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Volume 61, Number 26    March 17, 2014         

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Wellness Workshop: The Starting Line: Running 101
Campus Recreation will host a running Wellness Workshop just for faculty and staff on Monday, March 17 from noon to 1 p.m. The group will meet in front of the Gymnasium -- remember to bring your SF State ID. Becky Parks, a certified running coach, will guide participants through drills, stretches and exercises designed to improve running form and avoid injuries, while gaining strength and becoming leaner. In case of rain, the workshop will be rescheduled to Thursday, March 20 at the same time and location.

Course reader information session, March 18
The SFSU Campus Store invites faculty to learn about course readers from 1 to 3 p.m. on March 18 in LIB 244. Topics will include:
• compliance with copyright law
• how to obtain permissions to use copyrighted content
• digital course readers
• custom textbooks
• royalties on faculty-created readers

The session will also teach faculty who use off-campus printers how to determine whether the printer is obtaining the necessary copyright permissions to comply with federal law.

Book signing and presentation, March 18
The SFSU Campus Store in the Cesar Chavez Student Center invites the campus community to a presentation and book signing on Tuesday, March 18 at 12:15 p.m. Jim Steele, former director of SF State's Sierra Nevada Field Campus will sign copies of his book, Landscapes and Cycles: An Environmentalist's Journey to Climate Skepticism. James Kelley, emeritus professor of geology and former dean of the college of science and engineering and president of the California Academy of Sciences, will join Steele in an examination of how the focus on carbon dioxide has misdirected conservation efforts, the critical role played by natural ocean cycles in climate variability and extreme weather, why the focus should be on watershed and habitat restoration to create a more resilient environment, and why suppressing climate debate only degrades science. All proceeds go to the Sierra Nevada Field Campus Scholarship Fund.

Get the word out
The Cesar E. Chavez Institute, in collaboration with the Academic Institutional Research Office, is conducting a campus-wide survey of undergraduates to better understand student life on campus. The survey will assess some of the opportunities and challenges students experience in their day-to-day lives. The study aims to improve programs on campus and create opportunities for all students. Areas of focus include:

• Campus programs, activities and services
• Enrollment and class registration
• Mentoring and support
• Diversity and campus climate
• College affordability.

The confidential survey will take students about 10 minutes to complete. In addition to helping improve students' campus experience, participants will have an opportunity to win one of 40 gift certificates worth $25.

Faculty and staff are asked to help recruit students by making announcements in classes, events and meetings. Survey promoters are available to make a three-minute presentation at classes and events, and a promotional video is also available. Interested? Send an e-mail request to today.

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.

LGBT Suicide Risk & Prevention Conference
The Marian Wright Edelman Institute and Family Acceptance Project will host a one-day LGBT Suicide Risk and Prevention conference at the Cesar Chavez Student Center on Saturday, March 22 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.

The conference, sponsored by the San Francisco chapter of the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, will feature nationally known suicide prevention scholars and practitioners who will present research and best practices for suicide prevention, mental health services and care of LGBT youth, transgender youth, adults and seniors. Registration will include a continental breakfast, lunch and a networking reception. Register online.

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 will be on 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 Nizzardini at or ext. 5-4415 for further details about the training or visit the Safe Zone 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 Mitch Marks.

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.

HR2U schedule
HR2U, the program that brings Human Resources subject matter experts to a different college once each week from 5 to 7 p.m., will continue to bring their know-how (and snacks) as follows.
• J. Paul Leonard Library: Tuesday, 3/19, LIB 222
• Ethnic Studies: Thursday, 4/3, EP 116.


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Interim dean appointed, College of Liberal & Creative Arts
Daniel Bernardi, who currently serves as chair of the Department of Cinema, has been appointed to a two-year term as interim dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, effective July 1. The University has discontinued the search for a permanent dean at this time.

Since becoming the chair of the cinema department in 2011, Bernardi has secured more than a million dollars in grants and gifts to the University, reinvigorated the Documentary Film Institute as a regional resource and served as a mentor to both faculty and students.

"Daniel is a scholar, artist and strong leader who has demonstrated an ability to energize others in working toward a common goal," Sue V. Rosser, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said. "I am looking forward to working with him as he guides the college into the future."

Bernardi will take over for Paul Sherwin, who has served as dean since 2002 and will retire at the end of this academic year.

"I appreciate Paul Sherwin's many years of service and wish him all the best in his retirement," Rosser said.

"The faculty and staff of the College of Liberal and Creative Arts do exemplary work, and I look forward to continuing Dean Sherwin's efforts on their behalf as well as engaging the chairs and senior administration on preparing the college for the next dean," Bernardi said.

Science Building to return to partial reuse in late spring
The University announced on Tuesday, March 11 that several research labs and offices in the Science Building are scheduled to be reoccupied in late April and early May. Classes that have been relocated to such areas as the Annex, Towers and Student Center will continue to meet in those alternate locations for the remainder of the spring semester. Several areas of the building -- including four chemistry labs, the chemistry stock room and the basement -- require significantly more work and will not reopen in the near future. The Science Building was closed Jan. 10, 2014 to address the presence of potential environmental hazards; it has remained offline for assessment and remediation since that time.

Read more on the Science Building Closure website at

ORSP announces funding opportunity
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) is pleased to announce the 2014 Individual and Collaborative Small Grants Funding Opportunity. Awards are expected to range from $15,000 for individual projects up to $25,000 for collaborative projects.

