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Volume 62, Number 9    October 10, 2014         

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Fall 2015 student applications for admission is open
The application period for fall 2015 admission opened Oct. 1 and will run through Nov. 30. During this time, prospective freshmen and transfer students may apply for admission to SF State by visiting the Future Students website. Application deadlines for graduate programs vary by department. See the Graduate Studies website for more information.

Next HR2U on Oct. 21
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. to assist faculty, staff and student workers with questions about benefits, payroll, retirement, hiring, classification, HRMS, performance evaluations, employee relations, etc. So stop by for the next HR2U on Oct. 21.

Climate Action Forum
film series, Oct. 13-15

The Climate Action Forum at SF State invites the campus community to the four-film Climate Action Forum Film Series. Each film will be followed by a talk and discussion. The following films will be screened from 4 to 6 p.m. in LIB 121 on Oct. 13, 14 and 15:

Oct. 13: Standing on Sacred Ground: Profit and Loss, named best documentary at the 2013 American Indian Film Festival, is about indigenous responses to global climate change and the opposition to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Guest speakers will include Pennie Opal Plant (Idle No More) and award-winning filmmaker Toby McLeod. Co-sponsored by American Indian Studies and The Cultural Conservancy.

Oct. 14: The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community features leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality. Environmental activist and writer Joanna Macy will be the guest speaker.

Oct. 15: Disruption explores the science, political process, corporate special interests and public paralysis that has led to a moral and ecological crossroads and makes a call for bold action through environmental, social and labor movements.

Study Abroad Fair
Oct. 14 and 15

Faculty are asked to encourage students to check out the Fall Study Abroad Fair in Malcolm X Plaza on Oct. 14 and 15 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair is an excellent opportunity to learn about SF State study abroad programs and to meet international students and study abroad alumni, who will be on hand at country-specific tables to discuss opportunities to study abroad for SF State resident credit.

CREGS discussion with Gabrielle Le Roux, Oct. 15
SF State's Center for Research and Education on Gender and Sexuality (CREGS) invites the campus community to a discussion with South Africa-based artist and social justice activist Gabrielle Le Roux, who will share images and video from her exhibitions "Proudly African and Transgender" and "Proudly Trans in Turkey." A Q&A session will follow. For more information, visit the CREGS Facebook event page or e-mail Tobie Kaye at

Media representations of the Greek Crisis
The Center for Modern Greek Studies, in its ongoing lecture series on the impact of the debt crisis in Greece, invites the campus community to the public lecture "Media Representations of the Greek Crisis" by Professor of Modern Greek Literature and Communication Studies Maria Kakavoulia of Panteion University, Athens, Greece. The talk will begin at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 15, in HUM 119. The event is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the University Seminars Programs of the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, USA.

E-mail questions to or visit the Modern Greek Studies website for more information.

Textbook order deadline Oct. 17
Textbook orders for spring 2015 are due Oct. 17. Faculty are encouraged to place their orders for classes at their earliest convenience. Orders can be placed at the bookstore website or sent via e-mail.

AASCEND conference Oct. 18
AASCEND (Autism, Asperger Syndrome Coalition for Education, Networking and Development) and SF State's Autism Spectrum Studies program will host the conference "Innovation at Work: Saluting Leaders in Autism Employment, Media and Women's Issues" at the Seven Hills Conference Center on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will also celebrate the 15th anniversary of AASCEND and their work toward an inclusive society.

Sessions will include "Wrong Planet," led by Alex Plank; "Autism at Work," led by Jose Velasco of SAP Software; "Social Thinking"; and panels on "Employment on the Spectrum" and "Women on the Spectrum." Advance tickets are $90 for general admission, $30 for students and priced on a sliding scale for attendees on the autism spectrum.

For more information or to register, visit the AASCEND conference registration site.

