October 7, 2016


SF State recognized nationally for community service

The 2015 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll recognized San Francisco State University for its commitment to community service, service-learning and civic engagement. The General Community Service Honor Roll with Distinction list list included SF State and three other campuses (Channel Islands, Dominguez Hills and Fresno). The honor roll recognizes U.S. colleges and universities that support exemplary community service programs and raise the visibility of best practices in campus community partnerships. SF State was also recognized in the education category for its commitment to improving educational outcomes in undergraduate education.

The Carnegie Foundation’s Community Engagement Classification, which recognizes colleges and universities’ commitment to service learning and alignment of community engagement efforts with their institutional mission, culture, resources and practices also recognized 14 CSU campuses. SF State has appeared on this list since 2006.

According to CSU Center for Community Engagement data, nearly 68,000 students had the opportunity to participate in 3,139 service-learning courses across the system in 2015-16. Today, more than half of the CSU’s 475,000 students are engaged in some type of community service, totaling 32 million hours of service annually.

Wu named AVP for campus safety & chief of police

Jason Wu was appointed SF State’s first assistant vice president (AVP) for campus safety & chief of police. He joined the campus community on Monday, Sept. 19.

Wu’s 25-year career in law enforcement includes experience as a police officer and as an executive commander of the U.S. Park Police. The search committee stated that Wu demonstrated himself to be a strong, strategic leader and creative problem solver with a clear student development focus. While he will be a new member of the campus community, he is familiar with SF State, as his daughter was a student here for two years. He also has extensive first-hand exposure to many of the issues faced by SF State and will be able to apply his expertise in helping identify solutions, implement positive change and bring a fresh perspective to the University Police Department (UPD), Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and the campus community.

The University thanks Reggie Parson for more than a year of service as interim chief of police. During that time, Parson addressed critical operational issues by:

  • Implementing revisions to departmental procedures in support of Clery compliance and of Title IX response — UPD is now regarded as a model across the CSU in this area.
  • Participating in a substantial overhaul of the University’s Emergency Operations Plan that led to the transfer of oversight for the Emergency Operations Committee to the UPD.
  • Moving forward the process of filling long-vacant officer positions and hiring two new lieutenants to strengthen departmental capacity.
  • Advancing and instituting new programs to improve campus security while eliminating cost-inefficient programs and identifying new revenue streams.
  • Making concerted efforts to improve communication within the department and across campus.

Parson’s service earned him tremendous respect from colleagues across campus. Effective Sept. 19, he returned to his position as SF State’s deputy chief of police with many new skills. #ReggieIsARockstar

The University also thanks the search committee, chaired by Gene Chelberg, for working diligently over the past few months to bring about this successful hire.

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 work, 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 website. Apply for the grants. The grants are funded by the CSU Office of the Chancellor.

Employee University course registration opens Thursday, Oct. 13

Registration for the fall/winter 2016-17 Employee University courses will begin on Thursday, Oct. 13 online at hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university. Class offerings for the spring 2017 session will be announced at a later date.

Fall/winter 2016-17 classes include:

  • Achieving Excel Literacy
  • Creating a Culture of Service
  • Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers, Level II

SF State faculty and staff may enroll in one class of their choice. Each class has limited seating, which is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Learn more about Employee University and registration on the Employee University webpage.  The Employee University community looks forward to seeing you in class.

Last day of CalPERS open enrollment today

Today is the last day of open enrollment for benefits and the last day to make changes for next year. During open enrollment, eligible faculty and staff may:

  • Change health and/or dental plans.
  • Add eligible dependents to new or existing health and/or dental plans.
  • Renew or enroll in flexible spending programs.
  • Update their Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or Dependent Care Reimbursement (DCRA); currently enrolled employees MUST submit new enrollment forms for HCRA/DCRA during open enrollment to continue deductions for 2017.

Important note: Blue Shield NetValue (HMO) will not be offered in 2017. Current enrollees will be automatically moved into the Blue Shield Access+ health plan if they do not make a change during open enrollment. Most providers currently participating in Blue Shield NetValue also participate in the Blue Shield Access+ health plan. This change in plans will affect the amount employees pay for their insurance.

New rate information and enrollment forms are available on the Human Resources website.

Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan’s Evidence of Coverage (EDC) publication for a complete explanation of the benefits covered, as well as limitations and exclusions that may apply, before deciding to retain their existing plan or make a change.  Eligible employees should receive a CalPERS open enrollment brochure in the mail soon. The brochure may also be downloaded from the CalPERS website.

UndocuAlly Training for Staff and Faculty, Oct. 11

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in this semester’s UndocuAlly Training on Wednesday, Oct. 11, from 9 a.m. to noon. This training was designed to guide the SF State community in learning how to support the undocumented student population. Participants will receive an overview of immigration history and recent legislation, learn how to support dreamers in facing their most common challenges, hear the stories of current SF State dreamers and receive information about undocumented student resources available for current and prospective students. All staff and faculty are welcome to participate in this free training event. Register for the training at tinyurl.com/UndocuAllyTraining. Questions? Email AB 540 Dream Coordinator Norma Salcedo.

Office hours for faculty to meet with general education director

Director of General Education Catriona Rueda Esquibel will hold weekly office hours on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. in ADM 450 to meet with interested faculty who are proposing general education courses. Additional times are available by appointment. To request an appointment or pose a question, email ktrion@sfsu.edu.

Student Success in the Majors grants

The Student Success in the Majors grants initiative supports faculty in targeted reflection on and redesign of their curricula to better support student success. 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. Proposed curricular changes must be approved by the college dean or designee and submitted to the Office of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning by Friday, Oct. 28. Awardees will be selected by a faculty committee. Learn more about the grants. Read the original Student Success in the Majors grants announcement.

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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Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education moving forward, today

The campus community is invited to an event about an Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institutions (AANAPISI) federally funded grant project for Asian American and Pacific Islander Retention and Education (ASPIRE) Friday, Oct. 7, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in EP 116.

ASPIRE is a collaboration between the Asian American Studies Department and the Student Affairs & Enrollment Management cabinet area. ASPIRE has been designed to address and promote college access and success by identifying and removing institutional barriers for high-need AANAPI and low-income students. The project team will share background for the undertaking and review data on AANAPI student educational progress as well as proposed interventions and a project timeline for ASPIRE. ASPIRE was funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. Questions? Email Grace Yoo.

Graduate College of Education open house: Teachers Make the Future Happen, Oct. 8

The Graduate College of Education asks faculty and staff to encourage students who are interested in teaching to attend a “Teachers Make the Future Happen” open house on Saturday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. to noon in the Student Life Event Center (Annex 1). Participants are asked to register for the free event at teachersfsu.eventbrite.com. For more information, email eurania@sfsu.edu.

Mexico Solidarity Study Tour Report Back Event, Oct. 10

The campus community is invited to the Mexico Solidarity Study Tour Report Back Event 2016 on Monday, Oct. 10, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in EP 116. Students who traveled to Mexico in May and June will present photos, analysis and reflections on their interactions with Mexican activists and community-based organizations. The travelers met with some of Mexico’s activists in the feminist, housing, environmental, teachers and poor people’s movements and had lively exchanges with advocates of human and reproductive rights and Nahuatl-speaking children in a bilingual school in Cuentepec. They also observed everyday manifestations of Mexico’s political culture on the streets and in the resistance of people from all walks of life. Questions? Contact Teresa Carrillo at ext. 8-3182 or email tisa@sfsu.edu.

Celebrate National Coming Out Day with a campus screening of “Out Run,” Oct. 11

The campus community is invited to celebrate National Coming Out Day by joining filmmakers S. Leo Chiang and Johnny Symons (assistant professor of cinema) for a campus screening of their new film “Out Run.” The movie follows the dynamic leaders of the world’s only LGBT political party as they mobilize working-class transgender hairdressers and beauty queens in a historic quest to elect a trans woman to the Philippine Congress.

The film will be screened on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 5 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre (FA 101). A Q&A with filmmakers will follow the movie at 6:30 p.m. The screening is sponsored by the Safe Zone Ally ProgramSchool of CinemaQueer Cinema InstituteHealth Promotion & WellnessStudent Life, the Dean of Students OfficeEROSQueer Alliance and Queer & Trans Resource Center. Questions? Email Rick Nizzardini.

