October 30, 2015


Fasano named interim AVP of Facilities and
Service Enterprises

Frank Fasano was named interim associate vice president of Facilities and Service Enterprises (FSE) effective Monday, Oct. 19. Fasano brings 34 years of practical facilities management and engineering experience, including more than 20 years of progressively responsible leadership at UCSF in a full range of facilities management roles. Most recently, he served as director of facilities services at UC Berkeley and has previously held positions contracting service to building systems in the private sector.

Fasano's experience in Computerized Maintenance and Management System (CMMS) implementation at UC Berkeley and UCSF is particularly relevant to implementing the CMMS system at SF State. The system will revamp FSE procedures and services and integrate operations, resulting in an updated work order system that better tracks project completion and preventative maintenance.

Throughout his career, Fasano has led workflow process changes, integration of operations and technology programs (hardware and software) that dramatically increased productivity while enabling the achievement of resource efficiencies, thus improving customer service satisfaction. He has extensive experience with labor and employee relations as well as emergency and disaster recovery planning with the city of San Francisco. His engineering and building systems experience, which includes a broad range of fire and life safety systems, has been instrumental in the development and adoption of facilities design standards specifications for campus construction and preventive maintenance programs.

Fasano is a graduate of the Massachusetts Maritime Academy Marine Engineering program and a former naval reserve officer.

Please welcome him to the University's Physical Planning & Development leadership team.

Sustainability Committee nominations due Nov. 2

Three faculty positions on the University Sustainability Committee are open to nominations by faculty, students, staff or by self-nomination. Email nominations to Nick Kordesch, sustainability coordinator, at kordesch@sfsu.edu by Nov. 2. Include information regarding the nominee's experience and commitment to sustainability. Nominations will be forwarded to the Academic Senate for consideration. Visit sustain.sfsu.edu/members for information on the Sustainability Committee and its members.

Business Ethics Week, Nov. 2-5

The 10th anniversary of Business Ethics Week runs Nov. 2-5 on both the main and downtown campuses. The week will include speaker events open to the campus and community and discussions in individual faculty classrooms. For more information, including a list of speakers, visit the Business Ethics Week webpage.

University Budget Committee to meet Nov. 5

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet Thursday, Nov. 5, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in the NEC Room of the Administration Building (ADM 560). The UBC is charged with providing the president with advice and recommendations related to budget policy, planning and review. UBC meetings are open to the public. There will be a 10-minute open forum period for interested members of the campus community to speak on budget and funding.

Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs candidates
visit campus

Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of Associate Vice President of Research and Sponsored Programs. The campus community is invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will address how their professional experience is relevant to the position. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after each presentation. The remaining two candidates will be announced at a later date.

  • Friday , Nov. 6, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in LIB 244: Michael Scott, program director, Solid State and Materials Program, National Science Foundation
  • Monday, Nov. 16, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 121: Chris Impey, co-director, STEM Center, University of Arizona

Proposals for IEW 2015

The Office of International Programs seeks proposals for activities and events for International Education Week 2015, Nov. 16-20. Submit an activity or event proposal by Monday, Nov. 9, by completing the event proposal form.

This year's theme is "International Education: Advancing Access for All," which celebrates the importance of global competency and education as a critical civil right and recognizes 2015 as both the 25th anniversary of the American with Disabilities Act and the 50th anniversary of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

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 2015 website or contact Jay Ward at jward@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-1121.

Dean of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts candidates visit campus

Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts. The campus community is invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will address how their professional experience is relevant to the position. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after each presentation.

  • Monday, Nov. 9, from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. in LIB 121: Edmund Cueva, chair, Arts and Humanities Department, University of Houston-Downtown
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 10:30 to noon in LIB 121: Eric Freedman, dean, James L. Knight School of Communication, Queens University of Charlotte
  • Thursday, Nov. 19, from 3:15 to 4:45 p.m. in LIB 121: Peggy Shannon, chair, Ryerson Theatre School, Ryerson University 
  • Monday, Nov. 30, from 1:15 to 2:45 p.m. in LIB 121: Andrew Harris, dean, School of Arts and Humanities, Keene State College 

Farewell to Wanda Humphrey, Nov. 16

A farewell reception will be held for Payroll, Benefits & Retirement Services Director Wanda Humphrey on Monday, Nov. 16, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at the Vista Room. Please RSVP by email to Pat Ricketts at ricketts@sfsu.edu.

