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Volume 61, Number 35    June 16, 2014         

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Publication schedule
CampusMemo is on a monthly publication schedule for the summer. The next issue will appear July 21. Weekly publication will resume Aug. 25. The deadline for submissions is 5 p.m. on the Tuesday preceding publication.

Extra 2014 Commencement programs
The Office of University Communications has a limited supply of programs from this year’s undergraduate and graduate Commencement ceremonies. If you would like extra copies, please inquire at ADM 156.

SF State pride at SF Pride
Faculty, staff and students are invited to celebrate their SF State pride by helping to build a parade float and/or march with the University contingent in San Francisco's Pride Parade on Sunday, June 29. The theme of this year's citywide celebration is "Color Our World with Pride."

Complete the sign-up form by June 24 to receive up-to-date information on SF State's participation in this San Francisco tradition. A free SF State Pride Parade contingent T-shirt and free lunch will be provided to the first 100 people to sign up.

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

Wrestling Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament
The 21st annual Paul B. Jensen Memorial Wrestling Alumni & Friends Golf Tournament will be held Saturday, July 12, at the Willow Park Golf Course in Castro Valley. Golfers tee off starting at 10 a.m. A barbecue dinner and awards banquet will be held at about 4 p.m., and awards will be given for low gross, low net, blind bogey, longest drive and closest to the hole. Early registration (by June 27) is $175 and includes a cart, boxed lunch and barbecue dinner. Registration on the day of the tournament is $200. Download the registration form. For more information or to register, e-mail Lars Jensen or call ext. 8-2301.

Campus Rec summer membership deal
The majority of the Gymnasium Building is being renovated over the summer, so Campus Recreation will offer the discounted membership rate of $35 for the summer to reflect the reduced program offerings. As an additional thank you for their summer participation, faculty and staff who sign up for a summer membership will receive an additional $5 discount on a fall 2014 membership. For more information or to sign up, visit the Campus Recreation website.

Summer 2014 accent modification clinic
The Communicative Disorders Program is offering an accent modification clinic during the summer semester on Thursdays from 9 to 11 a.m. Faculty and staff with family members, relatives or friends who would benefit from accent modification are encouraged to obtain an application form from BH 114, e-mailing or calling ext. 8-1001.

UWA 2015 cruise
The University Women's Association (UWA) has scheduled its 21st scholarship cruise, which will sail June 27, 2015, from Istanbul, Turkey, to Barcelona, Spain. The 14-day Princess Cruise, the "Mediterranean & Aegean Medley," will stop at ports in Greece, Malta, Italy, Sicily, Tunisia and France. Travelers will experience unforgettable and historic sights, spectacular scenery and pristine beaches.

Group prices for the many stateroom categories begin as low as $2,498 per person. One choice is a two-category upgrade from brochure prices, which includes balcony staterooms starting at $3,598 per person, based on double occupancy. Prices include virtually all shipboard entertainment, activities and superb dining venues. Past Princess passengers who book prior to August 31, 2014, will receive an additional $100 per person discount with only a 10 percent deposit. While airfare is not included, Princess will offer an air package at a later date.

The cruise is open to all, and membership in the UWA is not required. For every 16 paid passengers, Princess Cruises will return the equivalent of one fare for the Gloria Spencer UWA Scholarship Endowment Fund -- so all aboard for fun and education support. For more information and a detailed flyer, e-mail Lin Ivory or visit the UWA website.


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Altura named associate dean of undergraduate studies
Kimberley Altura has been appointed as the new associate dean of undergraduate studies, effective this fall. Currently director of the Undergraduate Advising Center, she has worked at SF State for 13 years in a number of academic support, program development and academic counseling roles. In addition, she serves as chair of the Undergraduate Council on Advising and the Early Start Committee and has been a member of the Student Success and Graduation Initiative, the Baccalaureate Requirements Committee, the First Year Experience Task Force, and the Mental Health Advisory Board. Before coming to SF State, she was assistant dean of Academic Affairs at Holy Names University.

Altura will take over for Nancy Gerber, who has been serving as interim associate dean since 2013. A national search for a new director of the Undergraduate Advising Center will take place this summer.

"I am delighted that Kim, who has done an excellent job directing the Undergraduate Advising Center, will become the next associate dean of undergraduate studies at SF State," said incoming Dean Jennifer Summit. "I know that Undergraduate Studies, and the students we serve, will benefit from her deep understanding of undergraduate education and the full range of campus and CSU policies and practices that affect it."

Altura received her bachelor's degree in government and politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and her master's degree in counseling with a specialization in college and career from SF State.

Gerber will return to the faculty in the fall and continue to work closely with Undergraduate Studies as the faculty general education director.

