Opening Faculty Meeting 2013 – 2014

[ Silence ]>>– 13-2014, Opening
Faculty Meeting. Welcome. Few reminders,
there will be a reception that begins immediately
following this meeting. And we’d like to
thank the sponsors for tonight’s reception,
[inaudible] and the SFSU Bookstore. And immediately following
the reception, there is a bookstore
recycling stuff sale and I hear there are significant
discounts that we have. And also, I would
like to remind you that the San Francisco State
University Academic Senate meets on alternate Tuesdays during the
semester and I invite everybody in this room to come and
watch shared governance in action at no charge. [ Laughter ] It is my pleasure now to
introduce Provost Sue. [ Applause ]>>Thank you chair Hanley. Good afternoon everyone. Welcome to academic
year 2013-’14. It’s great to see all of you although actually
I can’t see any of you right now
given these slides. But please accept
my warm wishes. This afternoon, in
a few minutes, it’s going to be my pleasure to see the deans introduce the
31 new tenure-track faculty who will be joining us
as colleagues this year. Yes. [ Applause ] And actually, there are
three other individuals who were hired this year who will be joining us
in the fall of 2014. So you’ll get to
meet them next year. But technically, they’re part
of the 34 we hired this year. Soon, I’m going to
introduce six faculties who will talk about their work. But before these
introductions, I would just like to take a moment to focus
on a few highlights of some of the stellar accomplishments
of few of our faculty colleagues
during the past year. I regret that I can’t
begin to list everything that folks have done
because we’re such a productive group
here in terms of faculty at San Francisco State
in service, teaching and scholarship research. With the aid of the deans and the associate vice
presidents though, I have selected a
few to underline in the different areas. First, in service,
Jeff Duncan-Andrade from Ethnic Studies was awarded
the Paulo Freire Social Justice Award at the AERA
Annual Meeting. Sandy Rosen– Please
don’t clap, you’re going to be clapping way
too much if you clap for all these great people. Sandy Rosen from
Education was invited to set up the first Orientation and Mobility Personnel
Preparation Programs in Russia and Germany. Nini Yang from Business served as the CSU International
Program Study Abroad Director in Beijing last year. In terms of teaching,
Mathematics professor, Matt Beck was named one of the nation’s top
Mathematics teachers by the Mathematical Association
of America and he was one of three mathematicians in
the country selected to serve to receive the 2013 Haimo
Award for Distinguished College or University Teaching
of Mathematics. Computer Science Chair
Dragutin Petkovic and Computer Science Associate
Professor Ilmi Yoon each received the National
Science Foundation Grant in Transforming Undergraduate
Education in STEM Program. There were only 70
such grants given to comprehensive universities
in the country overall fields. For one department
to receive two such awards is quite unusual. The Department of Foreign
Languages and Literatures, Chinese Program headed by Professor Charles Egan
secured the fifth year of federal funding, again,
from more than 400,000 dollars to support innovative
pedagogical and other practices designed to
raise the linguistic proficiency and cultural sensitivity
of students in all majors from the elementary
or immediate– intermediate to the advanced
level within four to five years. Associate Professor of
History Megan Williams was one of few applicants to
receive a two-year grant from the National Endowment
for the Humanities to develop and pilot an interdisciplinary
general education course focused on what NIH terms and enduring
question, in this case, why are we interested
in the past. Research, Nancy Raquel Mirabal in Ethnic Studies was
awarded a 2012-’13 Scholar in Residence Fellowship at the
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New
York funded by an NIH grant. Jonathan Lee in Ethnic Studies
received an Early Career Award from the Association for
Asian American Studies. Philosophy Department Chair
Anita Silvers was named a co-recipient of the
first ever Lebowitz Prize for Philosophical
Achievement awarded by the National Phi
Beta Kappa Society and American Philosophical
Association. I understand that this carries
a substantial honorarium with it and she will present the
views of justice for people with disabilities at
the 2013 Annual Meeting of the American Philosophical
Association. Described as Chief Architect of
Modern Empiricism since 1980, distinguished Professor
of Philosophy, Bas van Fraassen received
the inaugural Hempel Prize from the Philosophy of Science
Association recognizing Lifetime Achievement and Innovation
in the Philosophy of Science. Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Sam
McCormick received the James Winans-Herbert Wichelns Memorial
Award for his monograph “Letters to Power: Public Advocacy Without Public Intellectuals”
issued by the Penn State
University Press. I understand that this is the
most prestigious annual award made by the National
Communication Association for scholarship in the field
of Rhetoric and Public Address. Amber Friesen from Education
who was introduced last year, just as those of you sitting in the first three rows
here will be today, so she is only beginning
her second year here at San Francisco State, received
a 1.24 million dollar grant from the US Department
of Education for careers and inclusive resources related to children’s learning
in the early years. When I saw her last
week and talked to her about a little bit, she
said the best part is that it provides stipends
for our graduate students. Roblyn Simeon published
“Working in the Global Economy”. She is in– from
business, “How to Develop and Manage Your Career
Across Borders”. Biology Professor
Gretchen LeBuhn’s work on monitoring bee
populations was featured in the New York Times
article in 2013, January. Her paper on “Avian Body Size
Changes and Climate Change” was in the top 25 most
downloaded articles in a major cited journal. Sheldon Axler, Dean of
the College of Science and Engineering was selected
as an inaugural fellow of the American Mathematical
Society for his research
contributions to Mathematics. Dean Axler was the only
mathematician from the CSU to receive this honor. Physics and Astronomy Assistant
Professor Weining Man received a 400,000 dollar research grant from the National Science
Foundation for experiments on electromagnetic
wave propagation and disordered photonic media. The Fourth Foundation
awarded a 500,000 dollar grant to Associate Professors Jessica
Fields and Laura Mamo of Health and Social Sciences for their
project “Beyond Bullying: Shifting the Discourse of LGBTQ
Sexuality and Youth in Schools”. Jasper Rubin also of
HSS published his book “A Negotiated Landscape:
The Transformation of San Francisco’s
Waterfront Since 1950”. This book was the winner of
the 2012 Biannual Book Prize from the International
Planning History Society. And Karl Kwan from HSS
was awarded fellow status by the American Psychological
Association. So, as you can see, our
faculty are very accomplished and I could have gone on and
on with many, many, others. So I want you incoming
faculty to know a little bit about the folks that
you will be joining. The accomplishments of our
faculty make us so proud and let’s give everyone
a big hand please. [ Applause ] In order to help ensure that faculty can remain
productive despite this continuing tight budget times, although they are
the best they’ve been since I’ve been here,
so I’m happy about that. We will again have the
Faculty Travel Awards with the pool of
150,000 dollars. As many of you know– Yeah,
that’s good, we want that. As many of you know, I do
enjoy attending the theater, musical events and other arts
and entertainment that are so abundant here
in the Bay Area. This summer, I went to
Priscilla Queen of the Desert. If you’ve seen the musical or
remember the movie from the– was that the ’90s or the ’80s? I think it was the ’80s. You know that that
the theme focuses on not only surviving
but thriving. As WASC noted, when awarding
us our 10-year status for reaccreditation, the commission commended
the university in particular for maintaining the quality of its academic programs
during the budget crisis and for its steady increase in graduation rates especially
among minority students. The WASC team also described San
Francisco State as, and I quote, “The gold standard in its
commitment to diversity as an intellectual
and talent resource.” And know that the
university’s renowned for incorporating social
justice and civic engagement into all aspects of campus life. Thanks to all of you for making
us thrive as well as survive at San Francisco State
in these difficult times. I’m now very happy and
honored to introduce six of our faculty colleagues
to speak about their work. And I’m going to introduce
all six of them at once and then they’ll just
speak one after the other. So you kind of get the flow
of the different six colleges at San Francisco State. First, Nan Alamilla Boyd. Professor Boyd has been
a member of the Women and Gender Studies Department at San Francisco State
University since 2007. She teaches courses in
feminist research methods, queer theories, and the
history of San Francisco. She is also a prolific
scholar of American history and historiography and the
author of the influential and definitive “Wide-Open Town: A History of Queer San
Francisco to 1965”. Marco Bravo, an Associate
Professor in the Department of Elementary Education. Marco Bravo has published
extensively on the integration of science, language
literacy and teaching science to English language learners. He has been involved in several
national research projects. Most recently, as
an investigator in the US Department of Education funded
English Language and Literacy Integration
in Subject Areas. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales. Professor Tintiangco-Cubales’
research and service have been primarily
focused on the development of teachers and tools
that developed culturally and community responsive
pedagogy. She is a member of the Asian-American
Studies Department and recently received the San
Francisco State Distinguished Faculty Award for
Excellence in Service. Her most recent publication
is “Kilusan 4 Kids: A Critical Language for
Elementary School Students”. Sameer Verma, founder of the
One Laptop per Child Jamaica Community and the
Commons Initiative of San Francisco State. Professor Sameer Verma is a
faculty member of the Department of the Information Systems
in the College of Business. His research and
activism are focused on the democratic
diffusion and adoption of innovative technologies. Vance Vredenburg,
a faculty member in the Department of Biology. Professor Rittenberg’s research
interests include the impacts of chytridiomycosis and emerging
infectious amphibious disease, the phylogeography of amphibians and climate change impacts
on aquatic food webs. He’s a research associate at the
California Academy of Sciences and the Museum of
Vertebrate Zoology. And finally, David Walsh. Professor David Walsh
is a member of the Department
of Kinesiology. His areas of scholarly expertise
include youth development, physical education and
activity and at-risk youth. He is the Director of the
Urban Youth Development Project which aims to foster
collaboration between San Francisco State
University and local schools and youth agencies in
underserved communities and to provide professional
expertise and experience for graduate and
undergraduate students. Please join me in welcoming
our first presenter, Dr. Nan Alamilla
Boyd to the podium. Nan. [ Applause ]>>Hi everybody. First, I want to say
thank you to Chair Hanley and Provost Rosser and President
Wong for inviting faculty to talk about the
