October 21, 2016


$1.5 million grant aims to boost retention and graduation rates

San Francisco State University will launch a new program, funded by a five-year, $1.5 million U.S. Department of Education grant, aimed at improving retention and graduation rates of high-need, low-income students. The goal of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education, or ASPIRE, program is three-pronged: improve and expand the University’s capacity to serve high-need Asian American and Pacific Islander students, as well as low-income, degree-seeking undergraduate students; improve the learning environment; and improve the retention and graduation rates. Read more on SF State News.

Annual Business Ethics Week, Oct. 31-Nov. 4

Business Ethics Week 2016 is focused on speakers, panels and events that examine the ethical and sustainability practices of corporations and small businesses with a Bay Area presence. The events are free and open to all students, staff and faculty. Over the past 11 years, speakers have come from Clif Bar, Clorox, Kiva, Recology, Salesforce, Kaiser and many other companies.

International Education Week 2016: Proposals sought

The SF State Office of International Programs seeks proposals for activities and events for International Education Week 2016, Nov. 14-18. Submit an activity or event proposal by Monday, Nov. 7, by completing the Event Proposal Form.

The campus community is invited to join in this annual celebration that emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world’s cultures, peoples and languages. The U.S. departments of State and Education sponsor this event. Learn more at the International Education Week 2016 website or contact Jay Ward at jward@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-1121.

Halloween Sustainability Costume Party during Business Ethics Week

Do ghosts and goblins practice environmental responsibility? How do they reduce their carbon footprint, embrace environmental awareness and practice sustainability? The campus community is invited to exercise creative imagination to address these questions by participating in the Halloween Sustainability Costume Party Monday, Oct. 31, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on the main (LIB 121) and downtown (DTC 597) campuses. There will be candy for everyone. Prizes (gift cards, certificates) will be awarded for best individual student entry, best individual staff or faculty entry and best group entry (at least two individuals). Costumes should fit the “sustainability” theme. Each entrant will be given a couple of minutes to explain their costume. Only one campus location entry per person/group.

Call for collaborative applications to College of Ethnic Studies mini-grants

The College of Ethnic Studies (CoES) funds an annual seed grant fund entitled Community-University Empowerment (CUE) to support innovative, socially engaged projects involving CoES faculty and their University and community partners. The primary goal is to support faculty scholarship, socially conscious research and extramural fundraising.

While a CoES tenured/tenure-track faculty person must be principle investigator (PI) or co-PI, faculty from other colleges are invited to help generate proposals — perhaps as an expansion of their own current research projects — and be co-investigator on the project. Past CUE awards have been issued for a wide range of projects involving active partnerships between faculty, students and community organizations.

Funded projects must:

  • Have a clear policy implication and/or impact on a community of color in the U.S.
  • Involve a demonstrated partnership between faculty, students and at least one community organization, such as a school, community/neighborhood benefit organization or church.
  • Be co-submitted by a CoES faculty member.

CUE projects will be administered by and affiliated with the César E. Chávez Institute. A minimum of $1,000 and a maximum of $6,000 will be awarded per project. A total of $6,000 is available at this time, though fundraising is under way and additional funds might become available.

Interested? Download the applicant information sheet, and apply by Nov. 14. Faculty from any college who are interested in discussing their proposal concept are welcome to email Institute Director Belinda Reyes.

Public meeting on environmental analysis of campus construction projects

The University is engaged in the planning and design of two important projects for the campus: the Holloway Revitalization Project (a mixed-use student housing development) and the Creative Arts Replacement Project (a new academic building and related donor-funded recording and lecture hall). As part of the planning process, an environmental impact report (EIR) is being prepared in conformance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The draft EIR is available for review at cpdc.sfsu.edu/plan.

All members of the public and interested persons are welcome to provide written comments on the environmental analysis of the proposed projects. Written comments may be submitted throughout the 45-day public review period (Sept. 27 through Nov. 11) to:

Wendy Bloom
Director of Campus Planning and Design
San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94132 ​

Funding opportunity for faculty professional development

Faculty Affairs and Professional Development and the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs are accepting applications for the Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) grants. DRC awards are developmental in nature with a focus on supporting early scholars in work that will significantly benefit their scholarship and creative endeavors, as well as assisting established scholars to leverage nascent projects in ways that make a difference to their careers at SF State. 

Grant opportunity

Up to $8,000 maximum budget per grant proposal for individual projects; $12,000 maximum for collaborative projects. (Collaborators must be SF State tenured or tenure-track faculty.) Funds are available for the 2017-2018 academic year, including summer 2018.


