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Volume 61, Number 2    August 26, 2013         

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Infant Care spaces available at Children's Campus
The Children's Campus has a few spaces open for infants aged 6 to 15 months as of August 2013. Infant classrooms have a 1:3 ratio with six children in each classroom per day. The campus offers Monday through Friday, Monday-Wednesday-Friday and Tuesday-Thursday spaces for the school year, Aug. 22, 2013 to May 30, 2014. An optional summer program is also available. Priority is given to SF State faculty and staff.

Interested? E-mail Director Tracy Farstad at or call the office at ext. 5-4011 to attend an upcoming tour or visit the Children's Campus website for more information. Children's Campus is located on North State Drive at the corner of Winston Drive and Lake Merced Boulevard.

Suicide Prevention Conference
Students, staff and faculty are invited to share best practices for suicide prevention and mental health awareness. The Suicide Prevention Conference aims to create a community of caring on campus by raising awareness and education on suicide prevention, reducing stigma and connecting students to resources and referrals.

Organizers encourage student leaders, teaching assistants, peer educators, resident assistants and faculty and staff, especially those who provide direct services to students, to attend. The conference is sponsored by the San Francisco State University Student Mental Health Initiative and is funded by Proposition 63 and the California Mental Health Services Authority.

For more information, visit the Suicide Prevention Conference website. Ready to join? Register for the conference.

Call for programs: Sixth Annual Leadership Symposium
The Student Involvement & Career Center is seeking submissions from faculty and staff to create and facilitate workshops for the Sixth Annual Leadership Symposium to be held Saturday, Sept. 7. This event is a conference-style program open to all SF State students; last year nearly 700 students attended and at least that many are expected this year. All topics and ideas related to student leadership are welcome and encouraged.

Program proposals must be received by noon on Friday, Aug. 30. Visit the Leadership Symposium website for further details. Programs may be submitted at the Leadership Symposium Orgsync page.

Honorary Degree Committee seeks staff representative
The University's honorary degree committee, comprised of nine members of the campus community, is in need of a staff representative. The committee is responsible for compiling recommendations and related background information for the awarding of honorary degrees.

The committee meets throughout the fall term to consider nominations prior to making recommendations to the president. Members serve two-year terms. Staff who are interested in being considered for this position should send a letter of interest to Stephanie Schwartz at in the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs by close of business on Friday, Aug. 30.

Faculty/staff bowling league
Dust off that bowling ball and connect with colleagues across campus in the Campus Recreation department's Fall 2013 Faculty/Staff Bowling League. The deadline to register is August 30. For more information and to register a team, visit the bowling league Web page.

New system for licensing
Interested in featuring San Francisco State University on clothing or other gear? Use of the University name on items other than printed documents -- including the SFSU acronym, logo, seal or mascot -- requires licensing approval. The first step is to register with SMA, the University's official licensing coordinator, which now handles approvals of all uses of the University name and logo. The SMA system enables efficient processing of these licensing requests while ensuring that the University maintains consistent branding throughout its many departments and programs. Vendors who wish to enroll should contact Holly White, SMA's university services director at (317) 669-0805 or

Can your textbook be rented?
SF State is one of only 15 campuses in the nation where students can rent textbooks from the bookstore, instead of buying them. Last year, students saved $790,000 by renting instead of buying. Faculty can help them save even more this year by adding their required textbooks to the rentable list. To do so, visit the SFSU Bookstore website and follow the Online Adoptions link under the Faculty section at the bottom. Once logged in, faculty can search to see which textbooks can be rented and then mark them as available for rental.

Science supplemental instruction
The College of Science and Engineering (COSE) offers one-unit science Supplemental Instruction (SI) courses to enhance learning in core lecture courses. The optional one-unit courses may be taken concurrently with a corresponding primary course in math, engineering, physics, biology or chemistry. SI classes are designed to promote understanding of key concepts through student-centered discussion and problem solving. SI instructors utilize various teaching approaches to accommodate different learning styles and foster a collaborative learning environment. COSE faculty are encouraged to promote student use of the SI courses, which are listed in the Class Schedule and begin the second week of instruction (Sept. 3). Questions? Contact the program director, Tatiane Russo-Tait, at

Become a Safe Zone ally
The SF State Safe Zone Program seeks staff, faculty and administrators to become safe zone allies for the campus LGBTQ community. The program aims to foster a safe campus environment through building 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, interested volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that will be offered in December or April of this academic year. Contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 5-4415 for further details about the training. Visit the Safe Zone Program website for more information.

