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Volume 61, Number 27    April 1, 2014         

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UWA at Exploratorium, April 5
Join the University Women's Association for a private guided tour of the Exploratorium on Saturday, April 5 -- be sure to register by the end of Friday, March 29. The tour begins at 10:30 a.m. on Pier 15 (Embarcadero and Green Streets, San Francisco). After the tour, the group will meet at Seaglass Restaurant for lunch. The tour, which does not include lunch, is $33 for members and $28 for senior citizens (65+) and youth (7-17). RSVP to Lin Ivory at or (415) 721-7432. Make checks payable to the University Women's Association and send to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960.

Freedom Riders screening, April 3
The campus community is invited to a free screening of Freedom Riders from noon to 1:30 p.m. on April 3 in the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center (ROMC) Reading Room on the Terrace Level of the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Freedom Riders chronicles the dangers faced by more than 400 black and white Americans in their travels to the Deep South in violation of Jim Crow laws between May and November 1961.

A follow-up discussion, facilitated by Bay Area Youth Activism, will begin at 1:30 p.m. The conversation will offer a comparative analysis between current youth organizing efforts and the struggles of the civil rights movement.

Both events, part of ROMC's "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series, are made possible through a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, as part of its Bridging Cultures Initiative, in partnership with the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History.

Spread the word
The Cesar E. Chavez Institute, in collaboration with the Academic Institutional Research Office, is conducting a campus-wide survey of undergraduates to better understand student life on campus. The survey will assess some of the opportunities and challenges students experience in their day-to-day lives. The study aims to improve programs on campus and create opportunities for all students. Areas of focus include:

• Campus programs, activities and services
• Enrollment and class registration
• Mentoring and support
• Diversity and campus climate
• College affordability.

The confidential survey will take students about 10 minutes to complete. In addition to helping improve students' campus experience, participants will have an opportunity to win one of 40 gift certificates worth $25.

Faculty and staff are asked to help recruit students by making announcements in classes, events and meetings. Survey promoters are available to make a three-minute presentation at classes and events. A promotional video is also available. Interested? Send an e-mail request to today.

CSU, SSRIC Student Research Conference
Faculty in the social sciences are asked to encourage students to apply for the 39th Annual CSU, Social Science Research & Instructional Center (SSRIC) Student Research Conference on May 8 at CSU Fullerton, which is modeled on professional conferences in the social sciences.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all CSU and California Community College campuses -- and in all areas of the social sciences -- are invited to present their research to their peers. Thanks to a generous donation, this year $5,000 will be awarded for three of the best papers.

To be considered, students must register for the conference, submit their full paper with the registration and include an abstract of no more than 100 words by April 10.

This conference, sponsored by the CSU Social Science Research and Instructional Council, is separate from the similarly named CSU Student Research Competition at CSU East Bay (May 2-3). Students may present their papers at both events. For more information, visit the conference website or contact Associate Professor of Political Science Francis Neely.

Be a Safe Zone ally
The SF State Safe Zone Program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become safe zone allies for the campus LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. The Safe Zone aims to foster a safe campus environment through a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities.

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, volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that are offered throughout the year.

The next training takes place Friday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 5-4415 for further details about the training or visit the Safe Zone website.

Phi Beta Kappa reminders
The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:

• Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama, Economics Department
• The annual meeting will be held Wednesday, April 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in HSS 143; presentation of the new class of members-in-course will be on the agenda
• The annual initiation of new members will be held Thursday, May 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. in LIB 121 and will be followed by a reception.

Questions? E-mail Chapter President Masahiko Minami or for finances, Chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

Executive Education at Downtown Campus
The College of Business Enterprise has partnered with the College of Extended Learning to create the Executive Education series of courses at the Downtown Campus. Members of the SF State community (students, staff, alums, faculty) receive a 10 percent discount on registration (the community price for the Sustainable Business Boot Camp is $125). Courses include:

Spreadsheet Analytics (April 11-12)
Innovations in Making Mergers and Acquisitions Work (April 22-23)
Ethics & Compliance: Medical Health and Pharmaceutical Practices (April 24)
Learn to Code (every Tuesday May 27 - June 24)
Sustainable Business Boot Camp (May 30)

Also, check out the "Merger Mondays" blog on the subject of mergers and acquisitions, written by Associate Professor of Management Mitchell Marks.

Campus Cats chow volunteers needed for spring semester
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. Volunteering is easy: simply 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 on various days of the week and weekends. Donations for food and veterinarian bills are also being sought. Other ways to help include cat food runs, accepting cash and in-kind donations, and scheduling volunteers. For additional information, e-mail Irene Donner or by call ext. 8-2673.

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.

Get after-hours HR help with HR2U
The HR2U, team of Human Resources subject matter experts continues to offer their assistance to a different college once each week from 5 to 7 p.m. Upcoming visits will continue to bring expert advice and snacks as follows:
• Ethnic Studies: Thursday, 4/3, EP 116
• College of Science & Engineering: Wednesday, 4/9, TH 335.


