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Volume 62, Number 33    May 8, 2015         

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CampusMemo schedule
May 22 will be the final spring semester issue of CampusMemo. During the summer, CampusMemo will be published June 19 and July 17. Weekly publication will resume Aug. 21.

"Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary Confinement, a Play Through Letters"
The play "Mariposa & the Saint: From Solitary Confinement, a Play Through Letters" will be presented at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, in HUM 133. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. Written by Sara (Mariposa) Fonseca and Julia Steele Allen, it is based on Fonseca's experiences in solitary confinement. Noelle Ghoussaini will direct the performance, which will be followed by a discussion of what can be done about solitary confinement. The production is co-sponsored by the Communication Studies Department, Alliance for CHANGE at SF State and ASI Project Rebound.

Life in a Senior-Friendly City lectures
The Gerontology Program will partner with Mountain View Senior Center on a speaker series about the aspects that make a senior-friendly city, as defined by the World Health Organization, and how Mountain View measures up. These free events will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. in the Mountain View Senior Center at 266 Escuela Ave., Mountain View:
• May 14: Assistive Technology for Older Adults presented by Stanford University Mechanical Engineering Lecturer David L. Jaffe
• June 11: Seniors Advancing Age-Friendly Mountain View presented by SF State Emerita Professor of Gerontology Anabel Pelham.

Light refreshments will be served. For more information, email the group.

OIP Celebration of Achievement reception, May 22
The Office of International Programs (OIP) invites the campus community to the 21st Annual International Student "Celebration of Achievement" reception on Friday, May 22, in the Seven Hills Conference Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The reception provides a formal opportunity to join the University community in honoring the many international students who will graduate or otherwise complete their exchange programs at SF State at the end of the Spring 2015 semester.

Planning to attend? RSVP by Friday, May 15, using the online registration form.

Call for local challenges for Day of Civic Hacking
Members of the campus community who are interested in framing a challenge for the 2015 San Francisco Day of Civic Hacking at SF State are asked to submit their ideas by May 22.

"Resilience & Equity" will be the theme for this year's Day of Civic Hacking, which will be held June 6-7. A good challenge:
• Is related to an ongoing problem which your organization works on
• Has context and is relevant to the community
• Has an understandable impact that considers the number of people who would benefit from the solution and identifies the organization(s) that would use it
• Defines the data needed to help solve the problem and identifies if it is publicly available
• Can be owned by a person or organization with relevant expertise

Previous challenges have helped Peace Corps volunteers map the natural, infrastructure and skill resources within their communities; linked patients to the medical supplies and services they need, when they need them; and identified a different path for teen mothers.

The National Day of Civic Hacking is an international event that will take place June 6-7 in cities around the world. It will bring together citizens, software developers and entrepreneurs to collaboratively create, build and invent new solutions using publicly released data, code and technology to improve local communities and the governments that serve them. Anyone can take part; participants don't have to be experts in technology, they just have to care about their neighborhood and community.

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.

Summer Math Camp for kids
San Francisco Math Circle will hold a summer Math Camp for second- through sixth-grade children that will create an environment where math is fun and exciting. Students will explore math through active games, nature and art. The camp will be held June 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26. A 10 percent discount is available to SF State faculty and staff: Use an SF State email address and enter the code "SFSU10" when registering. For more information and a link to apply, visit the San Francisco Math Circle website. Questions? Contact Mathematics Lecturer Addie (Evans) Schnirel via email or ext. 5-0540.

The Math Camp is sponsored by SF State's Center for Science and Mathematics Education and the San Francisco Math Circle.

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.

SF State contingent in SF Pride Parade, June 28
Faculty, staff, students, friends and family are invited to celebrate their SF State pride by marching with the University contingent in San Francisco's Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28. The parade starts at 11 a.m. at Market and Beale streets and goes to Market and 8th streets. The theme of this year's citywide celebration is "Equality Without Exception."

Interested participants are asked to pre-register by completing the sign-up form on the SF State Pride Celebration Parade website by June 23. A free SF State Pride Parade T-shirt will be provided to the first 100 people to sign up. Additional opportunities to help build the parade float and participate as a contingent monitor are available.

