April 24, 2014


Help shape the future of the University: Ideas Week May 1-5

SF State is embarking on a community-based master planning update effort for the University. Ideas Week is a week-long event to plan the future of our campus. There will be many opportunities to provide input. Outdoor tabling and survey kiosks will be popping up all week, all over campus. We'll report on your input at a reveal event on May 10 at 1 p.m. Check out sfsu.edu/futurestate for a calendar of events, and participate in person or online. Follow the discussion on social media with the hashtag #futuresfstate.

Yvonne Bui named American Council on Education fellow

The American Council on Education (ACE) has named Yvonne N. Bui, professor and chairperson of the Department of Special Education & Communicative Disorders in the Graduate College of Education, an ACE fellow for the 2017-18 academic year. Bui works with students with disabilities as a paraprofessional and general education and special education teacher.

Established in 1965, the ACE Fellows Program is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by identifying and preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration. Forty-six fellows, nominated by the senior administration of their institutions, were selected this year following a rigorous application process. During the placement, fellows observe and work with the president and other senior officers at their host institution, attend decision-making meetings and focus on issues of interest. Fellows also conduct projects of pressing concern for their home institution and seek to implement their findings upon completion of the fellowship placement.

ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation's higher education institutions, representing nearly 1,800 college and university presidents and related associations.

Campus Solutions 9.2 and Common Human Resources System Project updates

The California State University (CSU) is in the process of upgrading the current version of the Campus Solutions (CS) system as well as launching the Common Human Resources System (CHRS) project. The project is being led by the Chancellor's Office, as Oracle will not be supporting the current version of CS 9.0 past December 2018.

Both the CS and HR systems share an underlying database, which must be split in order for both projects to proceed. Once the database split has occurred, the CS system will be upgraded from version 9.0 to 9.2. The CS upgrade will begin in September 2017 and be deployed by March 2018.

The CHRS project will develop a single HR system and common business practices and policies for recruitment, hiring, benefits administration, time and absence administration, and employee self-service that will replace existing CSU campus-specific modified HR systems. SF State is participating in the CHRS design process, where system, business requirements and functionality are being identified and documented. Having a single, CSU CHRS system will mitigate data and process inconsistencies rooted in disparate systems across the CSU. There are many critical phases in this effort, however the final phases, which would include campus implementations, are conservatively anticipated to take place in late fall 2018 or spring 2019.

Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning seeks faculty fellows

SF State's new Center for Equity and Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CEETL) is seeking applications for three tenured faculty members and one lecturer to serve as faculty fellows for AY 2017-2018. Fellows receive a .2 release time for both fall 2017 and spring 2018. CEETL faculty fellows have two primary areas of responsibility. Fellows will work as a team to shape the culture and ongoing operations of the center. Tenured Fellows will also develop and facilitate a faculty learning community (FLC). The lecturer fellow will also develop an infrastructure in CEETL that will support adjunct faculty.

Applications are due by 5 p.m. on Friday, May 5. The position descriptions and application procedures are posted on the Faculty Affairs website at facaffairs.sfsu.edu.

Department of Psychology welcomes Chinese students

The Department of Psychology, in collaboration with the Office of International Programs, launched its first international training program for Chinese students on Thursday, April 20. The program focuses on the contemporary global and cultural issues surrounding psychology and the social sciences. During this six-day event, 29 undergraduates and a faculty member from China's Chengdu College of Arts and Sciences will attend lectures given by Department of Psychology faculty, conduct site visits and participate in activities and discussions with SF State students.

For more information, contact the program coordinator, Jae Paik, at jaepaik@sfsu.edu.

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Class of 2017 emerita/emeritus faculty

A list of the emerita/emeritus faculty is available on the Faculty Affairs website. Download the 2017 emeritus/emerita faculty roll. President Wong has invited this year's honorees to attend a luncheon hosted by Interim Provost Jennifer Summit to honor their service.

