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Volume 61, Number 17    December 16, 2013         

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CampusMemo winter schedule
The Dec. 23 CampusMemo will be the last issue of the fall 2013 semester. CampusMemo will resume regular weekly publication with the start of the spring 2014 semester on Jan. 27.

WAC Conference registration open
The Northern California Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Conference will be held Friday, Jan. 24, 2014 in the J. Paul Leonard Library from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will include light refreshments in the morning.

Conference workshops will showcase best practices from across disciplines for integrating writing into all facets of the curriculum. Register online for the free conference. For more information, visit or e-mail Mary Soliday.

ORSP Faculty Manuscript Writing Retreat
On Jan. 14-16, tenure-track and tenured faculty are invited to join colleagues from across campus who are writing for publication in peer-reviewed journals. The intensive two and a half day session, led by ORSP Senior Editor Barbara Ustanko, will include uninterrupted writing time, peer support and opportunities for professional consultation. Space is limited, so pre-registration is required.

Openings at the Children’s Campus
The Children’s Campus at SF State has a few openings for preschool-age children (3 to 5-year-olds) beginning in January 2014. The second semester begins Monday, Jan. 6. Openings include Monday-Friday, Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Tuesday-Thursday opportunities.

For more information or to access the online waitlist, visit the Children's Campus website , e-mail, call ext. 5-0411or visit the center on North State Drive at Lake Merced Boulevard.

Volunteers needed to feed campus cats
The SF State Campus Cat Committee has fed the small, friendly cat population on campus for nearly 40 years and volunteers are needed to continue the tradition. Volunteers choose a weekday or a once-a-month weekend rotation and one of three feeding sites. Food is provided. The greatest need is volunteers for feeding, particularly on weekends. Donations are also sought for food and veterinarian bills. Other ways to help include cat food runs, accepting cash and in-kind donations and scheduling volunteers. For further information, e-mail Irene Donner at or call ext. 8-2521.

U.S. Bank to offer convenience banking at State
On Jan. 21, 2014, U.S. Bank will open a full service branch that will provide convenience banking to the SF State community. Exclusive discounts and full financial services will include checking, savings, loans, investments, personal one-to-one support and financial wellness seminars (such as college savings, retirement and home loans). The branch will be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

One-on-One with Provost Sue Rosser
Interested faculty are invited to make a 10-15 minute appointment with Provost Rosser to talk about their interests, research, community service, creative projects, etc. An office hour will be scheduled each week to accommodate several individual faculty appointments. Contact Candice Piper in the Provost's Office at or ext. 8-1141 to schedule an appointment.

Upcoming ORSP Research Methods classes
The ongoing Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Research Methods courses help faculty hone their research skills. For more information, schedule and registration instructions, visit the ORSP Research Methods Course Web page. Some classes require reservations in advance. Upcoming classes include:

• Methodological and Multivariate Analysis (MAMA) Support Group, Jan. 6, 2014, noon-1 p.m., LIB 286


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Holiday reception prizewinners announced
President and Mrs. Wong have announced the winners of the drawing from their Dec. 5 holiday reception:

  • Geoff Brown, Disability Programs and Resource Center
  • Irene Cheng, Division of Information Technology
  • Bob Gabriner, Educational Leadership Program
  • Hugh Huang, Division of Information Technology
  • Derrick Lee, College of Extended Learning
  • Liana Low, Clinical Lab Sciences, College of Health and Social Sciences
  • Michelle Martinez, Division of Information Technology
  • Renee Monte, Enrollment Services
  • Vicky Ramos-Sponza, Human Resources
  • Kathy Sherak, Academic & Institutional Studies, College of Extended Learning
  • Mitch Turitz, J. Paul Leonard Library
  • Clarice Wong, Student Health Center

Winners may pick up their prizes from the Office of the President on the fifth floor of the Administration building.

Jennifer Summit appointed dean of undergraduate studies
Jennifer Summit has been appointed as the University's new dean of undergraduate studies. She comes to SF State from Stanford University, where she has worked since 1995 as a professor of English and in multiple administrative and leadership capacities. Most recently, Summit was Stanford's director of integrated learning, the chair of the Committee for the Review of the Undergraduate Major and the chair of the University Writing and Oral Communication Requirements Revision. She also served for three years as the chair of the department of English at Stanford, and co-founded and directed the university's Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Last year, she served as an American Council on Education Fellow at San Jose State University, where she led the Provost's Task Force on Student Engagement.

As dean of undergraduate studies at SF State, Summit will be responsible, with the college deans, for providing leadership for the operation of the undergraduate curriculum and related campus-wide learning and advising functions. She will provide intellectual vision and administrative leadership for all undergraduate programs and students, and advise the Provost on all matters related to the undergraduate curriculum.

Summit received her bachelor's degree in English from Vassar College and her master's and Ph.D. in English from Johns Hopkins University. She will report to Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser and serve as a member of the Provost's Council and the Academic Affairs Council.

