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Volume 61, Number 30    April 21, 2014         

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Joseph Greenwell Farewell Celebration, April 22
The campus community is invited to say farewell to Joseph Greenwell, dean of students, on Tuesday, April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by April 18 to If you would like to make a donation toward a gift ($5-10), it should be delivered to Connie Tallerico in SSB 403 (checks should be made payable to Connie Tallerico) by April 18.

Greenwell will not be going far; he will be a Cal Bear, just across the Bay Bridge.

UWA spring events
The University Women's Association (UWA), a campus organization, invites the campus community to join them in their spring events:

Vista Room luncheon May 2
The UWA spring luncheon will be held in the Vista Room on Friday May 2 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost of $20 includes wine and a choice of appetizer (tofu/eggplant/shitake noodle soup or green bean/tomato salad with lemon herb dressing), entree (lamb chops, salmon or pasta) and dessert (chocolate-orange ice soufflé or assorted fresh fruit). RSVP with a check and menu selections by Wednesday, April 23 to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Make checks payable to UWA.

Celebrate honors graduates by ushering
Every year, the University Women's Association helps celebrate the accomplishments of outstanding graduating students by ushering at the Honors Convocation. This year, the UWA is seeking volunteers -- faculty, staff and students -- to help them usher at the May 22 event. Interested? E-mail Jeanne Mangerich or call (650) 892-5359. Those who volunteer by April 18 will be listed in the program. Ushers are invited to enjoy the post-ceremony reception in Jack Adams Hall.

About the University Women's Association
Since 1946, the UWA has cultivated community spirit at SF State and has brought together members of the campus community for fun and scholarship fundraising. Membership is open to women employees and their partners, as well as others who support their mission, including men. Visit the UWA website to learn more or join.

Welcome Days call for programs
Welcome Days 2014 will welcome new students and their families from Thursday, Aug. 21 to Tuesday, Aug. 26 on the main campus. The call for programs is open for new department open houses and information workshops scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22.

Complete the online form to submit proposals. Proposals must be submitted by midnight Friday, April 25, 2014. Visit for more information. E-mail questions to

The Abolitionists film, art reception, lecture, April 24
The Richard Oakes Multicultural Center (ROMC) will invites the campus community to a series of thought-provoking events on April 24 in the ROMC Reading Room on the Terrace Level of the Cesar Chavez Student Cente.

The film, The Abolitionists, about the struggles of the men and women who led the battle to end slavery, will be screened from noon to 3 p.m.

A reception will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. for the art exhibition "Wherever There's A Fight," a part of the California Council for the Humanities' Searching for Democracy thematic program that examines the meaning of democracy today.

Professor of Africana Studies Johnetta Richards will conclude the day of events with a talk on "Black Female Abolitionists" from 6 to 8 pm., followed by discussion.

For more information, e-mail the Center or call ext. 5-0700.

Anne Carson reading April 25
The Center for Modern Greek Studies and the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair, in cooperation with the Department of English and the Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library, invite the campus community to a reading by Anne Carson, a MacArthur award winner, classical scholar, poet and translator who teaches classics and creative writing at New York University. Carson will read from her latest work on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in HUM 133. The event is free and open to the public. Questions? E-mail

Third Monday health and wellness
The newly formed SF State Health and Wellness Coalition is looking for students, staff and faculty from all departments to join together to address wide-reaching health and wellness issues on campus. The group meets the third Monday of every month from 9 to 10 a.m. The next meeting will be held April 21 in SSB 401. Can't make it to the meeting, but want to help make SF State a healthier place to work, study and play? E-mail Morgan Weinert to be added to the coalition’s listserv.

CockTales: Breaking the Bro Code
CockTales, a series of performances that includes monologues, spoken word, dance and film performed by men, returns May 1-5 at 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall. Each performance recounts a man's personal experience of life as a male in society. This year's theme is "Breaking the Bro Code," in reference to the shorthand term for the way "bros" create a belief system about themselves and about women. CockTales helps to shed light on aspects of male socialization that contribute to violence and mistreatment of women and other men. The message is a hopeful one that provides an outlet for men to express their authentic selves and offer a new, healthier form of masculinity. Learn more and buy tickets on the event Web page.

