October 9, 2015


Dean of the College of Health and 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. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception:

  • Monday, Oct. 12, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in LIB 121:  Mark Williams, acting/interim dean, College of Public Health & Social Work at Florida International University
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in LIB 244: Alvin N. Alvarez, interim dean, College of Health & Social Sciences, San Francisco State University
  • Monday, Oct. 26, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in HUM 587: Ronald T. Brown, associate vice chancellor, Academic Affairs, University of North Texas System
  • 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. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in LIB 121: Shih-Hsung (Alex) Hwu, associate vice president, College of eLearning and Extended Education, Humboldt State University
  • Tuesday, Oct. 27, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. in LIB 244: Scott Moore,  interim dean, Division of Continuing and Global Education (Extended Education), California State
    University, Fresno
  • 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 

ITS AVP/CIO candidate to visit campus, Oct. 13

The campus community is invited to attend community forums with the remaining finalist for the position of associate vice president and chief information officer for the department of Information Technology Services at SF State. The forum will take place on Tuesday, Oct. 13, from 1:45 to 3 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Finalist Fedro Zazueta, associate chief information officer, University of Florida, will make a presentation.

For more about the candidates, including biographies and resumes, and the opportunity to provide feedback, visit the search committee's website at its.sfsu.edu/candidates.

Search for chief of staff begun

The Office of the President seeks candidates to fill the position of chief of staff to the president (COS), a cabinet-level position recently vacated by Shawn Whalen. The COS will focus primarily on the implementation and progress of the president's vision and priorities, serve as liaison to constituencies and shared governance bodies and advise the president on matters related to academic policy and student achievement. The position also requires active involvement in issues of importance, such as state budget appropriations, legislative initiatives, implementation and assessment of curricular programs, and WASC Accreditation, as well as conducting analyses to assist in formation and implementation of strategic issues. For more information or to apply, visit the SF State Careers Home internal postings page or view job ID 5896 (login required).

October is Earthquake Preparedness Month

Every October, SF State reminds the campus community that a major earthquake could happen at any time. Events include awareness-raising activities, drills and Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) training by the San Francisco Fire Department.

Quake the Quad

A "Drop, Cover and Hold On" drill will be held in Malcolm X Plaza at noon on Thursday, Oct. 15.  Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to come out and "Quake the Quad" by practicing the "Drop, Cover and Hold On" drill. The event will also include giveaways and resource tables with information on earthquake preparedness and other
safety-related issues.

Those who cannot come to the Quad to participate are asked to practice "Drop, Cover and Hold On" wherever they may be at noon on Oct. 15. An Emergency Notification System message will be sent out to all registered community members as a reminder to practice. For more information on the drill, visit www.dropcoverholdon.org.

Free NERT training

The San Francisco Fire Department will provide its annual fall semester on-campus NERT training on Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2. Participants who attend the three days of intensive disaster preparedness training will receive hands-on instruction in search and rescue, disaster triage, fire extinguishing and ways to prepare the home and workplace for such
an emergency.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of this free training, which is geared toward people who live and work in San Francisco. Participants must attend all three sessions to gain the full benefit of the training. Those who complete the course will receive a certificate and a NERT ID Badge. To register for the training or to learn more about it, visit  bit.ly/1jrJ9Ef.

Beverage companies to visit campus to discuss strategic partnership, Oct. 14-15

The University and the University Corporation have issued a request for proposals (RFP) to explore a partnership with a beverage company, whereby the company would obtain near-exclusive rights for the distribution of its beverages on campus in exchange for support. Such an agreement could bring various benefits to the University. Through the RFP, the University community is exploring whether a strategic partnership with a beverage company would further the University's mission by providing critically needed sources of funding and unique opportunities for collaboration.

The campus community is invited to attend open forums with each of the vendors that have submitted proposals in response to the RFP. The forums will include a presentation by each company, followed by a question-and-answer session. Sessions will be held:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 11:00 a.m. to noon in LIB 244: Coca-Cola
  • Thursday, Oct. 15, from 1 to 2 p.m. in LIB 244: PepsiCo

Those who are unable to attend but wish to provide feedback should email comments to ucorp@sfsu.edu.

