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Volume 62, Number 28    April 3, 2015         

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Get started with R April 6
Associate Professor of Sociology Chris Bettinger will present a free introduction to the statistical package R and useful add-ons, such as R Studio. In addition to the introduction, participants who bring a laptop will be able to use and test R -- first as a calculator and later to learn its strengths as a software environment and how the package can benefit their work. Bettinger will also discuss the advantages of R over applications such as IBM's SPSS and Microsoft Excel while demonstrating the relative ease of applying it to undergraduate class settings.

Register now to attend Getting Started with R from noon to 1 p.m. (lunch included) on Monday, April 6, in LIB 244 and learn how to make your numbers come to life. RSVP to for the full session. Interested but short on time? Drop-ins are welcome. Just RSVP to Julie Paez at or ext. 5-3995.

For more information, contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or or Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997 or

This presentation is sponsored by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers (Stat CORR) Research Cluster. Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills. The group aims to connect faculty and staff who have specialized methodological knowledge with those who seek assistance designing new research projects, completing data analysis or developing, submitting and revising extramural grants

Discontinuance of majors review
On April 7, the Education Policies Council will review proposals to discontinue the B.A. in industrial arts, the B.S. in industrial design concentration in industrial technology and the B.S. in environmental studies concentration in earth system science. The committee will meet at 2:30 p.m. in ADM 560.

Advising brown bag event, April 7
The Undergraduate Advising Center will host a brown bag event on Tuesday, April 7, from 2 to 4 p.m. in LIB 121. Interested campus members, particularly those who provide academic advising and support to students, are invited to attend. Two presentations and related Q&A sessions will address these topics:

• The Associate Degree for Transfer, which is the newest transfer degree program in the California Community College system, will be presented by Ceci Herrmann, articulation officer, Undergraduate Studies.
• Summer 2015 New Student Program/Orientation Updates will be presented by Brian Stuart, assistant dean of students, Student Affairs and Enrollment Management.

Questions? Contact Director of Undergraduate Advising Francisco Castillo at ext. 8-1741 or

Join Team UWA for the Campus Fun run
The University Women's Association (UWA) invites members and friends to join Team UWA for the 5K Run, Walk & Roll race. By participating as part of Team UWA, entrants will pay the discounted group entry fee of $14 per person. Those who preregister with Team UWA by April 9 will also receive a complimentary gift bag and race T-shirt. Email Lin Ivory for a copy of the team registration form and send the completed form with a check made payable to "UWA" for $14 per person to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Professor of Foreign Languages & Literatures Ilona Vandergriff will serve as TEAM UWA Captain and will contact team members regarding when and where to meet on race day.

Life in a Senior-Friendly City lectures
The Gerontology Program will partner with Mountain View Senior Center on a speaker series about the aspects that make a senior-friendly city, as defined by the World Health Organization, and how Mountain View measures up. These free events will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Mountain View Senior Center at 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View:

• April 9: Cultural Diversity and Healthy Aging in Senior-Friendly Cities presented by SF State Professor of Gerontology and Coordinator of Long-Term Care Administration Darlene Yee-Melichar
• May 14: Assistive Technology for Older Adults presented by Stanford University Mechanical Engineering Lecturer David L. Jaffe
• June 11: Seniors Advancing Age-Friendly Mountain View presented by SF State Emerita Professor of Gerontology Anabel Pelham

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, email the group.

High Stakes in Testing and Learning, April 10
Latina/Latino Studies and the College of Ethnic Studies invite the campus community to a talk by Professor of Education Angela Valenzuela (University of Texas at Austin) about educational equity and testing on Friday, April 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in EP 116. The address, titled "High Stakes in Testing and Learning," will update the analysis in her award-winning book "Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring." A large part of the time will be reserved for discussion. Anyone interested in educational equity and accountability for under-served students is encouraged to attend. The event is open to all.

Film/video development program, April 13
"Muscles, Mash Ups and Sticky Rice: Creative Video Production for Human Services," a program presented by artist and filmmaker Tina Takemoto to discuss how to creatively develop films or videos on a limited budget, is open to the campus and community. Takemoto, an associate professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts, will show her recently released film "Sex, Politics, and Sticky Rice" and discuss her production thoughts and considerations. The free program will be held Monday, April 13, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in LIB 121 and is open to all. The event is sponsored by the School of Social Work. For more information, email Rita Takahashi. Space is limited, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Order textbooks by April 15
Textbook orders for fall 2015 are due by April 15. Faculty are encouraged to place their orders for classes at their earliest convenience. Orders can be placed via the bookstore website or sent via email.

