September 11, 2015


Benefits Fair, Sept. 16

Human Resources will host the 34th Annual Benefits Fair on Wednesday, Sept.16, from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby of the Administration building. The fair provides faculty and staff an opportunity to explore the range of available employee benefits and speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life and vision plans.

Emergency Notification Systems test

The University Police Department and the Office of Emergency Services will conduct a test of the University's Emergency Notification System at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Faculty, staff and students are asked to update their contact information and add their personal mobile/SMS telephone number to the notification system if they have not already done so. For a step-by-step guide, download the faculty and staff instructions or student instructions.

Information updated by close of business on Monday, Sept. 14, will be used in the test on Wednesday, Sept. 16. Visit to learn more about SF State emergency preparedness activities.

Promotion and Tenure Celebration, Oct. 1

Academic Affairs invites the campus community to a celebration honoring faculty members who were granted tenure and/or received a promotion during the 2015/2016 academic year. The celebration will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1, in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Refreshments will be served. Download a full list of honorees. Please submit RSVP here.

Higher Education Technical Assistance Project, Sept. 23-25

The College of Ethnic Studies will host a three-day grant training conference Sept. 23-25 presented by the Office of Minority Health Resource Center with a focus on higher education and technical assistance grants. The hands-on and virtual workshops will cover: finding grant opportunities and creating effective responses; effective use of data to demonstrate need and propose strategies to potential funders, partners and colleagues; and building and strengthening partnerships with private and public entities. Several federal agencies and grant officers will also be present. For more information and to register for the conference, visit

CalPERS open enrollment starts Sept. 14

Open enrollment for benefits will start Sept. 14 and end Oct. 9, 2015. 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)

Note that currently enrolled employees MUST submit new enrollment forms for HCRA/DCRA during open enrollment to continue deductions for 2016.

New rate information and enrollment forms will be posted on the Human Resources website starting Sept. 14.

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 once available on Sept.14.

Benefit & Retirement Services staff will be available for drop-in visits and appointments regarding open enrollment during the following hours:

  • Mondays: 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 8-10 a.m.
  • Wednesdays: 8-10 a.m.
  • Thursdays: 2-4 p.m.

New Health Promotion and Wellness unit

Health Promotion and Wellness is a new department within Student Affairs & Enrollment Management staffed by Rick Nizzardini, Aimée Williams, Michael Ritter, Ingrid Ochoa, Vincent Lam, Christine Morley and Lauren Muckley. The team will serve as a support system for all health education and health promotion activities on campus working to achieve health equity and enhanced academic, personal and professional success for all members of the campus community.

The new department will focus on increasing interactivity through Health and Wellness Workshops, providing extra credit opportunities to help students learn about their health and ways to change health behavior through activities that address all learning styles.

Fall events include:

  • Therapy Dogs and Tea Time Out from noon to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, 9/15 (garden above Student Health Services), 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17 and 12/1 (locations to be announced)
  • Film screening of "Private Violence" for California's Constitution Day, Sept. 17, from 2 to 3:45 p.m. in McKenna Theatre
  • Native American Day on Friday, Sept. 25
  • Women's Health and Fitness Day, Sept. 30, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Malcolm X Plaza

Dates, times and topics of additional monthly workshops to be held in the Student Health Center will be announced as available. Visit for a full list of workshops or the University Calendar for upcoming events.

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Women and Gender Studies Lecture Series, Thursdays

The campus community is invited to attend the Women and Gender Studies Lecture Series on Thursdays from 12:30-1:50 p.m. in HUM 121. For disability and other accommodations, email

On Sept. 24, Women and Gender Studies will present "In Plain Sight: Love and Activism" by Geraldine Ah-Sue, creator and producer of the "In Plain Sight" podcast, about everyday activism by Asian and Asian American women. Join the discussion about the role of love and transformative justice in community healing and accountability that extends beyond the criminal justice system.

