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Volume 62, Number 23    February 20, 2015         

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One plus area code
Saturday, Feb. 21, marks the first day that callers in the 415 area code must dial 1 plus the area code when initiating local telephone calls. The change is due to a California Public Utilities Commission-approved plan to add the new 628 area code to the region that is now served by the 415 area code. Devices that store and use telephone numbers, such as automatic/speed dialers, fax machine speed dialers, call forwarding and modems, will need to be reprogrammed to include the additional digits.

Dialing of five-digit on-campus extensions will not be affected and will continue to function as before. Calls to three-digit service numbers, including 911, 211, 311, 411, 511, 611, 711 and 811 will also continue to work as before. For more information, visit the Commission's website.

Caring Across Generations reading, reception, Feb. 24
Professor and Chair of Asian American Studies Grace J. Yoo and co-author Barbara W. Kim will read and discuss their recently published book "Caring across Generations: The Linked Lives of Korean American Families" (NYU Press) in LIB 220 on Tuesday, Feb 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. A reception will follow the reading. The book examines the intersections of structure, culture, class, immigration and aging and how they impact relations between children of immigrants and their parents over a lifetime.

The Slimy & the Spineless: Portraits of Unsung Ocean Heroes, Feb. 26
The Romberg Tiburon Center invites the campus community to a presentation and student-led discussion on the art of science with author/photographers Susan Middleton ("Spineless") and alumna Josie Iselin ("An Ocean Garden: The Secret Life of Seaweed") at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 26, in the Bay Conference Center of the Romberg Tiburon Center. The $10 admission includes light refreshments. Advance registration is required. The authors will also sign copies of their books, which may be ordered from the Depot Bookstore, (415) 383-2665. For more information and to register, visit

Latina/o Students in Higher Education forum, Feb. 27
From 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, the César Chávez Institute (CCI) will hold the forum "Latina/o Students in Higher Education: Identifying Critical Issues and New Possibilities at Bay Area Universities" in the University's Annex 1/Student Life Center on North State Drive. The one-day gathering will include educators, administrators, service providers and education activists from around the Bay Area. CCI Director Belinda Reyes will provide context for the event by presenting new data from her research on related issues, such as university affordability, impaction, campus climate, student engagement, degree completion and mental health.

The goal of CCI's Latina/o Educational Achievement Partnership is to lay the groundwork for a possible Bay Area Commission for the Advancement of Latinos in Higher Education -- a regional mechanism for institutional change and accountability. Registration is required. For more information and to register, visit the forum Web page.

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 location map, types of returns prepared and what to bring, visit the VITA website, email the VITA program or call ext. 8-1079.

Become a Safe Zone ally
The Safe Zone program is looking for staff, faculty and administrators to become Safe Zone allies for the campus LGBTQ community. The program fosters a safe campus through a support network for people of all gender and sexual identities. Safe Zone 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 session will be Tuesday, April 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the library and will include a light breakfast and lunch. Contact Rick Nizzardini at or ext. 5-4415 for further details about the training. Learn more on the Safe Zone website.

Alexander von Humboldt awardees sought
The Alexander von Humboldt Foundation has set aside funds for a meeting/networking event of its Bay Area grant, fellowship and award recipients. Anyone who has won such an award or who knows a recipient is asked to email Research Professor of Biology Gerdi Weidner at

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.

Women's Association 2015 cruise
The University Women's Association (UWA) has scheduled its 21st scholarship cruise, which will sail June 27, 2015, from Istanbul, Turkey, to Barcelona, Spain. The 14-day Princess Cruise, the "Mediterranean & Aegean Medley," will stop at ports in Greece, Malta, Italy, Sicily, Tunisia and France. Travelers will experience unforgettable and historic sights, spectacular scenery and pristine beaches.

Group prices for the many stateroom categories begin as low as $2,498 per person. One choice is a two-category upgrade from brochure prices, which includes balcony staterooms starting at $3,598 per person, based on double occupancy. Prices include virtually all shipboard entertainment, activities and superb dining venues. While airfare is not included, Princess will offer an air package at a later date.

The cruise is open to all, and membership in the UWA is not required. For every 16 paid passengers, Princess Cruises will return the equivalent of one fare for the Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship Endowment Fund -- so all aboard for fun and education support. For more information and a detailed flyer, email Lin Ivory or visit the UWA website.


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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 guidelines, how the program will benefit students and how to apply, visit the SF BUILD website.

Higher Education Sustainability Conference call for proposals
Speaking proposals and poster proposals for the 2015 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference (CHESC) are now being accepted. They are due by March 1.

The conference will be held July 20-24 at SF State. Students, faculty, staff and administrators from campuses throughout California -- including CSU and UC universities, California community colleges and private and independent colleges -- are invited to submit proposals to speak or present posters at the conference. Community and business partners are also welcome to co-submit proposals with campus stakeholders. Pre-conference workshops will be held July 20, core sessions will convene July 21-22 and post-conference workshops are scheduled for July 23-24. The student convergence will take place July 23.

