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Volume 61, Number 3    September 3, 2013         

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Dependent Eligibility Verification
CalPERS, in coordination with a third party vendor, has developed the Dependent Eligibility Verification project to help control health care costs and reduce public employer spending by verifying that all dependents enrolled in healthcare programs are eligible for group insurance coverage. On July 26, HMS Employer Solutions began mailing letters to all CSU employees with dependents enrolled on their health plan. Employees who receive these letters must comply with the instructions to avoid the loss of health coverage for the enrolled dependents. Questions? Call (877) 796-9628 toll-free or visit

Suicide Prevention Conference Oct. 18
Students, staff and faculty -- especially those who provide direct services to students -- are invited to share best practices for suicide prevention and mental health awareness at the Oct. 18 Suicide Prevention Conference, which aims to create a campus community of caring by raising awareness and education on suicide prevention, reducing stigma and connecting students to resources and referrals. The conference is sponsored by the SF State Student Mental Health Initiative and is funded by Proposition 63 and the California Mental Health Services Authority.

Proposals must be submitted by Sept. 6. For more information, visit the Suicide Prevention Conference website. Ready to join? Register for the conference by Oct. 4.

Science supplemental instruction
The College of Science and Engineering (COSE) offers one-unit science Supplemental Instruction (SI) courses to enhance learning in core lecture courses. The optional one-unit courses may be taken concurrently with a corresponding primary course in math, engineering, physics, biology or chemistry. SI classes are designed to promote understanding of key concepts through student-centered discussion and problem solving. SI instructors utilize various teaching approaches to accommodate different learning styles and foster a collaborative learning environment. COSE faculty are encouraged to promote student use of the SI courses, which are listed in the Class Schedule and begin the second week of instruction (Sept. 3). Questions? Contact the program director, Tatiane Russo-Tait, at

Safe Zone seeks volunteers
The SF State Safe Zone Program seeks staff, faculty and administrators to become safe zone allies for the campus LGBTQ community. The program aims to foster a safe campus environment through a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe zone allies are active and visible volunteers who are open to talking to members of the LGBTQ community in a safe and supportive environment. To become a safe zone ally, interested volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that will be offered in December or April of this academic year. Contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 5-4415 for further details about the training. Visit the Safe Zone Program website for more information.

Feline feeders sought
For nearly 40 years, the SF State Campus Cat Committee has fed the small, friendly cat population on campus 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. 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, contact Irene Donner by e-mail or leave a voicemail by calling 338-6000 and entering the extension 4CATS (42287) at the prompt.

Seven Hills hosts campus events
Whether it's a lunch meeting, workshop presentation, donor reception, buffet, plated dinner or recognition ceremony, hosting your event at the Seven Hills Conference Center or Towers Conference Center is convenient for guests and students. The center offers meeting packages with catering and other event specials. For pricing and availability information, call ext. 5-4427 or send an e-mail to

Campus Recreation accepting members
Campus Recreation welcomes faculty and staff back to school by offering memberships for use of the pool, strength and conditioning room and Group X classes during the fall semester. Visit for more information or to sign up.

Finals days of J. Jill discount
J. Jill, a women's boutique clothier in Stonestown Galleria, is offering a 15 percent discount on full-priced styles through Sept. 8. Faculty and staff must present their valid SF State ID to receive the "teacher's discount." Questions? Contact Store Manager Lena Lundberg at (415) 661-5455.

Vista Room to reopen
The Vista Room, featuring California cuisine prepared by Chef Daniel Honan, will reopen on Sept. 16. Food service management students will serve meals Monday-Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seating is between 11:45 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 each or blocks of tickets can be purchased at a reduced price by calling ext. 8-1219. For tickets and other information, contact Kelly Vuong at ext. 5-3530 or BH 329, or Beverly Colindres at ext. 8-1023 or BUS 306. Checks and OneCard are the only accepted payment methods.

BART shuttle, Muni transfers
The SF State shuttle between campus and the Daly City BART station has resumed service. Commuters who use BART can now either ride the shuttle or take advantage of the free round-trip transfer on the Muni 28/28L to get to and from campus. The free fares are stored automatically when you tap your Clipper card upon exit at the Daly City station. You must also tap your Clipper card upon boarding Muni for proof of payment. The free transfer is good for the return trip from campus even if you take the shuttle to campus earlier that day. Clipper cards are available on campus at the Cesar Chavez Student Center information desk or via the website. Questions? Contact Wendy Bloom at

Emergency Ride Home
SF State now participates in the Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program through the CommuteSmart program of SF Environment. ERH is designed to encourage faculty and staff to commute to campus by a sustainable mode, such as ridesharing, public transportation, biking or walking by providing a free ride home in cases of unexpected personal or family emergencies. The program is open to all permanent SF State faculty and staff who used a sustainable mode of transportation to get to work on the day that the emergency occurs. The program is not open to students. For more information visit the ERH website at or contact SF State Parking & Transportation at

SF State 511 RideMatch
The SF State 511 RideMatch service is an interactive, on-demand system that allows students, faculty and staff to find carpools or bicycle partners based on where they live. Participants can specify whether they wish to find only other SF State affiliates or extend their search to a broader pool. Visit the SF State 511 RideMatch website.

