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Volume 61, Number 19    January 27, 2014         

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Taiwanese Outdoor Culture presentation, Jan. 24
The Department of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism is hosting a series of presentations on Taiwanese Outdoor Culture on Friday, Jan. 24 from 1 to 3 p.m. in HSS 306. Presentations will include SF State President Wong on the value of international educational relationships, College of Health and Social Sciences Dean Taylor on the value of the outdoors as an educational environment, and National Taiwan Sports University (NTSU) Professor Wu on international outdoor education programming. Presentations will be followed by a cultural activity led by NTSU graduate and undergraduate students. Questions? Contact Assistant Professor of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Jackson Wilson at or ext. 8-1487.

Faculty/staff bowling league
Dust off that bowling ball and connect with colleagues across campus by joining the Spring 2014 Faculty/Staff Bowling League, hosted by the Campus Recreation Department. The deadline to register is Jan. 31. For more information and to register a team, visit the Campus Recreation bowling league Web page.

Free 12-week Mandarin class, spring 2014
The Confucius Institute at SFSU is presenting a free 12-week Mandarin class for faculty and staff during the spring 2014 semester. The 12-week course will be offered in two levels -- Chinese I for beginners and Chinese II for intermediate learners -- and will run from Feb. 11 to May 1, 2014.

In addition to saving the $200 course fee, participating faculty and staff will also receive a free textbook, access to the Confucius Institute resources, guidance for taking the HSK (Chinese language proficiency tests) and a chance to visit China as visiting scholars funded by Confucius Institute Headquarters.

To register, complete the 2014 Spring Chinese Language Class Registration form (Word document) and submit it to the Confucius Institute by Feb. 4.

Questions? Contact the Confucius Institute at SF State at ext. 8-7624 or ext. 8-7631.

Student Center exhibit and screening, Feb. 6
On Feb. 6 from noon to 2 p.m., the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center will host a screening of Slavery by Another Name, a film that challenges the common assumption that slavery ended with the Emancipation Proclamation. An open discussion with former Black Panther Party Chairman Elaine Brown will follow the film from 6 to 8 p.m. The film is a presentation of the "Created Equal: America's Civil Rights Struggle" series. Learn more at the Richard Oakes Multicultural Center website.

From 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 6, the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery will hold a reception for "Black Power * Flower Power," a photo exhibit that uses images to document the Black Panther movement and the 1967 blossoming of hippie "flower power" in San Francisco. The exhibit is open to the public and will run through Feb. 20. The reception will feature live music and complimentary refreshments. For more information, visit the Cesar Chavez Student Center Art Gallery website.

Spring CSL opportunities
Faculty are encouraged to tell their students of the Spring 2014 CSL Nonprofit & Government Agency Fair scheduled for Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quad. The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement's Community Service Learning (CSL) program will host the free event, which will bring more than 30 Bay Area organizations to campus to recruit volunteers, interns and service learners, as well as inform the community about the services and opportunities they offer.

Screenwriting master classes
In spring semester 2014, the Cinema Department will host three world-class screenwriters for a series of professional master classes. Each class will begin with a public talk and Q&A event in the August Coppola Theatre in the Fine Arts building on Thursday night (cinema majors enrolled in CINE 324: Filmmaking Master Class sections will participate in small group workshops the following day). Michael Grais, Sam Hamm and Pamela Gray will discuss their work and offer their insights into the creative and business practices of contemporary Hollywood.

The public events are as follows (additional information will be published as the events near):

• "The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Genre Screenwriting" with Michael Grais. Thursday, Feb. 13. Grais' movie credits include Poltergeist (1982), Poltergeist II: The Other Side (1986) and Cool World (1992), as well as the classic TV shows Starsky and Hutch, Kojak and Baretta

• "Low Expectations: The Pleasures and Pitfalls of Genre Screenwriting" with Sam Hamm, Thursday, Feb. 20. Hamm's credits include Batman (1989), Monkeybone (2001) and Masters of Horror: Homecoming (2005)

• "Writing and Selling the Female-driven Screenplay" with Pamela Gray, Thursday, March 6. Gray's credits include A Walk on the Moon (1999) and Conviction (2010).

ORSP Research Methods courses continue
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Research Methods courses, designed to help faculty hone their research skills, will resume in January 2014. Upcoming classes include:

• Methodological and Multivariate Analysis (MAMA) Support Group, Feb. 3 from noon to 1 p.m.
• Foundation Grantseeking Basics, March 6 from 9:30 a.m. to noon

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

Join Campus Recreation
Want to follow through on that New Year's resolution? Campus Recreation is offering faculty and staff memberships for use of the pool, strength and conditioning room, and Group X classes during the spring semester. Swimming lessons will also be offered this semester. For more information or to sign up, visit the Campus Recreation website.

