September 25, 2017


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Jason Porth named vice president of University Enterprises

SF State has named Jason Porth vice president for University Enterprises, a newly formed division focused on creating the spaces and opportunities that support the University's mission. The division includes capital planning, design and construction services; real estate development and property management; and University Corporation, a not-for-profit public benefit corporation, which oversees commercial operations, administers certain educational grants and contracts for the University, and oversees the fiscal administration for numerous University programs.

"In today's higher education landscape, unique delivery strategies will be required to support a robust capital planning program," said President Les Wong. "Jason has been a vital member of the strategic leadership team since he arrived on campus. He possesses a comprehensive knowledge of the University and the entrepreneurial acumen needed to work creatively and collaboratively to support the community's needs as well as the University's academic mission and strategic goals."

Porth began working at SF State in 2006 as the associate director for community relations in the Office of Government Relations. In that role, he served as the University's liaison with local elected officials and city government as well as with neighborhood groups and community-based organizations. He has held a number of leadership positions on campus starting in 2009, when he joined the Office of the President, serving on the President's Cabinet as deputy chief of staff and then as chief of operations. He began to serve as executive director of University Corporation in 2014 and continues to serve in that role.

"We have an extraordinary opportunity at SF State to provide our students, faculty and staff with the resources and great spaces they deserve for successful learning and teaching, for research and scholarship, and for personal growth and community building. It's a great joy to pursue this opportunity along with a committed and talented team, and I look forward to continuing this work in a new capacity," said Porth.

Prior to his service at SF State, Porth practiced law as a civil rights attorney, representing plaintiffs primarily in employment matters. He received a B.A. from Brandeis University and a J.D. from Northeastern University. He is a member of the State Bar of California.

Provost search forums, Oct. 3 and Oct. 9

The campus community is invited to two public forums devoted to SF State's search for a new provost. Hosted by the co-chairs of the provost search committee, Interim Vice President of Administration and Finance and CFO Ann Sherman and Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Keith Collins, the events will give students, faculty and staff members an update on the search's progress as well as the opportunity to offer input for candidates. The first forum will be held Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 2:15 to 2:45 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The second will be held Monday, Oct. 9, from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286).

Those who can't attend the public events can offer feedback via an online forum.

Search commences for vice president for A&F/CFO

The search for a permanent vice president for Administration & Finance (A&F) and CFO has begun. The position has been posted online and will also be advertised in national higher education publications. President Wong has charged the search committee. Members of the campus community are encouraged to provide feedback using the feedback feature on the VP for A&F and CFO search website.

The committee members are:

  • Weston Adams, student in the College of Business and SF State Foundation board member
  • Elizabeth Brown, director and professor for the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
  • Anoshua Chaudhuri, department chair and professor for the Department of Economics
  • Cyrus Ginwala, department chair and professor for the School of Music
  • Barbara Henderson, interim director and professor for the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership Program
  • Bruce Manning, professor for the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Dylan Mooney, information technology consultant for the College of Health and Social Sciences
  • Jason Porth (committee chair), vice president for University Enterprises and executive director for the University Corporation
  • Elena Stoian, executive director for Budget Administration and Operations
  • Cristal Wallin, senior personnel officer for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management
  • Grace Yoo, department chair and professor for the Department of Asian-American Studies

Student Academic Pathways Project to present findings

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning is hosting a lunch, poster session and discussion to share the findings of the Student Academic Pathways Project (SAPP). Through SAPP, nine faculty members from different colleges analyzed student transcripts to explore the ways SF State students progress (or don't) through their degrees. What roadblocks and challenges do our students face? What changes can we consider to improve student success? Join the SAPP team on Thursday, Sept. 28, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center, Rosa Parks Rooms A-C to find out more. The faculty will be discussing the effect of probation status on graduation, the positive effect of taking Ethnic Studies courses on graduation rates, the effect of changing majors and more.

