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Volume 61, Number 29    April 14, 2014         

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Study Abroad Fair April 16-17
Faculty are asked to encourage students to attend the Spring Study Abroad Fair at Malcolm X Plaza April 16 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The fair is an excellent opportunity to learn about study abroad programs and to meet international students and study abroad alumni. Students and alumni will staff tables for each country with opportunities to study for academic credit.

Joseph Greenwell Farewell Celebration, April 22
The campus community is invited to say farewell to Joseph Greenwell, dean of students, on Tuesday, April 22 from 3 to 5 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall, Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Those who plan to attend are asked to RSVP by April 18 to If you would like to make a donation toward a gift ($5-10), it should be delivered to Connie Tallerico in SSB 403 (checks should be made payable to Connie Tallerico) by April 18.

Greenwell will not be going far; he will be a Cal Bear, just across the Bay Bridge.

UWA spring events
The University Women's Association (UWA), a campus organization, invites the campus community to join them in their spring events:

Hass-Lilienthal House tour
Join the UWA's private, docent-led tour of the Hass-Lilienthal House, a Queen Anne Victorian at 1700 Franklin Street on Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. The cost of the tour is $12 per person. An optional dinner will be held afterward at the nearby House of Prime Rib (1906 Van Ness Avenue). Make checks payable to "UWA" and send to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. RSVP by April 15. Questions? Contact Lin Ivory at or (415) 721-7432.

Vista Room luncheon May 2
The UWA spring luncheon will be held in the Vista Room on Friday May 2 from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The cost of $20 includes wine and a choice of appetizer (tofu/eggplant/shitake noodle soup or green bean/tomato salad with lemon herb dressing), entree (lamb chops, salmon or pasta) and dessert (chocolate-orange ice soufflé or assorted fresh fruit). RSVP with a check and menu selections by Wednesday, April 23 to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Make checks payable to UWA.

Celebrate honors graduates by ushering
Every year, the University Women's Association helps celebrate the accomplishment of outstanding graduating students by ushering at the Honors Convocation. This year, the UWA is seeking volunteers -- faculty, staff and students -- to help them usher at the May 22 event. Interested? E-mail Jeanne Mangerich or call (650) 892-5359. Those who volunteer by April 18 will be listed in the program. Ushers are invited to enjoy the post-ceremony reception in Jack Adams Hall.

About the University Women's Association
Since 1946, the UWA has cultivated community spirit at SF State and has brought together members of the campus community for fun and scholarship fundraising. Membership is open to women employees and their partners, as well as others who support their mission, including men. Interested? Visit the UWA website to learn more or join

Welcome Days call for programs
Welcome Days 2014 will welcome new students and their families from Thursday, Aug. 21 to Tuesday, Aug. 26 on the main campus. The call for programs is open for new department open houses and information workshops scheduled for Friday, Aug. 22.

Complete the online form to submit proposals. Proposals must be submitted by midnight Friday, April 25, 2014. Visit for more information. E-mail questions to

Anne Carson reading April 25
The Center for Modern Greek Studies and the Nikos Kazantzakis Chair, in cooperation with the Department of English and the Friends of the J. Paul Leonard Library, invite the campus community to a reading by Anne Carson, a MacArthur-award winner, classical scholar, poet and translator who teaches classics and creative writing at New York University. Carson will read from her latest work on Friday, April 25 at 7 p.m. in HUM 133. The event is free and open to the public. Questions? E-mail

Poetry month at the Sutro Library
The Sutro Library is celebrating National Poetry Month with an exhibit of rare works from the original private collection of Adolph Sutro, including Shakespeare's First Folio, an original King James Bible and a 16th century book of Petrarch's sonnets. The exhibition, located on the fifth floor of the J. Paul Leonard Library, is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through April 30.

Part of the California State Library, the Sutro Library is well known for having one of the premier genealogy and local history collections in the United States; it is less well known as the home to a unique, world-class collection that was once in the private library of Adolph Sutro. With the intent to build a public research library for the city of San Francisco, Sutro traveled the world buying rare books, archival collections, maps, pamphlets, and scientific and engineering journals.

Third Monday health & wellness
The newly formed SF State Health and Wellness Coalition is looking for students, staff and faculty from all departments to join together to address wide-reaching health and wellness issues on campus. The group meets the third Monday of every month from 9 to 10 a.m. The next meeting will be held April 21 in SSB 401. Can't make it to the meeting, but want to help make SF State a healthier place to work, study and play? E-mail Morgan Weinert to be added to the coalition’s listserv.

