BELONGING TO SFSU
The Alumni Association exists to advance the reputation and interests of the university, its
administration, faculty, students and graduates; to engage in educational programs and
special activities for its members; and to provide an ongoing link between the university
and its graduates for their mutual benefit.
It is also a source of financial assistance in the form of scholarships.
Membership is open to those who (a) have been awarded a degree or credential by the
university; (b) are members of the faculty or administrative staff; (c) have attended the
university as a graduate student for at least one semester; or (d) have attended the
university as an undergraduate for at least one semester. In addition, "Friends of the
University" may join the Alumni Association through Affiliate membership. This membership
is open to any person demonstrating an interest in San Francisco State University.
Among the current benefits of membership are privileges for use of the university Library,
participation in the Alumni Job Hotline, eligibility for an Association-sponsored health
plan, a subscription to the Association tabloid, Alumnews, and a variety of other
discounts. Benefits are added regularly.
Additional information is available at the Alumni Association Office, ADM 467, San
Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132 or call (415)
CESAR CHAVEZ STUDENT CENTER
This unique modern structure, completed in the fall of 1975 after ten years of planning,
serves as a mecca for student activities. Many organizations which enhance student life
are housed in the spacious complex. The Student Center also houses needed services
such as a bookstore, meeting rooms, and six separate food facilities and lounges. An
Information Desk supplies a multitude of services from giving directions to selling MUNI fast
passes and BART passes. Student fees help support these varied activities. The facility
generates revenue from off-campus conferences and workshops. An elected governing
board decides upon funding allocations, thus allowing direct student input into the
Student Center operations. Elections occur every fall. Student directors are required to
maintain minimum academic qualifications as stated in the Academic Senate Policy
S82-68 to maintain their position as a director.
The center provides comfortable lounge areas for rest, relaxation, conversation, or
studying. Live entertainment or movies are often scheduled in the Union Depot. Student
art works and travelling exhibitions are shown in the gallery. Recreational areas are
equipped with video and pinball machines, billiards, and table tennis. The Associated
Students Main Desk is located on the Mezzanine Level.
FRANCISCAN SHOPS BOOKSTORE
Located in the Student Center, the Franciscan Shops offers a variety of products and
services. New and used textbooks, computer hardware and software, supply and
electronic items, general reading books, gifts, and SFSU souvenirs can be purchased in
the main store. The Franciscan Shops also includes the Lobby Shop and Snackademic for
quick convenient snacks and beverages. And to further serve the campus needs, F.S.
Graphics and Copy Center provide an array of professional design and copy services.
- The Franciscan Shops exists exclusively to benefit the students, faculty, and staff of San
Francisco State University.
- As a non-profit organization, the Franciscan Shops offers products, services, and
resources that support the educational process.
- The Franciscan Shops is committed to providing the best possible service and value at all
Monday-Thursday: 7:45 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday: 7:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Saturday: 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
The Franciscan Shops has extended hours at the beginning of each semester. Reduced
operating hours are in effect for the Winter, Spring, and Summer breaks. For more
information, call (415) 338-2023.
RECYCLING AT SFSU
The Recycling Center, a student operated organization, is the driving force in waste
management at SFSU. Since the founding of the center in 1987, it has expanded its
collections to over 350 recycling locations campuswide. The latest addition has been the
introduction of composting into the waste reduction plan. The center is always
expanding its efforts to divert higher volumes from the waste stream and to close the
loop of Reduce, Recycle, Reuse. In this endeavor, the center continually works with the
university administration on diversion techniques and by encouraging the use of recycled
The center also offers valuable working/education experience. The center employs
approximately twenty students who gain job experience in management, operations,
outreach, and research for recycling programs. The center also offers an extensive
volunteer program for students who want experience in waste management. In addition,
the Recycling Center also serves as a key resource to individuals who want to learn
about environmental problems facing the world today. The center's Environmental
Information Library offers vast resources on issues affecting the earth and how individuals
can effect change.
Join SFSU and the Recycling Center in the fight to reduce waste.
STUDENT ACTIVITIES OFFICE
The Student Activities Office assists student government and more than 200 organizations
with program development, administers the Co-Curricular Record, and offers academic
courses for credit.
The goal of the office is to provide direct and support services that enable students to
maximize their educational experience through a wide variety of activities and
The Student Activities Office offers training and assistance for students, groups, and
student organizations planning events and developing programs. Students are
responsible for many of the excellent paraprofessional programs, including the Legal
Resource Center. This program is funded by the Associated Students with training
coordinated by the Student Activities Office through COUN 630 and 631 sections.
Leadership training seminars are also offered through COUN 632. Instructor's permission is
required for enrolling in the courses.
Non-credit workshops on leadership skills and event coordination are presented. Advisers
are also available by appointment for consultation.
