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Volume 62, Number 26    March 13, 2015         

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Spring recess
Due to the spring recess the week of March 23-27, CampusMemo will not be published on March 27. Publication will resume on April 3.

International Transgender Day of Visibility
The campus community is invited to join the SF State celebration of International Transgender Day of Visibility 2015. The film "Transgender Tuesdays" will be screened on Monday, March 16, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Coppola Theatre of the Fine Arts Building (FA 101) and will be followed by a panel discussion and reception with light refreshments.

"Transgender Tuesdays," which premiered at the San Francisco International Lesbian and Gay Film Festival, details remarkable stories from one of the country's first primary care health clinics specifically for the transgender community, the Transgender Clinic offered by San Francisco's Tom Waddell Health Center. Read more about the film.

The SF State Safe Zone Ally Program, Counseling and Psychological Services, the Cinema Department, the Health Equity Institute, Student Affairs, the California Faculty Association and the Prevention Education Programs sponsor this event.

Get HR, AP helpMarch 17
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. Additional spring semester sessions will be held April 21 and May 19.

Support group for stuttering
Faculty and staff are asked to tell their students that the Communicative Disorders Program is starting a support group for people who stutter. The group will meet every Friday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in BH 138 throughout the semester.

SF State 5K Walk, Run & Roll training workshops
Student Life invites the campus community -- including faculty, staff and family members -- to begin training for the SF State 5K Walk, Run & Roll race, scheduled for Sunday, April 19, from 8 to 11 a.m. The event starts and ends in Malcolm X Plaza and takes place on and around campus. Registration fees for SF State faculty and staff are $15 per person or $55 per four-person team. All participants will receive a complimentary gift bag and event T-shirt.

To help with training tips and preparation for the event, Campus Recreation will hold two free workshops on the running track in Cox Stadium. Participants should wear running or walking shoes and other appropriate attire and bring water. The training events are:

• Noontime at the Track: Training for the SF State 5K Event, a faculty- and staff-only training on Monday, March 16, from noon to 1 p.m.
• Twilight at the Track: Training for the SF State 5K Event, for the entire campus community on Monday, March 16, from 6 to 7 p.m.

For more information about the training workshops or race, email or visit the 5K Walk, Run & Roll Web page.

Free tickets for the Music of Contemporary Composers
Four Seasons Arts invites faculty, staff and students to order a pair of complimentary tickets to the Music of Contemporary Composers concert at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at St. John's Presbyterian Church, 2727 College Ave., Berkeley.

RSVP with your name, address and telephone number to Tickets may be picked up at the St. John's box office between 2:30 and 3:30 p.m. the day of the concert. Guests must be at least 6 years old. For more information, to purchase additional tickets or to learn about other events, visit or call Four Seasons Arts at (510) 845-4444.

UWA Mission Street culinary tour, March 24
Join the University Women's Association (UWA) on Tuesday, March 24, for an edible excursion in the heart of San Francisco's Mission District. Led by a local epicurean concierge, the group will sample the fare at Mission Minis, Wise Sons Deli, El Farolito, Roosevelt Tamale Parlor, Pig & Pie and Humphry Slocombe.

Participants will meet at 11 a.m. in front of Mission Minis at 3168 22nd Street (between Mission and Capp streets). The culinary expedition will culminate in a tour of Balmy Alley. To register, mail a check for $90 per person made payable to "UWA" to Lin Ivory, 145 Sequoia Drive, San Anselmo, CA 94960. For additional information, email Lin Ivory.

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

Phi Beta Kappa reminders
The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:

• Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama, Economics Department.
• The annual meeting will be held Thursday, April 2, from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in HUM 473 (Graduate Reading Room); presentation of the new class of members-in-course will be on the agenda.
• 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..

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

ETAC technology survey
The Educational Technology Advisory Committee (ETAC) is sponsoring a survey of technology use by faculty. The results will be used to improve technology services at SF State. The survey closes on March 20. Participants may opt in to enter a lottery for $100 or $200 gift certificates. Visit for more information and a link to the survey.

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 information and links to register, visit the iD Tech website.


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Keith J. Bowman appointed dean of the College of Science & Engineering
After a nationwide search, Keith J. Bowman has been appointed dean of the College of Science & Engineering, effective this summer. Bowman is currently chair of mechanical, materials and aerospace engineering at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT), where his accomplishments include overseeing the implementation of new curricula and the development of new strategic emphases as the department experienced a 40 percent increase in full-time undergraduate enrollment and more than a 40 percent increase in graduate credit hours.