research in this firm. I think it’s a really good
addition to the program. And I wanted to say
welcome to the new faculty. You’ve joined tremendously
challenging group of people and I think you’re going
to really like it here. As for my research, my
current work is on the history of tourism in San Francisco and
how did I get from the history of queer San Francisco
to tourism you asked, in two words, gay marriage. In 2004, when Gavin
Newsom made his decree that same sex marriage was
legal in San Francisco, I was in the middle of
a tricky gay divorce and feeling pretty grumpy. So I wrote a cynical article
and the money to be made by gay marriage and
it was published in the Radical History Review. The wedding industry has
a big cash cow, you know. This sent me on the path to
follow the money which was new for me because I’ve been trained
as a grass root social historian where you tend to ignore details like corporate interest
and profit margins. Still, I hinted at the
relationship between gay rights and gay money-making
and the conclusion of my book “Wide-Open Town”. And as I did my research, I found my self increasingly
interested in the post forward to economic shift from
liberalism to neoliberalism. What I mean and to be kind
of reductionist about it, is the shift in San Francisco
from industrial capitalism to an economy defined by high
and low service industries, I think San Francisco
Waterfront, and I started to think about tourism. Just as an aside,
you should know that tourism is San
Francisco’s largest industry. You think it’s dot-com or
biotech, but tourists spend– spent almost nine billion
in San Francisco in 2012 and that was a five and
a half percent from 2011. And that doesn’t
include the salaries of tourist industry
professionals or increase property
values which is where I’m headed with all this. Anyway, at that time, I was
living in the Western Addition and I began to think about
the impact of tourism on so called blighted
neighborhood. So neighborhoods that historically have been
highly pleased, but also defined by race or sexuality, areas
disregarded or neglected by the city and I began
to notice that many of these neighborhoods
had become or were becoming tourist
attractions as part of the process opposed
for redevelopment and ongoing urban renewal. My current book in
progress tentatively titled “Eating the Other Towards
the Gentrification [phonetic] at San Francisco”
analyzes the transformation of four San Francisco
neighborhoods into tourist districts. I’m looking at Chinatown,
North Beach, the Castro, and the Fillmore. Each of these neighborhoods
represents a face in the history of San Francisco’s
evolving tourist industry. Each also highlights
the way racial and sexual entertainments
have become important to San Francisco’s
lucrative tourist economy. An analysis of these
neighborhoods provides a broad overview of San Francisco’s
20th century history. But it also takes a close look at how some neighborhoods
became a commodity as San Francisco’s
economy are shifted away from industrial production. To cut to the chase, as
neighborhoods transform, property values soar and many
of the people who adhere to for, defined the neighborhood are
forced to leave the city. And this is obviously
important to notice. But what I’m also interested in and what makes this
project relevant to women and gender studies is how racial and sexual meanings are
also transformed by tourism. What does it mean when outsiders
tour a neighborhood previously or currently under surveillance. So I’m thinking about the
cultural function of voyeurism. And what is that
mean when the city and local business community
get behind certain civil rights initiatives with the
economic interest in mind? And again, I’m thinking
about gay marriage. In some, I’m studying tourism in
order to think about how racial and sexual meanings are
being put to work in new ways in the context of neoliberalism
in order to produce new markets by transforming people and their
communities into commodities. So, to those of you
new to the city, as you’re exploring San
Francisco’s wonderful neighborhoods, but also
wondering why rents are so high, you can think about some of these interlocking
relationships. But I hope that doesn’t stop
you from having a good time. [ Applause ] [ Pause ]>>Good afternoon, my
name is Marco Bravo from the Education Department. I stand before you as a newly
mentored tenured faculty. [ Applause ] I must say that these meetings
are a bit more relaxing for me now. [ Laughter ] In the Graduate College
of Education, faculty conduct research
on teaching and learning and forming our field about
communicative disorders, the role of technology
in student learning, urban education, and
teacher mentorship. My work focuses on
developing, testing and refining interventions
that assist teachers in acquiring the knowledge,
the skills, the dispositions that they need to work
with a more culturally and linguistically
diverse student population. My current work has focused
specifically on teachers and training in how they learn to make Science more
accessible to English learners. This work is critical given that a little Science
is actually being taught in elementary schools today. A recent study found
that 80 percent of kinder through fifth grade teachers
in the Bay Area taught science for one hour or less per week. 60 percent of teachers actually
confess spending no time at all on Science. Part of the reason for the lack of Science teaching is the
teachers don’t feel very confident in teaching Science. They also don’t feel confident in teaching English
learners creating in a sense of perfect storm for English
learners who might want to pursue careers
in STEM fields. With the graph from the National
Science Foundation and another from the Institute of Education
Sciences, my colleagues in the Elementary Education
Department and I have begun to study how we can train future
teachers to feel more confident in their Science teaching and especially Science
teaching for English learners. In partnership with CSUs–
other CSUs and UC Santa Cruz, we developed an intervention to
support the Science professor in our credential programs
providing guidance on how to make the Science accessible
to English learners to how, for example, consider
providing appropriate wait time for students during
Science discussions. Wait time refers to how long
a teacher waits for a student to give a response
to a question. Our teacher candidates
are surprised to hear that the national average
that teacher’s wait for a student response
is 2.3 seconds. Certainly, not enough
time for students and especially not enough time for students learning
English as a second language. Our work also builds
partnerships with local schools. We provide professional
development to classroom teachers where our
teacher candidates are placed to sharpen their skills. We promote the notion
of coherence between what teacher
candidates experience in their Science courses here at
SFSU and out in their placement. In a recent publication
in the Journal of Science Teacher Education, we present our findings
including survey results where we document the
efficacy to teacher Science– the efficacy to teach
Science to English learners of our intervention group and a
business as usual control group. Teacher candidates in the intervention group
were much more likely to– than the control group to
have strong sense of efficacy to teach Science and also to teach Science to
English learners. We also observed both treatment
and control teacher candidates as they taught Science. Similarly, the intervention
group were more likely to employ strategies proven to make Science more
accessible to English learners. With the help from a current
grant from the US Department of Ed, I’m continuing this work
in intensifying the intervention to add Math and Social Study
subjects in addition to Science to gauge both the
limits and possibilities of training teachers
through this model that we have put together. You can learn a little bit
more about this work in– at a website,
E-S-T-E-L-L dot E-D-U. Thank you. [ Applause ] [ Pause ]>>Good afternoon everybody,
I’m Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales. I’m from the College of
Ethnic Studies and I am– I’ve been here for 13 years. So I was sitting in
there 13 years ago. And I remember that feeling like
wondering, what am I going to do with my life here at
San Francisco State. Am I going to make an impact? Thinking about all the
10-year requirements and everything like, was I able
to do something that was going to make something happen
in the world, right? And I wanted to change
something in my community. And I remember thinking
Filipinos are not on the map. I wanted to find out what
was happening with Filipinos. I’m Filipino, I want
to know, right? And I end up going into the
community here in San Francisco. I’m in Excelsior
Community and found out that there was
high dropout rate, there was high suicide rate,
there was low test scores, there was high exposure
to violence. You can name it, and they were
experiencing these things. And I thought to myself,
what am I going to do as one faculty member? How am I going to
bridge my work here from the university
to the community? And I ask students for help. That’s basically
where it started. When I talked to Phyllis
Wong a little bit earlier, we were talking about what
it means to be a professor, what it means to be a
teacher, and the whole feeling of being able to just
affect one person. And that’s what happened, but that one person wasn’t a
student, that one person was me. I was affected by
my student’s desire to make changes in
their communities. So together with students, I created an organization
called Pinay and Pinoy Educational
Partnership which in this university pretty
much know– is known as PEP. And this organization started
off at Balboa High School, and at Balboa High School, it
started off as just a mentorship between our students and
their high school students. We went there once
a week just to find out what was happening
with them. The issues got bigger
and bigger and bigger, and next thing you knew,
they want us there everyday. So it’s like, what
are we going to do? So we created a course,
an Ethnic Studies course. And students started
coming like 30 students all of a sudden showed up
every single day, right? And then the course
built itself out. Next thing you know–
I mean 13 years later, we’re at six schools in San Francisco Unified
School District, right? And we’re serving K through
community college students. We serve– So we have
60 teachers going out to the schools
every single day and teaching Ethnic
Studies voluntarily and they’re serving
over 200 students. And so I asked the
question like, “So what’s the result
of all that? Is it just teaching
Ethnic Studies? And it’s a fun activity to do.” Actually, looking at the
rates of the kinds of things, the impacts that
this program has had on people is we’ve been able
to send hundreds of students to college, that’s already big. But we’ve also been able
to create a pipeline of teachers here from
San Francisco State. And we’re talking about hundreds
of Filipino-American teachers across the nation which is big. But I also– I’m
very proud to say that we have also produced
19 PhDs which I think, out of any organization,
that’s a big deal. Along with that, we have five
who’ve already completed their doctorate and now in positions
across the nation as professors. So these are big
accomplishments, but beyond that, PEP is
not just Filipino-American. It has also produced
the institutionalization of Ethnic Studies in San Francisco Unified
School District, where now, students can take–
of all ethnicities, can take different
courses on Ethnic Studies. It has also produced the
development of a pathway. I mean, I was sharing that with
Marco earlier, of less pathway which is a Filipino
language pathway where K through high school, they