Call for Applications: GWAR Mentoring Program

The Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (DUEAP) invites applications for the fall 2017 GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement) Mentoring Program. The GWAR Mentoring Program is a learning community designed to provide support and an opportunity for growth and development to both new and experienced GWAR faculty. Through regular group meetings with fellow mentors, participating faculty will share ideas and insights, discuss writing pedagogy and learn about best practices in disciplines across campus. Faculty work as a group and in pairs throughout the semester to provide each other support in GWAR course design, effective strategies for teaching writing and assessment of student learning.

Eligible mentors will either be teaching a GWAR course in the fall 2017 semester or will have taught GWAR courses for several semesters in the past, with plans to continue teaching GWAR in future semesters, and will have an interest in intra-disciplinary writing. Faculty new to campus and faculty new to teaching GWAR are welcome to apply.

All faculty (tenured, tenure-track and lecturers) interested in joining this program for the fall of 2017 are encouraged to apply. Proposals from teams (mentor pairs) within and across disciplines are highly encouraged. Those interested in applying should email Juliana van Olphen, professor of health education and director of WAC/WID (Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines), or Jennifer Swanson, associate director of WAC/WID.

Download the application form. Applications are due May 12. Stipends will be provided to participating faculty. Successful applicants will be notified by June 1.

Talk on genealogical resources, May 3

Grant Din, community resources director for the Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation and a genealogy and resource development consultant, will give a free talk Wednesday, May 3, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Sutro Library on the fifth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library. The talk will focus on the immigrants who came through Angel Island between 1910 and 1940 and genealogical resources available through federal government sources. Learn from examples of case studies of Chinese, Jewish, South Asian and Japanese immigrants and find out about resources that might be available for your own research.

Wine club tasting, May 2

Wine club tasting, May 2The SF State Faculty and Staff Wine Club (a.k.a. "Alcademics") will host a visit from Laurel Glen Vineyard Managing Partner Bettina Sichel May 2. Sichel will pour selections from the Sonoma County winery's portfolio. The event will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Vista Room in Burk Hall. Interested in attending? Pay the $15 membership fee.

University Women's Association luncheon, May 3

SF State faculty and staff are invited to the University Women's Association (UWA) annual spring luncheon and celebration on Wednesday, May 3, in the Vista Room, beginning at 11:30 a.m. Guests of honor are the recipients of the Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship for 2016-17. Come and enjoy a relaxing luncheon with colleagues and friends and meet the student scholars, the UWA board and Scholarship Committee members.

The cost: $20/person (includes wine). Email linivory@comcast.net for menu selections and a reservation form. The RSVP deadline is Wednesday, April 26. All faculty and staff are welcome: You need not be a UWA member to participate.

Handbell Choir anniversary celebration, May 6

The SF State Handbell Choir will be performing a special anniversary concert in celebration of its 20th anniversary. Caroline Harnly, founder, started the handbell choir for faculty, staff, students and the San Francisco community in 1997. Since then, the choir has performed at various venues in the Bay Area during spring and fall semesters each year. The 20th anniversary celebration and concert will feature the debut of Contemplation, a piece commissioned by the ringers to honor Harnly's many years as conductor.

The event will take place Saturday, May 6, at 7 p.m. in the Temple United Methodist Church sanctuary at 65 Beverly Street in San Francisco. More information is available on the choir's Facebook page.

Phi Beta Kappa initiation ceremony correction

The Phi Beta Kappa annual initiation ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, not May 12 as stated in last week's CampusMemo. The event will be held from 3 to 4 p.m. on the Administration Building's fifth floor patio and will be followed by a reception. The Phi Beta Kappa Society also wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama of the Economics Department.

Questions? Contact Chapter President Masahiko Minami or, for finances, Chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

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.

Admission-free chamber music concert with Calmus

The young a cappella quintet Calmus will conclude the Morrison Artists Series' 2016-17 season with an admission-free concert at 8 p.m. on Friday, April 28, in McKenna Theatre. The concert features works by Parcell, Part, Poulenc, Rheinberger, Bach, Mantyjarvi, Chydenius, Flecha and Banter. The Morrison Artists Series, presented by SF State's Morrison Chamber Music Center, is 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. on April 28 in McKenna Theatre. That same day, Calmus will lead a master class from 10 a.m. to noon in Knuth Hall.

