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Volume 62, Number 5    September 12, 2014         

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Vista Room opens Sept. 15
The Vista Room will reopen Sept. 15. The Vista Room features California cuisine and serves the highest-quality food prepared from fresh ingredients purchased from reputable vendors. Foodservice management students manage the Vista Room and serve meals Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Seating is from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.)

For ticket information, contact Kelly Vuong in Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics (ext. 5-3530, BH 329) or Beverly Colindres in Hospitality and Tourism Management (ext. 8-1023, BUS 306). Tickets are $17 each and may be paid for by check or OneCard. To purchase a block of tickets at a reduced price, call ext. 5-3530.

Assembly Select Committee on Biotechnology, Sept. 16
The campus community is invited to join Assembly-member Kevin Mullin as he convenes a hearing of the Assembly Select Committee on Biotechnology Sept. 16 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 121. The University will host the select committee as it hears from three separate panels on facets of the biotechnology industry. The panel topics will be Industry, Education and Government Entities.

HR2U to return Sept. 16
The Human Resources program HR2U provides additional availability and access to services for faculty, staff and student workers. Beginning Sept. 16 -- and continuing on the third Tuesday of each month through December -- a group of HR employees will set up shop in LIB 242 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employees who need personal assistance or have questions (benefits, payroll, retirement, hiring, classification, HRMS, performance evaluations, employee relations, etc.) are encouraged to stop by.

Exploring the Sutro Library's Treasures: Lecture Series
The Sutro Library will host historian Gary Kurutz, who will deliver the lecture "Romanticizing the Frontier: Anglo-European Encounters with Native American Peoples" on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. in the fifth floor reading room of the J. Paul Leonard Library. In the talk, Kurutz will discuss the significance of the illustrated works of artists such as Karl Bodmer and George Catlin, who devoted their lives to recording the customs, clothing and manners of Native American tribes, some on the brink of extinction. Kurutz is the emeritus special collections curator for the California State Library and is an author and lecturer on California history and Western Americana.

For more information, contact the Sutro Library at ext. (415) 469-6100 or

WGS Fall Lecture Series
The Women and Gender Studies Department (WGS) invites the campus community to attend their weekly series of lectures held each Thursday from 12:35 to 1:50 p.m. in HUM 108 unless otherwise specified. Upcoming lectures include:

• Sept. 18: "Feminism and Transitional Justice: The Afterlife of War in Bosnia and Herzegovina," Neda Atanasoski
• Sept. 25: "Beyond Bullying: Rethinking Queerness, Youth and Schooling," Jessica Fields
• Oct. 2: "Birthright Citizenship, Settler Colonialism and Reproductive Futurity," Leti Volpp, LIB 121
• Oct. 9: "Performing Queer Failure: From Orientalism to Incarceration," Tina Takemoto
• Oct. 16: "Red Feminism: Indigenous Interventions Under 'The Gaze' of Coloniality," Leece Lee
• Oct. 23: "Domestic Violence and the Welfare State," Priya Kandaswamy
• Oct. 30: "Gendering Labor at the Crossroads," Sheila Tully
• Nov. 6: "Where Do We Go from Here?: Radical Landscapes for Anti-Violence Movement Building," Alisa Bierria
• Nov. 20: "Beyond the Citizen: The Biopolitical Subject and the Politics of Settlement in Gauri Gill’s What Remains (2007-2011)," Kasturi Ray
• Dec. 4: "Feminism, Islam and Humanism: Reflections on the Post-Secular Turn in Feminist Theory," Evren Savci

For a full list of lectures, visit the Liberal & Creative Arts events page or the University Calendar. Check the WGS Facebook page for updated information about the speakers and events. Contact Jillian Sandell at for more information or to request reasonable accommodations.

Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro lecture, reading, Sept. 26
Puerto Rican novelist, short story writer and essayist Yolanda Arroyo Pizarro will discuss and read from her work Sexodiversidad y Piel: Blackness and Lesbianism in Puerto Rican Literature Sept. 26 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB121. In 2008, Pizarro was chosen as one of the most important Latin American writers under 39 as part of the "Bogotá39" collaboration organized by UNESCO, the Hay Festival and the Ministry of Culture in Bogotá. The event is sponsored by the César E. Chávez Institute, the College of Ethnic Studies and SF State. For more information or to register, visit the César E. Chávez Institute website.


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SF State exploring Hunters Point programming
President Les Wong announced on Sept. 10 that the University is in discussions with Lennar Urban San Francisco to have a major SF State presence at the former Hunters Point shipyard. Lennar plans an "innovation district" as part of the Hunters Point redevelopment project that will bring jobs and investment to the residential community.

"This is an opportunity for us to spark innovation and bring educational programs to an area of the city that has been under served in the past," President Wong said. "Many of those who grew up in the neighborhood have been left out of the economic boom. It’s a logical fit for a University so deeply committed to social justice to help create a bridge between the community and career options."

Early discussions have identified technology learning labs, teacher training, science outreach and professional master's degrees as possible fits for the innovation district. The University is in discussions with the San Francisco Unified School District about K-12 opportunities, as well.

“We are in the very early stages of discussion," President Wong said. "Departments on campus that would like to make a proposal are invited to contact my chief of staff, Shawn Whalen." Whalen can be reached at

Student biologist selected for CSU's top prize
Biologist Shayle Matsuda is SF State's 2014 recipient of the California State University Trustees Award, the highest student distinction within the CSU system. Every year, the CSU Board of Trustees selects a single student from each campus for the honor. Matsuda, who is doing research for his master's thesis, has been named the Trustee Emeritus Murray L. Galinson Scholar for extraordinary public service to his home, university or to the global community.

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CalPERS open enrollment starts Sept. 15
Open enrollment for benefits will start Sept. 15 and end Oct. 10, 2014. During open enrollment, eligible faculty and staff may:

  • Change health and/or dental plans
  • Add eligible dependents to new or existing health and/or dental plans
  • Renew or enroll in the flexible spending programs Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or Dependent Care Reimbursement (DCRA)

Note that currently enrolled employees MUST submit new enrollment forms for HCRA/DCRA during open enrollment to continue deductions for 2015.

New rate information and enrollment forms will be posted on the Human Resources website starting Sept. 15.

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. Eligible Employees should receive a CalPERS open enrollment brochure in the mail soon. The brochure may also be downloaded from the CalPERS website.

Benefit & Retirement Services staff will be available for drop-in visits and appointments regarding open enrollment during the following drop-in hours from Sept. 15 through Oct. 10:

  • Mondays: 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 8-10 a.m.
  • Wednesdays: 8-10 a.m.
  • Thursdays: 2-4 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8-10 a.m.

Benefits Fair, Oct. 1
Human Resources will host the 33rd Annual Benefits Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 1, from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby and second floor of the Administration Building. The fair provides faculty and staff an opportunity to explore the range of available employee benefits and speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans.

A Social Security Administration representative will also join the benefits fair this year.

Retention, tenure and promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled an informational session to help faculty prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge and Chair of the University Tenure and Promotion Committee Diane Harris will conduct the session, which will be held Thursday, Sept. 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in LIB 222 (primarily for faculty in their third, fourth and fifth years). Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP, sending their preferred session to

President's Dinner and Hall of Fame Celebration, Oct. 24
The campus community is invited to attend the President's Dinner and Alumni Hall of Fame to celebrate alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions in their fields. This year, President Wong will announce the inaugural recipient of the President's Distinguished Service Award, while emcee Ben Fong-Torres (B.A., '66, Radio/TV) will introduce the Alumnus of the Year and the Class of 2014 inductees into SF State's Alumni Hall of Fame. The honors will be bestowed upon the following SF State Gators:

President's Distinguished Service Award
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, M.A., '65, Special Education