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Candidates for Athletics Director to visit campus
Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of Athletics Director. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will be held at the times and locations listed below.

The Search Committee would appreciate receiving feedback about the candidates from those who have the opportunity to meet with them and/or attend the presentations. Feedback must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, April 10 via the candidate's unique links, which appear after their entries below. For additional information, e-mail Natalia Bremer at

Transition to new Student Center system
SF State's transition to the new student information system -- Campus Solutions' "Student Center" -- for processing fall 2014 information, began March 17. An e-mail to all students instructed them to use the new system for fall 2014 registration and other activities formerly done on their MySFSU page.

The new system is the official system of record for handling fall 2014 admission applications, course catalog (a.k.a. Bulletin), the fall 2014 schedule of classes and 2014-15 financial aid processing for both applicants and continuing students. In May, fall 2014 registration and payments will become available, and the full system will be in place by August 2014. The campus community will be updated as the system is rolled out and training options are added.

ORSP announces funding opportunity
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is pleased to announce the 2014 Individual and Collaborative Small Grants Funding Opportunity. Awards are expected to range from $15,000 for individual projects up to $25,000 for collaborative projects.

The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Visit the ORSP website at for details

Campus-based search for associate dean, Division of Undergraduate Studies
Academic Affairs is seeking applications and nominations from on-campus personnel for the position of associate dean, Division of Undergraduate Studies. Applicants must have a strong record of experience and leadership in undergraduate education; the position description and application procedures are posted on the Academic Affairs website at

Review of applications and nominations for this campus-based, internal search will begin April 21. The search Committee members are:

  • Hildy Heath, director of international education
  • Mi-Sook Kim, chair of kinesiology
  • Julia Lewis, professor of psychology
  • Rosalind On, academic counselor, Advising Center
  • Todd Roehrman, associate dean, Liberal & Creative Arts

Academic Administrative Reviews begin
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser
The Administrative Review Committee (ARC) invites contributions from members of the campus community as part of the academic administrative review for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser. The Administrative Review Committee Chair is Trevor Getz, professor of history, and the support staff is Rosa Barragan, presidential aide, Office of the President.

Members of the campus community who would like to participate can do so by visiting

Ann Hallum, Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies
The Administrative Review Committee (ARC) solicits input from members of the campus community as part of the academic administrative review for Dean Ann Hallum. A link to the electronic questionnaire has been distributed via e-mail notification; those who would like to participate in the process, but did not receive an e-mail with a link to the administrative review questionnaire, should contact Stephanie Schwartz at or ext. 8-2571. Individual, written and signed responses may be directed to ARC Chair John Elia c/o the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, ADM 455.

In keeping with the procedures for administrative review set out by the Academic Senate, the committees will not accept any anonymous responses. However, the ARCs will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law, and individual responses will not be shown to the administrator under review.

2014 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase deadline Friday, April 4
The Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase, an annual exhibition of the diverse work of SF State's exceptional graduate students, hosts more than 150 exhibitors. Presentations typically come in the form of a poster display that depicts the purpose, methods and results of projects. This year, the event will be held Thursday, April 24 from 3 to 5:15 p.m. in the Main Gym.

Faculty are asked to encourage outstanding graduate students to represent their department by sharing their work with the broader academic community. This is also an excellent opportunity for participants to build their resume or curriculum vitae.

Registration forms are due by Friday, April 4; visit the Graduate Studies website for registration forms and additional information. Questions? Contact Britney Stewart at

Participants and their faculty mentors will be eligible to win prizes, including a Kindle, tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon and gift cards. They are also invited to attend a dinner buffet after the showcase.

Retention, Tenure and Promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to participate in one of five workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge will conduct the workshops. Faculty who plan to be reviewed in the next several years are encouraged to attend. Although organized according to the different phases of faculty professional development, the topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so faculty may attend whichever workshop best fits their schedule. To register, RSVP with the workshop date to

  • Faculty in their first year: Wednesday, April 2 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 222
  • Faculty in their second through fifth year: Tuesday, April 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 222
  • Faculty applying in fall 2014 for tenure and promotion to associate professor:
    • Thursday, April 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 222
    • Friday, April 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 222
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor: Monday, April 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 222

Faculty travel grant applications due Wednesday, April 2
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages faculty to apply for travel grant awards. The awards are for travel during 2014 and will have a maximum value of $500. The Association expects to fund up to 5 grants (staff travel grants will be awarded next year). Applications are due April 2.

Professional development is the major criterion for a travel grant award, with preference given to participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, summer field work, research or attendance at an institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered. At least a half-time appointment is required.

Faculty application forms are available at under the "Forms" tab. To be considered for a grant, submit a completed application via e-mail to all of the following people by April 2.

Accessible Adventures Day
Be a part of the first ever SF State Accessible Adventures Day on Tuesday April 15 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Malcolm X Plaza. It’s all about accessible adventures and recreational activities available to students, staff and faculty with disabilities, and their fellow students and colleagues. Learn about the possibilities for inclusive, active and creative fun. This is a free campus-wide event and everyone is invited.

