior, and the political and organizational structure that defines our work and reality in the academy.

Disaster Worker Service Training

A disaster worker service training will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. The class, led by University Police Sergeant Abe Leal, will concentrate on the responsibilities and obligations of faculty and staff in their roles as disaster service workers.

Interested employees are encouraged to enroll in these or other EU classes. Those with questions or comments should visit hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university or email eu@sfsu.edu.

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IR colloquium on Syria, Iraq, ISIS and engaged international powers, today

The Department of International Relations (IR) invites the campus community to a colloquium on Syria, Iraq, ISIS and engaged international powers from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, in HSS 362. Speakers will include Associate Professor of International Relations Burcu Ellis, researcher Erich Wieger, Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri, Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov and International Relations Lecturer Jon Whooley.

RSVP today for private guided walk in the Presidio

The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to join them on a private guided tour of the Presidio titled "From Earthquake Refuge to National Park" on Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 11 a.m. Reserve a spot by emailing an RSVP to Lin Ivory and sending the names of any guests and a check for $15 per person (payable to UWA) to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Dr., San Anselmo, CA 94960 by Oct. 16. The group will meet at the flagpole near the Officer's Club at 50 Moraga Avenue at the Main Post. Questions? Email Jeanne Mangerich at jeannem@sfsu.edu or Lin Ivory at linivory@comcast.net.

Bartscher farewell, Nov. 20

A farewell reception will be held for University Counsel Patty Bartscher on Friday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Administration building's fifth floor patio. Please RSVP by email to Jennifer Villarreal at jrosev@sfsu.edu.

Bartscher joined SF State as a lecturer in the Management Department in 1982 and quickly joined the ranks of tenure-track faculty in the department. In 1986, she began teaching international business law in the Accounting Department, where she served until she was appointed acting dean of Faculty Affairs in 1988. Beginning in 1992, Bartscher served as director of Academic Relations until her appointment as University counsel in 1994, a role she has held since.

Cuban embassy official to visit, Oct. 22

The First Secretary of the Embassy of the Republic of Cuba Miguel Fraga will speak about the new state of U.S.-Cuba relations on Thursday, Oct. 22 from 4:10 to 5:15 p.m. in BH 337. The campus community is invited to attend.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, President of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples and member of the Cuban Parliament Kenia Serrano will speak at 4:10 p.m. in EPS 116.

Upcoming AMED events

The Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), housed in the College of Ethnic Studies, invites the campus community to events promoting Arab and Muslim culture and understanding.

Wednesday, Oct. 21 in Coppola Theatre: Film screenings and Q&A

In an event co-sponsored by the Cinema Department, Arab Film Festival shorts and the award-winning documentary (and Palestine's Oscar entry) "The Wanted 18" will be screened. A Q&A with "The Wanted 18" co-director Amer Shomali will follow. The short films will run from 4:30 to 6 p.m., followed by a reception from 6 to 7:30 p.m. "The Wanted 18" begins at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Q&A from 8:50 to 9:45 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall: The 8th Annual Palestinian Mural Cultural Celebration

Celebrate the teachings of Palestinian intellectual and Columbia University Professor Edward Said with music, dabka, food, poetry and hip-hop, as well as the one-woman play "Palestine" by Najla Said. Organized by the General Union of Palestine Students, AMED, Associated Students Inc. and the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, at International Education Week

  • 4 to 6:30 p.m. in EP 101: "Contesting the Foreign Domestic Divides"
  • 7 to 9:45 p.m. in LIB 121: "The Indivisibility of Justice: Understanding Palestine, Iran and Syria"

Speakers will include Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Rabab Abdulhadi, CSU-Stanislaus Professor of Political Science As'ad AbuKhalil, Professor of Philosophy Mohammad Azadpur, UC Berkeley Professor of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies Hatem Bazian and Arab Talk Radio host and award-winning journalist Jamal Dajani.

