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Volume 62, Number 29    April 10, 2015         

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High Stakes in Testing and Learning, April 10 at noon
Latina/Latino Studies and the College of Ethnic Studies invite the campus community to a talk by Professor of Education Angela Valenzuela (University of Texas at Austin) about educational equity and testing on Friday, April 10, from noon to 1:30 p.m. in EP 116. The address, titled "High Stakes in Testing and Learning," will update the analysis in her award-winning book "Subtractive Schooling: U.S. Mexican Youth and the Politics of Caring." A large part of the time will be reserved for discussion. Anyone interested in educational equity and accountability for under-served students is encouraged to attend. The event is open to all.

"Game of Thrones" viewing, April 12
On Sunday, April 12, at 9 p.m., the Student Life Activities Board will host a public viewing of the "Game of Thrones" season five premiere. There will be a drawing for official HBO giveaways. The viewing will be held in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. Come early, the doors open at 8:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the campus community.

Film/video development program, April 13
"Muscles, Mash Ups and Sticky Rice: Creative Video Production for Human Services," a program presented by artist and filmmaker Tina Takemoto to discuss how to creatively develop films or videos on a limited budget, is open to the campus and community. Takemoto, an associate professor of visual studies at the California College of the Arts, will show her recently released film "Sex, Politics, and Sticky Rice" and discuss her production thoughts and considerations. The free program will be held Monday, April 13, from 4:30 to 7 p.m. in LIB 121 and is open to all. The event is sponsored by the School of Social Work. For more information, email Rita Takahashi. Space is limited, and seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Deaf Perspective, April 14
Student Affairs invites the campus community to the first Deaf Perspective event to be held at SF State on Tuesday, April 14, at 5 p.m. in Jack Adams Hall in the Cesar Chavez Student Center. The free event is for people who speak, use American Sign Language (ASL) or are learning ASL -- everyone. Participants will learn about the perspective of deaf students, faculty, staff and others at SF State, leading to a better understanding of a language and culture in a safe, educational setting. ASL will be used and is strongly encouraged. Translators will be available.

Order textbooks by April 15
Textbook orders for fall 2015 are due by April 15. Faculty are encouraged to place their orders for classes at their earliest convenience. Orders can be placed via the bookstore website or sent via email.

Comparative and World Literature Spring Colloquium
Professor of English Language and Literature Wang Min of Shanghai Normal University will explore the similarities and differences between the 1850 Nathaniel Hawthorne novel "The Scarlet Letter" and the 1986 novel "Red Sorghum" by Nobel laureate Mo Yan. The talk will be held from 3:10 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, in HUM 381.

Study Abroad Fair, April 14-15
Members of the campus community are invited to stroll through the Quad on Tuesday, April 14, and Wednesday, April 15, between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to see the Study Abroad Fair.

The tables at the fair will represent different countries in which SF State students can study abroad through the SF State exchange and California State University international programs. International students and study abroad alumni will decorate each table and will be available to talk about their country. Faculty and staff are asked to encourage students to attend.

Rosenberg Institute Public Forum and Discovery Day at RTC
The Romberg Tiburon Center invites the campus community to the Rosenberg Institute Public Forum at the Bay Conference Center on Wednesday, April 15. There will be a reception at 6:30 p.m. followed at 7 p.m. with a presentation by Lisa Levin of Scripps Institution of Oceanography on "Deep-Ocean Industrialization and Biodiversity Challenges in the 21st Century." For more information and a link to registration, visit the Rosenberg Institute Public Forum page.

The annual Rosenberg Institute Discovery Day open house at the Romberg Tiburon Center will be held April 25 to complement the Rosenberg Institute Public Forum. More information will be added as it is available on the Discovery Day Web page.

Get help with tax returns
The SF State Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is a free tax preparation program sponsored by the Internal Revenue Service and the campus Beta Chi chapter of the international honor society for financial information majors Beta Alpha Psi. The free tax preparation service is available to U.S. residents and international students who have either F-1 or J-1 visas with incomes of $53,000 per year or less and no rental income.

The VITA office is located in SCI 205 and is open to the public through April 15. Office hours are 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, including directions, types of returns prepared and what to bring, visit the VITA website, email the VITA program or call ext. 8-1079.

UWA Vista Room lunch, April 24
The University Women's Association (UWA) invites the campus community to lunch at the Vista Room (BH 401) on Friday, April 24, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The reservation deadline is Thursday, April 16.