Bowman has also been deeply involved in efforts to increase the representation of women and underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, including serving as a member of IIT's Diversity Committee and as chair of the Purdue University College of Engineering's Diversity Action Committee. He holds a Ph.D. in materials science and engineering from the University of Michigan.

"Dr. Bowman has an exceptional record of leadership and scholarship, with proven success working with all university stakeholders to support the work and achievements of students and faculty," said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Sue V. Rosser. "In addition, he has shown a firm commitment to broadening participation in STEM, a goal to which we are strongly committed at SF State."

Bowman will take over leadership of the College from Sheldon Axler, who has served as dean since 2002.

"I want to thank Dean Axler for his remarkable service to SF State and to the College of Science & Engineering," Rosser said. "His leadership over the last 13 years as dean has been crucial in establishing SF State as a home of scientific innovation. I wish him all the best as he returns to teaching."

Campus Solutions focus group update
The response to the Campus Solutions focus groups has been very informative. The opportunity to engage in meaningful dialog and receive specific details from users is crucial for identifying solutions that can improve the user experience for everyone.

The Change Management team will now begin the process of assimilating the information collected from the 17 different focus groups. The data will be organized and prioritized, and the results will become the basis for recommendations for action. A reporting of the results will be made in the next few weeks. Those who were unable to attend a focus group session and have information or examples to submit for consideration should send input to

The Change Management team extends its many thanks to everyone who helped with scheduling, facilitation and attendance for the focus group sessions.

Malik named director of Planning and Special Projects
Nish Malik was appointed director of Planning and Special Projects in Information Technology Services (ITS), Interim Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President for Information Technology Services Robert Moulton announced.

Malik has more than 15 years of information technology experience in both the private and public sectors, including work at American Express, General Electric, Continental and State Fund. During his three years at SF State, Malik's ability to encourage collaboration and build team spirit have helped to quickly advance the completion of several complex and important projects within ITS.

He most recently led efforts to expand Blackboard Connect's use as the emergency notification system for the University. "As a dedicated member of the campus community, Malik volunteered as one of the first Employee University board members. As a project lead, he serves as co-chair of the Campus Technology Committee and is involved with operations of the Campus Solutions Executive Committee," Interim Interim Chief Information Officer and Associate Vice President Bob Moulton said. Malik received his MBA and an M.S. in Computer Information Systems from the University of San Francisco.

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

Faculty are invited to learn about the SF BUILD project
SF BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity), a project at SF State funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and designed to increase diversity in the biomedical workforce, invites all faculty to an informational session entitled "BUILD DIALOGUE." The event will be held Wednesday, April 1, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Library Events Room, LIB 121. Light refreshments will be served.

The event will include an overview of the SF BUILD project and small group discussions about potential ways for faculty to engage with SF BUILD through small grant opportunities, Reimbursed Release Time/sabbaticals, writing retreats and other professional resources.

Email questions to or call ext. 5-2540. To register, go to

SF BUILD is a project funded by the Enhancing the Diversity of the NIH-Funded Workforce program initiative. Led by SF State, SF BUILD is a partnership with University of California, San Francisco. To learn more visit

Goodwill names SF State a Most Valuable Partner
Goodwill Industries of San Francisco on Friday, Feb. 27, presented a Community Partnership Award and certificate of appreciation to SF State. Professor of Apparel Design & Merchandising Connie Ulasewicz accepted the award on the University's behalf.

The award recognizes the University's "outstanding support, excellence in partnership, and commitment to creating job opportunities for people in need." In addition to the local community service, support for SF Goodwill and ongoing sustainability efforts by the campus community, the organization cited the University's.

  • Hosting of two path-breaking Mendables Events in October 2014, at which sample products donated to Goodwill by Levi Strauss & Company were mended by apparel design students and sold for the benefit of Goodwill and the SF State Fashion Network Association.
  • Authorizing of the installation of five Goodwill clothing collection bins near student housing.
  • Annual Sustainable Move-out for departing students in the spring.
  • Thought leadership around textile waste and reuse and social enterprise formation through the leadership of Connie Ulasewicz and others.
  • Dedication of MBA-level classwork to the SF Goodwill goBIN program, through which three MBA candidates worked as interns at SF Goodwill throughout the summer of 2014.

2015 Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase
The Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase is an annual exhibition of the diverse work of SF State's innovative and talented graduate students. Each year, SF State hosts more than 150 graduate exhibitors whose presentations typically come in the form of a poster display that depicts the purpose, methods and results of their research or creative projects.

