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Volume 62, Number 22    February 13, 2015         

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Health and Wellness Coalition meets Feb. 16
The Health and Wellness Coalition is a group of staff, faculty and students who work together to address wide-reaching health and wellness issues at SF State. The coalition meets every third Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. in SSB 304. The next meeting will be held Feb. 16. Those who cannot attend the meetings but wish to be part of the conversation should email to join the list-serve or to find out more information.

HR, AP help on tap Feb. 17
Again this semester, HR2U will be setting up in LIB 242 on the third Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Stop by and get personal assistance with questions about benefits, retirement, HRMS, payroll, employee relations, etc. Fiscal Affairs 2 U will also be there to help with purchasing and accounts payable questions. Spring semester sessions will be held Feb. 17, March 17, April 21 and May 19.

Congressman Lewis, Feb. 18
Congressman John Lewis, former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, will explore innovative practices in the civil rights movement on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Life Center on North State Drive (also known as Annex I). With him will be Andrew Aydin, with whom Lewis scripted the history-based graphic novels "March: Book One" and "March: Book Two." Event sponsors include the College of Ethnic Studies, Associated Students, Inc., the office of the mayor of San Francisco and Mo'Magic. For more information email or call (415) 567-0400.

Botanical Gardens magnolia tour, Feb. 19
The University Women's Association (UWA) has arranged a guided tour of the San Francisco Botanical Gardens on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Joseph Barbaccia, an expert on magnolias and the plants of the Mesoamerica cloud forest, will lead the group. Participants will meet at the main entrance of the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park at 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way. The cost is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for Garden members and San Francisco residents. Following the tour, the group will choose a restaurant for lunch (cost not included in tour amount). The group will be limited to 14 participants.

Send check payable to "UWA" to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Reservation deadline is Monday, Feb. 16. Email for additional information.

Caring Across Generations reading, reception, Feb. 24
Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies Grace J. Yoo and co-author Barbara W. Kim will read and discuss their recently published book "Caring across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American Families" (NYU Press) in LIB 220 on Tuesday, Feb 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. A reception will follow the reading. The book examines the intersections of structure, culture, class, immigration and aging and how they impact relations between children of immigrants and their parents over a lifetime.

The Slimy & the Spineless: Portraits of Unsung Ocean Heroes, Feb. 26
The Romberg Tiburon Center invites the campus community to a presentation and student-led discussion on the art of science with author/photographers Susan Middleton ("Spineless") and alumna Josie Iselin ("An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed") at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Bay Conference Center of the Romberg Tiburon Center. The $10 admission includes light refreshments. Advance registration is required. The authors will also sign copies of their books, which may be ordered from the Depot Bookstore, (415) 383-2665. For more information and to register, visit

Latina/o Students in Higher Education forum, Feb. 27
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, the César Chávez Institute (CCI) will hold the forum "Latina/o Students in Higher Education: Identifying Critical Issues and New Possibilities at Bay Area Universities" in the University's Annex 1/Student Life Center on North State Drive. The one-day gathering will include educators, administrators, service providers and education activists from around the Bay Area. CCI Director Belinda Reyes will provide context for the event by presenting new data from her research on related issues, such as university affordability, impaction, campus climate, student engagement, degree completion and mental health.

The goal of CCI's Latina/o Educational Achievement Partnership is to lay the groundwork for a possible Bay Area Commission for the Advancement of Latinos in Higher Education -- a regional mechanism for institutional change and accountability. Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the forum Web page.

National College Health Assessment reminder
Faculty and staff are asked to remind students to complete the National College Health Assessment: a link to the survey was sent to students by email on Feb. 9. The survey, which asks questions about student's health behavior, status and beliefs, takes about 30 minutes to complete. Higher education institutions across the U.S. use the information to improve the effectiveness of new and existing programs, and to apply for grants and assist faculty with research.

Students have until Feb. 22 to complete the survey and will be entered into a drawing to win one of 10 Trader Joe's gift cards worth $20. For more information, contact Aimée Williams at

Join Campus Recreation
Want to follow through on that New Year's resolution? Campus Recreation is offering faculty and staff memberships for use of the pool, strength and conditioning room and Group X classes during the spring 2015 semester. For more information or to sign-up, visit the Campus Recreation website and check out the Spring 2015 Group Fitness calendar.


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Strategic plan envisions SF State's future
San Francisco State University has released its new strategic plan, which outlines a vision for the University's future. A diverse group of SF State faculty, staff, administrators and students collaborated to establish and illuminate institutional priorities, sharing the finalized plan on Dec. 19, 2014.

Read more at SF State News:

Human Resources Online Service Request
Human Resources (HR) is pleased to introduce an online service request tool that will be available on the HR website. Beginning Feb. 16, employees will be able to enter a service request and follow an issue to its resolution for the following areas:

  • Benefits
  • HR Management Systems

For example, at employees will find an online tool for inquiring about benefits coverage and reporting problems with self-service access or passwords. The online tool will enable Human Resources to improve on customer service and responsiveness while providing metrics to identify staff training or resource needs to better serve the campus community. In April, the Human Resources Request tool will add additional areas, including the Talent Management & Compensation Solutions and Payroll units.