Calmus embodies the rich choral history of its hometown of Leipzig, Germany, synonymous with the great musical tradition of Bach and Mendelssohn. The Washington Post writes: "Calmus Ensemble is stunning in its vocal variety [and] mastery."

Reserve your free seats now at morrison.sfsu.edu/events/1089, or call the SF State Box Office at ext. 8-2467.

Farm to Fork returns May 2

The eighth annual Farm to Fork will be held Tuesday, May 2. The event features organic and seasonal produce grown within 250 miles of campus. The local cuisine, prepared by the Vista Room and SF State Dining Services, will be served on the Quad. Tickets cost $8 and may be purchased in person at the Bursar's Office or online at commerce.cashnet.com/FARMTOFORK.

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The following are the action items from the April 4 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Solicitation from Chair Carleton: Nominations for the Scholarship Committee can be emailed to the Senate office at senate@sfsu.edu.
  • Announcement from Senator Williams: The new link for SF State Pop-Up Food Pantry is tinyurl.com/popupfoodpantrys17. The program can be expanded, so spread the word.
  • The SF State Alcademics Faculty Staff Wine Club is meeting May 2 at 5:30 p.m. in the Vista Room. More information can be found at commerce.cashnet.com/ucorp?Cname=WINE.
  • Announcement from Senator Yee-Melichar: The Graduate Creative Works Showcase will be held on Thursday, April 20, from 3-5 p.m. in GYM 100.
  • Announcement from Senator Roehrman: The production of "Chicago" will open May 5 in McKenna Theater. Discount tickets are offered on Goldstar; tickets will also be sold at the box office.
  • Announcement from Senator Sherman: Campus Safety Week had begun. Multiple events were being showcased.
  • Chair's Report: University election ballots close on April 21; please vote. Please nominate yourself and colleagues to be included in the administrative search pool. Thank you to colleagues in Communication Studies for heading workshops for the Senate on difficult dialogs. A workshop for all faculty and staff was being offered that coming Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Faculty Commons. An upcoming initiative sponsored by the President’s Office and the Academic Senate will aim at improving community and dialog across campus. This themed initiative will explore how we can be true to ourselves as a university in a conflictual and complex world. There will be a sponsored speaker series and associated workshops. An advisory committee will be formed and charged with establishing a vision and mission for the series, identifying speakers and planning workshops. A list of 10 to 12 names for this advisory committee is to be submitted to the president soon. Faculty are invited to submit nominations for the advisory board to the Senate office at senate@sfsu.edu by the end of this week.
  • Update on proposed reorganization: Interim Provost Summit gave a report on the status of the proposed reorganization of the Provost's Council. Slides from this presentation are posted on the Senate website.
  • Proposed revisions to the conflict of interest policy were discussed and amended. The revised policy was then voted on and approved.
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: proposed policy on the use of standardized time blocks in course scheduling. The policy was discussed and amended. The revised policy was then voted on and approved.
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: proposed policy on student internships. The proposed policy was discussed and amended. The policy was then voted on and approved.
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: proposed policy on student field trips. The proposed policy was discussed and referred back to committee.
  • Standing Committee Reports
    • Faculty Affairs Committee: The committee is continuing work on sabbatical policy while reviewing other out-of-date policies.
    • Academic Policies Committee: The committee is continuing to work on calendar policy and examining whether to insert advising day and study day. It is also working on a revision to online education policy.
    • Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: The committee is looking at field trip policy and meeting as EPC and discussing two proposals for certificate discontinuance.
    • Student Affairs Committee: The committee will continue to work on the campus pride index. It will is also reviewing the experiential learning policy.
    • Strategic Issues Committee: The committee will continue work on a budget transparency recommendations for the next Plenary.

