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Volume 62, Number 25    March 6, 2015         

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Visiting scholar lectures March 9, 10
Phi Beta Kappa Omicron chapter invites the campus community to hear New York University Professor Bambi B. Schieffelin, an anthropological linguist, give the following public lectures and seminars:

Monday, March 9
• Noon to 2 p.m. in LIB 121: Language and Senses of Place: The Emplacement and Displacement of Culture (cosponsored by the Department of Anthropology)
• 4 to 6 p.m. in HUM 587: Public Lecture: Reshaping Language: New Words, New Worlds (cosponsored by the Office of the Provost and the College of Liberal & Creative Arts)

Tuesday, March 10
• 10 a.m. to noon in HUM 587: Language and Intentionality: Whose Mind Are You Speaking? (cosponsored by Communication Studies)
• 3 to 4:30 p.m. in HUM 587: Language and Place in Children's Worlds: Approaches to Language from the Perspective of Language Socialization in Monolingual and Multilingual Communities (includes discussions with students, cosponsored by the linguistics and TESOL programs)

Questions? Contact chapter President Masahiko Minami.

Support group for stuttering
Faculty and staff are asked to tell their students that the Communicative Disorders Program is starting a support group for people who stutter. The group will meet every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in BH 138 throughout the semester.

Fifteen-Minute Funding workshop, March 17
Funding Information Specialist Paul Barrows will lead the Fifteen-Minute Funding workshop from 11 a.m. to noon on March 17 in BH 229. Participants are asked to bring their laptop computers so they can quickly -- in about 15 minutes -- set up access to the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs' funding database, Pivot. Once set up, users will receive ongoing funding alerts by email. Seating is limited, so please register by Thursday, March 12.

SF State 5K Walk, Run & Roll training workshops
Student Life invites the campus community -- including faculty, staff and family members -- to begin training for 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.

To help with training tips and preparation for the event, Campus Recreation will hold two free workshops on the running track in Cox Stadium. Participants should wear running or walking shoes and other appropriate attire and bring water. The training events are:

• Noontime at the Track: Training for the SF State 5K Event, a faculty- and staff-only training on Monday, March 16, from noon to 1 p.m.
• Twilight at the Track: Training for the SF State 5K Event, for the entire campus community on Monday, March 16, from 6 to 7 p.m.

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

Free tickets for the Music of Contemporary Composers
Four Seasons Arts invites faculty, staff and students to order a pair of complimentary tickets to the Music of Contemporary Composers concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 21 at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley.

Baritone Thomas Buckner and his company will celebrate the 50th year of the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians with this performance of works by Roscoe Mitchell (voice and piano), Muhal (Richard) Abrams (voice and piano), Wadada Leo-Smith (voice and piano), Henry Threadgill (voice, percussion and cello) and LeRoy Jenkins (voice, viola and flute). Performers will include Joseph Kubera (piano), JD Parran (flute), Stephanie Griffin (viola), Christopher Hoffman (cello), Alex Lipowsky (percussion), Matthew Gold (percussion) and Amina Claudine Myers (piano and celesta).

RSVP with your name, address and telephone number to Tickets may be picked up at the St. John's box office between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. the day of the concert. Guests must be at least 6 years old. For more information, to purchase additional tickets or to learn about other events, visit or call Four Seasons Arts at (510) 845-4444.

UWA Mission Street culinary tour, March 24
Join the University Women's Association (UWA) on Tuesday, March 24, for an edible excursion in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. Led by a local epicurean concierge, the group will sample the fare at Mission Minis, Wise Sons Deli, El Farolito, Roosevelt Tamale Parlor, Pig & Pie and Humphry Slocombe.

Participants will meet at 11 a.m. in front of Mission Minis at 3168 22nd Street (between Mission and Capp streets). The culinary expedition will culminate in a tour of Balmy Alley. To register, mail a check for $90 per person made payable to "UWA" to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. For additional information, email Lin Ivory.

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.

Campus mental health and well-being workshop
Faculty and staff may at times be unsure of what to do when someone is experiencing emotional distress. To promote a better understanding of mental health-related concerns on campus, the Counseling and Psychological Services Center has scheduled a three-hour workshop on Friday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon in LIB 222. The interactive course will include discussion and role-playing exercises that will focus on how to approach/intervene in a range of mental health situations and how to refer individuals to on- and off-campus resources, with a focus on cultural considerations and the well-being and self-care of the intervening person. Participants will also have an opportunity to bring up questions in a confidential setting.

Clinical Counselor Susan Chen will lead the session, which is open to all faculty and staff. For more information or to register, email Susan Chen at

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.

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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Academic Administrative Reviews begin
Academic Administrative Reviews are underway for two administrators. An electronic questionnaire has been distributed via email notification; those who would like to participate in the process but did not receive an email with a link to the administrative review questionnaire should contact Kathleen Kelly at or ext. 8-2571. Individual, written and signed responses may be directed to the appropriate ARC chair care of the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, ADM 455.

University Librarian Deborah Masters
The Administrative Review Committee (ARC) solicits input from members of the campus community as part of the academic administrative review for University Librarian Deborah Masters.

In keeping with the procedures for academic administrative review set out by the Academic Senate, the committee will not accept any anonymous responses. However, the ARC will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law, and individual responses will not be shown to the administrator under review.

The Administrative Review Committee chair is Jennifer Summit, dean of undergraduate education.

