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Volume 60, Number 34    May 13, 2013         

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CampusMemo summer schedule nears
The last weekly issue of CampusMemo will be published May 20. Until the end of the spring semester, CampusMemo will publish monthly. During the summer, CampusMemo will be published June 24 and July 29. Weekly publication will resume at the start of the fall semester on Aug. 26.

Campus as a Living Lab pre-proposals due May 13
Pre-proposals for "The Campus as a Living Lab" grant program are due by close of business on May 13. The divisions of Business and Finance, Academic Affairs and the Systemwide Academic Senate have partnered to offer this unique opportunity to use the campus as a forum for the exploration of sustainability concepts and theories. It will provide funds of up to $12,000 for the development or redesign of a course that:
• Ties elements of sustainability into opportunities for learning using the campus physical plant
• The creation of an interdisciplinary Learning Community focused on campus sustainability

Send pre-proposals to Caitlin Steele by close of business on Monday, May 13. The campus sustainability committee will screen submissions. Questions? Contact Caitlin Steele at or ext. 5-3868. Details of the program can be found at the "Campus as a Living Lab" website.

Welcome Days call for programs ends May 15
Welcome Days 2013 will welcome new students and their families from Thursday, Aug. 22 to Tuesday, Aug. 27 on the main campus. The call for programs is open for new department open houses and information workshops scheduled for Friday, Aug. 23, 2013.

Complete the online form to submit proposals. Proposals must be submitted by midnight Wednesday, May 15. Visit for more information. E-mail questions to

Suicide Prevention Conference proposals due May 15
On Friday October 18, 2013 the San Francisco State University Student Mental Health Initiative presents the Suicide Prevention Regional Conference sponsored by CalMHSA and Proposition 63. The conference theme is "We All Matter: Creating a Community of Caring." Counseling and Psychological Services Center, Active Minds and campus partners invite mental health professionals, students, faculty and staff to submit proposals on suicide prevention best practices among college campus communities. Proposals may be based on research, program development, training and peer education. Participants are encouraged to submit proposals that address suicide prevention among culturally diverse and historically underserved and underrepresented students. Proposals must be received by May 15.

To access proposal forms or obtain more information, visit the Suicide Prevention conference Web page. Send questions to Graduate Student Assistant Gary Lamm or Yolanda Gamboa.

Judy Ott memorial May 16
A memorial for longtime SF State staff member Judith Anne (Judy) Ott has been scheduled for 11 a.m. on May 16 at the Lakeside Presbyterian Church, 201 Eucalyptus Drive, San Francisco. Ott passed away April 23. Contribute to the Judith Anne Ott Scholarship fund by sending a check to University Development, ADM 153; checks should be made out to "The University Corporation, San Francisco State" and the memo line should read "Judith Anne Ott Scholarship Fund," or give online.

Motion Capture Experiment
Professors Kate Hamel, Ph.D., David Matsumoto, Ph.D., and Hyisung Hwang, Ph.D. from the departments of Kinesiology and Psychology are seeking participants for a research study on behavior at security checkpoints.

To be eligible, you must:
• Be a Caucasian American male between the ages of 18 and 35
• Be a member of a group with a cause (political or activist) that has an opposing group, and a history of conflict between the two groups
• Have no major health problems
• Not be a current or former member of the military or police.

Participants will:
• Make one visit to the MAREY Laboratory on campus (approximately 2.5 hours)
• Complete several short questionnaires
• Walk through a security checkpoint several times while movement is monitored

Participants may make between $25 and $50 depending on performance. If interested in participating, call the MAREY lab at ext. 8-3921 or send an e-mail to This study has been approved by the SFSU IRB #H13-01b.

Summer Swim Lessons
The Campus Recreation Department is hosting Summer Swim Lessons for youth and adults from 9 a.m. to noon, Mondays through Thursdays and Saturdays starting June 17. For more information or to register, visit the Campus Recreation swim Web page.

Summer Campus Recreation memberships
Summer is just around the corner and faculty/staff summer break memberships are available in the Campus Recreation department for only $50. For more information or to register, visit the Campus Recreation website membership page.