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Monday, April 24

Presentation: Setting Up Your Online Portfolio: 10 a.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 244

Lecture: The Voice of Genocide in Europe, Africa, Central America and Asia: How Visual History Informs Our Past and Future: 12:15 p.m. in the Humanities building, room 415

Recital: piano students of Roger Woodward: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Tuesday, April 25

Workshop: Tips to Writing an Effective Cover Letter: 12:30 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 242

Lecture: Adrienne Pine: Forging an Anthropology of Fascism: 4 p.m. in the Fine Arts building, room 525

Master class: Pandit Binay Pathak, Hindustani classical music master: 6:15 p.m. in the Creative Arts

Wednesday, April 26

Fulbright Information Workshop: noon in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 244

Recital: classical voice: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

25th Annual Spring Lecture Series: Society on Display: Celebrations, Processions and Protest: 7 p.m. in the Humanities building, room 587

Thursday, April 27

Fulbright Information Workshop: noon in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 242

Social Justice Pedagogy Workshop: 3:30 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (J. Paul Leonard Library, room 286)

Salary Negotiations Panel: 5 p.m. in the J. Paul Leonard Library, room 121

Poetry Center Book Award Reading: Orlando White and Patrick James Dunagan: 7 p.m. in the Poetry Center, Humanities building

Friday, April 28

Master class: Calmus: 10 a.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Recital: classical guitar students: 1:10 p.m. in Knuth Hall, Creative Arts building

Nonprofit Management Certificate Program: Strategic Planning Essentials: 6 p.m. at the Downtown Campus

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

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

Saturday, April 29

Baseball: hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 11 a.m. at Maloney Field

Sunday, April 30

2017 San Francisco International Conference on Chanoyu and Tea Culture: all day in the Humanities Auditorium (Humanities building, room 133)

Baseball: hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 11 a.m. at Maloney Field

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar.

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College of Health & Social Sciences

Department of Counseling Professor Wanda Lee organized and facilitated a panel presentation titled "Asian Pacific American Women in Higher Education: Diverse Student Experiences" at the Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education National Conference in Oakland in early April. The panel included current SF State graduate students and recent graduates. More than 50 participants attended, and the audience was very engaged in the interactive presentation and discussion.

College of Liberal and Creative Arts

Professor of Theatre Arts Kurt Daw is one of 16 college professors from across the nation selected by the National Endowment for the Humanities to participate in its month-long summer seminar being held at the Huntington Library in Pasadena. Titled "The Formation and Re-formation of the Book: 1450-1650," the seminar will explore the construction, transmission and reading of books during the late medieval and early modern eras.

The Alexander String Quartet, quartet-in-residence of the Morrison Chamber Music Center, performed April 21 at Santa Rosa Junior College and April 23 at UC Davis' Mondavi Center. (Another Mondavi Center performance is scheduled for May 13.) The Documentary Film Institute's short film about the quartet, "Con Moto," screened before each concert. Robert Barbarino, the institute's associate director, directed the film. "Con Moto" follows the Alexander String Quartet as it performs throughout Poland, revealing the tradition of chamber music and the collective voice that emerges through the unique personalities of four world-class musicians.

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A long history of diversity

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan Lee was interviewed on the radio program "Marvels of China: Pathways to the Pacific Rim," which is broadcast on AM station WGCH in Greenwich, Connecticut, and also posted to the web as a podcast. Among other things, Lee discussed something that's sometimes overlooked about China: its diversity. "When we speak about China … we typically think China and one country, one history, one type of people, one type of culture, one type of religion, maybe even a singular bloodline," Lee said. "And China is huge. It has a long history, thousands and thousands of years … you can't talk about just one type of 'Chinese' or one representation of 'Chinese.'" Listen to the full interview.

Undocumented students, amazing scientists

Assistant Professor of Chemistry Alegra Eroy-Reveles, Professor of Biology Leticia Marquez-Magana and an alumnus identified as "Angel" are quoted in a Chemical & Engineering News article about undocumented students in the chemical sciences. [http://cen.acs.org/articles/95/i16/Undocumented-students-remain-shadows-... "Many of the best students I've ever trained in my 23 years of being a professor at San Francisco State are undocumented students," Marquez-Magana said. "They have to go through so much that they have those abilities that are the key characteristics of amazing scientists: persistence, motivation, commitment, strong work ethic and ability to multitask. These individuals have overcome so much, and they know how to fail and get back up because they've done it so much in a system that's not in their favor."

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

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