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Volume 62, Number 1    July 18, 2014         

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Publication schedule
This is the last summer issue of CampusMemo. Weekly publication will resume Aug. 25. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding publication.

Date change
CampusMemo has long carried a publication date that falls on a Monday, even though it has typically been sent to the campus community the preceding Friday. Beginning with this issue, CampusMemo will carry a Friday date.

Fall faculty meeting
Faculty members are invited to attend the annual fall semester faculty meeting on Monday, Aug. 25. This year's meeting will be held in McKenna Theatre beginning at 1 p.m. A reception will follow from 3-4 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The meeting will include the presentation of distinguished faculty awards, the introduction of new faculty members and remarks by President Les Wong, Academic Senate Chair Trevor Getz and Sheila Tully, president of the SF State chapter of the California Faculty Association.

Stephanie Schwartz farewell reception
Provost Rosser invites the campus community to recognize and honor Stephanie Schwartz, who will retire Sept. 5 after 36 years of service to SF State in a variety of departments and colleges, including serving four provosts. The reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. on Aug. 20 on the President's patio, located on the fifth floor of the Administration Building. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.

A collective farewell gift is in the works; contributions may be sent to Candice Piper in the Office of the Provost, ADM 455. Contributions must be received by Monday, Aug.18. Contact Candice Piper with questions at

Summer 2014 accent modification clinic
The Communicative Disorders Program is offering an accent modification clinic during the summer semester on Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Faculty and staff with family members, relatives or friends who would benefit from accent modification are encouraged to obtain an application form from BH 114 or by e-mailing or calling ext. 8-1001.

Women's Association 2015 cruise
The University Women's Association (UWA) has scheduled its 21st scholarship cruise, which will sail June 27, 2015, from Istanbul, Turkey, to Barcelona, Spain. The 14-day Princess Cruise, the "Mediterranean & Aegean Medley," will stop at ports in Greece, Malta, Italy, Sicily, Tunisia and France.

Group prices for the many stateroom categories begin as low as $2,498 per person. One choice is a two-category upgrade from brochure prices, which includes balcony staterooms starting at $3,598 per person, based on double occupancy. Past Princess passengers who book prior to Aug. 31, 2014, will receive an additional discount. While airfare is not included, Princess will offer an air package at a later date.

The cruise is open to all, and membership in the UWA is not required. For every 16 paid passengers, Princess Cruises will return the equivalent of one fare for the Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship Endowment Fund, so all aboard for fun and education support. For more information and a detailed flyer, e-mail Lin Ivory or visit the UWA website.

Feminist scholarship available
Faculty and staff are asked to notify students of a scholarship offered by "Yeah! I Said Feminist!" (YISF), a grassroots organization formed by local female theatre artists to advance the cause of women in theatre. YISF will award one scholarship to a female SF State student enrolled in theatre arts, creative writing or playwriting. Applications are due July 30 and must be accompanied by proof of enrollment for the fall 2014 semester. Contact English Lecturer Roberta D'Alois at to request more information or an application.

HR2U to return Sept. 16
The Human Resources program HR2U provides additional availability and access to services for faculty, staff and student workers. Beginning Sept. 16 -- and continuing on the third Tuesday of each month through December -- a group of HR employees will set up shop in LIB 242 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Employees who need personal assistance or have questions (benefits, payroll, retirement, hiring, classification, HRMS, performance evaluations, employee relations, etc.) are encouraged to stop by.

Employee wellness survey closes July 31
Faculty and staff have until July 31 to complete the employee wellness survey, a partnership between Campus Recreation and kinesiology graduate student Carolina Morales. Morales is conducting research to understand the impact of worksite wellness programs on physical activity habits, productivity and employee absenteeism. Your input will help guide future physical activity and wellness programming for faculty and staff at SF State.

The online wellness survey will take only about 7 minutes to complete, and answers will remain anonymous. Thank you in advance for your valuable participation. Send questions to Carolina Morales or Pam Su.

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Neilsen named to lead Romberg Tiburon Center
Karina Nielsen has been appointed director of the Romberg Tiburon Center for Environmental Studies (RTC), effective Aug. 25.

Nielsen, a professor of biology, has taught at Sonoma State University since 2003. She will take over for John Hafernik, who has served as director on an interim basis since October 2013.

"Dr. Nielsen is an outstanding scientist and educator as well as a leader on issues of conservation and environmental policy," said Sheldon Axler, dean of the College of Science & Engineering. "I am excited to welcome her as the next director of the Romberg Tiburon Center and look forward to working with her as she leads the center's continuing efforts to conduct critical marine research and engage with the community on issues surrounding our precious water resources."

As director, Nielsen will oversee all research, fundraising, outreach and operational aspects of the RTC. Her responsibilities will include leading the development of the center's strategic plan; recruiting new faculty and supporting faculty research efforts; promoting and representing the center at the University, local, state and federal levels; and designing and implementing the fundraising strategy.