For more information, visit amed.sfsu.edu or email amedsraf@sfsu.edu.

Jews and Photography in Britain lecture, Oct. 21

The Department of Jewish Studies invites the campus community to a lecture by Michael Berkowitz, professor of Modern Jewish History at the University College, London, about Jews and photography in Britain at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life, 2121 Allston Way, Berkeley.

Berkowitz is author of "Jews and Photography in Britain: Connections and Developments, 1850-2007" (University of Texas Press). His research includes Jewish networks in the field of radiography, the invention of Kodachrome, the history of photojournalism, modern Jewish identity formation and political self-representation from 1881 to 1948, relationships between art, politics and culture, sport (especially boxing) and spectacle, the politics of religion in Mandate Palestine, perceptions of criminality and social deviance from early modern times to the present, Jews and German culture, ties between charity and nationalism, and modes of understanding and misunderstanding the Holocaust.

This lecture is part of the Jewish Studies Community Lecture Series and is co-sponsored by the Magnes Collection of Jewish Art and Life. For more information, contact Fred Astren at fastren@sfsu.edu.

Indigenous Voices Across Generations, Oct. 22

American Indian Studies invites the campus community to the new speaker series "Indigenous Voices Across Generations: California Indians Being Seen Beyond Recognition." The series will begin with screenings of the films "Beyond Recognition" and "Being Seen" and a post-screening, kitchen table-style conversation between California Indian leaders Corrina Gould (Chochenyo) and Nicholas Gomez (Esselen) Thursday, Oct. 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. in EP 116. For more information, email aismain@sfsu.edu.

WGS Lecture Series, Thursdays

The campus community is invited to attend the Women and Gender Studies (WGS) Lecture Series on Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 121. For disability and other accommodations, email kasturi@sfsu.edu.

Thursday, Oct. 22: "Subjective Construction of Persecution"

Associate Professor of Jewish Studies Kitty Millet will reconsider traditional notions of colonialism and the philosophy of history through a discussion of the massacre by the government of German South-West Africa (modern-day Namibia) of the Herero and Nama in 1904-07. She will also reflect on the effect of photographic representations of the Treblinka death camp on her own research and on the more general relationship between holocausts and German colonial theory.

Thursday, Oct 29: "Under the Varnish: Asian American Nail Salon Workers, Toxins, and Health Safety"

Award-winning journalist Momo Chang will focus on the health care struggles and the cost of economic stability for women workers exposed to toxic and unregulated chemicals in nail salons. Chang, who has also covered Asian American politics and culture in and beyond the Bay Area, will discuss the tensions and rewards of working in Asian American media.

BECA International Video Screening, Oct. 22

Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) students who worked with the Paul K. Longmore Institute in spring 2015 and then traveled to Hyderabad, India, to produce a video for the KMR Foundation in June 2015 will screen their work in Studio One of the Creative Arts Building on Thursday, Oct. 22. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and videos will roll at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact BECA Professor Betsy Blosser at bblosser@sfsu.edu.

Faculty and staff wine club, Oct. 22

The SF State Faculty and Staff Wine Club will hold wine tastings on Thursday, Oct. 22, and Thursday, Dec. 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Vista Room. Each tasting will cost $15 and will include six to eight wines and light food pairings. RSVP and pay for your spot at commerce.cashnet.com/ucorp?Cname=WINE.

The tastings are a great opportunity to meet fellow faculty, staff and administrators in a relaxed environment. For answers to questions or more information, email Wine Club Chancellor Eric Lamm at ericlamm@sfsu.edu.

CAD in South Africa: An Early Childhood Educator Honors Program, Oct. 26

Over the summer of 2015, 10 students and three faculty from the Department of Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) traveled to South Africa to work with local early childhood teachers and young children. Their collaboration with local educators focused on sharing best practices, enhancing language and literacy programming and building capacity for program evaluation.