Food trucks return for spring semester
The SFSU Gator Group has created a top-notch food truck lineup to welcome back the campus community for the spring semester. One truck will be situated at the West Campus Green (M-Thur, 11 a.m.- 2 p.m.) during the semester. Due to the Science Building closure, a new location is being sought for the other truck; once found, the location will be announced in CampusMemo. Check the Gator Group website, Facebook or Twitter feed for truck listings and updates.

Host your next event at Seven Hills
From trainings, seminars, meetings, banquets, lectures, retreats and student events, the Seven Hills Conference Center stands ready to make it a success. Event packages and discounts on catering are available for the spring semester. Planning a May Commencement event? Make the reservations now, as space is filling up. Seven Hills is also available for summer camp and programs, with affordable accommodations. For pricing and availability, call ext. 8-3972 or e-mail


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Vice President for Student Affairs candidates visit campus
The campus community is invited to attend community forums with the five finalists for the Vice President for Student Affairs. The forums, which will include presentations by each candidate, will take place in the Library Events Room, LIB 121 from 3 to 4 p.m. on the following dates:

  • Thursday, Jan. 30: Kevin Colaner, associate vice president for Student Services, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
  • Friday, Jan. 31: Nancy Wada-McKee, assistant vice president for Student Affairs-Student Services, California State University, Los Angeles
  • Monday, Feb. 3: Edward Mills, associate vice president for Student Affairs, California State University, Sacramento
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4: Jo Volkert, interim vice president for Student Affairs/Enrollment Management, San Francisco State University
  • Friday, Feb. 7: Luoluo Hong, vice chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Hawaii at Hilo

For more about the candidates, including their curricula vitae, and the opportunity to provide feedback, visit the search committee's website at

Human Resources Associate Vice President candidates visit the campus
The campus community is encouraged to attend the open forums to meet the four finalists for the Associate Vice President of Human Resources (AVP HR) position.

AVP HR candidate open forums have been scheduled for 1:40 p.m. – 2:40 p.m. on the following days:

  • Monday, Feb. 10: Cheree Aguilar-Suarez, senior director of Human Resources, San Jose State University – Research Foundation (in Jack Adams Hall)
  • Tuesday, Feb. 11: Gretchen Fuentes, director of HR Operations, California State University, Monterey Bay (location to be announced)
  • Wednesday, Feb. 12: Mychal Coleman, assistant vice president of Human Resources, University of Idaho (in Jack Adams Hall)
  • Thursday, Feb. 13: Ann Sherman, director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity Officer, Northern Michigan University (locatoin to be announced)

Employees may view the candidate profiles at

The forums are University business. Employees who choose to attend these meetings are not required to use their personal or vacation time.

Science building closed for spring semester
The Science Building will be closed for the full spring semester to address the presence of lead, asbestos and mercury. This is a complex issue in a large building, and significantly more time is needed to analyze and address the problem.

Visit for more information. E-mailed questions not answered there to or call ext. 5-4000.

Porth appointed UCorp executive director
Jason Porth was appointed as executive director of The University Corporation, San Francisco State (UCorp), effective Jan. 8, 2014. He will be responsible for both day-to-day management of UCorp and for developing the auxiliary’s long-range capacity for entrepreneurship and innovation.

Porth joined SF State in 2006 as associate director of Community Relations and has served the Office of the President since 2009, first as deputy chief of staff and most recently as chief of operations. He brings to the position a broad and deep understanding of the University’s mission and operations, as well as experience in business partnership development, community relations and legal practice. As a member of UCorp’s board, he has had early involvement in the Holloway Avenue Development Project and other industry partnership discussions. Porth will continue to serve on the President's Cabinet.

Stuart named new assistant dean of students
Student Affairs/Enrollment Management has announced that Brian Stuart has been hired as the new assistant dean of students within the Office of the Dean of Students. Stuart comes to SF State from Clemson University, where he has worked for the past six-and-a-half years, most recently as the associate director of new student and family programs. He grew up in Northern California, graduated from Chico State (bachelor’s) and Clemson University (master’s) and has had additional student affairs work experiences at Davidson College, Bridgewater State College and North Carolina State University.