RPT Career and Internship Fair, Oct. 12

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism (RPT) will host a career and internship Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Participants will have the opportunity to network with more than 30 recreation, parks and tourism agencies to learn about who they are, the programs and services they provide and potential jobs, internships and/or volunteer opportunities. Attending organizations will include Altruivstas, Blazing Saddles Bike Rentals and Tours, Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco, BUILD, Burlingame Aquatic Club, California Park and Recreation Society District 4, Cappa & Graham, Inc. , City of Brisbane Parks & Recreation, City of Menlo Park Community Services Department, City of Mill Valley Recreation Department, Diabetes Youth Families, East Bay Regional Park District, Genuine Nannies, LLC, Global Exchange, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, It Works Global, Jewish Community Center of San Francisco, MFactor, NatureBridge, Outward Bound California, Pacific Leadership Institute, Real Options for City Kids, Recess, Sam’s Chowder House, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, San Francisco Travel Association, San Francisco Youth Soccer, Santa Clara County Parks and Recreation, SF State Campus Recreation, Shanti Project, The San Francisco Giants, Student Conservation Association, Valley of the Moon Children's Center and YMCA of San Francisco. Questions? Contact Erik Rosegard at ext. 8-7529 or rosegard@sfsu.edu.

HEI Speaker Series book celebration and talk, Oct. 12

The Health Equity Institute (HEI) invites the campus community to hear UCSF School of Medicine Assistant Professor Kelly Knight present her book "addicted.pregnant.poor" on Wednesday, Oct. 12, from 11 a.m. to noon in HSS 361. This ethnography reveals the complex humanity and battles against drug cravings, housing debt and potential violence of the addicted, pregnant and poor women living in daily-rent hotels in San Francisco's Mission District.

The HEI Speaker Series is a monthly event that showcases leading researchers in the field of health equity. Please arrive on time as space is limited. Questions? Email hei@sfsu.edu.

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. 12: “Pattern Recognition: The Art of Gender Self-Determination” by Assistant Professor of History and Theory of Contemporary Art Nicole Archer (San Francisco Art Institute)
  • Oct. 19: “Chronic Crisis: Managing HIV as a Chronic Condition in Biomedicalized Bureaucracies” by Science and Justice Research Center Assistant Director Katherine Weatherford Darling (University of California, Santa Cruz)
  • Oct. 26: Executive and Organizing Director of the Western Regional Advocacy Program Paul Boden

Promotion and Tenure Celebration, Oct. 13

Academic Affairs invites the campus community to a celebration honoring faculty members who were granted tenure and/or received a promotion during the 2016-17 academic year. The celebration will be held from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 13, in the Vista Room. Refreshments will be served. Download a full list of honoreesRSVP for the Promotion and Tenure Celebration online.

“In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play),” Oct. 13-23

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) Oct. 13-23. View the play’s webpage for times and costs.

Pre-show discussion, Oct. 16

Was “mansplaining” alive in the 1880s? Join a panel of faculty and students discussing Sarah Ruhl’s play “In the Next Room (or The Vibrator Play)” at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 16, in The Lab (CA 104). Admission to the pre-show discussion is free.

Distinguished Speaker Lecture in Economics: “Improving Equality of Opportunity in America: New Lessons from Big Data,” Oct. 14

The Department of Economics will hold the second annual Betty Blecha Memorial Distinguished Lecture in Economics on Friday, Oct. 14, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts. The lecture is free and open to students, faculty and staff. Stanford University Professor of Economics Raj Chetty will discuss findings from the Equality of Opportunity Project and associated policy lessons. Read more about the lectureDownload the event flyer for more information. Questions? Contact Venoo Kakar at Contact Venoo Kakar at vkakar@sfsu.edu.

Webinar on engaging uses of Zoom, Oct. 18

Zoom is SF State’s new online video conferencing platform. Join the webinar on Tuesday, Oct. 18, from noon to 1 p.m. online via Zoom. In this virtual session participants will learn what video conferencing is and how to access it and get ideas on how to engage students using Zoom, bring in guest speakers, collaborate with colleagues and more. Register online for the Zoom webinar. Questions? Can’t attend and want to learn more? Email iteach@sfsu.edu.