Wanda Humphrey began her career at SF State in May 1980. She started as a payroll technician I and worked her way up through the ranks to director. She served as a committee member on Staff Council and the Black Faculty & Staff Association.

Dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences candidates visit campus

Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences. The campus community is invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will address how their professional experience is relevant to the position. One candidate presentation remains. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after each presentation.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in LIB 244: Ching-Hua Wang, dean, School of Health and Natural Sciences, Dominican University of California

Dean of the College of Extended Learning candidates
visit campus

Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Extended Learning. The campus community is invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will address how their professional experience is relevant to the position. Two candidate presentations remain. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception. Please provide feedback after each presentation.

  • Monday, Nov. 2, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 244: Raj Parikh, dean, Walker School of Business and Communication, Mercyhurst University, Erie, Pennsylvania
  • Wednesday, Nov. 4, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. in LIB 244: Guido Krickx, dean, College of Continuing Education, California State University, Sacramento 

Taste of the Bay 2015: Get tickets now to experience the best of the Bay Area

The Hospitality and Tourism Management students of the College of Business invite the campus community to the 19th annual Taste of the Bay fundraising event. This student-run event is the University’s largest annual fundraiser, benefiting student scholarships, program needs and professional development opportunities for students. The event will be held at City View at Metreon (Mission and 4th streets) on Wednesday, Nov. 18, from 6:30 to
9:30 p.m.

Taste of the Bay 2015 will showcase renowned chefs from Bay Area restaurants and local California-grown wines and beverages. Additionally, live and silent auctions will bookend the night, offering a wide range of packages such as international airline tickets, hotel stays and restaurant certificates.

Tickets are on sale now. SF State employees receive a two-for-one discount when they use promotional code "TOTBstaff2015." General admission is $125 per person. Buy tickets at tasteofthebay2015.eventbrite.com/?aff=SFStateStaff.

Participants will be supporting future leaders in the hospitality industry as they enjoy the best food and drinks the Bay Area has to offer. Visit www.tasteofthebay.com for information about the generous sponsors and vendors who will be at the event. Questions? Email Gigi Huie, public relations manager, at pr.totb@gmail.com.

Taste of the Bay is a public event open to all ages. Bring friends, colleagues and family (must be 21 or older with valid ID to sample alcoholic beverages). Readers are asked to share the ticket link and promotional code with fellow staff and faculty.

Children's Campus 2016-17 early wait list registration

The Children's Campus, which serves as a learning lab and early childhood center for the University, encourages staff and faculty interested in enrollment for 2016-17 to register on the center's wait list as soon as possible via the center's website at childrenscampus.sfsu.edu. Early registration for the wait list is important because enrollment demand has increased every year and selection is based on one's wait list registration date. The center will begin offering enrollment to new families for 2016-17 in early April 2016.

SF State staff and faculty receive priority enrollment and a 3 percent tuition discount. Families may enroll for the full week (Monday-Friday) or a partial week (Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday) and can choose a nine-month or a 12-month program.

The center serves children 6 months through 4 years of age and features small group sizes with low staff-to-child ratios, as well as two to three Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) and Child and Family Studies (CFS) interns working in each classroom. In addition to the CAD and CFS student interns, about 400 students each year use the center's child observation facilities to complete observations for their college coursework. Faculty and graduate research is also conducted at the center to support student learning and inform the field about best practices.

For more information, visit the Children's Campus website. To register for one of the monthly tours, call the center at ext. 5-4011.

New Vista Room menu and website

To match the changing seasons, the Vista Room has a new fall menu featuring bouillabaisse, braised short ribs and roasted Diestel Ranch turkey. The Vista Room supports local farmers and purveyors, who provide the restaurant with better ingredients, which result in better food. The prix fixe three-course meal is still $17. Guests are also welcome to order a la carte items from the menu.