Contact SF State Parking & Transportation at for more information.

Reserving Library rooms
The Library's Events Room on the first floor is available for any SF State faculty or staff member to reserve. Visit the policy page for more information and to make a reservation.

The Library also has five instruction rooms of various capacities, some of which are equipped with computers. The primary purpose of the rooms is to support library instruction by library faculty, but other SF State faculty may request reservations up to seven days in advance during the fall and spring semesters -- and further in advance at other times. See the room descriptions, policy and reservation calendar .

Academic Technology and Faculty Affairs manage the reservation of other rooms in the Library. Visit the Library room reservation overview page for more information.

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 to 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.


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Opening faculty meeting Thursday, Sept. 12
President Les Wong and Academic Senate Chair Lawrence Hanley have announced that this year's opening faculty meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. The meeting will feature remarks by President Wong, Senate Chair Hanley and CFA Chapter President Sheila Tully. Additionally, six members of the faculty will provide highlights of their recent and ongoing work.

A reception will follow at 4 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center's Jack Adams Hall. The reception is sponsored by the Office of the President, University Advancement, Allam El Qadah, the SFSU Bookstore, and the Academic Senate Office. Catering and conference support is provided by SFSU Station Café/Café Rosso and Chartwells Conference Services. The SFSU Bookstore will sponsor a raffle giveaway at the reception followed by a faculty & staff appreciation event in the Bookstore from 5 to 7 p.m.

CSU Chancellor White to visit campus Sept. 3-4
Over the course of his first year of service, California State University Chancellor Timothy White has been visiting each of the 23 CSU campuses. He will visit SF State Sept. 3 and 4. During his visit, Chancellor White will participate in various events and forums with members of the campus community, including students, faculty, union representatives, community members, elected officials and alumni. He will also tour our facilities and learn about faculty-student research collaborations.

The Chancellor's visit will include a reception for all faculty and staff on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. The campus community is invited to enjoy light fare, refreshments and discussion as we welcome Chancellor White to SF State.

Academic Affairs begins search for two college dean positions
Academic Affairs is conducting a search for the Dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts and a search for the Dean of the Graduate College of Education. Both positions are intended to be filled by fall semester 2014. Screening of the applications for both positions will begin Nov. 6 and applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. For the complete position descriptions and application procedures, visit the Academic Affairs website at

The members of the search committees follow.

Dean of the Graduate College of Education:

  • Myla Marcelino Adeva, credential analyst, Graduate College of Education
  • Brian Beatty, associate vice president, Academic Affairs Operations
  • Patricia Donohue, assistant professor, Equity, Leadership Studies & Instructional Technology
  • David Hemphill, professor/chair, Equity, Leadership Studies & Instructional Technology
  • Barbara Henderson, professor, Elementary Education
  • Sunggye Hong, assistant professor, Special Education
  • Kenneth Monteiro, dean, College of Ethnic Studies (search committee chair)
  • Armineh Noravian, Associated Students representative
  • Kimberly Tanner, associate professor, Biology.

Dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts:

  • Fred Astren, chair/professor, Jewish Studies
  • Sheldon Axler, dean, College of Science & Engineering (search committee chair)
  • Nan Alamilla Boyd, professor, Women & Gender Studies
  • Gene Chelberg, associate vice president for Student Affairs/Enrollment Management
  • Kenneth Collins, Associated Students representative
  • Jennifer Daly, personnel officer, College of Liberal & Creative Arts
  • Ricardo Gomes, professor, Design & Industry
  • Mohammad Salama, acting chair/associate professor, Foreign Languages & Literatures
  • Eva Sheppard-Wolf, professor, History

For answers to questions, contact Stephanie Schwartz, staff liaison to the committee, at

Retention, tenure and promotion workshops scheduled
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled four informational sessions to help faculty prepare for their retention, tenure and promotion reviews. The sessions will be conducted by Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge and Chair of the University Tenure and Promotion Committee Diane Harris and will be held in LIB 242.

Faculty should RSVP for the appropriate session:

  • First and second probationary year faculty: Thursday, Sept. 5, 10:30 a.m. to noon
  • Third, fourth or fifth probationary year faculty: Thursday, Sept. 19, 2 to 3:30 p.m.
  • Faculty applying for tenure and promotion: Monday, Sept. 9, 2 to 3:30 p.m. or Thursday, Sept. 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

To register for one of these discussion sessions or ask questions, call ext. 8-2204 or send an e-mail to

Help students save cash
The CSU Rent Digital Program has negotiated agreements with publishers to provide students with the option to rent digital versions of textbooks. Savings are 60 percent or more over the purchase of new print textbooks. The e-textbook rentals provide students with digital material that is available for the length of the academic term through laptops, desktops, tablets and other devices, and includes interactive features such as printing, note-taking and highlighting.

