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Volume 61, Number 34    May 19, 2014         

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Publication schedule
This is the final spring semester issue of CampusMemo. 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.

Employee 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.

Elogeanne Grossman farewell reception
President and Mrs. Wong invite the campus community to a celebration in honor of Elogeanne Grossman, who will retire this summer after having served as executive assistant to four presidents. The festivities will be held from 3 to 6 p.m. June 10 on the president's patio, located on the fifth floor of the Administration Building. Please RSVP to Jennifer Villarreal if you plan to attend.

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.

Summer Campus Rec memberships
Summer is just around the corner. The majority of the Gymnasium Building is being renovated over the summer, so Campus Recreation will offer the discounted membership rate of $35 to reflect the reduced program offerings. As an additional thank you for their summer participation, faculty and staff who sign up for a summer membership will receive an additional $5 discount on a fall 2014 membership. For more information or to sign up, visit the Campus Recreation website.

#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:
• Prepaid 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. June membership also includes free access during May.

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

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.

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.

Wrestling Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament
The 21st annual Paul B. Jensen Memorial Wrestling Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, July 12 at the Willow Park Golf Course in Castro Valley. Golfers tee off starting at 10 a.m. A barbecue dinner and awards banquet will be held at about 4 p.m., and awards will be given for low gross, low net, blind bogey, longest drive and closest to the hole. Early registration (by June 27) is $175 and includes a cart, boxed lunch and barbecue dinner. Registration on the day of the tournament is $200. For more information or to register, e-mail Lars Jensen, call ext. 8-2301 or visit the Athletics website.

Study Abroad Spanish scholarships
Ten SF State students, who will be studying abroad on an SF State Study Abroad Program to a Spanish-speaking country, have each been awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Spanish program. An anonymous donor gifted the scholarship funds to support Spanish majors and minors studying abroad. The awardees will participate in programs in Argentina, Chile and Spain to learn Spanish or to use their four-plus semesters of language to study their major in Spanish.

UWA 2015 cruise
The University Women's Association (UWA) has scheduled its 21st scholarship cruise, which will sail June 27, 2015 from Istanbul, Turkey, to Barcelona, Spain. The 14-day "Mediterranean & Aegean Medley" Princess Cruise will stop at ports in Greece, Malta, Italy, Sicily, Tunisia and France. Travelers will experience unforgettable and historic sights, spectacular scenery and pristine beaches.

Group prices for the many stateroom categories begin as low as $2,498 per person. One choice is a two-category upgrade from brochure prices, which includes balcony staterooms starting at $3,598 per person (double occupancy). Prices include virtually all shipboard entertainment, activities and dining venues. Past Princess passengers who book prior to Aug. 31, 2014 will receive an additional $100 per person discount with only a 10 percent deposit. While airfare is not included, Princess will offer an air package at a later date.

The cruise is open to all, and membership in the UWA is not required. For every 16 paid passengers, Princess Cruises will return the equivalent of one fare for the Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship Endowment Fund -- so all aboard for fun and education support. For more information and a detailed flyer, e-mail Lin Ivory or visit the UWA website.

Executive Education
The Executive Education series of courses at the Downtown Campus are a partnership between the College of Business Enterprise and the College of Extended Learning. SF State community students, staff, alums and faculty receive a 10 percent discount on registration. Upcoming courses include:
Learn to Code (every Tuesday May 27 - June 24)
Sustainable Business Boot Camp (May 30 -- the community price is $125)

ORSP Summer Institute
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) presents the Summer Institute, which will provide immersive, 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). It will be held June 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in LIB 222.

Visit the ORSP Research Methods Course Web page for registration instructions and additional information.


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Begley named interim dean of students
Mary Ann Begley has been appointed interim dean of students, Vice President for Student Affairs/Enrollment Management Luoluo Hong has announced.

Begley is responsible for programs and services that enhance the overall student experience, including Campus Recreation, Student Involvement & Career Center, Residential Life, the Office of Student Conduct and the Office of the Dean of Students. She also serves as the administrative liaison to Associated Students, Inc. and the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Begley has held leadership positions in student affairs at SF State since July 2010, when she became director of Residential Life. In 2012, she assumed additional responsibilities as associate dean of students.

"Her knowledge of SF State, along with the combination of her professional background and education, make her an excellent choice for this role, especially during a time when we have several important student initiatives to sustain in the coming months," Hong said.

