September 18, 2015


Notice for all employees regarding December
paycheck distribution

Due to the holiday closure in December, the Human Resources and Disbursement Offices will not distribute paychecks on Dec. 31 for the December pay period. Paper checks will be distributed to employees who do not have direct deposit when campus reopens on Monday, Jan. 4, 2016. Employees are encouraged to sign up for direct deposit: Complete the direct deposit form, which may be used for any bank, at

It takes 45 days for the State Controller's Office to process direct deposit requests, so the last day to sign up and ensure a December direct deposit is Oct. 19. 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.)

Employee University online registration now open

Human Resources is pleased to announce that staff and faculty may now register for Employee University (EU) fall/winter courses. EU registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, so employees are encouraged to sign up early for the courses they wish to take. Register online for Employee University.

Fall/winter courses include:

  • Active Shooter Response Training
  • Applied Leadership
  • Budget Basics for Public Universities
  • Disaster Service Worker Training
  • Engaging the Six Cultures of the University
  • Excel -- Managing Data on a Mac Computer
  • Facilitating Change
  • Introduction to Legal Analysis
  • Pronunciation and Communication
  • Simon Sinek's "Golden Circle" Workshop
  • Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers, Level I and Level III

EU is a professional and personal development program exclusively for SF State faculty and staff. Courses are developed and taught by SF State employees. EU courses are designed with small class sizes to enhance learning opportunities and provide maximum engagement. The classes are free for SF State employees.

For more information, visit or email questions to

Bookstore grand reopening celebration, Oct. 1

The entire campus community is invited to attend a celebration marking the official reopening of the SF State campus store after its summer-long comprehensive renovation. Please join Follett Corporation, the University Corporation, President Les Wong and ASI President Phoebe Dye for the festivities in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Student Center at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. The festivities will include food, music, prizes, brief remarks and a ribbon cutting.

UndocuAlly training: Building support for undocumented/AB 540 students at SF State

The campus community is invited to attend the UndocuAlly training on Thursday, Oct. 1, from 9 a.m. to noon. Participants in the interactive and engaging session will learn about the struggles faced by undocumented/AB 540 students in accessing higher education, as well as the resources available for current and prospective students.

Topics that will be covered in the UndocuAlly training include:

  • Recent legislation supporting "Dreamers"
  • Common challenges faced by "Dreamers"
  • Available resources for current and prospective students
  • Experiences of undocumented students at SF State

This event is sponsored by the SF State Undocumented/AB 540 Educational Equity Task Force and IDEAS (Improving Dreams Equity, Access and Success). For more information or to RSVP, email Nancy Jodaitis at

Second annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum, Oct. 8-9

The College of Business will host the second annual Women's Emerging Leadership Forum on Thursday, Oct. 8, and Friday, Oct. 9, at the Downtown Campus. Participants in the two-day conference will explore the world of negotiations, expand their network and enhance their leadership skills. Faculty and staff, as well as friends of SF State and CSU, will receive the 25 percent "early bird" discount when using the promotion code "FRIEND-OF-SFSTATE" when registering on Eventbrite. Visit the Women's Emerging Leadership Forum webpage to learn more and register.

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, 10/6, 10/20, 11/3, 11/17 and 12/1 locations to be announced
  • 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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CalPERS open enrollment has begun

Open enrollment for benefits began Sept. 14 and ends 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.

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.

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.

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.

Dine in the Vista Room beginning Monday, Sept. 21

The newly remodeled Vista Room will reopen Monday, Sept. 21. Seating is available from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. and the dining room closes at 2 p.m. Diners 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 an inquiry form, which will receive a response within one academic day. In addition to the three-course prix fixe meal for $17, guests may now order dishes a la carte from the menu.

Call (415) 405-4100 to make reservations for individuals or parties of eight or more. Some open seating is available for walk-in guests. To arrange for private dining, catering or banquets, email or call (415) 405-4100. Due to technical glitches, the online reservation system is not currently available.

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.

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

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. RSVP by the end of the day on Friday, Sept. 18.

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.

WGS Lecture Series, Thursdays

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

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.

Oct. 1: "Trafficking Women's Human Rights," a talk by Associate Professor of Women and Gender Studies Julietta Hua, will examine the history and current plight of human beings bought and sold into lives of abject servitude or sexual slavery and reveal the underlying political, social and cultural issues.

Oct. 8: "Bhangra and Asian Underground: Race, Class and Gender in the UK's Music Scene,"  by Associate Professor of Race and Resistance Studies Falu Bakrania, will explore the very different music scenes of bhangra and Asian Underground, which both claim to represent British South Asian identities.

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.

Dinner at Mourad restaurant, Oct. 6

On Tuesday, Oct. 6, Alumni Relations will host a special evening at Mourad restaurant, which is owned by SF State alum Mourad Lahlou ('93), who won the Iron Chef America contest in 2010 and is a Michelin star chef.

Lahlou has received rave reviews since opening the restaurant, which was recently named one of the city's hottest by the San Francisco Eater website and one of the best places to eat by San Francisco Magazine.

