October 2, 2017


Last chance! Campus Memo survey -- win lunch for 2

CampusMemo readers who fill out a survey about the newsletter before 5 p.m. this Wednesday will be eligible to win a gift card good for lunch for two at the Vista Room restaurant in Burk Hall. The survey doesn't take long. Get started now -- and good luck!

Executive director of alumni & constituent relations named

Caitlin Tramel has been named SF State's executive director of alumni & constituent relations. Tramel will come to SF State from Barnard College in New York City, where she serves as the school's executive director of alumnae relations. She also held an alumni leadership role at Fordham University's Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science & Art and was assistant director of annual giving at Harvard. She begins working at SF State on Nov. 15.

Provost search campus forums

The campus community is invited to two public forums devoted to SF State's search for a new provost. Hosted by the co-chairs of the provost search committee, Interim Vice President of Administration and Finance and CFO Ann Sherman, and Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins, the events will give students, faculty and staff members an update on the search's progress as well as the opportunity to offer input for candidates. The first forum will be held Monday, Oct. 9, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). The forum slated for Tuesday, Oct. 3 will be rescheduled and a new date will be announced in a future issue of CampusMemo.

Those who can't attend the public events can offer feedback via an online forum.

SF State hosts speech and debate opener

More than 600 debate team members from 30 schools were on campus Sept. 22-24 for the 12th Annual Golden Gate Season Opener, which kicked off a new year of intercollegiate forensics competition. SF State's forensics program hosted the event with the support of the College of Language and Creative Arts, the Department of Communication Studies and a number of volunteer alums and graduate students. Gators took on opponents from Stanford, UC Berkeley and other four- and two-year universities from four different states. SF State students came in near or at the top in several categories, including:

  • First Place in Program of Oral Interpretation (twice): Philip Enguancho
  • Second Place in Program of Interpretation: Carla Solis
  • Finalist in Program of Oral Interpretation Blessing Morris
  • Semi-Finalist in Open Policy Debate: Donte Buchanan and Dennis Guardado
  • Semi-Finalist in Novice Policy Debate: Betty Hunter and Nikki-Morrison Fountain

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One week left to apply for curriculum redesign grants

The ongoing involvement of faculty in the design of courses or curriculum is a key factor in helping students succeed in their major. Departments who have identified areas where redesign is needed can get support for that redesign effort through a Student Success in the Majors grant. The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning will award grants of $5,000 to $7,000 to departments that are ready to redesign curriculum to streamline degree requirements or to redesign courses to increase student success in or access to the course. Grant proposals will need the college dean or designee's endorsement and are due Monday, Oct. 9. Awardees will be selected by a faculty committee. Further instructions can be found on the Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning website. Contact Interim Associate Dean of Academic Planning Jane DeWitt with questions.

Child Development Speaker Series: Linda Platas, Oct. 2

Assistant Professor Linda Platas, associate chair of child & adolescent development, will speak in LIB 121 from noon to 1:30 p.m. today as part of the Child Development Speaker Series. Platas will discuss the measurement of early learning across the globe with a focus on validity and reliability. The event is open to all. If you can't be there in person you can join via video conference.

Open Educational Resources discussion lunch, Oct. 5

Did you know that in spring 2018, students will be able to search the course catalog for courses with a course materials cost of $0? Join Open Educational Resources faculty ambassadors on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in LIB 286 to learn more about this change and discuss how to make a course a ZCCM (zero cost course material) course.

Lunch is provided. Learn more and register for this event.

WAC/WID Writing Pedagogy Workshop, Oct. 5

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the second writing pedagogy workshop this semester, "Facilitating Peer Review in the Classroom." This session will be presented by Anthropology Lecturer Aviva Sinervo on Thursday, Oct. 5, from noon to 1 p.m. in ADM 552. (Please note that this reflects a date change from an earlier announcement.) The session will offer instructors ideas for how to plan and carry out effective peer review workshops in class. The emphasis will be on (A) communicating to students the value of collaborative feedback and editing sessions, (B) designing criterion-based assignment feedback appropriate for peer to peer engagement and (C) discussing tools for student-led peer review. Lecturers will be paid for participating, and snacks will be served.

