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Volume 62, Number 19    January 23, 2015         

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Food trucks return
SFSU Gator Group will continue hosting food trucks at two locations on campus:
• Hensill Hall Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
• West Campus Green Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Many campus favorites will return -- including Bacon Bacon and alumni-owned Señor Sisig -- as well as highly rated trucks that did not make it to campus last fall. Updated schedules are posted weekly on Gator Group's website. as well as its Facebook and Twitter pages.

Free 12-Week Mandarin Class, spring 2015
The Confucius Institute at SF State will present a free 12-week Mandarin class for faculty and staff from Feb. 2 to Apr. 20. It will be offered in beginning, intermediate and advanced skill levels. Participating faculty and staff will receive free handouts, access to the Confucius Institute resources and guidance for taking the HSK Chinese Language proficiency tests in addition to saving the $200 course fee.

To register, submit a completed "2015 Spring Chinese Language Class Registration form" to the Confucius Institute by Jan. 30 -- it can also be sent by e-mail to The form is available for download from the Confucius Institute website. Questions? Contact the Confucius Institute at ext. 8-7624 or ext. 8-7631.

Health, wellness workshops at SHS
Faculty and staff are asked to remind their students that Student Health Services (SHS) offers health and wellness workshops each semester that may include extra credit for participating students. Faculty and staff are welcome to attend the weekly meditation workshops held Tuesdays from noon to 1 p.m. starting Feb. 3. For more information, email Aimée Williams at

Data visualization workshop, Feb. 5
JMP, a statistical software vendor to SF State (Stat CORR), is offering a free half-day seminar on "Data Visualization" on Feb. 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in San Mateo. Kaiser Fung, author of the book "Numbersense," will present the seminar. Fung is a professional statistician whose blog, Junk Charts, pioneered the critical examination of data and graphics in the mass media. He is a fellow of the Royal Statistical Society and an adjunct professor at New York University, where he teaches practical statistics. For more information or to register, visit the JMP event website Questions? Contact Professor of Health Education Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478.

Join the Health and Wellness Coalition
The Health and Wellness Coalition is a group of staff, faculty and students who work together to address wide-reaching health and wellness issues at SF State. The coalition meets every third Monday from 9 to 10 a.m. in SSB 304. The next meeting will be held Feb. 16. Those who cannot attend the meetings but wish to be part of the conversation should contact Aimée Williams at to join the list-serve or to find out more information.

HR, AP help on tap
Again this semester, HR2U will be setting up in LIB 242 on the third Tuesday of each month from 11 a.m. to 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. Spring semester sessions will be held Feb. 17, March 17, April 21 and May 19.

Campus Cats Committee volunteers needed
The Campus Cat Committee has fed the small, friendly cat population on campus for nearly 40 years, and volunteers are needed to continue the tradition. Volunteering is easy: Simply choose a weekday or a once-a-month weekend rotation of two feeding sites. Food is provided. The greatest need is volunteers for feeding on various days of the week and weekends. Donations for food and veterinarian bills are also being sought. Other ways to help include cat food runs, accepting cash and in-kind donations and scheduling volunteers. For additional information, contact Irene Donner at or call ext. 8-2763.

Seven Hills meeting rooms start at $75
Planning a retreat or workshop? Remember that Seven Hills Conference Center offers meeting rooms with half-day and full-day rates starting at $75. Add a catered coffee/tea service, breakfast/lunch or break snacks to show appreciation. Because the conference center is within walking distance, there is no no off-campus travel time. Larger rooms and event packages are also available. For more information, contact Nancy Ganner at ext. 5-4427 or email


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Dean of the College of Science & Engineering candidates visit campus
Four candidates have been selected to interview for the position of dean of the College of Science & Engineering. 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 in LIB121 from 2:10 to 3 p.m. unless otherwise noted. Time will be allotted for questions and answers, and each presentation will be followed by a reception:

  • Monday, Feb. 2: Vivian Incera, chair/professor of physics and director of the Graduate Program, University of Texas, El Paso
  • Wednesday, Feb. 4: David Bowman, interim dean/professor of geological sciences, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, CSU Fullerton
  • Monday, Feb. 9: 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

Commencement 2015 to be held at AT&T Park
President Les Wong announced today that SF State's 114th Commencement will be held at AT&T Park. The ceremony, scheduled for Friday, May 22, will be the first college or university commencement to take place at the 15-year-old waterfront ballpark.

"Commencement Day is one of the most important milestones for our students, but in recent years it has become clear that the event has outgrown our current facility," President Wong said. "It's important that we ensure family members and friends can be there to witness this special moment, and I'm thrilled that they will have the opportunity to do so in what has become one of San Francisco's most iconic landmarks."

Read more at SF State News:

For more information about Commencement, visit

Lange named director of Special Events
Nicole Lange has been named director of Special Events, effective Jan. 5, 2015. Since joining SF State as associate director of alumni events in June 2014, she organized the first Alumni & Family Weekend, was a vital member of the team that planned the President's Dinner and Alumni Hall of Fame and facilitated 20 other alumni events. In the new position, Lange will be responsible for for Commencement, President's Dinner and Hall of Fame Celebration, and Alumni Day.

Lange brings 14 years of event planning experience. Before joining SF State, she served as director of events for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. She has also functioned as director of corporate and foundation relations for Meals on Wheels of San Francisco, where she organized their annual gala that raised more than$1 million dollars annually. Lange was also director of special events for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, development director for the American Lung Association of the East Bay and community director for the San Francisco March of Dimes. Lange earned her B.A. in liberal studies from SF State.

Lange succeeds Teresa Ono, who retired in December.

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

Carnegie classification bestowed again
The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching on Jan. 7 announced their 2015 Community Engagement Classification, which included SF State. The University first earned the distinction in 2006 and is one of only 157 institutions receiving the reclassification this year.

The distinction, which was first offered in 2006, is bestowed on colleges and universities with an institutional focus on community engagement. The classification is elective, which allows institutions to submit a wider range of materials that describe the nature and extent of their engagement with their communities, highlighting elements of institutional mission and distinctiveness that are not represented in other national data on colleges and universities.

Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program 2015-16
The CSU Chancellor's Doctoral Incentive Program is accepting applications, which are due by Feb. 6, 2015. For more information, visit or contact the SF State program coordinator, Angie Mendoza, at

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This week in Insiders:
Professor of Communication Studies Gust A. Yep, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies José Acacio de Barros, Assistant Professor of Psychology Kevin J. Eschleman and Professor and Chair of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Patrick Tierney.

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor and Director of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan, Professor and Interim Chair of Cinema Steve Kovacs, Professor of Management Sally Baack, Professor of Health Studies and Director of the Institute for Holistic Health Studies Adam Burke, President Les Wong, Professor of Gerontology Brian de Vries and Professor of Music Roger Woodward.

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SF State received $4,852,605 in grants and contracts in November and December 2014.

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

Friday, Jan. 23
Spring '15 Department Meetings

Wrestling Hosting Embry Riddle: noon

Women's Basketball hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 5:30 p.m.

Men's Basketball hosting Cal State Dominguez Hills: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 24
Annual Softball Alumni Game: noon

Gator Baseball Annual Crab Feed Dinner: 5 p.m.

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

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

Sunday, Jan. 25
Winter '15 - Grades Available

Monday, Jan. 26
Spring '15 First Day of Instruction

Friday, Jan. 30
Wrestling Hosting Cal Baptist and Simon Fraser: 1 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31
Wrestling Hosting California Collegiate Open

Sunday, Feb. 1
Baseball Hosting Holy Names: noon

Friday, Feb. 6
Baseball Hosting Central Washington: 11 a.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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