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Volume 62, Number 30    April 17, 2015         

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5K Walk, Run & Roll
on 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. (including a pancake breakfast immediately following the race). 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.

Get help with HR, AP
on April 21

HR2U and Fiscal Affairs 2 U will again set up in LIB 242 on Tuesday, April 21, between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Stop by and get personal assistance with questions about benefits, retirement, HRMS, payroll, employee relations, etc. Fiscal Affairs 2 U will also be there to help with purchasing and accounts payable questions. The final third-Tuesday offering for the spring semester will be held May 19.

Rosenberg Institute Discovery Day
The Romberg Tiburon Center invites the campus community to the annual Rosenberg Institute Discovery Day open house at the Romberg Tiburon Center. Discovery Day will be held April 25 to complement the Rosenberg Institute Public Forum, which was held April 15. More information will be added as it is available on the Discovery Day Web page.

Edelman, ICCE CSL
Town Hall

On Thursday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m. in LIB 121, the Marian Wright Edelman Institute and the Institute for Civic and Community Engagement (ICCE) will hold a town hall meeting about community service learning (CSL) related to children, youth and families.

Dean of Undergraduate Studies Jennifer Summit will facilitate an open discussion wherein panelists will share their CSL work, including the expected benefits to students in their scholarship and teaching. Attendees will be encouraged to present ideas, voice opinions and ask questions. Light breakfast and coffee/tea service will be provided.

Panelists will include Associate Professor of Economics Anoshua Chaudhuri, Assistant Professor of Special Education and Communicative Disorders Betty Yu and Associate Professor of English Language and Literature Maricel Santos.

Questions? Contact Jen Gasang at or ext. 8-6419.

Effective data visualization and analysis using JMP statistical software
SAS Academic Ambassador and UC San Diego Lecturer Julian Parris will provide a two-part introduction to visualizing and analyzing data using JMP statistical software (published by SAS) on Monday, May 4, from noon to 2 p.m. in LIB 286. Lunch will be provided.

The first hour of the presentation will guide participants through the basics of the JMP statistical platform with an emphasis on crafting effective visualizations to tell the story in the data. The second hour of the session will introduce more advanced visualization, analysis and modeling platforms in JMP with a discussion of best practices in research and teaching.

Participants are asked to bring questions about their data for the group discussion. RSVP to Anyone planning to drop in for part of the workshop should RSVP to Julie Paez at or ext. 5-3995.

For more information, contact Richard Harvey at or ext. 8-3478.

The training is presented by the Office of Research and Sponsored Programs through its funding of the SF State Statistics Community of Representative Researchers (CORR) Research Cluster. Stat CORR hosts meetings, workshops and training clinics to foster and promote the dissemination of quantitative and qualitative research skills. Stat CORR aims to connect faculty and staff with specialized methodological knowledge with those who seek assistance designing new research projects, completing data analysis, or developing, submitting and revising extramural grants.

Study abroad students
to be honored

Faculty and staff are invited to join in recognizing SF State students who will be studying abroad beginning in the fall. The Office of International Programs will hold a study abroad ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in the Creative Arts building's McKenna Theatre. The occasion will serve as the final sendoff for students who will be participating in the California State University international program or SF State's exchange program starting this fall. This event is open to the entire campus and public.

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? Contact Nancy Jodaitis or Rose Carmona.

Summer Math Camp
for kids

San Francisco Math Circle will hold a summer Math Camp for second- through sixth-grade children that will create an environment where math is fun and exciting. Students will explore math through active games, nature and art. The camp will be held June 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26. A 10 percent discount is available to SF State faculty and staff: Use an SF State email address and enter the code "SFSU10" when registering. For more information and a link to apply, visit the San Francisco Math Circle website Questions? Contact Mathematics Lecturer Addie (Evans) Schnirel at or ext. 5-0540.

The Math Camp is sponsored by SF State's Center for Science and Mathematics Education and the San Francisco Math Circle.

Gator Youth Sports Camp
The Department of Kinesiology will again host the Gator Youth Sports Summer Camp for children ages 7-14. The camp will take place on campus Monday through Friday from June 15 to July 24. This year, a morning program called Gator Start will be added to create a full-day option that runs from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information and the registration paperwork, visit the Department of Kinesiology website or call the department at ext. 8-2244.

Discount on iD Tech summer program
Faculty and staff can save $75 on the iD Tech summer program to be held at SF State this summer. At the iD Tech programs, children aged 7-18 gain hands-on experience creating projects such as video games, mobile apps and robots. To obtain the $75 discount, faculty and staff must register using their SF State email address and pay in full by April 30 using code SFSUTC2015.

For more details and registration information, visit the iD Tech website.


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Metro College Success Program luncheon, April 29
The College of Health and Social Sciences (HSS) invites the campus community to a lunch event to learn about the Metro College Success Program (Metro) at SF State and City College of San Francisco, which is one of 14 programs to receive the Governor's Award for Innovation in Higher Education. The event will be on Wednesday, April 29, from 1:30 to 3 p.m. in LIB 121.