can actually take Filipino as a language which
is very important. And then the last thing is that
it has also produced my work now in teacher evaluation. Really democratizing
teacher evaluation in getting parents involve
in trying to get, you know, their education of their
children to be better, right? And the last thing I
just want to say is that the biggest accomplishment for me is definitely educating
all of these young people about their identity, but I
think the big thing for me is that my child actually
gets to be a PEP student. And so, it’s very personal to
me and I think that being able to think about our work,
not just as being this thing that we write about,
but think about things that it can actually do for
people in the world and also for ourselves is
very, very important. So thank you. [ Applause ] [ Pause ]>>Good afternoon. I’m Sameer Verma from the
Information Systems Department in the College of Business. So, about two years ago,
I started a project here on campus called the Commons
Initiative at SF State. Commons as in something
that belongs to everybody, but in this case,
it would be digital. This is a project that’s
open to the entire campus and what I mean the entire
campus, students, staff, faculty, come and get it. The goal of this
project was to highlight and foster a work
that’s done on campus across different disciplines
where the work is grounded in the principles of free
software, open source software, Creative Commons,
the kinds of things that will allow a digital
commons to take route and thrive here on campus. This work is something where you
can share it, you can reshare it with proper attribution, very much like how we
do research, right? We work on the– We build
on the work of other people. So free software, open source,
Creative Commons is like that. Within this initiative, we
have many different projects, so I’ll give you some examples. For instance, majority of
the web assets on campus run on a piece of software called
Drupal which we use extensively. Drupal also happens to be
what runs It’s good enough for them,
it’s good enough for us. We use Moodle which runs– powers iLearn which
many of you use. And we use a whole lot of other
pieces of open source software to run our IT infrastructure
here on campus. In talking to other
colleagues here, it turns out that we also
use the software in media in our classroom
and in our research. So, in bringing everybody
together under this initiative, we figured we would work
with units on campus, but we would also work
with agencies outside. So we worked with
like-minded agencies such as the Internet Archive
that’s here in the city. They make an entire copy of the public internet
once every two months. Even if it is gone, you
can go to them and get it. We work with the
Wikimedia Foundation, the people who bring
us Wikipedia. We worked with Creative
Commons and a many– and many other agencies in
San Francisco in the Bay Area. So in this context,
I’d like to share with you two projects
that I have. The first is the One
Laptop Per Child project, this nifty little thing. I’ve been working
with them since 2007. We have 3 million laptops around
the world in 45 countries, in 35 languages, a
little about 35 languages. In fact, we have one of these
laptops in Antarctica as well, you don’t have to represent. So yeah, we actually got
somebody to take this on a ship. So we have one in
Antarctica as well. I started working
in Jamaica in 2008. When I was there on
my sabbatical leave, I stated a project there. We now have four pilot projects
there in different schools. We have projects in
Madagascar and in India as well where we give these laptops to
children and they work either at home or at school and
then we work with them in terms of the challenges. So I’m able to bring
some of these challenges into my research and
into my classroom, and then our students
work on these. The students work on these
as class assignments, as special study, part
of their thesis work. And then their solutions
go back into the field and then they live in places
like Rwanda and Peru and Uruguay and Nepal and Mongolia,
around the world. So, it’s very interesting to see that not only do our
students get that experience, but then their work is
currently, right now as I speak, living somewhere, in some
place, in some village in Nepal making things happen. The other project that I’d
like to highlight in this space of Commons is this
concept of Civic Tech. Civic Tech as in civic
technology, civic innovation. This past June, we
hosted an event here on campus called the
National Day of Civic Hacking. Yes, we hack, but we do
so in a civic manner. [ Laughter ] Yeah, trust me, this
actually works. No secrets here. No agencies collecting data
that you will never get to see. We actually ask the government
agencies, city state federal to release public
data in an open format so we can actually look
at it, build applications, visualize it, analyze it,
see how things are working, have a better understanding
of where we succeed with the policies, and more
importantly, where we stumble with things like healthcare and
public safety in legislation. So we’ve been working
with City Hall, with the Mayor’s office here in
building some of these projects. And in fact, one of the projects that we had during this National
Day of Civic Hacking had three of my students from
Information Systems and that project was then
selected to be highlighted at an event of the White House. So, I was like, well, that’s
how good our students are. They can go places. So anyway, we have this, we
have more projects on campus. Do come and join us. We’re at,
we have an e-mail list there. You can sign up at– like I
said, it’s open to students, staff and faculty, so
everybody is welcome. Thank you. [ Applause ] [ Pause ]>>Well, thank you very much. My name is Vance Vredenburg
and I’m very happy to be here. If you happen to see me sitting
over there with a big smile on my face, that’s
because I’m on sabbatical. So yes, and hopefully, this
will happen for all of you. I’m sure it will in
the years to come and it’s a time period
to really think big. To think about your research,
your teaching and think about, you know, the impacts that you
can have, not only the field of research that you’re working
on, but on the people around and the people that
you work with. And I am really lucky to work on a system that’s been
really interesting both to me, but also to many
people around the world. So, there’s no doubt that
we have entered a new era in human history where human
populations are affecting biological systems
on a global scale. We’re affecting things in
ways that are very obvious by changing habitats, by destroying habitats
and altering them. But in other ways, we’re
also changing things by connecting habitats and ways that have never been
connected before. And that’s sort of the part that
I’ve been really interested in and that is looking
at the outbreak of a fungal disease
that’s very difficult to pronounce, chytridiomycosis. Yeah, it’s always
a tongue twister. And this fungal disease
is very interesting because it’s the worst
case of a pathogen, a single pathogen
affecting vertebrates, again, in recorded history. A single bug killing of hundreds
of species of vertebrates, they happen to be
all be amphibians which is what got me
interested in this project. And of course, there are lots
of questions, big why questions. Why is this occurring now? Why have the amphibians which
are the first land vertebrates that have been around for
over 360 million years, who have survived through mass
extinction events in the past like almost like no
other group in a sense that we have the same three
major lineages surviving through these mass
extinction events. And yet today, in our time,
literally in the last couple of decades, we’ve
seen 400 species drop out of existence due
to this one pathogen. So it’s a– Well,
it’s a very sad story and I unfortunately
have been there in the field watching
this happen. I’ve been– I’m one of the few
people that’s had the sad luxury of seeing thousands of
amphibians die off in some of these native– in
these natural habitats, tenths of thousands actually. So some of our most
protected lands on Earth are still
experiencing these outbreaks in amphibian populations. And that it makes me wonder as
we think about conserving things in the future, how
do we go about doing that when we’ve reached
this time period where you can’t just put a wall
around these 70 national park or some place that we
care a lot about and hope that everything will be
fine because we’re finding out that things are
much more interconnected than they were in the past. So we’ve been– My research
group has been looking at how the spread of this
fungal pathogen mostly caused, we think, by humans
moving things around the world more rapidly
than they ever have before. Things like frog legs and pet
frogs and African clawed frogs which were used for human
pregnancy test until the 19– mid-1970s which is a
surprise to many people. And my students and I have been
sort of tracking the spread of this pathogen and trying to
understand why in some places, amphibians are dying off
by the tenths of thousands when this pathogen arrives. And yet, sometimes in
the same species of frog, a few miles away, those
populations are surviving. And in fact, that
was just that one of those sites near Lake
Tahoe last week and I’m happy to report that some of the populations are
doing extremely well. So the silver lining
here is sort of understanding what are the
factors that lead to survival. And the main push right
now in my lab is trying to understand how the microbio,
so all the microorganisms that live on the
skin of amphibians, many of them are bacteria that produce anti-fungal
compounds appear to be shielding some
of these animals from infection and
from mortality. So we’re trying to understand
why that’s happening, how it’s happening and what the
differences are between places like the Sierra Nevada here in
California, but also working in places in about
eight countries starting at Latin America, in the
Philippines, and China, Taiwan, and Japan in Asia. And trying to understand,
and also in Central Africa, and trying to understand why we
have really different outcomes in these different places. And of course, none
of this is possible without our most important
resource here at SF State which is our students. So I have approximately 20 or
so undergraduates that work in my lab every semester and each undergraduate
helps us analyze the data. Last semester, we
were able to analyze over 12,000 protonated
PCR samples to look at where these fungal
infections were starting. And I’ll just say
that there are– there is some hope
to understand why. At least in some places, these
populations may be surviving and we’re actually trying to
change the microbiome on some of these populations as
the infection comes in. So there are places like
Madagascar, for example, where the fungus has
not arrived yet and yet there are 200 species of native frogs found
nowhere else in the world. So we’re trying to sort of
figure out what can we do to meliorate the effects of
these human-caused extinctions. Thank you very much. [ Applause ]>>My name is Dave Walsh
and my specialization in kinesiology is physical
activity-based urban youth development. And I think it’s worth noting that my applied approach is
very different from what’s found in a traditional kinesiology
unit, but I’ve received nothing but support from my colleagues. And there are only a handful
of university professors around the nation do– have
a similar approach that I do. Probably, the most
unique feature of my work is the ongoing
community service that I do. When I began my tenure in– at SFU in 2003, I had one
primary big picture idea for my work. And that was a service
to the community as a former social justice
would be the guiding compass for both my teaching
and research. Our provided service first