Mental health and well-being training
Faculty and staff may at times be unsure of what to do when someone is experiencing emotional distress. To promote a better understanding of mental health-related concerns on campus, the Counseling and Psychological Services Center has scheduled a three-hour training session on Friday, Oct. 24, from 9 a.m. to noon. The interactive course will include discussion and role-playing exercises that will focus on how to approach/intervene in a range of mental health situations and how to refer individuals to on- and off-campus resources, with a focus on cultural considerations and the well-being and self-care of the intervening person. Participants will also have an opportunity to bring up questions in a confidential setting.

Clinical Counselor Susan Chen will lead the session, which is open to all faculty and staff. For more information or to register, e-mail Susan Chen at

Alumni & Family
Weekend, Oct. 24-26

The Alumni Association invites SF State alumni, families and students to the annual Alumni & Family Weekend Oct. 24-26 on campus. The three-day celebration will include lectures and seminars; campus tours that showcase the J. Paul Leonard Library, Student Center murals and the Fine Arts Gallery; and open-house receptions by individual colleges. Local vendors will also gather on campus so participants can eat and shop while mingling with fellow Gators. Other activities will include a play, dodgeball and family sports and a panel discussion on advances in the computer and biotechnology industries.

Visit the Alumni & Family Weekend website for more information or to sign up online. Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend.

International Education Week 2014 nearing
The Office of International Programs invites the campus community to celebrate International Education Week (IEW) 2014 from Monday, Nov. 17, through Friday, Nov. 21. Sponsored by the U.S. departments of State and Education, IEW emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages.

Proposals for an activity or event are due by Monday, Nov. 10. An announcement will be made once the online event proposal form is available and ready to accept proposals for events and activities. Until then, save the date and think about how how to become involved in the campus-wide celebration of IEW 2014.

To learn more about IEW 2014, visit the International Education Week website or contact Jay Ward at or ext. 8-1121.

One-on-One with Provost Sue Rosser
Interested faculty are invited to make a 10- to 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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Pasag named Fiscal Affairs associate vice president
Following a search led by Linda Oubre, dean of the College of Business, Maureen Pasag has been appointed associate vice president for Fiscal Affairs, effective Oct. 15.

Pasag has more than 15 years of experience in finance and audits in both the private and public sectors, including work at Fortune 500 companies. Since joining SF State, Pasag has performed complex coordination and analysis and played a critical role in closing the numerous audit findings noted in the Chancellor's Office Hazardous Materials Management Audit. She received her B.S. in accounting at Cal State Northridge and is a CPA for the state of California. Visit to see a full biography.

"Maureen's selection was based upon strong positive feedback from SF State employees during and after the campus visits and upon the research and work performed by the search committee and myself," Vice President for Administration and Finance and CFO Ronald Cortez said. "I am grateful for the feedback provided by so many employees, and I am very thankful for the diligent work performed by the search committee. I would also like to thank Franz Lozano for his leadership of the Fiscal Affairs division during the interim period. Franz's knowledge and experience of CSU and SF State fiscal programs and processes allowed Fiscal Affairs to provide continuous, quality service during the search process."

A search will commence for a new director for the Audit and Advisory Services department as soon as possible.

Make Your Mark: A Forum on the Draft Strategic Plan
The Academic Senate and the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee invite faculty, staff, students and the SF State community to discuss the draft University strategic plan in the newly renovated gym from 1 to 3 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The draft of the plan will be released to the University community on or before Oct. 17 and will be available for review at Participants are invited to propose revisions and additions to the plan for the committee's consideration in crafting a final version. Coffee, tea and cookies will be provided courtesy of the Academic Senate.

Quake the Quad
A "Drop, Cover and Hold On" drill will be held in Malcolm X Plaza and on the Quad at noon on Thursday, Oct. 16, lead by Neighborhood Emergency Response Team (NERT) volunteers and members of the student group Zombie Nation. A test of the emergency notification system will kick off the exercise. The event will also include resource tables staffed by safety-related departments and programs, information on earthquakes and crime prevention, and giveaways.