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Gifts for the graduating gator
Not sure what to get that special graduate? Treat them to a gift with a gator connection. The talented SF State alumni and faculty offer a plethora of options for congratulatory gift giving.

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Administration and Finance VP/CFO candidates visit this week
The campus community is invited to attend presentations by the three finalists for the Vice President for Administration and Finance/Chief Financial Officer position. The campus visits have been scheduled for 3 p.m. on Monday, May 13 and Wednesday, May 15 in the Nob Hill Room of the Seven Hills Conference Center. The meeting on Thursday, May 16 will be held in the Richmond Room of the Towers Conference Center.

  • Monday, May 13: Ronald Cortez, associate vice chancellor for Administrative Services, University of California, Santa Barbara
  • Wednesday, May 15: Thomas L. Davis, vice president for Business and Finance and chief financial officer, Averett University, Danville, Virginia
  • Thursday, May 16: Agnes Wong Nickerson, associate vice president for Fiscal Affairs, SF State

Academic Technology Summer Institute 2013
Academic Technology invites faculty to participate in a two-day Summer Institute. The institute is designed to help faculty explore instructional strategies to enrich courses and will offer customized support for individual teaching needs.

Two sessions of the institute will be held, with priority given to first-time attendees:

  • June 4-5 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • June 18-19 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Institutes are hands-on, with interactive demonstrations and engaging activities for participants to:

  • Explore instructional activities for online teaching
  • Develop interactive approaches to student engagement
  • Learn about campus-supported technologies
  • Receive one-on-one instructional design support.

Enrollment is limited, so faculty who register by May 29 will receive priority. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Register online at or visit the Academic Technology Summer Institute Web page for more information. E-mail questions and comments to or call ext. 5-5550.

Academic Technology welcomes persons with disabilities and will provide reasonable accommodations upon request. To request reasonable accommodations for this event, contact Nora Scully by May 30 at ext. 5-5539 or

Day of Civic Hacking at SF State June 1-2
The campus community is invited to join the San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking on the weekend of June 1-2 in BUS 104. As part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, developers, designers, scientists, artists, educators, entrepreneurs, students and activists will collaboratively create, build and invent new solutions using publicly released data, code and technology to solve challenges relevant to our neighborhoods, our cities, our states and our country.

Participants will be provided with challenges, datasets, food and caffeine, as well as technical assistance and mentors to assist in the building of new, faster and smarter tools.

Participants will bring their laptops, skills, ideas and a collaborative, team-focused mindset. A wide range of skills are needed, so backend technical persons, designers, students and data geeks are all invited to join the effort.

To submit a local challenge, visit Those who would like to become a sponsor should visit

Space is limited, so register now at

San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking is a collaboration between Engine Advocacy and San Francisco State University and is part of the National Day of Civic Hacking, which will be observed across the country.

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

  • Heard a brief Chair's Report from Professor Hanley
  • Heard reports from standing committee Chairs and CSU Senators
  • Approved the proposed resolution in support of the Guidelines for the First-Year Experience Student Learning Outcomes
  • Approved the proposed revisions to the Teaching Evaluations Policy
  • Approved the proposed revisions to the Leaves with Pay Policy
  • Approved the discontinuance of the Minor in Social Science
  • Reviewed the proposed Academic Freedom Policy. This item remains in first reading
  • Approved the proposed revisions to the Academic Freedom Committee Policy as amended

Academic Senate election result
In the recently completed University-wide elections, the following individuals were elected to serve:

Academic Freedom Committee:

  • Martin Carcieri, associate professor, Political Science
  • Christine Brandes, assistant professor, School of Music & Dance

At-Large Academic Senators:

  • Sara Hackenberg, associate professor, English
  • Lawrence Hanley, associate professor, English
  • Mohammad Salama, associate professor, Foreign Languages & Literature
  • Genie Stowers, professor, Public Administration
  • Cynthia Wilczak, associate professor, Anthropology

CSU Academic Senator:

  • Robert Keith Collins, assistant professor, American Indian Studies
  • Isabelle Pelaud, associate professor, Asian American Studies
  • Darlene Yee-Melichar, professor, Gerontology

