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Volume 62, Number 34    May 15, 2015         

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May 22 will be the final spring semester issue of CampusMemo. During the summer, CampusMemo will be published June 19 and July 17. Weekly publication will resume Aug. 21.

New music for solo violin and electronics
Composer Charles Nichols and violinist Sarah Plum will present and perform a recital of new music for solo violin and electronics Friday, May 15, at 4 p.m. in CA 146. At 4 p.m., Nichols will present his work and research in electroacoustic music and musician/computer interaction, and at 5 p.m. Plum will perform a recital of new music for solo violin and electronics in a quadrophonic presentation.

Nichols is an assistant professor of composition and music technology at Virginia Tech University. Plum's performing career began when she won the International Stulberg Competition in 1984. Her recording of the music of Bartok for violin and piano with Timothy Lovelace will be released in early 2015 on the Bluegriffin label.

Get help with HR, AP May 19
HR2U and Fiscal Affairs 2 U will set up in LIB 242 on Tuesday, May 19, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for their final third-Tuesday offering of the spring semester. 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.

OIP Celebration of Achievement reception, May 22
The Office of International Programs (OIP) invites the campus community to the 21st Annual International Student "Celebration of Achievement" reception on Friday, May 22, in the Seven Hills Conference Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The reception provides a formal opportunity to join the University community in honoring the many international students who will graduate or otherwise complete their exchange programs at SF State at the end of the Spring 2015 semester.

Planning to attend? RSVP by Friday, May 15, using the online registration form.

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference at SF State, July 20-24
Registration for the 2015 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference is now open at the event website. The conference will feature dozens of sessions on best practices in campus sustainability, plus keynote speeches from environmental advocate Van Jones and UC President Janet Napolitano. Attendees can earn a discount by volunteering at the conference.

Call for local challenges for Day of Civic Hacking
Members of the campus community who are interested in framing a challenge for the 2015 San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking at SF State are asked to submit their ideas by May 22.

"Resilience & Equity" will be the theme for this year's Day of Civic Hacking, which will be held June 6-7. A good challenge:
• Is related to an ongoing problem which your organization works on
• Has context and is relevant to the community
• Has an understandable impact that considers the number of people who would benefit from the solution and identifies the organization(s) that would use it
• Defines the data needed to help solve the problem and identifies if it is publicly available
• Can be owned by a person or organization with relevant expertise

Previous challenges have helped Peace Corps volunteers map the natural, infrastructure and skill resources within their communities; linked patients to the medical supplies and services they need, when they need them; and identified a different path for teen mothers.

The National Day of Civic Hacking is an international event that will take place June 6-7 in cities around the world. It will bring together citizens, software developers and entrepreneurs to collaboratively create, build and invent new solutions using publicly released data, code and technology to improve local communities and the governments that serve them. Anyone can take part; participants don't have to be experts in technology, they just have to care about their neighborhood and community.

Fit Into Summer program
Faculty and staff are invited to jump start the summer with a fitness program guaranteed to achieve results at a reduced price. The Fit Into Summer program includes a variety of fitness programs, classes and membership benefits that will challenge participants' physical and mental strength and endurance with a bit of fun included.

New members who take advantage of the membership special will receive unlimited access to The Village Fitness Center from June 1 through Aug. 31 for only $129. Additional membership options are available for those seeking greater challenges and levels of access. For more information or to register, email Dana Merritt.

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 on campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4, and Friday, June 5. Snacks will be provided on both days. Participation in the full two days is required.

The training is open to all faculty, staff and administrators. The goal of ASIST is to increase the knowledge and awareness of laypeople in identifying the signs of possible suicide ideation and helping the person provide 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, skills practice based on adult learning principles and powerful videos on suicide intervention.

To register, email Susan Chen in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center. Reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities will be provided upon request.

Summer Math
Camp for kids

San Francisco Math Circle will hold a summer Math Camp for second- through sixth-grade children that will create an environment where math is fun and exciting. Students will explore math through active games, nature and art. The camp will be held June 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26. A 10 percent discount is available to SF State faculty and staff: Use an SF State email address and enter the code "SFSU10" when registering. For more information and a link to apply, visit the San Francisco Math Circle website. Questions? Contact Mathematics Lecturer Addie (Evans) Schnirel via email or ext. 5-0540.