Tenured and tenure-track faculty (including lecturers) are eligible to apply. Early to mid-career faculty are especially encouraged to apply. Faculty on sabbatical leave during the application or award period may apply. Faculty participating in the early retirement program (FERP) are not eligible for this grant program. Faculty who received a DRC award for AY2016-17 and current professional development council members are not eligible for the 2017-18 grant cycle.

Applications are due Monday, Oct. 31, at 5 p.m. Announcement of awards will be made by late December 2016. Read the announcement and download applications from the Faculty Affairs websiteApply for the grants. The grants are funded by the CSU Office of the Chancellor.

Student Success in the Majors grant applications due Oct. 28

Curricular complexity can pose a significant barrier to student success. The goal of any curricular redesign should be to maintain high standards while also assuring that curricular decisions increase the likelihood that first-time students will graduate in four years and transfer students will graduate in two years.

The Student Success in the Majors grants initiative supports faculty in targeted reflection on and redesign of their curricula to better support student success. Possible options — based on promising practices at other CSUs and beyond — include redesigning major courses to meet SF State Studies requirements or reducing prerequisites, but programs could propose other strategies that will serve the same goal of streamlining degree requirements.

Grants of $5,000 to $7,000 will be awarded to departments to support faculty in making curricular revisions that will be implemented in 2017-18. The result of the grant should be a proposed curricular change that is approved by the college and submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning.

Grant proposals will need the college dean or designee’s endorsement by Friday, Oct. 28. Awardees will be selected by a faculty committee. Further instructions can be found at ueap.sfsu.edu/Student-Success-in-the-Majors. Contact Interim Associate Dean of Academic Planning Jane DeWitt with questions.

Call for proposals for CSU Redesigning Our Majors symposium at SF State

The organizers of the 2017 CSU Redesigning Our Majors symposium invite proposals for presentations and posters on the processes and contents of their curriculum design and revision experiences, with preference to those efforts that are faculty-led, focused on student success and achievement, and comprehensive in curricular scope. Visit the Redesigning Our Majors webpage for details and to submit a proposal (due by Nov. 28). Read the original announcement.

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“In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),” through Oct. 23

Electricity is making the dark shadows bright and the unseen visible in “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” by Sarah Ruhl. Underpinning this Victorian parlor comedy about vibrators are deeper observations about racism, classism and the subjugation of women. In this animated and heady world opportunities await. Open the door to the next room and discover a new way of understanding self, love, marriage and the world. The play will be performed in the Little Theatre (Creative Arts) through Oct. 23. View the play’s webpage for times and costs.

Book talk and signing: “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America,” Oct. 24

Africana Studies will host a book talk and signing on Monday, Oct. 24, at 11:30 a.m. in EP 116. This Mbongi talk will feature the new book “Stamped from the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America” by Professor Ibram X. Kendi from the University of Florida. Kendi also authored “The Black Campus Movement” and has written op-eds for outlets such as Salon, The Huffington Post and The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Writing Pedagogy Workshop for faculty, Oct. 24

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the fall Writing Pedagogy Workshops. This month’s workshop, “Strategies for Giving Useful Feedback to Native and Non-Native Speakers,” will be facilitated by Karen Wiederholt from the Composition for Multilingual Students Program and the Learning Assistance Center. The workshop will offer several approaches for giving feedback on writing, demonstrating specific techniques using examples from student writing. The workshop will be held Monday, Oct. 24, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). Lecturers will be paid for participating and lunch will be served.

The other workshop this term is scheduled for noon to 1 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 28, also in the Faculty Commons. Please contact Juliana van Olphen or Jennifer Swanson for further information.

Bunraku performance and workshop, Oct. 25

The Dilena Takeyama Center for Japan and Japanese Culture will host world-renowned Japanese Bunraku puppeteer Kanroku and the Mokugu-sha Company from Osaka for a free performance on Tuesday, Oct. 25, at 4 p.m. in HUM 455. The Bunraku puppeteers will present a lecture/demonstration and perform a classic piece for the audience. Bunraku puppetry involves a complex technique accompanied by narrative chanting and music. Each nearly adult-sized puppet requires three puppeteers to bring it to life. The event promises to be a rare treat, filled with dramatic myths and legends.

LGBTQ Campus Climate: Exploration of findings and discussion, Oct. 25

The campus community is invited to hear Justin Boese (M.A. ’16, Human Sexuality Studies) share data from his thesis research assessing the climate for LGBTQ+ students at SF State on Tuesday, Oct. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m. in LIB121.

