Commending and Honoring Alexandra “Alex” S. Katz

Resolution Number: RS16-346
May, 2016
Whereas: 
Alexandra “Alex” S. Katz joined SF State in 1988 and adeptly served Academic Services (now Academic Resources) and the departments of Anthropology and Economics, while at the same time, developing what would prove to be an invaluable source of curricular expertise; and
Whereas: 
In 1998, the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences was fortunate to have Alex Katz not only provide pivotal guidance and support in curriculum development and course scheduling to the dean, several associate deans, and many department chairs, but also to communicate, train, and mentor staff, faculty, and administration at all levels with regards to curricular policies and procedures; and
Whereas: 
In 2007, Alex Katz recognized for her knowledge, skills, abilities, and experiences, served 8+ years as University Curriculum Coordinator under the Division of Undergraduate Education and Academic Planning (formerly Academic Planning and Educational Effectiveness); and
Whereas: 
Alex Katz has been the “go-to” sage for all curricular-related matters, and liaison between the Chancellor’s office and SF State’s 70+ academic units; and
Whereas: 
Throughout her career but particularly as University Curriculum Coordinator, Alex Katz has unremittingly worked to streamline and improve curriculum processes and procedures, to the benefit of each and every one of us; and
Whereas: 
Alex Katz has had the completely unenviable task of being a point person for the challenging and complex Common Management System (i.e., Campus Solutions) curriculum conversion; and
Whereas: 
Alex Katz served as critical staff support for the Curriculum Review and Approval Committee (CRAC) for eight years, and in that time, systematically reviewed and resourcefully shepherded 129 curriculum proposals with substantive changes, and efficiently and effectively processed the too-many-to-count course revisions that crossed her desk; be it therefore
Resolved: 
That the Academic Senate SF State recognizes Alex Katz for her 27+ years of distinguished service, tireless work ethic, and innate aptitude for patiently consulting scores of individuals with last-minute curriculum questions, quandaries, and quagmires; and be it further
Resolved: 
The Academic Senate SF State confers the title of Curriculum Peritum Emerita on Alex Katz with all the rights, honors, and privileges pertaining thereto; and be it further
Resolved: 
That although Alex Katz will be deeply missed, the Academic Senate SF State is confident that she will construct a retirement curriculum complete with measurable program learning outcomes and experientially engaging assignments that capture and assess the requisite competencies of otium.