September 9, 2016


CalPERS open enrollment starts Sept. 12

Open enrollment for benefits will start Sept. 12 and end Oct. 7, 2016. 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); currently enrolled employees MUST submit new enrollment forms for HCRA/DCRA during open enrollment to continue deductions for 2017.

Important note: Blue Shield NetValue (HMO) will not be offered in 2017. Current enrollees will be automatically moved into the Blue Shield Access+ health plan if they do not make a change during open enrollment. Most providers currently participating in Blue Shield NetValue also participate in the Blue Shield Access+ health plan. This change in plans will affect the amount employees pay for their insurance.

New rate information and enrollment forms will be posted on the Human Resources website starting Sept. 12.

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. 12.

Beginning Sept. 12, Benefit and Retirement Services staff will be available for drop-in visits and appointments regarding open enrollment during the following hours:

  • Tuesdays: 9 – 11 a.m.
  • Wednesdays: 2 – 4 p.m.

Benefits Fair, Sept. 21

Human Resources will host the 35th annual Benefits Fair on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 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.

Be Part of International Education Week 2016

The Office of International Programs invites the campus community to submit proposals for the 17th annual celebration of International Education Week (IEW), to be held Nov. 14-18. Examples of needed activities include:

  • Organizing open classroom events, including lectures on international topics or topics that involve the world’s cultures, politics, geography, languages, art, music, film, etc. that can be audited by members of the campus community.
  • Hosting an internationally themed event, such as cultural demonstrations, music, dance lessons, fashion shows and lectures.
  • Offering extra credit to students for their active participation in IEW events or integrating participation into class projects.

The U.S. departments of State and Education sponsor IEW 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 IEW, how SF State celebrated IEW last year 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 2016 is also available by visiting the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational Cultural Affairs website. More information about IEW 2016 will be available soon.

CSU Institute of Palliative Care seeks campus faculty director, announces upcoming conference (Sept. 30-Oct. 1)

The Institute of Palliative Care (IPC) is a California State University-wide institute initiated at Cal State San Marcos in 2012. There are currently six partner campuses, with more expected to join over the next few years. Palliative Care is defined as care focused on improving quality of life for individuals of all ages (and their families and caregivers) facing serious, life-threatening or chronic illness, whatever the diagnosis or prognosis. The goal of the institute is to promote access to and awareness of palliative care by educating current health care professionals, future health care professionals (e.g., our students) and the community.

Faculty Director

SF State was among the first campuses to join the effort and President Wong reaffirmed the University’s backing by signing a letter of interest supporting SF State’s involvement. The campus is now seeking a faculty director to expand the University’s presence in this institute.

The faculty director will work closely with the IPC’s associate director to help achieve the institute’s objectives for the campus, including engaging faculty through integrated palliative care content across the curriculum, supporting the education of community members and health professionals, and participating in institute research and educational opportunities. It is anticipated that the faculty director will be released from up to two courses per semester to engage in these activities. Learn more about the position on the IPC webpage and/or contact Professor of Gerontology Brian de Vries at

National Symposium on Academic Palliative Care Education and Research

Readers are also asked to consider attending the upcoming first National Symposium on Academic Palliative Care Education and Research to be held Sept. 30 – Oct. 1 at Cal State San Marcos. The symposium features internationally known speakers such as Dr. Christine Ritchie and Dr. Angelo Volandes (author of “The Conversation: A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care”).

Constitution Day Conference, Sept. 15-16

SF State has a proud tradition of sponsoring Constitution and Citizenship Day conferences that have featured the participation of a large number of students, faculty and community members. The conference provides multiple opportunities to reflect critically on the past, present and future of constitutional rights, freedoms, citizenship, democracy, equality and justice. The 2016 keynote speakers will be Boyd Cothran (York University, Toronto) and Ana Raquel Minian (Stanford University).

Boyd Cothran, who will present “Murder of Malice Aforethought: African and Native American Rights on Trial after the Civil War,” is an associate professor of history at York University in Toronto and author of “Remembering the Modoc War: Redemptive Violence and the Making of American Innocence” (University of North Carolina Press, 2014).