involved interested students and faculty without
ultimate work to fit traditional
research paradigms. And for the mission I wanted to
create, I just wasn’t interested in engaging in the
community just to collect data for publication purposes. I’m just not sure how much that
directly helps our community. And in 2003, I wasn’t exactly
sure how the idea was going to play out, but I
believe if I worked hard, provided innovative
university-community kind of services, I would have
ample results for research and publishing, securing funding
and real world experiences to enhance my classroom
teaching. Every semester other than
when I was on sabbatical, I’ve worked directly with kids
in at least one program I run in and then serve community. Continuing to work with kids
keeps my ideas relevant, fresh and it provides
a realistic perspective of what’s possible through a
physical activity-based program. Working with kids keeps me
grounded, keeps me connected to the community and
gives me a unique and often very different
perspective from what’s going on
in the literature. And bringing examples
from the community to the classroom has
definitely been one of my strengths for
our students. You know, I often think about,
what would my career look like if I lost that
connection to practice? Would I be telling my university
student stories, youth stories that took place in Chicago
where I lived and worked more than a decade ago before
coming to SFSU, you know, geographical location that
is irrelevant to them? Would I become over idealistic? Would I lose my connection to the humanistic
nature in my work? Would I be able to
conduct meaningful research that would advance both
scholarship and practice? And would I have to
continued passion and excitement for my work? I just began my fourth year
working at Mission High School, and this morning before being
here, I was dressed in gym pants and a t-shirt working out
with a group of 9th graders. The program I created, it’s called the Kinesiology
Career Club and what I do in the program is definitely
informed by the literature, but it’s also through my years
of kid work that I arrived at the goals or strategies
of the program. I used martial arts,
dance, weight training, fitness activities, and– but
I use them all as a vehicle to teach my primary goal of
helping kids envision positive, possible futures
from themselves. I try to help these
kids navigate their way through high school, find
a reason to value staying in school and make a direct
connection to a future as a university student. And with the help of our SFSU
students, kids learn to try out different career
paths, they can pursue at a university including
the various self-disciplines of my own field, kinesiology. And the last point I
want to make is that, I know I’ve had a positive
impact on some kids lives and I know– I also know
that I’ve had many failure. I’ve worked on some kids
for more than a year who won’t even say hello to me in the hallway and
it’s humbling. It’s humbling and
often sends me back to the drawing board
rethinking what I do. You know, the theories, the
ideas, they sound good on paper, but the practice stuff is messy. So thank you. [ Applause ]>>Thank you colleagues. Awesome, and it’s so awesome
in fact, I think, the six of us and myself are going to
retire now to the public, continue the conversation, and I’m also extraordinarily
impressed. I want to thank my
colleagues again for sticking to the 240-second time limit. That was truly awesome. Thank you. [ Applause ] It is my distinct pleasure to once again introduce
Provost Sue Rosser who will begin the
introduction of new faculty. [ Pause ]>>Thank you Senate
Chair Hanley. Actually, it’s my pleasure
right now to introduce a couple of administrative colleagues. Vice President Ron
Cortez, please stand up. [ Applause ] He came to us I think on
July 1st, most immediately from UC Santa Barbara
where he had served as Associate Vice Chancellor
for Administrative Services for the last five years. After working for 14 years
for Santa Barbara County and in the last three
of those 14 years, he was a Deputy County
Executive Officer. So he has experienced
both with the county as well as with the academia. However, he’s also no
stranger to the CSU. He received his Bachelors Degree
in Business Administration from San Jose State University
and I learned last night that actually that’s
where he met his wife who was also a student there
as well as Masters Degrees from Northern Michigan
University, Fielding University and a law Degree from Santa
Barbara College of Law. Welcome Ron. [ Applause ] I’m also pleased to introduce
the new Associate Vice President and Dean of the College
of Extended Learning and International Programs
or International Affairs. We’re going to be calling
it CELIA, remember it used to be CEL so now we’ve had I
guess a little transgender thing going on here and so it’s
gone from CEL to CELIA. Jose Galvan actually has been
with us since December of 2012. He previously served
in several academic and administrative
roles at Cal State, LA. Dating back to 1990, I think he
was Head of Graduate Programs and Sponsored Research, but
most recently, he had served as the Dean of the
College of Extended Studies and International Programs at
Cal State, LA since June, 2008. Jose earned his BA in English,
his MA in Applied Linguistics and his PhD in Psycholinguistics
all from the University
of Texas at Austin. Welcome Jose. [ Applause ] And now it is my pleasure
to turn the podium over to Dean Oubre who will
introduce the new faculty in her college and then each
of the deans will just come to the podium and
introduce your new faculty. Linda?>>Thank you Provost
Rosser and good afternoon. I’m honored to introduce the
new faculty for the College of Business and we’d
like each of you to stand as I introduce you. Hamed Hasheminia is
actually teaching class and not here this afternoon. He received his PhD in Business
Operations and Logistics from the University
of British Columbia. Hamed’s field of research is
in econometrics particularly as it applies to field
of operations management and decision sciences. Hamed also spent one year
as a postdoctoral fellow at the Southern School
Business at the University of British Columbia and has
worked as a data analyst for several Canadian companies. He is publishing the
“Journal of Applied Sciences”. Dr. Hasheminia is a member of
the Decision Sciences faculty. So I think we’ll– I guess we’re
holding applause to the end. Timothy Hurley is here and he
joined the Accounting Department in the College of Business
after teaching for several years at Robert Morris
University in Pittsburgh. Tim received his Juris Doctor
from Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas
and also has a Bachelors in Accounting from
Ohio State University. He’s an expert in tax accounting
and also has several years of industry experience. Professor Hurley has published
several articles including one entitled, “Robbing the
Rich to Give to the Poor”, “Abolishing Realization and Adopting Market
to Market Taxation”. Valerie Rosenblatt is
also teaching class. She was not able to be
with us this afternoon. She joins us from Hawaii where
most recently she taught courses in Strategic Management and Multinational
Business Management. Valerie received her PhD
in International Management from the University of Hawaii. Her dissertation entitled,
“How Does Power Corrupt”, was a finalist for the Society for Business Ethics
Best Dissertation Award. Valerie has published in
Cross Cultural Management in International Journal. She also worked as a management
consultant for a center. Dr. Rosenblatt will be
joining the International Business Department. Matthew Levy is here and he
comes to us most recently from Louisiana State University
where he received his PhD in Information Systems
and Decision Sciences. Matthew also has an MBA from
San Diego State University. A member of the College’s
Information Systems Department, Matt’s research interest is in
system design in Architecture. He has worked with several
industry and government agencies as a consultant and software
engineer in applications for everything from web-based
reservation booking systems to military applications. Dr. Levy has also taught
classes in statistical methods. And finally, Venoo
Kakar, recently graduated from the University of
California Riverside with the PhD in Economics. Her research in teaching
interest are in macroeconomics, monetary policy and
time series analysis. She has received numerous
academic awards including the Dean’s Distinguished Fellowship and Outstanding Teaching
Assistant Award at UC Riverside. Dr. Kakar has worked to United
Nations’ Industrial Development Organization and the
World Bank in India. She has joined the Faculty
of Economics Department. I’d like to give the College
of Business new faculty a hand. [ Applause ] Thank you. And next I’d like to introduce
Betsy Kean and from Dean of the College of Education. [ Pause ]>>The Graduate College
of Education is pleased to welcome two faculty
to our departments. First is Danielle Cowley
who was also not able to be with us today. Danielle Cowley earned her
PhD in Special Education from Syracuse University
where she taught undergraduate and graduate courses
in Inclusive Education. Her dissertation
explored the schooling and transition experiences of adolescent girls
with disabilities. Themes from these mixed methods
study included the liminal spaces between girlhood and
womanhood, diverse experiences with self determination and
inequitable opportunities for post-school transitions. She also conducted qualitative
and quantitative research on inclusive school
reform, promising practices and student achievement in
urban and public schools. Dr. Cowley’s recent work
has been published in the “International Journal
of Disability Development and Education”, the
“Journal of Literary and Cultural Disability
Studies” and “PowerPlay: A Journal of Educational
Justice”. She is joining the Department
of Special Education. Zahira Merchant. Zahira Merchant received her
PhD in Educational Technology from Texas A&M University. She is an assistant professor
in the Department of Equity, Leadership Studies and
Instructional Technologies. Before joining San
Francisco State, Merchant was the project manager in Postdoctoral Research
Association in Knowledge for Algebra Teaching Inequity, a National Science Foundation
funded project studying the use of innovative 3D Virtual
Environment Technology in the classroom. Merchant won the Certificate of
Merit Award from the Association of Educational Communication
and Technology Organization for a game she designed and
developed for nursing education. She is also the recipient
of the Robert Gagne Award for Outstanding Dissertation
from that same organization. We are pleased to welcome
these two new faculty members to our college. [ Applause ] I’d now like to introduce
Dean Ken Monteiro from the College
of Ethnic Studies. [ Pause ]>>This year, the College of Ethnic Studies won’t
be adding no new faculty, but we’ll have a few coming
next year to join you, so I’m just here to welcome
you from the only College of Ethnic Studies in the nation and to introduce my
colleague Don Taylor, Health, and to maybe recruit some
of you out to the field into my college now,
Health and Social Services. [ Applause ] [ Pause ]>>Thanks. I would like to introduce the
new faculty in the College of Health and Social Sciences
in alphabetical order. Alison Baroody, Assistant
Professor in Child and Adolescent Development. Alison earned both her
Masters and her PhD in Developmental Studies
from Purdue University. Her thesis and dissertation
work were on preschoolers’
literacy achievement. Most recently, she
completed a two-year postdoc at the University of Virginia. Her research interests are in
children school achievement with special attention to
literacy, a Mathematics and Science activities
