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An e-newsletter for alumni and friends

September 2012


Upcoming Events

Free lecture series on the presidential election.
A 14-session series. Come to campus—or watch online.

New York City
September 13
An alumni reception to mix, mingle
and meet SF State President Les Wong.

San Francisco
September 29
Rencuentro Latino-a Raza
Alumni Kickoff Mixer

San Francisco
October 17
Taste of the Bay 2012
Culinary and Wine Event
A benefit for the Hospitality and Tourism
Management Department

October 20
Alumni Day 2012
Reunite with old friends!

Golden Society Luncheon 2012
Alumni celebrating 50 or more
years since graduation.

Burlingame, CA
October 26
2012 Gator Golf Classic
Crystal Springs Golf Course.
A benefit for the SF State
Athletics Scholarship Fund.

Other Campus Events

More on the arts at SF State: For ticket/box office information call 415/338-2467. For more click here

University Calendar:
For additional campus events click here

Recent Events
and Photos







"Students First" campaign sets goal of raising $12 million over three years for student support.
Gifts from private donors sought to counter the decrease in state funding and related tuition increases.
To read more click here.

SF State Campus


Increased donations to SF State reach $17M during 2011-12.
Strong end of fiscal year total reflects a 19 percent increase over the previous year and a continued growth of the fundraising program.
To read more click here.


Photographs of alumni inducted to Hall of Fame


Six noted alumni inducted into Alumni Hall of Fame.
Inductees are outstanding alumni who have earned the respect of their peers through professional, cultural and civic achievements.
To read more click here.



Professor Vazquez in Middle

Faculty member named one of the nation’s most promising young scientists.
President Obama honors Associate Professor of Mathematics Mariel Vazquez with the U.S. government’s highest honor for researchers in the early stages of their careers. 
To read more click here.

Leonard Library  

Library renovation and expansion receive prestigious design award.
Design Build Institute of America award honors highest-rated projects in the nation.
To read more click here.


Professor and Student and Lab  

$1.5M grant will help biology professors improve their teaching skills.
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute education grant will support the biology faculty as they refine their teaching skills and explore new resources and ways to assess student learning.
To read more click here.

President Robert A. Corrigan

New Corrigan Chair in American Studies announced.

Major gifts from three alumni and a friend of the University establish an endowed chair that will honor longtime University President Robert A. Corrigan and strengthen the American Studies program.
To read more click here.



Student Spotlight

Pompeii Ruins

Students help excavate secrets of Pompeii.
A faculty, alumni and student team excavated ancient ruins to learn more about the ancient settlement of Pompeii, destroyed and buried in 79 A.D. when Mount Vesuvius erupted.
To read more click here.

Woman Track Athlete Track season ends on high note with All-American honors.
Gator Women’s Track and Field athletes win honors in two categories at national championships.
To read more click here.
International Students

International Education Week scheduled for November 13-16.

A week of campus activities will focus on international experiences, perspectives, and competencies, affirming the critical role that international education and exchange programs play in fostering world peace.
To learn more, email Jay Ward, associate director, Office of International Programs, at 

We invite you to make a gift.

We hope SF State’s future is important to you. With your support SF State will continue its promise of offering quality public higher education to deserving students, many of them the first in their families to attend college. For the first time in our history, students are paying more than 50 percent of the cost of instruction. Great minds built this great state. They had help. Please help today’s students prepare for a better future.

Give to SF State here

Leave a legacy to strengthen education for the next generation—please include SF State in your will! Now more than ever, with such deep state funding cuts, SF State depends on all alumni to maintain its high quality and accessibility.

Anyone who owns a home, insurance policy or any other appreciable asset can make a planned gift. Bequests and other planned gifts are fully tax deductible. 

Please let SF State know if you include us in your will.  To take advantage of our free estate planning, contact Thomas A.  Mullaney,  director of Planned Giving, at  or 415/338-7460.  To visit us on the web click here.

20 Ways SF State is Working for You
From fueling the Bay Area economy to helping to save the rainforests, SF State continues to define itself as a deeply engaged, powerful, distinctive force well beyond San Francisco.
Read more

Gator Links

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Been away from campus for a while? See some interesting changes and how campus  looks today here.

Read about those who have given back to SF State here. 

To join the online alumni directory click here.   IMPORTANT to register you will need your alumni ID. Your ID is: {BSR_ID}  You cannot complete registration without this ID.

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