The Math Camp is sponsored by SF State's Center for Science and Mathematics Education and the San Francisco Math Circle.

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.

Athletic Department summer sports camps
This summer, the SF State Athletic Department will offer several sports camps for children 6 to 18 years of age. Current coaches and student athletes will run the camps, which will teach basketball, baseball, soccer, wrestling and volleyball at several levels. To see the offerings and pricing or to register, visit the Athletic Department's summer camp page.

Faculty Summer Writing Retreat begins 6/1
Start a summer of writing with a two-day facilitated writing retreat, followed by summer-long team and facilitator check-in sessions and peer exchanges. Writing retreats are a great way to get started on projects. Ongoing peer support and critiquing will help writers stay engaged in the process over time. Full-day retreat sessions will be held June 1 and 2. Check-ins will take place throughout July and August, with wrap-up presentations on Aug. 19. Interested? Register for the writing retreat online.

SF State contingent in SF Pride Parade, June 28
Faculty, staff, students, friends and family are invited to celebrate their SF State pride by marching with the University contingent in San Francisco's Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Market and Beale streets and goes to Market and 8th streets. The theme of this year's citywide celebration is "Equality Without Exception."

Interested participants are asked to pre-register by completing the sign-up form on the SF State Pride Celebration Parade website by June 23. A free SF State Pride Parade T-shirt will be provided to the first 100 people to sign up. Additional opportunities to help build the parade float and participate as a contingent monitor are available.

For further information, please contact Connie Tallerico at ext. 8-3888.

Campus Cats Committee volunteers needed
The Campus Cat Committee that has fed the small, friendly cat population on campus for more than 40 years needs volunteers to continue the tradition. Volunteering is easy: Simply choose a weekday or a once-a-month weekend rotation of two feeding sites. Food is provided. The greatest need is volunteers for feeding on various days of the week and weekends. Donations for food and veterinarian bills are also being sought. Other ways to help include sending cash and in-kind donations and scheduling volunteers. For additional information, contact Irene Donner at or ext. 8-2763.

Cruise Tahiti, January 2016
The University Women's Association (UWA) will return for the third time to the beautiful islands of French Polynesia. The 10-day cruise aboard Oceania Cruises' Marina will begin and end in Papeete, Tahiti. The ship will depart Jan. 25, 2016. Oceania is considered by many to be the best value in upscale cruising. The trip is open to all -- UWA membership is not required. For a detailed flyer with information about ports, prices, incentives and reservations, contact Lin Ivory at

UWA cruises provide scholarship support for students at SF State -- the 20 previous cruises have raised nearly $55,000 in scholarship funds.

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Storrs named Audit and Advisory Services director
Helen Storrs has been appointed director of Audit and Advisory Services effective Monday, May 18, 2015, following a search led by Michael Martin, associate vice president, Enterprise Risk Management.

Storrs has more than 15 years of experience with audits, budgets and accounting in both the private and public sectors, including her most recent work for the City and County of San Francisco's Department of Public Health. She received her B.S. in business administration (accounting) at Sacramento State University and is a CPA for the state of California. Storrs is also a certified health fitness specialist through the American College of Sports Medicine and earned a B.S. in kinesiology (exercise science) from Sacramento State University.

Nizzardini to head new Health Promotion and Wellness unit
On May 11, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management announced the creation of the Health Promotion and Wellness (HPW) unit. No new resources are being allocated; rather HPW represents a strategic reinvestment of existing health/prevention education staff and program dollars. Faculty and staff from Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CPSC) and staff from Student Health Services (SHS) who now provide health education or prevention education will join together to create this new unit, building on their current efforts and taking student wellness and campus public health efforts to the next level of effectiveness and excellence.