Interdisciplinary STS Hub Meeting, Oct. 18

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Hub is where scholars engaging in medicine, technology, science, health and justice come together to build, think and collaborate on a variety of events, projects, programs and conversations. The group will meet Tuesday, Oct. 18, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in HSS 361 to discuss Sex, Gender, and Sexuality in STS. Please look at the following resources as the conversation will draw from them: “Sex/Gender: Part I: Why Now?” and “Sex/Gender: Part II: What’s Fixed, Changeable, Changing?,” "Sex/Gender: Part III: What Counts as Adequate Function?" and "Gender as Process Not Trait: Dynamic Approaches to the Origins of Difference During Infancy." The group, which meets every third Tuesday, will meet for the last time this semester on Nov. 15. Questions? Email Ugo Edu or call ext. 5-2444.

Climate Justice Speaker Series continues Oct. 19

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. On Oct. 19, Jessica Tovar with the Local Clean Energy Alliance and Communities for a Better Environment in Oakland will discuss her work to bring renewable energy independence to Bay Area communities. And on Oct. 26, Pennie Opal Plant a leader in the indigenous rights movement and co-founder of the Idle No More and Bay Area Rights of Nature Alliance will talk. See the full Climate Justice Speaker series item.

Save the date: Women’s Leadership Conference, Oct. 21

The SF State Women’s Leadership Conference will take place on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Staff, faculty and students are welcome to attend this free all-day conference, which will feature breakout sessions focusing on personal and career development. Registration opens on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m. For more information, visit the conference webpage.

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 Saturday, 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.

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.

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. 4 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Announcements:
    • The Economics Department is sponsoring the Second Annual Betty Blecha Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series featuring Stanford Professor and MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship awardee Dr. Raj Chetty on  Friday Oct. 14,  6-7:30 p.m. in McKenna Theatre on the topic of “Improving Equality of Opportunity in America.” The flier is posted on the Senate iLearn page.
    • Administration and Finance announced the Women’s Leadership Conference will be held Oct. 21 at the Seven Hills Conference Center. This all day event is free and open to all faculty staff and students. Registration starts Oct. 5 at 10 a.m. at adminfin.sfsu.edu/content/womensleadershipconference.
    • There was a field trip to the Mashouf Wellness Center after the Senate adjourned.
  • Chair’s report:
    • Proud of Senate and SFSU. At the last plenary meeting Senator Yee-Melichar reported on resolutions approved and in process from the quantitative reasoning task force that would require a fourth year of high school math for admittance to the CSU. The report promoted discussion in and after the last plenary meeting.  Concerns were raised that this requirement would restrain or penalize disadvantaged students and would further restrict eligibility for the CSU. Our senators  saw this as a social justice issue. A long email discussion ensued resulting in the conclusion that AS 3244-16 has been poorly crafted and needs to be responded to. Steven Filling, immediate past chair of ASCSU, will attend the Oct. 18 Senate plenary meeting to discuss the resolutions and address concerns. This issue will also be brought up at the All Chairs meeting next week in Long Beach. Our concerns have been translated into action.
  • Information Item: Senator Rosegard gave a summary of the Standard Time Block Task Force report, which is available on the Senate iLearn site.
  • The recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion Policy (first reading) were discussed and the item was remanded back to the committee for further work.
  • Committee nominations:
    • Board of Appeals and Review (two plenary faculty appointees, 2016-18):
      • Samuel McCormick, Communication Studies has not confirmed, so his election was postponed.
      • Patrick Tierney, Recreation, Parks, and Tourism was appointed.
    • Enrollment Management Committee (one plenary faculty/chair appointment):
      • Rene Dahl, Child & Adolescent Development, was appointed.
  • Standing Committee reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee:
      • Heard a report from Lori Beth Way on the Ad Astra program.
      • Discussed the Task Force report on standard start times. Guests have been invited.
      • Work continues on the modification of the course repeat and withdrawal policy.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee:
      • Discussed substantive versus non-substantive guideline changes.
      • Worked on cross-listed courses guidelines.
      • Procedures and processes regarding discontinuance are being reviewed.
    • Faculty Affairs Committee:
      • Continue to work on proposed changes to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) policy.
      • Continue work on Graduate Teaching Assistants tuition remission.
    • Strategic Issues Committee:
      • A resolution in support of  Proposition 55has been crafted.
      • Had a discussion with Alan Young. Next week will have a discussion with Provost Summit. Questions are solicited for these discussions.
    • Student Affairs Committee (SAC):
      • Last week and next week have guests from Associated Student, Inc. (ASI) on the topic of how to get more student involvement in the Senate and its committees. May change the SAC charge to coincide with the bylaws of ASI.
      • Had further discussion of the inclusion program and a possible resolution to support it.

