March 20, 2017


University delegation travels to capital to make its case

SF State staff members, students and alumni met with lawmakers in Sacramento last week to discuss the CSU budget, the Student Success Initiative, infrastructure needs on campus and other issues. The bridge-building effort kicked off the evening of Monday, March 13, with a mixer at the Citizen Hotel that brought together local alumni and members of Assemblyman David Chiu's office. The next day, an SF State delegation spoke face-to-face with Assemblyman Chiu, Assemblyman Phil Ting and Assemblyman Marc Levine while also squeezing in meetings with staff members from the offices of State Senator Jerry Hill, State Senator Scott Wiener and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin. The focus of the meetings was the need for a fully funded CSU budget, which totals $324.8 million for the 2017/2018 academic year. The delegation broke down the funding request, placing special emphasis on the need to support the Student Success Initiative and address pressing maintenance backlog concerns on campus.

Representing SF State in Sacramento were:

  • Vice President of University Advancement Robert Nava
  • Interim Dean of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning Lori Beth Way
  • Executive Director of Government and Community Relations Dominique Cano-Stocco
  • Leona Bridges, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency director and San Francisco State University Foundation board member
  • John Gumas, president of Gumas Branding and Advertising and San Francisco State University Foundation board member
  • Celia LoBuono Gonzalez, VP of external affairs for Associated Students
  • Associate Director of Government and Community Relations Noriko Shinzato

Maintenance-related network, web outages March 22 and 23

The SF State data center network maintenance will cause service outages between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on Wednesday, March 22, and Thursday, March 23. All data center services will be shut down to swap out network equipment, resulting in disruptions to the following services:

  • IT services with a domain name ending in (examples:,,
  • IT services that use SF State ID/password to authenticate (examples:,, Office356 email for students)
  • Phone services at the Library and Downtown Campus
  • Campus network services

The following services will not be impacted:

  • Emergency and campus phones (not in the Library and Downtown Campus)
  • Off-campus services that do not use an address or SF State ID/password

For more information, including an extended list of impacted systems and details about the CNI project, please refer to

If you have any questions, concerns or comments, please contact the ITS Help Desk at or ext. 8-1420.

2017 Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grants

The Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant program supports original projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites applications from individuals and collaborative groups for projects that are directed toward obtaining tangible results such as a journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project or concert. Projects may include work across disciplinary boundaries, but are not required to do so.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, April 17, with no exceptions. An announcement of the funded proposals is expected in June, and the earliest anticipated start date for awards will be July 1. View the full Funding Opportunity Announcement and submission procedures.

Video spotlights affordable learning initiative

A new two-and-a-half minute video uses interviews with SF State faculty and staff members to explore the ways the Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) project has had a positive impact on students' academic experience. Produced by Academic Technologies, the video features faculty and staff from a variety of departments talking about innovative ways to make courses more affordable and equitable while boosting student engagement and confidence. See the video on the AIM website or YouTube.

The AIM project is focused on reducing the cost of course materials for students. Supported by funding from the CSU Chancellor's Office, SF State faculty are attempting to cut student expenses by identifying materials that are available for little to no cost.

Search for new associate dean underway

Academic Affairs is seeking applications and nominations for the new position of associate dean of Faculty Affairs and professional development. Reporting to the dean of Faculty Affairs, the associate dean will assist with the implementation of all policies related to faculty affairs and oversee all faculty professional development-related processes, promoting and advancing programs and initiatives to support faculty professional careers at SF State. Full professor rank at SF State and experience and leadership related to Academic or Faculty Affairs is required. The position description and application procedures are posted on the Faculty Affairs website at

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Retirement Association offers staff travel grants

The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages staff to apply for 2017 travel grant awards. The awards are for travel during this calendar year and will have a maximum value of $500. The association expects to fund up to five grants. Faculty travel grants will be awarded next year.

Professional development is the major grant criterion, with preference given to participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, attendance at an institute or other activities that can demonstrate value to students and others in the SF State community. Staff appointed half-time or more are eligible. Management Personnel Plan (MPP) personnel are not.

Download the application form at The application deadline is Friday, April 14.

Visiting professor to give free talk

Visiting author and professor of philosophy Owen Flanagan will present his talk “Truth and Sanity" on Thursday, March 30, from 4 to 6 p.m. in HUM 587. The entire campus community is invited.

