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Volume 61, Number 31    April 28, 2014         

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Inaugural Betty Blecha Memorial Distinguished Speaker Lecture, April 30
The economics department will host the first Betty Blecha Memorial Distinguished Speaker Lecture on April 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. Carl E. Walsh, distinguished professor of economics at UC Santa Cruz and visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank in San Francisco, will address issues that the Federal Reserve faces with unconventional monetary policies. The lecture series is named in honor of long-time Professor of Economics Betty Blecha, who established an endowment to support an annual lecture at SF State by a distinguished economist. Admission is free.

To RSVP, e-mail Ken Maeshiro; be sure to include your name, e-mail, phone number, SF State affiliation (donor, alum, faculty, staff or friend) and guest names. For more information, contact the economics department at or ext. 8-1839.

Egypt Calls You exhibit, reception
The University Museum invites the campus community to a reception Wednesday, April 30 from 3 to 6 p.m. for the new exhibit, “Egypt Calls You: A Trip Along the Nile with Egyptian Railways,” which will run through May 16. The centerpiece of the exhibition is a handcrafted, 1/87-scale re-creation of Egypt’s national railway, which runs along the Nile River, as well as ancient Egyptian cities and temples. Other museum treasures on display include:
• The 3,000-year-old mummy Nes-Per-N-Nub with a triple-nesting sarcophagus (three interlocking coffins), the only sarcophagus of its kind in the Western Hemisphere
• A limestone statue of the Amarna princess (thought to be sister of Pharaoh Tutankhamun, daughter of Nefertiti)
• The Sutro Egyptian Collection, which was purchased in Egypt by former San Francisco Mayor Adolph Sutro in 1884

The museum, located in HUM 510, is open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 11 a.m. It is designed as a sensory sensitive environment, suitable for those with autism spectrum disorder or Asperger’s syndrome, as well as service animals. Admission is always free.

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.

Sutro Lecture Series, May 5
Frederik H. Green, assistant professor of Chinese Language and Literature will explore Chinese export watercolors from the Sutro Library's 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.

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 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.

Open House for Helen Goldsmith, May 16
The Division of Undergraduate Studies will hold an open house to recognize Interim Dean Helen Goldsmith for her more than 30 years of service to the University. The campus community is warmly invited to attend the celebration on Friday, May 16 between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. in ADM 447. For more information, contact Lara King at

A collective farewell gift is in the works; contributions may be sent to Janet Mackenzie in the Advising Center, ADM 212. Contributions must be received by Thursday, May 8. Contact Janet Mackenzie with questions at

SF State logo licensing
Interested in featuring San Francisco State University on clothing or other gear? Use of the University name on items other than printed documents -- including the SFSU acronym, logo, seal or mascot -- requires licensing approval.

The first step is to register with Strategic Marketing Affiliates (SMA), the University's official licensing coordinator, which handles approvals of all uses of the University name and logo. The SMA system enables efficient processing of these licensing requests while ensuring that the University maintains consistent branding throughout its many departments and programs.

Vendors who wish to enroll should contact Holly White, SMA's university services director, at (317) 669-0805 or

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.

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.

ORSP Research Methods courses continue
Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Research Methods courses are designed to help faculty hone their research skills. Upcoming classes include:
• Analysis with the open-source software package R, May 2-3, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in HSS 290. Led by Seth Hiatt of the Institute for Geographic Information Science
• Summer Institute, June 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in LIB 222. Immersive and guided research and proposal development in a selective, cohorted workshop led by Joseph G. Johnson (Naus Family Faculty Scholar and associate professor of psychology, Miami University, Ohio)

For registration instructions and additional information, visit the ORSP Research Methods Course Web page.



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Transportation survey includes chance at $100
The University Transportation Committee asks the community to participate in a comprehensive online transportation survey between the evening of April 23 and May 1 at 5 p.m. Respondents will be entered in a drawing for a $100 gift certificate.

The online questionnaire focuses on the Wednesday, April 23 commute. On that date, survey teams counted the number of people who entered and exited campus as well as their mode of transport. The combined data will be analyzed in search of possible improvements.

Visit to participate. Contact Wendy Bloom at ext. 8-3838 with questions.

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.

Final spring RTP workshop, April 30
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.

