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Published by the Public Affairs Office at San Francisco State University, Diag Center.

Contact: Matt Itelson
phone: (415) 338-1665

SFSU celebrates return to school with students, faculty
Highlights include carnival, live music, speech by President Corrigan

San Francisco State University is commemorating the beginning of school in its 102nd year of classes with numerous special events and activities, including a Welcome Back Celebration on campus from Monday, Aug. 28, to Thursday, Aug. 31. Approximately 27,600 students are expected this year, including 7,600 new students - 2,100 of whom are freshmen.

The fourth largest campus in the 23-campus California State University system, SFSU is a highly diverse, comprehensive, public and urban university.

Here are several highlights of the events:

o Friday, Aug. 25, Welcome Home: The first 150 freshmen - accompanied by their parents - move into Mary Park Hall, as part of the new Welcome Home program. Welcome Home is designed to help first-time freshmen become acclimated to their new living situation, the surrounding neighborhood and to San Francisco. The optional program, which concludes Aug. 27, includes workshops, games and tours of San Francisco for students and their parents. All other residence hall students move in Aug. 27.

o Monday, Aug. 28, Faculty Opening Meeting:. President Robert Corrigan will address SFSU faculty at the annual meeting, to be held in Jack Adams Hall, located inside the Cesar Chavez Student Center, at 9:30 a.m.

o Monday, Aug. 28, Gator Greeting Day: A carnival featuring a dunk tank, games and a barbecue will be held on the Quad from 4 to 6 p.m. to welcome students living in the residence halls. In addition, representatives from the university's Student Affairs office will be present to introduce students to its services and answer questions.

o Wednesday, Aug. 30, First day of classes: Information tables will be set up throughout the campus by various university services including the Health Center, Advising Center, Student Outreach Services, Housing and Residential services, Associated Students, Cesar Chavez Student Governing Board and University Police. The tables are also intended to help students navigate their way around campus.

o Thursday, Aug. 31, Celebration Day: At noon, President Corrigan, along with various university deans, directors and administrators, will serve a huge cake to thousands of students outside the newly renovated plaza outside the Cesar Chavez Student Center. In addition, the SFSU Jazz Band will perform on the Quad from noon to 2 p.m. Information tables will still be set up as well.

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