September 25, 2015

Support for Writing Across the Curriculum

Professor of Health Education Juliana van Olphen was appointed director of Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) in the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning. In this role, she will be working closely with the Academic Senate, academic programs and faculty, and the University Committee for Written English Proficiency (CWEP) to ensure the quality and consistency of the Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR). As assessment coordinator for Health Education, van Olphen has supported quality writing instruction in the discipline and has a strong commitment to faculty development and student learning assessment.

Lecturer Jennifer Swanson has been named associate director of WAC/WID. She is the assessment/placement coordinator at the Learning Assistance Center, where she has worked for 10 years. In this new role, she will support GWAR faculty by coordinating tutoring resources for GWAR students.

Reminder: September is EOP month

In 2003, both houses of the state legislature, with bipartisan support, passed Assembly Concurrent Resolution 124. The resolution praised the accomplishments of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) in the UC, CSU and community college system and declared September EOP month in California.

A new name for the Division of Undergraduate Studies

At the start of the fall 2015 semester, the Division of Undergraduate Studies was renamed the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP). In addition to changing its name, the division has expanded to include curriculum development, assessment, accreditation and the Bulletin, as well as the Metro College Success Program and the Institute of Community and Civic Engagement (ICCE). To keep the campus informed of new initiatives and ongoing projects, DUEAP is launching a newsletter, the DUEAP Digest, which will be published each semester. To receive future editions, please email Ted King at

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 (PDF). RSVP for the promotion and tenure celebration.

Register now for Employee University courses

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.

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 offered free of charge for SF State employees.

For more information, including a full list of courses, visit or email questions to

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 in LIB 121. 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

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.)


Beijing Normal University Youth Arts Troupe, Sept. 26

The Confucius Institute at SF State invites the campus community to a performance by the Beijing Normal University Youth Arts Troupe on Saturday, Sept. 26, from 3 to 5 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. The performance is part of the institute's 10th anniversary celebration of their achievements promoting the understanding of the Chinese language and culture on campus and in the Bay Area, with support from Hanban (the Chinese National Office for Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language) and colleagues across campus, and collaboration with partners and communities.

Free tickets are available from the Confucius Institute office in BH 325, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The supply of tickets is limited, so act fast.

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.

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

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 U.K.'s Music Scene," a talk 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.

R Markdown Files: Their Value in Research and Teaching, Oct. 5

Professor of Biology Edward F. Connor will present "R Markdown Files: Their Value in Research and Teaching" on Monday, Oct. 5 from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 286. The presentation will describe how to make and use the R markdown and Knitr packages within statistics program R to generate Microsoft Word or HTML files that combine text, syntax and results from data analysis. Such files are useful as reference documents for researchers and provide an effective means for students to prepare lab reports in which they demonstrate their mastery of quantitative analyses using R. Lunch will be served.

RSVP by email to or call ext. 5-3995 or drop in at any time during the presentation, early or late. Questions? Contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or, or contact Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997 or The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers (CORR) Research Cluster.

Dinner at Mourad restaurant, Oct. 6

Join Alumni Relations on Tuesday, Oct. 6, for 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.

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

CalPERS open enrollment ends Oct. 9

The open enrollment period for benefits ends Oct. 9, 2015. Visit the Human Resources open enrollment page for details, requirements and restrictions. Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan's Evidence of Coverage (EDC) publication before deciding to retain their existing plan or make a change. Download the CalPERS open enrollment brochure from the CalPERS website.

Benefit & Retirement Services staff are 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. 

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. 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 or Lin Ivory 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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Following are the action items from the Sept. 22 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Chair's report
  • Approved the Executive Committee's proposed revisions to the Assigned Time for Exceptional Levels of Service to Students in the first reading
  • Heard the information item that the Chancellor's Office approved the Environmental Science degree
  • Commended Shawn Whalen for his service to SF State
  • Approved the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee's proposed revisions to the Committee Charge in the first reading
  • Nominations to committees:
    • Board of Appeals and Review, two positions (2015-17 position and fall 2015 stand-in for member on leave)
      • No nominations received
    • Enrollment Management, three positions:
      • Wanda Lee was appointed by acclamation for the 2014-17 position
      • Anita Silvers was appointed by acclamation for the 2015-18 position
      • Mohammad Salama was nominated for the 2015-16 department chair position
  • Heard a report from the CSU Academic Senate representatives
  • Heard reports from standing committees:
    • Academic Policies Committee (APC)
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee (CRAC)
    • Faculty Affairs Committee (FAC)
    • Strategic Issues Committee (SIC)
    • Student Affairs Committee (SAC)

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

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The San Francisco Bay Living Shorelines project, with which several SF State researchers are involved, received an Outstanding Environmental Project Award at the Friends of the San Francisco Estuary's State of the Estuary Conference, held on Sept. 17 and 18 in Oakland. The project aims to restore natural habitat for fish and other Bay wildlife while at the same time assessing whether such projects can protect adjacent shorelines by reducing wave intensity. Professor of Biology Kathy Boyer serves as the lead scientist for the project, and Research Technician Jen Miller, Research Technician Stephanie Kiriakopolos, graduate student Cassie Pinnell, postdoctoral associate Julien Moderan and graduate student Kevin Stockmann are also involved in the research.


The article "A Discourse on Brazilian Popular Music and U.S. Jazz Education," coauthored by Professor of Music Hafez Modirzadeh with Brazilian musician Almir Cortes, was published in May in the Journal of the International Association for the Study of Popular Music.

Recreation, Parks, and Tourism

Professor of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Patrick Tierney presented readings and showed images from his new book, "Colorado's Yampa River: Wild and Free Flowing," during a presentation with the Steamboat Springs Symphony in Colorado on Sept. 12 and 13. The multimedia event drew more than 600 people. Also, Tierney and photographer John Fielder signed books at a release event in the Steamboat Springs Art Center.


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Political establishment united

A Sept. 16 Los Angeles Sentinel report about Attorney General Kamala Harris' bid to replace Barbara Boxer in the U.S. Senate after she retires included comments from Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith. "The political establishments are united around Kamala Harris, and therefore she doesn't have to do anything except not make any mistakes," Smith said. "I can't think of a Republican that can even contemplate giving her a serious race, no Democrat either."

Populism not pandering

Professor of History Charles Postel took part in a Sept. 16 WBUR On Point panel discussion about American populism as it relates to the 2016 U.S. presidential candidates. The term populist "was a nickname for the People's Party of the 1890s. ... It sought to use organization and government to create a more equal society, to overcome great gaps of wealth and poverty and create economic justice," Postel explained. "...instead of scapegoating immigrants or scapegoating African Americans [in response to an economic depression], one of the most striking features of the party of the 1890s was it said that the solution to the problem was governmental intervention in providing stimulus to the economy and providing jobs for those who needed work. And so this tradition that [William Jennings] Bryan was part of is I think exactly what we're seeing in the Elizabeth Warren, Bernie Sanders tradition -- [the People's Party] rhetoric was similar, their organization was similar."

Looking for LeBron

Professor of Management John Sullivan commented on why many companies use fast track hiring cycles for a Sept. 16 Wall Street Journal article. "In recruiting, LeBron [James] is gone after one day," Sullivan said, referencing the basketball star.

Adding beats not so simple

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice Studies Jeff Snipes commented for a Sept. 18 San Francisco Examiner article about San Francisco Sheriff Ross Mirkarimi's proposal that deputies patrol city streets. Adding Sheriff's patrols "would be at the expense of a smoothly operating police department," Snipes said. "You can't just add one agency on the streets with another.

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

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