A new Vista Room website has also been launched, where visitors may view the new fall menu and find information on reservations, catering and banquets and payment methods.

The Vista Room now has several payment options, and walk-in diners are welcome. Guests may now:

  • Walk in to dine without a reservation
  • Reserve a table by calling the dining room at ext. 5-4100
  • Book private dining or arrange for catering or a banquet by calling ext. 5-4100 or emailing vista@sfsu.edu

Diners now have more payment options and may pay using a credit or debit card at the table, after the meal. Departments may also charge meals to a house account and the Vista Room will invoice the department at the end of the month. To open a house account, departments should complete the online inquiry form. Inquiries will receive a response within one academic day.

Follow and like the Vista Room on Facebook, where visitors will find an up-to-date calendar of events, the new menu and the answers to frequently asked questions about the major changes at the
Vista Room.

EU class spotlight: Six Cultures and disaster training classes

Following are two of the classes offered by Employee University (EU) on Nov. 17:

"Disaster Worker Service Training" will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 1 to 3 p.m. The class, led by University Police Sergeant Abe Leal, will concentrate on the responsibilities and obligations of faculty and staff in their roles as disaster service workers. It will also address some basic emergency preparedness planning for the individuals and their families while they are at home or at work.

"Engaging the Six Cultures of the University" will be held Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 2 to 4 p.m. The class will be led by Vice President of University Advancement Robert Nava and will focus on how organizational cultures shape and impact the academy based on the theoretical framework identified by Bergquist and Pawlak in their 2008 book of the same name. Additionally, it will cover a brief history and overview of the values embedded in the six cultures which shape our language, behavior and the political and organizational structure that defines our work and reality in the academy.

Interested employees are encouraged to enroll in these or other EU classes. Those with questions or comments should visit hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university or email eu@sfsu.edu.

Retirement planning workshops, Nov. 17

Human Resources invites CalPERS members who are within three years of retiring to attend a retirement planning workshop. Each session will cover how retirement benefits are calculated, ways to maximize retirement benefits, the steps that need to be taken prior to retiring and the retirement application process. Two workshops will be held on Tuesday, Nov. 17, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and 1 to 3:30 p.m. in the NEC room (ADMIN 560). A MyCalPERS login and password are required to register for a workshop:

  1. Visit the MyCalPERS login page
  2. Log in
  3. Click the "Education Resources" tab
  4. Click the "View Classes" tab
  5. Follow the "Planning Your Retirement (CSU San Francisco)" link
  6. Click the "Enroll" link for the preferred session, and complete the online form

Questions? Contact the appropriate benefits representative in Human Resources.

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Discussion of quantitative and qualitative research methods, Nov. 2

Richard Harvey of the Department of Health Education and the Institute for Holistic Health Studies will introduce approaches to quantitative and qualitative data analysis based on commonly encountered problems during a workshop on Nov. 2 from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. Participants are asked to bring data for the group to analyze during the meeting.

RSVP by email to jpaez@sfsu.edu, call ext. 5-3995 or drop in during the presentation. Questions? Contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or rharvey@sfsu.edu or 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 SFSU Statistics Community of Representative Researchers (CORR) Research Cluster.

360Fashion & Tech event to feature Apparel Design and Merchandising work, Nov. 3

The 360Fashion & Tech "Startup Runway & Innovation Awards" is coming to San Francisco thanks to IBM. Enjoy an evening of technology innovation, visionary design, fashion and flash talks by leading entrepreneurs. Senior students from Apparel Design and Merchandising courses taught by professors Kelly Reddy­-Best and Connie Ulasewicz were invited to participate in the 360Fashion & Tech event on Tuesday, Nov. 3, at 6 p.m. in the City View room on the fourth floor of the Metreon (Mission and 4th streets).

The garments and product line concept boards created by students for the tech-related design competition will be on display throughout the evening, and winners will be announced at 8 p.m. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be provided. Attire is professional and elegant. The department invites the campus community to attend the free event to support their students. Questions? Email Cecile Chappey at cchappey@choyou.com.