Faculty Staff & Wellness Program change, survey

The Department of Kinesiology has taken over the Faculty & Staff Wellness Program, which supports employee health and wellness by offering a variety of fitness classes during lunch hours between noon and 2 p.m. Classes will be offered in the Gymnasium building for faculty and staff only. In addition to fitness classes, there will be lunch-and-learn lectures on topics of interest generated by faculty and staff members. The lectures will come from faculty within the College of Health and Social Sciences who are experts in numerous aspects of health, fitness and wellness.

Among the fitness classes offered are yoga, Pilates, aerobics, swimming (open and instructional) and strength/conditioning. A general membership costs $60. Aquatics and memberships for seniors 62 and older only costs $50. Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members will pay $20. More information is available online.

Interested in the program but unable to join? You're invited to complete a quick survey to let the Faculty & Wellness Program team know how it can better improve the program to benefit you.

New campus master plan to be available online

The University community will soon have an online forum for reviewing and commenting on the new campus master plan. The latest design concepts and details of the planning process to date will be made available on the Future State website after a series of campus events today, and feedback is encouraged.

A presentation on the plan will be offered twice today -- from noon to 1:30 p.m. and from 6 to 7 p.m. -- in LIB 121. There will also be interactive games and surveys related to the plan in the lobby of the Cesar Chavez Student Center from noon to 4 p.m.

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Honorary Degree Committee accepting nominations

The Honorary Degree Committee is accepting nominations for the 2017-18 academic year. Nominations should include the nominee's full name, contact information (if available), a one paragraph description of the person's accomplishments and why the submitter believes the nominee should be considered. Email nominations to Frederik H. Green by Oct. 20. The CSU guidelines for honorary degree nominations are available for review online.

Coffee hours with the interim provost, beginning Sept. 28

Faculty are invited to meet with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit. Do you have a question or idea to share? If so, join Interim Provost Summit for a cup of coffee and informal exchange in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286) on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Sept. 28, from 9 to 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 19, from 10 to 11 a.m.
  • Thursday, Nov. 30, from 9 to 10 a.m.

Please email if you will be attending.

Justice for Ayotzinapa talk, Sept. 28

A survivor of the 2014 disappearance of 43 Mexican young people studying to be teachers is scheduled to provide an update on the campaign seeking justice for the disappeared. Omar Garcia will offer information on how to support those efforts during a Latin American Studies-sponsored talk Thursday, Sept. 28, at 11 a.m. in room 473 of the Humanities building.

Three years ago, Garcia was a student at the Ayotzinapa Rural Teachers College in Iguala, Guerrero, in southern Mexico, when he and a group of classmates commandeered city buses to transport them to a commemoration of a massacre of protestors in 1968. Local police intercepted some of the students, provoking a confrontation. Those 43 students disappeared. Despite subsequent investigations and multiple arrests, the deaths and disappearances remain unexplained.

R statistics software presentation, Oct. 2

A lunch presentation entitled “Mixed Effects Models Instead of Repeated Measures and Nested Anova in R," which will describe how to utilize the R statistics software with various repeated measures as well as nested data, will be held Monday, Oct. 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in LIB 221. R is an open source software environment for statistical analysis and graphics. Come learn how R has been successfully used for teaching and research purposes. RSVP to

"The Future Blackwards: Afrifuturism and Black Visual Culture," Oct. 3

The Black Unity Center welcomes the campus community to attend the presentation "The Future Blackwards: Afrifuturism and Black Visual Culture" on Tuesday, Oct. 3, from 5 to 7 p.m. in EP 116. With the much-anticipated Marvel Studios superhero movie "Black Panther" set for a February 2018 release, there has been an increased interest in discussions of what has been called "Afrofuturism." With this lecture presentation, visual culture scholar and artist Duane Deterville will discuss the emergence of "Afrofuturism" as an idea and the various visual mediums where that notion has surfaced.

36th Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair, Oct. 4

Human Resources will host the 36th Annual Benefits and Wellness Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 4, from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby and second floor 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, vision and financial plans.