CHESC highlights cutting-edge research as well as case studies with proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs and community partnerships. The theme of this year's conference is "Can We Change Fast Enough?" The steering committee seeks proposals that will help address that theme, with sessions designed around pairings of the topics that range from climate action to curriculum to social equity. The list of topics and other information may be viewed on the CHESC call for proposals Web page. Also visit the CHESC website, conference Twitter feed and CHESC Facebook page.

Questions? Contact the UC Santa Barbara Sustainability Program Office at (805) 893-2166 or email Event Manager Katie Maynard at

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program
The campus community is invited to hear New York University Professor Bambi B. Schieffelin, an anthropological linguist, give the following public lectures and seminars on Monday, March 9, and Tuesday, March 10:

  • Monday, March 9
    • Noon to 2 p.m. in LIB 121: Language and Senses of Place: The Emplacement and Displacement of Culture (sponsored by the Anthropology Department and Phi Beta Kappa Omicron Chapter)
    • 4 to 6 p.m. in HUM 587: Public Lecture: Reshaping Language: New Words, New Worlds (sponsored by the provost, the College of Liberal & Creative Arts and Phi Beta Kappa Omicron Chapter)
  • Tuesday, March 10
    • 10 a.m. to noon in HUM 587: Language and Intentionality: Whose Mind Are You Speaking? (sponsored by Communication Studies and Phi Beta Kappa Omicron Chapter)
    • 3 to 4:30 p.m. in HUM 587: Language and Place in Children's Worlds: Approaches to Language from the Perspective of Language Socialization in Monolingual and Multilingual Communities (includes discussions with students, sponsored by the linguistics and TESOL programs)

Questions? Email Chapter President Masahiko Minami.

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
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee regarding the proposed Exceptional Levels of Service policy, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Senate Executive Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Administration and Processing of Electronic and Paper Teaching Effectiveness Evaluation, S13-213, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee regarding proposed revisions to the Baccalaureate Degree Policy, #S14-255, first reading
  • Academic Senate Election for Academic Council on International Programs (ACIP) CSU Representative:
    • Therese Doan (Nursing)
    • Jessica Elkind (History)
    • Mike Hammer (Foreign Languages & Literatures)
    • Julian Hoxter (Cinema)
    • Scott Siegel (International Relations)

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

Distinguished Faculty Awards 2015: Applications due 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 Professor of Cinema Julian Hoxter, Assistant Professor of Cinema Tarek Elhaik, Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Patrick Tierney, Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Erik Rosegard, Assistant Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Jackson Wilson and Associate Professor of Recreation, Parks & Tourism Pavlina Latkova.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Chair and Professor of Biology Michael Goldman, Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel, Professor of Biology Gretchen LeBuhn and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser.

Read Newsmakers:

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We mark the passing of former Director of Strategic Organizational Initiatives Aaron Anderson and former faculty, staff and administrator for academic advising Edith Katznelson Arrick.

Read In Memoriam:

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

Hydrarchy: Power, Globalization and The Sea: Feb. 21 through March 19

Luke Damiani: Between Spaces: through July 15

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


Saturday, Feb. 21
Baseball hosting Fresno Pacific: 11 a.m.

Softball hosting Humboldt State: 11 a.m.

Reception: Hydrarchy: Power, Globalization and the Sea: 1 p.m.

Women's Basketball hosting Chico State: 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball hosting Chico State: 7:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 23
Lecture: Writers on Writing: Ethan Nosowsky: 7 p.m.

Tenth Annual Raoul Bertrand Lecture in Classics: Brent Vine: 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 24
Open house: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Faculty Preview: 3 p.m.

"Caring Across Generations" Book Reading and Reception: 4 p.m.

2015 Annual Longmore Lecture in Disability Studies: Movement Is the Movement: Art, Activism, and Disability Aesthetics: 4 p.m.

Film: Veteran Documentary Corps premiere: 7 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 26
Lecture: David Kazanjian: "The Brink of Freedom: Improvising Life in the Nineteenth-Century Atlantic World": 11 a.m.

Poetry reading: Bill Berkson and Duncan McNaughton: 4:30 p.m.

Workshop: Lynne Sachs: Performance in Documentary: 5 p.m.

Lecture: John Roloff: Sentient Terrains: 5:30 p.m.

Poetry: Poetry and Conversations: Javon Johnson and Rudy Francisco: 6:30 p.m.

Concert: Composer and distinguished SF State alum Elinor Armer: 8 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 27
Latina/o Students in Higher Education: Identifying Critical Issues and New Possibilities at Bay Area Universities

Baseball hosting Cal State L.A.: 2 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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