October 28, 2016


Metro Academies College Success presented to CSU leaders

In late September, the Metro Academies College Success Program gave an invited presentation to the leaders of all 23 campuses of the CSU system. The event was hosted by Chancellor Tim White, who issued the challenge to eliminate, not just reduce, the graduation gap between historically underrepresented students and their peers by the year 2025.

A team made up of faculty and a student — Professor and Chair of Health Education Mary Beth Love, Health Education Lecturer Savita Malik and student Celina Gonzalez — outlined the Metro Academies approach and reviewed the results from the 10 Metro Academies at SF State. Each academy serves 140 students, who take two classes together as a cohort during their first four semesters. Student services are tied to the classroom, where busy commuter students spend most of their time on campus. The program also offers a 45-hour faculty development workshop.

Despite the many disadvantages Metro Academies students face — from attending underfunded inner city public schools to overwhelmingly placing into developmental courses —  their persistence leads to a graduation rate that is better even than that of their more advantaged peers. Academy students persist to the fourth year and graduate in five years at rates of 23 and 22 percentage points higher than a matched comparison group of similar students. The academy currently serves about 20 percent of all freshmen at SF State.

Open Educational Resources workshops

Academic Technology invites instructional faculty to the Open Educational Resources (OER) workshops to be held from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 286 on Thursday, Nov. 3, and Wednesday, Dec. 7. At these workshops, participants will learn how to find, evaluate and adapt high-quality open educational materials in courses, including but not limited to open textbooks, freely available online resources, library resources available to registered students, custom-published materials that include some royalty-free content and faculty-created content.

Faculty professional development stipends ($250) will be awarded for participation. Lunch will be provided. Librarians and instructional designers will be available for one-on-one consults after lunch.

RSVP for an OER workshop. Questions? Email iteach@sfsu.edu.

For more information visit SF State’s Affordable Instructional Materials website and CSU’s Affordable Learning Solutions website.

Risk Management Week, Nov. 7-11

Risk Management Week is a week dedicated to highlighting good risk management practices on campus. It is about creating a forum for non-risk managers to learn about the importance of local, state and federal regulations, common risks on college and university campuses and what non-risk managers can do to advance effective practices within our community.

Enterprise Risk Management will host a series of webinars from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. in ADM 201 so that attendees can watch these webinars together and engage in discussion around mitigating risks on campus. For more information about the following webinars and their presenters, visit the Risk Management Week webpage. Email questions to Solinna at solinnak@sfsu.edu.

  • Who’s That? Managing Volunteers on Campus: Monday, Nov. 7
  • Drones: An Update on the 2016 FAA Regulations and How This Affects Your Institution: Tuesday, Nov. 8
  • Managing Food Allergies in Higher Education: Wednesday, Nov. 9
  • ERM: It’s Not a Solo Gig (How to Use a Risk Committee Effectively): Thursday, Nov. 10
  • TCO & TCOR: Where Facilities Meets Risk Management: Friday, Nov. 11

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.

Business Ethics Week begins Monday, Oct. 31

Business Ethics Week 2016 is in its 11th year. The popular annual event 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. Among the many speakers and panelists this year are representatives from Clorox, Pulp Works, Film Fest and One Laptop Per Child. Student interactive events this year will include sustainability-themed costume contests, student ethics debates and a film fest featuring student works. Please see the Business Ethics Week website for this year’s lineup.

Student Success in the Majors grant applications due today

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-MajorsEmail Interim Associate Dean of Academic Planning Jane DeWitt with questions.

Applications for faculty professional development grants due Monday

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.

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.

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

The College of Ethnic Studies (CoES) seeks applicants for its annual Community-University Empowerment (CUE) seed grant fund, which supports innovative, socially engaged projects involving CoES faculty and their University and community partners. Nov. 14 is the deadline. Read the full CUE item in CampusMemo.

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

Discover the FOL Booksale Room

The Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library (FOL) invite the campus community to discover the newly reorganized FOL Booksale Room in LIB 120A, just behind Peet’s Coffee. The shop is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Booksale Room runs completely on donations and offers the best media deals on campus: Paperback books sell for $1, hardcover books sell for $2 and vinyl records and CDs go for $2.

Cleaning out your office, home or library? Remember FOL with your donations. Welcome donations include books, vinyl, CDs, DVDs and unused postcards. All donations are fully tax deductible, based on fair market value.