New CSU Office Supply contract

Staples is the new approved office supply vendor for the California State University, replacing Office Max as of Oct. 2. The contract, negotiated by the CSU office supply committee and approved on Sept. 15, includes the following benefits:

  • A wide variety of office supplies
  • A discount structure specifically negotiated for the CSU
  • Fast, free desktop delivery

The Staples Advantage online catalog will be available via the Campus Marketplace e-procurement portalGuides for using Campus Marketplace to order from the Staples Advantage site are available on the Fiscal Affairs Policies and Procedures webpage under the Procurement & Support Services heading.

Martha Mollenauer, who some may remember as the account representative with former supplier Corporate Express, is now with Staples and ready to assist with the conversion to the new contract. She may be reached at (510) 608-6609 or Martha.Mollenauer@Staples.com.

Although users will now place orders for office supplies through the Campus Marketplace, orders for stationery and business cards will continue to be placed through the Office Max site.

For more information, please email Deanna Tam or Ashley Loper in the Purchasing Department.

Emerging Leaders Project launched Sept. 2

The Emerging Leaders Program is a new leadership program, which commenced in March as the result of a generous donation. It is intended to enhance, strengthen and reinforce the management and leadership skills of talented staff and faculty. The program is designed to develop participants in leadership roles while building enhanced capacity across campus.

The current cohort, nominated by their respective senior leaders and vice presidents, are required to commit to the 10-month program, which includes six half-day sessions followed by a four-month applied team project. A theme threaded throughout the program is the integration of theory and hands-on practice.

The Emerging Leaders Program project kickoff occurred Sept. 2, commencing with an introduction by President Wong. The launch included a reflection upon the past six months, an opportunity for campus leaders to recognize the current program participants and a formal launch of the projects the cohorts will advance in the next several months.

For more information about the 2016 program, contact Praveen Rattan, professional and leadership manager in Human Resources, at ext. 5-3934 or via email at prattan@sfsu.edu.

Annual Security & Fire Safety Report released

SF State's 2015 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report (ASR) has been published. The report contains important information about safety and procedures, campus security policies and statistics about on-campus crime and fire incidents in on-campus residence facilities for the previous three years. Download the 2015 Annual Security & Fire Safety Report from the University Police Department (UPD) website at www.sfsu.edu/~upd/clery/Campus_Security_Report_Current.pdf.  To request a hard copy of the report, send a written request to San Francisco State University, University Police Department, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 or call (415) 338-7200.

UPD also maintains an electronic version of its daily crime log at www.sfsu.edu/~upd/crimelog/index.html. The daily crime log is updated every 48 hours and contains all crimes reported to UPD over the last 60 days.

Feedback, comments and concerns are welcome and may be sent to UPD via the "Comments and Feedback" survey at www.sfsu.edu/~upd.

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Changes to December paycheck distribution

December paychecks will be distributed on Jan. 4, 2016. Human Resources and Disbursement Offices will not distribute paychecks during the winter closure. Employees are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit by completing and submitting the direct deposit form, [hr.sfsu.edu/content/direct-deposit-2015] which may be used for any bank. To receive a direct deposit of pay for the December pay period, employees must submit the direct deposit form by Oct. 19. (It takes 45 days for the State Controller's Office to process direct deposit requests.) Employees may find it convenient to use the U.S. Bank on campus, located at 750 Font Blvd., Building C, (415) 466-2718. Contact the appropriate payroll specialist in Human Resources with questions. (Download a list of payroll specialists.)

SF State Observatory Public Open Nights

Every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday during the semester when the skies are clear will be a public open night at the SF State Observatory on the 10th floor of Thornton Hall (TH 1004). Visit the Observatory's Facebook page for weather conditions and open hours, which change from month to month. October open nights begin at 7 p.m. and end at 9:30 p.m., weather permitting. Docents will be on hand to provide views through the observatory telescopes, point out objects of interest and talk about astronomy.

