Bayliss earns national award for mentoring work
For nearly 20 years, Frank Bayliss' mentoring work has made SF State a leader in training and educating minority students in the sciences. For his efforts, Bayliss has been awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics and Engineering Mentoring. Bayliss will officially receive the award during a reception at the White House this fall.
Bayliss had already been teaching biology at SF State for nearly two decades when he noticed a shortage of students -- particularly underrepresented minorities -- in the sciences who went on to complete master's and doctoral degrees. He founded the Student Enrichment Opportunities (SEO) office in 1992 to meet that need. The office provides financial support and mentoring to students in the sciences from the undergraduate to doctoral level. SEO now helps send 20 to 25 underrepresented minority students from SF State to doctoral programs each year.
The SEO office provides financial support, hands-on research opportunities and supplementary instruction for science students. Bayliss himself provides one-on-one mentoring with the 70 current students in the program. To date, more than 800 SEO-funded students have benefited from the office's mentoring, scholarships, classes and seminars.
SF State ranks among national leaders for producing minority graduates
SF State again ranks among the leaders in the nation for awarding undergraduate degrees to minority students. In a report published in Diverse Issues in Higher Education on June 25, SF State ranked 12th nationally by awarding 2,710 baccalaureate degrees to minorities during the 2007-08 academic year. That number marked an 11 percent increase from the previous year.
The University also ranked ninth for awarding undergraduate degrees to Asian Americans in all disciplines and 31st for awarding undergraduate degrees to Hispanic students -- both categories represented increases of nearly 10 percent from the previous year. SF State's student body and faculty reflect the diversity of California and the Bay Area, with more than 60 percent of the student body coming from minority backgrounds and non-white faculty comprising 48 percent of the University's tenure/tenure-track faculty.
New faculty and staff e-mail system announced
The Division of Information Technology (DoIT) will soon launch a new Microsoft Exchange e-mail and calendar system. Faculty and staff will be notified via e-mail of assigned dates for switching to the new system with instructions on how to confirm the date and prepare for the switch. Microsoft Exchange was selected after campus-wide input based on a comparison of features, supportability and Section 508 accessibility requirements.
The Exchange e-mail system can be accessed with Outlook 2007 for Windows, Entourage for Macintosh, and Outlook Web Access (OWA) for Internet browsers. The new system offers calendar sharing when accessed with these recommended e-mail programs. The system can also be accessed using iPhone and Windows Mobile devices. Thunderbird and Apple Mail will be the only other e-mail programs supported.
For more information on switching to Exchange, visit www.sfsu.edu/exchange
Contact DoIT at email@example.com or ext. 8-1133 with questions.
OSPLD name change announced
The Office of Student Programs and Leadership Development will now be known as LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Action, Development). The name reflects the department's vision, tenets and overarching goals. LEAD's mission statement reads, "LEAD (Leadership, Engagement, Action, Development) is a center for student leadership and campus activities. We support SF State students, faculty and staff by providing leadership development programs, student organization resources, and event coordination and consultation. LEAD facilitates transformative learning and student engagement, developing strong leaders and conscientious citizens within SF State's diverse community and beyond." The department's new Web address is www.sfsu.edu/~lead and e-mail is firstname.lastname@example.org
Wong-Nickerson Appointed Interim Associate Vice President for Fiscal Affairs
Agnes Wong-Nickerson has been appointed interim associate vice president for fiscal affairs. The position is currently held by Larry J. Ware who will become vice president for finance and administration at West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine beginning Sept.1.
Wong-Nickerson will serve under the direction of Leroy M. Morishita, executive vice president and CFO for administration and finance, and will be responsible for business and financial services including accounting, accounts payable, auxiliary business services, cashiering, student accounts, business systems, one-card, mail and distribution services, property, financial reporting, procurement and student loans and collections.
Lanier appointed senior associate vice president of physical planning and development
Marilyn S. Lanier joins Administration and Finance as senior associate vice president of physical planning and development. Lanier will serve under the leadership of Leroy M. Morishita, executive vice president and CFO for administration and finance. Lanier, currently vice provost for the West Campus of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and vice provost for academic planning of OHSU at large assumes her new responsibilities at SF State July 27. Lanier will lead the Physical Planning and Development division including Capital Planning, Design and Construction, Facilities and Service Enterprises, and Campus Asset and Space Administration including oversight for all University properties, property acquisition and real estate development.
This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride talked at an Italian film festival, International Business faculty Joel Nicholson and Lihua Wang published a paper, and Assistant Professor of Raza Studies Jeffrey Duncan-Andrade published a paper.
This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Communication Studies Joseph Tuman discusses the state of the California GOP.
SF State received $3,227,394 in grants and contracts in June and $4,545,071 in May.
Grants & Contracts : www.sfsu.edu/~news/cmemo/summer09/july20grants.htm
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