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.

Thursday, Nov. 5: "A Stillborn Child, A Charge of Murder, and the Disputed Case Law on 'Fetal Harm'"

ProPublica journalist Nina Martin will bring attention to the burgeoning number of cases in which women are prosecuted for allegedly endangering their unborn children, pitting the rights of the mother against what lawmakers, prosecutors, judges and jurors view as the rights of the unborn child. She will also examine the criminal justice system's often disproportionate treatment of poor people of color, the backlash against Roe v. Wade and the push to establish "personhood" for fetuses.

Celebrate Veterans Day with SF State vets and supporters, Nov. 4-10

The campus community is invited to celebrate Veterans Day and the third anniversary of the SF State Veterans' Corner on Thursday, Nov. 5, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Garden of Remembrance (between Burk Hall and Fine Arts).

VETS@SFSU will march in San Francisco's Veterans Day parade on Sunday, Nov. 8. The parade begins at 10 a.m. at Second and Market streets and ends at noon in the Civic Center Plaza.

Other Veterans Day Observances Nov. 4-10:

  • VETS@SFSU will be selling veteran support ribbons and clothing in BH 153 and in the Quad. Wear a ribbon to show support or as an SF State veteran.
  • Village Market and Pizza, Café Rosso and Station Café will give veterans a 20 percent discount on purchases when they show their military ID card or DD214.
  • Farm Fresh Underground in the student center will give veterans a $2 discount on salad, wrap, bowl or panini purchases all week. On Wednesday, Nov. 4, veterans' family members will also receive the discount.
  • Ike's Place will honor veterans with a 25 percent discount for the rest of the year.
  • Nizario's Pizza at SF State will give a 10 percent discount on slices of pizza to veterans.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, from noon to 7 p.m. VETS@SFSU will participate in the annual Veterans Day softball tournament in Concord.

Mayor Willie Brown in conversation with Joseph Fink, Nov. 4

On Wednesday, Nov. 4, SF State alumnus and former San Francisco Mayor Willie L. Brown Jr. will discuss national, regional and local political trends and answer questions from the audience from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Joseph R. Fink, past president of the Commonwealth Club of California and retired president of the Dominican University of California, will moderate the discussion.

A two-term mayor of San Francisco, legendary speaker of the California State Assembly and widely regarded as one of the most influential African-American politicians of the late 20th century, Brown has been at the center of California politics, government and civic life for four decades. Brown graduated with the class of 1955. He served as a member of the California State Assembly from 1965 to 1995 and as speaker of the assembly from 1980 to 1995. Brown was mayor of San Francisco from 1996 to 2004.

The event is a part of the College of Health & Social Sciences Dean's Speaker Series, which is held twice each year to bring distinguished individuals to share their views on topics affecting the well-being of individuals, families, communities and society. For more information, contact John Warner at jwarner@sfsu.edu or ext. 8-3573.

Rosenberg Institute Public Forum at RTC, Wednesday, Nov. 4

The fall 2015 Rosenberg Institute Public Forum at the Romberg Tiburon Center (RTC) will be held Wednesday, Nov. 4, at 6:30 p.m. with refreshments. Drew Harvell, Ph.D., department of ecology and evolutionary biology, Cornell University, will present the lecture "The Sea Star Epidemic: An Arms Race for Marine Biodiversity" beginning at 7 p.m.

Sea stars in Washington state and British Columbia began dying in high numbers in June 2013. By the end of that year, the entire West Coast was affected by a die-off that involved at least 20 different species of sea stars and all the major public aquaria. The involvement of a virus has since been discovered, but the epidemic continues in northern parts of the range and has left vast areas of California devoid of some sea star species. Professor Harvell will give an update on what is known of the impacts of the epidemic for different sea star species, including observations from one emerging front in Alaska. She will also discuss the broader issue of the impacts that epidemics in the ocean can have on biodiversity. Interested? Register now because seating is limited.

