May 15, 2017


CampusMemo schedule

The May 22 edition of CampusMemo will be the last of the spring semester. During the summer, CampusMemo will be published twice: on June 12 and July 17. Regular weekly publication will resume on Aug. 14.

Faculty members win IDEA grant

Assistant Professor of Civil Engineering Zhaoshuo Jiang and Assistant Professor of Instructional Technologies Zahira Merchant have been awarded a grant by the IDEA Center, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving teaching, learning and leadership in higher education. SF State is one of only six universities (out of 79 applications) to be selected to receive the grant.

With funds from the grant, Jiang and Merchant will develop and implement a new approach for teaching engineering laboratories and will assess its effectiveness in advancing student learning. The project will harness the power of mobile technology and what's known as "the Internet of Things" (the inter-working of devices and places with embedded electronics) to develop standalone, mobile laboratory learning modules, exemplified by a shake table (earthquake simulator) experiment. The mobile laboratory is designed to provide students with unprecedented opportunities at their fingertips to experience the excitement of real-world experiments and increase their persistence by engaging them in active learning, which is expected to help achieve the goals of California State University Graduation Initiative 2025.

Retirement Association announces travel grant awardees

The University Retirement Association is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2017 staff travel grants. Because two of the applicants requested less than the maximum $500 grant, the committee recommended (and the board of directors approved) six rather than five awards. The recipients are:

  • Amanda Bent, administrative support coordinator, undergraduate programs/web, Department of English Language and Literature
  • Sharon Bliss, associate director, Fine Arts Gallery, School of Art
  • Glendie Domingo-Lipar, community partnerships & campus outreach specialist, Institute for Civic and Community Engagement
  • Arthur Farkas, technical director, School of Cinema
  • Michele French, broadcast engineer, Department of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
  • Norma Salcedo, AB 540 Dream coordinator, Office of the Dean of Students

The Retirement Association congratulates these outstanding staff members.

New infographic spotlights student body

Have you ever wondered how many first-time freshmen need remediation upon entry at SF State? As part of its ongoing effort to disseminate data across campus, Academic Institutional Research (AIR) has created a new infographic that breaks down remediation by ethnicity, gender and other factors. The infographic also examines the different types of remediation and how students are doing a year later. The infographic is available online at, and a full remediation report can be found at

AIR welcomes feedback as part of its efforts to disseminate data across campus. Visit the AIR website for contact information or to view more helpful data.

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Info session to spotlight retirement plan

Every month, Human Resources hosts an information session in its Tea...with Benefits! series. This month's session, "Understanding Your CALPERS Retirement Plan," will be held Thursday, May 18, from 9 to 11 a.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center's Jack Adams Hall. The guest speaker will be Mary Lee Saw, SF State's retirement planning consultant.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Workshop

Learn how to use the QOLT instrument to diagnose and improve your course, establish connections with the QOLT faculty ambassadors and instructional designers, and begin the journey towards full QOLT certification.

There are two identical workshops offered:

Redesign Our Majors Symposium, August 19

SF State's Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning will host the CSU Redesigning Our Majors Symposium on Saturday, Aug.19. This symposium brings together departments and faculty from across the CSU who are at various stages of curricular redesign to discuss strategies, tools and opportunities for success. Learn about developing interdisciplinary curricula, revising outdated program learning outcomes, adapting to changing accreditation standards, merging programs and departments, embracing shared governance in curricular design, strategic processes of redesign, and more.

Faculty and administrators from across the CSU are invited to this free symposium, generously sponsored by the Teagle Foundation. More information, an agenda and free registration are available at

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

Academic Technology Summer Institute 2017

The two-day, in-depth Academic Technology Summer Institute is designed for those who are new to iLearn or would like to learn more about the wide array of technology tools and services available to instructors. Don't miss this opportunity to meet your colleagues and expand your skills and knowledge. Institutes are hands-on, with interactive demonstrations and engaging activities.

Three identical sessions will be offered:

  • Session 1, June 6 and 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Session 2, July 11 and 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Session 3, August 8 and 9, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

All sessions take place on campus in LIB 242. Lunch and refreshments are included.

Register for Summer Institute 2017.

Call for Constitution and Citizenship Day papers, panels and more

Proposals for papers, presentations, panels, roundtables and workshops are being accepted for Rights and Wrongs: A Constitution and Citizenship Day Conference, to be held Sept. 18 and 19 at SF State. The conference will provide multiple opportunities to reflect critically on the past, present and future of constitutional rights and freedoms and larger questions about equality, democracy and justice. The proposals (maximum length: 250 words) should be sent to by June 20.