Get help with tax returns
The SF State Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a free tax preparation program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the campus Beta Chi chapter of the international honor society for financial information majors Beta Alpha Psi. The free tax preparation service is available to U.S. residents and international students who have either F-1 or J-1 visas with incomes of $53,000 per year or less and no rental income.

The VITA office is located in SCI 205 and is open to the public through April 15. Office hours are 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, including directions, types of returns prepared and what to bring, visit the VITA website, email the VITA program or call ext. 8-1079.

5K Walk, Run & Roll April 19
Student Life invites the campus community -- including faculty, staff and family members -- to participate in the SF State 5K Walk, Run & Roll race, scheduled for Sunday, April 19, from 8 to 11 a.m. The event starts and ends in Malcolm X Plaza and takes place on and around campus. Registration fees for SF State faculty and staff are $15 per person or $55 per four-person team. All participants will receive a complimentary gift bag and event T-shirt.

For more information about the race, email or visit the 5K Walk, Run & Roll Web page.

UWA Vista Room lunch, April 24
The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to lunch at the Vista Room (BH 401) on Friday, April 24, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Those who attend will meet the UWA board and the Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship recipients for 2014-15. Invite a friend or colleague -- all are welcome. The $20 per person cost includes wine, appetizer, entree and dessert. Make checks payable to "UWA" and mail to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960 with your email address or phone number and the number of guests you will be bringing. Participants will be contacted as soon as the menu selections become available. Reservation deadline is Thursday, April 16.

Become a Safe Zone ally
The Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for the campus LGBTQ community. The program fosters a safe campus through a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone 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 session will be Tuesday, April 28, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library and will include a light breakfast and lunch. Contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 5-4415 for further details about the training. Learn more on the Safe Zone website.


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Senior AVP for Physical Planning & Development candidates to visit campus
The campus community is invited to attend community forums with the three finalists for the position of senior associate vice president for Physical Planning & Development. The forums, which will include presentations by each candidate, will take place on the following dates:

  • Monday, April 6, from 11 a.m. to noon in Nob Hill Room, Seven Hills Conference Center: Thomas Lollini, associate vice chancellor, Physical Planning, Design & Construction, University of California, Merced.
  • Wednesday, April 8, from 11 a.m. to noon in Nob Hill Room, Seven Hills Conference Center: Simon Lam, interim senior associate vice president, Physical Planning & Development, San Francisco State University.
  • Tuesday, April 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. in LIB 121: Robert McLean, commanding officer and regional engineer, Naval Facilities and Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia.

For more about the candidates, including biographies and resumes, as well as the opportunity to provide feedback, visit the search committee's website at

Morales named director of news and new media
Jonathan Morales has been appointed director of news and new media in University Communications effective March 25. Morales joined SF State in 2011 as publicist and staff writer in University Communications, where he worked with traditional media outlets and spearheaded efforts to leverage social media for publicity. Prior to that, he worked as a reporter and editor for the Bay Area News Group.

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, Morales will serve as backup University spokesperson.

Morales earned his B.A. in politics from Saint Mary's College of California.

He can be reached at or ext. 8-1743.

Faculty Commencement information
The last day for faculty to order regalia without incurring a shipping charge is April 3. Faculty may order college-specific regalia until April 17, although there will be a charge for shipping. After April 17, only generic regalia will be available for rental.

Faculty and staff may pick up their rented regalia beginning the week of May 11 from the customer service counter inside the bookstore. For regalia rental information and prices, visit

Retention, tenure and promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to participate in one of five workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. The workshops will be conducted by Sacha Bunge, dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Faculty members who are planning to be reviewed in the next several years are encouraged to attend. The workshops have been organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, but topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so feel free to attend the workshop that best fits your schedule.

  • Faculty currently in their first year: Friday, April 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 244
  • Faculty currently in their second through fifth year: Tuesday, April 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 222
  • Faculty applying in fall 2015 for tenure and promotion to associate professor:
    • Thursday, April 9, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 222
    • Friday, April 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 222
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor:
    • Monday, April 6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 242
    • Thursday, April 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 222.

To register, RSVP with the workshop date to

Deadline today for Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase
Today is the deadline to register for the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase, an annual exhibition of the diverse work of graduate students. Each year, SF State hosts more than 150 graduate exhibitors whose presentations typically come in the form of a poster display that depicts the purpose, methods and results of their research or creative projects.

The showcase is an excellent opportunity for exemplary students to represent their departments while sharing their work with the broader academic community. Participating in the event will also provide students the opportunity to build their resume or curriculum vitae.

The showcase will be held Thursday, April 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Main Gym. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3. For registration forms and additional registration information, visit the graduate studies website.

