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Volume 60, Number 36    June 24, 2013         

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Next CampusMemo July 29
CampusMemo is published monthly during the summer; the deadline to submit items for the July 29 issue is 5 p.m. on July 23. Weekly publication will resume at the start of the fall semester on Aug. 26.

Food trucks return
The University Corporation (UCorp) welcomes back the food truck vendors for the summer session and invites the campus to enjoy their food offerings Monday through Thursday, from June 24 through July 18. As in the past, the food trucks will park on campus between Hensill Hall and the Science building between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for lunch service. Find the weekly schedule on the UCorp website, UCorp's Twitter feed, and UCorp's Facebook page.

Give your health a break
The campus community is invited to download and use the computer program Stretch Break Pro at no cost. Stretch Break Pro is an ergonomic software program that helps reduce stress, increase productivity and prevent computer related injuries by gently reminding the user to take periodic stretch breaks while using the computer. The program also provides healthy computing tips and suggests specific stretches, with written and visual directions for their performance.

Students, faculty and staff may download the software and install it on their work and home computers. To download Stretch Break Pro, visit the Tech Central website and follow the directions. Questions? Contact Safety and Risk Management at ext. 8-2565.

Dmytrenko retirement celebration
After 33 years of service to SF State, University Registrar Suzanne Dmytrenko is "teeing off" toward retirement and the sea breezes of Hawaii. Please join her many colleagues and friends for a celebration to honor her years at SF State on Thursday, June 27 from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. We will be accepting a $10 donation for food and gift at the door. RSVP to

Proposals sought for WAC Conference
The Northern California WAC Conference seeks proposals for the Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) Conference to be held Jan. 24, 2014 in the J. Paul Leonard Library. Teachers in any discipline are invited to submit 150-200 word proposals for interactive workshops on writing across the curriculum by Nov. 2, 2013. For guidelines and details, visit the announcement page at or e-mail Mary Soliday at The conference is co-presented by the University Writing Program at UC Davis, the CSU Sacramento WAC Program and the SF State WAC Program.

Tables for Welcome Days
Departments and offices on campus are invited to set up tables for the Student Life Resource Fair during Welcome Days. The specific dates and locations are:
• Move in Day, Thursday, Aug. 22, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Residential Life Tri Community Plaza
• First day of classes, Monday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Malcolm X Plaza
• Second day of classes, Tuesday, Aug. 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Malcolm X Plaza

This is a wonderful opportunity to welcome incoming students and promote the programs and services available to them. To participate, register online. Questions? Contact Arnold Paguio at


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Ronald Cortez appointed Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO
Ronald Cortez has been appointed Vice President for Administration and Finance and Chief Financial Officer, the University announced June 4. Cortez, currently associate vice chancellor for administrative services at the University of California, Santa Barbara, brings more than two decades of public sector administrative and financial experience to SF State.

He will begin his tenure at SF State on July 1, taking over for Nancy Hayes, who has held the position since 2011 and received the President's Medal at Commencement on May 25 in recognition of her service.

"Today's universities face a number of challenging opportunities and must sustain a complex set of relationships to many constituents," said President Leslie Wong. "Mr. Cortez brings a skill set that will ensure San Francisco State University's relationship to our students and the citizens of California, as well as enhance the University's participation in the very strong local economy."

Prior to his time at UC Santa Barbara, Cortez worked for 14 years for Santa Barbara County, the last three as deputy county executive officer. At SF State, he will oversee a budget of approximately $450 million and provide strategic and operational direction for the University's nine business departments.

Read more at SF State News:

Three distinguished faculty members honored
The Faculty Honors and Awards Committee honored three tenured faculty members for their excellence in scholarship, service and teaching during the May 25 Commencement ceremony.

The Professional Achievement Award, which recognizes research and scholarly publication, went to Professor of Kinesiology David Anderson. The Excellence in Service Award, which acknowledges leadership in addressing important issues, went to Professor and Chair of Philosophy Anita Silvers. The Academic Senate sponsors both awards, which each come with a $4,000 stipend. The Sarlo Excellence in Teaching Award, sponsored by the Sarlo Foundation, recognizes teaching effectiveness and was given to Professor of Broadcast and Electronic Communication Arts Martin Gonzalez. It comes with a $5,000 stipend.

Read more about each faculty award recipient at SF State News:

Gail Evans to retire; search for dean of undergraduate studies begins
Dean of Undergraduate Studies Gail Evans has announced her retirement, effective mid-September, and the University has begun the search for a new dean. Evans has served as dean since coming to SF State in April 2008, working with college deans to facilitate undergraduate student success and advising the Provost on all matters related to the undergraduate curriculum. She previously served as associate dean for undergraduate studies at San Jose State University, where she also was a tenured professor in kinesiology. Associate Dean of Undergraduate Studies Helen Goldsmith will serve as interim dean following Evans' departure and Professor of Chemistry Nancy Gerber will serve as interim associate dean.

