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Volume 61, Number 5    September 16, 2013         

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Vista Room reopens Monday, Sept. 16
The Vista Room will resume operation Monday, Sept. 16. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Seating is between 11:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

A special rate of $13 per ticket is on offer for the first week of operation, Sept. 16-20. To purchase tickets or get more information, contact Kelly Vuong (Consumer and Family Studies/Dietetics Department, BH 329, ext. 5-3530) or Beverly Colindres (Hospitality and Tourism Management, BUS 306, ext. 8-1023). Acceptable payment methods are check or OneCard.

The Vista Room features high quality California cuisine prepared from fresh ingredients purchased from reputable vendors. Foodservice management students manage the dining experience and serve the meals.

Constitution Day panel, Tuesday, Sept. 17
SF State will celebrate Constitution Day Tuesday, Sept. 17 with a panel discussion on "Civil Liberties and National Security in the Age of Big Data" led by former military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, known for leaking the Pentagon Papers, ACLU attorney Matt Cagle and SF State Professors David Fischer and Sarah Crabtree. The campus community is encouraged to attend the event on Tuesday, Sept. 17 from noon to 2 p.m. in HUM 587.

Return of PARK(ing) Day, Wednesday, Sept. 18
SF State will celebrate PARK(ing) Day, an international event that transforms metered parking spots into temporary public parks, on Wednesday, Sept. 18 from 2 to 5 p.m. The campus community is invited to check out Design and Industry students' Park(ing) Day installations at the Quad (two), Tapia Drive near Humanities and the Centennial Walkway in front of Fine Arts.

Retention, tenure, promotion workshop Thursday, Sept. 19
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled an informational session to help faculty in their third, fourth or fifth probationary year to prepare for their retention, tenure and promotion reviews. The session, conducted by Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge and Chair of the University Tenure and Promotion Committee Diane Harris, will be held in LIB 242. Faculty are asked to RSVP by e-mail to Questions? Send an e-mail or call ext. 8-2204.

Trayvon Martin symposium Thursday, Sept. 19
"The Death of Trayvon Martin: History in the Making," a symposium organized by History department faculty and students will be held Thursday, Sept. 19 at 9:30 a.m. in SCI 270. The panel will present the circumstances of the history and events in Sanford, Florida over the past 18 months to discuss issues of race, law and constitutional precedent, followed by discussion. For more information, contact History Lecturer Susan Englander.

Volunteer for Discovery Day
Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks at the Rosenberg Institute Discovery Day open house at SF State's Romberg Tiburon Center on Sunday, Oct. 13. Two- or three-hour shifts are available from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Volunteers will receive lunch and a T-shirt. For more information or to volunteer, contact Erin Blackwood at ext. 8-3757 or by Sept. 25.

Suicide Prevention Conference Oct. 18
Students, staff and faculty -- especially those who provide direct services to students -- are invited to share best practices for suicide prevention and mental health awareness at the Oct. 18 Suicide Prevention Conference, which aims to create a campus community of caring through raised awareness and educating the campus on suicide prevention, reduced stigma and connecting students to resources and referrals. The conference is sponsored by the SF State 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. Register for the conference by Oct. 4.

Supplemental science instruction
Optional one-unit science Supplemental Instruction (SI) courses are available to enhance learning in core lecture courses and 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 use various teaching approaches to accommodate different learning styles and foster a collaborative learning environment. College of Science and Engineering faculty are encouraged to promote student use of the SI courses, which are listed in the Class Schedule and began the second week of instruction. Contact the program director, Tatiane Russo-Tait, at for more information.

Jumpstart a life of learning
Jumpstart is a national early education organization dedicated to preparing all children to succeed in kindergarten and beyond, regardless of their economic background, with the help of caring adult volunteers. The SF State Jumpstart program seeks volunteers from the campus community who will work with preschool-age children on reading, writing and social skills. Jumpstart Corps members serve 12 hours a week in local early childhood centers. Eligible college students can potentially earn Federal Work-Study, course credit and Segal AmeriCorps Education awards, in addition to gaining valuable skills and experience, while making a difference in the life of a child.

For more information or to apply, visit or contact Alicia Torres at ext. 5-3592. Faculty and staff are asked to share this information with students who may be interested or a good fit for the program. Faculty who are interested in having Jumpstart staff give a short 5-7 minute presentation to their students should contact Site Manager Nathaniel Brewer at ext. 5-3780, or Senior Site Manager Alicia Torres at ext. 5-3592.

One-on-One with Provost Sue Rosser
Interested faculty are invited to make a 10-15 minute appointment with Provost Rosser to talk about their interests, research, community service, creative projects, etc. An office hour will be scheduled each week to accommodate several individual faculty appointments. Contact Candice Piper in the Provost’s Office at or ext. 8-1141 to schedule an appointment.


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Building the future at SF State
SF State has a long tradition of creating a better tomorrow by planning and preparing for it today. A key element in the University's success has always been the involvement of the campus community. That involvement is just as critical today, so faculty, staff and students are encouraged to visit the Strategic Planning website to learn about and contribute to the work being done to prepare for tomorrow.

