September 5, 2017


Grand Ribbon Cutton for the opening of Mashouf Wellness Center

Wellness Center opens for business

A ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Mashouf Wellness Center was held Tuesday, Aug. 29. Alumnus and donor Manny Mashouf, South San Francisco Mayor Pradeep Gupta, Daly City Vice Mayor Juslyn Manalo and other special guests were on hand to celebrate the grand opening of the 118,700-square-foot facility. For information about faculty/staff memberships, contact Membership Coordinator Marcus Ramirez at

New associate dean for College of Extended Learning

SF State has hired Angela Lipschuetz for the position of associate dean at the College of Extended Learning (CEL). Lipschuetz has expertise in online education, program development, delivery and assessment and will help CEL grow new programmatic opportunities with campus and community partners. She will have offices at both the downtown and main campuses.

Lipschuetz has an M.S. and Ph.D. in counseling psychology from the University of Kansas. Her career has included several positions at the University of Phoenix in Tempe, Arizona, from mentoring new faculty to managing large teams of instructional designers, project managers and administrators. Most recently, Lipschuetz was the program dean at the School of Advanced Studies, supervising the assistant deans and leading accreditation and other policy initiatives in addition to overseeing the doctoral programs. Prior to that, she was assistant dean and then associate dean for the School of Advanced Studies, leading the development of doctoral degree programs in the fields of business, management, health care and education. She began work at CEL on Sept. 1.

More items allowed in the blue recycling bin

San Francisco has announced changes to its recycling program that will allow the University to recycle more items. For example, now you can recycle milk cartons, coffee cups, tetra paks, bundled plastic bags and textiles in the blue bins on campus. More information on how to sort your recyclables in San Francisco is available online. Contact the Office of Sustainability at if you would are looking for more information or would like to schedule a training or a tour of the Recology recycling facility.

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New version of SF State Mobile App available

Information Technology Services (ITS) is pleased to announce the latest release (version 2.6) of the SF State Mobile App. With student success and retention in mind, ITS has integrated the Campus Solutions Advising Center to enable Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) advisers, who use tablet devices for both in-office and remote advising, to more easily assist students.

The app also incorporates links to many campus resources so students can access information and services while on the go. In addition, this release provides easy access to the CalFresh supplemental food program application as well as the ability to sign up for the SF State Food Pantry, a partnership between Associated Students and the SF-Marin Food Bank that was piloted last spring. To help new students better navigate campus, ITS has added indoor maps showing accessible entrances, elevators, stairs and restrooms for the Student Services Building, the first two floors of the Administration Building and the J. Paul Leonard Library. More buildings will be added in future releases.

ITS could not do this alone: It counts on campus partners to help prioritize, review and test each mobile app release. ITS would like to thank members of the Mobile App Advisory Group: Gabriela Alvarenga, Jill Anthes, Brian Beatty, Avi Chandiramani, Doris Fendt, Heather Hall, Andrew Lok, Dilon Reynolds, Andrew Roderick, Elizabeth Smith and Sameer Verma. ITS would also like to thank those who helped review and test some of the new features, including Arlene Bugayong from EOP and Frank Fasano and Russell Kilday-Hicks from Facilities.

ITS encourages faculty and staff to help improve the app by downloading and providing feedback through the app's feedback option. The app is available for both Android and iPhone and is free to download from the App Store or Google Play by searching "SF State Mobile."

Vista Room opens again next week

The Vista Room will reopen to the campus community and to the public on Monday, Sept. 11. The restaurant, located in room 401 of Burk Hall, will offer three menus over the course of the semester, highlighting the best in local produce and products. The inaugural menu for fall 2017 includes appetizers such as tomato tart and a sample of summer vegetable salads. Entrees include fresh fish tacos (which will vary depending on what's freshest), chicken and chorizo paella, and wild rice-stuffed peppers. As always, there are vegetarian and vegan options. For dessert, mascarpone and fig tarte, chocolate mousse and a cheese plate are some of the options. New menus will roll out every four weeks. The prix fixe menu remains ($17 plus tax), as well as the a la carte options. The menu can be found on the Vista Room Facebook page or website.

The Vista Room will be seating guests Monday - Friday, 11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. while classes are in session. Check the Facebook page for availability or call (415) 405-4100. There is a current calendar on the website where large events are posted. Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made at phone or email.

It isn't too early to book holiday parties in the Vista Room. The restaurant is available for events during regular service hours as well as after hours into the evening. Check out the banquets page on the website and call or email to arrange your party. The last day of service for fall 2017 will be Friday, Dec. 8. Some party availability is available Dec. 10-15. Call for details.

Five buck meal deal at City Eats

In celebration of City Eats' dining hall renovation grand reveal, SF State faculty and staff members are invited to enjoy an all-you-care-to-eat meal, usually priced at $9, for just $5. This limited time offer will be available on Thursday, Sept. 7, and Friday, Sept. 8.

