October 16, 2017


Fire resources online

A page has been added to the University website listing resources for faculty, staff and students affected by the North Bay fires. The page provides information on emergency housing, financial assistance, the availability of dust respirators and masks, counseling and psychological resources and more. The University's latest status updates are being posted on the website, as well.

Campus wireless upgrade this weekend

There will be a scheduled upgrade of the Campus Wireless network infrastructure starting on Friday, Oct. 20, at 10 p.m. and ending on Saturday, Oct. 21, at 6 a.m. The campus wireless infrastructure will be upgraded to CNI (CSU Common Network Infrastructure) standard, resulting in loss of network connectivity for campus wireless users.

No other services will be impacted. The campus wireless networks (including SFState, eduroam and SFStateGuest WiFi) will have no Internet service during this maintenance window. If you experience issues or have questions, please contact the ITS Service Desk at service@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-1420.

Professor receives cell biology education honor

SF State Professor of Biology Kimberly Tanner received the American Society for Cell Biology's (ASCB) 2017 Bruce Alberts Award for Excellence in Science Education. The award is given to individuals who have demonstrated innovative and sustained contributions to science education. ASCB is a network of about 9,000 cell biologists in more than 62 countries dedicated to advancing scientific discovery, advocating sound research policies, improving education, promoting professional development and increasing diversity in the scientific workforce.

Tanner directs the Science Education Partnership and Assessment Laboratory (SEPAL) at SF State, which studies how science is taught and learned in classrooms. The goal of her research is to positively change the experiences of students in science classrooms and to increase the diversity of students pursuing professional careers in the sciences. She will officially accept the award at the Dec. 4 ASCB meeting in Philadelphia.

Nielsen named Academy of Sciences fellow

Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies Director Karina Nielsen was one of 15 new fellows of the California Academy of Sciences inducted at an event last week. Nominated by their peers and elected by the California Academy of Sciences' Board of Trustees, academy fellows are distinguished scientists who have made notable contributions to their field.

"Year of Conversation" workshops selected

Co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost and the Academic Senate, the Year of Conversation initiative offers a platform and structure for the SF State community to explore the question "How to Be a University in a World of Conflict." As part of that effort, proposals were sought for workshops that foster campus conversation and strengthen a shared capacity for mutual understanding, community and engagement. Six proposals were selected, and the workshops have been scheduled for October, November and December. Follow the links to see detailed descriptions and RSVP for specific dates:

All members of the SF State community are invited to participate in these faculty-led workshops and lend their expertise and perspective as their peers explore what kind of institution we are and what our students need from us in order to become tomorrow's leaders.

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International Education Week proposals being accepted

The Office of International Programs has launched its International Education Week (IEW) 2017 website. A preliminary IEW schedule is available on the site, and faculty and staff members can propose additional events online, as well.

Barth David Schwartz discusses "Pasolini Requiem," Oct. 18

The Italian Program invites the campus community to a presentation by author Barth David Schwartz at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Frank V. De Bellis Collection on the fourth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library. Schwartz will read from the new edition of his classic book "Pasolini Requiem," which explores the life and mysterious death of Italian filmmaker and writer Pier Paolo Pasolini. Schwartz will be available for a Q&A with the audience after the reading.

Promotion and Tenure Celebration, Oct. 18

Academic Affairs invites the campus community to a celebration honoring faculty members who were granted tenure and/or received a promotion during the 2017-2018 academic year. The celebration will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 18, in the Vista Room. Refreshments will be served. Download a full list of honorees.

NVIVO software trainings, Oct. 18

A series of training sessions on NVIVO software for Qualitative and Mixed Methods researchers with applications for Text, Survey and Social Network Analysis (SNA) will be held Wednesday, Oct. 18, in LIB 282. The times: 9-10 a.m., 11 a.m. to noon and noon to 1 p.m. Questions? Contact Rick Harvey.

Coffee hours with the interim provost, Oct. 19

Faculty are invited to meet with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit. Do you have a question or idea to share? If so, join Interim Provost Summit for a cup of coffee and informal exchange in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286) on Thursday, Oct. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m. Please email if you will be attending.

The Racial Profiling of Chinese Americans, Oct. 19

SF State's Asian American & Pacific Islander Retention & Education (ASPIRE) program, in association with Asian American and Pacific Islander Student Services, the Asian American Studies Department and Associated Students, Inc. , is sponsoring a panel titled "The Racial Profiling of Chinese Americans: The Curious Spy Case of Professor Xi Xiaoxing." California State Assembly Member Phil Ting and Cynthia Choi of Chinese for Affirmative Action will participate in the panel, which will take place from 4 to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Student Events Learning Center (The Annex) at 1 North State Street.

Healthy Living, Healthy Choices, Oct. 25

Student Health Services will be holding an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 25. To be held in the Student Health Services building, the event will include tabling by Counseling and Psychological Services, Campus Recreation, the Disability Programs and Resource Center and other groups. There will also be food, prizes and live music. All are welcome.

"The Startup Environment in the Bay Area," Nov. 3

The International Business Department invites faculty, students, staff and other interested individuals to an open seminar on the topic "The Startup Environment in the Bay Area." Although entrepreneurship and startups are hot topics in the news, we rarely get the chance to hear directly what working for these organizations is like. A panel of four alumni will share their experiences. The seminar will take place on Friday, Nov. 3, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in LIB 121. Seating may be limited, so please RSVP online.