Participants can:

  • Check out demos of accessibly designed sports and travel equipment
  • Test ride adaptive cycles
  • Enjoy performances and inclusive games
  • Learn about courses and programs that offer unique accessible and inclusive activities, services and adventures
  • Discover accessible adventures in the Bay Area and beyond from more than 20 organizations

Accessible Adventures Day is cosponsored by the Disability Programs Resource Center, the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, and Campus Recreation. Learn more on the Campus Recreation website. Contact Todd Higgins in the DPRC at by April 7 to request reasonable accommodations for this event.

5K Walk, Run & Roll
Student Life invites the campus community to take part in the SF State 5K Walk, Run & Roll race around the main campus on Sunday, April 13. Interested race participants -- teams and individuals -- are encouraged to sign up online by noon Friday, April 11. Onsite registration will be available until 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event for individuals only. All registered participants will receive a complimentary gift bag and the first 100 registrants will also receive a free event t-shirt. For more information, visit

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the March 18 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard the Chair's Report
  • Heard reports from Standing Committee Chairs
  • Heard a recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Evaluation of Tenured Faculty for Professional Development & Support, Post Tenure Review Policy#S00-122, will return in second reading
  • Heard the Academic Policies Committee recommendation regarding the proposed resolution on Honorary Titles, will return in second reading
  • Approved the proposed Academic Senate college apportionment for Senate represenetatives for Academic Year 2014-15
  • Heard a recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Academic Calendar Policy, #S11-242, will return in second reading

Nomination period open for Staff Representative to Academic Senate
The Academic Senate is accepting nominations for Staff Representative (term 2014-17). The nomination period opened March 24 and will close by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 4. Nominations may include self-nominations as well as other eligible staff. The Staff Academic Senate Representative position requires attendance at all Academic Senate meetings and all assigned Standing Committee meetings every working Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. The term of service is three years. Visit the Academic Senate By-Laws page for eligibility, nominations and elections information.

The current Staff Representatives to the Academic Senate invites interested parties to visit Academic Senate or Standing Committee Meetings. Questions? Contact Bridget McCracken, chair of the Academic Senate Staff Election Committee, at or call the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or visit the Senate website.

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 Health Education Erik Peper, Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey, Professor Emeritus of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Ginny Jaquith and Associate Professor and Director of Technical & Professional Writing Neil Lindeman

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Geography & Environment Andrew Oliphant, Professor of Creative Writing Peter Orner and Africana Studies Lecturer Dave "Davey D" Cook.

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SF State received $28,814 in grants and contracts in February 2014.

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Music of the Italian Masters: Sight, Sound, Emotion: through May 30

Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: through July 1

Cesar Chavez Day: No Classes; Offices Closed

Screening: Stories of Hiroshima: 5:10 p.m.

Performance: Speech and Debate Team Annual Showcase: 2 p.m.

Film Screening: Freedom Riders: noon

Recital/Poetry: Erica Hunt and Marty Ehrlich: 4:30 p.m.

Gator Track/Field Hosting Distance Carnival: 11 a.m.

Recital: SF State Percussion Ensemble: 1:10 p.m.

Master class: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Brentano String Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang, Viola: 2:10 p.m.

Lecture: Morrison Chamber Center: Brentano String Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang, Viola, Pre-Concert Talk: 7 p.m.

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Brentano String Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang, viola: 8 p.m.

Concert/Poetry: Erica Hunt and Marty Ehrlich: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
April 5: Gator Track/Field Hosting Distance Carnival

April 7: Recital: David Cates, American harpsichord: 1:10 p.m.

April 8: Academic Senate Plenary Meeting: 2 p.m.

April 9: Recital: Flute students of Linda Lukas: 1:10 p.m.

April 9: The Phi Beta Kappa Society SF State/Omicron chapter annual meeting: 2 p.m.

April 9: Lecture: Crisis Noir: Petros Markaris' Detective Novels and the Greek Financial Crisis: 4:10 p.m.

April 9: Lecture: Christopher Krebs: Julius Caesar as a Reader: 7 p.m.

April 10: Poetry: Prose at The Poetry Center: ZZ Packer and Angela Pneuman: 4:30 p.m.

April 10: Visiting Artist Lecture: Jonn Herschend: 5:30 p.m.

April 10: Theatre: In Hollow Time: 8 p.m.

April 10: Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

April 11: Recital: Classical guitar students: 1:10 p.m.

April 11: Theatre: In Hollow Time: 8 p.m.

April 11: Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

April 12: Poetry: CAConrad Poetry Workshop: (Soma)tic Cartographies: 4 p.m.

April 12: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

April 12: Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

April 12: Theatre: In Hollow Time: 8 p.m.

April 13: SF State 2014 5K Walk, Run & Roll: 8 a.m.

April 13: Theatre: In Hollow Time: 2 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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