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Volume 61, Number 6    September 23, 2013         

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September EOP Month
Assembly Concurrent Resolution 124 praises the accomplishments of the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) in the UC, CSU and community college systems and declares September as EOP month. The resolution was approved by both houses of the legislature with bipartisan support. The SF State EOP thanks the campus community for its continued support.

SF State Purple Fridays
Faculty and staff are encouraged to show their SF State pride by wearing purple, gold and/or SF State-branded gear every Friday. Coloring the campus purple at the end of every week will also celebrate the campus community. E-mail questions to

Jumpstart volunteers sought
The SF State Jumpstart program, part of a national early education organization dedicated to preparing all children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond, seeks the help of caring adult volunteers from the campus community. Volunteers will serve 12 hours per week working with preschool-age children on reading, writing and social skills in local early childhood centers. Eligible college students can potentially earn Federal Work-Study, course credit and Segal AmeriCorps Education Awards, in addition to gaining valuable skills and experience, while making a difference in the life of a child.

For more information and to apply, visit or contact Alicia Torres at ext. 5-3592. Faculty and staff are asked to share this information with students who may be interested or a good fit for the program. Faculty who are interested in having Jumpstart staff give a short 5-7 minute presentation to their students, should contact Site Manager Nathaniel Brewer at ext. 5-3780, or Senior Site Manager Alicia Torres at ext. 5-3592.

Impressionists on the Water tour, Sept. 27
The University Women's Association has arranged a private, docent-led tour of the Impressionists on the Water exhibit at the Legion of Honor, Friday, Sept. 27 at 4 p.m. The tour will be followed by a no-host dinner at the Beach Chalet (1000 Great Highway, San Francisco). Participants will meet in the foyer at the front entrance of the Legion of Honor in Lincoln Park (100 34th Avenue at Clement) at 3:45 p.m.

RSVP by Sept. 24 (indicate if attending dinner or tour only). The cost is $20 for Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco members and $25 for non-members. Make checks payable to "University Women's Association" or "UWA" and send to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Contact Lin Ivory with questions at or (415) 721-7432.

Volunteer for Discovery Day
Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks at the Rosenberg Institute Discovery Day open house at SF State’s Romberg Tiburon Center on Sunday, Oct. 13. Two- or three-hour shifts are available from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will receive lunch and a T-shirt. For more information or to volunteer, contact Erin Blackwood at ext. 8-3757 or by Sept. 25.

Unbearable Transgression art exhibit, panel, Sept. 26
Sociology and Sexuality Studies will host the art exhibition, "Unbearable Transgression: Breaking the Norms of Gender and Sexuality," Sept. 26 at 5:30 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery. The exhibit will feature art by SF State alumni that exposes the unbearable realities of sexual violence.

Following the exhibit, there will be a roundtable discussion at 7 p.m. with a panel that will include Valerie Francisco (Sociology, University of Portland), Iman Camila Muñoz Mella (Sexuality Studies, SF State), Alan Guttirez (St. James Infirmary and LYRIC, San Francisco) and Luis Gutierrez-Mock (Center of Excellence for Transgender Health, UCSF); Associate Professor of Sociology Clare Sears will moderate.

A closing reception will be held at 8:30 p.m. Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP. For more information or to RSVP, visit the Unbearable Transgression event Web page or contact Ed McCaughan at or ext. 8-1090.

Opening Day at Creative State, Sept. 29
The new season of the SF State Morrison Chamber Music Center will kick off with a free arts festival on Sunday, Sept. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Creative Arts and Fine Arts buildings. The festivities will include a concert by the Alexander String Quartet and clarinetist David Shifrin, readings of new plays, a dance showcase and film screenings. The Fine Arts Gallery will open with "The Illuminated Library," an exhibit featuring a performance from SF State’s Gregorian chant ensemble, Schola Civilis, conducted by Paul Ellison. Local food trucks will be on hand for refreshments.

Free tickets are required for the Alexander String Quartet/David Shifrin concert. For details, call the Box Office at ext. 8-2467 or visit the Creative State event Web page.

Reception to celebrate faculty tenure and promotion, Oct. 7
A campus-wide celebration in honor of faculty who were granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held on Monday, Oct. 7, from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. The tenure and promotions list is available at the Faculty Affairs website.

Writing Across the Curriculum seeks proposals
Proposals are invited for the Writing Across the Curriculum Conference to be held Jan. 24, 2014 in the J. Paul Leonard Library. Teachers in any discipline are invited to submit 150-200 word proposals for interactive workshops on writing across the curriculum by Nov. 2, 2013. For guidelines and details, visit the announcement page at or e-mail Mary Soliday at The conference is co-presented by the University Writing Program at UC Davis, the CSU Sacramento WAC Program and the SF State WAC Program.