Prior to SF State, Begley served in student affairs administrative capacities at Bowling Green State University and Eastern Kentucky University. She earned her B.A. and M.S. degrees from Eastern Kentucky and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from Bowling Green State University.

A search to fill the position of dean of students on a permanent basis will be initiated later this calendar year.

Athletic Director Guthrie appointed
Charles Guthrie, director of athletics at Clark College of Vancouver, Wash., has been selected to lead the Department of Athletics effective July 1. He will take charge of an NCAA Division II program that has more than 250 student athletes competing in 12 athletic programs. All teams compete in the California Collegiate Athletic Association, except for wrestling, which is in the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference.

Guthrie will join SF State as the administration is renewing its committment to athletics. "Charles Guthrie's experience and proven leadership will elevate the Gator program to the next level of competitiveness. I'm delighted that he will serve as our athletic director," said Vice President for University Advancement Robert J. Nava.

Under Guthrie's leadership, 10 of 11 sports programs at Clark College made post-season appearances in the past year. Guthrie also oversaw fundraising, branding and Title IX issues. He has held senior positions in athletics and advancement at CSU, LA, CSU, San Marcos and UC San Diego.

"We will be committed to providing a top-notch experience for our students, fans and the community at large," Guthrie said.

Guthrie earned his master's degree in education administration and policy studies from the University at Albany, the State University of New York, and his bachelor's degree from Syracuse University.

Commencement 2014 graduate hoods announced
SF State’s 113th Commencement will be held Friday, May 23 for graduate students and Saturday, May 24 for undergraduates. Each of the six academic colleges selects a recipient of a graduate hood, a commendation for that student’s exemplary work.

Read about the 2014 graduate hood recipients, their subjects of inquiry and future plans on SF State News at

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 health care. 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.

Register now at

Do you know of a challenge that can be solved using publicly released data, code and technology? Is it relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country? If so, submit the challenge at

Anyone aged 16 years or older can volunteer. (Volunteers under 18 must be accompanied by an adult and have a signed youth consent waiver.) Sign up to be a volunteer at

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 website at To participate, sponsor or suggest a sponsor, e-mail Sri Ramya or call ext. 5-4102.

Apply for DRC grants
Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Awards are available to tenured and tenure-track faculty. The awards focus on supporting early scholars in work that will significantly benefit their scholarship and creative work. The awards are also intended to help established scholars leverage nascent projects in ways that contribute to their careers at SF State.

The grant opportunities provide a budget up to $8,000 per grant proposal for the 2014-15 academic year. Proposals must be submitted to the faculty member's college office by Monday, Aug. 25, 2014. Application guidelines and FAQs are available at

Call for faculty nominations to the University Sustainability Committee
Two faculty positions on the University Sustainability Committee are open to nominations by faculty, students and staff, or by self-nomination. E-mail nominations to Nick Kordesch, sustainability coordinator, at and include information regarding the nominee's experience and commitment to sustainability. Nominations will be forwarded to the Academic Senate for consideration. Visit for information on the Sustainability Committee and its members.

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.

Summer Institute 2014 nears: sign up now
All instructors are invited 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
The inaugural Academic Senate 2014-15 meeting was held on May 13. The following were officers and chairs were elected:

  • Chair: Trevor Getz, professor of history
  • Vice Chair: Troi Carleton, professor of English
  • Secretary: Eileen Levy, associate professorof social work
  • Executive Committee At-Large Member: Genie Stowers, professor of public administration
  • Executive Committee At-Large Member: Gabriela Alvarenga, academic counselof, undergraduat advising

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, Professor and Chair of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Pat Tierney, Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Nina Roberts, Emeritus Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Carol Severin and Associate Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Technology Officer Phoebe Kwan

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn, Assistant Professor of Earth and Climate Sciences Alexander Stine, Professor of Information Systems Lutfus Sayeed, Associate Professor of Information Systems Leigh Jin, Professor of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan and Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith.

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SF State received $1,521,513 in grants and contracts in April 2014.

Read Grants & Contracts:

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

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

Spring '14 Final Exams continue: through May 23

Film: Spring 2014 Documentary for Health and Social Justice Screening: 6:30 p.m.

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

Graduate Commencement Ceremony: 1:30 p.m.

Coming Up
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

June 15: Concert: San Francisco Young Pianists Competition: 3 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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