On Monday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in LIB 242, EDvance SF will host a free community dialogue and presentation about this journey. Brittney Rykert, a CAD student and early childhood educator, will make the presentation with CAD alumni and early childhood educators Kowanda Perkins and Daechelle Williams; Metro CAD Coordinator Ashley Williams; and Lygia Stebbing, EdD, director of EDvance SF, Child and Adolescent Development research associate and PATH program coordinator for the Marian Wright Edelman Institute. Students will reflect on their transformative experiences during this service- and learning-focused adventure in South Africa. After the presentation, participants will be invited to engage in discussion about using cross-cultural experiences to enrich and expand teacher training.

For more information, email Carmen G. Mandic at cgmandic@sfsu.edu.

"Dancing with the Devil in the City of God" book reading, Nov. 6

Author and former local AP reporter Juliana Barbassa will read from her new book "Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink" on Friday, Nov. 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m., in LIB 286. Barbassa's book is a critical examination of the city of Rio through the lens of politics, social unrest and sport.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology and the Urban Studies and Planning Program. For more information, email Susan Zieff at susangz@sfsu.edu.

Alumni & Family Day, Saturday, Nov. 7

The Alumni Association is excited to invite the campus community to the annual Alumni & Family Day celebration on Saturday, Nov. 7. Festivities will include a luncheon featuring actor, activist and alum Danny Glover and the Family Festival with fun activities for kids, food and live music. There will also be interactive seminars including a beer education and tasting session and a hands-on holiday baking workshop. For more information and to register for the various events, go to alumni.sfsu.edu/afw.

Free tickets for the Family Festival are available to faculty and staff (luncheon and beer tasting not included). The festival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on the main Quad. Register online for the Family Festival now.

Questions? Email Nadia Chan at nadiach@sfsu.edu.

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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
  • Unfinished business: Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee on proposed changes to the Curriculum and Review Committee Charge, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed Assigned Time for Extraordinary Service to Students Policy, first reading
  • Report from Senior Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management: Enrollment Jo Volkert (2:30 p.m.)
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed Graduate Certificate in Augmentative and Alternative Communication, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding the proposed Resolution on Bullying, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding a proposed Temporary Faculty Policy
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Academic Affairs Committee
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
    • Strategic Initiatives Committee
    • Student Affairs Committee

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.

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Saturday, Oct. 17

Women's volleyball vs. Sonoma State: 7 p.m. in the Main Gymnasium

Theatre: "Stop Kiss": 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Sunday, Oct. 18

Men's soccer vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 11:30 a.m. in Cox Stadium

Theatre: "Stop Kiss": 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Women's Soccer vs. Cal State Dominguez Hills: 2 p.m. in Cox Stadium

Monday, Oct. 19

Reading/lecture: Writers on Writing: Peter Orner: 7 p.m. in Humanities Auditorium

Tuesday, Oct. 20

Senate plenary meeting: 2 p.m. in Seven Hills Conference Center

Special event: 2015 Gerontology Celebration: 7 p.m. in LIB 121

Wednesday, Oct. 21

Choral recital: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Film: Short Arab Films and "The Wanted 18": 4 p.m. in Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Lecture: Svensk Circa 1915: Swedish Art at the Time of San Francisco's Panama Pacific International Exposition: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Thursday, Oct. 22

Poetry reading: Tonya M. Foster and David Buuck: 4:30 p.m. in the Poetry Center, Humanities

Video: Electronic Media and Social Justice: 7 p.m. in Studio One, Creative Arts

Friday, Oct. 23

SF State Cinema Studies Conference: Repetitions, Permutations and Becoming: Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Women's soccer vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 12:30 p.m. in Cox Stadium

Men's soccer vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 4 p.m. in Cox Stadium

Costume dodge ball tournament: 7 p.m. in the Main Gymnasium

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Communication Studies

Professor of Communication Studies Gust A. Yep was invited to give three presentations at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). The first presentation, "Intersectionalities and Identities in Communication: Exploring Theoretical, Political, and Pedagogical Possibilities," and the second, "Toward Thick(er) Intersectionalities in Communication Research," were presented to the CSUN campus community. The last presentation, "Queer Studies, Masculinities, and Intersectionalities," was presented to graduate students in communication. All three presentations were delivered on Oct. 6.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper authored the article "Vertaalslag naar de praktijk" ("Translation for clinical practice on three published studies"), which was published in the Sept. 10 issue of the Dutch journal NPi-service Psychosomatiek.