Employee University class spotlight:
Pronunciation & Communication

The Pronunciation & Communication class focuses on developing English skills for faculty and staff who would like to communicate more efficiently and effectively.

Employees who wish to gain an improved understanding of the English language and its usage should take this class. Participants will learn to better communicate with colleagues, students and others through topics that include when to stress words in conversations, pace of conversation and use of intonation in speech. Although there are no prerequisites, this is an advanced level of the Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers series with a focus on pronunciation and language skills.

The first class will be held Friday, Oct. 16, in BUS 202, and the class will meet once each week until the second week of December. Register for Pronunciation & Communication. For more information about this and other Employee University classes, visit hr.sfsu.edu/employee-university or email eu@sfsu.edu.

Study Abroad Fair, Oct. 14 and 15

The campus community is invited to take a stroll through the center of campus on Tuesday, Oct. 14, and Wednesday, Oct. 15, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to check out the Study Abroad Fair. Tables at the fair will represent different countries where students can study through exchange and international programs offered by SF State and the California State University. International students and study abroad alumni will be available to discuss program opportunities for interested students. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend.

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.

Oct. 15: "Voluntary Sterilization in Brazil: Aesthetics, Racialization and the Politics of Reproduction" will be examined by M.P.H. and Postdoctoral Fellow of the Health Equity Institute Ugo F. Edu. Edu uses interdisciplinary approaches to reproductive and sexual health, race, aesthetics, reproductive technologies and social justice with an emphasis on women, gender and sexuality.

IR colloquium on Syria, Iraq, ISIS and engaged international powers, Oct. 16

The Department of International Relations (IR) invites the campus community to a colloquium on Syria, Iraq, ISIS and engaged international powers from 2 to 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16, in HSS 362. Speakers will include Associate Professor of International Relations Burcu Ellis, researcher Erich Wieger, Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri, Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov and International Relations Lecturer Jon Whooley.

CAD in South Africa: An Early Childhood Educator Honors Program, Oct. 26

Over the summer of 2015, 10 students and three faculty from the Department of Child and Adolescent Development (CAD) traveled to South Africa to work with local early childhood teachers and young children. Their collaboration with local educators focused on sharing best practices, enhancing language and literacy programming and building capacity for program evaluation.

On Monday, Oct. 26, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in LIB 242, EDvance SF will host a free community dialogue and presentation about this journey. Brittney Rykert, a childhood and adolescent development (CAD) student and early childhood educator, will make the presentation with CAD alumni and early childhood educators Kowanda Perkins and Daechelle Williams, Metro CAD Coordinator Ashley Williams and Lygia Stebbing, EdD (director of EDvance SF, Child and Adolescent Development research associate and PATH program coordinator for the Marian Wright Edelman Institute). Students will reflect on their transformative experiences during this service- and learning-focused adventure in South Africa. After the presentation, participants will be invited to engage in discussion about using cross-cultural experiences to enrich and expand
teacher training.

For more information, email Carmen G. Mandic at cgmandic@sfsu.edu.

Private guided walk in the Presidio, Oct. 24

The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to join them on a private guided tour of the Presidio titled "From Earthquake Refuge to National Park" on Saturday, Oct. 24, beginning at 11 a.m. Reserve a spot by sending the names of any guests and a check for $15 per person (payable to UWA) to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Dr., San Anselmo, CA 94960 by Oct. 16. The group will meet at the flagpole near the Officer's Club at 50 Moraga Avenue at the Main Post. Questions? Email Jeanne Mangerich at jeannem@sfsu.edu or Lin Ivory at linivory@comcast.net.

BECA International Video Screening, Oct. 22

Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts (BECA) students who worked with the Paul K. Longmore Institute in spring 2015 and then traveled to Hyderabad, India, to produce a video for the KMR Foundation in June 2015 will screen their work in Studio One of the Creative Arts Building on Thursday, Oct. 22. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and videos will roll at 7:30 p.m. The event is free and refreshments will be served. Questions? Contact BECA Professor Betsy Blosser at bblosser@sfsu.edu.