Asian Americans remember "Comfort Women," Sept. 18

The Asian American Studies department will host a panel discussion and remembrance of  "comfort women" -- women forced into sexual slavery during World War II -- from noon to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 18, in LIB 121. Yongsoo Lee will be the featured panelist and guest. In 2007, Lee was one of three survivors to testify before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs' Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment. That testimony led to the passage of House Resolution 121, which called on the government of Japan to formally acknowledge, apologize and accept historical responsibility for the acts

Vista Room to open Monday, Sept. 21

The Vista Room will reopen on Monday, Sept. 21after the venue's first renovation in nearly 20 years. Changes made by the College of Business and the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management include a simplified reservation process for individuals, groups, private events and banquets, open seating for walk-ins and expanded payment options. There are now four ways everyone can dine in the restaurant:

  • Make a reservation online at
  • Walk in without a reservation for open seating.
  • Call (415) 405-4100 to make reservations for individuals or parties of eight or more.
  • Book private dining and arrange for catering or banquets by sending an email to or by calling (415) 405-4100.

Guests may now pay with a credit or debit card at the table after the meal, and departments may charge meals to a house account and receive an invoice from the Vista Room at the end of the month. Departments that wish to open a house account should complete the inquiry form at Inquiries will receive a response within one academic day.

Visit the Vista Room's Facebook page to like or follow them and also view a calendar of events, the new menu and answers to frequently asked questions about the changes. In addition to the $17 prix fixe three-course meal, guests may now order dishes a la carte from the menu.

Alumni employee luncheon, Sept. 24

Alumni Relations invites all employees who are also SF State alumni to meet and mingle with colleagues at the 2015 Alumni Employee Luncheon. This annual event will take place Thursday, Sept. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the fifth floor patio of the Administration Building. Please RSVP by Friday, Sept. 18.

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 or by calling ext. 8-1141 to schedule an appointment.

Join the UWA

The University Women's Association (UWA) annually provides scholarships for SF State students and sponsors events throughout the year for faculty, staff and administrators. Recent activities have included a gourmet walk in San Francisco, a Tiburon sunset cruise and participation in the campus Fun Run. There is an annual holiday luncheon at a downtown hotel and a spring luncheon on campus where the scholarship recipients are introduced. Cruises are offered nearly every year to generate funding for scholarships, including the cruise of Tahiti and the South Pacific in January 2016.

To join the UWA or learn more about the organization and its activities, contact Jeanne Mangerich, co-president, at, or Connie Tallerico, membership coordinator, at All faculty and staff are eligible for membership and others can join as friends.

Campus Recreation faculty and staff memberships

Campus Recreation welcomes back faculty and staff with a variety of membership packages during the fall and spring semesters. The facilities include a pool, strength and conditioning rooms and Group Fitness classes. Campus Recreation is located in the Student Services Building (SSB 206). Visit for more information or to sign up.

Deals on a stick

Hot Dog on a Stick in Stonestown Galleria has Gator spirit and is offering discounts for the campus community. "Twofer Tuesday" is a buy one, get one free deal on all stick items all day. "Lemonade Last Call" gets participants lemonade at half-price Monday through Friday from 8 to 9 p.m. Every day, faculty, staff and students will receive a 15 percent discount on their meal orders with a valid SF State ID. Party packs are also available and may be ordered via Hot Dog on a Stick's website.

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Following are the action items from the Sept. 8 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Sara Hackenberg explained the rules and operations of the Senate
  • Jay Ward announced International Education Week will be held Nov. 17-24
  • Approved a proposed resolution on the revision of the 2015-16 Academic Calendar in the second reading
  • Approved a recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed 2016 Summer Calendar
  • Received nominations for Committees: 
  • Board of Appeals and Review: (2 positions, 2015-2017; one stand-in for committee member on leave, F2015)
  • Karen Johnson-Carroll was nominated and appointed by acclamation
  • Baccalaureate Requirement Committee: (1 position, 2015-2016)
  • Nancy Gerber was nominated and appointed by acclamation
  • Enrollment Management: (1 position, 2015-2016(department chair); 1 position 2014-2017; 1 position, 2015-2018)
  • No nominations were recieved
  • Heard reports from the chairs of Senate Standing Committees

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web calendar and on the Senate website at

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"The Plasmodium gaboni genome illuminates allelic dimorphism of immunologically important surface antigens in P. falciparum” by Assistant Professor of Biology Scott Roy was published online Aug. 27 in the journal Infection, Genetics and Evolution.

