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Volume 62, Number 4    September 5, 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.

Brown bag benefits workshop Sept. 15
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, Medicare plans/coordination 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.

Exploring the Sutro Library's Treasures: Lecture Series
The Sutro Library will host historian Gary Kurutz, who will deliver the lecture "Romanticizing the Frontier: Anglo-European Encounters with Native American Peoples" on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. in the fifth floor reading room of the J. Paul Leonard Library. In the talk, Kurutz will discuss the significance of the illustrated works of artists such as Karl Bodmer and George Catlin, who devoted their lives to recording the customs, clothing and manners of Native American tribes, some on the brink of extinction. Kurutz is the emeritus special collections curator for the California State Library and is an author and lecturer on California history and Western Americana.

For more information, contact the Sutro Library at ext. (415) 469-6100 or

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.

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.

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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Carrigan to head Undergraduate Admissions
Edward Carrigan has been named interim director of Undergraduate Admissions for the 2014-15 academic year. His appointment took effect Sept. 1. Having served as associate director of Undergraduate Admissions for the past six years, Carrigan has a deep understanding of the functions and processes involved, as well as a solid technical understanding of the admissions function under the new Campus Solutions system. He has been with the University since 1985. Faculty or staff with questions about Undergraduate Admissions may contact Carrigan at or ext. 8-7211.

Fiscal Affairs AVP candidates candidate visits begin Sept. 5
The campus community is encouraged to attend open forums to meet the three finalists for the associate vice president of Fiscal Affairs position. Forums will be held in the Seven Hills Conference Center and will include a brief candidate presentation, followed by a question and answer session. A Qualtrics survey will be made available to gather candidate feedback for the search committee. The forums are scheduled for:

  • Friday, Sept. 5, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.: Christopher Rau, director of finance /chief business officer, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Wednesday, Sept. 10, 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.: Maureen Pasag, director of Audit & Advisory Services, SF State
  • Thursday, Sept. 11, 1:15 to 2:15 p.m.: Thomas Davis, chief financial officer and vice president for business and finance, Averett University, Danville, Virginia

Employees may view the candidate profiles at

The forums are University business. Employees who choose to attend these meetings are not required to use their personal or vacation time.

Pact with CETYS of Mexico for cooperation, scholar and student exchanges
SF State has signed a memorandum of understanding with Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior (CETYS Universidad) of Baja California, Mexico to establish cooperation between the two entities. For SF State, it’s the first such partnership with an institution in Mexico.

The agreement will further collaboration efforts and the exchange of faculty members, students and staff for mutual benefit, such as cooperative research. Other activities to be considered include participation in joint conferences and events; short visits, courses, seminars and professional programs; and joint initiatives on community service learning and civil engagement. Each entity will maintain its independence while developing arrangements for exchanges and the mutual recognition of academic credits and degrees.

Read more at SF State News:

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 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)

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 website.

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 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:

  • Monday, Sept. 8, 10:30 a.m.-noon in LIB 244

Alumni & Family Weekend, Oct. 24-26
The Alumni Association invites SF State alumni, families and students to the annual Alumni & Family Weekend Oct. 24 to 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 for more information or sign up at Faculty and staff are also welcome to attend.

Open Data: Challenges and Best Practices, Tuesday, Sept. 9
The campus community is invited to the panel "Open Data: Challenges and Best Practices at SF State" at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 9, in LIB 121. The panel will explore challenges, best practices and how everyone benefits in opening up data to the community, with an emphasis on the use of open data by students, staff and faculty in class projects, planning and instruction.

Visit to RSVP and for more information, including the list of panelists.

Fall CSL opportunities fair Sept. 10
Faculty are encouraged to tell their students about the Fall 2014 CSL Nonprofit & Government Agency Fair Sept. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quad. The Institute for Civic and Community Engagement's Community Service Learning (CSL) program will host the free event, which will bring more than 50 Bay Area organizations to campus to recruit volunteers, interns and service learners, as well as inform the community about the services and opportunities they offer.

Nasser Plaza dedication, Thursday, Sept. 11
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 Thursday, Sept. 11 from 4 to 6 p.m., the plaza in front of the Gymnasium will be renamed the Don Nasser Family Plaza. The ceremony will include a ribbon-cutting and the official reopening of the gym. For more information or to RSVP, call ext. 5-3618 or e-mail

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:

  • Review of rules and operations of the Senate
  • Resolution of commendation for Helen Goldsmith
  • Resolution of thanks for staff managing the Campus Solutions conversion
  • Summer calendar
  • Strategic Plan discussion
  • Nominations for Board of Appeals and Review Committee (BOAR) and Professional Development Council (PDC) representatives

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

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This week in Insiders: Latina/Latino & Ethnic Studies Lecturer Maya Chinchilla

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Biology Kathy Boyer, Professor Emeritus of History Bill Issel, Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov and Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith.

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Shenny Cruces: Keys: through January 5, 2015

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

Sept. 9: Open Data: Challenges and Best Practices panel: 2 p.m.

Sept. 9: Men's Soccer hosting Holy Names: 3 p.m.

Sept. 11: The 13th Jules Tygiel Memorial Forum on Post-9/11 World Affairs: 3 p.m.

Sept. 11: Don Nasser Family Plaza Dedication and Gymnasium Reopening: 4 p.m.

Sept. 11: Poetry reading: Andrew Joron and Julie Carr: 4:30 p.m.

Sept. 11: Steve Wilson Lecture Series: Joseph DeLappe: 5:30 p.m.

Sept. 11: The Relationship between Historical Instruments and Performance Practice: 6:10 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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