Third Thursday brown bag event
The Peer Education/Health Affinity Group invites faculty and staff to a series of monthly meetings focused on building community connection and collegiality through discussion and social interaction. The "Third Thursday" events will be held March 20, April 17 and May 15 from noon to 1:30 p.m. in the Faculty Commons (LIB 286). The first 15 minutes of each get-together will be set aside for meditation or mindfulness practice, with the social time starting at 12:15 p.m.

Become a Safe Zone ally
The SF State Safe Zone Program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become safe zone allies for the campus LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer) community. The Safe Zone aims to foster a safe campus environment through a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. 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 training takes place Friday, April 25 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Library. A light breakfast and lunch will be provided. Contact Rick at or ext. 5-4415 for further details about the training or visit the Safe Zone website.

One-on-One with Provost Sue Rosser
Interested faculty are invited to make a 10-15 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 call ext. 8-1141 to schedule an appointment.

Executive Education at Downtown Campus
The College of Business Enterprise has partnered with the College of Extended Learning to create the Executive Education series of courses at the Downtown Campus. Members of the SF State community (students, staff, alums, faculty) receive a 10 percent discount on registration (the community price for the Sustainable Business Boot Camp is $125). Courses include:

Innovations in Making Mergers and Acquisitions Work (April 22-23)
Ethics & Compliance: Medical Health and Pharmaceutical Practices (April 24)
Learn to Code (every Tuesday May 27 - June 24)
Sustainable Business Boot Camp (May 30)

Also, check out the "Merger Mondays" blog on the subject of mergers and acquisitions, written by Associate Professor of Management Mitchell Marks.

ORSP Research Methods courses continue
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) Research Methods courses, designed to help faculty hone their research skills, have resumed. Upcoming classes include:
• Analysis with the Open source Software Package "R," May 2 in HSS 290 (time to be announced)
• Summer Institute, June 9-11 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in LIB 222

Data visualization workshop using Tableau
The Office of Research & Sponsored Programs is offering a workshop on visualizing data using the software tool Tableau on Thursday, April 24 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 244. Participants will learn how to use Tableau software to manipulate, analyze and visualize "Big" -- and "Small" -- Data. A workshop presenter from Tableau will be on hand to illustrate tools and techniques. For more information or to register, visit the workshop Web page .


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Judith Munter appointed dean of the Graduate College of Education
The University has appointed Judith Munter as the next dean of the Graduate College of Education, effective July 1. Munter has served as associate dean of the College of Education at the University of Texas at El Paso since 2004.

"Dr. Munter brings a wealth of experience in teacher preparation and administration to SF State, and I am excited she will lead the Graduate College of Education as it prepares the next generation of teachers," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser. "In particular, her bilingual and international experience, as well as her statewide leadership in teacher education, will greatly benefit our efforts to train teachers who are deeply engaged with their communities and able to serve diverse populations of students."

As dean, Munter will oversee a college of more than 1,000 students and 85 faculty members and will work with students, faculty and staff to foster student success and academic excellence through research, scholarship and community service. Her responsibilities will also include setting the college's priorities and managing college budgets, promoting relationships with alumni, leading fundraising efforts and building partnerships with the external community.

Munter received a bachelor's degree in elementary education and public health education from the University of Wisconsin, a master's degree in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) from Florida International University and a Ph.D. in educational foundations and policy from Florida State University.

She will take over for Betsy Kean, who has served as SF State's interim dean of the Graduate College of Education since July 2012.

"Dr. Kean has provided outstanding leadership to the College over the last two academic years and I want to thank her for her service," Rosser said.

Dean Taylor to retire
After 35 years of service and leadership in the College of Health and Social Sciences, Dean Don Taylor has announced his retirement. Dean Taylor's final day on campus will be June 30.

In 1978, Taylor joined SF State's faculty as a lecturer in the department of Recreation and Leisure Studies, now known as Recreation, Parks, and Tourism. An avid outdoorsman, Taylor taught courses on adventure recreation and organizational leadership during his tenure. He chaired the department from 1995 to 2001.

Since his 2006 appointment to dean of the College of Health and Social Sciences, Taylor has provided strategic leadership for 19 departments, programs and institutes, as well as the Schools of Nursing, Social Work and Public Affairs & Civic Engagement.

Provost Sue Rosser has announced the appointment of Alvin Alvarez to the position of interim dean. Alvarez is a professor of counseling and has served as associate dean since 2011.