When visiting the Booksale Room be sure to mention this article to receive one free paperback book or a $1 discount off of a hardbound book. Questions? Call the Booksale Room at ext. 8-6262.

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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:

  • Nov. 2: Assistant Professor of Feminist Studies Kristina Lyons (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Nov. 16: Associate Professor of East Asian Languages and Cultures Daniel O’Neill (University of California, Berkeley)

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.):

  • Nov. 2: Yin Htin of the Divestment Student Network (and an SF State graduate) and Nick Jara of Fossil Free SF State advocate for divestment from fossil fuel investments.
  • Nov. 9: Rochelle Diver of the International Indian Treaty Council is an indigenous scholar and leader and human rights, climate justice and environmental health activist.

Project Rebound to screen “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.

OLPC San Francisco Community Summit, Nov. 4-6

The campus community is invited to the One Laptop per Child (OLPC) San Francisco Community Summit Nov. 4-6 in LIB 121. This is the eighth year SF State has hosted the summit.

The event will begin Friday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. with a screening of the documentary “WEB: The Film” and a welcome reception cohosted with the Business Ethics Week event. Sessions will also be held on Saturday and SundayRSVP online for the OLPC San Francisco Summit.

Recent OLPC projects have been deployed in Nicaragua, Honduras, the Dominican Republic, Rwanda, Nepal, Madagascar and other countries. San Francisco Bay Area volunteers continue to run projects in Madagascar, Jamaica, India, Tanzania, Micronesia and Ethiopia. The project provides materials and information to people in places with no Internet access and no electricity, including access to Wikipedia (in 37-plus languages), TED Talks (more than 1,800 videos), Khan Academy (more than 3,400 videos), Project Gutenberg (more than 40,000 books), OpenStreetMap (global mapping) and other healthcare and educational materials. An added benefit has been the adoption and growth of some projects through the efforts of SF State students. The organizers thank SF State for its continued support and commitment to addressing equity and social justice.

Open House for Ed.D. in Educational Leadership program, Nov. 5

The Ed.D in Educational Leadership program invites the campus community to an open house on Saturday, Nov. 5, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. in BH 408. Those who attend will meet current students and faculty and learn more about the Ed.D. program in Educational Leadership at SF State. Interested? RSVP by email to edd@sfsu.edu.

Admission-free chamber music concert with Inscape, Nov. 6

The Morrison Chamber Music Center will present an admission-free concert with Grammy Award-nominated ensemble Inscape at 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 6, in McKenna Theatre. This chamber orchestra will perform Moravec’s “Tempest Fantasy” and Messiaen’s “Quatuor pour le fin du temps (Quartet for the end of time)." The concert is part of the Morrison Artists Series, the longest-running chamber music series in San Francisco.

Professor Richard Festinger, artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series, will deliver a pre-concert talk at 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. Inscape will also lead a master class with students at noon on Monday, Nov. 7, in Knuth Hall.

Founded in 2004, Inscape is a group of high-energy master musicians that has established itself as one of the premier performing ensembles in the Washington, D.C., region and beyond. Inscape members perform regularly with the National, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Virginia, Richmond and Delaware symphonies and the Washington Opera Orchestra and are members of the premier Washington service bands. Inscape regularly performs at the National Gallery of Art, Strathmore Music Center, Kennedy Center and other regional and national venues.

Reserve your free seats online now or call the SF State Box Office at ext. 8-2467.

Mixed Effects Modeling in R, Nov. 7

Professor of Biology Ed Connor will present “Mixed Effects Modeling in R” on Monday, Nov. 7 from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. The presentation will be a brief introduction to Mixed Effects Modeling in ‘R’ that will discuss both why and how mixed effects models are used and introduce the concept of fixed and random effects as well as distinguishing between random slopes and intercepts. Lunch will be served.

RSVP to rharvey@sfsu.edu and be sure to indicate if you will attend the full event with lunch or if you will attend as a drop-in. For more information, contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997.

This presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers Research Cluster (Stat CORR). Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills. It aims to connect faculty and staff with specialized methodological knowledge with those seeking assistance designing new research projects, completing data analysis or developing, submitting and revising extramural grants.