Persons with disabilities are welcome and reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request. To request reasonable accommodations for this event, such as sign language interpreters or real-time captioning, contact Ismael de Guzman at ext. 8-1203 or by April 15.

Sutro Lecture Series, May 5
Professor of Chinese Language and Literature Frederik H. Green will present the lecture "Glimpses of a Different World: Nineteenth Century Chinese Trade Paintings from the Sutro Orientalia Collection" on Monday, May 5 from 4 to 6 p.m. The event will be held in the Sutro Library reading room, located on the fifth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library. Questions? E-mail or call (415) 469-6100.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp
The Department of Kinesiology is once again hosting the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp on campus for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 16 to July 25. For more information, contact the Kinesiology office at ext. 8-2244 or visit the Gator Camp website, which also has registration forms.

Summer Tech Camp for kids
This summer, faculty and staff will have the convenient option to drop off their children at a technology summer camp at SF State and save money on registration with a special offer. iD Tech Camps provides weeklong, day and overnight programs for children ages 7-17. Camp programs include learning to code in C++/Java, designing video games, building robots, modding with Minecraft, programming with Scratch and producing films.

Faculty and staff can save $125 when using promotion code "FACSTAFF2014" to register by May 1 at Registrants must use their SF State e-mail address and pay in full. Those who register early will have the best choice of courses and dates; changes may be made without penalty as late as three weeks before the session starts.

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. Courses include:

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 -- the community price is $125)

Also, check out the "Merger Mondays" blog written by Associate Professor of Management Mitchell Marks.

ORSP Research Methods courses continue
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Research Methods courses, designed to help faculty hone their research skills, have resumed. Upcoming classes include:
• Analysis with the open-source software package R, May 2 in HSS 290 (time to be announced)
• Summer Institute, June 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in LIB 222

For more information, locations, schedule and registration instructions, visit the ORSP Research Methods Course Web page Some classes require reservations in advance.

Data visualization workshop using Tableau
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs is offering a workshop on visualizing data using the software tool Tableau on Thursday, April 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244. Participants will learn how to use Tableau software to manipulate, analyze and visualize both large and small data sets. A workshop presenter from Tableau will be on hand to illustrate tools and techniques. For more information or to register, visit the workshop Web page.


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President Wong receives national honor
President Wong has received the 2014 Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE) President's Award in recognition of his outstanding leadership and contributions to the field of higher education.

The APAHE Board of Directors presented President Wong with the award during its 27th annual national conference, held April 10-11 in San Francisco. President Wong delivered remarks during the opening session of the conference.

Crafted in the shape of a Chinese horse, the President's Award statue symbolizes intelligence, strength and the ability to lead others. "APAHE is proud of a university president like Dr. Wong who has unselfishly dedicated his time, talents and energy to support the development of students and professionals," said APAHE President Wyman Fong.

"It is important that Asian Americans step up and take leadership positions in higher education, and important that those of us who hold leadership roles also serve as mentors," Wong said. "I'm deeply appreciative to APAHE for this honor and am firmly committed to continuing my work towards this great goal."

Read more at SF State News:"

Thanks to the Campus community
Alumni Relations & Annual Giving extends its deep appreciation to the campus community for helping to not only meet but exceed the Founders Day Challenge of adding 1,899 donors in the month of March. A total of 2,032 donors gave $332,376 in gifts and pledges to support University academics and programs. Many thanks to the campus community and the Alumni Relations & Annual Giving staff, who brought together alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends to meet this important goal. Read more at

Elogeanne Grossman to retire
Elogeanne Grossman, executive assistant to President Wong, has announced her plans to retire in June. Grossman has been at SF State since 1981, serving initially as an assistant to vice president of Administration Konnilyn Feig and subsequently to four SF State Presidents: Paul Romberg, Chai-Wei Woo, Robert A. Corrigan and Leslie E. Wong. President Wong noted, "Every university president prays for the chance to have someone like Elogeanne. Smart, absolutely dependable, wise, knows SF State like no one else (and is as fanatic about baseball as me). I have been lucky enough to work with her and I have the utmost respect for her as a professional. Most importantly, she is a good person. San Francisco State University will miss her." A search for the next executive assistant to the president is underway. View the position announcement.