Ana Raquel Minian, who will present “Fighting for Undocumented Migrants’ Rights,” is an assistant professor in the Department of History and the Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity at Stanford University and author of “Indiscriminate and Shameless Sex: The Strategic Use of Sexuality by the United Farm Workers.”

For more information about the conference, which is sponsored by the College of Liberal and Creative Arts, visit or email conference coordinator Marc Stein, Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History, at

Faculty members should send an email to request reserved seats for students. For specific disability accommodations at the conference, please send an email to Cathy Kudlick as soon as possible.

Become a Safe Zone ally

The SF State Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for the campus LGBTQQIA community. Read more about volunteering for the Safe Zone.

Free Chinese language and culture classes start Sept. 12

The Confucius Institute at SF State will waive the fee for faculty and staff to take classes in the Mandarin language and Chinese culture during the fall 2016 semester. Read more about the free Chinese classes.

SF State is #1 in the nation for Gilman Awardees

SF State ranks first nationally in the number of awardees for Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarships to study abroad. Read more about the Gilman Awardees.

Magazines, journals full text online; fewer print subscriptions

The Library is transitioning current subscriptions to provide full-text electronic access from anywhere anytime, so the number of print subscriptions has declined significantly. Read more about the shift away from print subscriptions.

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Representative Speier to host Peace Corps opportunities event Sept. 16

Congresswoman Jackie Speier invites the campus community to a discussion about volunteer opportunities with the Peace Corps. The discussion, “Engaging in National Service: Peace Corps Opportunities,” will be held Friday, Sept. 16, from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the San Mateo City Council Chambers (330 West 20th Ave., San Mateo). Whether you are a baby boomer or a recent graduate, the Peace Corps has programs that can utilize your skills and your desire to do good. Peace Corps Director Carrie Hessler-Radelet and a volunteer who just returned from an assignment will address the group. The discussion will be followed by a reception that will offer a chance to talk to volunteers one on one. Space is limited, so sign up early.

“Artivism and Climate Justice” event, Sept. 21

The campus community is invited to attend the “Artivism and Climate Justice” event on Wednesday, Sept. 21, from 7 to 9 p.m. in LIB 121. “Artivism” is the nexus of art and activism to bring about change. Speakers will include Ashel (Ashley) Eldridge and David Solnit. Read more about “Artivism and Climate Justice.”

Symposium in honor of the anniversary of “The Watermelon Woman,” Sept. 23-24

The campus community is invited to a “Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans* Cultural Production” Friday, Sept. 23, and Saturday, Sept. 24. The symposium will honor the 20th anniversary of Assistant Professor of Cinema Cheryl Dunye’s film “The Watermelon Woman,” the first feature film directed by and starring a black lesbian. Production of this film marked a watershed moment for black cinema, feminist cinema, lesbian cinema and new queer cinema.

The event will include one-and-a-half days of film screenings, panels, performances, readings and art. Please join us in honoring Dunye’s growing body of work as well as her cultural legacy. The event is free (except for an optional $25 VIP reception on Saturday night). The symposium will feature a keynote conversation with filmmaker Dee Rees, whose credits include “Pariah” (2011) and “Bessie” (2015), and a plenary panel with scholars Jennifer Devere Brody (professor of theatre and performance studies, Stanford), Kara Keeling (associate professor of critical studies and American studies in ethnicity, USC) and Yvonne Welbon (creative producer, Chicken & Egg Pictures). The Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality will host the event.

RSVP for the “Black/Feminist/Lesbian/Queer/Trans* Cultural Production.” Questions? Email

Writing Pedagogy Workshops, Sept. 26

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to the fall Writing Pedagogy Workshops. The workshop “Effective Design and Sequencing of Writing Assignments” will be held Monday, Sept. 26, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). RSVP by Sept. 19 to Read more about the pedagogy workshops.