Chef Mourad is famous for his modern twist on traditional Moroccan cuisine made with local ingredients. The dinner with wine pairing will take place in the restaurant's private dining room. View the evening's special menu at

Sign up for the event at Questions? Email Ken Meshiro at

Become a Safe Zone ally

The SF State Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for our campus LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning) community. The Safe Zone program's mission is to foster a safe campus environment by building a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone allies are active and visible volunteers who are open to talking to members of the LGBTQ community in a safe and supportive environment.

To become a Safe Zone ally, interested volunteers must attend one of the training sessions offered throughout the year. The next training will be on Friday, Nov. 6, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library. A light lunch is provided. Email Rick Nizzardini at for further details about the training. Be sure to also check out the Safe Zone program online at

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.

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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
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Assigned Time for Exceptional Levels of Service to Students, first reading
  • Resolution commending Shawn Whalen for his service to the University
  • Nominations to committees:
    • Board of Appeals and Review, two positions:
      • One position, 2015-17
      • One stand-in for committee member on leave, fall 2015
    • Enrollment Management, three positions:
      • One position, 2015-16 (department chair)
      • One position 2014-17
      • One position, 2015-18
  • Report from CSU Academic Senate representatives
  • Standing Committee reports

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

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The exhibit "Italian American Cinema: From Capra to the Coppolas," written and co-curated by Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride, opened Sept. 18 at the Museo Italo Americano at Fort Mason in San Francisco. The exhibit will run through March 6, 2016. It will then open at Arte Italia in Reno, Nevada, from March 17 through Sept. 18, 2016. Editing of the Coppola Family slideshow and a video about Italian American cinema was done by film graduates Silvia Turchin (lead) and Katherine Colridge-Rodriguez (assistant). Mary Serventi Steiner of the Museo is McBride's co-curator.


"Assessing the Impact of Research Experiences on the Success of Underrepresented Community College Engineering Students," received the Best Paper Award from the American Society of Engineering Education's Minority in Engineering Division at the society's annual meeting, held in Seattle June 14-17. The paper was written by Professor and Director of the School of Engineering Wenshen Pong, Professor of Engineering Hamid Shahnasser, Associate Professor of Engineering Hamid Mahmoodi, Associate Professor of Engineering Cheng Chen, Assistant Professor of Engineering Xiaorong Zhang and Associate Professor of Engineering Kwok Siong Teh. The paper presented results of four years of implementation of the Creating Opportunities for Minorities in Engineering, Technology and Science (COMETS) internship program at Cañada College, which was developed through a collaboration with SF State. A central feature of the COMETS internship program has been the significant involvement of female and Hispanic students in collaborative research projects supervised by SF State Engineering faculty. The School of Engineering's commitment to minorities in engineering has helped enable the students' successful transfer to respected engineering programs such as Stanford University, UC Berkeley, UCLA and UC San Diego and has helped build solid foundations for professional careers.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper co-authored the article "Restoring immune function: Nontoxic cancer therapy utilizing dendritic cells," which was published in the August/September issue of the journal Townsend Letter, the Examiner of Alternative Medicine. Peper also co-authored the article "Vulvodynia treated successfully with breathing biofeedback and integrated stress reduction: A case report," published in the journal Biofeedback (volume 43, issue 2).


Assistant Professor of Music and Wind Ensemble Conductor Brad Hogarth was appointed music director and conductor of the Contra Costa Wind Symphony. He is the second music director and conductor of the 36-year-old organization.

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Nina S. Roberts was invited to write the introduction for a recent special issue of the Journal of Interpretation Research (Vol. 20, No. 1). Her essay was titled "Effectively connecting with communities across cultures: There's no app for that!"

Social Work, Economics and Asian American Studies

Associate Professor of Social Work Yeon-Shim Lee, Associate Professor of Economics Anoshua Chauduri and Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies Grace Yoo co-authored "Caring from afar: Asian H1B migrant workers and aging parents," which appeared in the Aug. 13 issue of the Journal of Cross Cultural Gerontology.

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Community media key

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel commented for a Sept. 8 San Francisco Chronicle article about the San Francisco supervisorial race between Julie Christensen and Aaron Peskin. "When you have got two white candidates running in a largely Asian community, the Chinese-language media effect is incredibly important," McDaniel said. "In historically ethnic enclaves, native language media has a huge effect in the way in which voters in those communities get their information. Not only the kind of information they get, but they tend to trust those media sources more than they would others."

Distinctive exhalation

Lecturer of Biology Jonathan Stern talked about a rare fin whale spotted recently in Puget Sound for a Sept. 9 KING 5 News report. "Fin whales have a very distinctive exhalation," Stern explained. "That's how we knew this wasn't a minke or humpback whale. Fins have a lingering blow that is very unique. This definitely appears to be a young fin whale, healthy but a bit thin, with lots of Pennella [parasitic copepods].”

They can see themselves

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales commented for a Sept. 12 discussion on L.A. radio station KPCC about a bill that would create a model ethnic studies curriculum for optional use statewide. "It is really about bringing the stories of marginalized people in the United States to the forefront of history. It's about communities of color and providing a culturally relevant and responsive curriculum," Tintiangco-Cubales said. "If they [school districts] really want to address what people have been calling 'achievement gaps' or 'opportunity gaps,' they can use ethnic studies as a means to develop a more engaged student body...because with ethnic studies, they [students] can see themselves."

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

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