multimethod measurement approaches of assessing
interest and engagement, and early childhood and elementary school
education interventions. This fall, Alison will
be teaching Foundations in Early Childhood
and Action Research. Alison Cerezo, Assistant
Professor in Counseling, received her PhD in
Counseling Psychology from the University
of Oregon in 2009. She was an Assistant Professor
at the California School of Professional Psychology at
Alliant International University in San Francisco
where she co-founded and co-coordinated the
social justice track. Her primary line of
research involves access to higher education and
retention particularly for Latina, Latino and
African-American adolescence. And secondary interest
involves career trajectories for LGBTQ immigrants from Latin
America who arrived to the US in search of work,
acceptance and healthcare. She has conducted research in
San Francisco and Mexico City on this topic and recently
received the Small Grant Award from the Williams Institute
to further her research. Sandra Fitzgerald, Assistant
Professor in Counseling with Specialization in
Rehabilitation Counseling. Sandra recently completed her
PhD in Rehabilitation Psychology at the University of
Wisconsin Madison. She has combined 14 years of
clinical experience working in Hawaii as a rehabilitation
counselor, as a mental– and as a mental health counselor in various community-based
rehabilitation programs in California. Sandra’s research interest
includes psychiatric rehabilitation, health promotion
for persons with disabilities, and work motivation
for persons with severe and persistent mental illness. Gretchen George,
Assistant Professor in Consumer Family
Studies Dietetics. Gretchen recently completed
her PhD in International and Community Nutrition at the
University of California Davis. She spent the past three summers
traveling to the Central Valley of California to work with low
income minority, overweight and obese adolescents. She collaborates
with a fund-free and successful summer camp
called Healthy Lifestyle Fitness Camp which assists adolescents and behavior change
associated with obesity. Her work is essential in
targeting cardiovascular disease in high-risk youth
over the summer months to support year-round
health changes. Before and during her
doctoral work, Gretchen worked as a research registered
dietician at Stanford Prevention
Research Center. She will continue working with summer-focused
interventions including individually-tailored programs
for low income families. Kristen Pozzoboni,
Assistant Professor in Child and Adolescent Development,
received her PhD in Educational Psychology
from the School of Education at the University of
Colorado in Boulder. Prior to joining at San
Francisco State, Kristen worked as an evaluator for the Colorado
Department of Public Health and Environment, and directed
youth leadership programs for the Institute of
Intercultural Community– I’m sorry, Intercultural
Community Leadership at Santa Fe Community
College in New Mexico. Her research examines youth
learning and development in out of school time settings
including community-based education, health and
human services program. She is especially interested
in how youth take up and make meaning of community
resources while developing individual and collective
identities. Kelly Reddy-Best, Assistant
Professor in Consumer and Family Studies Dietetics. Kelly also just finished her
PhD from Oregon State University in Design and Human Environment
with the concentration in Cultural and Historic Aspects
Addressed in Apparel Design. Her research interests include
the interrelationships among clothing, identity negotiation,
gender and sexuality. She’s interested in understanding how the
fashion system affects the lives of individuals in
marginal groups and particularly
the queer community. This fall, Kelly
is teaching ADM 262 which is Apparel
Construction and ADM 362, Apparel Design II in Draping. Please join me in welcoming
these six new faculties at the university. [ Applause ] It’s now indeed my pleasure
to introduce Paul Sherwin, the Dean of Liberal
and Creative Arts. [ Applause ]>>Thank you Dean Don. I promised to be not
longer than Monteiro, but if you don’t see
an individual standing, it must be that new faculty
member is teaching her class. Assistant Professor of Art
Michael Arcega is a sculptor. His work is both
daringly experimental and conceptually rich. He draws on various materials
to construct the script pieces and large scale installations, all of them resting many
breathtakingly gorgeous often and seemingly playful ways. He seriously explores
uneven power relations between cultures overtime and
on an international scale. Mike earned a BFA from San
Francisco Art Institute and an MFA from Stanford. He is all full-time
teaching positions at Virginia Commonwealth and
Stanford as well as residencies at Berkeley, Hatlen
Center for the Arts and Al Riwaq Art
Space in Bahrain. The venues in which he’s had
solo exhibitions include Major Manhattan and San Francisco
galleries, the de Young Museum, and the Contemporary
Museum in Honolulu. His work has been favorably
reviewed in “Artforum” and “The New York Times”. The signal recognition
of Mike’s accomplishment and extraordinary
promise was he’s received of a Guggenheim Fellowship
last year. That makes one Guggenheim. Assistant Professor of History
Dennis Campbell brings a profound understanding of second and third century
BCE Mesopotamian and Anatolian languages, the
intricate links between language and culture, and the history of ancient Mediterranean world
extending to Greece and Rome. University of Pennsylvania
soon coming out of graduate, he earned a PhD in New Eastern
Languages and Civilizations at the University of Chicago. While teaching at local
non-league colleges, Dennis developed advanced
digital humanity skills at Chicago’s renowned
Oriental Institute chiefly as research administrator of the Persepolis Fortification
Archive, the richest source of information on languages,
art, and institutions of the Persian Empire
at its zenith. He is a monograph who was
credited on an eccentric, previously buried pendural
[phonetic] New Eastern language that will enable
scholars to relate once by bringing culture’s text,
rituals, and myth to those of the regions dominant
civilizations, Babylonian, Assyrian, and Hittite. There are two other
nearly complete books and several articles published in his field’s leading
peer review journals. Chris Clemens, Assistant
Professor of Broadcast in Electronic Communication
Arts will enrich BECA to a rare combination of an
MFA from Brooklyn College in TV production and
a PhD in Communication from University of Connecticut. His areas of scholarly expertise
include media literacy, media impact, and
representations of gender and sexuality in
mass communication. Manifestations of the technical
and aesthetic dimensions of his work were multicamera
direction of videos on site and in studios. He’s always seen
in the production of videos during
his associations with Brooklyn College, CUNY TV
and CUNY School of Journalism. The sit-comedy produced,
directed and wrote is in the works displaying both
his technical virtuosity and his deftness in
addressing issues of gender and sexual identity. He envisions directing,
producing and writing documentaries
aligned to themes examined in his dissertation
and he will also– which he was also mine for
scholarly articles focused on the portrayal of masculinity and homosexuality
in popular media. Assistant Professor Marcela
Garcia-Castanon received a BA in Communication from
University of Arizona and a PhD in Political Science from
the University of Washington where she was a Jacob
Javits Fellow for four years and her dissertation research
was supported by a major grant from the Kettering Foundation. She’s an American politics
scholar whose overlapping interests include
Latino politics, race and ethnic politics,
immigration and political behavior. While much has been
written about the process of political socialization,
Marcela argues for a new model to account for the
uneven pathways to political belonging
among adult immigrants to the US focusing on
Mexican-Americans in Arizona and Washington State,
deploying both quantitative and qualitative methods. She identifies the importance
of political experiences in the home country,
the world of children in influencing their
parents’ political behavior, the impact of Spanish
and English media, and varied political policies
and attitudes in the US. The lead author of a journal
article and a book chapter, she has an article under review at a high profile
peer review journal. A graduate of San
Francisco State Journalism– of the San Francisco State
Journalism Department and former Editor-in-Chief
of our campus newspaper, Assistant Professor Jesse
Garnier has been a prominent online journalist and multimedia
specialist since 1996. He has been online editor of, chief designer for the San Francisco
Examiner, web service manager and architect director
of the Associated Press in San Francisco and New
York and web designer and server administrator
at Stanford’s NIH Center for Physics-Based Simulation
of Biological Structures. He founded a media in
designing consulting firm with a client list including
Central Park Conservancy, a Mission District
bilingual newspaper, the San Francisco Chronicle and the American Society
of Newspaper Editors. Jesse has recently written
stories for online sites on topics ranging
from sports and dance to sand castles and healthcare. And he devised– I
think, I’m right– an android app linking
memories and their sequencing to geographical location. With Degrees in Communication
Studies from Cal State, LA and a PhD in Performance
Studies from North Western, Assistant Professor Javon
Johnson is a multifaceted individual whose
professional identities are closely intertwined. He’s a fast walking serial comic
provocative solo performance artist, as well, as a
celebrated hip-hop inspired spoken-word poet. Only the second person to have
won back-to-back National Slam competitions, Jovan has appeared
on HBO, Russell Simmons’ “Def Poetry Jam”, and
BET’s “The Way We Do It”. He is at work on an anthology
of spoken-word poetry in a volume of his own poems. The author of an article in a top-tier journal is
basically transforming his dissertation into
an ethnographic and theoretical monograph on
poetry slams in the making of spoken-word communities
in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York City. In addition to considering
the liberatory potential of the slam scene, the book will
examine various manifestations of sexism, homophobia, and
racism in these communities. The educational pedigree of
ZZ Packer, Assistant Professor of Creative Writing
is impeccable. BA in English from
Yale, MA and then an MFA in Creative Writing
first in John Hopkins– Johns Hopkins and then Iowa. Itinerants since the
publication of her first book, a short story collection,
“Drinking Coffee Elsewhere”, she has held Writer-in-Residence
positions at such institutions as Vassar, Stanford,
and Princeton. An international best seller,
“Drinking Coffee” was a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award and
a New York Times notable book. ZZ subsequently received
a Guggenheim Fellowship, that makes two incoming
Guggenheims, the first for San
Francisco State as well as the American Academy
in Berlin Prize to support the writing of her
novel, “The Thousands” excerpts, which have appeared in the
New Yorker and Esquire. Beginning during reconstruction with Fledgling Labor
Movement initiated by former Louisiana
slaves, the novel culminates in the South West where black, so called Buffalo soldiers
battle the last Native-American resistance force, the apaches. She’s also been at work on an
ambitious intellectual project, a book exploring the slippery
phenomenon of voice and fiction which advances the novel
claim that voice is a proxy for consciousness in narrative. With a BA in Sociology from the
