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Volume 62, Number 3    August 29, 2014         

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Campus Solutions maintenance Tuesdays
From 8 p.m. to midnight every Tuesday, the Student and Faculty Center within the SF State Gateway will be unavailable due to system maintenance performed by the CSU Chancellor’s Office. As a result, students will not be able to access their class schedules, register for classes, view financial aid, make payments, etc. Faculty will not be able to access the Faculty Center. Other features, such as iLearn, will still be available.

Food trucks return Monday
The food trucks returned to campus on Monday, Aug. 25. One truck will serve the west side of campus from the West Campus Green Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Another truck will be stationed between the Science Building and Hensill Hall Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. to serve the east side of campus. Check out the Gator Group website for a schedule.

Free 12-Week Mandarin Class, Fall 2014
The Confucius Institute at SF State will present a free 12-week Mandarin class for faculty and staff from Sept. 2 to Nov 20. It will be offered in beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Participating faculty and staff will receive a free textbook, access to the Confucius Institute resources and guidance for taking the HSK Chinese Language proficiency tests in addition to saving the $200 course fee.

To register, submit a completed 2014 Fall Chinese Language Class registration form to the Confucius Institute by Sept. 1. It can also be sent by e-mail to The form is available for download from (see right-most column under Programs Application Forms). Questions? Contact the Confucius Institute at ext. 8-7624 or ext. 8-7631.

Brown bag benefits workshop
Human Resources will host a brown bag benefits workshop Sept. 15 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in LIB 121. Topics will include health plan features for 2015 from Kaiser Permanente and Blue Shield California, coordinating Medicare plans with the Social Security Administration, wellness features and a question and answer session. Michelle Cubuay Delgado of Kaiser Permanente and Susan Vogt of Blue Shield California will be presenters.

Seating is limited, so reservations are required: Contact the appropriate benefits representatives by Thursday, Sept. 11, to RSVP. Faculty and staff are invited to bring a lunch to enjoy during the workshop.

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.

Join Campus Recreation
Campus Recreation welcomes back faculty and staff with membership packages for varying levels of use of their facilities, which include a pool, strength and conditioning rooms and Group X classes during the fall and spring semesters. Additionally, the Campus Recreation Office has moved to SSB 206. Visit for more information or to sign up.

Vista Room opens Sept. 15
The Vista Room will reopen Sept. 15. The Vista Room features California cuisine and serves the highest-quality food prepared from fresh ingredients purchased from reputable vendors. Foodservice management students manage the Vista Room and serve meals Monday through Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Seating is from 11:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.)

For ticket information, contact Kelly Vuong in Consumer & Family Studies/Dietetics (ext. 5-3530, BH 329) or Beverly Colindres in Hospitality and Tourism Management (ext. 8-1023, BUS 306). Tickets are $17 each and may be paid for by check or OneCard. To purchase a block of tickets at a reduced price, call ext. 5-3530.

Campus Cats Committee volunteers needed
The SF State Campus Cat Committee has fed the small, friendly cat population on campus for nearly 40 years, and volunteers are needed to continue the tradition. Volunteering is easy: Simply 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 on various days of the week and weekends. Donations for food and veterinarian bills are also being sought. Other ways to help include cat food runs, accepting cash and in-kind donations and scheduling volunteers. For additional information, contact Irene Donner by e-mail at or by telephone at ext. 8-2763.

What's up on campus?
The first stop for faculty and staff seeking to publicize events is the University Calendar. The calendar's reach and appeal goes beyond its Web presence: Items submitted to the calendar are also considered for promotion in CampusMemo and on the University-operated Digital Displays. To submit an event, visit, follow the "submit an event" link in the left column, enter times using a 24-hour clock and complete all fields marked with an asterisk.

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. Travelers will experience unforgettable and historic sights, spectacular scenery and pristine beaches.

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. Prices include virtually all shipboard entertainment, activities and superb dining venues. Past Princess passengers who book prior to August 31, 2014, will receive an additional $100 per person discount with only a 10 percent deposit. 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.


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Faculty honored for excellence in service
Four distinguished faculty members were honored at the annual opening faculty meeting on Monday, Aug. 25. The honorees are:

  • Excellence in Teaching Award (Tenured/Tenure-Track): Sophie Clavier, associate professor and chair of International Relations
  • Excellence in Teaching Award (Lecturer): Margaret Lynch, Psychology lecturer
  • Excellence in Service Award: Mary Beth Love, professor of Health Education
  • Excellence in Professional Development Award: Ramesh Bollapragada, professor of Decision Sciences

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University home page redesigned
The University unveiled its new home page in public beta, an online presence that has been updated to be more visually appealing, dynamic and responsive to varied devices. With a carousel of bold images and top-level expanding navigation, the redesigned is devoted to serving the needs of incoming students, visitors and the community. It is a big leap in functionality and appearance from the last home-page design done in early 2008.

Read more at SF State News:’s-new-home-page-more-visual-social-accessible

Gator mascot updated
SF State has redrawn its mascot mark, giving the University's Gator mascot a modern look that reflects the new energy in the Athletics Department. The new mascot mark is among a number of changes in the Athletics Department, including new Athletic Director Charles Guthrie, who took over July 1, the hiring of three new coaches and the renovation of athletic facilities completed over the summer.