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Adobe Creative Cloud training, Thursday, Sept. 26
Faculty, staff and students are invited to attend any or all of four sessions presented by Adobe Education Solutions Consultant Rick Miller about Adobe Creative cloud applications. The one-hour sessions will be held Thursday, Sept. 26 in LIB 121:

  • 9 a.m.: Illustrator (graphic design)
  • 10 a.m.: Photoshop (digital photo editing)
  • 11 a.m.: Acrobat XI (accessible document creation and conversion)
  • Noon: Premier Pro (video editing)

For more information about the sessions and the software applications, visit

Online training at available
Faculty (current and emeriti), staff and student employees can now access more than 1,500 online courses to learn software and improve their creative and business skills using without charge, thanks to a contract between SF State and, which provides unlimited access to their courses for one year effective September 2013. Although full student access was considered, the cost proved to be too high, so access is limited to SF State employees, who are encouraged to make full use of these courses. Toward the end of the one-year trial, the program may be renewed depending on the amount of use.

For free access to courses, log in to SF State Gateway and choose "IT Services" in the left-hand navigation column, then follow the "Online Training (Lynda)" link under the "Additional Services" section of the right-side navigation column. All courses may then be perused by categories, skill level, software, etc.

Open Enrollment in progress
Open Enrollment began Sept. 16 and runs through Oct. 11. During this time, faculty and staff may change plans, add eligible dependents to new or existing health or dental plans, and renew or enroll in a flexible spending program (HCRA/DCRA). Changes to plans take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Four Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) choices have been added to the two existing HMO choices (Blue Shield of California, a.k.a. Blue Shield and Kaiser Permanente, a.k.a. Kaiser): Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem), Health Net, Sharp Health Plan (Sharp) and United Healthcare. Review the offerings and verify local availability at

Rate information and enrollment forms will be posted on the Human Resources website.

Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan's Evidence of Coverage (EDC) publication for a complete explanation of the benefits covered, as well as limitations and exclusions that may apply, before deciding to retain their existing plan or make a change.

Drop-in visits and appointments with Benefit and Retirement Services Staff are available through the end of open enrollment during the following hours:

  • Mondays, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays, 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Fridays, by appointment only

Benefits Fair
Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management will host the 32nd Annual Benefits Fair on Oct. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby and on the second floor of the Administration building. The fair provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore the range of available employee benefits and speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans.

Sept. 24 community meeting on campus for 19th Avenue Transit Study
The second community meeting to discuss transit and related improvements to the M-Ocean View line and 19th Avenue will be held on campus Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Richmond Room of the Towers Conference Center.

The 19th Avenue Transit Study builds on recent planning efforts to develop improvement concepts for a west-side, grade-separated alignment of the M-Ocean View light rail as it traverses 19th Avenue between St. Francis Circle and Broad Street at Orizaba Avenue -- i.e., partial subway, tunnel or bridge crossings of 19th Avenue. The purpose of the study is to determine the feasibility, benefits and impact of such an investment. Potential benefits for SF State include:

  • Faster and more reliable trips to campus on the M line
  • A shorter, safer way to cross 19th Avenue at Holloway
  • Wider sidewalks
  • Larger, more comfortable rail and bus stops
  • More greenery and landscape

Since the first community meeting was held in February, some conceptual alternatives have been removed from consideration or modified based on public input. The study team is seeking input on community preferences among the remaining alternatives.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is leading this study in collaboration with multiple public and private transportation and land use partners, including SF State. For more information, go to

Disaster preparedness training
The San Francisco Fire Department provides its annual fall semester Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training on campus, Oct. 1, 8 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Towers Conference Center. The three days of intensive disaster preparedness training will include hands-on search and rescue instruction, disaster triage, fire extinguishing and how to prepare for disaster at home and in the workplace. At the end of the training, participants will know the basics of personal preparedness and prevention so that they will be able to better respond to a personal emergency, as well as act as a member of a campus or neighborhood emergency response team.

The SF State Office of Emergency Preparedness will host the training. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of this free training, which is geared toward those who live and work in San Francisco.

To register and for more information, visit

Help build the future at State
SF State has a long tradition of creating a better tomorrow by planning and preparing for it today. A key element in the University's success has always been the involvement of the campus community. That involvement is just as critical today, so faculty, staff and students are encouraged to visit the Strategic Planning website to learn about and contribute to the work being done to prepare for tomorrow.