Spring Clean-Up April 25-May 9
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 9. 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:

ORSP Small Grant Program: Intensive Methodological Training Grant
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites applications from individual investigators who would like to advance their statistical skills with the goal of helping them publish in peer-reviewed journals and prepare extramural grant applications. The goal is to develop the statistical skills and knowledge of other methodologies among investigators at SF State.

Rolling submissions will be accepted until May 15, with earlier potential funding for earlier proposals. For more information, visit

SF State Hackathon planned May 31-June 1
San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking at SF State, part of National Day of Civic Hacking, will take place May 31 and June 1 with a focus on education and healthcare. The annual event brings together citizens, software developers and entrepreneurs to collaboratively create, build and invent new solutions using publicly released data, code and technology to improve our communities and the governments that serve them. There are many roles to play and many skills are needed beyond technical expertise, so the primary requirement for participants is a desire to improve one's neighborhood and community.

Companies and brands that would like to sponsor the SF State effort are also needed -- their support and message will be seen by hundreds of members of San Francisco's tech and design community.

For more information, visit the Hackathon Web page at To participate, sponsor or suggest a sponsor, e-mail Sri Ramya or call ext. 5-4102.

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

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.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the April 22 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a brief report from Senate Chair Lawrence Hanley
  • Heard brief reports from Academic Senate Standing Committee Chairs
  • Heard a report from Sonya Soltani, vice president of External Affairs, Associated Students, Inc.
  • Approved recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee on:
    • Proposed resolution on Honorary Titles
    • Proposed revisions to the Academic Calendar Policy, #S11-242.
  • Reviewed and discussed the recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed revisions to the Intellectual Property Policies and Procedures, #F09-253, first reading (item will return for discussion at a later date)
  • Approved recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee on:
    1. Resolution in support of the ASCSU resolution on Facilitation of Communication between ASCSU and Faculty (AS-3162-14/FA), consent item
    2. Resolution in honor of Professor Pamela Vaughn, consent item
    3. Resolution in honor of Professor Andrea Renwanz Boyle, consent item

Distinguished Faculty Awards announced
At the May 6 Academic Senate meeting, Faculty Honors and Awards Committee Chair Robert Keith Collins will present the winners of the 2014 Distinguished Faculty Awards:

  • Excellence in Teaching Award for tenured/tenure-track faculty: Sophie Clavier (International Relations/CLCA)
  • Excellence in Teaching Award for lecturer/faculty: Margaret Lynch (Psychology/COSE)
  • Excellence in Professional Achievement Award: Ramesh Bollapragada (Decision Sciences/COB)
  • Excellence in Service Award: Mary Beth Love (Health Education/CHSS)

Please join us in congratulating these distinguished faculty for their exemplary commitment to San Francisco State University.

Election results for Academic Senate Staff Representative
The Academic Senate congratulates everyone who participated in this spring's Academic Senate Staff Representative election and thanks them for helping to raise awareness regarding the importance of staff participation in shared governance. Election results and information about the new Staff Senator will be posted on the Senate website on Monday, April 28. Questions? E-mail the Staff Elections Committee at or call the Academic Senate Office at ext. 8-1264.

The Academic Senate thanks outgoing Senator Russell Kilday-Hicks, Capital Planning, for his service as Staff Representative to the Academic Senate.

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 Professor of Anthropology James Quesada, Jay Ward and Professor of Marketing Sanjit Sengupta

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephen Kane, Assistant Professor of Psychology Kevin Eschleman and Associate Professor and Chair of Urban Studies and Planning Jasper Rubin.

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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

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

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

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

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

Discussion: Dr. Janet Shim, UCSF professor and Author: 11 a.m.

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

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

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

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

Film: Shanghai Rumba: 6:30 p.m.

Screening and Discussion: Peng Xiaolian's Shanghai Rumba: 6:30 p.m.

CockTales: Breaking the Bro Code: 7:30 p.m. (May 1-5)

Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 8 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
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.

May 5: Recital: Lunds Akademiska Kor: 1:10 p.m.

May 7: Anthropology Brown Bag Lecture: James Quesada: 12:10 p.m.

May 7: Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

May 8: The Phi Beta Kappa Society SF State/Omicron chapter annual initiation of new members: 4 p.m.

May 8: Poetry: Philadelphia to San Francisco: Pew Fellowship Poets: 4:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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