Africana Studies presents “Mbongi Talk” series

Many African American family researchers are unclear about the nature of the ancient African family paradigm, though some assert that African families were matriarchal while others conclude that African families were patriarchal. Professor Emeritus of Ethnic Studies Oba T’Shaka will present his empirical research on north, west, east, central and south Africa as it relates to African American families in a “Mbongi Talk” presentation entitled “Twin-Lineal Families: The Historical and Cultural Paradigm for African and African American Families.” The presentation is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 5, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in room 116 of the Ethnic Studies/Psychology Building.

Save the date: Women’s Leadership Conference, Oct. 21

The SF State Women’s Leadership Conference will take place on Friday, Oct. 21, at the Seven Hills Conference Center. Staff, faculty and students are welcome to attend this free all-day conference, which will feature breakout sessions focusing on personal and career development. Stay tuned for more info on registration, conference agenda and session topics.

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Following are the action items from the Sept. 6 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Chair’s Report:
    • Thanks to all senators for agreeing to serve in AY 2016-17.
    • Welcome to new and returning senators.
    • Agenda for the upcoming year outlined.
  • Vice Chair Hackenberg provided an overview of Senate process and procedures.
  • Guest speaker: President Les Wong presented remarks on the search for the new provost, student success, the budgeting process, the new Group of 40, improving the president’s contact with the faculty, the success of fundraising and progress in capital projects.
  • Guest speaker: Interim Provost Jennifer Summit gave a presentation, highlighting student success as a priority in AY 2016-17. Slides from the presentation will be posted on the Senate iLearn site.
  • Information Item: Approval for the establishment of the Department of Race and Resistance Studies. There was no discussion.
  • Guest speaker: Vice President of Administration and Finance Ron Cortez gave a presentation on the budget and budget transparency. Slides from the presentation are posted on the Senate iLearn site.
  • A recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding proposed Standing Committee appointments was approved by acclamation.
  • A recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Strategic Issues Committee charge was presented by Senator Mooney in the first reading. The item was referred back to committee for further consideration.
  • Committee Nominations
    • Baccalaureate Review Committee: One position (2016-17):
      • Erik Rosegard, chair of the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism (HSS), was appointed by acclamation.
    • Athletic Advisory Board: Three positions (2016-17): The following were elected:
      • Maria Veri, associate professor of kinesiology.
      • George Barganier, associate professor of criminal justice.
      • Eran Kaplan, professor of Jewish studies.
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Academic Affairs Committee: Senator Nancy Gerber reported that the committee will work on:
      • A resolution or policy in support of standard time blocks for courses.
      • Revision to course repeat policy.
      • Revision to the withdraw policy.
      • Creation of new departments policy.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Senator Erik Rosegard reported the committee will work on:
      • A revision of the cross-listed courses policy.
      • The Executive Order 1071 draft regarding concentrations and new course proposals.
    • Faculty Affairs Committee: Senator Christina Sabee reported the committee will work on:
      • A conflict of interest policy for retention, tenure and promotion (RTP).
      • Revisions to the temporary faculty policy regarding grievance procedures, tenure density, fairness of employment and graduate teaching associates’ (GTA) tuition remission.
    • Strategic Issues Committee: Senator Dylan Mooney reported for committee:
      • The committee will work on its charge for membership and the budget.
      • Solicited questions/ideas from senators re: budget.
    • Student Affairs Committee: Senator Kim Schwartz reported:
      • The committee will work on support to Career Services, Project Rebound, the Dream Center, minimum wage, programs for neuro-diverse students.
      • Consider changing the charge of the committee to address the lack of student involvement.
      • Representatives from Associated Students Inc. (ASI) and the Dream Center were invited.

New senator orientation immediately followed the plenary meeting.