Participants and their faculty mentors are also invited to attend a dinner buffet following the showcase. Registered students and their faculty mentors will be eligible to win prizes, such as a Kindle, tickets to "Beach Blanket Babylon" or gift cards. Previous participants have commented on the added benefits of the less-formal interactions with their faculty mentors.

Questions? Visit the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase website or email Britney Stewart at

Staff travel grants available
Staff members are invited to apply for travel grants awarded by the San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA). The awards are for travel during 2015 and will have a maximum value of $500. The association expects to fund up to five grants. Faculty travel grants will be awarded in 2016. The association alternates faculty and staff award years.

Professional development is the major criterion for a travel grant, with preference given to participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, summer fieldwork, research or attendance at an institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered.

Staff application forms are available under the "Forms" tab at To be considered for a grant, applicants must have at least a half-time appointment and must submit a completed application via email to all of the following people by April 6:

Rosenberg Institute Public Forum and Discovery Day at RTC
The Romberg Tiburon Center invites the campus community to the Rosenberg Institute Public Forum at the Bay Conference Center on Wednesday, April 15. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. with a presentation by Lisa Levin of Scripps Institution of Oceanography on "Deep-Ocean Industrialization and Biodiversity Challenges in the 21st Century." For more information and a link to registration, visit the Rosenberg Institute Public Forum page.

The annual Rosenberg Institute Discovery Day open house at the Romberg Tiburon Center will be held April 25 to complement the Rosenberg Institute Public Forum. More information will be added as it is available on the Discovery Day Web page.

Welcome Days call for programs
Welcome Days 2015 will welcome new students and their families to SF State from Thursday, Aug. 20 to Tuesday, Aug. 25, on the main campus. The call for programs is open for new department open houses and information workshops scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21.

Complete the online form to submit proposals. Proposals must be submitted by midnight Friday, April 24. Visit the Welcome Days website, for more information. Email questions to

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will next meet on Tuesday, April 14. The agenda for that meeting will appear in the April 10 CampusMemo.

Nomination period to open for Staff Representative to Academic Senate
The Academic Senate is accepting nominations for Staff Representatives to fill the recently vacated 2014-17 term and the 2015-18 term. The nomination period will open Monday, April 6 and will close by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

Nominations may include self-nominations as well as other eligible staff. The Staff Academic Senate Representative position requires attendance at all Academic Senate meetings and all assigned Standing Committee meetings every working Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. The term of service is three years (two years for vacant position). Visit the Academic Senate By-Laws page for eligibility, nominations and elections information.

The current Staff Representatives to the Academic Senate invite interested parties to visit meetings of the Academic Senate or Standing Committees. Questions? Email the Academic Senate Staff Election Committee at or call the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or visit the Senate website.

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

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This week in Insiders:
Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Valerie Soe, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Nina Roberts.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell, Rhoda and Richard Goldman Chair of Jewish Studies Eran Kaplan, Co-Director and Chair of Health Education Mary Beth Love, Associate Professor of Latina/o Studies and Educational Leadership Jeff Duncan-Andrade and President Les Wong.

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We mark the passing of Marketing Lecturer Allan Shocker.

Read In Memoriam:

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Watershed Moments: through April 21

Luke Damiani: Between Spaces: through July 15

Dual Views: Labor Landmarks of San Francisco: March 19 through Aug. 7


Saturday, April 4
Track hosting SF State Distance Carnival

Film: Carlos Reygadas Retrospective: 9 a.m.

Sneak Preview '15: 9:30 a.m.

Presentation: Facing Fukushima: We Are Here: 1 p.m.

Monday, April 6
Softball hosting Academy of Art: 1 p.m.

Recital: Classical guitar students: 1:10 p.m.

Poetry: Shadowed: Unheard Voices: 5 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Jason Roberts: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 7
Lecture: Why We Can't Understand Greek Drama: 4 p.m.

Theatre: "The Fringe": 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 8
Recital: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 1:10 p.m.

Theatre: "The Fringe": 7 p.m.

Thursday, April 9
Poetry reading: Arisa White and Raina J. Leon: 4:30 p.m.

Artist Lecture: Karrie Hovey: 5:30 p.m.

Theatre: "The Fringe": 7 p.m.

Dance: University Dance Theatre: Return and Renew: 8 p.m.

Friday, April 10
Talk by Dr. Angela Valenzuela: High Stakes in Testing and Learning: noon

Softball hosting Cal State Monterey Bay: 1 p.m.

Recital: Classical voice students: 1:10 p.m.

Francois Truffaut: Love and Life Stories at the Movies: 4 p.m.

Theatre: "The Fringe": 7 p.m.

Dance: University Dance Theatre: Return and Renew: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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