"Dean Taylor provided invaluable guidance to the faculty, staff and students of the College of Health and Social Sciences," said Rosser. "I’m grateful to Dean Taylor for his leadership and I am confident Alvin Alvarez will continue his legacy of excellence."

Farm to Fork Lunch April 17
The annual Farm to Fork Lunch returns Thursday, April 17 on the Quad, with three seatings: 11:15 a.m., noon and 12:45 p.m. The lunch will feature a four-course vegetarian meal served by students and prepared by Chartwells using only local and sustainably grown food -- some of which will come from the Mary Park Community Garden.

Local farmers will join diners at the table to share the meal and talk about their farms and sustainability. View photos of the 2013 Farm to Fork event.

To purchase tickets, visit the Bursar's website and follow the "Web Payment: Using Credit Card and e-Checks" link at the top of the right column (log in and follow the "additional fees" button). Tickets are $8 each and major credit cards and electronic checks are accepted. You can also pay in-person at the Bursar’s office. Questions? E-mail Nick Kordesch or Caitlin Steele.

Campus-based search for associate dean, Division of Undergraduate Studies
Academic Affairs is seeking applications and nominations from on-campus personnel for the position of associate dean of the Division of Undergraduate Studies . Applicants must have a strong record of experience and leadership in undergraduate education. The position description and application procedures are posted on the Academic Affairs website at

Review of applications and nominations for this campus-based, internal search will begin April 21. The search Committee members are:

  • Hildy Heath, director of international education
  • Mi-Sook Kim, chair of kinesiology
  • Julia Lewis, professor of psychology
  • Rosalind On, academic counselor, Advising Center
  • Todd Roehrman, associate dean, Liberal & Creative Arts

Academic Administrative Review
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser
The Administrative Review Committee (ARC) invites contributions from members of the campus community as part of the academic administrative review for Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser. The Administrative Review Committee Chair is Trevor Getz, professor of history, and the support staff is Rosa Barragan, presidential aide, Office of the President.

Members of the campus community who would like to participate can do so by visiting

In keeping with the procedures for administrative review set out by the Academic Senate, the committees will not accept any anonymous responses. However, the ARCs will preserve the confidentiality of those who submit evaluations, within the limits of the law, and individual responses will not be shown to the administrator under review.

RTP workshop added
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to participate in one of the following workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. The workshops will be conducted by Sacha Bunge, dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development. Faculty members who are planning to be reviewed in the next several years are encouraged to attend. The workshops have been organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, but topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so feel free to attend the workshop that best fits your schedule. A date has been added for faculty who are preparing for promotion to full professor.

  • Faculty applying in fall 2014 for tenure and promotion to associate professor:
    • Thursday, April 10 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 222
    • Friday, April 11 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 222
  • Faculty in their second through fifth year: Tuesday, April 15 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 222
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor: Wednesday, April 30 from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 222

To register, RSVP with the workshop date to

Retirement Association Travel Grants awarded
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association has awarded travel grants to five faculty members:

  • Diane Allen, Physical Therapy
  • Stephen Kane, Physics & Astronomy
  • Paulina Latkova, Recreation, Parks & Tourism
  • John Logan, Labor & Employment Studies
  • Ravinder Sehgal, Biology

The Travel Grant Committee received a large number of applications and it regrets that it could not fund more of the many excellent proposals. Anyone who would like to support the Retirement Association's grant giving or become a member should contact Thomas Spencer, president, at

Accessible Adventures Day
Be a part of the first SF State Accessible Adventures Day on Tuesday, April 15 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Malcolm X Plaza. It's all about accessible adventures and recreational activities available to students, staff and faculty with disabilities, and their fellow students and colleagues. Learn about the possibilities for inclusive, active and creative fun. This is a free campus-wide event and everyone is invited.

Participants can:

  • Check out demos of accessibly designed sports and travel equipment
  • Test ride adaptive cycles
  • Enjoy performances and inclusive games
  • Learn about courses and programs that offer unique accessible and inclusive activities, services and adventures
  • Discover accessible adventures in the Bay Area and beyond from more than 20 organizations

Accessible Adventures Day is cosponsored by the Disability Programs Resource Center, the Department of Recreation, Parks & Tourism, and Campus Recreation. Learn more on the Campus Recreation website. Contact Todd Higgins in the DPRC at by April 7 to request reasonable accommodations for this event.