Guide Dogs for the Blind campus tour, Nov. 11

The University Women's Association is sponsoring a private tour of the Guide Dogs for the Blind campus in San Rafael on Saturday, Nov. 11, beginning at 11 a.m. The tour will last approximately one hour and 15 minutes, and there is a nominal charge of $5 to register. The reservation deadline is Monday, Oct. 30.

Guide Dogs for the Blind is a guide dog school with campuses in California and Oregon. For complete information about the San Rafael tour, including how to reserve a space, contact Lin Ivory. You need not be a member of the Women's Association to participate.

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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:


  • Luoluo Hong, vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, will provide an overview of the Equity & Community Inclusion Division. (Time approximate 2:45 p.m.)
  • Jason Porth, vice president, University Enterprises, and Jill Anthes, executive director, Physical Planning and Development, will discuss the Physical Master Plan. (Time certain: 3 p.m.)
  • Jennifer Summit, interim provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, will offer an update on tenure density and tenure-track hiring and retention. (Time approximate: 3:45 p.m.)

Agenda items:

  • Proposed Revision to the Academic Calendar Policy (first reading)
  • Proposed First Year Experience (FYE) committee formation policy
  • Resolution in Opposition to the Timeline for Implementation of Executive Order 1100 (revised, first reading)
  • Resolution on Implementing Budget Transparency (first reading)

The complete agenda and support documents for the meeting are available online.

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

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"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


Monday, Oct. 16

Recital: Works by Benjamin Sabey: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Tuesday, Oct. 17

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program info session: 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Wednesday, Oct. 18

The Best of Soviet and Russian Cinema: Vladimir Menshov's "Moscow Does Not Believe in Tears": 7:10 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts building

Thursday, Oct. 19

Presentation: "Recollected: Photography and the Archive": 2 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts building

Panel discussion: "Affordable Housing Policy": 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Theatre: "The Laramie Project": 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Friday, Oct. 20

Master class: Morrison Artists Series: Telegraph Quartet: 2 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Public Administration Program prospective students info session: 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program: "Measuring Your Impact" course: 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Theatre: "The Laramie Project": 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Saturday, Oct. 21

Humanities symposium in honor of Sandra Luft: 9 a.m. in the Humanities building, room 587

Theatre: "The Laramie Project": 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Sunday, Oct. 22

Theatre: "The Laramie Project": 7:30 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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College of Ethnic Studies

Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins presented the invited keynote, "Transculturalization as Praxis: The Dynamics of Non-Native Being and Belonging in Native America," at a conference of the German Anthropolgical Association (Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Volkerkunde) in Berlin on Oct. 5. Using a person-centered ethnographic approach, the keynote expanded on A. Irving Hallowell's theory of transculturalization to reveal the everyday cultural practices and life ways that caused some individuals of African and European ancestry to become "Indianized" within Native American communities, families and societies, while others were excluded. Also analyzed was how ethnographers can begin to revisit the realities of "Indianization" if a holistic record of the cultural changes that Americans experienced within the Native American communities is to be created, the impact of Native Americans on U.S. culture is to be understood and the strategies they left us for creating interconnected worlds are to be realized.

College of Health & Social Sciences

Kenn Burrows, Institute of Holistic Health Studies/Department of Health Education lecturer, with students Maura Rocio Tellez and Malcolm Pinson published two research articles: "Big Data and Dark Money Behind the 2016 Election" and "Eight Use of Force Policies to Prevent Killings by Police." The articles appear in the recently published book "Censored 2018: Press Freedoms in a 'Post-Truth' Society" (Seven Stories Press).

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

School of Cinema Professor Daniel Bernardi and Associate Professor Julian Hoxter are the co-authors of "Off the Page: Screenwriting in the Era of Media Convergence," which was published in September by University of California Press. The book explores the state of screenwriting and filmmaking in the era of conglomerate studios, expanded television and online content creation.

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Baack in Action Again

SF State's Professor of Management Sally Baack was interviewed live on KCBS NewsRadio on Oct. 7 to discuss the workplace ethics implications of the Harvey Weinstein sexual harassment scandal.

Fire Impact

SF State Lecturer in Hospitality & Tourism Management Joseph LaVilla commented in an ABC7 report on how the fires in the North Bay will affect the local wine industry. LaVilla predicted that tourist visits to the region's wineries would see a downturn. "Short term I think it'll be hit for the next three to six months," LaVilla said. "I think you'll see a lot of people staying away."

A Great Starting Point

Professor Emeritus Mark Phillips wrote a Marin Independent Journal column reviewing "Not Alone," a new documentary about teen suicide. The movie, which was screened this weekend at the Mill Valley Film Festival, focuses on several suicides that swept through a high school in one year. "I'm concerned that when a wave of suicides hits a community we become invested in preventing it and then just let it go," Phillips wrote. He called the film "excellent," saying it provides "a great starting point for a discussion among parents, teachers and students."

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

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Former SF State employee Hind Malouf passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 3. She worked in Fiscal Affairs as a staff accountant for special projects/grants.

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