Those who attend will meet the UWA board and the Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship recipients for 2014-15. Invite a friend or colleague -- all are welcome. The $20 per person cost includes wine, appetizer, entree and dessert. Make checks payable to "UWA" and mail to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960 with your email address or phone number and the number of guests you will be bringing. Participants will be contacted as soon as the menu selections become available.

5K Walk, Run & Roll April 19
Student Life invites the campus community -- including faculty, staff and family members -- to participate in the SF State 5K Walk, Run & Roll race, scheduled for Sunday, April 19, from 8 to 11 a.m. The event starts and ends in Malcolm X Plaza and takes place on and around campus. Registration fees for SF State faculty and staff are $15 per person or $55 per four-person team. All participants will receive a complimentary gift bag and event T-shirt.

For more information about the race, email or visit the 5K Walk, Run & Roll Web page.

UndocuAlly spring 2015 training
The SF State Undocumented/ AB 540 Educational Equity Task Force and Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) invite faculty and staff to the UndocuAlly annual training Wednesday, May 6, in room T-160 of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Those who attend will learn about recent legislation that supports "dreamers," common challenges they face at SF State and resources available for current and prospective students. Participants will also hear some experiences of undocumented students and the impact that faculty and staff can have on a student's college experience.

Help build a more welcoming and accessible campus with increased support for undocumented/AB 540 students at SF State. RSVP to to reserve a seat. Questions? Email Nancy Jodaitis or Rose Carmona.


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Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to speak at SF State Commencement
Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, former mayor of San Francisco, will deliver the commencement address at SF State's 114th Commencement ceremony on Friday, May 22. Actress Annette Bening, poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti and lawyer and educator Peter Gabel will receive honorary degrees.

Read more at SF State News:

Senior AVP for Physical Planning & Development candidates to visit campus
The campus community is invited to attend a community forum with one of the finalists for the position of senior associate vice president for Physical Planning & Development. The forum, which will include a presentation by the candidate, will take place on the following date:

  • Tuesday, April 14, from 4 to 5 p.m. in LIB 121: Robert McLean, commanding officer and regional engineer, Naval Facilities and Navy Region Europe, Africa, Southwest Asia.

For more about all the candidates, including biographies and resumes, as well as the opportunity to provide feedback, visit the search committee's website at

Orendorff named executive director of budget administration & operations
Jay Orendorff has been appointed executive director of Budget Administration & Operations in Administration & Finance. Orendorff began his history at SF State as a senior analyst in Institutional Research and later as the senior budget analyst in Budget Administration & Operations. With 20 years of experience working at the University, he has had the unique opportunity of accumulating knowledge and experience from several departments on campus.

Orendorff will direct the development and administration of the University budget and lead the team that supports academic and administrative units through analysis, forecasting, institutional research and reporting. "I am confident in Jay's ability to fulfill the requirements of these duties and uphold the high standards of SF State," said CFO and Vice President of Administration & Finance Ron Cortez.

Orendorff earned an M.S. in demographics with a minor in statistics from Utah State University.

He can be reached at or ext. 8-2862.

Farm to Fork on April 16
The campus community is invited to the sixth annual Farm to Fork event on April 16. The event features organic and seasonal produce grown within 250 miles of campus. The local cuisine, prepared by Chartwells and hosted by Physical Planning and Development, will be served on the Quad. Tickets cost $8. Tickets may be purchased in person at the Bursar's office or online at

Welcome Days call for programs
Welcome Days 2015 will welcome new students and their families to SF State from Thursday, Aug. 20, to Tuesday, Aug. 25, on the main campus. The call for programs is open for new department open houses and information workshops scheduled for Friday, Aug. 21.

Complete the online form to submit proposals. Proposals must be submitted by midnight Friday, April 24. Visit the Welcome Days website, for more information. Email questions to

Reception for Dean Axler
The campus community is invited to attend a reception to honor Dean of the College of Science & Engineering Sheldon Axler for his 13 1/2 years as leader of the College of Science & Engineering. Axler will be leaving this position, but not the college. Effective as of the fall 2015 semester, he will return to the Mathematics Department to teach.