For further information, please contact Connie Tallerico at ext. 8-3888.

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' 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 upscale 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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Open house for Employee University, May 11
Please join Employee University (EU) for an open house on Monday, May 11, from 7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Those who attend will be able to meet EU instructors and board members, enjoy appetizers and light refreshments, enter in an hourly prize giveaway and register for EU courses.

Employee University is a professional and personal development program exclusively for SF State employees, taught by SF State employees, with courses that are tailored for SF State employees. The courses are free and offered in small class sizes to enhance learning opportunities and provide maximum engagement. Based on the EU Survey and other feedback, the Summer 2015 courses include:

  • Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom and Digital Photography
  • Budget Basics for Public Universities
  • Customer Service Skill Building
  • Leading Teams
  • Simon Sinek's "Golden Circle" Workshop
  • True Colors & Diversity Workshop
  • Verbal Skills for Limited English Speakers, Level III

Employee University summer 2015 online registration is open and available through May 15. Employee University practices a first-come, first-served registration protocol, so everyone is encouraged to sign up for a course as soon as possible on the Employee University Summer 2015 Registration page. Please note that registration in itself does not guarantee a spot in an EU class: Registrants must receive a course confirmation. Course confirmations will be forwarded in late May/early June directly from

For further details, visit or email

Reception for Dean Axler
The campus community is invited to attend a reception to honor Dean of the College of Science & Engineering Sheldon Axler for his 13 1/2 years as leader of the College of Science & Engineering. Axler will be leaving this position, but not the college. Effective as of the fall 2015 semester, he will return to the Mathematics Department to teach.

The reception will be held Wednesday, May 13, from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Seven Hills Conference Center. Please RSVP for the Axler reception. Contributions towards a gift should be arranged with Arlene Essex at

Undergraduate Studies openings
The Division of Undergraduate Studies invites nominations and applications for two positions in Academic Year 2015-16:

Director, Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing In the Disciplines (WAC/WID)
Working closely with the Academic Senate, academic programs and faculty, and the Committee for Written English Proficiency (CWEP), the director coordinates WAC/WID and ensures the quality and consistency of the GWAR (Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement). As well as overseeing GWAR course proposals, the director will advance the goal of the WAC/WID program to support high-quality writing instruction across the undergraduate and graduate curriculum through faculty development and student learning assessment.

The director must have experience with, knowledge of, and commitment to writing in the disciplines and the policies and practices that guide it. Preferred qualifications include:

  • Ph.D. in an academic discipline and tenure in an academic department
  • Sound grasp of appropriate pedagogical practices for supporting writing across and in the disciplines
  • Ability to communicate WAC/WID program goals to students, faculty, administrators and other stakeholders
  • Sensitivity to the needs of students at varying levels of writing proficiency
  • Substantial experience teaching writing in disciplinary contexts (ideally in GWAR)
  • Ability to support and implement campus and CSU requirements and policies relating to student writing by working productively with faculty, administrators, tutors, library faculty and lower-division writing specialists
  • Awareness of and commitment to writing assessment and WAC research and best practices

Director, General Education
Working closely with the Academic Senate, academic programs and faculty, and relevant university-wide committees (BRC, UDCC, LDCC), the director leads the University's General Education (GE) program. As well as coordinating the submission and approval of new course proposals, the director will support the existing GE program through faculty outreach and development and student learning assessment.

The director must have knowledge of and commitment to the goals, practices and policies that drive General Education, including both University and CSU requirements. Preferred qualifications include:

  • Ph.D. in an academic discipline and tenure in an academic department
  • Understanding of student learning goals in GE across the disciplines, at both lower- and upper-division levels
  • Ability to communicate and support campus goals for GE program to students, faculty, administrators and other stakeholders
  • Substantial experience teaching undergraduates (ideally in GE)
  • Ability to work productively with faculty, administration and Academic Senate to support and implement campus and CSU requirements and policies relating to GE
  • Awareness of and commitment to the value and practice of assessment

Both positions will report to the dean of Undergraduate Studies, each at a .4 time base Academic Year appointment, with a three-year renewable contract. Please send nominations or applications (a one-page letter of interest detailing relevant expertise) to Mari Fong, assistant to the dean, Division of Undergraduate Studies, by May 20.