The new website at is a repository for resources and planning materials, as well as the work done by the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee. Community members visiting the page will also have the opportunity to review the themes that have been developed and join the conversation by submitting comments.

Also, the Twitter feed @SFStatePlanning has been set up to help inform stakeholders of progress, plans and breakthroughs.

Visit the Strategic Planning website today and join the effort to revise and reaffirm SF State's goals as we work to serve students and the community in the future.

Search for Vice President for Student Affairs
The University is seeking a Vice President for Student Affairs. The successful candidate will be a highly accomplished professional with a demonstrated record of outstanding leadership, a deep commitment to student success and a desire to foster an environment of inclusiveness and support for the University's diverse student body, while enriching student learning, fostering a strong sense of community and promoting growth through engagement in the life of the University. For a complete position description and application procedures, including a method to nominate candidates, visit

A first round of interviews is anticipated to commence mid-October. Application materials received on or prior to Oct. 15 will be given full consideration. The search committee members include:

  • Mary Cavagnaro, counselor faculty, Counseling & Psychological Services
  • Cyrus Ginwala, associate professor, Music & Dance
  • Michael Goldman, professor & department chair, Biology
  • Mark Goodrich, executive director, University Property Management
  • Adenike Hamilton, student, president of Associated Students, Inc.
  • Russell Jeung, associate professor, Asian American Studies
  • Amy Kilgard, associate professor, Communication Studies
  • Rogelio Manaois, veterans services coordinator, Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
  • Virginia McBride, student, president of the Residence Hall Association
  • Reggie Parson, deputy chief of police, University Police Department
  • Jason Porth, chief of operations, Office of the President
  • Connie Ulasewicz, associate professor, Consumer & Family Studies
  • Sameer Verma, professor, Information Systems

For answers to questions, e-mail Elogeanne Grossman, executive assistant to President Wong.

19th Avenue Transit Study community meeting on campus Sept. 24
The second community meeting to discuss transit and related improvements to the M-Ocean View line and 19th Avenue will be held on campus Tuesday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the Richmond Room of the Towers Conference Center.

The 19th Avenue Transit Study builds on recent planning efforts to develop improvement concepts for a west-side, grade-separated alignment of the M-Ocean View light rail as it traverses 19th Avenue between St. Francis Circle and Broad Street at Orizaba Avenue -- i.e., partial subway, tunnel or bridge crossings of 19th Avenue. The purpose of the study is to determine the feasibility, benefits and impact of such an investment. Potential benefits for SF State include:

  • Faster and more reliable trips to campus on the M line
  • A shorter, safer way to cross 19th Avenue at Holloway
  • Wider sidewalks
  • Larger, more comfortable rail and bus stops
  • More greenery and landscape

Since the first community meeting was held in February, some conceptual alternatives have been removed from consideration or modified based on public input. The study team is seeking input on community preferences among the remaining alternatives.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is leading this study in collaboration with multiple public and private transportation and land use partners, including SF State. For more information, go to

Fall semester disaster preparedness training in October
The San Francisco Fire Department provides its annual fall semester Neighborhood Emergency Response Team training on campus, Oct. 1, 8 and 15, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Towers Conference Center. The three days of intensive disaster preparedness training will include hands-on search and rescue instruction, disaster triage, fire extinguishing and how to prepare for disaster at home and in the workplace. At the end of the training, participants will know the basics of personal preparedness and prevention so that they will be able to better respond to a personal emergency, as well as act as a member of a campus or neighborhood emergency response team.

The SF State Office of Emergency Preparedness will host the training. Students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to take advantage of this free training, which is geared toward those who live and work in San Francisco.

To register and for more information, visit

Open Enrollment begins Monday, Sept. 16
Open Enrollment starts on Sept. 16 and ends Oct. 11. During open enrollment, faculty and staff may change plans, add eligible dependents to new or existing health or dental plans, and renew or enroll in a flexible spending program (HCRA/DCRA). Changes to plans take effect Jan. 1, 2014.

In addition to the two existing Health Maintenance Organization (HMO) choices -- Blue Shield of California (Blue Shield) and Kaiser Permanente (Kaiser) -- CalPERS has added four more HMOs to its program: Anthem Blue Cross (Anthem), Health Net, Sharp Health Plan (Sharp) and United Healthcare. To review their offerings and verify local availability, visit

Rate information and enrollment forms will be posted on the Human Resources website.

Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan's Evidence of Coverage (EDC) publication for a complete explanation of the benefits covered, as well as limitations and exclusions that may apply, before deciding to retain their existing plan or make a change.

Benefit and Retirement Services Staff will be available for drop-in visits and appointments during the following hours from Sept. 16 through the end of open enrollment:

  • Mondays, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays, 1:30-4 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Thursdays, 8-10:30 a.m.
  • Fridays, by appointment only

Benefits Fair
Human Resources, Safety and Risk Management will host the 32nd Annual Benefits Fair on Oct. 2 from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby and on the second floor of the Administration building. The fair provides an opportunity for faculty and staff to explore the range of available employee benefits and speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans.