Faculty and staff wine club, Oct. 22

The SF State Faculty and Staff Wine Club will hold wine tastings on Thursday, Oct. 22, and Thursday, Dec. 3, starting at 5:30 p.m. in the Vista Room. Each tasting will cost $15 and will include six to eight wines and light food pairings. RSVP and pay for your spot at  https://commerce.cashnet.com/ucorp?Cname=WINE.

The tastings are a great opportunity to meet fellow faculty, staff and administrators in a relaxed environment. For answers to questions or more information, email Wine Club Chancellor Eric Lamm at ericlamm@sfsu.edu.

Alumni & Family Day, Saturday, Nov. 7

The Alumni Association is excited to invite 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 fun activities for kids, food and live music. 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.

One-on-one with Provost Sue Rosser

Interested faculty are invited to make a 10- to 15-minute appointment with Provost Sue V. Rosser to talk about such topics as their interests, research, community service and creative projects. An office hour will be scheduled each week to accommodate several individual faculty appointments. Contact Marvis Walker in the Provost's Office at marvis@sfsu.edu or by calling ext. 8-1141 to schedule an appointment.

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Following are the action items from the Oct. 6 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a report from the chair about the recent school shooting in Oregon
  • Heard a recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Assigned Time for Extraordinary Service to Students Policy: motion failed, item will return in a later session
  • Nominations for Senate appointments update:
    • Enrollment Management one position (2015-16, department chair): Mohammad Salama was elected by acclamation
    • Board of Appeals and Review, 2015-17, faculty from BUS, GCE, ETHS or COSE position: no nominations received
    • Board of Appeals and Review, F2015 stand-in for committee member on leave: no nominations received
  • Heard invited speaker Interim Chief Information Officer Robert Moulton who reported on Wi-Fi situation on campus, followed by a question and answer session
  • Heard a recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution on California State University 2015-16 Presidential Searches: main motion passed unanimously
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Academic Policies Committee (APC): Michael Hammer spoke to APC's upcoming agenda, including revision of the University probation policy, Committee on Written English Proficiency (CWEP) and revisiting calendar issues.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee (CRAC): Erik Rosegard spoke to CRAC's upcoming agenda, which includes a graduate certificate that will come to Senate floor in two weeks.
    • Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC): Pino Trogu spoke to FAC's upcoming agenda, which includes the policy on temporary faculty evaluation, which will come to floor at next Senate meeting. In addition, FAC member Elizabeth Brown has joined steering committee on EWPAFs.
    • Student Affairs Committee (SAC): Kim Schwartz spoke to SAC's upcoming agenda, which includes a resolution on bullying, which will come to Senate floor in two weeks. A preferred names policy is also in the works.
    • Strategic Issues Committee (SIC): Mohammad Azadpur spoke to SIC's upcoming agenda, which includes progress on the workforce equity report and plans to conduct a survey.
    • Secretary replacement election: Julia Lewis was elected secretary, creating a vacancy for an At-Large Executive Committee member.
    • At-Large Executive Committee: Nancy Gerber was elected as At-Large Executive Committee member.

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

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PLAY: Process, Activism, Subversion, Fine Arts Gallery: through Oct. 15, 2015

Enduring Power: The Middle Eastern and Iranian Woman's Story, ASI Art Gallery: through Oct. 15, 2015


Saturday, Oct. 10

Theatre: "Stop Kiss": 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Sunday, Oct. 11

Theatre: "Stop Kiss": 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Monday, Oct. 12

Recital: Victoria Neve, piano: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Reading/Lecture: Writers on Writing: Ronaldo V. Wilson: 7 p.m. in HUM 121

Wednesday, Oct. 14

Open Forum: Pouring Rights Proposal from Coca-Cola: 11 a.m. in LIB 244

Framing Gender and Sexual Justice in Arab and Muslim Communities: Queer Visions for Palestine: 7 p.m. in LIB 121

Thursday, Oct. 15

Women and Gender Studies Lecture Series: Voluntary Sterilization in Brazil: Aesthetics, Racialization and the Politics of Reproduction: 12:30 p.m. in HUM 121