SF State Magazine's fall/winter issue has arrived
The latest issue of SF State Magazine is now available online and in the Administration building lobby. Highlights include a major gift to the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies, monstrous creations by alumni animators and a profile of Virgin America’s chief marketing officer.

Published twice annually, the magazine is now welcoming input for the forthcoming spring/summer issue. Readers are invited to contribute story ideas, letters to the editor, Class Notes and photos of themselves reading the magazine by contacting

Missed a recent issue? Call the Office of University Communications at ext. 8-1665 to request a back issue by mail. Want to receive the magazine by mail? Join the Alumni Association today or make a gift to the University.

Read SF State Magazine online at

ORSP Research Methodology Summer Institute, June 2014
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) will conclude the Research Methodology Rx for Faculty course with the Research Methodology Summer Institute, June 9-11, 2014. The three-day workshop in the J. Paul Leonard Library will focus on providing support to faculty who would benefit from immersive and guided research and proposal development. Joseph G. Johnson, Naus family faculty scholar and associate professor of psychology at Miami University, Ohio will lead the institute. SF State faculty will also serve as mentors and group leaders.

An information session will be held Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014, from 9 to 9:30 a.m. in LIB 121. More information may be found at

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Dec. 10 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a Report from Senate Chair Hanley
  • Approved a resolution in honor of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, in memoriam
  • Heard reports from Standing Committee Chairs and CSU Senators: brief updates
  • Heard Update on Strategic Issues Planning Process
  • Approved the summer calendar for 2014
  • Approved All-University Online Education Committee
  • Approved a resolution to accept the Report on the Formal Grievance and Informal Complaint Processes for Faculty and Staff at SF State

Distinguished Faculty Awards nominations sought
The Academic Senate acknowledges outstanding faculty each year for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. The Distinguished Faculty Award categories are:

  • Excellence in Teaching
  • Professional Achievement and Growth
  • Community Service

Faculty who are interested in applying or would like to nominate a colleague are asked to review the application process and candidate criteria on the Academic Senate website, as well as the Faculty Honors and Awards policy page.

The Academic Senate office (ADM 551) will accept nomination packets until 4 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2014. One nomination packet must be completed for each person being nominated. Questions? E-mail or call the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

Senate meeting dates are posted on the University Web calendar and on the Senate website at

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This week in Insiders: Cinema Lecturer Bill Zarchy and Professor of Special Education Gloria Soto.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Gerontology Brian de Vries, Professor of History Trevor Getz, SF State artists-in-residence the Alexander String Quartet and Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri.

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SF State received $362,131 in grants and contracts in November 2013.

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Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.

Striking Images: San Francisco State in 1968: through Dec. 20

Toru Sugita: Bay Area Lines and Shadows: through Jan. 15, 2014

Fall '13 Last Day of Classes

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Dodie Bellamy and Steven Seidenberg: 7 p.m.

Fall '13 Final Exams begin

Documentary for Health and Social Justice Screening: 6:30 p.m.

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: Under Some Other Heaven: 7 p.m.

Theatre: Fringe Goes Long: The M. Documents: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
Dec. 23: Winter '14 J1 Session Instruction Begins (actual start dates may vary by class)

Dec. 25-Jan. 1, 2014: Winter '14 Campus Closed. Winter Break

Dec. 25-Jan. 22, 2014: Winter '14 J1 (fully-online and hybrid) classes remain in session during campus closure for holidays. The SF State library is available electronically

Jan. 2-22, 2014: Winter '14 J2 Session Instruction

Jan. 3: Fall '13 Grading Day

Jan. 3: Wrestling Hosting Mercyhurst College: 3 p.m.

Jan. 6, 2014: Fall '13 Semester Ends; Grades Due

Jan. 7, 2014: Winter '14 Census Day (faculty payroll salaries determined)

Jan. 7, 2014: Info Session: Paralegal Studies: 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 8, 2014: Orientation: Spanish/English Interpretation Studies: 6 p.m.

Jan. 11, 2014: Wrestling Hosting Simpson University: 1 p.m.

Jan. 16, 2014: Information Session: Nonprofit Management Certificate of Completion Program: 6 p.m.

Jan. 17, 2014: Women's Basketball vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 17, 2014: Men's Basketball vs. Cal State San Bernardino: 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 18, 2014: Women's Basketball vs. UC San Diego: 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 18, 2014: Men's Basketball vs. UC San Diego: 7:30 p.m.

Jan. 20, 2014: Spring '14 Martin Luther King Jr. Day: No Classes; Offices Closed

Jan. 23, 2014: Spring '14 Faculty Development

Jan. 23, 2014: Winter '14 Grades Due From Faculty by 11:59 p.m.

Jan. 23, 2014: Spring '14 Academic Semester Begins

Jan. 24, 2014: Spring '14 Department Meetings

Jan. 24, 2014: Information Session: Nonprofit Management Certificate of Completion Program: 6 p.m.

Jan. 25, 2014: Baseball hosting Alumni Game: noon

Jan. 25, 2014: Wrestling Hosting Stanford University: 7 p.m.

Jan. 27, 2014: Spring '14 First Day of Instruction.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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