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Volume 62, Number 32    May 1, 2015         

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Data visualization and analysis using JMP statistical software
SAS Academic Ambassador and UC San Diego Lecturer Julian Parris will provide a two-part introduction to visualizing and analyzing data using JMP statistical software (published by SAS) on Monday, May 4, from noon to 2 p.m. in LIB 286. Lunch will be provided.

The first hour of the presentation will guide participants through the basics of the JMP statistical platform with an emphasis on crafting effective visualizations to tell the story in the data. The second hour of the session will introduce more advanced visualization, analysis and modeling platforms in JMP with a discussion of best practices in research and teaching.

Participants are asked to bring questions about their data for the group discussion. Planning to attend or drop in for part of the workshop? RSVP to Julie Paez or ext. 5-3995.

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

Phi Beta Kappa initiation, May 5
The Phi Beta Kappa Society wishes to remind SF State/Omicron chapter members that:
• 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. Dean of the College of Science & Engineering Sheldon Axler will be the initiation ceremony speaker.
• Annual dues of $25, which help defray the cost of the annual student initiation, should be submitted to Society Treasurer Lisa Takeyama, Economics Department.

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

Study abroad students
to be honored

Faculty and staff are invited to join in recognizing SF State students who will be studying abroad beginning in the fall. The Office of International Programs will hold a study abroad ceremony from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, May 6, in the Creative Arts building's McKenna Theatre. The occasion will serve as the final sendoff for students who will be participating in the California State University international program or SF State's exchange program starting this fall. This event is open to the entire campus and public.

UndocuAlly spring
2015 training

The SF State Undocumented/AB 540 Educational Equity Task Force and Improving Dreams, Equity, Access and Success (IDEAS) invite faculty and staff to the UndocuAlly annual training Wednesday, May 6, at 10 a.m. in room T-160 of the Cesar Chavez Student Center.

Those who attend will learn about recent legislation that supports "dreamers," common challenges they face at SF State and resources available for current and prospective students. Participants will also hear some experiences of undocumented students and the impact that faculty and staff can have on a student's college experience.

Help build a more welcoming and accessible campus with increased support for undocumented/AB 540 students at SF State. RSVP to to reserve a seat. Questions? Contact Nancy Jodaitis or Rose Carmona.

Fiesta to honor Raza activists, May 8
The Raza Faculty and Staff Association (RFSA) invites the campus community to an end of semester fiesta honoring SF State Raza activists on Friday, May 8, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in HUM 473. Festivities will include lunch, music and awards. Everyone is welcome. The RFSA executive board is hosting the event.

Suicide prevention training
The Counseling and Psychological Services Center in conjunction with San Francisco Suicide Prevention will offer the free two-day Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) workshop on campus from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5. Snacks will be provided on both days. Participation in the full two days is required.

The training is open to all faculty, staff and administrators. The goal of ASIST is to increase the knowledge and awareness of laypeople in identifying the signs of possible suicide ideation and helping the person provide 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, skills practice based on adult learning principles and powerful videos on suicide intervention.

To register, email Susan Chen in the Counseling and Psychological Services Center. Reasonable accommodations for those with disabilities will be provided upon request.

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.

Cruise Tahiti, January 2016
The University Women's Association (UWA) will return for the third time to the beautiful islands of French Polynesia. The 10-day cruise aboard Oceania Cruises's Marina will begin and end in Papeete, Tahiti. The ship will depart Jan. 25, 2016. Oceania is considered by many to be the best value in up-scale cruising. The trip is open to all -- UWA membership is not required. For a detailed flyer with information about ports, prices, incentives and reservations, contact Lin Ivory at

UWA cruises provide scholarship support for students at SF State -- the 20 previous cruises have raised nearly $55,000 in scholarship funds.


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Accessible Adventures Day at SF State
The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC), in collaboration with Campus Recreation and the Department of Recreation, Parks and Tourism, invites the campus community to participate in the free Accessible Adventures Day from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7, at the Nasser Family Plaza in front of the Gymnasium.

Accessible Adventures Day makes available to students, staff and faculty with disabilities a variety of accessible adventures and recreational activities. Participants will learn about the possibilities for inclusive, active and creative fun. Participants will:

  • See demonstrations of accessibly designed sports and travel equipment, including test riding adaptive cycles
  • Enjoy performances and inclusive games
  • Learn about courses and programs that offer unique accessible and inclusive activities, services and adventures
  • Discover accessible adventures in the Bay Area and beyond offered by several organizations

Visit the Accessible Adventures Day webpage to learn more or contact DPRC Outreach Coordinator Todd Higgins at or ext. 8-2472 (voice/TTY).

Summer 2015 Academic Technology Faculty institutes and workshops
All faculty are invited to attend Academic Technology's summer events. The events offer the opportunity to meet colleagues and expand skills and knowledge. The institutes are hands-on, with interactive demonstrations and engaging activities that include lunch and refreshments. Register for any institute or workshop at

Academic Technology Summer Institute
In these two-day institutes, participants will explore campus-supported technologies and examine strategies for integrating technology into courses. The institute is designed for those who would like to learn more about iLearn and the wide array of technology tools and services available to instructors:

  • Session 1: June 3 and 4 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Session 2: July 8 and 9 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)
  • Session 3: Aug. 12 and 13 (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.)

