October 2, 2015


Beatty named risk manager for Enterprise Risk Management

Michael Beatty has been appointed risk manager for the Enterprise Risk Management department. He will report to Executive Director for Budget and Risk Management Jay Orendorff. Beatty brings more than 12 years of industry experience. He most recently served as the associate vice president for Alliant Insurance Services, where his portfolio included managing the group insurance programs for CSU not-for-profit 501c3 organizations. Beatty is a licensed California property and casualty insurance broker and is currently working toward an associate in risk management designation. Administration & Finance welcomes Beatty, an alumnus, back to the campus community with confidence that he will bring value and innovation to the organization. Beatty will begin in this new role on Monday, Nov. 2.

ITS AVP/CIO search candidates coming to campus

The campus community is invited to attend community forums with the two finalists for the position of associate vice president and chief information officer for the department of Information Technology Services at SF State. The forums, which will include presentations by each candidate, will take place on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in LIB 121: Robert Moulton, interim associate vice president and chief information officer, San Francisco State University
  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 1:45 to 3 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center: Fedro Zazueta, associate chief information officer, University of Florida

For more about the candidates, including biographies and resumes, and the opportunity to provide feedback, visit the search committee's website at its.sfsu.edu/candidates.

Last week for benefits open enrollment

The open enrollment period for benefits ends Oct. 9, 2015. Visit the Human Resources open enrollment page for details, requirements and restrictions. Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan's Evidence of Coverage (EDC) publication before deciding to retain their existing plan or make a change. Download the CalPERS open enrollment brochure from the CalPERS website.

Benefit & Retirement Services staff are available for drop-in visits and appointments regarding open enrollment during the following hours:

  • Mondays: 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 8-10 a.m.
  • Wednesdays: 8-10 a.m.
  • Thursdays: 2-4 p.m.

Get the DUEAP Digest newsletter

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP), formerly the Division of Undergraduate Studies, has launched the DUEAP Digest newsletter, which will be published each semester. Sign up to receive future editions by sending an email to Ted King at tedk@sfsu.edu.

Employee University class spotlight: Pronunciation & Communication

The Pronunciation & Communication class focuses on developing English skills for faculty and staff who would like to communicate more efficiently and effectively.

Employees who wish to gain an improved understanding of English language and its usage should take this class. Participants will learn to better communicate with colleagues, students and others through topics that include when to stress words in conversations, pace of conversation and use of intonation in speech. Although there are no prerequisites, this is an advanced level of the Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers series with a focus on pronunciation and language skills.

The first class will be held Friday, Oct. 16, in BUS 202, and the class will meet once each week until the second week of December. Register for Pronunciation & Communication. For more information about  this and other Employee University classes, visit hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university or email eu@sfsu.edu.

Changes to December paycheck distribution

December paychecks will be distributed on Jan. 4, 2016. Human Resources and Disbursement Offices will not distribute paychecks during the winter closure. Employees are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit by completing and submitting the direct deposit form, which may be used for any bank. To receive a direct deposit of pay for the December pay period, employees must submit the direct deposit form by Oct. 19. (It takes 45 days for the State Controller's Office to process direct deposit requests.) Employees may find it convenient to use the U.S. Bank on campus, located at 750 Font Blvd., Building C, (415) 466-2718. Contact the appropriate payroll specialist in Human Resources with questions. (Download a list of payroll specialists.)

Return to top


Reminder: September is EOP month

In 2003, both houses of the state legislature, with bipartisan support, passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 124. The resolution praised the accomplishments of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) in the UC, CSU and community college systema and declared September EOP month in California.

SF State Observatory Public Open Nights

Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday during the semester when the skies are clear will be a public open night at the SF State Observatory on the 10th floor of Thornton Hall (TH 1004). Visit the Observatory's Facebook page for weather conditions and open hours, which change from month to month. October open nights begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. Docents will be on hand to provide views through the observatory telescopes, point out objects of interest and talk about astronomy.

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.