Faculty are asked to spread the word to their students about e-textbook rentals, and to ensure that textbooks for their classes are available for rent. To check the status of or add textbooks to the rentable list, visit the SFSU Bookstore website and follow the Online Adoptions link under the Faculty section at the bottom. Once logged in, faculty can search to see which textbooks can be rented and then mark them as available for rental.

For more information about what the CSU is doing to keep higher education affordable, visit the Affordable Learning Solutions website.

New name, same trusted management
The San Francisco State University Corporation's Business Services group, which manages amenities that enrich the campus experience -- such as food services, the fitness center, banking and other offerings -- is now called the SFSU Gator Group. The name change was made to better reflect their charge and mission to work for the "Gator Good."

Shop24 grand opening
The SFSU Gator Group invites the campus community to the grand opening celebration for the Shop24 automated convenience store on Friday, Sept. 6 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. between the Library and Administration buildings. Shop24 will offer the chance to use the machine for a free product during the grand opening as well as other food and beverage samples and chances to win prizes, including a Dell tablet.

For more information, e-mail or visit

CSYou one-year survey
Nearly one year ago, the CSU Chancellor's Office launched the CSYou system-wide employee intranet that provides access to a range of services and information, including a system-wide employee directory, news documents, forms and benefit details. The site also enables employees to collaborate on projects and share ideas and best practices with other staff and faculty across the system. In an ongoing effort to improve the system, faculty and staff are invited to share their experiences and ideas for enhancements by completing a brief survey at

Academic Senate
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 will be held from 2 to 2:10 p.m., providing an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Guest: welcome CSU Chancellor Tim White (at 2:15 p.m.)
  • Chair's report
  • Standing Committee Chairs and CSU Senators reports
  • Approval of Standing Committee rosters
  • Recommendation from Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in honor of Dean of Undergraduate Studies Gail Evans, first reading
  • Senate Orientation: review of Senate processes, Robert's Rules of Order and frequently asked questions
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Baccalaureate Review Committee Policy on proposed amendment to S11-255, Sections VI.A.3.b and VI.A.4.b Lower Division Certification Committee and Upper Division Certification Committee memberships, first reading
  • Academic Senate Elections for representatives to fill open positions on University committees (the Senate elects the representatives, however candidates are not required to be Senators in all cases):
    • Board of Appeals and Review: two faculty representatives each to serve a two-year term (2013-15)
    • All-University on Teacher Education Committee: one faculty representative to serve a one-year term (2013-14)
    • Center for Teaching & Faculty Development: one faculty representative to serve a three-year term (2013-16)
    • Enrollment Management Committee: two faculty representatives needed:
      • One Department Chair to serve a one-year term (2013-14)
      • One faculty member to serve a three-year term (2013-16)
    • Baccalaureate Requirements Committee: one Academic Senator to serve a one-year term (2013-14)
    • University Budget Committee: two faculty to serve a three-year term (2013-16)

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

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Anthropology Peter Biella, Chair and Professor of Art Gail Dawson, Professor of Creative Writing Peter Orner, Professor of Creative Writing Camille Dungy, Professor of Creative Writing Robert Gluck, Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon, Associate Professor of Humanities Cristina Ruotolo, Director of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan, Library Education Coordinator Kendra Van Cleave, Professor of Music Hafez Modirzadeh and Professor of Music Richard Festinger.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Journalism Rachele Kanigel, Professor of Political Science Robert Smith, Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan and Associate Professor of Health Education Jose Ramon Fernandez-Peña.

Read Newsmakers:

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

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

Fall '13 Labor Day: No Classes; Offices Closed

Recital: Jason Brock: 1:10 p.m.

Women's Soccer Hosting Northwest Nazarene: 3:30 p.m.

Poetry: Lauren Shufran and r. erica doyle: 4:30 p.m.

Recital: Winners of the San Francisco Young Pianists Competition: 1:10 p.m.

Coming Up
Sept. 11: Women's Soccer Hosting Western Oregon: 4 p.m.

Sept. 12: Poetry: Kate Greenstreet and Sara Mumolo: 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 13: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Sonoma State: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 14: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Humboldt State: 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 20: Men/Women's Soccer hosting Cal State L.A.: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 20: Master class: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Alexander String Quartet with David Shifrin, clarinet: 2:10 p.m.

Sept. 20: Volleyball Hosting UC San Diego: 7 p.m.

Sept. 21: Volleyball Hosting Cal State San Bernardino: 7 p.m.

Sept. 22: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 23: Recital: Afro-Latin Percussion Clinic with John Santos: 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 26: Artist Lecture Series: Jason Jagel: 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 27: Recital: U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Chamber Players: 1:10 p.m.

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.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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