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Volume 61, Number 32    May 5, 2014         

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Publication schedule
CampusMemo will publish two more issues during the spring 2014 semester, on May 12 and May 19. 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.

Learn about analyzing structural equation models, May 5
Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell will deliver a talk about the uses of structural equation modeling (SEM) to answer research questions involving expected causal paths. SEM is a cross-sectional statistical modeling technique that utilizes factor analysis, path analysis and regression analysis to test confirmatory models. The presentation will be held at noon Monday, May 5 in LIB 286. Lunch is included. RSVP to Leticia Santos at or ext. 5-3995. This Methodological and Multivariate Analysis (MAMA) meeting is supported by Stat CORR and the ORSP.

CockTales: Breaking the Bro Code
CockTales, a series of performances that includes monologues, spoken word, dance and film performed by men, returns May 1 and May 5 at 7 p.m. in Knuth Hall. Each performance recounts a man's personal experience of life as a male in society. Learn more and buy tickets on the event Web page.

Initiation of new Phi Beta Kappa members, May 8
The annual Phi Beta Kappa Society SF State/Omicron chapter initiation of new members will be held Thursday, May 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. in LIB 121. The initiation will be followed by a reception. Members who have not already paid their $25 annual dues are asked to send them to chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama, Economics Department. Annual dues are important because they help defray the cost of the annual student initiation. E-mail questions to chapter President Masahiko Minami or, for finances, to Lisa Takeyama.

Inclusive Shared Outdoor Adventures
Recreation, Parks and Tourism Lecturer Ben Kumli asks faculty and staff to tell students about a class that will be offered a second time in the fall of 2014: Inclusive Shared Outdoor Adventures, RTP 160.06. The class is open to all students regardless of ability or disability and teaches basic kayaking, sailing and cycling skills, inclusiveness and best practices. Transportation and special adaptive recreation equipment will be provided. Students interested in registering or learning more about the class should e-mail Ben Kumli.

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

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.

Suicide prevention training
The Counseling and Psychological Services Center in conjunction with San Francisco Suicide Prevention will offer the 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 knowledge of laypeople to the signs of possible suicide ideations and how to help the person through it -- suicide first aid. More than one million caregivers have taken the two-day workshop, which improves caregivers comfort level, confident and competence when helping to prevent the immediate risk of 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 in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center.

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.

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

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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Dean Paul Sherwin to retire, endowment to be created
Dean of Liberal and Creative Arts Paul Sherwin will retire from SF State effective July 1. Efforts are underway to create an endowment in his honor.

A Yale Ph.D. graduate in English with specializations in British Romanticism and literary theory, Sherwin has to his credit a University Press book and several articles, including two that are often reprinted in publications of the Modern Language Association. Sherwin has served for 12 years as an administrator at SF State; the first nine as dean of Humanities and the last three as dean of the larger College of Liberal & Creative Arts.

Sherwin has hired 110 tenure-track faculty since joining SF State in 2002, several of whom have gone on to receive Guggenheim fellowships, NEH fellowships, NEA fellowships and NSF grants.

Work has begun to create a $25,000 endowment in his name to support the scholarly and creative work of faculty of the college. Such an endowment will continue and extend the legacy of his efforts for the college and University.

Chairs, faculty, staff, administrators and friends of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts who would like to contribute should make checks payable to "San Francisco State University Foundation" and indicate that they are for the Paul Sherwin Fund. Checks may be sent to University Development, ADM 153. Employees may also make monthly contributions via payroll deduction or visit University Development for giving options.

Class of 2014 emerita/emeritus faculty
President Wong has invited this year's emerita/emeritus faculty honorees to attend a luncheon in their honor to be hosted by Provost Rosser. A list of the emerita/emeritus faculty is available on the Faculty Affairs website at

2013-14 Community Service Learning awards
The Community Service Learning program honors the multicultural diversity that represents University programs and San Francisco itself. The 2013-14 Community Service Learning and Civic Engagement award winners are:

  • Faculty Community Service Learning Award: Jennifer Shea, assistant professor of the School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement
  • Jefferson Award: Jessica Wolin, lecturer, Health Education
  • Community Partner Award: Amana Harris, Attitudinal Healing Connection/ArtEsteem, Oakland

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 until May 9.

The Confidential Data Policy governs items that contain -- or may contain -- confidential data, including papers and University-owned electronics with non-volatile memory. Non-volatile memory electronics, working or not, must be disposed of via the University's e-waste vendor or transferred to another University department; they cannot be put in the Goodwill bins. Papers with Level 1 or Level 2 data must be disposed of in secure shred bins. View the e-waste FAQ.

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, appliances, etc.)
    • o E-waste only May 7 from 10 a.m. to noon (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

SETE 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 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 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.

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.

Study Abroad students to be recognized May 7
A recognition ceremony will be held on Wednesday, May 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. in McKenna Theatre for the 312 SF State students preparing to participate in the overseas study program. SF State is currently ranked first among master's degree-granting institutions in sending students abroad on long-term programs.

The ceremony will enable study abroad students to network with each other, learn from faculty and staff and be recognized for their achievement. This year, Yenbo Wu, associate vice president of the Division of International Education, will deliver the keynote address. The co-presidents from SF State’s Study Abroad student organization, the International Education Exchange Council (IEEC), will also speak about their experiences studying overseas.

Faculty and staff are invited to join in the ceremony and reception that follows.

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
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open floor period from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Chair's Report
  • Report: Standing Committee Chairs: brief updates
  • Report: Troi Carleton, Strategic Issues Committee chair, report on Faculty/Staff Service to the University,
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee regarding the policy on the Granting of Posthumous Degrees, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in honor of Dean Don Taylor, consent item
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding a proposed resolution in honor of Dean Paul Sherwin, consent item
  • Presentation of Faculty Honors and Awards Recipients (by 3:15 p.m.):
    • 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 Service Award: Mary Beth Love (Health Education/CHSS)
    • Excellence in Professional Achievement Award: Ramesh Bollapragada (Decision Sciences/COB)
  • Resolution thanking and commending outgoing Senators

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 Art Michael Arcega, Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Samuel McCormick, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Professor and Chair of Secondary Education Natalio Avani

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Social Work Rashmi Gupta, Associate Professor and Chair of Urban Studies and Planning Jasper Rubin and Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell.

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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

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

Lecture: Recovering the Arab Queer: How to write a historical and 'lesbian' novel set in 9th Century Iraq (and why it matters): 1:10 p.m.

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

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

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

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

Industrial Arts Thesis Presentations: 9 a.m.

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

Poetry: Philadelphia to San Francisco: Pew Fellowship Poets: 7:30 p.m.

Coming Up
May 12: Film: Film Previews: 9 a.m.

May 12: Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m.

May 13: Film: Film Previews: 9 a.m.

May 13: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

May 13: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

May 14: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute course preview: 1 p.m.

May 14: Recital: Annual Happy Concert: 1:10 p.m.

May May 14: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

May 14: Concert: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 7:30 p.m.

May 15: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

May 15: Concert: Chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

May 16: Spring '14 Last Day of Classes

May 16: Recital: Voice students: 1:10 p.m.

May 16: Theatre: The Fringe: 7 p.m.

May 16: Screening: BECAfest 2014: 7 p.m.

May 17: Spring '14 Final Exams begin

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

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


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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