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Volume 61, Number 28    April 7, 2014         

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Reception at Alumni Hall Gallery, Friday, April 4
The Alumni Hall Gallery will host a reception and book signing this Friday, April 4, from 3 to 5 p.m. to celebrate alumna Josie Iselin's artwork and new book An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed. The gallery is located in the first-floor lobby of the Administration building.

In the exhibition and her latest book, Iselin (M.F.A., Art, '94), an artist and avid beachcomber, celebrates the unexpected beauty of seaweed, an often overlooked but fundamental aspect of ocean life. Produced on a flatbed scanner, Iselin’s vibrant portraits of ocean flora reveal the exquisite color and extraordinary forms of more than 200 specimens gathered from tidal pools along the California and Maine coasts. For details, visit the exhibit Web page or call ext. 8-2176.

Nonresident Alien Taxation Office has moved
The Nonresident Alien Taxation Office has moved from the second floor to the third floor of the Administration Building; the office is now in the Fiscal Affairs area. Non-resident alien individuals hired by the University who need to meet with Tax Specialist Young Kim should visit her in ADM 358.

Phi Beta Kappa reminders
The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:

• Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama, Economics Department
• The annual meeting will be held Wednesday, April 9 from 2 to 4 p.m. in HSS 143; presentation of the new class of members-in-course will be on the agenda
• The annual initiation of new members will be held Thursday, May 8 from 4 to 6 p.m. in LIB 121 and will be followed by a reception

Questions? E-mail Chapter President Masahiko Minami or for finances, Chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

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.

Ushers needed for Honors Convocation
Faculty, staff and students who are interested in helping the University Women's Association usher for the Honors Convocation Ceremony on May 22 are asked to 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 the post-ceremony reception in Jack Adams Hall.

Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp
The Department of Kinesiology is once again hosting the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp on campus for boys and girls ages 7-14. The camp will run from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, June 16 to July 25. For more information, contact the Kinesiology office at ext. 8-2244 or visit the Gator Camp website which also has registration forms.

Campus Cats chow
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, e-mail Irene Donner or call ext. 8-2673.

Children's Campus Enrollment opportunities
Children's Campus at SF State, the research/training lab, early care and education center for University faculty, staff and community families, has limited openings for new families for the 2014-15 program year that begins on August 25. Faculty and staff receive priority enrollment.

The center serves children six months to five years of age and offers full-day services (7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.) with the option for 9- or 12-month care. Children can enroll five days per week (Monday-Friday), three days per week (Monday-Wednesday-Friday) or two days per week (Tuesday-Thursday). Children's Campus implements a play-based, emergent curriculum that supports and guides children's exploration and creativity, and promotes a strong sense of self and social-emotional development.

As a lab school, the center receives programmatic consultation from academic departments and serves as a field placement site for students enrolled in early childhood development and related disciplines.

Tuesday-Thursday schedules have the most openings, with more limited availability for Monday-Friday and Monday-Wednesday-Friday schedules. For more information, call ext. 5-4011, e-mail or visit the center's website.

Enrollment requires registration on the center's online waitlist. Monthly tours are offered the first Wednesday of the month at 10 a.m.; register in advance by calling the center.

Hass-Lilienthal House tour
Join the University Women's Association on Tuesday, April 22 at 3:30 p.m. for a private docent-led tour of the Hass-Lilienthal House, a Queen Anne Victorian at 1700 Franklin Street. The cost 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 deadline is April 15. Questions? Contact Lin Ivory at or (415) 721-7432.

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. Visit the Welcome Days website for more information. E-mail questions to

CICIS 2014 conference
The Italian Program of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department will host the annual California Interdisciplinary Consortium of Italian Studies conference on Friday, April 11 and Saturday, Aptil 12 in HUM 133. To learn more about this interdisciplinary, transnational event, visit the Foreign Languages and Literatures website.

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:

Spreadsheet Analytics (April 11-12)
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.

Get after-hours HR help with HR2U
The HR2U, team of Human Resources subject matter experts continues to offer their assistance to a different college once each week from 5 to 7 p.m. Upcoming visits will continue to bring expert advice and snacks as follows:
• College of Science & Engineering: Wednesday, 4/9, TH 335.


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Candidates for Athletics Director to visit campus
The final candidates selected to interview for the position of athletics director will visit campus this week. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will be held at the times and locations listed below.

The Search Committee would appreciate receiving feedback about the candidates from those who have the opportunity to meet with them and/or attend the presentations. Feedback must be submitted by midnight on Thursday, April 10 via the candidate's unique links, which appear after their entries below. For additional information, e-mail Natalia Bremer at

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, 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

Retention, Tenure and Promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to participate in one of five workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. Dean of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development Sacha Bunge will conduct the workshops. Faculty who plan to be reviewed in the next several years are encouraged to attend. Although organized according to the different phases of faculty professional development, the topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so faculty may attend whichever workshop best fits their schedule. To register, RSVP with the workshop date to

  • Faculty in their first year: Wednesday, April 2 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 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 preparing for promotion to full professor: Monday, April 7 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 222

2014 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase deadline Friday, April 4
The Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase, an annual exhibition of the diverse work of SF State's exceptional graduate students, hosts more than 150 exhibitors. Presentations typically come in the form of a poster display that depicts the purpose, methods and results of projects. This year, the event will be held Thursday, April 24 from 3 to 5:15 p.m. in the Main Gym.