The talk will be followed by a town hall-style discussion featuring Rachel Henry (Student Life), Rumaldo Godinez (Associated Students Queer and Trans Resource Center), Mary Ann Begley (interim AVP/dean of students) and Mickey Eliason (assistant dean of faculty development and scholarship). The event is sponsored by the Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS). All CREGS events are wheelchair accessible. For other accommodation requests, including ASL interpretation, contact Tobie Klibansky at (415) 817-4512 or email tkaye@sfsu.edu at least one week before the event.

Psychology Distinguished Speaker Colloquium, Oct. 26

The Department of Psychology invites the campus community to the annual distinguished speaker colloquia. The first event, “Secure and Insecure Love: Insights from Attachment Theory and Research” by UC Davis Professor Emeritus of Psychology Phillip Shaver, will be held Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 12:10 to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 121. Faculty and staff are asked to remind their students to attend the lecture, as the topic will be of great interest to many psychology students in such fields as developmental psychology, social psychology, neuroscience and clinical psychology.

Shaver’s grief over the loss of a younger brother lead him to discover Bowlby’s attachment theory and sparked research into loneliness and later attachment in couple relationships. That work spawned an explosion of research in the field, which was summarized in the second edition of “Attachment in Adulthood” (Guilford Press, 2016), which he coauthored with Mario Mikulincer.

WGS lecture series schedule

The Department of Women and Gender Studies (WGS) has resumed its lecture series on Wednesdays from 12:35 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 119. Upcoming lectures include:

  • Oct. 26: Executive and Organizing Director of the Western Regional Advocacy Program Paul Boden
  • Nov. 2: Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies Kristina Lyons (University of California, Santa Cruz)

Climate Justice Speaker Series

The Climate Justice Initiative and the “Race, Activism and Climate Justice” course (RRS 276) present the fall 2016 Climate Justice Speaker Series on Wednesdays from 7:10 to 8:30 p.m. in HSS 130. The events are open to the campus community and the public. (See the full Climate Justice Speaker series item):

  • Oct. 26: Pennie Opal Plant with Idle No More is a leader in the indigenous rights movement and co-founder of the Idle No More SF Bay and Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance and organizer of the Refinery Corridor Healing Walks.
  • Nov. 2: Yin Htin with the Divestment Student Network graduated from SF State and Nick Jara with Fossil Free SF State advocate for divestment from fossil fuel investments.

The series is sponsored by the San Francisco State University Climate Justice Initiative. For more information contact Phil Klasky at pklasky@sfsu.edu.

“Doubly Undocumented: Helping Dreamers Secure DACA,” Oct. 27

Karen Mercado, founder and president of Mexico’s of Be Foundation Derecho a la Identidad, will speak about her organization’s efforts to secure birth certificates for Mexicans without legal personhood in both Mexico and the U.S. at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 27, in HUM 281. To qualify for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, immigrants must have a valid birth certificate. This free event is sponsored by the History Department and the Latin American Studies Program and is open to all who are interested. Questions? Email Sherry Keith.

ASI’s Project Rebound presents film screening of “The Return,” Nov. 1

Project Rebound, a program of the Associated Students, Inc., will sponsor the screening of the documentary film “The Return” on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 6 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts. The free event will include special guest speakers and a discussion panel. California Proposition 36 was approved in 2012 to amend the state’s 1994 “three strikes” law, which was one of the harshest criminal sentencing policies in the country. The passage of Prop. 36 marked the first time in U.S. history that citizens voted to shorten the sentences of those currently incarcerated. Within days, work began to reintegrate thousands of “lifers” sentenced under that law.

“The Return” won the Audience Award for a Documentary at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival for its examination of that unprecedented reform as seen through the eyes of those on the front lines. Questions? Email Curtis Penn.

“Socrates Now,” Nov. 2

The Modern Greek Studies Foundation and the Center for Modern Greek Studies invite the campus community to “Socrates Now,” a solo performance of Plato’s “Apology of Socrates” by Emmy Award winner Yannis Simonides of the Elliniko Theatro of New York and Athens. The performance in English will take place Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts. For more information, including details of the performance in Greek on Nov. 6, visit the event webpage or email modgreek@sfsu.edu.

Taste of the Bay has new dates

Celebrating its 20th year, the annual Taste of the Bay event will return to City View at METREON. Though normally held in November, the next Taste of the Bay event will have a fresh new look and a new date: Thursday, March 16, 2017, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Check out more at cob.sfsu.edu/tasteofthebay.

The Hospitality and Tourism Management students and program bring together the best of the Bay Area’s restaurant chefs, wineries and beverage and dessert companies to please participants’ palates. The evening includes live and silent auctions featuring the best in creative and exciting travel, dining and entertainment packages. Purchase discount early bird tickets now for $65 per person. The discount ends Dec. 31.