Alumnus of the Year
Congressman George Miller, B.A., '68, American Studies

Hall of Fame
Margaret Avery, B.A., '65, Education, actress, singer, teacher
Andrew Ly, B.S., '86, Accounting, co-founder of Sugar Bowl Bakery
Michael McClure, B.A., '55, English, poet, playwright, songwriter, novelist
Steven Miller, B.A., '78, Radio/TV, record producer, engineer, arranger

The reception, dinner and inductee program will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. on Oct. 24 in the Julia Morgan Ballroom (465 California Street, 16th Floor, San Francisco). The cost is $150 per person ($1,500 for a table of ten) and guests are asked to dress in business attire. To purchase tickets, visit

CSU International Program seeks resident director applicants
The CSU Chancellor's Office is now accepting applications for four international program resident directors. The resident directors will each serve full time for 12 months in China, France, Italy and Spain.

The CSU resident director positions provide qualified faculty with the opportunity to develop administrative skills, be a vital part of the special experience of students involved in intercultural learning and utilize their international communication skills in a rewarding professional environment. Faculty from all disciplines who have never had the opportunity to serve in one of these positions are encouraged to apply.

Applications, including references, must be received in the Office of International Programs by Dec. 1. Personal interviews of the finalists will be conducted at the Chancellor's Office in Long Beach. To be considered for an appointment, applicants must be available for an interview on Feb. 19, 2015 or Feb. 20, 2015.

Faculty selected for the appointments will continue to be campus employees during the year they are abroad and will be paid by their campus during that time. If the faculty member is currently in a 10-month (academic year) position, they will be moved to a 12-month position, resulting in an increase of approximately 15 percent, plus an additional 10 percent for the overseas assignment. The additional 10 percent is designed partially to compensate the resident director for expenses associated with overseas service, as no additional compensation for such expenses is provided. CSU International Programs will also provide round-trip airfare and limited travel expenses for resident directors, but not for dependents.

To be eligible, faculty must:

  • Be tenured or tenure-track faculty in a full-time teaching or administrative position (FERP faculty are not eligible)
  • Have the appropriate terminal degree for the candidate's discipline
  • Have appropriate overseas experience
  • Have appropriate foreign language skills

Faculty members who have already served as resident directors may not apply for a resident director position for the next two years. Applicants will submit self-evaluations of their language skills and a language professional will conduct a 15- to 20-minute independent interview with each applicant prior to the applicant's interview with the Faculty Affairs Committee.

For more information and the 2016-17 application packet, visit Questions? Contact Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso, the SF State representative to the CSU Academic Council for International Programs, at or ext. 8-6187.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Sept. 9 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Reviewed the rules and operation of the Senate
  • Approved a resolution of commendation for Helen Goldsmith
  • Approved a resolution of thanks for staff involved in the implementation of Campus Solutions
  • Approved the 2015 summer calendar
  • Discussed ideas and potential projects for academic year 2014-15
  • Invited nominations for members of the Board of Appeals and Review (BOAR), University Research Council (URC), and Professional Development Council (PDC) committees

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

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This week in Insiders: BECA Lecturer Jill Bronfman, Associate Professor of Communication Studies Samuel McCormick, Professor of Environmental Studies Carlos Davidson and Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Nina Roberts

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Journalism Venise Wagner, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephen Kane and Professor of Asian American Studies Russell Jeung.

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Shenny Cruces: Keys: through January 5, 2015

Sept. 16: GGNRA Mobile Trailhead: 10 a.m.

Sept. 16: Men's Soccer Hosting Dominican (Calif.): 1 p.m.

Sept. 17: GGNRA Mobile Trailhead: 10 a.m.

Sept. 18: Lecture: Feminism and Transnational Justice: The Afterlife of War in Bosnia and Herzegovina: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 19: Men's Soccer Hosting Notre Dame de Namur: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 19: Women's Soccer Hosting Notre Dame de Namur: 3 p.m.

Sept. 19: Volleyball Hosting Cal State San Bernardino: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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