September 4, 2015


Changes at The Vista Room

Some exciting changes took place at the Vista Room over the summer. The College of Business and the Department of Hospitality and Tourism Management have simplified the reservation process for individuals, groups, private events and banquets, added payment options and completed the first renovation of the dining room in nearly 20 years.

Going forward, 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.

Faculty and staff wine club

The SF State Faculty and Staff Wine Club has announced that it will hold wine tastings on Oct. 22 and 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:

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

Nonprofit and Government Agency Fair, Sept. 9

The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement is excited to announce that the 2015 Nonprofit and Government Agency Fair will be held Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Main Quad.

At the fair, students can find meaningful service learning and internship placements for the fall semester, while faculty can meet potential community partners for their courses. Nearly 50 organizations are expected to participate, including:

  • San Francisco Department of Public Health
  • Human Services Agency of San Francisco
  • San Francisco Department of Human Resources
  • San Francisco Police Department
  • Golden Gate National Park
  • Tenants Together
  • Board of Supervisors District Seven
  • San Francisco Education Fund
  • San Francisco LGBT Community Center
  • Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts
  • Wild Equity Institute
  • 826 Valencia
  • Intersection for the Arts
  • Lava Mae

Know of a nonprofit that would like to attend the fair in the future? Have questions? Contact Julie Perez at

Academic Technology Faculty Open House, Sept. 10

All teaching faculty are invited to join the Academic Technology Teaching and Learning team for an interactive and informative wine and cheese discovery event to kick off the new semester. The open house will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 10, in the Faculty Digital Media Studio, LIB 240.

Come and learn how Academic Technology (AT) can help you expand your options for sharing content, engaging students and managing your course load.

  • Relax with wine and cheese, beverages and treats.
  • Meet and join forces with the AT team.
  • Exchange ideas with faculty colleagues.
  • Learn more about AT services.
  • Get hands on with popular iLearn tools.
  • Get a free professional head shot to dress up your course.

Bring a teaching colleague and be entered to win tickets to the Vista Room. For more information, visit, call (415) 405-5550 or email

New Health Promotion and Wellness unit

Health Promotion and Wellness is a new department within Student Affairs & Enrollment Management staffed by Rick Nizzardini, Aimíe Williams, Michael Ritter, Ingrid Ochoa, Vincent Lam, Christine Morley and Lauren Muckley. Together, the team will serve as a support system for all health education and health promotion activities on campus.

The department seeks to achieve health equity and enhance academic, personal and professional success for all members of the SF State community through a socio-ecological perspective with cultural humility. The department aims to positively shift culture and social norms around health and wellness while increasing students' self-efficacy to make informed health decisions.

The new department will also bring changes. Among them, Health and Wellness Workshop extra credit opportunities will be interactive this year to help students learn about their health and changing health behavior through interactive activities that address all learning styles. Students who participate in the learning opportunity will receive a lime green slip of paper as proof of attendance that includes the name of the activity, the date, the Health Promotion and Wellness name and the signature of the instructor or coordinator of the activity.

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.

Employee University open house and registration, Sept. 10

The campus community is invited to the Employee University Open House on Sept. 10 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in LIB 121. Participants will have an opportunity to learn more about Employee University. Refreshments and pastries will be served and a raffle will be held. 

Beginning Thursday, Sept. 10, staff and faculty can register for Employee University's fall/winter 2015-16 courses. For a list of courses, registration links and additional information, visit More questions? Email

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 mission of the Safe Zone program is to foster a safe campus environment through 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

iLearn Improvements for Fall 2015

The new academic year brings exciting new improvements to iLearn including:

  • More mobile-friendly look and feel
  • Simplified gradebook
  • CourseStream integration
  • Turnitin's PeerMark student peer review functionality

Learn more about these iLearn improvements.

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BART Transbay Tube to close Labor Day weekend

The Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system will suspend service between the East Bay and San Francisco Sept. 5-7 for track work in the Transbay Tube beginning at the end of service Friday. Service will resume Monday morning, Sept. 8. Limited lifeline service between 19th Street in Oakland and a temporary terminal in San Francisco will be offered for those who have no other options, and accommodations will be available for people with disabilities. Bus bridge service will take one to two hours longer than normal. For information and planning resources, visit the BART Transbay Tube closure page.

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

Sept. 10: Women and Gender Studies faculty (Professors Nan Alamilla Boyd, Deb Cohler, Martha Kenney, Jillian Sandell and Evren Savci) will hold a roundtable discussion about their groundbreaking research, sharing insights from their lives as academic and activist feminists and answering questions about the past and future directions of Women and Gender Studies at SF State and beyond.

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 on the topic of justice beyond the criminal justice system.

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.

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.

Alumni employee luncheon, Sept. 24

Alumni Relations at SF State 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.

IEW 2015: Save the date

The Office of International Programs will host International Education Week (IEW) this year from Nov. 16 to 20. The U.S. departments of State and Education sponsor the annual event to emphasize the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages. It also affirms the critical role that international education and exchange programs play in fostering peace throughout the world.

Learn more about International Education Week and ways to participate at Contact Jay Ward at ext. 8-1121 or with questions or to request a presentation about International Education Week at an upcoming department faculty/staff meeting. Additional information about IEW 2015 is also available by visiting the U.S. State Department's Bureau of Educational Cultural Affairs.