The assistant dean of students position will be responsible for the development and coordination of the first-year student life experience, fundraising activities, working with students in crisis and non-crisis situations, and working with University staff and faculty to resolve student problems.

Human Resources Safety & Risk Management to expand service hours and access via new program "HR2U"
Beginning in February, an HR2U team of subject matter experts will 'set up shop' in a different college one evening each week. The team will provide personal services to faculty, staff and student workers who are too busy during the day, spend lunch time eating lunch, work evenings or need extra assistance with such issues as pay, benefits and employment. Snacks provided. HR2U will announce the first location and time in an upcoming CampusMemo, so stay tuned.

28th Annual CSU Student Research Competition nearing
The CSU Student Research Competition provides an opportunity for both undergraduate and graduate students to present their outstanding research projects and creative works. Faculty are asked to help ensure a strong pool of applicants by actively encouraging students to apply. Current students, as well as those who graduated in spring, summer or fall 2013, are eligible. The deadline for submissions is Monday, Feb. 10, for the campus competition, which will take place Feb. 24-28.

The University will select up to 10 campus winners to compete in the CSU system-wide competition to be held May 2-3, at California State University, East Bay. SF State students have done very well in past competitions, including three first place and three second place winners last year. Winners receive cash awards.

Student registration forms and application guidelines are available on the Graduate Studies website. Participants will exhibit their work in the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase on Thursday, April 24.

Direct questions to Britney Stewart in the Division of Graduate Studies at or ext. 5-4391.

A Closer Look: President Wong visits elementary students
President Leslie Wong and his wife, Phyllis, visited Jose Ortega Elementary School on Tuesday to provide school supplies donated by the SF State community. Associated Students, Inc. (ASI) Vice President for External Affairs Sonya Soltani, ASI Representative at Large Tomas Ortega, Executive Assistant to the President Elogeanne Grossman and Assistant Director of Community Relations Jared Giarrusso joined the president and Mrs. Wong in visiting classrooms and reading to students.

Read more at SF State News:

State of the CSU address webast Jan. 29
California State University (CSU) Chancellor Timothy P. White will present his inaugural State of the CSU address via webcast on Jan. 29. To view the live address, visit

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will begin its spring 2014 meeting schedule in February.

Distinguished Faculty Awards nominations sought
The Academic Senate acknowledges outstanding faculty each year for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. The Distinguished Faculty Award categories are:

  • Excellence in Teaching
  • Professional Achievement and Growth
  • Community Service

We are happy to announce that this year the Senate will be offering two excellence in teaching awards, one for tenure/tenure track faculty and one for lecturer faculty. Each of these awards includes a $4,000 stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate.

Faculty who are interested in applying or would like to nominate a colleague are asked to review the application process and candidate criteria on the Academic Senate website, as well as the Faculty Honors and Awards policy page.

The Academic Senate office (ADM 551) will accept nomination packets until 4 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2014. One nomination packet must be completed for each person being nominated. Questions? E-mail or call the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

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

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Assistant Professor of Information Systems Robert C. Nickerson, Associate Professor of Latino/Latina Studies and Director of the Cesar E. Chavez Institute Belinda Reyes
and Associate Professor of Liberal Studies José Acacio de Barros.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor Emeritus of Management Norma Carr-Ruffino, Professor of Biology John Hafernik and Professor of Health Education Adam Burke.

Read Newsmakers:

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We mark the passing of Professor Emeritus of Art Richard McLean.

Read In Memoriam:

Submitting events to CampusMemo
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Click on the link for each event to view full listing in the University Calendar.

Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: Jan. 27 - July 1

Spring '14 First Day of Instruction

Community Forum: Kevin Colaner, candidate for VP for Student Affairs: 3 p.m.

Wrestling Hosting Cal State Bakersfield and Simon Fraser: 1 p.m.

Community Forum: Nancy Wada-McKee, VP for Student Affairs Candidate: 3 p.m.

Coming Up
Feb. 2: Wrestling Hosting California Collegiate Open

Feb. 3: Community Forum: Edward Mills, VP for Student Affairs Candidate: 3 p.m.

Feb. 4: Community Forum: Jo Volkert, VP for Student Affairs Candidate: 3 p.m.

Feb. 5: Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and Adrian Borcea, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Feb. 7: Community Forum: Luoluo Hong, VP for Student Affairs Candidate: 3 p.m.

Feb. 7: Information Session: Nonprofit Management Certificate of Completion Program: 6 p.m.

Feb. 8: Women's Basketball vs. Cal State LA: 5:30 p.m.

Feb. 8: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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