University of Virginia and a PhD in Sociology from USC,
Assistant Professor, Evren Savci will add much needed
social scientific perspective to the Department of
Women and Gender Studies. Following and receiving
a doctorate, she was a postdoctoral
fellow at Northwestern which she taught various
courses in Sociology in Gender and Sexuality Studies and which
supported her postdoctoral research in Turkey last year. Her credentials include a
journal article, a book chapter and another book chapter
that will soon be published in a scholarly volume
published by Palgrave. She is also nearing
completion of a monograph, “Queer in Translation:
Paradoxes of Westernization and Sexual Others in
the Turkish Nation”. Among her teaching and research
interest are transnational sexualities, feminist and
queer theory, social theory, and post-colonial studies. She will doubtless be a welcome
contributor to the Middle East and Islamic Studies
Program as well as our recently launched
grant-funded initiative in Turkish studies. Assistant Professor of English,
Summer Star, received her BA from Iowa and her doctorate
from UC Santa Barbara where three times she won the
English Department’s annual single– single– annual Outstanding
Teaching Associate Award. For her recent PhD, she
has remarkable publications to her credit including a
2013 article in religion and literature, another in ELH among most prestigious
journals in literary studies. Summer is well along the way
toward completing a manuscript focused on four Victorian
novelists and poets which challenges in French views
of the aesthetic, psychological and moral dimensions of
British literature at the time. She identifies reflexivity as
these authors’ fundamental, perceptual, and cognitive
stance proposing that it’s hard-earned
cultivation fosters the distinctive sense
of self-identity and one’s relationship
to others. Another major project in the developmental stage will
explore the changing nature of blank verse in
the 19th Century which is a defining
mark of English poetry. Poets at that time
we’re reluctant to abandon even while many
ingeniously subverted its standard iambic pentameter
metrical line. Assistant Professor of
Cinema Johnny Symons was a BA from Brown and MA from Stanford. He’s regularly to a
production film studies and film history courses
at Stanford since 2002. During his 20 years
as a filmmaker, his most celebrated featuring
documentaries have been “Daddy & Papa”, 2002, an
investigation of gay fatherhood that aired on PBS;
“Beyond Conception”, 2006, a study of a high-tech
reproductive industry that aired on the Discovery Channel;
and “Ask Not”, 2008, which played no small
part in the replication of the militaries “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Policy”,
that aired on PBS. It was screened for members
of Congress at the US Capitol and was acknowledged
by an invitation to attend President Obama’s
White House signing ceremony repealing the policy. Johnny has made many
other documentary, has many of the documentaries
who was critic. Most have been screened
at major film festivals and most were recipient of
significant recognitions. His work has been favorably
reviewed in such venues as “Artforum”, “The New York
Times”, “The New Yorker”, “San Francisco Chronicle”, and “The Boston Sunday
Globe” journal. Assistant Professor of Theater
Art, Laura Wayth earned her BA in English at SUNY
Binghamton and MFA at Harvard’s American
Repertory Institute for Advance Theater Training. She has been, for
personal reasons, a tenured 10th [phonetic]
line assistant professor at three institutions,
University of Miami, University of Wisconsin
Eau-Claire, and Florida Atlantic. She is now very happy
to be in San Francisco, not Florida or Eau-Claire. Her extension teaching
repertoire includes classical and contemporary acting,
directing musical theater, voice and movement
on– for the stage. She brings with her as
well considerable regional, of Broadway and commercial
experience as a director, actor,
and singer. The recipient of two
Fulbright Awards in Bulgaria and at the prestigious
Moscow Art Theater, Laura has conducted workshops and master classes
throughout the US and abroad. She has published several
referee journal articles and recently completed the
manuscript on actor training with substantial historical
and theoretical components that will soon be issued by applause theater
and cinema folks. I will now yield the
podium to Sheldon Axler, Dean of the College of
Science and Engineering. Welcome to our new faculty. [ Applause ]>>Thank you. It’s my owner to introduce six
new faculties in the College of Science and Engineering, all at the assistant
professor level. Kelvin Billingsley, Chemistry
and Biochemistry Department. Kelvin was an undergraduate at
the University of South Carolina where he graduated with a BS
in Chemistry magna cum laude. He had such a spectacular
career as an undergraduate that he entered the PhD
program at MIT as a– with a presidential fellowship which is MIT’s most
prestigious fellowship for first year graduate
students. Kelvin received the PhD from
MIT in 2008 in Chemistry and he had a postdoc at MIT
followed by two postdocs at Stanford University. Kelvin’s research focuses
on medicinal chemistry and molecular imaging,
organometallic chemistry, and materials chemistry. Kelvin has an excellent
publication record with nine referee
journal articles and he’s the first
author on six of those. Next, we have Stephen
Kane from the Department of Physics and Astronomy. Stephen received
his BS in Physics from Macquarie University
in Australia where he also received
first class honors. Stephen then received a PhD in
Astrophysics from the University of Tasmania also in Australia
that was in the year 2000. Stephen then had postdoc
positions at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland
and the University of Florida. The past few years, Stephen
has been a research scientist at the NASA Exoplanet
Science Institute at Caltech. Exoplanets are planets
outside the solar system, many of which have
been discovered here on Thornton Hall on our campus. So we’re very excited
to be back in that area. Stephen is going to be doing
research in discovering new– and characterizing new planets as Thornton Hall will again be a
center of this kind of activity. Stephen has published
a ridiculous total of 130 referee journal papers, many in the very best
journals in this field. In 2012, last year alone,
he published 22 papers. He was the first
author on nine of those. By the way, Stephen has
double-jointed thumbs and he regrets that this
is not quite sufficient for life in the circus. [ Laughter ] Anagha Kulkarni, Computer
Science Department. Anagha received her
undergraduate degree in computer engineering from
the University of Pune in India. She then received a PhD, 2013,
from Carnegie Mellon University. Anagha’s research area
is a very hot field, a big data in social media
including information retrieval, natural language processing
and machine learning. Though Anagha received her
PhD just a few months ago, she has already published
16 referee papers. She’s first author
on 10 of those. While working on a PhD at the
Carnegie Mellon University, Anagha did community service at the Juvenile Detention
Center in Pittsburg. Zena Mello, Psychology
Department. Zena has a BA in Psychology
from UC Santa Cruz and a PhD in Human Development
and Family Studies from Penn State University. Zena then had a postdoc for four
years at UC Brooklyn followed by an assistant professor
position at the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs. Zena’s research focuses on
adolescent concepts of time and physical and psychological
well-being of minority and low income adolescents. Zena has an excellent
publication record with 15 referee journal papers. She’s the first author
on nine of those papers. Although Zena’s research focuses
on individual’s perceptions of time, she asked me to
tell you that she cannot see into the future, so
please do not ask her to tell you whether she will– whether you will
win the lottery. [ Laughter ] Alexander Stine, also known as
Zan Stine cannot be here today because he’s teaching
a class right now on planetary climate change. He’ll be an assistant professor
in our newly named Department of Earth and Climate
Sciences formerly called the Geosciences Department. Zan received his undergraduate
degree from Brown University where he majored in Geology,
Physics, and Mathematics. Then he got a Master’s Degree
in Climate Physics and Chemistry from MIT followed by a PhD in
Earth and Planetary Science from UC Berkeley in 2010. After that, Zan had a postdoc
position at Harvard University. Zan’s research focuses
on climate and the very hot area
of global warming. Zan tries to bring together
an atmospheric, oceanographic and terrestrial perspective
for understanding the processes that control climate
variability. Zan has already published five
peer review journal papers and several more
in the pipeline. One of his published papers in
which he is the first author is of highly prestigious
journal, “Nature”. Xiaorong Zhang will
be joining us in the– has joined us in the
School of Engineering. She had an undergraduate
degree with honors in Computer Engineering from
Huazhong University of Science and Technology in China. Xiaorong then received a PhD
in Computer Engineering in 2013 from the University
of Rhode Island where she received a Graduate
Student Teaching Award from her department for the
quality of her teaching. Xiaorong’s research
focuses on embedded systems in high performance
computing with an emphasis on neural machine interface. For example, she has
worked on the development of cyber physical systems for neural-controlled artificial
legs to improve the quality of life for people
with leg amputations. Then Xiaorong received her
PhD only a few months ago. She already has eight
peer-reviewed publications. She’s the first author on five
of those including one paper that has been nominated for a
price in promoting innovation in electromicrography
which is the area that studies electrical activity
produced by skeletal muscles. Congratulations to
these new faculties. [ Applause ] I’m now pleased to reintroduce
Senate Chair Larry Hanley.>>Thank you deans and
welcome new faculty. We’re pleased to see
you and hope to get to know you especially
in the senate which meets alternate
Tuesdays throughout the year. It is now my pleasure to
introduce my colleague and comrade Sheila
Tully, CFA Chapter Chair. [ Applause ]>>Thank you. Thank you President
Wong, Provost Rosser and all the faculty and
staff who contributed to organizing this event today. Colleagues and friends,
welcome back. As the president of the
San Francisco State Chapter of the California
Faculty Association, I also extend a warm welcome to our new colleagues
who have joined us. You will find that the
interest and the talents of your SFSU colleagues
are as diverse as the students sitting
in your classrooms. Some of the finest,
most committed people that I know are the
educators on this campus. I am very proud to
be a colleague. Please give yourself
a round of applause. [ Applause ] This semester, we
returned classes with some reasons
to feel optimistic. New administrative
leadership on campus and statewide bring fresh
energy and a willingness to work with faculty that has been
lacking in recent years. After years of devastating
budget cuts, for the first time in many years, the CSU
budget has been increased. This is due to a brighter
economic picture, but also, the result of the concerted
efforts of faculty, staff, and students on our campus and
throughout the state who helped to pass Prop 30 last November. [ Applause ] However, as faculty, we are
also facing serious challenges. Across the nation, we have
witnessed an unprecedented assault on public
sector workers in general and public school
educators in particular. In California, the
