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Volume 62, Number 21    February 6, 2015         

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Turkkan to retire
After more than six years as associate vice president for research and sponsored programs in Academic Affairs, Jaylan Turkkan will retire, effective April 1. She began at SF State as AVP for research in 2008. Before that, she was vice president for research at the University of New York at Buffalo (SUNY). Most recently, she was elected chair of the CSU Council of Chief Research Officers and will continue to consult with CSU campuses on their National Institutes of Health grants. Alison Sanders will serve as interim AVP. Turkkan will return home to New York City and can be reached at

Publicize your events
The first stop for faculty and staff seeking to publicize events is the University Calendar. The calendar's reach and appeal goes beyond its Web presence: Items submitted to the calendar are also considered for promotion in CampusMemo and on the University-operated digital displays. To submit an event, visit, follow the "Submit an Event" link in the left column, enter times using a 24-hour clock and complete all fields marked with an asterisk.

Botanical Gardens tour
The University Women's Association (UWA) has arranged a guided tour of the San Francisco Botanical Gardens on Thursday, Feb. 19, from 10 a.m. to noon. Joseph Barbaccia, an expert on magnolias and the plants of the Mesoamerica cloud forest, will lead the group. Participants will meet at the main entrance of the Botanical Gardens in Golden Gate Park at 9th Avenue and Lincoln Way. The cost is $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and $8 for Garden members and San Francisco residents. Following the tour, the group will choose a restaurant for lunch (cost not included in tour amount). The group will be limited to 14 participants. Send check payable to "UWA" to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. Reservation deadline is Monday, Feb. 16. Email Lin Ivory for additional information at

Join Campus Recreation
Want to follow through on that New Year's resolution? Campus Recreation is offering faculty and staff memberships for use of the pool, strength and conditioning room, and Group X classes during the spring 2015 semester. For more information or to sign up, visit

Congressman John Lewis, Feb. 18
Congressman John Lewis, former leader of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, will explore innovative practices in the civil rights movement on Wednesday, Feb. 18, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. in the Student Life Center on North State Drive (also known as Annex I). With him will be Andrew Aydin, with whom Lewis scripted the history-based graphic novels "March: Book One" and "March: Book Two." Event sponsors include the College of Ethnic Studies, Associated Students, Inc., the office of the mayor of San Francisco and Mo'Magic. For more information, email or call (415) 567-0400.

Reminder: Muni service reduced on President's Day
Faculty and staff who use Muni to get to campus: Note that bus and rail line service will be reduced on Monday, Feb. 16, in observance of President's Day. Instead of regular weekday service, Muni will offer reduced service consistent with what is available on Saturdays. To find Muni's Saturday schedule, go to and click on the Schedules and Trip Planner link under "Getting Around."


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Wong joins AAC&U board
The Association of American Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) on Feb. 3 announced the appointment of President Les Wong to the AAC&U board of directors. Wong was appointed at the organization's annual meeting on Jan. 23.

"Those who serve on AAC&U's board are strongly committed to a high-quality liberal education for all college students," AAC&U President Carol Geary Schneider said. "AAC&U is very fortunate to be led by such a talented and dedicated group as we advance our centennial year agenda of engaging our members and key educational stakeholders in an exploration of the connections between high-quality liberal learning, Americans' global future and the equity imperative."

AAC&U is a national association concerned with the quality, vitality and public standing of undergraduate liberal education. Founded in 1915, it comprises more than 1,300 member institutions, including accredited public and private colleges, community colleges, research universities and comprehensive universities of every type and size.

Bigger, better buses and shorter waits
The thousands of users of SF State's free shuttle service can expect improved commutes this semester as a new fleet of more eco-friendly buses make for shorter waits.

On Jan. 26, SF State introduced buses that are significantly larger, at 35 and 40 feet with a capacity of more than 60, as compared to the 28-foot buses carrying 38 riders that were in use until this semester. transMETRO, a full-service shuttle company, now operates the fleet of five buses between campus and Daly City BART, with an estimated maximum wait time of 10 minutes between buses.

"It's a major step forward, a systemic change," said Wendy Bloom, director of campus planning and co-chair of the transportation committee. "We're better serving students."

