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Volume 62, Number 24    February 27, 2015         

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University Budget Committee meets March 2
The University Budget Committee will meet Monday, March 2, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the NEC Room, ADM 560. The meeting is open to the campus community.

Categorical Data Analysis, March 2
Assistant Professor of Mathematics Alexandra Piryatinska will present a Stat CORR Methodology and Multivariate Analysis (MAMA) workshop on Monday, March 2, from noon to 1 p.m. in the Faculty Commons, LIB 286. The presentation, "Categorical Data Analysis," will cover how to use standard descriptive and inferential methods for contingency tables and matched pair data, as well as modeling categorical data using generalized linear models and logistic regression models for biological as well as social science data.

Those interested may join the session at any time, early or late, and lunch will be served. Send RSVP via email to For more information, contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or or Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997 or

Those who plan to drop in for just part of the presentation are asked to RSVP to Julie Paez at ext. 5-3995 or

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

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.

Faculty and staff club
The Executive Committee of the Academic Senate is exploring the re-establishment of a University Faculty and Staff Club. A location has been identified and a preliminary plan has been written. However, input is needed from the campus community. Toward that end, a short survey has been posted online seeking faculty and staff opinions about important facets of the plan. Learn more and take part in the brief Faculty and Staff Club survey.

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.

For more information on the conference, which will be held July 20-24 at SF State, visit the CHESC call for proposals Web page. Also visit the CHESC website, conference Twitter feed and CHESC Facebook page.

Campus mental health and well-being workshop
Faculty and staff may at times be unsure of what to do when someone is experiencing emotional distress. To promote a better understanding of mental health-related concerns on campus, the Counseling and Psychological Services Center has scheduled a three-hour workshop on Friday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to noon in LIB 222. The interactive course will include discussion and role-playing exercises that will focus on how to approach/intervene in a range of mental health situations and how to refer individuals to on- and off-campus resources, with a focus on cultural considerations and the well-being and self-care of the intervening person. Participants will also have an opportunity to bring up questions in a confidential setting.

Clinical Counselor Susan Chen will lead the session, which is open to all faculty and staff. For more information or to register, email Susan Chen at

Suicide prevention training
The Counseling and Psychological Services Center in conjunction with San Francisco Suicide Prevention will offer a free two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, and Friday, March 27, on campus. Snacks will be provided on both days. Participation in the full two days is required.

The training is open to all student staff (including graduate teaching assistants). Faculty, staff and administrators are asked to inform student staff about this training. An ASIST training for faculty and staff will take place June 4-5.

The goal of ASIST is to increase the knowledge and awareness of laypeople of the signs of possible suicide ideation and how to help the person through it by providing suicide first aid. More than one million caregivers have taken the two-day workshop, which improves a caregiver's comfort level, confidence and competence when helping to prevent the immediate risk of suicide. The training is highly interactive and practice-oriented, with small group discussions, practice based on adult learning principles and powerful videos on suicide intervention.

To register, email Susan Chen in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center.


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Campus Solutions focus group
The University is committed to continuous improvement in the Campus Solutions user experience.

A series of focus groups will be held March 2-12 in order to gather feedback directly from a variety of users. In these one-hour sessions, participants will discuss aspects of the system that are working well, and gain clarity on items that continue to pose problems.

The data collected in the focus group sessions will provide the framework for a sustainable knowledge-sharing, training, and support model, and prioritization of needs.

For details about focus group scheduling, please contact Pat Ricketts at ext. 5-3921, or via

Employee University
Beginning this summer, SF State employees will be able to sign up for Employee University (EU), a professional and personal development program specifically for faculty and staff. Unique features include:

  • Courses tailored for and designed primarily by SF State employees
  • Instructors who are members of the SF State community
  • Courses that are free to employees
  • Smaller class sizes to enhance learning opportunities and provide maximum engagement

The curriculum is under development and input is being sought from the campus community. Take part by completing a short survey by March 6. Completion of the survey will enter the participant in a drawing for one of 10 SF State Peet's Coffee gift certificates worth $10.

Want to do more? Volunteer as an EU instructor, join the EU board and take EU courses. For more information, visit or email

Retention, tenure and promotion workshops
The Office of Faculty Affairs and Professional Development invites faculty to participate in one of five workshops to help prepare for retention, tenure and promotion. The workshops 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 have been organized according to different phases of faculty professional development, but topics covered in each workshop will be similar, so feel free to attend the workshop that best fits your schedule.

  • Faculty currently in their first year: Friday, April 3, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 244
  • Faculty currently in their second through fifth year: Tuesday, April 14, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 222
  • Faculty applying in fall 2015 for tenure and promotion to associate professor:
    • Thursday, April 9, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 222
    • Friday, April 10, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 222
  • Faculty preparing for promotion to full professor:
    • Monday, April 6, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in LIB 242
    • Thursday, April 30, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. in LIB 222

To register, RSVP with the workshop date to

New Mission Statement
Following a collaboration that included debates at the Academic Senate and significant input from stakeholders in the campus community, President Les Wong signed into policy SF State's new Mission Statement. Read the Mission Statement at

Phi Beta Kappa Visiting Scholar Program lecture series
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
Following are the action items from the Feb. 24 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a report from Chair Trevor Getz
  • Approved the Executive Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to Administration and Processing of Electronic and Paper Teaching Effectiveness Evaluation, S13-213
  • Discussed the Policies Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the Baccalaureate Degree Policy, #S14-255 in the first reading
  • Approved the Executive Committee recommendation regarding the proposed Exceptional Levels of Service Policy
  • Elected Assistant Professor of Nursing Therese Doan as the Representative to the CSU Academic Council on International Programs (ACIP)

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

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This week in Insiders:
Associate Professor of American Indian Studies Robert Keith Collins, Associate Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan and School of Nursing Lecturer Ed Rovera.

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This week in Newsmakers: Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan, Director of the Health Equity Institute Cynthia Gomez, Associate Professor of History Maziar Behrooz and Associate Professor of Sociology Jessica Fields.

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SF State received $545,284 in grants and contracts in January 2015.

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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. 28
Baseball hosting Cal State L.A.: 11 a.m.

Sunday, March 1
Baseball hosting Cal State L.A.: 11 a.m.

Monday, March 2
Lecture: Writers on Writing: Kathryn Ma: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 4
Recital: Jim Witzel Trio with Wil Blades, organ: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: John Durham Peters: Are Clouds Media of Communication?: 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, March 5
Poetry reading: Robert Adamson: 4:30 p.m.

Artist Lecture: Mathew Hale: 5:30 p.m.

Theatre: Moliere's "The Learned Ladies": 8 p.m.

Friday, March 6
Softball hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 1 p.m.

Recital: Classical guitar students: 1:10 p.m.

Film: The Open Boat: Cinema and the Maritime Imaginary: 4 p.m.

Theatre: Moliere's "The Learned Ladies": 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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