The innovative Metro program reconfigures the first two years of college to provide a comprehensive approach that addresses the root causes of attrition that particularly affect low income, first generation and underrepresented students. It speeds progress to transfer and to a bachelor's degree by providing a course pathway that reduces the likelihood of students taking excess units. Metro helps underprepared students rapidly build foundational academic skills through carefully designed courses that progressively build these skills over four semesters while engaging students early in their chosen fields. It is designed to be scaled up and sustained throughout California's community colleges and universities. HSS is proud of its role in the project and of the good work of those involved and wishes to build greater involvement and support for the successful program through outreach to the campus community.

Affordable Instructional Materials workshop
The Affordable Instructional Materials team at SF State invites faculty to an Affordable Learning @ SF State lunch and learn workshop on Friday, May 1, from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. in LIB 121. Lunch is provided and seating is limited, so those interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP early at

Participants will learn about funded projects that will save students as much as $300,000 in the next academic year. Additional, optional workshops will help faculty to find and adopt open textbooks and identify free or low-cost instructional materials using the J. Paul Leonard Library and online resource collections. Potentially cost-saving solutions, such as digital textbooks and custom publishing available through the bookstore, will also be discussed.

Faculty who have successfully lowered the cost of learning for their students will share their strategies and answer questions about their experiences and the impact on students. Participants will also have an opportunity to propose affordable learning projects that explicitly reduce costs for students. Funding from $100 to $2,500 is available for projects in academic year 2015-16. Award amounts are based on the scale of the effort and the anticipated impact on students. For more information on SF State projects and resources, visit For more information on the CSU's affordable learning initiative, visit

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

Retention, tenure and promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to participate in the last of five workshops designed to help them prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. The workshop 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 were organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, but topics covered in each workshop will be similar.

  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor:
    • Thursday, April 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 222.

To register, RSVP with the workshop date to

Accessible Adventures Day at SF State
The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC), in collaboration with Campus Recreation and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, invites the campus community to participate in the free Accessible Adventures Day on Thursday, May 7, from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Nasser Family Plaza in front of the Gymnasium.

Accessible Adventures Day makes available to students, staff and faculty with disabilities a variety of accessible adventures and recreational activities. Participants will learn about the possibilities for inclusive, active and creative fun. Participants will:

  • See demonstrations of accessibly designed sports and travel equipment, including test riding 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 offered by several organizations

Visit the Accessible Adventures Day webpage to learn more or contact DPRC Outreach Coordinator Todd Higgins at or ext. 8-2472 (voice/TTY).

Academic Senate
Following are the action items from the April 14 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a report from Chair Trevor Getz
  • Heard a report from VP of University Advancement Robert Nava and AVP for University Development Anne Harris: Campaign for SF State
  • Heard a report from AVP Jo Volkert: Enrollment Management
  • Discussed the proposed Extraordinary Assigned Time Policy, second reading (item will return in two weeks)
  • Unanimously approved the Educational Policies Council recommendation regarding the proposed discontinuance of the B.A. in Industrial Arts
  • Unanimously approved the Educational Policies Council recommendation regarding the proposed discontinuance of the B.S. in Industrial Design, Industrial Technology concentration
  • Unanimously approved the Educational Policies Council recommendation regarding the proposed discontinuance of the B.S. in Environmental Studies, Earth Systems Science concentration
  • Unanimously approved the proposed Minor in Arab and Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas
  • Discussed the Academic Professionals of California recommendation regarding the University Tenure and Promotions Committee's proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy, first reading
  • Discussed the Faculty Affairs Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion policy affecting Working Personnel Action File processing, first reading
  • Discussed the Faculty Affairs Committee recommendation regarding the proposed transition policy for Electronic Working Personnel Action Files (eWPAFs), first reading
  • Discussed the Executive Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the Protection of Human Subjects Policy, first reading

Nomination period for Staff Representative to Academic Senate to close April 17
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 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 a 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:
Communication Studies Lecturer Ryan Lescure, Professor of Communication Studies Gust A. Yep, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Nina Roberts and Associate Professor of Social Work Yeon-Shim Lee.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Sociology Karen Hossfeld, Professor of Management Sally Baack and Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto.

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SF State received $1,122,255 in grants and contracts in March 2015.

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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 18
Baseball hosting Chico State: noon

Theatre: "Polly": 2 p.m.

Sunday, April 19
SF State 5K Walk, Run & Roll: 8 a.m.

Baseball hosting Chico State: 11 a.m.

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Juilliard String Quartet: 3 p.m.

Monday, April 20
Master class: Juilliard String Quartet: noon

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Alexis Coe and Rodes Fishburne: 7 p.m.

Lecture: The Rise of Branded Content: How GoPro has Changed the Marketing Game: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, April 21
Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Summer Preview: 3 p.m.

Thursday, April 23
Poetry reading: The Tahrir of Poems: Seven Contemporary Egyptian Poets with Maged Zaher: 4:30 p.m.

Friday, April 24
Panel discussion: ImprovisAsians! People's Stories: 10:10 a.m.

Softball hosting Cal State East Bay: 1 p.m.

Recital: SF State Creative Art Ensemble: 1:10 p.m.

Masterclass: Richie Hawtin's CNTRL Tour: 2 p.m.

Baseball host Sonoma State: 3 p.m.

Poetry reading: Maged Zaher and Rodney Koeneke: 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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