April 3, 2017


SF State earns STARS Silver Sustainability Rating

SF State has earned a STARS Silver Rating in recognition of its sustainability achievements from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education. The STARS score is based on the points earned across four main categories: Academics, Engagement, Operations, and Planning & Administration. Read the full report on SF State on the STARS website.

Correction: SF State leads CSU in NSF Graduate Fellowships

An item in the last CampusMemo contained incorrect information about the University's 2017 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Fellowship awardees. Eight SF State undergraduate alumni (not current students) and one current SF State graduate student were awarded fellowships. SF State led the CSU in the total number of former undergraduates earning this prestigious fellowship, which provides an annual stipend that will support the students as they continue their post-graduate studies elsewhere.

SF BUILD accepting mini-grant applications

SF State faculty whose research relates to health inequities in communities in San Francisco are encouraged to apply for the 2017 SF BUILD mini grant. This year, a UCSF faculty collaborator is required. Priority will be given to proposals that address issues of social justice and health inequities 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 12, in Hensil Hall 543. Contact Setie Asfaha at sasfaha@mail.sfsu.edu to get more information. RSVP by Wednesday, April 5.

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CSU Entertainment Alliance grant deadline nears

The CSU Entertainment Alliance (CSUEA) grants program offers campus funding for panels, workshops, masterclasses, seminars and diverse career development events featuring guest artists and industry professionals. The CSUEA also offers Student & Faculty Professional Development Grants for attendance at non-academic conferences and events. Both programs offer additional out-of-classroom learning, networking and career development and opportunities to remain connected with current entertainment arts industry practices.

All CSU media and entertainment arts-related departments, interdisciplinary schools, colleges and departmental projects are encouraged to apply. Funding is for projects taking place in the fall of 2017 only.

Review the Call for Grants Funding Proposals & Guidelines form and apply by the deadline of 5 p.m. on Friday, April 7, at www.csuentertainment.com/grants.

Spring 2017 retention, tenure and promotion workshops

The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to participate in one of the following workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. The workshops will be conducted by Sacha Bunge, dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Faculty members who are planning to be reviewed in the next several years are encouraged to attend. The workshops have been organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, but topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so feel free to attend the workshop that best fits your schedule.

  • Faculty in their first through fifth year: Tuesday, April 4, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. online or Wednesday, April 5, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244
  • Faculty preparing for promotion and tenure to associate professor: Wednesday, April 12, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. online or Tuesday, April 18, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor: Wednesday, April 26, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in LIB 244

Register online

Interdisciplinary STS Hub Meeting April 4

The Science and Technology Studies (STS) Hub is where scholars engaging in medicine, technology, science, health and justice come together to build, think and collaborate on a variety of events, projects, programs and conversations. The group will host a meeting Tuesday, April 4, in HSS 361 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Discussion will focus on works-in-progress: "Frankengenre: Narratives of the Constructed Body" and "Precision Public Health Project." Questions? Contact Ugo Edu at ugoedu@sfsu.edu.

Coffee hour with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit, April 14

Interested faculty are invited to meet with Interim Provost Jennifer Summit on Friday, April 14, 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 monas@sfsu.edu if you will be attending. Coffee and bagels will be provided.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Workshop April 20

An upcoming workshop is the first step toward earning QOLT certification for your online course. In the workshop, you will use the QOLT instrument to diagnose and improve your course, establish connections with QOLT faculty ambassadors and instructional designers, and begin the journey towards full QOLT certification.

The workshop will be held Thursday, April 20, from 2 to 4 p.m. in LIB 242.
Register for the QOLT Workshop.

Due to the active and hands-on content of this workshop, remote participation through web conference is not available. Visit the QOLT website for more information about the QOLT initiative.

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 retire.sfsu.edu/travel-grants. The application deadline is Friday, April 14.

Submit applications via email to:

27th Annual Discovery Day April 23

The Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies will hold its 27th annual Discovery Day open house on Sunday, April 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. Everyone is invited to come celebrate science by the Bay. Visitors will be able to learn about the innovative marine science projects being conducted by SF State scientists and students, try their hand at collecting samples, play games, take part in collaborative art projects and more. A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. for the center's new and improved seagrass nursery tank, which features new interpretive signs with beautiful artwork by a local artist. Questions? Contact Erin Blackwood at erin70@sfsu.edu.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Webinar April 28

Want to learn more about Open Educational Resources (OER) and how they can help you reduce the cost of your course material? An upcoming webinar will give participants an overview of OER and the OER adoption process along with information on how to get support in adopting OER at SF State.

The webinar is scheduled for Friday, April 28, from noon to 1 p.m. Register online.

For more information, visit SF State’s Affordable Instructional Materials (AIM) website and the CSU's Affordable Learning Solutions website.