Email questions to or call the front desk at ext. 8-1872.

Lunch and Learn: Proven and Promising Course Redesign, Feb. 19
Academic Technology invites all instructors and department chairs to a Lunch and Learn event titled "Proven and Promising Course Redesign" Thursday, Feb. 19, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). The event will include a review of the proposal submission process and an overview of previously funded projects at SF State.

Email questions and comments to or call ext. 5-5550. Lunch and refreshments will be provided. To register for the Lunch and Learn, go to

Higher Education Sustainability Conference call for proposals
Speaking proposals and poster proposals for the 2015 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) are now being accepted. They are due by March 1.

The conference will be held July 20-24 at SF State. Students, faculty, staff and administrators from campuses throughout California -- including CSU and UC universities, California community colleges and private and independent colleges -- are invited to submit proposals to speak or present posters at the conference. Community and business partners are also welcome to co-submit proposals with campus stakeholders. Pre-conference workshops will be held July 20, core sessions will convene July 21-22 and post-conference workshops are scheduled for July 23-24. The student convergence will take place July 23.

CHESC highlights cutting-edge research as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs and community partnerships. The theme of this year's conference is "Can We Change Fast Enough?" The steering committee seeks proposals that will help address that theme, with sessions designed around pairings of the topics that range from climate action to curriculum to social equity. The list of topics and other information may be viewed on the CHESC call for proposals Web page. Also visit the CHESC website, conference Twitter feed and CHESC Facebook page.

Questions? Contact the UC Santa Barbara Sustainability Program Office at (805) 893-2166 or email Event Manager Katie Maynard at

SF BUILD Scholar Application now open
Faculty and staff are asked to tell their students that SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) is now accepting applications for students interested in biomedical research. Through a variety of activities, SF BUILD scholars will develop strong research skills, work with a diverse group of scientists at SF State and UC San Francisco and participate in academic and professional activities. They will also have the opportunity to investigate biomedical research questions that are of interest to them and relevant to local communities. SF BUILD is funded by a National Institutes of Health grant to enhance diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

The application deadline is March 20. To learn more about how the program will benefit students, guidelines and how to apply, visit the SF BUILD website.

Gold Rush faculty/staff appreciation tonight
Join University Advancement and the Athletics Department tonight for the Gold Rush Faculty and Staff Appreciation Night. There will be a faculty/staff reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the Administration Building. After the reception, everyone is encouraged to watch the Gator women's and men's basketball teams play the UC San Diego Tritons in the Main Gym. Comcast Hometown Network will televise the game.

Academic Senate
Following are the action items from the Feb. 10 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a brief report from Chair Trevor Getz
  • Heard report from Provost Sue V. Rosser and AVP for Enrollment Management Jo Volkert regarding summer session 2015
  • Heard reports from CSU Senators Rob Collins and Darlene Yee
  • Heard a report from Caitlin Steele about the Higher Education Sustainability Conference to be hosted by SF State
  • Approved the Mission Statement Policy
  • Approved revisions to the M.A. in Anthropology
  • Approved revisions to the Temporary Faculty Range Elevation Policy #S00-211
  • Reviewed a proposal for an Extraordinary Assigned Time Committee policy

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

Distinguished Faculty Awards 2015: Applications due March 16
SF State annually acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. Honorees receive a $4,000 stipend (pre-tax) for the Excellence in Teaching Awards, and a $3,000 stipend (pre-tax) is awarded for both the Excellence in Professional Achievement Award and the Excellence in Service Award. (Please note: There will be two Excellence in Teaching Awards. Individual awards will be offered for Excellence in Teaching for Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty and Lecturers.)

The awards were first instituted in 2007 and are designed to highlight the tremendous accomplishments of faculty members and to showcase a few examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty.

For more information or to download an application, go to

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This week in Insiders:
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Dean of the College of Business Linda Oubre, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Psychology Ezequiel Morsella, Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman, Professor of Meteorology John Monteverdi and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Barbara Damashek.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Gentrification: Displacement, Eviction, and the San Francisco Housing Crisis: through Feb. 19

Hydrarchy: Power, Globalization and The Sea: Feb. 21-March 19

Luke Damiani: Between Spaces: through July 15


Saturday, Feb. 14
Women's Basketball hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 16
Talk: Gender and Regional Subjectivity in Contemporary Spain: 2:10 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: D.A. Powell: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18
Meet the Authors: Congressman John Lewis and co-author Andrew Aydin: 1 p.m.

Softball hosting Hawaii-Hilo: 1 p.m.

Recital: Dee Spencer: 1:10 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 19
Poetry Center Book Award reading: Alli Warren and Laura Moriarty: 4:30 p.m.

Workshop: Lewis Klahr: Memory and Collage: 5 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 20
Softball hosting Humboldt State: 1 p.m.

Baseball hosting Fresno Pacific: 2 p.m.

Women's Basketball hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 7:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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