The deadline for submission is 5 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16. Visit the ORSP website at for details

Academic Administrative Reviews begin
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

Ann Hallum, Dean of the Division of Graduate Studies
The Administrative Review Committee (ARC) solicits input from members of the campus community as part of the academic administrative review for Dean Ann Hallum. A link to the electronic questionnaire has been distributed via e-mail notification; those who would like to participate in the process, but did not receive an e-mail with a link to the administrative review questionnaire, should contact Stephanie Schwartz at or ext. 8-2571. Individual, written and signed responses may be directed to ARC Chair John Elia c/o the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, ADM 455.

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.

CSL nominations deadline near
The deadline to make a Community Service Learning (CSL) award nomination is 5 p.m. on Monday, March 24. Each year, the Community Service Learning Program, a unit within the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement, recognizes leadership efforts that promote community service learning at SF State and within the surrounding community. The campus community is encouraged to nominate faculty, students and community partners for these awards in the following categories:

  • Community Service Learning Leadership
  • Bay Area Jefferson Award for Public Service
  • Community and Civic Engagement Awards

For information about award criteria, guidelines and nomination forms, visit

2014 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase
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 share 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
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 conference website or contact Associate Professor of Political Science Francis Neely.

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

Faculty travel grants available
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages faculty to apply for travel grant awards. The awards are for travel during 2014 and will have a maximum value of $500. The Association expects to fund up to 5 grants (staff travel grants will be awarded next year). Applications are due April 2.

Professional development is the major criterion for a travel grant award, with preference given to participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, summer field work, research, or attendance at an institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered. At least a half-time appointment is required.

Faculty application forms are available at under the "Forms" tab. To be considered for a grant, submit a completed application via e-mail to all of the following people by April 2.

Founders Day celebration March 18
San Francisco State University has undergone changes in name, leadership and location since its founding in 1899, but one thing has remained constant: the University’s commitment to providing students with a quality education. Over the years, SF State has provided scholarships to thousands of deserving students who are working to realize their dreams.

In honor of Founders Day -- and to continue that tradition of support -- the Alumni Association has set a goal of raising 1,899 donations by the end of March. On March 18, learn more about the Founders Day Challenge at the faculty and staff information table in Malcolm X Plaza, where Taqueria Girasol will give away 1,899 tacos. For more information, visit

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 will be held from 2 to 2:10 p.m., providing 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
  • 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 , first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding the proposed resolution on Honorary Titles
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding the proposed Academic Senate college apportionment for Academic Year Fall 2014-15, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Academic Calendar Policy, #S07-242

Distinguished Faculty Awards nominations deadline is Friday March 14
The Academic Senate acknowledges outstanding faculty each year for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. The Distinguished Faculty Award categories are:

  • Excellence in Teaching
  • Professional Achievement and Growth
  • Community Service

The Senate is pleased to announce that this year it will offer two excellence in teaching awards, one for tenure/tenure track faculty and one for lecturer faculty. Each of these awards includes a $4,000 stipend, a commemorative plaque and a certificate.

Faculty who are interested in applying or would like to nominate a colleague are asked to review the three-part application process and candidate criteria on the Academic Senate website, as well as the Faculty Honors and Awards policy page.

The Academic Senate office (ADM 551) will accept nomination packets until 4 p.m., Friday, March 14, 2014. One nomination packet must be completed for each person being nominated. Questions? E-mail or call the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264.

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 of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Associate Professor of Cinema Martha Gorzycki, Associate Professor of Communication Studies Rick Isaacson and Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Management Mitchell Marks and Professor of Social Work and Gerontology Brian de Vries.

Read Newsmakers:

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Progressive Proof: Innovative Prints from the Pacific Rim: through March 27

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

Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: through July 1

Recital: Jazz ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

Founders Day: noon

Book Signing: Jim Steele, author of Landscapes and Cycles: An Environmentalist's Journey to Climate Skepticism: 12:15 p.m.

Concert: Spring Into Jazz: 7 p.m.

Recital: SF State Orchestra: 1:10 p.m.

Concert: Chamber music ensembles: 7 p.m.

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

Recital: Chamber music ensembles: 1:10 p.m.

Poetry: James Sherry and Kit Robinson: 7:30 p.m.

Coming Up
March 22: Gator Track & Field Hosting Mathis Invitational

March 24-29: Spring '14 Recess: No Classes; Campus Open

March 31: Cesar Chavez Day: No Classes; Offices Closed

April 2: Performance: Speech and Debate Team Annual Showcase: 2 p.m.

April 3: Recital/Poetry: Erica Hunt and Marty Ehrlich: 4:30 p.m.

April 4: Gator Track/Field Hosting Distance Carnival: 11 a.m.

April 4: Recital: SF State Percussion Ensemble: 1:10 p.m.

April 4: Master class: Morrison Chamber Music Center: Brentano String Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang, Viola: 2:10 p.m.

April 4: Lecture: Morrison Chamber Center: Brentano String Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang, Viola, Pre-Concert Talk: 7 p.m.

April 4: Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Brentano String Quartet with Hsin-Yun Huang, viola: 8 p.m.

April 4: Concert/Poetry: Erica Hunt and Marty Ehrlich: 8 p.m.

April 5: Gator Track/Field Hosting Distance Carnival


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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