Academic Affairs is conducting the search for the dean of undergraduate studies. The position is to begin spring semester 2014. Screening of applications will begin Sept. 9 and applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. For a complete position description and application procedures, visit the Academic Affairs website:

The search committee members are:

  • Troi Carlton, professor, English
  • John Kim, associate vice president, academic resources
  • Renee Monte, associate registrar, systems
  • Bruce Paton, associate professor, management (committee co-chair)
  • Barry Rothman, professor, biology
  • Don Taylor, dean, College of Health and Social Services (committee co-chair)
  • Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, associate professor, Asian American studies

For answers to questions, contact Stephanie Schwartz, staff liaison to the committee, at

Dependent Eligibility Verification project
CalPERS has developed the Dependent Eligibility Verification (DEV) project to help control health care costs and reduce public employer spending by verifying that all dependents enrolled in healthcare programs are eligible for coverage.

The initial phase of DEV implementation, which ends June 30, is an amnesty period during which employees may voluntarily remove ineligible dependents from their plan. By doing so, they can eliminate the possibility that coverage would be canceled retroactively. CalPERS sent to all employees with covered dependents detailed information about the project, including criteria to help determine whether a dependent is eligible, and an Amnesty Disenrollment Document they can complete and submit to their Human Resources Department prior to June 30.

Employees with covered dependents on their plan who did not receive instructions from CalPERS should contact Bill Tankovich at ext. 8-7187. Employees who do not need to remove any dependents do not need to take action.

For more information about the Dependent Eligibility Verification project, as well as a link to the Amnesty Disenrollment Document, visit

Civics hacked
The San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking at SF State, which took place June 1-2, drew more than 50 participants including presenters, community volunteers, U.S. Census employees and Peace Corps personnel. They formed four teams to develop applications that addressed challenges, which were drawn from ideas submitted by the community. The winning projects included an app that effectively enables just-in-time delivery of medical equipment (third prize winner by SF State students) and an app that provides an online marketplace for Uganda farmers (first prize).

Read more about the winning projects at or to view some of the presentations, which were streamed live, visit Photos of the event may be viewed at

Nationally, more than 11,000 individuals engaged in the National Day of Civic Hacking, which included 95 events across 38 states, two territories and 83 cities. More than 20 U.S. federal agencies submitted challenges, opened access to data and sent officials to events in support of teams working on projects for their government and communities. View photos from across the country at

The organizers of the San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking at SF State, Phoebe Kwan (AVP/CTO Division of Information Technology), Sameer Verma (professor of information systems) and Julio Feliciano (web specialist, Division of Information Technology) thank everyone who took part and made the event a success.

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg, Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride, Professor of Gerontology Darlene Yee-Melichar, Associate Professor of Nursing Andrea Renwanz-Boyle, Gerontology Lecturer Cristina Flores and Professor and Chair of Philosophy Anita Silvers.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor Emeritus of History Robert Cherny, Professor of Biology Leticia Márquez-Magaña, Professor of Meteorology John Monteverde and Professor of Psychology Jeff Cookston.

Read Newsmakers:

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SF State received $1,617,753 in grants and contracts in May 2013.

Read Grants & Contracts:

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

Bren Ahern: An Early Sampling: Through Aug. 1

Marching Through History with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers: through Sept. 30

June 24: Summer 2013 R2 Instruction Begins

June 26: Find the Right Ph.D. Program for YOU: 10 a.m.

Coming Up
July 4: Summer 2013 Independence Day Observed; University Closed

July 5: Summer 2013 R2 Census

July 12: Summer 2013 R1 Instruction Ends

July 12: Concert: Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program Performance: 8 p.m.

July 15: Summer 2013 R3 Instruction Begins

July 16: Summer '13 R1 Grades Due

July 26: Summer 2013 R3 Census

Aug. 3: Joffrey Ballet Summer Intensive Concert: 2:30 p.m.

Aug. 16: Summer 2013 R2-R4 Instruction Ends

Aug. 17: Concert: Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program Performance: 8 p.m.

Aug. 20: Summer 2013 R2-R4 Grades Due

Aug. 26: Fall 2013 Academic Semester Begins

Aug. 26: Fall 2013 First Day of Instruction

Aug. 30: Fall '13 Faculty Development/Department Meetings; Friday only classes meet


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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