Honorary Degree Committee:

  • George Leonard, professor, Humanities
  • Venise Wagner, associate professor, Journalism

University Advancement Activities Advisory Board:

  • Wei Ming Dariotis, associate professor, Asian American Studies

University Tenure & Promotions Committee (UTPC):

  • Betsy Blosser, professor, Broadcast & Electronic Communication Arts
  • Diane Harris, professor, Psychology
  • Marlon Hom, professor, Asian American Studies

University Faculty Search Committee Pool

  • All Nominees for the Faculty Search Committee Pool were elected for the 2013-2015 term

Academic Senate 2012-13 Elections Committee:

  • Gabriela Alvarenga, academic counselor for the Academic Advising Center
  • Nathan Avani, professor and chair of Secondary Education
  • David Hellman, collection development coordinator for the Library

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

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This week in Insiders: Professor and Chair of American Indian Studies Andrew Jolivette, Dean of the College of Business Linda Oubré, Theatre Arts Lecturer Mark Jackson and Journalism Lecturer Jim Toland

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Professor of Urban Studies and Planning Jasper Rubin, Professor of Management John Sullivan, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Isabelle Pelaud and Assistant Professor of Asian Studies Valerie Soe.

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Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: April 27 through May 24

Bren Ahern: An Early Sampling: Through Aug. 1

Marching Through History with Cesar Chavez and the Farm Workers: through Sept. 30

May 13: Film Previews: 10 a.m.

May 13: Recital: Piano students: 1:10 p.m.

May 14: Film Previews: 10 a.m.

May 14: Meet New San Francisco State President Les Wong: 6 p.m.

May 14: Concert: Thomas Martin, double bass: 7 p.m.

May 15: Recital: Annual Happy Concert: 1:10 p.m.

May 15: Concert: Student chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

May 16: Film: Master of Fine Arts Cinema Thesis Screening: 7:10 p.m.

May 16: Performance: Something Found: 8 p.m.

May 16: Theatre: Asia in Motion 2013: 8 p.m.

May 17: Spring 2013 Last Day of Classes

May 17: Spring Composition Conference: 9 a.m.

May 17: Recital: Rebecca Rischin, clarinet: 1:10 p.m.

May 17: Film: The 53rd Film Finals: 7 p.m.

May 17: Radio and Television: BECAfest: 7 p.m.

May 17: Spring Choral Concert: 8 p.m.

May 17: Theatre: Asia in Motion 2013: 8 p.m.

May 17: Performance: Something Found: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
May 18: Spring 2013 Final Examinations begin

May 18: Theatre: Asia in Motion 2013: 2 p.m.

May 18: Poetry: Nikky Finney: 7 p.m.

May 18: Spring Choral Concert: 8 p.m.

May 20: A Discussion with Dr. Anne Pollock: noon

May 20: Lecture: Tracing the Amplification and Eclipse of Queer Affect in the Circulation of the "Honey Badger" Meme: 4:30 p.m.

May 22: 2013 Graduate Student Awards for Distinguished Achievement: 7 p.m.

May 25: Commencement 2013

May 27: Memorial Day; Offices Closed

May 28: Spring 2013 Department Meetings

May 29: Spring 2013 Evaluation Day

May 30: Personalized Medicine 6.0: 8 a.m.

June 3: Spring 2013 Grading Day

June 3: Spring 2013 Semester Ends; Grades Due

June 6: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: noon

June 7: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: 5:30 p.m.

June 8: Concert: Irving M. Klein International String Competition semifinals: 10 a.m.

June 8: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: 10:30 a.m.

June 9: Legacy Film Festival on Aging: 10:30 a.m.

June 9: Concert: Irving M. Klein International String Competition finals: 4 p.m.

June 10: Summer 2013 R1 and R4 Instruction Begins

June 11: Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute: 2 p.m.

June 16: Concert: San Francisco Young Pianists Competition: 3 p.m.

June 21: Summer 2013 R1 and R4 Census

June 24: Summer 2013 R2 Instruction Begins


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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