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The elephant in the room

College of Ethnic Studies Lecturer Dave "Davey D" Cook participated in a panel discussion about race and identity for the Oct. 5 edition of the "So Well Spoken" program on KQED-FM. "The big elephant in the room in terms of the socialization of categorization comes from our industry, the media, entertainment industry. That is what they live on, and if I put on my hat as someone who has managed and been in this profession for a while -- we look at everything by race. How many Latinos are listening? How many blacks? How many whites?" Cook said. "It's a hierarchy, for people who don't know. ... The whiter the better. The whiter the more money you can get for advertisement."

Ranked strategy

Associate Professor of Political Science Francis Neely commented for an Oct. 8 San Francisco Chronicle article about the possible effect of ranked-choice voting in San Francisco's District 3 supervisor race should candidate Wilma Pang's supporters choose the same second-choice candidate. "That could be a deciding factor," Neely said. "Every one of those voters could come her [candidate Julie Christensen's] way."

No doomsday buzz

Professor of Biology John Hafernik's ZomBee research and migration-tracking database were the subject of an Associated Press report in the Oct. 9 New York Times and other outlets around the world. "We're not making a case that this is the doomsday bug for bees," Hafernik said. "But it is certainly an interesting situation where we have a parasite that seems to affect the behavior of bees and has them essentially abandoning their hive."

Wow factors needed

On Oct. 13, KRON-4 TV interviewed Professor of Business Management John Sullivan about the layoffs at Twitter and the health of the tech industry. "It's kind of a smart and bold move. It tells shareholders, it tells employees, it tells potential hires that they are changing," Sullivan said. "Facebook is doing fantastic lately. WhatsApp, Snapchat are all doing great, so it's just them [Twitter]. They don't know how to make money from their users." To be successful, Sullivan adds, "They've got to put in new features for the wow factors, so the kids say, 'I gotta have that!' And they just haven't done that in a long time."

Surprising performance, possible boost

Assistant Professor of Political Science Marcela García-Castañon commented on the Democratic presidential debate for an Oct. 14 NBC News article. "The one surprise was Martin O'Malley, whose presence on stage was less easily ignored than Jim Webb or Lincoln Chaffee,"  García-Castañon wrote. "...O'Malley came off as the more natural candidate on stage, especially on immigration. He may see a boost after the debate as a result, but this is unlikely to thrust him forward into the general election."

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

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Associate Professor of Information Systems Thaddeus (Thad) W. Usowicz died of organ failure on Oct. 7 at the UCSF medical center.

Usowicz graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with an S.B.M.E. (mechanical engineering) in 1965, an M.S. in management and his M.S.C.E. (transportation systems planning and analysis) in 1967. He served in the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps in Vietnam and was awarded the Bronze Star in 1971.

Usowicz earned an M.S. in 1979 and a Ph.D. in 1991, both in medical information science, from the University of California, San Francisco. In 1980, he was certified as a professional engineer by the State of California. He was awarded a Fulbright Senior Lectureship Award in 1995, during which he served as professor of computer science at the Academy of Economics in Poznan, Poland. Usowicz began his career at SF State in 1983. The 2014 textbook "Human Factors of a Global Society: A System of Systems Perspective" lists Usowicz as a contributor.

A mass will be held for him at 11 a.m. in the Nativity Church at 240 Fell Street, San Francisco. A reception will folllow from 12:30 to 3 p.m. at Caffe della Stelle, 395 Hayes Street, San Francisco.

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