Nielsen, whose research focus is coastal ecosystems and intertidal organisms, received her bachelor's degree from Brooklyn College and her Ph.D. from Oregon State University. Before arriving at Sonoma State, she was an instructor at the Hatfield Marine Science Center at Oregon State.

"John Hafernik, formerly chair of the biology department, graciously agreed to change his plans and serve as interim director of the Romberg Tiburon Center," Axler said, "He did a magnificent job shepherding RTC through the transition process, and we are all extremely grateful for his skillful leadership during this crucial time."

Small Grants awardees announced
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Small Grants Program fosters the professional development of investigators and creative artists at SF State by supporting original projects that contribute significantly to the professional achievement and growth of applicants. A list of ORSP's 2014 awardees and their projects is available at

Welcome Days: reserve Student Life Resource Fair tables by Aug. 8
Departments and offices on campus are invited to promote their services to students at the Student Life Resource Fair during Welcome Days. The Resource Fair will be held in two locations on three days, and tables may be reserved for any or all days:

  • Move-In Day, Thursday, Aug. 21, 3 - 5 p.m. in the Residence Hall area
  • First day of classes, Monday, Aug. 25, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Malcolm X Plaza
  • Second day of classes, Tuesday, Aug. 26, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. in Malcolm X Plaza
To participate, sign up using the online registration form by end of business Friday, Aug. 8. E-mail Arnold Paguio at with questions.

Call for faculty nominations to the University Sustainability Committee
Two faculty positions on the University Sustainability Committee are open to nominations by faculty, students and staff, or by self-nomination. E-mail nominations to Nick Kordesch, sustainability coordinator, at and include information regarding the nominee's experience and commitment to sustainability. Nominations will be forwarded to the Academic Senate for consideration. Visit for information on the Sustainability Committee and its members.

Apply for DRC grants
Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Awards are available to tenured and tenure-track faculty. The awards focus on supporting early scholars in work that will benefit their scholarship and creative work. The awards are also intended to help established scholars leverage nascent projects in ways that contribute to their careers at SF State.

The grant opportunities provide a budget up to $8,000 per grant proposal for the 2014-15 academic year. Proposals must be submitted to the faculty member's college office by Aug. 25. Application guidelines and FAQs are available at

New QOLT Advanced Institute, Aug. 12-13
This year, Academic Technology is offering a new Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) advanced institute focused on hybrid and fully online course development. Priority will be given to instructors who are teaching a hybrid or fully online course, or who plan to develop one for the 2014-15 academic year. Key goals include:

  • Best practices for QOLT
  • Application of the CSU's QOLT assessment rubric to courses
  • Individualized plans for course design improvement and readiness for inclusion in CourseMatch fall 2014
  • Peer review conducted with faculty as a learning community throughout the 2014-15 academic year
For more information, visit the Academic Technology Summer Institute Web page, e-mail or call ext. 5-5550. Enrollment is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

California Whistleblower Protection Act
California law allows state employees to report waste, fraud, violations of law or health or safety threats, and to be free from retaliation for doing so. The CSU provides several options for employees and applicants for employment to file a protected disclosure:

  • Contact the designated campus administrator for whistleblower complaints, Director of Audit and Advisory Services Maureen Pasag, at
  • Contact the California State University Office of the Chancellor, Vice Chancellor of Human Resources, 401 Golden Shore, Long Beach, CA 90802.
  • Contact the California State Auditor's Office Whistleblower Hotline by calling (800) 952-5665 or using its online form Their website also has a downloadable complaint form and instructions for filing a complaint by postal mail or fax. The California State Auditor's office is your confidential avenue for reporting improper activities by state agencies or employees.
For more information, visit the SF State Human Resources notification Web page or download the 2014 Whistleblower memorandum. The memorandum includes information on what to report, how to report, whistleblower protections, helpful tips and the investigation of complaints. You can also read the Auditor's Whistleblower Hotline flyer that has been posted on campus.

State Budget News
CSU Chancellor White reported in a June 25 e-mail that the 2014-15 state budget signed by the governor includes an increase of $142.2 million in base funding for the CSU. That increase will enable the CSU to maintain existing programs and services, which will keep student tuition fees stable for the fourth consecutive year. Although $95 million less than the trustees requested, the allocation will also enable campuses to begin to address a backlog of deferred maintenance projects.

Read Chancellor White's full message.

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This week in Insiders: Professor of Comparative and World Literature and English Ellen Peel, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Professor of Women and Gender Studies Nan Alamilla Boyd.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Barbara Damashek, Biology Lecturer Bill Cochlan, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Isabelle Thuy Pelaud, Project Rebound Director Jason Bell and Director of the Labor Archives and Research Center Catherine Powell.

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Shenny Cruces: Keys: through Jan. 5, 2015

Coming Up
July 19: Info Session: Spanish/English Interpretation Orientation: 10 a.m.

July 23: Open House: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Faculty Preview: 3 p.m.

July 25: Summer '14 R3 Census

Aug. 1: Summer '14 R3 Last Day to Request CR/NC Grading Option

For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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