Parents & Family eNews: Spring 2013

Dear Fellow SF State Parents & Family Members,

On behalf of the Parents Council, I am pleased to be able to present you with the Spring 2013 edition of the SF State Parents & Family Program eNews. It is our hope that this newsletter helps fulfill a key goal of the SF State Parents Council, which is to provide parents and families with timely campus updates. As a parent of a sophomore, and the founding president of the SF State Parents Council, I encourage you to become involved in your child’s educational experience.  By reading a wide range of articles included in the eNews, you'll be able to find an opportunity to participate in the SF State experience. 


Special Thank You to SF State Parents Living in Southern California

More than a dozen Gator parents living in Southern California volunteered with the SF State Parents Council to support Pre-Admission Receptions organized by the Office of Student Outreach Services. They ran the registration check-in desk, made themselves available to answer parental questions, and each spoke with genuine enthusiasm to the entire audience of prospective students and their family members about their son or daughter's experience at SF State. Each parent received an SF State t-shirt, and lanyard in keeping with the Gator spirit.

SF State Parents Council is grateful to following family members who have shared their time and talent to help recruit the best and brightest future Gators: Carol Baker, Amy Ball, Sylvia Byrne, Anna Cabral, Binh Dang, Robert Hughes, Karen McGrath, Mary Pinedo, Karen Reta, Barbara Rivera, Alison Sardarian, Brenda Tompkins, Karen Yasaki, and Amy Wise.

See parent volunteers in action, or sign-up to volunteer for incoming student orientations during the summer in the Bay Area and Southern California.

Career Expo at SF State's Main Campus

Did you know that SF State's Career Expo is coming up on Friday, April 12 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Main Campus? Employers representing businesses, non-profits and government agencies participate in this one-day recruiting event. The event is open only to SF State students and alumni.

Employers may sign-up by March 27 with the Student Involvement and Career Center. The Expo is widely marketed and will be well attended, so it is a great way to publicize an organization's employment needs and internships to SF State’s diverse student population of over 30,000.

If your student or recent SF State graduate is interested in entry-level positions and internships, please encourage them to attend the Career Expo, and help SF State get the word out to potential employers who might wish to participate. For questions, please contact the Student Involvement and Career Center at (415) 338-1761

University Housing Returning Resident Process and Spring Move-Out

As we carry on through the Spring semester, we’d like to bring your attention to a couple of items on the Housing calendar... The Returning Resident Process has begun. The $1,200 initial payment for the 2013-2014 academic year is due on or before Friday, May 3, 2013. Move-Out for Spring 2013 is Friday, May 24. Residents must vacate their spaces and check out with a Resident Assistant by 8 p.m. that day. We are planning on continuing our Sustainable Move-Out program, which emphasizes recycling and donating items instead of throwing them away during Move-Out. Much more information on Move-Out will be forthcoming in the Spring 2013 Move-Out Newsletter and on the Housing website.

Deadline for Alumni Association Scholarships is Right Around the Corner

Deadline to apply to seven scholarships administered by the SF State Alumni Association is coming up on Thursday, April 4, 2013. Each scholarship has a different eligibility criteria based on merit and need. Minimum award is $1,000, and maximum award is $1,500. For additional details on criteria related to each scholarship, and download a scholarship application, visit the SF State Alumni Association website today.

Tickets to Commencement for Graduating Students's Guests

San Francisco State University’s annual Commencement celebration for all graduates will take place Saturday, May 25, 2013 at Cox Stadium on the Main Campus. When students rent a cap and gown at the Bookstore starting May 13th, they'll receive five guest tickets. Each guest requiring a seat needs a ticket, except young children on laps, who do not need a ticket.  If you do not need all of your tickets, please remind your student to leave extras with the Bookstore. If you need extra tickets, your student may put his or her name on a first-come, first-served list at the time of cap and gown rental. Just before Commencement, the Bookstore may be able to hand out extra tickets to graduates on that list.

Gator Athletics and "The Swamp"

The last couple of weeks have been exciting times at The Swamp, Gator Athletics complex. SF State’s men’s basketball team upset No. 4 Cal Poly Pomona 57-55 on abuzzer beater by senior guard/forward Decensae White, which made that evening’s ESPN’s Top 10 List.

The Gator men and women’s basketball team each received berths to the 2012-13 CCAA Basketball Championships. SF State men hosted Cal State L.A. in a First Round match-up in which they defeated the Golden Eagles, 57-47, and the Gators then lost 60-54 to eventual champion Cal Poly Pomona in the semi-finals in Ontario, CA. SF State’s women’s basketball team lost 62-49 at #14 Chico State in the First Round. Five members of the Gator men and women’s basketball team were named to the All-CCAA Team Calvin Otiono (First Team), Decensae White (First Team), William Overton, Jr. (Second Team), Farrah Shokoor (Second Team) and Angela Van Sickel (Second Team). Members of the Gator wrestling and indoor track/field teams made some noise at the NCAA Division II Winter Sports Festival in Birmingham, AL. Three Gators came back with some hardware: Naveed Bagheri, Isaiah Jimenez and Tiana Wills. Bagheri, became a Three-Time All-American as he captured the title at 141 while Jimenez finished fifth at 165. Then over at the track, Wills finished in third in the High Jump.

A Look at Residential & Student Life

During the academic year students have many opportunities to get involved in campus life. All of our events have been well attended and are free to SF State students. Also, students can bring a friend to our events as long as they are 18 or over. Some of the events that have occurred so far this semester include:

Leadership in Action Workshop Series- an opportunity for SF State leaders to connect with each other, build partnerships and enhance leadership skills. Student Life Activities Board (SLBA) - A student led group that proactively develops and provides the SF State community with cultural, social, and educational programs. These programs include events and activities representing a diverse variety of topics and genres that reflect the mission of SF State, and enrich the campus community One Community Day of Service – Residents actively participated in President Wong’s investiture activities by volunteering with several community service projects in and around the SF State campus

For more campus life information, you can go to the Dean of Students website or check out Student Life at SF State on Facebook.  If your student lives on campus, in addition to all of the campus activities, your student has many more opportunities to get involved. Residential Life offers various programs and leadership opportunities for students to be engaged and involved. All students living in University Housing are part of the Residence Hall Association (RHA), the student governing body for Residential Life. RHA and its branches are run by student leaders in the community and actively participate in event planning activities. If you would like more information on RHA or the Residential Life programs when it comes to programs and ways for your student to be involved, visit the Residential Lifewebsite.


We have included several articles for you to read in order to learn more about the outstanding achievements and recognition received by SF State faculty, students, and alumni. You will find these and more located  in an online resource called  "SF State in the News," including the following articles:

For Spring and Summer Recess and other holiday schedules, take a look at the University Calendar. A recent parent update from University Housing includes other important dates for students living on-campus.

I look forward to connecting with all of you via the Parents Council Facebook page. To join the Parents Council, sign-up to volunteer or look out for e-mail alerts in your e- mail inbox. These notices will assist you in becoming an advocate on behalf of SF State and inform you about how to take action on issues important to your student's education.


Janice Herwegh Gumas
President, SF State Parents Council