The Office of Emergency Preparedness, Student Involvement Center, ResLife and Associated Students, Inc. partnered to organize Quake the Quad, which is part of the Great California ShakeOut Earthquake Drills. The ShakeOut is an annual opportunity for people in homes, schools and organizations to practice what to do during earthquakes and to improve preparedness. The event has grown since its 2008 inception and is now observed around the globe.

For more information, visit

MA TESOL celebrates 50 years
SF State's M.A. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) program will celebrate its 50th anniversary on Friday, Oct. 17. This event celebrates not only the program's 50th anniversary, but also its contribution to the field of English language education in the Bay Area, across the country and around the world.

Graduates of the M.A. TESOL program have gone on to become language teachers, teacher trainers, program directors and TESOL faculty in adult education, community-based organizations, colleges and universities.

SF State President Les Wong will welcome alumni and other guests. Anne Fontanella, an alumna of the program and the TESOL International Association's 2014 Teacher of the Year, will speak. Emeriti faculty including Doug Brown, Danny Glicksberg, Jim Kohn, Sandy McKay, Pat Porter, Tom Scovel, May Shih, Barry Taylor and others will be recognized at this event. The famed faculty "Three Tenors" singing group will be reunited for a special performance.

Webinar on behavioral insights and interventions
SF State has been collaborating with ideas42, a nonprofit organization dedicated to solving problems through behavioral insights. The goal: exploring strategies for improving student retention and success that are inexpensive and highly scalable.

On Thursday, Oct. 23, at 11 a.m., ideas42 will sponsor a free 45-minute webinar that highlights the organization's work at SF State. This work identifies key behavioral bottlenecks related to student retention and focuses on the obstacles that activate negative identities, which block student success. Participants will also learn about an innovative intervention being tested that has shown initial positive results. The webinar will also cover ideas42's work at LaGuardia Community College, where communication efforts have been revamped to increase matriculation.

You can sign up for the webinar on the ideas42 website.

Academic Affairs begins search for college dean position
Academic Affairs is conducting a search for the dean of the College of Science & Engineering. The position is intended to be filled before the fall 2015 semester. The screening of applications will begin Nov. 10. Applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. For a complete position description and application procedures, visit the Academic Affairs website at

The Search Committee members are:

  • Joseph Barranco, associate professor, Physics & Astronomy
  • Jane Dewitt, chair/professor, Chemistry
  • Karen Grove, professor, Earth & Climate Sciences (co-chair)
  • Eric Hsu, professor, Mathematics
  • John Kim, associate vice president, Academic Resources
  • Ruth MacKay-Shea, confidential administrative support, College of Science & Engineering
  • Bruce Paton, associate professor, Management
  • Jonathon Stillman, professor, Romberg Tiburon Center, Biology (co-chair)
  • M. Dawn Terrell, professor, Psychology
  • Samuel Boikaner, student representative

Questions should be directed to Kathleen Kelly, staff liaison to the committee, at

President's Dinner and Hall of Fame Celebration, Oct. 24
The campus community is invited to attend the President's Dinner and Alumni Hall of Fame to celebrate alumni who have distinguished themselves through significant contributions in their fields. This year, President Wong will announce the inaugural recipient of the President's Distinguished Service Award, while emcee Ben Fong-Torres (B.A., '66, Radio/TV) will introduce the Alumnus of the Year and the Class of 2014 inductees into SF State's Alumni Hall of Fame. These are some of the highest honors accorded to an SF State Gator.