HPW will join SHS and CPSC to create a three-unit cluster that collaboratively fosters and sustains the public health of SF State through improved coordination, augmented awareness, education and outreach efforts. Areas of focus will include high-risk alcohol and other drug consumption, sexual and interpersonal violence (including, as required by CSU Executive Order 1095, Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 and the California State Auditor) and other health promotion/prevention areas, such as nutrition and fitness, stress management and mental health, and sexual and reproductive health.

Rick Nizzardini has accepted an appointment to serve as the interim director for HPW effective May 2015 through June 30, 2016. Nizzardini has been on the faculty of CPSC for the past 10 years, most recently as a tenure-track counselor faculty member in Residential Life. He will lead the efforts of a team of staff members in creating the mission, vision and goals of the new unit.

A national search will be instituted to fill the position effective July 1, 2016, or shortly thereafter.

Dean Jose Galvan to retire
After two-and-a-half years in his role as associate vice president and dean of SF State's College of Extended Learning and International Affairs (CELIA), Dean Jose Galvan will retire on June 30.

Prior to leading CELIA, he held the position of dean of the College of Global and Professional Education at California State University, Los Angeles.

Galvan is the first full-time associate vice president and dean at the College of Extended Learning and International Affairs in more than 10 years. His legacy includes a stronger college organization, productive relationships with academic, institutional and international partners and a strategic plan for the future of CELIA.

Galvan holds a Ph.D. in psycholinguistics from the University of Texas at Austin.

Provost Sue V. Rosser has announced the appointment of CELIA Associate Dean Angela Jones to the position of interim associate vice president and dean. Jones has been associate dean since 2013.

"Dean Galvan leaves behind a revitalized College of Extended Learning and International Affairs that has greatly benefited from his leadership skills," Rosser said. "We are also fortunate to have Dr. Jones transitioning to the role of interim dean so as to continue this legacy of progress."

Class of 2015 emerita/emeritus faculty
President Wong has invited this year's emerita/emeritus faculty honorees to attend a luncheon hosted by Provost Rosser to honor their service. Download a list of the Emerita/Emeritus faculty from the Faculty Affairs website.

Academic Affairs begins search for college deans, ORSP AVP
Academic Affairs is conducting searches for the associate vice president/dean of the College of Extended Learning and International Affairs, the dean of the College of Health & Social Sciences, the dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts and for the associate vice president of Research and Sponsored Programs. The positions are intended to be filled before July 2016. The screening of applications will begin on September 14. Applications will be accepted and evaluated until the positions are filled.

Detailed committee rosters including committee chair, complete position descriptions and application procedures will be available on the Academic Affairs website at by mid-June.

The Search Committee members include the following:

AVP/Dean, College of Extended Learning & International Affairs

  • Brian Beatty, associate vice president, Academic Affairs Operations
  • Cathy Flight, administrative analyst/specialist, CELIA
  • Hildy Heath, director, International Education
  • Bruce Heiman, associate professor, International Business
  • Julian Hoxter, associate professor, Cinema
  • Maureen Pasag, associate vice president, Fiscal Affairs
  • Jennifer Shea, associate professor, School of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement (PACE)
  • Mary-Ann Van Dam, chair/associate professor, School of Nursing

Dean, College of Health & Social Sciences

  • Andreana Clay, associate professor, Sociology
  • Tianne Feliciano, administrative analyst/specialist, Academic Operations, College of Health & Social Sciences
  • Sheldon Gen, associate professor/program director, Public Administration
  • Ann Hallum, dean, Division of Graduate Studies
  • Mi-Sook Kim, chair/professor, Kinesiology
  • Judith Munter, dean, Graduate College of Education
  • Erik Rosegard, chair/professor, Recreation, Parks & Tourism
  • Dawn Terrell, professor, Psychology
  • Darlene Yee-Melichar, professor, Gerontology

Dean, College of Liberal & Creative Arts

  • John Cleary, administrative analyst/specialist, Collegewide-LCA
  • Philip Dreyfus, chair/associate professor, History
  • Sugie Goen-Salter, chair/professor of English Language & Literature
  • Hamid Khani, professor, Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts
  • Martin Linder, professor, Design and Industry
  • Ed Luby, professor/director, Museum Studies
  • Linda Oubre, dean, College of Business
  • Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, associate professor, Asian American Studies
  • Jennifer Summit, dean, Division of Undergraduate Studies
  • Venise Wagner, associate professor, Journalism

