March 27, 2017


SF State leads CSU in NSF Graduate Fellowships

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has published its list of 2017 NSF Graduate Fellowship awardees, and SF State leads the CSU in the total number of undergraduate students earning this prestigious fellowship. The accomplishments and potential of eight outstanding current students and alumni were recognized by the NSF. San Diego State University and Cal Poly were tied for second in the CSU with six awardees each.

The winning students were Madeline Cassani (Life Sciences -- Cell Biology), Sam Pingdewinde (Life Sciences -- Cell Biology), Robin Dee Lopez (Geosciences -- Hydrology), Bushra Mariam Bibi (Life Sciences -- Biochemistry), Brett Ian Hendrickson (Engineering -- Mechanical Engineering), Elias Ben-Ruth Lazarus (Social Sciences -- Ecological Economics), Noureddine Chtaini (Social Sciences -- Sociology) and Lindsey Marie Lavaysse (Psychology -- Industrial/Organizational Psychology). An SF State graduate student, Andres Rodolfo Vindas Melendez (Math), was also awarded one of these highly competitive fellowships. The award provides an annual $34,000 stipend for three years and tuition support for the students to attend graduate school.

Senior associate vice president/dean of students forums

The campus community is invited to a series of open forums for candidates for the senior associate vice president and dean of students position. The forums will be held:

  • Thursday, April 13, 3-4 p.m. in the Nob Hill
    Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center
  • Monday, April 17, 3-4 p.m. in the LIB 244
  • Tuesday, April 18, 3-4 p.m. in LIB 244
  • Wednesday, April 19, 3-4 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the
    Seven Hills Conference Center

The senior associate vice president and dean of students will be responsible for advancing the educational mission of the University and supporting the Student Affairs & Enrollment Management vision. Further, the senior associate vice president and dean of students is expected to:

  • Provide leadership for co-curricular programs and activities that promote holistic student development and learning, support the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025, enhance the quality of campus life and advance equity and inclusion
  • Oversee implementation of the strategic direction and priority goals of the Dean of Students Division, which includes the Office of Student Conduct, Student Activities & Events, Career Services & Leadership Development, AAPI Student Services, Residential Life and Campus Recreation
  • Advocate for a student-centered institutional focus, foster a high-quality service orientation within all areas of responsibility and effectively represent the needs and interests of students in University decision-making
  • Engage with students and student leaders, respond effectively to student issues and concerns, maintain a visible presence at activities and programs sponsored by student organizations, mediate conflict and assist in coordinating responses to emergencies and crisis situations that involve students
  • Serve in a primary role in ensuring SF State's compliance with Title IX and CSU policies that prohibit discrimination, harassment and retaliation

Communicative Disorders Program re-accredited by CAA

On March 20, the Communicative Disorders Program of the Graduate College of Education was informed that the Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA) voted to re-accredit the graduate education program in speech-language pathology at SF State for a period of eight years, March 1, 2017, through March 1, 2025. After a year-and-a-half of preparation for re-accreditation, the Communicative Disorders Program underwent a two-day site visit from CAA on Oct. 17 and 18, 2016. The findings from this site visit were thoroughly reviewed by CAA before re-accreditation. The program was in compliance with all six standards set by CAA and has met CAA's thresholds for student outcomes. Accreditation results can be found at the CAA website: More information about the Communicative Disorders Program at SF State can be found at

The CAA serves the public by promoting excellence in the graduate education of audiologists and speech-language pathologists. Through a peer review process, the CAA establishes accreditation standards and facilitates continuous quality improvement of the programs it accredits. Graduates of CAA-accredited and candidate programs are educated in a core set of skills and knowledge required for entry into independent professional practice.

SF BUILD accepting grant applications

SF State faculty whose research relates to health inequalities in communities in San Francisco are encouraged to apply for an SF BUILD mini grant. Proposals should involve SF State students and encourage a sense of giving back to the communities. This year, a UCSF faculty collaborator is required. Priority will be given to proposals that address issues of social justice and health inequalities that are relevant to SF State students and their communities. Mini-grants of up to $40,000 each will be awarded to four successful applicants.

The deadline for applications is August 14, 2017. A general information session on the grants will be held on Wednesday, April 5. Send a message to to get more information and RSVP.


Student writing awards open for submissions

The Committee for Written English Proficiency (CWEP), an interdisciplinary group of faculty and administrators who oversee practices and policy related to student writing on campus, recognizes undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate excellent writing within their discipline. This spring, CWEP is sponsoring two competitions for excellence in student writing: the CWEP Student Writing Award in Graduate Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR) and the CWEP Student Writing Award in Graduate School.

CWEP Award for Student Writing in GWAR submission guidelines

Faculty who have taught GWAR in the spring or fall of 2016 are invited to nominate a student for this award. Any type of writing, as long as it was submitted to fulfill course requirements for a GWAR course, will be accepted. There is a limit of one submission per faculty member. Entries should not exceed 5,000 words and should be typed, double-spaced, free of spelling and grammatical errors and submitted on 8.5 x 11 p aper. Please email the assignment prompt and the student paper to and go to to nominate a student for the award.