Faculty are asked to encourage outstanding graduate students to represent their department by sharing their work with the broader academic community. This is also an excellent opportunity for participants to build their resume or curriculum vitae.

Registration forms are due by Friday, April 4; visit the Graduate Studies website for registration forms and additional information. Questions? Contact Britney Stewart at

Participants and their faculty mentors will be eligible to win prizes, including a Kindle, tickets to Beach Blanket Babylon and gift cards. They are also invited to attend a dinner buffet after the showcase.

CSU, SSRIC Student Research Conference deadline April 10
Faculty in the social sciences are asked to encourage students to apply for the 39th Annual CSU, Social Science Research & Instructional Center (SSRIC) Student Research Conference on May 8 at CSU Fullerton, which is modeled on professional conferences in the social sciences.

Undergraduate and graduate students from all CSU and California Community College campuses -- and in all areas of the social sciences -- are invited to present their research to their peers. Thanks to a generous donation, this year $5,000 will be awarded for three of the best papers.

To be considered, students must register for the conference, submit their full paper with the registration and include an abstract of no more than 100 words by April 10.

This conference, sponsored by the CSU Social Science Research and Instructional Council, is separate from the similarly named CSU Student Research Competition at CSU East Bay (May 2-3). Students may present their papers at both events. For more information, visit the or contact Associate Professor of Political Science Francis Neely.

5K Walk, Run & Roll Sunday, April 13
Student Life invites the campus community to take part in the SF State 5K Walk, Run & Roll race around the main campus on Sunday, April 13. Interested race participants -- teams and individuals -- are encouraged to sign up online by noon Friday, April 11. Onsite registration will be available until 8:30 a.m. on the day of the event for individuals only. All registered participants will receive a complimentary gift bag and the first 100 registrants will also receive a free event t-shirt. For more information, visit

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.

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.

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, which is 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 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.

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:

  • Chair's Report
  • Report: Standing Committee Chairs (brief updates)
  • Report: CSU Academic Senate delegation
  • Report: Phoebe Kwan, associate vice president for the Division of Information Technology: Migration to CMS Campus Solutions
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Committee regarding guidelines for the Seventh Cycle of Academic Program Review
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Evaluation of Tenured Faculty for Professional Development & Support, Post Tenure Review Policy #S00-122 , second reading

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 Africana Studies Dorothy Tsuruta and Professor of Health Education Erik Peper

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon and Associate Professor and Director of Labor Studies John Logan.

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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: David Cates, American harpsichord: 1:10 p.m.

Academic Senate Plenary Meeting: 2 p.m.

Recital: Flute students of Linda Lukas: 1:10 p.m.

The Phi Beta Kappa Society SF State/Omicron chapter annual meeting: 2 p.m.

Lecture: Crisis Noir: Petros Markaris' Detective Novels and the Greek Financial Crisis: 4:10 p.m.

Lecture: Christopher Krebs: Julius Caesar as a Reader: 7 p.m.

Poetry: Prose at The Poetry Center: ZZ Packer and Angela Pneuman: 4:30 p.m.

Visiting Artist Lecture: Jonn Herschend: 5:30 p.m.

Theatre: In Hollow Time: 8 p.m.

Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

Recital: Classical guitar students: 1:10 p.m.

Annual Conference: CICIS The California Interdisciplinary Consortium of Italian Studies: 5 p.m.

Theatre: In Hollow Time: 8 p.m.

Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

Coming Up
April 12: Annual Conference: CICIS The California Interdisciplinary Consortium of Italian Studies: 9:40 a.m.

April 12: Poetry: CAConrad Poetry Workshop: (Soma)tic Cartographies: 4 p.m.

April 12: Concert: San Francisco Wind Ensemble: 7:30 p.m.

April 12: Dance: University Dance Theatre: 8 p.m.

April 12: Theatre: In Hollow Time: 8 p.m.

April 13: SF State 2014 5K Walk, Run & Roll: 8 a.m.

April 13: Theatre: In Hollow Time: 2 p.m.

April 14: Recital: Clarinet students of Tony Striplen: 1:10 p.m.

April 16: Lecture: Ronee Blakley: Making the Film Nashville: 10 a.m.

April 16: Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m.

April 16: Lecture: Lynn Roller: From Phrygia to Greece and Back Again: Greek Impact on Anatolia: 7 p.m.

April 17: Farm to Fork: 11:10 a.m.

April 17: Poetry: Sidebrow Books authors Joshua Marie Wilkinson and Sandy Florian: 4:30 p.m.

April 17: Theatre: In Hollow Time: 8 p.m.

April 18: Recital: Avalos Competition winner Aiyana Liu: 1:10 p.m.

April 18: Theatre: In Hollow Time: 8 p.m.

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.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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