"Changa Revisited" to screen Nov. 5

Professor of Anthropology Peter Biella's film "Changa Revisited" will premiere on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre. The film explores the lives and living conditions of a single Ilparakuyo Maasai family at both ends of a 30-year divide. The homestead was first documented with photographs and audio recordings in 1980. When the filmmakers revisited the homestead decades later, the conditions had gotten far worse: cattle and human diseases, sedentarization, alcoholism and poverty had brought the family close to the breaking point. "Changa Revisited" was co-edited with Daniel Chein, an anthropology graduate and current MFA candidate in cinema.

Upcoming AMED events

The Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas Initiative (AMED), housed in the College of Ethnic Studies, invites the campus community to events promoting Arab and Muslim culture and understanding.

Thursday, Nov. 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall: The 8th Annual Palestinian Mural Cultural Celebration

Celebrate the teachings of Palestinian intellectual and Columbia University Professor Edward Said with music, dabka, food, poetry and hip-hop, as well as the one-woman play "Palestine" by Najla Said. Organized by the General Union of Palestine Students, AMED, Associated Students Inc. and the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 18, at International Education Week

  • 7 to 9:45 p.m. in LIB 121: "The Indivisibility of Justice: Understanding Palestine, Iran and Syria"

Speakers will include Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies Rabab Abdulhadi, CSU-Stanislaus Professor of Political Science As'ad AbuKhalil, Professor of Philosophy Mohammad Azadpur, UC Berkeley Professor of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies Hatem Bazian and Arab Talk Radio host and award-winning journalist Jamal Dajani.

For more information, visit amed.sfsu.edu or email amedsraf@sfsu.edu.

"Dancing with the Devil in the City of God" book reading,
Nov. 6

Author and former local AP reporter Juliana Barbassa will read from her new book "Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink" on Friday, Nov. 6, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 286. Barbassa's book is a critical examination of the city of Rio through the lens of politics, social unrest and sport.

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Kinesiology and the Urban Studies and Planning Program. For more information, email Susan Zieff at susangz@sfsu.edu.

Alumni & Family Day, Saturday, Nov. 7

The Alumni Association invites the campus community to the annual Alumni & Family Day celebration on Saturday, Nov. 7. Festivities will include a luncheon featuring actor, activist and alum Danny Glover and the Family Festival with food, live music and fun activities for kids. There will also be interactive seminars including a beer education and tasting session and a hands-on holiday baking workshop. For more information and to register for the various events, go to alumni.sfsu.edu/afw.

Free tickets for the Family Festival are available to faculty and staff (luncheon and beer tasting not included). The festival will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on the main Quad. Register online for the Family Festival now.

Questions? Email Nadia Chan at nadiach@sfsu.edu.

College of Ethnic Studies 46th Anniversary Celebration, Nov. 8

Join SF State in celebrating the 46th anniversary of the founding of the nation's first and only College of Ethnic Studies. Actor, activist and alum Danny Glover is the featured speaker at a benefactor reception. The event will be held at the Seven Hills Conference Center Sunday, Nov. 8. The reception is from noon to 1 p.m., and the general program and auction will be held from 1 to 3 p.m.

Benefactor reception tickets cost $100, general tickets are $50 and faculty/staff tickets
are $35.

For information and to buy tickets, visit ethnicstudies.sfsu.edu/anniversary-celebration.

Event proceeds will benefit student scholarships and the Community-University Empowerment Fund. To learn about sponsorship opportunities and tribute ads, contact Alex Sanchez at ext. 8-1032 or alexsan@sfsu.edu.

Cuban member of parliament to visit, Nov. 12

Kenia Serrano, president of the Cuban Institute of Friendship with the Peoples and member of the Cuban national parliament, will speak Thursday, Nov. 12, at 4:10 p.m. in EPS 116.

Superfest 2015, Nov. 14-15

The Paul K. Longmore Institute on Disability and the San Francisco LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired present Superfest 2015, an international disability film festival on Saturday, Nov. 14, and Sunday, Nov. 15. The first day of the annual event will be held at the Magnes Collection in downtown Berkeley, and on the second day films will be screened at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco. Tickets sold out last year, so those interested are encouraged to buy tickets early. For more information and links to purchase tickets, visit superfestfilm.com. All films are audio described and open captioned. An ASL (American Sign Language) interpreter and CART (Computer Aided Realtime Translation) will be provided. Participants are asked to be scent free when attending.