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Nasser Plaza dedication
The campus community is invited to join in honoring Don Nasser (B.A. '63) and his family for their generous support of the Gymnasium renovation. On Sept. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m., the plaza in front of the Gymnasium will be renamed the Don Nasser Family Plaza. For more information or to RSVP, call ext. 5-3618 or e-mail

CalPERS open enrollment
Open enrollment for benefits will start Sept. 15 and end Oct. 10, 2014. During open enrollment, eligible faculty and staff may:

  • Change health or/and dental plans
  • Add eligible dependents to new or existing health and/or dental plans
  • Renew or enroll in the flexible spending programs Health Care Reimbursement (HCRA) or Dependent Care Reimbursement (DCRA)

Note that currently enrolled employees MUST submit new enrollment forms for HCRA/DCRA during open enrollment to continue deductions for 2015.

New rate information and enrollment forms will be posted on the Human Resources website starting Sept. 15.

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. Eligible Employees should receive a CalPERS open enrollment brochure in the mail soon. The brochure may also be downloaded from the CalPERS webpage.

Benefit & Retirement Services staff will be available for drop-in visits and appointments regarding open enrollment during the following drop-in hours from Sept. 15 through Oct. 10:

  • Mondays: 2-4 p.m.
  • Tuesdays: 8-10 a.m.
  • Wednesdays: 8-10 a.m.
  • Thursdays: 2-4 p.m.
  • Fridays: 8-10 a.m.

Benefits Fair
Human Resources will host the 33rd Annual Benefits Fair on Wednesday, Oct. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. in the first floor lobby and second floor of the Administration Building. The fair provides faculty and staff an opportunity to explore the range of available employee benefits and speak with representatives from University-sponsored health, dental, life, vision and financial plans.

A Social Security Administration representative will also join the benefits fair this year.

Retention, tenure and promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development has scheduled four informational sessions to help faculty prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge and Chair of the University Tenure and Promotion Committee Diane Harris will conduct the sessions. Those interested in attending are asked to RSVP, sending their preferred session to

Faculty in their first and second year:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 2, 10-11:30 a.m. in LIB 222

Faculty in their third, fourth and fifth year:

  • Thursday, Sept. 18, 1-2:30 p.m. in LIB 222

Faculty applying for tenure and promotion to associate professor:

  • Thursday, Sept. 4, 1-2:30 p.m. in LIB 222
  • Monday, Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon in LIB 244

Basic Information Competence Requirement/OASIS update, alternatives
The new undergraduate baccalaureate graduation requirements that take effect with the fall 2014 semester no longer include the Basic Information Competence Requirement, and continuing students are not required to complete it. Faculty whose syllabi require the OASIS (Online Advancement of Student Information Skills)/Basic Information Competence Requirement will need to make some changes:

  • Information literacy student-learning outcomes are now embedded in lower-division general education courses
  • OASIS chapters continue to be available, but quizzes are no longer part of the chapters and completion is not tracked for student records or prerequisites
  • The library has created new digital learning objects that can be embedded in syllabi and iLearn sites, such as the Library Skills Tutorial
  • Library faculty are available to consult with faculty on how to integrate such objects into courses or how to design assignments and assessments for information-literacy skills
  • Library faculty are also available to teach in-class information-competency workshops for upper division and graduate courses. Faculty should contact the subject librarian for their department or college

For more information, contact Library Education Coordinator Kendra Van Cleave at

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies Andrew Jolivette, Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso, Social Work Lecturer Sonia Melara, Professor of Apparel Design and Merchandising Connie Ulasewicz, Associate Professor of Interior Design Gus Vouchilas, Assistant Professor of Art Matt Lipps, Professor Emeritus of History Bill Issel, Associate Professor of History Charles Postel, Associate Professor of Social Work Yeon-shim Lee and Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Communication Studies Joe Tuman, Associate Professor of Psychology David Gard, Political Science Lecturer David Lee and Professor and Chair of Latina/Latino Studies Carlos Cordova.

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In Memoriam
SF State received $2,546,142 in grants and contracts in June, July and August 2014.

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In Memoriam
The Aug. 22 edition erroneously listed the passing of Professor Emeritus of Interdisciplinary Studies in Education Jack Fraenkel, who passed away in the spring of 2014. An In Memoriam item for him ran in the March 10 issue of CampusMemo.

The passing of Professor Emeritus of Psychology Joseph Luft should have been announced in the In Memoriam section in the body of the Aug. 22 CampusMemo, but was not. However, the link to his obituary was correct and may be viewed at

Please accept our heartfelt apologies for the error.

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

Shenny Cruces: Keys: through January 5, 2015

Today (Friday)
Fall '14 Faculty Development/Department Meetings; Friday-only classes meet

Sept. 1: Labor Day; No Classes; Offices Closed

Sept. 2: GGNRA Mobile Trailhead: 10 a.m.

Sept. 3: GGNRA Mobile Trailhead: 10 a.m.

Sept. 3: Recital: Fred Ho tribute: 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 4: Poetry reading: Nancy Morejon: 12:30 p.m.

Sept. 4: Performance: Words and Music, In Memoriam Fred Ho: 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 5: Recital: Winners of the San Francisco Young Pianists Competition: 1:10 p.m.

Sept. 7: Women's Soccer Hosting Academy of Art: 2 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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