Communication Studies

Professor of Communication Studies Gust A. Yep and Communication Studies Lecturer Ryan M. Lescure co-authored the article "The practice of normativities in everyday life," which is part of "Queer Praxis: Questions for LGBTQ Worldmaking," an interdisciplinary collection, co-edited by Dustin Goltz and Jason Zingsheim. The article examines the symbolic and material violences of quotidian normativities in society.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper co-authored the article "Deer in headlights: The relationships between brain empty syndrome under stress and psychophysiological responses," which was published in The Journal of Kaohsiung Behavior Sciences.


Associate Professor of History Dawn Bohulano Mabalon worked with the Delano Filipino American National Historical Society to organize a Labor Day weekend commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the 1965 grape strike in Delano, California. Mabalon also presented research from the Wayne State University archives as well as oral histories she conducted on the subject. The strike brought together Filipino and Mexican migrant workers and led to formation of the United Farm Workers union.


Professor of Philosophy Anita Silvers presented the paper "Rights Are Still Right: Disability Rights and Civil Rights" at the American Political Science Association annual meeting on Sept. 3 in San Francisco.

Political Science

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel presented "Municipal Reform and Racially Polarized Voting: Assessing the Impact of Ranked-Choice Voting on Racial Group Vote Choice in Urban Mayoral Elections" at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Political Science Association, held Sept. 3-6 in San Francisco.

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Coastal jewel a success story

Karina Nielsen, director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, participated in an Aug. 31 KQED Forum discussion of the ecological recovery of California's Monterey Bay. "Monterey Bay is one of the many jewels that we have along the California coastline and around the world. And its success stories should be replicated -- it should be replicated to the north, to the south," Nielsen said. "There was a lot of investment in education and in study of the ocean and in communicating about Monterey Bay, and I think that's part of the success story. ... [Major marine laboratories are] all contributing to looking, listening, learning, teaching, training and building the next generation of scientists so that we can continue to have these wonderful successes."

Waves of success

On Sept. 1, Surfer Magazine published an interview with Assistant Professor of Journalism Sachi Cunningham about her surf photography. "My male friends have supported and taught me things just as much as my female friends have. But I think getting jobs is more difficult as a woman," Cunningham said. "In terms of equality, there is only one XXL award for women, and there are a handful for the guys. They used to call it the 'Girl's Performance Award' and call the other the 'Men's Performance Award.' I was invited to be on the voting committee one year so I said, 'What's up with calling it the Girl's Performance Award?' ... I think now it's called the 'Women’s Performance Award.'" Cunningham's advice to aspiring female surf photographers: "Just do it -- persevere and be persistent. ... It's the one thing that I've always known that I loved the most. If you feel that joy for something that you can share with the world, you just have to trust your gut and just go for it."

The ultimate taboo?

Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell commented on people's hesitation to discuss money for a Sept. 1 Forex Report Daily article. "People are more willing to discuss their sex lives than their finances," Howell observed.

Invisible forces and faces

Associate Professor of History Dawn Bohulano Mabalon commented for a Sept. 8 NBC News report about Larry Itliong, a lesser-known leader of the 1965 Delano grape strike and early farm labor organizer. "The tragedy is compounded by invisibility of Filipinos in general, from the foreign policy in the Philippines to general labor history in K-12 and college, and it's an absence in all these places," Mabalon said. "In 1965, people weren't thinking about farm workers' wages, pesticides, organic food or how workers were treated. ... The farmworkers movement was a social justice movement. The humblest people showed they can make change and have tremendous power."

Legacy on race

Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith commented for a Sept. 6 Yahoo! News article about President Barack Obama's impact on race in the U.S. "I now categorize Obama as anti-racist, not race-neutral," Smith said. "I don’t think he would want textbooks to list the first black president in the race-neutral category."

Vision to face resistance, funding questions

A Sept. 8 KQED report on San Francisco Supervisor Scott Weiner's proposal to expand the city's subway network included comments by Professor of Geography and Environment Jason Henderson and Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel. "The concern is funding. It must be ensured that the Muni bus system is not sacrificed," Henderson said. McDaniel added that "robust and continual subway construction will provoke resistance from many groups. ... [but the plan is a] vision that captures the desires of transit advocates and interested citizens for robust public investment in a world-class transit system that can potentially shape the future of the city." 

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

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