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Following are the action items from the Oct. 18 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announcements:
    • New senators Lewis and Scott were introduced.
    • Senator Williams: Health Promotion and Wellness; hunger and homelessness; food insecurity; Cal Fresh program will be accepted at the Farmer’s Market by November (work study students can quality).
  • Chair’s report:
    • Thanked Ron Cortez for leading a tour of the new Mashouf Wellness Center that is under construction.
    • Thanked the many people on campus who responded to counter the hateful and bullying behavior by an off-campus group on Friday, Oct. 14 and shared responses from Jewish Studies faculty.
  • Heard and approved a recommendation from the Executive Committee for a proposed resolution commending Sue Rosser for her service to the University as provost and vice president of Academic Affairs. Darlene Yee-Melichar presented the commendation and flowers Rosser. The commendation is on Senate iLearn site.
  • Chair Troi Carleton introduced the guest Steven Filling, immediate past chair of the Academic Senate of California State University who gave a presentation:
    • The Task Force on Quantitative Reasoning included faculty from many disciplines, community colleges, U.C. schools, etc. The group examined the type of math courses that were required (e.g., intermediate algebra) and submitted the final report on Sept. 15, which included four recommendations:
    1. Define quantitative reasoning
    2. Revise quantitative reasoning requirement (e.g. entry and graduation requirements)
    3. Ensure equitable access and opportunity to all CSU students
    4. Create a Center for Advancement of Instruction in Quantitative Reasoning
  • Filling then heard questions and comments:
    • Senator Gin sought clarification regarding fourth year students and the type of courses to be required, as well as the impact of the new standard on current students. Filling responded that the group recommended a course in quantitative reasoning in every year of high school and added that the emphasis is on applying mathematical principles rather than increasing the math ‘tool kit.’ It may take 5-7 years to see the impact on underrepresented students.
    • Senator Kwan asked what are the other quantitative courses? Will a CSU resolution address a K-12 problem? Will the Center help K-12 problems? Filling replied that the group would like the Center to work with the K-12 folks.
    • Senator Soloria sadi that the group needs to work K-12 people before putting a forward of a resolution. Filling responded that efforts were made to reach out with K-12 people.
    • Senator Reyes said that it sounds like an ambition or goal.
    • Senator Shapiro said that the shortage of K-12 teachers needs to taken into account as well as the challenges of teaching quantitative reasoning. Shapiro added that there is a need to identify how underrepresented communities to respond to the recommendations and asked if there will be any evidence to support that it is working.
    • Senator Holton asked how his colleagues in Science and Engineering can help. Filling responded that they should send a letter to the system Chair.
    • Senator Gin agreed there is a problem but is concerned that the resolution does not address the capacity needed to tackle the problem.
    • Senator Bloom said that there is an equity issue in that the four year math requirement will hurt underrepresented youths, adding that a 19th century model is used to teach in K-12: We need to change how we teach. Filling replied that there is a need to do something to address the problem. He agreed that we certainly do not want to exclude students.
  • Nancy Gerber presented on the “Foundations of Excellence,” which is designed to help evaluate and improve the first year experience as part of the two year program. There are nine committees in need of faculty to sit on them. Co-chairs are also needed for the steering committee. Those interested should email Senator Gerber. It will be launched Monday, Oct. 31, and President Wong will attend.
  • Heard and discussed a recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Course Repeat Policy (first reading)
  • Heard and discussed a recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy (RTP) (first reading)
  • Heard, discussed and moved to second reading a recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding a proposed resolution in support of AS 3267-16.
  • Heard and discussed a recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Student Affairs Committee charge (first reading).
  • Standing Committee reports:
  • Academic Policies Committee:
    • Senator Gerber reported that the committee will revisit the course repeat policy, as well as use of physical space on campus. If time allows, the committee will also revisit the perpetual calendar policy.
  • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee:
    • No report this week.
  • Faculty Affairs Committee:
    • Senator Sabee reported that the committee would continue with the RTP revisions, some RTP updates on conflict of interest, University Tenure and Promotion Committee membership, consulting graduate associate teaching and expressed concerned about the president’s response to temporary faculty visas.
  • Strategic Issues Committee:
    • Senator Mooney reported that next week the committee will meet with Vice President for University Advancement Robert Nava.
  • Student Affairs Committee:
    • Senator Schwartz reported that committee will examine a change to the charge of the committee and the outdated experiential learning policy.