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
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:

  • Presentation of Distinguished Faculty Awards:
    • Excellence in Service: Felix Kury, Latina/Latino Studies
    • Excellence in Teaching (Lecturer): Jennifer Arin, English
    • Excellence in Teaching (Tenure/Tenure-track): Teaster Baird, Chemistry and Biochemistry
    • Excellence in Professional Growth and Achievements: Ryan Howell, Psychology
  • Proposed resolution in honor of Sheldon Axler, consent item
  • Proposed resolution in honor of Mary Soliday, consent item
  • Thanking and commending outgoing Senators, consent item
  • Report from Jackson Wilson, chair of Online Education Committee
  • Report from President Les Wong and VP of Administration & Finance Ron Cortez: Budget update
  • Recommendation from the Strategic Issues Committee: Proposed resolution urging broad consultation and shared governance in campus satellite planning, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Student Affairs Committee: Proposed revisions to the Title IX mandate in regard to the Class Syllabus policy, second reading
  • Recommendation from the Faculty Affairs Committee: Proposed resolution on best practices for lecturer faculty, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Proposed revisions to the Retention, Tenure, & Promotions policy (#S15-241) regarding the University Tenure & Promotions Committee (UTPC), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Academic Policies Committee: Proposed revisions to the University Committee on Written English Proficiency policy (#S12-14), first reading
  • Recommendation from the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee: Proposed Pre-Nursing Certificate, first reading
  • Recommendation from the Executive Committee: Proposed revision to the Baccalaureate policy (#S15-255), name change from GE Overlays to SF State Studies, first reading

Staff Representatives elected
The Academic Senate congratulates all who participated in this spring's election for Staff Representative. The election raised awareness regarding the importance of staff participation in shared governance.

The new Staff Senators are:

  • 2015- 18 term: Sandra Carrillo, undergraduate counselor, Undergraduate Admissions
  • 2015- 17 term: Dylan Mooney, information technology, College of Health & Social Sciences

Additionally, the Academic Senate thanks outgoing senators Gabriela Alvarenga and V. Paul Mendolla for their service as Staff Representatives to the Academic Senate.

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 Asian American Studies Valerie Soe, Dean of the College of Business Linda Oubre, Professor of English and Comparative and World Literature Ellen Peel, Assistant Professor of History Dennis Campbell and Emeritus Professor of History and former Director of the American Studies Program Bill Issel.

Read Insiders:

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Management John Sullivan, Professor of Management Sally Baack, Assistant Professor of Political Science Jason McDaniel, Associate Professor of Health Education Emma Sanchez-Vaznaugh and Professor of Political Science Robert C. Smith.

Read Newsmakers:

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We mark the passing of Professor of Theatre Arts Jack A. Byers.

Read In Memoriam:

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

Luke Damiani: Between Spaces: through July 15

Kaleidoscope: The 26th Annual Design and Industry Exhibition: May 12 through July 15

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


Saturday, May 9
Track/Field at West Coast Last Chance Meet

Play: "Mariposa & the Saint": 1 p.m.

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

Concert: Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Seminar: Tribute to Laszlo Varga: 2:20 p.m.

Concert: Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Concert: 7:30 p.m.

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

Sunday, May 10
Theatre: "Into the Woods": 2 p.m.

Concert: Yehudi Menuhin Chamber Music Winners Concert: 4 p.m.

Monday, May 11
Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m.

Lecture: Writers on Writing: Tom Barbash: 7 p.m.

Student Composers Concert: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, May 13
Recital: Piano students of Victoria Neve: 1:10 p.m.

Reception: Kaleidoscope: The 26th Annual Design and Industry Exhibition: 6 p.m.

Thursday, May 14
Bike to Work/School Day: 8:30 a.m.

Lecture: Vijay Iyer: 6:10 p.m.

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

Friday, May 15
Spring '15 last day of classes

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


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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