The Record is a valuable supplement to a student's resume. This is an optional program
which makes available co-curricular information about a student. The service provides
identification, verification, and evaluation of one's San Francisco State University co-
curricular activities, offices held, honors, committees, or other accomplishments. With
increasing competition for jobs, graduate schools, scholarships and academic grants,
the Student Activities Office feels that a Co-Curricular Record can give the student an
extra competitive edge. Record forms and the procedures are available in the Student
The Student Activities Office sponsors an Activities Fair each semester which provides
each organization with an opportunity to gain membership, raise funds, and publicize its
group. The fair is held on the main lawn during prime weekday hours. Watch for the
publicity and join the fun.
Student leaders and faculty advisers to student groups are honored annually at a
Leadership Recognition Program. Certificates of appreciation are awarded.
ORGANIZATION INFORMATION CENTER
The office provides all recognized student organizations with a mailbox on the second
floor of the Administration Building. Anyone who wishes to contact any campus group
should stop by the office for assistance. All organizations must register and provide the
names of the officers. Registration forms are available for information about each group.
FRATERNITIES AND SORORITIES
Social-service societies are growing in number and popularity at San Francisco State.
Contact Student Activities Office for further information on such organizations.
The Associated Students Incorporated (ASI), established in 1944, is the student body
government. It functions as a non-profit, student-run corporation, and is funded by the
student activity fee all students pay each semester. That fee also makes each student an
Associated Students member, eligible to vote in the annual elections for AS leadership.
Associated Students provides services and programs designed to enrich campus life and
helps to support many campus organizations. Its current programs and services include
Provides SFSU students, faculty, and staff with a nurturing, safe, developmentally
appropriate child care program on campus for children aged six months to five years.
The Copy Center provides photocopying, binding services, course readers, and other
supplies for students at affordable prices.
Held twice a year, once in the Fall and once in the Spring. The Crafts Festival brings some
of the best artisans from around the state to exhibit their wares. All merchandise is chosen
with quality and the student budget in mind.
Graphic Arts Center
The Graphic Arts Center is a student-oriented program dedicated to fulfilling the need for
convenient, on-campus graphic design, desktop publishing, camera and offset printing
services. The Graphic Arts Center will help to produce professional quality fliers,
brochures, newsletters, announcements, and resumes.
Legal Resource Center
The Legal Resource Center is an informational resource that allows the student to make
an informed decision about any legal problem. The center aims to educate students
about the law and their rights, so that they may be active participants in their own legal
matters. An attorney is available on an appointment basis to consult with students, $10
per half hour. Consultations are confidential.
The Performing Arts provides the student body with a variety of concerts, sneak previews,
lectures, films, and cultural events, and gives students behind-the-scenes, hands-on
experience in performing arts productions.
Project Rebound is a program specifically developed to assist ex-
offenders in adjusting to society by acquiring an education. Rebound travels to
institutions to speak to inmates, male and female, to encourage them to get an
education through San Francisco State University.
The Women's Center provides a physical space in which every woman on campus can
spend time comfortably and an atmosphere which encourages her to develop
friendships with her sisters. The Women's Center also has resource files, a referral service,
and a library open to all students.
The Associated Students provides many services to students. This is a partial listing.
Information about these and other ASI-sponsored events is available at the Main Desk,
Student Center (M106).
The ASI offers a low-cost health and dental insurance plan to students.
The ASI lists available apartments and prospective tenants on the bulletin board on the
ground floor of the Student Center. This list is also available for students to check out or
buy at the ASI Business Office.
The Typing Center has regularly maintained electronic typewriters available for student
use. The typewriters are available from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Typewriter rental is $4 per
hour, with a minimum $2 for half an hour.
TRANSPORTATION AND PARKING
San Francisco State University is readily accessible by public transportation from all parts
of San Francisco. Six San Francisco Municipal Railway bus (MUNI) and light rail lines pass
near the campus on 10- to 15-minute intervals. East Bay commuters have a choice of
BART and connecting bus service, or BART and light rail from downtown San Francisco.
Two SamTrans bus lines link the Peninsula and the San Francisco Airport with the campus.
San Francisco State University operates a free shuttle bus which runs between the Daly
City BART station and campus. The bus stops on 19th Avenue at Holloway and at the #8
bus stop (Daly City BART station). The shuttle operates from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Monday through Thursday and from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday during the Fall and
The campus is a typical urban setting: parking is limited. Approximately 2,500 spaces are
available on a first-come basis for a $2.00 daily fee in the general parking garage,
located on the east side of Lake Merced Boulevard between Font and Winston Drive.
Satellite parking is available for a $1.00 (quarters only) daily fee in Lot 25, located on
Winston Drive between Lake Merced and Buckingham Way.
Assistance with local transportation schedules and information is provided at the Student
Center Information Desk and Department of Public Safety, both of which serve as a
clearinghouse for information on carpools, vanpools, public transportation, and parking.