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

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“Worshiping the God of Dynamite”: through Dec. 1 in the Library Gallery, 4th Floor

“Revolution Times”: through Dec. 1 in FA 115


Saturday, Oct. 22

Reading/talk: A Dreamy Afternoon: Jimi @ SF State: 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Volleyball hosting Cal State Monterey Bay: 7 p.m. in The Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Theatre: “In The Next Room” by Sarah Ruhl: 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Sunday, Oct. 23

Theatre: “In The Next Room” by Sarah Ruhl: 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Monday, Oct. 24

Recital: Roger Woodward, piano: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Lecture: Occupation, Settlements and the Youth Resistance Movement: Hebron and Beyond: 5:10 p.m. in Rigoberta Menchu Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Tuesday, Oct. 25

Performance/workshop: Bunraku: 4 p.m. in HUM 587

The 2016 Presidential Election: Issues and Analysis: 4:10 p.m. in McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts

Gina Berriault Award Reading: Suzanne Rivecca: 7 p.m. in The Poetry Center, Humanities

Wednesday, Oct. 26

Psychology Distinguished Speaker Colloquium: 12:10 p.m. in LIB 121

Women and Gender Studies Lecture Series: 12:35 p.m. in HUM 119

Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 7:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

The Best of Polish Cinema: Juliusz Machulski’s “Sexmission”: 7:10 p.m. in Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Thursday, Oct. 27

Men’s and women’s soccer hosting Cal State East Bay: 12:30 p.m. in Cox Stadium

Poetry reading: Geneva Chao and Mg Roberts: 7 p.m. in The Poetry Center, Humanities

Friday, Oct. 28

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

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper gave the invited lecture “The Skin You’re In and Other Signal ‘Tells’ of Emotional State” on Oct. 14 at the TransTech Transformative Technology Conference and Expo held at Sofia University in Palo Alto.

Peper and Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey were included in the TransTech 200, an annual list of the key innovators who are driving technology for mental and emotional wellbeing forward. The list is open to both individuals and organizations who are making significant contributions via transformative technology research, creation and/or distribution. It includes a range of honorees, from well-established individuals and organizations who have been active in the field for many years and continue to innovate to those who are beginning to introduce new advancements that will change the world in the months and years to come.

Physics and Astronomy

Professor of Physics and Astronomy Maarten F. Golterman was elected an APS fellow by the American Physical Society. His selection was based on his important contributions to hadronic physics and lattice gauge theory, including the properties of staggered fermions, chiral effective theories, large-N methods, duality, localization and hadronic contributions to electromagnetic processes.

School of Design

Associate Professor of Information Design and Data Visualization Pino Trogu co-presented the workshop “Origami Engineering and Design” Oct. 5 at Delft University of Technogy, Delft, Netherlands. In the workshop, Trogu and co-presenter Filip Jelínek discussed the design of origami models, many of which are inspired by biology — muscle, DNA, cells, etc. — and show certain kinematic principles, such as contraction by torsion. They also showed its parallels with existing and future medical devices.

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Where’s it going to end?

Professor of History Anthony Dagostino discussed tense U.S.-Russia relations on KPFA’s Oct. 5 “Letters & Politics” program. “If they came to terms on Syria, the thought would be that that could be a prelude to a larger bargain that includes everything ... I think this is what Putin has been shooting for, especially in these intelligence talks,” Dagostino said. But “we’ve got a number of actors in this drama that don’t want to see the United States and Russians come to terms and want them to fight ... Once you get this thing started, the question is ‘where’s it going to end?’”

Big corporate money

Political Science Professor Robert C. Smith was quoted about Chevron Corporation’s lack of political donations this election season (after it spent more than $3 million on the 2014 Richmond city council elections) for an Oct. 17 Richmond Confidential article. “It might simply be that they think the investment is not worth it,” Smith said. In 2014, he warned that Chevron’s aggressive bid for influence could “offend people’s democratic sensibilities” and cost its candidates the election. “I think it did. I thought it was overkill. I think for a lot of people, it appeared to be unfair and it appeared to be what it was: big corporate money trying to influence their local election.”

My friend was acknowledging me

Professor Emeritus of Special Education Stanley Goldberg discussed ways to communicate with a loved one who has cancer for an Oct. 18 Newsmax article. “Cancer is often the start of a process that will result in many losses, and some of these eat away at a person’s sense of identity,” Goldberg said. “For example, before my diagnosis, one of my greatest passions was going out into the wilderness for fly fishing but now I can’t. A friend offered to take me to one of those fishing parks, where you just stick in your pole and the fish virtually climb up it. Previously, I would have laughed at such a notion, but now I found it endearing, because it showed me my friend was acknowledging me.”

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

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