The reception will be held Wednesday, May 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. RSVP at Contributions towards a gift should be arranged with Arlene Essex at

HR service request expansion
Human Resources (HR) is pleased to announce the expansion of the online service request tool, which was launched on Feb. 16. The expansion added the Employment/Talent Management & Compensation Solutions and Payroll areas to the system. Beginning April 13, users will be able to enter a service request and follow an issue to its resolution for the following areas:

  • Employment/Talent Management & Compensation Solutions (new)
  • Payroll (new)
  • Benefits
  • HR Management Systems

The online tool can now be used to inquire about job posting details, paycheck information and benefits coverage for employees or their dependents or to report a problem with employee self-service access or password issues.

To access the online service request tool, visit

Implementation of the system will enable HR to improve customer service responsiveness as well as identify resource and staff training needs in HR to better serve the campus community. Feedback during this stage is welcome, particularly with regard to the ease of use, response time and accuracy of information.

Questions? Email, or call the front desk at ext. 8-1872.

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 from Vice President of University Advancement Robert Nava and Associate Vice President for University Development Anne Harris: Campaign for SF State
  • Report from Faculty Development Consultant for the Center for Teaching & Faculty Development Meg Gorzycki: Study on Undergraduate Critical Reading
  • Proposed Extraordinary Assigned Time Policy, second reading
  • Proposed minor in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas, first reading (no later than 3:30 p.m.)
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: Proposed discontinuance of the B.A. in Industrial Arts, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: Proposed discontinuance of the B.S. in Industrial Design, concentration in Industrial Technology, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Educational Policies Council: Proposed discontinuance of the B.S. in Environmental Studies, concentration in Earth Systems Science, first reading
  • Recommendation from Academic Policies Council: Proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy regarding the University Tenure & Promotions Committee (UTPC), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy regarding Working Personnel Action Files, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed Transition Policy for eWPAFs (electronic Working Personnel Action Files), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed revisions to the Protection of Human Subjects Policy, first reading

Nomination period to open for Staff Representative to Academic Senate
The Academic Senate is accepting nominations for staff representatives to fill the recently vacated 2014-17 term and the 2015-18 term. The nomination period will open Monday, April 6, and will close by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 17.

Nominations may include self-nominations as well as other eligible staff. The staff Academic Senate representative position requires attendance at all Academic Senate meetings and all assigned standing committee meetings every working Tuesday from 2 to 5 p.m. during the fall and spring semesters. The term of service is three years (two years for vacant position). Visit the Academic Senate By-Laws page for eligibility, nominations and elections information.

The current staff representatives to the Academic Senate invite interested parties to visit meetings of the Academic Senate or standing committees. Questions? Email the Academic Senate Staff Election Committee at or call the Academic Senate office at ext. 8-1264 or visit the Senate website.

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

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This week in Insiders:
Assistant Professor of Art Matt Lipps, Director of Campus Recreation Pam Su, Professor of Comparative and World Literature Dane Johnson, Associate Professor of Comparative and World Literature Shirin A. Khanmohamadi, Adjunct Professor of Secondary Education Kate Kinsella and Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Jay Ward.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn, Assistant Professor of Psychology Sarah Holley and Director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies and Professor of Health Education Adam Burke.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Watershed Moments: through April 21

Luke Damiani: Between Spaces: through July 15

Dual Views: Labor Landmarks of San Francisco: March 19 through Aug. 7


Saturday, April 11
Film: Francois Truffaut: Love and Life Stories at the Movies: 9 a.m.

Softball hosting Cal State Monterey Bay: 11 a.m.

Dance: University Dance Theatre: Return and Renew: 8 p.m.

Monday, April 13
Recital: Erik Flaten, Ferrando Piano Award winner: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Sarah Ladipo Manyika and Wendy McNaughton: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 14
Baseball hosting Academy of Art: 3 p.m.

Wednesday, April 15
Film: "5 Broken Cameras" and discussion with Iyad Burnat: 9:30 a.m.

Recital: Jianing Hong, Michael Segrove Avalos Award winner: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Nathaniel Hawthorne and Mo Yan: Women and the Sin of Adultery in "The Scarlet Letter" and "Red Sorghum": 3:10 p.m.

Theatre: "Polly" (preview): 8 p.m.

Thursday, April 16
Master class: Almir Cortes and Joao Amaral: 2 p.m.

Gina Berriault Award Reading: Alexai Galaviz-Budziszewski: 7 p.m.

Theatre: "Polly": 8 p.m.

Friday, April 10
Recital: Zachariah Spellman and Friends: 1:10 p.m.

Baseball hosting Chico State: 3 p.m.

Theatre: "Polly": 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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