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

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SF State Designs: Alumni Exhibition: through Oct. 11 in FA 115

“When I Remember I See Red: California Native American Contemporary Art”: through Oct. 13 in the Fine Arts Gallery

“Worshiping the God of Dynamite”: through Dec. 1 in the Library Gallery


Saturday, Oct. 8

Women in film: Lina Vertmuller: 9 a.m. in Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Sunday, Oct. 9

Men’s and women’s soccer hosting Cal State San Marcos: 11:30 a.m. in Cox Stadium

Monday, Oct. 10

Recital: Brad Hogarth, trumpet: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Tuesday, Oct. 11

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

Film: “Out Run”: 5 p.m. in Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Volleyball hosting Stanislaus State: 7 p.m. in the Swamp at Don Nasser Family Plaza

Wednesday, Oct. 12

Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) Awareness Lunch and Learn: noon in LIB 121

Frank LaPena and Malcolm Margolin in conversation: 12:10 p.m. in the Fine Arts Gallery

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

The Best of Polish Cinema: Jerzy Kawalerowicz’s “Austeria”: 7:10 p.m. in Coppola Theatre, Fine Arts

Thursday, Oct. 13

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

Friday, Oct. 14

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

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Asian American Studies

Professor of Asian American Studies Russell Jeung’s book “At Home in Exile: Finding Jesus among My Ancestors and Refugee Neighbors” (Zondervan, 2016) was published. The book is a spiritual memoir about the experiences of Jeung and his family, who have lived with refugees in East Oakland for the past two decades. Jeung will also hold a book launch event featuring rap artists and readings of his works on Oct. 1 at the Youth Employment Partnership on International Boulevard in Oakland.

Ethnic Studies

Associate Professor of Ethnic Studies/Race and Resistance Studies Rabab Abdulhadi delivered the keynote remarks at the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee’s (ADC) Annual Palestine Luncheon held on Oct. 2. The luncheon was part of the ADC’s 2016 convention held in Washington, D.C., Sept. 29-Oct. 2. The convention theme was “inspiring change through action.”

Health Education

Health Education Lecturer Kenn Burrows co-authored with his students several contrasting chapter segments for the book “Censored 2017: The Top Censored Stories and Media Analysis of 2015-2016” (Seven Stories Press).

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper authored the article “Do You Freeze Up and Can’t Remember?,” which was published in the October issue of the Western Edition, a neighborhood newspaper in San Francisco.

Kinesiology, Economics and Nursing

Professors Susan Zieff, Anoshua Chaudhuri and Elaine Musselman published their co-authored article “Creating Neighborhood Recreational Space for Youth and Children in the Urban Environment: Play(ing in the) Streets in San Francisco,” which appeared in the peer-reviewed journal Children and Youth Services Review. The article evaluates the pilot Play Streets events held in the summer of 2013 in San Francisco with a focus on examining the characteristics of users of such events, the impact on youth and children’s physical activities, use of open space and level of community engagement.

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Strong sanctions offset weak fine

Assistant Professor of Economics Venoo Kakar discussed the California state treasurer’s decision to suspend major parts of the state’s business relationship with Wells Fargo because of a scandal involving unauthorized customer accounts for a Sept. 28 NBC Bay Area report. “The sanctions are very strict and very tough. The state’s message will resonate with all the big banks, especially if the monetary fines seem weak,” Kakar said. “There’s a $185 million fine imposed on Wells Fargo which is only less than one percent of their profits, so it really comes down to these sanctions [to make an impact]."

Adverse effect on participation

A Sept. 28 Maine Public Radio segment about ranked choice voting included research and comments from Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel. “We have hundreds of years of reforms in this country of the voting system,” McDaniel said. “And the ones that make voting more complicated tend to have an adverse effect on the level of participation.”

Authentic, not phony

Professor of Management Sally Baack commented on the community service philosophy of Salesforce.com and its employees for an Oct. 3 KCBS radio report. “Salesforce really is unique: They’ve had a long-standing history of being very vocal and very visible about social and philanthropic, even political, issues. What’s more distinct and perhaps even more important is the fact that their internal and their external activities are really aligned. There’s a lot of integrity there,” Baack said. “It’s very clear. It starts at the top. The leadership has to absolutely believe at the core, not in some phony way, but in an absolutely authentic way.”

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

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