Discontinuance proposals

Per Academic Senate Policy S12-177, the Educational Policies Committee (EPC) is required to inform the campus community of the following discontinuance proposals two weeks before Senate action. Any party interested in filing a response should send an email to The discontinuance proposals are:

  • B.A. in Art: Art Education Concentration
  • M.A. in Art History

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

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SF State Designs: Alumni Exhibition: Sept. 15-Oct. 11 in FA 115

“When I Remember I See Red: California Native American Contemporary Art”: Sept. 17-Oct. 13

“Worshiping the God of Dynamite”: through Dec. 1


Saturday, Sept. 10

Women in Film: Ingrid Bergman: 9 a.m. in Coppola Theatre, Creative Arts

Volleyball hosting CCAA/GNAC/PacWest Crossover Challenge: 10 a.m. in the Swamp at Don Nasser Plaza

Men’s soccer hosting the Gator Classic: 1 p.m. in Cox Stadium

Wednesday, Sept. 14

Men’s and women’s soccer hosting Cal State Monterey Bay: noon in Cox Stadium

Symposium: Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on Global Affairs: 3 p.m. in SCI 270

The Best of Polish Cinema: Krzysztof Zanussi’s “A Woman’s Decision”: 7:10 p.m. in Coppola Theatre, Creative Arts

Thursday, Sept. 15

Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution Day Conference at SF State: 9:30 a.m. in J. Paul Leonard Library and Jack Adams Hall (Cesar Chavez Student Center)

PARK(ing) Day at SF State: 10 a.m. on the Quad, Centennial Walkway, Tapia Drive and Holloway Ave.

"Lost Between Boundaries: The Assimilation of Hybridity": 5 p.m. in the ASI Art Gallery, Cesar Chavez Student Center

Poetry reading: Samantha Giles and Angela Hume: 7 p.m. in The Poetry Center, Humanities

Friday, Sept. 16

Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution Day Conference at SF State: 9:30 a.m. in J. Paul Leonard Library and Jack Adams Hall (Cesar Chavez Student Center)

Men’s and women’s soccer hosting Chico State: 12:30 p.m. in Cox Stadium

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Speech and Communication Studies

Professor Emerita of Speech and Communication Studies Sally Miller Gearhart, the first open lesbian in the country to receive a tenure-track faculty position, was honored with the Harry Britt Lifetime Achievement Award at the Harvey Milk LGBT Democratic Club’s annual dinner.

Turkish Studies

Lecturer in Turkish Studies David Selim Sayers took part in a number of debates and gave some talks and interviews on subjects such as Turkish nationalism and cinema on Turkey at the 39th annual Douarnenez Film Festival held in Bretagne, France. Running Aug. 19-27, the festival was devoted to the “Peoples of Turkey.”

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Complexity reduces participation

Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel discussed his research on ranked-choice voting in an Aug. 20 Bangor Daily News editorial. “When considering ranked-choice voting, it is important to note that it fundamentally alters the act of voting from choosing a preferred candidate to ranking several preferences from a potentially long list of options. The act of ranking is much more cognitively demanding than merely choosing a preference,” McDaniel wrote. “For some, this may seem like a small change, but for others, it could make the already daunting task of being an informed voter even more challenging. Decades of research show us that when voting is made more complex, it tends to lead to lower participation and more unequal outcomes.”

Godfather of Gonzo remembered

Humanities Lecturer Peter Richardson, who authored “A Bomb in Every Issue,” a book about Ramparts magazine, wrote an Aug. 26 TruthDig essay on the passing of iconic San Francisco newsman Warren Hinckle and commented for reports in the Aug. 30 Washington Post and Aug. 25 Los Angeles Times. “Ramparts did stories that no one else would touch “and then they publicized those stories so that they couldn’t get ignored,” Richardson said. “What he really wanted to do with ‘Ramparts’ was to create a Time magazine for the radical left, with very high production values, good writing, good graphics and exciting topics.” Hinckle was widely regarded as the “godfather of gonzo journalism.”

More about the present

A Sept. 6 Times Free Press article about the 50th anniversary of the television show “Star Trek” included comments from Professor of Cinema Daniel Bernardi about the impact of the series. “They picked up and drew upon, through science-fiction tropes, all that was happening in their world at that time. That’s the beauty of science fiction. It’s more about the present than almost any other genre, despite having to do with aliens and the future,” Bernardi said. “I think it’s the most significant TV series in history. Will we still be talking about it in 25 years? Absolutely.”

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

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