Reception for violence, trauma and health initiative, Nov. 16

The Health Equity Institute and SF BUILD will host a reception for researchers and community organizations who are interested in addressing the intersection of violence, trauma and health. Faculty from all disciplines are invited to join the conversation and exchange of ideas on Monday, Nov. 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. in LIB 121. Questions? Contact Susana Tat at stat@sfsu.edu.

Bartscher farewell, Nov. 20

A farewell reception will be held for University Counsel Patty Bartscher on Friday, Nov. 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. on the Administration building's fifth floor patio. Please RSVP by email to Jennifer Villarreal at jrosev@sfsu.edu.

Bartscher joined SF State as a lecturer in the Management Department in 1982 and quickly joined the ranks of tenure-track faculty in the department. In 1986, she began teaching international business law in the Accounting Department, where she served until she was appointed acting associate dean of Faculty Affairs in 1988. Beginning in 1992, Bartscher served as director of Academic Relations until her appointment as university counsel in 1994, a role she has held since.

International Southeast Asian Film Festival to launch, Nov. 20

The Diasporic Vietnamese Artists Network (DVAN), in collaboration with the Asian American Studies Department at SF State, will commemorate the 40th anniversary of U.S. military involvement in Southeast Asia with the launch of the San Francisco International Southeast Asian (I-SEA) Film Festival Nov. 20-22. I-SEA builds upon the successes of the 2012 and 2013 San Francisco Global Vietnamese Film Festivals, which have been expanded to include films from all over Southeast Asia and rebranded to reflect the broader scope.

The 14 films selected for the inaugural festival seek to initiate a dialogue with local and international communities and draw connections between past and present wars, both overseas and on our streets. The films examine a diverse range of topics, such as gender identity and love, through a variety of genres and techniques, including horror, documentary and experimental. All the films (which come from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and the Philippines) center on the stories and imaginations of people in Southeast Asia and the Southeast Asian diaspora.

The opening night screening and party will be held from 7 to 11 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 20, at Artists' Television Access at 992 Valencia St., San Francisco. Screenings on Saturday and Sunday, November 21 and 22, will be held at the New People Cinema in Japantown (1746 Post St.) from 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Purchase tickets at www.i-seafilmfest.com, and like or share the I-SEA Facebook page or follow I-SEA on Twitter.

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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
  • Message from President Les Wong
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding a proposed resolution on bullying, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to S09-196: Course Withdrawal Policy, first reading
  • Budget report from Vice President of Administration & Finance Ron Cortez
  • Information Item: Department name change for Modern Languages and Literature
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution on Affirmative Action, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding a proposed Minor in Museum Studies, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Minor in Greek Studies, 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 Web calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.

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We Arrived: A Collective Reflection: Oct. 22 through Nov. 19 in the Art Gallery at Cesar Chavez Student Center

Salon de Refusés: Nov. 10 through Nov. 20 in the Martin Wong Gallery, Fine Arts Building

28th Annual Stillwell Student Exhibition: Nov. 10 through Dec. 3 in the Fine Arts Gallery, Fine Arts Building



Sunday, Nov. 1

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: "I'm Here, I'm Queer and I'm Hungry": 2 p.m. in The Lab, Creative Arts

Tuesday, Nov. 3

Senate plenary meeting: 2 p.m. in Seven Hills Conference Center

Wednesday, Nov. 4

HSS Dean's Speaker Series: Mayor Willie Brown: 4 p.m. in Seven Hills Conference Center

The Sea Star Epidemic: An Arms Race for Marine Biodiversity: 6:30 p.m. in Bay Conference Center, Romberg Tiburon Center

Concert: SF State Orchestra: 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Thursday, Nov. 5

Lecture: A Stillborn Child, a Charge of Murder and the Disputed Case Law on "Fetal Harm": 12:30 p.m. in LIB 121

