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Volume 63, Number 1    July 17, 2015         

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CampusMemo schedule
CampusMemo will resume weekly publication with the start of the fall semester on Aug. 21.

California Higher Education Sustainability Conference at SF State, July 20-24
The 2015 California Higher Education Sustainability Conference will be held at SF State July 20-24. The conference will feature dozens of sessions on best practices in campus sustainability, cutting-edge research, case studies of proven successes in curriculum development, operational programs and community partnerships and keynote speeches from environmental advocate Van Jones and UC President Janet Napolitano.

Lifelong Learning at
SF State

Signs of aliens on campus? Daniel Bernardi, interim dean of the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, will teach the class "Signs of Aliens: Religion, Law, Psychology and Alien Abduction Narratives" for the first fall session starting Sept. 8 at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI).

OLLI, based in the College of Liberal & Creative Arts, is a stimulating learning community for those age 50 and up. It features classes, interest groups and events at the downtown and main campuses. Five six-week sessions providing personal and social enrichment are taught by current and retired SF State professors and other experts on timely and fascinating subjects. Learn about "Signs of Aliens" -- and other courses offered in OLLI's first fall session -- on the OLLI website or email with questions. Watch for the preview event in mid-August, view faculty and member videos and explore all the ways in which OLLI members stay engaged, curious and active.

To enroll, learn about teaching for fun at OLLI or for more information, visit or contact Gwen Sanderson at ext. 7-4243 or

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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Summer 2015 Academic Technology Faculty institutes and workshops
All faculty are invited to attend the third and final session of the Academic Technology Summer Institute on Aug. 12 and 13. Participants will have the opportunity to meet colleagues and expand skills and knowledge. The institute will be hands-on, with interactive demonstrations and engaging activities that include lunch and refreshments. Register for the institute at

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.

Limited availability of retirement specialist
Human Resources Retirement Specialist Mary Saw will be off campus through Sept. 15. During her absence, Human Resources benefits staff will provide limited retirement counseling. For interim assistance, contact Nikki Onipede at or ext. 8-7152, Carol Crociani at or ext. 8-2679, or Wanda Humphrey at or ext. 8-2628.

ORSP announces 2015-16 Small Grant Program awardees
The Office of Research and Sponsored Programs (ORSP) has announced the awardees of the 2015 Small Grants Program. The grants foster the professional development of investigators and creative artists at SF State through support for original projects that contribute significantly to the professional achievement and growth of applicants. View the list at the ORSP Small Grants Awards page.

SF State to host Better Together: California Teachers Summit
SF State will join colleges and universities across California in hosting the "Better Together: California Teachers Summit," a first-of-its-kind day of learning that will bring more than 20,000 teachers together to network and share ideas. The free event will take place on campus from 8 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. on July 31 and is sponsored by the CSU, the Association of Independent Colleges and Universities and New Teacher Center.

The summit is designed to allow educators to network with their peers, share best practices, learn cutting-edge teaching strategies and access effective resources to implement the new California standards. The program will include presentations from nationally renowned speakers and discussions led by teachers and for teachers about new and innovative practices. A 0.5 unit continuing education credit will be available to teachers at a minimal cost.

Faculty, teacher candidates and future teachers interested in attending the summit can learn more about the event and register at Lunch will be provided. Parking is free at Lot 20.

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This week in Insiders: Associate Professor of Africana Studies Antwi Akom, Professor of Biology Jonathon Stillman, Romberg Tiburon Center Research Technician Adam Paganini, Professor of Biology Tom Parker, Professor of Biology Kimberly Tanner, Professor of Health Education Erik Peper, Professor of History Marc Stein, Associate Professor of Liberal Studies José Acacio de Barros, Professor of Management Mitchell Marks, Associate Professor of Marketing Gulnur Tumbat and Professor of Physics and Astronomy Zhigang Chen.

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This week in Newsmakers: Professor of Health Education Adam Burke, Professor of Recreation, Parks and Tourism Nina Roberts, Professor and Chair of Psychology Jeff Cookston, Associate Professor of Psychology Ezequiel Morsella, Professor of American Indian Studies Joanne Barker and Professor of Geography & Environment Ellen Hines.

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SF State received $2,219,778 in grants and contracts in June 2015.

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

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

Monday, July 20
California Higher Education Sustainability Conference

Friday, July 24
Summer '15 R3 census

Friday, July 31
Better Together: California Teachers Summit: 8 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 14
Summer '15 R2-R4 instruction ends

Tuesday, Aug. 18
Summer '15 R2-R4 grades due

Friday, Aug. 21
Fall '15 academic semester begins

Fall '15 faculty development/department meetings

Monday, Aug. 24
Fall '15 first day of instruction

Friday, Sept. 4
Men's Soccer vs. Missouri-St. Louis: 1 p.m.

Monday, Sept. 7
Fall '15 Labor Day; no classes; offices closed


For more upcoming events, see the University Calendar



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