Creative State opening day
The new season of the SF State Morrison Chamber Music Center will kick off with a free arts festival on Sunday, Sept. 29 from noon to 5 p.m. in the Creative Arts and Fine Arts buildings. The festivities will include a concert by the Alexander String Quartet and clarinetist David Shifrin, readings of new plays, a dance showcase and film screenings. The Fine Arts Gallery will open with "The Illuminated Library," an exhibit featuring a performance from SF State’s Gregorian chant ensemble, Schola Civilis, conducted by Paul Ellison. Local food trucks will be on hand for refreshments.

Free tickets are required for the Alexander String Quartet/David Shifrin concert. For details, call the Box Office at ext. 8-2467 or visit

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate will meet Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. An open floor period will be held from 2 to 2:10 p.m., providing an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Chair's Report
  • Report: Standing Committee Chairs & CSU Senators; Brief updates
  • Discussion item: Strategic Planning Theme 1, Building the San Francisco State Identity
  • Academic Senate Elections: The following are positions currently open on University committees of which the Academic Senate must elect representatives (the Senate elects the representatives, however candidates are not required to be Senators in all cases):
    • Board of Appeals and Review: two faculty representatives to serve one two-year term each (2013-2015)
    • All-University on Teacher Education Committee: one faculty representative to serve a one-year term (2013-2014)
      • Antwi Akom
      • Robert Pope
    • Center for Teaching & Faculty Development: one faculty member to serve a three-year term (2013-2016)
      • Therese Doan
    • Enrollment Management Committee: two faculty representatives needed; one must be a department chair for a one-year term (2013-2014) and one faculty member to serve a three-year term (2013-2016)
      • Department chair, one-year term
      • Darlene Yee, pofessor of Gerontology
    • Baccalaureate Requirements Committee: one Academic Senator to serve a one-year term (2013-2014)
    • University Budget Committee: two faculty members to serve a three-year term (2013-2016)
      • Nathan Avani, professor/chair of Secondary Education
      • Genie Stowers, professor of Public Administration

Nominations will be taken from the floor at the next Senate meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Nominations may also be sent to Questions? Contact the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

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

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Communication Studies Amy Kilgard, Communication Studies Lecturer Alexis Litzky, Professor of Creative Writing Nona Caspers and Associate Professor of Theatre Arts Kim Schwartz.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Professor of International Relations Mahmood Monshipouri and Professor of Management John Sullivan.

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

Toru Sugita: Bay Area Lines and Shadows: through Jan. 15, 2014

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Kaya Oakes: 7 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Elizabeth Scarboro and Nina Schuyler: 7 p.m.

Constitution Day Panel: Civil Liberties and National Security in the Age of Big Data: noon

Theatre: Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Aubaire: 11:30 a.m.

Symposium: Trayvon Martin: History in the Making: 9:30 a.m.

Theatre: Fuddy Meers by David Lindsay-Aubaire: 11:30 a.m.

Men/Women's Soccer hosting Cal State L.A.: 12:30 p.m.

Master class: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Alexander String Quartet with David Shifrin, clarinet: 2:10 p.m.

Volleyball Hosting UC San Diego: 7 p.m.

Coming Up
Sept. 21: Volleyball Hosting Cal State San Bernardino: 7 p.m.

Sept. 22: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 11:30 a.m.

Sept. 23: Recital: Afro-Latin Percussion Clinic with John Santos: 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 23: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Tom Barbash: 7 p.m.

Sept. 26: Artist Lecture Series: Jason Jagel: 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 26: Film: way by Konrad Steiner in collaboration with Leslie Scalapino: 6:30 p.m.

Sept. 27: Recital: U.S. Air Force Band of the Golden West Chamber Players: 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 29: Festival: Creative State Opening Day: noon

Sept. 29: Lecture: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Alexander String Quartet with David Shifrin, Clarinet, Pre-Concert Talk: 2 p.m.

Sept. 29: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Alexander String Quartet and David Shifrin, Clarinet: 3 p.m.

Sept. 30: Lecture: Writers on Writing: Aimee Phan: 7 p.m.

Oct. 1: Emergency Training: NERT: 7 p.m.

Oct. 2: Discussion: OLLI Brown Bag with Kathy Setian: 1 p.m.

Oct. 2: Recital: Almir Cortes, Brazilian instrumental music: 1:10 p.m.

Oct. 3: Lecture: Leslie Mitchner: Transitions in Scholarly Publishing: The Effect on Authors: 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Workshop: Angel's Destiny: Recreating Your Destiny Through Haiku, presented by April Martin Chartrand: 1 p.m.

Oct. 3: Lecture: John Windle and Thomas Ingmire in conversation: 2:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Poetry: Rachel Levitsky and Latasha N. Nevada Diggs: 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Bay Area Philosophers of Science Meeting: 6 p.m.

Oct. 3: Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4: Volleyball Hosting Chico State: 7 p.m.

Oct. 4: Poetry: Edward Dorn's Collected Poems with Jennifer Dunbar Dorn and guests: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 5: Volleyball Hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 7 p.m.

Oct. 5: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 6: Men/Women's Soccer Hosting Chico State: 11:30 a.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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