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Volume 62, Number 8    October 3, 2014         

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Love Boat: Taiwan
to screen today

Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Valerie Soe will screen and discuss her documentary work-in-progress film Love Boat: Taiwan today, Oct. 3, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in EP 116. The film looks at the Expatriate Formosa Youth Study Tour to Taiwan (a.k.a. the Taiwan Love Boat), a cultural immersion program well known in Taiwanese American communities.

Fall 2015 student application open
The registration period for fall 2015 opened Oct. 1 and will run through Nov. 30. During this time, prospective and transfer students may apply for admission to SF State by visiting the Future Students website.

October is Food
Awareness Month

Holistic Health Studies and the Department of Health Education invite the campus community to a series of lectures for Food Awareness Month to be held Mondays from 5:15 to 6:55 p.m. in HSS 306:

• Oct. 6: Mass-Produced Food: Quality and Safety Issues (GMOs, pesticides, etc.)
• Oct. 13: Critical Look at Popular Diets: Vegetarian, Raw, Paleo and Traditional
• Oct. 20: Food Addictions, Support for Digestive Health and Food as Medicine
• Oct. 27: Celebrating Honest Food -- Affordable, Healthy, Tasty and Mindful Meals (with local farmers, farmer's markets and the eco-social justice/ community).

During the week leading up to National Food Day on Friday, Oct. 24, the Institute for Holistic Health Studies and the Department of Health Education will present daily educational activities, including lunchtime films, cooking demonstrations and workshops on food preparation and preservation skills.

For more information, visit the Holistic Health Learning Center website or HSS 329.

Ludlow miners' strike centennial colloquium
The Nikos Kazantzakis Chair of the Center for Modern Greek Studies -- in cooperation with the Departments of English, History and Humanities, the Labor Archives and Research Center and the American Studies program -- invite the campus community to a special colloquium on the 100-year anniversary of the Ludlow miners' strike and massacre, one of the most tragic events in American labor history. The colloquium will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 3, in HUM 587. The event is free and open to the public. E-mail questions to or visit the Modern Greek Studies website for more information.

Reception to celebrate faculty tenure, promotion
A campus-wide celebration in honor of faculty who were granted tenure and/or promoted this year will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the Seven Hills Conference Center. The tenure and promotions list is available at the Faculty Affairs website.

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.

Campus 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

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.


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Castillo to direct Undergraduate Advising Center
Following a national search, Francisco Castillo was appointed director of the Undergraduate Advising Center (UAC), effective Oct. 6.

Castillo comes to SF State most recently from San Jose State University, where he served as the assistant director of the Engineering Student Success Center. With more than 10 years of experience coordinating academic support services and providing academic counseling, Castillo brings to the UAC expertise in developing proactive student success and retention programs. He earned his B.A. in Chicana and Chicano Studies from UC Santa Barbara and his M.S. in counseling from CSU Long Beach. He is currently completing his Ed.D. in educational leadership at SF State.

Dean of Undergraduate Studies Jennifer Summit observed, "Francisco Castillo was a perfect fit for our needs at SF State. He brings a broad knowledge of best practices in both university- and college-based advising centers, a deep understanding of our students' advising needs and a fresh vision for leading UAC into the future."

Last week for benefits open enrollment
The open enrollment period for benefits has begun and will run through Oct. 10. During this time, eligible faculty and staff may:

  • Change health and/or 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). Currently enrolled employees MUST submit new forms to continue deductions for 2015

Employees are urged to carefully review their health plan's Evidence of Coverage publication. The CalPERS open enrollment brochure may also be downloaded from the CalPERS website.

Benefit & Retirement Services staff are available for drop-in visits and appointments regarding open enrollment through Oct. 10 as follows:

  • 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.

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

CSU International Program seeks resident director applicants
The CSU Chancellor's Office is now accepting applications for four international program resident directors. The resident directors will each serve full time for 12 months in China, France, Italy and Spain.

The CSU resident director positions provide qualified faculty with the opportunity to develop administrative skills, be a vital part of the special experience of students involved in intercultural learning and utilize their international communication skills in a rewarding professional environment. Faculty from all disciplines who have never had the opportunity to serve in one of these positions are encouraged to apply.

Applications, including references, must be received in the Office of International Programs by Dec. 1. Personal interviews of the finalists will be conducted at the Chancellor's Office in Long Beach. To be considered for an appointment, applicants must be available for an interview on Feb. 19 or Feb. 20, 2015.

Faculty selected for the appointments will continue to be campus employees during the year they are abroad and will be paid by their campus during that time. If the faculty member is currently in a 10-month (academic year) position, they will be moved to a 12-month position, resulting in an increase of approximately 15 percent, plus an additional 10 percent for the overseas assignment. The additional 10 percent is designed partially to compensate the resident director for expenses associated with overseas service, as no additional compensation for such expenses is provided. CSU International Programs will also provide round-trip airfare and limited travel expenses for resident directors, but not for dependents.

To be eligible, faculty must:

  • Be tenured or tenure-track faculty in a full-time teaching or administrative position (FERP faculty are not eligible)
  • Have the appropriate terminal degree for the candidate's discipline
  • Have appropriate overseas experience
  • Have appropriate foreign language skills

Faculty members who have already served as resident directors may not apply for a resident director position for the next two years. Applicants will submit self-evaluations of their language skills and a language professional will conduct a 15- to 20-minute independent interview with each applicant prior to the applicant's interview with the Faculty Affairs Committee.

For more information and the 2016-17 application packet, visit Questions? Contact Associate Professor of Social Work Jocelyn Hermoso, the SF State representative to the CSU Academic Council for International Programs, at or ext. 8-6187.

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
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
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 from 2 to 2:10 p.m. will provide an informal opportunity to raise questions or make comments to Senate officers or University administrators. The agenda will include:

  • Hear a report on the University budget from Vice President of Administration and Finance Ron Cortez
  • Discuss the Hunters Point shipyard innovation district with President Les Wong
  • Consider a resolution on Student Success fees
  • Consider 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
  • Consider a revision to the Emerita/Emeritus Status Policy

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 American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins and Professor of Theatre Arts Jo Tomalin

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Health Education Ramon Castellblanch and Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education Administration and Interdisciplinary Studies Jeff Duncan-Andrade.

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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

Shenny Cruces: Keys: through Jan. 5, 2015

Friday, Oct. 3
Colloquium: 100-Year Anniversary of the Ludlow Massacre: 10 a.m.

Talk: Working Abroad for the U.S. Foreign Service: noon

Recital: Sound and Social Justice Collective: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Many Masters? Rethinking the Labor Republican Critique of Capitalist Employment: 4 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 6
GGNRA Mobile Trailhead: 10 a.m.

Reading: Writers on Writing: John Birdsall: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 7
Film: Blood Rising: The Murders of Women in a Border City: 2:10 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 9
Lecture: Performing Queer Failure: From Orientalism to Incarceration: 12:30 p.m.

Lecture: Environmental Justice in Guatemala: 2 p.m.

Film: Queer Shorts at SF State: 5 p.m.

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7 p.m.

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

Volleyball Hosting Chico State: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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