Retirement Association Thanksgiving Lunch, Nov. 15

Join the San Francisco State University Retirement Association for the annual luncheon in celebration of Thanksgiving and camaraderie. The luncheon is open to all SF State employees, whether active or retired. The Retirement Association sponsors travel grants for active faculty and staff, lunches, events and tours. For more information, visit retire.sfsu.edu.

The lunch will be held at the Basque Cultural Center, 599 Railroad Avenue, South San Francisco, on Tuesday, Nov.15, at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is $35, and the choices are turkey and trimmings, grilled prawns or Cobb salad. To register, email Zelinda Zingaro at zeezingaro@gmail.com.

Additional amenities available on UWA 2017 scholarship cruise

Register early to receive additional amenities from Oceania, such as free onboard internet access and a choice of four free shore excursions (or a beverage package or shipboard credits) on the UWA 2017 scholarship cruise. All group participants receive the University Women’s Association’s (UWA) group-exclusive amenities, including pre-paid gratuities, a $100 spa or shipboard credit and a “Dollars for Scholars” contribution by Oceania for every 15 participants. Airfare is included in the 12-day “Adriatic Embrace” cruise package. Also, cruise prices have been reduced by approximately $800 per person, so cabins now range from $4,199 per person to $6,099 per person.

The Oceania Cruises ship Sirena will sail from Aug. 30 to Sept. 11, 2017. The cruise’s destination-intensive itinerary will explore 11 ports in six countries, including a mix of historic sites, boutique ports, seaside villages and an overnight stop in Venice. Like the UWA’s previous 21 cruises, the “Adriatic Embrace” will raise funds for the organization’s student scholarship programs. For more information, visit uwa.sfsu.edu or email Lin Ivory.

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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
  • Faculty retreat update: Vice Chair Hackenberg
  • Guest: Jason Wu, chief of police (2:30 p.m.)
  • Teaching and Learning Commons report: Secretary Lewis
  • Information item from Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Guidelines for Substantive vs. Non-Substantive Curricular Changes
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed changes to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy (first reading)
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding proposed changes to the Student Affairs Committee charge (first reading)
  • Standing Committee reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Strategic Issues Committee
    • Student Affairs Committee

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

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Assistant Professor of Engineering Zhaoshuo Jiang received $129,000 in new funding support from Quanser Inc., a leading structural control company. The funding supports Jiang’s research and educational project in developing a mobile remote shake table laboratory, which will provide unprecedented opportunities for students to participate and conduct hands-on experiments through portable devices such as smart phones and tablets. Jiang believes this funding model is a good example of collaboration between academia and industry.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey with undergraduate student Brandy Miceli authored the article “Educational Model for Self-healing: Eliminating a Chronic Migraine with Electromyography, Autogenic Training, Posture, and Mindfulness,” which appeared in the journal Biofeedback (Volume 44, Issue 3).

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Ineffective messages

Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel discussed his finding that voters respond less to campaign materials and public forums and rely more on their group attachments, which includes social criteria such as ethnicity, race or sexual orientation, for an Oct. 19 Berkeleyside article. “I don’t think candidates are necessarily aware,” McDaniel said “They would probably be surprised how little their messaging content influences voters.”

Expressing homesickness

An Oct. 13 Nichi Bei article about Angel Island immigrants included comments from Professor of Modern Languages and Literatures Charles Egan, who was honored for his genealogical work at the recent Nikkei Angel Island Pilgrimage at the Angel Island Immigration Station in the San Francisco Bay. “It’s pretty widely known to the public that the immigration barracks building here at Angel Island contains dozens of Chinese wall inscriptions in poetry. Chinese immigrants used poetry to express their homesickness, anger and frustration, hope and despair,” Egan said. “It’s now just starting to become widely known that Chinese were not the only detainees on Angel Island, but passengers entering the port of San Francisco from any country were subject to detention here, either for immigration investigation or medical examinations.”

Acknowledging cultural differences

Professor of Management Mitchell Marks commented on the possible merger between AT&T and Time Warner Inc. for an Oct. 24 Wall Street Journal report. “You cannot ‘avoid’ culture clash. It occurs in even the most successful deals,” Marks said. “But, you can manage the extent to which culture detracts from rather than contributes to successful integration. It starts with acknowledging cultural differences rather than denying them.” Marks noted that “AT&T is still integrating DirectTV … both organizationally and financially.”

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

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