AVP, Research and Sponsored Programs

  • Sheldon Axler, professor, Mathematics
  • Cynthia Gomez, director, Health Equity Institute
  • Andrew Ichimura, associate professor, Chemistry
  • Shirin Khanmohamadi, associate professor, Comparative and World Literature
  • John Kim, associate vice president, Academic Resources
  • Allen LeBlanc, professor, Sociology
  • Alison Ng, administrative analyst/specialist, Research & Sponsored Programs
  • Jay Orendorff, executive director, University Budget and Operations
  • Gloria Soto, professor, Special Education and Communicative Disorders

Questions should be directed to Kathleen Kelly, staff liaison to the committees, at

CSU Student Research Competition results
The annual California State University (CSU) Student Research Competition promotes excellence in undergraduate and graduate scholarly research and creative activity by recognizing outstanding student accomplishments throughout the CSU's 23 campuses. SF State selected 10 winners from an on-campus competition to represent the University at the CSU competition held at CSU, San Bernardino on May 1 and 2.

This year, SF State had one first-place winner at the CSU Student Research Competition:

  • Trevor Myers (Graduate Creative Arts and Design category) for "Improving the Eye Drop Experience," mentored by Hsiao-Yun Chu

Additional CSU Student Research Competition Participants:

  • Michael Duffield (Graduate Engineering and Computer Science category) for "Behavior of a Five-Story Steel Moment-Resisting Framed Structure Subjected to Elevated Temperatures," mentored by Cheng Chen
  • Joshua Freimark (Graduate Humanities and Letters category) for "Use of Integrated Pest Management in the Small to Midsize Museum of the 21st Century," mentored by Edward Luby
  • Eduardo Gonzalez (Undergraduate Behavioral and Social Sciences category) for "Contextualizing Conflicts: Anti-AKP Protests in Modern Turkey," mentored by Burcu Ellis
  • Torey Jacques (Undergraduate Biological and Agricultural Sciences category) for "Epothilone B and Paclitaxel Display Synthetic Lethal Interactions with SAC Compromised Cells Within the D. Melanogaster Compound Eye," mentored by Blake Riggs
  • Jessica Kwan (Graduate Biological and Agricultural Sciences category) for "Comparison of Ixodes pacificus Tick Life Stages and Their Microbiome Diversity in Relation to Borrelia burgdorferi Infection" mentored by Andrea Swei
  • Melanie Nuni (Graduate Business, Economics, and Public Administration category) for "Association Between Oakland Security Ambassador Program and Crime," mentored by Sheldon Gen
  • Christine Rapadas Jimenez (Graduate Behavioral and Social Sciences category) for "Familiar and Emotionally Intense Music on Autobiographical Memory, EEG, and Pain Modulation," mentored by Mark W. Geisler
  • Taylor Valentino (Graduate Health, Nutrition, and Clinical Sciences category) for "The Influence of Hydration Status on Thermoregulation During a 161-km Ultramarathon," mentored by Marialice Kern
  • Ellen Young (Graduate Education category) for "Investigating Student Talk in University Biology Classrooms," mentored by Kimberly Tanner

Summer 2015 Academic Technology Faculty institutes and workshops
All faculty are invited to attend Academic Technology's summer events. The events offer the opportunity to meet colleagues and expand skills and knowledge. The institutes are hands-on, with interactive demonstrations and engaging activities that include lunch and refreshments. Register for any institute or workshop at

Academic Technology Summer Institute
In these two-day institutes, participants will explore campus-supported technologies and examine strategies for integrating technology into courses. The institute is designed for those who would like to learn more about iLearn and the wide array of technology tools and services available to instructors:

  • Session 1: June 3 and 4 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Session 2: July 8 and 9 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Session 3: Aug. 12 and 13 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Advanced Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Institute
The QOLT institute to be held June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will focus on effective teaching strategies and best design practices for hybrid and fully online courses. Participants will learn specific, concrete ways to quickly evaluate and improve their courses.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Peer Review Institute
In this June 10 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) institute, participants will learn about campus and system-wide initiatives that support quality online courses. Gain valuable skills, join a vibrant faculty learning community and take an online course to the next level.

