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Volume 61, Number 33    May 12, 2014         

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Publication schedule
The May 19 issue of CampusMemo will be the last before the summer break. During the summer, CampusMemo will publish monthly editions on June 16 and July 21. Weekly publication will resume Aug. 25. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding publication.

Faculty and staff wellness survey
Campus Recreation is partnering with kinesiology graduate student Carolina Morales, who is conducting research to understand the impact of worksite wellness programs on physical activity habits, productivity and employee absenteeism. Your input is very important and will help guide future physical activity and wellness programming for faculty and staff at SF State.

The online wellness survey will take only about seven minutes to complete, and answers will remain anonymous. Thank you in advance for your valuable participation. Send questions to Carolina Morales or Pam Su.

Third Thursday brown bag event, May 15
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 next "Third Thursday" event will be held 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.

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 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in ADM 447. For more information, e-mail Lara King.

Come to Animation Finals, May 16
The Cinema Department invites the campus community to the Animation Society's 2014 Animation Finals. Screening of the year's best work from the undergraduate animation program will begin at 7 p.m. on Friday, May 16 in Coppola Theatre (FA 101). A reception will be held afterwards in the Animation Lab (FA 325). Students, faculty, staff and alumni -- anyone interested in animation -- are welcome.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp
The Department of Kinesiology will once again host the on-campus Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp 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.

#GatorSummer Membership promotion
The Village Fitness Center invites faculty, staff and students who are looking for a place to work out during the summer to join now and take advantage of their special promotions:
• Early Bird Pre-Paid Membership for $120 includes access from June 1 through Aug 31, plus free access during May
• Month to Month Membership is available for $34 per month with a 20 percent discount on enrollment. Access begins June 1 and includes free access during May.

Both offers expire May 16, 2014. For more information, contact Mark Penacerrada.

Hack the future, May 31-June 1
San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking at SF State, part of National Day of Civic Hacking, will be held May 31 and June 1 to focus on education and health care solutions. The annual gathering 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 wishing to help support the efforts will have their support and message seen by hundreds of members of San Francisco's tech and design community.

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

Suicide prevention training
The Counseling and Psychological Services Center, in conjunction with San Francisco Suicide Prevention, will offer a free two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 5 and Friday, June 6. Snacks will be provided on both days. Participation in the full two days is required. This training is open to faculty, staff and students.

The goal of ASIST is to increase the public’s knowledge of the signs of possible suicidal ideations and how to help people through them. More than one million caregivers have taken the two-day workshop, which improves caregivers’ comfort level, confidence and competence when helping to prevent suicide. The training is highly interactive and practice-oriented, with small group discussions, skills practice based on adult learning principles and powerful videos on suicide intervention.

To register, e-mail Susan Chen of the Counseling and Psychological Services Center.

Show campus pride at SF Pride
Faculty, staff and students are invited to celebrate their SF State pride by helping to build a parade float and/or march with the University contingent in San Francisco's Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29. The theme of this year's citywide celebration is "Color Our World with Pride."

Complete the sign-up form by June 24 to receive up-to-date information on SF State's participation in this San Francisco tradition. A free SF State Pride Parade contingent T-shirt and free lunch will be provided to the first 100 people to sign up.

For further information, please contact Connie Tallerico, ext. 8-3888.

Faculty and staff wine club
Faculty and staff who love talking intelligently about wine -- or pretending to talk intelligently about wine -- are invited to join a wine club that will begin meeting in the fall. Monthly meetings on campus will likely be split evenly between wine education and wine tasting, but brainstorming is still in progress. A partnership has been formed with a local wine merchant who has a great deal of expertise to share, as well as interesting and diverse wine selections for tasting. If interested, e-mail Eric Lamm.

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:
Learn to Code (every Tuesday May 27 - June 24)
Sustainable Business Boot Camp (May 30 -- the community price is $125)

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:
Edelman Town Hall: "Doing & Facilitating Research in Early Childhood Education Settings," May 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in LIB 222
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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CSU Student Research Competition results
Ten participants from the annual Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase held April 24 were selected to represent SF State at the annual CSU Student Research Competition at Cal State East Bay, May 2-3. The competition promotes excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the CSU's 23 campuses.

SF State students performed well, with three second-place winners:

  • Hibba Ashraf (education graduate) for "Determining Reasons Why SFSU Students Decide to Change from Biology to Another Major," mentored by Kimberly Tanner
  • Wes Heidenriech (health, nutrition and clinical sciences graduate) for "Changes in Sentence Structure and Complexity in Augmentative and Alternative Communication Based on Conversation," mentored by Patti Solomon-Rice
  • Kayvan Mojtahedzadeh (creative arts and design graduate) for "Themoring: A Safety Feature for Old Electric Stoves," mentored by Ricardo Gomes

The other contestants from SF State were:

  • Miles Culpepper (humanities undergraduate) for "Our Man in Guatemala: The Christian Right, Gen. Efrain Rios Montt and the Reagan Coalition." Mentor: Charles Postel
  • Jennifer Gilbert (biological and agricultural sciences graduate) for "Putative Protamines, SPCH-1/2/3 May Play a Role in Fertility in C. Elegans," mentored by Diana Chu
  • Luis Guiterrez-Mock (behavioral and social sciences graduate) for "Multiracial Trans People and Bullying: Findings from the National Transgender Discrimination Survey." Mentors: Mickey Eliason and Emma Sanchez
  • Eryk Hakman (health, nutrition and clinical sciences undergraduate) for "Are There Misconceptions about the Coronary System's Role in Heart Attacks? A Novel and Reproducible Approach to Demonstrate the Anatomy of a Heart Attack." Mentor: Gloria Nusse
  • Kylie Kenner (education graduate) for "Student Rationale for Self-Placement into First Year Composition: Decision Making and Directed Self-Placement." Mentor: Tara Lockhart
  • Crista Moreno (physical and mathematical sciences graduate) for "Three Dimensional Interpretation of Unlinking Mechanism of XerCD Site-Specific Recombinases." Mentor: Mariel Vazquez
  • Takako Nishikawa (business, economics and public administration graduate) for "How Different Kinds of Japanese Characters on Sake Labels Appeal to Americans." Mentor: Midori McKeon.

Undergraduate hoods named for Commencement
SF State will celebrate its 113th Commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 23 for graduate students and Saturday, May 24 for undergraduates. Among the undergraduates receiving degrees will be this year's hood recipients, who are the top graduating students chosen from each of SF State's six academic colleges to represent their peers.

Read more at SF State News:

Lazarus appointed director of news/new media
Anthony Lazarus has been appointed director of news and new media for the University.

Lazarus brings two decades of journalism experience to the role, having worked at properties ranging from community newspapers and national magazines to mobile-media platforms. Recently, he was a contributing editor at AOL after spending many years on the news desk at MarketWatch, part of The Wall Street Journal Digital Network. In addition to leading the team that pitches positive SF State stories to traditional media outlets, he will explore ways to further campus outreach through social media and the Internet. Reporting to Associate Vice President for University Communications Ellen Griffin, Lazarus will serve as backup University spokesperson.

He can be reached at or ext. 8-7108.

Evaluations in progress
Student Evaluations of Teaching Effectiveness (SETE) opened April 28. Visit the SETE website at for a calendar of events, staff and faculty FAQs and tips for increasing response rates.

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 in order to help 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

Sign up for the AT 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 May 5 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a brief report from Sonya Soltani, vice president of External Affairs, Associated Students, Inc.
  • President Les Wong introduced Luoluo Hong, the new vice president of Student Affairs
  • Heard a report from Senate Chair Lawrence Hanley
  • Heard brief reports from the Standing Committee Chairs
  • Heard a report from Troi Carleton, Strategic Issues Committee chair, regarding faculty and staff service to the University
  • Approved recommendations from the Academic Senate Executive Committee on:
    • Resolution in honor of Dean Don Taylor, consent item
    • Resolution in honor of Dean Paul Sherwin, consent item
  • Approved recommendations from the Academic Senate Executive Committee on:
    • 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)
  • Approved a resolution thanking and commending Senators completing terms of service for 2013-14

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 Director of Campus Recreation Ryan Fetzer, Director of Campus Recreation Pam Su, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies José Acacio de Barros and Professor of Women and Gender Studies Nan Alamilla Boyd

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Earth & Climate Sciences Lecturer Jan Null, Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman, Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell and President Les Wong.

Read Newsmakers:

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Egypt Calls You!: A Special Exhibition: through May 15

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: through May 24

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

Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: through July 1

Film: Film Previews: 9 a.m.

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

Student Composers Concert: 7 p.m.

Film: Film Previews: 9 a.m.

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

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

Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute course preview: 1 p.m.

Recital: Annual Happy Concert: 1:10 p.m.

Reception: 25th Annual Design Exhibition of Student Work: 6 p.m.

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

Concert: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 7:30 p.m.

Edelman Town Hall: Doing & Facilitating Research in Early Childhood Education Settings: noon

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

Concert: Chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

Spring '14 Last Day of Classes

Recital: Voice students: 1:10 p.m.

Film Screening: Animation Finals: 7 p.m.

Screening: BECAfest 2014: 7 p.m.

Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
May 17: Spring '14 Final Exams begin

May 17: Theatre: The Fringe: 2 p.m.

May 17: Theatre: The Fringe: 5 p.m.

May 19: Spring '14 Final Exams continue: through May 23

May 20: Film: The 54th Film Finals: 7 p.m.

May 23: Graduate Commencement Ceremony: 1:30 p.m.

May 24: Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony: noon

May 26: Spring '14 Memorial Day; Offices Closed

May 27: Spring '14 Department Meetings

May 30: Spring '14 Grading Day

June 2: Spring '14 Semester Ends; Grades Due

June 2: Conference: Fault Lines of Modernity: New Contexts for Religion, Ethics and Literature: 9 a.m.

June 3: Conference: Fault Lines of Modernity: New Contexts for Religion, Ethics and Literature: 10 a.m.

June 4: Conference: Fault Lines of Modernity: New Contexts for Religion, Ethics and Literature: 8:30 a.m.

June 4: Lecture: Your Granddaughter's Future: What's Ahead for Reproductive Rights: 1 p.m.

June 7: Concert: Irving M. Klein International String Competition: 10 a.m.

June 8: Concert: Irving M. Klein International String Competition: 4 p.m.

June 9: Summer '14 R1 and R4 Instruction Begins


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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