Pioneering journalist, UCSF researcher to give SF State Commencement keynotes
Longtime journalist Belva Davis and University of California, San Francisco researcher Rong Wang will deliver keynote addresses during San Francisco State University's undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies on May 23 and 24.

More than 1,400 graduate students will receive their degrees during the graduate Commencement ceremony May 23. The undergraduate Commencement ceremony will take place the following day, with more than 6,000 students receiving their degrees.

Read more at SF State News:

Bursar's Office announces fee changes
Effective May 1, eCheck payments will be free and the service fees charged for credit card transactions will increase to 2.75%. The credit card processing fee increase is the amount charged and retained by the credit card processing vendor.

Use of eCheck payments will be free, which should help reduce the burden on tuition-paying students, who are likely to be most affected by the credit card increase. The new credit card fee is similar to that charged by other CSU campuses.

SETE to open Monday, April 28
Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness (SETE) will open on Monday, April 28. Visit the SETE website at for a calendar of events, staff and faculty FAQs, and tips for increasing response rates.

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 of the 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

April 30 RTP workshop added
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty who are preparing for promotion to full professor to participate in the Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) workshop on Wednesday, April 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 222. The workshop will be conducted by Sacha Bunge, dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Although geared toward those preparing for promotion to full professor, topics covered will also be relevant to others. RSVP with the workshop date to to register for any of the sessions.

Academic Technology Summer Institute 2014
Academic Technology invites all instructors to attend the Academic Technology Summer Institute, which will help participants explore instructional strategies to enrich courses while receiving customized support for individual teaching needs. The two-day institute will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on three occasions:

  • June 3-4 (priority registration for first-time attendees)
  • June 25-26
  • July 8-9 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

This year, there will also be a two-day Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Advanced Institute Aug. 12-13.

Register online at Need more information? Visit the AT website, e-mail questions and comments to or call ext. 5-5550. Enrollment is limited. SF State faculty who register by May 29 will receive priority. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Spring Clean-Up April 25-May 5
Administration & Finance will host a Spring Clean-Up to help faculty and staff clear out unwanted office items. Bins for recyclable items, including trash, compost, useable items for Goodwill and e-waste, will be available from April 25 to May 5. The bins will be placed at four locations around campus:

  • Greenhouse behind Hensill Hall for recycling, trash and compost
  • Science building for recycling, trash and compost
  • Business building for recycling, trash and compost
  • Fine Arts loading dock for:
    • Recycling trash and compost
    • Reusable items for Goodwill (books, working electronics and kitchen appliances, etc.)
    • E-waste only April 29 from 10 a.m. to noon and April 30 from 1 to 3 p.m. (old and/or non-working electronics -- complete and submit property survey request forms prior to drop-off)

Oversized objects, such as refrigerators and furniture, will not be collected at this event. To dispose of large items, request a quote for a pick up 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 from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Chair's Report
  • Report: Standing Committee Chairs (brief updates)
  • Report: Sonya Soltani, vice president of External Affairs, Associated Students, Inc.
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding a proposed resolution on Honorary Titles, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Academic Calendar Policy, #S11-242, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Intellectual Property Policies and Procedures, #F09-253, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding a resolution in support of the Academic Senate of the California State University (ASCSU) Resolution on Facilitation of Communication between ASCSU and Faculty (AS-3162-14/FA), consent item
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in Honor of Professor Pamela Vaughn, consent item
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in Honor of Professor Andrea Renwanz Boyle, consent item

Following is a list of action items from the April 8 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard the Chair's report
  • Heard brief reports from Standing Committee Chairs
  • Heard a brief report from CSU Academic Senators
  • Heard a report from Phoebe Kwan, associate vice president for Information Technology regarding the migration to CMS Campus Solutions
  • Approved recommendation from the Educational Policies Committee for guidelines to the Seventh Cycle of Academic Program Review
  • Approved revisions to policy on Evaluation of Tenured Faculty for Professional Development and Support, Post Tenure Review Policy #S00-122, as proposed by the Faculty Affairs Committee