An Equity Perspective on Human Resources
SF State's doctoral program in educational leadership has partnered with the College of Extended Learning and International Affairs to offer a course in HR equity and social justice practices directed toward educational staff and leaders. The course, "An Equity Perspective on Human Resources" (within the education field), will be held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 25, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 at the Downtown Campus. The course fee is $375. For more information, contact Andrew Brosnan, program director, at or (415) 817-4325. To register, call (415) 405-7700 (option 5) or visit

Academic Senate
Following are the action items from the May 12 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Presentation of the Awards for Distinguished Faculty:
    • Excellence in Service: Felix Kury, Latina/Latino Studies
    • Excellence in Teaching (Lecturer): Jennifer Arin, English
    • Excellence in Teaching (Tenure/Tenure-track): Teaster Baird Jr., Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Excellence in Professional Growth & Achievements: Ryan Howell, Psychology
  • Approved a resolution in honor of Mary Soliday, outgoing director of the WAC/WID program (writing across the curriculum/writing in the disciplines)
  • Approved the proposed Post-Baccalaureate Pre-Nursing Certificate Program
  • Approved a resolution in honor of Sheldon Axler, outgoing dean of the College of Science & Engineering
  • Approved a resolution thanking and commending outgoing Senators, consent item
  • Heard a report from Online Education Committee Chair Jackson Wilson
  • Heard a budget update from President Les Wong and VP/CFO for Administration & Finance Ron Cortez
  • Approved a resolution urging broad consultation and shared governance in campus satellite planning
  • Approved revisions to the Title IX Mandate in regard to the Class Syllabus policy
  • Approved the resolution on Best Practices for Lecturer Faculty
  • Approved revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotions policy (#S15-241) regarding the University Tenure and Promotions Committee

In the recently completed University-wide elections, the following individuals were elected to serve:

  • Academic Freedom Committee
    • Judith Kysh, professor, Secondary Education
  • At-Large Academic Senators
    • Troi Carleton, professor, English Language and Literature
    • Therese Doan, assistant professor, School of Nursing
    • Laura Lisy-Wagner, associate professor, History
    • Christina Sabee, associate professor, Communication Studies
    • Mary-Ann van Dam, associate professor, School of Nursing
  • CSU Academic Senator
    • Robert Keith Collins, associate professor, American Indian Studies
    • Michael Ritter, Counseling and Psychological Services
  • Honorary Degree Committee
    • Dee Spencer, professor, School of Music & Dance
    • Grace Yoo, professor, Asian American Studies
    • Darleen Yee, professor, Gerontology
  • University Advancement Activities Advisory Board
    • Nathan Avani, professor, Secondary Education
  • University Tenure and Promotions Committee (UTPC)
    • Mary Soliday, professor, English Language & Literatures
    • Pete Palmer, professor, Chemistry
    • Dan Gonzalez, professor, Asian American Studies
    • Alternate: Sudip Chattopadhyay, professor, Economics
  • University Faculty Search Committee Pool
    • All nominees for the Faculty Search Committee Pool were elected for the 2015-18 term

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

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This week in Insiders: Chair and Professor of Africana Studies Dorothy Tsuruta, Professor of Design and Industry Martin Linder, Senior Assistant Librarian and Lecturer Meredith Eliassen, Associate Professor of Social Work Yeon-Shim Lee and Associate Professor of Economics Anoshua Chaudhuri.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell.

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

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: through May 16

Luke Damiani: Between Spaces: through July 15

Kaleidoscope: The 26th Annual Design and Industry Exhibition: through July 15

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


Saturday, May 16
Spring '15 final exams

Sunday, May 17
Concert: Faculty Woodwind Quintet: 7 p.m.

Monday, May 18 - Thursday, May 21
Spring '15 final exams

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Tom Barbash: 7 p.m.

Student Composers Concert: 7 p.m.

Friday, May 22
Spring '15 final exams

Spring '15 Commencement


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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