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Volume 62, Number 27    March 20, 2015         

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Spring recess
Due to the spring recess the week of March 23-27, CampusMemo will not be published on March 27. Publication will resume on April 3.

Last day for ETAC technology survey
The Educational Technology Advisory Committee is sponsoring a survey of technology use by faculty. The results will be used to improve technology services at SF State. The survey closes March 20 at midnight. Participants may opt in to enter a lottery for $100 or $200 Amazon gift certificates. Visit for more information and a link to the survey.

Exhibit opening reception April 2
The photographic exhibition "Dual Views: Labor Landmarks of San Francisco" in the Special Collections Gallery of the J. Paul Leonard Library (LIB 460) will hold its opening reception on Thursday, April 2, from 5 to 7 p.m. Photographers Wendy Crittenden and Tom Griscom will comment on the contrast between the historical images and their present-day photos, while Professor Emeritus of History Robert Cherny will talk about San Francisco's labor history.

Curated by art historian Kim Munson, "Dual Views" explores the hidden historic labor landscape of San Francisco that includes Depression-era waterfront battles between striking longshoremen and police, labor halls amongst soaring office towers and a former dynamite factory in idyllic Glen Canyon.

The exhibit runs through Aug. 7. For more information, visit the SF State exhibits page or the Labor Archives & Research Center.

XSEDE workshop, April 2-3
Members of the campus community are invited to power up their research and teaching at a free XSEDE (Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment) workshop. The workshop will be held April 2-3 in the J. Paul Leonard Library. It is open to faculty, researchers and students in any discipline who wish to learn how to incorporate analytics, modeling and simulation, advanced data analysis and visualization, and high performance computing into their teaching and research. View the XSEDE agenda and register by March 30.

Questions about the workshop can be sent to Brian Beatty at

Discontinuance of majors review April 7
On April 7, the Education Policies Council (EPC) 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 (ADT), 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

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, March 26, and Friday, March 27, on campus. Snacks will be provided on both days. Participation in the full two days is required.

The training is open to all student staff, including graduate teaching assistants. Faculty, staff and administrators are asked to inform student staff about this training. An ASIST training for faculty and staff will take place June 4-5.

The goal of ASIST is to increase the knowledge and awareness of laypeople of the signs of possible suicide ideation and how to help the person through it by providing suicide first aid. More than one million caregivers have taken the two-day workshop, which improves a caregiver's comfort level, confidence and competence when helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The training is highly interactive and practice-oriented, with small group discussions, practice based on adult learning principles and powerful videos on suicide intervention.

To register, email Susan Chen in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center.

Phi Beta Kappa reminders
The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:

• The annual meeting will be held Thursday, April 2, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in HUM 473 (Graduate Reading Room); presentation of the new class of members-in-course will be on the agenda.
• Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama, Economics Department.
• The annual initiation of new members will be held Tuesday, May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. in LIB 121 and will be followed by a reception.

Questions? Contact Chapter President Masahiko Minami or, for finances, Chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Discount on iD Tech summer program
Faculty and staff can save $75 on the iD Tech summer program to be held at SF State this summer. At the iD Tech programs, children aged 7-18 gain hands-on experience creating projects such as video games, mobile apps and robots. To obtain the $75 discount, faculty and staff must register using their SF State email address and pay in full by April 30 using code SFSUTC2015. For more details and registration information, visit the iD Tech website.

Gator Youth Sports Camp
The Department of Kinesiology will again host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for children ages 7-14. The camp will take place on campus Monday through Friday from June 15 to July 24. This year, a morning program called Gator Start will be added to create a full-day option that runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and the registration paperwork, visit the Department of Kinesiology website or call the department at ext. 8-2244.


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Funding opportunities from the Division of Undergraduate Studies
The Division of Undergraduate Studies has several funding opportunities for faculty and programs that support curriculum development and student learning:

  • Curriculum Design Mini-grants and Demonstration Programs: Through major funding from the Teagle Foundation, undergraduate degree-granting programs that are planning major curriculum revisions are invited to submit proposals for mini-grants of $8,000 to $10,000. Proposals are due May 1. Programs that have recently revised their curricula resulting in improved student learning and degree progress can apply to be considered as demonstration programs. These programs will receive $5,000 in unrestricted funds in return for their campus leadership. Proposals are due by April 1.
  • Using Data to Understand and Advance Student Academic Progress: With funding from the CSU Office of the Chancellor, this initiative offers stipends of $1,200 to 15 faculty who participate in learning communities on the use of data to understand and improve student academic progress. Nomination letters are due by May 1.
  • Evaluating Student Learning in SF State Graduation Requirements: With funding from the CSU Office of the Chancellor, this initiative creates two teams of faculty to review portfolios of student work in two campus graduation requirements (Culminating Experiences and GWAR courses) and to develop rubrics that assess student learning and achievement. Participating faculty will join in one planning meeting and one half-day scoring session (with lunch), and each will receive an honorarium of $500. Letters of interest are due by May 1.

For more information and application instructions, download the full Opportunities for Faculty and Programs from the Division Of Undergraduate Studies -- Spring 2015 document.

Search for associate dean, Division of Undergraduate Studies
Academic Affairs is seeking applications and nominations for the new position of associate dean of Academic Planning. Reporting to the dean of Undergraduate Studies, the associate dean coordinates division functions related to curriculum and academic assessment, building productive and positive collaborations with academic programs and faculty to advance student learning and achievement. A Ph.D. and teaching experience in an academic discipline are required.