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 membership packages for varying levels of use of their facilities, which include a pool, strength and conditioning rooms and Group Fitness classes during the fall and spring semesters. 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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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. The agenda will include:

  • Sara Hackenberg: Rules and operations of the Senate
  • Announcement from Jay Ward regarding International Education Week (2:25 p.m.)
  • Proposed Resolution on the Revision of the 2015-16 Academic Calendar, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed 2016 Summer Calendar
  • Nominations for Committees
    • Board of Appeals and Review: 2 positions, 2015-17 (one stand-in for committee member on leave, fall 2015)
    • Baccalaureate Requirement Committee: 1 position, 2015-16
    • Enrollment Management:
      • 1 position, 2015-16 (department chair)
      • 1 position 2014-17
      • 1 position 2015-18
  • Academic Senate CSU report on Ethnic Studies Task Force Report

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

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Asian American Studies

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan Lee is the lead editor for a two-volume reference project, "Asian American Religious Cultures," which was published Aug. 30.

Design and Industry

Associate Professor of Design and Industry Joshua Singer presented his creative research projects "Ad Hoc Atlas" and "Typographic Typologies" and conducted a workshop at "Mapping Ephemeralities/Ephemeral Cartographies," a pre-conference event organized by two International Cartographic Association commissions (Art and Cartography, Maps and Society) and held in Rio de Janeiro Aug. 21-22.

Health Education

Professor of Health Education and Director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies Adam Burke's article "Lack of Knowledge Is One Reason People Don't Use Complementary Health Approaches" was published on the U.S. National Institutes of Health website.


Librarian Ned Fielden presented the paper "Early Modern Libraries' Impact on Scientific Learning" at the annual conference of the Pacific chapter of AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) held at SF State in June 2015.

Political Science

Political Science Lecturer Robert Ovetz convened a panel on the emerging division of academic labor and organizing strategies in the community colleges at the American Association of University Professors' 100th anniversary meeting on the State of Higher Education on Friday, June 12, in Washington, D.C. He is also a new member of the editorial board of the journal Working USA: The Journal of Labor and Society.

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Heavy metal fog

The National Science Foundation on Aug. 26 reported on FogNet, a research collaboration between UC Santa Cruz, SF State and others. Fog moisture is collected at seven sites, including one atop Thornton Hall, for chemical characterization and quantification of fog deposition volume. Elevated levels of monomethyl mercury have been found. FogNet will continue collection and analysis of samples through 2016.

A good fit

Assistant Professor of Apparel Design and Merchandising Kelly Reddy-Best commented for an Aug. 28 San Francisco Chronicle story about an Oakland-based custom suit business for lesbians and transgender men. "Saint Harridan has gone with a traditional, masculine-style suit that's boxy, full cut and has a built-up shoulder," Kelly Reddy-Best said. The garments feature "high-quality outer fabrics made of wool and then a rayon lining, which costs more than cheaper linings such as polyester or acetate."

Intrinsic motivation

A study authored by Assistant Professor of Psychology Kevin Eschleman that found employees who pursue creative activities outside work boost their performance on the job was cited in an Aug. 31 Content Standard article. "One of the main concerns is that you don't want to have someone feel like their organization is controlling them, especially when it comes to creative activities, because intrinsic motivation is part of that unique experience that comes with creative activity," Eschleman said.

Every student can make it

The Aug. 31 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education included a feature story about SF State's Metro Academies program, which helps underrepresented students successfully navigate the first two years of college, substantially increasing their chances of graduation. "It's not the fault of young people. It's the structures we put young people in," Co-Director of Metro Academies and Chair and Professor of Health Education Mary Beth Love said. Director of Student Services Rama Kased added, "We believe every student can make it."

Meaningless quotas

Professor of Jewish Studies Marc Dollinger commented on early 20th century U.S. immigration laws for an Aug. 31 Times of Israel article about the depiction of the marriage between a Jewish man and a non-Jewish woman on the television show "Downton Abbey." "Effectively, these two laws [passed in 1921 and 1924] all but barred immigration from southern and eastern Europe -- hence, most all Jews," Dollinger said. "England, on the other hand, kept a high quota number due to the large number of English-descended folks in the U.S. in 1890. Given that few English needed to immigrate in the 1920s -- compared to southern and eastern Europeans, the quotas were pretty meaningless."

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

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SF State received $5,142,637 in grants and contracts in August 2015.

Diane Allen, Physical Therapy, Mind the Gap: Implementation, PCORI (Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute), $49,958

Daniel Bernardi, The Poetry Center, Poetry Center Reading Series FY 2015-16, City & County of San Francisco, $25,020

John Elia, Student Resource Center, Student Outreach and Academic Retention (SOAR-SSS), U.S. Department of Education, $1,099,040

Charlotte Ferretti, Marian Wright Edelman Institute, Metro Haas ECE 7, Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, $370,000

Megumi Fuse, Biology, SF State M.S./Ph.D. Bridge to the Doctorate, National Institutes of Health, $1,269,880

Oscar Gardea, Educational Opportunity Program, TRIO Student Support Services (SSS), U.S. Department of Education, $1,231,330

Jason Gurdak, Earth and Climate Sciences, Water-Energy-Food Nexus in Coastal California, Research Institute for Humanity and Nature, $13,722

Colleen Hoff, Sociology, HIV Risk Among Trans Partners of Men Who Have Sex With Men (MSM), National Institutes of Health, $423,263

Ursula Simonis, Life Sciences - Ecology, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship (Rockney), National Science Foundation, $230,000

Kimberly Tanner, Biology, Investigating the Influence of Informal Understandings About Biology on Formal Learning of Biological Concepts, National Science Foundation via Northeastern University, $430,424

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