The following writing pedagogy workshops will be offered later in the term:

  • Wednesday, Nov. 8, noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286): Hsiao-Yun Chu will present on writing prompts.
  • Wednesday, Nov. 29, noon to 1 p.m. in ADM 460: Esther Chan will present on giving grammar feedback to non-native speakers.

Please contact Juliana van Olphen or Jennifer Swanson with any questions. No RSVPs are necessary.

"The Laramie Project," Oct. 12-22

The acclaimed play "The Laramie Project" by Moises Kaufman and the Tectonic Theatre Company is the story of murdered University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard and the people who knew him. The play chronicles the journey of a community deeply shaken by an act of unthinkable violence and its attempt to shift from hatred, fear and ignorance to forgiveness, redemption and enlightenment. Directed by William Peters, the SF State production is an invitation to explore the power of empathy.

"The Laramie Project" opens Thursday, Oct. 12, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 22. Show times and ticket information are available online.

Community Service Learning info session, Oct. 13

Space is still open in the Community Service Learning (CSL) info session scheduled to take place in the faculty commons (LIB 286) on Friday, Oct. 13. Faculty and lecturers are invited to attend the session, which will run from noon to 2 p.m., with lunch provided. Participants will:

  • Receive building blocks for turning a current class into a CSL-designated course
  • Gain step-by-step knowledge and resources for revising an existing course
  • Understand the values of CSL for themselves, their students and the community
  • Apply benefits to their review, tenure and promotion portfolios
  • Learn about ICCE grants and procuring funds to support their classes

Registration is open online. Please register by Monday, Oct. 9.

Questions? Contact Institute for Civic and Community Engagement Faculty Director Nina Roberts at nroberts@sfsu.edu.

Open forum on Time, Place and Manner Executive Directive, Oct. 13

The University is currently in the process of gaining approval for revisions to the Executive Directive on Time, Place and Manner (TPM). The campus community is invited to an informational session on Friday, Oct. 13, to learn about these proposed changes. The session will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. in LIB 121.

Freedom of expression is a constitutional right, and the University supports that right. However, freedom of expression at SF State is subject to reasonable restrictions of time, place and manner (TPM). The University's TPM directive provides guidelines for the use and scheduling of SF State facilities including, but not limited to, where and when events and assembly can occur, the use of amplified sound, the posting of flyers and the placement of signage. Through this executive directive, the University seeks to foster and sustain a forum for the free and orderly exchange of ideas, values and opinions. It also endeavors to ensure that the exercise of the right of free expression does not imperil public safety, obstruct or damage University facilities or interfere with the University's educational mission and functions.

Can't make it on Oct. 13? Additional sessions will be held Friday, Nov. 17, and Friday, Dec. 1, also from 1 to 2 p.m. in LIB 121.

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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, VP of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, discussing Executive Order 1095/1096/1097 training. (Time certain: 2:45 p.m.)

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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College of Ethnic Studies

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan Lee is the lead organizer for the conference "This Land Is Our Land": Chinese Pluralities Through the Americas, An International Conference of the Chinese Historical Society of America. The conference will be held Oct. 6-8, 2018, at the Hilton in San Francisco's Chinatown. Lee discusses plans for the conference, as well as the challenges of sharing and documenting Chinese American history, in a Q&A interview on the website Chinese American Family.

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Nazi Ideology and Animals

Department of Jewish Studies Professor Kitty Millet was interviewed by a Smithsonian Online reporter for an article about Nazi zoology and its pertinence to Holocaust studies. The article focused on Nazi zookeeper Lutz Heck, who ransacked German and Polish zoos as part of a breeding program designed to recreate extinct game animals with a supposed connection to ancient Aryan heritage. "The assumption was that the Nazis were the transitional state to the recovery of Aryan being," Millet said in the article, adding that Heck felt his experiments were necessary because "nature had to be transformed from a polluted space to a Nazi space."

Trump's Mantra

Professor of Political Science Robert Smith was quoted in a recent San Francisco Chronicle article examining President Trump's statements about NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Smith focused on Trump's comments to a mostly white audience at a rally in Alabama. The players were showing "total disrespect for our heritage," the president told the crowd. "The 'our' appeals to the people who see this country as a 'white country' and it is being transformed," Smith said. "He played on that during the campaign and got a lot of support. That's just a part of his mantra now."

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

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