Public meeting: University Budget Committee: 2:30 p.m. in ADM 560

Lecture: Alexander Key: Old Arabic Theory: 4:30 p.m. in HUM 473

Film: "Changa Revisited: 30 Years in the Life of a Maasai Family": 8 p.m. in Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Friday, Nov. 6

Book reading: "Dancing with the Devil in the City of God: Rio de Janeiro on the Brink": noon in LIB 286

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

Women's volleyball vs. Cal Poly Pomona: 7 p.m. in the Main Gymnasium

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Professor and Chair of Anthropology James Quesada took part in the panel discussion "Theory in Action: Violence in the Margins" as the moderator and a discussant. The discussion, which was held Friday, Oct. 23, at UC Berkeley, aimed to ignite a North-South hemispheric dialogue and debate on the creative uses of diverse theoretical, analytical and ethnographic/methodological tools applied to the study of the networks of transnational, state, paramilitary, criminal, global and local perpetrators, collaborators, victims and bystanders of urban terror in the Americas.

Communication Studies

Associate Professor of Communication Studies Samuel McCormick delivered the lecture "The Poverty of Desire" at UC Berkeley on Oct. 27.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper authored the article "Compassionate Presence: Covert Training Invites Subtle Energies Insights," which appeared in the Autumn 2015 issue of Subtle Energies Magazine.


Associate Professor of History Charles Postel contributed to the special project "The Future of Work and Workers" sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and the Rockefeller Foundation. The project asked labor and business leaders, social scientists, computer scientists, activists and journalists from around the world to weigh in on the changes underway in the nature of work and what the changes will mean in the future. The columns are being published online by the Pacific Standard Magazine and will be available in the November/December 2015 print issue. Postel's column appeared on Oct. 26 under the title "The Future of Work: The Coming Political Storms."

Social Work

Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso and Social Work Lecturer Sonia Melara presented the paper "Using a Community-Academic Partnership to Survey Domestic Violence Agencies' Engagement with Family Courts" at the 61st Annual Program Meeting of the Council on Social Work Education held Oct. 15-18 in Denver.

Special Education and Communicative Disorders

Students ranked graduate programs in the Department of Special Education and Communicative Disorders 11th best in the U.S., according to GraduatePrograms.com in their fourth annual fall rankings of the Best Masters in Special Education Graduate Programs. The ratings, which span the past three years, are based on 15 categories that cover a variety of student topics, such as academic competitiveness, career support, financial aid and quality of network.

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Localized causes

An Oct. 20 KQED Forum discussion about escalating violence between Israelis and Palestinians included Associate Professor of Jewish Studies and Richard and Rhoda Goldman Professor in Israel Studies Eran Kaplan as a panelist. "There is a growing level of incitement inside of Israel and also a growing sense of fear among the Israeli population. One of the surprising elements of this round of violence, this surge of violence, is the kind of randomness of it. There's no clear leadership behind it, there doesn't seem to be an organization behind it," Kaplan said. "Ultimately, the causes for the immediate violence are localized and have to do with the population -- both the Arab and Jewish population -- in Israel. I don't think international intervention will end the violence."

Real impact was coming together

Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon was interviewed for an Oct. 25 KFSN report on the first Larry Itliong Day in California, which celebrated the Filipino labor leader's role in organizing farm workers. "I think his larger goal was better working conditions for all workers regardless of background, and that's the real impact of the Delano grape strike. It was Filipinos and Mexicans coming together," Mabalon said.

Future of work in the balance

Associate Professor of History Charles Postel discussed the future of work in the U.S. in an Oct. 26 Pacific Standard opinion piece as part of a collaborative project sponsored by the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford and the Rockefeller Foundation. "The advocates of the new work regime claim that it is paving the way to the 'flexible' economy of the future. ...But for millions of workers the new 'flexibility' means little more than overwork and insecurity, and the advertised work regime of the future represents a throwback to the exploitative tyranny of the first machine age," Postel wrote. "For half a century, workers and their allies fought to make work more secure. Their efforts bore fruit with the New Deal that legalized unions; set hour and wage standards; and established support for disabled, unemployed, and retired workers."

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