Stop and stretch
Stretch Break Pro, a computer program that reminds users to take periodic breaks, provides health tips and suggests specific stretches, is now available to all members of the campus community free of charge. Faculty, staff and students may download the software and install it on their work and home computers. Follow the instructions on the Tech Central website to download Stretch Break Pro. Contact Safety and Risk Management at ext. 8-2565 with questions.

Feed the cats
The Campus Cat Committee seeks volunteers to join a project with an almost 40-year SF State history: feeding the campus' small, friendly cat population. Volunteers choose a weekday or a once-a-month weekend rotation and one of three feeding sites. Food is provided. The greatest need is volunteers for feeding. Donations are also sought for food and veterinarian bills. Other ways to help include cat food runs, accepting cash and in-kind donations and scheduling volunteers. For further information, contact Irene Donner by e-mail or telephone ext. 8-2287.

Plan your campus event at Seven Hills
Whether it's a lunch meeting, workshop presentation, donor reception, buffet, plated dinner or recognition ceremony, hosting your event at the Seven Hills or Towers Conference Center is convenient for guests and students. The center offers meeting packages with catering and other event specials. For pricing and availability information, call ext. 5-4427 or send an e-mail to

Join Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation welcomes back to school faculty and staff by offering memberships for use of the pool, strength and conditioning room and Group X classes during the fall semester. Visit for more information or to sign up.

J. Jill discount
J. Jill, a women's boutique clothier in Stonestown Galleria, is offering a 15 percent discount on full-priced styles through Sept. 8. Faculty and staff must present their valid SF State ID to receive the "teacher's discount." Questions? Contact Store Manager Lena Lundberg at (415) 661-5455.


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Opening faculty meeting Thursday, Sept. 12
President Les Wong and Academic Senate Chair Lawrence Hanley have announced that this year's opening faculty meeting will be held on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 2 p.m. in McKenna Theatre. The meeting will feature remarks by President Wong, Senate Chair Hanley and CFA Chapter President Sheila Tully. Additionally, six members of the faculty will provide highlights of their recent and ongoing work.

A reception will follow at 4 p.m. in the Cesar Chavez Student Center's Jack Adams Hall. The reception is sponsored by the Office of the President, University Advancement, Allam El Qadah and the Academic Senate Office. Catering and conference support is provided by SFSU Station Café/Café Rosso and Chartwells Conference Services.

CSU Chancellor White to visit campus Sept. 3-4
Over the course of his first year of service, California State University Chancellor Timothy White has been visiting each of the 23 CSU campuses. He will visit SF State Sept. 3 and 4. During his visit, Chancellor White will participate in various events and forums with members of the campus community, including students, faculty, union representatives, community members, elected officials and alumni. He will also tour our facilities and learn about faculty-student research collaborations.

The Chancellor's visit will include a reception for all faculty and staff on Tuesday, Sept. 3 from 5 to 6 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center. The campus community is invited to enjoy light fare, refreshments and discussion as we welcome Chancellor White to SF State.

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 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, who will start 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

Plan ahead; prepare WAC proposals early
Faculty are encouraged to get an early start writing proposals for the Northern California Writing Across the Curriculum (WAC) conference, which brings together teachers from all disciplines to share experiences and techniques. Proposals should be 150 to 200 words long and should conform to the guidelines published at To be considered, proposals must be received by Nov. 2. The WAC Conference will be held Jan. 24, 2014 in the J. Paul Leonard Library. Faculty are urged to begin now, so they will have time to develop and polish their plan.

Questions? Contact Mary Soliday at The conference is presented by the University Writing Program at UC Davis, the CSU Sacramento WAC Program and the SF State WAC Program.

Free transfer from/to Daly City BART station, Muni 28/28L
SF State commuters who use BART can take advantage of the free round-trip transfer on the Muni 28/28L to get to and from campus during the summer months when the SF State shuttle does not operate. Here's how it works:

BART riders are eligible for two free rides on the 28/28L Muni routes when transferring from the Daly City BART Station and paying the fare using a Clipper card. The free fares are stored automatically when the Clipper card is tapped when exiting the Daly City station. The Clipper card must also be tapped upon boarding a Muni 28/28L bus for proof of payment. The transfer is valid for 24 hours after exiting BART.