logical consequence of systematic defunding of
public education has resulted in larger class sizes,
increased faculty workload, and serious questions
of access and equity to public higher
education for many students. But our profession also
is being restructured. The American Association of
University Professors reported in January 2013 that 75 percent
of those teaching in academe in the United States are
working off the tenure line. 60 percent are employed
part-time. In some states, salaries
are so low that faculty are
eligible for food stamps. Faculty in the CSU and
throughout the academy need to be fairly compensated
for the crucial teaching and research that we do. As educators, we are the experts
who know what is required to provide our students with
the high quality education that they deserve. Our union as a leader in the
struggle to reverse these and other worries and trends,
CFA is an outspoken opponent of policies and practices
that degrade our profession and denigrate faculty expertise. CFA also is in the forefront
of the fight to adequately fund and rebuild public higher
education across the country. Our faculty union was one of
the founding organizations of the National Campaign for
the Future of Higher Education, a coalition of groups working on the many crises facing higher
education in the United States. In Sacramento and locally, CFA
faculty visit elected officials to advocate for funding
for the CSU. Often accompanied by our
students, we tell our stories of the very real human cost
to defunding public education. CFA SFSU is a member of the
San Francisco Labor Council. Our chapter also was a founding
member of Jobs With Justice, a coalition of labor and
community groups fighting for social justice for all
city residents and workers. Through Jobs With Justice, we
work with K through 12 teachers and the faculty at City College. We know that when
we organize together around the education
issues, we all can win. Our contract expires
in June 2014. CFA members should have received
the faculty survey regarding bargaining priorities
some time last week. Please fill it out so that your
voice and concerns are heard. We know from experience
that the stronger the union, the more powerful CFA– the
more power CFA will have at the bargaining table in order
to fight for fair compensation and working conditions
for faculty, but also, to improve the quality of
education for our students. As faculty, we are
leaders in our classrooms, in our disciplines,
and in our communities. We have a vision of what quality
public higher education should look like. With CFA, we are fighting for
that vision for our students, our colleagues, our families,
our communities, but also, for the future of
our state and nation. I urge those of you who are CFA
members to step up and join us as we struggle for
affordable quality education for our students and for a fair
equitable contract in 2014. I encourage those of you who
are not members to join CFA. Look for your colleagues
and more information at the CFA tables at
the reception outside of Jack Adams Hall–
sorry, the receptions in where the tables are
out of Jack Adams Hall. I also invite you to attend
the CFA membership meeting on Tuesday, September 24th,
12:30 to 2 in Library 121. We’ll be discussing the contract
bargaining and next steps. In closing, I know many
faculties are teaching at this hour, but in closing,
I would like to ask members of the CFA SFSU E-Board and
Faculty Rights Panels as well as department reps to
stand up and be recognized for your service to the faculty. [ Applause ] Thank you for all that you do. I look forward to
working with all of you as we move forward together. Adelante. [ Applause ] [ Pause ]>>Greetings friends
and colleagues. Welcome to the 2013-2014
Academic Year. I beg your indulgence this
tranquil autumn afternoon to bring before you
a pressing question. Whither goes the SFSU gator? What is the faith of this
doubty representative of alligator Mississimpia–
Mississimpiuos [phonetic], the feisty but enigmatic
emblem of our university? More and more folks
on campus are asking, is it time to dump our mascot? To paraphrase the punk
poets known as the “Clash”, should he stay or should he go? Before we can answer this
question, it might be helpful to tackle a few preliminaries. What is the SFSU gator and whence cameth
[phonetic] to SFSU? Here, we enter a field
shrouded in mystery, folklore, and superstition. Perhaps, gator is a preparation
or mutation of golden gator, an interesting example of
the mischief of homophony and the tangled romance
between speaking and writing. On the other hand, there’s the
controversial and contested tale of alligators roaming the
primeval marshes and estuaries of mighty Lake Merced,
praying perhaps on Chihuahuas, skateboarders, and
tardy students. Seeing as we cannot resolve
this questions here today, let us rephrase the issue
at a more philosophical or at least philosophical
level or at least one that sounds more philosophical. Warum ist der alligator? Why the alligator? In nature, alligators
are vicious, cold blooded, apex predators. Some even considered
them quite ugly. Surely, this does
not comport well with our own self-idealizations. As far as mascots go, the gator
lacks the mobility and majesty of the lion, the
bear, and the eagle. The gator lacks the classical
heritage of the Trojan, the cavalier, the
Spartan, the sublime power of the hurricane
cyclone in crimson tide. The gator lacks even the home
span dignity of the sooner, the mountaineer, the cowboy
cowboy, or the wildcat. Indeed, the confusion
of San Francisco and alligator predisposes
to cuteness in the kinds of facile ironies
often recognized as the last refuge
of Smart Alex. Still, the very weirdness of
the association of reptile and university may
generate our first insight. Symbols can be arbitrary. Their meaning defied less
by logic and reason and more by experience and custom. In other words, the symbol
means whatever a culture or community makes of it. As the great poet Walt
Whitman once declared, “There is no object so
soft but it makes a hub for the wheeled universe.” Call him Mickey and a small
flea-bitten rodent most often associated with dirt, decay, and disease can become
the touchstone of how we see in childhood. Hence, perhaps, a
slimy, alluvial, sneering alligator
can become the totem of a university committed
to social justice. [ Laughter ] The problem here
is that these kinds of meanings are usually
limited to and by communities. They are by definition esoteric. Outsiders can often
find these kinds of symbols perplexing
and off-putting. How many times have
you been asked or in some cases will be asked, “I don’t get it,
why an alligator?” Indeed, these kinds of
symbols can sometimes be used to mark the boundary between
insiders and outsiders. We get it, they don’t. We belong, they don’t. The one contemporary
name for symbols that bridge these boundary
that encourage outsiders to share an identity with insiders is the
logo or brand name. These days, logos have
become such familiar media of public communication
that even the absence of a logo communicates
something. To understand the gator
from this perspective, we have to adapt a kind
of marketplace mentality. The issue is not
simply what consistent and distinctive experience
does the gator communicate, but equally within the
jostling, rich visual landscape of golden arches, mermaids
with circles, green– orange, green, blue,
and yellow boxes, and crimson Spencerian script. This is Coca-Cola. What distinguishes the
gator from other emblems? Within the logic of the brand, difference becomes
the key to identity. As opposed to our first example
of the community binding image, arbitrariness and ambiguity
here are the enemies. The goal of the brand is
something more behavioristic even Pavlovian. The stylized apple with a chunk, a bit knot of its upper
right-hand corner doesn’t just signify a maker of
electronic devices, but also, succeeds when an
automatically summons up a whole diacritical ethos
of innovation, style, hipness, and even more recently
Californianness. The ambition of every logo
is to become such an icon. Yes, you may have dismissed the
gator question, as mere falderal and entertainment,
but here are things that are bit more interesting. It turns out that when we
talk about gator or not gator, we’re actually discussing what
makes SF State different and, hence, unique. What is essential to SF State? What values or outcomes or
qualities do we see as central to the SF State experience? Throughout lens or lenses, do
we want others to see SF State? These are good questions
and if post correctly, the gator question can open
up a rich productive space of self-reflection
and self-awareness. This kind of self-reflexivity
is especially important today as we face serious
questions about our mission, the value of higher
education and new pressures to alter our curriculum to
muck or not to muck, et cetera. In this context, we need
to seize any opportunity that provokes us the
question, what we do, who we are, and what we want. The strategic planning process which we are beginning this
semester represents another similar opportunity. Transmitting– Transmuting,
rather, the courtedian [phonetic]
and the conventional into the serious and
self-reflective will also, however, represents
the perennial duty of higher learning. And debating the gator
question may provide us with an opportunity to
practice what we preach. The most powerful and enduring
effect of education that is to equip ourselves
and our students with, as William James once phrased
it, maximum consciousness. And so, in closing,
I say to you, let a thousand gators
bloom, and like each gator, become the soft hub
for a multitude of questions and epiphanies. Thank you for your
time and your patience. [ Applause ] Now, it is my distinct pleasure
to introduce the president of San Francisco State
University, President Les Wong. [ Applause ] [ Pause ] [ Laughter ]>>I might have to re-Derrida
[phonetic] one more time. Thank you. Dr. Hanley. I’d like to start by
saying we all ought to pay attention to omens. Here I am, 13th president. I’ve been in office 13 months and I missed the
trifecta by one day. Larry, we have to
improve our scheduling. Well, San Francisco State
University was the 13th stop on the chancellor’s
campus visit schedule. So after Derrida,
you’re off the hook. I want to thank everyone
for coming this afternoon and I will try to be quick. Following those faculty
presentations will be hired, but my congratulations
not only to the faculty who shared their work, but to all of the faculty
and staff on campus. Your presentations today
represent a vast amount of high quality work
being done in many, many parts of the university. We should all be very confident that what we heard today is
just the tip of the iceberg. We are so talent-deep. It would be impossible
to device an opening of the year experience
that would shine a light on the entire field of work
accomplished by the faculty and staff with our students. So to all our employees and our
students, a heartfelt thank you. The best part of my job is
a chance to roam the campus to open my eyes,
ears and my brain and appreciate what we are
doing here and it gets better. I get to go into our city,
the Bay Area, the state and other countries
and in every corner, every niche there’s an
SFSU student, faculty, staff and/or likely NLM
making a difference. It’s meaningful, it’s
creative, it is who we are. This past year, I’ve
learned a lot. My friends and colleagues
are now teasing me, telling me that at last,
the honeymoon is over. It’s time to get to work and
face a different reality, the real world of
university presidents. And I started thinking, this
past year, two building fires, two burst water mains,
a building turning into a reservoir,
computer security bridges, an investiture week,
a bit of skirmish in the residence
halls, a bomb scare. I moved a couple portables,