An added benefit to the new shuttle is the Fleetmatics REVEAL app, which is available for both iOS and Android. On the first use, the username "" and password "welcomesfsu" must be entered to access SF State shuttle information. Read more at SF State News:

Dean of the College of Science & Engineering candidates visit campus
The remaining two candidates selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Science & Engineering will visit campus next week. All members of the campus community are invited to attend the candidates' presentations, which will address how their professional experience is relevant to the position.

Presentations will be held from 2:10 to 3 p.m. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception.

  • Monday, Feb. 9, in LIB 121: Scott Gronert, chair/professor of chemistry, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Thursday, Feb. 12, in LIB 244: Keith Bowman, chair/professor of the Department of Mechanical, Materials and Aerospace Engineering and co-leader of the Duchossois Leadership Scholars Program, Illinois Institute of Technology, Purdue University

Gold Rush faculty/staff appreciation night: RSVP today
Today is the deadline to RSVP for the Gold Rush faculty and staff appreciation night on Friday, Feb. 13, sponsored by University Advancement and the Athletics Department. There will be a faculty/staff reception from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the Administration Building. After the reception, everyone is encouraged to watch the Gator women's and men's basketball teams play the UC San Diego Tritons in the Main Gym. Comcast SportsNet will televise the game. RSVP by Feb. 6 to Mekleet Aytenfsu at

SF BUILD scholar application now open
Faculty and staff are asked to tell their students that SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) is now accepting applications for students interested in biomedical research. Through a variety of activities, SF BUILD scholars will develop strong research skills, work with a diverse group of scientists at SF State and UC San Francisco, and participate in academic and professional activities. They will also have the opportunity to investigate biomedical research questions that are of interest to them and relevant to local communities. SF BUILD is funded by a National Institutes of Health grant to enhance diversity of the biomedical research workforce.

The application deadline is March 20. To learn more about how the program will benefit students, guidelines and how to apply, go to

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: Provost Sue Rosser and Associate Vice President for Enrollment Management Jo Volkert: Summer 2015
• Report: CSU Senators
• Report: Director of Sustainability & Energy Caitlin Steele: California Higher Education Sustainability Conference, July 20-24, 2015
• Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee: Proposed Revisions to the University Mission Statement, 2nd Reading
• Recommendation from Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Revisions to the M.A. Degree in Anthropology, 1st Reading
• Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed Revisions to Temporary Faculty Range Elevation Policy #S00-211, 1st Reading
• Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed Extraordinary Assigned Time Committee Policy, 1st Reading

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

Distinguished Faculty Awards 2015: Application deadline is March 16
SF State annually acknowledges outstanding faculty members for their extraordinary, meaningful and lasting contributions in the areas of teaching, professional achievement and service. Honorees receive a $4,000 stipend (pre-tax) for the Excellence in Teaching Awards, and a $3,000 stipend (pre-tax) is awarded for both the Excellence in Professional Achievement Award and the Excellence in Service Award. (Please note: There will be two Excellence in Teaching Awards. Individual awards will be offered for Excellence in Teaching for Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty and Lecturers.)

The awards were first instituted in 2007 and are designed to highlight the tremendous accomplishments of faculty members and to showcase a few examples of the consistently exceptional work of the SF State faculty. For more information or to download an application, go to

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This week in Insiders: Associate Director of the Office of International Programs Jay Ward, Professor of Political Science Aaron Belkin, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins and Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Cinema Aaron Kerner, Family Acceptance Project Director Caitlin Ryan, Professor of Management John Sullivan and Professor Emeritus of Communicative Disorders Stan Goldberg.

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

Gentrification: Displacement, Eviction, and the San Francisco Housing Crisis: through Feb. 19


Saturday, Feb. 7
Film: Apichatpong Weerasethakul retrospective: 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 9
Talk: Silence and Shadows: 2:10 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 11
Talk: Sensing Violence: 2:10 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 12
Reading: Okey Ndibe: 4:30 p.m.

Workshop: Filmmaking as Daily Practice: 5 p.m.

Film: Animation Show of Shows: Oscar Tour: 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 13
Women's Basketball hosting UC San Diego: 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball hosting UC San Diego: 7:30 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar


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