The new website at is a repository for resources and planning materials, as well as the work done by the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee. Community members visiting the page will also have the opportunity to review the themes that have been developed and join the conversation by submitting comments.

Also, the Twitter feed @SFStatePlanning has been set up to help inform stakeholders of progress, plans and breakthroughs.

Visit the Strategic Planning website today and join the effort to revise and reaffirm SF State's goals as we work to serve students and the community in the future.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Sept. 17 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Discussion item: Strategic Planning Theme 1, Building the San Francisco State Identity
  • Academic Senate Elections: The following are positions currently open on University committees of which the Academic Senate must elect representatives (the Senate elects the representatives, however candidates are not required to be Senators in all cases):
    • Board of Appeals and Review (2013-2015):
      • Ernita Joaquin (assistant professor, College of Health and Social Sciences)
      • Mitra Ara (Persian program coordinato, Foreign Languages)
    • All-University on Teacher Education Committee: one faculty representative to serve a one-year term (2013-2014)
      • Election postponed -- nominees:
      • Antwi Akom, associate professor of Africana Studies
      • Robert Pope, assistant professor of Nursing
    • Center for Teaching & Faculty Development (2013-2016):
      • Elected Therese Doan, assistant professor of Nursing
    • Enrollment Management Committee:
      • Elected Jeff Cookston, associate professor of Psychology (2013-2014)
      • Darlene Yee, pofessor of Gerontology (2013-2016)
    • Baccalaureate Requirements Committee: one Academic Senator to serve a one-year term (2013-2014): Vacancy remains open
    • University Budget Committee: two faculty members to serve a three-year term (2013-2016), elected:
      • Nathan Avani, professor/chair of Secondary Education
      • Darlene Yee, pofessor of Gerontology

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

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Director of the Health Equity Institute Cynthia Gòmez and Associate Professor & Acting Director of Race and Resistance Studies Falu P. Bakrania.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Associate Professor of History Charles Postel and Professor and Chair of Decision Sciences Robert Saltzman.

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SF State received $3,980,306 in grants and contracts in August 2013.

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

Marching Through History with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers: through Sept. 30

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

Recital: Afro-Latin Percussion Clinic with John Santos: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Tom Barbash: 7 p.m.

Film: The Motherhood Archives: 2 p.m.

Artist Lecture Series: Jason Jagel: 5:30 p.m.

Film: way by Konrad Steiner in collaboration with Leslie Scalapino: 6:30 p.m.

Recital: U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Chamber Players: 1:10 p.m.

Coming Up
Sept. 29: Festival: Creative State Opening Day: noon

Sept. 29: Lecture: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Alexander String Quartet with David Shifrin, Clarinet, Pre-Concert Talk: 2 p.m.

Sept. 29: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet and David Shifrin, Clarinet: 3 p.m.

Sept. 30: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Aimee Phan: 7 p.m.

Oct. 1: Emergency Training: NERT

Oct. 1: Panel discussion: Rainbowing Children's Picture Books Through Textual and Visual Interactions: 2 p.m.

Oct. 2: Discussion: OLLI Brown Bag with Kathy Setian: 1 p.m.

Oct. 2: Recital: Almir Cortes, Brazilian instrumental music: 1:10 p.m.

Oct. 3: Lecture: Leslie Mitchner: Transitions in Scholarly Publishing: The Effect on Authors: 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Workshop: Angel's Destiny: Recreating Your Destiny Through Haiku, presented by April Martin Chartrand: 1 p.m.

Oct. 3: Lecture: John Windle and Thomas Ingmire in conversation: 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Poetry: Rachel Levitsky and Latasha N. Nevada Diggs: 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Bay Area Philosophers of Science Meeting: 6 p.m.

Oct. 3: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4: Volleyball Hosting Chico State: 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: Poetry: Edward Dorn's Collected Poems with Jennifer Dunbar Dorn and guests: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5: Volleyball Hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 7 p.m.

Oct. 5: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Chico State: 11:30 a.m.

Oct. 7: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Joseph Lease: 7 p.m.

Oct. 8: Emergency Training: NERT: 9 a.m.

Oct. 9: Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

Oct. 9: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Course/Faculty Preview: 3 p.m.

Oct. 10: Presentation: World War Two Propaganda: How Animated and Documentary Films Made Before, During and After the War Taught Us What to Think: noon

Oct. 10: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Course/Faculty Preview: noon

Oct. 10: Lecture/Master Class: Mark Rozett: Sound Design and Mixing: Fixing the Film: 5:10 p.m.

Oct. 10: Screening: Electronic Media and Social Justice: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11: Volleyball Hosting Humboldt State: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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