Academic Senate Staff Representative election begins
The election for the Academic Senate Staff Representative will run from Friday, April 18 through Friday, April 25, 2014 at noon. Visit the Senate’s website for more information about the candidates and their position statements as well as a ballot,

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

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This week in Insiders: Associate Dean of Ethnic Studies and Associate Professor of Sexuality Studies Amy Sueyoshi, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Associate Professor of International Relations and Middle East and Islamic Studies Lucia Volk and Assistant Professor of Management Jennifer Tosti-Kharas

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Dean of the College of Business and Professor of Marketing Kathy O’Donnell, Criminal Justice Lecturer Michael Santos and President Les Wong.

Read Grants & Contracts:

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SF State received $121,492 in grants and contracts in March 2014.

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Celebrating National Poetry Month at the Sutro Library: through April 30

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

Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: through July 1

Lecture/demonstration: Orquesta Aragon: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Miracles of Hyakunin Isshu: How Japan's Beloved 100 Classical Poems Became Card Games: 4:10 p.m.

Panel: SF State Sustainable Business Faculty: 5 p.m.

Game: Let's Learn Hyakunin Isshu Poetry Identifying Game from Mr. Takao ITO: 5:10 p.m.

Film: Living Downstream and panel discussion The Science of our Changing Environment: 7 p.m.

April 23: Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m.

April 23: Book reading/signing: Robert Coover: The Brunist Day of Wrath: 2 p.m.

April 23: Lecture: Dennis Campbell: Broken Oaths and Spilled Blood: Rebellion in the Hittite Kingdom: 7 p.m.

Poetry: Hazel White and Sabrina Dalla Valle: 4:30 p.m.

Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 8 p.m.

Spring Cleanup (April 25-May 2)

Recital: McKee Competition winner Andrew Hall: 1:10 p.m.

Reading: Poet Anne Carson: 7 p.m.

Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
April 26: Concert: Gospel Gators 10th Anniversary Reunion: 7 p.m.

April 26: Celebration: Senior Art Exposition: noon

April 26: Theatre: Greenhouse: 2 p.m.

April 26: Theatre: Greenhouse: 4 p.m.

April 26: Theatre: Greenhouse: 7 p.m.

April 26: Poetry: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Susan Gervitz: 7:30 p.m.

April 26: Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 8 p.m.

April 27: Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 2 p.m.

April 27: Theatre: Greenhouse: 5 p.m.

April 28: Recital: Roger Woodward and piano students: 1:10 p.m.

April 28: Lecture: Perko-Stanley Lecture in Ancient Art and Archaeology: Francois Lissarrague: 7:30 p.m.

April 29: Film: Transitions: Spirituality and Contemporary Life in Romania: 2:10 p.m.

April 29: Discussion: Guardians of the Forest: Environmentalist Organizations and the Fight to Save Brazilian Amazonia: 4:10 p.m.

April 30: Recital: Roger Woodward and piano students: 1:10 p.m.

April 30: Lecture: The Via Consolare Project in Pompeii by Professor Michael Anderson: 2 p.m.

April 30: Lecture: Daniel Turkeltaub: Dejecting Agamemnon's Scepter: Achilles' Metapoetic Sedition: 7 p.m.

May 1: CockTales: Breaking the Bro Code: 7:30 p.m.

May 1: Poetry: Maxine Chernoff and Gillian Conoley: 4:30 p.m.

May 1: Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 8 p.m.

May 2: Industrial Arts Thesis Presentations: 9 a.m.

May 2: Recital: Roger Woodward and piano students: 1:10 p.m.

May 2: Master class: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Dover Quartet: 2:10 p.m.

May 2: Lecture: Morrison Chamber Center: Dover Quartet Pre-Concert Talk: 7 p.m.

May 2: Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 8 p.m.

May 2: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Dover Quartet: 8 p.m.

May 3: Theatre: Greenhouse: 4 p.m.

May 3: Theatre: Greenhouse: 7 p.m.

May 3: Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 8 p.m.

May 4: Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 2 p.m.

May 4: Theatre: Greenhouse: 2 p.m.

May 4: Theatre: Greenhouse: 5 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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