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Volume 62, Number 10    October 17, 2014         

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Textbook order
deadline today

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 its 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.

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.

Mental health and well-being training, Oct. 24
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
The Office of International Programs seeks proposals for activities and events for International Education Week 2014, Nov. 17-21. Read about hosting an event and then submit an activity or event proposal by Monday, Nov. 10, by completing an Event Proposal Form.

The campus community is invited to join in this annual celebration that emphasizes the importance of increasing knowledge and awareness of the world's cultures, peoples and languages. The U.S. departments of State and Education sponsor this event. Learn more at the International Education Week 2014 website or contact Jay Ward at or call ext. 8-1121.

Become a Safe Zone ally
The Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for the campus LGBTQ community. The Safe Zone program fosters a safe campus through 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, volunteers must attend one of the training sessions that are offered throughout the year: The next session will be Tuesday, Nov. 18, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the library and will include a light breakfast and lunch. Contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 5-4415 for further details about the training. Learn more on the Safe Zone website.

Happy Hour at the
Village Fitness Center

The Village Fitness Center invites faculty and staff to a free fitness happy hour from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the first Wednesday and last Monday of each month. During these times, employees may use the fitness facility and take group fitness classes without charge. Faculty and staff day passes on other Mondays and Wednesdays will be discounted to $8 (normally $10). Ask about special promotions on personal and group training and merchandise. For more information, visit or e-mail Dana Merritt.

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. 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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Make Your Mark: A Forum on the Draft Strategic Plan, Oct. 21
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 plan is 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.

Campus Sustainability Day, Oct. 22
SF State's annual Campus Sustainability Day will be held all day Oct. 22. Activities will include:

  • Orchard Planting: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at University Park North, 430 Winston Drive
  • Chartwells: Smoothie Bike from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the plaza between the Towers, the Village and the Dining Center
  • Grow Your Knowledge: Docent-led Canopy Tour from noon to 2 p.m. will meet at Tri-Community Plaza (near City Eats)
  • Levi's-Goodwill Mendables: $5 denim and repairs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Malcolm X Plaza
  • Tabling: various student groups from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Malcolm X Plaza
  • Tabling: student groups, SF Environment and Our Water Our World from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the plaza between the Towers, the Village and the Dining Center
  • Power to the Pedal: Bike Repair Session from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Malcolm X Plaza
  • Chartwells: "Dining in the Dark," highlighting local food sources all day in the City Eats Dining Center
  • Film Screening: Growing Cities noon to 2 p.m. in The Depot in Student Center
  • Film Screening: Cowspiracy from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Towers Conference Center

For more information, read the SF State News Web story, check the University Calendar, or follow Sustainable SF State on Facebook and Twitter.

Retirement planning workshops coming Nov. 4 and 6
Human Resources invites CalPERS members who are within five years of retiring to attend a retirement planning workshop. Each session will cover how retirement benefits are calculated, ways to maximize retirement benefits, the steps that need to be taken prior to retiring and the retirement application process.

Workshops will be held Tuesday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., then again Thursday, Nov. 6, from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The location will be announced closer to the events. To register, log in to MyCalPERS.

Web template updated
The standardized University web template has been updated to correspond to changes made to the University home page in late August. Effective Oct. 13, University websites built in the Drupal 7 DoIT environment reflect these new changes:

  • Purple header and footer areas
  • Responsive design that is mobile- and tablet-friendly
  • An expanded array of column layout options
  • Streamlined header and footer links
  • Bigger font and updated font (Lato)
  • A complete revamp of the underlying markup updated to use HTML5

More than 100 websites on the SF State domain switched to the new template on Oct. 13. Departments and colleges that have not yet made the switch should contact the Web Team at in DoIT to arrange transitioning of their website to DoIT's Drupal 7 environment. The Drupal 7 DoIT environment is the web-building and serving environment supported by the University; other environments are no longer supported.

This template update is part of an ongoing evolution and update of SF State's web presence. Future updates to the interior page templates will offer more features. To recommend changes, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to share opinions and feedback at

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.

Sign up for the webinar on the ideas42 website.

Save the date: Taste of the Bay, Nov. 12
The 18th annual Taste of the Bay gourmet food and wine tasting will be held Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the City View venue at the Metreon (135 Fourth Street, San Francisco). The event, which benefits student scholarships and programs in the Hospitality and Tourism Management program, will feature hors d'oeuvres, tastings of wine, beer and spirits.

Faculty and staff tickets are available for $100 and may be purchased up to the night of the event. For more information, contact David Fierberg, associate director of development for the College of Business, at or ext. 5-3966. Be sure to inquire about a buy-one, get-one-free special offer.

Academic Affairs 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

Academic Senate
The Academic Senate and the Strategic Planning Coordinating Committee will host a forum on the draft strategic plan for the SF State community to discuss on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The event, titled "Make Your Mark," will be held instead of the regularly scheduled Senate meeting. For additional information, read the first item in this issue's News section.

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 and Chair of American Indian Studies Andrew Jolivette, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan and Associate Vice President for International Education Yenbo Wu

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Biology Diana Chu, Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith, Assistant Professor of Psychology Kevin Eschleman and Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel.

Read Newsmakers:

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SF State received $7,036,212 in grants and contracts in September 2014.

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

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

Saturday, Oct. 18
Conference: Revolutions: Politically Subversive Cinema: 11 a.m.

Volleyball Hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 7 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 19
Men's Soccer Hosting UC San Diego: 11:30 a.m.

Women's Soccer Hosting UC San Diego: 2 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 20
Recital: Flute students of Linda Lukas: 1:10 p.m.

Film Screening: Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers: 6 p.m.

Reading: Writers on Writing: Don Waters: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 21
Lecture: How Papermaking in Early Medieval Baghdad Changed Everything, Including Judaism: 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 22
Campus Sustainability Day: 11 a.m.

Levi's Mendable Event: 11 a.m.

Men's Soccer Hosting Hawai'i, Hilo: 1 p.m.

Recital: Jassen Todorov, violin, and Roger Woodward, piano: 1:10 p.m.

Women's Soccer Hosting Hawai'i, Hilo: 3 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 23
NERT Emergency Training: 8:30 a.m.

Lecture: Domestic Violence and the Welfare State: 12:30 p.m.

Film: Shanghai Documentary Film Workshop: 5 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 24
Alumni & Family Weekend

Recital: Susan Lamb Cook, cello, and Gayle Blankenburg, piano: 1:10 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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