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Volume 61, Number 25    March 10, 2014         

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Late term textbooks
The SFSU Bookstore is beginning to return extra textbooks to publishers to make room for textbooks for the next term. Faculty who plan to use a book later in the semester should inform the bookstore as soon as possible, so that the books can be held for later purchase. Contact the Bookstore by e-mail or call ext. 8-7377.

Faculty who plan to use the same textbook for the summer or fall terms should submit an order as soon as possible to ensure the Bookstore keeps the title in inventory. Faculty are also asked to encourage students to purchase their texts now, if they have not already.

Faculty, staff asked to promote student survey
Starting March 3, the César E. Chávez Institute, in collaboration with the Academic Institutional Research Office, will conduct 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 life. The study aims to improve programs in 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 to classes and events, and a promotional video is also available. Interested in helping to improve campus life? Send an e-mail to today.

Wellness Workshop on March 12
Need a tune-up to get ready for the 5K Walk, Run, and Roll in April? Campus Recreation is ready to help with a Wellness Workshop on Wednesday, March 12 from 7 to 8 p.m. in Gym 100C. At the Running 101 workshop, a personal trainer and certified running coach will guide participants through drills, stretches and workout exercises designed to get started with running, improve running performance and avoid injuries through improved strength and proper form. The workshop will include a Q&A session on all aspects of running, such as training plans, workouts, pacing, races and nutrition.

Third Thursday faculty/staff brown bag event
The Peer Education/Health Affinity Group invites faculty and staff to a series of monthly meetings focused on building community connection and collegiality through discussion and social interaction. The "Third Thursday" events will be held March 20, April 17 and May 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). The first 15 minutes of each get-together will be set aside for meditation or mindfulness practice, with the social time starting at 12:15 p.m.

California LGBT Suicide Risk & Prevention Conference
The Marian Wright Edelman Institute and Family Acceptance Project will host the one-day LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention conference at the Cesar Chavez Student Center on Saturday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The conference, sponsored by the San Francisco chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will feature nationally known suicide prevention scholars and practitioners who will present research and best practices for suicide prevention, mental health services and care of LGBT youth, transgender youth and adults, LGBT adults and seniors. The $60 general registration ($35 for students) includes a light breakfast, lunch and closing reception. Register online.

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 to be held 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 scheduled to be held 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.

Become 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 will be on 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.

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.

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 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday from 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.

HR2U schedule
HR2U, the program that brings Human Resources subject matter experts to a different college once each week from 5 to 7 p.m., will continue to bring their know-how (and snacks) as follows.

• Graduate College of Education: Tuesday, 3/11, BH 501
• Ethnic Studies: Thursday, 4/3, EP 116.

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:

• Effective CBPR Partnerships: Measuring Asociations Between Promising Practices and CBPR/Health Outcomes, March 10, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. in LIB 286
• 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.


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AVP for Human Resources appointed
Ann Sherman has been appointed Associate Vice President for Human Resources at SF State. Currently, Ms. Sherman is the Director of Human Resources at Northern Michigan University where she has served for seven years. She has a degree in psychology from University of Michigan at Dearborn and conducted her graduate work in Industrial/Organizational Psychology at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Sherman feels a strong connection between her personal values and the mission of higher education; Her parents were both educators (a mathematician and an elementary school teacher), her oldest son recently graduated from the University of Michigan and her youngest son is a freshman at Northern Michigan University.

Sherman begins her work at SF State April 14 and looks forward to partnering with the campus community. Further information is available at

Academic Administrative Reviews begin
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser
The Administrative Review Committee (ARC) solicits input from members of the campus community as part of the academic administrative review for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser. A link to the administrative review questionnaire will be published in the March 17 issue of CampusMemo.

In keeping with the procedures for academic administrative review set out by the Academic Senate, the committee will not accept any anonymous responses. However, the ARC 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.

The Administrative Review Committee Chair is Trevor Getz, professor of history, and the support staff is Rosa Barragan, presidential aide, Office of the President.

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.

ARCs will not use any anonymous responses. However, the committees will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit signed evaluations, within the limits of the law, and will not show individual responses to the administrators under review.

Faculty travel grants available
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.

Candidates for Dean of the Graduate College of Education to visit campus
Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of Dean of the Graduate College of Education. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will be held at the following times and locations (40 minutes; seating limited), followed by a reception (30 minutes).