Distinguished Speaker Colloquium: Amanda Morrison, Oct. 4

CSU, East Bay Psychology Professor Amanda Morrison will speak in LIB 121 from noon to 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 4, as part of the Department of Psychology's Distinguished Speaker Colloquium. Morrison will discuss social anxiety disorder and present studies that examine the disorder. The event is open to all.

Visiting scholars to discuss "Prejudicial Content Filtering," Oct. 5

The Philosophy Department, in collaboration with the San Francisco Feminism and Philosophy Workshops, will host Western Washington University Professor of Philosophy Dennis Whitcomb and Yale Assistant Professor of Philosophy Robin Dembroff as they present their paper "Prejudicial Content Filtering" on Thursday, Oct. 5. The presentation, to be held from 4 to 6 p.m. in HUM 587, will explore why people reject messages that conflict with their preconceived notions and the negative impact this can have.

Open Educational Resources discussion, Oct. 5

Did you know you can get support, recognition and funding for adopting Open Educational Resources (OER) in your course? Come to Academic Technology's Open Educational Resources Discussion Series Part 1: Sharing Ideas, a discussion-based event, to learn from other faculty and brainstorm how you might reduce the cost of your course materials using OER. The discussion will be held Thursday, Oct. 5, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in LIB 286.

Lunch will be provided. Register online.

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Discontinuance proposal

Per Academic Senate Policy S12-177, the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) is required to inform the campus community of the following discontinuance proposal two weeks before Senate action. Any party interested in filing a response should send an email to Discontinuance has been proposed for:B.A. in Art:

  • Art Education Concentration

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website.

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College of Health and Social Sciences

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper co-authored the paper "Inhale to breathe away pelvic floor pain and enjoy intercourse," which appeared in the journal Biofeedback.

College of Liberal & Creative Arts

Department of Anthropology Lecturer Niccolo Caldararo has a new book, "Big Brains and the Human Superorganism." Released Sept. 15 by Lexington Press, a division of Rowan and Littlefield, the book examines the evolution of the human brain in the context of other animals and especially regarding the development of complex animal societies.

Department of Communication Studies Assistant Professor Christopher J. Koenig gave an invited oral presentation as part of the annual MetaECHO Research Symposium conference sponsored by University of New Mexico's telementoring program, Project ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes). Project ECHO is a collaborative model that empowers generalist providers to better care for people in their communities by providing mentorship and clinical support for complex chronic illness, particularly in rural and underserved areas. Koenig has been studying how providers use health information technology to "de-monopolize medical knowledge" through systematic observation and analysis of real-time conversations between generalists and specialists. His presentation highlighted the ways the model works to better inform the global ECHO community about implementation challenges and opportunities.

Student Affairs and Enrollment Management

SF State alumnus and Admissions Counselor Nicholas Curry is also co-owner and winemaker at Primrose Wines, LLC. His 2015 Primitivo vintage received a 94-point rating and earned the prestigious Double Gold Medal and Best in Class awards at the 37th Annual San Francisco International Wine Competition this year. The vintage will also appear in the October 2017 issue of The SOMM Journal, a magazine for sommeliers and other wine and dining professionals.

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Baack in Action

Professor of Management Sally Baack was interviewed live on KCBS NewsRadio on Sept. 19 to speak about the Equifax data breach and unfolding issues. She had appeared on KCBS several times before, twice in the previous month: She was interviewed live on KCBS NewsRadio on Aug. 16, discussing President Donald Trump's relationship with the business world after the dissolution of his business advisory councils, and again on Aug. 17 to speak about the Uber board battle.


ABC7 News turned to Professor of Management Mitchell Marks for insights on the health of retailer Toys"R"Us after the company filed for bankruptcy. "I think they'll stay afloat. It's a great name," Marks said. "I think they'll be a lot smaller. I think just like you're seeing with Macy's and other retailers they're going to downsize. But I think the betting money is they're going to be around this Christmas as well as next Christmas."

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

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