The showcase is an excellent opportunity for exemplary students to represent their departments while sharing their work with the broader academic community. Participating in the event will also provide students the opportunity to build their resume or curriculum vitae.

The showcase will be held Thursday, April 30, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Main Gym. The registration deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, April 3. For registration forms and additional registration information, visit the graduate studies website.

Participants and their faculty mentors are also invited to attend a dinner buffet following the showcase. Registered students and their faculty mentors will be eligible to win prizes, such as a Kindle, tickets to "Beach Blanket Babylon" or gift cards. Previous participants have commented on the added benefits of the less formal interactions with their faculty mentors.

Questions? Visit the Graduate Research and Creative Works Showcase website or email Britney Stewart at

Staff travel grants available
The San Francisco State University Retirement Association (SFSURA) encourages staff to apply for travel grant awards. The awards are for travel during 2015 and will have a maximum value of $500. The association expects to fund up to five grants. (Faculty travel grants will be awarded next year.)

Professional development is the major criterion for a travel grant, with preference given to participation/presentation at a conference or workshop, summer fieldwork, research or attendance at an institute. Other types of professional development also will be considered.

Staff application forms are available under the "Forms" tab at To be considered for a grant, applicants must have at least a half-time appointment and must submit a completed application via email to all of the following people by April 6:

Getting started with R
Associate Professor of Sociology Chris Bettinger will present a free introduction to the statistical package R and useful add-ons, such as R Studio. In addition to the introduction, participants who bring a laptop will be able to use and test R -- first as a calculator and later to learn its strengths as a software environment and how the package can benefit their work. Bettinger will also discuss the advantages of R over applications such as IBM's SPSS and Microsoft Excel while demonstrating the relative ease of applying it to undergraduate class settings.

Register now to attend Getting Started with R from noon to 1 p.m. (lunch included) on Monday, April 6, in LIB 244 and learn how to make your numbers come to life. RSVP to Julie Paez at for the full session. Interested but short on time? Drop-ins are welcome, just RSVP to or ext. 5-3995.

For more information, contact Richard Harvey at ext. 8-3478 or or Edward Connor at ext. 8-6997 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.

Academic Senate
Following are the action items from the March 10 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a report from Vice President for Administration & Finance Ronald Cortez and Director of Administration & Finance Jay Orendorff: Budget update.
  • Heard a report from President Leslie E. Wong: Strategic Planning 2015.
  • Approved revisions to the Baccalaureate Degree Policy, #F13-255.
  • Heard a recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed revisions to the University Tenure and Promotion Policy.

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

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This week in Insiders:
BECA Lecturer Gina Baleria, Associate Professor of BECA Jeff Jacoby, Associate Professor of BECA Marie Drennan, Professor of Communication Studies Gust A. Yep and Professor of Comparative and World Literature and English Ellen Peel.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Biology Vance Vredenburg, Associate Professor of Psychology Ryan Howell, Professor of Jewish Studies Marc Dollinger and Jamie and Phyllis Pasker Professor of History Marc Stein.

Read Newsmakers:

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Quoting Ourselves: A Queer Archive: through March 18

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, March 14
Film Workshop: Nica Lorber: Web Design for Filmmakers: 9 a.m.

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

Sunday, March 15
Theatre: Moliere's "The Learned Ladies": 2 p.m.

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Lysander Piano Trio with soprano Lucy Shelton: 3 p.m.

Monday, March 16
Lecture: Writers on Writing: Caroline Paul: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 17
Theatre: "The Fringe": 7 p.m.

Wednesday, March 18
Choral recital: 1:10 p.m.

Reading and Lecture: Nia King: 5 p.m.

Theatre: "The Fringe": 7 p.m.

Poetry reading: "Breathturn Into Timestead": The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan: 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 19
Panel discussion: Hydrarchy and Globalization: 12:10 pm.

Lecture: Beyond Jane Jacobs v. Robert Moses: San Francisco's Redevelopment Experiments in the 1950s and 1960s: 2:10 pm.

Addressing Disparities in Cardiovascular Disease: From Biology to Policy: 4 p.m.

Poetry reading: Pierre Joris and Nicole Peyrafitte: 4:30 p.m.

Artist lecture: Chris Sollars: 5:30 p.m.

Concert: SF State Wind Ensemble: 7 p.m.

Theatre: "The Fringe": 7 p.m.

Friday, March 20
Softball Hosting Cal State San Bernardino: 1 p.m.

Theatre: "The Fringe": 7 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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