fix annex 1 and 2, the quad and watch students enjoy the
new playing field now known as the West Campus Green. And they started playing on
that the very moment fences came down. I should add that I flew the
equivalent of three times around the globe, meeting and
rebuilding our alumni network. We received national
attention, for example, for our divestiture activities
regarding fossil fuels. We celebrated a national
championship in wrestling and two teams, men’s
cross country and women’s volleyball qualified
for the NCAA tournaments. We added a new vice
president for finance. We pass Proposition 30 as you
heard, but more importantly, we repeal the DOMA, establishing
some equity and fairness with regard to marriage. [ Applause ] I have to tell you, being
at City Hall at 6:30 a.m. on the day DOMA was
repealed was probably the– one of the most exciting
moments of my entire life. We also, by the way,
achieve WASC reaccreditation for 10 years and we completed– [ Applause ] — and as you just heard, we
just completed 34 faculty hires, and I’m saying what a honeymoon. I think I’m ready for year two. I am blessed to have
exceptional people, a very high functioning
team around me, and that is what it takes and the team deserves
a lot of credit. We all care passionately
about our students, our colleagues, and
our communities. All of what I’ve experience is
about our passion for teaching and learning for
making a difference. I wouldn’t have it
any other way. Well, I think I could
do without the fires and the water pipe breaks. But this year, we’re going
to face some critical issues. Thankfully, any mysteries
surrounding the budget no longer exist. We have a sense of its
direction and for the first time in many years, this campus
can look ahead and plan. In some cases, we will execute
quickly and efficiently, more importantly, we get a
precious moment to assess, evaluate and consider how we
want to confront the future. And our best thinking,
achieve this year, we’ll set in motion
our direction for quite a few years ahead. Let me give you some examples. Strategic planning, a
group of very dedicated and committed faculty,
staff, students and two community members
had joined together to spearhead our
strategic planning effort. They will be the most efficient
listeners, group facilitators and thinkers regarding this
university’s path ahead. The website is up, meetings
have already started. We have assigned
team members to each of the seven strategic
questions. We are acquainting ourselves with historical planning
documents and we’re asking ourselves tough
questions about fundamentals and strategic directions. We have even asked
ourselves about the mascot. It is absolutely imperative that
each employee, each student, each NLM [phonetic], each
donor, everyone with an interest in stake in our future
engage this process and share your insights,
thoughts, wishes, dreams, and yes, criticisms. San Francisco State University
has never been like anyone else and I kind of like that,
but we should be deliberate about a collective notion of
who we are, where we’re going and what we want to be for
the next 15 to 20 years. Additionally, my attitude as a strategic planning
is also organic. The document will
not only have life, I hope it gets refreshed
on a regular basis. Change happens and we must
roll with it, adapt to it, but more important, we must
create the change we desire, that’s the importance
of your input. Second, the capital campaign, the San Francisco State
University Foundation Board, the staff and I, will be in an–
involve in an intense planning and preparation phase for
this university’s first comprehensive campaign. We will be shaving the
format and project goals that we believe will enable us
to gather support for millions of dollars in support, and that
takes my breath away every time I say it out loud to myself. The leadership of an
incredibly involved and engaged foundation board, along with the foundation
development staff team and a willing university
community will make our reach for the campaign goal
effective and successful. Imagine the possible
transformations that will enhance our teaching
and learning, our scholarship and the student experience
that the very least and effective campaign that
engages the minds and spirits of this campus will mean that we
can worry more about the minds of our students and
not their pocketbooks. Our campaign will
make that come true. Well, those two projects
will take up about 120 percent of my time. With the time left, I’d
like to offer comments on a couple other
issues and I’ll quit, so that we can celebrate
the start of year two. First, we will make an
extraordinary effort to make faculty, staff and
student work an important face of the university and
you saw that today. For example, the chancellor’s
recent visit highlighted faculty and student research
presentations. Last night, we held for
the first time the first of Rosenberg Institute
lectures, and we will continue to do more research forums. We will hold more barbecues
on the president’s deck which we’ve already had the
first one, where we can talk about the future and the
challenges to be conquered. This work will complement
achievements on the student service
side as well. The creation of the
enhanced auxiliary unit will dramatically, dramatically
improve services to students, it will lead to perhaps
more creative use of the West Campus Green,
it will renew our commitment to construct the wellness
center, and I hope all of you will join me in
following our basketball team who will play against
Washington State University and Saint Johns this year. We will continue to meet with
industry and business leaders to forge new partnerships and
relationships that will lead to more student internships
and career opportunities for all of our students. And I am and my team is
determined to defense sags, to keep student fees
and student debt low. All this with one goal,
to promote, enhance and defend institutional pride. Second, capital projects
and deferred maintenance, I hope everyone is enjoying some
of the minor changes you see around campus, a more
ADA friendly quad, a beautiful brado [phonetic]
in front of the gym, as well as some necessities,
new roofs, some new paint, and many repairs
including plumbing. We kept through the form
and function and we continue to support the upkeep and care
of our gardens and landscapes. And we have also realized
many, many positive games by managing energy
use, waist disposal and other sustainable issues. Third, we will continue
in whatever way we can, in whatever way we are
asks to support the success and viability of the city
college of San Francisco. 1 [ Applause ] They are vital and necessary
for the city, more importantly for our citizens
and even important to San Francisco
State University. And they are working diligently to achieve the goals
expected of them. And I applaud them
for continuing to offer a quality
educational experience for each and every one of their students. Fourth, I have moved a
long way to meeting one of the goals I shared
with you last year at my first faculty meeting. The HR and the personnel system
we use is less a mystery to me, but the mystery has not left. I was told that mystery
makes life interesting. We have made some
critical changes to improve employee training
and professional development. We have identified critical
salary and position assignments that need refinement,
clarification and change. For example, like opening
up for the first time in many years the
category of MPP once. And in many cases,
we made changes where we could make some inroads
in assignments in fair ways. I am happy to report that we
have tackled this systematically and earnestly. And I am still far
from being content and at times I sense what
Sisyphus may have felt. But it is improving
and I am committed to continuing this improving
effort through the coming year. You can understand why the
search for new HR AVP is one of many critical searchers
underway this year. And speaking of personnel
changes, we’ll be searching for two college deans, a dean
of undergraduate studies, a vice president
for student affairs, a new athletic director,
new faculty and new staff. We are going to quickly,
quickly be at different place with new people eager
to join our mission. Let us engage this change
with positive energy and ask ourselves what
we ask of our students, namely change happens. And we must think of each of
these changes as opportunities to improve and to
craft the future. We can’t let change scare
or inhibit our efforts, so let’s seek and hire the
best, seek and hire those who are committed to
the values and attitudes that makes San Francisco
State University unique. Regarding commencement, we
will continue to hold one large and special event at the
end of the academic year in Cox Stadium in 2014. [ Applause ] Thank you. We will be issuing though
some rules and guidelines for department and
college level celebrations that will need your
input and refinement. And I have approved
a recommendation to hold a single separate
graduate student honors and commencement ceremony
on Friday afternoon. Before the undergraduate
commencement on Saturday, more information is coming. And I have not forgotten
my commitment to raise the dollars
necessary to look for those game-changing faculty
that has not left my radar. Now, don’t forget, we are
building a future in Great Park by not being afraid
of the future. All of you are in many
ways game changers. You wouldn’t be here if you
weren’t, but I know the impact of exceptional talent. I’m excited by that new talent
represented in the new faculty. And I’ll keep you posted and
I will not surrender the idea of game-changing faculty and
the impact they would have on our students in
this community. Thank you for all you do. Thank you for your commitments. Everyone, everyone must
resonate with our commitment to educational excellence
and social justice. Everyone, everyone must
resonate with the idea that San Francisco
State University is like no other university
anywhere. And have no doubt, we are
on the move, we are key part of this region’s success. More importantly, we are
a key part in the success of our students and
their families. I invite and I encourage you to
join me this year in a robust and healthy discussion
about our future. Have a great year. And one last thing, at my
investiture, I challenge us to not only think outside the
box, but I even encourage us to throw away the
box, to disregard it. I ran into some students
who are doing just that, and I’d like to show you what
it means to throw away the box. [ Pause ] I feel like a number
one draft pick. But a group of students formed
the club and we’re going to play gator hockey– [ Laughter ] — this year at the Cow Palace. I hope you’ll join me. We will play before the
San Francisco Bulls game and if you buy a
ticket to gator hockey, you get to stay and
see the Bulls. And now, you kind of go
on, what’s this guy about? First, it’s like the Ace and
the Giants last year, and now, it’s about gator hockey. But, you know, if
you’re Chinese, you can only have one number– [ Laughter ] — on your jersey. And so, again, this is for real. I am not making it up. Phyllis is number 13. [ Laughter ] We have the most
incredible group of students who take the initiative,
who step forward, who want to own their own minds, who want to lead a
meaningful life, and who want to make a meaningful difference
and it’s because they work with all of you in this room. Thank you. [ Applause ] [ Pause ]>>And that brings
us to the conclusion of the 2013-2014
Opening Faculty Meeting. Please remember, there is
a reception across the way in Jack Adams Hall and
the word is they’re going to be raffling off some kind
of high-tech fancy device. So if that’s you’re
thing, get over there. Thank you and see you next year. [ Inaudible Discussions ]

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