Flanagan is the James B. Duke University Professor of Philosophy and co-director of the Center for Comparative Philosophy. He also holds appointments in psychology and neuroscience and is a faculty fellow in cognitive neuroscience. His work is in philosophy of mind and psychiatry, ethics, moral psychology and cross-cultural philosophy. His latest book is "The Geography of Morals: Varieties of Moral Possibility."

Guardian Scholars Program celebration, April 27

The Guardian Scholars Program invites the University community to a celebration in honor of its exceptional students -- current and former foster youth -- who are surpassing expectations and thriving at SF State. To be held Thursday, April 27, at the InterContinental Mark Hopkins, the event will feature a cocktail reception, dinner and a program emceed by Dennis O'Donnell, alumnus and sports director at KPIX 5. Tickets start at $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit

The Guardian Scholars Program serves more than 100 students annually thanks to the generosity of donors and sponsors. Guardian Scholars Program students have a 70 percent graduation rate, 20 percent higher than other first-generation college-bound and low-income students at SF State.

The Future Is Female festival coming to campus

The School of Theatre & Dance welcomes all to join in an act of art activism that spotlights creative works by women. The Future Is Female, a nationwide series of art events and celebrations, will come to SF State on Tuesday, March 28. Female faculty, alumni and current students have contributed short plays and dance pieces that celebrate the future of women. Men are welcome to share the experience of what women will do and be in the future. The performances, which will run from 7 to 9:30 p.m. in room 104 of the Creative Arts building, are free and open to the public.

Youth Sailing and Paddling Program returns

Registration has opened for the 2017 SF State Community Youth Sailing and Paddling Program. This year's program, which will run Mondays through Fridays June 12 through August 11, will offer a sailing, kayaking and stand-up paddle-boarding safety and activity curriculum as well as environmental education on beautiful Lake Merced. Available to youth between 8 and 15 years of age, the program provides certified instructors, a tested curriculum and all boats and related safety equipment. Participants will not only have fun and be trained on safe operation of small boats but they’ll gain self-confidence, practice teamwork and socialize with camp-mates.

The program is offered through the Department of Recreation, Parks, and Tourism in cooperation with the University Corporation. Go to to learn more.

Health Promotion & Wellness recruiting student health leaders

The Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) is recruiting for its part-time, paid internship and volunteer ambassador program for academic year 2017-2018. Both opportunities give students the skills to help create programs, be a voice for campus health issues and help change our environment to promote health and wellness.

Interns will focus on one of eight topic areas: Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs; Campus Health Initiatives; Graphic Design; Men's Health; Mental Health; Nutrition; Sexual Health; or Sexual Violence Prevention. Ambassadors who complete four volunteer hours per month on projects and health events will become Certified Health Promotion & Wellness Ambassadors.

Applications for both programs are now open.

Internship application deadline: April 15

Ambassador application deadline: May 23

Faculty and staff are asked to encourage current undergraduate and graduate students to apply. For more information, visit

Summer sports camp on the way

The Department of Kinesiology will be hosting the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp June 19-July 28, 1 p.m.- 5 p.m. for boys and girls ages 7-14. The department will also be hosting Gator Start, its morning enrichment program from 8 a.m. to noon with a supervised lunchtime from noon to 1 p.m. The two programs provide a full-day option. Visit the Gator Camp webpage for program details:

Sneak Preview Day for future Gators, April 8

Admitted students can learn about SF State's academic programs and majors, support services and campus life during Sneak Preview Day from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 8. The annual open house offers campus tours, financial aid information and advice on housing options to prospective students and their parents.

Representatives from the six SF State colleges will introduce students to the more than 100 majors offered at the University and discuss career possibilities. Information on student services and organizations will also be available.

Last year, more than 12,000 prospective students and parents visited SF State on Sneak Preview Day. This year, the event is expected to draw more students and parents. It is highly recommended that participants take public transportation to campus on this day since parking in lots and on surrounding streets will be scarce.

Visit for more information.

Questions? Contact Student Outreach Services at

Conference to explore ethnic studies

The College of Ethnic Studies will host the 45th annual National Association for Ethnic Studies Conference, "The Promise of Ethnic Studies: On Home, Healing and the Radical Power of Solidarity," March 23-25. All events will be held on campus at the Annex and conference towers.

An opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 23, will feature local Ohlone leaders, the San Francisco superintendent of schools, President Les Wong and Interim Provost Jennifer Summit. Also on hand will be community leaders and performers and artists, including SF State's Gospel Choir along with Professors John-Carlos Perea, Wesley Uenten and Edwardo Madril. Members of the Black and Latino alumni associations are also invited to attend.

For more information about the conference, please visit

Coffee hour with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit, March 24

Interested faculty are invited to meet with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit on Friday, March 24, from 10 to 11 a.m. in LIB 286 to discuss any topics of concern or commitment. Come pull up a chair for a group discussion. No appointment necessary. Please send an email to if you will be attending. Coffee and bagels will be provided.

Faculty invited to Commencement 2017

SF State faculty members are invited to attend this year's Commencement, which will be held at AT&T Park. Faculty will gather and mingle in the Field Club Lounge before the procession begins. Faculty must bring or be dressed in regalia. Regalia rentals will be available from the SF State Bookstore from now through Thursday, April 13.

The faculty procession will enter AT&T Park along the first base line and will be seated in a special VIP section of the stadium. Light refreshments will be served. Concessions will also be open at the park.

Faculty regalia rental information along with important dates and details can be found on the Commencement site.

Presentation offers intro to Geographic Information Systems

Faculty and staff members are invited to attend "An Overview of Geographic Information Systems Techniques: Visualizing and Analyzing Spatial Data," a free presentation scheduled for Monday, April 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). The presentation will touch on common uses of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in research, offering an introduction to spatial data aggregation and visualization techniques as well as a demo of ways to explore spatial patterns statistically. Lunch will be served. RSVP by sending an email to

The presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers (CORR) Research Cluster.

Public lunchtime events in the planetarium

The SF State community is invited to come to the Charles F. Hagar Planetarium (Thornton Hall, room 422) on the first and third Friday of every month to learn more about the sky, stars, sun, moon and planets and how they move each night, month and year. The second and fourth Friday of every month will be devoted to "quiet time," when visitors can sit silently and gaze up at the stars for as long as they like. Doors open for all shows at noon. No entry after 12:10 p.m. Shows last until 1 p.m. Questions? Contact Jim Gibson at

Writing Pedagogy Workshops for faculty, April 3

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning and Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) invite faculty to attend an upcoming Writing Pedagogy Workshop. On Monday, April 3, from 12:10 to 1 p.m., Betsy Blosser will present "Using Writing Prompts in GWAR -- and Other -- Classes" in ADM 460. The workshop will explore the use of informal writing to serve a variety of purposes at the undergraduate level. Faculty will design informal writing prompts for their own classes.

Lecturers will be paid for participating, and lunch will be served. No RSVP is necessary, but feel free to contact Juliana van Olphen or Jennifer Swanson with any questions.

Five-year administrative review for AVP Brian Beatty

The five-year administrative review is underway for Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs Operations Brian Beatty. The Administrative Review Committee (ARC) solicits input from members of the campus community. Those who would like to participate in the review process, please send an email to Mona Sagapolutele at or call ext. 8-2571. The deadline to submit online questionnaires to the ARC is March 31.

In keeping with the procedures for academic administrative reviews approved by the Academic Senate, the committee will not accept any anonymous responses. The ARC will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law, and individual responses will not be shown to the administrator under review.

The Administrative Review Committee co-chairs are Andrea Taylor, instructional designer in Academic Technology, and John Elia, associate dean in the College of Health and Social Sciences.

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American Indian Studies

A book by American Indian Studies Professor Andrew Jolivette, "Indian Blood: HIV and Colonial Trauma in San Francisco's Two-Spirit Community" (published by University of Washington Press), is a finalist for a Lambda Literary Award in the LGBTQ Studies category. The winners will be announced at an awards gala in New York City on June 12.

Office of International Programs

Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Jay Ward presented a session at the NAFSA: Association of International Educators Region XII Northern California District Conference, which took place March 13 at the University of San Francisco. Ward co-chaired and served as a presenter at the session “Grey Areas in International Student Advising.” With more than 10,000 members located at more than 3,500 institutions worldwide in more than 150 countries, NAFSA: Association of International Educators is the world's largest nonprofit association dedicated to international education and exchange.

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Feathered Friends

An aerial photograph of migrating geese taken by Assistant Professor of Music Jassen Todorov was featured on The stunning image (which can be seen at was taken by Todorov as he soared above the geese in a small airplane. "The sense of freedom in the birds is so inspiring to see," Todorov said. "The world is so glorious from above."

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

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