City Eats features buffet-style specialty stations with Latin and Italian favorites, vegan and vegetarian options and much more. It is located on the west side of campus adjacent to the Seven Hills Conference Center, directly across from Mary Ward Hall, and is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Zoom webinar, Sept. 8

Log in to Zoom this week to learn about SF State's online video conferencing platform. An upcoming webinar will cover what video conferencing is, how you and your students can access it and ideas on how you might use Zoom to engage students, bring in guest speakers, collaborate with colleagues and more. Learn about Zoom while gaining hands-on experience with the platform itself.

The webinar will be held Friday, Sept. 8, from noon to 1 p.m. To receive the sign-on link to access this webinar, register online.

Visit for more information about Zoom Web Conferencing.

University Budget Committee meeting, Sept. 12

The University Budget Committee (UBC) will meet Tuesday, Sept. 12, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the NEC Room of the Administration Building (ADM 560). The UBC is charged with providing the University president with advice and recommendations related to budget policy, planning and review. UBC meetings are open to the public. There will be a 10-minute open forum period for interested members of the campus community to speak on budget and funding.

Genealogy research presentation, Sept. 13

Want to learn how to navigate the Family Search database and other free online sources for your genealogy research? A presentation in the Sutro Library Reading Room on the fifth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library will lay out the basics. Genealogist Karina Robinson and Sutro Library Genealogy and Local History Librarian Dvorah Lewis will be on hand to offer their expertise. All genealogy research levels are welcome, and no previous experience using or the Family History Library is required. The presentation is scheduled for 11 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, Sept. 13. To RSVP, email or call (415) 469-6100.

Constitution Day Conference, Sept. 18-19

SF State has a proud tradition of sponsoring free Constitution and Citizenship Day conferences that provide multiple opportunities to reflect critically on the past, present and future of constitutional rights, freedoms, citizenship, democracy, equality and justice. This year's SF State Constitution and Citizenship Day conference sessions will be held Sept. 18-19. The keynote speakers will be Robin D. G. Kelley and Shirin Sinnar.

Kelley, the Gary B. Nash Professor of American History at the University of California, Los Angeles, will present "Crimes of Liberty: The Origins of the Constitution and the Unfinished Business of Abolition" on Monday, Sept. 18, in the Cesar Chavez Student Center's Jack Adams Hall. Sinnar, an associate professor of law and the John A. Wilson Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Stanford Law School, will present "What Good are Courts? Travel Bans, National Security, and the Mixed Promise of the Law" on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 4 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall.

Other conference sessions will address a range of topics, including transnational perspectives on U.S. history and the U.S. Constitution, universities as sites of politics and policing and Guantanamo and the Constitution after 9/11. A full conference schedule is available online.

ePortfolio Lunch & Learn, Sept. 21

Interested in using ePortfolios as a platform to support student success through assessment, reflection and bridging academic work to future goals? Come to the ePortfolio Lunch & Learn on Thursday, Sept. 21, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 286. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP online by Sept. 14. Questions? Contact

Become a Safe Zone ally

The SF State Safe Zone Ally program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for the campus LGBTQQIA (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex and ally) community. The Safe Zone Ally 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 LGBTQQIA community in a safe and supportive environment. To become a Safe Zone ally, volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that are offered throughout the year. The next training will be on Friday, Nov. 17, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library. A light lunch will be provided. Contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 8-7791 for further details about the training, and check out the Safe Zone Ally program online.

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The Academic Senate will meet today 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:


  • Sandee Noda, President, SF State Chapter, CSUEU and Russell Kilday-Hicks, Organizing Chair, SF State Chapter, CSUEU: Update on CSUEU Contract Negotiations

Agenda items:

  • Academic Senate Executive Committee and Plenary Appointments to University Committees

The complete agenda and support documents for the meeting are available online.

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

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College of Ethnic Studies

Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins edited the new anthology "African and Native American Contact in the U.S.: Anthropological and Historical Perspectives," which is being released by Cognella Academic Publishing. The book's contributors explore how anthropologists and historians have, over time, understood the dynamics between Africans and Native Americans. The book brings together four fields of anthropological knowledge and the historical record to illuminate the lived realities at the root of African and Native American contact.

Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism

Professor Patrick Tierney has been awarded a new $37,000 grant from the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District (MROSD). The grant will support implementation of an MROSD visitor use and stewardship survey.

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New World Disorder

Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri wrote an op-ed for Tehran Times about the absence of a hegemonic power on the world stage and how that could bring greater regional uncertainty. "The United States has lost its economic hegemonic status to China, yet still remains active in advancing its naval dominance and power across the globe," Monshipouri wrote. "Absent a global consensus on rules, norms, laws, and sovereign obligations, the dangers of regional wars and the spread of weapons of mass destruction and terrorism would necessitate the active participation of U.S. leadership, only this time in a totally new context and with massive costs and unpredictable consequences." The rest of the article can be read online.

Second Amendment, First Priority

Associate Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel recently participated in a roundtable discussion on the NRA, gun control and gun rights published on the website The Trace. McDaniel felt that "identity trumps 'evidence' in any political argument" and was doubtful that recent clashes between armed right-wing groups and opposing protestors would have either a positive or negative impact on gun owners' support for President Trump. "I would suggest that guns are really an issue for people who we would consider to already be hardcore Trump supporters," he said. "It's hard to imagine their views on gun control changing with more incidents like we have seen recently."

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

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