Musical to bring the ol' razzle dazzle to campus

A new School of Theatre & Dance production of the classic musical "Chicago" will take audiences on a jazzy romp through the Windy City's seamy underbelly. Directed by Mark Allan Davis, the play runs May 4 through May 14 in the Creative Arts building's McKenna Theatre. Get tickets online.

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.

Reserve your free seats now at morrison.sfsu.edu/events/1090  or call the SF State Box Office at ext. 8-2467.

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 develop.sfsu.edu/gsp17.

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.

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 wellness.sfsu.edu.

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 paper. Please email the assignment prompt and the student paper to wac@sfsu.edu and go to ueap.sfsu.edu/wac/student-writing-award 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 wac@sfsu.edu  and go to ueap.sfsu.edu/wac/student-writing-award 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.

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 rosebud@sfsu.edu.

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

Public lunchtime events in the planetariumThe SF State community is invited to come to the Charles F. Hagar Planetarium (Thornton Hall, room 422) to learn more about the sky, stars, sun, moon and planets and how they move each night, month and year. Friday, April 7, and Friday, April 21, the theme will be "The Night Sky and How It Moves." See the objects of the sky, stars, sun, moon and planets and how they move each night, each month and each year. Friday, April 14, and Friday, April 28, 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 jimg@sfsu.edu.

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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. Please arrive promptly at 2 p.m. The agenda will include:

  • Chair's report
  • Report: AVP for Research and Sponsored Programs Michael Scott
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Revisions to the Conflict of Interest Policy
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Policy on Collaboration on Consistency in Policy Language and Policy Implementation
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Proposed Policy on Academic Probation and Disqualification
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: Proposed Policy on the Use of Standardized Time Blocks in Course Scheduling
  • Standing Committee Reports:
    • Faculty Affairs Committee
    • Academic Policies Committee
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee
    • Student Affairs Committee
    • Strategic Issues Committee

Campus dialogue workshop after April meeting

The Academic Senate is hosting "Building Capacity for Campus Dialogue," a workshop that will focus on the ways that faculty and staff can elevate challenging campus discussions to encourage a more collaborative and supportive campus community for everyone. Sponsored by the Academic Senate and the Department of Communication Studies, the workshop is appropriate for faculty, staff and administrators and will cover an array of contexts in which challenging conversation can happen, such as in the classroom, through meetings with colleagues, at public presentations, etc. The workshop is free and will be held at the end of the April 4 Senate Plenary meeting.

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Calendar and on the Senate website at senate.sfsu.edu.

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Monday, April 3

Presentation: An Overview of Geographic Information Systems Techniques: Visualizing and Analyzing Spatial Data: noon in the Faculty Commons, LIB 286

Wednesday, April 5

Recital: Kaori Shiga, pianist: 1 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Recital: SF State Percussion Ensemble: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Celebration: SF State Gerontology Program 30th Anniversary and Reception: 5 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center

Lecture: Ocean Acidification: How Does It Impact the California Coast?: 6:30 p.m. at the Romberg Tiburon Center

Thursday, April 6

Lecture: Sexual Stigma in the 21st Century: Thinking Beyond "Homophobia": 3 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center

Reading: Poetry Center Chapbook Exchange: 7 p.m. at the Poetry Center, Humanities building

Concert: SF State Percussion Ensemble: 8 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Theatre: "A Midsummer Night's Dream": 8 p.m. in the Little Theater, Creative Arts building

Friday, April 7

Special event: Careers in Aging Internship and Job Fair: 10 a.m. in LIB 121

Lecture: Advocating for LGTB Older Adults: 1 p.m. in LIB 121

Master class: Delphi Trio: 2:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Course: Integrated Marketing Communications for Nonprofits: 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

Pre-concert talk: Morrison Artists Series: Delphi Trio: 7 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Delphi Trio: 8 p.m. in the McKenna Theatre, Creative Arts building

Theatre: "A Midsummer Night's Dream": 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Saturday, April 8

Sneak Preview 2017: all day, campuswide

Theatre: "A Midsummer Night's Dream": 8 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

Sunday, April 9

Theatre: "A Midsummer Night's Dream": 2 p.m. in the Little Theatre, Creative Arts building

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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Africana Studies

Associate Professor of Africana Studies Antwi Akom was an opening keynote speaker at the 2017 Green Schools Conference and Expo held March 21-22 in Atlanta. Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed also helped open the conference, which explored strategies for making schools healthier, more sustainable places to learn and grow.

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Lighting up to Get Through Dark Times

Professor of Health Education Michele Eliason was quoted in a widely distributed Reuters article that explored why LGBTQ adolescents are more prone to start smoking cigarettes. "Sexual orientation is not the cause of the smoking disparities; the stigma of being LGBTQ is the problem," said Eliason. "Many youth fear rejection by family and peers and hide their sexuality. This is very stressful and smoking is used as a form of stress release."

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

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