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 Sunday, March 16 via the candidate's unique links, which appear after their entries below. For additional information, e-mail Stephanie Schwartz.

CSL nominations sought
Each year, the Community Service Learning Program, a unit within the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, recognizes leadership efforts that promote community service learning at SF State and within the surrounding community. The campus community is encouraged to nominate faculty, students and community partners for these awards in the following categories:

  • Community Service Learning Leadership
  • Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service
  • Community and Civic Engagement Awards

The nomination deadline is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 24. For information about award criteria, guidelines and nomination forms visit

Founders Day celebration March 18
San Francisco State University has undergone changes in name, leadership and location since its founding in 1899, but one thing has remained constant: the University’s commitment to providing students with a quality education. Over the years, SF State has provided scholarships to thousands of deserving students who are working to realize their dreams.

In honor of Founders Day -- and to continue that tradition of support -- the Alumni Association has set a goal of raising 1,899 donations by the end of March. On March 18, learn more about the Founders Day Challenge at the faculty and staff information table in Malcolm X Plaza, where Taqueria Girasol will give away 1,899 tacos. For more information, visit

NPS GOAL visits GGNRA, SF State
The National Park Service (NPS) Generating Organizational Advancement and Leadership (GOAL), a mid-level leadership development program, chose the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) as the only national park for the current cohort to visit during the seven-month program. During their March 4 visit, the GOAL academy observed the Pacific Leadership Institute's Adventure Challenge Course in action at Fort Miley before traveling to SF State. At the University, they learned about the "Roving Ranger" truck (a.k.a. Mobile Trailhead), the product of an ongoing partnership between the GGNRA and Recreation, Parks, & Tourism department. The Roving Ranger, which serves as a mobile visitor contact and information center, visits campus the first Wednesday each month and parks in front of Student Services Building. Questions? Contact Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks, & Tourism Nina Roberts or Professor of Geography, Barbara Holzman.

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the March 4 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a brief report from Senate Chair Lawrence Hanley
  • Heard brief report from Academic Senate Standing Committee Chairs
  • Heard a report from AVP of University Development Anne Harris on preparations for the Comprehensive Campaign
  • Heard a report from interim VP of Student Affairs Jo Volkert: Enrollment Management Update (PowerPoint will be posted soon on the Academic Senate Web site)
  • Approved a resolution in honor of AVP for Academic Planning & Development Linda Buckley
  • Approved the proposed degree title change for the M.S. in Counseling from "Rehabilitation Counseling" to "Clinical Rehabilitation - Mental Health Counseling"
  • Reviewed and discussed the 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 in the first reading (item will return March 18)

Deadline for Distinguished Faculty Awards nominations this week
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

The Senate is pleased to announce that this year it will offer 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: Professor and Chair of Africana Studies Dorothy Tsuruta, Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell and Assistant Professor of Women and Gender Studies Evren Savci

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith, Professor of Mathematics Eric Hsu and Professor of Journalism Yvonne Daley.

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In Memoriam
We mark the passing of Professor Emeritus of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education Jack Fraenkel.

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

Progressive Proof: Innovative Prints from the Pacific Rim: through March 27

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

Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: through July 1

Master class: Miro Quartet: 11 a.m.

Recital: Music of Women Composers: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Alison Kafer, Annual Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies: 4 p.m.

Networking: Speed Networking With Business Professionals: 5 p.m.

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Poetry: Troubling Borders: An Anthology of Art and Literature by Southeast Asian Women in the Diaspora: 12:30 p.m.

Choral recital: 1:10 p.m.

Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: noon

Screening/Discussion: Empower Latino Youth Community Science Dialogue: 3:30 p.m.

Poetry: George Albon and Colleen Lookingbill: 4:30 p.m.

Theatre: Measure for Measure: 8 p.m.

Recital: Alexander String Quartet: 1:10 p.m.

Theatre: Measure for Measure: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
March 15: Theatre: Measure for Measure: 8 p.m.

March 16: Theatre: Measure for Measure: 2 p.m.

March 17: Recital: Jazz ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

March 18: Founders Day: noon

March 18: Concert: Spring Into Jazz: 7 p.m.

March 19: Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

March 19: Concert: Chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

March 20: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7 p.m.

March 21: Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

March 21: Poetry: James Sherry and Kit Robinson: 7:30 p.m.

March 22: Gator Track & Field Hosting Mathis Invitational


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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