Oct. 8: "Bhangra and Asian Underground: Race, Class and Gender in the U.K.'s Music Scene," a talk by Associate Professor of Race and Resistance Studies Falu Bakrania, will explore the very different music scenes of bhangra and Asian Underground, which both claim to represent British South Asian identities.

Oct. 15: "Voluntary Sterilization in Brazil: Aesthetics, Racialization and the Politics of Reproduction" will be examined by M.P.H. and Postdoctoral Fellow of the Health Equity Institute Ugo F. Edu. Edu uses interdisciplinary approaches to reproductive and sexual health, race, aesthetics, reproductive technologies and social justice with an emphasis on women, gender and sexuality.

R Markdown Files: Their Value in Research and Teaching, Oct. 5

Professor of Biology Edward F. Connor will present "R Markdown Files: Their Value in Research and Teaching" on Monday, Oct. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. The presentation will describe how to make and use the R markdown and Knitr packages within statistics program R to generate Microsoft Word or HTML files that combine text, syntax and results from data analysis. Such files are useful as reference documents for researchers and provide an effective means for students to prepare lab reports in which they demonstrate their mastery of quantitative analyses using R. Lunch will be served.

RSVP by emailing jpaez@sfsu.edu or calling ext. 5-3995 or drop in at any time during the presentation, early or late. Questions? Contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or rharvey@sfsu.edu, or contact Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997 or efc@sfsu.edu. The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers (CORR) Research Cluster.

Second annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum, Oct. 8-9

The College of Business will host the second annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum on Thursday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 9, at the Downtown Campus. Participants in the two-day conference will explore the world of negotiations, expand their network and enhance their leadership skills. Faculty and staff, as well as friends of SF State and CSU, will receive the 25 percent "early bird" discount when using the promotion code "FRIEND-OF-SFSTATE" when registering on Eventbrite. Visit the Women's Emerging Leadership Forum webpage to learn more and register.

Private guided walk in the Presidio, Oct. 24

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 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.

BECA International Video screening

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.

IEW 2015: Save the date

The Office of International Programs will host International Education Week (IEW) this year from Nov. 16 to 20. The U.S. departments of State and Education sponsor the annual event to emphasize the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages. It also affirms the critical role that international education and exchange programs play in fostering peace throughout the world.

Learn more about International Education Week and ways to participate at oip.sfsu.edu/internationaleducationweek. Contact Jay Ward at ext. 8-1121 or jward@sfsu.edu with questions or to request a presentation about International Education Week at an upcoming department faculty/staff meeting. Additional information about IEW 2015 is also available by visiting the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational Cultural Affairs.

One-on-one with Provost Sue Rosser

Interested faculty are invited to make a 10- to 15-minute appointment with Provost Sue V. Rosser to talk about such topics as their interests, research, community service and creative projects. An office hour will be scheduled each week to accommodate several individual faculty appointments. Contact Marvis Walker in the Provost's Office at marvis@sfsu.edu or by calling ext. 8-1141 to schedule an appointment.

Return to top


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
  • Recommendation from Executive Committee: proposed revisions to the Assigned Time for Extraordinary Service to Students policy
  • Update on nominations for Senate appointments (those interested in serving should contact their college's Academic Senate representative or dean's office)
    • Enrollment Management: one position, 2015-16 (department chair)
      • Meets on Thursdays, 2-3:30 p.m., two to threetimes per semester
      • Mohammad Salama
    • Board of Appeals and Review: two positions
      • Meets on the first Monday of each month, 3-5 p.m.
      • Faculty 2015-17 (from College of Business, Graduate College of Education, Ethnic Studies or College of Science and Engineering)
  • Invited Speaker: Interim Chief Information Officer Robert Moulton (2:35 p.m.)
  • Recommendation from Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution on bullying, pending
  • Standing Committee reports
  • Election for Senate secretary

Important date changes for the spring 2016 Academic Calendar:

  • Spring 2016 term will begin Monday, Jan. 25, 2016
  • Classes for spring 2016 will begin Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2016
  • Last day of classes for spring 2016 is Tuesday, May 17, 2016
  • Commencement will be held Friday, May 27, 2016

View the complete Academic Calendar for spring 2016.