CWEP Award in Graduate Student Writing submission guidelines

Faculty who have taught graduate courses in the spring or fall of 2016 are invited to nominate a graduate student for this award. Any text demonstrating effective storytelling, analysis, exposition or original research, as long as it was submitted to fulfill requirements for a course in the program, will be accepted. There is a limit of one submission per faculty member. Entries should not exceed 5,000 words and should be typed, double-spaced, free of spelling and grammatical errors and submitted on 8.5 x 11 paper. Please email the assignment prompt and the student paper to and go to to nominate a student for the award.

Deadline for all submissions is Friday, April 14, 11:59 p.m. The winner will be notified by Friday, April 28. The student and nominating faculty member will be invited to an award ceremony in May, and the winner will be presented with a certificate of accomplishment and $200.

Admission-free chamber music concert with the Delphi Trio

In its annual showcase of outstanding ensembles from the Bay Area, SF State's Morrison Chamber Music Center presents an admission-free concert with the Delphi Trio at 8 p.m. Friday, April 7, in McKenna Theatre. The concert will feature works by Beethoven, Bolcom, Takemitsu and Mendelssohn. The concert is part of the Morrison Artists Series, the longest-running chamber music series in San Francisco.

Professor Richard Festinger, artistic director of the Morrison Artists Series, will deliver a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. April 7 in McKenna Theatre. The Delphi Trio will lead a master class from 2:10 to 4 p.m. April 7 in Knuth Hall.

Praised for its "rich, committed string tone, dazzling pianism, rhythmic flexibility and risky tempi” (Sarasota Herald Tribune), the Delphi Trio is prizewinner of the 2015 Orlando Concours in the Netherlands. It has performed throughout the U.S., Canada, the Netherlands and Germany.

Reserve your free seats now at or call the SF State Box Office at ext. 8-2467.

Celebrating Cesar E. Chavez

The Raza Faculty and Staff Association (RFSA) invites the campus community to the 23rd Cesar E. Chavez Mural Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, March 30, from 11 a.m to 1 p.m. at Malcolm X Plaza. Learn more about the RFSA and meet the leadership. For more information about RFSA visit

Enrollment spaces available at Children's Campus

The Children's Campus at SF State has several openings for enrollment for the 2017-18 program year beginning in August. Children's Campus is a child care facility for children ages 6 months to 5 years old. Priority enrollment is given to SF State faculty and staff. The Children's Campus is offering enrollment for toddler and preschool classrooms. There are several part-time openings and limited full-time openings.

If you are interested in enrolling your child, please register on the Children's Campus' online waitlist and contact Rosie Schoen at

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.

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.

Study Abroad Fair to spotlight overseas opportunities

Take a stroll through the Cesar Chavez Student Center's Malcolm X Plaza on Tuesday, April 11, and Wednesday, April 12, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to see this year's Study Abroad Fair. The tables at the fair will represent different countries that students can study in thanks to SF State and California State University international programs. International students and study abroad alumni have decorated each table and will be on hand to talk about their experiences. Please encourage your students to attend, as well.

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.

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.

Health Promotion & Wellness (HPW) Now Recruiting Student Peer Health Leaders

Health Promotion & Wellness 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

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.

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

Five-year administrative review for AVP Brian BeattyThe 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.


Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper presented the paper "Improve Health and Performance With Tactile and Posture Feedback training: the Alexander Technique and Posture Feedback" at the 48th Annual Meeting of the Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback in Chicago this month. Peper, Associate Professor Richard Harvey and SF State students also presented the following three posters at the meeting: "Posture Change Feedback Training and Its Effect on Health," "Posture Matters" and "Cases of Thermographic Analysis of Recovery Following Athletic Activity." The Association for Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback awarded all students scholarships to be able to present their posters and attend the meeting. The scholarship covered the meeting fees and partial travel costs.

School of Cinema

An article by Professor Joseph McBride about his experiences with a "lost" movie by a legendary director has been published at, "the Orson Welles web resource." McBride served as a cast member and script collaborator on the film, "The Other Side of the Wind," which Welles failed to complete due to financing difficulties. Footage shot by Welles for the film in the 1970s was recently acquired by Netflix, and a completed cut is expected to begin streaming sometime in the future. Read McBride's article at

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A Snail's Place

A meditation on the distribution of sea snails in tide pools and the sometimes hard-to-see patterns that affect nature and life includes a section on Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies Director Karina Nielsen. "Ecologists are often accused of having physics envy, because physicists model things and come out with simple models that have strong explanatory power," Nielsen says in the the article, published by Bay Nature magazine. "Biology is more challenging than physical systems. But that doesn't mean there aren't underlying principles that drive the patterns that we see, and that they can't be understood."

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Architect and historian Philip P. Choy, an adjunct professor in the Asian American Studies Department, passed away March 16. The author of several books, including "San Francisco Chinatown: A Guide to Its History & Architecture," he taught the first Chinese American history course at SF State.

Born in San Francisco in 1926, Choy grew up in Chinatown. After earning a degree in architecture from UC Berkeley, he began doing residential and commercial design work, remaining active in the field for the next half century. He started teaching his SF State class on Chinese American history in 1969. Around the same time, he became president of the Chinese Historical Society of America, and in later years he would serve on the San Francisco Landmark Advisory Board and the State Historical Resources Commission. The recipient of numerous honors for his work as a historian and preservationist, he was awarded the University's President's Medal in 2005.

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