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Volume 62, Number 31    April 24, 2015         

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"The Hunting Ground" April 30
Residential Life, the Equity Programs & Compliance Office and Student Affairs & Enrollment Management will co-sponsor a screening of the critically acclaimed documentary "The Hunting Ground" on April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Towers Conference Center.

"The Hunting Ground" is currently in limited theatrical release in the Bay Area and is the work of filmmakers Kirby Dick and Amy Ziering, who were nominated for an Academy Award for their documentary "The Invisible War." Screening of this film supports SF State's Title IX initiatives to increase awareness, understanding and dialogue on issues related to campus sexual violence. A faculty panel discussion will be held after the screening, which is free and open to the campus community. Light refreshments will be provided beginning at 6:30 p.m.

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. Planning to attend or drop in for part of the workshop? 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.

Phi Beta Kappa initiation, May 5
The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:
• The annual initiation of new members will be held Tuesday, May 5, from 4 to 6 p.m. in LIB 121 and will be followed by a reception. Dean of the College of Science & Engineering Sheldon Axler will be the initiation ceremony speaker.
• Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama, Economics Department.

Questions? Contact Chapter President Masahiko Minami or, for finances, Chapter Treasurer Lisa Takeyama.

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.

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 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

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 from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, 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).

An Equity Perspective on Human Resources
SF State's doctoral program in educational leadership has partnered with the College of Extended Learning and International Affairs to offer a course directed to educational staff and leaders in HR equity and social justice practices. The course, "An Equity Perspective on Human Resources" (within the education field), will be held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 25, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 at the Downtown Campus. The course fee is $375. For more information, contact Andrew Brosnan, program director, at or (415) 817-4325. To register, call (415) 405-7700 (option 5) or 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 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 Diane Allen, Geoff Desa, Meg Gorzycki, Pam Howard,and Erik Rosegard: Critical Reading study
  • Proposed Extraordinary Assigned Time policy, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed revisions to the RTP Policy regarding Working Personnel Action Files (WPAF) processing, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed policy on transition to Electronic Working Personnel Action Files (eWPAFs), second reading
  • Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee: Proposed resolution urging broad consultation and shared governance in campus satellite planning, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed resolution on Best Practices for Lecturer Faculty, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed revisions to the PACE (Public Affairs & Civic Engagement) B.S. in Environmental Studies, Concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Geography & Environment B.S. in Environmental Science & Management, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Business Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Compliance, first reading
  • Recommendation from Academic Policies Committee: Proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) policy regarding the University Tenure & Promotions Committee (UTPC), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed revisions to the Protection of Human Subjects Policy, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Proposed revisions to the Baccalaureate Requirements Policy: Minimum grade in the Golden Four, first reading

Staff Representative elections to begin
The election for Staff Representative to the Academic Senate will begin Monday, April 27 and will run through noon on Monday, May 4. Candidate position statements are available on the Academic Senate Staff Election page at More information on the election will be sent via email to all staff

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 Biology John Hafernik, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Associate Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey and Senior Assistant Librarian and Lecturer Meredith Eliassen.

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This week in Newsmakers: Assistant Director of Community Relations Jared Giarrusso and Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephen Kane.

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Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: April 25 through May 16

Luke Damiani: Between Spaces: through July 15

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


Saturday, April 25
Romberg Tiburon Center's Discovery Day Open House: Marine Science in Action: 1 p.m.

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

Sunday, April 26
Baseball hosting Sonoma State: noon

Monday, April 27
Recital: Piano students of Roger Woodward: 1:10 p.m.

Video: "Celebrate Folk!": 4 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Maxine Chernoff and Keith Ekiss: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 29
Recital: Piano students of Roger Woodward: 1:10 p.m.

Thursday, April 30
Track/Field hosting CCAA Championships

Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase: 3 p.m.

Poetry reading: Claudia Keelan and Rusty Morrison: 4:30 p.m.

Theatre: "Into the Woods": 8 p.m.

Friday, May 1
Track/Field hosting CCAA Championships

Recital: Piano students of Roger Woodward: 1:10 p.m.

Baseball hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 3 p.m.

Opera: "La Calisto": 7:30 p.m.

Theatre: "Into the Woods": 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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