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

Return to top



Professor of Music Jassen Todorov won first place in the Non-Professional Nature, Aerial photography category of the International Photography Awards' 2015 contest for his photo "Tree of Life." He was also named "Nature Photographer of the Year, Non-Professional." The contest is held annually by the International Photography Awards, also known as the Lucie Awards. The awards ceremony will be held at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Oct. 27. Todorov's image will be featured online and in print and exhibited worldwide.

President's Office

President Les Wong co-authored the chapter "Asian Pacific Amercians in Higher Education in Michigan" for the book "Asian Americans in Michigan: Voices from the Midwest," which was awarded top honors by the Historical Society of Michigan at the annual State History Conference, held in Saginaw, Michigan, Sept. 25-27. The society presents the State History Awards every year to individuals and organizations that have made outstanding contributions to the appreciation, collection, preservation and/or promotion of state and local history. The awards are the highest recognition presented by the Historical Society of Michigan, the state's official historical society and oldest cultural organization.

Return to top


Still a lot to do

A Sept. 18 Marin Independent Journal article about environmental improvements in the San Francisco Bay included comments from Director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies Karina Nielsen. "The Bay has come along. The water quality is good enough to swim in, and that is saying something. But there is still a lot to do," Nielsen said. "Bay warming and sea-level rise and sediment management are issues. There are solutions, but it takes an investment to actually restore the Bay."

Overcoming the cost of avoidance

Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell discussed the awkwardness of having to ask friends and family to pay back money loaned to them for a Sept. 21 article in The Street. "The tension that a person feels when they have someone who owes them money is part of what's preventing them from actually asking to get the money back," Howell said. "The problem is, while the lender is feeling angry, frustrated and agitated, the borrower is feeling guilty and ashamed and so they don't have a conversation." According to Howell, peer-to-peer payment platforms "can actually intervene in a way that it allows you to ask for your money back, without having to actually ask for your money back. It will give them notifications that they owe you money."

Hindsight for future success

A Sept. 22 TIME article referenced research by Professor of Management Mitchell Marks and colleagues into strategies used by people who have overcome career setbacks. "Instead of getting stuck in grief or blame, they actively explore how they contributed to what went wrong, evaluate whether they sized up the situation correctly and reacted appropriately, and consider what they would do differently if given the chance," the researchers noted. "They also gather feedback from a wide variety of people [including superiors, peers and subordinates], making it clear that they want honest feedback, not consolation."

Connection to local issues

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel commented for a Sept. 22 NPR Morning Edition report about voter demographics and the San Francisco elections in November. "I really try to look at voters' ideology by the way they voted previously, in terms of their communities and their precincts and just estimate their ideology," McDaniels explained. "They're [young new arrivals] not likely to be the ones participating in local elections. They're not likely to be as connected to local issues. It takes people into their 30s and 40s and 50s and older -- these are the people who participate at high rates in local elections."

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

Return to top


SF State received $793,549 in grants and contracts in September 2015.

Teaster Baird, Jr., Chemistry, Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation: Chancellor's Office 2015/16, CSU Sacramento/Prime: CSU Chancellor's Office, $25,000

Petra Dekens, Mathematics, International Ocean Discovery Program (IODP) Expedition, Consortium for Ocean Leadership, $14,920

Richard Dugdale, Romberg Tiburon Center, Effect of the False River Barrier, Delta Stewardship Council, $150,323

Barbara Holzman, Geography, Mapping Invasive Plants of SE Farallon Island, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services, $20,000

Hao Jiang, Engineering, Major Research Instrumentation Program (MRI): Acquisition of a Microwave Vector Network Analyzer to Enhance Research and Student Research Training, National Science Foundation, $268,577

Wim Kimmerer, Romberg Tiburon Center, Effect of False River barrier on transport of Zooplankton consumed by delta smelt, Delta Stewardship Council, $314,729

Return to top