Last year's event was sponsored by the College of Liberal and Creative Arts and was cosponsored by 15 other SF State colleges, departments, programs, centers, institutes and student groups. More than 1,100 faculty, students and community members attended the conference, which featured a mix of faculty, graduate student and community-based presenters.

Learn more about plans for the 2017 conference.

UndocuAlly Training for staff and faculty, July 27

Staff and faculty are invited to participate in a summer UndocuAlly training. The training has been designed to guide the SF State community in learning how to support the undocumented student population. Participants will receive an overview of immigration history, recent legislation and ways to support DREAMers' common post-election challenges while hearing the stories of current SF State students and learning about resources available for current and prospective undocumented students. Space is limited, so interested staff and faculty members are asked to register in advance at

Questions? Email AB 540 Dream Coordinator Norma Salcedo.

The training will be held Thursday, July 27, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in LIB 244

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

Health Promotion & Wellness is recruiting for its volunteer ambassador program for academic year 2017-2018. This opportunity gives students the skills to help create programs, be a voice for campus health issues and help change our environment to promote health and wellness.

Ambassadors who complete four volunteer hours per month on projects and health events will become Certified Health Promotion & Wellness Ambassadors. The application deadline is May 23.

For more information, visit

LINK+ transitions to CSU+

The LINK+ service, which makes books that are checked out or not available at the J. Paul Leonard Library accessible from other libraries, will be transitioning this spring and summer to a new CSU-wide service called CSU+. The last date for SF State faculty, staff and students to request to borrow books using LINK+ will be Friday, May 26. Between May 27 and July 9, all requests to borrow books will be handled using ILLIad. Beginning July 10, SF State faculty, students and staff will be able to place requests to borrow books from other CSU libraries using the new OneSearch and CSU+ services.

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Congratulations to the new 2017-2018 Academic Senate Executive Committee.

Senate Officers, 2017-2018 Candidates

Chair, Academic Senate

Nancy Gerber, professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

Vice-Chair, Academic Senate

Teddy Albiniak, lecturer, Department of Communication Studies

Secretary, Academic Senate

Laura Lisy-Wagner, associate professor, Department of History

At-Large Member, Executive Committee (2)

Jerry Shapiro, professor, School of Social Work

Dylan Mooney, IT Helpdesk & Computer Lab manager, College of Health and Social Sciences, staff

Senate Officers, 2017-2018 Candidates

Academic Policies Committee

Jackson Wilson, associate professor, Department of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism

Curriculum Review and Approval Committee

Genie Stowers, professor, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

Faculty Affairs Committee

Todd Roehrman, professor, School of Theatre and Dance

Strategic Issues Committee

Sheldon Gen, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement

Student Affairs Committee

Taghi Amjadi, student services health professional, Student Health Center

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

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Department of Health Education

Professor of Health Education Erik Peper gave the invited presentation "Why Posture Matters in Biofeedback" at the Western Association for Biofeedback and Neuroscience regional conference held May 6 at SF State. At the same conference, Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey gave the invited presentation "Placebo Concepts and Biofeedback."

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Moon Man

A article about the possibility of life in the TRAPPIST-1 exoplanet system quoted Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephen Kane, who commented on the important role the moon might have played in the emergence of life on Earth. "The presence of the moon has helped to stabilize changes in the tilt of the Earth's rotational axis, which in turn creates longer periods of climate stability," Kane said. "So although it's difficult to say what the Earth would be like without a moon, we can certainly describe ways in which it has positively influenced our present environment."

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

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Barbara Phillips

Professor Emerita of Sociology and Urban Studies Barbara Phillips succumbed to corticobasel degeneration on May 2. She will be remembered for her many accomplishments, including serving as a U.S. diplomat in Africa and India, leading a workshop for the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in Central Europe, working as an anti-poverty worker in Appalachia and writing for and editing a social science journal. Upon her retirement from SF State, she founded Latitude, a cultural center in Southwest France.

Phillips received a B.A. with honors in history from Northwestern University; an M.A. in international relations from Tufts University's Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy; and an M.P.A. (with distinction) and Ph.D. from Syracuse University's Maxwell School.

A woman of many interests, Phillips was a dancer and folk singer. She studied ballet in Chicago, bharatanatyam (a classical style of Indian dance) in India and bugaku (a Japanese traditional dance) in Tokyo. She was the author of "City Lights: Urban and Suburban Life in the Global Society" (Oxford University Press).

Phillips is survived by her partner, Tim Teninty, and her sister, Joanne Sanders. A celebration of her life was held on Sunday, May 7, at her home in Berkeley.

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