Clipper cards are available on campus at the Cesar Chavez Student Center information desk or via the website. Questions? Contact Wendy Bloom at

Dependent Eligibility Verification has begun; your action is required
CalPERS, in coordination with a third party vendor, has developed the Dependent Eligibility Verification project to help control health care costs and reduce public employer spending by verifying that all dependents enrolled in healthcare programs are eligible for group insurance coverage. On July 26, HMS Employer Solutions began mailing letters to all CSU employees with dependents enrolled on their health plan, along with the following information:

  • List of currently enrolled dependent(s) on the health plan(s)
  • Rules for dependent eligibility
  • Documentation that the employee is required to submit to support the eligibility
  • Important deadlines for response
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact Information for HMS Employer Solutions
  • A postage-paid Business Reply Envelope to return information to HMS

Employees who receive these letters are required to comply with the instructions; failure to comply with the information request will result in the loss of health coverage for the enrolled dependents.

Questions regarding this myCalPERS audit should be directed to the toll-free number or website included with your letter, (877) 796-9628 or, not the campus Human Resources professionals.

Emergency Ride Home for faculty, staff
SF State now participates in the Emergency Ride Home (ERH) program through the CommuteSmart program of SF Environment. ERH is designed to encourage faculty and staff to commute to campus by a sustainable mode, such as ridesharing, public transportation, biking or walking.

ERH provides a free ride home in cases of unexpected personal or family emergencies for all SF State faculty and staff who are permanent part-time or full-time employees and have used a sustainable mode of transportation to get to work on the day that the emergency occurs. The program is not open to students.

For more information visit the ERH website at or contact SF State Parking & Transportation at

SF State 511 RideMatch
The SF State 511 RideMatch service is an interactive, on-demand system that allows students, faculty and staff to find carpools or bicycle partners based on where they live. Participants can specify whether they wish to find only other SF State affiliates or extend their search to a broader pool. Visit the SF State 511 RideMatch website at

Contact SF State Parking & Transportation at for more information.

Reserving the Library's events and instruction rooms
The Library's Events Room on the first floor is available for any SF State faculty or staff member to reserve. Visit the policy page for more information and to make a reservation at

The Library also has five Instruction rooms of various capacities, four of which are equipped with either desktop or laptop computers. The primary purpose of these rooms is to support library instruction sessions taught by library faculty, but other SF State faculty may request reservations up to seven days in advance during the fall and spring semesters -- and further in advance at other times. See the room descriptions, policy and reservation calendar at

Other rooms in the Library are available for reservation through Academic Technology and Faculty Affairs. For more information, see

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Chair and Professor of Cinema Daniel Bernardi, Assistant Professor Tarek Elhaik, Professor of Cinema Joseph McBride, Cinema Lecturer Jesse Moss, Director of the MESA Engineering Program Nilgun Ozer, Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature, and Director of Persian Studies Mitra Ara, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Professor Emeritus of Marketing Bill Perttula and Sociology and Sexual Studies Lecturer and Health Equity Institute faculty member Sonja Mackenzie.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of International Relations Kathleen McAfee, Professor of Psychology Patricia Miller and Associate Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg.

Read Newsmakers:

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SF State received $2,713,472 in grants and contracts in July 2013.

Read Grants & Contracts:

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

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

Toru Sugita: Bay Area Lines and Shadows: Aug. 13, 2013- Jan. 15, 2014

Fall 2013 Academic Semester Begins

Fall 2013 First Day of Instruction

Theatre: Why We Have a Body: 8 p.m.

Theatre: Why We Have a Body: 8 p.m.

Fall '13 Faculty Development/Department Meetings; Friday only classes meet

Theatre: Why We Have a Body: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
Aug. 31: Theatre: Why We Have a Body: 8 p.m.

Sept. 2: Fall '13 Labor Day: No Classes; Offices Closed

Sept. 4: Recital: Jason Brock: 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 5: Women's Soccer Hosting Northwest Nazarene: 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 5: Poetry: Lauren Shufran and r. erica doyle: 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 6: Recital: Winners of the San Francisco Young Pianists Competition: 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 11: Women's Soccer Hosting Western Oregon: 4 p.m.

Sept. 12: Poetry: Kate Greenstreet and Sara Mumolo: 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 13: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Sonoma State: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 14: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Humboldt State: 11:30 a.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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