Associate Vice President for International Education Yenbo Wu
The Administrative Review Committee (ARC) solicits input from members of the campus community as part of the academic administrative review for AVP Yenbo Wu.

In keeping with the procedures for academic administrative review set out by the Academic Senate, the committee will not accept any anonymous responses. However, the ARC will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law, and individual responses will not be shown to the administrator under review.

The Administrative Review Committee chair is Todd Roehrman, associate dean, College of Liberal & Creative Arts.

Five faculty cost-saving projects receive awards
The SF State Affordable Instructional Materials team has awarded five faculty-proposed cost-saving projects with support in spring and summer 2015. These projects are supported by funding from the CSU Chancellor's Office to expand campus efforts to reduce the cost of learning for students as part of the Affordable Learning Solutions initiative. Another round of project proposals is expected in late spring or summer 2015; more information about that opportunity will be sent to faculty in April 2015. The award-winning projects are:

  • The School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE) was awarded support to lower costs in approximately 20 courses with textbooks costs above $100, with a goal of lowering the average cost of materials to less than $75 per course. The projected savings for 21 courses is approximately $100,000 per term.
  • Four faculty in the Department of English Language and Literature received an award to support development of a free, online replacement for a required $20 course text/guide used in First Year Composition by approximately 3,800 students per year. The resulting savings to students is approximately $80,000 per year.
  • Economics faculty member Anoshua Chaudri is working to replace the required materials ($150 for text and reader) for ECON 540 (Economics of Gender) with resources available free to students in the Library or online. The projected savings for students will be approximately $9,000 per year.
  • Africana Studies faculty member Dawn-Elissa Fischer plans to adopt free instructional materials for students in her courses, saving them approximately $90 per course (depending on the course). Replicating a successful approach used in AFRS 310 (Anthropology of Blackness), plans include the cost of instruction in AFRS 266 (Black Online: Cyberspace, Culture, Community), which is required for all Africana Studies majors. Students are projected to save approximately $10,000 per year.
  • Equity, Leadership Studies and Instructional Technologies (ELSIT) faculty member Patricia Donohue is working to provide free access to required materials for several courses in the Instructional Technologies Discipline Courses (ITEC) program, such as ebook readers (i.e. Nook), Smart Pens (for note taking) and required readings. The projected savings to students is approximately $5,000 per year.

2015 Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grants
The Individual Investigator/Collaborative Grant program supports original projects that significantly contribute to the professional achievement and growth of the applicant(s). The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs invites applications from individuals and collaborative groups for projects that are directed toward obtaining tangible results such as a journal article, book prospectus, seminar, colloquium, conference paper, public exhibition, community project or concert. Projects may include work across disciplinary boundaries, but are not required to do so.

The submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 16. Funded proposals are expected to be announced in June and the earliest anticipated start date for awards will be July 1. View the full Funding Opportunity Announcement and submission procedures.

Staff travel grants available
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages staff to apply for travel grant awards. 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 next year.)

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 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 from VP for Administration & Finance Ronald Cortez: Budget Update
  • Report from VP for University Advancement Robert Nava and AVP of University Development Anne Harris: The Campaign for SF State
  • Report from President Leslie E. Wong: Strategic Planning 2015
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding a proposed Resolution in Support of an Academic Freedom Policy, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Baccalaureate Degree Policy, #S14-255, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the University Tenure and Promotion Policy, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding a proposed Temporary Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) Policy for Transition to Electronic Working Personnel Action Files (WPAF), first reading

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

Distinguished Faculty Awards 2015: Application deadline is 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 the

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This week in Insiders:
Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Valerie Soe, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Chair and Professor of Asian American Studies Grace J. Yoo, Assistant Professor of Nursing Elaine Musselman, Associate Professor of Social Work Yeon-Shim Lee and Professor of Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Chair of the Department of Sociology and Sexuality Studies Ed McCaughan, Associate Professor of Sociology Clare Sears, Professor and Chair of Psychology Jeff Cookston, Professor of Management John Sullivan, Professor of Biology William Cochlan and Professor Emerita of American Indian Studies Elizabeth Parent.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Luke Damiani: Between Spaces: through July 15

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


Saturday, March 7
Film: "The Open Boat": Cinema and the Maritime Imaginary: 9 a.m.

Baseball hosting Cal State East Bay: 11 a.m.

Forum: Promoting Public Policy Reform from Inside and Outside Government: 11 a.m.

Softball hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 11 a.m.

Theatre: Moliere's "The Learned Ladies": 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 8
Theatre: Moliere's "The Learned Ladies": 2 p.m.

Monday, March 9
Seminar: Language and Senses of Place: The Emplacement and Displacement of Culture: noon

Recital: Flute students of Linda Lukas: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: "Reshaping Language: New Words, New Worlds": 4 p.m.

Chinese New Year Celebration: 4 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Kyle Boelte: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 10
Lecture: Language and Intentionality: Whose Mind Are You Speaking?: 10 a.m.

Lecture: Sarah Schulman: "Conflict Is Not Abuse": 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 11
Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

Concert: SF State Orchestra: 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 12
Film Workshop: Reka Pigniczky: How to Prepare a Pitch to Raise Money for Your Project: 5 p.m.

Concert: Chamber Music Ensembles: 7 p.m.

Theatre: Moliere's "The Learned Ladies": 8 p.m.

Friday, March 13
Softball hosting Holy Names: 1 p.m.

Film Workshop: Nica Lorber: Web Design for Filmmakers: 4 p.m.

Theatre: Moliere's "The Learned Ladies": 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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