Open Forum: Pouring Rights Proposal from PepsiCo: 1 p.m. in LIB 244

Will Rogan artist talk: 5:30 p.m. in FA 193

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7 p.m. Knuth Hall, Creative Arts

Theatre: "Stop Kiss": 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

Friday, Oct. 16

SF State public planetarium show: noon in TH 422

Men's Soccer vs. Cal State L.A.: 12:30 p.m. in Cox Stadium

IR Colloquium on Syria, Iraq, ISIS and Engaged International Powers: 2 p.m. in HSS 362

Women's Volleyball vs. Humboldt State: 7 p.m. in the Main Gymnasium

Theatre: "Stop Kiss": 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Latina/Latino Studies

Professor of Latina/Latino Studies Alejandro Murguia was recognized for his contributions to the Latina/Latino community in an Oct. 3 ABC 7 News segment on Hispanic Heritage Month. Murguia is a poet, community leader and the sixth San Francisco Poet Laureate -- the first Latino to ever hold the post.


Assistant Professor of Psychology Melissa Hagan was the lead author of "Traumatic Life Events and Psychopathology in a High Risk, Ethnically Diverse Sample of Young Children: A Person-Centered Approach," published online Sept. 10 in the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. The study outlined the need to differentiate between different patterns of traumatic life events that low-income, ethnic minority children may be exposed to and highlighted the potential for person-centered statistical approaches to inform screening procedures and interventions.

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Positive origins

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Wei Ming Dariotis was interviewed about the origin of the word "hapa" for the Sept. 15 The World in Words podcast on PRI.org. "When Europeans first started to colonize Hawaii and intermarry with the people in Hawaii, who were particularly of the Ali'i class, the folks who had more access to the land and their children were born, those children were called 'hapa-haole,' referring to their partial European heritage, or 'haole' heritage," Dariotis said. "The term 'hapa-haole' had a much more positive connotation in its origins than most of the other terms that have referred to mixed heritage people around the world. It's not like 'mulatto,' it's not saying you're a mongrel or a mutt. It just says 'part this other thing,' with an assumption in that context that the other side was native Hawaiian."

Creating a sense of place

University Corporation (UCorp) Executive Director Jason Porth discussed UCorp in an interview for the Oct. 1 J Weekly "Talking With" column. "UCorp is a not-for-profit corporation, and we do things for the campus that are easier for us to do than for the University to do. We run all the commercial services and eateries, the bank, the convenience store, the coffee shop and food trucks -- all those activities that create a sense of place for the University community. We also oversee the bookstore and partner on real estate development efforts, and we partner with faculty and staff to support initiatives they work on," Porth explained. "We're taking 27 units of currently low-density housing near campus and transforming them into retail space and other service amenities on the ground floor, and it will have additional housing for our students. And one really exciting effort we're working on right now is finding a way to get every single SFSU student a transit pass so they can ride BART and Muni at a greatly reduced rate."

Wine not?

Emeritus Professor Rick Castaldi commented for an Oct. 3 Fortune magazine article that asked, "Why aren't you drinking Spanish wine?" "The real question," Castaldi said, "is why has Spain failed in branding their wines in global markets despite having an excellent product?"

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

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Longtime staff member Jim Lilliston died peacefully in his sleep Aug. 6, four days after his 61st birthday.

A course scheduler in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, Lilliston was a 28-year SF State employee and a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He was an invaluable member of the dean's staff who worked with diligence and kindness every day. Lilliston was born in Virginia.

Lilliston, an Alameda resident, loved the waterways and spent 10 years crafting a sailboat by hand. He completed his Meadow Bird 16 Little Fiddle earlier this year and took it out from the Alameda Marina several times.

The College of Liberal & Creative Arts will hold a memorial celebration for Lilliston at 5 p.m. Oct. 16 in Knuth Hall. A reception will follow in CA 153. The College is also preparing an endowed staff award in Lilliston’s memory, which will provide $1,000 a year to a staff member for innovative work.

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