Review of applications and nominations for this search will begin April 15. The search Committee members are:

  • Robert Keith Collins, associate professor, American Indian Studies
  • Gail Dawson, chair/associate professor, Art
  • Darryl Dieter, director, Institutional Research
  • John Elia, associate dean, College of Health and Social Sciences
  • Alexandra Katz, curriculum coordinator, Division of Undergraduate Studies
  • Genie Stowers, interim chair, Secondary Education, and professor, Public Administration
  • Jo Volkert, senior associate vice president, Enrollment Management

The position description and application procedures may be viewed on the Human Resources website at (Job ID #5711).

Last day for Accessible Adventures Day survey
Campus Recreation, the Department of Parks, Tourism and Recreation and the Disability Programs and Resource Center ask faculty and staff to participate in a six-question online survey to help plan the second annual Accessible Adventures Day, scheduled for May 7 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Don Nasser Family Plaza in front of the Gymnasium. Questions focus on individual outdoor recreation interests, interest in attending the event and interest in taking part in the accessible kayaking on Friday, May 8.

People with all types of disabilities are encouraged to participate. Responses to the survey will have a large impact on the planning and promotion of the Accessible Adventures Day, kayaking on May 8 and finding the best way to share the vast array of outdoor adventure opportunities in the Bay Area for individuals with disabilities. The online survey, which will be available until midnight on Friday, March 20, should take fewer than five minutes to complete.

For more information or assistance in completing the survey, contact Todd Higgins via TTY at (415) 338-2522 or by email at

Enrollment opportunities for preschool-aged children at Children's Campus
Children's Campus at SF State, the lab early care and education center for University faculty, staff and community families, has limited openings for new families with preschool-aged children (3-4 years of age) for the 2015-16 program year that begins Aug. 24. Families with younger children are welcome to register on the wait list. Faculty and staff receive priority enrollment and a three percent discount on tuition.

The center serves children 6 months to 5 years of age. Full-day services are offered (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) in either a nine- or 12-month program. Also, children may enroll five days per week (Monday-Friday), three days per week (Monday-Wednesday-Friday) or two days per week (Tuesday-Thursday). The Tuesday-Thursday schedules have the greatest availability, while Monday-Friday and Monday-Wednesday-Friday openings are limited.

Children's Campus implements a play-based, emergent curriculum that supports and guides children's exploration and creativity, promoting social, emotional, physical, creative and cognitive development in an integrated manner. As the lab school, the center receives programmatic consultation from academic departments and serves as a field placement site for students studying early childhood development and other disciplines. In addition, the center supports research for faculty and graduate students from a variety of disciplines.

Enrollment requires registration on the center's online wait list, which may accessed through the center's website. Monthly tours are offered at 10 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month. Call the center to register for a tour. For more information, visit or contact the Children's Campus by calling ext. 5-4011 or emailing

Faculty are invited to learn about the SF BUILD project
SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity), a project at SF State funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and designed to increase diversity in the biomedical workforce, invites all faculty to an informational session entitled "BUILD DIALOGUE." The event will be held Wednesday, April 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Library Events Room, LIB 121. Light refreshments will be served.

The event will include an overview of the SF BUILD project and small group discussions about potential ways for faculty to engage with SF BUILD through small grant opportunities, Reimbursed Release Time/sabbaticals, writing retreats and other professional resources.

Email questions to or call ext. 5-2540. To register, go to

SF BUILD is a project funded by the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program initiative. Led by SF State, SF BUILD is a partnership with University of California, San Francisco. To learn more 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

2015 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase
The Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase is an annual exhibition of the diverse work of SF State's innovative and talented 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:

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:
Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey and Associate Professor of Social Work Yeon-Shim Lee.

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This week in Newsmakers: Justice Lecturer Jim Dudley, Professor and Director of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan and Professor of Civil Engineering Elahe Enssani.

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SF State received $610,229 in grants and contracts in February 2015.

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

Luke Damiani: Between Spaces: through July 15

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


Saturday, March 21
Track hosting Mathis Invitational

Softball hosting Cal State San Bernardino: 11 a.m.

Sunday, March 22
Poetry reading: Tribute to Kathleen Fraser: 5 p.m.

Monday, March 23
Spring '15 Spring Recess: no classes; campus open

Tuesday, March 24
Spring '15 Spring Recess: no classes; campus open

Wednesday, March 25
Spring '15 Spring Recess: no classes; campus open

Softball hosting Western Washington: 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 26
Spring '15 Spring Recess: no classes; campus open

Friday, March 27
Spring '15 Spring Recess: no classes; campus open

Baseball hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 28
Spring '15 Spring Recess: no classes; campus open

Monday, March 30
Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m.

Tuesday, March 31
Spring '15 Cesar Chavez Day: no classes; offices closed

Wednesday, April 1
Lecture: Warren Lehrer: 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 2
Poetry reading: Peter Culley and Stacy Szymaszek: 4:30 p.m.

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

Friday, April 3
Track hosting SF State Distance Carnival

Baseball hosting Cal State Monterey Bay: noon

Film: Carlos Reygadas Retrospective: 4 p.m

Poetry reading: Peter Culley and Stacy Szymaszek: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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