Advanced Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Institute
The QOLT institute to be held June 9 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. will focus on effective teaching strategies and best design practices for hybrid and fully online courses. Participants will learn specific, concrete ways to quickly evaluate and improve their courses.

Quality Online Learning and Teaching (QOLT) Peer Review Institute
In this June 10 (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.) institute, participants will learn about campus and system-wide initiatives that support quality online courses. Gain valuable skills, join a vibrant faculty learning community and take an online course to the next level.

An Equity Perspective on Human Resources
SF State's doctoral program in educational leadership has partnered with the College of Extended Learning and International Affairs to offer a course in HR equity and social justice practices directed toward educational staff and leaders. The course, "An Equity Perspective on Human Resources" (within the education field), will be held Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on July 25, Aug. 1 and Aug. 8 at the Downtown Campus. The course fee is $375. For more information, contact Andrew Brosnan, program director, at or (415) 817-4325. To register, call (415) 405-7700 (option 5) or visit

Academic Senate
Following are the action items from the April 28 Academic Senate meeting:

  • Heard a report from Chair Trevor Getz
  • Heard a report from Diane Allen, Geoff Desa, Meg Gorzycki, Pam Howard and Erik Rosegard: Critical Reading Study
  • Approved the Executive Committee recommendation regarding the proposed Extraordinary Assigned Time policy
  • Approved the Executive Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the Protection of Human Subjects policy
  • Approved the Faculty Affairs Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure and Promotion (RTP) policy regarding Working Personnel Action Files (WPAF) processing
  • Approved unanimously the Faculty Affairs Committee recommendation regarding the proposed policy on Transition to Electronic Working Personnel Action Files (eWPAFs)
  • Discussed the Strategic Issues Committee recommendation regarding the proposed resolution urging broad consultation and shared governance in campus satellite planning in the first reading: The item will return at a future plenary
  • Discussed the Faculty Affairs Committee recommendation regarding the proposed resolution on Best Practices for Lecturer Faculty in the first reading: The item will return at a future plenary
  • Approved unanimously the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the PACE (Public Affairs & Civic Engagement) B.S. in Environmental Studies, Concentration in Natural Resource Management and Conservation
  • Approved unanimously the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee recommendation regarding the proposed Geography & Environment B.S. in Environmental Science & Management
  • Approved the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee recommendation regarding the proposed Business Graduate Certificate in Ethics and Compliance
  • Discussed the Academic Policy Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the RTP Policy regarding the University Tenure & Promotions Committee (UTPC) in the first reading: The item will return at a future plenary
  • Approved the Academic Policies Committee recommendation regarding proposed revisions to the Baccalaureate Requirements Policy: Minimum grade in the Golden Four

Staff Representative elections to begin
The election for Staff Representative to the Academic Senate will begin Monday, April 27 and will run through noon on Monday, May 4. More information on the election will be sent via email to all staff
. Candidate position statements are available on the Academic Senate Staff Election page at

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

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This week in Insiders:
Dean of the College of Ethnic Studies Kenneth Monteiro, Assistant Professor of Physics and Astronomy Stephen Kane, Professor of Psychology David Matsumoto and Professor of Sociology Allen LeBlanc.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor Ryan Howell, Associate Professor of Biology Sarah Cohen, Associate Professor of Economics Philip King and Director of the Family Acceptance Project Caitlin Ryan.

Read Newsmakers:

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

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition: April 25 through May 16

Luke Damiani: Between Spaces: through July 15

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


Saturday, May 2
Track/Field hosting CCAA Championships

Baseball hosting Cal Poly Pomona: noon

Opera: "La Calisto": 7:30 p.m.

Theatre: "Into the Woods": 8 p.m.

Sunday, May 3
Baseball hosting Cal Poly Pomona: 11 a.m.

Opera: "La Calisto": 2 p.m.

Theatre: "Into the Woods": 2 p.m.

Monday, May 4
Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Film composer Larry Groupe: 4:30 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Micah Perks: 7 p.m.

Tuesday, May 5
Concert: Chamber Music Ensembles: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 6
UndocuAlly Spring 2015 Training: 10 a.m.

Concert: SF State Orchestra: 7 p.m.

Thursday, May 7
Annual Accessible Adventures Day: 11 a.m.

Poetry reading: Prageeta Sharma and Thomas Devaney: 4:30 p.m.

Concert: Afro-Cuban Jazz Ensemble of SF State: 7:30 p.m.

Theatre: "Into the Woods": 8 p.m.

Friday, May 8
Theatre: Asia in Motion 2015: Two Award-Winning Contemporary Japanese Plays: 10 a.m.

Recital: Manu Petaia, Ross McKee Piano Award winner: 1:10 p.m.

Theatre: Asia in Motion 2015: Two Award-Winning Contemporary Japanese Plays: 2 p.m.

Master class: Afiara String Quartet: 2:10 p.m.

Theatre: "Into the Woods": 8 p.m.

Concert: Morrison Artists Series: Afiara String Quartet: 8 p.m.


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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