The event will be held on Friday, Oct. 24, at the Julia Morgan Ballroom, 465 California St., San Francisco. Tickets are $150 per person ($1,500 for a table of 10). The following alumni will be honored:

President's Distinguished Service Award
Assemblymember Tom Ammiano, M.A., '65, Special Education

Alumnus of the Year
Congressman George Miller, B.A., '68, American Studies

Hall of Fame
Margaret Avery, B.A., '65, Education, actress, singer, teacher
Andrew Ly, B.S., '86, Accounting, co-founder of Sugar Bowl Bakery

Michael McClure, B.A., '55, English, poet, playwright, songwriter, novelis
Steven Miller, B.A., '78, Radio/TV, record producer, engineer, arranger

Reservations must be made by Oct. 12 and can be made online via a link on the Alumni Association's event description at

Academic Senate
Following is a list of action items from the Oct. 7 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a report from Chair Getz
  • Heard a report from Vice President for Administration and Finance Ron Cortez on the University budget
  • Heard an update from President Les Wong on SF State's potential role in the Shipyard/Hunters Point development
  • Passed a resolution on student success fees
  • Passed a resolution honoring Dr. Asa Grant Hilliard III and reaffirming the long-standing friendship between SF State and the William V.S. Tubman High School in Monrovia, Liberia
  • Passed a proposed revision to the Emerita/Emeritus Status policy
  • Held elections for Senate representatives to the following boards and committees:
    • Board of Appeals and Review (BOAR)
      • Saul Steier (Humanities/Liberal & Creative Arts)
      • Sarah Crabtree (History/Liberal & Creative Arts)
    • Baccalaureate Requirements Committee (BRC)
      • Troi Carleton (Linguistics/Liberal & Creative Arts)
    • Bookstore Advisory Committee
      • Larry Hanley (English Language and Literature/Liberal & Creative Arts)
    • University Budget Committee election results are being finalized

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 Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Associate Professor of Design and Industry Joshua Singer, Associate Professor of Economics Anoshua Chaudhuri, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper and Librarian Ned Fielden

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This week in Newsmakers: Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan and Professor of Biology Karina Nielsen.

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Allegorical Procedures: Bay Area Collage, 1950-Present: Sept. 20-Oct. 16

The Rose that Grew from the Concrete: Oct. 2-16

A Witness to Change: Piroska Nagy's Photos of Hungary: through Dec. 22

Shenny Cruces: Keys: through Jan. 5, 2015

Friday, Oct. 10
Men/Women's Cross Country Hosting SF State Invitational: 2 p.m.

Volleyball Hosting Chico State: 7 p.m.

Dance: Talija: 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 11
Volleyball Hosting Cal State Stanislaus: 7 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 13
Voter Registration and Information Fair: 11 a.m.

Climate Action Forum Film Series: Standing on Sacred Ground: Profit and Loss: 4 p.m.

Reading: Writers on Writing: Summer Brenner: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 14
Evacuation Chair Training: 10 a.m.

Climate Action Forum Film Series: The Wisdom to Survive: Climate Change, Capitalism and Community: 4 p.m.

Panel discussion: Allegorical Procedures: 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 15
Recital: Greg Osby, jazz saxophone: 1:10 p.m.

Evacuation Chair Training: 2 p.m.

Climate Action Forum Film Series: Disruption: 4 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 16
ShakeOut Earthquake Drill: Quake the Quad: noon

Lecture: Red Feminism: Indigenous Interventions Under 'The Gaze' of Coloniality: 12:30 p.m.

Talk: Bill McKibben on Updates from the Front Lines of the Climate Fight: 2 p.m.

Poetry reading: Dawn Lundy Martin and Anne Lesley Selcer: 3:30 p.m.

Edelman Town Hall -- CAD in South Africa: An Early Childhood Educator Honors Program: 4 p.m.

Political Action through Art with Karla Lara: 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 17
Conference: Revolutions: Politically Subversive Cinema: 10 a.m.

Men's Soccer Hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 12:30 p.m.

Lecture: California Coastal Fog: An Untapped and Little-Known Water Resource?: 1 p.m.

Recital: Enrique Rojas Ensemble: 1:10 p.m.

M.A. TESOL 50th Anniversary Celebration: 3 p.m.

Women's Soccer Hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 3 p.m.

Volleyball Hosting Cal State L.A.: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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