Academic Technology Summer Institute 2014
Academic Technology invites all instructors to attend the Academic Technology Summer Institute, where participants will explore instructional strategies to enrich courses and receive customized support for individual teaching needs. The two-day institute will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on three occasions:

  • June 3-4 (priority registration for first-time attendees)
  • June 25-26
  • July 8-9 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

This year, there will also be a two-day Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Advanced Institute Aug. 12-13.

Register online at Need more information? Visit the AT website, e-mail questions and comments to or call ext. 5-5550. Enrollment is limited. SF State faculty who register by May 29 will receive priority. Lunch and refreshments will be provided.

Founder's Day Challenge met
We did it! The campus community responded to the Founder's Day Challenge by surpassing the goal of 1,899 donors for the month of March with contributions from 2,032 donors, for a total of $332,376 in gifts and pledges. University Development extends their heartfelt gratitude to the SF State community for bringing together alumni, students, faculty, staff, parents and friends to meet this important goal. Read more at

Academic Senate
Action items from the April 8 Academic Senate meeting, as well as the agenda for the April 22 meeting, will appear in the next issue of CampusMemo.

Candidates for Staff Representative to the Academic Senate
Candidates for Staff Representative to the Academic Senate have been nominated. The candidates' positions statements are available on the Senate's website. The election will begin Friday, April 18 and will run through noon Friday, April 25.

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 Professors of Management Antoaneta Petkova and Eric Lamm, Associate Professor of Decision Sciences Theresa Roeder, Director of Strategic Organizational Initiatives Aaron Anderson, Professor of English and Comparative and World Literature Ellen Peel and Associate Professor of Social Work Yeon-Shim Lee

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell, Associate Professor of Biology Katharyn Boyer and Chairman of the SF State Foundation Board John Gumas.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Celebrating National Poetry Month at the Sutro Library: through April 30

Music of the Italian Masters: Sight, Sound, Emotion: through May 30

Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: through July 1

Recital: Clarinet students of Tony Striplen: 1:10 p.m.

Consent Week: The Enthusiastic YES!: noon

Lecture: Ronee Blakley: Making the Film Nashville: 10 a.m.

Debate: Assembly District 17 candidates Chiu & Campos: 12:40 p.m.

Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Lynn Roller: From Phrygia to Greece and Back Again: Greek Impact on Anatolia: 7 p.m.

Farm to Fork: 11:10 a.m.

Poetry: Sidebrow Books authors Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Sandy Florian: 4:30 p.m.

Theatre: The Good Body by Eve Ensler: 7 p.m.

Theatre: In Hollow Time: 8 p.m.

Recital: Avalos Competition winner Aiyana Liu: 1:10 p.m.

Theatre: In Hollow Time: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
April 19: Theatre: In Hollow Time: 8 p.m.

April 20: Theatre: In Hollow Time: 2 p.m.

April 20: Concert: Orquesta Aragon: 6 p.m.

April 21: Lecture/demonstration: Orquesta Aragon: 1:10 p.m.

April 22: Lecture: Miracles of Hyakunin Isshu: How Japan's beloved 100 classical poems became card games: 4:10 p.m.

April 22: Game: Let's Learn Hyakunin Isshu Poetry Identifying Game from Mr. Takao ITO: 5:10 p.m.

April 22: Film: Living Downstream and Panel Discussion The Science of our Changing Environment: 7 p.m.

April 23: Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m.

April 23: Book reading/signing: Robert Coover: The Brunist Day of Wrath: 2 p.m.

April 23: Lecture: Dennis Campbell: Broken Oaths and Spilled Blood: Rebellion in the Hittite Kingdom: 7 p.m.

April 24: Poetry: Hazel White and Sabrina Dalla Valle: 4:30 p.m.

April 24: Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 8 p.m.

April 25-May 2: Spring Cleanup

April 25: Recital: McKee Competition winner Andrew Hall: 1:10 p.m.

April 25: Reading: Poet Anne Carson: 7 p.m.

April 25: Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 8 p.m.

April 26: Concert: Gospel Gators 10th Anniversary Reunion: 7 p.m.

April 26: Celebration: Senior Art Exposition: noon

April 26: Theatre: Greenhouse: 2 p.m.

April 26: Theatre: Greenhouse: 4 p.m.

April 26: Theatre: Greenhouse: 7 p.m.

April 26: Poetry: Mei-mei Berssenbrugge and Susan Gervitz: 7:30 p.m.

April 26: Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 8 p.m.

April 27: Opera: Beatrice and Benedick: 2 p.m.

April 27: Theatre: Greenhouse: 5 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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