"I want to thank Nancy Gerber for her service as associate dean during this transition period," said interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies Helen Goldsmith. "I have enjoyed working with her over the past year and especially appreciate her instrumental role in putting the new baccalaureate requirements in place."

Call for faculty nominations to the University Sustainability Committee
Two faculty positions on the University Sustainability Committee are open to nominations by faculty, students and staff, or by self-nomination. E-mail nominations to Nick Kordesch, sustainability coordinator, at and include information regarding the nominee's experience and commitment to sustainability. Nominations will be forwarded to the Academic Senate for consideration. Visit for information on the Sustainability Committee and its members.

Apply for DRC grants
Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Awards are available to tenured and tenure-track faculty. The awards focus on supporting early scholars in work that will significantly benefit their scholarship and creative work. The awards are also intended to help established scholars leverage nascent projects in ways that contribute to their careers at SF State.

The grant opportunities provide a budget up to $8,000 per grant proposal for the 2014-15 academic year. Proposals must be submitted to the faculty member's college office by Aug. 25. Application guidelines and FAQs are available at

Scholarships made easy
A new way to apply for and manage scholarships was launched at SF State in May. The University has contracted for AcademicWorks, a software platform, which centralizes and streamlines the process of applying for and awarding scholarships. All colleges, departments and offices that administer scholarships for the 2014-15 academic year have implemented the program.

AcademicWorks is a nationally recognized software firm that provides comprehensive scholarship management designed to match students with relevant scholarship opportunities, manage awards and recognize scholarship donors. Several CSU campuses and universities nationwide use the program.

Benefits of the software include:

  • Students complete one scholarship application, which is entered into a pool of eligible scholarships
  • The program helps ensure that criteria are met and scholarships are awarded
  • Scholarship committees are able to easily sort, review and rate applicants electronically
  • University Development is empowered to better steward donors and ensure that students thank donors in a timely and appropriate manner
  • Scholarship award management is streamlined and automated, which means more awards for students and improved donor relations

To view a list of SF State scholarships, visit and follow the "Campus Scholarship Search" link in the upper left corner. Questions? E-mail Mabel Chan in Financial Aid or Brandon Brown in University Development.

Chinese Bridge winner announced
The Confucius Institute at SF State and Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters have announced that Hannah Baker, a graduate student in the Chinese program, won first place in the Northern California preliminary Chinese Bridge contest. Baker will compete in the semifinal and final competitions in China. She will represent all West Coast universities that participate in the Confucius Institute. The Chinese Bridge contest is a Chinese proficiency competition for college students. This is the 13th annual competition.

Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters will assist Baker in following Hanban’s requirements for registration, visa application and coordination with the competition committee for her July trip to China.

Hanban and the San Francisco Chinese Consulate cosponsored the Preliminary Chinese Contest in Northern California in partnership with the Confucius Institutes in other states. Hanban/Confucius Institute Headquarters is a public institution affiliated with the Chinese Ministry of Education. It is committed to providing Chinese language and cultural teaching resources and services worldwide, working to meet the demands of foreign Chinese learners and contributing to the development of multiculturalism and the building of a harmonious world.

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This week in Insiders: Assistant Professor of Asian American Studies Jonathan H. X. Lee, Associate Director of International Programs Jay Ward, Associate Professor and Chair of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan, Professor Emeritus of Marketing Bill Perttula and Professor of Women and Gender Studies Nan Alamilla Boyd

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This week in Newsmakers: Associate Professor of Latino/Latina Studies Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Assistant Professor of Geosciences Jason Gurdak, Professor of International Relations Andrei Tsygankov, Associate Professor and Chair of Labor and Employment Studies John Logan, Political Science Lecturer David Lee, Assistant Professor of Public Administration Jennifer Shea, Lecturer Jan Null and Associate Professor of History Dawn Mabalon.

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Exploring the East: The Asian Art Collection of Adolph Sutro: through June 30

Josie Iselin: An Ocean Garden: through July 1

Summer '14 R1 and R4 Census

Coming Up
June 23: Summer '14 R2 Instruction Begins

June 27: Summer '14 R1 and R4 Last Day to Request CR/NC Grading Option

July 4: Summer '14 Independence Day Observed - University Closed

July 7: Summer '14 R2 Census

July 8: Info Session: Paralegal Studies: 5:30 p.m.

July 11: Summer '14 R1 Instruction Ends

July 11: Summer '14 R2 Last Day to Request CR/NC Grading Option

July 11: Concert: Alonzo King LINES Ballet Summer Program Showcase: 8 p.m.

July 14: Summer '14 R3 Instruction Begins

July 15: Summer '14 R1 Grades Due

July 19: Info Session: Spanish/English Interpretation Orientation: 10 a.m.

July 25: Summer '14 R3 Census

Aug. 1: Summer '14 R3 Last Day to Request CR/NC Grading Option


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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